Larissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsIt’s still hard for Marlene Bird to remember exactly what happened to her the night she was attacked and set on fire in Prince Albert last June.She recalls talking to a group of people, mostly men who seemed nice, but she didn’t know any of them.“All of a sudden I don’t know what happened but I started to get hurt, to get hit,” said Bird, 47. in an interview with APTN National News airing tonight. “I started to get hit on my head. I was trying to get up to see.”She blacked out.When Bird came to in the hospital she didn’t know what happened to her or the extent of her injuries.The back of her head was swollen from the beating and her face lacerated, partially exposed from cuts nearly taking her left eye.She was also set on fire with severe burns waist down. They were so bad doctors had to remove both of her legs.“Why did this have to happen to me?” said Bird. “What did I do so wrong to have this happen to me?”Even though she doesn’t remember the attack, Bird says she is haunted by what happened.“I kept dreaming and having some nightmares waking up just scared and shaking,” she said.Police later arrested and charged Leslie Black who’s scheduled to appear in court again later this month.Prince Albert police said they don’t expect to charge anyone else for the attack on Bird and the details of its investigation will come out in trial.For Bird, adjusting to a life with no legs, and dealing the same addictions that left her homeless, is a constant struggle.She started drinking before she was in the Grade 1 and has lost count of how many foster homes she lived in. She struggles with past sexual and physical abuse and grew up as a product residential schools and an alcoholic home.Bird is a client of the YWCA and receiving addictions counselling, as well as temporary housing.Those helping Bird are struggling to find permanent housing that is wheelchair email@example.com
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a full pardon for hemp.The Kentucky Republican on Monday previewed legislation seeking to free the plant from its ties to marijuana and let it take root as a legitimate crop.Hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin — would be removed from the controlled substances list under the bill he’s offering, McConnell said. The result would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.“We’re going to give it everything we’ve got to pull it off,” the Senate’s top leader told hemp advocates in his home state.The crop has been grown on an experimental basis in a number of states in recent years, and Kentucky has been at the forefront of hemp’s comeback. Kentucky agriculture officials have approved more than 12,000 acres (4,800 hectares) to be grown in the state this year, and 57 Kentucky processors are helping turn the raw product into a multitude of products.Growing hemp without a federal permit has long been banned owing to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.Hemp got a limited reprieve with the 2014 federal Farm Bill. McConnell helped push for the provision that allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp projects for research and development.Since then, 34 states have authorized hemp research, while actual production occurred in 19 states last year, said Eric Steenstra, president of the advocacy group Vote Hemp. Hemp production totalled about 25,500 acres (10,300 hectares) in 2017, more than double the 2016 output, he said.Supporters said the bill would bring more certainty for farmers, agribusinesses and investors looking at the crop.“The goal of this new bill, should it become law, is to simply remove the roadblocks altogether,” McConnell said. “It would encourage innovation and development and support to domestic production of hemp.”The crop, which once thrived in Kentucky, was historically used for rope, clothing and mulch from the fiber, hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, and soap and lotions. Other uses include building materials, animal bedding and biofuels.Hemp advocates, who have fought for years to restore the crop’s legitimacy, praised McConnell for putting his political clout behind the effort.“This is a huge development for the hemp industry,” Steenstra said. “Sen. McConnell’s support is critical to helping us move hemp from research and pilot programs to full commercial production.”Brian Furnish, an eighth-generation tobacco farmer in Kentucky, has taken the plunge into hemp production. His family will grow about 300 acres (120 hectares) of hemp this year in Harrison County. He’s also part owner of a company that turns hemp into food, fiber and dietary supplements.Furnish said hemp has the potential to rival or surpass what tobacco production once meant to Kentucky.“All we’ve got to do is the government get out of the way and let us grow,” he told reporters.McConnell acknowledged there was “some queasiness” about hemp in 2014 when federal lawmakers cleared the way for states to regulate it for research and pilot programs. There’s much broader understanding now that hemp is a “totally different” plant than its cousin, he said.“I think we’ve worked our way through the education process of making sure everybody understands this is really a different plant,” the Republican leader said.McConnell said he plans to emphasize the differences between the plants to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Trump administration has taken a tougher stance on marijuana.The Department of Justice’s press office declined comment Monday on McConnell’s pending legislation.McConnell said his bill would attract a bipartisan group of co-sponsors. He said the measure would allow states to have primary regulatory oversight of hemp production if they submit plans to federal officials outlining how they would monitor production.In Kentucky, current or ex-tobacco farmers could easily make the conversion to hemp production, Furnish said. Tobacco production dropped sharply in Kentucky as the health hazards of smoking became clear and tobacco use declined.Furnish said his family has reaped profits of about $2,000 per acre for hemp grown for dietary supplements, better than what they’ve made from tobacco, he said.Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said he hopes for hemp’s legalization, saying it can “open the floodgates and we can see the true potential of this crop.”
At a joint press briefing at UN Headquarters today, Penny Abeywardena, the Commissioner of the (New York City) Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, joined Peter Thompson, President of the UN General Assembly, to announce the first-ever Festival which will be held on Sunday, 4 June, the day before the opening of The Ocean Conference, which will run from 5 to 9 June.The Festival, organized by the Global Brain Foundation, will galvanize people across the world to bring public attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 14, on conservation and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, “right here in New York City, a premier coastal city,” said Ms. Abeywardena.“Through these gatherings, people will come together to catalyze specific steps we can take as a community to preserve our oceans and engage our citizens and in particular, our young people,” she said, adding that, with 520 miles (about 835 kilometres) of coastline, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration recognizes the need for cities to lead on protecting the planet from degradation through sustainable consumption and effective management of the world’s natural resources and mitigating the worst impacts of climate change.For his part, Assembly President Thomson said New York City is a model not only in the United States but around the world of what cities can do in integrating the SDGs with their urban development planning, drawing attention to Mayor de Blasio’s ‘One NYC’ initiative.An opportunity to address major woes humanity has put upon the oceanAs for the Conference, he said “the ocean is in deep trouble,” facing threats such as marine pollution; fishery subsidies at a time when fish stocks are collapsing; and degraded coastal ecosystems planet-wide. “The Ocean Conference is [a timely opportunity] to address these major woes humanity has put upon the ocean,” he continued, adding that it also will provide an opportunity to think about the impacts of climate change. “With ocean acidification, we’re already seeing the effects of this; its serious business in Oregon and Washington state and its spreading around the world and is also serious business for the tropics, where because of rising temperatures life is leaving our waters because it is too hot,” explained Mr. Thomson, noting that 40 per cent of the cause of rising sea levels is due to the fact that oceans are heating up. UN Photo/Martine Perret And yet “all human problems have human solutions and that’s what the Ocean Conference is about, working to find what the solutions are,” he emphasized, noting that UN Member States are currently making good progress on the ‘call to action’ that would be agreed by the Conference. Further, in addition to a plenary, the Conference would also feature seven partnership dialogues focused on SDG 14. Mr. Thomson went on to highlight the registry of voluntary commitments, to which the UN was urging all stakeholders and “everybody who gives a hoot about the ocean” to register to between now and the Conference “so that you stand and be counted in our call to action to reverse the cycle of decline in which the ocean has been caught.” The roll of the media is important in all this, to get the word out about the state of the planet’s oceans “but also that we’re doing something about it.” Natalia Vega-Berry, founder of the Global Brain Foundation and Executive Producer of the World Ocean Festival said the event will aim to show world leaders gathering for the UN conference the urgency for taking action. “Our ocean is a connective tissue for the world’s entire population. It makes planet Earth and us all one, as we are surrounded by shores. At the same time, our ocean is at great risk of pollution, overfishing, climate change and more.” While coastal cities and island nations feel the most pressing burden of such threats, she said that the Festival will aim to bring together all people who care deeply about the oceans’ future to “raise their voices in support of the ocean and call on world leaders to take action to save it.” She said that while the Festival will be held in New York, other cities could also be inspired to organize their own events.New York’s festival will feature a first-of-its kind grand “ocean march,” which will be a parade of sailing vessels around lower Manhattan and along 10 nautical miles of Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfront from the Hudson to the East River. The second main event will be the Ocean Village, which will be set up at Gentry State Park in Long Island City as a “hub for all things ocean,” and will celebrate art, innovation and exhibits on ocean and climate action.
20092.72.63.53.912.7 Once we have those ratings, we can add them up to get an overall score for each playoff game. Unsurprisingly, wild-card games have the lowest average score, followed by divisional games, conference championships and the Super Bowl. (Hey! It works!) But this year’s opening weekend scored lower than the typical wild-card round in three of four categories; total scoring was the only metric in which it didn’t underperform, and even then, these games were basically average by wild-card standards. Pittsburgh’s 30-12 blowout over Miami was the eighth-lowest-rated wild-card game since 1990, and the rest of the opening weekend’s slate didn’t fare much better.4The highest-rated game of the weekend was, remarkably, Houston-Oakland, which ranked 43rd among the 108 wild-card games played since 1990.Overall, it was the fourth-worst wild-card weekend since 1990 according to my measure of game quality: Wild card avg.184.108.40.206.411.7 The good news is that things should get much better from here. Although New England is a massive favorite over Houston, the rest of the divisional round is filled with high-quality teams who should be relatively closely matched. That’s not always a guarantee of great football — looking back at my college-bowl grades, how about the barn-burner that was my highest-rated matchup? (Clemson trounced Ohio State 31-0 … oops.) — but it can’t hurt, particularly after the relative snoozefest that opened the playoffs. 20220.127.116.11.913.3 19918.104.22.168.610.4 19902.33.12.43.411.2 20052.62.92.34.011.8 19922.214.171.124.510.3 20012.72.92.83.011.4 20126.96.36.199.512.0 199188.8.131.52.511.2 If you’re like me, the start of the NFL playoffs is always a source of excitement — until you remember that the two best teams in each conference have bye weeks, leaving the dregs of the postseason field to play games that aren’t much better than the league’s standard regular-season fare. Sometimes wild-card games can rise above all that, producing classic games in spite of themselves, but those games are the exception to the rule.Even by those low standards, this weekend’s wild-card action was full of duds. Texans-Raiders was one of the ugliest on-paper playoff matchups in recent memory — and it ended up being arguably the weekend’s most exciting game. Every matchup was decided by double digits, only one featured an above-average amount of scoring,1Relative to the NFL’s regular-season average of 46 total points per game. and there was only one upset in the bunch (if you even could call it that — our Elo ratings gave Oakland a slight edge over Houston, though Elo didn’t know about Oakland’s mess at QB). Add it all up, and it was one of the worst wild-card rounds since the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990.We can measure the quality of each playoff game using a metric similar to the one I used to grade college football bowls. To rate the NFL games, I graded each postseason matchup since 1990 by summing up four different five-point ratings2Where the average is 3, the maximum is 5, and the lowest possible score is 1.: how good the teams were, how close the game was, how many points were scored, and how much upset potential the game had.3Here’s how each is defined in more detail:How good the teams were. This is based on the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame Elo ratings. Better matchups, like Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks, get a 5; worse ones, such as 1999’s Cardinals-Cowboys wild-card tilt, get a 1.How close the game was. For this, I estimated the average margin of the game at any given moment, from the perspective of the eventual winner. Higher grades are given to great comebacks — see the Bills’ epic 1993 victory over the Oilers — and to nail-biters like the Giants’ last-second win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXV. Lower grades go to laughers like the Jaguars’ 62-7 demolition of Miami in 2000.How much scoring the teams did. This is just the total number of points scored in the game. (High-scoring games aren’t always exciting, but they tend to be more watchable than grind-it-out defensive struggles.) The Cardinals’ 51-45 win over the Packers in 2010 gets a 5; the Steelers’ inelegant 7-6 victory over the Patriots in 1998 gets a 1.How much upset potential the game had. All else being equal, possible upsets make for interesting games. So for this category, I estimated the underdog’s average win probability at any given moment in the game. Games where the underdog dominates, such as when Baltimore thrashed New England in 2010, score highest; ones where the favorite’s victory was never in doubt, like when Tim Tebow’s Broncos never had a chance against the Pats in 2012, score lowest. 20062.13.22.92.710.9 20072.23.12.93.711.9 Conf. champ.3.63.13.03.112.8 199184.108.40.206.211.6 20220.127.116.11.011.1 2018.104.22.168.010.7 2022.214.171.124.211.5 20042.12.83.33.711.9 199126.96.36.199.813.2 20102.33.23.03.912.4 20082.53.22.93.512.1 199188.8.131.52.211.1 199184.108.40.206.610.3 199220.127.116.11.511.5 The best NFL wild-card weekends (1990-present) 2018.104.22.168.612.4 Super Bowl4.13.03.23.313.6 Divisional3.13.03.03.012.0 20032.32.93.12.911.2 20002.53.32.64.112.5 PLAYOFF YEARGOOD TEAMSCLOSE GAMESHI SCORINGUPSET CHANCETOTAL SCORE 19922.214.171.124.612.2 AVERAGE SCORE OF GAMES IN ROUND Each game is graded on a five-point scale in four categories: how good the teams were, how close the score was throughout the game, how many points were scored and the chances of an upset throughout the game.Based on data from Pro-Football-Reference.com 20022.03.23.43.912.6
She added: “I find the constant repetition of the same actors becomes almost farcical.”If you’re in the middle of watching a drama, you’ll think, ‘Hang on, weren’t they in EastEnders?’ and you’ve missed a whole section because you’re trying to place the actor.”The author has also been vocal about her hatred of gratuitous violence against women on screen, fearing too much television set out to glamorise it or make scenes titilating.La Plante had worked on the original series of Prime Suspect, helping it become a television hit before leaving after the third series after becoming unhappy with the way Tennison’s character was developing.In particular, she has said, she disliked Tennison being written as an alcoholic, and resented the fictional glass ceiling she had hit “with which I didn’t necessarily agree”. The television series is based on La Plante’s novel Lynda La Plante, the authorCredit:Andrew Crowley She has made no secret of her televisual tastes, famously abandoning the original incarnation of Prime Suspect when she disagreed with how producers had treated her lead character.Lynda La Plante, the author, has now walked away from the much-anticipated prequel, it has been confirmed, after disputes over how Jane Tennison’s story was to be told.La Plante, the bestselling author, had been snapped up as the writer of the new ITV drama, based on her book Tennison and telling the tale of the young officer navigating the police force in her early days.But ITV have now confirmed they have parted ways, as a representative for La Plante said she is “very sad” about the decision. Martini, the actress who will star in the Prime Suspect prequelCredit:Getty A spokesman for La Plante said he would not be commenting on the reason for the artistic difference, with the author herself insisting she has not seen the finished programme and could not judge whether she was happy with the choice of actress. She has previously been clear about her hopes for the series, saying she was personally undertaking to find a brand new star from drama school.Last year, she told newspapers: “I don’t want a known actress, that would be very dangerous.”We’re looking at new girls. She can’t be exquisite, she has to have weight to her, a stillness, a strength. The hunt is on; I want to find her.” Dame Helen Mirren, who launched to television fame in Prime SuspectCredit:ITV While she was initially credited as the writer of the series, a spokesman for the television channel has now said they are grateful to the author for “allowing us to adapt her brilliant book”. There has been speculation about disagreements over casting, with Stefanie Martini announced in the title role earlier this year.The actress, who plays the “young Helen Mirren” in the prequel, has previously starred in Endeavour and Doctor Thorne, the Julian Fellowes adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel for ITV earlier this year. She has since disclosed: “I have never seen the latter series of Prime Suspect. I had created what I thought became an iconic character.”I would not have let her be a drunk. I thought she’d fought too hard. I didn’t want to see the final series.”In an interview last year, she agreed the Tennison book and television series was an attempt to “regain control” over her own character.The prequel, a six-part series called Prime Suspect 1973 , is currently in post-production at ITV.It tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison’s first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry. Stefanie Martini in Doctor ThorneCredit:ITV La Plante told Waitrose Weekend magazine that her decision to leave the ITV series was “a sad one, more than anything else really.”Asked whether she is happy with the choice of Martini, she said: “I don’t know, I haven’t seen it.”Her spokesman confirmed that she had left, repeating that it was a “sad” decision.A spokesman for ITV said: “Lynda La Plante has decided to step back from the drama series Prime Suspect 1973.”ITV will continue to produce and broadcast the six part series, which will come to air in 2017.”We are grateful to Lynda for allowing us to adapt her brilliant book Tennison.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Maj Sandy Hennis, is greeted by her family as the British Army’s Ice Maiden team arrive home at Heathrow AirportCredit:Christopher Pledger for the Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A team of British soldiers who became the first female group to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone have flown back to the UK saying they hoped their exploits would encourage others to push themselves physically and mentally.The six woman team flew back to London a fortnight after completing a trek that had seen them spend 62 days on the ice, sometimes travelling up to 27 miles a day.The trip saw the soldiers face temperatures as low as -40C while pulling sledges weighing up to 180lb, but they completed the trek without serious injury. The Ice Maiden team She said: “There might be days where you just wake up and say you don’t want to be there, or where someone might make a comment in passing that you would take in completely the wrong way because it’s stuck in your head for 10 hours, that then became all consuming and can really ruin your mood. It’s the mental resilience you need.”The expedition included studying how the women’s bodies to see how they coped with the conditions because the was no previous physiological research on women in extreme environments. She said: “We want to encourage people to take up adventure training and make the most of it and push themselves both physically and mentally.”Lt Jenni Stephenson said the hardest part of the challenge had been mental. Major Nics Wetherill, the team leader, said: “I got my biggest injury of the whole trip by sleeping with a pillow on the first night back. I got a sore neck from that, but other than that it’s general fatigue and soreness.”The Ice Maiden expedition began as an attempt to encourage women in the Army to take part in adventurous training, but Maj Wetherill said she now hoped it would have wider impact.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has announced that since the beginning of the year it has provided food and shelter to over 1,114 unaccompanied minors.Made possible thanks to a program funded by the EU, the minors were previously staying at reception halls or identification centres under protective custody on the Greek islands and have since been moved to 13 hotels across central and northern Greece.“Providing adequate accommodation and living conditions for unaccompanied children living in Greece is one of the priorities of the Greek government.IOM, supported by the European Commission, has set up this project to provide temporary accommodation for those who cannot be immediately accommodated in the shelters,” said Gianluca Rocco, the Chief of Mission for the IOM in Greece.He added that “shelters are being set up in Greece, but adequate numbers are still lacking. With this project there is still a possibility to ensure that proper accommodation is provided to these children”.According to figures released by the IOM, up until 31 October the majority of these children came from Afghanistan (453), Pakistan (395), Syria (104), Iraq (36) and Morocco (20), in a total of 27 countries of origin, including Sudan, the Republic of Congo, Somalia and Yemen.Meanwhile, in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Education, the IOM is also giving minors access to education.“Since September of 2018, 220 unaccompanied minors have become members of Greek schools, 96 of which are in northern Greece and 124 in south Greece,” read the IOM’s report.Additionally, from 1 January up until 31 October, 2018 the Doctors of the World in close collaboration with the IOM provided a total of 13,900 medical services to unaccompanied minors.Within the same time frame, the Doctors of the World performed 587 injections, 1,568 references to other medical facilities, supplied 4,443 prescriptions and 7,302 sessions were covered. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A disturbing number of you must have really been enjoying this Cheetos KFC sandwich for the past half year because this cheesy chicken monstrosity is now rolling out nationwide starting July 1.God bless America, Colonel Sanders.Special announcement: I am finger lickin’ thrilled to bring the KFC Cheetos Sandwich to KFC locations nationwide on July 1. pic.twitter.com/ENL0F8aKDC— KFC (@kfc) June 20, 2019Fast-food company KFC rolled out a limited-edition chicken sandwich with the cheesy snack chips at select U.S. locations, Insider reported. The sandwich, which is super crunchy, consists of a hand-breaded Extra Crispy Chicken fillet that’s smothered in a Cheetos sauce, and piled on a toasted bun with Cheetos.“Only at KFC”? I can put Cheetos in a sandwich, Colonel. You’ve underestimated me for the last time. pic.twitter.com/vIdI3MAjOJ— Wheeler (@Wheeler) January 30, 2019“Both KFC and Cheetos have dedicated fanbases loyal to each new creation,” a KFC representative told Insider. “It only made sense to merge these two iconic brands together to provide an irresistible and flavorful sandwich that gives the best of both worlds.”Customers also wrote mixed reviews on Twitter: Some were very excited to try it, and others weren’t thrilled about the high-calorie creation.KFC Testing New Cheeto Chicken Sandwich With Custom Cheetos Sauce – Yes, I think this sounds delicious! https://t.co/IO9fi4xDM3— Amanda Topper (@amandatopper) January 30, 2019 Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Sign me up to test this one out. Thanks @kfc pic.twitter.com/VMjbKLw1JF— Lance James (@Myll_Erik) January 30, 2019For more information on this KFC-meets-Cheetos dish, visit KFC’s website.More on Geek.com:Heinz’s ‘Fancy’ Ketchup Caviar Is All You Need for Valentine’s Day8 Bizarre Pie Flavors for Your National Pie Day FixThis High-Tech Pizza ATM Is #CollegeDietGoals Wtf is this #KFC #cheetos pic.twitter.com/I2MmDTXmRS— ZionWeLove (@zyislife) January 30, 2019
Portland – Interstate 5 southbound is closed until 5 a.m. Monday between Broadway and the Marquam Bridge, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Access from I-5 southbound to Interstate 84 eastbound will remain open. The left lane of I-5 northbound will also remain closed through the weekend.Travelers on I-5 south will take Interstate 405 southbound as a detour. Congestion is expected near I-5 and the detour routes. Motorists heading through Portland should consider using Interstate 205.The freeway closure begins tonight.In addition, rolling slowdowns and lane closures are planned on Highway 26 west of downtown due to unrelated work.For more information visit: www.BurnsideBridge.org
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 10, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson says that Grand Bahama remains high on the government’s agenda, and the launch of the first ever Technology Summit on GB is evidence of such a commitment.During his welcome remarks at the first Tech Summit at Grand Lucayan resort on Thursday, November 9, 2017, Minister Thompson said that one of the promises in the Free National Movement’s Manifesto was to make Grand Bahama a Technology Hub, similar to Silicon Valley. Minister Thompson admitted that when the idea for hosting a Technology Summit first came about, he had no idea what a Technology Hub was or what it meant.“However, I believed in our Prime Minister’s vision for Grand Bahama,” said Minister Thompson. “It didn’t take me long to realize that the technology industry is the way forward for our country and that Grand Bahama is ideally-suited for its development.“While our past success has been in industry, our future success must be in innovation and technology. We recognize the importance of tourism in Grand Bahama, but I believe that today is a new day for Grand Bahama. Today, I believe that we can re-brand Grand Bahama. Today we cease to be the capital for industry; now Grand Bahama will be a place for industry and innovation.”Minister Thompson asked those attending the summit’s official opening how can Grand Bahama get to the point of becoming a Technology Hub?“How do we let the world know that we are open for business? This is why we are here today: Our government must shape the right policies and provide the right incentives and remove all obstacles in order to nurture and grow the tech industry.”The Minister of State for Grand Bahama confessed that the idea for a Tech Summit started as a small conference for industry stakeholders to shape policy. However, he noted that the more they talked about it and the more word about a proposed small tech conference got out, the more Grand Bahamians began to believe in the idea.“So today… we have over 450 people registered for this first ever Technology Summit,” said Minister Thompson. “We have people from the United States, Canada and as far away as Africa.“Back then, when we were planning just a small summit, we joked about the possibility of getting some people from Silicon Valley to come and talk with us here in Freeport. We even joked about getting some people from Google and Microsoft. But during this conference you will hear from people from Silicon Valley, from Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and others.“Say what you will about the state of the economy of our island, the leaders and the giants in the technology world, have not just come to The Bahamas, they have come to Grand Bahama.”Minister Thompson noted that in addition to inviting tech companies to come to Grand Bahama, the Government of The Bahamas must also provide opportunities for tech business entrepreneurs. In order to achieve that, a part of the two-day Tech Summit will be what is called a ‘Blue Marlin Challenge,’ where Bahamian tech business entrepreneurs will make their business pitch to representatives from Google, Microsoft and to Silicon Valley experts.Those who are successful will be awarded a $10,000 prize from the government to assist with the startup of their proposed business.“This is only just the start,” added the Minister. “Our Grant Program will also continue next month… with our micro and small business economic empowerment program. Our sponsors will be providing the winner of the Blue Marlin Challenge, courtesy of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, [with] one-year business license exemption.“So, who knows, after these pitches have been made, maybe Google or Microsoft will partner with a Bahamian to make their business idea a reality in Grand Bahama. It is a new beginning for Grand Bahama — and this is just the beginning!” Minister Thompson called on all technology companies, or those interested in starting a tech company, to set up shop in Grand Bahama.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo Caption: Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson welcomed delegates to the first ever Grand Bahama Technology Summit, which opened on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Grand Lucayan resort. Minister Thompson and his office were the force behind making the Tech Summit a reality. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)
YAKIMA — In what could be among the first of many lawsuits, a dozen Taylor Bridge Fire victims have sued a state contractor and subcontractor working on the bridge where fire officials said the fire started.Authorities who managed the fire, which burned more than 23,000 acres and destroyed 61 homes, said it was started Aug. 13 by construction work, possibly welding. But they have not said anyone was at fault for the blaze.The state Department of Natural Resources is still investigating exactly how the fire started, a process that could take several more months, department spokesman Bryan Flint said Wednesday.The lawsuit alleges that the general contractor, Conway Construction, and the subcontractor, Rainier Steel Inc., didn’t take the proper steps to prevent or contain a fire started by their work.The attorney who filed the suit Monday in Kittitas County Superior Court, Mike Helgren, said he is confident about its chances even if the state investigation is not finished.
By Afro StaffLast week Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) introduced the Parren Mitchell Minority Business Education and Empowerment Act of 2019.The Parren Mitchell Minority Business Education and Empowerment Act will facilitate federal partnerships between the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The bill requires that the SBA distribute grants to a trial group of HBCUs of differing sizes to establish Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) on their campuses to provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.Parren J. Mitchell represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 until 1987. (Courtesy Photo)“As a proud Howard University graduate and a member of Morgan State University’s Board of Regents, I know the vital role Historically Black Colleges and Universities play in preparing young people to become leaders in their communities,” said Rep. Cummings. “Meanwhile, small businesses power the American economy while creating jobs and opportunities within communities. The Small Business Administration has signaled that it wants to be a leader in enhancing federal partnerships and resource allocation to HBCUs; this legislation will help facilitate this growth and develop data to inform further SBA activity with HBCUs on a larger scale.”The bill requires that the SBA submit an annual report to Congress regarding the entrepreneurship programs developed at the HBCU SBDCs under the grants, their curriculums, and the success or failures of their implementations. The report would also outline the economic impact of the SBDC counseling provided at each HBCU under the grants, and the number of small businesses assisted through the programs.The mission of the SBA is to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation and to help Americans start, build, and grow businesses. The SBA routinely works with colleges and universities to strengthen or expand business development and foster entrepreneurship. However, SBA’s support is not evenly distributed throughout higher education; a March 2019 Government Accountability Office report found that “SBA’s key programs and outreach activities that foster entrepreneurship do not specifically target HBCUs.”Parren J. Mitchell represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 until 1987. During his time in Congress, Congressman Mitchell chaired the House Committee on Small Business, where he advocated heavily for capacity building in business and education as a vehicle to lift a generation.
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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After signing with Arizona in 2009, Leach was recognized for his work in the community, being named the Cardinals Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2010.“We take so much from our time here in the NFL and especially here in Arizona.”Heading into the 2015 season, Leach had appeared in 200 consecutive regular season games, becoming the 17th active player to achieve that milestone. That streak ranked as the longest among active NFL long snappers. With so many games played, Leach wanted to make sure he left on his terms, not due to injury.“As you get closer to the end, you start evaluating things, and I just felt the time was right,” Leach said. “I got through the season again relatively unscathed, couple kinks and bruises. I said in the letter I wanted to do it on my terms before they came to me and said, ‘hey, you just can’t get it done anymore, we need to make a change’, or like I said worse to get that one injury that makes me quit, and may affect me for the rest of my life.”Leach spent the last seven seasons of his 16-year career with the Cardinals, but he never imagined being in the NFL for this long.“I remember looking at the guys that were four and five years deep back in my first year going, ‘man, if I can just get to four or five years, that would be unbelievable, I can’t even imagine that’,” Leach said. “Now to sit there and think 16 years, it’s hard to believe for a guy who was really looking to find a position, was I a tight end, was I a fullback, was I a punter coming out? Then to find this long snapping thing, I was fortunate to bend over and snap a ball and the right person was watching. I had ability to do it, work at it, found a way to get better at it and 16 years later, it was a good run.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Any NFL player would be more than happy to end with a 16-year career, and Leach insists he won’t try to extend it.“No comeback for me yet, I talked to Brett Favre about it and he told me how to do it if I should do it, but I’m not there yet.” The Arizona Cardinals can add another task to their already long list of offseason priorities, a task they have not addressed since the 2009 season.Signing a new long snapper.Mike Leach has announced his retirement via Twitter letter to Cardinals fans, and spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday to talk about his decision.“I feel good. Yesterday was a mixed bag of emotions to be honest with you,” Leach said. “It’s sad to finally make that decision and say you’re going to step away, but the downpour of support and best wishes we got from people we know, people we’ve played with 15 years ago and fans that we’ve never met before was overwhelming for Julie and I.” Top Stories LISTEN: Mike Leach, Former Cardinals long snapper
Go back to the enewsletterJumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort will open its doors on 11 November 2018, bringing understated luxury to the shores of Abu Dhabi, the luxury hotelier has announced.The contemporary beachfront Jumeirah resort occupies a stunning location on Saadiyat Island, overlooking 400 metres of protected sand dunes lapped by turquoise waters.Just 10 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation into a world-class leisure, cultural and residential destination, eventually housing the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural assets. These will include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened last year to international acclaim.Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort’s prime location on the island results in an experience where world-class art and culture seamlessly cohabit with mangroves, dolphins and turtles. In keeping with its location, the 293-room hotel values sustainable tourism and will be free of plastic straws and single-use plastics bottles.“Every aspect of the resort’s design and intended guest experience has been influenced by the beauty of this location,” GM Linda Griffin said.“Guests can embrace sunrise yoga, find a secluded spot to watch the sunset, or relax in one of three infinity swimming pools that merge into the sand dunes and, during the turtle nesting season, there will be a special opportunity to see the Hawksbill turtles on the nine-kilometre sweeping beachfront. This will be island life at its best.”Within the keys, the resort offers eight villas with private pools, 64 suites and six panoramic suites offering floor-to-ceiling glass walls which can open to take advantage of the sea breeze.Guests can enjoy expansive sea views or extended patios and outdoor space from the rooms which overlook the pristine, unspoilt beach and tranquil waters. Throughout the resort, the stylish contemporary architecture is decorated with marine-themed touches that bring the outside world to life.The spa is centred around a grand Moroccan Hamman, which will enrich the body and mind with a cleansing ritual that has been celebrated for centuries. Fourteen treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pools, a steam room, a salt room and a traditional Arabic Rasul room also feature, and a VIP couple’s spa suite has a private entrance. Four spa villas allow guests to be pampered in their own villa.Plastic-freeIn partnership with Trust Your Water, the resort will provide solutions to eliminate the need for single-use plastic water bottles. Proposed measures include complimentary, reusable plastic bottles for all guests who will be encouraged to refill at water stations, serving local filtered water in glass bottles throughout the resort and eliminating plastic straws.RestaurantsThe eight food and beverage outlets include the chic all-day dining venue White for buffets and live cooking stations; Mare Mare for fresh and authentic Italian summer food; Levantine-inspired TEAN for mezzes and grills next to the beach and Al Majilis for a cup of rich roasted coffee and patisseries. The Lounge is perfect for afternoon tea or sundowners, Offside is the place to watch your favourite team from the comfort of your own booth and the Pool Bar which offers drinks and snacks throughout the day.Go back to the enewsletter
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Latest on the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (all times local):7:55 p.m.Jason Aldean has won his third consecutive entertainer of the year trophy at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards.Aldean says “it’s been a rough year,” referring to the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where a lone gunman killed 58 people at the country music event. Aldean was onstage when the gunfire started.He thanked to the people who “showed us love and support over the last six months.”Of the victims, Aldean said, “You guys are in our hearts always.”The ACM Awards brought the country music community back to Las Vegas six months after the massive shooting occurred. Aldean closed his speech by telling the audience: “We love Las Vegas. Vegas strong.”___5:30 p.m.The ACM Awards have opened with a sombre tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting, with some of the biggest country stars.Jason Aldean opened the show, telling the audience they thought about opening the show with a song, but that the moment was too big to capture with just one performance. He was joined onstage by Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. Lambert told the audience that the show would unite people “through the healing power of music.”The mood lightened shortly after when host Reba McEntire opened the show, cracking jokes about several stars and the decision to have her host the show solo after two male stars shared hosting duties the previous two years.Kenny Chesney delivered the first performance, singing his new song “Get Along.”Morris transitioned from the intro to performing her song “Rich.”Lambert won the first award of the night, taking home the song of the year trophy for her son “Tin Man.”___7:30 a.m.Country music is making a major return to Las Vegas with the 2018 ACM Awards, six months after a lone gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Sunday’s show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will mark an emotional night, though the awards show is known as the genre’s biggest party of the year. It will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.Jason Aldean, who was onstage when the shooting started at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Vegas, will perform. Carrie Underwood will give her first television appearance after sustaining an injury to her face and wrist when she sings her new song, “Cry Pretty.”Chris Stapleton, who earned his first entertainer of the year nod, is the top nominee with eight. The Latest: Aldean wins ACM entertainer of the year award by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2018 5:48 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2018 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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the magic number in the 227-seat civic body to govern it independently. So, NAN Accusing the Congress of "betraying" the farmers during the "70 years" of its rule at the Centre,Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a rally in Punjab on Wednesday that therecent hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops — approved by the NDA government — has brought much relief to the farmers across country "Ever since the government took the historic decision to hike MSP the farmers are relieved They are more confident in their produce now However the Congress and its allies are losing sleep They cannot stand the fact that farmers in the country are sleeping well" Modi said at a ‘thanksgiving’ rally of farmers in Punjab’sMuktsar district Modi praised the farmers for their contribution but blamed the Congress for their agricultural woes "I bow my head in front of the farmers they have broken all records in terms of agricultural production and for their hard work No matter what the situation you have always worked in the interest of the country But the lives of farmers which should’ve been happy was filled with woes The reason is that in the past 70 years the party which took the responsible to head the nation only made commitments and did nothing It cared only about one family and its peace" he said Modi said that the "entire country knows the reality" about the Congress’ dreams which were only in the interestof the Gandhi family "Why have the farmers been restricted to earning profit of only 10 percent of the cost for the past 70 years Congress never cared about farmers Congress betrayed them and made false assurances But NDA government took efforts to change this" said Modi File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi PTI "Whether it is the soldier at the border or the farmer on his field our government hasattemptedto enhance the lives of both Ourgovernment implemented ‘One Rank and One Pension’ and also fulfilled its promises relating to MSP" he added Modi assured that the farmers from Punjab and Haryana farmerswill benefit from the new MSP "For crops like maize and jowar MSP of more than 50 percent has been approved For the farmers growing bajra the MSP has beenincreased two-fold" he said He asserted that his government will not overlook the problems faced by the farmers and said that the vision to doublefarmer incomes by 2022 was formed right afterthe NDA government was formed "We have been holding constant discussions on this topic since then" he said Speaking about the various schemes of the Centre the prime minister said: "The SAMPADA (Scheme For Agro-Marine Processing And Development Of Agro-Processing) schemeis in place so that the farmers don’t lose their produce New warehouses and food parks are being built across the country The entire supply chain is being strengthened and it is being ensured that the farmer does not sufferdue to crop failure "Under the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan more than 25 lakh hectares of land in the country have been brought under micro-irrigation" He stressed that Punjab had benefited greatly from the NDA government’s plans "A total of 60 lakh accounts were opened in state under Jan Dhan Yojana Under the Ujjwala scheme 75 million free gas connections have been given 235 lakh people have got loans from MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) scheme Nearly four million people have been insured" he said Modi also spoke of the recent ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings "Haryana has made considerable progress and is on the third position on the the ‘ease of doing business’ report by the World Bank? FCT, the responding officer did not test for drugs or alcohol at the scene as neither appeared to be contributing factors in the accident. The Economist) 2. the reasons why the Parliamentary process in particular, however.