The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that it will be honoring Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, to be presented to him by his co-star in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey.The Joel Siegel Award is a special honor given by the BFCA in the name of “Good Morning America” film critic and founding BFCA member Joel Siegel, who lost his long struggle with cancer in June, 2007. The Joel Siegel Award is special to the BFCA, honoring its namesake’s legacy and his belief that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others. It spotlights the leadership role so many great stars undertake to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. Previous recipients include Sean Penn, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle.Forest Whitaker is an exceptional actor. He won an Academy Award and a Critics’ Choice award for his work in “The Last King of Scotland,” and he was acclaimed this past year for his performance as Cecil Gaines in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” But he is also an exceptional humanitarian who has worked to raise awareness about youth and violence. In 2012, he founded the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, dedicated to helping people affected by violence regardless of age, gender, nationality or faith. Its mission is simple: empower individuals by creating a space for them to be heard, and inspire youth, women and men to promote peace everywhere.The rest of the night’s winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the star-studded awards gala will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
LA PAZ, Bolivia — A Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737 suffered a collapsed landing gear when it arrived at an airport in Bolivia, forcing closure of the runway for 10 several hours. Officials say none of the 122 passengers or five crewmembers was hurt.Officials say that they were unable to move the plane, prompting a 10-hour closure that delayed several other flights into and out of the El Alto airport near the Bolivian capital on ThursdayThe plane was arriving on a flight from Cuzco, Peru.The airline said in a statement that the cause of the incident is under investigation.The Associated Press
Rabat – BDP International, a global logistics and transportation corporation, has announced its intention to open its first Morocco office this month. On June 9th, the company issued a press release on its website, www.bdpinternational.com, in which head of North Africa and Turkey locations Fikret Ersoy described the benefits of operating from the kingdom. “Our customers based in Europe and the United States see Morocco as a safe harbor in North Africa with huge potential for additional business growth, and we recognize that opportunity for expansion,” he said.The Casablanca location is expected to provide “chemical/petrochemical, healthcare, energy, retail, oil and gas, and automotive industry customers with a wide array of services including: ocean/air export and import; export/import customs clearance; project logistics; ground transport; and warehousing/distribution,” according to the press release. It will be overseen by Country Manager Abderrahim Msaidi. Ersoy told Logistics Management that BDP has “been interested in Morocco for 3-4 years. Morocco has an important growth potential and also [takes a] logistics hub role in West Africa regions.” He lauded government efforts to increase foreign direct investment and free trade zones, citing “infrastructure, geopolitical position, and education level” as factors inspiring the company’s decision.Yves Letange, BDP’s Managing Director of Europe, North Africa and Turkey, called North Africa “one of the most vital regions for growth in the supply chain world,” and expressed his confidence in expanding to this region. Current BDP locations in North Africa include Tunis, Tripoli, Cairo, and the Canary Islands, among over 240 cities worldwide.Casablanca, Morocco’s largest port and city, is the economic capital of the kingdom. King Mohammad VI has often reinforced his commitment to making this city not just a national hub of trade and commerce, but a regional one as well. As the crossroads between Africa, Europe, and the Arab World, Morocco has historically held a key trade route. As the kingdom continues to develop, its importance to international trade routes is likely to increase.The Philadelphia-based company currently employs over 4200 people and generated over $2 billion in 2014. It also intends to open a Tangier office in September, making Morocco the only North African nation with BDP locations in two cities.
16 October 2009United Nations humanitarian officials today voiced concerns for the health and living conditions of tens of thousands of Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the two countries engage in retaliatory expulsions of each other’s citizens. Between 20,000 and 40,000 Angolans have massed in DRC’s Bas-Congo province near the Lufu and Kuzi border posts, and the concentration of people in such a small area poses health and sanitation concerns, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Earlier this week OCHA deployed an inter-agency mission to Bas-Congo province to assess the conditions for the people expelled, with the concern greatest for Angolans expelled from the Cataractes district of Bas-Congo.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) complained to the Congolese Government about the expulsion of the Angolans and was assured that the forced moves would stop. The Angolan Government has also announced it has temporarily suspended expulsions of Congolese living in its territory.But OCHA said that humanitarian officials in the region are continuing to follow developments closely so they can respond quickly if the expulsions resume.Angola expelled about 2,000 people to the DRC in the first half of the year but the process has accelerated since then, with about 17,000 further expulsions in the past three months, and authorities in the DRC responding with their own expulsions.
by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2017 2:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Despite slumping passenger car sales, for the first time more than one million new vehicles have been sold in Canada by the midway mark of the year.DesRosiers Automotive Reports says overall car and light truck sales increased five per cent, with 1,039,068 vehicles moving off lots from January through June compared to the same time period last year.The market research firm says auto sales in June also set a new record, with 203,486 vehicles sold, 6.5 per cent more than during the same month a year ago.Like in the past, sales of light trucks led the way in June, rising by 10 per cent year-over-year, and easily offsetting a 0.1 per cent decline in passenger car sales. Year-to-date, passenger car sales were down two per cent while light truck sales were up 8.8 per cent.While this is the strongest start on record for Canada, DesRosiers says a different picture has been forming in the U.S. where new vehicle sales have been down for four consecutive months as of June.“Surpassing 2016 as an all-time record setting year may not be a foregone conclusion should Canada start to follow that trend in the latter half of the year,” the firm said in a release.Increasingly strong signals from the Bank of Canada that rock-bottom interest rates are nearing an end may also play a role in slowing down the furious pace of car sales, says Equifax Canada.“Higher rates may actually lead to a short term blip as dealers and buyers look to take advantage of rates now,” said Bill Johnston, the credit bureau’s vice-president of data and analytics.“(But) over coming months, the cumulative rate hikes will begin to slowdown auto sales as manufacturers will find it more difficult to offer the long-term promo rates.”Michael Hatch, chief economist at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, says he doesn’t see a rate bump having a huge impact on prospective buyers.“For one thing, any rate increase in the short term is likely to be very small, in the 25-basis point ballpark,” he said, adding that the delinquency rate on auto loans continues to sit at historically low levels.A TransUnion Canada report for the first quarter of 2017 showed that while average auto lending balances rose 2.75 per cent year-over-year, at the same time, serious delinquency rates remained essentially flat at 1.70 per cent.George Iny, president of the Automobile Protection Association, said he expects car makers to continue to keep interest rates low on new vehicles because it makes long-term car loans of seven to eight years more palatable to the public.“It’s a bad loop if they get into it, if they raise rates, because it will then make the long loan unattractive,” he said. “And then people won’t take the vehicle at all.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. Auto sales hit one-million mark by midway point of year for first time
If you want a sense of what it was that forced the NBA to alter the way it schedules games, take a close look at a one-week stretch in mid-March.On March 11, the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs — separated in the standings by a mere game-and-a-half — each sat out their best players during a nationally televised Saturday game on ABC. A week later, the Cleveland Cavaliers did the exact same thing, sitting LeBron James among others in a marquee, ABC-carried game against the Los Angeles Clippers.1ABC is a part of Disney, the same parent company as FiveThirtyEight/ESPN.Asked whether the league contacted the Cavs about the team’s decision to rest its stars during the contest, David Griffin, Cleveland’s general manager at the time, said an NBA official called him almost immediately. “Seven minutes after it was announced. Yeah, they were not happy,” he said. “I feel bad for the league. I really do. But it is what it is from an injury standpoint.”In response to such concerns — including the fact that NBA teams have begun resting players earlier and earlier in the calendar each season, even when they aren’t in contention — the league made sure to build in a decent number of rest days around its biggest, most-hyped games this season to prevent clubs from using that rationale to sit star players in those contests.Perhaps the clearest shift in this regard: The league did its best to ensure that ABC will not be left showing the Warriors without Steph Curry, Kevin Durant or the Dubs’ other stars. Golden State, the NBA’s most televised team2This is the case again this year. They were the most-televised club last season, too., played five games on ABC last season, with four of those matchups being part of a back-to-back set.3A back-to-back is a stretch in which a team is forced to play games on consecutive days, without any true rest — a scenario that arguably waters down the quality of play, since players are fatigued for the second game. But this year, Golden State is slated to play six games on ABC with none of those being part of a back-to-back.More broadly, league officials were able to reduce each club’s number of back-to-back showings by beginning the season a week earlier than usual. The average team will now play just over 14 back-to-backs over the course of the season, down from 16 last season. And for the first time in league history, no team will be forced to play four games in a five-night span.Over the past few years, the notion of resting players has almost become commonplace, even after the Spurs got hit with a massive $250,000 fine in 2012 for holding out a number of its best players in a high-profile game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. But there is an argument to be made that the league was overstepping its bounds in that case. After all, what if a team runs out of gas in the postseason, largely because it overexerted itself during a regular season in which players were all but forced to play in high-profile, nationally televised games? Aside from the injury risk, it’s also taking a key coaching decision — when and how to push your players, versus when to relax them — out of a coach’s hands.By striking the balance it did Monday night, the league may have found a way to keep players more happy, and fans at home more interested.
The defendant was found hiding below a mattress at a property in Dagenham, east London, when police went to arrest him 10 days after the botched robbery. Jack O’Brien, left, swooped on England player Andy Carroll near Hainault, north-east LondonCredit:Essex News and Pictures/Getty A serial thief has been convicted of attempting to rob Premier League striker Andy Carroll of his £22,000 wristwatch in a drive-by heist.Motorbike-riding Jack O’Brien, 22, swooped on the England player’s Jeep Wrangler near Hainault, north-east London, as he was driving home from West Ham’s training ground last year.Carroll told the trial he believed O’Brien had a gun when he pulled alongside him at a set of traffic lights and demanded the expensive timepiece on November 2. Andy Carroll was left fearing for his life following the ordealCredit:Nigel French/PA Andy Carroll leaving Basildon Crown Court after giving evidenceCredit:East News Press Agency Carroll twice gave evidence during the trial – once in person and a second time via video-link, having been taken from training to Barkingside Magistrates’ Court by police escort.He told the court he had seen the robber for about 10 seconds and later identified O’Brien in a police identity parade.O’Brien claimed he was not the biker in question and, while he had used the motorbike gear for other crimes, he had not on that occasion. His account was rejected by jurors. The 6ft 4in striker told the court he had been “scared” when the motorcycle driver approached his camouflage green vehicle and said: “Nice watch.”He had initially thought the rider, who was wearing a crash helmet with a visor up, was boxer Kevin Mitchell pulling up for a chat.But as he went to drive off, the man said: “Give me your watch.” Carroll told the court he then did a U-turn, but was pursued by two motorbike drivers.In a panicked 999 call played to the jury, Carroll told emergency responders: “There’s two motorbikes, one’s behind me pulling out a gun, I don’t know what to do.”He added that he had “probably just hit about 10 cars” during his getaway. No firearm was found by police and the second driver has not been located. A motorcycle helmet, Ducati jacket and a Suzuki motorbike were all seized, which police believed O’Brien used in the attempt on Mr Carroll. DNA matching the defendant’s was found on the helmet and jacket.It was heard that similar items had been used for a string of burglaries by O’Brien between October and November last year, in which cash and jewellery were taken.O’Brien previously admitted carrying out five other burglaries and three attempted burglaries between October and November 2016. The 28-year-old was then pursued by two suspects on motorbikes as he tried to escape, forcing him onto the wrong side of the road as he drove back to the training ground, which had security staff.Convicted burglar O’Brien, of Romford, east London, was found guilty of attempted robbery by a jury of six men and six women after six hours and 25 minutes of deliberations at Basildon Crown Court.O’Brien, who wore an untucked white shirt with a pink tie, did not display any emotion as the verdict was read out.Judge John Lodge is expected to sentence O’Brien for both his attempt on Carroll and a string of other offences. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Marissa Mayer, un nouveau capitaine à la barre de Yahoo !Exit Scott Thomson et entrée de Marissa Mayer ! Yahoo ! change de directeur général et accueille une ex-dirigeante de Google.Conclusion de l’affaire du faux CV chez Yahoo ! Scott Thomson, qui avait falsifié son CV, a été remercié en mai dernier, puis remplacé, au pied levé, par Ross Levinsohn, prenant le poste de directeur général par intérim. Scott Thomson faisant amende honorable s’était excusé vis à vis de son fait, et avait alors expliqué qu’il s’en remettait à la décision du Conseil d’administration de la société concernant son futur.Hier, ce Conseil d’administration a décidé de nommer Marissa Mayer à ce poste si glissant (cinq directeurs en trois ans !), dans un communiqué signé du président du Conseil, Fred Amoroso : “le conseil d’administration s’est accordée à l’unanimité sur le fait que l’expérience sans précédent de Marissa dans la technologie, le design et la mise en œuvre des produits font d’elle la patronne qu’il faut pour Yahoo!”.Et pour cause, à 37 ans, la nouvelle directrice n’en est pas à sa première expérience du web. Elle a travaillé pendant 13 ans au sein de Google, notamment aux services de cartographie et de géolocalisation, où elle était responsable du moteur de recherches. Un passage remarqué dans la firme : en la rejoignant, en 1999, elle y devient la première femme ingénieure de la société.Une vie en numériqueÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Née le 30 mai 1975 à Wausau (États-Unis), elle dispose d’une licence en systèmes symboliques et d’un doctorat honorifique en ingénierie à l’Illinois Institute of Technology.Diplômée de l’université de Stanford, elle possède également une maîtrise en informatique avec, comme spécialités l’intelligence artificielle et la conception d’interface machine-utilisateur, domaines dans lesquels elle dispose de brevets.Suite à sa nomination, l’action Yahoo ! a bondi de 1,69 % à 15,91 dollars à Wall Street, alors que celle de Google cédait hier 0,33 %.Actuellement en pleine restructuration de son portail, Yahoo ! essaye d’enrichir son panel de services avec de grands noms du multimédia; dans cette optique, il s’est récemment adjoint les prestations de Spotify.Le 17 juillet 2012 à 10:44 • Maxime Lambert
WASHINGTON — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recuperating in Germany after being released from five years of Taliban captivity, is scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on Friday, a defense official said.The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke and to spend an undetermined period there in further recuperation.Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl’s condition and his travel plans out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight after a lengthy period in captivity and amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release.Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since June 1.He was deployed in eastern Afghanistan when he disappeared in June 2009.Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl. Some of Bergdahl’s former Army colleagues have accused him of deserting his post.Republicans and Democrats questioned the wisdom of releasing the five Taliban members, saying they could return to the battlefield. Administration officials have told Congress that four of the five Taliban officials will likely rejoin the fight.
Amaravati: While the White Paper is defined chiefly as a government report or document intended to give information or proposals on an issue to the people, in Andhra Pradesh, they have largely become a handy tool to show political rivals in poor light. This has been proved once again by the vast difference in figures in the two White Papers, both pertaining to the same period, published by the state government in a span of eight months on industrial sector in the state. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us While the first paper was brought out by the TDP government, the second one was unveiled by the YSRCP government on August 21. The then Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu released a White Paper on the industrial sector during his tenure from 2014 to 2019, just before going for the general elections on December 31, 2018. Now, the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government released another White Paper on the same subject, completely contradicting the facts and figures announced by the previous government. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us While the TDP government claimed that they had created lakhs of jobs in industrial sector during the tenure of Chandrababu Naidu, the YSRCP government contended that there were only a few thousand jobs generated in the same period. The Jagan government stated that currently, there are 201 large and mega units which have gone into commercial production in the state. Out of these 201 units, 173 have furnished the realised employment figures. Advertise With Us The percentage of realised employment when compared to the committed employment is only 46. It explained that the committed employment was 1,01,809, but realised employment was only 46,836 employment, which accounts for just 46 per cent. On the other hand, TDP government in its white paper claimed that 810 large and mega projects had gone into production with a committed investment of Rs 1.77 lakh crore and generated 2.51 lakh employment. At that time, Chandrababu Naidu hoped that additional 7.66 lakh employment would be generated once the 1,211 large projects which are under process are grounded. The huge gap between the statistics of employment, number of projects grounded and the investment in the two White Papers is conspicuous. The irony is both papers are prepared by the same department of industries and commerce, but under the different political dispensation. Begging to differ with the White Paper released by the YSRCP government, former minister and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh told The Hans India that the Jagan government itself had said in the Legislative Council in the recently-concluded budget session that the previous government generated more than 2 lakh jobs and the projects which were in the pipeline would also generate more than 7 lakh employment. He further added that as a whole, the government acknowledged in Assembly that projects with nearly 9 lakh employment potential were in various stages. When asked about the differences in the two White Papers, Rajat Bhargav, principal secretary, industries and commerce, said the government released a fresh White Paper because the figures in the previous paper do not reflect the reality. He said that the previous paper contained unfulfilled employment numbers too, which created a confusion. He stated that this fresh white paper is based on the actual employment provided in the newly-established companies from 2014 to 2019.
Share HADY MAWAJDEH / KERA NEWSNational Rifle Association members tour the exhibit hall at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Friday.More than 70,000 people are expected to come through the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center while the National Rifle Association’s convention is in town this week. The NRA bills itself as the largest celebration of the right to bear arms replete with speeches from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. But there’s another big focus of the event: commerce.Inside the sprawling exhibition hall, more than 800 vendors are spread out across more than 15 acres. Firearms take center stage, but there’s so much more — accessories, like scopes and holsters and carrying cases and gun safes. Then there are knife sellers and archery suppliers and outdoor gear makers. You can even buy bright pink, glittery pepper spray.“My dad would buy me the ugly pepper spray when I was in college,” said Andi Atteberry. “My mom and I were like, ‘Dad, this is not cute.’ We’d throw it in the junk drawer, forget about it.”Atteberry launched the pepper spray company Blingsting five years ago. The tagline: super sparkly safety stuff. It’s her first year with a booth at the NRA convention – and she says it’s better than any trade show she’s been to.“This audience is here to spend actual money.”CREDIT HADY MAWAJDEH / KERA NEWSA scene from inside the NRA’s exhibition hall at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday.Last year, 69 percent of NRA convention attendees spent more than a hundred bucks in the exhibition hall. And here’s the thing: You can’t actually buy firearms or ammunition here. Still, all gun and ammo manufacturers big and small are here.David Elrod from Conroe, Texas-based Aguila Ammunition says you’ve got to show up to talk about your products.“The hottest item right now is the mini-shell. It’s only an inch and three quarters long,” he said. “People love it for home defense.”With so much to see, you have to up your game to get attention. Aguila has comfy chairs and phone chargers to draw people in. Other booths blast videos with dramatic soundtracks and high production values. Then there are all the simulators or virtual reality setups for people to play with.At the Taylors and Company booth, old-timey-looking revolvers are on display with ornate decorative engraving and polished wood handles. Ashley Loy’s grandmother founded the company 30 years ago with a focus on historically accurate weapons.“They’re primarily made in Italy. They are available in a lot of finishes these days, a lot of calibers,” she said. “They’re really nice for a lot of different types of shooters: youth, guys, a lot of cowboy action shooters.”Nationwide, gun sales have been slumping lately. Some point to politics: When Barack Obama was president, gun sales spiked as collectors bought up high-power weapons in case they were banned. Now that Trump is in office, those concerns have largely dissipated, so the pressure’s off to buy.For Loy’s family company, though, sales have remained strong.“Obviously, you’ve seen some fluctuation with the times, especially with the more modern firearms – semi-automatics, that kind of thing,” she said. “But our product really stands the test of time, just like it did in history.”CREDIT CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSCasey Lewis shows off the rifle his Virginia-based company, HiCaliber Manufacturing, customized to look like the Transformer Optimus Prime.Carey Lewis owns HiCaliber Manufacturing in Virginia, which will basically customize your gun to make it look cool. One of his display rifles is tricked out with a “Transformers” logo and “Optimus Prime” colors.Lewis waited for four years before he was able to get a booth at the NRA convention last year. He says it’s worth the wait to get face to face with tens of thousands of potential customers. And exhibiting at NRA convention, he says, gives you credibility among gun enthusiasts.“We’re a small business, yes. But I’m not doing this in my mom’s basement,” he said. “We’re legit and we’re here to take care of you and do whatever we can do to make your firearm be your own.”And for that, he says, he’ll come back year after year.
(Phys.org)—Wolfram Alpha, the computational search engine has announced a major upgrade to its Personal Analytics for Facebook. Now instead of a few basic facts about a user’s Facebook page, those who use the engine on their own page can gain new insights into the various ways people are related to them on the social networking site. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More Facebook friends means more stress, says report At this time, Wolfram Alpha offers a standard free version with an option to upgrade to one with more complex analytics. The free version allows users to view data about themselves based on information given on their page, as well as information about those people listed as friends. The upgrade has focused mainly on new ways to look at the ties that bind friends together.To help users gain a deeper perspective on their listed friends, engineers at Wolfram Alpha have come up with unique classifications for them: Insider (friends with mutual friends), Outsider (friends with few mutual friends), Gateway (friends with links to other groups), Neighbor (friends with few friends outside a local network) and Connector (friends that tie groups of friends together). The application displays information about the different classifications using charts and graphs that help to visualize links that may not be obvious when simply looking at a list of friends. Creating a doted landscape on a blank slate color coded by classification for example, highlights islands of friends or associates (work friends, versus social friends, etc.) and reveals those friends that link them together. Another lists each category – with names of associated friends listed in each. Yet another displays a map of the world with dots indicating the locations of friends, with an associated report that highlights information such as which friend is farthest away, how many live in different countries, who lives at the highest elevation, etc.Wolfram Alfa has also added a few new features to the self analysis part of the engine which entails offering more information about how a user uses Facebook. Users can see what time of day they generally post to their wall for example, or perhaps most revealing view a word cloud, which is where words are listed by size and color based on how often they are used when posting.Also announced is a new feature that users can activate if they choose that will begin logging historical information which will mean the collection of data on the fly – such as time spent online, pages visited, etc., for the purpose of creating charts and graphs offering new ways for users to see how they are using Facebook. Citation: Wolfram Alpha expands Facebook analytics (2013, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-wolfram-alpha-facebook-analytics.html More information: blog.wolframalpha.com/2013/01/ … lytics-for-facebook/ Explore further
Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) – Britain’s education secretary says he will investigate how local officials removed three children from their foster family because of concerns about the parents’ political beliefs.The Rotherham borough council sparked criticism Saturday when it was revealed that its social workers removed the children, who are European migrants, because their foster parents are members of the right-wing U.K. Independence Party. The vital role family plays in society Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments Share How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories The party wants Britain to withdraw from the EU and favors immigration curbs. Social workers said they were concerned that the children’s “cultural and ethnic needs” may not be met in the foster family.Education Secretary Michael Gove condemned the decision as arbitrary and indefensible, saying that political beliefs should not stop anyone from fostering children.Rotherham is near Manchester.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk “So they fire at us at the checkpoints. Fine, we’re fighters here,” said a bespectacled rebel militiaman, who adopted the nom de guerre Odessa in honor of his native city. “But there are civilians living near here. They just hurl stuff at them too.”One shell last week fell onto Yelena Ignatova’s roof, but spared her meticulously tended garden plot of tomatoes, peppers and cabbages. Residents like Ignatova pray desperately for peace, but have little faith that diplomacy is the way to achieve it.“What did we need the peace agreement for?” she said. “Just to give the Ukrainian army the chance to reinforce here?”The diplomatic path’s prospects appeared to further dim this month when the latest round of talks between rebels, Russia and Ukraine ended with no visible progress. On Saturday, the talks’ moderator, Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, resigned.The units holding the line in Dokuchayevsk are a varied crew. Some are from nearby towns and cities. The voyage there has been longer for others, like Valery, an ethnic Evenk from the Siberian region of Yakutia in Russia, around 5,500 kilometers (3,300 miles) to the east. Valery, who agreed only to give his first name, said he completed a three-year contract with the Russian army in September and decided to travel to Ukraine after growing bored of civilian life.“My granny told me that men should fight, so I came here,” he said.Dokuchayevsk is only one of multiple potential flashpoints. The worst violence to hit east Ukraine in months broke out Wednesday in Marinka, a satellite suburb of apartment buildings outside Donetsk.Following a well-rehearsed pattern, both sides blamed one another for sparking the fighting. An official account by monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe describes movements of rebel forces in Donetsk on the eve of the battle that suggest the initiative may have been with them.Ukrainian and separatist officials appear to be dissembling about the scale of their losses.Kiev says five of its troops were killed, although soldiers told The Associated Press of a battle so ferocious that they feared none of them would survive. One complained that they had little with which to repel that attack — his unit’s anti-tank rocket launcher was damaged and the portable grenade launcher is of little use against armored vehicles. DOKUCHAYEVSK, Ukraine (AP) — In this front-line town in eastern Ukraine, the cease-fire called more than three months ago seems to be only an insulting guise. Shelling rocks the area so often that dogs have learned to head for the basement at the first blast.Everyone wants the shelling to stop, both the town’s civilians and the rebels who control it. That weariness points paradoxically toward new violence. The vital role family plays in society At his post, Odessa says there is only one conclusion to be drawn.“As soon as we get the order, we will go ahead. We all want to get this over with as soon as possible,” he said. “What are all these negotiations for?”___Evgeniy Maloletka in Marinka, Ukraine, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Rebel leaders are admitting to 16 deaths among combatants, but the rank-and-file privately admit the true number ranges into several dozen.Separatists quietly buried some of their dead Friday and then more of them over the weekend.Nobody appears to have lost or gained ground in the fighting, so the only certain dividend has been a further intensification in the anger and frustration felt by the fighters.In the wake of the events in Marinka, Ukrainian officials had to admit they used heavy weaponry proscribed under the cease-fire agreement in their battle to hold onto the town.Such arms may give their users power but they have proven disastrously imprecise. The trail of destruction created by the Marinka unrest led deep into Donetsk, where part of a market was burned to the ground after being struck by a projectile.OSCE accounts also indicate that rebels haven’t refrained from deploying multiple rocket launchers and several other weapons prohibited from being anywhere near the front.In Dokuchayevsk, rebel fighters say the shelling has worsened in the last two weeks and that the Ukrainian army has taken to using Grad rocket launchers and large-caliber artillery, along with the usual mortars and tanks. Relatively fresh impact craters seen on the grounds of an oil depot in the town Friday were several feet deep — a potential confirmation of that claim. A separatist sniper in eastern Ukraine talks at his position in the town of Dokuchayevsk, Ukraine, on Friday, June 5, 2015. A tense calm is holding in the east of the country in the days after a bloody battle Wednesday between separatist and government forces erupted in a suburb of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Peter Leonard) Comments Share Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The rebels are itching for an end to the pretense and wish their leaders would give the order for a full-out assault.“We’ve asked them for permission, but all they say is: ‘no, no, no,’” said one rebel sniper, who goes by the call-sign Rzhavy.The hollowness of the phony armistice was rudely exposed this week as a ferocious one-day battle erupted on the western edge of the main rebel stronghold, Donetsk. International appeals for calm and restraint duly followed.Instead, the menacing sound of heavy-duty artillery is again being heard along the front.Under the internationally-brokered peace agreement, all firepower with a caliber over 100mm should have been pulled far back from the front line. But international monitors say the heavy weapons may be getting brought back — recent trips to holding points for the big guns found many that had once been there to be gone.At the intersection of a country lane leading out of Dokuchayevsk, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Donetsk, separatist militiaman take turns on guard by an anti-tank rocket propped on concrete blocks.Across the road stands an Orthodox crucifix pocked with bullet holes and the words “save and protect” written on a crossbeam. The roof of a dilapidated warehouse nearby bears signs of a shell strike. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
Source = Marketing Manchester Manchester swept the board at the England’s Northwest Tourism Awards last night – taking home five of the 16 awards up for grabs. Manchester Art Gallery was named Large Visitor Attraction, while the Radisson Edwardian Hotel was awarded Large Hotel of the Year. Manchester Central Convention Complex took home the award for Business Tourism, while Chill Factore was awarded Tourism for All and the Manchester International Festival claimed Tourism Event. Cherry Clough Farmhouse in Saddleworth was also ‘Highly Commended’ in the Bed and Breakfast category.Organised by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the 2010 England’s Northwest Tourism Awards once again celebrated the best of the region’s tourism sector, providing a showcase for industry best-practice and top-quality tourism businesses in Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester, Liverpool City Region and Cheshire.The award ceremony took place at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club.Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, the agency charged with promoting the city-region on a national and international stage, said: “It was a great night for Manchester. Our winners highlight three of our biggest strengths – business tourism, culture and sport.“We can now look forward to representing the region in the VisitEngland national awards, where we will compete with other regional award winners. My congratulations to all the Manchester winners.”A total of 16 accolades were presented to winners from across the region. In addition to receiving a prestigious title, regional winners will also have the opportunity to represent the Northwest in the national awards, organised by VisitEngland in 2011.The winners were:Bed & Breakfast Number 43, Arnside, Cumbria Holiday Park Woodclose Park, Kirby Lonsdale, CumbriaSelf Catering The Old Shippon at Mellor, LancashireTaste of England’s Northwest The Cottage in the Wood, Keswick, CumbriaTourism for All Chill Factore, Trafford, ManchesterTourist Information Centre Morecambe Visitor Information Centre, LancashireTourism Experience Cumbrian Heavy Horses, Millom, Cumbria Small Visitor Attraction Chester Heritage Tours, Chester, CheshireLarge Visitor Attraction Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Excellence in Customer Service Sandcastle Waterpark Team, Blackpool, LancashireSustainable Tourism Award Clough Bottom Farm Cottages, Clitheroe, LancashirePublic Space Award Dream, St Helens, Liverpool City RegionTourism Event Manchester International Festival, ManchesterBusiness Tourism Manchester Central Convention ComplexSmall Hotel Overwater Hall, near Keswick, Cumbria Large Hotel The Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Manchester Six judges’ commendations were also handed out on the night, in recognition of the exceptionally high standards in a number of the award categories.Felicity Goodey, chair of Tourism England’s Northwest, said: “It just gets better and better. Each year we celebrate some of the best of our many outstanding businesses which, together, have established the Northwest as one of the most popular visitor destinations in the country. We are used to them going on to win national awards and I have every confidence that last night’s winners will be the ones to beat at the next National finals. The region owes them a big ‘thank you’. It’s their vision backed up by hard work, training and investment which have built tourism into one of this region’s most important industries.”Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) added: “Tonight’s event has been very special and all our winners should be very proud of their achievements. Tourism in England’s Northwest is marked by a quality and passion that will continue in the future, making the region a destination of choice.”
Picture the perfect place for a digital detox: on the top of a mountain, with no distractions, just a breathtakingly beautiful natural playground with space to wander and simply be while admiring the awe-inspiring majestic landscape and inhaling bucket-loads of crisp fresh air.Well, look no further, Adler Mountain Lodge – located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Italian Dolomites – is offering the South Tyrol’s first digital detox package from 12 to 19 November 2017.This Digital Detox Week provides guests with an opportunity to put aside their electronic gadgets for a few days (or the full week) and appreciate the manifold benefits. Research proves that those who do detox digitally become more peaceful, breathe more deeply and slow down when prised away from their phone, tablet or laptop. Not just that, they are more present, having deeper, more connected conversations with friends and family, and become more reflective, finding solutions for problems when they go for a walk, for example, rather than staying glued to their social media channels.Guided by the motto “disconnect to reconnect”, the Digital Detox Week programme at Adler Mountain Lodge will include coaching with Annemarie Sanoner (a member of the sixth generation of the family who owns the Adler hotel group, who is also a qualified yoga teacher, Ayurvedic therapist and stress management coach), Meridian Yoga to help open blocked energy pathways, and guided walks and e-bike tours through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dolomites.There will also be a cookery class, learning to make a regional speciality, and a creative art class with a professional local artist, drawing the natural landscape al fresco (if weather permits), in order to allow participants to focus on creating something for themselves (rather than putting a ready meal in a microwave or simply scrolling through their tablet screen). For a touch of pure indulgence, the programme also includes a chocolate tasting and reduced prices on spa treatments for those in search of a little pampering.Prices for the Digital Detox package start from €624 per person sharing a room for three nights, rising up to €1339 per person sharing a room for a week’s stay. Rates are offered on a full-board basis, including a buffet breakfast in the morning, light healthy lunches on the sun terrace or packed lunches (individually assembled according to guests’ needs) for those spending the day exploring the Dolomites, a South Tyrolean afternoon tea and a gourmet dinner in the evening. Mineral water, soft drinks and a wide choice of local wines and liqueurs are also included and are available throughout the day.Also included is a daily-changing programme of daytime activities, such as fitness classes in the wellness zone, and evening entertainment, for example, star gazing classes from a professional astronomer – what could be more perfect, up in the mountains with no light pollution?Rest assured that a few days away from blue light will help de-frazzle the brain and participants will leave feeling less anxious, more connected and completely recharged. What more can you ask of a holiday?Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedWhich is the best travel credit card?You’ve booked your flights, reserved a hotel, but how are you planning to pay for all those other expenses once you get there? If you’re opting for plastic then you’ll need to read this. We’ve got all the info on the best travel credit cards to take on holiday, including…Holidaymakers face over £100 in ATM chargesHolidaymakers face over £100 in ATM charges10 ways to get the best deal on your travel moneyYou’ve saved money on flights and your hotel room – now get the most bang for your buck, Euro, or baht! Our guest financial expert Claire Connachan shares 10 insider tips on how you can get the best exchange rate on your travel money. There are several advantages to using a credit card when abroad. Choose the right one and it can be the cheapest way to spend.They also tend to offer a level of protection on the goods or services you buy.However, there are also some pitfalls to be aware of before you shop abroad with your plastic.Credit Cards Abroad: The GoodLoss, Theft and DamageUsually your credit card will have some sort of cover to protect you if your new purchases go missing or are broken. Levels of protection do vary though, so check the small print.A Worldwide ServiceCredit cards are accepted virtually everywhere in the world and even if you don’t speak the local language, the chances are, your plastic will.Ease of ReplacementAll card providers offer help lines if you lose your card whilst away, and a replacement can be sent to you wherever you are.0% APRMany cards will offer a “free” purchase window of 6-9 months for new customers, so take advantage of this on holiday and pay the money back at your leisure – before the time limit is up of course.Credit Cards Aboard: The BadForeign Currency Loading FeesThis is the charge that your credit card company will add to your bill if you use your card abroad. Usually it is 2.75% so a £200 purchase will actually cost you £205.50 instead. Dynamic Currency Conversion RateThis piece of jargon refers to whether or not your payment is in sterling or local currency. If, when presented with your bill, you choose to pay in sterling, then you could be charged a conversion rate by the restaurant or retailer (instead of the loading fee) which is far less favourable than what you might be charged in a bank.For example, if your meal is 135 Euros and you decide to pay in sterling, at a fair exchange rate, you might pay (EUR135 / 1.154*) £116.97 but if the retailer decides to skew things in his or her favour, the same bill could be as much as 4% more – or in this example, £121.64 instead.Unscrupulous outfits sometimes insist that you can only pay in sterling and you then sign the transaction slip confirming you have been given the choice so as to comply with terms and conditions laid out by the credit card companies. If you choose to pay in the local currency (which is the best idea), then you’ll be charged the loading fees by the credit card company.Cash WithdrawalsAvoid using your credit card at foreign ATMs if at all possible. Credit card companies will generally charge you between 2.5% and 3% for this with a minimum withdrawal fee of £2.50 to £3. Then, to add insult to injury, cash is usually charged at a higher rate of interest than standard purchases and begins as soon as it comes out of the ATM.Lastly, their final pound of flesh is taken if the card company operates a payment hierarchy system meaning that some providers leave payment of cash withdrawals till last so you will be paying interest for longer.See also: Best Debit Cards to use abroadReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The good and the bad when it comes to using credit cards abroad
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fox’s Pirro back on-air after remarks on Muslim politician FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Jeanine Pirro attends the HBO Documentary Series premiere of “THE JINX: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” in New York. Pirro is back on the air after a two-week absence following her comments questioning a Muslim congresswoman’s loyalties. “Justice with Judge Jeanine” returned Saturday, March 30, 2019. The former judge and prosecutor thanked her viewers but didn’t directly discuss her apparent suspension. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2019 4:17 pm PDT NEW YORK — Fox News host Jeanine Pirro is back on the air after a two-week absence following her comments questioning a Muslim congresswoman’s loyalties.“Justice with Judge Jeanine” returned Saturday. The former judge and prosecutor thanked her viewers but didn’t directly discuss her apparent suspension.Pirro asked on-air March 9 whether Rep. Ilhan Omar’s traditional Muslim head covering indicated the Minnesota Democrat followed Islamic religious law that Pirro called “antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.”Pirro later said she’d simply tried to start a debate. She added that being Muslim doesn’t mean a person doesn’t support the Constitution.Fox said at the time it “strongly condemned” Pirro’s comments. The network didn’t explain her subsequent absence, declining to comment on what it called “internal scheduling matters.”A message was sent to a Fox spokeswoman Sunday asking about Pirro’s return.The Associated Press
Michigan House backs highway designation for Aretha Franklin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2019 11:59 am PDT LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature is honouring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.The state Senate voted 32-5 on Thursday to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.” Franklin died in Detroit last year after battling pancreatic cancer.The legislation will soon go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature.Supporters say dedicating a portion of the highway is a way to honour the musical and cultural icon, who grew up in Detroit and learned the gospel fundamentals at New Bethel Baptist Church.Some Republicans who oppose the bill have said such designations should only go to fallen first responders and military veterans.The Associated Press
A 36-year-old man from Latvia suspected of conspiring in the murder last month of Ernesto Leonides, 47, who was shot dead in broad daylight at a Limassol tavern, was referred on Monday for trial at the criminal court.The trial is set to begin on May 10.The 36-year-old was arrested a few days after the murder after it emerged that he had arranged for the main suspected killer of Leonides, a 31-year-old man from Georgia, to arrive in Cyprus prior to the murder.The 36-year-old was allegedly also the person who had found the 31-year-old the apartment he stayed in while in Cyprus and had provided the three killers the vehicle they used on the day of the murder.The suspect, who admitted he is a close friend of the 31-year-old, denies any involvement in the murder case. He is being investigated for 16 charges that include premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder.The 31-year-old is believed to be one of the three shooters of Leonides, and is wanted by authorities. Police are trying to identify the other two shooters.Two more suspects that were under custody, a 25-year-old Russian and a 24-year-old Georgian – believed to have driven the shooters to the crime scene – were to be released on Monday pending further investigations. The pair claim they had no idea what the intentions of the three men were.Leonides, a Greek national of Georgian extraction was gunned down on February 8 by three individuals wearing masks who had walked into a tavern in Yermasogia while he was having lunch with friends. Four shots were fired at Leonides, one to the head and three to his body.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola