8 Oct
2019

CPC shuts refinery for two weeks

Ceylon Petroleum Corp (Ceypetco) will shut Sri Lanka’s sole 50,000 barrels-per-day oil (bpd) refinery for two weeks on Friday after exhausting its supply of mainly Iranian crude oil, a company official said.The company has enough crude to last until Friday and will receive its next crude oil shipment from Dubai on Nov. 8 or Nov. 9 when the refinery will restart, Ceypetco general manager Susantha Silva told Reuters. “This does not mean we are going to close down the refinery permanently. This will be a temporary closure,” said Silva. The refinery will also undergo maintenance during the shutdown, he added.The refinery is configured to run on Iranian crude and has been scrambling to fill a shortfall after it was unable to bring in Iranian crude because of Western sanctions. “We are getting one crude parcel from Dubai on Nov. 8 or 9 and one from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 13. Another one scheduled (from Abu Dhabi) in December. So we have lined up crude for refining.”Exports from Iran, which is grappling with tough Western sanctions targeting its energy and petrochemical sectors, have fallen sharply as consumers struggle both to pay for the oil and to secure insurance cover for tankers to ship the crude. Ceypetco has been having problems running the refinery at full capacity as alternative crudes like Arabian light are not able to give the refinery the proper yield, Silva said earlier.Sri Lanka, which is dependent on Iranian crude oil, has reduced its Iranian crude imports by 20 percent this year, but disagrees with Western sanctions that are punishing countries that depend on its oil, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris said earlier this week.The country is now in talks with Iran to find suitable payment method for its crude, as banks dealing with Iran have also been targeted by western sanctions. Iran has not offered any discounts on its crude, Peiris said.  (Reuters) read more

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6 Oct
2019

Annans special representative for Western Sahara starts tour of region

A plan for lasting peace between Morocco and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Frente POLISARIO) formulated by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker, is being considered by all parties involved. They include Morocco, the Frente POLISARIO, Algeria and Mauritania.Mr. de Soto is expected to meet subsequently with the leadership of the Frente POLISARIO in Rabouni, with Algerian officials in Algiers and with Mauritanian officials in Nouakchott, the spokesman added.

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29 Sep
2019

Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

Related: Hot Takedown It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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21 Sep
2019

International Womens Day conference explores 106 years of struggle

first_imgOn March 8, 1857, the women workers in the New York Textiles and Tailors industry went on strike and demonstrations. They called for a reduction in working hours and a wage equalization between men and women. The strikers and demonstrators were struck by police and ended in bloodshed. It is these women and the ones that followed that are being honoured by an event organised by the Women’s Committee of Democritus on the occasion of International Women’s Day at 2pm on 10 March.The event, titled “Women’s equality – Which equality? What is our future? What are we struggling for? What is our aim?”, brings many women to the fore. These include journalist/radio producer Rena Frangioudakis, former mayor of Whittlesea Kris Pavlidis, special projects consultant Stella Papas and others.The conference invites all women and men of the community to look at the “women’s issue”, 106 years after 8 March was established as International Women’s Day at the 2nd International Conference of Women Socialists on a proposal by Clara Tsetkin during a meeting in Copenhagen in 1910.The Greek Democritus Workers League stands in solidarity to the struggles of the international women’s movement for equality and liberation of women from class exploitation and oppression.The event takes place at the Cultural Centre (583 High Street, Northcote). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2019

LAssurance maladie refuse la proposition des laboratoires Servier

first_imgL’Assurance maladie refuse la proposition des laboratoires ServierFrédéric Van Roekeghem, directeur général de l’Assurance maladie, a fait savoir ce matin au micro d’Europe 1 que l’institution refusait la proposition des laboratoires Servier consistant à indemniser les victimes du Mediator qui renonceraient à une action judiciaire.Nouvelle polémique dans l’affaire du Mediator. Alors que le laboratoire Servier avait fait savoir plusieurs fois qu’il était prêt à indemniser les victimes de son médicament, il a expliqué hier qu’il était toujours prêt à offrir de l’argent mais uniquement si les victimes renonçaient aux poursuites judiciaires. Une déclaration qui a provoqué l’indignation des associations de soutien aux victimes et de consommateurs. Frédéric Van Roekeghem s’est exprimé sur le sujet au micro d’Europe 1. Il a ainsi fait savoir qu’il refusait la proposition des laboratoires Servier. Le directeur général de l’Assurance maladie a expliqué : “Nous considérons en terme économique que le coût le plus important, c’est celui d’avoir maintenu le Mediator pendant une durée que l’Igas a estimé beaucoup trop longue. Notre démarche est de demander à la justice de faire la transparence pour savoir si les laboratoires Servier ont masqué les qualités essentielles du produit afin de maintenir les autorisations de commercialisation”. Le scandale du Mediator n’est donc pas prêt de se terminer.Le 11 mars 2011 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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12 Sep
2019

What To Expect When Youre Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement

first_img Email What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement Twitter Read more News center_img Many will enter. Few will win. We look ahead at next week’s exciting announcement of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominationsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2018 – 3:40 pm UPDATE: See the full list of 61st GRAMMY NominationsOn Dec. 7, the 2019 GRAMMY nominations will be announced, making dreams come true for artists and music creators across many genres, locations, ages, and walks of life. And while nominees will have to wait until the 61st GRAMMY Awards air on CBS Feb. 10, 2019 for the final results, being nominated brings that lifelong dream of winning GRAMMYs one huge step closer. For fans, the fun is in finding out if their favorite artists will get the chance to attach their names to the legacy of GRAMMY winners.But how does one get a GRAMMY nomination? Well, for starters artists and music creators  spend their whole lives honing their craft and developing their talent. The stories behind the music we love are as varied as the artists who create it. Each year, artists, producers and record labels enter their work for consideration and Recording Academy members weigh in on who deserves GRAMMY gold for their efforts. For a quick look at how the submission and voting process works, head over to GRAMMY101.com to get yourself educated.In terms of awards, there are four general categories that mark some of the most highly anticipated: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best New Artist. The other 80 awards are broken into various fields based on genre—such as Pop, Rap, Rock, Jazz, Classical, etc…, or format, such as Composing/Arranging, Music For Visual Media, Package, Surround Sound, and Music Video/Film.Read More: What’s The Difference? GRAMMY Record Of The Year Vs. Song Of The YearTo make sure the process reflects the vast diversity within the music community, every year the Recording Academy looks at how the GRAMMY Awards can improve and adapt to changes in the industry. This year’s changes include expanding the aforementioned general four categories from five nominees to eight in order to better reflect the many entries in those categories. The Academy also recently announced it will implement a new community-driven and peer-reviewed membership model.The desired end of the whole process, is winning the coveted GRAMMY Award. For those special GRAMMY-winning artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and craftspeople, the award represents a career pinnacle. For a look at these recent life-changing, peruse the full list of last year’s winners, led by Bruno Mars, who won a total of six for his 24K Magic. And think about it: the Recording Academy has been honoring excellence in music for over six decades now. Can you guess who has won the most GRAMMYs of all-time?Get ready for the big reveal of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominees on Friday, Dec 7, and check back with us for category breakdown, artist exclusives and more. You can also follow us on social to keep up with artist reactions throughout the day in real time. Good luck to everyone!Janelle Monáe On Choosing “Freedom Over Fear” & Creating ‘Dirty Computer’ Facebook What To Expect: 2019 GRAMMY Nominations what-expect-when-youre-expecting-2019-grammy-nominations-announcementlast_img read more

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10 Sep
2019

How sleep apnea robs you of a good nights rest

first_img 1 Now playing: Watch this: How to improve sleep using tech 1:04 Comment How to get better sleep in 2019 Tags Causes and risk factors of sleep apneaAn “apnea” is a temporary pause in breathing. In most cases, it’s caused by tissue collapsing in the back of the throat (obstructive sleep apnea). When you fall asleep, the muscles of your upper airway relax. This narrows your airway, making it hard for oxygen to reach your lungs. If you sleep on your back, gravity can exacerbate this narrowing, because your tongue relaxes backward toward your throat. Central sleep apnea is usually linked to other medical conditions, such as heart disorders and brain damage.As far as risk factors, many things can influence your likelihood to develop sleep apnea, the most common and significant being excess body weight. Common risk factors for sleep apnea include:Excess weight: If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher, your risk for sleep apnea increases.Large neck circumference: Your risk for sleep apnea is higher if your neck measures 17 inches or more for men, or 16 inches or more for women. This is because a larger neck has more tissue that’s liable to collapse during sleep. Age: Sleep apnea can affect people of any age, but it becomes more common when people reach young adulthood and middle age. Gender: More men get sleep apnea than women. For women, the risk of sleep apnea increases as they approach and go through menopause. High blood pressure: Hypertension and sleep apnea commonly coexist.Family history: If a family member has sleep apnea, your risk is higher, because sleep apnea can be inherited. Alcohol use: Drinking alcohol before bed can cause your throat muscles to relax even further.Smoking: Smoking can increase inflammation in your airways. POLYSOMNOGRAPHYTo be diagnosed with sleep apnea, you might undergo a polysomnography test. AMELIE-BENOIST / BSIP / Getty Images How do you get diagnosed with sleep apnea?In most cases, doctors diagnose sleep apnea based on a careful physical exam, sleep evaluation and sleep history. You may not be able to provide a sleep history by yourself, but you can enlist the help of someone who shares your bed or room.A sleep evaluation usually involves overnight monitoring at a sleep center, where machines measure your breathing and other body functions, such as your pulse, while you sleep. Sometimes, at-home sleep tests are an option. Tests that detect sleep apnea include:Nocturnal polysomnography: During this test, equipment measures the activity of your heart, lungs and brain, as well as your breathing and movement patterns and blood oxygen levels while you sleep.Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT): An MSLT tests for excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day. It’s often used to diagnose narcolepsy.  Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT): An MWT measures your ability to stay awake during the day by finding your sleep latency, or how long it takes you to fall asleep. Sleep latencies of less than eight minutes during the day are considered abnormal.Home sleep tests: At-home tests are usually simplified versions of nocturnal polysomnography that measure your heart rate, airflow, breathing patterns and blood oxygen levels.In some cases, doctors refer patients to sleep specialist or otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose and throat or ENT doctor) for further evaluation, which can include a nasal airflow test and an examination to rule out any blockages in your nose or ears.Your doctor might also refer you to a cardiologist or neurologist to look for causes of central sleep apnea. A neurologist may conduct an electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain waves and test for central sleep apnea, while a cardiologist can use an electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out or confirm any heart complications. Man in his 30s with sleep apnea sleeping using CPAPCPAP masks are one of the most common way to treat sleep apnea. Alina Solovyova-Vincent / Getty Images How to treat sleep apneaYou can treat sleep apnea a few ways, and many people go through a series of trial treatments to find out what works best for their sleep apnea. Sometimes, it takes takes a series of trials to find the best treatment, and most people end up using a combination of common equipment, machines and therapies to get relief. Treatment options for sleep apnea include: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): Most people who seek treatment for sleep apnea start with CPAP. You choose a CPAP mask, which sends a pressurized airflow through your throat to open your airways while you sleep. If you use a CPAP, make sure to keep it clean. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP):  Similar to a CPAP, a BiPAP also provides a pressurized flow of air. The key difference is that it provides two different streams — one as you breathe in, and one as you breathe out.Chinstrap: Usually used in conjunction with a CPAP, chinstraps help you to stop breathing through your mouth. Oral appliances: If you don’t have severe sleep apnea, you could try custom-fitted oral devices that help keep your airway open. Just make sure to get one from a qualified dentist or orthodontist, not a one-size-fits-all appliance from the internet.Usually, your doctor won’t recommend surgery unless all other options have failed to treat and improve your sleep apnea. Most doctors suggest at least a three-month trial of other options before recommending surgery, which can include nasal reconstruction (such as to fix a deviated septum) or removal of adenoids — the soft tissue in the back of your throat. Symptoms of sleep apneaThe most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, but snoring on its own isn’t always indicative of sleep apnea. Snoring followed by silent pauses, gasping or choking sounds is likely a sign of sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea wakes you up frequently throughout the night (even if you don’t notice it), you can suffer from symptoms of sleep deprivation, such as daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, unintentional napping and irritability or mood swings. Other symptoms include:Feeling tired, even when you thought you had a full night’s sleepInsomnia or trouble falling asleepHeadaches and migrainesLoss of memory Decreased sex driveNocturia (waking up at night to use the bathroom) Complications of sleep apneaWhen you have sleep apnea, your body is consistently deprived of oxygen throughout the night. This lack of oxygen can have negative long-term effects on your health. Sleep apnea has been associated with:Hypertension (high blood pressure) Cardiovascular disease StrokeDiabetes Depression Metabolic syndrome Liver problems Read more: This one tip will help you sleep better tonight 29 Photos Share your voice Sleep Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty You know the consequences of not getting enough sleep: mood swings, crabbiness, cravings, difficulty focusing and sluggishness. And when you don’t know why you can’t get enough sleep, the symptoms become even more frustrating. The culprits behind sleepless nights range from blue light to parasites — but you might be dealing with something more serious: sleep apnea.An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes you to momentarily stop breathing while you’re asleep. With sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked when your body relaxes during sleep, limiting your lungs to little air flow.Characterized by loud snoring and often choking noises, sleep apnea causes your brain and body to become oxygen-deprived, often leading to frequent awakenings throughout the night. Depending on the case, it could happen a few times per night or hundreds of times each night.This guide goes over the different types of sleep apnea, causes, risk factors and symptoms to help you understand sleep apnea. You’ll also learn how to go about seeking a diagnosis and treatment options if you think you may have sleep apnea.Read more: What’s the difference between REM and deep sleep?Different types of sleep apneaThere are three types of sleep apnea, and the way they manifest in your body is different. But the end result is the same — all three deprive your body of oxygen.Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form of sleep apnea that occurs when your throat muscles relax, blocking your lungs from receiving oxygen.Central sleep apnea is less common, and it occurs when your brain doesn’t properly signal the muscles in your body that control breathing.Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, is the least common of all three. This occurs when someone exhibits signs of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

NY Times is the new sponsor of a rockpaperscissors supercomputer

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Evolutionary game of rock-paper-scissors may lead to new species This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. So simple that you need a supercomputer to win it. The New York Times has created a “You vs. The Computer” game of Rock-Paper-Scissors that pits your ability to play the game versus the supercomputer.The computer has two different modes: The novice mode and the veteran mode. On the novice mode the system has no access to the data about previously stored games. It simply adapts to your style of game play and it makes a set of educated guesses about what you are going to do next. Then it takes its best guess and declares what it thinks will be the winning move. When you play on the the veteran mode, the system has not only your own play style data to work from, but it also has access to data from thousands of games that it has played against other real people. That data is used in a process of recall and comparison to determine what its next move should be. If you want to get an idea of how the system makes these determinations just click on the “See what the computer is thinking” and you will be able to see what the common responses are.For the record, this reporter beat it first time out, in a set of 20, on the veteran level, and I’ll tell you how to do it too. Since the system makes its prediction based on your past moves, and data on other strategy, the best way to beat it is to be unpredictable. Throw strategy out the window and indulge your random side for a while. Citation: NY Times is the new sponsor of a rock-paper-scissors supercomputer (2011, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-ny-sponsor-rock-paper-scissors-super.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — You probably played at least a few games of Rock-Paper-Scissors as a kid. In this game you pretty much have three options, and each of them has both an item to beat, and an item lose to lose to. Rock beats scissors, scissors cut paper and paper covers rock. All you have to due is choose and see how it falls out. It all seems so simple.last_img read more

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19 Aug
2019

Grand jury declines to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson

first_imgRelated posts:Riot after US jury fails to indict Ferguson policeman Following Ferguson, US police use of military gear to be reviewed US Justice Department to launch probe of Ferguson police in wake of recent violence Costa Rican coastal community grieves colleague killed in US church massacre For more than three months, the grand jury — made up of seven men and five women, nine white and three black — heard evidence into the shooting. They met 25 times and heard from 60 witnesses, McCulloch said.A trove of evidence from the proceedings was released late Monday night, but beforehand McCulloch tried to describe the encounter between Wilson and Brown. He said that during the incident, Wilson angled his vehicle to block the path of Brown and friend Dorian Johnson. Two shots were fired while Wilson still sat in the car, and Brown’s blood was found inside the vehicle. McCulloch said, referencing witnesses, that some kind of “tussling” or “tug of war” took place.Brown then ran east on Canfield, and Wilson gave chase. “Less than 90 seconds passed” during the entire encounter, McCulloch said. Ten shots were fired after Brown fled, and Brown was hit seven or eight times.“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” the Brown family said in a statement released Monday night. This undated handout photograph released November 24, 2014 by the St. Louis County’s Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough shows police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown. AFP/St. Louis County Prosecutor’s OfficeAmong the documents released Monday, one showed Wilson in the hospital — presumably right after the shooting — standing and looking head-on at the camera. One of his cheeks was red, but not heavily bruised, in contrast with rumors after the shooting that suggested he had a broken or cracked orbital socket.Officials had discussed emergency plans in the event of a violent reaction, while protest organizers and community leaders mapped out their response in the hopes of avoiding the unrest that exploded after Brown was killed. Brown’s family had asked for 4.5 minutes of silence after a grand jury decision was announced — symbolic of the 4.5 hours Brown’s body remained on the street after the shooting.Hundreds had gathered on South Florissant Road, a main area of commerce in Ferguson. The windows of a law firm and a video store were smashed. Fuel fed fire in a garbage can, and protesters were wiping their faces of what they said was tear gas. The Ferguson police department, where Wilson worked, is also on South Florissant.“I know how outraged and upset people are, but where’s the justice in this?” said Rosalind Hagedorn, a homemaker who came out to join the demonstration in front of police headquarters, pointing at a Beauty World shop with smashed windows. She said she has lived here for more than 30 years and shopped at that store. “I understand the emotion, but these people did nothing,” she said.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday night called Brown’s death a “tragedy” that has “sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve.”Download and read officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony here Another undated handout photograph released November 24, 2014 by the St. Louis County’s Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough showing police officer Darren Wilson shortly after he fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown. AFP/St. Louis County Prosecutor’s OfficeThe grand jurors convened in mid-August, days after the shooting, and spent weeks considering the case. Discussions could have stretched on even longer; the panel had been granted an extension through early January.Impatience and pressure for a decision have been building among residents and business owners, as well as police officers, who have been working 12-hour shifts with all leave time canceled since Saturday, said Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association. That schedule will continue through the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision.The closed-door grand jury process, much like the initial investigation, has been controversial throughout. In early October, for example, allegations of misconduct arose after a Twitter user wrote that a friend sat on the panel and did not think there was enough evidence to arrest the officer. (The woman later said she had been hacked.)In recent weeks, the most vocal protesters and local organizers have insisted that they never believed Wilson would face charges.See also: Suburban US ghettos like Ferguson are ticking time bombs Protestors kneel with their hands up during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFPThe Justice Department’s civil rights investigation was announced days after the shooting, with Holder traveling to Ferguson, where National Guard troops had been deployed amid the increasingly chaotic aftermath. In early September, Holder announced that his agency also would review the Ferguson Police Department, investigating claims that officers may have engaged in a pattern of racial profiling or excessive force.“Anecdotal accounts underscore the history of mistrust of law enforcement in Ferguson,” Holder said then. “As a result of this history, and following an extensive review of documented allegations and other available data, we have determined that there is cause for the Justice Department to open an investigation.”After the fatal shooting, protesters responded by gathering in the streets of Ferguson, calling for justice in the Brown case and broad reform on a municipal level. Hundreds spent their August nights following grainy live-stream feeds from West Florissant Avenue, as activists and residents were hit with tear gas and police in riot gear flooded the streets. Many who were arrested later claimed they had done nothing to prompt police action and questioned law enforcement’s response to the unrest.Authorities defended their actions, saying they were trying to keep order while respecting the public’s right to protest.Early on, there were calls for McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor, to step down from the case. Activists, troubled by McCulloch’s personal and professional ties to law enforcement, demanded a special prosecutor. But Nixon would not ask McCulloch to recuse himself, and McCulloch declined to step aside.“As I have stated repeatedly,” McCulloch said in a statement. “I have no intention of walking away from the responsibilities and duties entrusted to me by the people of this community.”Washington Post staff writers Sarah Larimer and Jerry Markon in Washington contributed to this report.Read all our coverage of the Michael Brown case here© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments FERGUSON, Missouri — A grand jury on Monday declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, resolving a secretive, months-long legal saga and reigniting powerful frustrations about the United States’ policing of African Americans.The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges for the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. It also set off a show of fury on streets near where Brown was shot, a reflection of emotions that register in this riven city as either out of control or justifiable.Yellow and orange ribbons from a burning police car lit up a block. Police fired tear-gas canisters to contain the crowds. Not far from Christmas lights in downtown Ferguson that read “Seasons Greetings,” people looted liquor and convenience stores, a response that ran counter to the peace that Missouri authorities, President Barack Obama and Brown’s family had requested.As St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced the decision, National Guard troops fanned out across the city. Though there was calm and silence in the streets of Ferguson for a half-beat after the announcement, but anger erupted shortly thereafter, and just after midnight county police reported hearing automatic-weapon fire.In a sign of the way that the events from Ferguson have both compelled and startled a nation, protesters also gathered in front of the White House and in several other major cities, with sporadic reports of police cars being attacked. A police car is set ablaze during clashes with protesters following a grand jury’s decision in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. Jewel Samad/AFPThough many in St. Louis expected that Wilson would not be indicted, officials here faced a challenge in trying to provide rationale for that decision. McCulloch, during a news conference, emphasized that testimony varied sharply among eyewitnesses and made it difficult to have a clear account of what unfolded during the 90-second confrontation between Wilson and Brown on Canfield Drive.“Hands up, don’t shoot” has become a rallying cry in recent month for protesters, but McCulloch said that even the image of Brown’s surrender may have been a fiction.“Some witnesses maintained their original statement that Mr. Brown had his hands in the air and was not moving toward the officer when he was shot,” McCulloch said. “Several witnesses said Mr. Brown did not raise his hands at all or that he raised them briefly and then dropped them and then turned toward Officer Wilson, who then fired several rounds.”A statement from Wilson’s attorneys released shortly after the grand jury announcement said that officers must sometimes make “split-second and difficult decisions” and that Wilson “followed his training and followed the law.”Obama, speaking after the grand jury announcement, urged peace in St. Louis, as did many authorities in the region. The president also asked officers in Ferguson to show restraint. But Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, warned that “if people are violent or threatening property, then resources will be used.”center_img Watch President Obama’s statement on the #Ferguson grand jury decision. http://t.co/PMkjKQTol3— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) November 25, 2014last_img read more

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18 Aug
2019

Liberation theology rehabilitation continues at Vatican

first_imgVATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s rehabilitation of liberation theology is continuing under Pope Francis with the movement’s founder appearing at an official Vatican event next week talking about “a poor church for the poor.”Peruvian theologian the Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez will be one of the main speakers at a gathering of the Vatican’s charity arm, Caritas Internationalis, and will appear at an official Vatican press conference launching the assembly Tuesday. Liberation theology is the Latin American-inspired Catholic theology advocating for the poor. It gained followers in the 1960s and 1970s among Latin Americans who were raised Catholic, taught by Marxist-influenced teachers and outraged by the inequality and bloody repression around them.The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — later Pope Benedict XVI — spent much of his quarter-century tenure at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith battling liberation theology and disciplining some of its most famous defenders, arguing that they had misinterpreted Jesus’ preference for the poor into a Marxist call for armed rebellion.Gutierrez himself was never sanctioned by the Vatican.Ever since Francis succeeded Benedict as pope, liberation theology has come out of the shadows given Francis’ own wish for “a poor church that is for the poor.” Last year, Gutierrez was a surprise guest at a book launch for his friend, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, currently the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.Gutierrez and his backers insist true liberation theology was always perfectly in line with the church’s social teaching about the poor. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The Caritas assembly will also touch on another issue dear to Francis’ heart: climate change and its impact on the most vulnerable. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who wrote an early draft of Francis’ eagerly awaited environment encyclical, is to give a presentation.___Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfieldCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

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16 Aug
2019

TripAdvisors TripIndex Cities Report reveals prices of a three day break in

first_imgTripAdvisor, announced the seventh edition of its annual TripIndex Cities which compares the cost of a three-day break for the month of December in the eight major cities across India – New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Jaipur. The data takes into account typical in-destination costs for two people and these include – a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to five attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day including the cost of dinner.The study found that among the Indian cities – the average price for a short break is INR 39,693 (excluding flights) with prices varying significantly from the least to the most expensive. Pune is the lowest cost destination at INR 34,704, while Jaipur costs the most at INR 45,351 for a three-day break in the city.“For price conscious Indians planning a December domestic break regardless of destination, using TripAdvisor will ensure you are getting the best value for your money. TripAdvisor’s Tripindex Cities report is a great indicator of the costs involved for a short stay during this period and helps travellers to assess the various aspects of their travel so they can feel confident of their choices and of making the absolute most of their trip” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.last_img read more

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11 Aug
2019

What would Bruce Arians be doing if he wasnt coac

first_imgWhat would Bruce Arians be doing if he wasn’t coaching the Arizona Cardinals?He’d still be teaching and coaching…albeit at a different level. The reigning NFL Coach of the Year who has guided the Cardinals to 21 wins in his first two seasons at the helm would be running P.E. and coaching football in high school.But that’s not all he’d be doing.Can’t picture it? No worries, the Arizona Cardinals are doing that for you in the first episode of Bruce’s Scoops. And suffice to say the Cardinals are pleased with Arians’ actual choice of careers. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img 0 Comments   Share   What if @BruceArians never got into coaching?Find out in the first episode of Bruce Scoops.https://t.co/EFx0PlaJWl— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 8, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

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first_img Related5 top tips for accessing the airport loungeTips and advice on how to improve your airport experience – and save money – by booking an airport lounge.Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”…10 tips for flying with kids: secrets of travelling with toddlersHow to keep your kids happy at 30,000 feet: a frequent-flying mum reveals her top tips. Flying with a new born can strike fear even into the most adventurous travellers, but with a bit of planning and a few essentials stashed in your hand luggage, the whole process of getting to your holiday destination with your baby can become part of the adventure, not a necessary evil!Wendy Shand, founder of TotsToTravel.co.uk gives us her top tips to make travelling with a baby a breeze:1. Plan your timeDecide how long you need for each part of the journey – then add some! Allow for longer than normal feeds (lots of distractions to look at in an airport!), a little exercise if they are crawling (find an empty gate or ask if there’s a play area) and emergency changes before boarding or getting back in the car.2. Hang on to the buggyRemember you can usually keep it right to the steps of the plane, a lifesaver if it’s Gate 99 of 100!3. Seating planUnless you are in your own car, getting to the airport can be tricky without your car seat and there’s the onward journey to consider too. Check with your airline well in advance as some will allow you to check in your car seat as luggage.4. Check inDo it online or get to the gate early if you can – being forced to sit apart and pass your little bundle back and forth is a hassle you can do without.5. CateringEveryone’s appetite seems to increase when travelling so pack extra bottles and healthy snacks (check with the airline for their policies on what you can carry on). If the timing works out, a well placed feed at take-off or landing, or a dummy, will help to protect little ears.6. EntertainmentThe message here is to be prepared and provide variety – a selection of lightweight, stimulating soft toys or colourful story books won’t take up your baggage allowance and some new ones brought out at strategic moments can work wonders.Don’t forget any essential comforters and for the sake of the other passengers’ sanity, no squeaks or loud rattles!For toddlers, colouring books (with magic, mess free pens!) can provide a welcome distraction as can games such as snap or noughts and crosses. Interactive learning systems, such as those by Leapfrog, are brilliant, and portable DVD players are now much more affordable – a new DVD of their favourite TV show makes irresistible viewing if the plane doesn’t have inbuilt TVs.7. SleepyheadCall the airline and ask about a bulk head seat where they may be able to provide a small crib. If not, consider taking the mattress from a moses basket or pram to lay them across your lap.Happy travelling!For more tips on travelling with babies and young children, go to www.totstotravel.co.uk. The company provides family friendly self catering holiday properties in Europe, all of which have been visited and vetted to ensure that they’re 100% family friendly. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

On the eve of the Baselworld 2009 watch show Blan

first_imgOn the eve of the Baselworld 2009 watch show, Blancpain presents the “big sister” of its now famous Fifty Fathoms watch: the brand-new 500 Fathoms. More high-performance and high-tech than ever, the brand’s latest diver’s watch displays an uncompromisingly sporting design. Waterresistant to 1,000 metres, it is equipped with a helium decompression valve that is vital when diving in a closed environment. The ultra-virile 500 Fathoms is fitted with a 48 mm-diameter titanium case – an unusual size for Blancpain.Presented as the ultimate sports watch, the 500 Fathoms is making a striking entrance into the collection of Blancpain diver’s watches. Endowed with a new face, a new size and new performances, the 500 Fathoms is water-resistant to 1,000 metres. It features a brushed titanium case measuring 48 mm in diameter, equipped with a crown guard. Placed inside the case at 10 o’clock, a self-winding decompression valve guarantees the security and the reliability of the watch, without requiring any handling on the part of the wearer.To enhance readability, Blancpain has designed large phosphorescent Arabic numerals that are hollowed into the sunray-brushed metal appliques. The luminescent coating on the hour-markers, bezel marking and hands, along with the red tip of the sweep seconds hand, ensure optimal readability in all circumstances. The luminescent base of the black dial reveals its fluorescence only in the dark, while the date appears in white against a black background at 4 o’clock. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel facilitates handling and avoids any involuntary extension of the dive time. Crafted in titanium and sapphire crystal, it features a gentle cambered relief that reduces the risk of impacts.The 500 Fathoms is powered by the self-winding Calibre 1315, specifically designed to equip sports watches. It incorporates a glucydur balance with micrometric regulating screws, which helps to prevent any jarring from disturbing the smooth running of the watch. Three series-coupled barrels guarantee constant energy and a five-day power reserve. The calendar system enables fast adjustment of the date at midnight in both directions. Another noteworthy feature of the 500 Fathoms is its sapphire crystal allowing one to admire its self-winding movement, as well as its engraved oscillating weight shaped like a boat propeller, without compromising either water resistance or safety.The new 500 Fathoms is equipped with a sturdy, sporty and watertight strap in rubber-lined black sail canvas. A brand-new triple-blade folding clasp secured with two pushers on either sides sets the finishing touch, while an additional rubber strap and the implement required to fit it complete the set which comes in an ultra-rugged presentation box designed to withstand extreme conditions. The performances and the reliability of the 500 Fathoms represent a major new technical accomplishment bearing the unmistakable signature of Blancpain, which is thereby eloquently reaffirming the expertise of its Manufacture in the demanding world of diver’s watches.www.blancpain.ch/last_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WICHITA, Kan. — The Latest on a California man who pleaded guilty to making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man (all times local):11:15 a.m.A California man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed Kansas man following a dispute between two people over $1.50 bet in a “Call of Duty: WWII” video game.Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in November to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats, the most serious one for making a false report resulting in a death. Officers who responded shot a Wichita man who opened the door at the former address of a gamer involved in the dispute.Prosecutors sought a sentence of 25 years. The defence sought 20.The case drew attention to the practice of “swatting,” a form of retaliation used by gamers and others get police to descend on an address.___8:45 a.m.A California man faces decades in prison when he’s sentenced for making hoax emergency calls, including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man.Tyler R. Barriss will be sentenced Friday in federal court in Wichita, Kansas. The 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats under an agreement calling for at least 20 years in prison. His case drew national attention to the practice of “swatting,” a form of retaliation gamers and others use to get police to go to an someone’s address.One of Barriss’ calls led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was not playing video games. Barriss’ call followed a dispute between two other people over a $1.50 bet in “Call of Duty: WWII.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2019 9:13 am PDTcenter_img The Latest: Man sentenced to 20 years in fatal ‘swatting’last_img read more

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9 Aug
2019

Ten years prison for drug mule

first_imgA 30-year-old woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday by the Paphos criminal court for her involvement in the import of over 21kg of cannabis in 2018.On September 29, drug squad officers at Paphos airport spotted the 30-year-old, who had arrived from Athens, waiting in an impatient and nervous manner for her luggage, arousing suspicion.The customs officer was informed, who examined the two suitcases picked up by the 30-year-old as she made her way to the exit.In one suitcase, 13 sealed nylon bags containing cannabis were found wrapped in a white sheet.Ten more nylon bags containing cannabis were found wrapped in a bath towel in the second suitcase.A total of 21.115kg of cannabis were found.The 30-year-old immediately admitted to importing the drugs, which she said she was instructed to transport to a hotel in Nicosia where she would hand them over to unknown persons.She agreed to cooperate with police to identify the recipients of the drugs.Following approval by the Attorney-General, and on the basis of instructions by the chief of police, a controlled operation for the delivery of the drugs was carried out, but failed.The 30-year-old tried to check into the hotel where she was instructed to hand over the drugs, but could not since it was full.In her statement, the 30-year-old told police that she agreed to transport the cannabis due to financial difficulties she was facing.She said that on June 29 she was approached by a person in Thessaloniki who gave her the ticket to travel from Athens to Paphos, as well as the two suitcases, telling her that one contained cannabis.Both suitcases were locked though she did not have the keys.She was to receive €2,000 to deliver the two suitcases to the Nicosia hotel.She told police that she knew the identity of the person who gave her the luggage, but could not identify him because she feared for her life and that of her 6-year-old child.In its ruling, the court said it regarded as mitigating factors that the woman was the mother of a young child currently living in Greece with his grandmother who is facing health problems.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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24 Feb
2019

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20 Jan
2019

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