Closing Bell Markets decline on esclating Ukraine tensions SP cuts Russian credit

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as nervous investors backed off ahead of the weekend amid rising tensions in Ukraine.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 20.68 points to 14,533.57. The Canadian dollar was down 0.07 of a cent at 90.61 cents US.U.S. indexes also retreated as the Dow Jones industrials tumbled 140.19 points to 16,361.46, the Nasdaq dropped 72.78 points to 4,075.56, also pressured by a 9.8% drop in Amazon’s share price after the retailer warned of a likely operating loss in the second quarter. The S&P 500 index slid 15.21 points to 1,863.4.Russia’s foreign minister has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and also announced military exercises near Ukraine’s border. And late Friday afternoon, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister said he feared an imminent Russian invasion.Danylo Lubkivskye spoke as an official in Ukraine confirmed that pro-Russian forces had detained a team of military observers with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.“We can’t dismiss what is going on there. It is a concern, it could escalate,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president investment management and research, Richardson GMP Ltd.At the same time, the economic cost to Russia for its stance toward Ukraine increased as Standard & Poor’s cut Russia’s credit rating from BBB to BBB-minus — one step above non-investment grade.S&P said it took the step because the tense situation “could see additional significant outflows of capital from the Russian economy.”The latest escalation in tensions came at the end of what had been a generally positive week on markets thanks to better than expected corporate earnings in Canada and the United States.“What’s more important is that we haven’t seen any massive downgrades to guidance,” Watson said. “There’s been a few tweaks to guidance going forward but not massive.”On Friday, automaker Ford said first-quarter net income fell 39% to US$989 million or 24 cents per share, seven cents below estimates. Revenue rose slightly to $35.9 billion, beating analysts’ expectations for $34.2 billion and its shares lost 3.3% to $15.78.In Canada, business software provider Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) posted quarterly net earnings of $45.8 million or 33 cents per share, up from $25.8 million or 22 cents in the comparable year-earlier period as revenue rose to $442.8 million from $337.7 million. The company also upped its quarterly dividend by 15% to 17.25 cents a share. Its shares climbed $3.30 or 6.49% to $54.11.In other corporate developments, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) lowered its 2014 production guidance for the Syncrude Canada oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., to between 95 million and 105 million barrels, compared with an previous estimate of 95 million to 110 million barrels as a result of a breakdown at one of its cokers, which help convert heavy oilsands bitumen into a lighter type of crude. Its shares fell 88 cents or 3.65% to C$23.25.The energy sector dropped 0.54% as June crude in New York gave back $1.34 to US$100.60 a barrel.May copper was unchanged at US$3.12 a pound and the base metals group was up 0.4%.The gold sector was the leading advancer, up about 2.4% as geopolitical worries drove June bullion up $10.20 to US$1,300.80 an ounce.Indexes closed little changed this week with the TSX up 33 points and the Dow industrials down 47 points. read more

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West Lincoln man killed in headon crash

Photo courtesy Stefanos Karatopis A 40-year-old West Lincoln man is dead after his pick-up truck crossed the centre line and hit a transport truck head-on.It happened around 4:30 pm yesterday on Regional Road 20 south of Concession 4 in West Lincoln.  The driver of the pick-up was cut out of his vehicle by firefighters but died before he could be taken to hospital.The 52-year-old driver of the transport truck, who is from Port Colborne, was treated in hospital and released.Police haven’t released any names. read more

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Italy proposes moving UN food summit to another venue

In a letter from the Prime Minister’s office to the head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Italian Government expressed its willingness to bear the additional cost of moving the “World Food Summit: five year later.”Italy’s proposal, which has been forwarded to the members of the FAO Governing Council for a decision early next week, also suggests that an agreement on the change should be signed with the UN agency. The World Food Summit, scheduled for 5 to 9 November, will review the progress made towards the eradication of hunger and to raise both the political will and the financial resources to accelerate the fight against hunger. At the 1996 World Food Summit, representatives of 185 nations and the European Community pledged to work towards eradicating hunger and set a target of halving by 2015 the number of hungry people – still more than 800 million. read more

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Hockey Refs Are Out To Get You If They Already Got The

Kerry Fraser, a former NHL official who worked more than 1,900 regular-season games and 13 Stanley Cup Finals from 1980 through 2010, remembers calling penalty after penalty on the Philadelphia Flyers early in his career. “They were a very aggressive team,” he said during a phone interview. “Especially in Philly, they played really tough,” with players like Paul Holmgren and Craig Berube intimidating the opposition with their physicality. They would take penalties because they could kill penalties, knowing they had a stout goalie in Ron Hextall minding the net.When Fraser reffed Flyers games at the Spectrum, he was on the lookout for penalties committed by the home team. But he was also hyper-aware of what the other team was doing because he didn’t want to miss an infraction.“That’s bad game management,” Fraser said. “My mindset was, ‘OK, I’m not going to look for one on the other team just because one team has taken four or five in a row, but I sure as heck can’t afford to miss one.’ Your radar goes up, especially when the other team is in a checking position, and as soon as one is there, you make sure you get it.”Fraser was conscious of any widening gap between the number of penalties called on each team, even if the calls infractions were warranted. The stats suggest that other referees are as well.This is pretty compelling evidence that referees’ past calls influence their next calls. The chart includes every NHL penalty call between the start of the 2005-06 season and the end of the 2014-15 regular season,1We used play-by-play data from the nhlscrapr package in R. To eliminate the possibility that our findings would be driven by coincidental penalties, which often don’t give either team a power play, we dropped all infractions that occurred simultaneously. The margin of error for each probability was less than 1 percent. and it looks at all infractions in a game and how the difference in penalties called on each team affects the next call.2University of Texas at Austin professor Jason Abrevaya gives the penalties for exact sequences of violations in a paper in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. As an example, if the home team has been called for three penalties and the away team five, the away team would be “owed” two calls. The tendency for prior violations to affect NHL penalties is enormous; when home teams are owed penalties, they are called for penalties at much lower rates, and the inverse holds for away teams.The effect is even more pronounced when a string of penalties against the same team starts a game. If a game starts with four straight penalties against the away team, for example, the home team is about three times as likely to be called for the next one.To Fraser, this isn’t about makeup calls. It’s a sign of good game management. “In the overall complexion of the game, it gives the team that has committed multiple infractions recognition that if they commit the crime, they’ll do the time,” he says. “On the other hand, they know the ref is fair because he called a penalty against the other team when he saw it. It doesn’t cause further frustration for the team that is taking more of the penalties.”When we called the NHL for comment, it declined to participate in this story. The league prohibits officials from talking to the media during the playoffs. Stephen Walkom, vice president and director of officiating, declined to speak through a PR rep, who wrote that Walkom “really doesn’t want to do anything to make the officiating the center of attention during the playoffs.”In playoff games, the referees’ balancing effect grows even stronger. Our hypothesis: referees are trying to even out playoff games, where the pressure is on for the officials to avoid becoming a storyline. When the home team is owed a penalty in the playoffs, the frequency of calls on the visiting team is significantly higher than it is during the regular season. (If the away team is owed a penalty or penalties, the effect is about the same as it is during the regular season.)Overtime produces the most dramatic results, with the second penalty call of the extra period about three times as likely to be whistled on the team that received the first power play.Take Game 1 of the first-round match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tennessee, as an example. At the 12:42 mark of the first overtime period, Chicago’s Brad Richards earned a two-minute penalty for a high stick on the Predators’ Ryan Ellis. Minutes later, Chicago’s Duncan Keith hauled down Nashville’s Taylor Beck just as Beck skated past the blue line alone. It appeared to be a textbook holding call, if not a penalty shot.Your browser does not support iframes.However, neither referee Dan O’Halloran nor his partner, Brad Meier, sent Keith to the box. The Blackhawks avoided a second 5-on-4 situation and extended the game.It wasn’t hard to predict what was coming next: Less than three minutes after the teams returned to even strength, the Predators’ Seth Jones was sent to the box for tripping Bryan Bickell. It was a soft call, but it was one that went against the home team, evening up the number of penalties on each team in the overtime period.Your browser does not support iframes.Keith was again the focal point of the game in the second OT, when he scored the game-winner.Of course, there are other factors, such as style of play after spending time on special teams, or perhaps even a revenge factor, that could drive these results. But there’s more evening up of calls in the playoffs, where we’d expect players to have less incentive to retaliate given the higher stakes and closer games. Further, one factor that does not seem to account for the tendency of past calls to affect future ones is the game’s score: The shape of home-team penalty frequencies is the same as on the chart above, no matter the score.While referees attempt to even out penalty or foul calls in other sports like basketball,3See this research from Paul Gift, or this study from Cecilia Noecker. baseball4Check out Etan Green’s work. and soccer,5Find Babatunde Buraimo’s study here. the balancing effect may matter most in hockey, possibly affecting the outcome. Southern New Hampshire University’s Kevin Snyder and Mike Lopez (one of the authors you’re reading right now) found that for postseason games tied through the first period, the team that was owed a penalty was 20 percent more likely to come out on top. And, unlike in basketball, which penalizes players and teams for having too many fouls (through the free-throw bonus and the player cap at six fouls), hockey players and teams are free to rack up penalty after penalty, if they so choose.Call it a biased impartiality. Referees want to appear impartial, which drives them to make partial decisions. The result: New York Post headlines like “In Rangers-Penguins, blind-eye refs are ruining NHL playoffs.” Referees can’t win. But they can be disliked equally. “Fans from all 30 cities say, ‘Kerry, you were hardest on our team,’” Fraser says. “That’s how I know I did a good job.” read more

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Roger Federers family watches on in pride as he wins recordbreaking eighth

first_imgIt was an amazing journey on this year’s @Wimbledon! Congratulations to @rogerfederer and a HUGE #ThankYou to my #TeamCilic! #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/eVhRf9OySm— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) July 16, 2017 Mirka Federer (R) with her children Myla, Charlene, Leo and Lenny attend day 13 of Wimbledon 2017  Federer post-victory For a man who, by his own admission, did not expect to be in the Wimbledon finals a year ago, it was a remarkable achievement.“I should take more time off,” he joked, moments after winning the title.”It’s magical, I can’t believe it yet. It’s disbelief that I can achieve such heights,” he told the BBC’s Sue Barker. His wife Mirka and children were courtside for his victory It was a record eighth Wimbledon trophy for Federer Federer also shed a tear as he saw his family celebrating in the players’ box. As he was presented with the trophy, his wife, Mirka, stood with their twin daughters, seven year olds Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, and three-year-old twin sons Leo and Lenny.The girls, who wore matching flower patterned dresses, have already seen their father win Wimbledon, but it was a new experience for the boys, who had dressed in pale blue blazers for the occasion. “I wasn’t sure if I would ever be back here in another final after last year but I always believed I could come back, and if you believe in your life you can go a long way. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today.”It was a dramatic, tear-filled match for both players, with Cilic weeping from the pain of a bad blister during the second set. But Federer has not given up of achieving further dizzying heights as he hopes to return to the All England Club next year.”Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament, it will always be my favourite tournament,” he said.”My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too. To mark history here really means a lot to me.” In the end it took just an hour and 41 minutes for Roger Federer to make history, defeating Marin Cilic in straight sets to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon championships.The Swiss player beat Croatian Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to claim his 19th grand slam title, having glided through the tournament without dropping a single set.Less than a month away from his 36th birthday, Federer is the oldest man to have lifted the Wimbledon trophy, despite taking a six-month break from competing last year.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Credit:Getty After the match, the 28-year-old said: “I had an amazing journey here and played the best tennis of my life. I gave it my best and that’s all I could do.” His wife Mirka and children were courtside for his victoryCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Federer said: “They have no clue what’s going on, they think this is probably a nice view and a nice playground.”Hopefully one day they will understand.”Federer has also fulfilled a dream for the women’s champion, Garbine Muguruza, who revealed she was hoping to share the winners’ dance with the Swiss player at the Champions Ball. Asked what keeps him going, he said: “I love to play… My wife’s totally fine with me still playing. Because I’m playing a little less, I actually get more time in return. I feel like I’m working part-time these days almost, which is a great feeling. “The goal is definitely to be here again next year to try and defend.” It was a record eighth Wimbledon trophy for FedererCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Federer was emotional when he caught sight of his familyCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABA/EPAlast_img read more

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Crèmes solaires Bio sontelles efficaces

first_imgCrèmes solaires “Bio” : sont-elles efficaces ?Bio ou Classiques ? Les crèmes solaires “biologiques” débarquent en force cette année aux abords des plages et dans les supermarchés. Elles sont censées protéger la peau du soleil aussi bien que les crèmes classiques tout en évitant de déverser en mer des produits chimiques toxiques. Qu’en est-il exactement ?Les crèmes solaires dites bio (contenant au minimum 10 % d’ingrédients issus de l’agriculture biologique) peuvent protéger à la fois la peau et les coraux. En effet, contrairement aux crèmes solaires classiques, les crèmes qui portent le label Ecocert ou Cosmebio peuvent protéger du soleil tout en évitant de déverser en mer des produits toxiques pour le corail. Le label certifie également que 95 % des ingrédients d’origine végétale sont biologiques et la quantité de conservateurs, colorants, parfums de synthèse et autres parabens est bien moindre. De plus, contrairement aux crèmes traditionnelles qui contiennent des filtres anti-UV de synthèse, les crèmes bios utilisent des filtres minéraux comme l’oxyde de titane ou de zinc.25% du produit éliminés en 20 minutes dans l’eau À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La qualité des ingrédients utilisés est suffisamment fiable pour qu’on puisse affirmer que les crèmes bios sont meilleures pour la santé que les crèmes habituelles. En effet, les filtres minéraux présentent moins de risques que ceux de synthèses, chimiques, et ils pénètrent moins dans la peau. Ils ont également l’avantage d’être biodégradables et de ne pas polluer la mer. Comme le souligne Fabienne Leymonerie, co-fondatrice de la marque H2O at Home, “en moyenne, 25 % de la substance de la crème est éliminée après 20 minutes passées en mer” et on estime à 4.000 tonnes le nombre de résidus se déposant chaque année sur des massifs coralliens, victimes de blanchissement. Le plancton serait aussi perturbé par les composés chimiques des crèmes solaires, rapporte 20minutes.fr.Une nocivité…Relative ? Ceci dit, à leurs débuts, les crèmes bios laissaient un film blanc sur la peau. Pour y remédier, les fabricants ont pensé à utiliser des nanoparticules. Problème, selon une étude de l’université de Lausanne, les nanoparticules de dioxyde de titane sont inflammatoires et ont un effet cancérogène potentiel. Néanmoins, cette donnée reste sujette à caution et ce qui est sûr, c’est que “les filtres de synthèse qui pénètrent la peau comme l’oxyde de benzène sont nocifs”, indique Mme Leymonerie, co-fondatrice de la marque H2O at Home. Selon elle, “les crèmes bio restent une meilleure alternative”, donc. Bien entendu, ce qui peut freiner le consommateur sera le prix plus élevé de ces crèmes biologiques.Pour ce qui est du degré de protection des crèmes bio, il est équivalent à celui des crèmes classiques puisque le cahier des charges est le même. Toutefois, pour les unes comme pour les autres, pour une protection optimale, il est nécessaire d’en remettre régulièrement.Le 1 juillet 2013 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Google Raspberry Pi AIY Project Not Google Home Replacement

first_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Raspberry Pi meets Google Voice in the latest DIY AIY project for tinkerers.A free hardware kit shipped with the latest issue of The MagPi allows subscribers to turn their Raspberry Pi into a voice-controlled virtual system.Inside the magazine, you’ll find a Google Voice Hardware Attached on Top (HAT) accessory board, stereo microphone PCB add-on board, speaker, large arcade button, a selection of wires, and the custom cardboard case used to house all the components.Makers are encouraged to build a cardboard device that uses the Google Assistant SDK to answer questions like “What is the weather in Bangor, Maine?” or “What is 827 divided by 19?”The experimental system—compatible with the Raspberry Pi 2, Pi 3, or Pi Zero—enables you to hook up the “little box that talks to you” to own personal projects. Folks can also create custom commands to summon various functions like turning on the lights or controlling the robot butler.Latest issue of The MagPi (via Raspberry Pi Foundation)Keep in mind, however, that it does require some software setup before use, and is “not a Google Home replacement,” The MagPi‘s Rob Zwetsloot reminded readers in the comment section of a recent blog announcement.Subscribers should have received issue 57 of the fanzine last week; everyone else can pick up the magazine at Barnes & Noble (US) or WHSmith, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Asda (UK).Those folks not blessed with the do-it-yourself gene who are simply interested in reading the latest Raspberry Pi News can snag a copy of the periodical online, via the official Android and iOS apps, or as a free PDF download.“The folks at Google, along with us at The MagPi, are really excited to see what projects you can create (or enhance) with this kit,” Zwetsloot said, “whether you’re creating a voice-controlled robot or a voice interface that answers all your questions.”Currently available only with a copy of the magazine, the AIY Project kit is not it remains unclear whether the AIY Project kit will be available for sale separately in the future. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Both Governments failed Jubilee Gardens

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 7, 2017 – Nassau – The failure of successive governments to address the problems of Jubilee Gardens and other areas affected by the city dump is cited as the reason so many have to be away from their homes for a week.On Sunday a raging inferno erupted in what was believed to have been a small brush fire, which was taken by the whipping winds and fanned until it grew… skipping across the road to the dump… which sent embers in those 35 mph winds to the roof tops and yards of homes in vulnerable Jubilee Gardens.Those houses which caught on fire, we are told, were quickly extinguished and no homes were completely destroyed in the fire which is contained but still being monitored for hot spots.  Complaints are widely published and talked about and penned since the fire and include claims of discomfort, health issues including respiratory illnesses and deep frustration.Some threaten politicians, saying they had better not show up this election season seeking support and others say it was a planning error from day one and the bottom line is the people of Jubilee need help and action.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Emiliano Sala search team recover body

first_imgThe search team for striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have recovered a body from the plane wreckage.The body was pulled out of the water in “as dignified a way as possible” by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) through the use of specialist contractors on Wednesday night.A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) was used to help the search and to later recover the discovered body found in the wreckage.The Piper Malibu N264DB itself, which disappeared two weeks ago across the English Channel while flying from Nantes to Cardiff, had been found in Guernsey on February 3.This was thanks to the efforts of a privately funded search team with marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns finding the plane in a matter of hours using sonar technology and remote-controlled submersibles.Now the Daily Mirror reports that the body found was taken to the Isle of Portland and would later be sent to the Dorset coroner with no further updates in regards to who it is being issued right now.The plane, on the hand, remains 67 metres underwater as the privately funded search team were unable to recover it due to the bad weather conditions.An AAIB spokesman said: “Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage.“The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Meanwhile, it’s since emerged that Nantes are demanding the £15m fee that they had agreed on with Cardiff City for the sale of Sala last month.This comes despite the fact that the Argentine striker had never got the opportunity to even play for his new club.💛sala💚🙏🏻😢I pray for your souls. I will not forget you. It was a player loved by a lot of fans. It is truly sad.#sala pic.twitter.com/2dQb6yJYOU— 🦓ͲϴᎷϴ🦓 (@gkjuventus) February 5, 2019last_img read more

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Brownridge No More Dickering on Ad Rates

first_imgAs far as ideas, there’s nothing terribly novel about Brownridge’s approach—just a renewed focus on “mass-market” categories (“luxury items are not useful in this economy,” he said) and an increased volume of sales calls—15 face-to-face calls per OK!’s 12 salespersons per week.His comments, transcribed: “This is not some avant-garde idea,” Brownridge said. “This is power-selling.”“Our theory is not to spend a lot of time dickering on rates. We offer our best rate from the get-go, we put our best rate out there. None of this timidly put a rate out there, have them come back, then we say we’ll split the difference. Not this back and forth. It’s a rather annoying and irritating process.”Also, don’t expect any new product launches from OK! in 2009. Said Brownridge: “Anyone who is talking about Web launches has probably given up the ghost, and has a bit of a pipe dream to save their business.” For FOLIO:’s upcoming February issue, we’re talking with publishers about how they’re going to survive the U.S. economic crisis—call it Big Ideas for the Recession.I talked to Kent Brownridge, general manager of OK! magazine, who announced in September that he was stepping down as CEO of Alpha Media to spend more time with his family—two weeks before turning around and taking the job at OK!.Why Brownridge, a 68-year-old former Wenner Media executive would take a celebrity magazine job in the teeth of a recession after edging toward retirement was a bit puzzling. But he sees a big upside in OK!, which increased ad pages by 23 percent last year—one of a scant few magazines to show significant page growth in ’08.last_img read more

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One man dead in fatal Pilot Station shooting

first_imgA fatal shooting in Pilot Station was reported to State Troopers Thursday morning. 27-year-old Dennis Alick was killed and a suspect has been identified.Listen nowTrooper Information Officer Megan Peters said the shots were fired from a shotgun on the front steps of a private residence. A party had been occurring inside and other people were around at the time of the shooting. Peters reported that alcohol was involved and that Alick and the suspect knew each other.Troopers are in Pilot Station investigating the case. Alick’s body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy.last_img read more

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8 killed at Irmahit Florida nursing home

first_imgThe Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is seen in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, US. Photo: ReutersEight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation Wednesday into what he called an “unfathomable” event.The nursing home deaths brought the total number of storm-related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrated the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state.Around 115 residents of the retirement home in Hollywood, north of Miami, were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems.“It’s a sad event,” Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference. “We believe at this time they (the deaths) may be related to the loss of power in the storm.”Governor Rick Scott said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of the deaths of the elderly retirees.“I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,” Scott said in a statement. “Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable.”The governor said he has ordered a probe by state authorities.“If they find that anyone wasn’t acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.Sanchez, the police chief, said a criminal investigation had been launched.The Sun-Sentinel newspaper, citing the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the eight people who died were between the ages of 71 and 99 years old.Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of the emergency department at Memorial Regional Hospital, said the hospital began receiving patients early on Wednesday.“(We) quickly identified some issues inside the facility with fire rescue and immediately evacuated the building,” Katz said.He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.Florida officials have made restoring electricity to the millions who have lost power a priority and tens of thousands of utility company workers, many from out of state, are engaged in the huge effort.Heartbreak for some returneesFlorida residents who evacuated ahead of the storm were facing lengthy traffic jams, meanwhile, as they returned to check out their homes after days in shelters or with friends or family.Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category Four hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in US history.Some residents of the Keys were met with scenes of devastation on Tuesday after police lifted roadblocks and began allowing people to return to the string of islands off Florida’s southern coast.At least a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed, according to federal emergency management officials, and 65 percent suffered some damage.The storm also cut off power, water and sewage to the islands, which are home to some 70,000 people.“Bad, it’s real bad,” Keys resident Bryan Holley told NBC News.“It’s gonna take months, maybe years to get this cleaned up,” said Holley, who ignored orders to evacuate and braved the storm on Cudjoe Key.President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday.Macron pledges relief fundFrench President Emmanuel Macron was visiting the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy on Wednesday, a day after travelling to the French-Dutch island of Saint Martin.France, Britain and the Netherlands have come in for criticism for the pace of relief efforts for their overseas territories ravaged by the storm.Islanders have complained of a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity.Touring Saint Martin, Macron was at times jeered by people waiting for aid supplies or hoping to catch flights for France in order to escape the devastation across the island.Macron pledged on Saint Barthelemy, population 9,000, that an emergency relief fund for victims would be operational by Monday.Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage in the French and Dutch overseas territories as well as the British and US Virgin Islands.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was visiting the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla on Wednesday and pledged “absolute commitment” to Britons there.His visit came as British Prime Minister Theresa May announced an extra £25 million ($33.2 million, 27.2 million euros) in aid for Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma.A day earlier Johnson visited Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, and met with some of the nearly 1,000 British military personnel sent to bolster relief efforts and security.King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has also toured Sint Maarten, the Dutch section of the island shared with France, meeting residents on Saba island, and was set to travel to Sint Eustatius, which suffered severe damage.last_img read more

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Black DC Republicans What About Trump

first_imgDonald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee for president. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Black District Republicans aren’t excited about their presumptive presidential nominee and don’t plan to push District statehood at their national convention next month.The Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland from July 18-21 at the Quicken Loans Arena but some District Republicans aren’t planning to attend and are uneasy about the likely nomination of billionaire Donald Trump to lead the party in the November general election.“I was not elected as a delegate in March so I won’t be going to Cleveland,” Ralph Chittams Sr., senior vice chairman of the District’s Republican Party, told the AFRO. He was referring to the party’s delegate selection process on March 12. “The [District’s] party insiders do not support Trump being the nominee. They don’t think he has the right temperament to be president and some even question whether he is a real Republican.”The District Republican caucus was won by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in March but he suspended his race for president on March 15. Rubio was followed closely by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and each has 10 and nine delegates at the convention, respectively. Trump won no delegates at the caucus.Bob Richards, a longtime GOP activist living in Ward 7, told the AFRO that party rules stipulate the delegates bound to a candidate stay with that person until after the first ballot or the candidate releases their delegates. “We are committed to Rubio or Kasich on the first ballot and what happens after that who knows,” Richards said.Richards said that Trump doesn’t have any significant support among District Republicans. “There are many D.C. Republicans who are in the ‘Never Trump’ category,” Richards said, “but he still has won the nomination fair and square and we should get behind him in the Fall.”Getting behind Trump for the general election isn’t an option for Ron Moten, a Republican and co-founder of the anti-gang violence organization, Peaceoholics. “As a Black man, I would find it hard to support Donald Trump for president,” Moten said.Moten, a 2012 candidate for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat, said that Trump’s presence in the presidential contest has been destructive. “Donald Trump has broken up the Republican Party,” he said. “While there are some things he says that I agree with, his delivery and temperament will divide the country. Plus, he gets away with saying nothing.“When you ask him about his agenda for Black people, he says ‘I will treat them better.’ What does that mean? I can tell Donald Trump has never played chess because he doesn’t think before he moves.”While Moten won’t embrace Trump, he is hostile toward Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. “At least with Trump, you know what you are getting but you don’t know what you are getting with Hillary Clinton,” he said.Trump does have supporters who are District residents. Crystal Wright, a Black female conservative blogger living in Ward 4, is receptive to a Trump candidacy. “As Hillary struggles to knock Sanders out of the race, Trump is uniting GOP support behind him,” Wright said in a May 20 post on her blog, Conservative Black Chick. “Even people within the GOP who expressed loathing for Trump are now supporting him because they want him to win in 2016 and end Democrats’ eight-year stranglehold on the White House.”Trump will have difficulty winning the District because it is a Democratic bastion with a 10-1 voter registration advantage over the Republicans. The District’s Electoral College jurisdiction has voted only for the Democratic presidential candidate since residents began voting in national elections in 1964.D.C. Republicans told the AFRO they won’t press their delegates to speak in favor of District statehood at the convention. D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) has tentatively pledged to carry the message and signatures of support for statehood to both the Democratic and Republican conventions, but Orange will get no assistance in Cleveland. “The D.C. GOP position is for the U.S. Congress to grant the District full representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and if not, exempt District residents from federal taxation,” Chittams said.Richards agree with Chittams. “Many Republicans favor voting rights but not D.C. statehood,” he said.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 20. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:3712 motorists caught speeding on busy roadOne motorist was travelling at 44mph in the 30mph zone. More here.18:24Accident on the M6 clearedThe accident on the M6 has now cleared/18:21Lane shut due to accident on M6 SouthboundOne lane closed due to accident on M6 Southbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. 17:51Roads busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 17:47One lane closed due to broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. 16:41Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 16:28Lane reopens on M6The lane has reopened on the M6.16:07Lane shut due to stranded vehicle on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Lane 3 (of 3) is closed between Junction 15 Stoke-on-Trent to Junction 16 CreweNorthbound M6 due to a Stranded Vehicle. Traffic Officers and Free Recovery are en-route .”15:05Paramedics treat one person following chimney fireFirefighters were at the scene for almost two and a half hours. More here.Firefighters at the scene in Congleton yesterday (Image: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)15:04’Cloaking device’ used during break-in at shopThe device set off artificial smoke during the attempted burglary. More here.Damage at the shop in Scholar Green (Image: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service )12:00 Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 11:37Delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Crewe and Stafford due to track fault. 11:09Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 11:09Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 11:09Accident on Church Street at Church Close. 09:42 Slow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Northbound near City Road.Police have advised vehicle has been removed however sensors show traffic is still affected. 08:42Reports of traffic problem and slow traffic on A50 at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot). 08:07A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 07:50Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:50Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:50 Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 07:50One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down car on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. 07:37#M6 northbound J14 #Creswell to J15 #Hanchurch there is a car broken down blocking lane 1 (of 3)— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 20, 201907:23A500 D Road Southbound clear before M6 J15. 07:19Advance WarningReplacement bus service running on Northern between Wilmslow and Crewe due to engineering works.On February 23. 07:08Is it raining where you are this morning? The latest #radar shows there is #rain for some, but it’s #dry for others #WednesdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/ozluzqNC3C— Met Office (@metoffice) February 20, 201907:07Usual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. 07:07Heavy traffic on A530 Middlewich Road in both directions at Wistaston Green Road. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:07Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog!last_img read more

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US senators introduce a bipartisan bill that bans social media platforms from

first_imgTwo U.S. Senators, namely  Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), introduced a bill yesterday, to ban large online platforms ( with over 100 million monthly active users) such as Facebook and Twitter from tricking its consumers into handing over their personal data. The bill, named, the Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act, bipartisan legislation is aimed at prohibiting these platforms from using deceptive user interfaces, called, “dark patterns”. The term “dark patterns” refers to online interfaces on websites and apps that are specially designed to manipulate users into taking actions they wouldn’t otherwise take under normal circumstances. The design tactics for these patterns are inspired by extensive behavioral psychology research and misleads the users on social media platforms into agreeing to settings and providing data that are advantageous to the company. Forcing the users this way to give up their personal data (contacts, messages, web activity, location), these social media companies gain an unfair advantage over their competitors, which significantly benefits the company. According to Senator Fischer, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, these dark patterns weaken the privacy policies that involve consent. “Misleading prompts to just click the ‘OK’ button can often transfer your contacts, messages, browsing activity, photos, or location information without you even realizing it. Our bipartisan legislation seeks to curb the use of these dishonest interfaces and increase trust online”. Other examples of dark patterns include a sudden interruption amidst a task repeating until the user agrees to consent and the use of privacy settings that push users to ‘agree’ as the default option. Also, users looking out for more privacy-related options are required to follow a long process that involves clicking through multiple screens. Moreover, sometimes users are not even provided with the alternative option. As per the DETOUR act: A professional standards body, registered with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), needs to be created to focus on best practices surrounding user design for large online operators. This association would act as a self-regulatory body and provide updated guidance to the social media platforms. Segmenting consumers for behavioral experiments is prohibited unless carried out with a consumer’s informed consent. This includes routine disclosures by large online operators (at least once every 90 days) on any behavioral experiments to the public. Also, as per the bill, large online operators would have an internal Independent Review Board to offer oversight on these practices and safeguard consumer welfare. User design intended for compulsive usage among children under the age of 13 years old is prohibited. FTC needs to come out with rules within one year of its enactment and perform tasks necessary surrounding informed consent, Independent Review Boards, and Professional Standards Bodies. Senator Warner has been raising concerns regarding the implications of dark patterns used by social media companies for several years. For instance, in 2014, Sen. Warner asked the FTC to probe into Facebook’s use of dark patterns in an experiment that involved nearly 700,000 users. The experiment focused on the emotional impact of manipulating information on Facebook’s News Feeds. “We support Senators Warner and Fischer in protecting people from exploitive and deceptive practices online. Their legislation helps to achieve that goal and we look forward to working with them”, said Fred Humphries, Corporate VP of U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft in a press release sent to us. Apart from the DETOUR act, Sen. Warner is planning to introduce further legislation that will be designed to further improve transparency, privacy, and accountability on social media. Public reaction to the news has been largely positive, with people supporting the senators and new bill: For more information, check out the official DETOUR act bill. Read Next US Senators introduce a bill to avoid misuse of facial recognition technology U.S. Senator introduces a bill that levies jail time and hefty fines for companies violating data breaches A brief list of drafts bills in US legislation for protecting consumer data privacylast_img read more

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Suspect in DC mansion slayings fires his defense attorneys

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Defense attorney Sean Hanover said he and Wint “had a difference of opinion” that led Wint to dismiss him and a colleague who was handling immigration matters. He did not detail what the disagreement was about.Hanover also said he believes there are multiple people who were involved in the slayings who are still at large, and he said he thinks Wint was “set up,” although he did not elaborate. Police have said in court documents that they believe more than one person was involved in the elaborate crime, but no other suspects have been identified and no one else has been arrested.“We have done a lot of investigation since we first got on this case,” Hanover said. “We believe he was set up.”Hanover said Wint had expressed sorrow over the victims’ deaths. One of the Savopouloses’ daughters, 19-year-old Abigail, was in the courtroom on Thursday, watching stoically as Wint conferred with his attorneys and the judge. The daughter, who like her sister was away at boarding school at the time of the slayings, did not speak to reporters.Wint “was heartbroken like everybody else,” Hanover said. “I can assure you that he never intended or wanted anybody, them or anybody else, to be harmed.” WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion fired his defense attorneys on Thursday and will once again be represented by public defenders.Daron Wint, 34, made the decision at the start of a scheduled preliminary hearing, which was then postponed.Wint was arrested in May, a week after the slayings of corporate executive Savvas Savopoulos; his wife, Amy; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and a housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa. According to police, he held the family captive for 18 hours inside their mansion in a wealthy northwest Washington neighborhood. After he received a $40,000 ransom, police said, Wint beat and stabbed the victims to death, set their house on fire and fled in a Porsche belonging to the family. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Wint is a welder who once worked for Savopoulos, who was the CEO of American Iron Works, a Maryland-based construction-materials supplier. A native of Guyana, Wint has a criminal record that includes numerous complaints for domestic violence.Wint is charged with first-degree murder and related offenses. His preliminary hearing will now be held on July 20.___Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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The Flight Centre Travel Group FLT has strengthe

first_imgThe Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has strengthened the European footprint of its flagship global business travel division, FCM Travel Solutions, with the announcement that it has taken 100 per cent ownership of 3Mundi, FCM’s partner in France and Switzerland. In July 2017, FLT made an initial 25 per cent investment in 3Mundi, which has been a licensee partner of FCM since 2015. On 30 June 2019, FLT acquired the remaining 75 per cent of 3Mundi’s business. Executive General Manager – Flight Centre Travel Group Corporate Division, James Kavanagh, said the acquisition has further underlined FCM’s position as one of the world’s largest corporate travel management businesses. “The acquisition will unlock further benefits both for Australian customers as well as FCM’s multi-national clients. France and Switzerland are important corporate travel hubs – in fact France is now the sixth largest corporate travel market in the world.“We now have a stronger corporate network and an even more powerful proposition for French and Swiss customers, and for global customers who travel to and transact in these key markets.” In addition to the UK & Ireland, FCM’s equity-owned footprint in Europe now extends to Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Globally, Flight Centre Travel Group’s corporate businesses have continued to perform strongly and together generated AUS$ 4.2 billion in TTV during the six months to December 31, 2018, about 37 per cent of the group’s global TTV for the period. Besides FCM Travel Solutions, which has a presence in 97 countries worldwide, FCTG’s corporate brands are: Corporate Traveller, specialising in the SME sector; cievents – a globally recognised full service strategic meetings and event management agency; and Stage & Screen, specialist travel provider to clients in the television, film, music, performing arts, sports and creative industries. Agency NewsFCM SolutionsFlight Centre Travel Grouplast_img read more

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The Latest Post Malone Aerosmith merge to close

first_imgThe Latest: Post Malone, Aerosmith merge to close VMAs Madonna appears in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2018 5:23 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards (all times local):11:55 p.m.Post Malone was joined on stage by Aerosmith to give a wild-verging-on-bizarre dual performance to close the MTV Video Music Awards.Malone, wearing garb that looked like a toddler’s footie pyjamas with yellow, blue and pink smiley faces, began the Monday night performance with fellow rapper 21 Savage on his hit “rockstar.”He was then joined by the actual rock stars who are nearly 50 years his senior.Malone picked up a guitar and played along as Aerosmith dropped a short segment of “Dream On” then broke into 1975’s “Toys in the Attic.”Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and singer Steven Tyler leaned into the same mic as the man-bunned, face-tattooed Malone as all three screamed the song’s chorus.___11:45 p.m.The queen of soul got a less than royal tribute at the MTV Video Music Awards when Madonna came out to deliver a rambling story about Aretha Franklin’s music without any performance of the late singer’s classic songs.Madonna presented the video of the year award to Camila Cabello on Monday night after talking at length about her own career.A short archive video of Franklin was played before Madonna declared that Franklin “changed the course of my life.”She ended the speech by saying “I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us, RESPECT.”Cabello then accepted the trophy from Madonna, winning the biggest award of the night for “Havana.”She bowed in respect to Madonna, and dedicated the award to her.___11:30 p.m.After a mini cast reunion on the pink carpet outside, MTV announced the return of the series “The Hills” during the Video Music Awards.It’ll be a docuseries called “The Hills: New Beginnings.” MTV said in a statement that it’s slated to premiere next year. It will follow the personal and professional lives of original cast members alongside their children and friends in Los Angeles.A slew of original cast members reunited on the carpet including Justin Brescia, Stephanie Pratt, Frankie Delgado, Ashley Wahler, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.The original reality show aired for six seasons, ending in 2010. It initially focused on the LA lives of Lauren Conrad and housemate Montag, along with Patridge, Whitney Port and several other friends.___10:40 p.m.Entering in a flowing gown hovering above the stage, Jennifer Lopez descended and unleashed a medley of her hit songs, including “Waiting For Tonight” and “My Love Don’t Cost A Thing” before accepting a lifetime achievement award at the MTV Video Music Awards.The 49-year-old JLo turned Radio City Music Hall into a nightclub with walls of lights and dancers Monday night then accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.With Cardi B cheering her on from the audience and the help of DJ Khaled on stage, the actress, singer and dancer hit career highlights with “Jenny From the Block” and “I’m Real” as she bathed the stage in gold costumes.Lopez came back to the stage to accept the honour from presenter Shawn Mendes, saying that her wildest dreams had come true. Lopez said people doubted her ability to juggle it all, but that she had to “forge my own path and make my own rules.”___10 p.m.With a human wall, the immigration debate took centre stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in a performance criticizing the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border.Wearing white T-shirts reading “We Are All Human Beings,” more than two dozen immigrant children and their parents joined Logic and Ryan Tedder on stage Monday night.The children, including some younger kids who appeared intimidated by the crowd, stood in a line, some swaying and clapping to Logic’s new song, “One Day.” He debuted it Friday with a new music video based on true stories of separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.On stage, their parents came out from behind, simulating reunions. The protesters hoisted faux candles in the air as the song concluded.Trump dropped the policy more than a month ago after a political firestorm, but of more than 2,500 children who were initially separated from parents and guardians, hundreds remain in federal custody including more than 400 whose parents left the U.S. without them.___9:15 p.m.Cardi B, the night’s leading nominee, new mama and super-hot rapper, opened the MTV Video Music Awards swaddling a precious bundle.The rapper, who gave birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus just weeks ago, told the crowd Monday night she had a surprise in her arms and pulled back the blanket to reveal a Moonman trophy.The rapper had already won an award before the show began, song of the summer for her song “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and was the leading nominee of the night, up for 10 awards.She declared as she stood on the stage: “I am the empress. The liberals voted for me,” before introducing the show’s first performer, Shawn Mendes.___8:50 p.m.Cardi B walked into the MTV VMAs as the night’s top nominee and already a winner.MTV announced on the carpet Monday night about 30 minutes before the awards show that the rapper was the winner of the song of the summer award for “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.Cardi B wasn’t there to accept the award because she was opening the show where she’s nominated for 10 awards, including video of the year for “Finesse” with Bruno Mars.___8:40 p.m.Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, found himself in the thick of the youthful crowd arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards talking politics. More specifically, talking elections.He told The Associated Press on the pink carpet Monday night that young people will play a “big role” in the 2020 elections. But what about this year’s races? Avenatti’s on it. He’s travelling around the country trying to raise money for democrats. His goal is to hit up 20 states. He’s been to four or five so far.Avenatti has been on a media blitz since taking on the adult film star Daniels as his client in a legal case against President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Avenatti was vague about whether he’ll run for president in 2020. He said whoever runs “better be in store for a cage match.”And the latest with Daniels? Avenatti says “She’s doing great. She’s in it for the long haul.”___8 p.m.Cardi B slayed on the pink carpet in a low-cut body-hugger of a dress by Nicolas Jebran as performers, presenters and nominees arrived for the MTV Video Music Awards.The draped velvet-fuchsia number worn by the “Bodak Yellow” rapper had a high slit to go with its down-to-there neck. It had one long sleeve and draped detailing at the shoulder on the other side.Cardi B will open Monday’s show and is the night’s top nominee just weeks after giving birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.She’s up for video of the year with “Finesse,” her collaboration with Bruno Mars.___11 a.m.Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night’s big winner.The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday’s show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT from Radio City Music Hall in New York.Cardi B and Bruno Mars are up for video of the year with “Finesse.” Other nominees for the top prize include Drake, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande.Most of the top nominees, including Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mars and Gambino, won’t attend the VMAs.Performers include Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes and Grande. Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.MTV also plans on honouring Aretha Franklin, who died last week.last_img read more

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Rep Crawford takes part in annual Sept 11 ceremony

first_img Categories: Crawford News,K-Crawford Photos,News 08Sep Rep. Crawford takes part in annual Sept. 11 ceremony Legislator invites family of fallen USAF major to eventcenter_img State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi on Thursday was joined at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service by the family of a U.S. Air Force pilot who died in the line of duty in March.           Crawford said Maj. Andrew Becker of Novi died during a training exercise in New Mexico. She was joined at today’s ceremony at the Capitol by Becker’s parents, Gary and Stacy Becker. Also joining the representative were Novi Patrol Officer Bob Manar, and Novi Fire Captain Mark Theisen, first responders from the communities she serves.“It was a somber and sad moment to read his name out with the other 13 first responders or members of the military from Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty,” Crawford said. “I hope this ceremony brings comfort to his family.”Crawford said Becker’s father, Gary Becker, said his son was inspired to enlist in the Air Force because of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, which occurred soon after he graduated from Novi High School.Crawford said it is important to recognize those serving in the military and local first responders for the work they do to protect our nation and our communities.“The events of 2001 showed us the courage and tenacity of first responders who went into the World Trade Center and members of the military who rushed to the aid of their comrades in arms at the Pentagon,” Crawford said. “I don’t think we can recognized these heroes enough.”#####last_img read more

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Leutheuser applauds Hillsdale court officials for legislative success

first_img New law solves staffing problem at youth drug treatment facilityLegislation introduced by state Rep. Eric Leutheuser after hearing about an issue making it difficult to staff a drug treatment facility for local youth was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.Leutheuser said Hillsdale County Probate Judge Michelle Bianchi and Juvenile Court Administrator Megan Stiverson approached him regarding the issue last year. Because the facility in question is operated by the Hillsdale County Juvenile Drug Court, even part-time direct care workers must currently have at least two years of work experience or 30 college credit hours.“Without this update to the law, it was difficult for them to find people in our community with college experience who are willing to work part time,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “This legislation improves that situation by giving them more hiring freedom.”In response to their concerns, Leutheuser introduced House Bill 4218, now Public Act 12 of 2018, to align the employment standards for court-run programs with similar county-run facilities, which are not required to meet such rigid education qualifications.“This is a fair solution that will make it easier for court-operated treatment programs in small towns like ours to find the employees they need,” Leutheuser said. “I applaud Judge Bianchi and Administrator Stiverson for all of their work on this issue.”### 06Feb Leutheuser applauds Hillsdale court officials for legislative success Categories: Leutheuser Newslast_img read more

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