Los Angeles: Hollywood star Salma Hayek is excited to work with “Game of Thrones” heartthrob Kit Harington in Marvel’s “The Eternals”. The veteran actor took to Instagram to share her ‘fan girl’ moment with Harington on Tuesday. “I still can’t believe that I’m working with #jonsnow! Kit you’re the best! #theeternals #gameofthrones #kitharington,” Hayek captioned the picture. Harington was sporting a shorter crop, bidding his Jon Snow days goodbye. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The announcement of Harington, who played fan favourite Jon Snow in the HBO series, was made at the D23 Expo last month. He joined fellow “GOT” star Richard Madden, who is also a part of the star-studded cast. “The Eternals” also boasts of Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan and Gemma Chan. Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Chloe Zhao is attached to direct the movie from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The film is slated for a November 6, 2020 release.
A new study by Ontario researchers suggests that brain activity in rats exposed a single time to THC — the vapourized psychoactive component of marijuana — is similar to those with schizophrenia and cannabis-induced psychosis.Lead author Jibran Khokhar, an assistant professor of neuroscience at the University of Guelph, said the rats’ “dampened” brain activity lasted at least one week after the exposure.“It was really surprising,” he said.Khokhar and his team are trying to tease out the long-known relationship between marijuana use and schizophrenia.A genetic predisposition to schizophrenia combined with exposures to cannabis can increase the risk for that person to have a psychotic episode or to then have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Khokhar explained.But the causal relationship between the two is not known.“The goal and focus of the lab is to try to crack this chicken or egg question of substance use and schizophrenia,” Khokhar said.His team surgically implanted electrodes into the brains of eight healthy rats that had never been exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. After the animals recovered from the surgery, his team pumped pure vapourized THC or a saline solution into sealed rat chambers.Then they monitored the rats’ activity in several regions of the brain, including the prefrontral cortex, the orbitofrontal cortex and the dorsal striatum.“We found across all the regions the single exposure to THC changed the individual activities of these brain regions, but also altered how these regions communicate, or jive, with one another,” Khokhar said.The research was published recently in the Canadian Journal of Addiction.Khokhar said they have built customized chambers to study vaping further.“Vapourized cannabis is gaining popularity and as more concentrates come on the market, we see an increase in wax and shatter — high concentrate forms of THC — and will probably be vapourized with these vape pens,” Khokhar said.Public health officials south of the border are investigating hundreds of serious breathing illnesses — including at least seven deaths — with most related to vaping marijuana oil. Last week, Canadian officials announced what is believed to be the first vaping-related illness in London, Ont., that left a teen on life support before recovering.Canada’s chief public health officer said last week that at least three reports of potential vaping-related illnesses are being investigated, but nothing has been confirmed.Khokhar said the rising popularity of vaping and the reported pulmonary illnesses underscore the need to do more research.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2019.Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
13 July 2007The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is seeking clarification from Bangladeshi authorities about the situation surrounding a UN independent expert who is facing trial in the Asian country on corruption charges. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is seeking clarification from Bangladeshi authorities about the situation surrounding a UN independent expert who is facing trial in the Asian country on corruption charges.The trial of Sigma Huda, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, is understood to have already started and there are reports that she is in ill-health, OHCHR spokesperson José-Luis Diaz told reporters in Geneva.But he said that while OHCHR has been in constant contact with Bangladeshi authorities, the Office has not yet received the information it requested seeking clarification of the case against Ms. Huda, a Bangladeshi national.A number of UN Special Rapporteurs – who work in an independent capacity and report to the UN Human Rights Council – are considering issued a public appeal, Mr. Diaz added.Ms. Huda was due to make a presentation to the Council last month but had been prevented from doing so by Bangladesh, and Mr. Diaz said the Office of the High Commissioner wanted to hear the reasons for this decision.Responding to journalists’ questions, Mr. Diaz said Ms. Huda was covered by the privileges and immunities enjoyed by UN experts on mission while she was exercising her duties, and presumably Bangladesh did not consider that immunity applied in this case.
Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today voiced concern for what he called “innocent bystanders” in the widening global financial crisis.“The impact on developing countries will be much deeper than was anticipated,” he said during a meeting with UNCTAD’s governing body, the Trade and Development Board, in Geneva. Certain sectors of their economies “are beginning to suffer, and this is only the beginning,” he cautioned, adding that volatile exchange-rate movements affecting some of these countries will not help.“Trade will suffer, and the commodities boom that has helped developing countries for a number of years now is ending,” said Mr. Supachai. He noted that a real issue will be whether any cash will be left for credit and development aid needed for efforts such as achieving the anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as to boost productive capacities and cope with issues like climate change.Other issues that need to be addressed include the fate of smaller private banks, preventing “capital from fleeing from developing countries,” and regulating liberalized global markets to reduce volatility and risk, especially for small nations.Mr. Supachai stressed that adapting the global financial system “must be a global effort,” that includes the participation of all countries and the UN.The President of the Trade and Development Board, Debapriya Bhattacharya of Bangladesh, noted that the crisis “is complex and interrelated, it has yet to fully unfold, and the impacts are not yet completely clear.” However, there will be repercussions for trade, the currencies, and the investment prospects of the world’s less-advanced nations, he told the meeting. “It’s not just the extent of the problem, but how to manage the pace of it.”Heiner Flassbeck, Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, described the current financial turmoil as “a global de-leveraging, a global going out of risky positions. That is all right on its own – in fact we have said for several years that this was going to happen – but it can go too fast. It must be slowed down by government intervention.”He warned of a “huge slowdown in trade due to the global recession that is looming.“The current malaise is that we have built a huge casino next to the real economy, and given too many people the means to play there, and now that casino has collapsed,” he told participants. “We need to realize, to learn the lesson, that this kind of casino is not productive, is not helpful. We must go back to balanced and real economic relations and to balanced relations between currencies.”The current financial crisis will also feature high on the agenda when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes a meeting of his senior Chief Executives Board, which brings together the heads of the world body’s various entities, next week in New York. 16 October 2008A wide range of countries should play an important role in shaping policies to cope with the current global financial crisis, according to senior United Nations development experts who warned that the impact of the turmoil on poor nations is being overlooked as “economic giants” deal with the emergency.
29 December 2011The cholera outbreak that has infected thousands of people across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is almost over in the worst-affected province, but fresh cases are being recorded in two other areas, the United Nations humanitarian arm reports. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in a news update released yesterday, said a Government committee in the province of Equateur is set to announce the end of the outbreak there after three weeks with no reports of new cases.The committee has decided to close a dedicated cholera treatment centre in Mbandaka, the provincial capital, this month and has identified a hospital in the same city to house a treatment unit to deal with other cases.OCHA warned that despite this progress, 15 zones in the province remain under surveillance from health authorities.With a reported 165 deaths and 3,045 cases as of last Sunday, Equateur is the province most affected by this year’s outbreak across the DRC, although Bandundu and Eastern provinces and the national capital, Kinshasa, have also been hit.In Kinshasa, new cases are still being recorded, with an alarming 351 fresh cases and at least 13 deaths in the past three weeks.OCHA noted that many of Kinshasa’s growing population of over eight million people live in poor hygienic conditions, increasing the likelihood that the disease will spread. The city is also a base for river craft to other provinces affected by the outbreak.South Kivu, in the country’s far east, has also recorded a rise in the number of cases recently – almost 70 new cases were registered between 19 December and 25 December.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been assisting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to chlorinate water in the urban areas of Bagira, Ibanda and Kadutu.In total, at least 575 Congolese have died in the current outbreak and more than 21,500 cases have been recorded. Poor access to clean water and decent sanitation remains the biggest problem in halting the spread of the outbreak.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the bacterium known as vibrio cholerae. The disease has a short incubation period and produces a toxin that causes continuous watery diarrhoea, a condition that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not administered promptly. Vomiting also occurs in most patients.The disease remains a global threat and is one of the key indicators of social development, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). While cholera no longer poses a threat to countries with high standards of hygiene, it remains a challenge in countries with limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
BEIJING — China’s government says importers have agreed to buy American soybeans and pork.Thursday’s announcement comes as the two sides make conciliatory gestures ahead of talks next month aimed at ending a costly tariff war with President Donald Trump over trade and technology.A Ministry of Commerce spokesman, Gao Feng, said Chinese buyers have “completed deals to buy soybeans and pork of considerable scale.” He gave no details.Beijing earlier announced it was lifting punitive tariffs on soybeans, China’s biggest import from the United States.The Associated Press
Warns of the “devastating waste” of effort if spending cuts undermine supply chain recovery.Major challenges ahead for industry, including an EU referendum and skills shortages.Britain’s global automotive success requires partnership with government to stay competitive.The UK automotive sector is leading Britain’s resurgence as a competitive industrial powerhouse, but needs government to work with industry to ensure continued success. That’s the message delivered by Gareth Jones, President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), in his keynote speech at SMMT’s 99th Annual Dinner in London this evening.Addressing industry leaders, politicians and media on the eve of the government’s Spending Review, Jones called on the Chancellor to maintain the vital investment support and competitive business environment that have helped strengthen the UK automotive industry’s post-recession growth.The industry has delivered an impressive performance in 2015: the domestic new car market is now the second largest in Europe; manufacturing output is up, with exports leading the growth; employment is at its highest level since 2008; and the sector’s annual economic contribution is, at £15.5 billion, at a record high.There is much to be proud of, Jones said, “While the UK’s productivity is falling behind that of global competitors, in automotive we excel. We have the best record in Europe and our productivity has increased four times faster than the UK average. How? Sheer hard graft, hard won investment and a culture that demands continuous improvement and innovation.”However, he added that there are also major challenges to overcome, including a referendum on whether the UK leaves its most important trading partner, a skills shortage and tomorrow’s Spending Review,1 with cuts expected across government departments, including those that help smaller businesses enter new markets around the world.He also called on government to recognise the serious challenges faced in the automotive supply chain which is severely affected by exchange rates, higher energy and business costs. To grow, these companies, often SMEs, rely on government-supported funding initiatives.2 “So much has already been invested successfully and to pull the rug away now would be a devastating waste,” he said, adding, “It’s a stark reminder that while our industry is a net exporter, the export deficit for parts sits at almost £8 billion. However, with the right support, re-shoring to the UK is possible – and with £4 billion of potential growth, the benefits are worth it.”With continued government partnership and sound policies to attract investment and encourage innovation, UK automotive has the potential to deliver that growth – and more, Jones said. “We have shown Britain has what it takes to be a manufacturing powerhouse again. But we can’t do it alone. So we say to government: Create the conditions that allow us to develop the quality products for which we are world-renowned. Back us to create the jobs, economic growth and prosperity that Britain needs. We have shown we can deliver; work with us to make sure that success continues.”1. The Government’s Autumn Spending Review will be announced on 25 November 20152. Successful initiatives include: The Regional Growth Fund loan programme; the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative; and the Long-Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Programme, as well as the Trade Show Access Programme and other schemes that help smaller businesses enter new global markets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The NHL, after two hours of negotiations with the players association, requested a formal proposal from the union.The bargaining session — the first formal face-to-face meeting between the two sides in over a week — lasted less than two hours and covered key topics such as player contracting rights and core economics.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league wants to see a proposal from the NHLPA on these topics, among others, and feels they haven’t seen that yet in the negotiation process.“We had hoped to engage them in a discussion about the players contracting issues that are so important to the players,” Fehr said. “At least tonight, they were unwilling to do that.”The league, however, views both the core economics — such as the division of revenue — and player contracting issues as linked. Daly said the league pushed the union on their stance on the economics and did not receive any clarity.“We’ve never heard a full proposal from them. We’ve heard their proposal on economics — they’re still suggesting that they’re moving in our direction on economics,” Daly said. “Until we know exactly where they stand on economics … we think it’s all tied together. We’d like to hear it all together.”Daly affirmed the league’s interest in seeing the NHLPA make an offer that is linked to revenue growth, as opposed to a guaranteed player amount. The NHLPA’s last offer proposed that players receive $1.883 billion (equivalent to the amount they took in last year) with 1.75 percent interest in Year 1, although it is believed that the league would like to see the division of revenue accounted for on a pure percentage basis.“If their proposal continues to be a guaranteed player amount, sitting here on Nov. 19, that’s not a proposal that would … ever be acceptable to us,” Daly said. “If that happens to be where we are, we will be a long way apart.”“It’s our position (that) we’ve made a couple comprehensive proposals in a row. We’d like to know where they are on all the issues and we asked them to think about putting together a comprehensive proposal for us to consider,” Daly said.NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr declined to address the details of the core economics discussion. Fehr said he’d go back to the NHLPA offices, consult with his membership on the evening’s meeting, and confer with the league Tuesday morning.Multiple sources confirmed that the two sides might not meet again until Wednesday. It is believed the union wants to take time to work on putting together a new proposal.Fehr said the union addressed player contracting rights — a contentious point in negotiations as both sides have dug in on the issue — but to no avail.
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save with Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker (16) in front of the net during the second period on Jan. 19 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe 2015 NHL season has finally arrived, and that only means one thing: meaningful hockey games will be abundant.The Columbus Blue Jackets start off their season on Friday against the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena starting at 7:05 p.m. Coming into the season, the Blue Jackets have big expectations after some offseason moves and look to continue to take steps toward a Stanley Cup coming to Columbus. With a new captain in place for the first time since Rick Nash was traded in 2012, forward Nick Foligno is ready to lead this team on the march for the playoffs.StrengthsIf one should give credit to anyone on the team, it is Sergei Bobrovsky. The goalie has emerged as one of the best in the league and is the backbone of the team. He took Columbus by storm in his first year with the team by winning the Vezina Trophy (the best goaltender in the league) in 2012-13. Bobrovsky has also been working a bit differently this year. He normally takes a few months off after the season to relax his body and mind away from the rink. This year, he worked more on and off the ice to be ready for this season.Having a healthy Bobrovsky is always a plus for the defense, which also has some bright spots. Ryan Murray, a young defenseman, has been considered the key to the defense. However, he has also been hurt quite a bit the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, he can give Bobrovsky some relief from taking unnecessary shots. He has 70 shots on goal in his two seasons, meaning that he can bring the puck down the rink and even put the puck on goal.Alongside Murray is another young defenseman, David Savard. Savard is entering his fifth season in Columbus, and is coming off a 36-point campaign. Savard also had three game-winning goals last season, an impressive mark for a defenseman. Those two should help keep some pressure off Bobrovsky, and help keep the puck with the offense.Speaking of offense, the top line has not yet been mentioned. Center Ryan Johansen has made a statement over the last two years, and is now considered one of the best young players in the league.Teaming him up with Johansen is the new captain Foligno, who had an all-star year last season, even being named the captain of his squad in the 2015 All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena.He had a career year with 31 goals, 42 assists and three game-winners.Those two should be lined with a third potential all-star, in Brandon Saad.Saad comes over from Chicago, where he won two Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and 2015. The forward is only 22 years old, but he is considered one of the up-and-coming superstars in the league. Having a top line of Foligno, Johansen and Saad should stack up against any other team’s.WeaknessesColumbus, on paper, doesn’t seem to have too many weaknesses, but that does not mean that it is perfect. After an injury-riddled 2014-15 season, regaining the team’s timing is going to take some time. With the loss of center Artem Anisimov, who was moved for Saad, that leaves a hole on the power-play and short-handed lines. Saad will be shifted to his spot, which he should be able to handle.The third and fourth lines are a mystery right now. Players such as winger Corey Tropp and center Mark Letestu’s departures could hurt the team’s depth. Tropp was a good physical presence last year, and gave fits to other defenses, while Letestu could score from the bottom lines — notching seven goals and six assists — and had a knack for ending up with the puck. This team, just like last year, needs younger guys to step up and produce in order to have any chance with the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.Overall, this club has a good-looking roster to compete with any team in the NHL, especially with the blue-collar attitude that Todd Richards has incorporated into the Jackets’ play over the last few years.Expectations have changed in Columbus. The city expects the club to not just compete, but win. These are not the same old Jackets that were pushovers in the Western Conference. This team has tasted the playoffs, and can see the opportunity of this year. If it plays up to expectations, it should return there for the third time in franchise history.
CeljeilicJichaKielnarcisseomeyerzelenovic In a spectacular game in Zlatorog Arena, home team RK Celje made a huge surprise, something no one really expected, a sensational victory over THW Kiel. Good work by RK Celje has now put them on same level in the group as Atletico Madrid and IK Savehof who play each other tomorrow, which makes the group even more complicated now.THW Kiel started the game well, and once even had three goals lead in the first half, but as the first half came to close, THW’s lead was going down and in the end teams went at half time with a draw, 12:12. In the second half, RK Celje on the wings of the support of the loud crowd in Zlatorog Arena started to dominate THW. A one-to-two goals lead was being maintained by the home team, and in the end of the game Celje even made it 31:27, and with THW’s last goal in the match, the game ended 31:28. ← Previous Story “Vote for the Best 2012”: Over 13.000 votes, Jicha and Gislason keep the lead! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 12): Rhein-Neckar Lowen beats Fuchse at home, 24:0 now!
Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 3:30 PM By AFP Trump is oddly silent on the fact Jill Stein raised $2.5mil yesterday for a recount in WI, MI and PA. This will happen now. #AuditTheVote— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 24, 2016 Over $2.5 million raised for a US election recount in three swing states Jill Stein’s campaign has cited unspecified “anomalies” in the election and requested a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Share10 Tweet Email1 Stein campaigning before the election. Source: Tae-Gyun KimWisconsin swung Republican for the time since voters there helped elect Ronald Reagan in 1984.Trump also won by a slim margin in Pennsylvania, where a recount filing fee costs $500,000 (over €470,000), due on 28 November.The filing fee in Michigan – where Trump has a razor-thin lead in unofficial results so far – is $600,000 (over €560,000) due by 30 November. https://jrnl.ie/3100340 We deserve elections we can trust. Image: D. ROSS CAMERON Image: D. ROSS CAMERON 18,246 Views Source: George Takei/Twitter THE FORMER GREEN Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised the necessary $1.1 million to request a vote recount in Wisconsin, her campaign has announced.The Midwestern state was a key battleground in the 8 November election, helping propel the Republican President-elect Donald Trump past his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to a victory that shocked the nation.“Congratulations on meeting the recount costs for Wisconsin,” Stein’s website read.“Raising money to pay for the first round so quickly is a miraculous feat and a tribute to the power of grassroots organising.”Stein and the Green Party also plan on paying for a recount in two other swing states – Michigan and Pennsylvania.The recount demands could reignite concern over the legitimacy of the vote, which followed a bitter presidential campaign that included persistent charges of foreign hacking and rigging.Stein’s campaign has cited unspecified “anomalies” in the election as grounds to request a recount in Wisconsin, as well as Pennsylvania and Michigan, also swing states.“The unexpected results of the election and reported anomalies need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified,” Stein said on her website. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article – © AFP, 2016Read: Clinton urged to call for recount in three states amid reports of ‘foreign hacking’Read: Enda says he hopes the J-1 programme won’t be scrapped, despite Trump warning Short URL Source: Green Party US/Twitter Nov 24th 2016, 3:30 PM Stein’s campaign has currently raised $2.7 million toward its $4.5 million goal. The campaign anticipates eventually needing $6 to 7 million to cover attorney fees and statewide recount observation costs.Clinton is more than two million votes ahead of Trump in the popular vote count.Her 1.5 percentage point lead in the popular vote makes no difference to the outcome of the election, however, because Trump won the deciding majority of indirect votes in the Electoral College. 94 Comments Failure to fulfill the promise of democracy leaves millions of people in the US too discouraged to vote, we need to restore their confidence— Green Party US 🌻 (@GreenPartyUS) November 24, 2016
Les Etats-Unis incapables de gérer une catastrophe pétrolière en AlaskaLa marée noire qui a eu lieu dans le Golfe du Mexique a été très mal gérée par les autorités américaines. Or, alors que des forages pétroliers vont commencer dans l’océan Arctique, les Etats-Unis n’ont toujours rien fait pour être en mesure de faire face à une éventuelle nouvelle catastrophe pétrolière.Certains responsables de l’administration américaine ont réagi concernant les prévisions de prochains forages pétroliers dans l’océan Arctique. Les Etats-Unis devraient “investir dans les garde-côtes” avant de forer soulignent-ils. “Ce n’est pas juste une possibilité, c’est une étape obligatoire que notre pays doit franchir”, souligne l’ancienne adjointe au gouverneur de l’Alaska Fran Ulmer qui a fait partie des experts mandatés pour établir un rapport sur la catastrophe d’avril dernier dans le Golfe du Mexique.En effet, un seul brise-glace américain est fonctionnel et serait en mesure d’intervenir en Alaska si besoin était. Or les républicains, qui ont récemment remporté la majorité à la Chambre des représentants, s’ils sont pour une exploitation du pétrole de l’Alaska, ne veulent pas dépenser un centime dans la construction de brise-glaces.Le gouverneur républicain de le sénateur démocrate de l’Alaska sont tous deux d’accord pour se plaindre du gouvernement qui “traîne les pieds, tue des emplois et nous rend encore plus dépendant du pétrole du Proche-Orient et d’ailleurs” après l’annonce de la compagnie Shell qui a décidé de reporter le forage faute d’autorisation.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageMais les conditions de l’Arctique n’ont rien de comparables avec celle du Golfe du Mexique. Il n’existe aucune condition d’hébergement pour des sauveteurs s’ils devaient intervenir, aucune base opérationnelle et l’accès à la zone est très complexe. S’ils devaient faire face à une nouvelle catastrophe, les Etats-Unis seraient une fois encore incapables de réagir efficacement.Le 9 février 2011 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Sept 2015 – A hot topic in the headlines today, members of the public turned up for a Public Press Conference on Monday evening at the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex. It was an opportunity for residents to speak their minds, openly, and hear the government’s views on matters of national interest.Many turned up to listen and pose questions about the government’s take on the UK’s appropriation of an additional $2.2 million dollars for the Special Investigation Prosecution Team – in light of reported “credible threats” against the investigating team.The agenda also included UK’s refusal of the House of Assembly recommendations for Constitutional Review, the controversial immigration Bill 2015. It’s no secret that the TCI government has been questioning the future of TCI’s relationship with the UK in light of recent decisions against the government’s wishes.The meeting was hosted by Premier Hon. Rufus Ewing and members of his cabinet. We’ll have reactions from that Public Press Conference in our subsequent report. Related Items:gus lightbourne gym, immigration bill, premier rufus ewing, public congerence, Sipt Recommended for you Science Fair open to public viewing by noon
For more information on the homeland security program:o http://ccskillscenter.como 360-604-1050.With increased security measures affecting airline passengers, computer users and many facets of daily life, the demand for trained security personnel is growing.In response to that need, the Clark County Skills Center is hiring a homeland security instructor for its new homeland security program opening in the fall for high school juniors and seniors.The program is “meant to give a broad perspective in homeland preparedness,” said Kari Duffy, director of the Skills Center. “I think it’s a good across-the-board course.”The Skill Center’s one-year homeland security program looks at preparedness from a safety perspective. That includes not just airport security, but also food safety, cybersecurity and more, Duffy said. Students will learn about careers with the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency and other employers.Concordia University in Portland already offers a bachelor of science degree in homeland security and emergency preparedness. In developing the Skills Center’s program, Duffy and other staff have worked closely with Scott Winegar, director of Concordia’s program. Winegar sits on the Skills Center’s homeland security program advisory board and will participate in the interviews for the instructor.Skills Center students will earn Incident Command Systems industry certification through FEMA. They also will be certified in first aid and CPR. Other certifications may be added as the program grows, Duffy said.
Hyderabad: BJP State unit president K Laxman on Tuesday charged ruling TRS MLAs with lacking enthusiasm to mount pressure on the State government to stop the loot by the private corporate schools. Addressing a protest meeting organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha BJYM) at Indira Park here, he said parents are furious over the corporate schools enhancing fee. Also Read – Call to sensitize SC, ST laws in Hanamkonda Advertise With Us Poor, middle and upper-middle-class families were being pushed into a debt trap as they were forced to borrow money to pay ever skyrocketing school fee, he said. The State government failed to act despite several organisations like Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA) and others organising agitating over the issue. The ruling party MLAs had miserably failed people by not mounting pressure on their own government to contain the school fee loot in the State. Also Read – Kids show eco-friendly ways in Mahabubabad Advertise With Us Laxman said the school fee hike in State, particularly in Hyderabad, had increased by 400 per cent in the last five to six years when compared to the metro cities in the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. He said promises of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to bring Common School System (CSS) implementing compulsory education for all from KG to PG remained a mirage even after five and half years of the formation of separate Telangana. Advertise With Us Laxman criticised the Chief Minister as he had proposed to spent Rs 500 crore for a new secretariat and Rs 100 crore a new State Assembly buildings, but he has no money to give appointments to the TRT candidates and pay salaries, he said. H also questioned the State government for keeping under wraps the recommendations of the Tirupathi Rao Committee on School Fee Regulation and accused the government of supporting the private corporate school education in the State.
RAIPUR: Seven Naxals including three women were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district on Saturday, police said. The encounter took place in a forest near Tiriya village under Nagarnar police station limits around 4 pm, said deputy inspector general of police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P. ALSO READ: Naxal violence down by 43 per cent in last five years A joint team of District Reserve Guard and Special Task Force of state police was out on anti-Naxal operation when the gunbattle broke out, he told PTI.
Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, speaks to journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 1 September Palestinians reacted angrily today to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause. Photo: AFPPalestinians reacted angrily Saturday to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.Washington, which until last year was by far the biggest contributor to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), announced on Friday that it would no longer make any contributions to the “irredeemably flawed operation”.The move by president Donald Trump’s administration was described as “cruel and irresponsible” by senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi.“The Palestinian refugees are already the victims who have lost their homes, livelihoods and security as a result of the creation of the state of Israel,” she said.The US has backed Israel in accusing the agency of perpetuating the Middle East conflict by maintaining the idea that many Palestinians are refugees with a right to return to homes in what is now Israel.But to Palestinians, the right of return for the hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war that accompanied Israel’s creation is central to their cause.Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the American administration was invalidating future peace talks by “preempting, prejudging issues reserved for permanent status” negotiations.Palestinian and Israeli “elements that want to achieve peace peacefully, based on a two states solution, are being destroyed,” he told AFP.Destroying’ children’s futuresIsrael however welcomed the US move. “Consolidating the refugee status of Palestinians is one of the problems that perpetuates the conflict,” an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.Trump had already angered Palestinians by his December recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and axing more than $200 million in bilateral aid for Gaza and the West Bank.The new policy on Jerusalem overturned decades of precedent and prompted the Palestinian leadership to break off relations with the White House.Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said Washington’s latest decision “promotes terrorism” and was a violation of UN resolutions.He said Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was considering appealing to UN bodies to challenge the US decision.UNRWA, established in 1949, was already facing financial crisis after Trump announced a $300 million funding freeze in January.The agency, which helps more than five million registered Palestinian refugees, says it now faces major closures to its network of schools and health centres.Mahmoud Mubarak, director of committees that run 19 refugee camps in the West Bank which accommodate some 500,000 Palestinians, warned of “very serious repercussions”.Mubarak said committee representatives would meet Tuesday to discuss their options.In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most children attend UNRWA schools, 55-year-old Hisham Saqallah said the US move was “political blackmail” that would raise tensions.“If they stop aid to schools, this means destroying the futures of a large number of students and throwing them into the street,” he said.“If they stop the aid completely it would have a major effect on our children.”‘Profound’ consequencesUNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said the agency would try to close a $217 million shortfall.“If not, some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people on the planet may well suffer,” he told AFP.“People are going to become more desperate and marginalised,” he said, warning of “dramatic, widespread, profound and unpredictable” consequences.Jordan, which is one of just two Arab countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, has announced plans to organise a fundraising conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month.The country’s foreign minister on Saturday voiced disappointment at the US decision, saying Amman had worked hard to convince Washington to keep funding UNRWA.“Any decline in the agency’s services and any attempt to diminish its role under its UN mandate would threaten dangerous consequences,” Ayman Safadi said.“Cutting refugees off from the agency’s services will deepen their feelings of deprivation” and create dangerous tensions, he said.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US would “intensify dialogue with the United Nations, host governments and international stakeholders about new models and new approaches” for assisting needy Palestinians.But Hugh Lovatt, an Israeli and Palestinian affairs analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said Washington would find scant support for its push for an alternative aid conduit.He said it was an attempt to “unilaterally take the Palestinian right of return off the table”.“But US actions are misguided, dangerous, and won’t work… neither Lebanon or Jordan can be expected to play along,” he said.
RESIGNATION LETTER: Here’s the full letter Dallas Co. District Attorney Susan Hawk sent to Gov. Abbott. pic.twitter.com/WMUDsqGPC1— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) September 6, 2016 Last October, after a two-month absence, she talked about mental illness, treatment and lessons learned with KERA. “I’ll tell you, I love this job so much. I care about the courthouse, the criminal justice system, I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to this. If there was a second or a moment that I felt like I was not capable of doing this job, I would step down.”Hawk was elected to the position in 2014. Listen to her conversation with KERA about her plans as district attorney days before she took office in January 2015.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. STELLA M. CHÁVEZ / KERA NEWSSusan Hawk talked with supporters on election night in 2014.Susan Hawk announced her resignation as Dallas County district attorney Tuesday afternoon so she can focus on her mental health.LISTEN: KERA radio storyIn a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, Hawk wrote “my health needs my undivided attention.”Hawk has been in and out of treatment for depression and anxiety since August 2015. In May, Hawk was admitted to The Menninger Clinic in Houston, where she spent two months last fall. She returned to Dallas in early June, but wasn’t cleared to work. Days later, she left for Arizona to continue treatment for depression.During that time, Hawk said in a news release:“Mental illness is a fluid and dynamic disease that calls for unexpected and prolonged treatment. Like tens of millions of Americans that suffer from mental illness, I did not choose this disease, but I am choosing to treat it aggressively and openly in an effort to provide transparency from our office, and to encourage others living with similar struggles to be proactive in treatment and not live in shame.”The Dallas Morning News reported in early August that Hawk had worked just 66 days this year. Hawk has been in office since January 2015.Abbott will appoint an interim district attorney but his office gave no immediate indication Tuesday when that may happen.Dallas Co. DA Susan Hawk resigns. #txlege pic.twitter.com/J1iC7Q8Fc1— Ross Ramsey (@rossramsey) September 6, 2016 Share
Since the mid-1980s, Nike and its slogan has been one of the most famous sports apparel brands in the world. The Nike Inc. company currently employs nearly 50,000 people worldwide, and millions of people buy their products every day. Over the years, Nike became part of pop-culture heritage as numerous celebrities advertised the brand and sparked sportswear trends that defined the casual fashion scene. In 1985, Michael J. Fox wore a pair of custom Nike high-top sneakers throughout “Back to the Future.”Those shoes became a cultural icon; the original pair of high-tops from the movie was auctioned off in 2016 and sold for a whopping $104,000, thus becoming the most expensive pair of sneakers ever.Throughout the 1990s, Nike sports clothing was advertised by the legendary basketball player Michael Jordan. His customized Nike brand called “Air Jordan” inspired numerous young people to both play basketball and praise the brand for the rest of their lives.However, the brand’s popularity reached epic proportions from 1988 onwards, after Nike introduced their famous slogan “Just Do It.”The slogan was a part of an extremely successful advertising campaign which targeted Americans regardless of age, gender, or level of physical ability and encouraged them to lead a life of health, fitness, and excitement. Many prominent athletes advertised Nike footwear and inspired young people to wear the brand’s apparel.The success of the campaign turned the slogan into a popular fashion statement. All over the world, young people began wearing Nike clothes for regular everyday occasions, instead of just sports. This led to an overall increase of Nike’s popularity; in the world of casual fashion, the 1990s can easily be called “The Nike Decade.” The slogan was introduced by Dan Wieden, the co-founder of Wieden+Kennedy, the agency in charge of Nike’s advertising campaigns.The slogan quickly spread throughout the world and became a timeless inspirational message of health, fitness, sports, entertainment, and tolerance. Advertising Age magazine listed the “Just Do It” campaign as one of the best and most successful marketing campaigns of the 20th century and praised it for being both “universal and intensely personal.”The slogan’s origin story is rather fascinating. Wieden came up with the famous line during a meeting at the Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency and was inspired by none other than the notorious murderer Gary Gilmore.Gary Gilmore mugshotIn July 1976, Gilmore robbed a gas station in Orem, Utah, and viciously murdered the clerk. The next day, he robbed a motel in Provo, Utah, and killed the manager. Gilmore was quickly apprehended because of his inability to hide the evidence. He accidentally shot himself during the motel robbery and left a trail of blood around town. Due to the cruel and gruesome nature of his murders, he was sentenced to death.Gilmore was executed by firing squad at Utah State Prison.Wieden’s inspiration for the famous slogan came from Gilmore’s last words, “let’s do it.” After Gilmore was sentenced to death, he chose to be executed by a firing squad and urged authorities to execute him as soon as possible since he had accepted the verdict and wanted to die.He received two stays of execution, which were a result of the efforts of his mother and the American Civil Liberties Union. The stays of execution enraged him and caused him to attempt suicide. He was finally executed on Jan. 17, 1977. Before the riflemen fired their shots, he uttered his official last words: “let’s do it.”Read another story from us: The fictional supervillain Joker was inspired by a German actor named Conrad Veidt in the 1940sA slightly altered version of these words became one of the most popular slogans in the history of advertising and one of the most famous taglines of the 20th century. Pure coincidence caused Wieden to recognize the potential of Gilmore’s words, which were spoken at the very end of his life, and to turn them into a universal message of encouragement and inspiration.
Herrera Castilla was taken into custody by elements of the Asuntos Policiales Internacionales (INTERPOL) after they found he had an outstanding arrest warrant. He was arrested in Belizean territory along with a second person when traveling by sea. Reports say the boat in which they were traveling was unregistered and found carrying large amounts of cash. Herrera Castilla was place under the supervision of Kent Clare, director of the FIU. Local Belize media say that Herrera Castilla had been living on the island for over two years. He was initially arrested for illegal entry and suspected money laundering. In a statement, La Fiscalía General del Estado says that paperwork for his extradition back to Mexico has already begun and that they are expecting his return within the next several hours where he will face the judicial order against him consisting of an arrest warrant. In a letter, police in San Pedro report “On February 16, 2019, the FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit) took into custody funds believed to be owned by Castilla, specifically $14,280 US dollars, 1,078 Belizean dollars and 86 Guatemalan quetzales from the San Pedro Town Police Station in the criminal complaint.” San Pedro, Belize — A former government employee under the Borge administration has been detained in Belize while authorities work on his extradition back to Mexico. Since the arrest, the FIU has frozen his funds saying they have reason to suspect that the money is the result of illicit activities such as money laundering or terrorist financing “in accordance with the money laundering and terrorism prevention law section 38 (1) (a).” The Ministerio Público de la Federación notified la Fiscalía Especializada in Combate of Corrupción in the state of Quintana Roo about the detention of Gonzalo Herrera Castilla, former head of the now defunct Secretariat of Public Management. As Belize police investigated, they learned that Herrera Castilla was wanted by Mexican authorities for the offense of Illicit use of power. Herrera Castilla served as an official under ex-governor Roberto Borge Angulo from 2012-2016.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)