Authorities censor foreign correspondents

first_imgNews Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension TogoAfrica Receive email alerts to go further Organisation March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures TogoAfrica center_img According to information collected by Reporters Without Borders, on 26 March 2003, the Communications Ministry’s press attaché informed all foreigncorrespondents, including those with Radio France Internationale, AgenceFrance-Presse, Reuters and the BBC, that the minister was barring them frompracticing their jobs “until further notice.” With the exception of thecorrespondent for Africa No. 1 radio, the authorities fault the journalistsfor not covering a forum on African elections, which opened in Lomé on 24March. The foreign correspondents had not found interesting issues to coverat the opening of the forum. Several journalists said they had decided towait until the end of the conference and the likely adoption of resolutionsbefore covering the event.”This is a reactionary measure from another era. It has been years since wesaw a government censor the entire foreign press corps. The Togoleseauthorities have once again demonstrated how imaginative they are when itcomes to attacking the press,” said Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary-General Robert Ménard. The organisation has urged the communications minister not to apply this measure and to allow foreign correspondents to work without impediment.According to one correspondent from an international news agency who spoketo Reporters Without Borders, if this new measure is enforced, it could seriously compromise journalists’ ability to do their jobs. For example, they might be prevented access to official meetings or no longer be invited to attend government or other officials’ press conferences.Reporters Without Borders recalls that Togolese President Gnassingbé Eyadéma is included on the organisation’s list of international press freedom predators. March 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities censor foreign correspondents Follow the news on Togo March 11, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says September 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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News story: David Mundell urges Scottish businesses to get exporting

first_imgThe British Business Bank, the UK Government’s national economic development bank, hosted a discussion in Glasgow about how to support growth ambitions of small businesses – and get them exporting more.SMEs are the backbone of the Scottish economy, providing 1.2 million jobs. They are particularly important to rural economies, where nearly half of all Scottish SMEs are located.But Scottish SMEs are less likely to export than counterparts in the rest of the UK – just one in seven compared with one in five across the UK.Scotland Secretary, David Mundell, said: I’m very pleased to support the British Business Bank’s efforts to drive economic growth for small businesses, both in Scotland, and right across the UK. SMEs are the beating heart of the Scottish economy, offering exceptional skills, products and services. The UK Government is determined to do all it can to support them. I sincerely hope companies who are thinking about expanding into international markets engage with the British Business Bank and make it a reality. The UK Government acknowledges the fundamental role of business in driving the economy and creating jobs – and also understand the challenges.That’s why in the Budget last year, the Chancellor committed an additional £2.5 billion to the British Business Bank, along with a further £500 million for technology initiatives.The bank already supports nearly 7,000 businesses in Scotland, providing hundreds of millions of pounds in finance and start-up loans to SMEs.Economists at the British Business Bank estimate that, if the availability of ‘patient capital’ was increased to the same level as the US, Scottish businesses could benefit from up to £500 million of additional funding per year.The Department for International Trade is also providing strong leadership in this area and working more closely than ever with the devolved administrations.The Board of Trade has been reconvened, offering opportunities to engage with regional expertise and ensure that the benefits of free trade are spread more evenly across the country.The recently published Export Strategy sets an ambitious target to increase UK total exports as a proportion of GDP to 35%.last_img read more

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May heats Georgia

first_imgThe highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 6.87 inches in Atlanta (2.92 inches above normal). The lowest was in Augusta at 1.36 inches (1.71 inches below normal). Valdosta received 4.54 inches (1.30 inches above normal), Macon 4.31 inches (1.33 inches above normal), Athens 5.89 inches (2.03 inches above normal), Brunswick 1.41 inches (1.28 inches below normal), Columbus 5.83 inches (2.21 inches above normal), Savannah 3.88 inches (.27 inch above normal) and Alma 3.81 inches (.71 inch above normal). Georgia was a hot and wet place to live in May.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 73.4 degrees F (3.6 degrees above normal), in Athens 72.5 degrees (3.4 degrees above normal), Columbus 75.2 degrees (2.9 degrees above normal), Macon 74.4 degrees (3.4 above normal), Savannah 75.9 degrees (3.1 degrees above normal), Brunswick 76.7 degrees (3 degrees above normal), Alma 75.9 degrees (2.1 degrees above normal), Valdosta 77.7 degrees (5 degrees above normal) and Augusta 74.2 degrees (3.7 degrees above normal). 1906 record broken in AugustaRecord high minimum temperatures were set in Savannah and Augusta May 2. The 72 degrees in Savannah beat the old record of 71 degrees set in 2002, and the 70 degree measurement in Augusta surpassed the old record of 69 degrees set in 1906. Augusta also tied its daily high temperature May 2 with 94 degrees.Most of the state received above-normal rainfall, too. However, a few areas along the coast and near Augusta were below normal. Atlanta gets most May rainfall Record daily rainfalls were set in Atlanta, Athens and Columbus May 3. Atlanta received 2.81 inches, surpassing its old record of 2.07 inches set in 1922. Athens received 3.07 inches, exceeding its old record of 1.63 inches set in 1905. Columbus received 4.75 inches, surpassing its old record of 4.29 inches set in 1957.The highest single-day rainfall from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 5.24 inches in Bibb County May 4. An observer in Cobb County received 5.03 inches May 3. The highest monthly rainfall total was 11.23 inches from an observer northwest of Ellijay. Several other observers at scattered locations in northern Georgia reported over 9 inches for the month.There were no tornadoes reported. However, severe weather hit somewhere in the state on 15 separate days. Numerous reports of hail and high winds were received May 21, with heavy roof damage to a nursing home observed in Houston County. A 5-minute storm of golf ball-sized hail covered the ground in Charlton County at Stephen Foster State Park. May 28, strong storms delayed flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and caused numerous power outages.Storms stop trains and planesLightning caused damage to the MARTA east-west tracks in Atlanta May 3 during the heavy rain, leading to delays of several hours as trains were rerouted to alternate tracks.The first confirmed 2010 case of West Nile Virus in Georgia led public health officials to worry that favorable conditions for development of the carrier mosquito could lead to more cases in the peak summer season July through September.The wet conditions improved soil moisture levels. Crop planting in most areas proceeded rapidly. Peach farmers reported that the cold winter, coupled with the mild spring, has led to a bumper crop. The last time this happened was six years ago.last_img read more

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Novel H1N1 flu activity continues at unusual levels

first_imgJul 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Pandemic H1N1 influenza activity decreased for the fourth consecutive week, though the percentage of deaths from pneumonia and influenza rose a bit above the epidemic threshold, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.The nation’s number of lab-confirmed novel flu cases rose to 43,771, including 302 deaths, the CDC said. Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a press conference today that this would be the last national case count update, though the CDC will still provide regular updates on hospitalizations and deaths.Many public health officials say keeping case counts in countries that have had ongoing widespread transmission isn’t useful, because it dramatically underestimates the true burden of the disease and can be a waste of public health resources.On Jul 16 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it would no longer provide a regular global case count, but would instead issue periodic surveillance updates and will still issue case counts for areas in which the virus is just beginning to circulate.Unusual activity for summerIn a statement today, the WHO said the number of pandemic H1N1 cases is still increasing substantially in many countries, even in those that were first affected. Most countries are reporting that most cases continue to occur in younger people, with a median age of 12 to 17 based on information from Canada, Chile, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Despite the dip in lab-confirmed cases in the United States, Schuchat said the level of flu circulation is still very unusual for the summer months. She added that the CDC has gotten reports of outbreaks at summer camps and military academies where people from different parts of the country come together. “Unfortunately, it’s been a challenging summer,” she said.Seven states are reporting widespread activity, including California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, and New Jersey, the CDC said in its flu surveillance report for the week ending Jul 17. Thirteen states and Puerto Rico are experiencing regional activity. Many of the states reporting regional activity are on the East coast.Five pediatric flu deaths were reported during the past flu surveillance week, though some occurred as far back as February. Four of the deaths were from novel H1N1, and one was associated with an influenza B virus. Of the 95 pediatric deaths that have been reported during the current flu season, 27 were related to the new flu virus.More than 99% of all subtyped influenza A viruses reported to the CDC were the novel flu strain.Pneumonia and influenza deaths, tracked through the 122-Cities Mortality Reporting System, were at 6.7%, which is slightly above the 6.5% baseline.Seasonal flu vaccine recommendationsIn other developments, the CDC today issued its recommendation for the seasonal flu vaccine, which appeared in an early edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). For the first time, the CDC recommends, rather than encourages when feasible, the shot for children aged 6 months to 18 years. Today’s appeal is part of a gradual phase-in of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation for kids, Schuchat said.The CDC now recommends the seasonal flu vaccine for about 83% of the population or for anyone who wants to reduce their risk, she said. However, only 40% of the recommended groups received their flu vaccine last year, she added.The 2009-10 vaccine contains a different influenza B strain from last year’s version but the same seasonal H1N1 and H3N2 strains.Seasonal flu vaccine immunization campaigns should begin as soon as the vaccine is available to make way for another possible round of vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 virus, she said.See also:CDC weekly flu surveillance reportJul 24 WHO statementJul 24 MMWR reportlast_img read more

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A Constitution for the Age of Hope

first_img9 May 2006South African President Thabo Mbeki has described the adoption of the country’s constitution 10 years ago as a destination arrived at after traversing a long road stained with the blood of many South Africans, both black and white.“It was a long road that would have seemed forbidding to the faint hearted, and appeared to the pessimists to have no possible end, except the constant repetition of a mirage that presented itself as the final destination,” he said.He was addressing a joint sitting of Parliament as South Africa celebrated the 10th anniversary of the adoption of its Constitution on Monday.“The milestone we celebrate today should also serve to reinvigorate the transformation of the unity and solidarity we built during the course of our struggle for freedom, into a durable partnership for reconstruction and development, and the building of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”Mbeki said the “desperate resistance of the forces of white minority rule” only managed to strengthen the resolve of the masses.“It only served to steel their determination to persevere until victory was achieved.”From political freedom to prosperityThe President said that through Asgi-SA and other programmes, the government and its social partners will intensify efforts “to ensure that our political freedom also translates into a growing economy that improves the standard of living and the quality of life especially of the poor in our society”.“Indeed, the national effort to translate our Constitutional prescriptions into tangible and palpable reality has meant that between 1994 and 2004, the real incomes of the poorest 20% of our population increased by 30%,” Mbeki said.“We have therefore made bold to assert that we will achieve the Millennium Development Goals well within the time frames set by the United Nations.“The complex of the achievements we have mentioned, and the base we have created to accelerate our progress towards the realisation of the goal of a better life for all, in all its elements, define the Age of Hope into which our country has entered,” said the President.Heroes and anniversariesPresident Mbeki hailed the 1906 Bambatha uprising, the 1946 mineworkers’ strike, and the women’s anti-pass demonstrations of 1956 as part of the “sustained effort that finally made it possible for us to attain our freedom and for the Constitution we celebrate today to come into being”.“They refused that they should abandon the war for liberation, simply because they had lost a battle,” he said.He said the sacrifices made by the South Africa’s resistance heroes the country’s people an unflinching determination to uphold, respect, protect and promote the Constitution born of those sacrifices.“By so doing, we would also uphold, respect, protect and promote the values and principles of those whom we honour as our heroes and heroines,” he said.He reiterated former President Nelson Mandela’s assertion that the Constitution should be used as a tool to redress the centuries of “unspeakable deprivations” by striving to eliminate poverty, illiteracy and homelessness.“The Constitution enjoins us to change virtually everything we inherited, including our economy, which must grow with perhaps unprecedented vigour, producing wealth that must be shared by all South Africans.”But the President cautioned that the Constitution could only ensure a humane society if South Africans assumed the responsibility of becoming its principal defenders.This, he said, required citizens to promote their unity in diversity, “jealously” safeguarding the rights of all while entrenching the rule of law and respecting state institutions.”Reconciliation in the Age of Hope“That seminal moment of the adoption of our Constitution reminded us that the strength in unity, that South Africans, black and white, are capable of overcoming their differences and working together for a society whose development, success and prosperity would be brought about by a united national effort inspired by a new patriotism,” Mbeki said.He added that South Africa should not forget another 10th anniversary, that of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which began its hearings in April 1996.He said that the task of national reconciliation was not yet complete, nor was the business of implementing all of the TRC’s recommendations.“We continue to face the challenge to achieve the balanced and mutually reinforcing outcome mentioned in the TRC Act, of ‘reconciliation between the people of South Africa and the reconstruction of society’.“This celebration today, of a truly historic achievement, must communicate the message that the heroic people of our country, both black and white, have indeed entered into their Age of Hope,” Mbeki said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Consumer help: post, parcels, mail

first_imgYou can report postal complaints, postal crime, track- and trace missing letters or parcels online, and give customer service-related inquiries to the following postal service providers:You can make use of the South African Post Office or Postnet to send or receive parcels or mail. (Image: Post OfficeThe South African Post Office is the national postal service provider. Its services include local and international mail, courier services, stamps, paying bills, and third- party payments.You can also do various transactions via the website, such as tracking your parcel, renewing your post box, and buy stamps. You can locate a branch or search the online postal code directory.If you wish to complain about the service you have received, first contact the manager of the branch. If that fails to resolve the problem, call the national call centre or fill in the feedback form on the website.Website: call centre: 0860 111 502PostNetPostNet is South Africa’s largest privately owned counter network in the document and parcel industry, with owner-managed retail stores. It is best to complain directly to the store’s manager if you are disatisfied. There is also a online contact form on the website.Website: you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Still Know, Like, and Trust. Still Attitude.

first_imgThere is a lot of talk about what’s changed in sales. And lots of things have changed. But some things haven’t changed.Know, Like, and TrustPeople still buy from people that they know, like, and trust. We don’t like to talk about the squishy, soft things like knowing someone, likability, and trust, bit they are still hugely important to winning (or losing) deals.You don’t win when you aren’t known. People don’t buy from people they’ve never met, at least in complex, business-to-business sales. And they don’t buy from strangers when the purchase is something more than transactional. They want to know who they’re buying from.You don’t win if you aren’t likable. People don’t be from people they find repelling. But we don’t have a process for likability, and we don’t have any metrics. So we don’t address the issue at all (even though a big part of this could be handled by looking at every hiring decision through the eyes of your clients and dream clients: will they want to buy from this person?)We sometimes talk about trust. But we don’t do much more than that. We believe trust is table stakes.The old “know, like, and trust” still matters. We’re still human.The Importance of AttitudeI can’t tell you how often I dial a phone number only to hear the pained, groan of the seemingly undead person on the other end of the phone. It’s a terrible first impression (or last impression, as the case may be) for a sales organization. And sometimes it’s an actual salesperson!Their attitude gives them away. They’d rather be somewhere else. They’d rather being doing anything else. Their results are exactly consistent with this attitude.Attitude counts for much when it comes to results, but never so much so as in sales. A poor attitude still produces poor results. A great attitude still produces great results. Negative people aren’t top performers, and they almost always drag others down with them. Positive people produce better results, and they serve as an example for others.It’s easier to avoid dealing with attitude issues–unless they become seriously problematic. But the human mind (and the accompanying beliefs and mindset) are the root of all results.Attitude still matters when it comes to results, especially sales results.Some things never change.QuestionsDoes it still matter that you are known, liked, and trusted?Do the social channels help make you known, liked, or trusted?How does an attitude betray your results, positive or negative? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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NBA looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing

first_imgSeason of change MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The New York Times first reported that the NBA was reviewing the matter. It’s unclear how long the NBA’s review will take, or what — if anything — the Warriors are seeking.The Warriors held McCaw’s rights as a restricted free agent, then elected not to match the two-year, $6 million offer sheet that he signed with the Cavaliers on Dec. 28 — with the potential luxury tax ramifications among the many reasons that factored into their thinking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSpeaking Tuesday before Golden State’s game with New York, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he wasn’t aware that his team was involved in the review of the McCaw matter.“I’ve got enough to worry about,” Kerr said, before adding, “The whole thing was kind of strange. I don’t know that there’s been a totally non-guaranteed offer sheet before.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES McCaw played three games with the Cavs, who waived him Sunday and did so before his contract would have been guaranteed for the remainder of this season. McCaw cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.McCaw averaged 4.0 points in 128 regular-season appearances with the Warriors in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. He scored five points in the three appearances with the Cavaliers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Patrick McCaw dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee. McCaw is practicing with the Cavaliers, who signed him to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet last week. McCaw officially joined the Cavaliers’ roster on Monday, Dec. 31 after Golden State decided not to match Cleveland’s offer. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)The NBA is looking into the circumstances surrounding Patrick McCaw’s short-lived stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that the league has opened a review at the request of the Golden State Warriors, the team that McCaw had spent the previous two seasons with. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details of the probe have been revealed publicly.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Azkals lose to Chinese anew in friendly

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (File) Philippine Azkals Phil Younghusband vies for the ball against China Wu Xi during AFC Asian Cup match between Philippines vs China at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times.China extended the Philippines’ winless streak to six matches as the hosts blanked the Azkals, 2-0, last Friday night in a friendly at Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou.The Chinese scored a goal in each half as the Azkals endured a frustrating outing that saw them lose Daisuke Sato to a red card in the second half. Still, the match offered coach Scott Cooper a glimpse of what needs to be done for the team to improve as it prepares for the World Cup Qualifiers in September.ADVERTISEMENT Dozier injury adds to list of Phoenix woes Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too In terms of result, this was an improvement from the 0-3 drubbing the Azkals suffered to the Chinese in the Asian Cup last January in Abu Dhabi.But the Azkals’ performance also left plenty to be desired as they struggled to keep possession and hardly created chances. Cooper started with three at the backline with Stephan Palla, Alvaro Silva and Luke Woodland, while pushing Daisuke Sato to midfield together with Kevin Ingreso.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMike Ott also got a start and had some bright moments in the first half before fading. Captain Stephan Schrock went on a couple of his trademark runs and put in a strong shift, but was usually crowded out by the Chinese midfield as soon as he pushed forward Patrick Reichelt had the Azkals’ best chance on a header in the second half that was expertly saved by the Chinese keeper.Javier Patino had a quiet outing upfront as the Chinese bossed possession for most of the match. Plenty of times, the Azkals were forced back by the Chinese with minimal pressure at midfield. Cooper also handed Christian Rontini his first cap when he came on in the 85th minute with the outcome already settled. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Bruce Carson a oneman stimulus package for the police says NDP MP

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is “hiding behind his staffers” and “ducking” questions on his relationship to Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper currently under an RCMP investigation, the NDP said Wednesday.Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus said Duncan’s office was “at the centre” of the Carson scandal that broke after APTN National News revealed the former political operative nicknamed “The Mechanic,” was lobbying for a water company that had a financial deal with his fiancée, a former Ottawa escort, on the sale of filtration systems to impoverished First Nation communities.“At the centre of it is his office and the fact that Bruce Carson and his girlfriend were going to hit up a bunch of impoverished First Nations communities,” said Angus, in the House of Commons during Question Period. “What is (Duncan) trying to hide…what does he know and what was his involvement with the Bruce Carson gang?”Duncan responded saying he couldn’t comment because the matter was under investigation.“We know that the member from Timmins-James Bay likes to throw dirt around this place,” said Duncan. “All I can say is that it is under investigation, therefore it is inappropriate to comment. The member knows that and I don’t know why he is pursuing this type of questioning.”Duncan cancelled a planned interview with APTN National News on the budget Tuesday after his staff discovered that the minister would also face questions on his relationship to Carson.Carson is currently facing probes from the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. The lobbying probe is ongoing, while the ethics probe was suspended last November. None of the investigations have reached their conclusions.The OPP is also investigating the water company, H2O Pros, for allegedly defrauding customers.“Talk about investigation. We have the Lobbying Commissioner, we have the Ethics Commissioner, we have the RCMP, we have the OPP,” said Angus. “When you think about the Conservative Party and Bruce Carson, this man is like a one-man stimulus package for the police.”APTN National News reported this week that the lobbying investigation was scrutinizing Carson’s claimed links to Duncan.Carson met with at least two officials in Duncan’s office about the water company and its product in January 2011, two months before Harper called for the three-pronged investigation. Carson and the president of the now shuttered company met at least three times with Aboriginal Affairs department officials in the fall of 2010.Carson told APTN National News that Duncan’s office was aware of the company and its product and he was hoping to involve Environment Minister Peter Kent in the discussions.Duncan and Kent both denied ever discussing the water company with Carson.Questions still linger over how Carson managed to obtain “secret” level clearance to work in the Prime Minister’s Office, despite being convicted on three counts of fraud in the 1990s. He was disbarred and convicted on two counts of fraud and sentenced to 18 months in jail in the 1980s. Carson also declared bankruptcy in 1993.“How a four time convicted fraudster gets an all-access-pass into the Prime Minister’s Office remains a mystery,” said Angus, during question period. “But we know that wherever Bruce Carson goes he leaves a lot of ethical violations and a lot of unanswered questions.”[email protected]@gmail.comlast_img read more

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