Police search for owner of Stanley Cup ring after car thefts in

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first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – A valuable piece of sports memorabilia has been recovered by RCMP in Nanaimo, B.C., after a group of men accused of breaking into vehicles was arrested.Const. Gary O’Brien says a Stanley Cup ring from the 1930s engraved with the name of one of the original teams playing in the National Hockey League was among the items found by police.The RCMP is withholding the team name.O’Brien says the lawful owner of the ring should be able to identify the team when contacting police to retrieve it.Seven different teams won the Stanley Cup between 1930 and 1939, including repeat victories for the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.The ring was among a range of items seized by police including perfume and cellphones on Friday as they arrested three men.last_img

Kevin Bacon CoChairs Woodcraft Rangers 90th Anniversary Dinner

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first_imgWoodcraft Rangers, the leader in after-school programs for Los Angeles at-risk youth, proudly celebrates their 90th Anniversary with a dinner, silent auction and entertainment on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles. Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.Actor, producer and director Dennis Haysbert will be an award presenter. One of the awards will be presented to Academy Award nominee for Best Actress for her role in the 2009 movie Precious, Gabourey Sidibe, for being an inspiration to today’s teens. Musical guests included a special performance by Scott Shriner from the hit band Weezer.“I’m really proud to be honored by Woodcraft Rangers,” said Sidibe. “Being able to inspire teens is really important to me. I’m excited to be a part of this great evening. Kids are my jam!”“Woodcraft Rangers gives youth the amazing chance to express themselves through music — this is a priceless gift,” said Shriner. “I’m thrilled to be performing with one of the talented kids who has benefitted from this great program. The 90th Anniversary celebration is a great way for people to get involved and have a blast.”“Woodcraft Rangers is literally shaping the lives of over 6,000 students every day,” said Sedgwick. “This organization provides an outlet for otherwise at-risk youth to follow their passions, everything from technology to music and from dance to the arts.”“We are very excited about our fundraising event this year,” said Woodcraft Rangers CEO Chris Johnson. “We have so much enthusiasm, passion and commitment this year from a lot of people who believe in our mission. All the funds raised at the dinner and auction will go to our Nvision program, which is one the most successful after-school programs in Los Angeles.”Since 1922, Woodcraft Rangers has provided innovative after-school programs to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area. These programs operate on 60 public school campuses and reach over 15,000 students annually by helping children, across all grade levels, mature into healthy, productive adults through positive experiences and age-appropriate challenges. Woodcraft Rangers serves at-risk youth in neighborhoods where access to positive, structured activities is limited and kids are left with little or no adult supervision during non-school hours. Woodcraft Rangers offers a positive alternative to the boredom and negative peer pressures that can lead to juvenile delinquency.The organization promotes self-discovery and supports academic achievement by involving youth in experiences that engage the imagination, stimulate thinking, uncover talents and reveal potential. WR’s signature after-school program is Nvision. Nvision consists of school-based afterschool club for youth designed to promote academic, social, and physical development with activities that include cooking, etiquette, jewelry making, drawing and painting, and computer skills.Within Nvision program is the youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education component that was singled out by Senator Barbara Boxer, the Afterschool Caucus Chair, in a speech on the Senate Floor recently stating, “Woodcraft Rangers exposes middle school students to cutting-edge STEM activities, including robotics. This highly engaging program allows students to configure high-tech robotics, enhancing their STEM skills, unlocking their imaginations, and exposing them to real-world problem- solving situations.”Recognition events, to which parents, faculty, and other youth are invited to celebrate participants’ accomplishments, are held at regularly. These events may include an exhibit, team competition, performance, or awards ceremony. WR also provides field trips to educational, cultural, and recreational venues. For more information on Woodcraft Rangers, click here.The event starts at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes at 501 N. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles. For more details about the event and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

Doctors to go on strike tomorrow against FTA with Singapore

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Singapore firms will also be allowed to bid for Government procurement projects by selected large government entities and state-owned enterprises. (Colombo Gazette) The deal guarantees tariff-free access for Singapore exports to Sri Lanka on 80 per cent of all tariff lines for 15 years. The FTA between Sri Lanka and Singapore was signed in January this year. Singapore already applies a zero tariff rate for 99 per cent of the items listed in the tariff schedule for Sri Lankan exports to Singapore.The deal also covers services, with the two countries committing to allow greater access in each other’s markets for professional, environmental, construction, tourism and travel-related services. Government doctors are to stage a token strike tomorrow against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Singapore.The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said that the strike will commence at 8am tomorrow and will be a one day strike. read more

UN and partners reach 100000 floodaffected people in South Sudan with vital

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“At this difficult time when people across many parts of South Sudan are struggling to cope with flooding, I want to express my appreciation to the humanitarian community and Government for the response efforts so far,” the Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Chris Nikoi, said in a statement issued over the weekend. Mr. Nikoi said the response will continue as new areas are accessed with partners overcoming massive challenges. “Food, household materials, water and sanitation and medical assistance are being transported by any available means,” he stated, noting that 60 per cent of roads have become impassable, with many flooded areas only accessible by air, making humanitarian response expensive. Media reports say that the Government estimates that about 37,000 households were affected by the floods, with Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states reportedly worst hit.“Humanitarians appreciate the Government’s leadership and proactive efforts in responding to the needs of flood-affected people across the country, including the establishment of a flood response fund and task force at national level,” said Mr. Nikoi. “This commitment will help complement efforts to ease the suffering of flood-affected people.” read more

New partnership agreement with Liberia shows clear positive impact of UN peacekeeping

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Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, was speaking after signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UN’s head of Operational Support, (DOS) Atul Khare, acknowledging Liberia’s contribution of a Force Protection Company to MINUSMA. The 105-strong contingent, consists of 105 peacekeepers who have been serving in the key base of Timbuktu, since October 2016.👍Today Liberia formally transitioned to be a troop contributing country to @UNPeacekeeping UN Operational Support Chief 🇺🇳and Ambassador Kemayah 🇱🇷 signed a MoU acknowledging Liberia’s contribution to @UN_MINUSMA THANK YOU Liberia ‼️ @UN @LibMissionUN 🙏 🌍🕊️ pic.twitter.com/c2Tt24poOT— UN Department of Operational Support (@UN_OpSupport) July 23, 2019 For decades, Liberia was a host nation for ‘blue helmets’ rather than a provider of peacekeeping troops, beginning in 1993, including a Peacekeeping Mission that was based in the country between September 2003, and March last year. That month, UN chief António Guterres welcomed the full drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and congratulated its people for turning the page on crisis and conflict. A total of 202 peacekeepers lost their lives, in the aftermath of two devastating civil wars, between 1989 and 2003.Under-Secretary-General Khare said during the signing ceremony on Tuesday that “Liberia’s path to peace demonstrates the clear positive impact of UN peacekeeping as a country that moved from conflict to stability and today is a key partner in assisting other countries in need”.  Tribute paid to fallen Liberian peacekeeperAt the signing, the UN also paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of Liberian peacekeeper Ousmane Ansu Sherif, who lost his life in an attack on a MINUSMA camp in Timbuktu, in May 2017.Ambassador Kemayah, who took up his post last September, said the signing was “immensely significant, as it mutually reinforces the commitment between the Government of Liberia through the Armed Forces of Liberia and the United Nations to the peacekeeping initiatives in MINUSMA.”He further stressed that the MoU would “enhance the capacity of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to adequately provide personnel, equipment and services in support of its Military Mission in Mali; and to be better prepared to contribute more fully to the concerted and collective peacekeeping objectives of MINUSMA.”Liberia contributes 118 uniformed personnel (of which 10.6% are female) who serve in MINUSMA, and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).  Currently, the UN has 321 active MOUs with 80 countries. The Department of Operational Support hosts these agreements on behalf of the Organization.The Department of Operational Support, created on 1 January this year, as part of the UN Secretary-General’s management reform, provides a one stop-shop to all UN Member States providing Uniformed Capabilities to Peacekeeping Operations, mobilizing and sustaining operations, including in some of the world’s most complex, dangerous and volatile environments. read more

Higgins to attend Mandela service as funeral plans confirmed

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first_imgUpdated at 7.53pmTHE SOUTH AFRICAN President Jacob Zuma has confirmed Nelson Mandela will be afforded a state funeral to take place Sunday week, 15 December.Mandela is to lie in state at the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, between next Wednesday and Friday, he added. The political icon is to be laid to rest in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.South Africa has declared a period of mourning all next week, beginning on Sunday with a “national day of prayer and reflection”.Áras an Uachtarain has confirmed tonight that President Michael D Higgins will fly out for the State Memorial Service, to be be held in Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Tuesday.The White House also confirmed US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will travel to South Africa in the coming days to pay their respects.Press Secretary Jay Carney said they would “participate in memorial events” for the iconic leader, who died yesterday at the age of 95.Political leaders, royalty and famous figures from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment are expected to travel to South Africa in the coming days ahead of what’s likely to be one of the most important funerals of recent decades.Jimmy Burns from Sandyford signs the book of condolence for former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela at the Mansion House [Photocall Ireland]There was a steady stream of people turning out at the Mansion House in Dublin today, where Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn opened a book of condolence to mark Mandela’s passing.The book will be open again tomorrow and on Sunday, between 10am and 5pm. It will then be moved and opened at the South African Ambassador’s Residence at Shrewsbury Road, Ballsbridge.Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin will also open a book of condolence tomorrow. The Cathedral is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 10.30am and 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Sunday.A book of condolence has also been opened at City Hall in Cork. In Limerick, books are open at County Hall in Dooradoyle and at City Hall on Merchant’s Quay.International reactionThe news of Mandela’s death was featured on all the front pages around the world, while messages of tribute flooded in from international statesmen such as Obama, David Cameron, and President Michael D Higgins.From Beijing to Kiev to London, members of the public offered spontaneous celebrations of Mandela’s life to sit alongside official displays of mourning.A statue of Mandela outside the British parliament was the focus for one of the biggest tributes, while mourners left floral offerings at South African embassies around the globe in a sign of his far-reaching influence.People also left South Africa scarves, candles and portraits at the foot of the huge bronze statue. One woman taped a picture of Mandela to the stone plinth next to where his name is carved.One card read: “Thank you for the sacrifices you made for all of us”, while another said: “May God shine light on your homecoming in heaven. Rest in Peace Mr Mandela.”London Mayor Boris Johnson declared that the square was “now a garden of remembrance for those wanting to leave floral tributes.”Hundreds of people lined up to pay tributes at South Africa House, the country’s embassy in London, which sits on the corner of the famed Trafalgar Square.Half mastMany countries, such as Government Buildings in Dublin, ordered their flags to be flown at half mast, as did the European Union in Brussels.Flags are flown at half mast at Leinster House today [Niall Carson/PA Images]In Ukraine, where protesters angered by the government’s decision to reject a historic deal with the EU have taken over the main square in Kiev, one demonstrator hailed Mandela’s influence.“For Ukraine he is a symbol of democracy and equality between all nations and races. He was a major figure, we respect him,” said Viktor, 58.In the Chinese capital Beijing, people left huge wreaths of flowers outside the South African embassy. College students also left bunches of yellow flowers by a photo of Mandelaset up in Hengyang, central Hunan province.In Paris, an enormous portrait of Mandela was displayed on the facade of the Quai d’Orsay, the palatial 19th-century building that houses the French foreign ministry on the banks of the River Seine.Floral tributes were also left in front of South African embassies in Brussels and the Australian capital Canberra.Additional reporting Daragh Brophy and – © AFP, 2013Originally posted 2.25pmMore on the death of Nelson Mandela:“He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves”: The world reacts to Mandela’s deathNelson Mandela: Prisoner, president and father of ‘Rainbow Nation’President Higgins: ‘A tower of inspiration for all those struggling for justice’In pictures: Mandela’s Irish visitsNelson Mandela: A life in picturesObama: “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”last_img read more

New online tool explains orthopaedic surgery

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Explaining the intricacies of orthopaedic medical treatment to the elderly, and its benefits, will now be easier thanks to a pioneering computer presentation created in Melbourne. For the past 18 months, surgeons have been working with Greek language teachers and the multimedia company Surgical Multimedia Services to create computer-based Greek language patient education modules for two orthopaedic procedures: total hip replacement and total knee replacement. Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital reviewed the Greek language version and describes the project as a major step forward for helping elderly Greek speakers understand orthopaedic procedures. “There’s a great need within our Greek-speaking community to understand the information that’s conveyed to them during a consultation and people can often only take away a small amount of information,” Dr Pirpiris told Neos Kosmos. “Having access to something on the computer, whether it’s at home, a hospital or at the doctor’s rooms, can help reinforce messages and helps patients understand what will be involved, in order to give their consent.” Dr Pirpiris describes the modules as an significant tool for the future as the aging Greek Australian population grows. “People need to know how orthopaedic surgery will affect them and how to manage their expectations of surgery. “Being a more informed patient can mean he or she can transition through rehabilitation more easily, and hopefully help them become more confident during the treatment process and after.” Alice Freyne, CEO of Surgical Multimedia Services says that the Greek language modules, like the English version, uses animation, voice and text to build a much clearer picture for the patient. “We’ve demystified a lot of the jargon that’s used in health care, and what that does is improve recall and retention about the procedure that is being undertaken.” The program will be available online and are also to be used in hospitals and by GPs and specialists, as part of an integrated process to educate patients and their families on orthopaedic surgical treatment. Ms Freye added that the involvement of the local community had played a major role in developing the Greek language modules. Assisting the project as translators were Victorian medical student Maritsa Papakonstantinou and her mother Androula. The Education unit of the Greek Consulate in Melbourne was also involved in the project. For more information, you can contact Alice Freyne on afreyne@surgicalmultimedia.com or call (03) 9421 5992. For more information visit www.surgicalmultimedia.comlast_img read more

NYCC Monster Hunter World is the Monster Hunter Game Ive Always Wanted

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first_img During NYCC, I got to play Monster Hunter World. The game won me over after Capcom announced it at this year’s E3, so I was very excited to play this demo. I was put in a group with other players who were clearly series veterans. Even though I have next to no Monster Hunter experience, I held my own fairly well. Most importantly, I had a ton of fun tracking down and slaying giant beasts. If an admitted Monster Hunter skeptic such as myself is impressed by this game, I’m sure it’ll open the doors to other new fans.I started the demo at a base camp where I chose my equipment. For this first hunt, I went with a sword and shield. After familiarizing myself with my inventory and the game’s controls, I followed my teammates out of camp to begin the hunt. I tracked the monster by interacting with portions of the environment the beast had visited. A glowing green light led me to where I needed to go.Eventually, we found the monster and began our attack. Things were going great until the beast suddenly ran away. We gave chase and ended up in the creature’s lair. This all felt like a trap. My instincts were proven correct when a giant Anjanath ambushed the party. This new, T-Rex-like monster was a far cry from the sluggish, over-sized iguana we were originally hunting. What began as a leisurely hunt soon became a battle for survival against a truly fearsome foe.The scenario I found myself in speaks to Monster Hunter World’s dynamic nature. Unlike previous games, situations can change dramatically. Players must adapt in order to face whatever obstacles stand in their way. Conversely, players can take advantage of the game’s seemingly random nature. For example, we used hidden vines to momentarily immobilize the Anjanath. The game encourages users to mind their surroundings to discover what they can use to ensure a successful hunt.After dispatching the Anjanath, we had to face off against one of the series’ signature monsters, Rathalos. For those who don’t know, Rathalos is a giant, fire-breathing dragon who uses its spiky tail as a club. Its physical attacks were formidable, but the fact it could stun the group with its cries made it even more dangerous. Needless to say, this monster was not a joke.Rathatlos was difficult to hit since it could fly. For this battle, I had a longsword. While it has great reach, it requires extra time to swing and land a hit. This made hitting our flying quarry tricky. After a while, I had a good rhythm going and was able to land strikes fairly consistently. However, Rathalos soon tired of our shenanigans and flew off to parts unknown. We gave chase (and battled another Anjanath along the way) but our time was up, and the demo came to a somewhat anti-climactic close.While searching for monsters to slay, I made sure to check out the sights. Monster Hunter World’s stylized, detailed graphics make it a stunning looking game. Everything from the environments, characters, weather effects, day/night cycle, and monsters, are all visually impressive. All of this isn’t purely for show either, as the world informs you of places you can use to aid in hunts or hidden locations. It was clear how much work went into designing the game’s world.Due to the subpar presentation and cumbersome control scheme, I could never get into Monster Hunter. Monster Hunter World, on the other hand, is everything I ever wanted to see from the series. Even from the demo I played, the game’s depth was evident. The series has always been a hit in Japan but is barely known in the West. I believe Monster Hunter World has the potential to turn the franchise into a worldwide hit.Expect Monster Hunter World to drop on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung… last_img read more

Ridgefield breaks ground on 58 school campus

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first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Timing was the big theme in Ridgefield on Monday.Ridgefield School District officials, students, city officials and supporters gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the district’s upcoming 5-8 campus, the first new school built in Ridgefield in 40-plus years.A few aggressive decisions early in the process to help speed things up have given the district a target date of August 2018 to finish construction, in time for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The new campus, which will hold a 5-6 school and 7-8 school with shared services, will house about 1,250 students and allow the district to repurpose View Ridge Middle School, bringing students out of the increasingly crowded downtown Ridgefield.To ensure that once the district’s $78 million bond passed — which it did with 68.82 percent of the vote in February — district officials got approval from the school board to go out and do design work for the new campus last year.“Now not only can we hit the ground running, but it saved us some money,” Superintendent Nathan McCann said. “Most of our design work is done, and we were able to lock in some people to do the work.”When factoring in for inflation and waiting to start the work now, McCann estimates the district saved around $2 million going out to bid early. He also said construction could begin as soon as the middle of this month.last_img read more

Lunch and learn with Employee Benefits Summer School 2017

Lunch and learn with Employee Benefits Summer School 2017

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first_imgEmployee Benefits Summer School will return in August to provide insights from leading experts on the key issues facing the employee benefits industry.Experts from Capita Employee Benefits, Embryocare, Legal and General, Simplyhealth, Nest, and Wealth at Work will discuss the latest benefits trends, challenges and opportunities for employers with Employee Benefits editor, Debbie Lovewell-Tuck.Employee Benefits Summer School 2017 will cover topics such as pensions, financial wellness, and supporting physical and mental health in the workplace.The easily digestible video interviews will be rolled out as lunch-and-learn sessions from 7 August, and will also be available to watch on-demand on the Employee Benefits video channel.Stay tuned for Summer School 2017, and sign up to Employee Benefits’ email alerts for the latest insights straight to your inbox.last_img read more

Wilmington Man Injured In Fatal Car Crash In Woburn

Wilmington Man Injured In Fatal Car Crash In Woburn

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first_imgWOBURN, MA — Woburn Police Chief Robert Rufo and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan report that the Woburn Police Department and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Wednesday morning.Just after 10:30 a.m., Woburn Police received a report of a serious crash involving people with injuries on Cambridge Road (Route 3A).Upon arrival, police learned that a 2007 Honda Accord, driven by a 72-year-old man from Nashua, New Hampshire, was traveling southbound on Route 3A. At the same time, a 58-year-old man from Wilmington was traveling north on Route 3A in a Cadillac XTS.A preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the Honda Accord crossed the double yellow lines and collided head-on with the Cadillac. The driver of the Accord was taken via ambulance to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The Wilmington man was transported via ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.Both vehicles sustained significant damage and were towed from the scene.The crash is under investigation by the Woburn Police Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section also responded to the scene to investigate.(NOTE: The above press release is from John Guilfoil Public Relations.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police Ask For The Public’s Help Identifying Vehicle In Fatal Motorcycle Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Participate In Middlesex District Attorney’s Back-to-School Safety EventIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Here is the timeline of ups and downs in Donald Trump Kim

Here is the timeline of ups and downs in Donald Trump Kim

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Seoul: President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea on Sunday, their third high-stakes meeting since they launched negotiations last year to resolve the nuclear crisis. Some key developments in the Trump-Kim diplomacy: March 7, 2018: A special South Korean envoy returns from visiting Pyongyang and says Kim is willing to discuss the future of his nuclear arsenal with Washington. Days later, Trump accepts Kim’s invitation to meet. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us April 21, 2018: North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and is shifting its focus to improving its economy. Trump tweets the move is “big progress!” May 9, 2018: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Pyongyang to prepare for the planned Trump-Kim meeting. North Korea frees three Americans who had been imprisoned. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us June 12, 2018: Trump and Kim meet in Singapore for the first summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Kim vows to work toward achieving complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. January 1, 2019: Kim in his New Year’s Day speech says he hopes to continue his nuclear summitry with Trump, but also that he would seek a “new way” if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure against North Korea. Advertise With Us February 27-28, 2019: Trump and Kim meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second summit. The meeting collapses with reaching any agreement after Trump rejects Kim’s calls for major sanctions relief in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex in a partial denuclearization step. April 13, 2019: Kim says he is open to another meeting with Trump, but sets the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the diplomacy. May 9, 2019: North Korea fires two short-range missiles toward the sea in its second launch in five days, ending a pause in ballistic testing. The launches are seen as measured efforts to dial up pressure on Washington and Seoul without actually causing the negotiations to collapse. June 29, 2019: In a tweet message, Trump invites Kim to shake hands during his planned visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Kim’s vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, calls Trump’s offer “a very interesting suggestion.” June 30, 2019: Trump shakes hands with Kim at a jointly controlled area inside the DMZ and becomes the first US president to cross over into North Korean territory. Kim then walks over the demarcation line into South Korea with Trump. read more

Sushma Swaraj death Divyanka Karanvir Nia and other TV celebs express grief

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first_imgSushma SwarajIANSThe sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs and senior BJP leader, has left the entire nation in a state of shock. The 67-year-old breathed her last on the evening of Tuesday, August 6, after a massive cardiac arrest. Due to her ill health, the politician had opted out of elections this year. Her last tweet, just hours before her death, was about the revocation of Article 370. She had tweeted, “Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.”As per reports, she will be cremated with state honours on Wednesday afternoon in Delhi.While several people including politicians, socialites, Bollywood celebrities have expressed their grief on Sushma Swaraj’s demise, many television celebrities including Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya, Karanvir Bohra, Nia Sharma, Disha Parmar, Kritika Kamra took to social media to share their condolences.Divyanka tweeted, “On one hand – victory, on the other – such a tremendous loss! Two extreme news in a day. India will miss a true leader like you @SushmaSwaraj ji! May you be in peace.”Karanvir wrote, “Shocked to hear that @SushmaSwaraj ji passed away. A woman who worked hard for the betterment of r country,she never made any Indian feel alienated when in trouble in a foreign land.(Like in Russia, if it wasn’t for Sushmaji I wud have been impounded) #RIPSushmaJi #Jaihind” Check out the tweets right below.Take a look at some of the other TV celebs reactions:last_img read more

Sen Sanders and Rep Cummings Call on Justice Department to Investigate Generic

Sen Sanders and Rep Cummings Call on Justice Department to Investigate Generic

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first_imgBy AFRO StaffSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, wrote to Attorney General William Barr to urge him to investigate 20 generic drug manufacturers for allegedly engaging in an unprecedented, multi-billion-dollar price-fixing conspiracy in violation of federal antitrust law. “It is sick and disgraceful that generic pharmaceutical executives, who should be making medicines affordable for the American people, were instead busy coordinating a cover-up scheme to hide the truth about their price-fixing conspiracy when we asked about their skyrocketing prices,” Sanders said. “In my view, their ‘polite f-u’ letters designed to obstruct our investigation were clearly illegal. The Department of Justice must hold these bad actors accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”(Stock Photo)“I am deeply troubled by the allegations that Teva and its peers conspired to inflate the prices of lifesaving generic drugs, and that they obstructed our investigation in the process,” said Cummings. “We cannot stand for this type of harm to the public or this interference with Congress’ oversight responsibilities. We will take all appropriate actions to ensure that generic manufacturers are held accountable for misconduct.”A civil lawsuit filed last month by a coalition of 44 state attorneys general against 20 generic drug manufacturers and more than a dozen executives followed Sanders’ and Cummings’ original 2014 investigation into 14 generic drug companies’ suspicious price increases. The attorneys general alleged that these companies and individuals participated in a massive scheme to defraud the American people, engaging in a coordinated effort to artificially inflate prices for more than 100 generic drugs and destroy evidence of criminal conduct.  “Civil enforcement will not be sufficient to protect consumers,” wrote Sanders and Cummings. “We write to urge the Department of Justice to prioritize criminal enforcement of federal antitrust laws against generic drug manufacturers.” They emphasized that, “vigorous antitrust enforcement is vital to ensuring that millions of Americans can afford the medications they need.”Sanders and Cummings also called on the Department of Justice to open an investigation into whether Teva Pharmaceuticals and its co-conspirators unlawfully obstructed their 2014 investigation.In response to the 2014 investigation, generic drugmakers cited the costs of regulatory compliance, drug shortages, and user fees—explanations that were “at best, grossly misleading, and at worst, intentional lies to Congress,” wrote Sanders and Cummings.The state attorneys general have uncovered evidence that these companies coordinated with each other to obstruct the 2014 investigation. An unredacted copy of the states’ complaint, released to the media, reveals the below email suggesting coordination between Mylan, Teva, and Heritage:“Executives deleted text messages, coordinated their responses, and lied to our offices in order to conceal a massive conspiracy to fix prices for generic drugs, raising them by as much as 1,000 percent,” the Members said in response.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews ISLE OF DOGS 2018

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first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Isle of Dogs good?Yes!What’s it about?Directed by Wes Anderson in the deliberately artificial-looking stop-motion aesthetic previously employed for Fantastic Mr. Fox, the film is set in a kind of alt-universe version of Showa-era Japan where a historically canine-hating political regime has conspired to exile all dogs to an offshore garbage atoll based on trumped-up fears of a disease outbreak. Six months later, the area has become a post-apocalyptic nightmare-zone inhabited by roaming packs of formerly domesticated dogs fighting for survival. One such pack, voiced by Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Owen Wilson, happen upon a 12-year-old boy when he crashes a prop-plane on the island in search of his own dog and join his quest. In the process uncovering a darker conspiracy involving genocide and political corruption that they must thwart at all costs.…and this is a kids’ movie?Yes.Sounds a little dark.It’s a kids’ movie in an extremely Wes Anderson sort of way.Meaning?Deliberately-paced, conversational, given to sudden slap-in-the-face changes in tone, whimsically nostalgic about extremely obscure fragments of popular culture and processed through a filter of desaturated melancholy that feels like it wants to you be exasperated and annoyed by the characters’ petty self-regard until about midpoint. This is when suddenly there’s an abrupt shift in perspective regarding who you might’ve thought your sympathy was with and things get Very Real And Heartfelt.Ah. And all of that MORE so than Fantastic Mr. Fox?Yeah, it’s odd. It really feels like Anderson is trying to challenge himself here, so whereas that film felt more like a “regular” Wes Anderson movie transposed into a talking animal story. This one feels more like the outline of a “regular” animated kids movie (funny talking animals with famous voices on a journey making convoluted escapes from blundering humans) executed in his very specific style. See also: The almost antithetical conceit of applying his signature meticulously-ordered, painstakingly lovely compositions and staging to a world made entirely out of garbage and decay.How are the actors?Excellent. Yes, Anderson goes back to the same stock company again and again, but there’s a reason for it and it works – even if you don’t think of all of these people as voiceover specialists first and foremost. Cranston is the unquestioned standout, you kind of have to see/hear it to grasp why.And you liked it?I did. I think it’s moving, funny, beautiful to look at and probably in the upper tier of his films.I’ve heard there’s a controversy, though?Yes. Yes, there is.What’s up with that?Okay. So, apart from being stop-motion animated and set in sort-of The Future as it might’ve been imagined in mid-1950s Japan. The big stylistic gimmick is that we hear the dogs as speaking to each other American vernacular English but all of the humans speak only Japanese without subtitles – save for an English translator for certain news broadcasts and an American foreign exchange student supporting character voiced by Greta Gerwig. The idea being to place the (target) audience point-of-view and sympathies more squarely with the dogs by making them them more “familiar” to us on an auditory level than the people.And that’s a problem because?Well, it’s a mix of things. So it’s a little complicated. Some critics have pointed out that since, apart from the one hero kid, most of the Japanese characters with speaking roles are the bad guys who want to hurt the dogs. This ends up meaning you’ve got a scenario where all the “good guys” sound like familiar Americans and all the “bad guys” sound like Scary Foreigners. Well, at least from a certain perspective. That, plus the “unsubbed non-English” gimmick has been used in plenty of films for confusion, comedy or just as a plot point, but it’s also got a history of being used to make bad guys “more alien;” so it calls up some not-great memories for a lot of people.Okay, I can see that.There’s also the question any time a filmmaker decides to make a heavily-stylized movie grounded in a culture outside their own of how close to “caricature” is too close; i.e., where’s the line between sincere desire to share an appreciation for Japanese aesthetic and “Whoa! Taiko drums n’ Sumo n’ Noh Theatre, weird – amirite!?”What do you think?I think they’re good questions to think about and it’s positive that we ask them more often – I was glad I wasn’t the only one asking whether (Irish director) Martin McDonough had an overly caricature-informed view of American culture in Three Billboards this past year. In this one… it’s difficult to say because Wes Anderson’s style tends to render EVERYONE into a homunculus of whatever they’re supposed to have been in the first place, but he’s had issues with this kind of thing before (one of the many reasons Darjeeling Limited is his weakest film).In this case, though, my own read is that it’s an extremely sensitive and layered feature and while I see where people are having issues (Gerwig’s character for example) I don’t necessarily see a way around them, and I don’t detect any malice or ill intent. It’s clearly enamored of its twin subjects (the dogs and this particular time-lost moment in Japanese culture/history) and the aforementioned midpoint-turn where all Wes Anderson movies either find or don’t find their sincerity is a real stunner this time. If he does indeed stumble, it’s because he’s attempting vulnerability within a style that probably developed trying to guard against it.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Watch Marquette King punt in a threepointer from way downtown Video

Watch Marquette King punt in a threepointer from way downtown Video

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first_img Advertisement Raiders punter Marquette King is as well known for his celebratory dances and offbeat social media game as he is for his booming punts. But, it was King’s superior punting skill that earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl in Orlando this year.Today, he posted a video to his Twitter account of his precision kicking by draining a punt into a basketball hoop that was attached to the field goal post from 30-yards out.Onions.Surprisingly, he didn’t break out the trademark pony ride dance after connecting on the deep three. What the hell is going on down at the Pro Bowl? Dodgeball? Drones dropping footballs? Now this? It looks more like a massive kid’s birthday party than an NFL event.Raindrop!!! pic.twitter.com/YNJdhKBI6p— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) January 27, 2017center_img Yesterday, King also posted a video where he caught one of his own punts and finished it up with a nasty 360. This video was fake, but well produced.He may become the first player to make an NBA All-Star team based on his Pro Bowl practices. Hey, you never know what will happen with the player vote.Sign me up for the dunk contest @NBA … #KickSquad pic.twitter.com/hQ0brrfuZb— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) January 26, 2017last_img read more

Class of 1996 gets together

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first_imgThe Windsor Secondary School ‘Class of 1996′ reunion took place last night (Saturday) at the Crown Hotel.Old classmates got together to share cherished memories and make new ones as well.Tables were beautifully laid out and a delicious meal was served.After the meal, everyone enjoyed the night by dancing to music that played into the early hours of this morning. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Say Aloha to Insights Gold series

Say Aloha to Insights Gold series

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Lorraine Sharp with the new USA & Canada brochure There’s gold in them there Alaskan hills and, according to Insight Vacations newly launched Gold series itineraries there’s a touch of gold in Hawaii, Mexico, New York, and Atlanta too.As Aussie demand for USA product continues to grow, Insight Vacations has launched their 2012 USA & Canada brochure, introducing Hawaii and a deluxe touring model, Insight Gold.Insight Vacations managing director Lorraine Sharp told e-Travel Blackboard the company has expanded their gold series tours to their North American offerings following the series’ success in Europe.“The new Gold series perfectly complements our existing premium product in North America,” Ms Sharp said.According to Ms Sharp, Australians are seeing their dollar travel further and can thus upgrade accommodation, staying in “centrally or scenically located” hotels.“This year we have raised the bar even higher with a number of enhanced property options including the prestigious Fairmont Royal York in Toronto…the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and The Four Seasons in Whistler.”The new tours for 2012 include: 10-day Hawaiian Dreams, 8-day Mexico’s Great Colonial Cities, 8-day Southern Elegance. If you are a World Rewards member and book and deposit four passengers on any tour in their new USA & Canada brochure, Insight Vacations will give you a $75 Myer voucher. Book and deposit six passengers to get a $150 voucher, and eight passengers or more to receive a $250 voucher.This World Rewards offer is valid on all tours in the new Insight Vacations 2012 USA & Canada brochure which are booked and deposited before 15 July 2011, departing in 2012 only.For more information, visit www.worldrewards.com.aulast_img read more

Luxperience sells out

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first_imgMelissa Smith Space at the second annual Luxperience showcase has sold out, with space sold up 50 percent on last year’s event.Running from 1-4 September this year at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Sydney Harbour, Luxperience organisers said the sharp increase in support was a result of the event’s increased global reach as well as growing interest in experiential travel in the Australasia region.  “We’re at capacity,” Alliances director of sales & partner alliances Lindy Andrews said.“Our emphasis is now on maximizing the business opportunities of the B2B interactions on site.”This year up to 160 exhibitors have registered to showcase at the event and nearly 26,000 buyer-seller meetings are expected to take place.”It’s good to see many more exhibitors joining Luxperience this year, especially those offering offshore products,” Buyer from Spencer Travel in Sydney Melissa Smith said.Increased global reach has attracted high profile partners. For example, Tourism Australia watched the first Luxperience from the sidelines last year.This year it is an official supporter along with Virgin Australia, The Star, City of Sydney, Team Event, Restaurant Associates, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand.Apart from a diverse range of products from Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific, buyers will also meet with suppliers from emerging destinations such as Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Patagonia, Chile and the Philippines. Expedition cruising in Australasia and South America will be a notable addition this year.Source = ETB News: NJ Lindy Andrewslast_img read more

Cyprus and Greece enhance digital cooperation

Cyprus and Greece enhance digital cooperation

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first_imgGreece’s Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Nikos Pappas and Cypriot Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Vassiliki Anastasiadou have decided to enhance digital cooperation.The two ministers and their delegations met in Nicosia on Monday and also discussed the agenda for the next trilateral meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Israel.In statements, both Anastasiadou and Pappas said they had exchanged on matters of common interest.Greek officials presented two important projects underway in Greece which have to do with digital farming and the electronic handling of documents in the public sector.Pappas said officials from the two ministries would speed up procedures decided jointly by the two ministries.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more