The Latest Butts Wernick testify at justice committee on SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — The latest developments at the House of Commons justice committee, holding hearings Wednesday on the SNC-Lavalin affair (all times local):10 a.m.Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, enters the committee room — one larger than used the week prior for former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — and takes his seat, alone.A number of additional MPs not on the committee are attending the meeting today. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also in the room.Butts avoided a phalanx of cameras outside the committee room by arriving through a back entrance.Butts’ testimony will contradict Wilson-Raybould’s version of events, in some detail, casting a different light on conversations Wilson-Raybould described as part a campaign of pressure tactics and veiled threats to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.He is backing up his version of events with emails, text messages and other documentation, much as Wilson-Raybould did in her testimony.Before beginning to speak, the Liberal majority on the committee votes down a Conservative motion for Butts to be sworn in to testify under oath.Conservative MP Michael Cooper tries in vain to have Butts sworn in, but he’s told the committee has spoken.“I will tell the truth,” Butts tells the committee as he starts his opening statement. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Volcano gushing ash over Bali closes airport for a 2nd day

first_imgKARANGASEM, Indonesia – A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for villagers to evacuate.Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark grey ash about 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) above its cone since the weekend and lava is welling in the crater, sometimes reflected as an orange-red glow in the ash plumes. Its explosions can be heard about 12 kilometres (7 1/2 miles) away.The local airport authority said Tuesday that closure for another 24 hours was required for safety reasons. Volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft, and ash from Agung is moving south-southwest toward the airport. Ash has reached a height of about 30,000 feet as it drifts across the island.Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the volcano’s alert to the highest level Monday and expanded an exclusion zone to 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the crater in places from the previous 7 1/2 kilometres. It said a larger eruption is possible, though a top government volcanologist has also said the volcano could continue for weeks at its current level of activity and not erupt explosively.Agung’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.Authorities have told 100,000 people to leave homes that are in close proximity to the volcano, though as of Monday tens of thousands stayed because they felt safe or didn’t want to abandon livestock. They have also warned people of the danger of mudflows from the volcano as it’s now rainy season in Bali.Villager Putu Sulasmi said she fled with her husband and other family members to a sports hall that is serving as an evacuation centre.“We came here on motorcycles. We had to evacuate because our house is just 3 miles from the mountain. We were so scared with the thundering sound and red light,” she said.The family had stayed at the same sports centre in September and October when the volcano’s activity was high but it didn’t erupt then. They had returned to their village about a week ago.“If it has to erupt, let it erupt now rather than leaving us in uncertainty. I’ll just accept it if our house is destroyed,” she said.Volcanologist Erik Klemetti at Dennison University in Ohio said Agung’s 1963 eruption was big enough to cool the earth slightly but it’s unclear whether this time it will have a similar major eruption or simmer for a prolonged period.“A lot of what will happen depends on the magma underneath and what it is doing now,” he said.The closure of the airport has stranded tens of thousands of travellers, affecting tourists already on Bali and people who were ready to fly to the island from abroad or within Indonesia. Airport spokesman Ari Ahsanurrohim said more than 440 inward and outward flights were cancelled Tuesday and about 59,500 travellers were affected, similar numbers to Monday.Bali is Indonesia’s top tourist destination, with its Hindu culture, surf beaches and lush green interior attracting about 5 million visitors a year.A Chinese tour service, Shenzhen PT Lebali International, had about 20 groups totalling 500 to 600 travellers from the Chinese cities of Wuhan, Changsha and Guangzhou in Bali, according an executive, Liao Yuling, who was on the island.“They are mostly retirees or relatively high-end, so they don’t say they are especially anxious to rush home,” she said by telephone.If the airport stays closed, Liao said they would head by ferry and bus to Surabaya on Java where the company’s charter flights could pick them up.“We are not really affected, because the volcano is too far away,” said Liao. “We only can say we saw pictures of it on television.”Indonesia’s Directorate General of Land Transportation said 100 buses were deployed to Bali’s international airport and to ferry terminals to help travellers stranded by the eruption.The agency’s chief, Budi, said major ferry crossing points have been advised to prepare for a surge in passengers and vehicles. Stranded tourists could leave Bali by taking a ferry to Java and then travelling by land to the nearest airports.Ash has settled on villages and resorts around the volcano and disrupted daily life outside the immediate danger zone.“Ash that covered the trees and grass is very difficult for us because the cows cannot eat,” said Made Kerta Kartika from Buana Giri village. “I have to move the cows from this village.”Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes.___Wright reported from Jakarta. Associated Press writers Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Joe McDonald in Beijing and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

UPDATED – Highway 29 closed due to avalanche danger

first_imgThere is no detour around the area at this time.The next update from Drivebc.ca is not expected 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.For more updates overnight visit www.drivebc.caBelow is the full notice as of 11 p.m. Monday.Highway 29. Avalanche danger between Millar Rd and Upper Cache Rd for 10.0 km (6 to 16 km north of Hudson’s Hope). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Next update time Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM MST. Last updated Mon Dec 31 at 10:52 PM MST. (DBC-4444) UPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions as of 11:45pm Monday.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed between the Alaska Highway and Hudson’s Hope.The highway has been closed between Millar Road and Upper Cache Road due to a high avalanche danger.last_img read more

Three Moroccans Among the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women

first_imgTaroudant – The Arabian Business Magazine listed three Moroccan women among the CEO Middle East list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women released in early March, 2014.One of the youngest names on the list, is Moroccan Maha Laziri, founder of Teach4Morocco, who ranked 17th.The magazine ranked Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatema Mernissi 42nd and the head of the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Ismahane Elouafi 73rd. UAE’s first female minister, Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, tops the CEO Middle East list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.Moroccan women have always been listed on the rankings of highly educated and influential women in the world.According to the recent list of ‘Top-20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World’ conducted by Muslim-Science.com, Ismahane Elouafi, food safety champion, is among the eight scientists listed under “the shapers” category, being the only North African woman included in this ranking dominated by Pakistanis.Moroccan Hafida Torres Balalioui, Adviser at COPO, (Council of all People’s Organization), and a Board member of AMCN (American Moroccan Competencies Network) Organization, was among the 2013 ‘Extraordinary Women”.Last year, In honor of International Women’s Day, the Moroccan professor, Majida Bargach, who is interim director of the University of Virginia’s Center for International Studies, has also won the Extraordinary Achievement Award in Education.The world statistics show that women outnumber men all over the world, yet only few of them are recognized for the prominent role they play at every level and their contributions to the progress and well-being of their societies.The Middle East leading magazine ranked the Arab women according to the influential role they play in their societies and the impact they have in their field of work.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more

Mens hockey looks to bounce back against Bowling Green

OSU players celebrate after the Buckeyes first goal of the game against Miami (Ohio) Oct. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 6-2.Credit: Matthew Homan / Lantern photographerComing off the wrong side of a two-game sweep at the hands of Miami (Ohio) this weekend, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team is looking to bounce back as it travels to Bowling Green State University for a one-game bout.Despite giving up a combined 12 goals in their two losses against the Redhawks in coach Steve Rohlik’s first series at the helm of the team, the Buckeyes (0-2-0) are optimistic about their matchup with the Falcons (0-1-1).Junior forward Max McCormick said Bowling Green and OSU are “hard-nosed teams,” so the game is going to be a battle.“We didn’t let (being swept by Miami) get us down,” McCormick said. “We’re getting better every day and that’s our mindset, so we’re staying positive and we’re going into Bowling Green to get a win.”Despite the positive attitude, senior forward Alex Szczechura said playing away from Columbus will pose a challenge the team must overcome.“They’ve always been a hardworking team,” Szczechura said. “In their home rink, they’re a tough team to play. So coming into (Tuesday’s) game, we really just want to work hard and keep things simple, keep battling on the ice.”McCormick noted that penalties and maintaining possession were two issues the Buckeyes faced against Miami, among other things.“We really need to take care of the puck,” he said. “We worked on some things in the (defensive zone) and the neutral zone this week in practice and we brushed up on some things in the power play.”OSU is 12-1-3 against the Falcons in the teams’ last 16 meetings.The Buckeyes are slated to take on the Falcons Tuesday in Bowling Green, Ohio with the puck set to drop at 7:07 p.m. read more

Holidays Can Be A Killer For Pets

first_imgPoinsettia are beautiful and can be trimmed back to keep year round, but the leaves from this plant can irritate and damage your dog’s mouth and stomach, and often cause nausea and vomiting. Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include hyperexcitability, because of the caffeine content, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea.” Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “They can get symptoms like they are drunk, they are staggering.” English Ivy can be dangerous to humans as well since it is toxic all around and can also cause dermatitis and skin inflammation if handled improperly. For dogs, ingesting the leaves of this plant is the most dangerous part and can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Dogs can also experience dermal reactions like blistering, redness or swelling if they come in contact with it. Many seasonal plants are very dangerous when ingested by animals. Decking the halls with holly for Christmas is tempting,  and while it’s sharp leaves and bitter taste will keep most dogs away from it those who do take a nip can get in trouble fast. Holly can be pretty toxic if ingested, even in small doses. Ingesting mistletoe can be very dangerous for your dog since it is very toxic because it has multiple toxic substances which can cause severe stomach pain, drop in blood pressure and breathing problems. In larger amounts, mistletoe can also cause seizures or even death.center_img Dominic suggests letting the animal vomit to get the toxin out of it’s system, and if it doesn’t appear to be recovering quickly, take it to the veterinarian for more aggressive treatment. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the distractions of friends, family, and festivities, many pet owners aren’t keeping a close eye on their fur babies – and that can turn deadly when pets decide to have a festive party of their own. Amaryllis is also pretty toxic to dogs, creating stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and even tremors. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp3VmDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, April 18, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners Circus returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during April school vacation week. The circus will run from Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22:Wednesday, April 18: 2pm & 7pmThursday, April 219: 2pm & 7pmFriday, April 20: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSaturday, April 21: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSunday, April 22: 1pm & 5pmTickets cost $10.  The Box Office opens on April 9. Call 1-800-700-0013 to purchase tickets.  Parking is free. Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the Auditorium. Join the Facebook event HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department will NOT be offering its weekly safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building today.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.Leaves/Brush Drop Off: The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open today from 8am to 2pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.At The Library: Tech Help Drop-In at 2pm. Beyond The Fairy Tale: Interactive Theatre Workshop for Kids at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]Wilmington Public Schools: NO SCHOOL this week due to April vacation.Go Wildcats!: 4 Wilmington High teams are in action today. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 22, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Nepal minister among 7 dead in chopper crash

first_imgNepal’s tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari was among seven people killed Wednesday when a helicopter crashed in the country’s hilly east, officials said.Rescue workers retrieved the bodies of Adhikari, 49, the pilot and five other passengers from a hillside in Taplejung district where the Air Dynasty chopper went down.”The respected minister’s body has been identified,” Ram Krishna Subedi, the spokesman for the ministry of home affairs, said in a press conference.Subedi said two army helicopters had been dispatched to bring the bodies back to the capital Kathmandu.It is unclear why the helicopter crashed.A search and rescue team was deployed to the area after locals alerted authorities to flames and smoke rising from a hillside.”The helicopter is in pieces, and scattered all over,” said Suraj Bhattarai, a witness who saw the debris.The bodies of the others killed in the crash have not yet been identified.The minister was on a trip to scope out a possible location for a new airport in the region.It is just the latest aviation accident to plague Nepal, an impoverished Himalayan nation with a poor air safety record.Nepal has some of the world’s most remote and tricky runways, flanked by snow-capped peaks with approaches that pose a challenge for even accomplished pilots.The country has a booming private helicopter industry, flying tourists and goods to remote corners of the Himalayan nation where road access is limited or non-existent.In September last year, six people including a Japanese tourist was killed when a helicopter crashed.A US-Bangla Airways plane crashed near the capital’s airport in March, killing 51 people.Nepal-based airlines are banned from flying in European Union airspace.Its poor air safety record is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and sub-standard management.last_img read more