She was just lovely Slain Fredericton police officer loved giving back

first_imgFREDERICTON – A Fredericton police officer killed in Friday’s shootings was a compassionate woman keen on helping her community, a longtime friend said Sunday.Fiona Williams said she had known Const. Sara Burns for most of her life, but the two only reconnected about six months ago when the officer helped raise funds for Liberty Lane, a local housing centre for women in crisis.“(She was) one of these people you always feel comfortable around, she was always down to earth,” said Williams, Liberty Lane’s executive director. “Lovely, she was just lovely.”Williams described Burns as a warm person who talked constantly about her three sons and her love for her job.“Our parents were friends when I was a child, so we had a lot of family-friend parties when we were kids,” she said.Williams said Burns and her husband Steven helped raise money for Liberty Lane: Steven and his best friend, Brian Jones, walked from Edmundston, N.B., to Fredericton in June to raise awareness and funds for the organization.While Burns was too busy with her police work to go on the walk itself, Williams said she worked hard from the sidelines to promote the fundraiser through local events.“That’s not something they could have done without their family’s involvement and support,” said Williams.Liberty Lane provides second-stage housing and outreach for women and children fleeing abusive situations.Burns and Jones raised over $130,000 for the cause, and the Burns family accepted an award through TD Bank’s Customer Appreciation Day for their fundraising efforts, just two weeks before the officer was killed at the age of 43 Friday. The shooting also claimed the lives of fellow officer Const. Robb Costello and civilians Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud.Burns decided to follow her dream of being a police officer when she was 40.She attended the Atlantic Police Academy at Holland College and was hired in Fredericton in 2016. She had been an auxiliary officer with the force for a time as well.One local politician told the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal when Burns was hired that the city was “very excited” to have her on board.In 2015, Burns told a Summerside, P.E.I., newspaper that she saw policing as a demanding career.“(Policing) is something that I think challenges you physically, mentally and socially; you need to be aware of those components,” she told the Journal Pioneer. “It’s a really challenging field and to survive you need to keep all of those in check.”Burns also held a degree in criminology from St. Thomas University.In recent months, Williams said Burns expressed a keen interest in mental health and working with youth, which she said is an important quality for police to have.“As a police officer, you’re not counselling people, but you really have to approach every situation differently,” Williams said.“It was really important that she understood mental health, and what some youth finding themselves at risk might be going through.”Burns was proud of her line of work, frequently sharing links to articles about police work and issues on her Facebook page. She linked to a story about Const. Frank Deschenes, who was killed in a roadside crash last year, and shared an article about the high rate of suicide among first responders.In May, Burns shared an image of a police hat and said: “Share if you’re proud of a police officer.”Burns’ family has asked for privacy as they grieve, but said in a statement that Burns loved her job and “went to work each shift committed to serving this great community.”They also expressed condolences to Costello.Costello, 45, was a 20-year police veteran and the father of four children.His partner, Jackie McLean, said in a statement of behalf of the family that she sought privacy but wanted to say a few things about him.“Robb was the single most positive person I have ever met; and that was obvious to everyone who met him. He had a special way of dealing with people — fair, but strong and tough when needed. He was the only officer I’ve ever known to write a ticket and have the recipient thank him for it,” she said.Wright, 32, and Robichaud, 42, the civilian victims of Friday’s attack, just started dating in August. Robichaud, a local musician, had two teenage sons and a daughter.Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, will appear in court on Aug. 27 to face four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths. Police did not say if the suspect and victims were known to each other and a motive is not yet known.— By Alex Cooke in Halifaxlast_img read more

Pamela Anderson Takes On RideHail Apps In MeToo Campaign

first_imgThe National Limousine Association’s Ride Responsibly initiative ( and Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) have joined forces to produce a public service campaign, starring actress, activist and sexual violence survivor Pamela Anderson.Video: The Signs – A New PSA from PAVE and Ride Responsibly Starring Pamela Anderson (2018)The PSA draws attention to the vast number of sexual assaults that have occurred in ride-hailing vehicles and questions if these were caused by insufficient background check procedures. This PSA serves as a call-to-action following alarming revelations of sexual harassment and assault that reach far beyond Hollywood and Washington, D.C.The video, titled “The Signs”, is Pamela’s second PSA for the Ride Responsibly initiative, and comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement. The PSA is a stark reminder that even getting from point A to B carries risk, particularly if you are not conscientious of the service that you choose.“The astounding number of tweets that referenced #MeToo and #uber was absolutely frightening, and disheartening to say the least,” said Gary Buffo, President of the National Limousine Association (NLA). Continued Buffo, “It is time to recognize that these services are simply unsafe, and pose an inherent threat to anyone using them, due to the blatantly insufficient background checks that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) use. Our partner, PAVE, has been instrumental in our campaign to inform the public about the dangers these services pose. Together, we are actively working to compel safety measures that will prevent these crimes.”For more than 20 years, Angela Rose and PAVE have been the only national charitable organization committed to both sexual harassment and assault prevention and recovery. Through its support, social advocacy, training and education programs, PAVE is leading the way and tackling these issues head on in the hopes of minimizing their occurrences and impact.Angela Rose, Founder and Director of PAVE, noted, “through our work with survivors, we have always been aware that cases of sexual assault and harassment can occur just about anywhere. Unfortunately, this now includes ride-hail apps such as Uber and Lyft, which is why we have partnered with the National Limousine Association and Pamela Anderson. It is critical that everyone be made aware of the risks associated with ride-hailing apps and PAVE is excited to support this campaign with best practices and tangible safety tips. It’s important to note that no matter how many safety tips you practice, it is never your fault if someone harms you.” Rose continued to say, “While we are so proud of the #MeToo movement and all of the brave men and women that have come forward, we are constantly working to bring an end to these crimes.”“When I first embarked on my quest to raise awareness about the safety risks associated with ride-hailing apps, I had no idea of the frequency or disturbing nature of the incidents,” said Pamela Anderson. “The reaction to our first campaign was inspiring, and also disheartening, as many voices came to the surface echoing the sentiment, #MeToo. Action, however, is more effective than a hashtag, and it is critical that we take the next step, demand justice for victims and force ride-hail apps to ensure our safety in their vehicles. Fingerprint-based background checks are a simple step that these transportation providers can take, and it is beyond me why this practice isn’t commonplace in 2018. These apps are optimized for predators and will remain so until common sense safety measures are put in place.”last_img read more

Annan is disbanding Jenin factfinding team spokesman says

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this evening that Mr. Annan was disbanding the fact-finding team into recent events in the Jenin refugee camp, as indicated in the letter the Secretary-General had forwarded to the Security Council on Wednesday. “The Secretary-General has written to the Council President, the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority communicating this decision,” said a statement released by the spokesman’s office. According to the statement, the Secretary-General has also written to the head of the fact-finding mission, former President of Finland Marti Ahtisaari, and his team, thanking them for “the dedication, energy and time that they have given the United Nations.”

Annan and Australian Prime Minister meet discuss postconflict Iraq

Speaking at a press briefing afterwards, Mr. Howard told reporters he had indicated to the Secretary-General that it was necessary for all of the UN Member States to look forward in relation to the post-conflict period in Iraq as there was very little to be gained in rehashing old arguments.The Prime Minister also stressed that as part of the coalition, Australia wished to see a restoration of basic services, and noted that “great progress” was already being made in relation to that.”We want to see the affairs of Iraq handed back to the Iraqi people as soon as practicable,” Mr. Howard said. “We want to see the emergence of a free and open government that is responsive to the wishes of the people of Iraq and I think all of the efforts of the world community should be directed towards that.”Asked about whether the United Nations would play a political role in post-conflict Iraq, as it had done during the meetings in Bonn, Germany, for Afghanistan, Mr. Howard responded that the United Nations could play a positive, constructive role.”I think it is important to recognize that the effective administering authority in Iraq is the coalition, but consistent with that, there are many roles that can be discharged by the United Nations,” he said, noting that the Organization was already playing an effective role in relation to humanitarian assistance, and could involved in issues such as human rights and organizing elections in the future.Video of the Prime Minister’s press briefing read more

AW plans to add 200 franchiseeowned restaurants in Canada by 2020

A&W plans to add 200 franchisee-owned restaurants in Canada by 2020 by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 3:10 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Fast-food chain A&W Food Services of Canada plans to open more than 200 franchisee-owned restaurants by 2020.The burger joint already boasts 879 locations in the country, mostly in Western Canada, and the expansion will focus on Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.The company re-invented itself in recent years as an option for diners seeking higher-quality ingredients.In 2013, A&W started serving beef raised without the use of added hormones or steroids, and followed that up with chicken and pork raised without antibiotics, eggs from hens that don’t eat animal by-products, and organic coffee.The company has previously said it’s seen an uptick in sales because of this shift.A&W also recently announced it will start serving all-day breakfast on Feb. 27, less than a week after competitor McDonald’s Canada does the same. read more

The first birth control app to be officially approved as a contraceptive

first_imgThe first birth control app to be officially approved as a contraceptive uses an age-old method As a fertility-awareness based contraceptive method, the app will only work well for some people. Feb 26th 2017, 12:00 PM I think there are many women who this will be great for.But not everyone falls into this category.It’s worth noting, for example, that the same study which found that Natural Cycles had an encouragingly low failure rate for typical use also found that more than half of the women who did get pregnant recorded having unprotected sex during their fertile period, Susan Walker, a professor of sexual health at Anglia Ruskin University, pointed out in a recent post for The Conversation. This doesn’t mean the app was providing inaccurate data.Quite the contrary, in fact: It suggests that women were still having sex on the days when the app was telling them not to.That’s an important finding, too. We know an app can’t keep people from having sex. But depending on your current situation in life, consistently and reliably abstaining from sex for several days at a time during a precise and sometimes variable window each month may be easier said than done. In these situations, medication may be your best option.- Erin BrodwinRead: The ‘male pill’ could be coming, it’s in jab form and it works > Natural Cycles founders Elina and Raoul. Source: Natural Cycles Frontier Airlines is selling flights for as low as $20 Over 1,200 students at 17 universities including Stanford have pledged to not take jobs at Palantir unless it stops working with ICE Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Russia hacked the FBI to prevent the bureau from being able to track Russian spies in the US Short URL 31 Comments center_img We want to make planning easy for everyone. Temperature data fluctuates a lot. This makes it easier and ensures a certain safety.The elephant in the roomAs a fertility-awareness based contraceptive method, the app will work wonders — for some people.These people will likely have, in addition to a clean sexual bill of health, one or all of the following: A predictable sex schedule; regular periods; the time and ability to abstain from sexual activity on certain precise, consecutive days every month.“In the end, what we want to do is add a new method of contraception that women can choose from without side effects,” Scherwizl said. Smog, selfies, and city living are fueling demand for cosmetics, L’Oréal boss says 34,168 Views Share126 Tweet Email1 By Business Insider Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 12:00 PM A NEW APP that is “as effective as the pill but using only mathematics” has been approved for birth control by the Europe Commission.The Natural Cycles app, designed by physicist couple Elina Berglund and Raoul Scherwizl, is the world’s first to get government approval as a contraceptive.Still, while the app is bolstered by a brilliant algorithm that takes into account everything from a woman’s temperature to the irregularity of her periods, it is still a “fertility awareness-based” method of birth control, meaning it exists in a category of contraception that’s been around for thousands of years.This means the app relies on carefully monitoring behavior. And for that reason, there are a lot of people it simply will not work for.Here’s what you should know about the Natural Cycles birth control app, which claims to be “as good as the pill” at preventing pregnancy.How the app worksAround the time a woman ovulates, her body temperature rises slightly (about 0.3℃) and remains slightly elevated throughout the rest of her cycle.Her ova (female eggs) only live for about a day. That means that if she were to have sex with a man for a window of time after ovulation, she will not get pregnant. If she has sex with a man before she ovulates, on the other hand, she can get pregnant — sperm can stay alive in the uterus for close to a week.The app uses an algorithm that takes into account her temperature and many other factors like sperm survival, temperature fluctuations, and cycle irregularities. That way, it can detect ovulation and fertility as well as the different stages of her cycle. Source:“We give red and green days and clear recommendations on which days to abstain and which days we consider the risk of pregnancy to be negligible,” Natural Cycles co-founder Raoul Scherwizl told Business Insider.And it’s far more accurate than other similar methods of fertility tracking.Fancy-schmancy app, meet your great-great-great-great grandmotherStill, aside from Natural Cycle’s proprietary algorithm — which, again, is what makes it far more accurate than other similar methods — the app is grounded in science that has been around for centuries.For thousands of years, it formed the basics of birth control. Since as early as 300 AD, the idea went, someone who wanted to either avoid pregnancy (or get pregnant) kept track of when she was the most fertile. If you want to avoid pregnancy, you don’t have sex on those days. If you want to get pregnant, you do. Simple.Simple, but not perfect.Fertility awareness-based contraception is hard workToday, so-called “fertility awareness-based” methods of birth control can include everything from marking up a calendar to paying detailed attention to vaginal discharge to taking one’s temperature every morning. Problem is, they aren’t always reliable, because human bodies aren’t always reliable. Source: Shutterstock/Nick StarichenkoThe length of a woman’s cycle can vary for several reasons, including stress. For many women, this variability is the only constant thing about their periods. In this case, fertility awareness-based methods are generally a bad option, according to US reproductive health organisation Planned Parenthood.Fertility awareness methods also aren’t advisable for women who have a sexually-transmitted infection (STI). And Planned Parenthood suggests these methods “may not work” for women who have any of the following:More than one sex partnerA sex partner who “isn’t as committed to fertility awareness-based methods as you are”Trouble keeping close track of “safe days”Trouble abstaining or using another method for at least 10 “unsafe days” during each cycleFor women who take medicine that may affect reading any of the signs of these methods.This is where the app comes in.Today, women and their partners don’t need a physical calendar to keep on top of fertility — they can use their phone or any one of a number of other apps designed specifically for this purpose.Natural Cycles, however, is the first of these apps to be certified as a medical device and officially approved by a European health agency. So where does that “as effective as the contraceptive pill” come in?Scherwizl reference a recent clinical study of more than 4,000 women between the ages of 18 and 45 published in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care.The study found that the app’s failure rate for “typical use” (a term used to refer to how most people use a form of contraception) was 7%. Or, for every 100 women who used the app in a “typical” way (meaning certain common slip-ups are accounted for), seven got pregnant each year. Source: lookcatalog via Flickr/CCIn comparison, the “typical use” failure rate for the pill is about 9%, according to the CDC. For injectable birth control, it’s 6%; for an IUD, it’s 0.2% – 0.8%.For “perfect use,” the app was also found to be fairly similar to the pill in terms of effectiveness — among those women who used the app perfectly, about five out of every 1,000 got pregnant (a 0.5% failure rate). Among women who use the pill perfectly, about three out of every 1,000 get pregnant (a 0.3% failure rate).That’s way better than traditional fertility-based awareness methods, which have an average failure rate of 24%, according to the CDC.With that in mind, Natural Cycles is inarguably one of the best forms of fertility-based awareness birth control that exists. Its low failure rates are multitudes better than other traditional fertility-based awareness methods, thanks to all of the data the company has crunched (it probably helps that its creators are both physicists with extensive science and math backgrounds).“A lot of other apps track fertility indicators and then the focus is on the women to do it on their own,” Scherwizl told me.last_img read more

Introducing our new podcast The Explainer

first_img Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:00 PM 16,444 Views Mar 10th 2019, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Aoife Barry Share1 Tweet Email1 23 Comments Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudIdeas, thoughts, or feedback? Email This episode presented by Sinéad O’Carroll, executive producer Christine Bohan, producer Aoife Barry, assistant producer/technical operator Nicky Ryan, contributing reporter Gráinne Ní Aodha. Design by Palash Somani.  HERE AT THEJOURNAL.IE, we like to bring you closer to the news. With our Explainers and FactChecks, we find out the facts and figures you need to know about the biggest stories people are talking about.Now we want to bring you an even deeper dive into the news stories you’re reading, with our new podcast The Explainer.Hosted by our news editor Sinéad O’Carroll, The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about.What’s the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story in The Explainer.For our first episode, we take a look at a big question for consumers: How will Brexit affect the food that you buy? In the week where the major decisions will be made about what Brexit will look like, our debut episode of The Explainer looks at your shopping basket to see what will happen to prices and supply in Ireland after 29 March.You can listen wherever you get your podcasts or via SoundCloud below – you can also head straight to:iTunesCastboxPocket CastsOvercastGoogle PodcastsSpotifyPodBeanPodcast RepublicStitcherPlayer FMAcastThe Podcast App Introducing our new podcast: The Explainer’s new podcast looks at the facts behind the biggest news stories.last_img read more

Clues in metro bomb case

first_imgPolice may have identified those who planted an incendiary device that failed to explode on an Athens metro train on Saturday after viewing CCTV footage from the public transport network, sources told Kathimerini on Tuesday. A Citizens’ Protection Ministry official who wished to remain anonymous said that police have been examining video of the platform and other areas of Aegaleo metro station, where the device was found, and have singled out some suspects. The source did not state how many people the police said were involved in the would-be attack. Another ministry source suggested that some useful forensic evidence was found but that efforts to connect it with evidence gathered at the sites of terrorist attacks in the past had not yet yielded any results. Officially, the police denied that any breakthrough had been made in forensic tests. The device was left in a bag on the train that traveled between Ethniki Amyna and Aegaleo stations. It was found by the driver, who checked the carriages at the end of the journey. Anti-terrorist squad sources said that the assailants may have links to the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, an urban guerrilla group that carried out a series of bloodless bomb attacks before most of the members were arrested in 2009 and 2010. Officers have not ruled out the possibility that the suspects were members of the group. Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire had claimed an arson attack on a Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) train in March 2009 at Kifissia station. A previously unknown group calling itself Urban Guerrilla War (Antartiko Poleon) claimed on Monday that it planted the device. However, police sources said that they would wait to see if this group produces a proclamation before they can treat the claim seriously.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une éruption de la Soufrière touche la Guadeloupe

first_imgUne éruption de la Soufrière touche la GuadeloupeMontserrat,  Antilles – Le volcan de la Soufrière a repris son activité ce jeudi 11 février 2010, à 12h30 (heure locale). La Guadeloupe, située à 80 km de l’île de Montserrat où est situé le volcan, est en partie recouverte par les cendres.La Soufrière était en constante activité depuis 1995, date à laquelle le volcan avait détruit la capitale, Plymouth et rendu la moitié de l’île de Montserrat inhabitable. Ainsi, les deux tiers de la population s’étaient exilés. L’éruption qui a eu lieu jeudi était particulièrement violente : le dôme a explosé et les poussières se sont élevées jusqu’à 10 km de hauteur. Ainsi, avec le vent, les cendres se sont répandues sur l’île de la Guadeloupe.La ville de Pointe à Pitre est assombrie par une couche de poussière qui la recouvre, les écoles, collèges, lycées ainsi que l’aéroport de la ville ont été fermés ce vendredi. Pour les enfants, il s’agit d’une mesure de prévention afin d’éviter des risques d’irritation. Les autorités ont toutefois insisté sur le fait qu’il n’y a pas de risque sanitaire pour les Guadeloupéens, il est juste conseillé aux asthmatiques et aux personnes souffrant de maladies respiratoires de rester à l’abri chez elles.Le 12 février 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgIanthe Pratt PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4 and 5 to join Grade 6 Clement Howell HighProvidencialesForms 4 and 5 Eliza Simons Primary Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 10, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Education appreciates the understanding that parents and the general public demonstrated over the past few weeks as we worked out the logistics for the resumption of school since the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.   As previously mentioned, our priority was to get the senior students at both the primary and high school levels back to school as quickly as possible.   While this is so, the Ministry is keen to ensure that students resume classes in conditions that are safe and healthy –  free from mold and other hazards.   To this end, the Ministry of Education has partnered with the Public Works Department and the Environmental Health Department and we are pleased to announce the reopening of the following schools and for the following students with effect from, Tuesday, 10th October 2017: Long Bay HighProvidencialesForms 1 and 2 H. J. Robinson HighGrand TurkForms 1 to 5 Grand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 6 at the Ona Glinton Primary SchoolIsland/locationForms or Grades Enid Capron PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4, 5 and 6center_img Ona Glinton PrimaryGrand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 6 The Ministry of Education commits to continue updating you via further announcements in the coming days, as we work together to return our students to a state of normalcy. The Public is hereby reminded of the reopening of the following schools: SchoolIsland/locationForms or Grades Oseta Jolly PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4 to 6 at the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports ComplexGrades 2 and 3 at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

JAMAICA CSJP provides Substance Misuse Treatment for youngsters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 3, 2017 – Kingston – The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III has successfully implemented the first phase of a Specialized Substance Misuse Treatment programme aimed at providing youngsters with the necessary support to ensure that they can benefit from the entity’s range of educational and employment opportunities.The programme is being undertaken through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).   It was formed out of a realisation that drug use, particularly abuse of marijuana, has prevented a number of CSJP recipients from accessing vocational skills training and employment offerings, the latter of which includes internships and on-the-job training and placement.Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (October 31), Communications/Social Media Coordinator, CSJP, Patrice Nephew, said the initiative is part of an improvement in the psychosocial services provided by the agency.   She noted that while the CSJP seeks to provide youngsters with opportunities, it is acknowledged that until certain issues of substance misuse are treated, their likelihood to gain and maintain viable employment will be very limited.“This is a preliminary exercise before they go into some of the training sessions, because we have realised that, in the past, the compliance rate with some of the training programmes has been low because of substance abuse issues. So it is a more deliberate attempt to get them in a state of readiness,” Ms. Nephew said.More than 150 individuals were referred to the NCDA for treatment following risk assessment through the CSJP’s Case Management programme and having been flagged for substance abuse.   The NCDA conducted 541 individual sessions and 80 group sessions over a 12-month period starting July 2016.   Additional workshops were done in communities and schools to sensitive children and students about marijuana use and to train community volunteers to identify persons in need of treatment.Sixty-one per cent of the participants were compliant with the sessions and 10.1 per cent tested negative after completion of the treatment programme.   NCDA Substance Abuse Officer, Western Region, Suzanne Brown, explained that even though some of the clients may not be negative at the end of the programme, they would have made significant progress.“What you will find is that a lot of the times, some are chain-smokers, and throughout the programme, you will notice significant reduction in usage,” she told JIS News.“Persons probably started with back-to-back smoking, and as the session progressed… you will notice that while they have not totally stopped using, they have been able to reduce the number of (marijuana cigarettes) per day,” she added.Substance Abuse Officer with NCDA, Kingston and St. Andrew, Denise Chin, hailed the programme as being a strong and important initiative.“It offered a very structured way for participants to receive help and access to treatment facilities and options that they wouldn’t otherwise reach,” she said.Mrs. Chin said the resource personnel and psychological services offered by the CSJP are critical.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Klopp hails Liverpools proper warriors in Premier League title battle

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp branded his players as “proper warriors” after overcoming a difficult challenge from Crystal Palace to earn a 4-3 win on Saturday as the Premier League title battle intensifiesThe Reds’ title credentials were handed an unlikely test by Palace, who defeated Manchester City last month, over the weekend with the Eagles taking the lead at Anfield through Andros Townsend before James Tomkins cancelled out Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s goals to equalise for the visitors.But three goals very late into the game secured Liverpool a thrilling 4-3 win through goals from Sadio Mane and James Milner, with Max Meyer pegging one back for Palace.The victory enabled Liverpool to maintain their four-point cushion over City, who beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Sunday, and Klopp was thrilled with the fighting spirit his side displayed against Palace.“These boys are ready to do that, they are real fighters. It’s a bunch of proper warriors – I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever,” Klopp told the club website.“If you would have seen Millie sitting in the dressing room, completely frustrated obviously because of the [red] card but both knees bleeding – where can you get that from on that fantastic pitch?“It was a really hard-fought victory. It’s so cool. It’s just nice then to see the faces of all the people [in the crowd]. You are close enough, you go there and see the happy faces. That’s cool.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.But the German does anticipate more tests to come Liverpool’s way as the season goes on as the club chases a first league title since 1990.“That’s December. January is not that much,” added Klopp.“That’s not the problem; the boys could play from [the mind] now pretty much every second day. They are really in it.“We had to come through the centre-half situation and that somehow worked out; then the full-back situation worked out somehow so far. That’s intense. In midfield, Gini is not in so you cannot make the changes you want.“We need to make sure we are ready. If you remember the first game against Crystal Palace – wow, what a difficult game; Brighton at home, a very difficult game. We had these in the first part of the season as well.“The games will stay difficult, there’s no doubt about that. But the boys showed again they are ready to fight each battle, wherever we go. That’s good.”last_img read more

Washington lawmakers older richer than their constituents

first_imgSEATTLE — A Seattle Times analysis has found Washington state’s 147-member Legislature is wealthier, older and less diverse than the people it represents.“The typical state legislator nationally is like a mid-50s white guy,” said Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University.Although Washington is supposed to have a part-time “citizen Legislature,” the Times analysis of financial-disclosure reports found that about 27 percent of state lawmakers hold no outside job.Some of them depend solely on their state salary, plus per diems, but most also have supplemental income such as pensions, investments or a working spouse.Several full-time legislators are financially independent and appear in no real need of a state salary.State Rep. Hans Dunshee, 60, used to run a small business designing septic systems. He gave it up years ago because being chairman of the House Capital Budget Committee ate up too much time.He lives in a modest home he partly rents out and otherwise survives off the income of being a state legislator — $42,106 a year.“I was having customers call while I was working on stuff and couldn’t do them both well. I had to make a choice,” said Dunshee, D-Snohomish.Diverse backgroundsThe median age for state lawmakers here is 53. The median age for all state residents over the age of 18 is 45. While the state is 72 percent white and split 50-50 by gender, 90 percent of the state Legislature is white and two-thirds is male.“We have a progressive state like Washington that touts itself for diversity, yet it is striking that the Legislature has very few people of color in it,” Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace, said, adding he thinks that’s improving.last_img read more

Kiplingers Launches Business Travel Site

first_imgKiplinger’s Personal Finance has launched the Business Travel Center on The site serves as a guide for businesses and their employees to “make the most of their travel dollars,” the publisher says.“We have been digging more deeply into the demographic makeup of our Web audience, and discovered this niche,” Doug Herbrecht, director of new media, tells FOLIO:. “Readers of the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine reflect an older, wealthier audience looking to make the most of their money, and they travel quite a bit, both for business and leisure travel, especially oversees.”The new Business Travel Center is an extension of the site’s Business Resource Center, and will feature online rankings of travel Web sites, slide shows, an archive of travel articles from Kiplinger’s and, videos, and other multimedia content. Soon, the Travel Center will include a user-generated content for business travel ideas, Harbrecht says.“As we build out the new Center, we think we can attract a larger audience around value and convenience, helping small- and medium-sized businesses both hold down costs of business travel while at the same time cutting down on delays and annoyances that can mess up an important deal,” he says. “We’re hoping to partner with some well-known and highly-regarded Web sites in the business travel space.”last_img read more

Conde Nast To Put All 18 Titles on NOOK Tablet

first_imgLast week Barnes & Noble announced the NOOK Tablet with storage room of 16 G, video capabililty and battery life of 11 hours. Targeting Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the NOOK Tablet is priced at $249 and hits the market this Friday.  More on this topic All 21 Time Inc. Magazines To Have Tablet Editions By Year-End Publishers Continue to Look for Tablet Relief Outside of iPad Conde Nast Strikes Subscription Deal with Apple Meredith Introduces iPad Subscriptions for Better Homes and Gardens, Parents and Fitness Digital Edition Briefs | Publishers Sidle Up to Apple Barnes and Noble Debuts 7-Inch NOOK Tablet for $249Just In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered by Conde Nast announced today that all 18 of its magazines will soon be available on the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color. Seventeen of those magazines will be available on NOOK by the end of November while Vogue will join the platform in early 2012. Single copies and monthly subscriptions will be available. Current print subscribers will access digital editions for free while new monthly subscribers will get a 14-day trial to the digital editions. Conde Nast titles on the NOOK will include Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Brides, Conde Nast Traveler, Details, Glamour, Golf Digest, Golf World, GQ, Lucky, Self, Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, W and Wired. Conde Nast has aggressively pushed into a variety of digital publishing platforms and claims more than 242,000 digital downloads of its tablet editions since signing on with Apple in May; but as WWD cites, production of a digital edition can cost $20,000 to $40,000 per issue.last_img read more

National Unity Process to declare combined programmes after setting goals

first_imgDr Kamal HossainAlthough significant opposition the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has reached an understanding with Jukta (United) Front and National Unity Process, they are yet to announce combined programmes ahead of the national elections.Sources in the National Unity and Jukta Front said BNP is eager to declare combined programmes at the earliest while the rest of the alliance want to decide on post-election issues first.The parties are to sit for a meeting to discuss the issues on Thursday.Jukta Front and Unity Process leaders want to take a concrete decision on ensuring balance of power in the parliament and the government. They are also eager to ensure balance of power between the posts of the president and the prime minister. Decentralisation of power, appointment of ombudsman and ensuring independent judiciary are also among their demands.The meeting, which is likely to be held at the residence of eminent jursit Kamal Hossain, might take decisions such as setting post-election goals, declaring uniform programmes and setting a name for the alliance.Sources said, the leaders of the parties on Monday met at Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab’s Uttara residence. Three top leaders of BNP took part in the meeting, where they discussed on the 9-point demand of Jukta Front and Unity Process and 12-point demand of BNP.JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan and Gano Forum joint secretary AHM Shafiullah were given the responsibility to do the coordination between the sides. They will hand over the report to National Unity Process convener Kamal Hossain.“All the parties have kinda similar demands regarding the national eleciton. There are no major differences on the other demands, too. We have started working on finding the right balance,” said AHM Shafiullah.Some leaders of the Unity Process think that although the BNP has touched on the point of ensuring balance of power in their 12-point demand, it was not clear enough. Moreover, the issue of sharing of seats in the parliament is not settled yet.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, however, opined that the time is not ripe for discussing seat sharing.In Monday’s meeting, the question of BNP led 20-party alliance’s inclusion in the National Unity Process was also discussed. BNP wanted inclusion of 18 parties except Jamaat in the process to strengthen the national alliance.Jukta Front and National Unity leaders did not object to this point raised by BNP, said the sources present at the meeting.On Jamaat, BNP leaders maintained that they should be left out of discussion as the party has lost its registration.BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraaf told Prothom Alo that the leaders present at the meeting had reached ‘some form of consensus’.The Unity Process would chalk out combined programmes upon declaration of their united demand and goals, Mosharraf added.last_img read more

Jamaat mulls formation of a new party

first_img.Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is now under pressure following its central leader Abdur Razzak’s resignation over the party’s failure to seek apology for its role during the Liberation War and bring reforms in the party, say insiders.To stop the morale of party men going down, the top bosses are assuring grassroots leaders and activists of launching a new organisation soon. A five-member committee has already been formed in this regard with the party’s secretary general being handed the task to lead the body.Many inside the party had been suggesting that the party should be dissolved and a new one should be launched with a new name.The conservative faction of the party, however, did not pay any heed to the suggestion. But things changed on Friday last when Jamaat’s assistant secretary general Abdur Razzak resigned from his post.Fearing that many party men can follow Razzak, Jamaat sent an urgent notice to its party leaders assuring them of forming a new organisation and explaining Razzak’s resignation and majlish-e-shura member Majibur Rahman’s expulsion.The decision of forming a new organisation was taken in a meeting of Jamaat’s executive council on 14 January, according to the notice sent to the party leaders.A top Jamaat leader said, another committee led by its central leader Hamidur Rahman was earlier formed after the party had lost its registration as a political party. But, that initiative did not see light, he added.In the letter, Jamaat also requested its leaders not to make any offensive remarks on Abdur Razzak.In the same letter it was mentioned that Majibur Rahman was not on the same page with the party on a number of issues, which was embarrassing. He could not be controlled in any way, it said.Majibur Rahman recently travelled different parts of the country and held talks with leaders of various tiers to form a new organisation. Many leaders, however, did not respond to his initiative.A former president of Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, told Prothom Alo that the statements of the notice are contradictory.On one hand Jamaat leaders are saying that they themselves have initiated a move to launch a new organisation. They have discussed the issue internally, but the leaders didn’t respond, he argued.Abdur Razzak in his resignation letter questioned the role of Jamaat during the Liberation War in 1971. Jamaat, however, has not formally given any reaction in this regard.Despite repeated efforts, Jamaat leaders were not available for comments.An observer and well wisher of Jamaat, former secretary Shah Abdul Hannan told Prothom Alo that Jamaat will seek apology again if needed. The party is working to launch a new party, he said.Abdur Razzak’s suggestion to dissolve Jamaat and launch a new party is being taken into consideration.When asked why Razzak resigned, Shah Abdul Hannan said, “Nobody told him that his suggestion was rejected. The matters were being discussed. He did not act in the right manner.”A section of Jamaat leaders said central leader Majibur Rahman was expelled from the party so that the reform proposal could not take any shape after the resignation of Abdur Razzak. Rumours have it that Jamaat ameer Mokbul Ahmad is unwilling to remain in the post.After such a report was published on a number of online portals, Jamaat central publicity secretary Tasneem Alam in a statement on Monday said no way the Jamaat ameer was resigning.last_img read more

Rohingya presence makes coastal districts vulnerable PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inauguration programme of a two-day Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation in a hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sought global leaders’ enhanced awareness about the climate change and their effective initiatives to negate its impacts.“I request all for their awareness and respective responsibility to fight the adverse impacts of climate change,” she said while inaugurating a two-day Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation in a city hotel.The prime minister also urged the world community to put more emphasis on research and investment on this issue as the climate change is fast affecting agriculture, life and livelihood.Marshal Islands president Hilda C Heine, former United Nations Secretary General and incumbent Global Commission on Adaptation Chairman Ban Ki-moon and World Bank chief executive officer Kristalina Georgieva were present at the function.Speaking on the occasion, the three dignitaries highly praised prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her extraordinary leadership to lead the world to address the adverse impacts of climate change from the forefront.Hailing Bangladesh’s initiatives and strategies to fight the climate change impacts, Ban Ki-moon said, “Of Course we are here to learn from Bangladesh. When comes to adaptation, Bangladesh is the best teacher to learn about adaptation.”Wishing a complete success of the Dhaka Meeting of GCA, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said, “This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our own strategies to adapt to climate change, build resilience as well as offer to share our knowledge and experience with you.”“We are eagerly waiting to see the recommendations of the flagship report next September at the time of the climate change summit called by the secretary general of the United Nations where I, on behalf of Bangladesh and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), have been invited to speak,” she said.Bangladesh is expecting to take advantage of the best adaptation practices, most cost-effective solutions and risk reduction with the help of the Global Commission on Adaptation, she said.The premier said that being a leading country of adaptation, Bangladesh deserves to have a Regional Adaption Centre in Dhaka.Highlighting her government’s frantic efforts to effectively fight the climate change, she said, “We are working relentlessly to overcome our vulnerabilities and create adaptation measures for the people. Over the last decade, we have spent on an average around US$ 1 billion annually for adapting to climate change impacts.”Furthermore, to achieve climate resilience, the government created a dedicated Climate Change Trust Fund in 2009 and so far, more than US$ 420 million have been allocated from own resources to the fund for both adaptation and mitigation programmes, she informed the meeting.“We have designed project titled ‘Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100’ for combating climate change,” the prime minister also said.Considering the adverse impacts of climate change, Sheikh Hasina said, her government is currently constructing more 378 Mujib Kellas, 3,868 multi-purpose cyclone shelters across the coastal districts and planning to build 1,650 more shelters gradually.She said, “Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman showed the path of climate adaptation by building 172 Mujib Kellas (cyclone shelters) in the coastal areas.”“We have taken initiatives to increase tree coverage from 22 per cent to 24 per cent in the next five years. So far Bangladesh has created 0.2 million hectares of coastal forests as shelterbelt to protect from tidal surges and calamities. Bangladesh is also successfully managing 601,700 hectares of Sundarbans Mangrove forest,” the prime minister said.Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and environment, forest and climate change minister Md. Shahab Uddin also spoke on the occasion.Seeking more attention from the global community to repatriate Rohingyas quickly, the prime minister said, “It is the responsibility of the global community to do more to ensure their quick return to Myanmar as well as look after them while they remain in Bangladesh as we have shelter to 1.1 million evicted Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.”She also said that their presence in Cox’s Bazar makes the southeast coastal district of Bangladesh vulnerable.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina talks to Marshal Islands president Hilda C Heine (C) and former United Nations Secretary General and incumbent Global Commission on Adaptation Chairman Ban Ki-moon in a hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDThe prime minister said Bangladesh has engaged in creating resilient forests in offshore areas to protect forest dependent communities and habitats of important forest biodiversity.“Besides, our scientists and farmers invented stress tolerant rice cultivation technologies which produced good results. Floating garden – a low input -low cost resilient family farming production system in the wetlands of the south-central coastal districts is another good example,” she said.Household Silo (HHS) is another adaptation practice in Bangladesh to ensure food security in disaster prone areas, she added.“Bangladesh, being one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, is also at the forefront of learning on how to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change,” the premier said.The prime minister said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman initiated Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) in 1972 for effective cyclone preparedness in coastal areas and prepared 49,365 trained volunteers to this end.Referring to deaths in several catastrophic cyclone since 1970 which claimed around 1 million lives in Bangladesh, she said, “The impact of natural calamities have come down significantly due to the present government’s various timely and effective measures.”In this regard, she said at least 150,000 people died in the 1991 catastrophic cyclone, adding that Cyclone Sidr in 2007 caused deaths of more than 3,400 people.She also said Cyclone Aila hit southwest coast of Bangladesh in May 2009 claiming around 190 people while Cyclone Fani in May 2019 claimed less than 10 people.Referring to ADB’s climate and economics report for South Asia predicting that Bangladesh’s annual GDP loss will be 2 per cent, if temperature continues to rise at the current rate, Hasina said 19 coastal districts of the country will face consequence if the sea level rises.“Evidences suggest that Bangladesh has already 6 million climate migrants, a number that could more than double by 2050 due to changes in temperature, increased frequency and severity of floods, droughts, heat waves, cyclones and storm surges, sea level rise, and salinity intrusion,” she added.“These changes are seriously affecting agriculture, crops, livestock and fisheries and threatening the food security of Bangladesh. According to IPCC report AR4, rice production in Bangladesh could decline by 8 per cent and wheat by 32 per cent by 2050 due to climate change,” she continued.“In 2015 in Paris, we have been successful in creating a solid ground for a meaningful cooperation in combating climate change impacts. Like many others, we firmly believe that climate change is a global challenge and we have to resort to global solutions,” the prime minister said.The Paris Agreement is the most pragmatic and effective global deal towards the global solution, she added.last_img read more

Blacks and the Bush 41 Legacy

first_imgSubmitted to the AFRO by Raynard JacksonFormer British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill once said, “To every man there comes a time in his life when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”This was my first thought when my phone started to ring last Friday night around 11:15 east coast time as I heard about the death of former president, George Herbert Walker Bush, affectionately called by me, “Ole man Bush.”President Bush receives an award from former UNCF president Chris Edley, Sr.How do you explain the intersection of my life with the likes of someone like Bush’s?  I, from the hood of St. Louis, he from a wealthy Connecticut family; I, part of the baby boom generation, he, from the World War ll generation; I, a graduate of Oral Roberts University, he, a Yale University graduate.As if this connection wasn’t improbable enough, what are the odds of us being connected by Churchill’s words?Bush was tapped on the shoulder when he, against his father’s wishes, joined the military right out of high school; making him the youngest navy aviator in our country’s history.  His plane was shot down and he was rescued by his fellow soldiers.He was tapped on the shoulder again upon his completion of his studies at Yale University; and chose to give up the creature comforts of his wealthy upbringing and struck out on his own in the oil business in Odessa, Texas.Bush was tapped on the shoulder many more times in his life;  when he created a Yale chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), gave royalties from his book to the UNCF, and had his brother Jonathan serve as chairman of the board of the UNCF in the early nineties; envoy to China, head of the CIA, chairman of the Republican National Committee, vice president, and president.I was tapped on the shoulder in September of 1987 when the Bush family asked me to chair the then vice-president’s upcoming campaign for president in St. Louis.  I had the great fortune to sit at the feet of the likes of President Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker, former Commerce Secretary, Robert Mosbacher, to name a few.  Now, Baker is the only one left for us to learn from.They were my introduction to politics and they instilled in me at every chance the value relationships.President Bush is the reason I am in D.C. today.But, I want to focus on the Bush family’s relationship with the UNCF and HBCUs.Most of the public has no idea that the Bush family has been involved with the UNCF and HBCUs for well over fifty years.  Every Black college president will admit that their schools tend to do better when Republicans are in power versus when Democrats are in power.  They are too afraid to admit it publicly.Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bush, both had a very close personal relationship with former Howard University (“the real HU”) president James Cheek.Cheek was a life long Republican and used his party ties to handsomely benefit his school.In his thirty plus years leading Howard University (1968-1989), the school’s budget went from $43 million to over $417 million; and the school’s federal appropriation went from $29 million to over $178 million annually.And it wasn’t just president Bush either.  His wife, Barbara, served on the Morehouse School of Medicine’s board of directors from 1983-1989.The Bush’s also established the George H.W. and Barbara P. Bush Endowed Professorship at Morehouse School of Medicine, which focused on neuroscience research and is still going very strong to this day.As a matter of fact, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan served as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services during Bush’s term as president; making him the first “Morehouse Man” to serve in a U.S. president’s cabinet.Continuing Churchill’s words, what a tragedy that HU (“horrible university”) has not issued any formal statement of condolences to the Bush family, despite the years of support from this family.  What a tragedy that most of Howard’s alumni have no idea of what the Republican Party and Bush specifically has done for the school.You would think that the death of a great president and a great man would be enough for liberal bastions like HU to remove their blinders at least temporarily to honor our fallen president.But, unfortunately, this moment has found Howard University “unprepared and unqualified for the moment that could have been it’s finest hour.”Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to read more