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  • Matt Renshaw ready for the Ashes banter when he takes on England

    first_imgMatt Renshaw knew that if he batted well for Australia, he’d likely get a shot at playing for the Ashes against England.Those Ashes are contained in the tiny urn that is the prize for winning the oldest series in Test cricket, and which symbolizes the long and often-heated bilateral sports exchanges between England and its former convict colony.Despite being born in Yorkshire, and being family friends with the current England captain, Renshaw didn’t take much persuading to choose sides when he was selected to make his Test debut for Australia in November last year against South Africa, aged 20.A year later and 10 Tests into his international career, Renshaw is expecting plenty of verbal banter from the England players and their “Barmy Army” of fans in the series-opening match starting Nov. 23 at the Gabba.He may even have provided some fodder, unwittingly, as a 6-year-old learning the game and trying to emulate the likes of England skipper Joe Root, who is five years his senior.”I used to cry when I got out and he (Root) is probably going to pull that one out maybe,” Renshaw said Tuesday. “It’ll be interesting to see.”Renshaw arrived in Australia with his family when he was 10, after spending three years in New Zealand. He was given a rookie contract with Queensland state straight out of high school, potentially to keep him out of England’s selection sights. And after a relatively short apprenticeship in the Queensland Sheffield Shield team, he was picked to partner David Warner at the top of the order when Australian cricket was in a rebuilding phase.advertisementWhile it’s unusual for an England-born player to play for Australia, it’s not uncommon for England to embrace players from all parts of the old Commonwealth.Renshaw wasn’t sure if he’d roll out the welcome mat for Root before the series, but hopes to be standing at close quarters and well within hearing distance when the Test begins.”Hopefully I can catch him a couple of times at first slip,” Renshaw said of the England skipper, who averages 53.76 per innings from 60 Tests, including 13 centuries.”He’s a very good player and hopefully we can get him out quite quickly early on,” he said. “He’s one of the best four batsmen in the world at the moment, so we’ve just got to treat him like any other batsman and try and get him out cheaply.”Renshaw will have friends and family from Britain and Australia in the stands at the Gabba, home of cricket in his adopted home.”I’ve got a few family friends coming out for the Ashes … it’d be nice to play in front of them,” he said. “It’s probably a little more (special) playing against my birth country but it’d be great to beat them, wouldn’t it?”last_img read more

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  • Olympiakos Beats Platanias, 4-2

    first_imgATHENS – With senior Olympiakos players rested for the Champions League round of 16, it took a 37-year-old who seldom leaves the bench to wake up his team and ensure a 4-2 victory over visiting Platanias in the Greek league.When Argentine midfielder Ariel Ibagaza checked in in the 66th minute, the score had been 1-1 for almost half an hour. Platanias’ nine-strong defense had performed so well that the defending champions had threatened only twice, from a corner kick and free kick.Four minutes later, Ibagaza’s crisp passing was responsible for two goals. Although Platanias pulled one back, victory was not in doubt for Olympiakos, which added a fourth goal minutes later.Another plus for Olympiakos coach Michel was seeing all three of his new signings score.In the 68th, Nelson Valdez, on loan from Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira, scored his first for the Greek champions from close range, after a pass from Ibagaza was chested down for him by Javier Saviola.Two minutes later, Ibagaza provided the cross which Hernan Perez, acquired from Villarreal, headed in his for second league goal. In the 78th, Perez provided the assist for Ivan Marcano, back with the Greek team after a couple of seasons, on loan from Russia’s Rubin Kazan, to become Olympiakos’ 18th player to score this season.Michael Olaitan opened the scoring for Olympiakos in the 28th off Yannis Maniatis’ pass, and David Torres headed in the equalizer in the 37th.The win gave Olympiakos, still undefeated after 25 rounds, a 20-point lead over second-place PAOK, which travels to fifth-place Asteras on Feb. 16. Platanias was third from bottom.Third-place Atromitos lost 1-0 at Levadiakos and stayed two points behind PAOK. Also, Xanthi beat Kalloni 1-0.(DEMETRIS NELLAS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Military World Games in China next year will include badminton, tennis, table tennis

    first_imgBy K J M VarmaBeijing, Oct 20 (PTI) The 7th International Military Games to be held in China next year that is expected to attract over 10,000 athletes from 100 countries will for the first time include badminton, tennis, table tennis and men’s gymnastics, Chinese military officials said.The Chinese military will host the 7th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games next year from October 18-27 in Wuhan, capital of country’s Hubei province.While the event is expected to attract some 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries, the Chinese military said that it will field over 400 athletes.The Military World Games is a multi-sport event for the armed forces being organised by CISM every four year since 1995. While India hosted the games in 2007, the last venue for the event was South Korea in 2015.The games will see the biggest number of competition events ever, with more than 320 events over 27 categories to be held, Chinese defence ministry officials said on Wednesday.Badminton, tennis, table tennis and men’s gymnastics would be included in the competition for the first time, it said.Chinese athletes will take part in all the competitions except golf, the ministry said, adding that China has set up 29 sports teams to prepare for the games and the delegation would be officially finalised by end of the year. The venues for the games will be ready by end of April next year. All the 35 venues for the games will be ready by the end of April next year, said Chen Ruifeng, an official with the city of Wuhan and secretary-general of the executive committee of the games.advertisement”The city will speed up its process of modernisation and internationalisation. It will make sure citizens enjoy sustained benefit from the high-quality infrastructure,” Chen said. PTI KJV RUP RUPRUPlast_img read more

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  • Do you Know Alaskan Dream Cruises?

    first_imgWritten By: Jame Cagle, Senior Vice President, Alaskan Dream Cruises  As local Alaska Natives of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan, our vision for Alaskan Dream Cruises was clear from the beginning. Our goal was to provide an opportunity for guests to experience True Alaska—the Alaska our family has come to know and love through many generations of calling this place our home. From the start, we knew to accomplish this we would have to get beneath the surface, to venture off the common routes, to highlight destinations and wildlife areas very few guests to Alaska will ever have the opportunity to see. It included introducing our guests to the faces and personalities of Alaska’s remote communities. Above all, it meant we would immerse travelers in our distinct way of life—a way of life characterized by a unique spirit of adventure and individuality. Based on the enthusiastic response we’ve received from our guests since launching Alaskan Dream Cruises five years ago, we feel confident this is exactly what we’ve been able to deliver and can deliver to your clients. As you read more about Alaskan Dream Cruises, you’ll note the difference our True Alaskan perspective brings to every aspect of a small ship expedition through the Inside Passage. Though we look forward to each new season, we can’t help but feel a special excitement about 2016. The coming year will see the inaugural season of our newest vessel, the Chichagof Dream. For the past two years in Sitka we’ve been busy with the renovation and refurbishment of this vessel. With spacious viewing areas, new furnishings, and ocean-view windows in all staterooms, the Chichagof Dream will be the perfect addition to our existing fleet of small ships. The 207-foot vessel carries 74 passengers in no more than 37 staterooms in five room categories. The four-deck ship features expansive viewing areas on the bow and aft promenade decks and new carpets and furnishings in public spaces and staterooms. The hull is designed for optimal sailing and comfort in Alaska waters. We’ve also consolidated our offerings for 2016 into three core itineraries in which you can easily sell to your clients. These eight-, nine-, and 11-day expeditions include the experiences that have been most popular with our guests over the past 5 years, as well as some new destinations.Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure is an eight-day cruise traveling between Sitka and Juneau, featuring wilderness days in remote bays for kayaking, wilderness hiking and exploration in shallow water expedition craft (DIBs). Cultural immersion in the small towns of Kake and Petersburg is balanced with scenic cruising through Glacier Bay National Park. The Admiralty Dream, Baranof Dream and Chichagof Dream will make a total of 22 sailings on this itinerary between May 12 and Sept. 11. Rates start from $3,379. The nine-day Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn travels between Sitka and Ketchikan taking guests to several unique towns: the Tsimshian community of Metlakatla; Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world; Wrangell, the only city in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nations; and Kasaan, home of the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the U.S. Guests spend time in Frederick Sound, a world-renowned site for whale watching, and sail through Tracy Arm Fjord, Misty Fjords National Monument and Glacier Bay National Park, offering some of the most spectacular scenery in Southeast Alaska. The Alaskan Dream will make 11 sailings on this itinerary between May 10 and Sept. 7. Rates start from $4,519. Alaska’s Southeast Explorer expands the Sojourn itinerary into an 11-day journey, adding time in Skagway, a town steeped in Klondike Gold Rush history; the small fishing community of Haines; and Petersburg, Alaska’s “Little Norway.” The Baranof Dream and Alaskan Dream will make six sailings on this itinerary between May 18 and Aug. 28. Rates start from $5,799. In addition, the eight-day “Alaska’s Islands, Whales and Glaciers Adventure” will be available aboard the 60-foot Misty Fjord, a blend between a commercial Alaska maritime boat and a modern expedition vessel with five guest cabins and a spacious salon. This expedition cruise traverses the Inside Passage between Sitka, a small scenic community and Alaskan Dream Cruises’ headquarters, and the state’s capital, Juneau. The Misty Fjord ship transports passengers deep into the Alaska wilderness to the remote coves of Eastern Baranof Island, and into Tenakee Inlet for kayaking and exploration aboard a small, motorized watercraft. Your clients can watch for humpback whales in Icy Strait, a popular feeding ground for the marine mammals, and visit the Tlingit village of Hoonah. A thrilling hovercraft flight will take passengers over Taku Inlet to the Taku Glacier, and a day of sailing through Tracy Arm will offer kayaking opportunities among the icebergs in front of two tidewater glaciers. In Frederick Sound, the Misty Fjord will sail past Brothers Island, a haul-out for Steller sea lions. And no Alaska vacation is complete without an Alaska king crab feast and a bonfire on the beach. The Misty Fjord will make 16 sailings on this itinerary between May 21 and Sept. 3. Fares start from $5,450 per person. The “Become a True Alaskan” cruises are geared towards multi-generational groups and families with children seven or up. They feature an onboard Youth Expedition Leader who leads activities, exploration and educational programs about Alaska. Families are able to connect with the wildlife, cultures and natural wonders of Alaska. A new feature added to all of the cruises is the “True Alaska Exploration.” These are unscripted days for adventures, often a hike, wildlife encounters or wilderness discovery that the Allen family, the company’s founders, experienced during their personal explorations and asked staff to share with guests. This new trip addition is a great feature to discuss with your adventure-seeking clients. Destinations & ExcursionsThe Inside Passage is where our Tlingit ancestors thrived for millennia in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska. The sea, rivers, forests and shorelines were teeming with wildlife and vegetation, providing an abundance of all the necessities of life. Villages were established in strategic locations for trade, security, and food. Eventually, nations around the world heard whispers of the remarkable region and explorers from all walks of life sailed to the area, drawn by the allure of rich natural resources. Once the explorers experienced a taste of Alaska they often stayed, establishing small communities in the shadows of massive glaciers, along salmon-laden rivers, and unspoiled islands. Today, the communities of the Inside Passage are as diverse as her striking landscapes. Taking into account the picturesque environment and unique communities of the Inside Passage, all of our all-inclusive itineraries offer a mix of port excursions in these intriguing towns and Native villages, and adventures in raw wilderness bays and glacial fjords. This approach offers your clients a comprehensive look at all the Inside Passage has to offer. Drawing upon the local knowledge passed down through the generations and gained by the staff’s own exploration, every Alaskan Dream Cruises experience is hand picked for its value in immersing travelers in True Alaska. Experts in creating intimate True Alaska experiences, Alaska Dream Cruises incorporates expedition craft on each vessel to provide guests with an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with Alaska nature. The Demaree Inflatable Boats (DIB) are rigid bottom inflatables that are called upon for shallow-water exploration. These highly maneuverable vessels are also used as beach landing craft to afford guests remote hiking opportunities in areas not accessible to larger craft. Kayaking is also an integral part of every Alaskan Dream Cruises experience. Clients of all skill levels are able to enjoy this exciting activity as they’ve designed custom-built kayak launches for easy and safe loading and unloading. All of our itineraries include a relaxing evening at the Alaska Dream Cruises exclusive Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island. This private day-lodge provides peaceful seclusion with modern comforts in an idyllic wilderness setting. Here, your clients can take in the scenery of Stephen’s Passage while indulging in fresh King crab—either from the warmth of the lodge or while nestled against the cozy beachside fire. After dinner, many guests enjoy beachcombing the shoreline. Of course, a visit to our marine touch tank is a must. At this tank, guests have the opportunity to view and handle several of Alaska’s intriguing intertidal invertebrates, including anemones, sea stars, and hermit crab. Your clients will end the day around the fire roasting s’mores and sharing stories. Alaska’s WildlifeMuch of the thrill of an Alaska expedition exists in the journey itself—not just the day’s destination. Knowing this, our officers have the flexibility to take full advantage of unique opportunities that arise in the protected waters of the Inside Passage. Such impromptu True Alaska Moments of discovery often involve Alaska’s wide array of animal species. As pioneers of Alaska day-cruises, and after nearly 50 years of operation, we’ve developed an unrivaled sense of the region’s most abundant wildlife areas. Our routes are designed to travel through these places, while allowing ample time for up-close encounters. Commonly sighted terrestrial animals include both brown and black bears, mountain goats, and Sitka Black-tailed deer. Occasionally, wolf and moose are seen. Of course, Southeast Alaska is famous for its seasonal migration of Humpback whales, which are engaged in almost constant feeding behaviors. Orcas (killer whales), Steller sea lions, harbor seals, Dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, and sea otters are also frequently spotted on our expeditions. Shipboard hydrophones enable us to listen for marine mammal communication. EnrichmentTravelers come to Alaska in search of a personal connection to the sights, places, and people they will visit. Alaskan Dream Cruises believe this deeper level of understanding is exactly what is needed for your clients to gain a true appreciation of this diverse region. To this end, we staff each vessel with two onboard expedition leaders. Our Cultural Heritage Guides, often Alaska Natives themselves, are well versed in the indigenous cultures, legends, and practices of the area. Our Naturalists focus on the biology, geography, and ecology of the Inside Passage. These knowledgeable and outgoing staff members act as personal guides throughout the voyage, accompanying guests on all shore excursions, on deck while viewing wildlife, and even joining guests in the dining room at meals. In the evening, compelling educational programs are presented in the lounge. Having the two guides on board for every step of the journey ensures no question will ever go unanswered. Their passion for Southeast Alaska is contagious. Evening turndown services come complete with a nightly letter, which details the next day’s activities, as well as provides a sneak peak of the local history, geography, or wildlife of the area. Your clients can also choose to further their understanding of the region by delving into the onboard library of books, which pertain to the nature and history of the Inside Passage. CuisineAn important trademark of True Alaskan Hospitality is our excellent culinary fare, carefully prepared by our own trained team of onboard chefs. Meals are served in open-seating dining rooms, and feature a variety of menu options, including meat, seafood, and vegetarian selections. Of course, we pride ourselves in presenting a taste of the Last Frontier through our strong emphasis on fresh Alaska-cuisine options. Such locally harvested specialties include King salmon, halibut, rockfish, shrimp, and crab- cooked and prepared to a standard any Alaskan would approve of. After dinners, your clients will have the opportunity to indulge in decadent desserts prepared by the on board pastry chefs. These same chefs are also responsible for the delicious, fresh-baked breads throughout the voyage. All meals are included with the cruise fare, as are hors d’oeuvres presented at social hour in the lounge. With so many unique selling points behind Alaskan Dream Cruises, we hope you’ll share our cruise vacations with your clients. We look forward to hosting them and showing them True Alaska!last_img read more

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  • Provincial Funding for 400th Anniversary Festivals and Events

    first_img The province is offering help to community organizations that aremarking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the firstpermanent European settlers in Nova Scotia. Non-profit and volunteer organizations can now apply for fundingfor festivals and events to commemorate the anniversary nextyear. “This funding allows the province to help communities helpthemselves as they prepare for the anniversary celebrations,”said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism and Culture. “Community-based activities are an important part of thecelebrations that will be held across Nova Scotia in 2004.” Non-profit and volunteer organizations can apply for funding tohelp with new or expanded festivals and events to commemorate the400th anniversary. A total of $50,000 is available and successfulapplicants will be provided with up to $2,500 for an event. Thefirst deadline for applications is Nov. 21, 2003, with a seconddeadline of Feb. 20, 2004. “These local events will help increase the awareness and pride ofthe Acadian heritage in Nova Scotia,” said Chris d’Entremont,Minister responsible for Acadian Affairs. “We know that reunionsare being organized and many visitors will come celebrate withtheir families and friends.” The funding is part of the provincial government’s support forthe Acadian Celebrations 2003-2005. The Nova Scotia governmenthas provided $750,000 to help promote and market the AcadianCelebrations in Nova Scotia. TOURISM/CULTURE–CXN–Provincial Funding for 400th AnniversaryFestivals and Eventslast_img read more

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  • Its like the gold rush some pot shops to stay open despite

    first_imgTORONTO – Hours after marijuana becomes legal, Toronto enforcement officers will fan out across the city looking for any illegal pot shops still open — the start of a cat-and-mouse game that is expected to play out over the next six months.Ontario will have no brick-and-mortar cannabis stores until April 1, 2019, with the only legal retailer being a provincial government-run online store.The owners of the dozens of illegal pot dispensaries that have popped up in the city over the last few years have been promised an amnesty of sorts: Shut down by Oct. 17 and you can apply for a retail licence.City officials say those who don’t comply will be given a warning to start and escalation will follow.“It’s not carte blanche, it’s not a free-for-all, we will continue sustained enforcement,” said Tracey Cook, the city’s executive director of municipal licensing and standards.Under a new law that goes into effect on Wednesday, the city will have the power to order the interim closure of illegal pot dispensaries through a court order.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the dispensaries will eventually be shut down, but not on Wednesday due to resource issues.“There will not be 100,000 police officers landing in the city of Toronto shutting down every element of a dispensary, but we will be shutting them down,” he told reporters Tuesday.There were about 85 illegal pot dispensaries in Toronto three years ago, but that number dropped to about 30 following a police crackdown in May 2016, said Cook.“In the last two months it shot back up to 80 locations again, which I think is absolutely foolish given they’re jeopardizing their lawful opportunities,” she said. “But I can’t speak for the smarts of anyone breaking the law.”At least three Toronto dispensaries have told The Canadian Press they will continue to operate after legalization, arguing the lack of physical stores until April means there will be a “gold rush” for those willing to break the law. More than 20 dispensaries hung up when asked about their plans.“From Oct. 17 to April is where the money’s at,” said the co-owner of a dispensary that will stay open on Wednesday and did not want his name used for fear of criminal prosecution. “After that, they’ll be open on every corner so now’s the time to make money.”The co-owner, whose pot shop is located in the city’s downtown, said he plans to stay one step ahead of the city and police by complying with warnings and moving to a new location with new owners and new landlords.“The real owners aren’t on any paper,” he said. “We are not worried about it. The black market will exist and will be strong.”Both the city and police said they know about such tactics and have various investigative techniques to deal with it.Jamie McConnell also wants in on the illicit “gold rush,” but he’s still facing 15 drug-trafficking-related charges stemming from two police raids of his pot shop, Sea of Green, in August.If he could resolve those charges soon — the provincial government has said previous pot charges wouldn’t preclude someone from receiving a retail license — McConnell said he would reopen his business before April to take advantage of the lack of physical pot shops.“It’s also going to be hella lucrative if everybody else is closing,” he said.Justin Loizos is going the safe route. He said he’ll close his shop, called Just Compassion, and apply for a license. He started using pot several years ago in last-ditch effort to deal with multiple sclerosis.Now he operates his shop for a group of members who have government-issued medicinal marijuana permits. His plan is to use his shop as a vapour lounge for members until April, which he said will put a strain on his finances.“It’s unfortunate, but I might have to seek capital,” Loizos said.But he has dreams of one day running his own “micro-grow” where he grows his own marijuana and sells it on site, like the craft breweries that have become popular around the country.“Running a business is hard, retail is challenging. There are so many unknowns and if you do get in, there are so many big players to compete with,” he said.“It will be hard, but it’s exciting, it really is. It’s like the gold rush.”last_img read more

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  • One killed 7 injured in expressway accident

    The van in which the woman and several others were travelling in skidded off the road and hit a fence at the 73rd km post along the Southern expressway.The injured were rushed to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) One person was killed and seven others were injured following an accident along the Southern expressway today.The police said that a 28 year old woman was killed in the accident.

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  • Army defends delay in deployment of UN peacekeepers

    Sri Lanka at present seeks to enhance and expand its participation in UN peacekeeping. Such expansion of Sri Lanka’s participation which would entrust Sri Lanka Security Forces with responsibilities of an international scale have to be carried out in coordination and in cooperation with the United Nations and Sri Lanka’s bilateral partners, and it is the responsibility of the sending country (i.e. Sri Lanka) to ensure that the personnel deployed are Sri Lanka’s best. The Sri Lanka Army today defended the delay to deploy peacekeepers for UN operations.In a statement, the Sri Lanka Army said it considers it important that the personnel deployed for UN missions at all levels should be individuals of the highest integrity and maintain the highest standards of conduct at all times. “As you would be aware, there have been certain instances in the past where personnel from Sri Lanka deployed in UN missions have not maintained the standards expected of them and disciplinary action has had to be taken in accordance with the relevant and applicable legal provisions. There have also been instances when personnel nominated for deployment have been found to have allegations of misconduct against them,” the Army headquarters said. “We are mindful therefore, of the need to provide them pre-deployment training including in conduct and discipline, and awareness-raising regarding investigation and disciplinary measures that they would be compelled to face if they do not comply with the high standards expected of them in their respective international roles,” the Army said.The Army headquarters said that all agencies in Sri Lanka consider the country’s reform agenda of good governance, right to information, rule of law, and human rights with due seriousness. “Greater engagement with the international community and assuming greater responsibility in the international arena is a part of this reform agenda. In this context, in the field of peacekeeping, Sri Lanka seeks to work with the United Nations to set standards and examples for other States to consider following as well,” the Army said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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  • Liberals and Conservatives still neckandneck in election poll despite SNCLavalin fallout

    OTTAWA — A new poll suggests a scathing ethics report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall — and it hasn’t helped the Conservatives.Indeed, the Leger poll suggests the two parties were locked in a dead heat, with the support of 33 per cent of voters, as they jockey for position at the starting gate for the Oct. 21 vote.Liberal support was unchanged from last month, despite last week’s damning report from federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion, who concluded that Trudeau violated the Confict of Interest Act by pressuring his former attorney general to halt a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Conservative support was down three percentage points from last month, despite the party’s best efforts to re-ignite public outrage over the SNC affair, which propelled the Tories into a commanding 13-point lead over the Grits at the height of the controversy last April.The poll put support for the Green party at 13 per cent, up one point and ahead of the NDP at 11 per cent. Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada stood at four per cent.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The online survey of 1,535 eligible voters was conducted Aug. 16-19 for The Canadian Press and weighted to reflect the makeup of Canada’s population. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the latest results suggest voters have largely put the SNC-Lavalin affair behind them and moved on to issues that affect them more directly — at least for now.I think that those who changed their mind on the PM and turned their backs on him did that in the spring alreadyThe two main parties are back in a “neck-and-neck race,” which is where things stood in February before the SNC controversy rocked the Liberal government, costing Trudeau two cabinet ministers, his most trusted aide and the country’s top public servant.“I think that those who changed their mind on the PM and turned their backs on him did that in the spring already,” Bourque said in an interview.But he said other Canadians appear to be fatigued with the issue and may be thinking “regardless of what I think of the behaviour of the PM, at the end of the day how does this change my life and that of my children, which is nil.”Still, Bourque warned that “doesn’t mean that it won’t come back to haunt the prime minister” during the campaign, particularly should the RCMP decide to investigate, as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has repeatedly pressed the Mounties to do.The Conservatives and New Democrats will continue trying to revive the controversy today at a meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, where they’ll move to invite Dion, Trudeau and others to testify about the ethics report.However, the Liberals hold a majority on the committee and are likely to block the bid to magnify the report just a couple of weeks before Trudeau officially fires the starting gun for the election.The poll put the Liberals back into a solid lead in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. The Conservatives enjoyed a commanding lead in Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan, with 55 per cent support in both regions.The Liberals had the advantage in the two most populous provinces, where more than half of the country’s 338 seats will be up for grabs. Six things we learned about the SNC-Lavalin affair from the ethics report Stephen LeDrew: Trudeau fails his ‘transparency’ test on SNC-Lavalin Christie Blatchford: Trudeau needs to let Philpott and Wilson-Raybould speak In Ontario, home to more than one-third of the seats, the Conservatives appear to be suffering a “spillover effect” from the unpopularity of Doug Ford’s provincial Progressive Conservative government, Bourque said. The Liberals enjoyed the support of 38 per cent of Ontarians, compared to the Conservatives’ 30 per cent, the Green’s 14 per cent, the NDP’s 13 per cent and the People’s party’s three per cent.In Quebec, home to SNC-Lavalin, the Liberals stood at 34 per cent, compared to the Tories’ 27, the Bloc Quebecois’ 18, the Greens’ nine, the NDP’s eight and the People’s party’s four per cent.Dion concluded that Trudeau broke ethics law by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges related to contracts in Libya.Trudeau has acknowledged that he wanted Wilson-Raybould to reconsider her refusal to overturn a decision by the director of public prosecutions, who decided last fall not to invite the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant to negotiate a remediation agreement. Such an agreement would have allowed the company to avoid the risk of a criminal conviction, which would result in it being barred from federal contracts for 10 years.While he has taken full responsibility for the mistakes that were made, Trudeau has refused to apologize. He has insisted that he was only standing up for the interests of SNC-Lavalin’s 9,000 employees, pensioners and suppliers, who stood to be negatively affected by the potentially crippling cost of a conviction.Scheer maintains Dion’s report suggests the prime minister’s conduct went beyond a violation of ethics law and warrants a criminal investigation into possible obstruction of justice.Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet over the affair in late February, followed shortly by cabinet ally Jane Philpott. Both women were subsequently booted out of the Liberal caucus and are running for re-election as Independent candidates. read more

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  • Women seafarers are few sexually harassed and rarely promoted UN agency

    “Many employers and trade unions appear not to have made specific provisions relating to the employment and conditions of work for women. For example, company responses to staff becoming pregnant range from immediate dismissal to offers of alternative shore-side employment,” the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in Women Seafarers: Global Employment Policies and Practices.The percentage of women employed at sea on 87,000 ships ranged from negligible in some countries to more than 10 per cent in Scandinavia, the report said. Of these women, 7 per cent were officers, compared to 42 per cent of male seafarers.The study highlighted a need for policies to deal with sexual harassment, pregnancy, maternity and reproductive and general health.It said, however, that there was cause for optimism. “By 2001 the total number of female students at the World Maritime University had risen to 21 per cent of the total university population, compared to 8 per cent in 1995,” it said. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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  • Big boost to US coal mining BLM clears way for more PRB

    first_imgAmerica’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is moving ahead with plans to lease rights to over 2,900 Mt of coal adjacent to surface mines in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin (PRB). The agency’s path forward became clear with the recent release of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for six lease tracts consisting of 22,000 acres in the Wright Area and, separately, two final records of decision to lease almost 320 Mt under a separate final EIS for South Gillette. Additional decisions are expected from BLM in coming weeks that will clear the way for coal mining in two additional tracts near Gillette.“This (Wright Area decision) is probably the biggest coal leasing decision that’s ever been proposed by the federal government,” said Jeremy Nichols, energy and climate change director for WildEarth Guardians. The decisions to expedite PRB coal leases prompted environmental groups like his to stiffen their resistance to coal production in the region by citing potential harm from additional concentrations of greenhouse gases.In lawsuits pending in federal court, WildEarth Guardians, the Sierra Club and other activist organisations argue for changes in coal leasing policy that would enable BLM to consider more easily climate change and other impacts of coal combustion as a condition of approving any coal leases on federal land.State officials, however, have encouraged BLM to be more responsive to economic conditions by moving more quickly on leasing decisions. Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) last winter urged federal agencies to expedite leases for oil, coal and gas before meeting with BLM officials this summer to encourage faster action. “A lot of this stuff is just sitting there waiting for someone’s signature,” said Freudenthal.last_img read more

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  • Unhappy campers VW announces the end of the line for iconic Bus

    first_imgIT HAS BEEN an icon of popular culture since the 60s.Synonymous with the hippie movement and adored by travellers the world over, the Volkswagen Kombi, otherwise known as the VW Bus, will cease production at the end of this month.From 31 December the van, which is only produced in Brazil, will finish rolling off the assembly lines.Volkswagen ceased production of the bus in Germany in 1979.VW enthusiasts in Germany form a convoy in 2007. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)Despite its standing in Western culture, in Brazil the Kombi, or T2 as it is known there, is a more functional vehicle, doubling as everything from an ambulance to a hearse, from a school bus to a hot dog stall.They have been produced mostly by hand in Brazil since 1957, but modern day regulations have gotten the better of the beloved bus.As Franck Sowade, production manager at the Sao Bernardo VW factory told the BBC:“It was one of the very first cars to be developed by the company,” he explained.“But to add the airbags, ABS braking system and emissions modification that legislation now require would be too expensive and time consuming.”Concert goers sit on a VW Bus at Woodstock in 1969. (AP Photo)And so, ten million sales and 67 years after a Dutch visitor doodled the design on a visit to a VW plant, all that is left is to set your sights on the special edition version that will mark the end of the era.It is priced at €27,000.Read: Is this the soundest cop ever?Read: Driven to distraction: carmakers face questions over gadget riskslast_img read more

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  • Three men arrested in connection with 2015 Westmeath murder

    first_img 2 Comments Image: Garda Press Office 14,186 Views Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 1:40 PM By Paul Hosford Short URL Jun 13th 2017, 1:40 PM Three men arrested in connection with 2015 Westmeath murder Silvestras Stoksus was found dead in March 2015.center_img THREE MEN HAVE been arrested over the murder of an eastern European national in Westmeath in 2015.The body of Silvestras Stoskus was found on 18 March by a local farmer who was out walking in Broadford, Co Kildare.He had been last seen leaving his home at Bun Daire, Kinnegad in Westmeath.Gardaí at Leixlip began a murder investigation following a post mortem carried out by the State Pathologist.Today as part of a planned operation, three men were arrested. The men, aged 46, 35 and 32, were arrested and are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939/1998 and Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 respectively at Naas Garda Station. Silvestras Stoskus Share1 Tweet Email Silvestras Stoskus Image: Garda Press Office Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3441811 last_img read more

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  • Alexis Tsipras wins election

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alexis Tsipras returned to office on Sunday night after Syriza won a clear victory in Greece’s second general election this year.However, voter turnout fell to 55 per cent – the lowest since modern records began. More than 45 per cent of Greeks did not make it to the polls.New Democracy leader and former defence minister Vangelis Meimarakis conceded defeat to Tsipras saying: “I congratulate him and urge him to create the government which is needed.”Before casting his vote earlier, Meimarakis had called for voters to “banish the falsehoods and misery of the Syriza era, and bring in authentic people who could competently run the country.”Greek voters- the ones that did vote- chose to give SYRIZA another chance rather than opting for New Democracy, a solid right party.The new Greek government will have to pass new legislation yet again to boost the implementation of the the €86bn bail-out and to retain the confidence of creditors- which is likely to deter Tsipras’ voters.Before the results had called for a mandate for a “strong fighting government that could last four years and help Greece force through the reforms required to put the country back on a path to prosperity.”Warning of the “confrontations ahead” he warning of the stressed the new measures are “necessary in order to move forward with reforms”.Results show the radical left party had won sufficient seats to form a coalition government in the coming days.Greece’s centre-right Independent Greeks confirmed they would again team up with Tsipras, continuing their eight month coalition which is on course for a total of 155 seats.Meanwhile Tsipras addressed Greeks before a victory rally in Klafomonos Square reassuring his voters that the country “is on firm ground”.“In Europe today, Greece and the Greek people are synonymous with resistance and dignity, and this struggle will be continued together for another four years.”“We have difficulties ahead (…) We won’t recover from the struggle by magic,but it can happen with hard work.”Tsipras will be confirmed in office today with the formal announcement of his coalition to be made by Wednesday at the latest.Sources: Kathimerini, The Guardian, Twitterlast_img read more

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  • Dell XPS 14z le tueur de MacBook Air

    first_imgDell XPS 14z : le tueur de MacBook Air ?Le dernier né de la gamme de portable ultra fin de chez Dell, le XPS 14z, propose des caractéristiques techniques réjouissantes et s’insère dans une brèche non comblée par les MacBook Air d’Apple. Bonne stratégie ?Présenté à l’IFA 2011, le XPS 14z de Dell retient l’attention à bien des égards. Déjà parce qu’il fait partie de la gamme XPS, qui est censée représenter le compromis entre l’esthétique et la technologie, et donc entre directement en confrontation avec d’autres modèles du genre comme les MacBook Air, mais surtout, il dispose d’une dalle plus grande et développe plus de puissance que les portables slim d’Apple.Et on retrouve cette différence sur le papier, dans les caractéristiques techniques du produit : En plus de son écran 14 pouces affichant une résolution de 1366 par 768 pixels, le 14z dispose d’un processeur quad core i5 cadencé à 2,4 Ghz en entrée de gamme ou i7 tournant à 2,8 Ghz en haut de gamme, là où les MacBook Air entre en gamme avec un ordinateur 11 pouces et processeur bi-coeurs  cadencé à 1,6 Ghz et affiche en haut de gamme un laptop 13 pouces avec un processeur à double cœurs tournant à 1,7 Ghz.Au niveau du circuit graphique, là encore, la différence  se fait jour : là où les MacBook Air disposent d’une Intel HD 3000 de 256 à 384 Mo de DDR3, le 14z propose le même circuit, mais couplé à une carte Nvidia GeForce GT520M pour une meilleure prise en charge des éléments visuels tout en optimisant la gestion de l’énergie. Pour la capacité, le 14z propose des disques durs de 500 ou 750 GB avec un disque dur tournant à 7200 tours/minutes. Apple, lui, a préféré miser sur la rapidité de lecture et d’écriture avec de la mémoire Flash, mais au détriment de la surface de stockage (64 ,128 ou 256 GB).Enfin sur la connectivité, le 14z, là non plus, n’a pas à rougir avec la prise en charge du bluetooth, wifi, de ports USB 2.0 et 3.0, une sortie HDMI, une mini-Display port, un lecteur multi-cartes ou un un lecteur de DVD slot-in. Face à lui, les MacBook Air proposent le Bluetooth 4.0, deux ports USB 2.0 ou encore un port Thunderbolt…À lire aussiVizio : deux nouveaux PC all-in-one 24 et 27 poucesA la lecture de ces caractéristiques, il semble que le XPS 14z soit le grand vainqueur. Mais certaines données viennent un peu assombrir son charmant portrait : il est plus lourd de 1 Kg, ce qui est important pour ce type de produit ou le fait qu’il dispose d’une autonomie moins poussée (6 heures) que celle du MacBook Air 13 pouces (7 heures) par exemple.Une dernière information mettra tout le monde d’accord : son prix. Le XPS 14z est proposée à partir de 899 euros, et 1049 euros pour sa version haut de gamme…Là où les MacBook Air commencent à 949 euros et finissent en haut de gamme à 1500 !Disponible à partir de la mi-novembre sur le site de son constructeur, le XPS 14z pourrait bien devenir un référence dans le domaine. Le 26 octobre 2011 à 14:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • Carter Law introduces enhanced bonus scheme and childcare vouchers

    first_imgCarter Law Solicitors has introduced new benefits for its staff, including an enhanced bonus scheme and childcare vouchers, following feedback from an employee engagement survey conducted in 2015.Three quarters (75%) of the organisation’s 80 staff took part in the engagement survey, which found that 38% of respondents wanted an updated and improved benefits package.In order to expand its existing employee benefits package, the Manchester-based law firm implemented a range of new benefits, such as additional holidays depending on length of service.The firm has enhanced its bonus scheme, providing team managers with greater input into the performance targets set for fee-earning employees. Through its bonus scheme, Carter Law awards support staff a percentage of their annual salary dependent on role and seniority, which starts at 3%, if quarterly targets are reached.The organisation has also introduced a voluntary benefits programme, provided by Perkbox, which gives staff access to perks such as retail discounts and free mobile phone insurance, as well as employer-subsidised gym memberships.Carter Law has added childcare vouchers, provided via Perkbox, to its benefits offering for working parents. The firm, which already has shared parental leave and flexible working schemes in place, aims to support employees with children by offering them a greater level of flexibility.Further staff social events have also been introduced, in addition to the existing Christmas party and summer conference. Under the enhanced employee benefits package, managers are delegated a budget to spend on treating their teams to meals out and activities.Wendy Choyce, head of HR and training at Carter Law, said: “At Carter Law we believe that our staff are our most valued asset, so when they told us through our annual employee survey that our benefits could be improved, we listened and we acted.“The key point for me has been to give due consideration to the actual profile of our staff and seeking to introduce the benefits that meet their needs. I believe that introducing a specific employee benefits survey has helped us to get it right.”last_img read more

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  • Miami fire rescuers save ducklings from storm drain

    first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A mother duck and her ducklings have been reunited thanks to the help of members from Miami Fire Station 11.At around 10 a.m., Sunday morning, a group of nine baby ducks fell into a storm drain on the 5000 block of Northwest Seventh Street. .@CityofMiamiFire Station 11 rescued 9 baby ducklings from a storm drain and reunited them with their mom. 🐥 pic.twitter.com/NmM7dZzIW9— Steven Cejas (@StevenCejas) March 11, 2018In video footage, one the baby ducks could be seen running away once it was freed.In the end, all were reunited, as the family nestled below some bushes to rest after the traumatic ordeal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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  • New York Mag to Cut Two Issues This Summer

    first_imgNew York magazine is cutting two issues from its publishing schedule.The weekly title is anticipating that advertisers, who traditionally pull back during the summer months, will pull back more so in a recession.The issues dated June 22 and August 17 will not be published. “We’ve looked, and found that these are two weeks simply not popular with advertisers,” said Serena Torrey, New York Media’s executive director of business development and corporate communications. “It’s a hard decision, but is something we decided to do to ensure the company’s future.”New York also cut an issue in January. It will now publish 43 issues this year.According to the Publishers Information Bureau, ad pages for New York plummeted nearly 40 percent during the first quarter to 429.39 (or 280 pages less than it sold during the first three months of 2008). Estimated revenue was down 40 percent, or roughly $20 million.Subscribers will receive two additional issues at the end of their current subscriptions to make up for the lost issues.Torrey said the publisher may bring back the issues next year. “We will reassess in 2010.”last_img read more

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  • Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor New Database Helps Retailers Combat

    first_img Share Paula Bronstein/Getty ImagesBarrels of fish sit on a dock after being unloaded from a boat in Songkhla, Thailand, in February 2016.The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, known best for its red, yellow and green sustainable seafood-rating scheme, is unveiling its first Seafood Slavery Risk Tool on Thursday. It’s a database designed to help corporate seafood buyers assess the risk of forced labor, human trafficking and hazardous child labor in the seafood they purchase.The tool’s release comes on the heels of a new report that confirms forced labor and human rights abuses remain embedded in Thailand’s fishing industry, years after global media outlets first documented the practice.The 134-page report by Human Rights Watch shows horrific conditions continue. That’s despite promises from the Thai government to crack down on abuses suffered by mostly migrants from countries like Myanmar and Cambodia — and despite pressure from the U.S. and European countries that purchase much of Thailand’s seafood exports. (Thailand is the fourth-largest seafood exporter in the world).For U.S. retailers and seafood importers, ferreting slavery out of the supply chain has proved exceedingly difficult. Fishing occurs far from shore, often out of sight, while exploitation and abuse on vessels stem from very complex social and economic dynamics.“Companies didn’t know how to navigate solving the problem,” says Sara McDonald, Seafood Watch project manager for the Slavery Risk Tool.The new Seafood Watch database, which took two years to design, assigns slavery risk ratings to specific fisheries and was developed in collaboration with Liberty Asia and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. Like Seafood Watch’s color-coded ratings, the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool aims to keep it simple — a set criteria determines whether a fishery will earn a critical, high, moderate or low risk rating.A “critical risk” rating, for example, means credible evidence of forced labor or child labor has been found within the fishery itself. Albacore, skipjack and yellowfin tuna caught by the Taiwanese fleet gets a critical risk rating. A “low risk” fishery, like Patagonian toothfish in Chile (also known as Chilean seabass), is one with good regulatory protections and enforcement, with no evidence of abuses in related industries.Until recently, environmental concerns dominated most of the conversation around sustainable seafood. Issues like overfishing, mangrove destruction, pollution and illegal fishing determined whether a seafood item was deemed one to enjoy or avoid.But when reports began to surface in 2014 and 2015 that seafood harvested or processed by forced labor was making it into the supply chains of major U.S. retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and restaurants like Red Lobster, corporations were quick to make public commitments and include stronger language in their supplier guidelines in hopes of addressing the problem. Delivering on those promises, however, has proved harder. Traceability alone hasn’t been enough. Until now, retailers have had few tools to make it easier to identify which fisheries are actually at higher risk for human rights abuses.It’s a lament heard by Seafood Watch and others.“The companies knew their supply chains weren’t transparent. They were obviously embarrassed and humiliated by being called out,” says Duncan Jepson, founder of Liberty Asia, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on preventing human trafficking. He adds that the incentive for businesses to use the new Seafood Watch tool is obvious. “From our perspective, the question now is, do you want to be involved or exposed to people earning their profits from these types of environments?”Maisie Ganzler is chief strategy and brand officer at Bon Appétit Management Company and oversees the food service company’s supply chain and purchasing standards. She says it’s difficult for any company to get assurances that the product it’s buying was produced without slave labor. Distance, language and cultural barriers, murky supply chains where seafood changes hands multiple times — all make the problem harder. She says America’s country-of-origin labeling system, which labels where a tuna is canned but not where it is caught, also muddies the waters.“And then you have the high prevalence of fraud, and I don’t mean species fraud,” says Ganzler. “If you’re willing to enslave another human being or throw a worker overboard, are you willing to also falsify the papers that come with the fish? Probably. These are the most hidden issues in the farthest reaches of the world. It’s super hard.”McDonald of Seafood Watch says the data behind the new risk tool come from reliable government and media reports of known abuses; incidences of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; the number of days a fishing vessel is at sea; and more. The tool also considers other indicators, like whether there is evidence of forced labor, human trafficking and child labor in a country’s other sectors — such as forestry, agriculture and aquaculture. That increases the likelihood that these abuses could be happening in fisheries as well, she says.Unlike the aquarium’s Seafood Watch app, the new Seafood Slavery Risk tool will not advise retailers to purchase one species over another. Instead, “we say: stay, engage and create change in the industry by working with suppliers to change their practices,” says McDonald. “With Seafood Watch, we have a lot of advice on what to purchase and what not, but it’s very different with human rights abuses. If you boycott or avoid or stop purchasing, it drives it underground. Every human rights expert we talked with says you can’t boycott, you have to keep it out in the sunshine. That’s the only way to make a difference.”But many retailers are already skittish about talking openly about slavery in the seafood industry, and it’s unclear how they’ll address these issues with their own customers. Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Walmart and Red Lobster did not respond or declined our requests for an interview for this story.“No retailer is going to go out and talk much about the fact that there are labor rights issues in the supply chain, but it’s critical that retailers stay in the game and continue to be involved,” says Dick Jones, CEO of Ocean Outcomes, an international NGO focused on improving fisheries and fish farms in Northeast Asia. He likens it to the routine testing that retailers do for E. coli in ground beef. “They don’t tell their customers there’s a risk. They just do it because it’s the right thing to do,” he says.Other groups are also working on tools to help businesses avoid human rights abuses in their supply chains. The Slavery and Trafficking Risk Template is an open-source project by the Social Responsibility Alliance to help companies build socially responsible supply chains. Labor Safe Screen, developed by the Sustainability Incubator, is focused specifically on seafood products.“The reality is that no company right now can be 100 percent sure there’s no slavery in the supply chain,” says Ganzler. “All companies need to band together to work on the issue, along with the government. It really is an issue that governments are going to have to take action on.”Clare Leschin-Hoar is a journalist based in San Diego who covers food policy and sustainability issues.This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN), a nonprofit investigative journalism organization.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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  • Maryland Early Voting Over Double 2014 Totals so Far

    first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — So far more than double the number of people has voted early in Maryland compared to the midterms four years ago.State election officials told The Baltimore Sun nearly 170,000 people have voted through the first two days of early voting through Friday night. The newspaper says the number of voters each day was more than twice the numbers for the first two days in 2014.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, center, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, speak with a voter, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Baltimore. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)High early-voting levels are occurring elsewhere, as voters are energized in the current political environment. The top race this fall is for governor between Republican incumbent Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous.Early voting in Maryland lasts through Nov. 1, with 79 polling stations open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Same-day voter registration is available during early voting but not on Election Day.last_img read more

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