In the news today Sept 11

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 11———FEDERAL ELECTION TO BEGIN TODAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau kicks off his bid for re-election today, heading to Rideau Hall this morning to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament. With that will begin a 40-day campaign that will see Trudeau make the pitch to Canadians that he should be given a second term, while his opponents focus not just on why he shouldn’t but why they should govern instead. Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third. Rounding out the slate are the nascent People’s Party of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois, which is hoping to recapture its primacy in Quebec.———FEDERAL LIBERALS, TORIES IN DEAD HEAT: POLLA new poll suggests the Liberals and Conservatives were running neck-and-neck during warm-up laps for the 40-day federal election campaign. The Leger poll, released today just hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to ask the Governor General to fire the starting gun, suggests the NDP and Greens were also in a dead heat — competing for a distant third place. The online poll of 1,546 eligible voters, conducted Sept. 6 to 9, put Conservative support at 35 per cent to the Liberals’ 34 per cent. The NDP and Greens were tied at 11 per cent, with the fledgling People’s Party bringing up the rear with just three per cent.———STUDY SHOWS RISE IN VIOLENCE IN ONTARIO SCHOOLSA study from the University of Ottawa suggests there has been a sharp increase in the level of violence teachers face while working in Ontario’s elementary schools. A team of researchers surveyed more than 1,600 educators last year to gauge the number of times they encountered violence from students, parents or administrators during the 2017-18 school year. They then compared those results to a survey by three major unions in 2005, which found seven per cent of teachers at the time reported experiencing bullying. The researchers found that number had surged nearly seven-fold in the intervening years, with 54 per cent of respondents saying they had experienced physical violence. The survey found 72 per cent of participants reported explicit verbal insults or obscene gestures from a student, with 41 per cent saying they’d had similar encounters with a parent.———FEDERAL LIBERALS APPOINT PAY EQUITY COMMISSIONERThe Liberal government has announced Canada’s first federal pay equity commissioner on the eve of the expected election call. Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says Karen Jensen will provide direction for the administration and enforcement of the new Pay Equity Act. A government release Tuesday says Jensen is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in human rights, constitutional, administrative and labour law cases for more than 25 years. Hajdu says because the act is not expected to come into force until 2020, Jensen will be appointed to the Canadian Human Rights Commission effective Oct. 16 to deal with the work required to establish the new pay equity division.———TORIES WIN MAJORITY IN MANITOBA ELECTIONBrian Pallister and his Progressive Conservatives have won a renewed majority from Manitoba voters to continue a program of cost-cutting and tax reductions. The Tories lost a few seats Tuesday to the New Democrats, including one held by cabinet minister Colleen Mayer. Pallister, who called the election more than a year ahead of schedule, said the result is still a very strong mandate, but added that his party could communicate better on issues such as health reform. Pallister’s fiscal restraint has included the downgrading of three hospital emergency rooms into urgent care centres, which do not handle life-threatening issues such as heart attacks. Pallister has promised to balance the budget in his second term, after a string of deficits started under the former NDP government a decade ago.———INDIGENOUS, TWO-SPIRIT COUPLE WINS AMAZING RACE CANADAAnthony Johnson and James Mokakis hope being the first Indigenous, two-spirit couple to compete on “The Amazing Race Canada” would give them a national platform to highlight issues close to their hearts. Over weeks of intense challenges that saw them criss-cross the country, the pair from Edmonton donned outfits meant to call attention to specific topics. Handmade red skirts and a bandana was for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and blue shirts emblazoned with “Water Is Life” was to show the cultural and ceremonial importance of water. Now that they’ve been crowned the winners, the married couple — who identify as two-spirit, a term used by some Indigenous peoples to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity — said they want to use their fame to continue fundraising for a cultural healing centre in Alberta’s Kehewin Cree Nation.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Stand.earth releases the report “Trans Mountain Pipeline: The truth about construction,” which argues the Canadian federal government faces major construction challenges and questions the project’s three-year construction timeline.— Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will speak at a addictions conference today in Calgary.— Mason Thomas, an eight-year-old Alberta boy who underwent a heart transplant at the age of six, gets a 3D model of his heart today built in the form of a Tie Fighter from Star Wars.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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2pronged training programme for polling personnel

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to make the polling personnel equipped to perform their duties in a proper manner during the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, two-pronged training programmes would be conducted among all the polling personnel in the state.Apart from training workshops, online trainings may be imparted among them so that they can conduct the elections without any problem. Various training programmes would be conducted among the polling personnel in phases starting from the end of the current month. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior ECI officials would conduct training among the polling personnel when the latter would be given a detailed outline on how to perform their assigned tasks and to mobilise the election machinery. There may be an online training where the poll personnel would be given various modules containing several questions related to the procedure of conducting elections. If a poll personnel is able to answer the questions of a particular module correctly, then he/she will be able to proceed to the next module. Attempting the question-answer format will help them clear their confusion regarding poll-related issues. There will be a set of master trainers who will train the participants in various batches. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe programme aims at empowering the trainers of all categories with training techniques and methodologies, thereby ensuring better delivery and interactive training programmes. It may be mentioned that a certification programme had already been conducted among the District Election Officers (DEO) and Returning Officers (RO). Leadership and motivational training have already been imparted among important election officers involved in various processes of the elections. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that around 10 companies of the Central Forces would arrive in the state within March 15. According to sources in the CEO office, the Central Forces would be deployed in various districts as soon as they arrive. They would also be asked to carry out route marches in various places to boost the confidence of the voters. The Central Forces will be deployed well in advance for area domination, route marches in vulnerable pockets and to carry out other confidence-building measures in the districts, an official said.last_img read more

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Air Strikes in Idlib Syria Kill 26

Rabat – Air strikes on Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate in the country’s northwest on Tuesday killed 26 people, including civilians, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 10 air strikes battered the headquarters of Fateh al-Sham Front and the surrounding neighborhood in Idlib city at dawn on Tuesday.“Ten civilians, mostly women, are among the dead,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.“The toll could rise because some people are trapped under the rubble and unaccounted for,” he added. Abdel Rahman said the raids were likely carried out by Russian warplanes — allied with Syria’s government — or by a US-backed air coalition.Fateh al-Sham has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks in Idlib province, the only remaining opposition-held province in war-ravaged Syria.Bombing raids against the group have escalated, including one US strike in January that killed more than 100 fighters at a training camp in Idlib province.Rebel groups have held Idlib province since the spring of 2015, four years after conflict first broke out in March 2011. read more

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SecretaryGeneral pledges continued UN support for Arab countries development efforts

“By joining forces, we can elevate the status of women, provide greater opportunities for youth, and lay the groundwork for a more peaceful and sustainable future,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered to the 2nd Arab Economic, Social and Development Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on his behalf by the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark.The Secretary-General said that Arab States have made significant strides towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but noted that gains have been uneven within and between countries. The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions.“Many have made strides towards gender equality and increased access to education, particularly among girls. I hope the region can go further by making sure that the well-schooled girls of today become the women leaders of tomorrow,” the Secretary-General said in his message, noting that these gains have been uneven both within and between countries.He urged governments to strive to ensure that job opportunities keep pace with population growth, adding that “in this region as in others, a greater emphasis on inclusion and equity can strengthen social cohesion.”The UN chief spoke of the growing impact of climate change, desertification and dwindling water resources on the Arab world despite the region’s relatively small contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and warned that regional conflicts continued to exacerbate development challenges.“I commend the generosity of many Arab countries in supporting development and humanitarian initiatives in this region and beyond,” Mr. Ban said, urging the region’s leaders to utilize the Arab world’s rich human and material resources to generate jobs, strengthen economies and promote trade and good governance.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General left Oman today to return to New York. While in Oman, he met with the country’s leader, Sultan Qaboos Bin, and the pair discussed, among other topics, the forthcoming Decade of Action for Road Safety, Iran and the Middle East. 19 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the United Nations stands ready to support the efforts of Arab governments and their partners to achieve shared social and economic goals, with the aim of laying the foundation for a more peaceful and prosperous future. read more

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New tariffs in May bill

The new electricity tariffs which will be calculated from today will be added to the May bill of electricity consumers and not the April bill, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.CEB Chairman W.B. Ganegala clarified that calculating the bill for the next cycle begins today and ends on May 20 and it is in that bill that the new tariffs will be added. He said that the previous bill for electricity consumers which was calculated and prepared between the end of last month and today will not carry the new electricity tariffs. As per the new tariff, the existing Incremental Block Tariff structure has been changed to a Volume-Differentiated Tariff structure for Domestic (D-1) and Religious (R-1) and General -1 (GP-1) customer categories.When the monthly (30 day) consumption of any consumer belonging to the above categories falls within a certain range (block), the relevant tariff for that range will be applicable for the entire monthly consumption, the CEB said. The Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) had this week approved the new electricity tariff. read more

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Los Angeles County supervisors approve giant Disney production studio in movie ranchland

Los Angeles County supervisors approve giant Disney production studio in movie ranchland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A gigantic new Disney studio planned for oak-studded ranchland north of Los Angeles has won the approval of Los Angeles County — a milestone in the effort to build the half-million square feet of new production space in a state hard hit by runaway production.County supervisors signed off on Tuesday on the Golden Oak Ranch project in the Santa Clarita Valley, although it still needs state and federal approval, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/147bZM0 ).Disney/ABC Studios has spent the past four years attempting to build a high-tech production centre in the area that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows.Rural and a short drive from major studios, the site has been depicted as a jungle, the Old West and other locations in productions such as “Old Yeller,” ”Beverly Hills 90210″ and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”Golden Ranch would be one of the largest studio developments in more than a decade, with six pairs of soundstages along with shops, prop and costume storage areas, offices, writers’ bungalows and a commissary.Disney estimates the project would create $533 million a year in economic activity — a healthy jolt as California fights runaway production that has cost it more than 36,000 jobs since 1997, according to a 2010 Milken Institute Report.“Many of the film production companies are now going out of state,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said before the 4-0 vote. “This is an opportunity to increase film production in Los Angeles County.”A handful of environmentalists testified against the project, voicing concerns about pollution, loss of wildlife habitat and the need to cut down 158 oak trees. However, more than 100 supporters were on hand, including nearby residents and business and political leaders.Disney said the 58-acre development will cover less than 7 per cent of the 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch property. Disney plans to retain most of the natural settings.Despite runaway production, local demand for studio space remains high. TV shows, commercials and new media productions financed by companies such as Netflix and Amazon have helped keep the average occupancy rate for Los Angeles County soundstages at 70 per cent to 90 per cent, said Carl Muhlstein, managing director for Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate service provider.ABC, which produces 14 to 18 TV shows at any given time in the Los Angeles area, has outgrown the space at its studio in nearby Burbank and rents other soundstages to accommodate the work. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2013 2:20 pm MDT read more

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Nine out of ten car thieves are not caught as the number

Critics say criminals no longer fear being caught Less than three in ten car thefts are ever solved Some of the country’s largest police forces are failing to identify suspects in more than 90 per cent of car thefts, as critics claim criminals no longer fear being caught.After years of decline, the number of vehicles now being stolen has risen to its highest level in almost a decade.Organised criminal gangs often steal high value cars in order to ship them overseas.Keyless technology has also been blamed for a rise in offences, with thieves using special devices to bypass vehicle security.But the rise in offences has not been matched by a rise in the number of criminals being brought to justice. All but five forces closed over half of these cases without identifying a suspect.West Midlands Police said it is committed to following the trail of evidence in all cases but if an investigation finds no witnesses, CCTV or forensic evidence then the chance of identifying offenders is “vastly reduced”.But RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said motorists will be “shocked” by the findings.He said: “This is a sign that thieves have found ways around car security systems and have ways of selling vehicles on with little or no fear of being caught.””The fact fewer suspects are being identified is very worrying and no doubt a symptom of the declining number of police officers and the resulting reduction in time that can be dedicated to investigating these crimes.” Critics say criminals no longer fear being caught Less than three in ten car thefts are ever solved Analysis of the the latest crime statistics reveals that nationally 77 percent of vehicle theft investigations are closed by police with no suspect having been identified.In some parts of the country, including the West Midlands, that figure rises to over 90 per cent.In London only 15 percent of car thefts result in a suspect being identified with even less eventually being convicted of the offence.In the year up to March over 106,000 offences of theft of or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle were reported to police forces in England and Wales. This represented the highest annual total since 2009.But of those offences, more than 80,000 were eventually classified as “investigation complete – no suspect identified”.This is used when a reported crime has been investigated “as far as reasonably possible” and the case is closed pending further investigative opportunities. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Electronic devices banned on some US flights

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew passenger security checks on US-bound flightsOctober 25, 2017In “latest news”US weighs banning laptops on int’l flightsMay 29, 2017In “latest news”GCAA says with immediate effect all passengers travelling to the US will face increased security screeningJuly 27, 2017In “Business” Flights to the US from Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s largest hubs, will be among those affected (AP)(BBC) The US has announced a ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.Bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.The measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are exempt from the new rules.The UK is set to introduce a similar ban on laptops shortly.Downing Street said airline passengers are to be banned from carrying laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.The Turkish government has said the US ban is wrong and should be reversed.Large electronic devices will only be allowed on board in checked baggage.Passengers on some 50 flights a day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa will be required to follow the new rules.Which flights are affected?The nine airlines affected by the US ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.They have been given 96 hours, beginning at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to ban devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphone from cabins, US officials said, adding that the ban had no end date.The airports affected are: Mohammed V International, Casablanca, MoroccoAtaturk Airport, Istanbul, TurkeyCairo International Airport, EgyptQueen Alia International, Amman, JordanKing Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaKing Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaKuwait International AirportHamad International, Doha, QatarAbu Dhabi International, United Arab EmiratesDubai International, United Arab EmiratesHowever, an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters news agency the airline understood that the directive would come into effect on 25 March and remain valid until 14 October 2017.Why now?The restriction is based, we are told, on “evaluated intelligence”, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner writes.That means that US intelligence has either intercepted discussion of a possible extremist plot or has been passed word of one by a human informant.The Middle Eastern and North African airports affected are nearly all ones with close, friendly relations with Washington, so this will be seen by some as a drastic and unpopular measure. Wealthy Gulf Arab business leaders flying to the US, for example, will no longer be able to work on their laptops mid-flight.But aviation security experts were alarmed by an incident in Somalia last year when the insurgent group al-Shabaab smuggled an explosive-filled laptop on a flight out of Mogadishu, blowing a hole in the side of the plane. The aircraft was still low enough that the pilot was able to land the plane safely.How did the US justify the ban?In a statement, the DHS cited attacks on planes and airports over the past two years.Bombs, it said, had been hidden in such items as a soft drink can, in the downing of a Russian airliner over Egypt in October 2015 with the loss of 224 lives, and the laptop used in the unsuccessful Somali attack last year.“Terrorists have historically tried to hide explosives in shoes in 2001, use liquid explosives in 2006, and conceal explosives in printers in 2010 and suicide devices in underwear in 2009 and 2012,” it noted.So-called Islamic State said it bombed the Russian plane over Egypt (AP)“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” the DHS said.The restrictions are believed to have been under consideration for several weeks.Jamil al-Qsous, a former Jordanian aviation security official, told the Associated Press news agency that the ban meant “one less headache” for security agencies.He said security measures at Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport were among the most stringent in the region but the Americans had nonetheless taken “the right decision”.What do the critics say?Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan told reporters the ban was “not a right move”.Ataturk Airport, which has stringent security checks in place, was attacked last year (Reuters)“We particularly emphasise how this will not benefit the passenger and that reverse steps or a softening should be adopted,” he added.Philip Baum, editor in chief of Aviation Security magazine, told the BBC: “If we cannot, in 2017, distinguish between a laptop that contains an IED [improvised explosive device] and one that does not, then our screening process is completely flawed.“And encouraging people to check laptops, and other such items, into the luggage hold simply makes the challenge even harder. Cabin baggage can, at least, be inspected piece by piece and the accompanying passenger questioned.“Surely the lesson of the Yemen printer toner cartridge devices was that bulk screening is not always up to the task and that common sense should rule – the devices were found due to an alert Emirati security guard, not by X-ray or trace detection technologies.”Is this linked to the Trump travel ban?Officials quoted by Reuters news agency said the new measure was not connected to US President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban travellers from six Muslim-majority states.On 6 March, the US leader signed a revised executive order barring citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from travelling to the US for 90 days.Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the ban, which had been due to take effect last week. read more

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Ireland is getting a new bank just for small businesses

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS planning to establish a new bank for lending to the small and medium enterprise sector.A Department of Finance official confirmed that there will be a memo on the proposal passed to Government this week.The mooted size of the bank’s war chest is around the €800 million mark. It will be called the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, but it won’t have a branch network, with loans being administered by existing high street banks instead.The cash will be raised from a variety of sources, including German government-owned bank KfW, the European Investment Bank and the Ireland Strategic Investment fund. It will be run by the National Treasury Management Agency.The terms offered by the bank are thought to include cheaper rates of funding, which will be achieved by accessing the low interest rates attached to loans from the above sources and passing them on to borrowers.A source close to the process declined to comment on reports that repayment terms will be over a period up to ten years, but advised that they will be “longer than is currently available in the market.”Are Irish business in better financial health than we thought?>“They’ve replaced the tellers with plants” – are banks interested in lending to small businesses?>last_img read more

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Mirabellas staffer will pay back 900 cab fare

first_imgA staff member for Victorian Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella who spent $906 on a taxi ride from Wodonga to Melbourne boasted on Facebook: “I don’t do buses.” Adam Wyldeck provided taxi fare updates on Facebook as he travelled to the airport on Sunday, Herald Sun reports said. “Not even in Melbourne yet and the cab fare is sitting at $756,” he wrote. After a Facebook friend asked whether he could have caught a bus, Mr Wyldeck replied: “I don’t do buses.” He said he couldn’t go by rail because “trains left way too early”. “It’s just how I roll,” he wrote. When people on Facebook questioned the trip as a blatant waste, Mr Wyldeck urged them not to make assumptions, but wrote “democracy isn’t cheap”. Mr Wyldeck later said he had asked for an invoice of the Cabcharge voucher he used for the trip, because he planned to pay the fare himself. “There’s no government expense,” he said, adding “there’s no malice in anything there.” Mr Wyldeck said he understood taxpayers would want their money spent wisely. “If it was an instance where I had claimed it on government expenses then it would be a story,” he said. Under Federal Parliamentary rules, Mr Wyldeck is able to pay for travel to the airport in order to get to Canberra for sitting weeks. Instead of a normal trip from Wodonga – flying from Albury to Sydney and then to Canberra – Mr Wyldeck travelled to Melbourne to do some work on the plane with Ms Mirabella. Liberals said he had done nothing wrong and that he had indicated he would pay for the cab fare. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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PCB mise en ligne dun site dinformation sur la contamination des poissons

first_imgPCB : mise en ligne d’un site d’information sur la contamination des poissonsFrance – L’Office national de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques (Onema) a mis en ligne un site Internet qui informe le grand public quant à la teneur en polychlorobiphényles (PCB) des poissons et des sédiments dans les cours et plans d’eau français.A l’issue du comité national de pilotage et de suivi du plan national sur les PCB, l’Onema a ouvert un site d’information sur les PCB réalisé en partenariat avec l’Afssa, les ministères de la Santé, de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche. À lire aussiIl se fait amputer de la main après avoir mangé dans un restaurant de sushiComme le précise un communiqué de presse, le site www.pollutions.eaufrance.fr/pcb permet de visualiser les données issues des prélèvements effectués en 2008 sur plus de 100 sites d’échantillonnage. Les résultats des prélèvements réalisés en 2009 seront interprétés par l’Afssa courant 2010, avant d’être mis en ligne.Lancé dans le cadre du plan national interministériel sur les PCB, ce site offre une cartographie de la contamination des poissons et des sédiments, permettant d’évaluer les risques sanitaires et d’organiser une meilleure prévention.Interdits à la vente et à la fabrication en Europe depuis plus de 20 ans en raison des risques qu’ils présentent sur la santé de l’homme et le fonctionnement des milieux aquatiques, les PCB ont une très longue persistance dans l’environnement. Accumulés dans la chaîne alimentaire, ils se retrouvent dans tous les milieux, mais aussi chez les animaux et les hommes.Le 8 mai 2010 à 09:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Chelsea Clinton announces she is pregnant

first_imgWASHINGTON — Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement Thursday at the end of a Clinton Foundation event in New York on empowering girls.There has been wide speculation about a future baby in the Clinton family. Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with Glamour magazine last year that she and her husband were hoping to start a family soon, calling 2014 “the year of the baby.”Joined on stage by her mother, Chelsea Clinton told a group of young female students that she feels “all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world with so many strong female leaders.”“I just hope I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me,” she said.The former first lady, secretary of state and New York senator, who is considering another presidential campaign in 2016, said she was “really excited” about becoming a grandmother.last_img read more

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Father turns son into police after teen brags about breaking into hundreds

first_imgHOUSTON (WSVN) — A Houston man turned his own son into police after he found out he was behind hundreds of car burglaries.T. Daniel told KTRK he was on a FaceTime call with his 18-year-old son Christian Daniel when he showed off a firearm, which court documents say he stole from a police cruiser.Daniel also said his son bragged about burglarizing over 250 cars. Upon hearing this, Daniel felt that it was his duty to turn his son in to police, and that it would be better for him on the long run.“He said, ‘Dad, I got something to show you,’” Daniel said. “He pulled out the bag and showed me and it was a Glock. I said, ‘What are you doing with it? You’re not supposed to have no gun.’Daniel said it appeared that the bag had a police badge on the side of it, and that’s when he said he knew.“I was like wait a minute, is that a badge on the side of it?” Daniel said. “It looked like a badge to me on the side of the bag.” Daniel said he wanted to keep his son from going down the wrong path. “Do what I have to do as a father to turn him in, get him off the streets for right now,” he said. “He needs to sit down a little bit and figure out what direction he wants to go. Because he was basically going down a road of self-destruction.”Daniel also said he wanted to make sure his son was raised the way his own father raised him.Christian Daniel has since been charged with theft of a firearm and unlawful carrying of a weapon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The other thing, then he was bragging, boastful about saying he broke into 250 cars this week. I came up and that’s when I just said it was enough. Enough is enough, I’m sorry,” Daniel said. “I just had to stop him, I had to stop my own son, but it was for his own safety. I love him, but he’s just — he’s not what I raised, I don’t know what he’s doing.” last_img read more

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Trump Wants More Troops on Border as DOD Agrees to Find Housing

first_imgPresident Trump said Wednesday that he intends to deploy more troops to the southern border, Military Times reported.The president said during a San Antonio stop that “horrible laws” prevent the military from being as aggressive as he wants.“Our military, don’t forget, can’t act like a military would act,” Trump said. “Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy.”Former Defense Secretary William Perry took issue with the remarks.“The U.S. Armed Forces are not hired thugs to be used to ‘rough up’ non-violent civilians for political games, and expressing the desire to utilize them as such disrespects the dignity and honor of our men and women in uniform,” Perry wrote in a tweet.DOD said Wednesday it had approved a March Department of Homeland Security request to find housing for up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children, according to The Hill, but a spokesperson said DOD would not oversee the actual housing of children.Photo provided by DOD ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Aug 15 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen now100+ Sitkans attend candlelight vigil for CharlottesvilleEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe events in Charlottesville continued to ripple across the country, with protests to condemn racism and to mourn the counter-protester who was killed on Saturday. About 50 people gathered over the weekend in Homer, and some 300 came out Sunday in downtown Anchorage.  On Monday, dozens of people joined a candlelight vigil in Sitka.Anchorage partners with DHS on human traffickingZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOfficials in Anchorage are trying to get a better handle on human trafficking. And to do that, they’re partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.With F-35 squads set for Eielson, thousands of people may come up with themTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksMore than 5,000 people may come to the Fairbanks area over the next four years as part of the move to base two squadrons of F-35 fighters at Eielson Air Force Base. The latest estimate announced Monday is well above the previous estimate of 3,500. The bigger population increase is expected to place a greater burden on local services.Can Alaska Native villagers in the YK Delta get a fair trial?Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelA new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities. The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful.High levels of wastewater bacteria found at Alaska beachesAssociated PressAlaska officials have found high levels of a wastewater and sewage pathogen at Ketchikan beaches.Walker signs SB 88, Mental Health Trust land exchangeLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanAlaska Gov. Bill Walker was joined in Ketchikan on Thursday by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, state Sen. Bert Stedman and state Rep. Dan Ortiz to sign a bill accepting a land trade between the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Mental Health Trust.Prominent musher Joee Redington passes away at 74Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s dog mushing community lost a prominent member today. Joee Redington passed away at a hospital in Fairbanks at age 74.Dam protects Fairbanks from another ’67 floodDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksWater from rain swollen Chena River flooded Fairbanks 50 years ago this week, displacing thousands and causing $80 million in damage. The epic flood also had broader implications. It inspired creation of the national flood insurance program, and prompted federal construction of the Chena Flood Control project.Can sea stars make a comeback in Kachemak Bay?Aaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerSea star wasting syndrome, or disease as it has become known, hit Kachemak Bay hard in 2016, killing about 90 percent of sunflower and true star populations.last_img read more

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Greener city NKDA looks to use vertical gardens on Metro rail pillars

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has chalked out a unique plan of putting up flower pots to set up green vertical gardens on Metro rail pillars as a part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Save Green and Stay Clean’ project.The project is the only of its kind in the country, where flower pots will be put up on Metro pillars to set up vertical gardens. As a pilot project, NKDA has put up flower pots to make up vertical gardens on the pillars of the Airport – Garia Metro railway route. Many people had written letters to NKDA authorities, requesting them to take measures to decorate the Metro pillars. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFinally, the decision to put up vertical garden was taken as it is easy to maintain and will give added values to the project taken up to increase green cover in New Town. It has often been found that the naked Metro pillars are aesthetically poor and did not go with the soothing ambiance of New Town. Earlier, Metro pillars were decorated with sketches from Rabindranath Tagore’s Sahaj Path, paintings of Jamini Roy and even smilies were put up. Attempts were made to decorate the Metro pillars with creepers but the scheme had to be discarded as because of shadow the growth of the creepers was affected. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNKDA officials felt that once the vertical gardens come up, they will not only increase the green cover of New Town but will add more value to the ambiance of the area. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister’s new thrust is to increase the green cover of the cities and the townships under ‘Save Green and Stay Clean’ project. In the recently held administrative review meetings in Jangalmahal, she had given special emphasis to clean the district and augment greenery. The new Mayor of Kolkata Firhad Hakim, who is also the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, has said repeatedly that his prime work in Kolkata will be to increase greenery. NKDA has taken several measures to make New Town a green city. Nurseries to grow tall trees have come up and those who will maintain trees will be awarded in a bid to encourage the residents.last_img read more

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VIDEO NASAs 4K resolution virtual tour of the Moon shows the surface

first_img Advertisement Everyone has seen footage of Neil Armstrong stepping off the lunar lander onto the surface of the moon for the first time, but most people’s knowledge of the moon’s surface is images from the landing site.Using data their Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been collecting since 2009, NASA created a 4K resolution virtual tour of the moon’s surface, completely mapping the near and far sides, the North and South Poles, and highlighting notable sites and features that most people have never seen before.Check out the surface of the moon like you’ve never seen it before, courtesy of modern technology.last_img

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Contested UNESCO prize awarded amid boycott

first_img Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The depth of contention over the prize within the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was highlighted by the unusual absence of its chief, Irina Bokova, from the ceremony. Bokova, has voiced her opposition to the contentious prize and twice sought legal counsel during the feud among nations.Corruption within Equatorial Guinea’s ruling clan and the oil-rich country’s human rights record have turned what might have been a welcome prize into a debate that cuts to the heart of the U.N. cultural agency’s mission of seeking world harmony through education, science and culture. The contested prize is one of several major diplomatic dramas to descend on UNESCO _ best known for its World Heritage sites. The October vote to admit Palestine as UNESCO’s 195th member triggered the withdrawal of $80 million of U.S. funding. The late June decision to put the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on the endangered list of Heritage sites, at the request of the Palestinians, triggered another uproar.Efforts to make the Obiang prize palatable to everyone included a name change to remove any reference to Equatorial Guinea’s president and a change in the source of funding, from the Obiang Foundation to the government. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   In the same statement, the country defended Obiang’s son, who failed to show up for questioning in the French probe into the alleged misspending of public funds in France. The United States, where the son has property, is conducting a similar investigation.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Human rights activists, some scholars and boycotting nations, from the United States to UNESCO host France, maintain that the source of the prize money is a corrupt regime using the prize to buff its image.They say the award _ the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, named after President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Africa’s longest-ruling dictator _ is a stain on the U.N. cultural agency’s honor. African nations largely see the prize as a point of pride for a continent sorely in need of world respect.Each recipient expressed gratefulness for the funds to continue their research. Dakora said, “What you simply have done today is to inject new energy into my bloodstream.”Equatorial Guinea’s vice president for presidential affairs insisted there were “no political undertones” to the prize and expressed disappointment at the four years it has taken since the prize was approved in 2008 to give the first awards.“This prize was slowed down due to the misrepresentation of its overarching aims,” said Vice President Ignacio Milam Tang. He stood in for the president, who had been expected but also did not show up. A son of Obiang, who was made a UNESCO delegate, then named second vice president last fall, is wanted by French police probing alleged money laundering and misappropriation of public funds. Check your body, save your life Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressPARIS (AP) – Three scientists received research awards on Tuesday at UNESCO in a ceremony boycotted by numerous nations and not attended by the head of the U.N. cultural arm, which has been thrown into division because of Equatorial Guinea’s funding of the $3 million prize.Egyptian scientist Maged Al-Sherbiny, who researches vaccine development and diagnostics, South African Felix Dapare Dakora, studying food scarcity in Africa, and Mexican Rossana Arroyo, researching parasitic diseases, received each received $100,000. The rest of the $3 million will go to subsequent winners. Robert Zeldenrust, head of the Netherlands’ UNESCO delegation, expressed on behalf of a bloc of Western nations “our disappointment and disapproval” of the decision to go ahead with the awards and “our conviction that the prize is detrimental to the reputation of UNESCO.” Copies of the internal documents were obtained by The Associated Press.The United States issued a vigorous protest last week. Even a former Mexican ambassador to UNESCO, Homero Aridjis, has expressed his disappointment, even though one of the winners is Mexican.“It is shameful,” he wrote in a statement issued Monday, “that UNESCO is party to a prize given by Africa’s longest-reigning dictator, who has pillaged his country’s wealth, keeping the majority of the population in dire poverty, and who has a long record of human rights abuse, repression of freedom of the press and corruption.”Equatorial Guinea was the worst governed country of all surveyed for the U.N. Development Program’s 2011 Human Development Report, which measured the discrepancy between available wealth and development.Obiang has fought to push through his prize. In a statement dated Sunday, Equatorial Guinea’s government said it “hopes to celebrate with pride and joy the delivery of this prize” despite maneuvers by “NGOs and other enemies.” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens through the good looking glass

first_imgThe Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne has completed the last stage of its upgrade by recreating all of the glass panels in its lobby, rooms, bathrooms and lifts.The new program includes 100 refurbished bathrooms with new sparkle black glass panels, reception desks with rumpled silver glass panelling and backdrop muted white glass panelling. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne general manager Steve Finlayson said that work had been undertaken over several months to install the glass and the installation had not affected the hotel’s 90 per cent occupancy rate.“We have shed much beach wood panelling and created a bright classy glassy look,” Mr Finlayson said.“Our new lobby furniture and Reception glass panels for instance were installed overnight which amazed guests when they came down for breakfast.”The refurbishment program, dubbed The Refurbishment by Evolution does not engage with traditional upgrade routine rooms. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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Win Five Luxury Asia Cruises with Silversea Cruises

first_imgSilver ShadowWin Five Luxury Asia Cruises with Silversea CruisesSilversea Cruises is offering five lucky agents the incredible chance to win five luxurious cruises through Southeast Asia on board Silver Shadow.  From Monday, 4th February, and running for the next five weeks, all new bookings made on any Silversea voyage will automatically be entered into the weekly draw to win an all-inclusive Silversea cruise for two people.Sailing in true whispered luxury, the five lucky winners will be indulged in Silversea’s all-inclusive lifestyle as they sail roundtrip from Singapore on 21th March 2019 on a 12-day voyage through Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.  Guests will spend three nights in the spiritual and enriching city of Yangon, while four days at sea will provide ample time to relax and experience the ship’s well-appointed amenities.  Ports of call include the modern, vibrant island of Phuket, plus Malaysia’s ultimate tropical escape, Langkawi, creating an exciting journey of jungle, coast, culture and fishing villages.On board, the winners will enjoy all the hallmarks of ultimate luxury at sea. With one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea, Silver Shadow is a firm favourite in the Silversea fleet, offering open-seating gourmet dining; butler service for all suites; Champagne, select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite dining; and 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programmes; and on board gratuities.Terms and conditions apply.For more information contact your BDM, or call Silversea’s friendly reservations department on +61 2 9255 0600.Source = Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more

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