Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le dimanche 14 août

first_img Il n’y a aucun changement important aux feux depuis le bulletin de 10 h ce matin. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, demeure circonscrit dans une proportion de 70 p. 100. Les feux à Ten Mile Lake, comté de Queens, Perch Lake, comté de Pictou et Maitland Bridge, comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits. Les équipes ont fait de bons progrès aujourd’hui et concentrent maintenant leurs efforts à creuser pour continuer de lutter contre le feu, qui a pénétré profondément dans la terre. Les bombardiers à eau de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador et du Québec retourneront bientôt dans leurs provinces respectives, et les hélicoptères de la Nouvelle-Écosse poursuivront le travail de lutte contre les feux. La route 8 demeurera fermée jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Malgré la pluie tombée dans certaines régions de la province, les restrictions sur les déplacements dans les régions boisées et une interdiction de brûlage demeurent en vigueur à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et on demande aux gens de continuer d’éviter toute activité qui pourrait allumer d’autres feux. Pour de plus amples renseignements : http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr/faq.asp -30- Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le dimanche 14 août à 16 h.last_img read more

Remains of 31 foreign nationals repatriated

The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, six (06) from China, eleven (11) from India (10 Indian nationals and 01 Sri Lanka Passport holder with Overseas Citizen of India status), three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, one (01) holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one (01) holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities. Additionally, 10 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary, the Foreign Ministry said. The Foreign Ministry said that it continues to liaise with the JMO office and Diplomatic Missions concerned in the identification and repatriation of human remains.Representatives of the relevant Sri Lanka Missions in the countries concerned attended funerals and memorial services of the victims and expressed condolences on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. Official condolence messages were sent by the Heads of Mission to the bereaved families. All over the world, many, including political leaders and dignitaries visited Sri Lanka Missions to sign the books of condolence, expressing sympathy and solidarity with Sri Lanka at its time of grief.Sri Lankan expatriates joined interfaith religious observances including candle light vigils organized by Sri Lanka Missions in memory of those who were killed in the Easter Sunday terror attacks. The human remains of 31 foreign nationals killed in the Easter Sunday attacks have been repatriated to date, the Foreign Ministry said today.As at Monday, 06 May 2019 1900 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 44. read more

Oil falls near US97 a barrel as US unemployment claims rise more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil falls near US$97 a barrel as US unemployment claims rise more than expected by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2013 10:46 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil dropped to near US$97 a barrel Thursday as U.S. unemployment claims rose more than expected.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery fell 72 cents to US$97.22 a barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Oil is still up more than $5 for the month of January, making it the biggest monthly increase since August.The U.S. government said the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose sharply last week, although it remained at a level consistent with moderate hiring. A separate report showed that consumer spending slowed in December when compared with November.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, fell 33 cents to US$114.77 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex: wholesale gasoline lost four cents to US$3 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil was down one cent at US$3.10 a gallon and natural gas fell eight cents to $3.26 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Jury convicts 5 people of selling worthless stock in Kansas City company

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A jury on Wednesday convicted the founder of a Kansas City company and four associates of cheating investors by selling them millions of dollars of worthless stock and spending the money on themselves.Petro America Corp. founder Isreal Owen Hawkins and his associates were accused of illegally selling unregistered stock in Petro America from 2008 through 2010, much of it to poor investors. Prosecutors said investors were told the company had $284 billion in assets and that they’d be rich once it went public.Hawkins was convicted of conspiracy, securities fraud, aggravated currency structuring, money laundering and two counts of wire fraud. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for the most serious charge, wire fraud.Hawkins, who had been out of jail on bond, was taken into custody immediately after the hearing and the government moved to have his bond revoked. The court set a bond hearing for next week to rule on the government’s motion.Hawkins’ co-defendants — Teresa Brown, Johnny Heurung, William Miller and Martin Roper — each were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. All were released pending sentencing.The five were accused of selling $7.2 million worth of unregistered stock and targeting poor investors who weren’t qualified to purchase shares. Under federal securities law, a person must have a net worth of at least $1 million or an annual income of $200,000 for the last two years to qualify as an accredited investor and be allowed to take part in high risk investments such as Petro America.Hawkins called Petro America “The People’s Company,” and told investors his goal was to win a Nobel Prize for creating massive wealth.Prosecutors said much of the stock was sold through a group of pastors called the Minister’s Alliance, or “White Hat Guys” because of the white fedoras Hawkins gave them. They say the ministers also served as Hawkins’ personal security force.Hawkins, who represented himself at the trial, told jurors the company was legitimate and had real assets, and the only reason it didn’t go public was because the federal government wanted to destroy it.Attorneys for some of his co-defendants expressed disappointment Wednesday in the verdicts and vowed to appeal the decision to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.“We have strong issues for an appeal to the 8th Circuit, but at this time it’s really not about Miss Brown and the results,” one of Brown’s attorneys, Willie Epps Jr., told The Associated Press. “It’s about the thousands of Petro America victims who lost significant resources. For that, Miss Brown is sorry and we hope in time she will be seen as another Petro America victim and not a Petro America leader.”Lance Sandage, who represented Heurung, said his client also plans to appeal.“We’re disappointed in the jury’s verdict, but we respect the process,” Sandage said.Attorneys for Miller and Roper didn’t immediately return calls for comment.Attorneys for all of the co-defendants told jurors Hawkins had duped their clients. They said the four didn’t know that the stock sale was a scam because they said Hawkins was the primary source of information about the company. With no real corporate structure, the co-defendants said they relied on what they were told by Hawkins — including that the Missouri cease and desist order had been resolved — when promoting and selling the stock.Prosecutors, however, said all five defendants knew that Kansas and Missouri regulators had sent cease-and-desist orders barring the sale of Petro America stock, but that they chose to ignore them.On Wednesday, Brown also was convicted of securities fraud and six counts of wire fraud, Miller was convicted of money laundering and wire fraud, and Heurung was convicted of one count of wire fraud. Nine others who were charged in the case pleaded guilty to conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing. Jury convicts 5 people of selling worthless stock in Kansas City company to enrich themselves AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Bill Draper, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2013 2:48 pm MDT read more

Some of what was said Thursday about putting Viola Desmond on 10

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of what was said Thursday about putting Viola Desmond on $10 bill OTTAWA – Viola Desmond, who was arrested in 1946 after refusing to leave a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre, has been chosen to be the first Canadian woman to grace the front of a Canadian banknote.Some of what was said Thursday about the decision:“I never, ever dreamed of this. And there’s so many people, so many people I have to thank, the people that voted for her, the majority, the people in Canada to who, who voted for Viola to be on the banknote. Here she was with these other people, other women … an architect, and a poet, and a writer, and there’s Viola. And I think to myself, ‘What has happened here?’” — Wanda Robson, Desmond’s sister.___“It’s a big day to have a woman on a banknote, but it’s an especially big day to have your big sister on a banknote. Our family is extremely proud and honoured.” — Robson.___“Businesswoman, community leader, and courageous fighter against racism. A fantastic choice.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter.___“That story, what she did nine years before Rosa Parks, is now out there…. It’s important because there are many African Canadians who have contributed to this country, and this story was not being told.” — Tony Ince, Nova Scotia’s minister of culture and heritage.___“She represents courage, strength and determination — qualities we should all aspire to every day.” — Finance Minister Bill Morneau.___“It’s a very positive thing in terms of honouring someone who was a trailblazer, and until recently was forgotten within the Canadian struggle for human rights.” — Prof. Isaac Saney, a senior instructor of black studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax.___“There’s a tremendous example there for all Canadians about strength of character and sense of justice. With Viola, there was virtually nobody behind her, except a handful of activists in Halifax.” — Graham Reynolds, a professor at Cape Breton University.___ read more

Taoiseach promises Government is still going to introduce free GP care

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said the Government still plans to introduce free GP care for everyone in the country within the next three years.Responding to criticism from Opposition leaders in the Dáil this afternoon, the Taoiseach said the Government is not rolling back on its plan – despite media reports to the contrary.“There are a number of items in the programme for government which [have proved undeliverable]” he said. “This is not one of them. Ultimately the entire population will be covered by free GP services.”A report today suggested that the Government is to drop the GP card for people with long-term illness.However the Taoiseach said that the Government is instead carrying out a review of the plan because news laws would be required to deliver free GP care for people with such illnesses. In a statement, the Department of Health said that “the legislation to provide a new legal basis for eligibility for a general practitioner service has proved more complex to complete than anticipated.”The Taoiseach said the Government has tasked Junior Minister Alex White to carry out a full appraisal of the scheme and to report back to Cabinet in six weeks with his findings.The Government was strongly criticised by a number of groups – including the Irish Medical Organisation – for the reported change to the free scheme.James ReillyBoth Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams used Leaders’ Questions this afternoon to criticise Minister James Reilly’s handling of the health service and the implementation of free GP care.Micheal Martin said former Labour minister Róisín Shortall has been “proven correct” about her concerns over James Reilly and was “forced out of office for calling it right on that occasion”.Minister James Reilly is “not the man to lead one of the most important departments in this country,” the Fianna Fáil leader told the Dáil.Read: Govt criticised over reports it will ‘drop’ free GP card scheme > Read: Government told to alter ‘women in the home’ clause > Read: Taoiseach has ‘no intention of playing party politics’ over abortion issue >last_img read more

Houston Expected To House Immigrant Children At New East Downtown Facility

first_imgThe nonprofit Southwest Key signed a lease for a facility in Houston earlier this month, which will reportedly be used to care for hundreds of immigrant children. The shelter will be located on Emancipation Avenue, in a building that has been previously used to house displaced families after Hurricane Harvey, as well as homeless families.  00:00 /00:59 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img After Jeff Sessions enacted a zero-tolerance policy, which separates immigrant parents from their children, the Office of Refugee Resettlement has taken some 2,000 immigrant children into their custody after they were separated from their “alleged legal guardians”, straining facilities that care for unaccompanied immigrant minors. Juan Sanchez, Founder and President of Southwest Key Programs, says about ’10 percent’ of the children they are holding for the federal government have been separated from their parents under the Trump Administration’s new so-called “zero tolerance” policy.“We are at a maximum right now, pretty close it. We got about 230 additional beds. But we are making room for some additional beds. When we get to 6,000 we will be maxed out. And there is discussions now of where are these kids going to go,” said Sanchez.Anne Chandler, Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center, offers legal support for immigrant women and girls in Houston. “There are children who are coming here with their fathers and their mothers asking for safety and protection and to see these children some who are young as 18 months being taken away forcefully from their parents and put in facilities like this one behind us here at Emancipation Avenue is absolutely wrong,” said Chandler. She also said the zero tolerance policy also makes it harder for families to access legal counsel and win their case for asylum. “Once we take away the child and we put them in a facility like this one that’s about to open on Emancipation Avenue, we’re also doing that so we can keep the mother and father detained in a rural detention center for throughout the legal process,” said Chandler, who also urged that the public distinguish between the nonprofit organizations that run immigrant children’s shelters and provide critical care, like Southwest Key, and the Department of Justice, which enacted the zero tolerance policy. Southwest Key runs 26 immigrant children’s shelters in Texas, Arizona and California, according to their website.For Houstonians who want to support immigrant children being cared for in Southwest Key facilities, their spokesperson Lizzie Chen said, “One way for the citizens of Houston to help is to focus on the children. They can send letters or cards with messages of hope to Southwest Key and we will deliver them to the children.” Messages can be mailed to Southwest Key Programs, 6002 Jain Lane, Austin, TX 78721. “We also encourage concerned citizens to reach out to their elected officials to make their concerns heard,” Chen said. Local politicians, including Mayor Turner and have spoken out against the move to open a children’s shelter in Houston. “The people of Houston cannot stand by and do nothing while a baby jail is opened here. We must come together to demand this cruel policy is stopped. It is a policy enacted by the Trump administration without a legal mandate,” said Senator Sylvia Garcia. Listen last_img read more

Stories which inspire others instilling faith

first_imgIn a country of billion people with billion disappointments, some stories inspire others instilling faith in what Paulo Coelho stated in his bestseller The Alchemist, when you want something the universe conspires to help you achieve.One such story is of this housewife turned fashionista Shalini Rai. Shalini recently participated in the Mrs. India Queen of Substance winning 3 titles,1. Mrs. Compassionate2. Beauty with purpose3. Pride of North.In a beauty pageant organised by MIQS.net (Mrs India Queen of substance) that encourages married women to fulfil their glamourous dreams. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I am addicted to facing new challenges.” says the owner of a luxury fashion brand, Signature Wardrobes. I have been part of the world of glamour designing exclusive western and Indian wear for celebrities. I never took care my health. Was overweight and had stage fear. But this time the challenge was not only to lose weight but also fit into what I designed for celebrities. Have that perfect body.Shalini lost over 15 kgs in 3 months the healthy way to participate in the pageant. “I completely switched to a healthy diet and regular exercise and weight training. I also worked hard on beating my stage fear.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShalini’s story is of a typical Indian girl coming from a conservative family in Gorakhpur who was married off very early in life. “I couldn’t continue in the army even after being one of the best shooters in the regiment, due to family pressure to get married and settle down very early in life” Shalini is one of the very few women to have won Mavalankar’s trophy in shooting. It was a decade after marriage that I mustered the courage to learn designing and launched a fashion brand.” Signature Wardrobe in a very short span of time became a favored brand of fashionistas and celebrities. Rai is associated with the Pinkshe institution where she helps raise awareness among young women of the underprivileged class on use of sanitary napkins and personal hygiene. “I want to give back to society especially to women who are not as fortunate as me to have a partner who helped in fulfilling my dreams.”Shalini Rai’s story is of a woman of today accepting challenges against all odds, entering unexplored careers and taking bold steps to chalk out new paths for themselves.last_img read more

Here is the stunning Obama portrait done by a gay black artist

first_imgThe Obamas danced at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert because there’s still good in the worldMeet the bisexual Polish artist of today’s Google DoodleWatch Ariana Grande’s inspiring tribute to Aretha FranklinRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/obama-portrait-gay-black-artist/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Obama and Kehinde Wiley unveiling the portrait. | Photo: YouTube/Smithsonian It is traditional for the President and First Lady to sit for formal portraits. Two sets are created, one for the White House and one for the National Portrait Gallery.Amy Sherald painted Michelle Obama’s portrait.The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery first unveiled the paintings on Monday (12 February) morning. The former President and First Lady, as well as their chosen artists, all spoke at the event.[embedded content]‘I paint American people,’ Sherald, a Baltimore artist, says at the beginning of her remarks. She further calls Michelle Obama ‘omnipresent’ and explains that she exists in people’s minds and hearts because people see themselves in her.‘The acts of Michelle Obama being her authentic self became a profound statement that engaged all of us. Because what you represent to this country is an ideal.’Wiley hails from the other side of the country. Los Angeles, to be exact. He calls the opportunity to paint Obama an ‘insane situation’.‘I was humbled by this invitation, but I was also inspired by Barack Obama’s personal story.’He explains the flowers in the painting of Obama are symbolic. One is the state flower of Illinois, Obama’s home state. Other flowers point towards Kenya, others face Hawaii, Obama’s birthplace.See the beautyWiley and Michelle Obama posted their respective portraits to Instagram for everyone to see up close.center_img In October, former President Barack Obama commissioned artist Kehinde Wiley to do his official portrait. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Michelle Obama portrait. | Photo: Instagram @michelleobamaMichelle Obama wrote the following caption:As a young girl, even in my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined this moment. Nobody in my family has ever had a portrait – there are no portraits of the Robinsons or the Shields from the South Side of Chicago. This is all a little bit overwhelming, especially when I think about all of the young people who will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this, including so many young girls and young girls of color who don’t often see their images displayed in beautiful and iconic ways. I am so proud to help make that kind of history. But the fact is that none of this would be possible without the extraordinary artist and woman behind this portrait, @asherald. Thank you, Amy – it was a joy to work with you and get to know you.Here’s the portrait of Barack Obama.Barack Obama portait. | Photo: Instagram @kehindewileyThe former President wrote his own caption on his Instagram:Today, @KehindeWiley and @ASherald became the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. To call this experience humbling would be an understatement. Thanks to Kehinde and Amy, generations of Americans — and young people from all around the world — will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this country through a new lens. They’ll walk out of that museum with a better sense of the America we all love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Inclusive and optimistic. And I hope they’ll walk out more empowered to go and change their worlds.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

On top of the world at Chirripó

first_imgThanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Love, sweat and humility atop Chirripó The following is an excerpt from a Tico Times feature on Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica’s tallest mountain.Indigenous groups who lived in the shadow of Chirripó allegedly referred to the peak as “the magic mountain.” On a clear day at the summit, it is said that you can see both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Momentarily, you are hovering above Costa Rica, looking down at the layers of rolling mountains as they descend toward the sea.The mountain’s magic, as I interpreted it, is its geographical distinction from the rest of tropical Costa Rica. Jagged mountain formations, thin cold air, oak forests and fern groves are not traditionally associated with this country, where surfboard shorts significantly outnumber winter parkas.Formed by glaciers that melted tens of thousands of years ago, the park’s ashen rock cliffs spiral and jut from the earth above small lakes and marshes in the valleys below. Clouds frequently roll through and cover the peaks. At night, stars glow just beyond the mountains. And if you watch the sky for a few minutes in the early morning, you’re likely to see stars cascade across the atmosphere.Once you hit base camp, the bulk of the climb is behind you. Cerro Chirripó’s summit is an additional two-kilometer ascent, preceded by a four- to five-kilometer hike across the Valle de los Conejos (Rabbit Valley).The final trek up to the peak is difficult, requiring some all-fours hand-and-foot climbing up the side of the ridge, but once you’ve gone that far, turning back is no longer a viable option. Plus, there’s a log book at the summit to write your name, securing your place in the illustrious society of Central American mountaineering legends. If that isn’t motivation to finish, I don’t know what is.Most hikers summit Chirripó in two days. A first-day, 14-kilometer hike to the albergue, or base camp, is the first step. After a night at the base camp, with Spartan barracks, cold water and a kitchen for guests to prepare meals, most set out early the following day to scale the peak in the morning hours before heading back down to the small towns outside Pérez Zeledón, the region’s largest city.Read our 2012 feature story on the climb: center_img Related posts:Three days of mountain biking through Costa Rica Pic of the Day: Costa Rica from the air Tico Times Pic of the Day: The stunning Nauyaca Waterfalls Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s underwater wildlifelast_img read more

EUskeptic Finnish party joins Cabinet for 1st time

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Four benefits of having a wireless security system The Finns’ maverick leader, Timo Soini, was appointed foreign minister and deputy prime minister, and the justice ministry went to the party’s Jari Lindstrom. Two other party members were handed responsibility for defense, social and health affairs.The anti-immigration Finns Party was the second biggest in Finland’s April election, ahead of the conservative National Coalition Party, which led the previous government. It has become known for the many controversial statements by its members.In 2011, European Parliament member Jussi Halla-aho suggested a military junta was needed in the financially-troubled Greece “to rein in the strikers and demonstrators … with tanks.”On Thursday, Lindstrom said he believed the death penalty should be used in “some circumstances” in Finland for “extremely heavy crimes, such as against small children.” He stressed that it was a personal view and not on his political agenda.The death penalty has been banned in Finland since 1949 and is abolished in all EU countries.Soini on Thursday said being in the government “won’t be an easy ride.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement HELSINKI (AP) — The populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party, known for its opposition to bailing out Greece and its political gaffes at home, on Friday joined the Finnish government for the first time.President Sauli Niinisto appointed the Nordic country’s new center-right Cabinet, a three-party coalition made up of the Finns, the pro-EU conservatives and the Center Party, whose leader Juha Sipila was named Finland’s new prime minister. Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   New Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, centre, Finance Minister Alexander Stubb, left and Foreign Minister Timo Soini his cabinet attend a press conference in Helsinki, Finland on Friday May 29, 2015. Finland’s new three-party coalition government took office on Friday. ( Antti Aimo-Koivisto/LEHTIKUVA via AP) FINLAND OUTlast_img read more

Indias top court orders investigation into job scam deaths

first_imgMore than 2,500 people have been accused in connection with the scandal and around 1,900 of them have been arrested.Dozens of people, either witnesses or accused participants in the scam, have died over the last five years in inexplicable circumstances. Congress leaders have alleged that some top state bureaucrats and politicians accepted millions of dollars in bribes to facilitate the admissions.The scandal has come to be known in India as the “Vyapam scandal,” after the Hindi language acronym for the state-run employment agency in Madhya Pradesh. For the past couple of weeks, Indian media have given wide coverage to the sudden deaths of a number of people connected to the scam.The scandal hit the front pages of newspapers once again last weekend after the death of an investigative journalist who had gone to Madhya Pradesh to speak with witnesses.The following day, the body of a medical college dean was found in a New Delhi hotel. The official, Arun Kumar, headed a medical college in Madhya Pradesh that was involved in the admissions scandal. Kumar was helping the state police in its investigation.The many suspicious deaths of people linked to the scam have raised concerns among civil society groups who feel the deaths were in some way connected. Many of the dead were younger than 40 and autopsy reports in most cases were inconclusive. Top Stories NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court Thursday ordered a federal investigation into a multimillion-dollar college admission and government job recruitment scandal in central India said to be linked to dozens of mysterious deaths.The Supreme Court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s FBI, to take over from the state police the investigation into the alleged irregularities in job recruitment and college admissions as well as the deaths of nearly 50 people associated with the scam. Police have arrested hundreds of parents and students for paying bribes and officials for allegedly rigging eligibility tests for admission to medical colleges and recruitment for jobs in the police force, schools and banking sector in Madhya Pradesh state.The court also directed the Madhya Pradesh government to respond to a petition demanding the removal of the state’s federally appointed governor after questions were raised about his involvement in the scandal. Gov. Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav died mysteriously in May after the younger man was alleged to have accepted bribes in the governor’s house.Opposition Congress party leaders had been demanding a federal inquiry into the scam, accusing the Madhya Pradesh government of trying to influence the outcome of the inquiry by the state police.Congress leader Digvijay Singh demanded the resignation of Madhya Pradesh’s top elected official, saying Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should step down to allow for a free and fair investigation.“Students who have been arrested in connection with the scam should be made witnesses for the state,” Singh said. “Isn’t it strange that hundreds of students and their parents are in jail, while those who took the bribes are roaming free,” he told reporters Thursday. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur dismissed the opposition’s charge that witnesses and whistle-blowers were being targeted to shield top politicians and bureaucrats. He said most of the deaths were due to natural causes.The scam dates to 2007, but investigations began only in 2013 after details emerged that many unqualified and undeserving candidates had been admitted into medical and engineering colleges. Medical school entrance test papers were leaked before the examination, impersonators were allowed to appear for exams, or the marks of undeserving candidates were enhanced — all for a fee.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

The men of Hulus Handmaids Tale make a stand o

first_imgThe men of Hulu’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ make a stand on season 2 by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 12:41 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 1:23 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Hulu shows Ann Dowd, left, and Elisabeth Moss in a scene from the series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” returning for a second season on April 25. (George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there are tantalizing flashbacks to what preceded the Republic of Gilead, the bleak shredding of a flawed but free society. There also are suggestions that a fight is brewing against the oppressive state and its enslavement of women.If the awards-lavished Hulu drama is indeed poised for an explosive second season, it will be in part because the male characters — some of them — step up their rebellion against the hellish Gilead drawn from author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.“This season expands from the original (story) and also in pace and stakes. There seems to be a volatility underlying everything that happens this season, bubbling anarchy and resistance that brings out a lot of tension,” said O-T Fagbenle, who plays husband Luke to Elisabeth Moss’ June, dubbed Offred in this dystopian future world.June remains the hero of the saga, one of the handmaids forced to bear children for the state’s ruling class bedeviled by infertility. When season two arrives Wednesday, June’s refusal to join in stoning a rebellious handmaid inspires a small but brave stand.The consequences appear dire, with a ghostly, abandoned stadium that’s set for a mass hanging and representative of a wrenching season. Central to it: June’s determination to break free from Gilead and the household of Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).But who will help her to fight Gilead, which some have deemed a metaphor for our time? Her husband, who managed to flee the East Coast republic to the safe zone of Canada? Better positioned is Nick (Max Minghella), who was tapped by infertile Serena to stand in with June for the apparently sterile Fred. The now-pregnant June and Nick form an emotional bond.Luke and Nick resist in “very, very different ways,” said executive producer Bruce Miller. “One from the inside, pulling strings to keep (June) alive, the other from the outside. And they’re both at some times thwarted in frustrating ways as the season goes on.”But neither can shake “the dogged nature of hope,” Miller said.Holding back spoilers, the men of “The Handmaid’s Tale” weighed in on what they see for their characters and the story’s direction over season two’s 13 episodes on the streaming service. How many seasons to come remains to be determined, Miller said.PREPARE TO BE SUPRISED“We are now very far away from the novel, and so there is an unpredictability which as a viewer and a reader I found to be very satisfying,” said Minghella. “I didn’t, however, anticipate where we were going to go next and I was often wrong in my predictions.”Minghella’s Nick is “somebody who’s trying to control an uncontrollable circumstance, and he can’t. He has to face some obstacles that are not surmountable,” he said. “That’s true of all the characters in the show, so we’re all thrown into the drama.”In Canada, Fagbenle’s Luke is grappling with the loss of his family and in the company of escaped handmaids Moira (Samira Wiley) and Erin (Erin Way), both deeply traumatized.“He’s trying to manage that dynamic to some extent, deal with impotency and his lack of ability to get back to his wife,” Fagbenle said. “And then things unfold during the series which reinvigorate his drive and determination to make a difference, no matter the cost.”Fiennes said that with Fred, a window opens into where he stands in the hierarchy of the commanders’ world amid the pressure to be recognized and promoted.“When he feels his masculinity amongst other men is being questioned or lessened, he invariably comes back into his own household and inflicts his feelings against the women,” said Fiennes, calling it “one of many complicated roots causes to the way people and men behave” in the quest for power.BRUTAL HONESTYWhile the handmaids gut it out under horrific conditions, including in the environmentally toxic Colonies, the men of Gilead must come to grips with their own nature. The truth isn’t always pretty.Fiennes sees his character and his wife as “architects of their own demise.”Fred fell in love with a “strong-voiced” woman and brilliant writer in Serena, one who shared his principles and philosophies, Fiennes said. “What’s fascinating is that Fred never stood up for her when he was given an opportunity to be a commander,” accepting power in a society in which he knew she wouldn’t be allowed to “have that voice.”For his part, Fagbenle is reluctant to accept June’s husband as “a good guy.”“If in the face of such repression (the reaction) is to do nothing, is to give lip service, is that good? I don’t know if I could give Luke that much credit. … He’s a guy who loves his wife but in terms of what’s been faced, did he step up early enough and did he step up actively enough? In my estimation, I don’t think he’s done enough.”Nick is a worthy man, Minghella said, but in an impossible spot.“He’s a spy on a spy on a spy. As a result he ends up often being complicit in actions that are morally reprehensible. But to say that he personally endorses them, that would be a misrepresentation.”Among the many failed men of Gilead, Fiennes gives Nick and Luke a shout-out as “wonderful components of the male psyche as husband and lover and supporter.”___Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.last_img read more

Afendoulis opens Lansing office announces contact information

first_img06Jan Afendoulis opens Lansing office, announces contact information Categories: Afendoulis News State Rep. Chris Afendoulis announced the opening of his Lansing office, along with important contact information for residents to reach out to him.Afendoulis will continue to utilize former Rep. MacGregor’s toll free phone number at 1-855-347-8073 to ensure a smooth transition for residents in the 73rd District. He can also be reached at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0218, via email at ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.“It is important to me that the hard-working taxpayers who sent me to Lansing know I’m here to serve them,” said Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township. “I encourage people to reach out to my office with their thoughts and concerns so that my staff and I can be of assistance at any time.”Legislative staffers Ben Greene and Trevor TenBrink will join Afendoulis in his Lansing office. Greene was previously employed by Rep. MacGregor and has served in the House since 2012. TenBrink is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and has experience interning in U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga’s office.Rep. Afendoulis’ office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room 1092, Lansing, MI 48933. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.###last_img read more

Hoitenga People deserve more transparency from state government

first_img Representative lauds plan to subject governor’s office, Legislature to FOIA rulesState Rep. Michele Hoitenga, right, joined her colleagues in the House today to announce a bipartisan bill package to increase government transparency.State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today praised the introduction of a bipartisan plan that makes state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Hoitenga, of Manton, joined her colleagues today to unveil a reform plan that makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and creates a set of similar rules for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).“Michigan is one of just two states that still exempt the governor, lieutenant governor, senators and state representatives from open records rules,” Hoitenga said. “I was more than happy to be open and transparent when I served as mayor, and I should be held to the same standard of accountability as a state representative.”### 01Feb Hoitenga: People deserve more transparency from state government Categories: Hoitenga Newslast_img read more

Rep Hornberger backs plan to invest more in local veterans services

first_img09Feb Rep. Hornberger backs plan to invest more in local veterans services Categories: Hornberger News Grant program will help build, maintain county veterans service officesState Rep. Pamela Hornberger co-sponsored legislation introduced this week providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Currently, 11 counties do not have a local veteran support department and many others are understaffed.“We need to do more to connect our veterans here in Macomb County to the services and benefits they sacrificed so much to earn,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “This legislation will make sure all military families have access to an expert in their community who can help them with benefit claims and make sure they’re getting all of the benefits they’re entitled.”Under the bill, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies the requirements outlined in the bill will be eligible to receive a $25,000 grant, plus additional funding based on the number of veterans in the county.In order to receive funds a county must:Maintain a county veteran service office;Have an accredited veterans benefit claims employee on staff;Provide at least 20 hours of service each month assisting veterans;Maintain the previous year’s county funding level for the veteran service office;Report to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Legislature regarding the amount of claims completed throughout the year.House Bill 5536 was referred to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###last_img read more

Rep Afendoulis makes historic vote to lower car insurance rates for Michigan

first_img Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News House approves overhaul reforms after decades of gridlockThe Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis announced.Afendoulis voted in favor of a plan that has features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state with the costliest car insurance rates in the nation.“This historic reform has been over 40 years in the making, and I’m honored to have played a role in making sure it finally happened,” Afendoulis said. “The reality is that West Michigan families need more affordable car insurance rates, and that’s what this plan provides.“The reality also is that key players in the health care arena – hospitals, acute care facilities and insurers, among them – will be critical in the success of this reform and we have been encouraged by their willingness to participate in the solution,” Afendoulis said. “Change this big creates uncertainty and having so many at the table helps us ensure that we have created the best solution possible and that it will be implemented in the best manner possible.”Afendoulis has been a lead advocate for reforms and was also a member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates Committee – the special panel solely dedicated to crafting a long-lasting solution that cuts down drivers’ rates.Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:Guarantees lower personal injury protection rates for all Michigan drivers;Gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies;Stops price gouging on medical services for car accident victims; andCombats fraudulent claims to help lower costsThe sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration. 09May Rep. Afendoulis makes historic vote to lower car insurance rates for Michigan driverslast_img read more

Rep Brann Memorial highway signs put in place honoring local fallen servicemen

first_img09May Rep. Brann: Memorial highway signs put in place honoring local fallen servicemen Portions of U.S. 131 renamed in the city of WyomingState Rep. Tommy Brann’s law memorializing three Wyoming fallen servicemen went into full effect this week with the posting of highway memorial signs along U.S. 131.The portion between exits 78 and 79 will be known as the Army Spc. Eric T. Burri Memorial Highway. The portion between exits 79 and 80 will be known as the Marine Cpl. Ross A. Smith Memorial Highway, and the segment between exits 80 and 81 will be the Army Pfc. Nicholas H. Blodgett Memorial Highway.“All three servicemen who grew up in Wyoming will be honored back home for their ultimate sacrifice and bravery,” said Brann, of Wyoming. “We will never forget them.”House Bill 6025, now Public Act 568 was signed into law last December by former Gov. Rick Snyder.#### Categories: Brann Newslast_img read more

Shady Sandy Charitys Funds are Redistributed

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 5, 2014;Asbury Park PressAt the end of the day, the founders of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund have walked away from that endeavor without being indicted for anything, a year after the couple who founded the—as it turns out, unregistered—group agreed to shut down the charity.The Asbury Park Press, which wrote this article, investigated the charity in 2013, finding that John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino who founded HSRF had not registered it with the state’s Charities Bureau and didn’t have the federal tax-exempt status they claimed on the group’s website. The couple also had claimed to be victims of Sandy, which was likewise untrue. According to reports, Sandberg had started buying more than 100 domain names for the charity before the storm even hit. In the end the charity took in more than $600,000 in donations.As a result of the scrutiny, the Division of Consumer Affairs and the New Jersey Division of Law filed a civil lawsuit. A settlement reached in June of 2013 had the organization placed under the supervision of court-appointed administrator Nancy E. Kelly, an accountant, in order to close it responsibly. Kelly put out a request for proposals and basically either gave back or redistributed among aligned charities the money that had been raised—the last $100,000 of that has just been granted. The money refunded to donors last April was made up of approximately 2,000 contributions totaling $250,000 that were made through PayPal.Sandberg and Terraccino are disallowed under the agreement from ever operating a Superstorm Sandy charity and barred for two years from serving in leadership positions in any other nonprofit in New Jersey. They were also required to repay more than $13,000 they spent of the proceeds.NPQ has been watching as some states, like Florida, California, and New York, realize that they must get a grip on and fund the regulatory environment for nonprofits precisely because of this kind of stuff. It makes donors skeptical and cautious in their generosity—something none of us want to see happen.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Extended Water Shutoff Moratorium

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 29, 2014;Detroit Free PressThe continuing tragedy of Detroit’s practice of turning off running, potable water on households who are seriously delinquent on their water bills has reached a new pinnacle: The judge overseeing the Detroit bankruptcy process has ruled that he doesn’t have the authority to stop the shutoffs.Or did he say that? It isn’t really clear. He actually said that there is no constitutional right of citizens to running, potable water. Clean water may be a necessity for health and wellbeing, but it isn’t a right. People who have their water shut off can presumably use public toilets, find drinking fountains, or access water for hygiene elsewhere.There may not be a constitutional right to water in Judge Steven Rhodes’s view, but the United Nations believes (and has a resolution indicating) that water is a human right. The UN General Assembly:“Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights; [and]“Calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building and technology transfer, through international assistance and cooperation, in particular to developing countries, in order to scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all”But Judge Rhodes also introduced a financial issue that may have been as much a factor in his thinking as the question of his constitutional prerogatives. In his ruling from the bench, Judge Rhodes suggested that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department would be financially harmed by an extension of the water shutoff moratorium. In light of the city’s bankruptcy and the efforts of all parties to eke every nickel they can out of any source they might find, the judge said that an extended moratorium on shutoffs would be “the last thing [Detroit] needs” as a “hit to its revenues.”Alice Jennings, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, which included 10 residents as well as nonprofits like the People’s Water Board and the National Action Network, pointed out that her clients were not advocating for free water, but for affordable water. Moreover, the cutoffs could adversely negatively impact people least able to cope with the lack of running water, such as homes with children or with disabled persons. Witnesses from the Water Department testified that they didn’t possess “specific data” on how many of the shutoffs had affected households with vulnerable people, though one department spokesperson suggested without elaboration that they had “a fairly good handle on this.”Since the shutoff moratorium ended in August, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been turning off water for as many as 400 accounts a day. According to Darryl Latimer, the department’s deputy director, DWSD was “on pace to collect $1.5 million” in July, but during the month of the moratorium, the Department only got $200,000. If you were a bankruptcy judge trying to hammer out an equitable arrangement between the city and its multiple creditors, you might be disinclined to pass on maximizing available funds—even with the potential cost of human lives.The result is that even with the moratorium and with programs generated by foundations and other donors, some 22,000 homes lost water due to shutoffs between March and August. Subtract the 15,251 who had service restored through payments or agreeing to payment plans, and that leaves nearly 7,000 homes shut off, with more on the way.{loadmodule mod_banners,Ads for Advertisers 5} The judge’s decision may have been even more than an issue of scraping for every potential coin in Detroit. The press cited Aaron Renn, an urban affairs analyst who blogs under the name “The Urbanophile,” to the effect that, “If city officials don’t have the stomach to collect long-overdue [water] bills, how will they undertake tougher reforms?”Judge Rhodes could have said that widespread water shutoffs in Detroit were a health and safety threat to Detroit’s predominantly low-income population, but instead he said it was outside of his legal purview. His ruling could have laid the groundwork for a thoughtful discussion of what aspects of public services—or how much of public services—should be treated as human rights and not subordinate to the financial needs of a municipal department whose history of managerial miscues and bad investments led to the Detroit water crisis.That’s what’s really at issue: What parts of modern life should be treated as necessities, as rights to be protected? Access to healthcare? Access to decent and safe housing? Access to clean running water? In this instance, perhaps only a narrow one, Judge Rhodes has ruled that the rights of Detroit’s creditors who are trying to get paid back for their investments and expenses, trump the rights of Detroit’s legacy residents who are simply trying to live. – Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more