WEIO athlete, mentor Big Bob Aiken dies at 62

first_imgShare this story: Alaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Community | North Slope | SportsWEIO athlete, mentor Big Bob Aiken dies at 62November 5, 2015 by Lori Townsend, APRN Share:A legend of traditional Alaska Native games has died. Big Bob Aiken, known as the “The World’s Largest Eskimo” still held records for the Indian and Eskimo stick pull competitions. He believed deeply in the original purpose of the games.In a phone conversation last July from the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, or WEIO, games in Fairbanks, he said the games were meant to be friendly competition that tested strength and revealed who would be a good hunter.Big Bob Aiken and Miss WEIO 2014 Chanda Simon. (Photo courtesy of Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics)“Then if you knew exactly what you are capable of, you’d have a better chance of surviving in an incident that happens out in the wilderness. Because I hurt myself one time and I knew I was capable of by these games. So we were raised to survive whatever happens. That’s who we are, that’s how we grew up.”Lew Freedman worked as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News in the late ’80s and became a friend of Bob Aiken as he covered him in Fairbanks at the WEIO games. He said although Aiken didn’t have his own children, he cared for all children involved in the games and was an important diplomat.“The kids would like swarm around him and he was interacting with everybody. You know it was sort of like, we can’t make a decision about anything without seeing what Big Bob thinks about it and he was that kind of fella, you know he just stood out with a big personality to go with his big size.”Freedman says he thinks the final year that Aiken competed in strength games was 1989 and Big Bob intended to retire with all of his gold medals and one more win.“There was a big surprise that year because a new guy came on the scene, Brian Walker from Eagle River, who was also a big guy but nobody was as big as Big Bob at the time. And Brian beat him, so actually Big Bob lost at the end of his career, kind of probably completing the thought process that it was time to retire.”Bob Aiken was a lifelong Barrow resident until the last few years when he had to live in Anchorage for dialysis treatments. In recent months he had also developed a heart problem. Freedman says he was a warm man with a great sense of humor and even with his health trouble, he never missed the games, acting as an MC, or an official and remained a large figure both physically, at 6 foot 4 and as a champion of performing the games correctly.“But more than anything else he had a sense of tradition and heritage and wanted that to be passed on to future generations. That was the most important to him. You’d have to say he was a keeper of the flame and that was what really integral to his continuing involvement with WEIO was, through the rest of his adult life.”Big Bob Aiken was 62 years old and died in Anchorage Tuesday.last_img read more

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North in Unmanned Attack Craft Claim

first_img By Kim Tae Hong – 2012.02.06 1:31pm North in Unmanned Attack Craft Claim News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News It has been claimed by an unnamed South Korean military source that North Korea has obtained unmanned U.S. military aircraft and is using them to develop its own unmanned flight technology.“North Korea recently obtained a number of American-made high-speed ‘MQM-107D’ drone aircraft from a Middle Eastern state presumed to be Syria and is in the middle of developing its own unmanned attack aircraft,” the source asserted yesterday.The MQM-107D is a 5.5m-long aircraft with a 3m wingspan that can fly at 925km/h. It is primarily used to tow targets for missile tests by the U.S. military.The source did not explain in detail or offer evidence as to how North Korea obtained the aircraft. Facebook Twitter News center_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarKim Tae Hong News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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Yun Outs NK for “Peace Offensive”

first_img News News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News By Cho Jong Ik – 2013.06.18 8:40pm Yun Outs NK for “Peace Offensive”center_img North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization, as noted in North Korea’s June 16th offer of bilateral North Korea-U.S. talks, must be seen as highly questionable, according to Yun Byung Se, the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs.In a ministry report submitted to the National Assembly Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee today, Minister Yun noted, “The North Korea-U.S. talks suggestion is a predictable, typical strategy of the North side,” before adding, “It has the appearance of a peace offensive, one that calls into question the sincerity of (North Korea’s) will to denuclearize.”“The North has recently been inducing a strategic shift in order to slacken cooperation between key states and ease the sanctions against it,” he went on, pointing to recent diplomatic interactions between North Korea, Japan and China as evidence of the nature of the “peace offensive.”Explaining his own administration’s strategy for the coming period, Yun said that South Korea intends to cooperate with related countries to bring about sincere movement on denuclearization from North Korea, as well as striving to ensure the success of the impending South Korea-China summit, thus completing a triumvirate of summit meetings between China, South Korea and the United States.He also noted the South Korean administration’s goal of enhancing cooperation with NGOs and regional governments in order to improve the treatment of defectors travelling through the area. The comment comes after the recent repatriation of nine young defectors from Laos. AvatarCho Jong Ik RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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OSC reprimands scholarship plan for compliance deficiencies

first_img Conflicts, crypto, cyber risk: the year ahead in compliance SEC examines rules for inter-fund trading According to the settlement, the firm admitted that its compliance systems did need improvement. The deal also acknowledges that it has co-operated with OSC staff, and incurred substantial costs to improve its systems. Indeed, it reports that the firm has spent $4.3 million on consultants and other costs to comply with terms imposed by the OSC in an effort to improve its compliance systems as part of a process begun in 2012. The deal to settle the regulator’s allegations involves the firm being reprimanded and requiring it to report to the commission on whether the revised policies and procedures and internal controls that it has adopted are being followed, working appropriately, and are being adequately administered and enforced by the firm. The report is required by May 7, 2015. Related news James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has reprimanded a scholarship plan firm over deficiencies in its compliance systems, and ordered it to provide a report detailing how well its beefed up systems are working. The OSC said Friday it has approved a settlement agreement with scholarship plan dealer and investment manager, Knowledge First Financial Inc. (KFFI), concerning allegations of deficiencies in the firm’s compliance systems. Keywords Compliance,  Scholarship plansCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issueslast_img read more

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Montreal rep fined $20,000

first_img The rising price of bank misconduct Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The violations occurred between September 2007 and December 2009 while Milot was a registered rep at the Montreal branch of Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Milot agreed to pay a $20,000 fine and be subject to six-months of close supervision. He must also successfully complete the Conduct and Practices Handbook Course. Milot also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $2,500. IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Milot’s conduct in January 2013. He is still within the industry in a registered capacity at the Varennes, Que. sub-branch of Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada IE Staff Related newscenter_img Fitch sanguine on Goldman’s 1MDB settlement The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has fined a registered representative in Montreal $20,000 in connection with recommendations he made to one of his clients. Paul Milot admitted to having failed to use due diligence to obtain sufficient knowledge of the features and risks inherent in leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) before recommending their purchase to one of his clients and failed to ensure that his trade recommendations were suitable for this client. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Tougher U.S. rules raise foreign banks’ financial crime risks: Fitchlast_img read more

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Canadian insurance regulators focus on three key priorities

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Companies Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators Canadian insurance regulators focus on three key priorities tashatuvango/123RF The 2017-20 strategic plan, published on Tuesday, outlines three main priorities for the council, which is comprised of insurance regulatory authorities from the provinces, territories and federal government. The first priority is to enhance consumer protection. That includes efforts to improve the fair treatment of customers by reviewing areas such as client relationships, sales incentives and the content and timing of disclosure provided to customers. The second priority is to work collaboratively with regulatory partners to “grow and leverage national regulatory capacity,” including developing a framework for the regulation of emerging technologies in insurance and financial services. Third, the regulators plan to continue to explore opportunities for harmonization to achieve greater consistency across jurisdictions. The CCIR will also continue its segregated fund project, which involves a review of the regulatory landscape and assessing potential regulatory arbitrage with these products. In addition, it plans to continue developing a Canadian market conduct regime that reflects the standards that the International Association of Insurance Supervisors have set out, which are known as the Insurance Core Principles. “The work the CCIR has done over the last three years has had a considerable impact on the evolution of insurance regulation in Canada. We have developed the foundation for greater collaboration, co-operation and information sharing among our members and introduced stronger supervisory partnerships,” said Patrick Déry, chairman of the CCIR, in a statement. “The 2017-20 strategic plan will leverage these efforts and build upon that foundation moving forward.” Photo copyright: tashatuvango/123RF Canadian insurance regulators are focused on enhancing consumer protection, developing a framework to regulate emerging technologies and harmonizing regulation across Canada, according to the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators’ (CCIR) new three-year strategic plan. Megan Harman Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Commissioners Urge Jamaicans to Report Corrupt Acts

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Commissioners of Police and Customs are among top officials urging Jamaicans to start blowing the whistle on corrupt personnel.Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) 1-800-CORRUPT toll-free line on Sunday (Jan. 18) at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston, Commissioner of Customs, Danville Walker, said that with the anti-corruption line now in place, there is no reason for persons not to report acts of corruption and called on well thinking Jamaicans to play their part in the fight.“A great deal has gone into creating the anonymity that people require to feel free to give the information that they know. The excuses that many people have why they will not come forward are being addressed. With this toll-free line, there is no cost and it’s being answered by non-Jamaicans.there is no reason why upstanding…up right Jamaicans, who know and have the information not to talk,” he stressed, adding that the time has come to do away with the ‘informer culture’.“We have carefully developed what I refer to as anti-informer culture in Jamaica; we do it in our music and our discussions and what this culture has provided is a shield of invisibility to those who perpetuate corruption in Jamaica,” he pointed out.Mr. Walker said the anti-informer culture has not helped and will not help Jamaica. “It is almost seen as anti-Jamaican to give the information necessary to the police force, to those who run organisations like Customs in this fight. It has not served our country well, it has served only the corrupt persons in this country and they have come to depend on it. We have to turn back the tide,” he stated.Stressing that the 1-800-CORRUPT line is important to the efforts by the JCF and Customs to fight corruption, Mr. Walker said: “There are many good officers in the police force and the Customs Department but those few who are corrupt need to be removed. This line will give us the opportunity to increase the fear of detection…so that persons will not continue the act.”In the meantime, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, commended the organisations involved in the implementation of the line and used the opportunity to warn corrupt persons to desist. “A public servant once bought, stays bought and we advise you stop it,” he stated, while urging persons to “play your part by reporting what you know.”Adding his voice to the cry, Head of the Anti-Corruption Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Justin Felice, said that attacking corruption is critical to advancing the economy.“The World Bank has identified corruption as its greatest obstacle to economic and social development on which economic growth depends. Corruption sabotages policies and programmes.so attacking corruption is critical. With that in mind it is important that leaders of prime industries, local and community sector and the legal profession start to play a major role in bringing corruption to an end,” he urged.In calling on Jamaicans to report acts of corruption, ACP Felice emphasised that while corruption is a global issue, it takes everyone’s effort to bring it to an end.“Creating an environment, which is corruption-free, will require various actions from all levels including the mobilisation of the public support for anti-corruption strategies. Corruption has become global in its impact and has increased threats to the entire society as with drug trafficking, human trafficking, and international terrorism. So let’s make the change and do the right thing, always remember that integrity is non-negotiable, just tell us what you know,” he pleaded.The anti-corruption toll-free line is a partnership involving the JCF, Crime Stoppers International, and LIME (formerly Cable and Wireless Limited). RelatedCommissioners Urge Jamaicans to Report Corrupt Acts Advertisements RelatedCommissioners Urge Jamaicans to Report Corrupt Actscenter_img Commissioners Urge Jamaicans to Report Corrupt Acts National SecurityJanuary 21, 2009 RelatedCommissioners Urge Jamaicans to Report Corrupt Actslast_img read more

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Samuda Pledges More Support for Consumers

first_imgRelatedSamuda Pledges More Support for Consumers Samuda Pledges More Support for Consumers CommerceMarch 14, 2009 RelatedSamuda Pledges More Support for Consumers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, has pledged the government’s continued support in keeping consumers informed, so as to exercise greater intelligence in their purchasing decisions.In his message to mark World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) tomorrow (March 15) under the theme: ‘Be a Smart Consumer…Empower Yourself’, the minister said that the Ministry, through initiatives being implemented by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) and the National Consumers League (NCL), has intensified efforts to safeguard and inform consumers of their rights.“It is the role of my Ministry, and particularly the CAC, to ensure that while our consumers deal with these economic challenges, they receive a fair share in the marketplace,” Minister Samuda said.He added that it was also imperative that when consumers fail to do so, the ministry is there to defend their rights and secure redress that is fair and just.Mr. Samuda stated that the CAC has expanded its research activities, to include useful and pertinent information regarding availability and prices of basic food items.“Our bi-weekly Consumer Alert publications of food and petrol prices are but an example of our efforts to educate consumers on the best prices across the country,” he said.Endorsing this year’s theme, he pointed to the need for consumers to arm themselves with the knowledge to make informed choices that will provide optimum benefits, as the ministry continues to explore ways of bringing back stability to the marketplace and easing the burden they are facing.An annual observance since 1983, World Consumer Rights Day offers an opportunity to focus on and solidify the national and international consumer movement. Special effort is undertaken to promote the basic rights of all consumers, and to demand that those rights are respected and protected. The day also presents an opportunity to highlight and protect marketplace abuses, which threaten to undermine consumer rights.center_img RelatedSamuda Pledges More Support for Consumers Advertisementslast_img read more

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World class Tasmanian sporting facility another step closer

first_imgWorld class Tasmanian sporting facility another step closer Peter Gutwein,PremierThe Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to supporting local businesses to create jobs as part of our plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania, while also delivering a world class sporting facility which will be home to Tassie’s very own NBL team.Today, it was my pleasure to be joined by the Chief Executive Officer of JackJumpers Tasmania Simon Brookhouse and their new coach Scott Roth to announce that Tasmanian based builder, VOS Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd, has been awarded the contract to undertake the major redevelopment of the DEC.Works have begun to meet our ambitious target to have the venue ready for the Tasmanian JackJumpers to host games when the next NBL season gets underway later in 2021 and I’m thrilled to see both that LK Group and VOS Construction have wasted little time with getting Stage Two works underway following the completion of Stage One works late last year.It’s projects like the DEC redevelopment which form part of our plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania by underpinning confidence and providing a strong pipeline and foundation for economic growth.Following the project going to tender the costs of the project have increased from the initial estimates obtained in early 2020 – from $46 million to $66 million. This is due to a range of factors including the specialised nature of a major stadium development, the very tight project timeframes and our buoyant construction market.As the building owner, the Government will contribute an additional $15 million to make the Government contribution towards the project $56 million, with the LK Group remaining responsible for any cost overruns.Importantly, VOS construction will work around the clock to get this project done and will support 150 jobs on site as part of its strong Tasmanian workforce, helping drive our continued economic recovery.The DEC is just one of a huge range of infrastructure projects that forms part of our plan to rebuild our economy through a landmark $5 billion program to bolster confidence, invest in our community and support 25,000 jobs.The Tasmanian Government’s partnership with Larry Kestelman will not only create a home base for a Tasmanian team and create a world-class playing venue, it will also result in a four court community multisport facility, benefitting a range of local sports and communities which is expected to be ready mid-year.The Government welcomes the LK Group’s ongoing commitment to the DEC and Larry Kestelman’s assurance that the project will be successfully delivered for Tasmania within the agreed timeline and ready for the 2021-22 NBL season. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, building, community, court, Economy, Government, infrastructure, market, pipeline, Premier, project, season, sports, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, workforce, worldlast_img read more

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Infrastructure Australia backs Labor’s call for real action on Port of Burnie

first_imgInfrastructure Australia backs Labor’s call for real action on Port of Burnie Tasmanian LaborPort of Burnie added to IA Priority List, highlighting Liberals’ inactionReport reinforces Labor’s calls for investment, action Labor has a plan to invest in Port of Burnie and drive growthInfrastructure Australia’s (IA) 2021 Priority List reinforces Labor’s calls for the State Government to get on with delivering crucial projects that have been neglected for years.Shadow Infrastructure Minister Shane Broad said the Burnie Port upgrade is one of two projects added to the list this year, yet the State Government continues to ignore it.“The Port of Burnie is one of the state’s key assets and, along with replacing the Port of Hobart’s wharf infrastructure, is one of only two priority projects recognised by IA on its 2021 list,” Dr Broad said.“But despite this, the State Government has not spent a cent on the project and the Minister responsible, Michael Ferguson continues to sit on his hands.“IA’s report points out that Port of Burnie is Tasmania’s only multi-use seaport capable of expanding to be the state’s largest gateway for bulk and containerised shipping, but the current port capacity will limit this growth and increase supply-chain costs for bulk exporters.“Yet this government has invested nothing in its expansion, demonstrating yet again Michael Ferguson’s complete failure to deliver crucial infrastructure projects for Tasmania.“Tasmanian Labor has a plan to get the state’s vital export businesses moving again and provide much-needed support to our major export businesses in mining, forestry and agriculture, as well as bringing high-value drive tourists to the state.“Under our fully-costed jobs plan Working for Tasmania we will contribute $80 million to upgrade the Burnie Port to accommodate larger vessels, improve bulk storage capacity and further improve ship loading efficiency, all of which will drive down costs for exporters.“The government needs to wake up and get moving on this and other critical projects. It seems that everyone else can see how important it is except Michael Ferguson.”Shane Broad MPShadow Infrastructure Minister /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Burnie, efficiency, Export, failure, Ferguson, Government, Hobart, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, project, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassielast_img read more

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