Government to Modernize Registries

first_imgGovernment has decided an alternative service delivery option, through a private sector partner, is not the right option to modernize the motor vehicles, companies and land registries. After thorough research and analysis, Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey announced today, April 18, that government will develop and implement a plan to modernize the registries, and in turn, enhance service to citizens. This was the first full review of the registries to determine how they could be modernized and deliver better service to Nova Scotians. “When we compared a private-sector led option to a government-led approach it was determined the financial benefits were marginal and too many uncertainties remained. This outcome does not serve the best interests of Nova Scotians,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Service Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotians have told us that Service Nova Scotia is doing a good job serving them, but we can do better. “We know we are not meeting the recommended national benchmark developed by the Institute for Citizen Central Services. Our goal is to make services more convenient, and efficient for Nova Scotians”. The criteria used to assess alternative service delivery and the government-led approach included economic benefits, risks, employee considerations, and the best way to achieve results. Research included a jurisdictional review, and an assessment of the qualifications and interest of appropriate partners. New IT systems are required to support the registries. The system supporting the Registry of Joint Stock Companies is 20 years old. The procurement process is expected to begin in the next eight to 12 weeks to replace it. A plan will also be developed to replace or update the IT systems supporting the land and motor vehicles registries. The motor vehicles, companies and land registries conduct about 2.5 million transactions per year and bring in about $150 million annually in revenue.last_img read more

153 million in federal cash to fund child care and education training

first_imgVANCOUVER – Help is on the way for cash-strapped British Columbia parents struggling with expensive daycare fees and long waiting lists, say federal and provincial politicians after signing a bilateral child care agreement Friday.The federal government’s investment of $153 million was announced in B.C.’s budget this week and is part of the province’s three-year plan to make child care more affordable as it works toward establishing a universal system.“We all know that child care is expensive and hard to find, and for too long it’s been left to get worse,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s children’s minister, speaking in a Vancouver family centre while toddlers squealed and played.“That’s left too many parents feeling squeezed because they can’t afford to take time off and they can’t afford the child care.”The agreement will create 1,370 new infant and toddler spaces, help care providers administer low-cost programs and apply new funding streams to train early childhood educators over three years. It will also expand child care for Indigenous children and kids with special needs.Jonathan Wilkinson, the member of Parliament for North Vancouver, said the investment is similar to what the federal government has committed to other provinces as part of its $7.5 billion child care investment over the next 11 years. But he noted B.C. has unique challenges.“Just like in the rest of Canada, raising a child in British Columbia can be very costly, and perhaps here in the Lower Mainland and in many other parts of British Columbia more costly than many other parts of the country,” he said.The announcement had been scheduled for earlier this month but was abruptly cancelled by the federal government, leading B.C.’s Opposition Liberals to argue that the province’s actions on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion were taking a toll on federal-provincial relations.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley had banned the sale of B.C. wines to Alberta in response to B.C.’s proposal to limit diluted bitumen shipments, but she lifted that ban Thursday after B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his government would ask the courts to decide if it can restrict the shipments.Both Wilkinson and Conroy said the previous cancellation had nothing to do with the pipeline dispute.“The issue was simply one of scheduling,” said Wilkinson. “This is a very important issue for the federal government, as it is for the government of B.C.”The B.C. budget earmarked an additional $1 billion for child care over the next three years. Beginning April 1, funding will be given to licensed care providers to cut $350 a month from the cost of a child care space, while a benefit of up to $1250 a month per child will start being paid to providers in September.The province’s child care crunch is hard on families and the economy, because businesses are losing out on the skilled workers they need, said Conroy.“Universal child care will allow parents to return to work secure in the knowledge that their children are being cared for by qualified early childhood educators.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Chilliwack pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — A British Columbia woman says her brother was killed in a plane crash in Honduras on Saturday. He was the pilot.In a phone interview with The Canadian Press on Sunday, Jenna Forseth confirmed her brother, Patrick Daniel Forseth — who was from Chilliwack — was killed in the crash in the Roatan area, a popular island destination for tourists to the Central American country. She said her brother was “well-loved” in the area, and that “the whole town is in mourning.”The family is expressing their grief and asking for privacy.“The Forseth family, along with the other families, have suffered a tremendous personal loss and out of respect for the families, the ask that sufficient time be given to the professionals investigating the accident to find the actual cause of the accident without speculation on the cause. They further ask that the media have the courtesy to respect them in their time of mourning,” reads a statement.Earlier on Sunday, Global Affairs Canada confirmed a Canadian citizen had died in the crash, but did not identify them due to privacy concerns.The Piper Cherokee Six plummeted into the Caribbean Sea shortly after takeoff from the popular tourist destination en route to the port of Trujillo. The military said in a statement that rescue boats with police divers and firemen recovered four bodies within minutes of the crash, and transported another to a hospital, where he died shortly after of internal injuries.Global Affairs confirms a Canadian is among the five foreign tourists killed in a private plane crash off the coast of Honduras. Statement provided to @CityNews: pic.twitter.com/HOPgMgwpVY— Caryn Ceolin (@carynceolin) May 19, 2019Stefano Maro, with Global Affairs, says Canadian consular officials in the capital, Tegucigalpa, are in contact with local authorities and providing consular assistance to the victim’s family.Local media report that all five people who died in the crash were foreigners, and the U.S. Department of State has confirmed that four were American citizens.Maron says Global Affairs’ thoughts are with the Canadian citizen’s friends and family.last_img read more

New maison de RadioCanada project is a go

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: MONTREAL, April 17, 2017 – CBC/Radio-Canada today announced that the Treasury Board of Canada has approved the new Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) construction project led by Broccolini. The approval also includes the sale of the existing facility and western part of the lot to Groupe Mach. In the coming months, CBC/Radio-Canada will now work to finalize its agreements with the promoters and complete other steps with the City of Montreal before ground is broken.“Receiving Treasury Board approval is a critical step in making this project a reality, said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. It’s another vote of confidence by the government in our efforts to modernize our operations. The new MRC will set the stage for Radio-Canada to become a multiplatform public broadcaster capable of thriving in today’s digital and media environment.”In late summer, Broccolini will begin construction on the new Maison de Radio-Canada at the corner of René-Lévesque Blvd and Papineau Ave. With its bright, modern and versatile spaces, the new building will add to the dynamic real estate market that has emerged in recent years in the Ville-Marie borough. It will provide visitors and the employees who work there every day with an array of open, welcoming and inviting public spaces. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The creators, programmers, journalists and other professionals in the building will enjoy a dynamic, stimulating workplace that fosters collaboration and innovation,” said Michel Bissonnette, Executive Vice-President of Radio-Canada. “Our new MRC will be a creative space that acts as a catalyst for developing the country’s top productions and talent. It will be the place where creators go to bring their ideas to life.”Radio-Canada is scheduled to take possession of its new facility in early 2020 as the sole tenant under a 30-year lease. Redevelopment of the western part of the property will get underway after the public broadcaster has completed its move.The site redevelopment project, with the new MRC as its centrepiece, will contribute significantly to the urban renewal of the neighbourhood that Radio-Canada has called home for decades. The project is a key component in creating a new gateway to the city’s east end that will make Montrealers proud.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. At CBC/Radio-Canada, we have been transforming the way we engage with Canadians.Follow us on Twitter @iciradiocanada or on Facebook at facebook.com/RadioCanada. Advertisementlast_img read more

Weekend marks protest over underground natural gas storage tanks in Nova Scotia

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe highest tides in the world rushed into the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia as a group of Mi’kmaq people cheered the oncoming muddy waters, the longest tidal bore in the province.“This is why we’re here,” said Cheryl Maloney, a member of the nearby Sipekne’katik band.Maloney organized a fishing derby as a peaceful way to assert Aboriginal treaty rights. The Mi’kmaq gathered on a dyke in front of the area where a company plans to dump salty waste water, or brine as its also known. The Alton gas company wants to create underground salt caverns to store natural gas.The project has been in the works since 2007. But in recent weeks, controversy over environmental concerns and consultation has made headlines. And though the province gave the go-ahead seven years ago, major construction near the river only began this summer. The Mi’kmaq are calling for a halt to the project.“So I think we’re looking at a judicial review of the whole permitting process with Nova Scotia and also the consultation efforts this company made,” said Maloney.Elder Billy Lewis says the Mi’kmaq never ceded land when they signed the Peace and Friendship Treaties in the 1700s. Along with the other 50 to 60 people that showed up Saturday, Lewis came “to assert the rights that we already have and to that’s more important than anything else. “And that’s why I’m here today,” said Lewis, “to assert those rights that existed long before Canada existed.”Though the group at the derby is small, their message is echoed by Mi’kmaq leaders. Rufus Copage is chief of the Sipekne’katik band. He remembers fishing on the river when he was a child. Now he brings his grandchildren here to fish for striped bass and eel.“This is traditional Mi’kmaq territory,” said Copage. “I don’t support dumping anything in this river that shouldn’t be there.”Chief Copage and his council have had meetings with the company to get information on the project but he’s hesitant to call it consultation. He’s not alone. In a press release, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs say the company hasn’t engaged the Mi’kmaq in a meaningful way and “is strongly advising that the Province withhold any permits or approvals for this project until all of our concerns are addressed and accommodated.”The Alton Natural Gas Storage company, a subsidiary of the Alberta-based AltaGas, will engineer three underground salt caverns. To do so, it will pump water from the river through a 12 kilometre pipeline and then down a well, half a kilometre underground. The water dissolves the salt deposits and then that brine will be pumped back to the holding pond and released into the Shubenacadie River at high tides.The company expects to have the caverns ready to store natural gas by 2017. Once the caverns are completed – no more brine. But according to the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs, if the market improves, there could be as many as 10 to 15 salt caverns down the road.This will be the first facility to store natural gas in the Atlantic region and, according to the company, will help stabilize prices, especially when demand is high during winter months. Though salt caverns are used to store natural gas in western Canada, dumping the brine into a river system is untested. The Alton company has studied it for the past six years and says it will monitor the salinity of the river, making sure it stays within acceptable levels.The Shubenacadie River is the only spawning ground for the striped bass in the Bay of Fundy and the rare Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon are dependent on this habitat. The list of species that live and spawn in these waters is long; fish that thrive in the mix of fresh and saltwater.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) wrote a report used in the environmental assessment  in 2007. It describes the river system as “dynamic.” The extreme tides change from day to day, season to season, depending on the weathe: “This high degree of natural variability introduces a high level of uncertainty into predictions of potential impacts.”Roger Hunka says that unpredictability may spell bad news for the resources and the Aboriginal right to them.“Once they’re gone, they’re gone.” said Hunka who is with Aquatic Resources for the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council.He worries over the fact the company will be monitoring itself.“Where’s the third party? The third set of eyes? he said.According to Hunka, the consultation process has failed and puts the blame on the province of Nova Scotia.“It has not been clear and forthright and that comes back on the Crown,” said Hunka.At the fishing derby, the Mi’kmaq set eel traps and cast their lines out on the waters of the Shubenacadie River. In the background, a construction zone. Though the permit to operate the brine pond hasn’t been granted yet, Alton Gas is busy building the holdings ponds and burying its pipelines.“We’re here today trying to stop something that’s already in full gear? How do we stop it,” said Billy Lewis.People here say plans for another protest is in the works.last_img read more

Aziz Akhannouch Elected President of RNI

Bouznika- Aziz Akhannouch, outgoing Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, was elected Saturday as new president of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), at the extraordinary party congress held in Bouznika (35 km south of Rabat).Akhannouch was elected by 1,707 votes against 98 votes for his rival Rachid Sassi.He will succeed Salaheddine Mezouar, who had submitted his resignation after the results of the party in the October 7 parliamentary elections.

Sobeys signs online grocery partnership deal with British company Ocado Group

STELLARTON, N.S. — Sobeys Inc. has signed a partnership deal with British company Ocado Group to help build the Canadian retailer’s online grocery shopping business.Under the agreement, Ocado will partner exclusively in Canada with Sobeys and support and engineering services.Ocado has its own grocery and retail businesses under Ocado.com and other specialist shop banners as well as a business that is responsible for corporate partnering.Canadian grocers have been ramping up their online efforts in recent months following Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods last year.Sobeys and Ocado are expected to develop their first customer fulfillment centre in the Toronto area.It is expected to take about two years to build.(Companies in this story: TSX:EMP.A)

PUCSL approves the new electricity tariff

When the monthly (30 day) consumption of any consumer belonging to the above categories falls within a certain range (block), the relevant tariff for that range will be applicable for the entire monthly consumption, the CEB said. The Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) has approved the new electricity tariff which would be effective from this month, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) announced today.As per the new tariff, the existing Incremental Block Tariff structure has been changed to a Volume-Differentiated Tariff structure for Domestic (D-1) and Religious (R-1) and General -1 (GP-1) customer categories.

NASA experts pick Sri Lankan student

Their creators will now have the opportunity to invite their fellow students to video chat with a NASA expert and ask any and all questions about NASA, its work and the intricacies of space travel. The video chats are scheduled for the week of May 20 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 10 mission.“We received close to 10,000 highly creative designs in the one week that the Mission Patch Design Challenge was open for submissions,” said Kaustav Mitra, Vice President of Educator Programs at Tynker. “Each and every patch tells a unique story and impressed us and the team at NASA in different ways, so you can imagine it was difficult to select our five winners. We are thrilled with the results and hope that this first challenge has inspired a new generation of kids to learn more about space missions, NASA and the impact that Makers have on space exploration.”The Design A Mission Patch project is the first of three planned “Moon2Mars” coding challenges being released this year by Tynker in collaboration with NASA, taking students on journeys from Earth to the Moon and then on to Mars. For this first challenge, students put themselves in an astronaut’s shoes (or, rather, space boots) and used Tynker to code patches for their imaginary spacesuits.Since 1965, every mission to space has had its own design created by the astronauts who journey to space. The mission patch is a set of symbols, words, and pictures that represent the work the astronauts will do during the mission, and it tells the story of their journey. Designing the mission patch is one of the very first things every new astronaut crew does. For the Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge, students were asked to imagine that they are an astronaut who is taking an incredible journey to the Moon. Using Tynker, they then created an animated ‘Forward to the Moon’ mission patch to tell their mission’s story. The Mission Patch Design Challenge elicited close to 10,000 design submissions from around the world, with NASA experts evaluating each finalist project based on originality, execution, and effective use of code. The winning patch designs were beautifully and creatively crafted and can be viewed at https://www.tynker.com/play/nasa/ . Tynker, the leader in enabling kids to use code to become Makers, announced that a Sri Lankan student is among five student winners of the Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge picked by NASA experts.Ishhaq Ziyam (6th Grade, Colombo, Sri Lanka); Neal Apte (3rd Grade, Palo Alto, CA, USA); Madison Morgan (8th Grade, Lewiston, ID, USA); Paxton Summers (3rd grade, Baltimore, MD, USA); and Wei Rui Teng (7th Grade, Miri, Malaysia) have been picked for the Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge. The next two Moon2Mars challenges will be released in September and October, 2019. (Colombo Gazette) “NASA is going to the Moon in 2024, and then on to Mars in a sustainable way. To achieve our mission, we need the next generation of STEM students to join us,” said Mike Kincaid, NASA’s associate administrator for the Office of STEM Engagement. “This collaboration with Tynker will inspire students in STEM to be a large part of our future to the Moon and Mars.” read more

Preserving intangible culture for future generations

Uilleann piping is a musical practice in which an uilleann, also known as Irish or union, bagpipe is used to play traditional music. Bearers and practitioners include participants of all ages, dispersed throughout the world. Uilleann piping offers an important way of socializing, providing a sense of rootedness and connection to the past.Knowledge and skills are transmitted using both long-established and modern practices, and the practice is primarily safeguarded through the efforts of the group Na Piorabairi Uilleann.Italy: Art of Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’The second phase of creating a Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a performing art in itself (2015). Photo: Sebilo The craftmanship of Estremoz clay figures dates back to the 17th century and involves a process lasting several days. The figures are dressed in the regional attires of Alentejo or religious clothing and follow specific themes. Their characteristic aesthetic features make the figures identifiable, and the craft is strongly attached to the region.Artisans ensure the viability and recognition of their craft through non-formal workshops and instructive initiatives, as well as through local, national and international fairs.Germany: Organ craftsmanship and musicConstructing an organ in Germany (2006). Photo: Thomas Ehret Pinisi, or the art of boatbuilding in South Sulawesi, refers to the famed Sulawesi schooner and represents the epitome of the Archipelago’s indigenous sailing craft. Today, boatbuilding centres are located at Tana Beru, Bira and Batu Licin – where shipbuilding and sailing are central to the community’s social, economic and cultural fabric.Knowledge and skills are transmitted from generation to generation both within and outside of the family circle, and local shipbuilders are engaged in active marketing initiatives to safeguard the practice.Iran: ChoganChogan influence on miniature motifs (2016). Photo: Iranian cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Creating the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice consisting of four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven. The practice originated in Naples, where around 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform – and plays a key role in fostering social gatherings and intergenerational exchange.Knowledge and skills related to the element are primarily transmitted in the ‘bottega’ of the Pizzaiuolo, where young apprentices can observe their master at work.Kyrgyzstan: Kok boruThe players of the ‘Dostuk’ (Osh city) and ‘Talas’ (Talas city) teams (2016). Photo: National Kok-Boru Federation, Kyrgyzstan Organ craftsmanship and music have shaped Germany’s musical landscape for centuries – with a diverse number of traditions surrounding the instrument’s construction and playing. The highly specialized knowledge and skills of organ makers are significant markers of group identity and its music constitutes a universal language that fosters interreligious understanding.Knowledge and skills related to the element are transmitted through a direct teacher-pupil experience as well as in vocational schools, universities, and organ construction workshops.Greece: RebetikoYoung boy learns to play the rebetiko (2016). Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports Late last year on Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage deemed a host of new elements significant in protecting a way of life.Ranging from songs and stories to activities and practices – each testifies to the diversity of intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance.India: Kumbh MelaKumbh Mela, the festival of the sacred Pitcher, is a peaceful congregation of pilgrims in which participants take a dip in a sacred river [see photo above]. The congregation includes ascetics, saints, sadhus, aspirants-kalpavasis and visitors. The tradition plays a central spiritual role in the country, encapsulating a diverse range of cultural customs.Knowledge and skills relating to Kumbh Mela are mainly imparted through the teacher-student relationship, but transmission and safeguarding are also ensured through oral traditions and religious and historical texts.Kazakhstan: Traditional Assyk GamesChildren choosing a game to play (2015). Photo: Studio “Mergen,” Kazakhstan The Kok boru game is played by two teams on horseback, who compete in trying to score points by putting as many ‘ulaks’ (goat’s carcasses) – replaced by moulds of the animal in modern-day games – into their opponents’ goal as possible. The horse game integrates traditional practices and performances. It is an expression of the cultural and historic tradition of its practitioners and unites communities, regardless of social status.Related knowledge and skills are primarily transmitted through demonstration, as well as during festive and social events.Malawi: NsimaPhoto depicts the steps for Nsima from drying the maize to preparing, serving and sharing the dish communally (2016). Photo: Malawi National Commission for UNESCO Chogan is a horse-riding game traditionally played in royal courts and urban fields, which is accompanied by music and storytelling. In Chogan, two-rider teams use wooden sticks to pass a ball through the opposing team’s goal post. It has a strong connection to the identity and history of its bearers and practitioners.Chogan is transmitted informally within the family sphere, as well as by dedicated associations through training and support for local masters.Ireland: Uilleann pipingYoungsters play the uilleann (2015). Photo: NPU Assyk Games are an ancient tradition in Kazakhstan, in which each player has their own set of Assyks, traditionally made out of sheep bone. While most practitioners are children between the ages of 4 and 18, young people and adults also participate.The game is a good model for positive collaboration, social inclusiveness and a sense of friendship, and is primarily transmitted through observation from older children to younger ones.Portugal: Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figuresCreating an Estremoz clay figure (2015). Photo: Municipio de Estremoz Rebetiko is a musical and cultural expression directly linked to song and dance, which initially spread among urban working-class populations. Rebetiko songs are now a standardized repertoire in social occasions, containing invaluable references to the customs and traditions of a particular way of life.Rebetiko is transmitted orally, as well as by the media and in music schools, conservatories and universities, and musicians and enthusiasts continue to play a key role in keeping the practice alive.Indonesia: Pinisi in South SulawesiThe schooner is ready to sail (2015). Photo: Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia Nsima is a compound name for the culinary and dietary tradition of Malawians as well as a form of thick porridge prepared with maize flour. It is prepared through an elaborate process requiring specific knowledge, and eating it is a communal tradition in families.Communities safeguard the element through continued practice, publications, festivals and revitalization activities, and knowledge is transmitted both informally and through on-the-job training and education. read more

Iran to release seven crew members from Stena Impero oil tanker

So far, Tehran has made two relatively minor breaches. France, Germany and Britain are still trying to salvage the nuclear deal before it collapses completely but have yet to find a way to mollify Iran. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has led the European initiative. In his latest effort, he offered Iran a $15 billion line of credit to compensate for lost oil sales. Iranian state TV reported Wednesday that Iran had rejected that offer. Mr Rouhani said progress had been made in talks with France but he was still sceptical that the deal could be salvaged. “If we had 20 issues of disagreement with the Europeans in the past, today there are three issues,” the Iranian president said. But he added that he still did not think a final agreement would be reached. However, the ship is now lurking off the coast of Syria and has turned off its transponder, raising fears among Western officials that it may deliver the oil to Syria after all.It emerged that the US has offered millions of dollars to the captains of Iranian oil tankers if they sail their ships to countries where they will be impounded. The US made such an offer to the captain of the Grace 1, according to the Financial Times. The Indian captain, Akhilesh Kumar, did not respond to the offer and the US went on to impose sanctions on him. It is not known if other captains have complied.Despite the release of the Grace 1, Iran continues to hold the Stena Impero and has given no date for its release. Wednesday’s announcement is the first sign of progress in the case. Abbas Mousavi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, said the captain had been allowed to pick seven crew members for release under a “humane policy”.It is not clear when they will be freed. “We view this communication as a positive step on the way to the release of all the remaining crew, which has always been our primary concern and focus,” said Stena Bulk, the ship’s Swedish operating company. Iran has said it will release seven crew members from a British-flagged tanker seized in July, in the first sign of a possible easing of the standoff between London and Tehran over the ship’s fate. Seven men from the 23-member crew of the Stena Impero will be released on humanitarian grounds, the Iranian foreign ministry said Wednesday. All seven are Indian citizens. Another 11 Indians, three Russians, a Latvian and a Filipino remain in Iran’s custody. Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, meanwhile said that his country would continue escalating its violations of the 2015 nuclear agreement unless Europe found a way to get around US sanctions and Iran’s flagging economy. Mr Rouhani said the next round of violations would be “the most important” yet and would be announced in the coming days. Iran and France have been negotiating an effort to save the nuclear deal but have so far not been able to reach a final agreement. The Stena Impero was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in July days after Royal Marines boarded Iran’s Grace 1 tanker and impounded it in Gibraltar.  The Stena Impero continues to be held by IranCredit:Morteza Akhoondi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)/Morteza Akhoondi/Tasnim News Agency via AP) Iran has been slowly ratcheting up its violations of the Iran nuclear deal since July, the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran, despite European objections.  Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, said his country would continue violating the dealCredit:REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov The Grace 1, now renamed the Adrian Darya 1, was released from Gibraltar last month after Iran promised that it would not take its cargo of 2 million barrels of oil to Syria.  The Stena Impero continues to be held by Iran Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, said his country would continue violating the deal Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Supergasbras Concordia is the new Brazilian champion

Brasilbrazilhandebol The new Women’s Brazilian champion is Supergasbrass UNC Concordia! In the final match Concordia were better from ex-champion Metodista 27:22 (14:12) and wrote the best chapter of the club’s history.Supergasbras/UNC/Concórdia (SC): Amanda (7), Kelly (6), Isabella (5), Tamires (4), Agda (3), Myllena (1) e Suzana (1).Metodista/São Bernardo (SP): Deborah Hannah (11), Adriana (4), Célia (3), Atalita (1), Regiane (1), Roáaria (1) e Thamiris (1).Now full attention of the Brazilian handball fans going to Europe where their NT prepare for the World Championships 2013 which begins in Serbia on December 6. ← Previous Story EHF CL: Big win for Gorenje over La Rioja! Next Story → EHF Cup (Round 3): Away wins for Szeged, Csurgoi, Lugi, Constanta and Montpellier

The History Of Farts In Video Games

first_imgAs video games mature, their ability to simulate different aspects of the world we live in just gets better and better. From early days when black and white spaceships jittered across displays to the immersive 3D virtual worlds we expect in 2017, the vidya experience gets more and more like reality.That’s a long-winded (no pun intended) way to say that you can fart in video games. Yes, this might seem like a silly use of our time, but this is Geek. We’re all about exploring the sacred as well as the profane. What better way to do so than to look at digital representations of gas passing from the digestive system through the butt? For whatever reason, developers have been including farts in video games for decades. Let’s don our gas masks and venture into digital history to discover how flatulence has been used in gaming through the years.First FartsAs far as we can tell, the premiere fart in video game history was 1987’s Kato & Ken, for the Japanese PC Engine console. Localized for American audiences three years later as JJ & Jeff, the side-scrolling platformer starred a pair of Far East comedians who reveled in bodily functions. The duo could knock enemies out by squatting and blasting gas, but that was changed to a spray can in the Western port.1991’s Europe-only Viz: The Soft Floppy One for the Amiga featured a trio of that long-running humor magazine’s characters, including Johnny Fartpants. His stages see him inflating balloons with his sphincter and using toots to boost himself high into the air.1994’s Boogerman for the Sega Genesis brought farting and burping as offensive maneuvers to the States, with the titular hero capable of not only using his snot as a weapon but also storing gas to eject as either burps or farts. The same year, the Beavis & Butthead console game literally starts with Beavis pulling Butthead’s finger.Special AttacksNo game genre has endorsed the power of flatulence like fighting games. With creators needing to think of dozens of unique moves for each combatant, it was only a matter of time before toots made their way in.1994’s Primal Rage came at the peak of the fighting craze, replacing the typical human warriors with dinosaurs and giant apes. Chaos, the simian god of decay, battled using a number of grotesque bodily functions. His “Fart of Fury” move releases a green gas cloud in the air from his haunches, stunning opponents it hits.The Tekken series has several flatulent characters, but the most notable is Kuma the bear. In Tekken 3 his fart attack, if it connects, takes down any opponent in one hit. Later appearances cut the power a little bit, and in Street Fighter X Tekken it was downgraded to a super.Wario’s down B in Super Smash Brothers Brawl cues him to store up a massive explosion of butt gas, with the toot growing more powerful the longer you hold down the button. It also serves as a mobility tool to get him back on the stage after he’s been knocked off.And, of course, the Mortal Kombat games feature a battling drunkard name Bo Rai Cho who deals some stinkies, including a hidden fatality in the tenth installment. In Mortal Kombat: Deception he can also commit suicide by holding a fart in too long until he explodes.Power ButtonsWe need to make mention of Unicom’s obscure 1997 arcade game Burglar X because it’s as far as we know the only arcade game to include a dedicated fart button. In it, you control a male or female criminal running around a top-down city, dodging the cops and busting open boxes to gather loot. The clouds of gas left behind temporarily stun enemies, leaving them vulnerable to your normal attacks. It’s not a good game, but points for being fart-centric.That wasn’t the only game to boast a button just for farting, though. Quirky side-scrolling adventures Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee set aside a controller button for passing gas. Main character Abe could use it to attract attention and lead guards away from their post, and in the second game he could use his mystical powers to possess the cloud of fart gas and steer it over to enemies and obstacles, then trigger a gas explosion.Fart AdventuresAll three installments in Lionhead’s Fable series featured a fart emote, as part of Peter Molyneux’s quest to make the ultimate video game. But with the third game, your flatulence started to feed into the alignment system, with evil characters capable of breaking wind with such force that it damaged NPCs. One report about the cancelled Fable Legends indicated that there were at least ten different character-specific farts in that game!2003’s cult classic Beyond Good & Evil featured supporting character Pey’j, a bipedal pig inventor who uses a pair of jet boots powered by his own flatulence. Here’s a little funny trivia: the character was voiced by an actor named David Gasman.In Tim Schafer’s 2011 adventure game Stacking, one of the puzzles the player must figure out involves clearing out a restaurant by farting into an air vent. That’s a pretty potent poot.Open WorldsNumerous sandbox games have added the ability to pass gas. The first two Grand Theft Auto games (back before the series went to 3D) let players toot by pressing TAB on their keyboards. In San Andreas, passers-by would pass gas but protagonist CJ never had the opportunity to.Saints Row The Third upgraded flatulence to a weapon with the Fart in a Jar, an upgrade to the stun grenade weapon that leaves its victims coughing and choking, unable to defend themselves.Massively multiplayer games have some farts, too. The sea giants in World of Warcraft will occasionally squat and vent air bubbles from their butts (because they live underwater, you see) that can be popped. They seem to especially like to do it after they kill players.Odds And SodsXbox 360 downloadable game Try Not To Fart takes a more realistic look at flatulence, casting the player as a gentleman out on a date who needs to hold in his disturbances.Hit indie action-roguelike The Binding Of Isaac is chock full of farts. One of the most notable producers is the Farting Baby familiar, which follows you around intercepting enemy bullets and launching gas attacks. Also interesting is the Black Bean item, which makes Isaac himself pass gas whenever he takes damage.Let’s close with this year’s South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which Ubisoft released with an exclusive piece of hardware called the Nosulus Rift that pumped ass gas right into your nostrils in sync with the game. Is that the future of digital farts – bringing them into VR so you can engage your sense of smell as well? Lord, we hope not. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Toure insists Liverpool are in a better position than City

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure insists he would rather be in Liverpool’s position than City’s as both clubs battle for the Premier League title.Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League, seven points clear of City who play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.“To be honest, I’d rather be in the position of Liverpool,” Toure said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.“But as I know the mentality of my teammates, my previous teammates, I think they’re going to try to do everything to just say: ‘You know what, I need to finish with this thing’.”“Because the Premier League, as you’re winning, the second one is always difficult and I think that’s what Pep is trying to work on now.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s got to try to work hard and try not to leave any space to Liverpool to go for that because if City drop a point or maybe lost a point, it’s going to be very, very difficult to catch them. Because they already play two games already. Let’s see, let’s see. I hope City’s going to go and do a great job today.”Speaking about the mentality of the City dressing room, Toure said:“I think today is going to push them up, they will try to do the best game they can do. Of course, tonight is going to be tough as Wolves have been playing and they beat Tottenham away. I think City need to get close to Liverpool as they are looking very scary this year.”last_img read more

Familys St Patricks Day tradition set up to endure

first_imgFor the 75th time, the Irish flag Thursday morning was hoisted in front of the Clark County Courthouse to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition was started in 1936 by Denny Lane, who was Vancouver’s first constable and lived off Seventh Street, just blocks from the courthouse. As the flag went up in the air, all eyes turned toward 2-year-old Kennedy Klein. It’ll be up to the “grandchildren and great-grandchildren before long to carry the tradition on,” said Mike Klein, 62, one of Lane’s grandchildren. Kennedy, in white pants dotted with green, a pink raincoat and green ribbons tied around her pigtails, was all smiles, despite the chilly, rainy morning. About 30 members of Lane’s family gathered around the flagpole on the south lawn of the courthouse at 9 a.m., sending the green, white and orange Irish flag to the top of the pole, usually reserved solely for the American flag.last_img read more

Macau 5 and 4 star hotel occupancy over 91 in April

first_img Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling Load More Travellers International declares confidence in future prospects as hotel inventory rises Over 1.1 million guests stayed at hotels and guesthouses in Macau in April, up 7.6% year-on-year, with an average occupancy rate of 88.9%. The figures included a 91.9% occupancy rate in Macau’s 5-star and 4-star hotels, up 2.1 percentage points on April 2017. The overall occupancy rate for the month was up 2.8% year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said on Wednesday.More than 4.5 million guests have stayed in local hotels and guesthouses through the first four months of 2018, up 8.8% year-on-year, with an occupancy rate of 88.9%, up 4.7% year-on-year.The number of guest rooms increased 6% year-on-year to 39,000, with the number of 5-star hotel rooms rising 7.9% to 24,000, comprising 61.2% of the total.DSEC also informed that the number of visitors on package tours in Macau in April increased 12.9% year-on-year and 6.2% month-on-month.Package tour visitors from Mainland China were up 12.2% year-on-year, while those from the Republic of Korea surged 27.8% year-on-year. Visitors on package tours from Taiwan increased 57.5% year-on-year.In the first four months of 2018, visitors on package tours totalled 2.8 million, up 20.1% year-on-year.center_img Macau hotels record fewer bookings in June RelatedPostslast_img read more

Hateful comments flood YouTube livestream of congressional hearing on hate

first_img What Facebook and Google say they’re doing to combat… Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a New York Democrat, emphasized the seriousness of the issue. “White nationalism and its proliferation online have real consequences,” Nadler said. “Americans have died because of it.” Facebook’s Potts told the committee that it isn’t “simple” for the world’s largest social network to decide which posts it should keep and which it should pull down, because of the huge amount of information that flows through the site. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide. The remark was echoed by Google’s Walden, who said removing hate speech can be complex because content may be offensive but not violate YouTube’s policies against hate speech or inciting violence. It’s also contentious because there are disagreements on where to draw the line between political speech and hate speech. “Overaggressive enforcement can also inadvertently silence voices that are using the platform to make themselves heard on these important issues,” Walden said. Neutral platforms or editorial publications?At one point during the hearing, officials from Google and Facebook were asked if their sites were neutral platforms or editorial publications. Potts said Facebook is a tech company. Walden said Google’s YouTube is a “free and open platform” for users to upload their own content. Other witnesses included representative of civil rights groups that have urged both tech firms and the government to take action against hate speech. Eileen Hershenov, senior vice president of policy at the Anti-Defamation League, said the resurgence of white supremacy has been fueled in part by social media sites, including fringe websites Gab and 8chan. The New Zealand mosque shooter used 8chan, a message board, to share his Facebook Live video. White supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.White supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Samuel Corum/Getty Images “These platforms are like round-the-clock digital white supremacist rallies, creating online communities that amplify their vitriolic fantasies,” she said. Candace Owens, a conservative activist and commentator who testified during the hearing, accused lawmakers of holding the hearing for political gain. Owens was named in a manifesto written by the man accused of carrying out the New Zealand shootings. “It’s about fear-mongering power and control,” Owens said about the hearing.  In several cases, questions from lawmakers highlighted their limited understanding of how some of the world’s biggest tech platforms work. Some asked Facebook whether users can report a post or if Instagram has the same rules as the social network. Officials from Facebook and YouTube tried to assure lawmakers that they’ve been stepping up their efforts to combat hate speech, but they also emphasized some of the challenges they face. Both companies said they’ve invested in people and technology to help flag and remove hate speech before it spreads but are also balancing safety with giving people a voice. Their efforts, however, weren’t evident in YouTube’s comment section, which caught the attention of lawmakers. Politics Tech Industry Digital Media Tags On Tuesday, YouTube opted to shut down a basic element of its service to control the problem. “Hate speech has no place on YouTube. We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing hateful comments/videos,” YouTube said in a tweet. “Due to the presence of hateful comments, we disabled comments on the livestream of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.” Before the four-hour hearing, anonymous YouTube users made racist and anti-Semitic comments on the platform. The irony wasn’t lost on observers. CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan said in a tweet that having hateful comments appear beside a live video of a congressional hearing about hate on social media was “the most meta thing today.” Alexandria Walden, Google’s counsel for free expression and human rights, testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing about the rise of white nationalism on social media sites. Getty Images YouTube shut down the comment section on its livestream of a congressional hearing on white nationalism Tuesday after the section filled with hateful comments, underscoring the problem lawmakers had gathered to discuss. Many of the comments expressed anti-Semitic views or decried multicultural societies. Others expressed white pride. The comments overwhelmed the livestream as Neil Potts, Facebook’s public policy director, and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the role of the platforms in the rise of white nationalism. Both companies have been under mounting pressure to combat hate speech following a string of hate-ridden events, including a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 that led to one death, a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year that killed 11 and a terrorist rampage in New Zealand earlier this year that left 50 Muslim worshippers dead.  The New Zealand shootings renewed pressure on tech companies because the gunman livestreamed part of the attack on Facebook. The video spread to other social media sites, including Twitter and Google-owned YouTube, raising questions about the ability of tech companies to combat hate speech. The flood of toxic comments during the congressional hearing demonstrated the difficulty tech companies, which often rely on users to flag inappropriate comments, have monitoring activity on their platforms. This just illustrates part of the problem we’re dealing with. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Now playing: Watch this: During the hearing, Nadler read snippets from a Washington Post story about the hateful comments that had appeared during the livestream. “This just illustrates part of the problem we’re dealing with,” he said. On Wednesday, the Senate will meet to discuss “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse.” Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to attend. It’s unclear whether the comment section in that livestream will be open. Originally published April 8, 5 a.m. PT. Updates, 1:29 p.m.: Adds info on scheduled Senate hearing; April 9, 6 a.m.: Includes more information about Christchurch attack; 11:01 a.m.: Adds background from hearing; 12:36 p.m.: Includes comments from Nadler. center_img In the most meta thing today, the House Judiciary Committee has a YouTube livestream of its hearing on hate on social media. The live comments are…. full of hate. https://t.co/2ZODaGTcgr pic.twitter.com/us3kNq6Nar— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) April 9, 2019 Zuckerberg explains the internet to Congress Livestream Facebook Google YouTube 2:42 13:29 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Would you try and jump a UTV 247 feet on a windy

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Fast-forward to 2019, and after over a decade of intense physical therapy, Godfrey has regained partial use of his legs, such that he can walk with canes and drive his UTV with a hand-control stick to work the throttle and brake.”It’s evident I can fly better than I can walk,” Godfrey said in a statement, after completing his world record 247-foot jump. “When I took off, all I could think was hit it straight, hold on and hope for a clean landing.” To make his jump, Godfrey partnered with Polaris, opting to use its wild-as-hell RZR XP Turbo S, which is powered by a 998 cc two-cylinder four-stroke turbocharged engine that makes 168 horsepower. The RZR was modified with an uprated roll cage, safety harness, suspension and tires.The record attempt was made as part of the season finale of the Discovery Channel’s Diesel Brothers show and thanks to questionable weather conditions at the Utah shoot location, it very nearly didn’t happen at all. Still, the crosswind died down sufficiently during a dry period that Tanner was able to attempt the jump.He nearly called it off as the wind picked up on his approach to the ramp, but decided to stick with it and floored his UTV. He hit the jump at 84 miles per hour and sailed a little less than straight at the landing side. Because of the crosswind, he landed slightly crooked on the landing ramp but had flown for 247 feet and gotten his record. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Honda Talon: Exploring Utah in Honda’s first sport side-by-side 61 Photos Tags More From Roadshow Share your voicecenter_img Imagine hitting a massive jump at over 80 mph in this thing. Polaris The idea of taking a side-by-side (also known as a UTV) and jumping it over 200 feet is not something that most people would entertain. The possibility of severe injury or death is enormous, and if you were to attempt it, it probably wouldn’t be on a day with crosswind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour. But most of us aren’t Tanner Godfrey. He did all those things to reclaim a UTV long-jump world record on Memorial Day, May 27, and he did it without full use of his legs, according to an announcement from Polaris, the powersports company that sponsored his attempt.Godfrey was partially paralyzed in 2007 at the age of 18 when he crashed during a motocross race. He went over his handlebars at approximately 50 mph and shattered his t6 vertebrae and dislocated his t7 vertebrae. He was diagnosed on the scene as likely being a paraplegic. 0 The 2019 Honda Talon is a wicked off-road adventure machine Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 4:10 Car Culturelast_img read more

Pregnant NRI woman found dead in Punjab police pin suspicion on husbands

first_img 5 True Crime Documentaries And Docuseries You Should Watch IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/3:27Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:22?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Getty ImagesThe body of a missing NRI woman from Australia was found Punjab’s Ferozepur district a few days ago. The police suspect that she was killed by her husband’s lover and an accomplice.The victim, Ravneet Kaur, was missing since March 14 from outside her parents’ house at Bagge Ke Pipal village in Ferozepur. She was four months pregnant.Ravneet was married to Jaspreet and they had moved to Australia three years ago. However, Jaspreet had an extra-marital affair with Kiranjeet Kaur. They also have a four-year-old daughter.The police suspect that when Ravneet was in India, Kiranjeet allegedly abducted and murdered Ravneet, reports Indian Express. They also suspect that Kiranjeet took the help of her sister Taranjeet Kaur. After the murder, the duo threw her body into Bhakra canal. Kiranjeet left for Australia the day after the crime.”Jaspreet’s parents live in Chandigarh and Ravneet was with them last month. In March, she came to our village to spend time with us. She was supposed to go back on March 22. But, on March 14, she had gone outside the house while answering a video call and never came back. We knew her husband was having an extra-marital affair with Kiranjeet Kaur but had no idea that he will go to this extent. “After Ravneet went missing, we asked Jaspreet to come to India but he was not interested. That made us suspicious,” Ravneet’s father Harwinder Singh was quoted as saying by Indian Express.The police have arrested Taranjeet and Sandeep Singh for conspiring with Jaspreet and Kiranjeet for Ravneet’s murder. The police are also working on extraditing Jaspreet and Kiranjeet from Australia.last_img read more

Our country is full Trump

first_imgUS president Donald Trump gestures after speaking during the Republican Jewish Coalition`s annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on 6 April 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: AFPDeclaring “our country is full,” president Donald Trump on Friday insisted the US immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at the Mexican border.Trump, making a renewed push for border security as a central campaign issue for his 2020 re-election, participated in a briefing on immigration and border security in Calexico before viewing a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) see-through steel-slat barrier that was a long-planned replacement for an older barrier — and not new wall.”There is indeed an emergency on our southern border,” Trump said at the briefing, adding that there has been a sharp uptick in illegal crossings. “It’s a colossal surge and it’s overwhelming our immigration system, and we can’t let that happen. … We can’t take you anymore. We can’t take you. Our country is full.”As Air Force One touched down in the state, California and 19 other states that are suing Trump over his emergency declaration to build a border wall requested a court order to stop money from being diverted to fund the project. But Trump, who ratcheted up his hard-line immigration rhetoric in recent weeks, declared that his move, which included vetoing a congressional vote, was necessary.Also on Friday, House Democrats filed a lawsuit preventing Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. Congress approved just under $1.4 billion for work on border barricades. Trump has asserted he can use his powers as chief executive to transfer an additional $6.7 billion to wall construction.Trump, who earlier in the week threatened to shut down the border over the high numbers of migrants trying to enter the US, appeared to walk back his comments Thursday. He said Friday that it was because Mexico had gotten tougher in stopping an influx of immigrants from moving north.”Mexico has been absolutely terrific for the last four days,” the president said as he left the White House. “I never changed my mind at all. I may shut it down at some point.”The president’s visit came a day after he withdrew his nominee to lead US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation, but Trump said Friday that he wanted to go in a “tougher direction.”Trump, as he so often does, mixed fact with fiction when warning of the threat at the border. When complaining about the Flores legal settlement that governs treatment of migrant children and families, he blamed “Judge Flores, whoever you may be.” But Flores was an unaccompanied 15-year-old girl from El Salvador.He also downplayed the claims of people seeking asylum at the border, declaring without evidence that many are gang members while comparing some of their efforts to find safety in the US to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.”It’s a scam, it’s a hoax,” Trump said. “I know about hoaxes. I just went through a hoax.”As the president showed off the renovated section of the barrier to reporters, a balloon depicting Trump as a baby floated further down the border. And as Trump landed in California, the state’s governor ripped the president’s push for Congress to pass legislation that would tighten asylum rules to make it harder for people to qualify.”Since our founding, this country has been a place of refuge — a safe haven for people fleeing tyranny, oppression and violence. His words show a total disregard of the Constitution, our justice system, and what it means to be an American,” said Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.Trump has been increasingly exasperated at his inability to halt the swelling number of migrants entering the US, including thousands who have been released after arriving because border officials have no space for them. Arrests along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months, and border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March, a 12-year high. More than half of those are families with children, who require extra care.The southern border is nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) long and already has about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) of different types of barriers, including short vehicle barricades and tall steel fences that go up to 30 feet (9 meters) high. Most of the fencing was built during George W. Bush’s administration, and there have been updates and maintenance throughout other administrations.Trump has yet to complete any new mileage of fencing or other barriers anywhere on the border, though he declared Friday that at least 400 miles (650 kilometers) of the border barrier would be erected over the next two years. His administration so far has only replaced existing fencing. Construction for that small chunk of fencing cost about $18 million, began in February 2018 and was completed in October. Plans to replace that fence date back to 2009, during President Barack Obama’s tenure.Administration officials had been studying ways to minimize the economic impact of a potential border closure in case Trump went through with his threat, including keeping trucking lanes open or closing only certain ports.But even absent that extraordinary step, delays at border stations have been mounting after some 2,000 border officers were reassigned from checking vehicles to deal with migrant crowds.After the border visit, Trump traveled to Los Angeles for a pair of fundraisers in the deeply liberal city. He then traveled to Las Vegas for another re-election fundraiser and an address to the Republican Jewish Coalition, which is backed by GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.last_img