Mumbai: Actor Tara Sutaria is not disappointed with the mixed reviews that her maiden Bollywood film Student Of The Year 2 (SOTY) has received from the critics and audience. SOTY 2, directed by Punit Malhotra and starring Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday apart from Tara, released on Friday. It made Rs 12.06 crore on its opening day and Rs 14.02 crore on Saturday. The story is about a hardworking college student (Tiger) who overcomes his personal challenges and faces his competitors to win the Student of the Year Cup. Its script and unreal situations have drawn criticism. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerAsked if she was disappointed, Tara told the media: “I am not feeling disappointed, but I am feeling really happy that it has been accepted so well. I think what we envisioned for the film, according to that, we feel lucky and thankful that it has opened so well at the box office. The entire team of SOTY 2 is very happy and I would like to make an appeal to the audience that keep giving us the love that you have been giving us.” Tara spoke on the sidelines of an event. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upOn the big screen, the actor will next be seen in Milan Lutheria’s film RX 100 along with Ahan Shetty, the son of actor Suniel Shetty. They are still training for the film. “I am very excited to start shooting for it. I think Ahan is fantastic and so is Tiger. Therefore, I feel very lucky that I am getting an opportunity to work with such talented actors from the film industry,” she said. RX 100 is the official remake of the Telugu action thriller film of the same name. The film is slated to go on the floors in July and will be shot in Mussoorie, apart from a brief schedule at a studio in Mumbai.
MONTREAL — Canada Goose Holdings Inc. says it will open a new factory in Quebec, its second in the province.The production facility will be located in Montreal and is expected to employ more than 100 people by the end of March, and grow to 650 new positions at full capacity by the end of 2020.The announcement came as the luxury parka maker reported a profit of $103.4 million or 93 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from a profit of $63 million or 56 cents per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier.Revenue in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $399.3 million, up from $265.9 million.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 81 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Canada Goose also raised its guidance for revenue and profit for its 2019 financial year.It now expects revenue growth in the mid-to-high 30s on a percentage basis, compared with earlier expectations for at least 30 per cent.Annual growth in adjusted net income per diluted share is also now expected to grow in the mid-to-high 40s on a percentage basis, compared with earlier expectations for at least 40 per cent.
“These elections offer an opportunity for your country to move away from violence and uncertainty towards a future of peace and stability,” he said in his message to the Caribbean country, which was issued in English, French and Creole.“I call on all Haitians to participate and exercise peacefully their right to vote,” Mr. Annan said. “Every vote is crucial for the future of Haiti.”He urged the incoming leadership “to demonstrate commitment to reconciliation and inclusiveness.”If anyone felt tempted to disrupt the democratic process, the peacekeeping UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) would do all it could to support the Haitian authorities in ensuring that the vote is held in freedom and safety, Mr. Annan said. “I am confident that these elections will prove a significant step in the work to build a more stable Haiti,” he said. “The international community will continue to support the Haitian people in their endeavour to create strong democratic institutions, underpinned by good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights. On those foundations you can rebuild a nation of which all Haitians can be proud.”Meanwhile, UN Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi told journalists at UN Headquarters that the responsibility for the elections rested with the Haitians, but he pledged that the UN was extending its full support for that process, including by helping to ensure stability and ensuring a peaceful climate before, during and after the polling. MINUSTAH “will provide full support to the efforts of the Haitian authorities to ensure a calm environment,” he said. Some 7,500 troops and nearly 800 police in MINUSTAH would undertake extensive patrolling, together with the Haitian National Police, he said, warning that “any attempt to disrupt the democratic process tomorrow will be met with a swift and strong response.” Most important of all, he said, Haitians must respect the results of the election. “If Haiti is to have a better future, then people must learn to work together and reconcile in the wake of the elections,” he said.As of today, over 92 per cent of voter cards had been distributed, MINUSTAH reported. Mr. Annabi took this as an indication that “the Haitians have been keen to collect their cards; it shows a determination to engage in the electoral process.”He acknowledged that the road ahead is strewn with obstacles, but said, “These can be overcome with patience, tolerance and commitment.”
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,399.11, down 3.28 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 2.66 per cent, to $4.03 on 12.5 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 2.03 per cent, to $2.89 on 10.5 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Down 30 cents, or 6.45 per cent, to $4.35 on 7.9 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up seven cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $5.12 on 4.4 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 57 cents, or 2.36 per cent, to $24.68 on 4.2 million shares.Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Down 71 cents, or 4.83 per cent, to $13.99 on 4.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media and telecommunications. Down 95 cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $57.44 on 2.4 million shares. The company reported a profit of $657 million in the fourth quarter or 75 cents per share. That was up about 30 per cent from $496 million or 58 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015. It beat analyst expectations as it added 315,311 net postpaid wireless subscribers in its last fiscal year, ending Dec. 31, 2016, up 19 per cent compared to 265,369 in 2015.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Consumer packaged goods. Down 83 cents, or 1.75 per cent, to $46.49 on 463,779 shares. The founder of the Montreal-based cheese and dairy processor, Lino Saputo, is retiring in August and handing his position as chairman to his son, Lino Saputo Jr., who remains chief executive. It also reported third quarter results. Net income increased 12.7 per cent to $197.4 million or 49 cents per diluted share. Revenues for the period ended Dec. 31 grew 2.2 per cent to $2.97 billion from $2.90 billion. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2017 2:42 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Canadian National fined for 2015 diesel spill in North Saskatchewan River by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2017 4:15 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Canadian National Railway has been fined for a discharge of diesel fuel into the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton.Alberta Environment says CN must pay $125,000 after pleading guilty to two charges under the province’s environment laws.Provincial court documents say CN discharged a quantity of diesel on April 9, 2015, into a storm sewer that drains into the river.Alberta Environment began investigating after people reported a hydrocarbon sheen on the water up to two kilometres long.CN (TSX:CNR) did not report the discharge until three months later.CN said in a statement it is committed to operating safely and in an environmentally responsible way.“We regret this unfortunate incident,” said spokeswoman Kate Fenske. “We have already made changes to our operations to avoid a reoccurrence.”An agreed statement of facts says the amount of diesel that was discharged isn’t known.“However, the diesel that reached the North Saskatchewan River as a result of the discharge impaired the quality of water in the river by rendering a portion of it unfit for consumption by humans or animals for a short but unknown period of time.”Alberta Environment said Monday most of the fine is to go toward a trust fund for river and river bank conservation.CN still faces federal charges over the spill. The company declined comment on that matter.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tom Coughlin recognizes that NFL rules favour passing and insists he understands “what the public wants.”“It’s obvious,” said Coughlin, who’s in charge of all football decisions for the Jacksonville Jaguars.But Coughlin also staunchly defended Jacksonville’s run-first, defensive philosophy by saying the team’s offensive woes have more to do with a lack of explosive plays than its ideology.And while Coughlin didn’t point the finger at quarterback Blake Bortles, the Jaguars executive vice-president of football operations made it clear during a radio interview Tuesday that Bortles’ struggles have been a significant part of the team’s failures in 2018.“Our formula a year ago was play great defence, run the ball and do a superb job of play-action pass,” Coughlin told 1010XL during the station’s Jay Fund charity event. “Obviously I still believe in that very much, but you have to … if you’re going to rush the football, you’ve got to have the explosive plays.“You’ve got to put the ball down the field. There was a time when our big plays were all kinds of big plays, and it was this style of offence still being played. But that’s the formula that you still have to get to in my opinion.”Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone have been widely criticized for the team’s shortcomings. They signed Bortles to a three-year, $54 million contract in February, missed in free agency with high-priced guard Andrew Norwell and receiver Donte Moncrief, and used their first six draft picks in 2018 on players who have made little, if any, impact this season.Coughlin has declined multiple interview requests this season, but spoke on the radio as part of his charity event.He stood by the off-season moves based on how last year ended. The Jaguars advanced to the AFC championship game at New England and had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before stumbling down the stretch. One of the key plays was linebacker Myles Jack’s fumble recovery, which officials blew dead and eliminated a potential touchdown return.“We were a whistle” away, Coughlin said. “We’re a whistle (and) we’re in the Super Bowl. And that’s my position, OK?“So tell me, everyone out there, what they’re going to do in that circumstance about your football team. Aren’t you going to fill other pieces in and try to be as good as you can be? And we tried, didn’t we? Well, the nature of the game got us, so we go back to the drawing board. But I’ll put the gloves on with anybody that wants to talk about what” went awry.Coughlin pointed to a number of issues: sacks and quarterback pressures being down, turnover margin being flipped and countless penalties.“The way we behave on the field, I mean, it’s ridiculous some of the penalties,” Coughlin said. “So there’s a lot of things that are going to get addressed and are being addressed.”The Jaguars (3-8) fired offensive co-ordinator Nathaniel Hackett and benched Bortles on Monday following the team’s seventh consecutive loss, and more changes are expected.“There’s no doubt you have to go back and re-evaluate who you are,” Coughlin said. “Whether you’re coaching in college, whether you’re coaching in pro, whatever you’re coaching, you still have to get the ball in the hands of the guys that can make the difference.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMark Long, The Associated Press
Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (March 15, 2016), we discuss all things March Madness. Neil Paine explains why he has a feeling about Villanova on the men’s side. Kate Fagan tells us why no team has a hope of beating the mighty UConn Huskies on the women’s side and why, when she’s picking her bracket, she never picks to win. Plus, we answer some of your listener mail and ponder whether it might be a good idea to make the slam dunk worth 3 points.Most importantly, we want you to join our ESPN Tournament Challenge bracket pool! We have groups for the men’s and women’s tournaments, and the winner and loser of each will get a Hot Takedown T-shirt. Yes, you can own a shirt that depicts Adam Silver riding a bear into a pool full of fish.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. This year, we’ll be updating games with live, in-game win probabilities.Nate Silver and Jay Boice explain how FiveThirtyEight is forecasting this year’s tournament.Neil Paine on the seeds that will wreak havoc on your bracket.Hot Takedown’s men’s bracket group in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge.Hot Takedown’s women’s bracket group in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown
Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. William Lincoln, 60, of Bethnal Green, east London, was found guilty of the same offence and one count of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.Lincoln was also given a seven-year sentence.Referring to the amount being sought in confiscation proceedings, Denis Barry, representing Jones at Woolwich Crown Court, said: “The Crown say £25 million between five.”The court heard that a full confiscation hearing is expected to last around six weeks, and a date was set for January 15 2018, with a deadline of April 30 that year.Philip Evans QC, prosecuting, said: “This is an exceptional case which warrants an extension.”It had originally been thought that some £14 million worth of goods had been snatched during the raid at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd.If members of the gang do not pay back what the judge rules they gained from the crime, they could face up to a maximum of 14 years of jail time being added to their sentences, without parole.Tom Wainwright, for Reader, asked for a QC to be appointed to his client’s case, stating they would have the required skill to deal with proceedings of this length and Reader’s health.He said: “The case is made more complex because Mr Reader is not in good health. He is likely to be in worse health come December or January.” The estimated value of goods stolen in the Hatton Garden raid has risen to around £25 million, a court has heard.It is thought the prosecution is seeking up to £25 million from five of the men at the heart of the conspiracy.Originally it was thought an estimated £14m of goods had been stolen in the raid.Ringleaders John “Kenny” Collins, 76, of Islington, north London; Daniel Jones, 62, of Enfield, north London; Terry Perkins, 68, of Enfield; and the group’s oldest member, Brian Reader, 78, of Dartford, Kent, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.Collins, Jones and Perkins were each given a seven-year prison term for their involvement in the burglary over the 2015 Easter bank holiday weekend.
Stay on target Staff of a fishing lodge in Alaska got the shock of their lives when they discovered that a young brown bear had walked into the kitchen searching for a meal.Unfortunately, the bold bear met a sad ending when officials decided it had to be put down because it showed no fear of humans.The staff at the Highliner Lodge in Pelican were prepping for a dinner service when the 400-pound bear walked in through the back of the restaurant, the lodge wrote in a Facebook post. Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterCouple Uses Baseball Bat, Fists to Fight Off Bear That Entered Home Owner Steve Daniels thought it was a prank at first until he saw the bear “sniffing around” in the supplies. Daniels threw the first thing he could grab at the bear — a round of salami. Daniels then flung dinner plates toward the bear, hoping the noise would get it out of the door.Daniels told the Juneau Empire that “pandemonium” ensued when the lodge’s 30 guests learned a bear had crashed their dinner.Daniels shared photos on social media of the bear in the kitchen, among shelves of food. He reported the incident to authorities, who have been having issues with the same bear.The bear had actually been spotted on residents’ properties in the past week, and had become very bold and unafraid of humans.Pelican Public Safety Officer Robert Adams told the Juneau Empire that efforts to deter the bear had not been successful even with the use of non-lethal rounds and horns.“The bear continued to hang around behind the lodge in the thick brush. It came back onto the porch twice after the dinner service and later was trampling through thick brush 10 feet from the door of one of our staff members who was afraid to enter her room,” the lodge said in its Facebook post. “The bear continued to move through he brush towards the armed village public safety officer, Steve, Highliner staff and several guests.”Judging this to be a serious threat to the community, Adams decided to put the bear down.Alaska Wildlife Troopers removed the carcass, which turned out to be female, Juneau Empire reported.“This was not the outcome that anyone had hoped for… Bears that exhibit such behavior are extremely dangerous to humans,” the lodge said. “While we would much prefer that this story could have ended with the comical intrusion of a bear on our dinner service, scaring it back into the hills forever by use of dinner plates and salami, we are relieved that everyone is safe and understand that the decision was unavoidable.”Last month, a black bear in Oregon was put down by wildlife officials after it became too used to humans illegally feeding it and taking selfies with it.More on Geek.com:Watch: Photographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Wild VideoBlack Bear Put Down After People Illegally Take Selfies, Feed Him in OregonSleepy Black Bear Sneaks Into Montana Home to Take a Nap
A second candidate has announced his bid to become the next Port of Vancouver District 1 commissioner.Kris Greene announced his intentions to run on Friday. If elected, he would replace Commissioner Brian Wolfe, who doesn’t plan to run for re-election.“I bring a lot of community and business background. I can help the port attain some really great things,” Greene said. Adding that one of his goals is to attract businesses that will support the community, especially those that will offer mentoring programs in the schools.Greene’s announcement marks his first foray into politics. He’s been a local insurance agent for about 20 years and lived in Vancouver for about as long. He currently serves on the East Vancouver Business Association board as the director of government affairs. He’s been an active member of several other community groups including the Evergreen School District Foundation.Greene spoke highly of the port’s condition and that he wants to build on the “successful accomplishments of current and former commissioners.”Aside from the need to bring in more businesses, Greene said he saw little about the port that needed to be improved.Possibly the biggest difference between Greene and his opponent Don Orange, the only other candidate to announce so far, is the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.If it’s built, the terminal will be capable of transferring 360,000 barrels of oil per day from an average of four 120-car trains per day traveling through the Columbia River Gorge into marine vessels destined for West Coast refineries. Port of Vancouver District 1 commissioner candidate Kris Greene.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expecting a difficult time against Spain in Portugal’s opening game in the World Cup, but he is determined to avoid defeat in what he feels could potentially spoil their campaignThe defending European champions are being considered only the eighth favourites to claim glory at Russia this summer and will begin their campaign in a tricky encounter against the 2010 winners Spain.Ronaldo, who has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at club level, knows all about winning at the highest level and he warned Portugal that defeat on the first day could very well set them back.“A defeat on the first day puts you in a bad way for the rest of the tournament so it’s important to start well,” said the captain, according to Goal.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“But I believe both Spain and Portugal will reach the next round.”But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is refusing to discount his team’s chances and made reference to their Euro 2016 triumph.Like now, the Selecao were considered outsiders for glory in France but they still managed to fight their way through to the final and lift the trophy.“To win the World Cup would be a dream for Portugal but to do it we have to play the same way we did in Euro 2016, as a team and all together,” added Ronaldo.
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — As firefighters doused still-burning oil tanker cars, more bodies were recovered Sunday in this devastated town in eastern Quebec, raising the death toll to five after a runaway train derailed, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed the downtown district. With dozens of people reported missing, authorities feared they could find more bodies once they reached the hardest-hit areas. Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said Sunday that about 40 people have been reported missing, but cautioned that the number could fluctuate up or down. “We met many people who had reported family members missing. Right now, I can tell you about 40,” Brunet said. Brunet confirmed two more deaths early Sunday afternoon after confirming two people were found dead overnight. One death was confirmed Saturday. All but one of the 73 cars were filled with oil, which was being transported from North Dakota’s Bakken oil region to a refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.The eruptions early Saturday morning sent residents of Lac-Megantic scrambling through the streets under the intense heat of towering fireballs and a red glow that illuminated the night sky. Local Fire Chief Denis Lauzon likened the charred scene to “a war zone.”“This is really terrible. Our community is grieving and it is taking its toll on us,” Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche said.On Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured the town, where a large part of the downtown area has been leveled. “This is an unbelievable disaster,” Harper said. “This is a very big disaster in human terms as the extent of this becomes increasingly obvious.”
When it comes to digital tools used to help attendees plan out their itineraries and remain on schedule, personal calendar tools—such as those found on smartphones or tablets—rank most popular, used by 40 percent of attendees. Exhibition organizer websites come next, with 35 percent, followed by mobile apps provided by the exhibition organizer (25 percent) and electronic directories or kiosks with a searchable touch screen at 24 percent. Surveying a total of 420 U.S.-based professionals who attend at least one B2B exhibition each year, CEIR looked to gain some insights into which digital offerings exhibition attendees ranked most important to their experience, and whether the results aligned with those from a similar survey of 194 exhibition organizers and 186 exhibitor representatives. Eighty-seven percent of organizers offer a mobile app for their exhibitions, with another seven percent saying they plan to do so in the future. Those apps are eventually downloaded by about two-in-five attendees (44 percent), but that figure ticks up to 58 percent when isolating just the “final purchasing decision-makers,” according to CEIR. Under one-third of attendees (31 percent) believe that social media walls are critical to the experience, and hopefully all of them attend exhibitions put on by the 34 percent of organizers who agree. As expected, millennials are the most comfortable with the use of technology to track their exhibition floor activity; just 15 percent expressed some level of discomfort with the idea. Contrast that with baby boomers, of whom only 39 percent felt comfortable being tracked. Free WiFi tops the list, with 81 percent of attendees surveyed reporting that it matters to them, followed by power-up stations to recharge mobile devices (71 percent) and the ability to download speaker presentations (64 percent). Those same three top the list of those offerings exhibition organizers believe are essential to their attendees, reflecting a good correlation between event producers and the professionals they aim to attract. So where do mobile apps fit into all of this? Sixty-percent of attendees value the ability to request product info via a scanning badge or providing an email address, but only 44 percent of exhibition organizers think attendees feel that way. Likewise, 55 percent of attendees say it’s important to them that new product showcases or demo areas contain interactive screens or tablets with product information, a sentiment shared by only 34 percent of exhibition organizers. Nearly a quarter of visitors (23 percent) rely on text messages to peers to help plan out which sessions they plan to attend. Despite 78 percent of exhibition organizers saying they use social media channels to help attendees stay on schedule, only 12 percent of attendees say they relied on them to do so. Moreover, only 11 percent of attendees rely on text messages from organizers to help keep their schedules straight, even though 54 percent of exhibition organizers offer them. As you move down the list, however, a disconnect begins to materialize. Interestingly, a full 34 percent of attendees report that they’d like access to a room with multiple screens in which they could watch more than one session from a single location, but only 14 percent of organizers believe attendees consider such an offering to be important. Among those who make the conscious decision not to download an exhibition’s official app, 43 percent simply dislike downloading an app for one-time use. Just over a quarter (27 percent) prefer a printed program, while another 14 percent claim they don’t trust downloading apps from unknown sources. Dissecting the apps’ features themselves, the three most important functions identified by attendees are the ability to register for sessions or special events, interactive map features, and the ability to search for exhibitors or products in a directory. Exhibition organizers should take this to heart, as only 46 percent say they offer the ability to register for sessions on the mobile apps they make available to attendees. With that being said, it’s unclear if that figure stems from the fact that some exhibitions may not require individual session registrations. Twenty-three percent of attendees choose not to download an event’s official app, indicating that the remaining third of attendees either aren’t aware of the app, don’t know how to download it, or simply do not have a mobile device capable of doing so. Four out of five exhibition attendees say free WiFi is an important aspect of their experience, more than any other on-premise digital service, according to a new survey by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). One final component of the survey aimed to gauge attendees’ comfort level with having their activities on the show floor tracked by the use of technology such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. In general, 50 percent of survey respondents say they were comfortable with such activity; 31 percent are neutral and 21 percent report feeling either uncomfortable or very uncomfortable about it. Download the full survey here.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /01:10 Al OrtizMayor Sylvester Turner (center) held a press conference at the Baker-Ripley Center, located in southwest Houston, to announce the creation of the Office of New Americans, which will Houston residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to access City services with more ease.The City of Houston is trying to clarify its stance on immigration amid the controversy over sanctuary cities.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday the creation of the Office of New Americans to help Houston residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to access City services with more ease.The Mayor made the announcement during a press conference held at the Baker-Ripley Center, surrounded by City Council members Mike Laster and Robert Gallegos, as well as by other elected officials such as U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia and representatives from several community organizations.Turner also said he is one of the Mayors who have asked President-elect Donald Trump to keep the Deferred Action program.Commonly known as DACA, it protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.“You don’t wanna lose that talent. You don’t wanna strip people away from their families, you don’t want to separate them,” the Mayor stressed.In the law enforcement front, the Houston Police Department (HPD) will maintain its policy of not asking the public about immigration status.“Police doubling as immigration officials would divert limited resources needed to prevent crimes, such as murder, robbery, sexual assault and to apprehend the criminals who commit them,” explained Recently named HPD Chief Art AcevedoTurner is also developing the so-called Welcoming Houston program, which will aim at improving the coordination between the City and community organizations to provide services to newcomers.During the press conference, a member of the public urged Turner to designate Houston as a sanctuary city, but the Mayor didn’t use that term.