Russian opposition to take to streets again defying crackdown

first_imgMoscow: The Russian opposition vowed to stage another mass rally Saturday despite increasing pressure from authorities, who arrested nearly 1,400 people at a protest last week and have launched a criminal probe into the movement. The march along Moscow’s leafy boulevards will be the latest in a series of demonstrations after officials refused to let popular opposition candidates run in next month’s city parliament elections. The local issue has boiled over into one of the worst political conflicts of recent years, with rallies of up to 22,000 people and police violence against demonstrators. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Over 6,000 people said on Facebook they would take part in the march along Moscow’s so-called Boulevard Ring on Saturday to “bring back the right to elections”. Officials say candidates were disqualified because they forged the necessary signatures. But candidates, including allies of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, insist their signatures were thrown out arbitrarily, and the whole vetting process was skewed against them. Many Muscovites said their signatures in support of the opposition were declared invalid with no reason. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Some turned up at previous protests brandishing banners with slogans such as “I have a right to choose”. In the polls in September, the opposition hopes to end the monopoly of Kremlin loyalists in Moscow’s parliament. The body decides over the city’s multi-billion-dollar budget but lacks political independence from mayor Sergei Sobyanin, an ally of Putin. Putin has yet to comment on the political crisis in Moscow. Navalny and other protest leaders argue corruption is rife in the capital. Navalny is also currently in jail, but his team on Thursday released a report accusing Sobyanin’s deputy of selling prime Moscow property to her family members at rock-bottom prices. Authorities have launched investigations into last weekend’s “mass riots” and “violence against police”, echoing similar probes into protests against Vladimir Putin in 2012 which saw several people jailed. Four people were formally arrested pending trial Friday, though the opposition stressed that the protest was peaceful. “Their task is to paralyse the protest movement, to isolate its leaders and frighten participants,” one rejected candidate, Ilya Yashin, wrote on Facebook. He is currently being held for 10 days in a police cell for violating rules on legal protests. “There were no mass riots in Moscow, not by a long shot,” Yashin wrote. One of the men arrested is suspected of injuring a policeman by allegedly throwing a plastic bottle into the ranks of national guard wearing heavy protective gear. Several candidates have declared hunger strikes. Moscow police on Friday issued a warning for people not to attend the rally. “We repeat that the event is illegal,” it said on its website. “We suggest that residents and visitors refrain from participating.” Police “will take all necessary measures,” the Moscow prosecutors’ office said. Reports said that the head of Moscow police even petitioned the Russian Premier League to reschedule a match between the city’s two top teams, which may trigger fan violence and require a massive presence of the force in two places at once. The petition was rejected, a source told TASS news agency.last_img read more

Terry Pratchett Leading Evening Of Literature For Dignity In Dying

first_imgSir Terry Pratchett will lead an evening of literature, poetry and spoken word on Tuesday 30th April at the Union Chapel, Islington, UK in support of Dignity in Dying.Voices For ChoiceThe event features Sir Terry Pratchett & Rob Wilkins, Andrew Motion, Joe Dunthorne (Submarine), Luke Wright (Saturday Live), Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Janet Suzman DBE, John Osborne (Radio Head), Susan Hampshire OBE and is being hosted by Yanny Mac. The event will also include readings of poems by Carol Ann Duffy and George Szirtes (T.S Eliot Prize) and will finish with a Sir Terry Pratchett Q&A.All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Dignity in Dying’s campaign to change the law on assisted dying.Dignity in dying campaigns to give people greater choice and control at the end of life. Through lobbying, informing and educating people on rights at the end of life, they encouage people to have what they consider to be a good death, including the option of an assisted death for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Builds House For Habitat For Humanity

first_imgSix-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson swapped out his racing helmet for a hard hat this past weekend and teamed up with longtime partner Lowe’s and Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas to raise the walls of a new home at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Nearly 100 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers joined Johnson and his pit crew to frame a four-bedroom Habitat home that will be transferred to Henderson, Nevada, and completed in partnership with a local family. Throughout the weekend, Lowe’s and Habitat gave race fans at the track the chance to sign up for a future Habitat build and encouraged them to enlist the help of a friend or family member to multiply their impact.Before stepping into his No. 48 Kobalt Chevrolet SS for the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, Johnson presented the family with the key to their new home.“I can’t think of a better way to have kicked off race weekend than raising the walls on Friday and celebrating with the family today,” Johnson said on Sunday. “It’s just amazing to see what happens when Lowe’s and Habitat team up.”“There’s a great need for affordable housing in Las Vegas, across the country and around the world,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director for Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re grateful to have the support of Lowe’s and Jimmie Johnson to help us build a home and raise awareness of the need for volunteers to help us in our mission. As we ramp up construction activity this spring, volunteers will be critical to our success in revitalizing communities and helping families obtain the dream of homeownership.”Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade to build homes and revitalize communities around the country. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 4,000 families improve their living conditions. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more at Habitat.org/Lowes. 
”We’re proud to help Habitat Las Vegas continue its transformational work in Southern Nevada,” said Larry Edens, market director for Lowe’s Las Vegas stores. “We hope this extraordinary build inspires race fans to support Habitat projects in their own communities.”last_img read more

Body found in Thunder Bay is missing youth from Webequie chief

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe body found on a Thunder Bay golf course late Sunday morning is that of a missing 17-year-old youth, the chief of Webequie First Nation confirmed.Chief Cornelius Wabasse told APTN News the family met with police around 7:45 p.m. Sunday.“The forensic team came in first and then the coroner called to reaffirm that it was Braiden, the body that was found this morning,” said Wabasse.Braiden Jacob was reported missing Dec. 6.His family had last seen him on Wednesday night when he left the hotel they were staying in. They started searching for him when he didn’t return later that night.Community volunteers began an organized search for the missing teen on Thursday afternoon.The youth was in the city for ongoing counselling services for trauma and grief, according to Wabasse.“They’re very distraught, I mean it’s very emotional. Not just with the family but the extended family too,” he said.“Even the community is impacted by the loss of a young man.”Jacob was from Webequie, a fly-in community approximately 600 km north of Thunder Bay.On Saturday, Thunder Bay police released further details of Jacob’s disappearance including a description of what he was wearing.They said the youth was last seen in the early Thursday in the Limbrick area. His body was found on the golf course in Chapples Park less than 3 km away.In a media release Sunday afternoon, police said they were dispatched to the park area around 11:30 a.m when a passerby reported a possible body.It’s the same area where Tammy Keeash was found drowned in the floodway that runs through the park May 2017 – and the body of 32-year-old William Wapoose was discovered in September 2014.His homicide remains unsolved.Anna Betty Achneepineskum of Nishnawbe Aski Nation expressed frustration on Facebook over the of health services available on-reserve.“Why is it that we have to bring our children out to an urban centre to get counselling service?” said Achneepineskum.“It’s not right that we have a system that continues to jeopardize our children’s safety.”Community members from Thunder Bay and other First Nations gathered on Sunday to offer support to Jacob’s family and community.The body has been taken to Toronto for a post-mortem.wfiddler@aptn.ca@WillowBlasizzolast_img read more

Respect migrants rights reject xenophobia UN says on International Day

You are illegal!Do you know the difference between “illegal and irregular migration”? Irregular entries, stay and work are not criminal offences but administrative misdemeanours. Not distinguishing between the two terms reinforces the false and negative stereotype that migrants in irregular situations are criminals. © OHCHR/ILO Migrant doctors make a difference!Do you know that migrants often help fill the gap where there is a need for more skilled health workers? Many migrant women and men, especially those in irregular situations, however, do not have access to health services, often because of fear of xenophobia or legal barriers. © OHCHR/ILO ‹ › Migrants have a duty to pay taxes… Many do not recognize the contributions all migrants – including women and men in irregular situations – make to the economy and to social security schemes where they live. Do you know that everyone – migrant or not – has a right to social security benefits? © OHCHR/ILO There are always more migrants…Do you know that there are more migrants than ever because of the growing world population? The absolute number of people migrating has risen from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million in 2013, yet for many years migrants have made up about 3% of the world’s population. © OHCHR/ILO To mark International Migrants Day, the United Nations family is calling on people and Governments everywhere to reject xenophobia and embrace migration as a key enabler for equitable, inclusive and sustainable social and economic development. “Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike. We owe this to the millions of migrants who, through their courage, vitality and dreams, help make our societies more prosperous, resilient and diverse,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day, observed annually on 18 December.Stressing that migration “is a reality” in the 21st century, Mr. Ban said there are now some 232 million international migrants bringing consistent benefits to countries of destination and origin through their essential labour and remittances.“Yet, this important population remains largely invisible and unheard in society,” he said, noting that almost half of migrants are women; one in ten is under the age of 15; and 40 per cent live in developing countries. Too many live and work in the worst conditions with the least access to basic services and fundamental rights, making them disproportionately vulnerable to extortion, violence, discrimination and marginalization. The UN is acting to safeguard the rights of migrants, lower the social and economic costs of migration, and promote policies that maximize the benefits of mobility. “Migrants should not be forced to risk lives and dignity,” the Secretary-General said, recalling that earlier this year, the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, many of whom are migrants, came into force. And in October, a special high-level dialogue of the General Assembly called for the post-2015 development agenda to take full account of the positive impact of international migration. “It is essential that we conduct an open debate on this important subject. Let us make migration work for the benefit of migrants and countries alike,” said Mr. Ban, urging the international community to embrace migration as an enabler of broader development. Also hailing the action taken at the high-level meeting, General Assembly President John Ashe said in his message that Member States committed to doing a better job of protecting the legal and human rights of migrants the world over. The Assembly had also reaffirmed that “migration can and should not be stopped, but that is requires better governance.” Yet, he underscored the challenges, noting that each year billions of dollars that could be put to good use by migrant families are being pocketed by recruiters and financial intermediaries. Moreover, the human costs of migration are “intolerably high,” as recent tragedies in the Mediterranean and elsewhere spotlighted the extreme vulnerability of migrants, many of whom flee poverty, persecution and conflict.With all this in mind, Mr. Ashe said the 2013 High-level Dialogue demonstrated that the international community could come together on migration. “Now is the time to translate our shared vision into action. It is time to deliver on our promise and make a difference in the lives of millions of migrants across this planet.”Adding their voices to those calls for action are Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau; the Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Abdelhamid El Jamri; and the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Felipe González.“We must keep in mind that migrants are first and foremost human beings with human rights, and cannot be perceived or portrayed only as agents for economic development,” they said in a joint statement, reminding States of their responsibility to fight racism and xenophobia, to charge perpetrators of violence or discrimination against migrants, and foster a public discourse encouraging tolerance, acceptance of social change and celebration of diversity. “On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, we wish to remind everyone that human rights must lie at the heart of all discussions about migrants and migration policies,” said the experts, urging States to ratify all the international and regional human rights treaties, including the treaty on protecting the rights of migrant workers and their families, and to implement them fully.“In the end, as has been the case with other categories of marginalized human beings, the objective should be to empower migrants to fight for their own rights,” the experts stressed, adding that migrants should be offered the normative, institutional and procedural tools that will protect against contractual or situational precariousness, as well as grant them effective access to justice and appropriate remedies.What are your perceptions of migrants?On 18 December the world celebrates International Migrants Day. This year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have teamed up to challenge public perceptions about migrants. read more

43 of Gordonstoun School alumni say outdoor lessons didnt help their academic

“There was so much to do outside the classroom I rather neglected my academic studies and failed to get into university,” one alumni told the report. With its motto “broader experiences, broader minds”, Gordonstoun has long prided itself on fostering resilience by encouraging pupils to take part in hearty outdoor activities.  But a new report, commissioned by the £38,000-a-year Scottish boarding school which counts the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh among its alumni, found that this approach did not serve all students well. A survey of over 1,000 former students found that almost half (43 per cent) felt that the emphasis on extra-curricular activities did not help or even negatively impacted their academic studies.The poll of alumni – known as Old Gordonstounians – was part of research that the school commissioned Dr Simon Beames, a senior lecturer in outdoor learning at Edinburgh University’s school of education.  A report, titled “The nature and impact of Gordonstoun School’s out-of-classroom learning experiences”, was published in May last year.The majority (57 per cent) of the school’s alumni felt that activities such as sailing and outdoor expeditions “somewhat or definitely enhanced” their academic studies, the survey found.  But the report noted that this was “the most contested issue to emerge from the OGs survey findings and revealed very contrasting viewpoints”.It said that there were a “number of highly critical responses” which included some students blaming the school’s approach on their failure to get into university, or even advance their career. UPDATE: An earlier version of this article wrongly stated that Dr Simon Beames’ report was published earlier this month.  In fact it was published in May last year.  In addition, the original headline focussed on the effect of outdoor lessons on pupils’ ‘prospects’ when it should have said ‘academic prospects’.  Following representations by Gordonstoun School, for which we are grateful, we have updated the text accordingly. The report found that overall, extra-curricular activities at Gordonstoun “have a powerful and enduring influence on students’ personal growth”, with 94 per cent of alumni rating their effect “positive” and 81 per cent “very positive”. Meanwhile, the effect on careers was rated “positive” by 73.8 per cent of  alumni and “very positive” by 52 per cent.The report also concluded that students build confidence and resilience through participating in outdoor pursuits. They develop a “just get on with it” attitude and become accustomed to “giving it a go”, it said.The Principal of Gordonstoun, Lisa Kerr, said: “The research was published a year ago and the findings were overwhelmingly positive about the lifelong benefits of learning experiences outside the classroom. The research backs up what we have seen with our own eyes – that education is about more than just exams results and our students become resilient, confident and responsible young adults.”A report published last year found that parents should not stop children playing sport in the run up to exams because it has no impact on results.Taking part in competitive team games in the run up to GCSE and A-level exams will have no negative effects on a teenager’s grades, according to research commissioned by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference. Another said: “My overall problem with Gordonstoun’s extra-curricular activities was that (in the 1970s) these were at the cost of good academic standards. “I failed my A-levels – having entered 3rd Form with highest Common Entrance marks – and failed to get into university. This, in retrospect, has had a seriously negative impact on my career.”Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother had warned against sending Prince Charles to boarding school in Scotland because she thought he would be miserable.She petitioned the Queen not to send Prince Charles to Gordonstoun in Moray as he would feel “terribly cut off and lonely in the far north” and suggested that he instead attend the “staunchly protestant” Eton.  Despite the Queen Mother’s pleas, the Duke of Edinburgh ruled that his eldest son would attend his alma mater, located in rugged countryside near Elgin.But her concerns proved accurate after the young prince described the inter-denominational school as “Colditz in kilts”.  In a letter home in 1963, he wrote: “The people in my dormitory are foul. Goodness, they are horrid. I don’t know how anybody could be so foul.” 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 young Prince Charles arrives for his first term at Gordonstoun school A young Prince Charles arrives for his first term at Gordonstoun schoolCredit:William Vanderson read more

Coupe de France Montpellier wins in Chambery and progresses to semifinals

In the derby game of the quarter-finals of the French Cup, Chambery hosted Montpellier in what proved definitely the game of the night. Chambery led at half time with 17:14, but Montpellier proved that they’re indeed the second best in France behind PSG, and with a great comeback in the second half won in the end with 29:25. Accambray and Kavticnik led Montpellier with six goals each, while Paty was the top scorer of the game with seven goals.PSG Handball went easily past Mulhouse winning 40:25, while HBC Nantes beat US Creteil with 33:25. Dunkerque plays Cesson-Rennes tomorrow. cessonChamberycreteilDunkerqueHBC NantesMontpelliermulhouseNantesPSG Handball ← Previous Story Lars Walther resigns as Wisla Plock coach Next Story → 400.000 reasons to say that ASOBAL is dead read more

Guidelines issued on relationships between doctors and industry

first_imgIt is important for doctors to keep up-to-date on new product developments, but interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies must not affect their ability to provide treatment to patients that is both impartial and based on the best available evidence.He said that the public needs to be confident that their doctor’s professional opinion is not influenced by marketing or promotional activities.Read: Group wants increase in number of medicines available without prescription> GUIDANCE HAS BEEN issued by the Medical Council in order to clarify its position on the relationships between doctors and industry.It said the guidance provides a list of frequently asked questions clarifying the Council’s existing ethical guidance on doctors’ interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, provided in its Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics.The document has been developed in consultation with doctors, patient representatives and relevant regulatory bodies and will be issued to all doctors registered to practise medicine in Ireland.The council said it also provides a resource for patients in “clarifying the standards they can expect from their doctor”.President of the Medical Council, Professor Kieran Murphy said:last_img read more

Heres how much a fire in your house could cost you

first_imgIF YOUR HOUSE is struck by a fire, it can cost thousands of euro in insurance claims.New figures from GetCover.ie say that water damage is the number one cause of loss in homes, with over 30 per cent of claims coming from this single area.But it’s the damage that a fire causes that can bring on the biggest strain to your finances. The average cost of an insurance claim for fire damage is just under €15,000.That’s six times more expensive than the average water damage claim.Here’s what the claims survey found: ClaimsDavid Hughes said that recent weather conditions have brought the issue of home insurance and claims to the forefront of the minds of the Irish public.Liability claims – where someone has an accident on your property – produce high average claims amounts, but these events are rare.Although about 48 per cent of people opt for accident damage cover, it still accounts for almost one in five claims.Meanwhile, break-ins only accounts for one-in-eight claims.Hughes said that the recent flooding and storms “are likely to change the landscape of home insurance claims for 2014″.It’s difficult to know what will happen with premiums this year. The weather has definitely lead to an increase in claims recently, but insurance pricing is cyclical and all insurers experience cycles of low to high claims volumes.  When claims volumes are low, insurers will tend to reduce their rates to remain competitive and this is the market we are currently operating in.Read: Insurance industry: Too early to estimate cost of damage caused by storms>Read: Huge spike in demand for insurance & claims specialists following storms>last_img read more

This 404 error page leads to a special forces firefight and code

first_imgAnyone who’s spent any time on the web has seen the infamous 404 error code. When a web page goes missing in action, the white screen with some sparse lines of texts sits in its place. The 404 page is as vague as the site’s disappearance itself. Nosh, a startup currently pushing an app for sharing info about what you eat, has put together a clever video for what they do when one of their pages goes down. In our opinion it’s one of the best we’ve seen, if a little heavy on the data download required to watch it.Two operatives are dispatched into the field to locate and hopefully retrieve the missing page. With no success, the operatives are forced to engage the site. Unfortunately for the soldiers, the site does not want to be found, and a firefight ensues.AdChoices广告The page comes painfully close to neutralizing the soldiers, but eventually, the site goes down permanently. It goes the way of a 500 error code, and the operatives inform their superiors that there is no life left in the site. It was one of Nosh’s own pages that died, and nothing could be done. It went rogue and stayed rogue.404 pages are never fun, especially when it’s a site you need access to immediately, but this makes for a very nice change. There’s a serious amoiunt of work gone into creating this. Not just from integrating it into the site, but the preparation, filming, effects, and editing required to get it to work so well. Top stuff.Via Vimeolast_img read more

Il y a 14600 ans le niveau des mers a gagné 14

first_imgIl y a 14.600 ans, le niveau des mers a gagné 14 mIl y a 14.600 ans, le niveau marin a connu une hausse brutale de presque 14 mètres en seulement 350 ans. Cette élévation impressionnante semble coïncider avec le début de la première période chaude qui marqua la fin de la dernière glaciation. Les chercheurs du Centre européen de recherche et d’enseignement en géosciences de l’environnement (CEREGE, Aix-Marseille Université/CNRS/IRD/Collège de France), en collaboration avec des collègues anglais et japonais, ont publié dans la revue Nature les résultats de leurs travaux de forage effectués en 2005 sur les pentes des récifs coralliens de Tahiti. Ils mettent en évidence la contribution de la calotte antarctique à l’élévation significative du niveau de la mer entre -14.650 et -14.300. En effet, en 350 ans, le niveau des mers a progressé de 14 mètres !À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette colossale élévation correspond à l’un des événements climatiques les plus marquants des derniers 20.000 ans. A plus grande échelle, le niveau marin global est remonté d’environ 120-130 mètres entre -21.000 et -11.000 environ. Cette hausse du niveau des mers s’est faite par à-coups successifs, on le savait déjà, mais la plus importante de ces hausses, appelée Melt-Water Pulse 1A (MWP-1A), restait cependant par bien des aspects, énigmatique, souligne le CNRS dans un communiqué. Ces nouveaux travaux ont permis de confirmer l’existence de cet événement climatique majeur, tout en révélant pour la première fois son amplitude, sa chronologie et sa durée. Ainsi, le début du MWP-1A a été daté à 14.650 ans, ce qui fait coïncider cet évènement avec le début de la première phase chaude qui marqua la fin de la glaciation dans l’hémisphère Nord. Cette période, appelée Bølling, a vu la température de l’hémisphère Nord augmenter de près de 5°C en quelques années. Grâce à des simulations de modèles géophysiques, les chercheurs ont aussi établi que la calotte antarctique avait contribué très significativement au MWP-1A. L’étude illustre ainsi parfaitement l’instabilité des calottes glaciaires, en particulier de la calotte antarctique, à une perturbation climatique majeure. Ces travaux amènent donc à reconsidérer la contribution future de la calotte antarctique à la remontée du niveau des mers dans le contexte actuel de réchauffement climatique.Le 2 avril 2012 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Pick Pokemon Snorlax Kigurumi

first_img Anyone who knows me or my work knows I’m a huge weeb. I really like anime and otaku junk, and I’m not that ashamed. That’s why this revelation might surprise you: I’ve never owned a kigurumi.I mean, I do now. But before ThinkGeek sent us the Pokemon Snorlax Kigurumi, I never actually owned a set of grown-up costume footie pajamas reserved for extreme nerds. I never knew how comfortable they were, or how meta-satisfying it is to take a nap as a plush Snorlax.To start at the beginning, kigurumi are costume pajamas that let you dress up as your favorite animal or character in soft, warm, fluffy fabric. They’re hooded onesies, available in adult sizes and styled after everything from red pandas to Pokemon. ThinkGeek has a few kigurumi, including Snorlax (it me), Gengar, and Gir from Invader Zim. Obviously Snorlax was the ideal first choice to look at, because sleeping is what he does.The Snorlax kigurumi is 100% polyester microfleece, two-tone in the Pokemon’s recognizable dark-blue/green and tan colors. The hood has Snorlax’s face, complete with embroidered closed eyes and cute little ears on top. A zipper runs down the front.These are not actually footie pajamas. The sleeves and legs are all open, so both your hands and feet are exposed when you wear the kigurumi. This means you can wear socks, slippers, or your favorite stylin’ kicks with them.I’ll be honest. This is so comfortable. It’s like being wrapped in a big, soft blanket that’s Pokemon-themed, with a hood that completely covers your face for napping. I would totally wear this around the office if it were professionally acceptable, because comfort is key. As it is, I’m looking forward to some frosty winter evenings where I can sprawl back on my couch in my Snorlax kigurumi and fade into unconsciousness.JoJo poses don’t usually work with kigurumi. I don’t care. I make them work.Because it’s polyester micro-fleece, you have to be careful when caring for the kigurumi. It doesn’t need to be dry cleaned, but remember to only wash it in cold water and tumble dry on low. High temperatures make the synthetic fibers in micro-fleece melt and fuse, producing ugly wax-like splotches and ruining the soft, comfortable feel.The Pokemon Snorlax Kigurumi is available from ThinkGeek for $49.99. It’s sooooo comfortable.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Share seeks aid to help needy on Thanksgiving

first_imgClark County — Share, a Vancouver service provider to the hungry and homeless, is getting ready for Thanksgiving.Share plans to package and deliver holiday meals to 400 local families. Supplemental food packages also will be provided to 1,500 children who participate in Share’s Backpack Program, which sends weekend food home with needy students at local schools.To make this happen, Share is looking to the public for help. Donations of cash or gift cards to local grocery stores are needed to purchase turkeys and other food items. And donations of nonperishable items such as prepackaged stuffing mixes, instant mashed potatoes and canned vegetables are welcome too.Drop off donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Share Volunteer Center, 1708 Main St., or call Susan Oberst, director of volunteers, at 360-750-4436, ext. 309. The food donation deadline is Nov. 16.Food boxes will be filled with turkey, potatoes or instant mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes or yams, a box of stuffing, gravy, marshmallows, green beans or canned vegetables, rolls, a disposable roasting pan, dried onions, cream soup and a pie. The supplemental food packs for the Backpack Program will include all the above, minus the turkey.Share Executive Director Diane McWithey said Reser’s Fine Foods has already donated 1,000 cases of food, valued at $13,800.For more information on Share, visit http://sharevancouver.org.last_img read more

Miami Fire Rescue to help Puerto Rico brace for Hurricane Maria

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Members of Miami Fire Rescue are going off to help those in Puerto Rico as they prepare for a potential hit from Hurricane Maria.Members of the specially trained Task Force One will be going to San Juan, Puerto Rico in order to be ready to assist with search and rescue efforts.Puerto Rico again is in the path of a Hurricane, just weeks after Hurricane Irma brushed against the island, knocking out most of the island’s power.“That’s one of the reasons why we are being activated is because the infrastructure in Puerto Rico has suffered so much that they need assistance,” said Miami Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Pete Gomez. “There’s currently two FEMA urban search and rescue teams on the island, and they need to augment the resources because the island cannot just support this type of mission.”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue also has members on the team. They departed Monday as well.Both departments were also involved in rescue efforts in Texas and the Keys.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

See the forgotten NASA Apollo 11 crew photo found at the bottom

first_img The crew. Found this at the bottom of a box. Don’t think it was ever used by @NASA. #TBT @TheRealBuzz pic.twitter.com/ZXINsWPcix— Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) June 13, 2019 Tags NASA Space No, I’m headed to Mars.Thanks for the question, Sam! #AskMichaelCollins pic.twitter.com/8E84AZz3QH— Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) June 12, 2019 National Selfie Day: Striking space selfies snapped beyond Earth Michael Collins found this photo in a box. NASA Share your voice The timing for the photo’s reemergence is perfect as we head toward the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July. Collins has been very active on Twitter, recently saying he wouldn’t return to the moon if given the chance because he’s instead heading for Mars. It shows his enthusiasm for space hasn’t waned in the decades since he traveled to the moon. How NASA got to the moon, and its plans to go back See Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit all fixed up 15 Photoscenter_img 0 “The crew. Found this at the bottom of a box. Don’t think it was ever used by NASA,” Collins wrote. This exact photo doesn’t seem to appear on the NASA website, but you can find other poses from the same shoot.The photo shows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin off to one side and Collins with his arm casually reaching over a large mock-up of the moon. Collins’ signature runs across the top.  Post a comment To the Moon It’s customary for NASA astronauts to snap a few glamour photos ahead of a big mission, and it didn’t get much bigger than 1969’s Apollo 11 mission to land humans on the moon. Command module pilot Michael Collins rediscovered an old photo of his famous crew and shared it on Twitter on Thursday. More on Apollo 11 Sci-Tech This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon.last_img read more

Watch MS Dhoni face covered with cake plays helicopter shot with Hardik

first_imgPandya has perfected Dhoni’s helicopter shotTwitterJuly 7 happens to be the birthday of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Wishes are pouring in for the former World Cup-winning Indian captain from all over. But you can trust Hardik Pandya to do something cheeky and unique. The Baroda all-rounder posted a tweet on his timeline with a 6-second GIF of him and MSD, the latter’s face apparently covered with his birthday cake, together swinging their hands in the motion of playing a helicopter shot.It can be recalled that while Dhoni is regarded as the progenitor of this amazing stroke, Pandya too has taken a great liking to it and has played it successfully more than once in this year’s IPL. It’s not as if he is the first one to attempt emulating Dhoni. Even Mohammad Shahzad, the wicketkeeper-batsman in the Afghanistan team, who opened the innings for his side, had managed to copy the shot to some extent during the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.Happy birthday Mahi bhai! Everyday spent with you is a chance to learn and grow. Thank you for being one of the biggest role models in my life ❤️? #HappyBirthdayDhoni @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/JUsEMkZYOK— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 7, 2019TwitterHowever, Shahzad was only partially successful as his helicopter shot only resembled the original. In the case of Hardik, he not only managed to copy it fully but perfect it during the IPL by sending the ball into the stands. Needless to say, Dhoni wouldn’t mind this, especially if Hardik uses this shot to good effect in the upcoming semi-final of the World Cup against New Zealand and, possibly, in the final as well.The fact that both MSD and Pandya were in such good mood can be ascribed to the fact that India were able to register a dominant win over Sri Lanka in their last league stage game of the World Cup and, thanks to Australia’s defeat to South Africa, ended up on the top of the points table. This also means that the Men in Blue will be facing the no. 4 placed Kiwis in the semi-final, instead of England. While the Black Caps can never be taken lightly, they certainly seem a much easier proposition than a resurgent England.last_img read more

Governors Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair

first_imgGov. Martin O’Malley extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled Sunday at the Maryland State Fair on August 24. The Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day is presented by the Governor’s office on Service and Volunteerism and the Maryland State Fair.“Each year Maryland’s volunteers give over 190 million hours of their time to our communities and we thank them for their service,” said Gov. O’Malley in a statement. “I invite every volunteer in the State to come to the Maryland State Fair on August 24 to celebrate the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day.”To thank Maryland’s volunteers for their countless hours of service, Gov. O’Malley is offering them  discounted admission, $2, to the Maryland State Fair on August 24. Each pass allows admission of up to five (5) people who have volunteered in Maryland during the past year. The pass will also entitle the patron to discounts on the purchase of food tickets and ride packages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 24 only. The discounted food and ride passes will be good until closing. In case of inclement weather that forces the closing of the Fair on that date, the Governor’s discounts will be honored on August 31. To request passes, visit www.GOSV.maryland.gov.last_img read more

Stopping the Prison Pipeline

first_imgPublic safety is vital, but often methods for curbing crime result in unfair treatment, unnecessary arrests, and mistrust. For decades this type of behavior has been prevalent in areas of poverty and communities of color, according to law enforcement officials.To reduce mass incarceration while correcting public safety measures, a group called Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration – comprised of 130 current and former police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and attorneys – gathered Oct. 21 at the National Press Club in Northwest Washington, D.C. to discuss strategies for ending improper imprisonment. The members are from all 50 states and the initiative is a new project of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law.“Too many Americans, particularly low-income communities and communities of color, are being torn apart by our overly punitive justice system,” said Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP. “Seeing law enforcement officials from across the country come together to address problems in the justice system sends a powerful message. We welcome these leaders to our efforts.”Four solutions were identified in the report: increase arrest alternatives, restore balance to criminal laws, reform mandatory minimums, and strengthen community-law enforcement relations.Co-chairs of the Law Enforcement Leaders are Ronal Serpas, former superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, and Garry McCarthy, superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. “Police related shootings are down 68 percent in the last four years,” said McCarthy, noting that Chicago is designing a different system of policing that other cities are beginning to notice. “Complaints against officers are down almost 50 percent in the last two years and (we) are making 20,000 less arrests.”Speakers scheduled to address the attendees at the initiative’s luncheon included William Bratton, commissioner of the New York Police Department; Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department; Benjamin David, district attorney of New Hanover and Pender Counties in North Carolina; Charles McClelland, chief of the Houston Police Department; and Cathy Lanier, chief of the Washington, D.C. Police Department.However, Lanier did not attend. According to MPD Officer Sean Hickman, Lanier was testifying on body cameras at a D.C. Council Judiciary Committee hearing.“We need to make sure that we’re locking up the right people for the right reason,” said Beck. “We have to look at things such as treatment. It can’t be just about arrest. We need a task forward that makes sense.”McClelland said he believes the federal level should be more involved in making state decisions for equity in crimes. “There are state houses that don’t want the federal government to run their business but there are incentives for every state to get federal funding through grants, asset forfeitures, all these things that are important in law enforcement,” McClelland told the AFRO.He said President Obama should create a commission to investigate the entire criminal justice system, similar to what President Lyndon B. Johnson did in 1965. “[It should be] a full-fledged commission, not a task force, to examine every aspect from incarceration, sentencing, grand juries, corrections, the whole system,” McClelland said.last_img read more

Drakes Scorpion on Its Way to Shattering Streaming Records

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 UPDATED: Sixteen hours after its release, Drake’s new 25-song double-album “Scorpion” is averaging 10 million streams per hour on Spotify, according to an announcement from the company, and looks well on its way toward breaking a number of streaming records — it might even become the first album to pass 1 billion streams in the U.S. in its first week of release.Even if it doesn’t, “Scorpion” seems guaranteed to break the Spotify records set just weeks ago by Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” which was streamed 47,930,039 times in the U.S. and 78,744,748 times globally on its first day of release — and 236,500,546 times in the U.S. and 411,816,710 globally in its first week. Guess whose record that last number broke? Drake’s, for last year’s 22-track mixtape “More Life,” which set the record with 385 million streams. Popular on Variety Amazon and Tidal had not posted numbers at press time. Stats will be updated through the coming hours and days.More to come… “Scorpion” became the No. 1 album on the Apple Music charts in 92 countries almost instantly upon release, and at presstime its 25 songs occupy the top 25 spots on Apple Music (with XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” at No. 26).The labels involved (Republic, Cash Money and Young Money) seemingly have launched a full-scale campaign to break as many streaming records as possible, something that the album’s length makes a lot more likely than, say a seven-track album. In an unexpected move, given Drake’s long history with Apple Music, they’ve also gone big with Spotify, teaming up with the service for its first-ever global dedicated artist takeover, called “ScorpionSZN,” whereby Drake takes over multiple playlists on the same day. The MC is on the cover of RapCaviar, Beast Mode, Today’s Top Hits, Morning Commute and others — including ones where his music isn’t even featured.Late Friday afternoon, the RIAA announced that Drake has become its top certified digital singles artist, with 142 million to date — a number that’s sure to grow in the coming days.last_img read more

Belichick is more vulnerable than ever

first_imgAaron Rodgers is the only American superstar with no leverageAaron Rodgers has publicly expressed frustration at the Packers for letting go of key weapons and that he has zero input into a any player personnel decisions.Colin understands Rodgers frustration since most teams give their franchise star at least some input on acquisitions. Even though Rodgers is frustrated, he doesn’t have any meaningful way to force Green Bay’s hand. Backup NBA small forwards have more power than Rodgers. He has the least leverage of any american sports superstar, and there’s not a lot he can do about it. Belichick is more vulnerable than ever Bill Belichick has ruled with an iron fist while overseeing his Patriot dynasty, and up until recently his authority had gone completely unquestioned. But, last season the Patriot machine showed the first signs of cracks in the foundation with a number of leaked stories detailing discontent in the organization.According to another recent story, Tom Brady is spearheading the player revolt against Belichick and his totalitarian approach. After 18 years of dominance, Colin thinks Belichick is more vulnerable than ever, and now must confront the division which clearly exists between he and his players.How he handles it will determine if his dynasty can continue or if the end is around the corner. Also:– Why the Cavs win Game 2– Sixers aren’t as close as Philly fans thinkGuests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst, host of The Doug Gottlieb Show and the All Ball Podcast is in-studio explaining why the Sixers are making the right move by sitting Embiid; and how Pop has already evolved.Joe Banner – Former NFL Executive joins the show to discuss if Aaron Rodgers should have some personnel input in Green Bay; and why he doesn’t think high priced wide receivers aren’t worth the price tag.Antonio Daniels – NBA Champion and Thunder analyst is in-studio to push back on Colin’s Westbrook shade and explain why there’s nothing wrong with Russ chasing triple doubles.last_img read more