College Football Star Skipping His Team’s Bowl Game

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The list of players skipping their bowl games this year continues to grow. On Thursday afternoon, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart revealed star corner Deandre Baker won’t play in the Bulldogs’ game against Texas on New Year’s Day.Baker announced his plans to play in the Sugar Bowl earlier this month, but has been battling an injury ahead of the game. Now it appears he made the decision to secure his health for the future by not participating in the bowl game.Smart revealed it was Baker’s decision to skip the game.Georgia coach Kirby Smart said cornerback Deandre Baker is not playing in the Sugar Bowl. He made the call to skip the game. He is on the trip.— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) December 27, 2018Baker is one of the best corners in college football and is likely a top-15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. His decision sin’t surprising as he looks to keep his body healthy for the NFL – though he said earlier that he plans to play in the game.Georgia and Texas kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

Black Is the New Black: 5 Stunning Charcoal Cocktails

first_imgActivated charcoal has found its way into your bathroom, food, and now your favorite cocktails. The same substance that can help whiten your teeth can easily turn your drinks into deep black elixirs, but these potions can be just as dangerous as they look. Don’t panic; you can still make your own charcoal cocktails and survive every drop.Before you start rummaging through your grill’s ashes, know that activated charcoal is a little harder to make. The usual powders or capsules are often made from wood or coconut husks that are exposed to gases at high temperatures, thus developing microscopic pores. Known for its aggressive absorption of toxins, charcoal is readily found in skincare products, but has also made a name for itself in detox juices or as a powerful food dye.People tend to gloss over how powerful charcoal’s absorption is when ingested. Rather than singling out toxins, it will draw anything you drank or ate towards it. This black hole characteristic makes charcoal bad news for people taking medications because it nixes their effectiveness. Make sure to run this by your friends when you start shaking up charcoal cocktails.The good news? You only need a little bit of powder to get your charcoal cocktails to a show-stopping black. Too much will alter the texture of the drink, but you can always correct this by straining the mix. Plus, the charcoal itself doesn’t really have a flavor, so you can take some of your favorite cocktails to the dark side with a small amount of effort. For the more adventurous drinkers out there, here are some charcoal cocktails guaranteed to (temporarily) turn your tongue black.Perla Negra(Created by Jim Kearn, Slowly Shirley, New York City)2 oz Santa Teresa 17962 oz sorrel1 oz kalamansi juice*1 oz arrack1 oz orange juice½ oz honey½ oz ginger½ tbsp activated charcoalMethod: Add activated charcoal to shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the sorrel. Shake with about three large ice cubes. Strain over crushed ice into a vessel (preferably a glass skull). Pack a lit votive candle into the crushed ice on top of the cocktail. Measure and pour the sorrel around the candle.*Kalamansi juice: In a pitcher, combine 1 cup freshly squeezed kalamansi, 2 cups water, and 3/4 cup simple syrup. Stir to combine. Store in fridge until chilled.June Gloom(Created by Morgan Greenhalgh, The Drink Blog) 3 oz tequila1 oz Grand Marnier1½ oz lime juice1 oz lemon simple syrup*Dash of orange bitters¼ tsp activated charcoal powderLime roundMethod: Add tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice (fresh), lemon simple syrup, orange bitters and activated charcoal to your shaker with ice. Shake and pour into coupe glass using a Hawthorne strainer. Garnish with lime round.*Lemon simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan until it comes to a boil. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before adding 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice, preferably fresh-squeezed.Death Before Dinner(Created by Matt Allred, Zentan, Washington D.C.)1 ¼ oz Flor de Cana 4 Year Old Rum¾ oz grapefruit juice½ oz lime juice¼ oz orgeat¼ oz Maraschino liqueurPinch of activated charcoal powderGrapefruit twistMethod: Dry shake all ingredients. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with grapefruit twist.Black Friday Detox(Created by Colleen Jeffers, Sugar and Cloth)1 ½ oz vodka 1 oz beet juice½ oz lime juice½ oz honey ginger syrup1 dose (generally 520 mg or the contents of two capsules) activated charcoal powder1 pinch saltMethod: Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into coupe glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with lime curls or candied ginger.Black Tie White Noise(Created by Beauty & Essex, New York City) 1½ oz Gentlemen Jack ½ oz Yellow Chartreuse ¼ oz Bruichladdich Port Charlotte¾ oz lemon juice½ oz simple syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 capsule activated charcoalMethod: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into chilled coupe glass. 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Stylelast_img read more

No Decision Taken on User Fees – Health Minister

first_imgHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says public consultations are being considered to determine whether the government will maintain or revise the existing no-user fee policy at public health institutions islandwide. He made the disclosure while addressing the contract signing ceremony for the upgrading of the Santa Cruz Health Centre in St. Elizabeth, held on Tuesday (January 15) at the Percy Junor Hospital in Spauldings, Clarendon. The Minister, who was responding to media reports suggesting that changes are to be made to the policy shortly, said that no decision has been taken. “We have not taken a decision, as was reported, that by the end of this month a user fee policy will be in place. The policy must be reviewed and in this review, the people of Jamaica should be brought into the discussions,” he stated. Dr. Ferguson informed that consultations on the matter have been proposed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its study being done on the sustainability of the country’s health sector. “The IDB is in the final stage of completing that study… that takes into account a number of issues. I have been promised that we (at the Ministry) will get that study by the end of January. But, essentially, coming out of that, there is going to be the need, starting almost now, for national consultations,” the Minister said. The Minister stressed the need to determine, “possibly by the next financial year” what the policy pertaining to fees will be, going forward. This, he said, is important in ensuring consistent delivery of efficient health care, while lamenting that “down time is just (occurring too) regularly”.last_img read more

Live and kicking

first_imgibis announces a new program, ibis Music, in partnership with global music giant Sony Music to bring live music experiences to its customers. The global partnership involves hosting multiple live gigs across 17 countries, promoting ibis’ passion for music. This is the latest step in the brand’s transformation, offering local residents and travellers a totally new experience in hospitality, creating vibrant social hubs for increased social interactions. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe program will provide a platform to new and upcoming artists to showcase their talent and extend a quirky space to music lovers or travellers who enjoy sitting in a relaxed, uplifting atmosphere with some great tunes. Under this program, a musical evening will be conducted on July 19, at ibis Kolkata Rajarhat. Come watch and enjoy an eclectic mix of musics with the band M Sonic. Packages at the hotel: Unlimited drinks and food at INR 999 plus taxes /per person, Unlimited food at INR 699 plus taxes / per personlast_img read more

Renaming of Emily Carr painting spurs debate about reconciliation in art

first_imgTORONTO – The painting depicts a colonial structure in an Indigenous setting, but it’s the name of the work that’s spurred a debate about how the art world should address reconciliation.The Art Gallery of Ontario has renamed a painting by Canadian artist Emily Carr as part of a broader effort to eliminate culturally insensitive language from titles in its collection, a curator says.But others in the artistic community contend that displacing a work from its historical context does far more cultural damage than a name.In the 1929 painting, a pallid white church stands out amid the verdant forest in an Indigenous village on Vancouver Island, with dense foliage encroaching on a thin steeple from above and a scattering of cross-marked graves from below.Carr exhibited the painting as “Indian Church,” and for nearly nine decades, the name stuck.But at the Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, the work now hangs under the title “Church at Yuquot Village,” a reference to the Mowachaht/Muchalaht community where the missionary-built church was located.A panel near the painting notes the name change beside an asterisk, explaining that the artist’s title was in keeping with “the language of her era.” The text goes on to say that the gallery is in the process of amending titles containing terms that are considered “discriminatory” by modern standards.“People are wondering about this idea of: “If we change this title, does that mean that we’re changing the past?” And my argument is not at all,” said Georgiana Uhlyarik, the gallery’s curator of Canadian art.“We’re interested in inviting people into this conversation that we’re having in order for us to move forward, so that we learn from the past and that we figure out what is constructive.”Uhlyarik said the effort to “contextualize” Carr’s painting is of a piece with the gallery’s decision last October to appoint her and Indigenous curator Wanda Nanibush to jointly head the newly rebranded Canadian and Indigenous Art department.As part of their “nation-to-nation” artistic approach, the co-curators are working to remove “hurtful and painful” terminology from the titles of works on a case-by-case basis, Uhlyarik said, but the Carr painting marks the first time the gallery has revised a name in such a public and “deliberate” way.“I don’t think that it changes the meaning of the work itself at all. I think the painting of the church is incredibly powerful, and the title is simply what it’s referred to as,” she said. “I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a poetic title in any way, that it was in some ways, much more descriptive.”After consulting with the residents of Yuquot and Carr scholars, Uhlyarik said she decided to swap the word “Indian” for a geographical descriptor, hoping that the new title would prompt further examination of the history of the church, which she said burnt down and was rebuilt as a community centre due to its significance to the village.“I think this is how we open up a conversation about colonial history,” she said.“If there’s a way for us to still have the conversation, and still display the work and remove this immediate insult, then we’re trying to figure out what that way is.”But for Ligwilda’xw interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu of Campbell River, B.C., changing the name of the painting does not spark a conversation about colonial history so much as it “revises” it.“I think (the painting) becomes more hurtful and problematic, because it does erase that history,” Assu said. “It comes off as almost revisionist in a way where it’s repainting that picture of inclusion and of tolerance that just wasn’t there.”He said he would rather the gallery feature a panel offering Indigenous perspectives on the work.Jan Ross, curator at Emily Carr House, said renaming a work in contradiction with the artist’s intentions is tantamount to “censorship.”“That is sacrosanct,” she said. “It robs the artist … I think it behoves us to examine things within the context of their day.”She said the best way for a curator to affirm their commitment to the principles of reconciliation is to place a work within its appropriate context, not impose one’s curatorial perspective.last_img read more


first_img“I’m thrilled to have had the life-changing opportunity to be mentored by Julia Michaels, Ian Kirkpatirck, and Scott Borchetta,” said Jayd Ink. “I am honoured to engage in the process of artistic collaboration with these superstar industry talents. The process of taking this pop record and transforming it into an R&B record tailored to my style is something I am so proud of. Launching ‘Codes’ is going to open up so many doors.”“Jayd has the artistry, she just needed the team,” said Scott Borchetta. “It is now our job to get Jayd where she’s meant to be…to the top! She really did make ‘Codes’ her own and I am pretty blown away by the result.”Streaming now on various platforms including, CTV GO, and CraveTV™, THE LAUNCH: DIRECTOR’S CUT features the extended auditions of Zack Lane, Noelle Maracle, and the newly launched Jayd Ink, as well as, James Marshall and Nicky MacKenzie, who are featured exclusively in the On Demand version of the episode. The special edition also features comprehensive mentor reactions, feedback, and never-before-seen moments from THE LAUNCH that take the viewer deeper into the once in a lifetime opportunity for each of the artists.Following an exhilarating audition process before the celebrity mentors, aspiring artists Jayd Ink and Zack Laneemerged as the two breakthrough artists chosen to perform and make the original song “Codes” their own.After a collaborative 48 hours in studio rehearsals, recordings, and working with the episode’s celebrity mentors, the final artists took the stage in front of a live studio audience to perform their interpretations of “Codes.”Two, uniquely tailored renditions of the song resulted in captivating performances by both aspiring artists, but following intense deliberations, Jayd Ink was ultimately chosen for the opportunity of a lifetime – to have her version of the song “Codes” launched across Canada and to the world via THE LAUNCH‘s expansive slate of top music partners.Following tonight’s song launch, Bell Media is poised to throw the full weight of its marketing, promotional, and publicity support behind Jayd Ink’s “Codes” across its national footprint of broadcast and digital entertainment properties.“Codes” is written by Meghan Kabir, Bryan Fryzel, Ferras Alqaisi, Kerr Ann Janeen Thompson, and produced by Ian Kirkpatrick. Label: Big Machine Canada and Universal Music Canada. Executive Producers are Scott Borchetta and Randy Lennox.As an independent artist, Jayd Ink has accomplished a great deal of success with her music. The Toronto born R&B singer-songwriter has been releasing music since 2013, with her background in poetry allowing her to effortlessly move through a myriad of musical genres. Jayd has been headlining shows in Toronto since the release of her first EP “Invitation Only” in 2015. To learn more about Jayd Ink, visit’s episode is also available on, CraveTV, CTV GO, and On Demand. Encore presentations of THE LAUNCHair Saturdays at 5 p.m. ET/MT on CTV; Fridays at 7 p.m. ET and Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET on Much; Sundays at 5 p.m. ETand 11 p.m. ET on MTV; Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on E!.THE LAUNCH‘s musical performances will also be available on Bell Media’s new short-form video content hub, SnackableTV, available now for iOS and Android users. The mobile-first app delivers premium and shareable entertainment targeted at viewers looking to consume snack-size pieces of content.Viewers can catch live interviews featuring Jayd Ink tomorrow (Feb. 8) on CP24 BREAKFAST (weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET), YOUR MORNING (weekdays at 6 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), THE SOCIAL (weekdays at 1 p.m. ET), ETALK (weekdays at 7 p.m. ET), and CTV News Channel. As well, live interviews with Jayd Ink will be featured on Bell Media Radio stations across the country.On the next episode of THE LAUNCH, “Giants” (Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO, and super simulcast on CTV Two and Much, and in French on VRAK and Canal Vie), emerging artists Elequen, Raymond Salgado, Grace Bakker, Ethan Young, and Victoria Azevedo audition in front of celebrity mentors: Grammy® Award-winner Boy George, Grammy®-Award-winner Alessia Cara, and Oscar® and Grammy® nominated producer Stephan Moccio.THE LAUNCH airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO, and in super simulcast on CTV Two and Much, and in French on VRAK and Canal Vie.Fans are also invited to visit throughout the season for exclusive, expansive digital content featuring THE LAUNCH celebrity mentors and the 30 artists selected to participate in the series’ inaugural season. Digital content includes comprehensive Q&As with all artists taking part in THE LAUNCH, now available on the site’s video portal. Refreshed Q&A materials featuring each episode’s respective artists will be released weekly leading up to each subsequent episode. In addition, is the destination for blogs highlighting Season 1 mentors’ greatest achievements, with new blog entries to surface throughout the season and beyond. Following each episode, will release videos featuring extended musical performances, in-studio demos and “first-listens”, unique moments between artists and their mentors, and a variety of other exclusive digital content.Bio pages showcasing all of the artists are available on’s dedicated artist pages at a new and unique format documenting an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life, in each close-ended, hour-long episode of THE LAUNCH, unsigned emerging artists audition for the opportunity to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends. The mentors then decide which version of the song will be released across the country immediately following the broadcast of the episode each week.Hand-picked from more than 10,000 emerging performers, the artists were selected to be on THE LAUNCH following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process. Contending for the opportunity of a lifetime – to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/ producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – the selected artists face the life-altering prospect of being catapulted from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours.THE LAUNCH was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Paul Franklin and Lindsay Coxare Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@TheStaticShift@ewxjfmusic@LoganStaats@alessiacara@BoyGeorge@Fergie@iek@JenniferNettles@imjmichaels@NikkiSixx@RyanTedder@scottborchetta@ShaniaTwain@stephanmoccio@BellMediaPR@umusic@bigmachine@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@insightprod@TheLaunchCTV@iHeartRadioCAFacebook:alessiacaraboygeorgeofficialfergieJenniferNettlesMusicjuliamichaelsofficialnikkisixxofficialRyanTedder1RscottborchettaShaniaTwainStephanMoccioCTVTheLaunchCTViHeartRadio CanadaInstagram:@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@ CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Advertisement Advertisement Jayd Ink is the Fifth Artist Chosen on CTV’s THE LAUNCH to Release a New, Original Song “Codes” Now Available Everywhere! (CNW Group/CTV) Facebook TORONTO – THE LAUNCH cracks the code, unlocking independent Toronto R&B singer/songwriter Jayd Ink, who was chosen from among the episode’s featured artists on tonight’s episode of CTV’s THE LAUNCH to record the new original single “Codes.” The series’ fifth single was released to radio stations across the country immediately following tonight’s broadcast, and is also now available to buy and stream everywhere, including iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.After putting her personal stamp on the song by adding a distinct reggae/R&B flair, mentors including Grammy®-nominated Best New Artist of the Year Julia Michaels,  Grammy®-nominated record producer Ian Kirkpartick, and record mogul Scott Borchetta chose to launch Jayd Ink’s music career with her unique and captivating version of “Codes.”Last week, in addition to THE LAUNCH charting its fourth consecutive #1 single at iTunes Canada with Episode 4’s chosen artist POESY’s “Soldier of Love”, the series also celebrates the milestone of surpassing more than 2.3 million streams globally for the original songs launched to date, including Logan Staats “The Lucky Ones”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine‘s “Ain’t Easy”, and The Static Shift‘s “Wide Awake”.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Kamsack doctor exposed by APTN Investigates now charged with improperly prescribing opioids

first_imgMelissa Ridgen APTN InvestigatesA doctor whose prescribing practices were at the centre of several APTN stories over the past five years, has been charged with unprofessional conduct under the Medical Profession Act.Dr. Murray Davies is currently prohibited from prescribing opioids and benzodiazapines except in certain circumstances, such as working an emergency room shift.Last week, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan leveled the charges against Davies, a family doctor who also ran the methadone program in Kamsack, Sask.In April 2013, APTN Investigates reported, exclusively, several indigenous patients claimed they were over-prescribed or unduly prescribed opioids and once hooked, shuttled into the same doctor’s methadone program to get off the drugs.Some said they routinely failed drug screens but got their methadone anyway. All had concerns the methadone program wasn’t being properly run and complained they weren’t being weaned off the drug.A year after that expose, Health Canada stripped Davies of his ability to run the methadone program at the urging of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.At that time, a spokesman for the regulatory body would only say: “the College suggested he not have his authorization renewed.”They wouldn’t detail why.Davies was allowed to continue his family practice which includes the ability to prescribe opioids and other narcotics.The College’s prescription review program monitors opioid prescriptions to ensure the highly-addictive medications aren’t being improperly prescribed or over-prescribed.It confirmed to APTN Investigates back in 2013 that Davies was on their radar but would only say “we advise physicians if we have concerns with patient use … and if we have concerns about a physician’s prescribing we can ask for an explanation,” Spokesman Brian Salte said then.He added the program was designed to help doctors, not police them, and it’s “almost exclusively an educational process”.But that changed last week when the College charged Davies.“A disciplinary investigation is generally only brought if the College reaches the conclusion that educational interventions have failed or that there is some other reason that an educational approach is not appropriate,” Salte said in an email Thursday.“I cannot discuss the investigation or the reasons that the College has taken its action. Those are issues which relate to the evidence that may be considered if there is a discipline hearing.”Dr. Davies is still has his family practice and works at the community’s emergency room.If there is an admission by Davies, the penalty hearing will address the allegations which led to the College’s charge. If there is a contested hearing, the evidence will be introduced at that hearing.On, a website where patients can rate doctors, many posts complain about Dr. Davies’ prescribing practices, while other herald him as a “wonderful” doctor who the town is “lucky to have.”Kamsack, a hub for Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations, is 80 kilometres north of Yorkton near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.mridgen@aptn.calast_img read more

WestJet Airlines chief executive Gregg Saretsky retires replaced by Ed Sims

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s announcement of a new chief executive, effective Thursday, marks an abrupt end to an eight-year run for outgoing CEO Gregg Saretsky.Saretsky, 58, is retiring just months before the airline is expected to unveil its new ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop, which has been the source of labour disputes between unionized pilots and the company.He’s being replaced by Ed Sims, WestJet’s current executive vice-president commercial, who has also been appointed to the airline’s board of directors. Sims, who has been with the company less than a year, becomes only the fourth CEO at WestJet, which was founded in 1996 as a small discount carrier.Sims joined WestJet in May 2017 after serving as CEO of Airways, New Zealand’s air navigation service provider. He also held senior positions with Tui, Thomas Cook, Virgin Groups and Air New Zealand.Saretsky’s departure caught at least one analyst off guard Thursday.“News of Mr. Saretsky’s retirement comes as a surprise to us,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Walter Spracklin wrote in a note.“Nonetheless, the change appears to be amicable and well-planned, with Mr. Sims being hand-picked and groomed for the job. We note he has an accomplished 30-year career in the tourism and aviation industries.”The airline’s stock fell about five per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the CEO departure announcement and a separate release stating the company is reducing some of its previously announced growth targets for the first quarter, ending March 31, including a more conservative estimate for growth in domestic capacity and revenue per available seat mile, one of its key revenue metrics.“In the near term, we may continue to see a degree of investor apprehension when considering the 1) surprise CEO retirement; 2) the unexpected downward revision to guidance; and 3) the continued complexity of launching Swoop, while embarking on its wide-body growth initiative,” Spracklin wrote.WestJet declined requests for interviews with Saretsky or Sims, and didn’t answer questions about the timing or apparent suddenness of the transition.The airline said Saretsky and the board came to an agreement that it was the right time to retire, “especially with the comfort that there is a strong successor in place.”WestJet has precedent for switching CEOs on short notice, although the transition seemed abrupt even by the company’s standards.Saretsky’s appointment as WestJet’s third CEO — after joining the company in 2009 as vice-president of WestJet Vacations — became official two weeks after his predecessor Sean Durfy announced his departure on March 15, 2010.Durfy had been WestJet president for a year before becoming WestJet’s second CEO in September 2007, succeeding co-founder Clive Beddoe, who remains chairman of the WestJet board of directors.In the announcement Thursday, Beddoe thanked Saretsky and wished him well in his retirement.“Gregg has taken WestJet to new heights during his tenure and the airline would not be in the strong position it is without Gregg’s business knowledge, drive and work ethic, and his focus on low costs,” Beddoe said.In WestJet’s statement, Saretsky said plans are well under way for the June launch of Swoop and the introduction of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.“I am proud of the many great things we have accomplished together during my time as president and CEO, and I wish WestJet well in the next chapter of its growth and evolution,” Saretsky said.Under Saretsky’s leadership, WestJet nearly doubled its fleet, launched WestJet Encore and started service to Europe.But his time as CEO also included the introduction of unions at WestJet, which had long promoted the competitive advantage of having an entrepreneurial, friendly workforce.The launch of Swoop has put the company at odds with its pilots as they negotiate a first union contract under the Air Line Pilots Association.The Canada Industrial Relations Board recently ordered WestJet to withdraw a new policy of offering its pilots — now represented by the Air Line Pilots Association — a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.The ALPA complained that the policy was a significant change in the company’s terms of employment and an interference with the union’s right to represent the pilots.A CIRB ruling announced Tuesday agreed that the policy could pose “substantial irreparable harm to the union” and noted that the alleged violation came during “the sensitive period of collective bargaining.”A second complaint, of unfair labour practices, has also been filed with the CIRB by the pilot union but a WestJet media represent said on Wednesday that the launch of Swoop is on track for its first flight in June.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Murder of Scandinavian Tourists Morocco Should Educate its People Fight Wahhabism

Washington D.C – Moroccans have come out in droves to condemn this murder which is contrary to the tolerant, peaceful and hospitable nature of Morocco and to express empathy towards the families of the two innocent Scandinavian victims. Vigils will be staged in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat this Saturday. At the same time, Moroccans feel powerless and angry to see that this horrifying and inhuman murder will tarnish the reputation of Morocco and its people, in addition to the harm done to its economy.While the terror attack might affect the country’s reputation as a safe destination for tourists, Morocco remains in fact one of the safest countries. This fact must be emphasized to minimize the damage that this crime could inflict on the country’s image and tourism sector. Read Also: El Khalfi: Morocco Condemns Terror Act Against Scandinavian TouristsAvoiding self-loathing Moroccans should express empathy to the families of the victims and demonstrate once again that they are peace-loving people, their country has always been and will remain a welcoming and hospitable country, and they can by no means accept the perpetration of this kind of monstrous crime. That being said, Moroccans should not engage in self-loathing and blame what happened on religion again. Nor should Moroccans issue a collective apology to the Danish and Norwegian people for what happened.In the same way as Norwegian people were not supposed to apologize for the 2011 attack perpetrated by a right-wing extremist who killed 85 innocent people, the Moroccan people are not to blame for the Imlil murder and should not apologize for it. Like every people on earth, Moroccans’ main concern is to lead a decent life; live in peace, stability, and security; have access to quality education and health care; and offer good prospects to their children. Yes, the suspects have allegedly committed an act of terrorism and have pledged allegiance to ISIS. But their act is not the result of a religious journey or an in-depth knowledge of Islam. Neither is it motivated to advance the interests of their community. They are blinded by hate and resentment and determined to wreak havoc on their society. They are part of a small minority with radical ideology that must be combated with all possible means to eradicate it and counter its narrative. read Also: Islamic Affairs Ministry Asks for Donations to Renovate MosquesAddressing the root causes of terrorismThe problem has rather economic and social causes, and using allegiance to ISIS or religious texts has become just a pretext and rallying cry for millions of people who are left behind in their societies without prospects for a decent life or to meet their basic needs.Since the 2003 Casablanca bombings, the Moroccan government has adopted a multi-tiered approach to nip terrorism in the bud. In the past 15 years, by tightening its security apparatus, increasing control of its borders, asserting authority over the religious sphere, and launching projects to fight poverty, Morocco has done a tremendous job in preventing terrorist attacks.These efforts have turned Morocco into one of the world leaders in the fight against terrorism and allowed it to rank among the safest countries worldwide.However, the government’s strategies have fallen short of improving the lives of people in remote areas and in shanty towns and of immunizing Moroccans to indoctrination by extremist groups.Read Also: Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism vs. IslamWhile the efforts of the government are laudable, they have tended to focus on specific regions of the country at the expense of others. It appears that Moroccan officials are still guided by the dialectic of the “useful” versus “non-useful” Morocco inherited from the colonial era when France tended to favor some regions and neglected others. Some people tend to believe that as long as big cities are being developed and billions of dirhams are being invested in major structural projects, the country is safe, secure, and prosperous. What they seem to have forgotten is that Morocco is not limited to big urban areas, such as Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, or Tangier, and rural areas must also be given greater attention. While some Moroccans are benefitting from the large-scale projects Morocco has launched in the past two decades, many millions do not benefit from them and feel that their government has left them behind. Reforming education system In addition, Morocco is now paying the price of years of the government’s failure to provide a quality education to those who live on the fringe of our society. Reforms upon reforms have been implemented and hundreds of billions of dirhams have been squandered, but Morocco’s education system ranks near the bottom globally and in the Arab world.No country can build a sound society without investing in human capital, without investing in education. We can build the best glittering projects, state-of-the-art movie theaters, stadiums, or the highest skyscraper in Africa, but if we do not invest in the human capital, if we don’t promote acceptance of others, it will just be a matter of time before things fall apart.Without investing in human capital, without providing equal opportunities to all Moroccans regardless of their regions and family affiliations, we will just be buying time until the time-bomb that is waiting to explode on the fringe of society explodes again and reminds us of the shortcoming and short sightedness of government strategies. Education is the key in every society. When there is no education to give people hope for a better future and tools to be masters of their destinies and productive members of society, people tend to radicalize. Without education, millions of disadvantaged individuals are left with nothing but despair, illiteracy, and ignorance, the ingredients for extremism. Any individual—whether Muslim or from another religious persuasion—who has no prospects for a decent and productive life or who feels that his society has left him behind is a person that can be indoctrinated by anybody.Read Also: Spread of Wahhabism was Done at Request of West during Cold War: Saudi Crown PrinceFighting WahhabismMost importantly the government should redouble its efforts to fight the Wahhabi ideology that has permeated our culture and public discourse in the past three decades. Millions of Moroccans have witnessed how this ideology, promoted by Saudi petrodollars, has upended and affected the century-long culture of tolerance and openness to the world that has made Moroccans proud of their country.Our parents no longer recognize the society in which we live. Because of their exposure to Saudi-promoted television and radio channels, millions of Moroccans have become less tolerant of others and adopted views and positions that are foreign to the Moroccan culture.It is this narrow-minded and extremist reading of the religion promoted by Wahhabism that provides radicalized criminals the pretexts to commit their terror attacks in the name of Islam.Providing equal opportunities to all Moroccans, ensuring a fairer distribution of the country’s wealth, engaging in real reform of the education system, and fighting Wahhabism will help Morocco to prevent terrorist attacks and build a society guided by the values of tolerance, openness, and acceptance of others regardless of their cultures or religious persuasions.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis. read more

UNESCO chief deplores murder of Mexican journalist

4 June 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom condemned the kidnapping and murder of a newspaper journalist in Mexico, calling on the nation’s authorities to catch those behind the killing. The murder of Eliseo Barrón Hernández, who wrote for the La Opinión de Torreón for 11 years, is the “latest in a long list of attacks on journalists” in Mexico, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said.“Letting such attacks go unpunished only encourages more crime,” he added.Mr. Barrón, who last published article was on local police corruption, was abducted from his home in Gomez Palacio, in Durango state, on 25 May in the presence of his wife and children. His body was found several hours later in a nearby irrigation canal.Another journalist, Carlos Ortega Melo Samper, a lawyer and correspondent for the regional daily Tiempo de Durango, was assassinated in the same state earlier in May. According to UNESCO, he frequently brought accusations against municipal officials in his articles.According to the International Federation of Journalists, a non-governmental organization, 49 journalists have been killed since 2000, four of them since the start of 2009. read more

Economic recovery in Latin America and Caribbean to be faster than expected

10 December 2009Latin America and the Caribbean will bounce back faster than expected from the global financial crisis, with growth projected at over 4 per cent next year, a regional United Nations agency for economic development announced today. In its annual report, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) expects positive growth rates for most countries in the region, but notes there are still doubts about whether the recovery will be sustainable, since external scenarios remain uncertain and could impact the area.“The worst of the crisis is behind us,” said ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena. “The motors of growth have been turned on again, but we don’t know how long the fuel will last.”South America and Central America, excepting Mexico, will see the highest rates of growth, at 4.7 per cent and 3 per cent respectively, while the Caribbean is expected to experience just under 2 per cent growth.The country set to see the largest gains will be Brazil, the report said, followed by Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile.Counter-cyclical policies – including slashing interest rates and increasing public expenditures – that help countries address external turbulence swiftly are to thank for the region overcoming the crisis swiftly, it added.The new publication, entitled Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2009, also looked into how the crisis ended six years of consecutive growth in the region. Unemployment rates also rose to 8.3 per cent this year, which is lower than that 9 per cent predicted earlier this year. read more

Displaced Roma in Kosovo to leave leadtainted camps UN says

A newly-refurbished camp will open on Monday for internally displaced Roma populations in Kosovo that are enduring unhealthy lead levels in their present dwellings, the United Nations Mission in that province (UNMIK) announced today.The displaced Roma will be temporarily housed in Camp Osterode, recently vacated by French forces, until the ongoing reconstruction of their permanent homes in northern Kosovo is completed. UNMIK said that the new camp will closely follow recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO), to protect children and pregnant women from lead poisoning. The mission has offered to help the Roma relocate.This past June, Dr. Walter Kalin, a UN expert on the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) appealed to the international community to provide resources to evacuate the Roma population affected by lead poisoning in camps in Northern Mitrovica. `Camp Osterode, which had housed a French unit of the international Kosovo Force (KFOR), was refurbished with contributions from international donors. According to UNMIK, the Camp offers access to health and hygiene infrastructure, social supports, children’s programmes as well as employment and training opportunities for residents.In a meeting in Camp Osterode today, representatives of UNMIK, WHO, and other agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the camps called on Roma leaders to support an immediate relocation to the new camp following its opening on 9 January.Most of the displaced came from the major Roma neighbourhood, known as the Roma Mahala, which was destroyed during the conflict between majority Albanians, Serbs, and Yugoslav forces in 1999. The UN has administered Kosovo since NATO forces drove out the Yugoslav troops that year.Reconstruction of the Roma Mahala has started, with the first phase of rubble clearing completed and work on the first two buildings planned.

Football No 4 Ohio State dominates Tulane 496 in Urban Meyers return

Ohio State redshirt senior receivers Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon celebrate after Campbell records his second touchdown reception of the day. Ohio State defeated Tulane 49-6. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAs Urban Meyer walked through Ohio Stadium for the first time since returning from his three-game suspension, the focus began to shift back to football.While all the headlines were on the head coach’s first game back on the sidelines, and with No. 10 Penn State coming up next week, No. 4 Ohio State left no doubt on the field, outplaying an undermatched Tulane team from start to finish in a 49-6 victory.Haskins said it was great to have Meyer back on the sidelines.“We missed not having him there the first of the year,” Haskins said. “Being with him before we go out on the field together, the excitement he brings, the energy he brings, it was definitely missed.”Ohio State outgained Tulane 570-256 in total yards, most of which came through the air.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins throwing for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, and tied for the third most 300-yard games in school history after only his fourth start.Haskins said he wants to show how good this Ohio State offense can be.“I just want to show how dangerous this offense is,” Haskins said. “With me at the helm a lot of plays can be made.”Nearly half of Haskins’ production came through redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell, who tallied 147 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches.Haskins found Campbell early and often in Ohio State’s 43-point win over the Green Wave. With a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Haskins, with plenty of time in the pocket, found a streaking Campbell, placing the ball perfectly over his shoulder. Though the redshirt senior receiver bobbled the catch, he came up with it in bounds, giving Ohio State a 21-0 lead. Ohio State would not give up that lead for the remainder of the game.On the defensive side, playing without junior defensive end Nick Bosa and redshirt junior defensive tackle Robert Landers, who were out with injuries, Ohio State continually found its way to the backfield, ending the day with 13 tackles for loss and three sacks.Meyer was impressed by the way the defense shut down senior quarterback Jonathan Banks, who threw for 141 yards, and ran for only 14 for the Green Wave.“It was a tough game,” Meyer said. “[Banks] only threw the ball 14 times, and he’s a hell of an athlete, so the biggest thing is getting him down and not having something pop up behind you.”Tulane managed to slow down both Ohio State running backs, with redshirt junior Mike Weber rushing six times for 18 yards, and sophomore J.K. Dobbins ending with 11 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown.Weber would leave the game in the second quarter after coming up limping on a run out of bounds, and would not return.Ohio State was held scoreless in the third quarter with redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell at the helm, gaining only 10 yards in the first time it has been held without a point in a quarter all season.Martell came in for a drive in the second quarter, then played the entirety of the second half, ending the day with 115 yards passing and 22 yards on the ground, including a one-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game.Ohio State will take on Penn State in Happy Valley on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.Story updated at 8:23 p.m. to include quotes from Meyer and Haskins. read more

Parallels Access makes any Windows or Mac app run on iPad

first_imgParallels is famous for bringing Windows apps to Macs in a convenient way, but now it’s bringing all the apps to your iPad. The new Parallels Access iPad app pipes desktop programs into the tablet and makes them more touch-friendly in the process. It’s a slightly different take on remote access, but it might be just what you need.Parallels Access can be set up without too much difficulty. It’s the same basic procedure as other remote access apps — install the Parallels client on your computer, install the iPad app, and set up an account.This looks at first blush to be just another remote access solution, but Parallels is approaching the problem of using desktop apps from a touchscreen device in a different way. First, all the desktop programs sent to your device are blown up to full-screen. Parallels Access doesn’t even try to stream the whole desktop environment. This is an app-focused approach.Cursor control is always a bit rough with remote access apps on touchscreens, but Parallels works some magic to overlay iOS-style functionality on desktop apps. It uses the iOS magnifying glass effect for precise cursor control, has native iOS copy-paste functionality, and scrolls with a single-finger touch gesture. Parallels Access also seems smart about interpreting tap inputs by guessing what you were actually aiming at.Parallels Access is free to test for 14-days on Macs, but after that it’s $79.99 per year for each computer you connect. Windows is still in beta, so there’s no official limit on the trial period. The app has a 90-day counter, though.last_img read more

Salah to Real Madrid Heusler seems to think so

first_imgBasel’s president Bernard Heusler, who sanctioned the winger’s initial move to the Premier League, to be specific – to Chelsea, has now shared his prediction that if Real come calling for Salah, he will make the right decision and won’t be thinking too long.Salah’s performance lately has been overwhelming – from scoring 4 goals in a single match, to breaking Premier League records – he has been unstoppable. This has led to countless rumours of a transfer of the Egyptian mostly to La Liga – Barcelona and Real Madrid.Heusler refused to discuss which one of the two clubs could Salah actually end up playing for, but he shared his opinion on the eventual transfer of the winger.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“It would not be appropriate for me to discuss that,” Heusler shared, according to the Express. “What I would say he has done everything right in his career so far.”“He is well advised and is such an intelligent person I believe he will always make the right decisions,” Basel’s president went on to add.last_img read more

New southbound pedestrian plaza opens at San Ysidro Land Port of Entry

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN YSIDRO (KUSI) – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the opening of a portion of a newly constructed southbound pedestrian plaza on the east side of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE), on Monday.The plaza is part of ongoing construction to modernize and expand the San Ysidro.The opening of the plaza reroutes southbound pedestrians onto a pathway that leads to a crossing point with Mexico.Pedestrians will now walk directly from the trolley plaza south into Mexico. Directional signage will be in place. KUSI Newsroom April 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, New southbound pedestrian plaza opens at San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Posted: April 15, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

US citizen killed in officerinvolved shooting at San Ysidro Port of Entry

first_img Posted: June 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom U.S. citizen killed in officer-involved shooting at San Ysidro Port of Entry June 4, 2019 SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) – A 23-year-old man who opened fire on U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel at the San Ysidro Port of Entry was shot and killed by agents, authorities said Tuesday morning.Police received a call of an officer-involved shooting about 7:45 p.m. Monday and responded to the secondary inspection area of the Port of Entry to assist CBP agents and learned a suspect had been wounded in the shooting, according to Lt. Matt Dobbs of the San Diego Police Department.“CBP officers and San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel attempted life- saving measures on the suspect; however, he unfortunately did not survive his injuries,” Dobbs said.Witnesses told investigators the suspect was driving through the Port of Entry from Mexico into the United States and refused to stop for CBP officers and “attempted to drive through the inspection area,” Dobbs said.CBP officers tried to stop the suspect, whose vehicle was eventually blocked by another vehicle, Dobbs said.“The suspect began firing a gun out of his vehicle towards the officers, then exited his vehicle and continued firing at the officers,” Dobbs said. “The officers returned fire, striking the suspect.”The name of the suspect was not immediately released, but he was a U.S. citizen, Dobbs said.Seven CBP officers were involved in the shooting, but none were injured.Anyone who witnessed the shooting was asked to call SDPD’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. last_img read more

Gorge panel raises oil coal concerns

first_imgThe Columbia River Gorge Commission this week raised a host of concerns about the transport of coal and oil by rail through the Gorge. Commissioners voiced those concerns in letters sent to the governors of Washington and Oregon.The letters come on the heels of a resolution passed unanimously calling for a moratorium on all new fossil fuel transport through the area until a comprehensive risk assessment is complete. The resolution and letters were backed by all 13 members of the bistate commission.The agency has long heard concerns from the public on the issues of coal and oil transport and decided to add its own voice to the mix, said Executive Director Darren Nichols.“We want the states to work with the Gorge commission to fully assess the risks of rail transport through the Gorge,” Nichols said. “Our hope is that we’ll be able to avoid and minimize and mitigate the risks.”Proposed expansions in the transport of coal and oil in the Northwest have drawn strong opposition from residents and advocates who cite safety and environmental implications. But both commodities already routinely move through the region by train.last_img read more

Iditarod Mushers Prepare For Break From Yukon River

first_imgHuslia marks the halfway point along this year’s Iditarod Trail. Many mushers are looking forward to leaving the Yukon River and heading for the tiny Interior village.For most of the first 385 miles of the race, teams travelled long stretches of flat, frozen river. Musher Paige Drobny says the easy-going trail has been good for her.“I don’t really mind it,” she said. “I’ve gotten more sleep than I ever have before, because of being able to sit on my sled and being able to sleep while the dogs are running.”But Drobny says the monotony is getting to her dogs.Wade Marrs at the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)“The dogs are bored. On the way here, my leader Wiseman was trying to take every random snow machine off of the trail that he could, because he was getting bored, and it was very clear they weren’t dog trails,” Drobny said. “He would take a 90 degree turn onto the snow machine trail. He was like ‘get me somewhere more interesting and maybe I’ll do my job right.’”Wade Marrs says his dog team is also ready for a change of scenery.“Every time the trail turns and heads toward the bank, they get really excited and take off wide open like ‘oh, we’re going somewhere new!’ So, yeah it will be really cool t get off the river and the dogs will be really happy about that,” Marrs said.For rookie Jason Campeau, it’s not the trail that’s the most challenging part.“You know you have to be tough mentally to get through these.,” Campeau said. “There’s times that you’re out there and it’s beautiful and you’re with your dogs and you’re loving it and then there’s other times when it’s freezing and every single person in here will tell you it’s tough when that happens, so it’s a matter of staying tough mentally and staying focused.”Huslia is the next stop along the Iditarod trail. It’s the home of George Attla, one of Alaska’s most famous sprint mushers. Also known as the Huslia Husler, Attla passed away last month. Many of the mushers taking part in this year’s race say they are looking forward to paying their respects to Attla and visiting a village that hasn’t seen an Iditarod since the last time the trail was rerouted in 2003.last_img read more

2 girls abducted from schoolyard

first_imgMunshiganjTwo girls were abducted during their tiffin time in school in Srinagar upazila of Munshiganj district on Wednesday afternoon.The abducted girls are students of Class-IX at the Bhaggokul Harendra Lal High School and College and residents of Kamargaon village and Uttar Kamargaon village in the upazila, reports UNB.Members of the two families lodged two separate complaints with Srinagar police station after their girls did not return home after school hours.Confirming the abduction charge, Srinagar police station officer-in-charge Farid Uddin said police is trying to arrest whoever is behind the incident.last_img