Judge bars Trump from using 25B to build border wall

first_imgOakland: A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Donald Trump from tapping USD 2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. in Oakland acted in two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended that the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats. “All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a 20-state coalition of attorneys general in one lawsuit. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The decisions are in line with Gilliam’s ruling last month that blocked work from beginning on two of the highest-priority projects one spanning 46 miles (74 kilometers) in New Mexico and another covering 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Yuma, Arizona. But the fight is far from over. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to take up the same issue of using military money next week. At issue is President Donald Trump’s February declaration of a national emergency so that he could divert 6.7 billion from military and other sources to begin construction of the wall, which could have begun as early as Monday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Trump declared the emergency after losing a fight with the Democratic-led House that led to a 35-day government shutdown. The president identified 3.6 billion from military construction funds, 2.5 billion from Defense Department counterdrug activities and 600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture fund. The judge Friday didn’t rule on funding from the military construction and Treasury budgets. In the second suit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the judge determined that the use of the 2.5 billion for two sectors of the wall was unlawful, although he rejected environmental arguments that wall construction would threaten species such as bighorn sheep.last_img read more

Some facts about automatic citizenship by birth around the world

first_imgOTTAWA – Countries with automatic citizenship by birth: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.Examples of countries that have ended or modified automatic birthright citizenship in recent decades: Thailand (1972), Portugal (1981), United Kingdom (1983), Australia (1986), India (1987), Malta (1989), Ireland (2005), New Zealand (2006), Dominican Republic (2010).Countries with automatic birthright citizenship that have one or more explicit exceptions: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States.(Source: Minister of Citizenship and Immigration’s filing in the current Supreme Court case of Alexander Vavilov, who along with his brother Timothy was born in Canada to parents who were Russian spies)last_img read more


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UN hands over refurbished ministry building to Liberian Government

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the UN Deputy Envoy in Liberia, Jordan Ryan, said on Wednesday that the Ministry was “a crucial arm of government in consolidating peace and fostering development,” after the end of the country’s civil war.The UN provided $200,000, or nearly three-quarters of the cost, to rehabilitate the building.Meanwhile, the UN Envoy to Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Løj, called on the country’s parents to make some sacrifice to send their children to school.Presenting school and sporting supplies to residents in Brewerville, close to the capital Monrovia, Ms. Løj said: “I know it is sometimes difficult to send your children to school. You may need them around the house to help you with some household tasks, but you need to make a little sacrifice today. By doing so you are building a better future or your children and your country.”The supplies were donated by the Jordanian medical contingent serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). 2 May 2008The United Nations has handed over a newly-refurbished Ministry of Internal Affairs building to the Liberian Government, calling the hand-over a crucial step in the country’s post-war recovery. read more

Canadas clean tech revenue growth stalls in 2014 but employment in the

OTTAWA — A new report finds that revenues from Canada’s multibillion-dollar clean technology industry contracted slightly in 2014 after six consecutive years of growth that outpaced the rest of the economy.But the study by Analytica Advisors still determined that almost 800 clean tech companies directly employed more than 55,000 people in 2014, an increase of 11 per cent over the previous year.The numbers point to a Canadian sector that’s facing intense international competition from a flourishing global industry.Fossil fuels are no match for wind and solar as clean energy investment breaks recordsCleaner coal-burning technology causing financial problems, delays at Saskatchewan power plantNationally, clean tech revenues were pegged at $11.63 billion in 2014, down marginally from Canada’s $11.7 billion in 2013 — after climbing by eight per cent in each of the previous two years.Analytica president Celine Bak says Canada has lost 41 per cent of its global clean tech market share since 2005 as other countries have moved aggressively into the growing field.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will be on hand today when Bak formally releases the 2016 report, signalling the emphasis the Liberal government places on fostering home-grown clean tech growth.“This is not a consumer-focused industry, generally,” Bak said in an interview.“Both the public sector and industry are important buyers, where regulation and prices on externalities (such as carbon pollution levies) are key factors.”Bak convinced 107 public and private companies in 2015 to open their books to Analytica Advisors in order to benchmark themselves against others in the clean tech industry. The unique access provides research that’s attracted the attention of government.Canada’s clean tech companies invested $1.2 billion in research and development in 2014, a bigger share of R&D against revenues than the aerospace industry. For the first time in 2014, more than half the industry revenues — $6.6 billion, or 57 per cent — came from exports.The average clean tech company in Canada has 68 employees and 21 per cent of workers across the industry are under age 30. Twenty per cent are engineers.The Canadian industry’s top concern in financing. The heavy innovation spending has come at the expense of growth, and companies are having difficulty borrowing in order to scale up their operations.Bak noted that 70 per cent of clean tech firms are based in cities, yet municipalities find it difficult to buy from innovators because new start-ups don’t have deep enough balance sheets to provide long-term warranties. Private companies may be even more risk-averse buying their wares.“If we do business as usual, investment in infrastructure will not necessarily be a tide which (lifts) all boats”The clean tech industry should get a boost later this week when some 147 countries convene at the United Nations in New York to sign the Paris climate accord, signalling a global intention to decarbonize.Coupled with the Liberal government’s budget emphasis on green infrastructure, it’s a clean tech opportunity that needs to be carefully considered, said Bak.“If we do business as usual, investment in infrastructure will not necessarily be a tide which (lifts) all boats,” she said.Bak suggests the public sector act as a backstop for private-sector lending, as we do with home mortgages, to encourage more aggressive financing and growth.“We need to work on that and do so quickly, because the investments that are being made in infrastructure are important in the next few years and these should be opportunities for us to renew our economy and build some new companies.” read more

UN rights experts call on Bolivian authorities to safeguard protesters liberties

The five experts, attached to the UN Human Rights Commission, cited “allegations of excessive use of force by the army and the police in their ongoing law enforcement operations, as a result of which 50 persons, many of them belonging to indigenous communities, have died during the last few weeks and more than a hundred have been injured.”They urged Bolivian authorities “to ensure that law enforcement officials engaged in these operations carry out their duties in strict compliance with human rights standards.”Concerns have been expressed over the possibility that new confrontations could increase the number of civilian victims, the experts said.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, said because of the violent clashes between government troops and protesters, it had suspended operations distributing emergency food aid across the country, except for one region and the General Hospital, last Friday. It usually fed some 400,000 Bolivians, it said.WFP’s Christiane Berthiaume said in Geneva it was difficult and even dangerous to walk around the Bolivian capital, La Paz. Most people were staying at home and many schools and shops were closed. read more

Canfor to shut down sawmill in Quesnel BC due to lack of

Canfor to shut down sawmill in Quesnel, B.C., due to lack of timber supply by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp., will permanently close its sawmill in Quesnel in British Columbia’s Cariboo region due to lack of timber.The company says 209 employees will be offered positions elsewhere in the company when operations in the Cariboo are shut down next March.Canfor (TSX:CFP) president Don Kayne says dwindling timber supply because of the mountain pine beetle infestation means the company is unable to continue running the mill.The Vancouver-based company has entered into an agreement with West Fraser Mills for an exchange in forest tenure rights.It’s exchanging 382,000 cubic metres of replaceable forest licence allowable annual cut in the Quesnel timber supply area and nearly 54,000 cubic metres of replaceable forest licence allowable annual cut in the Morice timber supply area.A statement from Canfor, which primarily produces softwood lumber, says the companies are also exchanging non-replaceable licenses and undercut volumes.Kayne says the additional fibre the company has secured in the deal with West Fraser enhances the fibre requirements for Canfor’s facility in Houston. read more

Cenovus taking steps to improve performance at Foster Creek oilsands project

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Cenovus Energy logo is pictured at the company’s annual meeting in Calgary, April 25, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2014 5:42 am MDT Cenovus taking steps to improve performance at Foster Creek oilsands project CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says it’s taking steps to improve performance at its Foster Creek oilsands project, which has been sucking up more steam than the company would like.Foster Creek, in northeastern Alberta, was the first commercial development to use an extraction technique called steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD. Instead of scooping out oilsands ore from an open-pit mine, SAGD operators pump steam underground through one well, and then draw the liquefied crude to the surface through a second well below.At 13 years old, the project is facing some challenges. Steam chambers from each well pair are coalescing, making operations less efficient. Instead of managing steam on a well-by-well basis, Cenovus will now have to consider how heat travels throughout the whole reservoir.“Every SAGD reservoir will encounter this,” CEO Brian Ferguson said in an interview Thursday. “This is a natural evolution.”At Foster Creek, it took Cenovus 2.5 barrels of steam to produce a barrel of crude in 2013, up from a steam-to-oil ratio of 2.2 a year earlier. As well, output from the site dropped eight per cent year-over-year to 53,000 barrels per day.Steam-to-oil ratios, or SORs, are a closely-watched number for SAGD players like Cenovus. The lower the SOR, the lower the cost and environmental impact.Cenovus says Foster Creek is still capable of eventually producing 300,000 barrels of crude per day, but it has decided to shift some timelines and tweak start-up practices to adjust to the reservoir’s changes.Cenovus is planning three 30,000-barrel-per-day expansions to Foster Creek, with steaming on the first expected this spring.“One of the beauties of SAGD is we get smarter every time we bring on a new phase,” said Ferguson.In starting up the new phases, Cenovus will allow steam to circulate underground, heating up the whole length of the wellbore, for a month before producing oil.It’s also adding some instrumentation to track how each well pair is performing.“What we’re doing is making sure that we basically get better information on a real-time basis about how the temperatures and pressures are performing along the horizontal section of the well pair, which will allow us to tweak the amount of steam that we’re seeing and also give us a little bit better indication with respect to the preventative maintenance that we need to do,” said Ferguson.Cenovus is also speeding up additional wells that allow steam to be shifted around the reservoir, as opposed to drilling those just before they’re needed.Foster Creek’s SOR for 2014 is expected to be between 2.6 and three — a temporary increase resulting from the new startup practices.“Cenovus anticipates this will result in long-term production benefits that outweigh the added costs of a temporarily higher SOR,” the company said in a release.Also Thursday, Cenovus announced a 10 per cent hike in its quarterly dividend, starting next month, to 26.6 cents per share.The Calgary-based company also reported $212 million of operating earnings, equal to 28 cents per share. That missed the 36 cents analysts had been expecting, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters, and reversed a year-earlier operating loss of $188 million or 25 cents per share.Its operating earnings exclude a number of items, including the impact of the company’s risk-management programs.With those items included, Cenovus had a fourth-quarter net loss of $58 million or eight cents per share, which was improved from the year-earlier loss of 15 cents per share or $117 million.Combined production from its Foster Creek and Christina Lake oilsands projects rose 14 per cent to average almost 103,000 barrels per day in 2013.Cenovus shares were down three per cent at $28.76 in afternoon trading Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

Sisters Overcome Hardship of Being Homeless to Achieve Academic

Three young Black sisters have resisted the pitfalls of their circumstances to achieve greatness as star athletes and cover models.According to Sports Illustrated Kids, runners Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard are siblings whose goals soar higher than their past tribulations.But the shift wasn’t easy. In 2013, their 17-year-old half-brother died from gunfire, and the family wound up in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York, with their mother, Tonia Handy, in Sept. 2015. Upon their arrival, they faced an infestation of vermin that Handy had to exterminate herself.However, after overcoming such adversity, the girls found their way to an indoor track meet last winter. Coached by Jean Bell as members of the Jeuness Track Club, it was then that their love of racing blossomed.The sisters have achieved astonishing results as runners and have now set their sights even higher. Eleven-year-old Tai and 10-year-old Rainn each qualified in the 4×400 relay at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games in 2015, where they helped lead their team to a gold medal. This past year, Rainn also earned gold in the 3,000 meters.Tai said she would like to qualify for the Junior Olympics each year, and Rainn hopes to go back to the AAU Games.“I plan to go to the Olympics one day in [a distance race],” Tai said. “My track and field goals are just to keep getting emotionally and physically stronger. It’s all about what’s inside, in your mind.”Not to be outdone, youngest sister Brooke, 9, also seeks to improve her endurance.“My goals are to get faster as a runner and jump higher,” she said. “For college, I would want to stay nearby, so I can see how the team’s doing.”The Sheppard sisters (Sports Illustrated Kids)But athletics is not the only area where the Sheppard sisters shine. Handy said they earn stellar grades, too. Because of that, she initially had reservations about her daughters joining the team.“The first thing I thought about was, ‘Will their education be interrupted?’” she said. “Because these are great kids. When it comes to schoolwork, they are No. 1. They were never into sports, so I was kind of leery, but [the parents and coaches] were so welcoming.”That proved not to be a problem. The girls all earn A’s and B’s in their classes, and their training has led them to branch out into other activities, including participating in a school performance of “Alice in Wonderland.” The Sheppard sisters pose with coach Jean Bell and her sister, fellow coach Karel Lancaster (Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated Kids) read more

HAMMER Mikkel Hansen DINGDONG against Mirko Alilović

The best world’s shooter, guy who has hammer in his arm, Mikkel Hansen showed, once again, how is difficult for goalkeepers to stand in front of him. PSG Handball beat MVM Veszprem 29:27 in derby match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 6, Danish star netted 11 goals for the new success of “Galacticos” and remained at the TOP goalscorers list.Take a look… ← Previous Story FULL PACKAGE IN PLOCK: SG Flensburg divide Group A on two parts Next Story → VIDEO: How Magdeburg save point in 40 seconds… hansenMikkel Hansen read more

Holy roller Popes Harley to be sold at auction

first_imgMOVE OVER POPEMOBILE, make way for the “Popebike”: a Harley-Davidson that briefly belonged to Pope Francis and is being auctioned off in Paris tomorrow has already garnered significant advance interest from around the world.A day ahead of the much-anticipated sale, Bonhams auction house said it had received some 30 purchase orders worth much more than the €12,000 to €15,000 valuation of the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide signed by the pontiff himself.“Unsurprisingly, there is real interest. The sale of the pope’s motorbike promises to be hotly contested. The result will no doubt live up to its first owner. The papal signature, a first on a vehicle, makes this sale unique,” Bonhams France said.Harley-Davidson gave the bike to the pope in June to mark the 110th anniversary of the US motorbike maker.The pope donated the Harley in November to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma and the funds from the sale will go towards the restoration of its hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini railway station.Pope Francis, 77, is not thought to have ridden the Harley, a brand well known for its use by motorbike gangs including the “Hells Angels”.The famously humble pontiff is more of a fan of buses. He opted to ride one the day after his election last year instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland Argentina instead of taxis.The bike is already on show at the Grand Palais in Paris — where the auction takes place tomorrow — among hundreds of other iconic vehicles such as Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs.- © AFP, 2014Read: Vial thieves ‘threw away’ John Paul II’s bloodRead: Peace doves released by the Pope are immediately attacked by a seagull and crowlast_img read more

Against Fine Gaels wishes Right2Water will be invited to speak before water

first_img 9,802 Views Share371 Tweet Email Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 10:34 PM Short URL 41 Comments Feb 1st 2017, 10:34 PM ANTI-WATER CHARGE activists from the Right2Water campaign group will be invited to speak before an Oireachtas committee after Fine Gael was outvoted by opposition deputies.The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water could hear from Right2Water campaigners as early as next week after today’s decision.It came after the six Fine Gael members of the committee were outvoted by left-leaning members who were also supported by Fianna Fáil.The committee is tasked with deciding on the future of water charges in the State and has representatives from all parties. It is chaired by Independent Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh.Speaking after today’s decision, Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon claimed that inviting the Right2Water campaigners into the committee could delay its work.“The mandate we have is to hear from experts in the field and come to a consensus on the basis of fact. We do not need interest groups wielding agendas, be it on the pro or anti water charges side of the debate,” the deputy said.The Right2Water group was the largest umbrella organisation that organised the nationwide water protests that came about following the introduction of water charges.Prior to last year’s general election, it also identified like-minded politicians and created a platform for them to sign up to.Heydon was also critical of Fianna Fáil for voting with the “hard left” to allow Right2Water address the committee.Speaking on RTÉ’s Late Debate this evening, Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil said that not inviting Right2Water would sent the wrong message.“I don’t see what harm it’s going to do, they have been to the forefront of this issue for a start and it would weaken the committee is if they weren’t invited,” he said.Read: Irish Water: ‘We did not waste €70m on consultants’ >Read: Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned > A Right2Water protest from January 2016. Image: Niall Carson/PA Imagescenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3218000 By Rónán Duffy Against Fine Gael’s wishes, Right2Water will be invited to speak before water committee The all-party Oireachtas group is looking at the future of water charges. Image: Niall Carson/PA Images A Right2Water protest from January 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Irredentist claims in Melbourne protest

first_imgHundreds of people who identify with FYROM marched to the steps of Parliament House in Victoria last Saturday in a protest remembering the ‘partition of Macedonia’ as they claimed. The march – organised by the ‘Macedonian Australian Community Organisation’ – was said to commemorate, they stated, the 100th anniversary of the division of Macedonia, as a result of the Bucharest Treaty signed on 10 August 1913. The protestors claimed among others that Thessaloniki will become their capital again and that ‘Macedonia’ has been occupied and subsequently divided because of the treaty. The organisers invited ‘Macedonians and all supporters of the oppressed nations in Melbourne’ to take part in the march. Their claim was that 1913 “began the agony of the Macedonian people”, because the Treaty of Bucharest led to the annexation of Macedonia by Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. However, irredentist claims for a greater ‘Macedonia’ were also part of the rallying concerns of the Melbourne protestors last week. As was reported by Neos Kosmos last month, the aftermath of the Balkan Wars and the Bucharest treaty will be the subject of an international conference organised in Melbourne from September 4 to September 7 by the self-identified ‘Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee’. The Treaty of Bucharest was concluded on 10 August 1913, by the delegates of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece. The Treaty was concluded in the aftermath of the Second Balkan War and amended the previous Treaty of London, which ended the First Balkan War. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mae Young Classic Results – 8/31/17 (Laith vs. Gabert kicks off Round 1)

first_img Pinterest Google+ Winner of the 2018 Mae Young Classic Finals; Triple H, Stephanie, Sara congratulate WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next NXT UK Results – 5/15/19 (Fatal 4-Way Qualifying match, Jazzy Gabert debuts) Facebook Mae Young Classic ResultsAugust 31, 2017Commentary: Jim Ross, LitaResults by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comOpening video package narrated by Stephanie McMahon highlighted the past and present of women’s wrestling in WWE. First Round Match: Princesa Sugehit (Mexico) def. Kay Lee Ray (Scotland) to advanceSugehit won with a Fujiwara Armbar after avoiding Kay Lee Ray’s Swanton. Sugehit is a veteran from CMLL out in Mexico, while Kay Lee Ray is known for her time in SHIMMER plus her home promotion of ICW in Scotland. Full Sail crowd lively throughout this entire show, louder than they were thru the course of the Cruiserweight Classic. Good opener, surprised Kay Lee Ray went out in Round 1. First Round Match: Serena Deeb (USA) def. Vanessa Borne (USA) to advanceDeeb won with the Spear after avoiding a Borne diving headbutt. Serena is the redemption story of the tournament, making a comeback after being retired for 2 years and formerly being in WWE back in 2010 with the Straight Edge Society. Borne is a NXT prospect, formerly Daniele Kamela, and has a cheerleading and dancing background. Borne, while still under-developed, showed good presence against the veteran babyface in Deeb, who showed great babyface fire. First Round Match: Shayna Baszler (USA) def. Zeda (China) to advanceBaszler won in a quick match with a Falcon Arrow into a rear naked choke, tapping out Zeda instantly. Baszler is part of the MMA Four Horsewomen, as the other 3 members, Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, were shown at ringside during the match and celebrated with Shayna after. As a way to showcase Baszler, this was very well done and made her an instant threat in the tournament. Main Event in a First Round Match: Abbey Laith (USA) def. Jazzy Gabert (Germany) to advanceLaith won after countering a Powerbomb with the Alligator Clutch, an old Mae Young staple. Very good main event that saw Gabert be very impressive in defeat, showcasing a ton of power. Laith is the former Kimber Lee from the indies, now a NXT prospect and played a fun underdog babyface. Gabert, the former Alpha Female, showed a ton of presence and looked like a monster. They shook hands after to close out the first episode. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need ItVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 35.05%0:03Remaining 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 WWE ranks the Top 25 Matches of 2018 featuring Evolution, NXT and Survivor Series Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemslast_img read more

Thorne QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Every intrusive and erratic remark and statement made by the Special Prosecutor for the Crown must be proved to be true; it was the overarching theme of the statement today from Ralph Thorne, the Queen’s Counsel representing former premier Michael Misick. Thorne was revved up in his presentation and called the opening statement by Andrew Mitchell, QC nothing more than a political vendetta aimed at ‘getting Mike’. He said, when proceedings resumed this morning at the Myrtle Rigby Health complex that, “An expedition in character assassination…” is what Mitchell led in his abnormal opening, which seemed to draw conclusions instead of the traditional method of promising, then proving allegations. Thorne promises to prove that the charges are politically motivated and he will aim to defend the character of his client. Thorne has a problem with the absence of any civilian witnesses, he has an issue with government witnesses who are coming in their official capacity and he rejects that the former Governor was bullied by Michael Misick during his tenure and Thorne takes exception to the fact that Developers in the debacle, are missing from the trial. Thorne said, the mountain of apparent evidence by the SIPT will turn into a mouse of proof, and that it will not be enough to satisfy the court. Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, michael misick, queen’s counsel, ralph thorne, sipt triallast_img read more

Journalists take note of Columbian

first_imgFind more details on the Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest at http://spjwash.org.The Columbian won 28 awards, including nine first-place awards, for its work during 2011 in a five-state competition organized by the Society of Professional Journalists.The awards, announced Saturday in the SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest, recognized 21 employees. The staff as a whole won first place among all Pacific Northwest online news sites for spot news reporting with its coverage of a standoff in Washougal that ended in a murder-suicide and fire.The newspaper won first place awards in the category of mid-sized daily newspapers with circulation of 25,001 to 65,000 for spot news reporting, government and political reporting, short feature stories, sports columns, editorial and commentary, page design, news photography and photo page.The annual contest received more than 2,100 entries from more than 250 news outlets in SPJ’s Region 10, which is Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Categories included daily newspapers (small, mid-sized and large), nondaily newspapers, alternate newsweeklies, magazines, TV, radio and online.Here is a complete list of 2011 Society of Professional Journalism awards won by Columbian staffers:ONLINESpot News Reportingo First place: Staff, The Columbian Online, “Washougal standoff”MID-SIZED DAILY NEWSPAPERS(Circulation 25,001-65,000)Investigative Reportingo Second place: Cami Joner & Gordon Oliver, “Bank of Clark County”Spot News Reportingo First place: Kathie Durbin & Eric Florip, “A flood of water, emotions”Crime & Justice Reportingo Second place: Laura McVicker, “Child sex trafficking on rise”Government & Political Reportingo First place: Andrea Damewood, “Where are the women in Clark County politics?”Environment & Science Reportingo Third place: Kathie Durbin & Eric Florip, “A flood of water, emotions”Health Reportingo Second place: Paris Achen, “Medicaid muddles search for a physician”o Third place: Marissa Harshman, “When trust is betrayed”Business Reportingo Third place: Andrea Damewood, “Red tape snares food carts”Social Issues Reportingo Second place: Paris Achen, “Second parenthood a grand challenge”Lifestyles Reportingo Third place: Mary Ann Albright, “Running shoeless”Short Feature Storyo First place: Marissa Harshman, “Saving precious time”Sports Reportingo Second place: Paul Valencia, “Breaking point for McKenzie?”o Third place: Greg Jayne, “From Class A to majors?”Sports Feature Storyo Second place: Matt Calkins, “From prejudice to pride”Sports Columno First place: Matt Calkinso Second place: Greg JayneEditorial & Commentaryo First place: John Lairdo Third place: Lou BrancaccioPage Designo First place: Jennifer Kriegero Second place: Dave MagnusonHeadlineso Second place: Robert Ostero Third place: Bob SissonNews Photographyo First place: Zachary Kaufman, “House fire”Feature Photographyo Third place: Zachary Kaufman, “Carnival worker”Portrait Photographyo Second place: Troy Wayrynen, “Child sex trafficking on rise”Photo Page – Story or Essayo First place: Zachary Kaufman, “Rainbow family gathering”Photo Portfolioo Third place: Troy WayrynenIn additiono Columbian reporter Paris Achen won a first-place award for education reporting at small-sized dailies for a story she wrote for the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune.o Columbian reporter Jacques Von Lunen won a third-place award for education reporting at mid-sized dailies for a story he wrote while working at the Tri-City Herald.last_img read more

No bomb found after threat spurs Clark County Courthouse evacuation

first_imgThe Clark County Courthouse was evacuated following a bomb threat Thursday afternoon as other news outlets reported threats at county courthouses around the state. A man called the Superior Court Clerk’s office around 3:20 p.m. and stated that there were explosive devices in the courthouse, set to go off in 20 minutes. “The guy said, ‘This is not a bomb threat, this is a bomb promise,’” said Sgt. Shane Gardner with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.At 3:38 p.m., deputies stationed at the courthouse at 1200 Franklin St. pulled the fire alarm to quickly evacuate the building, Gardner said. No device was located.After an inspection of the courthouse for devices and after waiting past the deadline given by the caller, the courthouse was reopened. There is no suspect information at this time.KING5 in Seattle reported there were bomb threats at Benton, Adams, Douglas, Chelan and Thurston county courthouses.last_img read more

Drainage Disasters Fixing Houstons Flooding Hotspots

first_imgStephen Costello, Houston’s Flood Czar, at a forum on flooding held by the Center for Houston’s FutureAfter the Tax Day floods, Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner,  appointed Stephen Costello — a former council member and an engineer — to see what the city could be doing better. One thing he’s finding is flood hotspots.“One street, four houses flood all the time,” Costello says of one neighborhood in West Houston.They are neighborhoods where Costello says drainage is so bad that a typical downpour can mean a couple inches of water inside homes.“My next goal is to meet with the (Turner) administration to identify these areas that we need to go in and fix these pockets of problem areas,” says Costello.Costello was speaking to forum on flooding held by the Center for Houston’s Future.Other problems highlighted included the thousands of small detention ponds that can be required to hold rain run-off from housing and commercial development. Mary Anne Piacentini, Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy, says there’s no oversight of the ponds that some think are critical component in reducing flooding.“Once a development is done, nobody comes back in to make sure you’re doing everything right,” says Piacentini.Says flood czar Costello: “Who’s maintaining them? I have no idea who’s maintaining them. I know the city’s not.”There was agreement at the forum that it’s not just up to the City to do something, but rather there needs to be a regional coordinator for flood projects in the surrounding counties as well. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:07 Sharelast_img read more

Wet Hot American Summers Coming to BOOM Studios

first_imgStay on target Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) Summer may almost be over, but BOOM! Studios want to give us more goodies before we send this summer off. The comic publisher that has great hits like Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Brave Chef Brianna, and more, adds another fantastic title to their ever growing collection.BOOM! Studios in collaboration with Enter These Dark Woods and Creative Licensing take on Wet Hot American Summer as an original graphic novel! The new graphic novel is set for release June 2018 and follows the journey of the characters between the adventures of the 2001 film and Netflix prequel series. The Wet Hot American Summer OGN will follow our favorite characters from Camp Firewood and give more details on their stories. We have our first look at the cover for the OGN drawn by Joe Quinones (America, Howard the Duck, Star Wars).via BOOM! StudiosIf you’re not familiar with Wet Hot American Summer, let me break it down for you. Wet Hot American Summer (2001), directed by David Wain and written by Wain and Michael Showalter, is a cult comedy detailing the last day for the counselors at Camp Firewood. They try to get some last minute affairs in order. You know what that means, fall in love, get the girl (or boy) and live happily ever after. However, they also have to participate in the talent show, and that’s a WHOLE other can of vegetables. This hysterically funny film stars Janeane Garofalo, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Marguerite Moreau and more.Wet Hot American Summer was a bit of a flop in box office standards, but, like most unappreciated pieces of gold, it gained a cult following. The film has taken on a life of its own, giving many of the big names from the movie a tremendous start. Netflix continued the legacy of the film. They adapted it into an eight episode prequel called Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp in 2015. In August, Camp Firewood reunited once again for another eight episode sequel, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.Wet Hot American Summer (2001)Now, we have another piece of Camp Firewood to bring home with this new OGN. Howard Bernstein, the producer for the original film and series, couldn’t be more thrilled about the new partnership with BOOM! Studios. “It’s exciting for us to bring to the billions of Wet Hot fans across the globe another way to enjoy the characters.” Filip Sablik, President of Publishing & Marketing for BOOM! Studios states, “We’re excited to reveal more story details and the full creative team of this brand-new addition to the world of Wet Hot American Summer…” It seems like there’s no better time than now to be a Wet Hot American Summer fan. If you’re not one, I suggest you start your binge-watching now.Do you want to catch up with Wet Hot American Summer before the June 2018 release? You can find the original film on Amazon Video and the two original Netflix series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Ten Years Later.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The power of peaceful atom

first_imgTitled, Anushakti Atma the exhibition is set up by State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia – Rosatom and the Rossotrudnichestvo Mission.The exhibition consists of four blocks telling about the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam Site, Rosatom international experience, describing elements of the NPP and stages of NPP construction, the fields of the nuclear technologies application. Exposition will also provide the information on the contribution the NPP makes to the environmental protection. Special emphasis is made on the photographs from the recent torch relay on the North Pole.The photos demonstrate the positive influence of the environment friendly nuclear technologies. The special serial of photos is dedicated to the construction of the Kudankulam NPP – a key project of the Russian-Indian cooperation which will soon start generating electricity for the South Indian region.When: Till 6 DecemberWhere: Russian Centre of Science and Culturelast_img read more