Quebec teachers religious groups denounce governments secularism bill

first_imgMONTREAL — Advocacy organizations and citizens are denouncing the Quebec government’s secularism legislation, saying it turns religious minorities into second-class citizens.The bill tabled today would ban the wearing of religious symbols for many public sector employees, including teachers, prosecutors, judges and police officers.Amrit Kaur, a teaching student who wears a Sikh turban, says the bill could ruin her chances of teaching in Quebec’s public school system and force her to look for work in a private school.She says the proposed legislation sends the message that people who wear religious symbols are second-class citizens and that teaching isn’t an inclusive profession in Quebec.Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith and the National Council of Canadian Muslims have also spoken out against the bill, saying it targets religious minorities and runs counter to fundamental Quebec and Canadian values.The English Montreal School Board has already said it will refuse to comply with any legislation restricting the wearing of religious symbols.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mealshare Road to One Million

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Nov 15, 2015 8:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Thursday, November 19th, Mealshare will provide their 500,000th meal to someone in need through their buy one, give one program.Mealshare is partnered with the Calgary Drop-In Centre, as well as Save the Children.The organization’s Breanne Sich explains how the system works:“If you were to go to any one of our partner restaurants and have a look at their menu, you would see our Mealshare logo beside a couple of their menu items. As a guest, if you were to order that Mealshare-branded menu item, you would get your meal just as normal, you don’t have to pay anything extra, butnow, somebody else either through the Drop-In Centre or Save the Children Canada, is going to be receiving a meal just by you ordering that item,” she said.Eight Canadian celebrities are supporting the fight against hunger and are teaming up with Mealshare.If you want to join a celebrity team and provide a meal to someone in need, log onto mealshare.ca. Mealshare: Road to One Million Stock Photo read more

Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller Kenny Guiton against Penn State Were going

No. 9 Ohio State travels to Penn State this weekend for a battle between the conference’s two teams ineligible for postseason play. OSU coach Urban Meyer and PSU coach Bill O’Brien weighed in on the status of Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller at the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference. Preparing for Miller Time Miller was injured in the third quarter of last Saturday’s overtime win against Purdue, and Meyer said that the sophomore quarterback is still nursing a very sore neck. Meyer confirmed that Miller has been cleared to practice, but said backup redshirt junior Kenny Guiton will be prepared to play. “We’re going to have two ready,” said Meyer of his quarterbacks. Nonetheless, O’Brien said his team is preparing for OSU’s typical offense, in which Miller is the team’s leading passer and rusher. “Obviously, we’re preparing for Braxton Miller,” O’Brien said. “He’s one of the top players in the country, at the end of the day that’s the guy that we have to prepare for.” High Praise for Heuerman Buckeye fans might be celebrating Jeff Heuerman for his receiving skills right now – the sophomore tight end caught the game-tying two-point conversion last Saturday – but Meyer has been impressed with a different aspect of Heuerman’s skill set. “He might be the best blocking tight end that I’ve ever had in my head coaching career,” Meyer said. Heuerman’s contributions might not jump off a stat sheet, he has six receptions this year for one touchdown, but Meyer said that Heuerman’s blocking has been extremely important this season. “He’s giving us a component that we’ve never really had at that spot,” Meyer said. “He’s a point guy that can really block a defensive had. That’s really great to have.” Better left unsaid? Michigan has not won a Big Ten title since 2004, and coach Brady Hoke said that he uses the program’s conference championship drought to motivate his players everyday. “Let’s face it,” said the second-year Michigan coach. “Besides graduating and honoring your name, the expectations are to win Big Ten Championships. We embrace it and we are not going to shy away from it.” Hoke’s approach is fundamentally different than that of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, who said he just tries to keep his team focused on getting better every day. “I don’t talk about (winning the conference) daily,” Pelini said. “Our players understand what’s out there and what the challenges are.” Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) and Nebraska (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) meet this weekend, and whether the coaches want to talk about it or not, the game has major implications on the conference championship picture. To maintain its undefeated conference record, Michigan will have to do what it’s failed to do twice this season – win a night game away from home. The Wolverines were handled, 41-14, on a neutral field against Alabama on Sept. 1, and fell to Notre Dame three weeks later. “We haven’t played our best football,” Hoke said. “We are going to need to this week.” read more

Quiz How well do you remember Ken Dohertys World Snooker Championship success

first_img Share Tweet Email3 2 Tweet How old was Doherty when he lifted the trophy in 1997? Doherty defeated Alain Robidoux to reach the final but where is his 1997 semi-final opponent from? Share your result: THE SNOOKER WORLD Championship finishes up this weekend, marking 20 years since Ken Doherty’s Crucible triumph that captured the attention of the nation.With that in mind we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and see how well you remember the Dubliner’s success in 1997.********** The questions just didn’t suit you this time. 29 Short URL Share your result: 18-15 11th 15th 27 World Billiards Championship 14 Comments Bronze You scored out of ! You scored out of ! Wales By Alan Waldron Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Croke Park Apr 30th 2017, 5:59 PM 4 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 6 Belgium Follow us: the42.ie True Gold 31 Tweet Share your result: How many centuries did Doherty make in the final? 33 France Share Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 5:59 PM 1 John Higgins James Wattana 3 Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like snooker? You scored out of ! Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. 5 Which of the following players did Doherty NOT beat en route to winning the World Championship? Share Share your result: Share And finally, what famous sporting venue did Doherty parade his silverware around six days after clinching glory? Serena pressed ‘wrong button’ to reveal pregnancyLowry finds the right balance between family and golf after a ‘whirlwind’ two years Victory saw Doherty complete an unprecedented career hat-trick, the World Championship, World Amateur Championship, and what other title? Lansdowne Road Old Trafford 18-14 7th You scored out of ! Silver Steve Davis Tweet True or false, Doherty was the only Irishman in the main draw in 1997? Mark Davis World Pool Championship http://the42.ie/3359063 Wooden spoon Share False World Nine-Ball Championship 18-12 What seed was Doherty for the 1997 World Championship? 0 In beating Hendry at the Crucible, Doherty denied the Scot how many World Championships in a row? Anfield Tweet Quiz: How well do you remember Ken Doherty’s World Snooker Championship success? Cast your mind back 20 years to that famous night at the Crucible. 3rd 21,766 Views World Junior Championship Canada 18-16 Answer all the questions to see your result! 7 What was the scoreline from Doherty’s final victory against Stephen Hendry? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Amtrak will pay derailment costs, governor says

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee released a statement Wednesday confirming that Amtrak has agreed to pay derailment costs following Monday’s tragic event in DuPont that killed three passengers.“The swift response to this tragedy has been the result of cooperation from all the involved jurisdictions,” Inslee said in the release. “The priority has been on taking care of those on board the train and restoring access to I-5 as soon as safely possible.“This response, however, does not come without financial costs.”Inslee spoke with Amtrak president and co-CEO Richard Anderson about the matter Wednesday.He said in the release the corporation will pay for costs including medical and incidental expenses for injured passengers and their families, road clean-up and repairs, and restoration of rail service.He also said Amtrak committed to make Positive Train Control (PTC) operational on trains in Washington as soon as possible, and before the federal deadline on Dec. 31, 2018.“I want to be clear there are still many unanswered questions about how and why this incident occurred,” Inslee said. “I have confidence the NTSB’s investigation will provide those answers.“Crews have made commendable progress on restoring I-5 and I ask that travelers continue to be patient as they complete opening of the lanes.”last_img read more

United target WanBissaka as Valencias replacement

first_imgManchester United are reportedly interested in Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a potential replacement for Antonio Valencia.It is claimed by Mirror Football that the Red Devils alongside Manchester City and Chelsea are all interested in the England U21 international, who has impressed for Roy Hodgson’s side since making his first-team debut 11 months ago.The report suggests Wan-Bissaka is expected to provide competition for Diogo Dalot, with Valencia expected to leave United when his contract expires at the end of the season.Meanwhile, Celtic are interested in signing Scott McTominay on loan, according to reports in the English press.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.It is claimed that the Hoops are currently in talks with United over a move for the Scotland international midfielder.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t comment on the McTominay speculation in his press conference on Thursday but did say, according to SkySports:“He’s a very good young player. When he broke into the team at Manchester United, I think he showed that. He’s a fantastic talent, but there’s nothing more to say.”last_img read more

Leicester defender open to United move

first_imgLeicester City defender Harry Maguire has opened the door to a move to Manchester United by revealing it would be hard to down a move to club participating in the UEFA Champions League.Maguire has been a transfer target for United during the summer transfer window after an impressive 2018 World Cup with England, but Leicester’s refusal to let him leave ultimately meant he had to commit his immediate future to the club.The former Hull City defensive stalwart signed a new five-year deal with Leicester last month, but United are still said to be interested in the England international, who has refused to rule out a move to a Champions League outfit.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Yes, definitely it would be a difficult one (to reject a move to a ‘giant’ club). I’m an ambitious player. If you’re not an ambitious footballer, you’re in the wrong game really,” Maguire told BBC Sport.“Everyone wants to play at the top level, everyone wants to play in the biggest tournaments in the world, so obviously the Champions League is one.”Maguire joined the Foxes from Hull City in 2017 and has featured 52 times in all competitions for the Foxes.last_img read more

Multi Agency Drills Prepare Local Responders For Wildfire Season

first_imgHans Rinke with the Division of Forestry Soldotna Office says residents should always implement the practices of burn permit guidelines: “Which require you to have water while you’re burning, have hand tools while you’re burning and be present on site while you’re burning.” Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker: “It’s a good way for us to practice and train together. This is something we don’t normally have the opportunity to do, and it’s better to know them before we have to go on a real incident and have these worked out.”  Residents with burn permits need to contact their local Division of Forestry office any day they are planning to burn to make sure there are no burn suspensions in place in their area. They can also go to http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn to see if burning is allowed and to learn about safe burning practices. To date, there have been 120 wildfires reported that have burned approximately 15,925 acres. String diagrams were used on the bay floor to simulate roads and lakes. Models were used to represent engines and other equipment.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai and Nikiski Fire Departments participated with State Division of Forestry in a large “table top” drill involving a small wildfire on Friday afternoon that rapidly grows. Alaska experienced one of its earliest and warmest springs on record this year, melting away the snowpack earlier than normal and resulting in a vigorous start to the wildfire season. Burn permits are required for all controlled and debris burning on the Kenai Peninsula from April 1 through August 31. Anyone burning debris or using a burn barrel is responsible for maintaining control of the fire and can be held accountable if the fire escapes.last_img read more

Eielson AFB commander says F35s will usher new era of combat power

first_imgThe basing of 54 F-35 fighter jets at the Eielson Air Force Base will usher in a new era at the Interior Alaska installation. Base commander Colonel Ben Bishop talked about Eielson’s new mission during an update to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce this week.”We are actually adding a combat mission with two combat F-35 squadrons, so we will deploy and project air power,” Bishop said.Eielson was spared from closure in 2005, and instead re-aligned with a narrow scope of operations.”We’ve had the training at Eielson Air Force Base with the 354th Fighter wing, in conjunction with the 168th wing of the Air National Guard,” Bishop said. “But what’s different is we’re bringing F-35s, which actually have that combat projection.”Colonel Bishop says Eielson will continue to host regular Red Flag exercises, bringing together U.S. and ally air forces to train in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex against mock enemies.”Adversary support squadron and adversary aggressor squadrons at Eielson Air Force Base. And then we have two squadrons of F-22s down the road at the Anchorage Air Force base,” Bishop said. “That ability to have that environment in that range complex with those threats provides an opportunity to provide for a fifth generation center of excellence. So I really see tactics and our ability to project combat power is really gonna grow up in the skies of Alaska.”Bishop says he envisions Alaska becoming a mecca for F-35 training. The jets will be based at Eielson, with the first round scheduled to arrive in spring 2020. A half-billion dollars in new construction to accommodate 3,500 active duty and civilian support staff associated with the F-35 basing, is underway at Eielson.last_img read more

Australia Adani coal mine faces legal challenge

first_imgIndian conglomerate Adani Enterprises is facing possible further delays in constructing a giant coal mine in Australia after an environmental group lodged a fresh legal challenge on the grounds the project would harm the Great Barrier Reef and contribute to climate change.Australia’s Environment Minister on 15 October re-issued an environmental permit for construction of the mine, costing an estimated $7 billion, after clearing concerns raised in an earlier legal challenge over two rare outback species that set the project back by several months.On Monday, lawyers for the Environmental Defenders Office acting for the Australian Conservation Foundation launched a review of that approval.”This case is about whether the minister correctly applied the law when considering the impacts of the project on the Great Barrier Reef and endangered Black-throated finch,” said Sean Ryan, the principal EDO solicitor for the foundation.Adani, which originally aimed to ship 40 million tonnes of coal a year in the mine’s first phase starting in late 2017, could not be reached for immediate comment.”Our question is–has the Environment Minister properly applied this legal obligation when considering the impacts of burning coal from this mine on the Great Barrier Reef?” Ryan said.The grounds for the review included one in relation to the Black-throated finch and three concerning climate change and the Great Barrier Reef, according to Ryan.Environmentalists are fighting the mine on numerous fronts, lobbying banks not to provide loans and urging The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to designate the Great Barrier Reef “in-danger”, citing potential damage from port dredging, shipping and climate change stoked by coal from the mine.Adani has battled environmental opposition since work on the project started five years ago. Progress on the mine was blocked in August after a claim, Adani failed to take into account the welfare of the yakka skink and ornamental snake.While a push in India to rely more on solar and wind power and domestic sources of coal has raised questions over the viability of the project, Adani has said the majority of Carmichael production had been pre-sold, guaranteeing revenue.last_img read more

WATCH Merkels LowKey Visit With Trump Focuses On Trade Foreign Policy

first_imgUpdated at 2:50 p.m. ETPresident Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Friday, calling her “a very extraordinary woman.” At a photo op before a working lunch, Trump said the two leaders “will be working on a lot of different subjects,” including trade and NATO.In a joint press conference, Trump and Merkel took questions from reporters after their discussions.Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House on Friday.Merkel’s visit does not include much of the fanfare that accompanied French President Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Washington, D.C., earlier this week.While there will be no fancy state dinner, Merkel was expected to echo many of the concerns that were raised by Macron about U.S. positions on trade and foreign policy during her Oval Office meeting and working lunch with Trump.Germany and France both want the United States to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. The Trump administration has until May 12 to renew sanctions relief for Iran, as the deal requires. The president has repeatedly slammed the agreement, calling it one of the worst deals ever made.Merkel was also expected press the United States to grant the European Union a permanent exemption from U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum. Those duties are slated to go into effect on May 1.Macron talked about the need for free and fair trade, but Merkel was expected spend more time attempting to convince Trump to step back from a potential trade war.The Germans “are worried that a dispute between the European Union and United States on trade and tariffs could spiral … to include autos, and there the Germans have a lot more to lose than the French,” said Peter Rough, a fellow at the Hudson Institute.Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House Friday.Merkel and Trump do not have the close personal bond that Trump shares with Macron. One reason for the frosty relations is that Germany has a larger trade deficit with the United States. Trump has made clear he considers such deficits a loss for the United States.Germany has also not gotten close to spending 2 percent of its GDP on the military, a goal set by NATO members and repeatedly stressed by Trump. Trump has accused NATO members of not paying their fair share.But analysts say Merkel’s ability to charm Trump should not be underestimated.“She’s a cool and rational person, and has a wicked sense of humor,” said Constanze Stelzenmuller, of the Brookings Institution. “She does have this natural warmth and she does display that in private conversation. For all we know, she might be able to win him over.” Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Del McCray Meets With Residents in Series of Dialogues

first_imgDel. Cory McCray and Jason Perkins-Cohen of the Job Opportunities Task Force (standing) address questions from residents of the 45th district in Baltimore City.(AFRO/Photo by Roberto Alejandro)In a bid to make the representation of his district a dialogue between himself and his constituents, Maryland House of Delegate member Del. Cory McCray (D-Baltimore City) launched a series of monthly events to update residents in the 45th district about events directly affecting them.Among the topics are legislation making its way through the General Assembly which could impact his district, other issues and efforts related to Baltimore City, and gauging the temperature of those who sent him to Annapolis on his work as their representative.“On this journey that I’m on, I learn so much information,” McCray said during the opening minutes of his last event, titled “Conversations with Cory,” on Feb. 28. “So much information in reference to housing, so much information in reference to jobs, so much information in reference to [public] safety, but that information is useless if I keep it to myself.”In addition to discussing the two bills he is currently sponsoring in the General Assembly—one on apprenticeships and another that would expand voting rights for former felons—McCray welcomed Dr. Leana Wen, commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, to speak about her priorities for the agency, which she said were focused on addressing health disparities in Baltimore City.“Neighborhoods right next to each other have life expectancy differences of 20 years,” Wen told a crowd that had filled all the available seating and then some. “How is that possible, right, that if you just happen to live three streets over, that you can expect to live…20 years shorter?”Jason Perkins-Cohen of the Job Opportunities Task Force also spoke at the event, focusing on the current iteration of the Second Chance Act wending its way through the General Assembly. That act would shield the records of non-violent misdemeanors in the hopes of making it easier for those with such convictions to enter the labor force.Perkins-Cohen also said that the task force is fighting cuts to adult education in Gov. Hogan’s proposed budget, especially as 25 percent of adults in Baltimore do not have a high school diploma or GED, 50 percent have only a high school diploma or GED, and many jobs require some level of college education.“In Maryland, we are, by any measure, in the top five wealthiest states in the nation…but we do not invest in our population, in our people like we are a wealthy state,” said Perkins-Cohen. “And adult education is a really good example: 47th in the nation in adult education investment.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday March 15

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll have a report on the death of 28 year old Prince George’s County police officer Jacai Colson, allegedly by a fellow police officer during a shoot out. We’ll talk to former Prince George’s County Delegate Aisha Braveboy, as well as former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey. Plus, more reporting on the controversial Port Covington development deal with Baltimore City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl Stokes.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

WATCH Mic picks up Philip Rivers openly mocking Raiders before snap for

first_imgPhilip Rivers has been in the league for 100 years, so there’s nothing he hasn’t seen from opposing defenses, but during the Chargers 26-10 win over the Raiders, Oakland showed Rivers a defense that was so laughable he had to make fun of it…during the play.An on-field mic picked up Rivers mocking the Raiders for lining up in an undisguised base defense while making his pre-snap adjustments and just flat out telling tight end Virgil Green to run a seam route without using any sneaky audible calls.Oakland’s D is awful, but getting openly mocked by an opposing QB has to sting.Watch Rivers clown the Raiders:This is brilliant. Philip Rivers dissecting the Raiders at the line of scrimmage pre-snap and adjusting routes to beat the coverage:“Base defence, huh? […] Hey, Virg (Virgil Green) – run a seam.” pic.twitter.com/ROux8S2EI0— Andrew Cunneen (@Cunneen92) October 8, 2018last_img read more

8 Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan Needs

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » November 13, 2013 When you’re putting together a business plan for a mobile app or web-based software service, there are certain key elements you should work into your business plan.Beyond the basics of a sales forecast, profits and losses, cash flow and a balance sheet, here are eight key factors to consider adding to your business plan:1. Projected traffic. The most useful and standard projections estimate future unique visitors per month. Tracking this number over time is essential. Visits are also useful because the combination of visits and unique visitors is an indication of repeat visits, which can be an asset. Hits, as we used to call them in the 1990s (numbers of pages accessed and images viewed) are no longer a good measurement. Average time on site is also a useful indicator, especially when tracked over time.2. Conversions. A conversion happens when a person browsing on the website chooses to subscribe. Conversions per visit for fremiums, which offer a free basic version of the product and for paid subscriptions are useful. Another useful projection is conversions from fremium to paid. 3. Churn. The churn is an indicator of what percent of fremiums and what percent of paid subscribers drop out per month. Some calculate the average months instead, generating a lifetime value per customers. Those are just two sides of the same coin.And along with these general traffic projections, here are some essential indicators of business flow and the underlying business model: 4. Customer acquisition cost. This includes pay-per-click and other marketing efforts averaged out over paying customers. Divide your sales and marketing costs by the number of customers. That’s your customer acquisition costs. 5. Lifetime value of a customer. This is closely related to churn. Multiply your average revenue per subscriber per month by the average number of months that a subscriber stays. 6. Burn rate. This is an estimate of how much money it takes, per month, to stay in business. Include salaries, overhead, marketing, etc. Normally a burn rate changes as the business evolves. 7. Runway. This is stated in months, as in “how many months of burn rate are in the cash balance.” We call this runway, as in “we have a runway of nine months.” 8. Revenues. The sales forecast should already show revenues. I add it here because it’s an important and extremely useful indicator of business size and flow. It doesn’t include investment or loans, but does include shipping, subscriptions, sales and service revenues. This is simply a projection of how much money you bring in every month.In all of these business projections, a good business plan has estimated guesses, explaining assumptions and drivers of how these numbers are expected to change in the future. Ideally you have every projection included here available by month for the next 12 months, and by year for the next two and three years that follow.Usually the change over time is more important than the raw number at any given point. And the best way to validate any projection, aside from laying out detailed assumptions, is to show that the projected line for the future seems credible and seems to make sense when compared to the same line for the recent past.last_img read more

Mexico missing students case file shows contradictions

first_imgMEXICO CITY – While Mexican prosecutors declared last year that 43 missing students were incinerated at a landfill,official documents show one gang suspect testified that at least nine were slaughtered elsewhere.The office of Mexico’s attorney general posted on its website Sunday the 54,000 pages of documents from the much-criticized investigation into a case that has bedeviled President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration.A review by AFP of hundreds of pages found contradictory testimony among some of the more than 100 suspects who have been detained, including Guerreros Unidos drug cartel members and municipal police officers.The report — a maze of documents divided into 85 tomes and 13 annexes with several typos and redacted information — was made public by Attorney General Arely Gómez following freedom of information requests from journalists. It is rare for Mexican authorities to make investigative documents public online.Gómez’s predecessor, Jesús Murillo Karam, concluded late last year that police in the southern city of Iguala attacked the students on Sept. 26, 2014, after they had seized buses for a protest in Mexico City.Murillo Karam said the officers abducted 43 students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, which confused them with rivals, killed them and incinerated their bodies at a garbage dump in the neighboring town of Cocula.But parents of the students have never accepted the official conclusion.Last week, Gómez invited international forensic experts to reinvestigate the landfill after independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found no scientific evidence that the 43 students were burned to ashes there.Tomás Zerón, the prosecutors’ chief of investigations, insisted that a “large” number of students were incinerated at the dump, although he acknowledged that he could not confirm whether it was all 43. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPKilled on a hillBut the newly released documents include the testimony of Marco Antonio Ríos Berber, a confessed member of the Guerreros Unidos, who said 13 students were taken to a hill on the outskirts of Iguala, where at least nine were killed.Ríos Berber testified that he was ordered to buy diesel fuel and that when he returned, three students had been shot in the head by two other gang members, including one nicknamed “Chuky” or “Choky.”The bodies were tossed in a pit and incinerated with the diesel. A vehicle arrived later with the 10 other students.“I shot two in the head” and four more were killed by other gang members, Ríos said. He added that the six bodies were thrown in the pit, incinerated and covered with dirt and tree branches.“They left the four others tied up. They had beaten them and left them unconscious,” he testified. He said he went home at 3 a.m. on Sept. 27 and did not know what happened to the other students.An official in the attorney general’s office said Ríos’ was another line of investigation, not a contradiction.The official said the “hypothesis of the garbage dump is the most conclusive” because it relies on confessions and forensic evidence.In October 2014, Guerrero state prosecutors said hit men confessed to killing and burying 17 students on the same hill.A mass grave was found on the hill that same month with 28 bodies inside, but DNA tests showed none were those of the students. Related posts:Independent probe doubts 43 Mexico students cremated Mexico’s 43 missing students continue to haunt President Peña Nieto – and they should Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strike Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Consulta el expediente del Caso #Iguala aquí: http://t.co/ZK5J5FaHSv #Transparencia pic.twitter.com/i5S4hWNQ1u— PGR México (@PGR_mx) October 11, 2015center_img 15 asphyxiatedThe published file includes other testimonies that Murillo Karam used to conclude that the students were killed and incinerated in Cocula, though even they had some contradictions.One suspect said he saw around 30 students transported in a truck to the landfill while another saw around 40. Neither gave a precise figure.Confessed hit man Jonathan Osorio Cortes, alias “Jona,” said 15 students were already dead when they arrived at the dump because they died from asphyxiation from being piled on top of each other in the back of the truck.Another one arrived dead with bullet wounds.Survivors were either shot in the head or beaten to death with a tree trunk after some were interrogated over whether they were infiltrated by the rival Rojos gang, he said.Their bodies were then burned in a funeral pyre of wood, tires and diesel.Another suspect said the ashes were dumped in eight black trash bags and tossed in a river an hour’s drive away.Authorities have only confirmed the identity of one student among those remains while DNA tests partially identified another one. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Kevin Kolb started last season as Arizonas quarte

first_imgKevin Kolb started last season as Arizona’s quarterback,while John Skelton finished the year with the job.Whoever begins the 2012 season in that role — be it Kolb,Skelton or maybe some guy named Manning — you betterbelieve they will have earned the job.“Will there be a competition,” Cardinals coach KenWhisenhunt said at the NFL Draft Scouting Combine inIndianapolis. “Obviously I think John did a great job forus over the last half of the season when he was forced toplay because of Kevin’s injury, and that’s what you want –– he did the job that we asked him to do.” Whisenhunt said having the entire offseason to work withSkelton, which is something they have not had through theQB’s first two seasons in the league, will go a long waytowards helping him become a better quarterback. Combinethat with minicamps and more reps in training camp, andWhisenhunt said there is reason to be excited about theyoung QB’s future.“That being said, we didn’t get a great opportunity to seea lot of Kevin because of the injuries this year, but inthe snapshots of times that we did see him we were excitedabout what we saw,” Whisenhunt said. “So, I think John’searned the ability to be given consideration for theposition, just because of what he did and his record andthe way he played, but I also think that we’ve got a lotinvested in Kevin as well for that position.“There’s nothing wrong with competition. I think it makesboth players — all players — better.”So as of now the plan is to roll with either Kolb orSkelton under center, but things are subject to changedepending on who may or may not become available in thecoming weeks. And one has to think if the team has a chance to acquire acertain soon-to-be former Colts QB, they’ll do their bestto make it happen. Not because the team is unhappy withits current signal callers, but rather because they’dalways be ready to improve the team. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories “Everybody out there associated with our team understandsthat this is a competitive game and we’re all looking toget better, so if those opportunities present themselvesthen so be it,” Cardinals GM Rod Graves said. “Butotherwise we’ve got an outstanding group of quarterbackswith us right now, we believe we can win with thosequarterbacks and we’re preparing as if they’re going to bethe group that we’re working with. “We’ll see what other opportunities present themselves ifthat happens.”Indeed we shall. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_imgFrom 2006 to 2009 with Detroit he averaged 123.7 total tackles per season, but has seen that number drop to 50.2 over the last five seasons, which has also seen him play for four different teams. He was available on June 3 for a reason, though Sims believes he’ll be able to contribute quite a bit to his new team.“My aggressiveness and my work ethic, speed,” he said when asked what his biggest strengths are. “You watch me play football, I’m around the ball. I think that’s essential to having a great defense, a linebacker that’s around the ball no matter what.”If there is one saving grace for the Cardinals through all of this it’s that while they appear to be thin at the inside linebacker spot, they are pretty strong in pretty much every other spot on their defense. While it is hoped that Sims will contribute, there shouldn’t be any unreasonable expectations. No one will ask him to be Daryl Washington.“Daryl Washington his a hell of a linebacker, and it’s going to be hard such talent like that,” Sims said. “But I think this organization’s doing a good job bringing in good talent. They already have talent in-house, and adding me to the linebacking corps I think is going to be really good.” Top Stories Ernie Sims was without a team long enough. The veteran signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, bringing the former No. 9 overall selection in 2006 to the team that, incidentally, made the pick right after he was taken off the board.The Cardinals brought Sims in for a workout earlier last week, and likely saw signing him as more of a necessity once Daryl Washington was suspended for the season due to violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With Washington out, the Cardinals offered Sims more than just a roster spot, though he said the only thing the coaches guaranteed him was a chance.“Most definitely,” Sims told AZCardinals.com when asked if the possibility of playing time enticed him. “I’ve been competing my whole life. That’s what I do, that’s what I enjoy doing.“So the opportunity presented itself and I’m definitely going to try to take advantage of it.”Given that Sims has spent all of one OTA practice with the Cardinals, it would be foolish to try and project what kind of role he will have with the team. As of now, the starters at inside linebacker project to be second-year pro Kevin Minter and veteran Larry Foote, with others — like Sims — possibly entering the mix. But as Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday, before Sims was brought on board, any linebacker the team added in lieu of Washington’s suspension would not be handed a starting role.“He’d have to earn it,” the coach said. “If there’s one available that can do that I’d like to have him.”Is that Sims?Through his first eight seasons in the league, the former Florida State star has shown flashes of effectiveness but struggled with consistency. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Legislation introduced to reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries

first_img Categories: Howrylak News 31Mar Legislation introduced to reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association, and state Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) today announced distracted driving legislation with the goal of reducing fatalities, injuries, and traffic crashes in Michigan.“When operating a motor vehicle, we all have a personal responsibility to protect our life and the lives of the innocent people traveling around us at all times,” said Santilli.  “No text message, social media update, internet search, or any other distraction is worth putting a life in jeopardy.  I commend Representative Howrylak and the bipartisan co-sponsors for their commitment to ensuring all people return home to their loved ones each day.”House Bill 4466 was introduced by Howrylak and co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak), David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park), Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township), and Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills).  The bill states that a person may use a portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle if the portable electronic device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and is being used in that manner by the person while operating a motor vehicle.The movement for a hands-free law began after Santilli attended the funeral for Ally Zimmerman, a 16-year-old Romeo High School student who was hit by a distracted driver while traveling as an innocent passenger on December 28, 2010.  He immediately joined forces with Ally’s family and friends to create the “Remembering Ally: Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign.”  The award-winning campaign reached people in more than 90 countries.  Santilli and Ally’s mother, Laurel Zimmerman, both agreed that Michigan’s current texting law is too specific and a hands-free law would be easier to enforce.  After communicating with public safety leaders throughout the nation to determine the best language for a bill, Santilli officially announced a plan to send a hands-free recommendation to the Michigan Legislature during a press conference on March 30, 2016.  Shortly after the announcement, Howrylak reached out to Santilli and offered to sponsor the bill.“The number of distracted drivers continues to rise and we must take action to make our roadways safer,” said Rep. Howrylak.  “The legislation seeks to ensure Michigan drivers have their attention focused on the road at all times, instead of a mobile device.”###last_img read more