APTN National NewsThe line up for APTN‘s Aboriginal Day Live broadcast and celebration was announced Wednesday.This is the sixth year for the event held at the Forks in Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has the details.
Abidjan – President Alassane Dramane Ouattara thanked King Mohammed VI for his constant concern vis-à-vis Côte d’ Ivoire and for the efforts that the Sovereign has made to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between two brotherly countries.“Thank you, Your Majesty for your constant concern vis-à-vis our country, and for all the efforts you are making to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between our two brotherly countries,” said Alassane Ouattara in a statement to the press on Sunday at his arrival at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport after a period of recovery abroad.“I would like to thank King Mohammed VI, who gave us the great honor of staying in Côte d’Ivoire since last Sunday with a delegation of senior Moroccan government officials and businessmen,” he added, highlighting the various initiatives and projects undertaken by the Sovereign during his stay in Côte d’Ivoire.
Rabat – Morocco has requested 8,000 tickets for local fans wishing to attend the upcoming decisive game against the Cote d’Ivoire Elephants on November 11, according to a source at the Moroccan Royal Football Federation.The Moroccan daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia previously said that the federation will receive around 8,000 tickets from the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation for Moroccan fans to attend the game, due to take place in the Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium in Abidjan.However, a source close to the matter told Morocco World News that the football federation of the host country has not yet responded to the request of its Moroccan counterpart. The source specified that FRMF wants to reserve half of tickets for travelling fans and the other half for Moroccan nationals living in Cote d’Ivoire.Media outlets previously stated that FRMF is seeking to get around 3,000 to 5,000 Moroccan fans travel to Cote d’Ivoire to cheer for the Atlas Lions. Media outlets previously stated that FRMF is seeking to get around 3,000 to 5,000 Moroccan fans travel to Cote d’Ivoire to cheer for the Atlas Lions, which means way less than the new figure of 8,000. MWN source specified that FRMF wants to get around 4,000 tickets for travelling fans and the rest for Moroccan nationals living in Cote d’Ivoire.Moroccan fans have been nurturing the World Cup dream for many years since their national team’s last appearance in the tournament 19 years ago. FRMF, our source said, is putting a tremendous effort to help realize the wish of millions of Moroccan football fans across the kingdom and abroad.Earlier in October Moroccan sports officials and the state-run airline company Royal Air Maroc promised aficionados of the national team reduced prices of round tickets and free access to Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium.However, fears grew in the past few days that Moroccan fans might not be to travel to Abidjan in as large number as they had wished, following statements by the head of an Cote d’Ivoire fan group who said that Moroccans would receive a maximum of 201 seats.“We’d like to tell them that there aren’t enough seats in Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium. We won’t let them take our seats,” said Parfait Kouassi, the head of Comité National de Soutien aux Éléphants (CNSE).Kouassi said that Cote d’Ivoire fans received “200 seats in a stadium with 60,000 seats capacity” during the first game between the two teams in Marrakech in November 2016, promising that Moroccans would receive a similar treatment in Abidjan.“To pay them back what they did to us, Moroccan fans will only get 201 seats,” he said sarcastically.The game will decide whether Cote d’Ivoire or Morocco will book Group C’s only ticket for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Morocco has nine points out of five games, followed by Ivory Coast with eight points.Decisive matchMillions of Lions fans in and outside Morocco have their eyes set on a win, or even a draw, that would allow the national team to participate in the World Cup for the first time in two decades.Morocco had previously participated four times in the 1970, 1986, 1994, and 1998.In 1986 Morocco became the first Arabic and African team to qualify for the second round in the World Cup finals despite facing strong teams such as England and Portugal, before losing to Germany, the tournament’s runner up.
BRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union are set to formally divorce before the month is out — but the mood in London and Brussels was surprisingly calm Friday.Though the divorce proceedings started by Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the EU remain fraught with difficulties, there’s an element of relief that a so-called “no-deal” disaster is lower down the agenda — for now.Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa said she would be putting the option of an extension to Brexit from the scheduled March 29 to lawmakers — if they fail to back any revised withdrawal agreement she comes up with following discussions with the EU in a vote by March 12.There’s also been talk that Brexit may not actually happen at all if lawmakers back another referendum.The Associated Press
Keely Grossman wants high school students with disabilities to know that higher education is within their reach.And with that goal in mind, the Brock Social Justice and Equity Studies master’s student helped to organize a conference on campus this week to show teens that university life is a viable option for them.More than 40 students from high schools across southern Ontario attended Brock’s inaugural Ability Empowerment Day on Monday, April 29. Organized by Grossman and a committee of her peers from the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES) program, the day includes a series of workshops and activities for students experiencing disability to discover opportunities in post-secondary education.Ability Empowerment Day co-organizer Kevin Hobbs leads a Mirror Theatre presentation.The conference was a passion project for Grossman, who has long dreamed of hosting an event of this nature.Being visually impaired, she knows all too well the challenges that a person with a disability can face when coming into a post-secondary environment. “People with disabilities are often devalued by society. Certain assumptions can be placed upon us. I wanted to break that mould and go to university,” said Grossman, who completed her undergraduate studies at Brock before pursuing her master’s degree. “When I arrived at Brock, I was fortunate to gain a wonderful mentor who really encouraged me. I wanted to start this event because I feel that young people with disabilities need to be invested in more and need that encouragement.”When Grossman began in the SJES program, she was “surrounded by a group of people that were as justice-passionate as I was.”This gave her hope that her vision for the conference could come to fruition.“It has been over a year in the making, and it wouldn’t have been possible without this team of dedicated people and the excellent support we received from the University,” she said.Ability Empowerment Day brought together nine Brock departments and seven services to showcase snippets of life at the University. Participants were treated to mini-workshops from various academic departments, lunch in Market Hall, a mock lecture where they practised note-taking and a presentation from Student Accessibility Services. They finished off the day with a Mirror Theatre presentation by Dramatic Arts students, which focused on advocacy skills centred around post-secondary education.Shelley Conliffe-Wiens, a work experience and guidance teacher at W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Brantford, brought a group of students to the conference.“So much of the learning that visually impaired students do is through experiential learning and that truly was exemplified today at Brock,” she said. “The opportunity to take in a real-life lecture in the lecture hall was a fabulous learning tool for students to understand each of their needs and how they need to be active participants in working with the Student Accessibility Services to make sure that they have everything to be successful in their studies.”Conliffe-Wiens also commented on the friendliness of Brock students, faculty and staff.“People went out of their way to make us feel welcome,” she said. “The smallest of details were thorough and thoughtfully considered. I truly hope that this is just the first year of many to come. Real life opportunities like this are worth many a teaching moment in the classroom.”Kristen Smith, Manager, Student and Community Outreach, worked alongside Grossman and the organizing committee to help plan the day’s events.“Ability Empowerment Day was a wonderful opportunity to show potential students the possibilities available to all Brock students,” she said. “Working with a highly engaged group of student volunteers, staff and faculty on this project has been a wonderful example of how the Brock community can come together to support our local communities. Thank you to Keely Grossman and her colleagues in Social Justice and Equity Studies for recognizing the need, having a vision for the day and bringing it to life. I have been inspired by their hard work and dedication to the project.”Grossman and the committee felt that the day was a success.“I hope that Ability Empowerment Day helped our participants to see the value in themselves that we see,” she said. “I hope these students become contributors to their own futures. Seeing all of the high school students and the University community come together for this event was a truly wonderful experience.”The Ability Empowerment Committee included: Grossman and fellow Social Justice and Equity Studies students Kevin Hobbs, Anella Bieteru, Sarah Hurme, Bridget Nicholls and Robin Cummings, Smith, Sonya Forsey, Manager of Conference and Event Services, Bobbie McGhee, Transitions Program Co-ordinator, Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, Carly Dugo, Recruitment Officer, Campus Initiatives, and Christopher Lytle, AODA Co-ordinator, Human Rights and Equity Services.
We all want to witness history, so it can be tempting to baselessly hype up current stars as all-time legends. But that can make it more difficult to appreciate true greatness in the moment. What’s the truth and what’s the narrative? In Trout’s case, the hype is justified and then some.After hitting the cover off the ball in the minors, Trout had a mediocre call-up year in which he hit 11 percent worse than the league average, judging by OPS+ (adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage).1Although even then, he was ahead of the curve; the average 19-year-old non-pitcher since 1901 had an OPS+ of 78. But he retained his rookie status for 2012 after missing the cutoff for eligibility in 2011 by seven at-bats.Since then, it’s been nothing but sustained greatness for Trout. Playing a full schedule for the first time in 2012, the 20-year-old Trout dominated, posting the 22nd-best season by a position player in MLB history according to WAR. While he may have peaked with 10.8 WAR that year — only four players (Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays) have had two seasons with that many WAR in their careers — his 37.3 WAR between 2012 and 2015 ranks as the 31st-best four-year stretch in major league history. And he’s the only player to put up such a run between the ages of 20 and 23; the next-youngest were Mantle and Ty Cobb, each of whom did it from age 22 to 25.What remains to be seen, though, is whether Trout being the best young player ever means Trout is tracking to be the best ever, period, full stop. Among the WAR leaders through age 23, some were like Cobb, producing good years into their late 30s and beyond; others, such as Andruw Jones, saw their performance fall off considerably after turning 30. Trout already has more career WAR than 96.9 percent of all players in major league history, but can he pass the other 3.1 percent?A quick-and-dirty way to estimate Trout’s end-of-career WAR pace is to use Baseball-Reference.com’s similarity scores in the spirit of projection systems like PECOTA or CARMELO. Through age 23, the most similar players to Trout include Mantle, Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr.,2Miguel Cabrera is a fun inclusion at No. 5 — he beat Trout for MVP in both 2012 and 2013. although Trout’s WAR has been about 47 percent higher than his cohort of comparables. From age 24 onward, that group of similar players3Excluding still-active players. produced an average of 68.2 WAR. So if we think Trout will continue to be 47 percent better than them over the rest of his career, we would expect Trout’s future to hold 100.6 more WAR before he retires. Adding 100.6 WAR to his current total of 37.9, we arrive at a career forecast of 138.5 WAR.That’s a heckuva lot of WAR, but it’s not No. 1: That total would rank sixth among position players since 1901. If he plays until age 40, Trout will have to average 7.4 WAR per season4Essentially top-5-in-MLB production by 2015’s standard. to catch Ruth as the best position player. (And that’s not even considering the 20.6 wins of value Ruth added as a pitcher.) Being the best ever through age 23 is no guarantee of what will happen over the next decade and a half.Even so, Trout’s career has started off unlike anyone else’s in MLB history. Although he has only one MVP to show for it (for now), it’s a remarkable achievement to be the G.O.A.T. through any age — much less every season you’ve played. The MVP snubs keep piling up for Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. On Thursday, Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays bested Trout for Most Valuable honors in the American League. It’s the third time that he’s lost in a year when he led the league in wins above replacement (WAR). (The guy’s only been in the league for four official years, mind you.) Aside from his win over a not-so-crowded field a year ago, voters seem determined to find reasons that Trout shouldn’t be MVP.But Trout can take solace in this: He might be on pace to become the greatest player of all time. Each year that Trout has played a full season, he has ended the season as the all-time MLB leader in career WAR for his age.
Le Sahara, bientôt la réserve énergétique de l’Europe ?Le projet européen Desertec, un groupe de centrales solaires et éoliennes installées dans les déserts, oriente ses plans d’avenir vers l’Afrique du Nord. Le Sahara deviendrait une “réserve d’énergie solaire” et offrirait à l’Europe l’alternative de l’énergie durable , rapporte SlateAfrique.fr.Avec l’arrêt définitif du nucléaire à l’horizon 2020, déjà annoncé par l’Allemagne, l’Autriche, la Suisse et le Danemark, et conséquence de la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima, le concept Desertec qui fut développé à l’origine par la Coopération trans-méditerranéenne pour l’énergie renouvelable, devient une alternative de choix. En effet, ce projet vise à exploiter les formidables ressources d’une région particulièrement ensoleillée : le Sahara, afin de fournir de l’énergie à toute l’Europe. Pour cela, les créateurs du projet ont imaginé des centrales solaires alignées dans le Sahara, et groupées à des éoliennes sur la façade atlantique marocaine. Dans un premier temps, les centrales solaires seront marocaines et algériennes puis d’autres stations seront implantées en Tunisie, au Mali, au Tchad, en Libye, au Soudan et en Égypte, explique SlateAfrique.fr. En vérité, l’idée allemande s’appuie sur un calcul des plus simples : “le désert reçoit en six heures l’équivalent énergétique de la consommation mondiale d’une année entière”. D’après la fondation Desertec, le projet pourrait alors fournir au moins 15% de l’électricité nécessaire à l’Europe. Toutefois, dans le meilleur des cas, la production ne devrait démarrer que vers l’année 2015, ou 2016. Bien que mis en place par la fondation Desertec, le projet est en fait piloté par un consortium sous le label Dii (Desertec industrial initiative), d’industriels comme Siemens et de banques comme la Deutsche Bank. Il a le soutien du parti des Verts allemands ainsi que de Greenpeace, sans compter l’appui de l’Union européenne. Un soutien nécessaire alors que son coût total étalé sur 40 ans, s’approche de 400 milliards d’euros.Un nouveau système d’énergie solaireÀ lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueL’innovation de taille réside dans l’idée d’une exploitation de l’énergie solaire à grande échelle, mais fournir de l’électricité à l’Europe n’en est pas le seul but. Desertec vise également à répondre en grande partie aux besoins des pays producteurs d’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient. Dès 2012, les premiers éléments doivent être prêts, tant sur le plan juridique qu’au niveau de l’emplacement des installations, ainsi que tout ce qui touche à leur financement et la juste répartition entre le solaire et l’éolien. Toutefois, au vu de la remise en question de la politique nucléaire en Europe, ce projet d’énergie solaire pourrait voir le jour plus vite qu’on ne le pense. Ainsi, les prévisions sont plutôt au beau fixe puisque le Centre aérospatial allemand estime qu’un tel réseau pourrait avant 2050 fournir plus de 50 % des besoins en électricité de la région EUMENA (Europe + Moyen-Orient + Afrique du Nord).Le 28 août 2011 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambert
MIAMI (WSVN) – A school bus driver was forced to pull over in Miami after a passenger used pepper spray.The scare caused the driver to stop along Southwest First Street and 44th Avenue, Monday.Students on board were coughing and had irritated eyes. Over 50 students were evacuated and checked out at the scene.No one was transported to the hospital.Police took a student in for questioning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Tags Share your voice 74 Photos 0 2019 Lamborghini Urus is a master of poise and pace Enlarge ImageWe hope that if Lamborghini does build a four-seat grand tourer that it’s more Huracan than Urus. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow There was a time in Lamborghini’s history when it wasn’t all about making the most hardcore, razor’s edge supercars that money could buy. In fact, the first Lamborghinis were meant to be grand touring cars, and it looks like CEO Stefano Domenicali wants to bring a little of that back to Sant’Agata. Domenicali, in an interview with Autocar UK, outlined his vision for Lamborghini going forward and one part of that includes the introduction of a more relaxed Lamborghini GT 2+2 model to be sold alongside the Aventador, Huracán, and Urus and apparently, it’s something the brand is already working on.What would a modern grand touring Lamborghini look like? Well, if you’re a weirdo like me, it would ideally look a lot like the Espada from the 1970s. It’s long and low, wide and packing a massive engine up front. In a modern context, we’d love to see that as some take on the Huracán’s V10, rather than the more pedestrian V8 found in the Urus. A new front-engined V12 model would be epic, but would likely require a boatload more development time and money and command a much higher price, making the model less of the volume seller than it probably needs to be.In another part of the interview with Domenicali, he talks about the necessity of adopting hybrid technology for Lamborghini’s vehicles. Global emissions and fuel economy standards are quickly making the kind of engines that Lamborghini is famous for unfeasible.So, a hybrid 2+2 grand touring Lamborghini. What about turbocharging? That’s something many manufacturers have turned to in order to get the more performance out of smaller, more efficient engines. Nope, says Domenicali. The brand will leverage as much hybrid technology as it can from its fellow Volkswagen Group brands before strangling the sound of their high-revving and sonorous engines with a turbo. Ferrari did it, sure, but wasn’t the point of Lamborghini always to be different than Ferrari?In any case, we’ll likely see this new Lamborghini GT sometime before 2025 as part of Domenicali’s plan to drive sales ever closer to the 10,000 units per year mark.Lamborghini didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Car Industry Exotic Cars 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar More From Roadshow 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder first drive: Worth every sunburn Lamborghini null Lamborghini
Kakinada: East Godavari Joint Collector -2 Ch Sattibabu said that the national integration and togetherness can be saved with active participation in sports and games activity. He flagged off the 5K run on Olympic Day celebrations on Sunday at East Godavari Sports Authority grounds. Executive director of East Godavari youth services S Mallibabu distributed mementos to winners in various competitions conducted for girls, boys and men and women.
A damaged home is seen following a strong earthquake in Pemenang, North Lombok, Indonesia on 6 August 2018. Photo: ReutersRescue workers found chaos and destruction across the Indonesian resort island of Lombok on Monday after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 91 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week.The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the death toll was expected to rise as information came in from areas where thousands of buildings collapsed or were badly damaged, especially in the north, the quake’s epicentre.Power and communications were cut in some areas of Lombok, and the military said it was sending in a vessel with medical aid, supplies and logistical support for the island.The Indonesian Red Cross said in a Tweet that it helped a woman give birth after the quake at a health post in the north. One of the names she gave the baby boy was ‘Gempa’, which means earthquake.Lombok was hit a week earlier, on 29 July, by a 6.4 magnitude quake that killed 17 people, injured hundreds and briefly stranded several hundred trekkers on the slopes of a volcano.The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said that more than 120 aftershocks were recorded after Sunday evening’s quake, whose magnitude the U.S. Geological Survey revised down to 6.9 from an original 7.0.There were no foreigners among the dead and the number of injured stood at 209, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference.The tremor was so powerful it was felt on the neighbouring island of Bali where, according to BNPB, two people died.Indonesia sits on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.”This is it for me in Indonesia”Long lines formed at the airport of Lombok’s main town, Mataram, as foreign visitors cut their holidays short.The Garuda Indonesia airline said it was adding extra flights from Lombok to help tourists leave.AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted that the budget airline would try to lay on extra flights, while Indonesian budget carriers Lion Air and Citilink said there had been a jump in demand for outbound flights from Lombok and Bali.”I was at the rooftop of my hotel and the building started swaying very hard. It felt like two metres to the left, then two metres to the right, I could not stand up,” said Gino Poggiali, a 43-year-old Frenchman, who was with his wife and two children, at the Lombok airport.His wife Maude, 44, said the family were on Bali for the first quake and Lombok for the second.”This is it for me in Indonesia,” she said. “Next time we will stay in France or somewhere close.”Carlos Romartinez, a 24-year-old Spaniard who was also waiting for a flight out of Lombok, said he had decided to head instead to the island of Flores to the east.”All the activities are shut down. We can’t dive, we can’t do anything so we will go to another island,” he said.Dutch tourist Marc Ganbuwalba injured his knee as a stampede of diners rushed from a restaurant after the quake.”We are cutting short our holiday because I can’t walk and we’re just not in the mood anymore, more in the mood to see our loved ones,” said the 26-year-old, sitting on a trolley with his leg bandaged.”We are just thankful to god and also to the hotel staff who really helped us. Some of them said their own houses had been destroyed but they were still helping us.”Screams, Shaking, CracksAbout 1,000 foreign and domestic tourists were evacuated in boats from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, BNPB spokesman Nugroho said via Twitter.He posted a video showing a crowd of hundreds of people crammed on a beach at one of the Gilis, apparently waiting to be ferried back to the main island.Singapore law and home affairs minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in Mataram when the quake struck, said that his room shook violently and walls cracked.”It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams. Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors,” he wrote on Facebook.His government issued a travel notice, advising citizens to defer travel to Lombok and urging those currently there to leave.Australia’s minister for home affairs Peter Dutton was on the 12th floor of a Lombok hotel at the time of the quake. “We were knocked certainly to the floor,” he told Australian radio. “We were pretty lucky to get out. Everyone’s a bit shaken but all well.”
Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/07163031/US-Syria-Wrap-CR.mp400:0000:0001:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.President Donald Trump’s military strike against Syria drew strong push-back from an odd mix of libertarian Republicans, Democrats and the far-right conservatives who have long insisted on Congress’ constitutional authority for acts of war.Trump burnished an “America first” foreign policy during his 2016 campaign, warning that rival Hillary Clinton would dangerously order U.S. soldiers into international conflicts. He was often critical of former President Barack Obama’s handling of the Syria crisis in 2013 and urged him at the time to seek congressional approval for any military action.But the president said Thursday night that the airstrikes were in the “vital national security interest” of the U.S. and accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of having “choked” his own citizens in a chemical attack.Trump’s decision to launch the airstrikes on a Syrian military base represented an about-face at the start of his presidency and angered Republicans and Democrats, who said the U.S. Constitution gave Congress sole power to declare war.They urged Trump to come to Congress to get authorization for military force. “The Constitution is very clear that war originates in the legislature,” said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a leader of the party’s non-interventionist wing who challenged Trump for the GOP nomination.Paul, who called the Syria strike unconstitutional, said Friday before a closed-door briefing for lawmakers that they weren’t learning about the intelligence that led the president to order the strike until the day after the missiles were launched. “You vote before you go to war, not after you go to war,” Paul told reporters.Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, “If there’s no strategy on Syria, he clearly made this decision based off of an emotional reaction to the images on TV, and it should worry everyone about the quixotic nature of this administration’s foreign policy.” Any attempt by Trump to push a new war powers resolution through Congress would be difficult. Obama asked lawmakers two years ago to formally authorize war against the Islamic State but they never acted on the proposal.The Trump administration had only days earlier suggested that Assad’s hold on power was a political reality. And Trump, in a December rally in North Carolina after his election, vowed that the U.S. would “stop racing to topple … foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with.” Trump’s transformation did not sit well with Republican supporters in Congress and in the media who had backed his non-interventionist stances during the campaign. Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter noted on Twitter that the president had campaigned on not getting involved in the Middle East because it would help enemies of the U.S. and lead to more refugees.Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, once considered for press secretary in the Trump White House, tweeted: “Missiles flying. (Marco) Rubio’s happy. (John) McCain ecstatic. Hillary’s on board. A complete policy change in 48 hrs.” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., questioned how it would affect Trump’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. “Didn’t the missile attack just make the situation better for ISIS?” Massie tweeted Friday.In Palm Beach, Florida, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the action was “very decisive, justified and proportional” and said Article II of the Constitution allowed the military action in support of U.S. national security.An outside group formed to back Trump’s agenda, America First Policies, tweeted a photo of Trump departing Air Force One with the words: “Enough is enough. This is a @POTUS who is not afraid to act.” But Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., disputed the Trump administration’s justification. “The idea this chemical weapons attack affects the national security of the United States is fairly tenuous,” Amash said. “It’s a rather flimsy argument.” Republican leaders, many of whom back a more hawkish view of foreign policy, praised Trump’s actions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he supported “both the action and objective,” while House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the strike “appropriate and just.” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, another Trump rival during the 2016 Republican primaries, said he told the president he had done “the right thing” during a phone call Thursday night after the airstrikes.The South Carolina lawmaker, who has favored a more aggressive stance in Syria, said Trump’s opposition to being an interventionist during the campaign needed to shift.”I think what he’s got to realize is, the campaign rhetoric has all been replaced by reality,” Graham said. “The reality in Syria is if we end this conflict where Iran dominates Damascus it never ends. You cannot leave Assad in power.” Share Reactions in SyriaOn the other hand, Syrians on the ground have mixed feelings about what the U.S. strikes might mean for their future.The barrage of Tomahawk missiles came as surprise for many Syrians, whether allied or opposed to President Bashar Assad. This is the first time the U.S. has intentionally bombed government forces over the course of the country’s six-year civil war. That might seem like it would be welcome news to those opposed to Assad, especially in the area where the apparent chemical attack took place. But that’s not how it was being talked about today.Samer al-Hussein lives just a few miles outside Khan Shaykhun, the town that produced the images that horrified the world — of children and adults choking due to apparent chemical exposure. He visited the town shortly after Tuesday’s attack. Hussein spoke to NPR after attending Friday prayers.“The imam of the mosque said the U.S. strikes were a joke,” he said. “They were just to save face. They were strikes that were not fruitful — because today, Russia is still killing [Syrian] civilians.” What he meant is people are getting killed by conventional airstrikes carried out by Syrian — and even more powerful Russian — warplanes every day.Hussein said the imam’s sermon focused more on the importance of education than on the U.S. attack, and urged parents to home-school their children on the many days when airstrikes make going to class impossible, to prevent an ignorant next generation. Hussein says he and others are skeptical that the U.S. is truly concerned about their welfare. “People are worried that [the attack is] just to make some media noise,” he said, “that this was a one-time U.S. strike on the Shayrat airport, that they won’t strike again, and the reckoning has ended.”Another resident of the area is Muznah al-Jundi. She runs a woman’s center in the rebel-held northwest, which recently cancelled its programming due to an uptick in airstrikes that received little international attention. Reached by phone, she said people are unsure what to make of the U.S. missile strikes. “Honestly,” she said, “our feelings today are mixed between happiness and sadness.”Jundi felt relieved that the Shayrat airport, from where Syrian planes took off to attack Khan Shaykhun, has been damaged. But she’s also upset over yet more destruction. “As Syrians,” she said, “we never wanted the situation to get to this point. We didn’t want it to get to this level where Syria is being completely destroyed. But unfortunately, this is the point we’ve reached.” She says that for this to be helpful, it needs to be part of a full U.S. strategy toward Syria, not just a one-time event.The Syrian military, for its part, condemned the U.S. strikes as an act of aggression. It said the damage will only make it harder for the Syrian air force to fight ISIS and other terrorist groups. The airbase the U.S. struck does provide support for government troops fighting ISIS. But Jundi knows when the government uses the word “terrorist” it refers to all of Assad’s opponents. “The regime made a statement today that they’re fighting terrorists,” she said. “So this makes us more afraid. “We’re tired inside. We’re tired of planes. We want to live a normal life.”
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Box Score (PDF) Story Links BOISE, Idaho – Asia Durr scored 20 points and Arica Carter added 16 as No. 5 Louisville used a smothering defense to turn back upset-minded Boise State 74-55 on Monday night.Louisville (3-0) opened the third quarter with a 19-3 run to take control of the game, building a 50-33 advantage with 3:26 remaining.Boise State (3-1), which lost to Louisville 74-42 in the first round of the NCAA tournament in March, matched the Cardinals early, but struggled to keep pace with Louisville’s up-tempo game in the second half.Louisville shot 34.5 percent from the floor in the first half, before hitting 55 percent of its shots in the second half, including 63 percent from 3-point range. The Cardinals also outrebounded Boise State 37-29.Early in the second quarter, Louisville starting guard Jazmine Jones landed hard on her hip on a play underneath the basket and never returned.Braydey Hodgins and Riley Lupfer scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead Boise State.BIG PICTURELouisville: Jeff Walz’s focus on getting his team more battled tested early is paying dividends. The Cardinals chose to play two of their first three games against NCAA Tournament participants from last season. Louisville passed with flying colors. But it doesn’t get any easier with two more NCAA tourney teams on the schedule this month.Boise State: The Broncos won the Mountain West last season and were picked to do so again. Despite the loss, Boise State should gain even more confidence heading into conference play later this season after going toe-to-toe with Louisville.UP NEXTLouisville: After opening with three games on the road, the Cardinals play Arizona State in Las Vegas on Friday.Boise State: The Broncos leave home for the first time this season, traveling to Long Beach, Calif., for the Beach Classic to face Idaho.Print Friendly Version
Oman’s tourism department has introduced a new eVisa service to attract outbound travellers to the country. The first stage comprises non-sponsored tourist visas for people from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions.“The Sultanate’s announcement of the eVisa system will ensure the continuous growth of Oman’s tourism sector in the coming years as this provides not only tourists but also investors, businessmen, researchers and students easier access to visa processing. Last year, the number of tourist arrivals reached three million and it is expected to increase to more than four million by 2020,” said Salim Adi Al Mamari, Director General- Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism Oman.Through the eVisa system, visitors can get their visa applications processed in accordance with the laws and regulations of Oman. Tourists will only need to fill up the form online and attach the necessary documents as well as pay the application by credit card through a Global Payment Gateway that is officially certified by Oman. All applicants will receive notifications through the emails provided.The eVisa system will also allow Oman to receive more tourists from key markets such as China, Russia and the U.S. and drive the demand for experiential travel to the Sultanate, he added. Tourists can apply for online visa at evisa.rop.gov.om.
At least 26 people have been killed and over 50 others injured after members of an Islamic rebel group, Al Shabab, attacked the Asasey Hotel in the southern city of Kismayo in Somalia on Friday night [local time].Three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans, a Briton and Canadian-Somali journalist, Hodan Nalayeh were among those killed.The hotel and its occupants were under siege for 14 hours, after at least four armed al-Shabab militants detonated a suicide car bomb at the hotel’s entrance gate, before storming the hotel. Somalian troops were deployed and, according to official reports, some of the attackers were shot and killed during the long battle.DFAT’s Smartraveller.gov.au advice on travel to Somalia was reviewed on 14 July 2019 and remains unchanged. We’ve reviewed our travel advice for Somalia. The security situation in Somalia is highly volatile and there is an ongoing very high threat of terrorist attack. There have been a large number of significant attacks in 2018. Terrorist attacks are expected to continue. If you are in Somalia, we strongly urge you to leave if it is safe to do so. We haven’t changed our level of advice – ‘do not travel’ to Somalia. AfricadfathotelsKismayoSmartravellerSomalia
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California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry.The legislation would require feature film and television projects that apply for the credits, which are assigned based on jobs created, to report diversity statistics to the state and designate people to handle misconduct claims.The revised tax credit program, worth as much as $330 million a year, would also require applicants to submit their policy prohibiting harassment and retaliation. In addition, major studios would have to report whether they have diversity programs.“If you don’t have a program, you’re going to have to report that you don’t have a program,” Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who helped craft the bill, told The Associated Press. “That doesn’t look very good.”Assemblyman Rob Bonta and other members of the Asian Pacific Islander caucus pushed for the diversity reporting requirements. The Alameda Democrat cited the films “Ghost in the Shell” and “The Great Wall” that cast white actors in leading roles he said should have gone to Asian actors. He said the films were “hurtful” to the Asian Pacific Islander community.“We wanted to be productive in our solution and provide some support in terms of encouraging diversity in Hollywood and we think this will do that,” Bonta said of the change to the credit.The bill was negotiated as part of the state budget. It was approved Monday by the Assembly and state Senate and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it. The new version of the program would start in 2020.Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher of Yuba City, the only lawmaker to vote against the bill, said he didn’t believe it would prevent sexual misconduct because projects would only have to show they have a policy and not prove that they enforce it.He also said the state shouldn’t single out the politically powerful industry for a tax break.“I think it really misses Me Too,” he said, referring to the global movement against sexual harassment sparked when dozens of women publicly accused movie producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, assault and harassment. He has denied the allegations.To attract jobs and economic activity, more than 30 states give tax breaks to productions. California created its program in 2009 and it has been hailed for keeping productions in the state.Feature films and television shows apply for the credit before they begin filming. The California Film Commission, the state agency that oversees the program, prioritizes the projects that will generate the most jobs.HBO’s “Westworld,” for example, planned nearly 300 filming days in California and was approved for nearly $30 million in credits, contingent on meeting the targets in its application.The film “A Wrinkle in Time” was slated to receive more than $18 million in credits.The film commission assigns credits based on a production’s “below the line” jobs, including set builders, makeup artists and extras — not the highest profile workers, such as starring actors and directors.Applicants who receive the tax credit would help fund a program to train people from underrepresented communities to do “below the line” jobs on film sets.The industry initially expressed reservations about some of the diversity reporting requirements but supported the final version of the bill, Bonta said.“The high level concept of wanting more diversity in film, there was always agreement on that,” he said. “How we get there, how it becomes part of the film tax credit, was always a concern.” by Sophia Bollag, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2018 4:20 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 20, 2008, file photo, an extra in the DreamWorks’ production of “The Soloist” walks past movie lights during a location shoot at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. California lawmakers passed legislation Monday, June 18, 2018, that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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