Health ministers to talk cannabis opioids during twoday meeting in Edmonton

first_imgEDMONTON – The health implications of legalized cannabis and ways to combat Canada’s rising opioid problem are on the agenda when health ministers meet this week in the Alberta capital.Provincial and territorial ministers will hold discussions Thursday and will get an update on the marijuana file from federal counterpart Ginette Petipas Taylor on Friday.Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says he wants to know more about the impacts on health and on the health system.“Many studies show that people are affected by the consumption of marijuana up until the age of 25 because there can be long-term effects if the brain is still developing up until that age,” said Goertzen.“We have concerns from a health perspective — what additional costs does that cause to the system and what negative outcomes does it cause to Canadians?”Ottawa has set the minimum legal age for marijuana consumption at 18 when recreational cannabis use becomes legal July 1. The provinces can set the minimum age higher.“We’ve done a great deal in society trying to move people away from smoking. If you suddenly have more people smoking, in this case marijuana, you’re going to have some long-term detriment to people’s health,” said Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter.“There’s the issue about at what point is it safer for use.”The Canadian Medical Association says 25 is the safe age health-wise but says 21 would be a more realistic number to keep youth from getting cannabis through the black market.A number of provinces already have preliminary plans in place. Ottawa and New Brunswick are looking at a minimum age of 19, while Alberta is proposing 18.The federal government is getting push back on what critics say is too ambitious a plan to have legalized cannabis, along with tougher Criminal Code penalties and sanctions, in place by next summer.In July, premiers and territorial leaders did not call for a delay, but said they might ask for an extension if Ottawa does not help them resolve the issues related to distribution, safety, taxation, justice and public education.Ottawa has said it won’t allow the sale of edible cannabis until it has rules in place around health warnings, serving sizes and packaging.The ministers also plan to compare notes on how various jurisdictions are working to combat the increased use of opioids.Last month, the federal government reported that at least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016 — a total that’s expected to surpass 3,000 in 2017.The Canadian Institute for Health Information warns the crisis is hitting the health system. It says 16 Canadians a day are being hospitalized for opioid toxicity in 2016-17, up from 13 a day two years prior — a rise of almost 20 per cent.B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy said four people are dying daily in the province from drug overdoses.“We’re going to be asking (Ottawa) to remove some of the barriers that are in place now to the rapid approval of safe consumption sites,” Darcy said.Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said they will discuss “some of the specific actions that are happening in different jurisdictions that we would like the federal government potentially to support us with.”Hoffman said they will also be looking at outcomes and impacts from recent overall health cost-sharing deals struck between Ottawa and the provinces.B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Ontario’s Eric Hoskins say they will pursue reforms on prescription drugs.“I plan to work with the other jurisdictions towards a national pharmacare program, and I hope that this meeting will be a good first start,” said Dix in a statement.Hoskins said he will be telling the group about steps Ontario has taken. Starting Jan. 1, the Liberal government’s youth pharmacare plan will cover more than 4,400 prescription medications for Ontarians under 25, with no co-pay or deductible, at an annual cost of $465 million.“Obviously one of the concerns is affordability, so I believe that Ontario can demonstrate that it can be done,” Hoskins said.— with files from Allison Jones in Toronto, Jennifer Graham in Regina, Steve Lambert in Winnipeg and Dirk Meissner in Victorialast_img read more

Meditel to Become Part of Orange Before End of This Year

Rabat – As Moroccan company Meditel prepares to become a part of French telecommunications network Orange , it appointed Yves Gauthier as the new director of Meditel on Monday at a meeting of Meditel’s board of directors in Paris.The new director of the company, who previously supervised the the Egyptian company Mobinil’s transfer to Orange,  will start his new job in September.In July 2015, Orange signed a deal to increase its holdings in Meditel to 49%. This deal set the stage for increasing Orange influence in Meditel and the current transition. According to Stephane Richard, Chief Executive of Chairman of Orange, preparations to initiate the change are on in full swing . Richard stated: “Change will take place before the end of this year. We are just waiting for the green light from Yves to start.’’Gauthier explained  that the transition from Meditel to Orange will not only involve changing the brand’s colors, but will require the company to focus on Morocco so that consumers in the kingdom feel that their needs are being met.Edited by Bryn Miller read more

Algerian Minister Implies Morocco Falsely Claims Couscous its Own

Rabat – The prime minister of Algeria, , accused Morocco of “taking credit for this Maghrebi dish,” referring to couscous. The minister was on a couscous-tasting tour on Thursday at Algiers’ Pasta Production Fair.“A neighboring country has taken credit for couscous. We have to prove them wrong. We are not saying that couscous is Algerian but Maghrebi. We have to promote Algerian couscous though,” he said.Ouyahia also said that the fair had proved that “exports are now part of the Algerian entrepreneurial culture, both public and private.”As of 2016, the top exporters of couscous were, respectively, France, Italy, Morocco, Israel, and Tunisia and the top importers were France, the UK, the US, Belgium–Luxembourg, and Germany, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity.Outside the Arab region, the North African couscous is also found in Sicily and Brazil. In January, food experts from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia discussed making a joint proposal to add couscous to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Algeria and Morocco also dispute the origin of Rai folk music. read more

Claims of asylum inconsistently examined across European Union – UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has found that among 12 European Union (EU) nations, there are inconsistencies in the way asylum applications are assessed.The EU’s Asylum Procedures Directive, adopted in 2005, seeks to ensure that refugee status determination is uniform across the regional bloc and sets out guarantees for asylum procedures, including the right to a personal interview, and the right to appeal decisions. Last year, nearly 250,000 asylum claims were registered across the EU, the UN agency noted in a new study. “It found that Member States are applying the Directive inconsistently, in come cases in ways that may breach international refugee law,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters today in Geneva. Applicants were not always granted interviews, given enough time to prepare for them or to explain their claims. Further, interpreters were not always on hand or were qualified. In one country, UNHCR found 171 identically-worded interview reports, with only the name of the applicant and country of origin having been changed. At the time of the agency’s research, three countries used lists of so-called ‘safe countries of origin’ to make their decisions, but these lists different among nations. “Only one country [Ghana] appeared on the list of all three States, although in one of them Ghana was only considered ‘safe’ for men,” Ms. Fleming noted. Additionally, she pointed out, accelerated process have curbed safeguards designed to protect asylum-seekers, giving rise to the risk that their protection needs are not properly identified and that they may be sent back to countries where they face persecution or serious harm. The one dozen countries studied for the report, which also applauded successes such as good cross-cultural communications skills, were: Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom. More than 1,000 individual case files and asylum decisions were studied, while researches observed hundreds of applicants’ interviews and spoke with asylum officials, judges, lawyers and other officials. UNHCR, based on the study, is calling for the EU to improve its practices, including training of officials examining asylum claims, as well as setting up guidelines and codes of conduct for interviewers and interpreters. 26 March 2010The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has found that among 12 European Union (EU) nations, there are inconsistencies in the way asylum applications are assessed. read more

Defence Secretary officials discuss North land issue

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence B M U D Basnayake and a delegation from the Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs had talks today on the resettlement programmes of displaced persons in the North and the release of land held by the military.The army media unit said that Basnayake, who assumed duties after President Maithripala Sirisena was voted to power, undertook his first formal visit to the North during today, together with the tri-service Commanders. At the Security Force Headquarters, Major General Nandana Udawatte presented a briefing on the current situation in regard to release of lands in the High Security Zones to the rightful owners of the general public. In addition, Navy and Air Force Commanders in the Jaffna area gave separate briefings on their roles and tasks to the Secretary at the same occasion. Later in the evening, the Defence Secretary sat down with a delegation from the Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs for a review on recent resettlement programmes of displaced persons in the North. (Colombo Gazette) The itinerary commenced with his arrival at the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J) this morning where he was received by Major General Nandana Udawatte, Commander, SFHQ-J at the Palaly airport. read more

Johann Peries reaches halfway mark on climb of Mount Everest

An Everest expedition requires a large financial commitment and every step sponsored goes towards financing the expedition. Johann has dedicated this expedition to all Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka’s Johann Peries has reached the halfway mark through his expedition to climb Mount Everest. He commenced his journey by flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where he hiked for ten days to reach Everest Base Camp (EBC).The base camp will be his adopted home for approximate five weeks. Keeping him warm amidst the freezing weather in the Himalayas, is the wonderful response to the ‘Climb Everest with Johann’ campaign, which invites Sri Lankans to sponsor each step that Johann takes on the mountain for Rs.100 to participate in this exhilarating climb to the summit. With each successive rotation, the climber climbs to a higher altitude and so far Johann has completed the rotation to Lobuche Peak which is 6,119m high. This is a particularly difficult climb after which he required rest and then a series of ladder training exercises to prepare him for the next rotation through the famous Khumbu Icefall- a treacherous series of glaciers which have to be crossed with ladders.Currently, Johann is on a rotation through the Khumbu Icefall up to Camp 1 from where he will proceed to Camp 2 and then back down again.  The complete rotation will take five days and he is expected to return to the Everest base Camp at the end of this week. Using the camp as his base, Johann will perform a series of climbing rotations. A rotation is a climbing exercise in which the climber climbs to a higher altitude, rests and then returns back to the base. Having been in training since December 2016, Johann is technically equipped to undertake this expedition. He is no stranger to this act of courage. Johann Peries and Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala were the first Sri Lankans to attempt to summit the peak of 8,848m above sea level in April 2016. Johann managed to reach a height of 8,400m, a mere 448m short of reaching the summit, before technical difficulties forced him to descend. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN aid programme identifies 395 million in priority deliveries for Iraq

The Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP) said it continued to race against the clock, together with six UN agencies and organizations, to identify priority items specified by the Council – food, medicines, health supplies, water and sanitation equipment and supplies – that can be extracted from the pipeline and shipped by 12 May as required in resolution 1472 (2003).The Oil-for-Food programme, which allowed Iraq to use part of its oil revenues to buy humanitarian supplies and on which 60 per cent of the population depend as its sole source for rations, was temporarily halted on 17 March after the withdrawal of all UN staff from Iraq on the eve of hostilities. The Security Council adopted a new resolution on 28 March giving Secretary-General Kofi Annan more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days, including prioritizing deliveries.The OIP said most of the priority goods confirmed with 137 suppliers were in the food ($181.7 million), agriculture ($103.8 million) and health ($46.1 million) sectors. Most were already in transit at the onset of the war and would be routed to strategic locations in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait and Iran for transhipment to Iraq. read more

TSX lower as eurozone recession deepens earns drag down energy stocks

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Thursday as energy stocks backed off amid data that showed worsening economic conditions in Europe and earnings disappointments.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 53.49 points to 12,721.79 while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 7.72 points to 1,196.56.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.06 of a cent at 99.88 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed after Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said the eurozone economy shrank by 0.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2012 from the previous three-month period. The decline was bigger than the 0.4 per cent drop expected by markets and represented the biggest fall since the first quarter of 2009 when the global economy was in its deepest recession since the Second World War.The Dow Jones industrials was off 9.52 points to 13,973.39 , the Nasdaq composite index was up 1.78 points to 3,198.66 and the S&P 500 was up 1.05 points to 1,521.38.The eurozone has now contracted for three straight quarters, weighed down by weak, debt-laden countries such as Greece and Spain, where governments have been aggressively increasing taxes and cutting spending.Especially worrisome was worsening conditions in Europe’s biggest economy. The German economy shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter as demand for its exports fell.“About a year ago… Germany looked pretty strong but what I was saying at that time was that, eventually the impacts of the rest of the eurozone will also hurt Germany at some point. And we’re seeing evidence of that,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Financial.On a positive note, he added that the worsening economic conditions could persuade Germany to do more to help their heavily-indebted neighbours.“Or on the other hand, they may say, we don’t have any more money to help out because we need to help our own economy.”There was also major acquisition activity in the U.S. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway and investment company 3G are buying food giant Heinz in a deal valued at $23.3 billion, excluding debt. Heinz shareholders will receive $72.50 in cash for each share of common stock they own, a 20 per cent premium to Heinz’s closing price of $60.48 on Wednesday.The energy sector led decliners, down 1.6 per cent while the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 30 cents to US$97.31 a barrel.Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) posted a net loss of C$118 million or 16 cents per share, a big turnaround from the year-earlier profit of $266 million or 35 cents per share. Cash flow fell to $697 million or 92 cents per share, down from $851 million or $1.12 per share. Cenovus shares declined 81 cents to $31.79.Gas giant Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) reported a fourth-quarter loss of $80 million, an improvement over a shortfall of $476 million a year ago. Encana expects its oil and natural gas production in 2013 to be between 50,000 to 60,000 barrels per day and capital investment to be about $3 billion to $3.2 billion. But that’s below an earlier forecast of 60,000 to 70,000 bpd. And its previous target for capital investment had been $4 to $5 billion and its shares fell $1.28 or 6.57 per cent to $18.20.Utilities also contributed to the poor TSX showing as Just Energy Group (TSX:JE) dropped 71 cents or 8.47 per cent to $7.67. The stock has been under pressure since last Friday, with its stock plunging 13 per cent that day after the natural gas and electricity retailer slashed its dividend, missed analyst revenue expectations, and announced that it wants to put in place a shareholder rights plan.The tech sector was the leading sector, about 1.25 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) up $1.05 or 7.5 per cent to C$15.05, a day after dropping more than eight per cent as the sheen continued to wear off from the company’s smartphone product launch two weeks ago. Shares had been negative earlier in the session when it was revealed that former CEO James Balsillie no longer owns a stake in the company.The rest of the sector was mixed with Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) down $3.54 or 2.94 per cent to $117.The gold sector was up about 0.4 per cent as April bullion surrendered early gains and moved down $9.60 to US$1,635.50 an ounce, its lowest close since Aug. 20.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is cutting or delaying US$4 billion in previously budgeted capital spending and writing down the value of its copper business unit by US$4.2 billion after taxes. Toronto-based Barrick made the announcement as it posted a $3.06-billion net loss in the fourth quarter and its shares gained 72 cents to C$32.44.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) reported a quarterly net loss of $2.99 billion, or $2.62 per share, compared with a net loss of $2.79 billion, or $2.45 per share in the year-earlier period. On an adjusted basis, Kinross reported net earnings of $276.5 million, or 24 cents per share, which beat analyst estimates by a penny and its shares gained 43 cents to C$8.34.The base metals sector was ahead 0.11 per cent while copper for March delivery on the Nymex was unchanged at US$3.74 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) gave back 13 cents to C$7.40.In other earnings news, Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) reported after markets closed Wednesday that its quarterly earnings were $395 million, or 65 cents per share, compared with a loss of $525 million, or 90 cents per share, a year ago. Operating earnings, which excludes items that the company believes are not ongoing, came in at 76 cents per share, outdoing analyst expectations of 63 cents per share, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters. Its shares were down $1.14 to $28.86.In the U.S., General Motors said it made US$898 million or 54 cents a share in the latest quarter, up from $468 million in 2011. The fourth-quarter profit included billions in one-time accounting gains and losses in which the company came out $100 million ahead. Without it the company earned 48 cents per share. That was short of analyst estimates of 51 cents and GM stock declined 92 cents to $27.75. TSX lower as eurozone recession deepens, earns drag down energy stocks by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2013 4:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The EU is banning refillable bottles of olive oil

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN UNION’S quest for food safety has claimed a new victim: refillable bottles of olive oil.From next year, restaurants will only be allowed to use oil from non-refillable bottles which carry a minimum standard of labelling.“We are just making clear that when you want to have olive oil of a certain quality in a restaurant, you get exactly the one you are paying for,” a spokesman for the European Commission said yesterday.The rules will mean restaurants can no longer use refillable bottles of oil, filled with contents sourced directly from a preferred supplier – unless, of course, the supplier is happy to supply the product in a disposable container.Though the choice of product to clamp down on may seem odd, it has been subject to a high degree of fraud in continental Europe, where low-grade produce is sometimes labelled as being a more luxury extra virgin product from more desirable regions.The European Union accounts for around 70 per cent of the world’s entire annual produce of olive oil.The move has been welcomed by some farmers, as an effort to clamp down on counterfeiting and fraudulent labelling – but has been criticised by some Eurosceptic MEPs who see the EU as meddlesome.“They should let the people decide what olive oil bottles they want to use and not dictate uniformity from the centre,” said UKIP’s Paul Nuttall.“This ridiculous move is even contrary to their often repeated call in favour of reusing goods.”Read: Here’s how ‘healthy’ foods could make you put on more weightlast_img read more

OpenDNS top 10 blocked websites headed by Facebook

first_imgOf all the websites in the world, which would you guess are the top 10 most blocked? I’m sure there would be pornographic, religious, file-sharing, and other illegal activity websites on your list somewhere. But OpenDNS has come up with its list for 2010 based on real data, and the results are quite surprising.The most blocked website is also one of, if not the most popular destination on the web: Facebook. Some of the other nine entries may surprise you too:Facebook.com —14.2%MySpace.com — 9.9%YouTube.com — 8.1%Doubleclick.net — 6.4%Twitter.com — 2.3%Ad.yieldmanager.com — 1.9%Redtube.com —1.4%Limewire.com — 1.3%Pornhub.com —1.2%Playboy.com — 1.2%Facebook is also the top whitelisted item which shows you there’s a love/hate relationship going on with users. Business-based PCs in particular don’t like it and the top 3 in the list above are also the top 3 blocked when looking only at business machines.As opposed to the top 10 blocked sites, the 10 most blocked categories is as expected:Pornography – 85%Sexuality – 80.1%Tasteless – 77.3%Proxy/Anonymizer – 76.2%Adware – 69%Nudity – 67.2%Hate/Discrimination – 58.7%Lingerie/Bikini – 58.5%Gambling – 58%Drugs – 57.3%Other interesting facts OpenDNS’s review of 2010 turned up include 45% of all phishing attempts being targeted at PayPal, and the top 5 most-phished brands were:FacebookWorld of WarcraftSulake Corporation (Habbo)SteamTibia (online games)While OpenDNS can only base its results on the traffic it handles, that’s a significant amount of traffic. It’s the largest global DNS service and resolves 30 billion DNS queries a day and services 15 million requesting IPs every day too. Even so, that’s only 1% of the Internet’s population worldwide.Read more at the OpenDNS press release, via CrenkMatthew’s OpinionAlthough I didn’t expect Facebook to be top, it’s bound to be getting blocked a lot. The social network is a time sap and businesses hate it. You can spend all day on there and it feels like the blink of an eye. The same is true of YouTube which will happily entertain you all day, especially now that user video uploads can be up to 30 minutes long, and feature films are becoming more common.I expect more blocking to occur in future, especially at companies that have Net access for all their employees. These sites are only getting more popular and any time spent online eventually sees an interaction with them. That’s especially true of Facebook which seems to be pushing into new markets whenever it sees an opportunity.last_img read more

Celebrities boost fundraising for survivors of school shooting to march on Washington

first_img 82 Comments Celebrities boost fundraising for survivors of school shooting to march on Washington March for Our Lives is set to take place on 24 March. Short URL Share399 Tweet Email They are an inspiration to us all, and we are joining in this movement with a donation of $500,000.It comes after a 19-year-old armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida last week, and is being organized by surviving students.The teenagers, who have grown up with mass shootings at US schools, have vowed to make the tragedy a turning point in America’s deadlocked debate on gun control.“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” Clooney said in a statement.“Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country,” he added.In the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.‘Overwhelmed’The pledge from the Clooneys, one of the biggest A-list couples on the planet, who announced the birth of their twins in London last June, comes after other celebrities have called for greater gun controls since the Florida shooting.“We want to express extreme gratitude for the amazing donation that George Clooney and his family have made,” tweeted the Never Again account representing survivors of the Florida shooting.“We are overwhelmed with the support, and we can’t wait to march.”US Congress is deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing even after last October’s killing of 58 people by a gunman in Las Vegas who had amassed 47 firearms to commit the worst mass shooting in recent US history.The White House says President Donald Trump is supportive of efforts to improve background checks for gun purchases, but many want far more deep-seated reforms.The students organizing the 24 March rally say they are fed up “waiting for someone else” to take action to stop the US epidemic of mass school shootings, and are demanding a “comprehensive and effective bill” in Congress to address gun violence.“Politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns,” their mission statement said. “Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard. © – AFP 2018Read: Donald Trump moves to ban ‘bump stocks’ used in deadly Las Vegas shootingRead: Florida shooting suspect appears in court as his lawyers seek to avoid the death penalty Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 12:36 PM George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 20, 2018 https://jrnl.ie/3863460 Feb 21st 2018, 12:36 PM Spielberg said: “The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages. Kate [Kapshaw] and I applaud their efforts to take a stand for the benefit of this and future generations. 13,075 Views Source: Oprah Winfrey/Twitter George and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000 to the fundraising efforts Source: Jordan Strauss/PA ImagesHOLLYWOOD STAR GEORGE Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife Amal have pledged $500,000 to help fund a student march on Washington, giving a huge boost to what is considered an unprecedented youth mobilisation against gun violence.The March for Our Lives is scheduled to take place on 24 March, with sister rallies planned across the country demanding that US Congress come up with effective legislation to address the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.The couple have been joined by other stars such as Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, who have announced they will match the Clooneys’ donation. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

County approves 5 million offer for Wapato Jail in Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — Multnomah County commissioners have approved the sale of a never-used jail in Portland to a private developer.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports commissioners approved the deal in a 4-1 vote Thursday.Marty Kehoe, head of Kehoe Northwest Properties, offered $10.8 million in November for the building and property, which he hoped to turn into a medical equipment distribution center. However, after studying the property, he said he would pay only $5 million for it.The lower offer sparked outcry from some who said Kehoe was trying to lowball the county.Last week, developer Homer Williams made an unsolicited bid to buy Wapato for $7 million and turn it into a homeless shelter.Commissioners concluded that Kehoe’s $5 million would go further in advancing the county’s homelessness strategy than a sale to Williams.last_img read more

PSG confirm successful operation for Dani Alves knee

first_imgParis Saint-Germain and Brazil right-back Dani Alves knee surgery has been done successfully in the French capital, the Ligue 1 champions confirmed.The 35-year-old’s right knee was operated on by an orthopaedic team at Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris on Tuesday, according to Kwese ESPN.He took to Instagram to confirm that he had undergone surgery and it was successful.“I would like to thank everybody for their prayers,” he wrote.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I started my recovery process a few hours ago and thank God that everything went well.“As evidence by the picture above, the anaesthetic obviously did not do any collateral damage to Good Crazy!”Alves have been booked for operation for some time now and while waiting for the procedure for the operation to be ready, he went home to Brazil to present the MTV awards and then to the USA to attend a series of lectures at Harvard Business School under Anita Elberse’s tutelage.He had to wait for the procedure to give the injury enough time to be ready for a time-saving technique, which will enable “his period of unavailability to be reduced.”last_img read more

Melco Resorts Finance to pay down Macau debt with senior notes offering

first_imgThe interest rate and other terms of the new notes will be determined at the time of pricing of the offering.In its announcement, Melco Resorts Finance Limited said proceeds from the offering will be used to make a partial repayment of the principal amount outstanding under the revolving credit facility entered into by Melco Resorts (Macau) Limited in 2015.Melco Resorts Finance, which operates City of Dreams and Altira through Melco Resorts (Macau) Limited, also provides non-casino operations to Mocha Clubs and both gaming and non-gaming services to Studio City. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited.Moody’s has assigned a Ba2 rating to the proposed notes. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status The operating entity of Melco Resorts’ Macau integrated resorts City of Dreams and Altira Macau, Melco Resorts Finance Limited, is set to conduct an international offering of senior notes to pay down debt.The new notes are proposed to be senior obligations of Melco Resorts Finance, ranking equally with all of Melco Resorts Finance’s existing and future senior indebtedness, the company said. Load More RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harmlast_img read more

Exclusive Lil Kim On Nasty One Fashion Kanye West More

first_imgContent Not Available NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 20, 2018 – 4:22 pm Lil’ Kim Talks “Nasty One,” Kendrick Lamar & More Email Content Not Available Exclusive: Lil’ Kim On “Nasty One” & More exclusive-lil-kim-nasty-one-fashion-kanye-west-more https://www.instagram.com/p/BbDRi4eHCcD/?hl=en&taken-by=lilkimthequeenbee Twitter https://www.instagram.com/p/BmSB1I7Da9t/?hl=en&taken-by=lilkimthequeenbee Exclusive: Lil’ Kim On “Nasty One,” Fashion, Kanye West & More The GRAMMY-winning rap pioneer discusses everything from her new music to her favorite album in her catalog, fashion, motherhood, and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 20, 2018 – 4:23 pm To be in Lil’ Kim’s presence is to be in the presence of rap royalty. From her daring 1996 debut album, Hard Core, to her new single, “Nasty One,” the Brooklyn rapper has spit uncompromising verses and sported unparalleled looks on her way to becoming a true giant – despite her small stature – in the hip-hop genre and culture. And while she is quick to give credit to those before her who paved the way for her to become an artist, her influence on the music and fashion of today is undeniable. Simply put, there is only one Lil’ Kim. You have a beautiful daughter, Royal Reign. She just turned four. When do you think you’ll give her permission to listen to a Lil’ Kim record?You know what’s so funny? When I’m recording now, she has her favorites. She liked “Nasty One” before it even came out… She loves the groove. She’s very smart. She’s very musically inclined, because we always played music around her. It’s funny, because people think when you have a baby, you have to be very, very quiet. No. It’s sometimes the opposite. Sometimes you have to play a little noise so that they can stay asleep. When it’s too quiet, a little pin drop will wake them up. I kind of kept music around her, and so she loves it. It’s funny because if there’s songs with curses in it, she’ll censor herself. She goes [silent pause] and she’ll keep singing, so she knows the difference, and I like that. So that means it won’t be hard to teach her when she gets older, right from wrong.I’m curious, outside of music, what are some things you enjoy? Maybe something that helps you relax or recharge your batteries. Do you have any surprising hobbies?I do like to play tennis. I have a tennis court at my house. Sometimes that helps, because it’s like, if you’re angry about something… Sometimes, it’s just chilling in the back of the house with the baby, letting her ride the bike. Or sometimes it’s just going out for ice cream. I like to drive around in the neighborhood. Driving in the car is really relaxing to me, so when I get to go on long trips, that’s … I get to kick back and relax…. What else is one of my hobbies? Shopping. Shopping, shopping, shopping [laughs]. It relaxes [me], but when it starts to get five hours later, I get really hungry and I still don’t stop. I’m still like “Let’s go to the next store,” and everyone is like, “Kim, are you sure? We haven’t eaten yet.” I’m like, “no. We’ve got to go. Let’s push through. Gotta push through. We’ve got to get those Louboutins by seven.” [laughs]Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook I’ve been doing a lot more changes [in my new videos] because I wanted to bring that young Hollywood with the old Hollywood mix. I like happy mediums when it comes to anything. My music, my fashion … That’s just me. I like to be right in the middle. Not too over the top, but not too under dressed. I think, these days, I’ve just been looking for that chic look but still fly… A little bit of this, a little bit of that.Hip-hop and R&B is #1 right now with consumers, according to all the streaming data. How does it feel to see the genre you helped pioneer come out on top in 2018?Yeah. That’s amazing. I think that the growth and the accomplishment in R&B and Hip Hop is just a great thing. There were times, even before I came into music, probably before I was born, when rap music was an underground thing. It would never make it mainstream, is what people thought. People like the Sugarhill Gang… I always did my homework. Even though I was young, a baby probably when they came out or whatever, as I got older, I did my homework, and I wanted to know all the female rappers that probably didn’t know about… It’s like they had to kind of break down doors for us.You broke down the doors for a lot of other people, too. And not just in music. In pop culture, fashion. So how does it feel to see your influence playing out around you? Any specific instances catch your eye?When Beyoncé dresses up like Lil’ Kim on Halloween and calls it National Lil’ Kim Day, I was living… I was like, “that is so awesome.” And just to look at how Beyoncé’s pictures next to mine, were exactly alike. She did not miss a beat. I’m talking about down to my mole, down to the necklace I wore, down to the color eyeshadow that I wore, down to the Chanel sign being spray painted in my blue wig. I was living. I love her for that. Thank you, Beyoncé. That was just a moment. I will never forget that. That was just so dope. The GRAMMY-winning artist stopped by our headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to give us the lowdown on “Nasty One,” tease her upcoming fifth full-length album, dish on her fashion influences, discuss the joys of motherhood, relive her GRAMMY Moment, and much more.You’ve got new music, with a new sound. “Nasty One.” has your edge but with a dancehall vibe. How did this song come together?”Nasty One” is my first official single off of my upcoming album, and I am so excited because I get to do something different but still me. So [on] “Nasty One,” I wanted to bring the Caribbean flavor because I’m from Brooklyn, so we have all kind of culture there, Caribbean, Latin, that’s a big part of what Brooklyn is made up of, so I wanted to kind of give my tribute to Brooklyn and just doing something that I haven’t done in a while. I mean, I have “Lighters Up” from Naked Truth, but that was the last kind of Caribbean feel song that I’ve done, so “Nasty One” was like a happy medium because I had to give that sex kitten Lil’ Kim.Your album is due out in November – what else do you have up your sleeve on this album, and can you tease any collaborations or anyone you’d love to work with this time around?Well, I want to, but I don’t want to give away all of them because I don’t want to jinx it… But one of my sisters, which is Remy Ma, we know she’s on there, but I would love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar. I love him, and I recently grew a newfound love for Kendrick Lamar because after seeing him act. I think that’s his debut acting role, on “Power.” I’m even more in love with him because he showed me that this is what a star is made of. The music is his platform but he’s so dimensional as far as talent.Your fans can be very opinionated about you exploring new sounds. Do you find it difficult balancing your artistic freedom with pleasing your fan base?I love the fact that my fans are so passionate. I thank God all of the time that I have the fan base that I have because they give me a cult following. They go with me to the end through thick and thin… And they’re always motivating me and pushing me. But then they get on my nerves because if I take too long with a song, or if I go in a direction where they don’t want me to go but I feel and I know it’s the best thing for my life and my career, I have to do it regardless of what they say, and it’s a constant struggle between myself and my fans. Now, I will say, sometimes I do follow some of their advice and I give them exactly what they want. But guys, you have to come to a happy medium with me. Just realize I do know what I’m doing. It may take long sometimes, but you guys, trust me. I’m a hustler first, so we’ve got to get this money [laughs].For some artists, albums are like their children. Which album in your catalog would you consider your favorite child?Every time I make an album, they are always like my babies. It’s like I birth them, seriously… My first love, it would probably be Hard Core. But… I do have to say favorite, or the one that maybe is closer to my heart, is La Bella Mafia, and I would say that because after Biggie passed, La Bella Mafia was the first album I got to do where I got to be super creative on my own, because after Biggie passed, the first album I had to do on my own without him around was Notorious K.I.M. and I love that album, but it was like I had so many people telling me which way to go, and then Puffy, the executive producer, which I love working with Puffy, but he’s my big brother. I had to do my big brother’s thing and I didn’t really get to be in control. So I felt [like] Janet Jackson on the La Bella Mafia.You had control.Yeah, I had more control, and it was fun because I got to do all of the stuff I wanted to do and I got to experiment… That’s when I kind of started singing more. I mean, I did sing on Notorious K.I.M., but I kind of started getting melody and stuff like that in there, and that’s one of my biggest albums. One of my biggest records that stayed at number one without a video came from La Bella Mafia and that’s “Magic Stick” with 50 Cent. That song was on the charts, I think it was No. 1 for 13 weeks without a video. It’s crazy.That’s unheard of! Any other moments stick out from those early years of your career.”Came Back For You” is one of my first Hard Core records that got nominated for a GRAMMY, and Kanye [West] always says … You know he did that [record], and Kanye was just a little kid with braces, and he was like, “Kim, I love you. I want to be a part of your label.” I’m like, me? It was funny because he kind of wanted to roll with me. I was like, “that’s a blessing,” but I didn’t know a thing about forming an artist or helping artists or stuff like that. I was like, “I love you any which way I can help you.” He was like, “okay, I got some songs for you.” He played “Came Back For You” and I was like, “this is the one.” And that song got nominated for a GRAMMY, so when I see Kanye, Kanye goes, “Kim, you know that’s the first song I’ve ever gotten nominated for a GRAMMY for. I was like, “see? I’m your good luck charm.”… I love him. He’s like my family.No doubt about it, you’re a fashion icon, and a chameleon who’s able to switch it up. What is inspiring your looks these days?You know, it’s funny. My mom, when she was younger, she looked just like Diana Ross… and she loved Diana Ross, so that made sense. And I used to always watch Lady Sings the Blues, my mom said, when I was young, I was like, “mommy, play it again. Play it again!” And she said I would just do all the moves and I would go in her closet and I would make the clothes try to resemble what was in that movie. So I always took that style with me, and so these days, I kind of feel like Diana Ross is inside. News last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between June 21, 2018 and June 27, 2018:Thursday, June 21NoneFriday, June 22NoneSaturday, June 23Angelo R. Speranza (55, Wilmington) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Possessing Open Container of Alcohol In A Motor Vehicle (Arrest)Sunday, June 24NoneMonday, June 25Erik M. Miltrano (31, Burlington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked or Suspended License and Warrant (Arrest)Tuesday, June 26NoneWednesday, June 27None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

NonMPO teachers employees end hunger strike

first_imgNon-MPO teachers, employees end hunger strikeTeachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions on Wednesday broke their hunger strike upon government assurance that their demand of enlisting their institutions under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme would be met, reports UNB.National professor Anisuzzaman and former adviser to a caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury went to the teachers demonstrating in front of the Jatiya Press Club around 3:30pm and offered them water to break the fast.Professor Anisuzzaman said, “The prime minister came up with an announcement over the demand of the teachers at parliament recently. Hopefully the problem will soon be resolved.”On 4 July, prime minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament that the government would take a scheme soon to bring educational institutions under the MPO following a recently formulated policy.Meanwhile, Binoy Bhusan Roy, general secretary of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation, said, “In the morning five representatives of the protesting teachers met the education minister when he assured us of granting our demand and said the ministry has already started discussion with the finance ministry over the issue.”The teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions went on an indefinite hunger strike under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation in front of the Jatiya Press Club on 25 June.On 31 December last year, they had started observing fast unto death but ended the strike on 5 January after getting assurance from the PM.As there were no specific budgetary allocation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in this regard, they started fresh agitations.last_img read more

When General Custer met Don Juan A tale of two horses

first_imgGeneral George Armstrong Custer’s name is synonymous with the evolution of America as we know it today. He was a man who arguably lived fast and died young, aged 36. Custer became a hero of the American Civil War, known as much for his attention-seeking behavior as for his triumphs. He also fell foul of his impetuous nature a few times, such as in 1867 when the war had been over a couple of years. The General was battling the Cheyenne, but the target turned out to be his own horse.Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer, United States Army, 1865.Worst of all, there wasn’t an Indian in sight. Custer was hunting buffalo at the time and gave chase when he spotted a potential trophy. Unfortunately, his aim was off and he wound up executing his steed with a surprise headshot. As PBS went on to relate, he was in quite a predicament following the accident: “On foot, bruised and totally lost, he had to be rescued by his own men.”Custer (extreme right) with President Lincoln, General McClellan and other officers at the Battle of Antietam, 1862.This wasn’t the brave and hardy soul who’d taken risks and helped Union forces beat back the Confederates. But then, as with all legends, a certain amount of the story was embellished. Custer was a military man yet also a showman. He wouldn’t have promoted the embarrassment of his dead horse.Custer (left) posing with Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia, 1872.However, there was a second equine that he was more than keen to show off, one he’d invested a lot of his time in. Don Juan was a striking creature, described in a 2015 article from the Smithsonian as “a beautiful thoroughbred stallion: more than 15 hands high; solid bay with black legs, mane and pert tail; and a proud, erect head.”Custer (left) with Alfred Pleasonton in Autumn 1863.Custer rode the valuable horse without letting people know about one important detail. Don Juan wasn’t his. In 1865, with the Civil War over and the country slowly returning to some semblance of normality, the horse was taken from Clarkesville, Virginia. To the surprise of his groom, men in Union cavalry uniform arrived saying the stallion was theirs.Custer and Bloody Knife (kneeling left), Custer’s favorite Indian Scout.Ten days earlier Custer had been promoted to Major General. He appears to have viewed Don Juan as a spoil of war. He saddled up his prize for the Grand Review of the Armies, where the Union proudly marched through Washington D.C. to a rapturous reception. In a strange precursor of what happened in 1867, Custer suffered another horse-based calamity. This one wasn’t fatal, but it happened in full view of the assembled masses.Custer and his wife at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, 1874.The crowds and the noise didn’t agree with Don Juan, who bolted when flowers were thrown at his rider in tribute. Custer got him under control and it certainly looked dramatic, but the public wobble wasn’t his finest hour. As the Smithsonian put it, “It was a splendid display of horsemanship, but also an embarrassing break in decorum… Custer sat astride his sin, and it had nearly proved too much for him.”Cowboy slang we should all be usingThe article saw the troubled relationship between man and animal as indicative of a wider issue with Custer, namely a perceived decline in character. He could be flighty and tough, yet further qualities were added in the later stages of his life. It suggests the theft of Don Juan as a defining moment in Custer’s reputation, and a point from which the man’s ego arguably took the reins of his mind.Custer with ex-classmate, friend, and captured Confederate prisoner, Lieutenant James Barroll Washington, an aide to General Johnston, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, 1862.Don Juan’s true owner was Richard Gaines, who unsuccessfully pursued Custer to retrieve his property. Unfortunately for Gaines, the hero of the Civil War had some powerful friends, and he couldn’t wrangle the horse from his clutches.George and Libbie Custer, 1864.That frustration may have turned to grim amusement after what occurred in 1866. Custer had paraded Don Juan at the Michigan State Fair, in the hope of cashing in on his investment. His career had moved from the heat of the battlefield to the comfort of high society and he hoped to make his home among the entitled.There was an ironic twist to the tale. A month after appearing at the fair, Don Juan passed away. The cause of death was not a gunshot, but a burst blood vessel.George Armstrong Custer, c. 1865.The Smithsonian presents the story as something that put the brakes on Custer’s increasingly arrogant outlook. An individual who made his name on the cusp of great change in his home nation. And also someone who ultimately could not adapt to life in its wake.USMA Cadet George Armstrong Autie Custer, c. 1859.“Custer represented the Republic’s youth, the nation as it had been and never would be again. Like much of the public, he held to old virtues but thrilled to new possibilities. Yet whenever he tried to capitalize on the new America, he failed—beginning with a stolen horse named Don Juan.”Read another story from us: The life of Queen Ankhesenamun, sister and wife of TutankhamunWhen Custer snuffed out his ride the following year, it had the hallmarks of a major error in judgment. The incident was also bizarrely appropriate, reflecting the soldier’s complex interactions with horses.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Bookslast_img read more

Batmans penis to be removed from all future printings of Batman Damned

first_imgThese are the LGBTI themes in comics we want to see more ofBlack Lightning: Who is Anissa Pierce, the black lesbian superhero who Netflix fans have fallen in love withThis Trump supporter criticizes the new lesbian Batwoman and Twitter is not having itRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/batmans-penis-removed-future-printings/ DC Comics decided to remove all panels showing Batman’s penis and other nudity from their title Batman: Damned #1. The issue is part of the company’s new DC Black Label series, a line of mature titles for readers. In this line, all titles feature more adult scenarios and all take place outside of the main DC continuity.While they’re ceasing all future publications of the panels, there are already 115,000 print copies in circulationIllustrated by Lee Bemejo, the panels show Bruce Wayne stripping off his Batsuit, with his penis highlighted in the shadows. Plus, there are also some nice booty and thigh shots.Naturally, the images are already quickly traveling throughout the internet. Check them out below.WARNING: The following images are not safe for work.Hey folks, here’s the Batman dick from Batman: Damned #1, you know, for science or whatever. pic.twitter.com/tEKbFvTdI6— Ronan FarrOhNoSheBetterDont (@SJGrunewald) September 19, 2018 Wonder what Catwoman thinks | Photo: DC Wiki/DC Comics Batman: Damned panels | Photo: DC ComicsThose are some muscles… into it or no? eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Batman: Damned panels | Photo: DC ComicsA source told The Hollywood Reporter the panels are being removed because they don’t add to the story.Regardless, the damage is already done. With the panels both being available in over 100,000 prints and circulated on the internet, they’re easy enough to find.Seth Meyers also covered the topic on his late night show, further adding to the attention and visibility of the panels.[embedded content]‘Well, I just have to say I’m his parents aren’t alive to see this,’ Meyers says to audience laughter.Meyers says a couple more jokes, as he starts to crack himself: ‘As Batman said, “Before you judge, I was fighting Mr. Freeze!”‘More from Gay Star NewsDC confirms Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are married in Injustice prequelRuby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman for the CWLoki is getting his own Marvel TV show and he better be super queerGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more