Prominent MMIWG activists slam sixmonth inquiry extension

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsFor over 40 years, activists Bernie Williams and Gladys Radek have been fighting for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.But now they are mourning news that the national inquiry tasked with examining the missing and murdered will only be granted a six-month extension.“There is a lot of things that are happening to our women today and our women are still disappearing, our girls are still being murdered and our men and boys are going missing and still being murdered,” said Radek, while standing beside a downtown Vancouver monument honouring the missing and murdered.“Nobody is doing a damn thing about it and they wanna pull the plug?”Tina House reports. thouse@aptn.calast_img

Ramadan the Shortest and Longest Fasting Hours around the Globe

By Hajar JannadRabat – Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims worldwide and one of the five pillars of Islam, which is observed as a sacred month of praying and fasting from before Fajr (Dawn) to Maghrib (sunset).According to Islamic teachings, Muslims should observe Ramadan after the visual sightings of the crescent moon, which is generally announced by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. In midsummer, which coincides this year with Ramadan, the fasting hours would be much longer than in previous years. Fasting for long hours would be unbearable for some Muslims living closer to the North Pole compared to their counterparts in other parts of the globe. This has some Islamic scholars to pass a Fatwa to moderate the fasting hours or to follow fasting times in Mecca. However, some conservative Muslims are expressing their readiness to face the long fasting hours, saying that they have to abide by the Shariaa (Islamic laws).Another challenge for Muslims this year is the hot weather, especially for those living in the scorching desert, such as some areas in Saudi Arabia, southern Africa, and southern Morocco. Muslims in the northern hemisphere will observe Ramadan in m low summer temperatures not exceeding 25 degrees Celsius.At its longest, the fasting time can last for more than 20 hours as in the northern hemisphere countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. In European countries such as Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Poland, Muslims will have to fast more than 20 hours.At its shortest, Muslims in southern hemisphere countries such Argentina and Chile will have to fast only for 9 to 9.5 hours. As for the Middle East, the fasting time will last between 16 to 18 hours, but with high temperatures.Graphic by Nahla Bendefaa/ Morocco World News read more

On its inaugural mission UN Peacebuilding Commission to visit Sierra Leone

On the trip, which runs until 25 March, the group intends to evaluate the situation in the country and identify obstacles to peacebuilding, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, told reporters.The seven-member delegation will also aim to see how the Commission “can best support national peacebuilding efforts” and “bring increased attention to ongoing peacebuilding efforts in Sierra Leone,” she added.Ambassador Frank Majoor of the Netherlands is leading the delegation, and its other members include Alpha Ibrahima Sow, Ambassador of Guinea; Leslie Christian, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ghana; Amir Muharemi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Croatia; Piragibe dos Santos Tarrago, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil.Representatives from India, China and the European Commission will be joining the delegation in Freetown, the capital.Earlier this month, Sierra Leone, ravaged by an 11-year civil war, received $35 million from the UN Peacebuilding Fund, established from voluntary contributions to aid countries which have recently emerged from war from slipping back into conflict.In another development, Lovelore Munlo, the Registrar for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, announced last week that he is leaving his position, saying “the time has come to move on.”Mr. Munlo became interim Registrar October 2005, and was appointed Registrar last February by the Secretary-General.During his tenure, the Special Court concluded an agreement with the Government of the Netherlands and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to allow the Special Court to try former Liberian President Charles Taylor in The Hague. 19 March 2007A delegation from the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – the body created in 2005 to focus on reconstruction, institution-building and the promotion of sustainable development in post-conflict countries – kicked off its first-ever mission to a country on its agenda today when a team arrived in Sierra Leone. read more

Iraq Security Council ends mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors

Closing a chapter it opened over 16 years ago, the Security Council today terminated the mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, with the Russian Federation abstaining during voting on a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and the United States.The resolution, which passed with 14 votes in favour, immediately terminated the mandates of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the Security Council-mandated work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iraq. Explaining the Russian Federation’s decision to abstain, the country’s Ambassador, Speaking after the vote, Vitaly Churkin said there had yet been no definitive statement about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq.The Council resolution said the continued operations of UNMOVIC and the IAEA’s Iraq Nuclear Verification Office are no longer necessary to verify Iraqi compliance with its obligations.The resolution “closes a cycle of many years of verification, where the UN showed that it can implement successfully the activities demanded by the international community despite difficulties and frequently a lack of cooperation from the inspected party,” said UNMOVIC’s Acting Executive Chairman, Demetrius Perricos, in an address to the Council.Mr. Perricos warned against complacency. “In the present security environment of Iraq, the possibility should not be discounted that non-State actors may seek to acquire toxic agents or their chemical precursors in small quantities,” he said. “The possibility of non-State actors getting their hands on other – more toxic – agents is real.”He also pointed out that the main finding of the US-led Iraq Survey Group’s Comprehensive Report, “namely the absence of any stockpiles of WMD or evidence of a revival of WMD-related programmes proscribed under the Security Council resolutions,” corresponded to conclusions reported by UNMOVIC to the Council in June 2003.Also addressing the Council, Gustavo Zlauvinen, a representative of the IAEA Director-General, recalled in early March of 2003, he had told the Council that the IAEA had found “no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq.”A detailed assessment could have been produced within months of that date, he added, but the IAEA has not been able to carry out its mandate since 17 March. That was the date when the withdrawal of UN staff from Iraq was announced. Days later, the war broke out. UN spokesman Farhan Haq noted that the weapons inspectors accomplished a great deal on the ground both in terms of monitoring and in terms of destroying or verifying the destruction of WMDs before their work was interrupted by the war in 2003.He said UNMOVIC’s just-released 1,160-page Compendium of Iraq’s Proscribed Weapons Programmes in the Chemical, Biological and Missile areas is “the best testament to the work of the Commission and its value.”The Council’s resolution today requested the Secretary-General “to take all necessary measures to provide for the appropriate disposition of UNMOVIC’s archives and other property under arrangements ensuring, in particular, that sensitive proliferation information or information provided in confidence by Member States is kept under strict control.”UNMOVIC’s predecessor, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), set up at the end of the war in 1991, destroyed missiles, mobile launchers, fixed launch sites, chemical munitions, a chemical weapons complex and a germ warfare complex as well as tons of missile fuel, chemical warfare agents, precursor chemicals and bacteria growth media. UNMOVIC inspectors destroyed dozens of Iraqi Al Samoud 2 missiles and warheads, as well as launchers, shells filled with chemical weapons precursors and other arms. 29 June 2007Closing a chapter it opened over 16 years ago, the Security Council today terminated the mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, with the Russian Federation abstaining during voting on a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and the United States. read more

UN warns that global progress on illegal drugs is under threat

A surge in opium and coca cultivation and the risk of higher drug use in developing countries threaten to undermine recent progress in drug control, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).“Recent major increases in drug supply from Afghanistan and Colombia may drive addiction rates up, because of lower prices and higher purity of doses,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of UNODC, said today in a statement.The report says the world’s illegal opium production has almost doubled since 2005 and that Afghanistan registered a record opium harvest in 2007. Some 80 per cent of cultivation took place in provinces controlled by Taliban insurgents.A similar pattern was noted in Colombia where coca cultivation increased by 27 per cent in 2007 – which was still 40 per cent below the peak reached in 2000 – with 5 per cent of the country’s municipalities accounting for almost half of all cocaine production.“In Colombia, just like in Afghanistan, the regions where most coca is grown are under the control of the insurgents,” Mr. Costa observed, but he added that the Colombian Government’s campaign against drug traffickers had successfully destroyed large-scale coca plots. Worldwide, the report found that fewer than one in 20 people had tried illegal drugs in the last 12 months and that there were 26 million people with severe dependence – about 0.6 per cent of the planet’s adult population.The global cannabis market is stable or even slightly down. Cannabis herb production is estimated to be 8 per cent lower than in 2004 and cannabis resin production declined by some 20 per cent between 2004 and 2006. Despite this, the report says there are some worrying trends, with Afghanistan becoming a major producer of cannabis resin, possibly surpassing Morocco. Meanwhile, in developed countries, indoor production is resulting in more potent strains of cannabis herb. The average level of the drug’s psychoactive substance almost doubled in the US market between 1999 and 2006.Use of amphetamine-type stimulants, like methamphetamine and ecstasy, has levelled off globally since 2000, but production and consumption remain a major problem in East and South-East Asia, and markets are beginning to develop in the Near and Middle East.The report finds that there has been a systematic shift away from the major drug routes, particularly for cocaine. Because of steady demand for cocaine in Europe and improved interdiction along traditional routes, drug traffickers have targeted West Africa.“States in the Caribbean, Central America and West Africa, as well as border regions of Mexico, are caught in the crossfire between the world’s biggest coca producers (the Andean countries) and biggest consumers (North America and Europe),” Mr. Costa warned. “Drug money corrupts governments, and even turns into terrorist financing: promotion of the rule of law is the best way to fight the drug trade.”Assessing organized international attempts to control drugs, this year’s “World Drug Report” shows that global opium production is 70 per cent lower than a hundred years ago.“Drug statistics show that the drug problem was dramatically reduced over the past century, and has stabilized over the past 10 years,” Mr. Costa said.In a related development, a study on drug consumption in six South American countries has found that marijuana is the most widely used drug, mainly among the young population. The average consumption rate in the six countries studied – Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador – was 4.8 per cent, higher than the world average of 3.9 per cent. In all countries consumption was higher among men than women and was concentrated in the 15 to 34 age group.The study, which was carried out by UNODC and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, found that cocaine was the second most consumed drug in 2007, with an average prevalence of 1.4 per cent.For the three main types of drugs studied – marijuana, cocaine and cocaine base – the report says that a high percentage of consumers in the six countries showed signs of dependency.“These results clearly illustrate the power of addiction these drugs have, with foreseeable negative consequences. Not only in the personal, family and social context, but also with regard to most of the countries’ health systems, where it would be quite challenging to satisfy a massive demand for treatment,” the report concludes. 26 June 2008A surge in opium and coca cultivation and the risk of higher drug use in developing countries threaten to undermine recent progress in drug control, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). read more

Peacebuilding success hinges on needed support Annan tells Security Council

As the Security Council embarked today on a discussion of building durable peace in countries shattered by war, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this goal can be reached only when key conditions – including adequate resources and trained personnel – are met.Mr. Annan cited the examples of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mozambique, Namibia and East Timor as evidence that conflict-torn States can restore stability. At the same time, he cautioned against impractical approaches. “We need to be realistic about what is achievable and we must have a clear political strategy for success – based on a sophisticated understanding of the context,” he said.With the proper support, the UN’s work “can succeed, and the promise of peace-building can be realized,” he said at the outset of the meeting, which was convened on the initiative of Spain, Council President for the month of September, and chaired by its Foreign Minister, Miguel Ángel Moratinos. Foreign Ministers from 10 of the Council’s 14 other members also took part in the session.The Secretary-General called on the Council to sustain its attention to hotspots even after the media spotlight has left. “The bit-by-bit building of peace, from the ground up, may not grab headlines – but it must command your vigilant attention and your long-term commitment,” he said, pointing to failed attempts at peace-building in Haiti and Liberia, where the UN has since returned in an effort to restore stability.While peacekeeping funding needs are great, he pointed out that the money would be well spent. “UN peace operations an excellent investment,” he said. Over the course of its entire nearly six-decade history, the UN has spent just over $30 billion on peacekeeping – a mere one-thirtieth of the global military expenditures last year alone.Mr. Annan also underscored the need for adequate security of UN civilian staff. “Risk is an unavoidable part of our work, but there must be a reasonable balance between the risk to be undertaken and the substantive contribution that civilians are called upon to make,” he said, appealing for support for new security measures he is slated to propose in the coming weeks.For his part Said Djinnit, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, noted that the Union had been called upon to respond quickly to conflict situations and emerging crises, particularly in Burundi and in Darfur, Sudan. He said the AU had deployed its operations in those areas in the expectation that the UN and other partners would provide the support needed.Javier Solana, High Representative for the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, said that civilian aspects of peace-building had taken on primary importance as objectives broadened to include the restoration of a legitimate government and defence of the rule of law. While rebuilding a State had political and security dimensions, it also required the establishment of institutions which could inspire confidence among the people concerned.The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Amre Moussa, said the complexity of present-day crisis management required drawing on the comparative advantage of different organizations. He stressed, however, that the Security Council itself must assume its duty in terms of the wider issue of maintaining international peace and security. Unfortunately, the Council had shown reluctance to deal with major issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict and the situation of Palestine, as well as Israeli breaches of international law, he said. Video of Council meeting [2hrs 48mins] read more

Lebanon a ray of hope for tolerance in Middle East – UN

“Diversity as well as freedom of religion or belief must be preserved and further developed in order to build resilience against the spiralling religious extremism in the Middle East region,” stated Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, in a press release issued today following an eleven-day visit to the country. “In these challenging times, Lebanon can be the ray of hope in the region and beyond for as long as it preserves and promotes its legacy of religious diversity.”The Special Rapporteur noted that the Lebanese people had learned the importance of coexisting under precarious conditions in a geopolitical neighbourhood otherwise known for its sectarian frictions. Interreligious dialogues, cooperation, and Lebanese citizenship all were enabling factors in preserving the peaceful amalgam of Lebanese society, he added. At the same time, continued Mr. Bielefeldt, overcoming Lebanon’s political confessionalism remained an important milestone for the country on its journey to becoming a civil state based on rule of law.Lebanon’s political framework, in fact, allows for a proportional division of power sharing among the country’s diverse make-up of ethnicities and religions. Despite this, there has been a presidential vacuum in Lebanon after the term of Michel Sleiman came to an end on 25 May 2014. UN officials and the Security Council have repeatedly urged the Lebanese Parliament to elect a new leader without delay.“Disentangling the tightly knit web of religious loyalties, political affiliations, social positions and societal opportunities may then enhance the prospects of common citizenship,” the Special Rapporteur stressed. “Even though equal power sharing on one hand maintains stable relationships among religious denominations, it may on the other hand weaken the civil structure and reinforce political fragmentation.”Mr. Bielefeldt similarly observed that allowing civil marriage in Lebanon would further strengthen the country’s respect for diversity by both mainstreaming and streamlining the union of mixed couples while removing potential discriminatory threats against them. “It is furthermore inevitable for the society, especially the younger generation to tackle complicated facts of recent history in Lebanon,” he concluded. “Without proper history teaching and memorialisation process, a climate of mistrust against each other between different religious communities may persist.” read more

UPDATE Relatives shocked at death of Puruni miner

The family of a gold miner whose body was recently discovered at Puruni Landing, Cuyuni/Mazaruni with multiple wounds are shocked and are calling for the authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly.Dead: Kelvin Royo called BayleyAccording to the dead man’s wife Shonette Andrews, they are still trying to come to grips with the shocking revelations surrounding her husband’s gruesome death which occurred on Monday.The dead man, who has been identified as 52-year-old Kelvin Royo called Bayley of Ann’s Grove Village; East Coast Demerara (ECD) was allegedly killed sometime between September 30 and October 1.The man’s body reportedly bore wounds to his head, back and throat.According to Andrews it was the first time that her husband spent more than eight months away from his family.The visibly distressed woman said that she’s not sure of what transpired but was only told of his death after his son received a text message from a friend informing him of his father’s demise.“I was sleeping when my son wake me up and told me how someone send a text and tell him how his father got chopped up after that I saw the picture of him laying with chops all over his body. I don’t know what happened, I can’t say”. The woman recalled.Further, Andrews noted that her eldest son who was in the interior had only returned home two days prior to the incident.“When my son came out, I asked him for his father and he told me that he will be coming out in two days’ time since he wanted to make some more money before he comes out. However after the two days pass, my children starting asking for him and we tried calling but we didn’t get him.”When asked if she had a clue of whether her husband was involved in any altercations with anyone, she related that ‘Bayley seldom gets into “stories” with people.Moreover, she stated that the body was supposed to be flown out of the interior on Tuesday so that a post mortem examination can be carried out, however she noted that there were some delays and the body is expected to be at the Georgetown Public Hospital Morgue by Wednesday.Additionally, the man’s uncle has since gone to the area to provide further information.Investigations into the killing are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPuruni miner found dead with wounds to his head, back and throatOctober 2, 2018In “Crime”Police investigating Puruni Landing murder of porknockerNovember 12, 2018In “Crime”GGDMA calls for CoI into miner’s deathAugust 15, 2018In “Business” read more

Antonio Garcia Robledo to Pick Szeged

Spanish left back Antonio Garcia Robledo is on the way to sign a deal with Hungarian second best team Pick Szeged. Spanish coach Juan Pastor, who leads Hungarian team from the last summer planning to make stronger resistance to Veszprem in the upcoming years and prepares squad for that. Current PSG Handball member is the person who is on his wish list and agreement between them is already reached… ← Previous Story QATAR 2015 PLAY-OFF: Hungarians waiting Slovenia in Veszprem! Next Story → Buducnost fans brawl with security and police, one fan taken to hospital Antonio Garcia RobledoPick Szeged

Try This Learning takes flight at Open Cockpit Day

first_imgThe Hockinson Fun Days festival brings out the characters, such as Lisa Farre of Hockinson, who launches bubbles from a fire truck in a previous year’s parade. Visitors old and young alike can explore historic airplanes on display during Open Cockpit Day. The Pearson Field Education Center will host many activities, including trying out the flight simulator lab and building a model glider. Those ages 8 through 17 have a chance to take a free airplane ride with volunteers, weather permitting. Flights are first-come, first-served.When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.Where: 201A East Reserve St., Vancouver.Admission: Free.Telephone: 360-992-1818Web: fortvan.org/aviationeducation.Open Cockpit Day is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.2. Run to helpRun Like a Girl features 5K and 10K races to benefit Second Step Housing, a local nonprofit working to help eliminate homelessness. The routes start and end at Fort Vancouver, taking participants along the Columbia River. The event also includes a Kids Fun Run, music, prizes and local vendors. Participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.When: 9 a.m. Sunday.Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.Admission: $35 to $40; $20 for 17 and younger; $10 for Kids Fun Run.Telephone: 360-993-5301.Web: secondstephousing.org.3. Happy days in HockinsonHockinson Fun Days starts with a big serving of pancakes at the Fire District 3 station, which will host a pancake breakfast, along with fire apparatus demonstrations and activities. The annual Fun Days parade starts at noon from the high school, with Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas as the grand marshal. It will be followed by the fan favorite bed races. The community carnival and bazaar will run throughout the day, with a pause for the parade. Sunday will feature the Hockinson Alumni Picnic at Hockinson Meadows Community Park.When: 7 to 11 a.m. for breakfast, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 1 p.m. Sunday.Where: Fire District 3, 17718 N.E. 159th St.; Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St.; Hockinson Middle School, 15916 N.E. 182nd Ave.; Hockinson Meadows Community Park, 10910 N.E. 172nd Ave., Brush Prairie.Admission: Free, breakfast: $5, $15 per family.Web: hockinsonboosters.com.4. Water-wheeled wonderSpend a day exploring the woods around the Cedar Creek Grist Mill before stopping inside the 1876 building for Bread and Butter Day. Visitors can learn how to churn butter to top the mill’s freshly fried bread made with grain milled on site.last_img read more

59 believe flexible working is the most important benefit

first_imgMore than half (59%) of employee respondents believe that flexible working is the most important benefit when looking for a job, according to research by Totaljobs.In addition to flexible working, the survey of 1,005 employees and 260 employers found that 54% of employee respondents value a pension as the most important benefit when looking for a job, compared to annual leave above statutory requirements (24%), an annual bonus (23%) and remote or home working options (19%).The research also found:38% of employer respondents offer remote working options to their employees to help staff manage their work-life balance and 24% offer home working options to reduce staff sick leave.28% of employee respondents would move jobs if they were not allowed to work from home.65% of employee respondents are able to work from home, compared to 35% who are not given the option of being able to work remotely.38% of employee respondents prefer to work from home; 46% of 18 to 34-year-olds would rather work from home, compared to 31% of respondents aged over 55.24% of female employee respondents prefer the choice of working from home or in the office, compared to 16% of male employee respondents.19% of employer respondents feel their staff are more productive and happy when working remotely. 21% of employee respondents agree.12% of employer respondents do not offer remote working options because they find it too difficult to manage their workforce remotely.Martin Talbot (pictured), group marketing director at Totaljobs, said: “With the UK in the throes of a productivity crisis, now is the time for employers to find ways of addressing this issue. The research finds that many people work best from home, however, many employers don’t trust their team enough to work independently. [Organisations], as well as the wider economy, would benefit from improving embracing remote working.“Our research also confirms a shift towards remote working, with an increasing number of millennials viewing the option to work remotely as a priority when looking for a new job. With news that 28% of [employees] would change jobs if their current employer did not offer remote working, it is more important than ever for businesses to improve their work from home offering.”last_img read more

Gymshark sees 91 of staff log on to benefits platform since October

first_imgAs of July 2019, online fitness clothing and accessories retailer Gymshark has seen 91% of its 300 UK-based employees log on to its employee benefits platform since its launch.The Birmingham-based organisation partnered with Perkbox in October 2016 to launch the platform, aligning with Gymshark’s commitment to focus on employee wellbeing.The platform hosts a range of retail benefits, including discounted cinema tickets, free coffee, savings on technology products, free mobile phone insurance, discounted airport parking, travel savings and discounted experience days.Since October 2016, 91% of Gymshark’s employees have logged in to the platform and 74% have redeemed at least one benefit. The departments that have redeemed the most benefits are the customer team, marketing, operations, branding and the apparel team.In order to drive engagement with the platform, Gymshark operates a regular Perk of the Week initiative; a single benefit that resonates well with staff is chosen and promoted that week.Alongside the Perkbox benefits, Gymshark also offers employees financial education, in partnership with HSBC. This includes workshops, focusing on areas like budgeting, and offering one-to-one appointments to discuss financial queries. The organisation also utilises Unmind, a platform to help support mental health and tackle wellness issues, such as tiredness.Benefits are communicated to staff using videos displayed in a cinema area at the organisation’s head office. These explain programmes such as Gymshark’s bonus scheme or pension using simple, accessible language, followed by an open question and answer session.Amanda Webb, head of people projects at Gymshark, said: “Employee benefits and wellbeing is fundamental to us at Gymshark, particularly as we are growing rapidly.“Having the right partners and platforms helps us deliver our physical, mental and financial wellbeing agenda. However, at Gymshark, we don’t stop at delivery; we continually review our data and communications to ensure our benefits are relevant and utilised.”last_img read more

Know Where To Dispose Of Your Fish Waste On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFish waste can also be deposited at other Kenai Peninsula transfer facilities, including those in Cooper Landing, Kasilof, and Ninilchik, but in smaller quantities; all fish waste must be bagged in plastic trash bags with a limit of two bags dropped off per day. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With salmon arriving now in most local area fisheries, anglers and dipnetters are reminded to take care to dispose of fish waste properly. From July 10–31, when the Kenai River beaches are crowded with Alaskans participating in the personal-use dipnet fishery, fish waste accumulates along the tideline. Discarding fish waste on public or private property or along roads, pull-offs, and trails can attract bears into residential areas and result in fines ranging from $300 to $1,000. The Central Peninsula Landfill located at Mile 98.5 Sterling Highway 2.5 miles south of Soldotna accepts fish waste free of charge from 8am to 5:45pm seven days a week.last_img read more

Housewife hacked dead

first_imgNetrokona mapA housewife was hacked to death allegedly by her husband at Faridpur Noyapara village in Singha Bangla union of Sadar upazila of Netrakona on Sunday evening, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Ruma Akhter, 28, wife of Saiful Islam.Abdul Rahim, a local union parisad member, said that the auto-rickshaw driver Saiful was addicted in drug. He used to torture his wife for drug’s money.Saiful locked into altercation with her wife and started to torture in the evening as Ruma denied giving him money.When Ruma tried to go out from the house, Saiful hacked him with a sharp weapon, leaving her dead on the spot.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Netrokona Modern Sadar Hospital, said Mohammad Sanowar Hossain, additional superintendent of Netrokona Circle Police.Saiful went into hiding after the incident. They are trying to arrest him, said the ASP.last_img read more

Rep Trent Franks Resigns Immediately Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

first_img Share Twitter via @CNNBRKGOP Rep. Trent Franks, who had said he would resign in January following allegations of sexual harassment, says his wife has been hospitalized and he will resign today.Rep. Trent Franks says he is resigning immediately instead of at the end of January.The Arizona Republican had announced only Thursday that he would leave the House over accusations that he asked two former aides to bear his child as surrogate mothers.But he issued a statement Friday saying he would leave Congress immediately. He said his wife was hospitalized in Washington for “an ongoing ailment” and that it would be “the best thing for our family” to resign immediately.In his original announcement, Franks said he had never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have any sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.He acknowledged discussing surrogacy with former aides however.Franks and his wife have struggled with infertility.A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate.The eight-term Arizona lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee, and urged him to step aside.The former staffer said the congressman asked at least four times if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife have struggled with infertility.The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer, who asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy, and confirmed that she worked in Franks’ office.— Juliet Lindermanlast_img read more

Suiter Report Just Makes Things Worse

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comIt has been about 300 days since Baltimore Homicide Det. Sean Suiter was gunned down in the Harlem Park community of West Baltimore Nov. 15 and despite last week’s publishing of the findings of a Baltimore Police Department (BPD), independent investigative review board, their report seems to have sparked even more questions regarding Suiter’s death.The 127-page report concludes Suiter “likely” committed suicide in November, a conclusion his wife Nicole vehemently disputes.“…I have the same views and thoughts as the majority of the community and that is my husband did not commit suicide,” Suiter said last week during a press conference. She seized upon the suspicions of many, as I have written before, from Park Heights to Roland Park, who believe Sean Suiter was killed by another member of the BPD. “I don’t make this statement as a heartbroken widow, I make this statement as an aware individual who has evaluated every piece of evidence that has been shown to me. And the knowledge that much evidence has not been presented and inconsistencies I have been told,” she added.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“Based on the fact that no one knew my husband better than I, I will not accept the untimely death of Sean as nothing other than a murder, which is being covered up for reasons unknown to me, or my family,” she said. However, the fact Det. Suiter was scheduled to testify against members of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force the day after he died is more than a coincidence and is perhaps the ultimate “reason” why Suiter was killed in the minds of many, who like Nicole Suiter do not believe he committed suicide.“I have done the same research and investigations as many others and although I have not publicly spoken thus far, please do not believe I was blinded by the lies, or misleading information,” Suiter added.During her press conference, she also provided information about the moments before her husband was killed, which allegedly did not make it into the report that concluded he likely took his own life. “Numerous recounts of what may have happened has been speculated. What the community does not know, that I had spoken to my husband less than an hour prior to his murder. Sean was in a great mood and happy spirit. We briefly joked about a video of him dancing that I captured. Who knew that would have been the last time I spoke with my husband? Certainly not I,” Suiter said.Just weeks after Suiter’s death, rumors began to swirl that the BPD would claim that he killed himself in that alley in the 900 block of Bennett Place. So, the “official” conclusion that the veteran detective took his own life does not come as a shock to many. But, the report concludes Suiter “likely” killed himself, which is a concession the investigators cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he committed suicide.The truth is we probably will never know exactly what happened to Det. Sean Suiter on that fateful day in November; although the initial reports from the BPD are clear. Suiter was in Harlem Park with Det. David Bomenka, his partner on that day (Bomenka was not Suiter’s regular partner), investigating a recent homicide. At some point during that investigation, Suiter allegedly confronted  a “man engaged in suspicious behaviors.”The original BPD narrative was the suspect in Suiter’s death was a Black man, who wore a black, striped jacket. The search for him forced the lock down of a huge swath of Harlem Park for six days, as investigators hunted a “heartless, ruthless, soulless, killer,” in the words of former BPD Commissioner Kevin Davis. Now, the department wants us to believe that killer was Suiter himself. It is a conclusion many, including Suiter’s widow will never accept.“I will not sit here and say that I am an overly religious woman,” Nicole Suiter said.“But, I am a Christian and I do believe in the power of prayer and that has delivered me through this toughest time.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore Editor and the author of, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

Louisville Baseball Set for Tuesdays Battle of the Bluegrass

first_imgFOUR FORMER CARDS ON MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERSThe Major League Baseball season opened up on Thursday and four former Louisville baseball players were on Opening Day rosters. The Wildcats have done good work on the basepaths this season, leading the SEC with 60 stolen bases. However, they rank 13th out of 14 in batting average and are last in the conference with a team ERA of 4.71. Louisville is currently tied with Clemson for second in the Atlantic Division with a 9-3 start through four weekends of conference action. TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS ABOUT KENTUCKYKentucky comes into Tuesday’s contest at 16-12 overall, but just 3-8 in its last 11 games. The Wildcats have struggled in SEC play, turning in a 1-8 record through three conference weekends. UK won the middle game of its most recent series against Georgia, but dropped the rubber game 10-8 on Saturday. The Cardinals broke out the long ball in the series against Wake Forest, tallying five home runs in the final two games of the weekend. Junior All-American Logan Wyatt hit one in each game, while Alex Binelas, Zach Britton and Justin Lavey each left the yard as well. Nick Burdi (Pittsburgh Pirates), Adam Engle (Chicago White Sox), Chad Green (New York Yankees) and Matt Koch (Arizona Diamondbacks) were each on the roster to start the 2019 season. The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season.     LSU 570 Story Links 1. Louisville 576 3. Florida State 570 Louisville has won 34 of 44 conference series since joining the league. With sweeps this season against Wake Forest and at Duke, the Cardinals have tallied nine conference road sweeps over the last four-plus seasons and 19 sweeps in ACC play altogether. 2. North Carolina 571 Sunday against Wake Forest, Bobby Miller made his own run at history with seven hitless innings in his second start of the season. However, the Demon Deacons broke through against the relievers in the eighth. SERIES HISTORYTuesday’s Battle of the Bluegrass will be the 109th all-time meeting between the two programs with the Wildcats leading the series 63-44-1. The two teams are all even at 28-28-1 in the 57 games played in Louisville. UofL has won nine of the last 11 games against the Wildcats, including seven straight at Jim Patterson Stadium. Under Dan McDonnell, the Cardinals are 16-11 against their in-state rival. LOUISVILLE’S CONTINUED FLIRTATIONS WITH NO-HITTERSThe Cardinals have taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning on three separate occasions this season. Reid Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings against Brown on February 22 before the Bears spoiled things against the UofL bullpen with two outs in the ninth. Detmers followed it up with seven hitless innings the next week versus James Madison, only to see the bid end in the eighth. Tuesday’s game will be the 500th for the Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville is 388-111 (.778) at home since the ballpark opened in 2005. FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 388-111 record (.778 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. The Cardinals are 17-4 on their home field this season. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons. LOUISVILLE’S WEEKEND 1-2 PUNCH DOMINATING OPPOSITIONLouisville has consistently produced strong frontline arms under Dan McDonnell and pitching coach Roger Williams. The 2019 season has been no different. ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSLouisville closed out the first half of the regular season at 22-6 overall following a three-game sweep of Wake Forest over the weekend. The Cardinals took the opener 6-1 behind another strong effort from Reid Detmers and rode its offense to a 10-7 comeback victory in the second game. Bobby Miller then helped UofL finish off the sweep for a 5-4 win in the finale. LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. CARDINALS CONTINUE TO FIND SUCCESS IN ACC PLAYSince joining the ACC before the 2015 season, Louisville has seen its success at the conference level spill over into its new league. The Cardinals won regular season titles in each of their first three seasons in the ACC and were voted the preseason favorite in 2019. Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC and ranks top 15 in the country in ERA (2.82), WHIP (1.09), shutouts (4) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.56). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 15 games this season. UofL has had a starting pitcher throw seven no-hit innings on three occasions this season, with Reid Detmers doing it against Brown and James Madison, and Bobby Miller against Wake Forest. The Cardinals have been active offensively in the first inning this season, plating at least one run in the opening inning of 18 of 28 games. Louisville has scored 31 first inning runs overall and is 15-3 when scoring in the first. Louisville pitchers set a Jim Patterson Stadium record with 18 strikeouts against Georgia Tech on March 22. The Cardinals have struck out 10 or more in 16 games this season, with a 14-2 record when doing so. Logan Wyatt is third in the country with 35 walks through 28 games and is currently on pace for 70 this season. The UofL single season record in 69 by Kevin Malone in 1980. Wyatt is six walks away from reaching UofL’s top-10 career list. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL is currently second in the ACC and 11th in the NCAA with 44 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals are 19-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. UofL has won 34 of its 44 ACC series since joining the league and is 36-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 18 of their 23 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. Twelve different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Albanese, Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 11 of the 12. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. Tuesday, April 2 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. RHP Luke Smith (2-0, 4.50 ERA) UK: So. LHP Mason Hazelwood (1-1, 2.12 ERA) The Cardinals’ top two starters on the weekend, Reid Detmers and Nick Bennett, have been at the forefront of a Louisville pitching staff that leads the ACC in ERA (2.82), hits allowed per nine innings (6.56), shutouts (4) and WHIP (1.09). GAME DAY INFORMATION #8 Louisville vs. Kentucky Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Kentucky Tickets: Buy Tickets | Stadium FAQ Detmers are Bennett are a combined 9-2 through six starts each with the Cardinals 11-3 in games started by the duo. Of their 14 starts this season, the duo has allowed one run or fewer in nine. Detmers leads the ACC with a 0.92 ERA and his 76 strikeouts are the second-most in Division I. Meanwhile, Bennett is sixth in the conference with four wins on the season and is one win away from cracking Louisville’s top-10 list for career victories. It has been more than 35 years since Louisville last tossed a no-hitter, going all the way back to Dave McCormick’s gem against Cincinnati on March 26, 1983. The Cardinals have five in program history. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Winners of five straight, the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team welcomes in-state rival Kentucky to town for the Battle of the Bluegrass at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., ET. The game can be seen on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com. Since the hiring of head coach Dan McDonnell prior to the 2007 season, 64 Louisville players have signed professional contracts after being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including a school-record nine Cardinals in 2010. Most Wins Since 2007 5. Vanderbilt 559 LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Looking for a Smarter Home Get Ready to Learn About Connectivity

first_img Register Now » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 6, 2017 Picture this familiar scene: It’s 5:30 p.m., and you’re stuck in traffic. The freezing weather has you dreaming about sitting in your favorite armchair and eating freshly made chicken-noodle soup while you watch your favorite TV show in your perfectly heated living room — with your family and best four-legged friend, of course.The reality is somewhat different. Heavy traffic means you’ll get home in two hours, if you’re lucky. That’s just enough time to heat up a can of soup and hope your water heater works quickly enough to get some hot water for your shower. Even if you bump up the thermostat as soon as you get home, it will take hours before you feel truly cozy. To top it all off, that Amazon package marked “delivered” is nowhere to be seen on your front step.There’s an alternative to this depressing scene, brought to you by smart technology.Related: The Next Big Thing for Tech Entrepreneurs? ‘Smart’ Homes.Consumers already have access to amazing products with the potential to improve lives. Remote-control and voice-activation devices are much more reliable than they were even a few years ago. And current tech’s menu of smart devices and app-driven commands make it easier than ever to flip the script.Try this, instead: It’s 5:30 p.m., and you’re leaving work. Your vehicle’s smart navigation program has updated your route home to avoid traffic congestion. A quick app login lets you communicate with your smart thermostat so the whole house will be warm and welcoming when you arrive. Another tap, and your smart pot starts to heat up the soup while your automated dog feeder dispenses a treat to distract man’s best friend.The smart camera on your doorstep shows you the waiting Amazon package. And even though you forgot your key, the smart lock identifies you and the garage door opens as you pull onto your street. The icing on the cake? As you step into your home, your favorite Spotify playlist starts up and soothing lights illuminate your path. Related: How the Internet of Things Inspired a New Startup NicheSound too good to be true? It’s not.The proliferation of smart consumer devices has made these life-improving tweaks not only available but affordable. That isn’t to say creating a smart home is without its challenges. The products still depend on often complex installation, suffer from connectivity issues and require too many interfaces to control. You need a plan.No doubt your email inbox, web browser and social-media feeds are flooded with ads about new “smart” products. In the rush to communicate the benefits, device manufacturers can be tempted to skim over the logistics. This risks disappointing any consumers who envisioned a connected future but instead got devices that do nothing but play music on demand and recite weather forecasts when prompted.The key to linking devices through viable technology is enabling all the products to speak to one another — communicating on a single system with a single set of controls for the user. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. Apple’s Homekit, Samsung’s Smartthings and Amazon’s Echo/Alexa platform bring us closer. But companies still make quite an ask of consumers, who are left to hire professionals or figure out on their own whether their new Ikea lamps will speak the same language as their Google Home setups.Smart devices will become more relevant only when they are easy to install, easier to control and more intuitive to integrate.Related: Is Apple Losing the Smart Home Battle?What’s next?Experts hold many different theories on how smart homes will look in the near future — from appliances or pantries that order groceries to connected heating, cooling and lighting systems that adjust based on your power consumption. Could there come a day when our smart security system “decides” who is safe to let in by running a facial-recognition scan? If so, can we customize it so the housekeeper gains access only on Tuesday mornings and deliveries can be made only during a certain time block each afternoon?Related: Stay Cool: LG Smart InstaView RefrigeratorSmart devices are beginning to integrate themselves in our daily lives. They’re no longer just for early adopters. As these systems continue to evolve and communicate with one another more efficiently, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine they’ll be standard for every new home. The next phase has begun: from physical to electric to automatic to smart to artificial intelligence. Related: What Will the Future of Connected Homes Look Like? Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

First Starbucks to open in Costa Rica on June 20

first_imgRelated posts:Starbucks’ most expensive coffee is from Costa Rica Residents split on Starbucks announcement Second Starbucks announced for Costa Rica, will open in November Starbucks buys coffee farm in Costa Rica Residents in Costa Rica can sip Starbucks coffee for the first time here on June 20.The famous U.S. coffee chain announced it would open its first store in two weeks at the Plaza Avenida Escazú, southwest of San José.Starbucks has locations in 55 countries, including multiple locations in El Salvador and Guatemala. However, the coffee giant has not yet announced plans for another store in Costa Rica. Some market analysts have wondered whether Starbucks can compete in a culture that already thrives on cheap, locally grown coffee.Bella Vista Coffee, hailing from Tres Ríos, southeast of San José, will be the first Tico coffee for sale in Starbucks. It was selected because it is grown between 1,350 and 1,500 meters above sea level, and has good quality, flavor and acidity. Facebook Commentslast_img read more