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Ridehailing group says BC model looks a lot like expanded taxi industry

first_imgVANCOUVER — A coalition of businesses and interest groups advocating for ride-hailing in British Columbia says legislation introduced yesterday will just create an expanded taxi industry, not the ride-hailing services that customers expect.Ian Tostenson of Ridesharing Now for BC says members are “bewildered” that the future of ride-hailing in the province remains uncertain and the government hasn’t committed to a start date for the service.Tostenson, who also represents the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, says the coalition is especially concerned that the Passenger Transportation Board would have power to limit the number of drivers on the road, where they can drive, and also set rates.He says the organization was expecting to see legislation that more closely matched the customer-driven supply and demand model that exists in other jurisdictions.Tim Burr of ride-hailing company Lyft says the company sees legislation introduced Monday as a “procedural step forward” but the regulation and rule-making process will come next.He says the company is used to rolling up its sleeves to work with legislators and regulators in many jurisdictions and remains committed to working with the B.C. government to bring the service to the province.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EnbridgeLine 3 replacement likely wont be in service until second half of

first_imgBut Enbridge now says it is revising its construction schedule, following information provided by the State of Minnesota on Friday about its timeline for granting remaining environmental permits.Enbridge says the state indicates the permits should be available by November, and the company anticipates the remaining federal permits it needs will be finalized approximately 30 to 60 days later.The project will transport crude from Alberta to Wisconsin, where it will connect with pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It’s designed to replace an aging pipeline and restore its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day, an increase of about 370,000 bpd.“We now have a firm schedule from the state on the timing of the remaining permits for our Line 3 Replacement project,” Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said in a statement.“We support a robust and transparent permitting process that includes opportunity for public input. We’ll continue to work closely with state officials during this process.”The company says more specific timing on the in-service date, as well as any potential impacts on its 2020 financial outlook, will be provided once the revised construction schedule is finalized. A lack of export pipeline space was blamed for steep discounts in western Canadian oil prices last year, leading to production curtailments by the Alberta government that began Jan. 1.Premier Rachel Notley said when she announced the cuts that they would last until Dec. 31, 2019 _ when Line 3 was expected to be up and running.Two other pipelines, the Trans Mountain expansion and the Keystone XL project, are both in limbo after being stalled by court decisions in Canada and the U.S.Last month, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that his commerce department would petition the state Public Utility Commission to reconsider its approval of Line 3 through Minnesota, prolonging a process begun by his predecessor. CALGARY, A.B. – A pipeline that Alberta has been counting on to ease the bottleneck in moving its crude oil to foreign markets won’t be in service for at least another year, according to its owners.Enbridge Inc. says in a news release that the timeline for construction of the Line 3 replacement likely won’t see the pipeline operational until the second half of 2020.Just two weeks ago, the Calgary-based company expressed confidence that the project would be in service by the end of this year.center_img Previous challenges by the former governor were set aside by the commission.last_img read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9900Brazil real 0.3989China renminbi 0.1881Euro 1.4789Hong Kong dollar 0.160130India rupee 0.01957Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01146Malaysia ringgit 0.2928Mexico peso 0.07083N.Z. dollar 0.9039Norway krone 0.1598Peruvian new sol 0.3871Russia rouble 0.02119Saudi riyal 0.3341Singapore dollar 0.9202South Africa rand 0.09492South Korean won 0.001110Sweden krona 0.1554Switzerland franc 1.2992Taiwanese dollar 0.04144Thailand baht 0.03758Turkey lira 0.3597U.K. pound 1.6047U.S. dollar 1.2529Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

Nestle says it wants to partner with small Ontario town on well

TORONTO – A small Ontario township looking for a drinking water supply isn’t sure what to make of a proposal from Nestle to ‘partner’ on a well the community tried to buy but lost to the international bottled-water giant.Nestle Waters Canada representatives attended the council meeting in Centre Wellington township Monday to say it wants to partner with the small but fast-growing community near Guelph on the well the company purchased.“We hope that a partnership concept will be identified that both the township and Nestle Waters can agree upon,” said Nestle’s natural resources manager Andreanne Simard. “(A) partnership which sees community needs prioritized while also identifying potential revenue streams that contribute to shared and sustainable prosperity.”Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton said he’s not really sure exactly what Nestle has in mind at this point.“They really weren’t asking us for anything except to consider a kind of partnership in the future, and they were fairly vague about what that could mean,” Linton said in an interview. “We’re really just at a starting point after they floated that concept out there. I don’t know what it really means.”Ontario imposed a moratorium on new or expanded bottled water operations after Nestle purchased the well in Middlebrook last summer that Centre Wellington had also tried to buy. The moratorium has prevented Nestle from testing the quality and quantity of the water available at the well.The company said any discussions about a partnership would be protective of the community’s needs to safe, reliable drinking water.Linton said the community is willing to talk with Nestle about its plans while it conducts scientific studies on its future water needs, but insisted it is not engaged in negotiations with the company.“This was kind of them throwing something out at the council directly to see if there’s an opportunity for us to jointly use the well,” he said. “We’ve been really clear that we don’t want any other water takings to infringe on our ability to look after our own needs.”Linton said the Ministry of the Environment told the township it needs to “scientifically demonstrate” its future drinking water needs.“Until we know that, we really can’t enter into any kind of serious negotiations about sharing it,” he said.“We have two years right now because of the moratorium and are going to be doing a lot of data modelling to understand how much water we’re going to need with our growth rate and where we’re going to get that water.”Nestle’s offer to partner with the township was probably an attempt to find some way to move forward on developing the Middlebrook site and partly a public relations move, added Linton.“They’re sitting on this well and can’t really do anything with it,” he said. “They’ve taken quite a hit on this file and I think they wanted a chance to interact directly with council and give us their story.”Nestle has existing permits to take up to 3.6 million litres a day from its well in Aberfoyle, Ont., where it has a bottling plant, and another 1.1 million litres a day from a well in nearby Erin, Ont., another community in Wellington county.Ontario charges $3.71 for every million litres of water taken, on top of a permit fee of $750 for low- or medium-risk water takings, or $3,000 for the 30 per cent of permits considered a high risk to cause an adverse environmental impact.The public has until the end of January to comment on potential new regulations looking at ways to improve Ontario’s renewal process for water-taking permits for bottled water companies — and increasing the fees they pay. Nestle bottled water is shown in Toronto, Monday, Oct.17, 2016. Nestle Waters Canada says it wants to partner with a small southern Ontario township on a well that the community wanted for its drinking water supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2016 9:53 am MDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nestle says it wants to ‘partner’ with small Ontario town on well it purchased read more

Ohio State mens volleyball duo Michael Henchy and Dustan Neary seeing the

Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) hits the ball while junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) watches during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior year of high school: staring out at the volleyball court and eating popsicles, Dustan Neary and Michael Henchy sat with their backs against the bleachers after defeating a high school rival for their first time in 10 years.“That was a pretty cool moment and I think it says something about our friendship off the court,” Henchy said of the time with Neary after the win.Now both juniors on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, Neary and Henchy were previously high school volleyball teammates at Ventura High School in Ventura, Calif. The pair officially became teammates their sophomore year of high school when they both made the varsity team. Henchy said slowly but surely, he and Neary became good friends.“We didn’t really know each other freshmen and sophomore years. Our junior year we started to hang out a little bit and our senior year he started hanging out with me and my friend group a lot,” Henchy said. “It was more of an every weekend than an occasional kind of thing. Just spent a lot of time hanging out together … we could play pretty much any sport together.”Even though the two are good friends, they agreed they get a little competitive at practice, both in high school and today at OSU, where Neary is a middle blocker and Henchy is an outside hitter.“During high school our coach would have to split us up and put us on separate teams, it was always a battle,” Neary said with a laugh. “We would talk trash through the net all the time. But at the end of practice, we knew we were friends.”After high school, different recruiting processes led them to opposite ends of the country.Neary attended Moorpark Community College in California for two years before coming to OSU. Although Neary started playing volleyball in the fourth grade, he said he had more of a passion for basketball and that hurt him during recruitment.“I played basketball through high school and volleyball was kind of just something I did when I wasn’t playing basketball,” Neary said. “I didn’t start taking volleyball seriously until my junior year of high school … Everybody else had started (playing) earlier and I think they got noticed earlier, I was late getting into it. My talent was more raw, I guess.”Neary added he transferred to OSU so he could continue his volleyball career.Ventura High School boys volleyball coach Kim Adair said in a phone interview she loved Neary’s laughter on the court.“When he’d make a block or a kill, he would just turn around and have this grin on his face and then he’d get into the huddle and just laugh, just get joy from what he did,” Adair said.At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Henchy didn’t start playing volleyball until his freshman year of high school, and Adair said she enjoyed watching him develop a passion for the game.OSU men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson said Henchy’s level-mindedness makes him a great asset on the court.“Michael brings a real level of steadiness, maturity … I think because we’re a pretty young group right now, that’s important for us,” Hanson said. “He keeps everybody pretty focused on the next play, regardless of what might have happened on the previous play.”Henchy said his decision to come to OSU was an easy one.“I took my official visit to Ohio State, went to a football game and got to meet the guys on the team and it was just a no-brainer from there,” Henchy said.Neary said after deciding to transfer, OSU was always an option because he had a good friend there.“In the recruiting process, I (sought) them (OSU) out first and out of the schools I showed myself to, Ohio State showed the biggest response,” Neary said. “Having my friend here made a difference.”Hanson said Neary’s work ethic was what made him appealing.“When we watched him at a junior college tournament, his team was playing in like eight or nine games in a couple hours and he seemed to play all the games,” Hanson said. “He kind of just kept going, and going, and going … and that is what kind of caught our eye — this guy just works hard all the time.”Henchy said he was excited to hear Neary was considering transferring to OSU to play.“When I found out he (Neary) was thinking of coming here, the wheels started to spin and I started putting in some good words with the coaches. I started telling him more about the campus,” Henchy said.In those two years, the two players kept in touch by emails and texts every now and then, and got to hang out on breaks from school.“After not seeing him that much for two years, I came here and it was pretty much exactly the same, exactly where we started off,” Neary said.On the OSU men’s volleyball team (7-6, 4-2), the two players have worked to become starters.“It’s funny lining up next to him in the front row and looking over and seeing the same thing the entire way through high school,” Neary said.Correction Feb. 25: An earlier version of this article’s headline had Dustan Neary’s first name spelled ‘Dustin,’ when in fact, it is Dustan. read more

UK weather Strong winds and rain to sweep across Britain after Storm

first_img“After a few days of settled weather, the end of the week going into the weekend will become more unsettled.”She warned of heavy rain in places, but said there would be dry spells. Pedestrians shelter from the rain and windy conditions on Westminster BridgeCredit:Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock Pedestrians shelter from the rain and windy conditions on Westminster Bridge Large temperature contrasts across the US will drive a strong #jetstream, bringing a change to more unsettled weather across the UK pic.twitter.com/yu61bYtmuE— Met Office (@metoffice) March 15, 2017 “We are not expecting to name the system, it will be just wet and windy weather – not atypical for this time of year,” the forecaster added.Rain is expected to start falling in London on Thursday, with the dismal drizzle expected to continue into Friday night.The threat for showers across most of the country will likely continue into early next week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: “It is not going to be Stella by the time it comes here, the only thing we will see is quite a lot of warm air helping to increase the development of a low pressure system. Show more Strong winds and heavy rain will hit Britain later this week as a band of low pressure sweeps in from across the Atlantic, forecasters warned today.Gales with gusts of up to 50mph, coming after Storm Stella caused chaos in the US this week, will spread from Friday.The worst affected areas are predicted to be coastlines in southern England and the North West.last_img read more

SG Flensburg too strong in a new season VIDEO

handball videoLjubomir VranjesSG Flensburg ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe are ready for semi-finals! Next Story → Yuri Shevtsov stays Belarus NT headcoach until 2016! German vice-champion SG Flensburg reestablished quality from the past, when Danish colony played significant role in the Bundesliga, but also EHF Champions League (finalist in 2007). Under management of Ljubomir Vranjes, SG Flensburg had fantastic last season, when team from the Danish border was ahead of HSV Handball, Rhein Neckar Lowen and Fuchse Berlin. As we have seen in the Super Cup Final in Munich, Flensburg will be tough opponent, even for THW Kiel in upcoming season. About that is next VIDEO, who presents the official SG squad for the season 2012/2013…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCGb_0ykUQ0[/youtube] read more

PORTUGAL Benfica win 6th trophy of Super Cup

Benfica handballPortugal handballSporting handball ← Previous Story Dario Quenstedt to replace Andreas Wollf in THW Kiel Next Story → PSG Handball win strong Eurotournoi 2018 – Veszprem fourth, RK Vardar at the bottom Benfica SL celebrating the first season’s trophy – Portuguese Super Cup. The team of Carlos Resende beat reigning champions Sporting CP 29:24 (14:11) for the sixth trophy of Super Cup played in Braga.The hero of the match was Macedonian goalkeeper Borko Ristovski, who made the difference between two teams from Lisabon, who will be the strongest contenders in the upcoming season…PHOTO: Benfica website read more

FactCheck Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3404165 IN LATE APRIL, then Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launched a new campaign entitled ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ encouraging the reporting of welfare benefit fraud by the public.The campaign has generated a great deal of debate, both from those approving of the sentiment and those harshly critical of the policy.One of the key claims of the initiative (which remains prominently displayed on the Department of Social Protection’s (DSP) website, and was used as a marquee figure in the advertising drive which went along with the campaign) is that €500 million was saved in Ireland last year on foot of members of the public reporting relatives, friends, neighbours, and acquaintances on suspicion of benefit fraud.A subsequent 15 May debate on RTÉ’s Today With Seán O’Rourke between south Dublin Fine Gael councillor Paddy Smyth and former welfare fraud inspector Bernadette Gorman saw Gorman argue that the figure is in fact closer to €41 million. Source: Sam BoalSo which side is telling the truth?(Send your FactCheck requests to factcheck@thejournal.ie, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: €500 million was saved in Ireland in 2016 as a result of the reporting of benefit fraudThe EvidenceIn order to FactCheck this claim, we asked the DSP to provide:Details of all reports of fraud made by members of the public to DSP in 2016The calculations used to arrive at the figure of €500 millionThe nature of any estimates or  modelling that might be used to approximate the overall figureThe Department’s response can be viewed here. Source: Department of Social ProtectionThe key to the Department’s approach to estimating fraud is a ‘control’ scheme, one that uses a series of multipliers (estimates of how long a fraud would continue to be carried out before being brought to a halt in other words) in its calculations.In simpler terms, the Department assumes that if a fraud isn’t detected, it will continue for a set further period of time, with different time periods applied to each of the 70 welfare schemes DSP operates.These calculations cover both reductions in and termination of payments once fraud has been identified, and are measured in weeks (and in certain cases months). They range in size from 26 weeks for Jobseeker’s Benefit (for both reduction in payment and termination), to 52/136 weeks for Carer’s Allowance and most other benefits, to 12/34 months for Child Benefit.The Department declined to provide TheJournal.ie with calculations regarding how the figures for individual benefits were calculated; however, the overall figures contributing to the €506 million figure are as follows: Savings breakdown by scheme 2016 Source: Department of Social ProtectionClick here to view a larger imageNote that the overall estimated figure of €506 million is not atypical in recent years – in fact according to figures released to Sinn Féin TD John Brady on the subject (viewable here), the total breached €600 million in the austerity years of 2011, 2012, and 2013: Source: Department of Social ProtectionClick here to view a larger image“The methodology underpinning the calculation of the savings was developed by the Department, in conjunction with the CSO and is similar to that used in other countries, such as the UK and Australia,” the DSP said in relation to the system used to estimate welfare fraud.However, that system has been in use since at least 2009 – whether or not it has been adjusted to account for changing social metrics such as rising/falling unemployment is unclear.The DSP, in its release to TheJournal.ie, states that 19,361 reports of benefit fraud were reported by members of the public in 2016: Number of reports of fraud 2016 Source: Department of Social ProtectionClick here to view a larger imageHowever, it also states that:Recent exercises concluded that savings and/or overpayments have been recorded in about one-third of cases where a report was received from a member of the public.This statement is given a caveat – “note that this work is not designed – nor is it large enough – to allow for statistical inferences to be drawn from the results” – however, for the basis of this FactCheck we will assume this one-third figure is applicable across the board.Running the Numbers Source: Department of Social ProtectionClick here to view a larger imageLet’s take the three largest figures attributed to welfare schemes as samples.These three schemes account for almost two-thirds – €318 million – of all welfare fraud savings made last year, according to DSP. In each sample, we’ll be looking at how many allegations of each type of fraud there were last year, how many were likely to have resulted in actual fraud, and the total savings this would have amounted to.These calculations have been arrived at with the assistance of Professor Micheál Collins of the UCD School of Social Policy.Jobseeker’s Benefit / AllowanceNumber of reports in 2016 – 5,310; Estimated savings €172 millionJobseeker’s welfare benefits form almost 40% of DSP’s overall calculations for last year, so these schemes are particularly significant.For the duration of 2016, jobseeker’s benefit was €188 per week. Using the €172 million total, this indicates 914,894 weeks of fraud savings last year. Using the above table of multipliers, DSP assumes that each beneficiary of welfare fraud is equivalent to 26 weeks of payments lost. Dividing the total number of weeks by 26 therefore indicates 35,188 individuals were guilty of jobseekers’ fraud last year – which equates to 12% of the average number of people on Ireland’s live register (302,945) in 2016. In other words, the assumption is that one in ten people claiming jobseeker’s benefit are committing fraud. Which is a high figure by anyone’s standards.However, DSP’s own figures appear to contradict this.5,310 reports of such fraud were made last year. However, assuming only one-third of those led to savings/overpayments, that figure becomes 1,770. Which leads to two possibilities:(i) 1,770 x 52 weeks (multiplier used for Jobseeker’s Allowance) x €188 = €17.3 million(ii) 1,770 x 26 weeks (multiplier used for Jobseeker’s Benefit) x €188 =  €8.65 millionSplitting the difference here gives an indicative figure saved of just under €13 million, or about 7.6% of €172 million – less than a tenth of the actual savings being claimed.One Parent Family Benefit (OPFB)Number of reports in 2016 – 3,383; Estimated savings €77 millionThroughout 2016 the OPFB stood at €188 per week, with an additional €29.80 per child covered. For the basis of this comparison, we’ll assume a single parent and two children -or payments of €247.60 weekly. The control number of weeks for termination of this benefit is 136 (more than 2.5 years). That suggests a saving to be made per incidence of fraud of €33,674. Using the €77 million total estimate, this indicates fraudulent claims at the full estimated rate in 2016.The most recent Social Welfare Services statistical report (for 2015, available here) indicates that €670.1 million was spent by the State on this benefit that year. This indicates an overall incidence of fraud rate of 11.5%, which is broadly in line with the assumed rate of fraud for jobseekers detailed above.Again, however, DSP’s figures appear to contradict this.3,383 reports of such fraud were made last year. Again, assuming only one-third of those led to savings, that figure becomes 1,128:(i) 1,128 x 52 weeks (multiplier used for reduction in payment) x €247.60 = €14.5 million(ii) 1,128 x 136 weeks (multiplier used for termination of payment) x €247.60 =  €38 millionEven taking into account the larger multiplier, which would appear to be very high, the estimated figure of €38 million saved is less than 50% of €77 million – less than half of the actual savings being claimed.Child BenefitNumber of reports in 2016 – 556; Estimated savings €69 millionFrom January 2016, the child benefit rate per month in Ireland was €140, or €1,680 per year. This indicates 41,071 instances of such fraud in 2016.  According to the 2016 census, there were 1,190,502 children aged 18 or younger in the state. Assuming one payment per child, that indicates a fraud rate of 3.4% – or one in every 30 children’s benefits are fraudulent. Again, this seems quite a high estimate given the strict nature of the child registration process.Once more, DSP’s figures appear to contradict this.556 reports of such fraud were made last year. Again, assuming only one-third of those led to savings, that figure becomes 185:(i) 185 x 12 months (multiplier used for reduction in payment) x €140 = €310,800(ii) 185 x 34 months (multiplier used for termination of payment) x €140 =  €880,600Again, even taking into account the larger multiplier, which assumes nearly three years worth of savings per instance of child benefit fraud, the estimated figure of €0.9 million saved is less than 1.3% of €69 million – just over one hundredth of the savings being claimed by DSP.ConclusionTogether the three benefits analysed account for 63% (€318 million) of the DSP’s announced savings of €506 million as a result of reported fraud in 2016.From our analysis, even following what appear to be especially high multipliers used to estimate savings, that figure is closer to €51.9 million – just 16% of the €318 million officially estimated by DSP. Note that this is an especially generous reading of these multipliers – others have estimated that the savings made were considerably lower.It should be noted also that even if the savings figures for the remaining welfare schemes were 100% accurate, the total could not come close to the €506 million being claimed. In fact, using our calculations as a proxy for the remainder, the overall savings figure would be in the region of €82 million.It also bears repeating that while DSP provided TheJournal.ie  with the system of multipliers used when estimating fraud savings, the Department declined to provide its own methods for calculating those figures. Therefore, it has not been possible to check the logic behind those calculations.There are two conclusions to be taken from our own calculations:The estimated savings made by DSP as a result of reported fraud bear little or no resemblance to the realityEven if the €506 million figure were accurate, it would indicate a highly inefficient welfare system with nearly 3% of all transactions (overall annual budget for DSP is approximately €20 billion) being fraudulent Assistant Secretary at DSP Kathleen Stack with then Minister Leo Varadkar, pictured at the launch of the Welfare Cheats campaign on 17 April Source: Sam BoalThe purpose of this FactCheck is not to question why DSP’s savings estimates are as high as they are (and have been so consistently for at least the last eight years). However, in anecdotal conversation with statistical experts conducted in preparation for this article, it has been suggested that such outlandish figures were possibly of benefit to the Department when Ireland was involved with the Troika in the early years of this decade, and huge savings were expected to be achieved at all levels of government.Given that Ireland now appears to be relatively clear of recession, such substantial welfare fraud makes far less intuitive sense.In its correspondence with TheJournal.ie, DSP claimed that its system for estimating fraud is subject to “frequent reviews”, but also acknowledged that the last review of its welfare fraud estimating procedures was run in 2012 by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG).It also acknowledged that this review five years ago “recommended changes”, which do not appear to have been applied as yet.“The Department is rolling out updated IT systems during 2017 to improve the data collection and analysis of its control activities,” its statement reads.Regardless, for this FactCheck, the conclusion regarding the Department’s claim is that it is false.Claim: €500 million was saved in Ireland in 2016 as a result of the reporting of benefit fraudConclusion: False Jun 18th 2017, 12:05 AM 76 Comments Short URL Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 12:05 AM By Cianan Brennan Share1097 Tweet Email3 51,048 Views FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year? No. No it didn’t. Find more FactChecks here Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Officials Seek to Create Emergency Services Hub at Niagara Air Station

first_imgElected officials and other supporters of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station secured $500,000 in state funding to launch an initiative to establish an emergency services hub at the installation to house first response agencies from across Western New York.The $500,000 grant from Empire State Development will be used as seed money to retrofit existing facilities at the air station, state Sen. Robert Ortt (R) announced Monday. The project would be located next to the base at Niagara Falls International Airport and could take $3 million and six years to complete.“This is one more development trying to make the base more attractive, more of an asset in the community, both from a military and from a local community standpoint,” Ortt said, reported the Niagara Gazette.The project — the result of a collaboration of the Niagara Military Affairs Council and federal, state and local lawmakers — is intended to shield the installation from possible closure. The site’s proximity to the Canadian border, favorable weather and the possibility of terrorist activity in the region make the air station a prime candidate to host an emergency response hub, officials say.“We have continued to win one new mission after another,” U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins (R) said in reference to the 107th Air Wing’s drone program and a C-130 flight simulator, as well as the emergency response hub.“Each and every one of those is what we need to make sure this Niagara Falls airbase is here not for the next 20 or 30 years, but for the next hundred,” Collins said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Fed Ends Bond Buying Shows Confidence in US Recovery

first_imgThe Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its monthly bond purchase program and dropped a characterisation of US labour market slack as “significant” in a show of confidence in the economy’s prospects.In a statement after a two-day meeting, the central bank largely dismissed recent financial market volatility, dimming growth in Europe and a weak inflation outlook as unlikely to undercut progress toward its unemployment and inflation goals.”On balance, a range of labor market indicators suggests that underutilisation of labour resources is gradually diminishing,” the Fed’s policy panel said in an important departure from prior statements, which had described the slack as “significant.””The committee continues to see sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy,” it said.US stocks added to earlier losses after the statement but came back to close down only marginally, while the yield on the 5-year US Treasury note jumped, putting it on track for its biggest one-day increase since mid-March. The yield on the benchmark 10-year US Treasury note was little changed.The dollar rose to a three-week high against a broad basket of currencies as traders pulled forward expectations of when the Fed would eventually raise interest rates.Rate futures shifted to show better-than-even odds of a rate increase in September 2015; previously, they had pointed to a hike in October. The Fed has held rates near zero since December 2008 and has more than quadrupled its balanced sheet to $4.4 trillion through three separate asset purchase programs.”The market is saying that the Fed has now stepped closer to tightening interest rates because of the labour market,” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Interactive Brokers LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut.The Fed also added broad, flexible language that ties the timing and pace of any future rate hike to incoming economic data, as Fed Chair Janet Yellen has stressed in recent remarks.While the central bank retained its basic guidance that overnight borrowing costs would remain near zero for a “considerable time” following the end of bond purchases this month, the new phrase marks a turn towards a new regime.”If incoming information indicates faster progress toward the committee’s employment and inflation objective than the committee now expects, then increases in the target range for the federal funds rate are likely to occur sooner than currently anticipated,” the statement said.ROUNDING UP THE VOTESThe changes in language seemed to accommodate the concerns of Fed officials worried the central bank was falling out of step with improvements in the economy. Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser and Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher, who dissented at the previous meeting last month, voted in favor of the statement this time.Like investors, economists generally saw the new language as having a slightly hawkish tilt, downplaying risks the recovery will ebb and sticking with the underlying forecast of moderate U.S. economic growth and steady improvement in the job market.”Despite the recent market volatility, the statement … was, if anything, more hawkish,” said Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics. “So, on balance, the Fed believes it is getting closer to meeting the full employment side of its mandate.”Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota was the only one who broke ranks, arguing for the committee to make a bolder commitment to meet its 2% inflation target given a lack of price pressures.A global stock market sell-off two weeks ago, a dip in inflation expectations and flagging growth in Europe had raised the risk that global weakness could hamper the US recovery and undercut the Fed’s effort to move inflation higher.The Fed made only slight reference to those events. It acknowledged that lower energy prices “and other factors” were holding inflation down. But it said risks to the economy were balanced, and it repeated its view that the likelihood of inflation undershooting its target had diminished since earlier this year.The decision to shutter the bond-buying program was almost foregone. The monthly purchases had been steadily cut from $85 billion to $15 billion as part of the Fed’s gradual turn away from policies launched to fight the 2007-2009 recession and breathe more life into a tepid recovery.The Fed will continue reinvesting the proceeds of securities that mature each month, meaning its balance sheet will remain intact for the time being.last_img read more

The Rise and Fall of Rosenwald Schools

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROThe Howard County Historical Society hosted a lecture on a disappearing history of Black education, Friday.“Lunch Date With History,” an ongoing lecture series at the Museum of Howard County History, hosted a talk with docent Mattie Hays about the story of Rosenwald Schools.Numbering more than 5,000, Rosenwald Schools were a joint project between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald.The Howard County Historical Society (Courtesy Image/Logo)Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants and clothier by trade, steadily rose from lead supplier, to investor, to president and finally chairman of Sears Roebuck in the first half of the 20th century. Simultaneously, Washington was rising to eminence as a leader in the mission of Black education in the post-Reconstruction and solidifying Jim Crow Era.Washington’s network of contacts, labor and intelligentsia, combined with Rosenwald’s vast wealth in a pilot program of six schools overseen by Washington’s Tuskegee Institute.Both proponents of Washington’s theories on self help, Rosenwald insisted on matching funds from Black and White communities when the program expanded across the South.Blacks raised $4.7 million to contribute. When cash was unavailable, the Rosenwald Fund would accept labor.Rosenwald schools were most numerous in the former Confederacy, but Rosenwald schools came to Maryland. They were established in the counties of Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Wicomico, Montgomery and the aforementioned Howard.A 2011 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago study found a significant relationship between the development of these schools and the rise in test scoring, literacy and Northern migration of its students.In the end, the Rosenwald Fund established schools in 15 states and almost 900 counties.The end came with Brown v. Board of Education. With the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion that public schools desegregate, and Brown II’s opinion that it be swift, these all-Black schools were abandoned. The overwhelming majority of those schools that were not outright demolished succumbed to neglect.Even in their heyday, Rosenwald schools never achieved the funding or quality of White schools.There is currently some effort to preserve the structures that remain as historically significant reminders of the value of education and investment in the Black community. The Highland Park School in Prince George’s County, a former Rosenwald structure, continues to operate as a Head Start Center.last_img read more

Toshiba plans rollout of entirehome battery system

first_img More specifically, on a full charge, the Toshiba system is reportedly capable of powering lighting equipment (100W), refrigerator (160W), TV (150W) and personal computer (30W) for about 12 hours. Recharging takes about five hours. A rapid-charge mode cuts it down to two hours. The output power of the eneGoon is 3.0kVA, which Toshiba claims is the highest output power of a home-use electricity storage system in the industry The system’s key component is Toshiba’s “SCiB” lithium-ion rechargeable battery which has a capacity of 6.6kWh, considered relatively high for a home battery system. Since 2010, Toshiba has promoted its ability to put battery technology on the fast track with the SCiB, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The company says its advantages include minimal capacity loss, a high level of safety, and long life of more than 6,000 charge-discharge cycles, along with high power output performance.Toshiba Lighting and Technology will launch eneGoon in November in Japan. There was no information on pricing at the time of this writing. According to Tech-On, the eneGoon’s maximum power output is 3.0kVA and it can power appliances up to 200V. The product is going to appear in November in Japan but that does not deter outsiders from taking an interested look at what Toshiba has developed, at a time when better solutions for storage batteries that can cost less and do more, longer, are goals everywhere. © 2012 Phys.org Explore further Toshiba’s SCiB rechargeable battery selected for new electric vehicles This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Toshiba plans rollout of entire-home battery system (2012, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-toshiba-rollout-entire-home-battery.html (Phys.org)—Japan’s residents well know the difficulties of power outages; unsurprisingly, efforts toward smarter solutions for backup power options are top priority for R&D at companies like Toshiba. The company plans to roll out a home storage battery system that can keep appliances running for a good part of the day. Toshiba Corp and Toshiba Lighting and Technology Corp have developed a storage battery system that makes use of the company’s technology for rechargeable batteries. The system is called eneGoon, and it can do the work in the event of a power shortage to power up the gamut of frequently used household appliances Toshiba says eneGoon can powering a home dweller’s refrigerator, TV, PC, and lights for 12 hours on a full charge.last_img read more

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first_imgTags: Australia, Collette, New Zealand Collette highlights free Fiji extension in new brochure Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA – Collette has launched its new 2017-2018 Australia & New Zealand brochure, featuring six South Pacific itineraries and a complimentary extension to Fiji.Tours include ‘From the Outback to the Glaciers’, ‘The Complete South Pacific’, ‘Exploring Australia’, ‘South Pacific Wonders’, ‘Exploring New Zealand’ and ‘South Pacific Wonders with New Zealand’s North Island.’ The Fiji extension includes four meals and three-night stay in the five-star Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.“We designed some of our first tours to this part of the world with amazing locations such as Milford Sound, Ayers Rock and one of my favourites, the Sydney Opera House,” said Dan Sullivan Jr., President and CEO at Collette. “This year, our team of experts have outdone themselves with each day carefully crafted to share more with you.”To order a brochure go to gateway.gocollette.com. Sharelast_img read more

Latest war adds new generation of mental trauma in Iraq

first_img Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober With such group counselling sessions, international aid groups are trying to help at least some of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who fled from their homes to escape the Islamic State and now live crammed into multiple camps like Chamishko around the north. But the efforts are a drop in the ocean in a county where an overwhelming number of people are dealing with mental trauma and where there are almost no facilities to help them.The IS rampage across northern and western Iraq the past 18 months only adds a new generation of traumatized Iraqis after decades of war and conflict. From the long Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s, to the 1991 Gulf War, through the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and the sectarian slaughter that followed, Iraqis have witnessed untold horrors and suffered the agonies of displacement.Dr. Emad Abdul-Razzaq, the adviser on mental health issues to the Health Ministry, estimates that 40 to 50 percent of Iraq’s 33 million people have been affected by the trauma of the last few decades, in some cases causing serious personality changes like increased anger, anxiety and aggressiveness.This in a country where there are only 130 licensed psychiatrists. There are just 2,000 beds in mental hospitals nationwide — 80 in the northern Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah, the rest in the capital Baghdad. A mental health hospital planned in the southern city of Diwaniya will be the country’s first new facility in 60 years. _____Schemm reported from Baghdad. Associated Press reporters Salar Salim and Bram Janssen in Irbil, Iraq contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. At Baharka, another camp for the displaced, Muntaha Salih Khalaf described how her life started to fall apart. In 2006, an American soldier patrolling in her Sunni neighborhood of the northern city of Mosul started asking her neighbors about her, referring to her as “the beautiful girl.” He even visited her home once when her husband wasn’t there, an unforgiveable breach of conduct in her deeply conservative community that sparked rumors that she was having an affair.Her neighbors started calling her a prostitute and her husband’s family began sending threatening text messages. When her latest pregnancy began to show there was even talk that the soldier was the father, she said. Her husband, Mohammed Abdullah, decided to move the family to Damascus. But the stress of having her whole neighborhood turn against her had driven Khalaf into depression, severe mood swings and increasingly erratic behavior.Then one day in Damascus, feeling that she had to get rid of everything and start anew, she set the house on fire.“My whole family has become like a sick body infected by me because of my mental issues,” said Khalaf, a 40-year-old mother of eight. Her husband finally got the family to the Baharka camp, where she is now receiving group therapy and individual treatment for bipolar disorder. “This has saved me as a mother and as a wife,” she said. “I am meeting with people here who are supporting me and giving me advice on how to confront life.”Losing one’s home is one of the biggest stress factors that can raise mental health issues — and since January 2014, more than 2.7 million Iraqis have fled their homes because of the IS advance, about a third of them flowing into camps in and around the northern Kurdish region. UNICEF, the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and other international agencies have set up programs in the camps to try to address the mental health issues through counseling rather than medication.“They have lost close relatives. They are still in mourning, they have a lot of anger and anxiety,” said Olivia Nevissas, the psycho-social activities coordinator for Handicap International at Baharka camp near Irbil. “Six months after the conflict, they have had very few moments to let go of their emotions, to verbalize what they have gone through, and that’s why those sessions fill a void.”The group sessions with women have been the biggest success. Organizers say they can tell it’s benefiting them because the women take time out of their busy days of cleaning and taking care of their children and the elderly to attend and talk. In this photo taken on Saturday, March 28, 2015, Muntaha Salih Khalaf, an Iraqi woman from Mosul, carries bread for her family at the Baharka camp for Iraqi displaced people outside of Irbil, Iraq. Decades of war and international sanctions have left millions of Iraqis traumatized after seeing loved ones killed or being uprooted from their homes. The medical infrastructure in the country, however, is ill-served to treat them. The situation has been exacerbated by the latest wave of fighting in the north, which has displaced tens of thousands of Sunnis, Kurds, and Yazidis, sending new flows of traumatized people into overcrowded camps for the displaced. (AP Photo/ Maeva Bambuck) Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Helped by organizations like Doctors Without Borders, Iraq has struggled to provide more mental health services, setting up centers in hospitals and training regular doctors to provide some counseling. But the effort is hamstrung by lack of funding. “We have accumulated problems, and the policymakers in the past have not made mental health support a priority,” said Abdul-Razzaq.At Baghdad’s Ibn Rushd hospital mental health center, which sees about 150 patients a day, Dr. Mohammed Koreishi said the staff has tried to increase awareness in the public about the benefits of professional mental health care and overcome the strong social stigma against it. But he said there’s a profound lack of trained professionals, including clinical psychologists and counselors.“We have a problem in Iraq that doctors don’t like to specialize in psychiatry because it has the poorest economic status — not like a surgeon,” he said. At his center, patients are mainly treated with medication such as mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics and antidepressants, with limited recourse to counseling.The vast majority of Iraqis are left to deal with their traumas on their own, and the causes of trauma can be varied and unexpected.center_img Patients with chronic pain give advice 0 Comments   Share   CHAMISHKO CAMP, Iraq (AP) — The group of women, members of Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, first did deep breathing as a relaxation technique. Then, as their children played in the center of the room, they talked about the traumas they had lived through when Islamic State extremists rampaged through their town.Muna Murad spoke of the sorrow that overwhelms her when she’s reminded of her brother-in-law, who was killed by the militants before her eyes. “Whenever I see his two kids playing with mine, I have trouble breathing,” she said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement It is more difficult with the men, who often are reluctant to express themselves in a group. Instead, they gather in political discussions or music performances that can have some of the same therapeutic effects.The hardest part of Handicap International’s work, however, is the children, many of whom are just too young put their emotions into words.Asya, a very young looking 13, smiles a lot, stares off into the distance and shakes her head, but she doesn’t speak. Her father, Aido, said she was having trouble in school even before they had to flee 10 days on foot from Islamic State fighters who attacked their home in Sinjar, a mainly Yazidi area in northwestern Iraq. They are now staying at an abandoned construction site next to Chamishko camp.“My youngest daughter is sick, her mental state isn’t normal,” he said, while his daughter held his hand after he collected the girl and her sister from a group therapy session.Kureishi, at Baghdad’s Ibn Rushd medical center, said his hospital often deals with children suffering from mood disorders, disruptive behavior, bed wetting, and high anxiety, which they treat initially with medication. While men have more room in society to engage in life outside the home to work through their problems, “the effect is more on women and children,” he said. “They are less supported in society.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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first_img2011 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2009 2008 Anthony Davis – OTRay Rice – RB Larry Fitzgerald – WRJames Harrison – OLB Robert Mathis – DECarl Nicks – OG New England PatriotsNew York Giants Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Using the great resources of Pro Football Focus, I decided to take a look at the teams that participated in the Super Bowl the last five seasons in order to figure out if there is a consistent position or positions that they rated highly. Let’s see if there is any correlation to the highest-rated non-QB position on each of the last five Super Bowl participants. Maybe that can lead us to whether or not that position needs to be looked at by the Arizona Cardinals.(Note I am not listing half time players such as FBs.)2012 Wes Welker – WRKenny Phillips – DB 0 Comments   Share   Alex Boone – OGHaloti Ngata – DL Arizona CardinalsPittsburgh Steelers Tramon Williams – DBLawrence Timmons – OLB Reggie Wayne – WRJon Stinchcomb – OT San Francisco 49ersBaltimore Ravens Brian Waters – OGHakeem Nicks – WR In today’s NFL there aren’t a lot of differences in players manning the position anymore, and most defensive ends are ranked as outside linebackers by most draft publications. But, the reality is that the Cardinals need a player that can get to the quarterback on a consistent basis from the edge, and this draft class seems to be teeming with talent.Offensive guard – While some will point to the pass blocking ability of Daryn Colledge, a guard needs to be able to open holes in the running game consistently and Colledge was one of the worst in the league. Couple that with Adam Snyder being an absolute bust of a free agent signing and it may be time to address the guard position earlier in the draft, at least in day two. In this draft, there will be a lot of talent in day two that could be added.Offensive Tackle – While there was marked improvement at the end of the season from rookies Bobby Massie and Nate Potter, there certainly is room for improvement at the position.The addition of Levi Brown back to the rotation may cloud this slightly; I think the fact that there’s a new coaching regime could make Brown the odd man out in any situation. Everyone knows about the potential tackles at the top of the draft. Josh Sitton – OGJames Harrison – OLB Indianapolis ColtsNew Orleans Saints Top Stories Green Bay PackersPittsburgh Steelers Totals:• 7 Pass rushers• 6 offensive guards• 5 offensive tackles (I did not distinguish between left and right tackle, but only 1 made the list.)After that we see a total mishmash of talent that received the highest Pro Football Focus grades, but it shows that there are consistently three positions that matter in the NFL outside of the QB position: pass rusher, offensive guard and offensive tackle.When we look at the Arizona Cardinals, we see holes at all three positions and at that point we have established our board of team needs for the Arizona Cardinals:Quarterback – While Kevin Kolb proved his mettle in his five starts this year, there are persistent questions about his ability to stay healthy as well as a concern from at least one person, me, that he won’t be able to fit into Arians’ offense.While some draft analysts believe this is a weak QB class, I see a lot of players with potential and only need a little polishing.Pass Rusher – Anyone that follows me on Twitter has heard me say during the season that the Cardinals need a pass rusher. At the time the position was obviously an OLB, but with the possible switch to a more 4-3 based look, that position may become a need at defensive end. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2010 Rob Gronkowski – TEJason Pierre-Paul – DE Dwight Freeney – DEJahri Evans – OG Other High Priority Positions of Need:• Linebacker• Defensive Back• Tight EndNow we know what positions the Cardinals need to begin focusing on for draft day, but what players can fill those roles?Stay tuned. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Joe Staley – OTMarshall Yanda – OG Levi Brown – OTTroy Polamalu – DB The Arizona Cardinals enter the Bruce Arians era with more questions than answers. The answers will begin to roll in over the next couple of months as we enter the free agency period and my personal favorite time of year, the NFL Draft.For the Arizona Cardinals, the first thing we need to do is identify the areas of greatest needs that should be addressed in the 2013 draft.I have gone back and forth over how to determine the greatest needs of the Cardinals, and decided I wanted to do a little digging first. Desmond Bishop – LBLamarr Woodley – OLB Antonio Smith – DEWillie Colon – OTlast_img read more

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first_img“J.J. is healthy, he is an explosive player,” Bruce Arians told the media afterward. “We sent Larry (Fitzgerald) through the middle, that would get J.J. one on one with the corner. All we needed was time. Carson bought time and put it out there for him.”J.J. Nelson brings in a MASSIVE 80-yard touchdown from Carson Palmer! #BeRedSeeRed #ARIvsSEA pic.twitter.com/IeY5kg3YZ7— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 24, 2016The play gave Arizona a 14-0 lead with 3:54 left in the first half.It held some eyebrow-raising historical relevance, too. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the play was the longest pass play allowed by the Seahawks since 1998, when the Kansas City Chiefs’ Rich Gannon hit Andre Rison for an 80-yard passing play.Nelson, in his second NFL season out of University of Alabama-Birmingham, had three catches for 132 yards and the touchdown against the Seahawks.Heading into Saturday, Nelson had 27 receptions for 361 yards and five touchdowns. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson (14) looks back as Seattle Seahawks’ Steven Terrell, center, and Jeremy Lane tumble behind as he runs for a touchdown after a pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) J.J. Nelson is streaking.In the second quarter of the Arizona Cardinals’ 34-31 win against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, the diminutive wideout recorded his fourth straight game with a touchdown pass after catching only two in the first 10 games of 2016.And Nelson did it by streaking past two Seattle defenders on a post route and hauling in an 80-yard bomb thrown by quarterback Carson Palmer.Nelson pulled down the deep ball — it went 49 yards through the air — by getting a step in between two Seahawks defensive backs, Steven Terrell and Jeremy Lane. But the two Seattle players ran into one another attempting to tackle the speedy receiver, allowing Nelson to waltz into the end zone. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

by Giuseppe Valiante The Canadian Press Poste

first_img by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 9:46 am PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The artistic director of a Quebec theatre says he doesn’t want to cancel a play that sparked protests and accusations of racial insensitivity that prompted the Montreal jazz festival to cancel the show’s multi-night run in early July.The Saint-Jerome theatre will put on the show “SLAV” by Quebec director Robert Lepage in early 2019, David Laferriere said in an interview Tuesday.It features a predominantly white cast picking cotton and singing songs composed by black slaves.“Should white people in 2018 sing and celebrate slave songs, created by suffering and humiliation? It’s not for me to say,” Laferriere said.“I haven’t finished my reflection on that and I don’t think adding my voice to this debate is pertinent at the moment.”The Gilles-Vigneault theatre in the town 60 kilometres north of Montreal is one of several venues scheduled to host SLAV next year.Tickets can still be purchased for dates in Sherbrooke, Drummondville and Saguenay, despite criticism from Montreal’s black community, which accused the show’s white creators of profiting off the pain of black people.One of the hottest tickets at this year’s Montreal’s jazz festival, the show was billed as a journey through “traditional Afro-American songs, from cotton fields to construction sites.”On opening night in late June, protesters converged outside the downtown Montreal theatre hosting the play and screamed invective at people trying to enter the building, forcing police to form a protective cordon for ticket-holders walking in.Activists denounced the show and its mostly white cast, and U.S. musician Moses Sumney cancelled a gig at the festival in protest.Laferriere said he’s empathetic with those who have criticized the play.“I am sensitive to their comments, to their suffering and opinions, I understand it very well,” he said. “But … the last thing for me to do is to kill this creation, and to not have this discussion.”He said his theatre is considering ways to start a dialogue with citizens and hold activities around the play to raise awareness of the themes of the production.Laferriere said he isn’t concerned about protesters disturbing the show.“Protesters need to be heard,” he said. “Of course, in the logistics, we will have (protesters) in mind and will make sure things happen properly. As long as the public can enter the theatre respectfully, then I don’t mind if there are protests.”Dan Philip, president of the Black Coalition of Quebec, said the play’s scheduled shows outside Montreal are an insult to black people.“It shows contempt for the black community and the black experience and slavery as a whole,” said Philip. “It shows they will do anything for profit.”Quincy Armorer, artistic director of the Montreal-based Black Theatre Workshop, said the story SLAV tells has a place in art and theatre — but black people should play a prominent role in telling these narratives.“There are appropriate, respectful and ethical ways of producing the work and I supposed I was happy to hear the production had been cancelled (in Montreal),” said Armorer, whose theatre company is in its 48th season. “And that was diminished when I found out it was going to continue in its current form.”He said the fact a play of this nature — created by a white man and featuring a predominantly white cast picking cotton on stage — can be performed in Quebec in 2018 shows “people don’t really care.” Controversial Quebec slave play to continue run across province in 2019last_img read more

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