Akwesasne smuggler with Jimmy Hoffa The mysterious disappearance of Acid Adams

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe seer told him he should make a small feast of frybread for the dead.Leave it in the bush with a shot of whisky because someone put a hex on you using graveyard dirt, the seer said.There also is a shipment coming soon across the river, said the seer, the courier will lose it in the ice.Richard “Acid” Adams wrote these prescriptions and predictions in black ink on a white piece of paper from a Hilton hotel. The note is still kept by Adams’ mother Jolene Adams along with his braided lock of black hair.She received the braided hair in a blue Ziploc bag handed to her by Richard Adams’ former girlfriend and mother of his two youngest children. Jolene Adams received it in July 2009, the same month U.S. authorities indicted Richard Adams for smuggling marijuana from Canada into the U.S., across the river, in a Drug Enforcement Authority operation called Cash Cow.The same month he vanished. He was 46.“As soon as I touched his hair I knew he was in big trouble,” said Jolene Adams, sitting at her kitchen table in her home in the Snye section of Akwesasne which sits in Québec but is only accessible by road through the U.S.She last saw her son on July 5, 2009, a day before he and two other men roared across the St. Lawrence River from Snye in his Baja speedboat to a house Richard Adams rented from a Marina owner in Summerstown, Ont.“When he came and he told me was going to be gone for a few days I really didn’t question it because he comes and goes all the time,” said Jolene Adams.Then the days turned to weeks turned to years.Richard “Acid” Adams vanished in 2009. Photo courtesy of familyLawsuit claims West Eng Gang member involvementThis past July, the family obtained an official declaration of death from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Then, this week, the family filed a statement of claim in a lawsuit against Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Jerry Swamp and one of his investigators Leroy Swamp for negligence and incompetence in their investigation to find Richard Adams.The lawsuit also names several people it alleges hold pieces to the story behind his disappearance including a wheelchair bound man named Shane Maloney, a reputed high-ranking member of the Irish Mob known as the West End Gang in Montréal. Maloney is currently in a Quebec jail awaiting a 2017 trial on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into Canada as a result of a major 2012 Sûreté du Québec drug operation known as Project Loquace.It’s no secret Akwesasne’s location, straddling the Quebec, Ontario and New York State borders, make it a tempting location to move contraband goods across the international boundary. One can take a boat from the northern shore east of Cornwall, Ont., cross the St. Lawrence River into the St. Regis Village or Snye sections of Akwesasne and then drive across the U.S. border without the need of passing through customs. Just take a left onto Hwy 37 and your next stop is Boston or New York City.Many of the current smuggling routes were carved in the 1980s and early 1990s when Big Tobacco used Akwesasne smugglers to move cigarettes into Canada.The tobacco companies would export their product to the U.S. and then smuggle them back to avoid the high taxes in Canada.The business proved lucrative to some in Akwesasne, a community of farmers, artists and iron workers. Richard Adams’ father Roy was an iron worker. For some, they had a choice, work on the iron towers and bridges of America which required weeks away from family, or stay close to home and make a living criss-crossing the waters of their own territory, moving product considered illegal by two countries they didn’t necessary recognize as having jurisdiction over Mohawk land.Jolene Adams, mother of Richard Adams, holding her son’s clip braided lock of hair.For over 20 years Richard Adams lived a life speeding between the shores of the river moving contraband for the underworld.He was good at it. He made cash. Lots of cash.Then, he was gone.Adams’ sister Della Adams received a message last year from an individual in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community that sits just south of Montreal.“Truth is Richard (Acid) Adams is with Jimmy Hoffa. The same day he went to (an) old Montreal underground parking lot for a meet,” said the message.This is all the family has ever had to go one. Cryptic messages, whispers and speculation.Richard Adams is in Manila. Richard Adams is in Brazil.He’s dead.But where was the body?The family asked seers.“We have seen many seers and every one of them have the same story, every one of them have said that he’s gone,” said Joelen Adams. “He has told through the seer, he has told us that he wants us to pursue this investigation because he wants us to know how he died.”One seer said they saw a cage and a river.Operation Cash CowOn the morning of October 20, 2008, a man named Jason Baldassare drove a rented Hyundai Sonata to a compound owned by Richard Adams in Snye. Adams had previously moved a load of marijuana across the river and he gave Baldassare two hockey bags holding 27 kilograms of Quebec-grown marijuana.Baldassare drove out of Adams’ compound into a net set by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).Two weeks earlier, DEA agents, with a Department of Homeland Security surveillance craft circling above and intercepting radio communications stopped a rented Toyota Sienna minivan on Ryan Rd near Chateaugay, NY, about 7 km south of the Canada-U.S. border, with about 104 kg of marijuana.Operation Cash Cow was in full swing. Armed with informants and the smuggling organization’s radio frequencies, the DEA took down the network, which moved Quebec-grown marijuana throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, one member at a time.Adams fled across the river a day before the indictment against the organization was unsealed in U.S. Federal Court to a house he rented from Winston McIntosh, the owner of Whimpy’s Marina near Summerstown, Ont.McIntosh was on his deck that Monday afternoon when he saw Adams in his Baja speedboat roaring to the dock at his rented house.“It was coming awful fast…I knew they were in a hurry, I could sense it,” said McIntosh.McIntosh said there was a man waiting for Adams with an older model, green Chevy pickup truck. Adams and a second man jumped out of the Baja which then turned and roared away. Adams climbed into the green pickup truck and the third man drove off in Adams’ green Mercedes which was also parked at the rental house.Winston McIntosh, owner of Whimpy’s Marina, saw Richard Adams they day he fled Akwesasne.Trail gone coldHere is where fog begins to envelop the story.Adams may have stayed in nearby Lancaster, Ont., for a couple of days before he went to Montreal. What happened in Montreal remains a mystery, at least on the public record. It’s believe Adams at one point may have stayed at a home near Montreal owned by man named Adam Harris, who is described in the statement of claim filed by Adams’ family as someone “closely involved with the criminal operations.”Adams also met with his then-girlfriend Tanya Barilko while in Montreal. This is when he is said to have cut his braid and given it to Barilko who later gave it to his mother.Adams told some associates he was going to get a new identity and that his contacts were going to help him flee the continent.Dean Doxtator, from Oneida on the Thames First Nation, said he was one of the last to see Adams alive in Montreal. Doxtator, who is named in the lawsuit, said Adams expressed regret and remorse at the time.“He said he was sorry for what he did to the family getting into where he was in the situation,” said Doxtator. “He didn’t want to cause any burden. I think it was more like shame to his family. He knew what he was into, who he was dealing with.”Doxtator, who found out this week he was named in the lawsuit, said he is willing to say all he knows in an affidavit. He believes Adams is dead.The lawsuit also named Maloney who dealt directly with Adams. Maloney was convicted in December 2013 for ordering the beating of an off-duty Montreal cop in Mexico in January 2011 who was caught trying to take photographs of the gangsters partying with other Quebec police officers. Maloney is currently at the Rivieres-des-Prairies Detention Centre in Quebec awaiting trial on 13 drug, gang, conspiracy and firearms related charges stemming from Project Loquace.Kenny Cree, a smuggler from Akwesasne, is named in the lawsuit filed by Richard Adams’ family. FacebookAdams and Maloney are also both listed in U.S. court documents as associates of former drug king pin Jimmy Cournoyer, also known as Cosmo, who was the head of a $1 billion “drug empire” which smuggled marijuana from Canada into the U.S. and then used the proceeds to import cocaine back to Canada.  Cournoyer was linked to the Italian Mafia, the Hells Angels and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.Couronyer pleaded guilty in 2013 and is now in U.S. prison.The DEA investigation into Cournoyer gathered speed after agents moved against an Akwesasne smuggling ring in 2009 headed by Kenny Cree, Randy Square and David Sunday two months before the indictment was filed against Adams.The DEA managed to flip Cree, according to a New York Times article, who was facing a lengthy prison sentence.The Adams family’s lawsuit names Cree and alleges he was “instrumental in the death of Richard Adams.”APTN attempted to contact Cree through one of his lawyers, but received no response.Akwesasne Mohawk Police failed to follow leadsJolene Adams blames the Akwesasne Mohawk Police for letting her son’s trail run so cold.“I don’t know how many phone calls I made to the police station and got no cooperation and nothing, nothing from them,” said AdamsThe Mohawk police did have leads.On Jan. 27, 2010, the RCMP in Montreal told Det.-Const. Norman King that Richard Adams was “not in this world anymore,” according to an Ontario Provincial Police report from an investigation into the Akwesasne police’s handling of the case.That same month, the OPP Drug Enforcement section first told King that Adams was vacationing out of the country in the fall of 2009 and then that he was “deceased and that the family was aware of this,” said the report.Shane Maloney, high-ranking member of West End Gang. Montreal Police photoThe report also said the Akwesasne police possessed two of Adams’ cell number but never obtained a production order to track the cell phone’s usage. Both phones were in service in the fall of 2009. One cell phone, which operated on a Telus plan, was “cancelled by the subscriber” on Dec. 3, 2009.An analysis of the Akwesasne police’s investigation done for the family by Ottawa lawyer James Foord, of Foord Davies, concluded “it seems clear that little has been done to meaningfully investigate (Adams’) whereabouts.”Adams disappeared a year after his brother was killed in a traffic accident in front of his parent’s home. Jolene and Roy Adams have only one surviving child, their daughter Della.“Unless somebody has gone through a death of a child, nobody understands the pain and the grief of losing one. The gravity of the pain is so great,” said Jolene Adams. “It’s more pain because we didn’t know whether (Richard Adams) was alive or dead.”The missing and murdered men of AkwesasneThere was a bigger issue at play behind Jolene and Roy Adams’ decision to file the lawsuit and that is the high number of missing and murdered men from Akwesasne.“There is more to this court action than Richard. We have young men that have been murdered that have gone missing where the police have not done a proper investigating if an investigation ever did exist,” said Adams. “This is about our community. I am not dismissing Richard’s role in the illegal stuff that has been going on in our community, I am not dismissing that…All this stuff that is happening, they are hurting the community, they are hurting our young people. There is a whole generation that is being hurt right now because of this illegal trafficking of drugs, aliens and I don’t know what else.”As for calling out violent underworld figures, the family said they’ve moved beyond fear.“A lot of people are saying it’s dangerous. But I am 75 years-old. I don’t need to see any more than what’s going on right now. I am not afraid that something is going to happen to me,” said Roy Adams.Adams was a father to six boys.His last girlfriend, Tanya Barilko, is also named in the lawsuit.Barilko could not be reached for comment.Roy Adams, Richard Adams’ father, on the St. Lawrence River.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

DavidsTea reports 10 million net loss in first results since boardroom showdown

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea has reported a $10 million net loss in the first results since founder Herschel Segal took back control of the company’s board.The Montreal-based retailer said Thursday the results for the quarter that ended Aug. 4 works out to a loss of 39 cents per share, compared with a $5.6 million, or 22 cent per share, loss for the same quarter last year.Comparable sales were down 14.8 per cent after its product offering “did not resonate with customers,” it was less promotional, and it had less product available for its semi-annual sale, the company said.Segal, whose Rainy Day Investments owns 46 per cent of DavidsTea shares, clashed with other significant shareholders earlier this year on company leadership, board composition, and the direction of the company.His slate of directors won by 54 per cent in a vote at its June annual meeting, prompting CEO Joel Silver to resign after the results were announced and Segal said he would step into the role of interim CEO.Since June, the company has shuffled head office to put more senior leaders in marketing, buying and product development to help turn the company around, said Segal on an earnings call Thursday.“We have begun collaborative work to reverse the tide of recent negative quarterly results.”In August, the company said it would start selling its products in 450 Loblaws stores as it looks to push further into the tea bag market in addition to its traditional loose-leaf sales.Segal said a search for a replacement CEO is ongoing, as is a search for a replacement for its CFO Howard Tafler, who will leave at the end of the month.At the end of July, shareholders representing 12.8 per cent of the company, filed suit in Quebec Superior Court against Segal and Rainy Day Investments, seeking to have him removed as executive chairman of the board and a new slate of directors be elected.last_img read more

Drilling firm Ensign Energy shares fall as Q2 net loss exceeds forecasts

first_imgEnsign’s biggest boost to year-over-year revenue came from the United States, where it rose by 77 per cent to $261 million, despite softening demand, to account for 69 per cent of the total. It has 134 marketed rigs in the U.S.In contrast, its Canadian revenue rose by just 11 per cent to $51 million — despite the addition of 68 Trinidad rigs to take its fleet to 118 marketed rigs — accounting for 14 per cent of the total.International revenue was down slightly at $66 million but still exceeded the Canadian contribution.“The integration of Trinidad into Ensign has now been largely completed with the full amalgamation taking place on April 1,” said Ensign president Bob Geddes.“We continue to focus on realizing the previously announced $40 million of cost savings which primarily relate to the elimination of duplicate costs and facilities.” CALGARY — Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. fell by as much as 6.8 per cent after it reported a second-quarter net loss of $31.7 million or 20 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $36.7 million or 23 cents a year earlier.The Calgary-based drilling company’s revenue jumped 44 per cent to $378 million from $263 million, mainly due to its acquisition late last year of rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd.The results missed analyst expectations of a net loss of $25.7 million or 13 cents a share on revenue of $419 million in the three months ended June 30, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. Companies in this article: (TSX:ESI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Football Barrett Price confident in new look offense and Kevin Wilson hire

OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks for room to run against Clemson during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. The Buckeyes lost 31-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe departure of both Ed Warriner and Tim Beck did not come as a surprise to most Ohio State football fans, after two lackadaisical seasons in a row and the goose egg laid by the Buckeyes against eventual national champion Clemson. The addition of Kevin Wilson as the new mastermind behind the offense for the Scarlet and Gray has been received warmly by most fans, but it has the players even more excited. On Sunday, members of the OSU football team were honored at the first media timeout of the Buckeyes men’s basketball game for their achievements in 2016. J.T. Barrett was honored for being named the best Big Ten player by the Chicago Tribune with the Silver Football Award.Last season Barrett, who will be returning for his redshirt senior season after choosing not to enter the NFL Draft, had a roller coaster type season. From starting the year as a potential Heisman trophy candidate, to finishing it with a raw quarterback rating of 36.1 against Michigan and 12.7 against Clemson, Barrett has had better years.Now, with Kevin Wilson at the helm, Barrett could very well return to the form he was in during his redshirt freshman season when he produced 45 total touchdowns. Wilson, known for a up-tempo offense and an air-it-out approach to the passing game, has been viewed as a welcome change in the eyes of Barrett.“Just something new,” Barrett said. “I think sometimes we get set in our ways, but change is also a good thing. Change is not always bad. I think it was needed.”Wilson has coached some notable quarterbacks who have finished their college careers with trophy cases full of accreditation. Sam Bradford and Landry Jones are the most notable, but all of his signal callers have a tendency to rack up plenty of yards. Bradford threw for 50 touchdowns during his only season under Wilson’s direction, and the chance to see Barrett under a quarterback’s mastermind has many OSU fans itching to see what the new-look offense will do during the Spring Game. Although his return to Columbus for his final season seemed a lock immediately following the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett said the hiring of Wilson was a big factor in his decision.“Just trying to make sure, that if I was going to come back that, it was something I was going to do that was best for me in order for me to help and grow as a quarterback,” Barrett said. “That was part of it.”Wilson had high praise for Barrett after the Buckeyes defeated Indiana 38-17.“In my opinion, from afar, I think that’s the best quarterback in college football,” Wilson said after the game. “Some of these guys have some stats, I’m not saying it because he’s in our league — I’m not a homer. When you watch that kid play, that kid and his unselfishness … he went through a lot. He was a premier player in the country two years ago when he got injured.”Billy Price, who is following in the footsteps of Pat Elflein and returning for his redshirt senior season and moving to center, will now be under his third offensive coaching staff since arriving on campus. Although, as a whole, OSU’s offensive line performed well, there were more than a few times where the unit looked confused, or like they were blocking the wrong schemes.Price admitted after the Fiesta Bowl loss he and the rest of the team understood what went wrong, but did not delve deeper into the subject. He, like Barrett, is welcoming the change Wilson is bringing.“The offensive philosophy is going to be different,” he said. “There’s things that are going to be a lot different than they were, and it’s a positive change. We’re just looking forward to once spring ball comes and we get to see those changes, and see what we’re actually going to be working with.”OSU kicks off the 2017 season with the Spring Game on April 15 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Prime Minister Reads To Students

Prime Minister Thanks China For Garden Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, today (May 5) participated in Read Across Jamaica Day activities at the Jamaica House Basic School, in Kingston.Mrs. Simpson Miller engaged the students in discussions as she read from the book entitled, ‘Little Lion Goes to School’, by Kellie Magnus.The Prime Minister also congratulated the teachers and parents for the excellent work they are doing.“I want to congratulate your parents and to thank them for taking good care of you. I also want you (the students) to do your very best and I want you to become outstanding citizens of this country,” Mrs. Simpson Miller told the children.Read Across Jamaica Day is an important step in getting children to make reading a regular part of their lives. It seeks to foster interest in reading by encouraging parents and other members of the society to read a book to a child.This is based on research that shows a connection between adults reading aloud to children and enhanced language development.The day forms part of activities by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to celebrate Education Week from May 3 to 9, under the theme: ‘Consolidating the Gains: Collaborating for Growth and Sustainability’.A national day to promote reading and literacy locally was first observed by the JTA in 2005. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, read across jamaica read more

PNP presents 2016 Manifesto

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 6, 2016 – One billion dollars, over four years with 3,000 jobs to be created and lowered taxes – all in that PNP Manifesto presented yesterday to the general public.  The PNP Party says they have already invested over $200 million per year, speaking of the country’s national budget and called their top priority the move to see safer communities.  Vision 202 and Beyond should now be available online.  #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img

GOP tax bill gains support Senate leaders work on holdouts

first_img , By MARCY GORDON and STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders wrangled with the last few GOP holdouts Thursday as they pushed toward passing the first major rewrite of the nation’s tax code in more than three decades, a package that would impact rich and the poor as well as businesses big and small.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected a final vote late Thursday or early Friday on a $1.4 trillion package that would slash the corporate tax rate, offer more modest cuts for families and individuals and eliminate several popular deductions.Lawmakers would then try to reconcile the Senate package with one passed by the House in the hope of delivering a major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump by Christmas. Republicans have cast passage of a tax overhaul as a political imperative to ensure they hold their House and Senate majorities in next year’s midterm elections.”We’re heading down the homestretch,” McConnell told reporters on Thursday.The package would add $1 trillion to the budget deficit over the next decade, much less than previously projected, according to a congressional analysis released Thursday.The tax bill would increase economic growth, generating an additional $458 billion in tax revenue, according to the analysis by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation. The committee previously estimated that the package would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit.The additional revenue is a boost to the bill but is still far short of the $2 trillion promised by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.Two Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, announced their support for the tax package Thursday, giving it a major boost. Both McCain and Murkowski had voted against the GOP bill to dismantle the Obama health care law this past summer in a blow to the GOP.Their support is key because Senate Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, meaning they can only afford to lose two votes, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaker.”It’s clear this bill’s net effect on our economy would be positive,” McCain said in a statement. “This is not a perfect bill, but it is one that would deliver much-needed reform to our tax code, grow the economy, and help Americans keep more of their hard-earned money.”Murkowski said she supports the tax bill now that it would allow oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Murkowski got the provision added earlier this week, but the initial version violated arcane Senate rules about which provisions can be added to the tax bill.Murkowski said Thursday the provision was tweaked to comply. “We have done it and we’re ready to go,” she said.Drilling in the refuge has long been a contentious issue, pitting environmentalists against those who want to increase domestic oil production.Senators were still grappling with several issues Thursday, including how to craft a trigger that would impose automatic tax increases if the tax package doesn’t raise as much revenue as projected. The provision would mollify deficit hawks who worry that the massive package of tax cuts for businesses and individuals would add too much to the nation’s mounting debt.Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, called the trigger “a work in progress” Thursday afternoon.Senators were also considering whether to add a deduction for local property taxes. The current Senate bill completely eliminates the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a popular deduction in the Democratic-leaning states of New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois as well as many wealthy suburbs nationwide.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, proposed an amendment to let homeowners deduct up to $10,000 in local property taxes on the their federal returns. It is similar to a provision in the House-passed bill.Without the deduction, Collins said, it would be “very problematic for me” to vote for the bill.Collins would make up the estimated $146 billion in lost revenue by keeping the personal income tax rate for the wealthiest earners at 39.6 percent and make a smaller cut in the corporate tax rate. Trump and other Republicans insist that the corporate tax rate must be reduced from 35 percent to 20 percent.Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., backed the package Wednesday after securing an increase in the deduction for business income from 17.4 percent to 20 percent. The deduction is for business owners who report their business income on their individual tax returns.Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., has also been pushing to increase the tax break for these business owners. He has been noncommittal about his support, even with the change secured by Daines.The tax package would mark the first time in 31 years that Congress has overhauled the tax code.The plan would nearly double the standard deduction to around $12,000 for individuals and about $24,000 for married couples. The tax cuts for individuals would expire in 2026 while the corporate tax cuts would be permanent.Under Senate rules, senators can offer unlimited amendments, setting up the possibility of dozens of votes that could stretch all night into Friday morning.___Associated Press writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter at http://twitter.com/stephenatapCopyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GOP tax bill gains support; Senate leaders work on holdouts November 30, 2017 Updated: 3:30 PM Posted: November 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SDFD arson detection dog in Bay Area to investigate underconstruction apartment complex

first_imgSDFD arson detection dog in Bay Area to investigate under-construction apartment complex fire KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dog trained to detect evidence of arson was in the Bay Area of Northern California Wednesday with her handler to help investigate a fire that destroyed an under-construction apartment building, authorities said.The blaze, which erupted around 1 a.m. Tuesday at a complex being built in Concord, caused an estimated $55 million worth of damage and forced more than 250 people to evacuate from a nearby apartment building, Contra Costa County fire officials said. Two of the people who were evacuated suffered minor smoke inhalation injuries.Later on Tuesday, the SDFD arson detection dog, Emily, and her handler, Capt. James Shadoan, were deployed to Concord as part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. The ATF is attempting to determine if the fire was set intentionally.SFGate.com reported that the blaze is the latest in a series of Bay Area fires that have destroyed under-construction apartment complexes over the past two years. Three of the fires have been ruled to be arson by investigators, while the cause of a fourth was undetermined. Posted: April 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom April 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Readers Digest Memo Actually Were Not Shifting in Conservative Direction

first_imgHere’s the memo, via ex-Portfolio writer Jeff Bercovici’s Daily Finance blog:June 19,2009TO: RDA EMPLOYEESFrom: Eva Dillon,President, Reader’s Digest CommunityIn today’s New York Times there is an article about Reader’s Digest. The article in part suggests that the brand has decided to shift direction editorially. I want to assure you that that is not what is or has been planned, and that the strategy to embrace our core values can be misinterpreted.To clarify, neither the magazine nor the company is going in any direction other than what we are doing now. Reader’s Digest has always been about the values of home, family, community, optimism and country, and certainly our values today are more than ever in step with America, especially during these recessionary times as people focus on the “back to basics” of family and home. What we did with the relaunch and redesign of the magazine and websites was to go back to the roots that made this company great by embracing and catering to our specific and unique audience — and do that very well, which resulted in an ASME Award for General Excellence, the first ASME in 20 years.In a challenging time for our industry, we are excited about the plan we’ve developed (outlined in my earlier memo yesterday afternoon) to take a leadership role and transform our business model to respond to changed consumer media habits by leveraging our unique global assets and addressing this new generation of media.Please let me, or any other Executive Committee member, know if you have any questions.Eva Dillon Earlier today, the New York Times published a story about the Reader’s Digest Association, suggesting the publishers of its flagship magazine were “pushing it in a decidedly conservative direction.” Our story, also posted today, focused on the business decision by RDA to slash its rate base by 2.5 million copies and reduce its monthly frequency by two issues. We spoke with RDA Community president Eva Dillon, who told us “there is no big shift that we’ve done or plan to do editorially.”Executives at RDA insist that the Times’ writer, Stephanie Clifford, got it wrong, so much so that Dillon sent an employee-wide e-mail today shooting down the Times’ assertions.last_img read more

Pink Magazine Shuts Down Print Magazine

first_imgPink, a five-year-old, 100,000-circ magazine targeting professional women, has announced it will no longer publish the print edition. Instead, the company will divert resources into its digital and event properties.The August-September issue, currently hitting the newsstands, will be its last. The magazine struck a deal with Meredith to fulfill remaining subscriptions with More magazine. “We’ve always loved More,” said CEO Cynthia Good in an e-mail. “And the feeling (so I’ve heard) has been mutual. We have been reaching a similar demo so it’s a great fit! Our online audience skews a bit younger.”In the meantime, Good plans to plow resources back into the digital properties, which, she said, is where the real opportunity is. The Little Pink Book e-newsletter currently reaches 750,000 subscribers and, said Good, has an open rate of five times the industry norm. Going all digital, says Good, is a decision based on reader and advertiser feedback. “Little PINK Book actually reaches more women than the magazine  ever did. Putting our full resources into LPB results from the demands of our business partners and our readers.” The staffing impact, according to Good, is minimal, with some positions being “moved around.”These days, companies often hold out hope for reintroducing a print brand when the economy gets better. AMI, which recently shut down Mom & Baby, plans to resurrect it when business turns around, carefully noting that the magazine is merely suspended, not closed. Not so for Pink. “I believe the magazine business as we know it is over, and it’s time to change the media in order to save the message” said Good in a statement.Going forward, Good plans to double the size of its audience by the end of 2009.last_img read more

Groundbreaking Held at Camp Lejeune for 13MW Solar Farm

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from the Navy, Marine Corps, Duke Energy and eastern North Carolina held a groundbreaking last week for a 13-megawatt solar farm on a 100-acre site at Camp Lejeune, N.C.The project will cost $25 million to $30 million, and is expected to be online by the end of the year.“In a world that has a lot of uncertainty, you need flexibility,” Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, said during the event. “You get flexibility in energy supply by having different sources of energy. And this solar project is a good example of having another aspect in the mix of the places we get energy. The fact that it’s distributed energy, the fact that it’s on a secure base, adds to that aspect of security,” he said.McGinn said the collaboration with Duke Energy will have a variety of benefits, reported the Jacksonville Daily News.“By hosting the solar facility on our land, we can provide physical security to protect the asset, diversify the local power portfolio and increase regional resiliency, all of which strengthen Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s energy security,” he said.Charlotte, N.C. -based Crowder Construction Services is serving as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The project will use approximately 54,000 monocrystalline solar panels supplied by SolarWorld Americas, and GE’s Power Conversion business will supply its Brilliance inverters, according to Duke.“This collaborative endeavor allows us to bring our years of experience in managing, operating and integrating energy resources on the grid, while allowing the Marines to focus on their missions of training and service,” said Rob Caldwell, Duke Energy’s senior vice president for distributed energy resources.Caldwell cited the project as a model for bolstering the Navy’s reliance on alternative energy across its installations.“We are very pleased to be here today with a model — not just a project, but a model — that we can replicate for the Department of the Navy and for Duke Energy as a real success to meeting both of our needs in the renewable space,” he said.last_img read more

WHS CLASS OF 2018 GRADUATION Students Receive Words Of Wisdoms From Classmates

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington High School Class of 2018 received lots of advice before receiving their diplomas during Sunday afternoon’s graduation ceremony inside the WHS gymnasium.Town Manager Jeff Hull encouraged graduates to seize opportunities, try something different, live with purpose, be resilient, have an “attitude of gratitude,” and be present in the moment.“You’re leaving the safe harbor of Wilmington and entering an ocean of opportunity and adventure. This is unchartered waters for all of you,” said Hull. “Sail on with purpose. You may be unsure of your direction…Take the helm and chart your course… Sometimes you’ll have to batten down the hatches…  Test the waters… It may take a few course corrections before you’re comfortable in your direction.”School Committee Chair Julie Broussard, harkening back to the elementary schools’ tradition of mystery readers, read a few passages from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh The Places You Will Go,” and offered some brief congratulatory comments.“On behalf of the School Committee, congratulations and best wishes,” said Broussard. “Graduation is the event we look forward to most each year. The Committee considers it an honor and privilege to celebrate with all of you.”Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero argued that Wilmington Public Schools provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to pursue their dreams. He invoked the famous words of both Nora Ephron (“Your education is a dress rehearsal for the life you leave”) and John Maxwell (“Life is a matter of choices – every choice you make makes you”).“You must know your own character, build on your strengths, work on your weaknesses, realize your abilities, and set goals that match your interests and talents,” recommended Ruggiero. “Always surround yourself with people who share your values and who lift you up, not bring you down.”Wilmington High School Principal Linda Peters shared her hopes for this year’s class of graduates — being independent, finding their voice, and discovering their true selves.“Your choices matter – the small ones and the big ones, the good ones and the bad ones. Use your knowledge. Use your heart. Take on the world and follow your dreams. Always be proud to be you,” advised Peters. “Use your voice with respect, with courage, and with your heart…. Words are powerful. Use your words to open hearts, offer forgiveness, and show gratitude.”“You truly matter to us. You made a difference in our lives,” Peters told her graduates, prior to reading a poem entitled “From Me, To You” she wrote about them. “Remember, we are here if ever need anything.”Class Essayist Fariah Haque offered her thoughts on several aspects of life, including hard work and friendship.“To quote the movie ‘Coco,’ if you want it, you have to earn it – that A on a report card, a spot on the varsity team, the lead in the play. Nothing will be handed to us. Nothing will come to us easily or quickly,” said Haque.“We’ve made some amazing friends and memories here in Wilmington,” she added. “Good friends are like stars – you don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there. Make sure to hold on to your friends.”Salutatorian Aditya Gautham relayed a story about how, for 8 years, he looked forward to watching a scene from the 1985 film, “Back to the Future.” Gautham wanted to watch the scene where the Delorean’s clock reads “October 21, 2015 at 4:29pm” on October 21, 2015 at 4:29pm.“When it hit 4:29pm, something felt off. There was no feeling of satisfaction or closure. I expected to die and ascend to heaven. I was left disappointed that the experience didn’t meet my expectations,” said Gautham.“We live our lives looking forward to things… This can become dangerous when we discount our current lives. We get so preoccupied with the future, we miss what’s in front of us and get taken out of the present,” continued Gautham. “And if we find ourselves idealizing the future so much, maybe it’s time to change something in the present.”Valedictorian and Class President Vittorio Iocco encouraged his classmates to embrace their imperfections and learn from their mistakes.“Society expets perfection. This popular way of thought is detrimental to the development of the person; a recipe for a world where people are afraid to make mistakes,” said Iocco. “The brutal truth is – we’re not perfect. Being human means having flaws… When you remove the filters, photoshop, and lighting, everyone is the same – beautifully imperfect.“Think about mistakes as opportunities. Every time you fail, focus on what you did wrong and mentally record how you’ll avoid the same mistake in the future. You’ll wind up with a list of principles to live your life by,” added Iocco. “Don’t live for the calm end, but for the struggle in between. Fail. Learn. Succeed. In that order.”Congratulations to the WHS Class of 2018.Members of the WHS Class of 2018 toss their graduation caps. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bryson)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… RelatedUNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHS Gym Floor Finally Getting Replaced; Closed Until OctoberIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Has NO Plans To Reactivate Contaminated Wells; Town Manager Takes Offense To McCoy’s CommentsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: DPW & Library Staff, Town Secretaries & Admin Assistants To Receive 7.5% Salary Increase Over 3 YearsIn “Government”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Selectwoman Encourages Board To Keep Current Town Counsel

first_imgDear Wilmington Residents,FACT: There are significant risks associated with Olin Superfund Site and the looming New England Transrail (NET) in south Wilmington.FACT: The Olin site is responsible for shutting down the Maple Meadow Brook Aquifer back in 2003.FACT: There are millions, millions, of gallons of contamination in the groundwater associated with the site and has over 100 chemicals of concern.FACT: It is one of the worst sites in the state!FACT: NET is a proposed transrail facility by Olin at the site that is poised to have NO (emphasis added) over sight from the town because they are exempt as a rail carrier.FACT: Olin is seeking an exemption from top level EPA staff to not have to clean up their mess, something that is called a technical waiver. This could soon happen, anytime.FACT: The town has one of the best environmental attorneys in the state that has represented the town well on these issues.FACT: The BOS knows all this.The Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee (WERC), to which I am VP, is a non-profit set up to oversee the Olin site through a technical assistant grant from the EPA. We also received a grant to help in the review of the NET proposal. We recently went through a similar situation as the town’s current law firm did where our consultants’ company was bought out and split. We did everything in our power to keep the people we had working on the site because the prospects for getting someone up to speed on the complexities of the Olin site would clearly hurt our ability to properly review the site and pending comments on deliverables. It would take years like it took years for the EPA and our current consultants to get up to speed.I voiced these concerns to the BOS at the hearing for town counsel. I said for the past 20 years many citizens have worked 1000’s of hours behind the scenes. We don’t get pay nor recognition and want neither. What we do want is support. Don’t cut our legs from underneath us and leave us with counsel that is uninformed and not up to speed with the nuances of these issues. Unfortunately, once I left a selectman disputed me and said it would only take a few days for new counsel to get up to speed with Olin and NET. That comment just shows the lack of understanding and knowledge about these issues and the multiple layers of regulation and complexities. Makes me wonder what knowledge of the site he posses to say such a thing. I could see taking this risk of replacement if there were issues with the firm. But none have been presented. Otherwise, why then? Politics? This position has been the subject of political significance before and could be playing a role behind the scenes once again.Dan Duetch the environmental attorney for the current firm has done well for the town. Not one Selectman disputed this or the associated attorneys’ credentials. He was an important cog in the wheel to stop NET from putting in a trash transfer station and identifying that the town was at risk with out having a tolling agreement with Olin to protect our rights. Something overlooked by the prior counsel. Any issues brought up at the meeting with counsel ended being the town’s will, not counsel’s. If there are issues find ways to work them out, maybe a temporary agreement? But do not throw the baby out with the bath water or try to fix what is not broken. Too much is at stake and depends on having the best legal representation and that is what residents deserve. I hope the Selectman respect the work WERC is doing on behalf of the town and they do the right thing and not leave us in a more vulnerable position than we already are in regarding Olin and NET.Suzanne SullivanLike 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… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman, Environmental Activist Slams Selectmen For Town Counsel VoteIn “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Decide This Fall Whether To Run Water Line To Residents With Contaminated WellsIn “Government”last_img read more

GoldenEye 007 N64 footage offers glimpse of what might have been

first_img Tags 8:00 A video showing early demo footage was posted on YouTube last month and gave us a hint of what the game would’ve been like if Rare stayed on rails, as previously reported by Nintendo Life.You’ll probably recognize Silo, the game’s sixth mission, but may also recall that Bond never traveled in an elevator in the final version. Movement is also much slower than it is in the game.Developer David Doak — whose face you might remember as Dr. Doak from the game’s Facility level — confirmed that the video is real in a tweet. Early demo footage of #GoldenEye007 (from before I joined the team). At this point the player movement was automatic and followed a scripted spline path. The original design was that the game would be more like Virtua Cop / Time Crisis. https://t.co/ycrbkeQ8eM— David Doak (@drdoak) April 29, 2019 Video Games “Early demo footage of #GoldenEye007 (from before I joined the team),” he wrote. “At this point the player movement was automatic and followed a scripted spline path. The original design was that the game would be more like Virtua Cop / Time Crisis.”It’s cool to see such an iconic game in an unfinished state, but it’s unlikely that it would’ve made quite as much of a splash if Rare had stayed on-rails. Much of GoldenEye’s joy came from its sense of freedom and the silly fun you could have, like using the awesome bullet damage physics to shoot a smiley face in a wall or flinging proximity mines at your friends. We got a look at how James Bond’s N64 adventure could have been. Nintendo For England, James?GoldenEye 007 was a fixture of late ’90s multiplayer gaming, but the Nintendo 64 classic based on the 17th James Bond movie was nearly a very different game.It was initially planned to be an on-rails shooter where you’d automatically be guided through levels and shoot enemies as they appeared, but developers at Rare ultimately opted to give players more control. Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Our most cherished video game memories Nintendo Post a commentlast_img read more

Jhanvi Kapoor to romance Vijay Devarakonda after working with Ajith in Thala

first_imgA collage of Jhanvi Kapoor and Vijay Devarakonda.PR HandoutJhanvi Kapoor seems to be planning to establishing her career in South Indian film industries. After agreeing to work with Ajith Kumar in his upcoming movie, presently referred to as Thala 60, she is in talks for one more biggie.Going by the report in Telugu media, Jhanvi Kapoor has been approached by Puri Jagannath for his next film with Vijay Devarakonda. Yes, the actress is in talks and likely to be pairing up with the Arjun Reddy star.Jhanvi Kapoor’s late mother Sridevi started her career in South Indian movies and attained stardom before shifting her base to Bollywood. The legendary actress wished to see her daughter work in Tamil and Telugu films.Now, it looks like Jhanvi Kapoor is fulfilling her mother’s dream by working in South films.Coming to the project, Puri Jagannath and Vijay Devarakonda are said to be collaborating for a patriotism film. Announcing the news, Charmee Kaur, who is funding the film, tweeted, “It’s OFFICIAL!!! PC proudly announced our next project with one n only Vijay Deverkonda directed by our Puri Jagannadh ..Lavanya presentation under the banner PURI CONNECTS and PURI JAGANNADH TOURING TALKIES Produced by Puri Jagannadh and Charmee Kaur .. More details coming soon .. till than stay tuned !!! Urs Charmee kaur. [sic]”Reports claim that it will be a multilingual movie simultaneously made in four languages, like Devarakonda’s previous film Dear Comrade.Jhanvi Kapoor made her debut with Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khatter. The actress, who was rumoured to be considered for a Telugu movie of Mahesh Babu in 2015, will be doing a key role in action-thriller Thala 60, but she will not be the female lead, as per unconfirmed reports.last_img read more

400 Hindus flee Myanmar

first_imgThey will be provided safety and security as residents along with some other facilities, the UNO added. The victims said the armed forces entered the Hindu communities and torched their houses – a claim corroborated by some sections of the Myanmar press and contradicted in others. Ukhia upazila nirbahi officer M Mainuddin said some 412 residents of Hindu community in Rakhine state reached Kutupalong Rohingya camp on Wednesday night crossing the border illegally. Dijendra, also a resident of Mongdu area, said the armed forces killed all 86 people of the Hindu community at Koachhang Hindu Para. Amid growing concern over the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh following a fresh spell of persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar, it’s been found that Hindu residents of the area have also been fleeing to Bangladesh in search of security.center_img They also picked up four family members of Bakul Bala and later killed them, she added. Bakul Bala, a resident of Mongdu area in Rakhine state, said a group of armed people wearing masks entered their area and tortured the villagers. Meanwhile, leaders of Cox’s Bazar unit of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad visited the Hindu community people and urged the local administration and others to provide assistance to Hindu citizens of Myanmar.last_img read more

Arrest warrant against Tarique 2 ETV journos

first_imgTarique RahmanA Dhaka court on Monday issued warrants for the arrest against BNP senior vice c-Chairman Tarique Rahman and two senior journalists of Ekushey TV in a sedition case.Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge Mohammad Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order taking into cognizance the charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, Ekushey TV’s chief reporter Mahathir Faruqui Khan and its special correspondent Kanak Sarwer.The court also directed officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Police Station to submit a report on the arrest order by November 20.Meanwhile, the court granted bail to ETV chairman Abdus Salam.The court also rejected a time petition filed by Kanak.On September 6, DB inspector Emdadul Haque, also investigating officer (IO) of the case, submitted a charge sheet against four people, including Tarique Rahman in the sedition case.On January 8, 2015, sub-inspector Borhanuddin filed the sedition case with Tejgaon Police Station over the live telecast of a provocative speech by Tarique Rahman at a programme in London on January 5.According to the case, Tarique Rahman instigated his party men by delivering ‘provocative’ speech against law enforcers which led the country to anarchy at that time.Abdus Salam reportedly committed the same offence by broadcasting Tarique Rahman’s ‘provocative’ speech on his television channel. The case statement also said the broadcasting of the Tarique’s speech posed a threat to the sovereignty of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Gas extraction from new well begins in Bhola

first_imgShahbazpur East-1 gas wellThe extraction of gas from a new well, Shahbazpur East-1, of Shahbazpur Gas Field began on Wednesday on an experimental basis, reports UNB.The gas extraction began with lighting fire through DST-1 at Mulaipattan village of Borhanuddin upazila in the morning.Top officials of Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (BAPEX), including its managing director Md Nowshad Islam, were present.The gas extraction will continue for the next 3-4 days.Amid the growing energy crisis, BAPEX discovered the new gas reserve of around 700 billion cubic feet in the new well, raising the overall gas reserve of the area to around one trillion cubic feet.last_img

Delhi gives Myanmar 25m to bring back refugees

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamIndia will provide Myanmar with $25 million for development projects including prefabricated houses in troubled Rakhine state to enable the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the area, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.More than 600,000 Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh after attacks by insurgents on Myanmar security forces in August triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.Beijing has also stepped into the Rohingya crisis and proposed a three-phase plan including a ceasefire, bilateral talks and then tackling poverty long-term.The international community demands the Rohingya be allowed to go home in safety, and Bangladesh and Myanmar have begun talks on repatriation, but huge doubts remain about the Rohingya ever being able to return in peace to rebuild homes and till fields.India, which is concerned about the influx of the refugees into its territory, has stressed economic development of the Rakhine region as a way to help lower tensions.India foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held talks with Myanmar leaders on Wednesday and signed a memorandum of understanding to support development of Rakhine and help create jobs.“This is intended to help the government of Myanmar achieve its objective of restoration of normalcy in Rakhine state and enable the return of displaced persons,” the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement.“Under this MoU, the government of India proposes to take up, among others, a project to build prefabricated housing in Rakhine state so as to meet the immediate needs of returning people.”India will spend $25 million over the next five years on development of the impoverished region, foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.Besides housing, the proposals include building schools, healthcare facilities and building bridges and roads.India has been trying to promote economic cooperation with Myanmar to try to push back against China’s expansive involvement in infrastructure development across south Asia.last_img read more