Greenpeace survole une autre centrale en Espagne

first_imgGreenpeace survole une autre centrale en EspagneDeux parapentistes, militants de Greenpeace, ont survolé ce mardi la centrale nucléaire de Garoña, la plus ancienne d’Espagne. Après son action sur le site de Bugey en France le 2 mai dernier, l’organisation écologiste dénonce, cette fois encore, le manque de sécurité des installations nucléaires.C’est une nouvelle opération coup de poing pour Greenpeace. Ce mardi, deux écologistes ont survolé la centrale nucléaire de Garoña en Espagne et ont lâché des fumigènes sur le toit du bâtiment abritant le réacteur. Sur leurs parapentes, on pouvait ainsi lire: “Garoña fermeture, maintenant”. Une seconde opération destinée à dénoncer le manque de sécurité des centrales un peu plus d’un mois après l’opération menée au-dessus de la centrale du Bugey.   “Une soeur jumelle de Fukushima”, c’est de cette façon que Greenpeace qualifie la plus ancienne centrale d’Espagne. Mise en service en 1971, elle devrait normalement cesser son activité le 1er avril 2013. Mais en 2009, le gouvernement socialiste espagnol avait décidé de prolonger de quatre ans l’exploitation de cette centrale proche de Burgos, dans le nord du pays. Une décision que Greenpeace, citée par l’AFP, juge irresponsable, clamant “qu’il n’existe aucune raison, économique ou énergétique qui justifie la prolongation de l’exploitation de Garoña”. L’association écologiste dénonce pour sa part “des risques pour les citoyens” qui vivent dans la région. Le parc nucléaire espagnol compte six centrales et huit réacteurs. Le pays a permis, en février 2011, l’exploitation prolongée de ses centrales nucléaires. Adopté par le Parlement, un texte de loi élimine ainsi la limite de quarante ans pour la durée de vie des centrales.Le 5 juin 2012 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

San Diego Fire Rescue hosts Girls Empowerment Camp

first_imgSan Diego Fire Rescue hosts Girls Empowerment Camp Posted: May 20, 2018 May 20, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 5:41 PMcenter_img 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 Settings 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 SettingsShe interviewed the kids about their favorite activities and talked to firefighter Helen Sylvia about her inspiration to become a firefighter. Sunday morning, Elizabeth Alvarez visited the 2nd Annual Girls Empowerment Camp in the Midway District. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Vancouver man accused of sending threats to Congress appears in court

first_imgA Vancouver man made an appearance Wednesday, March 28, in U.S. District Court in Portland to face charges accusing him of sending threatening letters to congressional members.A federal grand jury indicted Christopher Lee Carlson, 39, on charges of sending a threatening letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and another letter that “indicated it may contain a lethal pathogen” to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Prosecutors allege the letters, sent last month, also included false or misleading information, according to court documents.The Oregonian has reported the letters contained a white powder.Carlson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel. A tentative trial date was set for June 5.Carlson will have a hearing April 5 to determine whether he should stay in federal custody.last_img read more

Suspect in Esther Short Park assault arrested in Oregon

first_img The man accused of assaulting a 64-year-old man in Esther Short Park was arrested Monday in Salem, Ore., according to Vancouver police.Jason A. Hanson, 23, was arrested on an unrelated matter, but detectives are seeking to have him brought back to Vancouver related to the assault investigation, police said.Hanson and a female suspect allegedly assaulted the man in the park on June 23 after the female asked the man for money, police said. When the man replied that he didn’t have any, the female used an ethnic slur and hit him with a skateboard, police said. Hanson allegedly then punched him in the head and face, police said.The female suspect, who police say is a juvenile, is in custody on unrelated charges. Jason A. Hansonlast_img read more

Driverless Navya shuttle dings pedestrian suspending AV trials in Vienna

first_img 69 Photos 52 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 3 10 Photos Autonomous Vehicles,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Car Industry Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 81 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 49 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 26 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper lookscenter_img Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Share your voice Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Enlarge ImageHopefully the pedestrian’s injuries are minor, and hopefully there’s some useful information to glean from the accident. Navya Autonomous-vehicle startup Navya made news in late 2017 when one of its shuttles bumped into a truck in Las Vegas, although it was quite clearly the truck’s fault in that scenario. Navya’s latest oopsie, though, appears to be on the driverless shuttle itself.One of Navya’s driverless shuttles was involved in an accident in Vienna, Austria, Bloomberg reports, citing a German-language report from Austrian broadcaster ORF. According to Bloomberg’s translation of the report, the Navya shuttle was operating at a speed of 7.5 miles per hour when it collided with a 30-year-old woman, striking her in the knee.Navya was running two of its driverless shuttles as part of a pilot project in Vienna that started in early June. However, following the collision, Vienna’s transit authority has suspended the pilot project until the accident’s investigation comes to a conclusion. It’s unclear when that will be, and it’s also unclear if Navya’s shuttles will resume their duties after the investigation wraps up.Meanwhile, Navya’s shuttles have had a pretty easy time in Las Vegas following the bus incident in 2017. Its shuttles run about eight hours a day between Tuesday and Sunday, taking Las Vegas citizens and tourists around the Downtown Las Vegas Container Park, an open-air shopping center. The American Automobile Association, one of the shuttle’s sponsors, even tried to find a couple who wanted to get married inside one of Navya’s driverless shuttles. Given how small they are, I hope whoever signed up didn’t invite too many people.nayva-shuttle-michiganEnlarge ImageNavya’s driverless shuttles did some winter testing in Michigan, because Midwestern winters are patently awful. Navya General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow Tags 12 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Comments Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 18 Photos 3last_img read more

EC alone cannot hold fair polls

first_imgFormer CEC ATM Shamsul Huda speaks to the media after a dialogue with election commission at its secretariat on Tuesday. Photo: Ashraful AlamFormer chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda on Tuesday said the election commission alone would not be able to ensure a fair election, rather role of political parties are crucial to the end.Shamsul Huda made the observation during a dialogue with election commission.As part of its dialogue with different stakeholders, the election commission (EC) held talks with election experts, including former chief election commissioners and election commissioners.“It is not only the responsibility of the election commission to hold a fair election, the political parties too have the responsibility here,” Shamsul Huda told the dialogue.The former CEC, whose commission presided over the ninth parliamentary elections under a military-backed emergency government, hoped that the commission should not do anything which makes the parties lose trust in it.Shamsul Huda told the dialogue that the election commission must strengthen itself.“It should emphasise development of its human resources so that it can appoint Returning Officers from its own people during the general elections,” he noted.Shah Nawaz, an election commissioner of immediate-past Rakibuddin-led commission which presided over 5 January 2014 controversial election, also asked the election commission to appoint as much as possible Returning Officers from its own people. The dialogue was held at the commission secretariat in Agargaon in the capital with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Some 16 election experts out of 26 invitees attended the dialogue.The participants include former chief election commissioners justice Abdur Rouf and ATM Shamsul Huda, former election commissioners M Sakhawat Hossain, Sohul Hossain, Md Saiful Alam, Mohammad Abdul Mobarak, Mohammad Abu Hafiz, and Md Shah Nawaz, former EC secretary Humayun Kabir, former IGP Mohammad Hadis Uddin, former director general of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Md Rafiqul Islam, and former local government senior secretary Monzur Hossain.last_img read more

Expansive chronicle of Tagores poems to be unveiled on Aug 28

first_imgKolkata: At a time when India is making remarkable digital progress, a digitally compiled platform has come up with recitations and all necessary information regarding all the poems composed by Rabindranath Tagore.Tagore had also composed several songs, most of which are known to us. But his wonderful poems have not been fully explored till now.Dr. Purnendu Bikash Sarkar, an eye surgeon by profession, has collected and digitally compiled all the poems of Tagore using an interactive software named Rabindra Kabita Archive, after 5 long years of research and labour. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe archive is going to be published at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has set up Kabita Academy with poet Subodh Sarkar as its chairman.It may be mentioned that in 2006, Dr. Sarkar had brought out another expansive work on Tagore’s songs. His compilation Gitabitan Archive contains 4,870 songs in the voice of 310 artistes, with printable notations and all information about every song. Gitabitan Archive has been highly appreciated by all as a treasure trove of Tagore’s songs and a true collector’s item. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Rabindra Kabita Archive contains 3,500 poems of Tagore from his 57 anthologies, 5,000 recitations and 110 songs by 245 eminent artistes, 103 English recitations from Song Offerings and 15 recitations by Tagore himself.The archive will be published on August 28, in a function at Rabindra Sadan. There will be a short live demonstration by Dr Sarkar.The inauguration will be followed by a cultural programme, where eminent elocutionists and Rabindra Sangeet exponents of Kolkata and Bangladesh, like Bijoylaxmi Barman, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Subodh Sarkar, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Soumitra Mitra and Pranati Tagore will be present, among others.last_img read more

Red Wine Antioxidant Resveratrol Could Prevent Muscle Loss In Mars Mission Astronauts

first_img ENDS IN Close Resveratrol, which is found in grapes and blueberries, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The same ingredient could benefit astronauts with an extended stay in space.  ( NASA ) Martian astronauts can better manage the effects of zero gravity on bone mass and loss of muscle strength using an antioxidant found in red wine.Resveratrol is an active compound found in the skin of grapes and blueberries. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and anti-diabetic properties that benefit Alzheimer’s patients.Results of the study using mouse models were published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementEffects Of Zero GravityA 50 years worth of human spaceflight studies have shown the risks of zero gravity to human health. The lack of force binding the human body to the ground can lead to dizziness, loss of appetite, and vomiting.Prolonged exposure to low gravity could lead to more serious conditions like cardiovascular diseases and weakened immune system. Astronauts staying in space for six months could experience muscle atrophy.Experts said humans lose 1 percent of their bone mass for every month without gravity. Some also suffer altered vision.”Force is what helps our muscles get stronger; force is what helps our bones to stay strong,” said John DeWitt, a senior biochemist who works for NASA. “Force is what helps or heart to stay strong by having to pump the blood against gravity,”The goal has been to provide astronauts with the equipment to maintain physical exercise even in space. NASA is building smaller all-in-one-type devices that would make an exercise possible without taking too much space.Miracle IngredientThe new study suggested that nutrition, aside from exercise, is crucial in maintaining health in hostile environments like Mars.Researchers subjected rats to controlled and variable groups, where they administered doses of resveratrol. A group of mice was suspended from the ceiling of their cage to mimic Martian gravity.Half of the rats were given resveratrol in their water supply, while the rest were left suspended for 14 days. The team analyzed the rats’ paw grip force, calf circumference, and muscles.They proved that reduced gravity negatively affected the animals’ grip, muscle weight, slow-twitch muscle, and calf circumference. Contrary, muscle mass was protected in rats that were given resveratrol.”Resveratrol treatment promotes muscle growth in diabetic or unloaded animals, by increasing insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in the muscle fibers,” said lead author Dr. Marie Mortreux of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. TAG Resveratrol, Microgravity, Mars mission Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Search All AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

Pic of the Day Punta Uva

first_imgRelated posts:Fighting for women’s issues with art Jaguars: a symbol of Costa Rica Saving tropical forests together Things you can learn from a soccer game In 2016, The Tico Times listed Playa Punta Uva as one of our favorite spots in Costa Rica. Playa Punta Uva, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico TimesHere’s how Karl Kahler, our former travel writer, explained the choice:In the year 2000 I visited Costa Rica with my 10-year-old son for a whirlwind tour of the country arranged by my brother, who had just moved here. We rafted the Pacuare, drove to the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, and the next day went to Playa Punta Uva.So far I had only seen the “beaches” of Puerto Jiménez in the Osa — dark sand, rocks, sticks, mangroves and mud, and I was not much impressed. But here I stood staring as if at a miracle.The sand was sugary white, the sea a shimmering turquoise, the sky solid blue. Yet on the horizon, there was a perfect semicircle of vast thunderclouds, evidence of storms much too far away to ruin our day.Behind me was a picturesque line of green palm trees with white trunks and orange coconuts, all of them leaning toward the ocean, toward me. For a while I turned in circles, taking it in from every angle.It was the most beautiful place I’d ever seen.I’ve seen a lot of nice beaches in Costa Rica since then, but none has ever made the same impression on me. It’s not the kind of favorite place that I return to often, more like one I carry in my heart — my forever vision of the quintessential Costa Rica.What’s your favorite spot in Costa Rica? Send us your photos to story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

UK warns 500000 migrants could try Mediterranean crossing

first_img Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   Earlier Saturday, police in Sicily detained a suspected migrant smuggler who they said had tried a new tactic of putting only a few passengers aboard a small boat in a bid to land undetected on Italian shores. Ragusa police said a Tunisian man was detained for investigation of smuggling after 12 fellow Tunisians aboard a wooden boat told authorities he promised to sail them to an isolated beach near Trapani, western Sicily, at night so they could slip away undetected. Instead, police say the suspect bungled the route and was spotted by an Italian naval vessel.Separately, a Gambian skipper suspected of smuggling 116 African migrants was detained by Italian police.___Associated Press Writer Jill Lawless contributed to this report from London.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Also aboard the Bulwark, part of a multi-nation patrol and rescue force, was British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. “We could see hundreds of thousands trying to cross this summer,” Fallon told reporters who asked about the captain’s half-million figure.During Saturday, a total of 3,480 migrants had been safely rescued in 15 separate operations, the Italian coast guard said. Calls for help went out via satellite phone earlier in the day from the smugglers boats, which included six rubber dinghies and nine fishing boats, all some 45 miles (72 kilometers) off the Libyan shoreline, the coast guard statement said.Pitching in to save the migrants were Italian coast guard, navy and border police boats and aircraft, a tug boat, two German military ships, the Hessen and the Berlin, and an Irish naval ship LE Eithne.One Italian navy ship, the Vega, rescued hundreds of migrants from five boats alone on Saturday. Another Italian naval vessel, the Driade, rescued 560 migrants, while the LE Eithne, rescued 310 people, a day after it saved 113 migrants.Fallon said Europe needed to “pool intelligence, get after the gangs themselves” which are based in Libya and organize the smuggling. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories “We can try to cut off their financing. People are making money out of misery, and we can do more there track down the money.”About 170,000 migrants were rescued at sea last year by Italy. If the British estimates prove true, this year’s arrivals could far outstrip last year’s.Italian authorities investigating the Libya-based smuggling operations say reliable intelligence is hard to come by, given that Western diplomats have long left Libya, wracked by violence following the 2011 demise of the Moammar Gadhafi regime. Rival governments command different parts of the country, and tribal and militia clashes aggravate the chaos.Italy has pressed European partners to do more to help it rescue and shelter masses of migrants fleeing poverty, persecution and conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.So far this year, tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in Italy, with many rescued by vessels from Ireland, Malta, Britain and elsewhere. Italy’s coast guard frequently dispatches nearby cargo ships to go to the rescue. Humanitarian organizations also help with rescues at sea, which often occur when smugglers set sail in a dozen or more boats when seas are calm. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ROME (AP) — Naval vessels from Italy, Britain, Ireland and other countries steamed toward the waters off Libya on Saturday to rescue the latest wave of migrants from smugglers’ boats. British authorities warned that up to 500,000 people could attempt the perilous crossing this summer.Capt. Nick Cooke-Priest, on the British warship HMS Bulwark, told reporters aboard: “Indications are there that there are 450,000 to 500,000 migrants in Libya who are waiting at the border” for voyage from the North African country’s Mediterranean coast in hopes of reaching Italian shores.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “He’s so talented … he’s always making the first man miss,” Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s really versatile. He’s somebody that can be on the field all three downs.”Ellington had struggled with pass protection and the auxiliary responsibilities of being an NFL running back like most rookies do. But Ellington said he’s finally 100 percent healthy. But Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he’ll “see how everything goes” once Mendenhall is able to return to action, and added that while Ellington started the game, the number of reps he received didn’t increase significantly. Still, Ellington proved capable of handling even a slightly increased workload.“He scared me one time when he went down,” Arians said. “But we tried to keep him in space as much as possible.” – / 18 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Since getting a glimpse of rookie running back Andre Ellington’s playmaking ability, Arizona Cardinals fans have clamored for the backup to get more touches and take over the starting role from Rashard Mendenhall. Those fans got their wish on Sunday with Mendenhall out because of a lingering toe injury, and Ellington may have exceeded even the loftiest of expectations. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound speedster from Clemson rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper that showcased Ellington’s lateral quickness and blazing speed. center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Pagel renews oath of office at Capitol ceremony

first_img Categories: Pagel News,Pagel Photos 15Jan Pagel renews oath of office at Capitol ceremony Lawmaker returns to Lansing representing 78th DistrictLansing, Mich. — State Rep. Dave Pagel renewed his oath of office this week, pledging another two years of service in the Michigan House. From left: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Rep. Pagel’s wife Sue and Rep. Pagel.State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Berrien, this week was sworn into the 98th Legislature in an inaugural Capitol event. Pagel was joined by his wife, Sue, on this ceremonial day in celebration of his and his colleagues’ pledge of service to the people of Michigan.“It’s been a privilege to serve the citizens of the 78th District and I’m honored that they have entrusted me to do so again,” Pagel said. “I’m thankful my wife could join me this week as I was sworn into office because her support is truly invaluable.”Ben Eikey and Griff Drew join Pagel in the 78th District legislative office, which is located in Room N-1097 of the House Office Building at 124 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing. The office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.“I’m eager to continue implementing solutions in Lansing to improve environmental and agricultural growth in the state of Michigan,” Pagel said. “The hard-working taxpayers of Berrien and Cass counties deserve a state government that is economical, sufficient and responsible, and I will continue working tirelessly to represent them.”Pagel invites local residents to contact the office with suggestions, concerns and questions any time at 517-373-1796, toll-free at 888-373-0078, by email at or online at read more

Rep Cox invites seniors to 21st annual senior celebration

first_img Categories: Cox News 17Sep Rep. Cox invites seniors to 21st annual senior celebration State Rep. Laura Cox invites Wayne County seniors to attend the 21st annual Western Wayne County Senior Celebration Day.The celebration will take place on Friday, Oct. 2 at Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center, located at 27777 Schoolcraft Road in Livonia.The event will be hosted by Rep. Cox and Senior Citizen Achievement Needs, a local nonprofit organization serving senior citizens in the metro Detroit area.“Seniors have made generous contributions to our county, cities and neighborhoods,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “I encourage all who are available to attend this exciting event.”Tickets to the event – which include lunch, a raffle, games, music, prizes and other fun activities – are now on sale. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but event organizers encourage those who plan to attend to purchase advance tickets at the Civic Park Senior Center, located at 15218 Farmington Road in Livonia.###last_img read more

Rep Hughes sponsors Go Red Day resolution

first_img Categories: Hughes News,Hughes Photos,News,Photos State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague was the main sponsor of a resolution to bring awareness to women’s health issues related to heart disease and stroke on Thursday. The Go Red For Women measure was unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives, encouraging everyone to wear red on Friday, Feb. 3. Hughes (center) was joined by her fellow co-sponsors for a picture in the Capitol. 03Feb Rep. Hughes sponsors Go Red Day resolutionlast_img read more

LaFave hosts office hours

first_img Rep. LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring office hours in June to listen to the concerns and ideas of people in the Upper Peninsula.“The U.P. is often forgotten about in Lansing,” Rep. LaFave said. “I promise to fight for the needs and values of the Dickinson, Delta, and Menominee counties, which include gun rights, ending sanctuary cities, and auto no-fault reform. I encourage everyone to attend the discussion and share their thoughts regarding state government.”The office hours schedule is as follows:Thursday, June 1 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST at City Hall, located at 410 Ludington St. in Escanaba;Friday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST at Breitung Township Hall, located at 3851 Menominee St. in Quinnesec; andSaturday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST at the Menominee Library, located at 940 1st St. in Menominee.Residents also may contact LaFave at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0156 or 06Jun LaFave hosts office hours Categories: LaFave Newslast_img read more

Rep Rendons bill banning female mutilation becomes law

first_img09Oct Rep. Rendon’s bill banning female mutilation becomes law Categories: News,Rendon News Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Daire Rendon, which sends anyone convicted of performing a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure to prison for up to 15 years, officially became effective in Michigan today.Gov. Rick Snyder signed eight bills addressing FGM on July 11, also prohibiting the procedure itself, improving educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extending the civil and criminal statute of limitations for victims. The public acts became effective and enforceable following a 90-day window.“Female genital mutilation has no purpose or place in Michigan,” said Rendon of Lake City. “My obvious hope is that this awful practice is never performed in our state again as it is so physically and emotionally disfiguring for a child. Anyone doing so faces a broad range of repercussions, even beyond time in prison.”The legislation follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Rendon emphasized that the fifteen years incarceration standard is higher than the current federal sentencing guidelines.“This bipartisan legislation is setting a standard for other states by not just criminalizing that act itself and setting incarceration parameters, but making it so prohibitive and giving victims more rights,” Rendon said.House Bill 4638 became Public Act 74 of 2017 with Gov. Snyder’s signature and is Rendon’s first bill signed into law since taking office in January.#####last_img read more

Nonprofit Watchdog Files Lawsuit Challenging President on Emoluments

first_imgShare32TweetShare1Email33 SharesBy Tony Webster from San Francisco, California (Trump International Hotel Las Vegas) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJanuary 23, 2017; National Public RadioOn Monday, January 23rd, following the presidential inauguration, the nonprofit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump with the Southern District Court of New York, alleging that President Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.The group claims that President Trump’s interest in Trump Tower, The Apprentice and its spinoffs, the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., and his financial obligations or involvements in China, India, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Turkey, Scotland, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan “pose a grave threat to the United States and its citizens.” Foreign diplomats are already moving their business to the D.C. Trump hotel.CREW stated its motives for the lawsuit plainly:As the Framers were aware, private financial interests can subtly sway even the most virtuous leaders, and entanglements between American officials and foreign powers could pose a creeping, insidious threat to the Republic. The Foreign Emoluments Clause was forged of the Framers’ hard-won wisdom. It is no relic of a bygone era, but rather an expression of insight into the nature of the human condition and the preconditions of self-governance.The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause states, “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” The clause was a response to the fear of the framers that an elected official would be induced to act against the interests of their country. Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 73 that the president “can, of course, have no pecuniary inducement to renounce or desert the independence intended for him by the Constitution.”CREW is joined in their suit by law professors from Harvard University, UC Irvine, and Fordham University, as well as lawyers from Gupta Wessler PLLC.The plaintiffs have asked the District Court for a declaratory judgment (meaning a judgment without a trial), clarifying elements of the Emoluments Clause and affirming the violations committed by President Trump, as well as for relief for the burden placed upon CREW for filing the suit. They also requested “injunctive relief ordering Defendant to refrain from violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause,” meaning he would either need to resign the conflicting business interests or resign the presidency.This lawsuit has been a long time coming; CREW warned before the inauguration that the president would be in violation of the Constitution the minute he took the oath, and NPQ expressed concern that the president-elect was not taking sufficient steps to resolve the problem.Walter Shaub, Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, told the Brookings Institution on January 11th that Trump’s plan to resolve his conflicts of interest was insufficient. Trump announced that he would put his holdings in a “half-blind trust,” and leave the “leadership and management” of his business interests to his sons.The country’s foremost ethics officer called the trust “not even halfway blind,” making the excellent point that with such a public asset and such close relations to the leadership, the president-elect could hardly avoid knowing the state of his business affairs. “Under that law anyone who wants a blind trust has to work with OGE from the start, but OGE has been left out of this process. We would have told them that this arrangement fails to meet the statutory requirements,” Shaub said. “Nothing short of divestiture will resolve these conflicts.”President Trump has claimed that, as president, he “cannot have a conflict of interest.” Of course, based on the statements by the OGE, this is not true. It is only true if one fails to separate the man from the office he holds, uniting their interests and sidelining the interests of the American people. Conflating the interests of the president and the presidency is how leaders like Robert Mugabe and Vladimir Putin justify assembling crony cabinets that can ruin national economies.Trump owes hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to the state-owned Bank of China and to Deutsche Bank. He has begun the process of resigning from his companies, but not of divesting.Both the OGE director and the CREW plaintiffs have made plain that this is not a politically motivated lawsuit, but rather a genuine concern for the welfare of the American people. “Ethics has no party,” said Shaub. Hamilton wrote that “a power over a man’s support is a power over his will,” and OGE and CREW do not intend that any foreign or domestic power should have power over President Trump’s will.Noah Bookbinder, CREW Executive Director and a former federal corruption prosecutor, said:We always encourage officials to do the right thing. We did not want to get to this point. It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office. He did not. His constitutional violations are immediate and serious, so we were forced to take legal action.The main goal of the suit is the declaratory judgment by the court that the president is indeed in violation of the Constitution. No action would be taken against the president, provided that he complied with the injunction; refusing to comply, and therefore remaining in violation of the Constitution as declared by a U.S. court of law, would be grounds for an impeachment lawsuit.This will not be the only conflict of interest lawsuit that Trump faces; the ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents relating to conflicts of interest for their own suit. However, the District Court’s decision regarding a declaratory judgment will be a strong statement about the new president, his priorities, and his ability to govern.—Erin RubinShare32TweetShare1Email33 Shareslast_img read more

Does Good Research Outweigh Opinion Not for US Education Policy

first_imgShare11TweetShare3Email14 SharesMay 2, 2017; Education Week BlogsIs it too much to ask of legislators and policymakers that they build their efforts on solid, fact-based foundations? Last week, we learned that, at least when it comes to education policy and the market-based “reforms” being advocated by the Trump administration, it might be.Buried in the recently passed omnibus budget bill that keeps the government operating and funds the federal government through next September is a provision that bars using “gold standard” research techniques to evaluate federally funded school voucher programs. According to Education Week, U.S. policy requires “the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences to evaluate the voucher program every year. But instead of using randomized, controlled trials, which have been used in prior evaluations of the program, it calls for the evaluations to use ‘an acceptable quasi-experimental research design…that does not use a control study group consisting of students who applied for but did not receive opportunity scholarships.’” The bill does allow ongoing randomized studies to continue without changing their design.Just weeks earlier, a disappointing report about Washington, D.C.’s voucher program, one that has been in place for more than a decade and has been cited as a model to be followed, was released. Using the very methodology now barred by federal law, a research team at the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences compared a group of students who received Opportunity Scholarship Program vouchers with a matched sample of students who did not and found in their first year that “students using vouchers to transfer from a low performing school in search of a better education did not show growth in their new schools.”There were no significant achievement impacts, positive or negative, for students applying from low-performing schools (those designated as “in need of improvement” or SINI), to whom the SOAR Act gave priority for scholarships.EdWeek quoted Diane Stark Rentner, the deputy director of the Center on Education Policy, saying, “The study’s findings fit with a 2011 voucher research review conducted by CEP. That review found that vouchers have little to no impact on student achievement, but can boost parent satisfaction and graduation rates.”Mark Dynarski, the D.C. voucher study’s lead author, told EdWeek,I think it’s fair to say it sends a signal about evidence that’s inconsistent with [the Every Student Succeeds Act] ESSA. ESSA is pretty clear about the role of evidence and experiments, and this does muddy the water. […] Considering the topic in question, and in the context of having used strong scientific methods for the previous study and the current one, it’s at least unclear why now is the time to swap out strong methods and swap in weaker ones.Good research might not always tell us what we want to hear. For its advocates, vouchers and charter schools are key elements in building a choice-based public education system they claim will improve educational outcomes for all students. They have argued that for children of color and living in low-income communities, choice will level the educational playing field. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated this clearly in a statement reacting to the new study’s findings: “When school choice policies are fully implemented, there should not be differences in achievement among the various types of schools.”If the omnibus budget bill is a harbinger of things to come, we are seeing leaders choose to ignore good information and make it harder to acquire better information so their beliefs and agendas are not challenged. That risks building policies and programs on a very shaky foundation. As Stanford Education Professor Martin Carnoy put it to the Washington Post, “It’s not a picture you should hang a policy on. The administration’s focus on choice is diverting attention from ways to really improve schooling. I think that’s the harm in all of this.”—Martin LevineShare11TweetShare3Email14 Shareslast_img read more

A March Breaks the Silence on Missing Murdered Indigenous Women

first_imgShare152Tweet51ShareEmail203 Shares“Missing & murdered Indigenous women’s march,” by Fibonacci BlueJanuary 5, 2018, LastRealIndians.comUS authorities gather missing person statistics for every demographic except for Native American women. Even lacking accurate real-time data, we know that indigenous women have the highest rates of rape and assault. A flawed tribal court structure, little local law enforcement, and a lack of funding fail to protect indigenous women from violence.In Seattle, 380 people (and 3,200 interested onlookers) have stated their intent on Facebook to join Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Washington (MMIWW) as they lead the second Seattle Women’s March on Saturday, January 20th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST. MMIWW participants will also join the Women’s March in Olympia, Washington on Saturday. Over 250 marches, rallies, and actions are planned for the “Weekend of Women” as part of the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March, the largest single-day protest in American history.Our mission is to raise consciousness, unite and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQ people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice. All too often, we see the tragedies in our communities happening at horrendous rates. Many factors contribute to the disproportionate number of Indigenous women who are missing and murdered throughout the Americas.According to a 2016 U.S. Department of Justice report analyzing the findings of a 2010 study conducted by the National Institute of Justice, more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women (84.3 percent) have experienced violence in their lifetime, including:1 percent who have experienced sexual violence.5 percent who have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.8 percent who have experienced stalking.4 percent who have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner.Overall, more than 1.5 million American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime.More than 1 in 3 American Indian and Alaska Native women (39.8 percent) have experienced violence in the past year.This report also speaks to the nation’s indifference to the dangerous forces that prey on indigenous women:Few estimates are available to describe the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. In addition, these estimates are often based on local rather than national samples (e.g., Yuan et al., 2006; Wood and Magen, 2009). The few available national estimates are often based on very small samples. These small samples do not always accurately represent the American Indian and Alaska Native population in the United States (Crossland et al., 2013).MMIW and other indigenous activists have been organizing protests and vigils for many years. First Nations organized the first Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver in 1992. Today, this event takes place annually on Valentine’s Day in more than 22 communities across North America. The landscape for indigenous women remains harshly indifferent, reducing almost everything to survival. For them and their loved ones, America is an increasingly bleak place that ends not even in turmoil but bitter silence. But not for MMIW:This year we take to the streets for our MMIW Mothers, Sisters, Grandmothers, Aunties, Cousins and loved ones in their memory and honor. We want to thank the Women’s March Org for honoring and supporting Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington.—Jim SchafferShare152Tweet51ShareEmail203 Shareslast_img read more

Romanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD

first_imgRomanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD channels and a new movie package to its line-up.The UPC-owned company is launching an HD service consisting initially of Discovery HD, ESPN HD and Sundance HD America. It is available at no extra cost to Familia package subscribers until the end of the year. The operator said it would add four new channels in January. Focus Sat is also adding GSP TV, Fishing and Hunting, SkyNews and Bloomberg to the Familia package.In addition, the operator has added the FilmBox package of channels, which includes the FilmBox Family and FilmBox Extra 1 channels to its line-up and is available at no additional cost to all Focus Sat subscriber until 31 December. From next year it will cost RON11 (€2.50) per month.last_img read more