WE Day National Special To Air On CBS

first_imgToday, WE announces that the third annual U.S. National Special of WE Day will air commercial-free on August 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CBS.Highlighting some of the most important social issues facing America and the world today — from equality and accessibility, to homelessness and poverty, to inner city violence and social activism, to education and literacy — WE Day unites likeminded individuals and provides a platform for youth and families to create change in their communities and around the world. WE Day is brought to you by Title Sponsor The Allstate Foundation, alongside Presenting Partners Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft and Supporting Partner, KPMG.Hosted by Selena Gomez, alongside international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, the special will feature a star-studded lineup of speakers and performers including Alessia Cara with STOMP, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Mpumi Nobiva, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Statler & Waldorf, Lilly Singh and more. With special appearances by James Franco, Evan Goldberg, Hannah Simone and Seth Rogen and a surprise appearance by Oprah Winfrey, the all-star cast will come together to celebrate the WE movement — a generation of people empowered to act and lead with compassion and the conviction that when united together, simple actions can transform communities, the country and the world.The one-hour special will feature energetic and moving performances combined with motivating speeches, comedic interludes and documentary-style features highlighting remarkable young Americans who are making a difference. Bringing families together for an evening of empowering conversations WE Day will spark ideas and inspire action, uniting Americans to stand together for change.“My first WE Day experience was 3 years ago and to say I was impressed is an understatement,” said actress, multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and host of WE Day Special, Selena Gomez. “The electricity of an arena full of thousands of young people who are making real change in the world is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I am grateful to be a part of such a supportive community and hope I can inspire the kids at WE Day just as they continue to inspire me.”Parts of the WE Day special were filmed at WE Day California, which took place on April 27, 2017 at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood. WE Day California is just one of more than 20 WE Day youth empowerment events that take place across North America and the U.K each year. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me thinking to we acting, building a better world where everyone has the power to speak out and make choices that have positive impacts.“When young people are given the tools and support to speak out and act on issues they are passionate about, there is no limit to the impact they can have on the world, and ultimately one another,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “In the last academic year, students from around the world who are involved WE’s programs donated more than 2.1 million pounds of food to their local food banks, volunteered over 7.6 million hours of service and raised over $17 million in support of local and global causes. Social change is possible — when united, people young and old can push the needle on the issues that weigh heaviest on our communities.”You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day events — students from across the country earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice. More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning, develop life skills for success beyond the classroom and become change-makers. As part of the program, educators and community leaders can access the free, interactive WE Schools Kit, which helps them collaborate with students as they create actions plans throughout the year. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of change-makers. Globally over 3.4 million students are part of the WE Movement, taking part in service learning programs and campaigns.Beyond the classroom, WE offers free family resources, providing tools to help Americans create change together as a family. WE Families provides parents the support they need to raise caring and compassionate children and set them on a path for life success. Bonding together, families rally around causes that matter to them and in turn, grow closer as a family unit.last_img read more

HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR KEANU REEVES HAS SECRETLY BEEN FINANCING COUNTLESS CHILDRENS HOSPITALS

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “EVERY DAY for the last few weeks of filming, Keanu treated the stage hands and ‘grunt workers’ (including myself) by taking us out for free breakfast and lunch. He was genuinely a very nice guy to work with.“Since then, I’ve worked on about 30 different sets and have never met an actor as generous and friendly as him. Most actors I’ve seen and worked with are total d——- who always think they are better than us. Keanu on the other hand, at the very least, was socially approachable and definitely kindhearted.”Keanu Reeves qualifying for the 2016 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Oct. 22, 2016. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)This is just one story amongst hundreds, but Keanu isn’t the type of guy who makes a habit of turning his generosity into a PR stunt. He doesn’t need to be recognized for his charity, as evidenced in a revelation that he’s been secretly financing children’s hospitals around the world.According to Snopes, in 2009 he told the Ladies’ Home Journal: “I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research. I don’t like to attach my name to it; I just let the foundation do what it does.”This level of humble generosity is not a surprise coming from the man who, according to Mail Online, silently gave $100 million of his proceeds from the Matrix trilogy to the costume and special effects teams. Do these good deeds make Keanu Reeves the nicest man in Hollywood? We’d like to think it does, so move over, Tom Hanks!US actor Keanu Reeves poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of the film “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” in Berlin, Feb. 9, 2009. (Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)BY DAN, ET Facebook Advertisement Twitter Few people are as acquainted with loss as Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves. Despite all of his success on the big screen, the actor’s off-screen life can aptly be described as tragic. However, he’s made it his life mission not to let these tragedies deter him from giving back and helping others as much as possible.Actor Keanu Reeves accepts the Vanguard Award during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards in Las Vegas, April 14, 2016. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)When Keanu Reeves was only 3 years old, his father abandoned his family. Keanu spent his school years at four different high schools while struggling with dyslexia. He eventually graduated but lost his best friend at the age of 23 to a drug overdose, his first child to a miscarriage, and the love of his life to a car accident. When it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for Keanu, his sister was also diagnosed with leukemia.Thankfully, his sister recovered, but Keanu has dedicated his life to helping others. The internet is resplendent with stories of his generosity. One Reddit user, bo2dd2, explains: “Back in the late 90s and fresh out of college I got my first job as an assistant prop designer on the set of Chain Reaction (Keanu was a supporting actor with Morgan Freeman). Advertisementlast_img read more

‘US considered grounding some Boeing 737 Max planes last year’

first_imgNew York: US regulators considered grounding some Boeing 737 MAX planes last year after learning belatedly of a problem with a system that is now the main suspect in two deadly crashes, a source close to the matter said Sunday. Investigators probing the Lion Air crash in October and the Ethiopia Airlines disaster in March have zeroed in on the planes’ anti-stall system, called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. Last year, inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration discovered that the manufacturer had de-activated a signal designed to advise the cockpit crew of a malfunctioning of the MCAS system, the source said. These inspectors were in charge of monitoring Southwest Airlines, the biggest user of 737 MAX planes, with a fleet of 34 of them at the time, said the source.last_img read more

Opposition Parties Aim to Withdraw Citizenship of Moroccan Jews Living in…

Rabat – Opposition groups in the Moroccan parliament are seeking to revoke the Moroccan citizenship of Israelis of Moroccan origin residing in the settlements built on the Palestinian lands occupied by Israel during the 1967 six-day-war. According to news website Yabiladi, MPs from the Istiqlal Party, the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and the Constitutional Union (UC) submitted a draft of proposed amendments to the Moroccan nationality law.The nationality law was adopted on September 6, 1958. On July 2005, on the occasion of his sixth anniversary of his enthronement, King Mohammed VI called on the government to introduce reforms amending legislation on citizenship. The law was amended on March 23, 2007 allowing Moroccan women to transmit their nationality to their children born of non-Moroccan father. The opposition’s proposal was submitted to the commission for Justice, Legislation and Human Rights of the House of Representatives.The same source said that the Moroccan opposition’s initiative to amend the nationality law builds on a unilateral interpretation of Article 19 of the law.The article sanctions of revocation of citizenship any person of Moroccan origin carrying out civilian or military mission under the banner of another country against the Morocco’s national interests.The opposition groups believe that the Kingdom by its international commitments “to respect human rights” and “work for peace” must adhere to its proposal, Yabiladi added.Israeli settlements built by Israel after the war of June 1967 currently exist in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights.Other settlements previously existed in the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip until Israel evacuated the Sinai settlements following the 1979 Camp David Accords with Egypt and from the Gaza Strip under Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan in 2000. read more

If you sold or used Bitcoin last year Canada Revenue Agency wants

TORONTO — It may seem early to start thinking about filing taxes, but this year’s return could be particularly time-consuming for Canadians who have flocked to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, especially those who don’t realize they owe the government money.No need to worry if you’ve purchased Bitcoin but haven’t touched it since. But once that cryptocurrency is translated into a real-world dollar amount — such as when you sell it or use it to buy something — you are on the so-called tax man’s radar.The price of Bitcoin shot above US$19,000 in mid-December, prompting a surge of interest, along with some cautionary advice from officials. Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz warned about cryptocurrencies’ risks and tax implications the same month.‘A lot of people will be burned’: Bitcoin lost a whopping $44 billion of value in January, and it’s not over yet“Characteristics vary widely but, generally speaking, they can be thought of as securities. The Canada Revenue Agency agrees,” Poloz said during a Toronto speech. “That means, if you buy and sell them at a profit, you have income that needs o be reported for tax purposes.”But working out what to declare to the tax man is not that straightforward, experts say.“There is no exact framework within the income tax act that tells us exactly how Bitcoin is taxable,” said Lana Paton, managing partner of PwC Canada’s Tax Services.The CRA issued a letter in 2013 that stated that Bitcoin and other digital currencies were not considered to be legal tender. Instead, the government agency said, cryptocurrencies are viewed as a commodity. As such, any resulting gains or losses could be taxable income.But until the gains on that virtual currency are realized — whether that is by selling the digital currency, or using it to make a purchase —those gains are not subject to tax.“The act of buying Bitcoin or receiving Bitcoin should not be taxable,” said Paton. “The act of using Bitcoin, will be taxable.”For example, if you purchased one bitcoin for US$10,000 but sold it last year for $19,000, you will need to declare $9,000 in capital gains.When cryptocurrencies are used to pay for goods or services, the rules for barter transactions apply.For example, if a merchant accepted Bitcoin in exchange for a desk, a pair of glasses or jewelry — all items that can currently be bought using Bitcoin — the seller will need to include the fair market value of the good or service sold in their income for tax purposes.“You are trading one good for another and you uptraded, so you gained in value,” said H&R Block senior tax professional Valorie Elgar.“You’re supposed to claim that as a capital gain.”GST or HST also apply on the value of any goods or services purchased using cryptocurrencies.When making a purchase, any gains or losses on the cryptocurrency are considered realized and must be reported, said Paton.For example, if you bought Bitcoin for US$1 — a price the cryptocurrency hasn’t held since 2011 — and used that Bitcoin to buy a new car last year for roughly US$18,700, you would have to declare a capital gain of $18,699.That gain, whether it is thousands of dollars or a couple of loonies, is subject to tax, said Paton. And avid users of Bitcoin should calculate this amount for all transactions during the tax year, she added.As well, if someone used Bitcoin to purchase another cryptocurrency, such as Ethereum, he or she would be considered to have sold the Bitcoin for its value in Canadian dollars at the time of the transaction, said Elgar.It’s also important to keep in mind that the fees associated with cryptocurrency transactions would also reduce the gain (or add to the loss) that must be declared to the CRA.The average Bitcoin transaction fee hit a high of US$55.16 in late December, according to BitInfoCharts.com, before slipping to US$8.53 on Jan. 28.If you are cryptocurrency mining — using powerful computers to process complex online cryptocurrency transactions in exchange for more cryptocurrency — that has tax implications as well.The cryptocurrency gained in this process will need to be reported as income, said Paton. However, these businesses will also be able to deduct associated expenses such as the cost of computers and electricity.The flurry of Canadian companies that entered the cryptocurrency mining fray last year will be subject to these guidelines. But the tax implications and the recent plunge in prices — Bitcoin briefly fell below US$10,000 this week — might just temper the cryptocurrency frenzy in 2018. read more

Assembly committee focuses on digital divide UN communication efforts

Speaking at the outset of the general debate on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, the representative of Venezuela, Domingo Blanco, said that the “dizzying speed” of changes in the field of technology had left some countries out, thereby broadening the digital gap between the rich and poor. One major challenge, he stressed, was to reduce differences and reverse the trends that threatened to further broaden that divide. As for the work of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), he noted that it was crucial that the UN made use of traditional means of communications and welcomed efforts made to improve the radio and television components of the Department. Addressing the 98-member panel on behalf of the European Union, the representative of Spain, Augustin Galán, emphasized the need for a communications culture to permeate all levels and all departments of the UN Secretariat and the Organization as a whole. The Millennium Declaration should guide the Department in orienting its work towards major issues, he said. In addition, the DPI should work primarily through intermediaries, move towards a new “evaluation culture” of increased performance management, and rely, to a greater degree, on existing external media to reach the public. For his part, Committee Chairman Milos Alcalay of Venezuela said that the current session was of fundamental importance. Indeed, the Committee must play a vital role in the twenty-first century since the efficiency of a public organization depended upon an effective communications policy, he stressed. In particular, the Organization must have an information policy capable of disseminating the shared values of peace and democracy with all peoples of the world. Echoing these thoughts, the Interim Head of DPI, Shashi Tharoor, underscored that the Committee was meeting at an unusually interesting time in the history of the Secretariat as the UN repositioned itself for even greater relevance as the indispensable global institution of the twenty-first century, and the Department had a key role to play in that effort. Mr. Tharoor noted that the Committee had before it a report outlining Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s vision on how to reorient DPI and position it for greater impact. Mr. Tharoor explained that in an attempt to more effectively allocate resources and achieve greater effectiveness in programme delivery, some hard decisions and choices had to be made. Some activities might need to be discontinued, drastically reduced or transferred elsewhere within the UN Secretariat, he noted. “Now it is up to you, members of the Committee, to give us your thoughts on these matters, to tell us what you expect from DPI,” he said. Repositioning DPI would not come without some “transitional pain”, and a certain amount of “re-learning”, he added, but that was the best way to ensure that the United Nations has the most effective communications mechanisms in place, and to ensure that DPI became a leading voice in communicating the work of the UN to the world’s public. read more

Slow start dooms Buckeyes in 6457 loss to Michigan

After nearly 10 minutes, the Ohio State men’s basketball team had seven points, while Zak Irvin had eight.Irvin, a sophomore guard, and the Michigan Wolverines jumped out to an early 19-7 lead before holding on to top the No. 24 Buckeyes, 64-57, Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich.After falling behind by 20 in the first half, OSU (19-8, 8-6) pulled within three late, but the Wolverines (14-13, 7-8) held on to force a split of their season series with the Buckeyes.On Saturday, OSU senior guard Shannon Scott said earning a bye at the Big Ten Tournament was a top priority for the Buckeyes.“We know we want to be a top-four team so we can get a bye for the Big Ten Tournament, but we don’t think about that as we play,” Scott said. “We just want to play our best basketball.”The loss to Michigan means the Buckeyes are now tied with Indiana for fifth in the conference. OSU and the Hoosiers split their season series, but the Buckeyes have just four regular season games to improve their stock before the tournament.OSU didn’t register a point until the 16:15 mark in the first half, when freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate converted a layup. The Buckeyes missed their first four shot attempts, while Michigan connected on three of its first four.Michigan’s 7-0 start eventually ballooned all the way to 31-11 with 6:36 on the first-half clock. OSU closed the half on a 12-8 run, but the Wolverines took a 16-point lead into the locker rooms.OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell drew first blood in the second half with an early 3-pointer, but Michigan tacked on a long ball of its own just 38 seconds later.Russell completed a three-point play to pull OSU back within 12 with 11:11 to play, then added a 3-pointer to pull the Buckeyes within single digits for the first time since early in the first half. He continued to carry the offense with a layup, making the score 49-42 at the under-8 timeout.Two free-throws by sophomore forward Marc Loving and a jumper by freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop made it a three-point game with less than seven minutes to go, but Irvin responded with a 3-pointer to double Michigan’s advantage.OSU missed three straight free throws with less than three minutes to play. The Wolverines countered with an Irvin layup and two free throws by junior guard Spike Albrecht to make it a double-digit game with under a minute to go.Russell (16 points) and Bates-Diop (12 points) were the only Buckeyes to score in double figures as OSU shot just 42 percent from the field.Albrecht tied Russell for the game high with 16 points to go with four rebounds and five assists, while Irving tallied 15 points and seven rebounds in the win.The Buckeyes are now 3-7 away from home, while they hold a 16-1 record in Columbus.OSU is scheduled to return to the court against Nebraska on Thursday to start a streak of two straight home games for the first time since January. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. read more

Landlords will have to provide an oven fridge and microwave under new

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Fabio Balbi Landlords will have to provide an oven, fridge and microwave under new rules Simon Coveney said the regulations “aim to ensure that properties tenants are renting are safe, efficient, durable and comfortable”. 118 Comments Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 9:08 AM By Paul Hosford Share1001 Tweet Email16 Image: Shutterstock/Fabio Balbi http://jrnl.ie/3238647 Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 9:08 AM LANDLORDS WILL BE required to provide minimum standards of accommodation and facilities under new regulations set to come into force on 1 July.The Housing Minister Simon Coveney yesterday announced that he had signed the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 on 27 January, giving effect to a commitment under the Government’s’ rental strategy, published in December.Under the regulations, landlords will have to, with some exceptions, ensure that such properties meet certain minimum standards. The standards relate to, structural condition, provision of sanitary facilities, food preparation, storage and laundry, availability of adequate heating, lighting and ventilation, safety of oil, electricity and gas installations, fire safety and refuse facilities.The regulation also requires landlords to supply:A four-ring hob with oven and grillAn extractor fan or cooker hoodA fridge and freezer or a fridge-freezerA microwave“Suitable” kitchen pressesAccess to a washing machine in the buildingA dryer or a yard for a clotheslineAdequate natural lightingCoveney said the regulations “aim to ensure that properties tenants are renting are safe, efficient, durable and comfortable”.“Landlords will be made fully aware of their obligations through a consistent and uniform approach by all local authorities in the State, which will ensure a level playing field so that responsible landlords will not be dis-advantaged by lax enforcement of rogue landlords.”The regulations come as rental prices in Dublin climb at the highest rate ever.Read: Irish rugby fan arrested in Italy after ‘trying to grab soldier’s machine gun’ 48,731 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tropical Wave Brings Woes For St Vincent And The Grenadines

first_img Update on Grace; Other Developments in The Tropics Remembrance Day to be marked in TCI this weekend Red Cross Gala near sold out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ET Joshua Airport, lesser Antilles, red cross, St. Vincent And The Grenadines Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMudslides and severe flooding in this island in the Lesser Antilles at the Red Cross in St Vincent and the Grenadines promises to keep residents posted of the damage due to a tropical wave. See the . All flights have been cancelled until further notice. ABOUT StV&G: Located in the south Eastern Caribbean about 90 miles west of Barbados. The big island of St. Vincent has rugged mountainous terrain, lush forest and many beaches and inlets. While most Vincentians speak an endemic Creole, the official language is English. According to the 2001 population census Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a population of 106,253. last_img read more

Washington babies to be screened for bubble boy disease

first_imgOLYMPIA — Starting next year, all babies born in Washington should be screened for the disease commonly known as “bubble boy” disease.The state Board of Health decided at Wednesday’s meeting in Olympia to add Severe Combined Immunodeficiency to the list of disease checks for newborns.A baby with the disease is at risk to a life-threatening infection. It’s treated with a bone marrow transplant.Many people were made aware of the disease by the 1976 TV movie “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.”A doctor at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Troy Torgerson, told KING the screening requirement is a victory for physicians and families.With early detection the survival rate goes up from 50 percent to 90 or 95 percent.last_img

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Offense Explodes For 15 Runs In Win Over Newburyport

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (13-5) defeated Newburyport by a score of 15-3 on Monday, May 27, 2019. The game was called after six innings.The Wildcats scored in every inning. Wilmington jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. In the first inning, Ryan Bailey had a 2-RBI single plating Jenna Sweeney and Ashley Crawford, who had reached base on a base on balls and a hit batter respectively.  A series of wild pitches and passed balls led to Bailey and Kayla Burrell (walk) rounding out the scoring in the inning.In the second inning, Wilmington had singles from Jenna Sweeney, Ryan Bailey, and Kayla Burrell sandwiched around walks to Kacie Bourrell and Ally Moran to go up 7-0. The Wildcats were quickly on the way to a one-sided victory.Jenna Sweeney reached base 4 times going 2-3 with a triple and scoring 3 times.  She also had an RBI. Ryan Bailey also reached base 4 times going 2-4 with 3 RBI’s.Ally Moran was again a force on the mound striking out 11 and not allowing a walk in this shortened game.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester, Lose To Arlington In Close GamesIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”last_img read more

Railroad hopes Congress fixes expensive math gaffe

first_imgPhoto: Frank KovalchekThe Alaska Railroad has a lot riding on a highway bill pending in Congress. The railroad CEO says he hopes it will fix a technical mistake in a 2012 law that has shortchanged the Railroad $3 million a year.Download AudioWhen you’re up against a deadline and all bleary-eyed from working way too long, you’re prone to make mistakes. It’s the same with Congress, only on a larger scale. Three years ago, when Congress passed a highway bill, the House and Senate lawmakers negotiating the final version agreed the Alaska Railroad should get $31 million a year in formula funds. It was a cut from years past, but that was the deal. And then somebody made a mistake in calculating the formula.“Due to the math error, by the time it was all said and done — one of these 11th and a half hour deals — we only received $28 million annually,”  says Alaska Railroad CEO Bill O’Leary.The railroad attributes the mistake to the Federal Transit Administration, which provided technical assistance to the congressional conference committee. O’Leary says it appears to be just an honest mistake, a late-night math goof that has cost the railroad $3 million for each of the past three years.Alaska Congressman Don Young convinced his colleagues on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to fix that math mistake this year. The House passed a new highway bill this month that would bring the formula funding for the Alaska Railroad back to the intended amount.The Alaska Railroad gets about half its revenue from hauling freight, and about 25 percent from government sources.Young’s spokesman, Matt Shuckerow, also attributes the math mistake to agency personnel and says he doesn’t know if it affected any other railroads. In 2012, some lawmakers wanted to drastically cut the Alaska Railroad’s funds. Young was one of the conference committee members then, and Shuckerow says he got his fellow negotiators to agree the Alaska Railroad should get $31 million, only to see $3 million lost to technical error.“That’s part of the reason why it was such a top priority for him to rework this issue,” Shuckerow said.The Senate version of the bill does not include the Alaska Railroad fix, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski was appointed to the conference committee this time and it’s a priority for her.last_img read more

Copper River fisherman found dead

first_imgA Copper River salmon fisherman has been found dead in the surf near the river’s Delta.Listen nowAlaska State Troopers report that the body of 58 year old Clifford Johns, of Bothell, Washington, was spotted by a U.S Coast Guard helicopter crew after his unoccupied boat was observed driving in circles May 25th.Troopers says John’s body was recovered and sent to the state medical examiner for autopsy. His vessel was brought to Cordova. No foul play is suspected.last_img

Meghan Markle warned not to anger senior Royals Palace does not trust

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry are not doing themselves any favours by clashing with senior Royals. In fact a royal biographer is warning them against it.Meghan Markle has been mired in controversy ever since she joined the Royal Family. And the Duchess has also allegedly been a part of a few feuds involving other members of the royal family. And Meghan has actively tried to stray from Royal traditions ever since she became a part of the Royal Family.And according to royal biographer Angela Levin to claim that the Palace has “put its foot down” to ensure that the royal “chain of command” is properly followed.Writing for the Daily Mail, Ms. Levin said Meghan’s “apparent disregard” for “long-established Royal values” have been met with “caution and discretion.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesBut it seems the decision to watch Meghan closely was made way before she began issuing statements. ‘The decision was made before his wedding when Kensington Palace began issuing daily statements about Meghan Markle’s father,’ I was told wrote Ms. Levin.It looks like the Palace doesn’t trust Meghan to be a responsible Royal after all. And maybe that’s why the Duchess insisted on privacy while she was pregnant. Sand did not bow to Royal tradition when she refused to pose for photos on hospital steps. Maybe it was Meghan’s way of protesting the Palace’s control on her. But even after giving birth to baby Archie, it looks like Meghan Markle still has a long fight ahead of her. She can use the baby to her advantage, but the Palace will still be watching her every move. Even with the Royal couple settled in at Frogmore Cottage, they are not that far away from the Royal Palace.last_img read more

BNP hopes to get 29 March rally permission

first_imgNazrul Islam Khan. File photoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has expressed its optimism about the permission for holding its scheduled rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 29 March.BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan voiced party’s optimism while talking to newsmen after a meeting with the home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, at his secretariat office on Tuesday.BNP vice chairmen Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and Hafiz Uddin Ahmed accompanied Nazrul Islam Khan.“We’re optimistic about getting the permission for 29 March Suhrawardy rally. Having failed to get any response from the DMP commissioner even after repeated requests, we’ve come to meet the home minister,” Nazrul told reporters.“BNP has sought the assistance from the home minister with regard to its rally. And he assured that he will take an initiative. His response was positive. We hope we’ll get the permission.”  Country’s main opposition political party BNP had sought permission for holding a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan for 12 March, but the police authorities denied it the permission and since then it is trying to get permission for holding a public rally on any date.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), however, held a grand rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 7 March and its ally Ershad-led Jatiya Party, too, held a public rally on 24 March at the same venue.last_img read more

Rahul set to take over as Congress chief

first_imgIndian Congress Party vice president Rahul Gandhi (L) walks with party leader Motilal Vora as he arrives to file his nomination papers for the post of party president at the All India Congress Committee office in New Delhi on Monday. AFPRahul Gandhi could be named head of India’s opposition Congress Party within hours, a source said, shortly after he filed his candidacy for the role on Monday.Speculation has been rife for months that the 47-year-old vice-president of the party would soon take over from his mother Sonia, who has led Congress for 19 years.Elections for the post had been scheduled for December 16, but with hours to go before nominations close, no one else has yet come forward publicly as a candidate.Congress has not said officially what will happen if there are no other candidates, but on Monday it appeared to be gearing up for a coronation.”Compassion, humility & determination are just a few qualities that make Rahul Gandhi an ideal #CongressPresident and leader,” read a tweet from the party’s official handle.Manmohan Singh, who headed the last Congress government, predicted Rahul would “carry on the great traditions of the Congress party”.One party source said on condition of anonymity that Rahul may be named president by the end of the day.Rahul, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister, was elected vice-president of the Congress party in 2013 and has long been his mother’s presumed successor.But he was strongly criticised for a lacklustre campaign for the 2014 general election, in which Congress recorded its worst-ever showing and lost power to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.Since the national election defeat, the party has lost polls in many states to the BJP, exposing him to further criticism and doubts about his ability as a leader.But few inside the party have been willing publicly to criticise the family that has been at its helm for generations.Congress has ruled India for most of the time since independence in 1947 and has almost always been led by the Nehru-Gandhi clan, beginning with the first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.Rahul has led campaigning for upcoming elections in Gujarat state, with Sonia Gandhi taking a back seat in recent months.last_img read more

Hasbro Reveals Upcoming SpiderMan Homecoming Action Figures

first_imgWhen it comes to digging up information about upcoming movies, most people turn to leaks and insiders for information. Few realize that one of the best sources of pre-release info comes from toys and action figures. Such is the case with the recently revealed toys for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which give us a better look at the Vulture and Spidey’s homemade suit.Hasbro’s upcoming releases (as first reported by IGN) will have two lines of 6-inch figures. The aforementioned Vulture and Spider-Man in his homemade costume are part of the standard line. They’ll cost $7.99 each and be released in May. The feature line of toys will have Vulture and Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War costume. These will also debut in May but will be more expensive at $14.99.There will also be a Vulture Attack Set that will release in May for $44.99. This set is over 20 inches tall and depicts a portion of Queens, New York. It comes with the 6-inch standard Vulture figure and has webbing that can be used to launch the action figures.One of the more interesting toys from coming from Hasbro is the Spider Racer Vehicle. This is something that long-time fans of Spider-Man will remember from the comics. The vehicle comes with the standard 6-inch Spidey and will cost $24.99.Hasbro will also be releasing a Spider-Man Mega City Playset that is unrelated to the film. This 46-inch tall structure has five separate levels, including the subways and Peter Parker’s secret lab. Like the Vulture Attack Set, this structure has webbing that can be used to launch figures. The Playset will debut in October for $99.99.These toys and sets are more or less standard fare when it comes to movie merchandise but they certainly look like something kids and collectors will enjoy. All of these items can be purchased from Hasbro’s website.Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.View as: One Page Slides1. Spider-Man: Homecoming2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.last_img read more

Angry Birds Rio launches new Beach Volley episode gets hipster theme so

first_imgIf you’ve already played and beaten Angry Birds multiple times, you’ve probably also been playing Rovio’s newest version, Angry Birds Rio, which ties into 20th Century Fox’s animated film “Rio”. Angry Birds Rio was launched for iOS, Android and Mac OS X in March.The characters appear in Rio de Janeiro. It initially included two episodes with 30 levels each. The first episode has the birds rescuing caged exotic birds, and in the second episode, the birds were attacking marmosets.This update takes the birds to the beaches of Rio and focuses more on monkey attacks than the peaceful freeing of birds.Rovio is mixing things up by adding different materials to the update, including a lot more sand and sun, as well as various beach paraphernalia like inflatable rings, beach umbrellas, plantains, and a special golden fruit.Angry Birds Rio is available at the iTunes App Store and the Amazon App Store for 99 cents. Android users can also access Angry Birds Rio from the Android Market for free. Once you have Angry Birds Rio, the updates are free, and Rovio is promising more updates will be released throughout the year. Currently, you can only get the Beach Volley update through the Amazon and iTunes version, since those are paid versions. The Android Market and a Windows Phone 7 versiona are on their way. You can see a trailer of Beach Volley below.In addition to the new update, there’s also an Angry Birds Rio samba single being released in the Apple iTunes Store for 99 cents. It’s based on the music from the Angry Birds Rio. However, the samba single may have some competition as Pomplamoose, a popular band seen often on YouTube, has just released its cover of the Angry Birds theme song. You may know the duo that makes up Pomplamoose from Toyota’s “Mr. Sandman” commercial in 2010,or Hyundai’s 2010 Christmas commercial.You can watch the video below. Warning, there is some Angry Birds-style violence.last_img read more

Independent presidential candidate Margarita Zavala pulls from race

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — One of the two independent candidates for presidency has announced her withdraw from the race.Margarita Zavala withdrew from the electoral race for the presidency of Mexico Wednesday during a television interview that was set to air Wednesday night. The announcement came as a surprise to everyone, including the television station who were unaware of her intentions ahead of the interview.The independent candidate made the announcement during the recording of the program Third Degree on Televisa.During the program, Zavala said she would withdraw from the race to make room for those who are competing and have an advantage.“I have decided to tell the citizens that I am withdrawing from the candidacy of the race for a principle of congruence, for a principle of political honesty, but also to release those who have generously supported me and make their decision as to what should be done in this difficult battle for Mexico.”The poll decline of the independent candidate was a theme among the political leaders for the past several days and took hold Tuesday when presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya called on her to build a common political project.There were hints that the reason she left the presidential race was due to lack of money, however, that notion was rejected by Zavala who said that resources were never a decisive factor in her decision.“For me, money is not exactly what puts a campaign at risk. In reality, it is the decisions of the citizens,” she said.“On the contrary. I am convinced that the campaigns do not require the money that others are spending.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out so get your copy NOW

first_imgYou can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30.So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.Read our front-page story about Ladysmith Black Mambazo winning their fifth Grammy Award.We have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, including one about a dog that had to be put down after it was found to have distemper. This viral disease is highly contagious to other dogs, so take care of your pets!There are also crime stories you are sure to find interesting.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.last_img read more