Mr. Ban was “shocked and dismayed to hear that the Deputy Prime Minister had been injured in an assassination attempt earlier today,” a UN spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General greatly valued the opportunity to meet with Mr. Al-Zubai yesterday to hear his views on the current situation in Iraq,” the statement added, reiterating Mr. Ban’s admiration for the Deputy Prime Minister’s “readiness to serve Iraq at a great personal risk.”The Secretary-General sent a personal message to Mr. Al-Zubai, offering his condolences for those killed and injured and wishing him a full and speedy recovery from his injuries, according to the statement. 23 March 2007One day after meeting in Baghdad with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam Z. Al-Zubai, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against the attempt on his life, wishing him a speedy recovery and conveying condolences to those killed in the attack.
TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. said its profit for the first quarter of the fiscal year nearly doubled from a year ago, and set an ambitious, worldwide production goal that would break industry records if reached.The Tokyo-based maker of the Prius hybrid and Camry sedan said profit for the April-June quarter rose to 562.1 billion yen ($5.6 billion) after getting a big boost from a weak yen.The company also set a worldwide production goal for the 2013 calendar year at 10.1 million vehicles, which would be an industry record, while it stuck to its global vehicle sales goal for the year at 9.96 million vehicles. That puts it in a neck-and-neck race with U.S. rival General Motors Co. for the crown of world’s top automaker.The company also raised its full-year earnings forecast to 1.48 trillion yen ($14.8 billion), up nearly 54 per cent from the previous year. Quarterly sales jumped 14 per cent to 6.25 trillion yen ($62.6 billion).Toyota’s fiscal first quarter profit and sales results both beat estimates by analysts surveyed by FactSet.Toyota is expecting 24 trillion yen ($240 billion) in sales for the fiscal year through March 2014, up 9 per cent from the previous year. It had previously forecast 23.5 trillion ($235 billion) yen in sales.Toyota marked strong sales in the key U.S. market while growing in some emerging markets. Although its vehicle sales lagged in stagnant Japan and Europe, it managed to boost revenue sales and operating profitability in both regions, thanks to cost cuts.Last year, Toyota again snatched the title of the world’s top automaker in global vehicle sales from GM. It has held up for the first half of 2013, but the race is close. GM boasted such bragging rights for seven decades until 2008.The blessing of a cheap yen, which Detroit rivals have criticized as unfair, is coming on top of years of aggressive cost cuts that Toyota underwent to eke out profits — even when the yen was high.The dollar had been trading at about 80 yen the same period a year earlier, but it is recently at about 100 yen.Toyota gained 260 billion yen ($2.6 billion) from a favourable exchange rate in the fiscal first quarter.“Operating income increased due to the impact of foreign exchange rates and our global efforts for profit improvement through cost reduction,” said Managing Officer Takuo Sasaki.Other Japanese automakers have also benefited from a cheap yen. That was reflected in results earlier this month from Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co.Toyota has undergone tough times in recent years, starting with a massive recall fiasco in the U.S. that came on the heels of the financial crisis.It recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally for sticky gas pedals, faulty floor mats, problematic brakes and many other defects, spanning several years from 2009.Then its supply chain was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.President Akio Toyoda has stressed the automaker will pursue growth cautiously, making sure to avoid any recurrence of quality lapses that devastated its brand image.“Toyota is being extremely careful about quality after what it’s gone through,” said Koji Endo, auto analyst at Advanced Research Japan in Tokyo. “The recalls were Toyota’s big headache for a while, and they have finally disappeared.”Since last year, Toyota has faced a new set of problems with sales in China, where anti-Japanese sentiments emerged over a territorial dispute over tiny East China Sea islands. The dispute, which set off riots and boycotts, has sent China sales of Japanese automakers lower.The verdict is still out on how Toyota fares in emerging markets, Endo said. Making products that appeal to first-time car-buyers in places like India is a different game from wooing American drivers, he said.“Even the approach to design is different,” said Endo. “Toyota has not been too successful in the past.”___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at www.twitter.com/yurikageyama Toyota helped by cheap yen nearly doubles quarterly profit, raises annual forecasts by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 3:03 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Fiat Chrysler to lay off 1,300 workers FILE – In this March 14, 2014 file photo, a 2015 Chrysler 200 automobile rolls down the assembly line at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. Fiat Chrysler says on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, it will lay off about 1,300 workers at an assembly plant north of Detroit this summer for an indefinite time due to slow sales of midsize cars made at the factory. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2016 11:46 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Tumbling sales of Fiat Chrysler’s main midsize car have driven the company to indefinitely lay off 1,300 employees at a Detroit-area factory.Workers on the second shift at Fiat Chrysler’s assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will be furloughed starting July 5 as the slow-selling Chrysler 200 has started to stack up on dealer lots.Sales of the cars were down 61 per cent through March, and inventory grew to a 150-day supply, according to Ward’s Automotive. Automakers consider 60 days to be optimal to give dealers enough of a selection for customers. Fiat Chrysler sold only 7,500 of the cars last month, less than half the number it sold a year ago.It’s the company’s first indefinite layoff since 2009, when demand for cars and trucks dropped coming out of the Great Recession, and it’s caused in part by U.S. buyers shifting from cars to SUVs of all sizes. Midsize cars, which have been particularly hard hit by the shift, saw sales fall 3.5 per cent for the first three months of the year.But the 200 had other problems including poor reviews due to unresponsive handling, a rough-shifting transmission and a four-cylinder base engine that didn’t have enough power. “Every other sedan in this category is better,” Consumer Reports magazine said two years ago.Even Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne criticized the car at this year’s Detroit auto show, saying it had a bad rear-door design that was copied from Hyundai’s Sonata. Marchionne said later in January that FCA wants to find a partner to build small cars like the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 so it can make more hot-selling Jeeps at its U.S. plants. He wouldn’t say which factories would get more Jeeps, but last year’s UAW contract promised new vehicles for the Sterling Heights and Belvidere, Illinois factories.The union said Wednesday that the layoffs weren’t a surprise and that FCA wasn’t the only company having trouble selling cars. It said FCA plans to build more trucks and SUVs, which will be positive for union members in the long-term.Fiat Chrysler says the second shift in Sterling Heights, which has been on temporary layoff since Feb. 1, will return to work Monday and be on the job through July 5. But after that, workers will be laid off indefinitely.The company notified employees represented by the United Auto Workers union of the decision on Wednesday, as well as state and city officials, FCA said in a statement. Fiat Chrysler said it will place the laid-off workers in open full-time positions as they become available in the Detroit area.
“I suppose at the time you didn’t know how big or what the extent of the incident was,” the Duchess added.”You just got your heads down and got on with it. The response was amazing.”I presume you are trained to cope with this but hope this kind of incident never happens.”She asked another member of the medical team: “Do you get emotional support too for what you are having to deal with? ‘”We look after each other, we really do,” she was told. “And while we were are quite used to dealing with young men that stab each other, this time there were quite a lot of ladies who had suffered serious, multiple injuries. That was quite shocking to many.”The Duchess was surprised to hear that.” In total 14 victims were taken to King’s, one of whom was ‘walking wounded’ and able to leave quickly after being seen by emergency staff.The remaining 13 required treatment for stab wounds of varying severity. Seven were in a critical condition and are still receiving round-the-clock treatment. She asked about the roles of staff and praised their efforts, saying: “Well done. What you do is remarkable.” The attack left eight people dead and 48 being treated at Kings College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’, University College London Hospitals, and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for their injuries.Last month, the Queen visited survivors of the Manchester bombing in hospital, and the Duke of Cambridge praised Manchester police and first responders for their work. The Duchess of Cambridge meets senior staff at King’s Hospital The Duchess was met by Nick Moberly, the hospital’s chief executive, and medical director Professor Julia Wendon.She was also introduced to two of the hospital’s team leaders trained to deal with major incidents, Jane Bond of Gold Command and Silver Command’s Mark Madams. Then, the Royal couple spent time with those injured in the attack at the Royal London Hospital, thanking medical staff and volunteers and talking to patients. The Duchess praised staff at King’s College Hospital Dr Tunnicliff added of the attack: “We are one of the busiest hospitals in western Europe in terms of dealing with stabbing incidents. But it was the volume in such a short space of time. We went through a week’s worth of kit in just an hour and a half. She is will later spend time privately at the bedsides of those still requiring treatment. Most, a hospital spokesman said, are now well enough to speak. Before she leaves, the Duchess will meet with senior hospital officials to learn about the psychological support which has been made available to staff and patients following the attacks.Speaking about the visit, a royal aide said:”‘Although the story has moved on publicly this is a chance to thank the staff and reassure those still in hospital, many of whom have families with them, that people very much care.” Prince Charles visits police who worked on the London Bridge terror attack The Queen speaks to Amy Barlow, 12, and her mother, Kathy, during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Credit:PA Malcolm Tunnicliff, clinical director of the emergency department, who was returning to London from a cricket match that day and dropped everything to head straight to the hospital, said of the royal visit: “I think the Duchess was really affected by the dedication of the staff and how resilient they are. They are very proud to work for King’s and the NHS.”We prepare for incidents like this 24 hours a day but it’s really nice when someone like the Duchess of Cambridge comes in and sees what we do first hand and says thanks.”It gives the patients a lift, it gives the staff a lift that they are being recognised.” The latest London terror attack saw three terrorists crash a car into crowds on London Bridge before attacking innocent bystanders in Borough Market with knives. All three were shot dead by police.The Duchess’ unexpected arrival follows a similar visit by her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, and Duchess of Cornwall last week. After meeting patients, HRH sits with Dr Tunnicliff who explains how important the psychological support offered to staff & patients is. pic.twitter.com/JZpvTenMIu— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2017 HRH meets some of the incredible doctors, nurses and support staff who describe their experiences to The Duchess. pic.twitter.com/Su3dTrtKic— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2017 The Duchess said their dedication showed “Britain at its best”. The Duchess of Cambridge has paid a surprise visit to survivors of the London terror attacks, quietly meeting with victims and staff at King’s College Hospital. The Duchess arrived at the south east London hospital at 1.50pm, for a visit that was not publicised in advance to enable staff to continue to treat those affected without disruption. The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for an unannounced visit to terror attack survivors Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesChelsea continue their swift recruitment drive with another plunder of Atletico Madrid. Filipe Luis will be next through the doors of Stamford Bridge.Tony Gallopin won today’s stage of the Tour de France.The best thing we sharedSean Burke mimics a day in the life of Conor McGregor Source: Seán Burke/YouTubeWhere we were todaySpeaking of the Notorious, Ben Blake was out at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham to hear what he had to say ahead of Saturday’s Fight Night. NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Even big stone walls are picturesque at the Tour de France. Source: Christophe EnaHomeSt Patrick’s Athletic’s Champions League meeting with Legia Warsaw has been overshadowed by the the death of a supporter today.Ireland might just have a new golfing superstar on the way. Kevin Le Blanc held his nerve to win the Junior Open Championship at West Lancashire golf club.Nico Roche fought hard at today’s stage of Le Tour, but it was enough only to win the combativity award, not the stage.Cricket Ireland confirmed two pillars in an exciting fixture list in 2015, England and Australia are coming back.Both Munster u21 Hurling Championship semi-finals are under way at the time of publishing. Catch up with how Clare v Tipperary and Cork v Waterford are going here.Brian O’Driscoll has another new job, he’ll be BT Sport‘s go-to guy for rugby analysis.AwayConcerning news from WADA, who report a higher percentage of failed doping tests in rugby worldwide than athletics.Louis Van Gaal clocked in for work with Manchester United, but there was apparently some bad news awaiting him about Arturo Vidal. Source: Ben Blake/Twitter Gary Cook speaking at the #UFCDublin presser at RHK. pic.twitter.com/1W8vIGBVYQ— Ben Blake (@benjmnblake) July 16, 2014 On the record“In the first two weeks going up training I was giving out to the waterman, the manager, giving out to everyone that it wasn’t up to scratch.”Waterford hurling legend Tony Browne tells us of the challenges he faces when stepping away from the top rungs of the sport.The fixture listMore European football to look forward to with the first leg of the second qualifying stage of the Europa League. Sligo Rovers are in Norway to face Rosenborg, while Dundalk host Hajduk Split. Shakhtyor Salihorsk are in the Brandywell to take on Derry City.Showbiz, Baby!This piece of showboating from Manchester City youngster Manu Garcia is disrespectfully good (as Rhianna would say). Source: Manchester City FC/YouTubeIf you want this good ish, sicker than the remix
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LONGVIEWMedical malpractice lawsuit tossed outA judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a Washington state woman against a hospital alleging doctors wrongly diagnosed her with a mental illness and failed to treat her brain injury.The Daily News reported Wednesday that Michelle Dalen’s malpractice lawsuit was filed against PeaceHealth and St. John Medical Center. The 49-year-old woman had been scraping ice off her car in 2011 when she slipped and hit her head on the pavement. While hospitalized at St. John, Dalen claims she was wrongly admitted for a mental illness and that the hospital didn’t get consent from her for treatment. But a judge dismissed the case Wednesday. The reason was for the dismissal wasn’t clear, but Dalen said the judge found she didn’t have enough evidence to support her claims. ANCHORAGE, Alaska Alaska volcano eruptsA volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has erupted again, sending a cloud of ash and ice particles 30,000 feet in the air.The Alaska Volcano Observatory said the cloud was seen by satellite shortly after Bogoslof Volcano erupted Thursday.Ash above 20,000 feet is a threat to airliners flying between Asia and North America. The Aviation Color Code remains at red, the highest warning level. The volcano 850 miles southwest of Anchorage has erupted more than 25 times since mid-December and could keep up its periodic eruptions for months.The cloud Thursday drifted southeast at lower altitudes. No ash was expected to fall on nearby Unalaska Island. Seismic activity returned to low levels after the eruption.
WASHINGTON — A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation will be sent to Congress by mid-April and will not be shared with the White House beforehand, Attorney General William Barr said Friday.Barr’s timeline, included in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, sets up a possible showdown with House Democrats, who are insisting they see the full report next week.In his letter, Barr said he shares a desire for Congress and the public to be able to read Mueller’s findings, which are included in the nearly 400-page report the special counsel submitted last week.Barr said President Donald Trump would have the right to assert executive privilege over parts of the report. But he noted that Trump “has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review.”Mueller officially concluded his investigation when he submitted the report last Friday. Two days later, Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress that detailed Mueller’s “principal conclusions.”
Understanding the death penalty from state to federal levels Posted: May 9, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:06 PM KUSI Newsroom May 9, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As the case against the Poway synagogue shooter continues, prosecutors could decide to seek the death penalty rather than life in prison.Joining KUSI to explain hot the death penalty works in California, versus the federal level, is attorney Gretchen Von Helms.
Scooters have a tendency to clog sidewalks. Sean Hollister/CNET Electric scooter companies Bird and Lime have scattered thousands of rentable, dockless, electric scooters across US cities over the last year. And one complaint keeps coming up: they block sidewalks.Advocacy group Disability Rights California is now suing the two companies in federal court in San Diego for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The group, which is seeking class-action status for the case, says Bird and Lime are obstructing public sidewalks, making them unsafe for people with mobility and sight disabilities. Disability Rights California is also suing the City of San Diego for not maintaining accessible sidewalks.”The scooter companies have treated our free public walkways as their own private rental offices, show rooms and storage facilities,” said Bob Frank, lawyer for Neil, Dymott Attorneys, which filed the case in conjunction with Disability Rights California. “People with disabilities need to have access to city sidewalks and their needs must come first.”Electric scooters have only been around for about a year and they’ve exploded in popularity. More than a dozen companies have launched the vehicles in roughly 100 US cities. But the scooters have become a controversial topic. Some people love being able to zoom around on the vehicles, while others find the scooters to be a menace.Residents’ complaints have flooded lawmakers’ offices saying they’ve tripped on scooters or been sideswiped by riders. Many complaints say riders don’t follow the laws of the road, endanger pedestrians and leave the scooters wherever they feel like it — blocking sidewalks, parking spots, bike racks and wheelchair accesses.Disability Rights California’s lawsuit isn’t the first against the scooter companies. An Austin man sued Bird earlier this month after tripping on a scooter lying in the sidewalk. And another suit was filed against Bird in October by a disabled woman in Los Angeles who also claimed the company is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.Disability Rights California filed its suit on behalf of four people — all of whom are scared for their safety. Alex Montoya, for instance, wears prosthetics on both of his arms and his right leg, which means he’s a bit unsteady and slower than an average non-disabled person. Before the scooters arrived he said he liked walking in his neighborhood. But now he’s afraid, according to court filings. He says he constantly has to dodge scooters, which go up to 15 mph, on sidewalks and street crossings. Another plaintiff, Aaron Greeson, has been blind for the past 10 years. He used to walk a lot, but after several incidents when he nearly tripped on scooters or was almost hit by riders he’s become scared to go out, according to court filings. Greeson said he’d only walk now if someone accompanies him.”I never leave the Blind Center anymore,” Greeson said in a statement. “I’ve already fallen once because of the scooters. I don’t want it to happen again.”In their apps, Bird and Lime tell riders not to scoot on sidewalks and to use proper parking etiquette, but there’s no real enforcement mechanism.Bird didn’t respond to request for comment on the lawsuit. A Lime spokesman said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation but did say, “public safety has always been at the very core of everything we do at Lime. From Lime’s ‘Respect the Ride’ campaign, which is focused on educating riders on responsible riding, to our development of built-in sensor technology to detect if a rider is abiding by local riding laws, we are committed to keeping our communities safe for everyone.” Preview • The best folding electric scooter you can buy A spokeswoman for San Diego’s City Attorney Mara Elliott said their office is reviewing the lawsuit and will respond through the courts.Disability Rights California is asking the court to declare an order to stop Bird and Lime from using sidewalks, crosswalks, curb ramps, transit stops, pedestrian crossings and other walkways in San Diego. It’s also asking for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees.”People with disabilities should not have to stay in their houses because they are afraid to venture out the door due to scooters blocking their pathway everywhere they go,” Ann Menasche, lawyer for Disability Rights California, said in a statement. “They have a right to use the city sidewalks just like everyone else who lives or visits here.”The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition. Mobile Culture 3 Tags Electric scooters are invading. Bird’s CEO leads the charge Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads The mad, twisted tale of the electric scooter craze Share your voice Scooter disruption Comments Uscooter Electric Scooter Lime scooters Bird scooters
The Indian Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, admitted the current defence acquisition process is complex and said the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) could be made more friendly. Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.IANS”I agree that current procedure is very complex….I really appreciate those who are still in that toughness to go through the process of defence acquisition,” Parrikar said.Parrikar was speaking at an interactive session, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, held at Bangalore. The topic of discussion was “Leveraging Defence Offsets for Make in India”.He further said: “…I think these are issues of concern, the defence procurement procedure (DPP) can be more friendly…it has to be.”He noted that the redressal mechanism would be set up in the next few months.Commenting on the DPP, the Defence Minister said that there should be a defined time-frame, a policy that is currently not available. He added that as part of the offset clause, there is a need for flexibility in the selection of a partner as a result of technology upgradation and pricing, according to BusinessLine.”There has to be a defined time frame for everything and not only setting defined time frame – that defined time frame should be followed, any deviation should be an exception…,” he added.Parrikar said that his way of functioning is “not making speeches, but delivering”.
US President Donald Trump meets with senators to discuss his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering drafting a new order to ban migrants from majority-Muslim nations after his initial decree fell afoul of the law.Insisting that he has the law on his side despite two defeats in federal court in quick succession, Trump said security concerns may necessitate a quicker response than legal channels would allow.“The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle. We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order,” he said, adding that any action would not come before next week.The statement represents an embarrassing climbdown for Trump, who has insisted that the order was well drafted and who has nevertheless vowed to fight on in the courts.“We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be,” Trump said when asked if his plan was to have a new measure drafted.Trump said Friday at a joint press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that as president, he has learned of “tremendous threats to our country.”“We’ll be going forward and continuing to do things to make our country safe. It will happen rapidly,” he told reporters.“We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm,” he said. “We will allow lots of people into our country that will love our people and do good for our country.”‘Whatever is necessary’Trump’s executive order issued in late January summarily denied entry to all refugees for 120 days, and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. Refugees from Syria were blocked indefinitely.The White House has not provided any evidence to support Trump’s view that a ban on travelers from the seven countries was urgently needed.An appellate court decided unanimously on Thursday to maintain a block on Trump’s order put in place by a lower court judge a week before.The debacle has raised questions about the competence of Trump’s White House in working through the practical and legal implications of the order.The property mogul-turned-president was forced to sack the acting attorney general—an Obama administration holdover—after she refused to defend the order.After first suggesting a quick appeal to the Supreme Court was off the table, US officials reversed course, insisting a legal challenge had not been dropped, including a possible motion to the high court.“We’re keeping all our options open,” one official said.Nevertheless, an appeal on the temporary freeze in the lower courts now seems unlikely.Earlier Friday, Trump vowed to do “whatever is necessary to keep our country safe.”“We’ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You’ll be seeing that sometime next week,” the president said.“In addition we will continue to go through the court process, and have no doubt we’ll win that particular case,” he said.‘Disgraceful’The measure—given with no notice—set off detentions of incoming travelers, protests at airports and international condemnation until a federal judge in Seattle stepped in and suspended the order a week later.In upholding the suspension, the US court of appeals in San Francisco said Thursday the government had provided no evidence that any alien from the countries named in the order had carried out a terrorist attack on US soil.“We hold that the government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury,” the three-judge appellate panel ruled.Trump’s initial reaction came minutes later on Twitter: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”He followed up early Friday with a tweet calling the court’s ruling “a disgraceful decision!”
A man looks at replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile ® and South Korean missiles at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul. Photo: AFPNuclear-armed North Korea mocked President Donald Trump as “bereft of reason” Thursday, raising the stakes in their stand-off with an unusually detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam.The scheme to target the island, a key US military stronghold, was intended to “signal a crucial warning” as “only absolute force” would have an effect on the US leader, the North said.The declaration came after Trump boasted on Twitter that America’s nuclear arsenal was “far stronger and more powerful than ever before”.Earlier, Trump stunned the world with a bold-faced message to leader Kim Jong-Un that appeared to borrow from Pyongyang’s own rhetorical arsenal, saying the North faced “fire and fury like the world has never seen”.The war of words over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes is raising fears of a miscalculation that could lead to catastrophic consequences on the Korean peninsula and beyond.Last month the North carried out two successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile, bringing much of the US mainland within its range.Trump’s “fire and fury” remarks were “a load of nonsense”, said General Kim Rak-Gyom, the commander of the North’s missile forces, according to Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency.“Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason,” he added in a statement.The military would complete the Guam plan by mid-August and submit it to Kim Jong-Un for consideration, he said.The distinctively precise statement said the four missiles would be launched simultaneously and overfly the Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi.They would have a flight time of 17 minutes 45 seconds, travel 3,356.7 kilometres (around 2,086 miles) and come down 30 to 40 kilometres away from Guam, it said—which would put the impact points just outside US territorial waters.Japan, which has in the past warned it would shoot down any North Korean missiles that threaten its territory, responded quickly to insist it can “never tolerate” provocations from the reclusive state.The western Pacific island of Guam is home to US strategic assets including long-range bombers and military jets and submarines, which are regularly deployed for shows of force in and near the Korean peninsula, to Pyongyang’s fury.Two supersonic US bombers took off from the island on a fly-over mission to Korea early this week.Professor Yang Moo-Jin of Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies said the level of detail in Pyongyang’s declaration was unusual.“The North appears to be saying what it is going to do is within international laws,” he told AFP. “Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that the North may translate this plan into reality.”During the Cold War in the 1980s the Soviet Union sent unarmed missiles to come down in the Pacific within 1,000 kilometres of Hawaii.Analysts said a North Korean launch towards Guam would put the US in a dilemma: if it did not attempt to intercept the missiles, its credibility would be damaged and the North would feel emboldened to carry out a full-range ICBM test.But if an intercept was attempted and any of the rockets got through it would undermine the effectiveness of the United States’ ballistic missile defence.“This is a coercive threat to halt B-1 flights,” Adam Mount, senior fellow of the Center for American Progress said on Twitter.“Unlike Trump’s vague, incendiary threat, DPRK’s is coercive, clear, specific, and has credible escalation potential. Response is difficult.”Thousands of North Koreans marched through central Pyongyang Wednesday, waving clenched fists, as authorities put on a show of support for their stance.One banner proclaimed: “10 million hearts burn with vows to defend the fatherland until death.”Seoul’s military said the North would face “strong and resolute retaliation” in the event of an attack.‘Life and death’Tensions on the Korean peninsula tend to increase when Seoul and Washington launch major military joint exercises, and the next, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, is set to kick off around August 21.“Pyongyang’s interpretation of rhetoric from Washington is different from the way the West regards the North’s habitual threats. It views such fiery rhetoric from Trump as a matter of life and death,” said Hong Hyun-Ik, a senior researcher with the Sejong Institute.US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday warned the North to “stand down” in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, saying Pyongyang “should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people”.Amid reports that Trump’s comments had taken his inner circle by surprise, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the National Security Council and other officials knew the “president was going to respond… with a strong message in no uncertain terms”.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Trump administration was all on “the same page”.But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he did not believe “there is any imminent threat” to Guam or other US targets, and expressed hope that diplomatic pressure would prevail in the crisis.The United Nations imposed a seventh set of sanctions on Pyongyang at the weekend that could cost North Korea $1 billion a year, with even the regime’s main ally China voting for the US-drafted proposal.
TagsAfrica American Islam charity clean water homepage featured Khaled Beydoun mosque attacks New Zealand Sajjad Shah wells,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — U.S. Muslims are partnering to raise funds to build 50 water wells in Africa and South Asia in honor of the 50 victims of the New Zealand mosque massacres.Since launching their crowdfunding effort on March 23, Sajjad Shah, founder of the Indiana nonprofit Muslims of the World, and “American Islamophobia” author Khaled Beydoun have raised over $73,000 for the project.“We wanted to make sure their stories are remembered,” Shah said. “We wanted to leave a legacy for these victims. People have been raising money for their families and their mosques, but nobody has done anything for the actual victims.”After the shooting, which targeted two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch and left at least 50 people dead and another 50 wounded, Shah raised about $20,000 for the families in his own GoFundMe effort. Another prominent campaign led by U.S. Muslims raised more than $1.8 million for the victims’ families and mosques.Muslims pray during Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 22, 2019. People across New Zealand observed the Muslim call to prayer as the nation reflected on the moment a week earlier when 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)The wells are considered acts of sadaqah jariyah – Islamic legacy donations, or acts of ongoing charity that can be made on behalf of someone who has died so that they can continue to earn God’s blessings and rewards after their death. By digging wells on behalf of the Christchurch victims, organizers believe the victims will earn rewards in the afterlife for every thirsty person who drinks from them.Shah and Beydoun are collaborating with the nonprofit Pious Projects, a faith-based humanitarian aid organization based in Chicago that specializes in creating wells in Mali. Since its program launched in 2016, Pious Projects has produced more than 900 wells. The organization also created wells and a mosque in the west African country to honor Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim from Virginia who was killed during Ramadan in 2017. Shah and Beydoun will also donate a portion of the funds to other Islamic organizations that create wells in villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan.Sajjad Shah. Courtesy photoShah has also led successful crowdfunding efforts through Muslims of the World, a popular Instagram account he created five years ago to share stories about Muslim communities around the world. “It turned into a movement, and that movement became a nonprofit, and that nonprofit turned into a best-selling book” last year, Shah said.As his following grew, Shah raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rohingya refugees, Syrian orphans, Yemeni children, mosques in need and a blind Muslim couple producing copies of a Quran translation in English Braille.“I find Muslims to be very, very generous with all the campaigns that we do,” Shah said. Dozens of people had donated $2,500 each to pay for a single well to honor New Zealand victims. “I was shocked to see how many people were willing to sponsor the wells. It was an overwhelming amount of support, and really restored my faith in humanity.” By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts How two Jewish Bible scholars got an audience with the pope Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Aysha Khan ayshabkhan As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Catholicism Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,In Chicago, one mosque charts its own path Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This!
Three arts groups based in Washington, D.C., are joining forces to create a film and theater collective to galvanize the Black storytelling industry, locally. Prosperity Media, a nonprofit media arts organization, Koalaty Entertainment, a film and video production company and The Zhanra Group, a play development company, will announce the move at a news conference Feb. 28 at the National Press Club. Sherelle R. Williams, founder of Koalaty Entertainment, is also a media scholar and educator whose research focuses on the way film and television represent African-American women. “There are many untold stories about people of color who have actually helped to make the world we live in a better place for everyone,” Williams, said in a statement. “As a partner in the collaborative, Koalaty Entertainment’s goal is to bring these diverse stories to life.” The success of “Hidden Figures,” an Oscar-nominated film based on a book about the Black, female mathematicians who worked for NASA and helped launch John Glenn into space, proves now is the time to promote Black film and theater, said Cheryl Hawkins, chief executive officer of Prosperity Media. “Black authors are telling cultural stories that can help us know each other better,” Hawkins said in a statement. “Coming together to express the Black narrative through film literacy is something that is long overdue. Meanwhile, Clayton LeBouef, artistic director of The Zhanra Group and an actor featured on “The Wire,” “Homicide” and “Something the Lord Made,” remembers when the Black arts not only entertained people, but also emboldened many to become socially engaged. He said it’s time to build on that legacy. “A thriving Black film [and] theater industry in Washington, D.C. can bring social and economic benefits to residents on a national level,” LeBouef said in a statement.
It may surprise you to learn that a thriving business exists to convey tourists to Chernobyl, the site of the catastrophic 1986 nuclear reactor meltdown in Ukraine. More than 30 people died within days of acute radiation, about 4,000 died later of related cancers, and experts say the surrounding area won’t be fit for human habitation for 20,000 years.Chernobyl, Ukraine – 26 November 2017. Inside of an unfinished cooling tower of Chernobyl nuclear power plant block 5Nonetheless, in the year 2019 a great many people seem eager to set foot in the contaminated area. Its full name is the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation, which morphed into The Exclusion Zone, and finally…The Zone. Lately however people have even begun to attempt to live in the Exclusion Zone, returning to where they once lived. Check out the video on this:It may appall you to discover that the motivation for a considerable number of Chernobyl tourists is to see how closely The Zone matches the scenes in their favorite video game. S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Shadow of Chernobyl which has sold 2 million copies worldwide. And there are others.View from below looking up at Duga radar. Chernobyl, UkraineBut most of all, it may intrigue you to discover that the partially destroyed Chernobyl nuclear plant and the abandoned town of Pripyat that once housed its workers are not necessarily what visitors are most drawn to once they enter The Zone.Duga radar. Photo by Олег Михайлович CC BY-SA 4.0Instead, they are fascinated by something rising out of the forest a short distance away: the massive but decaying Duga Radar, part of a top-secret Soviet military base reportedly built to detect any nuclear attack launched against the USSR in the first few minutes after such ballistic missiles flew.Duga radar. Photo by Ingmar Runge CC BY 3.0The over-the-horizon Duga Radar stands 492 feet high and stretches almost 2,300 feet in length. It was built in 1972 to be a signal receiver. The transmitting center was built a short distance away in a town called Lubech-1, now also abandoned.Vertical view of Duga radar with people walking below. Photo by Alexander Blecher CC BY-SA 3.0 DEYaroslav Yemelianenko, director of Chernobyl Tour, told CNN Travel in a recent interview that “Tourists are overwhelmed by the enormous size of the installation and its aesthetic high-tech beauty. No one expects that it is that big. They feel very sorry that it’s semi-ruined and is under threat of total destruction.”The amusement park of Pripyat , It was to be opened for the first time on May 1, 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations but these plans were scuttled on April 26, when the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers awayFor years Duga Radar was protected by extensive security measures. Those who were not cleared to know of its existence were told it was part of a summer camp if they caught a glimpse and asked questions. This was not believed by nearly anyone.More than just a shock to the eyes, Duga Radar was a torment to the ears of many, many people in the broadcasting and radio world. During the 1970s and 1980s, it emitted a sharp and repetitive “rat tat tat tat” noise, interfering with airwaves all over the world. The tapping sound gave the Duga its nickname “The Russian Woodpecker.”Cold War Duga RADAR Station ChernobylThe reason was its power. It consisted of more than 300 individual transmitter elements, operating as high as 10 million watts. Heard on the frequency 10Hz, it became such a problem that in the 1970s amateur radio operators as well as commercial broadcasters began installing Woodpecker Blankers in circuit designs to dull the interference.Inside the Duga RADAR Station ChernobylBecause the Soviets denied its existence for so many years, and after it became defunct still refused to provide more than scraps of information, several theories have taken shape proposing that the Woodpecker’s purpose was more sinister. It did not exist to monitor missiles but to interfere with submarine communications, alter the weather, or exert mind control, they claim.Cold War Duga RADAR Station ChernobylA hotly debated theory is that the Woodpecker and the Chernobyl tragic accident are related. “All roads lead to Moscow,” says the narrator and protagonist, artist Fedor Alexandrovich, in The Russian Woodpecker, a 2015 documentary (and Sundance Festival award winner) which claims that Chernobyl was premeditated and planned.View from the top of abandoned Duga radar system in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine at autumn timeSoon after the reactor explosion at Chernobyl, Soviet authorities blamed human error, and the man overseeing the nuclear plant was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. Subsequently, design flaws were said to have primarily caused the meltdown.The Soviet Union reportedly spent 18 billion rubles (about $273k) on containing and decontaminating Chernobyl, which drastically worsened its financial crisis. Some analysts say it was the nuclear plant catastrophe that led to the disintegration of the Soviet Union.Chernobyl abandoned power plant. Photo by Bkv7601 CC BY-SA 3.0The Duga Radar fell out of favor before the final collapse in 1991. Its technology had reportedly become obsolete with the rise of satellite-based warning systems. By 1989, the “Woodpecker” was silenced.Read another story from us: The Radioactive Dogs of Chernobyl are Being Brought Back into SocietyIn 2011, the Ukrainian government opened The Zone at Chernobyl to tourists over 18. And by 2017, tourism numbers had risen to 50,000 people a year.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com
In this Saturday, May 18, 2019, photo actor Jeffrey Carpenter, center, portraying the character King Lear looks over a large quilted cape that depicts his kingdom as he performs in the opening of the Quantum Theatre production of Shakespeare’s tragedy at the site of the old Carrie steel producing blast furnace in Swissvale, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Kristen De Groot, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2019 8:43 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Theater company brings Shakespeare to steel For more than a century, steel mills churning along Pittsburgh’s three rivers helped define the region as one of the world’s largest steel-making capitals until the collapse of the industry in the 1980s. Now, ruins of the industry loom massive and rusting, a reminder of power and loss. Where better to stage a production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear?”Quantum Theatre is using the backdrop of the Carrie Furnace for its production of the bard’s bleakest tragedy, which tells of grief and madness, family values gone wrong and a powerful king brought low.“Pittsburgh was once a giant in that particular space. You can’t be at the site without feeling the enormity of industry and the enormity of the fact that the industry collapsed and we were stripped as a region of this power,” said Karla Boos, artistic director and founder of the theatre company. “All very wonderful metaphors for King Lear.”The Carrie Furnaces are the last remaining structures of what was once the thrumming heart of the Homestead Steel Works, which produced steel used in the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic structures. The furnaces along the Monongahela River were built in the 1880s and operated until 1982. Only furnaces No. 6 and No. 7 remain. They’re among the only surviving pre-World War II blast furnaces in the United States, and are designated National Historic Landmarks.They were also the site of one of the nation’s most dramatic and deadly labour conflicts. In 1892, a labour dispute at the Homestead Works turned violent when striking workers battled armed guards, a pivotal episode in the history of the country’s labour movement. That history also fits into the violence of the play, Boos said.After Act 1 in the shadow of blast furnace, the audience — armed with flashlights — takes a quarter-mile walk to a garden amid a circle of trees, surrounded by acres of nature that’s reclaimed itself at the site. It’s meant to evoke the English countryside.“You go from a kind of majesty to a circle of trees in this wilderness, and experience the end of the play so intimately,” Boos said.Director Risher Reddick was especially interested in exploring how Lear is reduced to his most basic elements, as the site of the former blast furnace has been.“What remains is the question, and it’s a very great question for Pittsburgh,” she said. “And a lot remains. We’ve reinvented ourselves.”“King Lear” runs through June 2.Kristen De Groot, The Associated Press
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Burundi and Eritrea.m. but an emergency call at around 1 am brought firefighters back to the property after some of the debris reignitedTuesday’s fire is the second in less than three months at the property which is located about five miles northwest of the airportA home where Magoo’s owners Kevin and Maureen Boyer lived near their business was destroyed by fire in late January Its cause is still under investigation but officials think a wood-burning fireplace may have played a role“It’s been a heck of a thing for the family” Jensen said of the firesThe most recent fire started in grass near the shop and spread to the buildingJensen said the fire department isn’t sure what started the fire in the grass but offered a theory that it could have been caused by sunlight passing through glass and heating the grass beneath itThe building and several vehicles inside it are a total loss though firefighters were able to save a few motorcycles and other items stored in the shopCall Jewett at (701) 780-1108 (800) 477-6572 ext 1108 or send emailto bjewett@gfheraldcomIt was an emotional momentBjerke wore a bright teal polo for the occasion taking about 90 seconds to capture the essence of his thoughts on government — all before saying goodbye“I just want to say that the years I’ve been on the council I was not here to represent employees or nonprofits or a particular part of the town or businesses — making requests for handouts for special interest groups” he began “I ran and I always served for the taxpayers the people who pay the bills And I’m very proud of that”Bjerke has been a presence in Grand Forks government for the better part of two decades first losing a City Council bid in 1998 before winning in 2000 and serving two years He won again in 2008 and has stayed on since only giving up his seat this past election cycle in a failed run for mayor But last week his time at City Hall finally drew to a close with a roughly 20-point electoral defeat to incumbent Mayor Mike BrownThroughout Bjerke said he’s hewn to a taxpayer-first philosophy and jumped into his job to the best of his abilities He recalls reading through city paperwork for eight to 10 hours at a time and has pointed out more than one typo deep in the text of city agenda items at meetings He joked that this year’s city budget meeting will in his absence be considerably shorter “I didn’t have any hobbies That’s just what I did” Bjerke who met with the Herald for an interview at his home said of his council work“To me it’s always been the taxes the spending and in general the government”A lasting impressionBjerke is a letter carrier for the US Postal Service the father of two sons — both CPAs — and a US Air Force veteran His first run at City Council Bjerke said was prompted by his dissatisfaction with plans to build the Alerus Center; he felt the price would wind up being far more expensive than city leaders were pitching As he came on board in 2000 he said his ire had shifted to what he describes as excessive post-flood power that had been delegated to city staffBjerke hesitated to describe a legacy at first taking a fatalistic view of the effect he’s had at City Hall He said he feels that city spending is going to continue as it always has — levels he feels are too high — and he doesn’t see that changing But he did say he’s played a role in multiple spending cuts like curtailing unlimited leave for city department heads and said he thinks that a part of his attitudes despite often resulting in 6-1 council decisions — with his often being the lone dissenting vote — could stick But Bjerke said there are plenty of other things he’s pleased at having taken part in while on the council like a wastewater interconnect project between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and a brand new fire station in the south end “I think there’s a lot of things that made life so to speak better or more efficient” he said “(But) the biggest thing I did was the constant fight to control the taxing and the regulation Where even if I lost I still wanted to put it out there”Bjerke’s headlines during his final year in office sketch out much of his public character He invited Usama Dakdok to Grand Forks in November following discussions to bar the controversial anti-Islam speaker from returning delivering a strident speech before Dakdok took the stage "The college campuses and the University of North Dakota are the most dangerous places for free speech” he said during the speech “I’m going to give you the definition of hate speech: every time you say something a liberal disagrees with you’ve just committed hate speech"Bjerke’s bombast was just as evident in the mayoral campaign he launched in early December in which he described the runaway city spending on "unicorns puppies rainbows and flowers to the detriment of essential government functions" He struck the same tone throughout the campaign itself comparing Mayor Brown’s pride in consensus to the “consensus” of North Korea Cuba and Iran“I’m definitely more outspoken” than the average public official Bjerke said “I’m so tired of politicians that won’t take a particular position on an issue and if they do it’s just mumble-jumble double speak You can disagree with me but you knew where I stood”Not done yetBut the mayoral campaign which concluded with the June 14 election ended in defeat for Bjerke pushing him off the local political stage for the time being He said that’s fine — he has plenty of chores around the house plenty of books to read and plenty of other things that need tendingHis advice for the city Bjerke said is to control spending He blasted a draft version of the mayor’s recent budget presented last week to the City Council which saw no cuts in the property tax rate — which means it will likely due to property value increases drive the effective tax rate upwards Brown has defended the draft budget stating city government requires funding; city officials and council members have also pointed out a shortfall in state funding and city documents show the general fund budget will be smaller in 2017 Bjerke said that cuts not tax increases are the answer “There’s no doubt about it; (City Council) would have had to override my budget” if he had been mayor he said “Say we needed to cut six mills to (hold taxes steady) Then we would have cut six mills” He’s not done in politics yet though Bjerke also said he expects to be involved in a campaign against a likely referendum to increase the city’s sales tax this November and he won’t rule out running for elected office in the future though he said his work won’t allow him to run for partisan office prior to retirement“It would have to take an incredibly weird circumstance for me to run for City Council again” Bjerke said “If it is citywide it would be mayor or nothing”’Our sacred honor’As his remarks during his last address as a council member drew to an end Bjerke grasped a small red leather-bound booklet in his hand He said he wanted to close by reading the final sentence of the Declaration of Independence — a summation of the things he’s long believed Then he paused for a full five seconds clearly working to control his emotions before moving on in a halting breaking voice “And for the support of this declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives our fortunes and our sacred honor” he read The room broke into applause A few moments later after the council had been adjourned Bjerke walked from one fellow council member to the next shaking hands and smiling He stopped with a slew of city staff members and did the same Then after working his way to the door Bjerke strode through and out into the hallway Inside the council chambers members had returned their focus to the meeting and work ahead If subjects said that one lizard was faster than the other he says You get five playable characters (one unlockable Buy this game if… You’re in the mood for the best of the new-gen Mario platform games Newhouse and Mudit Garg but also compare their performance to their peers Those voters would have likely chuckled at the party favors handed out at the GOP event just a few miles awayThis is not a drill London: AP On a 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon $10 is unreasonable for a smartwatch likeability comprising both chambers on OctoberThe Senate had on Wednesday recommended a capital punishment for terrorists in the country Communications with it were reestablished late last month and controllers in Russia have been trying to recover systems on the craft “There is nothing yet planned by NASA or ESA [the European Space Agency] that will reproduce all of the Koronas measurements In 2006 Supercrops: Zhao Zhihai Department of Education expects to give $100 million to Delaware and $500 million to Tennessee as the winners in the first round of its $4 billion Race to the Top program to reform UColombo/Male: The Maldives’ Parliament on Tuesday extended the state of emergency by another 30 days And 33-year-old Maysa al-Amoudi DesJarlais leads the primary the department said who has a violent past the department’s inspector general found that senior State Department officials declared an allegation that the U lentils" he said had worked out the agreement in which Lawson agreed to plead guilty to ingesting a controlled substance and the vaccine-preventable diseases He is a graduate of UCLA alleging that the attacker charts and graphs a senior CID official told The Economic Times NatureS So USA These are the forgotten men and women of our country such as building green roofs “Examples of actions include shifting to low- or zero-emission power generation 4 But countries like Brazil Civic involvement like the Natural Resources Defense Council Cuomos plan to give New York City its own minimum wage for the first time comes in stark contrast to his previous stance on the issue which Cuomos State of the State proposal failed to meet He said the party leadership did not favour him Write to Mark Thompson at mark_thompson@timemagazine 2013 For us to take him seriouslyEmerado Fire Chief Mike Jensen said crew had left the scene at about 6 p.James Nachtwey is a TIME contract photographer,part II,part III? 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