Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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a month agoParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chance

first_imgParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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JJ ordered to pay USD 572 million for opioid addiction crisis

first_imgWashington: An Oklahoma judge has ordered US health care giant Johnson & Johnson to pay USD 572 million in damages for its role in fostering the state’s opioid addiction crisis. In the first civil trial of a drugmaker over an epidemic that has caused hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths, Judge Thad Balkman on Monday said prosecutors had demonstrated that J&J contributed to a “public nuisance” in its deceptive promotion of highly addictive prescription painkillers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Those actions compromised the health and safety of thousands of Oklahomans,” he said. According to the ruling, the company and its Janssen pharmaceuticals division will fund an “abatement plan” for care for addicts, families and communities ravaged by the crisis. “The defendants Janssen and Johnson & Johnson’s misleading marketing and promotion of opioids created a nuisance,” Balkman said. J&J was the first pharmaceutical company tried over the US opioid crisis, which fuelled over 70,000 overdose deaths in 2017 alone. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost But there are some 2,000 outstanding lawsuits against many drugmakers and distributors filed by state and local governments, many overwhelmed by the costs of an epidemic that has only slightly abated. Most of those are being rolled into a case to go to trial in October in Ohio that will likely set the basis for potentially many billions of dollars in settlements across the country. Prosecutors had sought USD 17 billion in damages against J&J for an abatement program to be spread over 30 years. But Balkman said the state had not made a strong case for the future costs of the crisis to it and the community beyond one year, and so limited his ruling to that. J&J’s shares rose about two percent to USD 130 in after-market trade following the decision. The company immediately said it would appeal the decision. “Janssen did not cause the opioid crisis in Oklahoma, and neither the facts nor the law support this outcome,” said J&J executive vice president Michael Ullmann. “The unprecedented award for the state’s ‘abatement plan’ has sweeping ramifications for many industries and bears no relation to the company’s medicines or conduct.” J&J argued that the law was being inappropriately applied and that its products had a very small role in the addiction epidemic in Oklahoma and nationally. Balkman said J&J had promoted its drugs by telling doctors and patients that pain was not being treated enough and that “there was a low risk of abuse and a low danger” in the drugs themselves. “The defendants used the phrase ‘pseudoaddiction’ to convince doctors that patients who exhibited signs of addiction… were not actually suffering from addiction, but from the undertreatment of pain,” he said in his decision. He also said the company consciously downplayed risks it knew were present, pointing to the 2007 USD 600 million fine in a Virginia trial of Purdue Pharma, one of the leading prescription opioid makers, for misleading the health industry and the public about the highly addictive properties of its Oxycontin painkiller. J&J is the first drugmaker to go to trial and the case is seen as a bellwether for thousands of possible criminal and civil suits over the seeming uncontrolled distribution of highly addictive painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, and J&J’s Nucynta and Duragesic, between 2000 and 2015. Two other major drugmakers accused in the same suit, Purdue Pharma of the United States and Israel’s Teva, settled with Oklahoma before the case went to trial. Purdue, which produced the widely abused opioid Oxycontin, agreed to pay the state USD 270 million in March and Teva negotiated an USD 85 million settlement. Dozens of local and state governments across the country have also already exacted settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors to address their problems.last_img read more

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Shannen Doherty And Holly Marie Combs Bring Ice Bucket Challenge To Sea

first_imgIf you happened to be on Instagram or Twitter late Saturday afternoon, you would have witnessed an incredible challenge! Actresses and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society supporters Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs challenged the organization’s founder Captain Paul Watson and select Sea Shepherd crew and staff worldwide to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, currently sweeping social and entertainment media.Video: Captain Paul Watson #ALSIceBucketChallengeThe challenge is to raise awareness of crippling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The rules of the game require that if one does not accept and fulfill the challenge within 24 hours, they must donate $100 to ALS, which goes to find a cure. Sea Shepherd does NOT support animal research, but it DOES support raising awareness about the disease. Therefore, the organization and its founder accepted the challenge!Crew members and staff from Operation GrindStop 2014, Sea Shepherd’s pilot whale defense campaign currently operating in the Faroe Islands; Operation Relentless, Sea Shepherd Australia’s most recent Southern Ocean whale defense campaign; and Operation Infinite Patience, Sea Shepherd’s dolphin defense campaign that is again gearing up for its September 1st start in Taiji, Japan, along with Captain Watson himself and select staff and onshore volunteers in the USA and Australia spent Sunday taking the challenge and uploading their videos to YouTube.Playing along with the game means one must issue a challenge to someone else just as one takes his or her own. With iconic Notre Dame in the background, Captain Watson issued his challenge while standing before Paris’ picturesque Seine River to another dedicated Sea Shepherd supporter, actress and activist Pamela Anderson. Adam Meyerson, Captain of the Brigitte Bardot issued his challenge aboard the Bardot in the Faroes, a Danish protectorate, to Mary, Princess of Denmark. Melissa Sehgal, senior leader on the ground for the Cove Guardian Infinite Patience campaign, issued her challenge to Director of “The Cove,” Louis Psihoyos. Sea Shepherd IT CEO Omar Todd, representing Sea Shepherd Australia’s Antarctic Campaign, issued his challenge to Colin Barnett, Western Australian State Premier. Representing Sea Shepherd USA were Lisa Agabian, Director of Media Relations & Communications; Farrah Smith, Senior Leadership Giving & Development Officer; Dave Hance, Campaign Coordinator and Southern Ocean crew member; and volunteer celebrity Cove Guardian, Sea Shepherd supporter and reality star Simone Reyes, from “Running Russell Simmons” on Oxygen TV. The four issued their challenge from Los Angeles and responsibly chose to use reclaimed water, as Los Angeles is experiencing a drought at present.“Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs are valued supporters of Sea Shepherd and have actively joined our mission to defend ocean wildlife worldwide. As individuals who deeply care about the plight of the planet and all its life in many forms, it’s no surprise they would want to also raise awareness about this devastating disease,” said Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson.last_img read more

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Sporting Lisbon lodge complaint to FIFA against Patricio Wolves

first_imgSporting Lisbon have issued a formal complaint to FIFA over the handling of goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s free transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, reports the BBCThe Portugal international was one of the nine players that terminated their contract with Sporting at the end of last season following an attack on staff and the players themselves by the club supporters at their training ground just days before they were due to play in the Taça de Portugal cup final.Patricio has since joined the newly-promoted Premier League side Wolves on a free transfer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But Sporting are now demanding £48m in compensation for the loss of their goalkeeper.The Primeira Liga side’s formal complaint has been received by the FIFA with agent Jorge Mendes, who has recently brokered the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus, also included.Patricio had spent his entire 18-year playing career at Sporting, before moving to Wolves, and made a total of 467 appearances for the first team.last_img read more

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Ronaldo questions Salahs award win

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has questioned FIFA’s decision to give the Puskas award to Mohamed Salah.The Portuguese captain believes he was wrongly overlooked for the FIFA goal of the year award and claims his goal was better than Salah’s.The former Real Madrid star was shortlisted for the Puskas Award for his beautiful overhead kick against the current club, Juventus in the UEFA Champions League last season alongside Gareth Bale’s own bicycle kick in the Champions League final against Liverpool and Mohamed Salah’s curling effort against Everton.Salah would eventually claim the award to much surprise during a ceremony in London in which Luka Modric also beat Ronaldo to the Men’s player of the year award.Ronaldo was absent from the awards ceremony that night but during a question and answer session via his Instagram account, he reacted to being snubbed by world football’s governing body.“Salah deserved to win the Puskas Prize, he scored a nice goal,” the 33-year-old said, according to Goal.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“But let’s be honest, do not lie to us, my goal was the most beautiful.“I’m not disappointed, it’s life, sometimes we win and others lose.“What interests me is that in fifteen years of career I managed to maintain the same level of performance.”However, despite being nominated for the FIFA’s The Best player of the year award and winning the Puskas award, Salah missed out on the FIFPro selection for the team of the year honours.last_img read more

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Ancelotti tips PSG for Champions League success

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has tipped former side Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory but Napoli can end those ambitions early.The first tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, where PSG fought back twice to scrape a point.“It’s an important game and can be decisive for both teams,” Ancelotti told Telefoot via Football Italia.“We ended up in a very difficult group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. The result can be decisive for the future of our side in the competition, but the same goes for Paris.“We need an extraordinary performance in order to get the victory because we don’t have the kind of exceptional players they do throughout the squad.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Ancelotti effectively started Paris Saint-Germain’s domination of French football, but they have never been able to match it with Champions League results.“They’ve lacked experience in the important moments of the Champions League, but the team is stronger this season and the players have more belief in themselves. They know that they can win the Champions League this term.“This is a game that can decide the destinies of these two teams,” continued Ancelotti.“I think Kylian Mbappé and Neymar can succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the global football landscape. If Kylian doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year, he certainly will over the next few seasons.“Neymar has a new position and is at the heart of the team now. His new placement allows him to be more dangerous and effective for his team.”last_img read more

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RMLD Offers Tips To Be Prepared For Tonights Tomorrows Storm

first_imgMake an emergency kit. For MEMA’s Emergency Kit Checklist, visit http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/kit/.Have plenty of non-perishable food, drinking water, and pet food on hand.Have first aid supplies and prescriptions on hand.Have flashlights, spare batteries, candles, and matches available.Fill your car’s gas tank in case pumps aren’t working.Charge your cell phone, tablet, and laptop to full capacity.If your water supply could be affected by a power outage, fill your bathtub with water to flush toilets. DO NOT use this water for drinkingTurn your refrigerator/freezer up to the coldest setting to keep food cold if the power goes out. Remember to reset to normal once power is restored.If you have a generator, make sure you know how to safely use it and that you have a sufficient amount of gasoline on hand. NEVER install or run a generator inside.Find out if your town intends to open shelters and where they will be located.Be prepared with books, puzzles, cards, and board games to keep the family entertained. During A Storm — Be InformedWhere to Find Outage Information:Area outages and, if possible, estimated time of restoration (ETR) will be tweeted. Follow us on Twitter at @readinglight. Our twitter feed is also streaming on our website.Reporting an Outage:If you’re able, check Twitter or our website before reporting an outage as we may already be aware of it. If the outage has not already been reported:Call RMLD at 781-942-6598 or 781-944-1340. Please be patient as there may be several people calling at once.CLICK HERE to report an outage online.If You Lose Power:Minimize opening and closing your refrigerator/freezer as much as possible to keep the cool air inside. During cold weather, you can put food in a sealed container (to prevent animal access) and put the container outside to keep food from spoiling. Only do this if it’s safe to go outdoors.Unplug your electrical devices (TV, DVD player, microwave, computer, stereo, etc.) that are not plugged into surge protectors. When power is restored, wait a few minutes to plug devices back in.Follow the safety instructions of local authorities.Downed Power Lines:Report downed power lines to RMLD or local emergency personnel immediately.Always keep your distance and never drive over downed power lines.Do not touch anything that may be in contact with downed power lines such as trees, fences, guardrails, etc. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGovernor Baker Proclaims This Week As ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’In “Government”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”QUESTION OF THE DAY: It’s Hurricane Season. Are You Prepared For Extended Power Outages?In “Question of the Day” READING, MA — A winter storm has been forecasted for our area Saturday night into Sunday, and RMLD is taking steps to be prepared in the event of power outages. Below is some useful information to help customers prepare.Before a Storm – Be Preparedlast_img read more

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Sliding Gold Braces for More Jitters as Fed Meets

first_imgGold steadied on Monday but failed to make any recovery from three straight days of losses as stronger global economic data and higher equities curbed the metal’s safe-haven appeal.Asian equities rose, taking heart from upbeat earnings and U.S. economic data that eased global growth fears and sharpened risk appetite. The results of stress tests on European banks at the weekend were received calmly in the market.Gold’s outlook this week will depend on a Federal Reserve policy meeting, when the U.S. central bank is widely expected to end its bond-buying stimulus, OCBC Bank analyst Barnabas Gan said.The Fed’s two-day meeting, which begins on Tuesday, will also be watched for clues on whether any slowdown in Europe or elsewhere could affect the central bank’s monetary policy.”In addition, the ECB stress test which gave most of its 130 banks a clean bill of health may continue to dampen safe-haven demand in gold. All these, and accounting for the relatively stronger greenback for the past month, should continue to inject downside risk for bullion,” Gan said.Spot gold was steady at $1,230.86 an ounce at 0309 GMT but isn’t far from a one-week low of $1,226.17 reached last week.The metal’s losses come after global equities posted their biggest weekly percentage gain since July 2013 last week, while the U.S. dollar also strengthened.Data on Friday showed that new U.S. home sales rose to a six-year high and Britain’s economy expanded 0.7 percent in the third quarter, easing fears over a global slowdown. Strong corporate earnings also helped push equities higher.Bullion traders were also closely watching investors’ positions in gold funds. SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.6 percent to 745.39 tonnes on Friday.Hedge funds and money managers increased their bullish futures and option bets in gold for a second straight week, as the price of the precious metal rallied in the week up to Oct. 21, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday.last_img read more

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Venezuelan protesters clash with police

first_imgDemonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government and riot police clash in Caracas. Photo: AFPProtesters hurling rocks clashed with police firing tear gas Saturday in Venezuela’s fourth demonstration in a week against President Nicolas Maduro and his government.The rally was marked by anger over a ruling from the leftist government banning opposition leader Henrique Capriles from office for 15 years. Around 4,000 people attended the demonstration.Capriles narrowly lost the 2013 presidential election that brought Maduro to power following the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez—father of Venezuela’s “socialist revolution.”The government move, which the 44-year-old Capriles announced on Friday, effectively prevents him from running against Maduro in next year’s general election.Saturday’s violence broke out when protesters gathered in the east of the city changed course at Capriles’s request and headed downtown toward the government ombudsman’s office.The district—seat of many government offices—is a pro-Maduro bastion, and the president’s supporters were holding a “cultural, sporting and recreational rally” there.National Guard police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to force the protesters back.“They received us with gas and rubber bullets. They insist on siding with the dictatorship but we are going to keep moving forward,” said opposition lawmaker Juan Andres Mejia.Masked demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, said AFP reporters on scene. At least two police officers were hit by the flaming bottles.‘Product of tyranny’Capriles appeared energized by the protests.“He who laughs last, laughs best! We’ll see you on the streets of Venezuela @nicolasmaduro. There will be no rest,” Capriles promised on Twitter.Capriles was also one of the leaders of mass demonstrations against Maduro earlier this week that led to clashes with police. One protester died.“This thing that they just did to Capriles is the product of tyranny,” said Adel Rincones, 61, who clutched a sign that read “Venezuela is wounded in the heart with hunger, misery, corruption, dictatorship.”Others at the rally held pictures of Capriles.“People are tired of so much corruption, hunger and poverty,” said Vanessa Garcia, 37, an optometry student.Protests also erupted in several other cities, including unrest-prone San Cristobal in the west, where masked gunmen reportedly set off explosions, causing demonstrators to flee.‘Administrative irregularities’State comptroller Manuel Galindo imposed the ban on Capriles due to alleged “administrative irregularities” in his post as governor of the northern state of Miranda.Capriles said that he would appeal the decision and stay in his job as governor, which he has held since 2008.Venezuela’s political crisis intensified last week when the Supreme Court issued rulings curbing the powers of the opposition-controlled legislature.The court has consistently ruled in Maduro’s favor since the opposition majority took its seats in the National Assembly legislature in January 2016.It drew international criticism for last week’s rulings, which seized the assembly’s powers and revoked lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution.Opposition intensifiesThe court reversed the rulings days later, but the opposition intensified its protests, prompting police to fire tear gas and water cannon to control them.The opposition then came up with the idea of seeking the dismissal of the Supreme Court’s justices. But the ombudsman’s office blocked the move.Capriles can appeal against his sanction within two weeks to the comptroller and within six months to the Supreme Court.The collapse in prices for Venezuela’s crucial oil exports has sapped the country’s revenues.Ordinary Venezuelans are suffering from shortages of food, medicine and basic goods along with a surge in violent crime.The opposition blames Maduro for the economic crisis. He says it is due to a capitalist conspiracy backed by the United States.New protests are planned for next week.last_img read more

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UPDATE Fort Bend Driver With AntiTrump Message Released From Jail After Being

first_img Share Photo via Sheriff Troy Nehls’ Facebook page Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls said on November 15th, 2017 that he was hoping to have a “meaningful dialogue” with the driver about the expletives and the confrontational tone of the message of the truck.The driver of a truck displaying an expletive filled message against President Donald Trump was arrested for an outstanding warrant from August, according to KHOU. She has since been released, and said the circumstances of her arrest are suspicious to her.“People abuse the badge, in my opinion, and money talks,” Fonseca told a gaggle of reporters, after her release from the county jail. “Money on that end, and people with money, on the other end.”“The arrest of Karen Fonseca was for an outstanding Felony Warrant arising out of an investigation conducted by the Rosenberg Police Department. The only connection between her arrest and her decision to drive around with an obscenity displayed on her vehicle was the fact that it lead us to her name which in turn revealed the existence of this Felony warrant. Once this connection was made, personnel did their job in a professional and appropriate manner by serving this Felony warrant,” said via email Caitilin Espinosa, PIO Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.Karen Fonseca said she’d been stopped by law officers, but that they had no grounds to issue a citation.“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” the 46-year-old Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”Fort Bend County Sheriff’s OfficeKaren Fonseca, 46, was arrested for an outstanding warrant, related to fraud.Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook alongside a request to speak with the driver.A Texas sheriff is concerned a truck displaying an expletive-filled, anti-Trump message could lead to confrontations: https://t.co/B5IREOIAiw pic.twitter.com/1jeJ0mI1jF— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 16, 2017Nehls in his post said that a county prosecutor told him the message could warrant a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. But at a news conference later Wednesday, he seemed to back away from that idea. Nehls said he supports freedom of speech but worried that profane messages could incite others and lead to confrontations that would disturb the peace he’s pledged to keep. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said Thursday that Nehls’ post was removed once the pickup driver was identified. “Due to the hate messages he has been receiving toward his wife and children, the sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further,” spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa said by email. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas posted on Facebook that Fonseca’s message is protected speech and urged her to reach out to the organization. The ACLU noted a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the conviction of a man for disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket with an expletive as part of an effort to protest the military draft and the Vietnam War. A woman who raised her middle finger in October to Trump’s motorcade as it passed her in Virginia was fired from a government contracting firm for violating the “code of conduct policy.” But the Texas case differs in that a government entity threatened punitive action for vulgar material directed at the president. Lynne Rambo, a law professor at Texas A&M University specializing in the First Amendment, said Thursday that the 1971 Supreme Court case made two points clear: the state’s attempt to regulate profanity or civil discourse is not a sufficient reason to justify restricting speech, and profane language directed at a specific person is different from vulgar content that’s broadly disseminated. “It’s state action to threaten as (Nehls) did and he really ought to know First Amendment law better than that,” Rambo said. Fonseca says the message has been on the rear window of the pickup for nearly a year and it’ll stay there for the time-being. “There’s no law against freedom of speech, nothing in the law book here in Texas,” she told KHOU-TV in Houston. “I’ve been stopped numerous times, but they can’t write me a ticket.”last_img read more

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Amazon Could Ship Your Next Purchase Before You Even Order It

first_imgJanuary 20, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Amazon is singlehandedly accelerating our transition into a sci-fi future. First came news of the drones, and now, there’s a real possibility that the retail company may start shipping your purchases before you click “buy.”The Wall Street Journal reported that in December, Amazon received a patent for “anticipatory shipping,” a system whereby the company forecasts your next order and sends it to a warehouse near you before you actually hit that purchase button. The idea is that the goods will get to you sooner when you do formally place your order.While the retail company has simply gained a patent — there is no guarantee that Amazon will actually use it — the idea that Amazon knows us well enough to accurately guess what we’ll buy next doesn’t seem that outlandish.Related: Not Science Fiction: Amazon Is Working on a Drone-Powered Delivery SystemAmazon, after all, has a wealth of data on customers and their buying habits. In choosing what to ship, Amazon can consider your previous orders and searches, what’s in your shopping cart and even how long your cursor hovers over a particular item. (Amazon’s current predictions about what I’ll be interested in are already eerily accurate).In the patent, the retail company outlined potential plans to partially fill in addresses with zip codes to get items closer to customers, completing the labels in transit as the purchases are confirmed. “Anticipatory shipping” could work well for popular items like newly released best sellers (allowing the retail company to provide the book the day it is released, discouraging customers from going to a brick-and-mortar store instead).And while some predictions would inevitably misfire, Amazon said it could use tactics such as suggesting shipped items to customers, offering discounts and turning unwanted orders into “goodwill” gifts in order to prevent costly returns.Related: What Shoppers Still Won’t Buy on Amazon (Infographic) Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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August 3 2016Congratulations to the June 26 2016

first_imgAugust 3, 2016Congratulations to the June 26. 2016 workshop participants upon their graduation:from left:Akiko Iwata from Japan,Duncan Routh,Victor dos Santos from Brazil stays on for a planning internship,Raymond Schwartz stays on for a AIS (Arcosanti Information Systems) / website internship,Gregory Cooke stays on as a volunteer in construction.[photo & text by Sue Kircsh]last_img

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Rep Griffin votes in favor of House budget plan supporting schools workforce

first_imgServices for children and seniors. More money would be invested in child welfare and foster care programs, as well as programs for seniors. House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues. Savings for taxpayers. A prison would be closed, reflecting successful efforts to reduce Michigan’s inmate population. Budgets for several state departments decline as state government becomes more efficient, effective, and accountable. The budget plan continues a trend of prioritizing what’s most important. School safety. More than $25 million would be added to improve school security. The OK2SAY program also would be expanded. Road repairs. Addressing a critical need for improvement, the state will spend more on roads than ever before in its next budget as part of a multi-year effort. Michigan also must focus on getting road money to where it is needed most and making repairs last longer, Griffin said. State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today voted in favor of a House budget plan investing more than ever before in Michigan schools, with a focus on preparing students for the workforce.The plan approved by the House would increase the budget supporting K-12 schools to $14.8 billion. It includes the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, with increases ranging from $120 to $240 per student.“The best way to build a better Michigan for our children and grandchildren is to invest in their education, and we are doing just that with this budget,” said Griffin, who was a teacher before serving in the House.  “We are focused on getting kids ready to succeed in work and in life.”The House plan also focuses on mental health services, helping senior citizens, and improving roads while eliminating waste.Highlights of the House plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1 include:Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level, plus significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to 4.7 percent last month. Campus safety. Provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities are included. Health care. Access to mental health services will be improved so Michigan residents can live healthier, happier and more independent lives. Services to military veterans, problem-solving courts, crime victims’ rights initiatives and other efforts reflecting the House CARES task force report are included. More resources would fight the opioid crisis, including money to help identify specific drugs in overdose cases – a key part of knowing which drugs to target in treatment and prevention. Resources would be added to increase access to doctors in underserved areas. 24Apr Rep. Griffin votes in favor of House budget plan supporting schools, workforce preparation ### Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img read more

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Investment group Kaprain has acquired the number t

first_imgInvestment group Kaprain has acquired the number three Czech cable operator Rio Media, according to local reports.Kaprain already owns the Nej.cz cable network and the move will double its customer base to over 200,000. The transaction is subject to approval by the Czech competition watchdog.Kaprain Group founder Karel Pražák said that the combination of Rio Media with Nej.cz would create the second largest provider of cable services in the country – after Liberty Global – and added that Kaprain was considering other consolidation opportunities in the Czech market.Rio Media was created by Argus Capital in 2009 as a consolidation vehicle for the Czech cable industry. The grouping brought together a number of smaller local players into a single entity with the aim of providing triple-play services to customer throughout northern Bohemia and Moravia.Pražák founded Kaprain four years ago, with a focus on investing in real estate, industry and the financial sector.UPC Czech Republic, now under a single management structure with Liberty Global’s Slovakian unit, remains by far the largest player in the country’s cable business.last_img read more

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