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Muslim hajj pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for day of worship

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first_imgMount Arafat (Saudi Arabia): More than 2 million Muslims are gathered at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship and reflection on what’s considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Some had tears streaming down their faces as the men, wearing simple white garments, and women raised their hands in worship on the slopes of the rocky hill. Many walked through the pre-dawn darkness early Saturday to the hill where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon some 1,400 years ago, calling for equality and unity among Muslims. One of the largest religious gatherings on earth, the second day of the hajj is often the most memorable for pilgrims. They stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims from around the world seeking God’s mercy and blessings.last_img read more

Oprah Winfrey To Speak At Minnies Food Pantry 10th Annual Celebration Gala

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first_imgMinnie’s Food Pantry, a national non-profit organization with a mission of feeding the hungry, is excited to announce Oprah Winfrey as the keynote speaker for its 10th Anniversary “Feed Just One Gala.”This star-studded, black-tie event will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Collin County, Texas. The red-carpet will start at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and program will start at 7 p.m. Emmy nominated actress, author and President of LightWorkers Media, Roma Downey and award-winning television and film producer Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television Group and Digital will be honored with the Minnie Ewing Legacy Award presented by Toyota. The legacy award identifies, supports and celebrates individuals who have demonstrated “the heart of a giver” in the same way that Minnie Ewing lived her life. It acknowledges individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and contributed at least 300,000 meals to Minnie’s Food Pantry.Other celebrities set to attend this year’s gala include Hollywood actress, Brely Evans, who will serve as the red-carpet host; literary agents, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich; former major league baseball player, Torii Hunter and his wife, Katrina; New York Giants linebacker, Keenan Robinson and his wife, Lauren; GRAMMY award winning gospel recording artist and pastor, Donnie McClurkin; and Kevin Frazier, host of Entertainment Tonight. The evening will include dinner, a live auction, remarks from Oprah Winfrey and other surprises to be announced.Founded by Dr. Cheryl “Action” Jackson, Minnie’s Food Pantry has literally been rolling out the red carpet for more than 10 years as they provide food for families living in low income, food insecure households. An award winning non-profit organization and largest food pantry in Collin County, Texas, Minnie’s Food Pantry has provided more than 7 million meals and brought the issue of food insecurity to the forefront on both a local and national level through features on national television shows including, Good Morning America, ELLEN, Steve Harvey TV and The Food Network. Through supplemental food assistance, educational resources and support from the community, Minnie’s Food Pantry has changed the stigma associated with hunger and are further reducing hunger by expanding into schools across the country. Over the years, many corporate sponsors and celebrities have joined Minnie’s Food Pantry in the fight to reduce hunger including former MLB pitcher Latroy and Anita Hawkins, NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt and Pat Smith, Dallas Mavericks owner and business mogul Mark Cuban, Hollywood actresses Meagan Good and Regina King, movie producers DeVon Franklin and Will Packer, pop superstar Rihanna, recording artists Kenny Lattimore and BeBe Winans and now global media leader Oprah Winfrey.“I have been a ‘student’ of Oprah’s for more than 30 years,” said Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry. “I’ve watched, listened and learned a lot of what has helped me to make Minnie’s Food Pantry a national charity. It’s an esteemed honor to have the voice of one of the most powerful women in the world, Oprah Winfrey, resonate at our ten-year celebration. It reminds our staff, board of directors, sponsors and the thousands of volunteers, that our work is not in vain. We are grateful.”Minnie’s Food Pantry’s “Feed Just One Gala” is always a highlight and sells out each year. To purchase sponsorships, tables or tickets, please email Zoya(at)MinniesFoodPantry(dot)org or call (214) 709-4449. Find out more here.last_img read more

Cultures clashing the Brazilian Film TV Festival Of Toronto and CineIran Festival

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tonight (Friday October 14) at 7 pm, Marlom Meirelles’s short Button Eyes and Claudio Assis’s feature Big Jet are paired in a program devoted to the northeast region of Pernambuco, a part of the country that’s rarely captured on-screen but pretty spectacular to look at. And on Sunday (October 16) at 5 pm, a selection of six shorts offers a sense of emerging Brazilian cinema – including Gui Campos’s tender Rosinha and Diego Freitas’s clever Salt. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The fall micro-fest season can get a little crowded, but this is ridiculous: there are no fewer than four film festivals happening this very weekend.Competing with the expansive Reelworld and Toronto After Dark for your attention are two smaller fests, each with a much more specific cultural focus. But if you share that focus, they’re the only game in town.First, there’s the Brazilian Film & TV Festival Of Toronto, or BRAFFTV. Marking its 10th edition at the Carlton Cinemas, the festival – which opened last night – delivers exactly what it promises on the tin, importing recent Brazilian cinema and television for a Canadian audience. And all screenings are free. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Hundreds of chiefs cast vote for national chief

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first_img(Chiefs cast ballots in Toronto for next national chief of Assembly of First Nations APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera and Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsTORONTO–Hundreds of First Nations chiefs began voting Wednesday morning for one of eight candidates vying to lead the country’s most influential organization for the next three years.The race for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations has featured the largest fields in its history, including four women who have ignited widespread support among the grassroots.It’s only the chiefs, however, who are allowed to cast their ballots for the candidates which include Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk from Kanesatake, who rose to prominence during the Oka crisis, Joan Jack, an Ojibway lawyer from the Berens River First Nation and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly, a lawyer from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and professor at Ryerson University.The field also includes incumbent National Chief Shawn Atleo, George Stanley, Alberta AFN regional chief from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake, Bill Erasmus, Dene Nation chief from the Northwest Territories and Terrance Nelson, the five-time former chief of Roseau River.According to the AFN, 515 chiefs and proxies (individuals casting votes for an absent chief) were registered to attend the Toronto gathering where the voting is being held.Voting began at about 9 a.m. and the results of the first ballot are expected after 12 p.m.Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day said he was voting according to the will of the majority of his community which he said backed Palmater. Day, whose community is in Ontario, said he polled his residents using Twitter, Facebook, email and over the telephone.“Our members have seen (Palmater) as outspoken against what isn’t right,” said Day, in a statement. “They have not seen that level of resistance and outcry (from incumbent national chief Shawn Atleo).”Scia’new First Nation Chief Henry Chipps said, while standing in line waiting to vote, that he was backing Atleo who he felt was the best candidate up to the job. Chipps’ community is based in British Columbia.Tyendinaga Mohawk Chief Donald Maracle said he would be voting for Gabriel in the first ballot and Atleo in the second ballot.  Maracle, whose community is in Ontario, said he was pleased with the First Nations-Crown gathering held in Ottawa this past January that saw chiefs meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“I think it was a beginning. Hopefully there will be more of those,” said Maracle.Beausoleil First Nation Chief Roland Monague says he sees no consensus among Ontario leaders, but he’s decided to back Atleo.“I want someone who has already been to these communities and who knows our issues,” he said. “Better to go with someone who has already been there than to start all over again.”Other chiefs, however, were keeping their choices close to their chests.Chief Ray Sydney, from Kwanlin Dun First Nation in the Yukon, said he had two candidates in mind, but he wouldn’t reveal who they were. Sydney said he was looking for “integrity” in the candidates.Timiskaming Chief Terence McBride said he would decide who to vote for once he got into the voting booth.“They are all good candidates. They have a lot to bring to the table I suppose,” said McBride. “I guess the best one is going to win.”Atleo is expected to emerge in the lead following the first round of balloting, according to chiefs and observers surveyed by APTN National News. Opinions, however, vary wildly on the order of the rest of the field.Given that Atleo appears to have a lock on the large British Columbia voting block which could represent up to about 200 votes, some Ontario chiefs have spotted an opportunity to play kingmaker.Treaty 3 and Treaty 9 northern Ontario chiefs are considering backing Kelly as a block and holding their position on the premise that Atleo will need their support to take him over the top and strike a deal with them.Treaty 3 chiefs can bring about 28 votes to the table and Treaty 9 represents about 49 votes.Some northern Manitoba chiefs will also be voting strategically, supporting one candidate in the first round of voting and incumbent Shawn Atleo in any subsequent ballots.jbarrera@aptn.catfontaine@aptn.calast_img read more

MLA Dan Davies and Jane Thornthwaite hosts roundtable on mental health and

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, and Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Jane Thornthwaite were hosts to a recent roundtable discussion on mental health, addictions, and the opioid crisis.The discussion centred on the need for treatment facilities, expanded medical services, street clinics, and mental health and counselling providers.According to Thornthwaite, mental health and addictions affect all areas of the Province, including communities such as Fort St. John. “Mental health and addictions challenges affect all areas of B.C. and smaller cities like Fort St. John are no exception.”Thornthwaite says what sets smaller communities apart from larger cities, is the struggle with having available services to those dealing with mental health and addictions.“But smaller or more rural municipalities often struggle with fewer services and less access to trained professionals than urban centres. Access to accurate overdose data would help to identify gaps and target services where they are most needed. Northern residents need immediate treatment and recovery options when they reach out for help.”Davies says he welcomed Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic and appreciates her sharing her knowledge with first responders and front-line workers.“We were pleased to welcome MLA Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic with our dedicated first responders and front-line workers. She brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and will bring these concerns forward on behalf of northern British Columbians.”last_img read more

UN agriculture agency warns of increasing malnutrition among urban poor

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“Feeding cities means that more food needs to be produced, moved to cities and distributed within the expanding urban areas,” FAO said in a statement issued in Rome. “This in turn means more lorries, greater market congestion, higher piles of garbage, greater risks of food contamination and greater soil, water and air pollution. Many cities are rapidly losing urban and periurban land suitable for food production, have insufficient and inefficient transport, markets and slaughterhouses.” According to FAO, around 50 per cent of the urban population in Africa live in poverty. In Latin America, around 40 per cent of all urban households are poor – the population living below the poverty level in Sao Paulo is estimated to be between 60 and 70 per cent of the total population. In Calcutta, the proportion of urban poor is around 70 per cent, and in Karachi, 45 per cent. FAO is calling upon governments, city and local authorities and the private sector to improve poor people’s access in cities to affordable and safe food.”They need to improve food supply and distribution systems by adopting appropriate policies and programmes spanning regional, metropolitan, urban and local areas,” the FAO statement said. “Access to healthy and nutritious food will be an increasingly important issue in the world’s cities as they continue to experience rapid population growth. Improving urban food security is essential for attaining a safer and more stable social climate in developing countries.” read more

UN rights expert warns that all Brazilians must have access to water

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Wrapping up her first official mission to Brazil, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, said that Brazil was a “country of contrasts.”“I was shocked by the misery I saw and by the lack of access to sanitation and water by significant portions of the population. These are fundamentally people living in favelas or in rural areas,” said Ms. De Albuquerque. “Even though I acknowledge progress in this regard, the truth is that still millions of Brazilians live in deplorable conditions where access to sanitation and water is still only a distant dream,” she added.Brazil recently adopted ‘PlanSab’, a National Water and Sanitation Plan with $150 billion allocated from the federal budget to the sector in the coming two decades.The Special Rapporteur called the document “excellent” and said she was “very positively impressed” by the allocation. “Despite the positive examples of social participation in some social programmes, and government institutions, I was especially touched by my interaction with many Brazilians, who repeatedly – in the different regions I visited – told me that they still felt invisible and forgotten by public powers.”In the area of sanitation, the expert explained, “the low coverage does not match the advances of modern Brazil, where 52 per cent of the Brazilian population still doesn’t have sewage collection, and only 38 per cent of the sewage generated is treated.” “The fact that Brazil still has almost 8 million people defecating daily in the open is unacceptable and an affront to human dignity,” Ms. de Albuquerque stressed. This lack of access to sanitation is particularly serious in the North, where less than 10 per cent of the population has sewage collection.During her fact-finding mission to Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Fortaleza and Belém do Pará, the Special Rapporteur also received numerous complaints of people suffering from diarrhoea and other water and sanitation-borne diseases due to the bad quality of water.She will present a comprehensive report to a forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council, which will include her final findings and recommendations to the Government of Brazil. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Dangers zone Steelers S Dangerfield ready in a pinch

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PITTSBURGH — Jordan Dangerfield has carved out a niche on the NFL’s fringe, one that’s not for the impatient or the faint of heart.The 27-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers safety has spent much of the last five years bouncing from the 53-man roster to the practice squad and back again. He never gave himself a timetable, however, on when the whole playing football thing needed to work out, even as seasons passed and regular playing time proved elusive.Dangerfield is well aware of the team’s long history of developing practice squad players into regular contributors, a list that includes former All-Pro linebacker James Harrison and starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva. Do the right things often enough long enough and Dangerfield believed things would eventually work out.“They do a good job telling you that they stay in house a lot,” Dangerfield said. “When your number is called, you’ve got to be ready to go.”Dangerfield certainly looked ready in the second half of last Sunday’s comeback victory over Jacksonville . After getting pushed around for most of the first half, the Steelers went to a three-safety look in an effort to slow down Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Dangerfield saw the field for 14 snaps and twice in the third quarter used his 5-foot-11, 199-pound frame to take down the 230-pound Fournette, stopping Fournette for a 3-yard gain on Jacksonville’s opening possession of the second half, and for no gain later in the quarter.The idea to use Dangerfield alongside Terrell Edmunds and Sean Davis had been in defensive co-ordinator Keith Butler’s back pocket for weeks. Playing a run-heavy team like the Jaguars final gave the Steelers the impetus to put it in action. Dangerfield’s aggressive recklessness helped.“Danger’s got a certain playing personality,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “You guys watch us in (training camp) and so forth. You guys know what that playing personality is. He was the right guy for the job.”Maybe because Dangerfield is simply happy to have a job.Undrafted after his college career at Pittsburgh, Dangerfield spent an entire year out of football in 2013 after failing to make the Buffalo Bills. The Steelers signed him to a futures contract in 2014, the start of a maddening process in which Pittsburgh would cut him, place him on the practice squad, then waive him again to address issues elsewhere.Dangerfield seemed to have finally found his role in 2016 when he made the team coming out of training camp and earned special teams co-ordinator Danny Smith’s admiration for his enthusiastic approach to his work. Then he injured his ankle near the end of training camp and was placed on injured reserve. The Steelers signed him to another futures contract in January, but even with his lengthy history with the club Dangerfield understood there were no guarantees.“You’ve just got to play your role,” Dangerfield said. “I don’t take special teams for granted. I love special teams.”Still, Dangerfield’s goal, like that of every special teamer, is to eventually land a more regular gig. Yet he’s also well aware of his current spot in the pecking order. He’s at best the fourth safety on the roster behind Davis, Edmunds and veteran Morgan Burnett. When the Steelers (7-2-1) play in Denver (4-6) on Sunday, Dangerfield likely will spend most of the afternoon standing on the sideline when the defence is on the field. The Broncos rely more heavily on the pass than the Jaguars, meaning there’s no need for Pittsburgh to send three safeties out there.That’s fine by Dangerfield. He has no control over when he plays. That’s hardly new territory. The fact he’s stuck around this long made his play against the Jaguars all the more gratifying. He sees no reason to change his mindset now, one that’s earned him respect across the locker room.“Everybody is waiting for their opportunity and Danger is one of those guys,” Pittsburgh cornerback Mike Hilton said. “He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t whine and we know when his number is called he’s going to do his job and get it done.”NOTES: RT Marcus Gilbert will miss his fifth straight game with a knee injury. Matt Feiler, who has filled in each of the last four weeks for Gilbert, is questionable due to a pectoral injury. If Feiler can’t start, rookie Chukwuma Okorafor will make his first NFL start. … DE Stephon Tuitt will sit a second straight week with an elbow injury. … LB Anthony Chickillo, dealing with an ankle injury, is expected to play.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLWill Graves, The Associated Press read more

Nurse jailed for injecting husband with insulin could have murder conviction quashed

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Her case is being heard at the Court of Appeal Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Winzar’s case will continue tomorrow. A hearing took place this morning but senior judges adjourned her case so that expert medical evidence could be obtained. Her case will continue tomorrow.Presiding judge, Lord Justice Irwin, said that her case has an “extraordinary history” and should be resolved as soon as possible.”We cannot go on middling this case, there has to be a decisive conclusion,” he told the Court of Appeal.Mr Justice William Davis said that the case will examine whether a “natural succession of events” which could cause hypoglycemia – dangerously low blood sugar levels – “and therefore death” was responsible.However Mr James Curtis, prosecuting, told the court that Mr McMcCarthy’s death “was not caused by some internal sudden lightning strike with the body turning in on itself” and added that evidence suggesting that he died of natural causes is “not fresh” and has “been covered various ways, a number of times before”.Several years after Mr McCarthy’s motorcycle accident, he lapsed into a coma and died in Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon on February 9.This is not the first time that Winzar has tried to overturn her conviction. A previous challenge was overturned by the Court of Appeal in December 2002. She applied to the CCRC in June 2005. The CCRC previously said it considers the new evidence “gives rise to a real possibility” her conviction will be quashed.Nicholas Brown, representing Winzar, said her case is that there must be a “natural causes explanation” for Mr McCarthy’s very low blood sugar levels when he was admitted to hospital.”To rely on only one blood sample would, in my view, be unsafe,” he said. He added that there’s a real possibility that test results carried out following Mr McCarthy’s death could be “statistically wrong” or “erroneous false negatives”.The case was adjourned yesterday to allow Winzar’s legal team to gather expert evidence as to the reliability of the particular medical test used to measure Mr McCarthy’s insulin levels. The court heard that, if the evidence does not support Winzar’s case, she may have to withdraw her appeal.The CCRC was formed in 1997. By January 2019, of the 648 cases where appeals have been heard by the courts, 437 have been allowed and 198 dismissed.In order for the Commission to be able to refer a case back to the court, it almost always needs to identify new evidence or issue which would provide grounds for a fresh appeal. Her case has now been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.She returned before three senior judges to prove that there is evidence of a “possible natural causes explanation” for her husband’s death. A nurse who spent 15 years in prison for murdering her disabled husband by injecting him with insulin could have her conviction quashed in the wake of new medical evidence.Deborah Winzar, 54, was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court in 2000 after a jury found her guilty of the murder of Dominic McCarthy.Her husband, 34, who was paralysed in a motorcycle accident in 1984, was found collapsed in his bed at the home the couple shared in Stonely, Cambridgeshire, on January 31 1997.A post-mortem revealed that he had a very high level of insulin in his blood and the prosecution’s case was his wife had both the opportunity and the skills to inject it.  Winzar, then a senior ward sister at Kettering General Hospital, denied any wrongdoing and always maintained that her husband must have died of natural causes.However since her release from prison, she is continuing her battle to clear her name in the courts. Her case is being heard at the Court of Appeal read more

Methane detection at a distance

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first_imgThe second generation LaserMethane mini Gen2 from Crowcon is changing the way methane can be detected. Using laser technology, LaserMethane mini Gen2 (LMm) allows users to reliably and accurately detect methane, at a safe distance. They can get results in seconds by simply pointing the laser beam towards the suspected source. The concentration of methane is measured by detecting the difference between the light emitted and the light received.In order to achieve high detection sensitivity and selectivity for methane, LaserMethane mini Gen2 uses a wavelength that both exhibits maximum adsorption and is unique to methane. The methane column density is the concentration of methane between the detector and the target and is the product of the concentration of the methane cloud (ppm.m) and path length through the cloud (metres) and is reported in units of ppm.m.last_img read more

FLSmidth sponsors Technology Hall of Fame Safety category

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first_imgFLSmidth is the sponsor of the Safety category for this year’s International Mining Technology Hall of Fame. So the company will be presenting the 2015 inductee for safety at the gala dinner event at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, on February 22, during SME Annual Conference week. Anyone wishing to make a nomination has until the end of this month. The nominations so far are:Richard Snively and Justine Blank of Snively Inc. and Ecom Instruments’ Rolf Neid and Kevin Spence are nominated for the first ever MSHA Permissible Mobile Computer (Ci70-EX) and Safety Tracker Software. Anything a laptop or tablet computer can do, can now be performed on the MSHA Permissible Ci70-EX Mobile Computer at the face and all areas of a mine without the fear of “Non-Permissible” equipment accidentally getting taken into hazardous areas and potentially causing an accident.It was initially developed to record data from inspections of 3500-5000 SCSR (Self Contained-Self Rescuers) every 90 days to a twenty-point inspection. This manual process was an extremely time-consuming process, prone to errors, exposure to MSHA fines due to errors and an overwhelming burden. This process would consume a safety tech’s time in locating, inspecting and reporting; therefore leaving little or no time for proactive safety measures in the mine. It can now all be done at the face on computer using barcode technology.Greg Baiden, Penguin Automated Systems CEO. In 2015 the company shipped what is thought to be the world’s first hangup assessment and clearing robotic system to Codelco’s Andina mine in Chile. The robot hangup clearance unit features an arm that extends 4.6 m horizontally and 10 m vertically through the throat of a drawbell in a block cave mine. At the end of the arm are a 3D camera, an infrared lighting system, a drill and an explosives loader. The robot scans the inside of the drawbell and creates a virtual map of the hangup.Optalert’s fatigue detection products have been developed with more than 20 years of research by a team which over the years has developed new methods of measuring eye and eyelid movements. This then led to the world’s first validated scale of drowsiness – the Johns Drowsiness Scale – after Optalert founder and Chief Scientist Dr Murray Johns.As the Founder and Chairman of British-based Trolex, one of the leading names in hazardous gas detection and environmental condition monitoring, John Pierce-Jones has led the development of a number of systems that have revolutionised mine safety around the world, saving thousands of lives.last_img read more

NXT running the Northeast for series of live events in February Kevin

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first_imgFacebook Google+ NXT running the Northeast for series of live events in FebruaryWWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque posted the following on Twitter on Monday announcing that NXT will be running a series of live events in the Northeast area in February..@WWENXT hits the northeast after #NXTTakeOver:#NXTPhilly 2/9#NXTAsburyPark 2/10#NXTAlbany 2/11Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am.— Triple H (@TripleH) January 2, 2017Kevin Owens reflects on his journey to the WWEWWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens posted the following on Twitter on Monday reflecting on his journey to where he is currently in the WWE.Less than 2 years ago, I was driving on the same road I’m on now to go perform in Lakeland for @WWENXT in front of 200 people…— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) January 2, 2017 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Videos Articles WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Pinterest Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now, @WWENXT sells out arenas and I’m on my way to Tampa for the 1st Raw of 2017 to host #TheKevinOwensShow as @WWE Universal Champion…— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) January 2, 2017 WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next The lesson? No matter how unlikely or far off things seem, passion and heart can change a lot.Also, I’m good…but you knew that already.— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) January 2, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Lori Saldana on her race for Board of Supervisors in District 4

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first_img June 4, 2018 Lori Saldana on her race for Board of Supervisors in District 4 Posted: June 4, 2018 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 SettingsThe June Primary is Tuesday and Democrat Lori Saldana is running for County Supervisor of District 4.She sat down with KUSI with the latest on her campaign. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Two cemetery districts field 8 candidates

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first_imgVoters in north Clark County will have a few options this fall when it comes to who should be calling the shots in their area’s publicly owned cemeteries.Eight candidates are running for commissioner positions in two districts. The positions are uncompensated, six-year terms, according to the county website.Most candidates have lived in north Clark County most of their lives and have family members in cemeteries within their districts. All seem to have the same top priority: keeping things well maintained.District 4All three commissioner positions in District 4, which serves Mountain View Cemetery, Amboy Cemetery and Chelatchie Cemetery, are up for election.The district has been the scene of controversy before.The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued a report in March that contained results from an independent accountability audit of the district between 2008 and 2010. It said the district lacked proper documentation for 41 plots that were sold to the public. The report said the plots had a total value of at least $8,000.In addition to the lack of documents, the auditor’s office said the district sold plots in areas of the Amboy Cemetery where burials could not occur; sold plots for amounts not on the board-approved price lists; did not require payment for plots, headstones and liners when they were provided, and did not document payment arrangements, and charged an individual twice for two plots.Old commissioners were replaced after the controversy and the new ones are still trying to get things in order, said Commissioner Bob McClellan, who is seeking re-election.last_img read more

Many Americans have oldschool Fourth of July

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first_imgMOUNT VERNON, Va. — George Washington never had air conditioning, but he knew how to keep cool: a mansion with lots of windows elevated on the banks of a wide, rolling river and lots of ice cream, maybe with a little brandy.It was a little like the old days without electricity Wednesday, as the nation’s capital region celebrated Independence Day the better part of a week into a widespread blackout that left millions of residents sweltering in 90-plus degree heat without air conditioning. Utilities have slowly been restoring service knocked out by a freak storm Friday from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic, and at least 26 people have died in the storm or its aftermath.At George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, one of the most popular Fourth of July attractions was a demonstration of 18th-century ice cream making, one of Washington’s favorite desserts. Historical interpreters Gail Cassidy and Anette Ahrens showed the crowds how cocoa beans were roasted and ground into a paste for chocolate ice cream, made using ice hauled up in massive blocks from the Potomac River and stored underground to last as long into the summer as possible.As for beverages, Washington was no stranger to alcohol, sipping imported Madeira wine from Portugal, distilling his own whiskey and enjoying a fruity brandy cocktail called Cherry Bounce.Washington was his own architect at Mount Vernon, “and he was very good at it,” said Dennis Pogue, associate director for preservation at Mount Vernon. The piazza, which runs the length of the mansion, is “kind of California living in the 18th century,” Pogue said.last_img read more

New Medicaid reform committee strives for savings

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first_imgAs lawmakers look to trim the state’s budget shortfall, their attention is focusing on one of the biggest areas of the budget: Medicaid.Download AudioSen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, announced today that a new Medicaid reform subcommittee will focus on the issue over the next month.The subcommittee will look at separate bill proposed by Gov. Bill Walker’s administration and Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, to change how healthcare is delivered to low-income Alaskans.Both bills encourage the use of case management.In the state’s version, a contractor assigns a primary care provider to each patient.The provider would help coordinate the healthcare that the patient receives, with an eye toward preventing problems that cause unnecessary hospital stays and emergency room visits.State Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson says patients benefit from closer attention.“What we found is they love it, because, you know, maybe for the first time in their life, somebody is contacting them and saying, ‘Hey, it looks like you’re having some health issues, and based upon what you have been seen for, you might benefit from seeing a primary care provider, who can work with a … cardiologist or some other specialist. And based upon what we know about the services that you’ve received, we can set up an appointment for you.’”Both bills also seek to reduce pharmacy spending by pointing patients toward generic prescription drugs rather than name brands.Sen. Kelly is also interested in exploring privatizing some state healthcare services, saying he looks forward to quick and bold action:“We haven’t done it well enough over many, many years. So there’s no finger being pointed at the Health and Social Services Committee or this commissioner. This has been an, a cumulative problem that I think we are just so forced into dealing with it now because of the other budget considerations that face us, that, um, we’re actually going to do it this time.”The new subcommittee will meet three times a week.Republican Sens. Kelly and Mackinnon, along with Peter Micchiche and Cathy Giessel, will serve on the subcommittee, as well as with Democrat Donny Olson.Sen. MacKinnon says she’s interested in looking to take pieces of both the administration’s bill and Kelly’s bill in making a recommendation to the full Senate Finance Committee by the end of February.last_img read more

Pompeo faces thorny issues on India visit from trade to Russia arms

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first_imgU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seek to further strengthen strategic ties with India.ReutersThe US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Tuesday for talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi, where he is expected to tackle a host of delicate issues from trade to India’s longstanding defence and energy ties to Russia and Iran.Relations between the United States and India have improved dramatically since the Cold War but they have still fallen short of their promise and now have run into serious problems over tariffs, flows of data and tighter Indian rules on online commerce in one of the world’s fastest-growing large markets.Pompeo landed in New Delhi late on Tuesday night after an unannounced trip to Kabul.He will kick off his visit to India by calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was re-elected for a second term last month with a powerful mandate that analysts say gives him the chance to take bold reforms to propel Asia’s third-largest economy towards faster growth.Just ahead of his visit, New Delhi imposed tariffs on some US goods after President Donald Trump’s administration threw India out of a group of countries that were allowed duty-free access for some of their products into the large US market.While trade issues are led by the US Trade Representative’s office and the commerce departments, Pompeo is expected to raise some of the concerns US companies have about new rules on the local storage of data as well as restrictions on foreign companies’ online operations in India.”We expect trade and e-commerce to figure in the meetings with the PM and the foreign minister, we are ready to engage them on data issues,” said an Indian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with service rules.PRESSURE Pompeo’s visit is expected to lay the ground for talks between Trump and Modi later in the week on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka.India hopes that this week’s high-level meetings will help re-start talks over a trade package the two had been negotiating for months, the official said.In recent weeks, the United States has also stepped up pressure on India not to proceed with its purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia.India says the missiles are necessary to bolster defences against China, but Washington has said it would prefer India to consider other options including US defence firms for alternative weapons systems.A second Indian official said India believed it had a case for a waiver from US sanctions should it go ahead with the missile system purchase from Russia.Washington has also threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey, a NATO ally, which is also buying the S-400 system.Under US pressure India has stopped buying oil from Iran, one of its top suppliers and the two Indian officials said the oil-dependent economy had taken a hit as a result.Now, with tensions rising between the United States and Iran, New Delhi is further worried about the security of its energy supplies.last_img read more

Harris County Begins Updating MultiHazard Mitigation Action Plan

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first_imgHarris County Office of Emergency ManagementHarris County recently hosted a meeting with more than 70 organizations that will participate in updating its multi-hazard mitigation action plan.Harris County has started updating its current multi-hazard mitigation action plan, for which it will collaborate with multiple jurisdictions and receive feedback from the public.Harris County is vulnerable to natural hazards such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes. The county, as well as the Flood Control District, municipalities, special purpose districts, private non-profits and several stakeholder organizations will participate in the partnership.Harris County has received federal grant funds to update the plan and recently hosted a meeting with 120 attendees from more than 70 organizations that will participate in the process.“Although the current plan doesn’t expire until 2020, our office starts working with our partners and the public well in advance. The overall goal is to update the plan to help minimize the impacts of future disasters and to make us eligible for federal hazard mitigation funds,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.It takes approximately 18 months to complete the updates before the final plan is submitted to the State of Texas and FEMA for review. Once approved, each jurisdiction may adopt the plan, which will allow their communities to more readily access hazard mitigation and disaster recovery funds from FEMA when a disaster occurs.Harris County will provide several opportunities for public input and comments by publishing public notices of meetings, hosting public input workshops, posting the draft plan online for public review; and seeking stakeholder and subject matter expert input.The steering committee will consist of 16 jurisdictions and 16 stakeholders that represent the entire planning partnership and oversees the planning process.All steering committee meetings will be open to the public. The first meeting will take place on October 18th, 10 a.m. to noon at Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy Road, Conference Room 120-A, Houston, Texas 77024.Future meetings will be posted at https://www.readyharris.org/mitigation. Sharelast_img read more

Africare Celebrates Black Leadership at 2014 Bishop John T Walker Memorial Dinner

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first_imgAfricare, the oldest and largest African-American led non-profit committed to advancing development in Africa, hosted more than 500 global leaders including South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young and President Emertia of Bennett College for Women Julianne Malveaux, on April 5 at its annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner and fundraiser at the Hilton Washington Hotel in the District. The event honored Africare’s pioneering Co-Founders C. Payne Lucas and Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy with Lifetime Achievement Awards for the contributions they have each made to Africare over more than four decades. Africare also paid tribute to its Honorary Chairman, the late Nelson Mandela, through a special video and musical presentation by trumpeter Thaddeus Wilson of the band DC Fusion. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid, best known for her role as Aunt Viv on the hit-series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. “C. Payne and Dr. Kennedy focused on educating Americans about the challenges Africans face and the tremendous opportunities we have to help,” said Darius Mans, president, Africare. “Their tireless efforts to educate Americans led community, religious and fraternal organizations, as well as government and business entities, to discover Africare and contribute directly to Africa’s regeneration.” Africare was founded in 1970 in response to the devastation wrought in the Sahel by one of the worst droughts the Niger Delta had ever faced. In 1971, as founding board members, Mr. Lucas and Dr. Kennedy reincorporated Africare in the District of Columbia. Under their visionary leadership, Africare matured from working in one region of Niger with a budget of roughly $39,000, to engaging in hundreds of projects spanning 36 African countries over the past 44 years. Today, Africare’s portfolio is valued at more than $200 million, spanning 17 countries. “As Africare continues to grow and serve larger numbers of Africans in need, we always remember our inspirational and dedicated founders, their humble beginnings and their vision that takes us to communities that exist where the road ends,” Mans said. The Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner is held each year in memory of Bishop John T. Walker, the first African-American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC and Africare’s longtime Board Chair. Bishop Walker, who passed away 25 years ago this year, distinguished himself as an exemplar of peace, justice and interracial harmony. The dinner plays an important role in enabling Africare to both broaden awareness about its work in Africa and to raise critically needed funds to deliver lifesaving services. This year’s dinner was made possible through the generosity of ExxonMobil, Chevron, The African Development Bank and The Coca-Cola Company, as well as many others from the business community.last_img read more

This company turns BMWs into real Transformers

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first_imgBMW makes all kinds of vehicles that run on all different fuels: gas, diesel, electricity. These new BMW creations are presumably powered by energon cubes.What you’re looking at is a life-sized Transformer. For the sake of avoiding messy legal conflicts the Turkish company that’s building these amazing machines, Letvision, calls them Letrons — but there’s no question they were inspired by the likes of Bumblebee, Jazz, and the rest of the Autobot crew.After coming up with the idea to build actual Transformers at a creative meeting, Letvision put together a team of 12 engineers and 4 techs to make their vision a reality. It took 8 months from start to finish to build their first Letron. Today, they’ve got four other models ready to roll.Each one is built from an actual BMW 3-series sedan. They can all fully transform from car to robot, move their arms and wrists, flex their articulated fingers, and turn their heads from side to side. Lutrons can talk, and they can even break wind, or at least that’s what I assume they’re doing when they shoot smoke out from somewhere between their robot legs. 1/5What? Oh, yeah, it’s just a regular old BMW 3 Series sedan. Nothing unusual about it at all. Nope. 1/5I mean, all BMW sedans can stand upright nowadays, can’t they? This is Blue Str… er… Bizmut. 1/5Jazz? Nope, it’s Argon. I’ll assume that he’s every bit as noble as the gas he’s named after. 1/5This broad-shouldered fellow is Wolfram. Bonus points to Letvision for the name on this one. 1/5Something about Tantal reminds me of Gears. His stout build, beard, and monochrome color palette… I don’t know, it just makes me think he could be a little crusty with his comrades. <>center_img Lutrons are even driveable. Yes, really, but don’t go getting your hopes up about finally being able to jump behind the wheel like Spike and go for a ride. All the extra mechanical gear that gives a Lutron the ability to turn into a robot takes up a lot of space. There’s no room left in the cabin for a human companion, so you’ll have to be content driving by remote control for now… But come on, that sounds pretty dang awesome too, right?Images and video courtesy Letvisionlast_img read more