Did Canadian military intelligence use US information on Akwesasne for threat assessment

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military’s counter-intelligence branch is keeping mum on whether intelligence from the U.S. about Akwesasne formed part of several “Threat Information Collection (TIC)” reports that mentioned the Mohawk community between 2012 and 2015.Capt. Travis Smyth, spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, said Monday the military’s National Counter Intelligence Unit does not conduct direct surveillance of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border. Smyth said the military relies on intelligence gathered by regional and local police authorities under “sharing agreements.”When APTN National News pressed Smyth on whether any of the intelligence on Akwesasne came from U.S. sources, the public affairs officer said he couldn’t comment on the question.“That, I can’t actually speak to,” said Smyth, in an interview Monday. “It is widely known that Canada is part of the ‘Five-Eyes’ info-sharing community.”Several TIC reports were released to APTN last week under the Access to Information Act.One of the TIC reports from 2012—which discussed Akwesasne as a potential threat source for the planned docking of three warships in Cornwall, Ont.—was shared among the Five-Eyes. The Five-Eyes refers to allies Canada, U.S., Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia which are part of an intelligence sharing arrangement.Akwesasne, which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal, straddles the Quebec-Ontario-New York State borders.U.S. Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration actively monitor the U.S. side of Akwesasne primarily targeting human smuggling and marijuana shipments heading south.The Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP, Surete du Quebec and the Ontario Provincial Police all keep tabs on Akwesasne, which is viewed as a high-traffic smuggling zone because of its geographical location.While some of the military’s counter-intelligence TIC reports listed Akwesasne under headings like, “Sabotage by Criminals/Terrorists” and “Terrorism,” Smyth said the military has never found links between terrorism and Akwesasne.“The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces has not linked any potential terrorist activity with the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve,” said Smyth.Smyth said the repeated mention of Akwesasne in the ITC reports does not mean the military has the community under active surveillance.“Akwesasne is not under surveillance,” said Smyth.Smyth said the TIC reports, which also mentioned last year’s Valentine’s Day murdered and missing Indigenous women’s vigils as a possible source of “extremism,” are compiled in response to specific issues facing the Canadian military.“The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit…is responsible for identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of the DND/CAF personnel, property, material and information posed by foreign intelligence services, individuals and groups engaged in terrorism, espionage, sabotage subversion or organized criminal activities impacting DND/CAF security,” said Smyth, in an emailed statement sent to APTN. “The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit routinely exchanges information with local police departments and other agencies to stay abreast of developing issues that may potentially impact military personnel or infrastructure if called upon to provide military support.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

We Found The One Edge Your NFL Bets Might Have Over Vegas

Vegas is notoriously hard to beat. But as the NFL season gets started Thursday, there’s some promise for gamblers in betting on projected team win totals. Half-win totals from 8.5 on down seem to be very solid bets to hit the over, even when accounting for the vigorish, or house margin.Money-line data is only available for a subset of the years for which we have win totals, but using a curated data set covering 2003 through 2018 provided by FiveThirtyEight contributor Greg Guglielmo, I calculated the implied probability that a team would hit the over for each half-win total below nine wins and compared it to the actual win percentage of those NFL teams. Surprisingly, there appears to be an edge.Vegas typically wants a healthy margin on its action — the vigorish on win totals averages about 30 percent. But blindly betting the over on half-point totals from 5.5 to 8.5 wins since 2003 is nearly a push, with the house netting just a percentage point edge. And if you were to bet any of the half-point totals where the under is favored (indicated by a money line that is positive), you would actually come ahead, beating the house by 3 percentage points. Put in a way more familiar to gamblers: If you bet $100 on each of the 110 half-point overs in the sample with positive money lines, you’d come out ahead $330.So why is there a systematic undervaluing of teams with half-point win predictions? One possible explanation might be that the public isn’t exactly sure how to value them; half-point totals aren’t particularly intuitive to bet. Additionally, perhaps there hasn’t been a widespread interest in surveying historical odds and win predictions, so bettors may not be particularly aware of the lack of calibration of the closing lines.I ran this finding by professional bettor Seth Burn, and he pointed out that half-point win totals with the under favored don’t appear to exist currently, so perhaps the edge has already been squeezed out of the market. Or perhaps it’s a phantom edge that never really existed in the first place. read more

Healthy cooking class to improve your holiday diet

first_img November 15, 2018 Healthy cooking class to improve your holiday diet KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-  If you’re looking to sharpen your culinary skills, improve your diet, and spice up your life, there’s a cooking class just for you! It’s called “Healthy on You.” Amateurs are welcome. Not only will you “up your cooking game” but you’ll also have a lot of fun!This lush tropical paradise in Del Mar is where Samantha Binkley shares her love for cooking and healthy living. Sam, as her friends call her, is a certified health coach who was born in the West Indies. She developed her passion for cooking as a child by watching her mother work her “magic with herbs” in her delicious recipes.Today she’s guiding her class through one of her favorite spots on the one acre property, an amazing garden, filled with lush greenery, lots of gorgeous color, and a vast display of her home grown herbs and vegetables, the essential ingredients in her healthy recipes.And once everything is ripe for the picking, it’s added to her menu.Her exotic chickens are not part of the menu, but they’re great at laying all the eggs and a highlight of the tour.“I love when people are happy, in the kitchen, listening to music and just cooking healthy food. For me, that’s just so rewarding and I just find it a lot of fun,” Binkley said.One of the secrets to Sam’s savory recipes…the more than dozen spices shes created.“I was making spices to cook with during classes, different combos and blends and I would give them to everybody to take home and they would come back and ask for more. And that’s when I knew this is something interesting and I think I can do something great with this,” Binkley said.Her organic spice blends are sold in stores through-out San Diego County. She says her seasonings help make-up for the butter, cream and other “less than healthy” ingredients we add to our recipes. She calls the healing properties of herbs an added benefit.Transforming classic recipes into healthier versions is something many are hungry for. And her monthly classes, which last about 3 hours and cost $125 fill up quickly.“If they don’t make the recipe, at least they have a wider perspective on how they can make foods at home that taste equally good or better with less calories, lower fat and you don’t have to have dairy or gluten and it can still taste great!” Binkley said.To learn more about Samantha Binkley’s cooking classes, visit https://www.sambinkley.com/cooking-classes/ Updated: 9:31 PMcenter_img Posted: November 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Healthy Living, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Heart Soul Magazine Sold to Group of Investors

first_imgHeart & Soul, first published in 1993 as a joint venture between founder Reginald Ware and Rodale Press, was owned by television network BET and former Honey and Savoy publisher Vanguarde Media before Avent purchased it in 2004. All of the new owners have former ties to the magazine: president and CEO Clarence Brown managed the title under BET’s ownership, Curry was editor of its former sister publication Emerge, and Patrick Detry and Pamela Taylor—executive vice presidents of advertising and marketing, respectively—worked as consultants to Avent. Heart & Soul, an 18-year old wellness magazine historically serving African-American women, has been sold by independent owner Edwin V. Avent to a group of investors known as Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates, LLC (BCDT) who plan to expand the magazine’s focus to include “all women of color,” including Latina and Asian populations.“What we’re really concerned about and have been concerned about for a long time is the health disparity between Caucasian women and women of color,” says George Curry, one of the owners, who will take on the role of executive vice president of content. “At a time when this country is growing increasingly diverse, we can play a role in closing these health gaps by bringing these disparate groups together for good and to provide information to help improve their lifestyles.”center_img To aid in this broadening of content, former Latina magazine editor-in-chief Sandra Guzman has been hired as editor, and the new owners will “push for a broad base of writers, new voices from different communities,” says Curry, as the bi-monthly magazine looks to expand its current 300,000 circulation. The publication’s current executive editor and creative director will remain on staff, and the team will work to relaunch a more interactive website in the coming months.last_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington Public Schools Posts 6 New Job Openings

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following SIX openings over the past week:Part-Time Substitute Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN/Educational Assistant at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Math Substitute at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wilmington Middle School2019-2020 Substitute Teachers & Educational Assistants Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”last_img read more

Ricky Ponting issues warning about David Warner to opposition teams

first_imgWarner scored a hundred against Pakistan in Australia’s fourth match of the tournament.Morne de Klerk/Getty ImagesHis uncharacteristically slow innings against India may have played a part in Australia’s defeat against India, but the hundred David Warned recorded against Pakistan has convinced two-time World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting, currently working with the Australian team as assistant coach, that the left-handed opener is getting back to his best form.In an interview given to cricket.com.au, Punter expressed his confidence about Warner’s form for upcoming matches. “We’d all seen that he (Warner) probably hadn’t been batting as fluently as we’re used to seeing. Having spoken to him after the last game at The Oval. It was more of a mental thing than anything, he was just holding back a little bit and not playing with the freedom we’re used to seeing him play with.”He had a pretty relaxed day yesterday (Monday), he didn’t do any batting, he wanted to come into the game with a fresh mind. You could see by the way he moved into his shots and picking up the length early, he hit a lot of pull shots early in his innings, which is always a good sign for him. He’d taken the handbrake off which has allowed himself to play with a bit more freedom. If he keeps playing like that for the rest of the tournament, he’s probably going to be the leading run scorer,” the former Aussie skipper ominously declared. Ponting is helping the Aussie batsmen as assistant coachReutersEncouraged by the improved showing of Warner, Ponting replied in the affirmative when asked if other teams should fear Warner. “I think they should (be fearful of Warner). You know with David Warner at his best, if you miss your line and length then he’s going to make you pay. Every game you go into is a different set of challenges for every player. Davey capitalised today on Pakistan today not executing as well as they could have. We know against Sri Lanka, they’ll be well-planned … But Warner at his best is difficult to bowl to and I think he was back to somewhere near his best today,” the three-time World Cup winning cricketer added.In the game against India, Warner played a diffident knock of 56 off 84 balls that played a key role in his team’s failure to chase the target of 353 runs. But against Pakistan, the left-hander seemed a lot more proactive and, while still scoring at less than run-a-ball, seemed much more fluent in his stroke-play.Ponting explained what may have been going wrong with the dashing opener at the start of the tournament: “I think he was just trying a bit too hard, making a statement coming back in a World Cup. Wanting to do everything right and impress everybody rather than just going out and hitting the ball and scoring runs like we’ve seen him do for 10 years. I think in the back of his own mind to a certain degree, I think he was a little bit more worried about getting out than scoring runs. We said to him after the last game, ‘mate, just go out and see ball, hit ball.’ He got off to a good start and continued on for 30 or 40 overs.”last_img read more

HasinaKeqiang talks begin on the sidelines of WEF meeting

first_imgBangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina and China`s premier Li Keqiang shake hands during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on 4 July 2019. Photo: ReutersThe bilateral talks between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang began at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Thursday morning, reports BSS.The meeting kicked off around 11:00am at the Great Hall of People.The Great Hall of the People is a state building located at the western edge of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. It is used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and ruling Communist Party of China.Earlier on her arrival at the Great Hall of People around 10:45am, Sheikh Hasina was accorded a grand state reception.Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina (R) and Chinese premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 4 July 2019. Photo: ReutersThe Chinese premier welcomed the Bangladesh prime minister when she reached the Great Hall of the People and later the two premiers introduced their delegation members to each other.Later, Bangladesh prime minister was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services.Accompanied by the Chinese prime minister, Sheikh Hasina took salute from a decorated dais and later inspected the guards. National anthems of the two countries were played and gun salutes were also given on the occasion.After the meeting, nine instruments are likely to be signed between the two countries in the presence of the two leaders.The Bangladesh prime minister will later join a lunch at the Great Hall of the People to be hosted by Keqiang.Sheikh Hasina reached China on 1 July on a five-day official visit to attend the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting and hold talks with top Chinese leaders.last_img

Delta introduces worlds first allsuite business class

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> ATLANTA — Lay back, relax and enjoy the flight in the comfort, privacy and exclusivity of your own suite. Delta Air Lines is redefining international business class travel with the introduction of the Delta One suite, the first business class cabin to feature a sliding door at each suite.Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and privacy, the Delta One suite offers each customer a private space accessed by a sliding door with thoughtfully designed personal stowage areas, an advanced in-flight entertainment system and premium trim and finishes to create an unparalleled business class experience with a comfortable, residential feel.In addition to full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access, which the airline introduced eight years ago, the Delta One suite features:A full-height door at every suiteSliding privacy dividers between center suitesIn-suite, customizable ambient lightingDedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptopsContemporary design featuring premium trim and finishesMemory foam-enhanced comfort cushionAn 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor, the largest among U.S. carriersA universal power outlet and high-powered USB port at every seatMore news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“Delta constantly listens to customers and responds with products that deliver what they want. After setting the standard with the introduction of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in 2008, Delta is again elevating the international business class experience,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Added comfort and privacy are important to business travelers, and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite.”Delta completed installation of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access on all of its widebody aircraft operating long-haul international flights in 2014. Delta One service includes the features Delta customers have grown to expect, such as chef-curated meals, wine pairings by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding, noise-canceling headsets, TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s Since 1851 premium skincare, and in-flight loungewear on select flights.Following the A350 debut, the Delta One suite will progressively roll out on Delta’s Boeing 777 fleet. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A350, which will primarily serve routes between the U.S. and Asia.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency  Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Travelweek Group center_img Delta introduces world’s first all-suite business class Posted bylast_img read more

15 commission on Sandals Beaches bookings with ACV

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations Share Posted by 15% commission on Sandals, Beaches bookings with ACV << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Monday, September 18, 2017 TORONTO — Agents will earn 15% commission on all Sandals and Beaches Resorts bookings made by through Air Canada Vacations by Oct. 1, 2017, for travel Oct. 1, 2017 through Oct. 31, 2018.ACV is reminding agents of its bonus commission offer after announcing the deal at its recent series of #ACVDreamMakers events.Also as part of the promotion, clients will get the CareFree Plan included in their packages. CareFree includes free seat selection, year-round Price Drop Guarantee, StormGuard and a $50 waiver on administrative change fees, a total value of $339 in savings.Travellers can also get an early booking bonus on Sandals and Beaches Resorts reservations. If they book by Sept. 30, 2017, for travel between Nov. 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018, they save $200 per adult ($400 per couple) and $100 per child ($600 per family of four).For travel next summer, travellers save $150 per adult ($300 per couple) and $100 per child ($500 per family of 4) if they book by April 30, 2018, for travel between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2018.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsSome conditions and restrictions apply.With the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels, cruises and groups to sun destinations will receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3–6 nights; 600 points per stateroom for air and cruise packages; and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME loyalty points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or VISA cash cards. Travelweek Group last_img read more