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Search continues for Mildred Flett

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police said they still consider the search for Mildred Flett a high priority.Friends and family have not heard from or seen Flett in almost a year. Flett also goes by the name of Mildred Nelson.Originally from Split Lake First Nation, Flett is described as having brown eyes, black hair and weights 140 to 150 lbs.She may have cut her hair short.Roseau River First Nation Chief Terry Nelson, Flett’s ex-husband, said the family is frustrated with the slow progress of police.Nelson said the family is organizing its own search and offering a $5,000 reward.last_img read more

DR Congo UN deplores murder of five humanitarian workers

6 October 2011The United Nations today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to capture and try those responsible for the murder of five non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in the deadliest ever single assault on humanitarian workers in the vast country. The United Nations today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to capture and try those responsible for the murder of five non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in the deadliest ever single assault on humanitarian workers in the vast country.The five, along with several other people, were killed on Monday in Malinda in the strife-torn east of DRC on the same day that another assault was launched against an NGO in nearby Uvira, the latest in a growing number of attacks in recent weeks targeting humanitarian workers and impeding the delivery of vital aid.“We deplore with all our energy this aggression and all the other acts which hamper humanitarian work in DRC,” the UN acting coordinator in the country, Pierrette Vu Thi, said in a statement, stressing that it is primarily the Government’s responsibility to protect both Congolese citizens and members of national and international organizations.“We call on the Government to immediately open an inquiry to find the perpetrators of this odious act so as to bring them to justice,” she added.The attacks, ranging from extortion to hostage taking to using humanitarian vehicles to carry military equipment, are linked to the persistent fighting in eastern DRC and have aroused a growing sense of vulnerability in humanitarian organizations. Since August there have been 25 such incidents in North Kivu province and 15 in South Kivu, where Malinda and Uvira are located. Since January the two provinces have suffered nearly 140 such attacks.“This aggression, which plunges the humanitarian family into mourning and causes the utmost alarm, far from diverting us from our vocation, will strengthen even further our resolve to always bring to the least privileged the aid which they need,” Ms. Vu Thi said.Since 1999 and under various names, the UN has maintained a peacekeeping mission of up to nearly 20,000 uniformed personnel in the DRC to oversee the vast country’s emergence from years of civil war and factional chaos, culminating most notably in 2006 with the first democratic elections in over four decades. A measure of stability has returned to the country, which is as large as Western Europe, but fighting has continued sporadically in the east, where the bulk of the UN mission, currently known as MONUSCO, is deployed. read more

Bombardier gets German 226million order for 35 trains

BERLIN — Montreal based Bombardier says it has an order to supply Germany’s Abellio Rail with 35 of its Talent 2 trains in a deal valued at US$226 million.Bombardier announced in a release Monday morning that it will supply 20 three-car and 15 five-car trains, with the vehicles due to enter service in December 2015.The company develops and manufactures the Talent 2 trains at its site in Hennigsdorf, Germany.Bombardier says the units will be equipped with its MITRAC 1000 propulsion and control system.It says one of the advantages of this system is that it allows the train to accelerate quickly to a constant speed. read more

Why 2015 will be a tipping point for smartphone payments

TORONTO — More Canadians will be reaching for their cellphones instead of their wallets to pay for purchases this year, predicts a report by global professional services firm Deloitte.[np_storybar title=”Nine must-have (and free) financial apps for 2015″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/10/nine-must-have-and-free-financial-apps-for-2015/”%5D If one of your resolutions is to get on top of your finances, here are a handful of financial apps that will make you a money whiz for 2015. [/np_storybar]The report, released Tuesday, sees 2015 as a “tipping point” for retailers, banks and telecom companies to adopt the technology, which allows consumers to make relatively small payments within seconds with their smartphones.Duncan Stewart, a director at Deloitte Canada, said there now are more phone models with the technology, called near field communication, and more retail locations that can accept the payments.The familiarity Canadians already have with using credit cards to tap and pay, whether in a coffee shop or at the drugstore, will make it easier for consumers to transition to using the same technology with their smartphone.If I’m doing it with my credit card, why not do it with my phone?“They think: ‘If I’m doing it with my credit card, why not do it with my phone? It’s basically the same,’” said Stewart.Deloitte’s annual report named smartphone mobile payments as its top technology trend of 2015 — beating out other emerging trends such as 3D printers, click-and-collect retail locations and the Internet of Things — a term used to describe devices that communicate with each other.It estimates that, this year, about five per cent of the world’s 600 million equipped smartphones will be used to make an in-store purchase at least once a month, a 1,000 per cent increase over 2014. By the end of the year, it expects one in 20 smartphone owners to have made a mobile payment with their phone.Although usage will be up, it is not yet “mainstream.”“It will be a long while before the majority of us can jettison our physical wallets,” said the report, although it noted the attraction of a higher spending limit for such payments using smartphones, around $100 versus $50 for credit cards.‘I once made my own laundry detergent:’ Tips from Canada’s most frugal bloggersIt only took Apple three days to sign up one million credit cards on Apple PayStewart said adoption will be driven by retailers who see benefits to promoting contactless smartphone payments, such as the ability to process transactions and to integrate loyalty programs and special in-store offers seamlessly.“The real benefit to the retailer is speed,” he said. “They don’t need to handle cash, or customers typing in a PIN. It moves people through the stores faster.”But the report also noted that one of the impediments for retailers may be the cost of installing new point-of-sale machines equipped to handle the new technology.In addition to smartphone payments, Deloitte forecasted that the popularity of physical books will continue its resurgence in 2015 with more consumers demonstrating that they’re still willing to pay for print books after the sales of ebooks plateaued or fell last year in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.It also noted that those aged 18 to 34 years will spend an average of US$750 a year on traditional and digital content this year. The report said that translates to nearly US$7 billion in sales for the Canadian media industry for pay TV, music, computer games, books, live sports, streaming video and newspapers.Deloitte’s report is based on interviews and research conducted with more than 8,000 clients, industry analysts and global leaders from June to December. read more

Iraq top UN envoy meets with US administrator

The 30-minute meeting in Baghdad was part of the ongoing, almost daily consultations Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, has been having with all segments in Iraq since his arrival there at the beginning of June.Tomorrow, he is expected to travel to the city of Al-Hilla as part of his continuing efforts to meet with Iraqis outside the capital.On a related note, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) opened a three day meeting in Beirut today, entitled ” Iraq and the Region after the War.” Participants were considering possible action by intellectuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) aimed at confronting the challenges of economic, social, cultural and humanitarian reconstruction and development in Iraq.ESCWA Executive Secretary Mervat Tallawy, told the opening session the commission would be sending a needs assessment team to Iraq. ESCWA, in cooperation with UN sister agencies and concerned organizations, was trying to re-build Iraqi’s economic and social infrastructure in order to enable the country contribute to growth of Arab States, she said.The Lebanon Country Manager of the World Bank, Omar Razzaz, told the session: “The important question for this meeting is how to frame the development agenda for Iraq given its history and rich base in oil, water and human capital.”In other words, how can Iraq ensure that its medium to long term development contribute to a diversified economy, broad distribution of its benefits, and avoiding the typical incentives for a bloated public sector, excessive consumption at the expense of future generations, and a ‘rentier based’ system of governance,” he added. read more

Withdrawal line between Israel and Lebanon remains calm but tense – Annan

Israel and Lebanon have by and large “exercised restraint,” resulting in a relative calm along the line of withdrawal, but tension between the two parties remains high, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report that also recommends a six-month extension of the UN force monitoring the situation in southern Lebanon.“Almost six months have passed since the last violent exchange across the Blue Line, the longest period of relative calm since Israel withdrew from Lebanon more than three years ago after 22 years of occupation,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since last January.“Nevertheless, tension between Israel and Lebanon remains high and the relative calm along the Blue Line is an uneasy one,” he notes. The most significant sources of tensions are the persistent Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace and the Hezbollah anti-aircraft fire directed towards Israeli villages.Stressing the need for both parties to refrain from any action that could destabilize the situation on the ground, the Secretary-General warns: “Both the air incursions and the fire violations carry substantial potential for escalation.”Mr. Annan, who recommends a six-month extension of the UNIFIL mandate, until 31 January 2004, said the mission would continue to contribute to the restoration of peace and security. It would also liase with both Lebanon and Israel to maintain calm.However, Lebanon should continue to deploy armed forces in order to extend its control over the south as agreed upon by the Security Council, Mr. Annan adds. read more

Fox News Kelly gets a broadcast special

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly is graduating to the Fox broadcast network — at least for one night.Fox announced Tuesday that Kelly will host a prime-time special in May, featuring celebrity interviews from politics and entertainment. One of Fox News’ biggest stars has increased her profile in recent months with her no-holds-barred debate moderating performances.The network said it has hired television executive Bill Geddie, formerly Barbara Walters’ right-hand man at “The View,” to produce the special.It’s not hard to imagine Kelly getting more such opportunities if the May 23 special goes well. With Walters’ retirement, no one has inherited her mantle as a go-to person for celebrity television interviews.For one night at least, the special will put Kelly in direct competition with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Fox News’ Kelly gets a broadcast special by The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2016 12:52 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, moderator Megyn Kelly talks during a Republican presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Fox announced Tuesday, March 15, 2016 that Kelly will host a prime-time special in May, featuring celebrity interviews from politics and entertainment. One of Fox News’ biggest stars has increased her profile in recent months with her no-holds-barred debate moderating performances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) read more

SecretaryGeneral appalled by deadly attack on UNAfrican Union peacekeepers in Darfur

“The Secretary-General urges the Government of the Sudan to conduct a full investigation and to ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York today.The incident, involving a Nigerian military patrol serving with the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), occurred some two kilometres from the Mission’s regional headquarters in El Geneina, West Darfur. UNAMID personnel, who were heavily fired on from several directions, returned fire, according to a news release issued by UNAMID. Four Nigerian peacekeepers were killed and eight were wounded.“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the Government of Nigeria and to the families of the fallen peacekeepers and UNAMID,” the spokesperson added. The Security Council, in a press statement issued on Wednesday, condemned the ambush “in the strongest terms,” and reiterated its full support for UNAMID. It also called on the Sudanese Government to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice, and on all parties in Darfur to cooperate with the Mission.“The Mission condemns in the strongest terms this criminal attack on our peacekeepers, who are here in the service of Darfur’s people,” UNAMID’s Force Commander and current officer-in-charge, Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba, said in a statement earlier on Wednesday. “I call on the Government of Sudan to bring the perpetrators to justice.”UNAMID is tasked with protecting civilians, promoting an inclusive peace process and helping ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance across Darfur, which has been the scene of fighting between Sudanese Government troops and their allied militias and rebels since 2003.Since the Mission’s initial deployment at the beginning of 2008, over 40 peacekeepers have been killed as a result of hostile actions. read more

Baseball Ohio State baseball prepares for season opener against Kansas State on

OSU sophomore Seth Kinker (37) fires a pitch during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 12, 2016. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team is coming off arguably its most successful season since 2009. The Buckeyes captured the Big Ten tournament title for the first time since 2007 and made an NCAA tournament appearance for the first time since 2009.This Friday, the Buckeyes will begin their season in an effort to build off that success when they travel to Osceola, Florida, to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the first of the four-game Sunshine State Classic Series.But this is a new team from last season’s group of players and repeating could be a challenge without veteran leaders Ronnie Dawson and Nick Sergakis.Co-captain and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer thinks that while this team is young, they are determined and ready to compete again for another Big Ten title.“Last year, we had a lot of position guys returning and not many pitchers at all, pitching was kind of a question mark,” Niemeyer said. “And this year it’s kind of the opposite. But last year it all worked out, pitchers stepped up and this year, I know the hitters are going to step up.”Scouting KSUKansas State is coming off a rough season where they finished second-to-last in its conference with a 26-31 record (8-16 Big 12).The strength of the team last year was in the lineup, where it compiled a team batting average of .284 with 335 runs scored, 30 home runs and 62 stolen bases. They were led offensively by now-senior first baseman Jake Scudder who produced team-bests in batting average (.333) and home runs (7).While the team had no trouble scoring runs, it experienced difficulty in preventing the opponent from doing the same. The pitching staff posted an ERA of 5.06 and only three pitchers had an ERA below 4.00 — none of whom were starting pitchers.Though the Wildcats had their ups and downs last season, the Buckeyes are not taking them lightly. Junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker believes this team could prove to be challenging for a young OSU team still looking to find its feet.“Kansas State’s going to be a wakeup call,” Kinker said. “They’re a good program, they’re Big 12. It’s not like we’re going out there and playing a scrappy scrimmage against a Division III school. This is a Division I school and finding that identity is key.”Fresh-faced rotation looking to get some valuable experienceOSU lost most of its starting lineup from 2016, but the team will also need to replace two weekend starters: John Havird, who graduated, and Tanner Tully, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians.OSU pitching coach Mike Stafford announced the starters will be Niemeyer on Friday, redshirt junior Yianni Pavlopoulos at 2 p.m. on Saturday against the University of Delaware, sophomore Ryan Feltner at 5 p.m. on Saturday against the University of Pittsburgh and redshirt senior Jake Post on Sunday against Kansas State.Of those four, only Niemeyer and Feltner started in a game last season. Pavlopoulos was serving as the team’s closer while Post redshirted the year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.Between their lack of experience and adolescence of the season, starting pitchers will be monitored by Stafford and won’t be left in the game for too long.“I’m thinking at the high-end 85 (pitches), 90 most. But hopefully in that 70 to 80 range is kind of how, in a perfect world, we’d like to keep them,” Stafford said.First pitch of the season is scheduled for noon on Friday. The Buckeyes will take the role of the away team on neutral field in Florida against Kansas State. Their first game in Columbus will not be until March 17 against Xavier. read more

Lets enjoy Handball – Sweden vs Chile will open WC 2011

← Previous Story Mladen Bojinović ready for WC! Next Story → Uroš Zorman in Vive Targi Kielce! It is time for the best handball! World Championships in Sweden beginning in Thursday with a match between Sweden and Chile (20.15 hrs). All other matches of the Round 1 will play at Friday. All 24 teams from Australia to Argentina will have a chance to  enter TOP 7 places and enter the qualification for the Olympic Games in London 2o12.Journalist of Handball-Planet.com is already in Malmo, so be ready for all kind of news, interviews and the other interesting topics from the most handballest place in the Earth in 2011.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n15i2W9fT2Q&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] read more

EHF F4 BLOG Antonio Carlos Ortega The people wanted handball

← Previous Story Atletico Madrid – THW Kiel in the Final of the VELUX EHF F4!!! Next Story → AG Kobenhavn wins third place! SEMIFINALS:The atmosfere in Arena was incredible, The people wanted handball…..The first semifinal, it was not an easy match for Kiel. Kiel’s defense played 5:1 keeping the center behind double pivot, and this made it really difficult for Fuchse Berlin and only find some solutions playing with two pivots and without left wing in the last minutes of first half.Fuchse Berlin was defendíng 6:0, Heinevetter hadn’t had his day and with Petr Stochl getting into his place there was a bigreaction until the end.At The begining of second half THW Kiel started with 6:0 defence  but changed in few minutes. But Fuchse Berlín made a strong push and the last 15 minutos were a big battle where finally Kiel won in the final minutes of the match.The second semifinal was a great match too, not a great handball but lots of emotion from both sides. Atlético Madrid played with all his players with the same rhythm and perhaps the match was too difficult in the end for AG Kobenhavn to contain.Sterbic was very good in the second half and proved of vital importance to Atletico’s victory, as well as Lazarov’s 11 goals.The referees were neutral in the matches, and with high level of arbitrage. atletico madridchampions leagueFuchse BerlinKielkobenhavnortega read more

Montpellier win French Cup 2016

Montpellier won French Cup by beating Paris Saint Germain 31:26 at the final match. Vincent Gerard was the key person who brought trophy in the hands of outsiders in the decisive clash against the superstars from Zvonimir Noka Serdarušić squad. French NT goalie had 17 saves, nine more than his colleague Thiery Omeyer on the other side.Montpellier Agglomeration HB – Paris Saint-Germain HB 31:26 (15:13)PSG : Annonay, Omeyer (8 saves), Melic (4/5), Mollgaard (1/3), Accambray, Vori, Abalo (2/4), Luka Karabatic (2/3), Nikola Karabatic (2/2), Hansen (9/17), Narcisse (4/8), Onufriyenko (1/5), Honrubia (1/2), M’Tima (0/1).Montpellier : Gérard (17 saves), Siffert ; Simonet (6/9), Toumi (1/1), Dolenec (5/8), Guigou (4/4), Costa, Borges, Gaber, Kavticnik (5/8), Bonnefond (3/6), Villeminot, Fabregas (3/3), Gajic (4/5). Montpeller HandballMontpellier ← Previous Story Vardar and Macedonia without Filip Lazarov at least four weeks Next Story → Wisla beat Kielce in Polish “Holy War” read more

Pourquoi lHomme sestil redressé Parce quil faisait trop chaud près du sol

first_imgPourquoi l’Homme s’est-il redressé ? Parce qu’il faisait trop chaud près du solSelon une récente recherche, si l’Homme s’est redressé il y a environ 4 millions d’années, c’est à cause de la température au sol. Trop élevée, celle-ci l’aurait forcé à s’éloigner au maximum du plancher des vaches. Le berceau de l’humanité se situe au Kenya, à proximité du lac Turkana, selon l’avis de nombreux anthropologues. Les températures sont très élevées dans la région, et il semblerait qu’elles étaient encore plus extrêmes il y a quelques millions d’années.Pour tirer cette conclusion, les scientifiques ont étudié les isotopes formés dans le sol il y a 4 millions d’années. Il s’est avéré que les carbonates formés alors l’ont été entre 86 et 95 degrés Fahrenheit, soit entre 30 et 35 degrés Celsius.L’Homme se serait donc redressé dans le but d’avoir à supporter une température moins extrême, celle-ci étant plus élevée au niveau du sol. De plus, une fois debout ou du moins, redressé, le corps est beaucoup moins atteint par les rayons du Soleil et donc par sa chaleur. Se serait ajouté à cela la perte de ses poils afin d’abaisser la température corporelle.Le 12 juin 2010 à 20:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Could rising gas prices drive more support for gas tax repeal

first_img Posted: October 8, 2018 October 8, 2018 Could rising gas prices drive more support for gas tax repeal? Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gasoline prices are on the rise again, with an election approaching that could give California drivers a rare chance to influence the price of gas in the future. Proposition 6 would repeal the recent hike in state gas taxes and vehicle fees. We asked drivers who were filling up their cars about the idea of getting rid of the recently adopted tax increase. Drivers like Larry Arthur said the initiative would finally give citizens the chance to do something.“I think there’s a groundswell of people who realize there was a gas tax that got lumped on us. We didn’t have any say in the matter, but now, we got a chance to say, ‘no, we’re not going to stand for it.’ We’re going to repeal it,” Arthur said.Governor Jerry Brown and Democrats in the California Legislature said the tax revenues are essential to funding mass transit and a huge backlog of road repair projects. Some drivers like Patty Kimbrell were skeptical about that claim.“The politicians and the government, they need to make sure that what they’re stating funding is for, really should be what it’s allocated for- and not put into other funds,” Kimbrell said.In several recent polls, two-out-of-three surveys show the measure would be defeated. However, SurveyUSA had a different result, showing 46% in favor of repeal and 33% opposed. last_img read more

Brent Wilsey discusses types of financial advisors

first_img March 3, 2019 Brent Wilsey discusses types of financial advisors 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you’re looking for the perfect financial advisor for you, help is here!Brent Wilsey joined us Sunday morning to help us understand the differences between advisors. Posted: March 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

100 Women Who Care Gather For Charitable Event On March 29th

first_imgTami Murray, Kenai Watershed Forum Development Director, explains the foundations of the event. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 29 at the Cannery Lodge from 6-7 p.m. The group of women gather four times a year for a one-hour meeting; learn about local charities and causes; donate a $100 check to a charity/cause that the group selects. The combined donation of $10,000 plus makes a real impact without time-consuming fundraising events and planning.  100+ Women Who Care does not keep any of the money that is collected. 100% of your donation goes directly to the selected charity on the night they are selected. Audio PlayerMURRAY-ON-100-CLIP-2.mp3VmMURRAY-ON-100-CLIP-2.mp300:00RPdMurray: “The first meeting here in Kenai-Soldotna is at the Cannery, it’s on the 29th from 6-7 p.m. and we’re going to go over a lot of the rules then.  So you can come that night and sign-up, we do have an on-line sign-up right now just to kind of get our numbers in order just to know how many women are going to be there.  I think it’s going to be over 100 this first meeting which would be great.  Every meeting we hope to grow-so you bring a friend and they want to get involved.” The 100+ Women Who Care meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 29 at the Cannery Lodge from 6-7 p.m.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 100+ Women Who Care gathering is designed to provide an opportunity for area women to learn about local charities and causes and to donate a $100 check to a charity/cause selected by the group. The donations will go to eligible charitable organizations serving the Soldotna/Kenai or Homer areas.  No national charities will be considered. The purpose is for the contribution is to stay 100% in our community. Audio PlayerMURRAY-ON-100-CLIP-1.mp3VmMURRAY-ON-100-CLIP-1.mp300:00RPdMurray: “This idea came to me a couple of years ago from some local women, the Watershed forum is putting on the first meeting, 100 women, $100 each, we chose a charity an we give them $10,000.  It started back in 2006, a lady in Jackson Michigan got 100 women together and said hey let’s each give $100 and we’ll chose a charity to give it to.  We do it quarterly.  Each women needs to pledge basically $400 a year, whether they’re at the meeting or not.  When they attend a meeting they get to be one of the people to possibly chose the charity that we’re going to donate to.”last_img read more

Erykah Badu Janelle Monaé Set To Headline 2018 Afropunk Festival

first_imgIT’S YOUR TIME BROOKLYN! OUR 2018 LINEUP IS HERE! | TICKETS: https://t.co/bkdniC2h8p | @fatbellybella @tylerthecreator, @intanetz, @Miguel, @JanelleMonae, @officialjaden, @smino, @DanielCaesar, @lolawolfband, @Twinshadow, @OfficialWillow, @IbeyiOfficial & MUCH MORE! pic.twitter.com/r2LUJdT6nT— AFROPUNK (@afropunk) March 27, 2018Afropunk will be held at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene Aug. 25–26. Tickets are available via the festival’s website, and this year organizers have instated a Buy One, Give One ticketing system. For each general admission ticket that is purchased, the festival will donate one ticket to a young New Yorker participating in art programs like Recess Art and Young New Yorkers so they can also attend the festival.If you’re closer to Atlanta and want to attend that version of Afropunk, festival producers have also announced the initial lineup for the Oct. 13–14 event, which will include N.E.R.D, Noname, Little Simz, and Kari Faux, with additional names to be announced.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Email Facebook Erykah Badu, Janelle Monaé Set To Headline 2018 Afropunk Festival News center_img Janelle Monaé To Headline 2018 Afropunk Festival erykah-badu-janelle-mona%C3%A9-set-headline-2018-afropunk-festival Twitter Get the lowdown on the headliners for the Brooklyn, N.Y., edition of the popular festivalRenée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 1:23 pm “Resist. Agitate. Activate.” That’s the theme behind 2018’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y. With its all-star lineup, politically forward message and innovative Buy One, Give One ticketing policy, there couldn’t be a more fitting theme.While Afropunk is held at venues around the globe, including Atlanta, Paris, London, and Johannesburg, the headliners for  the Brooklyn edition of the annual two-day festival have been set. Erykah Badu, Janelle Monaé and Tyler, The Creator will headline, with additional performances by Miguel, the Internet, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Lion Babe, and Jaden and Willow Smith.last_img read more

Death sentence for child rapist hailed

first_imgMoula-ali: All India Students Federation (AISF) and All India Youth Federation (AIYF) on Thursday welcomed the judgment of Warangal Additional Court giving death penalty to the culprit who sexually assaulted and throttled the nine-month-old child. They raised slogans, demand implementation of fast-track courts.last_img

Alleged gas thief arrested on Isla Mujeres

first_imgHis arrest was made after he was seen on private security cameras outside a home on the island. After viewing the camera, the homeowner denounced the theft across social media, leading to his arrest. Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The preventive police of Isla Mujeres have arrested a man related to fuel theft around the island. However, José Carlos Pech, director of Public Safety and Traffic said that unless a formal complaint is filed against the accused, he will likely be released. He explained that the Municipal Police will only hold people in custody for 36 hours, and during this time, victims must file their complaint with the prosecutor’s office for a formal investigation to begin. Police say they have arrested 37-year-old Rogelico C. who is alleged responsible for the fuel theft of several vehicles as well as golf carts. In November, an alleged repeat home invader on the island was taken into custody after he was seen fleeing a home robbery on a motorcycle, however, the man was released since no one was willing to come forward and file an official complaint. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Does anyone smell a rat On Dead Mice and Men and Women

first_imgSince May 5, 75,000 public teachers have been on strike because some 3,300 of their number had not received any salary since they returned to class in February 2014. Thestrike began days prior to the inauguration of the current president amid assurances from then-President Laura Chinchilla that the issue would soon be resolved.In the first week of the huelga it was easy to empathize with the striking educators. How could anyone be expected to work for months without being paid? Teachers are far too often underpaid and underappreciated, and the profession attracts people who are generally willing to do whatever they can to help their students advance. This includes buying supplies – even books for classes – with their own money, something we the public take for granted.In an era when unions have been ever more maligned and disfavored, an overwhelming percentage of Costa Ricans have supported the educators’ actions to strike, not for higher wages, nor for more benefits, but simply to receive what they were already owed. Nothing could be simpler. Nothing except trying to unravel the politics that led to this strike and that keep it from being resolved.The blame for this dilemma rests squarely with former President Chinchilla, former Education Minister Leonardo Garnier, and the former administration of the National Liberation Party. Their new $3.8 million payroll system, Integra2 has taken years to implement and was known by Education Ministry officials to have the very problems that provoked the subsequent strike – problems the previous administration proved unable to solve.In the first days of the strike, Chinchilla promised that all problems with payment would be resolved in the first weeks of the new administration. Obviously, things were more complicated than the former president imagined. One might cynically speculate that she knew this all along. Ex-minister Garnier, the man who had eight years to implement a new payroll system – something many corporations and educational institutions do with nary a hitch in a fraction of the time, recently claimed the problem is not with the new system, but with the old one. In his attempt to deflect criticism from himself, has Garnier failed to understand that as education minister for eight years, he would be equally responsible for problems with the old system? Former Education Minister Leonardo Garnier kept silent for three weeks before responding to critics who hold him responsible for a backlog in public teachers’ salary payments. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesOne might also question the timing of this “migration” of data from one computer system to another. Like the insulting salary increase for public employees announced by the Chinchilla administration in February – after the first round of the elections had passed and the PLN had secured a plurality of legislators in the Legislative Assembly – the timing of this decision seems suspiciously advantageous to PLN.Likewise, according to a Semanario Universidad story published on April 23, 2014, Karla Blanco, Intel’s director of corporate relations, claimed the Chinchilla administration had known months before the election that Intel was planning to leave Costa Rica, but when rumors about the plan began to emerge prior to the April 6 runoff, the Chinchilla administration remained quiet. One wonders if in both cases election-year politics trumped government transparency and the free flow of information to the citizenry?Is the current teachers strike a result of the same cynical political manipulation? Until more information emerges, one must judge for oneself, but if the new computer system had been brought online in October or November, and educators had been forced to wait through the holidays for their earned salary, imagine how that might have further affected an already historically bad electoral outcome for the PLN.On the other hand, had PLN managed to win the presidency and Congress, the teacher’s strike would be just another in a long line of strikes and protests against PLN administrations, and they would have had four more years to try to make voters forget. In either scenario, it seems impossible to imagine that the looming election played no part in the decision to implement a new payroll computer system only after the 2014 elections were concluded.Further, according to a second Semanario Universidad story published on Wednesday, MEP officials apparently knew in March of this year that the new system would leave many teachers without pay. Their decision to implement it in their final days seems perfectly planned to leave the blowback to the next administration. Worries about further potential problems with Integra2 is what motivated Citizen Action party lawmaker Marco Vinicio Redondo to compare the new computer system to a Trojan Horse, with more intentionally hidden problems lurking within, during his questioning of current Education Minister Sonia Marta Mora during a May 19 visit to the legislature.The High School Teachers Association (APSE), the Costa Rican Educators Union (SEC) and the National Association of Educators (ANDE), the unions representing the teachers, could hardly have had a more sympathetic reception from President Luis Guillermo Solís, a former educator and the son of a schoolteacher. Since entering office on May 8, he has been dedicated to finding a solution and has made many proposals to expedite payment for the affected teachers, most recently working with the Costa Rican Banking Association to arrive at a solution for the remaining teachers awaiting their salaries.Meanwhile, the unions have remained stubbornly unmoved by the new president’s efforts, demonstrating little trust that Solís has their backs and ignoring his repeated calls for them to return to work. As this strike threatens to enter a fourth week, it looks more like the unions are playing a dangerous game of “chicken” as they wait for every affected professor to receive 100 percent of what they are owed before they will return to school. Rather than demonstrate a good faith trust that Solís is in fact resolving the mess that he has inherited, the unions have refused to accept victory and will remain on strike until every cent is paid.Given that the issue they wished resolved has in fact been resolved, the unions risk losing the support of the public every day the strike continues. On Friday, Citizen Action Party lawmaker Ottón Solis suggested that the governments decision to move forward the teachers payments by two days will cost ₡33.3 million ($43,300), a sum that one might think would buy the Solis adminsitration a bit of good faith from the unions. As the public comes to realize that President Solís has done more to resolve this issue than could ever have been expected from previous administrations, and as this same public is forced to bear some of the burden of the teachers’ strike as families scramble to make childcare arrangements for their out-of-school children, the current support for striking workers may well turn into accusations about lazy teachers and manipulative and abusive unions. If this occurs, the teacher unions will have turned an example of the power, necessity, and justice of unions into yet another public relations “black eye” for unions everywhere.One solution might well be for those teachers affected to remain on strike until their payments have been received, while the more than 95 percent of unaffected teachers return to work. When those remaining teachers receive their pay, they too can return to work without penalty for missed days. Clearly unions want to promote worker solidarity, but if the problem is not resolved exactly as the Solís government has suggested, nothing is stopping the unions from calling another strike. In the meantime, the teachers’ unions might better serve their own interests, the interests of their members, and the all but forgotten interests of Costa Rica’s children by accepting victory and returning to the classrooms.It is hard to find fault with Solís’ handling of this strike. He has not declared the strike illegal. He has been respectful, patient and sympathetic with the striking teachers, and he has proposed several solutions, the latest of which would provide a guarantee that affected teachers get exactly what they have demanded and deserve. It was not a strike Solís provoked, rather another annoying hangover of the inefficiencies of the former administration. But if no solution is soon forthcoming, it will become his strike, something one might imagine was the intention by those who created the mess in the first place.A president generally has a honeymoon period in which to begin to make changes and set his government’s agenda. Presidential scholars often suggest 100 days or three months as the time in which a president can do what he wants without too much interference from critics and opposition forces. As each valuable day passes, Costa Ricans are losing a chance for President Solís to implement the change he was overwhelmingly elected to bring.During the first months of the administration of U.S. President James Earl Carter (1977-1981), a mouse died in the walls of the White House and made the Oval Office unbearably smelly. Carter complained to the General Services Administration (GSA), who were responsible for cleaning the White House, but they claimed to have removed all the mice from within the White House, and that it was an issue for the Department of the Interior. Likewise, the Department of the Interior, responsible for any mice outside the White House but still on federal property, argued that as the mouse had died inside the walls of the White House this was a GSA problem. At his wit’s end, Carter called officials from both government agencies to his office and screamed, “Apparently I am not even able to get a miserable mouse out of my office.”The story of an entrenched set of bureaucratic actors unwilling to do their job, but quick to point the finger of blame at others, also sadly became one half of the bookends of apparent impotence associated with Carter’s presidency. The other bookend was Carter’s inability to negotiate the freedom of U.S. hostages from Iranian religious extremists who had stormed the U.S. Embassy. The danger as this strike continues is that despite the real causes behind it, the unknown agenda of the striking union leaders, the suspicious timing of MEP’s implementation of a faulty system, the possible element of electioneering to secure PLN legislative victories, and the rampant finger pointing of an entrenched bureaucracy, this will become the Solís administration’s strike. If it continues much longer, or escalates to a general strike, it will become associated with his presidency like a dead, smelly mouse in the wall.Gary L. Lehring is a professor of government at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. He is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. 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