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Young beluga whale struggling after relocation marine mammal group says

first_imgSAINT FABIEN, Que. – It is unclear whether a young whale flown from a New Brunswick river to Quebec is able to eat or has joined other belugas, a marine mammal group says.“The next few days will be critical,” Marie-Eve Muller of the Quebec City-based Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals said in a release Tuesday.The beluga, which is about two metres long, was released in Cacouna, Que., in the St. Lawrence Estuary last Thursday.The group says satellite tracking places the whale off Saint-Fabien, about 65 kilometres downstream from Cacouna. The area is “very close to the downstream limit” of waters frequented by belugas during the summer, it says.“At the time of the catch and when released, the veterinarians who accompanied the operation had issued a reserved prognostic,” Muller said.Signals received Monday night suggest the beluga spends a lot of time near the surface and that it may not be strong enough to swim against the current or even to stay in place.The group says weather conditions on Tuesday did not allow them to patrol the area and they are now waiting for the next satellite signals.The beluga strayed into New Brunswick’s Nepisiguit River weeks ago, and was removed in a complex operation that saw the endangered marine mammal travel by land, sea and air before being released.Animal rescuers had said the beluga could not live permanently in fresh water, and showed no signs of leaving the Nepisiguit on its own. They theorized it might have got lost while following fish.The whale had been coaxed into a net with the use of an acoustic deterrent device. The animal was then loaded into the back of a truck, and taken to the Bathurst, N.B., airport where it was then flown to Quebec in a small airplane.Once in Quebec there was another car trip before the whale was transferred to a boat to be set free.The population of the St. Lawrence belugas has been declining since the early 2000s and it’s believed there are fewer than 900 of them still in existence.They were placed on the endangered species list last fall.last_img read more

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Cheering for family Manitoba politician related to most of Iceland soccer team

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician has more than Icelandic heritage fuelling his fandom of the Nordic nation’s soccer team — he also has family ties.Len Isleifson, legislature member for Brandon East, says he is related to 22 of the team’s 23 players, as well as to its coach.Isleifson was born in Manitoba after his paternal grandfather immigrated to the province over a century ago. About 30,000 people of Icelandic decent live in the province, the largest concentration of Icelanders outside of the country’s capital.Isleifson says his 85-year-old dad, Robert, always had a keen interest in their ancestry and, after Iceland’s soccer team qualified last year for its first World Cup, had a genealogy company in Iceland trace his family’s roots to the team.“You figure you’re going to be related to someone along the line,” says Isleifson. “But it was pleasantly surprising to find out it was so many.”Iceland is a country of 337,000 and is the smallest participating in the World Cup. The team’s members range from Isleifson’s third to eighth cousins.Isleifson has bragged up his roots to the team in the legislature and, a few weeks ago, the consulate general of Iceland in Winnipeg delivered to Isleifson a blue jersey from the team. It’s a prized addition to the framed team shirt the backbencher already has on the wall of his office.Isleifson admits he’s not a lifelong soccer fan, but he has definitely been rooting for Iceland throughout the global soccer tournament playing out in Russia.In the end, he says, it’s not about whether the team wins or loses.“Sure, you want to keep winning so you can keep moving on. But just for them to make it this far — to even qualify — is a win,” he says.“I just want to see them play and the heart that they play with.”He believes what makes the team so special is that it’s not made up of professional athletes.“They’re everyday fishermen. The coach is a dentist. There’s farmers on the team. There’s one guy that has a gas station. They’re just everyday people playing a sport they love and excelling at it. I think it’s incredible.”Isleifson was home in Brandon when he watched Iceland’s triumphant tie with Argentina in its first match. During the team’s subsequent loss to Nigeria, Isleifson caught bits of the game on the TV in his office in between meetings.On Tuesday, when Iceland takes on Croatia, Isleifson has another busy day at work.“My schedule is booked solid, so I’m going to record the game and hopefully not spoil it by having anybody tell me what the score is,” he says, adding with a laugh, “probably impossible.”— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

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US stocks close higher extending modest rally Johnson Johnson reports higher earnings

US stocks close higher, extending modest rally; Johnson & Johnson reports higher earnings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 2:16 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks managed to close with modest gains on Wall Street after a day of up-and-down trading.Coca-Cola rose 4 per cent after reporting higher sales of non-carbonated beverages. Johnson & Johnson rose 2 per cent after its income rose.Toll Brothers and other homebuilders fell after a measure of the industry’s confidence in the housing market remained low. Apple and Netflix also fell.Major U.S. indexes moved between gains and losses all day before ending slightly higher.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.7 per cent, to close at 1,842 Tuesday.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 89 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 16,262. The Nasdaq added 11 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,034.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.62 per cent. read more

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Destruction of cultural heritage is an attack on people and their fundamental

“Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali and Syria are all in our minds today, but many more countries are to be added to this list, where acts of intentional destruction harm all, target free thinkers and disproportionately affect people belonging to minorities,” the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, stressed yesterday in her briefing to the Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues (Third Committee).Highlighting challenges and solutions to the problem of deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, and stressing that it must be considered a human rights issue, Ms, Bennoune noted that such ongoing destruction in the war-plagued Yemen is a particular source of concern.According to Special Rapporteur, in order to protect cultural heritage, including precious monuments, sites and sacred places, the first step that has to be taken is protecting human rights and people. “Destruction is often accompanied by other grave assaults on human dignity and human rights. We must care not only about the destruction of heritage, but also about the destruction of the lives of human beings. They are interrelated,” Ms. Bennoune stated. She also emphasized that armed conflict is among the root cause of heritage destruction, as well as indiscriminate attacks which failed to distinguish between military targets and civilian infrastructure, deliberate targeting, and acts based on an inappropriately broad definition of military necessity. “[It] undermines the right to freedom from discrimination and numerous other human rights, including the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity; and the rights to take part in cultural life, and to access and enjoy cultural heritage”, she added.The Special Rapporteur suggested that holistic strategies which promote human rights and peace-building are solutions to the problem, and they must be integrated into the human rights-based approach to the issue. “It means consulting the people who have particular connections with heritage when seeking to determine whether they wish to rebuild or reconstruct such heritage and if so, how and when,” she said. In Ms. Bennoune’s opinion, it is important for States to fight extremism and fundamentalist ideologies, sectarianism, and discriminatory attitudes, in accordance with international standards, while promoting respect for human rights, tolerance and pluralism.In the end of her report, the Special Rapporteur paid tribute to all those who had sacrificed their lives to preserve world’s cultural heritage. “In many cases we must consider cultural heritage professionals on the frontlines of the struggle against destruction as human rights defenders,” Ms. Bennoune stated, adding that it is vital that we ensure their safety and security, grant them asylum, and create necessary work conditions for them. The door of the Sidi Yahia Mosque in Timbuktu, Mali, before and after it was attacked. Photos: UNESCO/Lazare Eloundou Assomo; Ministère de la culture du Mali/DNPC read more

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RBS and NatWest launch £1bn fund for UK manufacturing sector

The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest today announced the availability of £1bn in loans allocated specifically for UK manufacturing businesses. The funds have been made available in response to feedback from businesses in the sector that are anticipating demand for products in 2010 and beyond. The fund will provide competitive loans designed to help businesses to finance investment and ensure an advantage of opportunities as markets recover.    Click here for more information on UK funding and support. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Throughout 2009, the automotive industry made significant changes to production schedules and employment levels in an effort to mitigate the negative effects of the economic downturn. In the latter half of the year, alongside the advent of the scrappage incentive schemes operating across Europe, production levels began to pick up as November 2009 saw the first increase in UK production since September 2008. The total volumes for 2009 were well below previous levels and 2010 is set to be another difficult year with uncertainty at home and abroad. Today’s announcement is a welcome step as government and the private sector work to help sustain and strengthen economic recovery. The UK automotive manufacturing sector remains an important part of the UK economy as it recorded a £52.5bn turnover in 2008. With seven volume car manufacturers, eight commercial vehicle manufacturers and 19 global component suppliers, UK automotive manufacturing employs an estimated 140,000 people. read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out toward the field during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Despite not playing a game on Saturday, No. 1 Ohio State consumed much of the headlines in the college football universe after news broke that redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett had been suspended for the Buckeyes’ upcoming game against Minnesota after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.On Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media for his weekly press conference in which he discussed the Barrett situation and looked ahead to the game against Minnesota.Here are three notes from his presser.J.T. Barrett As expected, the majority of Meyer’s time at the podium was spent discussing the situation surrounding Barrett.Probably the most interesting wrinkle that came to light is that Barrett will have his summer aid revoked, Meyer announced.Initially, the thought was that the Wichita Falls, Texas, native was having to pay for his fall or spring semester — which would have been a hefty payment since Barrett is from out of state.An OSU spokesman later clarified that it is Barrett’s summer aid that is being rescinded.This precedent was set in 2012 when former offensive lineman Jack Mewhort was involved in an alcohol incident. The same punishment was handed out to now-redshirt sophomore tight end Marcus Baugh in 2013.One thing that Barrett has not lost, at least yet, is his role of being a team captain. Meyer said the possibility of removing the hypothetical ‘C’ from the redshirt sophomore’s uniform has been tossed around among the team, but as of now, it will remain.“I visited with some older players about that,” Meyer said. “My initial reaction was that he might but we just talked to some guys but it was very strong with the leadership on the team to (not take it away). I’m still in my own mind going through that. But as of now, no.”For many fans on Saturday, the news of Barrett’s citation greeted them when they awoke from their Friday night slumber. The same was true for OSU’s coach.“(I found out through) a text message at 6 a.m.,” Meyer said. “ I called the person who texted me and said, ‘is this right?’”After getting the message, Meyer said he went about dealing with it, considering all the facts and consulting with athletic director Gene Smith before settling on the one-game suspension.Later in the day, the coach said, Barrett came over to his house “blown away, devastated” by his actions. Meyer stressed that the redshirt sophomore was distraught over the possible harm his mistake would place on the team.Meyer said he is “disappointed it happened” but the team is set to turn the page on the issue.“We did what we did and we’re moving forward,” he said.Braxton MillerRedshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones will reassume the role of starting quarterback, which he occupied for the season’s first seven games. This Saturday, however, Barrett will no longer be backing him up.So who slides into that spot in case something, like an injury, were to happen to Jones during the game?Is it redshirt freshman Stephen Collier who has seen the field in garbage time once already this year? Or is it a certain former two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year?The latter.“As of right now, it would be Braxton (Miller),” Meyer said of the backup role. “There is no question he is our No. 2 quarterback.”Even if the situation where another quarterback would have to come in for Jones in case of injury fails to materialize, there is a chance that Miller still may be used in some capacity as quarterback, specifically in the red zone.In the first seven games with Jones at the helm, red zone efficiency was an area of concern for OSU. To strengthen that weakness, Meyer capitalized on Barrett’s added dimension of running the football inside the red zone for two games before promoting him to full-time starter.Now, potentially, Miller might assume Barrett’s old role.“We’re not there yet, it’s still early in the week so we’re having those conversations right now,” Meyer said.Wide receiver depthContinuing with the discussion of the offensive side of the ball, Meyer talked about the hobbled state of the wide receiver position for the Buckeyes.The coach said that junior H-back Dontre Wilson, who was been in and out of the rotation this season, is questionable for the Minnesota game after having a procedure on his foot.Redshirt freshman Parris Campbell has seen the field sparingly in 2015 because an array of minor injuries, which continue to affect him into this week. Meyer said that the Akron native is also listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest.Johnnie Dixon, a redshirt freshman, was a player that appeared to be poised to fill at wide receiver in the beginning of the season. But like Campbell, injuries have plagued the Palm Beach, Florida, native, limiting him to just one catch for 29 yards in the season opener against Virginia Tech.Meyer said that Dixon has a microfracture right below his patella in his knee that will keep him out a couple of weeks.All of this means that redshirt senior Jeff Greene and redshirt sophomore James Clark will most likely spend meaningful time on the turf against the Golden Gophers.Both the said players saw most of their action this season on special teams, but in OSU’s game against Rutgers on Oct. 24, Greene and Clark both were in at wide receiver before garbage time arrived.The duo received champion grades from Meyer mainly for their effort in perimeter blocking, although Greene did have one catch for 10 yards.With the availability of Wilson and Campbell up in the air, Greene and Clark should be split out wide at some point on Saturday, as OSU and Minnesota are set to kickoff at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Schottenstein Center briefly evacuated during Ohio State mens basketball game

The Schottenstein Center was evacuated briefly during the Ohio State men’s basketball game on Dec. 16, 2017. Credit: Lantern file photoEarly in the second half of the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against Appalachian State Saturday evening at the Schottenstein Center, everyone in the building was told to evacuate.During a stoppage of play, the fire alarms sounded, triggering an audible alert throughout the building that ordered people inside the facility to leave.Colin Thompson, the general manager of the Schottenstein Center, said the fire alarm went off due to the failure of an exhaust fan in a concession stand. The failure of the fan caused the smoke to build up and eventually set off the alarm.Less than 10 minutes later, fans re-entered the arena and the game resumed shortly thereafter. There were no injuries during the evacuation.“All building systems performed exactly how they were designed,” Thompson said. “We were really pleased with the way the staff responded. We really apologize for the interruption.”This was the first evacuation in the history of the Schott during a game. read more

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Police raid Stabroek Market

Parameters of the Stabroek Market were thoroughly searched on Saturday by officers of the Guyana Police Force, during an impromptu raid for drugs and illegal items.Sniffer dogs were also dispatched to the area and ranks were stationed mainly at the entrances of the market. At that time, no major find was unearthed but the operation continued for several hours.Inews understands that a meeting was convened with Georgetown Major, Ubraj Narine; Police Commissioner, Leslie James and senior officials of the Force, where issues surrounding policing around Georgetown were discussed.Remarks by the Mayor sparked decisions to see a joint collaboration between the City Constabulary and ‘A’ Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice arrest Porn Vendors; seize 631 disksJune 11, 2014In “Crime”41 illegal foreigners arrested after strip club raidJanuary 5, 2018In “Crime”Police to taxi drivers: Be on the lookout for carjacking crew of 7June 13, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Excellence in timelapse The Sandpit

first_imgThe internet is about to go crazy with CES 2011 news, so before that happens, let’s all sit back and take a breather. About five and a half minutes should do the trick. When it’s over you’ll feel rested, relaxed, and ready to read about the hundreds of tablet unveilings that are sure to take place over the next few days.The video above was directed by Sam O’Hare, who made the Coachella time-lapse that we love so much. It was shot in NYC so you can pick out some amazing scenes of Pier 17, the downtown helipad, Madison Square Park, and more. The video wasn’t shot with a tilt-shift lens, the effect was added in post production. Here is an explanation of the gear:AdChoices广告It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. I used my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card. The boats had slower frame rates, and the night shots used exposures up to two seconds each. The camera actually has an automatic cut off after 130 shots, so for longer shots I counted each click and quickly released and re-pressed the shutter release after 130 to keep shooting. Over 35,000 still images were taken to make the video.Learn more about the video from this interview with O’Hare.last_img read more

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Microsoft close to 85 billion Skype acquisition

first_imgSkype has been in the headlines for a couple of weeks now, not because of new features or a new version rollout, but because the company is seeing a lot of interest from three of the biggest tech companies out there.Initially Google and Facebook were known to be in talks with the VoIP company over a possible acquisition. Then yesterday we heard Microsoft had suddenly taken an interest either due to a genuine desire to take Skype under its wing, or just because its rivals were so keen to do so.It now looks as though the former is true, and Microsoft really does want Skype’s technology running under the Microsoft banner. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a deal is close to being finalized and Microsoft is about to pay through the nose to secure the company.Later this year Skype was set to go public and expected to raise around $1 billion in revenue. The Facebook and Google acqusition talks, if they were finalized, were expected to see the company valued at between $3-$4 billion. We thought that was high, but Microsoft has gone way beyond that estimate and is thought to be negotiating a deal worth $8.5 billion counting paying off all debts Skype currently holds.If this happens at that price it will be Microsoft’s biggest ever spend on a single company. In return Microsoft will gain control of the most popular VoIP service on the market which it can then set about integrating into its core products and business services.Depending on how negotiations pan out, it is expected an announcement about the acquisition will happen at some point today.Read more at WSJlast_img read more

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Varoufakis to launch a new political movement

first_imgGreece’s former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced his plans to launch his new political movement called The Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or DiEM25 next month in Berlin.His pan-European left-wing movement aims at ending “fragmentation in Europe”, with the launch event set to take place on February 9 in a theatre in Berlin, according to a report by politico.eu.DiEM25 wants to show European voters a third way between the return to the nation state and the “undemocratic structures” of today’s European institutions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Assurance maladie hausse de 41 des dépenses au premier trimestre 2010

first_imgAssurance maladie : hausse de 4,1% des dépenses au premier trimestre 2010France – La Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie a enregistré au premier trimestre 2010 une hausse des dépenses de 4,1% par rapport à celles de 2009. L’objectif était fixé à 3%.La progression des dépenses de santé au premier trimestre 2010 a été plus élevée que celle des douze derniers mois (+3,5%). Les remboursements de soins de ville ont pour leur part progressé de 4%, notamment en raison de la hausse des dépenses en soins d’auxiliaires médicaux (8,2% contre 7% ces douze derniers mois). Les indemnités journalières (+6,1% au premier trimestre 2010 contre + 4,8% sur les 12 derniers mois) ont également contribué à cette progression. Le communiqué de presse indique que cette forte croissance “s’explique par des versements liés à l’épidémie de grippe A de la fin de l’année 2009”. Un retour à la normale est cependant visible au mois de mars, avec une hausse des dépenses conforme à la tendance annuelle, soit 4,8%. Les dépenses d’honoraires médicaux et dentaires ont de leur côté progressé plus faiblement au premier trimestre 2010 (+0,9% contre +1,8% sur les douze derniers mois) en raison d’une conjecture épidémique plus faible qu’en 2009. Pour le mois de mars, les dépenses de soins de médecine générale sont restées stables avec une hausse de 0,1%.Le 28 avril 2010 à 11:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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VIDEO Sting speaks after the 316 WWE RAW

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE has posted the following video onto their YouTube channel today of Sting speaking for the first time since showing up in WWE after last night’s 3/16 WWE RAW in Des Moines, in an in-ring interview by Michael Cole for a WWE Network exclusive.You can view the video below. Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star AEW’s television deal with WarnerMedia “virtually done”, will be announced Wednesday, May 15 YouTube Summer Camps For Kids Now Playing Up Next system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Now Playing Up Next These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Insight Editions announces “WWE: The Official Cookbook” set for release on March 19last_img read more

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Blanc Henry made a mistake by taking Monaco job

first_imgLaurent Blanc reckons his former France teammate Thierry Henry would have been wise to turn AS Monaco downThe 41-year-old returned to his boyhood club to replace the fired Leonardo Jardim in his first managerial role.Henry had been previously linked with English Championship side Aston Villa, but chose to take charge at Monaco instead.The Arsenal and France legend has since drawn two and lost four of his six matches at Monaco.The 2016/17 Ligue 1 champions are down in 19th-place in the league table and appear set for a season-long fight for survival.“I would have turned down the situation at Monaco,” said Blanc, according to the Daily Mirror.“The situation is very dangerous for a first job. He knows Monaco well and he knows football especially well. But this does not feel good.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…The former Paris-Saint Germain coach had previously endorsed Henry’s return to Monaco last month.“He wanted to get into this job; he wanted to break into the field,” said Blanc at the time.“And he has chosen exactly the right place, a club he knows well. And it’s in the French league too, which is noteworthy.“It has been quite a while since he was last involved in football in France. He will certainly bring ideas with him.“He’s young, he’s experienced and he has a knowledge of football that will certainly help him.”Club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev gave his backing to Henry this week following their 4-0 loss to PSG.Monaco will next take a trip to Caen on November 24 for another Ligue 1 fixture.last_img read more

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City of San Diego is recruiting firefighters

first_img Posted: December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom City of San Diego is recruiting firefighters KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline to apply is Jan. 2, 2019.The SDFD recruiting captain, Jason Shanley stopped by Good Morning San Diego to go over what people can expect when they apply.For more information and to apply click here. December 24, 2018last_img read more

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Felida woman strives to raise awareness about panhandlers use of handouts

first_imgTODAY: Student finds panhandling can pay, but experts say giving exacerbates problemsAddict’s mom says more services are needed: Drug treatment, counseling facilities can’t keep upSUNDAY: Anatomy of a drug bust: Task force strives to make dent in illegal drug trade that permeates every corner of Clark CountyJourney through addiction: A three-part seriesPART 1: Winter. Drugs have a stranglehold on Travis and Mandy.PART 2: Spring. Stuck in the cycle of recovery and relapse.PART 3: Summer. Ups, downs and a turning point.Teri Joy first noticed Heather’s bulging belly as she drove under the Interstate 5 overpass on Northeast 99th Street in Hazel Dell. Eight months’ pregnant, she held a small cardboard sign at the side of the roadway, asking for some charity. In the corner of the overpass sat Heather’s boyfriend, Steven Joy — Teri’s stepson.Anguish punched Teri in the gut.“You want to cry, but you can’t because you’re so mad. You want to shake him, but at the same time hold him and hug him,” she said in an interview.last_img read more

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BJP leaders hail Modi as Art 370 cancelled

first_imgBagh Amberpet: The BJP leaders of Bagh Amberpet division on Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision on scrapping the Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and celebrated by distributing sweets at the party office.Addressing BJP activists, division party president Chukka Jagan stated that the NDA government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had taken a ‘bold’ and ‘tough’ decision with the slogan ‘Sab ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas’. He said the government decisions, like in the case of the Triple Talak, were in the interest of the people. He said it was a matter of pride that the Centre had solved a problem pending for years. Among those who joined the celebrations were State BJP Executive Committee Member C Krishna Goud, activists Govardhan Reddy, N Sambasiva Goud, E Ajaykumar, Rangampalli Raju, Madusudhan, Arender and Vanjari Ravinder.last_img read more

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Man killed in police gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called a gunfight in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj on Friday.According to UNB, police identified the deceased as Mohammad Selim, 42, son of Anwar Hossain of Keraniganj.Police said the ‘gunfight’ took place near Dhaleshwari river in Syedpur Bazar around 11:00am.A police patrol came under fire when it went to the area, said Asaduzzaman, additional superintendent of Munshiganj police.”Selim was killed in the ensuing skirmish,” he claimed.Two sharp weapons and a gun were recovered from the spot, the ASP said.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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France says military action in Syria only under UN

first_imgSINGAPORE (AP) – France says it will only participate in military action in Syria under a United Nations mandate.French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told an Asian security summit Sunday that the international community should increase sanctions and pressure in an effort to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. An anti-government uprising has raged for more than a year in Syria.U.S. Senator John McCain on Saturday urged the Obama Administration to arm Syrian rebels and create safe zones. Russia is an ally of Assad and has squashed attempts at U.N. action in Syria. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Le Drian said that a meeting Friday between French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin “doesn’t make it possible to think the veto will be lifted tomorrow morning.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

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Eccentric billionaire likely to lead country

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement After making his fortune in tumultuous post-Soviet Russia, Ivanishvili, 56, returned to Georgia shortly before the peaceful 2003 Rose Revolution catapulted Saakashvili to power. For years he quietly financed Saakashvili’s reforms, buying new shoes for Georgian soldiers, equipping the police force with cars and helping to raise the salaries of lawmakers and ministry bureaucrats so that they wouldn’t take bribes.But his friendship with Saakashivli soured after the U.S.-educated president cracked down on dissent, imposed controls over the media and led his nation into a disastrous 2008 war with Russia.Ivanishvili says he was “fooled” by Saakashvili and shocked Tbilisi last year by announcing he would challenge his former ally’s 8-year grip on power. The president responded by casting Ivanishvili as a Russian stooge and referring to his Georgian Dream coalition as the “forces of darkness.”The billionaire laughs off the charges, noting his past bankrolling a president who has thrived on being the Kremlin’s arch-enemy.“I was the only free person who can do something with my brains, my money and my name,” Ivanishvili told the AP in an interview this summer at his Black Sea residence. Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ivanishvili promises to continue moving Georgia toward membership in the European Union and NATO. At the same time, he promises to fix economic ties with Russia, getting Moscow to lift its ban on Georgian wine and mineral water.Ivanishvili admits that he faces a tough challenge mending relations with Russia while moving closer to the West.“Yes, it’s hard. Yes, perhaps we will have to spend a lot of time on this,” Ivanishvili told the AP. “We need both. We need to strive for that.”Ivanishvili, short, lean and lively, was the youngest of five children, the son of a miner and a stay-at-home mother. “The whole village was poor, not just me,” Ivanishvili told the AP. He could not afford shoes and dreamt of a bicycle, which he never got _ “but I was an absolutely happy person.”He learned engineering at a university in Tbilisi by night and worked at a steel mill by day. He then moved to Moscow to work on a Ph.D. in labor economy.Together with a friend, Ivanishvili seized on Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika campaign. He first started importing personal computers from the West and then set up a bank, which became a leading Russian financial institution. Its first office was in a kindergarten full of miniature toddler toilets. He then started buying into mining and metals across Russia and then re-selling those shares at large profits. Along the way, he picked up a Russian passport. He left Moscow in the late 1990s to spend several years in France _ and became a citizen of that country, too. Check your body, save your life Before running for office, Ivanishvili relinquished his Russian citizenship and sold off all of his Russian assets. But, in one of the dramas of the campaign, Saakashvili stripped Ivanishvili of his Georgian citizenship on the grounds he was still French _ and Georgia doesn’t allow dual nationality. Parliament swiftly passed a law allowing Ivanishvili to run as an EU citizen.Ivanishvili portrays himself as a quiet family man, who detests parties _ lamenting the need to “put on a mask” _ and says his greatest pleasure is taking a stroll with his wife, Ekaterine, whom he calls his best friend. He also has extravagant hobbies, like collecting exotic animals such zebras, flamingoes and kangaroos, amassing a unique art collection worth $1 billion and building futuristic glass-and-steel palaces across the country.Upon returning to Georgia in 2003, he rebuilt his native hilltop village of Chorvilla into a personal fiefdom, giving fellow villagers generous monthly allowances and equipping each household with a stove. He has also built schools, hospitals and churches around the country and _ in a monarchic move _ anonymously paid stipends to the Tbilisi actors he liked.For his quiet philanthropy and reclusive lifestyle, Saakashvili dubbed him “The Count of Monte Cristo” _ after the mysterious hero of the 19th century French novel by Alexandre Dumas. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated Press (AP) – He collects rare animals, buys priceless art and professes to be a psychoanalyst. Bidzina Ivanishvili, a onetime barefoot village boy turned eccentric billionaire philanthropist, is poised to become the new leader of Georgia, a strategic South Caucasus country that lives in the shadows of giant neighbor Russia.President Mikhail Saakashvili, a staunch ally of the West, on Tuesday acknowledged defeat in parliamentary elections and called on Ivanishvili to form the new government. That puts the tycoon on track to be prime minister, which will be Georgia’s most powerful job under legislative changes next year. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Top Stories While most impoverished Georgians were happy for his help, some critics said that the giveaways smack of feudalism. They say that investing in social programs and giving people jobs was more effective than simply doling out money and gifts.He promises quick reforms to boost investment and strengthen democratic institutions.But while Ivanishvili swears he is a democrat, some of his remarks may already suggest an autocratic streak.“Getting rid of elite corruption cannot be simpler, if the first person in the country wants it.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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