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Miranda Lamberts MuttNation Foundation Helps Mutts Across America

first_imgMiranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation is thrilled to announce their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative.A total of $253,660 was donated to shelters in each of the 50 states, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000.Miranda Lambert said, “We are thrilled to be able to reach out to every state and recognize shelters and organizations working at a grassroots level to help animals. It’s those people on the ground, day in and day out, who really make a huge difference.”The MuttNation Foundation board along with partners at the RACE (Ran’s Animal Care Express) team worked diligently to find the most deserving shelters in each of the 50 states. Operating under the premise that fans, friends, colleagues and benefactors across the US have sown into MuttNation Foundation in the past year, they launched a plan to select a shelter in each of the 50 states to lend a financial hand. The criteria used in their decision to grant funds were:• High adoption per intake rate: At least 90% successful adoption rate. Low euthanasia rate (10%)• High volunteerism: People rarely jump on/stay on a sinking ship.• Are they fiscally responsible? (Low administrative/staff costs)• High activity/fundraising. Are they working hard to earn income?• Do they have a specialty – MNF selected a zoo, a horse sanctuary, disabled pet farm, and an elderly/senior pet sanctuary, a last chance rescue for animals from other shelters and a blind farm to name a few.• Do they work outside of the shelter to adopt out or minister to elderly, schools, etc.? Do they have a presence in the community?• Is the website up to date with activity? Do they send newsletters? Are they current? Do they appear to still have the “fire”?•Are they heavily advocating/helping in spay and neuter campaigns, clinics and activities?• Are the hours of operation conducive with adequate adoption times? EX: are they open on weekends, nights, and/or weekdays? How many hours?As explained by MNF co-founder Bev Lambert, “We believe these criteria enabled us to find those shelters standing as examples in the fight to end animal homelessness, abuse and neglect as well as those that encourage adoption, spay and neuter programs and avoid needless euthanasia. We are confident and proud to award funding to the shelters we selected so they may continue the efforts that they have exhibited in the fight.”A complete list of the shelters that received donations is available at www.muttnationfoundation.com.Miranda’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country in order to aid organizations, government institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increased pet adoption and encouragement of responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitation of sick or unsocialized animals, spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs. The mission of the organization is to end animal suffering and homelessness on every front.Donations can always be made at www.muttnationfoundation.com.last_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Helps Open Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

first_imgForeign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict today.Video: UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie speech at opening of Summit FringeThe Summit will welcome governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organisations across the world. It is the biggest ever international meeting on this issue. It demonstrates the global commitment to end sexual violence in conflict and to take decisive action against this crime.The Foreign Secretary pledged a further £6 million to support survivors of sexual violence in conflict to rebuild their lives and communities.Opening the Summit, the Foreign Secretary said: “From the abolition of slavery to the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, we have shown that the international community can tackle vast global problems in a way that was once considered to be impossible. There is power in numbers and if we unite behind this cause we can create an unstoppable momentum and consign this vile abuse to history.”Angelina Jolie added: “We need to shatter that culture of impunity and make justice the norm, not the exception, for these crimes. We need political will, replicated across the world, and we need to treat this subject as a priority. We need to see real commitment and go after the worst perpetrators, to fund proper protection for vulnerable people, and to step in to help the worst-affected countries. We need all armies, peacekeeping troops and police forces to have prevention of sexual violence in conflict as part of their training.”last_img read more

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Alec Baldwin Speaks Out For Turkeys

first_imgToday, the national nonprofit Farm Sanctuary is thrilled to announce that Alec Baldwin is speaking out for turkeys, who are among the most abused animals on Earth, as their 2016 Adopt a Turkey Project spokesperson!Alec Baldwin Speaks Out for Turkeys“Like most people, I don’t like thinking about things that make me feel bad,” said Alec. “But I also don’t like animal suffering, so I feel the need to speak out about it. At least 46 million turkeys suffer heartbreaking fear and pain before being killed each and every Thanksgiving. This year, I’m supporting Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project because turkeys are just as friendly, smart, and full of feeling as my dogs, and they deserve to be treated better. I hope you’ll join me by sponsoring.”Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project has inspired compassionate conversation about society’s relationships with turkeys and the measures we can take to improve the terrible conditions they regularly endure on commercial farms. Now celebrating its 30th year, the project has saved hundreds of lives while inspiring countless individuals to sponsor a turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters in New York and California. For a one-time donation of $30, turkey sponsors receive a special adoption certificate with a color photo and fun details about their new friend.last_img read more

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Ontario Cannabis Store announces supply agreements with 26 licensed producers

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has partnered with 26 licensed producers for its online retail platform.The store, which will be Ontario’s only online retailer when recreational marijuana is legalized in the fall, said Monday that the supply agreements with Health Canada-authorized producers were competitive.The online retailer says it will sell a variety of products, including dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds, to customers 19 and older when pot becomes legal on Oct. 17.Supply agreements with cannabis accessory suppliers are also in the works, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) says, adding that it plans to expand the selection of its available products over time.The OCS says to ensure products are delivered to homes safely, it will have a verification system in place.It says it will also establish a wholesale distribution network to supply pot in private stores.The Progressive Conservatives’ new plan to have cannabis sold through a private retail model is a contrast to the Liberals plan for a provincial government monopoly on cannabis sales.The province was to operate 150 brick-and-mortar stores by 2020, but the new plan means sales at physical stores won’t start until April 2019.last_img read more

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Final 2 competitive games help NBA Finals in ratings

NEW YORK — The two top winter sports crowned their champions as summer neared, separated by exactly 10 million viewers.The sixth game of the NBA Finals, where the Toronto Raptors dethroned the depleted Golden State Warriors, was seen by 18.76 million viewers in the United States, according to the Nielsen company. The final two games buoyed ABC, which had been suffering in the ratings with the series between a Canadian opponent and a team competing in its fifth consecutive finals.The seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, won by the St. Louis Blues over the Boston Bruins, was seen by 8.76 million viewers, Nielsen said.The NBA Finals, plus a few game shows, helped ABC to the week’s ratings championship.ABC averaged 6.1 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 4.1 million, CBS had 3.8 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million, Univision had 1.1 million and the CW had 630,000. Fox’s average was not immediately available.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.19 million viewers. MSNBC had 1.47 million, HGTV had 1.3 million, A&E had 1.13 million and USA had 1.04 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.6 million viewers, NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.8 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.2 million.For the week of June 10-16, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Toronto at Golden State, Game 6, ABC, 18.76 million; NBA Finals: Golden State at Toronto, Game 5, ABC, 18.6 million; “America’s Got Talent,” ABC, 9.46 million; NHL Stanley Cup Final: St. Louis at Boston, Game 7, NBC, 8.76 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.17 million; “NBA Countdown” (Monday), ABC, 5.64 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.36 million; “NBA Countdown” (Thursday), ABC, 5.18 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.03 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 4.94 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comDavid Bauder, The Associated Press read more

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UN review of first group of countries human rights records wraps up

The United Nations Human Rights Council has concluded its review of the first batch of countries as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – a new mechanism to examine the record of every UN Member State. The mechanism’s Working Group wrapped up its first session in Geneva today after evaluating the rights records of 16 nations: Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, the Philippines, Algeria, Poland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Czech Republic and Argentina. “Having witnessed the energy which you have all displayed during this session, I have no doubt that we shall collectively rise to the occasion and achieve the primary goal of the UPR, which is the improvement of the human rights situation on the ground,” said Council President Doru Romulus Copstea in a message delivered at the meeting’s close by Vice President Boudewijn Van Eenennaam. The Working Group’s next session will be held from 5 to 19 May, during which 16 more Member States’ records will be reviewed. The UPR is one of the reforms which differentiate the Council from the Commission on Human Rights, which it succeeded in 2006. Under the Review’s work plans, 48 countries are scheduled to be reviewed each year, so that the UN’s complete membership of 192 countries will be reviewed once every four years. Last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Council to ensure that all countries were scrutinized equally. “The Review must reaffirm that just as human rights are universal, so is our collective respect for them and our commitment to them,” he said. 18 April 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council has concluded its review of the first batch of countries as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – a new mechanism to examine the record of every UN Member State read more

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Is it immoral to have babies in the era of climate change

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth at 05:26 on Monday 06 May, 2019. Getty Images/iStockphoto Getty Images As the United Nations warns of a “climate apartheid,” as humankind faces the threatened prospect of irreversible and catastrophic environmental destruction, philosophers and ethicists are arguing that humans have a moral obligation to drastically limit our procreation, ideally to zero children, but a maximum of one, maybe two.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.No other human action — not driving less or living car free, not taking fewer transatlantic flights or eating less meat — is as effective in reducing one’s carbon footprint as limiting one’s family size, academic philosopher Trevor Hedberg argued earlier this year in a special issue of the journal Essays in Philosophy devoted to the topic, “Is Procreation Immoral?”The formula that backs up that claim is controversial. Still, growing anxieties about climate change have more people questioning the ethics of bringing babies into a warming world.“It is basically a scientific consensus that the lives of our children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children,” U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said earlier this year on a live-streamed Instagram Q&A while chopping vegetables in her kitchen. A horrified Fox News host called the idea “disturbingly authoritarian, even fascistic” and suggested Ocasio-Cortez was having a nervous breakdown. In a now already famous piece for the September issue of British Vogue, Prince Harry made clear that his and wife Meghan’s baby boy, Archie, will have one biological sibling only.“Two children, maximum!” the Duke of Sussex vowed in his interview with famed primatologist Jane Goodall.“We are the one species on this planet that seems to think that this place belongs to us, and only us,” Harry elaborated. “I always think to myself, whenever there’s another natural disaster, a huge increase in volcano eruptions or earthquakes or flooding, how many clues does nature have to give us before we actually learn, or wake ourselves up to the damage and the destruction that we’re causing?”The Vogue interview was published the same week Harry flew by private jet to an uber-exclusive, Google-sponsored climate crisis camp at a US$2,000-a-night seaside Sicilian resort, where his royal highness reportedly had a pedicure before delivering a speech barefoot.Harry said his two-baby pledge is premised on his concern for the Earth.Some would argue his decision to have even a second child is immoral.  In the special issue of Essays In Philosophy, Anca Gheaus argued that, alongside having fewer children in each family, another option is multi-parenting — “that is, three, four or possibly more adults co-raising the same child, or children” — taking the euphemism, “it takes a village,” quite literally. “To discharge the duty to pass on a sustainable world to the next generation,” Gheaus, of Spain’s Pompeu Fabra University, wrote, “individuals who live in such circumstances ought to be ready to share child-rearing with several other adults — that is, to multi-parent.” If having two parents is better than having one, then having three or four parents is arguably better than having only two, she reasoned. For one thing, more parents would mean more security (against the loss of one or more parents). It would also satisfy the adult’s interest in being “child-rearers.” Still, she does allow more parents could make for more conflict, disagreements and “stalled decision-making.” Public school, or private? Who gets Christmas?There may be other (albeit suboptimal) ways to nudge or persuade people to have smaller families, should we decide a need to “quickly scale down the number of people brought into existence,” Gheaus said, like a lottery to decide who may, or may not, procreate.Others have invoked abortion.“All non-optimal acts are morally impermissible,” Leonard Kahn, of Loyola University in New Orleans wrote in Essays in Philosophy. Children in rich countries use more resources and contribute more to global warming than children in poor ones. Given that, the rich should be morally required not to reproduce at all, and abortion could be viewed as an acceptable way to save the planet, Kahn’s theories hold.Still another paper, by anti-natalist Gerald Harrison, of Massey University, argued that acts of human procreation are, most likely, wrong. For one thing, “Procreative acts subject someone to a life — which is a very significant thing to do to someone — and they do so without the prior consent of the affected party,” Harrison argued.He adds that, “the average human will typically act in ways that will bring about the deaths of many animals every year, often for no better reason than because the human in question likes the taste of their dead bodies, and/or wearing bits of them.”Given these and other less-than-flattering features, we have a moral reason not to reproduce, he argued.Others say demanding we have fewer children, if any at all, is a loopy solution to climate change. “If we were all persuaded by Harrison’s argument and decided to act ‘morally,’ the human race would die out,” William Reville, emeritus professor of biochemistry at University College Cork wrote in The Irish Times. “And while this would undoubtedly deal with the problem of climate change, such a solution seems to be a bit — well — nuts!”Fertility rates in many parts of the world are declining. In Canada, the average number of children per woman was 3.7 during the baby boom. In 2011, the total fertility rate was 1.6 children per woman, up slightly from the record low of 1.5 about a decade earlier, but still below the replacement level — the level of fertility at which a population exactly replaces itself. In developed countries like Canada, that’s an average of 2.1 children per woman.In fact, the total fertility rate has been below the replacement level for more than 40 years, according to Statistics Canada.Globally, the world reproduction rate is 2.5. Reducing birth rates to near zero is not only wholly unnecessary from a climate standpoint, “decimating the world’s population would cause massive economic problems in its own rights,” Reville said.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights also proclaims that adults have a right to marry and “found a family.”This has the potential to get people thinking about the impact that they and their children will have on a world that is in dangerBut Hedberg, a postdoctoral research fellow at The Ohio State University, argues that procreative choices affect other people. They aren’t morally neutral. Many people believe that decisions that impact others should be subject to moral scrutiny, he said in an interview. We could have a right to have unlimited numbers of children but there might be moral reasons not to exercise that right. “If people’s procreation contributes to circumstances that are going to adversely affect the welfare of large groups of people, there may be grounds for restricting that right in some way.”Part of his reasoning is that our children are likely to be our ecological clones — to adopt lifestyles that have ecological footprints of a similar size to our own. “Your child might decide in his or her early 20s to go off the grid, but for the most part, our children adopt the same lifestyles they were born into,” Hedberg said.Even though many developed nations are below replacement fertility, even small gains in countries like the U.S. and Australia — say, going from a fertility rate of 1.8 to 1.5 — would typically be far more significant to climate change than reducing the fertility rate in a country in sub-Saharan Africa from four to two, Hedberg said.He isn’t insisting everyone go childless (though, provocatively, he cites social science research that suggests having children makes people less happy, at least in the short term). Instead, we should aim for a fertility rate of two or lower, meaning Harry and Meghan will have done their part not to contribute to overpopulation should they grant Archie only one baby brother or sister.Hedberg and others are wary of policies that hint at social or population engineering, like China’s authoritarian and disastrous one-child per family policy that led to 30 million female fetuses succumbing to sex-selective abortions, and baby girls abandoned at orphanages. Rather, Hedberg said advertising and media campaigning could be used to counteract a kind of “pro-natalist” environment, “whereby it’s just assumed people will have children at a certain age and that being childless isn’t a socially acceptable outcome.” US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, says the next wave of parents need to think about if having children is OK with all the current information on global warming — and how it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Regardless of what side of the baby debate one is on, the world’s birth rate is already dropping fast while the human population continues to grow, with a potential peak of 11 billion people in 2100. However, in a 2018 survey conducted for The New York Times that asked young people why they had, or expected to have, fewer children than their “ideal” number, a third cited worries about climate change. #BirthStrike, a closed Facebook group for women determined “not to bear children due to the severity of the ecological crisis” has nearly 700 members. Books like Sarah Conly’s One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? and Travis Rieder’s Toward a Small Family Ethic: How Overpopulation and Climate Change are Affecting the Morality of Procreation, are asking whether society has the right to insist we refrain from delivering more than an acceptable number of children — whatever that magic number may be — or whether people should be free to produce as many children as they please.The theory pushed hard by authors like Rieder and Conly is that the people who are more likely to have a duty to limit their procreation will be people in developed nations whose children are likely to have carbon-intensive lifestyles.Leading climate scientists have given us just 11 more years to start turning the boat around before carbon emissions reach a “point of no return.” That means trying to limit the increase in the average global ground temperature to 1.5 degrees C in order to prevent rising sea levels, food and fresh water shortages, droughts, hurricanes, famines and floods. “In simple terms, climate change will cause a lot of people — both present and future — to suffer or die,” Hedberg wrote in Essays in Philosophy.There are already 7.7 billion people on the planet. According to the United Nations Population Division, the world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050, and peak at nearly 11 billion around 2100. With Earth’s population expected to hit 11 billion by 2100, here’s how it will change ‘Maternity comes from the soul’: New book on single women who skip family life probes the effects of childlessness Data from thousands of monitoring stations says July was the world’s hottest month since records began ‘You idiots … The planet’s on f–ing fire!’ Bill Nye’s message to leaders stalling on climate change More babies mean more emissions, and statisticians have attempted to measure just how many greenhouse gas emissions are tied to a single act of reproduction. In 2008, Oregon State University’s Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax calculated that each parent is responsible for one half of their children’s GHG emissions, one fourth of their grandchildren’s emissions, one eighth of their great-grandchildren and so on. They estimated that every child born in the U.S. adds 9,441 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide to an average mother’s carbon legacy — 5.7 times her lifetime emissions.By comparison, driving a fuel-efficient car your entire life will save 148 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to Murtaugh and Schlax.But the methodology ignores technologies like carbon-capture systems that suck carbon out of the atmosphere. It’s also a form of double counting, James Woudhuysen writes on Spiked. “Parents are not only held ‘responsible’ for their own emissions, but also for the emissions of each of their children and their children’s descendants.” Furthermore, he asks, “how useful is it to calculate average emissions when we live in a society where some take the Clapham Omnibus while the likes of Prince Harry and his offspring will fly by private jet?”The model is probably an overestimate, Hedberg said, given that it makes a number of assumptions, including static emissions levels, which, if we make a transition to greener technologies, wouldn’t hold.“But I think their basic point is that this (limiting your family size) is the most significant ecological action you can take as an individual.”We have to stop dithering, Hedberg argues, and “do something, now.” But what to do? While some academics say overpopulation is adding to the threat of a climate change disaster, others say without procreation, the human species will wither away. For his part, Prince Harry’s “two, maximum!” proclamation is helping the messaging, said Craig Klugman, a professor of ethics at DePaul University in Chicago, who recently blogged about the “how many babies is too many” debate on Bioethics.net.“This has the potential to get people thinking about the impact that they and their children will have on a world that is in danger,” Klugman said.He favours incentives over coercive measures, like offering free education to a first child, but not subsequent ones, or paying off student loans for women who delay childbearing until they’re older, when they’re likely to have fewer children.“We have children because we want to leave a legacy, we want to be part of the future,” Klugman said. We also want someone to take care of us when we grow old. “We need to give people ways to fulfill these drives and these needs that don’t necessarily require each person to have their own kid.”• Email: skirkey@postmedia.com Twitter: ‏ Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images Dominic Lipinski / WPA Pool/Getty Images read more

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Ohio State softball wins 4 games before dropping final one in USC

OSU then-freshman pitcher Shelby Hursh (19) throws a pitch during a game against Northwestern on April 28, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Buckeyes are still looking for a weekend without experiencing defeat.This weekend in South Carolina, the Ohio State softball team (9-3) came a game away from an unblemished weekend but were defeated in their final game against South Carolina Upstate (11-2).Three Buckeyes combined for five home runs over the weekend, three of which came from junior Alex Bayne. The outfielder now has 11 RBIs on the year, which is only two short of her 2015 total.The tournament marked the first of 2016 in which all five OSU pitchers saw action, which allowed the team to maintain its stamina throughout the weekend. Junior Shelby Hursh now has 44 strikeouts this season, and the staff’s combined ERA is a mere 1.88.Game 1OSU started strong in another weekend opener with a 13-0 shutout against Virginia Tech (4-10) on Friday. The Hokies only delivered one hit, a double by redshirt senior catcher Katey Smith, and momentum remained on the Buckeyes’ side.All of OSU’s runs were earned, and five Buckeyes contributed multiple hits. Bayne and sophomore center fielder Taylor White both had three RBIs, but sophomore pitcher Shelby McCombs led the squad with four RBIs while going 2-for-3.McCombs, who played as the game’s designated hitter, delivered a stellar performance offensively last weekend in Atlanta, including a walk-off home run in OSU’s first matchup against Georgia Tech. McCombs got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard first with a one-out, two-run single after senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre ignited the offense with a leadoff single in the first inning. White hit a single to left field to make the game 3-0.OSU ballooned its lead to 10 in the second inning after a handful of wild pitches by Hokies senior Maggie Tyler advanced runners into scoring position. Bayne, White and senior catcher Cammi Prantl contributed two-run singles, and junior second baseman Anna Kirk recorded an RBI with a sacrifice fly.The Buckeyes did not become complacent though. Bayne and McCombs teamed up to deliver two home runs in the third inning and three more RBIs. Bayne now has six homers on the year, while McCombs has two.From the mound, Hursh struck out three in her two innings pitched. The Buckeyes’ comfortable lead over the Hokies allowed freshman Katya Duvall to make her debut for the team, in which she also struck out three and earned the win.Game 2OSU continued an unstoppable Friday outing, beating Furman (7-9) in the second game of the doubleheader. Building upon a strong offense against the Hokies, seven Buckeyes, led by Bayne, contributed RBIs in the team’s 15-3 win.Bayne added two home runs, one in the top of the first inning and one in the sixth. The left fielder’s bat seemed to inspire the rest of the Scarlet and Gray because the team combined for nine multiple-base hits. Prantl and sophomore Becca Gavin each hit one over the fence, and Prantl continued her streak, going 4-for-4.These key hits provided OSU with a 7-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, after the Paladins took advantage of passed balls and a throwing error by the Buckeye defense in the sixth. Furman sophomore third baseman Brittany Houston had a two-run single to center field against freshman Morgan Ray, who had just stepped onto the mound to relieve McCombs.The Buckeyes responded loudly in the top of the seventh and added eight more runs to solidify their win. Five of these runs were scored with two outs as the Paladins began to run out of steam. Senior first baseman Erika Leonard, senior pinch hitter Jayla Saibene and freshman second baseman Emily Clark all gave the Buckeyes a final push at the plate.Defensively, OSU made plays that kept the Paladins from scoring or even stringing hits together. In the bottom of the third, the infield cleared the bases with a double play. In the following inning, McCombs, who got the win in the matchup, hit two batters but was able to strike out two more to get out of the situation.Like McCombs, Furman sophomore Lindsey Bert also hit two batters, but her effort on the mound, along with that of senior Alex Sappington, could not trip up the Scarlet and Gray as they moved to an undefeated Friday.Game 3The Buckeyes got off to another quick start Saturday with a comfortable 9-1 win against Morehead State (5-6). Junior Lena Springer got her first chance of the weekend on the mound and her first complete game of the season.Like its two previous matchups in South Carolina, OSU got on the board first with Leonard’s RBI groundout. The Buckeyes extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning when Prantl singled up the middle, which was followed by two throwing errors by the Eagles.OSU left runners on base in all six innings but still managed to chip away at Morehead State’s defense and pitchers, sophomore Mackenzie Grossmann and junior Megan Tymorek. The Buckeyes left the bases loaded in the third inning but returned in the fourth to score another run on a triple to right field by McIntyre.The Eagles did not score until the final inning with an unearned run on senior first baseman Dana Hutchins’ double. Morehead State, which went winless over the weekend, put the ball in play but could not find gaps to send runners home.Game 4The Scarlet and Gray’s second matchup against Virginia Tech resulted in a much tighter contest than the first. OSU won the game 6-5 after a back-and-forth struggle over seven innings.The Buckeyes rotated three pitchers onto the mound, starting in the second inning when Ray gave up two runs. Hursh earned the win with three innings pitched and five strikeouts, and McCombs received her first save of the season after stopping the Hokies’ offense in the final two innings.For OSU’s offense, extra-base hits made the difference. McIntyre opened the game with a double, followed by Leonard’s RBI double to left field. The Buckeyes then extended their lead to four in the second inning, after Prantl sent a solo shot over the centerfield fence and White and Gavin stole home. Virginia Tech responded in the bottom of the third inning when Hursh walked junior Elizabeth Birle with the bases loaded. A couple of batters later and the bases still loaded, Hursh walked sophomore center fielder Breanna Davenport for the Hokies’ second run of the inning.The Hokies’ redshirt freshman Chelsea Whitcomb walked six batters throughout her four innings on the mound. Two of those walks set up OSU runners in scoring position in the top of the fifth inning, and both scored after White doubled on her first and only hit Saturday.The Buckeyes’ narrow 6-4 lead tightened even more in the bottom of the fifth after two Virginia Tech hits through the gap moved freshman right fielder Emma Strouth to third base. Strouth then scored on McCombs’ wild pitch.The game came down to the bottom of the seventh inning, but Virginia Tech went down in order to cement the Buckeyes’ second win over the Hokies and fourth of the weekend.Game 5Even though OSU had more hits than its final opponent of the weekend, USC Upstate edged out the Buckeyes 2-0 on Sunday. The Spartans’ two runs came from a timely home run, while the Buckeyes could not execute at the plate to bring any of their eight runners left on base home.The first two innings were scoreless for both teams, despite a two-out double by Saibene in the second. The Buckeyes came close again in the third, when Prantl and Leonard each delivered a single with two outs, but the two seniors were left stranded on base.USC Upstate’s offense ignited in the bottom of the third, thanks to freshman second baseman Megan Obier’s leadoff double. Freshman left fielder Brittany Case then blasted a home run to center field, giving the Spartans their 2-0 advantage.The Buckeyes spent the next four innings trying to start a rally, but even with leadoff singles from Prantl and junior pinch hitter Jess Machovina, they could not get one sparked.The stars of the game were the pitchers of both teams: Hursh for the Buckeyes and junior Holly McKinnon, who came on in the first after only one batter, for the Spartans. Hursh struck out seven, while McKinnon collected eight of her own.Coming upThe Buckeyes do not see any action next weekend, but they are scheduled to head to Tempe, Arizona, from March 11 to 13 to face four opponents at the Arizona State Tournament. OSU’s first matchup is scheduled against No. 10 James Madison and is set to begin at 1 p.m. read more

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Scarlet meets Scarlet Ohio State takes on Rutgers for 1st time

OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63), tackles Maryland redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown (16) during an Oct. 4 game at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile the colors won’t exactly clash in Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are set for battle in their first-ever meeting on the gridiron.The Scarlet Knights (5-1, 1-1) enter Columbus coming off a bye week of their own after defeating Michigan on Oct. 4 in just their second-ever Big Ten game.Now, Rutgers enters Columbus to play its first-ever Big Ten road game, and it comes during homecoming week at OSU.The Scarlet Knights are led offensively by senior quarterback Gary Nova, who is coming off a game in which he threw for 404 yards and three scores in a win over the Wolverines, a performance OSU coach Urban Meyer said he noticed.“The quarterback (Nova) had a hell of a day against our rival,” Meyer said. “We got our hands full. We feel that (they) have very quality receivers. We are going to be very aggressive and we got to get this quarterback down ‘cause he is playing the best he has ever played right now.”OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple said the Buckeye defense has been preparing to limit the big play. The Buckeye defense allowed three scoring plays of 60 yards or more the last time they played at home, against Cincinnati.“They’ve got great receivers who can take the top off of defenses so one thing is just making sure to eliminate the deep balls and make sure we keep Gary Nova in the pocket and make sure he doesn’t scramble and beat us like that,” Apple said.While Nova may be playing the best he has ever played, he has struggled with turnovers in the past.Nova entered the 2014 season with 39 career interceptions and has added seven more this season, five of which came in Rutgers’ first Big Ten game against Penn State on Sept. 13.Apple said the Buckeyes are going to try and exploit Nova’s tendency to turn the ball over.“That is something that we definitely watch, and feel like we can take advantage of,” Apple said. “Sometimes he does get a little bit rattled and he feels like he just has to throw it up there. That is something we are going to try and capitalize on.”Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said it is his unit’s job to fluster the quarterback, something the defense focuses on each week.“We have a count each game about how many hits this guy is going to take to break, and so we will have a count on Gary and we will find out how many he has,” Bennett said. “He gets flustered, he kind of gets a little nervous so I’m sure against us he will bring everything he’s got, but we are going to try and hit him and we are going to try and hit him a lot.”During his five-interception game against Penn State, Nova was sacked three times, losing 19 yards. He scored the Scarlet Knights’ only touchdown in the game, a 14-yard run in the second quarter.In order to fluster Nova, Bennett said the Buckeyes will have to force him to drop back more than usual, which means shutting down the ground game.“If we are able to stop that run early, then we will have chances to go get the quarterback and it should be a fun night,” he said.While getting pressure on the quarterback will be the key for the Buckeye defense, protecting their own signal caller will likely be a concern as Rutgers is tied for third in the country in sacks.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said Rutgers is successful rushing the quarterback because of how the Scarlet Knights design their pressure.“Front four are very active. They don’t blitz a ton on first and second down. I think somewhere in the range of 15 and 20 percent,” Herman said. “On third down, they try to really create confusion and havoc and they’ve got a whole third down specialist-type deal where they’re going to run a bunch of different guys in on the field and line up in some crazy alignments and try to confuse you and pressure the quarterback on third down.”OSU, which allowed seven sacks in a loss to Virginia Tech against a bear cover zero defense, has allowed just five sacks since.Despite its recent success, junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said Monday that he expects to see the kind of defense that gave OSU troubles against the Hokies.“We are expecting them to blitz a lot. We are probably expecting them to throw that bear cover zero at us too, because everybody has been trying it,” Decker said.Apple, who is a native of New Jersey, said he believes Rutgers has more talented athletes than Buckeye fans might think, which is critical to being successful when running the bear defense.“Rutgers, they always have great talent,” Apple said. “They have a great roster, and we just got to make sure we are focused so we don’t take a game off.”The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights are scheduled to meet Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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La tablette Prestigio Multi débarque en force au mois de mai

first_imgLa tablette Prestigio Multi débarque en force au mois de maiAffichant Android 4.0 sur un écran IPS 9,7 pouces (25 cm), la tablette Prestigio a le gros argument de ne couter que 199 euros.  Parmi la pléthore de machines de jeu et d’écrans tactiles d’ultrabooks, présentés la semaine dernière au CeBIT, la dernière-née de Prestigio aurait pu passer inaperçue. Il s’agit d’une tablette avec un écran de diagonal 9,7 pouces (25 cm). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Elle a un bel emballage noir métallique, très réussi, avec sur les côtés des poignées un peu plus souples, dans une sorte de caoutchouc. Elles encadrent un écran IPS+, comme celui de l’iPad 2 (mais pour une fraction du prix). Cet écran embarque Android 4.0, alias Ice Cream Sandwich (lien non disponible), stocké sur 8GB de mémoire interne et motorisé par un processeur monocœur 1GHz ARM cortex A8 avec 1GB de RAM, capable de lire de la vidéo HD. Et le tout est plutôt fin. Sur le bas, un micro USB et un port micro SD et sur le côté, une prise audio Jack classique, complètent cet équipement. Selon le site Notebook Italia, il atteindra l’Italie en mai et coutera 199 euros. On ignore ce qu’il adviendra des autres pays.La tablette s’ajoute à la gamme Prestigio, qui comporte déjà  différentes tailles de tablettes tactiles sous Android. Le 18 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of April 22, 2018:149 Burlington Avenue — Sale Price: $595,000 — Buyer: Daniel Ober & Nancy Ober — Seller: Robert H. Coughlin & Susan E. Coughlin — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 23,087sf138 Chestnut Street — Sale Price: $360,000 — Buyer: Craig F. Crockett & Janet M. Sherman — Seller: Patricia Tammaro — Sale Date: 4/23/18 — Use: Residential Building — Lot Size: 60,548sf1 Olson Street, Unit 6 — Sale Price: $495,000 — Buyer: Sarah C. Fallon — Seller: Linda Perez-Ortiz & Antero G. Ortiz — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: Condo1 Oxford Road — Sale Price: $570,000 — Buyer: Ji Y. Kim & Daniel K. Jib — Seller: Paul Douglas Co. — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 5,883sf69 Park Street — Sale Price: $484,000 — Buyer: Ylli Deshnica & Doroida Qendro — Seller: Michael Kirby — Sale Date: 4/27/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 25,700sf7 Pinewood Road — Sale Price: $725,000 — Buyer: James P. Prendergast & Christine J. Prendergast — Sale Date: 4/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 11,326sf 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… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Whale mAPP brings power of mobile technology to marine biology

first_imgSoutheast Alaska is a summer haven for whale researchers. However, limited resources means they can only study a handful of whales at a time.Scientists are now calling on citizens with Android smartphones to aid their cause.The Whale mApp is a new technology to aid citizen scientists in reporting sightings of marine mammals. Screenshot from whalemapp.org.Brenna Campbell has been sailing up and down the Inside Passage every summer for the past 25 years. Campbell is a retired geologist and a small 2 berth sailing boat in Petersburg’s North Harbor is her home.She’s at the center of an experiment that a group of scientists in the Pacific Northwest hope will change the future of whale research.The Whale mAPP app allows users to log sightings of marine mammals. The entries are entered into a database and sent back to Oregon State University where researcher Courtney Hann tries to figure out what the data means.Hann is the brains behind the project and says in order to understand whales and other marine mammals, we have to use all resources available.“Instead of looking at the study of one whale in one small area … let’s gather all of our forces together and work together to [see] how these animals move across really vast distances,” she says.Scientists might not be able to travel across these distances, but the myriad people who boat up and down the Pacific Northwest during the summer months can and often do.“Last summer I had 1,200 sightings recorded over three months over the entire area of Southeast Alaska, and there was no one else who was able to collect that type of data,” Hann says.She says collecting all this data helps scientists understand the behavior patterns of marine mammals, but it also aids the development of a new scientific field.“In which we get back to saying yes every person can be a scientist and every person can learn and study different amazing animals that are around the world,” she says.Despite her optimism, Hann isn’t blind to the drawbacks of citizen data. She understands civilians’ eyes aren’t as informed as scientists and so the app has built-in a rating system to counter errors in sightings.Just like you can rate your favorite song on iTunes, Whale mAPP has a starring system for judging how confident you are about what you saw. This allows novices like Brenna Campbell to use the app without worrying about making a mistake.Currently, the app is only available in limited release on Android but if Courtney Hann has her way, citizen scientists and smartphones will help shape the future of whale research in the Pacific Northwest.last_img read more

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Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio to get petrol variants next year

first_imgTo stem the falling share of utility vehicles (UV) in its overall portfolio, automobile manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) plans to come out with new petrol variants of its popular models XUV500 and Scorpio next year.These new models are likely to hit the market early next year, IDBI Capital said in a report. The auto major is also planning to come up with a brand new model during next financial year.From a clear market leader, M&M has seen its fortunes slide in the UV segment in the past three years on the back of increased competition, restriction on diesel vehicles and host of other factors.From a peak of 48 per cent of market share reported in October-December quarter of FY13, M&M is now holding only around 27 per cent.The company is also hoping that its one of the most popular models — Bolero — will continue to drive growth in UV segment in the near future.”The Bolero Power plus is a new hybrid vehicle launched. The model has an excise duty of 12.5 per cent against around 28 per cent for other SUVs. This is expected to help in adoption of the same,” the brokerage firm said in its report.Meanwhile, tractor as a segment continues to be the star performer for the company with sales growth of around 36 per cent owing to a good monsoon.”Tractor sales rose 36 per cent, while the automotive segment saw a growth of around 12 per cent (during Q2 of FY17). Tractors continue to perform well, and this run rate could pick up further in 2017,” the report said.The company remains a dominant player in this segment with around 44 per cent market share.last_img read more

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Striking Arizona Teachers Win 20 Percent Raise End Walkout

first_img Share Photo by Christy Chavis/via Reuters/PBS NewsHourParticipants take part in a march in Phoenix, Arizonia, U.S., April 26, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Christy Chavis/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES – RC17011085E0The Arizona governor signed a plan Thursday to give striking teachers a 20 percent pay raise, ending their five-day walkout after a dramatic all-night legislative session and sending more than a million public school students back to the classroom.Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature awarded teachers a 9 percent raise in the fall and 5 percent in each of the next two years. Those increases are in addition to a 1 percent raise granted last year.Teachers did not get everything they wanted, but they won substantial gains from reluctant lawmakers.“The educators have solved the education crisis! They’ve changed the course of Arizona” Noah Karvelis of Arizona Educators United shouted to several thousand cheering teachers. “The change happens with us!”Hours after Ducey acted, strike organizers called for an end to the walkout. Some schools planned to reopen Friday, with others likely to resume classes next week.The Senate approved the pay raises just before dawn as hundreds of red-shirted teachers followed the proceedings from the lobby, many sitting on the cold stone floor.The night before, the teachers, who are among the lowest paid in the country, held a candlelight vigil in a courtyard outside the original neoclassical Capitol building. They stood together with their right hands over their hearts and sang “America the Beautiful.”Wrapped in blankets or sleeping bags, they napped on the ground or in folding metal chairs, occasionally using cellphones to monitor an online video stream of the legislative debate in the chambers.Ducey said the teachers had earned a raise and praised the legislation as “a real win” for both teachers and students. The pay increases will cost about $300 million for the coming year alone.Some teachers returned to the Capitol on Thursday as lawmakers debated the rest of the state’s $10.4 billion budget plan. Among them was Wes Oswald, a third-grade teacher from Tucson who made the two-hour drive for a sixth day.Oswald said the budget still does not address serious issues such as the need for higher per-pupil spending, raises for support staff and a smaller-student-to-counselor ratio.Teachers must still fight for those problems to be addressed, Oswald said, adding that “the worst thing would be for this movement to dissolve.”Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas said Thursday that educators now should focus on a campaign for a November ballot measure that would seek more education funding from an income tax increase on the wealthiest taxpayers.“The budget is a significant investment, but it falls far short” of what the movement demanded, Thomas said.The state’s largest district in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, as well as districts in the suburbs of Scottsdale and Glendale, planned to reopen Friday. Officials from Tucson’s biggest school district said they will not be ready and were working to reopen 86 school sites on Monday.Many other Arizona districts had not announced plans for resuming classes.Education cuts over the past decade have sliced deeply into Arizona’s public schools. Teachers wanted a return to pre-recession funding levels, regular raises, competitive pay for support staff and a pledge not to adopt any tax cuts until per-pupil funding reaches the national average.Phoenix-area teacher Rebecca Wilson was among those who camped out in the Capitol overnight.“I’m glad it passed and we’ll get something because I’m a single mom of three kids, but it’s not enough,” she told Phoenix-area radio station KTAR.The package provides the state’s schools will a partial restoration of nearly $400 million in recession-era cuts, with a promise to restore the rest in five years. Other cuts remain in place.Minority Democrats mainly voted against the budget plan, drawing criticism from Republicans.“You know, talk is pretty cheap — it’s your vote that counts,” Republican Rep. Anthony Kern said. “If Republicans voted with Democrats tonight, you would be walking away with zero.”Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding urged lawmakers not to congratulate themselves for easing the same crisis they created.“You can’t set a house on fire, call 911 and claim to be a hero. And that’s what this body has done,” Bolding said.One Republican lawmaker upset about the strike proposed amendments to make it illegal for teachers to espouse political beliefs at work, to require the attorney general to investigate schools that allow political activity and to bar schools from closing during a walkout.“There are hundreds of families contacting me that are harmed financially, occupationally,” an emotional Rep. Kelly Townsend said.Rep. Mitzi Epstein, a Democrat, tried and failed to win support for an amendment that would mandate a 250:1 ratio for students to school counselors. Epstein said the bill could help prevent suicide and bullying and improve academic performance.“Not only is school not fun anymore, but it’s scary,” she said.last_img read more

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Enjoy festivity with indoor vertical garden

first_imgAs the festive season has begun, people are researching eco-friendly ideas to decorate their house. Having an indoor garden is a unique as well as an environment friendly way to beautify the living space and if you have a space issue then opt for indoor vertical garden. Nowadays, it’s very easy to create your own vertical garden with the presence of new garden concepts like modular planting systems and hanging planters, feel experts. They also shared some useful tips to celebrate the festivals with indoor vertical garden: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Frame a vertical garden: It’s a Do It Yourself (DIY) project that can be tried at home without any complication. You need a flat box, a wooden frame, small amount of soil, a metal mesh and a small bud of succulent. Make a photo frame like structure with the flat box and the wooden frame. Add soil into it and cover it with the metal mesh. -The box and the mesh hold the soil in place. Now poke the stems of the succulent bud through the mesh into the soil. Leave the frame lying flat in a cool, bright place till the stems take root. Your beautiful vertical garden is ready. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Recycle plastic bottles: It is another DIY project where the used plastic bottles are recycled into pots as creative and fun vertical garden. You need 2-3 plastic bottles, soil, seedlings, string, cardboard and a needle. For the opening, cut a rectangle in the middle of the bottle. -Poke small holes with the help of a needle on the opposite side of the bottle. Line the inner sides of your bottle with cardboard, leaving the holes open. Now add the soil, put the seedlings and water it. Determine the length of the vertical garden and accordingly cut the strings and tie it to the bottle. Hang it at the desired place. -Hanging vertical garden: This vertical suspended garden will give your home a new freshness and decoration which is required around this festive season. To hang the pots, you can choose macrame pendants, this is a trending fashion for suspended gardens and looks very decorative. To alternate this method, you can also go for small wooden shelves where you can place the pots, and holding them with a thick cord of the sailor type will give a beautiful effect in your living space. You can use this method to harvest your own fresh herbs right in your kitchen. -Magnet the plants: This is a very sweet and a simple way to add some bloom to your walls. All you need are some container, preferably of the same shape, paint, washi tape, soil, a small flower plant and a magnet. Take the empty containers and paint them with bright colours and decorate it with washi tapes. Fix 3-4 magnets behind the container with the help of hot glue. You can now easily hang these small pots on any magnetic surface and add a splash of colours to your house. These structures enable space management and also decorate the interiors of houses. You can discover your own unique way to make a vertical garden right inside your house.last_img read more

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Quick Tip Make sure your cane isnt concealing a sword when going

first_imgQuick Tip: Make sure your cane isn’t concealing a sword when going through airport security Source: The Associated Press Share Tags: Airports, LOL, TSA, WTF MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina believe an 80-year-old woman had no idea until she went through airport security that the walking cane she was attempting to take on an airplane contained a hidden sword.News outlets report that Transportation Security Administration regional spokesman Mark Howell recounted the incident Thursday at Myrtle Beach International Airport as part of an effort to highlight examples of dangerous items recently carried by passengers departing the airport.Howell told reporters secret swords are not actually that uncommon a discovery for TSA screeners since people sometimes buy the canes at thrift stores without realizing there’s a sword inside.Howell emphasized that people can’t take anything onboard that resembles a weapon, including toy guns and squishy stress balls that look like hand grenades. Friday, February 10, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Botched Oklahoma execution shows its time to abolish death penalty in US

first_imgOn Tuesday, the U.S. state of Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett, 38, who killed 18-year-old Michelle Neiman in 1999. Neiman had shown up with her friend at a house where Lockett, with two previous felony convictions under his belt and less than a year out of prison, was trying to force a man to pay back a debt. The friend was raped by Lockett and his two associates but escaped alive. Neiman refused to give up her car keys, and he shot her.Fifteen years later, Lockett took 43 minutes to die after the first of a combination of three drugs was administered. The execution was halted after 20 minutes because he was writhing, clenching his teeth and trying to talk, but a heart attack killed him anyway.It could be argued that Lockett deserved to suffer for what he did, but that was not the intention of his executioners. They were trying out a new drug mixture, namely midazolam to knock the convict out; vecuronium bromide, a paralyzing agent; and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Such experimentation will now be taking place in many states that still use the death penalty. In January, Dennis McGuire fought for breath for 11 minutes after being given midazolam and hydromorphone and took 26 minutes to die. In Oklahoma, Michael Lee Wilson complained that his “whole body” was “burning” after being given another experimental injection.Those particular violations of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which bans “cruel and unusual punishments,” were also unintentional. It’s just that executioners can no longer administer the tried-and-tested drug cocktail of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, first proposed in 1977 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, because sodium thiopental is no longer available. While the drug was widespread in the 1970’s and ’80s, more effective painkillers have since come into use.By 2010, only one U.S. company, Hospira, was making sodium thiopental. When it tried to shift manufacture of the drug to Italy, the Italian government started asking questions about what it would be used for. Hospira decided to suspend production to avoid unwelcome attention and legal fees. The company says it has never condoned the use of its products in capital punishment.Drug companies also came under pressure from awareness campaigns and boycotts. Unipension, a $15 billion Danish pension fund, sold off its long-held stake in Lundbeck, the Scandinavian pharma group, because it refused to stop making sodium thiopental. Lundbeck soon halted production. In 2013, Unipension very publicly got rid of its $48 million stake in Hospira.There is only one country in Europe that uses the death-penalty: Belarus, a Soviet-style dictatorship. Even Russia, where capital punishment is enshrined in the constitution, has upheld a moratorium on death sentences and executions since 1997. Abolition of capital punishment is a prerequisite for membership in the EU and a key human rights goal for the bloc worldwide.So in 2011, after activists found out that some U.S. states had obtained sodium thiopental from a company called Dream Pharma, operating out of a London driving school, the EU formally banned the export of lethal injection drugs to the U.S. A proposal to impose further restrictions on brokering deals involving such drugs and transporting them is now on the table in Brussels.Drug companies could produce sodium thiopental in the U.S., of course, but supplying the penal system for roughly 40 executions a year doesn’t provide enough of a return. That means the 35 U.S. states that use lethal injections to execute convicts, plus the federal government and the military, will only be able to maintain this practice if they rely on pharmaceuticals widely used for other purposes, too. Even then, some manufacturers will fight this application: Oklahoma tried to use pentobarbital for executions, but Lundbeck, the only producer authorized to sell it in the U.S., prohibited it from doing so.Hence the midazolam experiments: The drug is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines and its production cannot be discontinued. McGuire’s family, however, has already sued Hospira as the producer of the drug cocktail that caused the convict visible suffering. Legal wrangling may well force death-penalty states to keep trying other options. That means more inhumane killings, and more ammunition for opponents of capital punishment.The reason the lethal injection was adopted in the first place was that it was more humane than the electric chair, hanging and the firing squad. It accounted for more than 1200 U.S. executions since 1976, compared to 175 for all other methods combined. For Lockett, however, a needle turned out to be worse than other options.The continued drug experimentation – effectively a race against European-driven bans and restrictions on various compounds – will cause more such painful deaths. Legislators in some states are talking about bringing back firing squads, now only allowed in Utah, but they are going in the wrong direction. The existence of the death-penalty has done nothing to change the fact that the U.S. has a higher murder rate than other developed countries. Only a fraction of killers are put to death, anyway, so they take their chances.If they don’t want to listen to busybodies in Europe, U.S. states that still administer capital punishment should pay attention to Shonda Waller, the mother of the 11-month-old girl raped and killed by the next man in line on Oklahoma’s death row, Charles Warner. “It would dishonor me and everything I believe in,” she said of his execution, delayed because of the Lockett fiasco. “When he dies I want it to be because it’s his time, not because he’s been executed due to what happened to me and my child.”© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Nicaragua pleads with US to call off Texas execution Virginia executes El Salvador native convicted of multiple murders George Clooney’s fiancee named to UN Gaza inquiry team In Syria, freelancers like James Foley cover a dangerous war zone with no front lineslast_img read more

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2000 ATASaccredited agents

first_imgSupport for the industry-led accreditation scheme, ATAS, continues to grow with an impressive 2,000 agents now accredited under the scheme.AFTA General Manager, Gary O’Riordan said the broad industry support from independents and major travel groups highlights the importance of the reforms at a consumer, agent and industry level.“ATAS is a powerful third party endorsement which illustrates to consumers the credentials and benefits of booking through accredited agents. We are thrilled to have such strong support from across the Australian travel sector. The 2,000 agents already accredited reflect the majority of the industry in terms of turnover, and include a growing list of independents and majors,” Mr O’Riordan said.“Application levels have remained constant since the July 1 commencement of ATAS and the accreditation team are continuing to work hard to ensure timely review and processing of applications. From the time of lodgement to approval it takes around 8 to 10 working days which is impressive given the volume of applications being processed, and currently we have over 400 applications underway,” Mr O’Riordan said. AFTA has also seen a spike in the number of visits to the ATAS consumer website since the commencement of the Government, “Pack Some Peace of Mind” Campaign. “We made it a priority to ensure that ATAS was included in the multi-million dollar “Pack Some Peace of Mind” Campaign and we have seen a 71% increase in the number of visits to the website in the last month, indicating that consumers are inquisitive about ATAS,” said O’Riordan. Travel Agents and intermediaries can apply to become ATAS accredited via www.afta.com.au and existing ATAS participants are encouraged to download the ATAS logos from the website and use in their own marketing activities. Source = AFTAlast_img read more

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Mexican avocado exports to the Chinese market in t

first_img Mexican avocado exports to the Chinese market in the first half of the year were greater than they were in all of 2017.Sales through June totaled 9,368 metric tons (MT), 7% more than the total for last year, according to local media El Financiero [in Spanish].Late last year Chinese authorities announced the import tariffs for fresh and dried avocados would be reduced from 10% to 7% effective as of Dec. 1. That followed an earlier drop from 25% in January 2016. “The demand from China has increased and the price level has remained very stable for [Mexican] growers,” said Juan Carlos Anaya of agriculture consultancy Grupo Consultor de Mercados Agrícolas.”Also, production increased in 2017, and that has allowed us to supply both the export and domestic markets.” August 24 , 2018 Steve Zhao, CEO of Chinese distributor Dynasty Universe, has been diversifying his offering and this year began to import Mexican avocados.He said acceptance of Mexican avocados is growing in China.As well as the tariff reduction last year, Anaya said bilateral relations have improved between the two countries recently.”The visits made by President Peña Nieto and various officials to China [have helped to boost trade in general], and I think that both ProMexico and the Foreign Affairs Secretary have resulted in a good campaign,” he said.In 2013, Mexico shipped only 939MT of avocados to Mexico, the article said. You might also be interested in U.S.: Listeria concerns prompt pre-emptive Henry A … center_img Mexican avocado exports to U.S. surge 25% in Cinco … Australia expects bumper avocado crop, plans expor … U.S.: Avocado price spike ‘largely the result of u …last_img read more

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Jimmy Kimmel to open comedy club in Las Vegas in 2

first_imgJimmy Kimmel to open comedy club in Las Vegas in 2019 File – In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel will see a dream come true next spring when he opens a comedy club in Las Vegas. He will make regular appearances and also give up-and-coming comics a chance to hone their talents before a live audience. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Jimmy Kimmel will see a dream come true when he opens a comedy club next spring in Las Vegas where he will make regular appearances and give up-and-coming comics a chance to hone their talents.The late-night talk show host joined casino giant Caesars Entertainment in announcing plans Wednesday for the newest comedy club in Sin City.Kimmel, a Las Vegas native, has spent a year planning everything from ceiling height to food for the venue along an outdoor promenade on the Las Vegas Strip across from Caesars Palace casino-resort.“I grew up in Las Vegas, and I’ve always wanted to have a presence of some kind whether it be a restaurant or some kind of a pawn shop or something there,” he told The Associated Press. “We’ve been hard at work.”The two-story, 300-seat venue will host big names and new talent chosen by Kimmel and his team.Las Vegas is the home of a number of comedy clubs, including an outpost of New York’s famed Comedy Cellar. Caesars’ 4,300-seat Colosseum theatre has hosted Jerry Seinfeld, Sebastian Maniscalco, Steve Martin and Martin Short, Jim Gaffigan and Jeff Dunham.Kimmel wants to distinguish his club by capturing the spirit of classic Vegas through shows that go way into the night.“The Rat Pack would play until four in the morning,” he said. “Vegas is the kind of city where if the sun doesn’t come up by the time you go to bed, I think you’ve failed.”The host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has not picked the first people to take the stage but said he wants to make it easy for comics to travel from Los Angeles to work at his club.He said he sees other comedy clubs in Vegas as “opportunities” for comedians, not competition.“The best comedy cities — L.A., New York, Chicago — have multiple comedy clubs and that’s part of why they have a great comedy scene,” he said.Kimmel doesn’t foresee any difficulties convincing the best comics to work in Sin City.“It’s become the premier food city in the United States. So, I don’t see why it couldn’t become the premier comedy city as well,” he said.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNOcenter_img by Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2018 10:33 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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