Morocco To Deduct 14 from Government Salaries for Pensions in 2019

Rabat – In 2019, Morocco will deduct 14 percent from the wages of public sector employees for their pensions.The deduction comes under Law No. 71.14 adopted by the previous government led by Abdelilah Benkirane in 2016. The law also gradually extends the age of retirement from 60 to 63 years, starting from 2024.The deduction and older retirement age are part of the government’s plan to reform the Moroccan pension fund under crisis in recent years. Since 2014, the Moroccan pension fund (CMR) has been facing a deficit, and will operate on a “technical” deficit starting in 2018 and a total deficit in 2027.According to a report on social protection by the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council (CECE), CMR reserves will go bankrupt in 2044, and reforms are needed to ensure long-term financial balance.Read also: Report: Morocco’s Pension Funds in Danger of BankruptcyPreviously, the government deducted 10 percent from salaries for pensions. Now, in the fourth year since the adoption of the reform, the government will begin deducting 14 percent. The trade unions of public employees considered the reform a blow to the purchasing power of the middle class.Moroccans have organized several protests to overthrow the reform and have called for an increase in salaries and no more deductions.The possibility of giving up the fourth deduction from salaries came up during the last round of “social dialogue.”Due to the suspension of social dialogue meetings earlier this year, it is only a matter of days before the government will implement the proposed law of raising salaries for employees between grades 6 and 10 by MAD 200 monthly in 2019, and by MAD 100 monthly in 2020 and 2021. The government, however, has not yet reached an agreement with the unions, which called for an MAD 600 monthly raise.Morocco has about 700,000 public sector employees. Over 580,000 work for the central government, 150,000 work in the urban communities, and 130,000 work in public institutions. read more

Assembly President meets with Myanmar envoy calls for national reconciliation

17 March 2008Meeting with the top United Nations envoy for Myanmar, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today called for “serious engagement and strong commitment” from all parties to further national reconciliation. In a statement issued in New York, Mr. Kerim voiced confidence in the role and work of Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who recently completed a visit to Myanmar and who is mandated by the Assembly to “promote national reconciliation, democracy and human rights.”Mr. Kerim said he was encouraged by the fact that the Special Envoy was able to meet with key figures, including pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as with the Referendum Convening Commission and the Constitution Drafting Committee.The President appealed for “serious engagement and strong commitment from all parties to continue the process of national reconciliation that needs to be credible and inclusive,” the statement noted.Last month, the Myanmar authorities announced the holding of a constitutional referendum this May, to be followed by “multi-party democratic elections” in 2010, and Mr. Kerim today voiced hope that Myanmar’s Government will be open to possibly allowing the UN a monitoring role.This most recent mission by the Special Envoy was his third since authorities in Myanmar “cracked down severely on peaceful demonstrators” last year, as Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, noted in a report to the Human Rights Council. read more

Groundbreaking for Milton Velodrome

Pan Am game officials, politicians and cyclists all helped to officially break ground Friday at the Pan Am Velodrome site in Milton.Many of them were seen getting on bikes of their own as they came together to talk about some of the highlights of the new facility. Pan Am officials say it will be complete in about 15 months. And it remains on budget and on time. The velodrome is expected to open in the fall of 2014. But the facility will be used for much more than the upcoming games. The oval-shaped, three-storey, fully accessible velodrome is designed to function as both an international venue for competitive cycling and as a community recreational centre.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Ukraine Annan hails plans for presidential revote

Mr. Annan’s reaction came in a statement issued by his spokesman after legislation was approved establishing a new election commission and allowing for a re-vote of the presidential run-off election to go forward.”He has also noted important developments under way with regard to constitutional reform,” the spokesman said.Mr. Annan is “gratified that the situation appears to be approaching a peaceful resolution, with full respect for the democratic principles and human rights that will be vital to the consolidation of democracy in Ukraine,” the spokesman added.The polling is scheduled for 26 December.

UN war tribunals making progress but still face challenges officials tell Security

The President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Theodor Meron, said that while the tribunal is making “excellent progress,” there have been some delays in various cases. “The tribunal continues to face a myriad of challenges in meeting the estimated completion dates for some of its cases,” he said.The ICTY is tasked by the Council with trying those responsible for the worst war crimes and other breaches of international humanitarian law committed during the various conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Since its inception 19 years ago, the tribunal has indicted 161 persons.“The tribunal is situated far from where the crimes took place in the former Yugoslavia. The geographical scope of the indictment and the number of charges alleged can surpass the most complex of national proceedings and the number of crime sites, and crimes alleged, are often of unparalleled scale,” Mr. Meron said, adding that other challenges include departure of staff, witnesses refusing to testify and States being slow in cooperating with requests.However, he stressed that in spite of delays, the tribunal’s main work beginning next year will focus on appeals and should be mostly finished by 31 December 2014. Addressing everything from crimes of sexual violence to international criminal procedures, the tribunal has “transformed the face of international justice forever, all the while paying full respect to the rights of the accused and the principle of legality,” Mr. Meron said.“The tribunal has been instrumental in bringing a new era of accountability and a new commitment to justice within the international community at large.”In his capacity as President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Mr. Meron said the Arusha-based Mechanism, which was established in July this year, is fully functioning and that preparations are underway for the launch of its branch in The Hague. The Council set up the Mechanism in December 2010 and mandated it to take over and finish the remaining tasks of the ICTR and the ICTY once their mandates expire. The Council has urged the two tribunals to conclude their work by the end of 2014.The ICTR branch of the Residual Mechanism began its functions on 1 July, while the branch for the ICTY will start on 1 July 2013.“I urge Council members to reflect on the achievements of the ICTY and the potential of the Mechanism – to build up on the achievements of its predecessors by creating a model institution that represents the international community’s strong commitment in its fight against impunity.”ICTR President Vagn Joensen said the transition from the ICTR to the Arusha branch of the Mechanism has been effective and has allowed the tribunal to increasingly focus on downsizing its activities and prepare for closure. Over the next months, the main challenge for the ICTR would be the continued transition of the remaining functions to the Mechanism, he said. Based in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, the ICTR was set up after the Rwandan genocide, when at least 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed during three months of bloodletting that followed the deaths of then Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira when their plane was brought down over the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on 6 April 1994.Mr. Joensen added that he expected all the appeals to be completed by the ICTR no later than 31 December 2014. read more

UN sounds alarm to end global pandemic of violence against women

One of those personal stories shared today was that of actress Teri Hatcher, who hoped her experiences would “shed light on the dangers of remaining silent about sexual abuse.” Ms. Hatcher was abused by her uncle and after she remained silent about it, the man went on to abuse a young woman who later committed suicide. Upon learning of that tragedy, Ms. Hatcher spoke up against her uncle, who was then convicted and sentenced to prison, where he died. “But nothing could undo the devastating violence he had caused,” she acknowledged. “I’m the ‘one in three women,’” Ms. Hatcher said referring to statistics on the one billion women worldwide who suffer from violence, which forever affects self-esteem, self-worth and self-happiness. “When society shames the victim by asking why did you stay instead of asking ‘why did he abuse her,’ we just…foster a society where the abuser continues to abuse,” Ms. Thatcher said stressing the need to break stigma so that victims are unafraid to speak up. “As long as violence is a part of any woman’s story, silence will not be a part of mine,” she said.Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York, said that the Mayor’s office is “working day and night” to connect with women and girls in communities to inform them about the city centres available to those who suffer from violence.“We know that violence against women and girls is a global problem that requires a global solution,” said Ms. McCray. But cities and local Governments such as New York’s can help in such efforts. For instance, New York’s official first agreement with the UN – a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today by the First Lady and UN Women’s Executive Director – commits to making areas in the city safe for all women and girls and free of sexual harassment. “Every day, in cities across the globe, women and girls are trapped in lives defined by fear and violence. Here in New York City, we have launched a comprehensive effort to connect victims to the resources they need to break the cycle and establish their independence. But we must do even more, which is why we are joining the UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative,” said Ms. McCray. “We are committed to doing our part to create a world – and a city – where all women and girls can live their lives without fear of violence.”New York is the first city in the United States to join the safe city initiative. The city is also leading on women’s leadership roles, as the city government’s majority is female and universal prekindergarten, a “game-changer” for many working mothers. Women & poverty Power & decision-making Education & training “But violence against women and girls does not emerge from nowhere. It is simply the most extreme example of the political, financial, social and economic oppression of women and girls worldwide,” Mr. Ban said at an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event at Headquarters. Joining Mr. Ban at today’s panel discussion were UN Women Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and actor Teri Hatcher, among others. This year’s theme of Orange Your Neighbourhood promises grassroots action to raise awareness in local communities. For example, the UN Secretariat building and the Empire State Building were lit orange last night, and many wore orange today to show support and solidarity in ending the scourge that affects one in three women worldwide. Violence against women is not confined to just one region, political system, culture or social class, Mr. Ban explained today. It is present at every level of every society in the world. It happens in peacetime and becomes worse during conflict. This year alone, we have seen the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria; the Indian schoolgirls who were raped, killed and hung from a tree; graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during war; the continued bullying of women on the internet.Governments, workplaces, universities and sports authorities are stepping up much-needed action to end sexual violence. More than 80 per cent of governments have passed laws on domestic violence and sexual harassment. However, their implementation is often slow and uneven. And fragile gains continue to be threatened by extremism and a backlash against women’s rights. “It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle. The HeForShe campaign I launched two months ago brings together one half of humanity in support of the other,” Mr. Ban said.Echoing that, UN-Women’s Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained that this Day is an opportunity to “shine an orange light” on violence against women that takes place at home, in schools, nations, cities, and villages. She urged for support to confront that “horror” and “extinguish it.”“This is an important moment as the world is getting ready to gear up to the post-2015 plan of action,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, highlighting that the issue of fighting violence against women will be high on the future global development agenda. “No culture, no nation, no woman – old or young – is immune to this human rights violation,” she added. “And these women are determined to reclaim their lives,” she said, urging that “there is no time for complacency or excuses, the time to act is now.”“We need young people, members of Parliament and political parties, religious and traditional leaders as well as men and boys to play their roles,” the UN-Women chief explained. “We know what works now. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative, along with other studies, has generated quite some data and best practices that demonstrate that the importance of protecting women and girls and providing services to those who fall victim to these horrendous crimes.” “We are in a unique position in history and a lot of will among the people of the world to forge ahead and conquer violence against women,” she said.Recalling meeting women who have been victims of violence, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that she “forever will be haunted by their suffering” but also inspired by their courage. Critical areas of concern Women & the economy Women & the environment Human rights of women Violence against women Women & health Women & the media Women & armed conflict The girl child Institutional mechanisms read more

UN rights office deplores death sentence against Mauritanian blogger

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), Mr. Ould M’Kaitir was convicted in the first instance by the criminal court in Nouadhibou in December 2014 for an article he had published online. He had expressed repentance on several occasions since, including during the appeals hearing, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told the regular bi-weekly news briefing Geneva. “We should like to stress that under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Mauritania became a State party in 2004, the death penalty, if not abolished, can only be applied for the most serious crimes,” the spokesperson said.“We hope that the Supreme Court, which has now been seized with the case, will overturn the death sentence against Mr. Ould M’Kaitir,” he added. read more

Bradley Beal Is Finally The Player He Was Meant To Be

2016-174.822.896.3109.560.4 PICK-AND-ROLLOVERALL 2012-132.416.5%5692.351.5% 2015-165.229.58197.954.7 Sources: synergy sports technology, Basketball-Reference 2014-154.326.16692.452.1 2013-142.010.789.792.250.7 2016-174.722.1101109.560.4 2013-144.524.47392.250.7 OFF-SCREENOVERALL Bradley Beal’s pick-and-roll points per play Until this season, Beal ran the pick-and-roll the way most guards in the NBA do. He’d hold the ball, wait for his screen to arrive, and then feel out the space the defense gave him, looking to drive or pass. He has improved this part of his game over the years, but he was never better than about average (and often was far worse than that). That’s mostly because, while he has a good first step, he has never been a strong dribbler; when he can’t go in a straight line to the basket, he’ll often lose his handle and have to reset or will dribble ball off his foot and out of bounds.Having Beal play as though he were a prototypical star shooting guard was not a great use of his talents. So the Wizards have switched things up, getting him open in other ways, away from the ball. After years of spending the greatest portion of his possessions churning out mediocre pick-and-rolls, Beal now gets more shots from running off of screens than from any other play type. And focusing on the off-ball movement has opened up the rest of his game, making him much more effective when he does have the ball. This season’s Wizards commonly start plays with Beal on the wing (or making a run across the baseline to emerge on the opposite wing) and run off a screen that gets him toward the middle of the floor. Because Beal is a threat to shoot off of the screen, the defender has to chase him over it and the screener’s defender has to help discourage a shot. If neither closes him out, Beal can rise up for a shot. If one or both defenders contest, he can use his first step to drive to the rim, which is less congested than it would be if he’d begun the play holding the ball and staring down the defense.That’s a fairly common play type in the NBA, and one that the Cleveland Cavaliers will often run to get Kyle Korver open. But the important thing about these plays isn’t how effective they are — though at 95 points per 100 plays, they’re a perfectly good option for Beal in the half-court — but how much they’ve helped Beal improve those same pick-and-roll plays that had been weighing him and the Wizards down. Last season, Beal scored a career-high 81 points per 100 plays as a pick-and-roll ball handler; this season, he’s taken that to 103 points per 100 plays. That’s due in large part to the space and matchups he’s able to create coming off of screens, which comes from excising a bunch of the slow, pounding, high pick-and-rolls that get him into trouble.Many of this season’s Beal pick-and-rolls are hardly recognizable compared to those of past seasons. In fact, some are more like extensions of Beal’s off-the-screen work than they are traditional pick-and-rolls.Instead of beginning possessions with the defense set, and therefore having to create openings with his dribbling, Beal now often receives the ball after coming around a screen — essentially the play you see above — and then re-engages with the screen for the pick-and-roll going back the other way, or he runs around a second screen set by another Washington big. Instead of immediately exploring the space, however, his first move is now to look for the pull-up 3. It may not sound like much, but the idea is to build Beal’s biggest strength (his jumper) into a primary weapon while minimizing his reliance on things he doesn’t do as well (dribbling and passing).Not every play can be quite that complex. But even when Beal isn’t curling around screens, he’s finding more opportunities to begin the pick-and-roll action early in the shot clock, when the defense is not yet set (which is when he’s looked his best in previous years). Other times, Beal simply needs to run a standard high pick-and-roll while Wall takes a break. Even then, however, it seems like he goes to his jumper more quickly than he used to and looks a little sharper driving into traffic (though he’s still not above occasionally dribbling the ball off of his shin or missing a rolling Marcin Gortat by several feet).These tweaks put several kinds of pressure on the defense. First, it has to guard Beal’s initial run off of the screen, which he’s perfectly happy to use to create a shot. But then, if the defense is successful, Beal can turn his defender back the other way around the same screen to begin the pick-and-roll, where he’s also a threat to pull up. And because all this is happening on a dynamic play instead of in a grinding two-man game, Beal has more clear lanes to the hoop that don’t require any of the fancy moves that get him into trouble, like “changing direction” or “avoiding a defender.”We have to go back to the crates to find someone who both runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and uses them the way Beal does. It turns out that this new-and-improved version of Beal plays a lot like the player he was compared to coming out of college: Ray Allen.Allen didn’t have a partner like Wall to draw attention away from him, but the way he navigated his screens and made defenders come to him would be right at home in 2017’s NBA.For the Wizards to make much noise this spring, a lot of things will have to break their way. The defense will have to snap out of a troubling recent downturn (they’ve allowed 111 points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, compared to 108 before it), and fellow Zards breakout Otto Porter will need to emerge from a cold spell (he’s shooting 35 percent from three since the break, down from 47 percent before it). But those are more temporary, will-they-or-won’t-they type problems. The biggest change to the Wizards this season is more hardwired than that: Bradley Beal has developed a game that suits his skills, and it’s the game of a perennial All-Star. Even with all the puzzling players floating around the NBA, Bradley Beal has always stood out. He was drafted as a dead-eye shooter, a seemingly ideal foil for John Wall, the Wizards’ supersonic point guard. But despite shooting about as well as can be expected from long distance, and despite possessing many of the tools required of an All-Star guard, Beal has never quite matched his potential.But this season, amid the Washington Wizards’ rise to legitimate Eastern Conference dark horse, Beal has become the version of himself that Washington fans have always hoped would show up.The change looks simple: Beal is attempting more 3-pointers than ever before (he’s up to 7.4 per game this season) and making them as well as he ever has (40.6 percent). This has brought his true shooting percentage up to an elite level (60.4 percent), and it has been crucial to the Wizards posting their best offensive efficiency in his time with the team. But Beal’s transformation from a bundle of unrealized potential into a true partner for Wall is not merely the result of taking more threes. He has also made fundamental changes to his game in search of those shots.Let’s start with the basics: Beal has always been a perfectly good spot-up shooter, but being an NBA star who specializes in shooting is about more than just stroking open jump shots. Just about any NBA-level guard can stand in the corner and hit a decent percentage of the threes that come his way. In the past, the Wizards tried to get Beal to fill out his game by acting like a traditional star guard, running the high pick-and-roll and doing his best Kobe Bryant impression. This didn’t work out so well. 2015-162.715.290.597.954.7 SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % Bradley Beal’s off-screen points per play SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % 2012-132.718.3%86.492.351.5% Sources: synergy sports technology, basketball-reference 2014-152.817.077.492.452.1 read more

Maypole row over pole that requires planning permission

A Forest of Dean Council spokesperson said: “The maypole is currently being investigated by our planning enforcement team. No decisions have been made.”There used to be as many as 18 maypoles in the Forest of Dean.Local resident Stuart Cox said: “We’re supporting the event as there aren’t many maypoles left and this maypole should be allowed to remain. It’s great fun, it’s colourful and keeps the old traditions going.”I don’t see how anyone can complain about it. Hopefully it can get retrospective planning permission.”Margaret Kidby, of Bream Gardening Society, added: “It would be a real shame if it had to go after so many people have worked so hard to put it up again. It’s attractive and dancing around the maypole on May Day is a wonderful tradition, which is worth keeping.” 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 maypole row has taken hold of a town which has held dances since the 17th century after it was told its current pole requires planning permission.  Locals in Bream, Gloucestershire, which was once home to 18 maypoles and even has a Maypole Cottage, a Maypole estate and a Maypole Road, held a “dance of defiance” in protest around the 50ft high technicolour maypole before it was taken down.The pole had been planted in the garden of the New Inn, a 15th-Century former police station owned by Bill Parker, who also owns a steam engineer repair shop.However within days of the new pole being erected and amid excitement about the first May Day pole dance for nearly a century – it had to be removed after the Forest of Dean Council received a complaint which stated the Maypole required planning permission due to its placement in front of the Grade II listed building. It was also suggested that it could be deemed an eyesore.Mr Parker said: “This is the traditional maypole area in the old part of the village.”I’m hoping I can then get everyone on-side and put it up again. If necessary, I’ll apply for planning permission.” The new pole was carved from a Douglas fir tree and painted by the Bream Gardening Society. Locals with the maypole in the background Locals with the maypole in the backgroundCredit:Stephen Cassidy/SWNS read more

OnLive gets Xperia Play support iPad app still MIA

first_imgThe Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was a bit of a dud. The long-rumored Playstation Phone implemented a cool idea — put a slide-out physical controller on an Android phone — but old PS1 games weren’t enough to get most people excited (Crash Bandicoot was cool in 1997, but not so much in 2011). The Xperia Play, however, just got a lot more interesting: cloud gaming service OnLive just updated its Android app to support the Xperia Play’s controller.What does this mean? It means that Owners of the Xperia Play can now play L.A. Noire and Batman: Arkham City on their phones. Technically, anyone with an Android device can already do this, but there’s a catch: aside from a few touch-optimized Lego games, OnLive’s library of games requires a bluetooth controller. Xperia Play owners no longer need to buy the $50 accessory, and can use their phone’s built-in control pad.Another potential catch revolves around OnLive’s fundamental premise. No game is downloaded to your device. While you control the input and see the output, the game is hosted on OnLive’s servers. Think of it as a YouTube video that you control in real-time.If you have an excellent internet connection, it will be just like playing the game on a console; if your internet is slow, it will be laggy and frustrating. In our tests, a 25Mbps cable-based WiFi network offered low latency (essentially real-time), but a 6Mbps DSL-based network lagged by nearly a full second.While the Xperia Play support will be welcomed to the relatively small number of owners of that device, the massive population of iPad owners are still left in the dark. OnLive had expected the iPad verison of its app to launch around the same time as the Android app (earlier this month), but the iPad version is still MIA. As the App Store’s holiday freeze starts tonight, we probably won’t see the app until after the New Year (at the earliest). OnLive has been mum on the delay, only saying that it can’t predict when the app will arrive.Get OnLive at the Android Marketlast_img read more

SpaceX Launches Cargo Ship to Space Station Misses Rocket Landing

first_imgStay on target SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Wednesday, December 5, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but after successfully propelling the Dragon capsule, loaded with cargo and supplies, on its way to the International Space Station, the rocket malfunctioned on its return to Earth and spiraled into a failed landing.A hydraulic pump on one of the first stage grid fins stalled, and the booster ended up splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean in a water landing, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter.Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water! Ships en route to rescue Falcon.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 5, 2018SpaceX was supposed to land the Falcon 9 rocket’s spent first stage at a pad on the ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, called “Landing Zone 1.”Minutes after liftoff, the rocket’s first stage separated as normal, but as that booster part prepared into position for landing, it appeared to lose control and started spinning.Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea. Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 5, 2018“The first stage did land in the water,” SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said during a live webcast. “Now, the good news is we’ve got a lot of telemetry from it, so we’ll be able to understand what happened and work to improve reliability as we always do here at SpaceX.”But even with the landing not going as planned, Insprucker emphasized the successful launch.“Second stage went into great orbit, it was really precise,” he added. “Dragon, you saw separate, and now the solar arrays coming out. All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA.”This was SpaceX’s sixteenth supply mission to the International Space Station.SpaceX is set to demo its first crew capsule on January 7 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.The trial marks a milestone in NASA’s quest to once again deliver astronauts to the cosmos — for the first time the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011.If that first test of the unpiloted SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft goes well, a second test will fly astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station in June.More on Rehearses Recovery of Astronauts During Ocean Landings, Builds Helipad on ShipElon Musk Renames SpaceX’s Monster Rocket — AgainNASA Sets Date for Uncrewed SpaceX Rocket Launch ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas last_img read more

2 rescued after boat sinks near Black Point Marina in Homestead

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A boat quickly submerged near Homestead’s Black Point Marina after taking on water.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade Police Marine Patrol and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter took around 30 minutes to locate the vessel after the distress call came around 6:45 p.m., Tuesday.Two people were safely pulled from the water after the sunken boat was located.No injuries were reported.MDFR hopes to use this situation as a reminder for everyone who plans on heading out on the water to bring their safety gear.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

How Much Magazine Associations Make And How They Spend It

first_img2006MPAABMBPAABC Member dues$10.7M$4.3M$707,402 $1.5M Revenue$16.7M$6.0M$17.6M$30.5M MPA generated $10.7 million in membership dues in 2006, $2.1 million in professional development and events fees, $1.2 million in PIB dues and royalties, $206,000 from the Lifetime Achievement Awards and $90,760 from the Kelly Awards. It spent $1.2 million on legislative affairs, $761,100 on the American Magazine Conference, $484,800 on the Retail Conference and $709,000 on the National Magazine Awards. The MPA, according to the documents, spent $76,000 on legal fees, while BPA spent $95,000 on legal fees and ABC spent $325,980 on legal fees. BPA spent $1.1 million on compensation of officers, while ABC spent $2.7 million and MPA spent $2.5 million.Both ABC and BPA generated the vast amount of their revenue on audit fees rather than member dues, while at MPA and ABM, dues were the their biggest revenue source. ABC, for example, generated $1.5 million in dues and BPA produced $707,000 in dues. ABM, for its part, generated $4.3 million in member dues ($508,881 of that was from associate members). ABM also generated $603,231 in forum and conference revenue, and $570,735 in annual meeting revenue. ABC CEO Mike Lavery was compensated with a package totaling $586,581 while BPA CEO Glenn Hansen’s total compensation was $464,856.Here are some head-to-head comparisons of the four organizations: Officer compensation$2.5M$1.0M$1.1M$2.7M Legal fees$76,500 $587,000 $95,000 $325,980 center_img The Magazine Publishers of America generated $16.7 million in revenue in 2006, with CEO Nina Link [pictured, right] making $740,713 in total compensation, while American Business Media reported $6.0 million in revenue for that year, with CEO Gordon Hughes receiving $400,511 in total compensation. ABM also posted total expenses of $5.9 million, including more than $1 million on the compensation of officers, $642,000 on the compensation of other staff, and $587,000 on legal expenses, according to the association’s Form 990, an Internal Revenue Service document for non-profits and charities. The federal 990 forms, which are public documents and available through the IRS or the organizations themselves, disclose assets, receipts, expenditures, grants and compensation of officers. They offer a detailed look into the operations of the associations serving the magazine industry in a way not always indicated in annual reports, including specific data on how member dues are spent. Legislative Affairs, Staff Compensation Dominate ExpendituresBPA Worldwide generated $17.6 million in 2006, the Audit Bureau of Circulations produced $30.5 million and the Western Publications Association generated $318,957. Total expenses$16.5M$5.9M$15.85M$29.6M Other compensation$2.9M$642,000 $6.4M$12.9M SOURCE: IRS filingslast_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Judy OConnell Discusses State Rep Pay Environmental Issues

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#9) Last year, there was a controversial bill in which members of the state legislature voted to give themselves large raises (up to to 45% in some cases), and included judicial raises in the bill so that the voters couldn’t potentially override the bill in a ballot question. The salary increases for elected officials came at a time where taxes were increasing and certain services were being cut. As state representative, how would you vote on such a matter? (Mind you, members of the New Hampshire state legislature earn only $200 per year.) Additionally, if elected, do you intend on working a second job or will you focus fully on your legislator position?I would have voted against the raises.  It was wrong to treat legislative raises as “an emergency”, and the residents of Massachusetts deserve better than that.  If elected, I will be a full time legislator.  I have been fortunate to build a successful real estate agency with my sister Shelley, and as partners, we are proud of the team of agents that we have assembled to serve our present and future client base.  We have a transition plan in place, so that my responsibilities as a manager and partner will be fulfilled, allowing me the privilege of serving as a full time representative for the district if elected.#10) The late Representative Miceli fought hard on environmental issues. Even though the Olin Superfund site, the Maple Meadow Landfill, and the New England Transrail project were not in his district, he went to bat for the Wilmington residents to help in the detrimental impacts from these sites. Do you have a clear knowledge of the threats from these sites and even though not in your district, will you fight for the residents of Wilmington like Jim Miceli did?First and foremost, I will fight to keep as much of the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury as possible in the same district.  I am a realist, and I understand that our system of government requires re-districting from time to time, but I will do everything in my power to beat back any gerrymandering that would further carve up the district.  As for the three issues you mention, in my years as a resident and Selectman in Wilmington, I have consistently and steadfastly supported the town’s efforts not simply to have a “seat at the table”, but to have a meaningful voice in solving the myriad of challenges associated with these three issues.  Of course, I would continue this work as a State Representative, without regard to district lines.  As a candidate, I am uniquely well positioned to understand not only the detrimental impacts from these sites, but also what it takes to solve the problems.  The Town of Wilmington has been unanimous in opposing the transrail operation that is proposed by NET, and we will continue to take all steps possible, both legal and political, to stop the project.  As for Maple Meadow, we need to continue to be diligent, and insist that DEP continuously monitors any erosion of the grading and shaping materials that have been brought to the site, to ensure that there is no  threat to the water supply going forward. Finally, with regard to the Olin Site, beyond stopping the pending NET proposal, the town needs to continue the work that is currently underway.  Local, state and federal officials, along with Wilmington’s environmental consultant and community WERC group, need to continue to work together to ensure the site is remediated in a manner that is acceptable not only to EPA, but in a manner that is acceptable to Wilmington. Furthermore, as State Representative, I would work with local officials and residents to insist that any redevelopment on the Olin site would be undertaken in a manner that is environmentally responsible in the eyes of the town, and is in the best interests of the community.  In short, the challenges of these issues are complex and significant, and I am well aware of the impacts to the community and the environment.  If elected, I will use the weight of the office to the fullest, to go to bat for Tewksbury and Wilmington residents, without regard to the precincts in which they live.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”DEBATE HIGHLIGHT: Most Democratic Candidates Not Ready To Pledge To Support Their Party’s Nominee In General ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

OBITUARY William A Woods 75

first_imgNORTH READING, MA — William A. Woods, 75, of North Reading and formerly of Charlestown, died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. He was the beloved husband of the late Cheryl A. (Bourque) Woods.Born in Boston, MA on September 21, 1943, he was the son of the late John L. Woods, Sr. and Ruth A. (Joyce) Woods. Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he enlisted in 1962 and served until 1965.Bill worked as a Truck driver for many years, he worked for Benevento in Wilmington for over twenty years, until his retirement ten years ago. He has been a resident of North Reading for over 60 years.He always made people happy and loved good stories. Bill enjoyed fishing, playing golf and pool. Bill especially loved being with his family.Family members include his loving son, William A. Woods, Jr. and his wife Barbara; his daughters, Carlene Fitzgerald and her husband Jim, late daughters, Deborah and Wanda Woods; brothers, Dan Woods and his wife Nancy, late brothers, Jack, Paul “Buddy”, Tom and Mike Woods; sisters, Kate Roberts and her husband Dick, Marsha Pierce and her late husband Arthur and the late Ruthanne Lucci; sisters-in-law, Karen and Walda Woods; brother-in-law, Tony Lucci; 12 grandchildren, Billy, Jake, Shane, T.J., James, Michael, Robert, Norman, Amy, Kaitlin, Marion and the late Heith. Also survived by 10 great grandchildren and a great great grandson.His funeral was held on Thursday, March 14 at 11 AM at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral from 10 to 11 AM. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.William Woods(NOTE: The above obituary is from Crosswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John H. Nee, 93In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Sandtown Man Who Escaped Street Life Wants to Serve as Example for Keith Figgs, pictured with his three children at his recent graduation. He hopes to use his life story of overcoming the streets to help guide other youth in his Sandtown community. (Courtesy Photo)The allure of the streets was strong for the teenaged Keith Figgs, who was buffeted by anger over the lack of parental involvement in his life and the example of older relatives who sold drugs.Now 31, Figgs has managed to chart a path out of the street life he entered around age 15, and wants to set a different example for the youth of Sandtown than the one he had growing up, when the only people he could look up to were neighborhood drug dealers.Figgs was raised in Sandtown-Winchester by his grandmother and aunt, two strong women he credits with doing an exceptional job, but whose efforts could not overcome the consequences of not having his mother and father directly involved in his upbringing.“I was built with a lot of anger because…I didn’t have the support of my mother, I didn’t have the support of my father,” said Figgs. “My grandmother did an excellent job but she could only do but so much. So I grew up with anger, no guidance, and [in] my family everything was selling drugs, so I followed that path. [But] when I got older, I wanted to be different.”Today, Figgs is a certified nursing assistant who last month graduated from a four-year apprenticeship program to become a journeyman electrician. He plans to return to his studies in order to become a registered nurse, but he has a greater mission he also feels he must attend to.“I want to be an activist because of the way my community [Sandtown] is in an uproar, the murder rate is sky-high, and I’ve got to give these young kids something positive to look up to,” said Figgs.The challenges a community like Sandtown faces, according to Figgs, are a laundry list of issues that plague much of Baltimore: lack of education, few job opportunities, neighborhoods riddled with vacant homes, and the proliferation of drugs and gangs.Investment in Sandtown could reduce many of these problems, says Figgs, but in the meantime, he hopes to influence young people with his story of leaving the street life behind, a path made possible first by the seed planted in him by his grandmother and aunt, and then by the influence of his first daughter and brother.“I had a daughter when I was 20 and she made me value life. At one point in time I didn’t value my own life. I made decisions, I tried to kill myself, and when I looked at her she made me value my own life and I knew I wanted more,” said Figgs.His older brother by nine years, who once had influenced Figgs to enter the street life, served to help pull him out of it as well.“He [had] lived that life, and he was like, ‘I want better for you as a human being, and I don’t want to lose you to these streets.’ I always hung around people who were older than me, and I always listened,” he said. “So eventually if they’re getting tired of it, eventually I’m going to get tired of it, and I just want to give my community a positive person to look up to because we never had that. All we had in my community were drug dealers, big drug dealers, that’s all we had to look up to.”Figgs says he wants to develop a program through his church, the Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant’s Empowerment Temple, to start down the path of youth advocacy, understanding that those who have lived the street life are the ones best positioned to help young people leave it behind. And while he would like to be able to move from Sandtown one day, Figgs says he feels now is not the time.“I feel I have work do to. There’s a problem [there], and I’m the type of person who is going to find a solution to the problem, I don’t run away from the problem,” said Figgs.last_img read more

Balurghat Cops body found floating

first_imgBalurghat: A policeman’s body was found floating in Atreyee at Balurghat’s Kalyanighat on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Babun Hela (35). He was a resident of Kalyanighat.Police said the deceased was posted at police commissionerate in Siliguri. Police rushed to the spot after being informed by the locals who found Babun floating in Atreyee in the morning. Police rescued the body and sent it for post-mortem.A probe has also been initiated by police after the locals informed them that the deceased cop was an expert swimmer and he used to swim regularly while staying in Balurghat. Babun got married about four years back. However, his wife resides with the only girl child in Kolkata with her parents. Babun stayed with his elder brother and sister-in-law when he visited Balurghat.The deceased was on a leave over the past few days and had come to Balurghat. On Tuesday around 10 in the morning, he went to take a bath in the river and didn’t return the whole day. His body was found floating on Wednesday.last_img read more

Childhood antibiotic use upfood allergy risk

first_img“Overusing antibiotics invites more opportunity for side effects, including the potential development of food allergies, and can encourage antibacterial resistance,” said lead researcher Bryan Love from South Carolina College of Pharmacy in the US. The study involved analysis of data from 1,504 cases of children with food allergies and 5,995 controls without food allergies in the US.The study, published in the journal Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, showed that association between antibiotic prescription and development of food allergy was statistically significant, and the odds of a food allergy diagnosis increased with the number of antibiotic prescriptions a child received. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis research builds upon previous studies finding that normal gut flora is critical for developing the body’s tolerance to foreign proteins such as food.  Antibiotics are known to alter the composition of gut flora.The study’s results suggest a potential link between the rise in antibiotic prescriptions for young children and the rise in diagnosis of food allergies in children. “We need better diagnostic tools to help identify kids who truly need antibiotics,” Love said.last_img read more

Heres how you can watch more than 60 LGBTQ movies at home

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… What are the movies?Amazon obtained the movies from Outfest, an organization founded by UCLA students in 1982. They work on screening diverse movies worldwide.Here are all the titles that will be available:52 Tuesdays1 Million Happy NowsA Sinner In MeccaAn Englishman in New YorkAnatomy of a Love SeenAnderAva’s Impossible ThingsBaby StepsBeautiful SomethingBody ElectricBruising for BesosCall to WitnessCrazy BitchesDesire Will Set You FreeDo You Take This ManEating OutEating Out 2: Sloppy SecondsEating Out: All You Can EatEating Out: Drama CampEkajEmpire StateFamily Values: An American TragedyG.B.F.[embedded content]Geography ClubGood Mourning LucilleGreek PeteGrown Up Movie StarHello AgainHit So HardHowlI DoIsle of LesbosJamie and Jessie Are Not TogetherJamie Marks is DeadKarl Rove, I Love YouLiberty: 3 Stories about Life & DeathLoving AnnabelleLyleMajor!MorganNate & MargaretOpenParkPolitical Animals[embedded content]Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay RodeoRetakeRiftS&M SallySebastianSlashSomething Must BrakeSouthwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio FourStrange Fits of PassionStuff10 Year PlanThe GymnastThe PearlThe People I’ve Slept WithThe Resurrection of a BastardUncle HowardWere The World MineWild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur RussellWild FlowersWomen Who Kill[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) It is a truth universally acknowledged… that we are always on the hunt for more LGBTQ movies.center_img G.B.F. is one of the movies included | Photo: IMDB/Vertical Entertainment Thanks to Amazon Prime Video, soon there will be plenty more to indulge in and watch on repeat.Coming off the bad PR with their ‘straight pride’ pin, the company is back in good graces with this recent move. They obtained the streaming rights to 64 movies from various Outfest LGBTQ film festivals.Over the next few weeks, all of these movies will be available to Prime members at no additional cost.‘These are challenging times for many and reports of violence against LGBTQ citizens are on the rise,’ said Christopher Racster, executive director of Outfest.However, Racster continued that the ‘power of stories’ can change that narrative.A bleak realityStatistics show dismal numbers for LGBTQ representation in film.GLAAD’s latest annual report of film statistics revealed only 23 out of 125 films released by the major studios in 2016 had LGBTQ characters.That number is only a one percent increase from 2016 (22 out of 126 films).Furthermore, most of the representation is limited to gay men (83%). However, 2016 did, at least, see an uptick in the number of lesbian and bisexual characters, even if gay mean still drastically outnumber them. Lesbian representation increased by 12 points to 35%, while bi characters jumped four points to 13%.Diversity is worsening, though. Only 20% of LGBTQ characters were people of color in 2016, compared to 25.5% in 2015 and 32.1% in 2014. Where is the largest “National Coming Out Day” festival in the world?Partnership strives to increase LGBTQ tourism to destinations across the globeNetflix’s LGBTQ Film section is mostly gay men and people aren’t happyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

PHOTOS Dry season brings a blast of color to Costa Ricas treetops

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font / The Tico Times Alberto Font / The Tico Times Alberto Font / The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font / The Tico Times Alberto Font / The Tico Times The dry season has come to most parts of Costa Rica and with it the once-a-year burst of color from trees like theTabebuia ochracea, known locally as corteza amarilla and related to the golden trumpet tree. The Tabebuia rosea, known as roble sabana, erupts with lilac bouquets, and the Erythrina poeppigiana, known as poró gigante, bursts into vibrant orange. If you are traveling around the country, even in downtown San José, keep an eye out — or up — for a flashy surprise. Related posts:PHOTO GALLERY: A changing tide for Costa Rica’s artisanal fishing communities To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ PHOTOS: A close-up look at Nicaragua’s Momotombo Volcano Ad Astra Rocket’s breakup with the government puts Costa Rica’s hydrogen future on holdlast_img read more