Dawson Creek recognized for 6 straight years of carbonneutrality as Province awards

first_imgWHISTLER, B.C. – Communities from across the Peace Region were recognized by the provincial government at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Whistler for their climate leadership as the Province dished out over $7 million from the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program.There were seven communities in Northeast B.C. that received a cumulative total of just over $318,000 in funds through CARIP this year.Fort St. John received $101,051, while Dawson Creek received $77,301. Other communities and their totals are listed below: Chetwynd: $31,476Tumbler Ridge: $26,585Taylor: $18,863Pouce Coupe: $3,854Northern Rockies Regional Municipality: $59,439“Local governments are taking significant strides to address climate change,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson. “A record number are measuring their emissions this year, and we’re here to support communities that are advancing initiatives and innovations that make life better for people by protecting our environment.”The government also announced that both Dawson Creek and the Peace River Regional District were two out of 45 local governments in B.C. that achieved carbon-neutrality in 2017.Since the Province began requiring local governments to tally their carbon footprints in 2012, Dawson Creek has achieved carbon-neutrality every single year, while the PRRD was officially carbon-neutral in 2015 and 2017.“Local governments in British Columbia are integral partners in meeting our climate action goals, showing tremendous leadership and commitment,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “I welcome the communities who have achieved carbon neutrality for the first time this year. Our government is focused on seeing strong, sustainable and clean economic growth that makes life better for people living in B.C.”Demonstrating a provincewide commitment to addressing climate action at the community level, 187 out of 190 local governments have signed on to the B.C Climate Action Charter.last_img read more

British Librarys Oldest Quran Copies Now Online

Taroudant – The British Library’s Digitized Manuscripts website claims to have one of the oldest copies of the Quran, dating back to the eighth century.The Library said that the old manuscript, which was compiled more than 1,200 years ago and arrived in Europe about 130 years ago, is now fully digitized and available online.Placed on the library’s digitized manuscripts website, it comprises 121 folios containing over two-thirds of the complete text. “It comprises 121 folios containing over two-thirds of the complete text and is one of the largest of known fragments of an early Qur??n written in the m??il script,” the website stated.According to the British Library, the Arabic word m?’il means, “sloping” and refers to the sloping style of the script.The m?’il is one of a number of early Arabic fonts collectively named “Hijazi”, after the region of Hijaz, formerly an independent region that contains the Islamic holy cities of Medina and Mecca.The manuscript was purchased by the British Museum in 1879 from Reverend Greville John Chester as noted on a flyleaf at the back of the manuscript.An Oxford alumnus and ordained clergyman, Chester (1830–1892) devoted the latter half of his life to travel and exploration in Egypt and the Levant, where he collected archaeological artifacts for the British Museum and other institutions.According to the British Library, “It is very likely Chester acquired this Qur’?n when he was in Egypt.”The same source said that the manuscript lacks diacritical marks to distinguish between letters of similar shape, like other early versions of the Qurans, which had no vowel signs.The importance of this Quran “cannot be overestimated.” The same source said that this manuscript, along with other Quranic fragments available, “provides the only available evidence for the early development of the written recording of the holy text and helps understand how early Quran codices were produced.” read more

India Demonetizes 500 and 1000 INR to Curb Black Money and

Rabat – In a major attempt to curb the menace of black money and corruption, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,  announced on Tuesday the demonetization of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid is a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.In his live telecast address to the Indian Nation, Modi said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30.“With a view to curbing the funding of terrorism through the proceeds of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and use of such funds for subversive activities such as espionage, smuggling of arms, drugs and other contrabands into India, and for eliminating Black Money which casts a long shadow of parallel economy on our real economy”. Modi said the Rs 500 and 1000 notes “will not be legal from midnight tonight” and these will be “just worthless pieces of paper.” However, he said that all notes in lower denomination of Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20, Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2 and Re 1 and all coins will continue to be valid. He also announced that new notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 will be introduced.PM Modi added that there will be no change to any other form of currency exchange be it cheque, DD, payment via credit or debit cards etc.He said the government has been fighting the menace of black money and corruption ever since it assumed power two years ago. He also urged common people, media personnel, social workers and the youth to help government in its fight against fake currency and black money.The prime minister said the measures were aimed at curbing the “disease” of corruption and black money which have taken deep root in Indian society. “ Corruption, black money and terrorism are festering wounds which make the country hollow from within,” he said.Following the announcement, huge crowds gathered outside ATMs across the country as people lined up to withdraw currency of smaller denominations, most of the people were complaining about the sudden announcement and were concerned as ATM’s were running short on cash and most were showing “Out of Order” signs across the Indian Capital, New Delhi.Loud clamours were reported all over India over the sudden abolishment of 500 and 1000, INR 1000 is the highest denomination note in Indian Currency not only are Indian citizens suffering but hundreds of foreign nationals were at first surprised and later shocked to know that the stack of money they had exchanged was nothing but “just worthless pieces of paper”“I was shocked as I couldn’t buy a bottle of water or a pack of cigarettes with all the money I had.”  said Michele Rodgers, an American tourist“This was the last option left to break the back of money launderers, tax evaders and corrupt people, I think it is a very important step to strengthen the Indian economy and it had to be sudden as the element of surprise is the key to it’s success” Younis Hafiz, Finace Management Student – IUSTMoroccan National, Saad Mezziane in New Delhi said:“This is a great initiative taken by Indian Prime Minister Modi, I hope Moroccan authorities take similar steps in Morocco to end the growing menace of corruption by following such examples”. read more

China told to expedite work

Also a partner in the Colombo Port Expansion Project, the CMG delegation was in Sri Lanka for the opening of the Colombo Port South Terminal. On the northern expressway project, CMG is now carrying out the feasibility study as well as the preparation of the technical and financial reports. While Jianhong described how well his company and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) had collaborated on the port project, President Rajapaksa expressed confidence in CMG’s ability to implement work on the expressway as soon as possible.The Ambassador of China in Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao and several high-level officials from CMG also joined the discussion with President Rajapaksa. “This harbor is very competitive in the South Asian region,” Jianhong said, pointing out that the harbor will not only benefit South Asia but also the wider Asian region. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested that the work on the northern expressway be expedited when he met with a delegation from the China Merchants Group (CMG) headed by the company president, Li Jianhong, the President’s office said today.Indicating the current level of development taking place in the north, President Rajapaksa stressed how important he highway will be for people, making it easier and faster to travel between the north and south. read more

UN refugee staff in Africa trained to detect scams

Identity and document fraud, staged security incidents, fake medical reports and bribery are among the main subjects on the curriculum for United Nations staff working in resettlement programmes for African refugees as part of an intensified battle against scams. “It is clear that the vast majority of refugees are law-abiding,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) director for resettlement services Vincent Cochetel told a recent training workshop for 30 participants from more than a dozen UNHCR offices in eastern, central and southern Africa. “However, fraud – from individual cases to larger scale criminal enterprises – serves to undermine and even threaten this important protection tool,” he added in a written message to the two-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The course was also attended by representatives of the United States, Canada and Australia, three of the major resettlement countries, as well as an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) official. Similar training workshops are planned for West Africa and Asia. The training is one of a number of initiatives undertaken by the resettlement service to enhance counter-fraud activities. “It is particularly reassuring to us to see that UNHCR is doing something about resettlement fraud and that there is transparency in dealing with it. It gives us more confidence,” Canadian diplomat Tracy Vansickle said. In 2001, resettlement programmes for more than 150,000 refugees in Kenya were suspended after it was discovered that a criminal network had infiltrated UNHCR’s refugee status determination process to force bribes from people seeking resettlement in third countries. Measures have since been introduced to prevent such fraud, but the agency remains on the alert for new scams, including use of the internet. Mr. Cochetel said it was essential to step up efforts to combat resettlement fraud because “the consequences can be detrimental, above all, to refugees as resettlement programmes may be suspended indefinitely as a result of fraud.” In the class on identity fraud, a UNHCR protection officer cited a refugee from Eritrea who had presented herself as an Ethiopian national because she believed this would boost her chances of resettlement. The refugee spoke Amharic, a language spoken in both Ethiopia and Eritrea, which made early detection of the fraud difficult. Another case cited involved Burundian refugees presenting themselves as Rwandan nationals. Rwanda and Burundi have the same ethnic composition. In other cases, refugees registered non-family members as relatives to benefit from more aid. When it came to processing for resettlement, they claimed that the relative was dead. “We have seen false death certificates, particularly when families are unable to produce children registered in the family unit,” a protection officer told the workshop. UNHCR staff were urged to remain vigilant for “red flags” of possible fraud or corruption such as sudden unexplained wealth of individuals involved in resettlement. “If your systems are weak and the management oversight in resettlement is modest or inadequate, it all comes together to create an opportunity for fraud,” Ted Tunis, the lead trainer at the workshop, warned. read more

Widow of man killed by Suge Knight sues Universal Pictures Dr Dre

Widow of man killed by Suge Knight sues Universal Pictures, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 7:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 11:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 9, 2015, file photo, attorney Matthew Fletcher, left, talks with his client Marion “Suge” Knight upon his arrival in court for a hearing about evidence in his murder case, in Los Angeles. Lilian Carter, the widow of Terry Carter, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, after he was run over by Knight’s pickup truck earlier this year and has sued the studio and key figures involved in the upcoming film “Straight Outta Compton.” (Kevork Djansezian/Pool Photo via AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The widow of a man who died when he was run over by a pickup truck driven by Marion “Suge” Knight filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against the former rap music mogul and key figures involved in the upcoming film “Straight Outta Compton.”Lilian Carter, the widow of Terry Carter, filed the wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles against Knight, Universal Studios Inc., and rappers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. “Straight Outta Compton” chronicles the rise of the gangster rap group N.W.A., which included Dr. Dre and Ice Cube as members.The suit alleges Universal was negligent by continuing filming in Compton, California, after Dre warned the production to keep Knight away. Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records, has quarreled with Dre for years.The complaint also alleges Universal negligently hired Cle “Bone” Sloan, whose fight with Knight led to Carter being run over. Sloan, who was seriously injured after being run over by Knight’s truck, was working as an adviser on the film and helped broker deals with gang members so that it could shoot in Compton.“This lawsuit concerns the tragic tale of how reckless corporate greed, disguised as the quest for authenticity, (led) to a foreseeable altercation that resulted in the death of a successful businessman,” the complaint states.Howard King, an attorney for Dr. Dre, called the lawsuit “preposterous.”Emails sent to representatives for Universal and Ice Cube were not immediately returned. Knight’s attorney, Thomas Mesereau, also did not immediately return an email message.Knight has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge filed in Carter’s death. read more

Trump order would target highskilled worker visa program

Trump order would target high-skilled worker visa program by Catherine Lucey And Scott Bauer, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 9:26 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump holds up Green Bay Packers jersey given to him by House Speaker Paul Ryan at a rally in West Allis, Wis. President Donald Trump heads to Ryan’s congressional district in Wisconsin on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, facing low approval ratings and in the wake of his failure to fulfill a campaign promise to repeal and replace the federal health care law. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers.Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American,” said administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity despite the president’s frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources.The officials said the order, which Trump will sign at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse. Those departments would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most-skilled or highest-paid applicants.”The White House said the program is currently undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labour and said some tech companies are using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages.Administration officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal transportation grant-funded projects. The officials said the commerce secretary will review how to close loopholes in enforcing the existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules that exist in free-trade agreements. The administration said that if the waivers are not benefiting the United States they will be “renegotiated or revoked.”During his campaign, Trump said at some points he supported high-skilled visas, then came out against them. At one debate, he called for fully ending the program, saying: “It’s very bad for our workers and it’s unfair for our workers. And we should end it.”The officials said the changes could be administrative or legislative and could include higher fees for the visas, changing the wage scale for the program or other initiatives.About 85,000 H-1B visas are distributed annually by lottery. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the United States has a shortage of skilled technology workers.But critics say the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that use the visas to import foreigners — often from India — who will work for less than Americans. The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients who use them to outsource tech work.Employers from Walt Disney World to the University of California in San Francisco have laid off their tech employees and replaced them with H-1B visa holders. Adding to the indignity: The U.S. workers are sometimes asked to train their replacements to qualify for severance packages.On the planned order by Trump, Ronil Hira, a professor in public policy at Howard University and a critic of the H-1B program, said, “It’s better than nothing.” But he added, “It’s not as aggressive as it needs to be.”The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the U.S. after getting degrees in high-tech specialties — and they can’t always find enough American workers with the skills they need.Congress is considering several bills to overhaul the visa program. One, introduced by Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would require companies seeking H-1B visas to first make a good-faith effort to hire Americans, a requirement many companies can dodge under the current system; give the Labor Department more power to investigate and sanction H-1B abuses; and give “the best and brightest” foreign students studying in the U.S. priority in getting H-1B visas.Trump’s stop at the world headquarters of Snap-on Inc. would come as the president faces an approval rating of just 41 per cent in Wisconsin, a state he barely won in November. The visit also would take him to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who won’t be joining the president because he’s on a bipartisan congressional trip visiting NATO countries.Trump has travelled to promote his agenda less than his recent predecessors. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump wanted to visit “a company that builds American-made tools with American workers.”Trump carried Wisconsin in November by nearly 23,000 votes — less than 1 percentage point — making him the first Republican to win the state since 1984. He campaigned on the promise of returning manufacturing jobs that have been lost in Upper Midwest states.Founded in Wisconsin in 1920, Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in a variety of industries, including agriculture, the military and aviation. Its headquarters are in Kenosha and it has eight manufacturing sites in North America, including one in Milwaukee. The company employs about 11,000 people worldwide.___Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin. Associated Press writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report. read more

Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases

by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2017 3:46 pm MDT Last Updated May 22, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a ruling that places strict limits on where such cases can be filed.The justices ruled unanimously that patent owners must bring lawsuits only in states where the targeted company is incorporated. The issue is important to many companies that complain about patent owners “shopping” for favourable courts in other parts of the country to file lawsuits.The case involved an appeal from TC Heartland, an Indiana-based food sweetener company sued by Kraft Foods in Delaware. Lower courts refused to transfer the case to Indiana.But the Supreme Court’s ruling will have the biggest impact on federal courts in eastern Texas, where more than 40 per cent of patent lawsuits are now filed. Local rules there favour quick trials and juries tend to be more sympathetic to plaintiffs.The ruling is a blow to so-called patent trolls — shell companies that buy up patents and force businesses to pay license fees or face expensive litigation. Many of those cases now may have a tougher time getting to trial or result in jury verdicts that are less generous.Companies including eBay, Kickstarter and online crafts site Etsy had urged the high court to restrict where such cases can be filed, saying they have been sued repeatedly in courts hundreds or thousands of miles away from corporate headquarters. Even Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller led a coalition of 17 states calling for an end to so-called forum shopping in patent cases.Groups representing inventors and patent owners said new restrictions would place burdens on patent holders and encourage infringing behaviour and piracy.Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas relied on a 1957 Supreme Court case that said patent cases can be brought only where the defendant company is incorporated. He said the federal appeals court in Washington that handles patent appeals was wrong to say that Congress had changed those rules.The ruling is a “seismic decision” that will affect patent litigation around the country, said John O’Quinn, a Washington, D.C., lawyer specializing in patent law. He said it may lead to a surge in patent cases in Delaware, where many companies are incorporated due to favourable state law.That shift will mean a dramatic decline in cases at the federal courthouse in Marshall, Texas, where hundreds of patent lawsuits are filed each year.Justice Neil Gorsuch did not take part in the case, which was argued before his confirmation.___This story has been corrected to show that Scott Keller’s title is solicitor general. Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases read more

As Hiroshima observes 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing UN notes stalled progress

UN Photo/Yuichiro SasakiThe remains of a wristwatch found in the ruins of Hiroshima, Japan, records the moment of the atomic bomb explosion at 8:15 a.m. on 6 August 1945.The Secretary-General is leaving UN Headquarters in New York on Monday night, to take part in the 73rd Nagasaki Peace Ceremony on Thursday.He is also due to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and with Foreign Minister Taro Kono during his visit, to honour the hibakusha, and deliver his message that leaders must return to dialogue and diplomacy. “Tensions between nuclear-armed States are rising. Nuclear arsenals are being modernized and, in some cases, expanded,” said Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, speaking on behalf of Secretary-General António Guterres at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.,The 6 August 1945 bombing of Hiroshima by the United States, killed tens of thousands of people, many of whom succumbed to their injuries in subsequent months. Those who survived the bombing there, and at Nagasaki a few days later, are referred to in Japan as hibakusha.“It is a privilege to pay tribute to the citizens of Hiroshima and all those who perished in the blinding flash of nuclear destruction, and in the weeks, months and years that followed, and to stand in solidarity with the Hibakusha and their families,” continued Ms. Nakamitsu, underscoring that what had occurred on that day in 1945 “cannot and must not ever happen again.”“The future of our children and of our children’s children depends upon it,” she stressed.According to the UN disarmament chief, the legacy of Hiroshima is one of resilience: “The city we see today, this bustling metropolis, is testament to that fact,” she elaborated.  “You, the people of Hiroshima, are not only brave survivors of the atomic bomb, but courageous activists for peace and reconciliation.”Ms. Nakamitsu offered her sincere thanks to the people of Hiroshima for their decades of educating the world about “the threat nuclear weapons pose to our global, national and human security.”,She pointed to last year’s adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as demonstrating international support for permanently ending the nuclear threat, as well as frustration at the slow pace of achieving this goal.“World leaders must return to dialogue and diplomacy, to a common path towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons and a safer and more secure world for all,” she stated. read more

Ohio State seeks to avenge loss to Nittany Lions

Thad Matta stands on the sidelines during a game against Minnesota. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorAn early season menace is set to rear its head again for the Ohio State Buckeyes.Just less than a month ago, Penn State — led by redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill and his 25 points — came to Columbus and ripped OSU’s heart out, defeating the Buckeyes, 71-70, in overtime.In the 10 seasons that coach Thad Matta has been at the helm of the men’s basketball program, it was the first time the Buckeyes lost to the Nittany Lions, and it came six days after they beat Illinois to snap a four-game skid.“Top 25 teams at home don’t lose these games,” senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the loss Jan. 29. “And we lost.”Since the rock-bottom feeling of losing their fifth game out of seven during January, the Buckeyes have been on a tear this month, notching six wins and only losing once.“I think we’re a different team. We learned from that loss, we know that we didn’t come out with the intensity and the toughness we needed to win,” junior forward Sam Thompson said Wednesday. “We allowed them to push us around a little bit on our home floor. We allowed them to go into a rhythm on both ends of the floor and really dictate the way that game was played.”Following the loss to the Nittany Lions, Thompson was inserted into the starting lineup, a move that has proved to be beneficial, as he has averaged 8.1 points per game to up his season average to 7.5.It appears as if the Buckeyes are playing with an added motivation lately as well, as they continue to make a push for one of the top four seeds in the Big Ten Tournament and the first-round bye that comes with it. A strong finish to the season will aid OSU’s case for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament as well.“The rest of the season is definitely desperation for us, especially wanting to get a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. With the way the Big Ten’s going, a lot of teams have been losing — that’s a great thing for us so we can move up,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said Wednesday. “I think the rest of the season, everybody in the locker room knows what’s at stake.”That starts Thursday in State College, Pa., as No. 22 OSU looks to stay hot as it is set to take on Penn State (13-14, 4-10, tied for last in the Big Ten) at 7 p.m.“It’s amazing when you go back and look at where we were at (against Penn State) and kind of the level that we’ve been playing at. We put ourselves in a really good position, but just could not make the plays,” Matta said Tuesday. “I think we’re showing signs of getting a lot better.”Newbill carried the Nittany Lions down the stretch in round one against the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6, fourth in the Big Ten), scoring their last six points in regulation and then four in overtime. Matta said in order to prevent that from happening this time around, it has to be a team effort.“He can get you in so many different ways. So I think from the standpoint, it does take everyone on the floor doing their part,” Matta said. “If one guy rotates, then we gotta help the helper. It’s definitely a team effort to guard a guy like that.”Thompson said although he made some big plays last month in Columbus, Newbill’s late game heroics were also a product of mental errors by OSU.“Not taking anything away from him, he hit some big shots, but the shot at the end of regulation, that’s a messed up switch on our part on a guard-to-guard dribble hand off,” Thompson said. “We usually switch those, we didn’t switch that and Newbill got a wide-open look.”Matta said those mental errors have since been corrected.“I think that there’s more accountability, in terms of the respect they have to have to do the job,” Matta said. “In that game … there was a lot of things that happened that maybe we could have controlled better that we didn’t do, so yeah, you look back at those and say, ‘This can’t happen again.’”OSU used a giant second half Saturday to take down Minnesota, 64-46, and Thompson helped the team to get trending in the right direction.“I like where we are as a team right now. I think that we’re peaking at the right time. Offensively we have a certain swagger about us, defensively we’re really turning it up, so we’re playing some of the best defensive basketball that we’ve played,” Thompson said. “Individually, you have guys getting into rhythms, really contributing for this team. So I like where we are right now. Like we’ve always said, we have a veteran basketball team, so everyone has been here before and we’re looking to make a run.” read more

Once BrownSkinned Former Cubs Slugger Sammy Sosa Is So

sammy sosa = the perfect example of a dominican that doesn’t want to be defined as black. self hate is real. dominicans in denial is real.— Jessica Johnson (@iheartdilla) July 13, 2017 ayo Sammy Sosa look like a unbrushed tongue pic.twitter.com/q4dGPPYI6q— Price. (@Priceverson) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa’s skin tone began appearing lighter in 2009. (Twitter/Screenshot) as a dominican, the sammy sosa pic is a sad reminder of the self-hate and psychological damage of white supremacy that still exist among us.— alex medina (@mrmedina) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa the same complexion as those cheap ass hot dogs that turn the water pink when you boil them.— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) July 13, 2017Sosa, who retired from Major League Baseball after the 2007 season with 609 career home runs, eighth on the all-time list, admitted to using a bleaching cream in 2009 after photos surfaced of him looking noticeably lighter at an awards show.“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin tone,” Sosa said at the time on Univision’s “Primer Impacto.” “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but [it] has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily. What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”Several people reflected on the social implications of a once dark-skinned man having such a remarkably different appearance.It’s sad that the emotional pain Sammy Sosa feels about being black is so sharp he was willing to endure bleaching himself pink.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa look like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. pic.twitter.com/y3nPyL1HtF— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) July 13, 2017 If you thought you knew what former Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa looks like, a new interview will make you think again.Sosa alarmed some fans when he appeared in an interview on a July 13 ESPN Deportes special about the All-Star Home Run Derby, an interview that revealed his already lightened tone as lighter than ever.Many made fun of the former Dominican baseball star.Sammy Sosa out here lookin like Pepto Bismal. pic.twitter.com/1xdKo84Bko— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa lightening himself is a result of a perverted system of white supremacy that causes ppl to take extreme measures to feel “safe”— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 13, 2017 read more

Teen arrested for rape of 10yearold

A thirteen-year-old boy was on Monday arrested for the rape of his ten-year-old (male) neighbour in New Amsterdam, sometime between Friday and Sunday last.This information was confirmed by Police “B” Division Commander, Ian Amsterdam on Tuesday.Inews understands that the 10-year-old lad resides with his father, in a home next door to where the 13-year-old lives with his mother. However, on the days that the 10-year-old’s father is required to work at nights, he would stay with the teen and his mother.This online publication was told that on the day in question, the teen’s mother had to leave the home to tend to work, and she reportedly left her son to watch over his neighbour. It was during this period that the teen allegedly sodomised the younger child.This publication was also informed that a report was made on Monday, after the 10-year-old confided in his father about what had transpired.The 10-year-old reportedly underwent a medical examination which confirmed his claims.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into rape of 9-y-o girlJune 9, 2018In “Crime”Gang raped teen names three persons, identifies female co – worker as facilitatorFebruary 24, 2015In “Crime”Gang raped teen receiving ‘shock treatment’ at N/A hospitalJanuary 27, 2015In “Crime” read more

Open WebOS spotted on the Nexus 7

first_imgIn case you were bored with Android 4.2 and you found that Ubuntu on the Nexus 7 wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, you’ll be glad to know your list of options has grown. WebOS Ports has released a video of Open WebOS running on the Nexus 7.Google’s Nexus gadgets have a long history of being the easiest to hack around with, though no Nexus device can claim the universal hackability that the HTC HD2 has reached. The chances are good that if you want the latest and greatest of what is available in Android land, you get a Nexus. Now that the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 are around, it was only a matter of time before someone with enough free time managed something cool with one of the tablets. According to Simon Busch over at WebOS Ports, that is exactly what Winter Break was for him. Now, the team is happy to announce a very early alpha of Open WebOS running on the Nexus 7.After some success with porting Open WebOS to the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 seems like a perfectly logical place to head. There’s some overlap in the two projects that makes it easier to move from one to the other. The video demonstration of the alpha shows some significant limitations, but considering this was accomplished in a week, the results are impressive. WebOS already had support for 7-inch devices when HP shut the doors on the project, due to the planned release of the TouchPad Go. As a result, the port can pull a lot from what was already optimized for that experience and move forward quickly. It’s also likely that the WebOS ports team will receive some extra help from the Android hacker groups, due to the popularity of the Nexus 7.It’s limping along, but WebOS is still alive. Easily the biggest problem WebOS had in the early days was the hardware, which was not powerful enough to keep up with the OS. The Cards UI is perfect for the 7-inch experience, and porting this to the Nexus 7 will give WebOS the environment it deserved from the beginning.Read More at WebOS Nationlast_img read more

Hedge funds local banks eager to see who blinks first

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The tactical play observed between Greece’s Finance Ministry and international hedge funds regarding the latter’s participation in the bond buyback program is set to culminate on Friday, with the submission deadline for offers from bondholders slated for 7 p.m.Hedge funds and Greek banks hold the bulk of Greek bonds eligible for a buyback (worth about 40 billion euros from a total of 61.4 billion). Up until last night most hedge funds were waiting to see what local lenders would do, as each side wants to keep their participation to a minimum in a bid to contain their losses. Still, some hedge funds have already applied to take part, with their bonds adding up to some 4 billion euros. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has not ruled out an extension to the deadline, possibly until the beginning of next week, depending on the offers the ministry gets. Bank chiefs had a final meeting with Stournaras on Thursday ahead of the decision-making board meetings to be held by all main lenders on Friday. The most likely scenario is that they will all take part, but not with all the bonds they hold. However, it does look as though banks have had it their way this time, as in return for their participation in the buyback program, they appear to have secured a tax exemption for their losses from the PSI debt restructuring, amounting to taxes of 4.2 billion euros, and from the buyback, equal to 2 billion euros. They have also reportedly secured the protection of the banks’ governing boards from civil liability. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

New match announced for RAW Title match set for Extreme Rules

first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Google+ WhatsApp New match announced for RAWWWE.com has announced Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus for RAW tonight in New Jersey.Already announced for the show tonight in Newark is Dean Ambrose defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against The Miz.Wrestleview.com will have live RAW results tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Title match set for Extreme RulesWWE has posted a video interview with Matt and Jeff Hardy revealing they will defend the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against Sheamus and Cesaro at Extreme Rules.Extreme Rules, a RAW-only PPV, takes place on June 4 in Baltimore. WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Shawn Michaels Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WWE announces King of the Ring Tournament Matches for Monday Night RAWlast_img read more

Traffic problems near Larch Mountain reported

first_imgAbout 1:50 p.m. Sunday, officers said cars were sliding off the L1400 in the Yacolt Burn near Larch Mountain.An officer was heard to say, “it’s real bad … it’s just a sheet of ice,” over the emergency radio system monitoried at The Columbian.More details later.last_img

Former UM football player faces felony charges on 3rd arrest in 3

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A former University of Miami football player is facing felony charges after he was arrested for the third time in three months.Mark Walton, a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, surrendered to police on Thursday after he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving from a car chase that occurred on March 12.The former hurricane running back was charged with misdemeanor battery in February and is awaiting trial for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge from January.Walton was drafted in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man charged in fatal stabbing of girlfriend roomate in luxury Miami condo

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami man has been charged with first-degree murder after his girlfriend and their roommate were found dead in a luxury condo.City of Miami Police responded to an apartment in the area of Northeast 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m., Tuesday.Police opened the door to the residence to find two deceased women with multiple stab wounds in a bedroom.Officials took 46-year-old Franklyn Williams into custody on Wednesday.According to the arrest report, Williams was dating one of the victims for 10 years. The other victim was their roommate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Khaleda reaches Coxs Bazar to visit Rohingyas

first_img.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday evening arrived in Cox’s Bazar from Chittagong to visit Rohingya camps in Ukhia upazila and distribute relief among the Myanmar’s displaced nationals.Amid rousing receptions by her party leaders and activists at different points from Chittagong city to Cox’s Bazar district town, the BNP chief arrived at the Circuit House in Cox’s Bazar around 8:00pm.She will stay overnight at the Circuit House.The BNP chief will go to Ukhia on Monday noon to visit four Rohingya camps and a medical camp set up by pro-BNP physicians’ body, Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB).She will return to Chittagong later in the evening.The BNP chief is scheduled to distribute relief materials among 10,000 Rohingya families who fled to Bangladesh amid persecution by Myanmar military.Khaleda who went to Chittagong on Saturday night from the capital resumed her journey for Cox’s Bazar around 12:20pm after staying overnight at Chittagong Circuit House.Enthusiastic party leaders and activists were seen staging showdowns standing on both sides of the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway at many points, including Patiya, Chandanaish, Dohajari, Keranihat, Dohajari, Satkania, Lohagora, Ramu and Cox’s Bazar town, and welcomed her.Holding banners, placards and portraits of the party top leaders, the BNP activists chanted slogans in the name of their respective leaders.Earlier, Khaleda set out for Chittagong on Saturday morning and her Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town in the afternoon.Khaleda Zia’s special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas said the BNP chief got astonished hearing the attack on her convoy.Talking to UNB on Sunday, he said the BNP chief strongly condemned the attack, and demanded proper action against the perpetrators.Party sources said the BNP chief may talk to reporters on Monday to give her reaction to the attack.Khaleda will return to Dhaka on Tuesday.The BNP chief last visited Cox’s Bazar in 2012 after attacks on Buddhists at Ramu.last_img read more

Street Closures For The Chevron Houston Marathon

first_img Share 00:00 /01:11 X Chevron Houston MarathonClick the map to make it largerAbout 27,000 runners have signed up for the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Half-Marathon.  Race Director Brant Kotch says they’ll have lots of fans to cheer them on. “We do bill our event as Houston’s largest single-day sporting event because we regularly see somewhere in excess of 200,000 spectators on the course,” says Kotch.  The marathon is 26 miles long and it mostly goes through the western part of the city. Streets like Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive will be affected, also areas around Rice University and the Galleria. Kotch says police will close streets on a parade route schedule.  “What that means is we never have the entire course closed during the entirely of the event,” explains Kotch. “Rather it closes in the area where there are runners present.” The marathon will start around 6:45 Sunday morning at Congress and Main downtown, and Kotch expects things to wrap up by about 1:30 p.m. at the finish line at Lamar and Crawford. The weekend also includes a 5K race downtown on Saturday morning, as well as events at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green.Syeda HasanRunners pose for a picture with their marathon bibs at the Chevron Houston Marathon on 1/15/16. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more