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OTTAWA – Newly released documents to Canada’s finance minister suggest traditional hotels in two of Canada’s biggest cities have not fared badly as they face rising competition from online platforms like Airbnb.The April 18 memo to Finance Minister Bill Morneau says that average hotel occupancy rates in Vancouver and Toronto were higher than Airbnb listings between 2015 and 2017.Officials estimated that Airbnb’s share of total demand for rooms in the two cities roughly doubled since 2015. And while hotel occupancy rates didn’t decline over the same period, “it is possible they could have risen more than they actually did” if Airbnb and other platforms weren’t around.But “despite the rising occupancy rates,” Morneau was told in the briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law that the hotel industry still sees an unlevel playing field with Airbnb “as there is no tax” on the service.Pressure from domestic businesses had been building on the Trudeau government to apply sales taxes to online services providers like Airbnb and Netflix when Morneau was provided a breakdown on the situation between hotels and short-term rentals.Any recommendations to Morneau have been withheld from release because officials say it is sensitive ministerial advice.In April, a Liberal-dominated Commons committee urged Ottawa to make online service providers based outside the country collect and remit sales taxes as part of a series of recommendations to help Canada’s small businesses compete online.The platforms themselves have told federal officials they are open to applying sales taxes, but the Liberals have shied away from implementing the idea so far.On Tuesday, Airbnb announced it would provide the City of Ottawa with revenues from a four per cent hotel tax on its listings in the national capital starting Aug. 1, marking the second such tax agreement the online platform has finalized in Canada.Airbnb already collects and pays a 3.5 per cent lodging tax in Quebec that the company says totalled $2.8 million in fees to the province over the first six months of its tax agreement.The online company says the City of Ottawa could have received about $850,000 in tax revenue last year if a deal had been in place to collect the levy from 2,700 hosts.The briefing note to Morneau says that annual revenue from Airbnb was greater than that earned from long-term rental units, even though the short-term rentals were occupied on average for only half the year. Morneau was told listings in the west end and downtown Vancouver earned almost double the rental rates for a two-bedroom apartment.— With files from Andy Blatchford
The City of Fort St. John also today announced that the Grand Opening of the new Spray Park, which was planned to take place on Friday, has been postponed. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather that was forecast on Friday. Harvey added that a new date for the ceremony has not yet been announced, but that an announcement should be expected early next week. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John received another cheque from the Rotary Club of Fort St. John for the renovations to the Rotary Spray Park.Mayor Lori Ackerman was on hand at the Rotary Club’s meeting on Thursday to receive a $20,000 cheque on behalf of the City. Both clubs raised the money over the last year through a number of fundraisers, including the Mega Lottery, Drive-thru Breakfast, and from selling the bricks that ring the newly-renovated spray park next to the North Peace Arena.Scott Wisdahl with the Rotary Club said that with today’s $20,000 donation, the Club reached a milestone with a cumulative total of $100,000 in donations for the spray park’s upgrades.
Bruce Shelley with HEA: “We want to let our members know that the best thing that they can do when they receive a phone call like this, that is suspicious, is hang up and call directly back to Homer Electric. That is your best course of action to make sure it is a valid call from the utility.” According to a release from HEA, there has been a recent report of an individual, posing as an HEA representative, confronting local businesses in person and threatening to disconnect their power if payment is not made immediately. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association, Inc. is getting reports again from area businesses regarding suspicious HEA impersonators over the phone – as well as in person. The goal of the scammers is to obtain credit card numbers or other financial information and payment.If a suspicious phone call is received, end the phone call and contact HEA for verification and to checkthe status of your account. In addition, business members have received phone calls from fraudulent callers impersonating a utilityrepresentative and requesting payment for the customer’s supposed past due bill. The fraudulent callerthreatens immediate disconnection of electric service if the bill is not paid. If you have questions or need additional information, call 1-800-478-8551.
This story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline. Paul Jowdy, who last Thursday (Oct. 27) ended a five-month stint as Every Day with Rachael Ray publisher with the magazine’s sale by Reader’s Digest Association to Meredith Corp., was hired in the same capacity today (Nov. 2) at Women’s Wear Daily.Read the rest of the story here.
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. Photo: ReutersLawmakers from South East Asia on Thursday urged the UN to act on a devastating report on atrocities against Rohingya in Myanmar and do everything it can to pave the way for justice for victims, reports UNB.The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva is expected to vote on a resolution in next week establishing an independent mechanism to document these crimes for future prosecutions, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).The UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar released its full report on 19 September, calling for the Myanmar military top brass to be investigated and prosecuted for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.“The report by the Fact-Finding Mission is as heart wrenching as it is necessary. It adds to the mounting body of evidence that the Myanmar security forces had committed the gravest of crimes – including possible genocide – against Rohingya people,” APHR chair Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament.“The world must now take concrete action to ensure these atrocities are never repeated. The UN Human Rights Council can do just that by establishing an international accountability mechanism. We urge all countries – including Southeast Asian states – to lend support to a resolution to this effect.”The FFM’s report documents in detail a catalogue of rights violations by the Myanmar security forces during its “clearance operation” in Rakhine State from 25 August 2017, including killings, burnings of villages and sexual violence on a “shocking scale”.It also concludes that the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military, should be investigated and prosecuted for war crimes in Shan and Kachin States.The FFM recommended that either the HRC or the UN General Assembly should create an international, independent, impartial mechanism, tasked with gathering evidence with a view to support future criminal prosecutions.ASEAN parliamentarians have already urged members of the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court – the only way to guarantee a comprehensive investigation by the court covering all crimes by the Tatmadaw across the whole of the country.“With atrocity crimes unfolding in their backyard, ASEAN states simply no longer have the option to remain silent. Countries in the region must condemn Myanmar’s atrocities in a united voice, and push Members of the Security Council to refer the situation there to the ICC,” said Charles Santiago.
Dwayne Haskins Jr (Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)Dwayne Haskins Jr. is a problem solver. Whether he’s on a football field as the fourth-ranked pocket-passing quarterback in the nation, or in a classroom at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md., Haskins always seems to find a solution.He has a 3.5 GPA, and it’s no surprise that the high school senior’s favorite subject is math.“I like going through problems and finding the answer,” Haskins said. “When you finally find the answer, it’s satisfying because you worked so hard to get the answer.”Haskins is no stranger to working hard. He didn’t start playing football until he was eight, and even then, he stuck with defensive positions, such as fullback and blocking tight end. It wasn’t until Haskins turned eleven that he decided he wanted to be a quarterback. He progressed from being a third-string quarterback on his Pop Warner team to being a highly-recruited starter in high school.“That was a pretty cool experience for me, going from being someone who had to follow the crowd to being the leader of the crowd,” said Haskins, who committed to Ohio State in January.Haskins was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award.The Watkins Award recognizes exceptionally talented African-American male athletes who, through their example, help promote high academic standards and a commitment to community service. The finalists were selected based on their extracurricular activities, grade-point average, personal statement and letters of recommendation.Haskins is more than a pro-style quarterback and math wiz; he’s also the sports editor of his school newspaper, The Bullis Bulldog.The 18-year-old said his parents, Dwayne Sr. and Tamara, and little sister, Tamia, have been very supportive over the years. He added that his faith-based family has always pushed him to overcome obstacles.“There were times I didn’t feel like I was good enough to play football or good enough to be recruited, so my dad stuck with me,” he said. “There were times when school started getting harder—and school always used to be easy for me—so I was like, ‘How do I continue to do well in school?’ My mom taught me that.”The other Watkins Award finalists are Brandon Burton (Los Angeles), Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, Ohio), and Brandon Hill (Orangeburg, S.C.). Past winners include Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle. This year’s winner will be announced on March 12 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.Ahead of the announcement, Haskins says he has already found the solution for his nerves.“My parents always told me to never have expectations for something you can’t control; just have fun and God will reward you,” he said. “You just have to work hard, and that’s what I did.”
By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROA mandate spawned by the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent uprising in April 2015, is at the threshold of being delivered this month.Reviewers have just completed sifting through 427 applications, representing more than $75 million in funding requests from the City of Baltimore’s recently created Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. The fund has $10 million available for its first round of winners, which are set to be announced after a final review this month.(Courtesy Image and Logo/@BYCFUND on Facebook)“We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to move this process forward holding true to the values that came from the legislation and the Children and Youth Task Force,” said Dianne Bell McCoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities (ABC), the organization tasked with developing a community involved process for the funding request and review of proposals for the Youth Fund.The overwhelming response of applicants for this year’s initial funding cycle of children and youth funding, revealed the breadth of individuals, groups and organizations invested in Baltimore’s young people, according to Danielle Torain, Project Director, Frontline Solutions, one of the organizations supporting ABC in coordinating the review process.“The applicants are really diverse in every aspect you can think of,” Torain said.“There are a diverse range of neighborhoods and geographic areas of the city involved; the applicants are diverse in the age range, types of populations of children and young people that will be served, and there is great diversity in the methods that will be used to serve youth,” she added.Torain and Dayvon Love, director of public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots Black think tank, were both active in advising how participants in the community driven process the Fund has embraced and emphasized the transformative potential for bringing the funding process closer to the community.“This is an applicant pool that has involved a lot of what the fund intended. A lot of grassroots groups and ‘Mom-and-Pops’. We welcomed different types of practitioners,” Love said.“We imagine there will be a lot of organizations that get funded from the Youth Fund that have never gotten funded before; that’s really the goal, is for organizations that traditionally aren’t able to get resources but do great work, the community knows and respects,” he added.The fund, conceptualized by Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” C. Young, was created through an amendment to the city’s charter approved by voters in 2016. Young said one of the first concerns expressed by Baltimoreans in the aftermath of Gray’s death was the need for more support for Baltimore’s youth.In 2017, Young established A Children and Youth Task Force, co-chaired by Adam Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Dr. John Brothers, President of the Program for Charitable Giving at the T. Rowe Price Foundation, to make recommendations on how the Fund would operate. The task force recommended six guiding principles including transparency, community-driven and youth led processes and accountability to local communities.“The Task Force wanted to make sure opportunities were provided and there was community voice. I think this has been a great process thus far,” Bell McCoy said.The complete applicant list and names of the review panel for the Children and Youth Fund will be available in August in tandem with the names of the first recipients of the Children and Youth Fund.
By LYNN ELBER and MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for White people to wear blackface at Halloween.“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The show occupied the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” program, a time slot that will be hosted by other co-anchors next week, the network said.This Oct. 22, 2018 photo released by NBC shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” in New York. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, that “Megyn Kelly Today” will not return. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)NBC didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.” He did not elaborate.Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year.The show’s cancellation came four days after she provoked a firestorm for her on-air comments about blackface as a costume.“But what is racist?” Kelly said Tuesday. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a White person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which Whites applied blackface to mock Blacks as lazy, ignorant or cowardly.Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show Wednesday. She did not host new episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at “Today” and saying she wanted viewers “to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day.” She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics.She largely floundered with that soft-news focus, and a pair of awkward and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing backfired. Kelly briefly found more of a purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement.She made news when interviewing women who accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill.Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences.But strains continued behind the scenes. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker.And her ratings have been consistently down from what “Today” garnered in the 9 a.m. hour before Kelly came on board. In its first year, Kelly’s show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 from the year before.The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. Both NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Today” did stories on her blackface comment, and weatherman Al Roker said Kelly “owes a big apology to people of color across the country.”A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time. During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump later complained about her questions, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”Although Kelly may have attempted a fresh start at NBC, she couldn’t always escape her baggage.Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by her perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with Trump during the campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes’ firing.She also created controversy with her stance on race. In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is White.”___Elber reported from Los Angeles.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Like the film, “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” uses puppets, which were created by Jim Henson Co.’s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer — there’s no CGI in the series.The series is directed by Louis Leterrier, executive produced by Leterrier, Lisa Henson, and Halle Stanford, with co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Blanca Lista.The Gelfling characters are voiced by Taron Egerton (Rian), Anya Taylor-Joy (Brea) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Deet), along with Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong and Alicia Vikander.The Skeksis and Mystics are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg.Here’s a selection of images from “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” Netflix released Tuesday: Popular on Variety A series based on Jim Henson’s fantasy world of “The Dark Crystal” is coming to Netflix this summer.The streamer announced that all 10 episodes of “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” produced by the Jim Henson Co., will launch Friday, August 30 — and Netflix released several first-look photos from the series (see below).“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” returns to the world of Thra in a prequel to the 1982 movie. When three Gelfling heroes — voiced by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel — discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.The original film, which Jim Henson co-directed with Frank Oz, grossed over $40 million on a $16 million budget. It was one of only three feature films Henson directed in his career, along with “The Great Muppet Caper” and “Labyrinth.” Netflix ordered the one-hour series in 2017.