APTN National NewsThe 14th annual Manitoba First Nations science fair kicked-off in Winnipeg.It’s hoped the event will increase awareness and interest in science and get students thinking about science-related careers.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.
New York – Argentina national team’s forward Sergio Agüero will be away for a month due to a tear in his left hamstring, an injury he suffered on the pitch on Thursday.The Manchester City star hurt himself during the first half of the Argentina vs Ecuador match in Buenos Aires on Thursday, where the ‘Albiceleste’ was defeated (0-2).A video playback by Marca TV, shows the Argentine star running while trying to beat an Ecuador player to the ball, when he tore his hamstring. Agüero immediately felt the pain, stopped moving and started rubbing his leg. The pain overcame him and he was forced to sit on the ground where he was later assisted. The 27-year-old will undergo his one-month recovery in England. The injury might cause him to miss the Argentina vs Brazil match on November 12 in Buenos Aires.The ‘Sky Blues’ striker was wearing Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s No. 10 jersey during Friday match. Earlier this week, Agüero said that Messi, who is also away due to injury, sent him a message telling him to wear it in his absence from the South American World Cup qualifiers.This incident comes at an unfortunate moment for the Man City forward who was quoted as saying: “This is the best moment of my sports career….Since a year and a half ago, I’ve been constant.”The ‘Citizens’ player was instrumental in the British club absolute win (6-1) against Newcastle last weekend, as he scored 5 out of the 6 goals that consolidated Manchester City its leading standing at the Premier Leauge.Argentina’s national team can add Agüero to its long list of injured players which include, Biglia, Messi, Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega, Fernando Gago and Roberto Pereyra.
Yussuf Munyakazi is alleged to have planned, instigated, ordered, participated in and otherwise aided and abetted the killing of Tutsi civilians who took refuge in several churches in Rwanda’s Bugarame commune, where he led an Interahamwe militia between April and July 1994.Mr. Munyakazi, who was also a prominent local businessman and farmer, was arrested in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2004 and brought before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).Announcing its decision yesterday to deny the prosecution application to refer the case to the Rwandan court system, the ICTR said that while the country has abolished the death penalty, its sentence of life imprisonment in isolation potentially contravenes international human rights standards.Additionally, the tribunal expressed reservations about Mr. Munyakazi’s right to a fair trial. In particular, it voiced concern regarding the independence of the judiciary. 29 May 2008The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the 1994 Rwandan genocide has announced that it has turned down an application to refer the case of a former militia leader to the legal system of the small African nation.
TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is expanding its stake in Brazil by forming a new joint venture with one of the country’s largest office property owners that will spend up to US$400 million on real estate purchases.Canada’s largest pension fund manager said it is attracted to Latin America, especially Brazil, the continent’s largest country, which is experiencing an economic rebound.Toronto-based CPPIB and long-term partner Cyrela Commercial Properties S.A. also announced Wednesday a portfolio exchange.CPPIB has acquired a 33 per cent stake in its partner’s office portfolio in Sao Paulo’s prime office district in exchange for selling its 50 per cent equity stake in their existing logistics joint venture.CPPIB says it has $9.9 billion invested in South America, including $2.9 billion in Brazil.
“I believe the rehabilitation program they underwent was a success. The other two students are still undergoing rehabilitation,” he said.The two students who were freed, were handed over to their parents in the presence of Jaffna university officials. Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi told the Colombo Gazette that the two students underwent an extensive rehabilitation program within a short period of time following their arrest. Amnesty International had said last month that P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman, Kanesamoorthy Sutharsan and K. Jenemajeyamenan were arrested without warrants in Jaffna.The human rights group said that the students were being questioned about their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organization, as well as their involvement in organizing demonstrations.Amnesty International said there were concerns for their well-being given evidence of the persistent use of torture in TID custody. (Colombo Gazette) Two students of the Jaffna university who were arrested together with four others last November by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID), were freed today.Both students had been sent for rehabilitation to the Welikada rehabilitation center following their arrest. The TID had arrested four students after a tense situation arose at the university last November. The four students were arrested under the anti-terrorism laws. Human rights groups had campaigned for their release both in Sri Lanka and overseas. Report by Easwaran Rutnam
SAN FRANCISCO — A popular app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves is under fire for privacy concerns.Security researchers say that only photos users specifically select to be analyzed are accessible by FaceApp. Other photos in smartphone’s libraries are not being accessed, even if they show up in a display within the app.But the app isn’t free of privacy concerns. Each selected photo is uploaded to the cloud to be processed — which FaceApp does not explicitly tell users.FaceApp says it is deleting most of these photos quickly, but it is unclear how many it is keeping and what they are being used for.By Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press
DATEROUNDTEAMALL-TIME SRS RANKUSA’S RESULT 3/22FinalPuerto Rico5thW 8-0 Team USA’s path to the championship Team USA finally did it. Buoyed by a tremendous pitching performance from starter Marcus Stroman — who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning — the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 in Wednesday night’s title game of the World Baseball Classic, securing America’s first-ever championship at the event.Going from mediocre (they went into 2017 with a 10-10 all-time record in the tournament) to championship worthy wasn’t easy for the U.S. Although the American roster was stacked with major leaguers, the team once again found itself facing elimination after losing to Puerto Rico last Friday. Keeping its tournament hopes alive meant beating the Dominican Republic — the second-best team in WBC history by my calculations,1I used the Simple Rating System to rank every team in WBC history. (and one that had roared back to beat the U.S. a week earlier) — in a do-or-die qualifier, then beating Japan (the greatest team in WBC history) in the semis, and then turning the tables in a rematch with Puerto Rico (who were undefeated and playing as well as any WBC team ever).Talk about a difficult path to a championship: 3/11Round 1Dominican Republic2ndL 7-5 But the U.S. persevered through it all, and now they are WBC champions. And who knows — perhaps the win will even persuade more marquee players to represent America at future World Baseball Classics.Now, if only they could do something about those painfully ’90s-looking uniforms. Share on Facebook OPPONENT 3/18Round 2Dominican Republic2ndW 6-3 3/17Round 2Puerto Rico5thL 6-5 3/12Round 1Canada17thW 8-0 3/15Round 2Venezuela9thW 4-2 The Simple Rating System (SRS) adjusts a team’s per-game run differential for strength of schedule. This SRS ranking uses data from all WBC matches since 2006, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds.Source: Wikipedia 3/10Round 1Colombia11thW 3-2 3/21SemisJapan1stW 2-1
We’ve known that football is super bad for brains for a while. It’s gotten the National Football League in a lot of hot water recently, too. The organization has been slow to adapt or adopt new rules or standards that could protect players, but a new study might just light a fire under their collective asses.A team analyzed the brains of 202 football players who had donated their bodies to science. Of them, 177 had brain damage. In that sample, there were 111 NFL players and all but one showed severe brain damage.Specifically, the researchers were looking for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. That’s a type of disorder caused by repeated blows to the head. Even relatively minor shocks can potentially cause the brain to knock against the walls of the skull. When playing sports, particularly full-contact sports like football, those kinds of hits are a lot more common. Scientists suspect that this could very well mean that footballers are a lot more likely to develop the condition over time.The study seems pretty damning, but it’s also worth noting a few things. First, players tend to donate their brains to research when they’re already suspected of having the disease. This leads to what we, in the fields of science, call selection bias.This means there are some conclusions we definitely cannot make from this. For one, we don’t really know how common the disease is among average people. Unfortunately, you can only screen for it after someone has died. And most people don’t have a reason for someone to give their brains a long hard look after death. Maybe jogging or running, in general, can cause it. We simply can’t say. We also don’t know what could be done to make it better for football players. Would better helmets work? Maybe. Again, it’s impossible to say. What we know now, is that football is a definitive and obvious risk factor. Or, as the study authors put it: “In a convenience sample of deceased players of American football, a high proportion showed pathological evidence of CTE, suggesting that CTE may be related to prior participation in football.”That’s not nothing, certainly, but it’s also not solid. For now, we need more studies. It certainly couldn’t hurt, though, for the NFL to begin seriously looking at how to protect their players proactively, particularly because symptoms of CTE can be really, really bad. Many have mood disorders, dementia, and severe cognitive problems. It’s suspected that these could cause players to be more violent, harming others and themselves. It also seems to life expectancy quite a bit, down to 66 years, on average. With results like that, these issues might not necessarily spawn from football, but they are nothing if not chilling.It’s hard to know what, if anything, could change from this, though. Fans tend to like the idea of football as a rough-and tumble game, and many players (though certainly not all) know that there are all kinds of medical risks with full-contact sports. As long as that remains the case and as long as the evidence isn’t absolute, there’s little chance we’ll see American football start using flags, for example, overnight. Might not be as brutal, but it’s probably a helluva lot safer.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘NBA 2K20’ Reveals Star-Studded Story ModeBasketball Pro Suspended When Drug Test Revealed He Was ‘Pregnant’ Stay on target
Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A global Jewish youth organization has received one of the largest single gifts in recent Jewish organizational history — $25 million to help support women in their young adult lives.The gift from Chicago businessman and philanthropist Theodore Perlman, and his wife, Harriette, to BBYO will allow the 95-year-old organization to start a women’s leadership initiative connecting Jewish women through their college and early professional careers with mentorship and training.The initiative is named in honor of his mother, Anita M. Perlman, who founded B’nai B’rith Girls, or BBG, in 1944.“My mother had the foresight to know, even decades ago, the capabilities of young women and their desire to move into positions of leadership,” said Perlman, 82.Perlman is the founder of the HAVI Group, a 40-year-old logistics firm that supplies chains such as McDonald’s, KFC and Subway with packaging and toys, including those found in McDonald’s Happy Meals.For Jews worried about the age-old problem of Jewish assimilation and the growing disaffiliation from Jewish synagogue and institutional life among younger millennial Jews, the gift offers a partial solution.BBYO, which grew out of the B’nai Brith International, a Jewish service organization, has been independent since 2002. It consists of youth-led groups who gather for various activities in homes, Jewish Community Centers, synagogues or coffee shops. It has 33,000 members globally, the majority in the U.S.BBYO allows Jewish teens of all stripes — including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated — to join. The organization encourages members — ages 13 to 18 — to develop their own programming and leadership. There are 600 groups in the U.S., with an average size of 40 young people.Noga Hurwitz, one of two teen presidents of BBYO, said she came from a secular Jewish home but joined BBYO in the eighth grade and has been active ever since.“I wasn’t expecting to find a Jewish identity when I joined BBYO, but I think I absolutely have cultivated a sense of Judaism,” said Hurwitz, 19, who begins college in the fall in a joint program offered through Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary. “Being able to discover that in a pluralistic environment has been impactful to me as a Jew.”Matthew Grossman, the BBYO CEO, said the Perlman gift will allow graduating high school women to connect with the organization’s alumni in their communities and create a fellowship program. It will also fund an endowment. Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Biblical guide marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Share This! TagsB’nai B’rith International BBYO Theodore Perlman,You may also like News • Photos of the Week By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Faith is no excuse for skipping vaccines, says med school professor Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News
Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. China has reached a new supercomputing high: According to the latest TOP500 list, the country outpaced the US in total number of ranked systems by a margin of 202 to 143.The Asian superpower’s good fortune, however, is America’s blight.Six months ago, the United States led with 169 systems to China’s 160. Now, China boasts its highest-ever volume of supercomputers, while the US shrinks to its lowest level in 25 years.Despite the role reversal, America remains in good standing, with little competition from other countries: Japan is in third place with 35 machines, followed by Germany with 20, France with 18, and the UK with 15.The top 10 systems remain largely unchanged since the June 2017 TOP500 list—with some notable exceptions.Behind stalwarts Sunway TaihuLight (China), Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2, China), and Piz Daint (Switzerland), the upgraded Gyoukou supercomputer from Japan eked into the No. 4 spot.A ZettaScaler-2.2 system deployed at the Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, it marks the highest level of concurrency ever recorded on the TOP500 rankings of supercomputers.Still the largest system in the US, five-year-old Titan—a Cray XK7 machine installed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee—slipped to No. 5, just ahead of another American system, the Sequoia IBM BlueGene/Q, deployed at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.Two Cray XC40 supercomputers—Trinity, operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories; and Cori, installed at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)—are now the seventh and eighth fastest machines in the world.Japan rounds out the top 10 with its Oakforest-PACS at the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing, and Fujitsu’s K computer, in operation at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS).The country is also making waves in the new Green500 rankings, taking the top three positions with new, efficient supercomputers. California’s DGX SaturnV Volta system, installed at NVIDIA headquarters in San Jose, is the fourth most environmentally friendly machine, followed by Gyoukou. IBM’s Watson Simplifies Tax SeasonNew Japanese supercomputer is the world’s most powerful
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Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Victor Chikelu, a Nigerian medical student, was punched and told to go back to Africa by a drunk in the Kiev subway two years ago. But he, like other Africans who have suffered racist abuse in Ukraine’s capital, has a message for soccer fans: Don’t boycott Euro 2012.“I don’t think this should prevent the fans from coming down,” said Chikelu. “People just need to take precautions and everything should be fine.” He points to no fatal attacks in the last 2 or 3 years as a sign that the situation is perhaps improving. Still, he says he plans to leave the country as soon as he graduates next year.A tall and muscular man, Chikelu says the memory of the attack haunts him whenever he’s out in public.“I have gotten used to this feeling … If I notice anything, I am always ready to run,” he said, sitting by Kiev’s main avenue, which within days will turn into a fan zone with big screens, packed with people from all over Europe as the soccer tournament, co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, kicks off.With a week to go until the tournament, Ukraine has been rocked by accusations of rampant racism. A British documentary showed thugs in one of the Euro 2012 host cities violently beating dark-skinned supporters of the same team during a domestic league match. And former England player Sol Campbell warned fans to stay at home or risk coming back in a coffin.Ukrainian officials were outraged by the comments, saying the country has many sins but that racism isn’t one of them. They are vowing that foreign fans will be safe and will have fun.Experts and ethnic community leaders paint a different picture. They say several dozen ethnically motivated attacks take place here each year and that authorities are reluctant to investigate and punish the perpetrators and protect the victims. Dark-skinned students feel uncomfortable in public places, avoid public transport and prefer to hang out in groups. Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Activists say the Euros should also prompt Ukrainian authorities to investigate and prevent racist attacks and promote tolerance when the championship is over.“I would be more happy if they can guarantee that this country is racism-free after the Euro period,” said Fedorovich, the anti-racism activist.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments Share 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Another Nigerian student, Olaolu Sunkalmi Femi, appeared in court this week to face attempted murder charges after he fought back against an attack by five Ukrainians in what he says was a racist crime. He fended off his assailants with a broken bottle, fearing for his life, and some of them suffered light cuts, his defense team says. If convicted he faces a minimum 10-15 years, and up to life.“We hope that the court will do justice, but the very fact that he’s accused and in jail is lamentable,” said Maksym Butkevych, a human rights activist with the Kiev-based advocacy group No Borders.Most observers here agree that boycotting Euro 2012 would be a bad idea. Chikelu said many of his Ukrainian friends are unaware of racism being a problem and that being exposed to people from different cultures and backgrounds will boost tolerance.“Their coming is an instrumental way to solve the problem,” he said. “Staying away doesn’t help it.”Euro 2012 “will give an opportunity to Ukrainians to see that people of different colors live in other countries and that will help promote diversity in Ukraine,” said Asante-Eboa, the African community leader. “I am sure nothing is going to happen _ we all need to calm down and return back to reality,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn.Ukrainian authorities are so confident of a peaceful tournament that police officers won’t mix with fans during the games and will be discreetly positioned a few minutes away from the action.“We will have a normal, safe atmosphere for foreign citizens,” said Oleh Motveitsov, an Interior Ministry official charged with security measures during the Euros. “Ukraine will be hospitable.”“The only piece of advice I have for foreign fans is not to get into trouble, not to get drunk and not to get involved with people they don’t know to avoid problems,” Motveitsov said. “Better to stay together as a group than going alone in dark back alleys.”Chikelu painted a grim picture of being an African in this former Soviet nation. Like many other African students, he chose Ukraine’s top medical school for his education because it costs him a relatively cheap $5,000 per year. But he said his female colleagues stay in their dormitories after dark _ and that men tend to drive in cars or take taxis to avoid racist confrontations. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements “If we talk about physical attacks and cases of hate crimes, it’s definitely a problem in big cities,” said Iryna Fedorovich, an activist with the Kiev-based advocacy group No Borders. “If we talk about xenophobia, it’s everywhere.”But while racism exists in Ukraine, it’s not so rampant that foreign visitors should be scared of coming, community leaders say. In fact, they believe that hosting a major international event will attract attention to the problem and promote diversity.“Racism is a problem in Ukraine, but I don’t think (Campbell) was right to say that you will return in a coffin,” said Charles Asante-Eboa, President of the African Center in Ukraine, which unites tens of thousands of African working and studying here.“They (fans) will come, they will be happy and they will go away with a lot of memories and nostalgia for the welcome they will receive in Ukraine,” Asante-Eboa said. “I am sure Ukraine will meet them with open arms.”The accusations of racism _ and Campbell’s comment in particular _ have caused outrage and disbelief here. Authorities say Ukraine is being slandered by people who’ve never been to the country. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Four benefits of having a wireless security system
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Still unclear is whether the Egyptian-brokered truce can deliver the promised end to Gaza’s stifling blockade.On Thursday, the first full day of calm after eight days of fighting, the contrast in mood couldn’t be sharper.Gazans celebrated the cease-fire with fireworks, Hamas militants flaunted their weapons in the streets and a Hamas political leader, Khalil al-Haya, taunted Israel at a victory rally, saying “you can’t invade us.”Israel’s mood was subdued, with some glad a costly ground invasion had been averted, but others disappointed by the inconclusive end of the offensive. Unlike in previous military campaigns against Hamas, Israel had set the bar low from the start, saying it only wanted to end to Gaza rocket fire, not topple the Islamists in charge of the Palestinian territory since they seized it from their rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.The offensive had started seemingly unexpectedly, with the assassination of the Hamas military chief with a missile strike on his moving car on Nov. 14.Over eight days, Israel’s military struck some 1,500 Hamas-linked targets in Gaza and amassed troops on the border, while Israel’s leaders threatened a bruising Gaza invasion, just like the one Israel staged four years earlier. Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Hamas has emerged from battle with the triumphal sense of a hard-won game change: By stopping its offensive when it did, Israel’s hard-line government seems to have grudgingly accepted that the Islamic militant group cannot soon be dislodged from power in Gaza.Hamas dared rocket the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas, then stared down threats of a ground invasion to wipe out the group _ emerging with its rule intact, world figures rushing to the region to put out the fire and key Muslim countries openly on its side. In the rush of diplomacy, Hamas also succeeded in overshadowing its main Western-backed Palestinian rival. But a bigger factor may have been the change of leadership in Egypt.Four years ago, Egypt was ruled by pro-Western Hosni Mubarak, who helped keep Hamas isolated. This time around, Hamas had an effective ally in Mubarak’s successor, Mohammed Morsi, like the Gaza Islamists a member of the region-wide Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi quickly emerged as an effective mediator, since he already had the trust of Hamas and Israel did not want to risk hurting its ties with the Arab world’s most populous nation.Israel’s deputy prime minister, Dan Meridor, underscored Egypt’s importance to Israel, suggesting they share security concerns, including making sure that “Gaza does not become a source of eruption endangering the stability of the region.”Egypt’s sway over Hamas meant that the Islamists scaled back their demand to negotiate a detailed border deal with Israel before halting fire. In the end, Hamas agreed that a 24-hour period of calm would lead to negotiations on the new arrangements.On Thursday evening, a senior Israeli official arrived in Cairo for follow-up talks with Egyptian intelligence. Earlier in the day, the Egyptian intelligence chief had met with the top Hamas leader in exile, Khaled Mashaal, and the head of the smaller sister group Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Shalah, according to Shalah’s deputy Ziad Nakhaleh. But Israel did not send in troops, even after Hamas barraged the Jewish state with hundreds of rockets, including several falling close to the heartland cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem _ something many had believed would surely trigger an invasion.Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, pushing back Thursday against those clamoring for a decisive blow against Hamas, said he was not willing to embark on a military adventure and risk antagonizing the international community.“Hamas won’t be toppled unless Israel retakes Gaza, but I’m not sure that would be wise,” Barak, one of Israel’s most experienced military strategists, acknowledged on Israel Army Radio.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel could always reconsider if Hamas breaks the cease-fire, but that seemed unlikely considering warnings from the U.S. and the West of the high cost of sending ground troops.Israel underestimated Hamas and “fell into a trap,” claimed a leading Hamas hard-liner in Gaza, Mahmoud Zahar.Other Hamas leaders bragged that their improved arsenal, including longer-range rockets and anti-tank missiles smuggled from Iran via tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border, helped deter Israel’s military. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Hamas’ main gains have been in the political arena. Foreign ministers from the region rushed to Gaza over the past week to show support for Hamas, while the U.S. and Israel grudgingly acknowledged Hamas’ central role by conducting indirect talks.Hamas also managed to show up Abbas, its main Western-backed political rival who _ rendered largely irrelevant _ watched events unfold from the sidelines.Netanyahu’s willingness to negotiate a truce deal with Hamas, while refusing to engage Abbas on the same terms as previous Israeli prime ministers, reinforced many Palestinians’ belief that Israel only responds to force. If Hamas extracts border concessions from Israel, this would further discredit Abbas, the most prominent Palestinian proponent of non-violence and of negotiating the terms of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.Faced with Hamas’ rising popularity, Abbas’ security forces _ who for years had clamped down on the Islamists in the West Bank _ were forced to stand back this week when demonstrators raised green Hamas banners for the first time in years.With Hamas doing the fighting and the negotiating, Abbas and prospects for a two-state solution to the Mideast conflict “are on the losing end,” said the International Crisis Group think tank. Check your body, save your life Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Comments Share Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The Israeli offensive, added Washington-based analyst Jonathan Alterman, may have “provoked one of the more profound shifts in Palestinian politics.”___Associated Press writer Lauren E. Bohn in Jerusalem contributed reporting. Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh in Cairo contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The apparent formula on the table is that Hamas halts weapons smuggling into Gaza in exchange for an easing of the Gaza border restrictions imposed by Israel and Mubarak after the Hamas takeover of Gaza more than five years ago. Morsi has eased restrictions on the main Egyptian crossing but not completely thrown it open as Hamas would like.Hamas demands complete freedom of movement in and out of Gaza, while balking at the idea of demilitarizing the territory. However, an Israeli security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations with reporters, said Israel would link the two.Israel’s military, which also deals with Gaza’s border crossings, has presented possible plans for easing restrictions to Israel’s political leaders, the official said.This includes allowing badly needed building materials for reconstruction into Gaza for the first time since 2007 and permitting trade between Gaza and the West Bank, the two territories that flank Israel and that Palestinians hope will one day make up the bulk of their state. Eventually, Gaza-West Bank travel could also be considered, he said.Such border changes, if approved by Israel’s political leadership, could help reboot Gaza’s battered economy, shore up Hamas’ popularity and extend the Islamists’ rule. In exchange, Hamas would have to stop arming itself and essentially give up what is now a main pillar of its power. 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Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After the Korean War ended in 1953, Kim Myeong Bok and 75 other North Korean prisoners of war detained in South Korea opted to live abroad rather than risk hostile welcomes in either half of their homeland. Now he wants to come home, though he may find little more than rejection and suspicion.Amid the Koreas’ intense Cold War rivalry, they were labeled traitors, opportunists or fence-sitters. The fates of several North Korean POWs who voluntarily returned home are unknown. Many others have died abroad one by one, and now less than a dozen are believed to be alive. Comments Share “More than 60 years have passed but things remain unchanged,” Cho said.In answers to questions about Cho and Kim’s travel plans, U.N. Command spokesman Cpt. Frederick Agee said it only considers for approval border crossing requests that are officially presented by both Koreas. The command and North Korea jointly oversee the 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) Demilitarized Zone that bisects the peninsula.Seoul’s Unification Ministry said it determines whether to endorse a South Korean’s request to visit the North after reviewing overall ties with Pyongyang and other factors.Kim hopes he’s allowed to cross the border through Panmunjom and travel to his hometown of Ryongchon on the North’s northwestern tip. He assumes his parents are dead, but wants to visit their graves, along with the site of the church that he presumes was destroyed.He says he’s a bit scared, but won’t give up.“My Brazil pastor told me North Korea is a dangerous country to go,” he said. “But I still want to go there, even if I run into some troubles.”__Associated Press writer Janie Har contributed to this report from San Francisco.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Kim, now 79 and living in Brazil, is trying to return to his North Korean hometown, at the arrangement of a movie director who’s making a documentary on him and his fellow ex-POWs.He doesn’t have North Korea’s approval yet and may never get it, though he will at least visit the South. He knows this is probably his last chance to try to go home.“I’ve missed my parents a lot, particularly my mother, who took me to a church and told me to believe in Jesus Christ,” Kim said, speaking from the remote Brazilian city of Cuiaba during a recent video interview. “I want to go to the place where my church stood, but it must have been pulled down by now.”Kim lowered his head and wiped away tears when he said his mother often came to his mind whenever he faced difficulties in life. “Forgive me,” he said, weeping.Kim and most of the other POWs who left the Korean Peninsula settled in South America. None could have expected that their homeland would remain so bitterly divided for so long. With an armistice signed but not a peace treaty, the peninsula remains technically at war, with combat troops still facing each other along Earth’s most heavily fortified border. Life at a South Korean island prison camp was also harrowing, he said. South Korean documents say that POWs who supported the North rioted and got into sometimes deadly fights with those who did not.“I was really fed up with the POW camp life. So many people were killed there,” he said.During and after the war, the American-led U.N. forces repatriated more than 83,000 Chinese and North Korean POWs while the North turned back more than 13,000 South Korean and U.N. troops. Tens of thousands of others stayed in the countries they once fought against; North and South Korea accuse each other of keeping at least some of the POWs against their will.In 1954, 76 North Korean and 12 Chinese soldiers who chose third countries were first sent to India as a stopover before being moved to countries where they hoped to resettle. Some wished to live to the U.S., but under an agreement among the U.N. command, North Korea and China, they were allowed to go only to countries that had been neutral in the war.After more than two years of being stranded in India, about 60 ex-North Korean soldiers were eventually able to move to Brazil and Argentina. H.T. moved to the U.S. years after settling in Brazil. About 10 others returned to either North or South Korea while the rest remained in India, according to a 2001 research paper from analyst Cho Sung-hun at the South Korean state-run Institute for Military History. The fate of those who returned to the North remains unknown. Many ex-POWs believe unconfirmed past media reports that they were executed, but Cho said they could have been used as propaganda tools instead.A 1993 documentary film broadcast by South Korea’s MBC television showed the paths many of them took: a medical professor, a quarry owner, a fishing-ship captain. Some were pastors. One was accused of murder and sent to a facility for mentally ill criminals.Kim arrived in Brazil in 1956 and became a farmer, mostly in the western state of Mato Grosso, where Cuiaba is located.Many ex-POWs struggled to get along with other Korean immigrants, mostly from South Korea, who only regarded them as just ex-communist soldiers, according to Cho Kyeong-duk, the movie director who is making the documentary about the ex-POWs’ possible return.“They went to ‘neutral countries’ or third countries but it was ironic that they couldn’t walk a step away from the ideological confrontation,” Cho said.Former POWs have been gradually forgotten in South Korea, but many who recall their stories now view them as victims of the war and the ensuing Korean division. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The POWs left for many reasons: to avoid the North’s harsh systems, to enjoy religious freedom, to build up professional careers. Many feared execution in the North for having been held captive in the South.Many believed their family members must have died during the chaos of the three-year war, which killed millions. They chose not to stay on in the South because they worried about living with the label of ex-North Korean soldiers in a country where they had no relatives or friends.“We are not against North Korea, but the situation was very critical and miserable, so we left Korea and went to other countries and we are so anxious to meet our relatives,” said an 86-year-old ex-POW now living in San Francisco. He asked to be identified only by his initials — H.T. — out of concern for any living relatives he may have in the North.Kim said he surrendered himself to South Korea’s military only a month and a half after being conscripted into the North’s Korean People’s Army in 1950. He said he didn’t want to return to the North, where authorities suppressed Christians and severe poverty forced his family to eat porridge made of soybean residue three times a day. “They are the ones who’ve been standing on the boundary without belonging to either side,” said analyst Chang Yong Seok at Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies. “I think they have undergone really difficult lives.”Time is running out for any potential reunions. Ten of the 21 POWs Cho has interviewed since beginning his project in 2009 are dead. He believes the remaining 11 are the last former North Korean POWs sent to third countries: six in Brazil, two each in Argentina and the U.S. and one in India.Under the itinerary of the movie tentatively titled “Return Home,” Cho’s crew is to join Kim as he meets other POWs in Brazil and Argentina and flies to India before coming to South Korea around June 25, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. Cho said Kim is the only one who has so far agreed to travel with him while others remained undecided.In South Korea, Kim is to visit the site of his POW camp on the southern Geoje Island and the border village of Panmunjom, where the armistice was signed.Cho and Kim have met North and South Korean diplomats in Brazil several times but haven’t gotten approval from either government. The director said his conversations with diplomats suggest that the North does not want them to visit the South and vice versa, but he insists on stops in both countries. 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The Federal Tourism Minister has denied the claims of a Commonwealth Bank report that the regional tourism sector is struggling so much that the government should consider buying out industry operators. The bleak outlook in the CommSec report doesn’t measure up against the fact Australian tourism has grown three per cent in the last year, Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson said in a report by ABC Rural. Australia’s growth is made even more impressive when viewed in the context of a four per cent decline in global tourism. Mr Ferguson said initiatives like bringing Oprah Winfrey to Australia will boost regional tourism, which he said is doing really well.”There’s no intention to actually go in and buy local businesses out.””CommSec itself perhaps should look at its own arrangements, because there’s a very strong view amongst business that some of these major banks don’t give them support.” Kakadu Lodge, in the Northern Territory, is one of many industry operators who have experienced the disconnect between the government’s claims and the reality of regional tourism. The lodge has experienced a decline in tourist numbers of 20 per cent. General manager Peter Wilson said the high Aussie dollar and cheap overseas destinations are taking their toll.”Yes, certainly Kakadu and I think if you spoke with a lot of the tour operators and other providers out here, they’ll let you know that business hasn’t been as traditionally as good as it has been, especially through the July and August months, which are our bread and butter.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C
Kraninger: ‘Will Make BCFP Fair and Transparent’ in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News July 19, 2018 669 Views On June 16, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kathleen Kraninger, an Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget to head the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). On Thursday, Kraninger appeared before the Senate Banking Committee to answer some tough questions during a hearing on her nomination to lead the Bureau.She appeared before the Committee along with Kimberly A. Reed, who is nominated to lead the Export-Import Bank of the United States.Even before the hearing, Kraninger’s nomination was highly debated with some of the Senate Banking Committee members, led by Ranking Committee Member Sen. Sherrod Brown, writing to Senator Mike Crapo, Chair of the Senate Banking Committee requesting him to postpone the hearing until documents that they had asked from the Trump administration on Kraninger were provided. “A number of members of this Committee have requested relevant documents and other information from the Trump Administration in advance of Thursday’s nominations hearing,” the letter said. “To date, the Administration has not responded to these requests. If we do not receive responsive information in time to review it before Thursday’s hearing, we will not be able to conduct the kind of oversight and questioning that allows the Senate to perform its constitutional role of providing advice and consent.”The hearing on Thursday kicked off with Crapo giving his reply to the letter. “With respect to Ms. Kraninger, some senators have requested a long list of documents, including, emails, schedules, involvement in memos, White House communications, etc., relating to Ms. Kraninger’s role at OMB with respect to the Administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ and the Administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,” Crapo said. “These requests are designed to go after certain extraneous Administration policies that the requesters do not like, and go far beyond the practice of this committee’s document production. Indeed, I would not expect this Administration or any administration to release documents related to an ongoing deliberative process.”“It is my hope that, if confirmed, Ms. Kraninger will be more accountable to senators on this Committee than Director Cordray was,” Crapo added. “I look forward to vigorous debate and vote on the nominees.” In a Q&A that lasted longer than expected, members of the committee asked some difficult questions related to her role at the OMB as well as what one could expect from her if she was confirmed as the Director of BCFP.During her testimony, Kraninger hinted at pursuing a similar path as the current Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. She said that she had four initial priorities for the Bureau if confirmed as Director The first priority she said would be to make the Bureau “fair and transparent.” Secondly, Kraninger intends for BCFP to work closely with other financial regulators and the States on supervision and enforcement. Third, she said, “The Bureau must recognize its profound duty to the American people to protect sensitive information in its possession.”And lastly, she said that she would look at making the Bureau “accountable to the American people for its actions, including its expenditure of resources.”The committee is set to vote on confirming her nomination in the week of July 31. Click here to view the hearing.Learn more about Kathy Kraninger’s nomination:Kraninger’s Nom Might Face a Tough Senate Vote Share Accountability Banking Committee BCFP Exim Bank Sen Mike Crapo Sen. Sherrod Brown Senate 2018-07-19 Radhika Ojha
The watch world currently looks to be in the mood for a little Rhapsody in Blue, and these timepieces will surely be music to the ears of any true blue collector.1 Electric blue accents on the dial and leather strap of the Franc Vila FV Evos 8 “Cobra” Chronograph Large Date Automatic lend an extra zing to this already edgy watch, which is limited to 88 pieces. The audacious elliptical-shaped titanium case houses an automatic movement that powers the chronograph function and double-window “big date” calendar at 12 o’clock ($31,000).www.francvila.com2 The Piaget Polo FortyFive chronograph timepiece takes a different approach to the blue-faced watch. Using the color solely on the three central counters gives the dial a dynamic focus that works well for the sporty yet elegant timepiece. The titanium and stainless steel case is home to one of Piaget’s famous 880P ultra-thin self-winding movements ($18,900). www.piaget.com3 Sometimes it just takes a pop of color to transform a timepiece. Case in point: The Chronofighter Oversize Referee watch from Graham. As the Official Timekeeper of the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship in rugby, the 47mm titanium watch touts a colorful second counter at 3 o’clock with a colored stripe for each team’s home hue. Pair that with a blue hypoallergenic strap and this watch is ready to take the field ($9,265).www.graham-london.com4 The new Robusto Day-date watch from Cuervo y Sobrinos doesn’t owe its depth just to the rich blue of its dial and matching leather strap. Honeycomb texture on the dial and the streamlined case give the 43mm automatic watch added impact ($3,800).www.cuervoysobrinos.com5 The crystal clean look of Corum’s 42mm Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Chrono watch has a fresh feel thanks to its blue dial and crisp steel case. This watch is faithful to the line’s iconic dodecagon-shaped bezel but overall its silhouette is sleeker ($6,350).www.corum.ch
Two men were jailed for life on Friday after being found guilty of the quadruple gangland killing in the popular holiday resort of Ayia Napa last year.Panayiotis Pentafkas, 30, and Serbian national Dejan Loy, 42, were found guilty of premeditated murder, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence. They were handed four life sentences.The pair faced charges in relation with the murders of businessman and suspected underworld figure Phanos Kalopsidiotis and police officer Elias Hadjiefthymiou, 46, and his wife Skevi, 39.The three were gunned down while having dinner at the Stone Garden restaurant on the evening of June 23. One of the shooters, Albanian Yiani Vogli, was also killed.A second Albanian national, Aleks Burreli, who took part in the shooting, was never located.Pentafkas, an Ayia Napa nightclub owner, was said to be the individual who showed the gunmen an escape route that avoided security cameras in the area.Loy, who worked as Kalopsidiotis’ bodyguard, was accused of collaborating with the shooters by confirming that the victim was at the restaurant shortly before they burst in, guns blazing. He was in the toilet during the shooting.Four other people implicated in the shooting had been sentenced earlier this year and last year after they admitted guilt.Marios Christodoulou, 39, also known as Benny, was sentenced to life, as did 32-year-old Charalambos Andreou.Benny’s girlfriend, Sofia Gregoriou, 28, was given a year, while Sotira Neophytou, 30, was sentenced to five months in jail.Benny also admitted two counts of attempted murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit felony, that is, murder three other individuals – Alexis Mavromichalis, Iosif Iosif, and Christos Demetriou.Alexis Mavromichalis, himself a well-known figure, testified during the trial that he suspected Andreas Rodotheou, 61, a suspected underworld boss, and a man named Giorgos Phenek, wanted Kalopsidiotis dead because they had professional differences.Rodotheou was gunned down earlier this year while having dinner at a friend’s house in Gerasa, Limassol.Kalopsidiotis, according to Mavromichalis, considered the pair responsible for his father’s murder in 2014 and a gangland hit in Ayia Napa in the summer of 2012 that saw five people killed.It was said at the time that the shooters were trying to kill Kalopsidiotis who had not been travelling in the car that was ambushed by the shooters.Benny worked for Rodotheou and had been arrested in February 2015 in connection with a rocket attack in Nicosia that was meant to take out Mavromichalis but killed his 28-year-old bodyguard instead.The attack followed an incident at the Apoel fan club in which Benny was beaten by Mavromichalis and his men.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo 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 Taboola
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