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Trudeau pushes for more Saudi accountability in Khashoggi killing

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said Thursday he’s seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.The disclosures by the prosecution appear aimed at distancing the killers and their operation from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose decision-making powers have thrust him into the centre of a global outcry over the killing.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is still seeking clear answers from Saudi Arabia about what happened to Khashoggi.“We will continue to work with our international partners to get to a clearer determination and hear answers from Saudi Arabia on their perspective and their participation, potentially, in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” Trudeau said, speaking to reporters at a summit he’s attending in Singapore. “I think we stand with our international partners on ensuring accountability.”Trudeau’s Liberal government is struggling with a multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a deal negotiated under the previous Conservative government but that needs ongoing approvals to keep shipments flowing. Besides Khashoggi’s suspicious death, Saudi Arabia’s involvement in a savage civil war in neighbouring Yemen raises questions about the morality of selling the kingdom weapons.Without giving details, Trudeau has suggested the penalties if the government breaks the contract would be massive.If Khashoggi’s killing really were carried out by rogue agents that would make the situation easier for Canada, but Trudeau’s comments suggest he’s still very skeptical.Chief Saudi prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb’s decision to seek the death penalty before trial is not unusual in Saudi Arabia.Facing mounting international pressure, prosecutors also pointed the finger at two men who were part of the crown prince’s inner circle, but stopped short of accusing them of ordering a hit on Khashoggi. The two are instead being accused of ordering Khashoggi’s forced return in an operation the Saudis allege went awry.In a press conference later Thursday, Sheikh Shalan al-Shalan, spokesman and deputy attorney-general, said the Oct. 2 killing was ordered by one man: the individual responsible for the negotiating team sent to forcibly bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.He did not disclose that individual’s name, but said he was part of a 15-man team sent to Turkey comprised of three groups: negotiators, intelligence and logistics.He said that on the morning of the killing, the leader of the negotiating team saw that he would not be able to force Khashoggi to return “so he decided to kill him in the moment.”This appears to contradict a previous Saudi statement quoting Turkish intelligence saying the killing had been premeditated.Al-Shalan said that Khashoggi’s killers had set in motion plans for the operation on Sept. 29 — three days before his slaying in Istanbul. He says the killers drugged and killed the writer inside the consulate, before dismembering the body and handing it over for disposal by an unidentified local collaborator. The body has never been found.The brutal death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who had been critical of the crown prince, has sent shock waves around the world and led analysts and officials to believe a sensitive operation of this magnitude could not have been carried out without the prince’s knowledge.Hours after the prosecutor’s announcement, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters the crown prince had “absolutely” nothing to do with the killing.“His royal highness the crown prince has nothing to do with this issue,” he said.Al-Jubeir said the kingdom is investigating and holding those responsible to account “to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”“Sometimes mistakes happen … sometimes people exceed their authority,” he said.The latest Saudi account of what took place failed to appease officials in Turkey, who insist the killing and its coverup were carried out by the highest levels of government.“We did not find some of his explanations to be satisfactory,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after the Saudi announcement.“Those who gave the order, the real perpetrators need to be revealed. This process cannot be closed down in this way,” he added.Through a series of orchestrated leaks, including audio of the killing shared with Western intelligence, Turkey has attempted to keep pressure on the crown prince, who sees Turkey as a regional rival.Turkey alleges that among those sent to Istanbul was a forensics expert.In an apparent reference this specialist, al-Shalan said the organizer of the operation — who was not named — called on a specialist to be part of the team to erase evidence if Khashoggi needed to be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia. Prosecutors said this specialist was working without the direct knowledge of his boss.Saudi Arabia said 21 people are now in custody, with 11 indicted and referred to trial. The Turkish government is demanding the suspects be investigated and put on trial in Turkey.Among the high-level officials incriminated in connection with the killing is former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who was fired in the immediate aftermath of the killing.Al-Assiri, believed to have been a close confidant of Prince Mohammed, and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani are accused of planning and ordering Khashoggi’s forced return to Saudi Arabia. Prosecutors say the men formed a 15-man Saudi team to carry out the operation.Saudi prosecutors said the men deemed Khashoggi a threat because of his work as a writer and because he was allegedly backed by groups and countries that are hostile to Saudi Arabia.However, Saudi prosecutors stopped short of accusing al-Assiri or al-Qahtani of ordering the killing itself — further distancing the killers from the crown prince’s inner circle and bolstering Saudi assertions that the killing was carried out by rogue agents who exceeded their authority. Both men were fired from their posts last month amid fallout from the killing.Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile abroad for nearly a year before he was killed by Saudi agents at the consulate on Oct. 2. In his writing, he was especially critical of the crown prince, who’d been leading a wide-reaching crackdown on activists and critics inside the kingdom since last year.Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. His Turkish fiancee waited outside and first raised the alarm about his disappearance.— With files from Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Chetwynd Hospital to experience temporary diversion over Labour Day weekend

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Northern Health has issued a notice in regards to the operation of the Chetwynd Hospital this Labour Day weekend.According to Northern Health, the Chetwynd Hospital must go on diversion for 12 hours this weekend.Northern Health says this temporary suspension of emergency room services will be from 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 1 to 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 2, and is due to a lack of available registered nursing staff. During this time, community members requiring urgent medical care are asked to call 9-1-1 for ambulance assistance or to make their way to the nearest hospital of their choice.People who need non-emergency health advice and information can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1, or visit healthlinkbc.ca.last_img read more

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At least 73 Indian fishermen expected to be set free

At least 73 Indian fishermen held by Sri Lanka for allegedly fishing in their waters will be released, Fisheries Ministry officials said, according to the Press Trust of India.The ministry has made the necessary recommendations for the release of the fishermen following interventions by the Indian High Commission here, officials said without indicating when they would be freed. Sri Lanka has also denied reports that it would allow restricted fishing in the Sri Lankan waters as part of the measures to counter bottom trawling by the Indians.Amaraweera said any decision in this connection would be reached only after consulting the local fisher community who are aggrieved by the constant poaching by Indians in Sri Lankan waters. (Colombo Gazette) Fisheries minister Mahinda Amarasweera had earlier said that none of the Indian boats would be released despite the release of the fishermen. They had been held for allegedly poaching in violation of the Sri Lankan side of International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between July 6-21. read more

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Bombardier on runway to improve profits after two waves of job cuts

MONTREAL – Bombardier says massive cost-cutting, mainly from two painful rounds of job reductions, has put the embattled company on the runway to generate stronger profits and achieve its five-year turnaround plan.“We still have a lot of work ahead of us but Bombardier today is a much better and stronger company than it was a year ago,” CEO Alain Bellemare said Thursday.He said an initial move earlier in February to cut 7,000 jobs is 80 per cent completed and a second wave last month to eliminate 7,500 positions or more than 10 per cent of its global workforce by the end of 2018 is gaining traction.The latest job losses for the aircraft and rail equipment company are to be partially offset by more than 3,700 new hires as it ramps up production of the CSeries plane, the new Global 7000 business jet, and transit cars.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) has seen its profitability and shares plummet as it struggled to develop the CSeries, the largest commercial jet that Bombardier has ever made.Bellemare said the changes made so far will improve operating margins more than originally forecast at its aerospace and railway divisions.“Looking ahead to 2017 we feel that we’re in a good position,” he told analysts.Bombardier’s net loss was reduced to US$94 million or four cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 30. That’s down from a year-earlier loss of nearly US$4.9 billion or $2.20 per share, when Bombardier wrote down the value of the CSeries program and one of its Learjet business jet programs.Since then, the Quebec government has invested US$1 billion to acquire a 49.5 per cent stake in the delayed and overbudget CSeries aircraft program. Bombardier has delivered three CS100 aircraft to Swiss Air Lines and is set next month to deliver the first larger CS300 jet to Air Baltic.Bellemare said the performance of the aircraft is the best he’s seen in 20 years of working on aerospace projects.That included the Pratt and Whitney engines, whose production issues have forced Bombardier to cut CSeries deliveries to seven this year, down from the previous estimate of 15. The company still expects to deliver 30 to 35 planes in 2017 and perhaps catch up on missed shipments from this year.Bombardier’s revenue was US$1.31 billion, down 16 per cent from $1.56 billion in the third quarter of 2016, following a planned reduction in business aircraft sales and the deferred recognition of some revenue in its rail division.The adjusted loss was US$10 million or less than a cent per share for the quarter, better than the adjusted loss of three cents forecast by analysts.Bombardier used less cash than expected during the quarter and saw margins improve in all of its operating segments.While the business jet market remains challenging, especially in the smaller jet market, Bellemare said a 2015 reduction in the production rate of Global 5000s is helping to boost margins.“We saw that coming and adjusted our production rate very early, earlier than anyone else in the industry and as a result I think we are in a much better place.”Still, Bellemare said further fine-tuning in the manufacturing rate of business aircraft may be required in 2017, but nowhere near as significant as last year’s decision.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. Bombardier on runway to improve profits after two waves of job cuts says CEO by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2016 4:38 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Bombardier plant is shown in Montreal, Thursday, October 29, 2015. The Montreal-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, said Thursday it had a net loss of $94 million or four cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 30.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes read more

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Russian longwall mine sets world coal production record

first_imgAhead of the Mechanised Coal Mining article in International Mining’s September issue comes news that Russia’s Yalevskogo mine operated by the Siberian Coal Energy Co (SUEK) recently surpassed the world record for monthly coal production from a single longwall system. The mine produced 1,567,000 t of raw coal in July 2017. The mine, formerly known as Kotinskaya, surpassed its own national record and challenged the world record by mining 1,407,300 t in the month of May.Last year SUEK ordered Cat® longwall equipment for a face extension from 300 to 410 m. The extended longwall started operating in April 2017, and it quickly established new production records in the 3.8-m-thick seam—without any lost time injuries on the face and with full compliance to national safety laws. In 2016 Yalevskogo mine produced more than 4.5 Mt of steam coal, and production is expected to increase significantly this year.SUEK combined Cat roof supports from other longwall faces to extend the face the additional 110 m. Three different types of Cat roof supports were integrated into the system. To match the face conveyor to the different roof support types, Caterpillar manufactured custom clevis mountings (connection between AFC pan and roof support base) to ensure that all face roof supports have the same tip-to-face distance of less than 412 mm, according to Russian regulations. The tip-to-face distance is critical to maximize roof integrity and limit dilution.The two-leg Cat roof supports each have a width of 1.75 m and support capacity of 725 t. The hydraulic legs are specially plated to resist the corrosive environment of the mine.The longwall system includes a Cat AFCPF6 armoured face conveyor (pan width 1,142 mm) as well as a Cat BSLPF6 beam stage loader—both driven through Cat CST drives, featuring no-load motor startup, AFC soft start, synchronized heavy load startup, and accurate load sharing between as many as three drive motors. For the face extension, the installed power of the face conveyor was upgraded to 3 x 1,000 kW. The beam stage loader includes a SK114 crusher with 400 kW installed power. Pan width is 1,342 mm.The longwall is fully automated with Cat face automation including Cat programmable mining controls and condition monitoring software, facilitating full automation, monitoring and remote diagnostics for all face equipment. All information can be transferred to the surface in real time to support optimizing longwall performance.Additionally, the electrohydraulic roof support control system for the Yalevskogo mine offers special operating modes to boost both productivity and safety. The system can reactivate some regions of the face and resume production even though the face has been put into a safe mode in response to detection of an electrical fault, sometimes caused by a broken cable between two PMC-R controls. Before reactivation, strictly defined conditions must be observed.Cat equipment for a second face at Yalevskogo is described in the September article.last_img read more

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Yahoo unveils Android and iOS app search tools

first_imgGoogle has made some fairly significant changes to the Android Market in recent times. They’ve put it on the web, added movie rentals, and beefed up app discovery features. There’s still plenty of room for improvement, however, particularly on the discovery front.Try a search for Yahoo!’s new AppSpot app in the Market app, for example, and you probably won’t see it listed on the first screen. Despite there being an exact match for AppSpot listed, it showed up at number 10 in my search. The iOS App Store search experience can be just as frustrating, and Yahoo! thinks its app search tools can provide the relief mobile app hunters have been yearning for.AdChoices广告Like the Market alternatives from AppBrain and Amazon, Yahoo! offers a web-based version users can browse and search. AppSpot, however, covers both Android and iOS — switching back and forth between platforms is as simple as clicking a link. App detail pages provide screenshots, text descriptions, reviews from both the first-party stores and from Yahoo! users, and related apps. There’s also a widget that displays trending apps so you can quickly see the ten hottest titles for each OS.AppSpot offers some other interesting functions. You can drill down search results by category (in order to limit “sports” to games only, for example), and the variations option (which appears at the top of the results list when available) really comes in handy when searching for first-party apps. Search for Yahoo! or Firefox and click or tap variations, and you’ll be shown official releases only — nothing by third-party devs.In addition to the web version, there are AppSpot apps for Android and iOS, though at the time of writing it’s not available in all iOS App Stores worldwide.  Android users get an added extra — a widget which you can slap on your homescreen for a heads-up display of featured apps.Have you taken Yahoo!’s new app search tools for a spin yet? If so, tell us what you think. If not, head on over and give it a shot.last_img read more

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These are the most popular baby names for boys and girls in

first_img 45 Comments 67,962 Views Short URL Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 6:38 PM By Rónán Duffy THE TOP 100 baby names for boys and girls in 2018 have been revealed by the Central Statistics Office.Jack and Emily remain the most popular names with only one new entrant to either top five since last year.The top five names for boys were Jack, James, Noah, Conor and Daniel, while the top five for girls were Emily, Grace, Emma, Sophie and Amelia.Noah has replaced Sean in the boys’ top five, moving up from sixth place in 2017.New names in the top 100 for 2018 were Freddie, Frankie and Theodore for boys and Ada, Bella, Bonnie and Ivy for girls.The list showed that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys, with 4,779 girls’ names registered last year compared to 3,712 boys’ names. For the first time since 1988 when the CSO began producing the annual list, it has distinguished between names with or without fadas. For example, while ‘Sean’ made the top 5 last year for boys it is now down in 74th place and ‘Seán’ comes into 13th. Other names with fadas that made the top 100 are Éabha, Róisín and Oisín.Conradh na Gaeilge has welcomed the move, adding that it should encourage other state bodies to prioritise making fadas standard.“We welcome this step forward by the CSO that names with the síneadh fada be included in their databases. We hope this inspires other organisations, and State bodies especially, to follow in updating their systems to ensure the correct spelling of names in Irish,” Julian de Spáinn of Conradh na Gaeilge said today.The top 100 baby names for 2018 Source: CSO.ie Source: CSO.ie Source: CSO.ieThe CSO has also published a map of Ireland showing the most popular baby names across different counties. These are the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2018 Jack and Emily remain the most popular names for Irish babies. Share183 Tweet Email5 center_img ‘Noah’ is the only new entrant into either top five. Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock https://jrnl.ie/4518314 ‘Noah’ is the only new entrant into either top five. Feb 28th 2019, 6:38 PM last_img read more

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Des chercheurs dévoilent la génétique des Tournesols de Van Gogh

first_imgDes chercheurs dévoilent la génétique des Tournesols de Van Gogh Une équipe de généticiens est parvenue à mettre en évidence les mutations à l’origine des deux variétés de tournesols peintes sur la célèbre série de tableaux de Vincent Van Gogh.Vincent Van Gogh ne s’imaginait certainement pas, près d’un siècle plus tôt, que sa série de sept tableaux baptisés Les tournesols se retrouverait un jour au cœur de l’intérêt d’une équipe de généticiens. Les chercheurs, de l’Université de Géorgie, sont récemment parvenus à identifier les mutations responsables de la forme des célèbres fleurs jaunes peintes par l’artiste entre 1888 et 1889.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les représentations post-impressionnistes représentent deux variétés de tournesols : celle commune, composée de pétales allongés disposés en rangées autours d’un disque obscur, et celle dite à “fleurs doubles” composée d’une corolle beaucoup plus épaisse qui recouvre presque entièrement le cœur. Pour mettre en évidence les facteurs responsables de la différence entre les deux spécimens les scientifiques ont mené un protocole similaire à celui de Gregor Mendel, précurseur de la génétique moderne. Ils ont ainsi croisé les plantes entre elles et individualisé le gène HaCYC2c, lieu de mutations à la base des deux variétés visibles sur les tableaux, et même d’une troisième composée de petits pétales tubulaires disposés en couronne autour du disque sombre.Dans une étude publiée récemment par PLoS Genetics, les chercheurs expliquent qu’une lésion sur une portion du gène HaCYC2c est capable d’activer la production de pétales à l’origine de l’effet “fleurs doubles”. L’interruption totale du gène rend par ailleurs la plante incapable de produire l’inflorescence radiale normale qui vient ainsi remplacée par une séquence circulaire de petits pétales tubulaires. En d’autres termes, la variété commune ne présente aucun type de mutation sur ce gène en particulier contrairement aux deux autres dont les altérations génétiques sur HaCYC2c sont à l’origine des divers attributs phénotypiques. Découvrez en images les différentes variétés de tournesols peints par Van GoghLe 3 avril 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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How to have fun at San Diego Comic Con without a a

first_imgAnd those are just the best of the best being offered. At any given point there are 20 non-badge-related activities to do surrounding SDCC.So get your Google Calendars ready and go make the most of your Comic Con experience!If you are heading down to SDCC this week, tweet us pictures of your con-experience. And stay tuned for Geek.com’s ongoing coverage of show! Heading down to San Diego Comic Con this year and don’t have a badge? Don’t worry! There’s still a lot of crazy fun to be had around the area without having to step one foot into the convention center.It’s like Nerd Vegas. The entire Gaslamp Quarter shuts down and becomes this surreal geek extravaganza. Restaurants and bars retrofit their menus to serve the latest offerings from this year’s big blockbusters. Every film, production, and random gadget company that wants to get their name in front of the face of 150,000-people finds some way to throw a party, or at least their logo, on something that you will inevitably stick your hand out for in the long line of free crap being tossed your way.It’s intense. A little (okay, a lot) insane. And non-stop partying from Wednesday til Sunday night. If you’ve never experienced San Diego Comic Con before, you’re in for the ride of your life.Even if you do have a badge, you can only stare at the hundreds of booths peddling the same figures and posters day in and day out for so long. So what’re you to do when that panel you waited in line for all night is overflowing and you can’t get in, or *gasp* when the convention floor closes?Don’t worry, we’ve got some of the best off-site San Diego non-Comic Con events for you right here! Most are free to the public, but some are so good you’ll want to cash money down for. Archer Live! 1/14Alright, so we may have to wait another year to see our favorite super spy back in action – but if you are heading down to San Diego you can catch a live reading of Archer, on board a swanky yacht no less! It’s a 21+ event, because you know those martinis will be flowing. All your favorites will be there, including H. Jon Benjamin (Archer), Aisha Tyler (Lana), Jessica Walter (Malory Archer), Judy Greer (Cheryl Tunt), Chris Parnell (Cyril Figgis), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), Lucky Yates (Krieger). Plus series creator/executive producer Adam Reed (Ray Gillette), and executive producer Matt Thompson. Sadly, no sign of Cyborg Barry on the guest list. So grab your black turtle neck and get ready to set sail on the Sterling Ship. And if the event is sold out, there’s a waiting list so make sure you get on that stat.<><>last_img read more

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Jamaicans Attend Independence Service In Washington

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 4 (JIS): Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica turned out in large numbers on Sunday,August 2, at Howard University’s Dumbarton Chapel for a service of Thanksgiving, in celebration of Jamaica’s 53rd anniversary of independence.The annual church service, which is the centrepiece of the Embassy of Jamaica’s commemorative activities, was attended by a capacity audience, which included members of the Jamaican community in the Washington metropolitan area, Baltimore and Richmond, Virginia. Also in attendance were several members of the Washington Diplomatic Corps, along with a strong contingent of CARICOM Ambassadors as well as representatives of international organisations in Washington.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, in her message read by Charge d’Affaires at the Jamaican Embassy, Marsha Coore-Lobban, said that independence 53 provides for Jamaica and Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, a timely moment for reflection. “At this juncture in our history and development, as a nation and people, we reflect on the road we have travelled, the significant social, economic and political advances we have made and the challenges we have encountered and overcome,” she said.The Prime Minister said that amidst the celebrations, “we should ponder the developmental challenges that remain and fashion strategies and approaches to mobilize the nation to surmount them.”Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that the nation’s resolve to face the future with confidence, is strengthened by the many successes in the past, and that one of the proudest and most enduring achievements has been the country’s exemplary democratic tradition that has stand the test of time. She said that Jamaica’s mature democracy continues to guarantee the people important social, economic, political and religious freedoms that have now been enshrined in a charter of fundamental rights and freedom anchored in the Constitution of Jamaica.“It is on this time-honoured achievement that we stand today to proclaim our independence theme this year, ‘Proud and Free, Jamaica 53’, said the Prime Minister.Delivering the sermon, General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance,Rev. Dr. Neville Callam, recalled that after 131 years, without a gun being fired, the Jamaican people were emancipated. “Today, we strive to live into the reality of our emancipation and independence by continuing the fight for freedom from mental slavery and other deleterious consequences of negative developments in our history,” proclaimed the General Secretary.He said that in spite of the many challenges the people of Jamaica face, “we are encouraged by the signs of hope that dot the landscape of Jamaica’s contemporary history.”The former pastor of the Tarrant Baptist church said “we should also consider the way we have preserved a liberal democratic ethos in Jamaica,” noting that people of many nations could learn much from the way “our elections are conducted.” He listed some of the country’s achievements to include the exploits of the sporting stars – Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Brigitte Foster-Hylton. Rev. Callam also recalled the performances of the Sunshine Girls and the Reggae Boys on the netball and football fields, respectively; and the amazing developments in the arts and in medical research. Lessons were read by Senator Shirley Natham-Pulliam of the Maryland Senate; Jacob Phillips, who represented the young in the Diaspora, and Colonel Jacqueline Payne Borden, President of the Washington based Jamaica Nationals Association. The gospel reading was done by Dr. Milton Morris.The service was officiated by Jamaican Theologian and Dean of the School of Divinity at Howard University, Dr. Bertram Melbourne, assisted by Rev. Sylvia McDonald Kaufman, one of the Pastors at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.The offering at the service will benefit the Portland Infirmary and Bellevue Hospital. Following the church service, a reception was hosted by Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore-Lobban. Related Items:Howard University’s Dumbarton Chapel, jamaican independence, washington Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SELVER’S CONTRIBUTION DRAWS INSULTS FROM FINANCE MINISTERlast_img read more

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Search underway for dirt bike rider who blocked Davie Police cruiser

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Davie Police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a dirt bike rider who blocked one of the agency’s squad cars.Newly released footage shows a group riding illegally as they swarmed a Davie Police cruiser at the intersection of State Road 7 and Southwest 51st Street, back in December.Police said one of the riders blocked the door, preventing the officer from exiting the vehicle.If you recognize him, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 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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Bihar man killed by leopard in Uttarakhand

first_imgPauri:A man was killed by a leopard in Pabau block of Pauri district of Uttarakhand, police said Friday. The half-eaten body of the man was found near the bushes around 300 metres from the market area in Pabau late on Thursday night, Station House Officer Ajay Kumar said. The condition of the body suggested that the man was killed by a leopard, Kumar said, quoting forest department officials. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Two persons were attacked by a leopard in the area earlier as well, he said. The victim was identified as Manoj Kumar from Bihar who worked at a local hotel, he said. The forest department has put up a cage in the area to trap the big cat and residents have been asked to remain alert, the officer said.last_img read more

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How And Where To Recycle Your Christmas Tree In Houston

first_img Share The City of Houston will have 25 locations ready to recycle Christmas trees from December 26, 2018, to January 13, 2019.The Solid Waste Management Department asks that people remove tinsel, plastic bags, tree stands and water bowls before turning the trees in to be recycled. Flocked trees are not accepted.Houstonians can also place their trees at the curb for collection on their respective Tree Waste service day in January.last_img

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Owners and their pets gather for DogAThon fun

first_imgClick on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Animal Anti-Cruelty League’s (AACL) annual Dog-A-Thon was held on Saturday afternoon at Agar Field.Pet owners were there with their pooches to go on a 3km walk around the block.Some of the less friendly dogs had to walk ahead or keep to the back, so as to keep their teeth to themselves!Dogs were dressed to impress, wearing ties and tutus.Back on the field, there were prizes for various categories such as ‘best trick’, ‘best rescue dog’, ‘best dressed dog’, ‘most well behaved dog’ and ‘dog and owner who look the most alike’. Well done to all the winners.DID YOU KNOW?last_img read more

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FIFA scandal Costa Rica opens money laundering probe of Eduardo Li

first_imgRelated posts:FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests FIFA scandal: Successful Qatar bid for World Cup aroused suspicion among US officials FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics Updated at 11:27 a.m. on Wednesday with comments from Costa Rican foreign affairs officials.Following the early-morning arrest Wednesday of several FIFA leaders, including Costa Rican Eduardo Li, in a massive corruption probe spearheaded by the United States Justice Department, Costa Rica has now opened an inquiry into Li’s assets here, a high-ranking Costa Rican justice official told The Tico Times.According to Celso Gamboa, acting deputy at Costa Rica’s Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Justice Department is collaborating with Costa Rican prosecutors in the ongoing probe in order to determine if any crimes were committed in Costa Rica.“Most of today’s events occurred outside Costa Rica’s jurisdiction, but it is our responsibility to follow up on that and find out if any crimes were committed here,” Gamboa told The Tico Times, referring to Li’s arrest in Zurich.Costa Rican investigators are now studying properties, bank accounts and other assets linked to Li, he said.If Li was discovered to have committed any crimes here related to the case, the U.S. likely would have the first opportunity to extradite and prosecute him.Li, the president of the Costa Rican Football Federation and a FIFA executive committee member was arrested along with six other FIFA officials at a luxury hotel in Zurich where they were preparing for a congress starting Thursday. All now face deportation to the United States on charges of accepting more than $100 million in bribes.A spokeswoman for Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry, Melissa Durán, confirmed that the Costa Rica Embassy in Switzerland so far has been unable to contact Li.Costa Rican Ambassador to Switzerland Isabel Montero currently is establishing contact with the Cantonal Police Precint in Zurich, where Li has been in custody since Wednesday morning.Foreign Vice Minister Alejandro Solano said officials also are in conversations with judicial authorities in Zurich to determine the implications of the charges against Li, brought by U.S. officials.L. Arias contributed. This story is developing. Follow updates at ticotimes.net.Read more here: Costa Rica’s soccer chief arrested in FIFA corruption probe Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling How does Adrian Peterson look for Sunday?“He’s one of the questionable guys. But, he’s played long enough he doesn’t need to practice so.”Do you feel confident about Kerwynn Williams being available?“Yeah. He practiced all week, full. He’s tough, he’s tough as nails.”What it means to be a good team for a second straight week?“Get us to .500 (laughs). It’s .500 and a lot of positive vibes going down the stretch.”The team announced a contract extension for Peters. What has he meant for this team?“We really miss him right now. He’s been outstanding for us. A great leader and heck of a player. We’re really happy about it.”How impressive is it that he’s twice battled back from injuring his Achilles and still been an effective player?“That’s amazing. Sports science is amazing. Doctors what they can do. It’s a testament to his grit, to go through that rehab and come back and play at such a high level.”Why weren’t you guys able to run the football in the first meeting against the Rams?“Got away from it because the way the half ended. We had some success in five-wides in that one stretch in the first quarter, second quarter. But, it was more of one guy getting beat all along the line. Four of five guys have their guy blocked and that one guy made the tackle. We got to do a better job of finishing those blocks.” Do you feel confident your team is better able to overcome adversity?“I would hope, just the way we finished last week. We’re so young, they don’t know any better.”What have you seen out of Tyrann Mathieu the last month that you didn’t see the first two months of the season?“He’s practicing extremely well. He did then, too. But, he’s taking more chances and trying to be himself again.”Defensive coordinator James Bettcher mentioned Josh Bynes didn’t receive any physical reps last week in many of the sub-packages and then went out and played very well, filling in for Bucannon. What’s the degree of difficulty in that?“It’s crazy. That’s a guy that when you turn on his iPad, how many minutes have been watched. He’s one of the leaders on the team. He prepared like he was a starter and that’s what you ask your backups to do.”Do you seen an opportunity for D.J. Foster to receive some carries out of the backfield rather than just being apart of the passing game?“Oh yeah. It could easily fall into his lap quickly.”How often do you track how many minutes players use their iPad?“Every week.” 2 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo) TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Out for the game, John Brown, Deone Bucannon, Rudy Ford and Corey Peters. A couple of guys will be gametime decisions, and we’ll see at the stadium when we get there. But, it’s been a good week of practice and looking forward to the challenge.”last_img read more

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Body of missing diver found off Polis coast Update 4

first_imgThe authorities on Wednesday found the body of a diver missing since Saturday in the sea off Polis.Andreas Yiangou, 31, was found around eight nautical miles from the spot search parties had found his speargun and 10 nautical miles from the Pomos harbour.Police had been notified by a fisherman. A patrol boat collected the body, which was later identified by a friend,A postmortem is scheduled for Thursday morning.The Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre (JRCC) said it received a call at around 4.30pm from a fisherman saying that he found body floating in the sea in the Limni area.The coordinated search operation to locate Yiangou wrapped up on Tuesday at nightfall, but volunteer divers decided to continue the search for a fifth day on Wednesday.On Tuesday, search and rescue crews scoured the entire Chrysochous Bay and beyond, from Cape Arnaoutis in Akamas to Pyrgos in the Tylliria region, some 350 square kilometres for missing Yiangou.Operations to locate Yiangou began on Saturday evening after authorities were alerted by his parents that he had not been answering his phone all day. The 31-year-old father of two was from Erimi in the Limassol district.His car was found in the area and rescuers also found his spear gun with a fish on it on the sea bed. Camera footage on Yiangou’s spear gun shows that prior to his disappearance, he had caught a big fish in a rocky area, and then he began swimming to the surface.According to reports, footage shows that something went wrong, as from that point on, his movements seemed erratic. It was believed that he most probably started losing consciousness due to a lack of oxygen.An inflatable buoy and a second spear gun Yiangou had with him were also located in the sea. You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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State pledges to shelter evicted Nicosia tenants many refugees

first_imgTensions rose on Wednesday morning in a rundown apartment building near Ohi roundabout in Nicosia when a group of tenants – mostly people from Balkan and African countries, and among them a woman with a month-old baby – tried desperately to convince the landlord not to evict them.Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said none of the people who had been left high and dry after being asked on short notice to leave the flats where they had been left without running water or electricity the past three days, would be left without shelter.The tenants argue that the owners had no right to kick them out since their rental agreements do not expire until next year. The directors of the company, J.E. Investwise Ltd, maintain that they were forced to take the decision to evict for financial reasons as many tenants failed to pay common expenses and utility bills for long periods, and because some of the persons living there were causing public unrest in the area.The issue came to the fore after news reports that some 100 people living in the building were being given only eight days to find another place to stay causing despair to several tenants who could not afford accommodation elsewhere or who said they were not given enough time to find a new place to live.The owners of the 24-apartment building, who declined to be named, told the Cyprus Mail that most of the tenants – around 80 per cent – have been reimbursed and handed over their keys. Some of the tenants who had been consistent with payments have been given accommodation in other buildings owned by the company. This, they said, concerned eight cases.Another three to four tenants, one of the directors said, were told they could remain at their current apartment until they were able to find another place to stay. “There are also two cases where there is a complaint,” he said.The two company directors said that they had informed the tenants seven to eight months ago that the building had to be vacated and renovated.They also said that some of those who refuse to leave are people who used to stay in flats that were rented by other people.“There were cases where a person who had the lease contract handed over the keys and left but there would still be another seven to eight people there [when they’d gone],” they said. Due to such practices, the owners said, the 24-apartment building was housing as many as 200 to 250 people.The directors said they cut the water and power supply to those who failed to pay their utility bills, paid directly to the owners, and that they had no problem restoring supply as long as all the dues were being paid in full.“Any legal tenant who has their rent and utilities paid will be allowed to remain in the building [for now],” they said. They added that unpaid utilities and the common expenses of some tenants had reached thousands of euros.The company directors also said that they did not force themselves into anyone’s apartments and throw their belongings outside, as per reports, but that the furniture and other items that had been thrown into a pile outside were items left behind by tenants who have already moved out and will be collected and be disposed of.But the tenants who remain at the building claim that they owe no money to the company.Many of them say they cannot afford to go elsewhere as the meagre allowance they receive as Minimum Guaranteed Income (GMI) beneficiaries, or their low salaries make it impossible to pay rent deposit or even higher rents.  Rents have also risen in Nicosia of late.Some said the fact that they were African was another obstacle.Angela, an asylum seeker from Nigeria who has been in Cyprus for the past six months, lives with her partner and one-month-old baby boy in one of the apartments.“It’s been three days we have not had any electricity or water,” she said. “Had I known this two months ago, it would have been easier to find other accommodation.”She said that she had to rent as there was no place at the Kofinou reception centre for asylum seekers and it wasn’t easy for African people and asylum seekers to find accommodation in Cyprus.To bathe and feed her baby, they have to heat water they bring in buckets from other buildings on a gas stove.  “He’s cold,” she said. “I’m confused, I need somebody to help me.”Hawa Ahmed from Somalia who has been living there for five years with her three children, two of them underage, said the same.“It is a problem finding another house, they don’t rent to black people,” she said. But even if she did find another place, the low GMI allowance she receives is not enough to cover a higher rent, utilities and food, she said.Other tenants said they felt they had been treated like animals.“With no running water, I did not shower the past three days,” said a woman from Bulgaria who has been living in the building the past four years. She said that this was a problem as she still had to go to work and was afraid she would be reprimanded for poor personal hygiene.Senior official of the social welfare services, Maria Kyratzi, told state broadcaster CyBC they had responded as soon as they were informed of the situation and that, when social workers arrived at the building on Tuesday evening along with police officers, there was no one there who wished to seek assistance.Two social workers went back to the building on Wednesday noon.Emilianidou said that the social welfare services were recording the needs of all the people still living in the apartments in cooperation with other state services as well as with the police.“The aim is to ensure all the basic needs of these individuals, particularly those in vulnerable and sensitive situations,” she said.She added that no one would be left without shelter and would be transferred to other accommodation according to their needs and situation.On site were also members of the Akel affiliated Pancyprian Federation of Women’s Organisations (POGO) who spoke with tenants and heard of their problems. They also made calls to mobilise authorities.The building, according to the owners, after being evacuated, will remain vacant until they decide how to utilise it.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Anastasiades to meet Spehar on Wednesday

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades will have a meeting on Wednesday with the UN Secretary General’s Representative Elizabeth Spehar ahead of discussions by the UN Security Council of the Unficyp mandate.Anastasiades, who is recovering from thigh surgery after a fall last week, will receive Spehar in his residence in Limassol on Wednesday morning.The meeting is part of Spehar’s customary contacts with the two leaders prior to the discussion by the Security Council of the Unficyp report and decision on whether to renew the peacekeeping force’s mandate for another six months. The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the UN Security Council.The UN Secretary-General’s latest report on Unficyp is due to be submitted to the Security Council on Wednesday. Spehar will brief the Security Council on July 19, while the adoption of the resolution for the renewal of Unficyp’s mandate will take place on July 30. A meeting with Unficyp troop contributing countries will take place on July 15.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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