APTN National NewsTORONTO –Members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation (Asubpeeschoseewagong) will make their yearly trip to Toronto Monday to try and convince the province of Ontario to clean up a former pulp mill that is the cause of widespread mercury poisoning in the area.Grassy Narrows First Nation sits on the English river in northwestern Ontario and for years the community has been trying to get a commitment from the Ontario government to clean up the land around a former pulp mill that spilled mercury into the local environment.Scientists studying people in the community say it is causing a number of health problems associated with mercury poisoning.Wynne said last year that more study is needed before the mercury contamination can be cleaned up.A number of members of the community will hold a river walk and news conference in Toronto.This will come on the heels of the province’s response to the recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation report.It’s expected that Premier Kathleen Wynne will stand in the legislature at 9am ET and apologize for Ontario’s role in the residential school era that saw Indigenous children taken from their families and sent to government run schools.The province joins Alberta and Manitoba who apologized for not doing more to protect children. Canada announced an official apology in 2008.It’s also expected that Wynne will announce a major shift in the province’s education curriculum.Last week Ontario announced an unprecedented injection of $222 million over three years for Indigenous health.Residential school survivor Andrew Wesley will be joined by Indigenous leaders from the Assembly of First Nation, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Metis Federal of Ontario along the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Ontario Friendship Centres for an announcement from the province’s premier Monday.Patrick Brown, leader of the province’s Conservative party and Andrea Horwath, leader of the provincial NDP will also take firstname.lastname@example.org
JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says Oman will open its airspace to Israel’s national airline.The move appears to have no immediate practical effect as the carrier is barred from flying over Saudi Arabia. But it marks another sign of warming ties between Israel and Gulf Arab states.Benjamin Netanyahu told a gathering of Israeli ambassadors Monday that Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said granted El Al permission to pass through its airspace during the Israeli leader’s surprise visit to the country in October. The two states have no formal diplomatic relations.Saudi Arabia broke a decades-long ban on the use of its airspace for flights to Israel last spring, when it allowed India’s national carrier to transit its skies. The kingdom’s approval did not extend to El Al.The Associated Press
She has inspired millions of young people to take to the streets over climate change since starting solitary weekly protests outside Swedish parliament a year ago.The Montreal protest comes as the International Civil Aviation Organization is debating ways to minimize the sector’s impact on the environment at its triennial assembly, which runs until Oct. 4 in the Canadian city.Commercial flying accounts for 2.5 per cent of carbon emissions. But with passenger numbers forecast to double by 2037, experts say emissions will rise if more is not done.In 2016, ICAO brokered the first global industrial climate initiative with a medium-term scheme to help airlines avoid adding to their net emissions from 2020.Related Greta Thunberg speaks during a press conference before the march for climate in Montreal, Sept. 27, 2019. One exception is Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who’s spending the day in the suburbs of Vancouver for an announcement and campaign stops with candidates in Maple Ridge and Richmond, but not marching anywhere. Scheer has said other Conservatives will be joining marchers.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Asked about the Montreal meeting with Trudeau afterward, Thunberg said she tries not to “focus so much on individuals,” but she added:“He’s, of course, obviously not doing enough … this is such a huge problem, this is a system that is wrong. So my message to all the politicians is the same: to just listen to the science and act on the science.”Trudeau told reporters that he agreed with her, and praised her for inspiring young people.“I agree with her entirely. We need to do more,” said Trudeau.“And that’s why the ambitious plans we’ve laid out all week that have been criticized by some as too ambitious, are not too ambitious — are necessary.”https://twitter.com/jsebcloutier/status/1177618217033973761?s=20The meeting with the 16-year-old came with great political risk for Trudeau. Thunberg, who has galvanized the world’s young people to demand action on climate change, has demonstrated confidence in speaking truth to power with her defiant condemnation of world leaders at the United Nations this past week for their inaction on fighting climate change.Trudeau has aligned himself with her on the campaign trail, praising the activism of young people and positioning the environment as a key issue. He has made a series of announcements this week aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, protecting oceans and habitat and encouraging conservation while simultaneously branding Scheer as a climate-change laggard.“Andrew Scheer is choosing to hide today instead of participating in climate marches,” Trudeau said Friday.But Trudeau has also faced much criticism over the Liberal government’s $4.5-billion purchase of the Trans Mountain oil-pipeline project, which critics see as a direct contradiction of the Liberal claim that the party represents Canada’s best choice for environmental policy.Trudeau defended the pipeline purchase, saying any eventual profits from it will be invested in the fight against climate change.Activist @GretaThunberg is leading the #ClimateStrike in Montreal as the global movement takes place across Canada. https://t.co/wDHxVVTV2E— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) September 27, 2019NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Trudeau can’t be trusted on climate promises after his pipeline purchase.“It’s obviously Greta’s choice who she wants to meet with, but it’s really clear that Mr. Trudeau promised really clearly in 2015 that he would not build the Trans Mountain, that he would oppose it,” Singh said in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island during an announcement on coastal protection.“That is something that should give everyone pause.”Friday is Singh’s fourth straight day campaigning in British Columbia. He was to join climate protesters later in Victoria.People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is campaigning at home in Quebec’s Beauce region, where he’s striving to keep his seat after breaking away from the Conservatives last year.Last month, Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic to the United States from Britain in a zero-carbon emissions boat to protest air travel emissions, and she denounced world leaders earlier this week for failing to tackle climate change. OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Friday he agrees with Swedish climate activist GretaThunberg that he needs to do more to fight climate change.And he also said his party — and not the Conservative party — is best suited to do that. Trudeau met Thunberg at a Montreal hotel in advance of the cross-country marches that are expected to dominate the federal election campaign today.Trudeau also said he will release a fully costed platform that includes assessments of Liberal promises by the parliamentary budget officer before the first televised leaders’ debate on Wednesday.Trudeau and Green Leader Elizabeth May are joining what is expected to be the largest of dozens of marches taking place across Canada. Most of the federal party leaders are joining marchers, who are demanding cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions. MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE/AFP/Getty Images MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE/AFP/Getty Images Thousands of protesters flood the streets of Montreal during the march for climate, on March 15, 2019. Trump trolls Greta Thunberg after her UN climate speech: ‘She seems like a very happy young girl’ Greta Thunberg’s UN speech falls on deaf ears as world’s largest emitters dodge sweeping climate commitments Terence Corcoran: From innocents to anxious activists — what are we doing to our kids? The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation requires most airlines to limit emissions or offset them by purchasing credits from environmental projects.Industry says around $40 billion in climate financing will be generated between 2020 and 2035.Europe, environmentalists and the industry itself, want ICAO to commit now to setting longer-term goals at its 2022 assembly. “During the ICAO assembly, we will join with our industry partners to call for a significant and ambitious long-term target for CO2 reduction,” said Angela Gittens, director general of Airports Council International.With files from Reuters.
The two-day meeting brought together delegates representing 28 donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The participants reaffirmed their support for the Agency and its efforts to maintain services for some 3.8 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA said in a statement.A number of delegates expressed their appreciation for the “exceptional” efforts of UNRWA staff, who often work in very difficult circumstances at personal risk. This sentiment was echoed in the statements by representatives from Jordan (on behalf of the host countries), Sweden (on behalf of the European Union), the United States, the European Commission, the PLO, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Norway, Japan and Syria.The representative of the United Kingdom stressed that the prompt response of donors to UNRWA’s emergency appeals reflected a recognition of the Agency’s “ability to deliver and deliver effectively.” Canada’s representative announced that his Government would increase its contribution to UNRWA’s regular budget by 10 million Canadian dollars.Participants also noted obstacles hampering the free movement of humanitarian assistance in Gaza and the West Bank as a result of closures and other measures, a number of which were described by some delegates as “collective punishment” that ran contrary to international humanitarian law. The representatives stressed the importance of the Agency’s unhindered movement in carrying out its vital role.UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen thanked the participants for their continued support for UNRWA, which he said sent a positive message to Palestine refugees reaffirming the international community’s commitment to their cause until a just settlement could be reached.
Spence, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was originally suspended following a failed drug test for ecstasy prior to OSU’s matchup with Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl. That failed drug test resulted in a three-game suspension for Spence, but prior to his scheduled return to the Buckeyes in September, Spence failed a second drug test, this one resulting in an indefinite suspension.Spence did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Tuesday evening. Smith declined further comment on the suspension.The Buckeyes are set to close the 2014 regular season against Michigan this Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. Then-sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) tackles Penn State then-freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 26. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Lantern file photoNoah Spence’s career as an Ohio State Buckeye has officially ended.After multiple failed drug tests stemming from the end of the 2013 season to September, former OSU defensive end Spence has been ruled permanently ineligible for athletic competition by the Big Ten Conference, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement Tuesday night.Smith said that Spence appealed his permanent ineligibility, but was ultimately denied.“The Ohio State University Department of Athletics had assisted Noah and his family leading up to an appeals process that took place today,” Smith said.“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are pleased that Noah has come a long way and we are very proud of the progress he has made with regard to his health,” Smith said. “The Department of Athletics will continue to assist Noah through his pursuits and provide the academic resources necessary to help him complete his degree program.”Noah Spence walks out of OSU’s fall camp hotel Aug. 7.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorIn the minutes following the news, Spence tweeted from his Twitter account, @nspence94:Not what I wanted but now it’s time to get ready for the next level, I’ve learnt so much in the last couple months that it’s all worth it..— Noah Spence (@nspence94) November 26, 2014
Senior Kevin Metka prepares for a forehand hit during a match against South Florida on Feb. 8 in Columbus. OSU won, 4-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs his team gets set to defend its ITA Indoor National Indoor Championship title this weekend, Ohio State men’s tennis coach Ty Tucker said his players plan to show the other schools the discipline and mental toughness it takes to play like a Buckeye.“You’re at Ohio State, they expect to win matches,” Tucker said. “You’re at a major place … It’s a major athletic department. You want to win to be able to hold your head up high.”Going in as the defending champs might give the Buckeyes a slight advantage but they are dealing with a different lineup this time around,” redshirt-senior Kevin Metka said.“This year we have a little less experience in some positions … So everyone’s got to focus on all the courts to get the job done,” Metka said.Metka said he believes it will be just as hard, if not harder than last year for the Buckeyes to take home the tournament title. OSU is heading to Chicago as the No. 8 seed and is set to kick off the tournament Friday against No. 9 Texas. The winner will then play the winner a match between No. 1 University of Southern California and No. 16 Penn State on Saturday.Metka said the Buckeyes have to take the tournament one match at a time in order to earn a repeat of last season’s triumph.“I’d say mostly just getting through that first match and then hopefully getting a shot at USC,” he said. “That would be the next match but we’re trying not to look at it … We just want to take care of business in that first match.”One of the most important things for the Buckeyes is to get off to a fast start in these matches and capture the doubles point, Tucker said.“If we get the doubles point, we’re a tough team to beat,” he said.With doubles only being one set, Tucker said the Buckeyes won’t have a chance to have a bad game or be moody and get off to a slow start.Defending their first and only Indoor Championship isn’t something Tucker puts too much emphasis on, though, he said.“Tennis courts (are) the same size everywhere we go, whether we’re at the nationals, whether we’re at Iowa,” Tucker said.Although the court is the same size, Metka said it is not the same feel.“The courts, it may not look like it but there’s actually some big difference in where you play,” he said. “Ball bounces a little but it can really throw off your strokes.”For that reason, the Buckeyes left Columbus on Wednesday to get an extra day of practice on Thursday.OSU is coming off its 200th consecutive home win, a record Tucker is happy to leave in the rearview mirror.“It’s nice not having to answer questions about the streak … The guys can just concentrate on tennis,” Tucker said.
“We are very grateful to David Anderson QC for his report and we are pleased with his recognition that the UK has taken the lead in developing rights-compliant procedures.”Keeping the public safe is our primary duty and DWA is one of a range of powers available to disrupt terrorists.”They denied that funds were an issue when dealing with DWA cases. The Home Office said that it had previously managed negotiations with at least four countries simultaneously. Mr Anderson backs Professor Walker’s conclusion that: “DWA can play a significant role in counter-terrorism, especially in prominent and otherwise intractable cases which are worth the cost and effort, but it will be delivered effectively and legitimately in international law only if laborious care is taken.” 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. Show more The scheme in theory allows the UK to expel suspects with guarantees they will not be mistreated or tortured in their home country, but in the last 13 years it has only led to the deportation of 11 people – nine to Algeria and two to Jordan. In contrast, France has deported around 120 suspected terrorists. The failures of the initiative which she pushed hard for have the potential to cause some embarrassment for Mrs May. The most high profile case was her battle with Abu Qatada which, after eight years and a legal bill of £1.7million, she finally won in 2013 when he boarded a plane to Jordan. Mr Anderson QC, who has revealed that during what he described as the “cartoon battle” the al-Qaeda linked cleric labelled his opponent “Crazy May”, said in his review that now cases have been taken all the way to the Supreme Court future hearings are likely to be much shorter. Britain can only deport foreign terrorists hiding behind human rights laws to two countries at a time because the process is too expensive, a long-awaited review has revealed. Dangerous jihadists who pose a threat to national security cannot be sent back to a long list of countries including Libya, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen and Russia even if a guarantee of fair treatment is obtained, according to the report ordered by Theresa May. Where assurances can be sought – as they were in the case of Abu Qatada – the process is so complicated and costly the Home Office has admitted that it can only manage negotiations with two nations at a time. Professor Clive Walker, an international law expert who co-authored the report with David Anderson QC, the then independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, estimates that the number of foreign jihadists who could avoid deportation “probably exceeded 40”. His analysis goes on to warn that with increasing travel to Syria and Iraq and restrictions on leave to remain conditions that number could “now markedly increase”. The review of Deportation with Assurances (DWA) – which was ordered by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary in 2013 but only published quietly last month – concludes that it remains an important tool. Only six countries have entered into arrangement for DWA from the UK – Libya, Ethiopia, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan – of which the first three have since been ruled out because of political instability and risk of mistreatment. Professor Walker’s analysis notes that in “rare cases” the ECtHR has said that assurances will not be enough. He advises that these cases could be defined as the “Countries of Concern” designated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office each year because of concern over their human rights. After the DWA report was published by the Home Office, almost six months after they received it, Mr Anderson QC concluded on his blog: “The obstacles are now formidable. It remains to be seen whether the Government retains the stomach for the fight.”Professor Walker told the Telegraph: “It is legitimate but practically very difficult. Because of the failure of the Arab Spring democracy and human rights movements in many of the countries concerned, Egypt, Algeria, the prospects don’t look very bright that it is going to be taken forward on any industrial scale so we have to think about the long time management of people here.” A Home Office spokesman said: “DWA remains a valuable policy which allows us to remove those who threaten to do us harm while meeting international human rights obligations. But the hurdles remain almost insurmountable because of the increasing political instability around the world and the fact that the Government has expressed its intention to remain signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights. Furthermore, Mr Anderson QC was told in 2014 that “the Home Office only had the resources to contemplate the use of DWA in a maximum of two countries at any one time.”Alongside the legal costs associated with deportation and the difficulty of negotiating a memorandum of understanding, the deported person must be monitored to ensure that the conditions are not breached which can “consume huge resources in terms of money and time”.Because of condemnation of DWA from NGOs and international lawyers, charities often refuse to be associated with it, forcing the Government to fund the setting up of organisations that can monitor the deportees welfare. In Jordan, this was the Adaleh Centre which is said to have “substantially benefited from grants from Her Majesty’s Government”. Though it is unclear how much this cost, Mr Anderson noted in his report that when he visited in 2014 it “had 14 full-time and three part-time employees, with 70% of its work being for the Jordanian Government but 50% of its funding being provided (at the time) by the UK Government. ” Abu Qatda called Theresa May ‘Crazy May’ during their legal battle over his deportationCredit:Getty Images
The pair were arrested on December 12, 2016 and convicted of preparation of terrorist acts last month. During the arrest, Mohammed was caught with two of the three components to make TATP. An Isil-inspired couple who plotted a “devastating” bomb and poison attack in the UK after meeting on a Muslim dating website have been jailed for a total of 26 years today. Munir Mohammed, a 37-year-old food factory worker from Sudan, and 33-year-old pharmacist Rowadia El-Hassan held “offensive and deeply disturbing” views towards gay people, followers of Shia Islam and other groups, Judge Michael Topolski QC said as he sentenced them at the Old Bailey.The couple met in March 2016 on the dating site singlemuslim.com and used WhatsApp to swap propaganda and execution videos that the judge said were “designed to express support for Islamic State”. Mohammed, who lived in London and communicated with Isil on Facebook, said he planned to carry out a lone wolf atrocity in the UK, the court heard.He enlisted the help of El-Hassan, a divorced mother of two from Derby, who told him how to source the chemical components to make the explosive TATP, known as ‘Mother of Satan’. They also searched online about the manufacture of ricin, a highly toxic substance. Would-be bomber Munir Mohammed on a trip to his local Asda where he bought the wrong type of nail varnish remover to make explosivesCredit:Counter Terrorism Policing North/PA At the Old Bailey on Thursday, the judge handed Mohammed – who arrived in the UK in 2014 in the back of a lorry and claimed asylum – a minimum sentence of 14 years. El-Hassan was jailed for 12 years with an extended five year licence. Judge Michael Topolski QC said: “Munir Mohammed decided to carry out a lone wolf attack in this country. Rowadia El-Hassan, aware of this, was supportive of it and was willing to assist him.”The judge said he was satisfied it was Mohammed who introduced the radical ideological material into the online relationship but said of El-Hassan that her commitment was “consistent and sustained.””Far from rejecting it, she embraced it and became more and more absorbed by it,” he said. “I am sure that Munir Mohammed, whose plan this was, would not have got as far as he did in assembling all that he needed to launch a potentially devastating attack.”
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni put on an unbeat (Getty)MS Dhoni is back in India’s T20I squad. He hadn’t found a place in India’s two most recent T20I squads, against West Indies at home and in Australia, but he has returned as one of three wicketkeeper-batsmen for the three-match T20I series in New Zealand in early February.In more spinning of the wicketkeeping carousel, Dinesh Karthik is back in the ODI squads for Australia and New Zealand, replacing Rishabh Pant. Pant played three of the five ODIs against West Indies, as a specialist batsman, and scored 17 and 24.Pant is currently playing the Test series in Australia. According to the BCCI’s selection release, he will return home after the Tests to play for India A in a five-match one-day series against England Lions.Among the middle-order batsmen, Manish Pandey has missed out on both squads. Pandey was on the bench for all five ODIs against West Indies, and didn’t get a chance in the T20I series in Australia. In the T20Is against West Indies, he batted twice, scoring 19 and 4*.Kedar Jadhav, who has been an ODI regular but wasn’t part of the recent T20Is, is back in favour in the shortest format. Hardik Pandya, the seam-bowling allrounder, is back as expected after recovering from the back injury that he sustained during the Asia Cup in September.With Jadhav and Hardik returning to the T20I squad, batsman Shreyas Iyer and the spin-bowling allrounder Washington Sundar have missed out.Fast bowler Umesh Yadav finds himself out of both the ODI and T20I squads. The selectors have gone with Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Shami as the four frontline quicks in the ODI squad, and Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and Khaleel as a trio for the T20Is.Shami was part of the initial squad for the ODIs against West Indies, but was left out for the last three ODIs when Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah returned after being rested. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDhoni not part of T20I squad to face West Indies and AustraliaOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”Dhoni opts out of West Indies tour, Hardik rested, Bumrah only for TestsJuly 22, 2019In “latest news”Yuvraj recalled, Kohli named ODI and T20I captainJanuary 6, 2017In “latest news”
Much is being talked about the ‘graphite boom’ and one company moving quickly forward is Lincoln Minerals, which has appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff to undertake an immediate scoping concept study for its wholly owned Koppio-Kookaburra Gully graphite project in the southern Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia. Both targets, which adjoin each other, have existing graphite Inferred Resources. The study will estimate capital costs, maintenance costs and operating costs to a Class 4 (concept study) standard for one or more mines in the Koppio-Kookaburra Gully area feeding into a single processing plant.The study will include estimates for the processing plant, civil works including roads, water and electrical power and will take about four weeks to complete.Aerial electromagnetic (EM) surveys were completed earlier this month over the Koppio, Kookaburra Gully, Pernella and Cockabidnie-Campoona Syncline areas on Eyre Peninsula. Lincoln is currently awaiting processed data and maps from these surveys (expected in about four to six weeks) to help delineate additional exploration drilling targets within the highly conductive graphite horizons.The Koppio-Kookaburra Gully project area is ideally located just 35 km from the port of Port Lincoln and includes a number of historic graphite deposits and prospects including the historic Koppio graphite mine, Kookaburra Gully and Pernella.Bulk samples of flake graphite from the Koppio mine and Kookaburra Gully are currently undergoing metallurgical testwork in Germany and Austria and have been assayed at grades ranging up to, respectively, 32.0% and 28.6% TGC (Total Graphitic Carbon).An Exploration Work Approval has been received for proposed drilling by Lincoln at Koppio and Kookaburra Gully when weather and ground conditions permit.The Koppio mine and Kookaburra Gully deposits comprise high grade flake graphite (medium to coarse flake) Inferred Mineral Resources and exploration targets equal to or better than many operating graphite mines around the world. Inferred Mineral Resources: Kookaburra Gully 880,000 t @ 11.5% C and Koppio mine 57,000 t @ 13.1% CExploration Targets, including above resources: Kookaburra Gully 900,000 t to 1.8 Mt @ 10-15% C and Koppio mine 105,000 t to 1.04 Mt @ 10-15% C.Metallurgical testwork undertaken in the early 1980s by Warman International for Pancontinental Mining showed that Kookaburra Gully mineralisation was readily amenable to concentration by metallurgical processes including size classification, flotation and gravity concentration. Premium flake product (>150 micron) can be produced at grades in excess of 90% TGC without reverting to chemical leaching. Fine amorphous graphite can also be produced at grades better than 80% TGC. Total graphite recovery in this test work was about 5% by weight of feed with the coarser >150 micron concentrate averaging 2-3% of feed.
Photographing 200+ mph drag racers might sound fun but it isn’t without its hazards. That’s why photographers put their cameras on stands and shoot remotely, keeping out of harm’s way.Hopefully the inevitable crash happens on the other side of the track and your gear is safe, but people aren’t always so lucky. In the video above you can see how a remote operated Nikon D700 ($2400) and a 400mm f/2.8 lens ($9000) were destroyed in a split second. A racer lost control and the car, jumped the protective barrier, clipping the camera and tearing it in half. The 10 pound, 14-inch long lens didn’t survive the impact.AdChoices广告That’s an expensive day at the race track, but we do learn it was the first time this has happened to the photographer in 10 years of race shooting.via fstoppers
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A pair of spicy rumors from over the weekend about some of the biggest upcoming movies share something in common. When it comes to making their aging franchises feel vibrant and relevant again, it seems like Hollywood is finally realizing that sometimes an old white dude should be a young Black lady instead. We’re not complaining.First, ComicBook.com did some snooping to maybe find some unannounced Marvel Phase 4 films before they presumably get unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. They did this by searching for Facebook URLs the studio may have created but not yet pushed live for a coordinated social media launch. Doing this revealed pages for upcoming Marvel films we already know about like Black Widow and The Eternals.However, there were a few apparent scoops as well. The site found pages for Dark Avengers and Young Avengers, and while we don’t fully trust this reporting method those two movies make sense. After years of traditional superhero team-ups in the first four Avengers films, making movies about teams of supervillains as well as younger superheroes would be a fun way to mix things up.Arguably more exciting though was a URL for Marvel’s Ironheart, seemingly announcing the introduction of Riri Williams into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A legacy character in the vein of Miles Morales (also created by Brian Michael Bendis) young Black woman Riri Williams was first the new Iron Man before getting her own superhero name. And with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man now dead in the movies (no matter how many dumb petitions you sign) there’s no better time to pass on the torch. Let Spider-Man be his own thing!Speaking of passing the torch, the upcoming unnamed Bond 25 may feature a similar shakeup according to the Daily Mail. Details remain scarce on the Cary Joji Fukunawa film, which seems plagued with production issues. But the rumors suggest that in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s new script, James Bond’s post-Spectre retirement has allowed a Black woman spy to inherit the MI6 mantle of agent 007, while avoiding Bond’s own regressive sexual advances.That Black woman is apparently played Lashana Lynch, who is already confirmed for the film’s cast. Lynch appeared in Captain Marvel earlier this year as the mother of eventual Black woman Captain Marvel successor Monica Rambeau. She’s also slated to star in next year’s FX adaptation of Y: The Last Man. But she’s still a relative unknown, which is a great quality for new 007s including Daniel Craig. Sorry, Idris Elba.Here’s hoping Lynch’s 007 sticks around after this movie, which also might see the return of Christoph Waltz as Bond’s big bad Blofeld along with new villain played by Rami Malek. These movies don’t tend to care that much for continuity. Remember when they were going to give Halle Berry’s Die Another Day character (Jinx?) a spin-off?Black women. They made Apex Legends better. They can make your endless movie #brands better, too. Stay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…
A man armed with a pellet rifle prompted multiple 911 calls and a precautionary lockdown of three schools in an east Vancouver neighborhood Thursday morning.Officers with the Vancouver Police Department responded to a report of an armed man walking near Southeast 192nd Avenue and Southeast Westridge Boulevard just after 10 a.m., agency spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.Officers responded to the area and located the man, who told officers that he was intentionally walking with a black pellet rifle to draw attention to himself, Kapp said.The man, who stated he was 18, would not provide police with his identity, she said.Police learned that he was in distress, having lost his house and belongings, and drove him to a social services agency, Kapp said. The issue was resolved in about an hour and the man was not cited, she said. Union High School, Shahala Middle School and Illahee Elementary School, were placed on a brief modified lockdown, where unexpected visitors are not allowed to enter the buildings.
They also found a new purpose by fighting to toughen gun laws through universal background checks.“It could be anyone’s child,” said Wright’s mother. “I still feel guilty that I didn’t do more before.”“So I guess what I would like to ask people is don’t wait until it’s your child that’s lying dead on the floor with five bullet holes. Get involved now,” she said.The Pulse shooter was identified as Omar Mateen. He had passed background checks prior to buying his guns, but he was on the FBI’s radar years earlier.The Wrights said they blame lawmakers who, they said, did not do enough to pass gun legislation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – Two parents in Pinecrest lost their son in 2016 during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. They said the death of their son has given them a new purpose — fighting to toughen gun laws.Jerald “Jerry” Wright was one of 49 killed at Pulse.“The inside of the club looked like a war had been fought because so many rounds had been fired. There was sheetrock, dust and everything all over,” said Maria Wright, the victim’s mother.When everything settled, Wright was found dead with five bullet wounds to his body.“We might never know if it was fast or if it was slow,” said Wright, “and we know we couldn’t help him or make it any easier for him.”She and her husband, Frederick Wright, described their son as thoughtful, kind and considerate and that such violence and anger had no place in his lfe.“He would meet with his neighbor, who was elderly, to have a glass of wine everyday, to check on her, make sure she was OK,” said the victim’s father. “You couldn’t find a nicer guy in the world. He was so nice to everybody.” Their son was a Florida International University graduate and Disney employee.“He wasn’t a genius. He wasn’t the greatest athlete. He wasn’t the coolest guy when it came to dressing. But he was a loving, loving human being,” said the victim’s mother.Wright’s mother learned that her son had gone to Pulse the night of June 11 to celebrate a friend’s birthday.“Because it was Latin night, and he loved Latin music,” said Wright’s father.Afterward, they would receive no more calls from their son who would normally call them every day.“I’m a positive person. I try to find a silver lining. It’s been really hard to do that here,” said Wright’s mother.A year later, both parents said they feel close to their son by taking care of his dog, Rusty.
Cosmopolitan will soon be removed from checkout lines at Walmart stores across the country, according to an announcement Tuesday by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a non-profit which says it fought for the change out of a desire to protect children from “the sexually explicit material that Cosmopolitan embodies and perpetuates.”“Cosmo sends the same messages about female sexuality as Playboy,” said NCOSE executive director Dawn Hawkins in a statement, arguing that the magazine reduces women to their ability to sexually satisfy men, entices children by featuring former Disney stars on its covers and then describing “risky sexual acts” within its pages.In a statement provided to Folio:, Walmart spokeswoman Megan Kring confirmed that it was pulling the magazine from store checkouts, but would still offer Cosmo to customers, presumably on the specified magazine shelves. The retailer claims it was “primarily a business decision,” but also seemed to imply that the NCOSE campaign’s concerns—that Cosmo “fuels pornified culture”—legitimately factored into the decision.“As with all products in our store, we continue to evaluate our assortment and make changes,” said Kring. “Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard.”Reps for Cosmo have not responded to a request for comment.Founded in 1962 and formerly known as Morality in Media, Inc., NCOSE has worked for years to convince retailers to remove or cover up Cosmo, and was most recently joined in that effort by Victoria Hearst, a pastor and granddaughter of company founder William Randolph Hearst, who purchased the magazine in 1905 and whose descendants still own it. The two claim to have scored earlier victories against Cosmo at retailers like RiteAid and Food Lion, and the magazine regularly appears on NCOSE’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, alongside others like HBO, Snapchat, “Fifty Shades of Gray,” and even textbook publisher EBSCO—whose research products the organization says allows students to access “sexually graphic articles.”As it stands now, the news presents more of an image crisis for Cosmo than a business one, as the removal is unlikely to have significant impact on the magazine’s broader circulation. Retail sales made up just 6.3 percent of the 18.3 million copies the magazine sold in the 2nd half of 2017, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, with Walmart displays accounting for just a slice of that 6.3 percent. The vast majority of the magazine’s copies are mailed directly to subscribers.But as the magazine stakes its digital future on being perceived as a source of inspiration and empowerment for young women growing up in a changing world, it has to be mindful of accusations—even misguided ones—that it’s guilty of propagating “#MeToo culture.”This post was updated on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:56 pm to include Walmart’s statement.
Pete Kaiser with his lead dog Palmer, who helped him to four K300 race victories.(PImage credit Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK)If Ron Kaiser had one thing to say to his son, Pete, after a sled dog race, it’s this: Pete could have run a little faster.“During the racing, this conservative style, hanging back, Ron would always be, ‘why don’t you go out a little faster,” recalled Janet Kaiser. Ron described it as “armchair mushing.”Next door to their home is Pete Kaiser’s dog-yard, which used to belong to his father.This is a big year for Pete. Besides aiming for his fifth K300 trophy, Pete plans to run two teams in the Iditarod this year. His handler, Niklas Wikstrand, is racing one of his teams. So how did Kaiser get to be one of Alaska’s top mushers? He says that it’s “basically a lifestyle.”It started before he was born. His father, Ron Kaiser, moved to Bethel in 1979. A year later, Bethel put on the inaugural Kuskokwim 300 race. Ron ran several of the subsequent K300 races, but never won. His best K300 finish was 10th place, but he nourished a fierce love for the sport. When Pete was born, Ron gave up mushing to raise a family. Then he got a dog, Giant, to pull a young Pete around.“One dog, and pretty soon you need two dogs because kids are getting bigger, and so you need three dogs, and then five or six dogs so dad can actually train them to behave, and then, you know, they liked it,” said Ron.Even though he grew up with sled dogs, Pete didn’t decide to dedicate his life to mushing until college, his father says.“He was sitting up there in Fairbanks saying, ‘I really don’t want to go to school, I want to run dogs.’ I was, ‘Okay, might as well come do it then,’” said Ron.Pete started researching everything he could find about mushing. He sought out mentors who showed him how to balance a personal life with a demanding sport. Pete also had a community that backed him.“When I decided to mush full-time and really race and make a go of it, I was fortunate to have a good seasonal job,” Pete said.His dad took care of Pete’s dogs in the summer while Pete worked on a barge for Bering Marine Company, a Lynden subsidiary. Pete also lived at home in the beginning.Pete says that the race that made it possible was the K300. When the race started in 1980, the founders just wanted to see if they could keep it going another year. Then another year. But forty years later, Pete Kaiser represents the race’s impact on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. That’s according to Myron Angstman, a K300 founder and two-time race winner.“He’s a local guy who is locally sponsored, for the most part. His helpers are mostly local, and he’s able to compete against and win against the biggest teams in the sport,” Angstman said.But can Pete Kaiser keep his mushing career going? It’s a lot of money to keep a small kennel like Pete’s afloat: around $50,000 annually. There’s the freight costs for bringing supplies into the bush, and traveling costs for when Pete has to go to other parts of Alaska to train because of poor conditions in Bethel.“There were a lot of springs being completely broke and starting work again and winning some money, putting it all back into the dog program again. But with some of that racing success comes sponsorships,” said Pete, who now has a total of seventeen sponsors.Pete has also sacrificed a lot more than income. He’s only been out of the state four times in the past decade. He’s gone a lot training, and almost everything in his life revolves around the dogs. But as his two young children, Ari and Aylee, mature, he wonders if he’ll still be mushing in another decade.“If I were to get out of dogs right now, it would be just odd not to have a yard full of dogs to go feed every night. It’s just such a routine you get yourself into every morning,” Pete said.He still wants to win the Iditarod. And even though he’s pretty low-key about his competitiveness, Pete wants that fifth K300 win and won’t have to go far to see the trophy: Ron has made many of the K300 trophies, of which his son owns four.Pete wants to win it, his parents want him to win it, and that’s what others in Bethel want too. This weekend, all eyes will be watching Pete Kaiser: the one to beat in this 40th K300 race.
Washington: Pakistan, which has launched a major lobbying effort, particularly in Washington and the United Nations, after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, has received little traction on the issue, according to diplomatic sources here. Islamabad was being bluntly asked not to use the development in Kashmir for cross border terrorism or infiltration across the Line of Control, a diplomat closely following the massive lobbying efforts being undertaken by Pakistan in the last few days said on Friday. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “They have got very little international traction,” the diplomat said. India has said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the issue was strictly internal to the country. Led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, top Pakistani leadership have been calling world leaders and its top diplomats have been meeting US lawmakers and senior officials in Washington and New York to ascertain their position and telling them that it is headed for a war if there is no mediation by them. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Friday said Islamabad was trying to project a panic situation to the international community. “It is a ploy to deflect attention…It is time for Pakistan to see the new reality and stop interfering in internal matters of India,” he said Pakistan is being clearly told that the onus for maintaining peace and stability in the region is on them, the sources said. Advertise With Us “They (international community) has called upon Pakistan to ensure that they do not take steps, including cross border infiltration, that would be detrimental to peace and security,” they said, adding that this is what the US and other major players are working on to prevent Pakistan from unleashing non-state actors. Do whatever, but do not use terrorism, is the message being told to Pakistani leaders and officials again and again, the sources said. Pakistan is facing an imminent risk of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force if it fails to meet its commitment on counter-terrorism financing. The international community is closely watching its move, said two diplomatic sources. After the Taliban’s statement that Afghanistan peace talks should not be linked to Kashmir, another Pakistani argument has fallen flat, the diplomats noted. The US is in a mission mode to end the war in Afghanistan and pull back its troops from the war-torn country. The Trump administration, the officials said, was not buying the Pakistani argument that the “road to peace in Kabul goes through Kashmir” and would hold Islamabad accountable if its seen jeopardising the ongoing Afghan peace talks. There was a clear understanding inside the Trump administration that Pakistan would try and use the developments in Kashmir to calibrate US response, the sources said. However, the US has expressed concerns about the human rights situation in Kashmir and is worried about law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. Another official said India’s move has taken away from Pakistan a basis for it to internationalise the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and this realisation is reflected in the frustration by senior Pakistani officials when they reach out to their counterparts in other countries.
RangpurA court in Rangpur on Tuesday sentenced a young man to life imprisonment for raping a minor girl in 2005, reports UNB.The convict is Zakirul Islam, 38, a deputy assistant agriculture officer and son of Ansar Ali of Pathanpara Ramnathpur village in Badarganj upazila.The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 judge Md Rokanuzzaman also fined him Tk 100,000 and ordered the district administration to give the amount to the victim.According to the prosecution, the convict called the girl, an eighth grader, to his house on 4 July, 2005 for taking care of his ailing mother.As she went there, he tied her and raped her.A case was filed with Badarganj police station by the victim’s father on 13 July, 2005 and police after investigation submitted a charge-sheet against the convict on 6 September 2005.The judge awarded the punishment after examining 15 witnesses.
Share Laura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.When U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced his latest fundraising haul earlier this month – a stunning $6.7 million – it was widely expected to surpass what his rival, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, brought in over the same period. Now it’s clear by how much: roughly $3.5 million.Cruz raised $3.2 million in the first three months of this year, according to his campaign. He also will report having $8.2 million on hand.O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, did not outpace just Cruz – he posted one of the top quarterly federal fundraisers ever, outside of presidential campaigns. Along with the sheer size of his fundraising, O’Rourke’s campaign has also drawn attention for eschewing support from political action committees.O’Rourke announced his fundraising numbers earlier this month. Outside of O’Rourke’s large sum, Cruz’s fundraising would be considered robust for any incumbent seeking re-election.Since his plans to vacate his U.S. House seat in a bid to unseat Cruz a year ago, O’Rourke has frequently outpaced Cruz on the hard-dollar fundraising front. But Cruz also has a network of aligned groups that will spend on his behalf in the race. He is also expected to have massive super PAC support in the fall while O’Rourke has publicly asked super PACs to not help him in the race. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994. But O’Rourke’s campaign has excited Democrats around the country, in part due to his ability to draw large crowds around Texas, including in some conservative strongholds.Yet the enthusiasm behind O’Rourke’s bid remains perplexing to some national political observers. While repeatedly outraising an incumbent helps a challenger signal that their campaign in viable, most political insiders say privately if not publicly that Cruz remains in a strong position to win re-election.