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Celebrate Red Nose Day Tonight

first_imgTonight in the U.S., Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Elton John and over 65 stars are coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives on “The Red Nose Day Special,” airing May 26th on NBC.The star-studded event will be hosted by Craig Ferguson and features comedy, music and more.Other stars include Jay Leno, Celine Dion, Mel B, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Vince Vaughn, Bono and Jeff Goldblum who are all lining up to take part in the FUN-raising Special to keep kids safe, healthy and educated.The special will feature Julia Roberts’ recent trip to Phoenix to visit projects that take care of children who are facing serious health issues without the means to afford basic medical treatment. Jack Black, who went to Uganda last year to shed light on the issue of children living in poverty, returns to give a heartwarming update on Felix, a young boy he met there who had been living on the streets for three years. He will reveal what life is like for Felix today after being helped by a program that aims to change the lives of homeless kids.Music will also take centre stage, with both Elton John and Blake Shelton performing very special songs, while Paul Shaffer will bring his signature brand of great music and high energy as musical director with the Red Nose Orchestra.“The Red Nose Day Special” also delivers a great night of comedy, from Tracy Morgan putting his own unique spin on the classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” while reading to kids, to Paul Rudd committing more money for Red Nose Day than he ever imagined when he promises to donate $5,000 for every three-pointer basketball superstar Blake Griffin makes in three minutes. The fun continues with a comedy sketch featuring “The Walking Dead” cast as viewers have never seen them before.Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 as a special day to come together, have fun and make a difference for kids who are most in need. In its inaugural year in America, more than $23 million was raised for the Red Nose Day Fund, with the money now at work in all 50 states across America and 15 countries internationally through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated.The money raised by Red Nose Day USA 2016 will help support projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world. People from all walks of life are encouraged to get involved, have fun and raise money by buying red noses sold exclusively at Walgreens stores nationwide, organising fundraising events and watching and donating during the television special.Red Nose Day in the USA is run by Comic Relief Inc. which is an independent sister organization of Comic Relief UK. Comic Relief Inc. and Comic Relief UK are independent organizations related through their shared vision of a just world free from poverty, and a same mission to effect positive change through the power of entertainment. To find out more visit rednoseday.org.last_img read more

Social sciences profs win grant for photo exhibit in Pakistan

Sociology professor Nancy Cook and David Butz from the Department of Geography recently received a Council for Research in Social Sciences (CRISS) grant to do a photography exhibit in Shimshal, a small mountain village in northern Pakistan. The duo are conducting research about road accessibility and social change there.Photos in the exhibit were produced as part of an auto-photography project that involved giving villagers digital cameras and inviting them to take pictures that convey the importance of a recently-constructed jeep road for their daily lives, and discussing the photos with them.The exhibit, which will be timed to coincide with the ninth anniversary of the road’s completion, will allow community members to see each other’s photos and will generate data in the form of comments and group discussion.The printed photos will be stored permanently in a publicly-accessible community archive.“The CRISS grant enables the continuation of an innovative and productive line of research, while also providing the community with an important visual record of social transformation,” Cook said.Psychology professor Michael Ashton also received a CRISS award to assist him in publishing a book called “The H Factor of Personality: Why Some People Are Manipulative, Self-Entitled, Materialistic, and  Exploitive—And Why It Matters For Everyone.”He’ll publish it with Kibeom Lee, a  colleague at the University of Calgary.Ashton has done extensive  research in personality psychology, particularly a structural model that  he developed with Lee.“The CRISS award will be a big help in publishing  this book, which will allow us to share our research findings with a  broader audience,” Lee said.CRISS research awards are granted three times each year to researchers in the Faculty of Social Sciences. read more

IRS says official at centre of tea party scandal retiring Lois Lerner

WASHINGTON – Facing a possible firing, the Internal Revenue Service official at the centre of the agency’s tea party scandal retired Monday, ending one chapter in a ruckus that has engulfed the tax-collection agency since spring.Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.A day after the hearing she was placed on paid leave at the age of 62.Lerner’s retirement came as a review board was set to propose that she be fired, said a statement by Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.The board found “neglect of duties” during her tenure as director of the agency’s exempt organizations division, and mismanagement consistent with an inspector general’s report issued in May, Levin’s statement said. The board, however, did not issue any findings of political bias or wilful misconduct.Lerner’s lawyer did not respond Monday to a request for comment.Republicans in Congress have repeatedly called for her to be fired. The IRS confirmed Lerner’s retirement but said in a statement that privacy laws prevented it from commenting further about an individual employee.Lerner is an attorney who joined the IRS in 2001. In brief remarks before she invoked her right not to testify before the House Oversight committee, Lerner expressed pride in her 34-year career in federal government, which has included work at the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission.As director of the exempt organizations division, she oversaw 900 workers and a budget approaching $100 million.Lerner’s revelation at the May 10 tax conference set off a firestorm at the agency. President Barack Obama forced the acting commissioner to resign and much of the agency’s top leadership was replaced. Three congressional committees and the Justice Department launched investigations.“Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over. Far from it,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. “In fact, there are many serious unanswered questions that must be addressed so we can get to the truth.”Lerner initially said the targeting was limited to agents working in a Cincinnati office that handled applications for tax-exempt status. Congressional investigations have since discovered evidence that IRS supervisors in Washington were aware that tea party applications were being delayed for years in some cases while the groups endured sometimes burdensome scrutiny.However, investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS ordered the targeting or knew it was happening.Levin said Lerner is “being held responsible for her gross mismanagement of the IRS tax-exempt division, which led to improper handling of applications for tax-exempt status, whether conservative and progressive.”“As has been the case in all aspects of the current IRS investigation, the IRS internal Review Board found no evidence of political bias in her neglect of duties,” Levin said. “The basic overreaching premise of the Republicans that the IRS had an ‘enemies list’ and was being influenced from the outside has been proven wrong again, as it has again and again.”On Monday, the IRS released a statement outlining some of the actions the agency has taken since the scandal erupted.“Since May, the IRS has taken decisive actions to correct failures in exempt organizations management, replacing top leadership throughout the chain of command,” the statement said. “In addition, IRS acting commissioner Danny Werfel created an accountability review board to fully review information to ensure proper oversight in handling personnel issues.”“The IRS is making important progress on fixing the underlying management and organizational deficiencies,” the statement said. “Our goal is to restore the public’s faith and trust in the tax system. We have sent nearly 400,000 pages of documents to Congress and facilitated dozens of employee interviews. We look forward to continuing to co-operate with Congress and other investigations.”The American Center for Law and Justice represents 41 conservative groups that are suing the IRS over their treatment. Jay Sekulow, the group’s chief counsel, said Lerner’s retirement “is just another troubling move by the IRS to fail to hold those responsible for the illegal targeting scheme accountable.”“Her retirement — along with her continued compensation — is deeply disturbing and sends the wrong message about accountability,” Sekulow said.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatap IRS says official at centre of tea party scandal retiring; Lois Lerner had been on paid leave AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2013 2:49 pm MDT read more

Ban strongly condemns killings of top tribal chief UN peacekeeper in Abyei

“Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing of the Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief DengKuol Deng and a UNISFA peacekeeper in an attack by a Misseriya assailant on a UNISFA convoy in the Abyei Area,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement on 4 May.Two other peacekeepers were seriously wounded in yesterday’s incident which seems to have pitted Ngok Dinka farmers against ethnic Misseriya pastoralist tribesmen. The groups have repeatedly clashed in the past, particularly in the area between Sudan and South Sudan which lacks clearly demarcated borders.In the statement, the Secretary-General extended his deepest condolences to the Ngok Dinka community and the Government of Ethiopia, the home country of the UN peacekeeper killed in the incident, as well as to the families of those killed and injured.“The Secretary-General urges the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan and the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities to remain calm and avoid any escalation of this unfortunate event,” the spokesperson noted.“This proves again how crucially important it is for the two Governments to establish the temporary institutions as stipulated in the 20 June 2011 Agreement and continue discussions on the final status of the Abyei Area,” the statement continued.The Agreement, signed by the Government of Sudan and representatives of South Sudan ahead of its official independence, calls for demilitarization of Abeyi and the establishment of an administrative and police service. The UN Security Council established UNISFA the following week to oversee progress on the Agreement, and authorized the blue helmets to use force to protect civilians and humanitarian workers. read more

Parking changes for Convocation week

Spring convocation ceremonies will have an impact on daily routines and schedules starting Tuesday morning.On-campus road closures in place June 7 to June 10 includes the section of University Road West from the intersection of Isaac Brock Boulevard West.Roads will be closed during convocation activities following each ceremony from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. There will be no vehicle access to Lots P, Q, F or the Walker Complex loading dock during these closures.Lot D, S, and Lot Reserved B are accessible to Convocation guests only. Attendees will also be directed to park in Zone 1 and Zone 2.Students and staff should park in their regular permit lots, unless otherwise directed by Parking Services staff. Other closures include Ian Beddis and Bob Davis gymnasiums, as well as the track for the duration of the week.Regular routines and access to facilities will resume on Saturday, June 11. read more

New Chief Operating Officer for CEMI

first_imgIn March 2012, the Board of Directors for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) announced the appointment of Damien Duff as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In his role as COO, he will run daily operations to ensure that CEMI fulfills its commitments to stakeholders and funding agencies for existing programs. This will include coordination of research initiatives, capacity and network development, contract development and execution as well as policy development and compliance.The statement continued: “By ensuring quality outcomes he will enable CEMI to meet the needs of patron and sponsor organisations as new projects and programs become operational. This will maintain a solid foundation from which CEMI will be able to implement its growth strategy.” He brings expertise from a 31 year career in mining and exploration geology, with Noranda and Falconbridge (now Xstrata), including three years on secondment from Xstrata to the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Mines and Minerals Division as a Senior Advisor. For the past four years, he has served as R&D Program Director at CEMI, focused in the areas of deep mining geotechnical risk, mineral exploration and environmental sustainability. He is a former president of the Geological Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIMM) and Company Director of First Nickel. He is also a recipient of the CIM Fellowship Award, awarded in recognition of “contributions to the Canadian minerals industry and to the CIM,” and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the Province of Ontario.Douglas Morrison, President & CEO, CEMI said: “Damien, working with Dr Peter Kaiser during his time as the Founding President of CEMI, has been heavily involved in the development of the major research programs on GeoRisk and Ground Characterisation for deep mines.  He is thoroughly familiar with the work of the academics who are the leaders of the individual research projects and personally committed to completing these objectives. Now that Dr Kaiser is focused on Rio Tinto’s Underground Mine Construction program, Damien is the ideal person to take over the direction of these programs and personally I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this important responsibility.”The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) directs and coordinates step-change innovation in the areas of exploration, deep mining, integrated mine engineering, environment and sustainability for the metal mining industry. With a seasoned team of program directors, CEMI identifies, assesses, funds and manages industry-focused applied research & development projects that extend from geology and engineering to the natural sciences. CEMI states that it recognises innovation as a three-phase process: research, development and implementation (R&D&I), where innovative ideas can become best practice.last_img read more

Noonan announces end of the Bank Guarantee

first_imgMINISTER FOR FINANCE Michael Noonan has announced the end of Bank Guarantee.In a statement today, Minister Noonan said that the scheme will end on 28 March 2013. He said that the announcement came following a decision by the Cabinet.The Bank Guarantee – the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee Scheme (ELG) Scheme – will end for all new liabilities from midnight on 28 March 2013.NormalisationAccording to Noonan, the ending of the ELG for new liabilities marks a significant step in the normalisation of our banking system.He stressed that today’s announcement will not impact the vast majority of bank customers as their deposits are covered by the Deposit Guarantee Scheme or DGS – a separate guarantee which has been in operation in Ireland since 1995 and is part of an EU-wide arrangement for deposit protection.The DGS covers deposits up to and including €100,000 per depositor per credit institution or €200,000 in the case of a joint account. The DGS also covers members’ savings with their Credit Union.Commenting on the announcement the Minister stated: The Irish banking system failed the Irish people and the mismanagement of the banks and the crisis has cost the Irish taxpayer €62 billion. All of the Government actions since taking office in March 2011, both at home and abroad, are designed to repair this damage and break the negative link between the banks and the State. We are making significant progress in this regard and the ending of the Guarantee for new liabilities marks another step forward. The Government’s banking policy is a series of steps, all of which are interlinked:The completion of independent Stress Tests of the banks’ capital needs in March 2011. These stress tests led to the private sector investment of €1.7 billion in Bank of Ireland in July 2011.The assistance of those in Mortgage Arrears has been advanced through the new Personal Insolvency Regime in 2012 and complemented by the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Strategies being overseen by the Central Bank. The involvement of the Central Bank ensures that they apply to all banks whether State owned or not.The removal of the banks in wind down (IBRC) from the Irish banking system reduces their drag on the economy and the cost of funds for Ireland. “The liquidation of IBRC earlier this month removes the legacy of the worst excesses of the boom,” said Noonan.The creation of a cost effective banking system with customer service at its core. “The Government is working to ensure that the banks have reduced their cost bases so as they can offer credit at as low a cost as possible, taking account of funding conditions, to their customers.”The work on improving the cost base of the banks is vital for their return to long term profitability. This return to profitability will be assisted by the shortly to be completed Mercer review of remuneration, which will ensure a full and proper assessment of this significant cost.The Government is determined to maximise the value of this investment for the taxpayer and in the first two months of 2013, it has started to see returns on this investment with the sale for €1 billion of Bank of Ireland Contingent Capital and the sale of Irish Life for €1.3 billion.The success of the State’s bond issuances has played an important role in improving the cost bases of the banks.The Government continues to advance the implementation of the decision taken on 29 June 2012 to break the negative link between banks and sovereigns across Europe.Ending of the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee SchemeThis announcement also has a broader implication for the State by removing €73 billion of contingent liabilities from taxpayers. In return for guaranteeing such massive sums the State has received fees from the covered banks.The Minister said that the department had assumed that the ELG Scheme would end in February 2013 and the removal of the scheme will have no negative impact of the budgetary position.In fact, I am confident that the ending of the scheme and the gradual removal of this liability from the taxpayer will also help to sustain Ireland’s re-entry to international markets.Fianna Fáil welcomed the announcement, but said it “should not be interpreted as meaning that the Irish banking system is fixed or functioning in a normal way”, according to Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath.He added that the banks must “get on top of the mortgage arrears and personal indebtedness crisis by putting sustainable long term solutions in place”.Minister Noonan said in a press conference following the announcement that the next big project is to have AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB “supplying solutions, particularly to people who have problems with their mortgage payments” under the direction of the Central Bank.Staff have been trained and banks are ready to move forward with this, Noonan added.AIB also welcomed the news, saying it “further demonstrates the ongoing improvement in the stability of the financial system in Ireland”.David Duffy, AIB CEO, said:  “We welcome the announcement today and expect that this move will have a positive impact on the operating performance of AIB over time as the bank returns to long term sustainability.”Read: TDs vote to liquidate IBRC in dramatic late-night Dáil sitting>last_img read more

Russias ambitious antitobacco plan aims to cut smoker numbers by half

first_imgRUSSIA’S AMBITIOUS SMOKING ban, which aims to cut the number of smokers in half and improve public health, went into effect Saturday amid doubts that its measures can be fully enforced.The first stage of the so-called anti-tobacco ban makes it illegal to smoke on buses, trams and other municipal transport, at railway stations and airports, on lifts and bus stations, near metro and rail stations, in administrative buildings and at education and health facilities.From June 1, 2014, the ban will be stepped up to also include ships, long-distance trains, train platforms, hotels, cafes and restaurants — places where Russians still smoke plentifully. Cigarette advertising and sales will also be curbed significantly.44 million Russians use nicotineThe Kremlin initiated the public health initiative last year in a bid to halve the country’s smokers. An estimated 44 million Russians use nicotine on a daily basis.Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said last year that smoking-related diseases kill an estimated 400,000 people in Russia every year, and that increasingly younger people are picking up the habit.According to a survey carried out by Levada Centre last year, 81 percent of the Russians polled were in favour of banning smoking in public places.However, doubts have been cast about the authorities’ ability to enforce the law, and many people have said that the government should focus more on helping people kick the habit rather than adopting repressive measures.Smokers have also launched a country-wide movement to fight for their rights. “The government’s policies often turn the fight against smoking into the fight against smokers,” the All-Russia Movement For The Rights of Smokers said on its website.Fines for violating the lawThe Duma last month passed in an initial reading the bill, setting up fines for violating the law, which start from 1000 rubles ($31) for smoking in forbidden areas and go up as high as 500,000 rubles ($16,000) for illegal tobacco advertising.In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta this week the head of Moscow police Anatoly Yakunin conceded that the interior ministry has not worked out a scheme for fining people.“There is no mechanism yet for police control of people breaching the smoking ban,” he said, hoping that people will “be conscientious and start obeying the law” while police work out a way to deal with those who don’t.Several people were seen smoking by a metro station in central Moscow Saturday morning well inside the forbidden perimeter around the entrance.According to the World Health Organisation, Russia in 2010 had the fourth most smokers of any country in the world, accounting for 4.4 per cent of the world’s smokers. However it was still well behind China, which accounted for 28 per cent of the world’s smokers.- © AFP, 2013Poll: Do you allow smoking in your home?Read: Smokers in Europe ‘not being given enough help to quit’Column: ‘If I could go back in time, I never would’ve put that first cigarette in my mouth’last_img read more

Online file sharers buy a lot of legitimate music

first_imgAlthough the Recording Industry Association of America would have you believe that people who connect to online peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks are the worst criminals on the face of the Earth, they’re actually pouring more money into the industry than those who don’t engage in file sharing.According to the American Assembly, which completed an exhaustive study into the Web surfing and buying habits of thousands of people in the United States and Germany, that supposedly toxic segment of the population spends 30% more on legal music than the perfectly clean non-pirates out there.The study found that the average P2P user in the US has a music collection that consists of 24% illegally downloaded songs compared to 38% that were purchased legally. The rest are either ripped from CDs or copied offline from friends or family.There are a lot of arguments to be make here. Obviously, those who have the knowledge to use P2P networks are already technologically adept so they are probably going to climb the scales higher on any question related to online consumption. In addition, there is the argument that if music piracy was more strongly prohibited, these same consumers would spend even more on legal music.On the flip side, it could be that users download illegal music files just to test the waters and if they find an artist they like, they’ll end up buying song after song that they would have never found otherwise.The bottom line is that it always helps to be grounded back to reality. There is this mindset out there that people who connect to P2P networks are just leeches who expect to get everything they want and not have to pay for it. While that is certainly a segment of the P2P community, it is not indicative of the community as a whole.via American Assemblylast_img read more

Easter Rising commemorations take place at the General Post Office

first_img By Cónal Thomas Apr 21st 2019, 6:01 AM 27 Comments Share Tweet Email1 22,864 Views https://jrnl.ie/4600706 Earlier this morning, commemorations were held at Glasnevin Cemetery with a wreath-laying over the Sigerson Monument. The monument is the grave of Edward Hollywood, who delivered the first tricolour flag to Ireland from France, and Peadar Kearney, who composed national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann.The Easter Rising saw 1,600 men and women occupy various key buildings around Dublin in a bid for Irish freedom through armed insurrection. Although a military failure, the subsequent execution of its leaders turned the tide of public opinion and ultimately lead to the War of Independence in 1919. center_img Updated Apr 21st 2019, 12:39 PM President Michael D Higgins at today’s ceremony Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieCOMMEMORATIONS HAVE TAKEN place at Dublin’s General Post Office to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Starting at midday, members of the public were invited to attend this afternoon’s ceremony at the GPO – the rebel headquarters during the Rising – which was lead by President Michael D Higgins.The Irish national flag on top of the GPO was lowered after which the 1916 Proclamation was read aloud. Defence Forces brass and pipe bands and Army representatives took part in the ceremony which finished with an Air Corps fly past. President Michael D. Higgins arrives at the GPO for the Commemoration Ceremony which is being screened on RTE News Now #easter1916 pic.twitter.com/uT35qWNQb9— Óglaigh na hÉireann (@defenceforces) April 21, 2019 Short URL Easter Rising commemorations take place at the General Post Office Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 12:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

US executes white supremacist for lynching black man in Texas in 1998

first_img Image: AP/PA Images Apr 25th 2019, 7:18 AM Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 7:18 AM An undated photo of John William King US executes white supremacist for lynching black man in Texas in 1998 John William King was put to death last night. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4605984 Share Tweet Email1 center_img A WHITE SUPREMACIST convicted of a notorious racist murder has been executed in the US state of Texas.44 year-old John William King was killed by lethal injection at 7:08pm local at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.King was one of three white men convicted of carrying out the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr, one of the most gruesome racist killings in recent US history.Two of Byrd’s sisters and a niece witnessed King’s execution, the fourth so far this year in the United States.“Today, we witnessed the peaceful and dignified execution of John King for the savage, brutal murder of James on June 7 1998, really a modern-day lynching,” Carla Byrd Taylor – one of the victim’s sisters – said in a statement she read after the execution.“King showed no remorse then and no remorse tonight. His execution is a just punishment for his actions,” said Taylor.He is the second person to be killed for the killing, following Lawrence Brewer, who was executed in 2011.The third man involved, Shawn Berry, co-operated with investigators and was given life in prison.Dragged along roadBerry testified during his trial that he and the two others were out drinking beer and cruising in a pickup truck when they picked up Byrd, who was hitchhiking, and drove him to a remote country road.The men severely beat the 49-year-old Byrd, before chaining him by his ankles to the back of the truck.A pathologist testified during King’s trial that Byrd survived being dragged along the road for more than three kilometers, before he was decapitated when his body hit a concrete drain pipe.Byrd’s dismembered body was later found outside a black church in the small town of Jasper, Texas, near the state’s border with Louisiana.The killing horrified the US public and evoked memories of the era of racist lynchings of African Americans in the south of the country.Ten years after King’s conviction, US president Barack Obama signed a law aimed at preventing hate crimes which was named after Byrd and Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was murdered the same year.Ignored pleaA request for a stay of execution was filed with the Supreme Court late on Tuesday night, but was ultimately denied.King’s lawyer claimed that his client maintained his innocence, and that King’s lawyer in his 1999 trial ignored his request to plead not guilty.“From the time of indictment through his trial, Mr King maintained his absolute innocence, claiming that he had left his co-defendants and Mr Byrd some time prior to his death and was not present at the scene of the victim’s murder,” Ellis said.“Despite Mr King’s explicit and repeated requests, his counsel conceded his guilt to murder at trial.”Repeated efforts to have King’s conviction overturned had failed, with the Supreme Court refusing to examine the case in 2018.On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously refused to grant him a reprieve.During the sentencing phase of King’s trial, his lawyers argued that prison violence had compelled him to link up with a white prison gang.“He wasn’t a racist when he went in, he was when he came out,” said his lawyer.With reporting from – © AFP 2019 25,331 Views By Stephen McDermott Short URL 31 Comments An undated photo of John William King Image: AP/PA Imageslast_img read more

Paid parental

first_imgThe Coalition’s new Paid Parental Leave scheme – starting from 1 July 2015 – will pay a replacement wage up to an annual salary of $150,000, funded by a levy on the 3000 biggest employers. No policy is perfect and the Coalition’s PPL scheme is no exception. But I think this is a good move for a number of reasons. Firstly, we need women to be involved in our economy where possible and we need our policy settings to encourage and support that. The good news is that female participation in the labour force is rising – from 60.3 per cent in 2000, to 65.3 per cent in 2011. That’s a five per cent rise in just 11 years while the male participation rate was flat. The problems for women are many: as the cost of living increases, they are compelled to work; when working women have children and stop working, it puts stress on household finances; when they do go back to work, women still absorb most of the home duties, meaning their extra income often goes on child care costs; when women take time off to have children, they usually lose their superannuation contributions; and when women with kids do go back into the workforce their preference for part time and casual work reduces their income and their superannuation. Therefore we are faced with this conundrum: women earn less than men during their working lives, meaning they have less superannuation. Yet women live longer and therefore have longer retirements to fund. The government needs to be congratulated for ensuring that the new PPL scheme will keep the superannuation guarantee contributions going during the paid leave. More still needs to be done to lift the average super balances of women to parity with men’s – in 2010 the average female super balance was around $40,400, compared to the average male balance of $71,600. But allowing women to take 26 weeks off to care for their baby, with no discontinuation of their super, is a really good start. Small business owners are also going to benefit from the PPL scheme. Many women choose to work at large companies or government departments, attracted to maternity policies and benefits. With Paid Parental Leave being funded from Canberra, smaller business owners will be on a more level playing field with the big employers, because they’ll be able to attract and retain female employees of child-bearing age. And women will be able to make employment decisions based on criteria other than maternity benefits. In the end, superannuation could be the crucial part of this policy. But also watch women of child bearing age giving up long commutes to the CBD as they realise that working for a small business does not penalise them for having a baby. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. EmailMarkonmark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SPOILERS 115 WWE RAW taping results from Manchester England to air tonight

first_img Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ SPOILERS: 8/15 Impact TV tapings in Mexico City to air on Pursuit and Twitch The following was taped today in Manchester, England to air tonight.11/5 WWE RAW taping results:* Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin opened the show with the ring surrounded by security. After highlights from Crown Jewel were shown, he announces he will wrestle Kurt Angle to determine the captain of Team RAW at Survivor Series. Braun Strowman then runs out and gets through security. Corbin is able to escape.* Alexa Bliss is announced as the captain of the RAW Women’s team at Survivor Series. However, it was made clear she would not be wrestling.* Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre are confirmed for Team RAW at Survivor Series.* The Riott Squad vs. Sasha Banks, Bayley and Natalya ended in a no contest.* Apollo Crews def. Jinder Mahal.* The Authors of Pain def. Seth Rollins in a handicap match to become the new RAW Tag Team Champions. Corbin forced Rollins to defend both tag team championships. Rollins walked out with both tag titles and after his loss, Dean Ambrose showed up and attacked Rollins, hitting him with Dirty Deeds.* Elias def. Dolph Ziggler.* RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey warned Becky Lynch that she is the “baddest bitch on the planet” and would be taking her down at Survivor Series.* Nia Jax def. Ember Moon. After the match, Tamina Snuka comes out and faces off with Nia. Tamina then attacks Moon. Jax joins Tamina, appearing to turn heel.* Baron Corbin is leaving the arena to get away from Strowman. Corbin books Drew McIntyre in his place against Kurt Angle for later tonight.* Bobby Lashley def. Finn Balor. Lio Rush interfered. After the match, Drew McIntyre runs out and attacks Balor hitting him with the Claymore.* Stephanie McMahon and new WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar are both scheduled to appear on RAW next Monday night.* Drew McIntyre def. Kurt Angle to become the Captain for Team RAW at Survivor Series. McIntyre forced Angle to tap to the Ankle Lock. After the match, McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler attacked Angle until Braun Strowman ran out to make the save.Source: PWInsiderRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 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 Twitter Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Videos Articles SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network center_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Facebook Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Nikki Bella Drew Mcintyre Ronda Rousey WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brandslast_img read more

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers down for December 3 New viewership low for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Ratings for December 3, 2018 are in and it isn’t good news.This week’s episode from Houston drew an average audience of 2.29 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.37 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 for the night on cable. So while the show remained among the Top 10 shows on cable in the 18-49 demographics, it set a new low for the first hour.The first hour, which had normally been drawing the strongest audience of the night for WWE during this year, drew a new low of 2.196 million viewers. This makes it one of the least watched first hours of RAW in the show’s modern history.Monday Night Football on ESPN won the night on cable (11.237 million viewers).Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.262 (down from 2.612 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.399 (up from 2.382 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.196 (up from 2.111 million viewers)This week’s RAW, headlined by Ronda Rousey and Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax and Tamina, averaged 0.81 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 0.79 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Reportedly InjuredVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining 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 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Captain Marvel: WWEs Nia Jax Challenges Brie Larson To A Match Did Ronda Rousey Break Alexa Bliss’ Nose? WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Videos Articlescenter_img Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants A WWE Match Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Pinterest Trish Stratus Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW last_img read more

Pepe Reina eyes improvements at AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan new signing Pepe Reina is “looking forward” to integrating into the club and hopes that they will be able to build on their results from last seasonThe veteran goalkeeper joined from Serie A rivals Napoli on a free transfer earlier this month and has travelled with his new teammates to America, where they will be participating in the International Champions Cup.Reina had a successful spell at Napoli, whom he joined in a loan deal from Liverpool in 2013 and won the Coppa Italia that season, before rejoining the Light Blues on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015 from Bayern Munich.And three years later with 153 appearances under his belt, Reina chose to end his stay at Napoli in favour of joining Milan after coming so close to winning the Serie A last season.The 35-year-old told the club website: “I’m very happy. I’m really looking forward to adapting to the team quickly and contribute. I want to improve and help the team to become even stronger and overcome what was achieved last year.Reina’s experience will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable asset for Milan alongside their teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and his 28-year-old brother Antonio Donnarumma.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I already had a good relationship with both before (the Donnarummas). It will be a fun year. All three of us feel we are number one. We are in a very important Club: we will all give our best, then coach Gattuso will decide,” he said.Reina could make his debut for Milan on Thursday in their first game of their US tour against Manchester United.Pepe Reina arrives at Milanello just in time to join the #DevilsInUSA! ??@PReina25 per la prima volta a Milanello, pronto a volare con noi negli Stati Uniti! ?? ¡Bienvenido al equipo, Pepe! ?⚫#weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/SPozJoe76b— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 22, 2018last_img read more

Increasing communication skills in nonverbal children with autism

first_img May 6, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) -A Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked for many years with children with nonverbal autism wrote a book to help guide parents to communicate effectively with their children.Susan Berkowitz is a Speech-Language Pathologist who wrote a book and discussed it on Good Morning San Diego.According to Berkwowitz, research shows about 1.7 percent of children — one in 59 — are now believed to have an autism spectrum disorder. Estimates say that between 25-40% are nonverbal.3 Practical Ways to Increase Communication Skills in Nonverbal Children:-using pictures to communicate-engage with the child in something he likes to do, that will motivate him and keep him interacting with you-use core words consistently when modeling, interacting and teachingFor more information about Berkowitz click here. Increasing communication skills in nonverbal children with autism Posted: May 6, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:01 AMlast_img read more

New York river helicopter crash toll rises to 5

first_imgNYPD officers remove the bodies from the scene of a helicopter crash in the East River on 11 March 2018 in New York City. AFPFive people have died after a helicopter owned by a tour group plunged into Manhattan’s East River, police said on Monday.The red chopper, which is owned by tourism group Liberty, was carrying six people including the pilot when it crashed into the river near the upscale Upper East Side neighbourhood shortly after 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) on Sunday.“Five people are deceased,” a New York Police Department spokesperson told AFP, saying the dead were all passengers on the helicopter.Following the crash, “the pilot freed himself, the other five did not,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters during an earlier press conference.Divers rushed to the scene and freed the passengers, two of whom were pronounced dead, while three others were taken to hospital in critical condition, Nigro said.“We are told the five people were all tied tightly in harnesses that had to be cut and removed,” he said.Liberty organises aerial tours of America’s financial capital. Police chief James O’Neill said the aircraft had been leased by photographers.The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but local media indicated the pilot had sent a distress signal that mentioned an engine problem shortly before the crash.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.last_img read more

US Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson A Texan Leaving Trumps Cabinet

first_img“I actually got on well with Rex,” he said, “but it was a different mindset.” The news follows a year of escalating tensions between Tillerson and Trump, including reports in October that Tillerson called Trump “a moron.”The change at the State Department comes at a consequential moment in American foreign policy: Trump agreed last week to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.A series of senior Trump administration officials have left the administration in recent months, a remarkable level of churn so early in a presidential term. Tillerson leaves behind a State Department that is widely viewed as understaffed, strapped for resources and demoralized, due to Trump administration pushes for budget cuts.  Share A Wichita Falls native, Tillerson was a surprise choice for the position but had the backing of much of the Republican foreign policy establishment. He had no diplomatic experience, but was the longtime CEO of ExxonMobil. Tillerson is closely aligned with a fellow Texan, NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison.  REUTERS/Carlos BarriaU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose departure from the Cabinet was announced on March 13, 208, is shown arriving at a news conference between President Donald Trump and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House on Jan. 10, 2018.President Donald Trump has removed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a native Texan, from his Cabinet post, replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.The president made the move on Friday, according to The Washington Post, and in a public statement said “a great deal has been accomplished over the last 14 months” of Tillerson’s tenure. But other details emerged Tuesday that conflicted with that account, including an NBC report suggesting Tillerson found out he was fired from the president’s tweets. The latter scenario would indicate that Tillerson’s termination came after he took a hard line supporting British allegations that Russian operatives poisonedan ex-Russian spy and his daughter. Trump has been hesitant to criticize Russia, even as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018When speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump indicated the Tillerson decision had long been on his mind and said the two “disagreed on things” and “were not thinking the same.” But he said he still hoped to maintain a relationship with Tillerson.  last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Emirates launched its

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEmirates launched its second daily A380 service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday touching down just shortly after 8pm local time on 1 July. With this expanded schedule, Emirates is now able to serve nearly 1000 passengers travelling to Los Angeles each day. Also on the same day Vienna joined the family of A380 scheduled destinations served by an Emirates A380.The Emirates A380 aircraft was decked out in specially-designed Dodgers branding to celebrate its expanded service to Los Angeles, as well as the airline’s sponsorship of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This sponsorship in conjunction with the second daily flight to Los Angeles, emphasizes Emirates’ commitment to sports, culture and the Southern California region.The new flight EK217, operated by an Airbus A380-800 aircraft, is configured for three cabin classes with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business class and 401 seats in Economy class.“We’re thrilled to continue growing our footprint in Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, and to be able to provide more flight choices to more customers daily as well as doubling the economic benefits Emirates’ flights provide to Southern California,” said Rob Gurney Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, The Americas. “We strive to give our customers the best possible travel experience every step of the way through our award-winning service and industry-leading products.“In addition to serving those visiting or traveling to Los Angeles, passengers wishing to travel beyond LA to nearby destinations in the US can take advantage of our partnerships with Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. For example, through Alaska Airlines, passengers can connect from LAX to cities such as Eugene, Mammoth Lakes, Monterey, Portland, Santa Rosa, and Guadalajara. Through Virgin America, passengers can travel onwards to Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Cancun and more.The new Emirates flight EK217, departs Dubai daily at 3pm and arrives in Los Angeles at 8pm The return flight EK218, departs Los Angeles daily at 10.30pm and arrives in Dubai approximately 16 hours later at 1.30am. This new service supplements the current EK215 Airbus A380-800 flight which departs Dubai at 8.55am and lands in Los Angeles at 1.55pm. The existing return flight, EK216, departs LAX 4.45pm and arrives in Dubai 7.35pm the following day.More choices and shorter connection timesWith the addition of this second daily flight, passengers travelling to Los Angeles via Dubai from cities such as Basra, Tehran, Kuwait, Dhaka, Karachi, Sialkot, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, Colombo, and Seychelles as well as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok will experience improved connectivity. Passengers travelling from Los Angeles via Dubai to Lahore, Peshawar, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, Ahmedabad, Colombo, Cape Town and Mauritius, as well as Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong will also experience more choices and shorter connection times.Beyond summer and holiday travel surges, the new service will cater to the growing business traveller demographic. By departing at night, EK217 allows for a full day of business, meetings and exploration in Los Angeles before travelling. With world-renowned industries in entertainment, aerospace, technology, media, fashion, science and more, the international business community will be well-served by having additional travel options from around the world.The added daily flight will support the transport of even more exports from Los Angeles and the greater Southern California area, helping to stimulate the local economy and grow small businesses that would otherwise not have the option to sell into international marketplaces. Currently, aside from bellyhold capacity from its passenger services, Emirates also operates two Boeing 777-200F freighters each week to LAX.A380 touches down in ViennaAlso on 1 July, Vienna joined the family of A380 scheduled destinations served by an Emirates A380. Emirates is the first and only airline to operate an A380 into the Austrian capital. The first ever scheduled A380 flight from Dubai to Vienna landed at 12.55 local time on Friday 1 July and was greeted by traditional water cannon salutes. Vienna is the 41st A380 destination within the Emirates global network.Emirates currently offers double daily flights from Vienna to the international hub in Dubai. Now, the rotation EK127/EK128 is deployed by an Airbus A380 in a three-class configuration with 14 private suites in First, 76 lie-flat seats in Business and 429 spacious seats in Economy. The second daily flight (EK125/EK126) will remain being operated by a Boeing 777-300ER with a seating capacity of 360.Emirates has served the Vienna-Dubai route since 2004 and since then has carried almost three million passengers on its double daily service.Wake up to flying as it should bePassengers on board Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft will enjoy over 2500 channels of on-demand entertainment ranging from films, TV shows, music, games, podcasts and live sports through ice, the airline’s multi-award winning in-flight entertainment system. On board passengers also experience regionally inspired gourmet cuisine and Emirates’ renowned inflight service from the airline’s multi-national cabin crew comprised of over 135 nationalities. The Emirates A380 aircraft features Emirates flat-bed seats in First Class and Business Class and those in premium seating can enjoy Emirates Onboard Lounge. First Class passengers can unwind in their very own Private Suite and arrive refreshed at their destination following a visit to the Emirates A380 Shower Spa. First Class and Business Class passengers can travel to and from the airport with the convenience of Emirates’ complimentary Chauffeur-drive service as well as enjoy Emirates exclusive lounge.Take a 360-video tour of the A380Before boarding, passengers can take a 360-video tour of the A380 flight deck along with taking a virtual walk through the Emirates A380, as it appears on Google Street View.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more