TORONTO – Toronto’s mayor says the city must convey its “strong dissatisfaction” over the Ontario government’s move to slash the size of municipal council when local politicians and staff hold a meeting next week to discuss a potential court challenge to the province’s decision.John Tory said Friday that Premier Doug Ford’s abrupt decision to cut the number of Toronto city councillors from 47 to 25 ahead of a fall municipal election must be opposed in some way.Ford’s legislation on the matter has passed, but councillors are meeting Monday with the city’s legal team to discuss Toronto’s options.“There was no opportunity, even at the legislature, for public input,” Tory said in an interview. “I think when it comes to a decision of this magnitude, affecting the City of Toronto and it’s people, that that was wrong.”Council must convey “strong dissatisfaction in particular with the process that was followed here,” Tory said.The mayor acknowledged that the constitution shows the province has clear jurisdiction over cities and towns, but said Monday’s meeting with the city’s legal team is necessary.“There are a number of people who are unhappy,” he said. “We owe it to the people of Toronto to examine the legal options and to decide on something that is prudent in their interest.”The Progressive Conservative government’s legislation — known as Bill 5 — aligns Toronto’s ward map with federal ridings, while extending the nomination period for council candidates until Sept. 14. The city’s election is set for Oct. 22.Ford, himself a former council member, revealed his plan just weeks ago, saying it would help council make decisions and deliver services “more efficiently and effectively.”The legislation also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara outside Toronto. Instead, the head of council in each region will be appointed.Toronto’s legal team has filed a confidential report with advice to council on a potential court challenge but has recommended the document be kept secret because it discusses potential litigation. Its contents are expected to be debated behind closed doors on Monday.When asked about the special session, Ford said council can do what it wishes.“They can talk about Bill 5 all they want,” he said Friday. “At the end of the day, we made a decision to make government run more efficiently here in the city of Toronto.”Earlier in the day, Ford wrote Tory a letter urging him and city council to use the special session to discuss a recent provincial commitment of $25 million to help Toronto police to fight guns and gangs. Ford has asked Toronto to match to funding.Tory said the city has already committed to match the funding for 2018 and has said that if re-elected this fall, he will introduce a motion to see the commitment continued next year.Tory added that despite the conflict between the city and the province, he can continue to work with the Ford administration.“There are too many other files that are too important to people, like transit, like housing, like community safety,” he said. “But I will also not hesitate to speak up on behalf of the people of Toronto when that’s required.”
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Rabat – After Luka Modric won football’s most prestigious individual award on Monday, several football media outlets reported that the votes had been manipulated.In at least one instance, that may be the case. The Ballon d’Or organizer, France Football, listed an alleged Comoros’ football reporter, “Abdou Boina,” as a journalist working for the Albalad Comores newspaper. However, the journalist does not exist in real life, and the newspaper has been closed for 6 years. Boina voted for Mbappe as his first choice, Modric as his second, Ronaldo as his third, Hazard as his fourth, and Salah as his fifth.A former sports photographer, Toimimou Abdou, who reportedly worked for the paper was quoted as saying that no one called Abdou Boina ever worked there, and the paper shut down in 2012.“I hallucinate when I see that Albalad Comores exists,” he said.In addition, France Football represented Comoros with a flag that is 17 years out of date.Stephane Ahamadi, the president of Comoros’ journalists association, has also commented on the controversy. He stressed, “There is no record of anyone called Abdou Boina.”
24 April 2009At the close of the Durban Review conference, 182 countries were able to come together on an anti-racism report despite a highly-organized “campaign of disinformation” the United Nations human rights chief said today. At the close of the Durban Review Conference, 182 countries were able to come together on an anti-racism report despite a highly-organized “campaign of disinformation” the United Nations human rights chief said today.The draft outcome adopted by consensus this Tuesday is a “good document,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said as the gathering, assessing progress on the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), wrapped up in Geneva.As for those levelling accusations that the 2001 document is anti-Semitic, it is “clear that either they had not bothered to read what it actually said, or they were putting a cast on it that was, to say the least, decidedly exaggerated,” she said, stressing that it includes a paragraph which says that “the Holocaust should never be forgotten,” a sentiment reiterated in the final document of the Conference which ended today.Ms. Pillay, who cited numerous personal attacks against her in the media, countered arguments that the five-day Conference that ended today was a “hate fest,” calling the characterization a “hyperbole” and a “gross exaggeration.”She stressed that although the gathering was a “strange rough-and-tumble affair full of smoke and mirrors,” it was still “very definitely a success story.”Several countries, even after agreeing to the draft outcome last week, pulled out of the Conference just before its start, including the United States. “I do hope they will come back into the process now,” the High Commissioner said.She noted that even Iran, whose leader made remarks at the start of the event that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said were intended to “accuse, divide and even incite,” joined the consensus in adopting the text, which emphasizes the need to address all manifestations of intolerance with greater resolve.Ms. Pillay hailed the regional and political groups for making concessions regarding the outcome document, noting, for example, that the Arab countries accepted that neither Palestine nor the Middle East are mentioned in the text.Welcoming the adoption of the text on Tuesday, the second day of the gathering, she said it contains valuable elements, calling on States to take effective, tangible and comprehensive measures to prevent, combat and eradicate all forms and manifestations of racism, and urging countries which have not yet done so to create and implement national plans to combat intolerance.Further, it highlights the increased suffering since 2001 of many different groups of victims of racism and reaffirms the positive role of the freedom of expression while deploring derogatory stigmatization of people based on their religion.
TSX racks up minor gain, commodities mixed amid economic growth concerns by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 22, 2013 8:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Monday with buyers largely unwilling to step up after further signs of global economic malaise sent stocks sharply lower last week.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 25.13 points to 12,090.68 led by advances in the gold sector after the group fell more than 10 per cent last week.The Canadian dollar was up 0.02 of a cent to 97.46 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed amid data showing that sales of previously occupied U.S. homes dipped in March. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales were down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million, from 4.95 million in February. February’s figure was revised lower.Sales in March were 10.3 per cent higher than a year earlier.“The market is becoming more sensitive to economic news,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“When markets do appreciate considerably over a short period of time, they need to get that much more attractive evidence to keep that momentum going.”The Dow Jones industrial average gained 19.66 points to 14,567.17, the Nasdaq composite index added 27.5 points to 3,233.55 while the S&P 500 index was up 7.25 points to 1,562.5.Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar posted first-quarter profit of $1.31 a share on revenue of US$13.2 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected profit of $1.36 a share on revenue of $13.8 billion. Caterpillar also cut its 2013 outlook.However, the reduced outlook wasn’t entirely unexpected and there were some bright spots. Sales in China rose compared to a year ago. And the company is “becoming more optimistic” on the U.S. housing sector. It says it plans on buying back shares — about $1 billion worth — for the first time since 2008. Caterpillar shares gained $2.28 to $82.71.Meanwhile, substantial losses on commodity markets dragged the resource-heavy TSX last week into negative territory for the year after data showing a weakening Chinese economy and a downgrade of global economic growth by the International Monetary Fund raised demand concerns. The main index lost 2.2 per cent last week and is down about three per cent year to date.“We’re in the late innings of this commodity boom,” added Pashootan.“We’re scratching our heads saying, ‘When will commodity prices go back up?’ Well, we’re thinking of the days when China was expected to grow at 10 or 12 per cent a year. They’re at eight and revising down.”Earnings disappointments also led U.S. futures to their worst week of 2013 with the Dow giving back 2.13 per cent even though the blue chip barometer is still up 11 per cent year to date.The gold sector led advancers, up about two per cent as bullion prices advanced with the June contract in New York ahead $25.60 to US$1,421.20 an ounce. Bullion plunged to its lowest level in more than two years last week, falling seven per cent amid a growing conviction that inflation is firmly under control. Buying gold as a hedge against inflation has supported gold prices to record highs of almost $2,000 back in 2011. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 73 cents to $29.32.The energy sector also provided lift, up 1.2 per cent while the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange, which expired Monday, rose 75 cents to US$88.76 a barrel after prices fell three per cent last week. The June contract advanced 92 cents to US$89.19. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was up 45 cents to $29.90.The base metals sector was ahead 0.25 per cent while copper prices continued to hover at 18-month lows. The metal, widely viewed as an economic barometer because of its use in so many applications, fell two cents to US$3.13 a pound on top of a six per cent slide last week. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) ran ahead 80 cents to C$26.01.The financials sector led declines, moving down per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 48 cents to $60.97.The industrials sector was down slightly as Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) released earnings a couple of hours ahead of schedule.The rail company posted net earnings of $555 million or $1.30 a share, down from $755 million a year earlier as it dealt with extreme cold and heavy snow in Western Canada, which hampered operations, congested the network and constrained volume growth. Ex-items, earnings were $519 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, one cent ahead of forecasts, and its shares were down 84 cents to $97.64.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) tumbled 38 cents or 12.67 per cent to $2.62 after earlier going as low as $2.46. The carrier said it estimates it had a $260-million net loss in the first three months of this year, down from $274 million in the first quarter of 2012. The company said it issued the preliminary report ahead of the full results and analysis on May 3 to comply with disclosure rules as it explores a range of debt financing options.In other earnings news, Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) reported after the close that first-quarter net income rose 15 per cent to $414 million from $360 million. Revenue increased to $3.03 billion from $2.94 billion. Its shares closed 32 cents higher to $52.08.The TSX Venture Exchange gained 5.28 points to 944.35.
An Islamic terrorist, who was arrested as he prepared to launch a knife attack on MPs and police in Westminster, had been identified as a senior Taliban bomb maker five months earlier but was not detained at the time, it can be revealed.Khalid Ali, 28, had three blades tucked under his clothing when he was stopped by armed police in Whitehall on April 27 last year, just moments away from carrying out a deadly assault.But months earlier the police and the security services had chosen to place him under surveillance rather than charge him, despite the FBI revealing they had discovered his fingerprints on a cache of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) recovered in Afghanistan.Following his arrest Ali told police he had built more than 300 bombs that were responsible for killing and maiming British and American troops. Ali had denied plotting to kill MPs or police in the knife attack and two counts of bomb making relating to the devices found in Afghanistan.But he was convicted on all counts and remanded in custody to be sentenced on July 20. The following day Ali set about re-arming himself buying an eight inch chef’s knife, two 3.5 inch paring blades and a rucksack emblazoned with a union flag logo.After travelling to Westminster by tube, Ali dropped his mobile phone in the River Thames, before armed police moved in to arrest him.Ali claimed he had travelled to Westminster to deliver a message to politicians and insisted he was carrying the knives for protection. Ali, a qualified plumber from Edmonton in north London, became increasingly devout after travelling to Palestine in 2010 on an aid convoy called Road to Hope.The following year he disappeared from Britain, telling his family he had got a two week job in Birmingham.Instead he travelled to Abu Dhabi before making his way to Afghanistan, where he spent five and a half years working as a bomb maker for the Taliban. In October 2016, Ali turned up at the British consulate in Istanbul, claiming to be a tourist who had lost his passport.Suspicious officials alerted the UK authorities and when he landed at Heathrow Airport he was arrested and questioned under the Terrorism Act, before being allowed to go.The following month forensic experts in the United States confirmed that they had a fingerprint match for Ali on fragments of IEDs recovered from Afghanistan. A knife stashed in Khalid Ali’s waistband Khalid Ali smirking at police officers A police officer with his knee on Ali’s back, on which he is carrying a bag with a London logo and a Union Flag emblazoned upon it A large knife is pulled from the waistband of Khalid Ali Asked why Ali was not arrested at that point, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said the British authorities had to wait for due process to take place as it was American evidence that had been collected in Afghanistan.He said: “A lot of this evidence is overseas, so if you look at the original caches of explosives and component parts, they were seized and recovered in Afghanistan.”We have then got forensic evidence on the US database in America. We have to go through due legal process to be able to use that evidence in our courts and our criminal justice system.”Mr Haydon said British police had applied for permission to use the evidence in order to arrest Ali, but the green light had only come through hours after he was arrested for the planned knife attack. Despite being under surveillance by the security services, Ali was initially stopped from going on a knife rampage when his mother tipped off police that she had found an arsenal of weapons in his bedroom.The matter was recorded as a domestic incident and Ali was not arrested or detained. Mr Haydon said: “It is apparent to me that Ali spent some considerable years helping the Taliban create – and maybe even detonate – bombs which could maim and kill many peoplein Afghanistan. All this before turning his attention to killing people in his home country.“His intended targets were people who represented the UK authorities and he demonstrated a particular interest in the police, how they worked and what their capability was.“Ali did not count on the joined-up working of the UK counter terrorism network and its partners internationally. Together, we have stopped a terrorist attack and put before the courts an individual whom I suspect thought would never be held to account for his crimes overseas.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
NEARLY A FULL day after he started, Ted Cruz stopped talking.The freshman Republican senator from Texas talked for the fourth-longest that anyone ever has in America’s senate, but was forced to cede the floor for this afternoons vote on budget plans that will keep the US government open beyond next week.Cruz took some of his 21 hours to attack Obamacare, the health act passed in 2010 and signed into law in 2012. He also took time to read his daughters a bed time story and quote Dr Seuss.Having to give up the floor at 12 Eastern Time, Cruz simply sat down. He then joined the other 99 senators in voting to pass the spending bill to the House of Representatives, before walking away six minutes later.Cruz wants to derail the spending bill to deny Democrats the ability to strip a “defund Obamacare” provision out, a strategy that has put him at odds with other Republicans who fear that the move would spark a shutdown of the federal government.After the vote, Cruz told reporters he hopes “that Republicans will listen to the people, and that all 46 Republicans come together. Coming into this debate we clearly were not united, there were significant divisions in the conference. I hope those divisions dissolve, that we come together in party unity.”The Senate’s top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, shrugged off Cruz’ effort.“For lack of a better way of describing this, it has been a big waste of time,” said Reid.Cruz had accused party colleagues unwilling to try to defund Obamacare of being like “Nazi appeasers”, a charge vehemently denied by Senator John McCain.Unlike Wendy Davis’ filibuster in the Texas state senate in June, Cruz was unable to stop the vote, but did say that despite the pain he felt from being on his feet for 21-hours, there was “more pain in rolling over”.Watch some highlights from Cruz’ 21 hours on his feet:(CNN/YouTube)Read: ‘A people’s filibuster’ stops Texas passing law restricting abortionsRead: US Supreme Court upholds most parts of Obama’s landmark healthcare law
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram reece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party savored unprecedented success in Sunday’s general election by promising to rid Greece of illegal immigrants, branding journalists “liars” and warning all “traitors” to run scared.Little more than an obscure fringe group barely a year ago, the party is set to blow past estimates and enter parliament for the first time with as much as 8 percent of the vote.That would make the group – which denies it is neo-Nazi – one of the biggest winners in an election where the main conservative and Socialist parties are taking a drubbing over their support for a bailout tied to austerity measures.Flanked by burly, muscular men in tight black t-shirts, Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos marched down the street in Athens yelling “liars” and “you must be ashamed for all your lies!» at foreign journalists following him.“Greece is only the beginning,” he shouted at them. When asked what that meant, he said: “You know very well,” wagging a finger at the television camera.As they strode to the hotel, his supporters began chanting “Greece belongs to Greeks” and “Foreigners get out of Greece.”When asked what his first action in parliament would be, Mihaloliakos said: “All the illegal immigration out! Out of my country, out of my home!”Asked how he planned to carry that out, he angrily said: “Use your imagination.”As he entered the news conference, party members ordered assembled journalists to stand to attention. His party’s flag – featuring an ancient Greek symbol resembling the Nazi swastika set against a red background – hung in the background.“I’ll say one thing: ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’,” Mihaloliakos said from the podium, surrounded by his bodyguards sitting motionless with their arms crossed.“You defamed me, you shut my mouth – I won.”With 63 percent of the vote counted, Golden Dawn had nabbed a 6.9 percent share, potentially giving it 21 deputies in parliament, making it the first time such a party would be in parliament since the fall of a military dictatorship in 1974.In the last election, it took just 0.23 percent of the vote.Pledging to “clean up” Greece by expelling all legal and illegal immigrants, the party has won voters worried about rising crime levels at a time of deep recession.The group has also developed a benevolent image in some Athens’ neighborhoods by dropping off food to needy families and escorting elderly residents to bank ATMs.“We will continue our struggle for a free Greece, free from foreign loan sharks and a Greece that is independent and proud, without the slavery of the bailout,” said Mihaloliakos, who was elected to the Athens city council in 2010.He promptly gave the Nazi salute on his first appearance there.“We will struggle for a Greece that is not a social jungle because of the millions of immigrants they brought here without asking us,” he said.The group – which openly displays books on Aryan supremacy at its party offices – has been frequently linked to racist attacks, but denies beating up migrants.“This victory is devoted to all the brave boys with the black T-shirts and the white letters reading Golden Dawn,” Mihaloliakos said. “Those who betrayed the motherland – you should be scared now.”Source: Reuters
Les spécialistes s’opposent à la loi sur la conservation privée du sang de cordonFrance – Plusieurs agences spécialisées dans la biomédecine dénoncent le manque d’intérêt scientifique et les possibles dérives que pourrait entraîner la création de banques privées de sang de cordon ombilical.Une proposition de loi envisage d’autoriser la création de banques privées de sang de cordon ombilical. Le but : pouvoir tenter de soigner l’enfant avec ses propres cellules souches s’il devait, un jour, être atteint d’une maladie du sang. Il existe actuellement des banques publiques de conservation dans le but d’une utilisation par les établissements de santé. Pour les spécialistes, ce sang peut d’abord soigner des personnes malades aujourd’hui. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Emmanuelle Prada-Bordenave, directrice générale de l’Agence de la biomédecine, considère que le don de sang de cordon, anonyme et gratuit, est une bonne chose et permet de sauver des vies. Ce sang contient des cellules souches, il peut être greffé afin de traiter les maladies graves du sang, comme les leucémies et certaines maladies génétiques. Pour Noël Milpied, président de la Société française de greffe de moelle et de thérapie cellulaire, on ne peut pas soigner une personne atteinte d’une maladie du sang avec ses propres cellules, sous peine de voir la maladie revenir. Seules les cellules d’un donneur contiennent les éléments de défense capables de vaincre la maladie. Mme Prada-Bordenave précise que la médecine dite régénérative n’est pas assez avancée pour espérer guérir toutes sortes de maladies grâce aux cellules souches avant un bon moment. De plus, les exigences sur la qualité des greffons font que les trois-quarts des prélèvements ne sont pas exploitables pour une éventuelle greffe.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 10:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Cancer du foie : un virus modifié prolonge la vie des patientsPexa-Vec, un virus issu du génie génétique, a été mis au point pour cibler les cellules cancéreuses et les détruire. Une récente étude américaine démontre ses effets positifs sur une trentaine de patients atteints d’un cancer du foie. C’est un nouvel espoir pour tous les patients atteints de cancer : un virus mis au point par la société américaine Jennerex permettrait de prolonger la vie des patients atteints du cancer du foie en phase terminale. C’est ce que révèle l’étude publiée récemment dans le journal britannique Nature Medicine, qui décrit l’essai clinique mené durant quatre semaines sur trente patients. La vie de ces derniers a été prolongée de plusieurs mois.Après une manipulation du virus du VIH, le virus Pexa-Vec (ou JX-594) représente donc une grande avancée dans la recherche pour la lutte contre le cancer. L’un des auteurs de l’étude, David Kirn, a déclaré à l’AFP : “C’est la première fois dans l’histoire de la médecine que nous avons pu montrer qu’un virus issu du génie génétique pouvait améliorer la survie de patients atteints du cancer.”Des résultats prometteursSur les trente patients atteints du carcinome hépatocellulaire (CHC, soit un cancer primitif du foie), seize ont reçu des doses élevées de ce virus, tandis que quatorze se sont vu administrer des doses plus faibles de Pexa-Vec. Les chercheurs ont alors constaté que les premiers ont survécu jusqu’à 14,1 mois en moyenne, tandis que les seconds ont survécu 6,7 mois. Ces résultats démontrent que “le traitement Pexa-Vec à deux doses a abouti à une réduction de la taille des tumeurs”, a expliqué Jennerex dans un communiqué. En plus de détruire les tumeurs, le virus manipulé permettrait de renforcer le système immunitaire du patient, ce qui freinerait encore davantage la progression de la maladie.Le Pexa-Vec pourrait guérir d’autres cancers Cependant, les patients ont souffert de certains effets secondaires “de courte durée, transitoires et gérables”, similaires aux symptômes de la grippe, ont indiqué les scientifiques. Une patiente a notamment souffert de nausées sévères et de vomissements. Le Pexa-Vec a été mis au point à partir du virus de la vaccine, utilisé initialement comme un vaccin contre la variole. Le virus est administré soit par voie intraveineuse, soit directement dans la tumeur.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Par ailleurs, outre le cancer du foie, le Pexa-Vec pourrait être efficace contre d’autres cancers, comme en témoignent les premiers résultats d’essais menés sur 200 personnes. Mais toujours selon Jennerex, une nouvelle étude devra être réalisée sur 120 personnes pour confirmer ce nouveau traitement.La société française Transgene, du groupe Mérieux, a signé un accord de partenariat avec Jennerex en 2013 concernant le développement et la commercialisation, notamment sur le territoire européen, du Pexa-Vec. Le 12 février 2013 à 09:53 • Maxime Lambert
Exxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly all damaged wildlife populations have been declared “recovered,” but the spill’s impact left lasting marks on people. With another major spill taking place just four years ago, it’s time to talk about loss of trust, and how to restore it.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Lois Epstein, P.E., Master of Civil Engineering, Arctic Program Director, the Wilderness Society, member of the BSEE Ocean Energy Safety Advisory CommitteeMarilyn Heiman, Director, U.S. Arctic Program, Pew Charitable TrustsCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVE
Sophie Turner in a still from Ep 7 ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’HBOSophie Turner is taking a break from acting to concentrate on her mental health. The Game of Thrones star is set to appear in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie as well as reprise her role as Sansa Stark for the final season of Game of Thrones, that had its premiere on April 14. The first episode of season eight broke viewing records and the rest of the season is set to follow the same path.Reportedly Sophie Turner has spoken out on her mental health battle, admitting that criticism over her looks and acting on her hit show Game of Thrones led her to have suicidal thoughts. The 23-year-old actress was making an appearance on Dr. Phil’s podcast Phil in the Blanks, when she said she had stepped away from the showbiz world and acting to take care of herself. Maisie Williams and Sophie TurnerGetty ImagesSophie, who is reportedly in therapy and on medication, also gave credit to her fiancé Joe Jonas for helping her through her depression. His declarations of love to her every day helped her a lot towards recovery. The Game of Thrones star revealed to Dr. Phil that she first began having mental health issues when she was 17, explaining that living at her parent’s home while she worked and her friends and brothers were away at university was a triggering factor.’I’ve suffered with my depression for five or six years now. The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge,’ she said. Sophie Turner also made a shocking confession, the actress revealed that she used to have suicidal thoughts a lot when she was younger. So, this break from acting is exactly what the young actress needs to get her head on straight. Even if the news may break the hearts of millions of fans worldwide, Sophie needs to take care of herself. Game of Thrones season eight will air its second episode on April 21.
Government troops have found eight bodies of civilians who were allegedly executed by militants in Marawi city in southern Philippines, bringing the death toll in the six-day clashes between army and militants to 95, a military spokesman said on Sunday.Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the eight bodies, including women and a child, were found on Saturday night and Sunday morning in Marawi city, which has been under siege by Maute militants since Tuesday, Xinhua reported.“The bodies (found) consist of four males, three females and a child,” Padilla said, adding that the discovery of the eight bodies “validates” reports that militants have indeed killed civilians.“We are still validating other reports of atrocities by militants,” Padilla said. To date, he said, 19 civilians have been confirmed to have been executed by militants.Padilla said so far, 61 militants have been killed in the firefight and that 11 soldiers and four policemen have also been killed.Padilla said in a statement that the troops will continue “precision” air strikes and artillery fire at specific targets in the city where the Maute militants are hiding.Padilla said the ongoing military air strikes and military actions focus on freeing a still undetermined number of civilians trapped in the city’s interiors.“Precision airstrikes and artillery fire will likewise continue at specific targets to hasten the clearing,” Padilla said.The Philippine media reported on Sunday that heavy fighting, explosions and airstrikes continued as troops sealed the city of Maute militants.Hundreds of Marawi city residents have fled as the military operations to flush out the militants intensified.“Our forces are working overtime to hasten the restoration of the rule of law and Marawi’s return to normalcy,” Padilla said.President Rodrigo Duterte, who declared martial law on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Tuesday night, vowed to crack down on local militants who have alleged links with ISIS and seek to carve out a caliphate out of Mindanao.“Until the police and armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue,” he told soldiers in Iligan City on Saturday.The violence that broke out on Tuesday afternoon on the southern island left 95 people dead, the military said. The military has earlier said that some of the dead militants are foreigners from neighbouring countries.Mindanao is home to a number of Muslim insurgent groups seeking more autonomy. The insurgents have been fighting the government for decades.
Donald Trump. Photo: AFP“When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” said US president Donald Trump, suggesting they be handled without the due legal process guaranteed for “any person” by the US Constitution.US president Donald Trump on Sunday said migrants who “invade” the US should be deprived of legal due process, reinforcing his hardline stand despite an about-face on family separations that has seen more than 500 children reunited with relatives.Trying to stanch the flow of tens of thousands of migrants from Central America and Mexico arriving at the southern border every month, Trump in early May had ordered that all adults crossing illegally would be arrested, and their children held separately as a result.After images of children in chain-link enclosures sparked domestic and global outrage, the president ended the separation practice but has continued his hardline talk on immigration.He sees the issue as crucial ahead of midterm congressional elections in November.“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump said Sunday on Twitter.“When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” said Trump, suggesting they be handled without the due legal process guaranteed for “any person” by the US Constitution.Nearly all of the arriving families have officially requested asylum.People display signs during a protest at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, the day after US president Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of children from the families of undocumented migrants“Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order,” said Trump, who has repeatedly tried to link immigrants with crime.His remarks came after the Department of Homeland Security released its first official data since Trump ended the family separations on Wednesday.It said 522 children separated as part of “zero tolerance” have been reunited with their families, but another 2,053 separated minors remained in the care of the US Department of Health and Human Services as of Wednesday.“The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families,” the department said in a statement late Saturday.‘A great sadness’Fleeing from impoverished Central America, the arrivals say they are seeking a better life and also a refuge from criminal gangs terrorizing their region, which has one of the world’s highest murder rates.Central American migrants deported from the US without their children have spoken of their anguish at seeing families split under the “zero tolerance” approach.Ever Sierra, deported after trying to enter the US, told AFP he planned to try again in a few days.He arrived back in Honduras with his eight-month-old daughter’s shoes hanging from his backpack. She was being held in a detention centre in McAllen, Texas, along with her mother.Protesters chained at the wrist block traffic on the road to the Otay Mesa Detention Centre in San Diego, CaliforniaBenjamin Raymundo, a 33-year-old deported back to Guatemala, told AFP he left his home country in April with his son Roberto, aged five, but the pair were separated when immigration officers in California stopped them.The boy was eventually placed in a relative’s custody.“It’s a great sadness for me, as if I’ll never see my son again,” Raymondo lamented.Trump’s former deputy national security advisor, Tom Bossert, said the past week had provided “terrible optics” for the administration, and “almost from the outset we didn’t have the capacity to detain these parents and children, together or separately.”Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Bossert predicted that Trump’s executive order ending the family separations will not stand up in court because a judge had ruled in 2015 that even detaining parents and children together is “inhumane.”US lawmakers on Sunday spoke of the need for a longer-term solution. But in a poisoned political climate, they have failed to advance either of two Republican immigration bills in the House of Representatives, which the republicans control along with the Senate.A hardline proposal was defeated last week, as expected, and a vote on a “compromise” bill between the party’s hard-right and moderate factions has been pushed back, with signs it could not pass.Trump and other hardline Republicans accuse opposition democrats of being soft on crime and immigration.On Saturday, former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee posted a picture on Twitter of MS-13 gang members and joked that the heavily tattooed Latinos were the “campaign committee” for top democrat Nancy Pelosi.Trump frequently brings up the Hispanic gang when he talks of immigration.
STEPHANIE KUO / KERA NEWSEmployees at Jefferson Dental Clinic in Dallas have to reassure patients who are undocumented that they are safe. Many undocumented immigrants are forgoing health care out of fear of deportation.From the temporarily delayed Senate Bill 4, which cracks down on “sanctuary cities,” to the decision to wind down a program that gives work permits to young people living in the country illegally, undocumented families in Texas are on edge.They’re afraid of getting deported, and that fear has kept many from feeling safe outside their homes. For some, that means skipping out on doctor’s appointments and forgoing necessary medical care.Listen to the KERA radio story.The recent wave of state and federal policies cracking down on illegal immigration and the swirl of what’s perceived as anti-immigrant rhetoric over the past year have turned anxiety about deportation into a real fear for many undocumented families.And that fear has become toxic, Juan Carlos Cerda says.Under stress, health falls by the waysideCerda is a “Dreamer” – undocumented and a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. His parents brought him to the U.S. illegally when he was just 7 years old, and for the past 17 years they’ve called Dallas home. He’s now an immigration campaign organizer at the Texas Organizing Project. “A lot of people in the community are just worried about going out into the streets and coming in contact with a raid or just seeing ICE officers, so there’s a lot of fear, a lot of threats coming from a lot different places,” Cerda said.He said his greatest fear is losing family – and many like him are willing to risk a lot to stay together – even their own health.“Sometimes when we’re under a lot of stress, we forget about basic things like breathing. We put our health on hold. We lose sleep, we don’t drink enough water, and we don’t eat healthy things,” Cerda said. “It can be really hard to talk to people even about what we’re feeling – why we miss an appointment, why we’re acting a certain way, why we’re shying away from things. We just want to protect ourselves.”Higher no-show ratesIt isn’t just happening in North Texas. It’s widespread, according to Karen Mountain, who is the CEO of the Migrant Clinicians Network. The Austin-based nonprofit provides training and support to 10,000 federally qualified health centers around the country. Last year, they served 24 million people – many of them are undocumented.“What we’re finding and hearing from all over the country is a huge concern around whether or not seeking routine care and preventative care as well as care for their children, who may be documented, is going to put those families in jeopardy of deportation,” Mountain said.In a recent Migrant Clinicians survey, two-thirds of the clinics that responded said their immigrant patients have been reluctant to seek health care.“What we heard was a real significant uptick in the no-show rates. Parents are unwilling to take their kids to the doctor because even though the children may be documented, the parent may not be,” she said. “And they’re also concerned about buying insurance for their kids because that would necessitate them specifying where they live and being able to have their economics tagged.”Some clinics from the survey report their patients are worried about providing personal information – wary of where it would go and how it might be used against them. Some are also trying to save money in case loved ones are detained. Mountain said opting out of doctor’s visits, though, can be harmful.“We are looking at immunizations for infectious disease, delaying or preventing very costly care at the end stage of diabetes or hypertension, multiple hospitalizations for children with asthma because they are in poor control because their parents are afraid to bring them into care,” she said.This all comes amid a heightened anxiety among Americans about the future of the Affordable Care Act, and rising medical costs and insurance premiums. Many wonder why citizens, who can barely afford their own health care, should support those living here illegally. One health provider that was surveyed said that they had been receiving animosity from the local non-immigrant community for serving migrant workers and possible undocumented immigrants.“It’s not our job as clinicians to police people. It’s not our job as clinicians to deny people care,” Mountain said. “When that happens, we all suffer because it is more costly to the healthcare delivery system to treat end-stage disease than to catch it early.”Mountain said it only takes one story about an immigration raid or deportation to scare a family away. For instance, in April, 75 undocumented immigrants were arrested in North Texas in a federal immigration operation – and a third didn’t have criminal histories. Mountain said it’s up to doctors to placate those fears and support those communities in the few ways they can.Calming the communityThe Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic in West Dallas released a video on its Facebook page earlier this year to address concerns from its patients, the majority of whom are Latino and uninsured. The video clarifies why they ask for certain pieces of information, it promises confidentiality and expresses solidarity with their undocumented patients during what they call “uncertain times.”A clinic spokesperson said this trepidation is nothing new; in fact, they began fielding questions from patients before the presidential election in November.Doctors and social workers at community clinics are relying on technology like the Los Barrios Unidos video to provide the best possible care for undocumented patients. They’re turning to methods like texting appointment reminders and consulting via telemedicine – anything that can effectively reach out to under-served populations and ensure some degree of privacy.At Jefferson Dental Clinic, they’ve deployed a social media campaign and a Spanish website called Estamos Contigo, which translates to “We are with you.” The network of dental clinics has served low-income, multicultural communities across Dallas-Fort Worth for half a century.Earlier this year, the clinic hosted a “Know Your Rights” panel with Telemundo, civil rights lawyers and the Mexican Consulate. They livestreamed the event on Facebook for those who were uncomfortable leaving home.Dr. Renee Townsend is the regional dental director of Jefferson Dental. She said several of their clinics have noticed a downturn in appointments and emptier waiting rooms. It’s hard to quantify, she said, but the fear is undeniable.“We have to constantly assure our patients that we will give them good care in a very private setting,” Townsend said. “I can’t think of one single time that we’ve ever had an immigration officer come into our offices. So we give constant assurance that at least in our office, they are safe.”For the medical community, treating undocumented patients isn’t just about addressing their physical ailments. It’s about understanding and accommodating what patients experience outside the clinic doors.Copyright 2017 KERA. To see more, visit KERA. Share
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFirst Lady of the United States Michelle Obama’s unapologetic talk about race at the commencement for Tuskegee University, connected to her experiences in the White House and on the campaign trail in 2007 caused an all too predictable spewing of demagoguery from the political right wing. We’ll continue our ongoing dialogue about race in America. Plus, we’ll examine why it is so difficult for police to be charged and convicted in arrest-related deaths. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Stay on target Samuel L. Jackson Slams ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Poster Error11 Forgotten Blaxploitation Classics That Deserve Your Time Have you ever seen a Samuel L. Jackson movie and marveled at his acting ability? Yes, of course you have, he’s brilliant. His presence alone makes a movie better. Even his worst films are made more enjoyable by the simple fact that they are Samuel L. Jackson movies. Though he gets typecast a lot, one glance at Jackson’s filmography will tell you he’s way more than the badass older man who yells a lot. He’s a multi-talented, methodical actor who can move you to tears when he wants to. How does he do it? Well, he’ll tell you, if you’ve got the cash.The website MasterClass is adding a series of acting lessons from Master Windu himself, Variety reports. The course will cost $90, which is a lot cheaper than pretty much any other acting class out there. Seriously, I just looked at the average price of an acting class here in New York, and my wallet slapped me. In his lessons, Jackson will teach you how he breaks down a script, uses his voice, and embodies a role. As important as technique is, some of the lessons are focused on using those techniques to get a job. Jackson will give audition advice, and teach you how to collaborate in the film industry. People who pay for the class will also get to ask him questions, though it sounds like he won’t necessarily get to them all. All that comes in the form of 20 videos and a workbook.Jackson said in a statement, “In my MasterClass, I hope students learn that there’s no limit to what they can make-believe. By the end, they’ll be able to walk into a room, present their best self, and be happy with the result.”MasterClass already offers a few courses taught by celebrities. With this course, Jackson joins the likes of Martin Scorsese, Shonda Rimes, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Martin. MasterClass CEO David Rogier says Jackson has a lot to teach people about the craft of acting as well as the business side. That last part alone is pretty valuable. There are plenty of people out there who will teach you how to act. How to go about turning it into a career is much more confusing. It’s always interesting to hear about that side of the art from someone as successful as Jackson. Of course, that’s not to belittle his acting technique. There’s a reason his roles stick in your mind like no others. Even when the movie isn’t so great. Not every actor can take something like Deep Blue Sea and turn it into an enduring cultural moment. That’s the power of a proper impassioned monologue. Especially if you get eaten by a giant shark afterwards.Will the class teach you to imbue the word “motherfucker” with as much meaning, depth, and force as Jackson can? Probably not. That’s his thing. But if the class does its job, maybe it’ll help you find your own “motherfucker.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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Indian monuments, forts, and religious structures bear ample proof of the richness of Indian art from time immemorial and this is both diverse and fascinating.The origin of Indian art, in fact has its roots from the pre-historic era. Since then, it has evolved in myriad forms. The art works of this country – paintings, sculptures, and even traditional arts like Rangoli, have always been highly appreciated globally. India also celebrates art and culture and acknowledges the work of budding talents at larger platforms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Embassy of Hungary, New Delhi and The Hungarian Information Cultural center presents “Life and Evolution”, an art exhibition by an inspiring artist, Meher Juneja. The Hungarian Ambassador, Gyula Petho will be inaugurating the exhibition in the presence of Guest of Honour DP Sibal- a noted eminent artist himself. Meher takes inspiration from life and establishes her thoughts in the form of beautiful paintings. The detailing of her art works exhibits the depth and uniqueness in her art, which makes her paintings distinctive and different from others. Her work shows tremendous detailing and uniqueness which makes her paintings distinctive and different. Meher uses different mediums to make her paintings captivating and full of fusion of oil pastels, markers, charcoal, and brush pens. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe vibrancy of the colours symbolises the beauty of life while the detailing of her work showcases the depth in her art. The black and white form expresses the detailing of the paintings which are connected deeply with life and combined showcase the journey of life. The artist says she is a firm believer of the fact that her positive attitude towards life what makes her what she is. “I believe that positive energies do rebound into our life in some way or the other. I use painting as a medium of expression to let others know what encouragement and constructive thoughts are. I would like to be one day recognized as an artist who spreads positivity through art. Down the line I see myself as an artist whose work is adored by others for peace. At any point of time in life, peace inside and happiness outside is what is analogous to the euphoria which I would want to attain through my work as an artist and want to spread to others too.”WHERE: Hungarian Cultural CenterWHEN: December 12 – 19Timing: 11AM – 8PM
Kolkata: Outpatient departments of private hospitals were paralysed on Wednesday as doctors did not attend to patients as a mark of protest against the attack on two junior doctors of NRS hospital. At some of the private hospitals there were patients but no doctors. At some, the OPDs wore a deserted look and there were neither patients nor doctors. The empty seats at the OPD of Woodlands hospital in Alipore outnumbered the occupied ones around 11am. “Most of the doctors are not attending to outdoor patients. The footfall is lower than usual,” a hospital official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Dipak Ghosh, a Bandel resident, was among the few who had turned up at Woodlands. Ghosh was with his wife who suffers from high blood sugar and related ailments. She was at the hospital to consult an endocrinologist. The slot had been booked in the last week of May. But Ghosh who had read reports of the clash at NRS did not take any chance. “I had called up the hospital to check if the doctor would be available. I left home only after getting a confirmation,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state A few blocks away, the CMRI hospital was no different. Most seats on the ground floor OPD were empty. “Usually, there are more than 30 doctors at the OPD on a weekday. Today, it is fewer than five. Not even 25 patients had registered till noon. On other days, a few hundred turn up by 11am,” an executive at the registration desk in the OPD said. Doctors said it was a spontaneous protest in solidarity with the injured doctors of NRS. “We saw only emergency patients and patients who came from far-off places,” Gautam Mukhopadhyay, surgical oncologist and secretary of Bengal Oncology Foundation, said. “We can’t tolerate violence inside hospitals. The state and central governments must think of ways to increase security at hospitals so that doctors are not attacked,” he said. At BM Birla Heart Research Centre, operated by the same group that runs CMRI, the OPD had more patients, but doctors were hard to find. “I had booked an appointment for a family member on Wednesday morning. But when we reached the hospital, the cardiologist was not there. His secretary said he would not attend the OPD and gave us another slot on Thursday,” a septuagenarian Alipore resident said. At private hospitals across the city, doctors attended to patients at various wards but kept off OPDs. Hundreds of patients with prior appointment hadn’t turned up, following reports of the shutdown call given by doctors’ bodies. The CPM-backed Service Doctors Forum had called for a shutdown of OPDs at all private and government hospitals on Wednesday to protest the attack on junior doctors at NRS on Monday. The BJP-backed doctors’ cell, along with some medical practitioner, too, had called for a shutdown of OPDs to protest the assault. The OPDs at private hospitals off the Bypass were more deserted. At Ruby General Hospital, around 1.30pm, most of the patients at the OPD were medical representatives. Mehnaz Hasan had arrived from Dhaka with her mother, a neurological patient. “A doctor saw her yesterday (Tuesday) and she underwent some tests. I have come to collect the reports and show them to the doctor,” Hasan, who works with a medical tourism company that has offices in Bangladesh and Calcutta, said. Hasan was told at the OPD reception to wait in front of the neurologist’s chamber when The Telegraph met her. She had no idea when the doctor would turn up. “There is no other option because I will leave for Dhaka on Thursday,” she said. At AMRI Mukundapur, there are 50-odd seats in the OPD on the first floor. Hardly five were occupied. “The OPD footfall on a weekday is between 350 and 400. But today, the number barely crossed 50. The number of doctors is above 20 at any given point of time. Only a couple of doctors were there today,” a hospital official said. The official responses of hospitals were similar. “We condemn any act of violence in a hospital. However, we would like to inform patients and public at large that all our departments are functioning normally. This includes surgeries, emergencies and daily consultancy. There is a possibility that some doctors may not be available,” a spokesperson for CK Birla Hospitals that runs CMRI and BM Birla Heart Research Centre said. “All our departments, including emergency services, are operational today (Wednesday). Hospital occupancy is very high. OPD footfall is less than other weekdays,” an official of Ruby General Hospital said. “All our doctors and the hospital authorities condemn the attack on doctors and hospital staff.”(With inputs from Telegraph India)
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