APTN National NewsEnough is enough says Quebec’s Atikamekw Nation.The chiefs reaffirmed in a Quebec City press conference Monday they had never sold, ceded or exchanged their territory.They declared their sovereignty.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.
TAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council meeting, on Tuesday, Council took a look at the Open Air Burning Bylaw.The purpose of the Bylaw is to regulate open air burning within the District to ensure it is done in a safe and responsible manner.After reviewing the Bylaw, Council made the decision to send it back to the Protection Committee for further review. When it comes to Class One Campfires, Council felt that the required parameters of six metres between the fire pit and objects, such as buildings and fences, was too great of an area and would automatically ban most residents from having a small fire in their backyard.Council felt that this kind of restriction would best apply to Class Two and Three fires, not for Class One.District Fire Chief, Steve Byford, says the Bylaw is modelled after what other municipalities within B.C. have in place for open air burning.Once reviewed, the Bylaw will go through three readings before being adopted.
20 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting today in Washington with leaders of the United States Congress on issues of mutual interest to the country and the world body. Earlier today, he met with Senators Norm Coleman, Bill Nelson and George Voinovich, and held a discussion over lunch with Congressman Tom Lantos.“These meetings focused on UN-US relations including funding, on UN reforms, on peacekeeping operations, on Darfur, Kosovo and Haiti,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson told reporters in New York.During his first visit to Washington soon after taking office in January, Mr. Ban called on the country’s president, George W. Bush, as well as Congressional leaders to raise their spending cap on the UN peacekeeping budget, warning that if the limit remains then the work of individual operations may be hampered.The Secretary-General observed that the Congressional cap means that the US, which is the UN’s largest financial contributor, never funds more than 25 per cent of expenses for peacekeeping operations.According to a scale of assessments agreed upon by UN Member States in 2000, the US is required to pay about 27 per cent.Mr. Ban has meetings tentatively scheduled with other members of Congress, and will return to New York this evening to attend an awards ceremony.
“Housing rights of Roma are abused in several parts of Europe,” stated Miloon Kothari, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, in a joint statement issued with the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg.Mr. Kothari drew attention to an increasing number of reports of evictions of Roma communities and families “which have been carried out in violation of human rights standards.”He also noted an “undeniable growth of anti-Romani sentiment or ‘anti-Ziganism’” in Europe, and a lack of action on the part of authorities to tackle this problem. “It is regrettable that the actions of many public authorities – particularly at the local level – have been to acquiesce in this intensification of anti-Romani hatred.“As a result, the rate and number of forced evictions of Roma have grown dramatically, and segregation and ghettoization in the housing field appears to have intensified and become entrenched in recent years,” he stated.The Special Rapporteur pointed out that the right to adequate housing is crucial for the enjoyment of other rights, including privacy, education, employment, health and electoral participation, and pointed out that the “substandard” education of Roma in many European countries is often the result of placement far from decent schools or repeated eviction.Calling for concerted action at the local, national and European levels to end the housing crisis of the Roma, Mr. Kothari urged that domestic laws be strengthened to ensure security of tenure for all vulnerable groups, and that legal protection against forced eviction be brought into conformity with international law.In taking these and other measures, he stressed the need for “full and meaningful” consultation with affected Roma communities. 24 October 2007An independent United Nations rights expert has urged European countries to ensure the right to adequate housing for Roma, as more and more of them have been forcibly evicted from their homes and are facing growing discrimination.
Recently, global food losses and waste has become a high visibility issue and according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), “globally around one-third of food produced is lost or wasted along the food chain, from production to consumption.” Food loss and waste not only impacts food security and nutrition but also the sustainability of food systems – that ensure sufficient, quality food for this and future generations, says the new report.“FLW [food loss and waste] are consequences of the way food systems function, technically, culturally and economically,” explains the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in its report, Food Losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems, which will see its official launch tomorrow at FAO headquarters in Rome. Adopting a systemic perspective, the report analyzes FLW impacts on the sustainability of food systems, security and nutrition by reviewing the wide range of causes. “Reducing food losses and waste are essential to improving food security and diminishing the environmental footprint of food systems,” the report affirms.It also provides action-oriented recommendations for Governments, companies and individuals to tackle the problem, includes numerous examples and proposes a “way forward” for actors to build strategies to reduce FLW in diverse contexts and situations.According to the report, “all stakeholders should improve communication, coordination and recognition of efforts needed/made at one stage to reduce FLW at another (downstream or upstream).” The Committee on Food Security (CFS) is the top international and intergovernmental platform for discussions and agenda-setting on issues related to global food security. Its membership includes Governments, UN agencies and other UN bodies, civil society and non-governmental organizations, research institutions, financial institutions and development banks, private sector associations and philanthropic foundations.The High-Level Panel of Experts is an independent scientific panel that provides the CFS with scientific, knowledge-based analysis and advice on food security and nutrition policy issues.
Geosoft has announced the availability of its 2010 software release, which includes a number of important advances that improve access to data and information, make mapping and reporting tasks more efficient, and expand 3D subsurface capabilities. “We’ve enhanced software usability to support greater productivity,” says Louis Racic, Geosoft Product Director. “We’ve also incorporated new capabilities to streamline common tasks such as finding data, making maps and generating reports, and have expanded our capabilities for creating integrated interpretations in 3D.”New capabilities, in the 2010 release, support generalists and specialists working across all disciplines – geology, geophysics and geochemistry.Statistical and reporting capabilities have been improved within Geosoft’s exploration geology workflow, Target and Target for ArcGIS. New capabilities make it easy to highlight, report and assess significant intersections in drilling projectsEnhancements have been made to several geophysical extensions. These include the addition of section support for crooked sections within montaj Geophysics; a new Gridfill Multistep algorithm option within MAGMAP; and the availability of Draped surface calculations within the GMSYS 3D gravity modelling extensionSignificant enhancements have been added to the Geochemistry for ArcGIS extension. These include: new leveling capabilities, 3D topography draping, coloured histogram, multi-histogram and probability plots. The montaj geochemistry workflow now includes log options for Boxplots, a new duplicate sample ID scheme and multiple channel gridding to make grids of all your geochemical assay dataImproved dynamic linking capabilities include new shadow cursor support for all data views within a map. A map with a section view and surface view will now be linked with a shadow cursor. This linking applies to scatter plots and tri-plots, plan maps, section maps and 3D.“Effective 3D rendering of the subsurface has become essential for presentation and collaboration,” said Racic. “We continue to expand 3D gridding options, within our core platform, and we have added utilities to make working with voxels easier. A great deal of exploration work is still completed in 2D plans and sections, and we now support the ability to work with crooked geophysical sections to help bridge this gap, enabling more accurate representations of the data in 2D and 3D. ”With the 2010 release, Geosoft has also expanded data access capabilities to address the challenges inherent in organizing, finding and accessing the increasing volumes of data used for earth exploration projects. This includes providing tools to easily find data, and expanding data format support to promote efficient exploration and integration of diverse data types. Geosoft has introduced Seeker, a new tool designed to help explorers find and start using data quicker. Seeker provides a single interface for handling the entire data access workflow – from structured metadata querying to the viewing of results and from data extraction to the explorer’s desktop application.Data support has been added for ODBC, JPEG 2000 and GOCAD voxet data files. ODBC support now includes a new filtering capability, for accessing drill hole databases or surface data without the requirement for SQL query knowledge.
Update: The police said Wednesday night that Mr. Robinson had been found safe.****A man with early-onset dementia was missing in the west Vancouver area Wednesday, and the Vancouver police were asking residents to keep an eye out for him.Robert “Bobby” C. Robinson went missing sometime after 2:11 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Vancouver Police Department. He was last seen leaving his caregiver’s home on foot.Robinson has early-onset dementia, and his family was concerned for his safety, the department said.Robinson is 64 years old and 5 feet, 5 inches tall with shoulder-length brown and gray hair, the police said. He has a mustache. He was last seen wearing a green hooded sweatshirt with “Alaskan made” written on the front, blue jeans and white sneakers.The department asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911.Robinson was also reported missing in early June, and was found later that day.
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was the hero in Tuesday’s penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia after he saved Carlos Bacca’s effort and he channelled his inner Cristiano Ronaldo to celebrate with his teammates afterwardsThe Everton goalkeeper came into the side’s last-16 clash against Colombia on the back of a wave of criticism for his disappointing performance against Belgium in England’s final Group G match.But Pickford produced a superb display at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, which saw him not only save Bacca’s penalty but also had him produce surely one of the greatest saves at this World Cup after denying Mateus Uribe thunderous shot from 30 yards.Uribe would later miss his penalty against Pickford in the shoot-out by hitting the crossbar as England sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup with their first ever penalty shootout win in the tournament.Afterwards, Pickford turned and twisted in the air and threw his arms down in a similar fashion to Ronaldo’s famous goal celebration before being mobbed by his teammates.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Harry Kane had given England the lead with a penalty after the break, before Yerry Mina equalised in stoppage-time with a superb header.England will next face Sweden in their first quarter-final appearance of the World Cup since 2006 on Saturday.Pickford did the Ronaldo celebration ?? pic.twitter.com/bRhr8jZiY7— Bateson87 ?????????????? (@bateson87) July 3, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:abundant life ministries international, bishop coleta williams III, dauthers of zion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Nov 2014 – A riveting weekend for the Abundant Life Ministries International Daughters of Zion which over four events and three days welcomed women to speak to their 2014 theme: Identify Yourself. Speakers ranged from women in business, politics, media and ministry. Finale speaker was Bishop C Alexander Williams III.
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman known as the “Mother of Florida Feminism” and who founded Women in Distress has died.According to a tweet by congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 90-year-old Roxcy Bolton was pronounced dead in her Coral Gables home at 5 a.m., Wednesday. The “Mother of Florida Feminism” founded the nation’s first rape treatment center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Woman in Distress shelter.Bolton went on to become the founder for the Miami Chapter of the National Organization for Women.Bolton also challenged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to change the names of hurricanes to include male names.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Asaduzzaman Mia. File PhotoDhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Monday expressed doubt if the injured college student Siddiqur Rahman suffered in his eyes during the police action was the outcome of an act of sabotage.Siddiqur, who was hit by the police tear gas shells in his eyes during a demonstration at Shahbagh on 20 July, might have lost eyesight in his right eye and the other eye is also injured, according to physicians.The DMP commissioner on Monday visited injured college student undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital in the capital.Read more: Siddiqur loses vision in right eyeHe said the authorities were looking into how Siddiqur suffered the injury. He said they will also look into whether it was an act of sabotage.“A teargas shell or a piece of stone cannot hit both the eyes simultaneously. If his eyes are hit by a single object, his nose and forehead too should have been damaged. But his nose and forehead bore no injury marks,” argued the police boss.He said Siddiqur told him that he sustained a single hit and then he fainted.“How did he sustain the hit? It is a big question. The reason will be found out through investigation. We’ll look into whether any party carried out an act of sabotage here,” the police official said while ostensibly trying to defend his force from being accused of doing excesses during the demonstration.Siddiqur sustained injuries in his eyes during a demonstration on 20 July when students of seven government colleges, affiliated with the University of Dhaka, gathered at Shahbagh, demanding that their exam dates and routine be announced in time.The students were from Dhaka College, Eden Women’s College, Begum Badrunnessa College, Titumir College, Kazi Nazrul College, Shaheed Suhrawardy College and Government Bangla College.Police fired tear gas to disperse the students.Siddiqur Rahman was injured by a tear gas shell and is now at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital.A case was filed with Shahbagh police station on Thursday against some 1,200 unidentified students.Concerning the injured, Siddiqur, 23, the police complaint alleges that his eyes were injured when he was hit with a flowerpot hurled by the agitating students.However, video footage shows the students had taken position with a banner at the road facing Katabon, when the police came up and snatched their banner.One of the policemen came up close and shot a tear gas shell at the students, immediately after which Siddiqur fell on the road.The student demonstrators gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the authorities to meet their seven-point demand, including Siddiqur’s treatment.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, email@example.comBenning Road, in both the Southeast and Northeast quadrants of D.C., has met major violence since Sept. 22 and on Oct. 6 another life was lost.At about 8:45 p.m. police responded to the sound of several gunshots and found Avery Anderson, 21, of Southeast, suffering from wounds, from which he died, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Prior to Anderson’s death, two people were killed on Sept. 24 and Sept. 30. Additionally, six people were shot and wounded since the string of violence began on Sept. 22. The first death was on the 1800 block of Benning Road and the second was on the 1500 block. About two weeks ago, also on the 1800 block of Benning Road, four people were shot, and two others were shot on Sept. 25 around the 2300 block.Despite the coincidence of being on Benning Road, The Washington Post reported that Saturday’s homicide was comparatively far from the other gun related violence in the area- most of which occurred on the part of the road west of the Anacostia River and in Northeast D.C. in the Carver/Langston and Kingman Park neighborhoods.The most recent homicide was about two miles away from the other incidents, about a quarter mile south of the Benning Road metro station.Police are offering up to $25,000 for any information leading to the “arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible” for the homicide of 21-year-old Anderson. Those with information are encouraged to call the police at 202-727-9099 or to anonymously text the tip line at 50411.
Sony became the first — and is still the only — console manufacturer to have embraced the Android operating system. Unfortunately, cross support to other Sony platforms is still lacking, so it is up to the hacking community to bridge the gap. Case in point: some fervent developers have managed to create a fully-functional PSP emulator that can run on Google’s mobile operating system.The emulator, known as PPSSPP, is also available for Windows and has reached version 0.2. While its creators admit there is still a lot of work to be done, they have demonstrated a proof-of-concept running on Android hardware. Games like Puzzle Bobble Deluxe, Puyo Pop Fever, and Pinabll Fantasies are all playable through the emulator using touchscreen controls.Granted, those titles don’t form the most desirable PSP games line-up, but the developers say that it’s a start. They are currently working on improving the speed and portability. In fact, the emulator has already been ported to Blackberry.The PSP has carved itself a most unwanted distinction in the gaming community as one of the most popular devices for hackers. There are numerous homebrew firmware configurations, pirated PSP games, unauthorized apps, and emulators of other systems, that have flooded the homes of PSP owners all over the world. Because of this, the topic of emulating the PSP itself has not been as popular. Also, of course, as systems become more sophisticated it becomes much more difficult to replicate them. Nevertheless, it has happened.PPSSPP “should” work on all current generation Android devices, according to the developers. It has been tested first-hand on all the Nexus phones as well as the Galaxy S2 and S3, the Asus Transformer, and, ironically, Sony’s own Xperia Play.via DCEmu
Lucky Japanese gamers got their hands on FromSoftware’s Dark Souls III on March 24 where as everyone else is being kept waiting until April 12. That’s more than enough time for complete playthrough videos to be recorded and posted on YouTube. But one gamer didn’t need the full 3 weeks to complete the game, in fact he didn’t even need a couple of hours.It’s a well known fact that the Dark Souls games and Bloodborne can be completed quickly, all previous Dark Souls titles have been completed in under an hour by speedrunners, with Bloodborne’s record initially set at 44 minutes, but has since dropped down to the mid-thirties. Even so, to complete Dark Souls III so quickly so soon after launch is impressive.You can see from watching the playthrough above that speedrunner Jung Ho Min is no beginner. He knows exactly where to go, how to defeat the enemies he is forced to quickly, and when to just run right by them. He’s likely spent every free hour since launch figuring out the game before performing this run. It’s also unlikely this is going to be the fastest completion time, or even remain so for long. For anyone waiting patiently to play this game in a couple of weeks, don’t be put off by very quick playthroughs appearing. Dark Souls III is going to give you many hours of enjoyment, with veteran players saying their first playthrough for review lasted between 37 and 76 hours.There is a lot of gaming to be had if you care to experience everything the latest Dark Souls entry has to offer. <>
President Laura Chinchilla and President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís wrangled this week with the political consequences of microchip giant Intel’sexit from Costa Rica, while observers search for the next big high-tech opportunity.Intel’s arrival in Costa Rica in 1998 helped jump-start the country’s high-tech manufacturing and value-added service industries that have set the country apart from many of its Central American neighbors. But the California-based company’s decision Tuesday to close its manufacturing facility here and lay off 1,500 workers, followed by Bank of America’s announcement that it also was laying off 1,400 employees, stunned Costa Rica and left many wondering if it was the rumbling of capital flight from the coffee-producing country. And it happened just as Solís, of the center-left Citizen Action Party (PAC), prepares to take office on May 8.“For every business, no matter how important, that leaves Costa Rica, I guarantee you several more will come,” Chinchilla told reporters in the central Pacific port town of Caldera on Thursday, rejecting the notion that the exit of Intel and Bank of America would have a snowball effect on other companies.Several administration and company sources have said Intel’s move was based on business, not local conditions. The microchip-maker said in a statement the company would keep 1,200 jobs and hire 200 workers in engineering and design at their facility in Belén, Heredia’s free trade zone north of the capital.Intel’s goods and services accounted for over 30 percent of Costa Rica’s exports in 1999, according to figures from the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), the private organization tasked with attracting foreign investment to Costa Rica. In 2013, that percentage dropped to 13.7 percent, signaling the Costa Rican economy has diversified beyond Intel alone.“I guarantee that the government has done everything possible and has greatly improved the policies for attracting foreign investment,” Chinchilla said.CINDE Board President José Rossi said that Solís is “pragmatic,” and likely will continue lobbying for more foreign investment to boost Costa Rica’s economy.Chinchilla said her administration has created more than 30,000 jobs by drawing more than $8.27 billion in foreign direct investment between 2010 and 2013.In the absence of Intel’s manufacturing facilities here, medical equipment is quickly becoming one of Costa Rica’s fastest growing exports, according to CINDE. Gabriela Llobet, CINDE president, said that medical equipment manufacturing has increased from 1.8 percent of exports in 1999 to 13.5 percent by 2013.Chinchilla said Thursday she hoped a recently passed law regulating biomedical research on humans would help retain and attract more medical research and related high-tech investment in Costa Rica.But Costa Rica struggles with a high cost of electricity and relatively high wages and social security taxes that make the country less attractive for international companies looking to cut costs.In a meeting with the foreign press on Wednesday, Rossi told The Tico Times that the Costa Rican economy still faces challenges when it comes to keeping large multinational companies here. He said legal uncertainty, the cost of electricity and the quality of Costa Rica’s infrastructure are among the top issues that could threaten a foreign company’s long-term investment.The day after Solís won the April 6 presidential runoff, he said reducing the cost of electricity would be one of his first priorities after taking office.CINDE President Llobet remained bullish on Costa Rica’s ability to continue attracting foreign direct investment, which has grown at an average rate of 15 percent a year since 2002, reaching $2.68 billion in 2013.“Costa Rica today is not the country it was when Intel arrived,” Rossi said on Wednesday. “The country is going to move forward, this is not an economy that revolves around Intel.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Bank of America, Intel announce thousands of layoffs in Costa Rica Intel to close Costa Rica chip assembly plant, lay off 1,500 workers President Solís seeks meeting with Intel reps during US trip South Korean company confirms opening of yarn spinning plant in Costa Rica
A major new study of the world’s oceans has reached a shocking conclusion: Thanks to humans, there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in water around the world.With a global population of about 7.2 billion, that’s nearly 700 pieces per person.The study, published in the journal PLOS One by Marcus Eriksen of the Five Gyres Institute in Los Angeles and a large group of colleagues, is based on data from 24 separate ocean expeditions, conducted between 2007 and 2013, to sample plastic pollution. Plastic was either observed from boats, or hauled up from the ocean by nets, in 1,571 locations. The data were then used to run an ocean model to simulate the amount and distribution of plastic debris.The result not only yielded the estimate of over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the global ocean — it also cast light on how plastic changes within the ocean (breaking down into smaller pieces) and circulates around the globe. Pieces between 1 millimeter and 4.75 millimeters in size were by far the most prevalent class of plastic in the ocean. However, by weight, really large pieces of plastic, greater than 200 millimeters in size, were the most significant.“What we are witnessing in the global ocean is a growing threat of toxin-laden microplastics cycling through the entire marine ecosystem,” commented lead study author Eriksen of the Five Gyers Institute.Worryingly, even though there are far fewer people living in the Southern Hemisphere, the research found that its oceans have about the same amount of plastic, suggesting that winds and ocean currents may transport our trash all around the world.The authors stress that they suspect their estimate is “highly conservative” — there could be a lot more plastic out there than that. For as they note, there is also a “potentially massive amount of plastic present on shorelines, on the seabed, suspended in the water column, and within organisms.”In particular, the authors cite a figure from the trade group Plastics Europe, which suggests that 288 million tons of plastic are produced annually. Compared to a figure like this, the 250,000 tons described in this study represent “only 0.1 percent of the world annual production” — again underscoring that the numbers reported in the study, large though they are, are probably a low end estimate.Plastic gets into the oceans because we use it and then throw it away (properly or otherwise). For that vast majority of us, that’s where our relationship with plastic ends — we don’t see what happens next. How does it end up in the oceans? Most simply, plastic bags might literally blow there. Some plastic gets deliberately dumped there. And then there’s runoff: Plastic on land can wind up in the water, or flow into the oceans from rivers emptying to them.Once in the oceans, plastic plastic breaks into smaller pieces and circulates — traveling into five major ocean gyres, which spiral in large circles, winding the trash inward. Most famously, some of it accumulates in great Pacific ocean “garbage patches,” which have particularly high plastic concentrations (however, this does not necessarily mean you will see a huge heap of trash floating on the ocean surface).The ecological consequences of ocean plastic pollution are severe — many marine animals may not only get entangled in plastic, but may ingest this long-lasting material, thinking it is food. That’s not only bad for fish, it could ultimately be bad for us. If we consume fish that have consumed plastic, then it is possible that we may ultimately end up eating plastic (or its chemical remnants) too.So after we throw our plastic objects away, maybe we’re not really done with them after all.So what should you do? “It is imperative that the use of plastics include a 100 percent recovery plan, or choose 100 percent environmental harmlessness in your choice of material,” says Eriksen. “The status quo,” he adds, “is no longer acceptable.”Related: Dutch teen targets Pacific Ocean ‘plastic soup’ menace© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Dutch teen targets Pacific Ocean ‘plastic soup’ menace In Bolivia, silver mountain at risk of collapse Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund To help save Costa Rican rivers, head to a picnic
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2018 8:06 am PDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Neal Boyd, one-Time ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, dies FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2012, file photo, Neal Boyd sings during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and dabbled in Missouri politics, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his mother’s house in Sikeston, Mo. He was 42. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) SIKESTON, Mo. – Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died.Scott County Coroner Scott Amick says Boyd died around 6 p.m. Sunday at his mother’s house in Sikeston. He was 42.Amick says Boyd had a number of medical problems, including heart failure, kidney failure and liver problems. He was seriously injured in a car crash in 2017.Boyd won the network TV show and its $1 million prize in 2008. He released the album “My American Dream” in 2009, and performed at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.Boyd also ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a southeast Missouri House of Representatives seat, losing in the general election in 2012 and in the primary in 2014.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business.In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.The 30-year-old singer says in the lawsuit that she has used the name for her cosmetics brand and other businesses since 2012.Fenty Entertainment, which advertises itself as a talent and production company, was founded in 2017.The lawsuit asks the court to order Ronald Fenty to stop using the brand name, and it seeks damages to be determined later.An email sent to Fenty Entertainment seeking comment was not immediately returned.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2019 12:09 pm PDT Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business
By Bejay Browne Street sellers in Paphos’ main supermarket car parks are aggressively hassling shoppers to buy their products, mostly windscreen wipers, and seem to be targeting lone shoppers in particular.In many recent cases, two, three or four men are homing in on shoppers with vehicles parked in car parks, removing windscreen wipers and forcibly trying to sell their product in a threatening manner.Paphos resident, Madelaine Hampton told the Sunday Mail earlier this week that she was recently accosted in Papantonious car park in Chlorakas, Paphos.“A man pulled my wipers off the windscreen and tried to change the blades for some very floppy rubber ones which he had a handful of. I was livid and told him to get lost,” she said. “He was persistent but I did see him off.”A significant number of readers have contacted the Sunday Mail to complain that these groups of men have been targeting mostly foreign shoppers at branches of the largest supermarkets such as Lidl, Papantoniou and Sklavenitis.Last week this reporter was harassed at the car park of the central branch of Lidl supermarket by two men. They were given short shrift, but then moved on to an elderly female driver, aggressively removing her wipers and trying to fit their own stock whilst standing in front of her car, blocking her path, so that she was unable to drive away.Paphos police said they were aware of the problem and verbal complaints had been made to them to which they did respond.“However no official complaints (written) have been lodged and we would advise supermarkets and shoppers to take this action, as these people are committing possible criminal offences,” Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsappis, told the Sunday Mail.Despite numerous attempts by the Sunday Mail to contact Lidl about the issue via social media, email and the customer service line, no representative was available to respond.However, representatives from both Sklavenitis and Papantonious supermarkets confirmed that they were aware of the problem and would do their best to tackle it.The manager of the Sklavenitis central Paphos branch, Markos Christides, said they took the harassment very seriously and would be contacting the store’s central office to see what extra security measures could be put in place. The branch currently doesn’t have a security guard, but he hopes to rectify this in the near future.“I have also talked to the staff and told them to be careful not to let this sort of incident happen again and if they see such a thing, to immediately call the police.”A spokeswoman for Papantoniou’s stores said: “We have called the police many times over this and now we will make an official complaint to them. We need some help to stop this from taking place and we will try very hard to stop this from happening again.”One elderly resident spoke on condition of anonymity, as she is so shaken by her experience.“I was trying to get my shopping in my car at Sklavenitis in Paphos last week and a group of men removed my windscreen wipers and would not put them back on. They were jostling and loud and I was rather frightened. They didn’t speak much English and they weren’t Cypriot. They wouldn’t move away and I had to lock myself in the car until a man came to my rescue and shouted at them so I could drive away.”The pensioner quickly left the car park without her windscreen wipers and had to have new ones fitted at her garage.“This is a terrible thing to be happening in Paphos, it’s bad for residents and tourists too and the supermarkets and the police must do something to stop it,” she said.Paphos resident, Gary Dury, said that on Monday, two men operating out of a dilapidated brown van at the car park of Lidl’s store on the Tomb of the Kings Road, approached him as he exited his vehicle trying to sell him wiper blades for his car.“Both men had a bunch of new wiper blades and one of them lifted the wiper arm of the passenger side of my car and said ‘your wiper blades need replacing’, I told him that they did not, he just repeated himself, at which point I then walked off and into the store,” he said.When Dury came out, he saw the men were harassing other shoppers whilst they were getting out of their cars and catching people of guard.Shoppers have also complained about being harassed outside the Paphos stores by beggars, in particular women, some with children and others playing an accordion, to try to get money.“I have seen small groups of them being dropped off by nice looking cars,” said resident Dave Clayman.You May LikeKitchen SinkShroomThis Award-Winning Sink Strainer Has Anti-Clogging Technology Built InKitchen SinkShroomUndoWater Damage Restoration | Search AdsWater Damage? 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