first_imgIowa lawmakers have given preliminary approval to prohibiting Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding for sex education.GOP-led legislative committees approved budget legislation Thursday that would add disqualifying language for federal grants aimed at sexual health education to Iowa youth.The state administers the grants, and the proposed language says recipients of the money can’t provide abortions, maintain or operate a facility where abortions are performed, or regularly make referrals to entities linked to abortions.Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, the local affiliate, says it’s been awarded these grants repeatedly.The federal money isn’t used for abortions.A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman called the move a “targeted attack.”It comes one day after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill that would ban most abortions around six weeks of pregnancy.APlast_img read more

‘Man City have Europe’s best squad and manager’

first_imgManchester City ‘Man City have Europe’s best squad and manager’ – Guardiola & De Bruyne praised by club legend Chris Burton 18:29 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Premier League A club legend, who tasted European glory back in 1970, believes the class of 2018 are capable of landing more collective and individual honours Manchester City have “the best squad and the best manager in Europe”, according to club legend Tony Book, who says Champions League glory is “only a matter of time”.Pep Guardiola’s debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium saw him end a season without major silverware for the first time in his distinguished coaching career.While that failure may have come as a surprise to many, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich has set about righting those wrongs in some style. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City have already landed the Carabao Cup, are one win away from the Premier League title and still have an historic European prize in their sights.Former player and boss Book, who tasted European Cup Winners’ Cup glory back in 1970, believes a star-studded squad will deliver more honours, telling The Mirror: “The one thing my team achieved that this current team must have is success in Europe and I think it’s only a matter of time before Pep delivers another European trophy.“It’s going to be a tough two games against Liverpool, but I think City will go though because I look at the strength of both teams and I have absolutely no doubt that Pep has the best squad.”In fact, I’d go as far as to say that City now have the best squad and the best manager in Europe. I think that they have even more quality in depth than both Barcelona and Real Madrid. I feel that City can go anywhere and win.”Among the stars Guardiola currently has at his disposal is Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.A man with 11 goals to his name this season, and 15 Premier League assists, is a leading contender to sweep up the top individual prizes in 2017-18, with Book backing the 26-year-old to become City’s first Footballer of the Year since he was honoured in 1969.The Blues icon added: “Kevin has been the player of the season – just because of his unbelievable consistency. His performances this season have been outstanding, in a team that has been the best in the Premier League by some distance.Kevin De Bruyne THE man Tony Book“His creativity and his goals are going to help City win the title.“Kevin seems to be a step ahead of every other player on the pitch. He sees things before everybody else – and he delivers. Not only that, but he delivers in every game, including the biggest games.“Comparisons between eras are very difficult because the game has moved on so much since my day. But when I see De Bruyne moving so gracefully through the midfield it does bring back memories of Colin Bell. He has got that same effortless way of running and, like Colin, he is a complete midfielder.“And that’s what I like about De Bruyne so much — yes, he can do all the brilliant things. He can score goals, he can create goals. He can pick out a pass that only he can see. But he also does the dirty work defensively.“He is a real team player and Pep’s system is so reliant on every player doing that side of the game.“City are not a one-man team. They have been brilliant from 1 to 11 this season – but De Bruyne has been THE man.”last_img read more

BTN’s ‘The Journey’ Is Airing A Feature On J.T. Barrett Tonight

first_imgJ.T. Barrett being carted off of the field.BTN.Ohio State fans will want to watch the Big Ten Network tonight.J.T. Barrett will be the subject of a feature airing on Big Ten Network’s The Journey this evening.Ohio State football’s official Twitter account has tweeted a couple of previews of Barrett’s feature. It appears the feature will focus on everything from Barrett’s recruitment to his season-ending injury in 2014.“If I went to another school,” Barrett says in the preview, “I saw myself sitting on the couch watching OSU win a national championship without me.””If I went to another school I saw myself sitting on the couch watching OSU win a national championship without me.”— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 3, 2016One last preview of the @JT_theQB4th story set to air on @BigTenNetwork’s The Journey tonight at 9p.It’s gonna be a good one.— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 4, 2016The feature will air at 9 p.m. E.T. on the Big Ten Network tonight.Barrett, meanwhile, is off to a great start this season, throwing for 888 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions through four games, leading Ohio State to a 4-0 start and a No. 2 national ranking.The Buckeyes are set to host Indiana at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

New Breathalysers Win Police MADD Support

first_imgMunicipal police agencies throughout Nova Scotia will be able to purchase modern breathalyser units and upgrade their radio systems, thanks to $160,000 in provincial funding. Justice Minister Michael Baker joined police chiefs today, Oct. 27, to announce the province’s investment of $110,000 for the breathalyser units and $50,000 for the more modern radio equipment. “These are important investments in a safer, stronger Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Baker. “The new breathalyser equipment is another step forward in our campaign to keep impaired drivers off the road.” The province will pay for new Datamaster breathalysers, or will reimburse police agencies that have already purchased the equipment. Three units will be funded in Halifax, two in Cape Breton and one each in Springhill, Pictou County, Amherst, Truro, Bridgewater and Kentville. Police agencies sought funding because they were concerned about the increasing costs of repairs to existing equipment, and the risk of having court cases thrown out because of faulty equipment. “We applaud the province for purchasing Datamaster testing instruments for our departments,” said Chief Ken MacLean, president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association. “This is a pro-active approach that will assist our police services in ensuring community safety. It will also move us toward our Canadian Road Safety Vision 2010 goal of making our provincial roadways safer for all.” “Nova Scotia chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are very pleased to see this provincial funding for new Datamaster breathalysers,” said Susan MacAskill, Atlantic region manager. “This will automatically increase the apprehension rate of impaired drivers, and will ensure that fewer charges are dropped because of technicalities or faulty equipment. Volunteers and members of MADD Canada are pleased to see Nova Scotia step up the battle against impaired driving.” Chris McNeil, deputy chief of operations for the Halifax Regional Police said the fight against impaired driving continues to be “a serious public safety concern.” “We are encouraged by the minister’s support, which will ensure that Nova Scotia police officers have the very latest technology to battle this deadly crime,” he said. The improved radio technology will link municipal police with the RCMP and emergency providers through a provincewide mobile radio network. “Improved communication means a higher degree of public safety,” said Mr. Baker. “The Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association is extremely pleased with this provincial support for radio upgrades,” said Chief Brent Crowhurst of the Bridgewater Police Department. “It means several smaller agencies can improve safety for their officers and the public they serve.”last_img read more

Nova Scotians Honour Workers and Families

first_imgNova Scotians will honour workers who have died or were injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province on Sunday, April 28. Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis, Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean and Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh will join representatives from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour at a ceremony at Province House in Halifax. In 2018, 40 Nova Scotians lost their lives at work or because of work-related injuries, diseases or conditions. Marilyn D’Entremont, who lost her husband, Lewis, as a result of an incident while fishing, will also speak at the event. “It’s not just about those 40 people who lost their lives,” said Ms. D’Entremont. “The lives of their families and friends are forever changed too. I lost my husband, but he was also a father, a son and a friend to many.” “It is important we pause and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on the job,” said Ms. Diab. “This is a day to honour their families and loved ones and to reaffirm our shared commitment to not only reduce workplace fatalities, but to eliminate them completely.” The annual event is organized by the Federation of Labour to publicly acknowledge those affected by workplace tragedy. “We’ve learned too many lessons and come too far in better understanding how to make workplaces safe,” said Mr. Cavanagh. “We owe it to the thousands of families who have already lost their loved ones to do better for today’s workers.” Visit for more information and to hear more about Marilyn D’Entremont’s story and others.last_img read more

Native Womens Association of Canada signs accord to play policymaking role

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is signing a new accord with the Native Women’s Association of Canada to ensure the organization can fully participate in efforts to improve Indigenous health, housing and education.Francyne Joe, president of the association, says the accord will ensure the voices of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people will be heard by policy-makers developing programs, services and laws.She says that for too long the voices of Indigenous matriarchs, knowledge-keepers and water-carriers have been left out of discussions directly affecting their communities and nations.Joe says the accord, which is being signed today, is an important step towards reconciliation and healing.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says she believes policies are only good if the people affected by them are involved in setting them.Bennett says that’s why it’s important that Indigenous women will be part of policy-making.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Support Giving Tuesday

first_imgA diverse group of musicians, actors, athletes, artists and the nation’s top creative talents are joining the #GivingTuesday movement to help inspire the first national day dedicated to giving coinciding with the Holiday season.Instead of focusing solely on sales and shopping, these celebrities are supporting some of the country’s most innovative charities, volunteer organizations, global campaigns and community groups as they “get out the give” this November 27. With more than 2,000 partner organizations in all 50 states, there are many ways these men and women are building awareness and support for issues ranging from Hurricane Sandy relief to children’s education to women’s health to aid for veterans…and myriad causes in between. A few examples of some of the top stars who are supporting their favorite charities include:• Charlize Theron and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) are teaming up with the Center for Living Peace to raise funds for CTAOP’s mission to keep African youth safe from HIV. Every donation made to CTAOP on #GivingTuesday will be matched by the Center for Living Peace (up to $10,000). • Grammy Award winning band, Linkin Park, and Music for Relief are premiering a new video cut to one of their song to help tell the story of energy poverty and are asking their fans to be a part of the solution. The band is asking fans to share the video with friends and to make a donation as a unique holiday gift to friends and family this season to provide clean energy solutions for people who have no access to electricity. • Marie Osmond, co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is the face of the charity’s new holiday fundraising program: Marie will be talking up #GivingTuesday during a number of confirmed media interviews promoting the Donny and Marie Christmas Show on Monday, November 26. She’ll explain how for as little as $10 or as much as $12 million, #GivingTuesday do-gooders can choose the perfect pediatric gift for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital on • Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers point guard is urging fans and friends of the Steve Nash Foundation, which helps children to access critical health and education resources, to support the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign this #GivingTuesday. • Victoria Justice will announce a GirlRaiser challenge for Girl Up on Social Media and via a Huffington Post Impact blog that will run on November 21. This GirlRaiser will have a goal of raising $20,000 for Girl Up in order to provide girls abroad with the tools they need to go to school, be healthy, stay safe, and become leaders. To further incentivize participation, a new single and music video “Girl Up,” will be released when the goal is met. • Susan Sarandon will be featured by MSN on its Causes page on Nov. 27, #GivingTuesday, as part of her support for Heifer International. The Q&A with the Academy Award-winning actress delves into her reasons for giving to Heifer International, as well as her own gift-giving traditions. MSN Causes enables easy ways to give and shares inspiring stories about people who have changed the world through their generosity. • Penelope Cruz and La Tienda’s Campaign For Spain are raising much needed funds for the Federation of Spanish Food Banks. The organization is asking everyone to be a part of #GivingTuesday and remember those in need. • Oxfam America will be enlisting the help of a few key celebrity ambassadors to promote #GivingTuesday and Oxfam’s gift-giving program, Oxfam Unwrapped. Actors Kristin Davis, Djimon Hounsou, and Minnie Driver, among others, will be spreading the word about #GivingTuesday by sharing the message of “You are what you give.” • Entertainment giant WWE, which recently formed an alliance with Nothing But Nets to smackdown malaria in Africa, will be tweeting about #GivingTuesday across its Twitter channels. WWE’s social media platforms reach more than 115 million fans and followers worldwide. • Ethan Zohn, winner of CBS’s Survivor: Africa and co-host of ABC’s Everyday Health will be supporting the #GivingTuesday campaign of Grassroot Soccer, the organization he helped co-found. Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer, the world’s most popular sport, to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people and communities against HIV and AIDS. Zohn helped found the organization in 2002 after playing professional soccer in Zimbabwe and seeing firsthand the devastating effects of the disease. For #GivingTuesday, Zohn will be using the power of social media to promote a one-day special donation blitz on behalf of the organization. • Kevin Bacon, Ryan Reynolds, Cee Lo Green, Danny DeVito, and other celebrities are teaming up to make the Celebrity Bookends famous. A random set of bookends are traveling the world to meet famous people and do famous things in an attempt to give them enough celebrity status to help benefit schoolchildren in Guatemala. Along with the awareness that celebrity icons can garner for their cause, these Celebrity Bookends and their team will attempt to monetize their someday celebrity status and be sold for one million dollars for #GivingTuesday partner Cooperative for Education. • Toni Collette partnered with Concern Worldwide U.S. in a campaign to make hunger history. The campaign, Concern for Hunger, asks people to support Concern’s work to treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries. You can watch Toni Collette’s PSA against hunger here. Toni Collette has contributed an exclusive blog on the fight against hunger and a call to action for #GivingTuesday and the holiday season to the Huffington Post. It might also be worth noting that Toni Collette is part of the all-star cast of Hitchcock, which is set to release on November 23. • Mike Farrell, the actor and longtime human rights activist, is supporting Just Detention International’s Words of Hope holiday campaign, which will launch on #GivingTuesday. Now in its third year, Words of Hope invites people to reach out directly to some of the most marginalized and forgotten people in our society: survivors of prisoner rape. Mike Farrell will himself send a card to a survivor behind bars and will lend his name and voice to encourage others to do so as well. • Andres Levin, American/Venezuelan Grammy Winner, composer, producer and philanthropist, joins Arcangeles as an Ambassador for our cause spreading the word on empowering vulnerable communities, especially those living with a disability. Levin, along with his Non Profit ‘Music Has No Enemies’, will usher the entertainment industry toward the widespread promotion of philanthropy and the importance of giving to communities living in conditions of exclusion. • Award-winning actor of stage and screen Joe Mantegna has been a longtime advocate for U.S servicemen and women, veterans and his Italian heritage. This is one reason he has supported the good work of the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) for many years. The SIF raises money for cultural preservation programs and veteran’s/wounded warrior organizations, among other causes. Active year-round lending support to causes that are dear to him, Joe will tweet for the Sons of Italy Foundation on #GivingTuesday, encouraging charitable giving among his many followers.For a complete list of #GivingTuesday partners, please visit Newswirelast_img read more

Taxis in Rabat Transport Hospital Patients for Free

Rabat – Drivers of “petit taxis” have launched a campaign to transport patients from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Hospital for free. According to the state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the initiative aims to reconcile the public with taxi drivers in a spirit of solidarity. Saifallah Idriss, taxi driver and organizer of the campaign in Rabat, declared that customers are at the heart of the business. The initiative results from an effort to increase customer appreciation for ride services. The organizers intend to coordinate their efforts to spread the initiative to other hospitals and cities as well. Taxi drivers will transport patients for free every Monday from noon to 5 p.m. Kebira El Miri, professional driver and participant of the initiative, asserted that the campaign is slowly but positively changing the public opinion. She also said the number of participating drivers is rapidly growing. Beneficiaries of the free rides expressed their surprise when they were welcomed by taxi drivers at the hospital’s exit. They described the initiative as a great humanitarian effort that should be extended to all of Rabat’s hospitals.  The idea cams from a similar campaign launched last month by Casablanca taxi drivers to express solidarity with less fortunate hospital patients. read more

UN relief officials concerned by reports of thousands of Liberians displaced by

The people who fled the fighting – as many as 100,000, according to government figures – have now gathered at Klay Junction, some 35 kilometres outside Monrovia, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.Among the displaced are Sierra Leonean refugees who were living in Lofa and Gbarpolu counties and who are now fleeing the fighting and joining existing camp populations, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said at a press briefing in Geneva. Since fighting intensified in Liberia’s northern counties in December, more than 6,000 new arrivals have been registered by the agency in various camps around Monrovia.A statement released in New York by the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Carolyn McAskie, said that on 27 January armed men believed to be dissidents reportedly told the inhabitants of the temporarily displaced persons camp in Sawmill to leave.Shots were fired into the air, causing 10,000 people – most of them women and children – to flee. As a result of this incident, roughly half of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Tubmanburg also fled to Klay, fearing for their safety.UN agencies and non-governmental organizations were able to quickly assess the conditions of about 25,000 newly displaced persons at Klay, but since Sunday have been denied access to the camp. Relief agencies estimate that another group of some 9,000 displaced persons is still in Sawmill, however, assessing their condition is far impossible since the area remains too dangerous.In her statement, the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator urged the Government of Liberia to take the necessary measures to protect civilians in armed conflict and to ensure that humanitarian workers “have safe, unhindered access to conflict-affected civilians without fear of being deprived of their means of transportation.” read more

Protecting media in fight against terror focus of UN observance of press

The need to protect world press freedom in the context of the global fight against terrorism was the subject of a probing exchange of views this morning, as high-level United Nations officials and senior representatives of world media met in New York to observe World Press Freedom Day.”Terrorism can not be fought successfully without news media that are free to inquire into the causes of terrorism, and the political and social conditions in which it thrives,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said in her opening remarks at a special event that was webcast live on the Internet. The observance, which was organized by the UN Department of Public information (DPI), took place in the context of the meetings of the Committee on Information, a standing body of the UN General Assembly responsible for a broad range of issues related to communications.Noting the case of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal correspondent killed earlier this year in Pakistan, she said, “others may fall victim, as many have in the past, to acts of repression or restriction applied by states in the name of counter terrorism.” Echoing concern voiced by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, she stressed that while clearly measures were needed to protect against terrorism, counter-terrorism must not “become an all-embracing concept that is used to cloak, or justify, violations of human rights.””What I’m sure we can all agree on is that, in protecting our security, we must not risk damaging fundamental freedoms – and that one of the most fundamental freedoms is freedom of the press,” she added.The kidnapping and murder of Mr. Pearl was “emblematic of the heightened risk as well as the increased responsibility that has devolved upon members of the press in this new age of global terror,” said Shashi Tharoor, Interim Head of DPI, who moderated the discussion. Journalists, “the eyes and the conscience of the world,” must be championed as they faced the paralyzing effects of the war on terrorism, stressed Milos Alcalay, chairman of the Committee on Information. “It is our responsibility to defend truth of information,” he said.Speaking on behalf of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Director of the agency’s Bureau of Public Information Michel Barton, said that media professionals “are being intimidated, imprisoned, held for ransom and assassinated in growing numbers in a growing number of countries around the world.”In a videotaped interview shown to participants, Mariane Pearl, the wife of Daniel Pearl, said “journalists used to think that because they were journalists nobody would touch them” – obviously that was no longer true. Terrorists should not be allowed to win – in the sense that “if we don’t go anymore they’ve won,” she stressed. Among other panellists, Hafez Al-Mirzai, Washington Bureau Chief of the Al-Jazeera television network, noted that while the definition of press freedom was clearly set out in the UN Charter, the definition of terrorism was not. “That unfortunately leaves the door open for anyone who would like to restrict the media under the name of fighting terrorism.” For her part, Judith Miller, senior writer for The New York Times, stressed that while journalism should seek to investigate the root causes of terror, “our journalism should never seek to defend or justify what is done in their name.” World Press Freedom Day this year was devoted to the theme of “Covering the War on Global Terror.” Celebrated on 3 May, the event was established in 1993. The General Assembly’s decision to declare World Press Freedom Day stemmed from the 1991 UNESCO General Conference resolution on promotion of press freedom in the world, which recognized that a free, pluralistic and independent press was an essential component of any democratic society. read more

Iraqi declaration leaves many questions unanswered UN experts tell Security Council

Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), told reporters after his closed-door briefing to the Council that there was “relatively little” evidence given in the declaration on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programmes since the provision of some material concerning the period between 1998 and 2002, when there were no UN inspections. Analysis of the document is continuing, he added. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), agreed that further work would be needed, including on the ground, to assess Iraq’s declaration. He emphasized that so far, Baghdad has been supporting the work of the inspectors. “We are making good progress in having access to sites – Iraq is cooperating well in terms of process,” he said, adding, “We still need much more cooperation from Iraq in terms of substance, in terms of coming up with evidence to exonerate themselves that they are clean from weapons of mass destruction.” “If they come with additional information, then our task will be much shorter, much easier, our conclusion will be much more credible,” Mr. ElBaradei said, reporting a sense among Council members that “Iraq needs to come with additional information.” Asked about gaps in the declaration, Mr. Blix said, “there were a lot of open questions at the end of 1998…and these have not been answered by evidence in the new declaration.” The absence of that evidence means “one cannot have confidence that there do not remain weapons of mass destruction.” To a question on specific outstanding issues, he said, “it’s a long catalogue.” Offering one example, Mr. ElBaradei said Iraq had reportedly made efforts to procure aluminium tubes. “There is nothing in this [declaration] to give us details about this,” he said. “We need more details on it.” Mr. Blix said there were also open questions regarding anthrax. “Iraq declared earlier that they had produced about 8,500 litres of anthrax, and there was not sufficient evidence to demonstrate that it was limited to 8,500, so we must ask ourselves was there more?” he said. UNMOVIC’s predecessor, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), had calculated that Baghdad had the capacity to produce about 24,000 litres. Iraq had declared that it destroyed its stockpile, Mr. Blix added, and while there was evidence that some had been destroyed, “there was not sufficient evidence to show that all was destroyed, hence there is the question: is there still some anthrax in Iraq?” “An opportunity was missed in the declaration to give a lot of evidence,” said Mr. Blix. “They can still provide it, and I hope they will provide it to us orally, but it would have been better if it had been in the declaration.” Video – press encounter of Mohamed ElBaradei and Hans Blix read more

Emery Town Has A New Mayor

By Julie JohansenFollowing a paper vote by the four council people in Emery Town, recorder Tara Payne announced Wednesday that the new mayor of Emery would be Amy Sundstrom. Mayor Sundstrom was then sworn in by Payne during the council meeting that evening. Sundstrom will be replacing former Emery Mayor Gary Petty, who passed away in early July.Sundstrom’s term will run until the end of 2021. There were two applications submitted and both were from present council members. Next up, Emery Town will need to replace Sundstrom’s seat on the council.Also during the meeting, a public hearing was opened to receive input on applying for a grant from the Community Impact Board to revitalize the “Old Yellow Church.” Fundraisers and donations have not met the needed amount to accomplish this task. Some citizens spoke about how important it was to keep the church for historical purposes and to honor those who worked so hard years ago to build it. Everyone seemed to agree but felt that as long as it was a grant and not a loan, as the city can’t afford a loan. After discussion by several citizens and council members, the public hearing was closed. A motion was made before the council to apply for the grant and passed unanimously.Members of the council next noted their approval of the recent celebration in Emery. A suggestion from the fire department to find more funds for fireworks or discontinue them brought discussion from the audience as well as the council. Everyone felt that it was important to keep fireworks as part of the celebration but contributions or sponsors are needed to purchase them.Mayor Sundstrom then informed the council that the contract with the post office for the lease of the building was now going through a brokerage firm. She had received a unbinding contract for the lease from this new company. Consideration was given to raising the rent, but no action was taken. More information will be obtained by next meeting.Councilman Pat Sundstrom spoke to the council about property west of Emery, at the bottom of Wildcat, that the Bureau of Land Management may want Emery Town to own/lease to build an ATV parking area. Questions on the number of acres was the concern of the council as well as the expense. read more

Football Finally healthy Justin Hilliard eyes chance at meaningful playing time in

Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State redshirt junior linebacker Justin Hilliard’s collegiate career has not gone the way he had hoped thus far.Hilliard, a former five-star linebacker out of high school and the highest-rated player in Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class, has battled injuries since arriving on campus in the fall of 2015, suffering three bicep tears in three years.The injuries kept Hilliard sidelined more than he was healthy. The once-highly touted player has recorded just 18 total tackles in his career — most on special teams — and seemed buried in a talented depth chart.But this spring offered a new opportunity for Hilliard. Two starting linebackers departed for the NFL following the 2017 season and the only presumed starter — redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland — is sidelined until at least the fall with an Achilles injury.After being healthy for the first spring since he’s been at Ohio State, Hilliard now has a chance to earn meaningful playing time.“It means so much [to be healthy],” Hilliard said. “Just because I know what I’ve been through, just kind of pushing through that, some of the difficulties — not only physically but mentally. It means a lot to just be out here in the spring.”Linebackers coach Bill Davis said Hilliard was running with the ones at the middle linebacker position in practice, splitting reps with sophomore Baron Browning. His health has allowed him to finally take practice reps before the start of the season.Davis explained that while natural athletic ability matters, practice reps are invaluable, and Hilliard has had few chances in practice these past three years.“He missed a lot of reps with those injuries and I think people lose sight of that. But Justin Hilliard, right now, has had probably one of the better springs,” Davis said. “I’m not saying he’s behind right now. I’m saying he’s caught up. He’s caught up. Those injuries are why it took him awhile.”But despite the injuries that have sidelined him for the better part of three seasons, Hilliard doesn’t feel he’s missed a beat. He feels he’s every bit the five-star athlete he was coming out of high school — and then some.“I feel like I’m so much further than I was in high school,” Hilliard said. “Mentally. Physically, I feel like I’m further too.”Hilliard said the injuries were to his arms and didn’t affect his overall athleticism.“All my injuries had nothing to do with my legs,” Hilliard said. “I feel like I haven’t slowed down a bit.”Spring practice concluded with no clear leader at any of the linebacker positions, meaning Hilliard’s battle for playing time is not over yet. But he’s pleased with where he’s at and is proud of everything he’s already overcome.“Just looking back on the journey I’ve been through,” Hilliard said, “I still have a long way to go, but just looking back, I’m appreciative of all the things I’ve been through and overcame.” read more

Meal Snap iPhone app counts the calories for you

first_imgFor anyone who has ever been on a diet that calls for counting calories, you know how meticulous it is, and it can often be the reason why you fall off the wagon. Even programs like Weight Watchers that have you adding up points can be a pain after a while. A new iPhone app has come along though, that will make counting calories as easy as snapping a photo with your phone’s camera.Unless you live in a place like New York City where the calories are posted on menus (whether you like it or not), it’s often very difficult to tell how many calories are in the meal you’re about to eat. The Meal Snap iPhone app, from DailyBurn, takes the work out of trying to figure out just how many calories are in your food.To use the app, you simply take a photo of the food or drink that you’re about to devour. Then, the image is uploaded to a magical Meal Snap database where the food is automatically identified. DailyBurn says that within minutes, an alert will be sent to the your phone with a list of the calories in the photographed meal. It’s not required, but users can enter a caption with their photo, which may help the database better identify the food.Of course, with any good iPhone app, there’s a social aspect to Meal Snap. You can choose to share images of foods you’ve eaten by having the app post to Facebook, Twitter, and FourSquare. This way, you can show off that the fried Twinkie you just ate as a snack had more calories than the first two meals you ate that day.Meal Snap can also record your diet history and act as a food diary. You can review the photo log and visually keep track of your diet. So, if you’re scrolling through your photos and the general color is a beige/brown (pasta, potatoes, meat), you may want to think of getting some greens into those photos.This all sounds good, but take it with a grain of salt (no pun intended). There’s no way the app will be able to precisely count your meal’s calories. Maybe if you snap a photo of an apple it will be pretty close, but the app often returns a range of calories. So, the burrito you snap could be more than the 400 to 500 calories the app says it is. Afterall, it doesn’t have X-ray vision. You could have an all cheese and sour cream burrito for all the app knows. We know, that sounds gross to us, too.Meal Snap can be purchased in the App Store for $2.99.Read more at Meal Snaplast_img read more

ECHR Same rights for samesex couples

first_imgIn a landmark ruling that directly bypasses national legislation, the European Court of Human Rights found that the Greek state should accord homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to state-sanctioned, alternative forms of marriage. The Grand Chamber of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled last week that Greece was discriminating against same-sex couples, by not recognising their right to participate in ‘civil unions’. The concept of ‘civil unions’ was introduced into Greek law in 2008 and allowed for alternative, more flexible forms of marriage for couples of different sex. The case was brought to the ECHR in 2009 by Gregory Vallianatos, a gender rights and civil liberties activist, and seven others, all in same-sex relationships. The Grand Chamber, by a majority of 16 to one, also ruled that the Greek state should award damages to seven of the applicants and cover the legal costs incurred by all eight of them. Another, possibly more important consequence of the ‘Vallianatos and others against Greece’ case, is that for the first time the ECHR posits a “specific legislative solution to a social problem that has allegedly not been solved by the national legislator”. According to the November 7 judgment, “the Court is no longer a mere ‘negative legislator’: it assumes the role of a supra-national ‘positive legislator’ which intervenes directly in the face of a supposed legislative omission by a State Party”. The court’s remit is to uphold the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. In the Vallianatos case, the court found that Greece had violated article 14 of the convention in conjunction with article 8, pertaining to discrimination based on sexual orientation. Source: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Passion for the arts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne-born Greek Australian Vas Katos has always had a love for the arts, a passion which is set to serve him well as the new managing director of AKA. Katos, former head of marketing and development of the prestigious Melbourne Festival, joined the global entertainment marketing agency, which has offices in the UK, US and Asia Pacific region, last November.“I can see myself staying here for a long time to come,” he told Neos Kosmos about his new position, and also offered a few insights into one of AKA’s current projects, Fiddler on the Roof.The multi-award-winning musical has been playing at the Princess Theatre since last December and will close at the end of the month. Katos says the story is highly influenced by the stories of Greek migrants and refugees from the beginning of the 20th century, as well as today’s refugee crises in Europe and the Middle East. “Jews lived in Russia, Greeks lived in Egypt, Turks lived in Spain, and it goes on and on. Due to World Wars One and Two, these ethnic minorities were expelled from their ‘homelands’ time and time again. This story is so familiar to Europeans of past generations and is no different to the stories of refugees from the Middle East and Africa today.” The youngest of three boys, Katos was named after his grandmother, Vasso, as his mother was convinced he was going to be a girl. “I was christened Vasso, but Vas is on my birth certificate.” His parents migrated from Greece in the 1950s and met in Australia. “My mother was from the Peloponnesian town of Tripoli and passed away in 1997. My father is from Lemnos island. Their story is the classic European post-war story of hardship, friendship and success. Fiddler on the Roof is the story of my parents,” he concludes. With two decades in marketing strategy, public relations and sponsorship management, he has also managed a number of projects that have had a Hellenic link. “I have been an adviser for the new Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture. I also led the project to bring Michalis Hatzigiannis to Australia for the Melbourne Festival’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl Concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2014.”His passion for the arts meant that when he was presented with a job opportunity to work in the industry, Katos took it. He even dropped out of his commerce degree, and has never looked back. When Fiddler on the Roof premiered on Broadway in 1964 it was quickly acclaimed as a masterpiece. It has won a multitude of awards for both stage and screen productions, including Olivier Awards, eleven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Lyrics, and Best Book, and Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Music Adaptation.Essentially a tale of dignity and honour, it holds a timeless poignancy and humanity, while bubbling with Yiddish-inspired tunes that remain as melodic and moving as ever. Fiddler on the Roof will play for a strictly limited time and is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience. The show is on in Melbourne until 29 February, opening in Sydney on 23 March. AKA Australia is also currently working on Matilda and Ghost the Musical, two productions across Melbourne’s major theatres. For more information, visit www.fiddlerontherooftour.comlast_img read more

Implants mammaires lAfssaps suspend lutilisation dune marque

first_imgImplants mammaires : l’Afssaps suspend l’utilisation d’une marque France – La mise sur le marché et l’utilisation des implants mammaires pré-remplis fabriqués par la société Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) ont été stoppées par l’Afssaps. Le gel utilisé s’est révélé être différent de celui indiqué dans le dossier de fabrication du produit.Suite à son inspection dans les locaux de la société Poly Implant Prothèse, l’Afssaps a pu constater que le gel de silicone utilisé pour remplir les prothèses mammaires était différent de celui déclaré dans les dossiers de conception et de fabrication du produit lors de sa mise sur le marché. La décision de visiter ces locaux avait été prise face à l’augmentation du nombre de signalements concernant la rupture de prothèses mammaires pré-remplies de gel de silicone fabriquées par cette société. L’Afssaps a donc décidé de suspendre leur mise sur le marché et leur utilisation. Elle a informé les chirurgiens utilisant ces produits afin qu’ils puissent avertir les patientes concernées. L’Afssaps met donc en garde les femmes implantées avec ces prothèses et leur recommande de consulter leur chirurgien afin d’être rapidement examinées. Le médecin pourra alors, si besoin est, leur prescrire un examen adapté.  Depuis 2001 en France, date à laquelle les prothèses en silicone ont été réintroduites, 30.000 femmes ont été implantées avec des prothèses PIP de gel de silicone sur environ 500.000 femmes porteuses d’implants mammaires, tous fabricants confondus.L’Afssaps n’a cependant pas relevé de complications différentes de celles qui sont habituellement rencontrées avec d’autres implants mammaires du même type. Elle note cependant une fréquence plus élevée des ruptures de l’enveloppe des prothèses ainsi que des réactions inflammatoires locales. Un numéro vert est mis à la disposition des femmes portant ces prothèses. Il s’agit du 0800 636 636.Le 30 mars 2010 à 14:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les spationautes dépassent le cap du million dheures dans lespace

first_imgLes spationautes dépassent le cap du million d’heures dans l’espaceSi on cumule le temps passé dans l’espace par les 530 astronautes mondiaux depuis le vol historique de Youri Gagarine en 1961, on dépasse aujourd’hui le million d’heures. Une étape symbolique franchie par les trois occupants de la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS) le mardi 11 décembre 2012.C’est une étape à marquer d’une pierre blanche dans l’histoire de l’exploration spatiale ! Le mardi 11 décembre 2012, à 1h54 du matin heure française, le cap du million d’heures (soit 4.166,6 jours) cumulées passées dans l’espace a été franchi. Bien évidemment, ce record n’a pas été réalisé en une seule fois : ce total correspond à l’addition de toutes les heures passées par chaque spationaute loin de notre planète. Les trois astronautes à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) totalisent ainsi trois heures toutes les heures. Le décompte a été effectué par Daniel Tromeur de l’association Cap Espace, passionné de conquête spatiale et spécialiste des statistiques concernant les spationautes. Pour avoir plus de détails sur ce total impressionnant, ce million d’heures est à répartir entre les différents pays. Si les Etats-Unis sont ceux qui ont envoyé le pus grand nombre de femmes et d’hommes dans l’espace (335 contre 115 pour les Russes), le nombre d’heures reste plus important chez les Soviétiques et les Russes. Ils totalisent à eux seuls environ 5% du montant total cumulé (contre environ 37% pour les Etats-Unis et le reste pour les autres nations).Cela s’explique par le fait que l’URSS puis la Russie ont toujours favorisé des missions de longue durée avec leurs stations Saliout puis Mir. Les Américains, eux, réalisaient des vols relativement courts avec les missions Apollo (une semaine) et les navettes (15 jours). La station Skylab de la NASA (1970) et ses trois missions d’approximativement 1, 2 et 3 mois restent des exceptions. Et l’installation de l’ISS n’aura pas permis aux Américains de rattraper leur retard, comme le souligne Enjoy Space. 803 jours dans l’espace pour le Russe Serguei KrikalevÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCôté records, les deux astronautes à avoir volé 7 fois sont les Américains Franklin Chang-Diaz et Jerry Ross. En termes de durée de mission, les Russes détiennent les 5 premières places avec Valeri Polyakov et ses 437,7 jours dans la station Mir, en 1995. L’addition de plusieurs missions donne en tête de liste le Russe Serguei Krikalev avec 803 jours en 6 missions. La Chine, elle, n’a envoyé “que” huit spationautes dans l’espace mais uniquement avec ses propres moyens contrairement au Japon et au Canada avec 9, à l’Allemagne avec 8 ou encore à la France avec 7 qui ont fait partie d’équipages internationaux.Néanmoins, ces chiffres vont continuer à évoluer à grande vitesse essentiellement grâce à l’ISS puisque les équipages y restent généralement un peu moins de 6 mois. Le compteur devrait également s’accélérer au cours des prochaines années puisque les partenaires de la station ont approuvé la première mission d’un an à bord de l’ISS. Ajouté à cela, la Chine prévoit d’envoyer prochainement plusieurs spationautes séjourner dans son module Tiangong-1. Le 12 décembre 2012 à 09:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

School apologizes for photo that appeared to show black child on leash

first_imgPlimouth Plantation released the following statement:“The photo in question can clearly be explained. It captures a moment in a classroom visit where one of Plimoth Plantation’s Living History Educators who visited a third grade class is sharing highlights of life in the 17th century.As shown in the image, the infant is wearing a gown which is commonly known as leading strings. In 17th-century Europe this was a common clothing item, which was used to help keep toddlers safe while they were learning to walk.This educational content is something that is presented in many of Plimoth Plantation’s classroom visits. We apologize for any misconceptions that this may have caused. It was never this Museum’s intent to treat any one person or group with disrespect.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BRIDGEWATER, MA (WSVN) – The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District is apologizing after a teacher shared a photo with parents that appeared to show an African American girl on a leash in her classroom.Superintendent Derek Swenson said in a press release that a complaint was lodged late Wednesday night regarding the picture, which was apparently sent out regarding a “recent enrichment program.”Students in a third-grade class were given a presentation from Plimouth Plantation on 17th century attire, according to Swenson. Students were shown garments worn by parents, children, toddlers and infants.Swenson said part of the presentation focused specifically on a garment worn by toddlers, which commonly featured tethering straps to assist them when learning to walk.The photo in question showed the child outfitted in similar attire and surrounded by others wearing clothes from the time period.“We realize without context added to the photo that was shared by the classroom teacher it could be perceived differently,” Swenson said.The school district apologized, saying the lesson was never intended to “demean or degrade any one group or person.” last_img read more

Legislative Council adopts new sexual harassment policy

first_imgRep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, left, chairs a Legislative Council meeting on Monday. Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, sits to his left. The council adopted a new sexual and other workplace harassment policy, as well as a professional workplace conduct policy. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state’s Legislative Council adopted an updated sexual and other workplace harassment policy. The committee unanimously adopted the policy on Monday.Listen nowThe new, six-page sexual harassment policy includes a more thorough definition of harassment than the 18-year-old, one-page policy. It also provides more details on how to report harassment. It sets out a timeline for investigations of harassment. And it allows for independent investigations of alleged harassment by legislators.The council adopted a separate professional workplace conduct policy. It prohibits a variety of behavior. The policy bars legislators or supervisors from having consensual sex with their employees. It bars conduct that creates an “offensive workplace.” It also prohibits disruptive behavior, including “waving hands, arms or fists.”Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman said he’s concerned the workplace conduct policy could prevent lawmakers from asking hard questions.“There are a lot of things that are subjective that this policy touches on,” Eastman said.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said the policy is an improvement. Until now, the Legislature hasn’t had a policy on conduct separate from the harassment policy.“There were opportunities for clarity for both staff and legislators in understand what is a safe and professional workplace environment,” MacKinnon said.The Legislature decided to revisit the harassment policy last year. Legislators cited concerns about harassment both inside the Capitol and nationally in seeking the review. Democratic Rep. Dean Westlake of Kiana resigned in December due to sexual harassment allegations. And Democratic Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel resigned in February after a woman alleged he attacked her.last_img read more