Lucknow Metro drive against tobacco

first_imgIn the City of Nawabs, security officials deployed at the Lucknow Metro stations are on a task to sniff out tobacco from commuters and have weeded out over 20 kg of tobacco products in the first two days of its launch.Metro passengers in the city have been trying various tricks to smuggle tobacco and related products inside coaches. “Habitual users are not ready to give up and try to smuggle in pan masala and other products in their pockets, socks and belts,” a security personnel deployed at the Charbagh Metro Station said. “During frisking, Metro officials were able to seize approximately 20 kg of tobacco and other related items from commuters,” LMRC MD Kumar Keshav said.The confiscated items will be handed over to the municipal corporation for disposal.“The Lucknow Metro is a green and environment friendly public transport and it is our duty to keep it clean. The efforts of the LMRC and the public will definitely help in keeping metro a clean public transport,” the MD said.The excuse many of those caught offered was that they were not aware that tobacco products were not allowed inside the metro. “Three out of every five commuters were carrying a tobacco product. It is a difficult task to check all of them. But we are on our toes and committed to keeping the metro clean,” a security member said.The 8.5-km-long ‘Priority Corridor’ from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, which is part of the Phase 1 of the project, operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.Over 32,000 passengers had boarded Lucknow Metro on the first day of the commercial run on September 6. The number came down to over 28,000 on the second day.The LMRC has set a target to complete the entire 23-km track from Amausi to Munshipulia by March 2019. This includes a 3.5-km underground track between Hussainganj and Hazratganj.last_img read more

‘Stay united to tackle BJP in polls’

first_imgThe newly appointed in-charge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh and Congress Rajya Sabha member Rajni Patil on Tuesday accepted that all was not well in the State party unit and she would inform the high command in this regard.After meeting senior party leader and former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Ms. Patil said the octogenarian leader, despite the recent defeat in the Vidhan Sabha elections, was still insisting on removing PCC president Sukhwinder Singh. However, she added that at present there was no such move.Earlier Ms. Patil, addressing the general house, stressed the need for unity in the party to face the BJP and to serve the people. She also asked the party unit to be ready for the coming Lok Sabha elections and appealed to the offices-bearers to end factionalism. The party has set up teams of 11 workers for each of the 7,500 booths in the State and connected them with the “Shakti App” at the party centre, said Mr. Sukhwinder Singh.last_img read more

Sonu Niigaam: You Can Be Good at Everything

first_imgThe versatility, diversity, power and range of Sonu Niigaam’s voice has catapulted him to the top of the Indian music scene. He spearheaded the blockbuster show Saregama Pa to dizzying heights as he hosted one stellar legendary musician after another to judge some incredibly talented contestants. Both as a TV and radio show host, he brought brand Sonu to the fore  in a natural and hard to imitate style. Today he is a global icon, and yet behind the warmth, mischief and prodigious talent, you find a man who is a pretty straight shooter. In an exclusive interview with Little India the singing superstar talks life, music and the recent media frenzy for locking horns with a well known journalist.Your father’s journey has been very different from yours. He was too proud to ask for work and never went to Bollywood, and here you are, the biggest singing superstar to emerge out of India in recent times. My father’s story is that of loneliness, isolation, poverty and hunger and of not having the support of his middle class family who were essentially government servants and couldn’t understand his passion. My life began under his protection and we didn’t live hand to mouth by then. If my parents ever fell short of money, we would just go out and do shows to make some. So his journey was more rigorous, mine was more emotional.He chose not to go to Bollywood, because he had a lot of pride and wouldn’t ask anyone for work, though he did ask for me.My father gave me two pieces of advice when I headed for Bombay as a teenager to try my luck. He said, if you have to succeed you have to remain in the eye of those who you want to work with. Follow them, bug them constantly, show them you are a hard worker and available, and that you will deliver. Secondly, he said, either you can have fun in your youth and then labor in your middle and old age, or you work hard in your youth and enjoy your middle age and old age.I’m glad I decided to do the latter and now as I turn 34, I am very secure both financially and emotionally.You sang many cover versions of popular songs of the legends of yesteryear. What did you learn from that?Well it was my father who made me look at what each singer brought to the table. So unlike some singers who would look at the song and lyrics and sing it their own way, I would study each singer and try to sing the song as close to the original, even breathing at the same spot where the legend had taken the breath. Studying stalwarts like Rafi ji, Manna Dey ji, Kishore ji and others gave me a very good understanding of how each voice functioned and because of that I have been able to constantly improve and change my voice, upgrading it to new levels and adapting it to different genres of music.  When I sing, I can visualize the song in the voice of ten different singers, and then I blend the best of those voices to create a song. I know the day I stop trying to improve myself, is the day I will be left behind. In music you can never say even in a life time, “Oh I know everything.”You have been deeply influenced by Rafi and had said that you had come to the industry to fill the void left by him, and today you are doing something very special that you were hand picked for.Yes I’m singing 18 of Rafi ji’s most memorable songs with the Birmingham Symphony orchestra. When I was approached, I was a bit skeptical and wanted to make sure it was not a remix or cover version. But when I heard the tracks they were mind blowing. The symphonic sound gives a different dimension to Rafi ji’s voice. I have done so much research on Rafi ji’s voice that I don’t think even Rafi ji could have analyzed his voice to that extent and those songs are known to me much more than they could be to anyone else. I think it will be a treat for listeners to hear a symphonic interpretation as grand as this is, of his music. I have finished 16 of the sings and two remain.Hopefully that will be done soon.You have sung both in the South and North Indian music industry. What sets them apart?  Sonu Niiggam with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.The gayaki ang, which is so appreciated in the South. You take a harkat (move your voice) and they appreciate it. In the North, you’ll often run into conservative people, who have perhaps never heard of a harkat and they get intimidated and will say-yeh harkat kyon le rahe ho-seedha seedha gao (why are you creating inflections? Sing in a flat voice). I usually do what is best for the song without listening to them.People keep talking about the golden period of Indian music that has gone by. There were good musicians and bad musicians in every era. So it is not fair to say that. Music is a hreflection of the society we live in, and caters to the need of the times. Technology and marketing have changed the way music is presented today. And it is also easy to turn a mediocre artist into a star, because computer technology has made it very easy to take each word, sing it many times and keep deleting, cutting and pasting each word to create a perfect song. The tremendous respect Lata ji, Asha ji, Rafi ji and others commanded was because they sang each song in one take in real time. I recently did two songs for Pyare babu (Lakshmikant Pyarelal) in one take, but I also see so many composers who are clueless about where they want the song to go, so I will sing it ten different ways and then they choose what they like best.A few days ago, you mentioned to me that you were harassed by a journalist who has made sexual advances at you for ages. When you rebuffed him he started writing derogatory stuff about you constantly. You finally named Subhash K Jha, a prominent veteran journalist, and outed him as a homosexual man. Your letter to his employer Times of India has made front page news and now I hear you are receiving death threats. Why give this man prominence by talking about him?There are several reasons why I decided enough is enough. Subhash K Jha is someone who had constantly written positive things about me, but when he started making sexual innuendos in his conversations I told him I was not interested and to back off. I have all his messages saved. When he persisted I hrefused to give him any interviews and also told him to stay away from me. After that he went on a rampage where every two weeks I would see something nasty about me in print. I kept quiet thinking he will get tired of Sonu-bashing some day, but he has been relentless. The last article he wrote he said some things that were just so totally false while making another musician seem like the greatest star. I don’t care if you don’t like me or my music – you have every right to your opinion, but you cannot write blatant lies about me. I can still handle it but my parents, my sisters, and loved ones have been very upset by all this.The media in India, until now, would boycott you if you say anything against any member of their fraternity and this man took full advantage of it writing damaging and derogatory things about anyone who hrefused to give him an interview. The legal recourses take forever, so many people just let things slide. I just decided I had had enough and wrote to the Times of India. I cannot believe why Amit ji, Shahrukh Khan, and others have not come forward to speak up against this man.What really surprised me was the reaction of the media. I was very sure my letter won’t be published, and that they were going to blacklist me. Instead not only was it published, but there were hour long discussions on CNN-IBN, Aaj Tak, and Mumbai Mirror, the big Times of India supplement in Mumbai has fired him from their paper.I’m also pleasantly surprised at the number of celebrities from the film fraternity who have come forward and spoken in my support. The press and the industry in Bombay know what a terrible human being this man is, but he has sucked up to some important people. I hear that a legendary actor pays him a hefty sum to do his publicity and may be there are others he has latched on to, but I felt it was time his readers knew what he really was.Yes I received death threats on my phone here in the US, and the police has been informed. I feel safe here, and I think things will have been resolved by the time I return to India.One of the prime reasons I did this was to warn youngsters who are coming into this industry, to be very careful of who they talk to. If someone like me, an established member of the industry, can be sexually harassed and maligned, they can easily be intimidated into giving into predators like this man.So many music shows have sprouted and so many singers are being turned into stars overnight and at such young ages. What do you make of all this. You are also a youth icon and so many kids imitate you and want to be like you, what tips would you give them? The world has changed and marketing is playing a big role in music economics. These days there is lesser and lesser focus on integrity, talent and hard work. If you can market yourself well, you can be a star. But I’m a firm believer that in the long run the only way you will feel fulfilled and proud is if you have achieved success on the merits of your hard work and talent. So that is the path to take. And surround yourself with good people. I have a very small group of sensible and sensitive friends who allow me to take the time to hone my skills, surround me with positive energy and don’t waste my time. If you stay true to yourself and work hard you will reach the top and even if someone manipulates their way in front of you, you will always be the one to earn the respect of others in the long run because of your integrity. The truth always comes out.What are the exciting things in the work?I first have a pure classical album coming out in 3-4 months and this is my toughest and most exciting project. It is an album composed by violinist Deepak Pandit who is like a brother to me and produced by Ajay Jhingan. We have done some very good work in it. Then there is the Rafi Album. I have also done a single, the first ever in the history of Indian music, a dance track. The project is being promoted by corporate houses like Reliance. It will be something you haven’t seen before.You have sung so many beautiful numbers, which would be your top five favorites?Satrangi Re, Mera Rang De Basanti Chola, Soona Soona, from my new classical album which is easily my toughest song ever, Kal Ho Na Ho and Sandese Aaatey Hain, which is very close to my heart.So is there anything else that you dream of doing? Also, you have managed to excel in so many things with such energy and dedication. How do you do that?From the time I was a child, I have wanted to do one thing and I don’t know if I will achieve all that I can in that area. I want to help the hijra (transgender) community in India. They receive no help from anyone and we shun them when they are in dire straits financially.As for multi tasking, I believe in the mantra, you don’t have to be successful in everything, but if you try, you can be good at everything!   Related Itemslast_img read more

If You Need Anything, Let Me Know: Rafael Nadal Offers Boat to Andy Murray for Mallorca Stay

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. andy murrayChallenger circuitmallorcarafael nadal First Published: August 28, 2019, 4:35 PM IST New York: Rafael Nadal revealed Tuesday he had offered to provide Andy Murray with his boat in Mallorca, where the Scot is playing in a second-tier Challenger event as part of his comeback following hip surgery.The Spaniard swept into the second round of the US Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 rout of Australian world number 60 John Millman on the same day as Murray won his second singles match at a tournament that bears Nadal’s name. “I’m very happy to have Andy Murray playing there,” Nadal said. “It’s great news for us, of course, but for him and for the world of sport that’s great news and I wish him the very best.”I just text him a couple days ago saying, ‘If you need anything, just let me know. You want to go out with the boat or anything, I can help you, just let me know.'”Murray, playing on the Challenger circuit for the first time in 14 years, defeated 115th-ranked Norbert Gombos of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4 in an event he is using to rebuild his singles form.The three-time Grand Slam champion underwent a hip operation in January following his first-round exit from the Australian Open and began easing his way back by playing doubles, starting with a title at Queen’s in June.”Best of luck, and more than playing in my home it is great news that he is back on the tennis court playing singles after a lot of struggles in recent years. I am happy for him, it is very special,” Nadal said.”The decision to go and play a challenger is because he feels well, my feeling, the way that I see it.”If you don’t feel it very well, you play normal tour and just let’s see how it goes. If one player like Andy is able to go and play a challenger is because physically he feels well and he wants to play matches.”Nadal has his sights fixed on a fourth US Open crown this fortnight and will face another Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, in the second round after taking just over two hours to see off Millman, the player who stunned Roger Federer in the last 16 here a year ago.”I’m happy the way that I was able to win tonight. It’s a good start,” Nadal said.”It’s very special to be back in the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The beginning, the first match, is always a little bit new even if I’ve played here plenty of times.”I think I had more or less positive feelings tonight,” he added. “I need to keep improving every single day. Winning with that result allows me more to have a good practice. I hope to be ready for after tomorrow knowing it’s a tough challenge, Thanasi in the second round.” last_img read more

Nick Markakis to Make First Appearance in MLB All-Star Game after 13 Seasons

first_imgNEW YORK – Greek-American outfielder Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves is on the roster for the National League in Major League Baseball’s All-Star game on July 17. This will be the first appearance for Markakis in the All-Star game after 13 seasons in the majors. He leads the NL with 108 hits this season. On Twitter, MLB Stat of the Day posted, “It’s been a long time coming for Nick Markakis,” referring to the fact that he tops the list for most games played before selection to the All-Star game with 1,928.Markakis won a silver medal with Team Greece in the European National Championships in 2003 and played for the Greek Olympic baseball team at the Athens Olympics in 2004. The lineups for the midsummer classic were announced on July 8. Also among the All-Star players, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts in the outfield for the American League, and Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL, the Associated Press reported.Harper will be in his usual spot at his home ballpark in Washington, while Trout is working on perhaps the best season of his stellar career with the Los Angeles Angels. Judge has 25 homers and 58 RBIs for the New York Yankees, and Betts is batting .342 with 22 homers for the major league-leading Boston Red Sox.But that’s just the beginning for the AL. Houston Astros second baseman and reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve led the fan balloting with 4.8 million votes. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado will make the short trip down to D.C. for the July 17 game with speculation increasing about his future ahead of the trade deadline.Atlanta Braves’ Nick Markakis, right, high-fives Dansby Swanson (7) and Ozzie Albies (1) after a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Braves won 5-1. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos round out the AL’s starting lineup.Harper was voted a starter for the fourth straight year. The slugger, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is batting just .218 for the disappointing Nationals, but he has 21 homers and 50 RBIs.Markakis and Matt Kemp will join Harper in the NL outfield. Markakis has been a key performer for the surprising Atlanta Braves this year. Kemp’s return to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been a smashing success.The Chicago Cubs will have two starters after catcher Willson Contreras and second baseman Javier Baez each won a close race at their position in fan balloting. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, and Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford round out the NL starting lineup.Scherzer was selected for the sixth time. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 11-5 with a 2.33 ERA and could get the start in his home ballpark.Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.TweetPinShare44 Shareslast_img read more

Angolan Shipyard Holds Naming Ceremony for FPSO CLOV

first_imgSBM Offshore, December 5, 2013 My location zoom One recent landmark event and one milestone event today are propelling Angolan shipyard, Paenal to star alongside other players on the world shipyard stage. Since July of this year when the inauguration of Jamba, the yard’s Heavy Lift Crane (HLC) 2500t took place, Paenal can boast to be the first and only fully fledged fabrication and integration yard in Africa. With the successful first module lifting onto the recently arrived FPSO CLOV, the young yard confirmed her capabilities.On the 5th December 2013 Paenal yard will bask in the limelight thanks to Total who is hosting the naming ceremony of FPSO CLOV there. The event coincides with the leading oil company’s 60th Anniversary in Angola celebrations. Many important key players of the Angolan Government, the National Oil Company and the Oil and Gas industry are expected to attend this important event and they will no doubt acknowledge the importance of this ideally located yard to the industry. Invited by Total to this momentous occasion, CEO of Sonangol, Dr Francisco de Lemos José Maria, CEO of SBM Offshore, Bruno Chabas and CEO of DSME, Mr. Jaeho Ko will attend.The yard is becoming a thriving hub and its importance to the region and the Angolan communities who benefit from its growth is clear. This was the objective of Sonangol and Dutch oil service provider SBM Offshore back in 2008, when they began collaborating to realize their common vision to create a state of the art offshore fabrication and Integration yard in Angola. South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering joined the ranks in 2010. All partners wanted to demonstrate what could be possible in terms of Angolan content in offshore projects – with Total’s engagement this has been achieved.When the vessel CLOV pulled up quayside in Porto Amboim Estaleiros Navais (Paenal) November 8th it not only represented the successful completion of her 18,520km voyage from DSME shipyard in South Korea, it also set a record for Paenal and Africa by being the first FPSO to berth at an African quayside.Mid November, module M122, weighing 1,836 tons – which was fabricated at the Paenal yard – was lifted on board the FPSO CLOV by the HLC Jamba. This successful operation made the record books as the first ever topside module integration performed in Africa.The HLC combined with Paenal’s 490 metres of purpose – built quayside, means the yard is now fully commissioned and can accommodate the installation of topsides into mega FPSOs. Paenal represents an important part in the next chapter of sustainable growth for Angola. This ground-breaking venture will strengthen Angola’s ability to support its offshore oil and gas sector and generate prosperity for its people. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

RollsRoyce Gets AiP for Hybrid Tug Propulsion System

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Technology company Rolls-Royce has received an approval in principle (AIP) from classification society ABS for its hybrid propulsion system for tractor tugs.The AIP was granted following an evaluation of the world’s first hybrid tug, a vessel designed by Jensen Maritime.To be delivered by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders to Baydelta Maritime LLC in February 2019, the vessel will be the first tug boat installed with the Rolls-Royce hybrid propulsion system.ABS considers the Rolls-Royce hybrid system is, in principle, compliant with ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels Under 90m (2018); ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems (2017); and ABS Guidance Notes on Review and Approval of Novel Concepts.“Our long-standing partnership with Baydelta Maritime and close cooperation with Jensen Maritime, Nichols Brothers and ABS has paved the way for an innovative, environmentally-friendly hybrid tug capable of safe and reliable operation and maximum bollard pull. The Rolls-Royce hybrid system enhances the tug’s escort capability, providing … assist support to the ultra-large containerships that operate from US West Coast ports,” Griff Lane, Rolls-Royce SVP Commercial Marine, Americas, said.The Rolls-Royce Hybrid Propulsion System consists of Power Take-In (PTI), electric motors, and main propulsion engines connected to azimuth thrusters, allowing vessel to operate in either a diesel-mechanical, diesel-electric or boost mode configuration.“The key benefit of a hybrid configuration is that it reduces the power requirement. Typically, a tug the size of the Baydelta vessel would need a power output 2,500kW. The hybrid arrangement allows operators to achieve the required bollard pull from a smaller engine. It provides greater operational flexibility which allows for the system to provide improved fuel efficiency, redundancy, and reduced emissions,” Lane explained.Rolls-Royce will supply all electric motors, shaft generators and a power management and control system. The hybrid arrangement provides power to US255 azimuth thrusters with ducted fixed pitch propellers that can be rotated 360 degrees around the vertical axis. This arrangement optimizes omnidirectional thrust and maneuverability as well as providing improved crash stop capability.last_img read more

TVOKids Odd Squad honoured with five Daytime Emmys®

first_imgiTunesGoogle PlayBlackBerry WorldBell Mobile TV On air:Cable ch. 2 (may vary in some areas)Rogers channel 2Bell Fibe TV HD 1209Bell Fibe TV SD 209Bell TV 265Shaw Direct HD 39Shaw Direct SD 353 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, May 1, 2017 /CNW/ – Odd Squad, TVOKids’ critically acclaimed live-action math comedy series for kids produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment in association with TVO, was further recognized for its excellence with five awards at the 44th annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards presented on April 28 in Los Angeles. The series features kid agents who solve math-related mysteries CSI-style.“TVO is committed to helping kids succeed in school and in life with innovative educational content that parents and teachers trust,” says Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer. “Odd Squad is a shining example of how, by collaborating with a partner like Sinking Ship Entertainment, TVO can offer television programming that helps Ontario children learn important skills while having fun at the same time.”Odd Squad received awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Isaac Kragten) and Outstanding Writing Special Class for Odd Squad: The Movie (Tim McKeon, Mark De Angelis and Adam Peltzman). The series also received Emmys for Outstanding Costume Design/Styling, Outstanding Hairstyling, and Outstanding Makeup. FacebookTwitterYouTube Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Earlier this spring, TVO received a record-setting 23 Daytime Emmy nominations – the most TVO has ever earned for its children’s content by the National Academy of Television Arts & Science.Odd Squad is available on air as well as on demand at and on the TVOKids YouTube channel.About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit to find TVO Login/Register With: Twitter read more

Libyan deputy industry minister shot dead

first_imgTripoli – Assailants gunned down a Libyan deputy minister overnight, officials said on Sunday, in the first killing of a government member since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Deputy industry minister Hassan al-Droui was shot dead during a to his hometown of Sirte, east of Tripoli, which was also Kadhafi’s hometown, security and hospital officials said.And in another sign of the instability plaguing the country, the toll from tribal clashes in the southern town of Sebha rose to 27 dead, with another 72 people wounded in the unrest. “Hassan al-Droui, the deputy minister for industry, was killed by unknown attackers overnight, during a visit to his native city of Sirte,” a security official told AFP.“Unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on Mr. Droui in central Sirte,” the official said on condition of anonymity.A medical official at the city’s Ibn Sina hospital said Droui had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.The Libyan government denounced a “cowardly criminal act” and said in a statement it would “spare no effort to track down the perpetrators and prosecute them.”Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council, the political arm of the rebellion that brought an end to Kadhafi’s 42-year rule.He was appointed deputy minister for industry by the transitional government’s first premier, Abdelrahim al-Kib, and kept his job when Prime Minister Ali Zeidan took office.Sirte, which lies on the Mediterranean coast about 250 miles (400 kilometres) east of Tripoli, was the last regime bastion to fall into rebel hands in the 2011 uprising during which Kadhafi was killed.Since the collapse of Kadhafi’s autocratic regime, Libya has been plagued by sporadic violence, including a string of assassinations targeting top army and security officials and the brief abduction of Zeidan.Deadly tribal clashesThe number of casualties from clashes between rival tribes in the southern town of Sebha and nearby Murzuq and Al-Shati rose to 27 dead and 72 wounded, a government statement said on Sunday.Fighting broke out in the area on Saturday pitting gunmen from the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe against tribesmen from the Toubou minority.Local sources said the clashes were sparked by the death on Thursday of a militia chief linked to Awled Sleiman, adding that the tribe accused the Toubou of murdering him.The Toubou are black oasis farmers by tradition who also live in southern Libya, northern Chad and Niger, who have repeatedly said they were being marginalised.A previous toll from the town’s local council had said that 19 died in the fighting and another 27 wounded.Fresh fighting broke out in Sebha on Sunday morning, witnesses reported.But in the afternoon the streets appeared to be calm, they said, adding that troops and policemen reinforcements were deployed in the town.The government said in a statement it sent reinforcements to secure residential areas and strategic installations in Sebha and that a “committee of elders” was trying to end the unrest.The fighting was the worst between the rival tribes since they struck a ceasefire agreement in March 2012 following deadly battles that killed at least 150 people and wounded 400 others.The Toubous have long complained of marginalisation by Libyan society, while Arab tribes have accused the minority of employing foreign fighters, particularly from Chad.The tribal clashes in Sebha could have a knock-on effect on production at several nearby oilfields in the mostly-desert south.Libya is currently struggling with a months-long oil crisis, which erupted when security guards at key oil terminals in the east shut them down, accusing the authorities of corruption and demanding a more equitable distribution of oil revenues.Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi said last month that lost production from the blockades had cost Libya about $9.0 billion (6.6 billion euros) in revenues.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,037.49, down 51.75 points).Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. (TSX:AVL). Materials. Down 1.5 cent, or 1.46 per cent, to 12 cents on 7.7 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Materials. Down 17 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $9.84 on 7.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up one cent, or 0.5 per cent, to $2.03 on 7.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 33 cents, or 4.42 per cent, to $7.13 on 6.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 53 cents, or 4.91 per cent, to $10.27 on 5.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 13 cents, or 0.26 per cent, to $49.76 on 5.5 million shares.Business news:TORONTO — Video creators are calling on YouTube to make stronger commitments to Canadian productions after the company announced it’ll close its only permanent studio in the country. The Google-owned technology firm sent an email to its creator community on Thursday outlining plans to replace its Toronto studio with “pop-up” locations in different regions across Canada.OTTAWA — A preliminary estimate by the Finance Department says the federal government posted a deficit of $11.8 billion for its 2018-19 fiscal year, down from $16.7 billion for 2017-18. The Liberals’ spring budget had forecast a deficit of $14.9 billion for the 2018-19 fiscal year which ended on March 31. The shortfall came as the monthly fiscal monitor report said revenue rose $24.7 billion, or 8.1 per cent, due to increases in tax revenues and other revenues.OTTAWA — Canada’s economic expansion remained sluggish in the first three months of the year, giving the country its weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015. But stronger data for March — the final month of the first quarter — suggests Canada’s economy is in the process of bouncing back from its hibernation. The economy expanded at an annualized pace of just 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, slightly above a revised reading of 0.3 per cent in the final months of 2018, Statistics Canada said Friday. read more

UN health agency projects dramatic expansion of flu vaccine stocks

23 October 2007The projected supply of influenza vaccines in case of a global pandemic has soared this year, but medical officials should accelerate rather than relax their efforts to prepare for an outbreak, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today. The projected supply of influenza vaccines in case of a global pandemic has soared this year, but medical officials should accelerate rather than relax their efforts to prepare for an outbreak, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today.Experts anticipate that the world will be capable of producing 4.5 billion pandemic immunization courses per year by 2010, WHO said in a press release issued at its headquarters in Geneva.This compares to the 100 million courses of vaccine based on the H5N1 avian influenza (bird flu) strain that WHO and vaccine manufacturers earlier this year projected could be produced immediately with standard technology.WHO attributed the dramatic surge to a combination of recent scientific advances and increased vaccine manufacturing capacity worldwide.Manufacturers have been able to step up production capacity of trivalent (three viral strains) seasonal influenza vaccines to an estimated 565 million doses, compared to the 350 million doses produced last year.New vaccines also need less antigen – the substance that stimulates an individual’s immune response – in each dose, making it easier to produce more.Marie-Paule Kieny, Director of WHO’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, said “we are beginning to be in a much better position vis-à-vis the threat of an influenza pandemic. However, although this is significant progress, it is still far from the 6.7 billion immunization courses that would be needed in a six-month period to protect the whole world.”Dr. Kieny called for preparations to accelerate, backed by political and financial support, so that the gap between supply and demand can be bridged. read more

UN chief welcomes agreement by two Koreas to reopen Kaesong industrial complex

“He is encouraged by this positive development,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement, referring to the agreement reached by the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to re-open the complex, where operations were suspended in April. The complex is located in the border town of Kaesong just across the Demilitarized Zone. It employs more than 53,000 citizens of the DPRK at 123 companies of the Republic of Korea (ROK), according to media reports.“The Secretary-General has stated that the complex is a successful example of the cooperation which has served as a bridge between the two Koreas. He hopes that its operation will be normalized as quickly as possible and that it faces no further interruptions to its work in the future,” said his spokesperson.Mr. Ban also hopes that the continuous operation of the complex “will serve as a catalyst for other constructive steps, thus building mutual trust and promoting inter-Korean relations,” he added. read more

Donald Trump says Brexit is a blessing for the world after meeting

first_imgThe political leaders shake hands on day two of the British Prime Minister’s visit to the countryCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images Describing Brexit as a “blessing to the world”, the president said the vote to leave the EU was a “tremendous asset, not a liability”.He vowed to do a free trade deal with Britain, while attacking the European Union – which he described as “the consortium” – for making it hard for companies to do business.Mr Trump said that the people of Britain voted for Brexit because “people want to know who is coming into their country and have control of trade”.In return, the Prime Minister hailed Mr Trump’s “stunning” election victory and confirmed that the president had given his “100 per cent” backing to Nato amid fears he would abandon support for the military organisation. Mrs May highlighted the already strong trade links between the US and the UK.She added: “The president and I are ambitious to build on this relationship in order to grow our respective economies, provide the high-skilled, high-paid jobs for working people across America and across the UK.“We are discussing how we can establish a trade-negotiation agreement, take forward immediate high-level talks, lay the groundwork for a UK/US trade agreement and identify the practical steps we can take now in order to enable companies in both countries to trade and do business with one another more easily.” Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your countryDonald Trump Brexit and a new trade dealThe President said that Brexit was a “wonderful thing” for the UK and would enable it to forge its own independent identity after leaving the EU.Mr Trump highlighted the fact that he forecasted that Britain would vote to leave the EU on the day before the referendum vote during a visit to Scotland.”I happened to be in Scotland when Brexit happened,” he said. “I said Brexit is going to happen and I was scorned in the press for making that prediction. Lo and behold the following day it happened. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher during a meeting in 1984Credit:ARCHIVES UPI/AFP/Getty Images “I don’t know the gentleman, I hope we have a fantastic relationship,” he said. “That’s possible and it’s also possible that we won’t. We will see what happens.”He added that it would not be possible to see how the relationship worked out until later.”I have had many times where I thought I would get along with people and I don’t like them at all. And I have had some where I didn’t think I was going to have much of a relationship and it turned out to be a great relationship.”So, Theresa, we never know about those things do we? But I will tell you one thing: I will be representing the American people very strongly.”TortureAhead of the trip, Mrs May made clear that the UK would never sanction torture after Mr Trump said he wanted a return to water-boarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques”.However, Mr Trump sought to defuse a potential row by highlighting the fact that his new Secretary of Defence, James Mattis, was opposed to torture.He said: “We have a great general who has just been appointed secretary of defence. The political leaders shake hands on day two of the British Prime Minister's visit to the country Mr Trump stands with the Prime Minister after arriving at the White House in WashingtonCredit:Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Mrs May gestures during the news conference They also posed for photographs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on FridayCredit:AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais “He has stated publicly he does not believe in water-boarding, torture, enhanced  interrogation.”I don’t necessarily agree but I tell you he will override because am giving him that power.”The new Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher?Challenged by the BBC about his views on torture, Russia, banning Muslims and punishment for abortion, Mr Trump joked to Mrs May: “This was your choice of a question. There goes that relationship.”However, Mrs May said that the Special Relationship would enable her to have “frank and open” discussions with Mr Trump when they disagreed.”I confirm I have been listening to the President and the President is listening to me, she said. “There will be times when we disagree. The point of the special relationship is we are able to have that open and frank discussion. I am clear also there are many issues on which we agree.” Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher wave during a meeting in 1984 Mrs May and Mr Trump during their first joint press conference together Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Mr Trump said: “Today the United States renews our deep bond with Britain – military, financial, culture and political. We pledge our lasting support to this most special relationship.” He added: “That is why the US respects the sovereignty of the British people and their right of self-determination.“A free and independent Britain is a blessing to the world and our relationship has never been stronger.” The Prime Minister said: “I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to be here today and thank you for inviting me so soon after your inauguration.“I’m delighted to be able to congratulate you on what was a stunning election victory. As you say, the invitation is an indication of the strength and importance of the special relationship that exists between our two countries – a relationship based on the bonds of history, of family, kinship and common interests.”  Here, The Telegraph rounds up exactly what was discussed in the leaders’ first joint press conference together: The Special RelationshipThe President said the US and UK had “one of the great bonds”, highlighting his mother’s Scottish roots as one reason that relationship was so important to him.“A free and independent Britain is a blessing to the world, and our relationship has never been stronger,” he said, adding that he looked forward to working closely with Mrs May to strengthen ties.“We pledge our lasting support to this most special relationship,” Mr Trump said, with a nod in the Prime Minister’s direction.Mrs May congratulated Mr Trump on his “stunning” election victory and said that the Special Relationship was founded on the “bonds of history, family, kinship and common interest”.The Prime Minister also revealed that Mr Trump had accepted an invitation from the Queen to come to the UK later this year. The visit is expected to take place in the summer. Mrs May and Mr Trump walk alongside each other at the White House as she becomes the first world leader to meet the new President  The pair walk along the colonnades of the White HouseCredit:AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivaiscenter_img The pair walk along the colonnades of the White House Mrs May gestures during the news conferenceCredit:AP Photo/Evan Vucci U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Prime Minister Theresa May after arriving at the White House in Washington Mrs May also appeared to have won a concession from Mr Trump on the issue of torture, after he said earlier this week that he supports waterboarding because “we have to fight fire with fire”.Mr Trump said he would allow defence secretary General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to “override” his view on torture even if he does not agree with him. Gen Mattis has stated publicly that he does not believe in torture.On Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump said: “I don’t know the gentleman. I hope we have a fantastic relationship. That’s possible and it’s also possible that we won’t.“I have had many times where I thought I would get along with people and I don’t like them at all. And I have had some where I didn’t think I was going to have much of a relationship and it turned out to be a great relationship.” In the days following his election victory in November, Donald Trump could barely be reached on the telephone by Theresa May.But on Friday, Mr Trump marked the start of “this most special relationship” by taking her hand.The brief moment of familiarity came little more than an hour after the pair met for the first time as the president guided Mrs May down a slope at the White House. Mrs May and Mr Trump during their first joint press conference together President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May stand in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Friday Mrs May and Mr Trump hold hands at the White House as she becomes the first world leader to meet the new president Credit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images It was described as a symbol of what Mr Trump went on to depict as the renewed bond between Britain and the US.Before they met, some had predicted that as Mrs May became the first foreign leader to meet the president since his inauguration eight days ago, the pair might struggle to hit it off.But in several appearances together, Mr Trump and Mrs May – who had earlier observed that “opposites attract” – displayed considerable warmth towards each other.In a joint press conference, Mr Trump predicted he and Mrs May would have a “fantastic” relationship and remarked on how quickly they had started to form a bond. She drew a direct comparison between their domestic agendas.”If you look at the approach we are taking, we want to put the interests of ordinary working people right up centre stage. Those people who feel the odds are stacked against them.”Donald Trump on Donald TrumpAsked about his “brash” persona, Mr Trump said: “I’m not as brash as you might think. I can tell you I think we are going to get along very well. I am a people person and I believe you are also Theresa.”Mr Trump concluded the press conference by saying: “I will tell you one thing, I will be representing the American people very strongly.” Mrs May had promised to use her talks with Mr Trump to discuss the importance of Nato, which he had previously described as “obsolete”.As Mr Trump nodded alongside her in the press conference, Mrs May said: “Today we have reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this alliance. Mr President, I think you confirmed that you are 100 per cent behind Nato.”The Prime Minister said she will pressure EU leaders to meet their Nato commitment of spending two per cent of national income on defence, something that Mr Trump has demanded. She confirmed that Mr Trump and his wife, Melania, would make a full state visit to the UK later this year and meet the Queen.Ahead of their talks, Mrs May said “thank you, Mr President” as he showed her a bust of Winston Churchill that he had returned to the Oval Office after it was removed by Barack Obama.Mr Trump, who said he could “often tell early if I’m going to get along well with someone” and called the Prime Minister a “people person”, held and rubbed Mrs May’s hand as they walked along the White House colonnade.Their meeting was in stark contrast to the last time a British prime minister met an American president – when Barack Obama used a visit to London and a meeting with David Cameron to warn that the country would be at the “back of the queue” in any post-Brexit trade talks. The Prime Minister signs the visitors' book at the White House The Prime Minister signs the visitors’ book at the White HouseCredit: @PressSec “Brexit is going to be a wonderful thing for your country. You are going to have your own identity and the people you want in your country and you are going to be able to make free trade deals.”Mr Trump was damning about the European Union, referring to it as the “consortium” and the “group” and highlighting his own bad business experiences with the body.The Prime Minister confirmed that she and the President had been holding discussions on a post-Brexit trade deal.She said: “The President and I are ambitious to build on this relationship in order to grow our respective economies, provide the high-skilled, high-paid jobs for working people across America and across the UK.”We are discussing how we can establish a trade negotiation agreement, take forward immediate high-level talks and identify the practical steps we can take now in order to enable companies in both countries to trade and do business with one another more easily.”Defence and securityMrs May said that Britain and the US were “united in recognition of Nato as the bulwark of collective defence” after Mr Trump’s repeated criticisms of the organisation.She said that Britain shared the concerns of the US that other nations were failing to invest enough and “share the burden”, adding: “It is only by investing properly in defence we can ensure we are properly equipped to face the challenges.”Britain and the US would “work closely together to defeat Daesh”, she said as she pledged to deepen “intelligence and security co-operation” and hinted at a new drive to defeat Daesh on the internet.She said: “We are discussing how we can work even more closely together in order to take on and defeat Daesh and the ideology of Islamist extremism wherever it is found.”RussiaThe press conference highlighted the stark differences between Britain and the US on Russia.Mr Trump refused to be drawn on suggestions that his administration would lift sanctions on Russia, saying that it was “very early to be talking about that”.Mrs May said she supported continued sanctions on Russia, and had advocated for that policy within the European Union.Mr Trump went on to say that while he hoped he had a “fantastic relationship” with Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, although he might come to find that he didn’t like him. 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ATT offers new portable cell tower in a suitcase

first_imgIt’s common for most wireless carriers to offer what is called femtocell technology. A femotocell is a small cellular base station that allows wireless carriers the ability to offer enhanced coverage indoors by utilizing a broadband connection within an office or home. The main drawback with the technology is that broadband is a requirement and its range is limited to about 10 meters. If you are looking for something that doesn’t need broadband, and can cover up to half a mile from the base station, then you may want to check out AT&T‘s latest offering called Remote Mobility Zones.AT&T has announced the availability of portable cell phone towers with one option small enough to fit into a suitcase minus the satellite dish. The Remote Mobility Zone gives companies and government agencies the ability to provide their own wireless coverage in the event of a disaster, or if coverage is needed in a remote area. No broadband connection is required since the portable cellular tower has its own satellite dish to establish connectivity. Once setup, the tower can support up to 14 simultaneous calls with data under broadband speeds or 28 concurrent calls total. The unit runs on outside power supplied by a generator that can be setup in less than 30 minutes.While some emergency responders have relied on satellite phones to ensure connectivity in an emergency, the Remote Mobility Zone will work with any AT&T phone. Businesses and government agencies can choose from a number of units ranging from $15,000 to $45,000 in addition to monthly fees. Besides the suitcase option, the Remote Mobility Site can be established as a fixed site for use as a backup communication system, or can be mounted in vehicles specifically for government use.One limitation with the solution is that it will only work in U.S. counties where AT&T holds licensed spectrum.Read more at Reuters, PC Mag and AT&T.last_img read more

Anonymous targets Orlando city web sites over antihomeless law

first_imgOrlando, Florida is perhaps only well known abroad because the city is the home of the Disney World theme park and other Disney-themed and Universal Studio resorts. The hacking arm of Anonymous has taken notice of the city for a different reason: a new city law that requires any homeless advocacy organization to acquire a permit before feeding the homeless in a public space, and limits those groups to two permits per year per public space.The city says the law is in response to complaints from citizens and businesses who were disturbed or inconvenienced by the presence of homeless in the parks and public places, especially when the advocacy group Orlando Food Not Bombs sets up to feed the homeless twice a week in one of the city’s largest parks.AdChoices广告Since the ordinance passed, Orlando police have arrested 25 volunteers for feeding the homeless without a permit, and Anonymous has been incensed over the matter. They said in a statement that the group believes that people “have the right to organize,” and help others through kindness and compassion.They then admonished Orlando police and city officials for lacking those same beliefs, and promised to keep up the attacks unless city police stopped arresting volunteers. The group offered a “cease fire” if no workers were arrested on Wednesday, but police made two arrests on the same day, so Anonymous continued defacing and DDoS-ing Orlando city websites in retaliation.The mayor’s office responded by calling the attacks an “inconvenience,” and claimed that the city will only respond to the wishes of its own community, and not a group that doesn’t live in their town. For their part, they said they have plans to stop enforcing the new city law.Orlando Food Not Bombs, in their own statement, condemned the attacks, but aimed to refocus the debate on the city policies, which they say is an effort by the city to “criminalize poverty” and force the homeless of Orlando to disappear.In the interim, Anonymous promised to continue attacks if the city continues to take action against homeless advocates and volunteers.Read more at the New York Timeslast_img read more

NASA confidently releases Why the world didnt end video

first_imgIn an effort to help people understand why it is that the Mayan calendar did not accurately predict the end of the world on December 21, 2012, NASA has released a video thoroughly explaining why it is the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding. Just in case, however, they released the video before December 22.We observe time very differently than how the Mayans did. While a day is the same thing, periods like weeks, months, and years were observed in different formats. For the most part though, we can draw similarities between what we consider correct time intervals and what the Mayans did in their normal calendar. Then there’s the long count calendar, which we do not have a functional measurement system to compare to. The long count calendar includes intervals for moments in time that are hundreds of thousands of years apart. One of those intervals is called a B’ak’tun, and December 21 is the 13th B’ak’tun in the Mayan long count calendar.The reason there are so many people concerned that the world is going to end is because there was a calendar discovered that only measure 13 of these B’ak’tun. For someone unfamiliar with how the Mayans measured time, it’s not hard to see how things got out of hand from there.NASA’s video includes some commentary from Dr. John Carlson, director of the Center for ArcheoAstronomy. According to Dr. Carlson, the Mayan long count calendar is designed to roll back on itself and start over at the 13th B’ak’tun, rather than end.In a way it makes perfect sense. If you’re going to make a calendar out of a massive piece of stone, you probably want it to last a while.NASA has been quite vocal about the world not ending, this video existing as just a fraction of the work done so far to try and convince the world that everything is going to be OK on Saturday morning. Hopefully this video stands as their only form of bragging about being right come December 22.last_img read more

Tsipras regards the Prespes Accord as his historic legacy

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with reporter Elli Stai on Open TV, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that he takes pride in the signing of the Prespes Agreement, an issue that had been a burden for Greece’s role in the wider Balkan region by remaining unresolved for the past 27 years.The [Prespes] Agreement leaves no room for future nationalist leaders in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM),” Mr Tsipras stated, adding that “Greece gains nothing by keeping an open front with the neighbouring country, and by wasting diplomatic capital”.The Greek PM highlighted his administration’s success in comparison to the inaction of previous governments not just in terms of the ‘Macedonia’ name dispute but also the successful completion of the loan adjustment programme.“The exit from the crisis is the greatest achievement of this government’s tenure,” Tsipras said; “Upgrading Greece’s role is the second most important one.”Spokesman of the German government, Steffen Seibert. Photo: AAP via EPA/FELIPE TRUEBAOn the same note, Germany also hails the Prespes Agreement as a great historic opportunity to not only settle the long-standing name issue between Greece and FYROM, but as a way to generate more opportunities in the region.“Our contacts and discussions with the Greek government are intensive and frequent,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told journalists during a press briefing, adding that “we have the chance to meet on various occasions but it is good that the Chancellor will again visit Athens.”Mr Seibert reaffirmed Germany’s support on the Prespes Agreement, stressing the importance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Athens set to take place later today.“[The Chancellor] will hold meetings with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras; Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis; with the presence of several officials from different sectors,” he said, explaining that Germany backing the Prespes Accord should not have any implications with Greece’s internal politics.Greek PM and leader of SYRIZA Alexis Tsipars (L) shaking hands with his coalition partner and leader of Independent Greeks ‘ANEL’ Panos Kammenos (R). Photo: AAP via EPA/PANTELIS SAITAS EPA/PANTELIS SAITASWhile most of the world regards the agreement between Greece and FYROM as a positive development in the area, the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government has received much backlash, from Greece’s main opposition party New Democracy (ND).Amidst speculation of an imminent government breakup, on the grounds of coalition partner Independent Greeks, disagreeing with the Prespes Accord and ND pushing Mr Tsipras to seek a confidence vote, the PM told the media that he does not believe ANEL leaderMr Panos Kammenos will “pour more water on the mill and facilitate the plans of our political opponents”.“Even if you haven’t got 151 lawmakers, you have no problem by the Constitution in carrying on,” Tsipras said, adding, however, that we would have a “political problem.”“In such an eventuality, I will proceed in due time with snap elections, whose timing will depend on the crucial initiatives we have said we will implement. But I’m saying that there is no such thing as an impasse in democracy. I believe I will secure a confidence vote,” Mr Tsipras added.When asked about an imminent ratification of the deal by the Greek government after FYROM amends its constitution, the Greek PM said that “the country will become an international laughing stock”, if Greece refuses to follow up on its promise. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mission Federal Center for Children teaming up to decorate Christmas trees

first_imgMission Federal, Center for Children teaming up to decorate Christmas trees December 6, 2018 Updated: 10:28 AM Posted: December 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 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)-  The San Diego Center for Children provides therapeutic care, special education, and foster care for hundreds of kids and their families. Today employees from Mission Federal Credit Union brought some holiday joy to the Center’s campus.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on the story. 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 Settings Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Rep Young calls on Juneau Republicans to support Sturgeon case

first_imgU.S Rep. Don Young speaks to the Capital City Republicans and Capital City Republican Women at the Prospector Hotel April 4, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)Congressman Don Young called on Juneau Republicans to support legislative funding for John Sturgeon’s legal fight over operating a hovercraft in a national preserve.Download AudioYoung also says that while he’s running for re-election, when the time comes for a successor, Alaskans should choose someone who’s young.Young told the Capital City Republicans Monday that it takes decades to build up seniority and effectiveness – Young is 83.“Now, that’s something I want you to keep in mind. If you replace me someday, please get a younger person. Not that I have anything against mature citizens; I want you to know that,” he said. “Just because you have to have someone that serves in the House for more than 25 years. And that’s a big dedication.”Young says Congress is less effective than it once was. He says that’s because committee chairs have lost power.“When I was chairman of Transportation, I ran the Congress. Now I’m not braggin’ now, but I had 75 votes. I had Democrat votes, and I had Republican votes. They were loyal to the committee,” he said. “And if the chairman – if the speaker got frisky, and said you can’t do this, you can’t do that. I said, you watch me.”Young used colorful language during his speech. He’s a former teacher, and he endorsed corporal punishment and criticized laws that prevent 15-year-olds from working.“A lot of what we do is incorrectly, as far as education goes. It’s requirements of the federal government to get the federal dollar,” he said. “We’re hooked on this sugar tit, is really what it is. And we’re not educating our students. I will tell you. I don’t think I could teach today, because I can’t thump somebody.”Young encouraged the audience to support state funding to back Sturgeon’s lawsuit. The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed Sturgeon a partial victory and sent his case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.Young predicted that the federal appeals court won’t change its opinion, and the case will return to the Supreme Court.Young is scheduled to speak today at the Tlingit Haida Central Council Native Issues Forum in Juneau.last_img read more