Charity Supporter Wendi Russo Competes For Ms America

first_imgWendi Russo from Eden Prairie, Minnesota (Ms. Minnesota State America 2013), will compete for the title of Ms. America on June 23, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Resort Hotel in Costa Mesa, California.The competition is scored on interview, evening gown, fitness wear and an on-stage question. The Ms. America Pageant will award over $40,000 in gift and prizes at this year’s national finals to the winner.As Ms. Minnesota State America, Wendi’s mission during her reign is to help “Create a Better Life for Children” by recruiting mentors for the hundreds of children in Minnesota still waiting for a for Big Brother or Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Twin Cities and recruit more volunteers to become Wish Granters and volunteers with Make-a-Wish Foundation. Wendi has been a mentor with BBBS, Kinship of Greater Minneapolis and ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) for 13 years and is a Wish Granter with the Minnesota Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, which supports the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.Wendi is a National Television host with Shop NBC Channel, a Home Shopping Network seen in 72 Million homes based out of Eden Prairie, MN and a professional Media and on-camera coach. She is sponsored by Studio Elan Hair in Edina, MN, Isomers Laboratories found on Shop NBC, Fernando Wong at WB Boutique in Florida, Youngquest Fitness in Eden Prairie and Georges Gabrielle Couture in Utah.To read an interview with Wendi about her charity work, click here.For ticket information or to become a contestant in the 2014 Ms. America Pageant, please contact: MsAmericaPageant@aol.com or log onto www.MsAmericaPageant.com.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Josh Hutcherson Donates Laptop To LGBTQ Campaign

first_imgHunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has helped launch a new campaign to connect LGBTQ youth to technology by donating his laptop.Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN), The Trevor Project, and human I-T have announced an initiative called “Power On” (#PowerOn) to provide LGBTQ youth access to computers and important online resources.From today through “LGBT Spirit Day” on October 17, 2014, the organizations will work to encourage individuals to donate their laptops, tablets and/or smart phones through the Power On campaign to be distributed to LGBTQ resource centers across the US, so that LGBTQ teens can gain instant access to online resources.Technology donated through the campaign will be refurbished by human I-T to provide the latest up-to-date security and open-source technology, and will specifically include resources for LGBTQ youth. More information is available here and here.SBNN co-founder Heather Wilk explained, “Straight But Not Narrow is always looking for new ways to make a positive impact on the LGBTQ community. The opportunity to donate older unused technology is one great way that our amazing supporters can give back.”According to GLSEN’s “Out Online” study, more than half (52%) of LGBTQ youth, who were not out to peers in person, had used the Internet to connect with other LGBTQ people. To reach this vulnerable group of youth, The Trevor Project has operated TrevorSpace.org since 2008, a social network specifically for LGBTQ youth and their straight ally friends. There are currently approximately 100,000 young people who find community through this platform. Through this new partnership, human I-T will refurbish computers donated through the Power On campaign to include resources like TrevorSpace, helping to connect LGBTQ youth in underserved areas to young people who share their experiences.“At The Trevor Project, we know that connecting to a community can lead to support and friendships, as well as reduce the risk for suicide attempts and other high-risk behaviors,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, “but for young LGBTQ people, it may not be easy to find others like them nearby. That’s why we are so excited for this partnership with Straight But Not Narrow and human I-T to ensure underserved LGBTQ youth can access TrevorSpace.org in addition to other life-affirming resources.”James Jack, Co-Founder and CEO of human I-T, shared the same enthusiasm, sharing, “It has been fantastic to tap into the expertise of both SBNN and The Trevor Project to find the best tools and resources such as TrevorSpace.org to include on the computers we refurbish for this initiative.”Thomas Woemer is a member of The Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council and is responsible for connecting The Trevor Project with SBNN to create the Power On campaign. “For my Trevor Youth Advisory Council project, I wanted to help LGBTQ young people who live in rural communities and low-income neighborhoods connect with other LGBTQ youth and straight allies. None of us should ever feel alone, and it is really exciting to work with Straight But Not Narrow and human I-T to connect us all to safe systems of support.”Josh Hutcherson, Straight But Not Narrow advocate, says “I’m kicking off the Power On campaign by donating one of my old computers, and it’s awesome to know that it’ll be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them. I’ve always respected the work that The Trevor Project does, and to have an opportunity for Straight But Not Narrow to collaborate with them on a campaign like Power On is exciting.”Those who would like to support the campaign can donate their old laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Please visit human-i-t.org/ally to learn more about Power On and how to donate. Human I-T will collect and refurbish all computers free of charge for our Power On computer initiative.last_img read more

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Canadas luxury retail market takes off as brands flock to cities

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Nearly 40% of the about 50 new international retailers that entered Canada last year are considered to be in the luxury segment. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) Login/Register With: Advertisement The industry publication has been tracking national store openings for the last five years.“In my neighbourhood of Bloor Street and Yorkville, we’re seeing this absolute explosion right now of luxury brands,” said Craig Patterson, president of Retail Insider, referring to two high-end shopping areas in Toronto.A combination of increasing wealth, tourism and more affordable prime retail property have made Canada one of the top destinations for luxury retailers, according to analysts.center_img Advertisement Twitter Whether you’re in the market for a new $2 million Swiss watch or just window shopping, it’s pretty hard to miss a new global luxury retailer setting up shop in one of Canada’s high-end shopping streets these days.There’s has been an influx of luxury brands opening flagship stores in major urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver over the last couple of years, with some of notables being French fashion houses Chanel, Hermèsand Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille.In fact, nearly 40 per cent of the about 50 new international retailers that entered Canada last year are considered to be in the luxury segment of the market, according to Retail Insider. Facebooklast_img read more

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Much Studios Creator Bianca Harris helps women set their intentions and achieve

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Much Studios Creator Bianca Harris founded WIPP, (Women Inspiring Passion and Purpose) in 2015. Through a steady stream of digital content, including their weekly podcast Wipped C.R.E.A.M, and live events, they have grown to be one of Toronto’s biggest brands for women, helping them discover their authentic passions. Now, Bianca is ready to help set intentions and achieve goals with the latest WIPP event, ÄR-KE-TEKT, on Saturday, April 7 in Toronto. Taking place at the Bell Media Studios campus at 277 Queen St. W, the event features workshops in goalsetting and meditation aimed at inspiring passion and purpose in women’s lives. Building on the success of previous events, tickets have been selling fast for ÄR-KE-TEKT, with the evening session already sold out! Tickets for the afternoon sessions, which run from 1 – 5 p.m. are still available through Eventbrite.“ÄR-KE-TEKT is designed to help women start building the life they actually want, and you can only accomplish that by taking small steps” says Harris. “So the idea with ÄR-KE-TEKT is for attendees to pick one intention that they can meditate and work on throughout the day.”After hosting their biggest event in May 2017, where more than 500 attendees gathered to be inspired by a panel of celebrity speakers, ÄR-KE-TEKT is a more intimate event filled with engaging, hands-on workshops. Each session begins with a workshop led by Harris and Chantel Chapman from Mogo Money, focusing on developing intentions. Harris and Chapman guide attendees through journaling, goal setting, and deadline creation, and discusses how to overcome the things holding them back from achieving their goals. The second workshop of the day focuses on meditation. Led by certified reiki instructor and pranayama and meditation facilitator Miriana Perticarini, this session helps attendees visualize their goal and release the fears holding them back from achieving it. Participants at each session also have the opportunity to engage with art installations from Toronto-based multimedia artist Whyishnave Suthagar, a crystal energy room, as well as enjoy tarot card readings, music, and networking. Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Innu leader named top minister as Harper unveils new cabinet

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former Labrador Innu leader Peter Penashue was appointed minister of intergovernmental affairs by Prime Minister Stephen Harper who unveiled the first cabinet of his new majority government Wednesday.John Duncan kept his portfolio, but the Prime Minister’s Office changed his title to minister of Aboriginal affairs and northern development instead of Indian affairs and northern development.Concerns immediately emerged that an Aboriginal affairs minister may mean the government is looking to approach First Nations, Metis and Inuit issues as one in the same, despite each having their own distinct political, cultural and legal realities.Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, the Conservative MP from Nunavut, also retained the Health portfolio, but gained a new responsibility as minister of Canadian northern economic development.Aglukkaq and Penashue made history, making Harper’s latest cabinet the first with two Aboriginal ministers.Penashue, who was also named as president of the Queen’s Privy Council, was the only Conservative elected in Newfoundland and Labrador in the election. He is the former head of the Labrador Innu Nation and is also the first Innu ever to be elected as an MP.Penashue has been a long time fighter for the rights of Labrador Innu and even took on the military in opposition to low level flight training in Labrador in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Penashue was also involved in shedding light on the dire situation facing the community of Davis Inlet, now Natuashish.Harper told reporters that Penashue had an “outstanding record” as an Innu leader and that he had won a “historic” election in Newfoundland and Labrador. Penashue was the first Tory elected in Labrador since 1968.He was also a key player in pushing through a major land-claim for the Labrador Innu.Joining Duncan and Aglukkaq in keeping their cabinet posts were Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Defence Minister Peter MacKay.Former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino, who has faced criticism over the handling of the Caledonia crisis and the 2007 shut-down of Hwy 401 by Tyendinaga Mohawks, was named associate minister of defence.Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose also retained her Status of Women portfolio.Others in named to the Harper cabinet include:*Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finely*Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda* Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird* Treasury Board President Toney Clement* House Leader Peter Van Loan* Immigration Minister Jason Kenney*Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz*Minister of Industry Christian Paradis*Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore*Transport Minister Denis Label*Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield*Environment Minister Peter Kent*Labour Minister Lisa Raitt*Revenue Minister Gail Shea*Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney*Minister of International Trade Ed Fast*Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver*Minister of State for ACOA Bernard Valcourt*Government Whip Gordon O’Connor*Minister of State for small business Maxime Bernier*Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy*Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification*Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher*Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear*Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies*Minister of State for Democratic Reform Tim Uppal*Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong*Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosallast_img read more

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First Nations should be prepared for major conflict Nelson

first_imgAPTN National NewsFormer Roseau River chief Terry Nelson held an unofficial campaign event Thursday.Nelson is running for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.He held a public forum to share his thoughts about the possibility of a conflict between First Nations and the Canadian military.Nelson says the likelihood is small, but First Nations should be prepared.Queen’s University professor and retired Lt.-Col. Douglas Bland was on hand with Nelson.He lent expertise and knowledge of the Canadian military to the crowd.last_img

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Mikmaq on quest to reclaim 300 yearold altar

first_imgAPTN National NewsNearly 300 years ago the French gave the Mi’kmaq a wooden altar as a gift.That altar is sitting in a church not far from a Nova Scotia First Nation.On Monday, a small group of Mi’kmaq went to see if they could get it back.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.last_img

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Winnipeg woman finds help at dropin centre after fire leaves her homeless

first_imgShaneen Robinson- Desjarlais APTN National NewsJess Mentuck had nowhere to go and found herself on the streets of Winnipeg.Going from shelter to shelter after a fire in her apartment complex a few months ago.Then Mentuck finally caught a break – at a drop-in centre.last_img

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Multiple shots fired on North Dakota march against DAPL pipeline by worker

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsA number of shots were fired during an anti-DAPL march in North Dakota Saturday.Violence during the demonstrations against the pipeline that will run from North Dakota to Illinois are increasing.Now police are investigating this latest confrontation.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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ID of missing woman found 1250 km from where she was last

first_imgHolly MooreAPTN InvestigatesA driver’s license belonging to missing woman Ashley Simpson has been found in the tank of a vacuum septic truck at a Northern British Columbia lodge more than two years after she disappeared.“It was pretty shocking,” said her father John Simpson. “It is such a weird piece of the puzzle.”Simpson’s case was one of four missing women in the Okanagan Valley featured in the APTN Investigates episode Dark ValleyCpl. Dan Moskaluk of the BC RCMP confirmed that Simpson’s license was found.“Police are aware that Ashley Simpson’s ID was located at the Sasquatch Crossing Lodge, an area in Pink Mountain that Ashley was linked to prior to her relocation to North Okanagan,” said Moskaluk.Pink Mountain is 1,252 kms north of Enderby, B.C. where Simpson was last seen.Police are supposed to be coming to pick up the driver’s license.“I have the license in an envelope in front of me right now waiting for it to be picked up,” John Simpson said from his home in Ontario.A photo of the license which expired in 2017 was sent to John Simpson’s wife Cindy Simpson on Facebook by the owner of the Sasquatch Crossing Lodge Oct. 9. The license arrived in the mail shortly after.“We aren’t sure what to think of it or what to do about it,” said John Simpson. “We do know she was working up there.”Father recalls she may have lost her ID.Her father recalled Simpson saying that her wallet and ID went missing for a while. He said his daughter worked at the lodge for three years before moving to Enderby, B.C. with her boyfriend Derek Favell.“We aren’t sure if she got it back or if someone just decided ‘Oh I still have this license’ and tossed it somewhere,” he said, “The biggest thing with that is if it was someone in Pink Mountain, why wouldn’t they put it in the garbage and burn it? All the garbage is burned there.”The license was found in the tank of a truck that was used by the lodge. The trucks vacuum sewage out of trailers on the property.“Why wasn’t it soiled if it was in there for any length of time?” said John Simpson, adding the license was relatively clean for being inside of sewage waste.John Simpson travels to the Okanagan Valley to search for his daughter every year.He said he was told that the RCMP near Fort St. John looked into the discovery though he hasn’t heard anything about their findings.“We haven’t heard anything back,” he said. “All I know is that they said to keep the license in the envelope.”John Simpson said it is hard to know what happened and how the ID ended up in the truck tank.“It is very agonizing,” he said. “We are still hoping that sooner or later, someone is going to have remorse and tell us what happened to her.”Women and girls have been going missing from the Splatsin Nation for decades. If you have any information about these or any historical cases, Email us at investigates@aptn.cahmoore@aptn.ca@hollymoorenewslast_img read more

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They failed us Manitoba mother of girl who died while in care

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe family of an infant who died while in the care of child and family services in Manitoba is demanding answers from the province.On Monday, the family was advised their four month-old daughter died while in a Winnipeg foster home.“They told us that my daughter passed away choking on her bottle or vomit,” said the girl’s mother Daralyn Green.“There’s so many questions. I need answers.”The Winnipeg police say they are investigating the death of Vanatasia Green to determine if there was any wrong-doing.The family is from Bloodvein First Nation – located 200 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Green says her daughter was apprehended at birth but reasons for the apprehension are not known.“I don’t know why they didn’t give me a chance,” said Green. “They give other mothers a chance and that was my first baby.”Martina Fisher is a former social worker and family friend.She said the family wants to focus on the larger issue at hand.The apprehensions of Indigenous kids.“There is always a chance to work with the mother, to work with the family, to work with out communities,” said Fisher.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs women’s council organized the press conference.Chief Francine Meeches, of Swan Lake First Nation said  the province should hand over jurisdiction to First Nations.“Something needs to change here. We’ve been working as a team our women’s council we’ve been trying to change legislation in this country,” said Meeches.“In our province and we’re struggling with that because nobody seems to see what the need is.”According to the province there are 10,328 kids in care.Approximately 90 per cent of them are Indigenous.The family says if things don’t change more deaths will occur.“She’s not going to be the last if somebody doesn’t do something about this,” said Green.In a statement Families Minister Heather Stefanson said the department is looking into the girl’s death.“We know the CFS agency and authority responsible for the child’s care are gathering information to find the family the answers it needs,” said the statement.A spokesperson for the Southern First Nations Network of Care, which oversees the agency, says they could not comment on the case.The girl’s death comes on the heels of a damning report from Manitoba’s children’s advocate who looked into the death of Tina Fontaine.“CFS failed my daughter,” said Green. “They failed us.”bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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My dream came true NHL game in Plains Cree a hit

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsClarence Iron had called many hockey games on the radio – but what happened on Sunday, during the NHL game between Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes, amazed him.Iron made history by being the first play by play announcer to call a game on national television in Plains Cree.“It happened – my dream came true but to call it in Cree. I thought I would call it in English because I’ve called a lot of English hockey games before but to do the Cree, even myself, sometimes I amaze myself,” he says with a laugh.APTN and Sportsnet, the official broadcaster of NHL hockey in North America, teamed up for the historic game – a milestone in Canadian television history.Iron has long been recognized as one of the Cree voices of hockey.He’s hoping this historic moment opens the doors for the next generation too.So does studio host Earl Wood who was beaming with excitement throughout the game.“I want to invite all those young people out there no matter where you are to take it upon yourself to gain an interest in our language and to utilize it,” Wood told APTN News. It has a place in this modern day society and can take you anywhere you want to go.“Anywhere you want to go, your language will take you there.”Shtatahaa Carey Price ngii ngaabinaan mwebigaanhsan! #APTN #aptnhockey @APTN @APTNNews @APTNInFocus https://t.co/xHXn2i1iKP— Dominic H K Beaudry (@DhkBeau) March 25, 2019The game was pure entertainment on and off the ice.The Hurricanes played the spoilers for Canadiens fans in a 2-1 overtime win.In a game with playoff implicationsEven if you didn’t understand a word, you could feel the excitement in the call.“That was exciting tonight,” says Joel Darling, executive producer of special events at Sportsnet. “It really was and to see some of the tweets that were being put out on social media was pretty exciting to and hear you guys call it the way you did, it was entertaining and really fun to listen to.”While some may have tuned in initially for the novelty, many stuck around because it was so exciting to watch.An important game for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples says Jason Chamakese, a Cree language guest on the broadcast.“The only thing that I can think of right now is wow. To be part of something that amazing, to have our languages broadcast to living rooms all across Canada and to have people who don’t understand the language hear how beautiful our Cree language sounds. It’s amazing to be a part of.”Chamakese hopes the airing of this game is about more than just hockey.“I think we want everybody to get along and to care about one another because I see a disconnect and through something like this our hope is that we build these bridges between people,” he says. “That’s what I’m hoping for that this will lead to something good, something positive (in cree) which is sharing the land in a good way.”Studio analyst and former NHL player John Chabot says this can’t just be a one off.“The NHL has done a job of reaching out to our new Canadians but they’ve really never reached out to our pre-Canadians and this was something that was a long time coming,” he says.And it may not be a one off.Talks are underway in the hopes of airing more games next season on APTN in different Indigenous languages.At the moment, hockey is broadcast in English, French and Punjabi.dward@aptn.ca@DennisWardNewslast_img read more

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Enbridge TransCanada to test out Calgary pipeline leak detection tech

first_imgThe fear of oil spills remains a major obstacle for those in the energy industry trying to push through pipeline projects, but one company thinks it has a solution to shore up safety.Two major companies, Enbridge and TransCanada, will be experimenting with a new leak detection system in both Canada and the U.S.Hifi’s President and CEO Steven Koles said the High Fidelity Dynamic Sensing (HDS) technology can accurately measure acoustics, temperature, vibration and strain.“We can also focus on events that might be precursors to a leak: a construction crew that’s digging to close to a pipeline — an earthquake that might create a geo-technical event,” he said.There are many other leak detection systems out there, but HDS claims to be the most sensitive.“You literally get an alarm in a second,” Koles said.“We actually take information or data that’s being sensed in real time on the pipeline and we transmit this into what’s called GE Predix, which goes into the control room of Enbridge and TransCanada.”The start-up is in the middle of pipeline politics.“But we are actually quite proud to say we are a fully made-in-Canada solution to a very relevant Canadian problem, and so, we think we can help,” Koles said.But, Hifi has the backing of the provincial government and will be partnering with the two major industry players with help from the Alberta Innovates program.Both ends of the Keystone pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Houston, Texas and Enbridge’s new Norlite pipeline will be fitted with the technology.last_img read more

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Airbus shakes up top management amid legal woes

first_imgPARIS – Airbus said Friday that its CEO, Tom Enders, will step down in 2019, as the European airplane maker shakes up management amid multiple corruption investigations.The company said Enders, who will have been at the helm of Airbus and defence firm EADS for 14 years, won’t seek another term when his current term expires.Enders has been a key figure as Airbus has jockeyed with U.S. rival Boeing over the past decade to be the world’s top-selling plane maker.The 59-year-old was quoted Friday as saying Airbus needs “fresh minds for the 2020s” and that he would use the remainder of his time to ensure a smooth transition and to strengthen the company’s ethics and compliance programs.The governments of France and Germany, which have stakes in Airbus and used to have seats on its board, are paying close attention to the management changes and the legal probes.“We obviously need to keep an eye on our strategic interests and (Airbus) governance, which must be exemplary,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters in Brussels on Friday.Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron insisted that their governments won’t “interfere politically to return to a role in the daily management of the company” — but said he wants the Airbus board to provide clarifications in the coming weeks about the executive shakeup.Also leaving is the chief operating officer and president of the commercial aircraft division, Fabrice Bregier, who will step down next February.He will be succeeded by Guillaume Faury, currently CEO of Airbus Helicopters. Enders described Faury as part of “the next generation of leaders,” which could suggest he is being groomed to eventually take over as CEO of the overall Airbus Group.The announcement came weeks after Airbus announced it is replacing its combative, long-serving sales chief, John Leahy. He’s being replaced by an outside executive, from Rolls Royce.The big challenge for incoming Airbus management will be legal investigations.Authorities in Britain and France are investigating alleged fraud and bribery related to Airbus’ use of outside consultants in commercial plane sales. Airbus has warned that the investigations could lead to “significant penalties” and promised to stop working with middlemen.Meanwhile, Austria is investigating suspected fraud in the government’s purchase of Airbus combat aircraft.It’s a bumpy time for Airbus, which recently saw a major deal with Gulf carrier Emirates for A380 superjumbos fall apart at the last minute at the Dubai Air Show. The airline handed the contract to Boeing instead.Shares were little changed Friday, as management changes were expected.Airbus had revenues of 67 billion euros ($79 billion) last year and employs 134,000 staff worldwide.last_img read more

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Poland signs deal for longterm deliveries of US gas

first_imgWARSAW, Poland – Poland’s main gas company signed a long-term contract Thursday to receive deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of a larger effort to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.The state company PGNiG signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere during a ceremony in Warsaw attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda.“This is a sign across Europe that this is how your energy security will be developed, your energy sources diversified,” Perry said before the deal was signed.He and Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski also signed an agreement to confirm long-term co-operation on energy security, which Perry said indicated America’s “pro-Poland and pro-Europe” approach to developing diverse sources of energy.“We are prepared to be a competitive, reliable and transparent” partner, he said.Perry is visiting several countries in central and eastern Europe to expand energy partnerships in the region, the U.S. Department of Energy said.The value of the deal with the Polish company was not disclosed, in line with traditional secrecy for such energy deals.However, Piotr Wozniak, the president of PGNiG’s management board, said the price is 20-30 per cent lower than what Poland pays its current supplier in Russia.Under the deal, Poland will receive some 700 million cubic meters of gas from 2019 through 2022, and 39 billion cubic meters from 2023 through 2042. Poland’s annual consumption of gas is almost 16 billion cubic meters, 25 per cent of which is covered from Poland’s own deposits.Wozniak said the deal would also provide a safety net to protect neighbouring Ukraine, a transit route for Russian gas, from unexpected breaks in Russian gas deliveries. PGNiG is planning two more deals for U.S. gas deliveries, he said.Poland and Ukraine feel especially concerned about their level of dependence on Russia energy supplies, which Moscow has used as political leverage in the past.Their anxieties have increased because of a German-Russian project to build Nord Stream 2, a second pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would deliver gas directly from St. Petersburg to Germany, and to other European countries, while bypassing Poland and the route through Ukraine.Perry said the U.S. opposes Nord Stream 2 because it thinks the pipeline project would increase the region’s dependence on Russian gas.The gas will be delivered by ship from terminals in Louisiana and Texas to a liquefied natural gas terminal in Swinoujscie, in the northwest, on Poland’s Baltic coast.In October, PGNiG signed a separate long-term contract for the purchase of some 40 million tons, or over 50 billion cubic meters, of liquefied natural gas from Louisiana-based Venture Global Calcasieu Pass and Venture Global Plaquemines LNG.The deal, the first of its kind in central and eastern Europe, was meant to replace an expiring deal with Russia’s Gazprom that Poland said cost too much.___Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed to this report.last_img read more

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The Latest Macron takes part in wreathlaying in Germany

first_imgFRANKFURT — The Latest on the French president’s visit to Germany (all times local):1 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has taken part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Germany’s memorial to the victims of war and dictatorship.Macron stood with folded hands and bowed head alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Neue Wache memorial in Berlin as part of a national day of remembrance.Macron is visiting as both he and Merkel are lagging in the polls and need some mutual reinforcement and support.Merkel has backed Macron’s proposal for a European army someday, saying it would show the world that there will never again be war between European nations. The two are meeting before a December summit intended to decide limited reforms of the shared euro currency to make it more resistant to financial and economic crises.___8:40 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both limping in the polls, are looking for common approaches to Donald Trump and fixing the flaws in the euro currency.Macron speaks in the German parliament in Berlin on Sunday on an annual day of remembrance for victims of war and dictatorship, a week after the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and then consults with Merkel on European and international issues.Merkel last week echoed Macron’s call for a European army, a long-term prospect that drew tweeted criticism of Macron from Trump. Merkel said a European force would save money and agreed with Macron that Europe must be able to defend itself on its own. The two also face a December summit on limited reforms to the euro currency.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The Latest Prosecutors to hold Ghosn for as long as needed

first_imgTOKYO — The Latest on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been arrested on suspicion of financial irregularities (all times local):7:45 p.m.Japanese prosecutors say they will detain former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for as long as needed to finish their investigation into suspicions of financial irregularities.Shin Kukimoto, deputy chief prosecutor for the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’ Office told reporters Thursday the authorities have no intention of releasing Ghosn because of international attention or concern about his case.Ghosn and another Nissan executive, Greg Kelly, were arrested on Nov. 19. They are being held at a detention centre in Tokyo. Kukimoto refused to confirm reports that both men have denied the allegations against them.Last week, prosecutors got approval to hold Ghosn without formally charging him until Friday, as is standard in Japanese investigations. The prosecutors can detain suspects for up to 20 days per charge, gaining time with more charges.___6:30 p.m.Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s bestselling auto group last year, has reaffirmed its commitment to its alliance.The group issued a statement Thursday saying the member companies had individually and collectively “emphatically reiterated their strong commitment” to their partnership.The announcement follows the arrest on Nov. 19 of Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, for alleged financial irregularities. Japanese automakers Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motor Corp. have since dismissed Ghosn as their chairman. Renault SA of France has named an interim chairman but kept him on while seeking more information about his case.Ghosn’s troubles raised speculation about troubles within the alliance, which says it sold more than 10.6 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2017.Prosecutors have not yet formally charged Ghosn, who is being held in Tokyo.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Grande Prairie bomb squad finds firearms and an IED during search of

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie man is facing 23 charges after Mounties executed a search warrant at a home south of the Swan City over the weekend.At around 9:30 last Saturday morning, members of the Grande Prairie RCMP, Police Dog Services, and the local bomb squad executed a search warrant at a rural property in Grovedale, roughly 20 kilometres south of Grande Prairie.Police had obtained information that the home’s resident possessed a number of prohibited weapons that were kept on the property. During the search, police located four firearms, one of which was stolen, along with ammunition, a computer and thumb drives. An improvised explosive device was also found on the property, which was secured by the bomb squad.47 year-old Grande Prairie resident David Monette has been charged with 22 weapons related offences and one charge of possessing an improvised explosive device. Monette remains in police custody and will appear in court on Wednesday, March 21st.Police extended thanks the public for their efforts in order to help solve crime in the local community. Anyone with information about any crime, can contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at (780)830-5700. If you would like to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You are not required to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.last_img read more

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City of Fort St John considers feminine hygiene products at public facilities

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Monday’s Regular Council meeting Councillor Byron Stewart made a notice of motion regarding public facilities and free feminine hygiene products.Councillor Stewart inquired if free feminine hygiene products were available in public facilities in response to the news of the provincial government now offering free hygiene products in schools.“Wondering if we have a policy in place regarding feminine hygiene products in our public facilities,” said Councillor Stewart, “going forward with that in my mind it’s part of our bodies regular functioning as much as toilet paper, water and paper towel.” The provincial government issued a press release Friday, April 5th, 2019, under a ministerial order, that all B.C. public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019.Education Minister Rob Fleming said it’s time to normalize and equalize access to menstrual products in schools, helping to create a better learning environment for students.“Students should never have to miss school, extracurricular, sports or social activities because they can’t afford or don’t have access to menstrual products,” said Fleming, adding that current research indicates that one in seven students has missed school due to their periods because they cannot afford products.“This is a common-sense step forward that is, frankly, long overdue. We look forward to working with school districts and communities to make sure students get the access they need with no stigma and no barriers.”The ministerial order – takes effect immediately but allows districts until the end of 2019 to comply – comes with $300,000 in provincial startup funding. Over the coming months, the ministry will continue to work with school districts, community and education partners to look at the needs of each district, identify gaps and ensure they have the funding needed to meet this new requirement.last_img read more

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Centennial Park playground now open to the public

first_imgTo view more on Capital Projects, CLICK HERE Ryan Harvey, Communications Director for the City of Fort St. John shares the Parkour Park will open later this week.“We want to remind people that the majority of the park is still under construction and ask that they stay out of the construction zones,” said Harvey.The budget for the project was $5.5 million for the redevelopment of the park to facilitate a new permanent stage, picnic shelter, a pedestrian walkway, formal garden, washroom, and two playgrounds. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new playground at Centennial Park is now open to the public for use.last_img

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