first_imgProduction has begun in Vancouver and cast set for Hit The Road, Audience Network’s half-hour original comedy series co-created by and starring Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander.  Casting by Candice Elzinga.Amy Pietz (The Office), Natalie Sharp (Live Like Line), Nick Marini (Summer of 8), Tim Johnson Jr. (Fist Fight) and Maddie Dixon-Poirer (Hell on Wheels) will join Alexander in the 10-episode series set for release on AT&T Audience Network in the U.S. this fall.Co-created by Alexander, Emmy-nominated comedy writer Peter Tilden and British screenwriter Dean Craig (Death At A Funeral), Hit The Road is about the greatest family band you’ve never heard of – yet! This chaotically dysfunctional family of would-be rock/pop stars traverse the country in a cramped tour bus sacrificing privacy, comfort and dignity while in search of fame and fortune. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Trump wants Russia invited back to G7 ramps up Twitter criticism of

first_imgLA MALBAIE, Que. – Donald Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia’s reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago.“Why are we having a meeting without Russia in the meeting?” Trump said at the White House before departing for the Charlevoix region of Quebec where the two-day G7 summit has begun.“They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major international security concern.The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.As he prepared to travel to Canada, he ramped up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices as the U.S. president prepares to make his Canadian debut later today.Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging U.S. customers with astronomical tariffs on dairy products.“They didn’t tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!,” his Twitter feed states.The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night — including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being “indignant.”In today’s postings, Trump says he is heading to Canada for G7 talks that will mostly centre on the longtime, unfair trade practices aimed at the United States.“Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!,” he states.Trump’s comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.Trump is expected to arrive this morning and leave by midday on Saturday, missing a final session on climate change in order to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korea’s leader.Trudeau addressed the president’s Twitter blasts while visiting Quebec’s Saguenay region on Thursday.“I’ve been firm, I’ve been clear, but I don’t think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world,” the prime minister said.Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country’s supply management system.Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the U.S. imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on U.S. metals and other consumer goods.Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.He has called Trump’s imposition of the tariffs “irresponsible” and “insulting” because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.“We will continue to demonstrate that we’re interested in defending Canadian interests and, on top of that, it turns out I’m defending American interests because these tariffs they’re putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well,” Trudeau said Thursday.“So, if I can get the president to actually realize that what he’s doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, then perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way.”— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

BC Hydro advising public about controlled burns by Site C project crews

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is advising members of the public that contractors employed on building the Site C dam could be conducting controlled burns this fall.In an advisory today, Hydro said that clearing and debris management is underway at a number of Site C project areas.Any felled trees of sufficient size, quality and volume to make them suitable for harvest and transport will be hauled to local mills. Any remaining wood waste and non-merchantable trees may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or burned on site.Contractors can only burn during weather periods known as venting windows, during which there are appropriate weather conditions for the disbursement of smoke, as established by the Ministry of Environment.Burning is expected to start in early October and will take place over several months this fall and winter when appropriate venting windows are available.Controlled burns are planned for:Parts of the lower reservoir area on the north and south banks of the Peace River, directly west of the dam site, and in the Moberly River drainage area.Sections of the 75-kilometre transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and the Peace Canyon Dam.Areas near the Portage Mountain and West Pine quarries.BC Hydro said that its contractors will plan and monitor burning carefully, including the timing, size and location of the wood piles, and the smoke being emitted. The Crown Corporation added that contractors will be compliant with regulatory requirements and burning will be done in accordance with BC Hydro’s Smoke Management Plan.last_img read more

OSU mens soccer set to take on IPFW in exhibition match

Then-sophomore defender Zach Dobey battles for space during a game against Indiana Sept. 23, 2012 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team will host Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the team’s second preseason exhibition match of the season. The match will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes will look to capture their first victory of the preseason, after falling 1-0 to West Virginia in the team’s first match on Sunday. The lone goal of the match came in the 75th minute when Mountaineer junior forward Andy Bevin scored off of a free kick just outside of the penalty area. The Mountaineers outshot the Buckeyes 14-6 and junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was the only Buckeye to play the full 90 minutes and registered three saves. A total of 17 players participated in the game for OSU, including eight that made their debut for the team.Last season, OSU managed a 6-10-3 record on the year, but failed to win a single conference game going 0-4-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lose their top two goal scorers, including Chris Hegngi who was selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS Supplemental Draft. The team ended the year on a sour note, falling to No. 2 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament 2-0.The Buckeyes will be playing against a Mastodon squad that went 4-15-1 last season and is returning five of its top six goal scorers. IPFW will be hoping to build off of the momentum from late last season when they won four of their last six matches to become the final team to advance to the Summit League Tournament. The Mastodons were defeated by a score of 5-1 in the first round of the tournament by top-seeded Oakland.The Buckeyes are scheduled to finish their preseason slate in South Bend, Ind., with a match against Notre Dame Aug. 26, and will open their regular season with back-to-back matches at home Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Illinois, in the Wolstein Classic.This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:Correction: Aug. 20, 2013An earlier version of this story stated men’s soccer would play at Tulsa Sept. 6 in their regular season opener. read more

Aubameyangs recordbreaking start at Arsenal

first_imgAfter scoring in Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has broke the record for being directly in more goals than any other player during their first seven games at the clubThe Gabon international arrived in January as the club’s record signing from Borussia Dortmund for a club record fee of £56m and has already breathed new life into Arsenal’s attacking force with Aubameyang having now scored six goals with one assist in his first seven matches at the club.This stat has seen him break the record for being directly involved in seven goals for his first seven appearances for the Gunners .7 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in seven goals in the Premier League this season (six goals, one assist); the most of any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances in the competition. Gunner.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 8 April 2018Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…At the age of 28 years old, Aubameyang is in the prime stage of his career and has been regarded as one of Europe’s deadliest strikers in recent seasons with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, who played alongside the Gabon at Dortmund, having previously hailed the forward as his rival for the title of the Bundesliga’s top scorer.Aubameyang had credited the travelling he undertook with his father, when he was a professional footballer himself, as the reason to why he has enjoyed such a fast start to life at the Emirates.“I’ve traveled throughout my life, because my father was a footballer,” said Aubameyang, as stated on the club website“I’ve experienced many different cultures and languages, so that was a very good experience for me, to be able to move around quite frequently.last_img read more

Low on Ozil We will still need his creativity

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low is certain that they still require Mesut Ozil and his “creativity” after dropping him for their 2-1 win over Sweden on SaturdayOla Toivonen’s deft first-half lob had given Sweden the lead to ensure a tense first-half for Germany before Ozil’s replacement Marco Reus then equalised and restored hope for the defending world champions.Despite Jerome Boateng’s late sending off, Toni Kroos then scored a late winner to hand Germany their first win of the World Cup.However, Ozil remained on the bench for the entire game with Julian Brandt and Mario Gomez having been named as the substitutes.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…But Low insists that the Arsenal playmaker remains a valuable part of his plans.“We have strong competition with us in the squad,” said Low, according to the Daily Mirror.“We will still need his creativity in the tournament.”The victory marked the first time Germany had come behind at half-time to win a World Cup match since 1974, which also came against Sweden.last_img read more

Bale expected Denmark resolution

first_imgGareth Bale has revealed his lack of surprise towards the resolution achieved by the Danish Football Association and its players ahead of their UEFA Nations League clash on Sunday.A team consisting of only futsal and amateur players lost 3-0 in a friendly to Slovakia on Wednesday after the main team decided against playing due to an issue over image rights, but the Danish FA has now confirmed an agreement has been reached with the country’s main players.Wales will, therefore, take on Denmark’s strongest side in Sunday’s Nations League clash, Bale having scored for Ryan Giggs’ men in a 4-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in their opening game in the competition on Thursday.And the Real Madrid attacker, who has hit four goals in his last four games for club and country, is not surprised by the news the DBU has temporarily resolved the issue.“We never thought it would be any different,” Bale told Sky Sports, as quoted by SportsKeeda.Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.“The friendly is different but for the qualifier, we knew it’d be a strong team and we will be ready for the game on Sunday.”Giggs’ first competitive game in charge of Wales saw Tom Lawrence, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts all on target as well as Bale.“We had to put a good performance in for the new manager, first home game of a new regime, show what we’re capable of and make a statement,” Bale said.“We’ve been working hard since the new manager came in, he wants to stamp his own style on us with attacking football and we want to express ourselves.“There was lots to improve but lots to enjoy and admire, we hope the fans enjoyed it.”last_img read more

San Diego startup completes first electronic Will

first_img Posted: February 21, 2019 San Diego startup completes first electronic Will Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, February 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego startup, Trust and Will announced that they have closed on a combined $2 million in funding to process legal guardians, wills and trusts digitally.Recently the startup partnered with Boston-based Notarize to execute the first digital will for Cory McCormick, a police officer in Nevada. Currently Nevada is the only state that allows for digital wills, although the legal community is increasingly exploring whether computers are here to stay.For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Full Show Texas Population Growth And Reparations For Slavery April 18 2019

first_img X 00:00 /00:00 Listen center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Cities across Texas, from Houston to Midland, are seeing growth as the state’s economy remains strong and West Texas oilfields continue to boom, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We take a closer look and explore what’s going on in the Lone Star State.Then: Pediatric clinics in Houston and across the country are facing more and more families hesitant to vaccinate their children. That has doctors and staff considering changes in policy.Also this hour: Houston’s air quality is significantly cleaner than it used to be, despite recent chemical fires. Daniel Cohan from Rice University explains. Then, we discuss the idea of paying reparations for slavery — if it should be done and how.And Houston poet Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton talks about her debut collection of poetry, called Newsworthy.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

The Latest People Rally in Baltimore to Protest Violence

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the case against officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man who was injured in police custody (all times local):7:30 p.m.About three dozen protesters gathered outside of City Hall during a weekly demonstration against police violence, this time just hours after Baltimore’s top prosecutor dismissed the three remaining cases against officers charged in the death of a young, Black man whose neck was broken in custody.Protestors demonstrate outside the State Attorney’s office calling for the continued investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Activists stressed that they will continue to press for answers in the case of Gray, the 25-year-old black man whose death from a spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances while in police custody set off the riots. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Organizer Tawanda Jones said Wednesday evening that she wasn’t surprised prosecutors dropped all of the charges against the three remaining officers in the Freddie Gray case. Jones says that given the previous acquittals in the cases against the officers’ co-defendants, she would have made the same choice as State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.Still, Jones says she’s grateful that Mosby tried.“She did something we never saw happen before,” she says.___7:15 p.m.The Maryland chapter of the ACLU called the outcome of the cases against six police officers charged in the death of a black man fatally injured in the back of a police transport van “a travesty.”This May 1, 2015, file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, the six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore prosecutors on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, asked a judge to delay the trials of Rice, Miller and Nero, who are charged with assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment. Rice is also charged with manslaughter. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)Freddie Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but left unrestrained by a seat belt in a transport wagon.The organization issued a statement after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the cases for all remaining officers facing charges in the case. Earlier this year a Baltimore judge acquitted three officers of all charges. A fourth officer was scheduled for a retrial after his first proceeding ended in a hung jury.Deborah Jeon, Legal Director for ACLU of Maryland, said in the statement that though the trials yielded no convictions “brought to light the powerful structural barriers that protect police officers in cases of misconduct and brutality.”___5:55 p.m.A prominent Black Lives Matter activist says dismissal of charges against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of a black man fatally injured in custody is a reminder that the law allows police to act without consequences.Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)DeRay Mckesson says the dismissal also is a reminder that laws and policies must change to hold police accountable.Mckesson says he thinks it’s important that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, knowing that the system heavily favors the police and not justice.He says it’s important to continue to focus on changing the system. He’s advocating for national use-of-force standards that better hold police accountable.___4:40 p.m.State Sen. Catherine PughA Baltimore lawmaker who is expected to become the city’s next mayor says she’s looking forward to continuing conversations on how to build better relationships between police and the community.State Sen. Catherine Pugh is the Democratic nominee for mayor in a city that overwhelmingly elects Democratic mayors. She made her comments Wednesday after all charges were dropped against police officers in Freddie Gray’s death.Pugh says the city needs to build confidence that residents as well as police can feel safe when they leave their homes each day.She says it’s part of a bigger conversation about police training, increasing diversity and community relations.Pugh was the co-chair of a panel of state lawmakers that put together police reform legislation, which passed this year. It makes a variety of changes to the police disciplinary process, hiring and training.___4:20 p.m.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says reforms in the police department will continue to move forward after charges were dropped against the three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in Freddie Gray’s death.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Rawlings-Blake told The Associated Press at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday that reforms and efforts to bridge the divide between the community and the police are needed to make a world-class department.Gray died a week after he was gravely injured in the back of a police van. In the wake of his death, the mayor ended her re-election campaign. The mayor has taken on a prominent role at the podium during the party’s convention in Philadelphia.___3:10 p.m.Baltimore Police says the state’s attorney’s decision to drop the remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers was a thoughtful one that will help the city forward.Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Davis said in a statement Wednesday that since the quality of the investigation has been called into question, he wanted to remind residents that over 30 ethical, experienced and talented detectives worked tirelessly to uncover facts.Earlier in the day, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said blamed the police investigation of bias and reluctance.Davis says those same detectives investigated and criminally charged a Baltimore police officer who is presently on trial for attempted murder. He says they are more than willing to hold people who commit crimes accountable for their actions.___Several activists are questioning members of a Baltimore City Council spending panel for signing off on $26 million in police expenditures.The money was needed for extra police expenses that resulted from overtime, police assistance from other jurisdictions, preparations for the officers’ trials and other costs related to last year’s unrest after the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van.At a hearing in City Hall on Wednesday, activists compared the money to bonuses for police. They said police are not held accountable in court for their actions or in spending.They say the money should be spent on improving police and community relations to de-escalate tensions.The spending panel’s actions came hours after prosecutors decided to drop the remaining charges for officers in the Gray case.The full City Council will take up the spending next month.___1:45 p.m.Donald Trump is calling a Baltimore prosecutor “a disgrace” after her office decided to drop the remaining charges against three police officers still awaiting trial in the Freddie Gray case.Responding to a question at a news conference at his Florida golf course, Trump said on Wednesday that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby “should prosecute herself. She should be held accountable.”Trump said, “I think it was disgraceful what she did. And the way she did it and the news conferences she had where, they were guilty before anybody even knew the facts.”In an earlier news conference, Mosby blamed police for a biased investigation that failed to produce a single conviction.___1:15 p.m.The head of the police union in Baltimore says justice has been served after prosecutors decided to drop the remaining charges against three officers awaiting trial.Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said Wednesday that the detectives in the case did a thorough job and he called the state’s attorney’s comments “outrageous” and untrue.Earlier, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby blamed police for a biased investigation that failed to produce a single conviction.Ryan says Mosby’s office couldn’t accept the evidence and she had her own agenda.___12:45 p.m.Activists in Baltimore say they are angry and disappointed by prosecutors’ decision to drop the remaining charges against three police officers awaiting trial in the case of Freddie Gray, a Black man who was injured in custody.Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, Sharon Black (leader of the Baltimore “We Deserve Better” Workers Assembly). (Courtesy Photo/Facebook-Photo)Sharon Black is an organizer for the Peoples Power Assembly, which has been holding rallies and protests in the city. She said she thinks the anger will build and build in the community again because police aren’t being held accountable.Gray’s death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement, set off massive protests in the city and led to the worst riots the city had seen in decades.Tawanda Jones is a Baltimore activist whose brother Tyrone West died three years ago after an encounter with Baltimore police. She said she was sad, but expected that none of the officers would be held accountable after observing how the previous trials have gone. Three officers had been acquitted by a judge.___12:30 p.m.The head of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP says she is disappointed by prosecutors’ decision to drop the charges in the case of Freddie Gray, a young Black man who was injured in police custody.Tessa Hill-Aston said Wednesday that she thinks the state’s attorney’s office did a “remarkable job.” She says she wanted the remaining officers to continue going through the legal process, but that she understands the decision.As a result of the prosecution, she says there were police reforms, including a policy that all officers have body-worn cameras.___11:25 a.m.The mother of Freddie Gray is blaming police for her son’s death and accusing officers of lying to investigators.Gloria Darden, center, the mother of Freddie Gray, wipes away tears at a news conference held by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby after prosecutors dropped remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were awaiting trial in Freddie Gray’ death, in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)Gloria Darden spoke Wednesday after prosecutors said they were dropping the charges against the officers awaiting trial in her son’s death. Darden says police “lied, I know they lied, and they killed him.”In a fiery defense of her case, prosecutor Marilyn Mosby blamed police for an investigation that failed to hold anyone accountable for the death of Gray, a young Black man. Gray’s neck was snapped in the back of a police van, and he died a week after his injury.Mosby says she stands by the finding that Gray’s death was a homicide, saying “we do not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself.”___11:20 a.m.The father of Freddie Gray says the family stands by the Baltimore prosecutor who led the case against six officers charged in his son’s death.Richard Shipley said during a news conference Wednesday that the family “is proud to have her represent us.” The prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, announced earlier in the day that she was dropping charges against the remaining officers awaiting trial in the case.In a fiery defense of her prosecution, Mosby blamed police for an investigation that failed to hold anyone accountable for the death of Gray, a young Black man. Gray’s neck was snapped in the back of a police van, and he died a week after his injury.Mosby says she stands by the finding that Gray’s death was a homicide, saying “we do not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself.”___11:15 a.m.State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is defending the prosecution of six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case and says she still blames police for the young Black man’s death.Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, speaks during a news conference after her office dropped remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in Freddie Gray’ death, in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case. Third from left, in a cap, is Freddie Gray’s father, Richard Shipley. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)Mosby spoke Wednesday near the site of Gray’s arrest in April 2015. Her comments came after prosecutors told a judge that they were dropping the remaining charges against three officers. Three other officers were acquitted.Mosby says prosecutors do not believe that Gray killed himself when he was handcuffed and shackled in the back of a police van and stand by the medical examiner’s finding that his death was a homicide.She declined to take questions, citing a lawsuit the officers have filed against her.Attorneys for the officers planned a news conference for later Wednesday.___9:45 a.m.Prosecutors have dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.Gray was a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van in April 2015.Prosecutors’ decision Wednesday comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.A fourth officer had his case heard by a jury, who deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.Prosecutors had said Gray was illegally arrested after he ran away from a bike patrol officer and the officers failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.The death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement and caused turmoil in Baltimore, including large protests and the worst riots the city had seen in decades.___3:15 a.m.Pretrial motions are scheduled to begin for a Baltimore police officer facing criminal charges in the arrest and subsequent death of a young man Black whose neck was broken in a police van.Officer Garrett Miller faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Freddie Gray’s death in April 2015.Prosecutors say Miller illegally arrested Gray after the young man ran away from a bike patrol officer and was criminally negligent for failing to buckle Gray into a seatbelt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.Miller testified against his colleagues at previous trials and will be tried by two prosecutors new to the case. Six officers, three White and three Black, were charged in Gray’s death. So far, trials for four of the officers have led to three acquittals and a mistrial.last_img read more

Malda hospital ransacked after patients death

first_imgMalda (WB): Panic gripped Malda Medical College & Hospital on Wednesday when a mob, infuriated by the death of a local doctor for alleged medical negligence, went on the rampage causing damage to the property, police said. To bring the situation under control, large number of policemen have been pasted at the hospital premises, they said. Kayim Ali (50), a resident of Sujapur under Kaliachowk Police Station, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. He was admitted to the infectious disease ward of the hospital where tests conducted on him showed that he had low platelet count. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Ali needed blood transfusion urgently but the hospital delayed it, his family members said. When they protested the delay, the security guards of the hospital attacked them on Tuesday night, they alleged. After Ali died Wednesday morning, the situation turned worse, said Purnendu Kundu, Inspector-in-Charge Englishbazar Police Station. He said the hospital authorities have not filed any written complaint and no arrests have been made.last_img read more

M6 Northbound closed due to two serious accidents near Coventry

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe M6 motorway is set to be closed until the early afternoon following two separate accidents near Coventry in the early hours of this morning – with a total of ten vehicles involved. Warwickshire Police said closures are expected to continue throughout the morning rush hour on the Northbound carriageway between Junction 1 and Junction 3. The M6 northbound has been shut since just before 1am this morning – and police investigation work is currently underway, leading to possible traffic issues later this morning. One accident involved a total of seven vehicles, while the second involved three HGVs. A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “We are currently dealing with two separate collisions on the M6 northbound. The M6 is closed between J1-J3. “Highways England are arranging diversion routes, please follow these. Trapped traffic is being turned around.” A Highways England spokesman said the motorway closed at around 1.45am following the accident involving seven vehicles. He said: “Drivers are being advised that the M6 northbound between junctions 2 and 3 around Coventry will remain closed through rush hour this morning (Wednesday 14 February) following an earlier incident. “The closure is expected to remain in place until late morning or early afternoon, with drivers being diverted off at junction 2 to take the A46 and the A45 around the south of the city and then re-join the M6 at junction 4. Motorists taking the southbound carriageway through Warwickshire are not affected by the closures. UPDATE: One dead following accidents on M6 near Coventry The Highways England spokesman added: “The M6 northbound was also closed earlier between junctions 1 and 2 following an incident at 2.40am involving a trio of lorries, with one hitting the safety barrier. “Traffic has since been cleared with lane three (by the central reservation) opened and this stretch of the M6 is expected to fully re-open shortly (before the rush hour).” Read MoreTwo weeks of roadworks have started today in this town centre There is no information on injuries or casualties at this stage – although paramedics and firefighters are also understood to be at the scene. We will bring you an update on this story when one becomes available. DIVERSIONHighways England have put the following diversion in place: Road users travelling northbound are advised to follow the ‘Hollow Circle’ diversion symbol onto the A46. Continue along the A46 to the Tollbar roundabout and take the exit onto the A45. Continue to the Stonebridge roundabout and exit onto the A452 to re-join the M6 at J4. Road users are advised to consider alternative routes and to allow additional time for their journeys. For the latest travel updates from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. We will also be running our daily live feed, bringing you the latest news, traffic and weather updates from across the region from 6am this morning – and you’ll be able to access that here. Read MorePolice close road following accident in South Cheshire For the latest news and breaking news visit . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more

Famous Costa Rican restaurant kicks out lesbian couple

first_img Facebook Comments Did the restaurant have the rights to throw the women out for kissing?  Yes. Owners have the right to control access to their business  No. It’s a case of unjustified discrimination  No response Two young women are asking century-old restaurant Chelles for a public apology after management threw them out of the eatery after they kissed.Paulina Torres told Radio ADN she arrived with her girlfriend and eight other friends to Chelles in downtown San José past midnight last Saturday.Torres said after kissing her partner in the restaurant, they were forced to leave. She wants a public apology from the restaurant. Torres  is a coordinator for the Beso Diverso (Diverse Kiss), an event where couples, both heterosexual and homosexual kiss in public in a form of protest for gay rights. The group will march Saturday at 5:30 p.m. from the Plaza de La Cultura to Chelles as part of a demonstration. Marjorie Blanco, of Chelles, told AFP that no apology would be coming.“What they did is extremely forbidden, this is a decent place,” Blanco said. Apologies for nothing, if I see a pair of women kissing each other, then I’m telling them to go elsewhere. The Lord rebukes the devil.” Famous restaurant kicks out kissing couple No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgThe UK is outperforming the major European economies when it comes to superfast broadband and will be among the best performing countries worldwide by 2018, according to new research by Analysys Mason.The research firm’s ‘international benchmark of superfast broadband’ report found the UK to “ahead of its European peers” when considering factors including coverage, take-up, average speeds and prices.More than 70% of UK premises could access superfast broadband at the end of 2012 – compared to 66% in Germany, the next best-performing country – and is tipped to rise to 95% by 2018, said Analysys Mason.Adoption was also higher in the UK at the end of 2012 than the other major European countries, at 18% of premises.By 2018, the report predicts this will rise to 51% in the UK, compared to a Western European average of 42%.Overall, the study said that the UK is the “most-competitive broadband market out of all countries featured in the report”–which also looked at France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in Europe.“This report shows that the UK does very well on most superfast broadband benchmarks today and that by 2018 it will continue to outpace its major European competitors and even outperform Japan and the USA on some measures,” said Analysys Mason Partner Matt Yardley.By 2018, the UK’s 95% superfast broadband coverage is expected to exceed the US at 85% and Japan at 94%, and fall just short of South Korea at 98%, said Analysys Mason.last_img read more

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first_imgModern Times Group’s (MTG) second-quarter performance was lifted by strong sales from its Viaplay on-demand offering and IPTV growth, which offset declines across its satellite and cable pay TV arms.MTG said that UTH’s offer for its stake in CTC in Russia, which would deliver a “modest premium” to the July 2 closing price of its stock, was now being evaluated. However, it cautioned that talks were “at a relatively early stage and there can be no assurance that the CTC Media Board of Directors’ Special Committee will be successful in agreeing definitive documentation with UTH, or that such transaction will ultimately close”.The sale of the CTC stake has been forced on MTG as a result of the country’s new media law, which limits foreign ownership of media companies to under 20%.President and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann said digital sales had grown by 30% and that the company would benefit from the rollout of programmatic advertising across its markets in quarters to come. Viaplay is expected top benefit from a raft of new partnerships  with companies including Apple TV, Nextgentel and 3.Nordic pay TV turned in sales of SEK1.49 billion (€159 million) for the quarter, up 3% year-on-year at constant exchange rates, EBIT was flat at SEK185 million.Pay TV in the emerging markets saw revenue growth of 12% to SEK303 million thanks to the consolidation of Trace, which helped lift wholesale mini-pay channel sales by 43 million subscriptions year-n-year, offsetting a decline in satellite pay TV, hit by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.Free TV sales in the Nordic markets were flat at constant exchange rates, turning in SEK1.08 billion, while EBIT rose slightly from SEK200 million to SEK208 million. Free TV sales in the emerging markets grew by 9% to SEK739 million, with EBIT of SEK134 million, lifted buy strong growth in Bulgaria and relatively stable performances in the Czech Republic and the Baltic states.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Recommended Link Details here Justin’s note: Today’s Dispatch reveals a growing trend that our friends over at Palm Beach Research Group have uncovered. This is a new money-making opportunity that we haven’t featured yet in the Dispatch, but I think you’ll find it interesting. You may even decide to take advantage of it. Below, Palm Beach Daily analyst Nick Rokke shares how to do just that… By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach Daily“Don’t go in there, or I’ll kill you…”That warning came from a harmless looking eight-year-old. It sounded like an empty threat, so I went in anyway.But the threat was not empty. I was promptly killed… and the trash-talking began.“I dominated you. I’m the greatest of all time!”I had it coming… This was the twentieth time the little guy had killed me in Fortnite, a popular, multiplayer video game in which competitors battle one another.I put up with this humiliation to do a little research on a profitable trend that’s largely flying under the radar: video gaming.Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world.In just 15 months, it has amassed 125 million players. That’s more than the number of people who watched the 2018 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.So when my wife and I recently visited some friends in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, I had their son show me the ropes. He was excited to do so… It’s all he and his friends talk about.Look, I know most of our readers probably aren’t interested in video games. You may even think it’s just another way the “young’uns” waste their time.But at the Daily, we’re interested in making you money. And video games are big business. World’s #1 U.S. Electric Car Company Might Have To Shut Down Its Famous Battery Factory?An unsolvable “bottleneck” may force the #1 U.S. electric car company to shut down production at its famous battery factory in Nevada. The result would not only destroy its ambitions to be the world leader in electric cars… It could also mark the end of the company itself. The World’s Most Popular Pastime?I believe electronic sports (esports) will eventually surpass the NFL in popularity. But esports are just one segment of the larger—and rapidly growing—video gaming industry.Gaming website WePC estimates that more than 2.5 billion people play video games every day. And the $108 billion market is growing by leaps and bounds…Analysts forecast the video game market to grow 24.4% annually by 2021. And they expect esports (the competitive form of video gaming) to grow 35% annually over the next couple of years.According to the Pew Research Center, 60% of males between the ages of 16 and 29 play video games. And they tend to be lifelong gamers… The same study showed that 53% of men between the ages of 30 and 49 continue to play video games.You can even make money playing video games now… Some gamers have their own channels on video-streaming websites like YouTube and Twitch…The more people who watch their channels (and thereby, the more advertisements aired on their channels), the more money gamers can earn. Some people even donate to gamers as a form of gratuity.In fact, one Fortnite player named Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, earns an estimated $500,000 per month. That’s about $6 million per year—similar to the salary of a mid-tier player in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL.ESPN The Magazine even featured Ninja on its September 21 issue cover. (The issue was titled, “The Legend of Ninja, Biggest Gamer in the World.”)And he’s not even the highest-paid gamer. In 2017, YouTube star Daniel Middleton made an estimated $16.5 million streaming himself playing the game Minecraft.I recently talked with a teacher who told me that boys’ attitudes about their future aspirations have changed. In the past, boys wanted to become football players or astronauts. Now, they want to be YouTube celebrities. Americans Given Mandatory “Diversity Training”Do you think “PC” culture has gone too far? See this viral message from controversial millionaire Doug Casey… — — Click here for details Addicted to GamingVideo games will be around for a long time… That’s because these games are addictive.According to market research firm Statista, more than one-third of college and high school students who regularly play Fortnite report that they have missed school or work at least once due to the game.And 20% of people with full-time jobs who play Fortnite report that they have missed work at least once.If there’s one thing true about investing, it’s that you want to own companies that make addictive products like video games.Regardless of what you think about them, two of the best-performing stocks over the past century are Coca-Cola and Altria (formerly Philip Morris). Both soda and cigarettes are addictive products. People get hooked and then keep buying.The same is true with video games… People are addicted to playing—and watching—them.SuperData Research estimates that more than 660 million people watched video game content online in 2017. It forecasts that number to grow 10% in 2018—which would equal another 66 million online viewers.How to Play This TrendMany large corporations are already in the video game market…Sony and Microsoft make the most popular video game consoles. And Apple and Tencent are the biggest players in the emerging mobile gaming market.But these multinationals are far from pure plays on the sector…The easiest way to gain exposure to the video gaming trend is through the ETFMG Video Game Tech ETF (GAMR). This fund holds video game makers, sellers, and hardware parts suppliers from across the world.It’s positioned to fully take advantage of the growing number of addicted gamers… and the money they spend playing video games.Regards,Nick Rokke Analyst, The Palm Beach DailyReader MailbagToday, a reader responds to our Dispatch on the legal sports betting market…So Canada and the US are legalizing more drugs, and now more gambling. And the people are only seeing the temporary monetary benefit. Meanwhile, nobody’s pushing for more stringent requirements to get married, and making it even harder to divorce. No real progress in stopping the lesser qualified to illegally enter the country. No education and enforcement of laws against political violence. Nobody is advertising what Deuteronomy 28 is really saying. But everybody’s going to learn what it’s saying. The answer is and has been growing. —JimmyAnd as always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us at’s Third Power Shift Is Underway…The biggest power shift in the last 100 years is happening now. And it’s creating a tipping point in the next generation of energy metals. If you know where to put your money ahead of time, you could see once-in-a-lifetime gains. To learn how you can take advantage of this megatrend, watch this video.last_img read more

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first_imgRead more here Amazon’s on the verge of issuing its crypto coin to the world…Cryptocurrencies have fallen… but the moment the biggest e-commerce company makes this shocking announcement, it will send shockwaves through the market. This could be your last chance to bank massive profits in the blockchain market without buying a single cryptocurrency… before prices run up like we expect. You’ll want to be on this profit train when Amazon makes the big announcement. Recommended Link E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorP.S. The legal sports betting industry is just one of the biggest money-making opportunities in 2019. In fact, there’s another opportunity so big, we’re dedicating an entire night to sharing all the details.Next Wednesday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET, I’m teaming up with Doug Casey to put on The Stock Market Escape Summit.As you’ll see, there’s a way you can position yourself to make huge gains in 2019 – no matter what’s happening in the stock market.And for the first time, we’re sharing all the details in a special event. I hope you can join us. Go here to reserve your spot for free today. Reader MailbagReaders always have a lot to say regarding our weekly slot featuring Doug Casey. A few subscribers share their thoughts on Doug’s recent interview on toxic masculinity…A few evenings ago, I watched the program Life, Liberty & Levin.The very last sentence he said to his guest was, “You and I will never ever again see the world we had.”– John — Not offended, but I love the men in my life. I’m not responsible for this war on men, but sure would love to be responsible for ending it!– Marcia • But let’s first take a closer look at the corporate debt market… Starting with the basics, corporate bonds are debt issued by companies to raise money.Practically every major company borrows this way. But corporate borrowing has skyrocketed over the last decade.This is, of course, thanks to the Federal Reserve’s easy money policies. Remember, the Fed dropped its key interest rate to effectively zero in December 2008, and held it near record lows for almost seven years.This made it incredibly cheap for corporations to borrow money. You can imagine how corporate America responded…Just look at the chart below. You can see that there’s been an explosion in corporate debt since 2008.The amount of outstanding corporate debt is up 86% since 2008. For comparison, the U.S. economy grew just 18% over the same period.• To understand why that’s a problem, take a look at this next chart… It shows corporate debt as a percentage of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), the most popular measure of economic growth.You can see that corporate debt as a percentage of GDP is now higher than it’s ever been… higher than it was during the recession of the early ’90s… and at the peak of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s… and the 2008-2009 financial crisis.That alone is a major red flag. But it gets worse… I am in Canada. Who in Canada would ban the interview? I would like to write them and object to such a ban.– John As always, if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments for the Dispatch, send them to us at By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“Debt doesn’t matter.”I know… It sounds ridiculous.After all, we all know people who racked up too much credit card debt… or someone who took out a bigger mortgage than they could afford… or someone who borrowed too much money to go to college and ended up regretting it dearly.But many so-called experts are peddling this idea that the national debt doesn’t matter.That’s right. Many people honestly don’t think it’s a problem that the U.S. is now $22 trillion in debt. That’s $67,018 for every U.S. citizen… and $179,907 for every U.S. taxpayer.• Just look at this headline that CNN published last month…You can read the entire article here if you want. But I’ll save you the agony.In short, the author argues that the national debt doesn’t matter because the U.S. government can just print more money.Of course, longtime readers know that this is a recipe for disaster. Money printing destroys the value of a currency. Plain and simple. If left unchecked, it can render the currency completely worthless.It’s ridiculous to think that the national debt doesn’t matter.The same can be said about corporate debt, which – as you’re about to see – has exploded in recent years. And yet, many investors aren’t fazed.Those people are putting themselves in serious danger. I’ll explain why in a second. I’ll also show you what you can do to protect yourself today from the consequences of this. • We’ve seen an explosion in BBB-rated corporate debt since 2007… Let me show you what I mean by that…When a company issues debt, a ratings agency such as Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, or Fitch will assign the debt a credit rating. This rating tells investors the risk level of a bond.The table below breaks down the different credit ratings. The red line separates “investment grade” bonds (which are considered the safest) from “junk” bonds (the riskiest).You can see that BBB-rated bonds are the riskiest within the investment-grade community.Now, look at the chart below. It shows how much the BBB-rated corporate debt market has grown over the last two decades.BBB-rated corporate debt is up more than 400% in just the last 12 years.It’s now a nearly $3 trillion market. That makes it twice as big as the subprime mortgage market at the height of the last housing boom.And we all know how that ended…The collapse of the subprime mortgage market triggered a major stock market crash. And it tipped the U.S. economy into its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.• I’m not the only Casey analyst deeply worried by this, either… Nick Giambruno had this to say in last month’s issue of The Casey Report:Today, BBB makes up about 50% of the overall so-called “investment grade” market, an all-time historical high. It’s also now larger than the entire corporate bond market was in 2008.Further, over half of BBB-rated companies have a higher net debt-to-EBITDA ratio than the average for the BB segment. (Net debt-to-EBITDA ratio is a key metric for determining a company’s debt burden. The higher the ratio, the more debt per dollar earnings a company makes.)This means over half of so-called “investment grade” BBB companies are more leveraged than their junk counterparts.In short: there’s a lot more corporate debt than there was a decade ago. The quality of corporate debt is also significantly worse, on average. Not only that… many of the so-called “safe” bonds are actually much riskier than people realize.This is bad news for investors with heavy exposure to BBB-rated bonds.Think about it. When the U.S. economy falls into recession (which it is long overdue for), many companies will struggle to pay off their debts. And that will lead to huge losses for investors who own risky corporate bonds.Fortunately, there’s a way to protect yourself.• I suggest you look “under the hood” of any corporate bond fund you own… You can do this easily (and for free) on Morningstar. Just click the “portfolio” tab once you’ve found the fund you own. There you can see a breakdown of what kind of bonds the fund owns.Here’s an example. This is the credit quality breakdown of the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD).You can see that almost half of the fund’s bonds are “BBB” rated.This is not the kind of fund you want to own today. If you own funds with heavy exposure to BBB bonds, consider shifting money to funds with heavier allocations to safer “AAA/AA/A”-rated bonds.Investors who take this step will put themselves in a much safer position should the corporate debt bubble pop.Regards,Justin Spittler Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 19, 2019P.S. Remember, next Wednesday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET, former money manager E.B. Tucker is teaming up with Doug Casey to put on our biggest event of the year.It’s called The Stock Market Escape Summit, and you’re invited to attend for FREE.All month, we’ve been sharing E.B.’s top insights to help you prepare for the big night. Below, we turn to E.B. again for an inside look at one of today’s biggest money-making opportunities: the legal sports betting market. As you’ll see, late last year, E.B. was able to see firsthand just how big this trend really is. Here’s the recap from his trip…Boots-on-the-Ground Insight: What the Early Days of Sports Betting Look LikeBy E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorIt’s not too late to get into one of today’s biggest money-making opportunities…I’m talking about the legal sports betting industry.In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to license legal sports betting within their borders.We decided to visit the state that challenged that old federal law and see what the early days of legal sports betting look like.We flew to New York to watch the Miami Dolphins take on the New York Jets. The Jets play at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey… where sports betting is now legal.We arrived at the game two hours early to make sure we had time to place our bets. The horse track next to MetLife Stadium has a betting window. It leased half of it out to the sports betting company FanDuel.FanDuel had luxury buses shuttling sports bettors from the stadium to the horse track. It wanted to make it as easy as possible for people attending the game to place legal bets. E.B. getting ready to board one of FanDuel’s luxury busesHowever, several people we talked to had no idea legal betting was available on site. The ones who did couldn’t believe how easy it was.I sat next to a heavyset laborer on the bus. He had a stack of betting receipts. He enthusiastically told me, “Man, no bookie ever gave me a bus ride before!”Five minutes later, the bus dropped us off at the sportsbook. The betting area had dozens of TVs playing pre-game shows. FanDuel even has its own commentators talking up that day’s games. FanDuel rushed to complete this sportsbook next to MetLife StadiumKnowing nothing beyond the name of any NFL team, I walked up to the betting window and placed five bets for $100 each. I took the moneyline bet on the five biggest underdogs. (The moneyline is a win/lose bet on the game’s outcome. The payout is larger for heavy underdogs.)Even the clerk who took my money looked surprised at my unpopular bets. What makes sports betting so lucrative is people’s tendency to bet on the favored teams.The other bettors on the bus back to the game proudly rattled off their bets on the most popular teams. I do the exact opposite. Placing five equal bets spreads my risk. I put $500 on the games and got $535 back. In fairness, had the heavy underdog Cleveland Browns held on in the final minutes of their game, I would have had another $635 coming my way.Placing bets at the new FanDuel sportsbook was easy. It took minutes. There are no bookies to deal with and no headaches. Withdrawing money is just as easy.As more and more states legalize sports betting, we see a massive opportunity.This is exactly the type of sea change we look for at Strategic Investor. The government deciding it will lay down arms and allow licensed, legal operating of anything means a chance to profit.Right now, I’m looking at casinos in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Rhode Island. These are states that already have sports betting legislation on the books. Local casinos there will profit the most from legal sports betting.I also recommend you check out this map to see which states already have legal sports betting (in green) – and those that soon will.Regards, Is Trump’s New Executive Order Warning Us to Prepare for Historic Event?Donald Trump recently signed an executive order adding this white metal to the official “U.S. Critical Minerals Directory.” This labels the metal as “critical for national economy and security.” Why did Trump make this move now? According to the man who predicted Trump’s election and one of his first executive orders… It’s to prepare for a historic event that could spike the price of this white metal 10x as its global supply is pushed to critical lows. Get all the details by clicking here Yes, us males have been under attack by women libbers for four decades… That’s why many men have lost their “balls.” I was the head of the household… But today, most of the heads of the households are women… They want control, control, control. Look at our government and the great job they are doing.– Anonymous Recommended Link —last_img read more

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first_imgSarah Anne, a 59-year-old chimpanzee, is famous enough to have her own Wikipedia page. That’s because she was captured from the wild as an infant and raised in the home of a language researcher who taught her to use symbols for words. These days, she lives at Chimp Haven, a wooded sanctuary for former research chimps in Louisiana, along with a new pal named Marie.”And Marie loves to groom with Sarah, and follows her around and gives her lots of attention. And we’re seeing Sarah play with her and just being much more sociable,” says Amy Fultz, who studies animal behavior and co-founded Chimp Haven in 1995. “At 59, that’s a really cool thing to be able to see and watch.”Their friendship shows that even very old chimps can grow and change. But it’s more than just a big deal for Sarah Anne. The arrival of Marie, along with some other chimps from a research facility in New Mexico, tipped the scales in terms of where most chimps live in this country.”There are more chimps in accredited sanctuaries than there are in research facilities now,” says Rana Smith, the president of Chimp Haven.That means the retirement of research chimps has reached its endgame — and this final stage is proving to be unexpectedly challenging. In 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced that the era of chimp biomedical research was over, and that all of its chimps remaining in research labs — nearly 400 at the time — would gradually be transferred to Chimp Haven.The trouble is, more than half of NIH’s roughly 270 chimps remaining in labs today have chronic health conditions that could be exacerbated by the stress of the move.”The chimp population that is supported and owned by NIH is quite old, and they acquire a lot of the same problems that we do: heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes,” says Dr. Jim Anderson, an NIH official who is managing chimp retirement. “There may be a few that are just too frail to move. And how do you approach that? How do you think about that?”Earlier this year, an NIH advisory group recommended that all chimps should go unless the relocation is “extremely likely to shorten their lives.” And if there’s any dispute about whether or not a chimp is healthy enough to go, the advisers said that independent veterinarians should weigh in.The NIH accepted public comments on these recommendations through mid-August, and the agency’s director is expected to soon announce a decision about how to move forward. The stakes are huge, both for the chimps and for the people who care for them.”These people have been with these animals forever, and the bond is a very long one and it’s very deep,” says Robert Lanford, director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. He notes that many of the chimps were born at the center, and that their caretakers are like family.”In the beginning,” he says, “the vast majority of our behavioral and veterinary staff did not want to see any of the animals moved.”Over time, he says, they’ve come around to the idea. Now Lanford and others at his facility are in favor of sending the chimps to sanctuary — at least, most of the chimps. The NIH has about 80 chimps here, and Lanford says 7 of them need to stay.”Behaviorally, emotionally and physically, these animals have severe problems,” says Lanford. “We have an animal that’s blind that is taken care of by its two cagemates. How do you recreate that at Chimp Haven? I’m not criticizing Chimp Haven — it’s just that there are some animals that should not be moved.”Lanford believes the priority should be to relocate NIH chimps with early stage disease to the sanctuary, so they can make the transition while they’re still healthy enough to do so. He thinks that should happen while the deliberations about the most at-risk animals continue.”Don’t take the most at-risk, unhealthy animals and move them, because we’re still debating,” he says. “Don’t take your healthiest animals and move them, because they can be moved later. Take the animals that have moderate disease and move them today — because if you wait, they will have more advanced disease and they’ll be at high risk.”His staff knows how stressful the move to a new home can be. Maribel Vazquez, a behavioral scientist and caretaker, has traveled with chimps previously transferred to Chimp Haven, to offer emotional support. “Even the ones that are very healthy — even the ones that are very strong — it’s very scary,” says Vazquez.The drive to the primate sanctuary in Louisiana takes hours, and, for safety reasons, the chimps have to be alone in small cages. She can’t explain to them where they are going or what will happen.”And once you get there, they all have to come out of the van. And they don’t know,” says Vazquez. “There is a lot of crying. There is a lot of anxiety.”One terrified chimp refused to take important medicine. “There are individuals that I think would have a really hard time and might not even make it through the transport,” says Vazquez.Her colleague Sabrina Bourgeois agrees. “I do worry about some of them,” she says. “I think people hear the word ‘sanctuary’ and they think every animal is going to just be so happy.”Bourgeois, a research associate at Southwest, thinks for some of the chimps, the transition could be traumatic, especially ones who are strongly bonded to their caretakers.The cages and enclosures at this research center don’t look all that different from some at Chimp Haven. But the chimps at Southwest live in much smaller groups — maybe just a pair, or three or four together, while Chimp Haven has groups as large as 21 chimps. What’s more, the Texas research facility doesn’t have the natural environments for chimps that the 200-acre sanctuary in Louisiana has available, such as small forests bordered by moats.Because the Texas facility has thousands of baboons and monkeys, however, keeping a small number of elderly or frail chimps around wouldn’t be difficult, in terms of staffing or care.That’s not the case at the Alamogordo Primate Facility, which houses more than 60 NIH chimps at a U. S. Air Force base in New Mexico. As its chimps get transferred to Chimp Haven and the numbers of animals dwindle there, it will become increasingly expensive to maintain the necessary veterinary and behavioral staff; the facility has no other primates.Anderson says that NIH officials have considered the possibility that Alamogordo might end up with a few high-risk animals left, and says the government will make sure that the chimps can stay in-place for as long as needed.”We would continue to support a facility to provide excellent care for them even if there were small numbers,” says Anderson, who notes, “if we’ve deemed them too dangerous to move, I’m not sure what the option would be.”The risks of moving a chimp always have to be weighed against the possible benefits, says veterinarian Raven Jackson-Jewett, at Chimp Haven.”Risks are inevitable. We know, undertaking this process of chimpanzee transport, we’re never going to have a risk of zero,” says Jackson-Jewett. “The benefit is what we can afford them in a life of sanctuary.”To Fultz, the ideal life for a chimp involves choices and novelty, and the Chimp Haven is set up to provide that.”Chimp Haven really believes that only the frailest of chimps are those that should potentially remain,” says Fultz, because the primate sanctuary has a track record of being able to care for animals with physical and emotional problems that might have raised questions about their ability to start a new life.As an example, she cites Joseph, a 38-year-old chimp who spent more than 10 years living alone in a cage. “We were able to integrate him into a group of over 10 chimpanzees,” says Fultz. “He’s done wonderfully, socially. He has group mates that he plays with now.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Oklahoma has been making progress in fighting the

first_imgOklahoma has been making progress in fighting the opioid epidemic. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. While the death rate from prescription opioids is on the decline here, the number of opioid prescriptions written in the state continues to vastly outpace the national average. Also, deaths from heroin overdoses have been climbing — up by more than 50 percent between 2015 and 2016 — and that could be a byproduct of stricter state regulations that aim to curb opioid prescribing.So in late February, I was one of about 60 people from across Oklahoma invited to brainstorm ideas during a one-day exercise to find solutions to the state’s opioid crisis. The Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative convened the meeting at the Tatanka Ranch in Stroud. The cooperative was created in 2014 to help doctors and nurses across the state do their jobs better by implementing best practices as determined by medical research. It works like an agricultural extension service, with academic doctors and nurses acting like farm bureau experts and visiting local offices throughout the state to share their wisdom.The conveners of the opioid meeting divided us into small groups and focused on two really tough questions: What if Oklahoma had zero overdose deaths?What would be expected of each of us to make that happen?Academic physicians (like me) from the state’s two major research universities, were sprinkled among the groups, which also included community and rural physicians, some of whom specialize in medication-assisted treatment for substance use.But what made the one-day summit unique in my eyes was the inclusion of professionals well beyond doctors, nurses and physician assistants. Pharmacists were there, as were officials from Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency and the state’s Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, which administers Oklahoma’s Prescription Monitoring Program. Thirty-seven states now give health care providers access to online tools that let them see the prescriptions for controlled substances, such as opioids, that a patient has received. This information can help prevent “doctor shopping” by people seeking drugs and it can help clinicians be aware of potential overuse.Given how disruptive opioid addiction can be for families, there were also child welfare and mental health professionals who reported on programs to help addicted mothers overcome opioids and find pathways to win back custody of their children. The summit also included representatives from law enforcement and community-based support programs, such as a prison diversion initiative aimed at providing treatment and help instead of incarceration for nonviolent male offenders. The strength of the meeting was that it brought together people who work on different aspects of the same broad problem, who may never have had the chance to meet one another in their day-to-day work and consider ideas from others’ perspectives. “We’re all blindfolded people working on our own aspect of an elephant,” one person noted. “And this has allowed us to remove our blindfolds and see the whole elephant in the room.”One set of conversations early in the day asked us to put ourselves on a complicated flow diagram of where, when and how opioid prescribing occurs. Some people were involved in fielding patients’ complaints. Others worked in doctors’ offices or hospital emergency rooms, right on through to the dispensing of medicines in pharmacies. Still others were on the law enforcement, social service, and payer sides of such transactions. By visualizing where each of us work along the opioid continuum, we could more easily imagine ways to improve things and implement new educational approaches to better inform the public about the risks and benefits of opioid use.Suggestions for lessening the impact of opioid abuse included both “upstream” and “downstream” components. Upstream refers to preventing opioid abuse and addiction before it starts. Ideas for that included more interdisciplinary and interagency cooperation, and pushing our state legislature to consider the health effects of all bills that are enacted into law. Downstream suggestions included widening availability and accessibility of mental health and substance abuse treatment services, something Oklahoma sorely lacks. Other ideas included better data monitoring and sharing tools.I left the meeting mulling over what we had really accomplished. I don’t think we’ll ever realistically get to zero opioid deaths. But it’s certainly a worthy aspiration. In order for us to move in that direction, we have to treat addiction as a medical problem — not a character flaw — and place equal value on every human life. Further, we have to accept the idea that we have excellent medical treatment for opioid addiction and be willing to provide it in all kinds of health care settings, including jails and prisons, without preconditions. If we could achieve this mindset, people would have the chance to live longer, more productive lives. Family and childhood trauma could be greatly diminished, too.The meeting prompted me to learn more about intranasal naloxone, an opioid antidote, and to carry it with me. If I can use it, certainly anyone can. I also plan to lobby to make medication-assisted treatment more widely available.The attendees concluded it would be important for those of us in different sectors to keep in touch and sustain the dialogue. We also pledged to better educate each other, our lawmakers and the public.But as inspiring as it was to be part of the meeting, it was abundantly clear that complex issues such as opioid use and abuse don’t lend themselves to one-day solutions. John Henning Schumann is a writer and doctor in Tulsa, Okla. He serves as president of the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa. He also hosts Public Radio Tulsa’s Medical Mondays and is on Twitter: @GlassHospital. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Leading disabled actors and directors and key figures in the disability movement are featured in a new collection of free online content that shows how disabled people have been represented on film in Britain over the last century.The British Film Institute has released more than 170 documentaries, short films, charity appeals, home movies and news reports dating from 1911 to 2017.The Disabled Britain on Film collection includes work featuring film-makers and actors such as Liz Crow, Mat Fraser, Jamie Beddard, William Mager and Charlie Swinbourne.Among the films is Crow’s Resistance, a short drama from 2008, featuring Fraser and Beddard (pictured), about the Nazi’s Aktion T4 euthanasia programme.The collection also features Heredity in Man, a chilling 1937 film which features Julian Huxley, brother of Brave New World author Aldous Huxley, extolling the principles of eugenics, and arguing that people with learning difficulties – or “defectives” as they were then often termed – were happier living in huge institutions.He concludes that “it would have been better by far for them and the rest of the community if they had never been born”.The Huxley film was produced as Hitler was using the same ideas to unleash Aktion T4, which would lead to the murder of hundreds of thousands of disabled people at the hands of Nazi doctors.Also included in BFI’s free online collection is a 1983 documentary on Ian Dury, in which he talks about how becoming disabled affected his life and music and explains the thinking behind his disability rights punk anthem Spasticus Autisticus.The collection also features a number of films released by disability charities in an attempt to raise funds from the public, featuring actors such as Sean Connery and Charles Laughton, but also documentaries which feature the voices of disabled people speaking for themselves.These include Y Gwr O Gwr Aran (1978), a Welsh language portrait of a disabled husband, father and teacher; A Day in the Life of Kevin Donnellon (1972), which documents the life of an 11-year-old thalidomide survivor; and The Smallest Woman in the World (1972), a news report on Joyce Carpenter, from Bromsgrove, who at the time was thought to be the world’s shortest woman.There is also a smaller collection of films to rent, including the 14-minute Disabled, made in 1967, which features a three-minute interview with a young Paul Hunt, outlining his vision for a society where disabled people have independence, choice and control.The interview was carried out five years before Hunt – who would play a key role in the campaign against institutional discrimination – was to co-found the ground-breaking Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS).At the time, Hunt was living in the Leonard Cheshire home Le Court, where he and other residents rebelled against the restrictive regime.He speaks in the film of how he was only living in an institution because he had “no effective choice”, and compared the situation in the UK with that in Denmark, where a development of flats in Copenhagen allowed disabled people to live independently.He says in the film: “Some sort of realistic financial help is a priority, and also the provision of more nursing help to people in their own homes.”He adds: “In general, the attitude of the general public could do with a little changing.“One does meet a lot of misunderstanding, and prejudice, really, from people.”last_img read more