Mandatory Physical Education Credit on the Way

first_img FOR BROADCAST: This government is moving forward on its commitment to make physical education mandatory at the high school level. Many Nova Scotia high schools will be expanding physical education programs this September, with all high schools introducing a compulsory course in September 2008, Education Minister Karen Casey announced today (February 20th). Students entering Grade 10 in September 2008 will be required to earn a physical education credit over their years in high school to graduate. The credit can be offered at Grade 10, 11 or 12 levels, or through a combination of half-credits. -30- More students will be hitting gym mats, tossing stability balls and breaking a sweat outside gym walls beginning next fall as the province puts increased emphasis on student health and fitness. Many Nova Scotia high schools will begin expanding physical education programs beginning in September, with all high schools introducing a compulsory credit requirement in September 2008, Education Minister Karen Casey announced today, Feb. 20. “This government is moving forward on its commitment to make physical education mandatory at the high school level,” said Ms. Casey. “Investing in a strong physical education program, delivered by qualified teachers, is all part of our effort to provide our students with a healthy, physically active school experience from Primary through to graduation.” Students entering Grade 10 in September 2008 will be required to earn a physical education credit over their years in high school to graduate. The credit can be taken at Grade 10, 11 or 12 levels, or through a combination of half-credits. Phys Ed is already a mandatory subject from Primary to Grade 9. Students graduating in 2011 will need a minimum of 19 credits to earn a Nova Scotia high school diploma, with the number of compulsory credits increasing to 14 from 13. Many of the province’s 98 high schools will be prepared to expand student enrolment in physical education beginning in the 2007-08 school year, and have been urged to do so by the Department. Department staff will continue to work with boards to plan and support implementation of the new physical education curriculum and new graduation requirement over the next year. “Physical education not only builds strong bodies but strong minds, as well,” said Ms. Casey. “A healthy student is better able to learn.” The minister said the extra lead time to introduce the mandatory credit will give the department and boards the time they need to resolve issues such as scheduling, facilities and staffing. The province has been working with school boards to provide quality physical education programs in schools, as well as helping promote physical activity beyond the instructional program. The department invested $560,000 this year to hire 10 additional physical education teachers in grades 3 to 6, plus another $512,000 in 2005-06 to hire Healthy Active Living Consultants to lead and support physical and health education at each board. “Schools are doing their part, but they are only part of the solution,” said Ms. Casey. “Solving the problem of youth inactivity is a shared responsibility.”last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Paving Near Airport Repaving of the northbound lanes of Highway 102 may cause delays for drivers approaching the Robert L. Stanfield International Airport from Halifax. Work is taking place from south of Exit 5A (Aerotech Park) to Exit 6 (airport). Two of the three northbound lanes on Highway 102 will remain open during peak hours but traffic will be reduced to one lane daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access to the airport via Bell Boulevard will be maintained at all times. All three lanes will remain open during the July long weekend from 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 until 6 a.m. Monday, July 5. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of July. Drivers heading to the airport should travel with care and give themselves extra time during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 -30-last_img read more

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Scary that Smith is getting better Paine

first_imgManchester: Australia captain Tim Paine has lavished praise on Steve Smith and termed him a genius following his brilliant run in the ongoing Ashes. Smith returned at the Old Trafford post a concussion-forced break and amassed 293 runs in the fourth Ashes Test, which Australia won by 185 runs to retain the urn. The former Australian skipper, who has three centuries to his name apart from two fifties, has scored a total of 671 runs in five outings so far, nearly the double of what the second-best has in eight innings (Ben Stokes, 354 runs) been. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Anyone who’s watched (Smith) bat in the last three or four years knows the talent and the skill and the hunger that he has got,” cricket.com.au quoted Paine as saying on Sunday evening. “People don’t see how driven he is and how much he trains, eats and sleeps batting. He is just a genius and I never had any doubt that he would come back and be the player that he was. “The scary thing is he’s getting better,” he added. The Australian skipper further said that the team was just ecstatic and enjoying Smith’s return to international cricket. “I don’t know where it’s going to stop but we are enjoying being along for the ride with him, that is for sure.” Having an unassailable 2-1 lead, Australia will now look to seal Ashes 2019 when they take on England in the final match of the series from Thursday at the Oval.last_img read more

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Centre bypassed Delhi govt in Mayapuri sealing drive Sisodia

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday accused the Centre of bypassing the Delhi government in conducting a sealing operation in Mayapuri area that led to violent clashes between the traders and the security personnel.Sisodia lashed out at Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for blaming the Aam Aadmi Party government for the violence in west Delhi, saying the responsibility of land allocation was with the Centre. “Delhi police is yours, SDM is yours, NGT is yours, DDA is yours and we are blamed. They should have some shame and take accountability for their actions,” Sisodia told reporters. Around 14 officials were injured after clashes broke out between the security personnel and scrap dealers during the sealing drive on Saturday. The drive was started by the Delhi Cantonment sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). “Delhi government ministers were not involved in this decision. They were bypassed by the LG (Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal),” the deputy chief minister added. The operation was conducted days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had slammed the Delhi government for not taking action against illegal scrap industries in Mayapuri that were causing pollution. Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussein said he was not consulted before taking action. “I am going to write to the LG demanding explanation for his actions,” Hussein said. “Officials (involved in the sealing drive) must be suspended. DPCC employees were involved too. I am the environment minister… no approval was taken from me. Strict action would be taken against all officials involved,” Hussein added.last_img read more

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African leaders call for permanent Security Council seat for the continent

“The exclusion of Africa from the permanent member category of the Security Council can no longer be justified,” President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country with some 150 million people, told the General Assembly on the second day of its annual debate.“We urge the UN to quicken the pace of its reforms. Not only to better reflect the current global realities but also to ensure that it enjoys genuine legitimacy.”Mr. Jonathan, who devoted much of his speech to the progress Nigeria has made while noting the challenges it faces regarding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to reducing maternal and child mortality, recalled that just seven days after gaining independence in 1960, his country contributed to a UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended Nigeria for its support of UN peacekeeping operations in a bilateral meeting today with Mr. Jonathan, during which the two discussed forthcoming elections on the continent and the need to curtail the small arms traffic feeding violence in Africa.Presidents Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Ali Bongo of Gabon also called for African representation on the Security Council.“To maintain at all costs the status quo is to turn one’s back on the radical changes in the state of the world and at the same time to expose the Council to more mistrust, more defiance and more criticism,” Mr. Wade said, seeking the right of veto for the continent..He noted that from 51 Member States in 1945 the UN had now grown to 192, yet the Council, “the body intended to reflect the collective will” whose resolutions are legally binding while those of the Assembly are not, had increased its membership only once, in 1965, from 11 to 15.“Are we prepared to define a new world order within which Africa and the emerging powers will fully play the role which the changing circumstances confer on them?” he asked. “How indeed can one conceive of a credible role for our organization in world governance while Africa, comprising more than a quarter of its troops and occupying 70 per cent of the Council’s agenda, has no permanent seat on it? “It is to end this anomaly and right a historical injustice that Senegal has proposed, independent of current reforms that will take time, that our continent be granted a permanent seat with the right of veto.”At present only the five original permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – have veto rights. All five were victorious allies in World War II, part of what Mr. Wade called the legacy of a closed historical period.“If numerous Council decisions are today questioned and their execution deficient, it is because they are perceived by the great majority of Member States more as the expression of national interests than the transmission of a mandate in the name of the community of nations,” he said.Mr. Bongo called on the UN to adapt to the changed international context. “At a time when the democratization of world governance is a necessity, I wish to reaffirm from this tribune the aspirations of Africa to full occupy its place in the concert of nations,” he said.“It seems to me the time has come for Africa not only to have a permanent seat on the Security Council but also to assume the full breadth of its responsibilities as a fully recognized actor on the international scene.”Also adding his voice to the chorus of African leaders today calling for the continent’s permanent representation on the Council was Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.Comprehensive reform of the body will make it “more representative, democratic and accountable,” he told the Assembly.“It is unjust that Africa remains the only region in the world without permanent representation on the Security Council,” Mr. Pohamba stressed.Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo said that the noble goals for which the UN was founded are still far from being attained. “The work to be undertaken is still immense,” he declared. “Poverty and misery are not empty words, they are oppressive realities lived every day. They generate violence, instability, conflicts and other scourges that we combat today without success. Only international solidarity can allow us to overcome the world’s ills.” 24 September 2010African leaders today called on the United Nations to grant the continent a permanent seat on the Security Council, declaring that 65 years after its founding the world body remains mired in the legacy of the past. read more

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Vancouver home sales reach 17year low for April last month but prices

VANCOUVER — The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says market conditions in the city are changing as sales in April fell to a 17-year low for the month.The board says 2,579 detached properties, townhouses and condominiums sold last month in Metro Vancouver, down 27.4 per cent from April 2017 and 22.5 per cent below the 10-year average for the month.About 18.6 per cent more properties were newly listed last month than in April last year, giving buyers more selection.Still, prices moved up with the composite benchmark price for all properties at $1,092,000 — up 14.3 per cent from the same month last year and 0.7 per cent from March 2018.Detached houses saw the smallest price gains, with the benchmark price at $1,605,800 — up 5.1 per cent from April 2017 and down 0.2 per cent from March 2018.The benchmark price for an apartment rose 23.7 per cent from the same time last year to $701,000, while the townhouse benchmark rose 17.7 per cent to $854,200. read more

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UN commends Tunisian Dialogue Quartet on Nobel Peace Prize win

“I congratulate the members of the Quartet – the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers,” said a statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. The UN chief lauded Tunisia for “managing to avoid the disappointment and dashed hopes” that arose after the ‘Arab Spring,’ that tragically have emerged in other regions. He added that this tribute highlights the lasting progress of an inclusive process. “In a larger sense, I salute the Tunisian people – this recognition belongs to all those who gave birth to the Arab Spring and are striving to safeguard the sacrifices of so many,” the statement said.Meanwhile, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also welcomed the attribution and said that the award represents hope for “the Arab world and beyond, and this prize incites us to give it our full support.”“The Prize is a tribute and a call to support all civil society forces engaged in the fight for democracy, pluralism and rule of law. It is when these principles are attacked that we must reiterate them ever more forcefully through social dialogue, youth mobilization, without difference of gender, origin or faith,” said Ms. Bokova in a press release. As leaders of civil society, the Tunisian National Quartet helped drive the change that Tunisians demanded. Their roles were central to the country’s stability, integrity and pursuit of justice. “The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet offers hope that serious political challenges can be overcome through dialogue and consensual politics. Their example is an inspiration to the region and the world,” the statement from Mr. Ban further noted. The UN chief reaffirmed the commitment of the UN to proudly stand in solidarity with the awardees as they work to build the peaceful and democratic nation that the Tunisian people deserve. read more

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Aaron Hernandez Exposed as a Paranoid Drug User

It has been reported that Aaron Hernandez abused angel dust and started carrying guns because he was paranoid. The former New England Patriots player traveled with his gun everywhere before being accused of murder, according to a new story in Rolling Stone.“The Gangster in the Huddle,” published online Wednesday, and soon to be in stores, delves into Hernandez’s life as he went from a high school football star to sitting in jail awaiting trial for murder.Highlights of the story include Hernandez’s regular use of drugs, associations with gangsters, and his alienation from his teammates and family. According to a friend of Hernandez’s family, he sometimes smoked “three or four blunts” during the drive home from games. He carried a rifle with him in a gym bag because he worried gangsters might be trying to kill him.The Rolling Stone story says that Hernandez flew to the NFL Combine in February and told Patriots coach Bill Belichick that his life was in danger.Hernandez had reportedly frustrated Belichick over the years by violated team policy and behaving like a thug during team engagements. After the former tight end was involved in an alleged domestic incident in March, Belichick reportedly threatened to release the player after the 2013 season if he had any more incidents.Hernandez is currently in a Massachusetts county jail accused of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. He recently pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and five gun charges. read more

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Pollution maritime un cargo chinois soupçonné de dégazage au large du Finistère

first_imgPollution maritime : un cargo chinois soupçonné de dégazage au large du FinistèreFrance – Le Parquet a ordonné hier le déroutage d’un bateau chinois vers le port de Brest pour enquête : le  navire est soupçonné d’avoir procédé à un dégazage en mer, au large du Finistère.Deux sillages d’hydrocarbures de 6 kilomètres de longueur : c’est la traînée suspecte, repérée hier midi par un avion des douanes françaises, qu’a laissée derrière lui le Tian Du Seng, un cargo battant pavillon chinois, alors qu’il naviguait à 50 milles au sud-ouest d’Ouessant, en direction de l’Europe du nord. Au deuxième survol, le bateau a cessé son dégazage. Immédiatement alerté, le procureur de Brest a ordonné que le navire soit dérouté vers le port de cette ville, où la gendarmerie maritime devra éclaircir les choses.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueAppartenant à la China shipping international ship management de Shangaï , le cargo de 39.000 tonnes , 225 mètres de long et 32 mètres de large, construit en 2001 au Japon, transportait du charbon.La dernière affaire de bateau pollueur, jugée à Brest début octobre, avait coûté à un armateur la bagatelle de 1,5 million d’euros.Le 17 novembre 2010 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Man who allegedly held three hostage appears in court

first_imgA man who allegedly held three people hostage at gunpoint inside an apartment and fired at responding Vancouver police officers appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court.Cody C. Burris, 22, of Vancouver faces allegations of first-degree assault in connection with the early Thursday incident.At about 12:15 a.m., police were called to a suspicious circumstance at an apartment at 2010 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. The caller, Nathan Howard, told them that he believed a man named Cody was holding two people hostage inside the apartment, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Howard said he went to the apartment and was confronted by the man, later identified by police as Burris, who pointed a firearm at him and told him to “get the … out.” A woman inside the apartment, Nicole Van Siclen, told Howard “Please help me,” he said, and he subsequently called 911, the affidavit states.As officers approached the apartment, at least one shot was fired at them from inside the apartment, court records said. A SWAT unit responded and contained the area. Burris surrendered and was taken into custody.No officers or citizens were injured.The tenant, Adam Carter, told police that Burris threatened to kill him, pointed a firearm at his chest and ordered him out of the apartment. Van Siclen said that Burris pointed a firearm in her face, but she was able to escape from the apartment. A third person, Brandon Winders, also said that Burris pointed a firearm at him. He said he was afraid of being shot so he jumped out of the third-floor window, according to court documents.last_img read more

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Ive got to give it my all Reiss Nelson

first_imgThe former Arsenal youth international will play in the Bundesliga for one year, and he is ready for the challengeHoffenheim signed English youth international Reiss Nelson just before the closing of the summer transfer window.The 18-year-old will play for one year in the German Bundesliga after a deal was done with English Premier League side Arsenal.“I’ve got to give my all, 100 percent, and my family is really important in helping me do that,” he said told the league’s official website.“I’m always trying to better myself and improve, so it’s just adding the little things and the finishing touches.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.And how did he learned to be as good as he is now?“We would go to the football pitch near my estate and play until it was dark,” Nelson explained.“When you play with the older people it helps you mentally because they’re bigger and stronger than you. You have to live up to that.”“There are no referees there, so you don’t get any fouls. You grow up faster in a place where anything goes.”last_img read more

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University of London outsourced workers strike to gain employment rights

first_imgWorkers employed by outsourcing organisations that have contracts with the University of London, and who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), are undertaking a two-day strike in a dispute over employment rights.More than 100 workers will be taking strike action on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 April 2018. These include cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners, post room workers and audio-visual workers employed by Cordant Security, Cordant Services and Nurture. They seek to be made direct employees of the university, rather than outsourced workers.If successful, the affected IWGB members will be entitled to employment rights equal to those of direct employees. These include a workplace pension, the national minimum wage, holiday pay, sick pay, maternity pay and paternity pay.The industrial action forms part of IWGB’s Back In-House campaign, which is asking the University of London to stop outsourcing work, abolish zero-hours contracts and implement pay rises.Henry Chango-Lopez, president of the union, said: “The university has repeatedly refused all attempts by the outsourced workers and their union, the IWGB, to engage in a constructive discussion over outsourcing.“This intransigence has led to increasing anger among the workers, which is demonstrated by the growing number of workers that are choosing to take industrial action. The university would be well advised to heed the demands of the workers and make them direct employees.”University of London was unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday July 9 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 9, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Assessors MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Assessors meets at 11am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington Planning Board MeetingThe Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) The 60’s, Moon Memories and More: A Joint Program Between Library, Senior Center & WCTVThe 60s shout beehive hairdos, bell bottom pants, granny glasses, and more. It was the era of JFK and the race to the moon, Vietnam, and civil rights. Do you have memories or personal photos you would like to share of this decade? Do you have memories of the moon landing? If so, stop by the Buzzell Senior Center from 9am to 1 pm and share them! WCTV will do the recording (oral recording if you prefer not to be videotaped); photos will be scanned on site and returned.  Help us capture the spirit of the 60s!#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Customers Suing GCI For Poor Cell And Data Performance

first_imgGCI is facing a lawsuit filed by customers in Bethel and along the Kuskokwim. The suit alleges that the communications company has been ripping off customers in the YK Delta.Download AudioThe complaint was filed in the Bethel Courthouse on Tuesday, April 22, by The Law Office of Jim Valcarce and the Law Office of David Henerderson. Henederson says the allegations against GCI are over the poor quality of their data plans and cell phone service, despite advertising that both are fully functional.There are four plaintiffs currently listed including Mary Pete, Robert Sundown, William Howell and Lynda Kvamme. They allege GCI has been advertising their 3G network in rural Alaska, and specifically the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta regardless of the fact that their smartphone and data plans were not supported by sufficient infrastructure.The suit alleges GCI’s data almost never works and that dropped call rates are often between 50 percent and 100 percent.Henderson says they are petitioning the court to make the suit into a class action suit that could affect thousands of customers in YK DeltaGCI did return a call from KYUK by print time.last_img read more

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UPDATE Police Family Of Four Died At San Luis Resort In Galveston

first_img Share Photo via the San Luis ResortPolice is investigating a possible murder-suicide at the San Luis Hotel early Monday morning.THE LATEST on a suspected murder-suicide at the San Luis Hotel and Resort in Galveston, Texas: (all times local):5:15 p.m.Police say the four people who were shot to death in a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel were family members.Investigators are looking at the shootings early Monday at the San Luis Resort in Galveston as possibly being a triple killing followed by a suicide in which the mother was the shooter. Galveston police Capt. Josh Schirard says the victims were a 37-year-old woman, a 39-year-old man and two boys ages 10 and 5. They were from Baytown about 35 miles north of Galveston.Schirard says the family checked in Sunday evening at the upscale hotel.Police were summoned to the 250-room hotel on the Gulf of Mexico after a guest in a nearby room on the eighth floor called police about 4:30 a.m. Monday and reported popping sounds. Officers entered the locked room and found the man and two boys in bed with apparent gunshot wounds and the woman on the floor, also with a gunshot wound.___2:45 p.m.Police say a fourth person has died as a result of gunfire in an apparent murder-suicide at an upscale beachfront hotel in Southeast Texas.Galveston Police Capt. Josh Schirard says three people were found dead at the scene around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the San Luis (loo-EE’) Resort. Schirard says a fourth person, a woman, was discovered wounded and transported to a hospital, where she later died.Schirard says another guest reported hearing a popping sound from a nearby room on the 8th floor and called the police.Officers entered the locked room and found three bodies, plus the fourth person who was seriously wounded.Galveston police didn’t immediately release the names of any of the four people. All had been staying together in the room where the bodies were found.Police didn’t immediately release further details.___11:06 a.m.Police say three people were shot to death and a fourth was wounded in an apparent murder-suicide at an upscale beachfront hotel in Southeast Texas.Galveston Police Capt. Josh Schirard says the shootings happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the San Luis (loo-EE’) Resort.Schirard says another guest reported hearing a popping sound from a nearby room and called the police.Officers entered the locked room and found three bodies, plus a fourth person who was seriously wounded. That person has been taken to a hospital.Schirard says the four people shot had been staying together in the room where the bodies were found.Police have not released their names or other details.Official press release regarding the incident at the San Luis hotel available on https://t.co/Sez4jZybpi pic.twitter.com/xXJyGzOtwE— City of Galveston (@CityofGalveston) January 8, 2018last_img read more

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Despite it All Give Thanks 2018

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comThis year, the annual holiday tradition of having Christmas dinner in Northwest Baltimore with my dear friend Lisa Respers-France and her family came a couple of days early. Nevertheless, Ms. Pat (Lisa’s Mom) has not lost an epicurean step; on the contrary, she actually stepped up her dessert game, which actually seemed implausible.Dinner with Lisa, her husband Terry and the Respers clan, always brings me tribal comfort and joy we all could use, especially around this time of year. But, for me it also marks a time to reflect on the year that is quickly coming to an end.To state the obvious, 2018 has been quite a year and I’m emotionally exhausted.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)At the end of 2017, as I reviewed the first year of Donald John Trump’s reign of terror, who knew 2018 would get worse? But, is there really any doubt that it did? When State TV (also known as Fox News) begins to turn on Trump you know things have taken a dramatic turn for the worse for the 45th president. Last week, we witnessed Brian Kilmeade, a member of the often obtuse “Fox and Friends” morning show (probably the most Trump friendly program on Fox), aggressively criticize Trump’s erratic and widely panned announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. On Dec. 21, Kilmeade went in on Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, White House spokesperson (perhaps the most mendacious press secretary in U.S. history), regarding Trump’s latest foreign policy folly.Kilmeade: “Sarah, he’s giving Russia a big win, Vladimir Putin praised him. He is also doing exactly what he criticized President Obama for doing. He said President Obama is the founder of ISIS. He just re-founded ISIS, because they’ve got 30,000 men there and they’re already striking back with our would-be evacuation. The president…is really on the griddle with this.”Sanders: “Brian, I, I, I, would have to respectfully and vehemently disagree with you. The idea that the president has had anything to do with helping ISIS re-emerge is absolutely outrageous.”Kilmeade: “Leaving is helping, leaving is helping.”The imminent U.S. military withdrawal from Syria is what allegedly triggered last week’s resignation in protest of Gen. James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense. Mattis was the one man in the Trump administration that allegedly allowed a large swath of the Republican establishment to “sleep well at night.” Well, with the departure of Mattis, a living legend in military circles, restful sleep has been replaced by gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands by GOP traditionalists. Mattis’ resignation letter, a metaphorical middle finger to the 45th president also serves as a dire warning to our country and the rest of the world of the looming menace of Trump untethered.I could fill 10 weeks worth of this column chronicling Trump’s catastrophic second year. But, forget Helsinki, forget Cohen and forget Mueller, for me 72 hours in October of 2018 captured the essence of Trump’s wretchedness.On Oct. 24, a White man with a history of violence gunned down two Black people at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky. He had earlier attempted to storm into a nearby Black church apparently to massacre parishioners, a la Dylan Roof, who butchered those nine beautiful people at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. in South Carolina, in June 2015.On Oct. 26, another White man, a Trump zealot was captured after sending dozens of mail bombs to Trump enemies, including the Obamas, the Clintons and CNN. Two of those bombs were sent to the offices of CNN in New York and the headquarters in Atlanta, where my dear friend Lisa Respers, who is a senior writer for CNN’s entertainment team operates from. During those harrowing hours when CNN was literally under the threat of attack Trump’s mantra that the press is the “enemy of the people” became even more personal and perilous for me. Thank God none of those bombs detonated.Tragically, the morning of Oct. 27, 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., were not as fortunate. A third White man, a virulent anti-Semite, also filled with hatred for immigrants stormed into that house of God and slaughtered 11 worshippers. It was the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in American history.In two years, Trump has provided overwhelming empirical evidence he is manifestly incompetent at governance. However, during the same span he has exhibited great prowess at supercharging the American landscape with fear and loathing.Hopefully, prayerfully, 2019 will truly mark the beginning of the end of Trump’s American carnage and in the words of former President Gerald Ford on August 9, 1974, “Our long national nightmare is over.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

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Attitude influences how tired exercising makes us

first_imgFind exercise too tiresome? It may all be in your head, say scientists who found that our expectations have a major influence on how strenuous we perceive sports to be. Researchers from University of Freiburg in Germany found that how a person doing the sport feels about himself or herself played a big role in feeling strained.Moreover, it can sometimes be smart to enlist help from supposedly useful sports products – if you believe in them, researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were made to ride a stationary bicycle-ergometre for 30 minutes and were asked beforehand to say how athletic they thought they were. They were also asked to put on a compression shirt. During their exercise, researchers asked the participants every five minutes what level of strenuousness they were experiencing.Right before the exercise, the participants were assigned to different groups and shown one of several short films that either stressed the positive health effects of the coming cycling activity, or dampened the expectations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn some of the films, the compression shirts were praised as an additional help in cycling, while other films indicated that they would make the test persons’ sweating comparable.”What the participants did not know was that we used these film clips with the aim of influencing their expectations of the coming cycling session,” said Hendrik Mothes, psychologist at University of Freiburg .Researchers found that the training unit was less strenuous for the test persons when they started out with a positive attitude. The more athletic the participants perceived themselves to be, the stronger this effect was, researchers said.last_img read more

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A Tiny WhipTailed Robot Can Administer Meds Anywhere In the Body

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer June 19, 2014 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readcenter_img Sometimes the best advances in technology are those that mimic Mother Nature. An example of said awesomeness is a new, microscopic gadget called MagnetoSperm.OK, OK, it has a funny name. But we assure you that its purpose is legit. It’s a sperm-shaped cyborg that’s controlled by magnets.The nano device is designed to wiggle and shimmy its way into the harder-to-reach spaces of the body for some cool reasons: to deliver medicine and, eventually, its makers hope, clear blocked arteries, sort cells, improve in vitro fertilization and more.Related: No Joke, These ‘Smart Diapers’ Can Detect Your Child’s HealthPretty ambitious for a plastic microbot measuring only 322 microns in length. It’s just six times longer than its biological counterpart, specifically of the human kind.Here’s a closer look:The spermbot — developed by researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and German University in Cairo, Egypt — swims and squirms quite like the real thing. Its magnetic nickel-cobalt coated oval head and oscillating flexible flagellum allows it to be steered to its target by something that might surprise you: a quartet of alternating electromagnetic coils that are as weak as the cheesy souvenir variety you’d find on most refrigerators. Hey, whatever works.Related: Far Out: Radiation-Blocking Underwear Also Protect Men’s FertilityScientists hope to make MagnetoSperm even smaller and lighter by replacing its tail with high-performance magnetic nanofibers. The tinier the nanobot gets, the tinier the places and spaces it should be able to reach and get to work in, like blood vessels and other tricky to navigate parts. The idea is to one day employ the device in ways that make invasive surgeries free of trauma and scarring.  We wonder how this smart swimmer will enter the body in the first place. By injection? By swallowable pill? Once it’s inside, will doctors hover the magnetic coils over the patient to drag MagnetoSperm where it needs to go, like coaxing metal shaving “hair” onto the bald head of a goofy old Wooly Willy toy? Will MagnetoSperm dissolve to release medicine?Whatever the method, this tech is worth keeping an eye (and a microscope) on.Related: FDA Approves First Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Bahamas holds byelection to fill former PMs seat

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie is seeking to add to his party’s big parliamentary majority by winning even in his former rival’s district.Monday’s by-election on Abaco island will fill the seat of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.Ingraham stepped down earlier this year after Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party swept his Free National Movement from power. Ingraham held the North Abaco seat for 35 years. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Christie says a win in Abaco would be the “icing on the cake” after his party’s lopsided victory in May elections. Christie’s party controls 29 of 38 parliamentary seats.The two parties dominate political life in the archipelago off Florida’s east coast.Analysts expect a tight race between ruling party candidate Renardo Curry and the opposition’s Greg Gomez.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Conservative move against Boehner a sign of discontent

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories The resolution said Boehner, R-Ohio, “has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent.”Meadows told reporters that he hoped his action prompted a “discussion” with Boehner and other House leaders “about representing the American people. It’s about fairness.”Meadows said he wants Boehner and other GOP leaders to make sure that “every voice and every vote is respected, and votes of conscience are respected and not punished.”Democrats seized on the unrest.“As the American people look to Congress for solutions to the challenges they face, they increasingly see a Republican Congress dominated by obstruction, distraction and dysfunction,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said on Wednesday. He added, “The American people deserve better.”The acrimony within the Republican Party has been on stark display in Congress. Last Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of lying about votes. And more Republican infighting broke out Monday night as an email from an aide to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, suggested that conservative groups should take Lee’s fellow Republicans to task if they opposed him on a legislative maneuver to advance a repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some GOP lawmakers backing leadership voiced concern that by keeping his effort to depose Boehner alive during the August recess, it would blunt the Republican effort to focus voters on why President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is bad.“There’s been no one that’s been stronger on the Iran message. And to suggest we can only have one message when we go back home to talk to the American people would be to imply that our town halls can only have one question,” Meadows said.Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who has experienced the wrath of the leadership and is a Boehner foe, complained that the leaders are “not listening to the American people.” He faulted leaders for not allowing quick votes against same-sex marriage and federal money for Planned Parenthood.“He just has the courage to do something about it,” Jones said of Meadows.___Follow Matthew Daly: http://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDCAssociated Press writer Deb Riechmann contributed to this story.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Lee’s move angered Republicans, and Lee sought to contain the damage, telling colleagues in a closed-door meeting that he hadn’t authorized the email.The resolution Meadows filed accused the speaker of causing “the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the Executive and Judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American People.” And it said Boehner “uses the power of the office to punish members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the speaker.”Last month, the leadership briefly stripped Meadows of his subcommittee chairmanship over his votes in a move supported by Boehner, but later relented after conservatives objected.Boehner’s office had no comment. He is in his third term as speaker.Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., dismissed the resolution and Meadows’ move.“You don’t raise any money, you need a way to raise money, you do gimmicks like this,” said Nunes, who is close to Boehner.Meadows disputed that claim.“This is really more about an issue of fairness. It is not about raising money” for re-election, said Meadows, a two-term lawmaker who was elected in the tea party-backed 2010 class and represents the western tip of North Carolina. WASHINGTON (AP) — An effort by a conservative Republican to strip House Speaker John Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP.On Tuesday, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who was disciplined earlier this year by House leadership, filed a resolution to vacate the chair, an initial procedural step.The proposal was referred to a committee stocked with leadership loyalists, and it is unlikely to emerge. The move, however, reflected the discontent in the GOP where members have been frustrated with leaders’ willingness to compromise on some legislation. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington. Meadows, a conservative Republican who was disciplined earlier in 2015 by House Speaker John Boehner is pushing a largely symbolic effort to strip the Ohio Republican of his position as the top House leader. Meadows on July 28, 2015, filed a resolution to vacate the chair, an initial procedural step. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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