WASHINGTON – The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs under national security “carve-outs,” a move that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners and dire economic warnings from lawmakers and business groups.Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade and manufacturing adviser, said in an interview on Fox Business that the tariffs would go into effect within about 15 to 30 days and the proclamation the president intends to sign would include a clause that would not immediately impose tariffs on Canada and Mexico.Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the exemptions would be made on a “case by case” and “country by country” basis, a reversal from the policy articulated by the White House just days ago that there would be no exemptions from Trump’s plan.The update came as congressional Republicans and business groups braced for the impact of expected tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, appearing resigned to additional protectionist trade actions as Trump signalled upcoming economic battles with China. Trump was expected to announce the tariffs by the end of the week.The looming departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who has opposed the promised tariffs, set off anxiety among business leaders and investors worried about a potential trade war.“We urge you to reconsider the idea of broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to the U.S. economy and its workers,” 107 House Republicans wrote in a letter to Trump.At the White House, officials were working to include language in the tariffs that would give Trump the flexibility to approve exemptions for certain countries.“He’s already indicated a degree of flexibility, I think a very sensible, very balanced degree of flexibility,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC. “We’re not trying to blow up the world.”Trump signalled other trade actions could be in the works. In a tweet, he said the “U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft.” A White House official said Trump was referencing an ongoing investigation of China in which the U.S. trade representative is studying whether Chinese intellectual property rules are “unreasonable or discriminatory” to American business.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said an announcement on the findings of the report — and possible retaliatory actions — was expected within the next three weeks.Business leaders, meanwhile, continued to sound the alarm about the potential economic fallout from tariffs, with the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the spectre of a global trade war. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump’s rollback of regulations.“We urge the administration to take this risk seriously,” Donohue said.The president has said the tariffs are needed to reinforce lagging American steel and aluminum industries and protect national security. He has tried to use the tariffs as leverage in ongoing talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggesting Canada and Mexico might be exempted from tariffs if they offer more favourable terms under NAFTA.Lawmakers opposed to the tariffs, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested more narrowly focused approaches to target Chinese imports. But members of Congress have few tools at their disposal to counter the president, who has vowed to fulfil his campaign pledge.“I don’t think the president is going to be easily deterred,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has suggested hearings on the tariffs.Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Trump had listened to him and others who disagree with the direction of the trade policies. “I thank him for that and he’s been a good listener. The difficulty is so far I haven’t persuaded him,” Alexander said.Republicans in Congress have lobbied administration officials to reconsider the plan and focus the trade actions on China, warning that allies such as Canada and members of the European Union would retaliate.The EU said it was prepared to respond to any tariffs with counter-measures against U.S. products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi’s jeans and bourbon. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the EU was circulating among member states a list of U.S. goods to target with tariffs so it could respond quickly.The president plans to rally Republicans in western Pennsylvania on Saturday in support of Rick Saccone, who faces Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13 special House election. Trump has told associates the tariffs could be helpful to the GOP cause in the election in the heart of steel country.__Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Matthew Daly and Alan Fram in Washington and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.___Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KThomasDC
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in late-morning trading, helped by rising energy stocks and gains in the health-care sector which includes the big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.87 points at 14,822.60.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 25.66 points at 23,904.78. The S&P 500 index was down 0.79 points at 2,584.17, while the Nasdaq composite was up 4.34 points at 6,961.42.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.64 cents US on Wednesday.The February crude contract was down 14 cents at US$52.22 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 2.3 cents at US$3.01 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$1.50 at US$1,290.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 1.30 cents at US$2.64 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
Rabat – Hostility may ratchet up again between Royal Air Maroc and its pilots in the Moroccan Association of Airline Pilots union (AMPL).Local media reported on Saturday that the crisis between RAM and AMPL may continue as pilots voted against an agreement introduced by the state-owned air carrier and the union in mid-August.In July, the company experienced a wave of protests from pilots who were calling for a pay raise. The pilots also called for the reestablishment of a school of aviation in Morocco after the closure of RAM’s training center for pilots in 2014.The protests resulted in the delay and cancelation of more than 12 flights a day for nearly a month.RAM and AMPL said that they reached an agreement in mid-August to end the crisis.The deal aimed to focus on recruitment to end the shortage of pilots.RAM noted that the company-funded training center for pilots “is no longer a priority.”The deal entailed that “recruitment needs will continue to be satisfied through partnerships with foreign training institutions.”The agreement also gave pilots four days off monthly, in addition to the traditional two days off per week, a pay raise, and a grant to pay a third of pilots’ training fees.However, of the 426 members of the AMPL, 359 pilots voted against the agreement.On September 18, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani inaugurated the Moroccan Private Aviation Academy (MAPA) in Benslimane, near Rabat.El Othmani said that the project is set to meet the growing needs of the aviation industry.The school will offer training to pilots and aviation maintenance technicians to address the shortage.According to El Othmani, Africa will need some 4,900 pilots in the coming years, as well as a large number of technicians.The project benefits from government assistance.
The MDG Africa Steering Group was set up by Mr. Ban after a report in June showed that despite faster growth and strengthened institutions, Africa at its present rate would fail to achieve any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the UN Millennium Summit in 2000.“It is an unprecedented gathering bringing together the heads, the apex I would say, of the entire international development system,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) official Guido Schmidt-Traub told a news briefing today.The inaugural meeting will bring together leaders from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission, the African Union, the African Development Bank, the UN Development Group, which is chaired by UNDP, and the Islamic Development Bank.The meeting will focus on three objectives: the international system’s support for African governments in implementing practical programmes to achieve the MDGs in five areas – health, education, infrastructure, agriculture and food security; the need to ensure aid predictability so that African governments can plan years ahead for additional hospitals, schools and training doctors, teachers and nurses; and enhancing collaboration among the Group’s members at the country level.Mr. Schmidt-Traub noted that the June report highlighted some of the success stories coming out Africa. “There are actually quite a few,” he said. “That is the good news and the challenge now is to scale up these success stories, and that can be done simply by implementing existing commitments.“The key message today is that existing commitments if fully implemented are enough and sufficient to achieve the MDGs in the whole of Africa and so the focus now has to be squarely on implementation,” he added.In all cases, the concerted follow-through needs to be broader, more effective and scaled up, he stressed. “The meeting itself will focus on getting a fuller understanding of the objectives and then really deciding on how to follow through,” he said.The follow-through will be led by a second group called the MDG Africa Working Group, led by the Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, which will meet for the first time on 20 September, involving senior operational leaders of the Group’s organizations plus other bodies such as the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) of industrialized, market-economy countries. Successes cited by the June report included the expanded AIDS treatment, increased agricultural productivity, rising school enrolment and access to water and sanitation. These “demonstrate that rapid progress is possible when sound national policies are met with full support, including increased development assistance, from the international system,” the Group said in a media advisory. Stressing the need for predictability in aid, it noted that although the G8 summit of industrial nations in 2005 promised to increase Official Development Assistance to Africa to $50 billion annually by 2010, African countries still do not know how this promise will translate into their country-level budgeting flows. 12 September 2007With the whole of sub-Saharan Africa currently off track for meeting a single one of the ambitious goals the world has set itself for slashing poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening an unprecedented meeting of development leaders on Friday to put the continent back on the rails to progress.
Rwandan rebels are now surrendering at a rate of 146 fighters a month, according to the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC), with more than 660 heeding the mission’s call to return to civilian life since the start of this year, along with 1000 of their dependents.This past weekend, another 10 members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) surrendered to a joint UN-Congolese army patrol near Goma. The rebels brought with them 31 of their dependents along with a sizable arsenal of weapons, MONUC said.The mission said the new additions to its disarmament program are now being processed for repatriation to Rwanda. It called on remaining FDLR fighters to follow suit, offering them and their families a chance for a decent future and stressing that life in the bush will only become more and more difficult from now on.The voluntary disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme for the ex-militia is managed by MONUC, while civilians are repatriated by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).The FDLR and other Rwandan militias have been a key factor in the resurgence of violence in North Kivu province, where over 100,000 civilians have been uprooted by fighting in the past two months, in addition to the many hundreds of thousands previously displaced.The ethnic Hutu rebels, who recently carried out a wave of retaliatory attacks against civilians after being targeted by a joint Congolese and Rwandan military offensive, have been operating in eastern DRC since the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. 27 April 2009The number of Rwandans laying down their arms and leaving militias that terrorize civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has multiplied four-fold on a monthly basis compared to last year, the United Nations reported today.
22 June 2010Nearly a million people in rural Nepal have access to energy thanks to two United Nations development programmes which show that early investment by national governments and communities can attract private financing and extend access to utilities, according to a UN report released today. “High public investment in early years of capacity development is crucial to get communities to the point where a market can take shape and where you can interest the commercial sector,” Olav Kjorven, UNDP Director of Policy and Assistant Secretary-General, told journalists in New York.The report, Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes, builds on lessons from two decentralized energy projects in Nepal that provided electricity by micro-hydro power to 250,000 people and which provided access to improved cooking stoves to 580,000 others.According to the report, the key to the programme’s success was early public investment in capacity development, which developed local and national capacities required to deliver, manage, operate and maintain the solutions to providing energy access in rural areas.Once made, these investments can help drive down the cost of utilities and attract substantial financing from communities and the private sources at later stages, as is the trend in Nepal.The benefits of the improved energy programme include better lighting in schools and hospital, reduced health risks from indoor air pollution, diversified livelihoods and increased incomes among the poorest segments of Nepalese society. “All of these development dividends translate into accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said Kiran Man Singh, National Programme Manager of the Rural Energy Development Programme in Nepal, who also participated in the launch of the report. Its release comes three months ahead of a high-level summit planned for UN Headquarters in New York on accelerating progress towards the MDG deadline of 2015. “There is no energy Millennium Development Goal, but what we find is that expanding access to energy is something that leads to progress across all of the MDGs, so it’s a cross-cutting issue of the highest importance,” Mr. Kjorven said, referring to the eight goals which include ending poverty and hunger, reaching universal education and increasing environmental sustainability.In addition, the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change has called for universal access to modern energy services by 2030.The report’s findings could have consequences for a majority of people. Nearly half of the world, or some three billion people, lives without access to modern energy for lighting, cooking, heating and mechanical power for productive activities. In addition, some two million people die every year due to health risks and fires associated with burning solid fuels indoors in under-ventilated kitchens. Nepal, whose Government helped pioneer the programmes with UNDP, is working to expand their reach to bring energy to a greater percentage of its population. Kenya and other countries are interested in applying the same strategy.
“There must be zero tolerance for acts of gender-based violence and zero tolerance for complacency by governments and other institutions responsible for the safety and well-being of women, men and children affected by conflict,” says the agreement, adopted at the end of the three-day International Symposium on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond in Brussels, Belgium.The meeting, attended by doctors and social service providers from countries affected by conflict, was sponsored by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Belgian Government and the European Commission.“We must address this issue with hope, passion and compassion,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said. “We can talk about this issue until we’re blue in the face, but if the leadership of governments doesn’t insist that this issue is on the table, we won’t make progress. Governments must live up to their promises to make ending sexual violence a priority.” Among the most heart-wrenching testimonies presented was that of doctor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Jean Pascal Manga, who told his horrified audience of girls as young as one year-old being raped by foreign objects such as metal bars, nails and sticks.“Green wood from the manioc plant had caused a great many problems creating fistulas especially in very young girls,” he said. Traumatic fistulas occur when tissues are ruptured during violent rape, leaving passages that constantly leak urine or faeces or both. “No one knew that you would find a fistula in a small girl under five years old, even as young as one year old,” he added. “We face new conditions, and we need exchanges with our western colleagues to treat these problems.” He said there were about 25,000 women and girls who were raped and needed continuing support. “In Africa, once a woman has been raped, she may be abandoned by her entire family, and when she has a fistula and smells of urine, no one wants to be around her,” he noted. Among the 226 cases of fistula from rape, about 20 per cent of surgeries were a failure. Some 90 per cent of women and girls who were raped had some kind of sexually transmitted infection and nearly 10 per cent were HIV positive, he said. In another presentation, Feryal Thabet, of the Bureij Women’s Health Centre in Gaza, said the border closure with Israel and escalating conflict were causing a deterioration of women’s health and an increase in violence against women. “More than one third of Palestinian pregnant women are anaemic,” she said. “Early marriage is on the rise and so is high-risk pregnancy.” She noted that antenatal visits to the centre were decreasing and 80 per cent of women did not receive any post-natal care in 2005. “There were 61 births at checkpoints with no medical assistance,” she said. Citing rising unemployment and poverty, she stressed that the increased vulnerability of women and unsafe sex were coupled with a lack of access to appropriate care and shortages of supplies, including contraceptives. Representatives from 14 conflict-affected countries presented their national action plans to address sexual and gender-based violence. Participants called for a longer-term, holistic approach to meet the health, education, legal, psychosocial and security concerns of affected populations.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is taking to the airwaves today to make a personal appeal to the citizens of the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to end the bloodshed that is tearing their country apart with increasing inter-communal violence between Christians and Muslims, warning perpetrators that they will be held to account.“I am deeply troubled by what is happening in your country and I want to speak to you personally,” he says in his broadcast, which comes as United Nations agencies reported that the humanitarian situation in the impoverished nation of 4.6 million people is deteriorating, with 600 people killed in the last week alone and 159,000 others driven from their homes in the capital, Bangui.“Too many people are scared and the country is on the brink of ruin. I appeal to everyone to follow the path of peace. The bloodshed must stop. Do not allow the voices of hatred to sow division where none existed before. Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future. I call on religious and community leaders, Muslim and Christian, to act as messengers for peace.”CAR has been thrown into turmoil since Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago and forced President François Bozizé to flee in March. A transitional government has since been entrusted with restoring peace and paving the way for democratic elections, but armed clashes have erupted again, and in Bangui this week, Christians and Muslims launched reprisal attacks against each other in and around the city.“I have a clear message to all who would commit atrocities and crimes against humanity,” said Mr. Ban. “The world is watching. You will be held to account. The United Nations is committed to helping your country recover from this crisis. You are not alone and we will not abandon you.”Earlier this month the Security Council authorized an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the spiralling violence.“African and French troops are already on the ground and are making a difference,” Mr. Ban said. “More will come soon to help restore order. We are working to provide food, shelter and medicine. And we will stand by your side to build lasting peace and a better future for all.”
LCD is the predominant technology used in most of the displays we include in devices today. And while the display technology is constantly being updated to allow for better efficiency and image output, LCDs still account for the majority of energy used in portable devices.Engineers at UCLA have been working to rectify that problem, not by reducing the energy required by an LCD, but recycling it instead.Liquid Crystal Displays work by sandwiching a layer of molecules between two transparent electrodes and two polarizing filters. A combination of a backlight and control of the voltage applied to each pixel of the display allows light to escape and create images we see as the viewer.This control of light used to display images is a wasteful system because that’s all the light is used for. The engineers at UCLA realized that whenever the display is active and emitting light, it can also recycle it with one simple change: the polarizing filters can be switched out for a new filter that includes photovoltaic properties. It’s called a polarizing organic photovoltaic.By using the new polarizing filter a device can harvest energy from the LCD as it is being used. So rather than the energy being wasted just as viewable light, it can also act as an energy generator itself. But the energy generation doesn’t just happen when the display is in use. The new polarizing filter will also continue to generate energy from natural light just like a typical solar panel.If such a filter were used in a smartphone it could significantly increase battery life even if you have the screen active for hours each day. When your phone dims the screen to save power it will also continue to refill the battery as long as there’s a decent light source for the photovoltaic filter it to use, for example, you leave it in direct sunlight.The initial research done by Professor Yang and his team at UCLA has found the new filter can recycle as much as 75% of the wasted photons from the backlight. Apply that to a portable device and you gain battery life. Use it in a non-portable devices without a battery and there should be significant energy efficiency gains.This potentially breakthrough technology has the potential to quickly replace the polarizing filters currently used in LCDs if the energy harvesting potential is as high as predicted. It also offers a transparent solution to the issue of where to put a solar panel on a portable device, meaning a design-focused company like Apple should have no issue including it on a future iPhone or iPad.The research paper will be printed in the next edition of Advanced Materials.Read more at the UCLA Newsroom
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,571 Views http://jrnl.ie/3189859 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Jan 16th 2017, 6:45 PM Updated 6.45pmThe Luas Green Line has returned to normal service after the section between Beechwood and St Stephen’s Green was suspended due to “an incident at Harcourt Street”.According to a statement on the Luas website, some delays are to be expected to the service, which had been suspended for over an hour.All Red Line services are operating normally.Read: Snap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 MarchRead: Man in his 30s dies after falling from roof in Kerry 10 Comments Monday 16 Jan 2017, 6:45 PM Share36 Tweet Email1 Short URL Delays expected as Luas Green Line back in service Luas has apologised for any inconvenience caused.
Un nouvel astéroïde pourrait frapper la Terre en 2040La NASA a annoncé qu’un astéroïde découvert en janvier 2011 dans l’espace serait susceptible de frapper la Terre d’ici 30 ans. Baptisé 2011 AG5, il serait large d’environ 140 mètres. Si des milliers d’astéroïdes sont découverts chaque année dans l’espace, la quasi-totalité de ceux-ci n’ont aucune chance de frapper un jour notre planète. En octobre 2011, seuls deux astéroïdes étaient ainsi listés à un niveau supérieur au niveau 0 sur l’échelle de Turin. Celle-ci sert à catégoriser les risques d’impacts de ces objets géocroiseurs et est graduée de 0 (aucune chance de collision) à 10 (collision certaine entrainant une catastrophe globale). Les objets “dangereux” en question sont 2007 VK184 qui y figurent depuis 2008 et… 2011 AG5, ajouté l’année dernière. En effet, cet astéroïde a été découvert en janvier 2011 par le Mount Lemmon Observatory en Arizona et suscite depuis l’attention de nombreuses équipes dont certaines de la NASA. D’après les estimations, l’objet pourrait en effet frôler de très près la Terre voire même entrer en collision avec aux environs de 2040. Toutefois, les scientifiques ont beaucoup de mal à observer l’astéroïde et ont seulement pu évaluer un diamètre de 140 mètres. Sa masse comme sa composition restent inconnues. “2011 AG5 est l’objet qui a aujourd’hui la plus grande chance d’entrer en collision avec la Terre… en 2040. Néanmoins, nous l’avons seulement observé sur la moitié d’une orbite. La fiabilité de ces calculs n’est donc pas très haute”, commente Detlef Koschny de la Solar System Missions Division de l’Agence spatiale européenne cité par le Huffington Post. D’après les calculs, l’astéroïde aurait pour l’heure 1 chance sur 625 de frapper la Terre le 5 février 2040. Mais encore une fois, au vu de la courte durée d’observation, les scientifiques soulignent que les chiffres sont susceptibles de changer. D’autres observations avant une éventuelle mission de déviation À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météorite”Heureusement, cet objet sera observable de la terre durant l’intervalle 2013-2016″, souligne Donald Yeomans du Near-Earth Object Observations Program de la NASA en Californie. Dans le très peu probable scénario que les chances d’impact ne diminuent pas significativement après des observations supplémentaires, “il restera du temps pour mettre au point une mission de déviation pour altérer sa trajectoire avant le moment clé de 2023”, ajoute-t-il. En effet, cette année-là, l’astéroïde fera sa plus grande approche de la Terre et la “frôlera” à une distance de 2,99 millions de kilomètres. “Même si le ‘trou de serrure’ est bien plus large que celui d’Apophis en 2029, ce serait tout de même une tâche simple d’altérer la trajectoire de l’astéroïde, assez pour manquer ce ‘trou de serrure’ et donc l’impact en 2040”, ajoute Donald Yeomans faisant référence à l’astéroïde Apophis qui pourrait menacer la Terre en 2036. “La prudence d’action serait d’attendre au moins que les observations de 2013 soient faites avant de mettre au point des plans préliminaires pour une mission de déviation potentielle”, précise encore le chercheur.Le 29 février 2012 à 11:57 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – Fiscal imprudence by successive Bahamian governments continues to weigh down the public while crooked, inept and irresponsible politicians go free. The IMF is suggesting a low income tax on everyone getting a paycheck and some in the business community are rejecting that idea. Organization for Responsible Government said adding any further taxes ahead of the Government’s [planned fiscal] reform is unacceptable, and the suggestion of it is downright irresponsible.“In effect, what the IMF suggests by this is that if the Government taxes its citizens more the IMF will lend it more money. The Government does not need more money; it needs to learn how to live within its means, like the rest of us.”The DPM and Finance Minister said there are no internal talks about an #incometax but he told the Tribune the possibility is not ruled out and the Administration did take notice.The FNM did not run in the May 2017 elections on any promise of introducing income tax but Minister Turnquest explained: We will consider all available options to ensure that, at the end of the day, we have a tax system that is simple, reflective of our unique situation in terms of openness as an economy; is progressive rather than regressive so that the burden of taxation is not borne by the most vulnerable in our country, and achieves the revenue yield necessary to provide the services Government must provide for society.”#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#incometax, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Abarca was then found in possession of a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. The officers were unhurt, but Helo later died from the gunshot injuries inflicted by Abarca. Abarca plead guilty to the federal charge in October 2017, but proceeded to trial on the state charges in late January 2018. He was convicted by a state trial jury on all counts, and is awaiting sentencing on the state convictions. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-police-dog-felon.mp3VmJennifer-on-police-dog-felon.mp300:00RPd Abarca was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2016 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was separately charged by a state grand jury that same month with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault, and one count of felony destruction of a police dog. Abarca was already a convicted felon (Burglary in the Second Degree) in September 2016 when he was involved in an incident where he fled from Palmer police officers at a high rate of speed in a vehicle towards Anchorage. As he was being pursued on foot, Abarca turned and shot Helo several times and exchanged gunfire with the officers. The officers returned fire at Abarca and were able to wound and disable him. At approximately Mile 36 of the Glenn Highway, Abarca slowed the vehicle down and jumped out with a handgun in his hand. The Palmer police officers had been joined by this time by an Alaska State Trooper and his police canine “Helo.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Palmer man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to serve 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Almando Abarca, 26, of Palmer, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to serve 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Men inspect a damaged house in Busra al-Harir town, near Deraa, Syria on 13 March. Photo: ReutersTheir belongings piled nearby, elderly displaced Syrians struggled against the wind as they fastened a white tarpaulin on the metal frame of their makeshift new home in the country’s south.They are among thousands who have fled intensifying Syrian government shelling in recent days on rebel-held territory south of Damascus.Fearing an imminent ground assault, they escaped carrying whatever they could from their battered homes.Among the shelters erected on a barren piece of land in the village of Burayqah, Quneitra province, stands the one that houses Ali al-Homsi and his family.They escaped deadly bombardment on their hometown of Kafr Shams, which lies in a wedge of territory between the provinces of Daraa, Quneitra, and Damascus.The area has come to be known as the Triangle of Death, for the bloody battles fought there since Syria’s war erupted in 2011.“I wasn’t planning on coming here, but the intense bombing in recent days forced us to leave-especially after it killed more than one of our loved ones,” said Homsi, 36.“That’s what made us flee.”He was squatting on the dry earth as his young sons took a break and lay in the sun nearby.“We’re setting up this tent just so we can have shelter,” he told AFP. “But we don’t have the basic necessities for life-there’s no water here to drink or wash with.”After neutralising rebel strongholds on the edge of the capital, President Bashar al-Assad is turning his attention to the south, the cradle of the seven-year uprising against him.Rebels still control a majority of the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, and bombing has so far focused on a string of rebel towns and villages between the two.‘War is not far off’While a full-fledged assault has not yet begun, Homsi says it will come sooner or later and hopes he won’t be stuck in the camp.“I expect war, especially after (regime forces) dropped flyers threatening the Triangle of Death with war, bombardment, and destruction,” he said.Syrian helicopters have scattered such messages across rebel-held parts of Daraa and Quneitra in recent weeks, warning of an impending assault and telling insurgents to drop their arms.Then, on Tuesday, they began ramping up their bombardment.The strikes and artillery have since killed 18 civilians and forced some 12,000 people to flee, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Those that headed to Burayqah brought mattresses, blankets, plastic jars of food, and gas canisters for cooking.Their scant belongings lay in haphazard piles used as beds by children covered in dust.“The bombardment was random. We came here on a motorbike. I carried what I could with me but there’s nothing to live on here-no water, no toilets, no food,” said Fares al-Salkhadi, 58.He arrived three days ago with his family from the village of Inkhil and said he expected a mass exodus when the assault begins in earnest.“People will be displaced here from all the villages,” he warned. “War is not far off.”Nearby, a man and his children-some of whom looked as young as six-picked up large rocks and stacked them side-by-side.They hoped that erecting their tent on this platform would keep snakes and scorpions out of their new home.‘What is this life?’More than six million people have been internally displaced since Syria’s conflict erupted in 2011, including nearly one million this year alone.The United Nations has warned that fighting in the country’s south was putting some 750,000 people at risk.Elderly Mohammad al-Homsi, 74, also had a narrow escape from his hometown of Kafr Shams.“The house was about to collapse on us. We fled under the bombs,” the balding man said in a deep, rasping voice.He paid 10,000 Syrian pounds ($23, 20 euros) for a private car to drive him and his family to Burayqah.“There’s not even a tent here for us to seek refuge in-we’re on the ground and under the sun,” he said.“What is this life? If a woman wants to use the restroom, there’s none available. This is a scandal and it’s shameful.”Bashir al-Nasr, 42, waited for several days in his hometown of Aqarba for a pause in the bombing so his family could flee.He piled his wife and children onto a motorbike and headed to Burayqah, but his future remains uncertain.“The indiscriminate bombs and our fear for ourselves and our children brought us here,” Nasr said.“We left just to find safety.”
220.127.116.11.5 Countable Athletically Related Activities Between Midnight and 5 a.m. Countable athletically related activities shall not occur between midnight and 5 a.m. (Adopted: 1/16/10)18.104.22.168.5.1 Exceptions. Countable athletically related activities may occur between midnight and 5 a.m. under the following circumstances: (Adopted: 1/16/10)(a) During participation in a conference championship or an NCAA championship;(b) Participation in any competition that begins before midnight and concludes after midnight; or(c) Participation in a promotional practice activity (e.g., first practice of the season).Print Friendly Version Did you know…?It is not permissible for countable athletically related activities to occur between midnight and 5 a.m., except during participation in a conference or NCAA championship, participation in competition that begins before midnight and concludes after midnight, or participation in a promotion practice activity. See Bylaw 22.214.171.124.5 below for more information. Story Links
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“It is far to travel, only to have the community point to a large area of bush and say, ‘It is in there’. On this particular occasion, I was out of town,” said Mr Paulik. A ritual to appease the ancestors was held after a snake was killed in the Waaihoek area on Wednesday (September 7).The snake had constricted and killed a goat, and was shot by a community member.A sangoma who lives nearby was called to the scene to perform the ritual. In Zulu culture, it is regarded as bad luck to kill a snake. Bad luck is said to befall all who partake in the killing of a snake.The sangoma cut open the goat and removed the animal’s bile. The person who killed the snake had to pour the bile drippings on the snake’s body. While doing that, he had to ask for forgiveness for the wrong doing and to prevent bad luck.While social media pundits say the killing was wrong and against the law, a simple understanding of isiZulu culture would make it clear that the killing was not something anyone wanted to do, but regarded as a necessity by the community.“The snake was a danger to our children, as they play and walk in that area every single day. It is not like we did not call the police and ask them to send snake catchers. But after waiting hours, with nobody coming and daylight starting to fade, we had to do something,” explains a community member. “Till now, nobody has come… There is a second snake in the area, but nobody comes until something dies.”Local snake catcher Zam Paulik confirmed that most snake catchers will not go out unless the snake is visible or has been recently seen by the community. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there,DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share Men’s health affects baby’s health too The export-and-sell option has been floated before, and the diplomats emphasized that the sides have not agreed on that solution in the search for what to do with the low-enriched uranium stockpile.But negotiators have little time left to make a decision on the issue with a Tuesday target date looming for a deal.Senior Iranian officials publicly rejected shipping out the material in preliminary negotiations, so Tehran’s renewed interest is significant.The goal of the talks involving the U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia is a comprehensive deal that would crimp Tehran’s capacity to make nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.Other options discussed would mean changing the enriched uranium into a form that cannot be used for weapons or shipping it abroad for storage, probably in Russia.One of the diplomats said Russia was a key candidate in the idea being floated that Moscow would convert the low-enriched material and Iran would get a large share of the profits from any sale.Iran says it is enriching only to make reactor fuel and for other nonmilitary purposes.Under the preliminary deal that led to the current negotiations, Iran has eliminated almost all uranium enriched to levels only a technical step from weapons grade. That leaves it with a stockpile enriched to levels much lower than what would be needed to make the core of an atomic bomb. Kerry and Zarif spoke of tough negotiations ahead, in comments that added to the likelihood that the talks will slide into early July.“We need to work really hard in order to be able to make progress,” Zarif said.Kerry spoke of “some very tough issues” in the way of a deal, adding: “We have a lot of hard work to do.”___Associated Press writer Mahsa Aminelahi contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Still, the fact that the stockpile could be enriched further to the level needed for bombs makes rendering it harmless a chief priority for the U.S. and the other countries.The two diplomats are familiar with the talks but spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the confidential talks.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began meeting Saturday in the Austrian capital in an attempt to advance the negotiations.Zarif said earlier that a deal was in reach unless the other side presented “excessive demands.”He said U.N. sanctions must be lifted immediately after an agreement, and all other penalties also must be removed. The U.S. and its allies say those conditions are unacceptable.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France wants “an accord that is robust that recognizes in Iran the right to civil nuclear but that guarantees that Iran effectively and definitively renounces nuclear arms.”He said Iran has not “completely” accepted France’s conditions: long-term limitations on Iran’s nuclear research and development; rigorous verification of the deal with few limitations; and “an automatic return of sanctions in case of violations.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home VIENNA (AP) — Nuclear negotiators for Iran, obligated to dispose tons of enriched uranium under an approaching deal, are focusing on a U.S.-backed plan for Iran to send the material to another country for sale as reactor fuel, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.While Iran says it does not want nuclear arms, it has more than 8 tons that could be turned into the fissile core of a dozen or more atomic bombs if the material was further enriched to weapons-grade levels. A police car passes in front of Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, June 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy
Twelve planes and Chinese ship Xue Long are working with South Korea to search for any debris. Mr Hussein said that there is no clear assurance that the objects are actually parts of the plane. “ Extra ships have already been searching the zone, after weather prevented them from looking further than the 1500 search zone about 2,500 km west of Perth. Satellite images showing 122 floating objects in the Indian Ocean could be the remains of MH370. Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishamuddin Hussein, said the pictures of the objects, which are between 1 to 23 metres was the most fruitful lead yet in the search, the Guardian reported. A US law firm is also currently beginning proceedings against Malaysia Airlines and Boeing –Chicago – Ribbeck Law is leading the case, reportedly worth millions of dollars. As for the strange flight path pf the plane, flight analysts are at odds about whether the change was part of an emergency procedure or a deliberate action. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale “[The area] is not far from the objects sighted by China and Australia. This is still the most credible lead that we have,” Mr Hussein said.
Paul Carmona-Sydney Opera HouseTrippas White Group appointed to manage internal Opera House dining venuesThe Sydney Opera House has appointed Trippas White Group to supply food and beverage services to a number of venues within the building from mid-June 2018, following its successful tender application.The contract includes the Theatre Bars and functions in the Northern Foyers as well as the Southern Foyers of the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre; The Lounge (located in the Entry Foyer); the Utzon Room and the Function Centre.Louise Herron, Sydney Opera House CEO, said: “As we renew the Opera House for future generations, we’re constantly looking for ways to provide our audiences and visitors with services that live up to the excellence of the building and the art on its stages. The expiry of contracts for these venues, combined with the anticipated completion of the new Function Centre later this year, provided an ideal opportunity to go out to market.“Trippas White Group presented an impressive proposal for these House venues, with an innovative approach that responded to the wide range of Opera House events, audiences and visitors. We were impressed by their creativity and commitment to ensuring excellence and variety. They will make a strong contribution to the Opera House’s diverse portfolio of public restaurants and bars, which also includes Bennelong, Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside.”Trippas White Group has engaged chef, restaurateur and media personality Karen Martini as Ambassador Chef for the House venues, bringing new vision to the Opera House’s dining offerings in good company alongside Bennelong’s Peter Gilmore and Opera Bar’s Matt Moran. Martini will create refreshing new menus that draw upon her French Italian heritage and her love for Australian produce.Joseph Murray, Trippas White Group Managing Director said: “It is a great honour and privilege to once again partner with the Sydney Opera House on this extraordinary journey of renewal. The tender presented a unique opportunity for our group to further expand our operational reach across the Opera House, perfectly complementing our Portside and Western Foyers operations. We now look forward with great pride and commitment as we bring the Opera House a timely ‘generational shift’ specifically designed to inject intelligent service models, stylish, practical designs and a food and beverage offering that will truly enrich the visitor experience.”Trippas White Group will commence trading the Theatre Bars, The Lounge and the Utzon Room in mid-June 2018, with the Function Centre expected to open by early 2019.Source = Trippas White Group