Nominations Sought for 2012 Order of Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians make significant contributions to their communities every day, and the province wants help to recognize outstanding citizens with the Order of Nova Scotia. The province is seeking nominations, and renominations, for the order until Friday, March 16. “The Order of Nova Scotia is the highest honour that this province can give,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Nova Scotians need to help find those deserving people who work tirelessly to give back to their communities and thank them for making Nova Scotia a better place for the families who live here. “I strongly encourage people to nominate someone for the Order of Nova Scotia, or to re-nominate someone, as re-nominations have been very successful.” Nova Scotians can be nominated for a variety of reasons. In 2011, the first African Nova Scotian MLA Wayne Adams, business leader Sir Graham Day, political cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon, Mi’kmaq rights advocate Joseph Marshall and author Budge Wilson were all invested into the Order of Nova Scotia. “Receiving the Order of Nova Scotia was such an honour. The ceremony was wonderful, and I felt humbled in the company of the other outstanding recipients. It was a very special experience for me,” said Budge Wilson, author and 2011 Order of Nova Scotia recipient. “I am grateful to know that someone was touched enough by my work to take the time and effort to nominate me.” Nomination forms are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House, offices of members of the legislative assembly, Nova Scotia members of Parliament and the Senate, and municipal offices. People who wish to re-nominate need only fill out a new nomination form and submit a photocopy of the previous nomination package. For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467, e-mail orderofns@gov.ns.ca or visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/iga/order.asp.last_img read more

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Provincial Government Offices Delay Opening

first_imgProvincial government offices in Antigonish and Guysborough counties, and all of Cape Breton will delay opening until noon today, Feb. 6, due to the winter storm. Conditions will be reassessed at 11 a.m., followed by an announcement regarding re-opening in these areas. Provincial government offices in Halifax County, Halifax metro, Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties will delay opening until 10 a.m. All other provincial government offices are open. -30-last_img

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Scheer says Tories will recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital if elected

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says if his party forms government in 2019, it will follow Donald Trump’s lead and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Scheer’s declaration comes in the form of a pledge posted to the Conservative party website designed to gather signatures from members of the public.“Canada’s Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when we form government in 2019,” the pledge says, describing the party as “a strong voice for Israel and the Canadian Jewish community.”It marks Scheer’s first definitive statement on the issue since it became a renewed matter of public debate late last year.That debate was prompted by the U.S. president’s decision in December to not just recognize Jerusalem as the capital, but to promise to move the American embassy there as well.It’s a contentious move. While Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, so do the Palestinians; the status of the city is part of ongoing peace negotiations. The U.S. decision was seen as taking sides in the debate and upending years of American diplomacy.In the aftermath of Trump’s announcement, the federal Liberal government said the issue must be resolved through negotiation.The pledge from Scheer sides squarely with Israel. “Canada’s Conservatives recognize the obvious fact that Israel, like every other sovereign nation, has a right to determine where its capital is located,” it says.It makes no mention, however, of whether or not a government led by the Conservatives would move the Canadian embassy from Tel Aviv. Jake Enwright, a spokesman for Scheer, said that would be discussed when the party forms government.“We’re focused on this policy and this recognition and we’ll consider that at a later date,” Enwright said.In the aftermath of Trump’s announcement, the Tories had found themselves scrambling to define their policy on Jerusalem, as neither Scheer nor the party had taken a public position on the issue. At the time, the party said it would discuss the issue as a caucus and make a decision.That debate was settled weeks ago — earlier this month, foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole referred to the party’s support for Jerusalem as the capital during a conservative conference in Ottawa.On Monday, O’Toole said recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital doesn’t mean the Palestinians must be entirely shut out.“East Jerusalem could also one day be the centre or capital of some eventual Palestinian state within a two-state solution, but to suggest at present that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel kind of conflicts with common sense,” he said.Canada should have some kind of consular presence in Jerusalem, but a decision on an embassy is a separate discussion, he added.The party’s efforts to use the issue to recruit new supporters signals the latest Conservative effort to position the party as distinct from the governing Liberals by rolling out specific policy planks.“If Canadians want a government who will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, we want their support to recognize that,” Enwright said.The New Democrats oppose recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and passed a motion condemning Trump’s decision at their recent convention.On Monday, they accused the Tories of being close to Trump.“It’s a dangerous thing to say,” foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere said of Scheer’s pledge. “It does look like wedge politics again and also a complete disregard for the international community.”last_img read more

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Quebec aluminum smelter lockout comes at perilous time says industry

first_imgMONTREAL – The lockout of workers at a Quebec aluminum plant comes at a perilous time for the Canadian industry because of uncertainty over the future of NAFTA and slowing U.S. demand, says the head of Canada’s aluminum trade association.“We find ourselves in a very fragile situation,” Jean Simard of the Aluminum Association of Canada said Thursday after the ABI smelter in Becancour, Que., locked out workers who rejected a contract offer.Simard didn’t want to wade into the labour dispute itself, but said market conditions are challenging because of the potential instability in the U.S. over NAFTA’s future while the auto and housing sectors begin to slow.“The annual growth in demand in our key market based on fundamental indicators is also slowing down so it’s not the best of times to have a labour situation like this,” he said in an interview.The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations will resume later this month in Montreal, but Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government is also preparing for the worst-case scenario — a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the three-way, continental trade pact.Quebec smelters make 90 per cent of Canada’s 3.2 million annual tonnes of the lightweight metal, 90 per cent of which is exported south of the border.ABI Becancour said it locked out 1,030 unionized employees at around 3 a.m. Thursday. It plans to use non-unionized workers to maintain operations at one of three production lines.Since opening in 1986, the plant’s only other work stoppage was a four-month strike in 2004.The smelter about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City has the capacity to produce about 430,000 tonnes of aluminum annually. The smelter is 75 per cent owned by Alcoa and 25 per cent by Rio Tinto.Becancour Mayor Jean-Guy Dubois said he’s very concerned that the labour dispute could lead to a complete shutdown of the region’s largest employer which contributes nearly 20 per cent of the municipality’s tax revenues.“You can imagine the catastrophe in the worse scenario that I don’t even want to think about which is the closure of the company,” he said in an interview. “I’m really worried about what happens next.”Dubois said he hopes both sides will make a final negotiating sprint to reach a deal that would prevent psychological harm for the town’s residents.The lockout was launched less than 24 hours after members of United Steelworkers Local 9700 voted more than 80 per cent to reject what the company called its final contract offer.The union said the key issues in the dispute are a company plan to introduce a new member-funded pension plan instead of a defined benefit plan and recognition of workers’ seniority, particularly regarding employee transfers and turnover.Clement Masse, president of the union local, denounced the company’s “heavy-handed” action.“This is a cavalier act by this company, right after we held out an olive branch and proposed that we resume negotiations,” he said in a news release.The two sides were convened by a government mediator to meet Thursday in a bid to replace the five-year collective agreement that expired in November.While there is an excess global supply of aluminum, Americans used three million tonnes more last year than was produced in Mexico, Canada and the U.S., said Simard.With Canadian smelters running at full capacity, any reduced output will be gobbled up by competitors from Russia, the Middle East, China and India.“We’re competed against on our neighbouring turf by metal that comes from all over the world more and more. So when we pull out of the game the others come in.”Although the global price of aluminum has improved to US$2,100 per tonne, it is far below where it was before the 2009 financial crisis.Without a signal that demand and selling prices will get stronger, Simard said producers have to keep costs to the lower possible level to compete.last_img read more

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France Reiterates Support to UNSG Personal Envoy for the Sahara

first_imgParis – France reiterated on Monday support to efforts of the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy for the Sahara, Christopher Ross, and affirmed that it holds regular contacts with him.“We support efforts by Christopher Ross and we are maintaining dialog on a regular basis with him and with the major concerned partners”, said spokesman of the French foreign department in a press briefing.Ross toured the region last week, in keeping with the UN Security council’s resolutions. He was received in Rabat by minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar. The French foreign ministry had said recently that France’s position on the Sahara issue is clear and constant, stressing that Paris considers the Moroccan autonomy plan as a serious and credible basis for a negotiated settlement.last_img read more

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Five Facts About Moroccos Municipal and Regional Elections

Rabat – This Friday Moroccans are voting on who will run their municipal and regional councils during the municipal and regional elections 2015 taking place all over the kingdom. Today’s polls are the first of their kind after the adoption of the new constitution in July 2011.Morocco World News presents its readers with five facts about the municipal and regional elections in numbers.14.5 Million More than 14.5 million Moroccans are eligible to go to the polls to choose their municipal and regional representatives.130, 925130,925 is the total number of candidates running for the municipal and regional elections across Morocco. 70,544 are running as individual candidates not representing any political party.Out of 130, 925 candidates, 7, 588 are running for seats in the regional councils, while the rest are running for municipal seats.18,227The Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) has the largest number of candidates in the current elections with over 18,227 candidates. In other words, 13.92 percent of candidates across Morocco are from the PAM.PAM is followed by Istiqlal party (PI) with a total of 17, 214 candidates. The leader of the coalition government, the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) ranks third with 16, 310 candidates.4,000Over 4,000 people, including 76 foreigners have been mobilized as observers to monitor the 2015 regional and municipal elections.Morocco’s Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers also announced that over  41 national and international bodies have been accredited to monitor the elections, including 34 Moroccan associations, Morocco’s National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) and 6 international NGOs.31,50331,503 Is the number of seats that are at stake in today municipal and regional elections.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Stocks lower on disappointing Canadian jobs strong Chinese data

North American markets were in the red Friday amid a mixed bag of quarterly financial reports and signs that Canada’s private sector continued to add jobs last month even as the overall unemployment rate rose in June.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 30.30 points to 12,522.62. The Canadian dollar was up 0.20 of a cent to 97.06 cents US.On Wall Street, the U.S. indexes fell after a small bounce-back in early trading. The Dow Jones industrials index dropped 71.50 points to 15,426.82, the Nasdaq dipped 4.02 points to 3,665.10 while the S&P pulled back 5.18 points to 1,692.30.An onslaught of data from China, the world’s second-largest economy, was not enough to lift the markets, as figures overnight showed that Chinese inflation in July was steady at an annual rate of 2.7 per cent — slightly below an expected modest increase to 2.8 per cent.Industrial production rose 9.7 per cent in the year to June, ahead of expectations for a nine per cent increase and retail sales grew 13.2 per cent in July from a year earlier, slightly slower than June’s growth rate.Overall, analysts said the figures added weight to the argument that the recent soft patch in the economic powerhouse may have come to an end. However, market reaction was fairly muted, as stocks had rallied already on Thursday after strong Chinese trade numbers.“The news out of China still needs to be digested by the market. The market has been accustomed to relative disappointment on the Chinese economic front — growth slowing through last year and into this year, uncertainty over the direction of monetary policy,” said Andrew Pyle, associate director of wealth management for Scotia MacLeod.He said as a result, little reaction on the markets may be investors waiting to see weather the numbers are in fact true.“I think the market is unwilling to jump in with both feet simply because a number of good numbers came in overnight from China,” said Pyle, from Peterborough, Ont. “You have a market now that is tired. We’ve been through the second quarter of the U.S. earnings seasona You have a market now that is searching for the next reason to stay positive and I think you’re starting to see some of that fatigue.”Meanwhile, a double-dose of economic news was also released in Canada, potentially indicating that the economy wasn’t faring at a pace that some have come to expect.Statistics Canada says a surprisingly high 39,400 net jobs were lost last month, with public sector workers and youth taking on the biggest share of the losses. On a positive note, however, Canada’s private sector employers added 31,400 jobs.The official unemployment rate is now 7.2 per cent, one-tenth of a point higher than in June. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. also reported that total housing starts continued to be relatively stable in July.The federal agency estimates there were 17,993 actual starts in July which, extrapolated over 12 months, gives a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 192,853 starts. That was slightly down from June’s adjusted annual rate of 193,797 starts.On the TSX, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares rose more than five per cent, or 49 cents, on news that the Canadian smartphone-maker’s chief executive officer and board of directors are warming to the idea of taking the company private.The reports from Reuters said no decision was imminent and BlackBerry issued a brief statement saying it doesn’t comment on rumours or speculation. The Toronto-listed shares climbed to $10 in late-morning trading.Meanwhile, autoparts giant Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) reported a US$415 million profit and record-high second-quarter sales, which were up 16 per cent from the same time last year and well above analyst estimates.Magna now expects between $33.3 billion and $34.7 billion of sales in 2013 — about $700 million higher than Magna’s outlook in May when its first-quarter results were issued. Magna shares were ahead $2.41 or three per cent to $82.56.Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) is also reporting US$802 million of net income and US$464 million of funds from operations for common shareholders in the second quarter.Both results were more than double the levels a year earlier, when the Toronto-based asset manager had US$379 million of net income and $159 million of funds from operations.Brookfield is one of Canada’s largest asset managers, with numerous publicly traded subsidiaries and investments primarily focused on real estate, power generation and natural resources, particularly in the forestry sector. Despite the positive earnings, its shares dipped 14 cents to $38.44On the commodities front, December bullion dropped 80 cents to US$1,309.10 an ounce. The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up $1.98 cents to US$105.30 a barrel. Copper was ahead four cents to $3.31. read more

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Britain wants to avoid nodeal Brexit says British envoy to Canada

OTTAWA — Britain’s envoy to Canada says her government wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit departure from the European Union, and its presentation of documents to Brussels on Thursday was a step towards a last-ditch agreement.High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said in an interview that a negotiated departure, not the so-called hard Brexit that would mean no negotiated departure agreement with the EU, is still the preferred option for her country.Her assessment comes in face of widespread European criticism that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has nothing new to offer the EU after more than two years of fruitless negotiations.Le Jeune d’Allegeershecque was speaking in Ottawa hours after her government presented “confidential, technical non-papers” to the EU on Thursday, which have been described as discussion points and not formal proposals.The EU confirmed receipt of the papers, which come after the 28-country bloc (counting Britain, for now) has criticized Johnson for not tabling concrete proposals ahead of an Oct. 31 deadline.Johnson has said Britain will leave the EU by that date, with or without a deal.The EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Britain’s chief Brexit minister Steve Barclay are to meet on Friday.“Yes, there are series of confidential, technical non-papers which we have shared with the (European) Commission,” le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said in an interview in her Ottawa office.“It shows there are concrete proposals on the table,” she added.“There were people suggesting nothing was happening. It shows that something is happening.”She said it would be “hugely challenging” to get a deal done in the next six weeks, given that the British Parliament rejected former prime minister Theresa May’s past efforts — a political failure that cost her her job and paved the way for Johnson’s ascent to 10 Downing Street.After furious debate and political defections from his governing Conservative party, Johnson prorogued Parliament until Oct. 14. That sparked a court challenge from Johnson’s opponents alleging that he acted unlawfully and misled Queen Elizabeth, who formally put Parliament on hold. Britain’s high court says it will issue its ruling next week.Meanwhile, Britain is also eyeing a European Council meeting on Oct. 17 and 18, where it still hopes to negotiate a deal, said le Jeune d’Allegeershecque.“The government’s goal is to come away from that European Council with a deal, which they will then present to Parliament, and they want to get that deal through Parliament before the 31st of October so that we do not leave without a deal. That is the objective.”Kareen Rispal, the French ambassador to Canada, said the EU wants to see a concrete proposal from Britain before it will endorse any extension of the Brexit deadline beyond Oct. 31.“So far we are not convinced, and if there is no new proposal before the European Council there is no reason to extend,” Rispal said in an interview earlier this week.“It’s going to hit us badly. So far, the forecast is we’re going to lose half a point of growth due to the Brexit,” she added. “We respect this decision even if we are very saddened by this decision of a withdrawal. We think the U.K. is a very valuable ally in the EU.”Le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said Britain will make a priority of seeking separate trade deals with Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States once it has left the EU.She said Canadian and British negotiators have been meeting regularly for “technical discussions” to hammer out what elements of an already-negotiated Canada-EU trade deal could be adopted in a two-way agreement.EU member states are not allowed to negotiate bilateral trade agreements while they are still members of the bloc, and le Jeune d’Allegeershecque said nothing is being formally negotiated at this point.But Rispal cautioned that Britain’s rush for post-Brexit deals with other countries will have to wait until the actual economic fallout of the departure can be assessed.“We have no idea what the impact will be,” said Rispal. “Maybe it is going to be worse, maybe it’s going to be OK. And I think that rushing into an agreement the day after, maybe that’s not what we will have to do.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press read more

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Column NekNominations craze will soon pass – but our drinking culture wont

first_imgON BEHALF OF the Union of Students in Ireland, I’d first of all like to extend sincere condolences to the families and friends of the young men who tragically passed away over the weekend.It is clear that the worst-held fears of all of us regarding the ‘NekNomination’ craze which has gripped the Facebook accounts of young Irish people over the past couple of weeks, have now come to pass. While unfortunately for many, it comes too late, we must now reflect on the events of the past 48 hours, and break this vicious and dangerous cycle.On Sunday, we launched an online campaign calling on people to ‘Break The Chain’- To stand up and say No to the peer pressure involved with NekNominations.For many this has been easier said than done – failing to complete a NekNomination in many cases has led to cyberbullying and online abuse. And it’s this type of peer pressure that led to the escalation of this particular fad, and tells a story of the nature of drinking habits in this country.Drinking culture exclusive to my generationWhile others may believe otherwise, this is not a drinking culture exclusive to my generation, and unless we act now to curb our continued acceptance of alcohol abuse as part of our ‘culture’, it is assured to continue into the next generation and beyond.We are calling on young people to consider not only the impact or harm that taking part in NekNominations may have on themselves or the friends they are interacting with, but also young children who they may be connected to on Facebook, or vulnerable young people who would not be used to engaging in this type of activity.While the potential knock-on effects may have been obvious at an early stage, as the days passed by videos of people downing or ‘necking’ pints not dissimilar to what you might find in an Irish pub on a regular weekend, were replaced by a mass escalation as NekNominations became a race to the bottom. More dangerous challenges, greater risk, larger quantities and stronger volumes of alcohol. It was only going in one direction.The impact of emigrationIt is worth mentioning the impact of emigration on the levels of popularity and remarkably quick escalation of people participating in NekNominations – I have seen from my own Facebook timeline, the large numbers of Irish abroad (particularly in Australia, where this fad originated) nominating their friends back home, and vice-versa. It has become a short-term online social platform for friends and groups split apart, and a commentary on our ‘lost generation’.I believe that NekNominations are now going to die out. I believe it will pass as quickly as it’s emerged, and there are positive signs that a majority of young people are now choosing to ‘break the chain’. However, we must not dismiss this and simply move on, or pass the buck to social media networks suggesting that tighter regulation will solve all our problems.There is an inherent problem with alcohol abuse amongst people in this country, not just the youth. NekNominations are merely synonymous with Ireland’s wider drinking culture and the very real issues we face, merely expressed through a modern medium where everything is public. This should act as a conversation-starter for us to finally take responsibility, face up to the very real problem we have, and act to address it.Tackling the way the alcohol industry advertisesWe are working with the Department of Health on a new alcohol awareness campaign, independent of ties to the drinks industry, which provides unbiased information to young people on the dangers associated with binge drinking and alcohol excess. We will certainly take learnings from recent events to help inform this.We need to look at the way the drinks industry advertises and promotes itself to young people, and how this can be regulated better. Alcohol sponsorship of sports and events must be on the table. Sports has a role to play in Irish society beating this enormous challenge, and when viewed pragmatically, it is understandable given the funding cuts of recent years the difficulties faced in replacing this sponsorship. However we must now work towards phasing this out completely.But if for no other reason than out of respect for those who have lost so much over so little, we hope that people will choose to Say No to NekNominations. #BreakTheChainJoe O’Connor is President of the Union of Students in Ireland.Read: ‘Will it take my brother’s death for people to realise how stupid neknomination is?’Read: Turning a negative to a positive: Alternatives to neknominate gather paceRead: Neknominations “will lead to more deaths”Have a story to share? Email opinions@thejournal.ielast_img read more

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New Transformers Animated Origin Series Is Coming to Netflix in 2020

first_imgStay on target Autobots and Decepticons are headed to Netflix: The streaming service is debuting War for Cybertron, an animated series that will explore Transformers’ origins, in 2020.On Friday, Netflix announced the new animated show on its NXOnNetflix Twitter account. Netflix is collaborating with Hasbro, entertainment giant Rooster Teeth, and production company Polygon Pictures, to develop Transformers: War for Cybertron, Deadline reported. Hasbro, Netflix, Polygon Pictures, and Rooster Teeth didn’t disclose a premiere date for the series yet.A brand-new Transformers series, War For Cybertron, will roll out on @Netflix in 2020. All-new animation style. Origin story. Autobots. Decepticons. STOKED. pic.twitter.com/aRP0A8uPeF— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 15, 2019John Derderian, Netflix’s anime director, told Deadline that the series, “will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before.” FJ DeSanto, who’s previously worked on the Transformers animated web series Power of the Primes and Titans Return,  will lead creative efforts for the show.Casting details have not been provided yet by Netflix, however, fans can watch Transformers Prime on Netflix to learn more about the Transformers universe.More on Geek.com:‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and NetflixMeet the Cast of Netflix’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Superhero SeriesZack Snyder Is Directing Netflix’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Zombie Trailer What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

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Report: WWE creative writer Robert Evans quits the company during Hall of Fame

first_img Donald Trump Stone Cold Steve Austin Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRemember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A ComebackVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:35/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 24.88%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vince Mcmahon Videos Articles Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis WhatsApp According to reports from Mike Johnson at PWInsider and Dave Meltzer at F4WOnline,  Robert Evans is no longer part of the company’s creative writing team over a situation which took place during last weekend’s Hall of Fame at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It is being reported that a line in the speech Evans wrote that had Hart thanking Vince McMahon for giving him and Jim Neidhart their break together.  It is also being said that writers were either told ahead of time or it was expected that they knew Vince McMahon’s name was not to be mentioned in any Hall of Fame speech.It is noted in Meltzer’s report Evans was berated, and because he was about to be fired, he instead quit on his own.  The incident reportedly took place right after Bret Hart and  Natalya Neidhart’s speech ended with something of a you can’t fire me because of an I quit scenario.  Meltzer also noted according to sources the issue could have been resolved but instead Evans quit.  It was also said the thanking of Vince was on the teleprompter which means it gotten past a number of others in the company after Evans had wrote it. In Mike Tedesco’s Hall of Fame ceremony recap he noted that all of D-Generation X repeatedly, in a joking manner mentioned Vince McMahon’s name that followed with “Thank you Vince” chants from the fans in attendance.   Robert Evans is best known for his time in Ring of Honor from 2010 to 2014 under the in-ring name of R.D. Evans.  He also appeared in the CHIKARA promotion between 2011 and 2015 as Archibald Peck. He first appeared in WWE on the September 13, 2013 episode of Smackdown where he took part in an interview segment where he was slapped by Ryback. Evans re-signed with WWE in 2016 as part of the creative team. Evans posted to Twitter on Thursday (view below) officially stating he quit WWE.My Official Statement: pic.twitter.com/m8AIQcMOBr— R.D. Evans (@Oh_Robert_Evans) April 11, 2019 Remember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A Comeback Facebook Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam Videos Articles Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

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Condom use now recommended as a prevention to Zika sexually transmitted case

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – Despite local officials trying to downplay research that Zika virus is indeed a mosquito borne illness which is spread also through sexual intercourse, a case surfaces in Dallas which again confirms otherwise and it comes from the CDC. The BBC is reporting that a patient infected in Dallas, Texas is likely to have been infected by sexual contact. FoxNews is reporting that a person infected with Zika in Venezuela passed it onto their partner, in Dallas. Health officials in Dallas are reacting to this confirmation with, “Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others.” In fact, the Dallas County Health Services Director is recommending the use of a condom, which is the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infection. It is reported that the WHO estimates there could be up to 4 million cases of Zika in the Americas in the next year. Officials said people can avoid the Zika virus by protecting against mosquito bites and avoiding sexual contact with those infected. Related Items:condoms, Dallas County Health Services, who, zika virus Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ADDS CARICOM NATIONS TO WATCH LIST MORE THAN PREGNANT WOMEN need to be concerned about Zika Airliners spraying for Zika prevention; Zika impacting tourism arrivalslast_img read more

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NBA smart jersey lets you change team allegiance in seconds

first_imgNBA boss Adam Silver changes the name and number on a jersey with an app. NBA Twitter/Screenshot by CNET Fairweather basketball fans might have it easy come 2038.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed a smart jersey that can change the player name and number in a matter of seconds.At an All-Star Technology Summit showcasing how the league might change over the coming 19 years, Silver used a phone app to change the name and number from Stephen Curry’s 30 to an old-school Michael Jordan 23. Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Angela Lang/CNET 2 Comments $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) He couldn’t change the color (so you won’t be able to instantly blend in with any team) and didn’t actually explain how it works, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.The NBA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the technology used in the smart jersey.Last week, the basketball league teamed up with Facebook to bring game recaps to the social network. $999 $6 at Tidal Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read the Rylo camera preview Best Buy Amazon Sport and Outdoors Tech Industry Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)center_img What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Boost Mobile Share your voice An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon The Cheapskate Rylo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It $210 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Adam Silver unveils the NBA jersey of the future. pic.twitter.com/h5GePOwOjx— NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2019 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $155 at Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Sarah Tew/CNET NBA,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Share your voice See it Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 Turo Read Google Home Hub review Commentslast_img read more

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House passes bill to block robocalls

first_img Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Comments See at Turo $210 at Best Buy $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review See It Tips to stop robocalls See It Sprint Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the AirPods review $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET 7 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $60 at Best Buy Tags $520 at HP What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $59 at eBaycenter_img Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (right) and ranking member Greg Walden (left) said Wednesday that the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act by a vote of 429-3. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images The House on Wednesday passed a bipartisan bill designed to stop robocalls. The measure, called the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, passed by a vote of 429 to 3.”This comprehensive bill requires every call to be verified, allows the blocking of spam calls, and empowers @FCC to protect Americans from scammers,” tweeted Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey and chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone and Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, introduced the bill to the House of Representatives last month. If passed into law, it would require carriers to use technology to verify numbers shown on caller ID and allow the Federal Communications Commission to take action against robocallers.Americans received 47.8 billion robocalls last year, nearly half of which were from scammers, according to an FCC report released in February. Complaints about illegal robocalls have increased from 172,000 in 2015 to 232,000 in 2018, according to the report. In May, the Senate passed an anti-robocall bill called TRACED, which would improve enforcement policies and coordination between agencies policing robocalls. It would also require phone companies use a technology protocol called SHAKEN/STIR to ensure calls are authentic and allow for quicker tracing of illegal calls to find who’s responsible.Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said in a tweet that the House will work with the Senate to “conference our robocall bills and send legislation to the president.”  Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags See it Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 4 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Share your voice $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 1:04 $155 at Google Express An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See Itlast_img read more

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Electrocution injures 3 in Keraniganj

first_imgKeraniganjThree people, including two minors, sustained burn injuries from electrocution in Chunkutia of Keraniganj on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The details of the injured could not be known immediately.Sub-inspector Yakub of South Keraniganj police station said the trio came in touch with a live electric wire around 10:30am, leaving him injured.Being rescued by locals, the injured were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital, he said.last_img

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Texas Man Gets 55 Years In Prison For Fatal Bus Crash Special

first_imgFriday, November 9, 2018Uvalde County Jail via AP, FileJack Dillon Young.Texas Man Gets 55 Years In Prison For Fatal Bus CrashJack Dillon Young has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for causing a Texas church bus crash that killed 13 people.Young, 21, –of Leakey, Texas– was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest on May 31 to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. He had faced up to 270 years in prison after a three-day sentencing hearing.Prosecutors said Young was driving his pickup while under the influence of a prescription sedative and had smoked marijuana before colliding with a church bus in March 2017 on U.S 83 near Uvalde, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of San Antonio.Defense attorney Rogelio Munoz asked for mercy and said doctors didn’t properly monitor Young’s prescription drug use.Ryan Poppe/Texas Public RadioTexas Governor Greg Abbott.Abbott Calls Special Election To Replace Garcia In Texas SenateGovernor Greg Abbott issued Friday a proclamation ordering an expedited special election in Texas State Senate District 6 following the resignation of Senator Sylvia Garcia.The expedited special election will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, with early voting beginning on Monday, November 26, 2018.Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018.Earlier on Friday, Garcia had announced her resignation and asked Abbott to call a quick election.Google MapsThe Thomas Middle School is one of the five HISD campuses that will be become a community school.HISD Board Approves Launch Of Community SchoolsFive campuses of the Houston Independent School District will provide about 4,000 local students and their families services related to housing, food, clothing and counseling, as well as medical and dental health. HISD calls the concept community schools.The Board of Education approved Thursday the use of grant funds from the Department of Education to turn the five campuses to community schools. The five campuses include the Albert L. Thomas Middle School and four elementary schools: Benavidez, Lockhart, Marshall and Robinson.HISD says the schools serve 3,898 students in communities with high poverty rates and a demonstrated need for wraparound services.The Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT), Communities in Schools, the City of Houston’s Office of Education, the Houston Food Bank, Houston Community Schools Partnership and Texas Children’s Hospital are partnering with HISD in the initiative.Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline ConstructionA U.S. district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment.Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order, issued late Thursday, overturns the Trump administrations’s approval last year of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline and at least temporarily prevents it from being built.Although the decision does not permanently halt the pipeline’s construction, it nevertheless comes as TransCanada, the Canadian company that owns Keystone, is preparing to start construction in Montana, shipping pipe to various locations throughout the state, the Great Falls Tribune reports.The order stems from a lawsuit filed by the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance. Sharelast_img read more

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Riverdale Season 3 Ep 20 Recap A Slasher Returns

first_img After Betty’s dad apparently died in a prison transport accident at the end of last week’s episode, there was one question on our minds. Is he really dead? Because unless Riverdale shows us a body, I’m gonna assume the answer is no. Betty’s on the same page because she’s one of the few people in this town with a modicum of sense. She’s sure that her dad planned this. He got her to get him a transfer and his bus mysteriously catches fire. That’s fishy. So uh… you ready for more Black Hood. I sure as hell am not. For a show with only 3 episodes left though, it sure is taking this development slowly. Betty gets a call from that creepy coroner. The dental records match. Her father is dead. Yeah… still not definitive enough for this show.For now though, she accepts that evidence as fact and pushes forward with the Gargoyle king investigation. Solving murder mysteries might not be the healthiest way to process grief, but it’s definitely the most fun. Eliminating her dad as the Gargoyle King, she joins Jughead to chase new leads. And as luck would have it, one immediately comes in. Before he died, Kurtz got runic tattoos from the game on his back. The same symbols other victims of both the game and the Ghoulies have had carved into their skin. They question the tattoo artist who reveals someone else got the same ink about a year ago. Right around the time Edgar Evernever showed up.Betty immediately thinks that means Edgar is the Gargoyle King. She has a pretty compelling case too. He uses people’s trauma against them. All the parents in Riverdale have the shared trauma of the Gargoyle King, so it’s natural he could use that. But that would be way too simple a solution for this show. Betty demands Edgar show her his back, and we all know there’s not going to be anything there. Let’s be honest, this scene is here for one reason. Edgar Evernever may be a creepy cult leader, but he’s still Chad Michael Murray. And Chad Michael Murray still looks good without a shirt on.Vanessa Morgan as Toni and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl. (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)So it’s time for a new plan. Betty and Jughead study the game and figure out the best way to meet the Gargoyle King is to become the Griffin Queen. For real this time. And the best way to do that? Make Betty prom queen. Yes, there’s a prom at this school. The show has a fun bit of self-awareness here. “We still do things like that here?” Betty’s path to prom queen just got a lot easier too. Edgar and Evelyn both tell Cheryl to drop out of the race or lose access to the farm. And Jason. As if the neon “CULT” sign over this place couldn’t get any brighter. Also, Cheryl makes a pointed remark towards Evelyn about how she’s pushing 30 and still going to high school. So… this is common knowledge? And she’s still allowed to go here? What kind of school is this?Betty wins easily and at the big dance, receives an invite from the Gargoyle King. She walks out to the hallway alone to meet him just as her name is called as the winner. Isn’t that always how it goes? She comes face to face with the Gargoyle King and demands to know who he is. At gunpoint. You know, with everything else going on, having a character bring a gun to school in 2019 is somehow the least crazy thing to happen this season. I can’t even call it tone deaf because Riverdale’s complete disregard for any semblance of a consistent tone is part of its charm. That said, having it happen as a matter of course like this feels increasingly tasteless in a world where there are multiple school shootings in a year. There just never will be a good time to do this. Turns out Betty and the Gargoyle King aren’t the only ones in the hallway. The Black Hood attacks her from behind. With that, the Gargoyle King is immediately forgotten. Understandable when there’s suddenly a serial killer after you.Lili Reinhart as Betty. (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)Riverdale goes full horror movie here, and I love it. It was fun watching Betty and Jughead play detective, and while I’m annoyed it didn’t even gesture at a satisfying conclusion, this was a thrilling way for the story to play out. We have two episodes left of the season, and I imagine the show wants to save all its remaining reveals for later anyway. Watching the Black Hood stalk Betty through the school is scary. It only gets more horrifying as she comes across dead body after dead body. All the while, the Black Hood is dragging his hook across the lockers for added effect. (I’ll let you add your own man door hand hook car door joke here.) The scares reach their peak when the Black Hood traps her in a closet with another dead body. He nearly gets the door open, but hears someone coming and runs off.Fun as the horror movie sequence was, the real interesting part came afterwards. Jughead offers to have Betty stay in their house again now that his mother’s gone. Betty feels she needs to protect her mother and sister. The Black Hood is back, and she’s pretty sure it’s her father. That’s when the episode takes an even more sinister turn. Edgar tells Betty the one place her and her families safety will be guaranteed is on the Farm. After all, it has concrete walls and guards. Betty may not like it, but she agrees to stay. Hmmm. This starting to feel fishy to anyone else? I’m going to guess this was Edgar’s plan all along. He may not be the Gargoyle King, but he could still be affiliated. And orchestrating a prison van accident and the apparent return of a serial killer would be a good way to stop Betty’s snooping. As the episode ends, we’re just wondering one thing. Does this mean Betty will end up falling under Edgar’s spell?KJ Apa as Archie and Camila Mendes as Veronica. (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)While the Black Hood well unexpectedly still had some water in it, that’s not the case for the other storyline that keeps coming back. We’re dealing with Archie’s boxing career again. This time, Veronica takes on the role of being his manager. She even gets him into a competition. A legit one this time. All he needs is his mom’s signature. She’s staying in town while his dad’s… away. She refuses to sign the waiver because she doesn’t want Archie boxing. So he does what a lot of kids in this situation do: He forges her signature. No way that comes back to bite him. Kidding, it does almost immediately.His mom says if he’s so into boxing, he do it for a scholarship to the Naval Academy. Because boxing is dangerous, but there’s no place safer than the military. The scout wants to see Archie perform, so she sets up a match… the same day as the tournament. Archie’s confident he can do two fights in one day because he’s a dumbass. He can’t. He loses the first one and collapses in the ring before the second can start. The truth comes out, and Archie tells his mom he doesn’t want to go to school. He wants to see how far his fists can take him. So we’re gonna get a whole lot more of this. Great.Casey Cott as Kevin, Vanessa Morgan as Toni, and Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty. (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)Riverdale has never really known what to do with Archie, and this boxing story is an extension of that. Archie’s best stories on this show were when he was trying to do right by his friends and screwing it up because he’s still a doofus. He’s not really doing that here, and boxing is always the least interesting part of the show compared to everything else going on. His relationship with his mother gets some nice development here, so that was a plus. Even if it was more out of necessity. This was the first episode shot after Luke Perry’s tragic death. Knowing that, it’s super weird that there wasn’t even an attempt at a goodbye. He’s just “out of town.” There’s no right way to handle this, but ignoring it is just awkward. If there is a bright side, it means Molly Ringwald gets more screentime. That always makes me happy.Also, Veronica has to explain multiple times in this episode that she and Archie are just friends. She wants to support her friend. She’s going to prom with her friend. Because they’re friends, you see. Only friends and nothing more. I’m calling it now, they’re getting back together before the season is over.Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3 Episode 19 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 18 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 17 Recap Stay on target SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 last_img read more

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Discover these 7 hidden gems in Britain you need to visit

first_imgPhoto: Les Haines, Flickr Despite being such a small island, Britain is filled with undiscovered holiday spots. From huge secluded caves in Scotland to wonderful wild walks on the south coast, the island’s natural beauty is made all the better by the fact no one knows about these spectacular destinations yet. So beat the hordes of tourists and unearth Britain’s hidden gems for the perfect, tranquil break. Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, DevonPhoto: BackyardProduction, GettyThe name may be a little unimaginative, but the otherworldly sights at this valley in Devon more than make up for it.The stunning seaside and the paths alongside it are filled with surprises, like the adorable native wild goats. Different routes weave through the valley, meaning there’s always something new to explore. But when you need to catch your breath, avoid looking at the sea, as it’ll probably just take it away once again. Find holiday homes in Lynton. Hellfire Caves, BuckinghamshirePhoto: Neil Rickards, FlickrAlso known as the far less impressively named ‘West Wycombe Caves’, this network of caverns was excavated in the 18th Century for gatherings of the mysterious Hellfire Club.Although there are no secret societies meeting there today (that we know of), there’s much to enjoy when you venture into the caves, including a host of Halloween and horror-themed events. There’s also a tea room, if that all sounds like far too much hard work.Find holiday homes in Buckinghamshire.Smoo Cave, DurnessPhoto: Elgol, GettyThe north coast of Scotland contains many stunning secrets, not least this magnificent sea cave near the village of Durness.Despite a 50 foot high entrance and floodlit interior, Smoo remains a relatively undiscovered marvel underneath the beauty of the Highlands. It’s also completely free, but worth taking a paid tour so you can enjoy the underground river raft and explore the cave’s many hidden corners.       Find holiday homes in Durness.Clevedon Pier, Somerset eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Photo: Jennifer Sanerkin, GettyStep into Victorian Britain at this Grade I listed location; a place once described by Sir John Betjeman as ‘the most beautiful pier in England’.Enjoy a leisurely wander down the gangway, catch a boat out on the waves and enjoy candlelit dinner as the sun sets. Can you think of more perfect place to be civilized by the sea?Find holiday homes in Clevedon.Wasdale Valley, Lake DistrictPhoto: EyematrixThe ideal way to swerve the Windermere and Ambleside tourist crowds is to get down to Wasdale Valley. It’s well worth making the effort to access one of the most remote and gorgeous corners of Cumbria.Explore England’s deepest lake and highest mountain, visit one of its smallest churches, and absorb the magnificence of the country’s most famous mountain range.Find holiday homes in Wasdale.Norfolk lavender fieldsPhoto: Martin Pettitt, FlickrYou don’t need to visit the fields of Provence for the sweet smell and beautiful sight of lilac flowers swaying in the breeze.You can visit the fields in Heacham instead. But soaking your senses isn’t the only thing to do in Norfolk. Enjoy everything from cake and hot drinks in glorious tea rooms to tours of shops selling lavender-scented treats. Find holiday homes in Norfolk.Forvie Dunes, AberdeenshirePhoto: colin_hunter, GettyThe least disturbed series of sand dunes in the UK, if it weren’t for the often… refreshing climate in the Forvie Nature Reserve, you might think that you’d wandered into the desert.Wild and wonderful, walk through the dunes and hear the tales told in the area, including the story of the village that was swallowed by the shifting sands…Find holiday homes in Aberdeenshire.  Cottages.com is a client of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!Indonesia.travel: LGBT visitors in Indonesia may soon face prison time and caningGay beach vacations in Crete: The essentialsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hidden-gems-britain-visit/last_img read more

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Lawmakers vote to curb their own salaries

first_imgRelated posts:4 lawmakers attempt to boost their teachers’ pensions by calculating them based on higher Assembly salaries 11 lawmakers return to Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly for second term Agreement reached on wage increase for public employees Energy prices and politics weigh down business confidence, Costa Rica private-sector survey notes Beginning in 2015, Costa Rican lawmakers will receive only one pay raise per year – not two – according to reforms approved Tuesday in a first-round debate at the Legislative Assembly. All 47 lawmakers present unanimously approved the measures, which peg salary raises to inflation registered during the previous year. The plan also eliminates legislation from 1993 that outlined two mandatory annual increases of 5 percent.Assembly President Henry Mora said a second and final round of debate likely would take place on Thursday.Before taking office in May, lawmakers had agreed to address the issue, which angered many Costa Rican voters because the pay hikes for legislators were higher than those earned by other public employees. A draft of the bill was submitted for study on May 1, lawmakers’ first day in office.The reform also sets a maximum increase limit of 10 percent, and eliminates an upcoming raise scheduled for November.Mora, a representative from the ruling Citizens Action Party (PAC), praised the vote, saying that if inflation continues at 5 percent – as it has in recent years – taxpayers would save up to ₡1.3 billion ($2.3 million) by the end of their terms in 2018.“Today we eliminated a privilege that former lawmakers approved for their own benefit. Other public agencies that recently approved salary increases of up to ₡1 million should take note,” Mora said, referring to board members of the Public Services Regulatory Authority, who on Monday approved salary increases for themselves.The monthly salaries of lawmakers in the previous Assembly was ₡3,596,000 ($6,400). Current legislators received an automatic increase as soon as they took office. As of May, their montly salary is ₡3,776,000 ($6,750).National Liberation Party lawmaker Antonio Álvarez Desanti noted that, “Today we fulfilled a campaign promise. I think it was a great gesture by us to Costa Rica that this initiative was unanimously approved, and it demonstrates the seriousness and maturity of this Legislative Assembly.”In addition to monthly salaries, the Legislative Assembly provides each lawmaker with 500 liters of free gasoline per month and ₡161,000 ($300) for monthly office and cellphone bills.Taxpayers also pay the salaries of up to five advisers for each lawmaker and other expenses, including snacks and drinks served during daily sessions, meetings and social gatherings. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Indian strike against reforms shuts trains shops

first_imgGovernment officials said they remained confident the government would survive until the next scheduled elections in 2014.___Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma contributed to this report.___Follow Ravi Nessman on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ravinessman “It’s a very difficult decision for the government,” Information Minister Ambika Soni said. “We have tried to assure everybody that there was no other way except to take that decision to keep the economy on track.”Opponents said the fuel hike would spark higher inflation and hurt the country’s poor. They said opening up the retail sector to foreign giants would crush the nation’s millions of small retail shops.“India is heading toward economic slavery,” Rajnath Singh, a leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, said during a protest Thursday. He warned that the entry of Wal-Mart would flood India with Chinese-made goods, hurting local farmers, manufacturers and retailers.The Trinamool Congress party announced it would pull out of the coalition Friday unless the economic package was withdrawn, leaving the ruling Congress party some time to win it back. However, Chidambaram, the finance minister, said the reforms would stand.If the Trinamool Congress pulled out, India would be left with a minority government dependent on the outside support of either the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party. The BSP said it would not decide until next month what action to take. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top holiday drink recipes In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, protesters blocked railroad tracks. Some burned an effigy of Singh on the tracks, while others carried signs reading “Go Back Wal-Mart,” a reference to the U.S. retail giant expected to enter the Indian market under the new regulations.The region of Jammu, an opposition stronghold, was mostly shut.In central Delhi, thousands joined protests demanding the government back down.In a bit of street theater common to Indian demonstrations, about 2,000 people in Delhi marched to a police station and demanded to be detained. Among those who got themselves arrested was Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, who walked into the station surrounded by his government-provided security detail.Law Minister Salman Khurshid said the protesters were only hurting the economy they claimed to be defending.“I think they’ve shown their point, they’ve given their point of view, they’ve shown their protest,” he said. “Now let us get back to work, back to our factories, back to our shops, back to our offices, schools and colleges.”Singh, who came under intense criticism in recent months for presiding over a corrupt and paralyzed government, stunned the country with last week’s raft of reforms. The government announced a reduction in massive subsidies for diesel fuel and cooking gas. It also opened up the country’s enormous retail sector to foreign competitors, allowed local airlines to sell stakes to foreign carriers and pledged to sell off chunks of four state-run companies. Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Some government allies have joined opposition parties in supporting the protests, which closed many schools and kept commercial trucks off the roads. In some states, such as opposition-ruled Gujarat, the strike was widely followed. In other regions, including the main cities of New Delhi and Mumbai, the impact of the protests was scattered. Nevertheless, the Confederation of Indian Industry estimated the country might have lost as much as $2.3 billion in production and trade.In a signal that the government was on shaky ground, many of the protests in Uttar Pradesh state were led by the Samajwadi Party, which has been supporting the government from outside the fragile ruling coalition. The party, which has been extremely critical of the reform package, postponed a meeting it had called for Thursday evening to determine its next step.Top ministers downplayed any talk of a teetering government.“We have enough friends today, we had enough friends yesterday … so I don’t see any reason why you should doubt our stability,” Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters.Also Thursday, the government notified, or starting setting into law, the Cabinet decisions on foreign direct investment in single-brand retail, multi-brand retail, civil aviation, broadcasting sector and power exchanges, which removes the possibility of any changes. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) – Angry demonstrators disrupted trains and forced some shops and schools to close Thursday in a partly successful national strike protesting a government decision to cut fuel subsidies and open India’s huge retail market to foreign companies.Political backlash against the economic reform package presented by the Cabinet last week has left Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition scrambling to shore up its support and prevent early elections.last_img read more

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