first_imgNEW YORK- Oil prices traded mixed Friday as Libya was expected to begin exporting more crude into a market already flush with supply.On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery fell 90 cents to $96.60 a barrel.In London, Brent North Sea crude for January finished 16 cents higher at $108.83. Traders were waiting to see if a Libyan tribe leader’s pledge to open up its crude terminals on December 15 would hold up, after his followers kept a blockade on the installations for months.The protests and blockades of fuel deliveries by the Berber minority slashed Libya’s output to about 250,000 barrels per day, from normal levels of nearly 1.5 million barrels per day.Libya’s light crude is valued in European refineries.Andy Lipow of Lipow Oil Associates said the US hitting its highest level of production in 25 years, with more gains predicted for next year, was also keeping downward pressure on prices.The US Energy Information Administration said that American crude output had reached 8.075 million barrels per day, and would rise to an average of 8.5 million barrels per day next year.last_img read more

first_imgRabat- Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber has launched a unique industrial park called “Salouane” in Nador in partnership with the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, with the aim of supporting young developers. Nador’s Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCISN) presented the “Salouane” project to Moroccan and Spanish investors detailing the offer in terms of its value and infrastructure at an information day held on Thursday. According to Moroccan daily L’Économiste, Salouane is a unique project in Morocco, because it is the first time a state’s business Chamber has taken part in the capital of a private company. In an innovative partnership, the developer-planner of the national industrial parks, Med Z, and the CCISN created the development company of the industrial park, Salouane (SAPS). More specifically, the company’s capital is estimated at 70 million DH with 68% held by Med Z and 32% by CCISN. According to the same source, the park will house a Business Incubator Center whose mission is to offer support for young developers and various start-ups. The park will make available 200 containers for rent, limited to three years, to benefit a large number of developers’ projects. It will also include production facilities, and modular offices.Edited by Elisabeth Myerslast_img read more

Rabat – The Highest echelon of professional football in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie, the country’s top football league, has announced Hakim Ziyech as the Best Player for the Month of August.Eredivisie tweeted the news on September 13, stressing Ziyech’s achievements in Ajax Amsterdam. The post emphasized that Ziyech scored four goals for his club in August, making one assist and more than 300 ball touches.Ziyech is one of the key players in Ajax and Morocco’s national team. He joined Ajax in 2017.But this is not the first accolade the Moroccan player has received for his sustained brilliance with Ajax.In May, Ajax named Ziyech as its Player of the Year for last season. the club said the reward was an acknowledgement of the Moroccan’s  individual brilliance as well as his vital contributions to the collective flow during Ajax’s success story in last year’s UEFA Champions League.In August, the Dutch club extended the contract of the Moroccan international until 2022.Hakim Ziyech has recently been criticized by some Moroccan fans after missing two penalties for the Atlas Lions. Ziyech missed a decisive  penalty against Benin as part of the 2019 African Cup of Nations, angering some football fans.The football player also missed a penalty in a friendly game against Burkina Faso on September 6.Hakim Ziyech named as @eredivisie Player of the Month (August) Achievements of Ziyech @AFCAjax: 4 goals & 1 assist 352 ball touches 13 chances createdRead more: #eredivisie #ajax #ziyech— Eredivisie (English) (@EredivisieEN) September 13, 2019The promising football player is however making international headlines thanks to his astonishing performances with his Dutch club. read more

30 December 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today voiced its deep concerned over recent death threats against its human rights staff and local human rights organizations in Kalemie, in the African nation’s far east, urging the Government to take all necessary measures to ensure their safety. In a new release, the mission, known as MONUC, said that three members of the UN Joint Human Rights Office and seven members of a local human rights organizations received anonymous death threats on their mobile phones on 24 December.Meanwhile, former rebel soldiers have thanked MONUC for facilitating their return and reintegration in Rwanda, saying the current military operations in the eastern part of the DRC deeply influenced their return.The comments were made today at an event marking the 34th phase of graduation of former combatants of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) from the Mutobo demobilization camp run by the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC). The FDLR is accused of atrocities including rape, massacres and looting in the DRC and western Rwanda. Soldiers spend an average of two to three months at the Mutobo demobilization camp to undergo the reintegration process before entering civilian life in Rwanda. At today’s graduation ceremony, 362 FDLR ex-combatants received certificates in various disciplines including management and literacy.Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Jean Sayinzoga, the chairman of the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission, warned parents to prevent their children from participating in the ongoing war in Eastern DRC between dissidents of the FDLR and between the Congolese army (FARDC) and its allies. Mr. Sayinzoga said it is a bad precedent when parents allow their children to cross the Rwandan border to enter into neighbouring DRC for violent purposes. The comment follow reports that 12 of the ex-combatants who graduated from the Mutobo demobilization camp were child-soldiers believed to have crossed over from Rwanda to the DR Congo.While not directly involved in the Mutobo camp, MONUC has been ordered by the Security Council to support the process of disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration or resettlement (DDRRR) of foreign combatants and rebel groups.According to MONUC, its DDRRR section repatriated more than 2,660 Rwandan ex-combatants this year, including 1,600 of their dependents. Since the start of its programme in December 2002, the section has repatriated close to 10,000 Rwandan ex-combatants, as well as an almost equal number of dependents. read more

by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2015 2:08 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil price slides to lowest level since 2009 amid demand worries, higher OPEC production The price of U.S. crude oil has tumbled to its lowest level in more than six years.Benchmark U.S. crude fell $1.88, or 4 per cent, to settle at $43.08 a barrel in New York on Tuesday, its lowest close since March of 2009.The latest slide came as OPEC said its production rose to a three-year high. China also devalued its currency, suggesting economic growth there was softer and could cause lower crude demand.U.S. crude has been declining since reaching a high this year of $61.43 on June 10.Crude is under pressure on several fronts. Big increases in production in the U.S. and Canada, along with sizable gains in Iraq and elsewhere, have helped increase supplies. Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations kept pumping crude at high levels and Iranian oil could soon return to the market after being kept off by sanctions.Meanwhile, worldwide demand is not as strong as expected because China’s growth has cooled and other economies have become more energy efficient.While drivers, shippers and airlines are enjoying the lower fuel prices spurred by crude’s slump, the oil industry is responding to lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment.In other futures energy trading, Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, declined $1.23, or 2.4 per cent, to $49.18 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline closed unchanged at $1.694 a gallon, while heating oil fell 2.9 cents to close at $1.563 a gallon. Natural gas rose 0.2 cents to close at $2.844 per 1,000 cubic feet. read more

In a statement, the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson said that these pledges “will go far to kick-start” the operationalization of the Fund. “These developments demonstrate that Governments increasingly understand both the benefits derived from climate action and the growing risks of delay,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson explained. The pledge comes on the heels of other significant climate actions such as the United States-China joint announcement to curb emissions as well as positive commitments reaffirmed by other leaders in recent meetings including at the G20 and the September UN Climate Summit. Today’s actions will provide much needed public finance which is critical to unlocking investments at a much larger scale from private sources, Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General also underscored the importance of climate finance for securing a meaningful, universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015 and for catalysing action on the ground. He urged all developed countries that have not yet pledged to the GCF to do so by COP 20 in Lima and encouraged those developing countries that are in a position to do so, to consider making voluntary contributions to the Fund in Lima. The Green Climate Fund seeks to make a significant and ambitious contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change.The Fund will contribute to the achievement of the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). And in the context of sustainable development, it will promote a shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development. “The Green Climate Fund is the epicentre that determines the direction of both public and private investment over the next decades,” said Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, describing the capitalization of the Fund as one of the wisest investments in the 21st century.Today’s pledges were made by 21 countries, including contributions from four developing countries. Their combined contributions provide for the largest amount the international community has ever mobilized for a dedicated climate finance mechanism within a timeframe of less than five months. read more

Former 76ers guard Allen Iverson holds the game ball before Philadelphia played the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Credit: Courtesy of MCT“We talkin’ about practice…not a game… not the game I go out there and die for. But practice.”This was Allen Iverson’s most memorable moment to the masses. In this classic rant, he successfully said the word “practice” 22 times in a press conference. In a nutshell, this moment with the media summed up his entire career.The incident was exciting, riveting and defiant, which was exactly who Allen Iverson was. Basketball fans who watched Iverson play know he stood for so much more than a simple rant in an interview. The innovative Iverson will go down in history as one of the most beloved and popular players of the early 2000s era of the NBA for three reasons: his superior toughness, quickness and exciting brand of basketball.Iverson, who last played in the NBA in 2010, has been back in the news recently after a Showtime documentary titled Iverson was released on May 16. The film captures the life of one of the most influential and beloved athletes our generation has ever seen. In the documentary, filmmaker Zatella Beatty tells the story of one of the more intricate individuals we’ve seen in any sport. The story of Allen Iverson touches on his triumph from the depths of poverty-stricken Hampton, Va., into a NBA legend.Iverson, standing at only 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, was the ultimate warrior on the court and feared no one. Not even the likes of 7-foot giants such as Shaquille O’Neal who occupied the painted area could stop the lightning-quick Iverson from slashing for a layup.His uncanny ability to take brutal punishment from players twice his size and always rise to his feet afterward marks the true definition of a warrior. Iverson was relentless and always gave it his all; no one ever questioned Iverson’s effort or determination on the court. Iverson might have always been the smallest in terms of stature on the court, but what he lacked in height he certainly made up with the size of his heart and determinationIverson wore his emotions on his sleeve and was the beating heart and soul of the 76ers organization for a decade. Behind his remarkable MVP season when he averaged 31 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and three steals, the future Hall of Famer carried a lackluster supporting cast in 2001 to the NBA Finals (which stands today as one of the greatest one-man feats ever) against the heavily favored and nearly unstoppable Kobe Bryant- and Shaq-led Lakers.During the Lakers’ run in the 2001 playoffs, they went undefeated, sweeping every opponent they faced until Game 1 of the Finals. Behind Iverson’s amazing 48-point (the next-highest scoring output was Eric Snow’s 13 points), six-assist, five-rebound and five-steal performance, the Sixers defeated the unstoppable Lakers in overtime. The Sixers would go on to lose in five games; however, it was no fault of Iverson’s, who averaged a ridiculous 35 points throughout the series.The Answer’s most formidable of moves on the court were unequivocally his quickness and his killer crossover. Even the greatness of Michael Jordan was no match for a rookie Iverson who found himself in a one-on-one matchup that left His Airness baffled and befuddled.In a one-on-one matchup, Iverson was impossible to guard. His quickness left defenders on their heels and off balance. If the defender would back off too far, he would rise up for the pull-up jumper, whereas if the defender tried to play him close, he’d blow right by him with his electric speed for an acrobatic layup.Iverson loved to play in big moments and relished the opportunity of taking the opposing team’s best player one-on-one and making him look foolish. Because of this style of play, Iverson was often referred to as selfish and narcissistic, but the quality of teammates (or the lack thereof) forced Iverson into attack mode every night, knowing he was his team’s only option to win.Every single time Allen Iverson took a step onto a basketball court, you held your breath. He brought pure excitement and thrill with his brand of basketball that left even the most casual of fans impressed with his all-out efforts. During this time period, “street ball” was extremely popular but viewed as taboo in the professional ranks of the NBA. Iverson changed this mentality with his flair and exuberance that was both rewarding and entertaining.The Answer was a true superstar who seemed to have a special aura about him. The way he carried himself on the court was so infectious and impressionable, with his persona of tattoos, hairstyle and accessories on the floor. As a child growing up, I specifically remember getting my hair braided solely because of Allen Iverson.When one watches a basketball game today, it is impossible to not find at least one player on the court without a shooting sleeve on. Allen Iverson started this phenomenon initially because of a medical issue with his elbow that future players took and turned into a fashion statement. It’s even evident in other sports such as football and baseball today, where players wear a single sleeve on their right arm just like A.I. did. Ultimately, Iverson was cool, fierce and edgy, and that’s why he was so loved.Iverson was an 11-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, two-time All-Star Game MVP and the 2001 Most Valuable Player. Most of all, he was an icon to a generation.The Showtime documentary details a man’s life story that so many could either relate to or really marvel at. His struggle from poverty and trouble-filled youth to becoming one of the greatest players ever is truly a feat captured well in the documentary. read more

Rodjay Burns (29), Jonathon Cooper (18) and Rashod Berry (13) walk out of the endzone after Burns’ rushing touchdown during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFor the second time in less than a week, an Ohio State defensive back is transferring out of the program.Sophomore cornerback Rodjay Burns announced on his Instagram account Friday afternoon that he will transfer to Louisville to continue his football career. In the post, the Louisville-native cited his father’s health as the reason he will transfer closer to home.“Hard thought out life decision, and the decision i making for me and my future, I love my brothers at TOSU but i have to further my career elsewhere due to my fathers health, i have to decide to transfer to University of Louisville,” Burns wrote on Instagram. Burns played seven games in his career for the Scarlet and Gray, tallying a single tackle. In his first game playing for the Buckeyes, against Bowling Green, he intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown.Burns, a late commit in OSU’s 2016 recruiting class, played for Trinity High School in Kentucky. In 2014, his team won its school’s 23rd state championship.On May 9, it was reported that cornerback Joshua Norwood would transfer from the program.Burns is the ninth player to leave the Buckeyes since the end of the 2016 season. Offensive linemen Lisle, Tyler Gerald and Kyle Trout, and wide receivers James Clark, Torrance Gibson and Alex Stump decided to transfer out of OSU while quarterback Stephen Collier announced his retirement in January. read more

Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) sets up prior to a play in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing in the footsteps of cornerbacks before him, Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward will enter the 2018 NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility.Ward made a last-minute decision to sit out the Cotton Bowl and sent out a statement on Twitter that thanked Buckeye Nation for his time at Ohio State.“I had countless conversations with my coaches about this decision well before the game. Though I was deciding not to participate in the bowl game I did not want to leave my teammates and coaches to pursue my dream just yet,” Ward wrote. “I hope everyone can respect my decision and continue to show support.”Ohio State had to replace both starting cornerbacks, Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore, from last year’s team because of their early departure for the NFL. Urban Meyer and the defensive coaching staff will be tasked again with replacing a first-round talent on the outside.Ward has arguably been Ohio State’s best defensive player this season and one of the best at his position in the country. The first-year starter led the team with 17 pass breakups and 20 passes defended, which rank X and X respectively in the NCAA. He also picked off two passes during the 2017 season, including one inside the 5-yard line in the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin.Ward was named a 2017 first-team All-American by the Associated Press and many other outlets.Although he wasn’t technically a starter in 2016, Ward played an equal number of snaps as Lattimore and Conley, who were eventually drafted 11th and 24th in the 2017 NFL Draft.Ward is projected as a consensus first-round pick and is listed as the top cornerback and No. 11 overall prospect by ESPN’s Todd McShay.Go bucks!— Denzel Ward (@denzelward) December 30, 2017 read more

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first_img 15,176 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Jan 14th 2017, 7:40 AM Weekend exercise may be as good as daily trips to the gym ‘Weekend warriors’ appear to lower their risk of dying about as much as people who exercise more regularly. 12 Comments PEOPLE WHO EXERCISE mainly on the weekends may reap significant health and survival benefits, on par with people who work out more regularly, according to researchers.Currently, experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise.But no consensus has been reached on just how often a person needs to exercise, and whether activities should be done daily or condensed into shorter periods.The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine showed that people who pack all of their exercise into one or two days of the week – often referred to as “weekend warriors” – appear to lower their risk of dying about as much as people who exercise three times a week or more.The study looked at survey responses from nearly 64,000 people, and grouped them in four categories: inactive, insufficiently active, weekend warrior and regularly active.All three groups of people who got exercise fared better than people who were inactive.Comparing weekend warriors to inactive adults, researchers found that those who exercised just one or two days a week saw about a 30% lower risk of dying.The risk of cardiovascular death for weekend warriors was 40% lower and the risk of cancer death was 18% lower than among inactive adults.Recommended amountSimilar effects were seen among insufficiently active people who got less than the recommended amount, and regularly active people who exercised three or more days per week.Compared with the inactive participants, the risk of dying of any cause among insufficiently active participants was 31% lower, and 35% lower in regularly active participants.The risks of dying from heart disease or cancer among insufficient exercisers and regular exercisers were also quite similar – each within a few percentage points – to the weekend warriors’ reduced risk.“It is very encouraging news that being physically active on just one or two occasions per week is associated with a lower risk of death, even among people who do some activity but don’t quite meet recommended exercise levels,” said senior author Emmanuel Stamatakis, associate professor at the University of Sydney.However, for optimal health benefits from physical activity it is always advisable to meet and exceed the physical activity recommendations.Based on survey dataThe study stopped short of proving cause and effect, because it was based on people who filled out health surveys in Britain, and relied on their self-reported exercise intensity and duration.On average, weekend warriors tended to be men and averaged 300 minutes of weekly exercise in one or two days, said the study.The types of exercise people did included gardening, walking, cycling, running and organised sports.By far, most of the survey respondents were inactive – nearly 63%. Another 22% were insufficiently active. Just 3.7% were weekend warriors, and 11% were regular exercisers.Their age was 40 and up, and they were followed for an average of nine years.Despite the study’s limitations, its authors described their findings as “statistically powerful,” and said it backed up previous research by Harvard University that tracked 580 people and found a lower death risk among weekend warriors compared to sedentary men.Experts say physical exercise boosts health by lowering cholesterol, controlling weight gain, improving sleep patterns and reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.- © AFP, 2017Read: Taliban release video of American and Australian teachers who were kidnapped in AugustRead: Irish people split 50/50 on whether we should invite Trump to Ireland Image: PA Wire/PA Images By AFP Share Tweet Email Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 7:40 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School is proud to announce that senior Prathik Ramesh has been named as a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The 16,000 semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state’s seniors.Prathik is an outstanding scholar whose dedication to his studies and impressive intellect have helped him earn several academic accolades during his high school career, including awards for Academic Excellence in History and Math and recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction for earning a perfect score on every AP exam he has taken. Outside the classroom, Prathik is an active member of the Boys Scouts, currently serving as a Den Chief for his pack. For his Eagle Scout project, Prathik adopted the important platform of increasing voter registration and improving voter awareness in Wilmington. He is also a member of the Strings Orchestra and Vice President of the Philosophy Club. Prathik plans to pursue a career in a technology related field and has previously volunteered with Wilmington Public Schools’ IT department to increase his knowledge in his chosen field.Wilmington High School is also proud to announce that seniors Sophia Giampolo and Emma Rhind have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.Sophia GiampoloSophia is a high achieving honors student who is spending her senior year taking on a new challenge, Dual Enrollment at Middlesex Community College where she began her studies this past summer. During her time at WHS she has been an active member of DECA, the Environmental Club, Mentor Program and the WHS Visionary Board. Sophia has taken on leadership roles as well, serving as President of Environmental Club and is on the marketing and fundraising boards of DECA. As a passionate artist she has also been a part of the Art Club and took part in the Art All State Program this past June. She also manages to find time to work part-time and volunteer in her community. Sophia is currently considering continuing her education in the area of public policy, perhaps focusing on environmental issues, and minoring in the arts.Emma RhindFor the last four years, Emma has been a valued member of the Wilmington High School community, both in and out of the classroom. She is a model student who serves as the President for National Honor Society, is a member of the marketing committee for DECA and has competed at the state and international levels as a participant in this group, and also serves as a mentor for incoming freshmen students. She was elected to serve on the School Wellness Advisory Committee by the leaders and her peers in the Medical Careers Club and is also a member of the WHS field hockey team. Emma’s positive attitude and dedication to helping others has left a mark on the larger community as well; she is a regular participant in the Relay for Life and Thirty Hour Famine and has completed mission trips in New York and Colorado with the Youthworks organization. Emma’s future plans including attending a four year college and becoming a lawyer.A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to each of these students by Ms. Peters, Dr. Brand, and their guidance counselors, Mrs. Caggiano and Ms. O’Mara.About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational; excellence in our nation. We hope this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington High School.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Prathik Ramesh Named National Merit SemifinalistIn “Education”Wilmington’s Dusablon, Gautham, Haines & Lentini Named Commended Students in National Merit Scholarship ProgramIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgPicture and brief résumé of Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley. Image, text: Alaska Department of Law.Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley will go before a judicial oversight committee on Thursday for a disciplinary hearing, facing multiple charges of professional misconduct.In May, the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct cited Dooley for six alleged violations.“We issued a complaint, which is a list of formal charges of violations of the Alaska Code of Judicial Conduct by statements the judge made in various court proceedings,” said Marla Greenstein, executive director of the commission.In the charging document, the commission highlighted fivestatements Dooley made in court that showed “insensitivity to the victims and witnesses.” The document also identified an incident where Dooley allegedly bargained with a defendant, essentially exchanging a certain sentence for a “no contest” plea.All six incidents occurred between May of 2013 — when Dooley first assumed his position in Nome after appointment by former Gov. Sean Parnell — and September of last year. They came to light after the commission received several anonymous complaints about the judge.Dooley responded to the allegations in June when his attorney, William Satterberg, Jr., submitted an answer to the commission’s complaint. In the response, Dooley acknowledged having made the statements in question, but denied violating any standards of conduct. He also requested the hearing take place in Nome.While Dooley’s request was considered, Greenstein said state budget constraints made a Nome hearing unrealistic.Instead, the disciplinary hearing will take place at the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage, where the commission — made up of three judges, three lawyers, and three members of the public — will review court audio and hear testimony from Dooley.“The commission chair will basically preside, and then the other commission members will typically sit in the jury box and have the ability to ask questions of witnesses,” said Greenstein. “Then they will deliberate.”That deliberation will determine whether or not Dooley’s statements and behavior violated the judicial code of conduct. If the charges are found to be unsupported, Greenstein said the complaint will be dismissed.But if the charges are found to be true — in total or in part — the commission can recommend that Dooley be publicly censured, suspended, or removed from office. Greenstein said permanent removal is very rare.If any sanctions are recommended, though, they’ll go before the Alaska Supreme Court, which is responsible for enforcing any penalties.Dooley’s hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. Although the hearing is taking place in Anchorage, the commission has announced there will also be an audio broadcast available at the Nome Courthouse.last_img read more

first_imgKothagudem: A Naxalite of CPI (ML) New Democracy was arrested by the police, and a firearm was recovered from his possession here on Friday.Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Dutt, who produced the arrested before the media, informed that the arrested was identified as Madivi Ramesh alias Ravi of Palavagu of Mulugugudem under Kothagudem two town police station limits. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He said that on a tip-off that New Democracy’s Azad dalam members were in the forests of Chinthakunta of Laxmidevipalli mandal, the local police and Special Party Police undertook the combing operations and arrested Ramesh. However, dalam commander Azad and its members escaped into the forests. The SP informed that Ramesh was involved in four criminal cases and he along with other dalam members used to extort money from businessmen and attack police party. The arrested was sent to judicial remand. The SP on the occasion appealed to the Naxalites to join mainstream and lead life like general public. Officer on Special Duty D Uday Kumar Reddy and Kothagudem DSP SM Ali were present.last_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.We’ll talk to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin about his serious concerns connected to Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda, specifically in reference to Vladimir Putin and Russia. Plus, veteran Native American civil rights activist Gray Michael Parsons joins us to talk about the Standing Rock, North Dakota oil pipeline protests.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgWhen a film named Scarface was released on December 11, 1983, it didn’t make much money at the box office — barely $5 million the first weekend — and the reviews were terrible. Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called it “a long druggy spectacle…manic yet exhausting.” Rex Reed said, “Noisy, grim. Ultimately, it makes you feel mugged.”Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote, “Mr. De Palma never understates anything when overstatement would work better.”American film director Brian De Palma at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Photo by gdcgraphics CC BY SA 2.0The studio was horrified the film failed, and the director, Brian De Palma, was depressed. The star of the film, Al Pacino, was simply stunned.“I frankly couldn’t understand it,” Pacino said in a later interview.However, the film did better in Europe and the Middle East than in America. Then came video and cable TV. Pacino noticed in the 1990s he was receiving more residual checks for Scarface. Whenever he was filming in Europe, people would come up and say, “Hey, Tony Montana!”Actor Al Pacino stars in Scarface (1983). Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesRap musicians took to the film. According to DuJour magazine, in 2003, Sean “Diddy” Combs said he’d seen the movie 63 times. Rapper Trick Daddy put Venetian blinds with Tony Montana’s face on them over his bed, and the band Blink 182 claimed it took its name from the number of times Pacino’s character says the “f” word in the film. Hip-hop stars wanted their mansions and even their weddings to look like Tony Montana’s.By the year 2000, wherever Pacino went in America, he’d hear, “Say hello to my little friend!” and “Don’t get high on your own supply.” Scarface had become a pop-culture phenomenon.It took 20 years for Scarface to become one of the most-watched films of all time — and then it remained popular. There are video games and serious books analyzing its meaning. Tributes range from comic books to posters.Al Pacino in the play The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel (1971).It all began with Pacino, who, while growing up in the South Bronx, liked watching gangster movies. His grandfather’s favorite was Scarface, starring Paul Muni, set in Chicago during Prohibition.After the success of the Godfather movies, Serpico, and Dog Day Afternoon, Pacino had the idea to remake it. Producer Martin Bregman shepherded the production. His first choice was Oliver Stone to write the screenplay.John Cazale and Al Pacino in a scene from The Godfather Part II. Photo by Corbis via Getty ImagesAt first Stone wasn’t enthusiastic about the project, until they decided to radically change the setting and circumstances.In 1980 the Marielitos were big news. Cuba’s Fidel Castro opened the port of Mariel to anyone who wanted to leave. Within months, 125,000 Cubans landed in South Florida crammed into some 3,000 boats, and among the decent, hardworking Cuban families were thousands of criminals.To make this a South Florida story of Cuban drug lords importing cocaine from South America, Stone did intense research. He met street hustlers and cops, and met with the U.S. attorney general in Miami.Fidel Castro visiting the United States in 1959.Stone said in an interview, “When the U.S. attorney general told us cocaine was a hundred-billion-dollar-a-year industry, I thought I hadn’t heard right. ‘One hundred million dollars?’ I repeated. ‘No,’ he corrected me. ‘One hundred billion.’ ”The infamous chainsaw-murder scene in a Miami Beach hotel was based on Stone’s research. “Colombians did use chainsaws,” Stone said later. “They would kill entire families of drug pushers if they informed. Colombians were the most secretive.”Stone then traveled to Peru and Ecuador. “It was scary; my life was on the line.”  Most of his research took place after midnight and lasted until dawn: “That’s not a very safe time to be out alone when you’re dealing with guys who might have second thoughts about you after they decide they might have told you too much.”Michelle Pfeiffer was an unknown actress when she appeared in Scarface, and both star Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma initially argued against her casting. Photo by Towpilot CC BY-SA 3.0The film was cast with Stephen Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Harris Yulin. But when they tried to shoot scenes in South Florida, there were huge problems almost immediately.Opposition to the project was fierce among the Cuban community in Miami. According to Bregman, no matter how much he argued that many Cubans would be employed in the production and that the movie wasn’t all negative, the locals were against him. Bregman said later he was physically threatened and hired a bodyguard armed with a machine gun.Mural of Pacino’s “Tony Montana” character. Photo by redleaf CC BY SA 2.0The last straw came when a Miami city commissioner demanded that the script be changed to make Pacino’s drug lord a spy sent by Fidel Castro to corrupt America, according to DuJour magazine.The production had to be moved to Los Angeles. The refugee internment camp underneath the Miami freeway was re-created between the intersection of the Santa Monica and the Harbor freeways. Scenes set in Miami’s Little Havana were shot instead in L.A.’s Little Tokyo. The crew had to erect storefronts and Spanish-language billboards and use a mural of the Miami skyline.In the last weeks, in spite of death threats, the cast and crew snuck back to Florida and shot the last scenes, in which Tony, high on coke, has a spectacular shoot-out with a Bolivian hit squad.De Palma has a theory as to why the film he directed became a classic. “Tony Montana is the antihero contemporary kids identify with,” says the director. “He’s about greed and power and self-destruction in the land of opportunity, unfettered by morality.”Read another story from us: Ultimate Monster Mash: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ set for Big Screen ReleasePacino said: “Brian thought of it as an opera, and so did I. An opera in the Brechtian sense, with an exaggerated sense of style. What you see is what you get — that was the idea. It wasn’t about why he dies but what he does, period.”“Tony Montana,” added Pacino, “was never meant to be reflective.”last_img read more

first_imgNews | June 23, 2009 Amerinet Adds Fujifilm’s RIS, CVIS Related Content Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more June 23, 2009 – On June 12, 2009, FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA Inc., announced that Amerinet, one of the leading healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in the United States, added Synapse cardiovascular and Synapse RIS to its existing Fujifilm contracts. This addition makes the company’s complete product portfolio – including PACS, digital x-ray, digital mammography, and film – available to the entire Amerinet membership. Fujifilm’s Synapse RIS and Synapse cardiovascular systems have been added to the existing PACS contract; as of May 1, 2009, they became available, and they will remain in place through the contract’s term. Amerinet members now have access to Fujifilm’s entire Synapse portfolio including Synapse PACS, Synapse RIS and Synapse cardiovascular – the first fully integrated Web-based PACS solution- in addition to Fujfilm’s FCR, FDR and FFDM systems. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionSooner or later, things will have to change. According to sustainable agriculture experts, Costa Rica’s current agricultural system is threatening its own future through farming practices that over-exploit the natural resources on which production depends in order to maximize short-term profit. Even solely in economic terms, for a country that depends on agriculture for about  6.5 percent of its gross domestic product and to provide work for 14 percent of its labor force, this a serious issue.The situation here reflects growing worldwide concern for maintaining the ecological foundations that support food production. At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held recently in Rio de Janeiro, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) presented a report entitled “Avoiding Future Famines” that included the alarming fact that 925 million people around the world are malnourished. The increasing demand for food combined with diminishing natural resources on which food production depends, the report states, is pointing toward a potential global crisis.In Costa Rica, sustainable agriculture advocates say that the mass production of cash crops for export such as pineapple, bananas and coffee, which depends on the use of copious amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, likewise threatens the resource base on which the future of agriculture depends. Consequences of this type of monoculture – or the growing of single crops in extensive plantations – include contamination of freshwater, depletion of soil (through degradation of soil diversity and nutrient cycling), and deforestation and loss of biodiversity due to clearing lands to make way for the expansion of plantations. Other problems that arise in this type of intensive monoculture include overexposure of workers to chemicals and other harsh working conditions, and negative effects on the health of nearby communities, including indigenous reserves in some parts of the country.Amid the crisis, things are slowly changing. There is growing interest in, and practice of, organic and other sustainable farming systems in Costa Rica and worldwide, including application of more elaborate philosophies such as Biointensive and Biodynamic farming (see box). An important draw for a growing number of small farms is the personal satisfaction felt by farmers in producing healthy and nourishing food that is also good for the earth. Gina Borrero, a member of the sustainable farming collective Finca Agroecológica Amalur, explains that what compels her is the opportunity “to live and eat sustainably, where you can consume what you produce, and have control over the quality and effect on the environment.”Sustainable agriculture is an approach to producing food that is beneficial to the environment, consumers, animals and producers. It recognizes the importance of minimizing waste, conserving natural resources, economic viability and ensuring productive continuation over the long term.Below is a basic description of some of the more important movements in sustainable agriculture, including the different types of certifications available for producers.Organic farmingOrganic farming has become increasingly popular in Costa Rica, with local and international certification options available as well as opportunities to sell produce at the Feria Verde (Green Farmers Market) and in other venues, including some supermarkets. Organic agriculture relies on techniques such as crop rotation, natural fertilizers and biological pest control. Manufactured pesticides and fertilizers are prohibited, or must comply with very specific standards. In the case of exports, since there are country-specific organic certifications, it is important that growers know the requirements of each country to which they will be exporting. Gabriela Soto, from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) explains that the process of organic certification begins by contacting one of several agencies, which will send a questionnaire that determines whether you qualify for the certification that is right for you. The cost of the certification, including inspection and office fees, differs according to farm size, but usually runs about $600. The certification must be renewed and the same fee paid every year. A strategy for small farms is to apply for the certification in groups in order to make the cost more affordable. For those selling locally, Soto suggests another option: “There is also participatory certification, where small growers are organized by a group such as Feria Verde to achieve a collective organic certification.” Such certification is done according to standards agreed upon locally. The prospects for sustainable agricultureUNEP reports that barriers to sustainable agriculture include lack of information, lack of access to start-up capital and a delay on return on investments, and lack of conducive laws and regulations. Although certification is important for accountability and ensuring correct practices, it is difficult for many small farms to afford. Changes in government policies can help surmount these obstacles, but for this to occur there must be increased demand on the part of a population educated about sustainable agriculture. ResourcesOrganic Farming•Feria Verde (Farmer’s Market): Held every Saturday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Located inside the sports center in Barrio Aranjuez, 300 m north and 200 m west from Santa Teresita Church. More information at or call 2280 5749•Organic Certification Agencies: Eco-LOGICA, or call 2297-6676 AIMCOPOP, Farming  Biodynamic farming practices include the use of preparations made from herbs, minerals and manure to revitalize soil, efficient water cycling, crop rotation, organic pest and weed control, and the use of compost and green manure. •Demeter Biodynamic Certification:•Costa Rican Biodynamic Agroecological Movement: or call 8301-4377.•Education: Finca Luna Nueva Lodge is a certified organic biodynamic farm in San Isidro. Offering workshops, retreats, biodynamic activities and lodging. Details at or call 2468-4006.Biointensive FarmingThe Biointensive method is an organic, low-input and high-yield system of agriculture that has roots in ancient practiced Asian, Greek and Mayan cultures. •Biointensive Certification: Ecology Action•Biointensive Resource Center:•Education: Finca Acroecológica Amalur (Mother Earth Farm) located in Concepción de San Isidro de Heredia, is a collective that practices biointensive farming and offers hands-on courses. The next course will begin Aug. 26 for five consecutive Saturdays. Information at or call 8822-8512. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img LONDON – The Latest on the preparation for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (all times local):9:50 p.m.Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland has had a series of whirlwind visits with senior royals since her arrival from California.She met Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate and their two oldest children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, at Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon.Palace officials said Harry and Meghan Markle were also present, and that the meeting was followed by a rehearsal dinner.Ragland also had tea with Harry’s father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla on Wednesday. She has not yet met Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, but Buckingham Palace officials said she will meet the queen for tea on Friday at Windsor Castle.Officials did not say if Prince Philip, the queen’s husband, will be present at that meeting. He is recovering from hip replacement surgery.___6:20 p.m.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have remained out of the public eye in recent days, have been spotted being driven into the grounds of Windsor Castle.Britain’s Press Association indicated they were expected to have tea Thursday with Queen Elizabeth II and may be joined by Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. No details about the meeting were officially released.The news came as British military personnel rehearsed for a gala procession through Windsor that will follow Saturday’s wedding ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which will be televised live around the world.Also Thursday, Markle said her father will not be able to attend her wedding to Harry due to health problems.___11:40 a.m.Meghan Markle says her father will not be attending her wedding to Prince Harry, and has expressed hope that he can be “given the space” to focus on his health.Kensington Palace’s statement Thursday puts to rest days of speculation about whether Markle’s father, Thomas, would walk her down the aisle — as the palace had previously said.His participation was put into doubt after news site TMZ reported he would not attend because of embarrassment regarding paparazzi photographs.It later reported that he was having heart surgery.Markle says she would like “to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”___10:10 a.m.Royal wedding organizers are preparing for a rehearsal of the proceedings to take place in Windsor — but without the bride and groom.Planners will use Thursday’s practice session to finalize some of the details of Saturday’s gala wedding at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.The festivities will include a 25-minute carriage ride outside the castle grounds by the newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the ceremony is concluded.A large military contingent will also take part, reflecting Harry’s years of military service.It is not clear who will walk Markle down the aisle. Her father Thomas Markle had been selected for that role but is reportedly ill with heart problems.Markle’s mother Doria Ragland may take Thomas Markle’s place if needed. by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2018 3:42 am PDT Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A carriage is driven through the streets of Windsor, England during a rehearsal for the procession of the upcoming wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,, England, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) center_img The Latest: Meghan Markle’s mother has tea with the royalslast_img read more

first_img ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Appalachia North: A Memoir” (West Virginia University Press), by Matthew Ferrence.Since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and the publication of J. D. Vance’s memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” that same year, Appalachia has returned to the national spotlight as media and academia struggle to make sense of the region and its people. Who are the residents of an area that stretches from northern Alabama and Georgia, through Kentucky and West Virginia, all the way to southern New York?Matthew Ferrence joins the debate with his new book, “Appalachia North: A Memoir,” but he’s here to clear up a few things: Pennsylvania is part of Appalachia and the area is more than its stereotypes. In fact, to understand Appalachia, one must look at its history, its contradictions and repeated attempts to redefine itself.Using his personal story, Ferrence takes us into a world defined by its bodies of water, its hills and its defunct coal mining industry. The closed mines have polluted creeks and destroyed the economies of numerous communities.Squatters and long-time residents remain in dilapidated homes others would have given up on. “But either because they can’t or because they refuse to leave, people tack new layers of tarpaper to the siding, or they duct-tape the broken windows, or slide concrete blocks under the worst sags, and stay,” Ferrence writes. Such realities aren’t signs of a culture in crisis, according to Ferrence, but examples of perseverance amid a changing economy.Yet, it’s also a place of plateaus older than the American Southwest desert. It’s a place of animals and solitude that helped Ferrence fight a brain tumour. Whenever he has lived in places like Arizona or Paris, Ferrence realized he was in exile, even though he never thought of himself as from Appalachia growing up. No, Ferrence didn’t grow up smoking a corncob pipe or hearing stories of moonshining. But that’s not all that defines Appalachia.An English professor at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Ferrence doesn’t shy away from his middle-class upbringing that sheltered him from poverty and family dysfunction Vance cited in his memoir. Ferrence’s father was a biologist and his mother was a well-read private-school trained woman from Indiana.Still, Ferrence refuses to pass judgment as others have on the struggle of Appalachia residents and appears to be in awe of how residents carry their struggles. To him, those struggles have also defined him.“If I am writing through the recognition of myself as an Appalachian and also through the process of seeing myself as an Appalachian writer, I have to think about journeys,” he writes.“Appalachia North” is a lyrical homage to a region often misunderstood and overlooked. Ferrence’s engulfing prose brings to life an Appalachia north of the Mason-Dixon line and he does it with the eye of an honest poet.___Associated Press Writer Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press’ race and ethnicity team. Follow Contreras on Twitter at Contreras, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2019 10:39 am PDTcenter_img Review: Memoir of Northern Appalachia tackles regional mythslast_img read more