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Israel strikes southern Syria: monitor

first_imgBeirut: Israel launched strikes on southern Syria late Saturday, a war monitor said, prompting air defences into action for the second night in a row. “Israeli aeroplanes fired at least three missiles from the occupied Golan,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Two of the strikes targeted a Syrian army brigade which supervises the country’s Quneitra province, he said, while the third missile was destroyed by Syrian defences. Syria’s official SANA news agency reported “foreign objects coming from the occupied territories (Israel)” which Syrian air defences were “dealing with”. The Israeli military did not comment on the reported strikes when approached by AFP. The strikes come a day after Syrian air defence systems intercepted projectiles coming from Israel, SANA reported. The “hostile targets” were fired late Friday towards Quneitra province which lies close to the Golan Heights, parts of which are annexed by Israel. Hundreds of strikes have been carried out by Israel in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets. Israel says it is determined to prevent its arch foe Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s eight-year war.last_img read more

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Ministry of Health Withdraws Ranitidine-Containing Medicine for Causing Cancer

Rabat – The Moroccan Directorate of Medicines and Pharmacy of the Ministry of Health ordered on Wednesday, September 25, the withdrawal of ‘Ranitidine‘ medicines after tests showed that they contained the substance N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).The directorate acted based on reports from foreign pharmaceutical agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), said the Health Ministry in a statement on Wednesday.The reports indicated that the substance has carcinogenic effects. Ranitidine is often used in H2 blockers to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach of patients with conditions such as heartburn and stomach ulcers. The department added that it is conducting the necessary investigations into Ranitidine-containing medicines. The ministry aims to ensure compliance with international standards set by the National Medicines Control Laboratory, accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care (EDQM).“NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) on the basis of animal studies,” said EMA in a statement. “It is present in some foods and in water supplies but is not expected to cause harm when ingested in very low levels,” explained the statement.Read also: Morocco’s Health Ministry to Reduce Price of Cancer MedicinesIn the US, 14 batches have already been withdrawn, following a press release by Sandoz Inc, on September 23, indicating the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in certain gastric drugs.In Morocco, Ranitidine is sold under the trade names ACIDAC, PEP-RANI-AZANTAC-RANIMAT, EFITAC- RANITIL-ZANTAC, NORMACIDE.It is commonly used in the treatment of peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome. There is also tentative evidence of benefits for people suffering from hives.In the past few years, the cancer mortality rate has increased in Morocco, especially in cases of cervical cancer. In 2018, a total of 2,465 women died of cervical cancer, out of the 13.2 million women in Morocco. The number of deaths from cervical cancer per year nearly doubled in the country between 2012 and 2018, increasing from 1,076 to 2,465, according to the MENA coalition for HPV Elimination and the Tunisian Center for Public Health. read more

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Advocates Mississippi plant fires workers left after raid

Witnesses say a Mississippi chicken processing plant has fired most remaining workers after nearly 100 accused of immigration violations were arrested last week.Mississippi Immigration Coalition volunteer Terry Truett says she was called to a park in Morton on Tuesday. Former workers at PH Food said they’d been abruptly fired. Workers also tell advocates the company is withholding pay.PH Food is one of seven Mississippi plants raided Aug. 7. Federal agents arrested 680 people accused of working illegally, including 99 at PH Food.Truett says remaining workers were later asked to sign identity verification forms. Truett says managers fired all but “a handful” of workers Tuesday.The company has declined to comment.Jeff Amy, The Associated Press read more

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Football Ohio State – UNLV game preview

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) bounced back after its 31-16 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma, securing a 38-7 victory over Army at home in Week 3. Now hosting their third and final non-conference opponent, the Buckeyes hope to continue their winning ways and maintain momentum when UNLV (1-1) comes to Ohio Stadium Saturday at noon.Ohio State offense vs. UNLV defenseFacing a UNLV defense that has averaged 416.5 yards allowed per game and gave up 43 points in its season-opening loss to Football Championship Subdivision opponent Howard (1-2), Ohio State will attempt to work out some of its early season kinks in what is expected to be a blowout win.UNLV has allowed 216 rushing yards per game and 4.45 rush yards per carry, leading to a potentially poor matchup against an Ohio State offense that relies on its run game for the majority of its production (19th in the nation with 243 yards per game). The Rebels surrendered 309 rushing yards in their loss against Howard, though they did limit Idaho to just 123 yards on the ground in Week 2. The Rebels have been more effective at defending against the pass, limiting opponents to an average of 200.5 yards per game (50th among FBS teams) and have allowed just two passing touchdowns this season. However, their defense has yet to be thoroughly tested through the air as the only FBS team they’ve faced, Idaho, is 75th in passing offense (217.7 yards per game) and averages 50 yards fewer than Ohio State, which sits at 43rd with 267.7 yards per game. The Rebels’ only other opponent this season was Howard, an FCS team that averages just 187.7 passing yards per game and that ran all over UNLV for 309 rushing yards. For the Ohio State offense, this game is less about preparing for the UNLV defense as much as it is just focusing on ironing out some issues it has experienced early on this season. “We can’t necessarily focus on the opponent,” McLaurin said. “This week, we’re focusing on us. We’re focused on building on what we did last week, our horizontal game, taking some vertical shots, some complements, and I feel like that’s what’s going to help us get better when we start getting into Big Ten play.”Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass to junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe expectations for the Ohio State offense this week should be for it to work on connecting on some longer passes and trying to reach the next step in its progression this season. The Buckeyes made major strides in their offensive production Saturday by putting up 38 points against Army, but this week will be more of a test to see if Ohio State can do what it has to do and distribute its offensive production through the air and on the ground. And going up against a man-to-man defense — a look Ohio State players and coaches have frequently cited as the most commonly used defense in practice — rather than a zone defense for the first time this season should be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to start to find their rhythm.“This may be the first week we get a little press, so we see that a lot in practice,” McLaurin said. “We’re going to be ready for that just in case they come in a zero look, no deep, we practice that a lot in practice. So we’re just being accountable for everything, trying to build on what we already did and just be ready for our shots so we can take them.”Ohio State defense vs. UNLV offenseIf UNLV is going to find any success on the offensive side of the ball, it will come on the ground. The Rebels rank fourth among FBS teams with an average of 350.5 rushing yards per game and have scored seven of their nine offensive touchdowns on the ground. The team averages 7.3 yards per carry.Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) sacks Army senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw during the second quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorUNLV’s key offensive threat has been running back Lexington Thomas. The junior from Houston has gained 341 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns on 38 attempts, averaging nine yards per carry. He has not been a threat in the passing game, however, serving almost exclusively as a running option.Through the air, the Rebels have been substantially less impressive. They average 206.5 passing yards per game, with only two touchdowns coming through the air. Redshirt freshman quarterback Armani Rogers has completed 21-of-35 passes, but has been more of a threat on the ground, with 25 rushes for 168 yards.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he is anticipating the Rebels put up points.“They have a very talented quarterback, they have a receiver who is really a good player, and they have a tailback who is small, but man is he electric. So they have weapons,” Schiano said. But while Rogers will provide Ohio State with a different look, there is little to indicate he will have much success against the Buckeyes. Rogers’ combination of inexperience and lack of success versus two teams with far less talent on the defensive side of the ball indicate Rogers could struggle to put up many points against Ohio State.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 54-3Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 46-0 read more

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Stephen Collier suffers torn ACL Joe Burrow likely to be Ohio States

Quterbacks Stephen Collier (13) and J.T. Barrett (16) get work in at the first day of fall 2015 camp on Aug. 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern reporterAll offseason, there has been no question that J.T. Barrett is Ohio State’s starting quarterback. The second-string spot, however, was a lot more in the air.That race might now be over, as redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier’s season is most likely over after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. The news was first reported by Eleven Warriors.Collier had been in a competition for Barrett’s backup with redshirt freshman Joe Burrow throughout the spring, with plans on the race continuing through the fall. Collier came in for Barrett in the second half of OSU’s spring game on April 16, completing four of 11 passes for 154 yards and an interception. Fifty-five of those yards came from a long connection down the sideline to redshirt sophomore receiver Parris Campbell.With Collier’s knee injury, Burrow, who was 14-of-23 for 196 yards and three touchdowns in the spring game, will almost assuredly receive the second-string role. True freshman Dwayne Haskins Jr., who hasn’t yet arrived on campus, is likely the favorite to be the third-stringer.According to an OSU spokesman, Collier underwent successful surgery Wednesday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.The Buckeyes are set to get their season started on Sept. 3 with a game at Ohio Stadium against Bowling Green. Kickoff time is yet to be announced. read more

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Stillwater talks up The Case for Palladium – cites shortages elsewhere

first_imgThis year’s Annual Report from Stillwater Mining Co (SMC) includes the company’s 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K, along with comments on 2009 performance from the company’s Chairman, Frank McAllister, and four stand-alone reports addressing distinct areas of strategic importance to the company. Among these reports is one titled, The Case for Palladium. IM has previously reported on SMC’s January comments on the state of the markets for palladium and platinum. Then the company highlighted some underlying changes that have emerged recently in these markets and announced that the company had commissioned an independent study of these nascent market dynamics to validate its views. In brief, The Case for Palladium concludes that, “a fundamental palladium market deficit potentially lies directly ahead which will leave incremental palladium supply reliant on existing stocks, recycling supply… and still [will fall] short of meeting demand.” Among the factors cited in support of that view are the following: Platinum and palladium remain scarce commodities with very limited prospects for supply growthSouth African production, key to global supply, faces impending severe operating and growth constraintsCar build and PGM catalyst loadings are both now growing again after a steep downturn in 2009New palladium and platinum Exchange Traded Funds have increased retail demand for PGMsRussian state inventories of palladium that historically have overhung the market now appear to be fully depleted or nearly soInterchangeability of platinum and palladium in catalytic converters favours palladium at current pricesPGM recycling volumes, although growing, are insufficient to offset supply shortages. The Case for Palladium is available on the company’s website at web address http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9Mzk5Nzd8Q2hpbGRJRD0tMXxUeXBlPTM=&t=1 as well as in the company’s 2009 Annual Report.last_img read more

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Rafael Capote career is in danger after car accident

← Previous Story Silkeborg VS Szeged: Brothers battle for a quarter final spot Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16 weekend: Veszprem in Zagreb, PSG in Nantes The Cuban-born Qatari national player Rafael Capote has fractured a cervical vertebra in an accident in Qatar. Capote suffered car-accident after which he was hospitalized and will be out of sport for at least six months. Cuban born player who joined Qatari El Jaish and became the biggest star of Qatari handball in the last few years with title of world’s best left back at WCh 2015 in Doha, fractured the sixth cervical vertebra in an accident suffered in the desert. The vertebra was torn to pieces and also ruptured an intervertebral disc. The player was treated in Doha by an accredited neurosurgeon, who reconstructed the vertebra by fixing it with a veneer, and gave assurances that his recovery will be complete. read more

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Poll Should daylight saving time be abolished

first_img No (2929) Poll Results: YesNoI don’t care either wayVote Yes (2464)center_img I don’t care either way (1278) THIS WEEKEND WE’RE getting an extra hour in bed as the clocks go back? What could be so bad about that? Perhaps you’re actually getting an extra hour in work.But every year, there seems to be renewed calls by some to end putting the clocks back during the winter.Just last year, Labour TD Tommy Broughan was looking to abolish daylight saving time with The Brighter Evenings Bill 2012. However, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter dismissed the proposal saying he had no plans “at this time” to change the present system.Today’s poll is: Should daylight saving time be abolished?last_img read more

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Frax app brings gorgeous 50megapixel fractals to iOS

first_imgScientists love to talk about the beauty inherent in math, but the fact is that most people can no more discern that beauty than a newly freed denizen of the Matrix can see a beautiful woman in scrolling lines of code; most math, however elegant, is opaque in terms of splendor. Fractals have always been an important exception to that rule, inspiring non-mathematically inclined people to make and print it out as wall-art. They’ve even inspired a nerd-core song or two.Now a new iOS exclusive app called Frax puts the wonder of fractals on your iPhone or iPad. The program uses an enormous “master equation” with over eighty changeable parameters to render the distinctive, pulsing patterns of light and color. The most striking property of fractals, and the one that defines them, is the fact that they retain complexity at every scale — so Frax lets you zoom endlessly down into a pattern that never, ever runs out of detail. The app’s basic version lets you control these parameters rather bluntly by either setting groups of them to random values or swiping your finger on the screen for a tactile but imprecise slider effect. The paid versions allow direct slider control of every parameter. Frax for iPod and iPhone costs just $2, while FraxHD for iPad costs $4. Upgrading to Pro costs $7.If all you want is a nice mood-setting program for your iPad, the basic version of Frax will likely suit you well. However, those looking to sink their teeth into fractals as a concept will want to shell out the extra for precision. Using this tool it’s possible to create specifically the fractal you want, translating math to visuals in nearly real-time. It’s an elegant way of bridging the math-beauty gap, and one that will likely snag more than a few iOS users.Frax can output its renderings as images at up to 50 megapixels — just in case you need to print out a fractal mural for the side of an office building, or something. Your puny iPad is of course incapable of outputting such images in a timely fashion, so the app outsources that job to the “Frax Cloud” of rendering computers. Purchasing Frax gets you 5 free credits, enough for 5 renders at 3.1 megapixels. Extra credits cost $1 for 20, or $10 for 1000.Frax is currently only available for iOS devices.last_img read more

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Police stop 12yearold boy who was trying to drive across Australia

first_imgPolice stop 12-year-old boy who was trying to drive across Australia The child got about 14 hours into a 4,000km journey. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo By AFP 7 Comments Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 1:20 PM File photo Image: Shutterstock/Kamala Sakornmaneesup 20,570 Views center_img http://jrnl.ie/3354121 Short URL Share Tweet Email1 A 12-YEAR-OLD boy trying to drive from coast to coast through the vast Australian outback was stopped by traffic police more than 1,000km into the epic road trip, authorities said today.The child was picked up by local police in the mining city of Broken Hill, around a 14-hour drive from his starting point in the village of Kendall in the east of Australia.He had been planning to travel some 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) to Perth in the country’s far west, but was caught out by a broken bumper, which was dragging across the ground, according to a statement from New South Wales state police.“Checks revealed the driver to be a 12-year-old boy (who) was travelling from Kendall NSW on his way to Perth,” it said, adding that the boy had been arrested.Police are conducting further inquiries and no further details were available, a spokeswoman told AFP.Sweltering heatThe journey from Kendall to Perth by car would be a gruelling more than 40-hour undertaking, traversing the entire country across some of the world’s harshest deserts, including the Nullarbor Plain where little more than native animals and small shrubs survive in the sweltering heat.Australia’s official tourism site advises visitors to take six days just to cross the Nullarbor, on a highway famous for its unbending trajectory through the barren scrubland.It also advises drivers to “carry extra petrol and plenty of water and food”.Australia is the world’s sixth largest country, with a land mass some 50% greater than Europe.- © AFP 2017Read: Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UKRead: A newborn baby pushes a tiny, fascinating Scottish island’s population to 105 (we think) Image: Shutterstock/Kamala Sakornmaneesup Apr 23rd 2017, 1:20 PM last_img read more

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Alzheimer coûterait 1050 euros par mois à chaque malade

first_imgAlzheimer coûterait 1.050 euros par mois à chaque maladeAlors que nous sommes à la moitié du plan Alzheimer 2008/2012 mis au point par le gouvernement, l’association France Alzheimer a choisi de diffuser le “reste à charge” d’une personne atteinte par la maladie pour sa famille. Résultat : 1.050 euros sont dépensés chaque mois par les proches des patients.Prendre soin de ses proches coûte cher, notamment pour les familles qui supportent financièrement l’un de ses membres atteint d’une maladie incurable et neurodégénérative comme l’Alzheimer. Ainsi, l’Association France Alzheimer a estimé qu’il coûtait 1.050 euros mensuels aux familles prenant en charge un malade de l’Alzheimer, et cela aides déduites. Ces dépenses se répartissent en quatre principaux pôles qui sont l’auxiliaire de vie, l’accueil de jour, l’entretien de la maison et la protection de l’incontinence. Ce chiffre a pu être mis au point après étude menée auprès de 500 familles de malades et peut atteindre les 2.300 euros si le patient est placé en établissement spécialisé.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ainsi, l’association explique au Figaro que les “principales dépenses ne sont pas ou sont mal prises en charge” tandis que les aides apportées ne sont pas à la hauteur des dépenses engendrées par la prise en charge de la maladie (en moyenne, 411 euros). A noter également que la prise en charge d’un malade de l’Alzheimer ne constitue pas seulement un coût financier mais également un coût horaire. Les familles passent en moyenne 6 heures 30 à s’occuper du malade.France Alzheimer milite alors pour une diminution du reste à charge, l’établissement d’un droit universel d’aide à l’autonomie, un financement par la solidarité nationale, notamment via une hausse de la contribution sociale généralisée et enfin un plan d’aide personnalisé pour tous.  Le 17 janvier 2011 à 17:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Malta to deport 44 Bangladeshi migrants

Malta to deport 44 Bangladeshi migrants

first_imgA journalist talks with migrants on the migrant search and rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, operated by German NGO Sea-Watch, off the coast of Malta in the central Mediterranean Sea, on 4 January, 2019. Photo: ReutersAt least 44 Bangladeshi nationals who are among the migrants rescued from the Mediterranean will be sent back home, The Telegraph newspaper reported on Wednesday.However, the conditions of the Bangladeshi migrants could not be verified by any other source.Almost 300 migrants rescued when they were trying to reach Europe from North Africa in recent times, are reportedly in Malta.The British newspaper quoting prime minister Joseph Muscat said that Malta has reached a deal with other EU member states to allow 49 migrants aboard two rescue ships off the coast of the island nation to disembark.”An ad hoc agreement has been reached,” he was quoted to have told journalists, adding that it also included a decision on the fate of 249 rescued migrants already in Malta.Of the total of 298 migrants, 176 would be sent to Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Italy, said the Telegraph report.Another 78 will be allowed to stay in Malta.A total of 44 Bangladeshi migrants will be sent back to their country, the report added.The migrants have been stranded off the coast of Malta on the Sea-Watch and another boat since late last year, with no country allowing them to dock, suffering sea sickness and dehydration, with some briefly refusing food, the report mentioned.They, it pointed out, have been unable to disembark because of a diplomatic deadlock among EU member states, despite an appeal by Pope Francis on Sunday for EU leaders to show solidarity.On Tuesday Malta appeared to raise the stakes still further, saying that any deal on the fate of the 49 must include that of the 249 rescued migrants already on the island, the report said.”Malta never closed its ports and it is still a safe port,” the prime minister was quoted to have said. He previously complained reportedly that his country has to bear an unfair share of migrant numbers.last_img read more

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Road To Change Students Set Sights On Gun Control In Texas

Road To Change Students Set Sights On Gun Control In Texas

first_img Share CAMILLE PHILLIPS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOTown hall panelists from left to right: Aayana Ragland, Janie Esparza, Sophia Mendez, Selina Eshraghi, Kelly Choi, Bria Smith, Ryan Deitsch and Cameron Kasky.Student gun control activists from Parkland, Florida, stopped in San Antonio Monday evening as part of a national Road to Change summer tour.They joined state and local activists for a panel discussion that focused on bringing change to a red state known for its pro-gun-rights politicians.The Parkland activists are visiting cities across the country this summer to keep the conversation going after gaining the nation’s attention in February.Cameron Kasky, an incoming senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, said one of their biggest goals is to get out the vote for gun control.“When we have people who do not believe that voting is an important process, we have elections that put leaders into office that do not represent the people,” Kasky said. “When many people feel as if their vote means nothing, that’s what we get.”Ryan Deitsch, a recent graduate of Stoneman Douglas, added: “If this conversation ends here, we’ve failed.”About a dozen armed gun rights activists protested outside the town hall.Rick Briscoe, with Open Carry Texas, said he was there to show a different side to the issue. He said the Parkland shooting happened because school, law enforcement and mental health officials failed to do their jobs.“You’re telling me that passing laws restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens is going to make government officials do their job? I don’t think so,” he said.CREDIT CAMILLE PHILLIPS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIORick Briscoe with Open Carry Texas joined about a dozen armed pro-gun-rights activists outside the town hall.Briscoe said he didn’t attend the discussion because he didn’t think he was welcome. He would have had to leave his gun behind to enter La Trinidad United Methodist Church, where the town hall was held.Prior to the town hall, Parkland activists spoke with the gun rights activists outside, and the theme of starting a dialogue with people who disagree with you carried over into the panel discussion.Kelly Choi, who graduated from the Cypress-Fairbanks school district near Houston this year, said there’s a lot of room for common ground when it comes to gun violence.  “When it comes down to it — when you talk to them — you realize you want the same things. Do you want your kids to die? No. Do you want schools to get shot up? No. Do you want innocent people to lay down their lives at the hands of an accidental gunshot or at crossfire or anything else? No,” said Choi, adding that she’s found that starting a conversation by asking to listen opens the door for dialogue.The two-hour panel discussion covered topics ranging from suicide prevention to Texas’ campus carry law to the disproportionate impact of gun violence in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods.During audience questions at the end of the discussion, North East ISD’s decision to require clear backpacks next school year came up.“Not only do they not really do anything, they also really add to the normalization of all this. They make you think that gun violence is something that should exist in the schools so you have to protect yourself,” Dietsch said. “This isn’t just a school safety issue. If you can see into another kid’s backpack, then what’s next? When they graduate are you going to see into their briefcases?”CREDIT CAMILLE PHILLIPS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOMore than a hundred people filled the pews at La Trinidad United Methodist Church for a panel discussion on gun control July 9. Others sat in an overflow room.Sophia Mendez, an incoming junior at Churchill High School in NEISD, pointed out that the students will still be allowed to bring opaque athletic bags and instrument cases.“Which can hold way more,” Mendez said. “It’s a stupid solution attempting to touch the surface.”The activists also encouraged students to organize in groups to petition their state legislators and school board members for more substantive gun violence prevention measures.last_img read more

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Tico Times Dispatch Love at First Monkey

Tico Times Dispatch Love at First Monkey

first_imgRelated posts:New tournament in Quepos to crown Best Fisherwoman Worldwide The follow was originally recorded as an interview between Tico Times reporter Alejandro Zúñiga and his mother, Marcy Sacks. Listen to this story in our podcast, The Tico Times Dispatch, below. You can also listen and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music.Alejandro: Ok so one more time. Do you want to give me some background about who you are and what your relationship is to me?Marcy: I am Marcy Sacks. I am a US history professor at Albion College in Michigan. I am also your mother. A: This is very exciting. I’ve never interviewed my mom before. Can you tell us about your relationship with Costa and why you might be an appropriate candidate for our Valentine’s Day episode at the Tico Times?M: I have the best Costa Rican love story in the history of Costa Rican love stories. When I graduated college, a long, long, long time ago, I decided I was going to travel before going to grad school. I was thinking about where I would go and I opted for five months of traveling in Ecuador and then Costa Rica, since they were countries that were safe places for a young woman to travel alone. Though I did not speak any Spanish! I got to Costa Rica after two months of traveling in Ecuador. I spoke a tiny bit of Spanish at that point. I decided I would volunteer in the national park system. In the second park I landed in I wound up in Manuel Antonio – a really wonderful place for a love story…Do I just keep going?A: I’ve heard this story quite a few times. But our listeners have not. So you got to Manuel Antonio — what happened from there?M: I was planning on 3 weeks of volunteering at Manuel Antonio. I walked into the park with my big backpack on.I hiked into the park up to the ranger house, where apparently two park rangers saw me coming. One elbowed the other saying, “look who’s coming”. The other took one look and left for the week. I spent a week in the park getting to know my way around it.About a week in, this tall, very handsome man walked into the ranger park where we were having dinner, acting like he owned the place. He had a motorcycle helmet under his arm. He strode in and I was attracted to him. He was very handsome.In the next few days, I tried to get to know him. He really wasn’t all that interested. He was doing interesting work with insects, collecting them and mounting them in these wooden boxes. I wanted to find out what he was doing. Most of the time he acted like I was annoying him when I sat down and tried to have not very good Spanish conversations (because my Spanish was poor). After a couple days, the rangers found a Capuchin monkey in Quepos; somebody had kept this monkey at their house, which is not allowed. Wildlife has to remain in the park. They brought the monkey back into the park to arrange to find a reserve where they could send this little monkeyI thought this monkey was really cute and decided I would take care of it for the day. I took him and I was cuddling him and enjoying taking care of him. But after a while I had to go get some work done. So I decided to hand off the monkey so I could get my work done. This fellow, who had not really paid any attention to me, said he’d take the monkey while I worked.I came back an hour and a half later and I found this baby monkey on the roof of the ranger house screaming and crying. I was heartbroken. This poor little monkey was really upset. It turned out the monkey had peed on him. He put the monkey in a tree and the monkey had climbed to the roof and couldn’t get back down. I decided this park ranger was really not worth my time. He was not such a nice guy after all. I was done.He, on the other hand, was so moved by how upset I was over the poor little baby monkey that he took his motorcycle, drove off to Quepos, bought me a chocolate and a Tico Times newspaper, which he brought into the park that evening. Now we’re married. A: And now some number of years later, I work at the Tico Times and you’re recounting your story for the podcast.M: …Which is a little crazy. I have told everyone that I brought home the best souvenir that a person could possibly find in all of Costa Rica!Listen and subscribe to The Tico Times Dispatch on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Quickbeds TripAdvisor in new review services partnership

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W A partnership between travel review site, TripAdvisor, and online accommodation booking site, Quickbeds.com, is  set to create a platform for travellers to make better decisions on where to stay based on guest reviews.Under the agreement, Quickbeds has implemented TripAdvisor’s review collection platform to encourage traveller reviews and opinions.Customers of Quickbeds will be sent an email after their stay, directing them to a survey powered by TripAdvisor, with the results to be posted on both websites, subject to TripAdvisor’s submission policies.Quickbeds marketing manager, Tony Huddy said for something as experiential as travel, everyone understands the value of peer feedback.“Partnering with TripAdvisor allows us to take this one step further and embrace reviews by our site’s users,” Mr Huddy remarked.According to TripAdvisor APAC director of partnerships, Aaron Hung, Quickbeds is the latest to join a growing number of global travel brands that are partnering with TripAdvisor.“Research shows that 81 percent of travellers find user reviews important when determining which hotel to stay at during their trip, and nearly half won’t book a property if it doesn’t have reviews.” Quickbeds.com encourages travellers to give feedback and review their hotel staylast_img read more

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