first_imgAdvertisement CALGARY, March 19, 2018 – TINEPUBLIC is pleased to announce that Ellen DeGeneres will be coming to Calgaryfor a moderated Q&A conversation on Saturday April 21st 2018 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Through the power of media, Ellen has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. Her accomplishments as an entertainer and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired figures today.TINEPUBLIC has had the pleasure of producing events for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Stephen Hawkingand many more.Tickets go on sale Wednesday March 21st at 10amEvent Details:A Conversation With Ellen DeGeneresDate: Saturday April 21st 2018Time: 6:00pmVenue: Calgary Scotiabank SaddledomeTickets: or call 1-855-985-5000center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Ellen DeGeneres continues to deliver uplifting, inspiring, and hilarious experiences for her fans. Her distinctive comedic voice and infectious personality have earned her recognition as a household name and a global entertainer. Ellen DeGeneres continues to be the destination for laughter, generosity, and fun. “A Conversation with Ellen DeGeneres” will highlight Ellen’s one-of-a-kind humor, warmth, and kindness.The Ellen DeGeneres Show upholds its reputation as a leader in the daytime talk show genre with unparalleled celebrity interviews, musical performances, topical stories, extraordinary human-interest guests, and sought-after viral sensations worldwide. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has earned an impressive total of 59 Daytime Emmy® Awards since its inception in 2003, including 10 for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment crowning it the record holder in this category. Twitterlast_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris says farewell to Canada after filming Netflix series in

first_imgVANCOUVER—Neil Patrick Harris is bidding farewell to Canada in song.The U.S. stage and screen star can be seen atop a British Columbia mountain singing a portion of “O Canada” in a video posted to Instagram.Harris employs an emoji of the Canadian flag to say in the caption that he’s anxious to return to New York but “will miss the nature and majestic beauty of Canada.” Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Neil Patrick Harris in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. (ERIC MILNER / NETFLIX) In the video, he tells viewers: “On this, my last weekend in Canada I take an amazing hike.” He then launches into song: “O Canada, our home and native land for the last two years.”Harris has been in Vancouver to film his Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the Lemony Snicket children’s books. Advertisement Advertisement The Instagram post appeared Monday on his verified Instagram account, nph, where he also declares in the caption: “Vancouver is extraordinary.”He also announced on Twitter that his last day of filming would be Tuesday, May 8.This is not the first time Harris has expressed his affection for the Great White North.“I have always been a fan of Canada and Canadians in general,” Harris said in a January 2017 conference call with reporters to promote the series.“In the ’80s and ’90s, there was a long period of made-for-television movies based on true-life events and I did my share of them: I hacked up my parents with a wood maul, I was a serial arsonist, I got lost in a blizzard with my baby. And we filmed most of those in Canada.”Harris added that he’s spent time in several Canadian cities and finds “the people uniformly kind, respectful.”And Harris certainly appeared to embrace life in Vancouver while shooting the series.He attended Vancouver’s pride parade, visited Grouse Mountain with his twins and husband David Burtka, and the couple celebrated their wedding anniversary in Tofino. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs lied about privacy watchdogs response to internal probe of spying

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition MPs pounced on the Harper government following findings by the Office of Privacy Commissioner that Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada officials spied on First Nations children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock.Aboriginal Affairs was also recently called out for claiming the privacy watchdog didn’t plan on opening an investigation after receiving the department’s internal investigation in Blackstock’s allegations that federal officials were spying on her.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img read more

Marijuana shop on Tyendinaga territory continues to grow

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsIt may not be a sacred plant like tobacco, but marijuana may become just as profitable for many First Nations.With the federal government set to legalize pot in the spring of 2018, the race is on to regulate the industry in one Ontario Mohawk community.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Freed Saudi princes Kingdom Holding firm climbs 10 per cent

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Stocks in Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s investment firm surged 10 per cent on Sunday, the day after the billionaire investor was released from nearly three months in detention in connection with an anti-corruption campaign.The prince, 62, is one of the world’s wealthiest people, with investments in several major firms, including Citigroup, Lyft, Twitter and international hotel chains. He is chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, which closed 9.97 per cent higher on the opening day of this week’s trading on the Saudi Tadawul stock exchange.The prince’s associates told The Associated Press he was freed Saturday after more than 80 days in detention at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. Dozens of high-profile detainees were held there in connection with the anti-corruption sweep that began in early November. Prince Alwaleed was among at least 11 princes detained in the probe, in addition to dozens of businessmen, officials and military officers.Most detainees have since been released after agreeing to hand over substantial financial assets to the government. It was not immediately known if the prince had to relinquish financial assets in exchange for his release, as other princes, ministers and businessmen have reportedly had to do.The government has declined to officially name those arrested in the sweep or disclose the specific allegations against them. Saudi officials could not be reached for comment on Prince Alwaleed’s release.While he was never seen as politically influential, the prince’s penchant for fame and his holdings in Western firms made him one of the most talked about Saudi royals abroad.He told Reuters hours before his release from his luxurious suite at the Ritz-Carlton that no charges were brought against him, saying his detention had nothing to do with politics, economics or corruption. He said he would remain chairman of Kingdom Holding and retain all his stakes in the investment firm.The purported anti-corruption sweep is spearheaded by Prince Alwaleed’s much younger cousin, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Critics say the crown prince has used the purge against high-level individuals to wrangle control of key Saudi companies, sideline potential rivals and silence critics alarmed by his rapid rise to power as he prepares to inherit the throne from his father, King Salman.Saudi authorities say the campaign is aimed at improving the kingdom’s business environment and that sums recovered will be used to fund a cash assistance program for middle and lower-income citizens estimated to cost $8.5 billion this year.last_img read more

Backpack designer Herschel Supply opening first store in Vancouvers Gastown area

first_imgVANCOUVER – Backpack and luggage company Herschel Supply Co. says it is opening its first bricks-and-mortar store in Vancouver’s Gastown district.The company says the 5,000-square-foot space in a heritage building near the waterfront will have its grand opening on Saturday, June 16.The opening represents a change in direction for Vancouver-based Herschel Supply, which has been selling its brightly coloured bags, jackets and hats online and in retail shops such as Hudson’s Bay and Nordstrom’s.Lyndon Cormack, who founded the brand in 2009 with his brother Jamie, says the store will show customers what the brand is all about: “exploration, innovation and storytelling.”It will include a family of figurative sculptures and video screens showing store guests “parallel realities” in locations around the globe.The company says its products are sold in more than 70 countries and it has over 200 employees in Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Hong Kong.Herschel takes its name from a tiny hamlet in Saskatchewan where the Cormack brothers’ great-grandparents settled from Scotland.last_img read more

Public warned away from ship containers lost off Dutch coast

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch authorities are warning the public to stay away from some of the 270 containers that a cargo ship lost off the northern coast of the Netherlands because they contained a hazardous chemical.The Dutch coast guard said three containers carried closed-off barrels of an organic peroxide, a flammable and highly toxic compound.The container ship is suspected to have lost cargo that included toys, light bulbs and flat screens during an overnight storm off the coastal border between Germany and the Netherlands.By mid-afternoon on Wednesday, more than 20 containers had washed ashore on the Wadden Islands, a North Sea archipelago.Some beaches on the islands already saw a surge of curious people checking out what washed up.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Influenza activity increasing in Northern BC vaccine still widely available

first_img“We know that viruses spread more easily during peak season for these illnesses and that some people such as seniors and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for complications. It’s not too late for people to get the flu shot, which this year has been shown to be a good match with the strains of the virus in circulation.”Northern Health says the best way to reduce your risk of or avoid getting the flu is ongoing prevention.Here are some tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones:Get the flu shot – Protective effects from the flu shot occur approximately two weeks after receiving it. The BC Centre for Disease Control has noted the main kind of flu found this year is included in this year’s vaccine, meaning people will be better protected if they are vaccinated.Flu shots are available from local health units, many pharmacies, or through your primary care provider; check Immunize BC’s website for details FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health is reminding residents that even with the flu season well underway, they can still receive the flu vaccination.According to Northern Health, influenza and other viruses that are common at this time of year are circulating, and surveillance from health care visits and lab confirmations show influenza activity is on the rise in Northern B.C.Dr. Rakel Kling, Medical Health Officer, Northern Health says those that are elderly or those living with underlying health conditions are at high risk of complications from the flu. Dr. Kling also adds that it’s not too late to receive a shot. People at high risk of complications who experience influenza-like illness should seek medical care without delay. Their doctor may want to prescribe a drug that must be given early to be effective.Get plenty of rest and fluids if you’re sick with an influenza-like illness. Most people will recover on their own at home. Seek medical care if there is trouble breathing, pain in the chest or a high fever that does not get better after 3-4 days.Staying home if you’re sick – You don’t want to spread the flu to your classmates, colleagues, or friends. Make sure to rest and get better before returning to work or school.Practicing frequent and proper hand hygiene – Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly and make sure to wash your hands appropriately (wet your hands, scrub with soap for 20 seconds, rinse off your hands, dry your hands thoroughly, and use the paper towel to open and close the door).Observing coughing and sneezing etiquette – Cough or sneeze into your shoulder, not onto your hand or in the air. Make sure to wash your hands after!More information about influenza can be found at HealthLink B.C.’s website.last_img read more

Pitchin Community Clean Up Week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City staff are inviting you to show your civic pride and participate in Pitch-in Community Clean Up Week.Community registration forms will be available on May 1st, gearing up for Pitch-In Week which starts May 25th and runs till May 27th.Honorariums will be awarded on a first come first serve basis shares the City and the deadline to register is May 13, 4:30 pm. You can pick up a registration form in person at the Visitor Centre, City Hall or CLICK HERE.Completed forms can be returned back to the Visitor Centre, City Hall or emailed to the Community Development Coordinator at Event Page; CLICK HEREFor the City’s webpage; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Cheat arrested for forging dead mans signature

first_imgNEW DELHI: A man, in an attempt of cheating, forged the signature of a dead. But later he got caught as the date mentioned on the forged signature was of December 2009 date while the man whose signature was forged died in July 2009.A case was registered on the complaint of Dharmender Yadav, a resident of Village Kanganheri, Badu Sarai Road. He complained that the accused Sanjay forged the signature of late Bharat Lal on a receipt allegedly dated December 3, 2009, upon which the said deceased along with his brothers were shown to have received a sum of Rs. 34,50,000 for allegedly selling an agricultural land situated in the revenue state of Village Pandwala Kalan, New Delhi. Whereas, the said Bharat Lal died on July 6, 2009. The accused produced the said forged receipt before the Delhi High Court as the proof of the land deal. On April 13, in a drive to catch the absconded accused, a police team minutely scrutinized the details about him and zeroed on his possible hideouts, contacts and other details. The efforts of the police team yielded result when the team apprehended Sanjay from Old tehsil, Gurugram and booked him under section 41.1 CrPC. On further enquiry, it was learnt that a reward of Rs. 20,000 was declared upon him by the Delhi Police. “Accused Sanjay was born in Kanganheri village, New Delhi. He studied up to 12th standard. Thereafter, he started working as an accomplice to a property dealer,” said Ram Gopal Naik, DCP crime.last_img read more

Over Rs 1L seized from Bharati Ghoshs car at West Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: More than one lakh rupees was seized from former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s car late on Thursday night at Pingla in West Midnapore, where election is scheduled to be held on Sunday.According to sources, on Thursday night at around 10:45 pm, Ghosh was returning from election campaign in a car bearing registration number WB 02 AG 6684. It was intercepted in a naka-checking point at Mundumari in Pingla. It has been alleged that despite repeated instructions by police officials, Ghosh refused to stop and let her car be checked. Immediately, senior police and Election Commission officials were informed and after a few kilometres near Mondalbari, Ghosh’s car was intercepted again. This time the car was thoroughly checked and sleuths found Rs 1,13,000 from the vehicle. According to the rules and regulations of an election, a candidate can carry a maximum Rs 50,000, along with proper documents. As Ghosh was carrying more than the stipulated amount, she violated the norms. Police seized the money and asked Ghosh to sign on the seizure list, which she denied. She claimed that she had around Rs 49,000 and the rest of the amount belonged to other passengers of the car. Ghosh alleged that police personnel had asked them to put the money in one bag, which was later seized and shown as her money. According to sources, at the time of search and seizure, Ghosh got involved in an altercation with the police personnel. She demanded that all others inside the car must be allowed to sign on the seizure list as well, as their money had also been seized. Ghosh was later detained and taken to the police station for questioning. Almost after three hours at around 2 am, she was released. On Friday, police lodged a complaint and initiated an FIR against her. The information of Thursday night’s incident was also conveyed to the Election Commission in the state. On Friday afternoon, information was forwarded to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.last_img read more

Facebook to raise pay for contract workers globally

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook has decided to raise minimum wages to its outside vendors in the US to $20 per hour, and would implement the same for contractors in other countries including in India. Content moderators and other contract workers will make at least $18 an hour, up $3 from before. The contract workers at Facebook, employed by outside vendor partners, work either part-time or full-time and provide important services across content review, security, culinary, transportation and other teams. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook is currently paying a minimum of $15 per hour, a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation and for new parents who don’t receive paid leave, a $4,000 new child benefit that gives them the flexibility to take paid parental leave. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. This means a raise to a minimum of $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington D.C. and $18 per hour in Seattle. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The move comes after several media outlets reported on the long-term impact of working as a contract moderator for Facebook, leaving some workers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” said Janelle Gale, Vice President of HR, and Arun Chandra, Vice President of Scaled Operations in a blog post on Monday. For workers in the US that review content on Facebook, the company said it is raising wages even more. “We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C.; $20 per hour to those living in Seattle; and $18 per hour in all other metro areas in the US. Facebook said it was working to make contracts across its global operations vendor partners consistent. “This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for night shifts and weekends, and healthcare,a said Facebook.last_img read more

A life cut short dreams shattered by stray dogs in Mathura village

first_imgMathura: Seven-year-old Devki wanted to be an either doctor or engineer. She was eagerly waiting for her school to open after the summer vacations.But her life was cut short in an attack by a pack of dogs, who mauled her to death at Pisawa village in Mathura on Monday. The incident has frightened other villagers. Devki was on her way to deliver food to her father Bhoop Singh at their farm when she was mauled to death. Her inconsolable father told PTI, “I was not ready to send her to school. But she used to insist on going to school like her elder sisters. She always longed for the school dress and schoolbag. She was fond of studying. She was a sharp child.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Now, she won’t be able to go to school. She hadn’t received the books and the dress from her school. All her dreams have gone with her,” said her father. A pal of gloom has descended on her village after the tragedy. Experts say such incidents take place when dogs feed on dead animals and start behaving like wolves or jackals. Animal Husbandary Department official H K Malik, said, “Earlier, forest areas had a great number of vultures, who used to feed on carcasses. Now, they are on the brink of extinction due to which stray dogs have started feeding on carcasses, behaving like wild animals. Veterinary officer of Chhata tehsil Dr Manoj Agarwal, who inspected the area on the complaint of village headman Kali Charan, said,”Our team searched for the dogs in the village but they could not be found. Possibly, they have gone deep in the forest area.” ” Till now, stray dogs used to attack blue bulls (nilgai), rabbits or peacocks. It is first such instance when they attacked a human being,” he added.last_img read more

Certainly not a patriot

first_imgMahatma Gandhi’s India suddenly started hearing the clamour about Godse for reasons that must be dissected to comprehend the polity pushed to the brink of crumbling in this just-concluded election season. Nathuram Godse was a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism belonging to RSS whose fundamentalism drove him to plot Mahatma Gandhi’s murder (along with seven others) and shoot him down at point-blank range in New Delhi January 30, 1948. He believed that Gandhi favoured the political demands of India’s Muslims during the Partition. This ideology is a crucial takeaway: intolerance for demands of Indian Muslims and allowing them a kind of privileged status. The ghost of this ideology, irrespective of who endorses it, haunts the culture of Indian politics even today. Muslim appeasement is a potent tool in electoral politics. When an entire community is reduced to a count of votes, they are already violated and parenthesised for their religion. Development and upliftment do not figure in this scheme of affairs. On the flipside, intolerance for this approach can be rationalised for diversion of resources. Either way, at the receiving end is the vote-bank community that continually has games played upon it. From the very inception, Muslim appeasement was an incorrect approach to perpetuate. Had there been genuine assimilation, the unsettling issue of appeasement through preferential treatment and (supposedly) positive discrimination of a significant part of society would not have been a tough struggle today. Also Read – A strong standpointGodse walked into the picture with Kamal Hassan, while campaigning in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi, when he said that “India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, referring to Nathuram Godse. Subsequently, 76 complaints are reported to have been received against him. At least two police complaints were filed against the actor-turned-politician and he was accused of “promoting enmity between different groups”. As expected, Hassan’s remark prompted sharp reactions from political parties. BJP and the ruling AIADMK said he was trying to “incite communal hatred in a Muslim-dominant area”. Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajenthra Bhalaji, in reaction to this comment, said that Kamal Haasan’s “tongue should be cut off”. “Extremism has no religion, neither Hindu nor Muslim nor Christian,” he had said. It was also demanded that Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan should be sacked for such a comment. The Election Commission also denied permission to Kamal Haasan for campaigning in Sulur after Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, the state BJP chief, complained to the election body. On his part, Kamal Haasan denied the allegations and claimed that his speech was “misquoted with malafide intent”. He told the High Court that his comments on Nathuram Godse are a “historic fact”. He also said that in his seven-minute long speech, he had only attempted to explain that “extremists are in all religions” and that he was focusing on the need of “religious co-existence”. In agreement with Kamala Hassan, the comment on Nathuram Godse is indeed a historic fact and that extremism can exist anywhere irrespective of religion. Affirming this is the BJP’s controversial candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur, who praised Godse and hailed him a patriot. As is politically correct, she has been cornered by her fellow party members who are embarrassed by her senseless remark. Notwithstanding the level of discussions that has hit historical lows this time, peaceful co-existence and respect for difference and diversity are the needs of the hour.last_img read more

No respect for coupinstalled rulers says Turkey in Egypt row

first_imgANKARA- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday his government would never respect military-installed rulers, in remarks made after Egypt’s expulsion of Ankara’s ambassador. “I will never respect those who come to power after coups,” Erdogan told reporters.Egypt announced earlier that it was downgrading its diplomatic relations with Ankara, and expelled the Turkish ambassador over Erdogan’s “provocative” criticism of Cairo, in the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries. In return, Ankara declared the Egyptian ambassador “persona non grata” and downgraded diplomatic relations to the level of charge d’affaires.Both Turkey and Egypt had recalled their respective envoys in August for consultations, but while the Turkish ambassador eventually returned to Cairo in September, Egyptian Abderahman Salah El-Din stayed home.The August 14 police and military crackdown on supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi sparked a storm of international condemnation and strained relations between Turkey and Egypt.Erdogan, a supporter of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, angered Egypt’s new rulers after calling the July ouster of Morsi an “unacceptable coup.”The Turkish premier said Saturday his government backed democracy movements in the world, adding: “We never respect those who do not respect the people’s sovereign rights.”After the spat with Cairo, Erdogan flashed the “Rabaa” salute during a rally in the northern Turkish city of Trabzon early on Saturday.He has often used the gesture during his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) rallies to show solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood.last_img read more

Morocco Arrests Drug Trafficking Ring

Rabat – Errachidia police services dismantled a criminal network for drug trafficking and marketing, on the basis of accurate information provided by the general directorate for national territory surveillance.Investigations led by security services helped arrest four suspects, on Friday in the city of Arfoud, said a statement by the national police (DGSN), adding that 12 suitcases containing 300 kg of hashish, three vehicles and the sum of 570,000 were also seized during this operation.The accused were remanded in custody to complete the probe, conducted under the competent public prosecutor’s office, said the statement, noting that investigations are under way to establish possible links with other organizations, inside Morocco or abroad. read more

Father of US Commando Killed in Yemen Demands Presidential Investigation

Toronto – Seal Team 6 member, William “Ryan” Owens, 36, was killed in a US intelligence operation gone bad in Yemen, just six days after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Now Owen’s father is demanding a presidential investigation into the circumstances surrounding his son’s death.For Bill Owens, life was irrevocably altered the day he was given the news that his son, William, known as Ryan, was killed during an intelligence mission in Yemen. According to a report by the BBC, the mission ended up being anything but routine. When it was over, several civilians were killed, including children, and Bill Owens son was lost to him forever. He wants to know why.“The government owes my son an investigation,” Owens says. “Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why?” Why indeed. The mission took place January 28, just six days after Donald Trump was sworn into office. A New York Times article alleges that the mission had been compromised early on, and that the commandos knew it. A former Seal Team 6 official was quoted as saying “They kind of knew they were screwed from the beginning.”The military, however, has disputed this. White House Spokeswoman Sarah Kuckabee Sanders stated “The mission has a lot of different critics, but it did yield a substantial amount of very important intelligence and resources that helped save American lives and other lives.”That is not a sufficient enough explanation to close the matter for Bill Owens. “For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen-everything was missiles and drones because there was not a target that was worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?”The body of William “Ryan” Owens was repatriated on February 1. Told that President Trump was on-site and wanted to pay his respects, Owens Sr. refused, telling the chaplain, “I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him.”He later told the Miami Herald that he had listened with consternation to Trump’s comments during his election campaign, denigrating the family of a dead US Muslim soldier. Nothing about this was sitting well with him.  He was not interested in meeting this commander-in-chief and feels the White House should not “hide behind” his son’s death to avoid criticism of the raid, reiterating his call for a presidential investigation to the military manoeuver that claimed his son’s life. read more

Judge upholds permit for oil refinery near national park

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project.Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively supported its position that the $800 million Davis Refinery will not be a major source of pollution that will negatively impact the park just 3 miles (5 kilometres) away.The agency’s “expertise is entitled to deference when, as here, the subject matter is complex,” Greenwood wrote in a ruling dated Wednesday.The department last June issued an air quality permit that paved the way for Meridian Energy Group to begin site work last summer for the plant, which the company maintains will be “the cleanest refinery on the planet” thanks to modern technology and a model for future refineries. The decision came after a two-year review that it said involved more than 1,000 hours of department staff time and more than 10,000 public comments.The National Parks Conservation Association, the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Dakota Resource Council sued over fears that pollution from the refinery will mar the park’s scenery and erode air quality for wildlife and visitors. The park is the state’s top tourist attraction, drawing more than 700,000 people annually.Environmental groups argued that the Health Department underestimated potential air pollution from the refinery, asking Greenwood to declare the permit invalid and send the case back to the agency for further review.They argued in part that the department initially had concerns about the amount of harmful pollutants the refinery might generate and asserted that the agency didn’t adequately explain its eventual conclusion that the refinery wouldn’t be a major pollution source. Attorneys for the state countered that Meridian provided information that eased initial concerns. Once built, the plant also will need to prove it can meet state and federal air quality standards, and compliance will be continually monitored.Greenwood said the state’s decision shouldn’t be overruled “simply because there has been an evolution of its conclusion from one of concern and/or doubt to one of satisfaction that the permit application complies with controlling regulations.”The environmental groups issued a statement Thursday saying Greenwood’s decision “effectively gives a green light for the Davis Refinery to pollute the air at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and surrounding communities.” They said they will consider all options, which could mean an appeal.Two of the groups also are challenging a separate decision by other North Dakota regulators not to review whether the refinery site is appropriate. Landowners also are challenging a proposed state permit to allow the refinery to draw water from an underwater aquifer. An administrative law judge earlier this month recommended state officials issue the permit. If they do, it also could be challenged in state court.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: Nicholson, The Associated Press read more

Moroccans Condemn Tourist Murders at Danish Norwegian Embassies

Rabat – Crowds of Moroccans, men and women, gathered Saturday morning in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat, carrying banners with messages of solidarity. The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”Moroccans placed flowers and lit candles in front of the two Scandinavian embassies today in memory of the two murdered Scandinavian tourists.A group of Moroccan women who stood near the embassy of Denmark spoke out: “We as Moroccans are against terrorism; Our country is one of peace and security, and it will always be so in the face of extremism that wants to shake its foundations.” Other demonstrators declared: “We as Moroccans abhor these criminals who committed the crime, they do not represent Morocco or Islam,” and “Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, and coexistence.”Morocco World NewsMorocco World NewsRead Also: Imlil Murders: Danish Ambassador Grateful for Morocco’s SupportMoroccans of different ages held red colored banners with green stars representing the Moroccan flag with the Arabic inscription: “No to terrorism.”Since the news of the murder emerged on Monday, Moroccans have displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families. One Moroccan stood in front of the Danish embassy in Rabat earlier this week, holding a banner saying “SORRY.”Many Moroccans also signed a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) arrested the first suspect on Tuesday, one day after they discovered the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.The BCIJ arrested another three suspects Thursday on a bus in Marrakech as they were trying to escape. The four suspects had pledged their allegiance to the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a video one week before the murder.Read Also: 2 Vendors Tell How They Helped Catch Imlil Murder SuspectsLater Thursday and Friday, BCIJ arrested another nine suspects they believe to have a connection to the crime.Louisa and Maren were found dead by their tent in an isolated mountainous area 10 kilometers from the village of Imlil in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.Moroccan officials returned Louisa and Maren’s bodies on Friday to diplomats from their home countries. read more

Where To Buy Bitcoin Cash The Top 3 Cryptocurrency Exchanges

By Mary Ann CallahanNew York – Since its inception in August 2017 in the wake of the fork, Bitcoin Cash has gained momentum in popularity. With a market cap of nearly USD 17.3 billion, the cryptocurrency is rising steadily. The BCH price reached an all-time high of around USD 4,000 in December 2017 but has come down to USD 1,000 as of May 30.There are many triggers for such meteoric rises and falls of BCH. Market predictions indicate Bitcoin Cash has decent investment potential. Why, where and how can investors buy BCH safely? Bitcoin CashFormed as a spin off from the original Bitcoin (BTC) in 2017, Bitcoin Cash eliminated the drawbacks in BTC, like its scalability, which resulted in slower and more expensive transactions. Because of the decentralized format of the BTC network, the cryptocurrency faced several barriers to increasing its block size.This resulted in a historical fork in the road, leading to the launch of BCH. BCH sped up transactions by increasing the size of the blocks to 8 MB initially and 32 MB in 2018. Key differences between BCH and BTCThe key difference between BTC and BCH is the size of individual blocks.  While BTC has a block size limit of 1 MB, it first increased to 8 MB and was further extended to 32MB. The larger block leads to easier mining capability for BCH.BCH transactions are faster, cheaper, and smoother than those of BTC. Thus Bitcoin Cash is a more efficient cryptocurrency for customers who want to move, sell, or buy funds. In short, it is functional while Bitcoin is more collectible.Another important difference between the two is that the mining difficulty varies based on the number of miners mining the cryptocurrency. A large number of miners mining Bitcoin Cash will be paid a lower amount as opposed to fewer miners doing the same work who will be paid higher. This mechanism keeps inflationary forces in check and lowers transaction fees while the processing times are faster. Thus BCH has potential for scalability and adaptability, fueling interest in Bitcoin Cash and increasing its prices. Because the Bitcoin Cash community aims to make it reliable, scalable, and with minimal transaction fees through protocol upgrades, its future prospects as an investment seem bright.How to buy BCHNow that you have seen the inherent value of BCH and may wish to purchase it, below are some of the ways you can do so:Other cryptocurrenciesIf you own other cryptocurrencies or even Bitcoin, there are many services which allow you to trade BCH instantly with cryptocurrencies. Purchasing the cryptocurrencies supported by these services in fiat currency, such as USD, is also possible. Credit and debit cardsWith BCH, several exchanges permit payments via credit cards, PayPal, or debit cards. These options are possible only with a few platforms, but the entire process takes minutes.CashYou can buy Bitcoin Cash with cash via peer-to-peer marketplaces. You place an order and can even make use of escrow services. Ensure that you deal with a reputable platform and steer clear of fraudulent or scam sites. You should check certain factors before you choose this option:Make sure the rate of exchange is similar to market valueEnsure the address of the wallet is correctNever disclose the private key address you ownWire transfers or bank depositsSome exchanges allow wire transfers for depositing money to purchase Bitcoin Cash. This system is slower than the rest and might sometimes take up to several days.Top 3 Cryptocurrency Exchanges for purchasing BCHWhile deciding on cryptocurrency exchanges, make sure you use reliable sites. Below are the top 3 exchanges you should consider:CEX.IOThis reputable exchange has several years of experience in cryptocurrency and was among the first to introduce BCH. CEX.IO accepts multiple payment methods for purchasing Bitcoin Cash: cryptocurrencies, wire transfers (SEPA/SWIFT allowed), credit cards, or debit cards. The exchange supports GBP, USD, and EUR.ProsCompetitive exchange ratesAccepts multiple modes of paymentTransparent feesNo security breaches reported yetConsDelays in verificationPayments via credit cards and wire transfers restricted for some countriesCoinbaseCoinbase has over 13 million customers, so it can rightly be called one of the largest exchanges. Coinbase was not the pioneer exchange listing Bitcoin Cash after the fork, but it was added to the platform in December 2017. Users can benefit from the following payment methods: bank account, credit card, or debit card. ProsQuick transfer process via bankMultiple payment modes acceptedDeposits safeConsHigher transaction chargesLimited range of fiat currencies acceptedKrakenThis exchange has a long-standing reputation, operating since 2011. On Kraken, BCH can be traded against BTC, USD and EUR. Fiat deposits are made through bank transfers with SEPA and SWIFT enabled. Unlike CEX.IO and Coinbase, Kraken supports a large number of altcoins along with Bitcoin Cash.ProsReasonable feesPrompt BCH transaction processAdvanced security featuresDifferent verification levels availableConsOnly bank transfers acceptedExchange interface not user-friendlyLengthy verification process.ConclusionBitcoin Cash is still evolving, building on its strengths and gearing up to face new challenges put forth by other emerging altcoins. While it is comparatively advantageous over Bitcoin in terms of cheap and fast transactions, the investment potential of the cryptocurrency depends on its future performance.In general, the cryptocurrency market is a highly volatile one. With more regulation and speculation dominating the market, it is up to individual preference whether BCH is a viable alternative currency.Sponsored Content read more