THE latest edition of the In Touch Podcast is now available to download.It’s packed with the latest from the club and this week includes reaction from our win over Wigan and a preview of the clash at Catalan.We also hear from Steve McNamara as England build up to the World Cup and Club Chairman Eamonn McManus.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email email@example.comThe podcast is in association with Citytalk 105.9.
PAUL Clough will join Widnes Vikings on loan for the rest of the season.The prop forward makes the move immediately to link up with Denis Betts’ squadThe 26-year-old has appeared 189 times for Saints since making his debut against Hull FC in 2005.But with the new signings of Mose Masoe and Kyle Amor as well as the emergence of Alex Walmsley and several other young props, it was clear chances for first team action would be limited this season.“Cloughie is at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing regularly,” Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said. “With the competition in the squad the most intense it has been for a long time we couldn’t guarantee that.“It made sense for both the club and the player for Paul to go on loan and we will be keeping a close eye on how he does at Widnes.”
OUR recap of the previous Academy tours ends to today with the most recent – that of 2013.Academy head coach Derek Traynor recalls an eventful trip.My lasting memories of the 2013 tour consist of a big low and disappointment and a massive high. The big low point was in the first game we suffered our heaviest ever defeat on tour against a very big and experienced St George team. St George obviously got the age groups a little mixed up.Even on that day there were some highlights such as watching James Nicholl and Joe Mc Loughlin stand their ground and not give an inch to lads about 20kg heavier than them and two years older. Also, the squad got to meet the New Zealand world cup team – Sonny Bill and Shaun Johnson were mobbed for selfie’s with the lads.Then another disappointment followed with a loss at Central Coast; we thought there was a little bit of a hangover from the previous game and confidence had obviously been dented.But after a very tough and encouraging training session at funnily enough St George, there was a feeling of confidence and self-belief returning. This was taken into the next game against Wests Tigers and the first victory of the tour was gained. But more importantly the lads had shown their true ability and were now looking forward to the last game against the mighty Penrith.The Panthers game finally came around and playing at the Pepper Stadium is always a big buzz for the players. This was the massive high as the squad put on a great show and came away with a win. Danny Richardson was outstanding and scored three great tries and Dave Hewitt was pulling the strings and bossing the team around the field.As far as tours go this squad had the worst record with two defeats, but they did show the most improvement and proved they could handle disappointment and work to turn their fortunes around.It was also the youngest squad we had taken on tour also.The one thing that still sticks in my mind is seeing Dave Hewitt’s big toe nail ripped off whilst white water rafting… note to lads make sure you pack your nail clippers.As previously mentioned I have retired from this event after breaking a finger, badly bruising my foot, getting stuck in a whirlpool and being thrown about like being in a washing machine when I come out of the boat.I feel I am getting a little too close to the nine lives for comfort.Tourists:1. Daniel Abram2. Philip Atherton3. Ricky Bailey4. Tom Calland5. Liam Cooper6. Jonah Cunningham7. Oliver Davies8. David Eccleston9. Lewis Fairhurst10. Matthew Fleming11. Liam Forsyth12. Lewis Hatton13. Kieron Herbert14. David Hewitt15. Morgan Knowles16. Ross McCauley17. Joesph McLoughlin18. Ben Morris19. James Nicholl20. Daniel Richardson21. Joe Ryan22. Adam Saunders23. Aaron Smith24. Connor Smith25. Jake Spedding26. Bobby Williams27. Chris WorrallResults:St Helens 14 v 60 St GeorgeSt Helens 16 v 30 Central Coast St Helens 32 v 30 Wests TigersSt Helens 20 v 12 Penrith PanthersThe Tourist’s View:Matty Fleming: “I was really excited to go on the Tour – they play good rugby down there and the opportunity to play against the best was excellent.“It’s also great to really get to know your teammates. You know them before you go, but being in the dorms together means you get to know them better. Then on the trips like surfing and white-water rafting you get to know them better.“My advice is simple – just work hard and enjoy.St George and Saints.At the Sydney Swans.Neil Kilshaw warming up.Don’t they look impressed…Matty Fleming and his Players’ Player of the Tour Award.
Reenactors demonstrate how muskets worked during the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) CURRIE, NC (WWAY) — History came alive at the Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie this weekend as the 242nd anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle was celebrated.Volunteers reenacted the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge with musket and cannon demonstrations.- Advertisement – Visitors were also invited to learn about colonial trades like blacksmithing, candle dipping, and more.Park ranger Nate Toering said it was great to see people come out to learn about such an important piece of American history.“Everything from seasoned adults who are history buffs to I’ve seen plenty of very young kids out here that are maybe learning about this for the first time,” Toering said. “Probably seeing a cannon and a musket fired for the first time and absolutely loving it and learning something in the process, which I think is a great thing.”Related Article: NCDOT urging drivers not to return to Wilmington area, for nowThe victory by the Patriots at Moores Creek led to the creation of the Halifax Resolves in April 1776. That resolution instructed North Carolina’s delegates to vote for independence at the Continental Congress.
Photo: Matt Bennett On the north end of Carolina Beach, wooden staircases that once led from beach houses to the strand itself now give way to several feet of air, a result of Hurricane Florence’s battering waves eroding the beach.“We ended up losing significant portions of the beach, 10- to 12-foot escarpments in some places,” said Michael Cramer, Carolina Beach’s town manager, speaking of the cliffs carved into sand that can make it difficult to get on or off the beach.- Advertisement – Carolina Beach isn’t alone, with officials up and down the region saying their beaches, the area’s most valuable tourism asset, have suffered significant damage. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been assessing local beaches to determine the storm’s impact and will discuss its findings at a Sunday press briefing.In Pender County, Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin met with U.S. Representative David Rouzer on Saturday, giving him a tour of the area. The town, Medlin said, lost a significant amount of oceanfront beach, with sand that was once part of dunes being washed as far away as Second Street.Click here to read more at StarNews.
Now GOP leaders say they’re ready to set aside nearly $800 million more. Cooper last week unveiled a $1.5 billion recovery plan and asked for $750 million of that this week as a down payment, with a focus on housing, farmers and schools.This legislative gathering is expected to last only one day. It comes three weeks before General Assembly elections.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Flooding in Hurricane Florence (Photo: WTVD) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are going back to work to decide on approving hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up from Hurricane Florence and help the storm’s victims.The General Assembly prepared to reconvene Monday the special session that Gov. Roy Cooper began two weeks ago. At that time, the GOP-controlled legislature located $56 million and eased rules on voter registration and public school calendars for the hardest-hit counties.- Advertisement –
“Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world it’s a fast-growing problem. North Carolina in particular usually ranks within the top 10 state for human trafficking, Wilmington being one of the hot spots within North Carolina.Wilmington ranks in the top four cities in North Carolina for human trafficking. Bill Woolf explains that this is due largely in part to the tourism, the access to I-95 and its stable economy.Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Thompson says once someone falls into the trap, it’s hard to get out.Related Article: Alleged drug dealer charged in overdose death“It is not uncommon for our officers to come into contact with someone who may be involved in a human trafficking ring for prostitution, and young ladies or school-age girls who have been lured away from home at the promise of money, or freedom, or love,” said Thompson.Thompson says they see a lot of it right along Market Street at many surrounding hotels.That’s why WPD, The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s office went through training to learn how to spot the warning signs.“We’re teaching officers today what the dynamics look like between a trafficker and a victim. So how to identify when they arrive on scene and they’re speaking to a potential victim, how the trafficker might respond to that, or how they might respond to law enforcement,” said Woolf.Woolf says it can happen to anyone. The goal of the training is to stop it as soon as possible.Before Just Ask Prevention, Woolf was a detective. Throughout his time in law enforcement, he was able to help in the rescue of more than 100 human trafficking victims. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Experts say human trafficking is one of the fastest spreading crimes in the world. On Wednesday law enforcement officers around New Hanover County learned how they can stop it from happening right under their nose.An expert says that North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 states for human trafficking. It’s an illegal industry you cannot always see in plain sight, but one that grows by the minute.- Advertisement –
In an unpublished opinion from the NC Court of Appeals released today, a panel of judges denied Gilbert’s claims, including concerns about jury instructions and the testimony of a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective, were enough to grant him a new trial. The judges, though, did leave open the possibility of Gilbert getting appropriate relief for ineffective assistance of counsel.According to the ruling, investigators charged Gilbert, who served as Jessie Mae Monroe’s PTA president from 2011 to 2013, after a CPA’s review of the organization’s finances “found several problematic transactions, such as transactions with no receipts, unaccounted for gift cards and fundraising certificates, checks for meals, checks reimbursing Defendant personally for gas and travel expenses, and checks issued without the purpose indicated.”Prosecutors offered as evidence transactions including golf shirts embroidered with the name of the church where Gilbert was the pastor, but billed to and paid for by the PTA; PTA reimbursements to Gilbert for gas used to attend a family funeral; a digital camera purchased by Gilbert with PTA funds; numerous unaccounted for gift cards bought with PTA funds; payments to PTA board members and their families; reimbursements for food at PTA board meetings; and renewal of the church’s Sam’s Club membership with PTA funds.Related Article: Problem with water heater to blame for active shooter scare at Topsail High SchoolGilbert presented no evidence at trial in his own defense and moved to have the case dismiss, which was denied.The PTA’s treasurer testified against Gilbert after being granted immunity from prosecution. Ray Gilbert (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina Court of Appeals panel has found no error in the conviction of a former Brunswick County School Board member for embezzlement when he led a local school’s PTA.Ray Gilbert, who served on the school board from 2004 to 2008, was arrested in June 2013 and charged with embezzling more than $3,000 from the PTA at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash. A jury convicted Gilbert in June 2017 on two counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization. He was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 16-29 months, both of which were suspended for 36 months of supervised probation.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Happening Saturday, March 30, join Main Street Grill and Rotisserie in Holden Beach for Brews for a Breath to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis.Watch the interview to learn more.
According to deputies, the driver, 34-year-old Matthew Adam Lancaster, didn’t stop, then hit another vehicle a couple hundred feet down the road near the entrance to Hardees. At that point, the driver’s car went airborne, rolled, then caught on fire.The drivers of the two cars and Lancaster were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the treatment.Upon being released from the hospital, deputies say Lancaster was taken into custody and arrested on charges that are unrelated to the crash.Related Article: Oh baby! Pender mom gives birth in car outside hospitalHe is charged with possession of firearm by felon, reckless driving to endanger, resist/delay/obstruct public officers, among other charges.Lancaster is currently in the New Hanover County jail under a $31,000 secured bond. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of driving 100 miles per hour and crashing into two cars in Burgaw Tuesday afternoon has been arrested.Capt. James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy passed a speeding car heading north on U.S. 117 just before 3 p.m., but before the deputy could turn around and catch up to the driver, the driver hit a vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 117 and NC 53.- Advertisement –
Orange. Photo Credit: XMobile Advertisement Orange has appointed the following CEOs for four of its subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East.The appointments are part of the Group’s international mobility policy, and occurred at the end of the previous CEO’s term. The appointments are to be effective from 13 September 2015. Thierry Marigny has been appointed Deputy CEO of Sonatel in Senegal, replacing Jérôme Hénique Jérôme Hénique has been appointed CEO of Jordan Telecom, replacing Jean-François Thomas Alassane Diene has been appointed CEO of Orange Mali, replacing Jean-Luc Bohé Eric Bouquillon has been appointed CEO of Orange Guinea, replacing Alassane Diene – Advertisement – According to Marc Rennard, Orange International Executive Vice President for the Africa, Middle East and Asia zone, “The new CEOs all have significant executive experience in the telecommunications industry. They will continue and enhance the development of their respective subsidiaries, in an innovation-driven environment. Their contribution will be vital for the Orange group, which is accelerating its growth in Africa and the Middle East.” Eric Bouquillon, the new CEO of Orange Guinea, is a graduate of the Lille University of Science and Technology. He has 30 years of experience with the Orange Group. After a career in sales, mainly focused on call centres in France and Poland, he was appointed Director of a Technical Assistance Unit. He has been the CEO and General Manager of Orange Réunion and Mayotte since 2010. Alassane Diene, the new CEO of Orange Mali, holds an advanced degree in accounting from the Institut des Techniques Economiques et Comptables in Toulouse. He has 29 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including stints in Internal Auditing, Management Control, Strategy and HR, and has served as both Head of Auditing and Management Control and Head of Human Resources at Sonatel. He managed the group subsidiary Orange Guinea from its creation in November 2007, making it the leader on its market. Jérôme Hénique, the new CEO of Jordan Telecom, is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes et Télécommunications. He has spent over two decades with the Orange Group. After starting his career as a Strategy consultant, he held executive positions in France, Spain and Senegal and worked in both the landline and mobile sectors for historic operators and challengers, in positions including Vice President for Subsidiary Marketing and then Senior Vice President for Group Marketing at Orange. He has been the Deputy CEO of the Sonatel Group since 2010. Thierry Marigny, the new Deputy CEO of Sonatel, is a graduate of Telecom Management and holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Management from Université Paris-Dauphine. After a career as a consultant, he moved on to a series of operational positions, including Chief Marketing Officer at Mobistar, Deputy CEO of Lebanese mobile operator Cellis, founder and CEO of the start-up Cityneo and CEO of Orange Tunisia. Most recently, he served as the Global Brand Vice President and launched the new overhaul of the Orange Brand for the whole international Group scope.
Image source: Getty Images Advertisement Domain Name Registrars hoping to attain the new .africa gTLD (geographic Top Level Domain) will have to adhere to three requirements before they will be allowed to submit a domain name application during the waning Sunrise Period.The Sunrise Period running from 4th April, 2017 – 2nd June, 2017 allows trademark owners to secure domain names matching their registered trademarks before .africa is made available to the public during the General Availability Phase from 4th July, 2017 where domain names are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. A Trade Mark Clearing House (TMCH) however must first validate the registered trademarks.According to Lucky Masilela; CEO of ZA Central Registry, the Sunrise Phase is technically different from the General Availability Phase during the launch plan of a new domain name space. – Advertisement – “During the Sunrise Phase, domain names are allocated in terms of a limited rights protection process and not on a first-come, first-served basis. This is intended to provide priority protection to established and verifiable brands,” she said in a press statement.Domain Name Registrars are the customer-facing entities through which the public typically purchases domain names.Below are the three (3) requirements domain name registrars have to meet:They need to be ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) accredited, i.e., be able to provide the Registry with an official registration number issued by IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority).Domain Name Registrars have to integrate with the .africa Registry System and this means either completing the on-boarding process from scratch or activating their ability to provision .africa domain names within their current account held with the Registry. Part of this process requires ICANN Accredited Registrars to accept the .africa Terms and Conditions applicable to RaRs.Finally, in order to actually submit a valid Sunrise Application, Domain Name Registrars will most likely need to engage with the Trademark Clearing House and/or the Mark Validation System. This is to ensure that Sunrise Applications submitted to the Registry actually correspond to a validated trademark right..Africa is the new top-level domain for the African continent. It is an African initiative created by Africans for the international Internet Community in order to ensure responsible growth.[related-posts]
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[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, am I the only male-chauvinist-pig around here, to think that girls like competing and showing-off, over how many on-going illnesses and ailments they’ve currently got? writes BEN KEITH (right).Belindabelle has now claimed that if she sleeps in a room with an overhead fan on, it will give her a paralyzed-face. ?? !! Who the bloody hell’s ever got a paralyzed-face from sitting near a fan??!!I would like to pose the question today, of what percentage of government health funding is spent on males, and what percentage on females? I am now, simply, unable to negotiate a new day, without Belindabelle inventing, sorry, discovering, a new shin, knee, eye, head, eyebrow, skin, tummy, nose, or toe problem – ALL that need to be discussed – AT LENGTH. Belinda – you are single-handedly drowning the poor NHS!!In other news:Before I came on holiday with Jerry ‘Warfumstaw’ Croxford, I thought I was the King of the ‘Gordos’ (‘Fat Man’ in Spanish). Tragedy has struck, and I’ve been unable to source, on the entire island, any of my beloved Almond Magnums. Jerry has saved the day though, and introduced me to Snickers ice-creams, an unequal, but adequate replacement. However, Blog, he’s force-feeding me about four a day!Over and out, B x
FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgBun B, Pinn available for media interviews to discuss religion and hip-hopHOUSTON – (Feb. 3, 2015) – Grammy nominee and Rice University Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Bun B and Rice University Professor of Religious Studies Anthony Pinn are available for media interviews to discuss their upcoming free online edX course Religion and Hip-Hop Culture. The class begins March 24.Bernard “Bun B” Freeman photo courtesy Rice UniversityThe Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course, or RELI157x, is the first massive open online course (MOOC) for Pinn and Bun B. The online course is built upon and expands the popular class they have taught together at Rice University.The course will ask and answer questions such as, What is religion? What is hip-hop? Are they the same thing? Do they overlap? Over the six-week course, Pinn and Bun B will provide the tools necessary to let students critically engage the world in which they live and answer the questions for themselves.The Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course will use a mix of videos, readings, music, images, stories and behind-the-scenes insider perspectives.Read more about the class here.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.Media who want to interview Bun B or Pinn should contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at email@example.com or 713-348-6327.-30-Anthony Pinn: Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies at Rice University, where he is also the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. Pinn is also the director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. His interests include the intersections of popular culture and religious identity and nontheistic trends in American public life. He is the author and editor of over 30 books, including “Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music” (2003) and “The Hip-Hop and Religion Reader” (2014).Bernard “Bun B” Freeman: Bun B, who rose to fame in the influential rap duo UGK, has won numerous awards and has been nominated for a Grammy. Bun B has also been featured on albums with several other well-known artists. His most notable guest appearances were on the Jay-Z hit single “Big Pimpin” and Beyonce’s chart-topper “Check On It.” Bun B’s solo projects include “Trill” (which opened at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 200 and also peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart) and “Trill O.G.,” which was released in 2010.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow the Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course on Twitter @RELI157x“Like” RELI157 on Facebook here.For more information on all of Rice University’s online classes visit here.
A crowd gathers in celebration at the Oceti Sakowin camp after it was announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t grant easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman) US CANNON BALL, N.D.—Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday’s government deadline to leave. Share Show Discussion Hundreds of people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, encampment cheered and chanted “mni wichoni”—”water is life” in Lakota Sioux—after the Army Corps of Engineers refused Sunday to grant the company permission to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters argue that extending the project beneath Lake Oahe would threaten the tribe’s water source and cultural sites. The segment is the last major sticking point for the four-state, $3.8 billion project.“The whole world is watching,” said Miles Allard, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. “I’m telling all our people to stand up and not to leave until this is over.”Despite the deadline, authorities say they won’t forcibly remove the protesters. Campers gather around a fire to sing and drum traditional Native American social songs at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, released a statement Sunday night slamming the Army Corps’ decision as politically motivated and alleging that President Obama’s administration was determined to delay the matter until he leaves office.“The White House’s directive today to the Corps for further delay is just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency,” the company said.President-elect Donald Trump, a pipeline supporter, will take office in January, although it wasn’t immediately clear what steps his administration would be able to take to reverse the Army Corps’ latest decision or how quickly that could happen.That uncertainty, Allard said, is part of the reason the protesters won’t leave.“We don’t know what Trump is going to do,” Allard said.Related CoverageArmy Corps Blocks Route of Dakota Access Oil PipelineVeterans Assemble Near Dakota Access Protest CampAssistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to “explore alternate routes” for the pipeline’s crossing. Her full decision doesn’t rule out that it could cross under the reservoir or north of Bismarck.“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Darcy said. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”North Dakota’s leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a “serious mistake” that “prolongs the dangerous situation” of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it’s a “very chilling signal” for the future of infrastructure in the United States.Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that the Department of Justice will “continue to monitor the situation” and stands “ready to provide resources to help all those who can play a constructive role in easing tensions.” Law enforcement vehicles line a road leading to a blocked bridge next to the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)“The safety of everyone in the area – law enforcement officers, residents and protesters alike – continues to be our foremost concern,” she added.Carla Youngbear of the Meskwaki Potawatomi tribe made her third trip from central Kansas to be at the protest site.“I have grandchildren, and I’m going to have great grandchildren,” she said. “They need water. Water is why I’m here.”Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault didn’t respond to messages left seeking comment.Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, whose department has done much of the policing for the protests, said that “local law enforcement does not have an opinion” on the easement and that his department will continue to “enforce the law.”U.S. Secretary for the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement that the Corps’ “thoughtful approach … ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts.”Earlier Sunday, an organizer with Veterans Stand for Standing Rock said tribal elders had asked the military veterans not to have confrontations with law enforcement officials, adding the group is there to help out those who’ve dug in against the project. A Native American drum procession moves through the Oceti Sakowin camp after it was announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t grant easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)About 250 veterans gathered about a mile from the main camp for a meeting with organizer Wes Clark Jr., the son of former Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark. The group had said about 2,000 veterans were coming, but it wasn’t clear how many actually arrived.“We have been asked by the elders not to do direct action,” Wes Clark Jr. said. He added that the National Guard and law enforcement have armored vehicles and are armed, warning: “If we come forward, they will attack us.”Instead, he told the veterans, “If you see someone who needs help, help them out.”Some veterans will take part in a prayer ceremony Monday, during which they’ll apologize for historical detrimental conduct by the military toward Native Americans and ask for forgiveness, Clark said. He also called the veterans’ presence “about right and wrong and peace and love.”Authorities moved a blockade from the north end of the Backwater Bridge with the conditions that protesters stay south of it and come there only if there is a prearranged meeting. Authorities also asked protesters not to remove barriers on the bridge, which they have said was damaged in the late October conflict that led to several people being hurt, including a serious arm injury.“That heavy presence is gone now and I really hope in this de-escalation they’ll see that, and in good faith . the leadership in those camps will start squashing the violent factions,” Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said in a statement, reiterating that any violation will “will result in their arrest.”Steven Perry, a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran who’s a member of the Little Traverse Bay band of Odawa Indians in Michigan, spoke of one of the protesters’ main concerns: that the pipeline could pollute drinking water. “This is not just a native issue,” he said, “This is an issue for everyone.” Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON After Major Victory, ND Pipeline Protesters to Defy Deadline By The Associated Press December 5, 2016 Updated: December 5, 2016
California Clears Hurdle for Cancer Warning Label on Roundup By The Associated Press January 28, 2017 Updated: January 28, 2017 Containers of Roundup, left, a weed killer is seen on a shelf with other products for sale at a hardware store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share FRESNO, Calif.—California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the proposal.Monsanto had sued the nation’s leading agricultural state, saying California officials illegally based their decision for carrying the warnings on an international health organization based in France.Monsanto attorney Trenton Norris argued in court Friday that the labels would have immediate financial consequences for the company. He said many consumers would see the labels and stop buying Roundup.“It will absolutely be used in ways that will harm Monsanto,” he said.After the hearing, the firm said in a statement that it will challenge the tentative ruling. Critics take issue with Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, which has no color or smell. Monsanto introduced it in 1974 as an effective way of killing weeds while leaving crops and plants intact.It’s sold in more than 160 countries, and farmers in California use it on 250 types of crops.The chemical is not restricted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which says it has “low toxicity” and recommends people avoid entering a field for 12 hours after it has been applied. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)But the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a Lyon, France-based branch of the U.N. World Health Organization, classified the chemical as a “probable human carcinogen.”Shortly afterward, the most populated U.S. state took its first step in 2015 to require the warning labels.St. Louis-based Monsanto contends that California is delegating its authority to an unelected foreign body with no accountability to U.S. or state officials in violation of the California Constitution.Attorneys for California consider the International Agency for Research on Cancer the “gold standard” for identifying carcinogens, and they rely on its findings along with several states, the federal government and other countries, court papers say.Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan still must issue a formal decision, which she said would come soon.Related CoverageBayer Signs Deal to Acquire Monsanto for $66 BillionMonsanto Rejects Finding That Roundup Herbicide Is CarcinogenicCalifornia regulators are waiting for the formal ruling before moving forward with the warnings, said Sam Delson, a spokesman for the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.Once a chemical is added to a list of probable carcinogens, the manufacturer has a year before it must attach the label, he said.Teri McCall believes a warning would have saved her husband, Jack, who toted a backpack of Roundup for more than 30 years to spray weeds on their 20-acre avocado and apple farm. He died of cancer in late 2015.“I just don’t think my husband would have taken that risk if he had known,” said Teri McCall, one of dozens nationwide who are suing Monsanto, claiming the chemical gave them or a loved one cancer.But farmer Paul Betancourt, who has been using Roundup for more than three decades on his almond and cotton crops, says he does not know anyone who has gotten sick from it.“You’ve got to treat it with a level of respect, like anything else,” he said. “Gasoline will cause cancer if you bathe in the stuff.” US Share this article Show Discussion
Politics LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share this article In Closely Watched Church-and-State Case, Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Missouri Church By Ivan Pentchoukov June 26, 2017 Updated: June 26, 2017 Front row from left, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, back row from left, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch pose for a group portrait in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Supreme Court held a photo opportunity for photographers after Justice Gorsuch has joined as the newest member. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Share The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in favor of a Missouri church that was denied state funds for resurfacing a playground.Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, was excluded from state funding due to a provision in the state’s constitution that barred funds from religious institutions. The funds in question were to be used for installing soft surfaces on the playground to prevent injuries.The case was closely watched by proponents of education vouchers, because it could open the door for easier state funding for private, religious schools in states that now prohibit it, according to the Associated Press.“The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and cannot stand,” wrote Justice John Glover Roberts Jr.Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has since changed the policy, with Missouri churches now able to apply for state funding. Related CoverageTrump Signs Order Letting Tax-Exempt Churches Be Active in PoliticsOne of the footnotes to the ruling may have prevented it from being used as a precedent for a related case, but did not have the support from the majority of the justices to make it “the opinion of the court.”Footnote number 3 states, “This case involves express discrimination based on religious identity with respect to playground resurfacing. We do not address religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination.”Four justices sided with the note, but Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch did not.This leaves the ruling up to broad interpretation, emboldening advocates of school choice and vouchers, a policy supported by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who President Donald Trump appointed to carry out his education agenda. Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Show Discussion
Thank you for uniting to stop bullying and spread #kindness. Please share the contests to start this conversation with every student. pic.twitter.com/cQZBOv2x5v— UAB (@UAB_SafeFleet) September 11, 2017 Share this article Share The family explained to PIX11 how shocked they were by the bullying.“These particular kids said your life is a waste, why don’t you just go kill yourself,” Liam’s father Keith O’Brien, told the news station. “How does a 12-year-old say that to another 12-year-old?“I look back at the signs of bullying and he had every one of them,” Deirdre said. “I never thought he’d be the type to be bullied.” Follow Jane on Twitter: @itsjanewriting When Liam O’Brien entered seventh grade, he was a happy child. He played soccer, met with his friends at Seventh Street and loved food.But as winter came things took a turn for the worse for Liam.His mother, Deirdre O’Brien wrote a heartfelt post on Facebook about Liam, that’s now been shared over 1,500 times since it first appeared on Wednesday, Oct. 18.“My beautiful son Liam turned 13 years old on September 8. He should be in school with his friends getting excited about high school and playing soccer, but he is not. He is at a medical center in Princeton NJ being treated for depression and an eating disorder,” she wrote in the post.Diedre from Long Island, New York, explained the extent of the bullying, that eventually triggered Liam into not eating. “Two kids told him he sucked and shouldn’t have made the team. There were unnecessary pushes and kicks. He was told he was weird, he was fat, his freckles were weird, his eyebrows were weird. They used horrible language and called him nasty words. I asked him how often it happened. He looked at me crying and said, ‘Everyday Mom’.”She explained how she noticed things were not quite right when her son gave her back his iPhone. “Too much drama Mom,” he said.Liam then started to spending time with his parents at home and not with his friends. She checked in with Liam to find out if anything was wrong. He just said everything was fine.On his birthday, he came back home with a bruise on his face. He told his mother that he had an accident.His main passion was soccer, and he played every day, taking his soccer ball everywhere he went. But one day he was punched in the face on the way to the bus for school. He then didn’t pick up his soccer ball and started to lose weight and the doctor found that he had lost around 10 pounds since June.But the school couldn’t find evidence that the bullying happened. Garden City Middle School investigated and returned with their findings this week. They said Liam’s complaints were “unfounded.”She ended the post by writing, “I want Liam’s story to be heard.”His mother recently tweeted a poster that encourages children who are bullied to talk about how it affects them. Show Discussion Children walk past a School Bus in Monterey Park, Calif., on April 28, 2017. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Mother Shares Heartfelt Story of Her Son Being Bullied so Much He Stopped Eating By Jane Werrell October 21, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017 US News LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share this article U.S. Marshals have arrested a Michigan couple who were sought in the death of a 4-year-old girl, ending a manhunt lasting several days.Brad Fields, 28, and Candice Diaz, 24, were arrested while driving in southern Georgia by U.S. Marshals Service in Macon, Georgia, and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, CBS News reported.Diaz’s child, Gabby Barrett, was found unresponsive Jan. 1 at a residence in a Sumpter Township mobile home community, officials said. They later ruled her death a homicide, saying the girl showed signs that she was abused.When cops arrived, family members were administering CPR to the child. They found “severe burns about her extremities” before she was taken to an Ann Arbor hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.On Tuesday, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said that Diaz and Fields were wanted on charges of murder, second-degree murder, as well as first-degree child abuse and torture. Meanwhile, Fields was charged as a habitual offender, People reported.It’s unclear if the pair have attorneys. No further details were released on their arrest. Share US Marshals Capture Couple Wanted in Slaying of 4-Year-Old By Jack Phillips January 9, 2018 Updated: January 9, 2018 Show Discussion Recommended Video: Boiling water turns to snow US News Candice Renea Diaz, left, and Brad Edward Fields. ( Sumpter Township Police Department)