Jennifer Garner Urges Support for Families Hit by Historic West Virginia Floods

first_imgFollowing historic flooding that hit West Virginia last Thursday and Friday, Save the Children is helping families and communities assess damages and meet immediate needs.The organization has been working in the state for decades and runs programs to help children in three of the flood-affected counties, including Roane County, Calhoun County and Nicholas County.Save the Children has been reaching out to the families of the hundreds of children who participate in its programs in West Virginia, but telephone and power outages has made it difficult. “We are very concerned that we still have only made contact with about half of the families in our programs,” said Save the Children’s West Virginia Director, Anna Hardway. Families have lost homes, vehicles and belongings in the devastating floods that have spread across 44 counties throughout the state. “Parents are telling us their children have lost their shoes and are walking barefoot in contaminated waters, and traveling in vehicles without car seats, because their own cars were washed away,” said Hardway.Actor Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children Trustee and a native of West Virginia, is calling for support: “My heart is breaking for beautiful West Virginia — more than a quarter of children there already face the challenges that come with living in poverty,” said Garner. “The people of my home state are the most resilient you will find, but the damage caused by the storm and deadly floods has been catastrophic for these families and communities. I am relieved to know that Save the Children will continue to be on the ground in West Virginia throughout the cleanup and recovery, to make sure basic needs are met and services that families depend on most, including schools and afterschool programs, are restored. Let’s help Save the Children do what it does best.”Save the Children serves families in five West Virginia counties through health, early education programs and afterschool programs. “We’ve worked in these communities for years, and this level of damage and loss is unprecedented,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President and CEO.The organization currently partners with local schools to help nearly 2,000 children in the state. Programs support mothers during pregnancy, provide home visits to families of infants and toddlers, help young children get ready for school, stay healthy and succeed in school and beyond.To donate to Save the Children’s West Virginia flood response, visit: SavetheChildren.org/WestVirginialast_img read more

Canadas top judge says country committed cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples

first_img(Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Photo courtesy of Roy Grogan)APTN National NewsCanada committed “cultural genocide” against Indigenous peoples through policies like Indian residential schools which were created to wipe out the languages and cultures of pre-existing nations, said the country’s top judge in a speech delivered Thursday.Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivered her remarks as Ottawa prepares for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final national event which begins Sunday.McLachlin said Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples in the 19th and early 20th Century was aimed at annihilating their culture and language in a bid to solve John A. Macdonald’s ‘Indian problem’ for good.“In the buzz-word of the day, assimilation; in the language of the 21st Century, cultural genocide,” said the Chief Justice, according to notes of McLachlin’s speech provided to APTN National News. “The most glaring blemish on the Canadian historic record relates to our treatment of the First Nations that lived here at the time of colonization.”McLachlin said “an initial period cooperative inter-reliance grounded in norms of equality and mutual dependence” was supplanted by “the ethos of exclusion and cultural annihilation.”She also listed some the tactics Canada used to “solve’ the Indian problem.“Early laws forbade treaty Indians from leaving allocated reservations. Starvation and disease were rampant. Indians were denied the right to vote. Religious and social traditions, like the Potlatch and the Sun Dances, were outlawed. Children were taken from their parents and sent away to residential schools where they were forbidden to speak their native languages, forced to wear white man’s clothing, forced to observe Christian religious practices, and not infrequently subjected to sexual abuse,” said McLachlin.McLachlin said for Macdonald and other Canadian officials at the time, “‘Indianess’ was not to be tolerated; rather it must be eliminated.”The speechDownload (PDF, Unknown)McLachlin said Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which were both the result of the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement between Ottawa, the churches and survivors, are examples of Canada coming to grips with this dark legacy.“Yet the legacy of intolerance lives on in the lives of First Nation people and their children—a legacy of too much poverty, too little education and over-representation of Aboriginal people in our courts,” she said. “The lessons from the Canadian experience are replicated where intolerance has been systemically imposed—from Nazi attempts to eliminate Jews, gypsies and homosexuals, to Apartheid of South Africa, to the genocide of Rwanda. Intolerance doesn’t work and imposes enormous and unacceptable costs. Ultimately, the only way forward is the way of tolerance.”McLachlin delivered the speech during the fourth annual Pluralism Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism. The Globe and Mail was one of the sponsors for the event. The Globe and Mail first reported on the speech.Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair has called the Indian residential school policy an act of genocide under the UN definition of the term. Article “e” of the UN definition states genocide includes “forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”Sinclair told the Assembly of First Nations during a speech in Winnipeg this past December that the TRC’s final report, which will be released on Tuesday, will include a section on genocide.The Harper government has denied Indian residential schools were a form of genocide and has previously ordered spokespeople not to respond to questions on the subject.Former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan, who is now his party’s Whip in the House of Commons, said he didn’t see the residential school system was the result of an “education policy gone wrong.” He said it may have been “lethal” to First Nations culture if it continued.“I don’t view it that way (as an act of cultural genocide), but it was certainly very negative to the retention of culture and if had extended for another generation or two it might have been lethal,” said Duncan.The federal Aboriginal Affairs department issued an internal order to stonewall and avoid public questions on the issue after Duncan’s 2011 comment sparked outrage. The senior department official also requested the deletion of emails discussing the plan to avoid dealing with the questions.Recent academic research has argued that the Indian residential school system does fit the UN definition of genocide.“Canadians like to think we are a moral country, that we are good guys. A lot of Canadians recognize that residential schools were painful, that there was abuse…But there isn’t a widespread recognition that they were part of a systemic attempt to eliminate by force Aboriginal culture,” said University of Manitoba professor Christopher Powell in a previous interview with APTN on his book, Barbaric Civilization, in which he makes the argument.new@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

2 Students Die from Collapsing Wall near School in Fes

Rabat – Two students died yesterday after a wall collapsed on them near a primary school in Fez. The accident “took place outside this school,” a source from the Ministry of Education told Moroccan media.The incident occurred outside Abdelkrim El Khattabi School in Fez, and “one of the deceased students did not have class on Friday afternoon,” the source said.The source added that the wall had not previously shown a “sign of crumbling.”Authorities launched a judicial investigation to determine the causes of the accident.Read also: School Bus Overturns in Morocco’s Berrechid, Kills 1 Student, Injures 6 read more

Morocco’s Consumer Price Index Down 0.8% in July

Rabat – Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) has announced that the consumer price index  (CPI) fell by 0.8% in July compared with the previous month.The drop in the price consumer index is due to the decline of the food index by 2.0% and the non-food index by 0.1%.The Core inflation indication (ISJ) fell by 0.2 % in one month but went up 1.3 % annually, HCP said. HCP  explained that the decreases in food products between June and July 2019 mainly concern vegetables (8.1%), 4.3% for seafood, 3.6% for fruits, 1.7% for meat, and 0.5% for milk, cheese, and eggs. With regards to non-food products, the decline mainly concerned fuel prices and stood at 1.0%.HCP found that the largest decrease in the consumer price index was recorded in Beni-Mellal with 2.1%, in Meknes with 2.0%, Al Hociema with 1.6%, Fez with 1.4%.Decreases in the CPI  were also recorded in Kenita, Oujda, and Settat with 1.3%, Guelmim with 1.1%, anyone with 1.0%, and in Tetouan and Tangier with 0.7%.HCP also compared July’s 2019 consumer price index with that of 2018. The figures indicate that the consumer price index rose 0.3% in July 2019 compared with the same period of the previous year due to the rise in the non-food product index by 0.9 % and the decline of that of food products by 0.5%.CPI evaluates prices of goods and services, including  medical care, food, and transportation read more

Afghanistan more illegal armed groups disbanded with UN help

The drive is already taking place in 70 districts around the country and is aimed at eradicating the influence of illegal armed groups to pave the way for the consolidation of peace, the rule of law and prosperity in Afghanistan.As part of the process, as many as 342 illegal armed groups have been disbanded and 44 development projects are either under way or in the planning stages.UNDP said today that ex-commanders and government officials could demonstrate their support for peacebuilding efforts in the country by voluntarily surrendering their weapons and by disbanding or severing links with armed groups.Launched in 2005, the drive has seen 40,571 weapons, as well as 33,079 pieces of boxed and unboxed ammunition, handed over and verified by collection teams in Afghanistan.In another development in Afghanistan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that 29 small enterprises will be able to buy 6,000 tons of wheat seed through a joint UN-Government project aimed at tackling the combined effects of drought and soaring grain prices.“Without adequate cash made available on time during the current harvest season, the enterprises would not be able to buy enough raw seed for processing and cleaning, as much of this valuable seed would be diverted by the growers to the grain market. This would obviously result in an acute shortage of certified seed for the main planting season in October – November 2008, with a direct negative impact on crop production in the coming year and a likely contribution to another cycle of high food prices,” the FAO said today.The project is being funded by the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom which are each contributing $3 million. 24 July 2008A campaign to disband illegal armed groups – that has already seen more than 40,000 weapons handed in – is to be extended to 12 more districts in Afghanistan, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). read more

Awareness of AIDS high but risky behaviour remains UN report

“HIV/AIDS: Awareness and Behaviour,” released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on the first anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s special session on the disease, examines HIV/AIDS-related awareness and behaviour in 39 developing countries, including 24 in Africa, 7 from Asia and 8 from Latin America and the Caribbean.According to the report, HIV/AIDS campaigns have raised awareness in many developing countries, especially in urban areas, but do not appear to influence individual risk perception and behaviour. Even in countries where HIV prevalence is high, most people feel that their risk of contracting AIDS is low.The study also finds that women are generally less knowledgeable than men about HIV/AIDS, and attributes this gap to the status of women and the sensitivity of sexual matters in many cultures.As for information sources about the disease, radio was found to be the most important, with broadcast messages making a significant contribution to awareness and knowledge of the disease.Meanwhile among young people, schools have had limited impact on raising awareness and conveying a basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS, the study says. And, while considerable efforts have been devoted to promoting the use of condoms as part of HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns, condom use among couples remains low in affected countries.Speaking at a press briefing to launch the report at UN Headquarters in New York, a senior UN official said that enormous behavioural changes in the reproductive sexual practices of men and women were needed to deal with the increasing consequences of the epidemic.Responding to a question about the policy implications of the study, Joseph Chamie, Director of the UN Population Division, said that public awareness, a pragmatic approach and commitment from world leaders were crucial.Such commitment could be seen from the General Assembly, the UN Millennium Summit’s focus on AIDS and the Secretary-General’s emphasis on ensuring that people everywhere knew how to avoid infection, Mr. Chamie noted, calling for more research on how to effectively change behaviour, given the importance of informing people of the risks of contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS. read more

Breastfeeding can save over 1 million lives yearly UNICEF reports

With more than 10 million children dying annually from mainly preventable causes like diarrhoea and pneumonia, the agency said if every baby were exclusively breastfed for the first half-year of life, an estimated 3,500 lives could be saved each day. UNICEF cited these statistics in calling for greater global commitment to support breastfeeding. “If a child dies a preventable death it’s because mothers and infants are not getting the basic support they need,” said UNICEF chief Carol Bellamy. Calling breastfeeding “the most natural act of mother and newborn,” she said the practice has not been properly supported considering that it holds the key for children to develop well in good health. Ms. Bellamy said every mother who chooses to exclusively breastfeed for six months has the right to services and support from their governments, communities and families. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients, antibodies, hormones, immune factors and antioxidants that an infant needs to thrive during the first six months of life. It also protects babies from diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections while stimulating their immune systems. In the first two months of life, an infant who is not exclusively breastfed is up to 25 times more likely to die from diarrhoea and four times more likely to die from pneumonia than a non-breastfed baby, UNICEF said. Growth and development may stall and the child stands a greater risk of obesity, heart disease and gastro-intestinal problems in later years. Despite this evidence, only 39 per cent of babies worldwide are being breastfed exclusively in the first six months, the agency said. UNICEF helps governments to support breastfeeding, including through legislation to protect against formula companies that promote their products in such a way as to deter women from breastfeeding. Tomorrow marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, with UNICEF predicting the participation of more than 120 countries in awareness-raising and other related activities. read more

Japan Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015 raises defence outlays with eye

TOKYO – Japan’s Cabinet approved the country’s largest ever defence budget on Wednesday, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China’s rising assertiveness in the region.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet endorsed a nearly 5 trillion yen ($42 billion) defence budget for the year beginning in April as part of a record 96.3 trillion yen ($814 billion) total budget.The budget must still be approved by parliament, but Abe’s coalition holds majorities in both houses.The 2 per cent rise in defence spending is the third annual increase under Abe, who took office in December 2012 and ended 11 straight years of defence budget cuts.The increase mainly covers new equipment, including P-1 surveillance aircraft, F-35 fighter jets and amphibious vehicles for a new unit similar to the U.S. Marine Corps. The aim is to boost Japan’s capacity to defend uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that it controls but which are also claimed by China.The 2015 budget also covers the cost of purchasing parts of “Global Hawk” drones, planned for deployment in 2019, two Aegis radar-equipped destroyers and missile defence system development with Washington.Abe favours a stronger role for Japan’s military, despite a commitment to pacifism enshrined in the U.S.-inspired constitution drawn up after the country’s defeat in World War II. Japan’s defence guidelines were revised in December 2013 as tensions rose over the East China Sea islands.Chinese patrol boats often visit waters near the islands, which are known as the Senkakus in Japan and as the Diaoyu islands in China.China has been stepping up military spending, which rose 12.2 per cent to $132 billion last year, second only to the U.S. It also has a large and sophisticated defence industry.Japan, meanwhile, is seeking to build up its defence industries with an eye toward the global market.The defence budget is designed to achieve “seamless and mobile” defence capability that can respond to various contingencies, the ministry said in the Cabinet-approved budget plan. It will provide effective deterrence and contribute to stability in the Asia-Pacific region and improvement of the global security environment, the ministry said.Abe’s government must tread a fine line between spending enough to support economic growth and defence and slowing the rise in Japan’s debt, which is the highest, proportionately, among industrialized countries.As Japan’s population quickly ages, welfare costs are soaring. Social security spending will account for about a third of the budget. The economy is in recession but the government has forecast growth at 1.5 per cent this year, after an estimated 0.5 per cent contraction in 2014.To balance his conflicting priorities, Abe is increasing outlays targeting families and other households that are struggling as wages lag behind price increases. But he also intends to cut corporate income taxes by 2.5 percentage points in the fiscal year that begins April 1, to 32.11 per cent. Further cuts are planned.The government is also tweaking tax rules to encourage elderly Japanese, who hold about 60 per cent of the country’s 1.6 quadrillion yen ($13.6 trillion) in private savings, to spend more on their children and grandchildren. Japan Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015, raises defence outlays with eye on China In this Oct. 26, 2014 photo, members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces march during the annual Self-Defense Forces Commencement of Air Review at Hyakuri Air Base, north of Tokyo. Japan’s Cabinet approved the country’s largest ever defense budget on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China’s rising assertiveness in the region. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) by Mari Yamaguchi And Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2015 1:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban congratulates Argentine Foreign Minister on Security Council seat

In the meeting with Mr. Timerman, the Secretary-General thanked Argentina for its “steadfast support” of UN priorities and welcomed the South American nation’s new Permanent Representative-designate to the UN, Ambassador María Cristina Perceval. On January 2013, Argentina will join Australia, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea and Luxembourg as a non-permanent member on the Security Council for a two-year term The two men also discussed the ongoing diplomatic incident between Argentina and Ghana over the Fragata Libertad – an Argentine sailing ship used for naval training exercises which has been detained in Ghana’s port of Temma for almost three weeks, following an official request by local authorities. According to media reports, a Ghanaian judge ordered the seizure of the ship at the behest of NML Capital Ltd, a hedge fund group demanding full compensation from the Argentine Government following the country’s financial default over a decade ago. Mr. Ban acknowledged the Government of Argentina’s concern for the well-being of its crew members and voiced hope that both Buenos Aires and Accra would find a way to address the issue of a bilateral basis, in accordance with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which both nations are parties. read more

SEC fines Texas AM 50000 after Aggie students flood field

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Southeastern Conference is fining No. 22 Texas A&M University $50,000 after Aggie fans surged onto the field after A&M’s 74-72 win in the seventh overtime period over No. 12 LSU on Saturday.In a statement Monday, the SEC said the field invasion violates the conference’s competition area policy. The $50,000 fine is for a first violation. A second offence would bring a fine of up to $100,000, while a third and subsequent violations would bring fines of up to $250,000.The conference said it also “remains in contact” with A&M and LSU officials regarding reports of a postgame altercation between A&M and LSU staff members. That is according to a report by The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The Associated Press read more

Wife and children of Dublinbased doctor killed in Leicester house fire

first_imgUpdated 10.56pmTHE VICTIMS OF a house fire in Leicester have been identified as the wife and three teenage children of Beaumont Hospital doctor Taufiq Sattar.The neurosurgeon’s family were inside their terraced home in the Spinney Hills area of Leicester when the blaze broke out in the early hours of this morning.His wife Shehnila, their two teenage sons (15 and 17) and their 19-year-old daughter all died in the fire. A murder investigation is underway.Sattar’s colleagues in the Dublin hospital have expressed their shock at the tragic loss.In a statement, the board and staff of Beaumont hospital said they “learned, with shock, of the tragic loss suffered by our colleague Mr Taufiq Sattar”.We wish to express our sincere condolences to Mr Sattar and assure him that our support and thoughts are with him at this terrible time. The comments were echoed by staff at Blackrock Clinic and Hermitage Clinic in Dublin, where the neurosurgeon was a consultant. Describing him as “our dear colleague”, staff said in a statement that their “thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sattar at this most difficult time”.InvestigationDetectives have said they cannot rule out the possibility that the incident was linked to another murder earlier in the week.On Thursday evening, emergency services were called to a scene where a man was assaulted. The victim, who was in his 20s, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment but he died a short time later.According to Sky News, police said the crimes may be linked because of the close locations and timing.“I can’t confirm here and now it is a revenge attack – it may be, it may not be – but lines of inquiry will certainly get to the bottom of that,” said Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister.Neither the family nor the man who was killed were previously known to police.Originally published 2.14pmRead: Four men sentenced to death over gang rape and murder of Indian studentMore: 12 arrested over ‘audacious attempt’ to steal from Santander banklast_img read more

Cesaro vents about being drafted to RAW WWE stars react to the

first_img Glen Värîs Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Jason Jimerson Cesaro vents about being drafted to RAWWWE has posted video of Cesaro venting about being drafted to the RAW brand on Tuesday night and why he would have been happier moving over to Smackdown Live.WWE stars react to the draft picksCathy Kelley has a look at reactions by WWE stars to all of the 2016 WWE Draft picks.2016 WWE Draft live discussionIf you missed it last night, Wrestleview Live premiered over on our official Facebook page as part of Facebook Live. A podcast version of the show can be heard below. WhatsApp July 20, 2016 at 11:55 pm Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Cesaro July 20, 2016 at 11:49 pm July 21, 2016 at 6:57 am Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wow, did anyone see what I saw in the Cesaro video? This guy, if he found the right balance, could be come one of the best promo guys in wrestling. I would say he probably would be excellent at improving more than having a script. Is this a big Angle? Is this part of a WWE experiment to push a guy at snails pace and see how it affects how over he is when he finally does break through to the top? Is this an ingredient for the ends when he is seen as the ultimate under dog who will be known as the guy who deserved it the most in history? Who knows? – WWE could just be yawning and holding him down…. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jeremy King Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions I don’t really think Kalisto’s US title push counts as a push per se. First off, the US title right now is a joke and has been for years, second all it really got him was pre-show matches.To be honest, I think IKILLU was talking more about a sustained, consistent, main event level push for Cesaro, which his in ring ability would certainly warrant if that was the only consideration of such things. Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins July 21, 2016 at 12:05 am Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img It’s definitely interedtong clearly a storyline rant but it could be the small push he deserves. July 21, 2016 at 10:51 am Tre Zen July 21, 2016 at 12:22 am Comments are closed. 7 COMMENTS Pinterest Videos Articles your right if cesaro can make sure he doesn’t . up on the mic everytime he talks than he would be able to catch the brass ring Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Kurt Angle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Glen Värîs I know, she has to either imitate or emulate whichever wrestler she is talking about. Through the whole draft I must have told her to F off about 10 times. When she does that she is truly awful. Matt Demarle Facebook Well, I dont want to disagree with you, but what about Kalisto the 2-time US champ? He’s okay in the ring (except when he botches moves) and if that interview he gave after the WWE draft was any indication of his mic skills… oh boy. July 21, 2016 at 8:51 am Steph should stop trying “entertaining”… She sounds utterly ridiculous. Videos Articles IKILLUlast_img read more

Premiums for Washington paid family program start next week

first_imgOLYMPIA — Employers and employees in Washington state will start paying into a new paid family leave program next week, and benefits from the program will begin in 2020.Starting Tuesday, premiums of 0.4 percent of wages will be collected, with 63 percent paid by employees and 37 percent paid by employers.Eligible workers will receive 12 weeks paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or for serious medical condition of the worker or the worker’s family member, or 16 weeks for a combination of both, starting in 2020. An additional two weeks may be used if there is a serious health condition with a pregnancy.Weekly benefits under the new law will be calculated based on a percentage of the employee’s wages and the state’s weekly average wage — which is now $1,190 — though the weekly amount paid out would be capped at $1,000 a week. Workers who earn less than the state average would get 90 percent of their income. Employees must work at least 820 hours before qualifying for the benefit.Every employee in the state of Washington will pay into the program that was approved by the Legislature in 2017. Self-employed individuals who elect coverage pay only the employee share of the premiums, and employers with 50 or fewer employees are exempt from paying the employer share. Companies that already offer such programs can apply for a waiver, as long as the benefit the company offers is at least equivalent to the state program.According to the Employment Security Department, an employee making $50,000 a year would pay about $2.44 a week, while their employer would pay about $1.41 a week, for a weekly benefit of about $778.last_img read more

Multiple injuries reported after car hits bus in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Multiple injuries have been reported after a car hit a bus in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, a Miami-Dade Transit bus was traveling southbound in the busway when it was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Southwest 184th Street, Tuesday.The vehicle is believed to have run a red light.According to Miami-Dade Transit, there were passengers on board the bus. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue confirmed there were 10 patients. Five were released after being treated on scene.Police have blocked 184th Street from US 1 to Homestead Avenue while crews work the scene.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Where Alaskans Love To Visit And How To Get There On Time

first_imgThe state’s namesake, Alaska Airlines matched United Airlines at coming in on time 86.0 percent of the time. Their recent acquisition, Virgin America, averaged 73.3 percent. The historic Empress Hotel located on the Inner Harbour, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.Canada is the only place on the list that makes for a easy drive – either by boat or car. The list was compiled by reviewing all purchases for travel insurance for 2017 travel. Sea of Cortez, Rocky Point, Mexico. Courtesy of Ron NiebruggeThe blue skies and white beaches of Mexico come in second place. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Where do folks from the most beautiful state in the Union go when they leave on vacation? South Africa has also become an Alaskan favorite, no doubt because of the big game hunting. Blame is on an affection for Captain Cook, the number one international destination on Alaska’s bucket list is the United Kingdom. The exotic greens of Thailand came in fourth place. InsureMyTrip Research compiled the data, and found that this year, Alaska residents preferred to visit Europe, Mexico, and Canada. A quick pop over the border makes our neighbor to the east, Canada rank third. When leaving the state, some of Alaska’s favorites ranked high for on-time performance for October. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule. Summer player JetBlue Airways can be expected to be prompt at the gate 79.6 percent of the time. Hawaiian Airlines, was on-time 89.5 percent with Delta Air Lines right behind on the jetway at 89.4 percent. Followed by Germany,  Australia, France and Italy. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-where-alaskans-love-to-visit-and-how-to-get-there-on-time.mp3VmDorene-on-where-alaskans-love-to-visit-and-how-to-get-there-on-time.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

The Good Place Returns to Earth and Its Everything We All Needed

first_imgStay on target Not all the characters will be on board with that change, of course. There’s a reason Shaun is spending so many resources trying to get four humans back. If they prove humans can change, that could put The Bad Place out of business. Or at least put a damper on all the torture. He wants things to stay as they are. So, they send down a saboteur. Just when Michael thinks he’s finished his trips to Earth, he finds an unexpected addition to the core group. Shaun sent Trevor to sabotage the whole experiment. On the bright side, nothing makes me happier than evil Adam Scott, and it looks like we’ll be getting plenty of him this season.See our feelings about season one of this brilliant show. Read up on the possible ongoings for season three. Looking for more great shows? Well, we’ve got a list of every comic book TV show that’s in production. Find all the latest TV news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. A New Addition Makes It The Bad Place on Earth on The Good PlaceSDCC: Everything is Fine For Season 3 of The Good Place center_img Going into last night’s Season Three premiere of The Good Place, I knew how much I wanted to see the rest of this story, but I didn’t realize how much I needed this show. Honestly, this hour-long double episode came at just the right time. Yesterday, in particular, was a parade of politicians and pundits loudly trying to justify why credible accusations of sexual assault aren’t a dealbreaker for them. It was a rough one. So it was so nice, necessary even, to escape for an hour into a world where people are genuinely trying to be better. To show us the empathy that so many of the people on our screens can’t manage. It also helps that it’s funny as Hell… um, I mean The Bad Place.Our four heroes are back on Earth, a place where being a good person is really hard. When Eleanor ended up alive on Earth during last year’s season finale, it was a big surprise. One of those moments where The Good Place completely changes up its premise once again. It’s one of the things that makes this show so great. It’s completely unafraid to scrap its entire world and give us a new one. This season, Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason have to prove they can change their lives if given a second chance and end up in The Good Place for real. The near-death experiences work at first. They reevaluate their lives and make some positive changes. But the harsh realities of the world get to them, and they slide back into old habits.Pictured: (l-r) William Jackson Harper as Chidi, Kristen Bell as Eleanor (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)We saw it happen to Eleanor last season, and this hour-long premiere starts us off with Chidi’s story. After his near-death experience, he decides to actually get some help. He meets a neurologist who gives him the decisive answers he’d spent all his life searching for. He gets better. He becomes more decisive, allowing him to give that speech that inspired Eleanor to seek him out in the first place. But reality catches up with him. When he tells a friend to make a decision to get fit, it leads to a leg press bending his friend’s leg backwards. Then, he learns of the conditions under which the blueberries in his favorite blueberry muffins were picked. Just like that, he’s paralyzed at the thought of making a decision again. And just like with Eleanor, it takes a visit from Michael to get him back on track. As a bonus, we get to hear Ted Danson’s attempt at an Australian accent. It may not be flawless, but it is *perfect.*The plan to get Chidi and Eleanor together starts to work pretty well. She diligently comes to Chidi’s lessons, and sets him up on a date with the neurologist in return. But we don’t watch The Good Place to see things go according to plan. Remember, this is a series that began with giant flying shrimp. As promising as things seem for Eleanor and Chidi on Earth, there are forces working against them. Shawn from The Bad Place isn’t going to let four souls escape torture. He has his underlings hack into the Judge’s system, so they can get a peek at everything that goes on Earth. Well, Shawn can. He gets a little cocoon happy with his staff, and they won’t be peeking at anything anytime soon.Ted Danson (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)Then there’s the fact that Michael keeps making illicit trips down to Earth to ensure all four of his friends reunite and help each other become better. It doesn’t lead to anything in this hour, but the show is strongly hinting that it could all go wrong fast if the Judge were to find out. It’s the kind of sitcom tension that can lead to some hilarious situations in the future. For now though, it gets us where we need to be for the rest of the season to happen. Chidi, Eleanor, Jason, and Tahani are back together working toward a common goal, and Michael makes it back just in time to avoid suspicion and make a few lighthearted jabs at CBS TV shows. NCIS jokes are always funny. That’s just science.I’m so happy new seasons of The Good Place start out with these double-length episodes. It’s been so long since we spent time with any of these characters and the added runtime gets us reacquainted with them in the funniest possible ways. Plus, the complete change in setting adds a fresh energy to the show. It’s fun watching these characters we’ve only known in their afterlife navigate life on Earth. Tahani’s near-death experience inspires her to stop seeking the spotlight. She gives up most of her worldly possessions and travels (commercial and in comfort plus!) to a Buddhist monastery. Like her friends from the afterlife, she sticks to her new life for a while. Then, temptation rears its head again. After an encounter with some exploitative reporters from a website just distinct enough from Vice to avoid legal trouble, Tahani starts craving the spotlight again. Suddenly, she’s standing in a spotlight selling a book about giving up the spotlight. Nice touch, The Good Place. The only difference between her current life and her pre-near-death one is that now she name drops the Dalai Lama.Jameela Jamil (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)Her come-to… well, Michael moment might be my favorite of the four. It’s the one with the most pointed commentary, and Danson really gets to lay the sleazeball persona on thick. He poses as an agent looking to get in on her scam. Tahani insists there is no scam, but she can’t ignore that what she’s doing isn’t far off. She’s selling a commercialized version of enlightenment to suckers who will buy anything. From there, it’s not a big leap to selling painted golf balls as healing crystals. It’s not hard to see the show is making fun of people like Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah here. In fact, there’s a line about Tahani taking over for Oprah right before she falls into the spotlight-seeking semi-charlatan life. Yeah we see you, The Good Place. You’re not wrong. And right at that moment, she gets a call from Chidi asking her to join his study of morality in people who’ve had near-death experiences. Another helpful push from Michael, or “Professor Largebrain.” God, even this show’s stupidity is genius.Jason’s story, like him, is stupid, funny and surprisingly sincere. After Michael saves him from suffocating in a safe, Jason decides he’s going to change his life. He ignores a community college ad offering to do just that in favor of a dance competition. He may not be the brightest, but he knows what he’s good at. And like the others, he tries to make a legitimate go at it. No crimes, personal dance routines and real determination to do this right. But he keeps getting disqualified because his dance team is too big. The rigid structure of dance competitions doesn’t care about what he’s trying to do. Unable to continue paying rent, he turns back to crimes. To be fair though, he’s still sincere about it. He offers his arresting officer half of what he stole if she marries him and doesn’t arrest him. That’s… kinda sweet. Doesn’t work, but it’s sweet. The simplicity of Michael’s interference here is actually kind of beautiful. He comes in planning to act like a big shot dance team manager. But Jason’s not into that anymore. He just needs someone to talk to about his really tough year. (“It started… about a year ago.”) A sympathetic ear was all it took for Jason to change his life and join Chidi’s group.Manny Jacinto (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)That’s part of the beauty of this season’s premise so far. We’ve only really seen The Bad Place and The Medium Place, as far as worldbuilding goes. We don’t know much about the actual Good Place. Only that the requirements for getting in are hilariously strict. It’s a wonder anyone gets in at all, if anyone even does. And that’s the point I think this season’s building up to. If Michael and the Judge’s experiment is a success, it’ll cause a radical shift in how the afterlife works. It would force them to acknowledge that individual humans are constantly evolving and changing. That they have the ability to become better people, even after they die, if they really commit themselves to it. What the current system doesn’t recognize is that it’s almost impossible to do it alone. You need people around you who all support and keep each other on track. Michael knows this now, which is why he feels he has to break the rules to get them all together.The Judge is going to find out that Michael has been making trips to Earth. That’s just how sitcoms work. The question is what happens next. Because even if he is tipping the scales, humans need someone in their corner to stay on the right track. I think that’s what this experiment is going to force the afterlife to reckon with. You can’t judge humans on an arbitrary system of points without considering their circumstances. Even a torturously indecisive moral philosophy professor, a name-dropping socialite, a dancer/DJ/burglar from Jacksonville and an Arizona trashbag can lead good lives if they can find the right support system. All they need is a push in the right direction. However this all shakes out, the show will change entirely yet again. That ability is part of what makes The Good Place so special. Sure it’s laugh-until-it-hurts funny, but it’s also brave, smart and eternally empathetic.last_img read more

Trumps legal Muslim ban will hurt LGBTI people and this is how

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Supreme Court of the United States upheld Donald Trump’s latest iteration of his travel ban, which disproportionately affects people from Muslim-majority countries. Iranian man on Atlantis gay cruise fearful he cannot re-enter US under Trump’s new order GAYSTARNEWS- The ban affects seven countries: North Korea, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Venezuela. CNN has a break-down of how it affects immigratin and travel for each country.While only Venezuela’s ban is limited to a type of person (government officials), many marginalized people will be hurt by this, Muslims and beyond.‘As much as Judge Kennedy [who announced his retirement today] claims the ban is “neutral on its face,” we know it is meant to target a specific group — Muslims,’ said Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International.‘Anyone seeking refuge from violence and persecution, including LGBTIQ individuals who face criminalization in five of the countries on the list, now has one more door closed in their face.‘These countries do not have comprehensive LGBTI protections, which people may be trying to escape from in order to have a better life.In order to understand how this ban will harm LGBTI people, GSN looked at LGBTI rights in each country.North KoreaNorth Korea’s penal code does not formally address sexuality or gender identity. However, in 2011, the country executed a lesbian couple, not for moral reasons, but allegedly because of their ties to capitalism.The Constitution also does not address discrimination in regards to sexuality or gender identity. The media, though, is not allowed to air positive depictions of LGBTI people.SyriaArticle 520 of Syria’s penal code of 1949 prohibits ‘carnal relations against the order of nature’ and carries up to a three-year prison sentence.In ISIS-controlled areas, refugees reported to the UN that they executed people for sodomy. Gender affirmation surgery, however, is legal.There are also gay groups fighting back against ISIS in Syria, raising rainbow flags in protest.center_img Ohio’s Pride has replaced their grand marshal with LGBT refugeesGermans are supportive of LGBTI people, but not Muslims, report showsThe voice of tourism may make LGBTI in Istanbul happen todayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trump-muslim-ban-hurt-lgbti-people/ IranGender reassignment surgery is legal in Iran, but any sexual activity outside of a heterosexual marriage is illegal. Punishments include imprisonment, corporal punishment, and execution.The country also does not recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, or adoption by same-sex parents.YemenIn the Republic of Yemen, the penal code prohibits homosexual activity among both adult men and women. For men, the punishment for unmarried men is 100 lashes and one year in prison. For married men, the punishment is execution. Women who break this law face up to three years in prison.The government also censors any pro-LGBTI media.LibyaLibya’s criminal codes prohibits all sexual activity outside of legal marriage (and same-sex marriage is not legal). Homosexual acts between consenting acts are also specifically illegal.Under Gaddafi, courts began to enact ‘purification’ laws. This included flogging, amputation, and other punishments inflicted on people defying traditional Islamic morality.Since the fall of his regime in 2011, LGBTI rights still remain uncertain.SomaliaArticle 409 of the Somali Penal Code introduced in 1973 prohibits homosexual intercourse. Punishment ranges from three months to one year in prison. Other ‘acts of lust’ carry prison sentences of two months to two years.There are also reports of LGBTI executions.VenezuelaWhile Venezuela’s ban only applies to certain government officials, it is still important to know where they stand on LGBTI rights.Homosexual activity is legal, however same-sex couples and households do not receive the same benefits and protections as hetersexual couples. Venezuela’s law does not explicitly acknowledge same-sex couples and protections are limited.Same-sex couples cannot legally adopt, but lesbian couples can use IVF.More from Gay Star NewsWATCH: Trump’s travel ban could keep this gay couple from their happy ending A protestor at a solidarity rally against the Muslim Ban | Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Truck crashes near Peacetown turnoff

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A truck veered off the side of the road and crashed near the Peacetown turn-off on Thursday morning (March 29).Also read: Warning: Total road closure on N3 after vehicles collideUpdate: Update: N3 closed off after fatal collision at Van ReenenIt is alleged that the driver lost control of the vehicle.Paramedics and other emergency officials were on scene. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Mumbai India – Reported by Elite Traveler the pri

first_imgMumbai India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePresident Obama was the first guest in the 13 room presidential suite at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. He and the First Lady stayed in the suite just completed for them. Can you imagine a more auspicious beginning?President Obama is on a 10-day tour of Asia with his first halt in India, to nurture and strengthen the special relationship USA has with India. The First Lady and President Obama stayed at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai where he paid respect to the victims of 11/26 and expressed solidarity.In a commemorative speech overlooking the Gateway of India from The Taj Mahal Palace terrace, President Obama paid tribute to the city of Mumbai and the Taj. Mr. Obama is spending three valuable days – in India, the longest amount of time he has spent in any foreign country as President“…our decision to begin our visit here in this dynamic city, at this historic hotel.. To those who have asked whether this is intended to send a message, my answer is simply, absolutely!…… Mumbai is a symbol of the incredible energy and optimism that defines India in the 21st century..the Taj has been the symbol of the strength and the resilience of the Indian people.” – President Barack Obama“We are touched by this heartfelt tribute and deeply honored and grateful to him for choosing to stay at The Taj Mahal Palace on his inaugural visit to India.” – Mr. Raymond Bickson, managing director and CEO, Indian Hotels Company Ltd.President Obama expressed similar sentiments in the guest book, writing that the United States “stands in solidarity with all of Mumbai and all of India in working to eradicate the scourge of terrorism, and we affirm our lasting friendship with the Indian people.”The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai stands restored and resplendent which is a reflection of the spirit of its people.www.tajhotels.comlast_img read more

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