A campaign that helps Nova Scotians better understand the front-line work being undertaken by health-care providers has earned the province a prestigious communications award. Communications Nova Scotia and the Department of Health received a Gemstone Award for its Primary Health Care Campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Canadian Public Relations Society’s celebration of the best in provincial communications strategies, materials and campaigns. Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s leaders in primary health care — a fact that was highlighted in the campaign DVD, brochure, fact sheets and a new updated website. The campaign, led by communications advisor Tina Thibeau and in conjunction with Communications Nova Scotia, was designed to help Nova Scotians understand that health care is not just about being admitted to a hospital. Primary health care happens when people meet with a public health nurse to talk about blood pressure, get flu shots at the local health clinic or when they visit a family doctor. The campaign materials are now being used throughout Nova Scotia’s health-care system as an educational tool. “We were pleased to see our campaign on primary health care win,” said Laura Lee Langley, assistant deputy minister of Communications Nova Scotia. “Our staff took a topic that’s challenging to convey and helped make it understandable.”
VIENNA- Libya hopes to restore full oil output “in 10 days”, its oil minister said Tuesday, after unrest led to the country’s production being slashed.“In 10 days if everything goes right, hopefully we’ll go back to 1.5” million barrels per day, Abdelbari al-Arusi told reporters gathered for OPEC’s oil output meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.“Things change… that (is) why I said hopefully, I’m not sure because things are not in my hands,” he added when asked if he was being overly optimistic. Previously, Arusi wrongly predicted a rapid return to full production. Libya’s output has plunged to about 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) amid deadly fighting between radical Islamist fighters and the army that erupted earlier this year.Arusi added that the lost production had cost the north African nation “around $9.0 billion” in lost revenues.He said that fellow OPEC members who have been pumping additional oil to compensate for Libya’s loss should make way for a return of full output.“Somebody took our share in the market and we should go back,” Arusi said, noting that he was in agreement with Libya’s OPEC peers that the cartel should maintain its production ceiling at 30 million bpd when it meets Wednesday.
In a message to the UN Standing Advisory Committee on the Questions of Security in Central Africa, delivered in Bangui by Lamine Cissé, his Representative to the Central African Republic, Mr. Annan said a number of persisting conflicts in the region remain cause for concern, as do the repercussions of wars that have been settled. At the same time, the Secretary-General called attention to positive developments in several areas, notably the rapprochement between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a number of its neighbours. “Another sign of hope is the evolution of the situation in Angola, where the United Nations has just created a mission to help the country’s people and Government to consolidate peace and promote economic and social development.”The Secretary-General cautioned that these hopes would be dashed without a sincere commitment by all to the cause of peace. He encouraged the meeting’s participants to demonstrate the necessary political will to implement the decisions resulting from their work. “Be assured that the United Nations will continue to furnish you with all possible support,” he said.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at a press conference in Ottawa on Monday, October 5, 2015. Twelve nations, including Canada, have reached a tentative deal on the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership – a massive Pacific Rim trading bloc billed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the largest-ever deal of its kind. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 7:26 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 12 countries, including Canada, reach tentative Trans-Pacific trade deal ATLANTA – Twelve nations, including Canada, have reached a tentative deal on a massive Pacific Rim trading bloc billed as the largest-ever deal of its kind, with implications for hundreds of millions of people, hundreds of products and industries, and for long-term relationships between countries on four continents.After five days of marathon, around-the-clock negotiations, a deal was announced Monday to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership — which would start by covering 40 per cent of the world’s economy, with participants predicting it would become the building block for future trade deals.“Today is a historic day; it is a great day for Canada, it is a great day for Canadians,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper beamed during a news conference Monday in Ottawa.“With this agreement, the largest economic partnership in the history of the world, Canadian exporters will gain nearly tariff-free access to almost 800 million customers in the Asia-Pacific region… including — crucially for us — Japan.”First, however, the deal requires political approval.To take effect, it must be ratified by the parliaments and lawmaking authorities of all 12 member countries. Canada will be the first political testing-ground — the agreement lands smack in the midst of a federal election campaign to decide who will control the Parliament that determines whether it lives or dies.The drama reached a high point overnight Monday, as a series of delays culminated in an agreement around 5 a.m. on a persistent irritant involving dairy and the future of Canada’s tightly controlled sector.The Canadian government appears to have assured the long-term entrenchment of the supply-managed sector, which is detested by free-market economists but backed by every major political party, provincial governments, and the domestic dairy lobby.Canada agreed to 3.25 per cent more foreign imports, a minuscule change compared to what some countries asked for. That means a bit more international products like butter on grocery shelves now 90-per-cent dominated by domestic content. For their loss, Canadian farmers will receive billions in government support under a series of programs over at least 10 years.The reaction from the auto industry has been more negative.The government certainly spent less time Monday discussing the results for that sector than it did for dairy. In a briefing, the federal government offered bits of info on autos compared to a six-page press release, an 11-page PowerPoint presentation and two federal ministers talking about dairy.The Canadian auto-workers’ union called it a disastrous deal that could cost 20,000 manufacturing jobs. Even some of their bosses expressed concern, through industry groups.Harper has promised new measures soon to attract auto investment and protect auto-assembly operations in Canada and CTV News reported late Monday that Harper will announce more than $1 billion to help the industry during a visit Tuesday to Whitby, Ont.A source told the network Harper will announce a 10-year plan to provide loans and grants to lure global auto-parts manufacturers to Canada and various incentives for Canadian manufacturers to buy new equipment and modernize plants.There’s a major discrepancy between Canada and the U.S. on tariff-elimination for cheaper Asian parts — with a five-times-faster phase-out north of the border, five years compared with the U.S.’s 25 years. In addition, both countries will see a 17.5-per-cent drop in the amount of regional content required in cars to avoid a tariff, compared with NAFTA.The government played down the significance of the difference on tariffs, saying the U.S. one is practically non-existent already — at 2.5 per cent, compared to Canada’s 6.1 per cent tariff.The Canadian envoy to the negotiations didn’t make any promises specific to workers in any individual sector. But he appeared to insist there would be no net negative impact on Canadian employment as a whole.“We certainly don’t anticipate that there will be job losses,” said International Trade Minister Ed Fast, who suspended his re-election campaign in B.C. for nearly a week to attend the Atlanta talks.”Obviously there will be some industries that will adapt.”His colourful New Zealand counterpart had used a memorable metaphor this week to describe the late-stage negotiations. In an apparent reference to the meagre Canadian offering on dairy, Tim Groser said that completing the deal would require compromise — or, in his words, for every country to take a deep gulp and swallow a few ”dead rats.”But he touted the long-term benefits Monday. Groser predicted the agreement would have far-reaching geopolitical consequences.”Long after the details of this negotiation on things like tonnes of butter have been regarded as a footnote in history, the bigger picture of what we’ve achieved here remains,” Groser said.”It is inconceivable that the TPP bus will stop in Atlanta. The TPP bus will move on.”Several countries including Thailand and Colombia have already mused about joining TPP, which involves North America, Chile, Peru, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.The proposed agreement reduces or eliminates barriers in a wide range of sectors and could lead to more Canadian exports of pork, beef, canola, forestry, minerals, high-tech machinery and a variety of other products.As one example among hundreds, the beef industry predicts exports to Japan will triple. The 39 per cent current tariff in Japan will become nine per cent over the next few years, and barriers will completely disappear in other areas.But voters can’t yet see the fine print.The actual text of the deal is undergoing a legal review, and it’s not clear when it will be available. The government offered no guarantees at a news conference. It simply expressed hope the 12 countries might manage to make it available in the next few days — before voters pick a government Oct. 19.The reaction was quick and diverse.Some members of Canada’s auto sector have promoted the pact, but there was consternation Monday from labour and industry groups. A coalition of Canadian unions called the entire pact a serious blunder — expressing skepticism about promised provisions that would guarantee collective-bargaining and prevent child labour.Even in the dairy sector, reaction was split.Some farmers practically celebrated.The supply-management system appears assured for at least another generation, said the head of Dairy Farmers of Canada. It’s now survived two big international trade negotiations, including the one with Europe. And with no other big deals on the horizon, it appears the system of quotas and import controls is here to stay.”The TPP is good for Canada,” said Wally Smith. ”’Farmers today in Canada are far more confident in their future… as opposed to always having a cloud over their head.”But there was more opposition in Quebec. A provincial cabinet minister grumbled about the deal, as did the Bloc Quebecois, and did the province’s farming lobby. One small-scale farm group, the Union Paysanne, declared: “Canadian agriculture just got creamed.”
“We hope new support will also be forthcoming at the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference that is taking place today in Kuwait,” said Sigrid Kaag, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.Ms. Kaag joined the Acting Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for the Near East (UNRWA), Heli Uusikyla, on the trip, during which they visited an UNRWA-managed health centre and school and a women’s centre, and met with camp representatives.“Camp residents and officials briefed me on the challenges faced due to crowded living conditions, unemployment and poverty,” said Ms. Kaag.Some 55,500 Palestinian refugees live in Ein El-Hilweh camp, in addition to over 6,000 Palestinian Refugees from Syria. Noting the high demographic density, the Special Coordinator hoped more could be done to ensure efficient shelter rehabilitation inside the camp.She welcomed the role played by the joint security force in maintaining stability in the camp and urged continued cooperation between Palestinian and Lebanese authorities for the benefit of the Lebanese and Palestinian refugee communities.Today’s visit was the first by the Special Coordinator to Ein El-Hilweh, the largest of the 12 Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
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Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a bill become a law? > Professor Ella Arensman, Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation, and An Garda Síochána will address the Health Committee in Room 2 at 9.30 am. Their statements will be followed by contributions from a number of suicide awareness groups including Pieta House and Aware at 11.30 am.On Tuesday, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton denied the Gateway scheme was comparable to ‘slave sweat shops’. He’s up for further questioning at 9.30 am.After an eventful political week that saw Fine Gael’s director of elections Frank Flannery resign from a number of positions due to the ongoing Rehab controversy, today’s Leaders’ Questions will be worth a watch at 12 pm.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilAny gaelgoirí should tune in to Dáil at 10.45 am as Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan will present his department’s 2020 Strategy on the Irish Language.Following this, the Government will continue to outline its priorities for the year ahead, much to the annoyance of the Opposition.The Order of Business will take place at 12.21 pm on issues yet to be finalised.Any unfinished business from the morning’s discussions will be continued from 12.41 pm.Topical Issues will be debated at 4.42 pm.The Dáil will adjourn at 5.30 pm.Everything happening in the Seanad:[The Seanad is not sitting today. Pic: Tumbleweed via gifbin.com]Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Public Accounts Committee will convene in Room 1 at 10 am to discuss the expenditure of the Justice Department and the State pathology building project. Rehab is also sure to come up.European Minister Pascal Donohue will address the EU Affairs Committee on the upcoming general affairs council meeting in Room 3 at 3 pm.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on
1 Comment Image: Google Maps Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 4:51 PM Dangan Road, Thomastown, near the scene of the incident. Jun 16th 2018, 4:51 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 73-year-old man dies after car hits ditch in Kilkenny The man died from his injuries in the early hours of this morning. Short URL Share45 Tweet Email Dangan Road, Thomastown, near the scene of the incident. Image: Google Maps By Gráinne Ní Aodha 13,388 Views GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a fatal road traffic collision in Co Kilkenny in which an elderly man died.The incident occurred on the main Thomastown to Inistioge Road at Dangan, around 2kms from Thomastown, at 8.10pm last night.A car collided with a ditch and the 73-year-old driver, the sole occupant of the car, received serious injuries. He was removed to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny where he died in the early hours of this morning.The scene of the collision has been examined by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, and the local coroner has been notified.Gardaí at Thomastown are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Thomastown Garda Station on 056- 7754150, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. http://jrnl.ie/4074837
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Unless there are snap general elections, ex-finance minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou will stand before a special court by February 11 to answer charges that he tampered with a list containing the names of more than 2,000 Greeks with deposits at the Geneva branch of HSBC in order to remove the names of three relatives.The special court will convene for the first time in more than two decades after a judicial council decided, in a four-to-one ruling, that Papaconstantinou should be tried for allegedly covering up his relatives’ deposits of 1.2 million euros. The judges decided that Papaconstantinou should not face charges of breach of duty and that his relatives need not be tried either as there is no evidence to suggest they were the moral instigators.Information included in the judges’ ruling suggests that the first thing Papaconstantinou did when he received the so-called Lagarde list is search for depositors with his surname and then with the surname of the prime minister at the time, George Papandreou.The trial at the special court must begin within two months. If there are elections, there will be a brief delay.
Le Yéti existerait bien et serait en partie humainSelon les travaux d’une vétérinaire texanne, Melba S. Ketchum, le Bigfoot ou Sasquatch serait un cousin de l’espèce humaine qui serait apparu il y a de cela 15.000 ans. Une hypothèse soutenue par l’étude de son ADN qui suggère également qu’il se serait même reproduit avec des femmes humaines donnant ainsi naissance à des individus hybrides. Big Foot, Sasquatch ou encore “abominable homme des neiges” en version moins flatteuse, le Yéti possède bien des noms à travers le monde. Pourtant, au sein de la communauté scientifique, il reste aujourd’hui un être légendaire dont on n’a jamais vraiment réussi à prouver l’existence. Et ce, malgré de nombreuses recherches dont certaines sont encore en cours. Entre témoignages visuels et supposés indices matériels, les hypothèses se multiplient ainsi depuis des décennies. Toutefois, pour une vétérinaire texane, cela ne fait aucun doute : Bigfoot (la version américaine du Yéti himalayen) existerait bel et bien.C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une société du nom de DNA Diagnostics qui rapporte dans un communiqué les travaux de Melba S. Ketchum. “Une équipe de scientifiques peut attester que leur étude d’ADN de cinq ans, actuellement en relecture, confirme l’existence d’une nouvelle espèce d’homininé hybride, couramment appelé ‘Bigfoot’ ou ‘Sasquatch’ vivant en Amérique du Nord”, explique le fameux communiqué cité par LiveScience. Mais celui-ci va même plus loin en indiquant que Sasquatch serait en fait “un cousin de l’espèce humaine qui est apparu il y a environ 15.000 ans”. Un croisement entre un homininé inconnu et un Homo sapiens Pour arriver à cette conclusion, la vétérinaire et ses collègues auraient travaillé à partir de trois génomes nucléaires complets issus de prétendus échantillons de Yéti. Ils auraient également obtenu du génome mitochondrial, contenu dans les structures productrices d’énergie des cellules, les mitochondries. En étudiant les deux génomes, les chercheurs auraient alors constaté que l’ADN mitochondrial était identique à celui de l’Homo sapiens moderne. En revanche, l’ADN nucléaire lui, a montré des différences s’apparentant à celles d’un nouvel homininé cousin de l’Homo sapiens et d’autres espèces de primates.”Nos données indiquent que le Sasquatch d’Amérique du Nord est une espèce hybride, le résultat d’un croisement entre un mâle d’une espèce inconnue d’homininé et d’une femelle Homo sapiens”, précise le communiqué. Autrement dit, les chercheurs suggèrent qu’un ancien homininé se serait un jour accouplé avec un Homo sapiens et aurait ainsi donné naissance à un hybride donc en partie humain. Reste que cette hypothèse est sans surprise largement sujette à débat, notamment parce que l’étude de Ketchum n’a pas encore été publiée et que la vétérinaire a refusé d’en dévoiler davantage à son sujet.Le mystère plane sur l’origine des échantillons Pour l’heure, il est donc impossible de valider ces conclusions, mais si les résultats s’avèrent corrects au sujet de l’ADN mitochondrial, deux hypothèses peuvent être envisagées : la première, celle envisagée par Ketchum, qu’une hybridation a bien eu lieu. La seconde, plus simple, celle que les échantillons ont été contaminés. Autrement dit que la personne qui a collecté ou manipulé ces derniers y a accidentellement introduit son ADN, ce qui peut se faire aussi facilement qu’en toussant ou en éternuant. Une hypothèse renforcée par le fait qu’en dehors de Ketchum et de son équipe, personne ne sait d’où sont issus les fameux échantillons, ni qui les ont prélevés. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De même, on ignore comment les chercheurs ont pu s’assurer que ceux-ci venaient bien du Yéti américain relève LiveScience. Comment peuvent-ils être sûrs que cela ne vient pas d’un autre animal errant ou même d’un humain ? Dans la mesure où aucun prélèvement n’a jamais pu être formellement identifié comme appartenant à Bigfoot, ils ne disposent d’aucun support de comparaison. Par le passé, l’analyse ADN de certains échantillons a permis de qualifier ces derniers d'”inconnu” ou de “non identifié”. mais là encore, la preuve n’est pas faite que “non identifié” veuille dire “appartenant à Bigfoot”. Le mystère reste donc entier aujourd’hui et ne pourra se dévoiler que lorsque l’étude de Ketchum sera enfin publiée. Si la vétérinaire détient réellement la preuve qu’elle affirme, alors la preuve sera faite que Bigfoot existe bel et bien. De quoi captiver l’attention du monde entier et d’inciter les scientifiques à partir à la recherche de la créature. Mais si ce n’est pas le cas, aucun doute que les spécialistes n’en resteront pas là et tenteront encore et toujours de prouver son existence. Le 28 novembre 2012 à 12:30 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced this week that an upcoming mission would be named Eugene Parker. Parker was responsible for discovering solar wind. Fitting, because the mission that bears his name will try to “touch” the sun and learn as much as it can about the constant stream of particles and radiation that we describe as “wind.” NASA has been doing a lot of interesting testing lately.The mission will launch aboard a Delta IV Heavy — currently the most powerful rocket still in use. After that, it will take a whopping seven years to get near and nearer the sun. It will do several Venusian flybys that will ultimately take it eight times closer than any craft has ever been — a mere 3.7 million miles.The mission will take some time to set-up because while you’d think it’d be easy to just ‘fall’ towards the sun, orbital mechanics aren’t so forgiving. As you fall, you exchange gravitational potential energy for kinetic energy, in essence, helping you pick up loads of speed. But the faster something travels, the higher the orbit it wants to settle into. That’s what causes comets and the like to take very long, elliptical orbits. In any case, if you fall too hard, you’ll either crash into the sun or get slung out of the system entirely. So, while they seem easier, trips to the inner solar system are insanely complex.If all that goes well, though, the Parker Solar Probe, as it has been dubbed, will take samples of the sun’s atmosphere and send as much data as it can back to Earth. At just four million miles, the probe would technically be in the highest layers of the sun’s atmosphere. And that’s a much rougher place than it sounds. The upper atmosphere, known as the corona, or crown, is actually much, much hotter than the surface, for one. That’s thanks to the sound energy — yes sound energy — that the sun’s constant churning, exploding surface gives off. This is also where you’ll find solar storms and all kinds of bad stuff.That’s exactly why we need to study it, too. Solar weather can have big consequences for us here on Earth. It messes with our power grid, can damage sensitive electronics, and take out satellites. It’s essential that as our world becomes more and more dependent upon electronics and communications technology, we need to know more about what causes these storms, how we can predict them and what we might do to protect ourselves.Parker will try to trace the origins of solar flares and the like — following the flow of energy within our star. Getting that close requires special solar shields that the craft will deploy en route. It even has two sets of solar panels — one for when it’s out a decent amount, and a second, smaller set that is specially designed for the high-energy environment near our star.On its approach, the Parker probe will also top out at nearly 120 miles per second, making it by far the fastest man-made object ever created. Truly this is landmark mission. So much so that NASA’s official mission renaming ceremony, is the first time the organization has ever named a craft after a living person.Eugene Parker just recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and while the probe will launch next year, NASA took the opportunity to go a little early. (Read more on NASA probes here) Their reasoning being that Parker’s work (the bulk of which dates back to the 50s) was so critical to the mission that everyone thought it best not to wait. In any case, we won’t get the first really substantial data back from Parker for years, but we’ve got a lot to look forward to and to expect from this record-breaking spacecraft.
4 More From Roadshow Autonomous Vehicles Trucks Self-driving trucks have the chance to transform the logistics industry, and even the federal government is working to determine how well the tech can work in its nascent stages.The United States Postal Service will begin a two-week pilot program that will put self-driving trucks to work delivering mail. The USPS will use trucks from TuSimple, a startup working to bring the first commercial self-driving semi to market. The pilot program will consist of five round trips ferrying USPS trailers between Phoenix and Dallas, each leg covering more than 1,000 miles. The trucks will be driven along the I-10, I-20 and I-30 interstates, and the drives will take place at all hours of the day and night. Like many other AV pilot programs, there will be a safety engineer and driver on board to monitor the truck and, if necessary, take command.Enlarge ImageIt’s unclear if the trucks will carry USPS branding, or if the cabs will sport the same TuSimple getup seen here. TuSimple TuSimple said that this kind of trip is exactly what self-driving trucks are made for. Each 22-hour leg, with a short turnaround time, would usually require two drivers working in tandem and sharing some awfully close confines. Using AVs would eliminate the need to bathe in another person’s musk for nearly a full day at a time, which seems like a benefit. Of course, the USPS sees benefits beyond smell. “This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future,” said a USPS spokesperson in an emailed statement. “We are conducting research and testing as part of our efforts to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions, and produce operational savings.”Driver shortages are hitting the logistics industry in a big way. American Trucking Association statistics estimate that the industry could be short some 175,000 drivers by 2024, so it’s a good time for self-driving trucks to start making moves. Enlarge ImageHaving driven most of this route in the past, I can assure you that it’s just about as lonely (and pretty) as it looks. TuSimple Tags Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
Ruhul Amin HawladerJatiya Party’s former secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking acceptance of his nomination paper, reports UNB.Lawyer AF Hasan Arif filed the petition on behalf of the Jatiya Party leader in the morning.The hearing on the petition is likely to be held at the bench of justice Tariq ul Hakim and justice Md Shohrowardi in the afternoon.The election commission on Friday rejected the petition of ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar on the 2nd day of hearing petitions filed against rejection and acceptance of nomination papers by returning officers.Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Saturday appointed its presidium member Ruhul Amin Hawlader as his special assistant giving him the second in command position in the party.The new development came just four days after Hawlader was removed from the party’s secretary general post.
Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed, saying the summit “may not work out for 12 June.”Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea president Moon Jae-in as the two leaders sought to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the North Korea summit.Trump told reporters: “If it doesn’t happen, may be it happens later,” reflecting recent setbacks to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas. The North pulled out of planned peace talks with the South last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between U.S. and the Republic of Korea forces, and it threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over the U.S. insistence on denuclearizing the peninsula.Moon said in the Oval Office that the “fate and the future” of the Korean Peninsula hinged on the talks, telling the U.S. president that they were “one step closer” to the dream of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”There are certain conditions that we want,” Trump said. He added if they aren’t met, “we won’t have the meeting.” He declined to elaborate on those conditions.
Illustration by Todd WisemanTexas RepublicansTexas Republicans, with as big a political advantage as any party in the country, are eating their own tail.In House districts where the Democrats haven’t been putting up a fight, they’re running Republican challengers against Republican incumbents — with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott endorsing some of the challengers.And a couple of incumbent Republican senators are battling challengers being advised by political consultants affiliated with the Texas Senate’s own presiding officer, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. It almost failed at the executive committee level — the measure needed a two-thirds vote. But “in a sincere effort to foster unity,” the party’s top two officials — Chairman James Dickey and Vice Chairman Amy Clark — voted to kick Straus on his way out.They expressed some misgivings about it, but they voted for censure anyway. “Please know, we do not do this lightly and it does not reflect any personal opinion on particular details in this discussion,” Dickey said in a statement posted on the Republican Party of Texas website. “This is us being committed to supporting the convention, the delegates, Republican voters across Texas in unifying our party to move forward. We must win in 2018. We’ve got to put this this behind us.”That censure vote is more a reflection of the GOP’s activists and big donors than of its rank-and-file voters. The party chiefs are hollering, but the bigger body of Republicans in Texas — the voters — don’t seem to be worried about it when they vote in congressional and legislative races.House Republicans, who are elected from 95 of the 150 House districts in the state, have voted time and again to keep Straus in the corner office. His original sin, for some in the party, came in his first election, when fewer than two-dozen Republicans joined with most of the House’s Democrats to overthrow Craddick and put Straus in charge. In each of the four elections since — in 2011, 2013, 2015 and last year — Straus won reelection with the support of almost all of the House’s Republicans. They’re presumably reflecting the will of the voters who put them in office.Republicans could hardly be more dominant in Texas government than they are today — than they have been, in fact, for the last decade. They’ve passed a remarkable amount of remarkably conservative legislation. And to think they did all of that with a legislative leader that the purists call a RINO — a “Republican in Name Only.” The Republican Party of Texas added its official institutional punctuation to the GOP’s purist purge last weekend, when the State Republican Executive Committee voted to censure the more moderate Republican House Speaker Joe Straus. Texas has only had two Republican speakers since Reconstruction — Straus and Tom Craddick of Midland — and Straus is one of only three speakers who’ve been elected to the job five times.But the Texas Legislature is measurably more conservative than it was when Straus was elected. Leaders in the party blame him — or credit him, if you prefer — for flushing the “bathroom bill” and some less-famous measures favored by Patrick, Abbott and others during the 2017 regular and special legislative sessions.At a time when Republicans hold all of the statewide offices in Texas, overwhelming majorities in the congressional delegation, the Legislature, and a slew of judgeships and local offices across the state, populist conservatives in the GOP are working hard to overthrow the party’s moderates.It’s a case of self-styled true believers vs. those they’ve labeled as apostates — a political version of the purebloods and mudbloods in Harry Potter’s world. That seemingly ancient idea of pulling everyone together into a “Big Tent” — remember Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush? — seems to be off to the recycling bin.The Texas GOP certainly has all of the diversity required for a big-tent party, with every possible flavor of conservative. They’re just having a hard time getting everybody to sing from the same hymnal.The Straus flap should be old news by now. He announced last year that he wouldn’t seek another term as speaker, or even as a state representative. For now, he’s going back to San Antonio. But the party in his home county still voted to censure him in December and pushed the idea up to the state party for consideration. Share
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROFor 61 years, Will Preyer and Stewart Hall didn’t fully comprehend their separate but equal places in baseball history when they played in their state Little League Championship in 1955. Eight years after Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, the game remained segregated at the youth level, especially in the Deep South. However, things changed in1955 at the Florida State Little League Championship, which is now the subject of a documentary recently screened at the Library of Congress.“A Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story” chronicles the story of how the all-White Orlando Kiwanis and all-Black Pensacola Jaycees met in a championship game defined by more than its box score. It was the first time that racial divisions were put aside on a baseball diamond for kids to socially interact and compete while breaking the stereotypes associated with Jim Crow.The Pensacola Jaycees were the first Black team to face an all White team in a Florida Little League game. They are the subject of a new documentary ‘A Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story.’ (Courtesy Photo)“I think this story is important because we didn’t realize the significance of the game when we played it,” Hall told the AFRO. “A chance to reunite with the guys gave us the chance to learn about how they were feeling and to talk with them about what was it was like growing up Black in Pensacola.”The documentary addresses the different worlds the players were entering the game from. Hall and the rest of his Orlando teammates had “perfect” lives with no legally sanctioned barriers keeping them from enjoying it. Pensacola players were living in a world of denied access and curfews that kept them in a social holding cell where they dared not be caught outside the neighborhood after hours. They advanced to the championship round via forfeit because White teams in the Florida panhandle wouldn’t face teams with Black players.However, a love for baseball was the common theme in each dugout. The feelings of those times and the passion for the game of both teams is captured brilliantly by director John Strong. Strong blends stories of a shared romanticism that both groups felt for the game against a backdrop of how those times were shaping the way kids were growing up in two separate Americas.“It took a lot of digging,” said producer Ted Haddock. “The more we really pressed into it we discovered this was a very significant game and a story that really needed to be told”.The AFRO’s legendary sports columnist Sam Lacy wrote about the historic game in 1955. (File photo)Hall says in the movie how the AFRO, and legendary sports editor Sam Lacy, made him appreciate the role he played in history. Lacy wrote the story that was published with a headline “Florida Little League Has Mixed Playoff” on August 20, 1955 which opened the door to start the project. It wasn’t until Hall read the AFRO’s chronicle of the events that he realized the magnitude of the ground that was broken on that day.“A chance to reunite with the team from Pensacola gave us a chance to fill in a lot of the blanks,” said Hall. “It has been an emotional experience being around those men. After 61 years to be able to finally talk openly with them is a red letter moment in my life.”Several baseball legends also share their perspectives on the importance of this game throughout the story. Former Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken and manager Davey Johnson are joined by longtime home run king Hank Aaron.Orlando won the game 5-0 but that is just a footnote according to Rev. Freddie Augustine who played for Pensacola. “Times were tough then and racial tension was always high. But leading up to and during the game there was no problem. I just wished we had played a better game,” Augustine said.
Stay on target For those of us plugged in to our modern, always online, tech-infused cyberpunk world, 2018 has already managed to feel especially dystopian despite not even being a month old yet. We’ve got reality show hosts competing with other reality show hosts to be president. YouTubers can’t stop filming dead bodies. And there are new seasons of both Black Mirror and The X-Files.But what if all these seemingly disconnected events were actually part of some grand unified conspiracy orchestrated by a single purple perpetrator? What if Waluigi is secretly ruining the internet?Now hear us out. Obviously we all know Waluigi is a bad guy. Just look at him. He’s Luigi’s evil counterpart the way Wario is for Mario. And since Luigi is already just a variation on Mario, we’ve heard Waluigi described as “a reflection of a reflection” of the classic gaming mascot. But so far his villainy has been limited to things like being a nasty driver in Mario Kart, running a taco stand, or trying to out dance his rivals in Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix.However, we began to suspect Waluigi was more sinister than he seemed after Twitter detailed its new harassment policies. The social media platform has been rightfully criticized for letting the worst trolls fester on the service and attack others without repercussions. For the longest time those throwaway accounts would feature blank eggs or perhaps anime avatars. But Twitter made the curious decision to give its example harasser a Waluigi avatar. If Twitter thinks Waluigi is up there with straight-up Nazis, @Jack must know something we don’t about the depths of Waluigi’s evil.This update is now rolled out to everyone. Here’s an example of the in-app notifications you can expect: pic.twitter.com/q6l7F5050w— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 10, 2018From there the pieces just kept falling into place. Who would do something so cruel as causing a power outage at the year’s biggest tech show CES? Waluigi. Who would hire robot strippers for that same tech show? Waluigi. Who could sneak his outfit into Super Mario Odyssey despite being a spin-off character? Waluigi. Who could cause Nintendo to troll its fans for days on end before finally dropping a Nintendo Direct without an announcement? Waluigi. And as if to rub it in, to tell Mister Police that he really did give you all the clues, during that Direct Waluigi debuted his spiffy new outfit for the upcoming Mario Tennis Aces on Nintendo Switch, the franchise he first appeared in.2018 is going to be full of tough challenges to overcome. Our politics, our internet, and even our lives are under threat. But it’s now clear that stopping Waluigi once and for all must be our highest priority.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs
Artemis Fowl, a sci-fi movie about a child genius battling fairies, will hit theaters next year.On Tuesday, Walt Disney Studios released an Artemis Fowl trailer on YouTube, and it’s dark and mysterious plot blurs the lines between magic and reality. The film is set to premiere on August 9, 2019, so fans will have to wait a few months to see it.Based on the popular book Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, the movie follows Artemis Fowl II, a highly intelligent 12-year-old, as he tries to fight a powerful race of fairies who might know where his father is.Fowl, a descendent of Irish criminal masterminds, taps his bodyguard Butler to track down a tipsy fairy in Vietnam and grab The Book of the People, a religious fairy book that might give clues to his dad’s disappearance. After decoding the book, Fowl and Butler set off to find a sacred fairy ritual location and run into major trouble along the way.Will Fowl find is dad and defeat the unforgiving fairy race? You’ll have to watch Artemis Fowl on the big screen to find out Fowl’s fate.More on Geek.com:11 Scandinavian Crime Novels That Would Make Kick-Ass Movies7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Best Human-Hunting Movies Stay on target Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week
Every time a hot new piece of electronic wizardry comes out, there are people who want to get it for free. That leads to some unfortunate shenanigans, which often leave innocent bystanders stuck holding the bag, or bag of rocks in this case. Igor Baksht bought a GTA V PlayStation 4 bundle from a Denver-area Walmart only to find he had walked out of the store with two bags of rocks. You can probably guess what happened next.The box had all the cardboard packaging inside to retain the correct shape, but in the space where the console should be, there were rocks. The two bags of pebbles were cleverly duct-taped together to keep them from shifting around. Baksht attempted to return the bags of rocks at two different stores, which did not go well. The Store said there was nothing that could be done in that situation.Baksht notes that he was told when purchasing the console that the item had previously been returned. The clerk also mentioned that it felt unusually heavy. Yes, Baksht should have probably checked the box while still inside the store, but hindsight is 20/20 as they say.Basically, someone bought a PS4 in the previous week or so, then returned two bags of rocks. Apparently no one at the store thought to check. Alternatively, it was an inside job.After repeated attempts to get the console replaced, Baksht was finally contacted by the store manager on Christmas Eve (several days after the original purchase). The store allowed him to return the rocks and get his money back. It’s a happy ending, but also a cautionary tale. Check suspiciously heavy returned electronics before buying them.
Cypriot airline Cobalt announced on Thursday the introduction of a new route to the company’s flight schedule, which connects Cyprus via direct flights to Beirut.According to the announcement, the airline’s direct flights from Larnaca to Beirut will be launched on May 1.The new route is scheduled to operate seven times a week, with a lower one-way price of €55.Specifically, the flights are scheduled every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. In addition, there will be another two flights, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, every Thursday and Sunday.The traveling public can find more details about the flights of Cobalt Air at the company’s website www.cobalt.aeroThe company has also plans to expand its reach to destinations which were not traditionally directly connected to Cyprus such as China, India and USA.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola