first_imgOn May 17, 2015, John Kavairlook, Jr. was shot and killed in the parking lot in front of Walgreens after an altercation at the Rock N Rodeo Bar. He is one of the cases Fairbanks police are seeking help with using a new website. Photo: City of Fairbanks.The city of Fairbanks has launched a new web page to share and generate information about unsolved murder cases.  Local police are tracking cases ranging from months to decades old.Download AudioThe new section of the city of Fairbanks web site covers 14 cases dating back to 1983, when the city began keeping reliable records. Detective Peyton Meredith updated the city council on the cases, including the murder of John Kavairlook Jr. outside a local bar in May.“This is not a cold case. This is an unsolved case that we’re currently working on. It’s one of those ‘slow but steady wins the race’ cases, but we’re getting there. It’s only been a couple of months,” Meredith says.Detective Meredith also pointed to the a few other cases he says city police have made progress on, including the 2004 killing of Edward Sikvayuguk in a camp off Trainor Gate Road.“Edward Sikvayuguk? I know who killed him,” Meredith says. “To be bluntly honest right now, that case needs to be resubmitted to the district attorney’s office. Period.”Meredith described the 2003 murder of Fela Avery, who was found shot dead off the Old Richardson Highway, as the most solvable of the cold cases.“It’s going to take some time. It takes a little bit of effort. We know where the suspect is; there’s a lot of evidence in that case… it’s just kind of missing that one little piece to put it all together.”Three city police detectives are responsible investigating unsolved cases as well as all other violent crimes in the city, a work load that often leave little time for the older cases.   Meredith described what motivates the detectives.“Finding justice for these families – and not only the victims, but their brothers and sisters we stay in contact with.”Detective Meredith only provided cursory details about the active cases.  City spokeswoman Amber Courtney stressed that police can only share case information with the public that does not endanger detective’s ability to investigate.last_img

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first_imgOTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to set the stage Wednesday for the Liberals’ much-anticipated defence policy by casting a glaring light on what senior defence sources say is a massive “hole” in military spending.The hole has been caused by years of under-investment in the Canadian Armed Forces, the sources argue, and resulted in little-to-no money for the replacement of essential but aging equipment.That includes new logistical vehicles and construction equipment such as bulldozers for the army, surveillance aircraft for the air force, and satellites for communications in the Arctic.The sources spoke on condition of anonymity.The shortfall, which adds up to tens of billions of dollars, also includes upgrades to the military’s current fleet of search-and-rescue helicopters and training for aircrews.The result is that work that should have already been underway to acquire a long list of equipment and services that the military needs to do its job has been stalled, the sources said, if it has started at all.Training and even support and benefits for military personnel have also failed to keep up.The full extent of the problem hasn’t been well understood outside National Defence even by experts, the sources said, and caught the Liberals by surprise when they took office in November 2015.It has since posed a real challenge as the government has drawn up its new defence policy, which is expected to be unveiled before NATO leaders gather in Belgium later this month.The hole will be Sajjan’s main focus when the minister addresses defence industry representatives and experts at a Conference of Defence Associations Institute luncheon on Wednesday.Sajjan is not expected to reveal how the Liberals plan to address the problem, including whether the government plans to put more money into the military or scrap some planned purchases.Those details will have to wait for the actual defence policy, which the government says will be fully costed.The Liberals ran in the last election on a promise to create a “leaner, more agile” military, but the sources noted the government wants more than the 65 new fighter jets previously promised by the Conservatives.Canada is also facing pressure from the U.S. and NATO to increase its defence spending, which currently sits at around one per cent of GDP — half NATO’s two-per-cent target.The presence of a gap between what the military needs and the money available won’t come as a surprise to some defence analysts who have been warning about such a problem for years.David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute has previously estimated a gap of about $2 billion per year between current funding levels and promised new equipment in the next few years.The Parliamentary Budget Office released its own assessment in March 2015 that said the country’s military structure would become unsustainable over the next decade under existing defence spending levels.A variety of factors have been blamed for the problem, including poor cost estimates during project planning and government’s refusal to add more money when delays result in cost increases from inflation.Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, told The Canadian Press in an interview in March that he was eager to see the new defence policy, which has promised to put the military on a strong footing.“The here and now is fine, we’re delivering,” Vance said. “But going forward, that’s when the government committed to sustainable, progressive armed forces.”Sajjan has been under intense pressure over the past few days after having to apologize and retract comments he made about his role in Operation Medusa in Afghanistan.last_img

first_img“It is not smart for all of us to lament the end of the CWHL, while not changing the behaviours that led to its end,” she said.“Today’s top female players obtain a modest stipend ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per year compared to the lowest annual salary in the NHL of roughly $1 million.“Successors to the CWHL must find a way for the best women to earn a full salary.“We therefore urge all hockey associations and levels of government to allocate dollars directly to the women’s game and to ensure that women are at the table when these decisions are made.”Walzak said the board received two offers of less than $20 to buy the league’s assets with no assumption of liabilities, which the CWHL declined.The league has raised $93,000 from an auction of memorabilia that went towards paying debt. Seven of the 10 CWHL trophies that were up for auction are headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The merger of those teams the following season reduced that revenue stream, however. A source has also told The Canadian Press that China wanted to renegotiate the licensing fees.“The League announced it was winding down one week after the Clarkson Cup because the League had payments due April first and was forecasting a significant deficit and believed based on response from the corporate marketplace that revenue would not increase materially in the upcoming 2019-2020 season,” Walzak wrote.Walzak wrote that $5 million to $6 million was required to keep the CWHL running, and closer to $10 million was needed for a fully functional pro league.The U.S.-based NWHL that sprung up in 2015 “fragmented the potential sponsorship dollars,” she added.The five-team NWHL continues to operate, but roughly 200 players including the female game’s stars refuse to play in it.Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Marie-Philip Poulin, Brianne Jenner and goaltenders Noora Raty and Shannon Szabados are among those who believe the NWHL isn’t financially sustainable either.Widespread calls for one women’s league while two operated kept potential investors on the sidelines waiting to see what would happen.NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said the men’s league is unwilling to step in as an owner while women’s leagues were already operating.The non-profit CWHL merging with a for-profit entity like the NWHL was not an option and if the CWHL went private, it would lose insurance coverage from Hockey Canada, Walzak added.While the CWHL board of directors supports the players in the collective action for one league, Walzak wrote there needs to be considerable change around attitudes towards women’s hockey.WATCH: NWHL announces interest in Canadian teams TORONTO – The NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames are among contributors helping the defunct Canadian Women’s Hockey League settle its debts.The Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, Hockey Canada and other private donations also helped the CWHL clear its books.“The CWHL is in the process of paying everyone and will be able to close in an orderly fashion,” CWHL board chair Laurel Walzak said Tuesday in a letter that called the donations “large and critical.”The letter wrote on behalf of the CWHL board detailed the demise of the league and what a women’s hockey league requires to survive.On behalf of the Board of Directors of the CWHL attached is the final public communication – OPEN LETTER TO FANS, SPONSORS, DONORS, PARTNERS AND HOCKEY INDUSTRY IN CANADA, THE USA, AND CHINA, PLUS THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT https://t.co/HnfUGMrI94— CWHL (@TheCWHL) July 3, 2019The six-team CWHL ran for 12 seasons and gave the stars of women’s hockey a league of their own.The Clarkson Cup — donated by former governor general Adrienne Clarkson — was awarded annually to the winning team.But the league was in “severe financial distress” on April 1, Walzak said.Licensing fees from the addition of two Chinese teams allowed the CWHL to begin paying players between $2,000 and $10,000 in 2017-18.WATCH: Players react as CWHL foldslast_img

Rabat – The controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is stirring outrage with a new cartoon mocking the people who lost their lives in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Italy. Charlie Hebdo published another provocative cartoon in its latest issue where it made fun of the victims of last week’s earthquake in central Italy. Furious official and public reactions have expressed disgust at the cartoon both in Italy and beyond.Three figures are drawn in the cartoon, representing three Italian recipes. The first is a drawing of a bleeding man labeled “Penne with tomato sauce”. The second, a woman with acute bruises, is named “penne au gratin”, and finally dead bodies squeezed under a collapsed building are labeled “lasagna.” The mayor of Amatrice, the town with the highest death toll at 180 victims, bypassed diplomatic euphemism in a statement that expressed his distaste at the cartoon.  “How the f*** do you draw a cartoon about the dead?” the mayor asked.Sergio Pirozzi also stated, “Irony is always welcome, but you can’t satirize disasters and the dead.” He added that he does not believe that the French magazine represents the French people.Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando also denounced the tasteless cartoon, but refused to comment because he considers it a move from the French magazine to draw the attention of the media.The wave of denunciation among social media users has gone beyond Italy. Soon after the publication of its issue, the hashtag “Charlie Hebdo” was trending on Twitter, showing the disapproval of people from different nationalities.A post that was retweeted over 50 times stated “Satire is often cruel, but it should poke fun at the strong, at institutions, never the victim, the vulnerable or weak.”A second tweet says: “Charlie Hebdo offends Islam and the world says ‘learn to take a joke’ but they offend the Italian quake victims and its suddenly offensive?”The French satirical magazine responded on Facebook with an equally inhumane cartoon showing a bruised old woman on the floor half-covered with wreckage saying, “it is not Charlie Hebdo that builds your houses, it is the mafia!”

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