first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Volunteering is good for more than just college applications. Giving your time to other people and causes not only helps said people and causes, but also you. Studies show volunteers live longer lives and have lower rates of depression– oh, and intense frustration that comes when trying to find somewhere to volunteer. The DEED app alleviates all that frustration by helping you find interesting local volunteer opportunities without all the hassle.DEED is simple: it shows you a variety of places you can volunteer your time, anywhere from half an hour to two hours. The opportunities cover a wide range of interests and causes: for example, join Hashtag Lunchbag’s Feedwalk where you help assemble packed lunches with kind notes and distribute them to shelters and parks. Or be a mentor for girls at The Coding Space as they learn this valuable tech skill (no coding experience needed). Sign on to be a College Career Coach, play BINGO with seniors, make a masterpiece in an art class alongside men working to beat their alcohol and drug addictions with Project Renewal, or walk dogs for animal shelters. You can refine the search based on time of day, weekend or weekdays, or even area of the city.Click on the option you’re excited about and you conveniently get all the information you need in one place. Dates, times, locations, duties, information about the organization, even forms you might need to fill out first. You also get to see how many spots are left and who else is volunteering. You sign up for the app through your Facebook account, so it’s easy to see if other friends are coming along, or hell, even invite them. DEED makes the social component of volunteering even better.The DEED app is, as the founders so aptly put it, “mobilizing millennials to take action.” And millennials are eager to do just that: According to the Millennial Impact Report, a whopping 70 percent of millennials volunteered at least an hour to a cause, while over a third volunteered 11 hours or more. But it’s not just millennials (people born anywhere from 1982 to 2004, though feel free to take Pew’s “How Millennial Are You” Quiz) using the app: DEED has quickly become the leading volunteer app in New York City.It won’t be long before DEED adds new cities to the app. Los Angeles is lucky number two with more information coming out at Coachella, the April arts and music festival.With DEED it’s never been easier to be an active, engaged citizen improving the world, get all the health benefits of volunteering your time, and to meet interesting people in your city. So get out there and answer DEED’s call: Do Something Good Today. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier last_img read more

first_imgYoung Nova Scotians are getting a unique opportunity to help spark the spirit of the Canada Games. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society and The Chronicle Herald are giving youth age 12 to 21 a chance to be official Canada Games torchbearers. The online contest was launched today, April 23, at http://TheChronicleHerald.ca/2011torch. The Chronicle Herald is the official sponsor of the 2011 Games torch program. “The Chronicle Herald is thrilled to sponsor the 2011 torch program as it travels across the province, igniting the spirit of communities and youth along the way,” said Sarah Dennis, president and CEO of The Chronicle Herald. Community sporting events and festivals, such as the Apple Blossom Festival’s Grand Street Parade and the Bluenose Marathon’s Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run, will host the torch until fall. Ten torchbearers will be chosen for each participating event. TheChronicleHerald.ca/2011torch website will be updated as more events are added. Entrants will submit a short written description of how they live a healthy, active lifestyle, volunteer in the community, or have done their part to keep the Earth healthy and green. Torchbearers will be chosen by the Host Society. Nova Scotia communities can contact the Host Society at info@canadagames2011.ca for more information on how to host a torch event. The online contest is one element of the 2011 Games Torch Program. The program, along with the official torches, will be unveiled May 3 at a torch-lighting ceremony in Ottawa. Building on the Canada Games tradition, the 2011 Games torch program celebrates the unique culture of Nova Scotia in the communities that help shape and define it, generating awareness and excitement in each region leading up to the Games. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, 2011, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The ongoing cease work of the lawyers in the state for over a month was lifted on Friday, with the state Bar Council appealing to the lawyers to postpone their movement and commence their work. Normal work will resume from Saturday. “We have decided to postpone the strike till September 2, keeping in mind the harassment of the people. All steps have been taken and a resolution that was taken at the Council’s meeting today (Friday) has also been put up in the form of a notification. The lawyers are joining work from Saturday,” said Baiswanor Chatterjee, member of the working committee of the Bar Council. A notification urging the lawyers to join work has also been published. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe common people seeking justice had to face a lot of problems because of the cease work and people coming to Calcutta High Court and the lower courts from far-flung districts seeking justice have been returning home disappointed. There were indications earlier that the cease work will be withdrawn soon after the election process. A major clash took place between the lawyers and staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) over vehicle parking at Howrah Court area on April 24. Some lawyers were injured in the clash after the police intervened, following which the lawyers called for cease work alleging police excess. The lawyers in the other courts also extended solidarity to the movement and it spread to all courts across the state. “We are still sticking to our demand that those responsible for the attack on the lawyers should be punished. However, the strike has been postponed considering the problems faced by the common people,” a member of West Bengal Bar Association said.last_img read more

first_imgThe third dispatch marks the completion of the Phase 3 program and the end of the Mussorie component of the six-week Induction training–and it’s time to cover the Valedictory address, as well as some of the key highlights in the week that went by. More than the academic component, it was the cultural programs, sports meet, photographs, musings, and general bonhomie and the sense of celebration with the visiting family members that marked the last few days–and it is perhaps difficult to encapsulate everything in this column. Its best, therefore, to call it Mile Sur Mera Tumhara! Also Read – A special kind of bondLet me begin with a skit at the cultural program in which the anchor took the voice of the ‘spirit of LBSNAA’ which welcomes and sees off every batch of officers that comes and spends some time at the Academy. For mid-career and induction training programs, officers come across batches and many get to meet each other for the first time, but the spirit of LBSNAA binds them together in a unique esprit de corps, and they go back as friends for a lifetime. When two programs run together, the bonding cuts across batches–for they share many common experiences both inside and outside classrooms. In the mid-career programs, the Academy encourages participants to bring their families–it adds life, colour and vigour to the campus and the bonds of friendship get deeply entrenched. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Valedictory address to the Phase 3 was delivered by Shatrughan Singh, the Chief Information Commissioner of Uttarakhand, and the ex-Chief Secretary of the state. In his seminal address which drew substantially from Yuval Noah Harari’s trilogy of Homo Sapiens, Homo Deus and Twenty-One lessons for the twenty-first century, he talked about how technology was likely to disrupt almost everything about governance and society that we are currently familiar with. The problems, or rather issues facing the planet are well beyond the ken of national governments–for issues like Climate Change, global migration and social unrest are not confined to any particular region–and need global answers. Even national governments will have to deal with a new set of issues: how will the political leadership deal with issues of access to drugs and therapies that reverse ageing and terminal illnesses and create options like ‘death on demand’, or Biblical longevities! Will these therapies be driven by markets, in which case the largest numbers will be excluded–but if the state decides to extend the benefits, like other freebies, substantial budgets will go to this. How will pension funds cope with having to dole out payments, month after month, ad infinitum? And while one set of technologies will extend the human life, the others–like robotics and Artificial intelligence–will make most of the redundant jobs. Many of the jobs that we know today–from drivers to doctors, from teachers to technical assistants to pimps and plumbers would become irrelevant! How will society deal with an economy which has no shortages, but also a very large section which is ‘unemployable’, and vulnerable to political demagogy which will rise as expectations soar–and ‘expectations’ can always outwit the best delivery systems which new technologies can put on offer! Governance will certainly be under strain on account of changes in global power equations–the US and Europe will no longer be able to set the agenda for global governance, and the Bretton Woods instruments which set the terms for the monetary and development architecture will have to take a back seat. Will India be able to join China in defining the emerging world order? While we are certainly better prepared as we have strong strengths in IT and BT–but what about our strategic thinking? Do we have what it takes to be centre stage? Certainly, food for thought for officers who are just about to enter the ‘policy space’ in both the Centre and states. The theme for the address at the Induction training program was on Sardar Patel and the establishment of the IAS. There were many in India who wanted to do away with a centralised, powerful and networked bureaucracy like the ICS–and wanted the provincial services to replace the ICS. However, it was Patel who, as the Home Minister in the Interim Cabinet, stood his ground and ensured that the country got a first-class civil service in which the best and brightest could contribute to nation-building. In the meeting held on October 21/22, 1946, eight of the eleven provinces (with the exceptions of Punjab, Bengal and Sind) favoured the establishment of an All India service. Incidentally, in this conference, there was a thought that as law and order was a state subject, the IP (the predecessor to IPS) may be provincialised. However, it was finally decided that the IPS should also be recruited centrally by the Federal Public Service Commission, and the Extremal Affairs Ministry also agreed to recruit diplomats through the same exam. It was only at his insistence that Article 311 became a powerful instrument to ensure that the bureaucracy could perform its functions without fear or favour. He was clear that if the civil servant did not have the freedom and independence to speak its mind to the political executive, the very edifice of governance would suffer. Patel’s role in integrating all the 500 odd princely states which held 48 per cent of India’s area and 28 per cent of its population was also highlighted. But for his insistence on a common instrument of accession for all the states–irrespective of their gun salutes and their separate treaties with the Crown of England–the process of getting them all together would have been quite complicated. The Academy is now gearing up for the JCM (Joint Civil-Military Program) on National Security. This program brings together officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and above in civil services and their equivalents in Defence, Police and CPMFs to discuss the broad gamut of national security in all its aspects, and sessions will feature lessons from Kargil to cybersecurity, India and her neighbourhood, including the high seas, left-wing extremism, energy and food security, et al. More on this in the next column! (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: Visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held talks Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in which the Southeast Asian leader was expected to discuss a ruling on the disputed South China Sea. The 2016 Hague arbitration ruling mostly invalidated China’s claim to virtually the entire South China Sea and found that it violated the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The row over the waters a major global shipping route thought to be rich in oil and gas reserves has for years marred China’s relationship with the Philippines and other neighboring countries with rival territorial claims. Beijing has transformed a string of disputed reefs into missile-protected island bases. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuterte, however, has largely avoided the subject in favor of seeking warmer ties with Beijing. Philippine nationalists and left-wing groups have criticized the president for not demanding Chinese compliance with the arbitration ruling, which came the same year Duterte took office. Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Santa Romana told reporters Thursday that Duterte has mentioned the ruling to Xi several times, but not in a direct discussion as he planned to do this meeting. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDuterte “has exerted a lot of diplomatic capital to build a reservoir of goodwill and friendship with President Xi,” Santa Romana said. “So he has decided that it’s time to include in the diplomatic agenda and in the discussions sensitive issues that may have caused misunderstanding if it were brought up in the past.” Santa Romana added that Duterte is in Beijing “to build bridges, not to burn bridges with China.” It’s unlikely that Duterte’s move will have any effect on China, said Jay Batongbacal, a maritime affairs scholar at the University of the Philippines. “China’s position will not change just because Duterte changes tune,” Batongbacal said. “At best, Duterte might be seen as using the arbitration discussion as a move to leverage other concessions. At worst, it may be just for show.” At the start of Thursday’s meeting, Xi said he was willing to work with Duterte to “grasp the current situation” from a long-term, strategic perspective. “This will not only benefit our two countries and our peoples, but also will provide positive energy to the region,” Xi said. Neither leader mentioned the South China Sea in their introductory remarks in the presence of reporters.last_img read more

first_imgNoida: Following the death of a 34-year-old techie who died of heart attack at a hospital in Noida, the father of deceased has alleged that his son died after an altercation broke out with traffic police personnel when he stopped him for vehicular checking by hitting the car with baton.According to Noida police, the incident occurred in Ghaziabad on Sunday evening when a traffic policeman stopped the victim who was travelling in his car along with elderly parents near CISF cut. “The deceased who worked at a software company in Gurgaon was a diabetic and he died due to cardiac arrest when traffic police constable stopped him for vehicle checking,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHowever, 65-year-old Moolchand Sharma, a resident of sector 52 in Noida alleged that his son, Gaurav Sharma, was driving the car and he along with his wife were also present in the car when a traffic police personnel, wearing white dress, banged a stick on their car’s body to stop them. “My son was driving the vehicle in correct lane and under the prescribed speed limit. There was no such road traffic violation for which the policeman had to react so rude. He hit our car with sticks even after seeing two elderly people sitting inside. My son parked the vehicle along the roadside and we stepped out questioning the policeman for his behaviour. My son fell on road during the altercation and the policemen present over there fled away instead of taking him to the hospital. However, few passersby helped and we took him to hospital where doctors declared him dead,” the father said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”I can’t face my 5-year-old granddaughter who has lost her father. If the policeman would have reacted softly, I would not have lost my son. We demand the justice from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” he added. Meanwhile, police are yet to receive any complaint into the matter while the SSP Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna confirmed the incident to have occurred in Ghaziabad. “Preliminary investigations into the matter showed that the deceased was prima facie diabetic in nature and he died due to heart attack. The place of incident was near CISF Cut in district Ghaziabad at around 6 pm in evening. We have conveyed the information to Ghaziabad police,” said Krishna.last_img read more

first_imgThe U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.As he prepared to travel to Canada, he ramped up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices.Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging U.S. customers astronomical tariffs on dairy products.“They didn’t tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!,” his Twitter feed states.The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night — including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being “indignant.”In today’s postings, Trump says he is heading to Canada for G7 talks that will mostly centre on the longtime, unfair trade practices aimed at the United States.“Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!,” he states.Trump’s comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks.Trudeau addressed the president’s Twitter blasts while visiting Quebec’s Saguenay region on Thursday.“I’ve been firm, I’ve been clear, but I don’t think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world,” the prime minister said.Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country’s supply management system.Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the U.S. imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on U.S. metals and other consumer goods.Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.He has called Trump’s imposition of the tariffs “irresponsible” and “insulting” because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.“We will continue to demonstrate that we’re interested in defending Canadian interests and, on top of that, it turns out I’m defending American interests because these tariffs they’re putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well,” Trudeau said Thursday.“So, if I can get the president to actually realize that what he’s doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, then perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way.”— with files from Associated Press Just hours after issuing a series of aggressive messages about global trade and Canadian dairy practices, Donald Trump has arrived in Quebec to attend some of the G7 summit — his first visit to Canada as U.S. president.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the world’s most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec’s Charlevoix region.For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to international relations.He is not expected to stay till the end of the summit.He will miss the final session on climate change on Saturday and instead fly directly from Charlevoix to Singapore to meet the leader of North Korea in a much-anticipated summit.Trudeau has said the Quebec summit offers the G7 leaders an opportunity to find solutions to their many differences.But Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia’s reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago.“Why are we having a meeting without Russia in the meeting?” Trump said at the White House just before departing.“They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major international security concern.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – (CityNews) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was noticeably absent from the first leader’s debate, drumming up Liberal support in Alberta.Inside the Arts Barns building on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, one man was asked to leave very early as he heckled Trudeau. He left without incident.A man who was heckling Trudeau was just asked to leave #cndpoli #yeg pic.twitter.com/qyx2fIrnU5— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) September 12, 2019At the rally, Trudeau said the rest of the country won’t forget Alberta as it goes through tough economic times due to drops in oil prices.“I’ve made a point of coming to Alberta, and to Edmonton, many, many times since I became prime minister because this province, its people, matter,” he said, promising that a Liberal government “will always have your back.”Trudeau’s rally started late, ensuring that it would overlap with the start of the Maclean’s/Citytv leaders debate, where a podium remained open for him.After an event promoting the Conservative pledge to cut taxes on parental-leave benefits, Scheer said he wasn’t surprised Trudeau would be a no-show at the debate, given the recent Globe and Mail reports that have thrust the SNC-Lavalin affair back into the headlines. But the Liberal leader is also gun-shy when it comes to talking about Canada’s place in the world, he added.“I note that this evening, a part of the debate will be focused on foreign affairs,” said Scheer. “And if there’s one area where Justin Trudeau’s failures have been so visible to Canadians, so evident that Canadians can immediately understand, it’s on the subject of foreign affairs.”Singh said he was disappointed Trudeau had decided to skip the event, as Canadians expect him to show up and defend his record.Even before they took to the stage, with its empty spot for Trudeau, opposition leaders were accusing the Liberal leader of dodging the debate because he’s afraid to run on his record.READ MORE: Trudeau won’t take part in Citytv, Maclean’s Leaders’ debate: Liberal partyEarlier in the day, Trudeau stuck by his decision to participate only in two official debates next month and a third in French hosted by TVA. And he suggested he’d prefer to be on the campaign trail in B.C. and Alberta anyway.“The opportunity to get out across this country, speak with Canadians, listen to them, and talk about how we are going to build a better future for everyone and how we’re going to choose a better future for everyone is at the core of what this election is all about for me,” he said in Victoria, where he announced an expansion of a program to help first-time homebuyers.“I’m going to keep doing that.”There was a large crowd inside the venue and only a few protestors held signs outside.Climate activists have also showed up #YEG #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/4zO8pRQAZH— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) September 12, 2019— With files from The Canadian Press.last_img read more

first_imgImages of Jimmy CournoyerBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Drug Enforcement Administration probe that began in Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border, led to the take-down of a 33 year-old Quebec playboy who managed an international, billion dollar drug operation with links to the Italian Mafia and a Mexican cocaine cartel, court documents show.Jimmy Cournoyer, known as Cosmo, admitted this week in U.S. federal in New York City to heading an organization known as the “Consortium” that moved hundreds of thousands of kilograms of British Columbia-grown marijuana into the United States through Akwesasne and down to New York City.The DEA said the Consortium used cash from marijuana sales to buy cocaine from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico which was then moved into Canada.In addition to the Sinaloa cartel, the sprawling organization was linked by the DEA to the Hells Angels and the Rizzuto and Bonanno crime families. The Consortium not only dealt in marijuana and cocaine, but also pills and guns.At the centre of this sprawling and lucrative underworld operation were three Akwesasne men who controlled the movement of money and marijuana across the Canada-U.S. border for the Consortium and made so much cash off the enterprise they hid millions of dollars inside their home furniture, according to court documents.The U.S. prosecutors on the case also filed a list of Cournoyer’s “co-conspirators” that included dozens of people from Akwesasne, including one of the most prominent businessmen, along with his son and another man, Richard “Acid” Adams, who was indicted in New York State and Pennsylvania for marijuana smuggling, but has been missing since 2009. Some in the community say he is dead, others say he’s hiding-out overseas.It was the DEA’s case against Akwesasne men Randolf Square, Kenneth Cree and David Sunday that eventually led to Cournoyer who was living a Hollywood-movie worthy life complete with Rizzuto crime family associates as his drivers, body guards and enforcers while he went hand-in-hand with a professional model girlfriend and drove one of the fastest street-legal cars in the world between parties graced by movie stars.While DEA agents were investigating Square, Cree and Sunday, who were indicted in 2009 for their alleged role in moving marijuana and cash back and forth across the border via the St. Lawrence River, they managed to get the Montreal kingpin in their sights.“During the course of the investigation leading to the indictments and prosecution of Square, DEA agents indentified the Canadian leadership responsible for controlling the flow of illegal narcotics through the Akwesasne transportation networks run by (Square, Sunday and Cree) and other high level defendants indicted in Square,” said the court filing. “Rather than indict the Canadian leadership at the time and supersede these defendants into the Square case…the government elected to continue to investigate these targets because of an intriguing new development.”DEA agents discovered Cournoyer’s Consortium would bring in marijuana from British Columbia in transport trucks fitted with hidden compartments. The shipments would then be divided into smaller portions and taken across the St. Lawrence River by the Akwesasne network on boats and snowmobiles in winter, also fitted with hidden compartments.The marijuana would primarily be taken to a portion of Akwesasne known as Snye, which sits in Quebec, but is only accessible by road through the U.S. There, the marijuana would be put into pick-up trucks, also fitted with hidden compartments, and transported down to New York City stash houses in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Cournoyer also had stash houses in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California.U.S. authorities say the Hells Angels biker gang was also involved in the bulk transportation of the marijuana in transport trucks.DEA agents discovered that a Montreal Consortium member named Mario “Diego” Racine would arrange for the transport of the marijuana across the Canada-U.S. border through the Akwesasne transportation networks.The DEA investigators also discovered that rather than trying to launder the tens of millions of dollars in cash from marijuana sales, the Consortium used it to buy cocaine smuggled into the U.S. by the Sinaloa cartel. Cournoyer’s Consortium would ship tens of millions of dollars from New York to California and Arizona to purchase cocaine for eventual distribution in Canada.“Resulting in enormous profits, but also effectively laundering the money without the need for any cash to cross international borders,” according to a filing by U.S. prosecutors.The DEA then set to work on infiltrating the Consortium using wiretaps, informants, physical and electronic surveillance and undercover sting operations. The investigation led to the seizure of about 50 kilograms of cocaine along with several million dollars worth of drug money.U.S. prosecutors contemplated indicting Cournoyer and the Consortium leaders as part of the Square case, but elected to keep them separate, court filings show.The court filings, however, are silent on how the cocaine money was eventually laundered or how the cocaine made it into Canada.APTN National News has obtained an affidavit from the RCMP used to obtain a search warrant during Operation Cancun in 2008 that states Canadian authorities believe large quantities of cocaine are smuggled north through Akwesasne.Canadian authorities, however, have never made any large scale cocaine busts in the area.The Consortium’s modus operandi of using marijuana cash to buy cocaine is also not new.APTN National News has already reported on a separate case involving individuals under surveillance during Operation Cancun who were indicted in Massachusetts for also using pot cash to buy coke from the Sinaloa cartel in California for eventual distribution in Canada.  In this case, marijuana, smuggled through Akwesasne, was distributed to Boston and New York City and stored in stash houses in Queens.That case is also silent on how the cocaine moved into Canada.Cournoyer will be sentenced on Sept. 27.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

He also said that the Rs. 5000 emission test fee will be reduced to Rs. 1500 as an interim fee while the revenue licence fee will also be reduced from 25 percent to 15 percent in the budget. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today announced some amendments to the 2016 budget in an attempt to win the support of trade unions who have threatened to stage a strike tomorrow.Making a special statement in Parliament, the Prime Minister said that Rs. 2000 will be added to the basic salary of State employees from January. The Prime Minister also said that the Rs. 2500 salary increment for private sector employees should be implemented from May 2016. (Colombo Gazette) read more

“As the movement of people, trade of foods – including ingredients and food animal feeding stuffs – becomes more and more global, it turns out to be more and more difficult to solve food safety problems by one country without international collaboration and a consolidated strategy to combat problems,” said the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, in her opening speech to the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in Geneva.”In a globalized world, we all swim in a single microbial sea,” Dr. Brundltand told the Commission, the highest international body on food quality and safety standards, which began its week-long meeting today. The 165-member Commission is a subsidiary body of WHO and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO Assistant Director-General Hartwig de Haen said that public awareness of food safety issues had increased dramatically, especially in developed countries. “Concern over BSE [“mad cow”] disease, the dioxin crisis in 1999, numerous outbreaks of food-borne illnesses due to microbiological contamination of foods, and the appearance in human food of a genetically modified maize approved only for animal feeding has strongly influenced public opinion,” Mr de Haen said.”People have a right to food which is nutritious and safe,” he stressed, adding that agricultural producers and food processors share the responsibility for ensuring safe and nutritious food. Both WHO and FAO noted that in many developing countries, there is often no comprehensive food safety system in place. The agencies emphasized the urgent need for countries around the world to upgrade their domestic food safety systems.The agencies are taking steps towards this goal. FAO is currently initiating a Global Facility on Food Safety and Quality for Least Developed Countries, which aims to help those States to strengthen their food regulatory systems, their competitiveness in international food trade, and their preparedness for the participation in Codex.WHO is building its contributions to food safety with particular emphasis on risk assessment while supporting health action within Codex in ways that best serve Member States and their people, particularly in developing countries. read more

Mr. Ban met with President Elbegdorj Tsakhia at the United Nations headquarters in New York ahead of the high-level debate of the General Assembly, due to start on Tuesday. The UN chief expressed his appreciation for the constructive international role played by Mongolia and its contributions to the Organizations, including to UN peacekeeping, according to a readout of the meeting.Today’s discussions also focused on sustainable development, the post-2015 development agenda and climate change. Mongolia hosted this year’s World Environment Day celebration on 5 June, which focused on reducing food waste and loss. The country was chosen for its efforts to shift towards a green economy in its major economic sectors such as mining and for promoting environmental awareness among youth. According to the UN environmental agency (UNEP), Mongolia faces enormous challenges, including growing pressure on food security, traditional nomadic herding and water supplies as a result of the impacts of climate change.During the meeting with President Tsakhia, Mr. Ban also “welcomed Mongolia’s pioneering role in promoting the needs and issues of landlocked developing countries,” according to a UN spokesperson.The UN chief also praised Mongolia for its role in promoting democracy. The two officials also discussed regional cooperation and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. read more

wael jallouz The biggest hope of African handball, Wael Jallouz (24), finally showed his potential in FC Barcelona Lassa t-shirt. Tunisian left back netted 12 goals in Barca’s win over RK Vardar Skopje 31:30 against one of the best goalkeepers of the Century, Arpad Šterbik. RK Vardar goalie had no answer against strong shooting power of Barca’s left back.One of the goals showing how it was… ← Previous Story Asian battle for RIO 2016: Qatar begin with +40! Next Story → EHF CL KINGS: Ilic scores 700 goals, Karabatić looks for No. 800! read more

Firefighters rescue horse who fell down ravine in Escondido

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 18, 2018 ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — Firefighters used ropes and an improvised sling to rescue a 32-year-old horse who apparently fell down a steep ravine in south Escondido, authorities said Friday.The rescue happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Via Conejo, north of Lake Hodges, after the Escondido Fire Department received a call for help, Escondido fire officials said. The animal was on its side at the bottom of a ravine and unable to stand because of the steep terrain and rocks.“With the assistance of a veterinarian and an officer from San Diego Animal Services, firefighters were able to improvise a sling and hoist the horse to level ground at the top of the ravine,” the officials said. “After a quick check by the veterinarian, the horse was able to walk back to its corral.”Eight firefighters pitched in to help with the rescue, and nobody was injured. The 32-year-old horse is near the end of a typical horse’s life expectancy of about 25 to 35 years. Firefighters rescue horse who fell down ravine in Escondido Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgBungee jumpers worked with emergency officials to rescue two injured hikers Sunday afternoon.Tom McDowell said a boy and girl, both about 13, attempted to hike down a steep trail to Canyon Creek next to what is known as the bungee bridge because it’s where Bungee Masters offers it jumps.“They were just at the bungee bridge and they took a trail down to the creek and he fell 10 to 12 feet,” McDowell said.“He couldn’t get back up.”The accident happened about 3:30 p.m.McDowell, of North Country EMS of Yacolt, said it was decided it would be safer to send a rescuer down from the bridge on Healy Road.So, Will Rinta of the North Country’s Volcano Rescue Team was sent down 192 feet.“We actually used some of the equipment from the bungee folks,” McDowell said. Rinta went down, put the boy in a back brace and then into a basket and was hoisted back up. They then discovered the girl had hurt her knee and Rinta repeated the rescue.The area is about five miles east of the Chelatchie Prairie Forest Service office.McDowell credited bungee.com workers with a cooperative attitude.“The folks who were at the bungee bridge went down and made contact. And they were the ones who contacted 911,” he said.Fire District 10 of Amboy also responded. Nine members of the Volcano Rescue Team were at the scene.McDowell said the boy and girl seemed to have non-life-threatening injuries.He said the rope rescue was safer than a land rescue because, “It’s nasty country to try to come up through the brush and the trees.”Names and hometowns of the boy and girl were not available.last_img read more

Video shows Miami Beach hitandrun victim hit on Christmas Eve

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have a new clue in a hit-and-run case that put a young man in the hospital on Christmas Eve.Surveillance video captured the moment a driver struck 24-year-old Abhishek Tulysan, who was standing on the sidewalk, along Ninth Street and Collins Avenue, back on Dec. 24.Tulysan, who reportedly studies at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was visiting Miami at the time.After the impact, a crowd quickly surrounded the victim.“It’s an early morning on Christmas Eve,” said Miami Beach Officer Ernesto Rodriguez. “The young man is just trying to cross the street. You see him clearly in the video. He’s attempting to cross the street. He’s waiting at the crosswalk, where he should be, when this vehicle swerves, slams into him and leaves the scene. Doesn’t even stop to check and see if he’s OK.”Officials said he suffered multiple broken bones and remains hospitalized at Mount Sinai Medical Center.Several witnesses said they were shocked to see the car continue driving off. “He kind of clipped the guy. The guy went flying into the bush,” witness Clarissa White said. “I was very surprised that somebody would actually hit a person like that and keep going.”Police believe the car was a 2013 convertible Chevy Camaro that may be black or navy in color, with possible front-end damage.The surveillance video may be the critical clue that could help police crack this case. It came from Mitch Novick’s hotel.“The police visit me regularly to review and take my footage,” Novick said. “I’m so happy to help any way I can.”Tulysan is expected to make a full recovery.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Beyond TOPS To Hold Comedy Night Fundraiser On April 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Beyond TOPS is hosting a Comedy Night on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 6:30pm to midnight, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury).The show features comedians Steve Bjork and Artie Januario.Tickets to this 21+-only event costs $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tables of 10 can be reserved. A dinner will be provided. The evening will include a cash bar and an amazing raffle table.For tickets and more information, email info@beyondtops.com.Proceeds from this event will benefit Beyond TOPS Memorial Fund, a fund to honor and help TOPS families.Beyond TOPS is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a sole purpose to integrate children with mental and physical disabilities into the community through sports. The organization strives to bring children of all abilities together, through physical activity, to make the community  stronger.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… RelatedWilmington’s Beyond TOPS To Hold Comedy Night Fundraiser On April 6In “Community”Wilmington’s Beyond TOPS To Hold Comedy Night Fundraiser On March 31In “Community”Wilmington Democratic Town Committee To Co-Host Jimmy Tingle Political Comedy Night On October 5In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgMahesh Bhalla, head of business development at Uber India has resigned four months after joining the cab-hailing service giant. This is the first big exit in the company after establishing a corporate team in the country.Bhalla joined Uber in May 2016. He worked previously at QwikCliver, a gifting card solution company, which is backed by Amazon and Russian telecom Sistema. He was president for nearly two years, before which he worked for Dell and Samsung, the Economic Times reported.During his decade long stint at Dell, Bhalla was the executive director of Dell’s consumer, small and medium business in India.It is not clear why Bhalla quit Uber India, even though his LinkedIn account confirmed that he has indeed quit the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company in August. India is one of the first markets where Uber appointed a country head. Last year Amit Jain took over as the India country head.Two weeks ago, the taxi-hailing services company, which is valued at over $62 billion, said it was diverting a significant portion of its $1 billion investment in China for India operations. The taxi provider, which agreed to sell its China business to rival Didi Chuxing in August, is planning to expand the team at Bengaluru engineering centre.After China, India is the second biggest global market for Uber.Despite fierce competition from rival Ola, the ride-hailing firm has been trying to subsidise every ride it offers to customers in India. Last month, the value of the merger between Uber China and Didi Chuxing was pegged at $35 billion. As part of the deal, Uber’s China investors would receive a 20 percent stake in the new combined entity and China’s market dominant Didi Chuxing would invest $1 billion in Uber.last_img read more

UPDATE Russians Ask For Proof Of Election Meddling

first_imgAP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The Latest on President Donald Trump’s second official visit to Europe (all times local):7:45 p.m.The Russians have asked the U.S. for proof and evidence of their alleged interference in the 2016 election, which Russia denies.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the ask was made during a lengthy meeting in Germany between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.Tillerson said the president pressed Putin on the issue and that they’d agreed to follow-up meetings.That includes a new working group on cybersecurity and election interference.Tillerson says, “the meeting was very constructive” and that the two leaders “connected very quickly.”___7:44 p.m.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin “had a pretty good exchange” as to how to handle the threat of North Korea.But Tillerson added Friday after the leaders’ meeting that the Russians “see it a little different than we do.”The top U.S. diplomat noted that Russia’s ultimate goal mirrors what the United States wants: the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.He said the differences are the tactics used to achieve that goal. He did not elaborate.Tillerson also said that, despite Trump’s recent tweet to the contrary, the U.S. has not “given up hope” that China will help with North Korea.Trump and Putin met for more than two hours at an international summit in Germany.___7:35 p.m.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration sees no long-term role for the Assad family and the Assad regime in Syria.Tillerson tells reporters at a briefing in Hamburg, Germany that “how” Syrian President Bashar Assad “leaves is yet to be determined.” But he says he thinks there will be a transition away from the Assad government.The United States and Russia announced an agreement Friday for a cease-fire in southwest Syria set to take effect July 9.Tillerson describes the deal as the first indication of the Trump administration and Russia being able to work together in Syria.___7:27 p.m.President Donald Trump opened his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin by raising concerns about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells reporters that Trump pressed Putin on the issue during their more than two-hour meeting on the sidelines of a summit of world leaders in Germany.Tillerson says Putin denied any involvement during his more than two-hour meeting with Trump.Tillerson says he thinks the president “is rightly focused on how do we move forward from something that may be an intractable disagreement at this point.”____7:10 p.m.Russian President Vladimir Putin says he had a long conversation with President Donald Trump, and says that “many issues have piled up, including Ukraine, Syria, some bilateral and other issues.”He says he and Trump also spoke about “fighting terrorism and cybersecurity” during their two-plus-hour meetingPutin made the comments at the beginning of a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He offered apologies to Abe for running late after his meeting with Trump stretched far longer than originally scheduled.____6:32 p.m.Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spent more than two hours meeting Friday on the sidelines of a world leaders’ summit.State Department spokesman RC Hammond says that the meeting in Hamburg, Germany lasted two hours and 16 minutes.It had originally been scheduled for just 30 minutes.____6:15 p.m.A meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that was supposed to last a half-hour has stretched to more than 90 minutes.Trump had originally been scheduled to depart the meeting site of the Group of 20 world leaders in Hamburg, Germany at 4:20 p.m. local time following his meeting with Putin.But Svetlana Lukash, a Russian official accompanying Putin at the talks, said the meeting that began around 4 p.m. local time was still ongoing at 5:50 p.m.The longer-than-scheduled meeting comes as US. officials say the United States and Russia have reached an agreement for a cease-fire in southwest Syria that is set to take effect on Sunday.____5:44 p.m.Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chair is telling President Donald Trump to “Get a grip” and get his “head in the game.”John Podesta says on Twitter: “Dude, get your head in the game. You’re representing the US at the G20.”Trump had tweeted earlier Friday that “Everyone” in Hamburg, Germany “is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”Trump is attending a summit of world leaders in the country.Podesta said he saw Trump’s tweet during a stop on a cross-country road trip with his wife.He says, “God only knows what you’ll be raving about on twitter by the time we get to Utah.”____5:05 p.m.President Donald Trump emphasized the importance of renegotiating a longstanding continental trade agreement in a meeting with his Mexican counterpart.The White House said in a statement Friday that Trump and President Enrique Pena Nieto discussed ways “to help workers in both countries” as part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The statement says the leaders also discussed regional challenges, including drug trafficking, illegal migration, and the crisis in Venezuela. It does not say whether they discussed Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexican border wall.A readout from the Mexican government said the two men underscored “the importance of modernizing” NAFTA in a way that “results in tangible benefits for the economies and societies of North America.”Trump and Pena Nieto met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.___5:02 p.m.President Donald Trump’s oldest son is complaining about the loud camera clicks that made it hard to hear his father and Russian president Vladimir Putin’s brief remarks to the press ahead of their highly-anticipated meeting.Donald Trump Jr. asks on Twitter: “With all the Cameras clicking away rapid fire you can’t actually hear what they’re saying? How many pictures do you need of the same scene?”Professional news photographers typically take dozens or hundreds of shots of the same event to capture a variety of angles and facial expressions.Trump and Putin are meeting at the Group of 20 world leaders’ summit in Germany.Reporters and photojournalists were allowed in the room for about two minutes to capture the scene.Trump’s son is a frequent critic of the press.___4:20 p.m.President Donald Trump appeared informal and relaxed; Russian President Vladimir Putin was steely.The first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders was the spotlight of an international summit in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, amid tensions between the two countries over Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election.Trump said that his discussions with Putin are “going very well.”Speaking through a translator, Putin said they had spoken over the phone several times on “important bilateral and international issues,” but that phone calls are “never enough.” He said a face-to-face meeting is important to fostering “positive relations.”Trump says, “We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia and the United States.”___4:10p.m.After months of anticipation and intrigue, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are sitting down for their first meeting.The two exchanged brief pleasantries earlier Friday on the sideline of the G-20 summit of industrialized and developing nations.Up front, Trump said he anticipates “a lot of positive things happening, for Russia, for the United States.”Their first sit-down meeting is expected to last for about 30 minutes and touch upon several complex issues, from the Syrian conflict to Russia’s provocations in Ukraine.However, the meeting also falls under the shadow of accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election — and Trump is under pressure to raise those concerns with Putin in their first meeting.Trump, on Thursday, said he believes Russia may have interfered in the election, but he said that he believes other countries may have been involved as well.___3:28 p.m.President Donald Trump was on the far left fringe at the Group of 20 summit — of the leaders’ group photo, that is.Trump’s position as an outlier was merely a matter of protocol. Pride of place goes to the so-called G20 troika, consisting of current host German Chancellor Angela Merkel flanked by the host of the next meeting, Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, and the host of the last one, China’s Xi Jinping.Trump wound up out on the wing between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and French President Emmanuel Macron. He has even less seniority than Trump does after being elected in May.___2:50 p.m.President Donald Trump is hailing Mexico’s president as his “friend” in their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office.Trump met with President Enrique Pena Nieto on the sidelines of an international summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday.Pena Nieto was scheduled to be among Trump’s first international White House guests but abruptly canceled the visit after a public spat over Trump’s proposed border wall.Trump maintains that he will build the border wall to keep drugs and criminals out of the U.S. — although those plans still remain unclear. He said Friday that he “absolutely” wants Mexico to pay for the wall.Pena Nieto insists Mexico will not pay for the wall.Trump said, “it’s great to be with my friend the president of Mexico”Pena Nieto said he hopes to continue a “flowing dialogue.”___1:28 p.m.Anti-globalization protesters are keeping U. S. first lady Melania Trump from joining the spouses of world leaders attending an international summit in Germany.Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, says Hamburg police haven’t cleared the first lady to leave the government guest house where she and President Donald Trump spent the night because of the protesters.Spouses typically get together while leaders are in meetings during international summits like these.Friday’s program for the spouses included a boat ride, lunch and a tour of a climate control center.Mrs. Trump tweeted that she was thinking of those who were hurt during protests that began Thursday.She says she hopes everyone stays safe.Anti-globalization activists have set dozens of cars ablaze and tried to block leaders’ delegations from entering the grounds of the Group of 20 summit. Police have said at least 111 officers were hurt during Thursday’s clashes.___1:18 p.m.President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first encounter at a leaders’ retreat in Hamburg, Germany was caught on tape.The two leaders were seen shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries ahead of their planned formal, sit-down meeting in video posted to Facebook by the German Cabinet.As officials gathered around a table, Trump outstretched his hand to Putin and then patted his elbow. Both men smiled.Another brief video clip shows Trump casually patting Putin on the back as they stand side by side.___1:07 p.m.President Donald Trump is participating in a photo-op with other world leaders at an international summit in Germany.Trump stood in the first row as the Group of 20 world leaders posed for their official “family portrait.” It’s a longstanding tradition.Trump was spotted speaking with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on his way into the event.He later stood next to and chatted with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump will be visiting Paris next week in honor of Bastille Day.Russian President Vladimir Putin stood on the opposite side of the stage.___12:12 p.m.President Donald Trump was spotted chatting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May as he sat down with fellow world leaders for a discussion on fighting terrorism at a German summit.Merkel and Trump sat next to each other and exchanged pleasantries at the opening session of the Group of 20 leaders’ summit Friday.Trump also chatted with May, who was seated immediately to his left. Russian leader Vladimir Putin sat several seats away.Trump has alienated some U.S. allies with his decision to pull the U.S. out of an international climate agreement and his tough talk on trade.___11:45 a.m.The spokesman for Russian leader Vladimir Putin is shrugging off President Donald Trump’s call to reduce Russia’s dominance of the natural gas supply for Eastern Europe.Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters, “There’s no energy monopoly in Europe” ahead of the planned meeting of the Russian and U.S. leaders in Hamburg, Germany.Trump said in a speech in Poland Thursday that he wants to make sure Poland and its neighbors are “never again held hostage” to a single supplier of energy.Peskov says: “All this will be decided by the market, it should not be decided politically.”___11:35 a.m.The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump have exchanged a handshake and a few words ahead of their sit-down at the G-20 summit.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin and Trump “shook hands and told each other that they will shortly have a separate meeting.”Asked about Trump’s tweet that he’s looking forward to meeting with Putin and they have “much to discuss,” Peskov answered that the Russian president is also looking forward to the encounter.The long-anticipated Putin-Trump meeting will be closely watched to see whether Trump brings up Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The two presidents are expected to focus on the Syrian war, the Ukrainian crisis and the fight against terrorism.___10:40 a.m.President Donald Trump is joining fellow world leaders at the first session of a two-day summit in Hamburg, Germany.The meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 global economic powers opens Friday with a discussion on fighting terrorism — one of the least contentious subjects on an agenda that also includes global trade and climate.The G-20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman isn’t attending, and his country is represented by Ibrahim al-Assaf, the minister of state.Also attending the summit are the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Guinea, Senegal, Singapore and Vietnam.___10:38 a.m.President Donald Trump is tweeting that “everyone” in Hamburg, Germany is talking about the Democrats’ response to Russian election hacking ahead of his highly-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Trump writes ahead of his arrival at the group of 20 summit: “Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”Podesta was the former chair of Trump 2016 rival Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Podesta did not run the Democratic National Committee.U.S. intelligent agencies have blamed the hacking of the DNC as well as Podesta’s personal email account on the Russian government.____9:45 a.m.President Donald Trump is tweeting that he’s looking forward to his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an international summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump says in the tweet there is “much to discuss.”Trump was set to arrive shortly at the Group of 20 summit. He’s scheduled to meet later in the day with Putin in a highly anticipated meeting.The encounter is coming at a pivotal time in U.S.-Russian relations. Trump will be closely watched to see if he confronts Putin over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.Other issues like Syria, the Ukraine and terrorism are expected to be discussed. Sharelast_img read more