The fifth annual GRAMMY In The Schools Live! concert will take place Jan. 22 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.The concert will feature a special guest performance by 56th GRAMMY nominees Vampire Weekend with members of GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session.GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. Platinum tickets start at $100 per person and include a special meet-and-greet with Vampire Weekend and tickets to the concert. Gold tickets are $40 per person and Silver tickets are $20 per person.High school singers and instrumentalists are eligible to audition for GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Selectees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual GRAMMY Awards, participate in high-profile GRAMMY Week performances and recording sessions, and attend the GRAMMY telecast.GRAMMY Camp, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools are programs designed for U.S. high school students and high school music programs, and are part of the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools offerings.GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities.The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs.The 2014 GRAMMY Camp application deadline is March 31. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. The deadline for the 2014 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools programs is Oct. 22. Applications for both programs are available at www.grammyintheschools.com.GRAMMY In The Schools Live! is part of the GRAMMY Week series of events, culminating with Music’s Biggest Night. The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
(Photo: Sylvain Degrasse, 44, with his daughter Alexandra Degrasse, in 2005)By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT– A two-year-old girl and her seven-year-old sister were among the four bodies discovered by the RCMP in Iqaluit Tuesday.RCMP confirmed the girls’ parents were also found dead.RCMP said they found the father, Sylvain Degrasse, 44, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot blast to the face in a cemetery.They later found his common-law partner Vivian Sula Enuaraq, 29, and their two children Alexandra Degrasse, 7, and Aliyah Degrasse, 2, in the family’s home.RCMP said they are treating the deaths as a homicide investigation, but are not searching for suspects.“The circumstances surrounding the discovery of four bodies…remains under investigation,” said RMCP in a statement.Iqaluit residents are reeling after RCMP discovered four bodies Tuesday, triggering the cancellation of classes at the local elementary school, according to the city’s mayor.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said residents were “shaken” by the discovery of the bodies.“This has really shaken our community,” said Redfern, in a statement. “We need to come together and help each other pull through this.People living near the cemetery reported an unoccupied truck at in the early afternoon which was eventually shut off by a local resident at about 3 p.m.Redfern said the news of the deaths left residents in “shock” and disbelief.Redfern said she would be seeking to get crisis intervention to deal with the trauma that has impacted many people.“Many people, including family and friends of the victims, emergency responders and community members need immediate counselling,” said Redfern. “At the same time this territory must work together to end the root causes of our problems.”email@example.com
APTN National NewsThe Specific Claims Tribunal blasted a branch of Aboriginal Affairs for being “paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful” in a recent ruling impacting the department’s “take-it-or-leave-it” gambit to settle historical claims with First Nations.The Jan. 17 ruling by Judge Patrick Smith eviscerated Aboriginal Affairs’ specific claims branch for its handling of a claim filed by the Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) First Nation, which is on Manitoulin Island, and its attempt to block it from accessing the tribunal.Smith said the ruling could have “significant relevance to many other claims” where Canada has put deadlines on settlements for “small value claims.”Under the tribunal’s rules, a band can submit a claim if the department hasn’t made a decision on whether to negotiate a claim three years from the day it was originally filed with Ottawa.A band can also submit a claim before the three years pass if the department indicates it won’t negotiate a settlement.The department has issued numerous take-it-or-leave it settlements to bands across the country seeking compensation for historical grievances around the mismanagement of trust funds and the loss of lands.AOK was seeking access to the tribunal arguing the department was not willing to negotiate a settlement claim which centered on the 1914 payment of $559.63 from the band’s trust fund. The money went to the children of a former band member named George Abotossaway, also known as George Thompson, who gave up his status under a process called enfranchisement in 1909.The band, which was known as the Ojibways of Sucker Cree at the time, obtained confirmation from Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Patrick Borbey on Nov. 12, 2011, that the payment of the money “was not authorized by law, and thus Canada breached its fiduciary duty.” The money was paid to Abotossaway’s children after he gave up his status.A few months later, Brendan Blom, the assistant negotiator in the specific claims branch, sent a letter dated March 28, 2012, to Chief Patsy Corbier informing the band that the department was offering a take-it-or-leave it offer that was based on a predetermined formula.The formula calculated the owed amount by applying the Consumer Price Index to 80 per cent of the total and adding compound interest at Aboriginal Affairs trust fund rates to 20 per cent of the amount. The actual dollar figure is redacted from the documents filed with the tribunal.Blom’s letter also gave the band 90 days to accept or the department would close the file.The department argued that its take-it-or-leave-it settlement letter to AOK constituted a form of open negotiations putting the claim outside the tribunal’s jurisdiction. The department argued that the Aboriginal Affairs Minister had “considerable discretion in deciding when to accept, negotiate or not negotiate a claim.”Smith ruled that the department’s position outlined in the settlement letter effectively gave notice to the First Nation that the claim wouldn’t be negotiated.“In deciding to employ a small value claim process in making an offer to settle without discussion, in refusing to discuss or explain the offer, and in imposing a 90 day deadline and then closing the file, Canada, and specifically the minister, effectively decided and notified the claimant that it would not negotiate the claim,” said Smith in his ruling.Smith said the department’s actions fell short of upholding the “honour” of the Crown.“This position, along with the process employed by the specific claims branch for small value claims in relation to this claim, and perhaps many others, is, frankly, paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful of First Nations,” said Smith. “Such position affords no room for the principles of reconciliation, accommodation and consultation that the Supreme Court, in many decisions, has described as being the foundation of Canada’s relationship with First Nations.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office said that the department is reviewing the tribunal’s decision before deciding what to do next. The tribunal’s decision could be put to the Federal Court for a judicial review.Magnetawan First Nation Chief William Diabo said his community, which sits along Ontario’s Hwy 69 near Georgian Bay, received a take-it-or-leave it offer from the department within the past month. Diabo said his claim centres on loss of reserve land through the construction of highways and a redrawing of the reserve’s boundaries.“That may give us another chance to take a kick at the can,” said Diabo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Huawei Sri Lanka has dismissed concerns over the installation of the Facebook application.It was reported that Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software. However Huawei Sri Lanka in a statement said that Facebook is a third party application, and can be installed and used without any issue on Huawei Devices. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. It was reported that customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates. The move by Facebook dampens the sales outlook for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, whose smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year, powered by strong growth in Europe and Asia. (Colombo Gazette/Reuters)
“Since we were released we have learned of the many statements of support and expressions of solidarity by Afghan personalities and ordinary men and women, some of whom even offered to take our place as hostages,” Shqipe Hebibi, Annetta Flanigan and Angelito Nayan declared in a statement issued in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “We are humbled and very, very grateful for this,” the three – from Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, respectively – added. “During our many months of work here in Afghanistan we have learned to love Afghanistan, its people, its culture and traditions. The awful experience we went through does not change our feelings for the Afghan people and the solidarity they have shown during the 27 days of our captivity just strengthens our commitment to support Afghanistan in its transition to peace and democracy,” they said. The trio also expressed gratitude to the many people and institutions that worked together to secure their release. “We are looking forward to joining our families and to returning to our work,” they concluded.
“After a slow start during Ramadan, the pace of registration is increasing exponentially,” UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital today of the operation, which provides official identification cards. The 10-week exercise, the largest such operation the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has ever been involved in, began 15 October and runs until 31 December, with the UN in both a supporting and monitoring role in the process, which involves collecting bio-data, fingerprints and digital photographs. “Registration facilitates the management of a population in any country, be it refugees or non-refugees,” UNHCR said. “It will help all the stakeholders to facilitate repatriation next year, regulate and manage the temporarily stay of Afghans for the duration of their cards’ validity and provide information to help plan the future of this population. “It also helps the Government of Afghanistan to identify needs in major areas of return and design developmental programmes to make sure returns of Afghans are sustainable,” the agency added. The European Commission, United States and United Kingdom have contributed towards the $6 million registration exercise that is provided free for eligible Afghans. Even after more than 2.8 million Afghans returned home over the last five years Pakistan still hosts one of the largest groups of refugees in the world; there are 1 million Afghans living in camps and more than 1.4 million living in urban areas. Since 2002 over 1.5 million Afghans have also returned home from Iran, 850,000 with UNHCR’s assistance. More than 1 million others are still estimated to be living there.
The Programme of Action adopted by the Second UN Conference on LLDCs contains six clearly defined priorities and encapsulates a unified stance by the international community on a broad array of crucial issues – from concrete steps toward the structural transformation of LLDC economies and infrastructure development, to improving international trade and bolstering regional integration and cooperation.“We are strongly committed to the implementation of the [Programme of Action] to address, in a holistic manner, the special development needs and challenges of landlocked developing countries arising from their…remoteness and geographical constraints,” proclaimed the Declaration that culminated the three-day Conference, attended by more than 1,000 participants in the Austrian capital.The 23-page outcome document was described by Gyan Chandra Acharya, Secretary-General of the Conference, as an important milestone in promoting the development agenda of LLDCs.The document, for example, expresses an unambiguous commitment by all governments to ensure greater emphasis on reducing transit time, promoting infrastructure development and maintenance, ensuring trade facilitation measures in an accelerated manner, besides linking them with the promotion of economic diversification, structural transformation, connectivity to global value chains and regional integration. This holistic approach together with a clear call to ensure coherence with the global processes is expected to enable the LLDCs to achieve sustained and sustainable economic growth and ensure their meaningful integration into the global economy.“The Vienna conference has come out with a holistic, forward looking and action oriented program and I clearly see that in the document that has been adopted,” said Mr. Acharya in his closing remarks.He added that the text was “holistic” in that it takes up transit, trade, and infrastructure issues together with the regional cooperation, structural transformation and coherence with the global processes in a pronounced manner as priorities.Mr. Acharya further stressed that while recognizing the special challenges and vulnerabilities of LLDCs, Member States, through the outcome document, underscored that the landlocked countries have to transform themselves into land linked countries in order to reap full benefits from regional cooperation and globalization. The outcome document is action-oriented, as governments clearly spelled out tangible actions to be taken by LLDCs, transit countries and development partners in each of the six priority areas identified together with clear national, regional and global level implementation, monitoring and review, explained Mr. Acharya, who is also the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.Mr. Acharya highlighted that the outcome document stresses renewed and strengthened partnerships between the LLDCs, transit countries and development partners within the context of north-south as well as south-south and triangular cooperation. Yet he added that while the action-plan “recognizes that LLDCs have the primary responsibility for their own development” the group of countries requires support “to effectively mobilize adequate domestic and external resources for effective implementation of the Programme of Action.”A recurring theme throughout the Conference has been that while the LLDCs have seen incremental economic gains over the past decade, this progress has not made a meaningful dent in the rate of poverty among this group of countries and that the progress remained fragile in many of the LLDCs. Nine of the 15 countries at the bottom rung of the development ladder are landlocked and the vast majority continue to lag behind their maritime neighbours in socio-economic development. To remedy this, the Vienna outcome calls for support “in a more coherent manner”, which would “contribute to an enhanced rate of sustainable and inclusive growth, which can contribute to the eradication of poverty.”The meeting saw a flurry of activity with four high-level interactive thematic round-tables and 18 side events organized by various stakeholders in the margins of the meeting on a wide-range of issues relevant to the LLDCs, transit transport development, trade capacity enhancement and further integration into the regional and global markets. The events gathered Heads of State, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, and Heads and senior representatives from international organizations who shared their views and experiences on how to enhance LLDCs’ economic diversification and competitiveness through strengthened investments and policy measures in the areas of transport, infrastructure development and trade facilitation, sustainable energy and sustainable transport, through partnerships on vocational training, through increased regionalization of aid for trade, and particularly for landlocked least developed countries, through effective implementation of the Enhanced Integrated Framework. “We have come a long way but the real work begins now,” Mr. Acharya said. “We must now move ahead to deliver with determination the [Programme of Action] that we have agreed here with understanding, solidarity and support of all. The international community has to deliver on these commitments to the 440 million people living in the landlocked developing countries.”
PHILADELPHIA — Eric Paschall scored 27 points, Phil Booth had 19 and No. 23 Villanova held off one more upset in an 85-78 win over La Salle on Saturday.Villanova (6-2) remained the class of the city and won its 23rd straight Big 5 game, round-robin play among five Philadelphia Division I basketball teams. The Wildcats haven’t lost a city series game since Dec. 5, 2012 against Temple.They got a pretty good scare against winless La Salle (0-8).The Wildcats were reeling after consecutive home losses to Michigan, in a national title game rematch, and in overtime to Furman that knocked them out of the AP Top 25 poll. Villanova steadied itself with three straight wins in a Florida tournament, and defeated then-No. 14 Florida State in the title game to return to the rankings.But a return to Philly only unsettled the Wildcats early.La Salle was the home team at the Palestra, which serves as much a museum to Philly’s glorious basketball past as it is a court for city series games to be played on. The Explorers played the first half like a 7-0 team instead of a winless one and buried nine 3-pointers. The sensational sequence came at the midway point: David Beatty drew a foul on a layup and La Salle kept possession. Isiah Deas capitalized with a 3. Beatty had a steal and Jack Clark hit a 3 for a 32-20 lead that set the stage for a monster upset.The rest of the half turned into a 3-point shootout worthy of NBA All-Star weekend, and the Wildcats closed to 42-39 at the half. The Wildcats could never really shake the Explorers until the waning moments and each team hit 12 3-pointers.Carter’s 3 pulled the Explorers to 69-66 and they got it within one with 5:24 left. Miles Brookins would lob a lazy pass into the middle that was picked off by Saddiq Bey and converted into a three-point play by Booth. Paschall sucked the air out of La Salle fans with a dunk and a 78-72 lead.Villanova coach Jay Wright kept former assistant coach Ashley Howard winless in his first season on the bench at La Salle. Howard, who worked five seasons under Wright, was hired at La Salle just a week after the Wildcats won their second national championship in three seasons.The Explorers are forced to wonder how much better their upset odds would have improved had leading scorer Pookie Powell not sat out with an injury (lower body). Carter scored 17 and Deas had 15.BIG PICTUREVillanova: Wright made it 2-0 this season against the branches of his coaching tree. He also beat former assistant and current Quinnipiac coach Baker Dunleavy in November.La Salle: Also played without guard Cheddi Mosely (concussion) and forward Jared Kimbrough (foot). The Explorers made 11 of their first 15 shots in the second half.UP NEXTVillanova continues its city series games on Wednesday against Temple and Saturday against Saint Joseph’s.La Salle has a busy week with games Tuesday against Bucknell and Saturday against Penn.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Dan Gelston, The Associated Press
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP/C protests ‘illegal’ governmentMarch 22, 2019In “latest news”‘Call the elections if you are so popular’ …Jagdeo challenges President GrangerJune 13, 2019In “latest news”Granger promises PPP/C backseat in an APNU+AFC gov’tMay 3, 2015In “Politics” “This is an illegitimate Government,” PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali exclaimed as he joined the scores of persons who are calling on the coalition government to step down.Hundreds of persons have now gathered outside of the Ministry of the Presidency, mounting pressure on President David Granger to announce a date for the polls.Organised by the Opposition, Peoples Progressive Party, the supporters are protesting the coalition administration’s “illegal” occupancy of the high offices.This comes in light of the expiration of the constitutional time-frame to host national elections. The elections were due three months after the passage of the no confidence motion in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018. However, GECOM recently wrote President David Granger highlighting that it will be prepared to host election sometime in November, 2019.This decision was rejected by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who wrote the president reminding him that after March 21, the government becomes illegal.In an interview with reporters, Jagdeo promised that the protests will continue sporadically.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld T20: Darren Sammy backs Windies to win titleFebruary 1, 2016In “Sports”Top West Indians will continue international snub: SammyJune 20, 2017In “latest news”Sammy claims to be dropped as captainAugust 6, 2016In “latest news” CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy says the Dave Cameron administration could not take credit for the region’s three World Cup titles in 2016, nor the recapture of the Wisden Trophy last month, as those successes were solely down to the hard work of the captains and management staff involved.Former Windies T20 skipper Darren SammyIn a strongly-worded video on his Facebook page Wednesday, Sammy said Cameron had performed poorly throughout his three terms in charge, but had erroneously sought to portray his administration as the architect of all West Indies major accomplishments during his tenure.West Indies captured the men’s and women’s titles at the Twenty World Cup in India, while the Under-19 side won the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh in the same year.“The fact remains over the last six years as an administration, we’ve done poorly. That’s a fact,” said Sammy, who led the Windies to T20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016.“You try to take credit for the three World Cup wins in 2016 which is wrong. We won despite. In spite of all the difficulties we faced from your administration, the team won.”West Indies players and the board were at loggerheads over pay issues in the lead-up to the World Cup in India.Cameron’s allies have also pointed to the recent 2-1 series over England as further evidence of the West Indies progThe Caribbean side produced a sterling performance to trounce the visitors in the first two Tests in Barbados and Antigua, to regain the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.However, Sammy said the series win was down to the exemplary leadership of all-rounder Jason Holder and the preparatory work by former coaches.“I also heard recently that the team is moving in the right direction … I believe the team won that series against England because of the hard work of Jason Holder as captain and the work done by Stuart Law, Corey Collymore, Floyd Reifer building up to that series,” Sammy argued.“In 2010 when I became captain, it took me two years to understand all my players I was working with, and if you put a group of men together over a period of time and they play consistently together, success is bound to happen around the corner.“I think over the last two years, Jason Holder, working with the group of men he has had, has improved especially in the Test arena, has improved tremendously as a captain, a tactician and a performer. The way Jason has led the team, he deserves all the credit and not the administration.“He’s grown into his role as a leader. Leaders empower those around him and you can see what he’s doing with the team. That’s leadership, not what’s happening at the top with the administration of CWI, there’s no empowerment there. There’s just one man with his own agenda looking to dictate where the tide goes. We have to put an end to that,” said Sammy.The St Lucian is the the latest former player to come out against Cameron and vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan, in their bid for a fourth successive term at CWI elections in Jamaica on Sunday.Over the last week, legends Clive Lloyd, Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Andy Roberts have all thrown their support behind presidential challenger Ricky Skerritt and running mate Dr Kishore Shallow.Sammy, axed as captain and dropped from the T20 squad just months after presiding over the 2016 World Cup win in a move widely believed to have stemmed from his controversial criticisms of Cameron, said the time had come for West Indies cricket to change course.“I have worked under the leadership of both Dave Cameron and Emmanuel and I can honestly say for sure these two do not have the cricket at heart,” Sammy said.“And for this reason, I am asking the CWI voters to do the right thing this coming Sunday in Jamaica and vote for change. Twelve years in leadership is enough to see what Cameron can do, or has not done. And that is why I am supporting Ricky Skerritt and Kishore Shallow as they look to make the change, the well-deserved change in West Indies cricket and its administration.“Do the right thing. It’s time for change. Cameron, your time is up. Vote Skerritt and Shallow. Do the right thing,” Sammy urged.ress under the current CWI administration.
RK Zeleznicar Nis will have to finish Serbian Play-Off season with some new name on the bench after Veselin Vujovic resigned.The Serbian vice-champions have lost their second match at Round 4 of Play-Off against the biggest rivals – reigning champions RK Vojvodina 22:23 (12:12) which put them four points behind.Vujovic explained reasons to the players after the players, while he will give his official statement at press conference later today.Vujovic, who is also working as Slovenian national team coach, overtook RK Zeleznicar Nis last summer, but he didn’t win any trophy (Super Cup and Cup won by RK Vojvodina) in Serbian handball.STANDING:Vojvodina 8Dinamo 4Zeleznicar 4Metaloplastika 4RK Partizan 2Novi Pazar 0 RK Zeleznicar NisVeselin Vujović ← Previous Story Barca too strong for Nantes – Final4 ticket is in the hands! Next Story → FINISH FOR THE HISTORY! RK Vardar with +8 to Szeged!
Chambery Savoie ← Previous Story David Davis about first title in Veszprem: Team was down when I came here, but now they make me proud Next Story → Vote for WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2018/2019 The French Cup trophy went to Chambery. One of the strongest French teams in the last decade, currently the third in Lidl Starligue, took the national Cup trophy in front of sold-out Paris Bercy Arena.Chambery Savoie beat easily US Dunkerque 31:21 (16:8) in the Cup final to reach one of the goals in successful season. Race for the EHF Champions League place with Montpellier Handball is still open.This is the first trophy for the team since 2013 when they won “Champions trophy”.Chambery have been champions only once in 2001.
Five of 12 Israeli teenagers arrested on suspicion of the gang rape of a 19-year-old British tourist in her room at a hotel in Ayia Napa have been released.The Cyprus court has extended the arrest of seven suspects for suspicion of having a connection to the incident. The court heard that three of the detainees had sexual contact with the British girl on the same night that the complaint was filed but that it was, according to them, consensual. They said that they knew the British girl from the club where she worked.The DNA samples collected from the scene were presented in court, and it was found that three of the samples belonged to none of the detainees. It is believed that there were others involved in the case that the police have yet to apprehend.READ MORE: Israeli teenagers detained in Cyprus for gang rape of British tourist in her hotel roomThe three other suspects are assumed to be Israelis and the search is on to find them from the hotel’s guest list. The police also offered immunity to those offering information.Meanwhile, there are Cyprus media reports that one of the videos filmed at the scene by the boys involved was leaked onto the internet however police have yet to determine whether the video is a hoax and if it is connected to the incident in question.The charges facing detained teenagers, aged from 15-18 years, include conspiring to commit a criminal act and rape. The British victim told police that the first suspect entered her room at 12.30am where she was forced to have sexual intercourse with the first suspect despite telling him to stop. He then invited his friends into the room, where they gathered around the bed watching and filming the encounter while laughing. Several joined in and others held down her legs. Some of the attackers did not use a condom, and others gratified themselves in her face.The victim succeeded in freeing herself and ran from the hotel room naked, followed by the accused. She met two friends in the hallway who immediately took her to a private clinic in the hotel and called the police. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A raging fire on the island of Evia has led to the evacuation of residents in four villages, including the monastery of Panagia Makrymallis.“The flames are 20-30 metres high … you can’t even see the sun,” volunteer firefighter, Panos Agiannitis told Athens municipal radio.“I feared for my life … you could feel the heat 250 metres away,” he said.“The only way for this fire to be extinguished is when there’s nothing left to burn.”The fire broke out at around 3.00 am local time on the side of a road, which quickly spread through dry vegetation as a result of high winds, reported ANA, the area dense with pine forests that are inaccessible by land, adding to the challenge to contain the fire.Over 200 firefighters have been fighting the blaze, with 75 fire engines, seven units on foot, six aircraft and six helicopters. The country’s armed forces are also assisting in firefighting efforts.Residents were evacuated from the villages of Makrymalli, Kondodespoti, Stavros and Platania.Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived at the Fire Brigade’s Unified Coordination Operations Center in Halandri just after 9.00 pm on Tuesday night.“[Conditions] are extremely difficult and the state’s first and foremost concern is to protect human lives,” he said.Firemen and residents try to extinguish a forest fire in Makrimalli village. Photo: AAP via AP Photo/Yorgos KarahalisA resident sprays water at a forest fire from a balcony of a house in Makrimalli village. Photo: AAP via AP Photo/Yorgos KarahalisFiremen and residents try to extinguish a forest fire in Makrimalli village. Photo: AAP via AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Declared a national emergency, neighbouring Croatia and Italy have offered to send four Canadair firefighting planes, due to arrive on Wednesday morning, said Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis.It was announced that a fire barrier will be built outside the town of Psahna, a joint decision by Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos, Citizen Protection Secretary General Nikos Hardalias, regional and local officials, as well as fire brigade leaders.So far the fire has destroyed homes in Makrymalli, and no fatalities have been reported.
Facebook “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Google+ Goldust and Stardust defending the WWE Tag Team Championships against The Usos has been added to the card for Sunday’s WWE Hell in a Cell PPV in Dallas.Here is the updated card for the show.Hell in a Cell MatchSeth Rollins vs. Dean AmbroseHell in a Cell Match (No. 1 Contendership)John Cena vs. Randy OrtonLoser Must be the Winner’s AssistantBrie Bella vs. Nikki BellaWWE United States Championship MatchSheamus (c) vs. The Miz w/ Damien SandowBig Show vs. Rusev w/ LanaWWE Tag Team Championships MatchGoldust and Stardust (c’s) vs. The UsosWWE Divas Championship MatchAJ Lee (c) vs. Paige Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for the Impact World Title headlines tonight’s Slammiversary XVII Pinterest Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 7/1/19 (Extreme Rules build continues, Falls Count Anywhere match)
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca hailed the importance of their 3-2 Champions League win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday nightThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders needed a stoppage-time goal from Taison to keep their last-16 hopes alive after surrendering a two-goal lead.But, for Fonseca, the victory is what counts with Lyon set to meet them in Ukraine for a mouth-watering Group F decider in a fortnight.“Now everything is in our hands. We understand perfectly well that we need to win the next game vs Lyon,” Fonseca told reporters on the club website.“We know how difficult the fight will be. By drawing with Manchester City, Lyon proved once again that they are a great club.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Whether Shakhtar will be able to host Lyon at home is doubtful due to protests in Ukraine this week over the country’s tense relationship with Russia.“Now, regarding the situation developing around Kharkiv: I personally think that the game will be held right there, I haven’t heard any other instructions yet,” said Fonseca.“But if UEFA decides to hold the meeting elsewhere for some reason, we will try to play in another city in our country.”Shakhtar are third in Group F and two points off second-place Lyon, who drew 2-2 with Manchester City in the other game.
Text of President Barack Obama’s remarks about American journalist James Foley, as provided by the White House. Foley was killed by Islamic State extremists shown in a video released Tuesday. The extremists called the beheading retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq:Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. He was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there.Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world. He was 40 years old — one of five siblings, the son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release. Earlier today, I spoke to the Foleys and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did.Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers. Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages — killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims– both Sunni and Shia — by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.
Post a comment Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 5:14 Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Facebook adds new tributes section for loved ones who have passed away. Facebook Facebook is trying to improve the ways people can remember loved ones on its platform. The social network on Tuesday added a new tributes section for memorialized accounts and more control for users who manage these accounts. Facebook made the changes based on feedback from different religions and cultures, as well as experts and academics. “Over 30 million people view memorialized profiles every month to post stories, commemorate milestones and remember those who have passed away,” wrote Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, in a blog post. The new tributes section creates a separate tab on memorialized profiles where friends and family can share posts while keeping the original timeline of loved ones who’ve passed away. Legacy contacts can now moderate the posts shared to the tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags and changing privacy settings. The platform will also only allow friends and family members to request having an account memorialized. Facebook also improved its artificial intelligence systems to prevent the memorialized profiles from making awkward appearances. It will keep the profile from showing up in places where they may cause distress, such as recommending the deceased be invited to an event. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 0 7 See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview Digital Media Mobile Apps Internet Services Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Angela Lang/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sprint Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best Buy $210 at Best Buy $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Comments Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Turo See it Rylo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon Tags $299 at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The Cheapskate $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. 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Bob Allen (right) was on a fishing boat south of Kodak Island during Alaska’s 1964 earthquake. While Allen’s brother Jack (left) was a State Trooper in Anchorage. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)March 27th marks the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s Good Friday Earthquake – the largest recorded in North America. Many Sitkans have stories from the epicenter.Bob Allen is known around Southeast now for his family shipbuilding and cruise business, Allen Marine. But five decades ago, he was fishing south of Kodiak Island far from his family when disaster struck. Allen says when you can’t take care of your own, you take care of what you can.Download AudioBob Allen was over 100 miles from home when a magnitude 9.2 earthquake rocked his boat. Of all days, this would be a tough one to be separated from his wife and kids.Betty and the kids were in Kodiak. And I was on a 104 foot fishing boat. It was about 5 o’clock. Beautiful day. Flat calm, absolutely mirror calm. And the boat just started vibrating. It was just like a giant had a hold of that boat and it was just shaking it just – rattle rattle shake shake shake – terrible vibration.The violent jostling had damaged the radio. All they could do was listen. Allen could hear what was happening in Kodiak and the report wasn’t good.How you doing? And he says oh I’m doing OK! He said well where you at? And he says I’m sitting in the schoolyard.That is, floating over the schoolyard in an 80 foot barge. Just as devastating, but even more deadly than the earthquake itself, was the tsunami that followed.The schoolyard in Kodiak was pretty far up above the waterline you knew that that town had been underwater by 10 or 15, 20 feet by then.Bob knew his home wasn’t flooded because it was on a hill above the schoolyard. But, he couldn’t be sure that his house hadn’t collapsed on his family. And the tsunami waves made it too risky to go home.We were kind of pinned. We couldn’t do anything. When you reach a point where there’s nothing you can do to take care of your own family you just say OK I’ll take care of what I can and somebody else is going to look after mine, I hope.That night, over the radio, Allen’s crew learned that the village of Kaguyak had been wiped out. It was only eight miles away. Come morning they set out to help.They were all on the beach. They were right at the head of the bay right where the old village had been. They had no food, they had no blankets, all they had was that one little radio.And we brought out 46 adults and probably 15 children and one body. They were really in shock they really couldn’t think for themselves you’d take them to the table and set them down with a plate in front of them – hotcakes and sugar syrup. We had a big can of sugar syrup going all the time. We left there and headed for Old Harbor because they were wiped out too. And we’re going through hundreds of empty oil barrels, overturned boats, broke-up houses, deep freezers, refrigerators – anything that could float.By the time they left Old Harbor, they had 96 adults and 35 kids on board. The plan was to transport the survivors to the Kodiak Naval base. Many had taken a few valued possessions along with them. And when they pulled into shore…It was just like tying up in a river. The tide is still every 25-30 minutes is going from full high to full low.They were asked to leave these items on the dock while they boarded the buses. When the buses pulled away the water seeped through the dock and Allen said, “everything they had saved floated away.”At 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, 33 hours since the start of the quake, Allen finally made it home. An armed guard escorted Bob.That was the worst part of the whole thing for me was coming home and finding my family gone. All there is is a note on the table from Betty saying that they went to Chiniak. 12 people had drowned on those roads because they had got caught on the head of the bay and that tide washed right up in there and drowned them. So I’m panic stricken!12 frantic hours later Bob finally gets a call that his wife and kids had been evacuated to Chiniak by plane, and were safe.Allen: After that I got off the boat I quit fishing and went to work construction.EF: Did you quit because of this experience?Allen: Well, there were no canneries left, no place left to sell crab anyway.When you’re growing up in Alaska its kind of a walking disaster area anyway. Everything always gets rebuilt. Its no problem. I don’t think you’re standing up there or waving a flag or anything. There ain’t a lot of glory in this world.
The Chijuk Creek timber sale has a complicated history. At its next meeting, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly will decide whether to award a five-year contract for logging in the area to Charles Nash. He has held previous contracts on the same land, and a dispute between the borough and Nash ended up in a court settlement in 2008.Listen nowThe sale is off Oilwell Road in Trapper Creek. In total, 15,000 acres of trees are available for logging in the contract. The logs would be trucked down Oilwell and Petersville Roads before heading south to Port Mackenzie, and ultimately to China. Assembly Member Randall Kowalke, who says he is one hundred percent in favor of the contract, believes the accompanying lease at the port will help shore up what have been shaky finances. It is estimated that Port Mackenzie would bring in over $900,000 as a result of the contract.“Finally, the property taxpayers are going to have some relief from the borough’s port, rather than going the other way around,” Kowalke said.Assembly Member Jim Sykes is opposed to the contract as is, particularly with the way the process is being done. He prefers the borough opening up Chijuk Creek to the normal bidding process as opposed to a negotiated deal.“This contract, which since it’s being proposed exclusively to one entity, sort of makes it look like a sweetheart deal,” Sykes said.Sykes contends that it would take the same amount of time to go through the normal bidding process that fulfilling the requirements of this contract will. Sykes is also not happy that the contract skirts the borough’s resource management rules set out in code. He says this sets a precedent for not abiding by those rules in the future.“It really becomes the law. It throws out the code, and I don’t think we should be doing that,” Sykes said.Kowalke says this contract is not a sweetheart deal, and that, if it had been completed earlier, could have been handled administratively without the assembly taking a vote. That is because Charles Nash, until this weekend, had an active timber sale contract for the area. Kowalke says, while there have been no threats of legal action, opening the sale to bids now, after months of negotiation, could be inviting another lawsuit.“I would be seeking legal counsel if you courted me up to the deadline then said, ‘Oh, ok, it’s expired. We need to start over, and you need to bid for this,’” Kowalke said.Kowalke believes that, along with the continued march of spruce beetles in the area, make logging the Chijuk Creek area a time-sensitive issue.“This area that we’re involved in is kind of the epicenter of the spruce kill, and it’s growing exponentially….The birch trees in this forest are mature or over-mature.”Sykes says the beetles are not a reason to rush ahead, citing a presentation made to the assembly by the Alaska Division of Forestry.“We should not cut beetle-infested trees from now through July, because cutting them now would cause them now will only make them fly more than they would if we left them standing, so we have time to go through an entire bid process,” Sykes said.In addition to particulars of the contract, many Trapper Creek locals have expressed concern over potential safety issues and the wear and tear on Oilwell and Petersville Roads. Oilwell Road, in particular, is not very wide, and passing logging trucks on it could be problematic. Sykes says the logging trucks will need a space more than twelve feet wide on the road.“Most of the road is between nineteen feet wide and sixteen feet wide, so if you’re driving anything besides a Le Car, it sounds like you’re going to be in the ditch,” Sykes said.The “Le Car,” for reference, is a supermini car formerly produced in France.Kowalke says the contractors will be required to repair any damage to Oilwell Road, and that safety considerations are being made. He says turnouts will be added, and logging trucks will not be allowed to run during the hours that school buses are on those roads. Kowalke believes it’s somewhat ironic that locals are taking issue with logging trucks using a road originally built for that purpose.“They couldn’t have gotten to their property. Mr. Nash built a logging road, and now they’re asking us not to allow any logging truck traffic to occur,” Kowalke said.Kowalke, Sykes and their five colleagues are scheduled to make a decision on the contract at Tuesday night’s meeting at 6:00 pm at the assembly chambers in Palmer.