USA’s Graceland Renewed for Third Season; Will Aaron Tveit Return?!

first_img The show follows a group of undercover agents of the FBI, DEA and Customs who live together in a Malibu house. In addition to Tveit and Sunjata, the cast features Vanessa Ferlito, Manny Montana, Brandon Jay McLaren and Serinda Swan. In the second season finale, the FBI agent was left for dead after being smothered in a hospital bed as senior agent Paul Briggs, played by The Country House star Daniel Sunjata, scrambled to rescue him. He may have been too busy canoodling with Blythe Danner and her scarves at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. We’ll have to find out! The USA drama Graceland has been renewed for a 13-episode third season, Variety reports. The series return is set for summer 2015. The question on many viewers’ (read: Tveitertots) minds is whether Mike Warren, played by Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Aaron Tveit, is (SPOILER!) still alive.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Anwar al-Awlaki’s death hailed as major blow to al-Qaeda

first_img The killing of any of al-Qaeda’s leaders worldwide is a loss to al-Qaeda in Iraq specifically and a win for the security forces in all Iraqi cities since we know that al-Qaeda relies on its Iraqi chapter [branch] in order to derail the country’s democratic process,” Deputy Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi told Al-Shorfa. General Tariq al-Assal, an adviser at the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, described al-Awlaki’s death as “good news.” He said it was “very positive that global powers of the free world are converging for the purpose of disposing of extremism and terrorism.” Al-Assal said al-Awlaki was one of the key supporters of al-Qaeda in Iraq and “his death is a victory in itself which also serves to demoralise terrorists in their efforts to fight democracy, peace and security.” By Dialogo October 05, 2011 The killing of al-Awlaki would have numerous negative effects on al-Qaeda in the short term and on the future of the organization, Dr. Saeed Obaid al-Jamhi, president of the al-Jamhi Centre for Studies, told Al-Shorfa. Al-Awlaki was the “architect of long-distance recruiting for al-Qaeda, and it was he who planned the operations on U.S. soil, most notably his relationship with the officer Nidal Hassan and his relationship with the Nigerian [national],” al-Jamhi said. “Therefore, al-Qaeda’s loss with the demise of al-Awlaki could be on par with its loss with the death of its leader bin Laden.” Al-Jamhi added that it was al-Awlaki who orchestrated al-Qaeda’s media campaign around the world in the past few years. He also supervised al-Qaeda’s English-language publication, Inspire magazine. “Al-Awlaki elevated the organization from a local and regional player to a global one, thanks to the media hype he created and long-distance recruiting, at a time when the organization’s star had begun to dim and its strategic operations became scarce,” al-Jamhi said. “This further indicates the magnitude of the loss of al-Awlaki, who had achieved so much in such a short period.” Al-Jamhi said al-Awlaki played a strategic role in the organization, where he relied on planning one-man operations designed to cause heavy losses in the ranks of the enemy with few casualties for the organization, such as the operations carried out by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Nidal Hassan. Al-Awlaki played a strategic role in the organization Al-Awlaki’s death is another blow to al-Qaeda center_img “The killing of al-Awlaki follows a series of blows received by al-Qaeda, from the killing of its leader Osama bin Laden to the killing of Atiya Abdel Rahman al-Libi, and lastly al-Awlaki, who was the spiritual leader of the organization, possessing a charismatic personality,” said Dr. Said Abdel-Mumin al-Ariki, a strategic issues and Islamist groups researcher. Al-Ariki said al-Awlaki was a candidate to succeed bin Laden on account of what he had done for the organization, both through the media and his long-distance recruiting. He said the killing of al-Awlaki and other leaders will weaken the organization. “There is also another factor that will weaken the organization: successful Arab revolutions and the spread of democracy through peaceful change. Al-Qaeda may not find a place in the near future in Arab countries especially as it believes in change through violence, which is the opposite of what Arab revolutions seek.” Iraqi officials: killing of al-Awlaki positive development BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Yemeni Ministry of Defense announced on Friday (September 30th) the killing of prominent al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki along with three other al-Qaeda members. Yemeni officials told Al-Shorfa that al-Awlaki was killed on Friday in an air strike in a region between al-Jawf and Marib provinces. Samir Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent who specialized in computer programming, was also killed, according to the ministry. The identities of the two other members have not been confirmed. An extensive surveillance operation led to the successful targeting of al-Awlaki and his companions, the Defense Ministry statement said. An al-Qaeda member previously arrested told Yemeni security officials that al-Awlaki was living in the village of al-Khasf in al-Jawf province, in the home of a man called Khamis Arfaj, according to the ministry. “The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki was the result of a major intelligence effort and cooperation between friends and brothers [colleagues] in this effort, the final outcome of which was the death of al-Awlaki and three organization members in an air strike that targeted them in an area between the provinces of al-Jawf and Marib,” Abdo al-Janadi, deputy minister of information and spokesman for the Yemeni government, told Al-Shorfa. Al-Janadi said al-Awlaki’s “demise is the inevitable fate of every terrorist and every outlaw.” Yemen is at war with terrorism and the killing of al-Awlaki was within this context, especially since he had rejected all peaceful calls to him to surrender voluntarily and face trial, he added. “Al-Awlaki left the government no peaceful option, particularly after he was charged with incitement and murder of foreigners,” al-Janadi said. Anwar al-Awlaki was a U.S.-born Muslim cleric of Yemeni descent. His name was linked to some of the hijackers who carried out the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the United States. He was also linked to the shooting at a U.S. army base in 2009. He reportedly corresponded with U.S. army officer Nidal Hassan, who opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009, killing 13 people. Al-Awlaki was also suspected of having been in contact with Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to blow up a U.S. flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison in early 2011 for inciting the murder of a French engineer. last_img read more

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10 steps to enchantment

first_img continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There’s an art form to enchantment—connecting with consumers in a way that builds loyalty and engagement.Speaker Guy Kawasaki, marketing innovator and author, broke down that art form into 10 steps during his keynote address Monday at the America’s Credit Union Conference.“This is how you enchant, influence and persuade people,” he says:Be likeable. If you want to disrupt a business and influence and persuade people, you have to be likeable.Be trustworthy. Find something you agree on. And know that for members to trust you, you have to trust them first.last_img

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More Indonesian children may become malnourished amid pandemic, UNICEF warns

first_img“COVID-19 has hit vulnerable families the hardest,” Comini said. “Unless we urgently scale up prevention and treatment services for malnourished children, we risk seeing an increase in child illness and deaths linked to malnutrition.”According to UNICEF data, more than 2 million Indonesian children have suffered from severe wasting, while more than 7 million others under 5 years of age experienced stunted growth prior to the pandemic.Statistics Indonesia’s 2015 Intercensal Survey (SUPAS) estimated that the number of children 17 years old or younger in the country was 79.47 million, roughly 30.1 percent of Indonesia’s population of 266 million people in 2019.Globally, the number of malnourished children under the age of 5 is predicted to increase by about 15 percent this year, according to UNICEF.A recent survey conducted by Save the Children Indonesia found that reduced child welfare due to their parents’ loss of or decreased income, as well as limited support for children with disabilities, could increase the risk of malnutrition in 24 million toddlers across the country.UNICEF urged the government to improve public access to staple food items and to continue gathering data from vulnerable households so as to minimize the risk of malnutrition. The number of children suffering from malnutrition could spike in Indonesia as the government has struggled to stem the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health issue, according to the United Nations International Children’s Fund.In a statement issued on Tuesday, UNICEF warned that job losses, an overloaded healthcare system and limited access to food supplies amid the current health crisis could exacerbate the already poor living conditions of children deemed most susceptible to stunting and wasting.UNICEF Indonesia representative Debora Comini said it was crucial that the government act swiftly to ensure the well-being of children amid the pandemic, particularly those from poor households. Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Pension Reform Bill Saves and Protects Taxpayers, Reduces Wall Street Fees

first_img June 08, 2017 Governor Wolf: Pension Reform Bill Saves and Protects Taxpayers, Reduces Wall Street Fees Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Pension Reform,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the bipartisan support and final passage of Senate Bill 1, the pension reform compromise bill, which now heads to his desk for his signature:“The passage of Senate Bill 1 is an example of how Harrisburg can come together to make progress on issues that matter to the people of Pennsylvania. The collaborative and cooperative process that led to consensus is a byproduct of both Republicans and Democrats working with my administration to achieve significant reform.“This pension compromise achieves my foremost goals: continuing to pay down our debt, reducing Wall Street fees, shifting risk away from taxpayers, and providing workers with a fair retirement benefit, while providing long-term relief to school districts.“I look forward to joining members of the House and Senate, from both sides of the aisle, to sign this important bill into law.”The pensions reform compromise bill makes important progress including:It achieves the Governor’s foremost goals: continuing to pay down our debt, reducing Wall Street fees, and shifting risk away from taxpayers, all while providing workers with a fair retirement benefit.The new plan achieves these priorities by preserving a Defined Benefit pension, while also introducing a full Defined Contribution – 401(k) style plan option for new employees.It will save billions of dollars on the unfunded liability and will charge both retirement systems to reduce their Wall Street management fees by a combined $3 billion dollars.Achieving this compromise will also provide long-term relief to school districts, ensuring more future state dollars go directly into the classroom.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf: State Continues Phased Reopening with 16 More Counties Set to Go Green on June 5

first_imgGov. Wolf: State Continues Phased Reopening with 16 More Counties Set to Go Green on June 5 May 29, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health With more than 80 percent of the state in some phase of reopening, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 16 additional counties will take another step forward and move to green effective 12:01 a.m., June 5. Counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.The first 18 counties moved to green today, including Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.Eight counties moved to yellow today, including Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill.Counties that remain in red and are expected to move to yellow by June 5 include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.With more than half the state poised to be in the green phase on June 5, the governor this week provided an updated order for counties moving to green to give businesses and residents a clearer picture of what is permitted in that phase of reopening. The order includes these highlights:• Large gatherings of more than 250 prohibited.• Restaurants and bars open at 50% occupancy.• Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only.• Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged.• All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy.• Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols.• Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, personal care home and long-term care facilities, visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.Business frequently asked questions were also updated and are available here.Gov. Wolf also provided more options for counties in the yellow phase by allowing outdoor dining beginning June 5 and providing Summer Camp Guidance for providers, parents and caregivers.The Summer Camp Guidance includes information on what types of programs for children are permitted during the phased reopening, status of public playgrounds and the operation of community pools, and the status of organized team sports.The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University, combined with contact tracing and testing capability and a sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, to make decisions on county moves. The 50 new cases per 100,000 population continues to be a consideration, but not a sole deciding factor.As more counties and residents enjoy loosened restrictions, the governor stressed the need to balance resuming activities with keeping case counts low and taking personal responsibility by wearing a mask or choosing to stay away from crowds to reduce the likelihood of coming into contact with someone carrying COVID-19.“If we take the simple steps of wearing a mask, staying home when sick, and implementing social distancing tactics, we can help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 and make a huge contribution to getting our commonwealth back on track,” Gov. Wolf said.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

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​PensionDanmark cuts bonds, adds to real assets in face of low yields

first_imgTorben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmarkThe high return was due to significant growth from stock markets in the period and rising bond prices as a result of falling yields, the fund said. It also cited stable returns on credit, real estate and infrastructure investments.Möger Pedersen said it was even more important in a low-return investment environment to keep costs down. PensionDanmark’s work on digitalisation by using robot technology and artificial intelligence had aided this effort, he said.The pension fund reported a rise in contributions to DKK6.3bn between January and June this year, from DKK6bn in the same period in 2018. Total assets grew to DKK257bn at the end of June, from DKK240bn at the same point in 2018. PensionDanmark has made further cuts to its government and mortgage bond holdings in favour of real assets, in a bid to temper the impact of low interest rates.In its interim results, the Danish labour-market pension fund reported a rise in pre-tax investment returns for the first half of 2019, to 9.6% and 6% for 45-year-olds and 67-year-olds, respectively. This compared to 0.5% and 0.6% for the age groups in the first half of 2018.Torben Möger Pedersen, PensionDanmark’s chief executive, said: “Of course we are pleased with the great return in the first half of this year. Looking ahead though, we are probably looking at a longer period with low – even negative – yields, waning economic growth and significant geopolitical uncertainty as a result of factors including the trade conflict between the US and China, and Brexit.”Because of this, he said, investors had to adjust to the returns on pension savings becoming markedly lower in the next few years than they were in the last decade. “Our reaction to the low yields is a further reduction in our investments in traditional government and mortgage bonds and continued growth in our investments in sustainable real estate and infrastructure in order to secure a satisfactory return for our members in a zero-interest rate environment,” said Möger Pedersen.In July this year Denmark became the first developed economy to record negative yields on all its government bonds across the yield curve, according to Reuters.Nordic 10-year government bond yieldsChart MakerPensionDanmark reported an overall investment return at this year’s halfway point of DKK17.5bn (€2.3bn) before tax – its highest ever half-year return – compared with DKK1.1bn the year before.last_img read more

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Subsea 7 Buys Out Solstad Farstad from Normand Oceanic JV

first_imgSolstad Farstad has agreed to sell its 50% of the shares in the 50/50 owned joint venture company Normand Oceanic AS to Subsea 7.Normand Oceanic is the vessel owning entity for the flex-lay and heavy construction vessel “Normand Oceanic” which is being managed by Solstad Farstand while under long-term charter to a third party. The vessel is employed under a long term contract for operations in Mexico, and SOFF will remain ship manager for the vessel at least until end of this contract.Following this transaction, Subsea 7 will own 100% of the shares in the joint venture (JV), and will assume all rights and obligations entered into by the JV.Subsea 7 will assume all obligations related to an outstanding loan of approximately $100 million.Jean Cahuzac, Subsea 7 CEO, said: “Our agreement to acquire Normand Oceanic reflects our strategy to own high-specification vessels that differentiate our market leading engineering and construction services to the offshore energy industry. We are focused on actively managing our fleet composition to meet our clients’ requirements and market conditions.”“We have found a solution to the benefit of both JV partners. Subsea 7 has been a long term partner and client, and we look forward to continue this important relationship,” says CEO Lars Peder Solstad.The sale of shares has no cash effect for SOFF, but will give a book loss of approximately NOK 144 million.last_img read more

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Euthanasia referendum: ‘The proposed law isn’t watertight’

first_imgStuff co.nz 31 August 2020Family First Comment: Superb commentary from Grant Illingworth QC – on David Seymour’s “shoddy” euthanasia law.“While superficially attractive, it contains serious shortcomings that create unacceptable risks for vulnerable people. The most glaring example is the lack of any meaningful safeguard against coercion in the Act. Every law student learns about situations in which vulnerable people are pressured into making decisions against their will or their better judgment.”Protect.org.nz#rejectassistedsuicideOPINION: The New Zealand public will shortly be asked to decide whether to give health workers the authority to assist terminally ill people to die. Many people, including now Sir Michael Cullen, think it’s a good idea to give people who are terminally ill a choice about how to end their lives.As New Zealanders, we like the idea of having a choice. We also like the idea of showing compassion towards those who are suffering.Rightly so; but the assisted dying referendum does not involve voting about an idea; it concerns a set of rules that have already been drafted and enacted by Parliament.Those rules will come into force automatically if a majority vote in favour of them.One of the basic requirements of a good statute is that it should build up a sequence of concepts that make logical sense and which, in combination, constitute a sound, consistent and coherent statutory scheme.As with a good recipe, the instructions should all contribute harmoniously to a satisfactory outcome. But if the instructions are not clear, the chef will have only a recipe for confusion.Before endorsing any set of legal rules, we should all be convinced that the proposal is watertight, especially in matters involving life and death.Unfortunately, in this case the proposed law is not watertight.While superficially attractive, it contains serious shortcomings that create unacceptable risks for vulnerable people.The most glaring example is the lack of any meaningful safeguard against coercion in the Act. Every law student learns about situations in which vulnerable people are pressured into making decisions against their will or their better judgment.Pressure of this kind has various legal labels including terms like “undue influence” and “economic duress.” In more colloquial language, we routinely talk about people being “bullied” into doing things they don’t really want to do.Under the proposed law, doctors are required to encourage a person who seeks assisted dying to discuss their wish with others, such as family, friends, and counsellors.But doctors must also ensure the person knows they are not obliged to discuss their wish with anyone.Doctors must “do their best” to ensure that the person is expressing their wish free from pressure by conferring with other health practitioners who are in regular contact with the person and by conferring with members of the person’s family “approved” by the person.But there may be no other health practitioners who are in regular contact with the person and, even if there are, they may know nothing about the family situation.And the duty to confer with members of the family is expressly limited to people who are “approved” by the person.If the person has been bullied into seeking assisted dying, the person is unlikely give their approval. These provisions provide no more than the illusion of safety.An independent medical practitioner must read the person’s medical files, examine the person and reach an opinion about whether the person is eligible for assisted dying. But that practitioner is not required to make any form of assessment concerning possible coercion.There is no requirement for any health professional, at any stage of the process, to ask the person who seeks assisted dying whether someone else has suggested that they make an assisted dying request and, if so, whether that other person has anything to gain from the outcome.No-one has to ask the person whether he or she has been pressured to make the request or whether assisted dying is being sought in order to relieve or help family members.These are questions that must be answered before it could be concluded that the decision to seek assisted dying has been made voluntarily, but no-one has been given the responsibility of asking those questions.The proposed law provides that the assisted dying process must be stopped if, at any time, the health practitioners suspect, on reasonable grounds, that the person is not expressing their wish to receive assisted dying free from pressure from any other person.But this does not amount to a requirement to exclude possible coercion in any proactive way. Importantly, the independent medical practitioner has been given no role to play in the assessment of voluntariness. Put simply, the proposed law does not require any meaningful form of coercion assessment.Another serious problem will be created, too, if the proposed law comes into force. The Crimes Act provides that homicide is the killing of one human being by another.Homicide may be either culpable or not culpable. Culpable homicide is either murder or manslaughter.Homicide is culpable when it consists in the killing of any person by an unlawful act, but it may also be culpable where the offender causes the victim to take their own life as a result of threats, fear of violence, or deception.If a bully only puts emotional pressure on a vulnerable person to commit suicide, the bully can’t be charged with murder or manslaughter, but the bully could be charged with aiding and abetting suicide. It’s a serious crime to counsel or procure any person to commit suicide, or to aid or abet any person in the commission of suicide.It is also a crime to encourage another person to commit suicide, even if they don’t do it.But what if the proposed law is voted into effect and a person accesses assisted dying as a result of being bullied? If the victim is wrongfully pressured into killing himself or herself, even with medical assistance, the bully could be prosecuted and imprisoned for up to 14 years, because the result would still be a form of suicide.But if the bully were careful enough to pressure the victim into being killed by a doctor administering a lethal poison, it seems that no offence would be committed because the result would not be suicide, so no-one could be punished for the wrongful death.This is an unacceptable outcome which has been overlooked in a piece of very shoddy legal drafting.Grant Illingworth QC is a barrister-at-law based in Auckland and is taking part in the #DefendNZ movement to try to block the End of Life Bill from passing into law.https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/300095438/euthanasia-referendum-the-proposed-law-isnt-watertightKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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‘Trikes’ OK to ply San Jose streets under modified ECQ

first_img“Only 270 tricycle drivers are being allowed to operate in a day,” Untaranadded. SAN JOSE, Antique – Tricycles are now allowed to ply the streets ofthis capital town under the modified enhanced community quarantine of Gov.Rhodora Cadiao implemented in this province, according to mayor Elmer Untaran. Tricycle drivers have agreed taking turns in plying the streets of thiscapital town. They also committed to observe social distancing by taking twopassengers per trip only. This system will continue until the modified ECQ in this province willbe lifted possibly on April 30, “San Jose has around 3,600 tricycle drivers who lost income due to theenhanced community quarantine (ECQ) implementation caused by the coronavirusdisease 2019. But little by little, they are allowed to go back to theirlivelihood,” he said on April 17. He said the vegetables have been delivered to this capital town’s 28barangays, who in turn will sell them to residents. “There are three vendors in every barangay of San Jose who had been deliveredwith vegetables last April 15,” Untaran said.The initiative of making vegetables accessible to residents of barangays herewould avoid people decongesting the markets.center_img The provincial government, through the Office of the ProvincialAgriculture, has allocated P1.5 million to purchase the vegetables from localfarmers. Under the modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) of Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, tricycles are now once again allowed to ply the streets of San Jose, Antique. The income of around 3,600 tricycle drivers in this capital town were affected due to the ECQ caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. PNA “The income of the vendors will be rolled out so that they would havemoney to buy their next supply of vegetables,” the mayor added.(With a report from PNA/PN) Meanwhile, Untaran described the vegetable production initiated by theprovincial government in various barangays in this province as very helpful.last_img read more

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