Amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, introduced today, Oct. 22, will allow the city to create a bylaw to recover costs of infrastructure needed after new development. “With new development comes demand for fire services, libraries and recreation facilities like arenas, parks and trails,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “This amendment allows HRM to consider when and how capital cost charges will be levied such that those who benefit most from growth can contribute to the cost of municipal services needed to support that growth.” Halifax has authority to recover costs from developers to build and maintain roads and sidewalks, solid-waste management systems, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, and electrical distribution systems. The amendment will expand that list. “It’s a matter of fairness,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “It means that current property owners are not paying the growth-related capital costs associated with new development. The amendment will ensure that is no longer the case.”
Mumbai: Actor Mallika Sherawat says she lost out on a number of projects as male actors could not stomach her opinionated nature and replaced her with their girlfriends. The actor, who got a breakthrough with Murder almost 15 years ago, said when she looks back at all those people, they look like fools. “I lost film projects because they thought I was opinionated. I would hear from heroes ‘don’t cast her she speaks a lot and has a lot of opinions.’ They would prefer their girlfriends instead of me in projects. I can list at least 20-30 movies that I’ve lost. But it didn’t make me bitter. It was my gradual evolution. Now when I look back, they look like fools, all of them,” said Mallika. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe 42-year-old actor said when she started to speak about social issues, including the mindset of people towards women, no one took her seriously. “When I spoke about women’s issues, there were people in Bollywood and the media who thought I wasn’t a patriot and weren’t ready to listen. I know actresses who attacked me. But I love my country and hence this regressive mindset we have against women needs to change,” she said. Mallika says today with the arrival of digital platforms, things are looking up for all those actors who could not do much in the “traditional, formulaic Bollywood” set up. “Actors are seeing a freedom which wasn’t there before. Now is the golden period where you get meaty parts and express yourself freely.”
IQALUIT, Nunavut — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is apologizing for the way Inuit in northern Canada were treated for tuberculosis in the mid-20th century, calling it colonial and misguided.Trudeau is in Iqaluit today to deliver an apology to the Inuit on behalf of the federal government.Trudeau is acknowledging that many people with TB died after being removed from their families and communities and were taken on gruelling journeys south on ships, trains and aircraft.The prime minister made the visit to the capital of Nunavut a day later than planned after bad weather prevented his plane from landing on Thursday.Trudeau also announced the opening of a database that Inuit families can soon use to find loved ones who died when they were transported south for treatment.The database is part of a wider initiative called Nanilavut, which means “let’s find them” in Inuktitut.More comingThe Canadian Press
A $5,000 shopping spree is up for grabs after someone stole roughly $35,000 worth of camera equipment from a downtown shop. The Camera Store said someone smashed through the glass to break into the store on 11 Avenue S.W. at about 4 a.m. on Saturday.Partner Julian Ferreira said a selection of high-end, specialty cameras and lenses were stolen, including a rare collectors item worth $13,000. “Out of a showcase of about $100,000 worth of gear, they took one specific camera,” said Ferreira. “It’s [the Leica MP Safari Edition], it’s a green camera, normally Leica’s are black, or silver and this one was green with a silver lens, so very much a collectible piece.”Along with the Leica, one Hasselblad camera body and three Hasselblad lens’ were also stolen.“All these pieces will stand out insanely,” said Ferreria. “Even if you’re into photography and you know a lot about gear, or you don’t, the pieces are very striking and they are pretty unique.”The store is offering the reward to anyone who has information that leads to a conviction.Calgary Police are investigating. We had a break-in this morning. A selection of specialty cameras & lenses were stolen including a Leica MP Safari kit and a Hasselblad X1D camera lenses. We are offering a $5000 TCS shopping spree for any info that leads to a conviction. Please Share! https://t.co/ysxO5ep3db pic.twitter.com/SWmfiQzyJS— The Camera Store (@thecamerastore) December 16, 2017
GENEVA – China has filed a World Trade Organization complaint challenging U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on imported steel and aluminum, the trade body said Tuesday.The tariff spat is one element of a wide-ranging trade dispute between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government. Trump also has threatened to increase duties on $50 billion of Chinese goods in a separate conflict over technology policy.China has requested 60 days of consultations with the United States on the steel and aluminum dispute, according to the WTO. If that fails, the next step could be for Beijing to request a ruling from a panel of trade experts.Beijing says Trump’s decision to impose additional duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent aluminum violate international trade rules.Steel and aluminum are among Chinese industries in which supply exceeds demand. China’s trading partners complain its mills are exporting their surplus at improperly low prices, threatening jobs in the United States and Europe.The United States buys little Chinese steel and aluminum following earlier tariff hikes meant to offset what Washington says are improper subsidies to producers. But economists said Beijing responded in order to show it would defend itself.China’s government issued a $3 billion list of U.S. goods including pork, apples and steel pipes on March 23 that it said might be targeted for retaliation if Trump fails to negotiate a settlement to the dispute over steel and aluminum charges.
22 February 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing blankets, sanitation kits and other emergency supplies to families in affected areas of northern Madagascar after Cyclone Ivan battered the country this week, leaving at least 22 people dead and thousands either homeless or needing aid. Six administrative regions of Madagascar were hit by the cyclone, whose winds reached up to 190 kilometres per hour when it struck on Sunday, according to a press statement issued yesterday by UNICEF.The agency is helping authorities in the affected areas assess the extent of damage, a task hampered by the cuts to communication networks, roads and bridges.The north-eastern seaside city of Toamasina has been particularly hard hit, with water and electricity supplies severed and rising flood waters as a result of the accompanying heavy rainfall.Cyclone Ivan’s trail of destruction comes less than a month after Cyclone Fame struck Madagascar, killing 12 and leaving 5,000 Malagasy homeless.
Businesses boosted stockpiles 0.3 per cent in August; sales also show 0.3 per cent gain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2013 8:20 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in August, a sign that they expected stronger demand for their products.Stockpiles rose 0.3 per cent in August compared with July, when they had risen 0.4 per cent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.Sales also rose, climbing 0.3 per cent in August after a 0.6 per cent increase in July. More restocking helps boost economic growth because it means companies are ordering more factory-made goods.The August increase raised overall inventories to $1.67 trillion, up 3.1 per cent over the past year.Businesses had slowed stockpiling earlier this year, reflecting higher taxes and federal spending cuts that dampened their customers’ spending.Economic growth in the July-September quarter is expected to be weak. Activity in the current quarter is also likely to be held back by the partial government shutdown.Businesses had slowed stockpiling earlier this year, reflecting consumers’ concerns about higher taxes and across-the-board federal spending cuts. Economic growth in the July-September quarter is expected to be weak and there are worries that activity in the current quarter will be held back by the government shutdown.In August, inventories held by manufacturers rose 0.2 per cent. Stockpiles at the wholesale level increased 0.5 per cent, and retailers boosted their inventories 0.3 per cent.The report on business inventories and sales was delayed by the 16-day partial government shutdown. It had originally been scheduled for release on Oct. 11.Economic growth in the July-September quarter was likely weak. Many economists expect growth at an annual rate of 1.5 per cent, down from a 2.5 per cent rate in the April-June quarter. In the second quarter, restocking by businesses added 0.4 percentage point to annual growth.The outlook for the economy in the current October-December quarter has dimmed. Hiring has slowed, and the government shutdown is expected to weigh on growth.Employers added just 148,000 jobs in September, down from August and an indication that hiring was slowing before the shutdown.The shutdown is expected to cut about $25 billion from the economy and likely will hold growth to an annual rate below 2 per cent in the fourth quarter. Before the shutdown, many economists had expected growth to improve in the final three months of the year to an annual pace of 2.5 per cent or higher.
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2017 9:49 am MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Adidas seeks buyer for Montreal-based CCM Hockey after sales fall last year HERZOGENAURACH, Germany – Adidas says it’s putting the CCM Hockey brand up for sale.The German sports equipment and apparel giant made the announcement Wednesday as it reported its fourth-quarter and year-end results for 2016.The company reported a 14.3 per cent decline in net sales for CCM Hockey last year compared to 2015, and a bigger drop of 21.6 per cent in the fourth quarter compared to the same period a year earlier.Now headquartered in Montreal, CCM Hockey can trace its roots to its founding in September 1899 in Weston, Ont., as Canada Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd.A veritable who’s who of the NHL have geared up with CCM Hockey equipment, including Darryl Sittler, Mark Messier and Sidney Crosby.In 2004, CCM Hockey was bought by Reebok, which was acquired by Adidas two years later.
Winning three of the four major championships in men’s professional golf is no easy feat. Only 18 golfers have ever done it,1And as we’ll see in the table below, only 11 have had a chance to cap off the career slam after 1958, when the PGA Championship switched to stroke play and thus began what’s generally regarded as the modern era of major championships. and of those, only five — Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen — have gone on to win the fourth and complete the career grand slam.2The tournaments that constitute a grand slam have changed over the years, so we’re only considering the definition in use since 1958: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.One of the 13 golfers stuck on three majors (poor guy, I know) is Jordan Spieth, who joined the club with his win at the British Open in July. And luckily for Spieth, the last major he needs to check off is the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. If Spieth wins, he’ll become the group’s sixth member — and the youngest at the time of his accession. Spieth is OK at golf, gang.But although the PGA is often regarded as the game’s weakest major, even the greatest golfers can get hung up trying to add it to their collection. Of the seven modern-era golfers who weren’t able to secure that elusive fourth major (not counting Spieth, who still has much of his career in front of him), two counted the PGA Championship as their white whale. One of those golfers was some guy named Arnold Palmer, and the other was Tom Watson — owners of 15 total majors between them. But for all their many accomplishments, the duo were never able to capture the Wanamaker Trophy. Lee TrevinoThe Masters13 Sam SneadU.S. Open19 Winning that last major is hard, especially when it’s the PGAGolf’s career grand slam candidates since 1958 Raymond FloydBritish Open7 Jack NicklausBritish Open3✓ Tiger WoodsBritish Open1✓ PLAYERMISSING MAJORCUTS MADE*SUCCESS? Gary PlayerU.S. Open3✓ * With a career grand slam on the line (i.e., after winning the other three majors, but not counting any cuts made after a slam was collected). Nine of Snead’s cuts at the U.S. Open were made before 1958.Source: ESPN Tom WatsonPGA Championship17 Phil MickelsonU.S. Open2 Rory McIlroyThe Masters3 Arnold PalmerPGA Championship21 When modern-era golfers have needed either the U.S. or British Open to cap off the slam, they’ve had at least some success — three wins against 35 cuts made after winning his first three majors.3This includes the nine pre-1958 cuts Snead made at the U.S. Open after he’d picked up the other three majors; we grandfathered him into the data because he also made 10 cuts at the U.S. Open after the modern era began. And the two players who’ve needed only the Masters as their coup de grace, Lee Trevino and Rory McIlroy, are only oh-for-16 in terms of wins versus cuts made. But between Palmer and Watson, slam-seekers are winless in their 38 cuts at the PGA, a record of futility Spieth will try to chip away at.Watson got close at the PGA before the career grand slam was on the line — he finished in a tie for second at Oakmont Country Club in 1978, though he hadn’t yet won the U.S. Open at that stage of his career. He’d get his first chance at the career slam in the summer of 1982 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and he put forth a solid effort, finishing in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard. But in his subsequent 23 starts at the PGA Championship, Watson would never get closer than fifth.Palmer, meanwhile, got his first shot at career-slam glory at the 1964 PGA Championship in Columbus, Ohio. He hit it well all week but ended up three strokes back of winner Bobby Nichols, in a tie for second with Nicklaus. It was a tough pill to swallow for sure, but Palmer would get many more whacks at his slam; Nichols would never win another major.But the PGA disappointments kept piling up. At the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio, Texas, Palmer entered Sunday two strokes back of leader Frank Beard and saw an opening when Beard blew up in the final round. But 48-year-old (!) Julius Boros played a little better, edging Palmer by a single stroke with a final-round 69.Palmer’s window was closing, but ’68 wouldn’t be his last near-miss. That would come at the 1970 PGA Championship — also played at Southern Hills — where he, for the third time in seven seasons, finished in a tie for second. That meant one of the greatest golfers ever came within a few shots of reaching the sport’s zenith on three separate occasions, only to fall short because of a bad chip here or a poor read there.Now Jordan Spieth — a 24 year-old who celebrated his first birthday two weeks before Palmer was cut from the final PGA Championship in which he appeared — has a chance to do what Palmer couldn’t.Spieth’s path won’t be easy, though — he’ll have to contend with McIlroy, a two-time PGA Championship winner who holds the course record at Quail Hollow4He shot 61 there at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. and who — oh, by the way — is also just one major shy of the career grand slam. (He only needs to check off a Masters victory.) Spieth may be golf’s wunderkind du jour, but it wasn’t long ago that McIlroy was the player everyone believed might challenge Jack and Tiger for GOAT status. And despite Spieth’s bid to make history this weekend, McIlroy is the tournament favorite.So it should be a fun duel: Spieth and McIlroy are two of the best golfers in the world and have been for a while. For the 2017 PGA season, Spieth ranks first in strokes gained approaching the green, fourth in total strokes gained on average, seventh in strokes gained from tee to green, 18th in strokes gained around the green, and 47th in strokes gained from putting. (Strokes gained is a statistic that measures how golfers pick up and lose strokes compared to the rest of the field. Spieth leading the PGA tour in strokes gained approaching the green means that, because his approach shots are so good, he is improving his score at a better clip than anyone else in the field. It also confirms what everyone is saying: Spieth is an excellent iron player.)What about McIlroy? He’s battled injury for much of the season, but when he has played, he’s been good. McIlroy hasn’t made enough starts in 2017 for his stats to qualify for the PGA leaderboards, but let’s have a look at them anyway. If he were ranked against the rest of the tour, McIlroy would be first in strokes gained from tee to green and in strokes gained off the tee. And McIlroy’s total strokes gained average would rank third on the tour. His play around and on the green hasn’t been great — he would be tied for 79th in strokes gained around the green and rank 96th in strokes gained from putting, if qualified — but then again, McIlroy’s strength has never been his putter. He’s a tee-to-green kind of player, and that part of his game is firing on all cylinders entering the PGA Championship. The field — and especially Spieth — should be very afraid.Whatever the outcome this Sunday, golf fans should be feeling pretty lucky right now — it’s possible Spieth and McIlroy could both achieve career grand slams by trading wins in the next two majors. But there are no guarantees in golf, especially when it comes to checking off the career slam at the PGA — just ask Palmer and Watson.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “At this early stage, it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the centre. “It can be confirmed that the man was a competitor at the World Para Athletic Championships being held in London. His next of kin have been informed. Police officers remain at the scene and cordons are in place. The Health and Safety Executive have been informed.” Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei has died following a training incident in London ahead of the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships, the International Paralympic Committee has announced.The 36-year-old, who represented the United Arab Emirates in the F34 class javelin and shot put at Rio 2016, was training at Newham Leisure Centre in preparation for the championships, which begin on Friday at the London Stadium.An IPC statement said: “Emergency services were called shortly after 17:00 to reports of a seriously injured man. Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene. At 17:20 the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene. Ed Warner, co-chair of London 2017, added: “This is a devastating event and everyone within the London 2017 organising committee is shocked and saddened.”Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Abdullah’s family and team-mates at what is undoubtedly a very difficult time for them. We will be working closely with all the competitors and teams over the days ahead to offer support wherever it is needed.” A moment of silence will be held to remember Hayayei during Friday’s opening ceremony. “The athlete’s family who are in the UAE have been informed of his death and the UAE team were brought together at the team hotel to be informed of the tragic news.” 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. IPC president Sir Philip Craven said: “We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah.”The thoughts, prayers and condolences of the whole Paralympic movement are with Abdullah’s family, friends and team-mates as well as the whole of the National Paralympic Committee of the UAE. We are all in a state of shock at this terrible tragedy.” A file picture of Para athlete Abdullah HayayeiCredit:Al-Bayan Our thoughts & condolences are with the family, friends & teammates of UAE’s Abdullah Hayayei at this tragic time.https://t.co/Md0jX4ok9b— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) 11 July 2017 Saddened to hear of the death of UAE Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei. London’s condolences are with his family, friends and teammates. https://t.co/d7DrbbsZcl— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) 12 July 2017
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek-born lawyer Steven Sapountsis is the new president of the Law Institute of Victoria for 2016.Mr Sapountsis is special counsel at Moores and has 32 years’ legal experience in litigation and regulatory and compliance work.Mr Sapountsis emigrated to Australia with his family in 1961 from a village in northern Greece. After attending Blackburn South High School, he studied economics and law at Monash University. He completed his articles at Dunstan and Lamb in Mitcham, and his first job was at the Brunswick firm Kossoulis Sapountsis and Co., where most of his clients were from the Greek community. Within a few years he was offered partnership at the firm. At the LIV he was general manager of the Professional Standards Department (including management of litigation) until July 2006. He has undertaken regulatory work at high levels, including government legal policy matters and legislative interpretation and implementation.Among Mr Sapountsis’ aims for his presidency at the LIV is furthering diversity in the legal profession and exploring practical ways to increase inclusion.Meanwhile, the new president of the Victorian Bar Association, Paul Anastassiou QC, is also of Greek heritage.
Paula : un ouragan se forme au large du HondurasUne tempête tropicale baptisée Paula s’est formée lundi au large des côtes du Honduras. Elle s’est transformée ce matin en ouragan dans les Caraïbes, et devrait encore se renforcer dans les heures à venir.Comme l’a précisé le Centre national américain des ouragans (NHC), Paula se trouvait ce mardi matin à environ 370 kilomètres au sud-est de Cozumel au Mexique. Avec des vents pouvant atteindre 120 km/h, l’ouragan est le neuvième de la saison et est classé en catégorie 1 sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson, qui en compte cinq.À lire aussiVague de froid : qu’est-ce que la température ressentie ?Après avoir touché le Honduras accompagné de fortes pluies, Paula se dirigeait vers la péninsule du Yucatan à une vitesse de 17 km/h. Au Mexique, une alerte ouragan a été émise pour les zones situées entre Punta Gruesa et Cabo Catoche, près de la ville de Cancun.Tout en se déplaçant, l’ouragan devrait se renforcer et noyer certaines parties du Honduras, du Nicaragua et du Mexique sous 7,5 à 15 centimètres de pluie. Le NHC craint des précipitations maximales pouvant atteindre 25 centimètres dans certaines zones isolées, ainsi que des inondations et des coulées de boue qui pourraient s’avérer meurtrières.Depuis le début de la saison des ouragans, qui s’étend de juin à novembre, plus de 300 personnes ont été tuées par de violentes tempêtes en Amérique centrale. Pluies diluviennes et inondations ont fait des dizaines de milliers de sans-abri, tandis que les dégâts matériels sont évalués à plusieurs milliards de dollars.Le 12 octobre 2010 à 15:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Braconnage : 115 défenses d’éléphants saisies au KenyaEn fin de semaine dernière, la police kényane a saisi 115 défenses d’éléphants à l’aéroport international de Nairobi. Une découverte qui représente près d’une tonne et demie d’ivoire de contrebande.C’est dans plusieurs malles métalliques que les défenses d’éléphants avait été cachées. Elles ont été découvertes dans la zone réservée aux importations de l’aéroport de Nairobi. Sur les étiquettes des malles, deux ambassades de Nairobi, celles de Papouasie-Nouvelle Guinée et de Bruneï, étaient inscrites comme les expéditrices des cargaisons. Deux ambassades probablement fictives.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosSelon L’Express, l’ivoire avait été saupoudré de poivre afin d’échapper au flair des chiens des douanes kényanes. Les défenses étaient destinées au Nigeria, et les propriétaires de ce butin estimé à quelque 900.000 euros auraient été aidés par des complices faisant partie du personnel de l’aéroport.”Nous pensons être confrontés à un important réseau criminel et à l’implication d’agents de l’aéroport. Le fait que la cargaison a été retrouvée dans la zone des importations et non celle des exportations montre que quelque chose d’inhabituel s’est produit”, a expliqué la commandante adjointe de la police de l’aéroport, Eunice Kihiko, dont les déclarations sont rapportées par le site Au fait Maroc.Le commerce international de l’ivoire est interdit depuis 1989 par la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites). Mais depuis 1997, les pays d’Afrique australe sont autorisés à organiser de rares ventes ponctuelles.Le 9 mai 2011 à 19:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
La tablette Google serait fabriquée par Asus et porterait le nom de Google PlayLa prochaine tablette qui fera du bruit sera sans doute celle de Google, dont on vient d’apprendre que le nom serait sans doute Google Play. Ne souhaitant pas mettre les mains dans le hardware, Google délèguerait cette partie à ASUS.Asus prépare une tablette 7 pouces, 1280×800 pixels, quad-core Tegra à 199 $. Serait-ce la fameuse tablette Google ?Le nom n’est pas annoncé officiellement, mais Google s’est mis à réserver furieusement des noms de domaines liés, dont par exemple : googleplayapps.com, googleplaybooks.com, googleplaydownloads.com, googleplaygames.com, googleplaymagazines.com, googleplaymovies.com, googleplaymusic.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, googleplaynewsstand.com, googleplaytv.com, googleplayvideos.com… cela suggère un sacré produit derrière le nom Google Play ! Et quoi de mieux qu’une tablette pour réaliser toute les actions suggérées par ces adresses ?D’après un blog de fan, deux responsables auraient confié lors du mobile World Congress que Google avait été très impressionné par la prouesse d’Asus, de sortir leur tablette MeMo à 249 $. Ils leur auraient donc contactés pour voir s’ils pourraient les aider à atteindre leur objectif-prix de 199 $ pour la tablette google. Cette tablette Google entrerait à priori en production en avril et serait dévoilée à la conférence Asus annuelle Asus, le 27 juin. Le 6 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
With the second month of 2015 flying by, this year’s Acre Challenge continues to grow in support of the World Soy Foundation’s (WSF) mission to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy. As the philanthropic arm of the American Soybean Association, the Acre Challenge creates a unique opportunity for U.S. soybean farmers to directly support the Foundation—making sure the valuable protein they work hard to grow makes it to those who need it most around the world.The WSF is happy to announce the Acre Challenge is over one-third of the way to the new 2015 goal of $110,000. With the great success the WSF had last year with Acre Challenge, we’ve upped the goal by $10,000 for this year to help make an even greater impact! With that said, we’d like to recognize our top three supporting states so far this year. The winner of last year’s Top State Award, Iowa, still leads the way in being a part of the solution to world hunger and malnutrition. With over 24 donors contributing nearly $6,000 to the Acre Challenge fund. Coming in just behind Iowa is North Dakota, with 10 donors generously giving nearly $4,500. Rounding out the top three are the 22 donors of Illinois, who accepted the challenge and raised over $3,500.The WSF looks forward to partnering with all U.S. soybean farmers through the Acre Challenge over the next 10 months, to continue furthering our mission and making an impact on impoverished communities around the world on behalf of the soy family and industry.Be sure to visit us at www.worldsoyfoundation.org or on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to learn more about the impact your gift can make.
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Protesters shout slogans as they march towards the US embassy in Manila on April 28, 2017, as the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) arrive for their annual summit. AFPPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war is part of a worrying assault on human rights and democracy across Southeast Asia, activists said as regional leaders gathered in Manila on Friday.Duterte has been condemned in the West for the crackdown, which has claimed thousands of lives since he took power last year, but he is expected to enjoy the support of most of his guests as he hosts the heads of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).This is partly because the leaders of most other countries in the region have few democratic credentials themselves, or have human rights clouds hanging over them, according to Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.”Human rights is in a precipitous downward spiral in every ASEAN country except perhaps Myanmar, and that’s only because military rule in that country was so horrible for so long,” Robertson told AFP.”By just about every measure — freedom of expression and peaceful protest, religious tolerance, non-interference in civil society, respect for democratic principles, fair treatment of refugees and migrants — the region is falling deeper into dictatorship, repression, and rights abuse.”Amnesty International called on the ASEAN leaders to consider whether the drug war killings were a “serious breach” of the provision in the group’s charter to protect human rights.Here are the leaders of ASEAN nations and issues surrounding their rule:BruneiSultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 70, is one of the world’s richest men thanks to his 49-year absolute rule over tiny, oil-rich Brunei. He caused controversy in 2014 when he introduced sharia law, which on paper includes severing of limbs and death by stoning.CambodiaA former Khmer Rouge soldier who defected from the brutal regime, Hun Sen, 64, has been in power for more than three decades. The shrewd politician claims to have brought stability to an impoverished nation ravaged by war. But he is also regarded as a strongman who has leveraged control over the country’s security forces, judiciary and economy to block any challenges to his rule, while allowing corruption and rights abuses to flourish.IndonesiaJoko Widodo, 55, is the first elected leader from outside the political and military elites. His 2014 presidential victory was seen as a sign that Indonesia’s democratic institutions were in good health, after emerging from three decades of iron-fisted rule under dictator Suharto in 1998.But he has struggled to push through reforms in a country still dominated by figures from the Suharto era and analysts say old establishment forces may be moving to retake power.LaosThongloun Sisoulith, 71, rose to the premiership last year after serving as the communist state’s top diplomat. He has trumpeted an anti-graft campaign in the impoverished nation. But scrutiny of his opaque administration remains all but impossible under a regime that bars international media and brooks no dissent.MalaysiaNajib Razak, 63, has since 2009 been leader of Malaysia’s ruling coalition, which in nearly six-decades in power has overseen rapid economic growth. But its policies favour the Malay majority and it has long been accused of repressing dissent. With elections due next year, Najib has cracked down on his opponents and sacked critics within his party.MyanmarAung San Suu Kyi’s reputation as a democracy icon and human rights defender has been tarnished by her first year in office. The 71-year-old has alienated many of her international backers for not speaking out against a bloody army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. At home, poor progress on legal and economic reforms, a stalling peace process and a surge in online defamation cases have left many disillusioned with Myanmar’s first civilian government in generations.PhilippinesA crackdown on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives has been the defining theme of Duterte’s first year in office. Human rights groups warn he may be orchestrating a crime against humanity. But the 72-year-old lawyer insists he is “happy to slaughter” millions of addicts to end the drug menace, and that he does not care about the criticism.SingaporePrime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 65, the elder son of late founding father Lee Kuan Yew, has led the affluent city-state since 2004. His People’s Action Party was in 2015 returned to power in a landslide election win, extending the party’s uninterrupted rule spanning nearly six decades. But rights groups have criticised the government for clamping down on political freedoms.ThailandPrayut Chan-O-Cha, a 63-year-old career soldier who toppled an elected government while army chief in 2014, heads a junta that has clamped down on dissent and stripped Thais of political rights. The ultra-royalist has promised an eventual return to democracy, but the dates for polls keep slipping and critics say the new junta-drafted charter will solidify the army’s role in government.VietnamPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, elected last year by the rubber-stamp parliament, is seen as a competent technocrat and a sturdy apparatchik in the conservative communist leadership. The party has little tolerance for internal dissent and routinely jails critics.
Share The two Republican businessmen vying to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ted Poe in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District are relatively new to Texas politics.Elected to represent Texas House District 126 in 2016, state Rep. Kevin Roberts, R-Houston, passed a handful of bills in his one term, addressing issues like family crisis services, special education students and regulation by state agencies.Dan Crenshaw is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL who has never held public office. He took medical retirement from service in 2016, four years after an IED blast in Afghanistan destroyed his right eye. Roberts finished first in the March 6 Republican primary, with 33 percent of the vote to Crenshaw’s 27 percent. Fewer than 2,600 votes separated the two. The winner of the May runoff will face Democrat Todd Litton in the November general election.Poe announced his retirement in November after serving the district since 2004. Poe said in a statement at the time that he was ready for something new and looked forward to spending time with his 12 grandkids, “who have all been born since I was first elected to Congress.”During his tenure, Poe has advocated for crime victims and passed legislation to combat human trafficking – issues both Roberts and Crenshaw vow to continue should they succeed him.The two agree that flood mitigation is top of mind for the thousands of Hurricane Harvey survivors in the district. Each lay out specifics on what projects they’d fight for should they win election to Congress.In the latest video from our Split Decision campaign debate series, the two Republicans also talked about the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census and gun safety in schools.
The Rev. Dr. Karen S. Bethea says her ministry has been a success over the years because she follows exactly what God tells her to do.The Rev. Dr. Karen S. Bethea opened Set The Captives Free Outreach (STCF) Center with seven members, April 9, 2000, in conference room 125 of The Comfort Inn, Woodlawn, Md. In three months, the number had grown to 30, and, within a year, there were 125 members. By November 2002, when the ministry moved into its current Windsor Mill, Md. location, membership had grown to 700.Now 2,000 members strong and growing, the church is preparing to celebrate STCF’s 15-year anniversary and Rev. Bethea’s elevation to Apostle, an assignment she’s been working toward since a very young age. “I was 12. I can’t even explain it, but I’ve always loved God. I grew up at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, and I loved hymns. At age 11, I’m memorizing hymns and singing them around the house. So, I knew back then something divine was going on with me, but I didn’t get it,” says the pastor affectionately called Dr. Karen.“I didn’t really understand why I was having those feelings until I got older, and then I began to understand… ‘Oh, God will draw you. Okay, he’s been drawing me,’” she explains.At age 15, a visit to a very small but very much alive church with a neighbor led to an experience that expanded her relationship with God. “I had an experience called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, where you began to speak in tongues, and I felt God on another level. It was just amazing. That whole experience just opened my understanding. All of a sudden I’m reading the Bible, and it all makes sense. And, I’m knowing that this is not my intellect. This is something divine.,” she says, in a voice still filled with awe and wonderment.Two years later, when she preached her first sermon, the 17-year old was prepared with an outline and notes, but she was not prepared for the effect it had on the church or the wisdom and depth that came forth. That simple Youth Day message, “Prepare to meet thy God,” led her to an even deeper understanding.The soon-to-be Apostle says, “I, at an early age, learned that God’s wisdom can supersede your intellect, because I knew the things that came out of my mouth were not in my intellect. They came out of my spirit. He said, ‘Out of your belly, shall flow rivers of living water.’ I knew that, that was the spirit of God in me.”By age 20, she had begun preaching up and down the East Coast. And despite some naysayers, she also birthed an international traveling women’s conference of 10 female clergy promoting women’s empowerment. The Women Who Soar (http://www. thewomenwhosoar.com/), travels the globe, sharing and teaching God’s word.“When people say, ‘God opens doors for you,’ I know exactly what that means, because I’ve had some men that weren’t too kind say to me that, ‘you know God’s not going to use you. You’re a woman.’ At this age – I’m now 55 – I have preached Germany, Canada, Bermuda, Israel, Africa, England… I’ve been all over everywhere, and I’m still going. God really has shown me over a period of time that He’s with me, and I so enjoy Him and just doing [his work].”When asked about the success of her ministry, the pastor, originally ordained by founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas Bishop T. D. Jakes, says that it’s simple. She does what God tells her to do.“That’s my motto. Whatever he tells me, I do it. Now, I do it sometimes scared, but I do it. Some of the things he says, it makes me nervous. Some of the things he tells me to do, I don’t like, and I don’t want to do. But I’ve learned over the years to not obey him is so expensive that I’ll just do it. I don’t have to like it, but I’m going to do it.“Follow him, Proverbs 3, 5 and 6… ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. B, but in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’”That path, which has led Dr. Karen to establish a local support group for females in ministry (the Female Clergy Support Group of Maryland) and ministries that serve children, teens, young adults, couples, seniors, health, and others at STCF, is now leading to her affirmation as Apostle, this month, and Bishop, next year.Rev. Bethea, who is mentored by the Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner Fuller, pastor of the Mt. Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church in Towson, Md.,, began preaching under the title of evangelist and explains the organization of the administration of the church. “In Ephesians chapter 4, verse 11, you see the five-fold ministry. These are the ascension gifts that Jesus gave to the church. As organized as God is, of course he left something in place to oversee that, to take care of it, to strengthen it… It’s listed there. It’s the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, the governing body for the Christian church.”“The five-fold gifts,” she continues, “that’s in you at birth. God decides those. You can’t pick one of them and say I want to be… No. You don’t decide those. They are divinely assigned. Then, someone outside of yourself acknowledges it and says we acknowledge that you’re functioning in this particular office.”For years, people told the pastor, whose church’s bible study classes draw 52 percent of the membership, that she is really an Apostle. In response, she has told them, “That’s fine. Just let me be a pastor that does apostolic works.”But, that was not the end of it, and, “Finally,” she said, “my bishop nailed me down and said we need to affirm that you’re operating there. Next year, I’ll be consecrated a Bishop, but I’m already functioning in both those offices.”Happy with her work, she says, “It’s an honor, but I am so task oriented. I’m more about getting the work done.”Members of the church are looking forward to the celebration and have kept as many of the details as possible a secret. The Anniversary/ Apostolic Affirmation Banquet will be held 2 – 6 p.m. April 18, at Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, Md. Ticket information is available at http://stcfoc.com/2015/.Rev. Bethea is excited about the honor and looks forward to the celebration. But, for her, it is all about doing God’s work. “At the end of the day, I just want to do the work. I want to see people happy. I want to see people healthy. I want to see people set free,” she exclaims.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Access to Luminary-exclusive shows will require a $7.99 per month subscription. The company will also offer a free tier, which includes access to all of the podcasts you can get on any other podcasting app. Luminary plans to launch in the first half of 2019 with apps for Android and iOS as well as a web version.Luminary’s launch comes as a number of other companies are looking to capitalize on the growing popularity of podcasts. Spotify spent close to $340 million last month to acquire the podcasting startups Anchor and Gimlet Media, gaining access to a number of high-profile shows with the latter. Pandora has been working to replicate some of its music curation features with its new Podcast Genome Project. And just last month, Himalaya launched a new podcast app with integrated tipping functionality, and a number of exclusive shows. Popular on Variety Podcast startup Luminary emerged out of stealth Monday with a high-profile line-up for its upcoming $7.99 subscription service: Luminary will feature exclusive shows from A-list creators including Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah, NPR’s Guy Raz, Omari Hardwick and others. The service will include a paid tier, as well as free, ad-supported content.The company’s service will launch with more than 40 original shows, with other creators slated to launch new programming including Bill Simmons’ The Ringer, Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg’s Pushkin Industries, creator of Slow Burn Leon Neyfakh, creator of Planet Money Adam Davidson and Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.In addition, Luminary also struck deals to become the exclusive new home for a number of existing podcasts including Russell Brand’s “Under the Skin,”Michael Rapaport’s “Iamrapaport: Stereo Podcast,” “Love and Radio” with Nick van der Kolk, WNYC’s “Note to Self” with Manoush Zomorodi, Hannibal Buress’ “Handsome Rambler” and Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson’s “Guys We F****d.”