Nova Scotias battle against opioid scourge is showing progress officials say

first_imgTRURO, N.S. – Nova Scotia’s fight against Canada’s growing opioid crisis is showing notable progress, the province’s chief medical officer says.Dr. Robert Strang told a news conference Friday that the number of opioid overdose deaths in Nova Scotia has remained stable in the past year, which is considered a success in a country where the number of accidental opioid-related deaths continues to rise.“The fact that we’re not increasing is an indication of the positive impact of the work we’re doing and the investments made,” Strang said in an interview. “Our initial investment in harm reduction is making a difference.”Between January and August of this year, there were 38 probable or confirmed opioid overdose deaths in the province, a figure that is in line with the average since 2011, Strang said. There were 63 opioid-related deaths in 2017.Across Canada, there were 3,671 accidental apparent opioid-related deaths in 2017, according to the latest federal figures. That represents a 40 per cent increase when compared with the previous year.The problem is particularly acute in British Columbia, where the per capita rate is three times the national average. There were 1,399 opioid-related deaths reported in B.C. in 2017, up from 974 in 2016.The British Columbia government declared a public health emergency in 2016.“Our problem in Nova Scotia is not to that extent,” said Strang.Nova Scotia’s issue is mainly with misuse of prescription drugs rather than street drugs.“But we are starting to see greater indications of illicit opioids in our street drug supply, but not to the same extent as other parts of the country,” he said.Strang said the Nova Scotia government has committed stable, annual funding to combat the problem, which has resulted in the opening of three new treatment centres, a substantial increase in the number of people receiving treatment, and reduced waiting lists and wait times.In fact, there is no longer a waiting list for treatment in the Halifax area, he said, adding that the wait times in rural areas have been reduced to days instead of weeks.The province has also distributed 5,000 take-home naloxone kits to at-risk Nova Scotians and their families. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse an opioid overdose.To date, the province has received reports that 90 of the kits have been used to save people from opioid overdoses.“Those were the only ones that were reported,” Strang said. “I think it’s safe to say there were probably more that weren’t reported.”Earlier this week, the British Columbia government filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies in an attempt to recoup the costs associated with opioid addiction.The lawsuit names 40 defendants, including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. None of the allegations made in the lawsuit has been proven in court.Last month, New Brunswick said it was considering launching or joining a similar lawsuit, and in March a Saskatchewan judge rejected a $20-million national settlement against Purdue Pharma (Canada), saying it was inadequate.Meanwhile, Nova Scotia is considering its options.“That’s something that we’ll be looking at, in collaboration with other provincial and territorial governments,” Strang said.In the U.S., drugmakers are facing hundreds of lawsuits from governments claiming the companies played a role in sparking opioid overdose crisis that killed 42,000 Americans in 2016.— By Michael MacDonald in Halifax.last_img read more

In the news today Jan 21

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, Jan. 21———KEEP CAMPAIGN POSITIVE, PM TELLS MPsJustin Trudeau sharpened his core re-election message on Sunday, telling his MPs to present a positive message to Canadians while he branded his Conservative opponents as a detached party of the elite. The prime minister delivered a campaign-style speech at the start of a two-day Liberal caucus retreat on Parliament Hill, characterizing his party as a beacon of hope for Canadians in a world of upheaval. At the same time, Trudeau attacked the opposition Conservatives as a party rooted in the past and mired in the divisiveness of its former leader, Stephen Harper.———VAN KOEVERDEN WINS LIBERAL NOMINATIONFormer Olympic flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden will carry the Liberal banner into the next federal election, after securing the nomination in the southern Ontario riding of Milton. The 36-year-old kayaker, whose four Olympic medals are the most by any Canadian paddler, will be looking to defeat deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt, who’s held the riding since 2015. A website laying out the details of van Koeverden’s candidacy says his campaign will focus on traditional Liberal values with an emphasis on youth, sport, physical education and healthy communities.———INMATE SUES OVER ‘SARDINE-CAN-STYLE’ VAN TRIP  A federal inmate who says he was shackled in a cramped transport van for almost eight hours — despite a heart condition and other ailments — is suing the government for compensation. The lawsuit comes after a federal ombudsman called the prison service’s escort vans inhumane and unsafe, and recommended they be replaced. Edwin Nott, a 65-year-old inmate who identifies as Metis and uses a walker, is serving a six-year sentence at the medium-security Bath Institution in eastern Ontario. He’s seeking $1 million for his alleged pain and suffering.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will meet with his provincial counterparts in Montreal— The federal Liberal Caucus Retreat continues on Parliament Hill.— Health Canada will provide a technical briefing in Ottawa on the new Canada’s Food Guide.— OPSEU president will reveal new research into how Ontarians feel about Premier Doug Ford and his policies.— Edmonton trial of American Jason Steadman on first-degree murder charge in the 2016 death of Edmonton limo driver Dwayne Demkiw.— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Burnaby, B-C  to make a housing announcement.—The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrities Join Group Of Humanitarian Organizations To Fight Famine

first_imgFor the first time, eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have joined forces to urge the American public to donate to the new Hunger Relief Fund in response to looming famines and persistent hunger threatening millions of people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and neighboring countries.Video: George Clooney: Famine & drought in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, YemenMore than 20 million people face starvation in the coming months and, without immediate help, 1.4 million children who are severely malnourished could die.“Drought, displacement and conflict have converged with alarming consequences,” according to the chief executive officers of the organizations in the Global Emergency Response Coalition. “In the 21st century, innocent children should not be dying from hunger. People caught in this crisis are generously opening their homes and sharing what little they have, but they have run out of time and resources – they need our help now.”George Clooney has lent his support by narrating the campaign’s PSA.Over 40 celebrities and influencers – including including Minnie Driver,Camila Cabello,Marianne Williamson,Daniel Gillies,Gael Garcia Bernal, Jay Ellis, Linkin Park, and the Indigo Girls.have lent their considerable support and social media platforms to the #FightFamine campaign, which runs through July 28.In Yemen, a child under five dies every 10 minutes because of the lack of food and basic resources. In South Sudan, families have been forced to flee their homes and are surviving on water lilies alone while hiding in swamps. In Somalia, teenagers walk for hours just to get enough water to last their families one day. In Nigeria, there have been reports of people eating sand to ward off starvation. Families are dying not only from hunger, but also from diseases such as cholera and measles because they lack clean water and sanitation.The Global Emergency Response Coalition will use Hunger Relief Fund donations to help those already going hungry and on the brink of famine survive and lay the groundwork for recovery. The coalition is comprised of CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision. Together, these organizations are working in 106 countries to reach millions of the world’s most vulnerable people with urgent assistance such as food, water, shelter, education and medical care, as well as resources to build resilience to future food crises.Partners including PepsiCo, Google and Twitter are working with the Global Emergency Response Coalition to help raise awareness and funds during the two-week appeal, and PepsiCo Foundation will generously match donations up to $1 million.“We can make a difference together and give people who are suffering more than food and resources. We can give them hope and show them they’re not invisible – and they’re not alone,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.The appeal lasts through July 28, 2017 and donations to the Hunger Relief Fund can be made at read more

Morocco Presents in Paris Official Letters for Accession to OGP

Paris – Minister of Urbanism and Town Planning, Driss Merroun, presented, on Wednesday in Paris, the official letters of Morocco to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP).The minister, who is leading a large Moroccan delegation to the Summit of the OGP initiative, held on December 7-9 in the French capital, told MAP that this accession would constitute a support for the ongoing reforms and is likely to consolidate Morocco’s image with its partners and throughout the world.To strengthen its chances of joining the OGP, Morocco has produced a detailed report with recommendations on strengthening good governance, ethics and the fight against corruption, transparency of the budget, access to information and citizen participation in public policy-making, he said, noting that a steering and monitoring committee had been set up for this purpose. The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.It formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration, and announced their country action plans. Since 2011, OGP has welcomed the commitment of 62 additional governments to join the Partnership. read more

Nepal Annan pledges quick assistance following peace accord with Maoist rebels

“This agreement places great trust and responsibility on the United Nations as it asks that we assist Nepal in various aspects of the peace process, including as an immediate step the monitoring of arms and armed personnel and providing electoral assistance,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman. “Through ending the armed conflict, the people of Nepal now have the opportunity to build lasting peace in an inclusive democracy,” he stressed.Through his Personal Representative in Nepal, Ian Martin, Mr. Annan said he was working closely with the parties to ensure that UN assistance “can arrive as promptly as possible.”Mr. Martin attended the signing ceremony in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, yesterday, calling the agreement “entirely a Nepali achievement.” He said his office had reached agreement with both sides on the location of seven divisional cantonment sites for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Maoists’ armed wing. read more

This Is How The Eagles Coaching Staff Brought Nick Foles To The

For the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, they’ll need to keep relying on an offense tailored to Nick Foles’s strengths. Watch the video above to see just how different Foles is from Carson Wentz.

Alicia Keys Swizz Beatz To Receive 2018 Producers Engineers Wing Award

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Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) The power duo will be honored during GRAMMY Week 2018 at the P&E Wing’s 11th annual GRAMMY Week celebration on Jan. 25, 2018, at Rockefeller Center’s iconic Rainbow Room in New York City. The invite-only event, which celebrates the artistic contributions of the Wing’s professional members, will highlight the unparalleled accomplishments of Keys and Beatz.Keys has earned a total of 15 career GRAMMYs to date, including Best New Artist and Song Of The Year for “Fallin'” at the 44th GRAMMY Awards and wins in the R&B Field for classics such as “You Don’t Know My Name” (2004), “No One” (2007) and “Girl On Fire” (2013). She also earned a win for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song for her collaboration with fellow GRAMMY winner Jay-Z on “Empire State Of Mind.”Primarily a sought-after producer, Beatz — aka Kasseem Dean — has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and Metallica. He has earned six GRAMMY nominations, and won his first career GRAMMY at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for “On To The Next One” with Jay-Z.”With multiplatinum success, fierce dedication to the craft and unwavering support for the art of recorded sound, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz represent the power of groundbreaking ingenuity in our creative community,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Alicia and Swizz have set new precedents for excellence and their contributions are paramount. This is sure to be an unforgettable evening, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate them together as an undeniable force in the industry.”Previous P&E Wing honorees include Jack White, Rick Rubin, Nile Rodgers, Neil Young, Al Schmitt, Quincy Jones, Ahmet & Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd, Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, and Jimmy Iovine. Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Twitter Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images MusiCares Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? 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Norton Sound Sees Bumper Salmon Crab Season

first_imgFish delivered to a buyer in late 2007. Photo: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.It’s a been a good summer for commercial fishing in the Norton Sound—and at the latest meeting of the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation Board, a strong crab and an ongoing salmon season means its not over.Download Audio“We paid out over $2.047 million to our local crab fleet, which is just amazing.”NSEDC Board chair Dan Harrelson of White Mountain adds the salmon are still running. So far this year fishermen in Golovin, Elim, Koyuk, Shaktoolik, and Unalakleet have racked up over $650,000—and they’re still fishing. Silvers are just starting their run—with Unalakleet delivering about 20,000 cohos as of last week. Harreslon says it’s an opportunity for people in communities throughout the region:“We’ve had residents come from White Mountain and some of the non-fishing communities come in and work at the fish plant in Nome, or even travel to UNK and work at the fish plant in UNK. So there’s a definite economic opportunity for folks from Nome and the surrounding villages to work in our various fish plants and as well work on some of the vessels on some of our tenders that we have that are moving the salmon and crab throughout the region.”The board also heard from it’s for-profit subsidiary, Siu Alaska. Siu’s president and CEO Cora Campbell says, beyond fish, cod liver is the exciting news for Siu this year: a new plant in Dutch Harbor is gearing up to turn the livers of the prized whitefish into health supplements.“It’s a part of the fish that was just being discarded at sea before, so this is an opportunity to add value, and to use something that was a byproduct before and turn it into a finished product and sell it, and that’s the direction we want to go, full utilization.”Campbell says Siu’s crabbing vessels are now heading to the Aleutians to harvest a combined 2.6 million pounds of golden king crab. Siu also has boats harvesting Bering Sea pollocklast_img read more

Trollers call for chinook management with a scalpel not a sledgehammer

first_imgTrollers in Sitka’s Eliason Harbor. Extended king closures worry many. “There’s so much down time that a guy’s got to get another job,” troller Caven Pfeiffer told the Sitka Advisory Committee. (KCAW file photo)Fishermen in Sitka are pushing back against a proposed king salmon conservation plan that could impose deep restrictions on fishing seasons in 2018.Listen nowThe local Fish & Game Advisory Committee instead has offered some strategies of its own for protecting chinook returning to three major Southeast river systems. They’re calling it “management with a scalpel, instead of a sledge hammer.”The Alaska Department of Fish & Game released a set of proposed action plans for the jeopardized king salmon stocks on the Friday before Christmas. In order to beat the December 28th submission deadline for written comments to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, the Sitka Fish & Game Advisory Committee — which is comprised of local fishermen and harvesters — hastily convened on the evening of the 27th to draft a letter.“Now listen carefully, this is going to be important…” committee chair Eric Jordan read from a draft of the letter to the audience of about twenty commercial trollers and fisheries managers. He’s about to throw down a big concession.“Notwithstanding any remaining seasonal guideline harvest level, close the winter troll fishery in all the waters of Southeast Alaska beginning stat week 17,” Jordan said.Statistical weeks are how the state tracks fishing data, beginning at the new year. Stat week 17 this coming season begins on April 15th exactly. Historically, the latter half of April has been some of the best winter fishing in Southeast — and prices for kings caught that time of year have topped $10 per pound.But it’s also the time when Sitka trollers catch a small-but-statistically-significant amount of king salmon bound for the Unuk River near Ketchikan — which has now been designated a “stock of concern” by state fisheries managers. Jordan says that’s why the Sitka Advisory Committee was ready to bite the bullet on two of the best fishing weeks of the winter.“If we’re going to go by the best data we have, then we’re going to have to bring the tough news to you that we catch enough Unuk River king salmon in the Sitka area — mostly right out here off the Cape — in the last part of April, that if we want to contribute to saving those king salmon, that would be the best time to do it,” Jordan said.What Jordan and other members of the committee — and probably the entire Southeast troll fleet — would like to avoid is another season like 2017, when precipitously low returns to the Unuk, Chilkat and King Salmon rivers forced managers to close most spring fisheries near those rivers, and to close the region-wide summer king salmon fishery after only four days. On top of that, the traditional August opener was never held, and winter fishing was opened in October, with the expectation that it would close in mid-March — about six weeks early.The three “action plans” proposed by Fish & Game for 2018 all contain the possibility of similar restrictions in 2018. Caven Pfeiffer, a troller for 10 years out of Petersburg and Sitka, told department managers present that he would not have got into fishing if someone told him that he’d be unemployed for four months a year.“That’s so much down time that a guy’s got to get another job. You’re talking about gutting this fishery,” Pfeiffer said. “This is extremely heavy-handed stuff that’s going on. There’s no way that young fishermen are going to get into this business if they can’t count on Fish & Game to look for the less abundant areas to let us fish.”And that’s exactly the angle taken by the Sitka Advisory Committee as it wordsmith-ed its letter to the Board of Fisheries. The committee suggested amending the department’s proposed action plans to eliminate the broad strokes — like delaying the start of summer trolling by a week or more — and to focus instead on targeting the times and areas when king salmon are known to be migrating into the three problem rivers.The Committee also proposed adding language to ensure that the August opening would happen — no matter what — and that it would target 30 percent of the kings allocated for summer fishing, since by that time all of Southeast’s spawning kings would have made it to their home rivers — if they were going to make it at all.That’s a significant point: No one on the Advisory Committee or in the audience denied that there was a serious problem with returns to the Chilkat, Unuk and King Salmon rivers. Rather, there was consensus that there was a way to work around those fish, and still keep fishermen in business.Deb Lyons, a troller and executive director of the Pacific Salmon Treaty Coalition, supported the efforts of the Committee to fine-tune the action plans.“Let’s use a scalpel instead of a sledge hammer. If there’s a place to provide opportunity, let’s try to find that,” Lyons said. “If there’s a place where opportunity is being eliminated, make sure it’s justified, and weigh the costs.”The Sitka Advisory Committee unanimously approved its proposed recommendations to the Board of Fish — including ending the winter fishery two weeks early — and delivered its letter by the December 28 deadline.The Alaska State Board of Fisheries will meet in Sitka beginning January 11, and is scheduled to take up salmon issues on January 15.last_img read more

Poor sanitation in ZP Schools in Kapra Circle

first_imgKapra: The students of Zilla Parishad High Schools that come under Kapra circle are facing sanitation problems due to lack of cleanliness and basic facilities. The lack of proper maintenance is one of the reasons for students not being able to use the toilets. The ratio of washrooms in proportion to the number of students is also very less.A few girl students from these ZPHS informed about the poor sanitation facilities in their schools. They said many a times the girls did not feel to use the washrooms because of the lack of cleanliness and no proper water facilities in the washrooms. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us There is always an unpleasant smell due to which they hesitate to enter the washrooms. These girls also said that several times they had to control themselves till the school ends due to the improper condition of the washrooms. There are few washrooms in these schools which do not have proper doors, which lead to avoiding the use of toilets by the students. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking to the Hans India, K Rupa, social teacher of ZPHS Rampally, said, “There are 302 girls in our college and only 4 out of 6 washrooms are properly working and usable for students. The other washrooms are under repair from a long time. There is only one lady worker who is allotted to clean the washrooms of both boys and girls, which in no doubt is very difficult for her to clean the washrooms on a regular basis. There are no proper facilities for the girls for the disposal of the sanitary napkins as well.” Advertise With Us The Zilla Parishad High School in Jawahar nagar of Kapra circle has strength of 854 students out of which 456 students are girls. Speaking to the Hans India, K Malathi, school assistant of ZPHS Jawahar Nagar said, “There are only 4 washrooms that is allotted to the girls. There is lack of cleanliness in these washrooms. Apart from cleanliness, the conditions of washrooms are worst. There are no proper water facilities in these washrooms.”Zilla Parishad High School, Balaji nagar is the fourth Zilla Parishad High School that comes under the Kapra Circle with a strength of 686 students. Out of these, 335 students are girls. Speaking to the Hans India, D Narsimha, Headmaster of ZPHS, Balaji, Nagar said, “There are 2 washrooms allotted for the girls and another 2 washrooms are for repair.” Parvathi, a class IX student of Zilla Parishad High School, Balaji Nagar said, “The washrooms are not cleaned for many days. It is difficult for us to use these washrooms. There are very less number of washrooms that is available to us. We have to think twice before going to the washrooms. There is no proper sanitation facilities provided which is causing a lot of inconvenience for us.”last_img read more

Chittoor Residents assured of resolving water crisis

first_imgChittoor: C Obulesu, the Chittoor Municipal Commissioner has received petitions here on Monday, as part of the weekly Spandana programme.Residents of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, Pensioners Colony, Industrial Estate and Rajiv Nagar have met the civic chief and brought to his notice about water shortage to their localities. He informed them that water is being transported through 79 hired tankers to divisions which are facing water shortage on the instructions of Joint Collector D Markandeyulu, who is also Special Officer for the Chittoor Municipal Corporation. The civic chief assured them of resolving water crisis to their colonies. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Speaking to the media here on Monday after completion of Spandana programme, Corporation Commissioner has made it clear that there is no shortage of funds for transportation of drinking water. There are 214 energised borewells functioning in the city, he added. Obulesu stated that there is tremendous response for Spandana from people. Town Planning Officer Nagendra, Assistant Engineer Srilakha and others were present. As District Collector N Bharath Gupta and Joint Collector D Markandeyulu took part in Spandana organised in Satyavedu, DRO has received the petitions from people at the Collectorate.last_img read more

Activists Arrested At Statue Of Liberty After Protesting Trumps Immigration Policies

first_imgAPA woman was arrested after climbing onto the base of the Statue of Liberty and remaining there for three hours. She was protesting immigrant family separations.Activists in two separate protests against the Trump administration’s immigration policies were arrested at the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday — one group unfurling a banner calling for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while in another act of defiance, a woman climbed the statue’s base to protest immigrant family separations.Authorities evacuated thousands of visitors from Liberty Island, where the statue stands, after a woman climbed to the statue’s base around 3 p.m. and remained for several hours before police took her into custody.About 4,500 tourists were forced off the island when officials closed it, according to The New York Times, which said more than 20,000 tourists visit the Statue of Liberty every Fourth of July.Media reports identify the woman as Therese Okoumou. Video shows her walking, sitting and lying down on different parts of the statue’s base near the foot and robes. Two officers attached to ropes finally walked onto the base around 6:15 p.m. and led her to a ladder where she climbed to the observation deck about 25 feet below.NYPD Detective Brian Glacken told reporters the woman told them she was protesting the situation of “the children in Texas.”He said it was “a really technical rescue just because of the slopes up there” and the lack of places to hold.The New York Daily News reports Okoumou is an immigrant herself, having been born and educated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She now lives in Staten Island and has lived in New York for at least 10 years, the paper reports.Earlier in the day, activists with the group Rise and Resist unfurled a banner nearer to the ground reading “Abolish I.C.E.”— Rise and Resist (@riseandresistny) July 4, 2018“Our message was that ICE must be abolished, families must be reunited now, deportations must be halted, and the policy of detention as deterrent must end,” the group said in a statement. Activists with the group also spelled out the message with their shirts on the ground.Rise and Resist, which reportedly formed after the 2016 election, said 40 people took part in the “banner action” and that Okoumou was one of them, though they were not aware of her plans to climb the statue later. According to the Daily News, Okoumou has taken part in several protests with the group before.National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told The Associated Press that at least six people were taken into custody for unfurling the banner. He said federal rules do not allow banners to hang at the monument, which is run by the park service.“People have the right to speak out. I don’t think they have the right to co-opt the Statue of Liberty to do it,” Willis said.The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and has served as a symbol of the U.S. as a country of immigrants. Ellis Island, located next to Liberty Island, served as a processing center for more than 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954, according to the National Park Service.“The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams,” the park service says. “To these anxious newcomers, the Statue’s uplifted torch did not suggest ‘enlightenment,’ as her creators intended, but rather, ‘welcome.’ Over time, Liberty emerged as the ‘Mother of Exiles,’ a symbol of hope to generations of immigrants.”Over the weekend, protesters demonstrated in cities across the country against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policies and its practice of separating families detained trying to illegally cross the Southern border.More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents before President Trump halted the policy with an executive order. Last week, a federal judge ordered children to be reunited with their parents within 30 days. The Justice Department said Friday it would detain families together for more than 20 days.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Louisville Ninth in NCBWA Preseason Poll

first_imgPrint Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team received its sixth preseason ranking on Monday after being placed No. 9 in the 2019 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 40.The Cardinals are ranked in the top 11 in each of the six preseason polls for the 2019 season, including No. 4 in the D1Baseball Top 25. Louisville is also No. 8 in both the USA Today Top 25 and Perfect Game Top 25, No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll and No. 11 in the Baseball America Top 25. UofL has earned a preseason national ranking in each of the last 12 years (2008-19) extending its school record streak. Louisville has also remained ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings – the longest such span in school history.Vanderbilt is No. 1 in the NCBWA poll and followed by No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Oregon State. The Cardinals are among eight ACC programs in the top 40 joining No. 7 North Carolina, No. 10 Florida State, No. 17 Clemson and No. 25 Duke, No. 28 Wake Forest, No. 30 NC State and No. 31 Wake Forest.Last season, Louisville registered a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. The Cardinals were ranked as highly as 23rd by Collegiate Baseball newspaper while also landing at No. 25 in the USA Today Top 25 and 27th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. Louisville registered its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.The Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2019 season against UConn (ranked 20th in the Perfect Game Top 25) with a three-game series on Feb. 15-17 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Louisville’s home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium is set for Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky.2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Story Linkscenter_img 2019 NCBWA Preseason Poll last_img read more

The Cardinals are Competing in the Secondary

first_imgYeast has made the biggest jump from last year after a disappointing sophomore season. The Greenwood, Indiana, product totaled eight tackles in 11 games and was one of the team’s kick returners. However, he didn’t see the playing time he anticipated last year. ShaDon Brown P.J. Mbanasor “I’m a little biased because I’ve known Russ since he was a little boy,” Brown said. “I think he gained his love back. Anytime you lose your love and passion for whatever you do, you won’t be as good at it. He got that back. He got his swagger back. He has that right now and there’s no reason he can’t be an all-ACC player.” “It makes every better because no one can get comfortable,” cornerback Anthony Johnson said. “A guy can’t have a bad practice because there is someone there who will take your spot.  I think that pushes us to be a great secondary.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There is a lot of excitement surrounding the development of the University of Louisville secondary, especially at safety. “I think the competition is really high,” safeties coach ShaDon Brown said following Tuesday’s practice. “Khane Pass has played a lot of football, and moving Russ Yeast over from corner has made strides. Furthermore, some of the younger guys who we didn’t expect much from have picked it up and are making plays. I’m pleased after nine practices of the progress the guys are making but we have a long way to go.” Anthony Johnson As the team took the field for the start of camp, the Cardinals have added some depth by moving Russ Yeast from cornerback, and the growth of Jack Fagot and Trenell Troutman. Fagot, a former walk-on, earned a scholarship in the spring, while Troutman played sparingly during his freshman season. Dee Smith, the team’s leading tackler from last season, was the lone defection from last season’s team leaving Khane Pass as the only returning starter. Through the first two weeks of practice, Yeast has opened the eyes of the coaching staff and other members of the team, and has made the biggest stride of anyone on defense. The competition in the secondary has been fierce through the first nine practices, with so many different players looking to be the starter when the team takes on Notre Dame on Labor Day. The Cardinals return to the practice field on Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Anthony Johnson, who made his collegiate debut last season, turned heads late in the season with his play. The Coconut Creek, Fla., native played in 11 games, making a pair of starts, and recorded nine tackles in his final two games. Story Links He has stepped in to compete for one of the starting cornerback positions, but is in a fierce battle to win a spot on this improving defense.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

The XFiles Does the Best They Can to End a Bad Arc

first_img After ten spooky, thrilling (for the most part) weeks, we’ve reached the end. The season, and probably series, finale of The X-Files. It’s the fourth part of the “My Struggle” arc that’s served as a bookend to each new season. It… hasn’t been good so far. Now that it’s over… well, it definitely got better. The fakeout it-was-all-a-vision thing they did at the beginning of the season felt cheap at the time, but it allowed the rest of the season to focus on giving us everything we’ve always loved about the X-files. We had eight episodes of Mulder and Scully chasing conspiracies and solving X-Files, bookended by two attempts to drive the mythology towards some kind of conclusion. Never mind the fact that it got as good a conclusion as it was ever going to get back in season seven.Right away, we know it’s a mythology episode because it starts with some narration. This time, by Jackson Van de Kamp, better known as William Scully. The boy thought to be the child of Mulder and Scully, but in the worst twist ever, was revealed to be the Smoking Man’s son. You know, for such a great and fun season, it’s easy to forget it started off on the worst possible note. Jackson catches us up on his life. The visions of the future, a life of juvenile delinquency and government surveillance, and a brief recap of the episode where he made two girls sea each other as a Lovecraftian monster. He reveals he knows, through his visions, that the Smoking Man is his father. Jackson’s never met him, but he already knows he hates him. That’s when we flash forward to Smoking Man holding Mulder at gunpoint. He apparently shoots Mulder before that awesome theme song kicks in, probably for the last time.Guest star William B. Davis and guest star Annabeth Gish (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)As the episode begins proper, Mulder is looking for his son just as the FBI is getting fed up with Mulder and Scully. Mulder has gone public about the Smoking Man’s conspiracy to release a global virus that will wipe out humanity as we know it. That’s the last straw for the director. The X-Files is being shut down, and Skinner is assigned to collect Mulder and Scully’s badges. So that’s how this whole thing is going to end. Meanwhile, Mulder is investigating some intel that his son is being taken to Tennessee on a secret plane. William/Jackson is nowhere to be seen, but someone else he knows is there. It’s the guy who wanted to send rich people into space so they would survive the Smoking Man’s virus. The man informs Mulder that everyone is after his son, causing Mulder to fly into a fit of parental rage and worry, and kill the man.No matter what Mulder does though, he can’t change the truth. Everyone is after his son. No matter where William goes, he’s pursued by shadowy agents. Good thing he can disguise himself. And knows parkour. In this final episode, it’s nice to see Mulder and Scully working together to find their son. I just wish they were physically together. Their dynamic isn’t the same over the phone. Still, Scully does help Mulder find William’s trail. These later mythology episodes aren’t my favorite, but at least the chase makes this one fun. Mulder is chasing down his son, who is also running away from just about everyone with an interest in controlling the future.Gillian Anderson (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)I just wish Scully had more to do. What is with these recent mythology episodes and keeping her at home doing very little. She tries to warn Mulder of his impending death, and he doesn’t listen. She tries to warn the world of the alien virus by calling a conspiracy talk show host. The pacing of this episode is so weird. It jumps forward in time at random like it’s trying to get through as much story as quickly as possible, but then it has scenes that seem to just be here to fill time. Like Mulder getting the runaround from William’s girlfriend. Or a scene where William is picked up by an agent tracking him only to be somewhere else in the very next scene.At least that introduces us to a new power of his that actually is pretty scary. When the people chasing William finally track him down, he’s able to blow them up with a single look. It’s a gory bloodbath that even gives last week’s cannibalism story a run for its money. As we learn from the conspiracy host Scully called, the men and woman he killed were all military personnel. At least The X-Files is ending on the craziest, most convoluted conspiracy it can think of. I’ll give the end of this “My Struggle” story one thing. The way it brings everyone together is messy as hell, but it sure is exciting. Where last week’s episode was a perfect farewell to the series, this really feels like they’re ending it, for better and for worse. Especially once Skinner dies trying to shoot the Smoking Man as he arrives at the warehouse William has run to.Guest star Miles Robbins (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)When Scully finally joins the action, there’s even a fakeout from William. In a very well-directed scene, Scully (along with all of us) is convinced he’s talking to Mulder. As she continues talking to him, it slowly starts to dawn on us that Mulder isn’t actually there. She’s talking to William and doesn’t even know it. When the real Mulder shows up, William makes a break for it and the show ends in one final chase. The scene from the beginning of the episode where Mulder gets shot plays out exactly the same way. Only it turns out not to be Mulder. William just makes Smoking Man think he’s shot Mulder. The real Mulder sees the entire scene play out, and finally puts a few bullets into Smoking Man.And that, it would appear is how The X-Files ends. The Alien virus never comes close to being released. All the major players of this particular arc are dead. Mulder and Scully mourn the loss of their son, and the X-Files are closed for good. That last part really should have been a bigger moment than it was. The end of The X-Files should have weight. It should mean something. In the end, the moment feels like this episode: Offhandedly tossed out because there had to be some kind of ending. As far as I’m concerned, last week’s disturbing episode about aging and moving on is the real series finale. This is just a lackluster epilogue. An appropriate fizzling out to a storyline that didn’t have all that much going for it to begin with. The only upside: The episode refocused itself on Mulder and Scully’s relationship instead of the bigger conspiracy that not even it cared about anymore. A little anti-climactic maybe, but it made for a better X-Files overall. And it was a nice touch revealing that William was still alive at the end. Just to give us that classic “…or is it?” moment one more time.Mitch Pileggi (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)I’m really going to miss this show. It may not have ended on the best note, but at least the final “My Struggle” wasn’t as bad as it could have been. We can take comfort in the fact that we got two brand new seasons consisting mostly of classic-feeling X-Files. It’s been fun going back and seeing that Mulder and Scully can still suss out conspiracies, fight monsters and banter with the best of them. Chris Carter keeps going back and forth on whether or not he’d make more without Gillian Anderson. I hope he doesn’t. This season overall was the best farewell to the show we could ask for. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Great TV Shows With Terrible EndingsBuy This Comic: The X-Files: Case Files – Flordia Man #1 center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Darjeeling observes 60th Tibetan Womens National Uprising Day

first_imgDarjeeling: The Tibetan Women’s National Uprising Day was commemorated on Tuesday in Darjeeling, along with the rest of the globe. The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) has requested United Nations and world community intervention in the Tibetan issue.In 1959 on March 10, thousands of Tibetans had converged on the streets of Lhasa, the Tibetan Capital, as a mark of protest against the Chinese occupation. It marked the beginning of the Lhasa Uprising. On March 12, the Tibetan women had led a peaceful demonstration. The Chinese had quelled the uprising with brutal force, resulting in the death of thousands. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”This is the 60th year of the Tibetan Women’s National Uprising Day. March 12, 1959 marked the first active, women-led non-violent protest against Chinese occupation of Tibet that led to the foundation for a peaceful resistance. The women of Tibet have stood against the most repressive regime with courage and determination and continue to do so,” stated Choden, the president of the Darjeeling chapter of the TWA. A TWA release alleged that the Communist Chinese leaders are determined to eradicate the Tibetan race. “China persistently and deliberately continues to violate human rights in Tibet. They have denied the Tibetans right to self-determination,” stated the release. A programme was held at Darjeeling Chowrasta to commemorate the day. Prayers were offered and speeches reminiscing the sacrifices by the valiant men and women of Tibet were delivered. A peace rally was also held.last_img read more

Who is President Luis Guillermo Solís

first_imgOn Thursday, President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís, 56, became Costa Rica’s 47th president.While Solís has never held elected office before, the president has a served in the Foreign Ministry of several administrations, including from 1986-1990, when he worked with former Foreign Minister Rodrigo Madrigal on the Central American peace plan. From 1994 to 1998 he was Costa Rica’s ambassador for Central American affairs.He also served as secretary general of the National Liberation Party, which he left in 2005, before joining the Citizen Action Party.Solís is a graduate of the University of Costa Rica and has a master’s in political science and sociology from Tulane University. With 30 years as an educator, the president has also taught at the University of Michigan, and the University of Florida.His unmarried partner, Mercedes Peñas Domingo, who is also a political scientist, has worked to strengthen local governments across Central America and will serve as First Lady.President Solís has six children, Mónica, Cristina, Beatriz, Diego, Ignacio and Inés.Recommended: Costa Rican presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solís: ‘It’s not going to be business as usual’ Facebook Comments Related posts:President-elect Solís announces upcoming US trip to court investors Obama announces members of US delegation who will attend Luis Guillermo Solís inauguration Disinfecting government: The light of a new day dawning provides needed transparency for Costa Rica Costa Rica president off to a rough start, survey sayslast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald a

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Josh Rosen (3) talk it over prior to an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “Josh, as he and I spoke the other day — just got to do a much better job of keeping his eyes down that field. Don’t worry about that rush,” Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said on Monday. “Because when he does, he’s pretty effective.“I’m really trying to pull out the positives. When you look at a young guy like this and the situations he’s been put in, I think he’s trending forward. The two-minute — quarterbacks in this league have to be able to operate in two-minute, and he’s shown the ability to do that.”Barnwell tends to focus more on the context around Rosen, including the offensive line that last week started three rookies and a receiving group that hasn’t gotten open.According to NFL Next Gen Stats, 34.4 percent of Rosen’s throws have gone to open receivers, which is last among players with at least 200 passing attempts. Barnwell also points to the numbers surrounding running back David Johnson’s use in the passing game, which haven’t changed much since Leftwich took over for McCoy.It’s fair to wonder whether the Cardinals could do more to create easy throws for Rosen. He hasn’t seen any sort of jump under Leftwich’s tenure. David Johnson’s usage rate in the passing game hasn’t changed much; after averaging 19.1 routes and 4.3 targets per game before McCoy’s firing, Johnson is averaging 18.3 routes and 5.2 targets per game under Leftwich.What’s the fix? 18 Comments   Share   Related LinksCardinals LB Deone Bucannon stays in the moment as free agency loomsWilks and Rosen clash … over who has the best holiday decorationsHe and the team know it’s not an ideal situation around him.ESPN’s Bill Barnwell agrees and in his rookie quarterback report card said he hasn’t seen any signs of bad habits from Rosen through 10 starts.If anyone deserves a mulligan out of this group, it’s Rosen. The 21-year-old UCLA product is already on his second offensive coordinator after Mike McCoy was fired and replaced by Byron Leftwich. Perhaps more importantly, Arizona has somehow lost each of its five starting offensive linemen, which is close to unprecedented for an NFL offensive line.…The most promising part of Rosen’s development remains his footwork, which is remarkably consistent. He just looks comfortable in the pocket, even as pressure whizzes by him. Rosen isn’t going to be much of a scrambler, but he already has superb instincts for when and where to step up in the pocket and create a throwing lane. If anything, he might be too focused downfield and take more coverage sacks than the Cardinals would want.Arizona’s coaching staff is well aware of Rosen’s best qualities.Some of the quarterback’s most eye-popping throws have come under pressure, when his head is up as he steps up into a collapsing pocket. His best series have come in crunch time. Rosen needs to find a better rhythm to improve his accuracy, and Barnwell puts that on the coaching staff. Adding weaponry would go a long way as well.The Cardinals have to throw more on early downs and give Rosen easier completions. If the current staff isn’t creative enough to create safe throws for its young quarterback, he’ll need a new offensive coordinator. If Fitzgerald retires this offseason, the Cardinals would suddenly have the worst set of receivers in the league.All in all, the numbers for Rosen this year don’t mean much.Look at the NFC West rivals in Los Angeles, for example. Rosen’s statistics through 10 games (55.4%, 6.08 YPA, 10 TDs, 12 INTs) look similar to Jared Goff’s in seven games of his rookie year with the Rams (54.6%, 5.31 YPA, 5 TDs, 7 INTs).A head coaching change was the biggest reason behind the uptick in Goff’s production in the two years since his rookie season (63%, 8.28 YPA and 55 TDs, 18 INTs).And that leads to wondering how the Cardinals approach the offseason when it comes to coaching staff decisions that could alter Rosen’s career trajectory. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The numbers rarely look good for a rookie quarterback.It’s hard to project players by looking at their first season on the job, which is why the Arizona Cardinals have hardly felt the need to criticize or nitpick Josh Rosen, the No. 10 selection in the 2018 draft. They know he has enough pressure on him.And he knows on-paper improvement will come as he gains experience and comfort.“I definitely need to throw to our team a lot more, in all facets,” Rosen said with a no-duh tone this week. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Emirates and flydubai have unveiled an extensive p

first_imgEmirates and flydubai have unveiled an extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines join forces to offer customers unmatched travel options. Both airlines will continue to be managed independently, but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.The innovative partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. The new model will give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents. For Emirates’ customers, it opens up flydubai’s robust regional network.The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International, aligning their systems and operations to ensure a seamless travel experience through the ultra-modern airport; currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group and chairman of flydubai, said: “This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, and Dubai aviation. Both airlines have grown independently and successfully over the years, and this new partnership will unlock the immense value that the complementary models of both companies can bring to consumers, each airline, and to Dubai.”Emirates today has a wide-body fleet of 259 aircraft, flying to 157 destinations (including 16 cargo-only points). flydubai operates 58 New-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft to 95 destinations. The current combined network comprises 216 unique destination points.The partnership is working to optimise the networks and schedules of both airlines, to open up new city-pair connections offering consumers greater choice. Additionally, this will help both airlines feed more traffic into each other’s complementary networks. By 2022, the combined network of Emirates and flydubai is expected to reach 240 destinations, served by a combined fleet of 380 aircraft.The Emirates and flydubai teams are working together on a number of initiatives spanning commercial, network planning, airport operations, customer journey, and frequent flyer programmes alignment.The partnership will be rolled out over the coming months, with the first enhanced code-sharing arrangements starting in the last quarter of 2017. Further details will be communicated as they become available.Fully owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), both Emirates and flydubai are operated independently and under separate management teams.last_img read more

Syllouris files police complaint over slanderous online post

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouHouse President Demetris Syllouris said on Friday he had filed a complaint with the police on Thursday regarding what he claims to be slanderous and false reports about his alleged involvement in the Greek-junta inspired coup and his alleged presence at the Presidential Palace on July 15, 1974, saying he had attempted to kill an employee there.The complaint was filed after a social media post, which quickly spread, by a person who repeated an elderly man’s personal story told to him during an event hosted by his village in honour of the missing persons this year.According to the post, the elderly man, who said he was present during the coup at the presidential palace having been hired as a contractor to expand a space, would have been killed by a member of Eoka B, had another member of the para-military group who knew him from his village not prevented it.The account goes on to ‘expose’ that the armed member of the paramilitary organisation set on assassinating him was the current House President, and that Syllouris only lowered his weapon once he was reassured that the contractor was not on the side of the then-President Archbishop Makarios.  Syllouris has called on the police to investigate the post and to take all the necessary legal actions.You May Likethemaestroart.comMuhammed Ali – Maestro Artthemaestroart.comUndoObsevStray Kitten Crashes Cyclist’s Round The World Adventure As Feline Travel CompanionObsevUndoSelect Ghostwriters: Affordable USA Writers for Your Book or NovelSelect GhostwritersSelect Ghostwriters: Affordable USA Writers for Your Book or NovelUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more