Russia opposes US plan for more NATO ships in Black Sea

first_imgMoscow: A US proposal to send more NATO ships to the Black Sea to ensure safe passage for Ukrainian vessels and deter Russia is viewed “negatively” in Moscow, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Washington has been working on a package to boost surveillance and deploy more NATO vessels to the Black Sea after a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year, the US ambassador to NATO said. The measure was expected to be discussed during talks by NATO foreign ministers in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRussian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin viewed such a proposal “negatively”. “We do not understand what they mean by this. The situation with the Kerch Straight and navigation there is well known,” he told reporters. Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Grushko told Russian news agencies the plan would only lead to “increased military risks” in the region. “If additional military and technical measures are needed from our side, we will adopt them,” Interfax news agency quoted Grushko as saying. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMost alliance members share concerns about Russia which backs separatists in a smouldering conflict in eastern Ukraine that has so far claimed some 13,000 lives. In November, Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, capturing two dozen sailors near the Kerch Strait, as they tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea. It was the first open military clash between Kiev and Moscow since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and a pro-Russian insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine. “We are going to make sure that we have the capability to deter a very aggressive Russia,” US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters on Tuesday. She said the US package was designed “to assure that there is a safe passage for Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Strait.” Observers say that an increased NATO presence in the region is one of Russia’s worst nightmares. Putin has openly said that Moscow’s decision to take over Crimea was partly motivated by NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe. Peskov did not say Wednesday whether Russia would in fact allow NATO ships to pass through the Azov Sea. “A decision will be made when there is such a request,” the Kremlin spokesman said. The West has accused Moscow of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov, used by both Russia and Ukraine. A NATO spokesman declined to comment on the US ambassador’s remarks but pointed to comments by Stoltenberg on Monday when he outlined plans to increase the alliance presence in the Black Sea. Stoltenberg said NATO would step up port visits as well as exercises and training with Ukraine and Georgia.last_img read more

Somalia Security Council appeals for dialogue towards national reconciliation

Foreign Minister Massimo D’alema of Italy, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, read out a statement urging “all Somali parties to reject violence and… to enter into substantial dialogue aimed at achieving a full and all-inclusive national reconciliation.”The 15-member body lauded last month’s appointment of Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, which “offers a renewed opportunity to make further progress on dialogue and political reconciliation,” as well as on tackling the humanitarian crisis in the country.Mr. Hussein’s appointment, the Council said, also bodes well for the implementation of the National Reconciliation Congress’ outcomes, “leading to a road map for the remainder of the Transitional Period and democratic elections in Somalia, as set out in the Transitional Federal Charter.”The Council also welcomed a briefing it received earlier this week from Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, who warned the body that “the situation in Somalia is dangerous and becoming more so each day.”He cautioned that “business as usual” would have dire consequences for both the country and the greater region, and called for immediate and effective action on the political and security fronts, with the objective of forming a government that can support itself and administer the country effectively.In today’s statement, the Council also took note of the 6 December briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who recounted his recent visit to Somalia and estimated that some 1.5 million people there are in need of aid.“The Security Council expresses its deep concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation, aggravated by the prevailing security conditions in Somalia, and emphasizes again the need for strengthened efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Somalia,” Mr. D’alema said.In addition, the Council appealed for unobstructed access for aid workers to vulnerable populations. 19 December 2007The Security Council today called on all sides in Somalia to use peaceful means to consolidate peace in the East African nation that has not had a functioning national government since 1991. read more

Superior Plus to buy Canwest Propane from Gibson Energy for 412 million

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2017 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Superior Plus to buy Canwest Propane from Gibson Energy for $412 million TORONTO – Superior Plus Corp. (TSX:SPB) has signed a deal to buy the Canwest Propane industrial propane business in Western Canada from Gibson Energy Inc. (TSX:GEI) for $412 million.Canwest is a 30-year-old company with more than 50,000 customers, including international, national and large regional companies, making it one of Canada’s largest industrial propane distributors.Toronto-based Superior Plus said it’s aiming to find at least $20 million in pre-tax synergies within 24 to 36 months of closing the transaction.Gibson Energy will continue to operate Canwest — which also does business under the Stittco brand — with the current management team until the transaction closes in the second half of this year.Calgary-based Gibson Energy, which provides a variety of storage, processing, transportation and distribution services for the oil industry, set up a process last year to sell Canwest.Stewart Hanlon, Gibson Energy’s president and chief executive officer, said Monday the deal fully values the Canwest business and will allow the company to reduce debt and focus on its infrastructure business. read more

These Broncos Look Nothing Like The Broncos Of Two Years Ago

24Pittsburgh Steelers1990688.1540.0-148.143.8 TOTAL POINTS/GAME 5Buffalo Bills197534.955.4+20.460.7 22Washington Redskins2001729.4580.1-149.356.3 2St. Louis Rams200041.463.2+21.843.8 3Buffalo Bills197755.433.8-21.639.3 10Kansas City Chiefs1975507.9674.5+166.646.4 In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Miami Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl on the strength of an incredible defense that allowed the NFL’s fewest yards, first downs, passing yards and net yards per pass attempt. The offense wasn’t very good, but the defense — known as the Killer Bees because the last names of six starters began with the letter B — guided the team to the Super Bowl, as Miami ranked second in points allowed and third in takeaways.Just two years later, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, and once again, the team was one-dimensional. But, remarkably, it was the offense that was the dominant unit, as Miami led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per pass attempt, while a second-year quarterback named Dan Marino set single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.It’s rare for a team to be incredibly dominant on one side of the ball, and then similarly dominant on the other side just two years later. By selecting Marino in the first round of the ’83 draft, Miami became one of those teams. The first overall pick in that draft, John Elway, is now the architect of another. The 2013 Broncos were a lot like the ’84 Dolphins: Peyton Manning, like Marino, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, while Denver, like Miami, led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per attempt. This year’s Broncos led the NFL in yards allowed, while becoming just the fourth defense since 1970 to lead the league in both net yards per pass and yards per rush.That sort of transformation is remarkable. After losing to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver added three Pro Bowl players in outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward the following offseason. Denver then added safety Darian Stewart in March, and it has turned nose tackle Sylvester Williams and linebacker Brandon Marshall — role players on the 2013 Broncos — into starters. As a result, the 2015 Broncos defense doesn’t look or feel all that similar to the 2013 one. Only Von Miller (who missed seven games because of injury or suspension in 2013), Chris Harris Jr., Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Derek Wolfe played at least 45 percent of the team’s snaps in both 2013 and 2015; of course, that’s a pretty excellent core to build around.1 And the Broncos added defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, long respected as one of the game’s top defensive minds.On the offensive side, the turnover has been even more drastic. The team has turned over four of its five starting offensive linemen (only guard Louis Vasquez remains), while losing starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno. And offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earned great praise for his coaching in 2013, has moved on. That means just three of the team’s offensive starters from Super Bowl XLVIII are still around, and all three — quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Vasquez — were playing a lot better two years ago. The difference is most stark with Manning, of course, who has gone from having one of the best seasons ever by a Super Bowl quarterback to one of the worst.As a result, Denver has had a remarkable turnover from an unbalanced team with an offensive identity to a one-sided team with a defensive identity. This can be seen clearly even with basic stats such as points and yards.PointsBroncos games were extremely high-scoring in 2013, as Denver and its opponents combined to average 62.8 points per game (Denver averaged 37.9, while allowing 24.9). This year, only 40.7 points are being scored in the average Broncos game, courtesy of 22.2 points by Denver and 18.5 points by opponents. That’s a decrease of 22.1 points per game in Broncos games, the largest swing, positive or negative, in any two-year stretch following a given season since 1970. 1Miami Dolphins1984552.2772.3+220.082.6% 24Kansas City Chiefs197530.244.5+14.346.4 8New Orleans Saints2012678.8851.0+172.356.3 22Cincinnati Bengals198540.554.9+14.443.8 7Denver Broncos2015813.3638.6-174.778.1 25New York Jets197749.435.1-14.321.4 7Denver Broncos201343.762.8+19.165.6 23Detroit Lions1995582.9732.0+149.162.5 13Green Bay Packers1983627.8785.9+158.250.0 15Detroit Lions199033.349.1+15.831.3 3St. Louis Rams2000584.5785.6+201.143.8 19Minnesota Vikings199838.353.3+14.975.0 16Atlanta Falcons197737.822.0-15.839.3 While yards and points are hardly perfect measures of performance, they do the job in this instance. Using 23Chicago Bears201343.457.7+14.350.0 TOTAL YARDS/GAME 20New England Patriots198247.933.3-14.559.0 9Chicago Bears1995523.1694.7+171.650.0 8San Diego Chargers198756.438.0-18.451.7 16Minnesota Vikings2006765.1609.1-155.943.8 12Oakland Raiders2006693.1531.0-162.121.9 21Minnesota Vikings199535.449.8+14.453.1 11San Diego Chargers1987800.0636.1-163.951.7 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN % 18Washington Redskins197742.927.5-15.460.7 2Atlanta Falcons1979463.4668.0+204.643.8 6San Diego Chargers1981627.4805.0+177.668.8 18Cincinnati Bengals1995566.9721.3+154.431.3 12Washington Redskins198554.638.1-16.575.0 17Cleveland Browns200733.349.0+15.750.0 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN% 5Buffalo Bills1975571.4752.9+181.460.7 14Washington Redskins200151.334.9-16.356.3 4Atlanta Falcons197922.043.0+21.043.8 Biggest two-year differences in total yards per game 6St. Louis Rams200263.242.8-20.453.1 19Green Bay Packers2011663.5816.7+153.281.3 In an interesting bit of symmetry, the 2013 Broncos show up twice on the list: Not only do they form the first leg of the 2013-2015 Broncos row, but they form the back end of the Tebow Broncos, the 2011 Denver team that snuck into the playoffs despite a very inefficient offense. Most impressively, Denver ranks as the team with the largest swing in total scoring since the merger while being excellent both years, with an average winning percentage of 0.781. Teams like the 2000 Rams made the list courtesy of some terrible years in ’98 and ’02; Denver’s appearance wasn’t due to a massive dip in quality, but from a complete transformation of its identity.YardsIf we look at total yards per game, Denver once again stands out as the team that has suffered the biggest decline. However, the Broncos are no longer the most extreme team, as the ’82/’84 Dolphins had an even larger move, albeit in the direction of more yards. In 1982, there were 552.2 total yards of offense per game — combined among the two teams — in Miami games. Two years later, that number was a whopping 772.3, which represents an increase of 220 yards per game in just two seasons. There were 813.3 total yards of offense per game in Broncos games in 2013, but just 638.6 yards of offense in Denver games this year; that difference of 174.7 yards per game is the seventh-largest shift in a two-year period since 1970. And, given the general movement toward offensive efficiency, it also stands out as the largest decline in total yards per game during this period: 10Kansas City Chiefs200657.440.4-17.050.0 13Oakland Raiders200647.631.3-16.421.9 17Pittsburgh Steelers2014608.6764.4+155.959.4 4San Francisco 49ers1979503.6685.4+181.724.1 9Chicago Bears199529.047.0+18.050.0 11New Orleans Saints198248.632.1-16.525.3 20Atlanta Falcons1980530.8682.1+151.365.6 15Atlanta Falcons1977619.5463.4-156.139.3 25Philadelphia Eagles1991638.4490.7-147.765.6 1Denver Broncos201562.840.7-22.178.1% 14Baltimore Colts1971651.9494.5-157.466.1 21Carolina Panthers2013767.4618.1-149.456.3 read more

Buckeyes lean on Buford early in rout of UTSA

CLEVELAND — Though the Buckeyes left Texas-San Antonio’s coach saying, “Wow,” what many thought would be a cupcake matchup got off to a slow start for the overall No. 1-seeded team. The Ohio State men’s basketball team (33-2) buried No. 16 seed UTSA, 75-46, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but for the first seven minutes of the game, only one Buckeye put points on the board. Junior guard William Buford matched UTSA (20-14) nearly shot for shot in the opening minutes, as the Roadrunners sank four of their first five shots, including one from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-5 Buckeye began with 3-for-4 shooting, including 1-of-1 from deep, accounting for OSU’s first seven points. “My teammates, they were giving me the ball and shots were open,” a soft-spoken Buford said following the game, “so I was just taking good shots and I was able to knock them down.” Freshman forward Jared Sullinger was the first of Buford’s teammates to score. With the Buckeyes trailing, 9-7, Sullinger made a game-tying layup 6:57 in. UTSA never regained the lead. The homelike atmosphere at the Quicken Loans Arena, just two hours north of Columbus, provided the Buckeyes with ample support throughout the game. Of the more than 20,000 who attended Friday’s game — the largest crowd ever to attend a college basketball game in Ohio — a vast majority were Buckeye fans. Each of OSU’s baskets was met with a roaring applause, while the Roadrunners received some audible boos throughout the contest. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft said the overwhelming crowd support made the team feel like it was playing at home in Columbus. Though Buford’s energy was all that kept the Buckeyes’ heads above water early, coach Thad Matta said the rest of the team stayed focused to come out with the win. That collective discipline paid off, as the Buckeye defense did not allow UTSA to return to enjoying the 80 percent shooting it did in the beginning. “We came out with a slow start,” Buford said, “but picked up our pace and clamped down on defense.” OSU held UTSA to 10-for-22 shooting, including only 1-of-8 from 3-point territory, in the first half. The Buckeyes entered halftime with a comfortable 37-21 lead behind 15 points from Buford, who finished the game with a team-high 18 points. “Will can do whatever he needs to do,” Craft said. “He’s definitely willing to take his shots, and he knocked them down.” The Roadrunners’ shooting success only diminished as the game wore on, and the Buckeyes’ 16-point halftime lead inflated to as large as 38 in the second half. OSU held UTSA to just 25.8 percent shooting in the second, at times more than doubling the Roadrunners’ score. “We wanted to send a message out today,” Buford said, “and let people know we’re here to take care of business.” UTSA coach Brooks Thompson heard that message loud and clear. “Wow,” he said. “They’re good.” Despite his team’s second-round thrashing, Matta said the Buckeyes don’t take anything for granted as they look toward their next matchup and a tougher road ahead in what many call the tournament’s most competitive region. “Every step you take in the NCAA Tournament forward,” he said, “you’re going to play a better basketball team.” The Buckeyes will move on to the tournament’s third round, in which they will face No. 8 seed George Mason (27-6) on Sunday. Minutes before the OSU-UTSA opening tip, the Patriots clawed back from a consistent second-half deficit to defeat No. 9 seed Villanova (21-12), 61-57. OSU forward David Lighty, who contributed eight points in the Buckeyes’ victory, said George Mason is a team that’s good enough to make it to Houston. “They’re no cupcake,” the fifth-year senior Buckeye said. “When you hear ‘George Mason,’ you hear about a team going to the Final Four.” The Buckeyes and Patriots will tip off at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena. OSU has not won a national title since 1960, but Devin Gibson, who netted a game-high 24 points and was the only Roadrunner to post double-digit points Friday, said this could be its year. “I think they play how a championship team plays inside out,” the senior point guard said. “They passed the ball around and just found the open man and made shots — what a championship team does.” read more

DCU economist rejects Leos insistence that LimerickCork motorway makes sense

first_img Image: Sam Boal/ The M50 motorway. Monday 12 Feb 2018, 9:26 AM Feb 12th 2018, 9:26 AM DCU economist rejects Leo’s insistence that Limerick-Cork motorway ‘makes sense’ The National Planning Framework will be launched this week. Short URL 137 Comments center_img The M50 motorway. Image: Sam Boal/ Share193 Tweet Email 40,695 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald A RESEARCHER WHOSE work has informed the upcoming national planning framework (NPF) has criticised plans for a motorway to connect Cork and Limerick.Dr Edgar Morgenroth – Professor of Economics at DCU – said that plans for the €850 million motorway would undermine the proper growth of “second tier” cities in Ireland.He rejected claims by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the motorway would encourage the cities to grow faster.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Morgenroth said the motorway would not lead to the growth needed in cities like Cork and Limerick, but would instead lead to sprawl.“There are a number of things that need to be borne in mind,” Morgenroth said.“The first thing is that the original draft plan envisaged significant growth of the second tier cities which is what’s needed to anchor the economic activity in the weaker regions.Without big cities in the regions those area that are not close to Dublin are simply going to continue doing quite badly and that’s what they have been doing.He said that in order to achieve this, it was important “to put the infrastructure into the cities, not between them”.“Once you put the motorway between two cities what you’re doing is getting more sprawl. So you’re undermining your own strategy,” he said.Morgenroth also said that building a new motorway also undermined a commitment by government to reduce carbon emissions.“So from a sustainability perspective, another motorway is not actually what’s needed. What we really need is urban public transport,” he said.VaradkarSpeaking yesterday to RTÉ’s This Week programme, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defended the planned motorway, saying that the government thought that it “makes sense”.“We now want to connect Limerick and Cork via the N20 so we can connect Cork Limerick and Galway by motorway and therefore enable them and empower them to grow faster than Dublin in the 10, 15 years ahead,” he said.The National Planning Framework – which will be launched this Friday – is a roadmap for national planning and infrastructure development over the next 20 years.Explainer: What is the National Planning Framework 2040?A key part of the plan is looking at ways to encourage growth in rural towns and cities like Galway, Cork and Limerick.Morgenroth said that there wasn’t much evidence to back up Varadkar’s statements on the new motorway.“I don’t think there’s much evidence that that sort of thing happens,” he said.“What we see is sprawl. It facilitates sprawl.“If it was simply a matter of connecting two places and immediately you would get growth well we’ve done that quite a bit over the last 15 years we’ve developed a big motorway network.Yet what we’re seeing in terms of regional development hasn’t really changed.He said that unless determined steps were taken to improve infrastructure in smaller cities things would not change.“And one of the items that I looked at in my report was what would Ireland look like if we don’t change things,” Morgenroth said.“And we’d find is that the economy concentrates more in and around Dublin than elsewhere.And that’s ultimately what we’re going to get.Read: Here are just some of the project promises the government plan to deliver in the next 10 yearsRead: Ireland 2040: What are the key things you would prioritise? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A nodeal Brexit will plunge Northern Ireland into turmoil Belfast court hears

first_imgA no-deal Brexit will plunge Northern Ireland into turmoil, Belfast court hears A legal bid to reverse a suspension of parliament has been launched in the North. Friday 30 Aug 2019, 12:16 PM Raymond McCord who is taking the case. Image: Niall Carson/PA By Alan Erwin “He also has decided, to help him do that, to bring in a scheme or system of his own way of suspending parliament. This is a prime minister who will do anything to get his own way, without concern for the people of Northern Ireland or the peace process.With Johnson pledging that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October “do or die”, he is facing three court challenges in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.Although McCord’s case is listed for full hearing next month, he took urgent legal steps after plans to close parliament for up to five weeks were announced.His lawyers contend that the use of prorogation is unconstitutional.At today’s hearing Lavery told the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan:Our position is that parliament should have as much time as possible to debate this. It may impede it to such an extent that it’s not possible to have a proper, effective debate.Tony McGleenan QC, representing the government and prime minister, pointed out that a similar attempt to secure an injunction was refused in the Scottish case.Opposing the bid for an urgent hearing ahead of the full judicial review application, he said:I do not see Northern Ireland-specific aspects for interim relief articulated here.Adjourning proceedings until next week, Sir Declan imposed a deadline for lodging further papers. 64 Comments Short URL Raymond McCord who is taking the case. center_img Share28 Tweet Email Image: Niall Carson/PA A NO-DEAL Brexit will plunge Northern Ireland into turmoil, the High Court in Belfast heard today.Counsel for victims campaigner Raymond McCord claimed the region would suffer worst from the UK quitting the EU without an agreement as he advanced attempts to stop Boris Johnson suspending parliament.He is seeking an urgent injunction aimed at forcing the British prime minister to reverse plans to prorogue the House of Commons ahead of the 31 October leave date.His barrister, Ronan Lavery QC, argued:“In many ways there are stronger reasons in Northern Ireland why interim relief is applicable, because of the obvious turmoil that will be created here if there’s a no-deal Brexit.”With the legal action adjourned to next week, McCord confirmed he still intends to press for an interim order to block the planned parliamentary shutdown.The Belfast man, whose son Raymond Jr was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 1997, is mounting a wider action against any withdrawal from the EU without an agreement.Good Friday AgreementHe claims a departure on those terms would breach the Good Friday Agreement and threaten the Northern Ireland peace process.Outside court McCord explained why he believes Johnson’s prorogation move must be overturned.“It’s undemocratic. We have got a prime minister who wants to force Brexit through with no deal,” he claimed. Aug 30th 2019, 12:16 PM 31,729 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WWE attendance 22732 MSG live events

first_img Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Google+ Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollins Facebook Cesaro Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE attendance figures from February 27 to March 2, 2015.* 2/27 NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida: 500 fans (sellout).* 2/27 live event in New York City, New York: 12,000 fans.* 2/28 live event in Bridgeport, Connecticut: 5,600 fans.* 2/28 live event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 8,000 fans.* 3/1 live event in Uniondale, New York: 6,000 fans.* 3/1 live event in Buffalo, New York: 5,500 fans.* 3/2 RAW/Superstars TV Tapings from Newark, New Jersey: 11,900 fans (sellout).Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Pro wrestling attendance figures for the week of 2/22 to 3/1last_img read more

Healing garden blooms at Legacy Salmon Creek

first_imgFinding a place for quiet reflection and respite can be challenging under the bright lights of a hospital operating 24 hours a day. But this week, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center officials are unveiling a newly renovated space they hope will provide just that for employees, patients and visitors.Planters filled with fragrant flowers entice butterflies to flutter in the sunshine. Whimsical birdhouses painted purple, yellow, red and blue sit perched on posts surrounded by bright yellow and orange flowers. Water trickles down a wall of small tiles, pieced together to form a colorful backdrop for the running water.A labyrinth made permanent on the bricks with sky blue paint offers a space for contemplation. And a rocking chair under a small canopy tucked in the corner provides a private space to reflect.Standing in the middle of the new healing garden on a quiet late summer morning, it’s easy to forget the sanctuary sits atop the hospital’s second-floor roof and is flanked by towering walls of windows.“We are kind of in a fishbowl,” said Shirley Gross with the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation.But now, at least the space provides the people in the patient rooms overlooking the garden with bright colors and various textures, Gross said. This time last year, the garden was mostly concrete surrounded by bamboo and grasses in various shades of green.last_img read more

Aftermath France Under the Third Reich

first_img“I cannot bear to be far from those who are hungry,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1940, a few years before he coined his masterpiece The Little Prince, the charming children’s book that he dedicated it to his favorite grown up, Leon Werth, “the best friend” he had in the world. France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, shortly after their hostile neighbor invaded Poland. They were among the first alongside Great Britain to stand up to the menacing Nazi regime. Yet, without any significant battles, by June 1940 the northern part of the country including Paris was already under Nazi occupation.Adolf Hitler on the terrace of the Palais de Chaillot on June 23, 1940. To his left is the sculptor Arno Breker, to his right, Albert Speer, his architect. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H28708 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 deSome wrongful decision making and series of tactics poorly administered made the country vulnerable and open to conquest. Traitors from within allowed for a swift defeat.The Nazi troops marched into France without a fight, and their abrupt advance led to one of the most extensive mass migrations ever recorded. To escape the Wehrmacht, 8 million souls in a desperate quest for survival were forced to leave their homes and flee south to safety.German soldiers parade on the Champs Élysées on June 14, 1940. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1994-036-09A / CC-BY-SAOne of them was Leon Werth, a renowned novelist, acclaimed journalist and a Frenchman of Jewish descent who, at the time when de Saint-Exupéry dedicated a book in his honor, was hungry, cold and in dire need of comfort.Millions were as a matter of fact.On June 22, 1940, France signed an armistice with Hitler’s Germany, and First World War hero Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain was appointed as the new Head of State After the deal struck between the two parties and according to the terms of the surrender, France was literally cut in half.Philippe Pétain meeting Hitler in October 1940. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild CC-BY-SA 3.0While the Germans remained and governed the north, Pétain was in charge of Vichy France, the alleged “free zone” that stretched through the southern two-fifths of the country.France saw a savior in him, believing that by signing the treaty he had spared the nation from further bloodshed and found a nonviolent way out of a difficult situation. A lot of Frenchmen lost their lives in the clashes with the German Army during the First World War, and their sons were not in the mood to fight this time around. And he? He understood, declaring “France is a wounded child. I hold her in my arms.”Personal flag of Philippe Pétain, Chief of State of Vichy France (Chef de l’État Français).His embrace was not warm though, nor as protective as Frenchmen expected it would be.Within a month — right after die-hard socialist and previous Prime Minister of the French Republic Pierre Laval joined in — the newly formed National Assembly was persuaded by Laval to grant Pétain full legislative and executive powers. A new constitution was promulgated that paved the way for an authoritarian regime in France.Under the disguise of “National Regeneration,” liberté, égalité, fraternité (liberty, equality, fraternity), the three values by which the republic was founded upon were replaced with travail, famille, patrie (work, family, fatherland). Men were soldiers and a workforce. Women child bearers above anything else. Those souls who fled from the north to the southern “free zone”? They found themselves trapped in hell instead of the safe haven they were expecting.War refugees on a French road. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1971-083-01 Tritschler CC-BY-SA 3.0Pétain’s government was seen as a puppet of the Third Reich. The Vichy regime forbade almost every enjoyed personal freedom there was. He restructured the economy and every aspect of living to the extent that nearly everything anyone was doing was under tight supervision.It started off with the Jews and strictly employed antisemitic propaganda. Synagogues were required to hand over lists of their congregation to the state, who were in quick succession deprived of everything.1941 poster from Marseilles, France, announcing the order for Jews to register. Photo by Olevy CC BY-SA 3.0Their freedom of movement was limited and their savings confiscated by the authorities. Tens of thousands of apartments were taken from the French by the French and stood vacant across the state, while even more shops and business run by Jews closed for good.All Jews were first fired from their public posts then banned from using them altogether, or any other privately owned shop for that matter including a food store. Finally, by March 1942, all those tracked down were captured, detained and — in collaboration with the Germans — sent to the concentration camps.Two Jewish women in occupied Paris wearing yellow badges in June 1942, a few weeks before the mass arrest. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-N0619-506 / CC-BY-SA 3.0Approximately 75,000 Jews were either deported from France to Germany or sent to camps in their own country built by their own government. And it wasn’t only the Jews who suffered under the Vichy regime.Anyone that stood in the way of what was going on or was deemed fit enough to be labeled as such for any other “wrongdoing” was declared an enemy of the state and prosecuted for imprisonment or execution.French Jews being deported from Marseilles, 1943. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-027-1476-20A / Vennemann, Wolfgang / CC-BY-SA 3.0Every soldier, doctor, reporter and every other artist, scholar, teacher, or freethinker. For as Dame Jean Iris Murdoch later wrote, “a good society contains many different artists doing many different things, a bad one coerces artists because it knows that they can reveal all kinds of truths.”And the truth some wished to conceal was utterly horrifying. According to some official reports, only 2,500 of the 75,000 people sent to the camps survived.Top 5 Female Spies of WW2Crimes of the worst kind were carried out against Frenchmen, by Frenchmen. And the ones on the receiving end who survived the horrors never forgot. Nor did they forgive those who orchestrated them, or collaborated somehow in this treachery.The Allies invaded Normandy in June 1944, and by August 19th the majority of France’s occupied territory was freed. Six days later, on August 25th, the last remaining German troops in the capital surrendered. By September Paris was liberated, a new government led by General Charles de Gaulle nullified Pétain’s French State and ended his regime, along with its inhumane laws.Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to view Free French tanks and half tracks of General Leclerc’s 2nd Armored Division passing through the Arc du Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 26, 1944. Among the crowd can be seen banners in support of Charles de Gaulle.The French Resistance that had formed over the course of the two dreadful years began a relentless pursuit of traitors, conducting executions of everyone who had ties to the Nazi regime. It was the first of what many historians label as three phases of the “Nazi Hunt.”It came to be remembered as the “wild phase,” and for a good reason. Suspects and known collaborators were convicted without a trial and many of them, humiliated and tortured, were executed publicly without any remorse. Around 6,000 of them according to some unofficial reports.Resistance fighter during street fighting in 1944.Women who housed or had romantic relations with German soldiers (most of whom probably did so to survive) were shaved publicly and after enduring the humiliation of a public head-shaving, often would be paraded shamefully through the streets for everyone to see. Some of them were killed, just like any other traitor was.This wild hunt didn’t last for long.Soon afterwards marked the beginning of the second phase, labeled as the legal purge. Charles de Gaulle, head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic after the liberation, banned unauthorized execution and set in motion legal pursuits of known or suspected collaborators. Very briefly, 120,000 people found themselves behind bars, imprisoned for their crimes against the nation, its people, and most of all against humanity.August 27, 1944: Two women, partially stripped, their heads shaved and with swastikas painted on their faces, are marched barefoot down the streets of Paris to shame and humiliate them for collaborating with the Germans during the Second World War. Photo by Three Lions/Getty ImagesThe third phase began in 1945 when Philippe Pétain and Pierre Laval were tried for high treason and sentenced to death. While Laval was executed after his trial, Pétain was not. Despite Paul Reynaud who served briefly as prime minister before Pétain telling the court that “never has one man done so much damage to a nation as Maréchal Pétain has done to the French,” instead of execution by firing squad, his death sentence was commuted to life in prison. Pétain was exiled to l’Isle d’Yeu where he died in 1951.In the following years until 1951, 6,762 high ranking officials were brought to justice and sentenced to death by the official French courts, but only 791 of them were actually executed. Many who fled never to be found again were tried in absence, and some who were found, subjected to the National Degradation punishment laws, were given a lesser punishment later on.Portrait of Klaus Barbie.Many Nazi-hunting groups formed solely to collect information, track down suspected former collaborators and bring them to justice never gave up. The husband-and-wife duo Beate and Serge Klarsfeld for instance, were ultimately responsible for the arrest and sentencing of many war criminals, including Maurice Papon, Jean Leguay, Paul Touvier, and Klaus Barbie, also known and feared as the Butcher of Lyon.Read another story from us: Operation Dragoon – the Liberation of Southern France, Spearheaded by the Free French Armed ForcesIt took a while for France to admit its part in the crimes and that it was not just Germany at fault. In 1995, the year he became president, Jacques Chirac stated for the first time that “France, home of the Enlightenment and the Rights of Man . . . broke her word and delivered the people she was protecting to their executioners,” adding “the French government had given support to the criminal madness of the occupiers.”Martin Chalakoski is a freelance writer drawn to history and fascinated by oddities. He has contributed to Abandoned Spaces and is steadily contributing to The Vintage News.last_img read more

December 2016 Stats Windows 10 up IE down Edge not going anywhere

first_imgDecember 2016 Stats: Windows 10 up, IE down, Edge not going anywhere by Martin Brinkmann on December 01, 2016 in Windows – 48 commentsThe latest usage share reports are in and they don’t give Microsoft many reasons to rejoice when it comes to the company’s core products Windows 10, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.Windows 10 performed considerably well this month, considering that the operating system’s usage share rise stopped dead in its tracks when the free for all offer expired.In the past two months, according to Net Market Share, , Windows 10 went down from an all-high of 22.99% to 22.59% (August to October).It is only in this month that the operating system managed to gain a noticeable share, jumping up to 23.72% from 22.59%.If you compare the December 2016 stats to those of January 2016, you will notice that Windows 10 doubled its usage share in that time.While the usage share of all other versions of Windows fell in the year, the drops were not as dramatic as Microsoft may have hoped them to be.Windows XP, the aging no-longer-supported operating system fell from 11.42% to 8.63, Windows 7 fell from 52.47% to 47.17%, and windows 8.1 from 10.40% to 8.01%.Most users cling to their operating system and it seems unlikely that they will upgrade to Windows 10 in masses anytime soon.If you look at the statistics of StatCounter, you see a similar picture. Windows 10’s usage share rose from 24.81% to 26.2% in November. Windows XP and 8.1 remained fairly stable, while Windows 7 managed to rise as well by 1.05% to 40.02%.To be fair, this looks a lot like a recording issue more than anything else as the number of unknown devices dropped by more than 1% in November while all other operating system versions remained fairly stable.The January to December comparison paints the same picture that Net Market Share revealed. Windows 10 managed to nearly double its usage share in 2016, while all other versions of Windows fell a bit but not extremely.IE and EdgeSo what about Internet Explorer and Edge? Internet Explorer continued its fall. The browser fell from a usage share of 43.82% in January 2016 to 21.66% in December 2016.The browser’s usage share halved in that time. While Microsoft may have hoped that its Edge browser would gain the bulk of the share, that is apparently not the case.Edge continues to go nowhere this year. While it managed to jump from 3.07% to 5.21% this year, this is nothing to brag about considering that Microsoft is pushing the browser quite aggressively on Windows 10.The past six months have been extremely telling, with Edge rising a mere 0.12% in that time.StatCounter’s statistics tell a different story this time. The service recorded Internet Explorer’s usage share at 15.95% in January 2016, and at 9.66% in November 2016. That’s not even half of what Net Market Share recorded for the browser.The situation is even more grim for Edge which StatCounter saw at 1.82% in January, and at 3.19% in November 2016.Closing WordsIt is too early to tell if Windows 10 will make sizeable gains in the coming months, or if things will slow down to a crawl again. It is almost certain that the coming months won’t change a thing for Internet Explorer’s downfall, and Edge’s continuance in the position it is in right now.Now You: Where do you think will Windows 10, Edge and Internet Explorer be at the end of 2017?SummaryArticle NameDecember 2016 Stats: Windows 10 up, IE down, Edge not going anywhereDescriptionThe latest usage share reports are in and they don’t give Microsoft a lot of reasons to rejoice when it comes to the company’s core products Windows 10, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia Kuwait and France

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The carnage in Tunisia began on the beach, where tourists described hearing what sounded like fireworks and then running for their lives when they realized it was gunfire. Video of the aftermath showed medics using beach chairs as stretchers to carry away people in swimsuits.“He had a parasol in his hand. He went down to put it in the sand and then he took out his Kalashnikov and began shooting wildly,” Chelli said of the gunman.He then entered the pool area of the Imperial Marhaba hotel before moving inside, killing people as he went.British tourist Gary Pine told AP he was on the beach with his wife around noon when heard the shooting. They shouted for their son to get out of the water, grabbed their bag and ran for the hotel. Their son told them he saw someone shot on the beach.There was “sheer panic” at the hotel, Pine said. “There were a lot of concerned people, a few people in tears with panic and a few people — older guests — they’d turned their ankles or there was a few little minor injuries and nicks and scrapes.”Elizabeth O’Brien, an Irish tourist who was with her two sons, told Irish Radio she was on the beach when the shooting began. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches “I thought, ‘Oh my God. It sounds like gunfire,’ so I just ran to the sea to my children and grabbed our things” before fleeing to their hotel room, she said.The Health Ministry said the dead included Tunisians, British, Germans and Belgians, without giving a breakdown.British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says at least five Britons were killed but expected to toll to rise because a high proportion of the dead were believed to be British.Since overthrowing its secular dictator in 2011, Tunisia has been plagued by terrorist attacks, although only recently have they targeted the tourism sector, which makes up nearly 15 percent of GDP.“The Foreign Office will declare the summer effectively over for Tunisia, and it will destroy — besides the lives taken — the tens of thousands of livelihoods who depend on tourism for a living,” said Simon Calder, a London-based travel commentator. Nearly half a million Britons visited Tunisia in 2014.At a news conference at his office in the capital Tunis, Prime Minister Habib Essid said he would immediately close mosques outside the control of the ministry of religious affairs and call army reservists into active service and place them around the country. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   In southeastern France, a man with ties to Islamic radicals rammed a car into a gas factory, touching off an explosion that injured two people. Authorities arriving at the site made a grisly discovery: the severed head of the driver’s employer was found hanging at the plant entrance.The suspect, Yassine Salhi, was seized by an alert firefighter, authorities said, and French President Francois Hollande said the attacker’s intention had been to cause an explosion. A security alert for the southeast region was raised to its highest level for the next three days, and the U.S. Embassy in Paris warned American citizens to be vigilant.In an audio recording released Tuesday, the Islamic State called on its supporters to increase attacks during Ramadan and “be keen on waging invasion in this eminent month and commit martyrdom.”In Britain, police said they were tightening security at major events after the attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, including for the weekend events of Armed Forces Day and the Pride London gay and lesbian festival.The attacks were condemned by the United Nations, the U.S., Israel and others.“We stand with these nations as they respond to attacks on their soil today,” the White House said. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren added it was “too soon to tell whether or not these various and far-flung attacks were coordinated centrally or whether they were coincidental.” SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 39 people — one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to North Africa to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists.The shootings in the Tunisian resort of Sousse happened at about the same time as a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and an attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France that included a beheading. It was unclear if the violence was linked but it came days after the IS militants urged their followers “to make Ramadan a month of calamities for the nonbelievers.” In all, the assailants killed at least 65 people. “No mosque that does not confirm to the law will be tolerated,” he said, referring to those that incite to terrorism.The attacks are also a blow to Tunisia’s image as a stable, democratic nation emerging from its revolution in 2011, said Jonathan Hill, a professor of Defense Studies at King’s College in London.“The terrorists are attacking Tunisia’s reputation,” he said. “Not just as a safe and welcoming destination for Western holidaymakers, but as the one real success story to emerge out of the Arab Spring.”International police agency Interpol offered investigative help in the wake of Friday’s violence. Interpol Secretary-General Juergen Stock said the attacks “show the truly global dimension to current terrorist threats.”___Schemm reported from Rabat, Morocco. Associated Press Writers Bouazza Ben Bouazza in Tunis, Jill Lawless and Greg Katz in London, Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to reflect that authorities now say there was only one gunman, not two, and that the message from the Islamic State was an audio recording, not a video. The SITE Intelligence Group reported later that the IS claimed credit for the Tunisia attack on its Twitter account and identified the gunman as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani.The attack in Tunisia, the country’s worst ever, comes just months after the March 18 massacre at the national Bardo museum in Tunis that killed 22 people, again mostly tourists, and has called into question the newly elected government’s ability to protect the country.“Once again, cowardly and traitorous hands have struck Tunisia, targeting its security and that of its children and visitors,” President Beji Caid Essebsi told reporters at the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel, near the beach rampage site.Essebsi promised “painful but necessary” measures, adding: “No country is safe from terrorism, and we need a global strategy of all democratic countries.”Rafik Chelli, the secretary of state of the Interior Ministry, told The Associated Press that the attack was carried out by a young student not previously known to authorities. At least 36 people were reported wounded in the shooting spree, which ended when the gunman was shot to death by police.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the Shiite mosque in Kuwait City that killed at least 27 people and wounded scores of other worshippers at midday prayers — the first such attack in the mostly quiet and relatively secure Gulf Arab nation in more than two decades. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_imgCubamexicoMSC CruiseSouth AmericaWebjet Webjet Exclusives has launched a 14 Day Taste of Cuba, Mexico and Central America package, priced at AUD$4,799 per person twin share.Journeying to Mexico City from Australia, either via Dallas or Los Angeles, guests spend two days exploring highlights of the city. Destinations include Plaza de la Constitucion, the National Palace and Mexico City Cathedral, plus a day trip to some of the world’s best preserved pre-Aztec ruins in the holy city of Teotihuacan.After three days in Mexico, guests fly the short distance to Havana in Cuba, where after a day of sightseeing at leisure they’ll board a 7-night deluxe MSC cruise. During the voyage the ship ports in Central American cities of Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya Mexico and the island paradise of Isla de la Juventud Cuba.The cruise ends back in Havana where the group is flown back to Mexico City for an overnight stay before heading home to Australia.This 14-day package includes:return international airfares with American Airlinesreturn Mexico to Cuba airfares7 night deluxe Cuba & Central America cruise on board MSC Opera or Armonia including all mealssuperior accommodation with daily breakfast when on landreturn airport transfers in Mexico Citysome in-depth sightseeingThe package is upgradable to a 22-day itinerary exploring more of Mexico such as Puebla, Oaxaca, Tuxtla and Merida before flying to Cuba for the MSC cruise.last_img read more

Actors Benicio Del Toro left and Paul Dano are s

first_img Actors Benicio Del Toro (left) and Paul Dano are shown in a scene from the new series “Escape at Dannemora.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO -Wilson Webb/Showtime MANDATORY CREDIT by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 26, 2018 8:46 am PDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Outlaw King’ and ‘Homecoming’ hit streaming services in Novembercenter_img A monthly look at what’s scheduled to be added to the catalogues of streaming services Netflix Canada, CraveTV and Amazon Prime Video:TOP PICKSNetflix’s historical epic “Outlaw King” took the spotlight on opening night at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but many critics felt its massive scope was suited best for theatres. That presents a challenge to the streaming service, which hopes audiences stay home to see Chris Pine as a Scottish king who wages a bloody fight for power. Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, a real-life figure known as the King of Scots, who gathered a crew of loyal supporters to battle the King of England — and make Scotland an independent nation. The sprawling film debuts Nov. 9.Julia Roberts leaps to television with “Homecoming,” a twisty psychological thriller that begins with her as a caseworker at a transitional support centre for soldiers returning to civilian life. Years after she’s left to start a new life, she’s confronted by a U.S. Department of Defense auditor who’s investigating an incident and wants to know why she suddenly quit the job. The questions send her down a rabbit hole of repressed memories and the truth behind what she was telling herself for so long. “Homecoming” co-stars Sissy Spacek and Shea Whigham and makes its debut Nov. 2 on Amazon Prime Video.Seven-part limited TV series “Escape at Dannemora” dives into the unbelievable true story of a prison break, tangled in a love triangle. Patricia Arquette plays the supervisor of a New York state prison tailor shop who’s carrying on affairs with two of the inmates (Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano). After gaining her trust, the two men convince her to help them escape, leading to a statewide manhunt that captured headlines in 2015. The seven-part weekly series is directed by Ben Stiller and begins Nov. 18 on CraveTV.Here are the lists of movies and TV shows expected in November. Release dates are subject to change.NETFLIXNov. 121Angela’s ChristmasBatman: Return of the Caped CrusadersBeverly Hills NinjaChildren of MenDisobedienceEthel & ErnestFollow This (Part 3)Jason BourneKatt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1Look Who’s Talking TooLowridersOnce Upon a Time in MexicoSchitt’s Creek (Season 4)The Da Vinci CodeThe Judgement (Season 1)The Untold Tales of Armistead MaupinThe Water Horse: Legend of the DeepNov. 2Brainchild (Season 1)House of Cards (Season 6)ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in BlackThe Holiday CalendarThe Other Side of the WindThey’ll Love Me When I’m DeadTrolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 4)Nov. 5Homecoming (Season 1)John Leguizamo’s Latin History for MoronsNov. 6Happy! (Season 1)Nov. 7Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find ThemLive by NightLove ActuallyRobin HoodScent of a WomanSmokin’ AcesThe Break-UpNov. 9Beat Bugs (Season 3)Medal of Honor (Season 1)Outlaw KingSpirit Riding Free (Season 7)Super Drags (Season 1)Treehouse Detectives (Season 2)Westside (Season 1)Nov. 10American UltraShaun the Sheep MovieNov. 12My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 8)Nov. 13Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving TwinOh My Ghost (Season 1)Warrior (Season 1)Nov. 14The Flash (Season 5)Nov. 15May The Devil Take YouThe CrewNov. 16CamNarcos: MexicoPonysitters Club (Season 2)Prince of Peoria (Season 1)She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 1)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Kominsky Method (Season 1)The Princess SwitchNov. 17I Feel PrettyNov. 19Donald Glover: WeirdoThe Last Kingdom (Season 3)Nov. 20Kulipari: Dream Walker (Season 1)Motown Magic (Season 1)SabrinaThe Final TableTrevor Noah: Son of PatriciaNov. 21The TribeNov. 22Mystery Science Theater 3000: The GauntletThe Christmas ChroniclesNov. 23Fugitiva (Season 1)Sick Note (Season 1 and 2)Sing StreetTo Build or Not to Build (Season 2)Nov. 24Forever My GirlHostilesNov. 25Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love StoryNov. 26Bad SantaNov. 27Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave AttelOperation Red SeaNov. 28Bleed for ThisNov. 29PassengersSoltera codiciadaNov. 301983 (Season 1)A Christmas Prince: The Royal WeddingBaby (Season 1)Death by Magic (Season 1)F is for Family (Season 3)Happy as LazzaroNicky Jam: El Ganador (Season 1)Rajma ChawalSpy Kids: Mission Critical (Season 2)The World Is YoursTiempo compartidoCRAVETVNov. 2Bonacini’s Italy (Season 1)Homegrown ComicsKid vs. Kat (Season 2)The Librarians (Season 4)Nov. 4Our Cartoon President: Election SpecialNov. 9Peppa Pig (Season 1)Rolling Stone: Stories from the EdgeRumble: Indians Who Rocked the WorldStar Trek: Short Treks – CalypsoNov. 16Clang’s Invasion (Season 1)Crashing (Season 1)Storm Hawks (Seasons 1 and 2)War Dog: A Soldier’s Best FriendNov. 18Enemies: The President, Justice and the FBIEscape at DannemoraNov. 23Animal Mechanicals (Season 2)Fireman Sam (Season 6 and 7)Gravity (Season 1)Nov. 30Doodlebops Rockin’ Road Show (Season 1)Krypton (Season 1)Meth StormWorld of Quest (Season 1)AMAZON PRIME VIDEONov. 1McLeod’s DaughtersThe Trial: A Murder in The FamilyThe Surreal Life (Seasons 1 and 2)The Force (Seasons 4 to 7)The Honeymooners Specials: The Valentine SpecialThe Honeymooners Specials: Second HoneymoonNov. 2Homecoming (Season 1)Nov. 5Midsomer Murders (Seasons 1 to 10)Madonna: Sticky & Sweet TourMuse: Live from Rome Olympic StadiumStevie Nicks: Live in ChicagoNov. 6Odds Are…Nov. 9StartUp (Season 3)Patriot (Season 2Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on FootNov. 16Mirzapur (Season 1)The Gymkhana Files (Season 1)Nov. 30Inside Jokes (Season 1)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version of this story had the incorrect launch date for Amazon Prime Video’s “Homecoming.” The show premieres Nov. 2.last_img read more

DEFA wraps up talks with Russias Itera

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has wrapped up talks with Russia’s Itera on the potential interim supply to Cyprus of natural gas, and is now set to deliver a report to the government.DEFA’s board of directors yesterday heard from its negotiating team but, due to an apparent lack of consensus, decided to schedule a further meeting.“The Board examined and decided the procedures to be followed. The next Board of Directors meeting will be scheduled depending on developments,” DEFA said in a brief statement.Once DEFA has made up its mind, it will present its report to the energy minister, who will make a recommendation to the Cabinet.Cyprus is looking to secure intermediate supplies of natural gas until it can bring ashore its own gas from the offshore prospects.The talks with preferred bidder Itera are bound by a confidentiality agreement. DEFA has said only that under the terms of the tender it is not obligated to pick a supplier, and that the key criterion for any decision is a substantial reduction in the cost of electricity production from natural gas compared to current costs using heavy fuel oil.But press reports suggest DEFA and Itera have been edging closer to an agreement, after the Russian company quoted an even lower price.Phileleftheros reports that Itera’s latest offer was for just under €12 per million BTU (mmBtu) for natural gas. That’s a significant drop from their earlier proposal for €15.6 per mmBtu.The trade-off for the lower price is extending the supply period. The tender provided for supplies from September 2015 to September 2018, with an option to renew the contract to late 2020.Late 2020 or early 2021 is as of now the approximate timeline for the operation of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant which will generate electricity from natural gas extracted from offshore hydrocarbon reserves.EAC’s current cost of electricity stands (on average) at 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). According to its latest report, the electricity utility spends some €550m a year on the expensive heavy fuel oil that fires its power plants. The utility has meantime invested hundreds of millions in acquiring turbines that can burn natural gas.A rough calculation indicates that the €12 per mmBTu offered by Itera is considerably lower than the current cost of electricity production. Since one mmBTu corresponds to 293 kWh, the EAC’s current cost of production per mmBtu works out to 293 kWh times 16 cents, which comes to around €47.Itera’s offer – €12 per mmBtU – is approximately four times cheaper than the EAC’s present electricity cost. Alternatively, under Itera’s offer the cost of electricity would be a little over 4 cents per kilowatt-hour.But this is an indicative figure; the end-price charged to consumers would be higher, since the EAC includes a host of other fees on its electric bills on top of the core cost of electricity production.Itera’s proposal envisages the deployment of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), which will cost the company some €150m. To sweeten the deal, it’s understood that the Russians have offered to allow Cyprus use of the FSRUs once the contract expires.In addition, Itera is reportedly offering to build a natural gas pipeline running from Vassilikos to the Dhekelia power plant.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House approves Rep Heise bills as part of juvenile reform package

first_img Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, celebrated the full House approval today of a 20-bill bipartisan package to address the detention of juveniles within state Department of Corrections facilities.“It makes no sense to confine young people under the age of 18 with adult prisoners, even before final adjudication,” said Rep. Heise, chair of the House Committee of Criminal Justice. “This reform package is long overdue for Michigan and is the right thing to do to achieve real justice and reduce recidivism.”Rep. Heise has three bills in the package:House Bill 4957: Prevents a child under 17 from being held with adults or in a detention facility intended to house adults.House Bill 4958: Prevents a child under 17 that is arrested for a felony offense from being housed in a county jail unless physically separate from adult prisoners.House Bill 4959: Prohibits a child under 18 from being confined and transported with adults, nor in a courtroom during a trial involving adult offenders.“We’re in the process of reforming criminal justice in the state of Michigan and this legislation is a key part of it,” said Rep. Heise. “We need to protect our citizens with the most up-to-date laws, and make sure juveniles are not thrown into the same room with hardened career criminals.”The bipartisan package advances to the state Senate for its consideration. Categories: News 28Apr House approves Rep. Heise bills as part of juvenile reform packagelast_img read more

Rep LaFave calls for credit for high school internships

first_img07Nov Rep. LaFave calls for credit for high school internships State Rep. Beau LaFave today spoke in support of his legislation to give high school students course credit for completion of an internship or work study program.“Education does not begin and end in the classroom,” said LaFave during his comments to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. “Many high school students in my district start their career development before they graduate. This is a program that will encourage students across the state to take advantage of opportunities in their own backyard because career exploration and on-the-job training is also part of education.”LaFave, of Iron Mountain, emphasized that current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow the work-based internship in grades 9-12. LaFave’s legislation allows students complete their work study, covering 4 to 10 hours a week, with the local district’s board of education providing oversight to determine if requirements are met for course credit.“Employers across the state are calling for students with real-world abilities and experience,” LaFave said. “This legislation puts students into that environment, learning job-specific and soft skills while exploring a career option.”House Bill 4106 remains under committee consideration. Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more

Legislators applaud governors plans to end privatized prison food service restore jobs

first_img State Reps. Julie Calley, Thomas Albert and John Bizon today praised Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to end privatized food service at Michigan’s state prisons, returning the duties of preparing food to state workers.Ionia County corrections facilities will hire new workers to complete the transition.Today during his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, Snyder announced he plans to invest $13.7 million in the Department of Corrections (DOC) to place prison food responsibilities under state employees. DOC officials announced that it will remove Trinity Services Group this summer and hire 350 state employees to do the work.“The move to privatize food services has proved to be a failure,” said Albert, of Lowell. “I am very supportive of the governor’s decision to place public safety and food quality ahead of cost savings.”Calley, of Portland, said people who worked in the prison kitchens prior to privatization did a remarkable job, and she is pleased to see the duties will revert to local residents.“Privatization caused a number of challenges,” Calley said. “Poor food service adversely affected inmates’ behavior and resulted in additional burdens for our officers to mitigate.  It’s time to make a change.”Bizon, of Battle Creek, said there were savings because of the privatization, but they were countered by the issues caused by turning the duties over to a private company.“We were able to save money, but with all the problems that Aramark and Trinity had with food preparation, maintaining staff levels and failure to meet performance expectations offset any savings,” Bizon said. “Having these responsibilities back in the hands of state workers will be a vast improvement.”Snyder said the $13.7 million investment will be offset by $18.8 million saved when the West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon is shut down because of a declining prisoner population.##### 07Feb Legislators applaud governor’s plans to end privatized prison food service, restore jobs to local residents Categories: Albert News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Calley New Michigan law helps troubled kids address mental health needs

first_img Categories: Calley News Plan establishes juvenile mental health courtsState Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan has been signed into law.Calley, of Portland, said Michigan’s current mental health courts successfully help struggling adults overcome their challenges through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism across the state. Her plan expands the opportunity to young people who run into trouble with the law.“If our local courts have the choice to offer treatment to adults, then our young people deserve the same prospect,” Calley said. “Juvenile mental health courts will give young people the tools and support they need to grow up to lead healthy, successful lives.”Calley said Michigan’s current procedures for mental health courts were established with the adult court system in mind. The juvenile system uses different terms, involves different entities, and expects different results than the adult system.The plan laid out in House Bills 5806-08 uses the well-established adult mental health court system as a framework, with modifications to address the needs of juveniles in Michigan.“These programs will focus on teaching troubled kids and their families to address the root cause of their challenges in a productive manner,” Calley said. “Helping and guiding kids through their troubles will give them brighter futures and reduce the chances of them repeating the same mistakes.”The bills are now Public Acts 590-92 of 2018.### 02Jan Rep. Calley: New Michigan law helps troubled kids address mental health needslast_img read more

In Austin African American Residents Pushed Out

first_imgShare30TweetShareEmail30 SharesThat’ll show ’em. / Payton ChungMay 25, 2016; GristWhile Austin’s tech industry is booming and its real estate prices are climbing, the city’s African American population is shrinking and moving to the suburbs, according to “Those Who Left,” a recent study published by the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin.The study notes that while Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the decline of African-American residents is greater than that of any other fast-growing city.The study drew upon decennial U.S. census results to show Austin’s rapid decline in African-American residents. Notably, Austin grew by 20.4 percent between 2000 and 2010 and was the third-fastest growing city in a list of 10 total cities including Charlotte, Fort Worth, and Portland, among others. But despite city’s huge growth in general population, its African-American population declined by 5.4 percent, from 64,259 African-American residents to 60,760.This theme is common among cities that are experiencing rapid gentrification, but why are Austin’s numbers so high? At one time, Austin was one-quarter African American. Now, the percentage is only 8% and is expected to go as low as 5% in the next decade.“In most cities, you have segregation and gentrification, but they don’t often converge on a single community,” study co-author Eric Tang told the website Fusion. “Austin is unique among large and fast-growing cities in this way.”The neighborhood of East Austin, which was historically African American, has experienced the highest degree flight of black residents. This is made even more disturbing when you consider that this neighborhood was designated predominantly black by an actual city ordinance in 1928. City leaders adopted a plan that set aside an area east of I-35 to keep blacks separate from whites and Hispanics. And it worked; as the city grew, this area had the highest concentration of black residents. But just as those residents were pushed into this neighborhood by segregation, they are being pushed into the suburbs by the rising costs of living in this now-gentrified neighborhood.Fifty-six percent of the African Americans interviewed for the study said affordability was the main reason for leaving the city for the suburbs. The second-biggest reason, cited by 24 percent of respondents, was better schools. The Austin Independent School District is described as one of the most segregated school districts in the country, and according to the City of Austin’s demographer, the 5.4 percent decline in African-American residents between 2000 and 2010 comprised mostly those under the age of 18. The data also suggests that heads of African-American households based their decision to move out partially on the needs of their children—specifically, their educational needs.Though the suburbs where Austin’s black residents have settled may be more affordable and have better schools, they sometimes lack the services and conveniences they had in their city neighborhoods. Based on survey results, respondents who moved to the eastern suburbs lost such amenities as supermarkets, access to quality health care, and parks and nature trails, while respondents who moved to the northern suburbs reported improvements in these areas. It is noted that residents with diminished access to these institutions and amenities are more likely to experience poorer health outcomes, pointing to yet another dimension of the suburbanization of poverty—the concentration of disease and higher rates of mortality in the suburbs. The study cites statistics from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department that point this out: As poverty grows in the eastern region, so too does the rate of those who have been diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.So, could the declining population in the city and the corresponding lack of resources many African Americans face when moving to the suburbs be considered institutional racism? An alarming number of the survey respondents who moved out of the city believe so. Sixteen percent of survey respondents cited institutional racism as their reason for moving into the suburbs. On average, 43 percent of survey respondents claimed that they had a negative past relationship with the Austin police. This negative rating dropped to 35 percent when they examined their relationship to police in their current cities. One respondent told the study authors, “Austin has never been openly friendly to African Americans or allowed them to develop a significant economic enclave. Austin has an antagonistic atmosphere to African Americans. For example, the Texas Relays. Austin is unwelcoming. It’s a blatant slap in the face.”Eric Tang, the study’s co-author, explained to Fusion that The Texas Relays are an annual athletic competition that brings out a predominantly black crowd. He went on to tell the media outlet that the event also brings out a heavy police presence, which some in the black community interpret as a suggestion that they are more likely to commit crimes. Businesses along Sixth Street, the main downtown drag where the events take place, shut down instead of staying open—a further signal, Tang stated, that says to some black people that they are not welcome.So what steps is Austin taking to keep their African American population, which has been such a rich part of the city’s history for so long? Tang advised Fusion that Austin’s mayor and city council are aware of the problem and have pledged to allocate funds for more affordable housing, but that such initiatives remain in very early stages. Businesses and residents have taken their own steps as well, creating the hashtag #IamBlackAustin. Launched by members of the Black Chamber of Commerce, the campaign includes a website that promotes community events and promotional videos and photos featuring African Americans working and playing in the city.Chamber of Commerce CEO Natalie Madeira Cofield told CNN, “We decided to use technology and creativity to rebrand, reposition and create a new narrative for what it means to be black in the city of Austin. We hope the campaign will give members of the black community a place to see a reflection of themselves.”Mobile app developer and Austin resident Sterling Smith conveyed to CNN, “I wanted to be a part of the I Am Black Austin campaign because I wanted to give back.” Since relocating Keystoke, his mobile app development company, to Austin from Washington two years ago, Smith’s experience has been positive. He went on to tell CNN that the city is indeed diverse, but that he is often the only African-American in the room when he meets with local tech professionals; he hopes to see that change: “I would like to see more promoting of African Americans and other minorities in the technology space. It’s always more comforting to see other people at the table.”Unless more concentrated efforts like these are undertaken, the tables in Austin will continue to set fewer places for African Americans.—Alexis BuchananShare30TweetShareEmail30 Shareslast_img read more