Former Indiana Star RB Tevin Coleman Misspelled “Hoosiers” On This Trading Card

first_imgTevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading Card.Tevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading CardTevin Coleman played three years of football at Indiana, and was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten his last two seasons. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons after leaving school with one year of eligibility remaining.Three years was plenty of time for Coleman to establish himself as a star on the gridiron, but apparently not long enough for him to learn to spell IU’s nickname. Trading card company Panini America includes athlete artwork in its packs, and Coleman’s sketch featured a misspelling of the word Hoosiers.Tevin Coleman’s 1 of 1 art card for Panini— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2015Ouch. That’s a pretty bad mistake by Coleman, and kind of odd that Panini didn’t want him to correct it. The IU faithful probably won’t be happy to see this, though we’re sure they’ll still accept Coleman due to the yeoman’s effort he put forth on the field for a sub-par team.last_img read more

Norval Morriseaus family speaks out about controversial Toronto artist

first_img(Editors Note: APTN National News has decided not to use the real name of the artist because she has concerns over her safety.)Willow Fiddler APTN National NewsThe family of Norval Morriseau is speaking out about a planned exhibition of paintings by Amanda PL that bears a striking resemblance to the late artists work.“We promised our father that we would try to carry on his legacy and if this thing opens up to, if non-natives start painting like my dad the meaning of his artwork is going to be lost,” said Eugene Morrisseau, one of Norval Morrisseau’s seven children.Eugene Morrisseau is also an accomplished artist. (Eugene Morrisseau is one of Norval’s seven children and is an accomplished painter in his own right. Photos Willow Fiddler/APTN)He said the family doesn’t like her style of painting.“Seeing this lady portray exactly like my dads artwork is almost like, I didn’t like it and as if shes copying,” he said.Side by side images of Amanda PL’s work and that of Norval Morriseau’s made the rounds on social media prompting claims of plagiarism… and support.Senator Murray Sinclair said Amanda PL’s work (signed Amanda PL) “clearly appreciates and is inspired by Norval Morrisseau and I for one applaud her for directing her talent that way.”But Eugene Morriseau isn’t so sure Amanda PL knows the deeply spiritual teachings in his father’s work.And this worries him“Even ten years from now that her work is probably going to hang up somewhere and my dad’s artwork will be hanging right next it and people aren’t even going to know what it means,” said Eugene Morrisseau.He said the teachings that Anishinabe artists depict are thousands of years old; passed along through generations.“Oh they’re going to tell stories, Ahchoogahnoog eh, that’s where I used to go to listen to these stories through my grandparents,” he said. “Through the Elders, this is what this means when you pass on, put it on canvas this is how you tell the story.”Morrisseau said you can’t just pick up what he knows from the internet or books.Amanda PL told APTN in an email she was taught the untold history of Canada by an Anishinabe teacher during her studies in Thunder Bay.“As an artist, I do have an ethical and social responsibility to respect, acknowledge, and adhere to laws, protocols, rights and freedoms of indigenous artists and communities,” she said.But when asked about criticism, particularly by Morriseau’s children, that her work compromises Morriseau’s legacy Amanda PL said she doesn’t see it that way.“I don’t engage with critics. critics work is to critique, artist work is to paint, write, compose, and share their creations,” she wrote. “Whether people or critics like it or not, it isn’t for me to decide.”That’s not good enough for the family.“We don’t want that door open and if she does, somebody else is going to do it then all stories and all the storytelling, they’re not going to be there no more, it’s going to be meaningless,” said Eugene Morrisseau.An exhibit of Amanda PL’s Morrisseau-esque work at the Visions Gallery in Toronto was cancelled amid the bad publicity.Senator Sinclair sad it’s the gallery owners who deserve criticism for throwing her under the bus.Amanda PL said she won’t reconsider her style of art. <>last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Lay Charges Following Search Warrant

first_imgApproximately 32 grams of Methamphetamine10 Fentanyl tabletsApproximately 1.5 grams of Fentanyl8 grams of CocaineTwo license plates Additional weapons A stolen vehicle 2 Firearmscenter_img GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On the evening of Friday, May 10, the Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at a residence located in the City of Grande Prairie.The search warrant was in connection to a possible stolen vehicle to the residence.According to RCMP, one individual has been charged, and the following items were seized and recovered as a result of the investigation; Facing charges is 35-year-old Shane Anthony Haugen of Grande Prairie.Haugen is facing the following charges:Possession of property obtained by crime x 6Unsafe storage of a firearm x 2Possession for the purpose of trafficking x 3Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purposeObstruction of a peaceUnauthorized possession of a firearm/ammunitionHaugen remains in custody and is scheduled to appear at Grande Prairie Provincial Court on May 13, 2019.last_img read more

India U23 team bows out of AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers

first_imgTashkent: The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in its second match of the group stage here on Sunday. Daler Yodgorov’s 30th minute strike and Solehov’s 85th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign, ending without a point out of a maximum six. The opponents had mounted a barrage of attacks in the early minutes of the match, trying to unsettle the Indian defence but some astute goalkeeping by Dheeraj Singh kept them at bay. In the 10th minute, the custodian made a fine save to deny the opponents an early breakthrough at the Pakhtakor Stadium. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia could have surged ahead into lead in the 12th minute but Sarthak Golui’s header off a Komal Thatal free-kick failed to find the net, leaving the Tajik goalkeeper to scramble to clear his lines; courtesy of an onrushing Anwar Ali in pursuit of the rebound. After a nervy start, the Indian team found themselves some bright spots and in the 27th minute, Rahim Ali found Komal Thatal inside the box. With defenders closing in, Komal could only launch the ball over the woodwork in an attempt to give India the lead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIndia’s attacking momentum was short-lived as Tajikistan took the lead in the 30th minute with Daler finding the back of the India net from inside the box. Attempting to find the equalizer before half-time, Rahim Ali went on a run down the middle and found Anirudh Thapa, whose shot was blocked by the Tajik defence line. India’s quest for the equaliser kept them on their toes and soon after the second half restarted, India cajoled an opportunity in the 48th minute. Rahim Ali brought the ball down inside the box and passed it to an onrushing Abdul Sahal, who failed to hit the target from outside the box. Restricting the opponents in the half for much of the second half, India had a chance in the 60th minute and once again it fell to Sarthak Golui, who headed wide a Vinit Rai free-kick. India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score the equaliser but could not find the decisive goal. Tajikistan held on to their slender lead and committed bodies in defence.last_img read more

Apple punishes screentime limiting apps Report

first_imgSan Francisco: In a crackdown on third-party apps that help people fight iPhone addiction, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps, The New York Times reported. While Apple now has its own screen-time tracker, it is not very effective in fighting addiction, claim executives at third party screen-time app makers. “Their incentives aren’t really aligned for helping people solve their problem,” Fred Stutzman, Chief Executive of Freedom, a screen-time app, was quoted as saying. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe Freedom app was downloaded 770,000 times before Apple removed it in August 2018. “Can you really trust that Apple wants people to spend less time on their phones?” The executives at the third-party app makers fear that they are being punished because their apps could be roadblocks on Apple’s business growth. “They yanked us out of the blue with no warning,” Amir Moussavian, CEO of OurPact, the top parental-control iPhone app, was quoted as saying. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysApple pulled OurPact in February, said the New York Times report on Saturday, adding that the screen time app makers are now at the mercy of the tech titan. Apple can play with the future of these app makers as it controls the iPhone App Store. Apple is also coming heavily on popular apps that help parents to have control over how their kids use iPhones, according to the report. Two such apps, Kidslox and Qustodio, filed a complaint with the European Union’s competition office on Thursday, it added. Apple, however, said that it removed or required changes to the apps because they could gain too much information from users’ devices. “We treat all apps the same, including those that compete with our own services,” Tammy Levine, an Apple spokeswoman, was quoted as saying. “Our incentive is to have a vibrant app ecosystem that provides consumers access to as many quality apps as possible,” She said.last_img read more

Algeria collision kills 11 officials

first_imgALGIERS- Eleven people were killed and 28 injured when a bus and a truck collided on Sunday in southeast Algeria, emergency services said.Among the dead in the head-on crash 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Ouargla were four women and a two-year-old child, the APS news agency cited civil defence officials as saying.Most traffic accidents in Algeria are attributed to human error or speeding, police say.last_img

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not reached his limit

first_imgThe Swedish footballer says he will not return to Europe soon, as he wants to help his team LA Galaxy win some trophies in the United StatesWith 36 years of age, Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t believe he has reached his limit yet.Playing with LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS), he’s been having a second chance at shinning in the sport.“I feel alive, after my injury people thought I was not going to come back and I showed them I was still alive playing,” he said to Diario AS.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“I feel well, fresh, and I’m very happy here. I like the club, my teammates, and the city. I want to play here as long as I can.”“Obviously there’s the physical aspect and it conditions says I have to stop, then I will have to do it. But I have not reached that limit yet,” he added.Asked if he would want to return to play in Europe, he was very honest.“Not right now, like I said I’m happy here. I want to help the club and my teammates to win.”last_img read more

Gerrard warns Rangers players to prepare for a fight

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has warned his players they have to be prepared for a fight if they’re to pick up a win against Hamilton.The Gers travel to the New Douglas Park this Sunday to face Hamilton on the back of a disappointing league defeat to Livingston.Gerrard is planning to deliver one of the shortest team talks in history and will use as few words as possible to highlight the dangers of dismissing the opposition lightly.Instead, he will let the memory of the team’s poorest performance since he took over simmer into the player’s minds hoping to elicit a positive response from his players.He said, according to Daily Mail: ‘I’ll just put up a sign saying “Livingston 1 Rangers 0 – what are you gonna do about it?”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Because if you turn up and play the same way, the same will happen. So, it will be easy, the team talk.”“It’s a great test for the players. They’ve had some criticism in terms of the away form and sometimes in football you have to forget about the nice bits, the tactical side.”“Sometimes you just have to go out and do the basics well; turn up and just empty it for your club and your supporters – and more often than not that will get you where you want to go.”“We’ll have a game plan. It’s a similar fixture to Livingston and we had a game plan there, but we never carried it out – we never turned up.”“So the players have two options: Go and empty it and fight for the shirt and the fans – or put in a Livingston performance, and let everyone talk about your away form for a bit longer.”last_img read more

Hazard urges fans to be on their best behavior

first_imgAhead of Tuesday’s London derby, Eden Hazard has implored both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur fans to steer clear of any sort of abusive behavior.Both Chelsea and Tottenham supporters have been in the spotlight lately for alleged racist and anti-Semitic language, and Eden Hazard has pleaded with both sets of fans to respect each other ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final tie at Wembley.“Just watch the game and enjoy the game. For sure after the game one team will win and one team will lose. Try to be fair,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“I like all fans, Spurs also have good away fans. I think it is a good game to play and I hope both fans will enjoy the game.“Of course (I hope both fans respect each other). These kind of fans (who sing abusive chants) are not fans of football, for me.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They come to the stadium just to say something. I understand they want to win the game but they need to be fair. Just support their team and not the other one.“When we are players, we are examples. The fans are also examples. I want Chelsea fans to be the best in the world. I don’t want to see a bad image of the Chelsea fans, of course.“In football in general, not just Chelsea fans, in Italy, we saw a lot of things.“I want these things to disappear. It’s hard because football is a big world but if we are all together step-by-step, players, managers, journalists, then we can do something. I want people to remember the game.”last_img read more

Montego Bay Commemorates International Day of Peace

first_imgMr. Robinson believes there is need for more interventions like the CSJP and PMI to address issues affecting persons, particularly youngsters.“My vision for Montego Bay is for there to be less killing and police and civilians living like they are one. I hate guns; I want to see at least one week when no one dies here,” he stated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jam, September 26, 2016 –  Hundreds of persons converged in Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St. James, to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 21.  The day, which is observed annually worldwide, is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples.Montego Bay’s celebrations, held under the theme: ‘Building Blocks for Peace’, were spearheaded by the Peace Management Initiative’s (PMI) western branch in partnership with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).  The day’s activities included a peace march; worship service; discussions involving residents, community groups and churches, among other stakeholders; as well as a poster competition.Western Regional Coordinator for the CSJP, Adenike Stephenson, told JIS News that the organization partnered with the PMI and other stakeholders to mark the day in response to the upsurge of violence in St. James“We partner in these efforts to build awareness and to send a message that more Jamaicans need to stand up and put an end to what is happening in our country. All of us – residents, agencies, civil society and churches – need to come together,” she said.  Ms. Stephenson said the CSJP’s collaboration with the organizers was indicative of the stakeholders’ united approach in working towards culture change that facilitates and promotes peace.  She further said it demonstrates that they are working towards, among other things, offering opportunities for persons to come together and build a better Jamaica by changing the culture of violence.The PMI’s Violence Interrupter for Canterbury in St. James, Reuben Robinson, endorsed the undertaking by the CSJP and other stakeholders to engender peace in his community by advocating for culture change.“If I see youngsters over 18 years old in the community and they are jobless, it is my responsibility to get them a job or into a skills training programme.  I was a gang member, someone who never went to school…(and) PMI sent me to school.  Persons in my community know about me and who I was; so the youngsters will listen to me more readily than anyone else,” he said. Under the violence interrupter initiative, rehabilitated criminal offenders are trained to anticipate where violence may occur and intervene to prevent its eruption.This exercise often entails the facilitator developing relationships with gang members and familiarizing themselves with the profiles of various communities.Its model is similar to Cure Violence, a programme in the United States that has been credited with yielding significant success. Another Montego Bay resident welcomed the International Day of Peace celebrations, noting that the commemoration was very important to the citizens.“We have children and we would like to see them grow up in a peaceful environment where they can go out and we parents do not have to worry for their lives. I would like to see everyone come together and youths put down the guns, stop the killing and work out their differences,” the resident stated.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:building blocks for peace, international day of peace celebrated in Jamaicalast_img read more

Govt lax on syndicate controlling labour market

first_imgFile PhotoMalaysia, the second largest job market for Bangladeshi workers, has not been recruiting new workers for more than eight months on the allegation that a syndicate is controlling the labour market.As a result, more than 100,000 potential workers lost opportunities to work in Malaysia and it may leave a negative impact on the country’s remittance flow.The Bangladesh government, however, did not take any meaningful action against the syndicate.The crisis could not be settled even after several bilateral meetings of the Joint Working Group (JWG) were held to begin an interim process to recruit Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, according to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.The independent committee formed by the Malaysian government to investigate the matter has already made a draft report. On the contrary, the High Court in Bangladesh has asked the ministry to submit a report within six months after investigating the matter. The deadline has already expired, and now the ministry has requested for an extension.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had formed a probe committee last year, but they did not carry out an investigation.Rather, the organised syndicate are trying to control the market again, according to many.The syndicate was comprised of 10 recruiting agencies and they have misappropriated Tk 47 billion, which irked the Malaysian authorities.According to Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, the government is more concerned about resuming the worker sending process than taking actions against the syndicate.A ministerial level meeting between the two countries is scheduled to begin in Kuala Lumpur on 14 May. The Bangladesh delegation will be led by state minister for expatriates’ welfare Imran Ahmad.“The authorities will be on high alert to prevent forming of such syndicates again and those who are responsible will be punished,” said expatriate welfare secretary Rounak Jahan.Only 55 people recruited in 3 monthsAccording to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Malaysia has not issued any visa to any Bangladeshi worker since September. However, workers who received a visa before September went to Malaysia. As many as 175,927 people went to Malaysia in 2018.In the first three months of 2018, 38,065 people went to Malaysia whereas the number decreased to only 55 in the first three months of this year.The remittance will fallA Bangladeshi worker earns around Tk 20,000-22,000 in a month.World Bank’s chief economist Zahid Hossain told Prothom Alo, “A worker usually takes 8 to 12 months to send money home. So the number of employees going abroad does not affect the flow of expatriate income immediately.”But in the long run, this may result in lesser remittances sent.Preparations almost doneMalaysian Minister of Human Resources M Kulasegaran said the process of recruiting new workers from Bangladesh and Nepal will begin soon.Last year, the Malaysian government formed an independent foreign workers’ committee headed by a judge. The committee has proposed an integrated structure to recruit new workers.The committee, in its draft report, recommended opening an online job portal. The employers can publish their requirement on the portal where the workers can apply.The employer must get registered by making a security deposit of RM 250,000.If the salary and allowances of an employee are due or if any compensation is needed, the money will be adjusted from the security deposit. MRA will reply within 48 hours of submission of a job application. Experts say the process will eliminate the problems caused by the middlemen.However, a number of senior businessmen and several officials in the ministry have alleged that no action had been taken against the syndicate as they are ‘very powerful and influential’.Migration expert and director of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) CR Abrar said, “The government had promised to take actions against those reposondible for the crisis. But effective measures to solve the problem are not visible. The country will suffer in the long run if such a potential source of income goes under any syndicate’s control.”* This report appearing in Prothom Alo’s print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Flynn Rejects TrumpRussia Probe Subpoena Dems Say He Lied

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia’s election meddling. Then a top House Democrat cited new evidence he said appeared to show Flynn lied on a security clearance background check.With Trump himself in the Mideast on his first foreign trip as president, investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign — and allegations of Trump campaign collaboration — showed no sign of slackening in Washington. Flynn’s lawyers claimed an “escalating public frenzy” against the former aide justified declining the subpoena for his records.The attorneys told the Senate intelligence committee Flynn will not turn over personal documents sought under the congressional subpoena nor otherwise comply as part of its investigation. Hours later, Rep. Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the House oversight committee, cited what he said were inconsistencies in Flynn’s disclosures to U.S. investigators in early 2016 during his security clearance review.Cummings said Flynn appeared to have lied about the source of a $33,000 payment from Russia’s state-sponsored television network, failed to identify foreign officials with whom he met — including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin — and glossed over his firing as chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration. Cummings made his points in a letter asking the committee’s chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, to subpoena the White House for documents related to Flynn.Flynn’s own defensive crouch revealed the high legal stakes he faces as investigations intensify: a U.S. counterintelligence probe of Russia, a criminal investigation involving him and multiple congressional probes.His attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment on the new assertions by Cummings.Besides the “public frenzy,” Flynn lawyers also said earlier in the day the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel has created a legally dangerous environment for him to cooperate with the Senate panel’s investigation.Trump appointed Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and top military intelligence chief, as his top national security aide in January, only to fire him less than a month later. The White House said that Flynn had misled top U.S. officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russian officials, including Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.Democratic Rep. Cummings said Monday that Flynn repeatedly provided inconsistent or untruthful statements to U.S. security clearance investigators in January 2016 before the renewal of his credentials. The Trump administration has criticized the Obama administration for failing to properly vet Flynn during that period, but Cummings and other Democrats have blasted Trump and his team for failing to more carefully check Flynn’s background before they brought him to the White House.Cummings cited a report in March 2016 that he said showed the retired Army general telling authorities that payments he received for his 2015 trip to Moscow were paid by “U.S. companies.” In fact, the oversight committee released detailed email and payment records months ago showing that the source of Flynn’s payment of more than $33,000 was RT, the Russian state-sponsored television network that has been labeled a propaganda network by U.S. intelligence.Flynn went to Moscow to appear at an RT gala, sitting at the head table with Putin. Flynn was paid $45,000 by RT for the appearance through his speaker’s group, Leading Authorities Inc. After the firm’s deduction, Flynn received the $33,000, according to records obtained by the committee.Meanwhile, the Senate committee’s subpoena to Flynn focused on his interactions with Russian officials. It sought a wide range of information and documents about his and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians dating back to June 2015.Flynn’s response stressed that his decision to invoke his constitutional protection was not an admission of wrongdoing but rather a response to the current political climate in which Democratic members of Congress are calling for his prosecution. Even “truthful responses of an innocent witness” can give the government ammunition that could be used against him, the attorneys noted, quoting a 2001 Supreme Court ruling.The attorneys noted that if Flynn complied with the committee’s request, he could be confirming the existence of documents, an act that itself could be used against him.Trump himself walked back into the Russia controversy during his visit to Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, standing beside him, was asked Monday if he had any concerns about intelligence sharing with the U.S.After Netanyahu responded — he said the cooperation was terrific — Trump volunteered that he “never mentioned the word or the name Israel” during his recent Oval Office conversation with top Russian diplomats.That comment referred to revelations that he divulged classified information about an Islamic State threat in his May 10 meeting in the Oval Office with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador. U.S. officials have said the information originated with Israel. However, it has not been alleged that Trump told the Russians that Israel was the source.Trump has defended Flynn since his ouster and called on him to strike an immunity deal because Flynn was facing a “witch hunt.” The president’s comments were in stark contrast to his harsh words during the 2016 campaign for people who received immunity or invoked the Fifth Amendment in the probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.“You see, the mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” Trump said during a September campaign rally in Iowa.On Monday, one of Trump’s top GOP supporters, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, told reporters during a news conference in Trenton that he had expressed concerns about Flynn during the presidential transition.“If I were president-elect of the United States, I wouldn’t let General Flynn in the White House,” Christie said.Flynn’s decision does not fully close the door on future cooperation with the committee. Attorney Kelner said in March that Flynn wants to tell his story “should the circumstances permit,” and he said it would be unreasonable for him to agree to be questioned “without assurances against unfair prosecution.”Flynn’s letter comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for his documents as part of its ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign. In addition to the Senate investigation, Flynn is also being investigated by other congressional committees, as well as an FBI counterintelligence probe and a separate federal criminal investigation in northern Virginia.An additional complication for the congressional committees: If they move to grant Flynn immunity, they will likely have to enter into discussions with Mueller to determine whether that could impede the FBI’s case.Former CIA Director John Brennan is to testify in open and closed hearings Tuesday before the House intelligence committee, which is conducting its own investigation. Sharelast_img read more

EPA Announces 115 Million Cleanup For San Jacinto Waste Pits

first_imgHPM ArchiveThe Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan for the San Jacinto Waste Pits.The Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to remove sediments laced with highly toxic dioxin from a partially submerged Superfund site near Houston damaged during Hurricane Harvey, officials announced Wednesday.The announcement comes two weeks after the federal agency said an unknown amount of dioxins — which have been linked to birth defects and cancer — may have washed downriver from the San Jacinto Waste Pits after floodwaters jarred loose a protective cap of fabric and rock designed to keep them from spreading.The EPA said in a statement that it planned to excavate 212,000 cubic yards of contaminated material from the site along the San Jacinto River that was a paper mill in the 1960s. It estimated the cost at $115 million.The statement said a small, unspecified amount of material would stay on the site and that temporary barriers would be built to hold back the river during excavation and removal.The agency did not specify a timeline and one of the companies responsible, Waste Management subsidiary McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Corp., said Wednesday that it would oppose the removal, adding that it provides less protection to affected communities than the existing cap.“We disagree with EPA’s claim that the local or downstream areas can be protected during removal,” McGinnis said in an emailed statement.On Sept. 28, EPA announced that sediment samples collected by an agency dive team from the exposed area underwater showed dioxin levels more than 2,300 times the threshold for triggering a cleanup.Dioxins do not dissolve easily in water but can be carried away with any contaminated sediments and deposited over a wider area.Local residents said contaminated mud might have washed into neighborhood homes that flooded during the late August storm.At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded last month in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped.About 16 acres of the San Jacinto site were covered in 2011 with the cap — three years after it had been placed on the Superfund National Priority List.The cap has required extensive repairs on at least six occasions in recent years, with sections becoming displaced or going missing. Sharelast_img read more

Four Things You Should Know About SelfDefense Law In Texas

first_imgIn the last decade, a number of for-profit groups have popped up to provide legal support for those facing charges in self-defense cases.In 2009, a group of Houston attorneys founded Texas Law Shield, where for an annual fee of $131, a member gains access to a 24/7 legal hotline, experienced self-defense attorneys and discounts on firearms courses and classes. The company was so aggressive in its tactics to gain members that it faced a class action lawsuit.The National Rifle Association has a foot in the game as well, sponsoring an insurance service that seeks to protect litigants financially if they find themselves looking at civil liability in the aftermath of a shooting, warning potential customers not to “get caught in a legal nightmare.” Share DALYAH JONES / KUTA boy walks by a memorial for Devonte Ortiz, who was killed in the parking lot of the Pleasant Hill Apartments in Southeast Austin on Wednesday. The suspect in the case said he acted in self-defense.A 41-year-old Austin man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. Jason Roche allegedly shot Devonte Ortiz, 19, after an argument over fireworks in the early morning of July 4. According to an affidavit, Roche claimed the shooting was in self-defense, but witness testimony and cellphone video conflict with that account.The shooting has come under public scrutiny, drawing everything from comparisons to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to a call for tighter gun laws. Roche’s fate will ultimately be determined by a lengthy court process, but there is one question that consistently arises when shootings like this occur: How exactly do self-defense laws work in Texas?Here are four things to consider:1)Texas has gradually broadened self-defense laws.In 1973, Texas imposed a “duty to retreat” law when it came to self-defense. Essentially, to justify deadly force, an individual had to show that a reasonable person could not have avoided the violent encounter by moving to a safe place and therefore had no other option but to defend him- or herself violently. This requirement was sometimes referred to under common law as a “retreat to the wall” requirement.But in 1995, Texas law loosened, adding a “castle doctrine,” which said that an individual didn’t need to run away if he or she was defending his or her own home or property. This law expanded in 2007, when the Texas Legislature changed the measure to say that individuals didn’t need to retreat at all, instead needing only to prove they had a legal right to be present during the act of defense. This policy is commonly referred to as a “Stand Your Ground” law.Right now, 27 states have codified “Stand Your Ground” laws, with another half dozen states following such laws in practice.Texas law also has a number of provisions about using force to stop various crimes in progress and even allows for the use of force during criminal mischief – but only at night.2)The burden is on the defendant to prove self-defense.A self-defense law isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card. In fact, it’s a defensive argument that is typically brought up after an individual has been arrested, charged and indicted.“In most situations, the police will arrest and ask questions later,” says Millie Thompson, an Austin-based defense attorney.Thompson says that in most criminal proceedings, the burden of proof is on the prosecution, which has to provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant committed a crime. In the case of self-defense, however, the defendant has to provide the evidence. “When raising an affirmative defense, you have to come up with some proof – somewhere, somehow – that this defensive theory applies,” she says. “Then the state has to disprove it.”Of course, this all applies if a case goes to court, because …3)Sometimes self-defense cases never make it to trial.According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, justified homicides between citizens are relatively rare, with 2016 marking just 331 killings.In 2015,, a news website dedicated to firearms culture, found that out of 146 self-defense shootings nationwide, only 12 individuals faced charges. Its analysis found that Texas had the most shootings (45 incidents), but only two people were charged.There seems to be a level of regularity behind those numbers. In fact, a Dallas woman recently shot a carjacker who tried to steal her SUV with her children inside. Police have said charges won’t be filed in that case.Under state law, police and district attorneys have wide discretion when it comes to deciding what cases to pursue, and if the evidence early on shows a clear path to self-defense, a district attorney may simply drop the case altogether.“The DA would have an ethical duty not to charge if they believed that it was truly self-defense,” says Daniel Betts, an Austin-based defense attorney. “[It is] their duty as a prosecutor to uphold their oath to seek justice, not convictions.”4)There is a booming business around self-defense legal defense.last_img read more

Elderly man found dead at home in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata, June 6 (IANS) A 65-year-old man was found dead in his home in Kolkata’s Broad Street area, police said on Thursday. The body of Biswajit Bose, who used to live with his daughter, was recovered from his residence in the late hours of Wednesday. There were external injury marks on the body, a police officer said. The motive behind the murder is not clear. We are investigating the case, police said.last_img

Depression anxiety may take same toll on health as smoking

first_imgLos Angeles: Anxiety and depression may significantly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and arthritis, comparable to smoking and obesity, a study warns.Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the US looked at the health data of more than 15,000 older adults over a four-year period.The study, published in the journal Health Psychology, found that 16 per cent (2,225) suffered from high levels of anxiety and depression, 31 per cent (4,737) were obese and 14 per cent (2,125) were current smokers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfParticipants with high levels of anxiety and depression were found to face 65 per cent increased odds for a heart condition, 64 per cent for stroke, 50 per cent for high blood pressure and 87 for arthritis, compared to those without anxiety and depression.”These increased odds are similar to those of participants who are smokers or are obese,” said Aoife O’Donovan from UCSF.”However, for arthritis, high anxiety and depression seem to confer higher risks than smoking and obesity,” O’Donovan said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUnlike the other conditions investigated, the researchers found that high levels of depression and anxiety were not associated with cancer incidence.This confirms results from previous studies, but contradicts a prevailing idea shared by many patients, researchers said.”Our findings are in line with a lot of other studies showing that psychological distress is not a strong predictor of many types of cancer,” O’Donovan said.”On top of highlighting that mental health matters for a whole host of medical illnesses, it is important that we promote these null findings. We need to stop attributing cancer diagnoses to histories of stress, depression and anxiety,” O’Donovan said. The researchers discovered that symptoms such as headache, stomach upset, back pain and shortness of breath increased exponentially in association with high stress and depression.Odds for headache, for example, were 161 per cent higher in this group, compared with no increase among the participants who were obese and smokers.”Anxiety and depression symptoms are strongly linked to poor physical health, yet these conditions continue to receive limited attention in primary care settings, compared to smoking and obesity,” said Andrea Niles from UCSF.”To our knowledge this is the first study that directly compared anxiety and depression to obesity and smoking as prospective risk factors for disease onset in long-term studies,” Niles said.last_img read more

Stressed about flying Listening to this one song will help reduce stress

first_imgStressed about flying? Listening to this one song will help reduce stress levels Tags: Flying, Music Travelweek Group TORONTO — Flying can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. But did you know that there’s a way to instantly reduce stress simply by listening to one particular song?According to Southern Living, a team of neuroscientists from the United Kingdom has found that the song ‘Weightless’ by the group Marconi Union reduces overall anxiety by as much as 65%.The team conducted a study in 2017 that involved participants attempting to solve a puzzle as quickly as possible while being hooked up to sensors to monitor stress levels. After giving them a music playlist to listen to, scientists found that above all other songs, ‘Weightless’ was the one that helped keep participants relatively stress-free.Not only did the song reduce overall anxiety, it was found to reduce participants’ usual physiological resting rates by 35%.It comes as no surprise that ‘Weightless’ has that effect on people; the song’s harmonies and rhythms were arranged to “slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol,” reports Inc.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesSo next time you have a nervous flier for a client, suggest a quick download of ‘Weightless’. It should make for one relaxing flight! Sharecenter_img Wednesday, July 4, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

More reports that the Mexico Tourism Board offices are closing

first_imgMore reports that the Mexico Tourism Board offices are closing TORONTO — Just days after Mexico Tourism Board’s Montreal office shut its doors, comes more confirmation that just about all of the MTB’s international offices will close.Considering how important tourism is for Mexico, does the news of these closures have to be so shrouded in confusion?In a story that ran in the Jan. 24, 2019 issue of Travelweek, Marc Murphy, Director General for the Riviera Nayarit CVB, also confirmed that the decision to close the Mexico Tourism Board offices worldwide had already been made and that the closures will likely start happening over the course of this year.As Murphy put it, it’s sad news and still unbelievable considering all the work the MTB does and the value their offices bring to source markets.Rumours started swirling in fall 2018 that Mexico’s new government was looking at potentially closing the MTB offices as a cost-cutting measure.The new government under newly-elected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1, 2018 but even before that, in late November 2018, Mexico’s travel media outlets were reporting that the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico (CPTM) would “disappear”, with the president of the Tourism Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Luis Alegre Salazar, saying “the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico is disintegrating”.The news seemed to be confirmed in early December by new Secretary of Tourism Miguel Torruco, who said that elimination of the CPTM was indeed underway as part of the new government’s austerity strategy.According to both Salazar and Torruco, Mexico’s consulates and embassies are supposed to pick up the slack, promoting Mexico in global markets.Meanwhile the money saved from dissolving the CPTM and closing the MTB offices will reportedly be diverted to funding the so-called Mayan Train, the 1,500-kilometre rail line linking Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and the Yucatan. The proposed $7.4 billion railway is aimed at creating more economic development in some of Mexico’s top tourism destinations.There will still be resources for promotion, but exact specifics are still up in the air.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthEven with all the confirmations, the idea that Mexico would close its long-standing MTB offices – and hand the tourism promotion file over to its consulates and embassies instead – seemed so preposterous that the question kept coming: Will they close or won’t they?As reported by Travelweek’s sister publication, the Montreal office closed the doors on its Place Ville Marie location, which had been open to the industry and to the public, on Jan. 31, 2019. Fernanda Rosas, Director of Mexico’s Tourism Promotion Board in Montreal, and her collaborators Gabriel Gordona and Lorena Torres are currently working from home and available to help with industry requests, according to In a few weeks it’s expected that Mexican tourism promotion in Montreal will be deployed under the direction of the Mexican Consulate. It’s also been confirmed that the Toronto MTB office will close its doors.Meanwhile every sun wholesaler in Canada has Mexico product and a major vested interest in keeping Mexico destinations front and centre with travellers and the trade.Canada is one of the largest markets for Mexico tourism, delivering close to two million travellers to the country annually.While we’re a distant second to the U.S. – Mexico’s top market with more than 10 million visitors a year – Canada is a staunch supporter of Mexico’s tourism product at a time when confusion over the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories for Mexico has led to a dip in U.S. visitor numbers and lift. Mexico’s safety challenges, though localized, are also well-known, with one industry insider here saying that Mexico shouldn’t be closing its tourism offices but instead focusing on marketing efforts and keeping people safe.For Transat, Mexico represents 34% of its capacity, making it Transat’s top sun destination. The first resort in Transat’s much-anticipated hotel division is scheduled to open in Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, in 2020.Mexico is also one of Sunwing’s most consistently popular destinations, says Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations. Sunwing has eight sun arrival airports across Mexico for winter 2018-19 including Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta – not to mention nearby destinations such as Playa Mujeres, Isla Holbox, Puerto Escondido and Riviera Nayarit. “We have always enjoyed a close relationship with the Mexico Tourist Board and welcome their support as we continue to expand our Mexican product range,” says Dawson.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAnd it’s not just the tour operators, but the hotel companies too who work closely with the Mexico Tourism Board to promote travel to Mexico. Frank Maduro, VP of Marketing for AIC Hotel Group, the company behind Hard Rock Hotels, says Mexico as a destination “is extremely important to our company”, with four properties in Mexico currently and another two set to open this year. “This means that more than half of our room inventory is in the destination. We continue to believe and invest in Mexico as it is a proven world-class tourism destination. Its people and infrastructure provide a vacation experience that is second to none.”Other resort companies sharpening their focus on Mexico in recent years include AMResorts, with 10 new resort openings in the country by 2020 alone.An article written by Murphy before the new government took office says “there’s no doubt” that the biggest reason the world knows about Mexico’s tourism product “is due to the efforts consistently put forth by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) offices worldwide”.Slashing budgets and trimming expenses in just about every aspect of the government may be a worthy proposition on some levels, says Murphy, but the idea of shuttering the 46 offices of the Mexico Tourism Board abroad could very well have a chilling effect on one of the country’s top sources of revenue. Tourism is huge for Mexico, and Canada will be watching.Murphy added: “The incoming administration has indicated they don’t believe the current numbers justify the current marketing expenses of the international offices. I would beg to differ.” Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Tags: Closures, Feature Story, Mexico, Mexico Tourism Board, MTBlast_img read more

Content aggregator and distributor Alchimiehas sig

first_imgContent aggregator and distributor Alchimiehas signed a three-year agreement with Altice France/ SFR to provide the operator with 2,000 hours of documentaries for SFR’s factual VOD channels for its Power and Premium subscribers. Alchimie will provide SFR with a selection of 2,000 hours of documentaries spanning nature, culture, travel, history, science and technology programming. The shows will be themed into range of topics such as Nature, Culture, History, Society and Travel and will be available in the replay category of SFR Power and Premium subscribers.“We’re delighted to partner with SFR. This deal demonstrates Alchimie ability to offer a selection of the best of factual programming, one of the most extensive in Europe, across a range of topics that can be tailored to the subscribers’ interests of any pay TV operators in Europe. We’re also proud that SFR has assigned Alchimie with the task to animate its Documentary Replay category with the objective to maximise subscribers engagement,” said Nicolas d’Hueppe CEO of Alchimie.Alchimie themes, curates and promotes channels in partnership with rights holders and owners on a revenue share basis, Alchimie’s services provide digitisation, translation, subtitles, dubbing and promotion.The company also offers Watch-It!, a branded OTT platform that aggregates third-party channels on a number of platforms. The outfit recently struck a new deal with France’s Mediawan to provide replay/catch up service for nine Mediawan linear channelsto subscribers on Watch-It!last_img read more

Dear readers As you may recall from Mondays Dail

first_imgDear readers,As you may recall from Monday’s Daily Dispatch, I’ve just returned from China and shared some thoughts about the place. This would seem to be a good time to share one of our last video conversations from the Recovery Reality Check Summit we held in Florida three months ago. Please note that while my tone was more bullish on China than this conversation – and I stand by my observations – that bullishness is regarding the mid to long term. In the near term, I’m quite sympathetic to the idea of more bubbles popping in China, and serious consequences ensuing for the global economy, as outlined by Gordon Chang in this interview.I also note that since this conversation was recorded, Gordon has been shown right regarding China’s increasing reliance on the US; the US has officially become China’s top trading partner, displacing the EU.Also, while in China last week, I heard of a young man sentenced to four years in jail for spray-painting “CCP Game Over” on a wall. The China Communist Party was never known for its sense of humor, and it seems to have much less of it these days. Several political observers I met in the country think the power struggle will ultimately be positive for China, resulting in the country moving toward greater freedom. In the meantime, it could have negative economic consequences, as per Gordon’s views below.On the bright side, Gordon agrees with me that whatever happens, even in the near term, the trend in China is bullish for gold.Whether we agree or disagree with all that Gordon has to say, the topic could hardly be more important for our investments. I hope you enjoy the conversation.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey Research Gordan Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World, was a faculty member of the last Casey Research investors’ summit. The next conference – Navigating the Politicized Economy – will be held in sun-drenched Carlsbad, California, September 7-9 and is being co-hosted by Sprott, Inc.This timely investors’ conference is designed to help further your understanding of the world’s increasingly centralized economies so that you can profit from the market dislocations they are creating. Many financial luminaries will be on hand, including David Walker, former United States Comptroller General; Karl Denninger, author the daily market commentary The Market Ticker and operator of Ticker Forum, an online trading community; and G. Edward Griffin, author of the best-selling book on the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank, The Creature from Jekyll Island.These are but a few of the new faces you’ll see in Carlsbad. Also appearing will be our own Doug Casey, resource investing legend Rick Rule, who founded Global Resource Investment (now part of the Sprott Group of companies), and Lacy Hunt, executive vice president of Hoisington Investment Management Company (HIMCO) and the attendees’ favorite speaker at our last Summit.This is just the tip of the iceberg, as we’ll have many more speakers, not to mention special sessions on alternative investments, precious metals, the energy market, and more. Plus, we’ll have roundtable discussions on the best investment strategies to implement right now, question-and-answer sessions, and specific stock recommendations that could pay for the cost of your Summit registration many times over.last_img read more