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Some VenezuelanCanadians say Ottawa right to block expats from voting in election

first_imgMONTREAL – Representatives from two Venezuelan-Canadian community groups expressed cautious support Thursday for Ottawa’s decision to block Venezuelans in Canada from casting ballots in the South American nation’s weekend presidential election.Rebecca Sarfatti of the Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum said she originally didn’t believe it when she heard Canada wouldn’t allow voting stations inside the Venezuelan Embassy and consulates.“(I thought), how can this be possible? It was a shock for me,” she said in a phone interview from Toronto.“But as a Venezuelan community member, I can tell you the Venezuelan community is extremely happy, because Canada has stood up for democracy and for doing things the right way.”Sarfatti said she received a message from the Venezuelan Embassy in Toronto only two weeks ago asking her if she’d help to organize the voting as she has in the past, but she refused.“I replied to them that I couldn’t do it this time because I was not satisfied with the way this election has been called, who called it, how its been called, the legal part of it,” she said.Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said Wednesday that Canada is preventing residents from casting ballots in Sunday’s election by not permitting voting stations inside the embassy and consulates.In a letter from Global Affairs Canada that Arreaza published to his Twitter account, Ottawa acknowledged having received a note about establishing voting centres and a request for RCMP protective services.“The Department hereby notifies the Embassy that the government of Canada has not processed its request favourably,” reads the note dated May 16.“As a result of this decision, the Embassy and the Consulates General are now required to manage compliance therewith and refrain from proceeding with the establishment of voting stations.”Global Affairs Canada did not respond to a request for comment, although Canadian officials confirmed the decision with The Associated Press.While the letter did not give a reason for the decision, Ottawa has emerged as a vocal critic of President Nicolas Maduro, who is seeking a second term.Canada and several other countries have called on Venezuela to suspend the election in the absence of guarantees the process will be free and democratic“Canada rejects the holding of an illegitimate presidential election that bars the opposition and a free press—and only serves to further entrench a dictatorial regime,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement earlier this week.Orlando Viera-Blanco of the Canadian Venezuelan Engagement Foundation called Ottawa’s decision a “legally correct and right one” given the election process.But he wishes international leaders had instead taken the opportunity presented by the vote to mobilize the Venezuelan population, which is suffering from a humanitarian crisis marked by food and medicine shortages, crime and rampant inflation.The lawyer said he appreciates Canada’s leadership for denouncing the government and providing humanitarian aid to his home country, which he says is in the midst of a “catastrophic” human rights crisis.“We have no institutions, no justice, no impartial or transparent elections, no guarantee of life, or freedom of speech,” he said in an interview. “It’s totally broken.”While the Venezuelan government has denounced Canada’s decision as anti-democratic, Sarfatti says she doesn’t believe many Venezuelans in Canada will be upset at being denied the right to vote in an election process that is widely perceived as illegitimate.“What’s the point of doing this?” she said. “We know the result of it.”She said she wouldn’t be surprised if Venezuelan officials decide to defy the Canadian government’s instructions and hold a vote regardless.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

PM to amp up ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign

first_imgNew Delhi: Intensifying his ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ (I too am watchman)campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 31 will interact with people, who have pledged their support to the campaign, from 500 places across the country. Speaking at a press conference here, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the campaign has become a “people’s movement” as the ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ hashtag has been tweeted 20 lakh times and had 1680 crore impressions.Replying to a question if the campaign was a counter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (watchman is the thief) barb, he rejected the suggestion and asserted that Modi in his campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls had projected himself as the “first servant” and ‘chowkidaar’ of the country. On Saturday, Modi had urged his supporters to take the ‘main bhai chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) pledge, saying he is not alone in the fight against graft and social evils. Following his appeal all BJP leaders, including party chief Amit Shah and Union ministers, prefixed the word ‘chowkidar’ to their names in their Twitter profile.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

More talks between Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – UN

“Both Athens and Skopje have confirmed that they wish to achieve a mutually agreed solution to this issue through discussions under the Secretary-General’s auspices,” Special Representative Matthew Nimetz said in a statement, referring to the respective capitals.”Such a solution, both agree, would resolve a difficult issue adversely affecting the region and the otherwise friendly relationship between two neighbouring States,” he added.The post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General in talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was established after the parties could not agree on the name of what had previously been one of Yugoslavia’s six constituent republics before that country broke up in warfare beginning in 1991.In 1993 the new state proposed Republic of Macedonia, saying the name did not imply any territorial or other aspirations whatsoever, but Greece objected, maintaining that Macedonia, the name of a historic part of ancient Greece, should not be included.Since then the new state has been known officially at the UN as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.In his statement Mr. Nimetz said both sides had strongly encouraged him to intensify his efforts based on the positions they have recently given him and he therefore, urged both Athens and Skopje to work with him through their established process, with a minimum of public statements, to determine how their differences can be bridged.Discussions in future weeks will take place through discussions between himself and each of the parties separately as well as in more formal meetings involving both parties, he added. read more


October 6, 2019 0

Mongolian official wins UN award for work on dzud or white death

Three other entrants for the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction, established by the Nippon Foundation of Japan in 1986, received certificates of Distinction and Merit for their work in emergency preparedness.Chimeddorj Batchulluun of the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) won $40,000 for his work that “provided a model of effective risk reduction, combining traditional and cultural values with modern technical capabilities to increase the resilience of herding communities in Mongolia,” the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), which administers the award, said in a statement.The 18th award of its kind to be given “highlights good practice in disaster reduction and promotes global commitment to reducing risk and vulnerability to disasters,” said the Director of the inter-agency secretariat of ISDR, Sálvano Briceño.Dzud refers to snow, ice, wind, drought and extreme cold that destroy or limit access to grazing materials. It has prevented sheep, goats, horses, yaks, and camels from eating or isolated them from shelter and relief, resulting in mass mortality during the winter months of October to May. Dzud has been responsible for the death of more than 25 per cent of Mongolian herds between 1999 and 2003, and resulted in widespread economic devastation in the country.Two certificates of distinction were awarded to the former Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination Programme in the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Claude de Ville de Goyet, and to the Chief of the Rescue Dog Unit at the Fire Brigade in Seville, Spain, Jaime Parejo Garcia.Mr. de Ville de Goyet developed a system of preventive measures to be taken in hospitals before natural disasters, and Mr. Parejo Garcia developed efficiency-saving methods for dog rescues of buried survivors. A certificate of merit was awarded to the Simeulue community in Indonesia for performing disaster preparedness that resulted in only seven of their 83,000 population being killed in the tsunami of 2004. read more


October 6, 2019 0

Agribusiness boom keeping economic downturn at bay in parts of southern Alberta

The City of Lethbridge in southern Alberta is weathering the economic storm sinking Alberta’s oil and gas industry thanks to a booming agri-food sector. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2016 12:38 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – It doesn’t usually get as much attention as the province’s oil and gas sector, but the agriculture industry is protecting much of southern Alberta from the economic downturn right now.The city of Lethbridge and surrounding area are enjoying a bit of a boom largely fuelled by high beef prices and a burgeoning agri-food manufacturing industry.“It’s a very, very different picture here from the rest of the province,” said Trevor Lewington, CEO of Economic Development Lethbridge.“We’ve never had the oil and gas, so we’ve never had the boom from that, but the flip side is we don’t see the significant downside when things go the other way.“That’s not to say there aren’t storm shadows on the horizon. Clearly there’s risk and we’re not an impenetrable fortress over here.”Alberta’s agriculture industry has always been at the mercy of Mother Nature and commodity prices.But beef prices have been high, the crops have been good in southern Alberta and no matter what the economy is like people still need to eat, said Lewington.The area is home to Maple Leaf Pork, Richardson’s canola-crushing facility, Frito Lay’s snacks plant and Cavendish Farms, producer of frozen potato products — all major employers in southern Alberta.Nearby Taber, Alta., produces sought-after table corn in the fall, sugar beets are a big crop and cattle ranches dot the countryside.Lewington said there is also an emerging information and technology sector that, although small, offers opportunity for future employment growth.But agriculture, which brings about $1 billion to the area each year, that’s the economic power behind Lethbridge’s boom, Lewington said.“Sixty per cent of Canada’s beef industry is in this region … We’ve got a pretty big cluster of agri-food and agricultural-related industries.”The employment rate for southern Alberta is 5.8 per cent, which is well below the province’s January jobless rate of 7.4 per cent.Lethbridge’s mayor said the unemployment rate in his city is more like four per cent and, although there have been some job losses due to low oil prices, things are pretty good.“People are being laid off in Lethbridge who work in the oil sector,” said Chris Spearman. “We’ve had people who live in Lethbridge who got flown to Fort McMurray on a regular basis to do shifts up there, so those people would be effected.“We’re not immune.”Because there’s never been the benefit of oil and gas development, the goal is to attract even more agri-related businesses to a region, Spearman said.“In the long term, agriculture is going to be the industry to be in, because the number of people growing food for the world population is diminishing. If your expertise is agri-business, you’re going to have a very bright future.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Agri-business boom keeping economic downturn at bay in parts of southern Alberta read more


October 3, 2019 0

Were coming too How Pippa Middletons exclusive wedding could be invaded by

first_imgMr House added: “Some people will no doubt want to wish the couple well, especially those Englefield parishioners who knew the Middleton family from when they lived in the area. Kate went to Brownies here and there are still people in the area who remember her.” This Friday, April 29, 2011 photo shows Kate Middleton accompanied by maid of honour Pippa Middleton, right, as she arrives at Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding in London. The rules mean all residents of the parish of Englefield, which surrounds St Mark’s Church, have – in theory at least –the right to attend the ceremony.According to the document, entitled Celebrity Marriages in Anglican Cathedrals and Churches, produced by the Church of England Synod’s legal advisory commission, members of the public are entitled to attend “as long as there is available seating or standing room unless a genuine question of safety or security arises”. Although St Mark’s is sighted on the private Englefield Estate – owned by the family of Conservative MP Richard Benyon since the 17th century – it is understood that parishioners would still enjoy the right to attend what is a public service.Church of England lawyers said that where parishioners need to cross private property to get to a public place of worship, a “church way” – normally an ancient footpath – has to be provided to guarantee access.The event could even be open to those from outside the parish, though only if they are there to “raise genuine impediments to the formalisation of the marriage” – such as proof that one of the couple is underage or already married.Church weddings have always been public events, but this is the first time the Church of England guidance on the subject has been published online.The guidelines only emerged following a request from a curate attending a Church of England seminar. Pippa was bridesmaid at her sister’s 2011 wedding, but she has decided on a much smaller eventCredit:Alastair Grant/AP St Mark’s Church, Englefield, where Pippa Middleton’s wedding will be heldCredit:Joan Wakeham/REX/Shutterstock Indeed, locals are already said to be looking forward to turning up.Andrew House, chairman of the parish council for the neighbouring village of Bradfield, where Pippa was born and the Duchess of Cambridge spent her early years, told The Telegraph: “It’s a rather nice thought that they might be able to attend. I’m sure there will be interest.”The guidance, published by the Church of England a few weeks before the big day, states that “a marriage is a public ceremony which at the least all parishioners are entitled to attend”.center_img But even this could present the wedding’s organisers with a dilemma.While the document states the rules do not need to be followed if “a genuine question of safety or security arises”, this is a health and safety provision, only designed to be enforced if the church becomes dangerously overcrowded.Stephen Borton, an ecclesiastical law expert and chief clerk of the faculty office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, said: “The document is pretty clear. Parishioners and those on the electoral roll have the absolute right to attend services of public worship, and they can’t be denied access.”Marriages are not a private event, they are public.“It is a parish church and if any of the parishioners or any of those on the electoral roll wished to attend, they could not legally be refused. That of course does not extend to those from outside, such as the press.” With her sister and brother-and-law, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, expected to attend, the wedding of Pippa Middleton will be one of the most exclusive events of the year.It is anticipated that the cream of high society will gather to witness Miss Middleton marry James Matthews, a hedge fund manager and heir to a vast Scottish property.But it has now emerged that there could well be some uninvited guests at the Berkshire church of St Mark’s on May 20.Recently published Church of England guidance on “celebrity weddings” has said that ordinary members of the public could have the right to attend.And that raises the prospect of unknown strangers rubbing shoulders with Prince William and the Duchess as the happy bride and groom make their vows. The Englefield Estate said the marriage was a “private ceremony and we are not able to comment or provide any details”.A representative for the wedding itself said: “For security reasons we are making no comments on the private details of this wedding (being held on private property).” Location of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews wedding, Englefield, UK 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.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Update Cevons Waste employees nabbed attempting to smuggle contraband into Lusignan

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFour Prison Officers to be charged for smuggling contraband into Lusignan PrisonSeptember 25, 2018In “Crime”Cop nabbed attempting to smuggle contraband into Lusignan PrisonSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news”Contraband unearthed at NA prison in latest raid on penitentiariesDecember 8, 2018In “Crime” Three workers attached to Cevons Waste Management were taken into police custody after attempting to smuggle contraband into the Lusignan Prison on Thursday morning.The three employees, who have not yet been identified, were seen acting in a suspicious manner at the PrisonThis is according to Prisons Director, Gladwin Samuels.The three employees were at the “old compound” of the Lusigan Prison to conduct waste disposal services when the prohibited items concealed in a haversack were found after a search of the vehicle owned by the waste disposal company was conducted. Police confirmed in a subsequent release that the haversack contained in excess of 860 grams of cannabis and two cartons of cigarettesAccording to the police, the driver and two porters, one being a female, were searched and 24 grams of cannabis was found in the driver’s pants pocket.The waste disposal company has since distanced itself from the incident, citing the behaviour of the employees fingered as “embarrassing” and against the image of what the company stands for.The driver, 25, of Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD) along with the porters; a 26-year-old male from Russel Street, Charlestown, Georgetown and the 32-year-old female of ‘C’ Field Reserve, Sophia, are assisting with the investigation.The Lusignan Prison is currently housing hundreds of prisoners from the Camp Street Prison which was damaged significantly during the July 9, conflagration and unrest. read more


September 25, 2019 0

Hadopi Pierre Lescure juge les sanctions nécessaires mais insuffisantes

first_imgHadopi : Pierre Lescure juge les sanctions nécessaires mais insuffisantes Pierre Lescure, le chargé du rapport sur l’avenir d’Hadopi a donné son avis, lors du Festival d’Avignon. Il prône la sanction graduée mais se dit contre la suspension de l’accès à Internet.Lors du Festival d’Avignon, le président de la commission en charge de l’avenir d’Hadopi, Pierre Lescure a indiqué que “la sanction est indispensable, mais insuffisante”. Des propos que l’ex-patron de Canal Plus a rapporté lors d’un débat avec plusieurs professionnels de la Culture, en marge de l’événement, rapporte le ThinkTank Altaïr. “Il faut développer au maximum l’offre légale”, a ajouté Pierre Lescure.Pour rappel, François Hollande le président de la République avait appelé à une réflexion autour de la lutte contre le téléchargement illégal. C’est dans ce cadre qu’a été nommé Pierre Lescure à la tête de la commission réunissant des professionnels. Celui-ci doit alors rendre un rapport sur Hadopi pour le printemps 2013. Au vu des premiers avis dévoilés, il devrait donc vraisemblablement aller en faveur des réponses graduées. Les courriers d’avertissements aux internautes seraient donc conservés, mais la suspension de l’accès à Internet pourrait être remplacée par d’autres sanctions. Certainement des amendes qui seraient plus systématisées ou une bridage du trafic comme aux États-Unis.Vers des amendes systématiques ? À lire aussiHadopi, efficace à 95 % ?D’ailleurs l’industrie de la Culture va plutôt en ce sens. En mai dernier, le Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique (SNEP) qui défend les grandes maisons de disques s’est ainsi dit prêt à abandonner le blocage d’Internet, sans toutefois abandonner les sanctions. “Si on renforce l’aspect pédagogique, en augmentant le nombre de mails envoyés, si on laisse un niveau d’amende pas trop élevé mais suffisamment dissuasif pour que télécharger illégalement ne soit pas plus intéressant que s’abonner à une offre, la suspension d’accès n’est pas nécessaire dans le dispositif”, avait expliqué son président Denis Ladegaillerie.Un avis partagé par le patron de la Sacem, Jean-Noël Tronc qui, lui, demande des amendes sans sommation à l’instar des radars sur les routes.De son côté, la Hadopi a déjà pour mission de mettre en avant les offres légales existantes. Elle attribue en effet un label aux plateformes proposant d’écouter de la musique en ligne.  Le 18 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Pokemon Go Could Be Getting A Holiday Update After All

first_imgStay on target Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Niantic’s latest updates to Pokemon Go brought with it baby Pokemon in the form of new eggs and a special Pikachu to capture with Santa hats on their heads, but it looks like Pokemon Go could very well be getting an honest-to-goodness Christmas event after all.Thanks to dataminers at The Silph Road, there are a few clues that have been unearthed that could point to Christmas events that encompass far more than just Santa hats and simple nods to the holiday season. The finds include “present/gift” images that seem to serve some sort of purpose, but there isn’t any indicator in the game just yet as to what they could be used for. They’re in all different colors and styles as well. This, in addition to a line of code called “HasHolidayItems.”What could this mean? Obviously, there’s some sort of rumbling about possible holiday rewards for players in there somewhere, but there are only a few days left until the holiday season kicks off for some, and that means there’s not much time left to start the event up and for people to sink their teeth in. And failing that, people will be spending time with families and (hopefully) not stuck to their phone during it all.It’s likely if this is an event you’ll be rewarded with a present or some such like the datamine found by catching a Pokemon, obtaining items, walking a certain amount of steps, or something similar to that. There isn’t any real indication of what it could be other than speculation at this point, but a holiday event would definitely give Pokemon Go the boost it needs to retain players into the new year.Hopefully, we’ll see something come of this new information thanks to The Silph Road, because if there’s something more awesome than little Pikachus running around in Santa hats, we need to see it.last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Top Italian Clubs to Scout Gambian Footballers

first_imgBy Sulayman BahChance has been offered to Gambian players to break into Italian football with clubs in the Serie A set for scouting mission in Banjul.The scouts, partners to Real de Banjul, will get a close glimpse of the country’s talents through a three-day event beginning tomorrow at 8:00am.19 sides drawn from various leagues in the country including GFF First Division sides have been offered invitation to partake in the event which Real de Banjul president Willy Abraham says will help expose players.‘We used to have our Italian partners here every three months for some scouting events but this time around, it is a bigger event with nineteen (19) clubs from the first, second and third divisions,’ Abraham says in a press statement, adding, ‘the scouts will have the opportunity to see not only our (Real de Banjul) players but also players from other teams as well.’Clubs invited are Hawks FC, Brikama United, Bombada FC, Fortune FC, Banjul United, Tallinding United, Lions of Banjul and Red Hawks.last_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Magazines Look to Monetize Digital Editions

first_img“The key is to package digital ads with print and price them in a simple way for your customers to buy,” he said. “This has worked for us and we currently have 66 percent penetration of our print customers also buying the digital edition.” As of late 2008, Item’s revenues from its digital editions were about $150,000, or approximately 10 percent of overall revenue. In 2009, Kilshaw said he hopes to build revenues by roughly 10 percent.Charge the ReadersConsumer off road enthusiast publisher Hi-Torque Publications (which uses Zinio to digitize its Road Bike Action, Mountain Bike Action and Dirt Wheels magazines) has taken the opposite sales  strategy. “We don’t charge [print advertisers] additional fees to be in the digital issues,” Road Bike Action editor Brad Roe told FOLIO:. “For the short term it is an added bonus for our advertisers and a way for us to grow circulation in a relatively cost-efficient way.”Hi-Torque charges users fees for a 12-month subscription or for individual issues (the same price as the print edition). According to Roe, Mountain Bike Action, Hi-Torque’s best selling digital edition, sold more than 3,000 digital products ($4.99 for single issues and $14.99 for 12-month subscriptions) through November.Next year, Hi-Torque is looking to offer advertisers a print/online/digital package for its coverage of the Tour de France. “In this economic climate, we want to make sure we are offering more than our competitors in both the editorial and advertising realms, and are working harder and more creatively to earn their business.” Digital editions can offer publishers a new way to engage readers and, especially for b-to-b, offer an easy way to boost circulation. But as more and more publishers begin producing digital editions, the challenge is how to effectively monetize them. With no such thing as a digital edition rate card, are publishers charging advertisers a flat rate or a rate based on impressions? Are they charging users registration or subscription fees?Item Publications—which has partnered with Nxtbook to produce digital editions (U.S. and Japan) of its Interference Technology magazine—charges its U.S. digital edition advertisers 12 percent of what it would cost to run an equivalent ad in the print edition, vice president Graham Kilshaw says.last_img read more


September 14, 2019 0

Haritha Haram in Pocharam village

first_imgRegode: Pocharam village Sarpanch Sunil Kumar, MPP Sarojana Sailu, ZPTC Yadgiri, MPTC Sangeetha Sudhakar participated in the Haritha Haram programme conducted at Pocharam village in Regode mandal on Wednesday. They distributed five plants to each house in the village for plantation.Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Kumar said, “Everyone should have responsibility in saving the trees and environment. Plants which are distributed in Haritha Haram programme should be protected.” MPDO Baswanappa, EO PRD Lachalu, SI Kasinadh, Panchayati Secretary Divya Priya, MPTC Narsimhulu, Srikanth Nayak, Sanghameswar, Anil Kumar and others were present.last_img read more


September 6, 2019 0

Nearly A Year After FBI Raid Texas Sen Carlos Uresti Heads To

first_img Share Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, arrives at the federal courthouse in San Antonio on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017.After hundreds of legal filings and three separate trial delays, Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti will finally get his day in court next week to face felony charges of fraud and money laundering.Jury selection begins Thursday in the criminal case against Uresti, a two-decade veteran of the Texas Legislature charged with 11 felonies. The case is rooted in the San Antonio lawmaker’s ties to FourWinds Logistics, a now-bankrupt frac sand company alleged to have been a Ponzi scheme.Uresti — a personal injury lawyer who took notes on a yellow legal pad alongside his three defense attorneys at a pretrial hearing Wednesday — performed legal services for FourWinds and was a 1-percent owner of the company. He also earned commission for attracting investors to the organization, according to court documents. Questions about Uresti’s alleged misconduct at FourWinds were first raised publicly in August 2016 in a San Antonio Express-News investigation. Investors accused the company — which purported to sell sand for use in the process of hydraulic fracking — of misrepresenting its financial health and misspending investor money on frivolous personal expenses.Despite the allegations, the powerful Senate Democrat sailed to re-election in his district in fall 2016, winning 56 percent of the vote.Just months later, in February 2017, the FBI raided Uresti’s office. Then, in May, he was indicted on felony charges punishable by a combined total of more than 100 years in prison. Throughout the proceedings, Uresti has maintained his innocence — and his lawyers said this week they look forward to proving it.“Much will come out this coming two weeks that will demonstrate Senator Uresti was not guilty of what he is being charged,” defense attorney Michael McCrum said.But the case against Uresti took a surprising turn last week when Stanley Bates — a co-defendant and the former CEO of FourWinds — pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges, including money laundering and securities fraud. It’s not clear what impact that plea could have on Uresti; Bates had previously asked to be tried separately, with his defense attorney arguing that Bates’ co-defendants would shift the blame onto him.Bates could now be called to testify against his former FourWinds colleagues, a decision that will be made before opening arguments on Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Blackwell said.  Felony convictions disqualify elected officials from serving in Texas, according to Section 141.001 of the Texas Election Code. If convicted, Uresti could retain his seat during the appeals process, but after a final conviction, the governor would call a special election. Uresti isn’t up for re-election until 2020.Uresti’s attorneys would not comment on their legal strategy for the upcoming trial but said they look forward to proving their client’s innocence. Uresti’s witness list includes more than three dozen names, many of them prominent players in San Antonio politics, headed up by state Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio. An even longer list of witnesses who may be called to the stand includes Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegarand U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo. One key witness for the prosecution will be Denise Cantu, who claims FourWinds defrauded her out of the bulk of the $900,000 she invested with the company in 2014. Cantu had won that money years earlier in a wrongful death suit in which Uresti represented her. Prosecutors argue that Uresti used his advisory role to Cantu — as well as a sexual relationship that he has denied — to manipulate her into investing in FourWinds.  Uresti has faced criticism in recent months over allegations of sexual harassmentat the state Legislature. The prominent Texas women’s group Annie’s List called on the senator last month to resign. He has denied any misbehavior. U.S. District Judge David Ezra ruled Wednesday that no allegations of sexual misconduct against Uresti will be permitted in court, though the prosecution is free to discuss Uresti’s alleged intimacy with Cantu.last_img read more


September 2, 2019 0

New arm discovered in outer edge of the Milky Way Galaxy

first_img More information: A Molecular Spiral Arm in the Far Outer Galaxy, T. M. Dame, P. Thaddeus, Astrophysical Journal Letters, in press.Available on ArXiv at arXiv:1105.2523v1 [astro-ph.GA]AbstractWe have identified a spiral arm lying beyond the Outer Arm in the first Galactic quadrant ~15 kpc from the Galactic center. After tracing the arm in existing 21 cm surveys, we searched for molecular gas using the CfA 1.2 meter telescope and detected CO at 10 of 220 positions. The detections are distributed along the arm from l = 13 deg, v = -21 km/s to l = 55 deg, v = -84 km/s and coincide with most of the main H I concentrations. One of the detections was fully mapped to reveal a large molecular cloud with a radius of 47 pc and a molecular mass of ~50,000 Mo. At a mean distance of 21 kpc, the molecular gas in this arm is the most distant yet detected in the Milky Way. The new arm appears to be the continuation of the Scutum-Centaurus Arm in the outer Galaxy, as a symmetric counterpart of the nearby Perseus Arm. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Barred Spiral Milky Way. Illustration Credit: R. Hurt (SSC), JPL-Caltech, NASA This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Astrophysicists map the Milky Way’s 4 spiral arms Citation: New arm discovered in outer edge of the Milky Way Galaxy (2011, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-arm-outer-edge-milky-galaxy.html (PhysOrg.com) — In a surprising twist, if you will, Thomas Dame and Patrick Thaddeus, both of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, have put forth in a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters, the notion that a cluster of gas clouds they’ve discovered, that lies far from what is currently believed to be the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, is likely the extension of one of the great arms that form our galaxy. The researchers made their discovery by thinking outside of the box, so to speak; most research on our galaxy starts with the assumption that the spiral that swirls out from the center, amounts to what most see as an almost a two dimensional plane. Dame and Thaddeus, looked beyond that plane, though not by much, and came upon a mass of giant molecular gas clouds that they believe is an extension of what is known as the Scutum-Centaurus arm; and thus have dubbed the new cluster the Outer Scutum-Centaurus arm.Ever since Stephen Alexander first came up with the idea that our galaxy existed in the shape of a spiral way back in 1852, stargazers have been studying the vast gas clusters that fill the night sky around us, and since that time, have thus far concluded that there are six “arms” that make up the Milky Way galaxy, with a central core chock full of stars. The new arm extension would fill in a bit of a gap on one side that would make the entire spiral look more even around the edges.Further research will have to be conducted, of course, before a true consensus is reached, but if what these two researchers have found is accepted by the astrophysics community, it will mean that our galaxy is actually two mirror images of itself, and that it’s a bit warped as well, seeing as how it’s not as flat as once thought; an interesting parallel, for those that recall how in the early days of science, the world as we knew it was thought to be flat as well, and we all know how that turned out. Thus, it does seem conceivable, what with our inability to see a lot of the Milky Way galaxy due to trying to look at it from an embedded position, that one day we’ll find the whole thing is actually not what we think it is at all, but something much more complex. Explore furtherlast_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Save Windows Desktop layouts with ReIcon

first_imgSave Windows Desktop layouts with ReIcon by Martin Brinkmann on January 14, 2018 in Software – 16 commentsReIcon, Restore Desktop Icon Layouts, is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use to save and restore desktop icon layouts.You may add files, folders and shortcuts to your Windows desktop for fast access. Some programs add icons automatically during installation, others prompt you instead.Windows has a long-standing problem when it comes to icons on the desktop: if you change the resolution, icons are moved automatically, and if you restore the original resolution, icons may not be restored in the process.While most Windows users run Windows on a single resolution probably, others don’t. Games and applications may change resolutions automatically, or they may only run in specific resolutions. You may notice issues as well when you connect your Windows PC to different displays regularly.Note: Windows SmartScreen may block execution when you run the program on Windows. Other antivirus programs, for instance Avast, may block execution as well. A scan on VirusTotal, however, returned zero hits.ReIconReIcon is a portable program for Windows that comes as a 32-bit and 64-bit version. You run it right after the download and without installation. The program interface lists all saved desktop layouts when you run it. A click on the save layout button saves the current layout; to restore a layout, select it first and then the restore icon to do so.ReIcon saves important information. It saves the resolution of the display, type, number and position of all desktop icons, and the time you saved the layout.The saving and restoring of desktop layouts works without issues. You can rename saved layouts for easier identification, or keep the default names instead for the layouts.ReIcon does not list icon names of saved layouts in its interface directly. Select a saved layout and then Options > Open Icon Layout File to open a configuration file in the default text editor. This file lists all icons and other information.The portable program supports a handful of additional options. You can make changes to the configuration in the config file, import and export layouts using the file menu, or enable options to display file extensions and hidden files. You can run the program from the command line as well; ideal for use in scripts.Related Programs:Fences 3.0 reviewRestore Desktop Icons With DeskSaveManage and display System Tray Icons in Windows 10Save Desktop Icon Layouts With Icon Configuration UtilityClosing WordsReIcon is a useful lightweight program for Windows that you run only when you need to save or load desktop layouts. There is no need to run it constantly on the system. You may need to add the program to the whitelist of your antivirus program as it may be removed automatically otherwise. Avast did that on a test system even though Avast’s engine returned a clean status for the file on Virustotal.ReIcon is handy if you work on different displays regularly, or if you run programs that require the changing of desktop resolutions. It may also be handy if you use your computer for different tasks and want different desktop layouts for those tasks.Now You: Do you use desktop management programs?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name ReIconOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page https://www.sordum.org/8366/reicon-v1-8-restore-desktop-icon-layouts/ Advertisementlast_img read more


August 29, 2019 0

FDA not aware of listeria at Blue Bell plant before outbreak

first_imgFILE -In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Blue Bell delivery trucks are parked at the creamery’s location in Kansas City, Kansas. Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria bacteria in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013, a government investigation released Thursday says. The company then continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what the Food and Drug Administration says was inadequate cleaning. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File) Check your body, save your life The company eventually recalled all of its products after tests showed listeria in its ice cream last month.A sweeping food safety law passed by Congress in 2010 sought to prevent such ongoing contamination by requiring companies to do more testing, put detailed food safety plans in place and take more preventive measures to keep pathogens, especially deadly bacteria like listeria, from getting into food.But that law has been plagued by delays within the Obama administration. The FDA has struggled to get the rules right and appease many of the farmers and companies that will have to abide by it. After lawsuits over the delays, the final version of those rules must come out later this year.Since President Barack Obama signed the food safety bill into law, there have been dozens of outbreaks, including one of listeria in cantaloupe in 2011 that killed 30.“It certainly has taken far too long to get this done and these outbreaks are the result,” said Christopher Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America.The Blue Bell outbreak is an example of how contamination can go unnoticed and untreated. The FDA hadn’t inspected the Oklahoma plant since March 2012, and even if it had been in the plant more recently, the company may not have been required to tell the agency about the contamination. Many company records are private, though the food safety law would make some of those tests more visible. The only way some records become available “is if people get sick,” said David Plunkett of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Listeria illness generally only affects the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborn infants. All three who died in the Blue Bell outbreak had already been hospitalized for other conditions.___Associated Press writer Juan Lozano in Houston contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.Results of a Food and Drug Administration investigation released this week showed the company had found 17 positive samples of listeria on surfaces and floors in its Oklahoma plant dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it “was not aware of these findings” before doing its own inspection this year in response to the outbreak. State health inspections weren’t much help: A March 2015 state inspection of the Oklahoma plant read “No Violations Observed!” and “Keep it up!”FDA inspectors found many violations at that plant, including dirty equipment, inadequate food storage, food being held at improper temperatures and employees not washing hands appropriately. Employees wore dirty shoes in the plant and soiled, porous wood pallets were used for ingredient storage and transportation. The FDA also said the company did not do enough testing for possible food contamination.Blue Bell said in a statement Thursday that its facilities remain closed indefinitely as it cleans and sanitizes them. Of the FDA report, company spokesman Joe Robertson said when a test was conducted and there was a positive result for listeria, “our standard procedure is to stop, clean and sanitize and then re-swab the area. When we get a negative test (result), we feel like we are good about operating again.”Robertson added, “In hindsight, we can see now that wasn’t always adequate.”Once in a plant, listeria can be very difficult to get rid of. It is found in soil and water and can be tracked into a facility by employees or carried by animals. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories The outbreak — and the FDA’s lack of knowledge of the bacteria found in the plant — is a stark illustration of gaps in the nation’s food safety system. Food contamination often isn’t discovered until people get sick or die.In the outbreak linked to Blue Bell, three people died in a Kansas hospital and seven others were sickened in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona.The FDA said it isn’t uncommon for companies not to report findings of listeria or other pathogens. Companies are only required to report to the FDA if they find a “reasonable probability” that a food could make people sick. Blue Bell’s listeria samples were found on surfaces and not in the ice cream, and the company hadn’t tested to see if the listeria strains found were among those that are the most dangerous.The FDA said it is common for a company to take corrective action — sanitizing and cleaning — without doing further testing if the pathogen isn’t found in the food itself.“Although Blue Bell’s testing did identify listeria, the company did not further identify the strain to determine if it was pathogenic,” FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher said.last_img read more


August 18, 2019 0

Hilton sets foot in Guadalajara with its second property

first_imgHilton announces the opening of Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand’s second hotel in Guadalajara and eighth property in Mexico. This opening is also a celebrated addition to Hilton’s expanding portfolio in the country, where the company has more than 60 hotels across seven brands welcoming travellers. Situated in the heart of the city’s financial and business district, the 225-room vibrant hotel in Guadalajara features a swimming pool, fitness centre, signature restaurant, two bars and more than 11,500 sq ft of flexible event space.“As we continue to expand our presence across the Caribbean and Latin America, Mexico remains a priority as one of our fastest growing and most developed hospitality markets in the region,” said Jorge Giannattasio, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton. “The debut of Hilton Guadalajara Midtown reinforces our commitment to providing innovative products and exceptional services to meet our guests’ evolving needs around the world.”As part of Midtown Jalisco – one of the city’s most anticipated mixed-use developments, Hilton Guadalajara Midtown is set to transform the destination with the debut of its dining, entertainment and proximity to Expo Guadalajara, one of the largest convention centres in Latin America located just four miles away. Bursting with a multitude of innovative culinary options, Hilton Guadalajara Midtown features the signature restaurant, Härth Kitchen Bar Market Guadalajara, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For conferences and events, Hilton Guadalajara Midtown boasts 11,500 sq ft of flexible event space, including 10 meeting rooms and artfully designed ballrooms. The hotel provides ample space to create events at any scale and accommodate up to 550 guests.“As we introduce the brand’s second in-market property, the opening of Hilton Guadalajara Midtown is a testament to the city’s development as well as Hilton’s regional growth,” said Vera Manoukian, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “The debut of this property has allowed us to further expand our portfolio within a quickly emerging business and leisure market – setting a new benchmark for hospitality in the region.”last_img read more


August 16, 2019 0

Saturday August 2 200430 PM Fan Fest

first_imgSaturday, August 22:00-4:30 PM (Fan Fest) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Friday, August 222:00-4:30 PM Monday, July 282:00-4:30 PM Thursday, August 142:00-4:30 PM Created with the HTML Table Generator Tuesday, August 122:00-4:30 PM DateTime Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Monday, August 182:00-4:30 PM Saturday, July 262:00-4:30 PM Tuesday, July 292:00-4:30 PM Wednesday, August 132:00-4:30 PMcenter_img Thursday, August 72:00-4:30 PM Just as is it was last year, training camp will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Admission and parking will be free to the public. Wednesday, August 62:00-4:30 PM The dates and times for the 2014 Arizona Cardinals training camp have been announced. Players will report to camp on July 25, with the first practice being held the following day. A total of 18 practices will be open to the public, with all being scheduled to run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.The practices are broken up by preseason games, which are Aug. 9 (vs. Houston), Aug. 16 (at Minnesota) and Aug. 24 (vs. Cincinnati). Thursday, August 212:00-4:30 PM Sunday, July 272:00-4:30 PM Wednesday, July 302:00-4:30 PM Monday, August 112:00-4:30 PM Top Stories Tuesday, August 52:00-4:30 PM Wednesday, August 202:00-4:30 PM Friday, August 12:00-4:30 PM The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

Go back to the enewsletter Responding to growing d

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterResponding to growing demand from passengers flying between Australia and South America, Latin American airline LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will increase the number of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile from the current three-weekly to five.LATAM launched the route on 6 October 2017, and is the only non-stop connection between Melbourne and Santiago, significantly reducing travel times between the two cities.“LATAM is committed to providing unrivalled connectivity to, from and within Latin America so that more people have the opportunity to experience the unique destinations our region has to offer,” said Roberto Alvo, Chief Commercial Officer, LATAM Airlines Group. “With two extra weekly flights, we expect to transport an additional 50,000 passengers per year between the two cities.”According to current schedules, Flight LA804 will depart Melbourne at 2010 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Santiago at 7.05pm the same day, with a flight time of 12 hours 55 minutes.The return flight, LA805, will depart Santiago at 12.45pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne at 5.30pm the following day, with a journey time of 14 hours 45 minutes.*Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Aviation welcomed the capacity boost saying, “Since LATAM’s entry into the Melbourne market, the number of passengers travelling between Melbourne and Santiago has grown significantly, demonstrating the positive impact the airline’s service has had on tourism and education”.In addition to its Santiago-Melbourne service, LATAM also operates seven flights per week from Sydney to Santiago (via Auckland). Both flights are operated by state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 aircraft, offering 30 seats in Premium Business and 274 seats in Economy.See www.latam.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

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30pm and 2.but theyre really young at heart Prominent in this school of thought is Texan evangelical Hal Lindsey. However, Jindal hoped no one would notice that he was born to parents in the United States on green cards.

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January 18, 2019 0