first_imgHALIFAX – The spiritual leader of an international Buddhist organization based in Halifax is stepping back from his duties pending the outcome of an independent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.In a recent letter to the Shambhala International community, the office of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche said he fully supports a third-party investigation and wishes to provide the time and space for it to occur.Inspired by Tibetan Buddhism, Shambhala is one of the largest western Buddhist movements with more than 200 meditation centres around the world.Mipham’s father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, visited Nova Scotia in the late 1970s and soon after made Halifax the world headquarters for Shambhala Buddhism, encouraging many Buddhists — largely from the United States — to move to the province while prompting locals to join the community.Meanwhile, members of the Shambhala governing council are also stepping down, saying that despite the “groundless situation” Shambhala can emerge healthier and more supportive.“We recognize that parts of our system are broken, and need to dissolve in order to make room for real change,” nine members of the leadership body said in a letter.They said they will “exit responsibly,” and have hired Halifax law firm Wickwire Holm to investigate the allegations.The upheaval within the Buddhist community comes after a report last month by Andrea Winn detailed sexual misconduct allegations against Mipham.In the report, multiple unnamed women accuse the Shambhala leader of heavy drinking and using his attendant to “procure women students for his own sexual gratification.”The women describe being torn by their devotion to Mipham as their guru, alleging they were cast out of his inner circle if they resisted his sexual advances. They also alleged that members of the Shambhala leadership were aware or enabled his behaviour.None of the allegations has been proven in court and no charges have been laid.Mipham, who is often referred to as the Sakyong, was unavailable for an interview Monday.Carol Merchasin, the lawyer and sexual misconduct investigator who oversaw the preliminary investigation, said the women interviewed made “credible allegations of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse.”“The pattern of behaviour that their stories establish is compelling,” she said in a memo included in the report.In the letter to the Shambhala community, Mipham’s office said he was entering “a period of self-reflection.”“The Sakyong has decided to step back from his administrative and teaching responsibilities within Shambhala during the independent investigation of these allegations,” Mipham’s office said. “He is also stepping down from his positions and responsibilities at Naropa University.”The private liberal arts college in Boulder, Colo., issued a statement last week calling the accusations against Mipham “credible and believable.”Winn, who oversaw the report into the sexual misconduct allegations, said she was “overjoyed” to learn Mipham has stepped aside.“He’s allowing the flow of goodness to happen and I’m very grateful for that,” she said in an interview Monday. “It had to happen for the community to have an authentic healing process.”Winn said the leadership council’s mass resignation was good move, given that some members were aware of Mipham’s alleged behaviour.The Kalapa Council said there will be a “phased departure” of members to ensure there is a board in place to uphold legal and financial responsibilities.In addition to hiring a law firm, the council also brought in An Olive Branch, an organization members say will serve as a neutral party for receiving allegations of harm, survivor advocacy and consulting on Shambhala’s policies going forward.Winn said it’s unclear what the intention of An Olive Branch will be, and said the law firm had still not reached out to Merchasin.“I still feel no confidence until that law firm is in touch with our investigator and our investigator gives the thumbs up,” she said.last_img read more

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first_imgEver since she shot to fame performing on Strictly Come Dancing, 17-year-old Dionne Bromfield has been known for her soulful voice, which is reminiscent of that of her late godmother, Amy Winehouse. Now, the talented singer’s advocacy for animals will be well known, too.Dionne Bromfield – Here’s the Rest of Your Fur CoatCredit/Copyright: PETA UKIn her new anti-fur ad for PETA, Bromfield holds a bloodied, skinned fox and stares pointedly into the camera above the words “Here’s the Rest of Your Fur Coat”.“Not only is fur cruel, it’s also totally gross”, says Bromfield. “I mean, who wants to wear the skin of an abused animal? Not me! I watched one of PETA’s fur videos, and I challenge anyone who wears fur to watch it, too. Seeing these terrified animals as they have their skin ripped off their backs just so that someone can walk around in a fur coat or hat really upset me – but it also inspired me to try to raise awareness about the fur trade.”Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted. Sometimes, they are even skinned while still alive. More than 2 million cats and dogs are skinned in China every year – many while fully conscious. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood have all publicly sworn off fur. With so many stylish alternatives available, there’s no excuse to harm a hair on an animal’s head.Bromfield joins a long list of celebrities – including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Joss Stone, Mark Ronson, Ke$ha, Rylan Clark, Natalie Imbruglia and Jamelia – who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against the fur industry.For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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FRANKFURT — The German government has slashed its growth forecast sharply for this year, to 1.0 per cent from 1.8 per cent in last fall’s outlook, as fears about a chaotic Brexit and trade tensions hold back Europe’s largest economy.Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Wednesday the German economy would grow for a 10th year in a row. But he said “the headwinds, primarily from the external environment, are increasing.”German businesses are unsettled about the possibility that Britain will leave the EU without agreeing on trade rules for a transition period. New import taxes imposed by the U.S. and China are also weighing on prospects for global trade. That hurts the outlook for Germany because the country is a major exporter.Germany’s economy grew 1.5 per cent last year and 2.2 per cent in 2017.The Associated Press read more

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Rabat – The Dubai based nightclub, White, is expected to open a “halal” nightclub in Jeddah,Saudi Arabia.The nightclub will not serve alcohol and will operate from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. People aged 18-years and over  will be allowed entry to the club.Video circulating in #Saudi says Jeddah will get its first Disco club, “White”. Halal and serves Sheesha: pic.twitter.com/FIPp5OOLbq— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) June 12, 2019The night club will make its debut today, June 13 with a concert  led by US singer Ne-yo. The news generated different reactions, including mockery, surprise, and controversy, as well as anger.Some Twitter users, however, broke a party on social media with the hashtag “Disco in Jeddah.”One Twitter user said,  “White club in Jeddah?! You must be kidding me!!”Another person tweeted: “Guys help our religion is deteriorating. They literally built a ‘halal’ disco in Jeddah.”“It seems like true disco in Jeddah so if it is then the Royalty of Islamic Kingdom has shaken badly from inside. May Allah prevent us all from evil and this fitna that is making its roots near holy cities,” said a third Twitter user who opposed the initiative.Guys help our religion is deteriorating they literally built a “halal” disco in Jeddah omfg pic.twitter.com/8LrWK11CkE— MJ + M = 5ever (@_pastellips) June 13, 2019Videos have also been also circulating from what is believed to be the  White disco. The nightclub will only serve sheesha or hookah.On May 6, the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, or the Shura Council, approved the provision of sheesha products in the restaurants and cafes of Saudi cities, “according to specific regulations,” reported the Saudi newspaper Ajel.It seems like true #disco_in_jeddah so if it is then the Royalty of Islamic Kingdom has shaken badly from inside. May Allah prevent us all from evil and this fitna that is making its roots near holy cities. https://t.co/pvswJvXEti— Mustafa Bhoja (@mustafabhoja) June 12, 2019In January,  Turki Al Al-Sheikh, Chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment, promised that his country will issue licenses for live shows in cafes and restaurants.“We accept applications for licensing of live shows in restaurants and cafes,” he said.The move aims to  give permits to cafes and restaurants to host live music shows and stand-up comedy. The move is part of  vows of reform promised by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of his 2030 reform plan.The plan calls for opening the Saudi kingdom to the world.Saudi Arabia has recently allowed women to drive and lifted the ban on cinemas and artistic festivals. read more

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“Our aim should be twofold: we must prevent any expansion of nuclear arsenals, and we must accelerate the reduction of existing weapons and stockpiles. All countries should move towards halting production of fissile material for weapons,” Mr. Ban said in a speech read out by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva.“Maintaining the moratorium on nuclear tests is equally important, and should be in effect at least till the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty enters into full force,” he said, urging all States that have not yet done so to sign or ratify that pact. Preventing an arms race in space also continues to be an “urgent challenge,” he added.Mr. Ban told the 65 Member States of the Conference, the world’s sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations, that “stakes are high” in dealing with these issues, as he also highlighted the massive amount of money spent on arms and suggested this would be better used helping to fund the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce poverty and other global ills by 2015.“World military spending has now risen to over $1.2 trillion,” he said. “This incredible sum represents 2.5 per cent of global GDP (gross domestic product). Even if one per cent of it were redirected towards development, the world would be much closer to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”Today’s plenary session also heard speeches from Ambassador Glaudine Mtshali of South Africa, the President of the Conference, and the representatives of Poland, Slovakia, the United States, the Netherlands and the Russian Federation. During 2007, the rotating presidency of the Conference will be held by Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland and Syria. The three parts of the 2007 session will be held from 22 January to 30 March for the first part; 14 May to 29 June for the second part; and 30 July to 14 September for the third part.In 2006, the Conference was not able to reach agreement on a programme of work and so was unable to start work on substantive issues, however it did debate the Conference’s agenda items, focusing mainly on cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament, prevention of nuclear war and other related issues. 22 January 2007Preventing further expansion of nuclear arsenals and reducing weapon stockpiles should be the key aims of this year’s Conference on Disarmament, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in his message to the meeting’s first session in Geneva, where he also noted that military spending worldwide has risen to over $1.2 trillion. read more

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UN Police (UNPOL) conducted 43 patrols and responded to five incidents in the capital Dili today, and reported no injuries or damage to property, the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) said.UNPOL is also continuing its investigation into the two killings that took place in Viqueque over the weekend, and officers from the Major Crime Investigation Unit are working with forensics experts and other officers from the National Investigation Unit who arrived in the district today.The first shooting took place one hour after a campaign rally for the National Congress for Reconstruction of Timor-Leste (CNRT) concluded. Following altercations between CNRT supporters and their opponents, one man was shot dead in a marketplace.UNMIT said the man is believed to have been shot by an off-duty officer of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) and a search is under way to apprehend the person responsible.The second deadly incident occurred when a group of CNRT supporters, accompanied by former President Xanana Gusmão who heads the party, returned the body of the deceased man to his hometown of Ossu. Initial reports said that PNTL members fired shots to control a crowd and a 24-year-old man was killed while a 16-year-old was injured. Earlier this week, the Government stressed that it will not tolerate retaliation for the shootings, and reiterated its call for political supporters to remain calm, said UNMIT’s acting head, Eric Tan. 5 June 2007Although the overall security situation in Timor-Leste is stable, the district of Viequeque remains tense in the wake of two deadly shootings over the weekend, according to the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the country which the world body ushered to independence in 2002. read more

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The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday approved an 11-month extension of its ban on imports of rough diamonds from Sierra Leone that aims to reduce the role played by the illicit trade in diamonds in fuelling the conflict in the country. Both the original ban imposed in July 2000, and its current extension, fall under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which makes them legally binding on all Member States. The ban will be reviewed after six months, and whether or not it is lifted will depend on the general situation in Sierra Leone, including the extent of the Government’s authority over the diamond-producing areas. By its unanimous action, the Council also welcomed ongoing efforts by the diamond industry and others to break the link between trade in illicit diamonds and armed conflict, and expressed its support for the export diamond certification regime set up by neighbouring Guinea, and for efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to develop a region-wide certification regime. The ban’s establishment followed reports that diamonds from Sierra Leone were presented on international markets as deriving from neighbouring countries, and that funds from their sale were used to finance the activities of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), which controlled many of the diamond-rich areas. While noting that there had been significant progress in the Sierra Leone peace process recently, and the Government, with the support of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), had taken steps to extend its authority over those areas, the Council said today that this authority was not yet fully effective. Rough diamonds whose origin is certified by the Government of Sierra Leone are exempt from the ban. read more

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The new $80 million research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen will host seven laboratories to collect data on marine ecosystems, climate change and pollution to help countries develop sustainable fisheries management, according to a press release by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).At the same time, FAO’s Director-General opened the Committee on Fisheries in Rome by stressing the importance of fisheries to the world’s food security and nutrition and sounding an alarm on the threats those resources face.Fisheries and aquaculture make a “central contribution to food security and nutrition,” Jose Graziano da Silva said, adding that that sustainable development in the world’s island and coastal states was especially dependent on the “vitality of oceans and fish stocks.”“Overfishing, pollution and climate change are putting this vitality at risk. The impacts are already evident. And the world’s poor, in rural and coastal areas, are among the most affected,” he said.The Director-General pointed out that fisheries and aquaculture were the sources of 17 per cent of the animal protein consumed in the world and up to 50 per cent in some small islands and Asian countries. They were also central to the livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable families in the world.“The livelihoods of 12 per cent of the world’s population depend on this sector. In particular, small-scale fisheries are the source of employment for more than 90 per cent of the world’s capture fishers and fish workers, about half of whom are women,” he said. The Dr Fridtjof Nansen will replace an older craft of the same name that has been navigating the coast of Africa since 1993, carrying out in-depth research into the state of the continent’s marine ecosystems for the EAF-Nansen Project, the latest phase of a unique 40-year programme.As a direct result of the project and with technical guidance from FAO, 16 countries in Africa have developed management plans for their fisheries, FAO said. read more

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“I am deeply concerned by serious challenges to the rule of law and the shrinking of the democratic space in the country,” Mr. Simonovic said in a press statement issued yesterday at the end of a two-day visit to the country.“Far-reaching improvements are needed in areas such as judicial independence, media freedom and the separation of state institutions from party influence, as different UN human rights mechanisms have previously highlighted,” he added.The release of wiretapped conversations and the political crisis that developed around them had brought many human rights issues clearly into focus, he noted.The Assistant Secretary-General also urged prompt, comprehensive and impartial investigations into both the recent clashes in Kumanovo and the wire-tapping case.“Despite these significant challenges, there are some grounds for optimism,” said Mr. Šimonović. “I welcome the opening of a dialogue between the Government and the opposition to defuse tensions and address the current crisis. In addition, it is crucial to broaden this dialogue to include civil society. This is vital to build trust and engage the public in resolving the crisis.”In addition, continued the senior official, “there is consensus among political actors, civil society and the public that the best hope for the country’s future lies in practical reforms to foster a diverse and multi-ethnic society in which human rights are equally respected for all. I am encouraged by the inter-ethnic solidarity demonstrated by the public in recent weeks.”“There is a lot of homework that remains to be done here,” continued Mr. Šimonović. “It is a shared responsibility among all actors of this country. Furthermore, implementing the reforms related to European Union accession and within the international human rights framework would help to move forward and overcome these challenges. The United Nations supports the country and its people and stands ready to assist wherever it can,” Simonovic concluded.During his visit, Mr. Šimonović held high-level discussions with authorities and other stakeholders on the current political situation as it relates to relevant human rights considerations. read more

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first_imgPyott-Boone Electronics Inc (PBE) has announced the acquisition of Mine Radio Systems Inc (MRS). PBE said it is “excited to be combining an impressive product range, skills and experience of yet another industry leader” with that of PBE. All of the products, people and intellectual property of the MRS business will immediately transfer to PBE’s ownership. Ken Morrell, President of MRS, commented: “When we started this process we were looking for a business that could successfully merge the long history of MRS and elevate it to a new level. The positive consultative process with PBE suggested a considerable upside for the combined businesses.”Stuart Champion de Crespigny, CEO of PBE, said “MRS is a perfect fit for PBE as a reliable communications solutions provider with an impressive and diverse global footprint. The acquisition solidifies our commitment to customer oriented global sales and local service”. For 25 years MRS has been a leading supplier of advanced, performance-driven, scalable and reliable communication solutions engineered to improving efficiency, safety and productivity in the mining and tunnelling industries. MRS operates 12 offices on six continents, with a corporate headquarters in Goodwood, Ontario, Canada. MRS provides proprietary innovations in an array of applications under the FLEXCOM, MultiCOM, INsite, Helian, Solarian, Centrian and FloSonic brands. It’s latest innovations include the Helian Underground Safety Solution.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s ENVIS Centre on Environmental Problems of Mining reports that, as part of India’s resource security efforts to increase mineral production, the National Institution for Transforming India (Niti) Aayog has asked the ministry of mining to prepare a vision document outlining the sector’s strategy while gearing towards 2030.Niti Aayog, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s think tank, has also called for reduction in mineral imports and optimal use of mineral resources.“We have been asked by the Niti Aayog to prepare a vision document for the mineral sector in the country. The process is on and we will be submitting it by next week,” said a senior mines ministry official on condition of anonymity.According to a recent report published by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, the country will fall short of critical minerals, which need to be used for developing clean-energy applications and also for manufacturing high-tech products.India may heavily rely on China to source these materials, much needed for its manufacturing sector, the report added. These include beryllium, chromium, germanium, limestone, niobium, graphite, rare earths, tantalum and zirconium, among others.The NDA government amended the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, in March last year, which allows auction of mines excluding coal and lignite. A total of seven mines have been auctioned in Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh under the MMDR, with state governments set to receive revenues of more than Rs.18,146 crore over a period of 50 years—the entire term for which the mines have been auctioned.Another mines ministry official, who also did not want to be named, said that the Niti Aayog has also raised the issue of sustainable mining and the vision document will clearly spell out steps being taken in this regard.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Mines has unveiled a web portal for the easy access to information regarding the mining sector in India, including a framework for rating mines.“The Ministry, through the Indian Bureau of Mines, has developed a template for the star rating of mines,” Mines Secretary Balvinder Kumar said at the launch function. “The web portal will have all the ratings of the mines and will also have information of the Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) for the mining sector.”The star rating system, which rates mines out of five stars, is a two-layered system based on a self-evaluation by the mine operator, which is then validated by the Indian Bureau of Mines under the Ministry of Mines.“There will be random third-party checks to see whether the information provided by the operators is correct, and there should be penalties for those providing false information,” Mines Minister Piyush Goyal said, also speaking at the event. The star rating system will be based on parameters such as efforts taken to mitigate environmental impact of the mines and to resettle and rehabilitate the people affected and the adoption of international standards for mining operations and reporting.“The main objective of this system is to bring all mines to minimum 4- or 5-star rating in the shortest possible time,” Mr. Kumar said. Goyal also asked Ministry officials to ensure that by March 31 mine operators also upload all relevant permissions from the government onto the portal.Goyal added that the Ministry of Steel was still looking into relaxation of export duties on iron ore.Goyal wants all mines in India to compulsorily subscribe to the star rating system.India’s mineral production for financial year 2015-16 increased by 9% to 495 Mt. However, the overall growth in terms of value decelerated by 11% to Rs.39,767.3 crore during the same period.Experts think the focus of the vision document should be implementation, and concerned ministries and public sector units should be made accountable for it.“The first and foremost priority should be to fulfil the country’s mineral requirements to achieve desired growth. Moreover, yearly achievement should also be measured by the government,” said V.S. Jain, former Chairman of the state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd.In a bid to boost private investment in the sector and accelerate mineral exploration further, the government has also come up with the National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP) in June this year which allows private companies to explore the country’s mineral reserves.Blocks containing lead, zinc, gold, silver, diamond and iron ore will be allocated to public and private agencies for reconnaissance or early-stage exploration. These blocks will be awarded on a revenue-sharing basis in case exploration efforts lead to discovery of auctionable resources.On the back of higher production of iron ore and chromite, India’s overall mineral production during the first quarter of the current financial year has gone up 14% to 138.53 Mt compared with 121.11 Mt during the corresponding April-June period last year.last_img read more

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The French national team is taking on its last preparatory tournament ahead of the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. The French national team is taking on Argentina in the semi-final of the tournament, while in the other semi-final are playing Macedonia against Algeria. The winners of the two semi-finals are playing on Sunday in the final which will decide the tournament winner.The tournament venue is Nantes. The World Championship in Doha begins on the 15th of January. ← Previous Story Morten Olsen breaks nose – no World Championship for him! Next Story → Austria with 7 DKB Bundesliga players at WCh 2015! francehandballMacedoniaQatarrukomet

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first_imgSécheresse : la Chine nie l’impact de ses barrages sur le niveau du MékongHua Hin, Thaïlande – A l’occasion d’un sommet organisé en Thaïlande au sujet de la gestion du Mékong, la Chine a nié tout impact de ses barrages sur la sécheresse historique que connaît le fleuve considéré comme le plus poissonneux du monde.Soupçonnée d’aggraver avec ses barrages la sécheresse du Mékong dont les eaux ont atteint leur plus bas niveau depuis un demi-siècle, la Chine assure être elle-aussi victime des conditions climatiques.Le Laos, la Thaïlande, le Cambodge et le Vietnam, pays riverains du Mékong, se sont réunis avec une délégation pékinoise pour tenter de comprendre les raisons de la sécheresse historique du fleuve et évaluer l’impact des huit barrages déjà construits ou en projet sur le territoire chinois.La chine nie toute responsabilité dans cette sécheresse, dont elle assure souffrir elle aussi. “Les statistiques montrent que la sécheresse récente qui touche l’ensemble du bassin du bas-Mékong est liée au temps particulièrement sec, et le déclin du niveau d’eau du fleuve Mékong n’a rien à voir avec le développement hydroélectrique”, a ainsi affirmé le vice ministre chinois des Affaires étrangères, Song Tao. Et de souligner que les barrages jouent un rôle de prévention des inondations tout en permettant d’augmenter les débits en cas de nécessité.Si plusieurs associations écologistes tiennent les barrages chinois pour responsables de l’aggravation de cette sécheresse du Mékong, fleuve dont dépendent quelque 60 millions de Laotiens, Thaïlandais, Cambodgiens et Vietnamiens, aucune étude scientifique ne le prouve. En Chine, ce sont 24 millions de personnes qui souffrent du manque d’eau potable dans le sud-ouest du pays.Lors du sommet de la Commission régionale du fleuve Mékong (MRC), créée en 1995, a également été évoquée la question de l’impact du réchauffement climatique sur le fleuve. “Le Mékong est menacé par de sérieux problèmes venant à la fois de l’utilisation non viable de l’eau et du changement climatique”, a alerté le Premier ministre thaïlandais Abhisit Vejjajiva, avant d’assurer que le fleuve ne “survivrait pas” à une mauvaise gestion de ses ressources.Le 11 avril 2010 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img When Julian took off Caitlin’s necklace to save her life at the end of the last episode, you might have thought The Flash would return from its month-long hiatus with a Killer Frost battle. Well, we’re not quite there yet. For now, Barry faces an especially tough obstacle: His future self is kind of a dick. If you thought current Barry made bad decisions sometimes, he’s got nothing on future Barry.Barry’s decision to go forward in time now is a little weird. Yes, he decided that that’s what he would do at the end of the last episode, but going from “Killer Frost escaped” to “time to run to the future” is a bit of a leap in logic. Fortunately, San Dimas rules don’t apply here so Barry can spend all the time he wants in the future and be back a second after he left. Still, it feels anticlimactic to introduce a problem and then not deal with it at all. At least the fight at the beginning between Killer Frost, The Flash and Vibe was pretty cool.Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: The CW)So Barry runs to the future after Savitar has been dealt with… somehow, and it is a mess. The Top and Mirror Master (remember them?) are wreaking havoc on the streets, and there appears to be no Flash to stop them. When Barry appears, they team up to beat the crap out of him. Barry pulls himself up and finds Cisco, who fills him in on everything that’s happened. The second half of this past season has been bleak and dreary, but that was all Sesame Street compared to this episode. After Iris had died, Wally tried to fight Savitar himself and ended up paralyzed and unable to speak. Killer Frost is captured, but she joined up with Savitar and is still evil. Cisco and Joe are broken men after Barry abandoned both of them and became a weird recluse with early-2000s emo band hair. I can’t tell if he’s going to break the sound barrier or tell me about the black parade.Grant Gustin as future Barry Allen. (Photo: Screenshot via The CW)Aside from Future Barry’s Tobey-Maguire-in-Spider-Man-3 look, the old age makeup looks surprisingly good. Cisco and Julian especially look like they’ve seen some rough years in between now and the time Barry left. And Joe is on a whole other level. Maybe it’s because Jesse L. Martin is such a great actor, but he feels like the most tired, given-up human being in this episode. For once, all this sadness doesn’t feel like too much. The four-week break might have something to do with it, but I think this is one of the better-written episodes The Flash has had in a while. Instead of weighing everything fun down with a sense of dread, we went to a world where the bad stuff has already happened. There’s a real reason for these characters to be where they are. The sadness, the grim tone, all feels earned and justified.\Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: The CW)Better still, the episode also gave us some hope that the show could lighten up a little. Yes, Savitar is still out there at the end, and they’re no closer to getting Caitlin Snow back, but Barry fixed his future. He got everyone back together to take on Mirror Master and The Top one more time. He got his future self to start acting like a superhero again. Hopefully, that will also include a haircut. Most of all, he learned what not to do. He learned to enjoy what time he has left with Iris, even while still doing everything he can to prevent her death. He knows not to abandon his friends when things go bad. If Barry can fix his future and make it as fun as it used to be, despite the real heavy stuff that happened, maybe he can do the same thing for his past. And hey, he also brought back some information that could help defeat Savitar before Iris dies. As depressing as this episode got, it injected a much-needed sense of hope into the series.Ashley Rickards as Rosalind Rosa Dillion and Grey Damon as Sam Scudder (Photo: The CW)Then, there’s that ending. Remember how Future Killer Frost aligned herself with Savitar? Well, the episode ends with Present Killer Frost doing just that? Which of course means a giant tease about Savitar’s identity. As Killer Frost asks why she would ever join up with Savitar, we’re treated to an extended sequence where Savitar’s costume comes apart, and he reveals his identity to her, but not to us. All we know for sure is that it was enough for Killer Frost to immediately join him. Who could that be? A lot of people are speculating that Ronnie, Caitlin’s late fiance, is Savitar. That would explain Frost’s reaction, but not how he knows so much about what’s going to happen. It could easily be an evil H.R. from further in the future. After all, he did call Wally “Wallace” that one time. H.R. is the only person who does that.Honestly, it’s long past time the show told us already. Ending with a tease like that would have been way more effective if the show hadn’t been dragging out the reveal for so long. It’s no longer exciting; it’s now expected. There aren’t that many episodes left in the season. Reveal the name already, so the story can finally move forward. Fortunately, it looks like that’s exactly what they’re going to do next week. We’ll finally learn who he is, and we’ll be one step closer to leaving this grim plot behind for the greener pastures this episode promised. Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

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7s Vivian Gonzalez emcees breast cancer fundraiser event in Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Part of the 7weather team helped make strides against cancer, Thursday night.7news meterologist Vivian Gonzalez emceed the kickoff for the American Cancer Society event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.Participants raised money and awareness for breast cancer.Last year, 30,000 survivors and community members donated nearly a million dollars toward research. They’re trying to top that total this year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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POLICE LOG for February 16 Crash Lands At Homeowners Front Steps OUI Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, February 16, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash took place at Middlesex Avenue and Clark Street. A vehicle went through a fence and is stopped at the front steps of 59 Middlesex Avenue. No structural damage to house. Both vehicles towed. No injuries noted. (9:19am)A caller reported two parties were walking on the train tracks off of Main Street. Police responded. One of the parties worked for Keolis and was looking for a lost set of keys. (12:43pm)A concerned caller reported that kids were skating on Silver Lake. (4:02pm)A walk-in party came in to “apologize for all his wrong-doings involving the Wilmington Police Department.” (4:42pm)A road rage incident was reported on Lowell Street with a driver allegedly throwing a cup at the caller’s car and yelling expletives. Police caught up with aggressor, who admitted he may have been too aggressive, but that the calling party was as well. (6:48pm)Quinn R. Sendall (30, Nashua, NH) was arrested for OUI Liquor. A caller had reported Sendall’s vehicle was swerving all over the road on 129. As police responded, they were flagged down by someone at the Plaza saying there was a car parked in front of the West School House with someone “hanging out of the car.” (10:00pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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US President Donald Trump says sanctions remain on North Korea

first_imgSeoul: US President Donald Trump said that sanctions rem-ain on North Korea following his Sunday meeting with Kim Jong Un at the Korean Demilitarised Zone. However, he appeared to be leaving open the possibility of scaling them back as part of upcoming renewed negotiations, saying that: “at some point during the negotiation, things can happen.” Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Trump is also telling reporters after bidding Kim farewell that he raised the idea of a Kim visit to Washington during their talks. Trump said he told Kim that, “at the right time, you’re going to come over” and that that could be “any time he wants to do it.” Trump added that he “would certainly extend the invite” and that, “at some point” it will happen. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The US President said that the US and North Korea have designated teams to resume stalled nuclear talks between the nations within weeks. He shared the news as he briefed reporters after spending about 50 minutes in talks behind closed doors with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said he hopes the sides can reach a comprehensive deal, but says that “speed is not the object.” Advertise With Us “We’re not looking for speed. We’re looking to get it right,” he said. What was originally supposed to be a brief exchange of pleasantries between the duo at the raised line of concrete marking the border between North and South turned into private talks. Trump had tweeted out his last-minute invitation to Kim, suggesting the North Korean leader meet him “at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” during a long-scheduled visit. Trump later said that if Kim made the trip, the two would “see each other for two minutes,” adding: “That’s all we can. But that will be fine.”last_img read more

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Push for Diversity on the Hill Continues with New Black Talent Initiative

first_imgDeploying a talent bank that pairs resumes of promising Black candidates with jobs on Hill. Anyone who has ever been on Capitol Hill knows it isn’t exactly a beacon for diversity.Now, as first-ever director of the Black Talent Initiative at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Don Bell, 27, says his top priority is lobbying Hill lawmakers to hire more Black people in key staffing roles.Don Bell is the first-ever director of the Black Talent Initiative at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. (Courtesy Photo)“Those are the positions the really influence a member of Congress,” said Bell, who worked on the Hill for three years and joined the center March 20. “My mission every day will be to try to help some other person achieve the dream that I once had, which was to work in the policy space on Capitol Hill.”To that end, the initiative is launching a multi-pronged strategy to beef up diversity on the Hill.  Those plans include:Pushing for paid internships and fellowships for people who don’t have the means to work on the Hill for free. Supporting those candidates with mock interviews and professional development sessions.center_img Conducting research for a follow-up study on diversity among key Senate staff and for a new report on diversity among Senate legislative assistants.Bell pushed diversity as president of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, a position he left after he joined the center. At the end of November, the caucus released a report that showed just five percent of the Senate’s nearly 3,600 staffers are Black.“We have a long way to go, and Don is someone who has proven that he won’t rest until we achieve true diversity in our federal workforce,” Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said in a statement.The caucus study builds on a 2015 report the center compiled on diversity among Senate staff. It found that while people of color comprise 36 percent of the U.S. population just 7.1 percent of them hold top positions in the Senate. Bell is working on a report that analyzes diversity among top staffers working in the House.The diversity disparity persists for several reasons. Financial barriers, for example, make it even more difficult to get to the Hill and stay long enough in a low-paying job there to move into a mid or senior-level position, he said.Bell found a way around those financial issues by working at Wal-Mart and relying on his friends’ generosity.He was born and raised in Connecticut to parents who worked as custodians.His parents, Donald and Julie Bell, didn’t have much money, but they taught him the importance of education, being resourceful and paying it forward. Bell was the first in his family to graduate from college, and he did it in three years to save money. He also holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.“All that has taught me to work hard for other people,” Bell said.He arrived in the District in 2012 as an unpaid legal fellow/intern for Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Bell realized his work was helping his home state and shaping judiciary and housing policy. During the first week of his four-month stint, he decided he wanted more.“I just really enjoyed being heavily involved in the policy space and just thinking of ways to improve the lives of people,” Bell said.He returned to the District the following year after graduating from law school. This time, he worked eight months as an unpaid legal fellow for Christopher Murphy, Connecticut’s junior senator. By day, Bell worked with Murphy’s counsel on juvenile justice and other important issues. But at night, Bell worked as a Wal-Mart cashier to make ends meet.  He was putting in 14-to-16 hour days during this period.But thanks to friends who supported him and later, a stipend and paid positions on the Hill — most recently as counsel to the most recent ranking members on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs — Bell only spent two months working at Wal-Mart.Yet he hasn’t forgotten what he learned there.“As someone who wanted to be part of the policy-making space and have a seat at the table, it wasn’t just about me getting to that position,” Bell said. “It was about me getting to the policy-making position and affecting the people that got up every day, worked very hard, struggled deeply and felt they didn’t have a voice in D.C. or in our country.”last_img read more

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zeroHouse Speaks To The Conservationist And The Romanticist

first_imgAs if designing an energy-neutral, self-sustaining home for four was not enough for Scott Specht and Louise Harpman, of the NYC/Austin-based architectural firm Specht Harpman, the zeroHouse™ has even more appealing features… zeroHouse is prefabricated! Upper floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Upper floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Design of living room, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Lower floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Lower floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Design of kitchen, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Design of living room, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Energy, water, and waste? No problem for the zeroHouse. The solar panels generate all the power, which is stored in a battery for a week, just in case the sun does not wish to shine. The beautiful bay windows are heat-mirror glass that is triple-paned to provide extra insulation, and the zeroHouse collects its own rain water and filters it in four 550-gallon cisterns. Waste is collected in an automated composting unit and used to feed the garden once a year.Automated? The whole house is automated and programmable to minimize electricity use. zeroHouse is even wired with sensors to communicate with your PC. zeroHouse is only 650 square feet but, as designed, every inch of the space is utilized. It does look to be quite comfortable inside. “People think they need a bigger house, but they may just need a better designed one,” Louise Harpman told the Austin Statesman. Below is the layout of the two-story zeroHouse: zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network You say that prefab is not your style? Then perhaps you might be just a little tempted by these visions of where you can take zeroHouse by literally packing it up in an extra-large suitcase! zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Indeed the zeroHouse can be placed virtually anywhere, including in 10 feet of water and on hillsides with slopes up to 35 degrees, all due to its helical-anchor foundation that requires no excavation. And when you’re ready to move, you can literally pick up your stakes and go. Solar Home Built by Students zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via TreeHugger.com More information: Specht Harpman — www.spechtharpman.com/Specht Harpman Portfolio, Bēhance Network — www.behance.net/Gallery/zeroHouse/302499Statesman.com — www.statesman.com/business/rea … enest-of-182527.htmlzeroHouse.net — www.zerohouse.net/ Explore further Design of kitchen, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Citation: zeroHouse Speaks To The Conservationist And The Romanticist (2010, January 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-zerohouse-conservationist-romanticist.html All of the zeroHouse electronics, construction materials, and fabrics are chosen for their durability as well as design appeal. Below are the living room and kitchen designs; color choice is wide. zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network © 2010 PhysOrg.com zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network zeroHouse will sell for approximately $350,000. Any takers besides me?___last_img read more

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first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Clinton’s trip marks the Obama administration’s most forceful engagement in the conflict that has killed more than 100 Palestinians and three Israelis, with hundreds more wounded. While the U.S. has backed Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket fire from Gaza, Washington has warned its ally against pursuing a ground assault that would further escalate the violence and could dramatically increase casualties on both sides.Ahead of Clinton’s arrival, Obama spoke by telephone for almost a half-hour with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, commending the Islamist leader’s efforts to de-escalate tensions, said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser. It was their third conversation in 24 hours.Obama wants a diplomatic solution urgently because “there would be significant loss of life associated with further conflict,” Rhodes told journalists traveling with the president from Cambodia to Japan.In Washington, two diplomats familiar with confidential deliberations said Israel was considering a possible cease-fire but might hold off on a formal announcement until after Clinton’s arrival. They added, however, that Israel would stop its operations even without a formal truce, if rocket fire from Gaza ceased. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the discussions. Comments   Share   The widening conflict distracted from Obama’s three-country tour of Southeast Asia, his first overseas trip after winning re-election. The president, after a marathon day that took him from Thailand to Myanmar to Cambodia, worked the phones with Mideast leaders into the early hours of Tuesday morning, aides said. He departed Cambodia later Tuesday, and was expected to arrive in Washington before dawn Wednesday.___Associated Press writer Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC Associated PressPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to end a conflict between Israel and Hamas that has killed more than 100 in the last week.Clinton hastily departed for the region from Cambodia, where she had joined Obama for a summit with Asian leaders. The White House said she would make three stops, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Palestinian officials in Ramallah, in the West Bank, and Egyptian leaders in Cairo. Clinton was expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday night and return to Washington late Wednesday or very early Thursday after making all three stops. Check your body, save your life Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How men can have a healthy 2019 (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Israel and Hamas both have said they’re open to diplomatic mediation efforts being led by Egypt. Hamas officials signaled Tuesday that a deal was close.Clinton isn’t heading to the Middle East with any specific proposal to broker a peace deal, U.S. officials said. She’ll reassure Israel it has full American support while urging it to limit civilian casualties, and she will press members of the Western-backed Palestinian government in the West Bank to influence its brethren in Gaza to halt the rocket fire.In Cairo, Clinton will strike a similar note by reminding the Egyptian government of its peace obligations with Israel under a treaty they share, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly about the matter.Rhodes said the U.S. and Israel want to see the conflict ended “diplomatically and peacefully.” But he said Washington understands the Jewish state’s need for a “durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and restores a broader calm in the region” _ a reference to Israel’s concerns that its cease-fires with Hamas have become ever shorter in duration and increasingly tenuous. Obama and Clinton have consulted about the widening crisis throughout their three-day tour of Southeast Asia, their final joint trip before Clinton leaves her post as the top U.S. diplomat. They spoke again about the situation Tuesday morning, aides said, and made the decision for her to travel to the region. Still, it was unclear what impact Clinton’s presence would have on the violence.“There are a number of ideas that are in play,” Rhodes said, but offered no further details. He insisted the ramped up U.S. involvement was “a matter of what’s in everybody’s best interests”, not a matter of “leverage.”Obama and Clinton each have held multiple telephone calls with their counterparts in Israel and Egypt, which is at the center of negotiations to quell the violence. Because the U.S. considers Hamas a terrorist organization and prohibits contact between its members and American officials, it is relying on Egypt, as well as Turkey and Qatar, to deliver its message to the Hamas leadership in Gaza.Hamas wants Israel to halt all attacks on Gaza and lift tight restrictions on trade and movement in and out of the territory that have been in place since Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007. Israel demands an end to rocket fire from Gaza and a halt to weapons smuggling into Gaza through tunnels under the border with Egypt.last_img read more

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