Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has announced that television personality and bestselling author, Rachael Ray, has donated $160,000 to support the National Produce Program and the BackPack Program through her Yum-o! organization, which is a long-standing supporter of Feeding America and hunger-relief.The donation will support Feeding America’s National Produce Program, a nationwide initiative to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables distributed to the 37 million people in the United States served by Feeding America network food banks and partner agencies. Last year alone, the National Produce Program secured more than 120 million pounds of fresh produce on behalf of food banks.“The donation from Yum-o! to the National Produce Program will help aid our food banks in the weekly distribution of more than eight million pounds of fresh produce to children and families facing hunger,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “We are especially grateful to Yum-o! for this donation because oftentimes food banks are the only source of fresh fruits and vegetables for people struggling to put food on the table.”Yum-o!’s donation will also support the BackPack Program at food banks across the country. Feeding America has granted five $10,000 donations to the following food banks: • Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston, SC • Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Norfolk, VA • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, Erie, PA • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN • All Faiths Food Bank, Sarasota, FLThrough the BackPack Program, low-income children receive bags filled with shelf-stable, nutritious food to take home for the weekends and school vacations. Containing wholesome, easy-to-prepare meals, the bag is provided to eligible children free of charge and is distributed at the child’s school throughout the school year. The BackPack Program provides food and nourishment to nearly 230,000 children every year.“More than one in five children in the United States struggles with hunger, a reality that inspired my Yum-o! organization to focus on funding projects and charities that feed hungry children,” said Rachael Ray, founder of Yum-o!. “By supporting Feeding America’s National Produce Program and the BackPack Program at local food banks, Yum-o! can help ensure children facing food insecurity are receiving nutritious and wholesome food.”
Rabat – A female physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology was arrested on Thursday in the city of Al-Faqih Bin Saleh on grounds of forging the baccalaureate degree.According to Maghreb Press Agency (MAP), the accused presented a falsified baccalaureate degree in order to obtain a diploma equivalency to a PhD in gynecology and obstetrics she obtained from an Eastern European country.The academic level of the accused does not exceed the first year of the baccalaureate. The same source pointed out that prior to her arrest by elements of the judicial police, the accused “doctor” was engaged in the profession in a private clinic in the city of Al-Faqih Bin Saleh.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Marrakech- What matters the most in the upcoming Moroccan elections is credibility and transparency, and that the elections reflect the policy of the country, Mohammed Hassad, Minister of Interior, said on Friday in Rabat.During a discussion of the Interior Ministry’s budget within at the upper house of parliament, the Minister underlined that respecting the agenda and credibility of the upcoming elections is one King Mohammed VI’s top priorities.Hassad said he has received instructions from the king to make sure that the elections are held in transparency. The Minister highlighted the judiciary’s decision to repeat some district elections in the past, such as the elections in Moulay Yakoub, near Fez, which were repeated four times, to ensure transparency in elections and the respect of democratic rules Hassad said that territorial administration officials were given strict instructions to conduct the elections in good conditions, and to not favor any political partyDuring a meeting of the Interior Committee, Hassad promised that authorities would ensure election transparency by following up on complaints with the courts. He also called on political parties to submit documented evidence of electoral violations, discouraging them from merely issuing accusations without arguments.Edited by Timothy Filla
The pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today was ordered to reconsider adding the charge of genocide to the arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir issued last year.Mr. al-Bashir became the first sitting head of State to be indicted by the Court, which charged him with two counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity last March.But the chamber at that time rejected Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s application to charge the Sudanese leader with genocide, ruling that there was insufficient evidence. The ICC’s appeals chamber today found the standard of proof set by the pre-trial chamber to be too demanding at the arrest warrant stage, amounting to an “error of law,” according to a news release issued by the court, which is based in The Hague. The pre-trial chamber has been directed to decide anew whether or not Mr. al-Bashir should be charged with genocide.The United Nations estimates that an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003 in Darfur, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. In December, the ICC Prosecutor told the Security Council that indiscriminate bombings, rape and other crimes are continuing in Darfur, with the Government of Sudan still refusing to cooperate with his office and its indicted President and other suspects remaining at large.Soon after the arrest warrant for Mr. al-Bashir was issued, authorities expelled 13 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and revoked the permits of three local groups, dealing a blow to humanitarian efforts in the region.“The decisions to expel humanitarian workers and silence others by threats of expulsion, or the attempts at restricting the freedom of movement of UNAMID [joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur] are part and parcel of this policy to reduce the monitoring capacity of the international community,” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said. 3 February 2010The pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today was ordered to reconsider adding the charge of genocide to the arrest warrant for Sudanese President President Omar al-Bashir issued last year.
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), signed an agreement yesterday in Lisbon with Domingos Simões Pereira, the Executive Secretary of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).The memorandum of understanding aims to strengthen cooperation between the two bodies so that the human rights of people living with HIV are promoted and infection rates in Portuguese-speaking countries can be reduced.CPLP’s members are Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste.“South-South cooperation among Portuguese-speaking nations can help achieve universal access to HIV prevention treatment, care and support and eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” said Mr. Sidibé. “We can learn from each other, especially when we share a common vision in changing the course of the AIDS epidemic.”Under the agreement, civil society groups and networks that assist people living with HIV will receive technical, political and financial support and channels will be established so that groups operating in different countries can share their experiences and knowledge. 18 March 2010The United Nations agency that tackles HIV/AIDS and eight Portuguese-speaking countries that are home to an estimated 223 million people have agreed to strengthen their cooperation against the deadly disease.
TORONTO — Canada’s main index saw its first day of gains in more than a week as Statistics Canada released another set of positive economic data.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 33.08 points to 14,984.96. The last time the commodity-heavy index finished the day out of the red was Monday, Aug. 14.Tuesday’s gain came as Statistics Canada released data showing retail sales rose 1.1 per cent in June, excluding automotive and gasoline sales.“Any tidbit of information — positive or negative — is going to have outsized impacts on the market today,” said Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management.That’s because the backdrop is a low-volume market, he said, as many people are away on vacation.The retail sales data also helped to lift the Canadian dollar, which continued its streak of gains for the fifth consecutive day.The loonie was trading at an average price of 79.67 cents US, up 0.15 of a U.S. cent. It has advanced 1.27 of a U.S. cent since last Tuesday’s daily average price of 78.40 cents US.In New York, markets also got a boost after a muted start to the week, as investors jumped on the losses of the past couple weeks as a buying opportunity rather than joining the sell-off.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 196.14 points to 21,899.89, the S&P 500 index added 24.14 points to 2,452.51, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 84.35 points to 6,297.48.Gold continued to be unable to crack the US$1,300 an ounce mark, Jerusalim said, despite the ongoing political and social issues coming out of the White House that usually see investors turn to the precious metal as a safe haven.The December bullion contract dropped $5.70 to US$1,291.00 an ounce.Jerusalim suggested some investors may also be turning to cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, as alternative safe haven assets. He said they seem to be doing well when the U.S. dollar is weak — traditionally, a time when gold rallies.“Cryptocurrencies could be taking some of that excess demand off the table.”Elsewhere in commodities, the October crude contract gained 30 cents to US$47.83 per barrel, the September natural gas contract shed 2.3 cents to roughly US$2.94 per mmBTU, and the September copper contract gained about seven-tenths of a cent to roughly US$2.99 pound.– With files from the Associated PressBy Aleksandra Sagan in VancouverFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
The Ontario Government is expected to fulfill a promise of free dental care for low-income seniors in Thursday’s budget.The program could cost nearly 100 million dollars a year and is aimed at those who don’t have a supplementary source of income.It’s meant for those aged 65 years and over making under $19,300 a year – or couples making up to $32,000.The service could be accessed through public health units, community health centres and aboriginal health access centres, with the potential for mobile dental units in the future.Details and exact numbers will be outlined in the budget.Most Hamiltonians say they are excited for this group of people, but the news was met with some criticism, as this comes after the Ford government announced education changes.
FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by David Koenig, Scott Mayerowitz And Eric Tucker, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 12:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Justice Department investigating potential collusion among major airlines that kept fares high WASHINGTON – The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signalled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.A letter received Tuesday by major U.S. carriers demands copies of all communications the airlines had with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders about their plans for passenger-carrying capacity, or “the undesirability of your company or any other airline increasing capacity.”The Justice Department asked each airline for its passenger-carrying capacity both by region, and overall, since January 2010.Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce confirmed that the department is looking into potential “unlawful co-ordination” among some airlines. She declined to comment further or say which airlines are being investigated.On a day when the overall stock market was up, stocks of the major U.S. airlines ended the day down 1 to 3 per cent on news of the investigation.American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines all said they received a letter and are complying. Several smaller carriers, including JetBlue Airways and Frontier Airlines, said they had not been contacted by the government.The airlines publicly discussed capacity early last month in Miami at the International Air Transport Association’s annual meeting. After hearing about that meeting, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., requested a Justice Department investigation.The department had tried to block the most recent merger, the 2013 joining of American Airlines and US Airways, but ultimately agreed to let it proceed after the airlines made minor concessions.Some Wall Street analysts argue that to remain financially strong, airlines should not expand capacity faster than the U.S. economy. And from January 2010 to January 2014, they didn’t.In that 4-year period, capacity on domestic flights was virtually flat while the U.S. economy grew about 2.2 per cent per year. From January 2014 to January 2015, however, the airlines expanded by 5.5 per cent, topping the economy’s 2.4 per cent growth for 2014.Thanks to a series of mergers starting in 2008, America, Delta, Southwest and United now control more than 80 per cent of the seats in the domestic travel market. They’ve eliminated unprofitable flights, filled more seats on planes and made a very public effort to slow growth to command higher airfares.It worked. The average domestic airfare rose an inflation-adjusted 13 per cent from 2009 to 2014, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. And that doesn’t include the billions of dollars airlines collect from new fees. During the past 12 months, the airlines took in $3.6 billion in bag fees and $3 billion in reservation-change fees.That has led to record profits. In the past two years, U.S. airlines earned a combined $19.7 billion.This year could bring even higher profits thanks to a massive drop in the price of jet fuel, airlines’ single highest expense. In April, U.S. airlines paid $1.94 a gallon, down 34 per cent from the year before.That worries Wall Street analysts and investors. Cheap fuel has led airlines to make money-losing decisions in the past, rapidly expanding, launching new routes and setting unrealistically low fares to lure passengers. Airlines already flying those routes would match the fare, and all carriers would lose money.Such price wars are long gone, but today’s low fuel costs along with recent comments from airline executives have given the market jitters.Airline stocks plunged in May after the chief financial officer of Southwest said at an industry event that the carrier would increase passenger-carrying capacity by 7 to 8 per cent, an increase over an earlier target.Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay, who hosted that May 19 conference, told investors in a note afterward that the big airlines are unhappy to be restraining growth while low-cost airlines like Spirit grow much faster. He urged the major airlines to “step up” and cut routes for the good of the industry.On June 1, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said his airline would cap its 2015 growth at 7 per cent. That sparked a rally in airline stocks, as investors were more assured that capacity growth would be limited.Keay said Wednesday that he had not been contacted by the government and doesn’t think the airlines have been acting inappropriately.“The analyst community is bringing up the subject. You certainly can’t fault an airline executive for responding to the question,” Keay said. “The capacity continues to grow at the airports people want to fly to and air travel remains a particular good value for the consumer, especially for the utility that it provides.”__Koenig reported from Dallas, Mayerowitz from New York.__David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter, Mayerowitz at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott and Tucker at http://twitter.com/etuckerAP.
“[The Secretary-General] congratulates Ivorian political parties for their active participation in the elections and the Commission électorale indépendante for its efforts in ensuring the people’s right to vote,” read a statement issued by his spokesperson late yesterday.“He also appreciates the positive role of international and national electoral observation teams, as well as the engagement of Ivorian civil society, which enhanced the transparency and credibility of the elections,” it added.Further in the statement, the UN chief commended the progress achieved by the west African country with the conclusion of a free and fair presidential election in October 2015 and the constitutional referendum in October this year.“The successful conclusion of the legislative election confirms Côte d’Ivoire’s steady march towards lasting peace and stability,” noted the statement.Mr. Ban also reiterated the commitment of the UN system, including the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), to continue supporting the country in sustaining the gains achieved in its consolidation of peace, stability and long-term prosperity.
Conflow, a leading manufacturer of dust and fire suppression systems for the mining industry, has won a major new contract with Colombian producer of coking coal CI Milpa. This is the first contract that Conflow has secured in the country, following brokering a relationship with CI Milpa through its sister company Bretby Gammatech. A team from Conflow, part of the President Engineering Group, visited the CI Milpa mine in Bogota and fitted two dust suppression systems. They also fitted a fire suppression system on a roadway for Milpa in the other location in Bogota.Mark Henley, Managing Director of Conflow, said: “This is the start of a very positive relationship with CI Milpa and we are looking forward to further developing our business in Colombia. Because of the large amount of mining in Colombia, we see it as a major growth area for our business.”David Fernando Jaimes Mojica from C.I. Milpa, said: “We are focused on continually improving the efficiency and safety of our production sites and the Conflow systems are an important part of this. We chose to work with Conflow, because of the company’s expertise in the manufacture and installation of dust and fire suppression systems and are very pleased with the result.”C.I.Milpa has been a customer of Conflow’s sister company Bretby Gammatech for several years, as the company has supplied a number of Ash Probes to enable it to monitor the ash content of coal using Natural Gamma radiation.Conflow and Bretby Gammatech, as well as Bestobell Valves, are part of the Sheffield-based President Engineering Group, a manufacturer of solutions to the mining and energy markets.
‘BABY BOOM ON the wane’, a lead national newspaper proclaimed at the start of the month. While the ‘boom’ in births has been showing a steady decline, the opposite end of the age spectrum is showing a consistent and rapid rise.Ireland’s population is growing older and living longer. Our older population is increasing at a faster rate than that of our European neighbours. A ‘boom’ is forthcoming that will not go ‘on the wane’.The debate surrounding requirement for nursing home care is often skewed. Contrary to often-perceived perception, the number of older persons requiring such care is relatively small. Older persons are statistically classified as persons aged 65+; only one in 20 persons aged 65+ require nursing home care. The majority of persons requiring the continuous, specialist care of nursing homes are aged 85+. Around four in 20 in that age category require this care and call nursing home ‘home’. Requirement for long-term residential care doubles for those aged 85+ when compared to those in the 80-84 age group.The CSO has stated the “very old population” will rise “dramatically” in coming years. Its analysis projects the population aged 85+ will increase 46% by 2021.We have made no preparationsAs a country we have made no preparations for the demographic development of our ‘older old’. The reality is we are ill-prepared for it and, like with many other solutions in Ireland, the focus has only been on the short-term. Inaction will have huge implications for older persons.The social cost of failing to plan will prove far more distressing than the Exchequer one. Imagine a family having no option but to care for a loved one at home, even though the older person has complex care needs they are not in a position to meet.The other outcome in that scenario would be for the person to seek care within an acute hospital setting, an inappropriate setting, at a much higher cost to the State – eight times higher than a nursing home. In that situation, for every 1,000 additional people who can’t access nursing homes, there will be an additional annual cost of €273 million to the Exchequer. Potentially, there could be 8,000 in this category, adding another €2 billion to our severely strained health budget.None of this takes account of the social or emotional cost for the older person or society and we simply cannot bury our head in the sand. For that reason, Nursing Homes Ireland commissioned an independent report that was published in February. Health’s Ageing Crisis: Time for Action which was undertaken by BDO, warns: “The provision of residential care for our ageing population is rapidly heading for crisis; however this is a situation that can, with the appropriate action, be avoided”.We are seeing a crisis emergePeople often accuse anyone who commissions a report of having a vested interest. Yes NHI does, but its members are engaging on daily basis with families seeking care for loved ones and we are seeing a crisis emerge. Last week, NHI published results of a survey it undertook amongst 122 private and voluntary nursing homes that highlighted a significant crisis in older person care. Almost half of respondents – 48% – stated typical waiting time for persons awaiting financial support of the Fair Deal scheme was three months or beyond. Survey respondents stated persons have passed away while awaiting Fair Deal financial support.The inordinate delays are causing stress, distress and bringing significant cost pressures to bear upon families. Families are trying to provide continuous care in a home setting while awaiting Fair Deal financial support. Older persons are remaining within hospitals or being readmitted to them because they cannot avail of the continuous care nursing homes specialise in providing.As an organisation we are committed to solutions.This year the State has significantly reduced the resources to enable older persons requiring the dedicated care of nursing homes to avail of it. It cut the allocated spend for the Fair Deal scheme by €35 million. As of 30th June, 1,465 were on Fair Deal placement list. Such a sizeable number defies the purpose of the scheme – to make nursing home care accessible, affordable and access to it anxiety free.We must planThis debate is about strategy. We aim to celebrate ageing but must embrace the responsibility that comes with a population that is growing older and living longer. We must plan and act appropriately. The reality for our sector – and we are just one of many stakeholders – is that we don’t know what the future strategy of the country is in relation to meeting our ageing demographics care and social requirements.As a society we must be informed if the State will continue to provide nursing home care, if the immense investment required for public homes to HIQA’s 2015 environmental standards deadline (€1.7 billion) will be forthcoming, and, crucially, how BDO’s projected requirement for 8,000 necessary new beds will be met. The projection is in keeping with CARDI (Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland) projected growth in requirement for 12,270 nursing home beds by 2021 and ESRI projected requirement for 13,324 beds to the same year.Over 22,000 people call private and voluntary nursing homes ‘home’ and equivalent staff are employed. Our sector has a key role to play in advising of strategy planning and implementation. We want the Department of Health to lead the required engagement and planning through a forum process that will bring together NHI, HSE, National Treatment Purchase Fund, HIQA, Age Action and other key stakeholders.The time for inaction is over.Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn’t care about themRead: More blood donations needed to meet demand of ageing populations
The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper (pictured), has legislated to provide pay increases for state employees, adult correction staff and state Highway Patrol employees, effective from July 2019 and July 2020.On 30 August 2019, Cooper signed into law House Bills 609, 226 and 126, enabling state employees to receive pay increases for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years.In order to implement the pay rises, Cooper has appropriated $239,220,554 (£194,957,574.89) for 2019-2020 pay awards, and $572,705,157 (£466,737,521.80) for 2020-2021 pay increases, from the government’s General Fund. The pay rises are effective from 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.State staff who are specifically employed at one or more state adult correctional facilities, and who were performing this job role as at 30 June 2019, will receive a 2.5% pay increase for the 2019-2020 financial year; if these employees remain in this position for the following year, they will receive a further 2.5% pay rise for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.Employees at the Department of Public Safety, working at high-need correctional facilities with elevated levels of vacant positions, are also entitled to a flat-dollar salary supplement, payable monthly for a two-year period. The minimum base supplement rate is $2,500 (£2,038) a year.Full-time, permanent employees at the Department of Public Safety are also to be awarded with an additional five days of annual leave, credited on 1 July 2019.The two-year pay increase structure and additional five days of annual leave will also be applied to law enforcement officers employed at the state Highway Patrol. These officers will therefore receive a 2.5% pay rise effective from 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020 if they remain employed in their position as at 30 June 2019 and 30 June 2020. The extra annual leave is applicable from 1 July 2019.The Bill regarding Highway Patrol wages further accommodates for experience-based pay. To maintain this structure, the entry-level annual salary for state Highway Patrol staff is now $45,100 (£36,765.52) for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and $46,228 (£37,685.07) for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.Cooper said: “We appreciate our hardworking state employees across North Carolina. However, Republicans are insisting that teachers get a smaller pay raise than other state employees. This hurts our efforts to attract and keep highly qualified teachers in every classroom. I urge Republican legislators to pass a pay raise that doesn’t short-change teachers.“In addition, this bill provides for a pay raise for the governor. I have today donated the pay raise for the year in the amount of $3,682 [(£3,001.57)] to Donors Choose which provides funds to teachers directly in the classroom with supplies and other needs.”
Nepal held local-level polls on Sunday, the first since 1997 and a key step in its rocky road to democracy more than a decade after a civil war ended.Around a third of registered voters across three provinces were eligible to vote, with the rest of the country due to do so in a month’s time.The Election Commission estimated turnout of at least 71 percent as preliminary data trickled in Sunday evening.The vote has been split into two phases because of unrest in the southern plains bordering India, where the minority Madhesi ethnic group is refusing to take part until an amendment to the constitution is passed.Local representatives were last elected in 1997 and their five-year terms expired at the height of the brutal Maoist insurgency.The 10-year war ended in 2006 and the country began a fraught transition from a Hindu monarchy to a secular federal republic, which has seen it cycle through nine governments.The long gap between polls has left an institutional void at the local level and graft has become a way of life in Nepal, hampering the delivery of basic services as well as the recovery from a devastating 2015 earthquake.“It is difficult to expect much from our politicians—they have always been selfish and not worked for the people—but I hope that with this election things will change,” housewife Shova Maharjan, 41, told AFP after casting her vote in the capital.With nearly 70 percent of the population aged under 35, many were voting for their local representatives for the first time.Polls opened at 7:00 am (0115 GMT) and closed at 5:00 pm, with each voter casting a ballot for seven local representatives: mayor, deputy mayor, ward chairman and four ward committee members.The ballot paper in the capital Kathmandu—one of the largest constituencies—was around one metre long (three feet) to accommodate the 878 candidates.Nearly 50,000 candidates were standing for election across 283 local municipalities in the first phase. Many registered as independents or with a number of small reformist parties hoping to grab some votes from the traditional political heavyweights.While the youth vote is seen as key in undermining the grip of the three main political parties, the elderly were also out in force, including an 105-year-old man who cast his ballot in Gorkha, the epicentre of the 2015 earthquake, according to the election commission.Drawn-out peace process -There were sporadic reports of violence on Sunday, with one person killed when police opened fire on a group attempting to raid a polling station in Dolakha district, 180 kilometres (110 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu, police told AFP.A bomb was also found early Sunday outside the house of a mayoral candidate for the main opposition CPN-UML party in Bhaktapur, 15 kilometres east of Kathmandu. It was defused.The remaining four provinces, considered potential flashpoints for election-related violence, will vote in the second phase on June 14.But with results expected from Sunday’s vote later this week, observers have expressed concern that the first phase will influence the outcome of the second.As part of the deal that ended the civil war, a new constitution was written and finally adopted in September 2015.The charter mandated that local elections, followed by provincial and then national elections, be held by January 2018 — the final step in the drawn-out peace process.But the constitution sparked protests by the Madhesi community—who say the document leaves them politically marginalised—and led to a months-long blockade of the India-Nepal border in 2015 that caused a crippling shortage of goods across the country.The Madhesi threatened to boycott the local polls unless the constitution is amended. This forced the government to split the vote into two phases.The government has promised a vote on an amendment to the constitution after Sunday’s election, but the fragile ruling coalition is struggling to get a majority in parliament to pass the bill.
Texas Department of Family & Protective ServicesThe head of Texas’ troubled foster care system says emergency state funding helped hire 441 new employees in December and January, a two-thirds increase over the same period the previous year.Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman told a state House committee on Monday that an additional around 250 staff should be hired soon. The Legislature approved nearly $150 million for about 830 extra employees.More than 100 children died in Texas child protective services last year alone, when a federal judge had already ruled that the system violated youngsters’ constitutional rights.A major House bill would make it easier for at-risk children to be adopted by relatives. Two others seek to increase case management privatization and separate Whitman’s agency from the state’s larger, omnibus health agency. Share
Share Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Trump talks with journalists at the White House after signing the tax overhaul into law on Friday.President Donald Trump’s White House physician declared him in “excellent health” after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he’s mentally unfit.Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the examination “went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.” Trump spent about three hours at the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, for the Friday afternoon checkup, his first as president, before departing for Florida for the weekend.The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump’s recent slurring of words on national TV.Some of the comments were published in a new book about Trump’s first year, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as “complete fantasy” for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president.Trump himself has pushed back hard against any suggestion that he’s mentally unfit, declaring himself “a very stable genius.” He told reporters on Thursday that he expected the exam “to go very well. I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t.”The examination lasted several hours and measured things like Trump’s blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight. The White House did not provide specific results of those tests. Jackson, who also provided care for President Barack Obama and became a White House physician in 2006, is expected to provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters.But conclusions about Trump’s mental acuity were not expected. The White House said Trump would not undergo a psychiatric exam. Officials did not address a different type of screening: assessments of cognitive status that examine neurologic functions including memory. Cognitive assessments aren’t routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare’s annual wellness visits for seniors.While the exams are not mandatory, modern presidents typically undergo them regularly and release a doctor’s report declaring they are “fit for duty.”Two months before the November 2016 election, Trump released a five-paragraph letter from his longtime physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who concluded that Trump “is in excellent physical health.” A year earlier, Bornstein said in a December 2015 letter: “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”The 2016 letter put Trump’s blood pressure and cholesterol measurements in the healthy range, though he uses a cholesterol-lowering statin medication. His EKG, chest X-ray, echocardiogram and blood sugar were normal.The 6-foot-3 Trump weighed 236 pounds (107 kilograms), and his body mass index, or BMI, of 29.5 put him in the category of being overweight for his height.Trump takes Crestor for his cholesterol, a low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention, Propecia to treat male-pattern baldness and antibiotics for rosacea. The doctor’s 2016 letter stated that Trump’s testosterone level, 441.6, was in the normal range, as were his PSA reading for prostate abnormalities and tests of his liver and thyroid.Trump was 70 when he took office on Jan. 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office.How much of Trump’s health information is released to the public is up to the president, but Sanders said she expects the White House to release the same kind of details past presidents have made public.Obama’s three medical reports included sections on vital statistics; physical exam by system, such as eyes, pulmonary and gastrointestinal; lab results; his past medical and surgical history; his social history; and medications, among others.Trump has said he gets most of his exercise playing golf. The American Heart Association has said the best types of exercise increase the heart rate and make a person breathe heavily, but that activities like golf don’t provide as much cardiovascular benefit since they don’t require much extra effort. The association suggests players walk the golf course instead of renting a golf cart. Trump drives a cart from hole to hole.Obama played basketball, lifted weights, worked out on an elliptical machine or treadmill and played golf. George W. Bush traded running for mountain biking to preserve his knees. Bill Clinton was a runner who installed a jogging track at the White House. He also played golf and indulged in Big Macs.Trump likes fast food, too, along with well-done steaks, chocolate cake and double scoops of vanilla ice cream. He reportedly downs 12 Diet Cokes a day. In their recent book, “Let Trump Be Trump,” former top campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie described the four major food groups on Trump’s campaign plane as “McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.”
Stay on target We’re now firmly in the stage where Black Lightning has established itself as a superhero show, and needs to get the rest of this season’s story moving. It’s a tough job for any new show, and there might not be a right way to handle it. Sometimes, no matter how good your show is, you’re going to end up with an episode like this. An episode that has way too much to get done before the next episode. Black Lightning does its best, and ends up with an engaging episode even still. Yes, they probably tried to cram too many plot dumps into 44 minutes (approximately), but they were all exciting stories. As far as set up episodes go, this one does a remarkable job. It spent its time furiously placing all the pieces, and now I’m just excited to watch them go. You know, in a couple weeks or so.Black Lightning is unquestionably back to being a superhero. He’s even practicing a few new tricks. The episode opens with shades of Iron Man as Black Lightning tests out his new gadget. He can now focus his lightning through his hands and fly around the city. He clearly thinks its just as cool as we do. The celebration doesn’t last long, though. He sees some cops being attacked by a kid, who Hulks out the same way Jefferson’s student did last week. It’s green light. Before anyone can get hurt, Black Lightning swoops down and knocks out the kid. The show doesn’t just let the confrontation end there, though. One of the nice things about this show is that it doesn’t let anyone off the hook. The cops were about to kill that kid. Black Lightning makes it clear to them that it doesn’t matter what the kid looked like to them. Lethal force shouldn’t be the first option. After making sure the kid gets an ambulance, Black Lightning keeps patrolling. Meanwhile, Gambi gets a visitor. Tobias is pretty sure Gambi knows who Black Lightning is. Gambi keeps quiet, but Tobias doesn’t buy it. He’s losing his grip on the city and he’s getting aggressive.James Remar as Gambi (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)Back at home, it looks like Anissa isn’t the only one of Jefferson’s daughters showing signs of special abilities. While Anissa searches the internet for an explanation of her powers, Jennifer goes rollerskating with some friends. At the party, Khalil’s ex tries to start a fight with Jennifer. Even on roller skates, Jennifer wins the fight easily. She even breaks one of the girls’ wrists. Superpowers do run in this family. Anissa is finding out just how far back they run too. Her internet search leads her to a video where a conspiracy theorist, who’s dug up some information on people with super powers, and traced them back to one man: Anissa’s grandfather. Her attempts to get some more information on what exactly her grandfather was researching is met with resistance at first. The editor at the newspaper he worked at gives her his old files, along with a warning. If she finds out two much, “they” will kill her. We don’t know who “they” are at this point, but we have a minor mystery to look out for in the rest of the season.Anissa’s story might be my favorite part of this show. Since Black Lightning is the main character, and he’s been at this superhero game before, the show can take its time with Thunder’s origin story. We already have plenty of (consistently fantastic looking) superhero action. We don’t need to rush through the origin of a young hero like other superhero TV shows do. The show has taken its time to get to where it is in Anissa’s story, and it’s better for it. The scene where she joyfully picks out her superhero outfit (with the help of an adorably enthusiastic fetish shop clerk) is fun, hilarious and exactly the kind of scene other superhero shows don’t have time to give their characters.Christine Adams as Lynn, Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW)I really liked how the two main stories of this episode mirrored each other early on. As Anissa learns that her superpowered family history goes back at least two generations, Jefferson is also finding connections to his father. While investigating a storage locker where chemicals to make green light are stored, he hears that a man named Joey Toledo. is dealing the drug. That’s the name of the man who killed his father. And if Toledo is back, that means Tobias Whale is back too. Now, we knew that, and Gambi knew that, but for some reason, he’s been keeping that information from Jefferson. Before he can deal with that, though, Jefferson passes out. His recent heavy use of lighting powers is having a negative effect on his body, giving him electrical headaches. And they just got a lot worse.We also learn a bit about Tobias. His sister Tori is here to help him regain the respect he so desperately craves. Unlike him, she isn’t blinded by anger. She sees exactly what Tobias’ problem is. And it’s not Black Lightning. He had an enemy long before he met the electric superhero. Raised by an angry, abusive father, Tobias grew up being told he was nothing. Worse yet, Tobias had to watch his sister be physically hurt as well. Though it doesn’t excuse the awful person he became, you can see how he got that way. We can sympathize with him, at least a little bit. That makes for a real interesting villain. The show doesn’t let us feel too much sympathy, though. They go visit their father, now an old man. They’re there so Tobias can defeat his oldest enemy. He breaks his father’s back and leaves him on the floor to die slowly. That’s cold. Eldritch was a bastard, but I don’t know if he deserved that. This scene is certainly effective, though. No matter how sorry I feel for Tobias, he’s still scary as hell after that.Christine Adams as Lynn and Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce (Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW)Back at the Pierce household, word makes its way back to Jefferson and Lynn about the fight Jennifer had. They both have the same shocked reaction you’d expect from parents whose daughter just injured another kid. Until Jennifer gets home. Then, they hear the whole story. That there were two girls, and Jennifer easily fought both of them off with the self-defense techniques her father taught her. Lynn is still the disciplinarian, grounding Jennifer and asking Jefferson to teach her about not solving problems with fists. A lesson she clearly thinks both of them could stand to learn. Jefferson is just impressed that his youngest daughter fought off two bullies. No matter how tough a parent he tries to be, he can’t hide the pride in his eyes. Even as he knows he should punish her for not being honest, he can’t be too hard on her.That night, despite Gambi’s protests, Black Lighting goes out looking for Toledo. At this point, you just know that these two stories are about to come together. Just not in this episode. Though it moved the story along at a satisfying clip, this week’s story was almost entirely set-up. That would be frustrating, but it made up for it with an exciting, unpredictable story. Black Lighting dropped some major plot on us this week, and that mostly makes up for an episode that’s lighter on the action. I say mostly because this episode bordered on trying to do too much. It had much more story to get through than a broadcast hour would allow, and got a little lost in the weeds as a result. It’s all forgivable though, as each plot point set up some exciting places for future expisodes to explore.Black Lightning tracks down Toledo through his girlfriend and gives him the flashiest beat down. Before he can find out about Tobias’ location though, his headaches come back at the worst possible time. They even hinder his ability to shoot electricity out of his fists. What’s Black Lightning without the lightning?Things look bad for Black Lightning, and that’s where the episode ends. It’s the classic superhero show cliffhanger. I can’t be too mad at it, I just wish we got more action before it happened. I want more from the CW DC shows than a teenage wrist-break and a fight cut short by headache. Still, these final moments do a great job of getting us excited for next time. While Black Lightning succumbs to his headache, his daughter is nearby. She’s found some information on her grandfather, along with a mysterious vial of white powder. You just know it won’t be long before we see some daddy-daughter crimefighting. Whether they know it or not. I just hope we actually see it, at least a little bit, when Black Lightning comes back in two weeks. ‘Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War’Black Lightning’ Season 2, Episode 15 Recap: With Great Power Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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Neon Dreams (left to right) Adrian Morris, Frank Kadillac and Matt Gats, shown in a handout photo, is scheduled to perform at a fundraiser for a Halifax sexual assault centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Q&A: Neon Dreams member on leaving Hedley’s tour, supporting women’s charities TORONTO – East Coast electronic trio Neon Dreams faced a tough decision as one of the opening acts on Hedley’s recent cross-country tour.The Halifax-based musicians were on the sidelines as a gathering storm of sexual misconduct allegations brewed involving Hedley’s lead singer Jacob Hoggard. In a swift decision, they dropped out of the tour in mid-February as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the women levelling the accusations.“We felt (their) voices… were the most important thing in that situation,” said Neon Dreams drummer Adrian Morris in a phone interview.“We wanted to show our support in removing ourselves from the tour.”A number of women have made allegations against Hoggard in recent months. A Calgary radio host says he groped her seven years ago, while a 24-year-old Ottawa fan told the CBC in February that she was sexually assaulted by Hoggard after meeting him at a hotel in Toronto.Hoggard’s lawyer Brian Shiller denied the singer engaged in non-consensual sex, while Hoggard issued a statement that acknowledged he “behaved in a way that objectified women” and was “dismissive of their feelings.”Two months later, Morris and his band mates have moved past the tour, but are committed to using Neon Dreams to back fundraisers dedicated to women’s issues.They will join numerous Halifax artists on Saturday for Together Our Voices Are Powerful, an event raising money in support of the local Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. The lineup also features Makayla Lynn, Jodi Guthro, T. Thomason and Emily Stuart.Morris talked to The Canadian Press about staying the course in the #MeToo era and what happened after Neon Dreams severed ties with the Hedley tour.CP: You guys left Hedley’s Cageless tour eight shows into what was originally supposed to be more than 30 dates. Why did you decide to bail?Morris: We all agreed that we didn’t want to be associated with anything that was going on with this situation. We didn’t feel right playing the shows. We played two more shows after the initial allegations came out, and it almost felt wrong hopping on stage each of those nights. We all knew where our morals stood at the time and felt that we couldn’t continue to be a part of the tour anymore.CP: Your official exit came the day after you played a show in Moose Jaw, Sask., but what happens when you leave a tour that’s not over?Morris: We drove straight from Moose Jaw all the way back to Halifax that day — so it was very sudden. We took shifts… our tour manager drove most of it, and then did shifts with our guitar player and DJ. We expected to be on the road (touring) until the end of March and this was like midway through February, I believe, when we decided to pull away. We took the best of the opportunity to focus on writing new music for the time being, and help out with organizations such as this one.CP: Have you supported other women’s organizations since the tour?Morris: We’ve done a fundraiser for Adsum, a women’s housing initiative here in Halifax, and we did that alongside a local shop called Vandal Doughnuts. Basically they created a doughnut named after us after that whole situation with the Hedley tour and we said, “How about we come in and perform some songs and raise money for a good cause?” That was on International Women’s Day… and this situation is just another opportunity where we can do our best to give back to the community.CP: Have you had any contact with Hedley since leaving the tour?Morris: No, we haven’t spoken to them since the last show.CP: Do you think the tour experience is what pushed Neon Dreams to add their name to various community causes?Morris: I think it definitely brought awareness… We still receive messages from Hedley fans to this day of them not approving of our decision (to leave the tour), so it’s made me and the rest of the guys a lot more aware of how difficult it is for someone to speak up.— This interview has been edited and condensed.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2018 8:21 am PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 9:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – This June 5, 2019 file photo shows Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of “Ice on Fire” in Los Angeles. DiCaprio is joining with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create Earth Alliance, a new nonprofit charged with tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Earth Alliance said Tuesday July 2, it will provide grants, educational opportunities and fund campaigns and films, as well as work with grassroots organizations and individuals in places most affected by biodiversity loss and climate change. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2019 12:33 pm PDT Leonardo DiCaprio helps create new environmental alliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Leonardo DiCaprio is joining with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create a new non-profit environmental powerhouse charged with tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity.The new organization, Earth Alliance, “will work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on Earth,” according to a statement.Earth Alliance said Tuesday it will provide grants, educational opportunities and fund campaigns and films, as well as work with grassroots organizations and individuals in places most affected by biodiversity loss and climate change.In the statement, DiCaprio called Earth Alliance a “new larger, nimble platform that shares resources and expertise while identifying the best programs to drive real change around the planet.”DiCaprio has long championed environmentalism, with his eco-focused Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation giving out $100 million in grants for everything from lion recovery and mangrove restoration to the defence of indigenous rights and better access to affordable solar energy. His foundation will be folded into Earth Alliance.Brian Sheth, the co-founder and president of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, is the board chair of Global Wildlife Conservation and founded The Sheth Sangreal Foundation with his wife to support environmental and educational initiatives. The Sheth Sangreal Foundation will fund operational and administrative costs of Earth Alliance.Powell Jobs, widow of former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, is a philanthropist and entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective, a social impact organization.Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
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