Foes of Obama oilgas rule ask court to reconsider ruling

first_imgDENVER – Opponents of some Obama-era oil and gas regulations say a decision by a federal appeals court in Denver could allow those rules to go into effect temporarily, even though the Trump administration plans to revoke them.Four states, two industry groups and a Native American tribe filed documents Friday and Monday asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision it issued in September.That decision said it would be a waste of time to rule on whether the regulations are legal because the new administration has already begun to overturn them. But the decision cast doubt on whether the regulations are in force in the meantime.Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming asked the court reconsider. Two industry groups — the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance — filed another request, as did the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.The industry groups said that unless the September decision is changed, the federal government could be forced to enact the rules until they are formally revoked. Energy companies would have to spend time and money complying or risk getting sued, the groups said.The Ute tribe said it would suffer economic losses if the rules take effect because energy companies might hold off drilling on tribal land until the Trump administration revokes them. The states said they too would be harmed.The appeals court did not immediately say whether it would reconsider. It told six environmental groups that are parties to the case to respond to the requests by Nov. 20.The 2015 rules require drilling companies to disclose what chemicals they used in hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal land. Hydraulic fracturing boosts oil and gas production by injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals underground to break open rock formations.A federal judge in Wyoming overturned the regulations last year, saying the government had no authority to impose them. The Obama administration — which was still in office — and environmentalists appealed.Before the appeals court could rule, the Trump administration took office and announced it would revoke the regulations. That process is underway but not yet complete.The 10th Circuit, citing the uncertain future of the regulations, dismissed the appeals in its September decision but also reversed the Wyoming judge’s decision that overturned the regulations in the first place. That left confusion about whether the regulations are in force.___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP. His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/dan%20elliott.last_img read more

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Bank of England chief hints he will stay to help with Brexit

first_imgLONDON – Bank of England Governor Mark Carney all but confirmed Tuesday that he is to stay at the helm of the central bank for longer than planned to help ensure Britain leaves the European Union as smoothly as possible.Following days of speculation about an extension beyond his planned June 2019 departure, Carney told a committee of lawmakers that during “this critical period” everyone should do what they can to help the Brexit process.Carney, a Canadian, took the top job at the Bank of England in July 2013 on a five-year basis. He extended it by a further year in the aftermath of Britain’s vote in June 2016 to leave the EU.“Even though I have already agreed to extend my time to support a smooth Brexit, I am willing to do whatever else I can in order to promote both a smooth Brexit and an effective transition at the Bank of England,” he said Tuesday.With Brexit due March 29, 2019, Carney confirmed he has been in talks with Britain’s Treasury chief, Philip Hammond, about extending his tenure again.Carney, who is reportedly also interested in returning to Canadian politics, has said the government will announce details “in due course.” Media reports have suggested his tenure may be extended by about a year.Many backers of Brexit have accused Carney of taking sides during the Brexit referendum campaign, of being a leading proponent of so-called “Project Fear” when warning of the economic consequences of a vote to leave the EU. But many in the financial markets have been calling on Carney to stay longer to help reduce uncertainty.The British government’s discussions with the EU have struggled to make progress over the past few months, and Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a series of resignations from her cabinet, including those of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and David Davis as Brexit secretary.Her latest proposals for Brexit involve Britain maintaining many EU rules so British firms can keep trading easily in the European single market. Her plan has run into resistance from both the EU and within May’s Conservative Party.With the opposition Labour Party also seemingly split over how to approach Brexit, concerns have risen that Britain will end up crashing out of the EU with no deal and no transition period after Brexit day to help smooth the process.Though Carney said last month that the risks of a no-deal Brexit were “uncomfortably high,” he said Tuesday that some sort of agreement is still more likely.“The negotiations are getting to a critical stage and there’s still a wide range of views of potential outcomes and sometimes things don’t evolve as expected, so there is a chance for downside risks,” he said.He added, however, that the economy “by and large is operating as if there will be some form of agreement and some form of transition.” Only 20 per cent of firms have contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit, he said.Last month, the Bank of England raised its main interest rate by a quarter point to 0.75 per cent even though the economy has slowed. Its main reason for doing so was to contain inflation, which has risen above the 2 per cent target, largely as a result of a 15-per cent fall in the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote.Following Carney’s comments, the pound was little changed, down 0.2 per cent at $1.2941. Before the referendum, the pound was trading around $1.50.Carney said there could be “more positive momentum” behind the pound in the event of a Brexit agreement, but that it could fall again if there isn’t one.last_img read more

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Delhi govt orders private school to reimburse Rs 209 crore to students

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Saturday ordered a private school in the city to reimburse the Rs 2.09 crore it collected from the students as extra fees within30 days. Addressing a press conference here, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai was sent the notice following complaints by the parents. “Apeejay School in Sheikh Sarai had increased different charges, such as annual fee and development fee, by 10-25 per cent without informing the government. After auditing the school’s accounts for the last seven years, we passed an order on Friday,” Sisodia said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe further said that despite the school having a surplus of Rs 30.85 crore, the teachers were not paid as per the Seventh Pay Commission and that fees were increased every year. “In the 2018-19 session, the school had collected Rs 2.09 crore more than the actual fees. We have ordered the school to return the extra fees within 30 days or face action. Else it has to tell the parents that it’ll adjust the extra fees in the coming months,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”The school spent Rs 4.5 crore collected from fees on a new building. According to the law, the school should have done this with its own money, not from the fees collected from the students. “In this building, it opened a new school called International School. But many of the teachers of the International School were paid from the other school’s account while the fees taken by it were going into another account,” Sisodia said.last_img read more

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Swiss charge woman who sweettalked her way to 2M bank scam

GENEVA — Swiss authorities say they have indicted a woman who convinced dozens of people to hand over their online banking details over the phone from the Netherlands.Federal prosecutors say the woman managed to use the banking details to steal more than 2 million Swiss francs ($1.98 million) between March 2016 and July 2018.Prosecutors said Thursday that about 50 people fell victim to the scam, known as “voice phishing.” They provided no further details on how she managed to sweet-talk her victims into divulging their details.They said the woman, who was not identified, had been working with an “internationally active group” that also used spam emails in the scam.She was among two people arrested in the Rotterdam area in June. Dutch authorities extradited the woman to Switzerland.The Associated Press read more

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UN relief chief warns on deteriorating conditions facing Palestinians

John Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told journalists in Geneva that restrictions in Gaza and the West Bank were making it harder and harder for normal economic activity to be maintained, especially in Gaza.“The squeeze was tightening all the time,” he said, noting that while the UN had been able to get more than 3,000 truckloads of humanitarian aid into Gaza in July, only 1,508 truckloads made it through last month.The main crossing point into Gaza for goods, Karni, has been closed since June, he said, with only one conveyor belt available twice a week. One of the two smaller crossing points for goods, Sufa, is also expected to be closed by the end of this month. The major crossing point for people, Rafah, has also been closed since June.Mr. Holmes also said the number of Palestinian patients allowed to cross into Israel for health care had fallen from 40 a day in July to less than five a day in September.“Denial of freedom of movement for medical reasons would appear to be a breach of international humanitarian law,” he said.The Under-Secretary-General said that while the UN condemned ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, he was concerned that Israel was threatening to cut off electricity and fuel supplies if they continued.“It did not appear to be an appropriate response to those rocket attacks to punish the population of Gaza.”He called on Israel to lift its economic blockade on Gaza and relax its restrictions on humanitarian aid, in part to improve the chances of progress at Israeli-Palestinian talks scheduled to take place in the United States next month.Given the conditions inside both Gaza and the West Bank, the population increasingly depends on outside aid to survive, he said.“That is not a good situation for their livelihoods, their dignity and the possibility of their participating in any kind of peace process.”Mr. Holmes’ warning comes a day after the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council about the humanitarian situation that Palestinians face and the potential impact of further Israeli restrictions. 25 October 2007The humanitarian situation inside the occupied Palestinian territory is deteriorating every day, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today, warning that Israel’s threat to cut electricity and fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip if rocket attacks continue will only worsen the situation. read more

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Revised UN estimates show over 33 million people worldwide living with HIV

20 November 2007A new report released today by two United Nations agencies puts the number of people living with HIV at about 33.2 million, down from last year’s estimate of 39.5 million, attributing the decrease to more accurate data collection and analysis. The new data show global HIV prevalence, or the percentage of people living with HIV, has levelled off and that the number of new infections has also fallen, thanks in part to global HIV programmes. In addition to the 33.2 million people estimated to be living with HIV in 2007, 2.5 million people have become newly infected and 2.1 million people have died of AIDS.The findings were presented by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in their report, 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update.“These improved data present us with a clearer picture of the AIDS epidemic, one that reveals both challenges and opportunities,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. “Unquestionably, we are beginning to see a return on investment – new HIV infections and mortality are declining and the prevalence of HIV levelling. But with more than 6,800 new infections and over 5,700 deaths each day due to AIDS we must expand our efforts in order to significantly reduce the impact of AIDS worldwide.”The findings also show that AIDS is among the leading causes of death globally and remains the primary cause of death in Africa. According to the data, there were an estimated 1.7 million new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007. While that represents a significant decrease from 2001, the region remains the most severely affected. The report shows that an estimated 22.5 million people living with HIV – or 68 per cent of the global total – are in sub-Saharan Africa. Eight countries in this region now account for almost one-third of all new HIV infections and AIDS deaths globally.The two agencies cite an “intensive reassessment” of the epidemic in India as the primary reason for the reduction in global HIV prevalence figures in the past year. The revised estimates for India, combined with important revisions of estimates in five sub-Saharan African countries (Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe) account for 70 per cent of the reduction in HIV prevalence as compared to last year. Paul De Lay, Director of Evidence Monitoring and Policy at UNAIDS, told reporters that the report shows that overall global declines are partly attributed to strong treatment and prevention programmes. “Data from countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand are showing that there are behavioural data that supports this epidemiologic data,” he told a press briefing in New York via video-link from Geneva. “It is encouraging that we’re seeing returns on the investments made in many parts of the world.”The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) agreed, stating in a press release that the new numbers show that investments in prevention programmes are clearly working. “This new report of UNAIDS communicates what we have know for many years – namely, prevention works,” said Steve Kraus, Chief UNFPA’s HIV/AIDS Branch. “Young people, when provided with accurate and comprehensive information, education and services postpone sexual debut, reduce the number of sex partners, and ensure the use of condoms.” The Fund adds that so far, the new data also suggests that HIV transmission among young people is declining in nine countries – Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Haiti, Malawi, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These trends, combined with evidence of significant declines in HIV prevalence among young pregnant women in urban and or rural areas from five countries (Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe) indicate that HIV prevention efforts are having a significant impact in some of the worst affected countries. “We are seeing a return on investments made in the past several years,” stated Mr. Kraus. “We need to continue these investments, knowing that universal access to sexual and reproductive health allows countries and communities to scale up HIV prevention services and help make the money work.” read more

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Facing Health Concerns Venus Williams Wins At French Open

Venus Williams faces challenges off the court.Venus Williams, in her first Grand Slam match since revealing in August she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, overcame a slow start Sunday to beat 19-year-old Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.The seven-time major champion did not look excited to be on the court, hardly smiling after many of her 41 winners. But Williams, 31, laughed a lot during her news conference, especially when she discussed her health as ”definitely an adventure and journey; it’s life happening.”An autoimmune disease is a case of mistaken identity, when the body begins attacking its own healthy tissue. Autoimmune conditions include rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.”A lot of it, I have to figure it out. It’s physical and emotional and all kinds of different things. Mental,” Williams said of her medical condition. ”It’s a big accomplishment for me to be here right now.” read more

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Safer 20mph zones led to rise in number of road deaths but

first_imgReducing the speed limit to 20mph has caused a rise in death and serious injuries, a council has admitted, but is refusing to reverse the scheme because it will cost too much. Bath and North East Somerset Council spent £871,000 bringing in the 13 new speed zones just 12 months ago.But one year on, a report has found that the rate of people killed or seriously injured has gone up in seven out of the 13 new 20mph zones.The review of the traffic control measures warns that this is a problem nationally, adding: “There is no simple explanation for this adverse trend but it could be that local people perceive the area to be safer due to the presence of the 20mph restrictions and thus are less diligent when walking and crossing roads, cycling or otherwise travelling.”Despite the council’s own report concluding that there is “little in the way of persuasive argument for continuing the programme in the future”, deputy leader Patrick Anketell-Jones has admitted there simply isn’t the money available to reverse the 20mph zones. The Conservative councillor said: “It has cost over £800,000 to roll out the 20mph zone and it would probably cost the same to reverse them. 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. He said: “The facts are that the numbers of people being killed and injured are going up since the zones were introduced. “More people are being hurt because less people are taking care, and the council are saying that they can’t afford it.”To my mind that’s saying that people are being seriously hurt but we are not prepared to stump up the cash to stop that happening.”The Government’s current guidance remains that more traffic authorities should consider introducing the lower limits. A nationwide review of 20mph limits published by the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) last month concluded: “A large number of evaluation studies have demonstrated a link between the introduction of 20mph zones and a subsequent reduction in casualties. The size of the reductions and the consistency of results over a wide number of areas are further evidence for this link.”However, their review pointed out that 20mph zones in which other traffic calming measures were introduced alongside the reduction in limit were much more effective. In Bath and North East Somerset they brought in the changes with a speed reduction and signs to indicate it only. The RoSPA report noted: “20mph limits without traffic calming also reduces traffic speed, although this effect is smaller than when they are introduced with traffic calming or other measures. Their lower cost means that wider areas can be covered.”center_img “We just haven’t got the money. I’m pretty sure the 20mph zones will stay in place for the foreseeable future.” It adds that the rise in casualty numbers and severity would “suggest against further expansion of area based schemes.”In the 12 months since each 20mph zone was installed the rate of people killed or seriously injured has gone up in seven out of the 13 areas.The reductions had been seen in central Bath whilst the worsening was largely in outlying rural areas.   The report added: “Casualty severity has worsened marginally in Bath and more so in outlying towns. Again, this is reflective of the national situation.” This is not the first warning that 20mph areas are more dangerous. In 2010 the Department for Transport reviewed the scheme in Portsmouth, one of the first areas to adopt it, and found that number of people killed or seriously injured on affected roads actually went up, not down, after the limit was lowered.Retired civil servant Simon Marshall, 58, from Lower Weston, called on Bath council to review the 20mph speed limits, calling them “unduly restrictive”. And he said he was astonished to see the report and learn that the council couldn’t afford to reverse the zones, despite rising numbers of deaths and serious injuries. last_img read more

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UK weather Britain is hottest place in Europe as heatwave nearing alltime

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. With the country just one stage away from a national emergency being declared, the Met Office predicts the UK might experience its hottest day on record with temperatures possibly exceeding 38.5C (101F) on so-called Furnace Friday. And passengers using… Commuters already battling difficult travelling conditions are being hit by a series of train cancellations and delays, as speeds are reduced to prevent tracks from buckling. Greater Anglia cancelled 13 services on Thursday – including seven rush-hour trains out of London. Parts of Britain are hotter than anywhere else in Europe with 36C (96.8F) forecast for Thursday, as the heatwave forces the cancellation of trains amid fears tracks will buckle. read more

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Adams calls for left to unite says Sinn Féin will keep every

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=405lncKEQbsGERRY ADAMS HAS said that the left-wing must unite around “viable alternative policies” as he called for it to challenge the establishment political parties, in his keynote address at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis tonight.In his speech to delegates at the Wexford Opera House, the Sinn Féin president indicated that the State could have a government without its two dominant parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, calling for the left to unite and take on “the conservative establishment”.“If we are serious about changing the country, the left needs to come together around viable alternative policies and take on the conservative establishment, who brought the economy to its knees and created the toxic culture that we are trying to break free from,” he said.9 things we’ve learned from the Sinn Féin Ard FheisAdams pointed out that Sinn Féin is a growing political force on both sides of the border, describing it as an “expanding organisation which transcends partition”. He said the party, for the first time, will have candidates in every constituency on the island in May’s local elections.His wide-ranging speech focussed considerably on the current coalition government as he repeatedly criticised broken promises, arrogance of ministers, and austerity which has led to mass emigration where “ten people [are] emigrating every hour”.Adams accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of “insulting” families of those who have emigrated by dismissing this “as a desire of young people to travel”.The Louth TD claimed that his party would not break election promises, saying: “Sinn Féin will not made election promises that we cannot keep and Sinn Féin will keep every commitment that we make.”He said that the tax burden should be eased on working people and called for the abolition of the property tax.Adams also repeated his call for the government to resign, for a referendum on uniting north and south or a Border Poll, and for the Shannon Airport activist Margaretta D’Arcy to be released from prison immediately.The party president said that many of the problems that exist in Irealnd are as a result of the “toxic political culture, which arose from the couter-revolution that followed the 1916 Rising and the Tan war”.He said this “copper-fastened partition and the two conservative states, which it created” linking this to the numerous scandals that have befallen the State in previous decades in Church and State-run institutions.“Sinn Féin is committed to taking on this toxic culture,” he said.Speaking about the North, and the recent failed Haass talks on the contentious issue of flags, parades and the past, Adams said that “obstacles” would not stop change. He also said that he would be happy to meet the Orange Order, saying the organisation is “one of our national traditions”.Read: Praise for Panti as SF told: ‘Sectarianism is no different to racism, sexism or homophobia’Read all of TheJournal.ie’s coverage of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheislast_img read more

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Extrajudicial killings on undercover of antidrug drive

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a pre-iftar discussion meeting at the National Press Club on Monday. Photo: Collected/Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that the government is carrying out extrajudicial killings undercover of an anti-narcotics drive, reports UNB.”The government thinks we don’t know whom they’re killing without any trial in the name of a war against drug traders and addicts. We’ve come to know they [govt] are resorting to lies and killing people without trial in in the name of gunfights,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the allegation while speaking at an iftar programme arranged by pro-BNP faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the National Press Club.Read more: Anti-drug drive again with much fanfareFakhrul said their party is against narcotics and it wants the country to be freed from drug abuse. “At the same time, we also want to see the rule of law and justice in the country.”He alleged that now journalists cannot write freely and divulge facts due to censorship, pressure and intimidation by the government.The BNP leader also said the journalists who try to speak the truth and are receiving threats and facing repressive acts by the government.”We’ve heard many of those journalists who tried to speak the truth during covering the Khulna city polls have been fired,” he claimed.Fakhrul said the government is trying to keep their party chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail resorting to various tricks as it fears to politically face her and people.Read more: 12 more killed in alleged gunfights, toll crosses 100He said their party together with people free Khaleda from jail through a movement and force the government to hold the next election under a non-party administration. “Let’s get united and forge a national unity to restore democracy through a movement of people of all walks of life.”BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, vice chairmen Chowdhury Kama Ibne Yousuf, Barkatullah Bulu, Zainul Abedin, Shawakt Mahmud, leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance and journalists and different professionals attended the iftar.last_img read more

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Sunny Leone condom ad angers India

first_imgSunny Leone, a Canadian actress of Indian origin, featured in adult films before making the transition to Indian cinema, where she has remained a magnet of criticism. Photo: AFPIndian authorities tore down dozens of billboards Tuesday after a slew of complaints over an advertisement depicting a former porn star promoting condoms ahead of a major Hindu festival.The image of Sunny Leone, a Canadian actress of Indian origin, advertising contraceptives ahead of the religious celebration of Navratri proved too much for some in the western state of Gujarat.The advertisement features no image of a condom, but stoked outrage in conservative India for its slogan “Play with love this Navratri”.In a written complaint, the Confederation of All India Traders accused the condom manufacturer behind the risque ad of taking marketing “to an all-time low”.“This is an immature attempt to boost sales by putting all our cultural value at stake”, the traders group said in a statement.The group took particular umbrage at the link between sex and Navratri, a nine-day Hindu festival of fasting and prayer.Local authorities in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, removed the advertisements as controversy mounted.Leone is brand ambassador for Manforce, India’s largest condom manufacturer, and one of its most searched celebrities online.The actress featured in adult films including “Descent into Bondage” and “Costumed Damsels in Distress” before making the transition to Indian cinema, where she has remained a magnet of criticism.Named “Penthouse Pet of the Year” in 2003, Leone has been accused in India of promoting obscenity and eroding cultural values.last_img read more

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Betty Williams Retired Baltimore Educator Dies at 94

first_imgBetty Williams, a veteran Baltimore City Public Schools teacher and administrator and a literary scholar, died recently after a brief illness. She was 94.Betty Williams, Retired Baltimore Educator Betty Iglehart Williams, the daughter of Mary C. and Iglehart W. Williams, was born in New York City on Aug. 15, 1923.  She was raised by her grandparents the Rev. William Carpenter and Mrs. Eliza Mary Carpenter in Northeast Baltimore, in the Waverly community.  As a child, she grew up in their Barclay Street home and lived in that neighborhood almost half of her life. In later years, Williams purchased her first home on Barclay Street, down the street from her childhood home.She was educated in Baltimore City schools—a member of the second graduating class of Dunbar High School in February 1941.  Williams is a graduate of the 1944 class of Morgan State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and she received her master’s of education degree from Johns Hopkins University.  Additional graduate studies were accomplished at Columbia University (Faculty of Philosophy) and Howard University (Department of English).Williams’ career began in 1950 teaching English at Dunbar Evening School, and for 32 years she worked diligently to advance the quality of education in the Baltimore Public Schools System.  Her assigned schools included Booker T. Washington, Lemmel Junior High, Northwestern High and Eastern High School for Girls.  She held positions beginning with substitute teacher, secondary English teacher, English Department head, special assistant-unit school, assistant principal, principal, and her last assignment was assistant to the regional superintendent (1976-1982).  She considered full retirement in 1982 but decided semi-retirement was a better option.  Williams stayed active teaching courses at Morgan State University and later obtained a work assignment in the ROTC office.  Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke appointed Williams to the Baltimore Commission on Aging.Betty Williams shortly after celebrating her 93rd birthday.For her 94th birthday, Williams traveled to the Dominican Republic with the Black Ski Club. Her travel companions surprised her with a birthday cake and all the young men lined up to dance with the beautiful lady.  Her extensive travel experience includes: Canada, Puerto Rico and islands in the Caribbean, France, Rome, Haiti, Nova Scotia, Austria, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Chile and China.  She climbed the Great Wall, loved the Alaska trip to see the ceremonial start of the Iditarod and she was baptized in the Jordan River in the Middle East.Williams valued her membership in The DuBois Circle, a women’s group founded in 1906 that prides itself on having notable speakers address the issues of the day.  She held every office in this group and continued active membership until her death.  The Johns Hopkins Club highlighted her 45-year membership in The Club Herald (July-August 2017).    Williams enjoyed her work with Our Daily Bread, a kitchen for the poor and homeless. She served meals for seven years and believed, “Anytime you give, it’s doing your Christian duty.” Williams was a member of Waters AME Church.  She also was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.Williams had one brother, Wallace S. Williams who preceded her in death.  Her godchildren Ms. Terri Parker (daughters Erin B. Rigsby and Morgan D. Rigsby), Dr. Marsha Brown and Mrs. H. Lynn Harris Jones will remember her dearly.  She will also be missed by relatives, friends, colleagues and former students.At her request, Williams will not have a memorial or funeral service.last_img read more

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This Transformer has a head thats a robot with a head thats

first_imgDuring San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro sent us their convention exclusives, which you can see us enthusiastically unbox here. The biggest (literally) item was Fortress Maximus, a Titan-class Transformer like Metroplex before him. He’s huge, towering over two feet tall, with a big dumb red space sword that’s over a foot long. His hands have individually articulated fingers, his eyes light up, and he talks. He’s radical.FortMax is already a big-ass Transformer who becomes two other vaguely defined things (a fort and a vehicle which basically looks like a flat robot that’s lying down), but there’s a really amazing aspect to him that needs to be talked about. It’s a callback to the old Headmasters line in Transformers, where some Transformers’ heads were actually other Transformers.Fortress Maximus’ head is, indeed, another Transformer. His name is Cerebros (Magnetos?). That’s already pretty fun, but Hasbro went one better. Cerebros’s head is another, tinier Transformer named Emissary. It’s a robot that becomes a head for a robot that becomes a head.Xzbit, we’re gonna need to borrow your meme. Let me just wipe the dust off of it.Fun fact: In Japan, Transformers Headmasters was followed up by another cartoon called Transformers Super-God Masterforce. This is notable because Super-God Masterforce is the greatest name for anything ever.Hasbro’s SDCC package also included a new Soundwave that becomes a tablet. Oh yes, we’ll be looking at that in the future. There was also a three-pack of Combiner Wars convention exclusive recolors of Sentinel Prime, Windblade, and Brainstorm, but they’re not as interesting as Soundwavepad and its goofy origami transformation. Fortress Maximus is a big Titan-class Transformer.<><>last_img read more

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Kiev doubts porn charges against Ukrainian in US

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories “Our law enforcement bodies have investigated this and did not find anything,” Dikusarov said. “We will be defending the rights of our citizen.”Shynkarenko’s mother, Tetyana Cherenok, 64, a retired engineer, says her son had been mistaken for another man with the same first and last name.“My soul knows the truth,” Cherenok, choking back tears, told the AP in a telephone interview from Kharkiv. “I am 100 percent sure that my son has never had anything to do with this filth, with this shame.”Dikusarov, the foreign ministry spokesman, said Kiev will be closely monitoring Shynkarenko’s case.Agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division first located the site “Illegal.CP” in October 2005 during an investigation of an individual from New Jersey. In addition to the convictions of the 560 American consumers from 47 states, people have been convicted in other countries, federal authorities said. Canada is the only other country prosecutors would name.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths A 32-count indictment against Shynkarenko says he traded in tens of thousands of hardcore pornographic images and videos that depicted children ranging from infants to toddlers and teenagers being graphically sexually assaulted or abused, in most cases by adults.Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey said that in some cases, the videos were submitted by customers _ later prosecuted _ who had filmed themselves actively molesting children.Shynkarenko was extradited to the U.S. from Thailand over the weekend, where he had been in custody since his 2009 arrest while he was on vacation. The case is being brought in New Jersey because U.S. investigators first discovered Shynkarenko’s website while investigating another individual in the state.Fishman said Shynkarenko allegedly made hundreds of thousands of dollars “effectively selling tickets to view the exploitation of children” from 2003 until 2008 by operating a network of websites with names including “Illegal.CP,” `’The Sick Child Room,” `’Hottest Childporn Garden,” and “Pedo Heaven.”But Ukraine Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov told The Associated Press on Tuesday that local investigators had found no evidence of Shynkarenko committing a crime. Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine authorities on Tuesday cast doubt on child pornography charges brought by U.S. prosecutors against a Ukrainian national, saying local investigators have found no evidence that the suspect has committed a crime.Maksym Shynkarenko, a 33-year-old from the eastern city of Kharkiv was charged in New Jersey on Monday with founding and operating a Ukraine-based child pornography website that had customers around the world and has resulted in 560 convictions throughout the United States alone. 0 Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img
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first_imgMövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali.Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali poised to open in BaliInspired by the traditional five elements of Balinese design, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, Bali will start welcoming guests on January 12, 2017 as the brand’s respected upscale hospitality offering arrives in the Island of the Gods.The newly built hotel is a short 100-metre stroll to Jimbaran Bay in southern Bali, renowned for the 4km stretch of pristine beach and located approximately 20 minutes from the island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.Bali’s newest lifestyle destination, the Samasta Village shopping and cultural complex, is located next door to the resort and with its shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment performances, complete the Balinese experience for visitors.To celebrate the upcoming opening, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has launched a Special Opening Offer until June 25, 2017 for bookings made on its website only for IDR1,880,000 per night for two persons in deluxe accommodation including daily breakfast and an IDR200,000 per room F&B credit for guests to begin their culinary journeys.The new hotel is an impressive milestone for the Swiss hospitality group, whose strategic expansion plan in Southeast Asia will bring its portfolio to 30 operating hotels by 2020.“We are delighted to be opening our first property in Indonesia, a country central to our expansion plans in Southeast Asia, and where better to start than Bali,” said Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President Asia, Andrew Langdon. “We are looking forward to our opening and to offering our unique blend of upscale Swiss-inspired hospitality to guests from around the world.”Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali features 297 comfortably appointed and tastefully furnished rooms and suites, each featuring private balconies, complimentary WiFi and a subtle Balinese sense of art, colour and style courtesy of the fabrics and materials utilised in the design.The highlight of the resort is its free-form swimming pool which features an artificial beach area and lap pool, offering a total of 2,900 sqm of pure water fun. A dedicated Meera (Ocean) Kid’s Club and a Teen Club with its own fun and activity pool caters specifically to families; the daily supervised entertainment will be a highlight for young world travellers.Guests who are keen to keep up their fitness routine will also have access to the 24-hour gym, whilst those wishing to indulge in a relaxing experience are welcome to visit the spa (opening March 2017), which highlights Balinese and Indonesian spa and beauty culture.An extensive range of dining options will cater to all tastes, including the signature Anarasa restaurant with interactive live cooking stations and internationally influenced a la carte menus and Above Eleven Bali (opening in February 2017), where breathtaking rooftop views are paired with a Peruvian-Japanese inspired menu.Katha Lobby Lounge & Library invites guests to unwind over an intimate beverage, while Mövenpick Café offers a world of delights including the group’s famed coffee, Swiss-style artisanal ice cream and chocolate. For casual bites, JeJaLa Pool Deck provides a vast selection of refreshments to the pool deck, 213 sun loungers, and eight private cabanas. Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, Bali for more information, visit Source = Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, Balilast_img read more

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first_imgTen members of the bicommunal Unite Cyprus Now movement will attend the peace talks starting on Wednesday in Crans-Montana to raise awareness about the importance of a solution in international media and encourage the leaders and guarantor powers to be constructive.“Our actions will include a protest in all directions for international enlightenment about the isolation of Cypriot citizens who are excluded for half a century from the dialogue in the effort to find a solution, the zero measures taken to rebuild our society, the badly designed and presented solution plans, and the people of Cyprus being hostages to nationalism,” member of the group Andreas Lordos said on Tuesday from Switzerland.Lordos also said they plan on asking both leaders why neither them nor a representative visited the protests that have been held almost daily for the last month. “The truth is they have no answer, it’s a disgrace,” he said.“We believe that a united Cyprus will be stronger, safer and wealthier for all the communities living on the island. We refuse to hold our future hostage to our past. We know that the status quo is not sustainable and that its continuation will only lead to increased instability and tension,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.The ten members will be travelling to Geneva with the sponsorship of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, which has been supporting bi-communal projects and activities to promote lasting peace and was set up by Greek Cypriot philanthropist and easyjet founder Stelios Hadji-Ioannou.Unite Cyprus Now has held demonstrations on week nights at 7pm and on Saturday morning for more than a month to show support for the ongoing talks and to ensure the leaders fulfill their promise to the people of Cyprus.People of Unite Cyprus Now say change can only come from the bottom up, from the ordinary people, so they refuse to just sit back and wait for the leaders to solve everything. They know that for a solution to work the two communities must create strong bonds with each other and overcome the fear created over the past years.Turkish-Cypriot member of the initiative Natalie Hami told the Cyprus Mail “there is a fear and a lack of trust between the two communities which does not come from the youth but from an older generation which passes on this fear to the younger generations”.Apart from the trust issue, a major obstacle in the co-existence between the two communities is the education system, both in the north and in the south, which Unite Cyprus Now says promotes hatred and cultivates nationalism. Education should have started cultivating peace and reunification many years ago.“Nobody prepared the communities. There are all the NGOs and civil society organisations that could be doing an even better job, but they’re not being used to their full capacity by their government. I want to believe that we will be able to live side by side but it’s impossible to do this when there are so many young Greek Cypriots who have never met a Turkish Cypriot. So, they have this hatred inside them for no reason,” Hami said.On Tuesday night members of the group were to join a bicommunal music festival Unity Fest in the moat area of Ledra Palace that aims at bringing the youth of both sides together through music.On Wednesday, while the two leaders meet in Switzerland, a bi-communal rally is planned at 7:30pm where people will march from the Nicosia municipality (meeting at 7pm) to the end of Ledra Street.On Monday, a three-day photography exhibition opened at the Ledra Street/Lokmaci site of the protests in which five photographers from the two communities joined forces to produce photos of the buffer zone story.“The green line that has kept us apart all these years is an open wound. Each one of us struck by this symbol of division and pain, has tried to approach it from a photographic point of view. It is a part of our homeland, yet inaccessible, dead, filled with memories and ghosts,” the group’s announcement said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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