Edmonton suspects past didnt raise red flags during asylum process Goodale

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tried Monday to assuage renewed concerns about the security of Canada’s asylum system after it emerged the suspect in a weekend attack in Edmonton entered Canada as a refugee in 2012.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif is facing 11 charges — including five counts of attempted murder — after a city police officer was stabbed and four people were struck by a cube van in what authorities have characterized as an act of terror.Sharif, a Somali national, became known to police in 2015 after a report was received that he may have been radicalized, but investigators determined at that time that he did not pose a threat.Nor is there any suggestion the accused was assessed as a public safety risk when he entered Canada at a legal border crossing in 2012, Goodale said Monday.“There was no deleterious information that was available at that stage,” Goodale said.Goodale said the procedures in place to vet newcomers are extensive, and include criminal background checks both in Canada and abroad, but would not discuss Sharif’s case further given the ongoing police investigation.That Goodale took pains to point out how Sharif entered the country highlights the current tension around Canada’s asylum system. Since the start of the year, upwards of 13,000 people have been arrested crossing illegally in Canada in order to seek asylum.Fears the border crossers aren’t being vetted properly is one of the concerns MPs say they keep hearing. Border officials were pressed extensively at a House of Commons immigration committee hearing last week on the security screening procedures in place.In the early part of the year, the majority of those who entered in Manitoba were Somali nationals.Edmonton police erroneously said Sunday that Sharif was in the process of applying for refugee status, but Goodale’s department quickly clarified that he’d actually been declared a refugee long ago.A spokesman for the minister was asked whether the current situation at the border was the reason the government sought to correct the record.“It’s a complex situation and we need to be precise with the facts so that Canadians can understand it,” Scott Bardsley said in an email.Among the complexities: how Sharif’s immigration status could affect what happens next. Different outcomes can await people with refugee status in Canada and who are later charged with serious crimes, ranging from deportation to a loss of their status as permanent residents.Opposition MP Michelle Rempel asked Goodale whether Sharif would be deported if he were to be found guilty.Goodale said it was too early to say.“Those charges, depending how they are dealt with in the final analysis by the courts, will determine the future prosecution of this case.”The general security of Canada’s immigration system is an ongoing concern for many Canadians.In focus groups held earlier this year by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship department, respondents discussing how many immigrants and refugees Canada ought to let in each year raised security as an issue.“We’re accepting all these people but are we making sure they’re safe to come to Canada? It’s a concern,” one participant told the group.Immigrants to Canada who were part of the focus groups were more likely to raise security as an issue, the report on the focus groups said.“Participants did not necessarily have any proof or examples that security measures were being relaxed or inefficient. They simply want reassurances that compromises are not being made to accommodate an immigration policy that is seeing 300,000 new people entering the country each year, including an important contingent of refugees.”last_img read more

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This Summer Winters Comin Season 3 of CraveTVs SmashHit Original Comedy Launches

first_imgLETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne (Keeso) and his buds get into with their small-town Ontario rivals. The Hicks, The Skids, and The Hockey Players get at each other about the most mundane things, often ending with someone getting their ass kicked. Wayne, his best bud Daryl (Nathan Dales, Goon: Last of the Enforcers), Wayne’s free-spirited younger sister Katy (Michelle Mylett, El Camino Christmas), and Wayne’s buddy, Dan (K Trevor Wilson, JEFF ROSS PRESENTS: ROAST BATTLE) are all Hicks. CSA-nominated Daniel Petronijevic (19-2) returns as Hick McMurray. Dylan Playfair (HATERS BACK OFF) and Andrew Herr (Goon: Last of the Enforcers) reprise their roles as hotshot Hockey Players “Jonesy” and “Reilly”. Tyler Johnston (MOTIVE) and Evan Stern (RoboCop) return as Skids Stewart and Roald. Lisa Codrington (COPPER) returns as bartender, Gail, and Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) as the Christian leader Glen. Mark Forward (FARGO) returns as the temperamental Coach of Letterkenny Irish and Tiio Horn (WHAT WOULD SAL DO?) is back as badass leader of The Natives.Season 2 of LETTERKENNY launched Christmas Day as the most-watched title on CraveTV, eclipsing its own Season 1 for record viewers. The entire first two seasons, as well as the rowdy “St. Perfect’s Day” special, remain CraveTV’s most consistent top performers each and every day.Season 1 of LETTERKENNY took home three 2017 Canadian Screen Awards: Best Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series. As well, series creator Jared Keeso and co-writer and director Jacob Tierney took home a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for TV Comedy. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on CraveTV and Season 1 is also available on iTunes and Google Play.LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media (What Would Sal Do?), in partnership with DHX Media in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Montefiore are executive producers for New Metric Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.Social Media links Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CraveTV on Twitter CraveTV on Facebook Advertisement About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS, WYNONNA EARP, and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and A IS FOR APPLE. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About New Metric MediaNew Metric Media is a film, television, and new media production company that works with top creative talent to produce outstanding content for domestic and international markets. New Metric Media’s past and present projects include the CraveTV hit original comedy LETTERKENNY, now entering its third season, as well as the half-hour CraveTV comedy WHAT WOULD SAL DO? and the six episode, one hour CityTV/FX Canada limited series BAD BLOOD, both to be released in 2017. For more information visit www.newmetricmedia.com.About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM) is a leading children’s content and brands company, recognized globally for such high-profile properties as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the acclaimed Degrassi franchise. The Company is a leading producer of children’s shows and owns the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at more than 12,500 half-hours. It licenses its content to broadcasters and streaming services worldwide and generates royalties through its robust global consumer products program. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media operates one of the largest networks of children’s channels on YouTube. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has 17 offices worldwide. On May 10, 2017, DHX Media announced it had signed definitive agreements to acquire 80% of the famed Peanuts brand and 100% of the Strawberry Shortcake brand, which transactions are expected to close on or around June 30, 2017. Visit us at www.dhxmedia.com.About CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LETTERKENNY, Ont. (June 1, 2017) – Turn up the A/C and slap on a turtleneck ‘cause another six-pack of LETTERKENNY drops July 1 on Crave TV and it’s got way more chill. It’s winter in Letterkenny, and what better way to celebrate 150 years of confederation than to complain about winter in the summer. Back at the farm, the produce stand gets swapped out for a sled shack; Letterkenny’s beloved, burned-down watering hole Modeans reopens as Modeans 2; the Skids clown around with a mysterious new presence; the Hockey Players are officially stars of the otherwise hapless Letterkenny Irish; Katy is back from the city; and the rest of the Hicks are pretty much doing the same thing they always do. To keep viewers on ice for the next month, CraveTV just released another two and a half minutes of alliterative artistry with Season 3’s Super Cold Open. To view it, click here.Guest starring this season is Keeso’s 19-2 co-star, Adrian Holmes. Winner of the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for 19-2, Holmes plays Modeans bouncer Bradley. As well, acclaimed actress Sarah Gadon (Enemy) rolls into Letterkenny as mysterious lady Skid, Gae.Également cette saison, alors qu’ils pêchent au Québec, les Hicks rencontrent leurs sosies français, les Hiques. Jean Guy, le Wayne québécois, est joué par Sebastien Huberdeau (Polytechnique), Jean-Carl, le Daryl québécois, est joué par Alexandre Landry (Gabrielle), Domenic Di Rosa (It’s Carla, Your Agent) joue le Dan québécois, et Kim Cloutier (The Cobblers) joue la Katy québécoise.last_img read more

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US employers keep on hiring despite growing trade concerns

WASHINGTON – Defying fears of a global trade war, U.S. businesses have made it abundantly clear that they see no reason to stop hiring.Employers added a robust 233,000 jobs in May, up from 159,000 in April, the government said Friday, and helped drive the nation’s unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 per cent.In the midst of all that hiring, the Trump administration has slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada. The White House is also threatening China with separate duties. And Europe, Mexico, Canada and China have vowed to hit back at U.S. goods.Yet so far, the trade disputes have done nothing to knock the nearly 9-year-old economic expansion — the second-longest on record — off track. Hiring has actually picked up this year compared with 2017.“The May jobs report revealed impressive strength and breadth in U.S. job creation that blew away most economists’ expectations,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West.Some economists do remain concerned that the Trump administration’s aggressive actions on trade could eventually hamper growth. The direct impact of the tariffs on the nearly $20 billion U.S. economy will likely be scant. But persistent uncertainty about which trading partners might be hit next — and which U.S. products might be penalized in retaliatory moves — could disrupt some companies’ expansion plans.“Risks are brewing … with the latest round of tariffs on aluminum and steel,” said Joseph Song, an economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “However, the concerns so far remain on the periphery.”Should the trade fights worsen, they would most likely affect some of the same industries that have ramped up hiring and lifted the economy. Manufacturers, for example, have added 259,000 jobs in the past year, a 2.1 per cent increase. That’s the biggest percentage gain in factory jobs since 1995.Exports have been a big driver of that hiring. In 2017, simultaneous growth in Europe, China, Japan, and some developing countries were a key reason that factory output rose. Now, European officials are threatening to raise tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and on Levi’s jeans.Roughly an hour before the May employment data was released Friday morning, President Donald Trump appeared to hint on Twitter that a strong jobs report was coming.“Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning,” he tweeted.The president is normally briefed on the monthly jobs report the day before it is released, and he and other administration officials are not supposed to comment on it beforehand.Larry Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, downplayed Trump’s tweet.“He didn’t give any numbers,” Kudlow said. “No one revealed the numbers to the public.”Investors cheered the jobs data. The Dow Jones industrial average finished up 219 points. Other stock indexes also rose.The healthy employment figures make it more likely that the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates this year — two and possibly three more times, after doing so in March.Unemployment dropped from 3.9 per cent in April. When rounded to one decimal, as the Labor Department typically does, the official jobless rate is now the lowest since April 2000. For women, unemployment has fallen to 3.6 per cent, the lowest since 1953.But the unrounded figure is 3.75 per cent, the lowest since December 1969, when it was 3.5 per cent. Unemployment remained below 4 per cent for nearly four straight years in the late 1960s before reaching 6.1 per cent during a mild recession in 1970. It didn’t fall below 4 per cent again until the dot-com-fueled boom of the late 1990s.With the unemployment rate so low, businesses have complained for months that they are struggling to find enough qualified workers. But Friday’s jobs report suggests that they are taking chances with pockets of the unemployed and underemployed whom they had previously ignored.Unemployment among high school graduates fell sharply to 3.9 per cent, a 17-year low. For black Americans, it hit a record low of 5.9 per cent.And the number of part-time workers who would prefer full-time jobs is down 6 per cent from a year ago. That means businesses are converting some part-timers to full-time work.Companies are also hiring the long-term unemployed — those who have been out of work for six months or longer. Their ranks have fallen by nearly one-third in the past year.That’s important because economists worry that people who are out of work for long periods can see their skills erode.Those trends suggest that companies, for all their complaints, are still able to hire without significantly boosting wages. Average hourly pay rose 2.7 per cent in May from a year earlier, below the 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent pace that occurred the last time unemployment was this low.And there may be more of those workers available. The number of involuntary part-time workers is still higher than it was before the 2008-09 recession.Martha Gimbel, director of economic research at Indeed, the job-listing site, said some of the fastest-growing search terms on the site this year are “full-time” and “9-to-5 jobs,” evidence that many people want more work hours.“That suggests there is still this pool of workers that employers can tap without raising wages,” Gimbel said.Debbie Thomas, owner of Thomas Hill Organics, a restaurant in Paso Robles, California, said that finding qualified people to hire is her biggest challenge. She has raised pay by about a dollar an hour in the past year for cooks and dishwashers but is reluctant to go much higher.“You don’t want to price yourself out of the market,” Thomas said.The report comes amid other signs that the economy is picking up. Consumer spending rose in April at its fastest pace in five months. And companies are also stepping up spending, buying more industrial machinery, computers and software — signs that they’re optimistic enough to expand. A measure of business investment rose in the first quarter by the most in 3 1/2 years.Macroeconomic Advisers, a forecasting firm, said it now foresees the economy expanding at a robust 4.1 per cent annual pace in the April-June quarter, which would be the fastest in nearly four years. The economy expanded just 2.2 per cent in the first quarter. read more

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SecretaryGeneral urges Somali parties to begin talks on relocating interim government

“It is of utmost importance that the Transitional Federal Government and transitional federal institutions relocate to Somalia,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on situation in the Horn of Africa nation, which has had no functional central authority for 14 years following the collapse in 1991 of the government of Muhammad Siad Barre.He notes that although the interim government was formed in Nairobi over eight months ago, deep splits between President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan over its location within the country have stalled a move to either to the Somali capital Mogadishu, or nearby Jawhar.”There are serious challenges linked to the relocation, including security, the choice of capital city and lack of infrastructure and resources,” says Mr. Annan. “However it is clear that the Government’s relocation plan has become fraught with controversy and opposition, which could assume further divisions along clan and regional lines.”Calling for “serious dialogue” between the Somali factions to end this controversy, the Secretary-General welcomes the efforts of the leaders in Mogadishu to restore stability there. He also urges the international community to help in providing the necessary technical and material support that would improve the quality of those efforts.”However, those efforts must become national in order to give confidence to all Somalis,” he said, reiterating his appeal to the Transitional Government and Parliament, as a matter of priority to seek an agreement from all faction and militia leaders to cease hostilities and enter into immediate negotiations for a comprehensive ceasefire. “The United Nations is ready to support negotiations for such an agreement, in cooperation with other partners,” he adds.Mr. Annan notes that the second controversial issue facing Somalia is the inclusion of troops from the frontline States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya) in a future African Union/Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace support mission requested by President Yusuf. Once again, a large number of members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and other leaders oppose the deployment of troops from those countries.The fact that the deployment of any foreign military force in Somalia will require an exemption form the Security Council arms embargo poses a challenge for the international community and the UN in particular, says Mr. Annan. A recent report from the Council’s Monitoring Group made it clear that weapons and explosives still flowed into the country. “The enforcement of the arms embargo, with improved monitoring capacity and the establishment of enforcement measures, would considerably enhance security in Somalia,” Mr. Annan says. read more

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Disappointing US economic data helps push oil to cheapest level of the

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil continued its slide Thursday amid new reports that the U.S. economy isn’t growing as fast as many hoped.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost US$1.29 to end at $86.53 a barrel in New York, while Brent crude, used to price varieties imported by U.S. refineries, fell $1.60 to finish at $101.87 a barrel in London. Oil is now the cheapest it’s been since October.Earl Sweet, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the drop in oil prices comes as concerns about unrest in the Middle East and North Africa ease and worries about the strength of the global economy rise.A slowdown in Chinese manufacturing, weaker than expected growth in the U.S. and concerns about the European financial crisis have all contributed to the decline.“All these things are beginning to trump geopolitics, so the risk premium has probably come off,” Sweet said.On Thursday, the U.S. reported that the economy grew by 1.9 per cent in the first quarter, slower than at first estimated. And the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a five-week high.“Those are some poor headlines,” independent analyst and trader Stephen Schork said.Oil already has fallen by nearly US$20 a barrel, or more than 17 per cent, this month, he said. “It’s hard to say how much lower oil can go.”The U.S. government also reported Thursday that U.S. oil supplies grew more than expected last week. The country is now holding 384.7 million barrels in storage, the most since 1990. Oil supplies hit record levels in the Midwest even though a key pipeline project, partially owned by Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB), started transporting crude this month from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.The Energy Information Administration report added that oil demand was flat last week in the U.S., and wholesale gasoline demand fell by 2.6 per cent when compared with the same period in 2011.Sweet said lower oil prices will have consequences for governments in Canada.“If oil prices stay at current prices or decline further it will impair the revenue flows going into resource rich provinces,” he said.Besides the soft U.S. economy, oil prices fell during the month as tensions eased over Iran’s nuclear program, reducing chances for a conflict in the Persian Gulf that could crimp supplies. And China’s manufacturing sector slowed, while Europe’s banking crisis threatens to spread across the region.The drop in oil has provided some welcome relief at the gas pump as the summer driving season gets underway. The national average for gasoline in the United States fell by less than a penny Thursday to US$3.62 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. Since April the average price for a gallon of regular has dropped by almost 32 cents US.Experts say American gasoline prices could fall as low as US$3.50 a gallon on average by the U.S. Fourth of July holiday.In Canada, online gas price monitor Gasbuddy.com said the current average price across the country for regular gasoline is about C$1.27 per litre — down three cents a litre from a month ago.There was a wide range of local prices in different parts of the country Thursday, with Edmonton at the low end of the scale at $1.07 a litre and Vancouver at the high end with gasoline costing more than $1.46 a litre.In other energy futures trading, natural gas rose less than a penny to end at US$2.422 per 1,000 cubic feet after the U.S. government reported that supplies in storage increased last week about as much as analysts expected.Natural gas is still much cheaper than it was a year ago, with the average May price 42.4 per cent lower than the same time last year. Prices are down thanks to a jump in production and a relatively mild winter that reduced heating demand. Supplies are about 35 per cent above the five-year average for this time of year.Heating oil fell by 3.36 cents to finish at US$2.7062 a U.S. gallon, and wholesale gasoline lost 3.32 cents to end at US$2.825 a gallon.— With files from The Canadian Press___TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE Disappointing US economic data helps push oil to cheapest level of the year by News Staff Posted May 31, 2012 4:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 6, 2014 3:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier’s C-Series 100 takes off on its maiden test flight September 16, 2013 in Mirabel, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,713.40 up 153.71 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up seven cents, or 1.69 per cent, to $4.20 on 8.7 million shares. The company appears to have solidified the future of its British rail plant in Derby after being selected as the winning bidder in a US$1.6-billion contract to supply trains and a depot for London’s transportation system.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $5.16 on 7.5 million shares.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Up 80 cents, or 2.58 per cent, to $31.75 on 6.8 million shares.Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 4.23 per cent, to $2.96 on 3.8 million shares.Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSX:AAV). Oil and gas. Up 14 cents, or 3.4 per cent, to $4.26 on 3.7 million shares.Raging River Exploration Inc. (TSX:RRX). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $7.07 on 3.5 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (952.80 down 10.30 points):Stroud Resources Ltd. (TSXV:SDR). Miner. Down 0.5 cents, or 50 per cent, to 0.5 cents on 8.2 million shares.MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. (TSXV:BMK). Miner. Unchanged at one cent on 6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Dairy. Up 79 cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $52.68 on 257,272 shares. The Canadian dairy processor and cheesemaker says its net profit increased nearly 11 per cent to $144.1 million in the third quarter of its fiscal year on a boost in revenues mainly resulting from a large acquisition in the United States.Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC). Retail. Up three cents, or 0.05 per cent, to $58.07 on 428,572 shares. The pharmacy chain reported Thursday its fourth-quarter profit slipped to $169 million from $175 million in the same year-earliler period, with results partially impacted by nasty winter weather that forced some stores to up to two days. read more

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Govt converted Cybercrime Bill to protect their interest Opposition Leader on

Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is denying suggestions that the Parliamentary Opposition supported the insertion of the controversial clause 18 in the Cybercrime bill.Clause 18 of the Cybercrime Bill outlines that persons commit an offence of sedition when they “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the government.” Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoThese provisions have, in fact, excited worry among social media users who have recently taken to that medium in their numbers to register concerns that their freedom of expression would be trampled. According to Jagdeo, the initial purpose of the Bill was to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace. Instead, he explained, the Bill has been converted by the Government to one that, besides the original purpose, protects their [Government’s] own interests.“This is why the entire Guyana must fight to ensure that this retrograde step to charge people for sedition, an archaic offence, because of what they say, which can cause disaffection with the Government… This provision has no place in a democratic, in a free Guyana, in a Guyana where free speech is an important part of our democracy where freedom of expression is defined and protected by our constitution,” he stated.Laid in the National Assembly since 2016, the Cyber Crimes Bill had catered for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer related forgery; computer related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity related offences; child pornography; child luring and violation of privacy among a sleuth of other offences.A Special Select Committee, comprising of Government and Opposition members, had been working on the bill for the past few years and their report on the bill was presented recently.Jagdeo noted However that PPP “members of the Select Committee that met on several occasions to consider this bill were there and were absent sometimes” while outlining that their “presence alone, just being named to that Committee does not elevate this to support of the PPP.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSedition law should have been abolished since independence- WPAMay 4, 2018In “latest news”Sedition clause inserted in Cybercrime Bill reminiscent of PNC’s National Security Act – JagdeoMay 3, 2018In “latest news”What’s the rush! AG says Cabinet will look into concerns of Cybercrime BillMay 3, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Outotec acquires Kiln Services Australia

first_imgOutotec has strengthened its service offering in South East Asia by acquiring the furnace refractory demolition business of Kiln Services Australia on December 9, 2011. Outotec said that the acquisition supports its strategy “to expand its service offerings and complements Outotec’s portfolio of shutdown services to the mining, metals processing and refractory industries.” The acquired business is based on specialised robotic refractory demolition equipment and related know how. The equipment is used on a range of kilns including large rotaries employed in the cement, ferroalloys and other industries.Kiln Services Australia is based in Perth and has service centres in both Adelaide and Tasmania. “Our target is to grow our annual services sales to €500 million by 2015. This acquisition will expand our offerings and strengthen our capabilities to provide furnace shutdown services to our customers in the South East Asia Pacific region”, said Outotec CEO Pertti Korhonen. The annual sales of the acquired business have been a few million Euros in recent years but Outotec envisages doubling it in the Australian and South East Asian Pacific market over the next three years.last_img read more

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Clare coast worst hit by storms with repair works to cost over

first_imgCLARE COUNTY COUNCIL estimates that the repair works to infrastructure following the recent storms will cost in the region of €23.7 million.Fine Gael Clare TD, Joe Carey, said the damage to the Clare coastline highlights the need for the Irish Government to access EU funding for the clean-up operation.Last week, Junior Minister Brian Hayes who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works, said he believes it is “inevitable” that more flood relief funding will be released for areas that need it.“I’m not surprised at the estimated cost of works as a result of the unprecedented damage caused by the recent storms. The estimate of €23.7 million highlights the urgent need for the Irish State to apply directly to the EU Solidarity Fund, which has previously been accessed by Germany, France and others,” he said.Council worker surveying the damage in Lahinch (Photo: Ger Cleary)He added: The storms devastated large parts of the west coast, causing significant damage to public infrastructure as well as retail and residential properties. The sheer scale of the bill for Clare alone highlights the need for Government to apply to the EU for this essential financial assistance.Carey said that the damage caused to livelihoods and homes will have serious and lasting effects on those who live near or in the areas affected.“I intend to discuss this matter directly with the Taoiseach and will be raising the issue in the Dáil once it reconvenes next week,” he said.Meanwhile, other local authorities are also surveying the damage. Local authorities on the east coast experienced relatively little damage, but councils in Galway and Mayo say damage to the coastline could cost in the region of €30 million, while Kerry County Council is looking for €20 million for coastal repairs.(County Mayo. Photo: Shane Sweeney)However, even when there are coastal defence schemes in place they don’t always work, as Bray town found out on Monday when the beach, promenade and harbour flooded.(Bray Promenade. Credit: John Brady)This is the first time it has flooded since the Bray coastal protection scheme was completed in 2001 at a cost of €5 million at the time. Sinn Féin councillor John Brady raised concerns that thousands of tonnes of stone have been washed away which he says is why the area flooded.(Bray at hight tide. Photocall Ireland)“The project was supposed to have been monitored and replenished over the last 12 years but this simply has not happened. This has left the projects overall viability in question leaving the seafront at risk of flooding,” he said. However the the town manager Des O’Brien said that it is not the case and that maintenance work has been carried out on the coast over the years. He commended the council workers for working tirelessly to clean up the beach.Read: Battered: Your pictures of how the storm took its toll>Read: Wreckage of Sunbeam is ‘now in two pieces’>last_img read more

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Greek Captain takes out title of NATOs Best Warrior Pilot

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek pilot has been named Best Warrior Pilot by NATO.Captain Kosmas Chalaris of the 331 All-Weather Squadron of the 114 Combat Wing of the Hellenic Air Force was acknowledged for his skill while taking part in NATO’s 18-3 Tactical Leadership Program (TLP).Asked what it takes to be bestowed with such a title, he said determination was key, along with a willingness to make sacrifices.“First of all, you have to really want it because the training, both at the academy and later on, is very demanding and gruelling,” Captain Chalaris told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).“The first stage that is needed is to really, truly want it and the next stage, obviously, is to work as much as possible, to give up things, including personal time with the family and whatever that entails.”In an interview with the ANA‘s radio station Praktoreio 104.9 FM, he said that aside from training, it was the professionalism exhibited by the Hellenic Air Force, coupled with true passion for the job, that saw him emerge as the best among the top pilots of NATO’s air forces.“We do not go with the goal of coming first,” Captain Chalaris said.“We go simply to be ourselves, to do what we do every day and the rest comes by itself.”last_img read more

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Eruption volcanique en Islande quelle est la situation actuelle

first_imgEruption volcanique en Islande : quelle est la situation actuelle ? Islande – Alors que près de 63.000 vols ont été annulés dans une trentaine de pays européens depuis jeudi dernier, le volcan islandais Eyjafjöll n’a toujours pas cessé de cracher ses cendres. Une situation pénible pour les compagnies aériennes qui exaspérées et commencent à faire pression sur les autorités.D’après le Conseil international des aéroports, environ 6,8 millions de passagers n’ont pas pu décoller des 313 aéroports bloqués depuis jeudi en raison de l’éruption volcanique. Selon la Direction générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC), neuf aéroports du sud de la France (Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Montpellier, Pau, Tarbes, Biarritz et Perpignan) ont procédé à leur réouverture jusqu’à lundi 15 heures. La compagnie Air France a quant à elle indiqué qu’elle effectuera sept vols long-courriers au départ de Toulouse et de Pau si la situation météorologique le permet. D’après le ministre des Affaires étrangères Bernard Kouchner, le nombre de Français bloqués à l’étranger pourrait s’élever à “100.000 ou 50.000”. Dans le reste de l’Europe, la situation se débloque progressivement. Tous les aéroports espagnols et la majorité des aéroports croates ont rouvert dimanche après-midi. Six des seize aéroports allemands ont été remis en fonction pour quelques heures ainsi que six aéroports en Pologne. La quasi-totalité de l’espace aérien est rouvert en Norvège et de manière partielle en Autriche et en Pologne. Le nuage de cendres a désormais atteint la Turquie et l’espace aérien a donc été fermé dans le nord du pays. Les compagnies aériennes commencent à s’impatienter et réclament la réouverture rapide de routes de vol. L’interdiction actuelle de voler engendrerait une perte quotidienne de 200 millions de dollars (147,3 millions d’euros) pour le secteur, selon l’Association internationale du transport aérien (Iata).  D’après l’Institut météorologique islandais, l’éruption volcanique aurait diminué d’intensité mais pourrait se poursuivre encore quelques jours. Il est en effet impossible de connaître l’évolution d’une telle activité. Certains géologues affirment ainsi a contrario qu’elle se renforce et pourrait devenir plus importante dans les prochains jours. D’après l’Iata, les conséquences de cette éruption volcanique auront des conséquences plus graves que celles du 11 septembre 2001.Le 19 avril 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Arlington Lightbourne MD has successfully reversed the symptoms of Diabetes 2 in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 22, 2017 – Nassau – For patients suffering from Type-2 Diabetes, the daily prick is as predictable as the changing of the tides.   But the wave of wellness that is sweeping the medical industry may just be changing the way doctors treat diabetes.   And one local expert who treated hundreds of patients in emergency rooms at PMH and the private hospital in New Providence before dedicating his practice to preventative medicine and healthy lifestyles has already reversed the symptoms in a patient who is now insulin-free.“It has been estimated that there are nearly 40,000 people living with diabetes in The Bahamas and another 30,000-plus who present with pre-diabetic conditions,” said Dr. Arlington Lightbourne, founder of the Wellness Clinic, Collins Avenue.   “Type 2 Diabetes simply means that there is too much sugar in the blood because the cells are not sensitive to the insulin which opens them up to let the sugar in.   This is called insulin resistance, meaning the insulin that the pancreas produces is not working, and for years, the treatment has been to either inject or increase the stimulation of insulin.   However, evidence suggests that the more insulin you have, the greater the severity of insulin resistance, which means ultimately the more diabetic you are.“The number one cause of insulin resistance is insulin.”Dr. Lightbourne compares the increasing reliance on insulin for the diabetic patient to a repeated delivery of a product the recipient already has.“Let’s say I delivered a 5-gallon bottle of water to your door.   The first time I deliver it, you are grateful because you were out of water and thirsty so it was great,” said Dr. Lightbourne.   “But if I come back the next day and the day after and I keep offering water, you are going to send me away.   It is the same with insulin.   The pancreas has no problem making insulin; the problem is that it’s not working.”Dr. Lightbourne states that the evidence shows that that the key is to decrease insulin (and cortisol) in the body by removing the stimulus for insulin production using nutritional and lifestyle interventions.“This results in increased sensitivity by the cell to available insulin and that process begins to reverse insulin resistance,” he said.   “It just takes information and commitment on the part of the patient.   And what patient suffering from diabetes 2 would not want to get better naturally?”Dr. Lightbourne has reversed the symptoms in a patient whose diabetes was life-threatening.“This was a 67-year-old man with extremely high blood pressure,” said Dr. Lightbourne.   “Normal A1C (glucose measurement) should be below 5.7. His was 11.   Most physicians, sensing the danger, would immediately put him on insulin.”Instead, Dr. Lightbourne and support staff, including a wellness coach, got the patient to agree to a structured program including changing his dietary habits, increasing exercise and reducing stress.   He was never treated with insulin.   The changes in lifestyle were initially dramatic, but the patient adapted well and the results were outstanding.   Today, said the wellness expert, the patient’s A1C count is 5.4 and his blood pressure is well controlled.Another patient, one in his early 30s, suffered from clearly identifiable lifestyle-related issues.“He had a very stressful job that often kept him at work until late.   He would go home tired and hungry and eat a whole pizza before falling asleep,” said Dr. Lightbourne.   “So here he was, highly intelligent, very productive and extremely responsible to the company he worked for, but he was killing himself.   Not even 35 yet, he weighed in the high 280s, had very high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes.   We worked with him on a daily basis, a lot of coaching.   He has lost more than 40 pounds, his diabetes is almost gone, and his blood pressure is now well controlled.   He feels like a new person, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet.   He looks great and feels great.”“Everyone can do it, everyone can improve their health and well-being if they really want to,” he said.   “People think healthy food is expensive.   The cost of a piece of fruit instead of a bag of chips is negligible by comparison to the cost of poor health in terms of morbidity and quality of life. Once you start on the journey of living well, you will never want to go back.   And the beauty is that when you are on that journey, it’s perfectly okay to ‘cheat’ once in a while and treat yourself to something really special.”Story by: Diane PhillipsPress Release: DPA Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Gabbie Giffords and Mark Kelly honored aboard USS Midway

first_img John Soderman 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 DIEGO (KUSI ) — A hero’s welcome aboard the USS Midway Thursday night as astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, were the recipients of a special award.The couple received the USS Midway Patriot Award, and for a very good reason.Kelly flew for NASA as an astronaut. Prior to that he flew numerous combat missions as Navy pilot, including 39 missions from the USS Midway.In 2011 the couple was thrown into the national spotlight when Gabby Giffords was shot in the head during a campaign event. Shooter Jared Loughner killed 6 people and wounded another 18.Kelly shared a harrowing story about how on his very first combat mission from the Midway he was nearly killed. John Soderman, Gabbie Giffords and Mark Kelly honored aboard USS Midway Posted: August 30, 2018 August 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Car crashes into Davie home no injuries driver at large

first_imgThe crash remains under investigation.Police are still searching for the driver. If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Davie family received a rude awakening after a car drove into their home, Sunday morning, and the driver of the car fled the scene.According to police, the stolen vehicle hit the side of the house and plowed into the living room of the home, located near Griffin Road and South University Drive.“Well, we were sound asleep at 4:30 this morning when we heard this loud crash,” said the homeowner, Louise Marrero. “We thought someone had broken into our house.”Authorities said the driver took off running along Southwest 70th Way and 40th Court, leaving the homeowners to pick up the pieces.“Well, right now, we are trying to decide what our next step is because when you have a gaping hole in the side of your home, it’s a little difficult to decide if you should stay or leave,” said Marrero. “We’re being told to leave for safety reasons.”The car has since been towed away.Fortunately, no one was injured. last_img read more

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Arrest rice hoarders Tofail

first_imgTofail AhmedCommerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday said the district and police administrations have been directed to arrest rice hoarders across the country.“Rice prices are soaring due to illegal hoarding. Action will be taken against hoarders. The [rice mill] owners will be arrested if there’s any illegal hoarding of rice” he said, talking to reporters after a meeting with leaders of the auto mill owners’ association at the secretariat.Recently, law enforcement conducted a drive at a warehouse owned by Bangladesh Rice Mills Association chairman Abdur Rashid in Kushtia.During the drive, they found additional rice hoarded at the silo and fined the mill Tk 50,000.Referring to the incident, Tofail said the registration of the association, led by Abdur Rashid and Layek Ali, will be revoked if it is found they are responsible for the rice crisis.He said three ministries will hold a joint meeting at the food ministry on Tuesday with the rice mill owners association, rice importers association, wholesalers and retailers.Food minister Qamrul Islam was also present at the meeting.last_img read more

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30 fishermen missing as three trawlers capsize in Bay of Bengal

first_imgPhoto: UNBA total of 30 fishermen went missing as three trawlers with 43 fishermen on board capsized after being caught in a storm in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday.Officer-in-Charge of Char Fasson Police Station Shamsul Arefin said Monir Majhi along with 16 fishermen of Char Madraj area went to deep sea for fishing on 2 July.On Saturday night, their trawler was caught by storm and sank at the estuary of the Bay of Bengal. None of them had returned to the shore till Sunday night.Meanwhile, the trawler of Mamun Majhi also sank in the sea with 13 fishermen on board. All of them have been rescued, added Shamsul.On the other hand, 14 fishermen of Nurabad area went to deep sea for fishing. Their trawler sank in the sea due to severe storm on early Saturday. Since then, all of them are missing, said officer-in-charge of Dular Hat police station Md Mijanur Rahman Patwary.However, Bhola Coast Guard official Lieutenant general Shakil said they are trying to rescue the missing fishermen.last_img read more

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The Top Stories In Houston Sports For 2017

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /09:45 The Rockets are as good as the Texans are bad. The Rockets have won 13 straight games, while the Texans got walloped by the Jaguars 45-7 Sunday.Joining us to discuss those and other Houston sports stories — and to break down the top Houston sports stories of the year — is Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.center_img Houston earned its World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7. Listenlast_img read more

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Full Show Bushs Houston Funeral And OPEC Meetings Impact On Oil And

first_imgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: We bring you live coverage of Pres. George H.W. Bush’s private funeral in Houston today on News 88.7 with local analysis from David Branham of UH-Downtown and Nancy Sims.Also this hour: With OPEC likely to cut production at its meeting today, we find out what it could mean for the oil and gas industry here.Then, Houston native Alison Baumann has a new book called Thicker Than Blood and tells us how the characters reflect her personal life. And Rice University’s Joshua Eyler tries to help college teachers better engage their students with his book, How Humans Learn.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

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Four arrested from Jalpaiguri over ivory smuggling

first_imgKolkata: Forest department officials and police have arrested 4 persons including a civil engineer from Jalpaiguri on the charges of ivory smuggling.Acting on a tip off, some of the senior forest department officials conducted raids at Belakoba range under Baikunth Nagar division and arrested them. Ivory pieces weighing around 4 kg have been recovered from their possession.The arrested persons have been identified as Sunil Roy, Vishnu Roy, Sitanath Roy and Mongola Roy. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to police, Sunil is a civil engineer and a resident of Ananda Nagar area in Moinaguri. During the interrogation, police have come to know that he has been into this illegal business for quitesometime.They also came to know that Vishnu is a resident of Dhubri area in Assam. Sitanath is also from Dhubguri while Mongola hails from Moynaguri.”We have found pieces of ivory from a bag. The smugglers said they were going to hand it over to some other persons,” said a forest department official. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the preliminary investigation, police and forest department officials suspect that the arrested persons got the ivory pieces from somewhere else.They are also investigating whether the poachers had killed elephants in nearby forests and packed the tusks in boxes. The investigators suspect that the accused were trying to smuggle the pieces of ivory to some other countries, including Bhutan.Police and forest department officials are also probing to ascertain if the arrested persons are a part of any international smuggling racket. Police are yet to confirm the place, where the ivory consignment was supposed to be delivered. There may a possibility that the ivory pieces would have been taken to China or Bhutan.It may be mentioned here that Bhutan has become a hub for this wildlife trade. North Bengal has turned into a safe corridor for wildlife smugglers and it is a gateway to Bhutan.A strong nexus has formed between wildlife smugglers in Bhutan and India.last_img read more

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Govt plan to help more students erase debt raises questions

first_img Comments   Share   ___Online:___Information on debt relief: http://1.usa.gov/1AY8HRdCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. At the very least, the government is looking at footing the bill for hundreds of millions of dollars in student debt in what has become a major consumer bailout. Some advocates say the government should have done more sooner to intervene, while others are questioning the latest approach.“Students have been hurt, but the department is establishing a precedent that puts taxpayers on the hook for what a college may have done,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the Senate Education Committee.Alexander said one of the problems has been an inherent conflict of interest with having the Education Department provide loans and regulate colleges.“If your car is a lemon you don’t sue the bank that made the auto loan; you sue the car company,” he said.Corinthian Colleges was one of the largest for-profit schools when it nearly collapsed last year and became a symbol of fraud in the world of higher education and student loans. According to investigators, Corinthian schools charged exorbitant fees, lied about job prospects for its graduates and, in some cases, encouraged students to lie about their circumstances to get more federal aid.In a plan orchestrated by the Department of Education, some of the Corinthian schools closed while others were sold before the chain filed for bankruptcy this spring. The biggest question has been what should happen to the debt incurred by students whose schools were sold. The law already provides for debt relief for students of schools that close, so long as they apply within 120 days. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona WASHINGTON (AP) — A government plan to wipe out loans for many of the students who attended the now-disgraced for-profit Corinthian Colleges raises serious questions about whether the White House or Congress should have done more to prevent the debacle.Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday announced that the government would make it easier for former Corinthian students to erase their debt. About $3.6 billion in federal loans has been given to these students since 2010. That potentially puts the taxpayer on the hook for that amount, although officials say it’s unlikely that every loan will qualify for relief. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories FILE – In this July 8, 2014 file photo, an Everest Institute sign is seen in a office building in Silver Spring, Md. The federal government will erase much of the debt of students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost taxpayers as much as $3.6 billion. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The latest plan expands debt relief to students who attended a now-closed school as far back as a year ago. And it streamlines the process for students whose schools were sold but believe they were victims of fraud. The Education Department will soon appoint a “special master” to oversee much of the program, who will support students at other for-profit schools who feel they’ve been victimized.“We will make this process as easy as possible for them, including by considering claims in groups wherever possible, and hold institutions accountable,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.The amount of debt relief could be staggering. Officials estimate that some 40,000 borrowers at the Heald College alone took on more than $540 million in loans that potentially qualify for debt relief. But the final amount could climb significantly when looking across all Corinthian Schools, which include Everest and WyoTech.Former officials at Corinthian Colleges couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. A former lawyer for the school said he no longer represents the chain of colleges since it went bankrupt.In a blog post Monday, the Debt Collective said the Education Department plan didn’t go far enough. The group said the plan would put in place “a bureaucratically tortured process designed to provide relief only to those who hear about it and can figure out how to navigate unnecessary red tape.”last_img read more

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