In the news today August 9

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, August 9———COMMUNITY SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS AFTER MANHUNT ENDSThe residents of Gillam, Manitoba are grappling with questions about how a massive manhunt for two murder suspects from B.C. ended in the unforgiving terrain surrounding their community. The bodies of the suspects were discovered Wednesday morning in dense brush near the shoreline of the Nelson River, within a kilometre from where several items linked to the two young men were found last week. Autopsies are being conducted in Winnipeg to confirm the remains are those of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C. The teens were suspects in the killings of  three people in northern B.C. last month.———RETIRED MOUNTIE SAYS ANSWERS COULD COME IN HOMICIDESA former RCMP assistant commissioner says investigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern B. C. even though the two suspects in the case are believed to be dead. The manhunt for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba. Mounties have said it could be difficult to determine a motive if the suspects can’t be interviewed. Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, agrees it will be hard, but says there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive. German says at least one of the suspects seemed to be highly influenced by violent video games.———MUNK LEADERS’ DEBATE PROPOSED FOR OCT. 1A proposed leaders’ debate on foreign policy already has one confirmed participant, with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer quickly accepting an invitation to join in the Munk Debates event scheduled for Oct. 1. The Munk Debates, which organizes several events on different issues each year,  has announced its plans for a federal election debate involving the leaders of the Liberals, the Conservatives, the NDP and the Green Party. The group says the event will go ahead once all four party leaders confirm their attendance, with a Sept. 24 deadline for replies.———INUK WOMAN BIKES ACROSS CANADA RAISING SUICIDE AWARENESSHannah Tooktoo, an Inuk mother from Nunavik, Que., got off her bike Thursday, 55 days after pedalling across Canada to raise awareness about the suicides that are ravaging her community. Tooktoo, 24, started her journey in Victoria without knowing if she’d be able to finish. Eight weeks later, she arrived in Montreal’s downtown Cabot Square square to cheers and applause from supporters. “It has been really good for me — for my body, for my soul,” said the visual arts student from Montreal’s Dawson College. She called her tour, “Anirnimi Kipisina,” which means “Do not cut your life short ” in Inuktitut.  Tooktoo has so far raised $22,531 from online donors.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer takes part in a coffee & conversation event with the Sydney, N.S. Chamber of Commerce.— Statistics Canada to release its labour force survey for July.— Health Canada officials provide an update on steps toward national pharmacare.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. to release preliminary housing starts data for July.— Small Business Minister Mary Ng in London, Ont., to announce federal investments in support of local women entrepreneurs.— Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will meet with workers and businesses in Calgary, Alberta, and discuss the benefits of the new NAFTA. ———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Slave Lake fire caused by arson

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarlier this year, the community of Slave Lake suffered nearly $700 million in damage as a fire ripped through the town. Nearly 7,000 people were evacuated in one of the most devastating blazes in Canadian history.Now, the Alberta government has released its investigation into the fire, and the information is grim.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has the details.last_img

Vatican embassy says TRC report will be sent to Rome

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The  Vatican embassy in Ottawa says it will send the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report to Rome.A spokesperson at the embassy did not have an immediate comment about the recommendations aimed at the Church including a call for Pope Francis to come to Canada to issue an apology to “survivors.”The TRC report said the apology should be “for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools.”The report is calling for the Pope to issue an apology “similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this report.”In the report released Tuesday, the three TRC Commissioners aimed a number recommendations at churches in Canada that had ties to residential schools.The TRC is asking that churches that are party to the settlement agreement develop educational strategies to ensure their congregations understand the church’s role in residential schools and that churches change their curriculum for young clergy to be taught about the history of the read more

Moroccan Human Rights Council Calls for Dialogue to Resolve Crisis in…

Rabat – Driss El Yazami, the President of the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH), has called for dialogue to resolve the crisis of Al Hoceima and the greater Rif region.“There should be an institutional and inclusive dialogue in the Rif,” said El Yazami in an interview with French magazine Jeune Afrique.El Yazami also said that the CNDH can be one of the institutions pushing for dialogue, which he said must be institutional and include all parties, including protesters who still refuse all forms of dialogue with the government and elected officials. When asked about the controversy that surrounded the CNDH’s report on allegations of torture made by detained Rif activists, El Yazami avoided getting into details.“I can’t talk about the content of the report,” he said. “We’re a constitutional institution that did its job. We can’t confirm or deny that there were violations of human rights [in Rif].”He added that local residents in Al Hoceima and its neighboring towns were generally able to express themselves and demonstrate peacefully, explaining that the recent tension in the region does not deny this fact.In early July, the CNDH report on allegations of torture was leaked to news site Barlamane. Thewebsite, which is said to have close ties with security officials, slammed the council,which stated that medical examination of the detainees revealed they were indeed victims of violence and verbal abuse during their arrest and detention andthat these incidents should be investigated.Barlamane accused the CNDH of feeding the fire of tension in Al Hoceima and questioned the accuracy of the conclusions of the report due to grammatical and factual mistakes in the document. read more

Gun-maker to ask Supreme Court to hear Sandy Hook appeal

HARTFORD, Conn. — The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a Connecticut court ruling that reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that had been filed by victims’ relatives.Court documents filed Friday show that Remington notified the Connecticut Supreme Court of its plans to pursue an appeal with the nation’s highest court.The gunman used a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle to kill 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown in 2012. A survivor and relatives of nine victims sued the Madison, North Carolina, gun-maker.A lower Connecticut court dismissed the lawsuit. The state Supreme Court ruled last month that Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle to the public.Dave Collins, The Associated Press read more

Security Council strongly condemns shooting of Kosovo Serb teens

Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe of Syria, the Council’s President for the month of August, said in a press statement that the 15-member body “expressed deep concern that four years after the conflict such brutal incidents continue to occur. Such incidents jeopardize Kosovo’s image in the international community.”UN police and the international force for Kosovo (KFOR) are investigating the identity of the people who shot the youngsters who had been swimming in a river in the Pec region Wednesday. A Kosovo Albanian woman was also wounded, apparently by a group of Kosovo Serbs, after the shooting.”Members of the Council condemned this violence in the strongest terms,” Ambassador Wehbe said a day after the shooting. “Members of the Council demanded that no efforts be spared to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”Speaking yesterday at the scene of the crime, Jean-Christian Cady, the deputy head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said killing defenceless children playing on the river side was worse than terrorism, describing the incident as an act of “barbarism.””By killing children, you are killing the future of Kosovo. The United Nations and the entire international community condemn this. The police are already on the job and no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice. We will increase the security for Serbs in Kosovo,” Mr. Cady added. read more

Ohio State field hockey drops heartbreaker to No 15 Iowa in season

OSU sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey (23) during a game against California on Oct. 25 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn its season finale on Thursday at Buckeye Field, two goals weren’t enough for the Ohio State field hockey team to fend off No. 15 Iowa. The Buckeyes (6-11, 1-7 Big Ten) started off the match strong with a quick goal from sophomore forward Irene Fritschy in the fifth minute of the game. Junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey padded the OSU lead roughly fifteen minutes later with a solo breakaway shot.However, Iowa (12-6, 4-4) stormed back to avoid the upset. Senior defender and midfielder Chandler Ackers put the Hawkeyes on the board with 13 minutes to go in the half, trimming the deficit heading into halftime.Humphrey said that the energy from the two goals motivated the Buckeyes to continue playing aggressively.“I think it was great the way we played (in the first half),” Humphrey said. “We came out strong … and we just wanted to keep that going.”The second half was a battle for both OSU’s offense and defense. Despite a strong force from the Scarlet and Gray, the Hawkeyes tied the score off a penalty corner and kept the momentum going from there.Iowa’s redshirt senior forward Natalie Cafone, the leading scorer in the Big Ten, was able to find a way around OSU junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro in the 60th minute of play, securing a victory for the Hawkeyes.Coach Anne Wilkinson said while the Buckeyes played a tough second half, their downfall was the lack of scoring opportunities.“I think we had some opportunities in the second half, but we just didn’t have the space that we had in the first half,” she said. “We were able to create goals off of creating space for ourselves. Second half, we didn’t have a lot of space to work with.”Regardless of the game’s heartbreaking result, a handful of Buckeyes walk away from the season with new personal records.Tamburro entered the game as the leader in saves and saves per game in the Big Ten. She finished the year with 101 saves, marking the third year in a row she’s reached triple digit stops.Humphrey walked away as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 32 points — an eight-point jump from the previous year’s record of 24 points.Wilkinson said while the season was a particularly taxing one, she looks forward to working with the squad again next year.“This is one of the best teams I’ve had the opportunity to work with thus far, in how they handle themselves on the field and off the field,” Wilkinson said. “They really work well together… they’re creating a lot of opportunities, but we’ll be working on a lot of goal scoring and finishing in the spring.” read more

The Cavs And Warriors Might Be Doing This Finals Thing For A

YEARSEAST TEAMWEIGHTED AGEWEST TEAMWEIGHTED AGEAVG. When the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet on Christmas Day, each does so as a heavy favorite to reach the NBA Finals for a third-straight season, something that’s never been done by a pair of teams in the NBA’s 70-year history.But while it’s natural to focus on the current season, and to see if the clubs set a new standard by meeting for a third-consecutive summer, it’s also reasonable to think it could be years before anyone supplants them in the finals, because of their youth.The last two teams to meet in back-to-back finals, the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, were much older at the time of their first meeting than the Cavs and Warriors were for theirs. San Antonio had an average weighted1Weighted by minutes played. age of 28.6 years; Miami’s was 30.3 years old. Before them, the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz of 1996-97 and 1997-98 were the only other set of back-to-back finals foes from the past two decades. The Bulls were 30.7 years old on average at the start of their championship-round showdowns, and the Jazz were 29.6, per ESPN Stats & Information Group.The Cavs and Warriors, by contrast, were on average just 26.9 and 26.6 years old, respectively, when they first met in the finals back in 2015, making them the third-youngest repeat finalists ever, behind the Knicks and Minneapolis Lakers from 1951-52 and 1952-53, and the Washington Bullets and Seattle Sonics from 1977-78 and 1978-79. Put another way: The NBA hasn’t seen back-to-back finals foes as young as Cleveland and Golden State in about 40 years.2We’re using ages in the first season the teams met in the finals, a solid proxy since conference-winning teams tend to not have a lot of roster turnover. 1977-78Washington Bullets27.4Seattle Sonics26.026.7 1981-82Philadelphia 76ers28.1Los Angeles Lakers26.827.5 1987-88Detroit Pistons27.4Los Angeles Lakers28.928.2 1996-97Chicago Bulls30.7Utah Jazz29.630.2 1956-57Boston Celtics27.0St. Louis Hawks27.627.3 2012-13Miami Heat30.3San Antonio Spurs28.629.5 2014-15Cleveland Cavaliers26.9Golden State Warriors26.626.8 1983-84Boston Celtics28.0Los Angeles Lakers27.527.5 1971-72New York Knicks28.8Los Angeles Lakers29.529.2 1951-52New York Knicks25.5Minneapolis Lakers25.925.7 1964-65Boston Celtics28.3Los Angeles Lakers26.427.4 1959-60Boston Celtics27.5St. Louis Hawks27.527.5 Back-to-back finals foes, by youngest average age Rematches in the NBA Finals aren’t all that unusual. There have been 14 back-to-back occasions throughout league history. But they were a lot more common in decades past, when the league had far fewer teams and little enough competitive balance to see the Celtics and Lakers meet in the finals six times in eight years.It also helped that powerhouse teams from those eras could stay intact since salary caps and unrestricted free agency didn’t take root until the mid- to late-1980s. Far more player movement happens these days, forcing teams (even borderline dynastic ones) to make tough personnel decisions.The Warriors and Cavs, despite their willingness to spend, aren’t totally immune to those choices. Golden State, for instance, may be forced to part with one of its better players (likely free-agent-to-be Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston) in order to give Steph Curry and Kevin Durant the max salaries they deserve.And while Cleveland has almost all of its top players inked for the foreseeable future (LeBron James can opt out in 2018), Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert paid $54 million to cover the Cavs’ league-high luxury-tax bill. (Granted, the tax helped the Cavs earn the city’s first major pro sports title in 52 years. But a looming, costly repeater tax could eventually cost Gilbert more than $100 million if the Cavs opt to keep their roster together long term.) In the shorter term, the Raptors also are a threat. According to our NBA forecast, they have a 34 percent chance of winning the East, just behind the Cavs’ 37 percent, as of Thursday. (The Warriors have a 59 percent chance of reaching the finals, and there’s about a 22 percent chance of a Warriors-Cavs final.)But stepping back for a minute, there’s still reason to think the Warriors and Cavs are a solid bet to face each other again in the finals for years to come.For starters, there’s the fact that these clubs have already been playing at a high level for years. They currently rank second all-time among back-to-back finals participants in combined win percentage over a three-season span, just behind the Bulls and Jazz from the 1995-96 season to 1997-98, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago and Utah had a .780 win percentage during their window; the Cavs and Warriors are at .770. (Similarly, with a look at the harmonic mean of the Cavs and Warriors’ Elo ratings — a system used to rate the strength of teams over time — we see that over the last two-plus-years, they trail only the Jazz and Bulls’ run in terms of teams that have played in consecutive finals.)And obviously the magnitude of the Durant signing can’t be overstated. Aside from the fact that the Warriors vastly improved their starting five, somehow becoming even less guardable than before, it’s also important to look at how that signing changed the landscape of things out West.By acquiring him, Golden State not only kept Durant from joining a 67-win Spurs team or a star-studded Clippers club (both of whom met with Durant as he mulled his options as a free agent) but also poached him from Oklahoma City, a team that nearly eliminated the Warriors last season and arguably stood as their biggest long-term threat.In Cleveland’s case, James alone gives them a good shot at returning to the finals, given that he’s reached six in a row, and has shown before that he doesn’t necessarily need both his co-stars at full strength to get there. The real question is how long James, who’s never had a serious injury that forced him to miss considerable time, can play at an all-world level.James turns 32 in a week, and has taken on a heavy load of playing time, both this season and over his career; one in which he’s already logged more career minutes than Larry Bird did during his before retiring at age 35. (The other top seven Warriors and Cavs’ players in win shares — Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson — have far less tread, and are 28 or younger.)From the looks of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which still needs to be ratified but which the owners and players’ union tentatively agreed to last week, it doesn’t look as if there will be real impediments to the Warriors’ and Cavs’ being able to stay together for the next few years. In fact, the framework of the agreement contains some elements that might actually help Golden State keep its star players despite the fact that some believed the opposite might take place after commissioner Adam Silver expressed concern with the rise of superteams after Durant chose to join the Warriors.In any case, even with months to go, it wouldn’t be surprising to anyone if the Cavs and Warriors make history to reach the finals a third-straight time. At this point, the better question might be how long they can keep the streak going.CORRECTION: (Dec. 23, 12:11 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the years the Bulls and Jazz and the Heat and Spurs played back-to-back Finals. The correct years were 1996-97 and 1997-98 for Chicago and Utah, and 2012-13 and 2013-14 for San Antonio and Miami.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 1961-62Boston Celtics27.9Los Angeles Lakers25.926.9 Ages calculated from the start of each teams’ two-year run to the NBA Finals.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 1967-68Boston Celtics29.5Los Angeles Lakers27.828.7 read more

Its time to work for Ohio State as matchup with No 7

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) intercepts a pass from Illinois senior quarterback Rielly O’Toole during a Nov. 1 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAfter handling Illinois, 55-14, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett said the Ohio State football team has no problem taking things one step at a time.“I think we as an organization did a pretty good job of just focusing on the task at hand, and tonight that was Illinois,” Barrett said.But as soon as the clock hit zero Saturday night at Ohio Stadium, the task at hand shifted from the Fighting Illini to the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (7-1, 4-0). The No. 13 Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0) are scheduled to play the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday at 8 p.m.“This is huge,” senior wide receiver Devin Smith said of the matchup with Michigan State. “We checked this on our calendar just because what happened last year.”The last time the two teams faced-off was the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Michigan State came away with a 34-24 win, effectively ending OSU’s hopes of making an appearance in the last-ever BCS National Championship game and snapping the Buckeyes’ 24-game win streak.“I’m not gonna lie to you, I cried for like two days,” Smith said Saturday. “It was tough, and the whole team, it seemed like after we took that loss it took the whole soul out of the team.”Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the Buckeyes put emphasis on that loss during the offseason, but added that their focus came week by week once fall rolled around.“You try to use that loss as motivation but, once the season hits, not to sound clichéd, but I mean it’s literally one game at a time,” Herman said after the win against Illinois.While the Spartans are a top-10 team once again, the Buckeyes fielded a new-look lineup that included Barrett in place of injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller and a few fresh faces on defense. One of those fresh faces — redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee — said he knows what the upcoming game means even though he wasn’t at Lucas Oil Stadium last December.“I wasn’t really in the locker room for that, but watching on TV, I mean, it hurt, it hurt, it hurt a lot,” Lee said after the Illinois game. “We feel like these guys took something from us and it’s full metal jacket now and we’re trying to go win this game.”Lee added that the Buckeyes are planning to return the favor when they make the trip to East Lansing next weekend.“Everybody is focusing on how this week is here upon us now and we’re just gonna get ready to go and take it,” he said.Barrett agreed that OSU is only focused on the Spartans coming out of the win, but made clear he feels that way because it’s the next game on the schedule, not for any other reason.“As far as our program here at Ohio State football, we’ve just been working on the next game,” he said. “And that’s it.”But as their focus shifts toward Michigan State, the Buckeyes have room to grow despite coming off a 41-point victory.While the starting defense pitched a shutout — the two Illinois touchdowns came with backups in the game for OSU — the Buckeye offense misfired on a few occasions on its way to a 31-0 halftime lead. Barrett in particular missed open receivers more than once in his half of play.While the Wichita Falls, Texas, native sat out the second half — he’s nursing a sprained MCL — he still managed to finish 15-of-24 for 167 yards and two touchdowns through the air.Herman said he wants to see Barrett correct some of the misfires, but added his ability to fight back from adversity can be a positive going forward.“(Barrett) missed some open throws that we would have liked to have completed,” Herman said. “We will figure that part out, I don’t have any hesitation there. The fact that it happened the way that it happened can only add some confidence and some toughness to him as he heads into this week.”But outside of Barrett’s early misses and a couple of big plays given up on defense, the overall performance from OSU was one of domination. The Buckeyes totaled 545 yards on offense while allowing just 243 from the Fighting Illini, and won the turnover battle, 4-1. Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston kicked the ball away just once, while Illinois was forced to punt four times and failed on two attempted fourth-down conversions.Sophomore safety Vonn Bell said OSU took Illinois seriously, but simply wanted to prove it was the better team by sticking to the game plan.“That wasn’t a sleeper team, they had good athletes,” Bell said of Illinois. “So we just had to do what we had to do. We had to execute, so it showed.”Lee said that execution, in addition to “heart,” will be important in the matchup with the Spartans.“They’re a good team without a doubt, and they’re a tough team and they’re a well-coached team,” he said. “But it’s just gonna come down to executing our game plan … on all phases. Special teams, offense and defense. We know what’s at stake here, and that’s about it.”As the preparation started just moments after the win against Illinois, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the “most prepared team will win it” when his Buckeyes visit Spartan Stadium.“That’s what’s going to win this game,” he said.With preparation in mind, Lee had one simple plan for the Buckeyes after leaving the Ohio Stadium turf and putting the 55-14 win against Illinois in the rearview mirror.“It’s time to work.” read more

Tatran Presov extends contract with coach Rasic

Djordje RasicSlovakian handball championTatran Presov ← Previous Story Slovakia gets ready for Belarus – Squad announced Next Story → Salford Crowned English League Champions Slovakian champion, HC Tatran Presov extends contract with Serbian coach, Djordje Rasic. With Rasic on the bench, Tatran Presov won 4th place in the SEHA League, Slovakian Cup, Championship and reach EHF Cup 1/4 final stage. On the beginning of the season, Tatran missed the chance to qualify for the EHF Champions League. Slovakian champion lost as a host in the semifinal of the Qualification tournament against F.C Porto. read more

Rancho Santa Fe Fireman shows the heart beneath the heat

first_imgRancho Santa Fe Fireman shows the heart beneath the heat Posted: July 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom RANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – We are all familiar with the incredible heroics performed by our local fireman and the amazing rescue efforts they demonstrate during San Diego fire season.  But this morning, a firetruck and three firemen from Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station 3 – Fairbanks – pulled up in front of Helen Woodward Animal Center with a rescue of a different kind.   The emergency?  A tiny dog cuddled in the arms of Fire Engineer Brian Ciuchta.Ciuchta, who resides in Lakeside, had found the small dog yesterday during his evening run in Sycamore Canyon.“She was miles away from any home and she wasn’t wearing a tag,” stated Ciuchta.  “I knew if I didn’t take her with me, she was definitely going to be food for a coyote.”Ciuchta immediately placed a “FOUND” ad on Craigslist and, this morning, he brought her to work.  His fire station is located directly across the street from Helen Woodward Animal Center and Ciuchta hoped Center staff would help locate a microchip so that the dog’s owner could be found.  Unfortunately the tiny pup had never been microchipped leaving her former family a mystery.Helen Woodward Animal Center pets come with a microchip ensuring adoptive families can more easily be united with lost pets.  The Center encourages all pet owners to microchip their own pets – a service which is available at the Center’s Companion Animal Hospital located at 6523 Helen Woodward Way, Ste 200, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. As for the lost dog cuddled in Ciuchta’s arms, the local fireman said that he hoped a news story might help him track down its owner.  “She’s such a sweet pup.  I’m sure someone must be missing her.”If you recognize this dog or are its owner, please contact the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station 3 – Fairbanks – at (858) 756-4730.Asked if he might keep the dog if its owner couldn’t be found, Ciuchta stated, “my wife has already named her ‘Nala’ but it’s important to me that I try to find her family if I can.”Proving a fireman’s demonstrations of selflessness and heroism are not just acts of bravery, they are also acts of heart.***About Helen Woodward Animal CenterHelen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.  For more information, go to: July 10, 2018last_img read more

US unemployment aid applications surge to 368000

first_imgWASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average rose 6,000 to 328,750. That is close to pre-recession levels and generally a positive sign for job gains.Applications had tumbled in recent weeks to nearly six-year lows, partly because of a late Thanksgiving holiday that may have distorted the government’s seasonal adjustments. Economists believe this week’s jump in claims was a dose of payback.“What the seasonals give in one month they have to take back the next, hence today’s number,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.last_img read more

Disha Patani continues the Bollywood legacy in hot avatar in Bharats Slow

first_imgDisha Patani in Bharat songYouTube ScreenshotAfter Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Katrina Kaif and Kajol, Disha Patani continues the Bollywood legacy with her stunning yellow saree look. Disha not only aces the look but the young actress also flaunts her sizzling moves alongside Salman Khan in the new song from Bharat.Disha, who has donned a yellow saree in the latest song, not only lends an indian flavour to the song but the diva also looks jaw droppingly hot in the saree avatar. Many leading actresses in Bollywood were seen in blue, green, pink, red color saree’s but the yellow color has its own charm. Not many B-Town actresses have gotten the opportunity to be decked in yellow but, Disha has not only nailed the flamboyance in ‘Slow Motion’ but the actress has so made a statement, on how to carry the saree in Vogue.It is to be credited that in the early stage of her career only, Disha has gotten an opportunity to showcase her dancing prowess alongside Salman Khan.Raveena Tandon in ‘Tip Tip Barsa Paani’, alongside Akshay Kumar thrilled the crowd with her hot moves, while Manisha Koirala in ‘Rimjhim Rimjhim’ looked every bit innocent and ravishing in 1942 Love Story, alongside Anil Kapoor.Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan also matched their steps in the romantic number ‘Gerua’, from the film Dilwale and so did the stunning Katrina Kaif with Akshay Kumar in ‘Gale Lag Ja’ from the film De Dana Dan.In Slow motion mein, which is the first song from the film Bharat, Disha not only aces the Saree look but the glimpses of the song also reflects Disha’s character of playing a trapeze artist in the film, where the actress is seen hanging through ropes with Salman. With the yellow saree look Disha Patani not only continues the Bollywood trend but the actress takes it to the next level.Bharat, which traces the journey of Salman Khan for six decades in which the actor will be spotted in six looks will be seen romancing Disha in the early phase of life.Disha has been soaring the temperature on social media by posting her pictures and sending the fans into a frenzy.After the back to back success of M.S. Dhoni -An Untold Story and Baaghi 2, which collected more than Rs 100 crore at the box office, Disha will be seen next in Bharat along with Salman Khan, followed by Mohit Suri’s Malang.last_img read more

Lalu Prasad convicted in fodder scam case

first_imgRJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav taken into police custody in Ranchi on Saturday. A special CBI court convicted RJD chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a case relating to the multi-million rupee fodder scam on Saturday.A special CBI court of India on Saturday convicted RJD chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a case relating to the multi-million rupee fodder scam.The court acquitted another former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others in the case, related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury.The CBI court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on 3 January.Lalu Prasad has been sent to jail. Angry RJD workers tried to stop the police vehicle when Lalu Prasad was being taken to jail.Special CBI Judge Shivpal Singh delivered the judgment at around 3:40pm.The accused persons appeared at the CBI court at 11:00am and judgment was deferred till 3:00pm.According to a lawyer, the trial in the case was completed on 13 December 13 in a special CBI court of Ranchi.There were 34 accused in the case and 11 died during trial, while one turned CBI approver and admitted the crime.The CBI judge first read the six names who were acquitted. The acquitted people include Mishra, former Bihar Minister Vidya Sagar Nisad and then Public Accounts Committee chairman Dhruva Bhagat.Speaking to reporters on the judgment, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said “We are disappointed with the judgment. In the same case Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted. Lalu had got jail, while Mishra has got bail. This is the game of Narendra Modi.”Lalu Prasad and Mishra are already convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and are out on bail.Both are accused in four fodder scam cases. The trial in two other cases is going on in special CBI courts of Ranchi.The trial in three cases gained momentum in May this year after the Supreme Court directed that the trial be completed in nine months.In Patna, the Rashtriya Janata Dal said it will challenge the verdict in the High Court.“The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will challenge the special CBI court’s order in the High Court soon,” senior party leader Jagdanand Singh, considered close to Lalu Prasad, told the media.A former state minister, Singh has termed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as “tota” (parrot) and robot, controlled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government.In New Delhi, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the “caged parrot” (referring to the CBI) has been “unleashed on political rivals” who do not bow before the BJP.He said the decision would not weaken the RJD workers’ resolve to fight back its rivals politically.Targeting the BJP, Jha said that 11, Ashok Road (BJP headquarter in Delhi) was a “washing machine” that washes away all the taints of any person who bows before the party.last_img read more

ACC approves charge sheets against Falu wife

first_imgThe main entrance of the Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Segunbagicha, Dhaka. UNB File PhotoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday approved charge sheets of two cases filed against former BNP lawmaker Mosaddek Ali Falu and his wife on charges of acquiring wealth beyond known sources of income and concealing asset information, reports UNB.ACC deputy director Md Jahangir Alam filed a case against Falu, also chairman and managing director of a private television channel NTV, with Ramna police on 15 May 2017.ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said Falu was accused of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 178.60 million. According to case documents, the BNP leader concealed information of his wealth in the asset details submitted to the ACC.The commission also filed a case in the same year against Falu’s wife for allegedly acquiring wealth beyond known sources of income.She was also accused for concealing information of the wealth worth around Tk 40 million, according to the case documents.last_img read more

Maoists kill 15 elite commandos in India

first_imgA bomb attack by suspected Maoist rebels killed 15 Indian elite commandos and their driver on Wednesday, police said, in the latest incident of election-time violence in a decades-long insurgency.Tens of thousands of people have been killed since the 1960s in several areas of India in clashes between security forces and guerrillas first inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.In the latest incident, “Maoists attacked a team of commandos travelling in a private vehicle to inspect an earlier attack. So far 16 men have died,” an official at police headquarters in the western state of Maharashtra told AFP.The attack, the deadliest carried out by the Maoists since 2017, happened in the densely forested Gadchiroli region of Maharashtra, deep in the Indian interior.Gadchiroli police official Prashant Dute told AFP that the police commandos had been on their way to the scene of the earlier attack in the same area in which more than 30 vehicles were torched.The Maoists insurgents are believed to be present in at least 20 Indian states but are most active in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand.Thousands of armed men and women — also known as Naxals — say they are fighting for the rights of indigenous tribal people, including for land, resources and jobs.India’s current election began on 11 April and is due to run until 19 May. Attacks by Maoist rebels often spike as the country goes to the polls.Last weekend rebels opened fire on Indian police, killing two constables and wounding a villager in the central state of Chhattisgarh, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.One constable and an assistant constable died at the scene and the villager, shot in the chest, was taken by local residents for treatment, PTI reported.A roadside bomb attack on a political convoy in early April killed five people in Chhattisgarh, two days before the world’s biggest election began.The rebels often call for a boycott of elections as part of their campaign against the Indian state.- ‘Red corridor’ -The Gadchiroli district, some 900 kilometres (560 miles) east of state capital Mumbai, has long been a hotbed of violence, with at least 17 police killed there in 2009.It is a key transit point for the guerrillas, connecting western India with central and southern states in a restive tranche known as the “red corridor”.On 11 April, the day voting began, a landmine planted by Maoists exploded near a polling centre there. There were no injuries.In April 2018, raids on rebel camps in the region killed at least 37 insurgents, police said. Many of the slain rebels were women, police said.Wednesday’s attack was the deadliest by Maoists in India since 2017 when at least 25 paramilitaries were killed in the Sukma district of central Chhattisgarh state.That in turn was the deadliest since Maoists killed 75 paramilitary soldiers from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 2010 in the same state.Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday swiftly condemned the latest attack.”Strongly condemn the despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. I salute all the brave personnel,” Modi tweeted.”Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with the bereaved families. The perpetrators of such violence will not be spared,” he added.Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally of Modi, said he was “anguished” by the “cowardly” attack.Home minister Rajnath Singh called it “an act of cowardice and desperation”.”We are extremely proud of the valour of our police personnel,” he said. “Their supreme sacrifice while serving the nation will not go in vain.”last_img read more

War for the Planet of the Apes Will Go Beyond Caesars Crew

first_imgStay on target The official trailer for the third installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot/prequel series has been released. War for the Planet of the Apes is, as you might guess, a war movie. At a press event, director Matt Reeves likened the story to Apocalypse Now. Only with apes. It takes place two years after the events of the last movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. War has broken out, and a particularly cruel human Colonel tests the limits of Caesar’s empathy for humans. Reeves says the war pushes Caesar into a more extreme place, making him more like Koba, the antagonist from the last movie.One of the most interesting things we learned from Reeves was that much of the movie’s setting came out of a desire to see how much punishment the motion capture equipment could take. In the first movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they filmed primarily on a stage. In Dawn, they took the actors and the equipment into the woods and found out that it all held up pretty well in the rain. For this movie, Reeves decided he wanted snow.The Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson, makes things bad enough for the apes that Caesar (along with two companions) make a journey north to confront him. They travel into the Sierra mountains, “and it’s snowing,” Reeves said. “And we go into all new locales… we took the equipment and pushed it to its limits. It was freezing.”Reeves said that as the film goes on, the characters learn that the intelligent ape world is much larger than they suspected. One of the highlights of the event was the introduction of a new character named Bad Ape. Played by Steve Zahn, Bad Ape is a chimpanzee who used to live in a zoo. As he got smarter, he slowly learned to speak English. The humans called him Bad Ape so much that he thinks it’s his name. The fact that there are other intelligent apes out there unrelated to Caesar’s group is a major part of the movie’s premise.Fox New Year Presentation – War for the Planet of the Apes -Pictured: Dave Karger, Matt Reeves, Steve Zahn -Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix -Loctaion: Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln CenterThis was the first time Zahn ever had to put on a MoCap suit. We even saw a glimpse of his raw performance as the footage shown to the press wasn’t quite done yet. (Some of the scenes still had the bare ape models running around, without any fur or other textures added yet. Other scenes had no apes at all yet, just the actors walking around in gray body suits with dots on their faces.) It was a great reminder that there is really no difference between mo-cap acting and on-camera acting. Reeves even said he gets annoyed when people say Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar) is a great MoCap actor. “He’s not a great MoCap actor. He’s a great actor.”Zahn, as it turns out, is also a great actor. He joined Reeves onstage to talk about the experience. Even though Bad Ape comes off as a comic relief role, Zahn got the role for a very non-comedic performance. They told a story about how Zahn had to audition over Skype because he was finishing up another project in Puerto Rico. Zahn describes auditioning to a laptop as one of the weirder experiences of his life. Even through the weirdness, he gave one hell of a performance. Enough to cement in Reeves’s mind that he was Bad Ape.“There’s a scene where he’s talking to Caesar… and you find out about his past,” Reeves said. “And as he’s talking about it, and you actually only find out about his past through what you (Zahn) do, which is the way you express yourself. And I, over Skype, was crying. I was like, “Oh my God. We just found Bad Ape.”Still from War for the Planet of the Apes. Via FOX.Zahn said he was surprised by how familiar the challenges of MoCap acting were. “I thought the things that were gonna obstruct the way I worked were technical things,” he said. “That I was going to have to adapt the way I worked… to this big MoCap, whatever that means, world. And what I realized, and it was frightening, was that the challenges were the same challenges I had doing experimental theater in Boston. It was working from here (he pointed to his heart), it had nothing to do with the technical. And it scared me.” Of all the films and TV series Zahn’s been a part of, this is the closest he’s felt to doing live theater.We didn’t see a lot of War for the Planet of the Apes, but so far, it looks like a fine follow-up. The new series has been great so far, and an Apocalypse Now-style war movie feels like a natural next step for the story. If this keeps up the quality level of the last two movies, we may even forget that awful Tim Burton remake even existed. 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi FlicksPlanet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and Wild last_img read more

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