OTTAWA — The federal government says diplomats visited former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig today for the second time since his arrest in China last month for allegedly endangering national security.A spokesman for Canada’s foreign ministry says Canada remains deeply concerned by what it calls China’s “arbitrary” detentions of Kovrig and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor, who was also arrested last month on similar allegations.Guillaume Berube says in a statement that Canada is demanding their immediate release, and will continue to push for more consular access.Canadian diplomats visited Spavor, an entrepreneur, for a second time earlier this week.The arrests of Kovrig and Spavor appear to be in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.Meng’s arrest and her potential extradition to the U.S. has enraged China, which has demanded her release and has warned of serious consequences for Canada.The Canadian Press
Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, May 28, 2019 – iHeartRadio Canada falls head over boots for country music today with the launch of PURE COUNTRY, Canada’s first-ever, national country music radio brand. Rolling out beginning today across 13 Canadian radio stations from Northern B.C. to Truro, NS , as well as the iHeartRadio Canada app and PureCountry.ca, PURE COUNTRY delivers everything country music listeners love, but now with a new name and look.PURE COUNTRY is anchored by local morning and drive home shows, while iHeartRadio Canada host Shannon Ella hosts a nationally syndicated midday show weekdays on all PURE COUNTRY stations. Ella plays all the biggest country hits, keeps listeners up- to-date on the latest music news, and chats with some of country music’s biggest artists. Ella joins the PURE COUNTRY team after previously being on air with Today’s Country BX93 in London and KHJ in Fredericton.Additional programming on PURE COUNTRY includes the IHEARTRADIO PURE COUNTRY COUNTDOWN, hosted by Sophie Moroz and Jeff Hopper, airing Saturday and Sundays (check local broadcast times) on all PURE COUNTRYstations across Canada. The hosts count down the 20 biggest songs of the week, plus brand new music with “What’s On Tap”, a throwback with “Pure Country Yearbook”, and music from the “Feature Artist of the Week.” Advertisement PURE COUNTRY RADIO PURE COUNTRY also airs BOBBY BONES DAILY SHOW during the evenings, and BOBBY BONES COUNTRY TOP 30 COUNTDOWN on the weekends (check local broadcast times), broadcasting from Nashville, TN. Bones is the youngest-ever National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and has been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” by Forbes.PURE COUNTRY will also get exclusive access and behind-the-scenes footage from some of the biggest country music festivals this summer including Cavendish Beach Music Festival and Boots and Hearts Music Festival. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
APTN National NewsA missing teen girl from Lac La Ronge First Nation has been found safe on the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border, but police are still hunting for her alleged abductor who fled into the bush on foot.A Saskatchewan RCMP spokesperson said Kayla Natomagan, 17, was found safe by officers from the Cranberry Portage RCMP detachment which is just across the provincial border in Manitoba.RCMP issued the Amber Alert after Notamagan was allegedly abducted in the early morning hours of Wednesday in Lac La Ronge. RCMP said shots were fired at a residence there at about 3 a.m. A man was found dead at the scene and Jonas Budd allegedly fled with Natomagan.Budd is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 5-foot-9 and about 170 pounds with several tattoos.(Jonas Budd/RCMP handout)The RCMP said Budd is the estranged common law partner of Natomagan’s mother.The RCMP said Budd has contacts in Thompson, Man.Budd has a bear paw tattoo on his left arm, eagle head on his left calf, his left shin has a ribbon with the name Nicole.Police believed he was driving a 2001 grey GMC Sierra 1500 with Saskatchewan plate 043 JEZ.Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-SOAMBER or 1-877-762-6237.
Annette Francis APTN National NewsAs the federal government scrambles to get resources to help the Attawapiskat First Nation, members of parliament will hold an emergency debate on the state of the community and others like it.On the weekend, the chief and council issues a state of emergency because a number of young people had threatened to take their own email@example.comFollow @aptnafrancis
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature began voting Wednesday on bills that would substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that a business lobby criticized as too expensive and burdensome, setting up expected court challenges.The Senate Government Operations Committee voted 3-2 along party lines to advance two bills to the full Senate, which was expected to vote on them later Wednesday.One measure would delay increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hour to at least 2030, instead of 2022, and repeal provisions to tie future increases to inflation and bring a lower wage for tipped employees in line with the wage for other workers. The current minimum wage is $9.25.Another bill would exempt employers with fewer than 50 employees from providing paid medical leave and limit the amount of required leave to 36 hours a year at larger employers, instead of up to 72 hours for many businesses as required under the existing law that is scheduled to go into effect in March. Democrats said many large companies and public entities already offer paid sick time, so the changes would effectively “gut” the requirement for people who work at smaller businesses.To prevent the citizen initiatives from going to voters earlier this month, where they would be much harder to change if voters had passed them, Republican legislators preemptively passed them in September so that they could alter them after the election with simple majority votes in each chamber.Since the approval of the 1963 state constitution, legislators have adopted seven citizen initiatives but amended just one — and it was not in the same legislative session and came in response to a court ruling. Democrats and backers of the ballot drives say making the changes this year, before Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer takes office, would be illegal.“Gutting the One Fair Wage proposal after it was adopted is blatantly unconstitutional and will likely will lead to costly, time-consuming court challenges,” said Pete Vargas, campaign manager for the minimum wage ballot drive.But the sponsor of the bill to water down the wage law, Republican Sen. Dave Hildenbrand of Lowell, said he has heard from workers who are “very concerned” about the provision related to those who make tips. He said his legislation reflects discussions with job providers while “preserving the goal of reaching a $12 minimum wage.”The minimum wage is scheduled to rise to $10 in 2019, $10.65 in 2020, $11.35 in 2021 and $12 in 2022, with yearly inflationary adjustments afterward. Under the legislation, the wage would increase by 23 cents annually beginning in 2019 until it hits $12 in 2030 — later if the unemployment rate is 8.5 per cent or higher.The committee also voted Wednesday to remove a provision in the paid sick time law that would let workers get paid time off to care for or help any individual related by “affinity” to the employee and whose close relationship is the equivalent of a family relationship.___Follow David Eggert on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/David%20Eggert .David Eggert, The Associated Press
Perhaps better than anything else, player statues exemplify what NBA greats were known for during their careers. A bronzed Michael Jordan is soaring over defenders for a dunk in Chicago; John Stockton and Karl Malone look as if they’re completing another successful pick and roll in Utah; and Magic Johnson, who led the Showtime-era Lakers, is leading a fast break.If Jusuf Nurkic ever reaches this level of immortality — which, OK, is probably a long shot — his statue would display him getting elbowed in the mouth. The 23-year-old Trail Blazers center is good at many things, but he stands alone in the NBA when it comes to getting whacked in the face.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nurkicreel.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Nurkic was dealt last February to a Portland team that wears black and red, but his 2017 calendar year could best be described as black and blue. He lost two teeth after getting nailed in the mouth while going for a rebound (yet was still hit with a loose-ball foul). Then, while wearing a protective mask to safeguard the replacement dental implants he’d received after that gory episode, Nurkic got elbowed in the forehead — a play that left him with a concussion. So it was only fitting that he’d require stitches during the final week of the year after a bloody collision with the Sixers’ J.J. Redick.These instances were merely the most painful knocks for Nurkic, who’s absorbed at least a dozen considerable dings over the past year or so. One indication of how often he takes one for the team: The Bosnian product has induced a league-high four opponent flagrants this season, twice as many1Quick caveat: It’s not possible to perfectly track who was flagrantly fouled on a given sequence using play-by-play data. The best way to estimate who drew the flagrant is to look at which player shoots the free throws immediately after. But a severe injury that forces someone to leave the game would allow that player’s team to send a different free-throw shooter to the line in his place. as any other NBA player. Setting him apart even more: Midway through the 2017-18 campaign, the flagrant foul calls for roughing up Nurkic have accounted for more than 9 percent of all the flagrants recorded this season — the highest rate induced by a single player in the 21 years that ESPN’s Stats & Information Group has tracked the metric. Aside from the flagrant fouls he’s induced, Nurkic also managed to trigger at least five opponent technical fouls in 2017. Manu GinobiliSpurs2004-058744.6 *Through Jan 10, 2018.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Blake GriffinClippers2010-11117108.5 Bob SuraCavaliers1996-9713364.5 Blake GriffinClippers2013-149988.1 PlayerTeamSeasonLeague TotalPlayer% of Total Jusuf Nurkic is the most whacked player in over 20 yearsNBA players who’ve induced the highest share of opposing flagrant fouls since the 1996-97 season Blake GriffinClippers2011-129255.4 Blake GriffinClippers2012-1312065.0 Flagrant Fouls Antonio DanielsSuperSonics2003-0410554.8 Kobe BryantLakers2005-0611054.5 Blake GriffinClippers2014-1511965.0 Jusuf NurkicTrail Blazers2017-18*4349.3% The real question in all this, of course, is why Nurkic gets hit as often as he does. When I asked him about this trend, the 7-footer suggested that opponents see it as the only way to hold him in check.“People know what I bring to the table and try to slow me down. I’m not saying they always do it on purpose, but it’s happened like that before,” said Nurkic, who averages nearly 15 points and 8 boards. He was wearing a bandage on his nose at the time when I talked to him, but when I asked if he wears the battle scars with pride, Nurkic seemed confused. “There’s nothing to be proud of when you keep getting hit in the face. It hurts. I’m getting a little tired of it, and I feel the league should protect me a bit more from the hits, but it is what it is. It’s gonna be all right.”It’s unclear what, if anything, the league could realistically do about the blows to the face of Nurkic, who, unlike a high-flying scorer like Blake Griffin, is getting drilled mostly while playing defense.2An NBA spokesman declined to comment, saying the league doesn’t address the way individual players are officiated. In fact, of the eight video clips we just highlighted of Nurkic getting hit, seven involved him standing in the restricted area on defense or trying to grab a board in a loose-ball scenario.In other words: He’s often sitting in the area of the floor where players are most likely to use brute force in order to gain a scoring or rebounding advantage. As a result, he’s caught more than his fair share of stray elbows when standing that close to the basket.Yet there’s some validity to the idea that Nurkic directly or indirectly brings some of these headaches upon himself. While Nurkic denied embellishing contact during our conversation — “Hopefully the referees see it all, because I’m not faking,” he said — instant replay makes it clear that he occasionally baits refs into thinking he’s been hit.“He did a good job of acting it out,” then-Hawks center Dwight Howard said last season after landing a tech for what he deemed to be a Nurkic flop. “He should find a way to make it to Hollywood. Or they are doing films in Atlanta now. He can find a good film right here and do some acting.”And this play, in which Nurkic drew an offensive foul against Denver’s Paul Millsap on a 3-point jumper, is perhaps the best example of him fooling officials without actually putting himself in harm’s way.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/clearflopbruh.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Painless flops like this are a rarity, though. In fact, last week, Nurkic basically flopped his way into a nasty blow to the head. In the midst of trying to draw an offensive foul on LeBron James — one the officials called, despite limited contact between Nurkic and the four-time MVP — Nurkic’s momentum carried him to his right, and he drifted into Jae Crowder’s forearm. All this just to save two points.Retaliation sometimes comes into play, too, particularly with players — even max-contract-level stars — who feel Nurkic has gotten away with a foul or a dirty play. The hard screens he sets, sometimes illegal, may infuriate his opponents and are completely by design — a product of Nurkic’s time in the highly competitive EuroLeague. “(Overseas) we set Zaza screens,” he told Sports Illustrated, referring to Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who had the third-highest offensive foul rate on a per-minute basis last season. “You set a screen, and someone gets injured immediately. You need to earn the points.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/crush.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/hardscreen.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“Guys like that frustrate you a little bit, because I’m trying to get around the screen, but there’s no way to do it when he’s moving,” said Josh Richardson, the Heat guard who gets knocked to the floor at half court in the video above. “If it’s one time, you can just move onto the next play. But if it keeps happening, and there’s no call, some guys might try to send a message.”The son of a 7-foot, 400-pound pound policeman, Nurkic likes to infuse physicality into his play while insisting he’s not a dirty player. On the offensive side, his screens have freed up 194 immediate shot opportunities, the eighth-highest number in the NBA, according an analysis run by STATS SportVu at FiveThirtyEight’s request. On defense, he’s spoken of trying to develop an attitude in Portland similar to that of the rough-and-tumble Pistons from the “Bad Boys” era.Yet ratcheting up the nastiness could result in bringing even more pain Nurkic’s way — an unfortunate reality, given that he’ll want to enter restricted free agency this summer fully healthy.Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, asked why he believes Nurkic takes so many blows, described his teammate like the final boss on a video game. “I think Nurk is so big that you have to hit him harder than anyone else in order for him to actually feel it. He’s just huge,” McCollum said. “People feel like they have to foul him hard to send a message.”Check out our latest NBA predictions.
← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 2010/2011: Larvik and Itxako with five goals waiting next weekend Next Story → Decisions by EHF Executive Committee Celje Pivovarna LaskoVladan Matic The Slovenian Cup tournament was also attended by the Serbian coach Vladan Matic. Speculations go that far to claim that he will be the new coach of Celje for the next season, but the board of directors of Celje still hasn’t made any official statement, and therefore officially it is still unknown who will it be for the next season, although it all points to Matic.He was seen in company with Tomaz Jersic, board member, and also accompanied by Veselin Vukovic, the Serbian national team coach. With them he watched Celje winning the third place of the Cup, defeating Ribnica, and also got the chance to watch the players of Celje, although he already had experience with Luka Zvizej.Matic will have about one million and five hundred thousand euros budget next year, and will have Zuran, Zelenovic and Skok at disposal, along with Toskic and Metlicic.
DIRECTORS AT THE Central Remedial Clinic have said there was a contractual obligation to pay top level officials salaries that were well above the level set down by the HSE.Officials faced a grilling from the Public Accounts Committee when they appeared before it today over the controversial issue of salary ‘top-ups’ for some employees coming from public funds.The committee was told that there was an agreement with the HSE in 2009 that the executive would pay a certain level and the clinic would work out a way to honour the contractual arrangements it had in place. It was also agreed that the clinic would review salary levels of replacement staff and consult with the HSE on this.Director Jim Nugent said the CRC, as a private company, “was and still is contractually bound” to pay salaries at higher levels than those prescribed by the HSE and this had to be done with funds raised by the clinic.Nugent explained that specific levels of pay were set out in staff contracts and when the HSE set down pay ceilings lower than these levels, the company was obliged to pay the rest.“If a person has an employment contract, the employer is obliged to pay it,” he said. They can go and sue on it if you decide to change it without their say.Fine Gael TD Simon Harris queried why staff at higher levels of pay were not asked to take pay cuts, which he said seemed “a bit peculiar”.Director David Martin responded: “I can’t answer that – I don’t think it was ever considered.”Several members of the committee expressed regret that Brian Conlan, who was CEO of the clinic up until his resignation last week, did not appear before the committee, though former CEO Paul Kiely made himself available.His salary in his final year was €242,000 in total with just €106,000 coming from the HSE and the rest being drawn from funds collected from the public.Kiely denied he had been getting a ‘top-up’, telling the committee that he was employed by the CRC and that was the salary paid to him by his employer.“Whatever we call it, it was way above what the HSE authorised,” TD Shane Ross told him.Pension fundRoss also challenged Kiely on his pension, which will be based on his salary at roughly €90,000 a year, as it emerged in recent weeks that some €3 million was loaned to the clinic from its fundraising arm, Friends and Supporters, to plug the company’s private pension deficit.He said the money had “gone over from the fund to fill Mr Kiely’s pockets and others” with pensions. Ross pointed out that the auditors were “obviously extremely doubtful” about whether this money would ever be paid back.In CRC accounts, the loan is described as “unsecured, interest free and not repayable in the short term”.“That is a gift by any other name,” Ross said.Nugent responded that the clinic had an obligation to the 70 staff under this pension scheme to protect their interests and said the fund is performing well.“People all over the country are taking reductions in their pensions or are getting none,” Ross hit back. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say to people – ‘you’re taking a reduction’”.Read: Extra powers sought as ex-CRC chief ‘puts two fingers up to the PAC’
JUST ONE WEEK after resolving an issue that saw thousands of customers unable to access their online accounts, Ulster Bank has been hit with another technical problem.The bank says it is “aware of an issue” and is looking into it as a priority after customers complained of not receiving payments overnight.Ulster Bank says that the issue is caused by a delay in inward credit transfer files overnight.The delay has meant that salaries haven’t been paid, but Ulster Bank says it is working to resolve the situation. They are offering to “put it right” if customers are left out of pocket by the delay and are directing complainants to a complaints form on their website.This is the third time the bank has experienced a technical fault that has affected customers. Before last week’s issues, customers were locked out of their accounts for up to a month last year.Read: Ulster Bank says problems have been resolvedRead: Ulster Bank apologises as customers unable to withdraw cash from ATMs
Le premier iPhone aurait pu avoir un clavierUn ingénieur, qui a travaillé sur la conception du smartphone d’Apple, a confié qu’une solution à clavier amovible a été un temps envisagé.Et si l’iPhone avait un clavier ? “Sacrilège” répondront en coeur les aficionados de la star des smartphones. Et pourtant, ça aurait bien pu être le cas… Ingénieur qui a conçu l’iPod et travaillé sur l’iPhone jusqu’au modèle 3GS, Tony Fadell a ainsi expliqué que cette solution avait longtemps été envisagé pour le premier iPhone. Au final, il aurait été préféré d’attendre l’arrivée de la technologie de l’écran tactile, ralliant Steve Jobs à son idée, relaye Teknologik.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Une décision osée à l’époque, en 2007, puisque presque tous les smartphones de l’époque embarquaient un clavier physique. D’ailleurs, la concurrence était pour le moins sceptique sur les chances de l’appareil de la marque à la pomme lors de sa sortie. Aujourd’hui, force est de constater que tous s’étaient bien trompés. Tony Fadell a aussi expliqué que trois prototypes avaient été développés avant de faire le choix de l’écran tactile. Un choix judicieux… Le 1 mai 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini warned Andy Carroll that he must prove his worth on the pitch in order to remain at the clubThe former Liverpool striker’s current contract with West Ham will expire at the end of the season after six years in London.But Carroll’s time with the Hammers has been clouded with a set of lingering injury issues that have restricted him to just 130 appearances in total.And now Pellegrini says Carroll will have to convince him that he’s worth keeping by proving it on the pitch.“When you need to renew your contract, of course you must demonstrate why you need to renew,” said Pellegrini, according to FourFourTwo.“We know what Andy can give to our team, now he must demonstrate he is able to do it week by week.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He has now the last six months, and I hope that he will be able to do it.”Carroll made his first appearance of the season for West Ham in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over Cardiff City in the Premier League.Pellegrini added: “For the moment, he can be a very important substitute.“We know what he can give to our team, the other day in 15 minutes, he had two or three shots, headers.“All the other defenders must be worried if they see Andy near the box, he can give a lot of important things to our team.”West Ham will face Crystal Palace this Saturday at home with kick-off set for 16:00 (CET).
Mahmudur Rahman Manna and SM AkramA total of nine Nagorik Oikya leaders will contest the upcoming general elections with the symbol of ‘Sheaf of paddy’, the election symbol of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).A top leader of the Nagorik Oikya told Prothom Alo that as their party has no registration, their candidates will compete in the elections with the BNP’s symbol.Nagorik Oikya started distributing the nomination papers to the nominated candidates on Tuesday morning after the BNP leaders handed over the nomination papers to the representatives of the party on Monday night.“BNP earlier told us about nine seats. Finally, they handed over the nomination papers to us on Monday night,” said ther top leader of the Nagorik Oikya.Those who were nominated from the Nagorik Oikya are Nagorik Oikyo convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna for Bogura-2 constituency, SM Akram for Narayanganj-5, Fazlul Haque Sarkar for Chandpur-3, Nazrul Islam for Mymensingh-2, Mobarah Hossain for Brahmanbaria-2, Rabiul Islam for Satkhira-2, Shah Mohammad Rahmatullah for Rangpur-1, Mofakkharul Islam Nabab for Rangpur-5, M Nurur Rahman for Barisal-4.Manna confirmed to the Prothom Alo that nine Nagorik Oikya candidates are going to contest the next national elections with ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
The Associated Press reports the couple will live in New York. Barbara’s twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, told NBC’s “Today” show on Monday Barbara wore something borrowed — a bracelet her grandfather had given to his wife on their 70th wedding anniversary. Her namesake and grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, died at age 92 in April. Barbara Pierce Bush gets married President George W. Bush has announced daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, wed Craig Coyne during a ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine. A shortage of bilingual counselors, despite more funding after HarveyAs demand for mental health care in Houston has grown over the past year, providers say the lack of bilingual counselors has become more apparent.After Hurricane Harvey, care providers thought an influx of grant money would help them hire more bilingual counselors, specifically who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, or Farsi. Bond set at $1,000,000 for suspect in deadly car chaseA car chase turned deadly over the weekend when a suspect struck and killed a woman at an underpass Sunday morning.Precinct 1 deputies involved in vehicle pursuit this morning. Fleeing suspect lost control and struck a woman underneath the underpass of Rankin and I 45 north. Suspect is in custody. HCSO Traffic has taken over the investigation of the fatality accident pic.twitter.com/Zyauq4L2Oa— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) October 7, 2018The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were chasing the suspect when he lost control of his car. He’s since been charged with murder, evading arrest, and felony possession of a firearm. His bond is set at $1,000,000. Houston’s arts community prepares for future disastersMedley Inc.Houston Airports System employees in front of the collaborative piece by San Antonio based artists Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom, who donated the work to the Harvey Arts Recover Fund. This was taken during a temporary installation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.As full-recovery from Harvey continues for many sectors in Houston, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) said many in the city’s arts community are still unprepared for the next disaster.The alliance reports 71 arts and culture non-profits reported damages from Harvey, totaling more than $56 million dollars. In addition, HAA said almost all of those entities are still suffering from revenue loss, due to lost ticket sales and canceled programs.That’s why the alliance is hosting a series of free workshops, lead by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, to help the arts community minimize future potential damage and become more resilient. New pipeline cybersecurity effort underwayThe federal government is launching a new effort to better protect oil and gas pipelines against cyber attacks.Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy met with industry leaders last week. Out of that meeting came an initiative that will use federal resources and expertise to “better understand the threat landscape” and focus cybersecurity efforts in certain areas. Execution stayedTexas’ highest criminal appeals court has put on hold an execution previously scheduled for this week.Juan Segundo was set to be executed Wednesday for the 1986 rape and slaying of 11-year-old Vanessa Villa.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered that his execution be put on hold in light of a 2017 Supreme Court decision that invalidated Texas’ method of discerning intellectual disability.Segundo’s lawyers say he’s intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. Share
By Christina Sturdivant Sani, Special to the AFROMy son turned 10 years old last month, which means I’m a whole decade into this mom life. And truth be told, sometimes I’m still shocked that I’m responsible for an entire little person. After getting pregnant unexpectedly in college, my life shifted and I was forced to move with it—controlling what I could and coming to terms with things beyond my control.Christina Sturdivant SaniAFRO contributor Christina Sturdivant Sani and her son.With Black millennial moms in particular, there seems to be a self-imposed pressure to succeed, according to Nikki Osei-Barrett, co-founder of District MotherHUED, a group that hosts events for millennial moms of color in the D.C. area. “My biggest challenge is balancing my overly ambitious nature with motherhood. I’m team do-the-absolute-most and it (often) takes away from my family,” Osei-Barrett told the AFRO.Unsurprisingly, Osei-Barrett is not alone. Below is a snapshot of challenges that Black millennial moms in the region face and how they are learning to progress. They are looking at themselves in the mirror—facing their perceived shortcomings and celebrating their beauty. They are overcoming fears and talking to their children about being Black in a racially-charged America. They are unabashedly relying on friends, relatives and counselors to get them on the other side of roadblocks. They are liberating themselves from society’s expectations of the ideal mom and paving their own ways with creativity, strength, and intuition.************************************************Aviance Amponsah-EfahAviance Amponsah-Efah—Homemaker, worship leader, and mom of three from Triangle, Virginia.What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? My biggest challenge is remembering who I am as an individual. When you have kids, it consumes your life. All of a sudden you go from working on your goals to devoting all of your energy to making these little people great adults. You forget about yourself. You forget about your personal goals for yourself. Your reason is totally ‘I have to do this so I’m a good mom’ not ‘I have to do this to make myself happy,’How are you learning to overcome this challenge? Forcing time to dedicate to my personal goals.************************************************Brittney Simpson—Human resources manager and mom of one from Northwest, D.C. What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? It’s difficult being the first within my friend group to become a mommy. It definitely has altered the friendships. Some friends have begun to distance themselves while others have fully embraced my new responsibilities. I don’t feel any sense of obligation to my employer. I’d rather be a stay at home mom for now and return to work later. I may go back to school in the meantime.How are you learning to overcome this challenge?I have a therapist. I spend time with friends who celebrate me and my son.************************************************Cierra Jennings—HR specialist and mom of one from Silver Spring, Md. What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? Raising a young boy can be scary—especially seeing so many killings or our young black boys, the Me Too Movement, etc. I constantly feel the responsibility/pressure to make sure he understands boundaries and how he should respond in certain situations. I want to make sure he is respectful, kind, and treats people the way he wants to be treated. There are so many potential obstacles and mistakes that could be made. And as a parent, you want to know that you did all you could do to guide them down the right path.How are you learning to overcome this challenge? I’m learning to not let fear be the motivation—to keep things in perspective. I’m always going to take my responsibility as a parent seriously and do my best to prepare him to be a positive, contributing member of society—but not out of fear of what may come, out of love and because I want the best for him.************************************************Shar’del Haden—Photographer, writer, and mother of three from White Plains, Md. What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? My biggest challenge is finding time for the things I want to do.How are you learning to overcome this challenge? I am learning to make time regardless of whatever else going on—I strive to make time for ME. ************************************************Niki Montgomery—Marketing/communications consultant and mother of three from Fort Washington, Md. What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? As a Black millennial mom, there is an unspoken pressure to do and be all, and multi-tasking is often the vehicle. My biggest challenge has been learning NOT to multi-task. Multi-tasking is typically perceived as the best way to ‘crush your to-do list’ and get a ton of things done in a short amount of time, but for me has resulted in a lack of focus and a failure to be present.How are you learning to overcome this challenge? Being intentional about being present and focusing on one thing at a time.************************************************Folasade’ OgunmokunFolasade’ Ogunmokun—Media CEO and mother of one from Fort Washington, Md.What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? I think the biggest challenge so far as a Black millennial mom is that I’m trying to change the world that my son will live in, while at the same time raising my Black son. There are still lynchings, still racism, still sexism happening and my son sees it all. My job is to show him a different picture and make the world see it too.How are you learning to overcome this challenge? You don’t exactly overcome a challenge like this, your become it. Everything I do effects this narrative. Everyone I bring my son around effects it and I have to learn to be transparent but also show strength, determination, and change.************************************************Patrice Hagan—Public relations manager and mother of two from Virginia. What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? I’ve found it very difficult to balance making time for myself without guilt that I should be doing more for my family all the time. I give my family my all and sometimes I’m on “E” when it’s time to pour into myself. Although I know in my mind that self love and self care is essential, finding that balance of self care and care for my family is a daily art that I’m trying to practice.How are you learning to overcome this challenge? I have learned that without crying for myself, I’m no good to those I love and [am] caring for. I can’t pour from an empty cup. After having my children, my sense of self got blurry for a while. I became a full blown mommy, losing bits and pieces of myself and losing sight of the things that brought me joy—outside of my husband and children. So I’ve made a conscious effort to rediscover those things that make me happy and have made time to enjoy doing and practicing those things to ensure that my spirit is fed, in some big or small way, each day. This helps to avoid resentment and burnout when taking care of my family at the capacity that I do.************************************************Kalyn Hall—Marketing professional and mother of one from Rockville, Md. What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color? The workforce is not embracing or very flexible in ways that make it easier to handle motherly duties. From a your daily schedule to child care and managing daily/household routines. It is a constant challenge that only colleagues with kids actually understand and most of the time your boss is not a parent so they are highly insensitive in this regard.How are you learning to overcome this challenge? It is a work in progress but I am learning to ask for help. I have always taken on 100 percent of duties and parenting alone—despite being married. This year, I am committed to delegating and ensuring I give myself time to relax and rejuvenate.************************************************Keisha Blount NelsonKeisha Blount Nelson—Educator, entrepreneur, and mom of one from Elkridge, Md.What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color?I believe my biggest challenge is simultaneously my greatest reward: growth. Motherhood has challenged me to stretch and grow in areas and in ways that I could have never imagined. I am challenged daily to face my own insecurities and to confront aspects of my identity that I wasn’t quite prepared to tackle.I didn’t want motherhood to expose my issues with perfectionism, but it did when I struggled with trying to be and do the impossible with my son and got burnt out. Chile, trying to dot every ‘I’ and cross every “T” got a sista tired. I didn’t want motherhood to expose my insecurities with weight and body image, but of course that snap back was more of an emotional setback because I was neither kind nor realistic with myself after housing and birthing a human.I didn’t want motherhood to expose my tendency to be non-confrontational, but it did several times when needing to speak up for my son in different spaces. Never before have I felt more pressure in my Black millennial mom skin than having the charge to raise a liberated, conscious, spiritually grounded Black boy in a world that profits from his oppression.How are you learning to overcome this challenge?I take one day at a time. I’m trying to work on pacing myself, slowing down my thoughts while processing my ‘stuff.’ I pray… a lot. Rather than avoiding the issues that would usually bring me anxiety, I’ve been ‘doing the work.’ I try to attack root causes and work toward healing and minimizing their impact on his generation.I allow myself room to be imperfect. Rely on my supports: hubby, family, #momsquad.************************************************Phree White—Nonprofit marketing manager and mother of one from Alexandria, Virginia.What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color?My biggest challenge is dealing with being a reluctant mom. I love my child. She’s amazing. I don’t regret her, but there are times I wish I was an aunt instead of a mom because I’d be able to choose when I wanted to have this responsibility and when I didn’t. I’ve always been pretty self-sufficient and independent. I’m a pretty social person, but there are days when I want—need—to be alone.Because it’s just my child and I, I have no choice but to be there for her. I can’t close a door and tell her I don’t want to interact today or I don’t want to hug her or touch her today because I’m not feeling human interaction.There are days when I want to do nothing but come home and eat cereal and fall in the bed but that’s not possible because there’s homework every night and dinner every night and that whole routine.How are you learning to overcome this challenge?I used to feel guilty because I thought that when you became a mom there was some switch that flipped and you were happy to sacrifice yourself for the greater good of this little human you created and I thought mine never got turned on. I had to learn that me needing space for myself wasn’t me abandoning my child, but recognizing the things that I needed to replenish myself so that I could care for her properly. I learned to create alone time for myself each day and schedule at least a full 24 hours every two months so I could do whatever with no expectations that I care for anyone but me.************************************************Ashlee LaughlinAshlee Laughlin—Entrepreneur and mother of one from Greenbelt, Md.What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color?My biggest challenge so far as a millennial mom has been balance. I had gotten spoiled by being able to live my life in the fast lane, taking freelance opportunities, and traveling all over pursuing my career in entertainment. But when Taj was born, I initially felt fearful of how I would balance my dreams, my business and motherhood. As a Black mother and a child of a Black mother, you witness all the layers—strength, determination, sacrifice, and all the things mothers endure to ensure you are loved and safe. I want to emulate that. I don’t think anything could have prepared me for such an amazing journey. It’s humbling.How are you learning to overcome this challenge?I am learning that it’s ok to say NO! I think a lot of moms feel guilty because they are either unable to create a lifestyle that allows time for their kids or they are overly committed to growth in other areas. I feel liberated by my ability to create boundaries to protect the bonding time my son and I spend together. Nothing will ever come before him. My balance involves the time I create for my family, which I never realized I’d have to fight so hard for. If I can’t take on a project that requires me working crazy hours, I say no. No was never in my vocabulary before Taj.************************************************Karissa Uko—Senior Manager (events and communications) and mother of one from Lake Ridge, Va.What’s your biggest challenge as a millennial mom of color?The biggest struggle has been parenting without immediate family nearby. My husband and I have actively worked on building relationships with other parents in the area, but it’s really just him and I with our son.How are you learning to overcome this challenge?I am volunteering on the planning committee for the inaugural Momference. This platform powered by District MotherHUED is forcing me to network and be outgoing in a way I haven’t before. Meeting other moms that look and have relatable backgrounds as me is refreshing and much needed.
Advertisement Review If you’ve just spent thousands on an expensive gaming laptop and now need an affordable gaming headset, look no further than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. For just $50, you get a gaming headset with good sound, a comfortable fit and a sleek design, as well as a detachable microphone. Of course, the sound isn’t going to be perfect at this price; the highs can get a little sharp, and the bass gets lost among any treble-heavy instruments. But overall, the Arctis 1 is an excellent budget gaming headset.article continued below Design The Arctis 1 gives off a discreet but luxurious vibe. If you’d said that the Arctis 1 was a top-of-the-line headset, you could’ve fooled me. Unlike many expensive gaming headsets, the Arctis 1 doesn’t have an extravagant design. But it doesn’t look cheap or needlessly colorful like other inexpensive headsets, either. Most important, I feel comfortable wearing the Arctis 1 out in public. The ear cups are solid black, and just below the center of each cup is a SteelSeries logo. SteelSeries’ signature polygon design is also painted within the ear cups. Just above the cups is an adjustable steel band that feeds into the rest of the headband, reinforcing it. The top of the headband is slim, black and plastic, while the underside integrates a seamless pleather cushion that elegantly protrudes from the base. In this price range, you won’t find better sound for gaming than the Arctis 1’s performance. There are only two controls on the Arctis 1, both located on the left cup: the mute switch and the volume dial. Here, you can also find the 3.5-mm audio wire, which is just over 4 feet long, as well as the input for the detachable microphone. The microphone is short, slender and flexible. MORE: The Best Headsets for Immersive Gaming In the box, you’ll also find a 5-foot adapter wire that splits the 3.5-mm jack into microphone and headphone inputs. This is a neat accessory if you have a gaming laptop with multiple audio ports. Comfort The Arctis 1’s Airweave fabric ear cushions are surprisingly comfortable. They fit perfectly over my ears and didn’t squeeze my head to death like some other budget gaming headsets did. Under the band is a pleather cushion that I barely felt against my head because the material was so light. The band itself required little effort to adjust, but I wish there were notches on the steel band that indicated its position. At 9.6 ounces, the Arctis 1 was practically unnoticeable on my head. While the fit wasn’t super tight, the headset didn’t shift when I turned my head, either. Gaming Performance In this price range, you won’t find better sound for gaming than the Arctis 1’s performance. When I played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I could hear each and every drop of water falling from the ceiling in the damp cave I was in, giving life to the eerie scenario. Geralt’s voice sounded crisp and clear as he talked over a pile of bones, deducing that they belonged to children. When I went to my bestiary to read up on what I was hunting, the clicks between the UI and the background music sounded a tad too sharp. When I played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I could hear each and every drop of water falling from the ceiling in the damp cave I was in, giving life to the eerie scenario. In Mortal Kombat 11, I kicked Scorpion against a tool drawer and power-drilled right through his skull, which produced a meaty, crackling sound. As Cassie Cage, shooting Scorpion in the foot delivered the satisfying shot of a firearm, and when Scorpion’s blood spattered across the ground, it sounded appropriately moist. Juggling Scorpion in the air with Cassie Cage’s kicks created solid thuds, but when Scorpion came at me with his blade, each slash sounded as sharp as the blade felt (and it did not feel good). MORE: SteelSeries Arctis 5 Review — A Gaming Headset You’ll Want to Wear Out As I took on a horde of orcs in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, my sword swung true as it slashed through my foes, and the sound effect of each stroke sounded full and violent. The orcs’ voices were (ironically) clear and articulate as I was pummelling them to death with Celebrimbor’s hammer. However, when my sword met a wooden club, the thud emanating from it sounded too soft, as if the bass were muted. Music Performance I was satisfied with how loud the Arctis 1 got while playing music. But although the overall quality was solid, it had some flaws. The opening vocals in Missio’s “I See You” sounded crisp and bright, but the song was a hair sharp on the highs. The drumbeats were loud too, and while they blended well with the vocals, they didn’t carry much weight. When more instruments began to clash, the sound became a little muddy. MORE: 12 Cheap Gaming Headsets (Under $60) Ranked from Best to Worst … I also listened to SiM’s “Existence,” and both the heavy guitar opening and the vocals were nice and heavy. The cymbal in the background was a little quiet, but I could hear it backing up the drums. As in the previous song, it was a little difficult to discern the percussion from everything else. I tried an orchestral piece with Bear McCreary’s “Ashes,” and the stringed instruments sounded as hypnotic as they did when I first picked up the Leviathan Axe in God of War, producing strong mids and highs. When the vocals kicked in, they were bright and full. Microphone The Arctis 1’s detachable microphone sounded decent when I tested it. My voice came off as clear and comfortably loud, although the sound occasionally peaked. I was talking to my co-worker, who was sitting approximately 5 feet from me, and while I could hear him in the playback, his voice was low enough that it wasn’t bothersome. Many other budget headsets pick up literally everything in the background. Bottom Line If you’re on a budget, get the SteelSeries Arctis 1. It has a great fit, produces solid sound, looks sleek enough to wear in public without drawing attention and has a conveniently detachable microphone. However, you’re still going to deal with slightly sharp highs and less-than-desirable bass. If you can find wiggle room in your budget, go with the HyperX Cloud Alpha, which offers comfortable ear cups, a premium design and better sound quality for $40 more, at $90. Overall, the Arctis 1 is a quality gaming headset for the price. 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Costa Rica’s Social Security System, orCaja, plans to start using drones to deliver medicine to remote indigenous communities. The plan, which the Caja says it will launch next year, aims to deliver needed medical supplies faster and over a wider area of the mountainous region of the Caribbean province of Limón.The drone program will benefit patients from eight indigenous communities that currently receive health services and medicine at two community clinics, or EBAIS. Estimates are that each delivery using drones would take 30-45 minutes. Currently, it takes three hours to three days to deliver medicine to both EBAIS clinics, said Esteban Vega, Caja’s national coordinator of pharmaceutical services.Vega said the Comptroller General’s Office already approved a contract with San Francisco-based company Zipline to provide the drones and controlling systems. The agency initially will sign a one-year contract that includes the delivery of up to 13,200 packages per month at a monthly cost of $26,136. Each additional delivery would cost $1.98.Officials estimate that deliveries could start in six months.Drone delivery processA delivery order is triggered when an EBAIS doctor issues a prescription using Caja’s Digital Health Records system. A pharmacist at a local clinic in the Caribbean town of Bribri prepares the prescription and packages the medicine inside a special, protective container.The package would then be placed inside the drone that will be tracked in real time by a GPS system. The online system would notify EBAIS staff when the medicine arrives and then the drone would drop off the package using a remote-controlled release.Danilo Monge, Caja’s manager of infrastructure and technology, said officials carried out several studies that concluded that using drones for delivering medicine was fully viable for the region.Among others, studies evaluated flight times, package weights, package safety measures, legal aspects, costs analysis, and geographic and climatic conditions. They also submitted the plan for evaluation by the Civil Aviation Authority.Results of all those studies were part of the application submitted and approved by the Comptroller’s General Office, Caja reported.See a video of a drone-delivery service of blood and medicine by Zipline in Rwanda: Other delivery optionsThe drone delivery program is Caja’s latest effort to get medicine to difficult-to-access parts of the country.In the past — and present — agency staff has used boats, bicycles, motorcycles and even horses to deliver medicine.In 2014, the Caja even considered a plan to use donkeys to transport doctors and medicine to nearly 500 residents of Punta Burica, Costa Rica’s southernmost point, which is inhabited mainly by Ngöbe indigenous people. The plan, however, was dismissed after various evaluations. Facebook Comments Related posts:Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public, politicians Doctors’ Association backs down from mandatory medical fees Dengue vaccine likely to be available at public hospitals next year
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is being developed as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-used complex and will open for the northern autumn of 2018. Featuring 143 rooms, the contemporary designed hotel will connect the international style of Pullman with a delicate touch of Japanese art and culture.This business and leisure hotel is directly connected to the JR Tamachi Station east exit and a three-minute walk from the Toei Subway Mita Line. From the hotel to the Haneda International Airport is about 30 minutes by public transport and just one stop from JR Shinagawa station to Osaka and Kyoto via bullet train.“Japan keeps attracting more and more international travellers, with historically high growth rate recorded in the beginning of 2017,” said Patrick Basset, COO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, AccorHotels. “The increasing inbound market, especially from Korea and other Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam) is on a continuous positive trend which will be amplified as the country will benefit from the worldwide attention with the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games.”“The opening of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi marks an exciting step in developing more upscale and luxury hotels in Japan to meet the growing demand of cosmopolitan travellers who appreciate innovative design and wellness in the travel scene. The global nomad is Pullman’s representation of the new generation of travellers and business leaders who fully and naturally blend work and leisure,” said Eric D’Ignazio, VP Japan, AccorHotels.
Las Vegas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineDeluxe hotel group Mandarin Oriental have joined together with some of the world’s elite couture brands to present the Ultimate Luxury Wedding package in America’s number one wedding capital, Las Vegas.In a city where weddings are a dime a dozen, this new package promises unprecedented levels of service and exclusive features to provide the height of luxury for guests on their big day.The fashion-conscious bride will be treated to a private dress consultation with top Parisian fashion house Lanvin, and a bridal shoe selection from Jimmy Choo, one of the world’s most iconic luxury shoe collections. So that she walks down the aisle in head-to-toe couture, a diamond pendant from luxury jeweler Harry Winston is also included along with a bottle of Lanvin’s trademark perfume, aptly titled Marry Me.The reception party is held within the Mandarin Oriental hotel located in the heart of the Las Vegas ‘strip’. With a capacity of up to 200 guests it includes the AAA Five Diamond service and a team of dedicated wedding specialists on hand to make sure the event meets the needs of the bride and groom.The package treats don’t just stop after the ceremony—after a three-night stay in the premier bridal suite, which comes with complementary champagne glasses courtesy of Baccarat, the newly-weds can choose to spend their honeymoon at any Mandarin Oriental hotel for seven nights.www.mandarinoriental.com
Reports: Guri, Israeli poet of founding generation, dies JERUSALEM – Israeli media are reporting that Haim Guri, a leading Israeli poet of the state’s founding generation, has died. He was 94.President Reuven Rivlin in a statement mourned his passing Wednesday as “the national poet of our time” and a “life teacher.”Guri was born in Tel Aviv and fought in the Palmach, the elite force of the pre-state militia later serving in Israel’s army, reports said.He was a prolific and influential poet with songs about the birth of modern Israel that became deeply rooted in the country’s ethos.He was not shy in airing his political views and was critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Five years ago he told parliament that despite “knowing almost every stone in this land” he now “has difficulty recognizing it.” by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 12:19 am PDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 1:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email