Calgary man killed in fishing boat on West Coast a loving family

first_imgCALGARY – Alvin Beckley wasn’t a big fan of fishing but his brother-in-law says Beckley probably couldn’t resist when he had a chance to join his workmates for a day on the water just off the west coast of Vancouver.Beckley, 38, of Calgary and Mike Cutler of Edmonton died Sunday when the boat they were on capsized and sank. Three others — two passengers and the boat’s operator — survived.“I don’t know that he necessarily fished often but he was in Tofino and you definitely want to do that when you’re there,” Mike Provost said Wednesday.“He was in Tofino so you gotta get out and catch some big fish. They had Sunday off and they decided to go fishing as a group to go and enjoy themselves.”Beckley was originally from Sierra Leone, but grew up in Alberta with his parents. He was an apprentice electrician and had been working on a construction crew in remote areas.He leaves behind his wife, Jacqui, and three daughters.“It’s been tough for sure. He’s got three little girls and it’s been a lot of tears and sadness, but also a lot of good fond memories,” Provost said. “It’s always good to reflect on the good times.”Provost added his brother-in law always had “a big happy smile.”“He would always find a funny perspective and kind of crack a lot of jokes. It was always happy times with him. He was a loving father and a great husband.”The capsizing of the 8.4-metre-long boat northwest of Bartlett Island near Tofino is being investigated by the RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board.“We don’t have a lot of answers at this current time. There are still investigations going on,” Provost said.“Eventually we will get to speak with the surviving members. I’m sure it was extremely tough for everybody involved in that whole scenario. We will get some more answers and clarity in the coming days for sure.”Provost said Beckley had been diagnosed with diabetes several years ago and complications in regulating the disease had prevented him from being steadily employed in recent years.GoFundMe pages have been set up for both the Alberta men.“It’s for the girls especially. Alvin having diabetes and (being) the primary provider for the family … they had been having some struggles over the past little while in relation to that. They were just kind of getting back on their feet. The girls will need a lot of support.”Cutler’s family didn’t respond to a request for comment, but his fundraising page requested help to bring his body back to the east coast.“Mike was a loving friend, musician and one hell of an electrician. Although Mike is no longer with us, I guarantee nobody will forget his loving smile, constant jabs and sarcasm,” the page read.“Mike left behind 2 boys, Morgan (17) and Mackenzie (15) who need our support now more then ever.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Court rejects lawsuit accusing ElBaradei of breaching trust

first_imgCAIRO – A lawyer had accused ElBaradei of betraying trust by resigning following the violent dispersal of two support camps for ousted President Mohamed Morsi on August 14.An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit accusing former vice-president Mohamed ElBaradei of breaching faith, saying it has no jurisdiction to look into the case.A lawyer had accused ElBaradei of betraying trust by resigning following the violent dispersal of two support camps for ousted President Mohamed Morsi on August 14.The lawyer argued in his complaint that ElBaradei was selected to be a vice-president following Morsi’s July 3 ouster as a representative of the revolutionary groups, considering his resignation as “a betrayal of confidence”.ElBaradei’s resignation had been met with anger from his allies at the National Salvation Front (NSF), with NSF members saying that they hoped ElBaradei would have consulted with them on the resignation.Tamarod movement, which spearheaded protests that led to Morsi’s overthrow, said ElBaradei had escaped a “historical” responsibility.last_img read more

Lebanese Diva Elissa Opens up about Cancer Fight in New Song

This song will probably make you shed a tear.Rabat – Lebanese singer Elissa released a very emotional song Tuesday, August 7. “Illa Kol Elli Bihebbouni,” (For Those Who Love Me) trending number 9 on Youtube, is a very personal track for the 45-year-old diva. For the first time, Elissa has chosen to share about her fight against cancer. The Arabic singer tried to keep her illness a secret from her fans, not letting her treatment affect her career.“This music video shouldn’t make you cry. It’s a reason to smile, be happy, and grateful. We can fight cancer if we know about it in eary (sic) stages. I love you all,” she wrote on her social media pages.In the music video, viewed more than 8 million times, the public discovers that the young woman was diagnosed on December 26, 2017, with breast cancer that she has now successfully defeated.Throughout the song, Elissa recounts her experience with the disease and her moments of weakness, including fainting at a concert in Dubai.“I am cured, I resisted the disease and beat her. Early detection of the disease can save your life. Do not neglect it and face it. Do not do it for yourself but for all those who love you,” said Elissa at the end of her clip.Following the song’s release, the diva received a wave of support and love from her celebrity friends and fans on social media. The hashtag #Elissa is also trending in both Arabic and English on Twitter. read more

Restaurant in Moroccos North Under Fire for Overcharging Customers

Rabat – Social media has been alight recently with complaints of restaurants, bars and hotels overcharging in Morocco, particularly in the North, where tourism is rife during the summer season.Moroccans are taking to social media to share photos of receipts with shocking prices. One receipt, in particular, is raising eyebrows, showing a bill of over MAD 5000 from L’Orizon, a seafood restaurant in M’diq, a Mediterranean town in between Ceuta and Tetouan.Another bill from the same restaurant, this time for MAD 1245, is also making rounds on the internet. The picture was posted on Facebook by Jawad Chafik, a member of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces in the Moroccan Parliament. In his post, Chafik warned others against the restaurant, calling the owners “bloodsucking vampires.” He added that the restaurant must be the best in Africa to charge MAD 1000 for a kilo of fish. The politician’s post quickly went viral, receiving 3.5k shares.The owner of the restaurant, in the middle of unexpected controversy, took to Facebook to hit back against Chafik’s post on August 17.“Dear clients, just like you we have seen the post from the politician calling us bloodsucker,” said L’Orizon. “We received the gentleman and his family, 6 adults and 3 children, and they ordered 4 entries, 6 dishes , and desserts, at an average price of 140 dh per person.”The restaurant asserted that Chafik was fully aware of the prices when he ordered the food, as they are clearly displayed on the menu he read from.The post then claims that Chafik caused a scene when the bill came nonetheless, threatening to use his position as a politician to harm the restaurant’s image if the price was not lowered.Wanting to further defend themselves, the restaurant prepared the amount of food Chafik ordered on that day to show it was not a small amount. “Dear customers, after the controversy a few days ago, we decided to prepare the order that was published on the receipt worth 1245 dhs,” the post read.“We let you contemplate the pictures of the dishes with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. Our institution has values, of which transparency is the pillar,” said L’Orizon.“The entire team works to achieve excellence in terms of service and dishes. Our cuisine continues to innovate to improve and adapt to our customers.”However, the restaurant’s posts did not do much to dampen the controversy, with outrage continuing on social media.“A food bill for a few minutes in a restaurant in the North is equal to a professor’s salary for a month.. and they wonder why the goal of 10 million visitors to Morocco has not yet been achieved!!” read one post with over 60 shares.Read also: Jemaa El Fna Crackdown: 2 Restaurants Lose License for Overcharging read more

UNESCO chief deplores Central Asian attacks on journalists

“Violence against the media is particularly reprehensible as it undermines the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and its corollary, press freedom,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a statement issued today. The Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk died on Tuesday after being bound around his feet and hands and then thrown from the window of a sixth-floor apartment in Almaty, the largest city in neighbouring Kazakhstan. He had arrived in the city six days earlier.Mr. Pavlyuk, who was also known under the pseudonym of Ibragim Rustambek, worked as editor of the Kyrgyz edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda and contributed to the independent newspaper Bely Parokhod. UNESCO stated that Mr. Pavyluk was reported to have been highly critical of Kyrgyz authorities. Ms. Bokova issued a statement from the agency’s Paris headquarters in which she urged that “full light” be shed on the circumstances of the killing. “It is essential for the whole of Kyrgyz society that the authorities spare no effort in upholding the basic human right of freedom of expression,” Ms. Bokova said. “I am deeply concerned about reports of unacceptable pressure on the press in Kyrgyzstan, which, like every country, requires open debate for its political, social and economic development.” Meanwhile, in Pakistan, a suicide bombing on Tuesday killed four people at the Peshawar Press Club, including Mian Iqbal Shah, a well known accountant for the Club. An additional 23 people were injured, including several journalists.“Nothing good will come to the people of Pakistan from those who use violence to muzzle informed political debate, and I trust that the authorities will do all they can to ensure that journalists are able to continue exercising their profession,” Ms. Bokova said. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack. According to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), media personnel in the NWFP, Balochistan – the country’s largest and poorest province, and other sensitive areas had been threatened by terrorist groups, including the Taliban, who want to stop journalists from reporting on their activities. The PFUJ has said that since 11 September 2001, some 45 journalists have been killed and more than 300 wounded in attacks and targeted killings in Pakistan.The agency is the only UN entity mandated to protect press freedom and throughout the years has drawn attention to killings and other attacks against journalists and media workers. 24 December 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the press today condemned this week’s attacks on a journalist reported to have been highly critical of authorities in Kyrgyzstan and a separate suicide bombing in the Peshawar Press Club in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. read more

Alberta Securities Commission says Poseidon executives actions were fraudulent

CALGARY – The Alberta Securities Commission says a former officer of failed oilfield services firm Poseidon Concepts engaged in a deliberate “campaign of disinformation” in reporting U.S. contracts that led to the company overstating its revenue and accounts receivable.The regulator says it has found Joseph Kostelecky, Calgary-based Poseidon’s former senior sales executive in the United States, guilty of fraud and will proceed to a hearing later this month to determine punishment.It says Kostelecky was called to an ASC hearing in December but refused to take part.Poseidon was created by Calgary junior producer Open Range Energy in November 2011 to develop and market its oilfield liquid storage systems that resembled gigantic above-ground swimming pools.The value of the new company’s shares soared to $1.3 billion but fell quickly after February 2013 when it announced that it had incorrectly recorded about $100 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2012. Its assets were subsequently sold off by a court-appointed monitor for less than its secured debt, leaving nothing for shareholders.Last year, three of Poseidon’s other executives agreed in settlements to pay fines and accept trading bans after admitting they had failed to file financial statements in accordance with proper accounting principles. Alberta Securities Commission says Poseidon executive’s actions were fraudulent by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 17, 2017 4:02 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Heres what trickortreaters get at the White House

first_img No thanks (2054) A box of White House MMsJelly beansA White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookie made by the White House executive pastry chef Bill YossesA serving of dried fruitWhat do you make of their offering? HALLOWEEN IS A time for finding out which of your neighbours are sound (the ones who give out chocolate and sweets) and which aren’t (the ones who give out peanuts and tangerines only).But what do you get when your neighbour lives at the White House?According to Zeke Miller on Twitter, if you trick-or-treat at the Obama’s home, you get: SoundNo thanksServing of dried fruit?VoteRead: Halloween as a kid, expectations versus reality?>Read: Woman plans to hand out letters to obese trick-or-treating children instead of sweets> Sound (1091) Serving of dried fruit? (402) Poll Results:last_img read more

iRobot seeking to advance 3D printing market with allinone 3D printer

first_imgiRobot, the company responsible for — among other things — robot vacuum cleaners that not only give rides to cats, but often times act similarly to and provide as much love as a cat, looks to be setting its sights on a new market. It has filed a patent for a “robot fabricator,” which is essentially an autonomous 3D printer that handles every part of the process itself — an “all-in-one” 3D printer.Printers — 3D or not — are generally seen as autonomous to begin with: You press a button, then an item — some kind of document or physical object — is the result. However, in the case of 3D printing, the actual printing process isn’t always just a set-it-and-forget-it affair. In iRobot’s patent, the company notes that, for example, if a 3D-printed object has some sort of overhang, then a support structure must be manually placed into the printing process, then manually removed after the overhang is complete. iRobot’s patent also aims to automatically process the seams produced through the individual layers of an object being printed. iRobot’s goal is to remove the need for human intervention, and to completely automate both the assembly and manufacturing processes.As noted in the patent, the machine’s fabrication is centered around a six-axis industrial manipulator that is capable of participating in both additive and subtractive processes, while another manipulator will handle other tasks, such as hardware testing. In order to make sure the build is going well, the unit might feature various sensors that can relay information back to the manipulators and adjust the build on the fly.Currently, the patent has not yet been granted, but even if it never is, it looks like iRobot wants to advanced the 3D printing market.last_img read more

Hangover Scramble slated Thursday at Washougal motocross park

first_imgWASHOUGAL — More than 250 riders are expected to compete Thursday in the Jones Creek Trail Riders Association’s annual Hangover Scrambles.The dirt bike and all-terrain-vehicle races begin at 9 a.m. at the Washougal Motocross Park, 40205 N.E. Borin Road.Gates open at 6 a.m. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m.Entry costs $10 per person. Youth age 7 to 14 are admitted for $5. Camping costs $10 per vehicle.Entrants compete in hour-long races depending on skill level and vehicle type. The event happens regardless of weather conditions.Race entry is $36 for the first event, with a 50 percent discount off second and third events. There are two 30-minute youth races for $5 on a special course.The final race begins at 3 p.m.Riders come from as far away Canada and Nevada, said Mike Ames, president of the Jones Creek Trail Riders Association.The scrambles are the association’s main money-raising activity for the year. Proceeds are used to finance trail building and trail maintenance efforts by the association.There will be an EnduroX obstacle section that is very popular with expert-class riders, Ames said. The section is in the middle of a fieldlast_img read more

3 arrested for attempting to break into Sunrise Cricket Wireless

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Thieves tried breaking into a Cricket Wireless store through a neighboring business in Sunrise.The three burglars attempted to sledgehammer their way into the Cricket store after they broke into a nail salon next door.A hole was left behind after they used the sledgehammer and crowbars to break through.Officials quickly arrested the three men. 24-year-old Jose Espinosa-Esquijarosa, 26-year-old Fernando Laguardia and 20-year-old Exon Gonzalez Caceres all faced a judge in bond court on Thursday.Laguardia and Espinosa are each being held on $36,000 bond.Investigators believe they’re behind other business break-ins in Palm Beach County, but have not been charged in those cases.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska Governor Wants Law To Limit OilWealth Fund Draws

first_imgThe House budget also proposed taking about $700 million from a state savings account to help fill the deficit but fell short of the level of support needed to tap that fund. Walker said he was “not uncomfortable” with the dividend amount proposed by the House. House leaders believe other measures, such as a broad-based tax and changes to oil taxes, should be part of an overall fiscal plan. The Senate rejected an income tax last year and has been lukewarm to revisiting oil taxes, maintaining that the deficit can be managed with fiscal discipline. “We will evaluate that at the end of the process,” he said. The House proposal would set the dividend at $1,600 per person, compared to an estimated $2,650 had the formula been followed. The Senate has yet to propose its version. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said there have been preliminary discussions with Walker’s administration on the Legislature’s remaining work. The session is scheduled to end in less than two weeks, but Edgmon said lawmakers probably will need more time. Some use of permanent fund earnings is widely seen as necessary to help fill the budget hole. Walker and legislative leaders have envisioned some type of draw based on an average of the fund’s market value, versus just taking cash out without parameters. On Tuesday, House leaders were noncommittal about Walker’s proposal to set a draw limit in law. In a newsletter Monday, Walker said a draw limit “must be binding in law.” He also said need for government services or an aversion to taxes cannot be allowed to eliminate future dividend funding, and called for an “unbreakable floor” for dividend amounts. Rep. Neal Foster, a Democrat from Nome, said he doesn’t see that as a must-have for ending the session, “under the current circumstances, without a full fiscal plan and so forth.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker favors a law to limit how much lawmakers can pull from the earnings of Alaska’s oil-wealth fund to pay for state government and yearly checks to residents. Traditionally, dividends have been paid with fund earnings, based on a calculation set in law. But that formula has been ignored the last two years, and dividends capped, amid legislative gridlock over how best to fill the deficit. But the House majority, composed largely of Democrats, and the GOP-led Senate have disagreed on what additional actions need to be taken. The amount was based on a draw equal to 5.25 percent of the fund’s average market value over the prior five years, according to the House majority. House Finance Committee Co-Chair Paul Seaton called that level of draw “sustainable on a short-time basis.” The House, as part of the operating budget it passed for the coming fiscal year, proposed taking $1.7 billion from fund earnings to help cover government costs and another $1 billion for the annual dividend check Alaskans receive from the oil-wealth fund. The two versions of the budget are typically reconciled between House and Senate negotiators. Walker told reporters Tuesday that a lack of such a structure could be risky for the fund’s sustainability. He would not say whether he would he would approve a budget that relies on a limited draw from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings if a law making a structured draw permanent isn’t passed.last_img read more

Hearst Digital Media Expands ELLE Partnership with Style Coalition

first_img“We funnel everything through Ziv because she knows the bloggers so intimately, and also has experience on the ad side, so she understands what clients are looking for,” says Schooling. “If we’re looking to create a program, whether its something as simple as a blog post, or something larger scale like an event series or leveraging the blogger as more of a brand ambassador, she can field those questions.” Custom content possibilities for Hearst marketing partners now include editorial, video and photo options. Bloggers are compensated on a case-by-case basis. Style Coalition was founded in 2008 “to act as the liason between brands and social media outlets and to help bloggers sell any monetary aspect of their blog, from display media to custom content,” according to its website. “What makes it so unique for Hearst is that its not a matter of adding scale or tapping into a blogger one-off; we’re able to create all these custom content experiences that can live in multiple places: our sites, brand sites, the blogger sites, social platforms. We’re excited to have scale and quality come together across the board,” says Schooling. In addition to a new portfolio of magazines, Hearst also inherited ELLE’s partnership with the Style Coalition blog network during its 2011 Hachette acquisition. Hearst Digital Media will expand this partnership to include Hearst’s 28 digital properties; its ad team will also sell Style Coalition [SC] display advertising, in addition to using SC resources to create custom programs for marketing clients.Style Coalition, led by founder Yuli Ziv, joined forces with ELLE in 2010. Since then, SC’s 40 bloggers have helped create custom programs for brands such as Lancome, Dolce & Gabbana and Gap. Laura Schooling, director of marketing at Hearst Digital Media, says of the growing partnership with SC, “In the same way we can expand our scale across their network of quality bloggers, we can tap into the 40 bloggers to create custom content that lives on the blogs. We can also fold the content into other editorial properties and leverage for advertisers.”SC’s bloggers bring a strong Web presence to Hearst’s properties, with some blogger sites drawing one million uniques monthly. Despite Hearst influence, Ziv remains in control of blogger tasks. last_img read more

Publicity stunt AAP after Alka Lamba warns to contest 2020

first_imgNew Delhi: Disgruntled Aam Aadmi Party legislator Alka Lamba has said she has made up her mind to quit the party and is considering contesting the upcoming Delhi assembly elections as an independent candidate. The AAP, however, called it just a “publicity stunt”. Lamba, the AAP’s Chandni Chowk legislator, said she had been disrespected by the party on several occasion. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us “I am not called to meetings. I am insulted repeatedly. I spent 20 years in the Congress and even there I struggled with family politics but in the AAP I do not get the basic respect,” she claimed. “I have made up my mind to quit the party and will make an official announcement on August 4 if I would contest independently or not,” she told PTI. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “The day I spend the money allocated to me for the development work of my assembly, the next day I will quit the party,” she said. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, however, called her a “chronic attention seeker”. “Alka Lamba is a serial attention seeker. She has declared many times in the past about quitting the party but she is scared of losing her MLA seat. If she had to resign, she should send a resignation letter to party leadership, which she has not some. Declaring to media is just theatrics,” the AAP’s Greater Kailash legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj said. Advertise With Us Assembly elections in Delhi are due early next year. Lamba has been at odds with the party for some time now. After the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha polls, she had sought accountability from AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal following which she was removed from the official WhatsApp group of the party lawmakers. Lamba also refused to campaign for the party in the Lok Sabha polls and even refrained from participating in Arvind Kejriwal’s roadshow after she was asked to walk behind his car during the event. In April, Lamba engaged in a bitter Twitter spat with Bharadwaj, who in taunt, had her to resign from the party. She had first hit a rough patch with the AAP over its decision to pass a resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna. Lamba had raised objections to the party’s resolution. In December, she said in a tweet that AAP had asked her to support the resolution, which she refused. Lamba then added that she was ready to face any punishment because of her actions. She had won the Chandni Chowk assembly seat in the 2013 Delhi elections. Before joining Kejriwal, she was part of the Congress women’s wing.last_img read more

Robert Muellers Pace Measures Up With Best Prosecutors In Modern History

first_imgAlex Wong/Getty ImagesThen-FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on June 13, 2013, on Capitol HillThe man leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has been keeping busy.Special counsel Robert Mueller has been on the job for about nine months. But he has already charged 19 people with wrongdoing — and won guilty pleas from the president’s former campaign vice chairman and his former national security adviser.Scholars who focus on politically charged investigations that may lead into the White House have been taking note.“Robert Mueller’s pace in this investigation really is very similar to some of the best special prosecutors in modern history,” said Ken Gormley, the president of Duquesne University and the author of two books on special prosecutors.These investigations carry special burdens: to move forward quietly, with no leaks, and quickly, to prove guilt or innocence.“The whole point of appointing an independent counsel in these kind of instances is to deal with the fact that there’s a cloud over the highest levels of the executive branch and to restore public confidence, one way or the other,” Gormley said.For many people, the model prosecutor was Archibald Cox, who investigated Watergate for a little more than a year before he was fired.“I’m not looking for a confrontation,” Cox told reporters in 1973. “I’ve worried a good deal through my life about the problems of imposing too much strain upon our constitutional institutions and I’m certainly not out to get the president of the United States.”During his tenure, Cox developed evidence about obstruction of justice by President Richard Nixon. The prosecutor who replaced Cox built on that work, ultimately leading to Nixon’s resignation.Gormley said the current special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, is operating in that same mold.But at the White House, President Trump and his lawyers have been pressing the Mueller team to move faster. So is another familiar figure: former Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr.“The American people, I think, want to know, was there collusion,” Starr told CNN last week. “Let’s get that answered. That would be my sense, if I were at the Justice Department.”Starr spent five years and more than $40 million investigating President Bill Clinton. Critics say Starr took too long and wandered away from his original mission. He was far from the only independent counsel to come under attack as a “roving Frankenstein monster,” Gormley said.In the category of “no end,” there was the investigation of Clinton’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros. In 1995, then-Attorney General Janet Reno asked for an independent counsel to determine whether Cisneros should face prosecution for providing false information about payments to a former mistress.“I’m disappointed by that outcome but I’m hopeful that the investigation will be completed expeditiously,” Cisneros told reporters at the time.But any hope Cisneros had for a speedy resolution went bust. The independent counsel in his case, David Barrett, kept working even after the law authorizing his work expired. Cisneros pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was later pardoned by the president. Still, Barrett’s work continued. The final report emerged in 2006, nearly 11 years after he took office.Robert Mueller is a hard-driving former FBI director, not known for dallying in his work. He’s already secured indictments against Russians for running an information warfare campaign aimed at the last presidential election.And yet, Wake Forest University professor Katy Harriger said measuring Mueller’s success will be a challenge.“For some people, success will only be if somehow the president gets impeached,” Harriger said. “And for other people, success is a complete exoneration.”Push away that cloud of politics, she said, and success may be a report or a set of conclusions that most people can believe.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Hayes Looks to Raise Fines on Liquor Sales to Minors in Baltimore

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Del. Antonio Hayes has submitted a bill to the General Assembly to raise the maximum fine for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors in Baltimore City. (Photo courtesy of Del. Antonio Hayes)Baltimore City has the lowest maximum fine – tied with Calvert County – for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors. Del. Antonio Hayes (D-Baltimore City) has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to double the current maximum fine, from $500 to $1,000.“This bill, like other pieces of my legislation, is really the brainchild of people in communities that I represent,” said Hayes, who tells the AFRO that his bill was spurred by the advocacy of Dr. Marvin Cheatham, president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, on the issue of liquor sales to minors.Currently, in Baltimore City, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners (BLLC) can impose a fine of up to $500 on an establishment for its first offense of selling alcohol to minors. Subsequent offenses allow a maximum fine of $3,000, and Hayes says his bill, House Bill 868 (HB0868), would simply put the initial fine more on par with the fine for subsequent offenses.Baltimore City’s current maximum fine is well below that of other counties in the state, according to the freshman delegate. In adjacent Baltimore County, the maximum fine for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors is $2,000. In Prince George’s it is $12,500, and in Montgomery County it is $20,000, says Hayes.“Most liquor stores, $500 is what they do in two to three hours, so it’s not really sending them a message of the importance of [not] serving alcohol to minors,” said Hayes.Cheatham tells the AFRO that there are 15 establishments selling or serving alcohol in the vicinity of his neighborhood, four of which were fined last year for selling alcohol to minors.“What we were seeing was not only violence and crime associated with the liquor stores, but we were beginning to see an uptick in the sale of liquor to young people because they weren’t checking the IDs,” said Cheatham, who says the current BLLC has been more aggressive in policing sales to minors, but that its penalties need more teeth.“Where it is now . . . that’s far too little when you consider you sold liquor to a minor,” said Cheatham.According to Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, executive secretary of the BLLC for Baltimore City, 44 establishments were fined for selling alcohol to minors in fiscal year 2013, with approximately 75 establishments being fined for, or charged with, selling alcohol to minors in fiscal 2014 (running from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015).The process for fining an establishment begins with a police vice operation, generally involving an underage cadet, who attempts to purchase alcohol. If the undercover cadet is not ID’d and sold alcohol (or sold alcohol despite an ID showing the cadet was underage), the police file a report with BLLC who then holds a hearing to determine guilt and the appropriate fine.“Last year [vice] visited approximately 150 locations throughout the city,” said Bailey-Hedgepeth.“The majority of the liquor stores and taverns in the district are responsible establishments,” said Hayes, “it’s just that there’s a couple of bad apples that are not responsible, so this [bill] is really to go after the ones who are not being responsible.”Because HB0868 simply raises the maximum fine that can be assessed against an establishment for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors, the bill has no direct costs for implementation.last_img read more

The Mysterious Plant Worshiped as a God in Ancient Religious Texts

first_img“There’s always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past, you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gram tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World. As a casual reader of Huxley, one would assume that the master of dystopian fiction had invented the term “soma” along with the distant future that it inhabits.Huxley’s fictitious fix-all drug, as described in his book Brave New World, takes its inspiration from the Rigveda, one of the ancient Vedic Hindu scriptures, where a plant only known as soma is worshiped as a god.Aldous Leonard HuxleyThe Rigveda is one of four sacred texts that make up the Hindu Vedas; it was first written down in around 1100 BC but has an oral tradition dating back even further.It is still used today in Hindu ceremonies making it the oldest religious text in continual use.The Rigveda is composed of over 10,000 poems which are separated into ten books called mandalas.Rigveda (padapatha) manuscript in Devanagari, early 19th century.One of these mandalas is called the Soma Mandala and is made up of around 114 poems all of which are dedicated to the worship, ritual, and experience of soma, described in the Rigveda as the god of inspiration, ecstasy and flowing water.Soma was used by Hindu shamans in religious ceremonies to bring them to ecstatic states in which they would have deeply religious experiences. It was so revelatory that soma became central to all Vedic religious experience.Ritual healer calling for help to ancient godsThe Rigveda tells us that soma has the power of a god and could instill godly powers on those who drank it: “We drank soma, we became immortal, we came to the light, we found gods.”There is no specific genus named in the Rigveda and since the ancient text first came to Europe in the 18th century, spiritual seekers of all kinds have tried to work out precisely of what soma is comprised and how they can experience it.Shaman tableThere are theories that soma is either a single plant or root, or that it is a mixture of many ingredients. Cannabis, chicory, ephedra, opium, ginger and even rhubarb have been suggested over the years as essential elements in soma, but now most agree that soma is psychoactive in nature.Close up on Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy cultivationAn author and amateur sleuth by the name of R. Gordon Wassen in his book The Mushroom of Immortality was the first to suggest the psychoactive mushroom fly-agaric as the main component of soma.Of his findings, Wasson said, “before we made use of reading and writing when the Rigveda was being composed, the prestige of this miraculous mushroom ran by word of mouth far and wide throughout Eurasia, well beyond the regions where it grew and was worshipped.”Showing three stages as the mushroom expands Photo by Amanita muscaria 3 vliegenzwammen op rij.jpg: CC BY-SA 3.0 nlThere is some evidence to support his claim. Archaeologists and anthropologists have shown that during this period the fly-agaric mushroom was used by shamans in Siberia and Iran for religious ritual.In the early Iranian religion Zoroastrianism, there is a similar substance discussed called “hoama” and there have been recent discoveries suggesting that hoama and soma were prepared in temples across the continent.As our ancestors moved across Eurasia in search of greener pastures and more space, they brought with them their rituals and religious practices. It is likely that the exact ingredients of soma changed based on the geographical availability of psychoactive ingredients and could have featured any number of the roots and plants mentioned above.Read another story from us: 5 Famous Paintings with Crazy Hidden ImagesThe psilocybin family is likely to have featured heavily in this concoction as it is known to have the mind-altering properties discussed in the Rigveda.last_img read more

Iron Age Celtic Chariot Unearthed – Amazingly Decorated

first_imgThe first known Celtic chariot burial in Wales has been discovered in a field in Pembrokeshire, thanks to the efforts of a man with a metal detector. The chariot could be 2,500 years old, and while there is some speculation that a chieftain or queen would have been buried with it, no human remains have yet been foundChiefs of high rank in the Iron Age were laid to rest with their chariot, horses, tack, and even their weapons.Media reports say that ground penetrating radar showed a pattern of buried ditches and walls, which suggests a large Celtic settlement.Photo By Mike SmithNational Museum of Wales describes the finds as “significant and exciting,” according to the BBC. However, the exact location in south Pembrokeshire is being kept secret while archaeologists prepare for a major dig in 2019.Beginning in February, Mike Smith, a member of the Pembrokeshire Prospectors, using a metal detector, unearthed a number of pieces of Iron Age Celtic metalwork, including part of a horse harness, bronze bridle fittings, and a brooch, reported Archaeology. “Although the items were corroded, they were decorated with bright red enamel that remains vivid despite the passage of time.”Some of the Celtic bronzework. The center piece is a horse bridle fitting. Photo by Mike Smith.After Smith informed officials at the National Museum Wales,  an excavation was launched in June. Archaeologists uncovered two rusted iron chariot wheels, and this confirmed that the site held a Celtic chariot burial.Smith had started searching for artifacts in this particular field after flooding ruled out his usual place.“My first find was a Celtic horse harness junction piece,” Smith told the Tivyside Advertiser. “When I found it my friends said I would never top it, but the next day I went back and found the rest.”A Celtic terret ring, a metal loop for a horse’s harness. Photo by Mike SmithAfter Smith dug about eight inches deeper into the soil, he found other decorative pieces, including bronze bridle fittings, a brooch, and the handle section of tools.Though they were green from corrosion, the bronze pieces were covered in bright red enamel.Bridle fitting with Celtic decorations. Photo by Mike Smith.Smith’s detector also recorded the existence of a three-meter piece of metal in the ground.A pony’s tooth found near two bridle bits helped to confirm the discovery.“This is unprecedented,” said Mike to the Tivyside Advertiser, “and underneath the chariot there is still the three-meter metal anomaly. If you go by other chariot finds that could be weapons or it could be treasure.”Photo By Mike SmithAcross Europe, chariot burials from this time period have been confirmed, but they are less common in England. When found, the sites have been in northeast England.Smith told the Daily Mail, “I knew the importance of them straight away….I’d read all about chariot burials and just wished it could have been me, so finding this has been a privilege.”However, Smith said his first email to the National Museum saying he had found a chariot burial was  laughed at. “What the archaeologists said at the time was because there had never been a find down here before, they didn’t believe it.”Photo By Mike SmithThat skepticism changed once the archaeologists went to the site Smith had located. “The look on their faces when they saw it said it all.”Some researchers say that the settlement could have been one of the Gauls,a  group of Celtic peoples who occupied part of Europe during the Iron Age.“They were fearsome warriors who cut off the heads of their enemies and hung them over their horses for all to see,” according to the Daily Mail. “Some attached the heads of fallen foes to their shields to terrify their enemies when they next went into battle.”Read another story from us: Iron Age Chariot Burial Site Found – Complete with Horse and RiderCelts believed the head was the key to the soul.Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus of the 4th century wrote that the Gauls were tall, light-skinned, light-haired, and light-eyed.last_img read more

Perths first Emirates A380 set to arrive tonight

first_imgWestern Australia will today welcome its first A380 service with the Emirates A380 arriving at Perth International Airport later this evening.From today, the double-decker A380 will carry up 982 passengers each day between Perth and Dubai.Emirates divisional vice president commercial operations, Australia, Rob Gurney said the airline is pleased to provide this new service for Perth travellers and visitors to the city.“After much anticipation Emirates is pleased to now be able to offer Perth residents the opportunity to travel on an A380 service non-stop to Dubai, and potentially onward with another A380 connection to more than 33 other destinations on our global network,” Mr Gurney said.The crew on board the first A380 flight, which is due to arrive at 17:35 tonight, will include Perth-born pilot of over 19 years, Captain Steve Darnell.Mr Darnell said it is an honour to be flying the inaugural Emirates A380 into his home city.“It’s a world-class aircraft to fly, and its spacious and quiet cabins also make it also very comfortable to fly in,” Mr Darnell said.“The many features onboard Emirates’ A380s will ensure passengers have the perfect journey when travelling to or from Dubai.”Passengers on board the A380 will be entertained with over 2,000 channels on offer through Emirates’ ice entertainment system.The aircraft arriving in Perth tonight consists of three classes: 401 Economy Class seats, 76 mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.The Perth A380 service will operate daily, departing Dubai at 02:55 and arriving in Perth at 17:35 on the same day.The return flight will depart Perth International Airport at 22:10 and arrive in Dubai the next day at 05:25.In correlation with the A380’s arrival, Emirates is investing further in the Western Australian market with an expanded lounge at Perth Airport.The lounge, opening later this year, will cater for the increase in passengers expected to travel on the A380 service.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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