Shun single use plastic PM

first_imgMathura (UP): Asking people to shun single use plastic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the wanton use of plastic posed a hazard to the environment and had led to livestock and fish being killed.Modi was addressing a gathering here after joining women in segregating plastic from waste at a ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme. The prime minister sat on the floor with women who pick plastic from garbage and helped them sift through the waste, driving home a powerful message in his mission to end single use plastic. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Modi, who is on a day’s visit to this Uttar Pradesh town, also launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating foot and mouth disease (FMD) and brucellosis in livestock. With 100 per cent funding from the Central government till 2024, the Rs 12,652 crore NADCP programme aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, against FMD. The programme has targeted vaccinating 36 million female bovine calves annually in its fight against brucellosis disease, a bacterial infection transmitted from animals to humans. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe programme has two components — controlling the diseases by 2025 and eradication by 2030. During his visit, Modi interacted with farmers and also launched the National Artificial Insemination Programme. As part of the “Swachhta Hi Seva” programme, the prime minister met 25 garbage workers. The women wore masks and a glove and responded to Modi’s questions on garbage generated from households and the amount of plastic in them. The women were honoured for their work. Addressing the COP (Conference of Parties) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at Greater Noida two days ago, the prime minister spoke of India’s resolve to end single use plastic and urged other nations to embrace the cause as well. “My government has announced that India would put an end to single use plastics in the coming years. We are committed to the development of environment-friendly substitutes and also an efficient plastic collection and disposal method,” Modi said. The government has pledged to eliminate single use plastic by 2022. As part of the effort, the government is likely to put out descriptors of what constitutes single use plastic.last_img read more

Names of Humboldt Broncos crash victims remembered in scholarships arenas

first_imgDozens of bursaries and scholarships have been created in the names of 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash one year ago. In addition, they have had their names attached to arenas, dressing rooms and even a snowmobile warmup shack.Here are some of the ways they are being recognized:Tyler Bieber, 29, the team’s play-by-play announcer from Humboldt, has a scholarship in his name at the local high school.The Western Broadcasting College in Saskatoon has created the Tyler Bieber Memorial Scholarship for students who show the same sheer determination and raw talent he displayed.The Football Reporters of Canada have created the Tyler Bieber & Brody Hinz Memorial Award for Humboldt Collegiate’s best prepared athlete.Hinz, 18, was the team’s statistician.—Logan Boulet, 21, a defenceman from Lethbridge, Alta., spurred a national movement for organ donation that has come to be known as the Logan Boulet Effect.Boulet’s death also led to the Logan Boulet Fund with KidSport of the Lethbridge/Taber branch; the Friends of Logan Boulet Golf Tournament on June 22, with proceeds going to: KidSport, the Saskatchewan and Southern Alberta Kidney Foundation for organ transplant research, the Humboldt Special Olympics adult floor hockey team and the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Midget AAA Dressing Room Project.There will be a Lethbridge Midget U15 AAA Memorial Hockey Tournament. The Midget AA Hockey Hounds annual scholarship has been renamed the Logan Boulet Scholarship. Lethbridge Minor Hockey has also created a hockey wall of honour, which includes Logan Boulet, at the Nicholas Sheran Arena.Green Shirt Day, a nationwide initiative creating awareness for organ donation registration, will be held every April 7.The Angels Legacy Project Humanitarian of the Year Award in Saskatchewan has been renamed the Logan Boulet Humanitarian of the Year.The family is creating a charitable foundation named the Logan Boulet Foundation, which should be running by the summer.Most recently, the City of Lethbridge voted to rename Adams Park Ice Centre as the Logan Boulet Arena.—Dayna Brons, 24, was the team’s athletic therapist from Lake Lenore, Sask.The Dayna Brons Memorial Dressing Room at the John Doherty Memorial Arena in Lake Lenore, Sask., gives girls who play hockey their own space. It’s decorated with motivational words that describe Brons: strength, determination, passion and respect.The Canadian Athletic Therapy Association has created the Dayna Brons Memorial Fund to provide new therapists with professional development opportunities.Bursaries have been created at the University of Regina and Mount Royal University in Calgary and by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Lake Lenore School. At Mount Royal, Brons’s former classmates designed a patch in her memory to raise money for the scholarship.—Adam Herold, 16, a defenceman from Montmartre, Sask., has had the Adam Herold Memorial Foundation created in his honour.The foundation’s leadership development program provides opportunities to Saskatchewan youth to develop and refine their hockey and leadership skills. It will provide top trainers for skill development, physical and mental training, coaching development and ongoing support for hockey programs in rural communities.The program will focus on teaching players about being leaders in their communities and the importance of helping others and giving back.The foundation held three camps during the 2018-19 hockey season for 160 girls and boys in the communities of Balcarres, Gravelbourg and Montmartre.There’s also a AAA Midget scholarship for the best defensive D-man and a Regina Pat Canadians team scholarship.The family is building the Adam Herold memorial player and coaches room for the Pat Canadians and an Adam Herold memorial fitness centre at the Montmartre school.A warmup shack has been built in the area where Adam used to snowmobile and there are discussions about a memorial hole at the local golf course.—Jacob Leicht, 19, a forward from Humboldt, continues to make an impact in his hometown and throughout Saskatchewan.The Northern Lights Movement for Kids, created by his family, is meant to foster peace in the province by building relationships and challenging others to make positive change in their communities. It will use the hashtag #KidStrong.The Leichts are offering four scholarships for $1,100 each in his name for the Humboldt Collegiate Institute, the Humboldt Broncos Midget AA hockey program, St. Mary High School in Prince Albert, Sask., and the Prince Albert Mintos AAA hockey program.They’ve made an $11,000 donation in his memory to Saskatchewan’s Telemiracle, an annual telethon that raises money for medical equipment and expenses.A “buddy bench” and oak tree in his memory have been added to the playground at St. Dominic School in Humboldt, where he attended elementary school.—Logan Schatz, 21, from Allan, Sask., was the captain of the Broncos. The skating rink in his hometown has been renamed the Logan Schatz Memorial Arena.High school scholarships in his memory have been set up in Allan and in Martensville, Sask. Both will be given to students who show respect, leadership and achieve high marks while competing in a high-level sport.An authentic mini hockey rink at the arena in Allan has been built and named Schatzy’s Corner.There have also been several events in his honour: the LS10 Golf Tournament, the Logan Schatz Invitational Championship and the Logan Schatz Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament.—Evan Thomas, 18, a forward from Saskatoon, has had the Evan Thomas Memorial Trust created in his name. It will hold events such as Evan Thomas Memorial Hockey Day on April 13, the Evan Thomas Memorial AAA Bantam Baseball tournament in Saskatoon June 7-9 and the Evan Thomas Memorial Pee Wee AA hockey tournament Sept. 27-29.Proceeds will feed several awards, including the Evan Thomas Memorial Scholarship at the Saskatoon Community Foundation, the Evan Thomas Memorial Sportsperson of the Year Award at the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association, the Evan Thomas Memorial Scholarship at Vanier College in Moose Jaw and the Evan Thomas Award with the Moose Jaw AAA Midget Generals. All of the awards come with scholarships for students and athletes attending post-secondary education.—The St. Albert Humboldt Remembrance Committee has created scholarships in the names of four Broncos who played minor hockey in the city just north of Edmonton.Jaxon Joseph, 20; Logan Hunter, 18; and Conner Lukan, 21; were forwards. Stephen Wack, 21, played defence. The committee created Joseph’s “For the Love of the Game,” Logan Hunter’s “Youth Leadership,” Conner Lukan’s “Tighten Your Skates” and Stephen Wack’s “Confidence to Follow Your Heart” scholarships.Each was established in consultation with the families to preserve memories of the player and to benefit youth in the community.The committee has also paid for a bronze stick sculpture outside the Jarome Iginla Arena, a stick memorial sculpture in the Atkinsdale Arena lobby and four memorial benches on the community’s pathways.In Slave Lake, Alta., Lukan’s hometown, the Conner Lukan Fitness Park has been created for everyone to use.The Logan Hunter Foundation has also been established to send young players to off-season training through Evolve Pro Hockey in Edmonton. A golf tournament is to be held July 17.—Other scholarships and memorials include:— The Mark Cross Memorial Sports Fund at York University in Toronto in honour of the Broncos assistant coach from Strasbourg, Sask. The fund is to provide financial support to local organizations, groups or individuals who exhibit the core values and qualities he embodied: love, integrity, hard work, service and love of sport.— Pasquia golf course in Carrot River, Sask., held the Glen Doerksen Memorial Golf Tournament last July in memory of the Broncos bus driver who lived there.— The Darcy Haugan Memorial North American Coach of the Year. The annual award is named in honour of the Broncos head coach. The town of Peace River, Alta., is also looking for ways to memorialize its former resident.— The Parker Tobin Memorial Fund, a scholarship for goalies, in honour of the netminder from Stony Plain, Alta.— The jersey numbers of all the players who were on the bus have been retired by the Humboldt Broncos. Several teams across the country have also retired the numbers of the players who once played for them.—— Compiled by Colette Derworiz in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

EMMY AWARDS AND THE NOMINEES ARE …

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Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

WASHINGTON — As the government shutdown enters a second month, economists say it could pose a threat to the wider economy.The biggest effect is likely to be the cutback in federal spending. But consumer spending is another important factor.When government employees spend less, stores and restaurants that serve them suffer. So do landlords and lenders that do business with federal workers. Spending and growth will probably rebound once the government reopens, but most of the restaurant meals missed and hotel stays cancelled will never be made up.John Sprinkle is a furloughed federal employee. He and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. But not now. The family is putting off the purchase of a new computer and postponing eating out and attending events.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Nearly three dozen more refugees drown in doomed bid to reach Yemen

The latest deaths add to the mounting toll seen in the region during the annual smuggling operations, which the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeatedly warned are run by unscrupulous individuals known for beating, robbing and drowning the Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing civil conflict or drought for Yemen. The latest incident occurred early on Friday when three smuggling boats approached the Yemeni coast near Bir Ali following a two-day voyage from the Bosaso region of Somalia. “Witnesses and survivors said two of the boats had begun dropping their passengers off near shore when they reportedly came under fire from Yemeni authorities and moved back out to sea,” UNHCR spokesman Rod Redmond told reporters in Geneva. Although no one appeared to have been injured in the shooting, 22 people were later forced into the deeper water, where they drowned. A third boat which approached the coast of Yemen early Friday afternoon forced its passengers overboard far from shore and another 12 people drowned. “Passengers aboard the third boat said they were beaten throughout the voyage from Somalia and that at least two Ethiopian men unable to endure the mistreatment jumped overboard,” Mr. Redmond said. In all, the three boats that arrived Friday carried 365 people, including 234 Ethiopians and 131 Somalis, according to UNHCR. Three more boats carrying 270 Somalis and Ethiopians arrived on Sunday near Bir Ali. All were believed to have reached shore safely. Since the beginning of this year, more than 5,600 people have landed on the Yemeni coast and at least 200 people have died. Many remain missing. 10 April 2007At least 34 people fleeing Somalia across the Gulf of Aden drowned after being forced overboard by their smugglers in deep waters off the coast of Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency said today, citing its own information as well as reports from survivors and Yemeni officials. read more

US orders for longlasting goods rises 21 in July

WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for large manufactured goods rose for the second straight month, but the strength again came from a big increase in the volatile aircraft category. A category that tracks business investment also rose for the second straight month, though last month’s reading was revised down significantly.The Commerce Department said Monday that orders for durable goods — or items meant to last at least three years — rose 2.1%. That follows a 1.8% gain in June, which helped to offset significant declines the in May and April.A category that serves as a proxy for business investment rose 0.4%, but last month’s gain of 1.9% was revised down to 0.9%.Excluding transportation, orders fell 0.4%, its biggest decline since March.Commercial aircraft orders, notoriously volatile, rose 47.8%.Matt Ott, The Associated Press read more

Huge Rolling Stones exhibition offers satisfaction for fans

Huge Rolling Stones exhibition offers satisfaction for fans LONDON – It’s only rock ‘n’ roll — but it isn’t, is it?The music business is about commerce as well as entertainment, and the Rolling Stones are one of its biggest multinational firms.There’s plenty of both art and business in “Exhibitionism,” a vast exhibition that covers 20,000 square feet (1,850 square meters) of London’s Saatchi Gallery with five decades of Stones history.The more than 500 artifacts, borrowed from the band’s archive and private collectors, include musical instruments, lyrics, sketches, film clips, outfits, posters, album artwork and stage designs. There is even a fake donkey. From entertaining to excess, the Stones rarely do things on a small scale.“In the end, we had over 25,000 things to choose from,” said Australian rock promoter Tony Cochrane, the show’s executive producer.“I knew the Rolling Stones had a warehouse where they had kept a lot of their personal artifacts, memorabilia, famous instruments and the like,” he said Monday, a day before the show’s public opening. “But no one could have known how enriched the collection was.”The result is a treasure trove for fans, who can ogle everything from a marabou-feather cape Mick Jagger wore to sing “Sympathy for the Devil” to a Maton guitar owned by Keith Richards whose neck fell off during the recording of “Gimme Shelter” (the song ends with a barely audible clunk).Even casual fans will likely be impressed by the exhibition’s attention to detail. It opens with a life-size recreation of an apartment the band members shared in 1962-63 in Chelsea, a then-raffish, now-affluent London neighbourhood.“It was a hovel,” Richards says on a recording, and the recreation captures the peeling wallpaper, mould-stained walls and unmade beds, the dirty dishes, empty beer bottles, broken eggshells and overflowing ashtrays. It even smells.Exhibition curator Ileen Gallagher said the band members were “pretty astonished” by the result. “Although Mick said it wasn’t quite that messy.’”Another room features a recreated recording studio, based on Olympic Studios in London, where visitors can watch footage of the band at work and listen to recordings of the Stones and their collaborators talking about the creative process.The exhibition’s strength is the space it gives to the band’s creative partners, from backing vocalists and session players to the artists and designers who helped forge the Stones’ brand image and iconography.A whole room is devoted to John Pasche’s lips-and-tongue Stones logo, inspired by a picture Jagger had seen of the Hindu goddess Kali. Another features the band’s huge-scale set designs, and a third showcases album-cover imagery by artists including 1960s photographer David Bailey and Andy Warhol, who designed the infamous zipper cover for “Sticky Fingers.”“They’ve always managed to work with artists that have cultural significance,” said Gallagher. “That’s very important — and it’s very astute of them.”And, of course, there is fashion. The Stones quickly left behind the matching checked jackets of the early 1960s to forge their own style, and the exhibition shows off many of Jagger’s more outrageous fashion statements, including the white dress he wore at the band’s 1969 Hyde Park concert and a pair of glittery 1970s jumpsuits.Gallagher said the goal was to tell the Stones story “in a way that really brings in the cultural, artistic, historical influences of the band.”After their dose of culture, most visitors will leave through the gift shop, a reminder that this exhibition is a savvy commercial enterprise. Fans can buy everything from coffee mug for 10 pounds ($14) to a Stones-branded table football game for 4,750 pounds ($6,800). There is even a tie-in with upmarket pottery firm Wedgwood, offering delicate tea cups and saucers carrying the exhibition’s less-than-delicate logo: the Stones lips emblazoned across on a bikini-wearing crotch.A sign notes: “Over 250 years of history make Wedgwood a truly iconic English brand.” Much like the Stones themselves.“Exhibitionism” runs to Sept. 4, with an international tour planned to follow the London run.___Online: http://www.saatchigallery.com/current/rolling_stones.phpFollow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 1:07 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Members of the band The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards pose for photographers upon arrival at the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism preview in London, Monday, April 4, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) read more

The AtoZ of Sandringham How the royals spend Christmas Day

Christmas can be festively fraught for most families, but the Windsors have long outdone us all in the seasonal stress stakes.  From squabbles over who will accompany the Queen to church on Christmas Day to irate royal relatives being crammed into cramped servants’ quarters, Sandringham has played host to many of the monarchy’s ups and downs over the years. Now with rumours of a rift between the Cambridges and the Sussexes, newbies like Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank thrown into the mix and the small matter of Meghan’s pregnancy set to dominate proceedings, Christmas with the royals could prove to be quite a cracker this year. Will Doria turn up at the last minute? Will Harry go on… read more

New ISO standard tackles recyclability of earthmoving machines

first_imgOver the years, earthmoving machinery reaching the end of its useful life has significantly contributed to the total volume of waste needing to be treated or disposed of. For this reason, end-of-life recycling has today become a market requirement and an integral phase of a machine’s life cycle. To ensure environmentally sound treatment of a machine and all its components when the time comes, it is essential that eventual recovery issues are already taken into account during the design phase, along with safety, emissions, fuel consumption and other design considerations.The publication ISO 16714:2008, Earthmoving machinery – Recyclability and recoverability – Terminology and calculation method, aims to provide manufacturers with a much needed and internationally agreed tool to evaluate the ability and potential of new machines to be recovered and/or recycled.The standard is applicable to machinery designed to perform excavation, loading, transportation, drilling, spreading, compacting or trenching of earth, rock and other materials, as defined in ISO 6165:2006, Earthmoving machinery – Basic types – Identification and terms and definitions.The specified method of calculation is based on four main stages reflecting the typical treatment of end-of-life machines. As noted by Nobukazu Kotake, Chair of ISO/TC 127/SC 3, “ISO 16714 will help manufacturers to calculate the reuse and recycling percentage of machines, their components and materials before they are put on the market. Dismantlers and recyclers will also find this standard useful to help identify what parts of a machine are recoverable, with a view to recycling or reusing the materials or components for new applications.”ISO 16714: 2008 was developed by subcommittee SC 3, Machine characteristics, electrical and electronic systems, operation and maintenance, of technical committee ISO/TC127, Earthmoving machinery.The outstanding achievements and international expertise of ISO/TC 127 were publicly recognised in October, when the technical committee was presented with the 2008 edition of the Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award at the 31st ISO General Assembly in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Every year, the award provides recognition for superior performance by one of ISO’s standards development groups.ISO 16714:2008, Earthmoving machinery – Recyclability and recoverability – Terminology and calculation method, is available from ISO national member institutes. It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, price 64 Swiss francs, through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing & Communication department. www.iso.orglast_img read more

Election 2014 UKIP surges in council vote Tweets ethnically diverse thank you

first_imgBRITAIN’S ANTI-EU and anti-immigration UK Independence Party surged in local council elections according to results announced today, at the expense of the three main parties — including Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.UKIP leader Nigel Farage said party would now be “serious players” in European parliament elections, which were held yesterday in the UK alongside the council polls in England and Northern Ireland, and in the May 2015 general election.Despite his party having no seats in his national parliament, Farage has led UKIP from the margins to claim a major place in Britain’s national debate on its place in the European Union.“The UKIP fox is in the Westminster hen house,” Farage said today as the first results came through.The party, which has been criticised in the past for its lack of diversity, also Tweeted this inclusive-looking photo… In results from 61 out of 161 councils in England this morning, UKIP had gained 89 council seats, having previously held just one, while the main opposition Labour party also did well, gaining 102 seats.The Conservatives lost 97 seats, while the Liberal Democrats lost 99.Turnout was a relatively weak 36 percent, according to initial estimates. UKIP is hoping to dramatically increase its tally of nine members of the European parliament when results are announced across the EU on Sunday night. Source: John GilesA defaced UKIP poster in Sheffield [PA]In Northern Ireland, the verification of ballots is expected to be completed by around midday, the BBC reports.The first council seats should be known by this evening.Official results from the European election won’t be announced anywhere until 10pm (Irish time) on Sunday night.The European Commission has banned member states from publishing results until the last polls close in Italy.Exit polls should, however, give a clear indication of how things are going before the first official results are confirmed.Includes reporting from AFP. Read: Pictures: Irish Defence Forces personnel vote in Election 2014 … from MaliRead: Why are schools used as polling places? Thank you to everyone who voted UKIP today pic.twitter.com/FFi9Z24oRj— UKIP (@UKIP) May 22, 2014center_img Source: UKIP/Twitterlast_img read more

Android Now Worlds Most Popular Mobile OS

first_imgIt’s hard to fathom now, but there was a time when Google’s open mobile operating system seemed destined to fail. Android was really slow out of the gate. Few users and fewer handset manufacturers were adopting it, and after several months, the OS seemed dead in the water.Now look at where we are. Mobile analyst group Canalys is reporting today that, in the fourth quarter of last year, Android became the top smartphone platform. Shipments for the OS hit 32.9 million in the quarter, beating out 31.0 million worldwide shipments for the Symbian platform. Apple and RIM were in a distant third and fourth, respectively, at 16.2 and 14.6 million shipments repectively. Microsoft, meanwhile, rounded out the top five at 3.1 million handsets shipped globally.Despite Symbian’s slipping marketshare, Nokia is still the top smartphone vendor, with 28 percent of the total market.last_img read more

GOP may keep some Obama tax hikes to save health care bill

first_imgWASHINGTON — Top Senate Republicans on Thursday considered keeping President Barack Obama’s tax increase on wealthier people’s investments and using the money to bolster their proposed health care subsidies in a bid to mollify moderate GOP lawmakers and salvage the party’s struggling bill.Also in play was a proposal from conservatives to let insurers offer any plans they’d like, including ones with skimpy benefits and low premiums. To do so, a company would also have to sell policies that abide by the consumer-friendly coverage requirements Obama’s health care overhaul imposes on insurers.Both proposals faced internal GOP opposition and procedural hurdles, and it was unclear whether either idea would survive. But the activity underscored that party leaders were stepping up efforts to craft a new health care bill, two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., postponed a vote on an initial version because conservative and moderate GOP senators were prepared to block it.“Obviously we’d like to get rid of all” Obama’s tax boosts, No. 3 Senate GOP leader John Thune of South Dakota told reporters of possibly retaining the extra 3.8 percent investment tax. “But if it takes something like that to get our members on board to move this process forward, I think we have to consider that.”Conservatives immediately said they opposed the idea, along with the chairmen of Congress’ two tax-writing committees: Senate Finance chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.last_img read more

Sony cancels Dec 25 release of The Interview

first_imgNEW YORK — Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. In a statement Wednesday, Sony said it was cancelling “The Interview” release “in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film.” The studio, which has been shaken by hacker leaks over the past several weeks, said it respected and shared in the exhibitors’ concerns. “We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” read the statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.” Earlier Wednesday, Regal Cinemas, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Theatres — the three top theater chains in North America — announced that they were postponing any showings of “The Interview,” a comedy about a TV host (James Franco) and producer (Seth Rogen) tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jung-un (played by Randall Park). Regal said in a statement that it was delaying “The Interview” “due to wavering support of the film … by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats.”last_img read more

Illegal immigrant with history of child sex abuse arrested during traffic stop

first_imgNEW CANEY, Texas (WSVN) — A Mexican national with a history of sex abuse on children has been arrested in Texas.Authorities announced the arrest of Mejia Ramos on Jan. 30. According to police, Ramos initially gave the fake name of Jose Ramirez when he was pulled over during a traffic stop. However, an onsite fingerprint scan pulled up his true identity.Investigators said Ramos had previously served six years for perjury in Los Angeles, six years for sexual assault of a child and two years for lewd acts with a child under the age of 14. He was served eight years for continuous sexual assault of a child.Detectives said Ramos had been deported in 2013, but he was arrested in 2015 for DWI. According to the Houston Chronicle, he was deported again after his 2015 arrest.“Mejia Ramos is a very dangerous convicted criminal that is in our country illegally,” Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth Hayden said in a Facebook post. “Great job by our deputy that located him and is once again bringing him to justice.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mag Now Available for Magazine Publishers

first_imgBonnier has also launched a News+ technology for getting newspaper content tablet-ready. Popular Science had developed an app for the magazine in-house two months after Apple had made the announcement about the iPad launch. Built around an XML-based format called MIB (the Mag + Issue Bundle), the system troubleshoots the major issues when converting print into digital format such as text and image preservation. Mike Haney told FOLIO: in April 2010, “…it’s not simply a one-off app but a platform that we can and will roll out to Bonnier’s other titles in the U.S. and Europe, and license to other publishers as well.” Looks like they’re making good on their word. Bonnier Publishing is taking their Mag+ system to another level. Bonnier, who publishes Popular Science and Field + Stream magazines, among others, built their Mag+ project in partnership with London design firm BERG in 2009. This technology which creates digital versions of print magazines was made specifically for tablet readers, and was ready for use when Apple launched the iPad in April 2010. Sweden-based Bonnier will now offer this technology for other magazines to use, according to paidContent The new business is called Moving Media and is available now. The offical announcement is planned for April 4th. Key players have already been tapped to run Moving Media: Staffan Ekholm, previously with CMS firm Roxen, will act as CEO; Frederik Stromberg will be head of content and Mike Haney, formerly executive editor of Popular Science, has been tapped as U.S. director. last_img read more

Nas Latest Kanye WestProduced Album Nasir Is Here

first_imgThe GRAMMY-nominated rapper’s 11th studio album features Kanye West, The-Dream and 070 ShakeRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 15, 2018 – 2:36 pm Rapper Nas has been musically quiet since his 10th studio album, 2012’s Life Is Good. He broke his silence on June 15, however, with the release of his latest solo album, Nasir.Nasir is the result of album producer Kanye West’s recent production stint in Wyoming. Like the other albums that have come out of those sessions, Nas gifts us with exactly seven new tracks, including “Not For The Radio” with 070 Shake, “Cops” featuring West, “Everything” with West and The-Dream, and “Simple Things.”Nas unveiled his latest rap masterpiece at a listening party in Queens, N.Y., that streamed live on YouTube thanks to host Mass Appeal. A star-studded crowd turned out for the event, with Pusha-T, Mobb Deep’s Havoc, West, Jadakiss, Kim Kardashian West, Swizz Beatz, and Chris Rock all making appearances.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Listen: Nas’ Latest Album ‘Nasir’ nas-latest-kanye-west-produced-album-nasir-here Twitter Facebook News Email Nas’ Latest Kanye West-Produced Album ‘Nasir’ Is Here last_img read more

House Ethics panel Young Misused Campaign Funds Accepted Improper Gifts

first_imgU.S. House Ethics Committee today issued a letter of reproval to Alaska Congressman Don Young for accepting gifts and expenses related to  multiple hunting trips in violation of the House Gift Rule. The panel says he should repay $28,000 to gift-givers and $31,000 to his re-election campaign. The committee found he accepted 15 such trips between 2001 and 2013.  For seven of those trips, only some of the expenses, such as air travel provided by friends, were deemed improper. But all expenses for eight of the trips were found to be gifts in violation of the rule or improper use of campaign funds for personal use. The committee also noted that Young listed none of the gifts or trips on the personal financial disclosure documents members of Congress are required to file each year.The action originated with a wide-ranging Department of Justice investigation that began years ago. In August 2010, the Justice Department told Young it would not bring any charges against him. But that same month, DOJ sent information about his gifts and hunting trips to the Ethics Committee. The trips the Justice Department identified were trips taken by Young, his family members and staff to hunting lodges and all occurred between 2003 and 2007. Investigators for the committee found improperly funded trips dating back to 2001 and as recently as last year.The Ethics Subcommittee that investigated Young did not conclude Young corruptly or purposefully accepted the gifts, nor that he made false statements to federal officials. The Committee did not recommend the harsher penalty of censure by the full House of Representatives.Young’s spokesman said the congressman would not talk about the report today. He issued the following statement:I accept the House Committee on Ethics’ report and regret the oversights it has identified.  There were a number of instances where I failed to exercise due care in complying with the House’s Code of Conduct and for that I apologize.  As the Committee indicates in its report, I never “made any knowingly false statements to government officials” nor did I act “corruptly or in bad faith.”I have made each of the payments recommended by the Committee and have taken significant steps since 2007 to strengthen my office’s polices for compliance with the Code of Conduct to ensure that these types of oversights do not happen again.  It is through these actions that I show my colleagues and Alaskans that I fully respect the House Rules and will continue to comply with them now and in the future.I am pleased that today’s decision represents the conclusion of an extended inquiry by both the Department of Justice and the House Committee on Ethics and I will continue to faithfully serve the people of Alaska.last_img read more

6 killed in alleged gunfights in 5 districts

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo alleged drug traders and four suspected robbers were killed in separate incidents of what the law enforcement call gunfight in five districts early Tuesday, according to UNB.According to the accounts of the law enforcers, the standard story line of three separate events is: the gunfights ensued after the deceased and their cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers and the latter retaliated in their self defence when the law enforcers were conducting drives.In case of two other incidents, the law enforcement claimed that the alleged gunfights took place between two groups of robbers.The law enforcement’s versions of the events, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witness or from the victim’s family.With the latest killing, about 150 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while some 40 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.In Jashore, as UNB reports, two suspected robbers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two groups of robbers on Pulerhat-Rajganj road in Gangulia Jamtola area of Monirampur upazila in the morning.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Hearing gunshots, sub-inspector Ainuddin, in-charge of Khedapara police camp, went to the spot and found two bodies, said Mokarram Hossain, officer-in-charge of Monirampur police station.Later, the bodies were recovered around 6:00am and sent those to local hospital morgue for autopsy.Police also recovered four sharp weapons used for robbery from the spot, he added.The OC claimed the robbers were killed in a gunfight between two groups of robbers.In Chapainawabganj, a suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Mohammadpur area of Shibganj upazila around 1:30 am.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.When a patrol team of RAB reached in the area, a gang of robbers opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, according to a RAB press release.In Narail, another suspected robber was killed in the reported gunfight with Police in Kochubaria area of Lohagara upazila around 3:00am.Police also recovered a one shooter gun, two round bullets and two sharp weapons from the spot, said Prabir Kumar Biswas, officer-in-charge of Lohagara police station.In Natore, Ahadul Islam, a suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with RAB members in Bijaypur area of Lalpur upazila early Tuesday.When a patrol team of RAB reached in the area, a gang of drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate that triggered the gunfight, said Major Shibli Mostafa, commander of RAB-5.At one stage, Ahadul received bullet and injured critically.Later, he was taken to Lalpur Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctors declared him dead.Ahadul was wanted in several drug-related cases, said the RAB official.The elite force team also recovered arms, bullet and drugs from the spot.In Narayanganj, Alamgir, 38, another alleged drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with RAB in Phirojpur area of Sonargaon upazila around 6:00am.The elite force members also recovered a foreign made pistol, two round bullets and 1520 pieces of yaba pills from the spot, said ASP Bellal Hossain of RAB-11.Two RAB members were also injured, he added.last_img read more

Fetal Burial Case and Breakthrough Prize Winner Fridays Show January 6 2017

first_imgJudge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas announced this week he is again delaying his ruling on a new Texas Department of State Health Services edict requiring health care providers to cremate or bury fetal remains.The state argues the rule is in the interest of women’s health and safety. Plaintiffs allege it was a reaction to the Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt (the court battle over Texas’ most recent set of abortion restrictions).On this edition of Houston Matters, we get the latest from Andrea Zelinsky, Austin bureau reporter for the Houston Chronicle.Also this hour…Breakthrough Prize Winner Huda ZoghbiDr. Huda  Zoghbi, professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, has had a roller-coaster life. While in medical school in Beirut, civil war forced her to the U.S. Once arriving here, she received her medical degree as a pediatric neurologist from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Zoghbi has made a noticeable impact studying the genes behind neurological disorders such as Rett Syndrome and spinocerebellar ataxia, which has led to other discoveries. In December 2016, Dr. Zoghbi was awarded The Breakthrough Foundation Prize. It’s awarded to researchers who have made discoveries that extend human life. Paige Phelps sat down with her to discuss her life’s work.The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of This Week’s NewsA lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss the latest moves toward renaming Dowling Street as Emancipation Avenue, students returning from winter break to a vandalized school filled with offensive graffiti, the Houston murder rate holding steady, and a website calling Bush Intercontinental Airport  a top airport for Millennials. This week’s panel includes Houston Chronicle writer Kyrie O’Connor; Russ Capper, CEO of HighDrive.TV, and Wayne Ashley, The Texas Leftist.Indie Rock Group Islands PerformsThe Los Angeles-based Indie rock group Islands has been known for quirky music that veers from experimental psychedelia to melancholy rock ballads to hook-laden electronic pop. They recently performed a few songs in Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio. We take a listen.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

Twitter Sets Pact With Overwatch League for Highlights Weekly Show

first_img Popular on Variety Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League and Twitter entered into a new deal to stream highlights and live content on the social platform, a pact that runs through the end of 2019.Under the pact, Twitter will launch “Watchpoint,” a weekly preview show covering upcoming Overwatch League matches, starting with the 2019 season. In addition, Twitter will distribute “near real-time” highlight clips from every match of the Overwatch League regular season, playoffs, Grand Finals, and All-Star Weekend. The content will be streamed on Twitter via @overwatchleague.It’s not Twitter’s first foray into the esports arena: The social network has signed previous deals with partners including Activision’s Call of Duty World League and ESL for coverage of the ESL Intel Extreme Masters series.The new Blizzard/Twitter partnership kicks off with the Overwatch League All-Star Weekend, which runs this coming weekend (Aug. 25–26) at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. “From the inception of the Overwatch League, the community on Twitter has always been one of our most passionate and engaged,” Daniel Cherry, chief marketing officer for Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, said in a statement.Since its launch in January 2018, Overwatch League (aka OWL) has become one of the most tweeted-about esports leagues on Twitter, “and this partnership will bolster that conversation,” said Rishi Chadha, head of gaming partnerships at Twitter.The Overwatch League is the first pro esports league to adopt a city-based franchising model, with an initial field of 12 teams across Asia, North America and Europe. The inaugural OWL finals were held in July at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, with the title taken by the London Spitfire (which took home the $1 million top) and second-place Philadelphia Fusion earning $400,000.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more