Walk The Red Carpet With Will Smith And Help The Cesar Millan

first_imgIt does not get any bigger than walking the red carpet with superstar Will Smith AND what some call the royal family of Hollywood – or perhaps you’re just looking forward to M. Night Shyamalan’s new action-packed film, After Earth, starring none other than Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith!Omaze.com is now offering Smith Family fans everywhere the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be the biggest star in Hollywood and walk the red carpet alongside Will Smith and his family. For this week only, you get the chance to fly out to New York City on May 29th (hotel and airfare included) to walk the red carpet with Hollywood’s favorite family and attend the premiere of their new movie, After Earth.Here’s how it’s possible – Omaze.com offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. By visiting Omaze.com, you’ll make a $5 donation to enter for your chance to meet the Smith Family, benefiting the The Cesar Millan Foundation, where every dollar you donate helps save the lives of shelter dogs.Now, what are you waiting for? Act fast because the contest closes THIS FRIDAY, May 17th, 2013.last_img read more

Music is like a way of life for me

first_imgRead to know what Jubin Nautiyal has to say about the project, his approach towards music and a lot more: Coming from a small town, what have been your aspirations from music as a career? Music has been more like a way of living life for me. Even if I was not as big as I am now, even if was working in a corporate office, I would still be singing as a hobby. So the idea of pursuing music as a profession was a generic thought. Do you follow a fixed pattern of how a song has to be sung, or try, improvise and modify it at the time of your performance? Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerWhen I go inside the studio to dub a song, I completely leave myself outside. I enter inside as a clean slate. I am not stuck on how I want to sing. Whenever I am working with composers, usually they give me a lot of freedom because they are obviously working with me for my style of singing. But I definitely try to understand how they are composing the song, how they are hearing it, which makes a lot of difference. ‘Cinema shapes the outlook of society’, do you believe it is true for music too? Do you think with music you can bring a change? Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upI believe many times music shapes the outlook of cinema. There are so many films made nowadays that are based on music. There are so many projects for which the director scores the music before going ahead with the script. So, it all goes hand in hand. Sometimes lyrics come first or the melody does. What matters is how everything blends together as a product. What’s new for the fans in your new MixTape project? This time, I have collaborated with Abhijit Vaghani and Shirley Setia. We have recreated three songs – ‘Ik Vaari’, ‘Tum Ho Toh’ and ‘Nadaan Parindey’. They all are nicely composed and we had fun shooting them. I hope my fans enjoy the presentation and music too. What do you feel about T-series’ initiative of recreating songs? I feel T-series’ MixTape is a new way to see Bollywood music all over again. In a time where recreations are enjoyed and celebrated, T-series is bringing about some songs which have had a crazy run when they were released. But again it is coming with such a different expression altogether, with different artists creating its own niche. It’s a unique concept. What are your future plans? I have always been an independent artist. So, this year I want to give some time to independent music.last_img read more

Saad Lemjerred Apologizes to Al Akhbar Photojournalist Who Accused Him of

Azrou – Saad Lemjerred, singer of the famous hit ‘Enty,’ has apologized to a photojournalist. He described the incident as being “regrettable” and thanked mediators for their contribution to end the dispute.“I express my deep regret about what happened, and I think my dispute with Morad Achabi could be set differently, without anger or tension… I do not feel any discomfort in apologizing to Mr.Achabi or to anyone else who could feel aggrieved by my behavior,” he said. The photojournalist accused the singer of aggression. Two versions clashed: Morad Achabi said that the artist attacked him and even tried to hit him with his car; on the other hand, Lemjerred said that he asked the journalist “politely” to delete the pictures.The singer’s agent denies Achabi’s version of the story and claims that the star is “a victim of his own success.” According to Sahifat Anas, the singer hit the reporter with his 4×4 before fleeing. “There is not even 5% of truth in this story. Saad Lemjerred was not the driver, and fortunately there are cameras in hotel Royal Mansour that filmed everything and can prove his innocence,” declared the agent.Achabi revealed the incident’s details to 360, explaining that it all began with a coincidence. “I went to the hotel for an interview when I came across Saad Lemjerred who was taking pictures with his fans. I then approached him to take a picture and introduce myself. When he learned that I am a journalist, he asked me to delete the photos, which I did immediately, but he insisted on deleting them himself,” he said.When the journalist said he couldn’t give him the camera, Lemjerred ordered his escorts to forcibly take it. The journalist eventually chased them to the car, trying to take his camera back, and that’s where the drama, according to his version, occurred.When asked about the details of the incident, Lemjerred’s agent preferred not to utter a word, explaining that “there will be soon a communication on the exact circumstances and consequences.” He describes the story of the journalist as nothing but “slandering and lies.”Who is telling truth?On June 27, Lemjerred’s agent published a press release in which he gives his full version of events, ensuring that the singer is not wanted by the police and that the journalist “had thrown himself on the car driven by another person,” and not Saad Lemjerred.“The star was surprised to see someone photographing him in such a curious and intrusive manner. He then asked him politely to delete some pictures in which he does not look so good. The photographer refused and started insulting Saad Lemjerred.”Edited by Katrina Bushko© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

GCC Satisfied with Strategic Partnership Between Morocco Jordan

Manama – Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) voiced, on Wednesday in Bahrain, their satisfaction with the progress made on the way of reinforcing the strategic partnership between the Kingdoms of Morocco and Jordan to serve the close fraternal relations between the GCC member states and the two brother countries.In a statement issued following its 37th summit, held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Skheir Palace, under the chairmanship of King of Bahrain Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa, the GCC expressed its satisfaction with efforts made by the ministers council and the secretariat general to reinforce strategic partnerships with several countries and international groupings.In this regard, it called for the implementation of agreements concluded during meetings of action groups and joint committees. read more

Algerian Interim President Calls for Inclusive Dialogue Protests Continue

Rabat – Protests in Algeria have entered their 16 week as Algerian demonstrators are refusing any solutions except radical change after the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.On Thursday, Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah urged civil society and political parties to engage in an “inclusive dialogue” to overcome the crisis that the country has been facing since February 22.In a televised statement, Bensalah said that dialogue would help fix a new date for elections as soon as possible” after the cancelation of the planned election on July 4. On Sunday, June 2, the Algerian Constitutional Council announced that a presidential election would not be able to take place on July 4 due to a lack of valid candidates.Protesters have been rallying against the interim president since February 22, calling for a radical change, such as aa boycott of the election, as well as calling on all elites from the Bouteflika era to leave.Today marks the 16 weeks of continuous protests, with the interim president deploying security troops into the peaceful demonstrations.The police have been using tear gas and water cannons to disperse protests. Last Friday, May 3, police also arrested several protesters. The arrests have not prevented Algerian protesters for taking to the street for the 16th weeks of the protests. Photos shared by Algerian news outlets TSA show protesters rallying as they are holding several banners, including one demanding “new faces in the government.”A video also shows porters wearing Algerian flags and distributing pastries among protesters, as this week marked Eid Al Fitr celebrations across the world. read more

CIBC head calls federal governments new housing measures prudent

CIBC head calls federal government’s new housing measures prudent by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CIBC President and CEO Victor Dodig listens during the company’s annual and special meeting of shareholders in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday April 5, 2016. Dodig is supportive of a new package of federal measures aimed at easing risks in the country’s real estate system.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck OTTAWA – The chief executive at one of Canada’s biggest banks is supportive of a new package of federal measures aimed at easing risks in the country’s real estate system.CIBC’s Victor Dodig said Wednesday that government changes announced last week, which include tightening mortgage lending rules, are “prudent” and will help shore up the housing system.“It’s always a balancing act making sure that the housing market and the construction sector stay robust and employment stays robust, making sure that the banks continue to lend prudently and that consumers are borrowing prudently,” Dodig told The Canadian Press in an interview after his appearance at the Public Policy Forum on economic growth in Ottawa.“So, I think it’s a prudent measure to continue to make sure there’s stability in the system.”Last week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced changes designed to slow the injection of foreign cash into Canadian housing markets and to stiffen eligibility rules on prospective borrowers, including stress tests on mortgages.The government also proposed consultations on a policy that could see banks shoulder more of the risk for mortgage defaults.Dodig said he expects the consultations around so-called “lender risk sharing” to be constructive.“It’s been a hallmark for us to always work together,” said the CEO of CIBC (TSX:CM).“I think the goal of the government is to make sure that the taxpayer is not on the hook to support financial institutions in a perceived or real way.”Morneau’s announcement last week came amid concerns that real estate costs in the hot Toronto and Vancouver markets are out of reach for many Canadians. Some fear foreign investment in these areas has helped drive up prices.Later Wednesday, Morneau was asked during his appearance at the same Ottawa conference about concerns over potential impacts the housing changes could have on Canadians, including first-time home buyers.He said impacts will always accompany decisions that are meant to deal with long-term risks.“We think those impacts will be relatively short-term in nature, we think they’ll be relatively modest and will contribute to a longer, positive growth pattern for the country,” he said.The changes, he added, will potentially delay purchases for some buyers until they save up more for a bigger down payment or they might force some people to buy a home that’s a slightly better fit for their income.Morneau said the government’s goal is to ensure long-term stability for the market in a low-rate environment, which has seen the overall indebtedness of Canadians become a “significant challenge.”On the economy, Dodig spoke about his efforts to promote the creation of a growth fund for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses, similar to one launched in the United Kingdom.He said the fund would seek to fill financing gaps by offering long-term capital to companies in their early stages — but those already past the initial venture capital funding stage.The fund would also include an expert advisory group to help firms access talent, important networks and mentorship advice from people who have expertise in commercializing and scaling businesses.Dodig said he’s received an increasing level of support for the idea from Morneau, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and stakeholders in the private sector.He said he hoped to see it launched sometime next year.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

Ivanka Trump shifting gears heading to Washington

Ivanka Trump shifting gears, heading to Washington by Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 9:28 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DES MOINES, Iowa – Ivanka Trump plans to step aside from her executive roles at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand, but says she is confident both businesses will continue to “thrive.”In a post on her Facebook page Wednesday, Ivanka Trump said she would take a “formal leave of absence” from her executive positions at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand — which offers shoes, clothes and messages of female empowerment.President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would put control of his company in the hands of his sons and an executive, put his business assets in a trust and take other steps to isolate himself from his business.Ivanka Trump said her company will be run by the current president and a board of trustees. For now, she is not taking a role in her father’s administration, but her husband Jared Kushner will serve as a senior advisor.As the family moves to Washington, Ivanka Trump said she will be focused on getting her three children settled. But she also stressed her ongoing interest in issues affecting women and girls and said she would seek to determine the “most impactful and appropriate ways for me to serve our country.”An informal adviser to Ivanka Trump is expected to join the White House. Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell will be leaving the bank to take a role in the Trump administration, said a source with knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The source said Powell is expected to focus economic issues and policies relating to women and will work with Ivanka Trump and Kushner.Powell declined to comment. The Trump transition team did not respond to questions.The Trump team has said Ivanka Trump will divest some assets and will receive fixed payments rather than a share of the profits from the Trump Organization. She will also not be involved in the company’s Washington hotel. No details have been released on her financial arrangement with the lifestyle brand.Transition officials also said Kushner will recuse himself from any matters impacting the Trump Organization. Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics counsellor for President George W. Bush, said separation will be key because “all of her assets and income are attributable to him.”Painter added that if Ivanka Trump continues to have a financial stake in her business, then Kushner must recuse himself from areas that impact it, like foreign trade.Ivanka Trump’s independent lifestyle brand promotes her image as a successful working mother and partners with companies to make the branded blush pink dresses and trendy booties offered in department stores.Just how successful the business will be without her actively involved is not clear. Brand licensing expert Michael Stone, chairman of the agency Beanstalk, said that celebrity-driven brands succeed best when consumers aspire to be like the personality and believe the person is involved with the developing the products.“I don’t know if just being a role model is enough to drive a product brand,” he said.He also noted that it takes time to develop a personal brand to the point that it survives without the person involved, like with Paul Newman’s Newman’s Own products or Perry Ellis fashion. While Ivanka Trump has been successful, she does not have that kind of longevity.“Is it going to fail completely, I doubt it,” said Stone. “But will it have the (same) growth curve?” FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Ivanka Trump, daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Ivanka Trump plans to step aside from her executive roles at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand, but says she is confident both businesses will continue to “thrive.” (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) read more

Lino Červar a new coach of Slovenian Celje PL

← Previous Story Greek handball League (Round 19): AEK leader in front of PAOK Next Story → Dirk Beuchler will lead TBV Lemgo from the next season Lino Cervar After two seasons on the bench of Macedonian champions, Metalurg Skopje, successful coach, Lino Červar is one step to the “handball institution” of Slovenia, Celje Pivovarna Laško, wrote the media from this country. One of the most successful teams from the rich history of Ex-Yugoslaviian handball is interested to sign former coach of Croatian NT, with whom Croatia won Olympics and World”s gold medals and was the part of TOP handball since  WC 2003 in Portugal, until EURO 2010 in Austria. After he won siliver with Croatia in Vienna, Červar didn’t extend contract with Croatian Handball Federation.He is on the way to win second championship title in Skopje, after he took Metalurg in the summer 2009. read more

A flipflop company crowdfunded 10000 in ONE hour

first_imgTHE IRISH MAY not be used to wearing them every day, but flip-flops are the golden ticket to comfort when it comes to this sunny weather – well that’s if the plug doesn’t decide to break mid step.It’s an age old problem known as the blow out. Our friends and family living in Australia are now more familiar with the blow out – and when that trusty flip-flop (or thongs as the Aussies call them) decide to go, there is little you can do to fix it.No matter how much you try: Source: tomas angel melchorBut what is this? Did someone just come up with an ingenious way to keep that flip from flopping off our feet?Oh, yes they did. Introducing Willi Footwear’s interchangeable bases and straps that also solve the issue of blow outs (when the y-shaped strap annoyingly breaks through the sole).Their new patented boomerang plugs won’t pull through, unless you want them to and they come in a range of different colours.Based in Australia’s Gold Coast, Willi Footwear made an impressive $AUD10,000 in just one hour after they put a short video on crowdfunding website Indiegogo showing how they work.Just one day later the company hit 45% of their $AUD30,000 goal.Well isn’t that just flipping great.The Briefcase: a US President, the Budget and definitely not a housing bubbleMore: Irish startup to develop breakthrough biotechnology test for major US cliniclast_img read more

€4000 model car among 3000 items sold off from Café En Seine

first_img Share97 Tweet Email6 28 Comments Image: Michael Donnelly 40,638 Views €4000 model car among 3,000 items sold off from Café En Seine auction The bar was a hotspot during the Celtic Tiger. Short URL Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 9:17 PM The almost life-sized wooden E-Type Jaguar which sold for €4,000. Image: Michael Donnellycenter_img http://jrnl.ie/4080311 By Garreth MacNamee The almost life-sized wooden E-Type Jaguar which sold for €4,000. A WOODEN REPLICA of the classic E-Type Jaguar used by Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their recent wedding sold for €4,000 as the contents of Café en Seine were auctioned off today.The model car was one of just 3,000 items which was being sold at auction at the Heritage Hotel Killenard  in Laois.The wooden jaguar is two-thirds life size and comes complete with the sculpted front grill, detailed wheels and a perfect interior including a working wooden steering wheel.“Anything decorative or a bit quirky is attracting big money,” said Niall Mullen who last year held the auction 0f the disposal of the contents of the Central Bank.“The car is true in every detail, it’s an amazing folly and a stunning copy of the real thing.”A set of 1940s petrol pumps converted into a cocktail cabinet, which sold for €7,500, and a pair of 12 ft-high birds, bronze cranes that fetched €4,500, were among the items attracting buyers attention.A full-grown stuffed grizzly bear made €2,000, an original Elvery’s enamel sign from the late 19th century fetched €1,000 while a painting by Belfast artist Brian Ballard sold for €5,500.Mullen added: “Café en Seine’s bronzes have been making well above their guide price, while the petrol pumps are a very unusual sculptural piece, and won the Late Late Show’s antiques restoration competition this year.”Café en Seine is now owned by the Mercantile Group who plan a refurbishment in excess of €3m in a more modernist art deco-style.The auction, which finishes tomorrow will feature many of the large statues and bronzes from Café en Seine. Jun 19th 2018, 9:18 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Une nouvelle batterie pour le Samsung Galaxy Nexus

first_imgUne nouvelle batterie pour le Samsung Galaxy NexusLa marque sud-coréenne a décidé de proproser une batterie disposant de plus d’autonomie pour son smartphone fonctionnant sous Ice Cream Sandwich.Si le Samsung Galaxy Nexus est un excellent smartphone, qui est en plus le seul à fonctionner sous le dernier OS d’Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, il possède un énorme défaut. Son autonomie est en effet très faible par rapport à ce qui se fait ailleurs sur le marché, une journée seulement en utilisation normale. Pour réduire l’épaisseur du téléphone, Samsung a en effet livré d’origine une batterie de 1750 mAh pas suffisamment performante.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?La firme asiatique a donc décidé de résoudre ce problème en donnant le choix aux utilisateurs du Galaxy Nexus de d’utiliser une batterie de 2100 mAh, moins fine mais bien plus véloce. Dès lors, vous aurez le choix de la finesse ou de l’autonomie. Cette nouvelle batterie est disponible sur le site de Samsung USA, pour 49,99 dollars (environ 38,37 euros), mais pas encore sur le site français.Le 19 décembre 2011 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nawecs Dire Situation In Power Generation Distribution

Nawecs Dire Situation In Power Generation Distribution

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowMr. Nani Juwara,Deputy Managing DirectorThe Deputy Managing Director of Nawec, Mr. Nani Juwara, has told journalists, that temperatures affect the power generation of the utility company.Mr. Juwara said this during a press conference with journalists at their head office in Kanifing on Friday 22nd September, 2017, that lasted one hour, ten minutes. The purpose of the press conference was to give an update on the current dire situation of power generation and supply including water that NAWEC is going through, to meet the needs of residents within the greater Banjul Area.DMD Juwara said when the temperature of the environment is high, power generation becomes problematic and this leads to poor electricity supply because the efficiency of the generator sets, goes down. “The high temperatures of the environment are not helping NAWEC,” he said.Juwara said utility supply is below expectation for the mere fact that generation capacity is below the demand; that since the past week, supply has been inconsistent because 3 of the generators that supply power are currently undergoing maintenance. He named the generators as number 6 of the Kotu power station; that generator number 4 was down but has commenced operations. Juwara continued that 4 out of the 6 available generators at the Brikama power station are functioning whilst the 2 are undergoing maintenance. He said the problem intensified these past days.Juwara said NAWEC’s generators are old sets inherited over 30 years ago, when the Utility company was called GUC, saying the problems they now encounter, have been inherited. He said the situation they face now, were the same situations faced in the past. “The demand for our service is higher than the investment that is been put into this sector,” Juwara said.Currently, he said most of the generators are about to be installed after completing the maximum running hours and undergoing routine maintenance; that when they start operations, the generators will continue nonstop until their next routine maintenance and service. Juwara bemoaned the wear and tear of the aging machines, including their operational and spare parts cost, which he said is on the increase; that as a Utility Company, they are confronting the biggest challenges in Electricity generation and supply including water, to the masses and residents of the greater Banjul area. “We do not have any option but to maintain the machines and meet the demands of consumers,” he said.Mr. Juwara also said that they are mitigating circumstances that will enhance the current shortage in supply from NAWEC. “We have funding from the World Bank to provide 3 new generators,” he said.He said from the funding, Generator Number 8 that has been out of service for over 5 years at the Kotu Power Station, will soon commence operation towards the end of October; that the long absence of service for generator number 8 was due to insufficient funding; that they were lucky to secure funding through the World Bank and the generator will commence commercial operations soon, to enhance the generation capacity of the Utility Company. From the same fund, Mr. Juwara said the installation and operation of Generator Number 7 at Brikama power station, will be completed by end November 2017. And in addition to the two generators, the Watsila Engine that has developed a serious mechanical problem since June 2016, will soon resume operations as maintenance work has begun and is expected to be completed in December 2017 but will start service in February 2018. Juwara told journalists that NAWEC has received funding from two international Companies to install a new Generator at the Kotu Power Station and this is expected to be ready for operation in December 2017. “There is a huge challenge but efforts have been put together to enhance the generation capacity, in order to meet the demand and stabilise the power situation by the end of this year,” he said.Juwara confessed that as it stands, things are tough and dire. ‘‘I must confess that we are all going through the most difficult times because the energy sector is a very complicated sector and the capital requirement is very high,” he said. He projected the investment cost for a single generator in the millions of dollars and said it was not possible for NAWEC alone to do such huge investment without the support of donors. He said with the ongoing efforts, the future is bright for the Gambia in general but for NAWEC in particular as there are ongoing regional efforts to help quell the situation. He said there is an ongoing project where the country will be benefit with 85 megawatts of power, to be supplied from Guinea; that the contract has already been signed.He said the option they have in the short term is to maintain the old generators until December 2018, when everything will be normalised and stability will be restored in power generation and supply including water.Juwara also highlighted the interconnection between West African states, to help solve power generation and supply problems. He cited countries like Senegal who are tapping electricity from Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Mali. In his view, the Interconnection between Gambia and other states will greatly enhance the power generation situation of the country’s utility problems; that currently NAWEC is in partnership with the Utility Company of Senegal, Senelec, to supply the people of Farafenni and Jarra Soma as well as many satellite towns and villages with 24 hours of electricity in those areas. He said there is an already signed agreement with Senegal to supply the Amdalai-Barra areas up to Kerewan. “The issue of interconnection is high on our agenda and it is the way forward for the Gambia. We will partner with our neighbouring countries to ensure that we get cheaper source of electricity for the country, in order to sustain our operations. As we speak today, if we continue with the same mode of production, power can be stabilised in the country but the cost of electricity will be high,” he said.Juwara lamented the political pressures faced by NAWEC during the past regime’s misguided policies and bad investments amongst many, that led them to this situation today; that this has caused NAWEC to run on a deficit on a month to month basis to the extent that they cannot meet operational cost. ‘‘We were compelled by the former regime, to buy heavy fuel from Euro Africa and Global Trading Group. From 1994 to date, six managing directors of this company have been sacked and these people are now manning international power institutions,’’ he said. “A Utility Company that cannot meet it’s operational cost, cannot invest to solve generation problems,” he said.Juwara disclosed that NAWEC spends D200,000,000.00 on fuel every month but earns a revenue of D160,000,000.00, which he said is not helping them in their pursuit to retain stability in power generation and supply.last_img read more

AssouEkotto goes after Mbappé over his African heritage

AssouEkotto goes after Mbappé over his African heritage

first_imgCameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto, publicly went after French young star Kylian Mbappé due to his choice to play for France as an African player.Earlier this year, Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto came after Kylian Mbappé for choosing to play for France instead of the African country. The Cameroonian full-back who played for Tottenham Hotspur was actually born in France, but he has blood from Algeria as well as Cameroon and he decided to play for one of those two national teams throughout his career. But players who have parents born in African countries, often choose to represent the French National Team instead of their heritage, just like Kylian Mbappé and nearly 80% of the squad that won the World Cup. But people like Ekotto don’t like how many of those players brag about their roots, and yet they decided to turn their back on those countries to seek glory for France. Right after the summer tournament came to an end, there was a lot of backlash by many fans who were having none of it and called them out on their hypocrisy for saying they are proudly from that continent and not even entertaining the idea of making a different choice when asked. France is one of the national teams with the richest heritage diversity in the world, a factor that for many was key for both of their World Cup successes.un lion qui copie un lion devient un singe… V.H… pic.twitter.com/YcWONBFp7D— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) February 26, 2018But people like Benoit Assou-Ekotto feel very offended by the public statements that many of these players make, Kylian Mbappé recently spoke about how he wants to be a part of the development of football in Africa during a meeting with president Emmanuel Macron from France, and Geroge Weah from Liberia. Ekotto seemed to take serious offense by Mbappé’s words and responded by telling RMC that: “European players of African origin who hold Africa in their hearts and who want to help the sport in Africa… blah, blah, blah… while rushing to play for a European national team make me chuckle. It looks good when you have a cause though. Put yourself in the place of the players from Cameroon. You, a French player are going to come to develop us… Stay at home, help your guys in Bondy, in your neighborhood, in your France. Yes, you love Africa, but you never go there. So what’s the story? Yes, you love your wife, but you go out with another. It’s a game I know, manipulate public opinion, blah, blah blah,” said the 34-year old player during a debate panel for RMC.my SatayHouse pic.twitter.com/TTGDBoMcpMRevealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) March 26, 2018Although the anger from the Metz player can be understood to a certain level, Kylian Mbappé was born in France and as such he is a Frenchman with the freedom to pick the country he wants to represent. Ekotto’s case actually is more directed at players who were born in African countries and still decided to play for France, but players like Pogba, Kante, or Mbappé don’t have to explain themselves to anyone and much less this player who clearly could use a hug. But then again if you stop for a minute to think about it, if all the players with African heritage decided to play for those countries, maybe we would have stronger national teams from all around the continent and competitions like the World Cup would be far more exciting than they already are. Kylian Mbappé does identify himself as a Frenchman from Paris, one who was bred in the streets of Bondy and learned everything he knows from that place. There is nothing in sports that make people more proud, than watching a player you grew up with triumph with the country he represents. Kylian Mbappé’s friends must be very proud of them, even if Benoit Assou-Ekotto isn’t.LIVERPOOL ✈️ pic.twitter.com/9cay1iUWSB— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 17, 2018What do you think about Mbappé and Ekotto’s disagreement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

New Crime Reform Laws Have Started Heres What You Need To Know

New Crime Reform Laws Have Started Heres What You Need To Know

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The new criminal justice reform legislation has gone into effect. House Bill 49 was signed into law by Governor Mike Dunleavy and addresses the many gaps created by SB 91 in Alaska’s criminal statutes. Disorderly Conduct– disorderly conduct remains a class b misdemeanor, but for a first offense, a term of imprisonment shall not exceed 72 hours. All subsequent offenses up to 10 days.Pretrial:Keeps current Pretrial Services Program except – Removes presumption of release from the risk assessment tool. Discretion is given back to the judge.Adds language that a person may request a bail review hearing based on inability to pay only if the person can show that they made a good faith effort to post required bail. House Bill 49 was a collaborative effort with the Governor, the State of Alaska Public Safety Team, law enforcement officers, victims of crime and advocacy groups, prosecutors, and a bipartisan group of Legislators.From the Govenors’ office is a summary of the changes:Sex Offenses:Sexual Assault in the Second and Third Degree –  Changes the required mental state from “knowing” to “reckless” when the offender engages in penetration (sexual assault in the second degree) and sexual contact (sexual assault in the third degree) with a victim who is mentally incapable, incapacitated, or unaware that the sexual act is being committed.Sexual Abuse of a Minor Sentencing – Makes sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree a sexual felony when there is a 6 year age difference, thus increasing the sentencing range from 0-2 to 2-12 years.Indecent Exposure – Makes indecent exposure when the offender masturbates in the presence of an adult a class C felony and a class B felony if the offender masturbates in the presence of a person under 16 years of age.Unlawful Exploitation of a Minor – Makes unlawful exploitation of a minor an unclassified felony if the person has been previously convicted of exploitation of a minor or the victim is under 13 years of age.  Unlawful exploitation of a minor is currently a class B felony upon the first conviction and a class A felony if the person has been previously convicted.Presumptive Sex Offense Sentencing – Clarifies that any prior felony counts as a prior felony for presumptive sentencing purposes in sex cases. This means prior felonies, even when they are a non-sex felony, trigger an increased presumptive range for a sex offense.Out Of State Sex Offender Registration – Requires anyone convicted of a registerable sex offense in another state to register in Alaska if they are present in the Alaska.Indecent Viewing – Makes indecent viewing or production of a picture of a child and production of a picture of an adult a registerable sex offense and sentenced as a sexual felony. Conduct involving the viewing of a picture of an adult would be a class A misdemeanor.Soliciting Sex From A Minor – Deletes “online” from the crime of “online enticement of a minor” making any solicitation of a minor for sex a B felony.Unwanted Images Of Genitalia – Makes repeatedly sending unsolicited and unwanted images of genitalia to another person harassment in the second degree (B misdemeanor).Marriage Defense to Sexual Assault – Repeals marriage as a defense to sexual assault except in cases where there is consent and the conduct is illegal due to the nature of the relationship but-for the marriage (probation officer/probationer, peace officer/person in custody, DJJ officer/person 18 or 19 an under the jurisdiction of the Division of Juvenile Justice).Drug Possession and Distribution:Drug Possession – Makes it a felony to possess the most dangerous controlled substances upon the second conviction. (i.e., heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, PCP, etc.). A 10-year look back period is added for drug offenses.Drug Distribution – Returns distribution of most dangerous drugs to class B and A felonies from the current C and B levels and removes quantity as an element.Methamphetamine Manufacturing and Distribution – Re-enacts the statutes combating methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution.Classification and Sentencing:A Misdemeanor Sentencing – Remove 30-day presumptive sentence for A misdemeanors and returns discretion to judges to impose 0-365 days.  Also increases the sentencing range for B misdemeanors from 0-10 days to 0-90 days.Threats – Creates a generalized terroristic threatening statute to address threats of harm even when not a false threat such as school shootings.Felony sentences – Increases felony sentencing from current law: Probation Lengths – Increases the maximum probation length for sex felonies to 25 years and 10 years for all other offenses.Failure to Appear – Removes the 30 day grace period for FTA to ensure better enforcement for defendants appearing in court for the hearings, including trial.DUI Mandatory EM for 1st – Eliminates electronic monitoring or house arrest as being mandatory for 1st DUI returning discretion back to the commissioner of the department of corrections.ASPIN Use At Grand Jury – Allows APSIN (rap sheet) to be used at grand jury when an element of the offense requires proof of prior convictions.Involuntary Commitments – Requires the Alaska Court System to transmit information regarding involuntary commitments that have occurred since January 1, 2011 to the Department of Public Safety. Driving While License Suspended– allows for first-time incidents involving an administrative suspension will be a violation. The sentence for subsequent administrative suspension and all court revocations will remain a class A misdemeanor. Increase Use of Video-Teleconferencing – Encourages the use of videoconferencing for all pretrial court hearings.Treatment While Out on Pretrial Release – Caps the amount of jail credit that can be awarded to a defendant who does treatment while on pretrial release at 365 days.Probation and Parole:Caps on Sanctions for Technical Violations and Absconding – Repeals the caps on the sanctions for technical violations (currently 3, 5, and 10 days for the first three violations respectively) and absconding (up to 30 days). Returns discretion to judges and the parole board to impose a sanction appropriate for the offender, the type of violation, and the underlying offense.Earned Compliance Credits –Reduces the accrual to 1/3 of their probation or parole time and prohibits sex offenders, unclassified offenders, those convicted of felony crimes against a person, and a domestic violence crime against a person from participating in the program.Early Termination Of Probation And Parole – Returns to a true recommendation of the probation or parole officer instead of a mandated recommendation after 1 or 2 years without violation.Discretionary Parole– requires that the board consider suitability for parole of a prisoner who is eligible for discretionary parole if the prisoner had no disciplinary action imposed during incarceration. However, if the prisoner did have disciplinary action imposed, they would then have to apply to be considered for discretionary parole. This returns discretion to the board for those whose behavior while incarcerated may indicate a danger to themselves or the public if released.Parole Eligibility – Returns to restricting what crimes are eligible for discretionary parole. Makes the following crimes ineligible:Non-sex class A felonies (Robbery 1, Assault 1, Arson 1, Escape 1, MIW 1)B felonies if the person had one or more prior felony convictions; ***except for manslaughterC felonies if the person had two or more prior felony convictions; andB and C sex felonies (Sexual Assault 2, Sexual Abuse of a Minor 2, Distribution of Child Pornography).Note:  Unclassified and class A sex felonies have always been ineligible for discretionary parole. Parole Release Presumptions – Returns discretion to the parole board by eliminating a presumption of release.Good Time For Electronic Monitoring – Eliminate reduction of sentence using good time calculation while on electronic monitoringFor more information about HB 49, click here:http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/31?Root=HB%20%2049last_img read more

Burn Suspension Lifted For The Kenai Peninsula

Burn Suspension Lifted For The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFor more information as things get update please visit KPBOEM.COM From NFD: “We want to thank everyone for their cooperation and support over the last couple weeks to keep our community safe from wildfires.” Residents are reminded that a high fire danger still exists in several areas of the peninsula and that fuels remain highly receptive to fire. Reminder that burn permits are still required for open burning to include burn barrels. Please call forestry or local fire department to confirm if it is a burn day. Original Post: The Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area Office has lifted the burn suspension for the Kenai Peninsula. According to a release, current and future weather has decreased fire danger in the area.center_img For the most current burn conditions call the Division of Forestry’s Kenai Kodiak Burn Permit Call In Line at 260-4269 or visit Forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Residents burning in areas near standing dead grasses or black spruce should take extra precautions, particularly in areas where winds are blowing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: The Nikiski Fire Service Area has lifted the campfire closure and in conjunction with Alaska State Forestry the burn suspension for the Kenai Peninsula has also been lifted.last_img read more

OBITUARY Emma C Perez Torres 90

OBITUARY Emma C Perez Torres 90

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Emma C. (Perez) Torres, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away on March 22, 2019 at the Winchester Hospital.Emma was the beloved wife of the late Fausto Torres, devoted mother of Fausto Torres & his wife Edith Herrera of Bronx, NY, Ricardo Torres & his wife Marisol of Queens, NY, Mario Torres & his wife Martha of Methuen Ma, Aurora Alves & her husband Candido of Yonkers, NY, Jannette Torres of Bronx, NY, Emma Torres & her husband Fernando Ayora of Tampa, FL, Gina Torres of Lawrence and Mabel Torres & her husband Cesar Montesinos of Woburn Ma.Emma was the loving grandmother “Abuelita” of Romyna, Cesar, Angelo, Jose, Angeline, Andrés, Andrea, Maria Fernanda, Michelle, Pamela, Denise, Katherine, Nadia, Aline, Chris, Nicol, Mical, Ricky, Samantha, Mia, Mathew, Jessica, Johana, and Joshua.Great-Grandma “Bis Abuela” of Nahyn, Valerya, Leonardo, Gabby, Connor, Jade, Nathaniel, Remi, Issaia, Joel, Giuliana, Luciana, Robert, Amy, Jonathan, Lauren, Victoria, Andrew, Christina, Mathew.Emma was the cherished daughter of the late Luis Perez and Aurora Escorza de Perez, dear sister of Matilde Perez de Pinto, Luis Perez, Hector Perez, and Manuel Perez. Emma is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Lovely Emma will be remembered as a simple yet strong and generous lady: she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, March 28th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 7:30 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody on Friday, March 29th at 12:00 noon.Emma C. (Perez) Torres(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Google Maps lets you pull up flight and hotel reservations on the

first_img Tech Industry Tags 0 Post a comment Share your voice Google Maps is adding new features for travelers.  Getty Google wants its Maps app to be about more than just getting directions. The search giant on Thursday announced a handful of new features aimed at helping people while they are planning trips and traveling. One new feature lets people pull up their travel reservations, like flight and hotel bookings, so they don’t have to leave the app while they’re navigating to a new destination. The tool works if you’re offline, so it’s available for travelers going to off-the-grid places. Another update lets people export a list of of restaurants and other places they’ve visited to share with friends. The changes come after Google shut down its travel management app Trips earlier this week but said it would integrate its features into the company’s other products.Google also said Thursday it’s expanding its augmented reality walking navigations, a feature that helps people find their way by using a phone’s camera and showing digital arrows on the screen. The feature, which has been in testing, is also getting a new name: Live View. It will be available on Android phones and iPhones that can support augmented reality graphics, in locations where Google Maps’ Street View is available. The new features are part of a push to make Maps a more useful hub of information. In June, for example, the company introduced new tools to help people during a crisis or natural disaster, like showing an earthquake’s epicenter or making it easier to navigate through a crisis zone. Google Maps has also been expanding its discovery tools. Earlier this year, the company said the Maps would highlight a menu’s most popular dishes and let people order food directly from the app. The features announced Thursday, though, also highlight just how much Google knows about its users. It can corral all your travel bookings in the app because it knows your plans from Gmail receipts and web history. The list of your favorite restaurants is generated if you’ve turned on your location history. The location history tool has drawn criticism in the past. Google faced blowback after the Associated Press reported last year that Google tracked people’s location even after they’d turned off location-sharing on their phones. Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Egypt hardline Islamist party heals rift for now

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The agreement between the rival camps came a day before a state committee was to mediate the dispute, in an apparent attempt to diffuse the threat to the party. The committee could have also ruled to suspend the party over the internal fighting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Hammad said Abdel-Ghafour held talks with party members on both sides of the divide and that they managed to forge an agreement after a meeting with the body of clerics.“Confidence was renewed in Abdel-Ghafour as party leader,” Hammad wrote in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “An agreement was reached on all the problems that surfaced recently.” A meeting of the party’s general assembly is scheduled for Thursday to select new leaders.Details of the agreement were not immediately available and it was not clear whether the issue of leadership has been settled for good. Hammad confirmed the statement to The Associated Press in a text message. But he insisted that Abdel-Ghafour will remain as party leader.Bakkar didn’t respond to phone calls. On his Twitter account, he wrote that Abdel-Ghafour will stay on as the head of Al-Nour and his challenger has agreed to step down. He also said he was reinstated as party spokesman, and said internal elections would take place as scheduled.It was not immediately clear whether he agreed that Abdel-Ghafour would remain in his post.Abdel-Ghafour is currently serving as an advisor to President Mohammed Morsi, of the Brotherhood. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories CAIRO (AP) – Leaders of Egypt’s largest ultraconservative Islamist party have put aside their differences, settling _ at least temporarily _ a leadership dispute that threatened to break up the country’s second-largest political bloc, spokesmen said Saturday.The Al-Nour Party emerged from nowhere following Egypt’s 2011 uprising to take 25 percent of the seats in last year’s parliamentary elections, trailing only the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s best-organized political force. But a schism erupted last month after some of Al-Nour’s political leaders tried to shake off the control of clerics. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona ErrorOK ErrorOK At the heart of the feud is who should control the party, a dispute that is symptomatic of Islamist politics as the ultraconservative movement struggles to reconcile democratic maneuvering with religious ideology.The issue has split Al-Nour into two rival camps, one of which is led by the party’s founder and chief, Emad Abdel-Ghafour, who advocates separating the party from the movement’s main clerical oversight board, the Salafi Call. Such a move would give Abdel-Ghafour and his political wing the ability to maneuver away from the edicts of the religious leaders.The second camp opposes splitting the party from the sheiks, and is closely linked to a heavyweight Salafi cleric, Yasser Borhami. Several prominent party figures are in this camp, including former spokesman Nader Bakkar, who was removed from his post by Abdel-Ghafour.As the internal party election began last month, the second camp put forward a rival candidate, Mustafa Khalifa, for the party’s top job. Abdel-Ghafour responded by suspending voting and accusing his rivals of forgery to pack party posts with their loyalists. This left the party split between two leaders.After a long meeting Friday night, Bakkar and spokesman Yousry Hammad of the original leadership said in separate statements that the party had mended the rifts and agreed to keep Abdel-Ghafour as leader.last_img read more

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