Snoop Dogg Hands Out Turkeys In Los Angeles

first_imgSnoop Dogg handed out 1,500 turkeys to people in need in Los Angeles last week.The rapper joined with Mayor James Butts at The Forum for the second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway.“Snoop Dogg took pictures with over 800 people at the event,” Butts said. “We had a tented area for seniors to sit in, and the first thing he did was go over to take pictures with everyone there.”“This is my second home,” said Snoop. “Inglewood has been good to me from day one and that’s why I love Inglewood, and I just want to let y’all know I’m gonna be doing this every year. I’m sorry I’m late but I giving you some big fat turkeys so y’all can get your eat on for Thanksgiving.”last_img read more

Why Wayanad could be a safe seat for Rahul Gandhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Wayanad, which could soon become a VVIP constituency if Congress President Rahul Gandhi decides to contest the Lok Sabha election from there, has been a Congress safe seat. In the last two Lok Sabha elections, in 2014 and 2009, M.I. Shanavas of the Congress won the seat, defeating the Communist Party of India (CPI) in Kerala’s predominantly bipolar electoral politics. In that sense, picking Wayanad as Gandhi’s constituency is a careful choice as is the calibrated demand to have him contest from a southern Indian seat apart from Amethi where he faces Union Minister Smriti Irani. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency is newly formed and was created following fresh delimitation of seats in 2008. The seat has been vacant since last year following the MP’s death. For the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the total number of electors in Wayanad was 11,02,097. Shanavas got 410,703 votes, which was 49.86 per cent of votes polled. He defeated Advocate M. Rahmatullam of the CPI, who got 257,264 (31.23 per cent). In that election, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s C. Vasudevan Master got 31,687 votes which was a mere 3.85 per cent of the votes polled. He came a distant fourth in the contest. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday K. Muraleedharan of the Nationalist Congress Party did better than the BJP candidate, coming third with 99,663 votes (12.10 per cent). Compared to 2009, Shanavas had a tough time winning the seat in 2014, scraping through with a little more than 20,000 votes over the second placed CPI candidate to become one of the 44 Congress MPs in the last Lok Sabha. In 2014, Shanavas got 377,035 votes or 30.18 per cent of the votes polled compared to CPI’s Sathyan Mokeri who got 356,165 votes or 28.51 per cent. However, that election saw the BJP placed third with its candidate P.R. Rasmilnath bagging 80,752 votes (6.46 per cent). The others in the race, all bit players, fared as follows. Independent candidate P.V. Anvar got 37,123 votes (2.97 per cent), SDPI’s Jaleel Neelambra got 14,327 votes (1.146 per cent) and WPOI’s Ramla Mampad got 12,645 votes (1.01 per cent). NOTA votes figured seventh on the tally — 10,735 or 0.85 per cent. PPA Sageer of AAP got 10,684 votes, which was 0.85 of votes polled, Sathyan Thazemangad, an independent candidate, got 5,476 votes or 0.43 of votes polled. The Wayanad Lok Sabha seat comprises seven Assembly segments. Three of these are from Wayanad district — Mananthavady (ST), Sulthanbathery (ST) and Kalpetta. One is from Kozikode district (Thiruvambadi) and three are from Malappuram district — Ernad, Nilambur and Wandoor (SC).last_img read more

American Pop Star Katy Perry to Celebrate Her Birthday in Marrakech

Rabat – American pop star Katy Perry chose Morocco’s main tourist destination to celebrate her 30th birthday. According to US Magazine, the American arrived in Marrakech earlier this week.The soon-to-be 30 year old star had initially scheduled to celebrate her birthday in Egypt, but decided to change her mind at last minute for security reasons, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In recent, Marrakech has become one of the favorite destinations for world stars. According to a ranking published by the famous French Magazine Gala last April, the “Red City” figures among the world’s most visited destinations. Gala listed the imperial city next to other fabulous places favored by world celebrities, such as Rio de Janeiro and Barbados.Marrakech was recently chosen the world’s sixth tourist destination in the world. read more

Urging faster UN reform India says world body should lead response to

26 September 2009The United Nations should be at the forefront of multilateral efforts to resolve the world’s most pressing challenges, India’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today as he voiced frustration that reform of the Organization has not kept pace with international expectations or needs. “It is imperative that the United Nations act in concert to coherently overcome” key challenges and crises such as climate change, extreme poverty, hunger, diseases and the recent global recession, S. M. Krishna said in his address to the Assembly’s annual General Debate, held at UN Headquarters in New York. Mr. Krishna said the UN stood at the “centre stage” of multilateralism and international cooperation and the vision enshrined in the world body’s Charter – inclusiveness and collective action – “must be our lodestar, the guiding principle of all we undertake.” But he voiced concern that reform of the UN was too slow, especially given that four years have passed since the 2005 World Summit, when many proposals for change were floated. The Foreign Minister said the 192-member General Assembly must be revitalized so that it has a stronger role as “the anvil of global deliberation,” while the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) should also be at the heart of international efforts on development. The Security Council, which currently has five permanent and 10 non-permanent members, has to become far more representative, with extra seats allocated to both categories of membership. Speaking more broadly, Mr. Krishna said it was clear that international governance structures were clearly neither inclusive nor participatory, and had not been able to keep up with contemporary realities. “The reform and restructuring of the global governance architecture is the critical need of our times and the voice of the developing world, including the small island nations and of Africa, is of principal and core relevance, if we are to have truly participatory and global responses to global challenges.” read more

UNbacked group backs efforts to reach compromise to political crisis in Guinea

18 January 2010A United Nations-backed group has voiced support for the efforts shown by all sides in Guinea to reach a compromise to the political crisis that has engulfed the poor West African nation since Government forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at a rally last year and killed at least 150 people. A high-level delegation from the International Contact Group on Guinea met over the weekend in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, with a mediator and senior Guinean figures to discuss the recently signed Joint Declaration aimed at resolving the crisis, according to the UN spokesperson’s office.The Declaration, signed on Friday, calls for the establishment of a transitional commission and the holding of fresh presidential elections within the next six months.Guinea has been gripped by unrest since the armed forces shot and killed or raped and attacked hundreds of civilian demonstrators attending a rally in the capital, Conakry, on 29 September.The deadly crackdown sparked international outrage and prompted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to set up the International Commission of Inquiry to investigate the events of the day. Mr. Ban has since handed the report of the three-member panel and their recommendations to the Security Council, the Guinean Government, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Captain Dadis Camara – who seized power in a coup in 2008 following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté – has also survived an assassination attempt in the interim and is currently in exile.Today the UN spokesperson’s office said that the delegation from the contact group, which includes Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, met over the weekend with Capt. Camara and with General Sekouba Konaté, the President and Vice-President of the National Council for Democracy and Development (known as the CNDD). The delegation, which includes representatives from the AU and ECOWAS, also held discussions with Blaise Compaoré, the President of Burkina Faso and the mediator of talks to end the political crisis in Guinea.“The delegation commended the efforts of the mediator and expressed satisfaction with the spirit of compromise and sacrifice exhibited by all parties and their willingness to place the interest of the nation above all other considerations and urged them to continue along that path,” the UN spokesperson’s office noted.“The delegation encouraged the interim head of State, Gen. Sekouba Konaté and the Prime Minister to be appointed to ensure full implementation of the accord in line with the expectations of the people of Guinea.” read more

Disaster risk awareness key to preventing casualties says UN ambassador

29 December 2011Better disaster risk preparations may have helped avert casualties when tropical storm Washi slammed into the Philippines this month, a United Nations champion for disaster risk reduction said today. Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines, who is a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), urged local authorities to immediately implement the country’s national Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan and devote enhanced resources to mitigating risks from natural disasters.“Strengthening the capacity of local government units to address disaster risks and hazards is a major component of the national strategy for disaster resilience,” said Ms. Legarda. “A national plan, no matter how good, will remain ineffective if not translated into local plans and action.” The tropical storm, known locally as Sendong, swept across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on 17 December, killing more than 1,000 people in massive flooding, flash floods and landslides. Some 300,000 people have been displaced, many of whom are taking refuge with relatives or in makeshift structures.Following the storm, Ms. Legarda called on local authorities throughout the country to invest in flood infrastructure, including river embankments, pumping stations, flood walls, drainage systems, storm drains, canals and flood retention areas, noting the high number of casualties caused by Washi could be due to a lack of awareness of the risks involved.“I don’t think there was any seriousness and understanding of the gravity of Sendong. Even if there had been sufficient warning, there was no preparedness,” Ms. Legarda said. “A clear and effective early warning and response system using red flags like in Bangladesh mush be established.”UNISDR is the secretariat of a strategic framework – known as the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and adopted by UN Member States in 2000 – which aims to guide and coordinate efforts to achieve substantive reduction in disaster losses and build more resilient communities and countries. read more

Brookfield and the Caisse buy automotive battery business from Johnson Controls for

MONTREAL — Brookfield Business Partners LP and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, together with a group of institutional partners, have signed a deal to buy Johnson Controls’ power solutions business for US$13.2 billion in one of the biggest leveraged buyouts this year.The business produces batteries for automakers and aftermarket distributors and retailers.The companies say it is well positioned to benefit from the growth in demand for advanced batteries, including those used in electric vehicles.Brookfield nearing deal for Johnson Controls auto-battery business: sourcesBrookfield in talks to sell IDI Logistics to Caisse de dépôt’s real estate arm, sources say“We are excited to grow our business with the acquisition of power solutions, a global market leader which generates consistent cash flows and profitability,” said Cyrus Madon, chief executive of Brookfield Business Partners.“We look forward to partnering with the management team to continue growing this world-class business and build on its track record of innovation.”George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive, said the deal was a significant milestone in the ongoing transformation of the company.“The sale of our Power Solutions business will create value for investors by streamlining our portfolio and giving us increased financial flexibility to strengthen our balance sheet, return capital to shareholders and create optionality in our buildings business,” Oliver said in a statement.It’s the largest acquisition to date for Brookfield Business Partners since the division went public in 2016. Earlier this year, the firm also agreed to pay US$4.6 billion for Westinghouse Electric Co.The transaction will be funded with approximately US$3 billion of equity and about US$10.2 billion of long-term debt financing.Brookfield Business Partners expects to fund approximately 30 per cent of the equity, while CDPQ will fund about 30 per cent with the balance being funded by other institutional partners.Brookfield Business Partners is the main business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.Johnson Controls expects net cash proceeds from the deal to be US$11.4 billion after tax and transaction-related expenses.It expects to use $3 billion to $3.5 billion to repay debt.The deal is expected to close by June 30, 2019.With files from Bloomberg read more

Promise tracker What the parties are pitching on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — A running list of specific promises announced by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party since the official start of the federal election campaign on Sept. 11.LiberalsSept. 22: Make the first $15,000 of income tax-free for Canadians earning $147,667 a year or less and lower cellphone bills by 25 per cent.Sept. 20: Ban all military-style assault rifles and work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns. Create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and have a two-year amnesty while the program is being set up. Not re-establish the controversial long-gun registry.Sept. 18: Increase old age security by an extra 10 per cent once a senior turns 75 with change to take effect July 2020; increase the Canada Pension Plan survivor benefit by 25 per cent.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Sept. 17: Increase the Canada child benefit by 15 per cent for children under one, remove federal taxes from employment-insurance payments for maternity and parental leave, introduce an extra 15 weeks of leave for adoptive parents (EI currently covers 35 weeks for adoptive parents), and work to establish “guaranteed paid family leave” for those who don’t qualify for EI.Sept. 16: Spend at least $535 million per year to help create up to 250,000 more spaces for children in before- and after-school child-care programs, reduce fees parents pay for elementary school programs by 10 per cent, and ensure 10 per cent of new spaces go to parents who work outside normal hours.Sept. 13: Eliminate the “swipe fee” merchants pay to credit-card companies on every transaction, reduce the cost of federal incorporation, make federal business advisory services fee-free, create a voluntary payroll system to automate records for small businesses, launch a pilot project to give up to $50,000 to up to 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start businesses, and give $250 for new businesses to develop a website or e-commerce platform.Sept. 12: Impose a national one-per-cent tax on properties owned by non-Canadians and non-residents; raise the value of homes eligible for the first-time home-buyer incentive to $789,000 from $505,000.ConservativesSept. 22: Clear the backlog of veterans’ benefit applications in two years. Create a reliable pension system for veterans. Enshrine a guarantee in legislation that every veteran is treated with respect and is provided services in a timely manner. Strengthen transition services, help more veterans get service dogs, support the National Memorial for Canada’s War in Afghanistan, and hold an inquiry about Canadian Armed Forces members who were administered mefloquine.Sept. 20: Spend $1.5 billion in first term to purchase MRI and CT machines to replace aging equipment and add machines across the country to reduce wait times for potentially life-saving tests. Maintain and enrich the current funding formula for the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer to provinces.Sept. 19: Increase the Age Tax Credit by $1,000, which the party says would save individual seniors up to $150 and couples as much as $300.Sept. 18: Review all federal business subsidies and eliminate economic-development programs where funds benefit shareholders, corporate executives, foreign companies, lobbyists or consultants to find $1.5 billion in annual savings; make sure regional ministers oversee regional development agencies; support “strategic industries,” such as aerospace, if the money stays in Canada and creates or protects jobs.Sept. 17: Increase federal contribution to registered education savings plans (RESPs) from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for every dollar families add to the savings program, up to $2,500 per year. Provide low-income parents payments worth 50 per cent on the first $500 they invest annually.Sept. 16: Provide up to $150 back on taxes per child up to age 16 enrolled in sports and fitness classes. Provide up to $75 back on taxes per child up to age 16 in an arts and learning program, such as dance classes, drawing or after-school tutoring.Sept. 15: Cut the tax rate on the lowest federal income bracket (up to $47,630) from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent over four years, which the party says would save a two-income couple earning average salaries about $850 a year.Sept. 13: Reintroduce a 15-per-cent tax credit for public transit that would apply at tax time to any transit pass allowing for unlimited travel within Canada on local buses, streetcars, subways, commuter trains, and ferries, as well as electronic fare cards when used for an extended period.Sept. 12: Remove federal income tax from maternity and parental benefits under employment insurance, by providing a tax credit of 15 per cent for any income earned under these two programs.NDPSept. 22: Add $2.5 billion to the federal government’s disaster mitigation fund.Sept. 18: Extend full public dental coverage to households making less than $70,000, and partial coverage to households with incomes between $70,000 and $90,000, starting in 2020.Sept. 17: Build 500,000 new affordable homes over 10 years, starting with an immediate investment of $5 billion.Sept. 15: Give Quebec new funding to help integrate immigrants, increased powers in areas such as environmental assessment and trade agreements, expand the province’s language law, Bill 101, to cover all federally regulated companies in Quebec, the right to withdraw from federal programs with financial compensation. Also, let Quebec sign the Constitution on its own terms.Sept. 14: Establish a national automotive strategy, including a $300-million auto innovation fund. Purchase Canadian-made zero-emissions vehicles to update government fleets. Increase consumer incentives for zero-emissions vehicles to $15,000 from $5,000, but only for vehicles made in Canada.Create a Canadian food strategy to help build local food hubs that link local producers to consumers, and encourage community-supported agriculture.Sept. 13: Put a price cap on cellphone and internet services, introduce a telecom consumers’ bill of rights, require service providers to offer basic plans and affordable unlimited data plans for cellphones, end caps for internet plans.Sept. 12: Work with province and municipality to get a hospital built in Brampton, Ont.GreensSept. 21: Address opioid deaths by declaring a national health emergency, decriminalizing drug possession, increasing supports for mental health and addiction, and boosting funding to community-based organizations to test drugs and support drug users. Ensure that Naloxone kits are widely available to treat overdoses.Sept. 20: Spend $600 million in 2020-21, rising to $720 million by 2023, to develop regional rail networks and strengthen rail connections between regions, and building high-speed rail in the Toronto-Ottawa-Quebec City triangle and the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. Rebrand the Gas Tax Fund as the Municipal Fund and ensure a doubling of current funding for transit and other urban infrastructure. Create a national cycling and walking infrastructure fund.Sept. 19: Lower the federally set price for cannabis to make it competitive with illegal supplies; eliminate requirements for excess plastic packaging on legal cannabis; remove sales tax on medicinal marijuana products; allow outdoor production of cannabis; impose organic production standards for cannabis.Sept. 18: Expand medicare system to include dental care for low-income Canadians.Sept. 17: Require political parties to follow the Privacy Act; prohibit warrantless intrusions on Canadians’ communications, ban cyber-surveillance programs that use bulk data collection; increase the powers of the federal privacy commissioner; and require companies to respect a “right to be forgotten” online.Sept. 16: View all policy through the lens of the climate crisis: the economy, health, education, foreign affairs, immigration, public safety, defence, social welfare, transportation.Re-introduce legislation to enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canadian law and implement the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Create universal pharmacare.Eliminate post-secondary tuition fees and forgive federal student debt.Create a “guaranteed livable income” program.Set the federal minimum wage at $15 per hour.Require a 60-per-cent cut in Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, reaching net zero in 2050; have 100 per cent of Canada’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030; ban the sale of cars with combustion engines by 2030.End pipeline, coal, oil or gas drilling and mining approvals, cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline and fossil-fuel subsidies.Ban the production, distribution and sale of unnecessary or non-essential petroleum-based single-use plastics by 2022.Decriminalize drug possession and lower the federally set price for cannabis to make it competitive with illegal supplies.Eliminate mandatory minimum criminal sentences.Ensure that the 2019 election is the last “first past the post” election and lower the voting age to 16.Apply a corporate tax on transnational e-commerce companies doing business in Canada such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Uber.Increase the federal corporate tax rate from 15 to 21 per cent.Limit credit-card interest rates to a maximum of 10 percentage points above the Bank of Canada prime rate, and limit ATM fees to $1 per transaction, as well as ban financial institutions from charging their own customers ATM fees.Study the impacts of adopting a shorter work week.Reform anti-trust laws to enable the break-up of media conglomerates, increase funding to CBC and Radio-Canada by $315 million per year until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC.Eliminate the first-time home-buyer grant.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019. read more

Continued Goodman work means firstlevel detours

As part of the ongoing Goodman School of Business expansion project, closures will impact the route of travel for some accessing Thistle Complex and the renovated Goodman building. Starting Monday, and continuing for approximate two weeks, the Level 200 corridor between Jubilee Court and the Student-Alumni Centre will be closed. In addition, the walkway to the east of the Goodman School of Business connecting Jubilee Court with the sidewalk in front of the Plaza Building will be closed for landscaping work until approximately Sept. 1.As an alternative, anyone who typically uses the impacted areas should use the 300 level of the Goodman School of Business or the Mackenzie Chown Complex.Maps of the affected areas can be found here: East elevator 200 corridor and Corridor 200 and East landscapeIf you have any questions or concerns, please email Janet Muenzberger or phone x5017 or email Lesley Owen or call x5919. read more

No 5 Louisville falls behind early storms past Hartford

LAS VEGAS — Asia Durr scored a team-high 20 points, Dana Evans added 11 points and six assists and No. 5 Louisville rallied from a sluggish start to rout Hartford 86-69 in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout on Saturday.Durr, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, made a pair of 3-pointers and finished 5 of 11 from the field for the Cardinals (5-0), who rallied from an 18-16 first-quarter deficit against Hartford (2-5).The Cardinals took better care of the ball in the second quarter and outscored the Hawks 37-18 to take control.Hartford’s Sierra DaCosta scored 21 points. Ella Awobajo had 12 points, and Jade Young scored 11 for the Hawks.NO. 6 MISSISSIPPI STATE 105, JACKSON STATE 38STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored 19 points in 19 minutes to lead five Mississippi State players in double figures.McCowan finished 8 of 9 from the field and had made 22 consecutive shots over three games before a third-quarter miss against the Tigers (1-4).The Bulldogs (6-0) did the bulk of their damage in the first half. They led 29-11 after one quarter and 61-22 at halftime with three players in double figures within the first 20 minutes.NO. 7 MARYLAND 58, GEORGIA 51TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Stephanie Jones scored 21 points, and Maryland held off Georgia in the Puerto Rico Clasico tournament.The Terrapins (6-0) led 53-51 in the final minute before Brianna Fraser hit a jumper and Taylor Mikesell added a free throw with 20 seconds left to quell the comeback bid.Gabby Connally scored 16 on 5-for-21 shooting for Georgia (3-3).NO. 11 TENNESSEE 73, UAB 69, OTBIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — Rennia Davis scored 18 points, Evina Westbrook added 16 and Kasiyanha Kushkituah had 13 as Tennessee rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit and won in overtime.Tennessee (5-0) claimed the Junkanoo Division of the Junkanoo Jam, and Davis was named the tournament MVP.Rachael Childress and Katelyn Thomas scored 19 points each for UAB (4-1).NO. 14 SYRACUSE 83, NO. 16 DEPAUL 81, OTCANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Tiana Mangakahia had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and sank a buzzer-beater in overtime to lift Syracuse over DePaul at the Cancun Challenge.Mangakahia dribbled down the clock, rolled off a high screen to the baseline and sank a reverse layup just before the buzzer.Miranda Drummond added 21 points and seven rebounds for Syracuse (6-1), and Gabrielle Cooper scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.Stonewall had 25 points and 10 rebounds for DePaul (3-2).NO. 21 MISSOURI 65, QUINNIPIAC 51ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Amber Smith also had a double-double and Missouri beat Quinnipiac in the consolation semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.Cunningham made 7 of 14 shots and 9 of 12 free throws, and also had three assists and two blocks. Smith had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Missouri (4-2).Jen Fay led Quinnipiac (2-3) with 14 points and eight rebounds.NO. 22 MARQUETTE 96, ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 32MILWAUKEE (AP) — Amani Wilborn scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season to propel MarquetteThe Golden Eagles (4-1) led 56-14 at halftime.The Flames (1-3), who have dropped three straight since a season-opening 75-65 win over Vanderbilt, had nobody score more than six points.The Associated Press read more

John Gilligan left Ireland last night after being discharged from hospital

first_imgCONVICTED CRIMINAL JOHN Gilligan is reported to have left Ireland by ferry late last night, immediately after being discharged from hospital.The notorious gangland figure is believed to have been escorted by armed gardaí to the ferry terminal at Dublin Port at around midnight.In a photograph on the Irish Independent front page, Gilligan is pictured in a wheelchair being brought out of James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, where he was being treated.In the picture, he is wearing black trousers, a black coat and a black flat cap, and he is holding a plastic bag from Dunnes Stores.Gilligan was shot four times just over a fortnight ago as he attended a family christening in Clondalkin.His departure from the country comes in the wake of the shooting dead of Stephen ‘Dougie’ Moran, a close associate of Gilligan’s who was shot dead in Lucan on Saturday night.Speaking on RTÉ Radio One’s News at One, journalist Paul Williams said Gilligan’s departure was an “ignominious retreat from public life”.Gilligan was acquitted of the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, but was sentenced to 28 years in prison for drug trafficking in 2001.He was released from Portlaoise Prison last October. An attempt was made on his life just weeks later, when a gunman entered a pub close to where Gilligan was drinking. Gilligan later dismissed the attempt as a “Halloween prank”.Gardaí could not immediately confirm that Gilligan was given an armed escort to the ferry port.Read: Witness appeal after major criminal linked to John Gilligan gunned down > Read: Armed gardaí dispatched to protect Gilligan in hospital >last_img read more

The app that only lets you say Yo is hiring and the

first_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act Read: Everyone is talking about this app that only lets you say ‘Yo’ > YO, AN APP that’s gone viral for its simplicity, is hiring. And like its minimalist product, there’s nothing to the job descriptions either.The app, created by Or Arbel, merely lets you send the word “Yo” to your friends by pressing one button – and that’s it.The app makes the recipient’s phone say ‘Yo’ in a robotic voice when they receive the message.  Arbel’s team boasts that it takes 11 taps to text the word “Yo” on other apps and only two on its app.The company behind the app has already raised around $1 million in funding – especially impressive given that it only took a reported eight hours to build.Here’s the job description — or lack there of. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change center_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there last_img read more

Brock Lesnar talks staying prepared during UFC 200 press conference UFC follows

first_img Braun Strowman Facebook Now Playing Up Next UFC On ESPN Deal Is Happening Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE star Brock Lesnar, who makes his return to mixed martial arts at UFC 200 this Saturday night in Las Vegas, said he feels great and stayed active training during his time away from the sport during today’s UFC 200 pre-fight press conference.UFC also followed Lesnar in preparation for his return during episode 3 of Embedded. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career WhatsApp Brock Lesnar Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Torontolast_img read more

Native American writer to lead pipeline protest class at Clark

first_imgWhen Portland journalist Jacqueline Keeler arrived in North Dakota to write about and participate in protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, she saw not just an encampment of protesters. She saw a reflection of the history of her people.Keeler, a Navajo and Yankton Dakota Sioux writer living in Portland, spent a week in October and another in December at the encampments where thousands of Native Americans from hundreds of tribes and their allies gathered to protest a 1,170-mile oil pipeline that set off a firestorm of debate and controversy late last year.“This is a historical event,” Keeler said. “I had to see it for myself.”Next week, Keeler will kick off a five-week winter course called “The Return of the Great Sioux Nation” through Clark College’s Mature Learning program, which offers not-for-credit classes to the community. The classes will be held at 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 13.Clark College staff member Anna Schmasow, a Dakota tribal member who helps organize the college’s annual powwow, reached out to Keeler to encourage her to develop the program.“It’s an education opportunity for something that’s going on right now,” Schmasow said. “It’s a movement.”The pipeline, which would transport oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and Montana to Illinois, was slated to run through North Dakota’s Lake Oahe, a Standing Rock Sioux burial site and a major source of drinking water. Protesters argued that the potential for a leak or burst of the pipeline would be devastating.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Wraps Up Midwest Workshop

first_imgDoug Schroeder, soybean grower and Illinois Soybean Association Board member from Bellflower, Ill., is pictured here discussing equipment needs and modern farming practices with Charles Kyemereh, Deputy National Coordinator for the Ghana School Feeding Program. Charles and more than 80 participants from over a dozen countries came to the University of Illinois’ National Soybean Research Laboratory to participate in the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health’s (ASA/WISHH) and the World Soy Foundation’s Practical Implementation of Quality School Nutrition Programs.The Workshop included targeted participants from Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), the World Food Programme, U.S. and local industry representatives and government officials to provide a forum for sharing innovative school nutrition practices and building links and partnerships between stakeholders within the sectors of government, nonprofit and commercial.Some topics covered included how soy protein, especially textured soy flour, can address nutrition requirements in school meals. Other topics covered various challenges, including securing funding sources, developing sustainable school lunch programs, and action planning. Participants also had the opportunity to cook meals with high protein ingredients.The workshop was made possible thanks to sponsors DuPont, the John Deere Foundation, INSTA-PRO International, CHS, NSRL and Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs).last_img read more

Craft Winefest toasts local state wineries with video

first_imgWhat: Wine festival with 20 local and regional wineries, all from Washington and mostly from Clark County. For ages 21 and over. Pets welcome.Where: Esther Short Park, Sixth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver.When: 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 21; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23.Cost: $18 at the gate covers three-day admission and includes a wine-tasting glass. Taste tickets are $1 each and sold separately. A share of the profits go to Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation.Information: or on FacebookWineriesAniche Cellars, Columbia Gorge, http://www.anichecellars.comBasel Cellars Estate Winery, Walla Walla, http://baselcellars.comBateaux Cellars, Toledo, http://www.bateauxcellars.comBurnt Bridge Cellars, Vancouver, http://burntbridgecellars.comCellar 55, Vancouver, http://cellar55.orgConfluence Vineyards and Winery, Ridgefield, http://confluencewinery.netEnglish Estate Winery, Vancouver, Wine Cellar, Vancouver, Star Cellars, Walla Walla, http://fivestarcellars.comGordon Estate, Columbia Valley, http://gordonwines.comHeisen House Vineyards, Battle Ground, http://heisenhousevineyards.comKlickitat Canyon Winery, Columbia Gorge, http://www.klickitatcanyonwinery.comMarket Vineyards, Richland, http://marketvineyards.comMill Lane Winery, Tenino, http://mill-lane.netMoulton Falls Winery, Yacolt, http://moultonfallswinery.comOlequa Cellars, Battle Ground, http://olequa.comPurple Star Wines, Richland, http://www.purplestarwines.comRusty Grape Vineyard, Battle Ground, http://rustygrape.comSeventh Son Cellars, Ridgefield, Friends Winery, Seahurst, http://www.sozofriends.comThe Clark County craft winery scene has grown up so much in the past few years that it seems like you can’t swing a grape vine without hitting one of them.Until this year, though, the dozen or so wineries haven’t had a place to showcase their locally made products.They can’t participate in the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival, held every August, because organizers of that event say their space is limited.But this weekend, Clark County’s wineries will get an event of their own in the (hopefully shining) sun at the Craft Winefest of Vancouver at Esther Short Park.The inaugural festival features about 20 winemakers from Washington state, with at least nine from the county. Cody Gray, co-organizer of the Vancouver Brewfest, decided to put the event together with his friend Lucas Hoyle, after local wineries talked to him about the need for their own showcase, he said.last_img read more

MultiState Lawsuit Filed Against Orbital Publishing Group

first_img The suit charges that the companies sent solicitations without indicating subscription expiration details, so consumers were paying fees without realizing their subscriptions weren’t actually up for renewal. Other consumers said they paid for subscriptions they never received. Other companies named in the suit are Liberty Publishers Service, Inc., Express Publishers Service, Inc., Associated Publishers Network, Inc., Publishers Payment Processing, Inc., Adept Management, Inc., Customer Access Services, Inc., Consolidated Publishers Exchange, Inc., Magazine Clearing Exchange, Inc., and Henry Cricket Group, LLC. The suit alleges that Orbital and a group of other companies have been sending illegal solicitation notices as far back as 2010. Orbital and its principal, Laura Lovrien, were named in a similar suit brought by Wisconsin AG J.B. Van Hollen in late 2014. Lydia Pugsley, alleged owner of Adept Management, was also named in the New York suit. In an affidavit filed as part of the New York lawsuit, Dow Jones said it spent $3.5 million to deal with the scam. Part of that money went toward free subscriptions. American City Business Journals estimates its subscribers collectively lost as much as $120,000 from the scam. According to court documents, the companies received payments from the customers and then sent checks to the publishers, pocketing the difference. Some Consumer Reports subscribers were being charged $59.95 for a one-year subscription that actually cost $29.95. The New York Attorney General’s office, along with the Attorneys General of Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas, have filed a lawsuit against Orbital Publishing Group, Inc.—a periodical subscription agency—and a number of other related businesses for mailing millions of allegedly misleading subscription and renewal notices. The notices were being sent without the permission or knowledge of publishers. At least 44 publications were used in the scheme, according to the suit. Customers receiving the notices were being told they were getting the lowest possible rates when in fact Orbital and a network of other entities were often charging more than double the subscription price. For their part, publishers had been sending cease and desist letters to the companies. Others ran full-page ads and alerts on their websites to warn customers of the illegal solicitations. “It is illegal under New York law to trade on the name of reputable publications and use deceptive advertising to trick consumers into overpaying for goods and services,” says New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “New York is home to the largest media market in the country and serves as headquarters to many of our nation’s most important newspapers and magazines. My office will work hard to protect New Yorkers from swindlers and to protect the business of reputable companies who play by the rules.” The  publications that Orbital Publishing Group allegedly used to overcharge customers: 1. America Magazine 2. American Association Individual Investor 3. Car & Driver 4. Catholic Digest 5. Country Woman 6. Daily Word 7. Discover 8. Entertainment Weekly 9. Farm Show 10. Forbes 11. Foreign Affairs 12. Harvard Business Review 13. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 14. Mother Earth News 15. National Geographic 16. New York Magazine 17. New York Times 18. Old Cars Weekly 19. People 20. Popular Science 21. Science News 22. Shooting Times 23. Smithsonian 24. Southern Living 25. Sports Illustrated 26. The Atlantic 27. The Economist 28. The Nation 29. The New Yorker 30. The Sun 31. The Wall Street Journal 32. The Word Among Us 33. Time 34. Turkey & Turkey Hunting 35. TV Guide 36. US Catholic 37. W Magazine 38. Woman’s World 39. Consumer Reports 40. The Nation 41. Kansas City Star 42. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 43. Tulsa World 44. Omaha World Heraldlast_img read more

ConocoPhillips to add wells at CD5 site in Alpine Field

first_imgOil development is ramping up in the National Petroleum Reserve.ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. says it’s adding wells and other infrastructure at its CD5 site in the Alpine Field.Download AudioThe five mile road from Alpine Central Facility to the CD5 drill site crosses four bridges, including the Nigliq Channel bridge, the longest on the North Slope. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNThe site is the first commercial oil development on Alaska Native lands within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. It began producing oil in October.The CD5 pad was designed for 33 wells.Original development funding was for 15 wells and 10 have been completed.ConocoPhillips estimates the cost of the new project at approximately $190 million and says the additional wells and infrastructure will bring the site to its full design and permit capacity.Project work will begin this year. The first oil from the next phase of drilling is expected in the third quarter of 2017.last_img read more

Accidents increase on NH16 216

first_imgRajamahendravaram: The accidents have been on the rise on National Highway No.16 between Siddantam bridge and Tuni and National Highway No.216 between Kakinada and Ravulapalem in East Godavari district. In 2018, as many as 188 people died in 581 accidents and in 2019 till May 210 people died in 586 accidents. Due to lack of signal lights at important junctions, lack of awareness among people on crossing the roads, free movements of cattle, overspeed and parking of lorries on the road margin without proper signal lights, etc are the main reasons for the accidents. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the proposed flyovers on the national highways to ease the traffic flow and prevent accidents are yet to materialise. Tenders are yet to be finalised for the proposed flyovers at Vemagiri, Jonnada, Lalachervu, Diwanchervu and foundation stone was laid to a flyover at Morampudi junction but works are yet to begin. The accidents are taking place at Vemagiri, Diwanchervu, Morampuudi and Rajanagaram junctions, mainly between Kattipudi and Tuni on the National Highway No.16. Meanwhile, the national highway between Kakinada and Yanam is also posing problems to the vehicle riders. According to an official of highways, overspeed and drunken driving are contributing to the accidents. Moreover, many people cross the national highway without taking any care which is another factor contributing to the increase in accidents.last_img read more

Throwback Why wasnt Hazel Keech interested in Yuvraj Singh

first_imgHazel Keech, Yuvraj SinghInstagramYuvraj Singh has made headlines as much for his affairs off-field as much he has for his striking performance on-field. From being in a steady relationship with Kim Sharma to dating a number of actresses before finally setting his eyes on Hazel Keech, Yuvraj’s love story is nothing less than a Bollywood script.On Kapil Sharma’s show, Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech had once revealed how their relationship began. Talking about that phase, Yuvraj had said that he once he saw her and liked her, he wanted to meet her. But, Hazel just wasn’t interested in him. Yuvraj first approached Hazel on Facebook where she took a long, long time to accept his friend request. And once she did, Yuvraj pushed to meet her.What’s surprising is that it took Yuvraj three years to convince her to meet him. Every time they used to decide a date and time, Keech used to turn off her phone on that particular day and not show up. This happened a number of times over a period of three years, post which, Hazel finally gave up seeing Yuvraj’s perseverance and patience.Hazel had revealed on the show that for her family, Yuvraj was a really big name but, since she wasn’t interested in cricket at all, she considered him at par. In fact, she never tried to Google him or find out more about him through the internet or their common friends.However, once the duo met in person, there was no looking back for the two. Hazel and Yuvraj got along like a house on fire at their very first meet and struck a rapport. It took the couple a few more years of dating before they finally decided to tie the knot. Yuvraj popped the question in the most romantic, surprising way to Hazel Keech in Bali and of course, she said yes.last_img read more