When Boston Marathon turned into a sprint, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono was ready

first_img“I’ve never run on the track before,” the 30-year-old Kenyan said on Tuesday after picking up a check for $150,000 as the winner of the 123rd Boston Marathon. “To me, it was a lesson. I never lost hope.”A six-time marathon winner, Cherono was the fastest man in the field by virtue of his victory in Amsterdam last fall in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 6 seconds. That speed came in handy Monday when the pack ran faster in the second half than the first, and Cherono completed the final mile in 4:29 to get to the tape before two-time Boston winner Lelisa Desisa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn fact, at the 30K checkpoint there were still a dozen runners in the lead pack, including three of the last four champions: Desisa, who won in 2013 and ’15, Geoffrey Kirui (’16) and Lemi Berhanu Hayle (’17).“I was not thinking of what they did last year,” Cherono said. “I was running my own race.” Cherono finished in 2:07:57, the fastest winning time in Boston since Geoffrey Mutai’s 2:03:02 set a course record and a world best. Desisa slowed up, grimacing in agony, and finished 2 seconds behind.Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race in 2:23:31 after pulling away from the pack in the outer suburbs and running alone for more than 20 miles.“This is going to change my life,” she said Tuesday. “This marathon throws me onto the world stage. Winning the Boston Marathon is everything.”A year after dealing with some of the foulest weather New England has to offer — temperatures in the mid-30s, an icy rain and near-gale headwinds — organizers lucked into a pretty nice day. Temperatures were in the high 50s at the start, and the rain held off until late in the afternoon.That led to some new challenges.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Lawrence Cherono, left, of Kenya, runs to the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Sometimes a race is both a marathon and a sprint.Lawrence Cherono paced himself for 26 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, making the turn from Hereford Street for the last 600 meters on Boylston shoulder-to-shoulder with two other runners. From there, it was a footrace.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:53WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday in New Orleans02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Forecasts of cold and rain forced the Boston Athletic Association to prepare again for the worst, and heavy rains and lightning overnight led organizers to delay some of the buses shuttling runners out to the start. An early-morning military march was delayed for 90 minutes, but had the lightning continued the whole race could have been canceled.Para athletes and others with imperfect contact with the ground were offered a deferment; not a single one took it, race director Dave McGillivray said.The skies remained clear for the entire elite race and a light rain began falling mid-afternoon. But instead of the hypothermia that had been feared from anticipated cold weather — extra heaters were ordered for the medical tents — temperatures soared into the low 70s and doctors were dealing with exertion heat stroke.One runner had a core body temperature of 109 degrees, medical coordinator Chris Troyanos said. A total of 2,217 runners needed medical attention on the course or at the finish line; 103 people were transported to hospitals and 13 were admitted overnight.All were expected to be released Tuesday, Troyanos said.McGillivray said the changing forecasts put pressure on organizers that last year’s dreadful — but predictable — weather did not.“It was a moving target all week long,” he said. “But pressure is a privilege. And the B.A.A. team is at its best when we are challenged.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Women’s wrestling to cap competition at Tokyo Olympics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

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UE posts 2nd straight win at expense of skidding Adamson

first_imgRey Suerte also pumped in 26 points and had seven rebounds for UE, which shot almost 52 percent from the field.“On the board in the dugout, the reminder was this was a must-win game,” said Suerte. “We knew that we still have a great chance of making the Final Four if we keep winning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe victory forged a tie at sixth spot between the Warriors and the Falcons, who both own 3-5 records. UST, which is at No. 4 with a 4-3 record, is slated to play Ateneo later in the second game.The Warriors also got solid contributions from reserves Chris Connor, Jojo Antiporda and Leon Lorenzana as they avenged their 80-91 first round loss to the Falcons. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors01:43Trillanes discourages Robredo from accepting ICAD post04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man ADAMSON 74 – Douanga 16, Lastimosa 16, Ahanmisi 11, Camacho 11, Chauca9, Bernardo 3, Fermin 2, Manlapaz 2, Mojica 2, Yerro 2, Flowers 0,Magbuhos 0, Sabandal 0Quarter scores: 18-22, 31-36, 59-56, 80-74 Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Adamson led by as many as 11 points in the first half, before UE made its move late in the third period. Down 48-50, Philip Manalang and Antiporda nailed back to back treys to trigger the 17-6 run that allowed the Warriors to seize control. Diakhite fired 15 of his output in the third period.Diakhite and Suerte nearly matched the output of the entire Adamson team in the second half, 37-38.“The players did a wonderful job today,” said UE coach Bong Tan. “I’m glad that the other players stepped up. We expect a lot from Alex and Rey but guys like Connor and Antiporda did their job. They made ourteam unpredictable.”Lenda Douanga and Jerrom Lastimosa scored 16 points each to lead the Falcons, whose gunners Val Chauca and Jerrick Ahanmisi struggled on a combined 8-of-30 shooting.The scores:UE 80 – Diakhite 29, Suerte 26, Conner 7, Manalang 5, Abanto 3,Antiporda 3, Lorenzana 3, Apacible 2, Tolentino 2, Cruz 0, Pagsanjan 0ADVERTISEMENT A league first: The NBA plays a game in India Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Photo from UAAPMANILA, Philippines—A rejuvenated University of the East nailed its first winning streak of UAAP Season 82, after dumping Adamson, 80-74, Saturday to rev up its Final Four drive at Mall of Asia Arena.Senegalese slotman Alex Diakhite finished with 29 points, including 23 in the second half, and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Red Warriors followed up their conquest of National University by taking down one of this season’s top contenders in the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Services, Railways fume at being left out of boxing polls

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) Livid at being ignored for elections to put together a new federation tomorrow, two of Indian boxings biggest stakeholders — Railways and Services Sports Control Board — have lodged a protest with the Sports Ministry. Neither Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) nor the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) will be a part of the election process to constitute the Boxing Federation of India even though they have a vote each. “We havent even been intimated about tomorrows election, we are getting to know through media reports. Thats no way to treat stakeholders as big as us. We provide jobs, training facilities to boxers and our boxers have gone on to represent India in every big tournament. How can we be kept out of this process like this?” asked a top RSPB official while talking to PTI. “We have written to the Sports Ministry to register our protest,” the official added. The view was echoed by SSCB, which was among the founding members of the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), the governing body till 2012. “Boxing is an integral part of SSCB. We even have a boys division to ensure that the sport is nurtured at the grassroot level. We ought to at least be told that a process is on. Is that too much?” said an SSCB official. A representative of the ad-hoc committee, which is administering the sport right now, however, said the Boards have been left out as they did not take affiliation from BFI. “We had told them about the affiliation process in April but they said that since BFI is not recognised by the Sports Ministry, they would neither take affiliation nor pay the affiliation fee. That is why they have been left out of the election process,” said an ad-hoc committee member. “They can take affiliation after the body is constituted and given recognition by the Sports Ministry. That would reinstate their voting rights,” he said. However, both RSPB and SSCB said they deserved a voice even tomorrow. “We understand there are technicalities but we could have been intimated. We deserve to be informed and kept in loop. We are among the biggest contributors to Indian boxing. And what if we are not OK with whoever gets elected tomorrow? Would there be a re-election?,” asked the SSCB official. The two Boards have had some of the biggest names in Indian boxing on their rolls. While RSPB can boast of having the likes of Vijender Singh and Akhil Kumar before Beijing Olympics, SSCB have names such as M Suranjoy Singh and L Devendro Singh among others. PTI PM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Premier League: West Bromwich Albion sign Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion have signed left-back Keiran Gibbs from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a four-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.The 27-year-old, who has 10 caps for England, made more than 200 appearances for Arsenal over more than a decade at the north London club. No fee was disclosed, but British media reported that Gibbs cost between 5 million and 7 million pounds ($6.5 million-$9 million).”I would like to thank (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger for giving me the chance to start my career and fulfil a dream!!” Gibbs said on Twitter.Delighted to have signed for @WBA ????? ?? #WBA pic.twitter.com/LngeupoR5K- Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) August 30, 2017″Now it’s time for the next chapter with West Bromwich Albion and I can’t wait to get started with the boys.”Gibbs is West Brom’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Oliver Burke, Gareth Barry, Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez. The club also signed China international striker Zhang Yuning who has been loaned to Werder Bremen.”I’m delighted to welcome Kieran to the club. We have recruited another quality addition, an England player with bags of experience at Premier League and Champions League level,” West Brom chairman John Williams told the club website.($1 = 0.7738 pounds)last_img read more

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Greece Track & Field Comes Back

first_imgAfter finishing second in a 12-country meet on Crete, Greece’s track and field teams have moved back into the Super League of the European Track & Field Teams Championship.Greece’s men and women collected 327 points, only 24 behind the winning Czech Republic team. The top three teams make it to the Super League. The Netherlands finished third with 299.5 points.The event also showcased the career end of the great hurdler Periklis Iakovakis, the Greek record holder, 2006 European gold medal winner and 15-time national champion, who ran the 400-meter hurdles and in the 4 x 400 meter relay, which finished with the team holding on to each other and dancing around the center circle of the Pankritio Stadium.Greece won seven events, including the remarkable 5.80 meter pole vault leap of Costas Filippidis for his best effort this season. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Spotted AIDAs Newest Ship Reaches Barcelona

first_imgImage Courtesy: AIDA CruisesAIDAperla, the youngest member of AIDA Cruises’ fleet, arrived at the Port of Barcelona via the Western Mediterranean in the evening hours of June 7 as part of its ‘Welcome Cruises’.During AIDAperla’s maiden season, Barcelona is, alongside Palma de Mallorca, one of the start and end ports for the ship’s seven-day cruises in the Western Mediterranean.The Rostock cruise company’s twelfth ship, delivered to AIDA Cruises in April this year, will be christened on June 30, 2017, in Palma de Mallorca.As disclosed, five AIDA ships will be docking in Barcelona a total of 61 times in 2017. Apart from AIDAperla, which will dock 31 times, Barcelona is also a travel destination for guests aboard AIDAstella, AIDAblu, AIDAsol and AIDAaura.What is more, the company – working with the relevant authorities and other partners – intends to supply AIDAperla with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) while it is docked at the port.As AIDAperla’s twin ship AIDAprima has already been provided with LNG in all five ports of its Northern Europe cruises since May 2016, the newbuilding will be the second cruise ship worldwide that, thanks to a dual fuel engine, will be able to produce onboard power from LNG while docked – accounting for some 40 percent of its operating time, according to AIDA Cruises.The company said it is also discussing this issue with other Mediterranean ports.Thanks to the completion of the Carnival Group’s new cruise terminal, for the first time six ships from the AIDA fleet will be stopping at Barcelona on their cruises through the Mediterranean.The cruise corporation is investing a total of around EUR 30 million (USD 33.6 million) in the facility which has an area of some 12,500 m². It is intended for the operation of the next generation of ships that are entirely powered by LNG. The first ship of this generation, AIDAnova, is expected to be commissioned in fall 2018.last_img read more

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Two Possible World Heritage Sites

first_imgTwo Nova Scotia communities have been identified for possibledesignation as World Heritage Sites, Premier John Hamm announcedtoday, April 30. Joggins, in Cumberland County, and Grand Pré, in Kings County,are two of the 11 sites unveiled today by the federal government. “The designation of Joggins and Grand Pré will show the rest ofCanada and the world that Nova Scotia is an internationallycompetitive tourism destination,” said Premier Hamm. “Thesedesignations can only serve to bring more visitors to theprovince and economic activity to these regions.” Joggins, nominated as a natural site, is internationallyrecognized as one of the most important fossil sites in theworld. The 300-million-year-old fossils at the site are protectedunder Nova Scotia’s Special Places Protection Act. There areplans for development of a new interpretive centre. Grand Pré, selected as a cultural site, is a long-establishedNational Historic Park that recently received a new interpretivecentre. This site is recognized as the homeland of Acadian peopleworldwide and will be further enhanced this year as the 2004Congrès mondial acadien celebrations take place in Nova Scotia. The Town of Lunenburg has already achieved World Heritage Sitestatus and is one of 13 sites already recognized in Canada.last_img read more

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Thousands of dalits hit the streets in Delhi protesting demolition of Ravidas

first_imgNew Delhi: The stretch between Jhandewalan and Ramlila Maidan turned into a sea of blue as thousands of Dalits from different parts of the country took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against the recent demolition of a Ravidas Mandir in the city. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court. The protesters also asked the central government to rebuild the temple. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Cries of ‘Jai Bhim’ rented the air as the protesters, who trooped in from Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states, demanded that the government hand over the concerned plot of land to the community and rebuild the temple. The issue has taken a political hue with various parties demanding that the temple be reconstructed either at the same spot in Tughlakabad forest area or at an alternative location. The protests in Delhi comes a week after a similar mobilisation of Dalits took place in Punjab on August 13 over the issue. The gathering saw the presence of Delhi’s Social Justice Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and spiritual leaders from the community.last_img read more

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Community behind Lankan family to be deported from US

The family has collected over 5,500 signatures on their petition to try to get their father released from a detention center. Friends in their community can give testimony to their character. As a deportation date nears for a San Antonio family with roots in Sri Lanka, friends in their local community came together to try to get the attention of their local congressman.Their message is a simple and clear one they hope Congressman Joaquin Castro will hear, kens5.com reported. “So we are trying to call on congressman Castro and other folks in the community to really step up and to see the support that the family has and to take action to make sure that they can stay here,” said Mohammad Abdollahi of RACIES Texas. Kevin Randenyia and his family are thankful for all of the support.“It makes me feel good that I’ve got people watching my back and are willing to go out on a limb to help me through our time of trouble,” Randenyia said.We contacted ICE on why the father, Saman, was detained for deportation back on December 1st. “I know they are a good family and they’re not trying to hurt anybody and I really want their family to be able to be together,” Christina Espinosa said.“I just think the compassionate and the gospel thing to do is to let them stay,” a friend said. “They are good people.” They released this statement reading in part: Mr. Randeniya was issued a final order of removal by a federal immigration judge on Nov. 2, 2006. Since then he’s appealed his case to both the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which have both dismissed his case. His most recent stay of removal application was submitted in October 2015 which was denied.But the family says that despite a denial, they will still try to stay in the country and city they know as home.“We’re just hoping we can get through this.” read more

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In a globalized world music fragments take unexpected roads

NEW YORK — At my son’s fourth birthday party, a classmate presented him with a toy recycling truck. Atop it was a button that, when pushed, uncorked a familiar tune with the words: “To the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump dump!” An adult nearby heard the melody and said, “Hey?— that’s the ‘Lone Ranger’ theme song.”Well, yes and no. It is indeed the fanfare to the famed 1950s TV series. But before that it was something even more venerable?— the William Tell Overture, by a 19th-century Italian composer named Gioachino Rossini.So goes the story of modern music. A century of near-continuous recording, packaging, repackaging, riffing and?— more recently?— ?the technical ability for anyone to create cultural collage and sample all facets of creative expression, has turned our musical reservoir into a collection of quotations. Millions of snippets, words and music sit at the ready, waiting to be recruited into the service of something new.Or, occasionally, retooled into something legally actionable.On Monday, a federal jury decided unanimously that pop star Katy Perry and her record label had, with her song “Dark Horse,” copied a 2009 Christian rap song called “Joyful Noise” released by an artist named Marcus Gray.Perry’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, had taken issue with this line of thinking, saying that “they’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone.”Legal arguments aside, those basic building blocks — the “alphabet of music” — are responsible for producing huge chunks of the American songbook in ways far more fundamental than most listeners realize.The likes of Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones built their repertoires by plundering traditional Delta Blues. Bob Dylan made his name remixing the folk canon in innovative ways; “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall,” for instance, is a direct descendant of a centuries-old British ballad called “Lord Randall.” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair,” with its “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,” traces back straight through American mountain folklore to British tradition.Think you’re familiar with the 1970 Steve Miller Band classic “The Joker” and its lyrics, “You’re the cutest thing that I ever did see/I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree”? North Carolinian Charlie Poole, one of America’s seminal early country musicians, recorded a jaunty song in 1930 called “If the River Was Whiskey,” which included this line:“I was born in Alabama, raised in Tennessee,if you don’t like my peaches, don’t shake on my tree.”This stuff can be revelatory for so many music listeners because it operates under the radar. It’s our own musical history, hiding in plain sight, an ocean of raw material awaiting some fresh genius glue to bind it into something new.This was true at least as far back as the second half of the 19th century.By then, according to the eccentric roots-music pioneer Harry Smith, enough folk lyrics were kicking around the republic, cross-pollinating between black and white musicians, to provide fodder for thousands of still-to-be-written songs —?what the critic Greil Marcus calls “an almost infinite repertory of performances.” So many tales of American experience emerged from that era and its critical mass of storytelling fragments.Now, the fragmentation has gone global. The character of this new disapora, though, is different. It now includes high-powered marketing, mass intellectual-property theft and economic forces that dwarf?_?sometimes steamroll?_?the local and regional traditions that spread folk music around in the 1800s.Today, the practice of harvesting musical and lyrical snippets is flourishing — most creatively, perhaps, in hip-hop and dance music, where readily accessible technology encourages sampling for remixes, remakes, dance mixes and party mixes.But what to one artist is a nod or tribute can, to another, be theft. And when lyricists and musicians begin drawing not from tradition but from fellow modern, revenue-conscious entertainers, the results get more contentious.In 1976, former Beatle George Harrison was ordered to pay damages of nearly $1.6 million after a court ruled that his song “My Sweet Lord” had copied musical pieces of the Chiffons’ 1963 hit “He’s So Fine,” written by Ronnie Mack. The battle went on for years and the damages were later reduced.In 2015, songwriter Sam Smith agreed to share the royalties for his song “Stay With Me” with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, whose 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” had melodies similar enough to also give Petty and Lynne co-writing credits.The list of disputes based on musical similarity goes on: Radiohead (“Creep,” 1992) and Lana Del Ray (“Get Free,” 2017); Huey Lewis and the News (“I Want a New Drug,” 1984) and Ray Parker Jr. (“Ghostbusters,” 1984). And many more.Advertisers recognize the power of the American songbook, too. “Bonaparte’s Retreat,” appropriated by Aaron Copland after being recorded in the field by musicologist Alan Lomax through the fiddler W.H. Stepp, showed up in a recent ad from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The old tune “Turkey in the Straw” was used in the 1970s and 1980s as an ad for Murphy’s Oil Soap.And several Decembers ago, when I sang “Jingle Bells,” my young son objected. “That’s not a Christmas song,” he said indignantly. “That’s Elmo’s song from the end of his show.” And so it was. Who’s to say I’m any more right than he is?The wholesale expropriation of music on such a large scale is unprecedented and can be roundly blamed on?_?or credited to?— two things: technology and globalization.It has produced some genuinely odd mashups. I have found “Edelweiss,” a show tune, cast as a cowboy song; Wham’s elegiac “Careless Whisper” branded as perfect driving music; and Scott Joplin’s 1902 ragtime classic “The Entertainer” pressed into service as a cell-phone ringtone in Islamabad, Pakistan, by a man who didn’t know it but liked it better than the built-in ring.If the recent past is any hint, cultural context will matter less and less.Consider what happened to my wife in China a few years back. She was driving around Beijing with a twentysomething Chinese real-estate agent named Kimberly Teng when they passed a certain roast-chicken restaurant named after a certain white-bearded Southern singer known for certain pop-country standards such as “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County.”“Do you know of Kenny Rogers?” Teng asked reverently. Then an earnest, serious look came over her face. “He sings many ancient and beautiful love songs.”A good chunk of our global culture —?misquoted, revered, decontextualized and misquoted again, then served up for an entirely new audience?— is, for better or worse, now in the hands of a generation of Kimberly Tengs in many lands. Movies, videogames and music are their currency, streamed into the devices in their pockets, purses and packs.It can bind itself to local traditions and flourish, growing into something fresh and exciting. Or, commoditized to the nth degree, it could become the equivalent of putting “Careless Whisper” on a road-trip playlist?_?something decontextualized and irrelevant to anyone’s life experience anywhere. To the dump indeed.___Ted Anthony, director of digital innovation for The Associated Press, writes frequently about American culture. He is the author of the 2007 book, “Chasing the Rising Sun: The Journey of an American Song.” Follow him on Twitter at @anthonyted.Ted Anthony, The Associated Press read more

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Annan tours worsthit quake area of Pakistan ahead of donors conference

“We often talk of the tsunami, and we did because it killed so many people and affected so many countries,” Mr. Annan said on a visit to Thuri Park Camp for survivors with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and their wives, in reference to the disaster which struck a dozen Indian Ocean countries last December.”But when you look at the terrain here and the logistical challenge that had to be overcome in order to get aid to the people, it is really, really, a gigantic task that we have ahead of us,” he added of the mountainous region and looming Himalayan winter that have complicated efforts to help the victims of the quake, which killed some 80,000 people, injured over 100,000 and left up to 3 million homeless. On the eve of the pledging conference, the Secretary-General and the President then took a helicopter tour of the worst-affected areas, notably the town of Balakot in the North West Frontier Province, where destroyed houses were clearly visible from the air, as were many makeshift tents.Mr. Annan said he would name a special envoy for quake reconstruction, just as he had appointed former United States President Bill Clinton as his tsunami envoy.At a press conference in Islamabad, the capital, Mr. Annan was asked what had most moved him. The bewilderment of two orphans and two women who had lost members of their family, he said, adding that you could see their trauma in their eyes, and their questions: “Why me? Why did this happen? Where do I go from here? What next?”At the same time he was moved by signs of hope, when he saw tent schools with young people studying in the open with the blackboard and their teacher.Asked in a press encounter at Thuri camp what message he would like to send to the world community, he replied: “I would want to tell them that the situation is serious, the needs are enormous and the people affected can use all the help they can get…”Tomorrow at the pledging conference I will appeal to the donor community and to the world to respond to the appeal for money for reconstruction, for recovery and to help people recover their livelihood and their jobs,” he added.”The figures seem big – we need $5.2 billion – but when you consider the magnitude of the task it’s not very much. And I hope governments and individuals and private organizations, those with capacity will give and give willingly and generously to help our fellow human beings in need.”President Musharraf thanked the entire UN as well as other organizations for the relief aid. “I would like to express my gratitude, from the bottom of my heart, to the Secretary-General and his wife, Mrs. Kofi Annan, for travelling so far to see on the ground what is happening here and to contribute their bit in generating all the support for these earthquake victims,” he said. “We are grateful.”Mr. Annan left the camp survivors on a note of hope. “As difficult as the situation seems, I have no doubt that you will overcome, you will rebuild and you will build even better,” he declared, paying a special tribute to the women who, he said, often bear a heavy load.In Islamabad, the Secretary-General had a working lunch with the President and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, among others, and this evening, together with the Prime Minister, he attended a dinner for heads of delegation attending tomorrow’s conference.In a separate programme in Islamabad, Nane Annan visited the Pakistan Institute for Medical Sciences where she spoke with children injured in the quake and praised hospital staff for their rapid response and their all-out effort in finding and assisting those in need of medical care.Meanwhile, the huge airlift by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from Turkey, which started on 19 October, ended last night after its 103rd flight and 1,161st ton of supplies from UNHCR stockpiles in the southern Turkish port of Iskenderun.But NATO’s involvement with UNHCR relief efforts is not ending just because the agency’s stocks in Turkey have been exhausted. “NATO has agreed to continue flying our relief supplies from elsewhere, including at the beginning of next week more than 300,000 blankets from Amman, Jordan,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said.UNHCR has so far transported over 290,0000 blankets, 22,000 tents, 33,000 jerry cans, 100,0000 plastic sheets and many tens of thousands of other relief items. It is aiming for a total of 30 properly planned and organized camps housing up to 150,000 people. Twenty of these have been set up so far by the government with technical support from UNHCR and others.In all, the agency plans to assist up to 500,000 people over six months, including hundreds of thousands who will probably remain in their damaged villages or towns, or in some of the hundreds of spontaneous camps that have sprung up beside roads or next to water sources. It is hoped that by spring, many people will be able return to their places of originFor its part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that, following several hundred diarrhoea cases in Muzaffarabad, quick action was taken to bring in proper water and sanitation, dramatically improving that situation. read more

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Changes in value of units behind big swings in net profit Boston

Changes in value of units behind big swings in net profit: Boston Pizza AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2013 11:03 am MDT VANCOUVER – Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund (TSX:BPF.UN) is reporting a big increase in fourth-quarter net profit, but a similarly large decline in full-year net earnings.However, the Vancouver-based franchisor of casual dining restaurants says that in both cases the numbers don’t accurately reflect the company’s business operations or ability to pay distributions to unitholders.Boston Pizza reported net income of $4.3 million, or 23 cents per diluted unit, for the most recent quarter, up from $300,000, or two cents per unit, in the final quarter of 2011.Total revenues rose to $7.86 million from $7.55 million amid a four per cent increase in royalty revenue on franchise sales.Full-year net earnings, however, fell to $2 million, or 14 cents per diluted unit, on total revenue of $31.1 million, down from $15.6 million, or $1.06 per unit, on revenue of $29.8 million.Boston Pizza said net profit numbers in both the Q4 and full-year periods were mainly driven by the changes in fair value adjustments on the class B units of Boston Pizza Royalties Limited Partnership.It posted a $633,000 gain on the fair value adjustment of the units in the most recent period versus a $3.3-million loss in the 2011 quarter, while on a full-year basis it posted an almost $14.9-million value adjustment loss, versus a $731,000 loss the prior year.Same store sales growth, a key driver of distribution growth for unitholders of the fund, was 2.2 per cent for the fourth quarter and 3.3 per cent for the year, compared with an increase of 6.4 per cent in prior-year’s final quarter and 4.9 per cent for all of 2011.“2012 was another strong year for Boston Pizza with record top-line sales and seven new restaurant openings,” said president and CEO Mark Pacinda.Boston Pizza says the non-IFRS metrics of distributed cash and payout ratio are a better measure of the company’s operations.Distributable cash was $4.5 million, or 30.3 cents per unit, in the latest quarter and $17.4 million, or $1.18 per unit, for the year, while the fund’s payout ratios were 98.7 and 99.3 per cent respectively.That compared with distributable cash of $4.1 million, or 28.1 cents per unit, in Q4 last year and $16.1 million, or $1.10 per unit, for all of 2011 when respective payout ratios were 10.9 and 8.0 per cent.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Boston Pizza units were down 17 cents at $19.92 in morning trading Thursday. read more

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A new face for Obamacare – but same problems persist of making

A new face for ‘Obamacare’ – but same problems persist of making it work, dealing with GOP President Barack Obama, stands with his nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, where he made the announcement. Burwell would replace Kathleen Sebelius who announced her resignation Thursday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2014 1:31 am MDT WASHINGTON – Abruptly on the spot as the new face of “Obamacare,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care overhaul. Now the new secretary must keep the complex program running smoothly and somehow help restore a co-operative dialogue with Republicans who are hoping to use the law’s problems to regain control of the Senate in November.At an upbeat Rose Garden event, Obama showered praise on Sebelius, a hero for his party’s liberal base, whose impending retirement had been a tightly guarded secret.The president ignored calls for Sebelius to resign last fall, after the website for consumers to enrol in new coverage experienced weeks of crippling technical problems. Last month, as it started to look like sign-ups would beat expectations, Sebelius approached the White House about stepping aside, officials said.“Under Kathleen’s leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done,” Obama said. “And the final score speaks for itself.” About 7.5 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance through the new law, exceeding an original target of 7 million widely thought to be unattainable because of the website problems.Obama quickly pivoted to Burwell, 48, a low-profile Washington veteran now serving as his budget chief. He stressed her role last year in helping to end a government shutdown and reach a two-year budget deal with a politically divided Congress.“Sylvia is a proven manager, and she knows how to deliver results,” Obama said.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who will hold confirmation hearings for Burwell, said there’s an opportunity for her to move the health care debate beyond stalemate.While a political truce is unlikely over Obama’s health overhaul, Wyden ticked off a list of other issues where Republicans and Democrats might be able to find compromise. Among them: revamping the way Medicare pays doctors, providing co-ordinated care for patients with chronic illnesses and using data to encourage delivery of quality health care at lower cost.Although health care spending has grown at historically low rates during Obama’s tenure, a reviving economy could stoke cost problems anew for businesses, government programs and consumers.Health and Human Services is a $1 trillion agency that plays a key role in American society and the economy. More than 100 million people receive coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, and now Obama’s health law. The secretary also oversees the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates a broad range of consumer products, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the front line for public health.But Burwell could have her hands full addressing issues with the health care law, predicted Brookings Institution health economist Mark McClellan.“Don’t underestimate the remaining implementation challenges for the Affordable Care Act,” said McClellan, who oversaw the rollout of the Medicare drug benefit for President George W. Bush. “It’s true that the first open enrolment season is over, but that was just the front end of the implementation process.”Among those challenges:— Keeping premiums affordable for 2015. Many younger people whose premiums would help offset the cost of care for older, sicker adults appear to have sat out the first sign-up season.— Overhauling the sign-up process to make it more consumer-friendly. Supporters of the law say more in-person assistance is needed for the next enrolment season, which begins Nov. 15.— Working with states that are still opposed to, or undecided about, the law’s Medicaid expansion. Nearly half the states have not signed on to the law’s mechanism for expanding coverage among low-income adults.— Helping to guide administration policy on how to enforce the law’s penalties for individuals who remain uninsured and the medium- to large-sized businesses that do not provide affordable coverage to their employees.She’ll be facing a Congress that’s unlikely to provide any additional funding to help the administration smooth over implementation problems.Burwell has three tests immediately ahead, said former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, who also served under Bush. “Get confirmed. learn the department. prioritize the challenges.”Burwell has a head start on the first two; how she’ll do on the third remains to be seen.She was confirmed by the Senate 96-0 for her current post last year, and Obama said with a smile, “I’m assuming not much has changed since that time.”As budget chief, Burwell is already familiar with the details of health care programs and how they work. Budget experts in both political camps agree that health care is the main driver of long-term growth in federal spending.As she announced her resignation Friday, Sebelius called her work on the health care overhaul the “cause of my life.”“We are at the front lines of a long-overdue national change,” she said.Sebelius has served as Obama’s health and human services chief for five years, and helped steer the sweeping health law through Congress in 2010. But her tenure was marred by complaints from Congress that her department was not upfront about implementation problems. That seemed to be confirmed last October, with the dysfunctional launch of HealthCare.gov.The problems frayed her close relationship with the White House. West Wing officials said they felt blindsided by the extent of the technical problems and installed a longtime Obama adviser to oversee fixes.White House officials said Sebelius approached the president about stepping down a month ago, suggesting that the close of the six-month enrolment window marked a natural point for a transition. Officials said she also told the president he would be better served by a secretary who was less of a political target.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a staunch supporter of the health care law, praised Sebelius as a “forceful, effective and essential” secretary. read more

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New UNled partnership to help curb unsustainable wildlife hunting protect biodiversity

In places where livestock production is limited or imported meat unavailable or unaffordable, people will continue relying on wild animals to feed their families. However, measures like recognizing people’s customary tenure rights may encourage more wildlife conservation on their land, avoiding unnecessary hunting. In large urban areas, where wild meat is sold and consumed more as a luxury item, restrictions on wild meat consumption need to be put in place.The initiative also focuses on creating jobs in the farming sector, empowering women and securing indigenous rights to access the natural resources their livelihoods and cultures depend upon. The programme contributes to several targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to food security, sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation, specifically supporting SDG15, this year’s review of which notes that “poaching and trafficking of wildlife remain serious concerns.” To help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries stop unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve natural heritage and strengthen people’s livelihoods and food security, the United Nations agriculture agency launched on Tuesday a €45 million multi-partner initiative. Funded by the European Commission, the seven-year Sustainable Wildlife Management programme will be led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to contribute to conserving and sustainably using wildlife in forests, savannas and wetlands by regulating hunting, strengthening indigenous and rural communities’ management capacities and increasing the supply of sustainably produced meat products and farmed fish. “Wildlife has ecological, social and economic value. It is important for rural development, land-use planning, food supply, tourism, scientific research and cultural heritage,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva speaking at today’s launch. “This programme will protect wildlife species, conserve biodiversity, and maintain the essential ecological roles of wildlife. It will also help to secure the stocks and ecosystems services that are essential to the livelihoods of the poorest communities on the planet,” he added. Countries participating in the project include Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guyana, Madagascar, Mali, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Hunting and fishing in the targeted countries is often unsustainable – affecting wild animal populations in forests and savannas – causing what FAO calls a “wildmeat crisis.”For example, the programme estimates that in the Congo Basin some 4.6 million metric tonnes of wildmeat are consumed annually, an equivalent of approximately half of the beef produced in the European Union. According to FAO, if hunting wildlife for food is not reduced to sustainable levels, not only will biodiversity be lost, but also countless numbers of families whose livelihoods depend on natural resources will suffer soaring levels of food insecurity and debilitating child malnutrition. The programme will work closely with national authorities to provide rural communities with alternative protein sources such as chicken, livestock or farmed fish. Doing so will help deter hunting of endangered species, support recovery of their populations and reduce food safety risks that can be associated with the consumption of wild meat. read more

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Catholic TDs will not be excommunicated if they vote for abortion legislation

first_imgIf you are faithful to your conviction, then you have to get out.However, Quinn didn’t necessarily agree with that stance, saying that it was up to individual TDs to vote against the legislation, whatever the consequences.“It is not a question of resignation. All pro-life TDs, not just Catholic TDs,  should be unafraid to vote against the legislation and if that means losing the party whip, then so be it.”Quinn, who himself is a contributor to the paper, said that there were “two whips, in a way; fear of losing the political whip and fear of distancing yourself from the church”, though he added that excommunication from the Church was “not going to happen” to TDs who voted for the legislation.“All politicians, the same as any member of society, is obliged to follow their conscience, irrespective of the consequences.“We all have a moral obligation to do that.”Already, senior members of the Catholic Church have criticised the Irish Government for their stance on abortion, with Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley boycotting a commencement speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Boston College. Cardinal O’Malley accused the Taoiseach of ‘aggresively promoting abortion legislation’.Poll: Should TDs get a free vote on the abortion legislation?Read: TDs to support abortion amendment to provide for medical terminations A LEADING CATHOLIC commentator has said that Irish TDs should not fear losing the party whip in a vote on abortion legislation- and will not face excommunication from the Catholic Church if they vote in favour.David Quinn was speaking after a senior Vatican official told the Irish Catholic newspaper that Catholic TDs should resign rather than vote to legalise abortion.Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau, the scientific director of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican, told the newspaper that Catholic politicians who support the legislation were “pushing themselves out of the Church”.last_img read more

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Palutena

first_imgStay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Palutena Alights!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Palutena.center_img Who Are They?Palutena is the benevolent goddess of Kid Icarus, the lady that Pit worships and who gives the angel boy the ability to fly in the first place. Given the franchise’s vague Greek mythology connections, Palutena is actually a version of Athena (Pallas Athena smushed together). Her connection to Pit is a bit like Athena and Kratos in God of War. And her wisdom also allows for plenty of snarky fourth wall-breaking.Smash HistoryWhile Palutena wasn’t playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, she did appear with a new redesign alongside Pit. Her green hair, staff, and mirror shield all got an appropriate anime wife makeover. Palutena was part of Pit’s Final Smash and made a cameo in the Subspace Emissary story mode. However, after getting much more fleshed-out in Sakurai’s own Kid Icarus: Uprising, there was finally enough material to make Palutena a complete character in Smash Wii U/3DS.What Looks New in Ultimate?Palutena can shoot giant lasers into the sky and wallop people with angel wings. But in Smash Wii U/3DS she was held back by subpar special moves that encouraged you to take advantage of more varied custom moves, custom moves most ended up ignoring. In Ultimate these specials are better, and in some cases even combined. But best of all her normal attacks just combo into each other with better results.Our Hopes?Surprisingly enough, Palutena has been giving me a fair amount of trouble online. So I can’t say I’m hoping for her to be buffed even more. And her updated guidance dialogue finally lets us know her takes on Snake, Cloud, Bayonetta, and others. Just make a new Kid Icarus game. Maybe let us play as Palutena in that, too.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

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Directional signs in downtown Vancouver make it easy to find your way

first_imgFrom the southwest corner of Esther Short Park, it’s 0.1 miles to the waterfront. From the waterfront, it’s 0.8 miles to Fort Vancouver.Pedestrians in downtown Vancouver can now wander with direction thanks to the ongoing installation of 38 wayfinding signs. The city was awarded two Lodging Tax Program grants, one in 2016 for $75,000 and a second in 2017 for $85,000.“We’re looking at supporting economic development in downtown and also promoting walkability,” said Jennifer Campos, city senior planner.The first grant funds 38 wayfinding signs, which include 34 post-mounted signs, two large kiosk signs at Esther Short Park and Turtle Place, and two corridor map signs positioned along Main Street. The second grant will allow the city to install an additional 28 signs next year in downtown, Uptown Village and along the waterfront.“We want to make sure when there’s visitors in the downtown area, there’s information,” Campos said.The new sign system is designed so that tourists and locals alike can easily navigate downtown and maybe discover a new location at the same time.The signs are every two or three blocks.“We want to make sure if we’re pointing a tourist in a direction, we don’t leave them hanging,” she said.If everything goes according to plan, the sign system could also help stimulate further economic growth as tourists wander downtown and pass by businesses they might have otherwise missed.When the system was in the planning stages, Campos said the city worked with downtown stakeholders to ensure a collaborative process. In 2014, those conversations resulted in the Downtown Vancouver Pedestrian Wayfinding Plan. The plan developed not only the hierarchy system for the wayfinding signs, but prepared preferred sign design and sign locations.last_img read more

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Assembly member GonzalezFletcher collects record number of diapers for young families

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Assembly member Gonzalez-Fletcher collects record number of diapers for young families December 20, 2018 Posted: December 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- More than 200,000 diapers were donated to the 80th Assembly District’s Annual Diaper Drive. This is the 6th year of the annual event which was started and hosted by assembly woman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher.She join us now live from Barrio Logan.For more information visit https://a80.asmdc.org/ KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Alaska officially drops lawsuit challenging gay marriage

first_imgThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of a court case that struck down Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the appeals court Wednesday accepted a joint notice to dismiss filed by the state and attorney Allison Mendel, who represented the couples who filed suit against the Alaska.A federal judge in October ruled Alaska’s ban violated the U.S. constitution.After the appeals court lifted a temporary stay and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a review of the case, the state had asked federal appeals court panel for a review.That appeal was suspended in January when the Supreme Court agreed to hear a series of marriage equality cases. The high court ruled Friday to legalize same-sex marriage across the county.last_img read more

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10 Ctg school teachers get bail in defamation case

first_imgA Chittagong court on Tuesday granted bail to 10 school teachers out of 13 accused in a sedition case filed with Banshkhali police station in this year, reports UNB.Chittagong district and session judge Helal Chowdhury passed the bail order, said lawyer Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul.The court also rejected the bail petitions of three other teachers in the case.According to the court sources, the accused compared the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the chairman of a local union parishad Liakat Ali, also a BNP leader, in the question paper of a class IX interim exam of those schools.The conscious people of the area noticed the matter first and protested it on social networking sites and local media before they informed the matter to upazila administration, sparking off a huge public criticism.Following this, sub-inspector M Nurul Anwar of Banshkhali police station filed a case against 13 teachers of different schools on 14 June.However, all of the accused granted an eight-week anticipatory bail from the High Court in the case.On 23 August, the 13 teachers of secondary schools in different upazilas of the district surrendered to a local court upon completion of the interim bail and filed bail petitions again.However, the court sent them to jail rejecting their bail petitions.last_img read more

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