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Sentencing hearing delayed for La Loche school shooter defence says he has

first_imgMEADOW LAKE, Sask. – The sentencing for a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan has been delayed after a new report led two defence witnesses to conclude the teen has fetal alcohol syndrome.The conclusions are based on the findings of what is known as a Gladue report, which examines an Indigenous offender’s background for the judge to use when determining a sentence. It can include information about abuse, developmental or health issues, such as fetal alcohol syndrome, or substance use.In this case, defence lawyer Aaron Fox said the report “makes reference to some of the drinking history of (the teen’s) biological mom.”As a result, Fox said psychiatrist Dr. Mansfield Mela and neuropsychologist Dr. Monty Nelson “feel they can confirm the diagnosis” of fetal alcohol syndrome.Mela testified during part of the hearing in June that the teen has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, an intellectual disability, major depressive disorder and displays signs of fetal alcohol syndrome.However, at that time he could not confirm fetal alcohol syndrome because he said he didn’t know enough about the teen’s family history.The Crown now wants to question Mela and Nelson again about their confirmation of the diagnosis.Judge Janet McIvor, who is presiding over the case in Meadow Lake, Sask., granted the Crown’s request to delay the hearing until Sept. 1, but she also said “this needs to keep moving” forward.“Perhaps it’s the nature of these kind of matters, but there seems to be issues arising at the last minute,” said McIvor.It’s not clear whether final arguments in the sentencing, which were scheduled for Friday, will go ahead next week.The teen — who cannot be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday when the shootings occurred — pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the January 2016 shooting in La Loche.Some victims have already told court that the teen should be sentenced as an adult because of the severity of his crimes.“A lot of people, I think, want to move this process forward and move onto their healing journey,” La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said outside the courthouse Friday.“So delaying it again on the defence, just adds to that anxiety again. When are we going to go through this? What’s the end result here? Is he going to be sentenced as a youth? Is he going to be sentenced as an adult? A lot of people want some closure, so it just prolongs that process.”The hearing is to determine whether the teen is sentenced as an adult or a youth. He could get six years of custody and four years probation if sentenced as a youth but faces a life sentence as an adult.Court previously heard that the teen first killed Dayne Fontaine, 17, and then his brother Drayden, who was 13. Dayne pleaded for his life before he was shot 11 times, including twice in the head. Drayden was shot twice.The teen then drove to the high school, where surveillance footage captured his frightening walk through the halls, his shotgun raised, as students and staff ran in fear.When police arrived, the shooter ran into a women’s washroom where he put his weapon down and gave himself up.The teen said he didn’t know what he was thinking when he pulled the trigger.Nelson testified for the defence that the teen had an IQ of 68, which is considered well below average. A child psychiatrist who testified for the Crown said the teen did not come across as being clearly developmentally delayed or slow.McIvor has already said she will deliver her sentence at a later date and indicated that may happen in La Loche.St. Pierre said there are “some reservations” in the community about that.“But other community members have said they’d rather have it in the community, so it’s still a toss up,” he said. “I’m still not sure where that’s going to lead and still need to have more consultation.”last_img read more

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Sri Lanka UNICEF helps children displaced by escalating conflict

17 May 2007Despite the insecurity in parts of Sri Lanka torn by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to help the youngest victims of the violence who are increasingly deprived of adequate food, sanitation and education. The escalating clashes between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil Tigers, is affecting 3 million people, including over 500,000 who have fled their homes, according to UNICEF.The agency is supporting a range of activities to alleviate the conflict’s psychosocial impact on children. “We’ve got animators and young people working together with these children and teaching them about mine awareness, but also doing theatre and just play activities,” said UNICEF’s Chief of Field Coordination in Sri Lanka, Natascha Paddison.“They’re just trying to get a sense of normalcy to the youngsters, which is very important.” Despite UNICEF’s best efforts, the impact of the violence on children and families is enormous, with malnutrition rates rising, a lack of access to education and adequate water and sanitation facilities, and recruitment of child soldiers into rebel factions. The psychological effects cannot be underestimated, Ms. Paddison noted. She said in the conflict-torn areas, children who are asked about the future “don’t say what they want to be, but what they want to have – which is peace. They all say they want the shelling to stop. They want peace.” The situation in Sri Lanka poses many challenges, as multiple players enter the conflict and it become increasingly militarized, said UNICEF, which is working to provide children and families with services. read more

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Africas rapid technological acquisition indicates emerging industrial base – UN

“The findings reveal an impressive turnaround from the slow growth in Africa’s share of the number of patents, peer-reviewed scientific publications and technology exports and imports which grew very slowly in the 1980s to 1990s,” said Abdoulie Janneh, the Commission’s Executive Secretary, referring to the study entitled “A technological resurgence: Africa in the global flow of technology.”“The research provides evidence of a rapid growth rate in Africa’s industrial technology acquisition,” Mr. Janneh added.He pointed out that inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI), one of the main channels of technology transfer, into Africa soared by over 800 per cent between 2000 and 2008.“Some of the investment has gone into the production of drugs, steel, automobiles and electronics, among others – areas that require the use of technology owned by others,” said Mr. Janneh.The research is the first ever comprehensive study that tracks flows of investment and knowledge mainly by developing regions and developed country groupings and specifically looks at technology transfer trends in areas such as royalties and licensing fees, capital goods, business, professional and technical services, research and development, as well as intellectual property rights.It stresses the need to prioritize technology development and transfer through four core areas, including the promotion of university-industry-government partnership, where existing research centres can be used to acquire, adapt and diffuse emerging technology and serve as technology incubators.The study also recommends the strategic use of government contracts to encourage technology upgrading of domestic firms and joint ventures with foreign suppliers; promotion of industrial alliances to enable African firms to access emerging and existing knowledge and skills at home and abroad; and entry into international research and development agreements between African countries and leading technology-exporting countries.None of the measures entail a significant investment in or creation of new institutions and bodies, but rather they constitute innovative ways of using existing mechanisms to promote technology transfer, according to the study.In addition, the measures would support the current drive to promote investment in research and development and higher education.The study indicates that in the not-too-distant future, the rise in industrial technology acquisition may diversify African exports from coffee, cocoa, copper, tea, diamonds and petroleum, according to UNECA. 21 January 2011Africa’s rapid acquisition of industrial technologies is an indication that the continent is joining other developing regions in building a sound manufacturing base likely to support the production of value-added goods and services, including high-tech products, according to a study released today by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). read more

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Police seize 100K worth of cocaine cash and pickup truck in

A Welland man is facing multiple drug related charges after police found more than a kilogram of suspected cocaine in his possession.Officers began investigating the alleged sale and distribution of cocaine in the Niagara Region by Salvatore “Sammy” Lamacchia earlier this year. Police say Lamacchia, 37, was arrested on Monday after “participating in a suspected drug transaction.” During his arrest, police found he had roughly $100,000 worth of suspected cocaine with him. Officers executed a search warrant early Tuesday morning at a home in Welland and seized $28,000 worth of marijuana plants, cash, and a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck.Lamacchia is facing drug trafficking and possession charges and is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing later Tuesday. read more

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UN tribunal prepares for Milosevic pretrial hearing for Kosovo case

Among measures that are likely to be raised by the Prosecutor during tomorrow’s hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague are the number of witnesses that are to be called and the number of statements and transcripts that are to be admitted.Mr. Milosevic’s trial is scheduled to begin on 12 February. In December, the Prosecutor had sought unsuccessfully to have the Kosovo indictment combined into one trial with the other cases against the former President for alleged crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.The Court agreed only to join the Bosnia and Croatia cases. A start date for that trial has not been set. read more

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SMMT Update – 13 September 2013

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: SMMT Update 285 online.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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CDB signs grant agreement with the UG towards construction of library

(L-R) Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, CDB, Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance, Guyana; and Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana prepare to sign the grant agreement on May 29. Assisting is Diana Wilson Patrick (standing), General Counsel, CDB.The seven-month technical assistance project for which the agreement was signed will allow the University to undertake a comprehensive assessment of its current library infrastructure, and prepare designs and cost estimates for construction of a new library, a media release from the CDB stated.The designs will be supported by an Environmental and Social Management Framework to ensure a socially inclusive, environmentally sensitive and hazard- and climate-resilient new facility.President, CDB Dr. Wm. Warren Smith said: “We are optimistic that this process will place the University of Guyana further along the path to having new facilities that are environmentally resilient, socially inclusive and a place of study and lifelong learning for the men and women who attend this institution.”In brief remarks Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan said: “This project is small but very poignant and very important; is going towards the advancement of the library facilities and we hope that with this other donors and other development partners can come on board, just like CDB […] to help with the reshaping of the university.”“We know that the library of any university is the intellectual centerpiece of what it does by way of what it does in education and instruction, by way of what it does in research for public policy and social benefit, and we at the University of Guyana have been without that critical infrastructure value for a long time. And so as we move along the project of rebuilding our university this is a demonstration of ‘putting your money where your mouth is’, and we are delighted to be able to have that,” said Vice-Chancellor of UG, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Government of Guyana and the University of Guyana have signed a USD150,000 agreement to support the institution’s (UG) efforts towards the construction of a new library. The agreement was signed on May 29, on the margins of the 48th Annual Meeting of CDB’s Board of Governors, which took place in Grenada. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedITC, CDB to partner for trade-led development projects in the CaribbeanJuly 30, 2018In “Regional”FAO signs US$332,000 partnerships with UG, CIAT and Agri Ministry agenciesDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”UG partners with Jamaican publishing company to establish pressMarch 20, 2017In “Local News” read more

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DRA Global to help Gregory Crinum coal mine get back to business

first_imgDRA Global says it has been selected by Sojitz as the preferred partner for the restart and operations and maintenance of the Gregory Crinum metallurgical coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, Australia.Sojitz Coal Mining announced, this week, that it has officially taken ownership of Gregory Crinum, near Emerald in Central Queensland, from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance joint venture partners BHP and Mitsubishi Development. This followed a A$100 million ($71 million) agreement the companies signed last year.Cameron Vorias, CEO and Managing Director of Sojitz Coal Mining, said: “Recommencement of mining operations at Gregory Crinum will deliver significant benefits to all our stakeholders in addition to ensuring security of supply of hard coking coal to our valued customers, as well as providing jobs and strengthening the economy for the people in the Emerald, Springsure and Cappella Area and the State of Queensland.”Vorias said DRA offered the best solutions in relation to the refurbishment of the processing plant and the overall operations and maintenance philosophy, and “providing true integrated maintenance through their wholly-owned maintenance business G&S Engineering”.DRA Global acquired G&S Engineering in July, as the company looked to expand its footprint and project execution capabilities in Australia.The restart of Gregory Crinum will be delivered in two stages with the first stage focusing on the refurbishment of the processing plant followed by the full operations and maintenance contract of the processing plant for the next three years.Sojitz said previously that the mine will have an annual capacity of up to 3 Mt/y when fully operational, with a life of more than 20 years. It also said restart operations would begin in the first half of its 2019 financial year, with the first shipment of coal in the second half of the year.The site comprises the Crinum underground mine, Gregory open-pit mine, undeveloped coal resources and on-site infrastructure including a coal handling and preparation plant, maintenance workshops and administration facilities.Gregory Crinum Mine’s capacity was 6 Mt/y of hard coking coal when production ceased and it was placed into care and maintenance in January 2016.last_img read more

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Croatia without Alilović in battle for Rio

Croatian NT headcoach Željko Babić announced the list of 20 players who will make the roster for the Olympic qualifications in Denmark. The biggest surprise is absence of Mirko Alilović, the first Croatian goalie for a years who decided to make a break due “private reasons”. Babic said that he respects decision of 30-years old member of Veszprem, who was a target of many critics during Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland.Croatian squad for Qualification tournament where will play also Sweden and Bahrain.Goalkeepers:Ivan Pešić – HC Meshkov BrestFilip Ivić – HC PPD ZagrebIvan Stevanović – HC PPD ZagrebLeft wing:Manuel Štrlek – HC Vive Tauron KielceRight wings:Ivan Čupić – HC Vive Tauron KielceZlatko Horvat – HC PPD ZagrebLine players:Ilija Brozović – THW KielKrešimir Kozina – HC Flensburg-HandewittMarino Marić – HC MelsungenBack players:Marko Kopljar – HC BarcelonaLuka Šebetić – HC PPD ZagrebDenis Buntić – HC Vive Tauron KielceIgor Karačić – HC VardarLuka Cindrić – HC VardarDomagoj Duvnjak – THW KielDomagoj Pavlović – HC PPD ZagrebMarko Mamić – HC DunkerqueIvan Slišković – HC VeszpremJakov Gojun – HC Füchse BerlinStipe Mandalinić – HC PPD Zagreb ← Previous Story ThSV Eisenach sack Petković – Chalepo is “fireman” Next Story → Nikola Karabatić out for a few weeks! croatiaMirko Alilović read more

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The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: Is David Beckham afraid he’ll forget his wife’s name? And who does Madonna fancy? Find out in The Dredge… EVERT DAY TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #MASS SHOOTING: The gunman who died after killing 12 people at a naval installation in Washington DC was a former Navy serviceman, according to authorities in the US. Aaron Alexis died in a gun battle with police after the shooting rampage in which eight others were injured.2. #THINKING: The three main political parties begin day-two of their annual parliamentary party think-ins today. It comes as Taoiseach Enda Kenny indicated last night that the next election will take place in March 2016.3. #ROADS: A motorcyclist has died after a road crash in Westmeath yesterday evening. Meanwhile in Clare, a young man has died after his car hit a wall in the early hours of this morning.4. #DIRECT PROVISION: The High Court will this morning hear the initial phase of a challenge of the system of direct provision for asylum seekers who come to Ireland. A family of six says the system is unconstitutional.5. #COSTA CONCORDIA: Engineers have pulled off a memorable and incredible feat off the Tuscan coast overnight bringing the stricken cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, upright following a 19-hour operation. See the amazing pictures here.6. #NORTHERN IRELAND: The US diplomat Richard Haas is in Belfast today to chair inter-party talks in attempt to resolve various disputes between nationalists and unionists. He expects to conclude talks on parades, flags and the past by the end of the year.7. #PRISON OFFICER: A prison officer who fought cancer was awarded €80,000 by an Equality Tribunal after being denied a chance to interview for a promotion. One of the man’s superiors is said to have told the complainant he was “no spring chicken”.8. #SOUTHEAST: The southeast of the country should have a regional IDA office, investment in its airport, and be made a world leader in food, according to an Oireachtas committee report published yesterday.9. #GRAND THEFT OOPS: Amazon was left red-faced yesterday after some of its customers who pre-ordered the eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 5 got their copy early, breaking a strict embargo imposed by the video’s game’s maker, BBC News reports. GTA5, launching today, will make over €1 billion in sales over its lifetime.last_img read more

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Know Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

first_img Quail Hollow By Fintan O’Toole Which Welsh player was named the Six Nations Player of the Championship this week? Mar 22nd 2019, 5:00 PM Gold Belgium Colin Fennelly Tweet Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely have you paid attention to this week’s sporting headlines? INPHO PA Sunwolves Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign got off to a terrible start. Who did they lose their opener to? American gymnast Simone Biles is planning to retire from the sport after the 2020 Olympics. Where will they be held? Stephen Geoghegan What new name will cycling outfit Team Sky race under from May? Team Brexit Seoul TPC Sawgrass Dublin Tweet You scored out of ! Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Short URL Peter Harte Kazakhstan INPHO Waratahs Team Ineos PA Cyprus Team Sky Plus Mattie Donnelly 20 Comments PA Subscribe Share You scored out of ! Justin Tipuric Pebble Beach Adrian Mullen Gareth Anscombe TJ Reid Eoin Cody The questions just didn’t suit you this time. PA PA Shanghai Share your result: Friday 22 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM Tweet 25,485 Views center_img Wooden Spoon You scored out of ! Alun Wyn Jones Tokyo Who scored Ballyhale’s two goals in last Sunday’s All-Ireland senior club hurling final win? Melbourne Share INPHO Russia Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Meath Tweet Stormers Laois Jonathan Davies Share your result: Colm Cavanagh https://the42.ie/4556048 INPHO Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. Jack Byrne is aiming to be capped for Ireland tomorrow in Gibraltar. Who was the last LOI player to achieve that in a competitive game? Offaly Daryl Horgan PA Cathal McCarron PA Bay Hill Club Share your result: Share You scored out of ! PA Where did Rory McIlroy celebrate a PGA Tour win last Sunday night? Team Ratcliffe INPHO PA Pat Byrne Keith Fahey Share Which team is set to be axed by the end of 2020 from the Super Rugby competition? Finally what county is Irish rugby player Alison Miller, who retired on Tuesday, from? Share your result: Silver Bronze Share3 Tweet Email Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne dissect Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, and discuss the pros and cons of rugby’s new law proposals in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Which Tyrone player called time on his inter-county career this week? Highlanders Answer all the questions to see your result! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Queens Brian May Explains ESAs Hera Asteroid Deflection Mission

first_imgStay on target Astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May recently explained the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Hera mission in a video and it is an aspiring plan to save Earth from a potentially dangerous asteroid system.The ESA video, which was shared on Wednesday, details the ESA Hera mission, which according to the agency, will be “humanity’s first-ever spacecraft to visit a double asteroid.” Dubbed Didymos, the asteroid system is one of thousands that could be an impact risk to Earth, and even the smaller of the two asteroids would be large enough to damage an entire city if it collided with our planet. The aim of Hera is to help ESA explore the possibility of deflecting this type of asteroid and formulate ways to protect Earth from harmful space rocks.“Imagine a mountain in the sky, with another rock about the size of the Great Pyramid swinging around it,” May said in the ESA video. “That’s Didymos. Just the seemingly tiny move would be big enough to destroy a city if it were to collide with the Earth.”Hear @DrBrianMay tell the story of the European Space Agency’s (@esa) Mission that would be humanity’s first-ever spacecraft to visit a double asteroid! #Heramission https://t.co/ojGAn5wZ7D pic.twitter.com/FP9KISzuZ4— Queen (@QueenWillRock) June 27, 2019Here’s the proposed plan: First, NASA will slam its DART spacecraft into the smaller asteroid (Didymoon) before ESA’s Hera spacecraft will come in to map the crash’s impact crater and determine the asteroid’s mass. For the mission, Hera will have two CubeSats on board, which can fly in closer proximity to the asteroid’s surface before touching down there. With Hera’s close observations, scientists can better understand potential asteroid deflection strategies and ramp up planetary defense initiatives.In November, the Hera mission will be presented to ESA’s Space19+ meeting, where Europe’s space ministers will come up with a final decision on the mission. Together, ESA and other international space agencies will collaborate on ways to protect people and the planet from troubling asteroid activity.More on Geek.com:NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Gets Cozy With Asteroid Bennu in Close-Up Image‘Double Asteroid’ Speeding By Earth at 43,000 MPH Captured in PhotoYou Can Help NASA Find Landing Spots on Asteroid Bennu Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWashington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Fly By Earth on Aug. 28 last_img read more

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Higginbotham discusses Girouds importance to Chelsea and Hazard

first_imgFormer Sunderland and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham insists Olivier Giroud’s importance to Chelsea and star player Eden Hazard should not be underestimated.The former Arsenal striker who joined the Blues in January this year, has started Chelsea’s last four Premier League games and although he has yet to find the net, Hazard has scored five times during that period.Hazard hailed Giroud “as the best target man in the world” after they combined to help Chelsea to a relatively comfortable 4-1 win over Cardiff City in September.The France international striker made two of Hazard’s three goals at Stamford Bridge in that game and has provided two more goals for the Belgian captain since, and his presence as the focal point in attack has helped Chelsea to joint-top of the Premier League after eight games.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He suits Hazard, Pedro and Willian,” he told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“He drags centre-backs out which makes space for others – he’s so difficult to mark.”“That’s what separates him and Alvaro Morata, who is a centre-forward that likes to stretch the game but he doesn’t create space. Giroud has different characteristics to Diego Costa but their style of play is very similar. They both like to drop deep. It’s no surprise to see that Hazard had a fruitful season when playing with Costa – he was getting into dangerous areas all the time and Giroud is providing the same option.”last_img read more

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World Soy Foundations Weekly Spotlight Feature of June

first_imgFor the month of June, each week we’ll shine the “spotlight” on a partner organization or project. Be sure to check us out on Facebook to see the daily posts (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and great photos.To kick things off, our first “spotlight” is Futuro Vivo of Guatemala City. Futuro Vivo provides soy to the children of their school, as well as marketing to the community. They serve over 250 kids as part of their nutrition program. The parents at Futuro Vivo are invested in the school’s meal program—many are even trained to assist in preparing soy-based meals like empanadas made with okara, which soy dairies yield as a byproduct from soy milk.In partnership with Rotary Clubs in Guatemala, the WSF is proud to support Futuro Vivo’s efforts to use soy in reducing malnutrition. In the picture below, you can see some of the beneficiaries of the WSF/Futuro Vivo/Rotary Club partnership. The little boy (bottom, left) wanted to make sure we saw that he ate all the soyfoods that were on his plate. The bottom right picture is a woman named Claudia who combines her skills with soy dairies and chocolates sold in Guatemala City to make sweet treats with the okara produced with the Futuro Vivo soy dairy. It’s because of the support of people like you that these kids can learn, grow and be happy, and women like Claudia can have a job in which she can utilize her skills!Be sure to watch for our Week Two Spotlight next week! To learn more about the WSF, visit us on our website, www.worldsoyfoundation.org,  Facebook, Twitter (@TheWSF) or YouTube!last_img read more

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Booze bandit steals cart filled with liquor from Miami store

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who stole over $1,000 worth of alcohol from a Miami store.Surveillance video captured the subject who, officials said, filled up a cart and then threatened the clerk with a knife to open the locked front door.He got away with $1,700 worth of alcohol, Monday, from Jensen’s Liquors, near Southwest 27th Avenue and 16th Terrace.After the armed robbery, police said a stolen car with a suspected getaway driver was found outside the liquor store. That driver was arrested, but police are still looking for the other subject.If you have any information on this this armed robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Here Media Launches Social Content Hub Pridecom

first_img Hebert says the site will be monetized through a combination of native and display advertising options. Social interactivity drives content engagement and distribution, particularly with the millennial crowd, and publishers have jumped on that bandwagon in a big way. Here Media has taken a page out of the Buzzfeed playbook with its new launch, Pride.com. The site, which is live now in beta, features content—listicles, video and short items—created around trending topics and prominent sharing and commenting tools. Time Inc. is using a similar strategy with The Snug, a mobile-first, socially-oriented site for millennial home decor enthusiasts. That was followed up with the launch of MIMI, which uses the same content model for the beauty and fashion market.center_img Pride.com—built with the Livefyre Studio platform which allows it to monitor realtime engagement and publish content that matches social activity—will feature original content. Readers log into the site using their existing social accounts to interact with other readers. Here Media, publisher of Out, The Advocate and a network of other LGBT brands, is actively courting millennials with its new site. “Here Media conducted focus groups in both New York City and Los Angeles with young, millennial LGBTs and used insights about media consumption habits and interests to develop a new publishing platform,” says Robert Hebert, Here Media’s director of consumer marketing.last_img read more

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BJP questions relevance of Congress

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana BJP chief spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao on Saturday said Indians residing within the country and outside are increasingly asking whether the Congress party is relevant for today. The BJP leader said here that the stand taken by the Congress on the abrogation of Article 370 is giving rise to several questions in the minds of the people. The Congress and Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should give an answer to these questions bothering people, he said. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us He wondered whether the Congress was voicing the concerns of the people. “Is the Congress party stand to protect the integrity and sovereignty of India and the welfare and development of Jammu and Kashmir? Or, is it advocating the line of Pakistan and China,” he asked? He said the BJP which was voted to power by majority of people of the country has strong leadership at the helm and it is trying to correct the historical mistakes committed in the past by abrogating Article 370. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us This was done through an institutional, Constitutional and legal process. Then, why is it paining the Congress so much, why the Congress is so intolerant, so rattled and spewing venom in Parliament against the Bills to abrogate Article 370 and re-organisation of J&K? Does it want to make the country’s Constitutional process into a bilateral and trilateral and international issue, he questioned. Advertise With Us Krishna Saagar Rao asked the Congress party “Why the Grand Old Party has taken a stand against India and her people of Jammu and Kashmir and Leh Ladakh? Also, why Congress is trying to become a platform for Pakistan and China right on the floor of Parliament. “One can understand if Pakistan or China raises the issue. But, why are you (Congress) acting as if an advocate to Pakistan and China acting as a platform for them right in Parliament,” he asked. He said the Congress and Gandhi-Nehru family owed to the people of the country to answer all these questions. The BJP leader said the Congress leaders from the old school like Karan Singh, Janardhan Dwivedi and young leaders like Milind Deora, Jyotiraditya Scindia have been supporting the abrogation of Article 370.last_img read more

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Daredevil S3 Review Daredevil Overcomes its Past and Netflix Drag

first_imgStay on target It’s been a common refrain through every Marvel Netflix show. Really, it’s a recurring problem with a lot of Netflix dramas. The acting can be great, the story can be entertaining, but so many of these things hit a wall somewhere midway through. No matter how great your premise is, it’s hard to sustain a story for 13 hours straight through. The third season of Daredevil doesn’t have that problem. Free from the burdens of establishing a new series or setting up for some big crossover event, Daredevil was able to tell it’s own standalone story. And it could tell that story from every necessary angle. The result is a 13-hour season that will make an all day binge feel like no time has passed at all.Each Netflix show noticeably improved in a post-Defenders world. Now that these characters all knew each other, their shared New York setting felt more connected, more alive. It also, of course, allowed for regular cameo appearances that made the second seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist even more fun. Daredevil Season Three doesn’t have any of those, and that’s a good thing. The most important thing Defenders did was to get that giant crossover out of the way. These characters no longer need an excuse to pop by. It can just happen naturally, or not at all. These shows are now free to tell their own story, without building up to another show. Jessica Jones could tell a story about childhood trauma. Luke Cage could plot the character’s descent into authoritarianism. Iron Fist could give us the kung fu crime drama it should have been in the first place. Daredevil was able to give each of its characters their own arc, telling a story about the necessity of a free press and the danger of powerful men.Vincent D’Onofrio (Photo Credit: Netflix)During New York Comic Con, new showrunner Erik Oleson spoke at length about the story he wanted to tell. His version of Daredevil was meant to be an allegory. It’s a story about tyrants who control public opinion by sowing fear and distrust. It’s a story of how the system can fail when one person is able to amass too much money and power. Once that happens, it doesn’t matter how many people are protesting outside his house. This isn’t the first time since 2016 we’ve seen a Donald Trump allegory in a superhero TV show. It is probably the least heavy handed of the attempts, though. Nowhere does anyone say “Make blank blank Again” with a knowing smile into the camera. The season allows itself one reference to “fake stories in the media,” and that’s all the way in the penultimate episode. This season wants to tell a real story about the dangers of Trump-like figures consolidating power. It succeeds because it doesn’t lay the message on too thick. It trusts the audience to pick it up for themselves.Fisk, like most tyrants, comes to power by playing on people’s fears. The difference is he plays on the fears of a specifically selected group of people. Rather than whip up the masses in fear of an other, he finds out who can be of used to them, finds out what they’re afraid of and makes all their worst nightmares come true. When they’re desperate, he offers them a way out for a price. It’s a familiar crime boss story taken to comic book extremes by just how far his reach extends. By the halfway point of the season, he basically owns the entire New York branch of the FBI. That’s also how he gets his supervillain name “Kingpin.” It’s the codename the corrupt agents use to refer to him. Cute.Vincent D’Onofrio, Jay Ali (Photo Credit: Netflix)It’s also where the series starts to feel a little contrived and comic booky at times. The Marvel Netflix shows have found success because of their grounded portrayal of superheroes. They’re still super-powered beings, but the worlds they move in feel real and complicated. The consequences matter more as a result. In parts of this season, Kingpin is absurdly powerful… just because. We’re never shown how he can do the things he does. We don’t even see him doing most of them. We’re just told he did them long after the fact. The revelation that Fisk was behind Agent Nadeem’s sister-in-law’s health coverage disappearing doesn’t land with the weight that it should. Even for someone as connected as Fisk, that strains credibility. Why couldn’t he have just waited for an FBI agent with a weakness to exploit? Why does he have to be the architect behind everything?Likewise, the revelation that Fisk got Foggy Nelson’s brother and parents involved in bank fraud doesn’t give Foggy’s storyline the dramatic weight it needed. It’s supposed to make Foggy feel conflicted about his campaign for District Attorney, but the show never gives his story time to explore that conflict. It just kind of hangs around until it’s solved. It ends up feeling more like an unnecessary reminder of Fisk’s power at a point when we’re already convinced of it. That Foggy’s story is given the least focus this season is disappointing, because you really do love the guy. He knows he’s not a superhero like Matt or a truth-to-power journalist like Karen, but he’s the best hero he can be. He is the good the system can do when it works as intended. He just never fully accounts for a man so powerful that none of the rules matter. That’s a potentially powerful story that got the short end of the stick only because everything else was so good.Elden Henson, Charlie Cox (Photo Credit: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix)Normally I might find it annoying that our three main characters spend almost the entire season apart, but it works here. The show uses the separation to really dive into each character’s journey. Even Foggy’s run for DA has some fantastic moments. Karen and Matt, though, are the season’s real focus. Karen’s story is the most emotionally affecting these Netflix shows have gotten. She is the free press. Daredevil may get the last punch in on Fisk, but she’s the one who really brings his empire down. Her turn as investigative reporter allows her to create the circumstances where the system can work. Where Fisk can’t keep getting away with stuff just because he has money and power. That’s why Fisk does everything he can to destroy the institution she represents. In a very welcome change from the comics, Karen doesn’t die in this season. Instead, Fisk tries to take everything, all her power, away from her. He sends Bullseye, dressed as Daredevil, to the Daily Bulletin offices and has him slaughter everyone in sight. Bullseye kills her key source to protect Fisk, and murders every journalist he can to send a message. Even with an amazingly choreographed fight between Daredevil and Bullseye, it’s a chilling scene. Especially with violence against journalists being so prevalent in the real life news. Nothing hits harder though, than Karen staring at the bagged up cell phones of the murdered Bulletin employees, constantly buzzing and vibrating as their loved ones try to make contact.Deborah Ann Woll, Jack DiFalco (Photo Credit: Netflix)Most importantly, Matt’s story held up its end of the bargain. Superhero stories become harder to tell after the origin. When putting on a mask and beating up bad guys becomes part of a character’s everyday life, where do you take him from there? The answer Season Three came up with: Tear him right back down. The new season starts with Matt at his lowest point. How he survived the building collapse in Defenders isn’t all that satisfying, but it really doesn’t matter. What matters is he’s completely broken at the start, and his journey to back to heroism is an enthralling watch. When the season begins, he’s deaf in one ear, effectively halving one of the abilities that makes him Daredevil. He can’t even defeat a few would-be abductors on the street. But Fisk’s release from prison inspires him to keep training, to find himself again. Not only as Daredevil, but Matt Murdock as well. There were a ton of great fight scenes this season, but no moment was more triumphant than when Foggy, Matt and Karen were finally working together again in a makeshift law office. Best damn avocados in New York.One thing that these Marvel Netflix shows all run up against is they’re always compared to that first season of Daredevil. That was just an amazing season of television. It was so good, you’d almost think the Netflix MCU started off too strong. None of the subsequent seasons, save for maybe Season One of Jessica Jones, could match it. Season Three does. Hell, as far as I’m concerned, it surpasses it. Amidst all the fantastic superhero action are deeply personal, relatable character stories that drive the season forward in every scene. They even all come together in a satisfying way in the last few episodes. Those stories are how Daredevil Season Three overcomes the pacing issues that plague so many Netflix shows. There wasn’t a moment I felt like the show was dragging. A little slow, sure, but never without a sense of purpose. Even the fight scenes were better as a result. The season smartly peppers the action throughout the season to make sure there’s never a lull. But they’re all driven by each character’s story. The violence isn’t gratuitous, it happens for a reason. The stakes feel more personal, which makes the action more exciting. Especially that one-take prison escape in Episode Four. I don’t know if anything can top that.Wilson Bethel (Photo Credit: Netflix)Of course, the one character that’s most important to any superhero story is the villain. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk is what made Daredevil Season One so hard to live up to. And the lack of a single compelling villain was what made Season Two so disappointing. D’Onofrio is back in full form this season, and he’s just as fascinating, unpredictable and terrifying as before. Maybe even more now because he’s fully in the public eye and still getting away with everything. He could have carried the entire season on his own, but he didn’t. Season Three stepped out of Season One’s shadow by giving us a second villain just as captivating and scary. We got a new version of Bullseye, along with a captivating new origin story. We watched as this talented, but slightly unhinged FBI agent slowly turned his allegiances to Wilson Fisk. And, probably the smartest thing this season did, we see exactly how Fisk makes that happen.Episode Five would be a natural point for the season to drag. It’s right after the biggest action sequence of the season. Matt Murdock has just learned a crucial piece of information and narrowly escaped one last attempt on his life. It’s a natural time to slow things down. Gotta fill up 13 hours somehow. And the show does pump the brakes a bit, but with an artistic exploration of its new villain. As Fisk gets his hands on Agent Poindexter’s mental health records, we see him observe every moment in extended sequences of black and white shot almost like a stage production. The actual psychology is… even with my limited knowledge, it’s kinda lazy. Pick a disorder and call it a day lazy. But the episode itself is so well-crafted, you keep watching through the weaker moments. Because the real point of it isn’t to reveal that Dex is a sociopathic stalker with a history of violence. It’s to show us how Wilson Fisk works. How he gets into people’s heads. It’s the only episode of the season that does it. For once we see, as horrifying as it is, how someone willingly puts themselves under his control.Elden Henson, Wilson Bethel (Photo Credit: Netflix)Daredevil Season Three has its faults, as all TV shows do. It’s story sometimes solves itself a little too conveniently, and a few shortcuts it takes are a bit too obvious to overlook. It’s still some of the best the Netflix MCU has to offer. Great characters, an actual sense of pacing, and action scenes that surpass even those of Season One reduce most shortcomings to mere annoyances. By the end, I’m excited to see more. It brings its characters to where we’ve wanted to see them since Season One. With Matt learning to balance both his lives, and him, Foggy and Karen starting up the law firm again. There are some great stories from this era of Matt’s life in the comics. Like that Brian Michael Bendis/Alex Maleev arc from 2001. (Season Three? Please?) And we know Bullseye will coming back with a totally-not-adamantium spine. Whatever they do, Season Three set up a real promising future. Whenever Marvel/Netflix get around to it.Daredevil is streaming now on NetflixPreviously in the Netflix MCU:Iron Fist Season Two ReviewLuke Cage Season Two ReviewJessica Jones Season Two Review The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe11 Superheroes Who Became Villains last_img read more

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Soft drinks bad for your memory diet soda even worse

first_imgIf you thought switching to diet soda can help you avoid the ill effects associated with sugary soft drinks, think again! Researchers have found that while drinking sugary beverages frequently may lead to poorer memory, daily intake of diet soda may increase the risk of stroke and dementia. Both sugary and diet drinks correlated with accelerated brain ageing, according to the findings published in two separate studies.People who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus – an area of the brain important for learning and memory, said the study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA follow-up study, published in the journal Stroke, found that people who drank diet soda daily were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia when compared to those who did not. Scientists have put forth various hypotheses about how artificial sweeteners may cause harm, from transforming gut bacteria to altering the brain’s perception of “sweet,” but “we need more work to figure out the underlying mechanisms”, said Boston University’s Matthew Pase, who is lead author on the two studies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the studies, researchers used data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), a study that aims to identify common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD).”These studies are not the be-all and end-all, but it’s strong data and a very strong suggestion,” said Sudha Seshadri, Professor at Boston University School of Medicine (MED) in the US.”It looks like there is not very much of an upside to having sugary drinks, and substituting the sugar with artificial sweeteners doesn’t seem to help,” Seshadri, who is senior author on both papers, said. Excess sugar has long been associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases like obesity, heart disease and Type-2 diabetes, but little is known about its long-term effects on the human brain. He chose to study sugary drinks as a way of examining overall sugar consumption. “It’s difficult to measure overall sugar intake in the diet,” he says, “so we used sugary beverages as a proxy.”Researchers also found that higher intake of diet soda–at least one per day–was associated with smaller brain volume. They found that people who drank at least one diet soda per day were iathree times as likely to develop stroke and dementia. IANSlast_img read more

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