DAN LEVY ON THE HEART HUMOR OF SCHITTS CREEK SEASON 5 INTERVIEW

first_imgDan Levy Advertisement _____The Playlist: First of all, congratulations on a great season.Dan Levy: Thank you.I know that you’ve talked about the fact that when the show went on Netflix, it opened it up to a whole new audience. Is there a moment you remember either seeing something online or being in an airport or anything where you were like, “Oh no, something’s changed. The audience for this show has really grown.”Yeah, I mean I think in retrospect it was a blessing for our show to essentially have two premieres. I mean we have our home network on POP and then six months later, I think it was season three, we started on Netflix. So we were getting to premiere a season in January. And then again in October, which essentially led to, I guess the water cooler conversations, like being a continuous thing, which is ultimately, you know, the great thing for TV, considering how much is out there. So for people to be able to be talking about it all year round was a great benefit to the show and obviously, Netflix has a has a totally different viewer base. I remember being at my local coffee shop and like, a family coming up to me saying that they loved the show. Up until that point we had a slowly growing audience on POP and we were a slightly more recognizable name in television up in Canada. But we were by no means, you know, in the zeitgeist of like “talkable TV.” Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The story of “Schitt’s Creek” is that of a little show that could. Dan Levy‘s writing and directing debut, the show launched on the CBC and little known POP TV in early 2015 with positive, but not over-the-moon reviews.  That began to change. As the first season aired critics and viewers saw there was something special in the story of the Roses, a rich family who were forced to move to a small town after massive mismanagement of their funds.  And by season two Levy and his writing staff really began to explore just who the Roses were and if they could ever find happiness in Schitt’s Creek.  Once the show hit Netflix?  The fandom exploded.In case you’re blissfully unaware, the Roses begin with Johnny (Eugene Levy) and Moira (Catherine O’Hara), a former soap opera star with loftier career aspirations.  Their son David (Levy) has spent years lost amongst the A-list gays and their daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy) was literally lost in all sorts of shady shenanigans that are constantly referenced throughout the history of the show.  In Schitt’s Creek, they live in a dumpy motel in hopes of making the best of their new situation (all except for Moira, that is).As the seasons have progressed the laughs have been consistent, but the heart of the show has become even more paramount.  With Emmy voting upon us, Levy took some time to chat about the series’ fantastic fifth season which has aired on the CBC and POP but will debut on Netflix in the fall.  So, if you’re afraid of spoilers because you somehow can’t figure out how to visit’s POP TV’s website…well, you’ve been warned. Twitterlast_img read more

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Sears biggest holder bids 46B for rest of bankrupt chain

first_imgEddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock.The Sears chairman and ESL own just under half of the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, according to FactSet. Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, weighed down by years of declining sales and massive debt.ESL Holdings said in a regulatory filing Thursday that its nonbinding offer for roughly 500 remaining Sears stores will keep about 50,000 employees working. The offer is subject to due diligence and ESL’s ability to get financing, among other things.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Myanmar major source and user of amphetamine drugs says UN report

According to the “Myanmar Situation Assessment on Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS),” which was released yesterday in Bangkok, seizures of ATS pills in Myanmar and countries bordering the country’s Shan state in 2009 tripled compared to the previous year, a trend which has continued this year.“In 2009, large seizures of high purity crystalline methamphetamine were made in Myanmar,” said Deepika Naruka, the UNODC Coordinator of the Global Synthetics Monitor, Analyses, Reporting and Trends (SMART) programme in East Asia and the Pacific region.“Authorities in both Myanmar and Thailand confirm that the manufacture of crystalline methamphetamine is now occurring in the Golden Triangle [opium-producing Asian region],” she said.Between January and September this year, more than 44 million pills were seized in Thailand alone, while over 22 million pills were confiscated in Laos.Home to between 50 and 80 per cent of the estimated total number of ATS users in the whole of Asia, the issue of amphetamine-type stimulants in the East and South-East Asian region is a major concern, UNDOC says in the report.While most of the drugs produced in Myanmar – both opiates and methamphetamines – are mainly destined for the international market, domestic use of ATS in the country is increasing, the agency notes, adding that the trend has been exacerbated by the lack of resources for drug treatment facilities.“This Situation Assessment is the first of its kind. It aims to provide a clearer understanding of the ATS situation in Myanmar, in order to design effective and evidence-informed responses,” said Gary Lewis, UNODC Regional Representative for East Asia and the Pacific. 21 December 2010The manufacture, trafficking and consumption of synthetic drugs in Myanmar is worsening, with methamphetamine and other amphetamine-type stimulants smuggled from the country affecting neighbouring States and other parts of East and South-East Asia, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) says in a new report. read more

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Sri Lankas envoy in Canada appointed as representative to ICAO

The Secretary General thanked the Government of Sri Lanka for its cooperation. Other areas of mutual interests were also discussed. The ICAO is a UN specialized agency established in 1944. It has 191 Member States. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Canada, Ahmed Jawad, presented his letter of appointment as the representative of Sri Lanka to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, at a meeting with Secretary General Fang Liu.During the ensuing discussion the High Commissioner briefed the Secretary General on the active role played by Sri Lanka as a member state, including preparations been made to host the 53rd conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation in the Asia Pacific Region in August this year and the 10th ICAO Air Services Negotiation Conference in 2017, in Sri Lanka. read more

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UN marks Human Rights Day with appeals messages and ceremonies

The United Nations system celebrated Human Rights Day around the world today, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan paying tribute to human rights defenders who “stand in the front lines of protection, casting the bright light of human rights into the darkest corners of tyranny and abuse.”“The defence of human rights is not simply the responsibility of such brave people,” Mr. Annan said in a message. “It is the responsibility of us all. We must all be human rights defenders. And a good place to start is to defend those who champion human rights.”He paid especial tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who died “along with 21 other dedicated servants of peace and human rights” in the 19 August attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad. “His death was a bitter blow to the cause of human rights,” he said. At UN Headquarters in New York the General Assembly held a plenary meeting to award the winners of this year’s UN Human Rights prizes. The prizes, awarded every five years for outstanding promotion and protection of civil liberties and fundamental freedoms, went to Enriqueta Estela Barnes de Carlotto of Argentina, an advocate for the disappeared; the taboo-lifting Family Protection Project Management Team of Jordan; Pufang Deng of China, the disability defender who is also the handicapped son of the country’s former leader; Shulamith Koenig of the United States, a human rights educator; and the Mano River Women’s Peace Network in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. A posthumous award honoured Mr. Vieira de Mello. Presiding over the session General Assembly President Julian Hunte (St. Lucia) declared that the inalienable right of all peoples and human beings to the full range of human rights, including freedom, equality, dignity, social justice, self-determination and the right to be democratically governed, was today unquestionable. Those who violated such rights must know that they could not expect to do so with impunity, Mr. Hunte added. Also at UN Headquarters the Tokyo-based United Nations University (UNU) held a panel discussion on the launch of the UNU book entitled Globalization of Human Rights. The acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan assailed poverty, terrorism, state-perpetrated violence and “prejudice, racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Islamism, anti-other religions, and other forms of intolerance.”“I plead for stronger measures of protection, nationally, regionally and internationally,” Mr. Ramcharan said in a message. “I call upon each government to review the adequacy of its protection mechanisms at home. I call upon subregional and regional organizations to ask what more they could do to strengthen human rights protection. I call upon the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission on Human Rights and the human rights treaty bodies, each to consider what more it could do to strengthen human rights protection.”In Bangkok, Thailand, the UN conference centre hosted a special ‘youth forum’ to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation and human rights challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, with UN field workers giving first-hand accounts of their experiences in dealing with human rights.In Geneva, 22 independent experts of the UN Commission on Human Rights issued a statement condemning “all acts of intimidation and reprisal” against those cooperating with human rights bodies.“We urge States to refrain from violating the rights of witnesses who cooperate or seek to cooperate with the United Nations and representatives of its human rights bodies, in particular their rights to life, to be free from torture, to personal freedom and security, and to freedom of expression and to impart information and ideas,” they said. “We also call on States to protect witnesses from threats, intimidation and reprisals from private individuals or groups.” read more

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Security Council set to hold formal vote next week on new UN

Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the Council presidency for the month of October, said he was not authorized to disclose the result of today’s straw poll because of “a gentlemen’s agreement” with the Council. “I think the sense of the Council is that on the basis of today’s ballot, the Council is now ready for a formal ballot,” he told reporters after the meeting. “We will discuss this matter in tomorrow morning’s informal consultations and take a decision on it. The likelihood is that we will be having this formal vote early next week.”In response to reporters’ questions, Ambassador Oshima said the Council’s vote was likely to come as early as next Monday. The Council will then make its recommendation to the 192-member General Assembly, which formally elects the world body’s new Secretary-General. read more

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UN announces inaugural class of 17 youth leaders to support Global Goals

“We are proud to announce this group of young global citizens who are already transforming their communities,” the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, told the Social Good Summit in New York, in which UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals were announced.“At the same time, the selection process was an important reminder of the great potential and talent of so many young people around the world, who are making immense contributions to peace, development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.The flagship initiative of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth comes against a backdrop of increasing efforts by the UN to engage young people in the implementation of SDGs.“Today I am pleased to join in welcoming the inaugural class of UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement delivered by Mr. Alhendawi. “These 17 young change-makers are a testament to the ingenuity of youth and I congratulate them for their exceptional leadership and demonstrated commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.Selected from over 18,000 nominations from 186 different countries, these leaders, aged 19-30 years old, come from many different backgrounds and will support efforts to engage young people in the realization of the SDGs and will have opportunities to engage in UN and partner-led projects.They are: Trisha Shetty (India); Anthony Ford-Shubrook (the United Kingdom); Rita Kimani (Kenya); Rainier Mallol (the Dominican Republic); Edda Hamar (Iceland/Australia); Vincent Loka (Indonesia); Samar Samir Mezghanni (Tunisia/Iraq); Lutfi Fadil Lokman (Malaysia); Carolina Medina (Colombia); Jake Horowitz (the United States); Shougat Nazbin Khan (Bangladesh); Samuel Malinga (Uganda); Safaath Ahmed Zahir (the Republic of Maldives); Ankit Kawatra (India); Nikki Fraser (Canada); Karan Jerath (the United States); and Tere Gonzalez Garcia (Mexico).The Young Leaders are scheduled to take part in a series of high-level meetings and events during the 71st session of the General Assembly. read more

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The Rockets Finally Took Advantage Of Steph Currys Struggles In Game 3

Curry has gone ice coldThe worst non-overlapping three-game stretches of three-point shooting for Steph Curry in the playoffs 2018Conf. semifinals Game 4, conf. finals Games 1-2519.263 2019Conf. semifinals Games 1-3832.250 2013Conf. semifinals Games 6-7, Round 1 Game 1 (2014)521.238 2015Conf. semifinals Games 2-4830.267 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2015Conf. finals Game 5, NBA Finals Games 1-2732.219 Year3P3PA3P % Get into a close game with the Golden State Warriors, and more often than not, they are going to beat you. Since Steve Kerr was hired prior to the 2014-15 campaign, the Warriors have amassed a record of 108-46 in games that entered clutch time1Defined by NBA.com as a game where the score was within 5 points at any time during the last five minutes. during the regular season; heading into Game 3 against the Rockets, they had a 24-11 record in such games during the playoffs — a record that included wins over Houston in Games 1 and 2 of the teams’ ongoing second-round series.In Game 3, though, the Warriors ultimately came up short — much like Stephen Curry’s late-game dunk attempt. They fell to the Rockets by a final score of 126-121 and saw their series lead cut in half. Of course, the Warriors may not have lost had they not wound up in clutch time in the first place. A key reason they did: The Rockets won the 3-point battle against the Warriors for the third consecutive game, nailing 18 triples to the Warriors’ 14. This is — to put it plainly — not a common occurrence.Golden State has now played 92 playoff games during the Kerr era, and this is the first time that a single playoff opponent has made more 3-point shots than the Warriors in three consecutive games.2The only time Golden State had been out-shot from the 3-point line in three consecutive games against any playoff opponent prior to this was in Game 6 against the Clippers and the first two games of this series. In other words, they have now made fewer 3-point shots than their opponent in four consecutive playoff games. But the Warriors are as subject to the same vagaries of 3-point shooting as any other team. Their winning percentage has fallen off sharply in both the regular season and postseason based on which team made more 3-point shots during the game. They’re now just 12-12 in playoff games under Kerr when their opponent made more 3-point shots.The Warriors didn’t even shoot all that badly from the 3-point line on Saturday night. Their 14-of-33 clip would yield a good enough conversion rate (.424) to be the best in the league nearly every year. You know who did shoot really badly from three, though? Curry. And not for the first time in this series.Curry is widely (and rightly) considered the best shooter in the history of the game, but he is ice cold right now. After shooting a combined 6 of 23 from 3-point range during the first two games of this battle, he clanged his way to a 2 of 9 deep shooting night in Game 3, making him 8 of 32 on triples during the second round. That .250 conversion rate on threes is wildly out of character for Curry. Among all nonoverlapping three-game stretches of Curry’s entire playoff career, his 3-point percentage in Games 1-3 against Houston is the third-lowest.3Determined using a three-game rolling average. Curry has now played in 99 playoff games, so there are 97 potential three-game samples here. And this is the third-worst of those 97. 2016Conf. finals Games 3-5829.276 And as cold as Curry was from the outside, he was not much better inside in Game 3. After blowing two late-game finishes inside the paint — including the aforementioned embarrassing missed dunk attempt with 20 seconds left in overtime — Steph finished the game having made just five of his 14 2-point attempts, a .357 rate. He had shot worse than that on 2-pointers in just eight of the 47 previous postseason contests in which he attempted 10 shots or more from inside the arc.Making matters worse is the ruthlessness with which the Rockets are targeting him on the opposite end of the floor. During the regular season, opponents used the man Curry was guarding as the screener in a pick and roll 202 times in 69 games, according to Second Spectrum tracking data. That’s an average of about 2.9 per game. Borrowing a strategy the Cleveland Cavaliers used to perfection during their 2016 NBA Finals upset of the Warriors, the Rockets have used Curry’s man as the screener for James Harden an incredible 58 times through the first three games of this series, or 19.3 per game.The Warriors have studiously avoided switching those pick and rolls in order to prevent Curry from having to defend Harden in isolation. They have often contorted themselves to avoid such a situation, having Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala completely abandon other Rockets on the floor in order to ensure that they, and not Curry, pick up Harden for the ensuing isolation play. Despite not often generating the preferred matchup out of a switch, those plays have still worked out extremely well for the Rockets, who have scored 1.14 points per play when they’ve had Curry’s man set the screen for Harden.In Games 1 and 2, Green, Iguodala and Kevin Durant did just enough heavy lifting to push the Warriors over the top despite Curry’s muted performances, leading Golden State to two wins by a total of 10 points. Green recorded a triple-double and Durant poured in 46 points in Game 3, but it wasn’t enough. Given how well the Rockets are playing right now, it might not be enough in future games, either. The Warriors need their other MVP back in peak form.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Churches would be more popular if they stopped banging on about God

first_imgSir Simon Jenkins speaking at the Hay Festival Sir Simon Jenkins speaking at the Hay FestivalCredit:Jay Williams  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sir Simon highlighted the importance of the services they offered, saying: “Music is very important, evensong is the most popular service, people go for the music.“They (cathedrals) don’t feel obliged to be religious. I think the churches, particularly cathedrals, are responding to people’s desire for something that they might call spiritual. They are meditative, they are buildings where people find peace. They find peace in the music and the spirit.”center_img He added: “Cathedrals don’t bang on about God in cathedrals but they bang on about beauty and that’s why I love them.”He also suggested churches should be restored to their original glory, particularly those whose statues were damaged or destroyed during the Reformation period.The writer praised the Victorians for their attitude towards restoring buildings, saying “why on earth are we leaving them in this awful state?”Shouldn’t we be replacing those statues? What’s the point of a smashed statue? If someone gouged a picture in a gallery the restorers would get to work putting it back to how it was before. “We haven’t got an agreement on what to do with these magnificent buildings, we once did.”He added: “I find something very sad about our inability to restore them”. Recommending visiting Dover Castle, which has been restored, he said: “it looks like an IKEA showroom… it looks awful and yet that’s what it was. At the moment we see it as the Normans saw it. That’s what we’ve got to get used to. “We’re so used to old things looking ruined, cold and white. The eye cannot adjust to the idea of antiquity being coloured.” Cathedrals are doing better than churches because they don’t “bang on” about God, Sir Simon Jenkins has suggested.The author, who was discussing his new book on England’s churches at the Hay Festival, said cathedrals were responding to the public’s desire for a more spiritual and less religious experience.Considering the popularity of Cathedrals among the public he said, “there’s something about cathedrals that draws you in which is not being drawn into parish churches.“One or two sociologists have explained it, one said if you go to a cathedral now it’s anonymous. It’s pillar worship, people can’t see you reading.”No one shakes you by the hand, no one says peace be upon you. I asked a canon once why cathedrals are doing so well, he said ‘unlike churches we don’t bang on about God’. Which is very odd but also I sense rather true.”last_img read more

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Cocaine After busting 19yo mule at CJIA CANU unearths ECD source

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother carrying toddler intercepted at CJIA after inserting, ingesting cocaineJuly 3, 2018In “Crime”Cocaine mule nabbed by CANU on Canada-bound planeSeptember 13, 2017In “Crime”4 years jail, $2.5M fine for cocaine swallowerNovember 25, 2015In “Crime” The suspected cocaine filled pellets retrieved at the location on the East Coast of Demerara (CANU image)The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), after apprehending a 19-year-old suspected cocaine mule at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday, July 6, intercepted the apparent source of where the drugs were coming from on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).  According to CANU, the 19-year-old female, an outgoing passenger on Flight BW 526 destined for JFK International Airport, was suspected to have swallowed cocaine pellets and was arrested and escorted to a city hospital that confirmed their suspicions. This publication was informed that the woman, who remains hospitalised and under observation, has since excreted 44 pellets of suspected cocaine. Her arrest led a CANU operation to a location on the ECD on Friday night where some 279 suspected cocaine filled pellets were reportedly seized. The Narcotics Unit outlined that three persons were arrested, while two suspects remain at large.Natasha BlairThis bust comes less than a week after CANU ranks intercepted a 37-year-old cosmetologist, Natasha Blair, who was about to travel with her 11-month-old baby.The woman, who was jailed for 3 year and fined over $1.M, had ingested cocaine pellets and also inserted same into her lower extremity. read more

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Researchers develop biohybrid solar cell using spinach proteins

first_imgAs scientists continue grappling with efforts to make solar power more efficient, some researchers are turning to the original solar cells — the ones in plants. Plants use photosynthesis to generate the energetic compounds needed to sustain life. Researchers have found that some of these photosynthetic compounds can be used to generate energy outside of plants, and a new experiment at Vanderbilt University has succeeded in making these hybrid solar cells more efficient.The work centers around a protein called Photosystem I, or PS1. This is an important compound in the membranes of chloroplasts, the energy producing structures in plants. PS1 has a large role in absorbing light in order to drive the production of electrons on one side of the Chloroplast membrane. This is of biochemical interest in plants, but the production of electrons can also be harnessed to produce electric charges in so-called biohybrid solar cells.The appeal is that PS1 can operate at nearly 100% efficiency, whereas regular photovoltaic cells are sitting at around 40%. The challenge has been to maintain that efficiency when producing solar cells with PS1 proteins. In the new Vanderbilt study, a purification of spinach PS1 protein was applied to a silicon wafer that had been treated in such a way that it had a positive charge. This turned out to be the key.PS1 in plant cells is embedded in a membrane, so all these PS1 structures are facing the same way. If PS1 is applied to a surface and dried, it ends up pointing in all different ways. That’s bad for energy production. The positively charged silicon surface helps align more of the proteins so the resulting biohybrid cell outputs more power.The Vanderbilt cells produce about 850 microamps of current per square centimeter. That’s still far below what regular photovoltaics can do, but it’s a 2.5x improvement over past biohybrid cells. Additional challenges in longevity are being investigated, but biohybrid cells still have a way to go.via PhysOrglast_img read more

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Iraqi forces battle through sniper fire and suicide bombs to retake ISheld

first_img Share1 Tweet Email 19 Comments 17,135 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 2:57 PM Iraqi forces battle through sniper fire and suicide bombs to retake IS-held city Some 10,000 fighters are engaged in a huge assault to take back Iraq’s second city. Short URL Oct 23rd 2016, 2:57 PM By AFP Image: Khalid Mohammed/PA IRAQI FORCES BATTLED today through booby-traps, sniper fire and suicide car bombs to tighten the noose around Mosul, while also hunting Islamic State group jihadists behind attacks elsewhere in the country.Kurdish forces announced a new push at dawn on Bashiqa northeast of Mosul where some 10,000 fighters are engaged in a huge assault to take the IS-held city.The push came with US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan to support the unprecedented offensive, which a US-led coalition is backing with air and ground support.Launched last Monday, the assault aims to reclaim the last major Iraqi city under IS control, dealing another setback to the jihadists’ self-declared “caliphate” in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.The jihadists hit back on Friday with a surprise assault on the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk and two days later security forces were still tracking down fighters involved in the attack. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe dozens of attackers, including several suicide bombers, failed to seize control of key government buildings but sowed chaos in Kirkuk, a large oil-rich and ethnically mixed city.At least 51 of the jihadists had been killed, including three more on Sunday, local security officials said.Sporadic clashes continued, a senior security official said, with forces besieging IS gunmen in Kirkuk’s Nidaa neighbourhood.At least 46 people, most of them members of the security forces, were killed in the raid and ensuing clashes. An Iraqi soldier inspects one of the damaged buildings after clashes between Iraqi security forces and members of the Islamic state in the city of Kirkuk. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesKurdish and other forces were also tracking down jihadists believed to have fled Kirkuk on Saturday to rural areas east of the city.IS jihadists also attacked Rutba, a remote town near the Jordanian border in the western province of Anbar, with five suicide car bombs, the area’s top army commander said on Sunday.The attackers briefly seized the mayor’s office but security forces quickly regained the upper hand, he said.Fierce IS resistance The spectacular attack in Kirkuk, of a type observers warned could happen more often as IS loses territory and reverts to a traditional insurgency, temporarily drew attention away from Mosul.But there was no sign it had any significant impact on the offensive to retake the city, Iraq’s largest military operation in years. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn a trip to Iraq to review the operation, Carter met Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday and Kurdish leader Massud Barzani on Sunday.The United States leads a 60-nation coalition — which also includes Britain and France — that has provided support in the form of thousands of air strikes, training for Iraqi forces and advisers on the ground.Tens of thousands of fighters, including Iraqi federal troops and Kurdish peshmerga, are taking part in the assault.Engaged on the northern and eastern fronts, the peshmerga are expected to stop along a line at an average of 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the boundaries of the city proper. Source: AP/Press Association Images“They are pretty much there,” a US military official said on Saturday, adding that the lines “will be solidified in the next day or two.”Elite federal forces are also fighting to retake control of Qaraqosh, which lies just east of Mosul and used to be the largest Christian town in Iraq.IS fighters swept across the Nineveh plain in August 2014, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee, including many Christians and other minorities.Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led coalition, said Saturday that jihadist resistance was stiff.“It’s pretty significant, we are talking about enemy indirect fire, multiple IEDs (improvised explosive devices), multiple VBIED (vehicle-borne IEDs) each day, even some anti-tank guided missiles,” he said in Baghdad.US military officials have revised their estimate slightly upward for the number of IS fighters in and around Mosul.5,000 displaced They believe IS is defending Mosul, where the “caliphate” was proclaimed in June 2014, with 3,000 to 5,000 fighters inside the city and 1,000 to 2,000 in the outskirts.A French government official told AFP the breach into Mosul, which could mark the beginning of a phase of fierce street battles with IS, could still be a month away. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThere is deep concern for an estimated 1.2 million civilians still believed to be in the city.Several thousand civilians fleeing the fighting and the jihadists who ruled them for two years have escaped to camps for the displaced south of Mosul.“Over 5,000 people are currently displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance,” the United Nations said in an update on Sunday.“Population movements are fluctuating as the front lines move, including people returning to their homes following improved security conditions in the immediate area,” the statement said.Iraqi forces are now fighting in sparsely populated areas but when they near the limits of the city itself aid groups fear the start of a huge exodus.A million people could be displaced, sparking an unprecedented humanitarian emergency in a country where more than three million people have already been forced from their homes since the start of 2014.- © AFP 2016.Read: Suicide bombers armed with rifles attack Iraqi city of Kirkuk>Read: US fears ISIS will use chemical weapons in battle for Iraq’s second city> Image: Khalid Mohammed/PA https://jrnl.ie/3041986 last_img read more

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Schools will have to use ironon crests and let parents rent books

first_img 37,532 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 10:15 AM Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie EDUCATION MINISTER RICHARD Bruton has announced a range of measures to cut the cost of schooling for parents.The minister today announced that he will publish a circular to be adopted by schools that addresses a number of areas of cost.It will ensure that certain school equipment cannot be monopolised by retailers.Following the implementation of the circular, school authorities will be required to adopt the following principles of cost-effective practice which will put a greater emphasis on reducing the cost of school uniforms and other costs:Only “iron on” or “sew on” crests should be usedAll elements of a school uniform should be purchasable from various stores;Wherever possible, generic rather than branded items should be specified (e.g. uniform, clothing, IT tablets, sports equipment etc.)Provide parents with a list of all required items and indicate the likely costs of these required items at best value storesProvide a book rental schemeBan the use of workbooks which cannot be reusedWhere an exclusive supply arrangement applies, it should be tendered for regularly.Bruton said that parents will be asked for their opinions through school-issued questionnaires. Schools will also have to consult with parents and students regularly, and publish and operate a Parent and Student Charter.Speaking at the I.N.T.O. Conference in Belfast, Minister Bruton said:“My ambition is to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.To deliver on my ambition to be the best we have to improve information and complaint procedures for parents and students, particularly in relation to costs. The measures I am announcing today will give parents a strong voice in ensuring costs are always kept to a minimum.“Schools have to do everything possible to keep costs down for parents, including the use of generic items, sew on or iron on crests, and making sure that various elements of the uniform can be purchased in multiple stores.”Read: Trains cancelled and delayed due to mechanical fault Share Tweet Email9 http://jrnl.ie/3344955 Apr 18th 2017, 10:15 AM 97 Comments Schools will have to use iron-on crests and let parents rent books New plans will ensure that certain school equipment cannot be monopolised by retailers. By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

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727 WWE RAW remains among the top 25 shows on cable

first_img Nora and Baker Draft Their Pop Culture Favorites Pinterest David Beckham honoured for his contribution to sports Facebook Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez The 7/27 WWE RAW remained among the top 25 shows on cable for the week ending on 8/2/15. RAW came in at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8.The show came in No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7 last week.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCelebrity Closeup: Edgar RamirezVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 55.14%0:02Remaining Time -1:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Matthew Mcconaughey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles The NFL and Roc Nation donate $400,000 to Chicago charities WhatsApp Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

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Vista Little League Snack Bar Burglarized

first_img Posted: July 16, 2018 Vista Little League Snack Bar Burglarized , Sampson Ochotorena, Updated: 6:42 PM , Sampson Ochotorena center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Little League Baseball, Vista National LL FacebookTwitter July 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsVISTA (KUSI) – The snack bar at the Vista National Little League baseball field was vandalized and burglarized this weekend and volunteers have asked for the community’s help to get it back up and running before the start of little league.“I was kind of outraged at why someone would break into a little league snack bar and vandalize it and take away from the kids,” said Tracy Brown, Information Officer for the Vista National Little League.Someone pried their way in, broke through two metal roll-up doors and left the place trashed.“When you look through to see that someone had basically ransacked your snack bar, stolen your cash register and thrown food and drinks all over the ground and left refrigerators open, it’s a little disheartening to see,” said Dan Brown, Coach and Board Member for the Vista National Little league.The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department made their way to the field early Monday morning and dusted for prints.“I was very upset. I was near tears,” said Tracy. “I just wanted to get here and get the ball rolling and get it cleaned up when we could.”It is not just a matter of cleaning up a really bad mess.Volunteers said the vandalism and broken doors are going to cost them a couple thousand dollars to fix.“That’s the biggest source of income for us, besides registration,” said Shane Ortega, President of the Vista National Little League. “So we have to run a good snack bar and it’s vital for us to keep it running, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to make the money to pay for what we have.”The snack bar was not the only target. Dan Brown showed KUSI an unsuccessful attempt to break into a storage contains a lot of the leagues equipment.“I saw the look on my son’s face this morning,” said Brown. “I saw the look on some of the other kids as they went to use the restroom or take a break.”It was the look of disappointment.For the volunteers that give their time day after day, they said they have one thing on their mind.“Ultimately it impacts our kids and that’s the part that really bothers me,” said Ortega.They’re taking this moment to teach their kids a very important lesson.“Some good will come out of it too, that everyone will band together,” said Brown. “For every bad person, there’s hundreds of really great people in the community that want to help and will come out and help us fix this.”The parents and volunteers know it is going to be tough to get things back to normal, but are hopeful the community will come together, once again.If you want to help, go to the Vista National Little League Facebook page and donate.Vista National Little League Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VistaNational/ last_img read more

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IMA scam Rebel Congress MLA Roshan Baig detained at Bengaluru airport

first_img Karnataka political crisis | Kumaraswamy won’t resign after Thursday’s cabinet meet Close Baig, an eight-time legislator and former minister in the previous Congress government, resigned on July 10 from the Shivajinagar constituency.IANSRebel Congress legislator and former state minister R. Roshan Baig was detained at the Bengaluru airport and prevented from taking off in a chartered aircraft, police said.”Baig was detained for questioning at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) when he was about to take off in a private aircraft to an unconfirmed destination from Bengaluru,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) B.R. Ravikantha Gowda said in a statement here on late Monday night.Baig, an eight-time legislator and former minister in the previous Congress government, resigned on July 10 from the Shivajinagar assembly segment in the city centre.”We will verify if Baig’s sudden plan to leave Bengaluru has anything to do with the recent release of a video in Youtube by the multi-crore Ponzi scheme prime accused Mansoor Ali Khan,” Gowda said.Gowda heads the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up to probe the Ponzi scheme in which about thousands of investors were allegedly cheated.The Congress also suspended Baig on June 19 for alleged anti-party activities, including criticism of the party’s state leaders after the recent Lok Sabha elections in which the party was routed in the southern state.Incidentally, documents (crew and passenger manifest) of the private aircraft operator Finnacle Air Ltd police shared shows it was to fly to Pune from Bengaluru with Baig and another passenger – N. R. Santhosh, private secretary to opposition BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa.Sensing trouble and seeing the police in large presence at the airport waiting for Baig’s arrival, Santhosh left quietly as his name was struck off in the manifest.Commenting on the dramatic development, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy tweeted: “I was told that on seeing the SIT, Santhosh ran away while the police apprehended Baig.”Accusing the BJP of engineering the defection of the 16 rebel legislators from the ruling Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) allies to destabilise his 13-month-old coalition government, the Chief Minister said in another tweet: “It’s shame that @BJPKarnataka is helping a former minister to escape, who is facing a probe in the IMA (Ponzi) case.””This clearly shows #BJP’s direct involvement in destabilising the government through horse trading,” Kumaraswamy added.Refuting the Chief Minister’s charge, BJP’s state unit tweeted: “CM @hd_kumaraswamy is using the state machinery to save his government now. Baig was given time till July 19 to appear before the SIT. This shows how the state government was blackmailing treating its own MLAs by using the state-run institutions.”Baig is one of the 5 rebel legislators who filed a petition in the Supreme Court on July 13, seeking its directive to the state Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar to accept his resignation forthwith.The Speaker on Monday asked the Chief Minister to move the trust vote on July 18 to prove he has majority in the Assembly to save his government, which has been reduced to minority after the rebels retired and two Independents withdrew support to it.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:32Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:30?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Jobseekers demand cancellation of tests of 8 banks financial institutions

first_imgA good number of candidates on Sunday demonstrated on the Dhaka streets demanding last Friday’s recruitment tests at eight state-owned banks and financial institutions be cancelled as they alleged there had been scores of irregularities.The eight banks and financial institutions are – Sonali Bank Ltd, Janata Bank Ltd, Rupali Bank Ltd, Bangladesh Development Bank Limited, Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Rajshahi Krishi Unnoyon Bank, Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation and Investment Corporation of Bangladesh.At noon, they were demonstrating on the Dhaka University campus.Around 10:30am, they first gathered in front of the Bangladesh Bank. Later, they moved to the National Press Club and from there they went to the DU campus.Rohidul Islam, one of the demonstrators, said, “The authorities are saying only one centre had a problem. But in reality, unfair means were adopted at most of the centres.”“At some centres, students got the questions late while at some places they got it earlier. No way the bests could be evaluated this way,” he said.The students demanded the examinations be held again, ensuring the best practices.In recent times, recruitment tests and public examinations have been plagued by massive irregularities, particularly leaks of question papers, often denied by authorities concerned.last_img read more

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Inside Houstons Newest Migrant Shelter For Unaccompanied Teens

first_imgElizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaSouthwest Key’s shelter Casa Sunzal is the newest shelter to open in Houston.In Houston, a migrant shelter east of downtown has drawn a chorus of rallying cries against the Trump administration’s immigration policies.News of the new shelter broke at the height of the administration’s controversial policy of separating families who were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. Even as that policy has mostly ended, protests at the shelter on Emancipation Avenue have continued. Some advocates have called the shelter a ‘baby jail’ or ‘concentration camp‘. Though several criticisms of Southwest Key have credence, like reports of violations with state regulators, Houston Public Media recently got access to a rare tour inside the shelter, which offers additional insight to how the facility treats the young migrants and their environment.   To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share center_img X Courtesy of Southwest KeyCasa Sunzal’s building has two floors, with dozens of dorm rooms that can house up to 223 migrant teens.The nonprofit Southwest Key runs the facility, called Casa Sunzal, through a multi-million dollar contract with the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.Of the thousands of mostly Central American kids being held in Texas shelters, more than 100 are staying here. The shelter can house up to 223 minors ages 16 and 17, according to Texas Health and Human Services. Inside the shelter, international flags, from countries like Guatemala and Peru, hang from high ceilings in a warm, spacious central area. Bright decorations adorn the walls, similar to a high school.In the well-lit common area, kids eat lunch and talk quietly. Teens can play Foosball, use pool tables — or dial relatives back home at a call center.Courtesy of Southwest KeyOnce a week, migrant teens can use a designated phone booth to call family members.Surrounding the recreational area are dorms, where kids sleep three to a room. During Houston Public Media’s visit, the rooms appeared small and clean, with three beds that each have a blanket and pillow, resembling summer camp.The shelter also contains offices for case managers. They help teens connect with sponsors, who are usually family members already established in the United States.“Settings like these, we try to do everything we can to make it as comfortable for them, but really, in many cases the thing they really want is to be with family,” said Benjamin Aguilar, associate vice president of Southwest Key’s Houston region, which includes El Paso and San Antonio.According to Aguilar, case managers are central to operations. “Their number one job when they come into this facility is to get these kids home,” he said. On average, minors live in these facilities for about a month and a half, according to federal statistics. That’s down from 2018, when the average length of stay was more than three months. According to Southwest Key, the vast majority of minors at these shelters — 95% — are connected to sponsors to begin their new life within four months. – / 4Outside of the main building, there’s a playground with a small soccer field and tables. A sidewalk leads to a school building with several classrooms. Inside, kids seem focused in a math class that looks like a typical public school classroom. Student projects are on display.Under federal standards, teens receive six hours of education a day. Schooling is project-based and teachers use pre-approved lesson plans. “We try to keep the kids engaged and teach them something new. A lot of these kids don’t know how to read or write so we do an assessment at the time of intake  that determines their level of education and that’s how they’re placed into those classrooms,” said Marisela Soldana, regional executive director for Southwest Key’s Houston region.Since migrants arrive with vastly different educational backgrounds, teachers have to be flexible with their lessons, shelter staff members said.“You never know the group of minors you have at any given point,” said Aguilar, adding that classes are an opportunity to teach migrants about what to expect in the United States. “What we can try to do is provide some orientation into the kind of system they’re going to expect once they leave here and begin to acculturate them into that process, maybe teach them about the culture they’re going to be moving into,” he said. Courtesy of Southwest KeyA calendar mapping out a month of activities at Casa Sunzal.Whenever the teens move around the shelter, they’re under strict supervision. During Houston Public Media’s tour, some look upbeat while others appear a bit down. That’s where the facility’s clinicians come into play, staff members said. They’re there to offer professional mental health support.  “They are holding it together. They’re, for the most part, peppy, friendly. But when we do talk to them, they will share, ‘Yes, I really haven’t seen my mom in so long, and all I want to be with her.’ There is some crying sometimes,” said Aguilar, who also is a child psychologist. Social workers keep the teens busy while they’re at the shelter — learning some English, celebrating U.S. holidays and starting their immigration legal process.For Aguilar, the work is personal: “I was an unaccompanied minor. I came into this country, my parents had already come here.”He said he understands why these facilities are under so much scrutiny, but wishes people could see that their bilingual staff really cares about these kids. “It’s very personal, and so when you hear the perception of what we do, it’s just hard,” Aguilar said.    00:00 /04:02last_img read more

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