Facebook162Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Youth AcademySix teens from Thurston County were among the 149 cadets who graduated from the Washington Youth Academy on December 17 which included the Academy’s 2000th cadet to complete the program.Cadets from each corner of the state attend the free residential school in Bremerton geared at teaching teens discipline and helping them recover credits so they can go back to high school and earn a diploma or seek an alternative path to finish their high school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start. The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.Patrick Burgman of Olympia (left) works with Eros Gonzales of Lynden and Raymond Saechao of Vancouver on a robotics project at the Washington Youth Academy. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.Cadets included Olympia residents Patrick Burgman, who goes back to Timberline High School; Savannah Danforth, attending Capital High School; Zulfikar Mohammed, attending River Ridge High School; William Roberts, attending Olympia High School; as well as Kiev Wilson of Lacey attending Timberline High School; and Julius Sword of Rochester, who goes back to Rochester High School. “This is the start, not the end,” Major General Bret Daugherty, the state’s adjutant general and commander of the Washington National Guard, told the cadets during commencement. “Not only have you made a commitment to improve your own lives, you have completed Community Emergency Response Team training while you were here at the Youth Academy. You came here focused on getting your own lives back on track, but leave here able to help and serve others. That is a huge change in your life and we’re very proud of you for that.”Kiev Wilson of Lacey shakes hands with Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth AcademyWith a graduation rate of 90.1 percent, Youth Academy Director Larry Pierce says the Class of 2016-2 had the best percentage to graduate from any class to date. Cadets can earn up to 8 credits – almost a year and a half of high school – in just 22 weeks. For 2016-2, the average number of credits earned was 7.8.Cadets also completed 8,181 hours of community service helping to clean a September 11, 2001 memorial, tending to park trails, tutoring youth and donating blood to the Red Cross.“They’ve learned a lot of new things that have increased and bolstered their confidence, discipline and teamwork,” Pierce says. “And, of course, our cadets invest a significant amount of time, energy, effort and a wide range of emotion in the daily life of the Academy. It’s not easy and sometimes just coping with the challenges and the stresses is taxing enough, but the cadets, you overcame these challenges.”Savannah Danforth of Olympia smiles as she waits for commencement ceremonies to begin. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention program for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out.New classes start in January 2017 with a second class slated for July 2017. Learn more about the program online and hear from the cadets and our commencement speakers, including Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman, on our YouTube Channel.
Image Courtesy: CrictrackerAdvertisement In a video which has resurfaced after nine years, Doug Bollinger’s fake hair got exposed courtesy of Hotspot. The incident took place during the second inning of an ODI in the bilateral series contested between Australia and West Indies in 2010.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CrictrackerThe hotspot is is a tool which is used extensively in the sport of cricket to aid the third umpires. Particularly used to detect edges off the batsman’s bat, it uses two infra-red cameras on either side which records continuously. If there is contact, friction occurs which causes a change in the temperature which the Hotspot detects.The Australian pacer, unfortunately, bore the brunt of it. Bowling with the new ball defending the target of 257, the Aussies got an early breakthrough with Wavell Hinds edging one right to Cameron White in the second slip. Not only did the technology detect the edge off the bat, but it also showed the bright spot on the former Chennai Super Kings pacer’s head. Check out the video below:Advertisement Hot spot exposes poor Doug Bollinger’s fake hair pic.twitter.com/419YVWPU8k— Ghumman (@emclub77) September 23, 2019Advertisement Doug Bollinger eventually shaved it all before eventually announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2018.Read Also:Netizens troll KL Rahul for posting ‘chilling’ pictureJasprit Bumrah vows to make a stronger return following his injury Advertisement
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Operating lines of credit are an important part of a farm’s business plan, but credit lines are being misused.“Big-ticket purchases like machinery and equipment are tempting to finance when times are tough,” said Vince Bailey, Senior Vice President of Ag Underwriting with Farm Credit Mid- America. “While margins are tight, resist the urge to dip into your operating line of credit unless you absolutely have to.”Bailey says it is unwise to use operating credit for equipment purchases.“Interest rates and total costs are typically higher for operating lines of credit that are designed to be utilized on an annual basis,” Bailey said. “This is different than machinery financing, which is typically drawn up for a period of several years.”How does this affect producers in the long run? “Financing machinery with an operating line can lead to overspending because the debt associated with the asset being purchased isn’t clearly identified,” Bailey said. “This disrupts the structure of an operation’s balance sheet and makes it difficult to track the true costs and debt retirement of an investment.For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com/insights.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Vince Bailey about planning for an equipment purchase.FCMA Vince Bailey 8.7.17
The South Sioux City Policeman who was shot twice in a confrontation with an armed suspect last Saturday will be released from a local hospital Thursday.Officer Brian VanBerkum is returning home and South Sioux Police are planning a special welcome for him.They are asking the public and other law enforcement agency members to line Dakota Avenue Thursday afternoon to give him a wave and show your support for their hometown hero.He will be traveling the length of Dakota Avenue to 39th Street, escorted by South Sioux City Police cars and motorcycles sometime between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.VanBerkum was injured in a shooting while on duty early Saturday morning.He returned fire and struck the suspect in the leg, who later died from his injury.The incident remains under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol and Dakota County Attorney’s OfficePhoto courtesy South Sioux City Police
FIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Trudeau government is dedicating about a third of the windfall it’s expecting from Canada’s surprisingly strong economy towards investments, tax relief and new spending on social programs to support children and the working poor.Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a fall economic statement Tuesday that promises $14.9 billion in fresh spending over the next five years — on top of what it had outlined in its March budget.The new measures take advantage of this year’s unexpectedly robust economic performance, which is projected to provide an additional $46.6 billion for its bottom line over the same five-year period.“As we invest directly in Canadians and their families, we have an immediate impact on the economy,” Morneau said in his speech in the House of Commons. “Our strong fiscal position allows us to do what other countries would like to do, but can’t afford to do.”The remaining funds will be aimed at reducing annual deficits, which are projected to shrink each year starting in 2018-19 — although a timeline for when the government plans to balance the federal books remains elusive.Instead, the governing Liberals will press ahead with their deficit-spending approach, with a focus on lowering the debt-to-GDP ratio, a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden.Finance Minister Bill Morneau spoke with CityNews Parliament Hill Bureau Chief Cormac Mac Sweeney about the Liberal’s decision to focus on spending, rather than paying down the deficit. Watch below. Morneau also announced Tuesday that the government will introduce an enhancement to child-benefit payments so they start rising with the cost of living two years earlier than initially promised — at a cost to government of $5.6 billion over five years.He credited the government’s child-benefit program for helping lift the economy.“Now, with a little more wind in our sails, we’re doubling down on a plan with proven results,” he said in his speech.He will also bolster the working income tax benefit, a refundable credit aimed at providing relief for low-income Canadians who have jobs and encouraging those who don’t to join the workforce. The measure is projected to lower government revenues by $2.1 billion over five years, starting in 2018.As it hits the mid-mandate mark, the Liberal government is in far better fiscal shape than it was in its March budget.The economy has seen an average annualized growth rate of about 3.7 per cent over the last four quarters, which more than doubles the Bank of Canada’s estimate for that period. The government’s survey of private-sector economists predicts growth of 3.1 per cent this year, 2.1 per cent next year and 1.6 per cent in 2019.The government is now expecting to run a shortfall of $18.4 billion in 2017-18, compared with a projection of $25.5 billion outlined in the budget. For 2018-19, Ottawa is predicting a $15.6-billion deficit, compared with the $24.4-billion projection last spring.The update also accounted for some adjustments the government announced last week to its package of tax proposals, including the fiscal impact of its promised tax cuts for small businesses.However, the framework has yet to account for additional revenues the government is expected to rake in once it moves forward with its proposal to limit the use of passive income investments within private corporations. The reform could eventually provide billions in extra revenue for Ottawa.The Liberals are surely hoping that the good economic news in the update will take some of the public scrutiny off their embattled finance minister.Morneau has been preoccupied of late with fending off conflict-of-interest accusations largely related to his multimillion-dollar corporate holdings.In hopes of quieting accusations linked to how he handled his personal fortune upon entering public office in 2015, Morneau pledged last week to sell at least $21 million worth of stock and place his other assets in a blind trust.Opposition MPs have also called on the former businessman to disclose whether he recused himself from making decisions on pension legislation that they allege will likely benefit his former human resources company, Morneau Shepell.It’s not the only controversy Morneau has wrestled with in recent weeks.He was busy last week promoting the government’s efforts to address widespread complaints about the controversial package of proposed small-business tax reforms. Morneau was forced to tweak and even back off some of the proposals after an angry backlash from doctors, farmers, tax experts and even Liberal backbench MPs.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Justin Trudeau Liberal government twice rejected mediation overtures from the Canadian Human Rights Commission before its last minute change of heart Monday to let the human rights body “facilitate” talks on its need to comply with an order to immediately overhaul and increase funding for First Nation child welfare, says a prominent children’s advocate.Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, said she received a couriered letter from the Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office early Monday afternoon after she returned to her own Ottawa office following a press conference. A short while later, Bennett told reporters on Parliament Hill that the commission had “agreed to facilitate discussions” on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s order that Ottawa overhaul and increase funding to on-reserve child welfare services.“Unfortunately, I’ve seen this before, it’s right out of the playbook or look over here, not at the children,” said Blackstock. “Whatever their communications regime is they can continue to spin that, but the courts have been clear, they are contravening the law.”Bennett’s office did not respond to a request to explain why mediation had been previously rejected.Blackstock, who filed the successful human rights complaint against Ottawa’s underfunding of on-reserve child welfare services, said the commission had on three occasions offered to deal with the tribunal’s order. Blackstock said Ottawa rejected the first two offers and did not respond to the last mediation offer issued in September until Monday.Blackstock said she has agreed to the mediation every time.However, Ottawa is still not agreeing to mediation. Blackstock said Bennett’s letter stated Ottawa would agree to have “facilitated discussions”, which is a legally different concept than mediation.“We need to figure out what they agreed to and what is mediation,” said Blackstock. “All of us need to be focused on the well-being of children….We are much more interested in doing right than being right.”The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hears cases referred by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The commission administers the Canadian Human Rights Act and the tribunal enforces it.In January, the tribunal found Ottawa was discriminating against First Nations children by underfunding child welfare services on First Nations. The tribunal ordered Ottawa to immediately begin overhauling the system and increase funding for services. Since then, the tribunal has issued two compliance orders against Ottawa over the slow pace of its ordered change.Ottawa submitted its compliance report to the tribunal Monday.After the public release of a letter from Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, calling on the government to comply with the human rights tribunal order and a vote on the NDP motion calling for the same scheduled for Tuesday, Bennett announced Ottawa would be entering into talks overseen by the commission.Bennett also announced on Twitter, after Sinclair’s letter surfaced, that the Liberal government would be voting for the NDP motion which also calls on Ottawa to immediately invest $155 million to make up the shortfall in funding for First Nation child welfare services.Blackstock said she hopes the talks with the human rights commission will lead to some results.“I want to see government officials there and political people who actually make decisions,” said Blackstock. “The folks we’ve been meeting at the bureaucratic level are not moving things at all.”Blackstock said she will wait to see how these new rounds of talks unfold, but the legal option is on the table, including applying for a contempt order against Ottawa.“The government is even willing to thwart the law to not comply with these orders,” said Blackstock.Bennett has said Ottawa is working to overhaul the system and has launched a round of consultations, with a newly appointed ministerial representative, to gather information from the provinces and child advocates on how to best improve First Nation child welfare.Blackstock said the department cannot change the system for the better. It should instead provide “equitable” and “flexible” funding to child welfare agencies in communities and allow them to improve the system from the “grassroots.”Blackstock also said she has dampened attempts to draft her into the NDP leadership race. Blackstock said she has no intention or desire to enter partisan [email protected]@JorgeBarrera
Taxes and money management are the big issues for Calgarians heading into an election, according to a poll by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Fifty-five per cent of people surveyed suggest the city is over spending, while 80 per cent believe action is needed to deal with rising business property tax rates.Chamber President and CEO Adam Legge suggested if the city kept spending increases in line with inflation and population growth, residents could have saved $4.8 billion since 2008. He further qualified that by comparing it to about the same price as the Green Line LRT.The Chamber is set to host a Mayoral candidate Town Hall, Monday, at the Palace Theatre (219 8 Avenue S.W.) It runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.The Municipal Election is October 16.
TORONTO – The Canadian Securities Exchange is planning to launch a blockchain-powered platform to clear and settle securities trades, challenging the monopoly long held by TMX Group Inc. and its own ambitions with the technology.This new clearing house, which requires approval from Canadian regulators, would allow companies to issue conventional equity and debt using a digital token representing a share in a business, also known as a tokenized security.The CSE said using blockchain, best known for powering the underlying technology behind Bitcoin, will allow securities trades to be confirmed in real-time rather than two full business days for settlement under conventional systems, and reduce errors.The traditional process used to settle accounts and clear trades is “slow, archaic and high cost,” said the CSE’s chief executive Richard Carleton, particularly compared to the other instant financial transaction systems used today, such as digital payments.“We have the opportunity here to start from scratch with issuers that are prepared to basically bypass the traditional paper-stock-certificate system and move to these equity securities tokens,” he said in an interview.This clearing house, if approved, would serve as a rival to Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd., which has long served as the country’s main securities and fixed income clearing and settlement hub.CDS is owned by the TMX Group, Canada’s biggest exchange operator that operates both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture.In October, the TMX Group announced it was collaborating with the Bank of Canada and Payments Canada to experiment with using blockchain technology to automate the securities settlement process. This project to develop a proof of concept for clearing and settling securities marked the third phase of the Canadian central bank’s Project Jasper looking at how digital ledger technology could transform payments in Canada.The prototype for a digital ledger-based clearing system is in the process of being built, and testing could begin as early as the second quarter, said John Lee, TMX’s managing director of enterprise innovation product development.“It would change the model completely, because it would allow you to immediately settle securities against a cash lag, almost instantaneously,” he said.Once testing is complete, the TMX group will decide to move forward based on whether the potential benefits of using a blockchain-based system outweigh the drawbacks, he added.“We want to look at the technical merits of how this could actually function and operate,” said Lee. He noted that the existing CDS system is capable of doing real-time settlements, but speeding up the overall process for other players in the capital markets ecosystem such as regulators is difficult.The CSE’s announcement also comes less than a week after the CDS said it would not ban the clearing of securities of marijuana companies with activity in the U.S. — where cannabis is legal in some states but remains illegal under federal law — and rely on exchanges to review the conduct of listed issuers.CDS’s announcement and a separate statement from the umbrella organization brought clarity months after it was first reported that the TMX was considering such a ban.The CDS’s clarification was particularly relevant for the CSE, which has benefited from a surge of cannabis-related listings. Marijuana companies have largely dealt with the hazy legality by listing on the smaller, less risk averse exchange.Carleton said the CSE expects to be the first recognized exchange in Canada to introduce a fully-developed blockchain platform for trading, clearing and settling tokenized securities. It has licensed the technology from New York-based Fundamental Interactions Inc.Carleton added the CSE will be submitting an application in conjunction with its blockchain-powered clearing house to the applicable provincial securities commissions across the country.One of the questions that needs to be addressed, in conjunction with regulators and industry, is whether issuers on other exchanges would be able to use the CSE’s blockchain-powered clearing house, he said.“Certainly, that is a place that we want to get to,” he said.He noted that it will be a “material effort” for older established companies that have long used the traditional paper stock certificate system to convert to a modern platform.“This is the direction that clearing is going to take around the world,” he said. “But, the first takeup will be from new issuers.”Through the CSE’s new platform, securities would be offered to investors through tokenized securities.The CSE has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Vancouver-based 3D printing firm Kabuni Technologies, which plans to file a prospectus with the British Columbia Securities Commission to issue tokenized securities to investors.A blockchain-based clearing system has the potential to be more efficient, and lower costs for both issuers and investors, said Frank Allen, the executive director of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investment Rights.Shortening the time it takes to confirm a transaction would also reduce the risk of it falling through, he added.“The use of blockchain for clearing systems represents an opportunity for an enhancement of the services, the lowering of costs, and benefiting the marketplace in general,” said Allen.