During yesterday’s meeting in the capital, Yamoussoukro, with President Laurent Gbagbo, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Y. J. Choi, congratulated the Ivorian Government for its identification and voter registration scheme, which wrapped up on 30 June.With 6.5 million voters having been identified or registered, Mr. Choi said the operation “constitutes a solid basis to accelerate the crisis resolution process.”The stalled elections, scheduled for 29 November, present an “exceptional window of opportunity,” he told Mr. Gbagbo.Financing for the polls has been secured and the political will needed is in place, with technical, management and planning issues being the remaining challenges, the Special Representative said.In his latest report on the work of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that Côte d’Ivoire’s political parties have the responsibility for ensuring that the elections are held on time and are free, fair and transparent.He wrote that he has been encouraged by the progress so far, including the ongoing pre-electoral campaigning activities and the parties’ reaffirmation that all signatories of a 2003 peace accord are eligible to stand as candidates in the upcoming polls.“It is important that the Ivorian parties sustain the progress achieved so far and complete, in a timely manner, the remaining stages of the peace process,” the report, made public last week, said. “The parties should also preserve the prevailing positive political climate.”Mr. Ban also emphasized the need for more progress towards reunification – in 2002 Côte d’Ivoire became divided between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north – before the elections, which were previously supposed to be conducted in 2005 and 2008.“It is the political will and calculations of the main Ivorian political players that will ultimately determine whether or not the election date will be respected… Their successful conduct will place Côte d’Ivoire on the path to reclaim its place as a pillar of stability, democracy and development in the subregion,” he wrote. 13 July 2009The top United Nations envoy to Côte d’Ivoire has held talks with the President of the West African nation on progress made in the peace process, including voter identification and registration, as well as the upcoming long-awaited presidential elections.
“A few years ago you could have counted on one hand the number of countries able to spell out the links between violence, public health, and prevention,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, Catherine Le Galès-Camus said.“Today more than 70 countries have national violence prevention focal points and more than 50 have initiated policies and programmes focused on addressing the root causes of violence,” she added.At the global violence prevention conference in San Francisco, which is jointly sponsored by WHO and the California Wellness Foundation, experts will be assessing advances in the field of violence prevention.Examples of efforts to address the problem include Jamaica, where violence is the leading cause of death among young males, and the fifth leading cause of death among people, costing the country more than $700 million a year. In response, the Ministry of Health launched the Violence Prevention Alliance, a network of national and international agencies which share a public health approach to violence, WHO said.A UN World report on violence and health issued in 2002 said that suicide and homicide were the 5th and 6th leading causes of death in people aged 15 to 29 years in age, and more than 90 per cent of those were concentrated in low- and middle-income countries. That report was pivotal in changing the notion that violence is not just a phenomenon, it can also be prevented, and has led many countries to adopt violence prevention programmes, said WHO.“For many countries, accepting the notion that violence can be prevented has been nothing short of revolutionary,” said WHO’s Director of the Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, Etienne Krug, adding: “This in fact may be the most important of all milestones achieved to date.”The tools to address the problem include parent training, home visitation services, reducing alcohol availability and access to firearms, helping high-risk adolescents to complete schooling, changing cultural norms that condone violence, and providing adequate emergency care, WHO said.
Debbie SladeDebbie Slade has received a 2010 Niagara Women in Business Award for Community Spirit, but she’s not taking all the credit for the honor.“This award is recognition for arts and culture in Niagara,” said Slade, director of Brock’s Centre of the Arts for 23 years. “And I gratefully accept it on behalf of all the individuals and arts organizations in Niagara who are working to help transform our communities through ideas, creativity and the arts.”The award, which acknowledges the outstanding community contribution of a woman in business, is part of the Women in Business Awards. Since 2000, these awards have honoured Niagara women whose businesses and community contributions have a significant impact on our region.“I have such incredible respect for Deb’s professional expertise and her contribution to our community,” said Rebecca Cann, cultural planning supervisor with the City of St. Catharines. “She has been a tremendous promoter of local talent and a leader in the arts of Niagara. Her award speaks to the future of Niagara as a creative, entrepreneurial community.”Under Slade’s leadership, the Centre for the Arts has promoted and provided rich cultural and artistic experiences and services to the community. It has steadily built a reputation as one of Canada’s premier performing arts venues.Slade oversees the centre’s day-to-day operations, which includes curating more than 70 performances annually and promoting its programming to motivate cultural interest in the arts both at Brock and in the region. Now entering its 41st season, the centre has presented more than 1,000 artists and entertained close to two million people.Under Slade’s leadership, the centre has partnered and collaborated with many not-for-profit community organizations, among them Niagara Symphony, Suitcase In Point Theatre Company and Chorus Niagara. She has also organized audience and outreach activities that broaden the link between the arts and community.As the new Niagara Centre for the Arts in downtown St. Catharines gets closer to becoming reality, the Centre for the Arts at Brock, under Slade’s direction, will be a key player in providing all Niagarans with quality arts experiences, both entertaining and educational.“I am humbled and honored by this award,” Slade said, “particularly since it recognizes not only the work I do at the centre and in the community, but also the work of so many wonderful people I work with who are terribly smart and creative.”
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. Grammar school parents are in open revolt over plans to drop entry marks for disadvantaged pupils.Over 3,000 people have signed an online petition warning that reducing the pass mark for the Eleven Plus will lead to standards dropping “dramatically”.The King Edward VI Academy Trust, which runs six grammar schools in Birmingham, plans to introduce new catchment areas from next September that will give priority to disadvantaged pupils who live in those areas, even if they achieve slightly lower entry scores.Kaja Fawthrop, who wrote the petition, said that parents have raised almost £2,000 for a barrister’s opinion on the legality of the plans. They have also lodged an appeal with the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.“We reject proposals to create new catchment areas around each Grammar school and drastically reduce the pass mark causing standards to drop dramatically in the best schools in our City,” the petition says.“They are some of the best State Grammar schools outside London, with entry based purely on merit, not how much money you have.” The petition, titled “Keep Birmingham State Grammar Schools”, points out that if a child is bright enough to pass the Eleven Plus and win a place at a selective school then “it’s fair to hope they can have the chance to be educated with peers of a similar ability”. Writing on the site change.org, Ms Fawthrop said: “Grammar schools are designed for academically high achieving children. If entrance is decided on by postcode, what is the point of Grammar schools? What is the point of the 11+ test if catchment area is the deciding factor?”Current legislation forbids new grammar schools from being created, but a £50 million fund was created by the Prime Minister last year to create extra places at existing selective schools. So far, 16 grammars have been awarded funds to create new places on their existing site.The £50 million expansion fund is the bedrock of Theresa May’s trimmed-down grammar revolution. The money will be available to existing grammars on the condition they can prove they will take in more children from lower income backgrounds.Heath Monk, executive director of King Edward VI Foundation, has previously said: “Grammar schools have got to be more socially inclusive and they have got to do more to reach out to disadvantaged children and that inevitably means some fear of displacement. “What we are doing it is in line with government policy and where government wants grammar schools to go in terms of accessibility and access of disadvantaged children.”
IT IS AN anniversary without celebration: five years after the implosion of banking giant Lehman Brothers sparked the worst crisis in generations, the US can say it avoided catastrophe.After just barely pulling back from the precipice, industry is picking up, home prices are gaining, banks are stable and American consumers have started spending – albeit still with great caution.But the millions still jobless, and an economy still needing stimulus, shows the scars have yet to heal.“I wouldn’t say we’re anywhere near having a fantastic situation again,” says Harvard economics professor Kenneth Rogoff. “But at least the economy has stabilised and is now moderately robust.”The economy was already struggling under the housing market collapse when on 15 September 2008, Lehman crumbled and the government’s decision not to save it sent a shock down Wall Street.The fall of the century-old US investment banking stalwart detonated an implosion in the US financial sector that reverberated around the globe.The government quickly mobilised more than $420 billion to prop up other banks and automakers General Motors and Chrysler, whose collapse would have meant hundreds of thousands more jobs lost.But that was not enough to contain the hemorrhage.Rocketing unemploymentIn the 12 months from September 2008, unemployment rocketed from 6.1 per cent to 9.8 per cent. The economy melted down, contracting at an 8.3 per cent annual rate in the final quarter of 2008.With receipts sinking and intervention costs rising, the government deficit soared to $1.4 trillion, from 3.2 per cent of gross domestic product to 10.1 per cent by 2009.“It was a very risky period, we could have had a new Great Depression,” said Rogoff.Five years later, that nightmare has passed. With the exception of a mild relapse in early 2011, the economy has been growing steadily, if slowly, since the autumn of 2009.“The ability of the US authorities to take an aggressive approach to resolve the financial crisis was decisive,” said Nicolas Veron, a researcher at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.It was crucial to shore up faith in the banks.
Is Nintendo’s forthcoming portable gaming system hazardous to your health? The company has issued warnings about the 3DS ahead of its upcoming Nintendo World conference, suggesting that extended use of the console may be harmful for children under the age of six.“Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,” the company said in a warning on its site, “delivers 3D images with different left and right eye images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.”AdChoices广告This isn’t the first time the company has issued such a warning for the glasses-free 3D console. When the device was announced back in June at E3, Nintendo America’s head, Reggie Fils-Aime, told Kotaku that the company was recommending a break after playing for an hour. Nintendo has since halved that number, suggesting that players take a break after 30 minutes,Fortunately, the device lets the user dial down or turn off the 3D effect.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 10:57 AM Mar 20th 2019, 10:57 AM https://jrnl.ie/4551408 Between 2011 and 2017, 55,675 cases were treated for problem alcohol useThe number of cases decreased to 7,350 in 2017 from a high of 8,876 in 2011The proportion of new cases decreased from 52% in 2011 to 48% in 2017The number of cases involving polydrug use remained relatively stable during the period in question – 20% in 2017 and 19% in 2011.Cannabis was the most common additional drug used. The number of such cases reported declined steadily from 68% in 2011 to 58% in 2016, but increased slightly to 61% in 2017.Cocaine was the second most common additional drug recorded. This has increased from 29% in 2011 to 42% in 2017. In 2017, cocaine as an additional drug was more common among males (44%) than females (34%).Benzodiazepines were the third most common additional drug reported (23%). The proportion reporting benzodiazepines as an additional problem increased from 22% in 2011 to 29% in 2016, and then decreased to 23% in 2017.In 2017, opiates as an additional drug are more common among females (21%) than males (12%).Responding to the figures, Dr Darrin Morrissey, Chief Executive at the HRB, said alcohol “remains the main problem drug that people enter treatment for in Ireland”.He noted that recovery is harder for people trying to give up more than one drug, stating: “That, in conjunction with the very high percentages of cases that are alcohol dependent, point to the chronic nature of addiction.”Age and gender breakdownIn 2017, the median age at which cases first started drinking was 16 years, similar to previous years. Almost three-quarters (72%) of all cases were alcohol dependent.The proportion of previously treated cases who were alcohol dependent increased from 68% in 2011 to 79% in 2017. In 2017, 74% of males treated were alcohol dependent, compared to 68% of females.Dr Suzi Lyons, Senior Researcher at the HRB, said there has been an increasing trend in the percentage of new cases who are already dependent on alcohol when they present to treatment for the first time, up from 50% in 2011 to 68% in 2017.This means that more people are presenting when the problem is already severe which makes treatment more complex and recovery more difficult.Lyons added that the annual reduction in cases being treated in 2017 could be the result of a number of factors such as a decrease in the number of submissions to the reporting system and availability of services, or a real decrease in numbers seeking treatment.The median age of people treated in 2017 was 41 years and almost two-thirds of cases were male (65%). Members of the Irish Travelling community represented 1.6% of all cases.Over half (52%) of cases involved unemployed people. The proportion of cases that were homeless increased from 6% in 2011 to 8% in 2017.In 2017, a higher proportion of males (10%) were homeless than females (5%). Almost one-third (32%) of females were aged 50 and over, compared to one-quarter (25%) of males.The median age of treated cases was higher for females (43 years) than males (40 years). This is reflected in the median age for new cases entering treatment – 38 for males and 43 for females. The HRB compiles this annual report by analysing data from multiple treatment services across Ireland and the National Drug Treatment Reporting System.Each case relates to a treatment episode, not a person. This means the same person could be counted more than once in the same calendar year. By Órla Ryan 42 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/LightField Studios File photo Short URL Image: Shutterstock/LightField Studios Cannabis and cocaine are most common drugs used by people seeking treatment for alcohol abuse There has been a decrease in the number of alcohol dependency cases being treated in recent years, but an increase in their severity. Share66 Tweet Email1 15,153 Views CANNABIS AND COCAINE are the most common additional drugs used by people seeking treatment for alcohol dependency.Some 7,350 cases of alcohol dependency were treated in Ireland in 2017, down from 7,643 cases in 2016.One in five cases involved polydrug use – meaning the person was being treated for problem use of more than one drug.The figures were released by the Health Research Board (HRB) today.The key findings in the report include:
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Arts Minister Simon Crean says a multi-million-dollar culture policy is vital to support Australia’s creative sector which is at the “core of a modern economy”. The Federal Government’s Creative Australia policy is the first cultural policy since former prime minister Paul Keating unveiled Creative Nation in 1994. In making the announcement at the National Press Club in Canberra, Mr Crean said the policy would strengthen, sustain and grow the economy. The federal government has announced a new policy outlining Australia’s investment in the arts, culture and creativity over the next ten years. The government says its Creative Australia policy is based on recommendations from the 2020 Summit (held in 2010) and after consultation with the arts and cultural sectors. Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean, says creativity is at the heart of Australia’s social fabric and will boost economic productivity. There are five key goals of the policy, including celebrating the culture of Indigenous Australians and ensuring that the diversity of Australia is used to shape the nation’s cultural identity. Other goals include supporting artists, strengthening the capacity of the cultural sector to contribute to Australia and ensuring Australian creativity thrives in a digital environment.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, February 28, 2017 – Providenciales – As investigators continue to investigate the circumstances to determine what lead to the death of 29 year-old Ensley Rolle who was killed on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 in the area of Kew Town Providenciales, a 34 year-old male was subsequently arrested on suspicion of Murder.Around 3:40am, Police and Emergency Services were dispatched to an area in Norway Kew Town after a report was made that a man was caught inside of a home. Upon arrival, officers met the complainant who stated while he was asleep the deceased entered his home and upon confronting him, an altercation ensued. The male is presently on a $20,000 Police bail and will return to station on Monday 27th March 2017.Contrary to what is posted on Social Media, the man in question has not been charged. The decision of whether charges will be laid or not will be a recommendation from the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 338-5901/941-8067 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his team must remain calm if they’re to stay remain at the top of the Premier League table.The Reds overtook Manchester City at the top after a comprehensive victory over Bournemouth with City also suffering a 2-0 loss away at Chelsea.“We will not change. For us, there is no reason to. We can still read the calendar – it is December, it is not even Christmas. The season ends in May.” Klopp said, according to the club’s official website.“We will not get carried away. We know how difficult it is. We knew how the Bournemouth game how difficult it was in that game. And the next [games] are coming. It is absolutely no problem..”“We are not the most experienced side but we know our way at least and that is exactly which way we will go all the time. But the league is not too important in the moment because we play tomorrow night against Napoli and the position in the table doesn’t help you too much.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Speaking about keeping clean sheets, Klopp said: “If I say now it’s the quality of the Champions League, that’s only half the truth.”“I think there are a few teams in the Premier League who are stronger than, for example, and with all my respect, Belgrade.”“They scored twice against us and they deserved these goals that night. So, it is just the competition. We always try to defend in the best way we can, but the quality of the opposing sides is not to ignore.”“If you think about the game Napoli played against us, it was actually the opposite of being brilliant from us, but they stayed on track and wanted to win it until the last second. A draw was not even in their mind, they wanted to win it. Maybe in another game, another team would have accepted the draw, but they didn’t. It is all about the quality of the opponents, for sure.”
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they are investigating the social media posts.Acosta said, “The guy hit that pelican pretty hard. He could have winded him when he went under. He could have taken some water in the throat and could have aspirated on that, or there could have been some ruptures to his air sacs. Luckily, it looked like he was able to fly away, but he could have had some bruising or minor things. What he did was illegal. He shouldn’t be messing with the pelicans in any way.”No charges have been filed yet, but according to MSO, the FWC is in the process of preparing two warrants: one for animal cruelty and another for molestation of a protected species.If you have any information on this man’s whereabouts, call Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 800-346-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A Key West vacation turned into an animal abuse investigation after a video appearing to show a man mistreating a pelican went viral.The clip shared to Facebook shows the man pretending to feed a pelican near a dock. When the bird opened its mouth, the man could be seen jumping into the water, appearing to land on the bird.His friends could be heard laughing as he is seen grabbing the stunned bird before it bit his face and flew away.Sarah Curry from Pelican Harbor Seabird Station said, “It’s really disappointing, sad and frustrating.”Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the man also posted a photo of him holding what appears to be an endangered Key deer.Yaritza Acosta from Pelican Harbor Seabird Station said, “It’s pretty crazy. I don’t know why somebody would think that would be OK to do that to a protected species, so it’s very kind of sad and angry feelings mixed inside.”
For skateboarding and video game enthusiasts who play Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground—a skateboarding video game for Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii and Playstation—getting featured in Focus magazine is a virtual feat that helps your avatar’s street cred.For Focus, a small, 16,500-circulation skateboarding title, getting featured in a video game has helped the magazine’s actual street cred—with increased subscriptions and international distribution. Activision, Proving Ground’s publisher, approached Focus about a media sponsorship of the game in March 2007, according to Justin Heister, the magazine’s co-owner. “They called us one day and said the word on the street is that we are the authority on East Coast skateboarding.” In return, Focus agreed to promote the game with a newsletter supplement in its magazine and on the its Web site—set to relaunch in February—with news updates, blog posts and weekly contests. The game officially launched on October 15 of last year. Since October 15, when the game launched, Focus has increased subscriptions 10 percent for the title—which is available free in retail stores on the East coast—and the magazine has inked a deal with distributors in Australia and Japan. Heister expects to see the strong return continue: “From an advertiser’s or potential advertiser’s perspective, it legitimizes Focus as a serious and respected force to be handpicked and featured in a mainstream video game,” he says.
Lisa Demer. Photo by Alaska Dispatch News.The Managing Editor of the Alaska Dispatch News says a Western Alaska Bureau should be up and running by the end of the month. The new bureau will be based in Bethel and will be staffed by veteran reporter Lisa Demer.“Lisa’s been a reporter in Alaska for 20 years and has covered a lot of different topics. And the thing about Lisa, I’d say that whatever she’s covered politics, she covered social issues, extensively, she’s covered, you know, lots of different kind of stories. And she does it with accuracy, nuance, depth – she listens. She’s very enthusiastic about doing it,” said Hulen.Editor David Hulen. Photo by Alaska Dispatch News.She worked for the Anchorage Daily News until the online news outlet, Alaska Dispatch, bought the paper from McClatchy Newspapers for 34-million dollars in April. The organizations combined and changed the name to, ‘Alaska Dispatch News’ in July. Hulen says basing a reporter in Bethel is part of an overall shift in strategy for the news organization.“You know when the two staffs combined we essentially had double the number of reporters/photographers as either operation had on their own. And so we’re really able to cover things that we could not have done before, separately. And one of the things that we’re really committed to doing is just better and deeper statewide and rural coverage,” said Hulen.The Alaska Dispatch News is considering setting up additional bureaus in remote Alaska, Hulen says. He could not confirm locations but discussed Barrow and Nome as potential locations for future bureaus.
The CEASE (Communities Engaged in Advocating for a Smoke Free Environment) Youth Health Science Conference will take place on Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The MSU drum line will perform, and parents, students and faculty/staff of local middle and high schools will be attending the conference. Contact Shamara Martin at (443) 885-4538 for more information or go to ceasebaltimore.org.
Hello my friends, how are you? Well, I hope. I am doing great, thanks for asking. However, I have been going to so many funerals in the past few weeks and they’re still going. Every week I write my column it seems that I have to write a death notice. It’s a terrible situation! For example, a dear friend Rick Larry’s memorial service is next week. Rick was a member of 100 Black Men of Maryland. Then, I got the word that Dr. Lawrence Bell, Jr. passed away this week. My dear friends please keep both of these families in your prayers.Rick Larry from 100 Black Men of Maryland passed away. (Courtesy Photo)Let’s talk about some happier stuff such as the Boltonstock Community Festival. Boltonstock 2018 is set for June 2, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. in Arnold Sumpter Park at Jordan and Laurens Sts. The hottest event of the summer will again feature delicious food and drinks, community engagement and a great lineup of local live music. And we must not forget that, along with the all the other vendors, yours truly will be there doing a book signing with both of my books. I will see you there.Book Signing at the Boltonstock Festival in Arnold Sumpter Park in Bolton Hill. (Courtesy Photo)Well friends, I know by now you have heard that another one of our local landmarks is leaving us. I am talking about Expressions, books, art and custom framing store, located at 222 N. Paca St. The store, across from Lexington market, near the intersection of Paca and Saratoga, is closing its doors for the last time May 31. I was told all items must go. After 31 years of serving the community Expressions is saying farewell. Expressions is where I had my first book signing in 2003 for my first book, African Entertainment in Baltimore, which many of you have renamed, The Pennsylvania Avenue Book.Margie Fleming Brinkley being honored. (Courtesy Photo)Owned and operated by the Evans family, Expressions has been a destination for people who sought high-quality custom framing, African American literature, collectibles, and figurines and so much more. The store is open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday until they close for the last time on May 31.Now if you like Caribbean music (like me!), then I got something for you. “The Original Fun Seekers” will host a Carnival Jump Up on June 3, 7 p.m.-midnight, at Charm Baltimore, 407 E. Saratoga St. Music and entertainment will be provided by Danny P, Mr. Music and the Golden Touch. For more information, call Derrick at 443-722-4100.Well, my dear friends, it has been a pleasure talking to you. I am out of space and out of time, just remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until the next time, I’m musically yours.
Share Tweet Submit If you’ve been holding back from purchasing an Amazon Echo then today’s your cue to go ahead and grab one as a refurbished model is down to just $65.First-Generation Amazon Echo Down to Just $65 – Completely Refurbished by Amazon itself and Can be Passed up as NewThough some might completely bypass a refurbished product for several reasons but it serves as a very viable alternative to a brand new one when it comes to pricing. Today, Amazon is selling the first-generation Echo speaker for a wonderful price of $65 and it’s refurbished by the retail giant itself which means that it has been brought up to spec of a brand new unit and every problem (if there was any) has been thoroughly dealt with.The Amazon Echo’s major selling point is the Alexa smart assistant. It’s extremely capable and can tie in with a lot of things to make your smart home function in the best way possible. You can ask it stuff like weather, control lights, or even summon on Uber if you’re all about the voice-controlled lifestyle. Apart from all that, the Amazon Echo is a decent-enough Bluetooth speaker as well. But keep one thing in mind: the Amazon Echo needs to be constantly connected to a power source in order to work. It’s not portable and does not feature a built-in battery.If you are interested in picking one up, simply head over to the link below.Buy Refurbished Amazon Echo for $65 [Amazon link]
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments Share Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, Mubarak’s elected successor, was himself overthrown by the military, led by el-Sissi, in 2013 after mass protests against his divisive rule. Saturday’s hearing, a session of the Cairo Criminal Court held at the academy, took place in the same courtroom where Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison last month for using force against protesters.Prosecutors last week filed an appeal against Mubarak’s acquittal in the case involving the killing of protesters. An appeals court will decide on June 4 on whether to order a retrial.After Saturday’s session, Mubarak supporter Mohamed Saadawi, whose group organizes demonstrations praising him under the banner “We are sorry, Mr. President,” denounced the verdict and accused el-Sissi of interference with the judiciary.“It’s politics and it’s very sad. I keep telling Egyptians that el-Sissi hates Mubarak,” he said outside the courthouse. “Mubarak for me is a hero.”___Associated Press writers Merrit Kennedy and Maamoun Youssef contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court sentenced Egypt’s deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges on Saturday — a punishment that authorities may deem as having already been served but one which, if it withstands appeal, would officially establish Mubark as a convicted criminal years after the 2011 popular uprising that toppled him.The case — dubbed the “presidential palaces” affair by the Egyptian media — was a retrial charging that Mubarak and sons embezzled millions of dollars’ worth of state funds over the course of a decade, diverting money meant to pay for renovating and maintaining presidential palaces to instead upgrade their private residences. Mubarak returned to the military hospital in Cairo where he’s been held amid his trials. Officials said his two sons were taken to Torah Prison as authorities determine whether their time served in detention would cover for the sentences Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to speak to journalists.Many Egyptians view Gamal, Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent, and his brother Alaa, a wealthy businessman, as key symbols of an autocratic and corrupt administration that struck an alliance with the mega-wealthy at the expense of the poor. Although father and son repeatedly denied any plans to have Gamal ascend to the presidency, that perception, along with endemic corruption, police brutality and poverty, fueled the 2011 revolt.Images of Gamal making public appearances have circulated on social media, first at a funeral last month and then last weekend with his family at the Giza pyramids. Amid the turmoil that followed the revolution, nostalgia over the relative stability of the Mubarak-era has been growing in Egypt.The rise of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has vowed stability after four years of unrest and taken a tough line against dissent, has encouraged Mubarak supporters and upended the public perception and media depiction of the 2011 uprising. Political activists of all stripes are now most often cast as troublemakers or foreign agents, and hundreds of the young activists who sparked the 2011 revolt are now either languishing in prison on charges of breaking a harsh new protest law or have left the country. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men How men can have a healthy 2019 Mubarak had originally been sentenced to three years over the matter, and his sons to four, but they later appealed, sparking the retrial. As Egypt’s political tides shifted in the wake of his overthrow, he had been convicted of bearing responsibility for the deaths of protesters but was later acquitted, although that ruling now faces an appeal by prosecutors.Inside the courtroom at a sprawling, locked-down police academy on the outskirts of Cairo, a dozen Mubarak supporters shouted in anger as Judge Hassan Hassanin announced his verdict, standing up on benches and pumping their fists into the air. The three defendants stood in a courtroom cage soundproofed with a glass enclosure.“We believe in you! We trust Mubarak!” supporters yelled, as some women began crying. Others wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the former leader’s face waved and blew kisses when the 87-year-old entered the courtroom. A seated, suited Mubarak, wearing sunglasses and flanked by sons Gamal and Alaa, had no visible reaction to the verdict, which their lawyers say can be appealed.The sentencing included a 125 million Egyptian pound ($16.3 million) fine to be paid among the three men, as well as the return of 21 million Egyptian pounds ($2.7 million) they embezzled. After the hearing, judicial and security officials said those amounts had already been paid by the Mubaraks following their first trial. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
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The government was merely honouring a 2009 agreement between the two communities when it allowed a bus convoy of Turkish Cypriots through to the government-controlled areas to attend a commemoration ceremony in their enclave of Kokkina, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said on Wednesday.It went without saying, he said, that the government condemns the August 1964 bombings of Tylliria by the Turkish air force, the anniversary of which was the reason for the Turkish Cypriots visit.The announcement comes a day after strong criticism by opposition parties that blasted the government for allowing Turkish Cypriots to pass through the Limnitis-Kato Pyrgos checkpoint to the government-controlled territories to attend a celebration of events that cost the lives of Greek Cypriots.In total 46 small buses carrying some 900 Turkish Cypriots crossed on Tuesday over from the Limnitis checkpoint to Kato Pyrgos en route to the Kokkina enclave for the annual celebrations of the Tylliria bombing by the Turkish air force in 1964. ‘State’ officials from the Turkish-held part of Cyprus also arrived at Kokkina for the commemoration, including Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who was transported there by helicopter. A number of Turkish Cypriots also went to the enclave with cruise ships and military boats.By allowing the convoy to pass through, the government, Papadopoulos said, was honouring the agreement between former president Demetris Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat “which basically provided for the opening of the Limnitis checkpoint which serves mainly the Greek Cypriots living in the Tylliria region”.“Those who are against it, if they think differently, that this agreement should be reported and not be in force with all that such an act would entail, then let them say it clearly,” Papadopoulos said.In 2010, the Tylliria communities welcomed the opening of the Limnitis checkpoint north of Kato Pyrgos which shortened distances to and from Nicosia. Since the crossing opened, Turkish Cypriots pass annually with buses through the north to get to Kokkina on August 8 when the Tylliria bombings are marked.“In addition, the government wishes to stress that it goes without saying that it condemns the bombings and atrocities against the Greek Cypriots by Turkey in 1964, but also the celebrations of the Turkish Cypriots for such a heinous anniversary,” Papadopoulos said.But criticism against the government continued on Wednesday too, this time from the youth-wing of socialist party Edek.In an announcement, it criticised the government for “not only it did not condemn the actions of the Turkish Cypriots and of the occupation authorities but preferred to reward them by saying through (Disy MP Nicos) Tornaritis that Turkish Cypriots have every right to honour their heroes”.The group was referring to a fake tweet that circulated on social media on Tuesday supposedly by Tornaritis saying: “Turkish Cypriots have every right to be present at the celebrations for the bombing of Tylliria. It is not only us who have heroes. We say no to division.”Tornaritis said on Wednesday through a Facebook post that he never tweeted such a comment which, he said, shows the “agony” of “those who do not have answers to the questions of the people (and) use fascist methods to convince with their cheap and fake policies”.The event in Kokkina also sparked a reaction from the Greek foreign ministry that expressed its regret over the celebrations.“It is with regret that we record the celebrations of the Turkish Cypriot leadership, especially of Mr Akinci himself, on the 53 years from the use of chemical weapons and napalm bombs by Turkey’s air force on the peninsula of Tylliria,” the Greek ministry said. It added that that was the first time that these forbidden chemical weapons had ever been used.The Turkish foreign ministry condemned Greece’s remarks on Wednesday, dismissing the “baseless and false allegations” over the use of chemical weapons, saying they “probably reflect a futile attempt to cover up their (Greece’s) feeling of guilt regarding their acts”.Following inter-communal violence which erupted in December 1963, Turkish Cypriots established a bridgehead at Kokkina in 1964, providing them with arms, volunteers and materials from Turkey.Seeing this incursion of foreign weapons and troops as a major threat, the Cypriot government launched an attack on the bridgehead. Turkey retaliated by dispatching its fighter jets to bomb Greek positions.For three days in August, Turkish warplanes bombed the Tylliria area, hitting residential areas and a hospital. 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