Took police years to declare Winnipeg woman missing inquiry told

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsJanet Lowther can no longer recall her younger sister’s voice.“I can’t remember how she sounds,” Lowther said of the 22-year gap since Amanda Bartlett disappeared.But she hasn’t forgotten the lengthy battle it took to get police to file a missing person report.“Police in Winnipeg told me, ‘We don’t do family reunions here,’” Lowther told the National Inquiry into Missing and MurderedIndigenous Women and Girls in Thompson, Man., Wednesday.Lowther and her mother, Helen Flett Bignell, vented years of frustration and anger about the way they say Amanda’s case was ignored. They say they were shunted between police agencies in The Pas, Man., and Winnipeg before Amnesty International intervened.It was years after Amanda disappeared from Winnipeg’s notorious North End in July 1996 before she was officially declared a missing person.The struggle was exhausting, Lowther said, and led her to conclude that she – like her sister – was not valued.“I am not an equal person. I’m an Aboriginal woman…I’m not worth looking for. I’m not worth finding,” she said.The pair said they have no clues, tips or idea what happened to the 17-year-old with the jet black hair and smiling dimples.“I still pray for my daughter. I still have hope someone will know about my daughter and where she is,” Flett Bignell said.The inquiry heard how lack of interest from police compounded the family’s grief and left them unable to process what happened and move forward with their healing.Child and Family Services, which had Amanda in its care in a group home in Winnipeg, seemed unaware she had run away.“Amanda was stolen from us. Amanda went to Winnipeg. Someone took her away,” Lowther said.Adding to the mystery around what happened was the family’s shock at learning Amanda was in a group home. They only found out later Amanda put herself in care voluntarily to access programs there.“I didn’t know she was put in a safe house,” said her mom. “I thought she would go to school.”Lowther said she employed different strategies to get police to search for Amanda. She said they seemed interested when she described her sister as “a hooker.” And were more sympathetic when she hid her accent to sound “white.”She said that indifference helped her to understand why “we hear in the news every day another child is gone.”Lowther and her mom are calling it quits after appearing before the inquiry and putting their search to rest.“Being part (of the #MMIWG movement) is not healing us,” she said, noting she will keep her sister close via a tattoo on her arm and wait to reunite with her in the spirit world.“I want her to grow old with me. Old and wrinkled.”kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Health risk causes temporary ban on Corned Beef cans pulled from shelves

first_img Related Items:#cornedbeefpulledfromshelves, #healthriskfromcornedbeef, #magneticmedianews, #TCIbansBraziliancornedbeef Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 22, 2017 – Providenciales – Turks and Caicos has put a temporary halt on all Brazilian meat products and all Brazilian corned beef meat products are to be removed from store shelves; this from the Director of Agriculture who minutes ago confirmed that this posture of TCIG is for our own good.It does mean no more of that popular island meal, Fire Engine for a time, but Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh explained that it is about safeguarding the health of residents and visitors.  The Director added that her team is working with Environmental Health to ensure supermarket shelves are cleared of the potentionally dangerous goods.The decision by TCIG, led by Agriculture comes, Ms Kissonsighn said:  “amidst the reports coming out of Brazil of alleged corruption of government meat inspectors allowing card board, expired meat and carcinogenic products to be exported.”#MagneticMediaNews#TCIbansBraziliancornedbeef#healthriskfromcornedbeef#cornedbeefpulledfromshelves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Xminis Xtlas Plus earphones Great tripledriver sound low price

first_img 0 Preview • X-mini’s Evolve Bluetooth headphone doubles as a wireless speaker (hands-on) Headphones X-mini Evolve Share your voice 45 Photoscenter_img Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Post a comment Tags The X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones offer great sound without costing too much. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini is best known for its capsule speakers, but the Singaporean company took a new approach last year with new wireless and wired earphones. I’ve previously tried out the Evolve speaker headphones and liked them, but I wasn’t too sure how the company would fare outside of its comfort zone. Tuning a pair of tiny earphones is a lot different from engineering small speakers for loud sound, after all. But it appears the company’s bet for its Xtlas Plus line paid off. Weighing just 0.6 ounces (17 grams), the Xtlas Plus uses a triple-driver setup with two balanced armature drivers alongside a dynamic one. Pairing a dynamic driver with the armature driver gives it more oomph in the bass department — in theory, at least. And the Xtlas Plus sort of succeeds on that front. Braided cables help you avoid tangles. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini’s sound tends to focus on the clarity of the trebles, and its earphones pretty much stick to the same formula. The company’s speakers usually try not to overdo the bass, and the Xtlas Plus is the same. There are times where you just want a strong bass, especially for electronic tracks, and the Xtlas Plus feels a tad too tame there. That said, put on tracks with strong vocals and the earphones really shine. The sound is clear and crisp, and you can hear plenty of detail. If you like listening to classical tracks, you’ll love how much clarity the Xtlas Plus delivers for each individual instrument. It’s also Hi-Res Audio certified.At S$130 in Singapore (about $95, £75 or AU$135 converted), the X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones are pretty good value for what they offer. There’s also a carrying pouch bundled and three pairs of ear tips for the right fit. last_img read more

BNP rally begins at Suhrawardy Udyan

first_imgBNP`s public rally begins at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Sunday afternoon where the party leaders are expected to unveil their various demands and plans over the next general election. Photo: Dipu MalakarBNP’s public rally began at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Sunday afternoon where the party leaders are expected to unveil their various demands and plans over the next general election, reports UNB.The rally formally began around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran.Though BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since 8 February, the party has made her the chief guest of the rally as a mark of respect to her.Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is presiding over the rally.Party insiders said Mirza Fakhrul Islam is likely to place a seven-point demand and a 12 or 13-point vision of the party at the rally.The party’s demands include releasing party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, forming a neutral election-time government, dissolving current parliament and cabinet, creating a level-playing field by withdrawing all the political cases and releasing all the political prisoners, reconstitution of the election commission, deploying army and discarding electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the election.In the 12-point vision, the party will say what steps it will take to improve the country’s political culture, get rid of the politics of vengeance, ensure good governance, democracy and fight against extremism and ensure Bangladesh’s territory not to be allowed to use to carry out criminal activities against other countries, including India.Hundreds of party leaders and activists started gathering at the venue in small processions since morning.Huge number of law enforcers have been deployed in and around the rally venue to maintain law and order.One of the conditions is that the rally will have to be concluded by 5pm.On Saturday, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities permitted BNP to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan with 22 conditions.The conditions include not using any provocative words and refraining from carrying any sticks, large banners and creating any barriers to public life.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they will unveil their party’s future course of action and strategy at the rally. BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed hinted that their party may also announce fresh action programmes from it.last_img

The Ridiculous Thing One Congressman Said About SelfDriving Cars

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 25, 2013center_img 5 min read Economists and others who warn of the business impact of excessive regulations are often derided as Chicken Littles and proto-anarchists who put corporate profit over public safety. I should know, since I’m often on the receiving end of such screeds.But it isn’t Laissez-Fairy-dust dreams that drive such vigilance. Rather, it is people like Rep. Albio Sires.Last week showed why some regulatory schemes can be downright scary – and need to be killed in the crib.During the first congressional hearing over autonomous cars, much of the regulatory concern surrounded the issue of liability. In the event of a fender-bender or worse, who is on the hook to pay? It is a legitimate issue for these cars, now being developed by a range of companies, from Google to Daimler-Benz. After all, most regulations come down to who has to pony up cash when a violation occurs. With autonomous, of self-driving, cars, is it the driver (who isn’t driving, by the way), the auto manufacturer, or the creator of the SkyNet computer that is behind the wheel?All good questions, which no doubt will be resolved, and are being handled on a state-by-state basis.Related: A 3-D Printed Electric Car That Can Drive Across the U.S. on 10 Gallons of GasYet, autonomous cars may crash and burn for other reasons. Here’s one: Will driverless cars be so advanced that they will put people out of work?Yep, that question was actually raised at last week’s hearing, by Sires, a New Jersey Democrat. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute points out, Sires is afraid that today’s hard-working auto mechanics just won’t be up to the job of fixing these darned newfangled things that the kids today are making.“You’re going to have to send these cars back to the shop,” he said. “I can’t see anybody doing work on these things. I mean, you have to be so sophisticated. And I guess that’s where we’re headed. So can anybody tell me if we’re going to put people out of work?”Um…There are a number of problems with this view. First, all technology implements change of some kind. The flat-panel television made obsolete the need for someone who knew how to swap out vacuum tubes in the back of your TV. Advances in slot-machine technology went from the mechanical to the digital, requiring a whole new breed of service technicians. Video killed the radio star. Why is it worth any conversation that someone more comfortable to an ’80 Malibu be protected against this big, bad menace of a job destroyer?Second, it fails to understand workplace dynamics and the resilience of the American worker. We adapt pretty well to new technologies, which almost always create, rather than destroy, jobs. Sires need only talk to his mechanic friends in West New York to see this. Cars themselves have become so advanced that the way we fix them has changed dramatically. You don’t tinker with an engine anymore. Instead, you do a precision diagnostic check, aided by computers that monitor what works and what doesn’t. Rather than put people out of work, it has attracted a whole new breed of auto-repair technicians, less grease monkey than tech junkie. Advances like a self-driven car are an opportunity, not a challenge. Mechanics can and — if past be prologue – will adapt, and they probably would cringe if you suggested they were somehow not “sophisticated.”Related: Mind Control Technology, Elon Musk’s James Bond Submarine and a Real-Life Bionic ManLastly, and perhaps more scarily, is the idea that regulations, rather than protecting safety, can have different purposes from a policy perspective. Given the horrendous state of employment right now, Congressmen like Sires want to “do something.” So, hey, we’re sitting in this hearing, let me throw out the jobs card. The folks back home in Hudson County will love me for it. (One should probably be thankful that, given Hudson County’s political-criminal record, Sires didn’t inquire whether an autonomous car would be allowed to vote, and how much that vote would cost.) When you throw out a completely unrelated issue like jobs, and suggest you may want that included in whatever laws come out of the hearing, you are adding needless complexity and burden to an issue that may well need some legislative oversight, opinion and guidance. You might as well have asked whether the self-driving technology could be used to save Obamacare.Autonomous cars, whenever the hell they get here, will be here to stay. And they will benefit the economy in huge ways. Morgan Stanley recently said autonomous cars would create $1.3 trillion in savings to the U.S. economy alone. That amount of money will no doubt trickle down into jobs for people.There is no evidence that this exciting and disruptive technology will make legions of folks be tossed out of their jobs. All Sires’ musings do is ensure that I get to keep mine.Related: Options for Deducting Your Company’s Auto Expenseslast_img read more