Prince Albert police on lookout for wanted man unlawfully at large

Prince Albert, Sask. police are searching for a 31-year-old man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

The public is advised that William Henderson is considered violent.

He is wanted for being unlawfully at large and for a breach of stat release.

Henderson is described as five-foot 10 and 221 pounds. He has numerous tattoos including one of a teardrop on his right cheek.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police agency or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-222-8477.

 

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France delays food price rise for farmers after protests

PARIS (Reuters) – France, reeling from violent protests over the cost of living, said on Wednesday it will delay a planned rise in minimum food prices, incurring the wrath of the main farmers group which urged street action next week.

A powerful constituency in French politics, farmers have long complained of being hit by a price war between retailers, which has benefited consumers but hurt producers.

A “field-to-fork” law adopted early last month sought to ease the burden. One of the key measures, a 10-percent increase in the price floor for food products, was initially due to be adopted at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

But Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said mass demonstrations led by the so-called “yellow vest” movement, convulsing the country since Nov. 17, had forced the government to postpone the decision.

“This was postponed because of other issues,” Guillaume told CNews TV, referring to the widespread protests over fuel taxes which have dominated the government’s agenda.

The minister said the decision would be implemented by the government in January or February, before the end of annual price negotiations with supermarkets that started last month.

The government’s spokesman later said the measures would be presented again “in the next weeks”, with one government source citing the date of Dec. 19.

It remained unclear when the measures could be implemented.

FARMERS TO PROTEST

France’s largest farm union FNSEA had warned farmers would see a delay in the adoption of the measures as a “disastrous signal”. The union on Wednesday called for protests all next week to denounce the delay as well as excessive taxes and what they call increasing hostility toward farmers.

“We are not joining the movement of yellow vests, we will express the difficulties specific to the agricultural sector,” an FNSEA spokeswoman told Reuters.

French retailers federation FCD, which includes big names like Carrefour (CARR.PA) and Casino (CASP.PA), also urged the government to adopt the measures as fast as possible because they needed time to adapt, stressing the need to implement them before the close of negotiations with suppliers.

The “yellow vest” protests began last month with the aim of highlighting the squeeze on household spending from increased taxes on fuel, but have tapped into growing discontent over President Emmanuel Macron’s leadership.

Selling at a loss is forbidden in France. It has set a level, called “resale at a loss threshold”, below which retailers are not allowed to sell a product.

The government intends to raise that floor by 10 percent and limit discounts to 34 percent of a product’s price and to 25 percent of available volumes.

Analysts say the measures, to be applied for a two-year trial period, would reduce aggressive price competition among French retailers and accelerate food inflation. However, many retailers said the final impact on consumers’ total spending would be minimal.

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Former Friends Chelsea Clinton And Ivanka Trump Sit Together At George HW Bush’s Funeral

The ex-pals were seated together to say goodbye to the late president.

As the nation gathered together to say goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush, it looks like some old friendships may be reigniting. Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton were seen together during the funeral, and it looks like these former pals have once again found some common ground.

Although it was a somber affair, the two women chatted politely beforehand, according to the Daily Mail. During the ceremony, the two sat side by side. They were in very good company, too, as they were joined by Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter as well as Joe and Jill Biden. Donald and Melania Trump were in attendance as well. All these political powerhouses had put aside their differences to bid farewell to George H.W. Bush.

Despite their wildly different political backgrounds, Trump and Clinton enjoyed a longstanding and close friendship for many years. The two women were often seen hanging out alongside their husbands, Jared Kushner and Marc Mezvinksy, and the foursome could be caught going on double dates when they all lived in Manhattan.

Unfortunately, this firm friendship fell sour when politics reared its ugly head. After the contentious 2016 presidential election where their parents faced off, Trump and Clinton spent noticeably less time together as their loyalties divided them.

Things came to a head in May of this year when Stephen Colbert spoke with Chelsea Clinton about the former friendship. Clinton confessed that it had been a long time since the two had spoken, and a lot of it had to do with Ivanka’s involvement in her father’s political career.

“I think anyone who works for the president should expect to be scrutinized for whatever decisions not only he or she is making, but whatever decisions the White House is making on any given day,” she told Colbert. “It’s clear that she has supported policies and decisions that I don’t agree with. I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to President Trump.”

Despite these strong words, it seems everyone was on their best behavior for this formal and sad affair. The assorted parties sat in somber silence as George W. delivered a touching tribute to his father. Ivanka was joined by husband Jared Kushner, while Clinton stuck close to her parents for most of the day.

It looks like the first daughters have set aside their differences, at least for today. Whether or not this will reignite their former friendship remains to be seen.

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Former ‘SNL’ writer booted off stage at Columbia University

A former “Saturday Night Live” writer was yanked off stage in the middle of a performance at Columbia University for telling jokes about race and sexual orientation that made students uncomfortable, according to a new report.

Indian-American comedian Nimesh Patel was performing stand-up at an event organized by the Columbia Asian American Alliance on Friday when he told a gag about a gay, black man in his neighborhood, the Columbia Spectator reports.

Patel, who wrote for “SNL” in 2017, said being gay can’t be a choice because “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, ‘this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.’”

About half an hour into the set, members of the alliance stopped the set and ripped into the comic for joking about race and sexual orientation, the student paper reports.

Patel tried to defend his material, saying he was just discussing ideas from “the real world,” but his microphone was cut, according to the report.

In a statement, the student group said Patel’s set ran “counter to the inclusive spirit and integrity” of the event.

“We acknowledge that discomfort and safety can coexist, however, the discomfort Patel caused was unproductive in this space,” the Columbia Asian American Alliance wrote on its Facebook page.

In an op-ed for the Spectator, a Columbia student said the incident was an attack on free speech and comedy on campus.

“A comedian’s job involves speaking freely and with some edginess. If we wish to keep comedy alive on campus, we can’t invite comedians to do their job and then cut them off as soon as it’s not being done in precisely the way we like,” wrote Malia Simon.

“The survival of comedy depends on the principle that if comedy is to remain good for you, it must sometimes be not good for you.”

But another student, whose pals organized the show, called Patel’s set a “trainwreck.”

“Patel’s mic wasn’t just cut off because he told offensive jokes to a sensitive, snowflake audience, which is the narrative that I see being talked about. He was booted off the stage because he sucked the energy out of an entire auditorium,” wrote Liberty Martin.

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Brit solo yachtswoman Susie Goodall stranded after being knocked out when boat capsized during round the world race

Susie Goodall, 29, has been competing in the DHL Golden Globe round-the-world race but her yacht "was completely destroyed" off the coast of Cape Horn.

During a storm, Susie was knocked out as her yacht rolled over.

Rescuers estimate it will take to days to reach her.

Event organisers said Goodall, who was competing solo, sent a message saying: "Taking a hammering! Wondering what on Earth I'm doing out here!"

Race Control and the Chilean Maritime Search and Rescue were alerted after a distress signal was picked up.



Susie is the youngest competitor and the only Brit in the race.

The nearest ship is 480 miles away and will take two days to reach her.

Goodall set sail from Falmouth in June and was expecting to spend 300 days at sea if she finished the race.

The competition prohibits the use of modern technology or satellite navigation, meaning Susie had to use her emergency phone to contact race organisers.

She was placed fourth in the competition before being forced to send a distress signal after her yacht was pitchpoled during a storm.

During the call on her emergency satellite phone, Susie said: "I have been dismasted. Thought I had holed the hull because the boat filled with water, but the hull is NOT holed. The hull is OK.

"The boat is destroyed. I can't make up a jury rig. The only thing left is the hull and deck which remain intact.

"We were pitchpoled [rolled end over end] and I was thrown across the cabin and knocked out for a while."

Despite the boat being destroyed, Susie said she had secured all hatches, portholes and safety equipment.

She later tweeted to say she was "totally and utterly gutted" to have been knocked out of the race.



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Breastfeeding mom slams dentist who told her to cover up

An upstate mom blasted her dentist as “Dr. Ignorant” for telling her she needed to stop breastfeeding in an exam room.

Mother-of-two Tiffany Elliott, from Irondequoit in suburban Rochester, said she was “beside herself” after being “shamed” by her dentist, Dr. Robin Craig, for starting to breastfeed her 9-month-old daughter, Ember, during her older daughter’s appointment.

“I had Ember cradled and one hand at the bottom of my shirt, with ZERO skin exposed. Dr. Ignorant then says, ‘Ok I’m uncomfortable and whatever you are doing there needs to stop!’, while motioning around her chest with her hands frantically,” Elliott, 30, wrote on Facebook Saturday. “My jaw dropped you guys!”

Elliott said she explained that based on a 1994 state law, she has a right to breastfeed her child in any public location.

“Her ignorance and comfort level does NOT trump my baby’s needs,” she wrote.

But Craig brushed it off, suggesting the family find a new dentist, Elliott said.

“I CRIED you guys!” she wrote. “Anyone who knows me, knows that is NOT me! I felt so embarrassed. Not by the thing I love, which is nurturing my baby wherever and whenever, but by the total IGNORANCE of a society they breeds such clowns.”

The story struck a chord with many other moms, who shared their experiences on Elliott’s post, which had been shared more than 8,000 times with 12,000 comments by Wednesday.

Dr. Michael Wilson, who runs the dental practice, told the Democrat and Chronicle its policy does allow breastfeeding. He said the dentist planned on leaving the exam room until Elliott was done but never had a chance because of the mom’s outburst.

Wilson apologized to Elliott and said he wasn’t at the office when the incident happened.

“I have four kids, all of whom were breastfed,” he said. “I am 1,000 percent on board with that.”

The practice was closed Monday and Tuesday because Wilson said he was getting death threats and angry residents were showing up to protest. They reopened Wednesday, according to the paper.

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Port Hope resident faces assault, forcible confinement charges

A Port Hope man wanted on charges of assault and forcible confinement was located in Perth late last month.

On Wednesday, Port Hope Police Service said a 49-year-old resident was wanted after a woman filed a complaint with police on Nov. 24 about incidents at her apartment a few days earlier.

“The man, who is originally from Northeastern Ontario, fled Port Hope in the woman’s vehicle after the alleged incidents occurred,” police stated.

An arrest warrant was issued and on Nov. 30, the OPP ROPE unit arrested the 49-year-old man in Perth.

Port Hope police took custody of the man and charged him with assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats, theft of a motor vehicle and theft of property and mischief.

Most of the property was recovered. Police did not release the man’s name to protect the identity of the woman.

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PM suggests Serbia could intervene if Kosovo sets up full army

Kosovo’s parliament is set to vote on December 14 on transforming its 4,000-strong defence force into a regular army.

    Serbia’s prime minister suggested on Wednesday the creation of a standing army in Kosovo could provoke a military intervention.

    The predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo parliament is set to vote on December 14 on transforming its 4,000-strong albeit lightly armed defence force into a regular army.

    Though that process could take years, Serbian politicians maintain a Kosovo army could be used to expel remaining minority Serbs from Kosovo, an accusation denied by Kosovar leaders who rely on European Union and US support in reforms and development of the impoverished Balkan state.

    “I am hoping we would never have to use it [the army] but this is currently one of options on the table as we do not want to watch this … ethnic cleansing,” Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told reporters in Belgrade.

    Balkans analysts said any action by Serbia’s 28,000-strong army against Kosovo is highly unlikely given Belgrade’s aspirations to EU links, and Brnabic remarks appeared to be a sop to Serbian nationalists.

    “Brnabic’s claims … are in conflict with a recent statement of President Aleksandar Vucic who said that sending the [Serbian] army to Kosovo would lead to direct conflict with NATO,” said Milan Karagaca, a former military diplomat and a member of Belgrade’s Center for Foreign Policy think-tank.

    ‘Serious repercussions’

    NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the idea of creating a Kosovo army as ill-timed.

    “Such a move … goes against the advice of many NATO allies and may have serious repercussions for Kosovo’s future Euro-Atlantic integration,” Stoltenberg said in Brussels.

    On Tuesday, Vucic accused Pristina of trying to “drive the Serb people out of Kosovo” by pushing ahead with the army.

    About 120,000 ethnic Serbs remain in Kosovo after the grisly war between pro-independence ethnic Albanian guerrillas and Serbian forces.

    Relations between Serbia and Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, remain strained and soured further when Pristina slapped 100 percent tariffs on imports from Serbia on November 21 in apparent retaliation for Belgrade’s lobbying against Kosovo’s admission to Interpol, the international police group.

    Kosovo’s independence came almost a decade after a NATO air war that halted the killing and expulsions of ethnic Albanians by Serbian security forces in a two-year counter-insurgency war.

    Since then Kosovo has been recognised by more than 110 countries but not Serbia, five EU member states and Russia.


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    France abandons petrol tax rises after deadly protests

    Protesters welcome decision to shelve tax rise planned for next year but say it may not be enough to halt public anger.

      French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of new violence after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades.

      Three weeks of demonstrations left four people dead and were a massive challenge to Macron.

      “The government is ready for dialogue and is showing it because this tax increase has been dropped from the 2019 budget bill,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told lawmakers on Wednesday.

      French protesters welcome Macron’s decision to scrap the fuel tax rise planned for next year, but said it may not be enough to contain public anger.

      Jacline Mouraud, a protest group’s self-proclaimed spokespeople, told The Associated Press, “I think it comes much too late.”

      She said each of the disparate protesting groups will decide what to do next, but many will probably keep demonstrating. She said Macron’s move “is on the right path but in my opinion it will not fundamentally change the movement”.

      Deadly riots

      A day after Edouard Philippe announced a six-month suspension of the fuel tax hikes that kicked off the “yellow vest” protest, the movement showed no sign of slowing down on Wednesday.

      Students opposed to a university application system remained mobilised, trucking unions called for a rolling strike, and France’s largest farm union threatened to launch protests next week.

      The demonstrations, which began on November 17, sparked on Saturday Paris’ worst rioting in decades, with protesters clashing with police, setting fire to vehicles and looting shops around the capital’s famed Champs Elysees avenue.

      The yellow vest protests were originally spurred by a squeeze on household spending brought about by Macron’s taxes on diesel, which he said are necessary to combat climate change and protect the environment.

      However, they have since evolved into a bigger, general anti-Macron uprising, with many criticising the president for pursuing policies they claim favour the richest members of French society.

      Paris police said 412 people were arrested during the clashes in Paris on Saturday and 363 remained in custody, according to the latest figures.

      Macron and Philippe’s approval ratings hit new lows in the wake of the crisis.

      The president’s approval rating fell to 23 percent in a poll conducted late last week, down six points from the previous month, while the prime minister’s rating fell 10 points to 26 percent. 

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      Here’s How George HW Bush’s ‘No New Taxes’ Pledge Changed American Economic Policy & Cross-Party Politics

      George H.W. Bush made history when he uttered the now-infamous words, “read my lips: no new taxes.” But just a few years after rocketing the phrase into the American lexicon, he worked with the Democrat-controlled Congress to do the exact opposite. Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner took a look at how the former president’s broken promise altered politics in the United States.

      Bush was struggling to defeat opponent Michael Dukakis in the election, so he worked to convince voters that the Massachusettes politician was a tax-and-spend liberal and to appeal to anti-government conservatives by denouncing big government. His tactic worked and he won the election. At the time, Congress was controlled by Democrats, who wanted to protect earned benefits and services. After two years, Bush came to a compromise with progressives and accepted a tax increase that raised taxes while cutting spending.

      Bush was punished for what people saw as a flip-flop, but economists argue that the compromise, along with another deal under President Bill Clinton in the 90s, produced an economic boom and a budget surplus by the end of the decade.

      Still, Bush suffered for his decision when it came time for re-election, both in the party’s primary and in his run against Clinton. Conservatives Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist blamed what they saw as Bush’s broken promise for his loss.

      According to Klein, then House-Minority whip Newt Gingrich seized on a conservative rebellion against Bush’s capitulation and used it to rise to power. When Republicans took the House four years later, he was elected the Speaker of the House.

      Norquist and Limbaugh used the tax increase to rally Republicans and asked candidates in the party to sign a pledge that they wouldn’t vote for a tax increase in office. Many elected officials believed that the topic of a tax increase was politically toxic after Bush’s defeat. Even today, Norquist uses the argument that if people want higher taxes they will vote Democrat but when they vote Republican, it is because they want lower taxes. He says that Bush’s removal from office is evidence of that.

      “Republican elected officials who vote for tax increases are rat heads in the Coke bottle. They damage the brand for everybody else,” Norquist once said.

      Klein argues that by 1994 when Republicans retook Congress, lawmakers were convinced that compromise is what had done Bush in, and they took a hardline position. That led to budget standoffs and several government shutdowns, and even influenced the decisions that son George W. Bush made as president.

      He further points out that the stain on Bush’s legacy had an impact under President Obama. Republicans famously refused to work with Obama on any deal that would raise taxes.

      That leads us to where we are today, with a president who worked to cut taxes, at least temporarily, for many Americans, without addressing the deficit. We are also faced with a system that is “paralyzed,” according to Klein, with Republicans unwilling to raise taxes and Democrats unwilling to cut spending on earned benefits.

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