TORONTO – As tens of thousand of Ontarians purchased cannabis through a government website on Wednesday, some users in Toronto preferred getting their pot from unlicensed dispensaries that remained open despite the threat of criminal prosecution.It was business as usual at 1Tonamara, an illegal pot shop located in the city’s downtown, hours after recreational cannabis became legal nationwide. The Spadina Avenue shop, along with the Cloud 6ix dispensary up the street, had customers entering every few minutes.“Today business has been good, you know, I guess with a lot of other places shut down it helps,” said 1Tonamara employee Mike Vander Marel.Many of the city’s dispensaries have, however, shut down in the leadup to legalization in response to a promise by the provincial government that illegal pot shop owners who obeyed the law, would be allowed to apply for retail licences.Closing the storefront shops and leaving only online options, with delivery delays and possible shortages, doesn’t make much sense, said Vander Marel.“I think it’s a dumb thing for them to legalize something and then have it so inaccessible…it would be like after prohibition, if they made booze legal but there was no legal booze.”The provincial legislature was expected to pass a bill Wednesday afternoon that will include regulations on where recreational pot can be used. It will also cities to order the interim closure of illegal pot dispensaries through a court order.Meanwhile, the city’s police chief said his officers would not be cracking down on illegal shops Wednesday because of resources issues.“There will not be 100,000 police officers landing in the city of Toronto shutting down every element of a dispensary, but we will be shutting them down,” Chief Mark Saunders told reporters on Tuesday.Vancouver and Victoria have licensed some dispensaries, but others operate without a licence. Some dispensaries remained open, while others shut their doors.Don Briere, owner and operator of Weeds Glass and Gifts in British Columbia, said the company has closed most of its retail outlets in accordance with the law.“We’ve shut down 10 locations and we’ve had to lay off about 85 people and probably more, but we’re doing this in order to become legal,” Briere said.At the same time, four of its Vancouver locations and one shop with a temporary licence in Sechelt remained open. The company is waiting for a court decision on the city of Vancouver’s application for an injunction to shut down dozens of retailers operating without a business licence, including the four Weeds locations, he said.In the meantime, Briere said the company is paying federal, provincial and corporate taxes on its sales, and paying its staff a living wage with extended medical and dental coverage. It’s in the process of applying to the province for a retail licence, he said.“We’re doing what our lawyers are calling, ‘good business practices.’ “Briere also said he has been paying attention to B.C. government’s price points, which begin at $7 per gram. Weeds’ cheapest gram is $4.Vancouver’s police chief said earlier this week that enforcement against the dispensaries would not be a priority on the first day of legalization.Marel said he wasn’t concerned about enforcement yet in Toronto, but isn’t sure what comes next.“At least today I’m not too worried. I don’t know how we will be moving forward at all.”The online-only legal option in Ontario didn’t sit well with some dispensary customers.“I prefer the reliable logistics of a brick-and-mortar outlet,” said Alex, 30, who declined to provide his last name.He said his fear of buying online could fade now that it’s legal, something he hopes to happen with perceptions of pot in general.“There’s still a lot of people around me who have a lot of stigma around cannabis, just in the same way there is a lot of stigma around mental health … my hope is this is going to slowly but surely chip away at the stigma that still surrounds it. So I think the visibility is very good.”A woman exiting one of the Toronto dispensaries who declined to provide her name said she was still buying at storefronts because the laws remain restrictive on some products.“Edibles won’t be available for another year at least, and rumour is they’re going to start cracking down on dispensaries because they still have the edibles, so I’m stocking up on edibles before I can’t get them anymore.”She said that overall the shift is positive.“It’s a great step. I’d much rather be buying this legally and not feeling sketchy about it.”
Kolkata: The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is all set to organise an awareness campaign on the treatment of haemophilia on Wednesday.April 17 is observed as World Haemophilia Day to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The treatment of haemophilia is available at two state-run hospitals in the city — Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical College and Hospital. To extend the health services, two specialist doctors were recently sent to Bankura Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Though, there is no separate hematology unit in the hospital but the newly appointed hematologists will create awareness among the patients about the disorder. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder in which the patient’s body lacks factors that help clotting of the blood. Lack of awareness about the genetic disorder leads to complications in such patients. The major challenge to treat these patients is the cost treatment which is not affordable for persons from impoverished background. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Bengal government is striving continuously to provide safe and high factor treatment to the patients suffering from haemophilia. The government has plans to set up more haemophilia treatment centres with proper infrastructure in various districts as well. City doctors feel continuous availability of haemophilia factors to the patients can be one step to ensure the best care to the patients. The state government is making various efforts for the availability of replacement therapy of factors (VIII or IX) to patients. When the factor VIII in the blood goes down a certain level, the patient is affected with haemophilia A or when factor IX dips, it causes hemophilia B. According to Prof Dr Siddhartha Sankar Roy of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, in normal cases the factors remain between 50-150 percent in a patient. When the factor level goes below 1 per cent the condition is termed severe hemophilia. When a patient is diagnosed with a factor level 1-5 percent, it is called moderate condition and 5-50 percent can be termed as mild. When factor level goes down 1 per cent the patient starts bleeding from various parts of his body. There is also a possibility of brain and any other internal injuries. “There are currently 750-800 registered haemophilia patients in the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Hemophilia A is more common than hemophilia B. There are around 550 patients with hemophilia A in the hospital. Spreading awareness is the most important to fight the disease,” Prof Dr Roy said.
In a press statement following an open debate, the 15-member Council expressed its “grave concern” at the suffering of civilians and underscored that parties to armed conflict are primarily responsible for making efforts to ensure that civilians are protected.The statement, which was read out by Council President Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke of Belgium, noted that international humanitarian law obliges sides to shield civilians from harm, and “urged all concerned parties to allow full, safe and unimpeded access by humanitarian personnel to civilians in need of assistance in situations of armed conflict.”Addressing the Council, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said that “if there is one thing we need to do above all, it is to end the culture of impunity which underlies so many abuses.”He cited rule of law and judicial redress as key, and noted that greater participation by women in all aspects of protection – including peacekeeping – would substantially improve attitudes regarding sexual violence.Since taking office four months ago, Mr. Holmes has visited such areas as Darfur, Chad, the Central African Republic, Northern Uganda and Somalia.“In each of these, and in too many other places as well, I have seen how hundreds of thousands of civilians have been uprooted from their ordinary lives by the effects of conflict and left stranded, their fate of no apparent consequence to those who fight around them,” he said, adding that many thousands have been “killed, injured, maimed, assaulted, humiliated, ignored and treated as less than human.”He mentioned three main areas of concern: the targeting of civilians, forced displacement and access and security for humanitarian workers.“Civilians bear the brunt of indiscriminate firing and violence in populated areas, including cities, where warring parties fail to distinguish, or even try to distinguish, between combatants and the civilian population,” Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told the Council.He cited Somalia, where hostilities between March and early May killed 400 civilians and wounded more than 700, as well as the fighting in the occupied Palestinian territory and violence in Afghanistan and Iraq.“Civilians are too often deliberately targeted in order to create a climate of fear and to destabilize populations,” he said, mentioning Janjaweed attacks on innocent villagers in Darfur and Chad as examples.Mr. Holmes voiced concern over continued forced displacement of civilians due to – “or sometimes as the very purpose of” – conflict.For the first time since 2002, the number of refugees worldwide has increased, surging to 9.9 million at the end of 2006 primarily because of refugee flows from Iraq.To remedy the situation, the Emergency Relief Coordinator appealed for attention to the right to voluntary and safe return in his address to the Council debate, which saw the participation of more than two dozen countries.“To do otherwise is to condemn millions to lasting misery and degradation,” he said.He also pointed out that targeting aid workers threatens the survival of those trapped in conflict.“Killing humanitarian staff and arbitrarily denying access violates international humanitarian law,” Mr. Holmes said. “It also threatens the lifeline to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people.” 22 June 2007The United Nations Security Council today called for greater protection for civilians, who continue to account for the majority of casualties in situations of armed conflict.
Activist Namal Kumara, who had alleged there was a conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today.Namal Kumara told reporters that he was asked to appear before the CID today to do a voice check by the Government Analyst. A court order had been issued earlier to the CID to check Namal Kumara’s voice on a recording linked to the revelations of an alleged plot to kill the President. (Colombo Gazette)
In accepting his appointment, which runs through 2004, Mr. Kotaite stressed the importance of cooperation in civil aviation, in view of the enormous security challenges posed by the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States. “We must work together to live up to this challenge,” he told the Council. “We must protect air transport, a driver off economic development, in order to restore public confidence and ensure an early return to normalcy.” Mr. Kotaite, who has led ICAO for 25 years, emphasized that air transport remained “the safest mode of transportation ever”. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO promotes the safe and orderly development of civil aviation in the world, setting international standards and regulations necessary for the safety, security, efficiency and regularity of air transport. It also serves as the medium for cooperation among its 187 Contracting States.
“I am gravely concerned by the ongoing fighting taking place in Idleb governorate and its possible impact on hundreds of thousands of civilians,” Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, declared in a press release. “I appeal to all parties to this conflict to adhere to their obligations to protect civilians and all humanitarian personnel under International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law.”Last weekend, Idleb, located in northwest Syria, reportedly fell under the control of a coalition of anti-government armed groups, according to the UN Office for the High Commissioner (OHCHR). The city was subsequently shelled by Government airplanes, resulting in the deaths of at least 15 civilians. The Syrian Air Force then expanded its raids throughout the governorate of Idleb, attacking the towns of Sarmin, Mantaf and Nayrab. At a press briefing in Geneva today, OHCHR confirmed it had received reports of civilian casualties resulting from these attacks but could not yet verify the number of dead and injured. In his press release yesterday, Mr. El Hillo cautioned that the situation in Idleb had become “increasingly dire” with electricity shortages and the closure of schools and hospitals. In addition, the city’s estimated 500,000 inhabitants remain in the city as fighting intensifies. “I appeal to all parties to de-escalate hostilities and to allow humanitarian actors to deliver urgently needed life-saving help, which can offer some reprieve from the daily suffering Syrians face,” Mr. El Hillo continued. “While humanitarian actors continue to scale-up assistance, their efforts cannot be a substitute for a political solution to the crisis in Syria.” Meanwhile, in its briefing today from Geneva, the OHCHR added its concern about threats by armed opposition leaders to attack the predominately Shi’ite villages of Al-Fu’ah and Kafraya.The reports come as the situation in Syria continues its downwards spiral. Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, now need humanitarian assistance. By conservative estimates, more than 220,000 Syrians have died in the conflict, but that number is likely much higher. Four out of five Syrians live in poverty and the country has lost nearly four decades of human development, with unemployment at over 50 per cent. Life expectancy has been cut by 20 years.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that while the pledges made at an annual meeting in Geneva represent only 11 per cent of its total 2018 funding needs of over $7.5 billion, they indicate the anticipated funding levels next year. However, the gap between the funds received and the needs of refugees and other displaced people will likely continue growing, with new crises and worsening displacement running at record levels. “Refugee crises grow. Refugee needs grow as well,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. This means that UNHCR has to prioritize, sometimes mercilessly, he explained. “This can mean some (refugees) will be left to fend for themselves during the harsh winter months and others won’t get the assistance they need to reintegrate upon return,” he warned. UNHCR’s work globally is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, intergovernmental institutions and, increasingly, from individuals, corporations and foundations. The agency’s work includes operations in some of the biggest emergencies around the world such as those in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Mr. Grandi thanked the countries and communities hosting refugees because they are some of the largest donors in terms of space, resources, and the socio-economic and political cost of hosting refugees. For 2018, UNHCR appeals to donors to sustain and increase support, through flexible and early contributions, to avoid uncertainty and enable it to channel funds where the needs are greatest without interruption.
A MAN IN his 50s has been arrested in connection with the death of a a 92-year-old man, James Mulqueen in 2009.Gardaí in Newcastle West, County Limerick have been investigating the death of Mulqueen who died at his home in Ballymakery, Kilcolman, County Limerick on 23 October 2009.A man was arrested this morning in the Limerick Area.He is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Henry Street Garda Station.Read: Gardaí arrest two youths over St Patrick’s Day assault> Read: Driver arrested after passenger killed in Tipperary crash>
Chez les singes hiboux, la monogamie garantit plus de descendance Publiant leurs travaux sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs d’une université américaine ont établi, à partir de longues études de terrain, que chez les singes hiboux sud-américains, les couples monogames produisaient davantage de rejetons que les autres. Durant 16 ans, Eduardo Fernandez-Duque et Maren Huck, du Département d’anthropologie de l’Université de Pennsylvanie, ont observé dans le Chaco, en Argentine, 18 groupes de singes hiboux (singes du genre Aotus, également appelés douroucoulis), soit un total de 154 animaux. Grâce à ce long suivi de chaque individu, ils ont constaté que chez ces primates habituellement monogames, les couples fidèles avaient, sur une décennie, 25% de petits de plus que les couples ‘reformés’.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pourtant, ces derniers sont assez nombreux puisque les chercheurs ont documenté, dans les groupes observés, le remplacement de 27 femelles et de 23 mâles par un (ou une) autre partenaire. La raison d’une telle différence entre les couples n’est pas clairement établie, mais les chercheurs supposent que, dans le cas d’un changement de partenaire, le temps pris par les deux individus pour ‘faire connaissance’, joint à la durée réduite de la période de fertilité de la femelle (mars à mai), ralentit le processus de reproduction. Le ‘choix’ évolutif du modèle dominant – la monogamie et la fidélité – s’expliquerait ainsi par le ‘besoin’ du père d’être certain d’être le géniteur des petits engendrés par sa femelle, ce qui garantit alors, de la part de ce mâle, un investissement important dans la prise en charge et l’éducation des rejetons, et favorise donc la survie de ceux-ci. “Ces résultats sont possibles parce que nous faisons un intense suivi démographique tout au long de l’année, qui nous permet de remarquer quand un mâle ou une femelle est absent, ou quand il y a un nouvel adulte dans le groupe”, explique le Pr Fernandez-Duque.”Nous ajoutons à cela une intense surveillance comportementale qui nous permet de documenter les détails de combats ou l’ensemble du processus de remplacement d’un partenaire”, indique t-elle encore avant de conclure à propos de la fidélité chez l’homme : “appelez cela de l’amour, de l’amitié, appelez cela le mariage, il y a quelque chose dans notre biologie qui mène à ce lien affectif durable entre deux individus, très répandu parmi les sociétés humaines”. Le 26 janvier 2013 à 18:11 • Maxime Lambert
His club and Bournemouth scored six goals in 27 minutes, or four goals in just a six-minute spell in yesterday’s English Premier League gameWith a 2-0 lead, Watford though it could get the victory against Bournemouth yesterday.But the local team never gave up and the game ended up in a 3-3 draw after four goals were scored in a six-minute lapse.And Watford boss Javi Gracia is impressed at how crazy the game went.“We conceded in the moment two goals from two free-kicks,” said Gracia to the club’s official website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We had to defend better. I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do it.”“We conceded two goals from two free-kicks and it was difficult to accept,” he added.“After that, we competed well and we were looking for victory until the end.”“Maybe if it could have worked differently but we kept working. It was different moments in the game,” he added.“We started well and after they scored two goals as well it was a moment without control but we controlled it better in the second half and were more organized to contain them.”
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church publicly announced several adult women have come forward to make allegations of unwanted and inappropriate advances against them by a former associate, Fr. Ben Awongo.Because these allegations were made directly to diocesan officials, there are no particular details about these accusations.Since Fr. Ben is a member of a religious order and not diocesan priest of San Diego, his superior has been given the reports and will decide on the appropriate responses or investigations.Bishop Robert McElroy made a statement in the church’s bulletin, “One of the great sadness’s for a bishop and for the Catholic community as a whole occurs when a priest has grievously failed theflock entrusted to his care. Thus it is with great regret that I must inform you that since Father Ben Awongo left Saint John’s, it has become clear that during his tenure at Encinitas, Father Awongo made aggressive advances toward several adult women of the parish. I profoundly apologize to all who were subjected to this terrible mistreatment, and I urge any victim to contact the diocese at 858-490-8353. There is no room in the Church or the priesthood for this reprehensible type of misconduct.” KUSI Newsroom December 17, 2018 Several women have made allegations of inappropriate advances by former San Diego Catholic Church associate Posted: December 17, 2018 Updated: 9:01 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Five people were injured after, officials said, they were involved in a three-vehicle crash in Northwest Miami-Dade, Thursday afternoon.Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the accident in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and 119th Street, just before 4 p.m.Fire rescue officials said two of the victims sustained minor injuries. Paramedics airlifted the most seriously injured victim as a trauma alert.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this breaking story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
iPhone XS And XS Max: 7 Things You Need To Know About Apples Updated Premium Phone Close Apple’s launching spree continues for the third day in a row; after unveiling the new line of new iPad Air 3 (& iPad mini 5) and upgraded iMac series, the Cupertino-based technology major revealed the much-awaited AirPods (2nd Gen) along with colourful Spring collection of Watch bandsFirst up, Apple AirPods 2 comes with identical design language as the first generation model, but comes with improved functionalities and most importantly longer battery life including wireless charging capability.The new AirPods houses the company’s latest proprietary Apple H1 headphone chip, which is said to make the earphone offer faster and more stable wireless connection to the devices — up to 2x faster when switching between active devices, and a 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls. The H1 chip also drives voice-enabled Siri access and delivers up to 30 per cent lower gaming latency. So whether you’re playing games, listening to music, or enjoying podcasts, you’ll experience higher-quality sound. You can now trigger the Siri with just a voice command, meaning you can now control volume, change tracks or make a call without touching the AirPods or the iPhone for that matter. Apple AirPods 2 comes with 50-percent more listening time compared to the predecessor.Apple.com (screen-grab)Its new optical sensors and motion accelerometers work together to automatically control the audio experience, engaging the microphones for phone calls and Siri access, and enabling AirPods to play sound as soon as they’re in your ears. Consumers will have the freedom to wear one or both AirPods, and you can play or skip forward with a double-tap when listening to music.It also has dedicated speech-detecting accelerometer that recognizes when you’re speaking and works with a pair of beamforming microphones to filter out external noise and focus on the sound of your voice.Furthermore, the new AirPods 2 now offers 5 hours of listening time, 50-percent more talk time compared to the predecessor. Also, the charging case now supports multiple charges as it can store 24 hours of power. It can be noted that 15 minutes of charging of AirPods 2 can offer 3 hours of listening time. Apple AirPods 2 prices start at Rs 14,900 in India.Apple Press KitApple AirPods India price and availability details:Apple will be offering two variants– AirPods with a standard charging case for Rs 14,900 and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for 18,900.Customers can also order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for Rs 7,500. All the new products will be available through Apple Authorised Resellers later this spring. Apple Watch bands spring collectionKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaBesides the new AirPods, Apple also announced new gorgeous cases for iPhones and also visually appealing Watch bands including special edition Nike+ straps, as well as an exclusive “gradient” watch face for Apple Watch Hermès that transitions with the passage of the minute hand. 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US president Donald Trump meets with Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House in Washington, US on 9 April. Reuters File PhotoWashington is considering blacklisting the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, but experts warn the move would risk radicalising its members and further destabilising the Arab world.A grassroots Islamist movement with affiliates in several countries including Turkey’s ruling AKP party and Tunisia’s Ennahda, the Brotherhood has militant offshoots but officially renounced violence in the 1970s.Placing the movement on Washington’s list of foreign terrorist organisations (FTOs) would ban its members from entering the United States and make it a crime for any American to assist the group.Abdelrahman Ayyash, a researcher on Islamist movements, warned that the decision could escalate repression of the Brotherhood in Egypt and push its adherents towards more hardline groups.”It would end up adding… more extremists to ISIS-like groups,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.Founded by Egyptian scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928 as an Islamic charity and political movement, the Society of the Muslim Brothers grew rapidly, spawning offshoots from Morocco to Turkey, many of which are active today.Despite repeated crackdowns over the decades, it remained a major political actor in Egypt (despite long being banned), before taking power in a 2012 election after president Hosni Mubarak was deposed the previous year.But after the army’s 2013 toppling of Mubarak’s successor Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first elected civilian president and a Brotherhood official, Cairo once more banned the movement and declared it a terror group.The month after the Islamist president’s ouster, security forces broke up two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, killing at least 700 people.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government has since executed dozens of Brotherhood members and imprisoned thousands.Sisi, who met president Donald Trump in April, reportedly urged him to blacklist the group.The White House announced on Tuesday that the designation was “working its way through the internal process”.The move would allow US officials to impose sanctions on any person or organisation with links to it.But Fawaz Gerges, a political science professor at the London School of Economics, said that while the move would isolate the Brotherhood, it would ultimately adapt.”The movement’s dominant narrative celebrates the pain and sacrifice of their members as part of their political DNA,” he said.That echoes the experience of one of the Brotherhood’s key figures, Sayyid Qutb.The American-educated Egyptian religious scholar was jailed under president Gamal Abdul Nasser in the 1960s.He became increasingly hardline in prison, and his calls for a more violent strain of Islamism inspired future militant groups including Al-Qaeda.Violent offshootsSome Brotherhood members have reacted violently to Egypt’s latest crackdown.Armed Brotherhood affiliates Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra emerged in 2016 and have since claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks, notably targeting judges and police officers.The Brotherhood remains a diverse movement with a presence in many countries, according to Yehia Hamed, a Brotherhood member who was investment minister in Morsi’s government.He warned that blacklisting the movement could drive Muslim Brotherhood members to join the ranks of groups such as Al-Qaeda and IS.”They will go to the young members and say: ‘you are peaceful — and still you are labelled a terrorist’,” he said.Hamed said he was planning to sue Trump as he would be personally affected by the blacklisting.”This is a smear on my character and will prohibit me from moving freely to the United States or any other country,” he said.He accused the White House of trying to please Trump’s strongman allies in the region, including Sisi, Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohamed bin Zayed.Ayyash, who wrote a report last month on the Brotherhood’s ideology and hierarchy, echoed that concern.”Trump would be very shortsighted to disturb America’s relations with many countries just to appease Egypt and the United Arab Emirates,” he said.But Khaled Okasha, an Egyptian ex-brigadier general and member of the country’s National Council for Counter-Terrorism, said the Brotherhood poses a widespread threat.”It’s not only a problem for us, this is a global movement,” he told AFP.”Political Islam has failed and its dangers have been exposed.”Gerges warned that splintering the movement could exacerbate the “long civil war” across the region between Islamists and nationalists led by the military.”Internally (in Egypt) and externally, the MB (Muslim Brotherhood) feels besieged and under attack,” he said.It “now faces a reckoning from within, with a new wave of defections and a serious revolt by radicalised members in Egypt.”Okasha called the move to blacklist the group “a positive one, albeit late, in getting rid of the Brotherhood’s ideology once and for all”.But Gerges sounded a further note of caution.”It would be premature to pen the obituary of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.
Share Tuesday, April 23, 2019Top afternoon stories:Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneMJ Hegar speaksat an early vote rally at her field office in Austin, Texas on October 25, 2018.Democrat MJ Hegar Challenges Senator John CornynFormer Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar is running for U.S. Senate in 2020.Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot, mounted a high-profile bid to unseat U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, in November, fueled by attention-grabbing ads and massive fundraising. She ended up losing by less than 3 percentage points in the traditionally Republican district.“Texans deserve a senator who represents our values, strength, courage, independence — putting Texas first,” Hegar said in an announcement video made in the style of her 2018 ads.To take on Cornyn, Hegar could face a competitive primary with U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, who has said he is considering a run and will make an announcement soon. Another Democratic elected official, Houston City Councilmember Amanda Edwards, has also said she is mulling a campaign.Brian Kirkpatrick/Texas Public RadioThe Texas Department of Public Safety was one of the first responders at the site where the airplane crashed.New Information On Deadly Plane Crash In Central TexasThree witnesses have told investigators they saw a small plane “spiraling” before it crashed into the ground belly down near Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio.National Transportation Safety Board investigator Michael Folkerts said at a news conference on Tuesday the twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 plane was last spotted on air traffic control equipment on Monday morning about 200 feet above the rocky terrain of the Texas Hill Country. He added the airplane hit the ground “upright” about six miles from the Kerrville Municipal Airport.Folkerts said the plane crashed while moving at a high vertical, but low horizontal speed that is inconsistent with an attempted landing. He said the group was flying to Kerrville on business. The six victims of the deadly crash were all Houston residents.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen (left) also interviewed Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (right) in February.Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Discusses Mueller Report And MoreHouston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher was one of just two Democrats to flip a GOP-held Texas congressional seat in 2018.Now, she’s completed her first 100 days in office, she’s held some town halls across the district, and she’s even picked up a challenger for 2020, along with another potential challenger from the Bush family.Fletcher was on Houston Matters Tuesday and discussed the Mueller report and other topics. Regarding whether Congress should consider if any of President Donald Trump’s actions as outlined in the report rose to the level of obstruction of justice, Fletcher said the American people deserve to know the truth. “I think that we deserve to know the facts, and we want to know what happened,” she said. “And I think that we’re entitled to that. So, Congress needs to look at that.”Fletcher also said she’ll introduce her first bill “very soon.” It will be a bipartisan measure related to flood prevention.
April 7, 2017 Listen Now This story originally appeared on PCMag Since its first demonstration last year of the hyperloop technology that could one day propel travelers in underground pods at jet-like speeds, the startup Hyperloop One has upgraded its test track in the Nevada desert to make its case for what it hopes will be the future of intercity transportation worldwide.Hyperloop One put the finishing touches on its 1,640-foot testing tube in North Las Vegas this week. Inside the tube, pods filled with passengers and cargo will magnetically levitate and accelerate via electric propulsion to speeds approaching those of a commercial airliner. Such high speeds are attainable because of the tube’s low atmospheric pressure, which contributes to reduced aerodynamic drag. The company plans to have a team of 500 engineers, fabricators, scientists and other employees working on its technology by the end of the year. That’s a big increase from last year, when the company had fewer than 100 engineers, many of them ex-NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees based at the company’s headquarters in California.Last May, those engineers demonstrated their propulsion technology in front of hundreds of journalists. A small white sled accelerated to more than 100 miles an hour over a straight track of a few hundred meters, and the entire test lasted less than five seconds. One of the ex-JPL engineers, Cassandra Mercury, said at the time that the company was looking forward to testing the completed design.”We’re going to have it levitating, in a tube, with a pod, at vacuum,” she told PCMag. “That’s why they’re calling it the Kitty Hawk moment.” With the tube now completed, those tests can begin, although the company did not offer a timeframe.In addition to overcoming technological hurdles, the company has also faced legal ones: co-founder and CTO Brogan BamBrogan, along with other former employees, sued the company last summer for wrongful termination, alleging, among other things, that they were forced out for speaking to investors about cultural issues within the futuristic firm.Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said in a statement on Wednesday that the technology will “transform transportation as we know it.” He is currently promoting the hyperloop as a feasible alternative to driving or flying between cities in the same region, such as Los Angeles to San Diego, Miami to Orlando and Seattle to Portland. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min read
Tourism industry leaders in New Zealand seek to maximise the sector’s economic benefits and will be addressing the Tourism Leaders Forum- titled ‘Being Future Ready’. The forum is presented jointly by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) on September 28, 2017 at the Lysaght Building in Auckland.Chris Flynn, Regional Director- Pacific, PATA, said, “This Tourism Leaders Forum brings together an important and influential group to address issues, threats, challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s tourism sector in line with the Tourism 2025 Plan and beyond. Our role, at PATA is to encourage responsible and sustainable development that delivers tangible economic benefits, particularly for local communities. I’m sure that the views expressed at this Forum will influence the direction of our Global Insights Conference taking place during the course of the following day.”Speakers during the panel session will include Nick Hill, CEO, ATEED; Chris Roberts, CEO, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA); Stephen England-Hall, CEO, Tourism New Zealand and Cam Wallace – Chief Revenue Officer, Air New Zealand.The programme is designed as an important forerunner to the annual PATA Global Insights Conference (PGIC) taking place for the third consecutive year on September 29, 2017 at the SKYCITY Grand Hotel in Auckland.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICOFebruary flights: from £329 returnFeb average high: 29CFeb hours of sun: 8Feb average days with rain: 1A-listers have been kicking back in this glittering haven on Mexico’s Pacific Coast ever since Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor set up home here in the 1960s. With high temperatures, cool nightlife, affordable hotels and beaches basking in tropical sunshine, it smoulders with winter-sun appeal, but there’s mucho more to Puerto Vallarta than celebrities, tanning and tequila. Stroll its pastel-hued old town, known as the Zona Romantica; take a street-food tour sampling spicy swordfish tacos and jalapeño margaritas; or hop on a boat to spot the humpback whales that come to Banderas Bay to calve every year from December to March. *In early January 2018, we looked at the latest flight deals found with the Skyscanner.net ‘UK to Everywhere for the month of February’ search tool, then used editorial insight to select a mix of the cheapest destinations with hot weather. We determined this by choosing only destinations with weather averages in February of a minimum daily high of 20C, at least seven hours of sunshine and fewer than three days of rainfall, based on data from weather2travel.com. We narrowed it down further by including no more than one destination per country, and by avoiding destinations the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advised against travelling to. Published January 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.In need of some TLC? Check out these five spas that will make you a happier person. Prefer snowy mountains to sunny beaches? Fly to these 7 winter wonderlands. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map MARRAKECH, MOROCCOFebruary flights: from £61 returnFeb average high: 20CFeb hours of sun: 7Feb average days with rain: 6For short-haul winter sun with oodles of exotic atmosphere, Morocco’s ‘Red City’ can’t be beat. A three-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK (with no time difference) lands you in another world, where old men drive donkey carts down crowded streets and chic riad hotels hide behind thick medina walls. Take a big bag: you’ll want to fill it with pointy-toed babouche slippers, stylish kaftans, fragrant spices and Berber jewellery, all haggled over amiably in the cacophonous souks. Unwind afterwards amid towering cacti, tall palms and shoots of bamboo in Yves Saint-Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle, adjacent to the new museum dedicated to the fashion icon. OMANFebruary flights: from £203 returnFeb average high: 26CFeb hours of sun: 9Feb average days with rain: 3Want Arabian nights without Emirati bling? Oman combines sun-sure relaxation with a timeless Middle Eastern mystique you won’t find in its flashier neighbours. Many visitors never venture beyond the laid-back capital, Muscat, with its Grand Mosque, colourful souks and luxury beachfront hotels. But a network of superb roads makes it easy to head off on a self-drive adventure in search of the Arabia of old – all statuesque forts, time-warp villages and dramatic shifting sands. Motor through the Hajar Mountains, exploring desert oases and peering over the edge of Oman’s very own Grand Canyon, then steer towards the Wahiba Sands for camel rides and luxury camping under the stars. Feb average high: 25CFeb hours of sun: 8Feb average days with rain: 3With their man-made islands and extravagant beach hotels, the Emirates get a bad rap as soulless fly-and-flop suntraps. But while Dubai breaks records with its giant malls and desert theme parks, Abu Dhabi has been setting itself up as the Middle East’s cultural hub. The most drummed-up new attraction, the vast-domed Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in the Saadiyat Cultural District last year, with a vast haul of knock-out art from prehistoric statues to 20th-century Picassos. Duck in to the gleaming Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, then unwind like an Emirati at a shisha cafe after a stroll along the seaside boardwalk of the Corniche. ABU DHABI, UAEFebruary flights: from £276 return GRAN CANARIA, SPAINFebruary flights: from £42 returnFeb average high: 20CFeb hours of sun: 7Feb average days with rain: 3While Britain shivers in the post-Christmas blues, Gran Canaria continues in festive mood with an annual Rio-style carnival that sees the island reverberating with music and dancing (26 January – 18 February 2018 in Las Palmas; lpacarnaval.com). Parties and parades aside, Gran Canaria is a perennial favourite among the Canary Islands – those Spanish havens off the coast of West Africa – for its reliably warm weather and dramatically varied landscape, which attracts hikers and surfers as much as fly-and-floppers. The latter flock south to the beaches of Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas, with its Sahara-style dunes. But strike north from the resorts, and Gran Canaria’s real beauty reveals itself: pretty villages, rugged mountain trails and in the capital, Las Palmas, great tapas, tons of history and a smashing beach. Related6 best winter sun destinations under £1006 best places to find sun, sea and sand this winter on a small budget – all with flights under £100.10 of the best places to escape Christmas this yearChristmas cheer got you feeling less than cheerful? Even if you love Christmas TV and the abundance of food, the festive season can get a little overwhelming – like your high street on a December evening kind of overwhelming. If you want to get away and make the most of…Top 15 attractions and things to do in Gran CanariaWith explosive surf and sizzling volcanic sand beaches, Gran Canaria is one hot destination for weekend breaks. Here’s what to do on this beautiful little island. CAPE VERDEFebruary flights: from £168 returnFeb average high: 25CFeb hours of sun: 7Feb average days with rain: 1Cape Verde’s long, spotless beaches rival the Caribbean’s – but you’ll reach them via a shorter five-and-a-half-hour flight and significantly less outlay. Pitched 570km off the coast of West Africa, this sun-baked cluster of 10 volcanic islands comes with a guarantee of bikini-worthy sunshine in February. Soak it up on the sands of Sal island or nearby Boa Vista. Then lace up your boots and explore the Jurassic Park-style canyons and tropical plants of rugged Santo Antão island. Fancy a party? Bring your feather boa to music-loving São Vicente, which blasts away winter blues with its raucous annual Creole Carnival (13 February 2018). SINGAPOREFebruary flights: from £337 returnFeb average high: 30CFeb hours of sun: 7Feb average days with rain: 10Skyscrapers and temples, space-age gardens, opulent hotels and glamorous beach clubs – Singapore slings them all together for a spectacular more-than-just-a-layover fling. When the razzle-dazzle of Orchard Road’s neon malls and colourful night markets overwhelms, rise above it all in a cable car to Sentosa Island, to kick back on powdery beaches toasted by 30-degree heat. Or hop on a 15-minute bumboat (little ferry) to Pulau Ubin, Singapore’s last kampong (traditional village) to explore the island on a hired bicycle, spotting monkeys and toucan-esque hornbills, and lunching by the waterfront on black-pepper shrimp. FLORIDAFebruary flights: from £298 returnFeb average high: 24CFeb hours of sun: 8Feb average days with rain: 6In summer, Florida can be stiflingly hot, but go now and you can stretch out your beach towel in mid-20s heat before the madness of Spring Break (usually the two weeks around Easter) turns its southern coastline into a scrum of whooping college students. Fast track to southern Florida with a flight to Fort Lauderdale – the more modest, less expensive sister of Miami, 35 minutes’ drive south. Bronze your winter-white limbs on its long sandy beaches, or hire a convertible for a four-hour one-way drive on the long, ocean-flanked sliver of highway and bridges that connects the islands of the Florida Keys archipelago. Spend a couple of nights eating Key Lime Pie, meeting the six-toed cats of Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and drinking margaritas and listening to country music in the bars of Duval Street.
Anne Firor Scott, groundbreaking historian, dead at 97 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2019 10:53 am PDT FILE – In this July 28, 2014 file photo President Barack Obama awards the 2013 National Humanities Medal to historian Anne Firor Scott from Chapel Hill, N.C., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Anne Firor Scott, a prize-winning historian and esteemed professor who upended the male-dominated field of Southern scholarship by pioneering the study of Southern women, has died. She was 97. Her death was announced last week by Duke University, where she taught for three decades. The citation for her humanities medal praised her “groundbreaking research spanning ideology, race, and class.” (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file) NEW YORK — Anne Firor Scott, a prize-winning historian and esteemed professor who upended the male-dominated field of Southern scholarship by pioneering the study of Southern women, has died. She was 97.Her death was announced last week by Duke University, where she taught for three decades. Additional details about her death were not immediately available. Scott, who in 2013 received a National Humanities Medal, was a resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Scott’s “The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics 1830-1930” was published in 1970 and is now regarded as among the first major works of its kind. For years, Scott had been dismayed by the absence of women in histories of the South and so vowed to “add to our understanding” of “social reality.” Drawing upon diaries, newspaper accounts, letters and government records, Scott set out to tell their story and to challenge the ideal of the pious, selfless Southern wife.“If talking could make it so, antebellum Southern women of the upper class would have been the most perfect examples of womankind on yet seen on earth,” she wrote. “If praise could satisfy all of women’s needs, they would also have been the happiest.”Scott documented the private frustrations of seemingly contented spouses, and how the roles of women changed after the Civil War and changed again in the 20th century as opportunities for work and education expanded. Well before the civil rights era and the rise of feminism, they served on committees with black women, formed an association to ban lynching and established “get out the vote” campaigns. By 1930, Scott wrote, “for the woman who had the capacity, the health and energy and fortitude, to seize opportunity, the culture now provided not one pattern but many.”Over the next four decades, Scott would continue to make history. She was the first woman to head Duke’s history department, from which she retired in 1991, and recalled attending conventions of the American Historical Association, where a meeting of the women present amounted to herself and fellow historian Gilda Lerner. Many of her students and peers cited her as inspiration for their own work and for inspiring other schools to establish courses for women’s studies.In honour of Scott and Lerner, the Organization of American Historians in 1992 established the Lerner-Scott Prize for outstanding dissertations on U.S. women’s history. In 2008, she received the American Historical Association’s Scholarly Achievement Award and eight years later the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Prize for “distinguished writing in American history of enduring public significance.” The citation for her humanities medal, presented by President Barack Obama, praised her “groundbreaking research spanning ideology, race, and class.”The daughter of a college professor and a housewife, she was born in Montezuma, Georgia, and remembered with amazement and gratitude at being treated as an equal to her three brothers. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, but a Congressional internship, for which she wrote and listened to speeches, made her “painfully aware” of her “ignorance” and she went back to school.Scott received a master’s in political science from Northwestern University and a PhD in history from Radcliffe College. During World War II, she found work with the National League of Women Voters and never forgot the “still-powerful, aging suffragists,” many of whom had been activists before the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, in 1920, the year before she was born.“These women were teaching me to see things that other historians had overlooked,” Scott later wrote.Before joining the Duke faculty, in 1961, she taught at Haverford College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Duke, in the early 1980s, she was among those who opposed the creation of a library for former President (and Duke alumnus) Richard Nixon, worrying that such institutions often become “museums for the glorification of a man.” The Nixon library instead opened in his native Yorba Linda, California.Scott’s other books included “Women in American Life” and “Making the Invisible Woman Visible.” She also edited and wrote introductions for numerous other works.In the mid-1940s, she met Navy pilot Andrew McKay Scott, who quickly and impulsively asked her to marry him. “You can’t be serious,” she recalled answering.They were married for 58 years, until his death in 2005. They had three children, including historian Rebecca Scott.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press