Veterans 360 Launches National Campaign Carry The Challenge ONE

first_imgOn November 11th, 2016 Veterans Day – Veterans 360 will launch a national campaign to change the narrative that surrounds today’s young veterans from one of negativity and despondency to one that begins with positive community engagement.Ron Perlman Sons of Anarchy Star embraces the Carry the Challenge ONE campaignVeterans 360 and the Carry the Challenge – ONE (CTC-ONE) campaign is designed to bring community back to veterans through a series of singular positive interactions. No stigma, interrogation or judgement, just a simple reminder that community still cares and is here to help.Prior to the launch of CTC-ONE, Veterans 360 has been asking celebrities and athletes if they will accept the challenge to “manage one positive act for a young veteran and to challenge others to do the same.” The response has been very positive with NFL, MMA, musicians, TV and movie celebrities all gladly accepting the challenge. Star of the big screen and TV Ron Perlman (our young vets will know him from Sons of Anarchy) got the challenge very quickly. “Yeah, perfect. Veterans collect two things – pens and challenge coins. This is such a cool way to reconnect community to our young vets and to begin a positive dialogue with them for a change – I’m In.”The CTC-ONE campaign has a goal to distribute 100,000 coins (there are over 2.6M Post 9/11 veterans) to those who accept the challenge and to the veterans they engage. The CTC-ONE coin can also be used to build community within large corporations and associations as we challenge employees, peers, friends and family. Patriots can help this campaign go viral by accepting the challenge and by posting a short video on their social media pages and the Veterans 360 / CTC pages using the hash tag # CTCONE.Veterans 360 Founder & Executive Director Rick Collins notes: “If just ONE veteran takes that coin (a coin they received through a positive interaction) and reaches out before doing something drastic then this campaign will have been worthwhile.”If you want to interview any members of the Vets 360/CTC team, please call 858.256.4006 or email For more information visit 360 Inc. is a San Diego based veteran centric 501C3 # 45-3713823 and a Guidestar Gold Partner. Veterans 360 has been actively supporting young veterans for 6 years.last_img read more

Xavier Dolan says new film Its Only the End of the World

first_imgDolan said this is favourite film. But then again, he says that about all his projects, he added. “The mission of this film is to show human characters who are unable to listen to each other and say ‘I love you.’ So I made a choice, I guess. It’s not cowardice…. I would say it wasn’t a lack of courage, it was a lack of interest.” “I don’t travel that much and I’m rather close with my family and we’re on very good terms,” said Dolan. “Evidently, from reading a couple of reviews, I understand that people think this is a fantasy film, me projecting myself in a world where I would die. The tension builds as Dolan uses tight close-up shots throughout. Dolan has brought some of his own personal experiences to his previous acclaimed films, which have included “I Killed My Mother,” “Heartbeats” and “Mommy.” Some articles have suggested the character’s condition is indeed AIDS, but Dolan insisted that’s not the case: “No, not at all.” Login/Register With: “The play certainly was tending towards, of course, that,” said Dolan, who won the Grand Prix prize — the second-most prestigious award — at last May’s Cannes Film Festival for the French-language drama, about a writer who returns home to tell his estranged family he’s dying. Thus there is no mention of AIDS or exactly what terminal illness plagues the lead character, a gay writer played by Gaspard Ulliel. Marion Cotillard plays his sister-in-law, the only calming presence in the volatile family filled with resentment and grief. Hitting theatres Friday in Toronto after Wednesday’s opening in Quebec, the film also stars Nathalie Baye as the writer’s glamorous mother and Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux as his unhinged siblings. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img “I’m not dying and that exercise is completely irrelevant. I wouldn’t waste time doing that consciously or unconsciously. There are so many beautiful things for me in that play, there were so many beautiful things to explore other than myself or my own life.” “I just didn’t feel like this was the theme of the film and that I needed something that dramatic, historically, so that the film would be relevant, so that the film would feel like it belongs in a category, like it has a social mandate or mission,” Dolan said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. Advertisement “The characters are hateable and despicable, but underneath all those layers of aggression and bitterness, there is pain,” said Dolan, a rising star who is now shooting his first English-language film, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” with an A-list cast. “It’s too demanding and it’s too much for it to be in the end, your least favourite work or not your best. It would be terrible for me to come to that conclusion.” But this is his least personal film, he said. “Making a film is long, it’s a lot of time, it’s a lot of energy, it’s a lot of love, it’s a lot of frustrations, it’s mental health, on-again, off-again gone, it’s missing your loved ones, it’s a lot of sacrifices,” he said. In adapting the play “It’s Only the End of the World,” Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan steered clear of the notion the protagonist has AIDS. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But the 27-year-old writer-director said he saw it more as a story “about our incapacity to love and communicate with each other and listen to each other and was not about an illness.” “Jean-Luc Lagarce, who’s the playwright, died of AIDS (complications). So it was something inherently associated with the play itself.” Twitterlast_img read more

Vigil for Christine Wood set for Wednesday night in Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsA family and community vigil will be held for Christine Wood, the 21-year-old Manitoba woman who police say was killed in a Winnipeg North End home.The vigil is taking place Wednesday evening.“After the most difficult eight months of our lives, we’re now mourning the loss of our beautiful daughter,” the family said in a statement ready by Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). “We are heartbroken and overwhelmed. We never imagined life without our Christine.”The vigil will start with a short ceremony at St Mary’s Parish beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a walk to the Thunderbird House where it will continue until 7 p.m.The vigil is being hosted by the MKO, the Bear Clan and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.“Everyone is invited to attend any part of the vigil and show their support for the Wood family,” said the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in a media advisory released Tuesday.The memorial vigil follows the arrest of a 30-year-old in connection with Wood’s murder.Brett Ronald Overby was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on April 7, 2017.According to police, investigators searched Overby’s home in March and charged him with an unrelated offence. While at the home, the forensic team remained at the house for several days and found DNAthat was later confirmed to be Wood’s.Her body has still not been found.Wood went missing Aug. 19, 2016, after leaving a Winnipeg hotel.She was visiting the city with her parents when she disappeared. Wood was reported missing two days later. She is originally from Oxford House First Nation, a community of roughly 2,000 innorthern Manitoba.Since her disappearance, the Wood family has spent the better part of nine months searching Winnipeg streets, with the help of the Bear Clan.On Monday, Winnipeg Police Service held a press conference to address Wood’s case.“In January, with very little new information to go on missing persons collaborated with investigators from homicide, and it was determined at that time they would take the investigation in a different tact,” saidChief of Police Danny Smyth. “The homicide unit took over as lead investigator.”The MKO set up a GoFundMe page Monday to help with travel costs for the family to attend the Winnipeg vigil.Over the weekend, the community held its own memorial for Wood and another man who died last week.Wood’s parents have yet to address media. They are expected to make a statement during Wednesday’s vigil.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

The worst toys for the holidays according to safety group

first_imgBOSTON — A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its 46th annual list of the 10 “worst toys” Tuesday at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.Joan Siff, the non-profit organization’s president, said many of the toys on the list represent choking, eye and other safety hazards that surface year after year, despite the group’s efforts.Siff advised parents to shop “defensively” and not be lulled into a false sense of security because a toy is made by a familiar brand or sold at an established retailer. One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury, according to the Center for Injury and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.A Cabbage Patch Kids ballerina doll that made this year’s list, for example, is marketed to children ages two and above, but includes a removable tutu and headband that can be choking hazards, said James Swartz, a trial lawyer who serves as W.A.T.C.H.’s director.A slender mallet that comes with VTech’s caterpillar-shaped electronic xylophone — a toy made for children as young as 18 months old — is another similar choking threat, he said.Other toys on the list included a Nerf gun that fires soft discs, a “stomp rocket” that launches foam-tipped projectiles up to 200 feet in the air and a plastic “cutting fruit” set. The cutting set, which includes a toy knife made out of rigid plastic, is made for children who are older than 2.But the Toy Association, an industry trade group that represents most of the toy companies named this year, complained the list is biased, inaccurate and “needlessly frightening” to parents.The association said many of the hazards highlighted by W.A.T.C.H. are clearly spelled out in the products’ packaging and instructions. It also said only two products listed on the non-profit‘s “worst toy” lists from the five years prior were recalled, and those two had already been pulled before W.A.T.C.H. released its list.Swartz responded by pointing to a list of dozens of toys that have been recalled or pulled from retailers’ shelves from the early 2000s all the way back to the 1970s, in part by the group’s efforts.And he said providing detailed warning labels “doesn’t absolve” toy makers from needing to simply design safer items. “They’re trying to shift the responsibility to parents and consumers,” Swartz said. “They’re really shirking their responsibility.”Swartz highlighted Hasbro’s retractable plastic claws for Marvel’s Black Panther, an item featured on this year’s list. The toy gloves come with a warning they should not be used to hit or swing at people.“When you call it a slash claw,” he said, “there’s likely one thing a child is going to do with that claw.”Philip Marcelo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Local Afghan leaders assure UN official that refugees will be allowed to

Following a recent spate of attacks on ethnic minorities in northern Afghanistan, local officials have assured the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that people who had been forced to flee would be able to safely return to their homes.UNHCR’s Chief of Mission for Afghanistan, Filippo Grandi, had discussions with Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Ustad Atta Muhammed and Sardar Saidi, who indicated that “all efforts are being made to control factional fighting and that additional measures will be taken to guarantee a safe return for refugees from Pakistan and Iran and IDPs [internally displaced persons] returning to their home villages,” UNHCR spokesman Ragnhild Ek told reporters today in Kabul. “These measures are under discussion.”Refugees are currently repatriating at a rate of approximately 10,000 per day. UNHCR provides them with a travel allowance as well as an aid package and 100 kilograms of wheat per family from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).In another development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced the results of a survey of Afghan schools carried out in consultation with the country’s Ministry of Education that revealed a “massive return of children – both boys and girls – to schools around the country,” agency spokesman Eddie Carwardine reported.Nearly 1.25 million children are now attending school in 20 provinces. “If the survey continues to show a similar trend from the rest of the country, UNICEF believes that the final number of children in the classroom will exceed all expectations,” he said. “Indications are that enrolment will be 60 per cent higher than before March, with the number of girls coming to school over 90 per cent higher.”Despite these encouraging signs, UNICEF also called attention to severe problems, including “a continued need for more books, stationery supplies and investment in teacher training and support,” the spokesman said. Physical infrastructure also remained a concern, with less than one in four schools surveyed having adequate sanitation for pupils.In order to meet these needs, UNICEF is appealing for an additional $10 million on top of its original appeal for $47 million for education to ensure that all children and teachers returning to school in coming months are properly equipped. read more

Accused surrenders to UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide

Calixte Kalimanzira, 52, has been transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania, and is charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, and with direct and public incitement to commit genocide, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said.In April and May, when he was interim interior minister, he is alleged to have coordinated efforts to begin the killings from 6 April and 19 April in Butare prefecture, an area where Tutsis had not previously been subject to widespread attack.He is specifically charged with making inflammatory speeches that called for the elimination of all Tutsis, including women, children and the elderly, distributing weapons to be used against Tutsis, supervising the killings of thousands of Tutsis at their places of refuge and personally beating a number of Tutsis to death.With the 100-day genocide being orchestrated by the Hutu Government then in power, members of the army and the Interahamwe Hutu militia led the massacre of hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsis, as well as Hutu political moderates. The killings ended when Tutsi-led rebels, under President Paul Kagame, took over the Government of the former Belgian colony.The UN Security Council set up the ICTR in November 1994. It has so far convicted 22 people, acquitted three and released two conditionally. Seven of the 22 convictions are being appealed. read more

Reds infield could be major strength

It’s difficult for the fans of a tradition-rich franchise like the Cincinnati Reds to accept their role as a little fish in the big sea of Major League Baseball.Due to the financial limitations of small-market teams under the current MLB system, which does not feature a salary cap, Reds fans enter each season knowing that they’ve started at a disadvantage.When competing with deep-pocket teams like the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox each year, Reds management has to be creative to be successful under the constraints placed upon them by their economic reality.However, the average Reds fan doesn’t want to hear that. In a city that hasn’t seen a World Series title since 1990, they just want results.Walt Jocketty, Reds general manager and president of baseball operations, has taken a big step towards assuaging those concerns with the signing of shortstop Orlando Cabrera to shore up the middle of the infield.“We are very excited. We talked about trying to improve at shortstop but didn’t think we’d be able to do it,” Jocketty said. “Acquiring a player of his ability and stature, that when you look at his career and the winning clubs he’s been on, he’s a winner.”The Reds freed up the money for Cabrera by trading center fielder Willy Taveras and infielder Adam Rosales to the Oakland Athletics for utility-infielder Aaron Miles. He is slated to make $2.02 million this season with a $4 million mutual option for 2011.Cabrera spoke about being the newest addition to an already solid infield.“Defensively, I think we have a great infield,” Cabrera said. “We know we’ve got guys who can catch the ball.”That’s an understatement.The addition of Cabrera brings the total of Gold Glove awards for the Reds’ infield to 10 – seven for third baseman Scott Rolen, two for Cabrera and one for second baseman Brandon Phillips.Cabrera also brings a more than capable bat. Last season, he hit .284 with nine home runs and 77 RBI for Oakland and the Minnesota Twins. He is a career .275 hitter.He will add to the nexus of veteran players like Rolen and Phillips to complement younger, budding stars like first baseman Joey Votto and right fielder Jay Bruce.“They have a great group of guys,” Cabrera said of his new teammates. “With Rolen, Phillips and the pitching staff, I think we’ve got a great chance this year if we stay healthy.”Initial reports indicate he will hit from the No. 2 spot in the batting order, an area of need in seasons past.Along with his glove and stick, Cabrera also appears to bring a sense of humor and knowledge of other Cincinnati sports figures to town with him.When discussing his willingness to do whatever it takes to win, Cabrera alluded to the city’s highest profile athlete and wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Ochocinco.“I’m going to do everything I can,” Cabrera said. “Even if I have to change my name to Uno Ocho.” read more

Soaring to new heights the 26yearold easyJet flight captain

first_imgMiss McWilliams recalled that when she was growing up she “never even thought it could be an option” to become a commercial pilot, saying that she “didn’t know any I could ask for advice”.Last year easyJet announced an initiative to double the proportion of female new entrants to 12 per cent over two years.Julie Westhorp, chairwoman of the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA), said she hopes Miss McWilliams’s progression inspires more women to consider pursuing a career in aviation. She began flying aged 13 in the air cadets before embarking on a training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton on her 19th birthday.In May 2011 she joined easyJet as a first officer and recently took up the rank of captain after passing the airline’s command course.An easyJet spokeswoman said the Luton-based airline has carried out research which leads it to believe she is the youngest commercial airline captain in the world. When I tell them I’m 26, most people are pleasantly surprised and impressed with my achievement at such a young ageKate McWilliams Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. With women making up just five per cent of commercial pilots, Miss McWilliams, originally from Carlisle, said she gets quizzed about her age by cabin crew and passengers almost every day.”Personally I don’t think my age matters. I’ve been through the same training and passed the same command course as every other captain so I’ve proven myself capable regardless of my age,” she said. Miss McWilliams flew last week from Gatwick to Malta alongside Luke Elsworth, who earlier this year became the UK's youngest pilot at 19 years old Miss McWilliams flew last week from Gatwick to Malta alongside Luke Elsworth, who earlier this year became the UK’s youngest pilot at 19 years oldCredit:PA While many wish to write “young high-flyer” on their CV, for Kate McWilliams it’s simply a matter of fact.Aged just 26, the easyJet pilot is believed to be the youngest in the world to become a commercial airline captain.On one recent flight, she and her co-pilot had a combined age of just 45.The recently-promoted Miss McWilliams flew last week from Gatwick to Malta alongside Luke Elsworth, who earlier this year became the UK’s youngest pilot at 19 years old. Miss McWilliams said: “I do now get asked how old I am on an almost daily basis which didn’t used to happen when I was a first officer.”Usually that question comes from the cabin crew but sometimes passengers ask too.”When I tell them I’m 26, most people are pleasantly surprised and impressed with my achievement at such a young age.”Miss McWilliams, who lives in Reigate, Surrey, flies Airbus A319 and A320 planes to around 100 destinations, such as Reykjavik, Tel Aviv and Marrakesh.”With Gatwick having such an extensive route network my roster is very varied so I rarely fly to the same place twice in the same month,” she said. “That keeps things interesting.”last_img read more

Zorman on Medvedi game The most important game of the season

The Vive Kielce Slovenian player Uros Zorman announced that the upcoming game against Chekhovski Medved is the most important game of the season for his team. “The most important game of the season. And now I feel a lot better and with less pain. I hope I will be fine for the game” – said Uros Zorman. He also added that the the team is impatient about the upcoming game, “We’ve been thinking about this game in the past week, and everybody wants to give 100%. I’m not sure if I will be able to help, but even if I don’t play, I know that my teammates will leave their soul on the field for the victory”. If Kielce win the game against Chekhovski, then they will for sure advance further in the TOP16 phase, but if they lose, they will probably end 5th position, which means no TOP16 for them. champions leaguechekhovski medvedEHFUros Zormanvive kielce ← Previous Story “Match of the Year”: MKB Veszprem calls for 5000 players Next Story → Oscar Carlen operated again, one year out! read more

Portal designer Kim Swift reveals Soul Fjord as Ouya exclusive

first_imgEven though Portal was released some six years ago, gamers still talk fondly of it and replay the game often. So it’s not surprising to find Portal designer Kim Swift being the focus of attention whenever she is involved with a new game.Swift now works at Airtight Games as creative director, and they have just announced a new and rather unusual title called Soul Fjord. The game is a dungeon crawler with randomly-generated levels, but the twist comes in the form of a 70’s funk theme mixed with Norse mythology and a rhythm-based combat system. Still interested? Good.The team describes it as a rhythm-roguelike game that is rather unique, which I can’t argue with. It’s also unique beyond just the gameplay, though, as Airtight has done a deal to release it as an Ouya exclusive. To me that also suggests it’s going to eventually appear for other Android devices once the exclusivity period is up.There’s no release date announced for Soul Fjord yet, but the Ouya officially launches on June 4 so there’s a possibility it could be a launch title. And just like every other Ouya game out there it will require a free version be made available to try before you buy.This isn’t the first game Swift and her team have worked on together at Airtight. She was also creative director on puzzle platformer Quantum Conundrum released last year on Xbox 360, PS3, and for Windows. It got generally good reviews averaging in the high 70s on all platforms. Lets hope Soul Fjord improves on that and gives Ouya an early exclusive hit game.last_img read more

La Semaine mondiale de lallaitement maternel a bientôt lieu

first_imgLa Semaine mondiale de l’allaitement maternel a bientôt lieuFrance – Dimanche 17 octobre marquera le début de la Semaine mondiale de l’allaitement maternel. Celle-ci durera jusqu’au samedi 23 octobre et à cette occasion, l’évènement “la Grande Tétée” a été reconduit.Afin de promouvoir davantage l’allaitement maternel auprès de toutes les femmes, une journée de l’allaitement est organisée chaque année en France depuis 1998. Un thème est alors suivi à chaque nouvelle édition, et l’année 2010 est consacrée à “L’allaitement : pas à pas”.Le thème a été choisi par l’Alliance mondiale pour l’allaitement maternel, soutenue par la Coordination française pour l’allaitement maternel. Plusieurs rencontres et ateliers pédagogiques et ludiques sont organisés un peu partout en France, afin de répondre aux questions de toutes et tous. La Semaine mondiale pour l’allaitement maternel s’ouvrira par une “Grande Tétée”, un évènement qui voit se réunir partout en France de jeunes mères qui allaitent ensemble leur enfant. Le 13 octobre 2010 à 16:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tourist Board gearing up for Tourism Awareness Month

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Related Items:KPMG, national tourism strategy, premier rufus ewing, tourism awareness month Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – Today the TCI Tourist Board will announce plans for the annual Tourism Awareness Month which among other things sees the naming of a new junior tourism minister. Premier Rufus Ewing earlier this year said that this month the results of the KPMG finding in its consultation on the National Tourism Strategy will be shared. News Break is a Magnetic Media production… join the Turks and Caicos Rugby Federation for Beach Rugby this Saturday November 7th at Ricky’s Flamingo Café. Complete with inflatable stadium, the action gets started at 11am. TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

ASA Announces Recruiter AllStar Tournament Winners

first_imgASA is pleased to announce the bracket winners of the ASA Recruiters All-Star Tournament. The 144 recruiters who started the Recruiter All-Star Tournament in December competed in five elimination brackets of 16 and ASA can now announce the five bracket winners.The five bracket winners are:State Level 1 – Group A: Robert Nelsen (MN). Robert defeated fellow Minnesotan Jim KukowskiState Level 1 – Group B: Doug Toreen (MN). Doug defeated Richard Bartek of NebraskaState Level 2 – Group A: Harvey Morken (ND). Harvey defeated Allen Pace of KentuckyState Level 2 – Group B: Marvin Wahl (KS). Marvin defeated Jerome Schmitz of South DakotaState Level 3: Tommy Hines (VA). Tommy defeated Todd Dumond of New YorkEach of the five bracket winners will receive a $1,000 cash gift card. “We thank all of the competitors in the ASA Recruiter All-Star Tournament,” said Bob Worth, ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Committee Chair. “All of the participants worked very hard in helping to promote ASA membership and ASA thanks them for their dedication to the association and its mission of representing soybean producers.”Overall the participants of the Recruiter All-Star Tournament recruited or renewed more than 1,500 soybean producers from December to September.last_img read more

Ramadan office timing fixed

first_imggovtThe government has rearranged the office timing for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan from 9am to 3:30pm for all government, semi-government, autonomous and semi-autonomous institutions, reports UNB.The decision was taken on Monday at the weekly cabinet meeting held with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the Prime Minister’s Office.Senior secretary (Coordination and Reforms) of the cabinet division Shamsul Arefin briefed reporters at the secretariat about the cabinet meeting.He said there will be a 15-minute break from 1:15pm to 1:30pm for Zohr prayers.Arefin said banks, companies and financial institutions will fix their own office timing ahead of the Ramadan.last_img read more

Immigration GOP Dollars Dominate Democratic Primary To Replace US Rep Beto ORourke

first_imgIvan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneVeronica Escobar, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congressional District 16, speaks during a candidate forum in El Paso on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. EL PASO — The first question at a recent forum in this Democratic stronghold should have been an easy lay-up for the candidates vying to represent El Paso in Washington next year.The moderator asked about immigration, and all of the candidates agreed that young undocumented immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” should benefit from a legislative fix that protects them from deportation.But less than a minute into giving her opinion that congressional Democrats had turned their backs on Dreamers last week when they voted to fund the government without an immigration fix, former El Paso county judge Veronica Escobar was interrupted by a heckler.“Tell that to your husband!” a woman shouted. Escobar paused for a second, then asked the audience to refrain from jeering and remain polite.“We don’t behave like Trump people,” she said. “We’re Democrats.”The debate continued, but the outburst was just one example of the bad blood that has permeated throughout the campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is leaving his Congressional District 16 seat in an effort to oust U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.Escobar is one of six Democrats hoping to succeed O’Rourke. The others include former El Paso Independent School Board of trustees president Dori Fenenbock, former longtime Texas House Rep. Norma Chávez, immigration attorney Enrique Garcia, Army veteran and school teacher Jerome Tilghman and University of Texas at El Paso lecturer and communications director John R. Carrillo. Two Republicans are also running.Escobar and Fenenbock are winning the money race and have hauled in some key  endorsements. But Chávez is banking on her name ID and experience in the state house to help her pull an upset. Garcia is branding himself an independent who’s the perfect antidote to Trump because like the president, Garcia said, he’s not a career politician. Tilghman is fighting an uphill and underfunded campaign by sticking to the issues and leaving the personal attacks off the table. Carrillo was absent during last week’s forum, and his campaign didn’t respond to an email seeking comment about the race.Escobar is running, in part, on her experience as a former leader of county government that fought corruption and touting how her progressive ideals helped shape policy. Escobar voted to sue the state after the Legislature passed Senate Bill 4, the state’s anti-“sanctuary city” law, and she’s been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community. Share “Progressives have moved further to left, and the alt-right has moved further to right,” she said. She notes that though El Paso is a Democratic stronghold, it’s also somewhat “socially conservative.”“We’re also conservative minded, conservative when it comes to spending, conservative when it comes to certain attitudes about border security,” she said. “But we do believe in social mobility … and equality and equal access.”Fenenbock is also supported by former congressman Silvestre Reyes, whom O’Rourke unseated during their bitter 2012 face-off. She said his support would help her as a freshman should she win because Reyes is still connected in Washington, D.C. O’Rourke, meanwhile, has endorsed Escobar, which led Garcia to label both of his opponents as “recycled politicians.”“It’s time for a fresh new look, fresh new ideas,” he said. “We’re trying to reach the 90 percent of the voters that don’t go out to vote for a reason. Something that’s actually going to bring in the benefit to El Paso. We’re not getting anything right now.”When asked if voters could see O’Rourke’s support for her and Reyes’ support for Fenenbock as a throwback to old El Paso grudges, Escobar said she’s not hearing that from voters.“It’s different for people who follow insider politics versus people who are civically and politically engaged,” she said. “They feel like, at some point, it’s time to get over the past. [But] Beto’s support was important to me.”Meanwhile, Chávez, who served seven terms in the Texas House until her defeat in 2010, is campaigning on that experience to try to differentiate herself. Chávez recently touted her past relationships with current U.S. House members Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo and her former Austin deskmate, Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio. Chávez also recently announced a campaign event with civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, who will rally with Chávez next week.“I am the only candidate that has served in public office as a lawmaker in the legislative branch of government,” she said. “I have passed legislation as bills, amendments, constitutional amendments, appropriations riders and became skilled in mastering the rules to kill bills that are bad for our community.”Though he’s outfunded and doesn’t have the name recognition, Tilghman isn’t backing down. At a campaign event on Monday, the Gulf War veteran and former field grade officer said the race isn’t about money. He said Escobar’s husband isn’t an issue for him and compared that job to his former role as a soldier.“Mr. Pleters didn’t make the law. Why would you lambaste the man? He got hired to interpret [the law],” he said. “Do I agree with all the deployments that the chief executive sent me on? The country picks my enemies. The country picks the fight and sends soldiers to go over there and deal with.”It’s that line of thinking that he says makes him different. Tilghman said he approaches issues from a policy perspective, which is what’s missing from the campaign.“We pick and choose things that have nothing to do with issues or resolutions,” he said. “And that’s why the party process is poisoned at the national level. And we’ll make a mistake by sending anybody up there who goes into Congress with that mindset. They’re just going to throw another log on the controversy fire.” But the issue of her husband, Michael Pleters, and his job as a federal immigration judge, is one her opponents are latching onto tightly. Fenenbock, who describes herself as the moderate in the race and who’s been dinged on the campaign trail for garnering financial support from Republicans, is quick to highlight what she says is the hypocrisy of Escobar’s campaign.“[Pleters] is currently employed by the Trump administration and he’s currently following orders by the Trump administration, which is to deport,” Fenenbock said during a recent interview at her office. “He could find another job; he can become an immigration attorney, [but] he has built a career around deporting immigrants.”But Escobar said last week at her campaign office that her husband was first approached for the job by the Obama administration.“My husband is not a political appointee … it is a merit-based position,” she said. “He got offered the position last year while Obama happened to be president. But because of the time that the background check took, and it overlapped with the election and everything kind of came to a halt … he didn’t take the bench until this past summer.”She added that Pleters is a lifetime Democrat and an “impartial arbiter of the law.”“I’ve never been in a campaign where my family has been attacked until now,” she said. “And I think that it says more about those doing the attacking than it does about me. But I also wonder, when did an honorable profession such as being a jurist become a bad thing?”The pack of candidates hope that Fenenbock’s embrace of the term “moderate” proves to be her Achilles’ heel. The Escobar campaign points to a July story in the El Paso Times that shows Fenenbock received almost half of her initial financial support from El Pasoans who voted in the GOP primary in 2016. She also voted in the GOP primary in 2008 and 2010.Fenenbock said she is a proud Democrat but notes that both parties have become too extreme and that, as a moderate, she can get things accomplished.last_img read more

Lawsuit Six Flags Security Guards Beat Black Maryland Man

first_imgBy The Associated PressUPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man has sued Six Flags America, arguing guards beat him as he left the park after a disagreement this summer.The Washington Post reports Nicholaus Mims, who is Black, sued in a Maryland court seeking $10 million in damages.This June 17, 2018, photo provided by the Mims family shows security guards at Six Flags America holding down Nicholaus Mims on the ground in Woodmore, Md. (Courtesy of the Mims family via AP)Mims says his son wandered from a water park, and he looked for him in other sections. He found his son, but security guards told him he needed to put on a shirt.Mims said after an argument, he agreed to leave but guards followed him out of the park and tried handcuffing him. The lawsuit alleges they slammed him to the ground and beat him.Six Flags spokeswoman Denise Stokes says the company believes the lawsuit has no merit. Company lawyers have denied his allegations in court.___Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.comlast_img read more

President to inaugurate IITF

first_imgIt is that time of the year when people, from all over the country as well as from abroad, gather in large numbers to explore the opportunities the national Capital has to offer.In that context, the 35th edition of India International Trade, the annual flagship event of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), will be inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India on November 14 at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan.Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State (I/C) Commerce & Industry will preside over the inaugural function. The theme of the fair for this year will be ‘Make in India’. Regarding the same, LC Goyal, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director, said, “This year, IITF and its ‘Make in India’ theme will project its deep commitment to fulfill the vision of the Prime Minister of India. Extending India’s global appeal for investment in diverse sectors, ‘Smart Cities’, Digital India, Model Villages, Clean Ganga Mission and ‘Jan Dhan Yojna’ will be depicted in the Central and State pavilions, which have also been encouraged to dedicate themselves to ‘Swachh Bharat’.”  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’IITF is the ultimate manifestation of India’s size, progress, diverse culture and achievements attained in core and sunrise sectors. It is a unique point for coming together of modern technology and traditional skills. It has tremendous significance for the business community as they have to play a critical role in sustainable, inclusive and job-led growth and development. The fair provides a reliable and tested platform to SME exporters, entrepreneurs and investors.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year, the partner country is Afghanistan with the focus country being Bangladesh. The partner states are Goa and Jharkhand and the focus state is Madhya Pradesh.The fair will provide various facilities including discount to new start-ups and young entrepreneurs. Over 7000 firms from India and overseas are participating in the fair with overseas participation from countries namely Afghanistan, Arab Republic of Egypt, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Germany, Guyana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, UAE, Uganda and Vietnam.  Tickets can be purchased online for five days. Also, the entry of school children will be free during the business days as applicable. ITPO will also introduce circular bus services inside Pragati Maidan with the colour code green, red and violet, for the convenience of the visitors. This will ensure easy accessibility to visit pavilions from one corner to the other within a frequency of ten minutes. The Bus service which is free of cost is primarily for senior citizens and differently abled persons.The theme in IITF is ‘Make in India’ which aims to publicize the infrastructure of every state. ITPO is installing 50 KVA solar energy panel plant on the roof of the Administrative Block. IITF 2015 will be supplemented with several conferences, seminars, workshops, State Day celebrations and cultural programmes. The diversity of Indian ethnic cuisines will also be available at specified outlets. Besides, a large number of groups and individual craftsperson from all corners of the country are participating in the ‘Saras’ projection.last_img read more

A Flawed Study Shows How Little We Understand Crisprs Effects

first_imgHow exactly does Crispr work? Here’s everything you need to know Regulators might be A-OK with gene-edited crops, but animals? Not so much. More on Gene Editing Researchers employing any of these assays will also need to team up with bioinformatics experts to analyze the resulting data—no off-the-shelf software can do the job. One new startup called Beacon Genomics is offering a fee-for-service model to run custom code on tagged double-stranded break data, but it and other commercialized tools are only just coming online. The gold standard for judging Crispr’s messiness doesn’t yet exist.That has left the leading Crispr companies to develop their own. According to an Intellia spokesperson, the gene-editing firm is working with the US Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to help set such specifications. “We have developed a comprehensive workflow that uses a combination of both genome-wide assays and targeted sequencing to look for potential off-target mutations,” the company wrote in an email. “We always include appropriate controls in our experiments, such as sequencing of cells that are not edited.”Editas similarly employs both targeted and genome-wide approaches. Additionally, its scientists have developed a new way to evaluate Crispr edits called Uni-Directional Targeted Sequencing which can identify and quantify structural changes beyond cuts, deletions, and insertions. “We believe UDiTaS not only will help us continue to apply the most rigorous, unbiased approach to analyzing the specificity of Crispr medicines in the field, but also help enable the broader field of genome editing through important standard setting,” says Vic Myer, chief technology officer at Editas.Crispr Therapeutics declined discussing its off-target evaluation tools for this article. But the company, which could begin collecting safety data from their first clinical trials as soon as later this year, may be in the best position to amass the kinds of evidence that Crispr will ultimately need to pass regulatory muster and make its way to patients. If it does come up with an industry-leading standard, now that’s something that should have a real effect on its valuation. To do that, you can upgrade to whole exome or whole genome sequencing—but those come with huge price tags. Sequencing costs might be going down, but they’re still the most expensive part of these assays, running up to $10,000 depending on the number of samples and level of resolution. A cheaper option would be to biochemically label double-stranded breaks, so you can see all the places Crispr snaps the DNA in two. But this method has its own limitations-—it doesn’t pick up earlier breaks that have already been repaired. The USDA just paved the way for Crispr’d foods to start showing up soon in grocery stores. Biotech has been betting big on Crispr, the gene-editing technique that promises to snip away some of humanity’s worst diseases. But last May, a small case study suggested the much-hyped technology might actually be quite dangerous—and pop went the Crispr bubble, briefly tanking shares of Crispr companies like Editas Medicine, Intellia Therapeutics, and Crispr Therapeutics.It was an overreaction, as so many market spikes and dips turn out to be; the company CEOs were quick to push back, and scientists and journalists soon pointed out flaws in the paper that misconstrued cause and effect. After nearly a year of continued criticisms, and failures to reproduce the results, the authors conceded that the skeptics might be right. Last week, the journal that published the paper, Nature Methods, finally retracted it.But that doesn’t mean that Crispr has been given the all-clear. The now-retracted paper claimed that Crispr caused nearly 2,000 unexpected mutations—ten times previously observed off-target rates—in two mice that it cured of blindness. But just as that evidence should never have been enough to squash Crispr’s clinical potential, neither does retracting said paper prove it. If anything, the kerfuffle just proves how young the field is. There’s so little published data about the potential for Crispr’s unintended cuts that this single, flawed paper had an outsized effect on perception of the field. Can Crispr be safely used in humans? Retraction or not, it’s still an open question.Not that scientists haven’t been trying to answer it. But developing trustworthy methods to detect off-target mutations has proven challenging. So far, they’ve come with about a half-dozen approaches; the fastest and most economical is something called targeted sequencing, where researchers look for rogue snips in areas an algorithm suspects they might show up. But that method won’t detect mutations that pop up in utterly unexpected places.last_img read more

Cayman Vows debuts as new luxury wedding magazine

first_img Travelweek Group Monday, July 10, 2017 “Cayman Vows” debuts as new luxury wedding magazine << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cayman Islands, Romance & Weddingscenter_img Posted by Share GRAND CAYMAN — The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) has launched Cayman Vows magazine – a resource for couples and wedding planners looking for inspiration and guidance to execute destination weddings and honeymoons in the Cayman Islands. The print and digital publication is now available for purchase online and on newsstands across Canada.The magazine features real wedding testimonials, including the first glimpse into the intimate Grand Cayman nuptials of Grace and Trai Byers, stars of the Fox hit series Empire. It also showcases high-end fashion shoots, personality spotlights, and curated expert advice on everything from décor and venues, to must-do experiences on the island.“The Cayman Islands is proud to introduce ‘Cayman Vows’ magazine to discerning travellers across the U.S. and Canada, reinforcing our position as one of the world’s most sought-after warm-weather destinations for romance,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism, Cayman Islands. “Understanding the complexities that come with planning a milestone event such as a wedding or honeymoon, ‘Cayman Vows’ allows us to simplify the process for our prospective guests while highlighting the Cayman Islands’ own unmatched capabilities, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the strength of ‘Cayman Vows’ as a comprehensive romance destination guide with the world.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongCayman Islands provide a great natural backdrop for any wedding and can accommodate a variety of gatherings – from church ceremonies of 200 people to intimate beachfront nuptials for two. The destination also offers respite for honeymooners or couples seeking an escape from daily life and offers great beaches, caving, water sports and more.For more information, visit read more

Emerald Waterways introduces guest loyalty club EmeraldEXPLORER

first_img Monday, April 9, 2018 Posted by Emerald Waterways introduces guest loyalty club EmeraldEXPLORER Travelweek Group VANCOUVER — Any clients sailing with Emerald Waterways should know that the river cruise line just upped its value proposition with the launch of a new customer loyalty program, EmeraldEXPLORER.A points system allows passengers to climb tiers with each trip taken to receive more benefits. All members of EmeraldEXPLORER, regardless of their tier level, receive member-only savings and offers on sailings as well as discounts on referrals to friends for both the referrer and the friend, advance notice of brochure releases, a subscription to EmeraldEXPLORER magazine, a complimentary piece of luggage and invitations to exclusive events.All Emerald Waterways guests will be automatically enrolled in the EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty club upon completing their first sailing, and will earn points based on itineraries and cabin types.A guest sailing on any European cruise would earn between 140 points daily for a stateroom and up up to 190 points daily for a Grand Balcony or Owner’s One Bedroom Suite. Travellers earn loyalty points on all Emerald Waterways sailing in Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia as well on as the new Dalmatian Coast yacht cruises.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAll guests will start at the Silver membership level following their first sailing, and move through the loyalty tiers as they accrue more points to earn additional benefits.Here’s a look at the program’s tiers:EmeraldEXPLORER Silver: With 1-4,999 points, guests earn $200 per person welcome home voucher toward any future sailing and a Silver Emerald Waterways backpack.EmeraldEXPLORER Gold: With 5,000-9,999 points, guests get $200 per person welcome home voucher and a Gold Emerald Waterways backpack and Gold Emerald Waterways backpack or satchel.EmeraldEXPLORER Diamond: With 10,000-24,999 points, guests earn $250 per person welcome home voucher and a Diamond Emerald Waterways backpack, satchel or sports bag.EmeraldEXPLORER Platinum: With 25,000+ points, guests earn $300 per person welcome home voucher and a Platinum Emerald Waterways backpack, satchel, sports bag or cabin case.Part of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways’ seven Star-Ships offer river sailings in Europe and exclusive charters on the RV Mekong Navigator and Irrawaddy Explorer in South East Asia, the MS Rossia along the Volga River and the Adriatic Princess II in Croatia.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaMeanwhile Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar and the Volga River in Russia.In 2018 Scenic is introducing what it calls the world’s first Discovery Yachts, Scenic Eclipse, which will launch in August and take 228 guests on polar adventures as well as the Mediterranean, Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. A sister ship will launch in 2020.center_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Emerald Waterwayslast_img read more