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Senior Iraqi judges complete UNbacked study programme in Singapore

2 August 2009High-ranking members of Iraq’s judicial system today wrapped up a United Nations-organized visit to Singapore aimed at studying the country’s use of technology for the administration of justice. A 17-member delegation of senior judges learned about the benefits of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) installed in the Singapore Judiciary and its possible applications to Iraq through the study visit arranged by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Participants in the 11-day study programme, led by the Chief Justice for Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court, visited Singapore’s Supreme and Subordinate Courts, the Singapore Academy of Law, the Law Society of Singapore as well as CrimsonLogic, the company which developed Singapore Courts’ Electronic Filing System (EFS), widely considered one of the most advanced of its kind.The study visit is part of the UNDP–Iraq project to support rule of law and justice development in the war-torn country. The European Commission funded project aims to modernize two pilot courts in Erbil and Basra using computerized case management systems. read more

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Fiveyear sentence for handgun possession

Justin Joseph Lloyd Thompson was subject to three separate firearms prohibitions, but that didn’t stop him from possessing two loaded handguns last December.As a result, the 34-year-old man received a hefty prison term this week, along with a warning from the judge he is approaching the line where he could be met with dangerous offender proceedings.Court heard Thompson already had a lengthy record with enough violence that he has been flagged as a high-risk violent offender. Often, the result of being flagged as such means further violent offences carry the risk the Crown will pursue a dangerous offender designation — a fact pointed out by both Crown prosecutor Adam Breker and Regina Provincial Court Judge Lane Wiegers.Thompson pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, mischief and assaulting a peace officer.The firearms charges relate to an incident from Dec. 15. Court heard police were responding to a complaint when, at about 2 a.m., they came upon a vehicle stopped in a parking lot. When police pulled up behind the vehicle, they saw a passenger — Thompson — put something beneath the seat.Police noted the car’s ignition was punched out and damaged, although defence lawyer Greg Wilson said the vehicle turned out to be, in fact, lawfully possessed by the occupants.Police arrested the occupants and found on Thompson a .22-calibre revolver loaded with six rounds. He was carrying 11 additional rounds in his pocket.A vehicle search then turned up a nine-millimetre handgun beneath the front passenger seat inside a box along with a black and white bandana.While serial numbers on at least one of the guns had been obliterated, police were able to use a chemical process to retrieve numbers. Both guns came back to a Moose Jaw owner who reported the guns stolen earlier in 2018.The remaining charges pertain to an incident from February 10, when Thompson was on remand at the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre. Court heard he was complaining to correctional staff about being locked up and then lunged at and kicked over a meal cart. He swung his fist at a correctional officer but missed.His cellmate jumped in and the two squared off against staff until additional officers arrived on the scene.Breker asked the court to impose a five-year sentence less remand credit, giving Thompson a total of four years going forward. Wilson joined in that request, and Wiegers agreed to impose it.“The proliferation of firearms in our community has become a very serious problem …,” Breker said. “We think that the sentence … should send a strong message to people in Mr. Thompson’s position or might contemplate that type of conduct that these offences will not be taken lightly, even if (guns are) not being in the moment fired at anyone.”Both Breker and Wiegers pointed out that, despite the length of the sentence, it is actually on the lower end of the range.Given the sentence was a joint submission, Wilson provided few details about his client’s background. He said Thompson, a father of two, has worked as a paver.Wilson added his client realizes that given his record, he is “getting to very dangerous territory.”In addition to the prison term, Thompson has to provide a DNA sample and was handed yet another firearms prohibition.hpolischuk@postmedia.comtwitter.com/LPHeatherP read more

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Markets Right Now Industrials lead US stocks broadly higher

by The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2017 7:43 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Industrial companies led U.S. stocks broadly higher, extending the market’s modest gains from the day before.Investors were cheering solid earnings from several companies Friday. Banks and materials stocks were also up sharply. Energy companies also moved higher as the price of crude oil rose.Deere & Co. jumped 7 per cent after delivering a strong earnings report, and Chesapeake Energy climbed 4 per cent.Foot Locker plunged 17 per cent after its profits fell short of analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index increased 16 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,381.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 141 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 20,804. The Nasdaq composite rose 28 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,083.Indexes still ended the week lower after a big drop on Wednesday.___11:45 a.m.U.S. stocks were broadly higher in midday trading as investors cheered solid earnings from several companies.The rally Friday extended the market’s modest gains from the day before.Industrials stocks were up the most. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil headed higher.Deere & Co. jumped 7.6 per cent after delivering a strong earnings report, and Chesapeake Energy climbed 3.8 per cent.Foot Locker plunged 15 per cent after its profits fell short of analysts’ forecasts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index increased 18 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,383.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 123 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 20,787. The Nasdaq composite rose 38 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 6,093.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.25 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street as traders look over a mixed bag of earnings reports.Heavy equipment maker Deere & Co. jumped 6.6 per cent in early trading Friday after reporting solid results for its latest quarter.Foot Locker plunged 15 per cent after its profits fell short of analysts’ forecasts. Campbell Soup also lost 1.6 per cent after turning in disappointing results.Technology and energy companies rose more than the rest of the market.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index increased 9 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,374.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 52 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 20,715. The Nasdaq composite rose 32 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,088.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.24 per cent. Markets Right Now: Industrials lead US stocks broadly higher read more

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Central America drought resulting crop losses threaten food security of two million

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are concerned by the fact that the months of June and July saw “lower-than-average rainfall” and “drier-than-average conditions”, which affected the first and principal crop cycle in Central America, known as the primera.“Just when rural communities were recovering from the 2014 drought and the El Niño phenomenon of 2015 – the strongest recorded in recent history – a new drought is affecting the most vulnerable again,” said Miguel Barreto, WFP Regional Director for America and the Caribbean.Maize and beans, main food staples in the region, have been the crops most-affected by the drought, according to the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which reported losses of 281,000 hectares of these crops, on which the food and nutrition security of much of their populations depend.These losses will increase the cost of these foods for the entire population.The UN agencies warn that this may be compounded by the possible arrival of an El Niño by the end of the year, which could worsen the already “precarious” food and nutrition security situation of vulnerable rural communities in the region.“Total or partial loss of crops means that subsistence farmers and their families will not have enough food to eat or sell in coming months,” read the joint statement released on Friday.The Honduran Government declared the emergency this month, while the Government of El Salvador declared a red alert in July.The second crop cycle – known as the postrera – which usually makes up for the deficiencies of the first harvest, takes place in November, but the UN agencies warned that “even if El Niño turns out to be a weak one, it will have a significant impact on the outcome of the second harvest”.“With the support of the international community, we have worked together with the governments and rural communities… to help them become more resilient to extreme climatic variations, but we need to redouble our efforts and reach more rural communities,” explained WFP’s Miguel Barreto added.After what happened in 2014 and 2015, humanitarian organizations provided food assistance to thousands of people in vulnerable communities in the region, to improve food security and strengthen resilience at family, community and institutional level. These activities included the conservation of soil and water, better agricultural practices and training to deal with natural disasters, as well as the strengthening of monitoring systems for food and nutrition security.“It is urgent to improve the climate resilience of the inhabitants of Central America,” said the FAO Regional Representative, Julio Berdegué. “We are particularly concerned about the effect of this new drought on migration, in an international context that restricts the movement of thousands of people who, in their localities, will have great difficulty in securing the livelihood of their families,” he added.To mitigate the risks this year, FAO and WFP, in close collaboration with governments and partners, plan to closely monitor the impact of the drought on the price of staple foods; develop analysis on the food and nutritional security of the most vulnerable; work on agreements to allow the regulated, safe and orderly temporary migration of people from the rural communities most affected by the drought; and mobilize resources to scale rainwater harvesting and storage systems and reduce the impact of future droughts. read more

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Spread the word new Experts Guide helps researchers raise their profiles

When one thinks of research activities, being cited in newspapers and magazines or on websites, radio and television does not immediately come to mind.But interactions with news media – being quoted in news or feature reports, writing commentaries or having research projects profiled in the press – have increasingly become part of researchers’ roles and responsibilities, say researchers and university officials.Anthony Bogaert“The general public is very often interested in knowing about what we do,” says Community Health Sciences professor Anthony Bogaert, who has been featured in a wide array of national and international media primarily for his pioneering work on asexuality.This is in large part because society – like the students in the classroom – has a thirst for knowledge, while a key activity of a researcher’s job is to disseminate knowledge, says Vice-President Research Gary Libben.Media appearances are “in no way different from that core mandate to share knowledge,” says Libben. “It’s in a different venue perhaps with different people, but that’s all the better.Kendra Coulter“A democratic society is an informed society. It’s a society that has chosen to think.”Labour studies professor Kendra Coulter is passionate about this knowledge-sharing activity as she conducts interviews and pens commentaries that focus on her area of expertise, workers’ rights.“Enriching public discourse by offering thoughtful, factually-based insights is an integral dimension of our responsibilities, especially given the pressing and dire nature of so many of today’s challenges,” she says.But Bogaert says it’s a two-way street, one that also benefits the researcher.“It is a good way to promote your research,” he says. “But this is not just to the general public; the broader academic community often learns about our research from media stories.”Both Bogaert and Coulter also say researchers develop and hone their communications skills as they go through the exercise of explaining complex material in relevant, engaging terms and answer the key questions of why and how their research matters.Publicizing this research leads, in turn, to building Brock University’s reputation.“Brock has such high quality faculty members,” says Coulter. “The more we amplify our voices through the media, the more people will understand that Brock is an outstanding academic community.”And, reputation enhancement can translate into more resources for research. “More and more granting agencies have an expectation that dissemination include communication with the general public, including through media outlets,” notes Bogaert.To encourage researchers’ involvement with the media, and make it easier for media to connect with researchers, Brock’s Office of Communications & Public Affairs is working with the Office of Research Services and Faculties to create a fresh new BrockU Experts Guide for Media. This web-based resource will be posted on various University websites and shared with local, national and international news media organizations.“Brock has a diverse roster of faculty experts who can comment on, well you name it,” says Jeffrey Sinibaldi, manager of media relations at Brock. “Creating an up-to-date resource like this will enable our office to better proactively pitch our experts to media to comment on the timely and burning issues of the day.”To become part of this media initiative, faculty members can fill in the yellow-coloured submission forms that will be landing in mailboxes this week.If anyone has questions, or wants to send submissions in electronically, please contact Jeffrey Sinibaldi (x4687; jsinibaldi@brocku.ca) or Cathy Majtenyi, media relations specialist, Research Services (x5789; cmajtenyi@brocku.ca).Vice-President Research Gary Libben says communications initiatives such as this reflect the changing research landscape.“We’re in the midst of an extraordinary revolution in terms of scientific communication,” he says. “It used to be the case that scientific communication meant communication in really, really small spaces among experts. That’s just not the way it is anymore.“We have the ability to spread knowledge everywhere; we just didn’t have that ability before. But now we have that ability through media, through blogs and other vehicles. It’s incumbent upon us to use these extraordinary opportunities.” read more

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Charles Is lost painting for sale minus breasts removed by prudish owner

first_imgObviously someone, maybe in the 19th century, wanted to be prudish and took off the breastGeorge Wachter, chairman of Sotheby’s North America It then passed to Agnew’s, London, before being sold privately in 1989. Its current owner, a woman from Philadelphia, now hopes to sell the work to raise money for research into the painter and his legacy. Sotheby’s have estimated it at $2-3 million (£1.6-2.5 million).It is one of the items still missing from Charles I collection, after Charles II made a concerted effort to recover some of the works once he was reinstated to the throne.The Royal Academy will next year stage a blockbuster exhibition reuniting many of the works, using old inventories to track down paintings from other public institutions and private owners.Last year, Sotheby’s sold Gentileschi’s Danaë to the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA  for a record $30.5 million.George Wachter, chairman of Sotheby’s North America, said the “amazing” painting was particularly striking for its modern look, calling it a “super rare and beautiful” example of the artist’s best work.”Obviously someone, maybe in the 19th century, wanted to be prudish and took off the breast,” he said.  “This is a great opportunity for someone to own a work by this super important artist which can easily hang in your home.”There’s something so immediate and striking and modern about it.”The auction house will frame the painting in black to match its original presentation, after finding the detail in an original inventory from Charles I’s day.The sale will take place in New York on January 25. It once hung outside Charles I’s bedroom, sold off after his execution as his famous art collection was scattered across Europe.This month, a Gentileschi portrait of a woman will come up for sale for the first time in 380 years – minus some of its assets.The portrait, entitled Head of a Woman, is estimated at up to £2.5 million, thanks to its venerable royal history and skill.But experts have determined it looks somewhat different to the painting Charles I admired, after the bottom of the canvas showing the woman’s naked bosom was removed by a previous prudish owner. “the Picture of a woeman with her left breast naked her right breast covered with a part of her Smock” The statue of Charles I in Trafalgar Square The statue of Charles I in Trafalgar SquareCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS/TELEGRAPHcenter_img ‘The Picture of a woeman with her left breast naked her right breast covered with a part of her Smock’ This is one of only two surviving works by the artist on panel.This painting dates from the early 1630s and was bought by Charles I in 1636 to hang in a small room between his withdrawing chamber and long gallery at Whitehall.It formed part of his impressive art collection, later broken up and sold off by Parliament after his execution in 1649 to pay the late king’s debts.More than 1,300 paintings were consigned by Cromwell to Somerset House, where they were offered to the public.The sale has gone down in history both as a tragic loss of national art and for its odd detail, with a Titian painting famously being given to a plumber to pay his bill.The Gentileschi was part of 51 paintings which went to Robert Houghton, “gentleman and brewer” to Charles I, staunch puritan and sponsor of the early colony in Massachusetts.It is believed to have passed to his family after death, being lost to the private houses of England until it was rediscovered in 1930 as part of a Royal Academy exhibition. An original inventory describes the painting as “Naked Woman”, detailing “the Picture of a woeman with her left breast naked her right breast covered with a part of her Smock”.In the interim years, the canvas has been cut across the bottom to show only her bare shoulders.The painting is nevertheless being considered one of the highlights of the forthcoming Sotheby’s sale, with bids predicted to soar following a new world record for Orazio Gentileschi of $30.5 million (£25 million) last year. 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.last_img read more

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Strong presence from ABMEC at forthcoming China Coal Mining Expo

first_imgEquipment for the coal industry is showcased bi-annually at the China Coal & Mining Expo, which is the largest event of its type in Beijing and brings together over 400 exhibitors from 24 countries and more than 40,000 visitors from the coal-mining industry. The event, from October 22-25 2013, is organised by Together Expo and hosted by the China National Coal Association. Nine companies from the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) will be present in the UK pavilion at China Coal. These companies are made up of Ampcontrol; supplier of electrical equipment for longwall and development sections, ATB Morley; supplier of large AC induction motors for hazardous areas and recipient of the Queens Award for Enterprise International Trade in 2012, and Conflow; supplier of specialist components and systems for dust and fire suppression, and water control in underground mining.Also present will be Dosco; designer and manufacturer of roadheaders and continuous miners for mine development and production, Fenner Dunlop; the world’s largest manufacturer of conveyor belting for mining and industrial applications, and Friction Marketing (FMC); specialists in wet friction materials. RMI Pressure Systems, supplier of high pressure and high volume fluid pumping stations, Strainstall; the engineering company specialising in load measurement and sensor based safety technology, and Victor Products; supplier of electrical connectors and lighting for the mining industry make the line-up complete. Other ABMEC members, with will also be present at the exhibition, with booths organised by their local agents. ABMEC’s members generate exports of mining equipment worth more than £780 million, and despite its relative economic slowdown, China is still the biggest market for a number of ABMEC companies.World coal production rose by an estimated 2% in 2012 to 7,865 Mt, and China increased its dominant role with an almost 4% rise in output to 3,650 Mt (representing over 47% of the global total). The second largest coal producer, the US, produced only 922 Mt in 2012 after a 7% fall in output. Almost 80% of global coal production is thermal coal, with China dominating consumption; over 70% of its electricity is generated from coal-fired power stations. The country’s production of metallurgical coal in 2011 was 1,232 Mt, which represented almost 75% of the world total. The next largest producer of metallurgical coal, Australia, produced only 150 Mt, followed by Russia with 97 Mt and the US with 50 Mt.last_img read more

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Microsoft shuts down MSNcom supercookie after Stanford researcher exposes it

first_imgWebsites track us. They have for a long time, and they’re probably never going to stop. Browser and add-on developers offer ways to prevent certain types of tracking, and basic measures are easy enough to avoid provided you understand how to manage and delete browser cookies. A certain breed of tracking takes things to another level, however: the supercookie. Back in 2010, programmer Samy Kamkar unveiled Evercookie, the unkillable tracking cookie that utilized 8 different local storage systems (including HTML5 LocalStorage and Flash LSOs).It generated a lot of negative responses — the kind of backlash that made Evercookie look like privacy-trampling tech that no high-profile website would dare touch. It seems, however, that MSN thought the supercookie was suitable enough. Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer recently singled out MSN.com for using a cookie that could respawn like so many unwanted enemies in your favorite FPS. Supercookies aren’t just hard to get rid of, either. They can also store a whole lot more data about us than a typical cookie, which can carry just 4KB (which is still an awful lot of text-only information).In addition to using a supercookie, Mayer noted that Microsoft’s opt-out button failed to render when sites were browsed with either Safari or Google Chrome — though that in itself isn’t a total shock, especially if their designers are still coding sites primarily for Internet Explorer users.Microsoft has moved quickly now that the privacy gaffe has been exposed and has removed the supercookie from MSN.com. Mike Hintze, part of Microsoft’s massive legal team, announced that the code Mayer observed was only utilized in certain circumstances on Microsoft’s own sites and was already scheduled to be killed off.With Microsoft’s attention to privacy on Bing.com and in Internet Explorer, it’s quite surprising that they hadn’t killed this more swiftly on MSN. Turning off the amped-up tracking makes it look more like they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, so to speak.More at Stanford Law and  Computerworldlast_img read more

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Visit Akihabaras Dragon QuestThemed Convenience Store

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu center_img If you’re a nerd who’s interested in Japan, you probably already know about Akihabara. It’s Tokyo’s Electric Town, a neighborhood of tons of electronics, video game, and anime stores. There’s a lot to do there, but today I want to highlight a convenience store. Yes, like 7-Eleven or Sheetz. But this one, tucked away at an intersection of alleys in Akiba, is special. It’s Dragon Quest-themed.If you like those cute blue slimes from Dragon Quest, or feel nostalgia that reaches back to the days of “Dragon Warrior” on the NES, you need to go to the Lawson Square Shop at 85 Kanda Neribeicho in Akihabara. Walk out of the Akihabara Station Electric Town exit, turn left, and walk past the Sega Club. Cross the street and turn right, then walk past another Sega Club, then a third Sega Club (I’m not kidding). Turn left at the Sofmap (which is facing a Taito Game Center, to change things up a bit from all the Sega Clubs) and walk a block. You’ll see a Lawson in the middle of two streets with loads of foot traffic and an occasional car barely making its way through. You’ll be able to tell from the blue Dragon Quest slimes in the windows and the vending machine painted to look like a treasure chest.Walk through the door, and a speaker will play either the staircase or random encounter sound effect from Dragon Quest. And, well, then you’ll be standing in a convenience store. But it’s a Dragon Quest convenience store!It’s actually pretty cramped for a Japanese convenience store (or “combini,” which are almost as plentiful as vending machines in Japan, and which tend to have a much better and higher quality selection of food). There are maybe four aisles, of which one and several endcaps are dedicated to Dragon Quest merchandise. But that’s the reason you want to go there.The store is filled with slimes. I mean the cute blue blob things with the smiling faces, that have been the standard enemy and mascot of the Dragon Quest series since the first game. There are slime slippers, slime t-shirts, slime hats, slime bags, slime umbrellas, and even slime glasses (which look adorable if you fill them with blue or red drinks, but if you fill them with cola they become super problematic). And, of course, there are slime omiyage (souvenir packs/boxes) in the form of tins and plastic tubs of candies.If you want to catch up on Dragon Quest, you can pick up all the recent games here, too. Besides the standard complement of e-shop point cards, this Lawson sells physical retail copies of all currently available Dragon Quest games for the Switch, 3DS, and PS4. They’re the Japanese versions, of course, but if you can read kana you can play them (just remember the 3DS is region-locked).This Lawson isn’t one of Akihabara’s big tourist spots. It isn’t a famous character cafe or a beloved video game store. It’s just a fun little combini that has a lot of Dragon Quest stuff in it, and it’s worth taking the wander to visit if you find yourself in Akiba.last_img read more

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Geek Pick Philips Hue Play Light Bar Lights Up Your Media

first_imgFor $160 you get two of the 10-inch long light bars featuring 530-lumen LED bulbs, 16 million color combinations, and 25,000-hour long life. You can get extra bars for $60 but you have to get the $60 Hue Bridge hardware no matter what to integrate the Light Bars into the rest of your smart ecosystem.Fortunately, that integration goes about as nicely as you’d expect. You can use the mobile app to exercise all sorts of control over the lighting these devices provide. Dim lights in particular rooms. Change colors on the fly. Sync up with Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or Google Assistant for voice commands. The app even offers tutorials for setting up routines with other smart home devices from Logitech and Nest as well as software like IFTTT.The most impressive thing you’ll see the Philips Hue Play Light Bar pull off though is dynamically sync with your media. Connected to your TV and entertainment system, lighting and colors will constantly change to match the images on screen. Imagine this with a trippy visual-heavy blockbuster like Speed Racer. Clever users could also use this functionality to add a groovy light show to their next house party music playlist.For more on the Philips Hue Play Light Bar check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more tech to light up your life check out these germ-fighting toilet lights and soothing Casper Glow night light.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls It may seem like a small thing, but a little good lighting can go along way toward enhancing your experience with pretty much anything. Lighting sets the mood and can put you in a better emotional headspace. There’s actual therapy that involves staring at light. And I’ve been to enough big gaming press conferences, and used enough gaudy gamer products, to know that syncing colorful lights with your content can really up the presentation and production value.Now you can enjoy the fun and power of smart lights in your own home with the Philips Hue Play Light Bar.0:000:00 / 0:00Email LinkWrong email addressToAdd Another Email AddressFromMessageCancelSend Email320x240640x4801280x960Custom SizeGet Embed CodeTo get embed code, copy and paste: Embed Size640x480CancelSelect AllShare LinkTo share this link, copy and paste:CancelSelect All Stay on target Geek Pick: Neato Botvac D4 Connected Is a High-Tech Robot VacuumGeek Pick: Marshall Stanmore II Voice Is a Smart Speaker for AudiophilesGeek Pick: LaCie Mobile Drive Offers Big Beautiful Storagelast_img read more

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Mega One Triton Wreck illegal not safe to enter

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos – June 30th 2017 – Grand Turk- The public is advised to stay away from the Mega One Triton wreck on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk; this is according to the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR).The advisory has been issued since the deteriorating state of the vessel continues to pose a serious threat to individuals wanting to touch or enter the cargo ship. Though, it’s been years since the vessel was promised to be scraped and removed, it continues to be stationery at Governor’s Beach and has been an eyesore to tourists, residents and inquisitive passers-by.Deputy Director of DECR, Ethan Griesbach said, “The public is urgently reminded to keep a safe distance from the Mega One Triton wreck.  The condition of the vessel is deteriorating and the marine conditions in this area are unpredictable, subjecting any person who may access or come into close contact with the vessel to significant harm.”  Persons found violating this advisory, by entering or interfering with the vessel will be charged and subject to a penalty.The vessel has been anchored at Governor’s Beach since 2012, after it ran aground in the stormy weather of then Hurricane Sandy. Officials fear that it may contain toxic fluids and explained in the release that because of its location on the popular beach, the Dominican cargo vessel also poses serious risk to those tempted to explore the wreck during this hurricane season.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Pizza delivery driver slams into Dominos in Hialeah

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A delivery driver came to a smashing stop inside a Domino’s Pizza in Hialeah, Sunday.Hialeah Police responded to the scene of the crash at the shop located along West 20th Avenue, near the Palmetto Expressway.Investigators said the woman was arriving for work when she came barreling through the glass doors of the restaurant, narrowly missing employees inside.Co-worker Christopher Penes said he witnessed the accident. “I was waiting for this driver to come into the store, and when I looked at her parking, she by accident accelerated and [crashed] right into the store,” he said.Penes said he’s grateful he was far from the entrance at the time of the crash. “Thank God I was on the other side of the store, or I would’ve been hit by the car if I was there.”The driver suffered minor cuts to her hand.Meanwhile, crews removed her Toyota sedan from the restaurant. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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School Committee Approves New Homework Policy Eliminates Time Guidelines For All Grades

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Following an in-depth presentation and discussion at their June 27 meeting, School Committee members quickly and unanimously approved a new homework policy for the district at their August 29 meeting.Discussion On The Rollout (discussed on August 29)Prior to approval, School Committee members stressed the importance the new policy be “rolled out” in appropriate fashion and with ample follow-up both during and at the end of the school year to ensure the policy is, in fact, working.“I was on the Homework Committee. One of the things the Committee brought up a few times was the need to have a follow-through with the policy,” said new School Committee member Jo Newhouse.  “It’s one thing for us to approve the policy, but we then need to focus on how it’s rolled out. We discussed keeping the Homework Committee together and, at the end of the school year, get together and determine if the policy is working and what, if any, changes need to be made.”“We talked about doing a set of surveys at the end of the year and there was talk about keeping the Homework Committee going to do some sort of ‘how it’s going’ and reconvene if needed,” agreed School Committee member Jennifer Bryson. “What are we providing to teachers as we roll this out? Since it hadn’t been approved yet, it was not a part of Opening Day and early staff work. This is going to be an add-on. I just want to make sure there will be that follow-through.”“It’s important for the Committee to follow up on this,” concurred School Committee member David Ragsdale. “Implementation matters a lot. There might have to be some trial and error and a little bit of analysis of what we’re doing. Having this as a future agenda item – so we can evaluate where we are and if we’re happy with how it’s being implemented throughout the district – is a good idea.”“I recognize the importance of a very articulated path forward to ensure that [this policy] gets implemented and that we’re monitoring its process,” responded Superintendent Glenn Brand. “Thank you for your work collectively on this. As I’ve already discussed with the administrative team, this becomes something that we need to attend to and think about its rollout.Bryson suggested that the new homework policy be prominently displayed on the district’s website.“I’m sure social media would then grab on to that and share it abundantly,” said Bryson with a smile.“We were waiting to get to this point [of formal approval] before having a discussion [on rollout],” noted Brand. “This strikes me as very different that the passing of a typical policy. Starting with the instructional leadership team and thinking about the dissemination piece and bringing awareness to it is something we need to be thoughtful of.”“My own thoughts are this would require far more outreach with our parents and guardians than just drawing attention to a policy on the website. Certainly that’s one piece,” continued Brand. “We have to ensure that our teachers are following it and that our parents are aware of it and its implications. It’s going to take a little bit of time, but we do need to see that this gets pushed out.”Bryson also noted that the School Committee may want to take a look at summer reading assignments, which aren’t explicitly included in the Homework Policy.“My assumption is we’d follow the same policy for summer reading,” said Bryson. “We may possibly want to come back to that at a later date.”Read The Policy For YourselfDiscussion On The Policy (discussed on June 27)The new policy will likely result in less homework — but more meaningful and engaging homework — for Wilmington students.The Homework Committee, led by former Assistant Superintendent Sean Gallagher, consisted of parents, teachers, administrators and school committee members. They met throughout the school year to craft a new homework policy after reviewing the current homework policy of the district and other districts around the state; surveying students, parents and teachers on homework matters; and examining current research and best practices (state, nationally and internationally) as it relates to homework.One of Gallagher’s biggest takeaways from the current research is that traditional homework may have no impact or even a negative impact on student learning.While much of the existing homework policy will be carried over to the new policy, there are significant differences between the two. Most notably, the new policy eliminates suggested time guidelines for each grade.Under the current policy, the following daily guidelines are suggested:Kindergarten: Occasional AssignmentsGrade 1: 15 Minutes (Monday-Thursday)Grades 2: 30 Minutes (Monday-Thursday)Grade 3: 30-45 Minutes (Monday-Thursday)Grade 4: 45-60 Minutes (4 times per week)Grade 5: 60-75 Minutes (4 times per week)Grades 6-8: 75-120 MinutesGrades 9-12: 90-180 Minutes with an average of 30 Minutes per courseThe new policy, instead, lays out characteristics of homework best practices:The five characteristics of best homework practices are:Purpose of assignments = should be meaningful to student learning / extension of the classroomEfficiency of assignments = does not take a long time to complete, but requires critical thinkingOwnership of assignments = give students choices connecting homework to their interests / real worldCompetence of assignments = differentiate homework to the appropriate level of difficultyDesign of assignments = promotes engagement, innovation and creativityThere are many other learning activities in the life of a student besides homework. For example, as participating in school activities, pursuing cultural interests, participating in family living, and exploring personal interests should be considered when assignments are given.The research suggests that individual students may require less or more time for assignments. If students are consistently spending significantly longer on assignments, families should consult with the teacher(s) to let them know of their child’s struggles.In addition, multiple studies support that consistent reading outside of school builds cognitive processing for all students promoting optimal academic success in all content areas. Homework at grade levels may also involve long-term projects, products, or performances that serve as a demonstration of student learning. Long-term assignments should be made well in advance of the due date and should include incremental checkpoints or benchmarks to help students complete them successfully.“The old policy was very structured to the point that teachers were assigning homework because they felt they had to… The policy, with its time guidelines, was an unrealistic one-size fits all policy, especially when you look at today’s differentiated instruction and inclusionary practices in the classroom,” said then Assistant Superintendent Sean Gallagher. “The new policy shifts homework from a structured, rigid system to following best practices and practicing a skill, while giving more autonomy to teachers and administrators.”“We were trying to bring the homework policy back down into the classroom level, where the individual teachers can make the decision,” continued Gallagher. “If I taught the standard for the day and I’m comfortable that my students fully understood it, I may not assign homework that night. But if you taught that same standard for the day and felt your students may need a little more practice with it, then you would assign some homework to practice the new learned skill.”“The time limits in the existing policy were creating problems. We wanted to kick things back to the teachers and let them make homework decisions, based on the best practices we provide them,” added Gallagher. “If your child doesn’t get homework one night, it’s because they learned the standard. We’re differentiated from classroom to classroom, student to student…. No teacher should feel they need to assign homework just because their colleague assigned homework.”“My favorite thing about the new policy is the elimination of the suggested times,” agreed School Committee member Steve Bjork. “In this day and age, everything is about differentiated instruction. Student A may take 15 minutes. Student B may take 20 minutes. Student C may take 25 minutes. I’m thrilled time limits are gone.”“We felt the time suggestions really took away from the authenticity of this new policy,” said School Committee member Jennifer Bryson, who also served on the Homework Committee. “If teacher and administrators look at the five characteristics of best homework, I actually think that homework in this district will drastically change… We want kids to want to do their homework and to be able to do their homework.”“We’ll be working with the staff to help them develop purposeful, meaningful homework and will emphasize to them it’s OK not to assign homework every night,” responded Gallagher when asked by School Committee David Ragsdale about training for teachers in this area. “The homework topic will be covered on CIT (Curriculum Improvement Time) days and in Professional Development Plans.”When Ragsdale then asked how the district will evaluate the success of the policy, Gallagher and Bryson suggested a survey be conducted at the end of next school year to gather feedback from students, parents, and teachers. Additionally, the Superintendent and his Leadership Team will have an “ongoing dialog” around the new homework policy throughout the year.While School Committee member MJ Byrnes was supportive of the policy, she suggested the time guidelines remain in place as a means of helping parents know whether or not their child is struggling.“Parents need expectations to know what’s reasonable. Let’s include the National Education Association recommended times. We’re not saying teachers have to follow these, but these are a rule of thumb,” said Byrnes. “I want to support the parents, especially new parents entering the school district, by helping them know what’s a reasonable amount of time and what’s unreasonable. To know when there are red flags. To when how much homework is too much.”“The homework battle at night can create a lot of anxiety and undue stress on the child and entire family…. A parent can tell you when their child has too much homework. They don’t need a set time limit,” responded Gallagher.Gallagher noted that parents of elementary students may see less traditional homework and more nightly reading for pleasure.“The Homework will be assigned with the learning of the standards in mind,” reemphasized Gallagher. “One child may get some homework and another child in another classroom may not. We really need to communicate this policy on a regular basis throughout next year. All assignments should be judged against the five characteristics of best homework practices. The School Committee can monitor the new policy with feedback collected.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”last_img read more

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Is Ram Charan better choice for Best Actor from National Film Award

first_imgAwards are Overrated..Grace is Underrated!! #Ramcharan ❤️ #NationalFilmAwards Sahitya vardhan Nandamuri @nanduchowdary21 RangasthalamTwitterTelugu celebs and fans feel that Ram Charan’s performance in Rangasthalam is better than Vicky Kaushal’s acting in Uri: The Surgical Strike and he deserved the National Film Award for Best ActorThe winners of National Award 2019 were announced on Saturday and Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal won the Best Actor for their amazing performances in Andhadhun and Uri: The Surgical Strike. But Some audience feel if there were two National Awards for the best actors, then they should have been given to Ram Charan and Ranbir Kapoor for their actings in Rangasthalam and Sanju, respectively.Many viewers down south including a few celebs are upset with Vicky Kaushal getting the best actor from the National Film Awards. They feel that there are more deserved actors than him. Ram Charan’s expressions in Rangasthalam are really amazing and the organisers of National Film Awards should have chosen him for this honour.Expressing his disappointment, Telugu actor Vishnu Manchu tweeted, “No offense to the other winners, but in my honest opinion my bruh Ram Charan deserved to win the National award for best actor in Rangasthalam. By far it was one of the best performances by any actor in the recent times. Anyways the audience love is the biggest award.Tollywood filmmaker BVS Ravi also tweeted, “With all the due respect to @vickykaushal09 and @ayushmannk for their awarding winning accomplishments, couldn’t get a clue why #Raamcharan had to miss out from the honours for a breathtaking performance in #Rangasthalam.”RamCharan™ @IamAlwaysCharan #MegaPowerStar #RamCharan deserves a #NationalFilmAwards for his performance as #Chittibabu Very disappointed as jury members didn’t recognize his outstanding performance in #Rangasthalamcenter_img best actor award was given to 2 actors… but no one in that two deserves to touch it… #RanbirKapoor is the one only who deserves it…if they wish to announce joint winners..#RamCharan will be 2nd option…still thier decision is irritating me.. #NationalFilmAwards2019For me Best actor #RamCharan He deserves award ???#NationalAwards pic.twitter.com/TPFadCiNlP— Nari Kakarla ®© (@RamCharanCult27) August 9, 2019 Bharathi M Kumar @BharathiKumar4last_img read more

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Two nabbed with arms and ammunition

first_imgDarjeeling: Based on specific inputs from the intelligence branch of the SSB an operation was carried out jointly by the “F” and “B” Companies of the 41 battalion of the SSB in which two persons were apprehended with arms and live ammunition.The SSB apprehended one Mohammad Jamshed of Madanvita, Borobila, Chopra, Uttar Dinajpur and Danayal Lakra of Assmbari, Chopra, Uttar Dinajpur from near Bihar More in Bagdogra. A 9 mm pistol along with one magazine and two live 9mm rounds were seized from them. They were later handed over to police. The police are interrogating the duo.last_img read more

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Hitler Plotted to Assassinate Churchill with…Exploding Chocolate

first_imgFor years before World War II broke out, Winston Churchill had warned the British government of Adolf Hitler’s growing influence. When he was elevated to Prime Minister in 1940, Churchill became a major obstacle to the Führer, rallying the Establishment and its people and inspiring them to fight on. So it was natural that Nazi brains set to work on a plot to assassinate this proud symbol of resistance with his famous cigars and hand gestures.Things took a strange turn in 1943 when a letter arrived addressed to the artist Laurence Fish. It was from Lord Rothschild of MI5 and revealed to Fish details of a top-secret scheme to kill the Prime Minister using… chocolate.Winston ChurchillPerhaps identifying Churchill as a man who enjoyed the finer things in life, the Nazis planned to smuggle confectionery-coated explosives into the heart of government. This had then been discovered by British spies.The Telegraph picked up the story in 2012: “The Germans apparently planned to use secret agents working in Britain to discreetly place the bars – branded as Peters Chocolate – among other luxury items taken into the dining room used by the War Cabinet during the conflict.”Chocolate chunks on a stone backgroundBut why had Fish been contacted about this unusual effort? Rothschild needed some quick advertising to alert the British public as to the presence of these delicious yet deadly objects. He asked for a poster to get the idea across, which would include the following life-saving tip.“He asked the artist to indicate in the text on his drawing that a bomb would go off seven seconds after the piece of chocolate and attached canvas was pulled out.”Photo by Laurence Fish/National ArchivesThis related to the act of detonating the device, where breaking the chocolate at the end would trigger a delaying mechanism via a piece of canvas. Fish himself passed away in 2009, but the letter was found by his widow, the journalist Jean Bray, and released to the public three years later.Thankfully the calorie-packed plot was foiled, and Fish died of natural causes in 1965. However, this wasn’t the only food-based tactic used during the conflict. Secret Weapons: Technology, Science And The Race To Win World War II by Prof. Brian Ford (2011) outlines other offbeat assassination methods considered, this time by Allied Forces. Ford uncovered the information through declassified documents.Rothschild’s letter to Fish. Photo by Jean Bray /Laurence Fish estateBombs placed inside fruit tins was one option, as reported by The Huffington Post in their coverage of the book. In fact, various substances and indeed creatures were in the frame for covert warfare: “Other ideas called for dumping glue on Nazi soldiers to trap them… and releasing poisonous snakes on enemy lines.”Portrait of Adolf Hitler. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H1216-0500-002/ CC-BY-SAWhen it came to taking on the big German cheese of Adolf himself, operatives definitely thought outside the box. As Hitler advocated the use of inflatable dolls as a disease-free option for military recreation, the Allies went one better and tried to alter the Führer’s outlook on life. In the most permanent way imaginable.Sir Winston Churchill QuotesEstrogen was floated as a potential way of pacifying the Nazi leader, encouraging his feminine side and saving the world one hormone at a time. As with Churchill and the chocolate, this weapon would be placed into the food supply.Winston Churchill giving his famous ‘V’ sign, May 1943.“Agents planned to smuggle doses of estrogen into his food to make him less aggressive and more like his docile younger sister Paula, who worked as a secretary… Spies working for the British were close enough to Hitler to have access to his food… estrogen was chosen because it was tasteless and would have a slow and subtle effect, meaning it would pass Hitler’s food testers unnoticed” writes The Telegraph.Read another story from us: Tests performed on Adolf Hitler’s teeth, held by the Russians for 70 years, substantiate the timeline of his 1945 demise in BerlinIf these fiendish plans had worked, the history of World War II would be very different. The expression “all’s fair in love and war” certainly springs to mind. It may be fair, but it can also be extremely weird.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more

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Thank you Josh

first_imgEquality Federation is Growing!Equality Delaware and One Iowa Join Equality Federation!Freedom Oklahoma Tells Governor: We’ll See You in Court! It is bittersweet day as we bid farewell to our Administrative Associate, Josh Stickney. Josh has accepted a role as Digital Communications Manager at Equality California. In this new role, he will be supporting the overall communications strategy and program of the organization.Over the past seven months, Josh has provided administrative and operations support for our communications and development work. His positive attitude and good nature have been a wonderful addition to our team and we will miss him. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Mel King is the Development and Operations Manager for Equality Federation, the national strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. Mel manages Equality Federation’s entire grants portfolio and supervises the Development & Communications Associate. He also serves as the staff liaison to Equality Federation’s Board of Directors. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This departure leaves a vacancy on our staff, so we are hiring for a Development & Communications Associate. Be sure to share the posting with your networks. All of us at Equality Federation look forward to working with Josh in his new capacity at our member organization. Congratulations to you, Josh — and congratulations to Equality California!The following two tabs change content below.last_img read more

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El Chapo is Mexicos hit Halloween costume

first_imgIf you’ve become a mass-marketed Halloween costume, then you’re probably really scary.And you’re also probably really lucrative. The latter is what a company in Mexico hopes will become of its costume of the country’s most infamous drug lord: Joaquín Guzmán, known as “El Chapo.”Grupo Rev plans to rake in the pesos this Halloween season with its newest ensemble of latex masks and prison attire that resembles the man who for years trafficked cocaine to the United States, shipped methamphetamines to Canada and distributed ecstasy to as far off as Europe.Guzmán, considered by the U.S. Treasury Department as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, embarrassed Mexican officials in July by pulling off a stunning escape from a maximum-security prison.The incident boosted the legend of a criminal who is accused of killing thousands of people as head of the Sinaloa Cartel – a position that helped him accumulate wealth estimated at about $1 billion. And it may in turn boost profits for Grupo Rev, which is based near Mexico City and manufactures a variety of costumes that range from famous politicians to masks of spooky-looking pandas.Speaking by telephone, the company’s chief executive, Diego Esponda, said manufacturing and selling the costume was as much about political satire as it was money. He said the government deserved to be mocked after the escape of such a high-value criminal from such a highly secured prison facility, where Guzmán was held in isolation and under 24-hour video surveillance. “It was funny in a way for us to show criticism of our government after it arrested El Chapo and then watched him escape only a few months later,” Esponda said.Guzmán managed to slip through a secret, nearly mile-long tunnel that led to his prison cell, causing speculation that he had help from guards and officials working at the facility. The United States has a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Guzmán, who is believed to be between the ages of 58 and 60.The El Chapo attire, Esponda said, would certainly scare some. He also holds out hope that the costume – which includes a pin-stripe uniform labeled with the former inmate’s actual prison number (3578-AJ) – will bring in the cash.So far, he said, about 4,000 of the costumes have been sold at about $39 each, with about 1,400 in the United States and most of the rest in Mexico. A few dozen orders also have been made in countries such as Denmark and France, he said.Halloween traditionally has not been widely celebrated in Mexico, but its popularity has increased in recent years to rival the early November commemoration of “Día de los Muertos.”If the El Chapo costume didn’t continue to sell, however, Esponda thinks his company still has a silver bullet of a product. It’s a mask that pokes fun of perhaps the most reviled man in Mexico at the moment: Donald Trump, the outspoken Republican presidential candidate who suggested earlier this year that immigrants coming over the border were “rapists” and drug dealers.In less than a week since coming on the market, Esponda said, nearly 1,000 Trump masks have been sold.“We think this will be a big one,” he said.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Villagers recall fear as troops fired in ‘El Chapo’ raid Undermining Mexico: How ‘El Chapo’ built a criminal empire, and escaped prison, by digging deep ‘Guzmán?’ Video casts new light on Mexico kingpin escape At least 52 dead in Mexico prison riotlast_img read more

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UK teen who ran away with teacher found in France

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Check your body, save your life Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project LONDON (AP) – A 15-year-old British schoolgirl who sparked an international search when she went missing along with her math teacher was found safe and well in France on Friday, police said.Megan Stammers was located along with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest, a teacher at her school, police in the southern England county of Sussex.France’s Sipa news agency said the pair were in a car when they were found in the city of Bordeaux in southwestern France. Back in the Sussex town of Lewes, Stammers’ stepfather Martin expressed relief at the news.center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “We just can’t wait to be reunited with her. Our family are overjoyed at the outcome. As you can imagine it’s been an absolute emotional rollercoaster,” he told reporters.Police say Forrest has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction and Stammers has been taken into protection. Sipa reported that she would undergo unspecified medical tests.Stammers failed to show up for school in her hometown of Eastbourne, near Lewes, on Sept. 21, and authorities said she had been spotted on a ferry to France with Forrest the same day.The parents of both Stammers and Forrest made emotional televised pleas for them to get in touch. Police said the two were located as a result of media coverage of the case in France.Britain’s Channel 4 News reported that the schoolgirl would be flown out of Bordeaux airport back to the U.K. later Friday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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