WASHINGTON — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney gave a heartfelt eulogy Wednesday at the state funeral for former U.S. president George H.W. Bush, something he also did for former president Ronald Reagan and Reagan’s wife, Nancy. Here are some key moments that helped forge Mulroney’s close political and personal ties in the U.S.The Shamrock Summit: The March 1985 meeting in Quebec City between Mulroney and president Ronald Reagan would come to symbolize a key turning point in the relationship between Canada and the United States, with two gregarious leaders of Irish descent belting out “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and visibly enjoying each other’s company. The meeting itself would provide a foundation for a number of major bilateral agreements on shared security, the environment and cross-border trade, eventually culminating in the North American Free Trade Agreement.Free Trade: Before NAFTA, there was CUSFTA — the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which eventually in Canada came simply to be known as free trade, or FTA. The agreement, which went into effect in 1987, codified one of the most important and lucrative trade relationships in the world, eliminating a range of trade barriers over the course of a 10-year period. Mulroney staked the future of his Conservative government on the agreement, which became a central issue in the 1988 federal election. It would also comprise the foundation of the deal that the following decade would include Mexico, bear the signature of George H. W. Bush and come into effect in 1994 as NAFTA.Acid Rain: By the modern-day standards of climate change, the notion of corrosive precipitation might seem quaint by comparison, but in the early 1980s it was a dominant environmental issue. The 1991 acid rain accord between Mulroney and Bush was focused on reducing the level of pollution, much of it from the U.S., that eventually found its way into Canadian rivers, lakes and forests. The original 1991 agreement was updated in 2000 to include ground-level ozone. A 2016 report by the International Joint Commission marking the 25-year anniversary of the accord found significant declines in the amount of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, particularly in the U.S., from 1990 levels.NAFTA: Arguably one of Mulroney’s singular achievements as prime minister, the continental — and controversial — trade accord created what he described Wednesday as “the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world.” Designed primarily as a way to facilitate trade between the three countries, the agreement eliminated a wide array of export tariffs as well as non-tariff trade barriers, liberalizing trade in agricultural products, autos and textiles, while protecting intellectual property rights, establishing environmental and labour safeguards and setting up tools for resolving trade disputes.NAFTA 2.0: As one of Canada’s most powerful emissaries south of the border and a personal friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mulroney was enlisted by the federal Liberal government last year to help navigate the shoals of an administration that promised American voters it would either renegotiate or do away entirely with an agreement that had come to be seen as detrimental to certain U.S. interests. The former prime minister was an integral part of the “Team Canada” approach that saw political leaders and governments in Canada set aside partisan concerns to ensure negotiators were able to present a united front in their talks with U.S. and Mexican counterparts. The fruits of their labour, known in American circles as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but in Canada as the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement, “new NAFTA” or NAFTA 2.0, was signed by the three countries on Nov. 30. The Canadian Press
Recommended for you TENS OF THOUSANDS TO SAY FAREWELL TO THE MUNROES; CREFLO DOLLAR INCLUDED Bahamas delegation lands this morning for four day Gospel conference in Provo Related Items:bfmi, Dr. Myles Munroe, farewell service, Pastor Dave Burrows, richard pinder. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas, 17 Nov 2014 – The farewell services of Dr Myles & Ruth Munroe and Pastor Richard Pinder are revealed as set for early December. A National Thanksgiving Service is December 3rd at a venue to be announced… an invitation only service for Dr Myles and his wife, RuthAnn is at BFMI for December 4th and Dr. Richard Pinder, who also died in that plane crash in Freeport eight days ago will be buried on December 2nd, 2014, also at BFM. The service will be streamed live… churches around the world are being encouraged to hold ceremonies at their sanctuaries simultaneously. Pastor Dave Burrows, a founding member of BFM has taken the lead at the ministry; he is named new Senior Pastor. The funeral service of the Parks family is set for this weekend. Deputy Premier attends state recognized funeral service for Dr. Myles Munroe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 30, 2017 – Grand Turk – Just days now left to get public schools ready for the start of the new academic year and during House of Assembly meeting last week, Education Minister Karen Malcolm not only congratulated student for their results for the CXC and CVQ but she update on whether or not government schools will be ready for the thousands of youngsters when they return.In Grand Turk there is reportedly good progress on the readiness of buildings, but in Provo, work will continue into this weekend and some equipment needed was due in this week.“We visited the schools here on Grand Turk and we can confirm that works are going well, and I’m sure that by the next weekend works will be completed. We visited a few schools in Providenciales, the ones that we didn’t visit we spoke with the contractors and they confirmed that they are working and they are hoping to have all the AC’s etc. that they need on island this week.”There was also a report on the first set of students to transition from Long Bay High to Clement Howell High, as their classrooms are not yet ready for occupation.“The third formers will be going to Clement Howell this year, as the block is not completed and they will be there for the full year. So starting next September the third formers will be at the LongBay High School.”School begins on Monday September 4 for most institutions in the TCI. Related Items:
Anne Elizabeth is a local comic book artist and Navy SEAL wife who has had comics featured on the The Big Bang Theory nine times.This year, Anne will be collecting comics and action figures to send to active duty U.S. Navy servicemembers. Find her at booth #2201 on the Comic Con International exhibitor floor.She is being honored for a second time for her services to others with the RWA’s Service Award. People receive the award because of their work teaching and mentoring others as well as for promoting writing and strong heroes and heroines. Find out more about Anne at AnneElizabeth.net. Posted: July 18, 2017 Local comic creator to help Navy servicemembers with donations at Comic-Con July 18, 2017 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitter
WILMINGTON, MA — Lena (Fontana) Mercuri, age 77, of Wilmington, formerly of Jamaica Plain, died peacefully on December 22, 2018.Lena was the beloved wife of Raymond Mercuri, loving mother of Raymond Mercuri and his companion Dawn Young of Chelmsford, Mark Mercuri of Wilmington and the late Michael Mercuri, loving “Noni” of Shane and Cody Mercuri of Tewksbury, cherished daughter of the late Domenic and Rosemarie (Cantera) Fontana, dear sister of Rosemarie Buckley & her husband William and the late Louise Hall & her husband Paul all of Foxborough. Lena is also survived by many loving relatives, nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral on Saturday, December 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, December 28th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Lena’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Attn: Gift Box Program, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; VNA of Middlesex East Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, #5000, Woburn, MA 01801 or a charity of your choice.Lena (Fontana) Mercuri(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”
Tags Facebook reached a record $5 billion settlement with the FTC this week. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET After more than a year of wrangling, Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission finally agreed to settle an investigation into the social network’s privacy mishaps. The result: Facebook will create a new privacy council, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be required to certify the company’s behavior, and the social network will have to — we sort of can’t believe we have to write this but we do — encrypt your password.Oh, yeah. There was also a $5 billion fine, a penalty the FTC called “unprecedented.”The settlement comes after the FTC looked into whether Facebook should have done more to prevent Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign, from siphoning off the data of up to 87 million users. Specifically, the FTC was concerned that Facebook’s failure to safeguard that data violated an earlier agreement Facebook made to protect user privacy. Here’s all you need to know about the settlement and how it impacts you.I’m a Facebook user. How do I get some of that $5 billion?Short answer: You don’t. Longer answer: Facebook users weren’t financially harmed, though being hammered with political ads might seem like it deserves compensation. So no fund is being set up to pay victims. Instead the money will go straight to the US Treasury.We know that’s disappointing, particularly if you’ve been following the $700 million settlement that Equifax struck after it was hacked. On Monday, the FTC said the 147 million Equifax customers whose data was swiped could claim compensation for costs caused by the security breach, including unauthorized charges to your account and money spent to protect yourself from the threat of identity theft. About $300 million from the settlement will be set aside to pay consumers affected by the hack.Well, that’s disappointing. What’s this about a new privacy committee?The agreement requires Facebook to form a privacy committee at the board-of-directors level. The committee will do one thing: oversee privacy at Facebook. And all the members will be independent, meaning their day jobs can’t be at Facebook. 18 Photos 0 3:28 Post a comment Politics Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: The committee, when it is created, will have a lot of power. It will be able to remove privacy compliance officers, who will be responsible for executing the company’s policies. It will also be able to fire the company’s privacy assessor, a newly created position that will evaluate Facebook’s policies and produce a report every two years. (The committee will need the FTC’s approval to remove the assessor.) The committee members are also well protected. A member can only be fired without cause by a supermajority of voting shares.I heard something about a new privacy program at Facebook. What’s that about?In broad brush, Facebook has to conduct privacy reviews of all new or modified products and services. That could be apps it designs or physical products, like its Portal video chat device. The company has to share written privacy reviews with Zuck (which seems like common sense), as well as the assessor and the FTC, if it wants to have a peek. The privacy program has to include other Facebook services, such as WhatsApp and Instagram.So Zuck is on the hook?Yes, for anything that happens in the future. The settlement requires him to certify that Facebook is in compliance with its privacy program every quarter. He could face “civil and criminal penalties” if he doesn’t or gets it wrong. He also isn’t the boss of the independent privacy committee or assessor.Anything else I need to know about the settlement?There are some interesting — and scary — loose ends. The social network has to encrypt user passwords, can’t use phone numbers given as part of two-factor authentication for advertising, can’t retain personal information that users deleted on its servers and can’t let employees have free access to user information.That’s it, right?As long as you don’t count the controls that are being put in place for facial recognition. Basically it boils down to this: Facebook has to get your permission on facial recognition matters before it does anything. What comes next?Facebook is still facing regulatory scrutiny from the FTC and other government agencies. The FTC told the company in June it was investigating the social media giant for antitrust concerns. The Department of Justice also said this week that it’s kicking off an antitrust review into internet giants and how they achieved market power, signaling it would target social media companies like Facebook. Facebook FTC settlement puts Zuck personally on the hook Share your voice Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and family Privacy Facebook FTC
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the stage after her speech after the announcement of poll results in the German general election (Bundestagswahl) in CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, 24 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel woke up Monday to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead.If the campaign was widely decried as boring, its outcome was a bombshell-a populist surge weakened Merkel’s conservatives as well as the centre-left Social Democrats, handing both their worst results in decades.“A nightmare victory for Merkel,” said Germany’s best-selling daily Bild.After 12 years in power and running on a promise of stability and continuity, Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc scored 33 percent, according to final results, against 20.5 percent for the Social Democrats under challenger Martin Schulz, who pledged to go into the opposition.The election spelt a breakthrough for the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 12.6 percent became the third strongest party and vowed to “go after” Merkel over her migrant and refugee policy.News weekly Der Spiegel said Merkel had no one but herself to blame for the bruising she got from voters.“Angela Merkel deserved this defeat,” Spiegel’s Dirk Kurbjuweit wrote, accusing her of running an “uninspired” campaign and “largely ignoring the challenges posed by the right”.The entry of dozens of hard-right nationalist MPs to the glass-domed Bundestag chamber breaks a taboo in post-World War II Germany.“We will take our country back,” vowed the AfD’s jubilant Alexander Gauland, who has recently urged Germans to be proud of their war veterans and said a government official who is of Turkish origin should be “dumped in Anatolia”.While joyful supporters of the AfD-a party with links to the far-right French National Front and Britain’s UKIP-sang the German anthem at a Berlin club late Sunday, hundreds of protesters shouted “Nazis out!”‘Bitter disappointment’ -All other political parties have ruled out working with the AfD, whose leaders call Merkel a “traitor” for allowing in more than one million asylum seekers since the height of the refugee influx in 2015.While Germany still digests the rise of the right-wingers, Merkel’s inner circle will prepare Monday for what could be lengthy coalition talks ahead with a number of smaller parties.Party leaders will meet at 0700 GMT at Berlin headquarters to draw their conclusions from the election that some have dubbed a referendum on the refugee crisis, a contentious issue especially for her Bavarian CSU allies.CSU chief Horst Seehofer, a vocal critic of Merkel’s asylum policy, called the poll outcome a “bitter disappointment” and vowed to close the “open flank” on the right before state elections next year, signalling more trouble ahead.A weakened Merkel must now find a new junior partner after the Social Democrats (SPD) declared they would go into opposition, to recover the support they lost while governing in Merkel’s shadow.Schulz, putting a brave face on the defeat, vowed that the 150-year-old traditional workers’ party would serve as “the bulwark of democracy in this country” and stop the AfD from leading the opposition.‘Jamaica coalition’ -This will likely force Merkel to team up with two smaller, and very different, parties to form a lineup dubbed the “Jamaica coalition” because the three parties’ colours match those of the Caribbean country’s flag.One is the pro-business and liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), which scored a 10.7-percent comeback after crashing out of parliament four years ago.The other is the left-leaning, ecologist Greens party, a pioneer of Germany’s anti-nuclear movement which won 8.9 percent on campaign pledges to drive forward the country’s clean energy shift and fight climate change.The far-left Die Linke, traditionally an opposition party, took 9.2 percent of votes.Weeks, if not months, of jockeying and horse-trading could lie ahead to build a new government and avoid snap elections.The FDP has governed with the conservatives before, and the two have in the past been seen as “natural allies”.But its leader Christian Lindner has pointed to new “red lines”, voicing scepticism especially on French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a single eurozone budget, which Merkel has cautiously greeted.The Greens, meanwhile, sharply differ with the FDP and CSU on key issues from immigration to the environment, pushing to expand wind farms, phase out coal and take to task car makers over the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal.