Stocks finished solidly higher on Wall Street Monday as investors welcomed news of a 90-day truce in the trade battle between the U.S. and China.Technology stocks, automakers, retailers and industrial companies powered the broad rally. The price of oil jumped, sending energy stocks higher, amid expectations OPEC will cut production.On Monday:The S&P 500 index climbed 30.20 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,790.37.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 287.97 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 25,826.43.The Nasdaq composite rose 110.98 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 7,441.51.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 15.69 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,548.96.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 116.76 points, or 4.4 per cent.The Dow is up 1,107.21 points, or 4.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 538.12 points, or 7.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 13.45 points, or 0.9 per cent.The Associated Press
“The Opposition is welcome to filibuster all they want … the legislative session will be primarily around platform promises and we’re not going to bend on that,” Nixon said last week.A filibuster, delaying legislation through endless speeches and other procedural motions, may well be in the cards.Notley is staying on as official Opposition leader and her 24-member caucus has many former cabinet ministers who know their way around debate.Notley has said the NDP recognizes the UCP won a mandate to kill the carbon tax, but the bill on labour issues is another matter. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s government heads to the legislature this week to make noise with an ambitious legislative agenda while trying to keep a hush on daily affairs.Kenney has promised what he calls a “spring of renewal” in the first sitting since his United Conservatives beat Rachel Notley’s NDP in the April 16 election.He and his 62 fellow UCP caucus members are to be sworn in as legislature members Tuesday, followed by a throne speech Wednesday and introduction of a bill that would abolish the provincial carbon tax by May 30. “Should it … do something like roll back youth wages and roll back the minimum wage, should it be something that guts overtime for working people, should it be something that goes directly at unions with respect to their free speech, then, yeah, we’ll dig in,” said Notley.Her government raised the minimum wage by one-third to $15 an hour, which some employers say is crippling business. Kenney has proposed reducing the wage to $13 an hour for those 17 and under.Another debate may be a noisy one on keeping quiet in the house.Kenney is expected to move to ban the tradition of legislature members banging on their desks to show their approval.Kenney, a former federal MP and cabinet minister, has said desk-thumping, cross-aisle heckling and shouting are unseemly and undignified.Nixon confirmed change is coming.“I suspect you’ll see a standing order that changes desk-thumping not to be allowed in the house,” he said.Notley said the silence edict is a House of Commons affectation that doesn’t respect the legislature’s traditions or the nature of vigorous debate.“In Alberta, we have pounded on the desks as long as I remember and I see no need to transport Ottawa traditions into our legislature,” she said. The UCP won a majority on a platform to galvanize Alberta’s oil- and gas-based economy with cuts to taxes, rules and regulations.Kenney has appointed a panel to come up with ways to reduce spending in the budget this fall. The Opposition is warning Albertans to brace for big cuts to health and education.The spring of renewal could also be called the season of repeal as Kenney has promised to roll back signature pieces of legislation enacted by the NDP.Besides eliminating the carbon tax on home heating and gasoline bills, he has said the UCP will reduce the minimum wage for youth, change rules for overtime and holiday pay and restore mandatory secret ballots for union certification votes.Corporate income tax is to be cut to eight per cent from 12 per cent by 2022.Government house leader Jason Nixon said the plan is to introduce and pass between 10 and 12 bills in the sitting. It’s to run until the end of June, but could go into July if the NDP decides to delay passage of any bills.
New Delhi: Delhi Metro train services will begin from 4 am, two hours earlier than regular timing, on May 12 so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility for travelling, officials said Thursday.DMRC train services otherwise begin at 6 am. “On the day of the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi on Sunday, May 12, the Delhi Metro train services on all lines will start from 4 am, so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility,” the DMRC said in a statement. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe trains will run with a frequency of 30 minutes on all the lines till 6 am. Later, metro trains will run as per the normal Sunday timetable throughout the day, it said. However, trains on the Blue Line, going from Dwarka Sector 21 towards Vaishali, will begin operations at 4:30 am. Delhi Metro’s current span is 373 km and 271 stations, including the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua Line, and its average daily ridership is about 30 lakh.
SAN FRANCISCO – Tango is joining the conga line of mobile messaging services that have turned into hot commodities as more people use them to communicate and share photos, music and other content.China’s Alibaba Group is making the latest big bet on the trend with a $215 million investment in Tango and its 200 million registered users. Tango, a Mountain View, Calif., startup, has accumulated the audience in just four years since the debut of its mobile messaging service.Another group of investors that includes Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is anteing an additional $65 million to raise the total funding round to $280 million.Alibaba is buying into Tango’s future just a month after online social networking leader Facebook Inc. announced plans to acquire mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion. That deal came together after another mobile messaging service, Snapchat, rejected a $3 billion takeover offer from Facebook, according to reports in newspapers and technology blogs that cited people familiar with the negotiations.Yet another mobile messaging specialist, Viber Media, sold for $900 million last month to Japan’s Rakuten Inc.It’s likely that Tango is now valued at more than $1 billion, although the privately held company isn’t disclosing the size of the stake being sold to Alibaba. Tango has raised a total $367 million since its inception.The latest infusion will be used to expand Tango’s workforce of 160 employees and develop more features for its service, according to its co-founder Eric Setton.Tango’s audience is half the size of WhatsApp, which boasts more than 450 million users.Alibaba launched its own mobile messaging service last year, but now has a piece of a larger player in the communications space.“We were simply blown away by the vision and quality of the team at Tango and believe they have a disruptive way of looking at the mobile and messaging opportunity,” said Joe Tsai, Alibaba’s executive vice chairman.Alibaba is also privately held, but is preparing to sell its stock later this year in an initial public offering that could raise $15 billion. Its IPO is being hotly anticipated because it has built the most prosperous e-commerce site in China. Mobile messaging might open up more ways for merchants to sell their goods through Alibaba, although Setton says Alibaba’s investment doesn’t include the rights to use the Tango app as part of its business.Tango, WhatsApp and similar services have exploded in popularity during the past few years after they released applications made for the iPhone and Android smartphones. Those applications, collectively, have supplanted sending traditional texts through the services of telecommunications providers as the most popular way for people on the go to keep in touch with their friends and family.The apps also accommodate more than just texts. Tango, for instance, allows music to be shared through Spotify’s streaming service and also provides social networking services. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alibaba leads $280 million investment in Tango as interest in mobile messaging heats up by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 10:06 pm MDT
by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 10:58 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Graphic shows status of Trump trademark applications in China; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm; China says it followed law in approving 38 Trump trademarks SHANGHAI – China on Thursday defended its handling of 38 trademarks it recently approved provisionally for President Donald Trump, saying it followed the law in processing the applications at a pace that some experts view as unusually quick.Democrats in Congress were critical of Trump after The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the potentially valuable trademarks had been granted, raising questions of conflict of interest and political favouritism. One senator said the issue “merits investigation.”Trump has sometimes struggled to win trademarks from China; he secured one recently after a 10-year fight that turned his way only after he declared his candidacy for the presidency.China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a regular briefing with reporters that Chinese authorities handle all trademark applications “in accordance with the law and regulation.” He declined to comment on speculation about political influence on Trump’s trademark approvals.Critics fear foreign governments might gain leverage from Trump’s global portfolio of brands.Democrats in Congress have been pushing Trump to sever financial ties with his global businesses to avoid potential violations of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars federal officials from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless approved by Congress.The monopoly right to a successful brand in a market like China can be worth huge sums. Former top ethics lawyers from the administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush say any special treatment from Beijing in awarding Trump intellectual property protection would violate the Constitution.Concerns about political influence are particularly sharp in China, where the courts and bureaucracy are designed to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party, and foreign companies and the lawyers that work for them regularly ask embassy staff for help lobbying Chinese officials.Spring Chang, a founding partner at Chang Tsi & Partners, a Beijing law firm that has represented the Trump Organization, declined to comment specifically on Trump’s trademarks. But she did say government relations are an important part of trademark strategy in China. She said she has worked with officials from both the U.S. and Canadian embassies to help her clients. The key, she said, is “you should communicate closely with the government to push your case.”Drawing on public records from the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, the AP compiled a detailed list of 49 trademarks Trump’s lawyers applied for in 2016, even as he railed against China on the campaign trail. On Feb. 22, seven of those marks were rejected , though public records do not indicate why. China granted preliminary approval for 38 marks on Feb. 27 and Mar. 6. Four applications are pending.Matthew Dresden, a China intellectual property attorney at Harris Bricken in Seattle, said the rejections suggested that the trademark office hadn’t done Trump any special favours. “Some did not go through, that suggests it’s just business as usual,” he said.Dan Plane, a director at Simone IP Services, a Hong Kong intellectual property consultancy, said it would be difficult to draw firm conclusions without in-depth research. However, he said the efficiency of China’s trademark office in handling Trump’s caseload suggested favour for a man whose decisions could have a powerful impact on China.“For this many marks to all sail through to preliminary approval this quickly, with nary an issue in sight — that is unheard of to me, and I have been doing this for 16 years,” he said. “I wish my clients’ applications would be dealt with half as expeditiously and graciously.”If no one objects, the new marks will be officially registered after 90 days, bringing the number of Trump’s trademarks in China to 115. Nearly all are in the president’s own name; a few are registered to a Delaware company called DTTM Operations LLC.The new marks could lay the groundwork for an expanded range of branded businesses, including financial, insurance and real estate services, golf clubs, educational institutions, restaurants and bars. A number of the trademarks granted, including those for “social escort” and “body guard” services, appeared to relate specifically to hotels. Other international hotel companies whose documents were reviewed by AP sought similar trademarks.It’s unclear whether any of these Trump-brand businesses will materialize in China. Many companies here register trademarks just to prevent others from using their name inappropriately. Trump has also said he will refrain from new foreign deals while in office.Trump began to file trademark applications in China in late 2005, an effort that accelerated in 2008 as Trump’s lawyers fought for control of Chinese variations of his name, public records show. Years of ambition in China, however, have yet to yield a single marquee development. And despite all the recent activity, Trump still doesn’t have a firm hold on his brand in China. More than 225 Trump-related marks are held or sought by others in China, for an array of things including Trump toilets, condoms, pacemakers and even a “Trump International Hotel.”Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten said the latest registrations were a continuation of efforts that long predate Trump’s presidential run. “Any suggestion to the contrary demonstrates a complete disregard of the facts as well as a lack of understanding of international trademark law,” he said in an email.But a growing number of Democrats disagree.After AP reported Wednesday about the sweep of new approvals, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Ben Cardin called a press conference to lambaste President Trump for his growing Chinese entanglements. Also citing AP’s report, Senator Richard Blumenthal said on the Senate floor that Trump’s intellectual property in China “merits investigation.”“This President’s conflicts of interest are creeping into every corner of the world,” he said in an email to the AP. “The consequence is that he has done nothing to counter Chinese currency manipulation, trade rules violations, military buildup, and other aggressive Chinese actions. Standing up for a great America means putting our nation before personal profit.”Democrats have written to Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging scrutiny of Trump’s intellectual property interests in China.“It’s time for Republicans in Congress to join our efforts to hold President Trump accountable,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a statement Wednesday. “The Constitution demands it and the American people deserve it.”___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting contributed from Shanghai.___Follow Kinetz on Twitter at twitter.com/ekinetz
Martin Hausleitner has been appointed to the role of EHF Secretary General/Chief Operating Officer. He joins the EHF from the Austrian Handball Federation, where he has been Secretary General since 1997. “It is a great honour for me to have been offered this opportunity with the EHF. I see this as a new challenge for me both personally and professionally and am thrilled to be joining the EHF team,” the 49-year-old said.Hausleitner brings a wealth of experience with him to his new role. He has been instrumental in leading the development of the Austrian Handball Federation into one of the leading sports bodies in the country. He was also one of the key figures behind Austria’s successful hosting of the Men’s EHF EURO in 2010 as well as of several younger age category events.His experience within the sport extends to roles within the EHF itself. He was a member of the EHF Competitions Commission from 2012 to 2016, where he was responsible for men’s competitions. He has also been a match delegate and competition manager at younger age and EHF EURO events and at the EHF FINAL4.His new job with the EHF will see him lead and manage the work of the federation on an operational level, working alongside the previous holder of the position, Michael Wiederer, who stepped up to become EHF President/Chief Executive Officer, and together with the management board.The confirmation of Hausleitner’s appointment by the EHF Executive Committee is the culmination of a recruitment process, which commenced in January 2017, and was led by a professional external recruitment agency.The European Handball Federation has thus set course for the future and the continuous professional development of handball, and the next steps will follow alongside the further development of the EHF’s top competitions on a national team level and the technical sectors of the EHF business. ← Previous Story No winners in French derby in Nantes Next Story → EHF: Croatia and Slovenia to host U20 EURO 2018
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CHICAGO — Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with “Groundhog Day” acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984’s “Ghostbusters” ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but the writer-director wanted to return to the city where he’d launched his career as a Second City performer.“There’s a pride in what I do that other people share because I’m local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one’s local,” Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy “Analyze This,” another hit. “It’s a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way.”Ramis died early Monday morning after a long illness, according to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis. He was 69.Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 after he underwent surgery for diverticulitis and suffered complications related to the autoimmune disease. Unable to walk, he spent four months that year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., before continuing work at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.A year and a half later, Ramis had relearned to walk and was making good progress on his recovery when he suffered a relapse of the vasculitis, from which he never fully recovered, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (which upon its 1978 release launched the film career of John Belushi, a former Second City castmate of Ramis’), “Stripes” (1981) and “Ghostbusters” (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as “Caddyshack” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This.”
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In this photograph released by the Press Information Department (PID) on 6 July 2014, the then-newly appointed chief justice of Pakistan Nasir-ul Mulk looks on at the Chief Justice House in Islamabad. Photo: AFPPakistan’s ruling and opposition parties on Monday announced the appointment of a former Supreme Court chief justice as caretaker prime minister.The selection of Nasir ul Mulk comes days after the country’s president announced that general elections will be held on 25 July — setting up what would only be Pakistan’s second ever democratic transfer of power.“Today is an important day in the democratic history of Pakistan, the name was chosen after consensus was reached,” said prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a press conference.“We have chosen a person whose past is very clear.”Opposition leader Khursheed Shah added that Mulk, who served on the top court for nearly a decade-including a stint as chief justice from July 2014 to August 2015 — had backing across the political spectrum.Mulk famously helped pave the way for the removal of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani after he was convicted for contempt in 2012 for refusing to ask Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against then president Asif Ali Zardari.The appointment of the widely respected judge came as a surprise because he was not named as a potential frontrunner in recent discussions in the Pakistani press about who would take the helm as caretaker premier.The current government’s tenure will end on 31 May. Power will then be handed over to a caretaker administration after the parliament is dissolved until a new government is formed following elections.The July polls will bring to a head political tensions that have been mounting since former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court on corruption charges last July and later barred from politics for life.Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan’s seven-decade history to be ousted before finishing a full term.The country witnessed its first democratic transfer of power following polls in 2013, which Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won in a landslide.The upcoming elections are expected to pit the PML-N against its main rival, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by former cricket star Imran Khan.Despite the numerous court rulings against the PML-N, the party has won a string of recent by-elections proving it will likely remain a powerful force.
By Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgSince 1988, Dec. 1 has been marked in observance as World AIDS Day; and this Saturday marks the 31st year of World Aids Day. To commemorate World AIDS Day in Maryland, there are an array of free events being hosted to raise awareness, combat stigmas and educate the community about the virus that is estimated to have effected 36.7 million globally.The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting a World AIDS Day Kick Off at Bowie State University, on Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is suggested. There will be free confidential HIV/AIDS testing and giveaways at the event.There will be events in Prince George’s County to commemorate World AIDS Day, which is celebrating its 31st year on Dec. 1.On Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Prince George’s Health Department is hosting an event entitled, World AIDS Day: Know Your Status. This event will be taking place at Palmer Park Community Center in Landover. Free HIV testing, Flu Shots, Glaucoma and Blood Pressure Screenings, Dental information will be offered in addition to raffle prizes, face painting and Zumba classes. For more further information contact Rhonda Wallace at email@example.com.Hosted by Mary Bowman Ain’t I a Woman? A Conversation About Health for Black Women by Black Women will be taking place at the Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland on Dec. 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. “This program will feature three dynamic speakers who will discuss the importance of physical, mental, and social health,” for Black women according to the Eventbrite, where tickets are available. “They will provide practical and realistic ways that women can begin taking steps in the direction of total health and well-being.” This event is free.For more information about upcoming events in observance of World Aids Day, visit http://baltimoreoutloud.com/wp/world-aids-day-2018-events/.
In a report to the Indian Home Ministry, the state government said Khan had given a statement to police after his arrest on February 24 that he had paid Rs 5,000 to the alleged rape victim after they had sex twice.According to the report, Khan had also told police that the girl went with him on her free will and had demanded more money from him after the sexual encounters which he had refused. FIR of rape was filed soon after.”It appears on the basis of Khan’s confession, that it was not rape but consensual sex,” a Home Ministry official quoted the Nagaland government report as stating. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISince his arrest on February 24, Khan was in the Dimpaur central jail. On March 5, a mob broke into the jail, dragged him out, stripped him naked, beat him up, pelted him with stones and dragged him towards the centre of Dimapur town, seven kilometres away. He died from his injuries on the way after which the mob displayed his body from a clock tower.The Nagaland government also said that investigation into the case was still going on and on the basis of medical examination and forensic evidence, the case could be taken forward. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe medical examination of Khan and alleged rape victim had been conducted after the incident of was reported.Forensic evidences collected from the alleged rape victim and Khan have been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Guwahati for obtaining expert opinion.Police investigation was also made at Hotel De Oriental Dream (where accused Khan had alleged taken the victim) and CCTV footage were collected with necessary documents, the official said quoting the report.The earlier report had said that a local Naga youth was allegedly involved in helping Khan in the incident and he too was arrested and sent to Dimapur central jail along with Khan.However, the mob did not touch the Naga youth when Khan was dragged out of the prison on March 5 and lynched.
STDs are on the riseAs Prince and Kraai explained on their Kickstarter page, there were more reported cases of STDs in the US last year than ever before.According to the latest Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance report by the Center for Disease Control, ‘teens and young adults (15-24) are being hit the hardest, but 25-39 year-olds are at high risk too’.‘Even retirees are feeling the burn more than ever before (thanks, Viagra!),’ reads their appeal.10% of the book’s profits will support STD screenings at Planned Parenthood.Chloe Has Chlamydia is the first of a series of illustrated books tackling adult issues in an honest way. The Animals for Adults series will also include DeeDee Is Depressed, Angus Is Addicted, and Billy Can’t Get a Boner.You might also like:We need to talk about bi erasure in media: ever heard of the Unicorn Scale? Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . As STDs are on the rise, there is a bisexual koala helping destigmatize them and spark the conversation on sex ed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Chloe Has Chlamydia is a ‘slightly inappropriate, super accessible story about sexual health and STD awareness’. | Photo: Chloe Has Chlamydia/Kickstarter Chloe is the bisexual koala protagonist of the illustrated book Chloe Has Chlamydia.Canadian author Jackie Prince and illustrator Liesje Kraai teamed up for this project which received praise online.After a successful Kickstarter campaign launched in 2017, the duo was finally able to publish the book earlier this year.Their aim is to educate on sex ed and STDs in a fun, empathetic way. They did so in the form of an illustrated book catered to adults.‘Let’s mate, mate!’ | Photo: Chloe Has Chlamydia/KickstarterChloe is a bisexual koalaAs the title suggests, Chloe contracts chlamydia and goes on a quest to educate her friends about safe sex.While non-fictional koalas actually die from chlamydia – reportedly one of the greatest causes of death among the Aussie cuties – Chloe’s life is not at stake.However, just like any other woman, she risks infertility as this STD can damage her reproductive system if it isn’t found early.To Chloe’s dismay, Dr. Honeyeater explains symptoms are often invisible, so whoever gave her chlamydia might not even know they have it. Significantly, Chloe has had both male and female partners: Tim, Susanne Martin, and Corey.Prince wanted her book to be as inclusive as possible, therefore the choice of having a protagonist belonging to the LGBTI community.Chloe even celebrated Bi Visibility Day with a post on her Instagram feed. Sexually transmitted diseases hit record high in US for fourth year in rowA dog called Bear: Meet the adorable rescue dog saving endangered koalasNo, bi people are not ‘appropriating gay culture’Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bisexual-koala-chlamydia-book/
On a recent sunny morning, cats, dogs and their owners met in a local laundry in Quebradas de Alajuela. This was a neighborhoodcampaña de castración, or ‘castration campaign,’ and the laundry facility made a perfect operating room: There was a sink, electricity, and windows for light and air. The tables where owner Rosa Alvarez sorts and folds her laundry were convenient for the operating tables, and an open space near the clothesline became a recovery room with ‘doggy blankets’ spread over newspaper. A low ledge nearby provided seats.Dogs came on leashes to keep them from running away while cats came in carriers, mesh bags and bird cages. There was a variety of sizes and colors, and many of the animals had been abandoned and rescued. Nervous ‘moms’ and ‘dads’ kept watch over their pets and traded talk. Being neighbors made it more comfortable to converse. Although the flyers said 8 a.m., most of the patients were there early. They wanted to get it over with and go home. Host Rosa Alvarez holds a dog to be spayed. Mitzi Stark/The Tico TimesDr. Blas Rivas, an Alajuela veterinarian and a leader in this type of spay-neuter campaign, arrived with two helpers. While he explained to the waiting crowd about the operation and how to care for the animals as they recovered, the two assistants began tranquilizing the dogs and cats. By 8:30 the first operation was underway. With the helpers preparing the patients, Dr. Rivas moved from one table to the other, operating and putting in the finishing touches.See also: Marine Corps wraps gifts for its first Toys for Tots programThis type of operation is simple, involving a small incision and using a type of hook to facilitate the ‘snipping.’ It is clean and safe, and the animals recover easily. Soon the recovery area began to fill up.Several of the animals were males. While spaying females has become more popular as castration campaigns reach outlying areas, people are still reluctant to neuter males. Kaiser’s owner brought him after he tore through a screen door trying to follow a female, and Scooby got neutered because he spent more time on the road than at home.Castration campaigns bring out a lot of animal stories. At a previous campaign, a man brought a huge cat named Rasputin. The man seemed proud of all the scratches on his arms and neck; he also brought along some toys to amuse Rasputin while waiting. Because the animals may not eat since the night before, one woman admitted that she couldn’t eat either if her dog couldn’t. Once, someone brought a dog that was such a mixed breed that everyone started guessing what kind of bloodlines it had. “It looks kind of like a rabbit,” said one. At another campaign a man asked about bringing a horse.Then there was the teenager who was shocked to hear about Siamese cats. She asked if they were stuck together.About two hours after arriving, the first animals were ready to go home. Still groggy when they began creeping along, they received a final check from the doctor and grateful parents scooped them up for the trip home. One big dog went home in a padded wheelbarrow.Castration campaigns have reached most of Costa Rica. They are announced by flyers on light posts and walls, in central markets and stores. They are held in community halls, in private homes, in veterinary clinics and other available places that have water and electricity and space. The cost is low, around ¢10,000 (approximately $20), and some campaigns require a certain number of animals, about twenty, but some attract as many as fifty or sixty.Although castration of pets is more common now, it still hasn’t reached everyone. Karin Haud, founder and director of Animales de Asís, a rescue and adoption center, laments that “too many dogs and cats, especially pregnant females, are abandoned. All the refuge centers are full, and still we find abandoned mothers with pups and kittens,” she says. “There are not enough veterinarians to do the campaigns and not enough funds to help all.” Haud and others who work with animal rescue advocate municipalities sponsoring free spaying.If you’d like to help the animal population and reduce the number of unwanted animals, call the number on the next flyer you see and ask if they need help transporting animals after the operation, providing ‘doggy blankets’ or with funds to help a low-income family’s pet.Read previous “Giving Back” stories here.“Giving Back” is an occasional series that seeks to draw attention to the work of nonprofits, community organizations and other donation-based initiatives around the country. Nominations for the series can be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Comments Related posts:’Tis the season to support animal welfare Tourists urged to help stop mistreatment of horses PHOTOS: More than 200 volunteers spread love to Costa Rica homeless This Thanksgiving, pass a plate to those in need
Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Five new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the town of Nedowein, including the teen who died June 28. The four others with Ebola are among 149 identified contacts, WHO said.Blood tests are being done on all of them to see if “there are people who had the virus in their bodies without knowing it,” said Dr. Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for WHO.More than 4,800 Liberians died of Ebola before the country was declared free of transmissions in May.“There are a considerable number of survivors. And we also know that it persists in certain bodily fluids, and that it can subsist for at least six months,” Dr. Harris said, adding the transmission could have been sexual.The virus spreads through direct contact with an Ebola patient’s blood or other body fluids like urine, saliva, semen and sweat. Once patients recover, health officials say they aren’t contagious, except it could still be in semen.The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 11,200 people, mostly in West Africa. The presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are asking for $3.2 billion to help their countries recover.___This story was corrected to show that the teen died nearly two weeks ago. Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments Share Mesa family survives lightning strike to home DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Samples taken from the 17-year-old boy who died from Ebola in Liberia nearly two weeks ago show the virus is genetically similar to viruses that infected many people in the same area more than six months ago, the World Health Organization said Friday.That finding by genetic sequencing suggests it is unlikely the virus was caught from travel to infected areas of Guinea or Sierra Leone, the group said. “It also makes it unlikely that this has been caused by a new emergence from a natural reservoir, such as a bat or other animal,” it said. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation
FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2003 file photo, Jim Nabors, left, and Andy Griffith, cast members from the series “The Andy Griffith Show,” arrive to CBS’s 75th anniversary celebration in New York. Nabors died peacefully at his home in JHonolulu on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, with his husband Stan Cadwallader at his side. He was 87. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File) by Denise Wong Posted Nov 30, 2017 10:09 am PDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 11:13 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jim Nabors, Gomer Pyle on ‘Andy Griffith Show,’ dies at 87 HONOLULU, Hawaii – Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favourite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87.Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side.“Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed,” Cadwallader said.The couple married in early 2013 in Washington state, where gay marriage had recently been made legal. Nabors’ friends had known for years that he was gay, but he had never said anything to the media.“It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something,” Nabors told Hawaii News Now at the time. “And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”Nabors became an instant success when he joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s. The character of Gomer Pyle, the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim “Gollllll-ly!” proved so popular that in 1964 CBS starred him in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”In the spinoff, which lasted five seasons, Gomer left his hometown of Mayberry to become a Marine recruit. His innocence confounded his sergeant, the irascible Frank Sutton.Audiences saw another side of Nabors in appearances in TV variety programs — his booming baritone. The contrast between his homespun humour (“The tornado was so bad a hen laid the same egg twice”) and his full-throated operatic arias was stunning.For two seasons beginning in 1969, CBS presented “The Jim Nabors Hour,” on which he joshed with guest stars, did sketches with Sutton and fellow “Gomer” veteran Ronnie Schell, and sang country and opera.Offstage, Nabors retained some of the awed innocence of Gomer. At the height of his fame in 1969, he admitted, “For the first four years of the series, I didn’t trust my success. Every weekend and on every vacation, I would take off to play nightclubs and concerts, figuring the whole thing would blow over some day.“You know somethin’? I still find it difficult to believe this kind of acceptance. I still don’t trust it.”After the end of his variety show, Nabors continued earning high salaries in Las Vegas showrooms and in concert theatres across the country. He recorded more than two dozen albums and sang with the Dallas and St. Louis symphony orchestras.During the 1970s he moved to Hawaii, buying a 500-acre macadamia ranch. He still did occasional TV work, and in the late 1970s, he appeared 10 months annually at Hilton hotels in Hawaii. The pace gave him an ulcer.“I was completely burned out,” he later recalled. “I’d had it with the bright lights.”In the early 1980s, his longtime friendship with Burt Reynolds led to roles in “Stroker Ace,” ”Cannonball II” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”He returned to concert and nightclub performances in 1985, though at a less intensive pace.“It was kind of like ‘The Twilight Zone’ for me, all of us standing there in costumes, the girls in spangles, no tops,” he told The Associated Press during his comeback stint at the Las Vegas Hilton. “I looked around and told the girls, ‘I’m used to being on the back of a tractor, then to be dropped into the midst of this! It’s kind of weird.’”Among his regular gigs was singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the Indianapolis 500 each year, which he first did in 1972. The first time, he wrote the lyrics on his hand so he wouldn’t forget.“I’ve never thought of (the audience reaction) as relating to me,” Nabors said. “It’s always relating to the song and to the race. It is applauding for the tradition of the race and the excitement.”Illness forced him to cancel his appearance in 2007, the first one he had missed in more than 20 years. He was back performing at Indy in 2008, saying, “It’s always the main part of my year. It just thrills you to your bones.”Nabors was an authentic small-town Southern boy, born James Thurston Nabors in Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1930, son of a police officer. Boyhood attacks of asthma required long periods of rest, during which he learned to entertain his playmates with vocal tricks.After graduating from the University of Alabama, he worked in New York City for a time, and later, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was an assistant film editor and occasional singer at a TV station.Nabors moved on to Hollywood with hopes of using his voice. While cutting film at NBC in the daytime, he sang at night at a Santa Monica club.“I was up there on the stage the night that Andy Griffith came in,” Nabors recalled in 1965. “He said to me afterward, ‘You know somethin,’ boy? You’re good. I’m going to bring my manager around to see you.’”In 1991, Nabors got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in ceremonies attended by pals Carol Burnett, Loni Anderson, Phyllis Diller and Florence Henderson. His reaction? “Gollll-ly!”___The late Associated Press Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas wrote biographical material for this story.
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