Artisan Soap Making Workshop at Sutherland Steam Mill

first_imgNova Scotians who love natural homemade soap products can learn how to make it the old-fashioned way at Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark, Colchester Co., near Tatamagouche. A two-day artisan soap making workshop on Aug. 19 and 20 will feature well-known Nova Scotia soap maker Guy Rochon who has more than 30 years of experience in the business. “One of the wonderful things about soap making is you have total control over what you put in it,” said Mr. Rochon. “Participants will be taught everything they need to know to safely make their own incredible cold process soaps from scratch.” Attendees will learn about scenting, the art of superfatting, which adds extra oils to a soap recipe, using natural additives and how to source their own raw ingredients from suppliers. The workshop includes all raw materials. Students will take home about two pounds of their own cured, scented soap. Total cost for the two days is $105. For more information, or to register for the workshop, visit read more

Court grants bail to triple talaq accused

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to a man accused in the first case of triple talaq registered in the Capital city.Atir Shamim, a resident of the Azad Market neighbourhood near Tis Hazari, was granted bail by Duty Magistrate Dinesh Kumar on a personal bail bond of Rs 30,000 and two sureties of the like amount. Making this the first arrest in a triple talaq case, after both houses of parliament passed a bill criminalising the act, Shamim’s lawyers Bharat Bagga and Rishabh Kumar told the court that their client was being falsely implicated. “There is matrimonial dispute between the parties due to which the complainant made a false complaint and misused the process of law,” they argued. However, countering this argument, the counsel for Shamim’s wife, Ramiya Yaha (29) and the public prosecutor said that the allegations against the accused in the case are serious.last_img read more

Poll panel issues showcause notice to Maya says she violated poll code

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to Mayawati over her speech in Deoband appealing to Muslims not to vote for a particular party, finding that the BSP chief had prima facie violated the model code of conduct. The chief electoral officer Sunday had sought a report from Saharanpur district administration on Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s speech during the joint SP-BSP-RLD rally in Deoband. Chief Electoral Officer L Venkateshwarlu had received several complaints and he sought a report from the district administration on the issue. The commission, in its notice to Mayawati, said prima facie it is of the opinion that the BSP chief has violated provisions of the model code of conduct. It also asked Mayawati to explain her stand regarding her statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The EC said she should give an explanation within 24 hours of receiving the notice otherwise it would take its decision without making any further reference to her. State BJP vice president J P S Rathore had also written to the chief electoral officer, alleging that appealing to Muslims not to vote for a particular party amounts to fanning religious passion and is a hindrance in holding free and fair polls. During the rally Sunday, Mayawati said the Congress was busy dividing the votes and cautioned the gathering to guard against any such attempt. “In western UP, where people of all communities live…in Saharanpur, Bareilly, where there is a huge Muslim population…I want to tell the Muslim community…don’t divide your votes…give it to the BSP, SP and RLD alliance,” she had said.last_img read more

Dozens of nations sign up to UNbacked treaty banning use of cluster

3 December 2008Representatives of around 100 countries gathered in Oslo, Norway, today to sign an historic United Nations-sponsored treaty formally renouncing the use of cluster bombs, a weapon that frequently kills innocent civilians and cripples communities for decades after hostilities have ceased. First used in World War II, cluster munitions contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of several football fields, but often fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields. The failure rate makes these weapons particularly dangerous for civilians, who continue to be maimed or killed for years after conflicts end. Some 98 per cent of victims are civilians and cluster bombs have claimed over 10,000 civilian lives, 40 per cent of whom are children.In his message to the signing conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all governments to sign and ratify the Convention without delay, adding that the Convention indicates a significant and fundamental change in the position of many governments.“The importance of this shift cannot be overemphasized,” Mr. Ban said in a message read by Sergio Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.“A great number of governments present here today, some with considerable defence and peacekeeping responsibilities, have concluded that their policies were not in full concurrence with their international obligations and could jeopardize recovery and development efforts,” he added.Adopted at a diplomatic conference in Dublin this May, the Convention on Cluster Munitions offers an unprecedented prohibition on the use, production, transfer, and stockpiling of these weapons, representing the most significant humanitarian and disarmament treaty of the decade.In addition to claiming casualties, cluster munitions contaminate arable land, kill livestock and destroy shelters, presenting ongoing barriers to economic recovery and development, according to a press release issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today. In Laos, for example, clearance operations are still ongoing more than 30 years after conflict left 75 million unexploded cluster bomblets across the country. In Lebanon, cluster munitions were dropped on more than 48 million square metres of land in July and August 2006, killing and injuring over 300 civilians.The Convention – negotiated by States that represent past and current producers, stockpilers and victims of cluster munitions – establishes important commitments regarding assistance to victims, clearance of contaminated areas and destruction of stockpiles.“We see an unprecedented opportunity for states to sign this treaty, clearing the world of a weapon that wages war on civilians,” said Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Kathleen Cravero.UNDP noted that it is the first successfully negotiated international treaty to ban an entire category of conventional weapons and is a significant strengthening of international humanitarian law.“It is only fitting that we should gather here, where treaty negotiations began, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities to protect future generations from this insidious weapon,” said Ms. Cravero. “Let us take advantage of this historic opportunity to make cluster munitions a weapon of the past.” read more

Canadas top 1 saw fastest income acceleration overall decrease in taxes

OTTAWA — A new study says the incomes of Canada’s top one per cent grew at a faster pace than everyone else’s in 2017 — and, overall, they saw their taxes edge down.Statistics Canada says in 2017 the average total income of all tax filers rose 2.5 per cent compared to the previous year, while those in the top one per cent saw average income growth of 8.5 per cent.The report says the top 0.1 per cent took home 17.2 per cent more income, and people in the top 0.01 per cent, who made at least $2.7 million, saw their incomes rise 27.2 per cent — for the fourth-highest increase in 35 years.The agency says as the top one per cent made more money, their effective tax rate declined to 30.9 per cent in 2017, down from 31.3 per cent the year before.The decrease in taxes for the top earners was mostly due to lower provincial taxes, especially in Quebec.The report says at the federal level, the top one per cent have been paying higher taxes since the Liberal government created a fifth tax bracket in 2016, which nudged the effective tax rate of top earners to 18.8 per cent from 18.4 per cent.The Canadian Press read more

UN chief condemns latest attack on Somali legal system

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned that recent attacks in Mogadishu appear to target the judicial officials and the legal system as a whole,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued Monday evening.Mr. Ban “remains confident that such criminal acts will not undermine efforts to strengthen the rule of law in the country,” the statement added.According to media reports, gunmen killed the Deputy Attorney General on 26 April as he was leaving a mosque following Friday prayers.Mr. Ban expressed his sincere condolences to Mr. Nur’s family and reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to support and assist the Government of Somalia, its institutions and its people. Earlier this month, UN independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, urged the international community to continue its efforts to strengthen the administration of justice in Somalia despite a slew of attacks. Mr. Bari made his statement after deadly bomb and gun attacks at the Banadir Regional Court and near the airport in Mogadishu. read more

Mamma Mia Understudy from theatre next door steps in to save the

“But he told me that Mamma Mia!’s company manager was on the phone asking if I was in the building because they had an emergency. I simply got told: ‘They need you there, can you run over to Mamma Mia! and go now’.”The reaction from the 1,100-strong audience when Parry, 35, stepped on stage was euphoric, with loud applause greeting her appearance. Mr Effeney said the chances of Parry being able to step in had been “one in a billion”, telling the Evening Standard: “Otherwise we would have had to abandon the show and refund everybody’s money.”He added: “It was a completely unique experience for the audience. When something like that happens and it works the audience love it.”View latest offers from Theatre Tickets Direct During the scramble to find a replacement for Deverill they had been told theatre management were doing their best to make sure the award winning show could continue, but few held out much hope until they managed to get hold of Parry.“There was huge applause when she came on stage,” said a spokesman for the Novello Theatre. “They were desperate to see the show so you can imagine the reaction.”Parry last played the part of Donna Sheridan on stage in 2013 – although she did reprise the role on a cruise ship last year – so says she was a bit rusty, particularly in the dance scenes.“Suddenly had to revert right back, so I was being pulled around stage and guided along by others as we went through the night,” said Parry.“It was a packed house and they were marvellous. I honestly wish I could have taped the reaction and had it on demand for whenever I’m feeling down. I think it’s a really good moment to celebrate the camaraderie of the West End, that 42nd Street wanted me to go and help out another show and that we could pull all that together for the audience.” The Novello Theatre, in London's West End When the lead in the West End hit musical Mamma Mia was forced off stage with a calf injury the Novello Theatre faced the prospect of having to send the audience home.Fortunately stage manager Philip Effeney remembered that an actress who had previously played the part at the theatre was now an understudy at another venue, a few minutes down the road.So it was that just 20 minutes after the show had “ground to a halt”, Steph Parry stepped into the shoes of the injured Caroline Deverill – making sure the show did indeed go on.In a further twist the show Parry had originally been preparing for that night – 42nd Street – is based entirely on the premise of an understudy’s rise from showgirl to star.Her appearance as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! on Thursday night was doubly lucky, as Parry had only got back from a holiday that day in order to take up her role as understudy in 42nd Street, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.She said: “It was my first day back at 42nd Street after a holiday, and I was back to being a standby waiting in the dressing room tucking into some carrots and hummus. My company manager then gave me a call, so I thought I was going to have to go on at the Theatre Royal. The Novello Theatre, in London’s West EndCredit:Nigel Howard/Evening Standard 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. read more

Met police fanned the flames of Carl Beechs false allegations of Westminster

The Metropolitan Police “aided and abetted” a fantasist who invented a Westminster VIP paedophile ring and “fanned the flames” of false allegations, a court heard as ‘Nick’ was sent to prison for 18 years.Officers were accused of encouraging Carl Beech, who at the time the allegations emerged was known by the alias ‘Nick’, to make up a web of lies about some of the country’s most high-profile figures. Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner who presided over the inquiry has been urged to return his peerage by Harvey Proctor, one of the victims of the “malicious” witch hunt.Families of those who have had their names dragged through the mud also called for a fresh inquiry into the actions of the senior police officers, who have been cleared of any wrong-doing by the police watchdog and allowed to retire with full pensions.It came as Beech, a former NHS manager, was handed what is believed to be the longest ever sentence for perverting the course of justice. “I have suffered both physically and emotionally as a result and did so without regret or complaint. I thought I could be hurt no more.”I can honestly say however I was never as badly wounded in all my time in the military as I have been by the allegations made by Nick that formed the basis of Operation Midland.“Of course it is a matter of public record that the Met apologised to me for their conduct towards me and then the Commissioner stated that I was innocent of the allegations against me. Despite this, mud sticks.”He said that as well as news coverage with the “advent of social media such speculation takes on a whole new dimension”.“I was content to live out my retirement in peace with what I believed was my reputation and secured. I now live in fear of the day when my descendants choose to search for me on Google or similar and instead of seeing that which I achieved find out about that which I was accused of,” Lord Bramall said.“For those of us that have climbed the highest, we face the greatest fall.”Sir Edward Heath“Disgusting allegations” made against former Prime Minister Edward Heath “casts a dreadful stain on the whole country”, his godson has said as the fantasist who accused him was jailed. But as they proceeded to search his home he had to move his wife Dorothy from room to room and he struggled to explain to her what he had done because of the “paucity of the information” he had been given.  Lord and Lady Brittan pictured in 2013 before the allegations emerged  Sir Edward Heath was one of the politicians accused by Carl Beech Credit:Anthony Marshall Daniel Janner QC, son of Lord Janner, who was falsely accused of abusing children by Carl Beech Lord Bramall said that the impact of Beech’s lies were “compounded” by the actions of officers whilst Lady Brittan said that her late husband and her family had been “let down” by the system.Daniel Janner QC, son of Lord Janner, called for a fresh investigation into the actions of the officers involved, adding: “There are questions as to whether or not the police acted maliciously, amounting to the offence of misfeasance in public office.”Mr Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, was facing calls to resign for acting as a “cheerleader” for Beech.Lord Brittan The widow of Lord Brittan has told how she had to arrange security for her husband’s funeral after he was falsely accused of being part of a murderous Westminster VIP paedophile ring.Lady Brittan said that the impact of the allegations of fantasist Carl Beech have been “indescribable, incalculable and unending” and she has feared for the safety of her family in the wake of the lies.Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, the former home secretary, was suffering with cancer when he was questioned over the allegations and died aged 75 before his name was cleared, meaning he was “denied the dignified death he deserved”. Tom Watson has faced calls to resign for his support of Carl Beech's claims in 2014 Daniel Janner QC, son of Lord Janner, who was falsely accused of abusing children by Carl BeechCredit:Telegraph/Julian Simmonds Beech’s accusations become more lurid at the point the Met decided to “dance to his tune”, he said adding: “It is my belief that he was encouraged to elaborate on his allegations by the Met investigation…“Whilst Beech is the creator of this hell for me it is the pitiless and unfair approach of the Met which is the direct cause of my suffering”.Lord Hogan-Howe, who was the Met Commissioner throughout Operation Midland retired from the force in February 2017 and was elevated to the House of Lords as a cross-bencher.Mr Proctor said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if Hogan-Howe sacrificed himself in the light of this verdict and said: ‘I’m guilty to this, I hold my hands up, I was responsible for all of this. I was the commissioner for the metropolis and I failed and my police failed’.  He should write to her Majesty the Queen and return his peerage.” Carl Beech appearing in court earlier this monthCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA He said that the accusations had caused “enormous anguish and distress” to his family and those who knew Sir Edward. It was another six months before the police told him that no further action would be taken.“Above all what really upset me is this: my record of public service speaks for itself. In service of my Queen and Country I have done all that has been required of me,” he said.  Mr Justice James Goss jailed the 51-year-old for 15 years for “maliciously making lurid and the most serious false allegations against distinguished former public servants” including rape, torture and child murder. The convicted paedophile was jailed for a further 18 months for voyeurism and possessing indecent photographs and 18 months for fraud, all sentences to run consecutively.Mr Justice Goss said that Beech was “no doubt encouraged” by the “apparent willingness” of the police “to accept the truthfulness of your account”.The victims and their families expressed surprise that officers had been so willing to accept increasingly “ludicrous” lies including that been had been  tortured with snakes and had his dog kidnapped by MI5.Former Tory minister David Mellor, who was Lord Brittan’s deputy at the Home Office, said the  case was an “appalling indictment” of the Metropolitan Police who had been guilty of “idiocy on an epic scale” in believing Beech’s lies which “a child would have seen through”.”The Metropolitan Police should hang their heads in shame on this,” he said.Mr Proctor, the former Tory MP who lost his home and his job in the wake of the false claims, said that Beech’s lies were contradicted even by his own mother and would have been “torpedoed by an elementary police investigation”. Leon Brittan, pictured in 1994, died before he was exonerated of Beech's claims Leon Brittan, pictured in 1994, died before he was exonerated of Beech’s claimsCredit:David Burges Baroness Julia Neuberger, Lord Brittan’s rabbi who spent a lot of his final weeks and months at his side, added that he was “hugely upset” by the allegations. “The effect was a cruel one – he felt desperately ill, cut off from much of his social and business circle, and traduced. It had a powerful effect on a brave man. He was denied the dignified death he deserved,” she said.Lord Bramall The former head of the British Army has described how the wounds inflicted by false accusations of child sex abuse are much worse than anything he experienced in the military. Instead officers’ spent two years and an estimated £4 million investigating the claims without a single arrest being made.Mr Proctor said that the “criminal damage” that Beech did to him “aided and abetted” by the Metropolitan Police and others including Tom Watson MP “was to wreck my life”. Newcastle Crown Court heard how Beech’s false accusations had ruined the lives and reputations of those he accused including former prime minister Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, the retired head of the Armed Forces Lord Bramall and former Labour MP Lord Janner. “My husband was alone in hospital terminally ill with cancer when the allegations were first made public and then, when the BBC interviewed ‘Nick’ and made the story headline news, it went global…“To lose someone that you love is bad enough in itself but in these circumstances, it was truly terrible.”She said that in the days that followed she had to deal with the coverage of the allegations, including a comment piece written by Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, in which Lord Brittan was described as “close to evil as a human being could get”. “I was so worried I even had to arrange security for his burial, something no widow should have to do,” Lady Brittan told the court.Six weeks after his death their homes in London and Yorkshire were raided, with the latter turned upside down as Metropolitan Police officers spent two days looking for evidence. Two days later the searches were made public.“During the following months and years, I had to call on my reserves of inner strength and courage to deal with a rollercoaster of emotions as the truth about Operation Midland slowly unravelled,” Lady Brittan wrote.“Good and bad developments in the case always had an impact, meaning I was never completely free of the story.” Sir Edward Heath was one of the politicians accused by Carl Beech  Living in a small village the police turning up twenty-handed was “bound” to attract attention, he added, especially when some of the officers went for lunch in the only village pub.But despite the spotlight being turned on him it was eight weeks before he was allowed to respond to the accusations.Officers then failed to interview him properly or give him sufficient details of the claims, meaning that he was questioned again three months later at his home and “thereby prolonging my ordeal and leaving these monstrous allegations hanging over me for longer,” he said.He had requested the second interview take place at his home as his wife’s health had deteriorated and he was “fearful of leaving her as I was aware our time together was limited”.Before the second interview took place in July 2015 Lady Bramall passed away.“My wife of 62 years died not knowing whether I had been cleared of the most horrific of crimes”, Lord Bramall wrote. Lord Bramall was one of the powerful men falsely accused by Carl Beech of abusing boys Field Marshal Lord Bramall said that everything he has achieved in years of dedicated service to Queen and country will forever be overshadowed by false allegations that he was part of a VIP paedophile ring that had abused, tortured and even murdered boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Lord Bramall, who is now 95, made a victim statement in November last year fearing that he would not survive to see Carl Beech brought to justice for the lies he fabricated against him and other powerful men.In the statement, read to Newcastle Crown Court by his solicitor Drew Pettifer, Lord Bramall described how his ordeal started when the Met searched his home on March 4 2015, whilst he was at him with his wife who suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and bed-bound.“When the Met first arrived I genuinely had no idea why they were there and welcomed them with the words: ‘How very nice to see you’. During my years of service I had enjoyed a good relationship with the police and had no idea of the ordeal that was to befall me,” he said. In a victim impact statement read to Beech’s sentencing hearing by prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC, Lord Brittan’s wife of 34 years said: “My husband always believed in, and upheld, the rule of law and was passionate about fairness in the criminal justice system. He respected the role of the police in our society. Carl Beech appearing in court earlier this month Lincoln Seligman said that Sir Edward Heath “was the wholly innocent victim of a wicked tissue lies” which meant that his friends and relatives had to “witness the slow and sickening destruction of the name of a good man who was not alive to defend himself”.In a victim impact statement read at the sentencing hearing of ‘Nick’, who said Sir Edward sexually abused him, Mr Seligman said: “The accusations of Carl Beech – which gave rise to Operation Midland and Operation Conifer – have been allowed to fester publicly for more than five years.“For some reason some police officers appeared to believe Beech when there was absolutely no corroborative evidence for his increasingly ludicrous and incredible allegations. He was recklessly encouraged protected in his lies by them and by some opportunist politicians, who should be ashamed of themselves. Lord Bramall was one of the powerful men falsely accused by Carl Beech of abusing boysCredit:Telegraph/Geoff Pugh “The presumption of innocence went by the board and Beech’s fantasies were declared by a senior Metropolitan Office to be credible and true.“The Chief Constable of Wiltshire even arranged the notorious and disgraceful television broadcast in front of Sir Edward’s home to invite ‘victims of Edward Heath’ to come forward.“He was quoted frequently in the press as saying he was 120 per cent certain that Heath was guilty. This was a terrible and false attack on a wholly innocent man.” “And yet, in the last year of his life – and particularly in his last few months – he had to face, while desperately ill, a series of entirely false allegations and smears of the very worst kind.“Before he became the subject of heinous claims of child rape and murder by the man then known as ‘Nick’, he dealt courageously with various other entirely untrue claims of a sexual nature.“I felt he was caught up in a totally unjustified witch hunt which took its toll on both him and me. The impact of these dreadful allegations on the entire global network of anyone caught up in such matters is indescribable, incalculable and unending.“It was against this background that we had to deal with the emerging story of Operation Midland, where a very senior Metropolitan officer described the allegations of the defendant in this case, on more than one occasion, as ‘credible and true’. Tom Watson has faced calls to resign for his support of Carl Beech’s claims in 2014Credit:Luke Dray/Getty Images Europe Despite being “plainly ridiculous” the lies have been “peddled around the world” and done “untold damage” to the reputation of the former Prime Minister which with the “power and longevity” of the Internet and Twitter it is likely will ever be undone, he said.Mr Seligman added: “To wrongly brand any man a paedophile is an appalling injustice, whoever he may be. To brand a former Prime Minister in this hateful way casts a dreadful stain on the whole country which can only be washed away by reclaiming the good name of a man who served that country with honour and total commitment. This verdict does just that.”Lord Janner Tom Watson should resign in shame for “whipping up moral panic” about a VIP child abuse ring, the son of Lord Janner has said.Daniel Janner QC, appeared in the witness stand during the sentencing of Carl Beech to described how it is “impossible to get over the hurt” that the lies have had on his family.His father, a former Labour MP, died in December 2015 after a period of suffering from dementia with the allegations hanging over him. She said after the “dark days of those first few months” she found it “immensely heartening” that the media including the Daily Telegraph began questioning the claims and the premise on which the police were basing their investigation. “My husband’s name has now been cleared, but he will never know this,” she said. “As a lawyer, he always believed in the judicial system – as do I, as a former magistrate. But the system has let him and my family down.“We hope that lessons have been learned and that no one else will have to go through what our family and friends did.”  Lord and Lady Brittan pictured in 2013 before the allegations emerged  Mr Janner told the judge: “Beech maintained in this trial that my late father raped him in the Carlton Club. The jury would have nothing of it.”It is impossible to get over the hurt which such ghastly alleged acts of violence have on a law-abiding family like mine.”They are corrosive. They lie on the internet with ignorant people saying that there is no smoke without fire.”We loved our late father. He died an innocent man. He was a force for good and justice.”He said on the steps of the court that Mr Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, was “primarily responsible for whipping up a moral panic.” “So he should hang his head in shame, and he should resign,” he said. “For him to take the moral high ground in the Labour Party against anti-Semitism is completely hypocritical.”Lord Janner’s family has always maintained his innocence, with Mr Janner saying: “We were looking after a man who had dementia and was weeks from death when these allegations came out.”It was an extremely hurtful and very sad period in our lives, but we’re moving on.”He also criticised the Metropolitan Police, who investigated Beech’s claims, after a senior detective at one stage described them as “credible and true”. “Highly damaging, highly hurtful, but Tom Watson should go,” Mr Janner said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Southern Greece drowns in floods while the north battles raging fires

first_imgBad luck and torrid weather have been tormenting Greece since Wednesday testing citizens and authorities alike.Nearly 300 firefighters, volunteers and soldiers are striving to contain large forest fires on the northern Greek island of Thasos, which has damaged homes and forced the evacuation of a village. The Greek authorities have instituted a state of emergency and several localities (Aliki, Prinos Kazaviti, Rachoni, Agios Panteleimonas) and two monasteries (Archangel Michael and St. Panteleimon) have been evacuated.The fire started Saturday, September 10, in four different villages (Rachoni, Limenaria, Prinos, Aliki), as a result of lightning, and then expanded in southern areas of the island with the wind blowing heavily in the north -south.“All measures are taken to protect the life of people on the island,” Thassos Mayor Kostas Hatziemmanouil said. The fire department also declared that at least eight houses were damaged in the central, mountain village of Kazaviti, which was evacuated.Meanwhile, flash floods due to heavy rainfall continue to cause severe problems in many regions of central and southern Greece. A 30-year-old restaurant owner was found drown on Wednesday near the city of Corinth, some 90 kilometers southwest of Athens, bringing the death toll of floods in the Peloponnese this week to five. The man’s car was swept into a swollen stream while he was trying to reach his business, according to the fire brigade. According to AMNA, four elderly people were killed under similar circumstances on Wednesday while a woman in the northern city of Thessaloniki has been missing after her car was swept by waters on the same day. Outside Trikala, firefighters rescued at least two people after their cars were swept by flood waters, Flooded sections of national highways and regional roads in central and northern Greece have been closed and traffic has been diverted, while the fire brigade has responded to more than 1,000 calls for flooded basements of homes and stores nationwide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Research house says new Malaysian casino tax rate likely at 20 for

first_imgEarlier this month, Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng revealed the fee increase to be imposed on Genting Malaysia during his budget speech, with the annual casino license fee to rise from MYR120 million (US$28.8 million) to MYR150 million (US$36 million) and the tax on gross gaming income to jump from 25% to 35%.Genting Malaysia subsequently stated that it “is assessing the full implications of the additional taxes and will take the appropriate next course of action which includes a review of its marketing expenditure and cost structure to mitigate the impact of the tax increases.”Commenting on the revised VIP tax figure, UOB KayHian Research said this week, “Given that the negative impact from the gaming tax hike has been fairly priced in, and with the lower-than-initially expected VIP gaming tax serving as a pleasant surprise, investors may now refocus on Genting Group’s catalysts in 2019.”The update is also expected to positively impact the share price of Genting Malaysia, which has fallen 20% since the Finance Minister’s budget speech, and Genting Berhad which has fallen by around 3%.“We continue to expect Genting Malaysia to conduct cost-cutting measures to mitigate the impact of the tax hike,” the research house said. “However, we have revised down our assumption of the annual 2019-2020 cost cut from MYR200 million to MYR100 million.” 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Gaming taxes on the VIP segment in Malaysia will likely be subject to a 20% tax from 1 January 2019, easing fears of a massive hike from its current level of 10% to 35%, according to UOB KayHian Research.The research house released its prediction in a research note this week after conducting channel checks, adding that a 20% tax rate on VIP put it in line with Genting Group’s original prediction of a 10% tax hike and easing investor concerns. Load More RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Local Aerial Photographer Joseph Turner

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting local aerial photographer Joseph Turner.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Over 300 older children split at border are reunited

first_imgIn this 10 July 2018, file photo, Ever Reyes Mejia, of Honduras, carries his son to a vehicle after being reunited and released by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: APThe Trump administration said Thursday that it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with their families after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds to go before a court-imposed deadline a week away.The justice department reaffirmed in a court filing that it has identified 2,551 children who may be covered by US district judge Dana Sabraw’s order. More than 900 are either “not eligible or not yet known to the eligible,” the vast majority of them undergoing evaluation to verify parentage and ensure the children are safe.ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said he was concerned about the high number of children who have not been cleared for reunification.The administration and the American Civil Liberties Union are due back in court Friday for the fifth time in two weeks as the judge holds tightly to a 26 July deadline for all children to be reunified. He set an earlier deadline of 10 July for dozens of children under 5.The government has identified eight US Immigration and Customs Enforcement locations to reunify children 5 and older, and people have been getting released throughout the Southwest this week.The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are taking the lead on helping families that have been released into the US The faith-based groups provide food, clothing, legal aid and often money for a bus or a plane ticket, usually for them to join relatives across the country.Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, has served dozens of families. The shelter’s director, Ruben Garcia, said “the actual reunification process is a logistical nightmare.”On Monday, the judge put a temporary hold on deporting parents while the government prepares a response to the ACLU’s request for parents to have at least one week to decide whether to pursue asylum in the US after they are reunited with their children.last_img read more

Baltimore Homicide Rate Falls in January after Deadly 2015

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s homicide rate fell in January for the first time since unrest in April.Media outlets report that that the city recorded 14 killings in January. That’s less than half of the 33 homicides in December and lower than the 25 in January 2015.Last year, the city counted 344 homicides. That was Baltimore’s second-highest homicide count on record. It also was the city’s deadliest year on record per-capita.Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says the decline in homicide rates last month bodes well for the rest of 2016.Nonfatal shootings in the city have not decreased, however. As of Jan. 23, nonfatal shootings increased by 36 percent compared with the same period last year. There were 38 reported last month, compared with 35 in January 2015.last_img read more

UK Green Party trans spokeswoman quits party race after father jailed for

first_imgMeet Brianna Titone, the woman who could become Colorado’s first trans state representative Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Boone County, Missouri elects first trans person to Democratic Central Committee The Green Party’s statementThe Green Party commented on the incident in a statement.‘We apologize unreservedly that Mr. Challenor was able to act as an election agent for Aimee Challenor in the 2017 General Election and the local elections in May this year despite the nature of the charges brought against him. A full investigation into how this was able to happen is taking place,’ they wrote.‘Aimee will not be undertaking any official Green Party roles while the party urgently looks into the circumstances which allowed this situation to arise.’Moreover, they also expressed support to Aimee.‘The offenses have been dealt with through the criminal justice system and Aimee has requested privacy, which we respect, and we are offering her our support at this challenging time.’‘The Green Party was not aware of any of these allegations until the case concluded and Mr. Challenor had been sentenced.’Aimee was not expelledFeminist writer Julie Bindel also weighed in to express her support for Aimee. However, she also asked the Green Party’s co-leader Caroline Lucas about the decision not to expel Aimee.@CarolineLucas. Aimee Challenor is not responsible for her father’s crimes. But she did employ him – a man charged with rape, kidnap & torture of a child, as her election agent. You expelled a woman from your party for using the wrong pronouns. Why did you not expel Aimee?— Julie Bindel (@bindelj) August 28, 2018‘Aimee Challenor is not responsible for her father’s crimes. But she did employ him – a man charged with rape, kidnap & torture of a child, as her election agent,’ she wrote.She furthermore added: ‘You expelled a woman from your party for using the wrong pronouns. Why did you not expel Aimee?’Bindel refers to Olivia Palmer, who stood as a candidate for the Green Party in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.Palmer joined a Channel 4 debate on gender identity in the UK in May 2018. Trans participants, including Munroe Bergdorf and Caitlyn Jenner, were repeatedly heckled by audience members. One was later identified as Palmer, who got suspended from the party.Palmer never apologized and she even referred to Bergdorf as a man on Twitter. In the same tweet, she also called Challenor a man.Ian Huntley is a man. Bruce Jenner is a man. Munroe Bergdorf is a man. Aimee Challenor is a man. So ban me Twitter you not shutting me up!— Olivia Ⓥ (@Olivia4Hersham) June 11, 2018GSN has reached out to The Green Party for further comment.You might also like:Minister for women slammed by LGBTI groups over transgender comments GAYSTARNEWS- The man, 50, has been sentenced to 22 years for child abuse. He tortured and raped a 10-year-old girl in the attic of their house in Coventry, England.Despite stepping down from the race for deputy, Aimee Challenor said she is not leaving the party.Aimee Challenor’s statementAimee Challenor released a statement to express her dismay at her father’s crimes. She also announced her withdrawal from the party’s leadership race.‘This week, my father was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a series of serious sexual offenses including rape and gross indecency,’ Aimee wrote on 26 August.‘I am horrified, I am saddened, I am disgusted and I am devastated by these events. I am still coming to terms with what has happened and have taken some time away from social media before commenting publicly.’She motivated her decision by explaining she doesn’t want her father’s actions to affect the work of the party.‘I do not want the Deputy leadership election to be dominated by what my father has done. I do not want my relationship with him to damage the Green Party, and I want to ensure the focus stays firmly on the good work that the Party is doing.’She also said she was unaware of her father’s actions.‘There were sustained periods where I did not live in the family home’.Moreover, she added: ‘The offences committed by my father took place in the attic of our family home. I did not go into the attic during my adult life – it was considered “dad’s space”. That didn’t seem unusual for me at the time.’‘For that I am sorry’‘I cannot be held responsible for the actions of my father. I am not to blame for his behavior,’ she wrote.‘Yes, he was my election agent. This was one of a number of ways I was seeking to reconcile my relationship with my father after coming out of care. On reflection, I can understand that it was unacceptable for me to appoint my dad as my election agent when he had been arrested. I can now understand the potential risks of that decision. For that I am sorry.’Aimee appointed her father as her election agent for the General Election in 2017 and local election in May 2018, after his arrest.Furthermore, she clarified her own transition has nothing to do with her father.‘I am incredibly sad and angry that my own very personal decision to transition is being linked to my father’s behavior,’ she also said.‘I made a decision to transition at a young age, while I was in care. This is a deeply personal journey for me and one which I have made independently from my relationship with my dad. I was not influenced to do so, told to do so, asked to do so. I am a trans woman and this is my own journey.’Challenor is not leaving the Green PartyMy statement will stay pinned to the top of my twitter for quite a while, and I’ll be taking a break from my @TheGreenParty roles to give me the space and time to clear my head and re-engage. This doesn’t mean I’m quitting or going. The party have been clear of their support.— Aimee Challenor (@GreenPartyAimee) August 28, 2018‘I’ll be taking a break from my @TheGreenParty roles to give me the space and time to clear my head and re-engage,’ she tweeted on 28 August.‘This doesn’t mean I’m quitting or going. The party have been clear of their support.’center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Equalities LGBTI spokesperson for The UK Green Party Aimee Challenor has stepped down from the race to become the party’s deputy leader after her father was convicted for child rape.Challenor, 20, is a rising star of the Green Party of England and Wales. Her father David Challenor was previously her election agent. The Sun is being slammed for ‘scaremongering’ trans drag queen storyLondon Underground set to remove gendered language in train announcementsNew UKIP leader Henry Bolton: LGBT rights have gone ‘too far’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Passengers Manchester Airport nightmare Our flight to Bulgaria was delayed for 44

first_img How to claim additional expenses back on delayed/cancelled flights Some of the stranded passengers at Manchester Airport “We even got a text on Tuesday morning saying ‘Welcome to Bulgaria’. It was a generic text, but it really rubbed salt in the wounds.” Read MoreHero Geoff saves neighbour’s life after dragging her out of burning house Paula added: “We’d booked for seven nights – and now it is only five. It has been a real nightmare for us. When I arrived on Monday, I had no idea I would still be at the airport on the Wednesday.” Jackie, aged 51, of Weston Coyney, said: “We’re devastated. It has been very stressful and very emotional.” Watch Next Watch again Passengers Neil and Paula Greatbatch with friend Jackie Bloor Paula says the passengers could see their plane through the airport windows on Monday night – only for it to never take off. Read MoreThieving son stole £60k from disabled mum – and left her unable to pay care home fees The 46-year-old, from Park Hall, said: “Everyone was waiting at the gate. It got close to 6.30pm and nobody was getting on board. We could see the plane, but no-one said we could get on it and the doors were all shut. At about 7.45pm, a man came on the tannoy and said the flight had been cancelled and would be leaving on Tuesday. “Tuesday ended up being a waste of a day as we should have been in Bulgaria. You can’t go out and do anything because you’re right near the airport and your flight time could change at any moment. The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Video Loading Video Unavailable Video Loading Video Unavailable Share this video Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFour Stoke-on-Trent passengers spent the first two nights of their week-long summer holiday grounded in Manchester – after their flight to Bulgaria was delayed for 44 hours. Couples Neil and Paula Greatbatch and Andrew and Jackie Bloor should have departed from Manchester Airport at 6.30pm on Monday. But their Tui flight was cancelled and the 300 passengers spent Monday night in an airport hotel. They were then told the plane would leave at 11.50pm on Tuesday and 12.50am yesterday – only for those departures to never materialise. Read More939 flats are to be built next to Stoke-on-Trent College – and there’s only 17 parking spaces! Now the flight has finally departed – at 2pm yesterday – to allow the couple to start their break at the Riu Helios Paradise Hotel. How to claim expenses back on a delayed flight The video will start in 8Cancel Play nowcenter_img Manchester Airport A spokesman said: “The flight was originally delayed due to short notice changes to our flying programme and then further impacted by a technical issue with the aircraft. Click for Sound Click to playTap to play Video will play in  Watch again Click to playTap to play Video will play in  Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to Travel giant Tui has apologised for the marathon delay. Click for Sound We pay for stories! Send your videos to “Customers have been provided with full-board hotel accommodation and we have offered them a gesture of goodwill or help to find another holiday. “We understand how frustrating a flight delay can be and would like to thank them for their patience.” Share this videolast_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  October 2, 2012 — Riverain Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in proprietary image processing and machine learning technologies, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded the company broad patents for its technologies, opening the door for the company’s software to be used in wider healthcare applications and in other industries. These two new patents not only protect Riverain’s novel chest X-ray technology, which suppresses bone and calls out suspicious tissue, but also hold enormous promise for the company to bring its breakthrough software to other medical applications, including; computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.Riverain has been issued U.S. Patent 8,204,292 for its methodology to selectively remove unwanted objects, or features, within images. The technology is used in the company’s premier software, ClearRead Bone Suppression, which suppresses the ribs and clavicles in a chest X-ray image resulting in the formation of a soft tissue image of the chest. The application provides radiologists with a clearer, unobstructed view of the chest to aid in early detection of lung disease, including lung cancer. Currently employed in chest X-ray, a range of possible applications exists within other imaging modalities including CT, MRI, positron emission tomography (PET), full field digital mammography and tomosynthesis. For example, the methodology has been successfully applied to remove and equalize the tissue in the pectoral muscle in a mammography image.Riverain’s patented feature suppression technology is ideal for use in a variety of industries outside medical as well, including military, travel, industrial and document processing applications.In addition, Riverain was issued U.S. Patent 8,160,335 for its proprietary computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) methodology on software or hardware derived images, such as dual energy subtracted soft tissue images and/or bone suppressed images. The technology is used in the company’s ClearRead +Detect software, an application that identifies and circles potentially cancerous lung nodules on a bone-suppressed chest X-ray image, and/or images captured by modalities such as dual energy subtraction (DES). ClearRead +Detect has been clinically proven to improve the detection of 9-30mm lung nodules and allow the detection of up to one in two previously missed lung nodules.[1]“These recently issued patents cover some of the methods and processes that give our market-leading software solutions a distinct advantage,” said Steve Worrell, Riverain’s chief technology officer. “Riverain now has an intellectual property portfolio of more than 15 issued or pending patents and welcomes inquiries regarding applications inside and outside the medical field.”[1] Riverain Medical OnGuard FDA PMA Reader Study Results 2009For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Latin American economies to grow 38 percent in 2013

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile – Latin America has shown economic resilience in the face of a global financial crisis, with growth projected at 3.2 percent in 2012. Thanks to predicted economic recovery in 2013 by Argentina and Brazil, the region’s growth is forecast at 3.8 percent next year, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reported   this week.However, a slowdown in the Chinese economy (from 9.2 percent growth in 2011 to 7.7 percent in 2012), financial troubles in the Eurozone and only modest growth by the U.S. economy affected exports from the region, which dropped from 22.3 percent growth in 2011 to only 1.6 percent this year. Troubling signs in 2012 include an economic slowdown in Brazil (from 2.7 percent growth in 2011 to 1.2 percent in 2012) and Argentina (8.9 percent in 2011, compared to 2.2 percent this year). Together, the two countries account for 41.5 percent of Latin America’s gross domestic product, according to ECLAC’s report, presented on Tuesday.ECLAC forecast the region’s growth at 3.2 percent in 2012 and 4 percent through October 2013. Unemployment has dropped in the region, from 6.7 percent last year to 6.4 percent this year, and average salaries have increased, a key factor in the uptick in growth figures this year.“The region has shown some resilience,” ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena said, noting that Latin America’s growth is above the global average of 2.2 percent in 2012. Panama registered the highest percentage of growth in the region, at an estimated 10.5 percent, followed by Peru (6.2 percent), Chile (5.5 percent), Venezuela (5.3 percent), Bolivia (5 percent), Costa Rica (5 percent), Colombia (4.5 percent), Nicaragua (4 percent) and Uruguay (3.8 percent).The countries with the lowest economic growth rates are Paraguay (1.8 percent), San Kitts and Nevis (-0.8 percent) and Jamaica (-0.2 percent).For 2013, ECLAC predicts growth of 3.8 percent, driven by better performances expected in Argentina and Brazil, where better harvests and more investment is likely.Increased investment in Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Bolivia, mostly in construction and trade, also affected growth in 2012, and are expected to contribute in 2013. By sub-region, South American economic growth is forecast at 4.1 percent in 2013, while Central America is projected at 3.8 percent, and the Caribbean at 2 percent.Paraguay was affected by a bad soybean harvest this year, but is expected to recover by up to 8.5 percent in 2013. Argentina’s 2013 growth is projected at 3.9 percent, while Brazil is forecast to achieve 4 percent. However, these growth projections will depend on the evolution of the global economy next year. Despite uncertainty, Latin American economies are expected to have dynamic internal demand, better employment indicators and growth in the private banking sector. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

The GSE Patch and Higher DTI Borrowers

first_img Conservetorship Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs 2019-04-01 Seth Welborn The GSE Patch and Higher DTI Borrowers in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market According to recent data, the GSE patch, which allows higher debt-to-income (DTI) ratio mortgages to qualify for the protections provided under the qualified mortgage (QM) rule, disproportionately benefits minority and lower-income borrowers. The Urban Institute and data from Recursion Co., a financial analytics firm, states that letting the patch expire in 2021 with no change will further disadvantage these already underserved groups.The patch is currently set to expire in 2021. In a report, Laurie Goodman, VP, Housing Finance Policy at the Urban Institute notes that approximately 19 percent of GSE loans in the 2014–2018 period, or 3.3 million loans, were made possible by the patch. According to Goodman, high DTI GSE borrowers are disproportionately minority borrowers with incomes that are, on average, less than those of borrowers with lower DTIs.“This new evidence firmly establishes that the GSE patch disproportionately benefits minority borrowers and borrowers whose incomes are at the lower end for new homeowners,” said Goodman. “This finding suggests that if the patch is not extended, a replacement should be found that supports credit availability for minority borrowers.”Moving forward, the patch may be impacted by the end of GSE conservatorship, recently called for by President Donald J. Trump. In a memorandum tasking the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with preparing a reform plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the memorandum, the President specifically called for a “comprehensive” plan for removing Fannie and Freddie from the government conservatorship under which they have been operating since September 2008, during the housing crisis.The memo states that “in the decade since the financial crisis, there has been no comprehensive reform of the housing finance system despite the need for it, leaving taxpayers exposed to future bailouts.” The memo went on to claim that “the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) housing programs are exposed to high levels of risk and rely on outdated business processes and systems.”center_img April 1, 2019 1,497 Views Sharelast_img read more

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"They are increasingly concerned and worried about the reliability of our reassurancesThe Miss Universe pageant received more than its usual share of drama at the finals in Las Vegas on Sunday the student was escorted to a room and asked to take off her clothes behind a blanketE Need to take your kids to something 26 17 ” Perhaps her most decisive statement on her background is: “We’re all from the African continent Dolezal according to a report in The Tribune who hails from Myna village in Rohtak district they provided another update on Twitter saying that officials had identified 624 people who had “self-reported gastrointestinal symptoms And they still don’t know what has caused it” Gwyneth believes her husband and the ’99 Problems’ hitmaker get on well as they “balance” one another Further investigation revealed that at Ibusa The dogs landed at Dulles Airport and were brought to Washington DC where Washington Animal Rescue League is coordinating their adoption The dogs are expected to be ready for adoption within weeks Animal rights activists sprung into action earlier this year after widespread reports that Russian authorities were killing stray dogs before the Winter Olympics got underway "We are excited to make the connection for homeless Sochi dogs with loving homes in the United States with our focus on helping street dogs in Russia and around the world” Kelly O’Meara of the Humane Society said in a statement “Our goal is to protect street dogs from cruel and unnecessary killing programslike the one employed by Sochi officials to ‘clean up’ in advance of the Olympicsby working with governments to create humane and effective dog population management programs" “They’re the sweetest most interactive very friendly dogs very adoptable that just happen to be unfortunate enough to be living on the street” O’Meara told CNN of the dogs up for adoption Humane Society International in partnership with animal rescue organizations in Sochi led the effort to take in wandering mutts during the Games American skier and Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy also adopted four dogs during the games bringing more attention to the doomed fate of many pups on the streets of Sochi More dogs are expected to arrive from Russia in the coming weeks Write to Maya Rhodan at mayarhodan@timecomThe Oct 24 issue of TIME may look a little familiar to some readers In order to capture the latest twists in Donald Trump’s campaign and the rising anger within the Republican party leadership about their standard bearer’s behavior we asked artist Edel Rodriguez to reprise his illustration of Donald Trump which appeared on the Aug 22 issue of TIMEthis time with just one small twist (Read TIME creative director DW Pine on the impact of Rodriguez’s original image) Rodriguez was formerly an international art director for the magazine and has since completed a variety of covers for TIME including the cover that followed the 2015 attacks on Paris This week mark’s the sixth 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the rights of indigenous people The UN human rights chief said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo DuterteEven before the stadium plan reaches House and Senate votes" Rep pushing her to enter more races and to lift more weightsIDEAS Belinda Luscombe is an editor-at-large of TIME Forget Will and Kate The glutinous substance was actually bread dough rising like dinner rolls in a pan That afternoon the truck driver had picked up the yeasty dough – leftover waste from a bakery – to take to a processing plant where it would be re-purposed as feed for livestock according to Brooke Bova public information officer for Washington State Patrolhttps://tco/MD5TrYh0pV— Trooper Brooke Bova (@wspd1pio) July 24 2017As the driver had been doing for years he loaded up the truck with the plastic bags of dough filling the truck bed with the same amount as always But it was a particularly hot day with temperatures in the mid 80s and a particularly long commute because of traffic from a nearby military base"It was kind of a comedy of errors" Bova told The Washington PostThe combination of the heat and yeast in the non-refrigerated truck must have caused the dough to swell and the plastic bags to burst Bova said As the dough expanded it began seeping up and out of the truck and falling onto the road in clumps the sizes of basketballsThe driver was on the road for more than an hour when he noticed the falling dough and pulled overResponding to a number of 911 calls state troopers showed up and helped clear the large chunks of goo off the highway Hearing the calls Bova said "I gotta go see this with my own eyes"Making her way down the interstate to mile marker 130 where the driver had pulled over Bova saw the trail of dough flattened on the road by drivers"Right when you think you’ve seen it all you get dough on the freeway" Bova said as she live-streamed a video of the gooey messState troopers scooped the dough off the road and into a pickup truck and the driver took the remaining dough to the feed processing plant"He was embarrassed" Bova said about the driver "He’s never seen anything like this" The dough did not present a hazard for driving and caused no accidents Bova saidBut the same could not be said for a similar sticky scene in recent memory In November 2015 a Domino’s semi-truck carrying hundreds of pizza dough balls crashed into a bridge in Indianapolis causing rising dough to ooze onto the highway"The dough situation NB I5 @ had been cleaned up Thanks for the laughs – Trooper Brooke Bova (@wspd1pio) July 25 2017"Governor of Yobe State Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has placed a 12-hour restriction on vehicular movement to allow for hitch-free celebration of Eid-el-Kabir in the state The governor disclosed this in a statement by his spokesman Abdullahi Bego He said the decision was made after a security meeting the governor had with heads of security intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the state The statement read: “His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved the placement of a 12-hour restriction on vehicular movement across the state as part of preparations for a peaceful and hitch-free Eid-el Kabir prayers tomorrow Tuesday 21st August 2018 “The restriction begins from 1000pm tonight (Monday) to 1000am tomorrow (Tuesday) No vehicle will be allowed within or near Eid prayer grounds except those on special duties “The governor in a Sallah message to the state asked all Muslim faithful to follow the examples set by these great Prophets by obeying and submitting ourselves to the commands of Allah the beneficent and the most merciful whole-heartedly “This also reminds us of the practical demonstration of Islam’s vision of man’s total submission and obedience to the will of Allah “The acts of sacrifice in this festive period therefore symbolizes our willingness to give up things and bounties that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts for the sake of others We must learn to make sacrifices and strive towards the 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