10 months ago’Sick for football’ – Arsenal boss Emery given bizarre nickname by ex-players

first_img‘Sick for football’ – Arsenal boss Emery given bizarre nickname by ex-playersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery earned himself a bizarre nickname while managing at Almeria.The Spaniard helped Almeria to promotion to La Liga in 2007 before earning his first big move by joining Valencia a year later.According to Romaine Molina, the author of Unai Emery: El Maestro, the 47-year-old was known as a football nut by his players.”He is mad for football, he loves it,” Molina revealed.”His nickname when he was younger was ‘infermo de futbol,’ which means ‘sick for football’.”That is what one of his former players Laurent de Palmas used to say.”He told me that the players thought he breathed football, he sleeps football, maybe he even f***s football.”And he wasn’t laughing, he was serious while he was telling me.”Emery has had an instant impact since replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer. The Gunners are currently three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Roads Repaired in North Western St. Ann under JEEP

first_imgSeveral roadways in North Western St. Ann have been fixed under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Dayton Campbell, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21.He informed that so far, work has started or has been completed on the main roads from Orange Hill to Lower Buxton, Liberty Valley to Trysee, Philadelphia/Minard Hill, and recently work has commenced in sections of Cardiff Hall.“We have done patching to all main roads, namely: Bamboo to Brown’s Town, Brown’s Town to Runaway Bay, Brown’s Town to Discovery Bay, Brown’s Town to Stewart Town, Discovery Bay to Stewart Town, Bamboo to Priory, sections of Bamboo to Green Park and Brown’s Town to Alexandria,” Dr. Campbell said.He also expressed his appreciation to the JEEP Secretariat as well as to personnel in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing who have been responsive and responsible in carrying out their duties.“We must now move with speed to address Chester, Mt. Zion, Hazelwood, Lilyfield to FreeHill, Middle to Muirhouse Buxton, Benin, Goshen, Retirement to Keith, Seacrest, and Top Liberty Valley,” Dr. Campbell said.The JEEP is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to chronic unemployment among some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic groups, persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels.Approximately 37,000 persons have benefited from the Programme since it was launched last year.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Giant Frog Announces Spring is Finally Here

first_imgThe giant northern spring peeper, a seasonal fixture at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax for the past 21 years, finds its place on the southeast side of the museum at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May, 9. For many people, the giant spring peeper — made of wood and fibreglass, and about the size of a Volkswagen bug — announces that spring has officially arrived and that summer is just around the corner. The northern spring peeper is a tiny tree frog about the size of a quarter. Each spring children, adults and families wait and listen for the chorus of peeps — which are mating calls — as the official indicator that spring is here. The peeping sounds can be tracked across the province, starting in the more southern areas as early as late March. They can also be heard in northern areas of the province into June. This year peeps were heard later than usual. A first peep from Freeport, Digby Co. was reported on April 15. In Halifax Regional Municipality a peep was reported on April 27th at Julie’s Pond Princess Lodge. The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer Street, Halifax.last_img read more

Trump says US not involved in Iranian rocket failure

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump on Friday released a photograph of an apparently failed Iranian rocket launch and said that the United States had nothing to do with it. Tehran has made no official comment on the indications from aerial photos that a rocket exploded Thursday on the launch pad at the Semnan Space Center in northern Iran. But Trump tweeted a high-resolution picture of the location, with annotations pointing to damaged vehicles and the launch gantry, saying it involved Iran’s Safir satellite rocket. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The incident comes after months of tensions between Iran and Washington. Trump last year unilaterally withdrew from the landmark 2015 international deal that placed limits on Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, and he reimposed crippling financial penalties. “The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran,” Trump said in a tweet. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Publicly available satellite photos also show what appears to have been the rocket’s explosion on its launch pad. Tehran was believed to have been planning a third attempt to loft a satellite into space, after two launches in January and February failed to place satellites in orbit. Iran’s Minister for Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi rejected reports that a satellite had been lost, but did not comment on the alleged launch-pad explosion. “Apparently there were reports that the third attempt to put the satellite in orbit were unsuccessful. In fact, Nahid 1 is alright, and is right now in the laboratory. Reporters can come visit the laboratory, too. #transparency,” he tweeted. Azari Jahromi later posted a selfie of him in what appeared to be a laboratory alongside some equipment, tweeting: “Me & Nahid I right now, Good Morning Donald Trump!” Washington keeps a close eye on Iranian space activities as an indicator of advances in its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. Iran says its rocket program is for civilian use in space. However, because the rockets use similar technology to long-range ballistic missiles, Washington eyes the country’s activities skeptically. Earlier this week satellite photographs from Planet Labs had shown that a fresh coat of blue paint had been added to the launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Port, part of the Semnan Center, suggesting a launch was in preparation. Photographs taken on Thursday showed the paint scorched off of half of the pad. But the commercial photographs showed none of the detail that Trump’s did. Intelligence experts said Trump may have exposed a previously unknown level of resolution US spy satellites have achieved, or that, somehow, US intelligence was able to get a closer shot of the launch site from an overflying aircraft. Shadows and glare on Trump’s picture suggested it was a snapshot of the original taken with a cellphone, presumably in a secure environment like the White House Situation Room, which has multiple video screens for intelligence briefings. CNBC reported that a defense official confirmed the photo of the launch pad was included in Friday’s White House intelligence briefing. Speaking to reporters late Friday, Trump said he had the authority to release the picture. “They had a big problem,” he said of Iran’s launch. “We had a photo and I released it, which I had a right to do.” Allison Puccioni, an imagery specialist at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, said on Twitter that such resolution is not available to people in the open-source, or public intelligence community. “The dissemination of this image seems out-of-step with the US policy regarding its publication of such data. Not sure what the political objective of dissemination was,” she said. The New York Times reported this week that the US staged a secret cyberattack in June against a database used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to plot attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, the latest in an ongoing cyberconflict between the US and Iran.last_img read more

Nakota chief says TransCanada used conniving tactics to secure Energy East deal

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chief of a Saskatchewan First Nation says TransCanada used underhanded tactics to secure a deal with his community on the Energy East pipeline project before a scheduled band election at the end of the month.Carry the Kettle Chief Barry Kennedy said TransCanada used “sneaky and conniving business practices” to convince a group of councillors to sign onto an $18 million deal that would allow the energy firm to repurpose pipelines crossing through reserve lands for the proposed Energy East project.The deal still needs final approval through a band council resolution and a sign-off from the Indigenous Affairs department because it involves a surrender of land along the pipelines’ right-of-way, said Kennedy.The vote on a new band council is scheduled for March 31. The community votes on a new government every two years.Carry the Kettle is a Nakota First Nation with about 3,000 band members. The community sits about 80 kilometres east of Regina.Five TransCanada pipelines cross through Carry the Kettle’s reserve territory and the energy firm is looking to repurpose three of those pipelines, which currently carry natural gas, to transport oil as part of the Energy East project.“To be trying to get a deal at the 11th hour on the eve of an election is just not good business,” said Kennedy. “They know that Carry the Kettle is in election mode. Their liaison for the last couple of years…is running for chief.”Kennedy said he is exploring legal options to kill the proposed agreement.Kennedy is running for chief against Elsie Jack, who is described as a TransCanada employee in consultation logs submitted by the energy firm with the National Energy Board as part of the Energy East approval process.Jack did not respond to a request for comment.TransCanada’s proposed $15 billion, 4,600 kilometre Energy East pipeline is projected to carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to Saint John, N.B., for refining.  The pipeline project would cross through the territories of 155 First Nations.Carry the Kettle First Nation is a pinch-point for the Energy East pipeline project.The proposed Energy East agreement with Carry the Kettle would renew TransCanada’s easement over the existing pipeline right-of-way through the reserve and allow it to pump oil through the territory, according to a copy of the proposed deal obtained by APTN National News.The proposed TransCanada agreement with Carry the KettleDownload (PDF, Unknown)The agreement would also give TransCanada “the right to pass and repass over the reserve to such extent as may from time to time be reasonably required for the purpose of ingress and egress to and from the right-of-way.”Under the deal, Carry the Kettle would agree to “not oppose, interfere or try to set aside Energy East project approvals” in exchange for $18 million, says the document titled, Relationship Agreement Term Sheet.Under the agreement, TransCanada would give Carry the Kettle $7 million from the Energy East project. About $300,000 of the total would flow immediately to the First Nation once the company received an official sign-off on the term sheet of the deal. The document states the money could be used for community consultation on the deal, a legal review and a signing ceremony for the final agreement.The rest of the money would flow in phases, including $450,000 for a new firetruck which would be transferred within 10 business days of the signing of a final deal. That money would be followed by $1.7 million which would flow 10 days after the final agreement comes into force. The community would then get $500,000 on the anniversary of the agreement.Carry the Kettle may have to wait to receive the remaining $4 million. According to the agreement, the First Nation would get $2 million after Energy East receives a “positive final investment decision” which usually precedes the construction phase. The First Nation would get another $2 million after the Energy East project goes live.The federal Liberal cabinet is expected to make a final decision on the Energy East pipeline by the middle of 2018. If approved, the pipeline could be moving oil by 2020.The deal with TransCanada would also give Carry the Kettle $11 million in “legacy payments” over the next 20 years, or $550,000 a year, as compensation for the historical trespass of the existing pipelines through the reserve.Carry the Kettle First Nation Coun. Kurt Adams said he believes the deal with TransCanada is a good one.He said money from the deal would be used for a much needed senior’s home, a new administration office, the expansion of the local store and a community centre with a skating rink.Adams said community members would all get a copy of the agreement and an information session is planned for after the election.“Right now, it is a campaign thing and it is getting kind of political,” said Adams. “It’s not a done deal.”Adams said Carry the Kettle could ask for changes in the agreement “if the community thinks it’s not enough.”TransCanada said in an emailed statement that it expects the deal to change as a result of the consultation process.“We expect both parties will seek confirmation and concessions through this process as this was an important milestone for both parties and provides Carry the Kettle with a range of benefits,” said the statement.The deal was agreed to by a quorum of five councillors after negotiations with TransCanada.Kennedy has been in a dispute with the band councillors for over a year and was not involved in the direct negotiations.Carry the Kettle First Nation Chief Barry Kenndy. APTN/PhotoKennedy said the agreement, which was announced last week, is a bad deal for Carry the Kettle.“To put an agreement like this that is taking all Carry the Kettle’s rights way from the tract of land with no economic and environment safety nets in place. Everything is at the mercy of (the company),” he said.  “In this agreement every time we want to cross that piece of land we have to go and ask their permission to do what we want on our land.”Kennedy said the deal also offers too little compensation for the historical trespass of pipelines through Carry the Kettle’s lands which date back to the 1950s. The compensation for the historical trespass should be at least $56 million, said Kennedy.Kennedy also said he wants Carry the Kettle to have an equity stake in the Energy East project.“Why can’t Carry the Kettle have an equity portion? What is wrong with sharing? Why aren’t we allowed to put a tariff on the product that goes through that line, even for 20 cents a barrel? We would make millions of dollars.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera–Editor’s note: Article was updated on March 10 to change the last name of Elsie Koochicum to Elsie Jack. Elsie Jack said Koochicum is her maiden name and she now goes by Jack.last_img read more

Two killed as their car falls into drain in Gzb

first_imgGhaziabad: Two persons were killed while two others were fatally injured after their car turned turtle and fell into a drain in Niwari area of Ghaziabad on late Sunday night. Police officials said that the victims were on their way to Meerut from Ghaziabad.According to police, the victims identified as Kuldeep (25), Bijendra Singh Chauhan (60), died in the incident while Neeraj Kumar and Krishan Kumar were critically injured. Cops added that those died were working as contractual employees in electricity board. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”A police control room (PCR) call was received around 11:45 pm where a passerby reported the matter. A police team immediately rushed to the spot and found that a car has fallen into a drain. The car was pulled out of the drain with the help of crane. The victims were rushed to a nearby private hospital where two persons were declared brought dead while two have been receiving treatment at the hospital,” said Dharmendra Kumar, Station House officer of Niwari police station. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsCops said that the incident occurred due to over speeding. “Prima Facie it appears that the driver of car had lost his control over the speeding vehicle which turned turtle and fell into the drain. No other person was injured in the incident. The bodies of deceased have been sent for the postmortem while no compliant has been received in the matter so far. We will investigate the case if a complaint is received,” added Kumar. In a similar incident, two members of a family died after a car carrying six members of a family fell into a drain in front of Civil Lines police Chowki on GT Road on January 28. Police said the driver lost his control over the vehicle while two persons aged 20 and 40 years respectively died in the incident. The incident also occurred late in night while the car crashed into the divider and fell into the drain. The family was returning from a birthday party when the incident occurred.last_img read more

UNICEF continues child health campaign amid crisis in Zimbabwe

UNICEF’s child health days campaign aims to reach Zimbabwe’s 2 million under-five children with immunization and vitamin A coverage, the agency’s spokesperson Veronique Taveau told reporters in Geneva today.During the campaign health workers and volunteers conducted outreach activities to schools, community centres and mobile clinics across the country. Children, even in hard-to-reach areas, were immunized against tuberculosis, measles, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza and polio. While continuing its work in Zimbabwe, Ms. Taveau said that UNICEF remained seriously concerned about the impact on children of the current ban prohibiting NGOs from operating in communities.The ban, imposed on 4 June, poses serious problems for the humanitarian community amid galloping inflation and Zimbabwe’s serious food crisis, according to Ms. Taveau. 8 August 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has carried out a nationwide child health campaign in Zimbabwe this week, but says it is seriously concerned about an ongoing ban on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the country’s communities. read more

More UN peacekeepers arrive in Haiti

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said 110 members of a Jordanian formed police unit arrived yesterday in the capital, Port-au-Prince, to join the peacekeeping operation. At full strength, the operation will have more than 8,300 troops and police.Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Juan Gabriel Valdés, toured the newly cleared and secured port and customs authority areas yesterday to observe the resumed economic activity.”Economic security is very important to Haiti. We cannot permit ourselves to put in danger the progress already achieved in Haiti. Any threat to economic security is also a threat to the international community,” he said.He also looked at the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) distribution of food that previously had been blocked by dissident gangs in the port area.WFP said last week, “Hundreds of containers with food and other humanitarian aid have been blocked for weeks, because workers have not dared to return to work.”To make up for the shortfall, the agency had bought 440 tons of fortified maize meal in the Dominican Republic for Port-au-Prince and 230 tons of fortified biscuits in Cuba for victims in Gonaïves of the floods and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne. read more

UN expert criticizes States for ganging up on Wikileaks Assange warns against

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Source: Screen grab from OHCHR video“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Mr. Melzer asserted.“Since 2010, when Wikileaks started publishing evidence of war crimes and torture committed by US forces, we have seen a sustained and concerted effort by several States towards getting Mr. Assange extradited to the United States for prosecution, raising serious concern over the criminalization of investigative journalism in violation of both the US Constitution and international human rights law,” the expert spelled out.Since then, he said that there has been a “relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation” against the defendant – not only in the US, but also in the UK, Sweden and more recently, Ecuador – that includes humiliating, debasing and threatening statements in the press and online as well as by senior political figures and magistrates involved in proceedings.“In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination”, the UN expert asserted.Cellblock meetingOn 9 May, the Special Rapporteur visited Mr. Assange with two medical experts who specialize in examining victims of ill-treatment. The team spoke to the prisoner and conducted a thorough medical assessment.“Collective persecution of Julian #Assange must end now. My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights,”- Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on #Torture ➡https://t.co/7SKpiqUM11 pic.twitter.com/e0CwLzs6B7— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) May 31, 2019 “It was obvious that Mr. Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years,” the expert said. “Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr. Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.”Calling the evidence “overwhelming and clear,” Mr. Melzer said that Mr. Assange “has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture”.The Special Rapporteur condemned “in the strongest terms” the “deliberate, concerted and sustained nature of the abuse inflicted” on the prisoner.“By displaying an attitude of complacency at best, and of complicity at worst, these governments have created an atmosphere of impunity encouraging Mr. Assange’s uninhibited vilification and abuse”, the expert argued.In official letters, Mr. Melzer urged the four involved governments to cease all activities prejudicial to Mr. Assange’s human rights and to provide him with redress and rehabilitation for past harm.He appealed to the UK not to extradite the prisoner to the US or any other State that would not provide guarantees against his onward transfer to the US; and reminded Britain of its obligation to ensure Assange’s unimpeded access to legal counsel and adequate preparation for his proceedings. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now”, concluded the UN expert.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honourary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. “My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” said Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, in a statement.Mr. Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years – UN expertHe said he was “particularly alarmed” at the recent announcement that the US Department of Justice had lodged 17 new charges against Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act, which could lead to a sentence of 175 years in prison.“This may well result in a life sentence without parole, or possibly even the death penalty, if further charges were to be added in the future,” said the Special Rapporteur, who was also following up on earlier concerns for Mr. Assange’s health.On Thursday, according to reports, he was too ill to appear via video-link from a British prison in a hearing over an extradition request from the US.Although Mr. Assange is not being held in solitary confinement, Mr. Melzer said he was gravely concerned over the limited frequency and duration of lawyers’ visits and lack of access to case files, which make it impossible to prepare and adequate defense. read more

Metso expands Latin America offering with HighService Service

first_imgMetso has completed its acquisition of HighService Service, the service division of the Chilean mining engineering, construction and technology company HighService Corp, adding around 1,000 employees to its expanding Latin America operations.The acquisition was announced in January and was approved by the Chilean competition authority in March.Mikko Keto, President of Metso’s Minerals Services and Pumps business areas, said: “This acquisition expands our service offering in the Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets and supports Metso’s growth strategy. It brings us more service experts to support our customers in the region and we are happy to welcome our new colleagues to Metso.”Just a few weeks ago, Metso was awarded a contract to supply crushing and material handling equipment for the first stage of Codelco’s El Teniente copper mine expansion project in central Chile.HighService Service offers its customers a variety of services from maintenance to commissioning and remote monitoring. Its circa-1,000 employees are in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Its sales in the fiscal year 2017 were €60 million ($66.2 million).last_img read more

Marée noire BP conclut un accord à lamiable de 78 milliards de

first_imgMarée noire : BP conclut un accord “à l’amiable” de 7,8 milliards de dollarsHier, le géant pétrolier BP, responsable de la marée noire dans le Golfe du Mexique en 2010, a annoncé avoir conclu un accord “à l’amiable” avec des victimes de la catastrophe. Montant de l’accord : 7,8 milliards de dollars…L’accord qui vient d’être conclu entre BP et des victimes de la marée noire de 2010 doit encore être ratifié par la justice américaine. Il a pour but de réparer “la majorité des pertes économiques de particuliers ainsi que les dommages sanitaires engendrés par l’accident de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon et la marée noire”, a annoncé le groupe dans un communiqué. Toutefois, les 7,8 milliards de dollars que prévoit de débourser BP ne suffiront pas à lui éviter les plaintes du ministère américain de la Justice, de plusieurs Etats, des agences fédérales et des collectivités locales. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cet accord ne concerne pas non plus les plaintes déposées par les actionnaires des entreprises touchés par le moratoire sur les forages dans le golfe du Mexique. Cependant, pour Bob Dudley, le patron du groupe, “cet accord illustre la bonne volonté de BP à résoudre une part importante des problèmes causés par l’accident. BP s’est engagé à participer à l’effort de réhabilitation économique et écologique de la côte du Golfe et cet accord constitue un cadre pour tenir nos promesses”, a-t-il ajouté cité par l’AFP.La facture totale reste la grande inconnue de cette affaire qui n’a pas fini de faire parler d’elle. Pour faire face, le groupe va puiser dans les fonds qu’il a mis de côté en 2010. L’indemnisation des victimes de la marée noire avait, à l’époque, été estimée à 20 milliards de dollars, ce qui laisse encore une petite marge à BP.Le 19 avril 2012 à 12:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

THE EUPHORIA SPARKED BY A WRESTLING MATCH

first_imgmotorcycles were running at breakneck speed. Traffic regulations were pushed aside and the law of the jungle took full sway as children and young people took over the streets waving flags and beating drums. Transports which were unfortunate to be on the road received unprecedented interruptions as the mob took over the road in spontaneous processions .The police , looking helpless stood aside to wait for the momentum to die on its own. As we questioned some people, it became apparent that some did not even see the match but were driven by the wave.Senegalese and Gambians need to question whether a physical fight between two well trained and muscular adults should be a sport. Should violence be a source of fun and jubilation? In our view, wrestling could only be a sport if it does not involve exchanges of blows and is restricted to bringing the opponent down on a soft surface to avoid any injury. Fight by adults for money is no different from slavery. It is an inhuman and degrading act which should not evoke joy from any one. It should be abolished.]]>last_img read more

Mother grandmother make plea deal in toddlers kidnapping

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A little boy’s mother and grandmother accused of kidnapping the child reached a plea agreement in court, Monday.Leydibet Hernandez and Lazara Ortiz pleaded guilty to interfering with custody of a minor. They will both serve one year of house arrest followed by one year of probation.Authorities said Hernandez, who lost custody of her 21-month-old son, snatched him from a crib at a home in Miami back in March. They said her mother helped her buy bus tickets.Hernandez was arrested while heading to Texas with the child with plans of crossing the border to Mexico.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OBITUARY Ernest Ernie Merrill 65

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Ernest “Ernie” Merrill, age 65, of Wilmington, passed away on May 28, 2019.Ernie was the beloved husband of Joanne (Miller). They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. He was son of the late Rita M. and Frederick Clague Sr.He’s the proud father of 3 children – E.J. and his wife Angela of Wilmington; Christopher and his wife Sharon of Billerica; and Melissa and her husband Christopher Glidden of Chelmsford. He is also the father-in-law of the late Jeffry Heroux.He is the incredibly proud “Papa” and “Papabear” to his six grandchildren – Alex, Cameron, Alexis, Madelyn, Lucas and Avery.Ernie was a retired member of the Teamsters Union Local 25. He drove over the road for many years seeing most of the US, worked on the “Big Dig”, and for the last 20 years drove a flatbed for O.B. Hill Trucking and Rigging. He delivered precast concrete and other building materials to numerous sites including the Boston Garden, Fenway Park, the Pru, Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber, and Logan Airport. There weren’t too many projects in Boston that he didn’t have a hand in.Ernie loved to camp with his family and vacation with his wife in Florida. He loved to golf and loved dogs, especially his German Shepherd Max.He was a die-hard Patriot’s fan, loved Las Vegas, Foxwood’s and was looking forward to the opening of the Encore casino.More than anything he loved being “Papa Bear”. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. They were the light of his life.Ernie will be remembered most for his love for his family. They were his whole world.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations made to the MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Karnataka 2nd PUC results 2019 declared How to check online

first_imgStudents appear in ICSE class 10 exams in Kolkata on Feb 26, 2018 [Representational picture]IANS [Representational Image]The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEM) will declare the second Pre-University Examination 2019 results on Monday, April 15, afternoon.Students who appeared for the Board examination conducted from March 1- 18, 2019 can check results at 12 pm. While the results were expected by 11 am, officials said that it has been delayed and pushed to noon.The results were announced by C Shikha, Director of Department of Pre-University Education (PUE). The overall pass percentage this year is 67.73 per cent and a student from Udupi district of the state has topped the Board exam.Uduppi has the topped with the highest number of pass rate at 92.9 per cent and Dakshina Kannada is in second place with 91.9 per cent pass rate.With 61.73 per cent candidates clearing the PUC exam on2019, the pass percentage has increased by 2.15 per cent from that last year.How to check Karnataka Pre-University Certification (PUC) Examination II 2019 results online: -Step 1: Visit the official website kseeb.kar.nic.in or pue.kar.nic.in Step 2: Click on the link Karnataka PUC Result 2019Step 3: Enter your credentials (register number etc.)Step 4: Click on SubmitStep 5: Download and take a print out of the result (for future reference)To get your results via SMS: -Step 1: SMS – KAR12ROLLNUMBERStep 2: Send to 56263last_img read more

I dont care whose son he is PM Modi condemns Akash Vijayvargiya

first_imgPM Modi slammed those who had started firing guns when Akash Vijayvargiya was released from jail.With just three days left for Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Budget in Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) conducted its first parliamentary party meeting, which started at 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 2.Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the June 26 incident where BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, the son of BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, beat up a civic official with a cricket bat during a demolition drive in Indore.Expressing his anger over Akash Vijayvargiya, PM Modi said this sort of behaviour is not acceptable and those who encourage such behaviour should also be removed from the party. “I don’t care whose son was behind the incident, it was completely unwarranted and not acceptable,” the PM told BJP MPs in the party meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and Home Minister Amit Shah arrive for BJP parliamentary meeting.The BJP was supposed to hold its first Parliamentary Party meeting on June 25, which had to be postponed due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP and Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini.A press release issued by the Parliament Office secretary stated, “A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party will be held at 9:30 am on July 2, 2019, in the GMC Balayogi Auditorium of Parliament Library Building (PLB). All BJP Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are requested to attend the meeting in time.”BJP veterans including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were not present at the BJP meeting owing to the 75-year age bar the party introduced for its Lok Sabha candidates.Apart from the significance of the ongoing session, in which the BJP government hopes for the passage of many bills, PM Modi also spoke about key decisions his dispensation has taken since the BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive mandate. PM Modi returned to India on Saturday (June 29) after attending his sixth G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. During the two-day summit, PM Modi met several world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French president Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.last_img read more

Police seek suspect in murder streamed on Facebook

first_imgThis handout photograph obtained April 17, 2017 courtesy of the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens who police are searching for after authoritites said Stephens had murdered a man live on Facebook in the US state of Ohio. Photo: AFPCleveland police issued an arrest warrant Monday for a gunman they said murdered a man in a crime he broadcast live on Facebook.Officials in the Ohio city said suspect Steve Stephens, 37, shot his 74-year old victim Robert Godwin Sr at random on Easter Sunday, in cold blood.”Suspect did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live and has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides which are still NOT verified,” Cleveland police said in a statement.”Suspect in this case is… armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1. Do not approach.”Police said Stevens may be out of the midwestern state, and asked residents of Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania to be on alert.Stevens worked for Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency serving children through mental health services, foster care and adoption, at-risk youth programs and other services.In his broadcast, Stevens displayed his Beech Brook badge. The facility did not immediately respond to requests for comment.At a press conference late Sunday, authorities urged Stephens to turn himself in.”Everyone is out there looking for Steve. We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now, and we want him to turn himself in,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters, adding that local authorities were working with the FBI and regional law enforcement.”We have all of our partners in on this, and we’ll look until we find him.”Mayor Frank Jackson told reporters police were still trying to communicate with the suspect.”We want to communicate to him that we know who he is, and that he will eventually be caught. And that we’re saying to him that he need not do any more,” said Jackson.Stephens was at large after fleeing in a white Ford Fusion with temporary license plates, police said.Some local media reported that he had boasted on Facebook of killing more than a dozen people in an Easter Day massacre, but authorities said there was no indication of a broader killing spree.last_img read more

Riot Erupts after Funeral for Freddie Gray in Police Custody

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order.Seven officers were hurt, some with broken bones, and one was unresponsive, said Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. Officers wearing helmets and wielding shields occasionally used pepper spray to keep the rioters back. For the most part, though, they relied on line formations to keep protesters at bay.[wowslider id=”33″]Monday’s riot was the latest flare-up over the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, whose fatal encounter with officers came amid the national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved. Gray was African-American.Emergency officials were constantly thwarted as they tried to restore calm. Firefighters trying to put out a blaze at a CVS store were hindered by someone who sliced holes in a hose connected to a fire hydrant, spraying water all over the street and nearby buildings.The smell of burned rubber wafted in the air in one neighborhood where youths were looting a liquor store. Police stood still nearby as people drank looted alcohol. Glass and trash littered the streets, and small fires were scattered about. One person from a church tried to shout something from a megaphone as two cars burned.Gray’s family was shocked by the violence and was lying low; instead, they hoped to organize a peace march later in the week, said family attorney Billy Murphy. He said they did not know the riot was going to happen and urged calm.“They don’t want this movement nationally to be marred by violence,” he said. “It makes no sense.”Police urged parents to locate their children and bring them home. Many of those on the streets appeared to be African-American youths, wearing backpacks and khaki pants that are a part of many public school uniforms.The riot broke out just as high school let out, and at a key city bus depot for student commuters around Mondawmin Mall, a shopping area northwest of downtown Baltimore. It shifted about a mile away later to the heart of an older shopping district and near where Gray first encountered police. Both commercial areas are in African-American neighborhoods.Downtown Baltimore, the Inner Harbor tourist attractions and the city’s baseball and football stadiums are nearly 4 miles away. While the violence had not yet reached City Hall and the Camden Yards area, the Orioles canceled Monday’s game for safety precautions.Many who had never met Gray gathered earlier in the day in a Baltimore church to bid him farewell and press for more accountability among law enforcement.The 2,500-capacity New Shiloh Baptist church was filled with mourners. But even the funeral could not ease mounting tensions.Police said in a news release sent while the funeral was underway that the department had received a “credible threat” that three notoriously violent gangs are now working together to “take out” law enforcement officers.A small group of mourners started lining up about two hours ahead of Monday’s funeral. Placed atop Gray’s body was a white pillow with a screened picture of him. A projector aimed at two screens on the walls showed the words “Black Lives Matter & All Lives Matter.”The service lasted nearly two hours, with dignitaries in attendance including former Maryland representative and NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume and current Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes.Erica Garner, 24, the daughter of Eric Garner, attended Gray’s funeral. She said she came after seeing video of Gray’s arrest, which she said reminded her of her father’s shouts that he could not breathe when he was being arrested on a New York City street. Garner died during the confrontation.“It’s like there is no accountability, no justice,” she said. “It’s like we’re back in the ’50s, back in the Martin Luther King days. When is our day to be free going to come?”With the Rev. Jesse Jackson sitting behind him, the Rev. Jamal Bryant gave a rousing and spirited eulogy for Freddie Gray, a message that received a standing ovation from the crowded church.Bryant said Gray’s death would spur further protests, and he urged those in the audience to join.“Freddie’s death is not in vain,” Bryant said. “After this day, we’re going to keep on marching. After this day, we’re going to keep demanding justice.”Gray was arrested after making eye contact with officers and then running away, police said. He was held down, handcuffed and loaded into a van without a seat belt. Leg cuffs were put on him when he became irate inside.He asked for medical help several times even before being put in the van, but paramedics were not called until after a 30-minute ride. Police have acknowledged he should have received medical attention on the spot where he was arrested, but they have not said how his spine was injured.___Associated Press writers Juliet Linderman and Jeff Horwitz contributed to this report.last_img read more

3 Steps to Take to Start Transitioning Your Business to SaaS

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A big conversation these days concerns the debate between on-premises technology versus off-site cloud services. As subscription-based, scalable cloud software — that is, software as a service (SaaS) — becomes increasingly commonplace, more and businesses are trading in-house legacy systems for their off-site counterparts.In fact, Gartner predicts that by the end of this year, the worldwide public cloud-services market, which includes SaaS, will have grown by 18 percent over 2016.Certainly, moving to cloud software might seem intimidating to some business leaders. They might think they need data on-site for security or compliance reasons, or that a transition to SaaS products would be too costly or disruptive. So, the frequent result is that they simply stick with what’s working for (or familiar to) them. Because, well, change is difficult.But the switch to SaaS is worth it, in most cases. Currently, major software vendors are investing most of their innovation and resources into cloud-based software products, so that’s where you want to be long-term as a business owner.For products such as Windows and Office Suite, Microsoft has been focusing on its cloud offering of Microsoft 365 and Office 365. That means that on-premises Microsoft Office won’t keep innovating and evolving at the same pace; it’s already lagging behind in evolution. Additionally, customers are also keen to use the newest technology, whether it be a fresh smartphone or the latest version of an app.Related: 4 Ways SaaS Can Make Entrepreneurs More Efficient and CompetitiveFor companies, then, looking for the integration flexibility, scalability and predictable costs of SaaS, here are three steps you can take to ease the transition:1. Find out what employees want to use.Incorporating new tools sometimes isn’t appealing to business owners because their teams are already used to other systems. Adjusting to another tool, after all, takes time and therefore resources, so why change what’s already working? But chances are good that some of your employees or teams are already using SaaS software, meaning that the transition won’t be so daunting.Tools such as Box or Dropbox are becoming commonplace even in individuals’ daily lives, with the latter boasting about 500 million users. Figure out where and why employees are using these applications instead of in-house solutions — the reason is likely superior user experience and convenience — and decide whether you want to formally adopt some of your staffers’ preferred software.Related: 3 Ways to Make Your Business More Efficient2. Implement SaaS where it’s needed most.Seeing what your employees are already comfortable with is just one way to approach cloud adoption. Another track you can take is to examine your current workflows to identify inefficiencies, then see which tools on the market can address those gaps in productivity.For instance, tedious or repetitive tasks such as setting appointments with clients, file-sharing or invoice processing can all be automated with a subscription-based tool. Examine what you and your team are doing — which tasks hold the most importance versus what takes the most time — and determine where you can outsource to the cloud.According to Planview’s Powering Productivity, a study on efficiency in the workplace, inefficient processes are the number one culprit behind wasted hours, so investing in a tool that addresses those kinks in operations can help reduce that loss.3. Take it slow.If employees are already using some SaaS products, congratulations — you’ve already started easing into the transition. Don’t feel that all your operations have to go to SaaS, especially not all at once.At my company, for example, we have several clients who will use our SaaS products as a customer relationship-management tool, but still use on-premise software, like Microsoft Office, for tasks like word processing and spreadsheets. As employees get more comfortable with the tools, many will transition to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 at their own pace. Regardless of how you portion out various aspects of your business, it really is okay to take it slow and integrate SaaS at a pace that works for you and your employees.Related: Get a Grip on Your Operating Costs By Moving to the CloudPeople are often averse to change, but businesses can’t afford to be if they want to remain competitive. Legacy systems might work now, but in the long run, they become less compatible, less secure and more expensive. The reliability, flexibility and performance of cloud computing also come at a scalable price. All you need to do to take advantage of it is take the leap. Register Now » 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 29, 2017last_img read more

People may soon be able to sharpen their focus and boost

first_imgSource Two hundred and thirty-five years after the Italian scientist Luigi Galvani reported that dismembered frog legs twitch in response to a static charge applied to a nerve, we are still exploring the mysteries of what he called “Animal electricity,” especially in the brain.Aron Barbey, a neuroscientist, is the director of the University of Illinois’ Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at the university’s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and his experiments appear to point to a time when students, soldiers, executives and the elderly could all benefit from a treatment called transcranial direct-current stimulation.It’s not hard to understand why the Air Force would be interested in what Barbey has to offer.In a series of studies published since 2013 in NeuroImage, Brain Stimulation, and other journals, tDCS alone was shown to reduce fatigue and improve or preserve performance.McKinley, who has been working with tDCS since 2007, says the effect of a 30-minute tDCS dose of two milliamperes in the morning “Lasts all day long.” In a related, yet-to-be-published AFRL sleep deprivation study, subjects were kept awake for 21 hours, then given either caffeine, sham tDCS or actual tDCS before continuing their duties for up to another 15 hours.The protocol Barbey has designed combines tDCS, nutrition, and cognitive and physical exercise in a comprehensive regimen with the potential to enhance everything from math skills to abstract reasoning.Building on that knowledge, Barbey, with various co-authors, went on to publish a formidable series of papers identifying brain networks for general intelligence, emotional intelligence, cognitive flexibility, working memory and more.In what might be considered his lesion-mapping masterwork, published in the journal Brain in April 2012, Barbey and colleagues ambitiously laid out an architecture for general intelligence and executive function-complex, goal-directed behaviors that involve widely distributed parts of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex.That study, one of the largest and most comprehensive assessments of its kind conducted to date, involved 182 Vietnam veterans and concluded that intelligence “Reflects the ability effectively to integrate verbal, spatial, motor and executive processes via a circumscribed set of cortical connections.” Barbey and his team were able to pinpoint many of these connections and describe how they worked.“We spend all this time developing these theories and thinking about the nature of the human mind and working hard to try to understand the function of these brain networks. And it becomes this very scientific, very technical enterprise. But then, once you begin working with individuals, working with patients, with Vietnam veterans, it becomes immediately apparent that there is this critical issue at stake. And it is about improving the quality of people’s lives, and finding solutions to these very hard problems that they are facing.”Stimulating the correct networks, Barbey says, depends on knowing which ones are involved in a given task and being able to target those networks at the proper dose and duration.In a typical tDCS experiment targeting the central executive network, Barbey arranges the electrodes to send the current through the frontal and parietal lobes as his subjects perform a computer-based task.Barbey says the electrical current enhances the excitability of the neurons involved in the task, making them more likely to fire and strengthening the synaptic connections between them.In a September 2015 paper, the AFRL scientist Ryan Jankord and colleagues reported that 30 minutes of tDCS in rats “Induced a robust enhancement” of the connections between cells in the hippocampus that are critical for learning and memory.In humans, tDCS also appears to recruit additional neurons not initially involved in a task, creating what Barbey calls sub-networks that improve performance.“It’s only effective under specific conditions, where you are delivering electric current to regions that are involved in the task.” This is an essential part of how he administers tDCS: The subject has to be actively using the parts of the brain in question.Research by the Air Force, unrelated to clinical disorders, may point to another potential benefit of therapeutic tDCS: Teams of researchers in Germany, Brazil, and the U.S. have found that two weeks of daily tDCS can result in weeks or even months of improved performance on a very specific task.Barbey’s lab launched the program in 2014, with $12.7 million in funding from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.Exercise might seem low-tech compared with tDCS. But Barbey is just as interested in the power of sweat as he is in the potential of electricity.Though Barbey says, the definitive clinical trial remains to be done, more than 40 years of research show an increase in gray matter volume among aerobically fit older adults, as well as a 40 percent reduced risk of cognitive decline among those who exercise regularly.“If we were to go outside right now and run at full speed all the way down to the end of the street and then run full speed all the way back,” says Barbey, “When we sat down here to continue our conversation we would be more attentive, our memory would be improved, we would have better executive control functions, and those effects would last about 20 to 30 minutes.”Barbey also wants to understand the impact of nutrition on brain health and cognition.The formula is proprietary, but Barbey says it includes ingredients to promote muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and aerobic fitness, as well as brain health.In short, Barbey believes that exercise and nutrition can provide lasting, holistic benefits that are just stimulating specific brain networks could likely never deliver.“But we’re still learning about these methods, and we’re still running experiments to evaluate their efficacy. So it’s still too early. And that’s what happens with commercialism. They go way too fast.” Barbey holds an overall dim view of the commercial brain-training industry and doesn’t want people to lump his work in with its offerings.last_img read more