Catherine Blewett to Join Federal Public Service

first_imgCatherine Blewett, clerk and secretary to cabinet, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and CEO of Immigration, will join the federal public service June 20. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today, March 8, Ms. Blewett will serve as Deputy Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “Catherine has made a significant contribution to public service in Nova Scotia and I am pleased she has been recognized nationally,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Catherine’s dedication in key areas such as immigration and intergovernmental relations have positioned Nova Scotia well for continued progress.” “I have been very grateful for Catherine’s leadership as head of the provincial public service, and am proud of the fact that one of Nova Scotia’s most senior civil servants has the opportunity to take her passion and abilities to Ottawa.” -30-last_img read more

A bungling Bond TrumpRussian meeting was so botched many smell a setup

first_imgWASHINGTON – Here’s a pop quiz testing your skills at covert political scheming: If you were claiming to set up a super-secret meeting to deliver Russian intelligence to an American presidential campaign, would you:A) Put it in writing, in an email;B) Publish proof on social media of your attendance;C) Keep your Facebook page completely open for another year, for anyone to peruse;D) All of the above.If you answered, “No,” to any of these questions, you’re no Rob Goldstone. He’s the globe-trotting, celebrity-schmoozing music impresario who set up a now-infamous encounter between the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer, and made little effort to hide it.His modus operandi was so overt, so obvious, that it’s provoked head-scratching and stoked conspiracy theories. Some of the president’s defenders say this had to be a setup, perhaps by Democrats.Alternatively, others simply dismiss the whole thing as a non-story, for different reasons: there’s no evidence the meeting yielded anything, denials of any Kremlin ties, and indications that Democrats have also picked up political tips from foreigners.But some friends of the British-born music agent were left with the impression he’d been helpful to Donald Trump’s election.While Goldstone’s wide-open Facebook page usually shows pictures of celebrity acquaintances like Michael Jackson and Robert De Niro, and shots of his constant travels, it did get political last Nov. 8 — the night Trump was elected.Goldstone posted: ”Pennsylvania about to be called which would give presidency to Trump.” In another, he showed a picture of himself, Trump, and a mutual friend captioned: ”The A-Team — headed to the White House.”Some friends were annoyed.One swore at Goldstone and posted the message: ”You helped this disaster happen when you know what an idiot (Trump) is. Please forget who I am. We should never have become friends.”This was a few months after the now-notorious meeting Goldstone set up at Trump Tower involving Donald Trump Jr., campaign manager Paul Manafort, and presidential staffer-and-son-in-law Jared Kushner.Goldstone marked a geotag for the visit and posted it on his Facebook page.Email records show he presented the meeting as an opportunity to get information collected by the Russian government. He said the information was dirt on Hillary Clinton gathered in a bid to help Donald Trump, and sent his way via Russian prosecutor and it would be shared at Trump Tower by someone he called a Russian government lawyer.The lawyer in question has denied links to the Kremlin; the Trump team says the meeting was a bust; and the president’s fans are dismissing the episode, alternatively, as a non-story, or evidence of a double-standard against Trump, or a Democratic setup.But Donald Trump Jr. was excited because he replied to Goldstone: “I love it.”An emerging theme on the right is that this was a setup. Some are pointing out that the Russian lawyer posted an anti-Trump social-media message last year, and appeared at a congressional hearing to watch Barack Obama’s Russia ambassador testify.A congressional Republican, Chuck Grassley, has sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking why she was allowed in the country when her permission to travel to the U.S. had expired in early 2016.The farther fringes of the alt-right suggested she may have been sent in to wiretap Trump Tower.The more mainstream right appeared to be coalescing around a more mundane line of response: that the whole thing is a yawn-inducing nothingburger — that people close to the Clinton campaign also reached out to Ukraine or Russia for political dirt.But one Obama White House veteran agrees this looks like a conspiracy — just not the kind Trump’s fans have in mind. Brett Bruen studied Russian influence operations for Obama’s National Security Council following the invasion of Ukraine.He said this resembles a move from the Russian playbook. He calls it the “rope-a-dope” strategy. Often, he says, the rope is a friendly, innocuous-seeming middleman, encouraged to pull a target into conversation.“What at first glance may seem like a fairly amateurish operation and a cast of comedic characters actually is rooted in a much more sophisticated strategy by Russian intelligence to probe a campaign, and see where there may be opportunities or weaknesses that can be exploited,” Bruen said in an interview.“You never come out in a (first) meeting with a potential contact, or in the intelligence world a ‘source’, and put your best cards on the table… They wanted to see whether or not there was a willingness on the part of key members of the Trump campaign to take these kinds of meetings, to be baited.”last_img read more

Qatar Infrastructure Crumble Under Downpour

By Kaitlin JunodRabat – Heavy rain in Qatar this Wednesday revealed structural weakness in the country that is to host the 2022 World Cup. Within mere hours, the Qatar was hit with more than a year’s worth of rainfall, flooding the streets and forcing schools and stores to close.At Hamad International Airport, water poured through passenger terminals. The airport was just opened last year, about six year behind schedule. The Sheraton Hotel met a similar fate, while at the Ezdan Mall a whole section of the ceiling collapsed beneath the deluge, reported BBC. Following the downpour, Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani ordered an investigation, calling for authorities to bring companies behind the country’s “flawed projects” before the public prosecutor. At least five companies will be subject to inquiry, though their identities are undisclosed at this time.Doha News reported that the city received 80mm of rain from mid-Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon, while the yearly average rainfall is about 74mm. Between 6 am and 3 pm Wednesday, paramedics responded to 250 emergency calls and road traffic collisions.For the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is expected to complete more than $200 billion in infrastructure projects. The country has already reduced the number of stadiums to be built from 12 to eight due to expenses, according to BBC. Human rights groups have criticized the country for abuses against migrant workers in Qatar.Photo: © carolyn_redaelli / Instagram read more

Stocks tick higher after US jobs report hits sweet spot

NEW YORK — Stocks rose Friday morning after a better-than-expected report on U.S. jobs eased worries that the economy is slowing too sharply.U.S. employers added 196,000 jobs last month, more than economists had forecast. More importantly, it gave encouragement to economists who said the prior month’s jobs report, which was shockingly weak, may have been an aberration and that the economy can continue to grow, albeit at a slower pace.The jobs report also hit a happy medium for markets, strategists said. It was neither too low to heighten recession worries nor too high to prod the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.The S&P 500 has climbed every day this week, though most of the gains were only modest, and it now sits just 1.6 per cent away from its most recent record high, which was set in September.The index has been tacking on more gains since closing out its best quarter in nearly a decade, with a 13.1 per cent rise in the first three months of the year. If the index ends Friday higher, it would clinch a seven-day winning streak, its longest in a year and a half.Stocks around the world have also been climbing as the United States and China say they are making progress on talks to ease their trade war. President Donald Trump said Thursday that the U.S. and China were “rounding the turn” in the talks, which resumed Wednesday in Washington. No details were announced, but Trump said after meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He that “something monumental” could be announced within weeks.Challenges still lay ahead for the market, though, including expectations for the weakest batch of corporate earnings reports in years.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose 0.4%, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. All 11 sectors that make up the index were higher. Energy, health care and technology stocks helped lead the way.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 57 points, or 0.2%, to 26,441, and the Nasdaq composite gained 0.5%.JOBS REPORT: The stronger-than-expected jobs report helped smooth concerns about the economy, after February’s report initially said just 20,000 jobs were added during the month, which was sharply below the recent pace. The government on Friday revised that number to growth of 33,000.Average hourly earnings rose 3.2 per cent in March from a year earlier, which was weaker than economists’ forecasts. Markets pay close attention to the numbers because while higher wages help workers afford to buy more things, they also crimp corporate profit margins.UPCOMING EARNINGS: Profitability is one of the market’s top concerns as companies line up to begin reporting their first-quarter results next week.Analysts expect companies in the S&P 500 to report a nearly 4 per cent drop in earnings per share from a year earlier, which would be the first decline since the spring of 2016. The expected drop in profits is due almost entirely to weaker profit margins. Analysts are forecasting that revenue grew nearly 5 per cent for S&P 500 companies during the quarter and that they held onto less of each $1 of that revenue as profit than a year ago.BREXIT WOES: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.5% after Prime Minister Theresa May requested a further Brexit extension from the European Union until June 30 to give the U.K. breathing room since it is now scheduled to leave the bloc in just one week.European Council President Donald Tusk proposed a longer time frame, urging the 27 other EU nations to offer the U.K. a flexible extension of up to a year to make sure the nation doesn’t crash out of the bloc in a chaotic and costly way.The CAC 40 in France gained 0.1% while Germany’s DAX was virtually flat.___AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach contributed from Bangkok.Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

MR slams international critisism

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says international criticism about the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is unfounded.Speaking to media heads at Temple Trees last night, the President maintained that the impeachment process was fair. He also said that a committee will be appointed to look at constitutional amendments. (Colombo Gazette)

Speaker defends Police action near Parliament

Parliament was also told that there was a fear the protesters may surround Parliament and that was a threat to Parliament. The Speaker said that the protesters were allowed to protest on the side of the road but instead they had protested in the middle of the road. The joint opposition said that several members of Parliament were prevented from leaving Parliament by the Police during the protest.The Speaker said that he never issued instructions to the Police to block any Parliamentarian. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today defended Police action near Parliament on Saturday during an opposition protest.Jayasuriya told Parliament today that the Police had used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protest as they had violated a court order. However he said he will not interfere with Police action to provide security to Parliament. The Speaker however said he will meet the opposition to discuss their concerns. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN envoy Angolan President discuss partnership to consolidate peace

Following their meeting, envoy Ibrahim Gambari told reporters that he had delivered to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos a letter from the Secretary-General, which came in reply to the UN envoy’s request for UN assistance in all phases of the peace process. Mr. Gambari also said he had reported to the President on the work of the UN assessment team which he has been leading in Angola since the 10 June. Discussions focused on “specific ways in which the United Nations can be a partner in consolidating peace here in Angola, promoting national reconciliation, deepening democracy and promoting national reconstruction,” he said. Saying he had been “very well received by the President,” Mr. Gambari reported that they had reviewed the main issues of concern. “We will continue the discussions at the technical level,” he said, adding, “The rest of the team will continue their visit.” The findings of the assessment team will be included in the Secretary-General’s next report to the Security Council on necessary adjustments to the UN presence in Angola. read more

GWI disconnects Berbice schools after 61M water bill owed

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has disconnected its water supply to several schools in Berbice due to the nonpayment of water bills amounting to some $61 million.Among the schools disconnected is the region’s premier secondary institution, New Amsterdam Multilateral School.The Regional Administration of Region Six, for the past three years, has failed to pay the water bills for all government institutions including schools, hospitals and health centres.WI contacted regional officials on Tuesday and informed them of the bill and plans to disconnect the water supply to buildings.However, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Kim Stephens reportedly contended that GWI cannot disconnect the buildings since they are controlled by the Government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice schools reconnected after bills partially paid – GWIFebruary 20, 2019In “Business”GWI advises customers to only make payments at its officesJuly 8, 2016In “latest news”GWI wants Region 4 NDC’s to take charge of water bills collectionMarch 12, 2018In “latest news” read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_imgExempt from f.o.i. just proves how corrupt it all isHe received 7,082 green thumbs. 2. On the same article, where Phil Hogan exclaimed that an agency could not be made out of thin air, Fatray Kennedy called for protests, a sentiment which at least 5,355 people approved of. Imagine instead if the outrage on social media and ringing joe Duffy everybody took to the streets in protest.They would be the end of Irish water.3. It was one of our most-read stories of the week and it certainly got you talking. After reading about the poor, young man who got himself into a bit of bother after a bicycle crash, Harygarford noted that: He wasn’t complaining for the first 5 weeks! Tragedy struck a Dublin family this week when a young pregnant woman went into cardiac arrest. She delivered her baby but died shortly after. The newborn had severe brain damage and was being kept alive in a maternity hospital. Because the parents of the child were not married, the father was not deemed the legal guardian and could not make decision about its care or when to turn off life support. The High Court did this instead. Margot Doherty explained the legal situation in her column and Fiona Ward shared her personal story, calling for change:When my baby boy was born he needed emergency surgery. I was in an awful state physically and mentally yet the surgeons would only speak to me and the consent forms were pushed under my nose to sign while my fiance stood beside me. He was completely ignored. He had to relay everything the surgeons said and what I had signed back to me because I was so doped up on painkillers I couldnt remember anything!! It was an awful experience for him things need to change!!Finally, in another poll this week, we asked people about their holiday plans. This answer from Kieran Casey got us all chocked up – sad and happy, all at the same time.Yes I’m going home to beautiful Ireland..Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at sinead@thejournal.ie. That was in relation to the cyclist who had an erection for seven weeks but did not present to hospital for five weeks. He received 2,228 thumbs up for the comment. 4. Last Saturday, we shared an image discovered in the 1983 State Papers which showed Penney’s dedication to helping the Irish economy. Kevin Leon Shore was given 2,135 green thumbs for his analysis: If it wasn’t for Penney’s and aldi the people of Ireland would be naked and starving5. Fergal Reid had a fair question – which at least 1,992 wanted to ask as well – on a piece about a ban on ‘clocking car mileage’. This isn’t currently illegal?? Some of the best comments left on the site this week There was much discussion under a poll about how employer’s should treat staff who have recently lost a beloved pet. Hugh Conaghan shared his heartbreak:When my pet Labrador died after 14 years in our family we were devastated.I remember the feeling when my sister contacted me and having to console my mother. It is amazing how they become part of our lives. He was always there at the centre of our attention whether it was running around excited on Christmas morning because we were all up so early or the year he ran off with a full ham and slept for about a day. No I didn’t expect a day off with pay to mourn his loss but I’m not ashamed to admit that I took two at my own expense because I was heartbroken. My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming.You’re welcome. (YouTube: BBC Comedy Greats)This week’s Burning Question dealt with a fiercely controversial issue. Should you dig down to the second layer of the biscuit tin or chocolate box before the first is finished? You overwhelming said this was a ‘definite no, no’ (Editor’s Note: You’re all mean, joyless Treat Police). But at least you’re not sonny black, who did this to his special someone:I opened a tin of roses last night and took all the ones I like and cello taped the lid back on.I’m going to do the same with a tin of Jacobs USA biscuits tonight.When she finds out she will kill me but it’s too much fun.Readers seemed to really enjoy our science columnist Conor Farrell’s explainer on why Pluto was demoted and is no longer considered a planet (aw!). We, at TJ HQ, equally enjoyed this exchange between Simon Eales and Emily Elephant – for the humour and because we remember the rhyme too.At school we were taught the phrase My Very Easy Method just Speeds Up Naming Planets to remember all 9 of them. How is it done now with only 8?center_img On an article announcing the sad passing of actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (aka Trigger from Only Fools and Horses) many of you recalled your favourite lines from the BBC sitcom. Dee4 got plenty of green thumbs for remembering this line:Trigger: I’ve maintained it for 20 years. This old broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time.”RIP, class actor EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Irish Water (again), the CRC (again), losing pets, isolation rooms and fathers’ rights.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Foxhounds killed after being hit by Iarnród Éireann train (450 comments)2. Revealed: Autistic children locked in unsupervised ‘isolation rooms’ for hours (301 comments)3. Leitrim county councillors vote to ban fracking (269 comments)4. 79-year-old jailed for three months over Shannon protest (235 comments)5. Column: Tragic case of newborn boy highlights unmarried fathers’ lack of rights (230 comments) The 5 most popular comments this weekImage: Flickr/DFPFagan1. The most popular comment this week was simple but it resonated with a huge number of our readers. Leslie Alan Rock, under a story about Irish Water, said: Everyone was delighted that the nine dogs that were on ‘death row’ at Carrick Dog Shelter were saved after our reporter Michelle Hennessy wrote about their tragic stories. Not only did it inspire people to rescue the animals, it also spurred others to help in their own ways.Paul thomas told us:That’s great news after reading that story during the week I set up a direct debit to donate to a dogs trust once a month it’s not much but I hope it helps a little.While, Emma fitz said:Great news, ill happily donate food, blankets, bed etc to any of the people who took in the dogs. I so loved the collie in the first picture. Have a dog like him who is currently asleep on the ‘forbidden’ couch! Well done to all involved.TheJournal.ie revealed the misuse of isolation rooms in some primary schools this week. The government is now reviewing the situation. Jonathan Savino, a parent of an autistic child, had this to say following the shocking account of events:My son has Asd, and to be honest he is awesome, he is also way smarter than most mainstream kids, he has an iq in the 140′s and he is only 5.He has a lot to give the world, and believe it or not our world would be worse off with out autism. Famous people on the autism spectrum include Albert Einstein, Lionel Messi, Nickolai Tesla, Isaac Newton, Daryl Hannah, David Bryne, Gary Numan, probably Kanye West, Thomas Jefferson, James Joyce, Susan Boyle and many more high profile acclaimed academics, inventors, Scientists, artists, sports stars, actors and musicians of note. The truth is this, with out Asd we would be nowhere near as advanced as we are. These children see the world from a whole different perspective to you and I, and think in a way that most are not capable of. They can learn a lot from mainstream kids and mainstream kids can learn a lot from them. Our education system should leave no child behind ever!!!!And no child should be locked in an isolation room/cell ever.Underneath Asd, Asd kids are the same as other children. Imagine how traumatic it would be for your child to be locked in a cell, or for you to be locked in a cell. Don’t think it would be any less traumatic for a child with Asd.I would also like to say that just because some one is different doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be included.last_img read more

Les plus vieilles constructions en bois au monde ont plus de 7000

first_imgLes plus vieilles constructions en bois au monde ont plus de 7000 ansLes premières cultures agricoles du néolithique nous ont livré les plus anciennes structures en bois connues. Situés en Allemagne, ces puits ont plus de 7000 ans. Ils ont été datés grâce à la dendrochronologie, une technique qui utilise les cernes du bois.Il ne s’agit ni d’une tombe, ni d’un temple ou d’une cabane. Les plus vieilles structures en bois connues au monde sont quatre puits retrouvés dans la région de Leipzig en Allemagne. Ils sont l’œuvre des hommes de la culture Rubanée, appelée ainsi à cause du décor en ruban de ses céramiques. Cette culture est la première à avoir maitrisé l’agriculture en Europe Centrale et constitue un des points forts du Néolithique européen. L’équipe de Willy Tegel et Dietrich Hakelberg de l’université de Fribourg a montré par dendrochronologie que l’abattage des arbres utilisés datait d’entre 5206 et 5098 av. JC.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les puits étaient construits à partir de bois de chênes aussi anciens qu’imposants. Ils ont été abattus à l’herminette, un outil qui ressemble à une hache dont la lame aurait pivoté de 90 degrés. Les traces retrouvées sur le bois montrent des techniques de bucheronnage avancées.  Les chercheurs ont également retrouvé divers objets gorgés d’eau au fond de ces puits comme des restes de plantes, des récipients en écorce, de la corde ainsi que des céramiques richement décorées. Ainsi scellés, ces artefacts sont restés protégés des ravages du temps pendant plusieurs millénaires.La révolution néolithiqueLa sophistication des objets retrouvés nous renseigne sur ce tournant majeur de l’humanité. C’est en effet à ce moment que les chasseurs-cueilleurs d’Europe ont commencé à se sédentariser et à pratiquer l’agriculture. On parle de révolution néolithique, une période pour l’étude de laquelle la dendrochronologie nous fournit de précieux renseignements. La dendrochronologie est une des techniques de datation les plus précises. Elle se base sur les séquences des cernes des arbres. L’épaisseur de celles-ci nous renseigne sur les conditions météorologiques de chaque année et les chercheurs considèrent que sur une bonne durée, généralement 50 ans, les motifs que forme l’alternance des années sèches et des années pluvieuses ne se répètent pas. Il “suffit” alors de caler la séquence des cernes de l’artéfact à dater sur une frise de référence pour savoir à quelle année correspond chaque cerne. Du coup, et c’est le grand défaut de la technique, il est impossible de faire une datation si l’on n’a pas la base de données qui correspond à la région et à l’espèce d’arbre étudiées.Le 23 décembre 2012 à 13:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Find Your Aesthetic Unboxing the Persona 5 Take Your Heart Edition

first_imgStay on target It’s about two years late, but Persona 5 is finally out! I’m deep in a stylish JRPG hole as the Phantom Thief Joker, stealing hearts in Tokyo by night and attending classes at Shujin Academy by day. I’ve been excited about Persona 5, and that’s why last June I preordered the “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition. It’s also why I got a PlayStation 4, after that first announcement that the game would be on the new system (but since then I’ve gotten Bloodborne, Ni-Oh, Final Fantasy XV, and Nier: Automata, so I’ve been pretty happy over the last two years of waiting).Seriously, most of the time preordering games is really stupid. But if there’s a legitimate reason to think that a special edition of a game will be sold out at launch, that’s a valid exception. That was my concern with Persona 5, and even if I lucked out and found a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition at retail after launch, I don’t regret it. And, since the Take Your Heart edition is going for $175 and higher on Amazon, I think I made the right call.Also, it’s simply a rad collector’s edition, which is why I’m showing you all the stuff that’s in it.Persona 5: Take Your Heart Premium Edition comes in a big cardboard box with a magnetic flap, so it stays shut. It’s a gorgeous package, covered with art from the game, including minor character. And Persona spoilers on the back (I currently have the four characters on the front of the box in my party, and I’m pretty certain the four on the back will be recruited to the Phantom Thieves as the story continues). It’s still cardboard, and while I’ll keep the box to hold trinkets as long as I can, I’m not optimistic about it lasting very long compared with plastic, metal, or wood box.Inside the box, there are some collector’s edition standards: art book, soundtrack, and a steelbox case for the game itself. The art book is on-point, called Persona 5 Art Book: The Aesthetics, and I’m terrified to open it. The cover looks nice, but I’m not going to flip through the art until I play more of the game. I don’t want to be spoiled for plot developments, like certain Persona 4 sequel fighting games’ trailers do with one of the biggest revelations in Persona 4.The soundtrack CD is a plain disc in a cardboard sleeve, with Igor’s weird prison guard assistants, Justine and Caroline. Maybe they’ll grow on me, but so far they’re irritating compared with Elizabeth or Margaret. Stupid kids.I’m not a fan of steelbook cases, but the Take Your Heart case is striking. It’s the same mix of white, black, and red as the art book, but the shading of the art is just the bare metal, making it look shiny and eye-catching. It’s a good design.The Take Your Heart edition comes with two big bonuses beyond the usual collector’s edition additions. There’s a cute plush of Morgana, the game’s blue-eyed black cat mascot, and party member. It’s adorable, and so far Morgana is pretty strong as Persona 5’s version of Teddie.The other item is a Shujin Academy book bag. It’s a reproduction of the bag the protagonist uses and carries Morgana around in. It looks close to the game’s bag, but it isn’t a very robust or sturdy accessory. It’s all-nylon, and while it can probably hold up as a gym bag, I wouldn’t stuff it full of big or heavy things. It’s also pretty simple, with only one large pocket, a fairly thin lining, and no padding. It is big enough to hold the box it came in, at least.The Take Your Heart Premium Edition retailed for $89.99, though I managed to preorder it for about $75. And at those prices, it’s an excellent collector’s edition. There’s no big statue or figure, but for less than $100 it comes with all of the collector’s edition standard items like a soundtrack CD and art book, plus a nice plushie of Morgana and a decent, if not particularly well-made, Shujin Academy book bag. It’s a shame it doesn’t come with any digital content, though; Persona 5 is getting a ridiculous amount of costume DLC over the next month. And as much as I love Persona 4 I don’t want to spend a few bucks just to dress up my characters in Yasogami High School uniforms. Also, Shujin Academy’s uniform is the best of any school in the Persona series. Black blazer and black-and-purple plaid pants. The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat last_img read more

Thierry Henry is about to suffer a major setback vs PSG

first_imgWith the terrible season that he’s having right now, AS Monaco manager Thierry Henry will confront his biggest test yet against Neymar and Mbappé’s PSG.If you thought that Thierry Henry is having an unfortunate first experience as a professional manager, you are in for a big surprise because the AS Monaco boss is getting an even worse weekend in Ligue 1.In five matches that the Frenchman has managed after taking Leonardo Jardim’s place in the club, Thierry Henry has lost three and tied two of them with a total of four goals scored and 10 against.This start of the season was supposed to be prodigious for the Arsenal legend, but instead, he has found a club that is on the brink of relegation as they keep sinking on Ligue 1’s 19th position and don’t seem to be getting any better.Just this Friday evening, Henry himself lamented Kylian Mbappé’s departure as he is about to face the French youngster on Sunday when Paris Saint-Germain visits AS Monaco in Ligue 1.This match promises to be a real massacre for the rookie manager, it might even spark the beginning of the end for him and his technical staff as one of the most forgettable managerial debuts for any former player in football history.🎙 #ASMPSG pre-match press conference💬 @ThierryHenry”There’s always pressure, whether you’re at the top or the bottom. We know very well who’s coming on Sunday. We’re going to try to make it uncomfortable for them.” pic.twitter.com/aDduXZt4nh— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) November 9, 2018There is really no way around next Sunday’s match, only a true miracle could give AS Monaco a victory against one of the most impressive clubs in European football today.PSG has a staggering 41 goals in only 12 matches, they have only allowed 7 goals and they have two of the best players in the world at their service.Youngster Kylian Mbappé left Henry’s club two seasons ago, he left a record-breaking €180 million for the club and has only grown exponentially as a player at PSG.In such little time, the teenager has managed to become an integral part for both his club and his country, but his biggest achievement has been France’s second World Cup trophy in history last summer.Mbappé was the biggest revelation of this tournament, he even scored a brace against Argentina in the round of 16 and also got his own goal in the final.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.This Sunday, the youngster comes back to the stadium where everything began and where he started to build the already impressive career that has taken him to inevitable comparisons with players like Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo.📷🔙🏋️‍♂️PSG get back to business at the Ooredoo Centre 💪 #ASMPSG🔴🔵 #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/DQNEAQrZP5— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) November 8, 2018Thierry Henry will most certainly dread every single moment in which the young player touches the ball next Sunday, he knows that his future at Monaco is hanging by a thread and he is obviously expecting that the French champions come with everything they got to win.We are still wondering why Thierry Henry believed that taking this job as the Monaco manager was a good idea, a club that is clearly decreasing its competitive gene in the last couple of seasons and has only worried about selling their most impressive players to the highest bidders on the European market.Thierry Henry should’ve given it a little more time to think things over, or maybe even demanded some great signings for the winter in order to at least save the season.AS Monaco is in a very tight spot right now, a painful defeat against Paris Saint-Germain is almost a certain thing at this point and the club’s board of directors would make a terrible mistake if they sacked Henry from his position so early during his spell.It’s sad to see this situation from a distance, because the Frenchman is a fan favorite and everybody was expecting him to succeed on his first experience as a manager.💬 “We must try to find the right path. We know what we need to focus on and we have to try to remain positive.” @ThierryHenry #ASMCLU pic.twitter.com/8cpqBMgzAy— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) November 6, 2018What do you think about Thierry Henry’s unfortunate situation at AS Monaco? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

1 charged 2 transported 14 treated on scene after fight at Miami

first_imgTwo @MiamiNorlandSHS female students were engaged in physical altercation. Third student discharged an irritant, impacting those in immediate vicinity. Affected students being treated as a precaution. Disciplinary action forthcoming against those involved. School is safe.— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) May 8, 2019“It was quiet, and then everybody was loud,” student Alejandra Albandra said.Investigators said the student who discharged the irritant will be arrested and charged accordingly.The two female students who started the incident will face disciplinary action in accordance with the District’s Code of Student Conduct, police said.The two students transported were taken to local hospitals as a precaution and have since been released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – One student will face a battery charge for spraying an irritant into the air after two students were transported and 14 others were treated following a fight at Miami Norland Senior High School.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived to the school in the area of Northwest 11th Avenue and 193rd Street just after 12:30 p.m., Wednesday.“With irritants, it’s typically scratching in the throat, watery, itchy eyes,” a paramedic said.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where several fire rescue and police vehicles could be seen parked in front of the school.Deshaun Griffin, 19, said he saw an orange powder, and then he felt ill.“It ended up going to half my face, so like my face is still numb, but when it happened, my face was burning, and I couldn’t see out of one eye, and I felt dizzy. It was just real crazy,” Griffin said while holding an ice pack to his face. “I don’t know why she would do that because you don’t know what people have out here. You don’t know if people have asthma. You don’t know what’s their medical history.”Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the cause for the students falling ill was due to an “irritant” being sprayed by a student while two others were fighting inside of the school’s gym. last_img read more

Presidents Pledge Accelerated Effort to End Veteran Homelessness

first_imgThe federal government has made significant progress in the fight to end veteran homelessness despite failing to meet President Obama’s pledge to eliminate the problem by the end of 2015.Veteran homelessness has dropped 47 percent since 2010, when Obama set his goal. And since the beginning of 2015, about 30 cities and counties have met federal benchmarks signaling progress in housing homeless veterans.“We knew that those were all going to be tough goals to achieve,” Ann Oliva, deputy assistant secretary for special needs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), told Stars and Stripes. “But we thought they were doable, and if we made the right policy decisions and had the right data and resources we needed, we could [make] progress, which is what we did,” she said.The president’s pledge was followed by a sharp increase in federal resources to address the issue. Congress has allocated an average of $67 million for a voucher program to house homeless veterans over the past five years.“When it was announced that the goal was to end veteran homelessness in five years, I think that was taken by everyone as, ‘Can we actually do that?’” said Randy Brown of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. “But that goal and the serious efforts to put a plan behind it and put resources behind it changed the landscape from managing homelessness to actually ending homelessness,” Brown said.One reason the federal government — primarily HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs — has fallen short is that more veterans are becoming homeless than officials had estimated when Obama announced his goal, Oliva said.“We thought it was going to decrease over time,” she said. “That didn’t play out the way we thought it would.”Another factor is the lack of affordable housing, according to the story. HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced they would provide $39 million for the first half of 2016 to house about 5,300 veterans. Since the federal voucher program began in 2008, the government has awarded 85,205 vouchers.“Certainly we’re on the right path,” Oliva said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Companion Christmas trees from Tongass en route to DC

first_imgAaron Steuerwald and Steve Hollis found the best available Shore Pine were on the Shoal Cove road system on Revillagigedo island in Southeast Alaska. (USFS photo)This year’s National Christmas Tree is a 74-foot spruce from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest. The tree is traveling across the U.S. on its way to Washington, D.C. — and as of Sunday, was in Indiana.In addition to the spruce, which will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, seven smaller “companion” trees have been selected from the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest.According to a U.S. Forest Service news release, the seven shore pines were found in the Shoal Cove Road area on Revilla Island. They were shipped out on Saturday, Nov. 14th.The companion trees will be used to decorate offices of Alaska’s Congressional Delegation and other offices in Washington, D.C.The tradition of the National Christmas Tree began in 1964, when a live tree was plantedon the Capitol lawn. That tree lived three years before succumbing to root damage, according to the Capitol Christmas Tree website.In 1970, the capitol architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide another Christmas tree. Since then, a tree has been donated by a different National Forest each year.Because this year’s trees are from Alaska, Alaskan children and community organizations have been asked to provide about 4,000 ornaments for all the trees.last_img read more

DC Public Housing Gets Funding

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comPublic housing in the District got a boost from the City Council who passed it’s $15.5 billion budget June 18 after the Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt initially said he would not certify its budget since it was initially ruled funds had been improperly diverted from Events DC, the former D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission.  Events DC made accounting errors in the past two years and didn’t return excess revenue from a dedicated tax once it had met all of its requirements to bondholders who funded the D.C. convention center.The D.C. Council decided to divert $23.5 million in funds for public housing. (Courtesy Photo)In the FY-2020 Budget Support Act, the Council committed $23.5 million to fund urgently needed repairs to affordable housing units in public  complexes using excess revenue from Events DC. This follows the federal budget submitted to Congress, where President Donald J.Trump proposed a $9.7 billion cut to public housing, which could mean up to a 15 percent reduction in the budget cut for the D.C. Housing Authority. The District’s Public Housing provides affordable homes for almost 8,000 low-income units for District residents.“Today was a win for 400 families and seniors living in public homes in disrepair. We can’t have millions of excess tax dollars sitting idly while some of our neighbors live with mold, pests, and disrepair in public housing,” said D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) who represents Ward 6 in a published statement afterwards.  “This was a clear example of the Council’s oversight leading to important change.”This year’s budget includes an increase in public housing vouchers and a continuation of recent increase in the Housing Production Trust Fund, set at $120 million. Still, these families and seniors need help now.The ’s budget features an increase in public housing vouchers and a continuation of recent years’ steady increase in the Housing Production Trust Fund, set at $120 million. Still, these families and seniors need help now and, unlike the federal government, the District makes considerable investments in affordable housing. According to an opinion piece in the Washington Post earlier in the week, the city was looking for revenue to help make improvements to decaying properties that have been allowed to lapse into “horrible conditions.”In their joint column, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Allen acknowledged that the District has seen vigorous growth and an expansion of the wealth gap, which has lead to displacement of families making it impossible for those residents to continue to live in the city. Many houses have dilapidated and are in such bad shape they had been making their tenants sick, while many of the units are no longer fit to be occupied. Federally subsidized public housing has traditionally been a sanctuary for the very lowest income residents in the District, including critical multi-bedroom homes for families. For many years, the federal government paid for the maintenance of those homes.  Mendelson and Allen concurred that the budget was always tight, but it did ensure thousands of families had a home they could afford.They also acknowledged the federal budget cutbacks have left cities at a deficit when trying to properly maintain them. Tyrone Garrett, head of the District’s Housing Authority, testified that the maintenance has fallen so far behind it would cost more than $2 billion to fix them.As the Council was in the final stages of preparing another vote to ratify the District’s proposed balanced budget, Mendelson and Allen stated that this year’s budget,  “makes considerable investments in affordable housing.” “In no way does this solve a much more serious long-term challenge,” Allen’s statement continued. “How do communities like ours come up with hundreds of millions of dollars for repairs when the federal government walks away from funding its own housing programs?”last_img read more

On 10th Convocation Makaut gives certificates to 150 best students

first_imgKOLKATA: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Makaut) hosted its 10th Convocation on Friday at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Salt Lake where certificates and medals were handed over to around 150 best performers.Every year, Makaut churns out around 35,000 graduates from its 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges affiliated to it across the state and has been no exception this year. The university handed over DSc to Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee, founder and chairman of Chatterjee Group at the programme. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chancellor of the varsity, graced the Convocation and awarded DSc to Chatterjee. Anupam Basu, director of NIT Durgapur, was the chief guest. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Around 30,000 to 40,000 thousands are graduating every year from Makaut and we are taking all possible measures to make our students employable. Steps are being taken to ensure that research works become business-oriented and not limited to patents only,” Vice-Chancellor of Makaut, Saikat Maitra said on the sidelines of the Convocation ceremony. Elaborating on the steps taken by Makaut in this regard, Maitra said they have come up with a digital studio on its Salt Lake campus for creating an online platform that also involves online inspection of the courses and other academic activities taught in its affiliated colleges. Makaut has come up with 6 nodal centres — five in the state and one in Delhi for holding awareness camps and providing placement assistance to students. Makaut declared its first chair for School of Engineering Science in the name of Sardar Jodh Singh. A cheque amount of rupees one lakh was handed over to V-C Maitra by Sardar Taranjit Singh, son of Sardar Jodh Singh and Managing Director of JIS Group.last_img read more

Lawmakers dismiss attempt to block Nicaragua Canal

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:35 years after Somoza’s overthrow, not much for Nicaragua to celebrate Poet Ernesto Cardenal on Gran Canal project: ‘We should denounce to the world what is happening in Nicaragua’ Thousands march to protest Nicaragua’s ambitious canal project Activists visiting Washington blast Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project as ‘illegitimate’ MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua’s Congress has scuppered a bill backed by thousands of people hoping to block a cross-country canal project, saying the legislature does not have the authority to weigh the issue.The draft legislation presented by rural dwellers living along the proposed Nicaragua canal’s path “is rejected as inadmissible,” the chamber said, adding that it lacks the “jurisdiction” to handle it, Congress’s first secretary wrote in a letter made public on Monday.The government hopes the ambitious Nicaragua Canal project will rival Panama’s lucrative canal, which handles five percent of commercial maritime traffic.Some 28,000 Nicaraguans signed a petition backing the bill, which sought to block the state’s authorization giving the canal project to a Chinese consortium, HKND, to build and run for 50 years. Seven thousand of those signatures were stamped, as required by law. Only 5,000 stamped signatures must be collected for Congress to consider a citizen’s bill.See: Indigenous and Afro-Caribbeans claim they were forced to negotiate over Nicaragua CanalThe legislature argued on Monday that it is unable to debate the citizen’s bill because of a 2013 ruling by the country’s Supreme Court rejecting a complaint against the canal and drawing a line under the issue.A legal consultant for the petitioning rural citizens, Mónica López, criticized the Congress’s decision, saying the lawmakers were declaring that “the law on the canal is written in stone and 28,000 signatures cannot modify it.” That, she said, was “a legal aberration, an outrageous situation.”Congress in June 2013 approved a law handing the canal’s operating rights to the HKND consortium, which is tasked with building the gargantuan waterway at a cost of $50 billion.Read more Nicaragua Canal coverage herelast_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — Your move Jay Feely The bar h

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Your move, Jay Feely.The bar has been set, and set fairly high in the kicking competition.Given the first chance to impress, Chandler Catanzaro did just that with a perfect performance in the Arizona Cardinals’ preseason opener, a 32-0 victory over the Houston Texans last Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium.He made all three extra point attempts, each of his three field goals tries and sent every one of his seven kickoffs deep into the end zone, including a pair of touchbacks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “It’s friendly,” Catanzaro said of the competition. “We kind of do our own thing. I’m really just focused on what I can control and that’s my kicking. I’m just focused on getting better every day, and I think Jay kind of takes the same mindset. But we have very, very good relationship. I have all of the respect in the world for Jay and all he’s accomplished. It’s amazing over the years what he’s done, all the clutch kicks and how many years he’s been in the league.Despite the early success and continuing praise from Arians, Catanzaro knows he’s got a long ways to go before locking down the job as Cardinals kicker.“There’s always room to get better,” he said. “If there’s one thing I fear it’s complacency.” Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Not bad for his first game action in the NFL.“It felt great. The main thing I told myself is to just enjoy the opportunity, take it all in. That’s what I did,” Catanzaro said Monday. “Couldn’t have asked for a better first game, I guess.”Was the kid — he’s 23, fresh out of college after leaving Clemson as the school’s all-time leading scorer — nervous?“There were a few butterflies every now and then,” he said, “but honestly I just focused on my love of competing rather than the anxiety or whatever I was feeling.”One of 15 rookie free agents to sign with the Cardinals two days after the draft, Catanzaro hit a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter, followed by a 28-yarder in the second and a 25-yarder in the third. However, it was his leg strength connecting with the ball off the tee that most impressed head coach Bruce Arians.“I knew he could kick extra points and field goals. That’s a given. But he didn’t kick off in college,” Arians said. “We knew he had a strong leg. (The Texans) were trying to return them and any time you start behind the 15-yard line you know you hit a great kick.” At Clemson, Catanzaro was never asked to kick off, a duty that belonged to punter Bradley Pinion, now a senior. That allowed Catanzaro to concentrate solely on field goals, in which he missed only one attempt in each of his final two seasons.“Kicking off is something I could always do,” he said. “After the year was over, after the Orange Bowl, people were talking about how I couldn’t kick off and it kind of gave me an edge, a competitive edge. I took that and it made me more hungry. I went out there and worked my tail off to kick off better because I knew I could do it. God has blessed me with a strong leg. Just took that and ran with it and here I am now.” Catanzaro is here in training camp competing against Feely, who struggled some with kickoffs, especially late in the season last year, his fourth with the Cardinals and 13th overall.Feely — described as being “in the best shape of his life” according to Arians — will handle all kicking duties this week at Minnesota and, it sounds like, the next week against Cincinnati. Catanzaro will then kick at San Diego, the preseason finale, giving each player the chance to perform once indoors and once outdoors. Top Stories last_img read more