Education Leaders Add Expertise to NSBI Board

first_imgTwo well-known education leaders will share their industry expertise and innovative thinking as the newest additions to the Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) board of directors. Ray Ivany, president of Acadia University, and Bert Lewis, former principal of the Nova Scotia Community College Strait Area Campus, have been appointed to NSBI’s board. “Nova Scotia is home to many leaders whose world-class expertise continues to position our province to innovate, learn and compete,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “Mr. Ivany and Mr. Lewis will add great value to the NSBI board and will enhance the agency’s work to expand business activity in the province.” “These new members bring the drive and vision that’s needed to stimulate meaningful business growth in Nova Scotia,” said Jim Eisenhauer, chair of the board. “I look forward to their contributions.” Mr. Ivany and Mr. Lewis will sit on the human resources governance committee, which oversees policies and recruits new members. NSBI’s board of directors also has audit and investment committees. “We have a very strong group of business leaders representing our board,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “I’m looking forward to working with our new members to advance business development in the province. I’d also like to thank those members whose terms have ended. Their hard work has been invaluable to our entire team.” Larry Evans, partner with the law firm Evans, MacIsaac, MacMillan in Port Hawkesbury, and Doug Hall, former managing director with RBC Dominion Securities in Halifax, ended their terms late last year. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information on NSBI’s board of directors, visit www.nsbi.ca/board .last_img read more

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93 terrorists killed in JK since Pulwama attack Govt tells RS

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 93 terrorists have been neutralised by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since the Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.The minister said as compared to the corresponding period of 2018, the first half of this year has witnessed a reduction in terrorists initiated incidents by 28 per cent, reduction in net infiltration by 43 per cent and increase in neutralisation of terrorists by 22 per cent. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Till date, 93 terrorists have been neutralised by the security forces since Pulwama attack,” he said in a written reply. Reddy said investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the attack so far has resulted in the identification of the conspirators, the suicide attacker and the vehicle provider. “The operations on ground have resulted in neutralisation of the conspirator, his associate and the vehicle owner,” he said. Forty CRPF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber driving a van rammed into a CRPF convoy at Pulwama on February 14.last_img read more

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Benkirane: ‘Morocco is an Islamic State’, Gay marriage ‘Not Possible’

By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – During a meeting of the Justice and Development Party in Rabat on Sunday, Abdelilah Benkirane said that those pushing to turn Morocco into a secular state – by pushing Morocco to accept gay marriage and other causes – could endanger the progress of the kingdom.“Morocco is an Islamic state and will remain so,” Benkirane said. “Those who want to create a secular state in Morocco are wrong because the result will put the country in danger as Moroccans do not want secularism and will not accept things contrary to their desires.” Morocco’s success in creating stability serves as a model for other Arab nations, according to Benkirane.“Morocco has been able to guarantee the freedom and stability within certain specified limits, which has allowed the country to create its own model,” Benkirane said.“The model has raised the interest of the Arab world, which has been following the developments in Morocco with great interest.”In regards to the rights of homosexuals in Morocco, Benkirane clarified that the state should not intervene in their private lives, but the recognition of their rights to the point of allowing gay marriage remains out of the picture for the Moroccan homosexual community.Benkirane said that recent reforms in family laws “in Europe and around the world, has given rise to what he called “the phenomenon of homosexuality in Morocco.”“These same governments want to force all countries to adopt this cause,” he continued. “This is not in the interest of the individual, the family and is not acceptable in our religion.”Sexual activities between people of the same sex are not allowed in Morocco. Article 489 of the country’s penal code punishes sexual activities between homosexuals by prison terms of six months to three years. read more

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UN completes 200000th home for returning Afghan refugees

The United Nations refugee agency said today it has now built 200,000 homes for returning refugees and internally displaced persons in Afghanistan as part of the shelter programme it began in 2002 and which has thus far benefited 1.4 million people. Providing homes to returnees has been a key factor in the return of some 4.5 million refugees over the past eight years, according Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. The home construction scheme has cost $250 million. Afghans have continued to return to their country every year from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran, despite continuing insecurity in many parts of the country. The largest wave of returns was recorded between 2002 and 2005. This year, return levels exceeded 112,000 people, Mr. Edwards said. Shelter is regularly cited by Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan as one of their primary requirements before making a decision to return. This year, UNHCR has helped more than 17,000 vulnerable returnee families with shelter. Much of the actual work of construction is carried out by beneficiaries themselves. Returnees have made significant contribution to the country’s economy as they come back with various skills and capital accumulated in exile. The population movement has, however, also posed challenges to Afghanistan’s absorption capacity, particularly in poor rural communities with limited resources. UNHCR’S housing programme has focused on rural areas to which significant numbers of families have returned. Improved security and continued social and economic development will be critical to the future return and reintegration of those going back, according to the agency. Humanitarian conditions remain fragile, and the high levels of poverty and homelessness among those returning have influenced UNHCR’s decision to continue the housing programme in 2011. 14 December 2010The United Nations refugee agency said today it has now built 200,000 homes for returning refugees and internally displaced persons in Afghanistan as part of the shelter programme it began in 2002 and which has thus far benefited 1.4 million people. read more

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UN envoy voices outrage at deadly bomb blasts in Iraqi city

25 November 2011The top United Nations official in Iraq today strongly condemned the series of bomb attacks in the country’s southern city of Basra that has killed dozens of people and injured many more. Media reports indicate at least 19 people died yesterday as a result of the apparently coordinated bombings at a market in the city, with the last of three explosions causing most of the injuries. In a statement, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler offered his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and authorities of Basra and Iraq. read more

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Health reforms may have levy impact

Local programs delivered by the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit that are traditionally funded 100 per cent by the province could wind up on the tax levy if the provincial government’s restructuring plan doesn’t perform as advertised.That was the message Marlene Miranda, Haldimand and Norfolk’s general manager of health and social services, shared with Norfolk council this week.Miranda and dozens other health unit managers across the province received broad details of the pending restructuring last week.A major development involves the province reducing its funding for certain mandatory programs from 100 per cent to 70 per cent.The Ministry of Health suggests that this level of funding will cover these programs provided the associated health units – during the restructuring – find the required administrative cost savings.If it doesn’t, Miranda says a portion of these costs could wind up on the property tax bill.“There is an expectation that we will maintain essential, core programs,” Miranda said. “They are looking for `administrative efficiencies.’”The provincial government is betting that savings will result from reducing the number of health units in Ontario from 35 to 10.The information received to date suggests that Haldimand and Norfolk, with a total population of about 110,000, will be folded into a jurisdiction with more than one million people.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath took Health Minister Christine Elliott to task Tuesday in the legislature for her “reckless” plan.Elliott replied that all parties to the restructuring are being consulted and that the way forward has yet to be determined.The minister emphasized that no maps have been drawn and no boundaries set. Miranda confirmed Tuesday that the entire situation is in flux.“We haven’t seen a map,” Miranda said. “The ministry has provided us nothing that can be shared.”The Brant County Health Unit reported this week that it expects to be merged with Haldimand and Norfolk, Hamilton and Niagara Region. Jo Ann Tober, CEO of the Brant health unit, said “these boundaries are proposed at this point and it’s all subject to legislative change.”The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has 100 employees, while the Brant health unit has about 115.Depending on how this goes, provincial initiatives, such as tobacco enforcement, dental programs and addiction harm-reduction, could partially end up on the local levy. Miranda says it is too early to speculate on how local taxpayers might be impacted.Norfolk council is also nervous about what’s coming down the pipe.On Tuesday, council directed Mayor Kristal Chopp to ask Premier Doug Ford, the health minister, local MPPs and Ontario’s chief medical officer of health for “a funding commitment to the effect that no increases in municipal expenditures will be required to maintain existing services.”Chopp was also asked to request that Norfolk and Haldimand counties get additional representation on the “governing authority of these consolidated health units due to the unique needs of our rural communities and our large geographic size (11,000 square kilometres).”Haldimand also will receive a copy of Chopp’s correspondence.Before the province announced its reform campaign, municipalities were responsible for a minimum of 25 percent of local health costs, while the province covered 75 per cent.Retroactive to April 1, the new cost-sharing arrangement bumps the local contribution to 30 per cent. It holds steady at this level through 2020 but rises to between 30 and 40 per cent on April 1, 2021.Miranda expects the road map going forward to materialize near the end of this year, with the changes enshrined in legislation in time for the Christmas holidays.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
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Shrewsbury Folk Festival bans blackface Morris dancers

first_imgWomen with blacked up faces Morris dancing at Skenfrith village fun day in 2010 Morris men at a Folk Festival Yorkshire England UK One of the UK’s biggest folk festivals has banned Morris dancers from performing with black paint on their faces after complaints that the centuries-old tradition is racist.Shrewsbury Folk Festival bosses announced it will no longer book acts who wear full black face paint.And this weekend’s event will be the last where Morris dancers will be allowed to showcase the 500-year-old custom.But the decision has sparked anger among folk fans who accused bosses of “trampling on our culture” by failing to dismiss claims of racism. Morris men at a Folk Festival Yorkshire England UKCredit:Alamy Stock Photo Equality group Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire (Fresh) said the ban showed sensitivity “to a changed social climate”.But Morris dancers say there were “no racial connotations” and they had “never wanted to upset people”.The festival’s organisers said it was “a national issue that should not be focused solely on the Shrewsbury Folk Festival”. Jonathan Hyams from Fresh said the group had contacted festival organisers after a complaint from a member of the public.The groups had met to discuss the issue and Fresh suggested the dancers use another colour of face paint or patterned make-up instead.Festival director Sandra Surtees said they had found themselves “caught between two sides” of the argument.She said: “The use of full face black make up is an age old tradition, particularly within Border Morris.“The Morris movement has always evolved over time and some sides have taken their own decisions to move away from using full face black make up to other forms of colour and disguise. “We have been approached by one group that has requested we no longer book sides that use full face black make up and another that has asked us not to change our policy and to continue to book these sides.“The festival finds itself caught between two sides of this opposing argument.“The festival has never wished to cause offence to any person and as such, from 2017, we will no longer book sides that use full face black make up. “This will only impact on a small number of dance sides and festival visitors will still be able to enjoy a wide range of traditional dance from the UK and beyond.”Ms Surtees added that two of the three Morris groups booked for this year’s festival had “already moved away from wearing full face black make up of their own volition”.Jonathan Hyams said: “From Fresh’s perspective, it is good news.“We entirely understand the argument from Morris dancing communtities that this is something that goes back to tradition.He added: “However there are other ways of celebrating this other than blacking up, which has very strong connotations of racism.” We entirely understand the argument from Morris dancing communtities that this is something that goes back to tradition. However there are other ways of celebrating this other than blacking up, which has very strong connotations of racismJonathan Hyams The decision, however, has sparked public outrage from Morris dancers and Shropshire residents.Jon Roads said: “It’s terrible that PC nonsense is being used to repress our traditional customs in this way. These ancient traditions are at risk of dying out completely. Just disgusting.”David Bearne wrote on social media: “Disappointed is an understatement. This is a very weak response to ill-informed criticism.“They could, at least, have brokered some dialogue between Fresh and, say, the Morris Federation so that there was a better understanding of the issues and concerns on both sides and a possibility of reaching an outcome acceptable to all concerned.”The history of black faceMorris dancers have performed with black face make-up since the origins of the dancing tradition – which is thought to date back to the 16th century.Known as ‘Border Morris’ the tradition sees performers wearing a full-face of black paint in order to disguise themselves. But it has no racial connotations.One theory is that it started when impoverished 16th century farm workers had to conceal their faces to avoid being recognised while begging during winter, as asking for money was illegal. Women with blacked up faces Morris dancing at Skenfrith village fun day in 2010Credit:Alamy Stock Photo 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.last_img read more

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Statins could soon treat multiple sclerosis as momentous trial begins

first_imgStatinscould soon be prescribed to treat multiple sclerosis after a groundbreaking trial began to see if the cheap cholesterol busting drug could delay symptoms.The £6 million project is being led by University College London and involves 1,180 people at 30 centres across Britain.It follows a successful small trial in 2014 which showed a significant reduction in the rate of brain shrinkage and an increase in mobility after two years for people on high doses of simvastatin , which usually prescribed to lower cholesterol. Charities said the trial was a ‘momentous step’ forward which offered hope to thousands of people with relapsing MS.The trial is scheduled to last six years, but because statins are already known to be safe and widely used, the treatment would quickly pass through regulators if it was deemed to be successful. Lead researcher Dr Jeremy Chataway from University College London’s Institute of Neurology, who led an earlier study into the drug, said: “This drug holds incredible promise for the thousands of people living with secondary progressive MS in the UK, and around the world, who currently have few options for treatments that have an effect on disability.”This study will establish definitively whether simvastatin is able to slow the rate of disability progression over a three year period, and we are very hopeful it will.” MS affects more than 100,000 people in the UK.The majority of people who are diagnosed with the condition are told they have relapsing MS and around half of those patients will develop secondary progressive MS within 15 to 20 years.If simvastatin is found to work it could offer a cheap way of improving the condition, as statins only cost a few pence.Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the MS Society, which is part-funding the trial, added: “This is a momentous step forward in our quest to find an effective treatment for progressive MS.”More than 100,000 people in the UK are living with MS and this research will offer a huge amount of hope to the majority of them.” The pills have already passed through regulation so if the trial is successful they could be available immediately Credit:Jack Sullivan / Alamy Stock Photo  The pills have already passed through regulation so if the trial is successful they could be available immediately center_img MS is a condition of the central nervous system. People typically start experiencing symptoms in their 20s and 30s, which include fatigue, sight loss, incontinence and disability.Secondary progressive MS patient Stuart Nixon added: “At the moment people like me are living with the prospect of our condition getting worse each day. This is the most exciting opportunity to change how we manage progressive MS.”It would be amazing if this trial can show that an existing drug, costing just a few pence a day, can help with MS.” 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.last_img read more

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Barrick submits formal offer for oil company

first_imgBarrick Gold has submitted a binding all cash offer of $6.75 per share for a total cost of $410 million to the Board of Directors of Cadence Energy. Barrick’s offer to acquire Cadence is an innovative response to energy cost challenges facing the mining industry. Cadence’s production is expected to provide a long term economic hedge of about one-quarter of Barrick’s annual direct oil consumption and a considerable portion of its natural gas consumption.The offer is open for acceptance by the Board of Directors of Cadence until 6:00 p.m. (Calgary time) on Monday, July 21, 2008. Pursuant to Cadence’s existing arrangement agreement with Daylight Resources Trust and Daylight Energy, Daylight has the right to match Barrick’s offer. In the event that the Board of Directors of Cadence accepts Barrick’s offer and notifies Daylight of its decision by the close of business today, Daylight’s right to match Barrick’s offer will expire at 5 p.m. (Calgary time) on Monday, July 21. If Daylight does not match the Barrick offer during the right to match period, Barrick anticipates that the arrangement agreement with Daylight will be terminated, Cadence and Barrick will enter into a support agreement in the form attached to Barrick’s offer and Barrick will proceed as expeditiously as possible thereafter to make a formal take-over bid to acquire the Cadence shares at $6.75 per share in cash, on the terms and conditions of the support agreement.Barrick’s offer represents a premium of 17.4% over the implied value of the Daylight offer, based on Daylight’s closing price on July 16, 2008.last_img read more

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EHF CL TOP 16 Metalurg with away win – Medvedi beat Kiel

← Previous Story Ionela Stanca leaves Oltchim and joins Fleury Loiret Next Story → Sanja Damnjanovic to join Viborg HK! Macedonian handball is going to the biggest success in their history. Metalurg beat Dinamo 26:23 (14:12) in Minsk and with one leg is at the VELUX EHF CL TOP 8.DINAMO MINSK – METALURG 23:26 (12:14)HALA – DVORAC SPORTAspectators 3000DINAMO: Stanić 10 saves, Mitrevski7 saves, Vugrinec 2/8, Markovski 1/1, Mojsovski 9(3)/11, Rakčević 7/7, Mirkulovski 3/5, Doder 0/1, Gjorgjevski 4/4, Koražija 0/1, Kozlina 0/1METALURG: Pejanović 6 saves, Mijatović 3 saves, Ševaljević 2(2)/3, Atman 4/8, Onufrienko 6/11, Nikulenka 4/6, Rutenka 1/4, Bruka 1/1, Ostrouško 4/5, Doroščuk 1/2.Exclusions: 10 minuta / 4 minuta7 meters: 3(3) / 3(2)results: 1:3 (6.) 2:5 (9.) 3:6 (12.) 4:8 (14.) 6:8 (17.) 7:10 (21.) 9:10 (23.) 12:12 (27.) 12:15 (33.) 13:17 (35.) 16:20 (38.) 17:22 (43.) 18:23 (47.) 19:24 (51.) 22:24 (55.) 22:25 (59.)man of the match: Naumče Mojsovski (Metalurg) / Ostrouško (Dinamo)THW Kiel is defeated in Russia. Chekhovskie Medvedi beat EHF CL winner 37:35 (19:17).Chehovski Medvedi:Grams (23.-40., 4/2 saves), Stochl (1.-23., 40.-60., 7 saves), Pavlenko (n.e.); Filippov (2), Aslanyan (3), Evdokimov, Chernoivanov, Shelmenko (4), Gorbok (10), Rastvortsev (1), Dereven (n.e.), Koshman (n.e.), Chipurin (4), Koksharov (6/6), Dibirov (5), Zhitnikov (2); Trainer: Maximov THW Kiel:Omeyer (1.-60., 11/2 saves), Palicka (n.e.); Toft Hansen, Sigurdsson (7), Sprenger (1), Ahlm (1), Wiencek (n.e.), Ekberg (2/2), Zeitz (2), Palmarsson (3), Narcisse, Ilic (10/2), Klein (n.e.), Jicha (2), Vujin (7); Trainer: Gislason Velux EHF Champions League read more

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Final 1015 WWE Smackdown rating overall number down

first_imgFacebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW WWE RAW Ratings: Viewers up on October 15 featuring Six Man Tag Main Event Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35center_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Post-RAW #11: Media backlash to Crown Jewel, Rousey and The Bella Twins This week’s 10/15 WWE Smackdown drew a 1.55 cable rating with 2.09 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that did a 1.57 cable rating with 2.15 million viewers.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Pinterestlast_img read more

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SPOILERS Card for NXT TakeOver Chicago on May 20

first_img Ronda Rousey Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Videos Articles Videos Articles Nikki Bella The following is what the card looks to be for the NXT TakeOver: Chicago live special on May 20 on WWE Network coming out of last night’s NXT TV Tapings at Full Sail University:* NXT Title: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Hideo Itami (confirmed)* NXT Women’s Title: Asuka (c) vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot (confirmed)* NXT Tag Team Titles, Ladder Match: The Authors of Pain (c’s) w/Paul Ellering vs. #DIY (confirmed)* SAnitY vs. Aleister Black, Kassius Ohno and Roderick Strong (un-confirmed)* Drew McIntyre vs. Wesley Blake (un-confirmed)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Drew Mcintyre Twitter Now Playing Up Next Yeardley Smith Looks Back On 30 Years Of The Simpsonscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Ace Frehley Is Back in the New York Groove Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Wilderness Adventurer Coyote Peterson Takes on the Worlds Most Painful Stings 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Google+ WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Press Talk Is the bumpy ride over … for now

first_img I’m gonna miss the guy.No, really. I’m not kidding.Irritating and insistent, righteous and rigid, unbowed and unnerving.That is how I would describe Clark County Councilor David Madore.Swept into office four years ago because voters saw a need for an agent of change, he was summarily swept out of office because he never figured out how to make change and play nice with others.Sure, it’s difficult to upset the apple cart without stepping on toes, but Madore almost always broke the first rule of getting things done:Compromise.So why would a guy like me say I will miss a guy like that? One reason:He’s good copy. News types like me live in two different worlds. One world is the community. Through this opinion column, I’ve often fought for what I believed was good for this community. And that meant I often clashed with guys like Madore. But from a newspaper standpoint, I also appreciated his beautiful weirdness. In other words, he was good copy.There’s an old saying in the newspaper business:“Dog bites man isn’t news … but man bites dog is news!”And Madore had this bad habit (a good habit if you love good copy) of always biting Rover.Saw it coming I’m often asked if I saw this coming after Madore was elected four years ago. Honestly, yes. In fact, before he took office, I wrote a column that included this: Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at lounews1@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Rose Quarter projects prompt closures

first_imgPortland – Rose Quarter drivers should prepare for major delays due to some freeway and ramp paving projects, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.The ramp that connects Interstate 5 southbound to Interstate 84 eastbound will be closed for two weeks beginning July 8. It will reopen July 23.I-5 southbound will be closed for paving between the Fremont and the Marquam bridges from 10 p.m. July 13 to 5 a.m. July 16 and from 10 p.m. July 20 to 5 a.m. July 23.Travelers will use the Fremont Bridge and Interstate 405 during the closures.Drivers should expect long delays and backups on southbound I-5 that could last most of the day and night. They could stretch to the I-5 Bridge during this closure.Information on options to avoid delays are available at BigFixPDX.com.last_img read more

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DOJ says a migrant allegedly paid 130 to rent a young boy

first_img Posted: May 7, 2019 DOJ says a migrant allegedly paid $130 to ‘rent’ a young boy to cross border as a family Mike McKinnon III #YumaSector Border Patrol agents apprehended over 700 illegal aliens on Monday, bringing the total to 1500+ for the past 3 days. Total #YumaSector detention capacity is just over 400. @CBP #NationalSecurity pic.twitter.com/e1ZzYgEnxN— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) May 7, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III, TUCSON (KUSI) – In March, federal prosecutors told a Tucson grand jury that a Guatemalan man allegedly paid a family the equivalent of about $130 dollars to “rent” their eight-year-old son so they looked like a family when illegally crossing the Southern border into the United States.According to Tucson.com, the federal indictment said Maynor Velasquez Molina sought out a Guatemalan child to get into the U.S. because he was told it would “be easier to get into the United States with a child.”Last week, the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector reported more than 700 fraudulent family claims since October. May 7, 2019 700 illegal aliens surrender themselves to #USBP #YumaSector Border Patrol agents over the course of Tuesday. @CBP #SouthwestBorder pic.twitter.com/AhR8BX6QJZ— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) May 1, 2019Homeland Security Investigations sent a team of special agents to Yuma in late April to investigate the fraudulent family claims.Tucson.com reports, “The family fraud claims amount to a small portion of migrant families that cross the border, surrender to Border Patrol agents and ask for asylum. The more than 700 fraudulent claims in the Yuma Sector came as 24,200 migrant family members were apprehended at the border near Yuma from October to March, according to Border Patrol statistics. Borderwide, federal officials said they had seen about 3,100 fraudulent family claims since April 2018, alongside about 260,000 migrant family members.”The Tucson.com report goes on to describe some of the alleged family fraud cases. In a recent case, “a Guatemalan man used a false birth certificate on Monday in an attempt to show Border Patrol agents near San Luis he was the father in a family. He was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 days in federal prison, court records show.”But they describe the case regarding “renting” the eight-year-old boy to be the most serious one. They report, “Velasquez paid the boy’s father in Guatemala 1,000 quetzales, or about $130, to use the boy to enter the United States, the special agent wrote. Velasquez also paid $130 to another person to make a fraudulent birth certificate for the boy.”Tuesday, President Trump took to Twitter to urge Democrats in Congress to “vote to close the terrible loopholes at the Southern Border. If not, harsh measures will have to be taken! Democrats in Congress must vote to close the terrible loopholes at the Southern Border. If not, harsh measures will have to be taken!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2019Tucson.com’s full report can be read here: Tucson.com Updated: 3:37 PMlast_img read more

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake New footage featuring Tifa and Sepiroth revealed at

first_imgToday as part of the E3 conference schedule, Square Enix revealed new gameplay footage for the Final Fantasy VII Remake. A few notable points: the game will require two Blu-ray discs, which hints at the ridiculous amount of content featured in the game. Gameplay footage showed off its new combat system, which is a compelling mix of the turn-based combat native to the series, and a more immediate real-time action style. Players can tailor the action to their specific tastes: if you prefer more immediate button mashing you can set the game up like that. If you’re a fan of more traditional turn-based combat, you can shape the game to suit those needs.ffvii-05It all looks very modern and well integrated. Considering the original Final Fantasy is over two decades old, this sort of update makes a considerable amount of sense. After the combat demo, the team revealed an extended trailer that was just 100% pure weaponised nostalgia. Post a comment 40 Photos Share your voice Why 2020 could be the best year for video gamescenter_img Gaming Culture 0 Tags Final Fantasy VII remake is set for release March 3, 2020.last_img read more

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Renewable Energy Fund casualty of budget crunch may get new lifeline

first_imgKwigillingok has five wind turbines. The project was supported in part with a grant from the Alaska Energy Authority’s Renewable Energy Fund. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNOne casualty of the state’s budget crisis this year is investment in renewable energy.Since 2008, Alaska’s Renewable Energy Fund has supported scores of projects around the state, with more than 130 currently in the works – most of them aimed at replacing expensive diesel fuel with everything from wind to hydro to biomass.So far this year, the state budget includes no money for the fund. But a bill passed by the Senate this week would try to replace some of that funding in years to come.Download AudioSean Skaling, policy and programs director with Alaska Energy Authority, which administers the Renewable Energy Fund, said it has been crucial in getting projects off the drawing board and onto the grid.“I’d say what the fund has really done, over the last few years, it has made projects happen,” Skaling said.From a wind system in Kwigillingok to hydro power in Chignik Lagoon to a biomass boiler in Thorne Bay, the fund has provided seed money or shouldered the full cost of projects across Alaska.The Authority has prioritized efforts to reduce the use of diesel fuel, which can make lighting or heating a home in many parts of the state intolerably expensive.“If you pay a lot for electricity or pay a lot for heating fuel, those are the projects that are most likely to rise in the criteria,” Skaling said.In the past, lawmakers have included the Renewable Energy Fund as part of the capital budget, along with infrastructure projects around the state. It started with an initial investment of about $100 million, and has received about $25 million a year since, dropping to less than $10 million last year.But this year’s capital budget is a ghost of its former self – just $80 million, total. There’s no money included for the renewable energy grants. That means no funding for the nearly forty projects in the running this year — from Sitka to St. Paul.This week, the Senate passed a bill sponsored by Bethel’s Lyman Hoffman, which might provide at least some money in the years ahead.The bill – SB 196 – focuses primarily on shoring up the endowment for the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program, which offers relief from sky-high electricity rates in rural Alaska. But in years when the fund earns more than the program requires, it would split the excess earnings between two other initiatives: community revenue sharing, and rural power projects — including the Renewable Energy Fund.Testifying this week before the House Finance Committee, Hoffman said it’s a good use for the endowment.“I think that it is a win-win for rural Alaska, for communities that are dependent upon revenue sharing and for other rural energy programs,” he said.If the PCE endowment fund matches its past performance, it could generate about $3 million a year for energy programs, starting in 2018.But first, it must pass the Alaska House. The bill is currently before the House Finance Committee, with just two days left in the regular legislative session.last_img read more

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Today is Freethinkers Day

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A freethinker is someone who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in his religious thinking, in favour of rational inquiry and speculation, according to The American Heritage Dictionary.Paine was known for his controversial essays that alienated people because of their politics and religious beliefs. In 1796, he wrote a diatribe against George Washington that added more fuel to the persisting resentment against him. When Paine returned to the U.S. in 1802, he was practically ostracised and died in poverty seven years later. Freethinker’s Day falls on the birthday of Thomas Paine, a political philosopher and freethinker who influenced the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution and the French Revolution. Paine condemned the practice of slavery in his African Slavery in America and published his most famous work, Common Sense in 1776 just six months before the issuance of the Declaration of Independence.last_img read more

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