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Bid On The Chance To Meet Tim McGraw

first_imgBid on an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet your favorite country singer Tim McGraw!Included in this auction is a pair of tickets to see Tim in concert on September 4th, at the Puyallup Fairgrounds at Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA.Listen to Tim sing his old favorites as well as new songs from his current album Damn Country Music. Bring your camera and a pen to get an autograph because this auction also includes a up close meet and greet with Tim.Did we mention that airfare and a 2-night hotel stay is included in this package too! 100% of the proceeds benefit Point Hope, a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for forgotten children.The auction runs until Aug 6, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

16yearold girl crashes stolen SUV into yard and gets arrested in Grande

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A 16-year-old girl is facing at least one charge after allegedly crashing a stolen SUV into a yard over the weekend.On Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m., Mounties in Grande Prairie responded to a report of an SUV driving erratically in the area of Landing Drive.Upon arrival, officers discovered the vehicle had crashed into a residential yard, and that the home’s residents had taken the vehicle’s keys away from the female driver before police arrived. Police uncovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the week, and the driver was arrested without incident.The 16-year-old, whose identity cannot be revealed under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is facing a charge of possession of property obtained by crime and will appear in court in Grande Prairie on September 24th.last_img read more

Royals unlucky as ball hits stumps but bails stay put

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Royals were left high and dry after the ball hit the stumps but the bails were not disturbed during their tie against Kolkata Knight Riders here. In a lopsided contest on Sunday, the Royals lost to KKR by eight wickets with 37 balls to spare. Asked to bat first, Royals could only muster 139/3 in 20 overs. KKR cantered to victory, losing just two wickets. But things could have been different had the ball dislodged the bails when Chris Lynn was batting in the fourth over off Dhawal Kulkarni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Lynn, who went on to make a 32-ball 50, was batting on 13 when a length ball came into the Australian who was cramped for room. It got an inside edge that hit the leg stump, the stump lights turned on but the bails were not dislodged as the ball raced towards the fine leg boundary. This got Twitter into a frenzy as many posted jokes and memes in a light hearted manner. The Royals were about to celebrate but their joy was cut short, with social media enthusiasts having a good time out of it. KKR raced to 140/2 in 13.5 overs and are now top of the table with eight points from five matches. The Royals, meanwhile, are languishing in seventh place with just two points from five games.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia Says Eid Al Adha to be Celebrated on Oct….

Fez- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday night that the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha will be observed Saturday October 4. Experts gathered to sight the moon in order to ascertain the exact date of the Eid al-Adha celebration as the Islamic calendar is lunar-based. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijjah.The Eid al-Adha celebration marks the end of hajj, a religious pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims each year. The day of Arafat, known the most important day of the pilgrimage, will fall on October 3rd , according to Saudi Arabia’s announcement.The Islamic calender is based on Moon’s movements and many Muslim communities rely on eye-sighting of the crescent to mark the start of a month while some countries base the calender on astronomic charts.The last month of the Islamic lunar calendar,”Dhu al-Hijjah” which literally means “Possessor of the Pilgrimage,” marks when Muslim pilgrims from across the world congregate at Islam’s holy capital Mecca to visit the Kaaba.The Hajj (pilgrimage), one of the five pillars of Islam, is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month.The Day of Arafa, the eve of Eid al-Adha, takes place on the ninth of the month while Eid al-Adha begins on the tenth day and ends on the thirteenth. read more

France Bail Judge Recalls Saad Lamjarred to Review His Release

Rabat – Saad Lamjarred will appear in front of the judge determining bail conditions in Draguignan, at the request of the Court of Paris.According to Media Part, the Moroccan singer could go back to detention after his September 18 hearing. Saad Lamjarred was released on judicial supervision following a complaint of rape filed recently against him by a young French seasonal worker in Saint-Tropez.The 33-year-old artist was arrested on Sunday, August 26, in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France after police received a new rape complaint from another woman. The singer is already facing a trial on charges of rape for a 2016 incident in France. After two days in custody, the pop star was placed under judicial supervision and prohibited from leaving France or contacting the complainant. In addition, the singer was required to pay bail of €150,000.The singer of “Ghazali” met the victim in a nightclub in Saint-Tropez, on Saturday night, August 25. He invited her to his hotel room and, according to Lamjarred’s lawyer, they had “a consensual sexual relationship.” The woman, however, immediately reported to the authorities that Lamjarred had beaten and raped her.Following his arrest, the Moroccan singer’s name was ruled off the list of nominees in the All Africa Awards (AFRIMA) competition, which will take place in Ghana in November.Lamjarred had been nominated in three categories: Best singer in Africa, best song in Africa for “Casablanca,” and best artist in North Africa.Bachir Abdou’s son was previously arrested in France on October 26, 2016, for the sexual assault of Laura Prioul. The trial has not yet commenced.French authorities temporarily released the artist on bail under electronic surveillance on April 13, 2017, after he spent nearly six months at the Marriott Champs Elysées in Paris pending his trial. read more

Top UN refugee official calls for meeting on Mediterranean irregular migration

The top United Nations refugee official, António Guterres, has urged the European Commission (EC) to convene a gathering bringing together Italy, Malta, Libya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others to create a joint response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean Sea.The moves comes on the heels of Italy’s recent ‘push-backs’ to Libya. Earlier this month, UNHCR expressed its concern after Italy sent over 200 people it rescued off Maltese waters back to Libya before properly assessing their possible protection needs.In late March, hundreds of people who were seeking new lives in Europe died off the Libyan coast, and UNHCR is increasing its presence in Libya to help those seeking international protection.In a letter to EC Vice President Jacques Barrot, Mr. Guterres said his agency recognizes the strain that irregular migration places on Italy and other European Union (EU) Member States.“At the same time, UNHCR believes fundamental principles are at stake and that these principles ought to guide the response to such movements,” agency spokesperson Ron Redmond said today.The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, guarantees the right to seek asylum from persecution, while the customary international law principle of non-refoulement precludes sending people back to situations where their lives or freedom would be jeopardized, he added.The provision of asylum remains a responsibility of States, Mr. Redmond said, emphasizing that UNHCR’s activities cannot be a substitute for that duty. 20 May 2009The top United Nations refugee official, António Guterres, has urged the European Commission (EC) to convene a gathering bringing together Italy, Malta, Libya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others to create a joint response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean Sea. read more

Annan welcomes mutual ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the mutual ceasefire reached in the Gaza Strip at the weekend, but expressed deep concern that Palestinian militants have continued to fire rockets towards civilian targets inside Israel.In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said “such attacks underscore the destructive power that militants have to derail the crucial efforts under way to de-escalate tensions.”Mr. Annan called on both sides “to adhere strictly to their commitment, and avoid hasty action which could jeopardize progress towards a sustained period of calm,” adding that he hoped Israel and the Palestinians will extend the ceasefire to the West Bank as well.Israeli President Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that they had agreed to a ceasefire, which follows a month of intense violence in Gaza. read more

US indexes rise as corporate earnings get underway Alcoa leads a rally

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are rising as corporate earnings begin on a positive note.Alcoa led a rally in companies that make basic materials after the aluminum maker reported earnings that were better than investors were expecting. Alcoa rose 4 per cent.Technology stocks, which fell sharply over the past week, also rose. Facebook gained 5 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,858 as of noon (1600 GMT) Wednesday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 59 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,315. The Nasdaq composite rose 28 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 4,141.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.71 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 10:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US indexes rise as corporate earnings get underway; Alcoa leads a rally in materials stocks read more

UN honours fallen peacekeepers looks to past present and future of invaluable

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Since its beginning in 1948, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved into one of the main tools used by the international community to manage complex crises that threaten international peace and security,” said Mr. Ban in message to mark the Day. “Throughout its history, the United Nations has established a total of 71 peacekeeping operations. More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as UN peacekeepers, including 125,000 in the sixteen missions in operation today.”The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is an occasion to salute the peacekeepers of today who serve in some of the world’s most volatile and dangerous environments. It is commemorated each year on 29 May because that that was the date in1948 when the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) – the world’s first peacekeeping mission – began operations in Palestine.“United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim ‘to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security,’” said Mr. Ban. “Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands.”The message added that the Day exists as a chance to mourn fallen peacekeepers, noting that during its history, more than 3,300 “Blue Helmets” have died devoting their lives to peace, including 126 men and women in 2014.To mark the Day at UN Headquarters, the Secretary-General participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the morning, then presided over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal was awarded posthumously to the military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations last year. Participants at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Participants at the wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›At the wreath laying, Mr. Ban and gathered dignitaries observed a solemn moment of silence to honour those who had died in the past year. “Threats continue. Already this year, 49 peacekeepers have lost their lives,” he said. “The operational environments are getting worse. Our peacekeepers are increasingly exposed to asymmetric threats. They are attacked, targeted and killed by extremists.”He described particularly hazardous conditions faced by operations in Mali and Darfur, which were responsible for the largest losses of life, and in Liberia, where a peacekeeper was lost to Ebola.At the presentation of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, Mr. Ban said that the 126 peacekeepers killed last year marked a saddening trend, as the danger grew and 2014 entered the books as the seventh in a row in which more than 100 peacekeepers had been killed. “Of all the ceremonies that the UN organizes, this is perhaps the most solemn and most difficult. But in many ways it is the most inspiring,” he said. “Their sacrifice, and the way that they lived their lives, makes us all proud and spurs us on to work harder to ensure that their lives were not lost in vain.”Currently, demand for UN peacekeeping operations is at an all-time high. Operations receive contributions of military and police personnel from 122 Member States. This impressive number reflects strong global confidence in the value of United Nations peacekeeping as a tool for collective security. In a press conference at headquarters, the Under-Secretary-Generals for Peacekeeping and for Field Support also reflected on the service of Blue Helmets who served the UN in the cause of peace in what he described as a “difficult world” but one in which there were extensive efforts to adjust to and rise to the expectations of the international community.“It’s an opportunity to reflect on the nature of the threats that we face on the ground,” said Mr. Ladsous on the evolution of peacekeeping in the modern world. “More than ever our obligation is to improve performance. We improve on performance by the use of up to date technology.”He said that did not mean merely the use of high-tech equipment like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) but was about putting a lot more technical means, many of which were available on commercial markets, to improve safety and security.This idea was echoed by Atul Khare, the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support. He also underlined the need for availability of a wide variety of technology to counter the many “grave and asymmetrical” threats faced by peacekeepers as they discharged their complex mandates and he outlined his priorities for his tenure. They were to improve rapidity and proactivity of support, as well as its effectiveness and the efficiency with which it was delivered.He said he was “truly humbled” to receive the Dag Hammarskjöld medal on behalf of civilian peacekeepers, and noted that of the 126 peacekeepers who died last year, 19 were civilians, which he noted was a large proportion of the total. “Today is a day for reflection and gratitude for the service of peacekeepers,” he said. “But today is also a day of introspection, of reflection, on the sacrifices that serve as a stark reminder of the massive challenges that we face on the ground every day.” read more

LGBT detainees suffer higher rates of violence states new UN report

“Gender stereotypes still cause us to downplay the suffering of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and sometimes even acquiesce in it,” Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, said today. The report to the Human Rights Council looks at gender-based violence through the prism of the Convention against Torture, and highlights a tendency to regard violations against these groups as “ill-treatment” even where they would more appropriately be defined as “torture.”The human rights expert pointed to the clear link between the criminalization of LGBT people and the violence and stigma these groups face. At least 76 countries have laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relationships between adults, he said. “States are complicit in the violence women and LGBT groups face if they implement discriminatory laws that trap these people in a spiral of abuse,” Mr. Méndez stressed. Under Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s torture was widespread – and many thousands were “disappeared”. A courageous lawyer was among those who suffered – but today he’s campaigning to end torture worldwide. Credit: UN TVFocusing on detention conditions, the report quotes studies that say women make up between 2 per cent and 9 per cent of the prison population in most of the world’s prisons. Of those, up to 80 per cent are mothers and yet most jails are typically designed for men. The expert recommends that non-custodial sanctions be given to help protect women, in particular mother and child, since the majority of crimes committed by women tend to be non-violent in nature. Denial of safe abortion services can also amount to torture or ill treatment in some cases, where the life of the mother is endangered, or the pregnancy is the result of rape and incest, he said, urging States to reform their laws in this respect.Domestic violence is far more prevalent than most people realise, said the rapporteur, citing an estimate that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced domestic violence of various kinds. Societal indifference, discriminatory laws and attitudes and a culture of impunity exacerbate problems like this, he said.“States must finally implement their heightened obligation to prevent and combat gender-based violence and discrimination perpetrated by both State and private actors against women, girls and persons who transgress sexual and gender norms,” he stressed.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

This isnt the Ireland we all know Taoiseach meets medical card campaigners

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY today acknowledged campaigners from Our Children’s Health group.The group began demonstrating outside Government Buildings this week, with a 20 foot banner, pledging that they will be there every day until the situation where discretionary medical cards being removed from ill children is dealt with.This morning, Kenny met the group and told the campaigners that he planned to do something about it, telling them: “This isn’t the Ireland we all know.”Peter Fitzpatrick, co-founder of the group, told the Taoiseach about their petition.In just ten days nearly 60,000 people have signed the petition calling on legislation to be changed that will legally entitle any child diagnosed with a serious illness of congenital condition to a full medical card.Petition“We said to him that almost 60,000 people have now clearly said that every seriously ill child should be legally entitled to a medical card – that we are appealing to him directly and that this policy change must come from him.”Yesterday, Kenny said in the Dáil that he would “fix” the problem, saying that proposals were going to sub committee today.He said “the whole process, the way of dealing with these, is not the way I want it to be”.Fitzpatrick told TheJournal.ie that they “would wait to see what comes out today”.Read: Medical card protest to take place outside Government buildings today… and everyday>Read: Number of discretionary medical cards falls by over 16,000>last_img read more

4Chan Founder Takes on Facebook Founder On Anonymity

first_imgmoot and Mark Zuckerberg, shockingly, don’t exactly see eye to eye on the subject of online identity. 4Chan’s founder (known as Christopher Poole to his dentist) called the Facebook founder out over comments about anonymity at South by Southwest over the weekend. Zuckerberg has been preaching the importance of a “single identity” in recent years, with comments like, “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.” Essentially Zuck’s point is that you should be the same person online amongst your friends as you are online amongst your coworkers. Naturally, Facebook wants to play a major role in bringing this uniformity to the forefront. Of all people, the guy who started 4Chan–you know, that message board full of practical jokers hatching hijinks under assumed names–is taking Zuckerberg to task on this stance, arguing that the push toward single identities will be something of an end of innocence for the Web as we know it.Being anonymous on the Web is like being the new kid in a neighborhood, Poole told a crowd at SXSW. It gives you a chance to experiment and try out new things. There are just too many consequences when you announce who you are ahead of time. “The cost of failure is really high when you’re contributing as yourself,” he told the crowd. Interestingly, moot seems to be splitting the difference with a new project called Canv.as, which uses Facebook Connect to identify users to administrators. For front-facing activities, however, users will still be able to post anonymously. “[Y]ou know that we know,” he said of the site identification policy.last_img read more

Michigan police can scan your phones data in less than 2 minutes

first_img[Update: Michigan State Police issued a letter clearing things up a bit. It says MSP only use the data extraction devices (DEDs) if a search warrant is obtained or if the person gives consent to have his or her phone searched. Apparently, the “department’s internal directive” says only MSP specialty teams can use the DEDs on criminal cases, meaning they don’t use them at routine traffic stops. The statement said that DEDs are commercially available and are used regularly to transmit data from one cell phone to another when customers upgrade their device.]If you’re a Michigan citizen, you may want to be careful about what you have on your cell phone. Apparently Michigan State Police have been using a high-tech mobile forensics device that can pull information from over 3,000 types of cell phones in under only two minutes.AdChoices广告The information the device is able to export is basically everything from your smartphone, including call history, deleted phone data, text messages, contacts, images, and GPS data. And don’t think you’ll be safe if your phone is password-protected, the device can get around that too.The police don’t even need a warrant to scan your phone. They can pull your information without your consent, and without any reasonable cause. The Cellebrite UFED scanner has been used by MSP since at least August 2008.It would be one thing if these scanners are being used on people who were suspected of a crime, but police officers are scanning the phones of drivers stopped in minor traffic violations.Of course, the American Civil Liberties Union wasn’t so happy about this, and, in turn, the organization evoked the Freedom of Information Act and demanded that state officials open up the data they collected so that the ACLU can figure out if the drivers have good cause for having their data copied.The ACLU said that by using the scanners to get the information without the owners knowledge, the MSP is violating the drivers’ Fourth Amendment rights, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches. MSP has issued a response sayng that it’s willing to oblige and provide the information about what the device has captured, but that there “may be a processing fee to search for, retrieve, examine, and separate exempt material.” That little fee is actually $544,680, which the MSP said would cover the time and effort needed for retrieving the detailed records and compiling the data and documentation describing what the police were doing with the data extractors.That leads us to wonder just how much information has been captured from driver’s cellphones. It must be a lot if the price is so high. Or maybe it’s a tactic to get the ACLU off their back because the MSP doesn’t want the ACLU to see the information.After yesterday’s news of the iPhone and iPad secretly tracking you, it leaves us wondering what other venues our information is secretly being extracted from without our knowledge.via TheNextWeblast_img read more

Guardiola praises David Silva

first_imgThe Citizens will host Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and Pep has spoken of “El Mago’s” skillsOne day before the Manchester City-Shakhtar Donetsk match in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola has taken his time to praise David Silva.The Spanish midfielder was key to the 2-1 win over German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, scoring the winning goal.And he has scored twice in the last three UCL matches.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“[David Silva] was always a problem to play against,” Pep told the press as reported by the club’s own website.“He is one of the most incredible players playing in the pocket, which the space in between players. He moves in those spaces.”“Few players can do it, and he is a master at that. He is enjoying it a lot. The fact he has played for so long in Premier League says everything,” he added.“I love being alongside him every day.”last_img read more

ASA Says Soybean Rust Risk Assessment Must Be Completed Before Soybean Imports

first_imgTo protect the United States from the accidental introduction of Asian soybean rust disease, the 25,000 members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) are saying that the soybean rust risk assessment currently being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) should be completed before any potential commodity soybean imports from rust-affected countries are contemplated.”Given the impact soybean rust would have on soybean production and growers in the U.S., the only prudent course of action is to avoid imports from diseased areas until APHIS completes its risk assessment,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “We know APHIS scientists are working diligently on the risk assessment, and ASA supports their science-based evaluation.”To help promote greater understanding about soybean rust, ASA recently hosted a Soybean Rust Conference that was conducted in cooperation with APHIS. More than 200 soybean producers, scientists and industry experts shared information about rust identification and detection methods, the approval status and registration of fungicide products to combat the disease, and the steps being taken to develop rust-resistant soybean varieties.Soybean rust is not present in the continental United States. It has been present throughout Asia and Australia for decades. In 1996, the disease moved from Asia into Uganda, and by 2002, it had spread throughout much of Africa. In 2001, soybean rust was found in South America and it has spread throughout the soybean growing areas of Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. By 2003, rust had also spread to a northern, non-soybean growing area of Argentina.For more than two years, ASA has been working with APHIS to make sure the U.S. is protected from the accidental introduction of rust, a fungal disease that attacks the foliage of a soybean plant. Rust spores can be transmitted on the plant stems, pods, and leaves that are typically mixed with bulk shipments of commodity grade whole soybeans. The disease can reduce yields up to 80 percent or more, but does not affect the quality or safety of the soybeans.”ASA and APHIS share the goal of developing procedures that will protect our 74 million acres of soybeans while ensuring that the procedures are science-based,” Heck said. “Asian rust is already causing significant soybean crop losses in countries where it has been detected. ASA’s goal is to make sure soybean rust isn’t accidentally introduced here in the U.S.”In a Phytosanitary Alert issued by the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), it was estimated that soybean rust could adversely affect all soybean varieties in the United States at an estimated cost of $7.2 billion, which represents about half the value of the U.S. soybean crop.A drought-reduced 2003 soybean crop, coupled with record exports and strong domestic demand, has led to U.S. soybean ending stocks at the lowest levels in nearly 30 years. Due to this tight supply situation, USDA analysts project imports of 430,000 metric tons of soybean meal will be needed to sustain and feed the U.S. livestock demand base.”From risk assessment information APHIS has shared with ASA, soybean meal can continue to be imported under the proper protocols without risk of introducing soybean rust into the United States,” Heck said. “U.S. soybean growers need U.S. livestock demand to be robust when growers harvest the 2004 U.S. soybean crop. It is not in U.S. growers’ interests to choke-off this livestock demand in the short-term, or to encourage livestock operations to locate offshore in the long-term, via ill-considered import restrictions that aren’t supported by science.”Last year, ASA worked with APHIS to require that Brazilian soybean meal imported into Wilmington, N.C., had been processed, heat-treated, and handled in such a manner as to eliminate the possibility of any potentially viable soybean rust spores being present. There are reports that several shipments of soybean meal are again scheduled for delivery later this year.”The safety of importing commodity soybeans remains much less clear than for properly-handled soybean meal,” Heck continued. “ASA has raised many questions on this issue to make sure APHIS scientists are looking at all the potential risks and pulling together as much scientific knowledge as is necessary to protect the U.S. soybean industry.”Commodity soybeans grown in Canada could be safely imported into the United States since soybean rust is not present in North America.”APHIS scientists will soon be back in the lab and out into the field, and a team is scheduled to go to Brazil to do more research,” Heck said. “ASA will continue to work with scientists to make sure U.S. growers are fully protected and to ensure that APHIS’ risk assessment is based on the best science.”There is the potential for a natural introduction of soybean rust into the United States that would likely result from spores being carried on wind currents or storms from West Africa or northern South America and the Caribbean. However, it is critically important for researchers to have as much time as possible to develop rust-resistant soybean varieties.ASA is working to significantly increase federal soybean rust research funding. Soybean producers are asking Congress to allocate more resources for soybean rust, and ASA is seeking $2.8 million for the development of rust resistant varieties and fungicide efficacy testing. Growers can help by becoming ASA members, and helping ASA lobby Congress to get these needed funds. Go to www.SoyGrowers.com to become a member today.last_img read more

Court strikes state law targeting online sex trafficking

first_imgSEATTLE — A federal judge on Thursday struck down a Washington state law aimed at battling online sex trafficking after an Internet advocacy group filed a lawsuit challenging the measure’s constitutionality. Judge Ricardo Martinez’s order was filed Thursday in Seattle after the state declined to continue arguing in U.S. District Court over Engrossed Senate Bill 6252, one of several measures written by lawmakers earlier this year to combat online sex trafficking. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the bill, aimed at online classified site Backpage.com, into law in March.The Electronic Frontier Foundation sued on behalf of online library Internet Archive, arguing that targeting Internet service providers was unconstitutional and violated federal law. Backpage.com sued separately.The organization said the Washington Legislature passed the law “despite its obvious potential to curtail legitimate speech.”For example, the vague and overbroad statute threatened to impose felony liability not only on those directly engaged in illegal acts but also on those who “indirectly” caused to be “disseminated” any “implicit” offers for commercial sex acts. That could potentially affect services that merely provide access to information, like web hosts, ISPs, or online libraries, impeding their ability to operate,” the organization said in a statement.Attorneys for Backpage.com and the EFF argued the state law came into conflict with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that protects online service providers from the acts of its subscribers or users.last_img read more

2 teens arrested for Instagram threats made to Miami Springs Middle

first_imgMIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested two students who made threats against Miami Springs Middle School earlier this week.According to Miami-Dade Schools Police, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old were taken into custody after threats were made against the school via Instagram. The post also included a picture of a gun.One of the students was arrested Thursday night and the other Friday afternoon.Investigators said they followed up on leads, found evidence and got confessions from both teenagers about the threat.They’re both charged with disruption of a school function and several counts of written threats to kill or do bodily injury.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington Library Announces Revive Civility Events For September Highlights Summer Offerings

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Memorial Library Director Tina Stewart was recently in front of the Selectmen to discuss the library’s popular summer reading program and the upcoming “Revive Civility” series of programs.Summer Reading Program Highlights“The Youth Services staff at the library has done another outstanding job of coming up with great ideas and incentives to keep kids reading all summer long,” announced Stewart. “So far, over 1,000 kids and teens have signed up for the program to date, and read over 1,848 hours.”“One of the incentives this summer is a beaded necklace — for every hour the child reads, they can add a bead to their neckless,” added Stewart. “These have been very popular. We’re running out of beads, so that’s a good sign.”Stewart discussed the benefits of summer reading, noting national research that finds students who participate in a public library summer reading program score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who do not participate.Stewart reminded residents that the library has purchased multiple copies of the books on required summer reading lists for Wilmington Public Schools. Copies are available in both print and digital format.The library’s 3rd Annual End of Summer Bash will take place this Thursday, August 9, from 5pm to 7:30pm, on the Swain Green. Stewart said residents can expect a good time — two food trucks with affordable menus, desserts for sale, and children’s games and entertainment, plus live music from a band.The library’s 1st Annual Summer Movies on the Swain series will take place on the first four Fridays in August. Stewart invites residents to come enjoy outdoor movies on a big screen at the Swain Green. Films include Coco (August 3), Pitch Perfect (August 10), Sing (August 17), and Grease (August 24). The series is in collaboration with the Wilmington Rotary Club.The library has also begun working with the Wilmington Police Department to hold “Coffee with a Cop” events on the third Wednesday morning of the month. The library invites residents to come to the library to meet and chat with a Wilmington officer in a very relaxed and informal setting, in case they have any questions or concerns.Stewart offered thanks to the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, noting the library couldn’t offer the robust programming it’s known for without their financial support. Stewart also thanked the Selectmen and Town Administration for their support.Revive Civility Initiative “Due to the acknowledged decline in civil discourse, the library plans to host a series of events on theme – revive civility — this September,” announced Stewart. “We hope this initiative will raise awareness of the importance in engaging in civil conversations between people of different viewpoints and remind people of all ages of the importance of respect, empathy, consideration and tolerance.”Stewart highlighted several events, including the kickoff on Thursday, September 6 at 6:30pm with keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute of Civil Discourse.  The library will also host several discussion sessions on heated topics with opposing viewpoints in a civil manner, including the NFL Anthem Protest (September 11), Gun Control and the Right To Bear Arms (September 18), and Wilmington’s Future (September 25, the Town’s 288th Birthday, moderated by Town Moderator Rob Peterson).Stewart noted there will also be events for children and teens focused on kindness and tolerance.The complete Revive Civility brochure can be viewed online HERE. A bookmark for the series will be included with the August Wilmington water bill.Stewart thanked the series sponsors — Friends of the Library, the James Banda Memorial Fund, the Wilmington Community Fund, We’re One Wilmington, and the Law Offices of Toukantonis & Reynolds.Selectmen React“I have continued praise for your creativity and really transforming the library into a community center and so much more than just a warehouse of books. You’re a thought leader in this community,” Selectman Jonathan Eaton told Stewart.“You and your staff do a phenomenal job. It’s just not 4 walls with books. It’s a community center,” said Selectman Ed Loud. “Your Friends of the Library is such a great group of people that help you and your staff out.”“There’s a lot going on at the library. Thank you to you and your staff for all that you do,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “I want to give a shout out and encourage all our students and children in our community to take advantage of the initiatives with the beads.”“You and your staff do a fantastic, wonderful job at the library. I’m looking forward to the August 9 event and the food trucks,” said Selectman Mike McCoy.“What can you say? You just do wonderful work at the library, day in and day out,” said Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira.“No question that Tina and her staff really look push the envelope in terms of what libraries can be. She’s particularly attentive of the trends in library service… Kudos to the library staff,” added Town Manager Jeff Hull.The Board of Selectmen will officially proclaim September as “Revive Civility Month” in Wilmington at its next meeting in August.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”Library Director Discusses Library’s Recent Activities, Awards; Receives High Praise From SelectmenIn “Government”VIDEO: Wilmington Library’s End of Summer Bash Is A Huge SuccessIn “Videos”last_img read more