Belarus editor on trial faces possible 5year sentence

MINSK, Belarus — The editor of the largest independent news website in Belarus is on trial for professional malfeasance in a case that could bring her a five-year prison sentence if editor Marina Zolatava’s trial began on Tuesday. She is charged in connection with other Tut journalists’ obtaining the password of the state news agency Belta and using it to get unauthorized access to subscriber-only material.Prosecutors say the unauthorized access caused losses of about 70,000 rubles ($32,000) to Belta.Zolatava told the court that she does not admit guilt.News media are tightly controlled in authoritarian Belarus and independent journalists frequently come under official pressure.The Associated Press read more

KimberlyClark Corp to invest 120 million in Oklahoma mill

JENKS, Okla. — Consumer-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. is launching a $120 million expansion plan that it says will add over 50 full-time jobs at an Oklahoma mill.The Jenks facility opened in 1990 and manufactures Cottonelle and Scott bath tissue merchandise. The mill also includes a regional distribution centre.The company says it will expand the facility by 270,000 square feet (25,000 square meters) and install new resources for making Kleenex folded tissue products and Scott bath tissue.Tulsa World reports the project is expected to be completed in 2020. Hiring for new jobs is expected to begin in August.Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reached a $28 million agreement with Kimberly-Clark in December to retain around 400 jobs. The company subsequently announced it would close a plant in Arkansas by 2021.___Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.comThe Associated Press read more

UNICEF raises 60 million through art auction

Last night’s auction at Christie’s in New York of 25 sculptures and paintings by modern masters raised $73 million, of which more than $60 million will go to the UN agency.The collection belonged to René and Jane Gaffé and was left to UNICEF on Mme. Gaffé’s death in October 2000.Among the paintings, one by Fernand Léger sold for $16.7 million, a record for the artist. Two paintings by Joan Miro sold for $12.6 million, also a record, and $11 million, while a Picasso sold for $5 million.”UNICEF is enormously grateful to have received this generous bequest from Mme. Gaffé,” the agency said in a statement. “The monies raised at auction last night will allow UNICEF to help millions of children to be immunized, to go to school, and to be protected from conflict, HIV/AIDS and discrimination.” read more

Eriksen carries Eastern Michigan past Kent State 2820

KENT, Ohio — Senior Ian Eriksen rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns to power Eastern Michigan to a 28-20 victory over Kent State on Friday.Eastern Michigan (7-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) posted its first five-game conference winning streak since 1989, clinching a bowl berth for the second time in three seasons.EMU trailed 10-0 in the first quarter when Eriksen, who came into the game with 219 yards and one touchdown this season, bulled his way in from a yard out. Issac Stiebeling ran it in from the 1 two minutes into the second quarter to put the Eagles up 14-10. Eriksen’s second TD came from a yard out with 4:55 left in the second quarter and gave the Eagles a 21-10 lead at halftime.Eriksen stretched the Eagles’ advantage to 28-10 on their second possession of the third quarter when he scored on a 32-yard run. The Golden Flashes (2-10, 1-7) pulled within 28-20 on Jo-El Shaw’s 1-yard TD run in the third and Matthew Trickett’s 35-yard field goal midway through the final quarter. But Vince Calhoun picked off Kavious Price and the Eagles kept possession for the final 4:44 of the game to wrap up the win.Shaw finished with 159 yards on 31 carries for Kent State. Woody Barrett passed for 209 yards and ran for 25 more.The Associated Press read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #QUINN A large crowd is expected at a rally in support of Seán Quinn and the Quinn family in Ballyconnell in Co Cavan today, organised by a group called Concerned Irish Citizens. In July thousands of people, including Fr Brian D’Arcy and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte attended an event in support of the Quinns. Organisers have said to expect a few surprises today.2. #DEVICE One man was arrested, one escaped and a suspect device was recovered by Gardaí in Tallaght yesterday evening. The device was found after  the men were intercepted in the Cushlawn Estate area. Army bomb disposal experts have taken the device away for examination.3. #ASYLUM Fifty-three people seeking asylum have died in State care over the past ten years. A quarter of those who died were under five year of age and the majority of the 53 deaths happened outside asylum centres.4. #SYRIA Syria has banned Turkish civilian flights over its territory as tensions between the two countries grows. The BBC reports that Turkish tanks have taken up positions near the border. Turkey has backed the Syrian opposition and called for president Bashar al-Assad to step down.5. #REFERENDUM RTÉ is set to change the rules for its coverage of the children’s referendum which will take place next month. Its news broadcasts will no longer be required to provide 50/50 coverage of both the Yes and No sides, due to the shortage of representatives of the No campaign, according to the Sunday Business Post.6. #SAVILLE The Telegraph reports that Jimmy Saville was investigated by police during a series of sex abuse inquiries spanning six decades, with the first investigation taking place in 1958.7. #EURO CRISIS An economics conference in Germany has been told that the current crisis in the Eurozone is down to design flaws in the design of the monetary union.8. #IPAD MINI Is this an image of the battery for the new iPad mini? Apple Insider reports that the rumoured 7.85 inch tablet may carry a 16.7 watt-hour battery,giving it more energy than Google’s Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.9. #CONAN O’BRIEN Our ‘ConanWatch’ continues today and we can bring you the news that the US TV host has finally left our shores after picking up an honorary patronage at Trinity College, but he got a fairly Irish send off at Dublin airport:“Leaving Dublin and this fellow is at the airport to see me off. Yes, he’s a potato” – @ConanOBrienlast_img read more

Drunk driver who killed GAA coach jailed for four years

first_imgI am maybe 30% to 40% responsible but I can’t be 100% responsible because I don’t think I was the driver.In his victim impact statement given in court earlier this month, Stephen McNamara said that the life of his brother was cruelly taken.Stephen said that the “nightmare” caused from that night is constantly with the McNamara family “and the circumstances around Eugene’s death are always on our minds”.Stephen said that Eugene was one of four sons and even after purchasing his own home would have dinner at his parents’ house every day telling them his news.Stephen stated that Eugene’s “chair at the family table is now empty and that is a constant reminder”.Stephen said that his parents never have a night where they are able to sleep without waking and thinking what happened Eugene on his walk home that night.He said that Eugene’s involvement with Eire Óg GAA as a player, coach and manager started when he was eight years of age.Stephen recalled that at Eugene’s funeral a guard of honour was put on by members of the u-12 Eire Óg team that Eugene coached.Stephen said that Eugene “was cruelly knocked down by a speeding car and was left to suffer alone by the side of the road. It is a picture that haunts all of his family and remains with us”.Those left behind he said, “are living a daily nightmare with the horrible thoughts of what happened Eugene as he walked home alone innocently on the footpath that night”. By Gordon Deegan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Drunk driver who killed GAA coach jailed for four years Rene Miko (21) knocked down Eugene McNamara (42) in 2016. Mar 25th 2019, 9:38 PM File image Image: Monday 25 Mar 2019, 9:38 PM File image A DRUNK DRIVER was today jailed for four years for the dangerous driving causing the death of GAA coach, Eugene McNamara (42).At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys imposed a six-year jail term, suspending the final two years on Rene Miko (21) of Place de Plouzane, Kilrush.Judge Keys also imposed a 15-year driving ban on Miko.Miko was twice over the drink driving limit and driving at a speed of 120kmph when the BMW car he took without permission struck McNamara who was walking on a footpath at a roundabout in a built-up area in Ennis at 10.05pm on 26 October 2016.At the sentencing hearing, Judge Gerald Keys described Miko’s driving as ‘reckless’ on the night.  In court today, McNamara’s parents, TJ and Breda along with brothers, Stephen, Barry and identical twin, David, were present for the sentencing.Eugene comes from a proud GAA tradition as Stephen is a double All-Ireland winner with Clare’s hurlers from the 1990s while his uncle, Ger Power – who was also in court today supporting the McNamaras- won eight All-Irelands with Kerry’s footballers in the 1970s and 1980s.Miko pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of McNamara and drink driving on the date.‘No effort to reduce speed’ On the aggravating factors in the case, Judge Keys stated that Miko’s driving caused the death of an innocent pedestrian while walking on the footpath; the speed at which he was driving; that Miko was twice over the drink driving limit; left the scene of the accident and that he took the car without the owner’s consent.Judge Keys told Miko that he has caused “a devastating effect on the McNamara family”.Judge Keys stated that Miko did make an early guilty plea; co-operated at Garda interview; has shown remorse and has no previous convictions.Judge Keys said that Miko comes from Slovakia with a Gypsy background and came to Ireland in 2006 aged nine.Judge Keys said that Miko has nine siblings and that he had a difficult upbringing on account on his family’s relatively impoverished status and as well as suffering ongoing racial discrimination in his home place.Judge Keys pointed out that the Probation Officer in the case stated that Miko is concerned “that the level of insight into your offending behaviour may be lacking”.Miko’s partner is expecting their second child together.Judge Keys stated that whatever sentence is imposed, the court cannot repair the situation to turn back the clock and alleviate the hurt and loss that the McNamara family have suffered.Judge Keys told Miko that on the spectrum of the seriousness of his driving and his conduct, “I would put it way above 50% and that is reflected in the sentence”.CCTV footage shown at Ennis Circuit Court captured the high speed of Miko’s BMW on the dark night and McNamara walking along the footpath opposite McDonald’s in Ennis before the fatal impact.Miko’s car was travelling at more than twice the local speed limit of 50kmph.Before Miko’s car struck McNamara, it first hit another car putting the other car airborne and spinning a number of times.The gardaí investigation found that Miko’s car made no effort to reduce its 120kmph speed before coming into the roundabout.‘Nightmare’In a victim impact statement on behalf of the McNamara family, Stephen McNamara said that Eugene “was left to suffer alone on the side of the road” as the CCTV footage showed Miko and his passenger get out of their car and flee the scene.McNamara died a number of days later from his injuries and Asst State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster found that McNamara died from severe traumatic brain injury as a result of blunt force trauma in a road traffic collision.In his first garda interview, Miko maintained his right to silence and at first, didn’t admit culpability.It was only after gardaí retrieved forensic evidence showing Miko’s DNA from the airbag on the driver’s side that Miko admitted: Share5 Tweet Email1 Image: 20,707 Views 46 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Numéricable casse les prix avec une offre triple play à 10 euros

first_imgNuméricable casse les prix avec une offre triple play à 10 eurosFrance – Alors que François Fillon espérait voir une offre triple play (Internet, télévision et téléphone) à moins de vingt euros par mois, Numéricable vient de lui faire une grosse surprise en présentant son offre à “tarif social”, pour 9,99 euros par mois.Ce forfait social à 9,99 euros proposera, comme toute offre triple play, un accès à Internet, la téléphonie illimitée en France métropolitaine et la télévision. Il sera toutefois bridé puisque le débit sera limité à 2 mégas et les chaînes de télévision seront en grande partie étrangères.L’offre a été présentée lundi aux services de Matignon, au ministère de l’Économie et à l’Autorité de régulation des télécoms (Arcep) afin d’être validée. Elle devrait être disponible à partir de l’été prochain et ne sera bien sûr pas accessible à tous mais uniquement aux personnes handicapées et aux allocataires du RSA. Pour en bénéficier, il faudra également habiter un logement bénéficiant du service Numéricable et du contrat SUN, ce qui est actuellement le cas de quelque 250.000 foyers.Les abonnés à cette offre devront en réalité payer moins de 6 euros par mois puisque le forfait sera subventionné à hauteur de 4,21 euros par le fonds de service universel géré par la Caisse des dépôts.”C’est d’abord une constante historique du câble que d’être impliqué dans le logement social et collectif. D’autre part, Numéricable, qui va travailler avec les communes et les départements sur cette offre, devrait pouvoir équiper un grand nombre de nouveaux logements” a expliqué au Figaro Pierre Danon, le PDG du FAI (Fournisseur d’accès à Internet).Orange devrait à son tour proposer une offre sociale : reste à savoir si SFR et Bouygues suivront le mouvement en acceptant de casser leurs prix.Le 9 février 2010 à 15:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Maladie du charbon tout savoir sur cette épidémie de retour en France

first_imgMaladie du charbon : tout savoir sur cette épidémie de retour en FrancePlus de cinquante animaux (vaches, moutons et chevaux) sont morts en deux mois dans les Hautes-Alpes, plus de 20 foyers de la maladie du charbon repérés… Les autorités sanitaires se veulent rassurantes quant à la transmission à l’homme puisqu’aucun cas grave n’a pour l’instant été signalé. Maxisciences fait le point sur cette épidémie dont le nom en anglais « anthrax » fait encore frémir Une fiole aura suffi en février 2003 pour faire vaciller le monde. Souvenez-vous… En pleine psychose d’une attaque bactériologique, Colin Powell, alors secrétaire d’Etat américain, brandit lors d’un discours à l’ONU,  un tube supposé contenir de l’Anthrax, soi-disant stocké en masse par l’Irak. Un geste provocateur afin de convaincre la communauté internationale de la nécessité d’une intervention militaire dans le pays dirigé, à l’époque, par Saddam Hussein. Le temps est passé par-là et il a été prouvé que tout cela n’était qu’une mise en scène s’appuyant sur un mensonge. Mais l’Histoire laisse des traces et c’est pourquoi 15 ans plus tard, lorsqu’on entend le mot « anthrax » ou « maladie du charbon » on craint toujours le pire. Il convient donc de répondre aux inquiétudes. Notamment en cette période où une cinquantaine d’animaux ont trouvé la mort, en l’espace de deux mois, dans les Hautes-Alpes à la suite de la fièvre charbonneuse.C’est quoi la maladie du charbon ?   Il s’agit d’une maladie infectieuse aigüe foudroyante. Elle est provoquée par la bactérie Bacillus anthracis qui se niche dans les sols.Ces spores de charbon peuvent rester inactives pendant plusieurs dizaines d’années puis soudainement se réveiller selon les conditions météorologiques. Touche-t-elle uniquement les animaux ?Elle est ce qu’on appelle une anthropozoonose ; c’est-à-dire une maladie qui touche à la fois les animaux et les humains.  Les animaux sont contaminés en broutant un sol où la bactérie est présente. Et les humains, plus rarement, peuvent être infectés en touchant des bêtes ou des cadavres de bêtes « charbonneuses ». Chez l’Homme, elle peut résulter de trois modes de contaminations : cutanée, gastro-intestinale et respiratoire.  Comme le rapporte France Inter, la moitié des 117 personnes qui ont été identifiées comme ayant été en contact avec les animaux récemment contaminés et décédés, sont des salariés de sociétés d’équarrissage. Elles ont toutes été mises sous antibiotiques de façon préventive. Peut-elle être mortelle pour l’Homme ? Très rarement, sauf si l’Homme a été contaminé par voie gastro-intestinale ou respiratoire. En 2010, huit décès liés à une consommation d’héroïne contaminée par des spores de charbon avaient été à déplorer en Europe. Pour l’instant, comme le rapporte 20 minuteset d’après les autorités sanitaires : « aucun malade n’a été observé à ce jour dans les Hautes-Alpes » a annoncé le docteur Christine Ortmans, de l’Agence régionale de santé. Comment se manifeste cette maladie chez l’humain ? À lire aussiAsthme : symptômes, traitement, définition, causes, de quoi s’agit-il ?Sous sa forme la plus grave, c’est-à-dire par une transmission respiratoire, les premiers signes qui apparaissent sont des symptômes grippaux (fièvre, douleurs musculaires, céphalées, toux sèches). Au bout de quelques jours, une aggravation de l’état est constatée avec une insuffisance respiratoire sévère, des douleurs rétrosternales (derrière le sternum) ainsi qu’une hypotension. Il est alors urgent de passer une radio pour établir un diagnostic précis. Généralement, un traitement prolongé à base d’antibiotiques est prescrit.   Le taux de mortalité est estimé entre 90 et 100% en l’absence de traitement. La maladie du charbon n’est pas transmissible de l’homme à l’homme. Le 21 août 2018 à 17:14 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diegos new attraction

first_img Posted: July 11, 2019 California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Coastal Commission on July 10th approved SeaWorld San Diego’s dive coaster planned to open in 2020.This new roller coaster, which was announced in January, will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state, according to SeaWorld.SeaWorld said they anticipate construction getting underway within the next few months. Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 11, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson last_img read more

VW might take deposits for the ID electric hatch in Europe

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 75 Photos Share your voice Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Volkswagen News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Comment 1 Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Electric cars: Juice up with all the EV news we’ve got.VW I.D. Buzz: We’ve already driven the future. The first of VW’s I.D. electric cars in Europe will be the Golf-ish-sized hatchback, and there have been more than a few comparisons to Tesla there. Now, VW looks to implement a preorder deposit system that also seems a little familiar.Volkswagen might allow interested parties to place a deposit for the upcoming I.D. hatchback, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with VW brand chief Juergen Stackmann. The deposits will help determine who is ready to make a “serious commitment,” and while Stackmann told ANE it wouldn’t be a large amount of money, it’ll be big enough to attract serious buyers.According to ANE’s report, VW has already floated the idea of a deposit system in test markets, and apparently, customers in EV-friendly European countries are more than willing to try and get an early crack at the first in an onslaught of MEB-platform electric vehicles. Obviously, those putting down deposits would then get priority when the cars start leaving the assembly line, which in the case of the I.D. hatchback should happen in early 2020.Enlarge ImageThe hatchback is already being tested in camouflage, so a proper debut shouldn’t be too far away, especially since its market launch is slated for early 2020. Volkswagen “We have tested it several times in Norway and the customers want it. It’s surprising but people in Norway and Holland want to be a part of it. Germany is definitely not the pacemaker in Europe,” Stackmann said to ANE.The I.D. will be the first of VW’s new electric cars in Europe. It’s about the same size as a Golf, and it’s expected to cost about as much as a fully loaded diesel model, which comes out to between $35,000 and $40,000 in the US. In the US, we’ll get the I.D. Crozz SUV as the first car in 2020, with the I.D. Buzz microbus following in 2022. Tesla first brought the idea of preordering a popular car to prominence with its Model 3 sedan. As ANE notes, critics believed it served the second purpose of helping Tesla stack its coffers as it expanded its manufacturing efforts. Nevertheless, the refundable deposits took off and Tesla ended up sitting on hundreds of thousands of them. VW’s car may not have the Model 3’s cult of personality, but it’ll be interesting to see just how many orders VW can drum up before the car heads to production.last_img read more

EWS quota denied by Supreme Court in Maharashtra medical courses

first_imgReutersThe Supreme Court on Thursday, May 30, struck down the state’s decision to introduce 10 percent quota for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in postgraduate medical courses in Maharashtra.The decision was denied by the court for the academic year 2019-20, as the ordinance was passed by the government after the admission process had already begun. The court’s decision will be affecting at least 25 EWS candidates.On another statement, the court suggested that the Medical Council of India could have created more seats rather than giving away the presently available seats. The order was passed keeping in mind the balance and claim of equity which might be a problem in the later stage.The court lastly clarified its decision stating that the EWS was not applicable to the existing seats in medical courses in the state.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Sylvia Garcia Calls for Protecting Expanding Affordable Health Care

first_imgAl Ortiz/Houston Public MediaTexas State Senator Sylvia Garcia (D-District 6), who is running for Congress, was interviewed on Houston Matters on September 4, 2018.Democratic State Senator Sylvia Garcia remains the heavy favorite in the contest to succeed retiring Congressman Gene Green. Immigration policy is a critical issue in the majority-Hispanic congressional district, but it’s far from Garcia’s sole concern.Roughly one out of every four residents in Texas 29th district lives below the federal poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. One out of every three lacks health insurance. And thanks to Harvey, Garcia told Houston Matters, the district is down to one working hospital.“So we’ve got to focus on community health clinics,” Garcia said. We’ve got to focus on making sure that we make no cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and that we protect Social Security, so that those who can least afford health care have some health care.”Garcia’s main opponent is Republican Phillip Aronoff, a businessman who has not held elective office. Aronoff advocates repealing the Affordable Care Act. Share 00:00 /00:44 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Study Metropolitan Washington Witnessed 13 Rise in DC Homelessness in 2014

first_imgThe dimensions of homelessness in the Metropolitan Washington region are surging, driven mostly by an explosion in the number of homeless in the District of Columbia, according to a recently released annual report by the Council of Governments. According to the report, “Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington,” which contains the results of the 14th annual count of the region’s homeless population, there are 11,946 homeless people living in the region, a 3.5 percent increase from 2013. Seven of the nine jurisdictions that participate in the count –Arlington, Loudon, Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia; Alexandria, Va.; Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and the District– actually saw decreases in their homeless population. Arlington County saw the largest decrease, 39 percent; followed by Montgomery and Frederick at 11 percent; Fairfax at 9 percent and Prince George’s at 5 percent. The District, however, experienced a 13 percent increase in its homeless population, from 6,865 persons in 2013 to 7,748 in 2014. That number was mostly driven by a spike in the number of homeless families (1,231), whose members comprised almost half (3,795) of D.C.’s homeless in 2014. Loudoun County registered an increase in homeless persons, too, according to COG. But the 13-person rise was said by the report to be “too small to be significant.” The count of homeless persons was conducted on a single night, Jan. 29, 2014. Children accounted for 29 percent (3,515) of the region’s total homeless population and numbered 2,236 among the District’s homeless families. Homelessness can be especially hard on the young, said Michael Ferrell, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless. In addition to being dislocated from familiar surroundings, relatives, friends, and neighborhood schools when their families become homeless, children also have to combat the associated stigma. “It is a traumatic experience to go from living in a home to living in a shelter,” Ferrell told the AFRO. When the numbers were broken down by race and ethnicity, it showed that African Americans are disproportionately more likely to be homeless compared to general population categories. Of the 6,057 homeless single adults reported in the count, 69 percent are Black; and among homeless families, 85 percent are African American. Lack of affordable housing was the main impetus behind those homeless numbers, the report found. “Data collected this year confirm what each jurisdiction has observed in practice, that the greatest barrier to ending homelessness in our communities is the lack of fixed, affordable permanent housing opportunities for the lowest income households,” the report observed. And, local jurisdictions and service providers are concerned that many more of the region’s residents are “at risk” of becoming homeless. “While not yet considered homeless, many households are believed to be ‘doubled up’ due to difficult economic conditions. Homelessness is often the next step for such households once the family members or friends who have been sheltering them can’t or no longer will do so,” according to the report. Lack of affordable housing is of most acute concern in the District, which has more concentrated poverty than the other jurisdictions. “In D.C. more than 80 percent of families who are homeless are receiving public assistance of less than $5,000 a year,” Ferrell said. But even government subsidies have been drying up in the wake of the sequestration and other economics-driven changes. “Because of the recession the amount of housing choice vouchers, which the federal government provides, are not as plentiful,” Ferrell added. But homelessness is a problem even among those who are employed, the report showed. Among the District’s homeless adults, for example, 23 percent had a job. That’s why policies that seek to increase families’ incomes, such as living wages and minimum wage increases, can be crucial in battling homelessness, Ferrell said. “There is not much housing that a person making $8.25 an hour can afford, even though [he or she] is working,” the housing advocate said. Other programs that can help combat homelessness, such as preventive measures, permanent supportive housing for the disabled and other chronically homeless, rapid rehousing for persons facing a short-term economic crisis and others helped bring the regional total of formerly homeless persons to 12,140.last_img read more

Know Your Roots With January 2017s Origins Loot Crate

first_img The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat January’s the beginning of the month, so Loot Crate went back to the beginning of pop culture with the Origins theme. The original big names of comic books and video games, and also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in there.Let’s start with a mini replica of Captain America’s 1940s shield from Captain America: The First Avenger. It’s the heater shield before he got his trademark round adamantium-vibranium shield when he was unfrozen in the Silver Age. It’s a nice metal shield, a bit too big for my Figmas, but with a stand that lets you display it on its own.AdChoices广告The crate also comes with a reprint of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman. Superman is only the first few pages of the comic. It’s a pretty long issue, with a bunch of other stories. There’s Zatara: Master Magician, Scoop Scanlon: Five Star Reporter, Tex Thomson, and Sticky-Mitt Stimson. I’m really annoyed at how great a name Scoop Scanlon is.You have to recognize Mario’s contributions, which is why the Origins Loot Crate also has a Nintendo t-shirt with 8-bit Mario and the year 1981 on it (Mario’s first appearance in Donkey Kong).I’m not dumping on the turtles, but the whole Origins theme doesn’t quite fit for them. They were made as a piss-take of Frank Miller’s Daredevil run and the growth of gritty, dark comics in the Bronze Age. That said, their presence in the crate is still great. There’s a mini tiki mug from Geeki Tikis (they make these rad full-sized Star Wars tiki mugs, too). I got Leonardo, who sucks, but others might have gotten lucky and gotten Donatello or Shredder! I need to find that Shredder one and see if they make a full-size version. The one in the Loot Crate is about the size of a shot glass. The Loot Pin is also TMNT-themed. It’s the classic 1980s cartoon logo over a manhole cover.The crate itself has its own great bonus, too. Loot Crates usually include fun things you can do by turning the boxes inside out, but this is the most useful one yet. You can take apart the box and tear away the parts marked by the perforated lines to make your own comic book box. It’s a clever, handy little extra, and if Loot Crate ever makes a Comics Crate, they could easily do a new comic box every month. It’s a magazine-style open box with an angled cutaway for bookshelf storage, not a short or long box for long-term, under-table storage.To round up the Origins Loot Crate:Captain America: The First Avenger mini replica prop shieldAction Comics #1 (reprint)Donkey Kong 8-bit Mario t-shirtTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mini tiki mugBox becomes a bookshelf comic book boxLoot Pin: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles As always, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends nerdy collectibles to your door. The standard Loot Crate will get you cool stuff from all over the geek spectrum, but you can also get specific product- and theme-focused crates like Look Anime, Loot Pets, and Loot Gaming, plus licensed boxes for properties and publishers like Harry Potter and Marvel. Loot Crate provides us with the crates used in our unboxing posts.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

BJP to organize nationwide protest programmes over Purulia killings

first_imgKolkata: The BJP leadership is planning to organize nation-wide agitation against the alleged killing of two party workers in West Bengal’s Purulia district, a senior party leader said today.The party has planned to hold protests and demonstrations in all the state capitals and New Delhi between June 18-June 24 against the alleged killing of two BJP activists Dulal Kumar and Trilochan Mahato, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said.”During this agitation programme we will speak about the reign of terror in West Bengal under TMC rule. We will also organize similar agitation programmes in all West Bengal districts during the same time,” he told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior state BJP leader said at a time when TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to pitch herself as the fulcrum of the anti-BJP alliance, the nation wide agitation will “expose the reign of terror TMC in Bengal”.Two BJP activists – 35-year-old Dulal Kumar and 20-year-old Trilochan Mahato were found hanging in West Bengal’s Purulia district on June 2 and May 31 respectively.BJP president Amit Shah will visit Purulia’a Balrampur area, where the bodies of two men were found hanging allegedly in the wake of panchayat elections. He is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to the state from June 27, BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter the death of Mahato, Shah had tweeted “Deeply hurt by the brutal killing of our young karyakarta, Trilochan Mahato, in Balarampur, West Bengal. A young life full of possibilities was brutally taken under state’s patronage. He was hanged on a tree just because his ideology differed from that of state sponsored goons.”The BJP president had tweeted again after the death of Dulal Kumar. “Distressed to know about yet another killing of BJP karyakarta Dulal Kumar in Balarampur, West Bengal. This continued brutality and violence in the land of West Bengal is shameful and inhuman. Mamata Banerjee’s govt has completely failed to maintain law and order in the state.”The alleged killings had created a political controversy as the BJP had performed well against TMC in Balarampur area of Purulia district in the recent panchayat elections.The BJP had alleged the deaths were “political murders” and demanded a CBI inquiry into the incidents.The BJP had alleged that the TMC was behind the killing. TMC has denied the charge.last_img read more

Greenfield University Bill to be tabled in Assembly today

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling district is all set to get a new state university. “The Greenfield University Bill, 2018″ is all set to be tabled in the state Assembly on Tuesday, which willpave the way for the new university.”A university has been a long standing demand of the Hills. Since we took charge of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, we have been constantly corresponding with the government for a separate university. The state government has conceded and a Bill to this effect will be tabled in the state Assembly on Tuesday,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTamang stated that even the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the Union government, state government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha that paved the way for the GTA, mentions the formation of a central university in Darjeeling.”With the NDA coming to power in the Centre, we have been constantly demanding that the central university be constituted as per the agreement. However, the BJP government only raises this issue during elections and the matter has not progressed an inch,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe new university will come up at Yogighat in Mongpu in Darjeeling district. “The District Magistrate, Darjeeling and the GTA have already identified 100 acres of land for the university at Yogighat. The details have been sent to the Land and Land Reforms department of the state government,” added Tamang.The GTA chairman expressed hope that Hill colleges will be affiliated to this university in the next few years. “Darjeeling is known for her educational institutions. There are very good schools and colleges here. We hope that by the year 2020, all these colleges will be affiliated to the Greenfield University,” stated Tamang. Incidentally, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has stressed on the need for the revival of Darjeeling as an education hub. The new university is part of the state government’s plans in this direction.”The Greenfield University Bill 2018″ is aimed at constituting and incorporating a state-aided affiliating university in the district of Darjeeling, along with aiding it to function as a teaching, training and research centre in various branches, including Humanities, Social and basic sciences, Management studies on tea, Forestry, Mountaineering and earth studies.In the initial stages the university will impart undergraduate and post graduate courses. It has also been proposed that all colleges and institutions imparting courses within the district of Darjeeling will be affiliated to this university in due course.last_img read more

US appeals court rules against Obamas immigration plan

first_imgRelated posts:US to spend $750 million to attack Central America poverty woes Bernie Sanders: Central American refugees should not be ‘cast out’ El Salvador issues tips for migrants ahead of US crackdown U.S. authorities begin raids, taking 121 Central American immigrants into custody over weekend UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11:15 a.m.President Barack Obama’s administration said Tuesday that it would ask the Supreme Court to uphold executive measures protecting migrants from deportation.After an appeal court blocked Obama’s efforts to enact the move, the Department of Justice said it “intends to seek further review from the Supreme Court of the United States.”Original story continues here: A federal appeals court on Monday ruled against U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, dealing another blow to the administration’s effort to remake immigration laws and likely setting up a final battle in the Supreme Court next year.The 2-to-1 ruling from a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans — to uphold a lower court’s injunction that blocks the administration from implementing a deferred-action program — was not unexpected. It came several months after the same court had denied an emergency stay request from the Justice Department.The decision means that one of Obama’s signature immigration initiatives remains on hold nearly a year after he announced it through executive action and leaves in doubt whether the program will begin before his term expires in January 2017. Republican presidential candidates have pledged to dismantle the program, creating additional urgency within the Obama administration to get it started.“The president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement on Monday. Texas led a coalition of 26 states that brought the lawsuit. “Throughout this process, the Obama Administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power.”Immigration advocates, who feared time was running out to get the case before the high court next year, called on the administration to appeal quickly and maintained confidence that the Supreme Court would issue a favorable ruling by next June.“Every single day that goes by means further delays,” said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, who has closely followed the case. “Once the green light is given (by the Supreme Court), it will make it that much more difficult for any administration, Republican or Democrat, to undo the program.”A White House official said the administration strongly disagreed with the court decision and was reviewing its legal options.“This lawsuit is preventing people who have been part of our communities for years from working on the books, contributing to our economy by paying taxes on that work, and being held accountable,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record.Recommended: Inaction presses on: The US immigration crisisThere are an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. After House Republicans blocked a comprehensive immigration bill last year, Obama announced plans to use executive action to dramatically expand a 2012 program that deferred the deportations of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children. Under the new program, the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens would be eligible to remain and apply for three-year work permits, provided they had not committed other crimes and lived in the country at least five years.But 26 states, most with Republican governors, sued to block the program, arguing they would incur fees associated with the issuance of driver’s licenses to the immigrants and asserting the Obama administration had failed to abide by federal rulemaking requirements. In February, a U.S. District Court judge in Brownsville, Texas, ruled that the program could not get underway as he continued to review whether the program was constitutional, stopping it just days before the Department of Homeland Security was to begin accepting applications.The 5th Circuit panel that ruled on Monday included two judges — Jerry Smith and Jennifer Elrod, both appointed by Republican presidents — who had ruled against the administration’s stay request in May and maintained their stances. A third judge, Carolyn Dineen King, appointed by President Jimmy Carter, was not on the earlier panel, and she dissented Monday, ruling in favor of the Obama administration.In a 135-page decision, Smith wrote that District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision in February to issue an injunction on Obama’s program was “impressive and thorough.” The appeals court dismissed the administration’s argument that Texas lacked legal standing to challenge a federal immigration program.“Today’s ruling is a slap in the face to the good people in America who have also been waiting for Congress and the courts to act with justice, humanity and common sense on the issue of immigration reform,” said Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Interesting sighting of African Rail bird at Ingula

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A recent interesting sighting at the Ladysmith Sewage Works (Malandeni) was an African Rail bird, which was stunningly  photographed by local man Dave Marshall.The African rail nests in a dry location in marsh vegetation, both sexes building the cup nest.The typical clutch is two to six heavily-spotted, creamy-white eggs which are incubated by both sexes for about 20 days to hatching. Immature birds are similar to the adults, but the blue-grey is replaced by buff.The downy chicks are black, as with all Rails.Its breeding habitat is marshes and reed beds across eastern and southern Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa. Many birds are permanent residents, but some undertake seasonal movements in response to the availability of wetland.These birds probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects, crabs and other small aquatic animals. African Rails are secretive in the breeding season, but are easier to see than many other Rail species, especially in the morning.They are noisy birds, with a trilled whistled “treee-tee-tee-tee-tee” call.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitterlast_img read more

LHS matric farewell Stage set for red carpet festivities

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In the next hour, the first matriculants will be arriving at the school.Farquhar Road will be closed to traffic while the couples arrive.You could call it Ladysmith’s own Hollywood party extravaganza. There is a buzzing atmosphere and an audience of excited spectators has gathered on the stands, already cheering wildly.The first car is expected shortly and it looks like it’s going to be a fancy and fun-filled affair.More to follow… Stay tuned for all the anticipated glitz and glamour! If you’re not in the vicinity of Ladysmith High School (LHS) in Farquhar Road, you are missing out on what looks like one of the most anticipated school events of the year.Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again when LHS matriculants spend the night bidding farewell to the institution that has served their educational needs for the past 5 years. It’s matric farewell time!last_img read more

THAI revives canal water along Vibhavadi Rangsit Road

first_imgTHAI revives canal water along Vibhavadi Rangsit RoadTHAI revives canal water along Vibhavadi Rangsit RoadThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) held an event to revive the quality of water that runs through the canal located next to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. This water resource management project signified THAI’s gratitude to His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Dr. Sumet Tantivejkul (fourth from left), Chairman of the Utokapat Foundation Under the Royal Patronage of H.M. The King, presided over the event at THAI Head Office alongside Flight Lieutenant Kanok Thongpurk (fifth from left), THAI Executive Vice President of Legal Management, with members of THAI Management and staff.THAI planted water pennyworts on artificial rafts and released them in the canal. The floating plant will help in wastewater treatment and increase oxygen in the canal alongside Vibhavadi Road.Source = THAIlast_img read more