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first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — RCMP in northeastern British Columbia confirm they are investigating a double homicide involving two young travellers: one from Australia, the other from the United States.Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says in a news release that Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia and Chynna Deese, a U.S. woman, were found dead along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, south of the B.C.-Yukon boundary.Investigators are not saying how the pair died.An older blue minivan with Alberta plates was found at the scene.Police want to speak with anyone who may have seen the minivan or spoken with the couple between Sunday afternoon and 8 a.m. the next day.Investigators are also appealing for dashcam video from anyone who may have been travelling along the Alaska Highway, also known as Highway 97, last weekend.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMartin Bell, veteran BBC reporter and UNICEF UK ambassador, visited Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley where he witnessed first-hand the situation for Syrian children trying to rebuild their lives.MARTIN BELL MEETS REFUGEE CHILDREN Martin, who last reported from Lebanon in 1973 just before civil war broke out, saw how children have paid the heaviest price in this six-year war. Today, one in four people in the country is a refugee, the highest proportion per capita in the world.Inside Syria, suffering hit rock bottom last year in a drastic escalation of violence. With grave violations against children at their highest level on record, 2016 was the worst year for children in Syria. At least 652 children were killed – a 20 per cent increase from 2015.“Millions of Syrian children have known nothing but war, death and destruction their entire lives,” said Martin. “As the war drags on, negative coping mechanisms are on the rise and families are taking extreme measures just to survive, often pushing children into early marriage and child labour.”Martin made the journey to Lebanon with Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation and one of the agencies operating both in Syria and its neighbouring countries.During his visit to the Bekaa Valley, he witnessed how Unicef is supporting families that have fled Syria, providing them with safe drinking water, child protection services, education and healthcare. Many of the people he met fled Aleppo and Raqqa because of indiscriminant shelling and violence which tore families apart.Syrian families face many challenges in Lebanon; some are not able to send their children to school, refugees have not officially allowed to work (making them dependent on international aid), and children are being pushed into the workforce far too young, often in low paying and hazardous jobs or by begging.“One boy I met described how he fled from Raqqa six months ago with his mother and five brothers and sisters. His father had been taken away, murdered,” recalled Martin. “Right now, the world is facing an unprecedented refugee crisis and we must do more to protect the extraordinary number of children who have been torn from their homes by violent conflict,” he added.Ensuring all Syrian children have access to the education and protection they so rightly deserve is the first step on the journey to recovery and rebuilding childhood. After six years of war, nearly 6 million children now depend on humanitarian assistance, a twelve-fold increase from 2012. Millions of children have been displaced, some up to seven times. Over 2.3 million children are now living as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.On behalf of the children of Syria, Unicef is appealing to all parties to the conflict, those who have influence over them, the international community and anyone who cares about children for an immediate political solution to end the conflict in Syria and sustainable support for vulnerable children, regardless of their status.last_img read more

first_imgKETCHIKAN, Alaska — Ketchikan officials want to remove part of an underwater rock to expand the waterway’s safe navigable area for cruise ships docking at the city.The Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice Monday on the city’s application to reduce the rock’s height, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .The application calls for 25 to 50 blasts over a period of up to 50 days to remove about 15 vertical feet (4.5 metres) of rock in an area smaller than an acre (0.4 hectares).The city plans to conduct the blasting between November 2019 and March 2020 to “avoid and minimize impacts to both the city’s existing summer cruise season and the environment,” according to the notice.The rock pinnacle is situated about 1,000 feet (305 metres) west of the city’s second berth. The rock is about 320 feet (98 metres) long and about 150 feet (46 metres) at its widest point. It limits vessel navigation to the city’s first three berths during low tide and high wind conditions, the notice states.Reducing the pinnacle’s height to “will provide a more reliable ingress and egress for ships over a much wider range of wind and water level conditions and is important to improving conditions contributing to a safe, accessible and commercially viable existing navigation facility,” the notice states.An experienced contractor would conduct only one blast per day with the maximum weight of explosives set at 75 pounds (34 kilograms). The blasted rock would be dredged and hauled away, according to the document.The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment on the application through Dec. 26.“The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity and its intended use on the public interest,” the Corps said in the notice.___Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George RCMP received multiple 911 calls reporting a collision on Highway 97 approximately 10 kilometres north of Bear Lake between a commercial transport truck and a passenger vehicle on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at about 4:20 pm.According to the RCMP, upon arrival, it was determined that a southbound commercial transport truck and a northbound passenger vehicle with three occupants had collided head-on.  The driver of the transport truck was not injured.  The driver and one passenger in the vehicle died in the collision and the remaining person was transported by air ambulance to the hospital.At the time of the collision, the road and weather conditions were excellent.Prince George Regional Traffic Services (PGRTS), the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement officers and the BC Coroners’ Service continue to investigate the cause of the collision and nothing has been ruled out at this early stage.Anyone with information regarding this collision, including any dash camera video, is asked to call PGRTS in Prince George at 250-649-4004 and quote file 2019-400.No further information is available at this time.last_img read more

Rabat – Men and women, old and young, carrying Palestinian flags and chanting slogans,“ No to normalization of Zionism,” and “get out Macias.” Protesters gathered yesterday in front of Megarama, the movie theatre where Enrico Macias’ Valentine’s day concert was taking place. The Moroccan branch of Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, the global movement that promotes the Palestinian cause, organized the protest.The event witnessed speeches from protesters who read out evidence of Macias’ “unconditional loyalty” and “support for the Zionist regime,” describing the singer as a defender of the Israeli occupation in Palestine. The demonstrators mentioned that Macias pledged support for a number of Zionist entities in 2006. The same accusation had been levelled against the singer by the Moroccan Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (MACBI) which was the first to urge Moroccans to boycott Macias.Read Also: Moroccan Government Declines to Respond to Netanyahu Visit ‘Rumor’MACBI emphasized in a statement on January 13 that Macias is giving his “blood, sweat and tears” to the association Migdal, which supports the Israel border police. Protesters also referred to Macias’ reaction to boycott threats by Moroccans. They said that the singer “insulted Moroccans before he even arrived in Morocco.”Macias had said on the French Radio network RMC on February 1 that he did not care about the boycott threats.“My victory will be to go and perform in Casablanca … I am going and whomever wants to attend is welcome,” said Macias.Rejecting Macias, calling for criminalization of the “normalization” of Zionism, and condemning authorities’ decision to allow Macias’ concert, protesters said: “Casablanca is the city of activism against Zionism,” and “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.”Protesters also denounced the rumored visit of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Morocco. Despite the protest, the 80-year-old singer’s Valentine’s day concert went in normal conditions. read more

The Council’s President for the month of June, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, said in a press statement that members expressed satisfaction at the presentation to the National Assembly, by the Prime Minister, of a draft programme for implementing the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement. “They also welcomed the start of discussions between FANCI and Forces nouvelles on arrangements for disarmament,” Ambassador Lavrov said. “They called on the parties to continue to take the Linas-Marcoussis process forward, in particular by appointing Ministers for Defence, Interior and Women Affairs. They reaffirmed their full support for the Monitoring Committee and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.” Ambassador Lavrov noted that Council members were briefed on the visit made by the Monitoring Committee to the western part of Côte d’Ivoire on 26 May, and received an update by France on the activities of its troops. “They welcomed the successful implementation, in particular in the west, of the complete ceasefire reached on 3 May,” he said. “They renewed their appreciation for the support provided by French and ECOWAS forces in this operation, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1464 and 1479. They urged Member States to provide additional logistical and financial support to ECOWAS.” The Council President also noted that members stressed again their concern at the humanitarian situation in Côte d’Ivoire. “They expressed particular concern at the situation of Liberian refugees who had recently crossed the border into Côte d’Ivoire,” he said, adding that they called on Member States to respond to the appeal launched by UN agencies and urged the parties to respect human rights and international humanitarian law.“Members of the Council looked forward to the opportunity to emphasize these points directly to the Ivoirian parties during their mission to West Africa at the end of June, beginning of July,” Ambassador Lavrov said. Earlier Tuesday, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hédi Annabi, briefed Council members on the latest developments in Côte d’Ivoire and on progress made towards establishing the UN Mission there (MINUCI). read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice apprehend second suspect in botched robberyFebruary 1, 2017In “Crime”Bandit shot dead, accomplice injured; another on the runJune 6, 2015In “Crime”Ramnarine lauds foiling of robbery attemptMarch 20, 2017In “Crime” – but Police confirm he was fingered in several armed robberiesOne day after a bandit was shot and killed by a businessman during an attempted robbery at Houston, Greater Georgetown, his relatives are holding out that he was no thief.Gary Koster, 38, of Norton Street, Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was shot twice on Friday.It was reported that Koster, along with an accomplice on a black and grey CG motorcycle, CH 2167, had trailed a 48-year-old businessman of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara and attacked him, but in retaliation the businessman pulled out his licenced .32 Taurus revolver and discharged several rounds in the direction of the alleged bandits.The house belonging to the now dead manOne of the bullets struck Koster to his left-side temple and another to his neck, while his accomplice fled the scene on foot.At the home of the dead man, his mother, Desiree Koster-Dainty said she was at her home in Diamond, EBD, when she received a telephone call from her son’s wife, who informed her that he was shot and killed.She immediately rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where her son was taken only to find his motionless body lying on a stretcher.“I don’t know… all they tell me is some robbery and meh son was there, I don’t know what to say… I ain’t swearing, I don’t know because children is people and when they leave you, you don’t know what they would do… I don’t know,” she cried as she stood in front of her son’s house on Saturday. In the same breath, she said that her son was “no thief.”She however stated that her son, who is reportedly a vendor, was in the process of building his house. On this note, she explained that after the shooting incident, the man’s wife reportedly removed all the household items from the house.The aggrieved mother nevertheless called on the Police to investigate the shooting incident thoroughly.An aunt of the dead man said she last saw her nephew alive about a week ago when he visited her at her home. She described him as a “law-abiding citizen”.While at Norton Street, Bagotstown, an uncle who asked to remain anonymous recalled the now dead man leaving home at about 13:30h. At the time, the uncle was looking after a radiator, but as usual, Koster never says where he was going.While he could not vow for the deceased’s way of life, he noted that there are certain things he cannot comment on, but was sure that he lived a life to suit himself. The uncle also could not confirm if his nephew had any run-ins with the law.Meanwhile, the Police have confirmed that the now dead man was fingered in several armed robberies. At the scene on Friday, the Police retrieved one 9mm and three .32 spent shells. The one 9mm spent shell, Police disclosed, was fired from a gun the dead man’s accomplice was carrying.During the attempted robbery, the gunman dealt one blow to the businessman’s face, while at the same time discharging a round but the bullet missed its intended target. It was at this time, the businessman whipped out his firearm and fired three shots, with two hitting Koster who fell to the ground.The Police are hunting for the second bandit who escaped in the bushes through the Mc Doom area. read more

first_imgEpiroc’s BenchREMOTE operator station is now also available for the SmartROC T45 LF, SmartROC C50 and SmartROC CL rigs. This means great opportunities for customers who are already owners of these rigs, says Mattias Hjerpe, Product Manager at Epiroc. With the BenchREMOTE you can simultaneously remotely control up to three Epiroc Smart surface drill rigs from a distance of up to 100 m. “This enables operators to be highly productive without even having to enter a dangerous/hazard zone. The result is both a safer and a more effective mining operation.” BenchREMOTE increases productivity, it enhances safety and it provides the operator with better working conditions, says Hjerpe.“The fact that BenchREMOTE is also available for SmartROC T45 LF, SmartROC C50 and SmartROC CL is an important step for Epiroc – we know that our product is highly appreciated and it feels good that we could provide this updated version with the opportunities it offers for Epiroc customers,” says Hjerpe. BenchREMOTE is a remote operator station designed to control SmartROC rigs from Epiroc. Up to ten rigs can be pre-programmed into each station. The communication between the BenchREMOTE and remote rigs is ensured via closed and secured wireless network. The solution also supports Geofence for additional safety. The BenchREMOTE can be installed in a customer-supplied vehicle, trailer or in a container. As before, BenchREMOTE is also available for the SmartROC D50, SmartROC D55, SmartROC D60 and SmartROC D65 rigs.last_img read more

first_imgSYRIA HAS BANNED Turkish flights from its airspace, with Turkey making a similar tit-for-tat move, as regime forces counter-attacked rebels to regain territory lost in northern battlegrounds.The reprisal for Turkey confiscating a cargo of what Russia said was radar equipment being flown from Moscow to Damascus came despite a flurry of diplomacy intended to calm soaring tensions between the neighbours.Syria accuses Turkey of channelling arms from Gulf Arab states to the rebels fighting government troops, who have been under mounting pressure across large swathes of the north, including in second city Aleppo.The Syrian flight ban went into force from midnight local time (10pm Saturday, Irish time) “in accordance with the principle of reciprocity”, SANA state news agency said.Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said later that Ankara had already banned Syrian civilian flights from its airspace.“Yesterday (Saturday) we closed our airspace to Syrian civilian flights as we have previously done for Syrian military flights,” he said.“As we have established that civilian flights were being misused by the Syrian defence ministry to transport military material, we sent a note yesterday to the Syrian side,” Davutoglu said.Ankara has taken an increasingly strident line towards its southern neighbour since a shell fired from inside Syria killed five Turks on October 3.It has since repeatedly hit back for cross-border fire, prompting growing UN concern and a flurry of diplomatic contacts.- © AFP, 2012last_img read more

first_imgLG révèle une TV fine jusque dans son design et un dock iPod Airplay… cubique ! Seront notamment présentés au CES 2012, la Cinema 3D TV 55LM9600, une télévision sans bordure, et un dock iPod au design unique, capable de diffuser la musique via WiFi.  C’est le grand défi des constructeurs : réaliser des bordures toujours plus fines pour leurs TV HD, pour que l’image semble comme suspendue dans les airs. Celle-ci renforce l’impression par son pied, tout aussi peu épais ! Elle est bien entendue également ultra fine. Avec 55 pouces de diagonale, elle fera un sacré effet dans les salons ! Une version moins brillante, et surement moins ruineuse sera la LED Cinema 3D LM8600. L’idée est la même, mais il s’agit à priori seulement de LED, alors que la 55LM9600 est une Nano Full LED, la dernière technologie d’écran LG, pour une image plus lumineuse et plus lisse !Le plasma reste également en lice, avec la TV PM9700, 60 pouces de HD 3D qui bénéficie d’un atout supplémentaire, une « Magic Motion remote », une télécommande à pointeur comme celle de la Wii et de la Freebox Revolution !Le dock Airplay est le dernier des appareils LG à faire du bruit. Avec un son stéréo 2.1 et 80 watts de puissance, il se fait surtout remarquer par son design cubique chaotique. Il sera capable de streamer la musique dans tout votre appartement.Malheureusement, aucun progrès du côté du génie génétique pour que nos oreilles puissent écouter la TV 55LM9600 et le dock Airplay simultanément.Le 14 novembre 2011 à 11:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe Bonneville Power Administration’s new regional maintenance headquarters at its Ross Complex in the Minnehaha neighborhood is taking shape and well on its way to completion.The $20 million investment consolidates five service crews from four locations and their equipment into one location on the roughly 270-acre Ross Complex. BPA officials say the consolidation will enable crews to more quickly respond to power grid issues between Cascade Locks, Ore., and Astoria, Ore.“We predict it’ll save about an hour with guys all being in one place,” said Brad Wright, BPA facility planning project manager.It’ll also benefit the surrounding homeowners by taking maintenance trucks and personnel traffic off 10th Avenue by creating one entrance with a dedicated turn lane on Northeast Minnehaha Street that will lead into the facility.Earlier this year, a berm between the complex and Minnehaha was removed along with several trees. By the time the project is complete, the edge of the property will be revegetated with about 25 trees along the street to shield the project.Additionally, an existing entrance off Minnehaha Street near Northeast St. James Road will be improved for better security and vehicle access.The maintenance headquarters will have two new facilities built on-site, one for personnel and the other for trucks and other equipment. The buildings will be equipped with solar panels that will create as much energy on site as they will consume. Behind them will be an area where transmission, substation and communications crews can stage equipment and materials they’ll need before heading out to a location.last_img read more

De Bruyne We must be ready for Chelsea

first_imgKevin De Bruyne believes Carabao Cup final success on Sunday will spur Manchester City on for the rest of the campaign but warned against complacency.The League Cup has proved to be a good omen for City as they have gone on to win the Premier League twice after securing the trophy both in 2014 and 2018.And De Bruyne says it crucial to keep fighting on four fronts for as long as possible.“We have the first final on Sunday and, of course, it’s the first title you can win,” he told the club website.“We’ve won it three times in the last six years I think it’s always nice to win it.“Out of the four titles we are trying for, we know it is considered the lesser of the four, but we don’t think like that – it’s one of only four trophies you can win, and we want to win it.“Plus, it always helps to win something. If at the end of the year you win something you can say that.“You always want to win the big ones, but if you don’t win the big ones then at least you have something to show for it in an OK season.De Bruyne equally hinted on Liverpool’s challenge this season suggesting the title will be too close to call this season.“We are in a good position in the league. Obviously, we want to be champions again and we are still there which means we have been busy, and we are doing well.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The standards we set last year were so high and have never been done before so to repeat that it’s almost impossible.“We only lost 13 points in 38 games which is unbelievable and now Liverpool are probably at the same pace that we were last year, and we are a little bit below that.”.@21LVA weaving some Wembley magic!🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/K5zW7RthXT— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 23, 2019De Bruyne will face his former club Chelsea in a Wembley final for the first time on Sunday.He has respect for his former employers and says the 6-0 win at the Etihad a fortnight ago won’t matter when the teams walk out at Wembley.“We need to be on top of our game because if we are not on top it is a game we can lose easily.“They have a very good squad and the quality and difference is minimal so everybody on the day will have to be on top form.”last_img read more

first_imgThank YOU, KUSI for calling a BULLY a BULLY! SomeONE in the MEDIA GETS IT!Please add that she is a paid Pharma Shill and Baffoon! “Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez insults and humiliates Californians concerned about ‘mandated vaccines’ “ https://t.co/qRn58Ae3sE— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom July 22, 2019 In a California State Assembly hearing on SB 276, Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez insulted and humiliated members of the public who were in attendance to voice their concern on the immunization bill.Actor Rob Schneider then called out Lorena for this behavior on Twitter writing, “How do the good people of San Diego vote for this DESPICABLE & RUDE “Servant of the People?” Please CALL CAL Assemblywoman ⁦@LorenaSGonzalez⁩ & remind her this is not the SOVIET UNION & YOU ARE NOT THE CZAR OF CALI! 619-338-8090 or tel:(916)319-2080″ with the above video.Gonzalez is a supporter of SB 276, the bill would instead require the State Department of Public Health, by January 1, 2021, to develop and make available for use by licensed physicians and surgeons an electronic, standardized, statewide medical exemption request that would be transmitted using the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), and which, commencing January 1, 2021, would be the only documentation of a medical exemption that a governing authority may accept.Schneider continues to tweet out his complaints with the California “Super Majority” and what they are able to.Schneider has dozens of tweets criticizing Assemblywoman Gonzalez and her husband, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. You can look through them here: twitter.com/RobSchneider pic.twitter.com/VPXAwt6Xlw— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 18, 2019 Posted: July 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Hey⁦@LorenaSGonzalez⁩ ur not ur usual combative deflecting self. Can’t you just accuse @KUSInews of being Anti-Vaxxer,orAnti-Woman,Anti-LatinA? Or maybe they are just a news org that is calling you out on ur Despicable UnAmerican Authoritarianism. https://t.co/qRn58Ae3sE— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 23, 2019center_img Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez insults and humiliates Californians concerned about ‘mandated vaccines’ 1/3This is the PEOPLE’S HOUSE!Thank YOU for ALL your Direct Messages & Photos & emails exposing the shenanigans and corruption in the Cal State Legislature in Sacramento.I will be vetting them & releasing them starting with Members on the Appropriations Committee.#NoOnSB276 pic.twitter.com/rzQ7h5dsSt— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 19, 2019 3/3The State of California Cannot Practice Medicine! The absurd idea that some bureaucrat in Sacramento is going to make what could be a LIFE OR DEATH decision over the health of a child THEY’VE NEVER MET WITH ZERO LIABILITY is nothing short of MEDICAL TOTALITARIANISM#NoOnSB276 pic.twitter.com/hWLqYj02n9— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 19, 2019The full  26-minute video of the Assembly Appropriations Hearing on SB 276 is below. 2/3By early next week we will have a web site dedicated to collecting and receiving ANONYMOUS tips and SUBMISSIONS EXPOSING GOVERNMENT MALFEASANCE of our state Legislators.Sunshine is the best disinfectant. We want an open and transparent GOV for the PEOPLECAL VOTERS DON’T PLAY pic.twitter.com/2mVbwlmIdS— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 19, 2019 Updated: 11:33 AM Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Lorena Gonzalez FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cabinet gives goahead to Digital Security Bill

first_imgCabinet gives go-ahead to Digital Security Bill. Prothom alo illustrationThe cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of the Digital Security Bill, 2018.The approval came at the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports UNB.According to the proposed Digital Security Act, once the draft act will come into effect, the much-criticised section 57 of the ICT act and four other sections – 54, 55, 56, and 66 – will stand abolished.But for all practical purposes, the Section 57 is not going to be abolished as the “crimes” defined by the much-criticised Section 57 of the ICT act is being kept in the Digital Security Act in one way or the other.The draft of the Digital Security Act shows that the crimes as defined by the Section 57 has been divided and kept separately in four sections of the Digital Security Act.Following the meeting, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed newsmen at the secretariat.“In the draft law, sections 54, 55, 56, 57 and 66 have been revoked,” he said.The secretary, however, said that the cases already filed under the section 57 of the ICT Act will continue.According to the proposed law, anyone spreading negative propaganda against the Liberation War or Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, using digital devices, will risk being sentenced.If anyone illegally enters any critical information infrastructure, he or she will be sentenced to maximum 7 years’ imprisonment or be fined by Tk 25 lakh or by both.last_img read more

Next To A Shelter Holding Immigrant Children Churchs Congregants Defend Family Separations

first_img Share Reynaldo Leal for The Texas TribuneThe Lighthouse Fellowship church in Harlingen.It felt like any other Sunday.A line of congregants filed into church, flipping through hymnbooks and chatting with friends in the pews. On a stage decorated with stars and stripes, a pianist provided musical accompaniment to the congregants’ favorite songs: “Amazing Grace,” “His Name is Wonderful,” “God Bless America.”But in one key respect, the Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Harlingen is no ordinary house of worship.At a time when faith leaders across the country are condemning the separation of children and parents who entered the U.S. illegally, Lighthouse has an unusual perspective on the conflict. Its chapel is just yards from one of the largest shelters licensed in Texas to house unaccompanied immigrant minors and children taken from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.After splitting from another local congregation over a personnel dispute 18 months ago, leaders of the nondenominational church started a new religious community in a small red-brick chapel owned by the Valley Baptist Missions Education Center, which also leases an adjacent set of buildings to BCFS Health and Human Services, the company that oversees the immigrant holding facility. On Sunday, around 40 congregants sang along to popular hymns and dropped spare change into a collection bag. Despite their front-row seat to the immigration conflict, the Harlingen churchgoers, who are predominantly white, seem no more engaged with the political debate over the border than anyone else in the United States. The topic of immigration never came up during the hour-long service, even when one congregant stood up to lament the problems he believes bedevil the country, including political polarization and a lack of respect for the elderly. However, in interviews before the service, several congregants said they are fervent supporters of President Donald Trump, whose crackdown on illegal immigration led to the recent family separations. And in stark contrast with the criticism that Trump’s immigration policies have received in some corners of the Christian community, a number of parishioners said the president was right to split up families who entered the country illegally.“If you break the laws, there are consequences,” said church pianist Doug Cox, 66, who led this week’s service while the regular pastor recovered from the flu. “If someone slips into my home uninvited, they are guilty and going to jail.”“Right now, the government does not have the facilities to hold a family together,” added Bob Knight, 87. “So what can they do?”In early June, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited a Bible passage to justify the crackdown at the southern border, which caused more than 2,000 children to be separated from their parents before Trump ended the practice a week later. Sessions’ words sparked a backlash from Christian leaders, who said the zero tolerance policy conflicted with their commitment to family values.In Richardson, the Arapaho United Methodist Church put up a road sign saying, “Please don’t use scripture to justify policies that harm families.” And in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last month, Rev. Franklin Graham, a son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, called the family separations “disgraceful” and “terrible.”But not all religious communities have embraced that view. “One of the things we’re seeing is that lots of different Christian denominations are responding to this in really different ways,” said Sara Ronis, a theology professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. “It’s much more complicated than saying people who are religious feel one way or another.”Craig Mitchell, a Greyhound bus driver who attended Sunday’s Lighthouse service, said he often picks up immigrants wearing ankle monitors at bus stations in Brownsville and McAllen. He compared undocumented parents who object to being separated from their children to someone who robs a 7-Eleven and expects to bring his family with him to prison.“To see some of the people, you wonder if they’re actually their kids, because the kids look scared,” said Mitchell, 45. “They don’t know their names too well.”It is not clear whether the Harlingen shelter — the largest of six such facilities that BCFS runs in Texas — houses children who were separated from their parents at the border. The Texas Department of State Health Services keeps track of the number of immigrant minors held at each licensed facility. But those totals do not differentiate between children who crossed the border unaccompanied and minors the government separated from their parents as part of the zero tolerance policy.Regardless, the number of unaccompanied immigrant children in the Harlingen center has more than doubled since the zero tolerance policy went into effect in early April. In mid-March, the facility housed 277 children. By June 21, the date of the most recent count, that total had risen to 581, making the Harlingen campus the second-largest operation of its kind in Texas, behind Southwest Key’s facility in Brownsville.Some of the shelters in Texas that house immigrant children are surrounded by fences and security guards. But on Thursday morning, a Texas Tribune reporter initially walked unchallenged into the central administrative building on the BCFS campus, where children with wristbands and water bottles were lined up in the hallway. After two minutes, a BCFS official instructed the reporter to leave, referring questions to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the facilities that house unaccompanied migrant children. An HHS spokesman said the department could provide only the total number of children housed at all its approved facilities across the country, which currently stands at 11,800.The BCFS shelter in Harlingen has a history of health and safety violations, according to state records. Earlier this year, children at the facility complained of raw and undercooked food. And in 2016, two staff members reported that other employees had struck up “inappropriate relationships” with children in their care. But the churchgoers at Lighthouse say they have had only positive experiences with their next-door neighbors. One congregant, Peggy Reeves, noting that the shelter building used to house a school, said she has seen children at the facility playing soccer and basketball outside. “It’s wonderful that they’re taking care of them,” said Dovie Dyer, 84, who has attended services at Lighthouse since its establishment. “It’s a wonderful facility.”Cox, the pastor for the day, opened his sermon with verses from Philippians and Chronicles, reminding parishioners that as long as they pray, God “will heal their land.” In recent weeks, the Lighthouse congregation has mourned the death of the church’s founder and lead pastor, Rev. Gene Horton, who suffered a heart attack last month. As Cox finished his sermon, he implored the congregants to put their trust in God, even in the face of sorrow.Then he asked them to pray for their country. “The hate needs to be changed to love,” he said. “You can’t love God and hate your neighbor.” The service concluded with the morning’s second rendition of “God Bless America.”Disclosure: St. Mary’s University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

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first_img Citation: ECOtality Inc. and car2go team up to bring charging infrastructure to San Diego (2011, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-ecotality-car2go-team-infrastructure-san.html The program, which is being put into place in the San Diego metropolitan area, will consist of a fleet of about 300 smart fortwo electric drive vehicles, making it the largest single fleet of electric vehicles in the United States to date. There are expected to be roughly 1000 charging stations deployed in the metro area as part of the project. Jonathan Read, the CEO of ECOtality, had this to say about the project, “Innovative car-sharing programs like car2go’s service are pivotal to encouraging the mainstream adoption of electric vehicles. As we deploy approximately 1,000 Blink charging stations in the San Diego region as part of The EV Project, we are creating the robust public infrastructure necessary for car2go’s program to succeed. Together, we will show that EVs are a perfect fit for the lifestyle of San Diego drivers.”The project is expected to begin late in 2011. Data collected from this first city will be used to understand how consumers use electric vehicles and better understand charging patterns. This data will be used in the roll out of a larger scale program. At an undisclosed point in the future ECOtality hopes to be able to put out a network of 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities in the United States. The project is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Coulomb Technologies to install 4,600 electric vehicle charging stations © 2010 PhysOrg.com ECOtality Inc., a company that works on clean electric transportation and storage technologies, has announced the formation of a partnership with car2go, a car sharing service that is a subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation. The two companies will be developing a system that will provide a large-scale electric vehicle-charging infrastructure that will be designed to support the first 100-percent electric car-sharing program in North America.last_img read more

first_imgHe said Du Toit recruited supporters from among hardline white Afrikaners for his far-right `”Boeremag,” or Boer Force.Another 21 members were charged with treason in a trial that has dragged on over nine years. Sentencing is expected next month. They all face life imprisonment. South Africa has no death penalty.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A South African Supreme Court judge has ruled the leader of a small, white extremist organization is guilty of treason in a 1990s plot to violently overthrow the country’s African National Congress government.Judge Eben Jordaan on Thursday described South African Mike du Toit, a former teacher at a segregated apartheid-era university, as the `’main role player” in a thwarted “war plan” to stage bomb attacks and kill former President Nelson Mandela. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   last_img

first_imgAP Business WriterYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Alisher Ali knew on the morning of his second day in Myanmar that the long-closed country was a risk worth taking. Less than two months later he moved his wife and four children to crumbling, tree-lined Yangon and opened Myanmar’s first-ever investment bank with $1 million of his own money.This places him in sparse company. While many chatter about the economic potential of one of the world’s last frontier markets, very few foreigners have actually set up shop. The first thing Ali had to do was explain to people in Myanmar, including some of his new employees, what an investment bank is. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “My task is to make him understand this dramatic change, because here is a country of tremendous opportunity,” Khasanov said.Khine Zyn Tha, 25, returned to Yangon after studying accounting in New Zealand and became Mandalay Capital’s first research analyst.She has no investment banking experience, but did manage to explain to her parents what an investment bank is.“I had to explain it’s not a bank bank,” she said. “It involves finance. There are investors who would like to invest and there are people who need funds to develop their business. We are the intermediaries.”She wanted to stay in New Zealand _ the good medical care and ability to get a mortgage, an impossibility in Myanmar, were deeply tempting _ but had to return for family reasons. At first she was unhappy, discouraged by the lackluster professional standards of the local auditing firm where she worked.“I wanted to become a professional,” she said. “I have a huge appetite for higher education. If I go to Bangkok and I see my peers from other countries, if I can’t speak at the same intellectual level as them, I feel inferior.”Now that the world is coming to Myanmar, Khine Zyn Tha’s ambition is finding a new outlet. With each passing day, the possibility that this opportunity will be curtailed strikes her as ever more remote. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   “We’ve already tasted freedom,” she said. “They cannot take it back.”—-Follow Erika Kinetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ekinetz Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Marat Utegenov, executive director of Mongolia Development Resources, a property developer based in Ulan Bator, is one of Mandalay Capital’s first clients. Utegenov wants Mandalay to help him find and structure real estate deals in Myanmar, where foreigners need a local partner, or nominee, to own property, he said.“If we wait until the rules are in place and I can legally buy property without nominees, I will have to give up a sizeable amount of profit because prices will be different,” said Utegenov, who is planning an initial investment of around $5 million.Oil and gas and mining account for 99 percent of foreign investment into Myanmar’s $52 billion economy. But Mandalay Capital is staying away from extractive industries, in favor of fast-growing sectors more likely to be free of cronyism, corruption and political baggage, like information technology, telecom services, media, education, health care, real estate and financial services. Ali said he’s targeting a rising generation of local entrepreneurs, rather than cultivating relationships with established crony businessmen.Htet Nyi is one of Mandalay Capital’s first local clients. The son of a clinical psychologist and a doctor, Htet Nyi started Myanmar Finance Co., a trading company, 17 years ago. He launched a business specializing in small loans for the poor in March and is now in talks with foreign companies about setting up a joint venture or raising capital to grow the microfinance business. “So far I’m financing it from my own pocket,” he said. The only funding he can get now is a local bank loan at 14 percent interest a year, down from 18 percent last year, he said. Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img “It’s an enormous bet,” he said. “Over the last 20 years, you don’t have any precedent where an economy of 65 million people is joining the global economy.”Ali sees his investment bank, Mandalay Capital, as a bridge between foreign investors keen to find their way into Myanmar and local companies that need capital and guidance. The business is modeled on Eurasia Capital, a boutique investment bank in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, which has attracted loyal clients and a raft of awards since Ali founded it in 2008. Ali, who was born in Uzbekistan and educated at Columbia and Oxford universities, has also raised $25 million for Myanmar’s first dedicated investment fund, which closed its fundraising last month.Many things are missing in Myanmar. There is no local equivalent of a Securities and Exchange Commission that might grant Ali a license. There is not even a provision for an investment bank in Myanmar’s existing financial services law, according to Sean Turnell, an economist at Australia’s Macquarie University. A much debated foreign investment law was recently sent back to Parliament for further modification.Such deficiencies scare off some people, particularly Westerners who tend to seek safety in the letter of the law. But to others, like Ali and his investors and clients from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and Uzbekistan, they look like opportunities. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mandalay Capital’s five employees work from a bungalow in a residential neighborhood, rather than an office. Yangon has just 63,000 square meters (678,126 square feet) of office space _ that’s less than half as much as in a single skyscraper, Empire Tower in Bangkok, according to Colliers International, a real estate company. With such limited supply and rising demand, prices have shot up.“The landlords demand rates that don’t exist anywhere besides Singapore,” Ali said. Rather than pay $150,000 a year for a small office, he rented a bigger house for a sixth the cost in Yangon’s coveted Golden Valley neighborhood.Ali said the biggest challenge has been finding the right people to hire. The local education system withered under military rule and Mandalay Capital has found it difficult to convince Myanmar nationals educated and living abroad to return to the country.Alyor Khasanov, head of human resources at Silk Road Finance, Mandalay Capital’s parent company, said he has been trying to convince a Myanmar expat that his career opportunities in Papua New Guinea pale in comparison to what Myanmar has to offer, but it’s been tough to overcome the man’s skepticism. Sponsored Stories Decades of isolation have left Myanmar with a weak education system, feeble banks, questionable courts, uneven electricity supply, entrenched corruption and an underdeveloped mobile phone network. In the last two years, sweeping political change has resulted in the release of hundreds of political prisoners, the election of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to Parliament, and the lifting of most U.S. and European sanctions.Today, the Southeast Asian country’s bureaucracy is scrambling to keep pace with multiple transitions, from socialism to capitalism, dictatorship to democracy, and conflict to peace. The legal environment for investors remains murky, and beneath the flurry of reforms, many feel a tug of doubt: Will this change endure? Have the country’s military rulers, under the leadership of reformist president Thein Sein, really surrendered the power they grasped with such violent fervor for nearly 50 years?These things don’t bother Ali.Looking at the early sun on Yangon’s Inya Lake from a hotel balcony on his second day in Myanmar, Ali saw a country with enormous untapped potential, a bit like Mongolia _ where he made his name and his money _ only with 20 times more people and in a better location. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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