CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT CAKE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement In November, New Harlem Productions will stage Cake, a new play written by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, at Theatre Passe Muraille.  The show is about Niger’s uranium mining, and it’s a part of the 54ology, St. Bernard’s project aiming to create one performance work drawn from each country in Africa.  In Cake, Oba is holding on to the last threads of his old life and is determined to maintain what he can by any means necessary. It’s a story about the things we use, how we are used, and what happens when we are all used up.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

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Manto Sipi faces desperate school need

first_imgAPTN National NewsManto Sipi Cree Nation is just one of many First Nations communities struggling to educate its youth.The community has few resources for its students and now they’re calling for help.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler went to the community to hear first-hand about their situation.last_img

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Government Confirms Plane Crash

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 5 (JIS):Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has confirmed preliminary reports that a plane crashed 14 miles North East of Portland, today (September 5).The Jamaican Government, she said, has dispatched a Search and Rescue Team and a military helicopter. “The Authorities are in constant touch with the United States (US) Southern Command, which we understand has also dispatched a rescue team,” Senator Falconer added.The Minister will provide additional information as it becomes available. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:portland, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconerlast_img

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Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits 16 billion

first_imgSales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion AP Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday.As more tickets sell, chances grow that at least one buyer will pick all six winning numbers. That would stop the streak of 25 rollovers, most recently on Friday night.Based on sales projections, 75 percent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen for Tuesday’s drawing, up from 59.1 percent in Friday’s, said Carole Gentry, spokeswoman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming.“It’s possible that nobody wins again. But it’s hard to fathom,” Gentry said.About 280 million tickets sold in Friday’s drawing, none matching the winning mix of 7, 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70 to claim an estimated prize of $1 billion. Fifteen tickets matched five numbers for second-tier prizes of at least $1 million.The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in U.S. history . The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on Jan. 13, 2016.Russ Lopez, spokesman for the California Lottery, said tickets were going “very, very quickly” on Saturday.Tonya Jimenez, assistant manager at Beavers Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, said all three registers were going Saturday, a day after the store sold 220 tickets. Many hopefuls haven’t played before.“We tell them how to play it,” she said. “They don’t know what to do. We’re doing a lot of explaining.”The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workerswon $543 million.It costs $2 to play the game. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million but, with so many tickets being purchased, the likelihood of rollover becomes increasingly slim.“I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets hit,” Gentry said. “I’d be more surprised if it doesn’t get hit.”Mega Millions is played in 44 states Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. October 20, 2018 AP, Posted: October 20, 2018last_img read more

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Trump administration defends travel ban in court

first_imgKaren Shore holds up a sign in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California, US. Photo: AFPThe US Justice Department faced tough questioning Tuesday as it urged a court of appeals to reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries—put on hold by the courts last week.The latest twist in the legal showdown comes four days after a federal judge suspended Trump’s decree, opening US borders back up to the thousands of refugees and travelers it had suddenly barred from the country.Three judges from an appellate court in San Francisco chaired the hour-long telephone hearing followed online by more than 130,000 people—a record, the court said—and broadcast live to millions more on television.The high-stakes hearing saw an attorney for the government argue that Trump’s immigration curbs were motivated by national security concerns and that the federal judge had overstepped his authority in suspending them.“This is a traditional national security judgment that is assigned to the political branches and the president,” argued the Justice Department lawyer, August Flentje.He said Trump acted perfectly within his constitutional powers and those delegated to him by Congress in issuing the January 27 executive order in the interest of the United States.Tuesday’s hearing was focused on whether to lift the suspension of the ban, not on the constitutionality of the decree itself—a broader battle which looks likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court. A court spokesman said a ruling was likely later this week.During the hearing the three-judge panel often appeared skeptical, with Judge Richard Clifton saying at one point that the government’s argument was “pretty abstract.”The judges questioned Flentje about the evidence connecting the seven countries targeted to terrorism, and pressed him on whether the ban amounts to religious discrimination—as its opponents claim.Is it a Muslim ban?The White House insists the decree is in the interest of national security, giving the new administration time to beef up vetting procedures to keep potential terrorists out of the country.Its detractors claim that it violates the US Constitution by targeting people based on their religion.An attorney representing the states of Washington and Minnesota—which brought the federal lawsuit against Trump’s ban with support from numerous advocacy groups—urged the judges to keep the decree on hold while the case runs its course.“It has always been the judicial branch’s role to say what the law is and to serve as a check on abuses by the executive branch,” said Solicitor General Noah Purcell.“That judicial rule has never been more important in recent memory than it is today, but the president is asking… to reinstate the executive order without full judicial review and throw this country back into chaos,” Purcell added.The states’ counsel also came under sustained questioning, with Judge Clifton, a George W. Bush nominee, appearing unconvinced by his arguments that the ban amounted to religious discrimination.“I have trouble understanding why we’re supposed to infer religious animus when in fact the vast majority of Muslims would not be affected,” Clifton said, pointing out that less than 15 percent of the world’s Muslims were affected.Purcell argued that the states were not required to show that all Muslims would be affected but only that the ban was “motivated in part by a desire to harm Muslims.”Trump’s executive order barred entry to all refugees for 120 days, and to travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, triggering chaos at US airports and worldwide condemnation. Refugees from Syria are barred indefinitely.‘We feel confident’Appearing to lay the groundwork for a setback, the White House earlier Tuesday sought to play down the significance of the upcoming ruling.“All that’s at issue tonight is the hearing is an interim decision on whether the president’s order is enforced or not until the case is heard on the actual merits of the order,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.“That’s why I think we feel confident.”Hosting a group of American sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday, Trump hammered home the rationale for his decree as “common sense.”Trump has lashed out at the Seattle judge who suspended his order, James Robart, as a “so-called” judge—a slur that drew criticism from his own Republican camp—and sought to pin blame on him, and courts in general, for potential future attacks on US soil. “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” he tweeted on Sunday.last_img read more

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Summit helped world avoid nuclear catastrophe says Trump

first_imgIn this picture taken on 12 June 2018 and released from North Korea`s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 13 June 2018, North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US president Donald Trump (R) during the US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. Photo: AFPDonald Trump accepted an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported Wednesday, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe”.Tuesday’s unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of the world’s most powerful democracy shake hands with Kim, the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, as they stood as equals in front of their nations’ flags.In a characteristically bullish tweet, Trump said the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two Cold War foes meant “the World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!””No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!”In a joint statement following the talks, Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” — a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.In its first report on the landmark summit, the official KCNA news agency ran a glowing dispatch on the talks, describing them as an “epoch-making meeting” that would help foster “a radical switchover in the most hostile (North Korea)-US relations”.The report said the two men each asked the other to visit their country.”The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation,” KCNA said.It asserted that Trump had “expressed his intention” to lift sanctions against the North — something the US president had told a blockbuster press conference would happen “when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor”.”The sanctions right now remain,” he added.With the headline: “Meeting of the century opens new history in DPRK-US relations”, the North’s ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun splashed no fewer than 33 pictures across four of its usual six pages.One of the pictures showed a smiling Kim shaking hands with Trump’s hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against the North, which in turn has referred to him as “human scum.”‘War games’ Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting, a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved international legitimacy.”Kim Jong Un got what he wanted at the Singapore Summit: the international prestige and respect of a one-on-one meeting with the American president, the legitimacy of North Korean flags hanging next to American flags in the background,” said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the US would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul — something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion.The US stations around 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbour, which invaded in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force.”We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money,” Trump told reporters, adding that “at some point” he wanted to withdraw US troops from the South.Both Seoul and US military commanders in the South indicated they had no idea the announcement was coming, and in an editorial Wednesday the Korea Herald said it was “worrisome”.Smiles and handshakes The Singapore summit was a potentially legacy-defining meeting for both men — comparable to president Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, or Ronald Reagan’s 1986 summit with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik.Only a few months ago, the pair were swapping personal insults such as “dotard” and “little rocket man” and the North conducted its six and most powerful nuclear test, as well as firing missiles over Japan.Trump vowed to rain down “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it threatened the US but instead in Singapore it was compliments that flowed, as the president described Kim as “talented” and said they had forged a “special bond.”After a day filled with smiles and handshakes watched around the world, the US “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea.But critics charged that the summit legitimised Kim, whose regime has been accused of multiple human rights abuses, and said the summit was more about headlines than substantive progress.Trump said the US would be checking Kim’s progress towards denuclearisation “very strongly” but many agreements made in the past with North Korea have later fallen apart.World powers from China to Japan, the European Union and Russia welcomed its outcome — while cautioning it was only the first step towards resolving the nuclear stand-off with Pyongyang.But some media in Japan, which North Korea has in the past threatened to “sink into the sea”, were cautious.”The real bargaining has now started between the US and North Korea. Problems that cannot be solved through a bling-bling political show remain on both sides,” said the liberal Mainichi Shimbun.last_img
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On First Anniversary of Harvey Harris County Votes on 25 Billion Flood

first_img Share 00:00 /03:46 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force, Tech Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.Saturday marks exactly one year since Harvey made landfall in Texas. It’s also the day Harris County is asking voters to approve a $2.5 billion bond to pay for flood mitigation projects. The vote comes after weeks of public meetings in all 22 of the county’s watersheds, each of which experienced some degree of flooding during Harvey.“These folks that we were visiting with live and work and recreate in these watersheds, and so their input was very valuable,” says Russell Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District.The running theme of that input was speed. Residents want the county to move faster, and on more projects, than the federal government has.“We do have some money in there to help us make sure we leverage as many federal dollars and partnership dollars as we can,” Poppe says. “But we also know that because of various reasons that those federal dollars may not be appropriate for all of the projects that we know we need to do. And therefore I think we’ve got around $1.7-$1.8 billion in projects that we’re proposing to do all our own, locally.”On the basis of those meetings, the flood control district put together a list of 237 potential projects. They include channel improvements, construction of new storm water detention basins, and voluntary buyouts of homes too deep in the flood plain to be protected.“I’m more encouraged than I’ve ever been with respect to flood response in the county,” says Philip Bedient, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center. He’s spent years pressing for Harris County to do more to combat flooding.“Three’s the charm,” Bedient says. “The ’15, ’16, and ’17 [floods], three years in a row, I think, finally lit the fires under the powers that be to move aggressively, and I think they have.”But can they convince voters to move aggressively too? “Normally when you have a bond election, people look at the bond and they say, ‘What’s in it for me?’” says Rice University political scientist Bob Stein. “That’s not what’s happening here.”The University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs recently conducted a survey and found overwhelming support for the bond among likely voters. Stein was one of the lead researchers.“We find evidence that people do believe that this is a general threat to the quality of life and to their own economic well-being,” Stein says, “that is, if flooding continues in our community unabated, if homes are destroyed, people will not want to move to our community, people won’t want to buy homes in our community, property values will decline, and it’ll cost more to provide the services we already have.”But the survey also found that even the bond’s supporters are skeptical that it will help. Many fear the money would wind up benefiting politically connected developers. Others just don’t think the government has any better idea about how to deal with flooding than they do.“The phrase I’ve been using is. ‘People have the courage of their confusions.’ They’re courageous about doing something in the presence of not knowing exactly what to do,” Stein says.One point that local officials make over and over: $2.5 billion will address the region’s most urgent flood control problems, but that’s a fraction of what’s needed to fix them all.“I think the idea that $25 to $30 billion is required over the long term for the bigger fix here, I don’t know that that’s really well understood by the general population,” says Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston.The bond’s fate is likely to rest with a sliver of the county’s registered voters. Fewer than 6 percent had cast ballots as of the close of early voting on Tuesday. Xlast_img read more

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Brothers torture physically challenged sister over property row

first_imgKolkata: A physically challenged woman was allegedly beaten up and forced to leave her own home by her two brothers on Saturday.She has been admitted to Habra hospital by her elder sister and is undergoing treatment. A complaint lodged with Duttapukur Police Station against her two brothers. Bani Roy, a resident of Gangapur, Ghoshpara in Duttapukur, alleged that for the last one-and-a-half years, her two brothers used to torture her. Even when their mother was ill and bedridden, they did not bother to stop their acts and look after their mother. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLying in a bed at Habra hospital, Bani alleged that his two brothers Shib Shankar Roy and Narayan Roy used to force her to transfer the assets in their names. Bani also said she is physically challenged by birth. Her left leg and hand do not work. On Sunday morning, locals saw that Bani lying on the road and neighbours immediately informed her elder sister Munni Chakraborty at Habra about the situation. Chakraborty recovered Bani and admitted her to hospital. Duttapukur Police Station was informed. Both Shib Shankar and Narayan have fled their house. Police are trying to nab both the accused.last_img read more

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CM issues directives to prevent dengue

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a high-level meeting with the senior officials of various departments at Nabanna to issue directives to prevent dengue ahead of monsoon.It was earlier found that Metro railways construction sites across the city often became the breeding ground of mosquitoes. During her meeting, Banerjee asked the Chief Secretary Malay Dey to take up the issue with Metro Railway authorities for preventive steps. It was not possible for the Kolkata Municipal (KMC) workers to undertake conservancy drive in Metro construction sites. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseCM instructed officials of various civic bodies to take adequate precautionary measures ahead of monsoon. She instructed the civic bodies and fisheries department officials to release Gappi in water bodies so that the fish can kill the mosquito larva. Various civic bodies and fisheries department have been releasing the fish to check the breeding of mosquitoes. Banerjee directed senior officials of various civic bodies including the KMC to repair the potholes ahead of monsoon so that water is not accumulated there. She instructed the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation officials to take adequate preventive measures as some dengue cases were reported from its jurisdiction areas last year. She asked the officials of the Public Works Department (PWD), Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and waterways department and other departments to pull up their socks to ensure that not a single case of dengue is reported in the next season. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee also stressed on the publications of advertisements so that people become aware about the preventive measures. While leaving Nabanna, the Chief Minister told the reports that state Education department has also been asked to spread awareness among the school students. State health department has been instructed to conduct anti-dengue drive at regular intervals. Municipalities and panchayats have been asked to take necessary steps by reaching to the grass roots level. They had been doing it and now they have been asked to do it more seriously. The state Education department and Women and Child Welfare department have also been asked to conduct rigorous campaign so that the students are aware about the precautionary measures. CM said that ASHA and ICDS workers who have been doing door-to-door campaigns to create awareness among people will be asked to be more proactive. The ASHA workers will reach out to rural areas and will ensure that accumulation of water does not take place.last_img read more

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