Mikisew Cree say Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development

first_imgLepine says Mikisew doesn’t quite have a “veto” on opening the new pit but the agreement puts pressure on Teck and makes it difficult for north pit mining to proceed if the First Nation isn’t satisfied.Mikisew was the last of 14 local Indigenous groups to sign support agreements with Teck last fall, just before the project went to a joint federal-provincial review panel that is expected to render a decision next summer.Teck manager of Indigenous affairs Robin Johnstone says the deal includes what amounts to a “no-development option,” adding that leaving unsettled part of the legal agreement with the Mikisew Cree was a “real step-out” for his company.“We essentially said we think that we can mine the north pit in an environmentally appropriate manner, but we’re going to take the first 30-odd years of mine life to actually prove to you that we will do that,” he said during a panel discussion at the Forward Summit Indigenous business conference in Calgary.“When it’s coming to the end of our mine life and we’re having to proceed to mine the north pit, we’re going to go through a process that’s going to include a ‘no development option’ and we’re going to work through that with you. So we’re really putting things on the line.” CALGARY, A.B. – The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community’s support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project includes an ongoing voice in how future development unfolds.Melody Lepine says the confidential agreement it signed last fall with developer Teck Resources Ltd. includes a provision requiring new negotiations before the company begins to mine its north pit, which would take it closer to Wood Buffalo National Park than any previous oilsands development.She says Teck will have to prove that it will address environmental concerns about water flow and quality in the Peace-Athabasca River delta from Frontier, which is designed to produce 260,000 barrels of bitumen per day for 41 years.last_img read more

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Capturing the beauty of everyday life

first_imgDilip Banerjee, a noted name in the world of photography, is coming up with a solo exhibition of photographs that seeks to narrate a visual journey of people in India and other geographies. Dilip says that the stories of his pictures are not a black and white tale but are better described in shades of grey which lend itself to many interpretations. Titled ‘The Song of The Road’, the show will be held from May 20 -24, at the Nehru Centre, 8 Audley Street, London. Also Read – The Puja carnivalElaborating about the work that will be exhibited, he says, “My photographs will depict images across four decades capturing fleeting moments of people I have come across – their stories of affection, struggle, despair, sorrow. In war and peace, in politics and sports, in market places and homes. While technology has closed distances, unequal distribution of wealth has widened the gap in humanity. My pictures hold out the stark differences that exist today, in many senses a paradox for the society we live in,” says Dilip. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraBanerjee did not have any formal education in photography, and most of his learnings have come from his observations in life. “Filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen and their ability to hold up the truth in simple frames has often led me in my work.” Recalling one of the best trips that gave him exotic moments to capture, Banerjee says, “While my work across the years has taken me to many places, I consider my travails to Afghanistan as one of the most fascinating ones as I first travelled soon after 9/11. I travelled to Afghanistan almost five times over a decade to chronicle the struggle of the people, its culture and landscape. While terror strikes and bomb blasts still make headlines, it’s the story of the resilience of the people that has struck me most.” Some other notable travel documentation by the photographer include ‘Rediscovering the silk-route’ where he travelled by road and documented the people, culture, and architecture of the central Asian region. He also travelled as a photo-journalist with the first group of Asian caravan to Gaza –Palestine and documented the entire journey. He was invited by UC Berkeley in October 2005 to hold a solo exhibition. The topic for the exhibition was ‘India on the move’ where he tried to capture the India growth story through my pictures over the years. His photographs were highly appreciated and acclaimed.last_img read more

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Germany barely avoided recession in Q4 with zero growth

FRANKFURT — Germany economic growth stagnated in the last three months of the year, skirting a technical recession but registering only zero growth as foreign trade made little contribution to Europe’s largest economy.The lacklustre figure reported Thursday by the state statistics agency followed a 0.2 per cent fall in output during the preceding third quarter. Business spending on machinery and equipment supported the economy in the fourth quarter and kept Germany from suffering two straight quarters of negative growth, one definition of a recession.The weak second half followed stronger performance in the first six months, leaving growth for the full year at 1.5 per cent.Slowing global trade amid U.S.-China trade tensions has been holding back Germany’s export-focused economy.The Associated Press read more

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TSX gains as investors hope Fed will keep money flowing

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher Monday as traders hope to get some clarity on whether the U.S. Federal Reserve thinks economic conditions are improving to a point where it can let up on stimulus measures.The S&P/TSX composite index was 90.35 points higher to 12,277.71.The Canadian dollar dipped 0.01 of a cent to 98.33 cents US amid rising crude prices.U.S. indexes were well into positive territory a day ahead of the start of the Fed’s scheduled two-day interest rate meeting.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 168.04 points to 15,238.22, the Nasdaq climbed 33.71 points to 3,457.27 and the S&P 500 was ahead 16.52 points to 1,643.25.Traders were also encouragedf by a solid showing from the latest reading of manufacturing in the U.S. Northeast.The Empire manufacturing index rose more than expected in June, to plus-7.8 from minus-1.4 in the prior month.However, results of the survey were mixed as the new orders and shipments balances components fell further into negative territory. The employment balance also fell.“Overall, the rise in sentiment on the headline balance is encouraging,” said CIBC senior economist Andrew Grantham.“But we will need to see firm indicators of orders and shipments improving as well to say that U.S. manufacturing has really turned a corner.”Markets have been volatile since late May when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned that the central bank would consider cutting back on its US$85 billion of bond purchases each month if economic data — particularly job growth — improved.But the stimulus measures, known as quantitative easing, have been popular as they have kept interest and bond yields low and kept a rally going on stock markets practically non-stop since late last year.The Fed meeting wraps up Wednesday afternoon, followed by a news conference by Bernanke.Speculation on the Fed tapering its bond purchases resulted in a 1.17 per cent slide last week for the Dow industrials while the TSX gave back 1.5 per cent. At the same time, bond yields have been rising, pushing mortgage rates higher.In corporate news, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) is selling its Longview forestry assets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest through deals totalling nearly $3.7 billion. Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) will acquire Brookfield’s Longview Timber for $2.65 billion. KapStone Paper and Packaging (NYSE:KS) will acquire Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging for $1.025 billion from the Toronto-based company. Brookfield shares rose 69 cents to $36.64.All TSX sectors were higher, led by a 1.14 per cent gain in the telecom group. Telecoms and other interest-rate sensitive groups have been punished lately as speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher.The telecom sector has also been pressured after Ottawa quashed the idea that big telecoms could take over the spectrum of smaller players. Federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis said current rules would stand, leading to Telus Corp. (TSX:T) to abandon its plan to buy Mobilicity.On Monday, BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gained 56 cents to $44.72 while Telus advanced 45 cents to $35.17.The utilities component was ahead 0.8 per cent as TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) gained 12 cents to $13.76.Financials also provided lift with Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) up 56 cents to $60.71.Commodity prices were mixed Monday and the energy sector gained one per cent as July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 35 cents to US$98.20 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) advanced 39 cents to C$29.98.July copper was unchanged at US$3.20 a pound and the base metals sector was ahead 0.8 per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was ahead 50 cents to C$24.43.August bullion fell $2.40 to US$1,385.20 an ounce and the gold sector climbed 0.6 per cent. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) rose 14 cents to C$6.06.In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, the regional heavyweight, jumped 2.7 per cent, extending Friday’s 2.4 per cent gain. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.2 per cent while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.7 per cent while South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.3 per cent. Mainland Chinese stocks were mixed.European bourses were higher as London’s FTSE 100 gained 0.63 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 1.34 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 rose 1.59 per cent.Elsewhere on the economic front, Statistics Canada says non-resident investors acquired $14.9 billion of Canadian securities in April, adding both debt and equity securities to their holdings. It says foreign investment in Canadian securities was led by debt instruments, mainly reflecting private corporate bonds and the first acquisition of money market instruments in 2013.Non-residents invested $12.8 billion in Canadian debt securities in April, the largest investment since May 2012. read more

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SB blames Mahinda for UPFA polls loss

The Minister, speaking to reporters in Kandy today, said that if President Maithripala Sirisena led the UPFA campaign instead of Rajapaksa the UPFA would have secured more votes and regained the votes it lost even at the Presidential election. He said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party will work together on many issues, including on the human rights issue.Dissanayake said that President Maithripala Sirisena has been able to win the support of India for Sri Lanka and this resulted even the United States extending support to Sri Lanka on the human rights issue. (Colombo Gazette) He noted that Rajapaksa failed to get the full support of the Muslims, Tamils and Catholics. United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPF) member of Parliament and Government Minister S B Dissanayake today blamed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the loss suffered by the UPFA at the last election.Dissanayake said that Rajapaksa should not have contested the Parliamentary election which the UPFA eventually lost by a slim margin. read more

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Kolonnawa UC Chairman arrested remanded

The Bar Association noted that among those injured in the attack were attorney- at- law Nuwan Bopege who is also a member of the Executive Committee, who has given leadership to the movement which has campaigned for the rights of the people of the Kolonnawa and Meethotamulla areas to live in an environment free from the squalor and pollution caused by the uncontrolled dumping of garbage which for years has not been resolved by the authorities. Kolonnawa Urban Council Ravindra Udaya Shantha was arrested and remanded till January 4 over the assault on a group of residents in the Meethotamulla area.Those assaulted had taken part in a protest against the dumping of garbage in Meethotamulla. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) had yesterday condemned in the strongest terms the attack allegedly led by the head of a local government authority, on a group protesting against the garbage dump at Kolonnawa on December 27 night and demanded that the assailants be immediately apprehended and dealt with according to law, irrespective of their status. The Bar Association also called upon both the President and the Prime Minister and other political leaders to take immediate steps to curb such unwarranted conduct on the part of politicians and to take deterrent action to prevent a recurrence of such incidents in the future. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Youth charged with assault after 15yearold taken to hospital

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated assault after a 15-year-old boy ended up in hospital with injuries believed to be from a fight.Around 5:10 p.m. Monday, EMS contacted police to let officers know they were taking the injured 15-year-old from the 100 block of Massey Road to the hospital, according to a police release. EMS believed the injuries were from a fight. That location is near a high school and an elementary school, but police didn’t indicate in the release if the victim was an area student.After investigating, police charged a 16-year-old boy with aggravated assault. The youth cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He will make his first appearance in Youth Provincial Court on Oct. 31.There was no further information released about the degree of the injuries sustained.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

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Opinion Improved Ohio State secondary greatly contributed to title run

OSU senior cornerback Doran Grant (12) carries the ball after an interception Dec. 6 during a B1G Championship Game against Wisconsin at Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAt the end of the 2013-14 football season, it was evident what the Ohio State football team lacked — pass defense.At the end of the 2014-15 season, that position ended up being one of the reasons the Buckeyes came out as national champions.The OSU pass defense, which allowed 31 touchdown passes while forcing just 16 interceptions in 2013, came back with a force in 2014, allowing just 17 aerial scores and picking off opposing quarterbacks 25 times.By that same token, the 112th-ranked Buckeye passing defense improved to 29th in the country in just a year’s time, largely because of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and the emergence of young talent.One of those young players was redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple, who took over the corner spot left vacant by Bradley Roby following the 2013 season.Apple, who struggled early on in coverage, made up for it with his ability to get off blocks and make tackles in open space.Making tackles in space was something that OSU had struggled with in the past, especially in the 2014 Orange Bowl when Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins collected 202 of his 227 receiving yards against the Buckeyes after making a reception.Apple’s presence was felt in two of OSU’s biggest games this season: Michigan State and the national title win over Oregon.Against Michigan State, Apple did not start because of an injury that had sidelined him for most of the week leading up to the game.After Apple’s replacement, redshirt-freshman Gareon Conley, struggled in the early going, giving up two big plays, Apple came in to total four tackles, including one for a loss from his corner spot on little to no practice time that week.Against Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota in the national championship game, Apple recorded a career-high seven tackles and intercepted Mariota on the final play of the game to help the Buckeyes to their first national title win since 2002.Opposite Apple, senior cornerback Doran Grant took on Heisman finalist Amari Cooper in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama and held the Crimson Tide receiver under 100 yards, and was only assigned to Cooper on one of the two touchdowns scored by Cooper in that game.Grant also shut down Big Ten wide receiver of the year Tony Lippett of MSU to just 64 yards receiving and did not allow Lippett into the end zone once in what most would consider the Big Ten game of the year.Rounding out the Buckeye secondary are sophomore safety Vonn Bell and redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell.Bell came up big for the Buckeye secondary when they needed him the most, as he recorded interceptions in both the Big Ten and Sugar Bowl championship games, in addition to finishing second on the defense in total tackles with 92 and leading the team with six interceptions on the year.Powell, who stepped onto the scene with an interception to seal a 42-41 victory over Michigan in 2013, continued his success in 2014, coming up with the interception to seal the Sugar Bowl win on the final play and finishing fourth on the team in tackles with 76.While the Buckeyes lose Grant, the remaining three OSU secondary members should without a doubt lead the way for a successful Buckeye defense in 2015, and retaining Ash to lead them doesn’t hurt.The Buckeyes are set to return to the field Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech. read more

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Essequibo native gets life for rape of 8yo child

Thirty-four year old David Alexander was on Monday jailed for raping a child left in his care on February 24, 2015 in the Essequibo County. The girl was just eight at the time.The Essequibo native who entered a guilty plea said he was very sorry for his actions, noting that he has been suffering on remand for the last three years.High Court Judge, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow however sentenced him to life, saying that she could see any mitigating factors as Alexander’s crime was among the worst the court has seen.The judge also ordered that he be exposed to counseling sessions and sessions to assist with his alcoholism as his excessive alcohol use was no excuse for committing such acts.Alexander claims he did not know what he was doing as he was drinking for most of the day but the court however considered that the girl was administered surgery after the offender raped her.In the girl’s impact statement, she said she felt hurt, sad and afraid of Alexander as she believed he was going to return and kill her.The majority of criminal cases before the court concern sexual offences. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan found guilty of raping a child gets two life sentencesMarch 28, 2018In “Court””Devoted Catholic” sentenced to life in prison for raping childDecember 21, 2017In “Court”Block maker gets life for raping girl, 7September 6, 2018In “Court” read more

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Kenny speaks of Irelands indomitable spirit ahead of shamrock ceremony

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is to take part in the traditional ‘shamrock ceremony’ at the White House today, following a speech where he praised the “indomitable spirit of the Irish people”.Kenny delivered the speech to the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. “I’m happy to say that we have moved away from a situation of chronic contraction,” he said, adding that it was now “stability and growth” that defined Ireland’s economy.Speaking of the Irish spirit, the Taoiseach said that this had been happened due to the ability of the Irish people to “make and accept the huge sacrifices we’ve asked of them”.It is thanks to their patience, their dignity, their sacrifice that we are now on that better, more sustainable path.Kenny blamed what he called the “fragmentation of Europe’s banking systems, and the vicious circle this creates between sovereign and banking debt crises” for the eurozone debt crisis.When a bank fails in Ireland or Spain – unlike Texas or New York – it is the taxpayers of individual European States alone that are exposed to the costs.There was some surprise at the fact that the date of today’s shamrock ceremony wasn’t changed, with President Obama and Kenny set to miss today’s inauguration of Pope Francis.The shamrock ceremony at the White House ceremony first began back in 1952 during the time President Harry Truman was in office.Read: World leaders flock to Rome for Pope Francis’ inauguration >last_img read more

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Seminaked protesters disrupt House of Commons Brexit debate

first_imgA spokesperson added: “By undressing in parliament, we are putting ourselves in an incredibly vulnerable position, highlighting the vulnerability that all of us share in the face of environmental and societal breakdown.”In a statement to Sky News, the Met Police said: “We are aware of protesters who have entered the public gallery in the House of Commons. The protesters, five in total are currently in the Strangers gallery.The protesters are naked and one of them has super-glued themselves to a window. Officers are on scene and attempting to negotiate with them.Police later confirmed that 12 people were arrested.The MPs in the House below, while debating how the series of indicative votes on the course of Brexit tonight should go, mostly tried their best to ignore the protesters.Some, however, decided to crack jokes instead. Apr 1st 2019, 6:36 PM Two of the group wore full grey body paint and elephant masks to bring the message that politicians neglect of the climate crisis has become an ‘elephant in the room’. https://jrnl.ie/4571763 Short URL 28 Comments 60,204 Views Image: Extinction Rebellion/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 1 Apr 2019, 6:36 PM A GROUP OF protesters entered the public gallery in the House of Commons in Westminster this evening and stripped semi-naked while MPs debate a series of motions on where Brexit goes next.The group – calling themselves Extinction Rebellion – said they were doing so to draw attention to climate and ecological issues, and promised further action in the coming weeks.It said this was the first step in action that will take place before the “International Rebellion beginning on Monday 15 April which is set to shut down central London for days on end”. In a press release, the group said: “Today 11 activists from Extinction Rebellion stripped off in the House of Commons public gallery in an attempt to draw politicians’ attention to the climate and ecological crisis. Semi-naked protesters disrupt House of Commons Brexit debate The protesters said they were doing it to address the “elephant in the room – climate and ecological crisis”. Share701 Tweet Email1 Source: BBC Politics/Twitter Image: Extinction Rebellion/Twitter By Sean Murray “It has long been a thoroughly British trait to be able to ignore pointless nakedness” – Conservative MP Nick Boles references naked protesters in the Commons during #Brexit debateLive updates: https://t.co/GQkj0bPxqF pic.twitter.com/L33eV1ioAd— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) April 1, 2019last_img read more

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Atlantic City to have first video game gambling machines

first_imgCasinos usually have games that display graphics on a monitor as you play, but they aren’t exactly video games as we know them since they rely more on chance than skill. This is about to change as Atlantic City is about to debut the world’s very first skill-based video game gambling machines.Danger Arena is a first person action game that is played with a gaming controller. In order to get a payout, players must play the game using the same skills they would when playing a regular first person shooter. If you frequented arcades back in the day then the cabinet for this machine will look familiar to you. The game is supposed to generate interest in video games, gambling, and eSports.Developer GameCo Inc., has members of gaming companies such as Ubisoft and Blizzard. The company will debut Danger Arena this fall at Caesar’s properties in Atlantic City. These include Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s Wild Wild West.This sounds like a great idea, but as a guy who spent all of his teenage years inside of arcades, I have to wonder why this game is played with a controller instead of a gun peripheral. In fact, games like Lethal Enforcers, Virtua Cop, and Revolution X could probably be retrofitted to be gambling games where people would win a certain amount of money based on their score. If Danger Arena takes off, it could certainly open the door to give classic arcade shooting games a new lease on life.GameCo Inc. plans to eventually create video game gambling machines based in other genres such as fighting, action, adventure, sports, platforming, racing, and more. This could be a big thing considering how the number of people who play video games grows each day. If things go well, we could see skill-based video game gambling machines at other casinos across the country.last_img read more

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Nations Cup Qualifiers Gambia Could Play Algeria Sept 79th

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambia senior team could be lined up to facing Algeria between September 7th, 8th or 9th for the first-leg qualifier in Banjul.The Scorpions play host to the Desert Foxes after biting the dust in their opening Nations Cup 2019 qualifier fixture away to Benin.However, date for the Banjul tie is yet to be publicly stated and the Gambia Football Federation, being the hosts, have until one month before the game to write to Caf about the specific date chosen which could likely happen August 7th.Gambia risk incurring $2000 fine if they fail to comply with Article 11 of the match organisation which states: ‘The place and the day of the match (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) will be fixed by the host association which will inform the CAF general secretary and the opposing team one month before the first match. The kick-off time will be fixed at least ten days before the match. Failure to comply with any of these obligations will result in a fine of two thousand (2000) US dollars.‘If 20 days before the dates selected by CAF, the host federation does not determine the place and the day of the meeting, the organizing commission will do it automatically.’Gambia recently appointed a new coach in Tom Sainfiet -the second Belgian ever to occupy the Scorpions’ managerial helm after Paul Put.last_img read more

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15 see taxfree pension contributions as incentive to save

first_imgJust 15% of respondents view tax-free pension contributions as an incentive to save, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Its survey of 1,197 UK workers also found that 59% of respondents are put off from saving more into their pension because of a lack of understanding about how the pension system works.Further findings include:63% of female respondents and 64% of younger respondents aged 18 to 34 say a lack of understanding about pensions is a barrier to saving.Respondents contribute an average of 5% of their salary into their pension, and contribution levels do not increase with age.Respondents’ employers make a 6% pension contribution on average.£22,200 a year is the average retirement income desired by respondents, rising to £28,700 a year in London.Respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 would like a retirement income of £23,100 a year on average.Raj Mody, head of pensions consulting at PWC, said: “It is clear that many people’s expectations of their pension pot and the reality at retirement will be very different [because] people simply aren’t contributing enough to their pensions.“Any system that is asking people to lock up their money for many years needs to be simple to understand, trusted and sustainable to encourage greater savings levels. It also needs to include a strong up-front incentive.“Our survey suggests that the pensions system in its current form isn’t incentivising people to save.”last_img read more

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Bishop Frank Reid Delivers Final Sermon at Baltimores Bethel AME Church

first_imgBishop Frank M. Reid III has made more than a lasting impression during his 28 years at Bethel AME Church, judging by the illustrious send-off he received from the congregation following his last sermon there on August 28.Bishiop Frank Reid’s Last Service as Pastor of Baltimore’s Bethel AME Church.Reid took over the reigns from legendary pastor John Richard Bryant, and now he is moving on to a new church in a new role. As he prepares for the transition Reid reflected on his legacy at Bethel, the growth of Baltimore, and his immediate future.In July, Reid was elected as the new Bishop for the African Methodist Episcopal Church in nearby Washington D.C. On Aug. 28, Reid addressed the West Baltimore congregation that he called home for nearly three decades for the last time, an experience he described as “painful.”“I mean painful in the sense of a woman who is experiencing labor pains, having giving birth to a child,” he said. “For 28 years Bethel and I gave birth to a new way of worship, a new way of doing church.”Reid noted the household names that have visited Bethel during his time, from author Terry McMillan to Nation of Islam leader The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Despite the big names that have graced Bethel with their presence, Reid said he is more proud of the growth of some of his members.Bishiop Frank Reid’s Last Service as Pastor of Baltimore’s Bethel AME Church.“After 28 years, when I looked out the congregation and saw former drug dealers and users, former prostitutes who now own their own homes and are positive productive citizens, it really hit me,” he said. They came to support and say goodbye, it was a necessary ending so that Bethel could go on to its next stage and I could go on to my next stage of greater works.”Although a new leader for the Bethel congregation has not been named, Reid said he is confident in the foundation that he has laid.“People said nobody could follow John Bryant, and 28 years later they are saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s going to be difficult to follow Frank Reid,’” he said. “Whoever the new person is, they will do an excellent job and they will take Bethel higher than I took it.”The Baltimore that Reid first addressed from the Bethel pulpit in 1988 is a far cry from the city that exists today, in both positive and negative ways. Despite the negative publicity brought to the city following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 and the subsequent uprising that ensued, Reid said he looks at the city through a positive lens and remains optimistic.Bishiop Frank Reid’s Last Service as Pastor of Baltimore’s Bethel AME Church.“It would be easy to talk about what’s wrong with Baltimore, when one looks at and really goes on” said Reid. “Walk through the neighborhoods, drive through the neighborhoods, when one sees Renaissance High and how even if in the midst of at least three students being killed last year, they had a wonderful graduating class.”Reid praised the many citizens who are making strides to make the city better, including author Wes Moore and athletic brand Under Armour.“Wes Moore will be on Oprah because he is a symbol of what is right in Baltimore, [and] look at Under Armour” said Reid. “Baltimore is a blessed city, Baltimore’s best days are in front of us.”In his new role, Reid said he plans various humanitarian acts, but said a key goal is a “voter registration pact.” Reid has long stressed the importance of the Black vote, and he feels an alliance among Black churches could make a difference.“Votes are the gasoline of politics, but money is the engine,” said Reid.last_img read more

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Metro Gets Special Funding from District

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROThe Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, one of the oldest in the country, finally received “dedicated funding” after Mayor Bowser and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson signed the Dedicated Funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Emergency Act into effect.“By investing in WMATA, we are investing in the future of Washington, D.C. The region has been working for years to solve the dedicated funding question, and now we finally have a path forward,” said Mayor Bowser April 13.D.C. transportation stakeholders including members of the Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser were present for the official signing of the Dedicated Funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Emergency Act. (Courtesy Photo)In attendance at the signing in the John A. Wilson Building was a deep bench of D.C. transportation stakeholders including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chairman Phil Mendelson, Ward 2 Councilmember and WMATA Board Chairman Jack Evans, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, District Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian and WMATA General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld.The three page bill leaves the District responsible for $178.5 million per year for the next 40 years starting in 2019. Maryland and Virginia kick in $167 and $154.5 million respectively to round out the proposed $500 million in metro’s annual budget. The D.C. area’s WMATA is unique in that it is the only transit system managed by three separate jurisdictions. This trilateral system has been pointed to as a fundamental flaw in how the transit system was set-up initially.Authored by Evans, affectionately chided by Bowser as the “Mayor of Metro,” D.C. Act 22316, establishes the WMATA Dedicated Funding Fund, which will receive retail sales tax revenue for the purposes of dedicated funding to WMATA and be administered by the Mayor. In a rare move, the bill passed through the council unanimously with council woman Elissa Silverman marked as an absent vote.Evans was visibly jubilant over the signing and achievement of getting all three local entities to get on board. “Achieving a dedicated funding source for Metro is truly a historic occasion. With these resources, soon, Metro will be able to adequately address deferred maintenance issues with the goal of making the system reliable and safe for riders,” Evans said. “I want to thank my colleagues on the Council, Chairman Mendelson, and the Mayor for their hard work on reaching this achievement. To our counterparts in Maryland and Virginia, thank you for taking swift action to ensure the viability of Metro for the region.”One lingering question for some is how D.C. plans to fund its proposed $178.5 million tab. Bowser laid out a proposed strategy that would include an increase in sales tax from 5.75 [IS THIS DOLLARS OR CENTS?]to 6 as well as a new tax on rideshare companies like Uber which some find controversial. Delegate noted that her work in Congress to keep $150 million in funding from the Federal Government flowing would continue.  “I’m going to need all the help I can get in the congress. Now that those ten years are ended to ask for and somehow get $150 million dollars for the next ten years.”The question and answer period of the signing was interrupted by a D.C. resident with a complaint about WMATA’s hiring policies. According to the resident, despite receiving an offer of employment from the agency he has not been able to secure his employment due to a long ago nonviolent offence on his record. The district resident alleged that the administration’s talk of giving ex-offenders a second chance had not been a reality for him. Instead the agency reportedly hired candidates with terror and violent convictions on their record. After assuring the resident that his case would be looked over by a member of her staff he was ushered out the conference room.last_img read more

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Checkin service available at Kapnos airport shuttle offices

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