Have Lunch With Julia Roberts And Support GLSEN

first_imgGLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, has unveiled its Charitybuzz online auction offering a private lunch with Academy/Golden Globe Award-winning actress Julia Roberts, walk-on roles on HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Modern Family & General Hospital, tickets to the Los Angeles Premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and after party, and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences.Auction bids will be accepted online until October 30 at www.charitybuzz.com/glsen.The auction is held in conjuction with GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles, which took place Friday, October 18 at The Beverly HIlls Hotel. GLSEN honored leading global, award-winning entertainment company Lionsgate (Chairman’s Award); Emmy/Golden Globe Award-winning producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Lifetime Achievement Award); Emmy/Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jim Parsons and partner Todd Spiewak (Inspiration Award); and 11th-grade student Laila Al-Shamma of Carlsbad, California (2013 Student Advocate of the Year). Openly gay singer, songwriter and YouTube sensation Steve Grand performed his hit single “All American Boy,” and members of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed John Burroughs High School Show Choir opened the show singing a song written by Academy Award-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford.Scandal star Kerry Washington and openly gay LA Galaxy Soccer star Robbie Rogers were Honorary Co-chairs of the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles.“Our online auction continues to generat an incredible amount of attention and support for our work to ensure every LGBT student receives a quality education free from the devastating effects of bullying,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to have partners that make these successful auctions possible for our supporters to bid on exciting and priceless moments that allow us to ensure our transformative work reaches every school in this country.”GLSEN is proud to offer an exceptional slate of experiences to bid on at www.charitybuzz.com/glsen. This year’s opportunities include: • Lunch with Academy/Golden Globe Award-winning actress Julia Roberts and Fandango’s Dave Karger at the exclusive Soho House West Hollywood • 2 tickets to the Los Angeles Premiere and After Party for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire • 2 tickets to the 2014 Oscar Party in West Hollywood hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish • Make your TV debut in a Modern Family walk-on role • Enjoy an extra role in the final season of True Blood • Saving Mr. Bank’s pre-release private screening for 25 at the HIstoric Disney Lot. • Tour the Radio Disney Studios, sit-in on a live broadcast and meet a Radio Disney star at a “Take Over” • Enjoy a walk-on role on ABC’s General Hospital • 2 VIP passes to the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado on January 23-26 • 4 tickets to the Season 17 finale of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on November 26 in Los Angeles • 4 tickets to the Radio Disney Music Awards with Pre-Show Celebrity Lounge and After Party access on April 26 in Los Angeles • Behind-the-scenes tour and lunch for 2 at KABC7 Los Angeles • Audition in Los Angeles with April Webster, Casting Director of Star Trek Into Darkness • Fine art dog photography session with award-winning photographer Jesse FreidinThe GLSEN Respect Awards held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.last_img read more

The Chainsmokers And Los Angeles Youth Network Announce Partnership

first_imgLos Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) is proud to announce a new partnership from the Grammy Award winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers.The donation will help fund LAYN’s services for homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles. The donation will help in the vital services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, education and job development, health and wellness, and aftercare program.“The issues facing the youth served by LAYN are not insurmountable and we knew we could help,” said Taggart. “These homeless, runaway and foster youth are bright, intelligent and have determination to achieve their goals and LAYN is there alongside them to motivate and inspire them,” Taggart added. “The issues facing these youth seem daunting, but we are happy to support this cause and LAYN in its mission to create permanent solutions for these young people.”“We are honored that Alex and Andrew chose LAYN as their charity of choice,” said Mark Supper, CEO and President of Los Angeles Youth Network. “Partnerships like this, play a critical role in driving momentum and fueling community awareness, and support. This donation and their partnership will make a significant impact on the lives of the homeless and foster youth we serve.”Annually, LAYN houses over 500 youth and provides more than 16,000 bed nights and 97,000 meals, to youth 12-21 years old. For youth whose histories of trauma have driven them to the streets or placed them in the foster care system, LAYN is there to help and support them. Beyond the basics of shelter, food, and clothing, LAYN gives youth the tools and mindset they need to imagine positive futures. LAYN empowers each youth to realize their academic potential, to identify their career aspirations, and advocate for themselves.last_img read more

Australian trader pleads guilty to spoofing in Chicago

first_imgCHICAGO — An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars and cancelling them within milliseconds to sell smaller orders at a profit.Jiongsheng “Jim” Zhao pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of spoofing. Prosecutors say the 31-year-old executed trades on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange online from Sydney.His arrest in January was part of what the U.S. Justice Department said at the time was part of “the largest futures-market criminal enforcement action” in department history. At least seven others were charged around the same time.Zhao’s Chicago lawyer, Theodore Poulos, told the judge his client made just $21,000 from the illegal trades. He said he and prosecutors would recommend a one-year prison sentence. Sentencing is July 19.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bosnia needs continued support amid political impasse Security Council told

Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the 15-member body that the impasse resulted from two confusions. The first was the confusion in the Republika Srpska over its own nature and that of the State as a whole, while the other was confusion in both entities over the proper focus and functioning of politics and the State as a system. The Republika Srpska leadership had failed to grasp that State and entity authorities had separate and clearly defined mandates, and each must work without interference from the other, said the High Representative. At the same time, a number of political leaders in the Federation advocated an unbalanced, larger role for the State, which also impeded progress.He commended the Security Council for its decision last week to approve the extension of the mandate of the European Union stabilization force (EUFOR) entrusted with ensuring continued compliance by all sides in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the ethnic war there.He noted that the Council’s action served as a guarantee to citizens that the international community would not tolerate the possibility of a return to violence. “The country is now at a crossroads and the political leaders will now need to decide whether they are ready to fulfil the necessary conditions which would help them move forward on Euro-Atlantic integration and whether they are ready to address the conditions needed for the closure of the Office of the High Representative,” he said. “Let us remember that Bosnians and Herzegovinians have shown resilience, creativity and fortitude in the past. With their help I know that we can end the present impasse and move ahead.” 23 November 2009Bosnia and Herzegovina needs continued international support in its bid for Euro-Atlantic integration, despite the political impasse it is currently facing, the United Nations Security Council was told today. read more

At Commonwealth meeting Ban drums up momentum for climate change summit

Mr. Ban, who has repeatedly called climate change and its attendant consequences of increased droughts, floods, rising seas and more violent storms “the defining challenge of our era,” will urge the leaders of the 53-member Commonwealth to attend the summit, confident that strong momentum is building for a framework that can be moulded into a legally binding climate treaty as early as possible in 2010. Yesterday he welcomed the announcement that United States President Barack Obama will go to Copenhagen as yet another sign of the gathering momentum. Over the next two days in Port of Spain, Mr. Ban will urge the Commonwealth leaders to stay focused and committed to reach an agreement “that is ambitious, equitable, and satisfies the demands of science,” spokesperson Farhan Haq told a news briefing in New York yesterday.“The world cannot afford to fail in Copenhagen because the costs are simply too great, the Secretary-General will urge the leaders. Failure to seal a deal could result in increased human suffering, higher economic losses, opportunities squandered in terms of productivity, global competitiveness and political stability,” Mr. Haq added.For more than a year, Mr. Ban has let barely a speech go by without calling on world leaders to face up to the challenge of forging a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which set limits on global warming greenhouse gases for industrialized nations and whose first commitment period expires in 2012. The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer, told reporters last week that President Obama’s presence in the Danish capital “would make a huge difference.”He added today that the US commitment to specific, mid-term emission cut targets and China’s commitment to specific action on energy efficiency can “unlock two of the last doors” to a comprehensive agreement. “Let there be no doubt that we need continued strong ambition and leadership,” he stated. “In particular, we still await clarity from industrialised nations on the provision of large-scale finance to developing countries for immediate and long-term climate action.”In addition to commitments on financing, Mr. de Boer has cited individualized targets “in black and white” by industrialized States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and a list of actions by developing nations, as the main points that must come out of Copenhagen.Originally it had been hoped to produce the legally binding treaty in Copenhagen but persistent differences in pre-summit talks on these issues pushed back the timeframe and Mr. de Boer now hopes a formal treaty will follow within six months. 26 November 2009On the final lap of the years-long marathon to the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen next month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes his call for urgent action to a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, the last global gathering before the summit. read more

The Latest Pound slides as investors watch Brexit showdown

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10 a.m.Mounting concern among international investors about Brexit has pushed the pound to its lowest level since a “flash crash” it endured in October 2016, when uncertainty after the Brexit vote was particularly high.The currency fell as low as $1.1960 on Tuesday, down about a cent on the day before stabilizing around $1.1990. Not counting the brief slide in the autumn of 2016, in which the currency fell around 6% in a matter of minutes before recovering, the pound is now at its lowest level since 1985.Brexit is facing a crucial few days as lawmakers challenge Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence that the U.K. will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 even without a deal.Parliament is returning from its summer recess Tuesday with a key piece of legislation on its agenda that would prevent an immediate no-deal exit. If it passes, Johnson’s Downing Street office says he’ll call an early election, with uncertain consequences.___8:50 a.m.Opposition parties are challenging Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence that the U.K. will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 even without a deal, setting up a pivotal day in British politics.Parliament is returning from its summer recess Tuesday with a key piece of legislation on its agenda that would prevent an immediate no-deal exit. If it passes, Johnson’s Downing Street office says he’ll call an early election.A no-deal Brexit is considered dangerous because it will sever decades of seamless trade with the single market of 500 million, but Johnson insists the potential for leaving without a deal must remain as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the EU.The bloc is adamant it will not renegotiate the agreement struck with former Prime Minister Theresa May, which Johnson considers unacceptable.The Associated Press read more

Ethiopian and Eritrea peace process still at a critical stage Annan

The Ethiopian-Eritrean peace process continues to be at a critical stage and lasting peace cannot be based on temporary arrangements, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.In his latest progress report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Mr. Annan says, “in general the parties cooperate well with UNMEE and respect the integrity of the Temporary Security Zone. Their efforts in this connection are highly welcome and are essential to maintaining short-term stability in the region.”“However, lasting peace cannot be built on the basis of temporary arrangements,” the Secretary-General continues. “In the absence of significant forward movement, precious momentum could be lost and prove difficult to regain, which in turn could impact on the longer-term goals of reconstruction and development.”Lasting peace requires the expeditious demarcation of the border and a relationship between the parties that enables them to address problems through peaceful discourse, Mr. Annan states.“The absence of political contacts between the two countries since the negotiation of the Algiers Agreements has undoubtedly hindered the normalization of bilateral relations – a vital element of any peace process,” he notes.Mr. Annan stresses that while the international community has repeatedly affirmed its readiness to support the parties on the road to peace “nothing will be more important than the commitment of the parties themselves.” “Since the terrible suffering of war ended three years ago, the Governments and people of the two countries have invested heavily in peace. It is crucial they take the remaining steps required to benefit fully form the yields of that investment,” he says encouraging cooperation and interaction between Ethiopia and Eritrea. read more

Honduras UN experts concerned at detention police powers in justice system

Government officials assured the experts they were aware of the problems and committed to continuing and strengthening the reform process, Group Chairperson Leila Zerrougui, an Algerian judge, told a news conference in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, at the end of as visit to the Central American country.“The Working Group is encouraged by these assurances and hopes that the Government will be able to address some of the concerns expressed already before it adopts its final report on the visit at the beginning of September,” Ms. Zerrougui said. The Group, whose other member was Spanish judge Manuela Carmena Castrillo, noted that the new criminal procedure code, which entered into force in 2002, had resulted without any doubt in greater transparency of judicial proceedings and a reduction of the delays in the administration of justice.The share of prisoners held without sentence, which in 2002 amounted to 92 per cent, has shrunk to approximately 62 per cent by March.But the experts expressed concern with regard to the discrimination to which at least 1,800 persons in remand detention under the old criminal procedure code are subjected. They have been deprived of their freedom without being found guilty of a crime for at least four years – and in some cases more than 10 years.Among the pre-trial detainees held under the old criminal procedure are persons who were acquitted by the first instance court but continue to be detained because the prosecution has appealed the acquittal. “Their detention is doubly arbitrary,” the experts concluded.The Group also noted that prosecutors exercise only weak control over the investigative police. As the police also run the prison system, they exercise physical control over all persons in detention at all stages, and not only during the first 24 hours while they are in the holding cells of police stations.The experts voiced concerns over the Government’s strategy to fight the violent youth gangs, citing its apparent nearly exclusive reliance on repression and marginalization, as well as occasionally on unlawful means, while making no efforts to try to reintegrate into society the thousands of adolescents and young adults belonging to these groups. read more

Strautmane has 17 No 15 Orange women bury Eastern Shore

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Digna Strautmane led five players in double figures with 17 points and No. 15 Syracuse hit a season-high 16 3-pointers to cruise to a 96-51 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday night.Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (8-2). Strautmane matched her career-high with five 3s.Maryland-Eastern Shore surprised the Orange in the first quarter, shooting 53 per cent and taking a 24-21 lead. Amanda Carney had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Strautmane had nine points, matching her season high with three treys.Syracuse opened the second quarter with a 16-2 run and made five shots from distance in outscoring Maryland-Eastern Shore 31-7.The Orange had a 22-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.Miranda Drummond had five 3s and 15 points.Carney finished with 13 points for the Lady Hawks (2-6), who ended up shooting 36 per cent after their hot start.The Associated Press read more

Soccer Players Launch Social Media Boycott Over Disgusting Racial

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England are backing a 24-hour boycott of social media to demand a crackdown on racial abuse on the platforms. “My teammates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch,” Deeney said. “Any racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it. “Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just ‘part of the game’ but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income,” Smalling said. “Football has a problem with racism,” England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose said. “I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career.” After being targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro last month, Rose said he couldn’t wait for his career to end to escape racism in football. The PFA has distributed a red graphic featuring the words “Enough. Make a stand against racism.” Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Watford captain Troy Deeney was also targeted with racial insults on Instagram earlier this month after scoring in an FA Cup semifinal win over Wolverhampton. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse,” Rose said. Twitter said earlier this week that it uses “proprietary-built internal technology to proactively find abusive content” but anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out asked for more serious action. Unlike Rose, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling does have public accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. “I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human.” Earlier this week, Manchester United condemned abuse directed at Ashley Young online following the club’s Champions League exit at Barcelona. Following a series of high-profile cases, the Professional Footballers’ Association has gathered support from players to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday. “While there has been progress in the battle against racism within football, there are still far too many instances of players being abused,” said Leicester captain Wes Morgan, who won the Premier League in 2016. “I’ve heard it in the stands and I’ve seen it online. We all have. That’s why, as players, we are coming together on Friday to say that more must now be done to eradicate racism from our game.” “On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players — or anyone else — whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football. The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism — enough is enough.” “Football is more popular than it has ever been, but we have a discontented generation of players who won’t stand for racist abuse any longer. Enough is enough,” Arsenal and England women’s team forward Danielle Carter said. “We want to see social media companies take proper responsibility for racist abuse on their platforms and we want them to find solutions.” read more

Prosecutors seek death penalty for Boston marathon bombing suspect

first_imgUS FEDERAL PROSECUTORS say they will seek the death penalty against Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.The final decision was made by Attorney General Eric Holder and was announced this afternoon.The twin blasts in April killed three people and wounded more than 260 in one of the most prominent terrorist attacks in the US since 9/11.Prosecutors allege that Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, ethnic Chechens from Russia who had lived in the Boston area for about a decade, planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line.Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police.Seventeen of 30 charges against Tsarnaev carry the possibility of the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.The 20-year-old Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.Read: New images of the bloodied Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s capture >Read: Boston bombing suspect had multiple gunshot wounds and fractured skull >last_img read more

Melbournes modern day Spartan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Certified modern day Spartans will go head-to-head in Sunday’s Melbourne Marathon, while Manny Karageorgiou runs to keep the Melbourne Marathon Spartan dreams alive. Achieving the Melbourne Marathon Spartan title is no mean feat, with runners having to complete a minimum of 10 Melbourne Marathons. Manny Karageorgiou, discovered this when he ran the inaugural Melbourne Marathon as a bright-eyed 22-year-old. “It’s one of those crazy things you do when you’re young,” Manny tells Neos Kosmos on why he entered the first marathon, “I just thought it was a good idea at the time and gave it a go.” Karageorgiou has since gone on to become one of 10 Spartan Legends who have completed all 33 consecutive Melbourne Marathons since the first marathon from Frankston to Melbourne in 1978. The 55-year-old Spartan runner said the course has changed considerably since his first marathon, with runs now spanning across the city through around the MCG, and through St Kilda Road and Albert Park. “The marathon is not as easy as it was, but it’s still a great challenge. It’s no longer about how quick I can do it, but whether I can do it at all,” he said. Karageorgiou said he hasn’t been training much for this year’s marathon. Nevertheless, he will be joining fellow Spartan Legend runners as they don their distinctive singlets at the marathon’s starting line with the wording “I’ve done the lot” inscribed on the back. The Melbourne Marathon Spartans Club was formed in 1987 to recognize the level of commitment, dedication and determination it takes to have completed 10 gruelling marathons.last_img read more

PS Vita 3DS PSPFaites votre choix

first_imgPS Vita, 3DS, PSP…Faites votre choix ! PSP, 3DS, PS Vita. Avec la sortie de cette dernière, il y a de plus en plus de choix dans le secteur des consoles portables. Grosses franchises ludiques à part et propres à chaque console (Uncharted pour les unes, Mario Kart pour les autres…), voici un petit comparatif technique entre les trois stars de poche pour vous aider à y voir plus clair au moment du choix.PlayStation VitaProcesseur: ARM CortexTM – A9 quatre coeurs cadencé à 2GHzConnectivité: Wifi, 3G, BluetoothMemoire: 512 MB RAM, 128 MB VRAMCapacité: carte mémoire PS Vita (4, 8, 16 ou 32GB)Écran: OLED 5 pouces tactileCarte graphique: SGX543MP4+ quatre coeurs. Service en ligne: PlayStation Network.Prix: 249 euros / 299 eurosPetit plus, la PS Vita possède un pavé tactile arrière avec une surface capacitive, ainsi que deux caméras, une à l’avant et une à l’arrière, permettant l’intégration de la réalité augmentée sur la console.Le moins, elle n’aurait que 3 à 5 heures d’autonomie de jeu.Nintendo 3DSProcesseur: ARM11 double coeurConnectivité: Wi-FiMémoire: 128 MB RAMCapacité: carte SD 2Go, mémoire flash de 1,5GBÉcran: un écran auto-stéréoscopiques 90mm qui ne nécessite pas de lunettes 3D et un écran tactile non 3D de 76 mm.Carte graphique: DMP PICA200Service en ligne: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo Network, Nintendo eShopPrix: 149 eurosÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le plus: la 3DS possède une caméra orientée vers l’avant et deux caméras orientées vers l’arrière de 3 millions de pixels permettent de capturer les images et les vidéos en 3D, capable d’afficher de la réalité augmentée.Les moins: l’autonomie est limitée à 2 à 4 heures et demi de jeu. PlayStation PortableProcesseur: Sony CXD2962GG Connectivité: Wi-Fi, USB, BluetoothMémoire: 32 ou 64MB RAMCapacité: Memory Stick Duo ou Memory Stick Duo Pro (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 ou 128 GB)Écran: LCD 480×272 pixels de 4,3 poucesCarte graphique: deux processeurs 3D Curved Surface et 3D Polygon à un coeurService en ligne: PlayStation Network Prix: 149 eurosLes plus: la batterie permet environ 4 heures et demi à 7 heures de jeu,le prix.Les moins : dépassée par les technologies actuelles, comme la Nintendo DSi vis à vis de la 3DS, elle est amenée à disparaître au profit de la Vita.Le 23 février 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Madam Jallow Tambajangs appointment a matter of concern Spokesperson SallahBy Kebba

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangMr. Halifa Sallah, the spokesperson of the Gambia government (for now) told at a news conference on Tuesday, January 24, that the appointment of the Madam Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang as the Vice-President of the Gambia is a matter of concern to them but subjected to review by the president.Mrs. Jallow’s appointment by President Adama Barrow which was confirmed to the media on Monday has brought about a stiff debate on the public spaces such as Facebook questioning her illegibility by virtue of the Constitutional age provision of 65. She is more than this age, many say.According to Sallah, her appointment was done in good faith being a prominent member as the Chair of the platform that led to the formation of the coalition of 8 political establishments.“Essentially I have spoken to President Barrow that there are many concerns being raised. But we must also understand that in the Gambian Constitution which will have to be reformed, we do not have parliamentary oversight of cabinet appointments. This is a principal recommendation to be made to President Barrow to ensure that in terms of the Constitutional reforms that will be there, then we will not have been talking about this issue because the parliament would have vetted to know that the person being appointed is actually qualified to hold such posts,” he said.Sallah said by way of clarification he informs that the reason why President Barrow made it a primary decision to appoint a vice president is to ensure that the advisers will have somebody to work with as we put the government ministries into operation.Referring to Madam Jallow’s appointment, the former parliamentarian said “it is still a matter of concern but people will understand that the appointment was done in good faith based on the facts that were available at the time and I am sure if new facts emerge that may lead to a certain review by the president of the republic.”“So if anybody observes the breach of the Constitution you are free to share that with the president and obviously what the Constitution says is what the president has sworn to do and that is what he will do and that is what he told me. So in short the issue that has been broadening in the public space is an issue when you raise them under a democratic order becomes an advice for those who manage the affairs of the state to know exactly what to do to prevent any anomalies in administration,” he noted.Sallah said the qualification for the vice president is embedded in section 70(2) of the Constitution:“The cabinet formation started with the vice President and of course more names should have been mentioned but the president has been carefully advised that he constitutes a vetting committee which will take into consideration of all the Constitutional provisions regarding the qualifications so that from henceforth all names that come would have been vetted before coming into public domain so that people will actually come to a decision of building greater confidence in the government,” says Sallah.He added that apart from political consideration technocratic consideration will be given in the appointment of ministersHe said therefore Barrow will be releasing the full cabinet when both components are finalized which is expected to be soon. He said they are delayed to finalize the setting up cabinet because of the act of the ex-president to insist to leave power and to cut all communication channels for smooth transition.He said already the government has already started working as the current secretary general is instructed to work with all the permanent secretaries to continue working while the ministerial appointments are being done. He said the departments are working already which is why schools are resumed while those in detention are being released too.last_img read more

Andrew Dymburt

first_imgAndrew is a Type-1 Diabetic and continues to raise awareness for children with diabetes. He is passionate about the news, politics and sports. In his spare time he enjoys (attempting to) golf.Got a story idea? Send it to ADymburt@WSVN.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A South Florida native, Andrew is now back home reporting for WSVN-7 in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Andrew grew up in Coral Springs and graduated from Stoneman Douglas High School before heading to Coral Gables and The University of Miami.Andrew joined the WSVN news team in 2018 from the CBS station (KOIN-6) in Portland, Oregon.In Portland, Andrew reported on many national events including the 41-day standoff between a group of militia and the Federal Government at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. He followed the story all the way through the Federal trials. He was also on hand to witness and report on the 2016 Presidential Election Day Riots in downtown Portland.In the summer of 2017, Andrew covered one of the most gruesome hate crimes in Oregon’s history.Before Portland, Andrew reported in the Bronx and Brooklyn for News 12. During his time at News 12, he reported on the controversial and deadly police choke-hold of Eric Garner, the Ebola outbreak and tragic ambush of NYPD detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.Prior to his time at News12, Andrew served as Host and Multimedia Journalist for “Buzz:60” on Yahoo! And USAToday. He also covered the New York Jets for an online publication and worked on SportsNet New York’s television production team for the New York Mets.Andrew began his broadcasting career as an intern for Fox News Channel’s late night TV talk show, “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld,” before moving on to help launch ‘Chasing News’ on FOX5, FOX29 and MY9 in New York City and Philadelphia. While at Fox, Andrew was one of the first journalists to survey and report on the damage from Superstorm Sandy along the Jersey Shore.He graduated from the University of Miami (FL) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. At Miami, Andrew served as the University’s play-by-play announcer for Miami Hurricanes football, basketball and baseball programs. last_img read more

PenAir Expected To Make Final Decision On Homer Airport By August

first_imgThe Homer City Council approved a resolution at their meeting on May 29, approving a 26-month sublease at the Homer Airport. PenAir intends to offer flights on its Saab 340 aircraft between Homer and Anchorage starting in September if a final lease agreement is reached. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Peninsula Airways, also known as PenAir, is looking at leasing space at the Homer Airport, and the City of  Homer says it’s ready to welcome them. PenAir plans to release a decision by August on whether the company can commit to the lease agreement with the City of Homer. On May 4, Peninsula Airways, Inc. applied for the sublease at the rate of $38,125 annually to be paid in equal monthly installments of $3,177 per month. The lease includes space for a ticket office and baggage area for the airline.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Mike McCoy Explains Why Hes Running Describes His

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).#1) Why do you want to be our State Representative? (submitted by Mary Kiesinger of Wilmington)I would like to be our next state representative for several reasons, however, I’ll just name a few. I love being in the people business. My life’s mission is and always has been helping people. Public service is in my blood.Holding the office of Massachusetts State Representative is an awesome responsibility. To be successful, a candidate must not only possess vast knowledge and experience, but also also he/she must be capable of continuously feeling the pulse of the people he/she is representing. Over the past 28 years that I have spent in the office of selectman, I have volunteered to help social and charitable organizations, and spent countless hours inside of and in front of the Wilmington Market Basket interacting with valued constituents. As the original owner of Michael’s Place Restaurant in Wilmington (which I opened in 1984 and sold in 2015), I donated tens of thousands of dollars to the various local charities, churches and sports teams, not to mention donating two pizzas every week for 30 years to the Wilmington Food Pantry.If you were to ask me to identify the two most critical attributes of an effective elected official, I would say without reservation that they are listening and compassion. My concerns for the needs and expectations of my constituents is the motivational fuel that energizes me on a daily basis.When the public is making their critical choice on who will best represent them, they should look for “differentiators”. So you may ask, “What makes Mike McCoy different from the rest of the pack?” When we think of politicians, frequently we conjure up an image of somebody who will try to be all things to all people. They sometimes exist to serve their own best interests and take care of their friends and those who funded their campaign. If you know me, you know that my sole allegiance is to my constituents. I have no i.o.u.’s to those who funded my campaign because my campaign is self-funded. Over the years I have made political enemies, which goes to show I’ve stood up for what I believe is right. Sometimes it is easier to go with the flow and side with “the connected few.” Sorry folks, that’s not my style. I will gladly go against the flow every day of the week if it benefits those residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington that I am proud to represent.When you are deciding who will be your next state representative, please consider my track record of leadership, caring and success.#2) Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate? Please describe your political ideology. (submitted by Danielle Driscoll of Tewksbury)The short answer to your question is that I am a moderate democrat. The more considered response will take a bit longer. In America, we are blessed with a “representative” form of government. I take that quite literally. All too often elected officials represent their personal agenda and the agendas of their contributors and cronies. Why do Fortune 500 companies contribute millions of dollars to politicians every year? Certainly not to represent the best interests of the people who put them in office. It is sad, but all too often the system does not work as intended. If I am fortunate enough to earn your vote and get elected, I will represent your best interests. For 28 years I have self-funded all of my selectmen campaign elections. I have never once taken a single penny as a campaign donation from anyone leaving me free to cast votes from my own conscience and to cast my votes for the residents who voted me into my seat time and time again. My campaign for state representative will be no different. I will self-fund this campaign as well, once again leaving me free to vote on behalf of my constituents in Tewksbury and Wilmington. I am accountable to my constituency and the guy that I see every morning in the mirror. My beliefs and political ideology take a back seat to the issues and concerns of those good people who put me in office. The number one task on my job description is to REPRESENT the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington.In my 28 years as a Wilmington Selectman, the residents have come to know that I am at their beckon call 24/7. If elected, I pledge to maintain open access for my constituency. My game plan includes sponsoring regular Focus Groups for both residents and businesses. During these sessions we will aim to capture and prioritize those issues that represent the wishes and concerns of the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington. Those issues and concerns will drive my agenda on Beacon Hill. It’s as simple as that.One more thought on my political ideology; in all of my 28 years as an elected member of the Wilmington Board of Selectman, I’ve learned political compromise. It doesn’t matter if you’re democrat, republican or independent. If someone has a better idea than you do, and it makes sense, why not embrace it? After all, we are trying to do what’s best for our citizens, and if our citizens benefit as a whole, that’s what it’s all about. Party affiliations do not define a candidate: principles, platform, experience, and track-record do. I will always vote for the person, not the party. On Election Day, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, I ask you to do the same.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Wilmington Selectman Mike McCoy On Death Penalty, Sanctuary Cities & Judge Timothy FeeleyIn “Government”last_img read more

Next iPhone may swap Lightning port for USBC have three rear cameras

first_img 8 reading • Next iPhone may swap Lightning port for USB-C, have three rear cameras Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The next iPhone may have three rear cameras instead of two. Angela Lang/CNET The next iPhone may feature a handful of new hardware and tricks, particularly related to its camera setup, Bloomberg reports.The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular and recognizable devices in the world. But after years of steady growth, Apple reported a disappointing fiscal first-quarter, and its iPhone sales of $52 billion is 15 percent lower than last year’s. Adding compelling features to the successors of the iPhone XS, XS Plus and XR may push customers to upgrade their phones, increasing Apple’s sales and pulling it up from this slump. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Apple According to Bloomberg, which cited people “familiar with the plans,” the next iPhone may include three rear cameras, instead of the current two. The third camera will have a more powerful zoom, a higher resolution and a wider field of view than any camera on today’s iPhones.In addition, 2020 iPhones could have a rear 3D camera system. (Right now, the iPhones only have a front-facing 3D camera.) With this new update, the camera could sense distance and measure depth through lasers, improving the iPhone’s handling of augmented-reality apps and features.Apple is purportedly testing out iPhones with a USB-C port as well. Most iPhones are outfitted with Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. To change from Lightning to USB-C would be a notable move for Apple, and would increase the iPhone’s compatibility with third-party accessories and Android phones.Other rumors reported by Bloomberg include:Apple will release a lower-cost 10-inch iPad with a Lightning port.Apple is planning to release a new version of its iPad Mini, which was last updated in 2015.iOS13 will have a dark mode. iOS13 for iPads specifically will allow users to tap through multiple tabs in a single app (similar to multiple tabs in the Safari or Chrome web browser apps).iOS 13 will include two new Apple subscription services to magazines and original video content.Apple didn’t immediately reply for a request to comment. Phones 7:16 Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The 2019 iPhone lineup may give you deja vu Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 48 Photos Comments See All Now playing: Watch this: Applelast_img read more

Apple Watch accounts for half of Q4s record smartwatch shipments

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $349 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. reading • Apple Watch accounts for half of Q4’s record smartwatch shipments See it See It • See It See All News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) $399 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Apple Watch Series 4 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Fitbit Garmin Samsung Apple Mobile Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Apple Walmart Share your voice $413 0 The Apple Watch was still smartwatch king in the fourth quarter of 2018, but it lost market share to Samsung and Fitbit. Sarah Tew/CNET Smartwatches were more popular than ever with shoppers at the end of last year, notching a record in global shipments, according to new research. Global smartwatch shipments hit a record 18 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 56 percent increase year-over-year, researcher Strategy Analytics reported Wednesday. For the full year, global shipments reached 45 million units — also a record.”Smartwatch growth is soaring, as consumers seek to accessorize their smartphones and bring digital connectivity to their wrists,” Steven Waltzer, industry analyst at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement.Apple held on to the smartwatch crown, despite its market share slipping to 51 percent from the 67 percent in held a year ago, researcher Strategy Analytics reported Wednesday. Apple shipped 9.2 million smartwatches during the fourth quarter, an increase of 18 percent compared with the same quarter in 2017.Despite increased shipments, Apple lost ground to the competition, including Samsung, which leap-frogged FitBit and Garmin to regain the No. 2 spot. Samsung’s marketshare in the quarter was 13 percent, up from 5 percent a year ago, on 2.4 million units shipped.Close behind Samsung in third was Fitbit, which more than tripled its market share in the past year to grab 13 percent of the market. Garmin held on the the fourth spot, with a relatively unchanged market share of 6 percent. $349 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags Post a comment Apple Best Buy How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG applast_img read more

ISIS releases coming soon poster in Bengali intel warns of Sri Lankalike

first_imgThe Bengali poster, released on Thursday night, read “Shighroi Aschhe [coming soon], Inshallah…”.Reuters”SHIGHROI ASCHHE [coming soon]” – these were the only two words in a Bengali poster released by a pro-Islamic State (IS) Telegram channel. In the aftermath of the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), another terror attack has been planned possibly by pro-Islamic groups in West Bengal or Bangladesh.An investigation is underway, as per sources in the intelligence agency. According to a Times of India report, the poster, released on Thursday night, read “Shighroi Aschhe [coming soon], Inshallah…”. The poster is being hugely circulated and also has the logo of a group named Al-Mursalat.The investigation into the existence and circulation of the Bengali poster is being taken seriously after the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people and injured 500 others. Earlier, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) came under scanner for possibly carrying out Sunday’s serial bombings on Easter. The NTJ had close links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India unit. Sri Lankan state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene had earlier said the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India (JMI), a unit of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, may have had a role in Sunday’s bombings.However, there is very little information on JMI’s activities in India. But, there have been several reports that indicate its presence in India. In February, two members of the JMB were arrested from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.How the Sri Lanka terror attacks unfoldedNine people are suspected of carrying out the attacks in Sri Lanka. President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena confirmed that the alleged ringleader, Zahran Hashim, died in the attack at the Shangri-La hotel in the capital, Colombo.The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks. IS released video footage showing the Sri Lankan suicide bombers swearing allegiance to the self-proclaimed caliphate leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before the Easter Sunday massacre.The viral video that has been doing rounds on the internet showed jihadists standing in a circle, holding hands and pledging their loyalty to the terror group leader whose whereabouts have been unknown for some time. Among the eight people, one jihadist kept his face uncovered, while the other seven were seen wearing black-and-white checkered scarves.Multiple bombs ripped through several cities in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing over 350 people. Three churches and three luxury hotels were targeted in the deadly attack. Around 11 Indians have been officially confirmed dead in the deadliest violence in the country.last_img read more