Estate Planning & Military Families Webinar Series

first_imgJoin us on Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. ET for this 90-minute webinarMany of you joined us for Estate Planning and Military Families – Part 1 on August 22. This 90-minute webinar focused on general estate planning practices, including advance directives, wills, living wills, DNRs, last letters of instruction, and trusts. If you were unable to join this session, you can view the recording here. To earn CEUs, follow in the instructions for taking a quiz on this session’s content that are located at the bottom of the Learn page.The questions posed by participants in Part 1 indicated our audience is ready for some more detailed information on this topic, and on September 5, Part 2 will provide it. Dr. Martie Gillen, Part 1 presenter, will be joined by Attorney Mary Benzinger. Ms. Benzinger is a senior attorney with the Pentagon Army and Air Force Legal Assistance Office and will provide detailed estate planning information for military families. For important connection details and other information about this session, click here.There is no registration required and this session is free. We hope to see you online on September 5! This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 29, 2013.last_img read more

Preparing for an Emergency, including Natural Disasters Part 1

first_imgNational Preparedness Month, observed each September, encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters. Emergencies can happen in your home, school, business, and community at any given moment.After the terror attacks on September 11th, the federal government renewed interest in disaster preparedness, mandating all state and local governments to create a disaster response plan. To help execute this plan, Cooperative Extension has positioned their system to assist with community disaster preparedness and response efforts by offering several disaster-related educational programs that are available through Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).These resources can be found on their website,, and also on their YouTube channel: read more

‘Rohingya entering India through Bengal’

first_imgThe police in Manipur have said that Rohingya refugees, displaced from Myanmar’s Rakhine region, are increasingly entering India through human trafficking corridors along the West Bengal-Bangladesh border.More than 300,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh.The Manipur police came to know about the trafficking routes after the arrest of eight Rohingya in Imphal on Monday. The eight had fake Aadhaar cards in their possession.Of the eight, Md. Younus and Md. Anwar had arrived in Manipur last week. Md. Ismail followed them with five minors, travelling from West Bengal to Guwahati by train and to Imphal by road.While Younus and Anwar took refuge in Bangladesh three years ago, Ismail fled Rakhine last year. A Bangladeshi agent helped them to enter India.“A series of drives against illegal immigrants led to the arrest of several Rohingya from the (India-Myanmar) border town of Moreh, Tengnoupal and Imphal during the past few months,” Manipur DGP L.M. Khaute said.The police are also examining the involvement of local agents after the arrested Rohingya said a Bangladeshi agent, Md. Ayub, had helped them cross over to Bengal. Ayub’s wife Sultana is a resident of Imphal, and the police said she arranged the stay of the immigrants. The Manipur police had arrested nine Rohingya last week. They had fake Aaadhaar cards prepared by two Moreh-based locals who were later arrested.last_img read more

Man whipped in Madhya Pradesh for not coming to work

first_imgAn employee of a petrol pump in Madhya Pradesh was beaten by the owner and his friends for taking leave.The incident took place in Hoshangabad district where the employee identified as Ajay was tied to a pole and thrashed with a whip for not coming to work.”I wasn’t able to go to work for 5-6 days as I had met with an accident,” Ajay said. He mentioned that the owner and two of his friends called him at the petrol pump to punish him.The accused also made a video of the incident which is doing rounds on social media now.#WATCH: An employee at a petrol pump in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad being thrashed with whip for not coming to work. Both accused arrested. Victim says, ‘I met with an accident so didn’t go to work for 5-6 days. Owner&his friend called me at pump&beat me’.(NOTE: Strong Language) (@ANI) July 6, 2018The date of the video is unspecified. In the video, the owner can be seen beating the victim while he tries to give an explanation.ALSO READ: Dalit man thrashed for riding bike in MPALSO READ: In Rajasthan, man thrashed for riding mare during baraatALSO WATCH: Dalit youth thrashed for sporting moustache in Gandhinagarlast_img read more

Klopp senses silverware opportunity

first_imgLiverpool Klopp claims cups bring opportunity, not pressure, for Liverpool Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 21:52 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JurgenKlopp - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Leicester City v Liverpool League Cup The Reds have not lifted a trophy since 2012, but their manager says that does not worry him, nor is he concerned by the form of Premier League rivals Jurgen Klopp says he feels no added pressure going into the third round of EFL Cup as he seeks to end Liverpool’s trophy drought.The Reds’ last piece of silverware arrived in this competition in 2012, and Klopp views participating as an opportunity to end the wait to lift a trophy again, insisting any external pressure is dwarfed by the expectations he has of himself.Klopp’s men 9/1 to win EFL Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And the Liverpool boss also claimed his side cannot spend too much time worrying about the form of rivals Manchester City and Manchester United, who are already five points above the Reds in the Premier League table.Asked if he felt under additional pressure ahead of facing Leicester City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, he told a news conference: “For me, no. I’m not sure if there is pressure on us. I don’t feel pressure.”I feel opportunity, I feel the chance to do something really good. I see the opportunity to win a very, very interesting cup competition.”I probably have pressure, yes, but it cannot be bigger than the pressure I put on myself – and I’m used to that. That’s what we try to do.”I watch the games of United and City because it’s interesting to see, but it’s not my job to count points and say ‘now they have this lead’.Five matches in…— Premier League (@premierleague) September 17, 2017″They are obviously in a good shape and moment, but a season is sometimes like this. As long as you are really focused, as long as you are ready, as long as your attitude is 100 per cent, you don’t have to look at other teams.”Klopp confirmed Danny Ward will play in goal for Liverpool and expects a repeat of the outrage that followed his decision to rest Simon Mignolet for Loris Karius against Arsenal.”It’s crazy – three goalkeepers in one season without injuries and things like this,” he joked. “I can’t do it, no.”Of course, Danny Ward will play [on Tuesday] if nothing happens overnight.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Hirving Lozano to Tottenham for £25m?

first_imgA party boy who spent the early years of his career in Europe in a dense fog of alcohol, racking up a record number of club fines for booze-fuelled off-field indiscretions at Valencia, Éver Banega had more in common with the famously hard-drinking members of pre-Wenger Arsenal’s Tuesday Club than the club’s current crop of comparatively clean-living saints. Now 30, having long since seen the error of his ways, the Sevilla midfielder could be reunited with his former coach Unai Emery at the latest incarnation of the Gunners. With Aaron Ramsey headed for the exit next summer, there is talk Emery is considering signing the 30-year-old Spanish newspaper Marca famously said “robs like an Italian, shoots like a German and plays like the Argentinian he is”. On the subject of misspent youth, it would be unkind to read too much into the failure of Chelsea youngster Jake Clarke-Salter to impress on loan at Sunderland as they slid from the Championship into League One last season. Considering the dysfunction of the club at the time we should probably salute him for escaping with his reputation still intact. Currently on loan at Vitesse in the Eredivisie, the 21-year-old centre-back has recently been linked with Fulham and Burnley, but Borussia Dortmund are now being touted as potential suitors who may try to lure him to the Bundesliga come season’s end.A star with Mexico during the World Cup, PSV winger Hirving Lozano appears to have got antennae twitching at Tottenham Hotspur, who will get the chance to see him up close and personal when the sides meet in their forthcoming Champions League group games. Lozano is expected to move next summer and any interested parties will have to come up with around £25m.Having previously expressed interest in bringing Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón to the Emirates, Arsenal may try to do so again in the January window once the current MLS season has concluded. A Paraguayan international, the 24-year-old they call “Miggy” has been described as “the heartbeat” of his side and is clearly a big hit with the fans and a very obliging fellow. Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Pinterest Twitter Share on Twitter Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Tabloid reports yesterday suggested José Mourinho had no more than seven days to save a job he doesn’t appear to particularly want at Manchester United, but today the time frame has been put at a slightly less hysterical seven matches. United entertain Newcastle ahead of the imminent international break, after which they’ll face Juventus (twice), Chelsea and Manchester City, among others, in make-or-break contests that seem likely to decide his future – or lack of one – at Old Trafford. Despite rumours that United have already approached Zinedine Zidane with a view to replacing Mourinho, Tottenham fans will be nonplussed to hear that Mauricio Pochettino is rumoured to be Ed Woodward’s preferred choice.And finally, screenwriter William Goldman’s adage that “nobody knows anything” seems particularly pertinent as the soap opera regarding the international future of Declan Rice rumbles on and on. Having “liked” an FAI tweet quoting Martin O’Neill saying he was “hopeful” the West Ham player would declare for Ireland, Rice (or his “people”) promptly “unliked” it as Sky Sports News announced he was ready to nail his colours to England’s mast. It was subsequently reported that Rice’s dithering over whether or not to pledge his allegiance to an Ireland team he has already represented in three friendlies has nothing to do with Roy Keane being difficult to deal with, and the player is believed to remain torn over his international future. Read more Share on WhatsApp Rumour Mill Football Reuse this content Miguel Almirón poses with a young admirer on her sixth birthday. Share on LinkedIn Topics Share via Email Pinterest Share on Messenger featureslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traore

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri to go back to Empoli for Hamed Junior Traoreby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ready to go back to Empoli for a new signing.Local media sources say Empoli youngster Hamed Junior Traore is interesting Sarri, who is tapping his old network for information on the midfielder.The 18 year-old is shining for Empoli coach Beppe Iachini and come to the attention of Sarri.The former Empoli coach is set to call president Fabrizio Corsi about a price for Traore.The Ivorian was outstanding for Empoli in defeat to Sampdoria last weekend. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cree teens court fight for braces leads to noninsured health benefits policy

first_img(An x-ray of Josey Willier’s teeth which her doctor said needed braces to alleviate chronic teeth and jaw pain.)Editor’s Note: In the story about Josey Willier’s braces, APTN News reported that her braces cost $8,000. APTN was contacted by the office of Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services to say that the braces, originally paid for by the family, only cost $6,000. The federal government did spend $100,000 in legal fees arguing in court that the braces should not be covered under the non-insured health benefits program.Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsIt was a three-year court battle of David versus Goliath proportions and the victory will have rippling effects for other kids covered by Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program.Josey Willier, from Sucker Creek First Nation in Alberta, was just 13 when she suffered crippling chronic pain from the position of her teeth and jaw.Her physician said braces were medically necessary but government doctors – who never examined the girl – denied they were needed.So  NIHB refused to cover the $8,000 treatment.The family took the government to court and rather than paying for the braces, the federal government spent $100,000 arguing why Canada should not pay.The case was settled this week.“We’ve been working with them steadily over the last few months to reach an agreement,” said Josey’s mother Stacey Shiner.“My mindset was I wouldn’t settle until they changed their policy so this doesn’t happen to other children.”The deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, came at the 11th hour this week, just ahead of when the Federal Court of Appeal was to decide on the matter.“This is a huge step forward,” said Shiner. “It used to be a checked-box scenario of what was required but it leaves so many grey areas. Pain and discomfort are now factors.”A statement released by the family mentioned Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, who was an ally during the court battle.Blackstock said her agency will be watching to ensure the new orthodontic policy complies with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders on Jordan’s Principle.According to a statement released by Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services, the department will be updating its non-insured health benefits by June 15 to include more health services for First Nation and Inuit children.“I am pleased a settlement agreement has been reached relating to orthodontic coverage under the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program,” said Philpott in the statement released Tuesday evening.“I am confident that the services Indigenous Services Canada provides are contributing to better oral health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit. The orthodontic coverage under the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program is comprehensive and based on clinical evidence.”During the court fight, Josey’s parents paid out of pocket for the braces. She’s had them off now for about a read more

Copper factory employee further remanded over Easter attacks

An employee of a copper factory in Wellampitiya, arrested over the Easter Sunday attacks, has been further remanded till July 8.Karupayya Rajendran Abdulla was employed at the copper factory in Wellampitiya owned by the family of the suicide bomber who carried out the attack on the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. Abdulla, the 10th suspect arrested from the Wellampitiya copper factory, was produced in court today when he was ordered to be further remanded. (Colombo Gazette)

UN envoy voices serious concern over demolition of Palestinian property in West

A statement released in Gaza by Mr. Roed-Larsen’s office said such actions by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) have resulted in clashes and protests leading to the injuries of at least four Palestinians.Mr. Roed-Larsen, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, expressed particular concern for the economic and humanitarian impact that such actions will have on the local community and economy. “They will have a real negative impact on Palestinian livelihoods and further the sense of hopelessness,” he said.The UN envoy also noted that such demolitions constitute a breach of Israel’s obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. He called on the Government of Israel to stop further demolitions, including those carried out in connection with the construction of a security wall in the northern West Bank. read more

Higher income taxes send US Airways net income lower results beat Wall

by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Oct 23, 2013 6:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Higher income taxes send US Airways net income lower; results beat Wall Street forecasts DALLAS – Higher taxes reduced US Airways’ third-quarter profit, but the airline still beat Wall Street expectations on a combination of more traffic and higher average fares.US Airways, the nation’s fifth-biggest airline, pushed revenue higher by filling a larger percentage of seats. Including US Airways Express regional flights, passengers travelled nearly 5 per cent more miles and they paid 4.4 per cent more for every mile that they flew.Company officials said Wednesday that before taxes and special items, it was a record quarter. Just last week, American Airlines parent AMR Corp. posted its best-ever quarterly profit when excluding costs of its bankruptcy restructuring.The twin results could bolster the federal government’s argument that the two airlines don’t need to merge — and create the world’s biggest carrier — because they’re doing fine on their own. The Justice Department is suing to block the proposed merger, saying it will lead to higher consumer prices. A trial is set for next month.US Airways officials say the big profits shouldn’t derail the deal. They say a merged US Airways-American can better compete with United and Delta, both of which grew through recent mergers.“Strong companies merge all the time,” Scott Kirby, the president of US Airways, said on a conference call with analysts and reporters. “The point of this merger is we’ll be stronger, we’ll be able to attract more customers, we’ll be able to offer more benefits to customers.”CEO Doug Parker jumped in to note that even with a credit upgrade last month, Standard & Poor’s still gives his company a “B” rating, five notches below investment-grade.“What we’re really talking about here is merging a single-B credit with a bankrupt credit,” Parker said.US Airways officials otherwise declined to talk about the merger or the potential for negotiating a settlement with the Justice Department before a planned Nov. 25 trial in Washington.For the third quarter, US Airways Group Inc. said net income was $216 million, or $1.04 per share. That’s down 12 per cent from $245 million, or $1.24 per share, a year earlier.The difference: In this year’s quarter, US Airways owed about $120 million in income taxes compared with just $1 million last year. The company used up its ability to reduce taxes by carrying over losses from previous years.Excluding costs of the proposed merger, US Airways said it would have earned $1.16 per share, four cents better than analysts expected.Revenue rose 9 per cent to $3.86 billion, a bit higher than analysts’ forecast of $3.84 billion, according to a survey by FactSet.Costs rose 5 per cent as the company expanded its passenger-carrying capacity — it plans to add between 3 per cent and 4 per cent more capacity next year with new, larger planes. Fuel was the biggest expense, but it rose just 2 per cent while labour costs jumped nearly 12 per cent.Standard & Poor’s analyst Betsy Snyder said results from US Airways and Delta showed how strong the summer was for the airlines, which are now poised to get a break on fuel — oil prices have fallen 5 per cent in the past week.“As long as fuel remains at these levels and demand is there, business travel is there, I absolutely think this is sustainable,” Snyder said in an interview. But a fuel spike or setback to the economy could change the airlines’ profit picture, she added.In afternoon trading, US Airways shares fell 55 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $21.40. They ended Tuesday up 63 per cent for the year, pushed higher by merger expectations.___Follow David Koenig at read more

Opinion 4 remaining NBA playoff teams a breath of fresh air

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is seen before tipoff of overtime of a game between the Cavs and the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavs beat the Spurs, 128-125. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn the last 30 NBA Finals, eight teams have hoisted the trophy.Just think about that for a second. Eight teams in 30 Finals.Eighteen teams have won the World Series in that span (and there wasn’t even a Series played in 1994). Sixteen squads have won the Super Bowl since 1984, as well.But in the NBA, if you’re not the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat or Dallas Mavericks, you have not felt the thrill of victory since the season before Michael Jordan entered the league.This year, thankfully, it seems as though a ninth member will join this exclusive club.Of the four teams remaining — the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Rockets — only Houston has won it in the last 30 years. The Rockets appear to be the most unlikely team to make it to the Finals, having to face a lethal Warriors squad. In an poll, each of the 14 experts surveyed picked the Warriors to advance to the Finals.Of course, if the Los Angeles Clippers hadn’t collapsed and blown a 3-1 lead against Houston, we would already be guaranteed a fresh champion.But, nonetheless, if the Rockets fall to Golden State as expected, we will finally see someone new celebrating.It’s hard to call LeBron James in the Finals “new” — after appearing in the previous four Finals with the Heat, winning twice — but the Cavs, one of 13 teams to never win a championship, winning it all would certainly be something we haven’t seen before.The Warriors, meanwhile, won their last title in 1975, while the Hawks have the second-longest drought of any team — last winning in 1958 when they played in St. Louis. In fact, the Hawks have not even been back to the Finals since 1961, and never in Atlanta.So, with three of the 22 teams shut out from the last 30 years of parades still alive, you really couldn’t ask for more from a competitive standpoint.It truly is stunning when you look at that 22-of-30 figure. The simple explanation is the NBA is a league driven by the greats, and there are only so many of those to go around. Each of the last 30 champions, except for the 2003-04 Pistons, featured at least one player who can easily be categorized as one of the greatest of all time.With that in mind, LeBron and the Cavs would have to be considered the favorite as the only team to feature a true legend of the game.That’s not to mean any disrespect to the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the league’s Most Valuable Player. While a strong case can already be made for him being the greatest shooter ever, he has a long way to go after really emerging this season before being classified as great.It’s also not to remove hope from the Hawks. As the Pistons showed in the 2004 Finals, you can win it all with a team full of good players, but no greats. It’s just really, really difficult.So, looking at the overall picture, it seems like, from a historical standpoint, the Cavs are the most likely team to win it all. LeBron winning his third title in five years also happens to be the least adventurous result — which seems to be the NBA way.Though, knowing the nearly impossible climb to becoming a championship team in the NBA, maybe the Rockets will find a way to add their third title since 1984 after all. read more

American Manganese pilot plant testing successfully completed

first_imgThe pilot plant testing program performed by Kemetco Research has been successfully completed. The work has confirmed the technical viability of the American Manganese’s patent pending hydrometallurgical manganese extraction and EW circuit on a semi-continuous operation basis of the overall flowsheet. The process is designed to recover manganese from lower grade manganese resources in an energy efficient manner with low water use, thus providing significant environmental benefits compared to the conventional recovery process which is energy intensive based on high grade resources.The pilot plant treated material from the Artillery Peak resource situated at Mojave County, Arizona. Operation of the pilot plant produced high purity electrolytic manganese metal (EMM) of greater than 99% purity. Chilling the mixed sulphate/dithionate solution produced by the intermediate precipitation of manganese from the pregnant leach solution produced sodium sulphate/dithionate crystals that were further processed to produce anhydrous sodium sulphate. The mother solution from the chilling circuit was shown to have salt concentrations that were suitable for feed in a nanofiltration circuit. Operation of the nanofiltration unit using a commercially available membrane achieved 97% rejection of sodium sulphate and 95% rejection of sodium dithionate, thus producing clean water suitable for reuse in the process.Solid/liquid separation testing conducted by Pocock Industrial showed that practical dewatering of the tailings can be achieved with a paste type thickener and pressure filtration following the multistage Counter Current Decantation (CCD) stages.  Final tailings dewatered to a stackable low water content (33.6%) was achieved.  Environmental testing confirmed that the solid residues are not acid generating.Mass and energy balances on the anhydrous sodium sulphate and water recovery circuit were provided by Swenson Technologies. As a result of its study, a more energy efficient sodium sulphate crystallisation process option was identified which may provide further significant reductions in energy requirements for this circuit. Further work on this process option will be conducted in the feasibility stage.The new process developed by Kemetco Research on behalf of American Manganese is shown to be significantly more energy and water efficient than previous work conducted by the US Bureau of Mines (USBM) some 30 to 60 years ago on the same resource material. In addition, the use of modern commercial equipment in a unique configuration has removed a significant amount of technical risk for the new process.last_img read more

Obama to visit Israel in first foreign trip since reelection

first_imgBARACK OBAMA HAS left American soil for the first time since his January inauguration for a four-day trip to the Middle East.The US President’s first foreign trip of his second term will take in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.It is his first visit to Israel as President of the United States, and it has been earmarked as an opportunity to meet with the new Israeli government, as well as to speak directly to the Israeli people about relations between the two nations.When he arrives this morning, he will inspect an Iron Dome battery (a short range rocket-and-mortar defence system developed by Israel with the assistance of the US). According to the White House, the system – which cost the US hundreds of millions of dollars – has saved “countless Israeli lives”.Later today, he will attend bilateral meetings with Israeli President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem.Despite the busy schedule, Obama’s administration has played down any hopes that a peace deal will be brokered during his time there this week. Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, says the peace process will be discussed, but so will other pertinent issues that the two countries cooperate on, including the ongoing conflict in Syria and tensions with Iran.Tomorrow brings both a culturally-significant and politically-important series of events. In the morning, the President will visit the Israel Museum where he will view the Dead Sea Scrolls and a technology expo.In the afternoon, he will travel to Ramallah in the West Bank and meet with Palestinian Authority President Abbas. They will take part in a working lunch. The two-State solution will be discussed and Obama says he intends to reaffirm US support for Palestinian aspirations.Following a press conference, President Obama will attend a cultural event at Al-Bireh Youth Center and will meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad.According to Rhodes, the most important aspect of the trip will be a speech to Israeli students on Thursday as the President will be able to assure them directly that American will stand by their country and ensure its security and safety against threats from Iran.Preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and the Syrian crisis from spilling over into the broader region are top priorities of Israel and the United States, although they have differed in the past on precisely how to achieve both ends.On Friday, he will travel to Jordan, where he will focus on the growing Syrian refugee situation. Obama is due to remain in the Middle East until Saturday.-Additional reporting by APAlan Shatter tells Israel: Ireland is still your friendlast_img read more

Lorainne Higgins criticised after campaign van parked in a disabled space

first_imgTracey Holsgrove, a mother of a daughter with disabilities who lives nearby, said Higgins’s words were “ill-chosen” and she criticised her for not apologising outright.”Imagine how that makes the disabled community feel? Once again a politician rams home the message that they don’t matter,” Holsgrove said.So it was 8 am – so what? People with disabilities are out and about before 8 am, you know! Or are people with disabilities, like my daughter, and those who care for them, like me, supposed to be hidden away in our houses or care homes while the rest of the world goes about its business?Some people accepted Higgins’s response, but others were less forgiving. @CMDIRL @LorHiggins Exactly how big does that painted symbol in the space have to be? Do you take us for complete eejits? @PhuckAllCraic— Conor Leeson (@conorleeson) May 20, 2014 Source: Lorraine Dempsey/Twitter @LorHiggins Pitiful excuse with the 8am comment. I get up at 6:30am, the law doesn’t apply to me till 8am. Report your driver to the Gardai— Xylophobiac (@Xylophobiac) May 19, 2014 @LorHiggins Very good of you to reply to people,unfortunately this is an “honest mistake” that is an endemic problem with little enforcement— Lorraine Dempsey (@LorDempsey) May 19, 2014 Source: Anonymous Man/Twitter Source: Sen Lorraine Higgins/Twittercenter_img Thanks for bringing this to my attention. A driver putting up posters at 8am this morning made an honest mistake. It won’t happen again.— Lorraine Higgins (@LorHiggins) May 19, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet SENATOR LORRAINE HIGGINS has come under fire after one of her campaign vans was spotted in a disabled parking space.The incident took place yesterday in Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath when a campaign member was out putting up posters.Higgins is running for Labour in the Midlands-North-West constituency in this week’s European election.When she was made aware of the incident on Twitter, she said it was “an honest mistake” that “won’t happen again”. Source: Conor Leeson/Twitter Read: MEP hopeful says she will report poster vandalism to gardaíRead: Labour Senator’s attack on election rival continues amid calls to withdraw ‘sexist remark’last_img read more

Rise in antimigrant sentiment

first_imgSix out of 10 citizens believe that immigration is having a negative impact on society and diluting Greek national identity, according to the results of a new survey.The survey results come as the Greek government finalises draft legislation foreseeing the granting of citizenship to thousands of second-generation migrants.According to the opinion poll, carried out by Public Issue last week on a sample of 500 citizens, 59 percent of respondents believe that immigration is harming the country, up from 47 percent in 2008, while 57 percent think migrants are tainting national identity, as compared to 47 percent in 2008. The economic crisis also appears to have influenced public opinion, with 45 percent complaining that migrants are depriving Greek citizens of jobs, up from 39 percent in 2008. The proportion of the public that blames immigrants for rising crime levels remains steadily high, at 75 percent.The poll highlights an apparent shift to the right, with 72 percent maintaining that the government’s immigration policy is not strict enough, as compared to 63 percent in 2008. There also appears to be a conviction, among the overwhelming majority of respondents (88 percent), that a limit should be set on the number of immigrants allowed to remain in the country, with six in 10 complaining that there are already too many migrants in Greece.As for the government’s draft law, which foresees the naturalisation of 250,000 children of migrants born in Greece and of thousands more migrants who have been living here legally for more than five years, public opinion appears to be split down the middle. The poll shows that 45 percent of respondents are in favor of citizenship and voting rights being granted to second-generation and long-term migrants, while the same percentage also oppose these proposals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Chine larmée de terre cuite sagrandit

first_imgChine : l’armée de terre cuite s’agranditDes archéologues chinois ont découvert ce lundi, 110 nouveaux guerriers de terre cuite. Enterrés depuis des siècles, ils vont venir garnir les rangs des quelque huit mille soldats qui gardent le mausolée de l’empereur Qin, premier empereur de Chine.Regard droit et inflexible, en plus d’être immortelle l’armée de l’empereur Qin se régénère. Cent-dix nouvelles statues de guerriers d’argile sont en effet sorties de terre ce lundi 11 juin grâce au travail des archéologues chinois. Le mausolée de l’empereur Qin, situé proche de la ville de Xi’an, doit donc faire de la place.Il aura fallu trois ans aux scientifiques pour excaver ces nouveaux soldats. Avec eux, “douze chevaux d’argile, des parties de char, des armes et des outils ont été exhumés sur les 200 mètres carrés de fouilles”, s’enthousiasme Shen Maosheng du Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum cité par l’AFP. “La découverte est importante car cette fois, les reliques trouvées sont en bon état et ont conservé leurs couleurs”, renchérit Shen Maosheng, sous-chef du département d’archéologie du musée. Onze guerriers supplémentaires ont été localisés mais il reste encore à les mettre à jour.L’archéologue précise que les experts s’étaient attendus à ce que les couleurs et les artefacts de certains guerriers découverts se soient estompées avec le temps, leur surprise n’en a donc été que plus belle en constatant leur bon état de conservation. Un bouclier d’une rare intensité de couleurs, composé de formes géométriques rouges, vertes et blanches, a également été révélé au cours des fouilles.L’une des plus importantes découvertesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’empereur Qin Shihuang, initiateur de cette armée de terre cuite, a présidé à l’unification de la Chine en 221 avant J.-C. Il est ainsi considéré comme le premier empereur de la nation. L’armée d’argile qui compose son mausolée a été révélée en 1974 par un paysan qui creusait son puits. Elle représente aujourd’hui l’une des découvertes les plus significatives de ces dernières années, figurant même sur la liste du Patrimoine Mondial de l’Unesco dès 1987.La nouvelle de la mise à jour de ces 110 guerriers intervient peu après la publication du rapport révélant que la Grande Muraille de Chine mesurerait plus du double de sa longueur estimée actuellement : 21.196 kilomètres de long, contre les 8.851 kilomètres donnés par sa fiche officielle (2009).Le 12 juin 2012 à 19:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Undertaker to appear on Smackdown Live on September 10 from Madison

first_img Google+ WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE is advertising that The Undertaker will make an appearance at Smackdown Live from Madison Square Garden on September 10.The semi-finals of the King of the Ring tournament will also take place at the event.The Undertaker most recently appeared on the WWE Extreme Rules event teaming with Roman Reigns in a winning effort against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a No Holds Barred Match.WWE is promoting it as Undertaker’s first time ever on Smackdown Live from Madison Square Garden, but he was a part of the Smackdown taping in 2003 where he teamed with the APA in a winning effort against the FBI (Nunzio, Johnny Stamboli, and Chuck Palumbo). This was a legendary Smackdown taping that saw the last appearances of Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper for sometime due to separate backstage fallouts.WWE will also air RAW live from Madison Square Garden on September 9. These are WWE’s first television tapings at the arena since 2009.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 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 Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Twittercenter_img Seth Rollins Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosislast_img read more

Swollen river prompts more frequent I5 bridge lifts

first_imgMotorists on Interstate 5 were greeted Saturday afternoon with what has become a more familiar aggravation – a traffic-snarling bridge lift – because of high water levels in the Columbia River.The noontime back-up, which reached to 39th Street on the Vancouver side, is likely to be repeated often over the next couple of weeks due to an increased number of requests for bridge lifts to accommodate marine traffic. The additional requests are due to higher water levels in the Columbia, which reduces the clearance under the bridge. Federal law gives marine traffic has the right-of-way at the bridge, though bridge lifts on Interstate 5 will not occur during peak weekday freeway travel – from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.A National Weather Service bulletin Saturday said the river is expected to rise a few inches above flood stage on Monday and remain at that level for the rest of the week. Only minor impacts are expected.last_img read more

Local startups swim in shark tank

first_imgRichard Biggs of Atlantric moderates and evening event at PubTalk on Tuesday in Vancouver. Most of us indulge in impulse buying on occasion, perhaps choosing a smartphone that has more dazzle than functionality, or a sporty car that’s fun but doesn’t quite fit the family’s needs or budget.But “sharks” who invest in startup companies aren’t exactly impulse buyers. They want to put their money into startups that will yield a large return, very quickly. They’ve learned to look beyond a great idea to ask questions about the business skills and financial investments of the company’s founders and core staff; a company’s growth and marketing plans; the state of competition; and when they expect to make a profit.Four local companies — three from Southwest Washington and one now based in Portland — entered the “shark tank” Tuesday evening at Clark County PubTalk, making their best pitches to a panel of five business investors and experts. The presenters ranged from a self-described geek inventor with the Camas company Focus Designs, which makes self-balancing unicycles, to the practical-minded ePark Systems, based in Woodland, which has devised an in-vehicle parking meter that can be used in place of on-street meters.Other presenters were Epoch Inc. of Vancouver, which is creating technology for storage and organization of media production; and On The Go Platforms, registered in Washington but operating in Portland, which is developing software for the budding Smart Glasses technology.In the end, the “sharks” gave their highest ratings to On The Go Platforms, which offered the most detailed presentation. The second-place prize went to Focus Designs, which delivered the flashiest presentation, with David Martschinske, the company’s young chief operating officer, riding a unicycle up the aisle at the event at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks.last_img read more