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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne moves to sue Opposition leader for defamation

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier took another step toward a defamation lawsuit against the province’s Opposition leader Friday after he refused to retract comments suggesting she is personally on trial.Kathleen Wynne’s lawyer demanded in a letter last month that Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown withdraw comments he made a day before the premier testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges.Brown had told reporters he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.”After receiving the lawyer’s letter, Brown said he would “ignore her baseless legal threat.” When asked to explain why, he said it was a “sad day for Ontario” to see the premier “debased” and “humiliated” by testifying in court.Wynne’s lawyers followed up Friday with another letter to Brown saying it constitutes a notice of libel.Brown’s comments about the premier being debased and humiliated are another defamation, her lawyers wrote.“Our letter of September 13, 2017 was intended to provide you with an opportunity to partially mitigate the damage you have done with a retraction, an apology, and an undertaking to refrain from making any further defamatory statements about Premier Wynne,” Jack Siegel and Sheldon Inkol wrote.“Not only did you refuse to make a retraction or to apologize, you chose to compound the problem by making further defamatory statements. Accordingly, a legal action will now be commenced against you for defamation.”Brown repeated the comments about the premier being debased and humiliated Friday in a statement responding to the libel notice.He suggested the notice was a way for the premier to distract the public from another ongoing trial involving two staffers of former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, and a critical auditor general report earlier this week on the Liberal government’s plan to cut hydro bills.“Make no mistake, it is political corruption that’s on trial,” Brown wrote. “And the premier is oblivious to the fact that her party is politically corrupt.”Brown suggested Wynne should be the one to apologize, for “years of waste mismanagement and political corruption in this province.”“We as a province need to put this ugly chapter behind us and move on,” Brown wrote.Wynne’s lawyers said Brown’s status as leader of the Progressive Conservatives increased the likelihood that his statements would be repeated by others, therefore “increasing the potential harm to the premier’s reputation.”The “stubborn refusal” to retract the comments has put Brown on the hook for potential aggravated and punitive damages, they wrote in the libel notice.The lawyers also warned Brown that he must preserve all relevant documents, because if Wynne proceeds with a lawsuit he will be required to disclose them all.Speaking in Windsor, Ont., after meeting with two U.S. governors on Friday, Wynne was vague about her hopes for what would come from the libel notice.“An acceptable outcome for me is to have a debate about the truth, whatever the subject we’re talking about, to talk about the facts and talk about the substance of the issues,” she said. “That’s to me the best outcome in any political situation.”Progressive Conservative Bill Walker apologized last month after receiving a letter from Wynne’s lawyer for remarks he made suggesting the premier was under investigation and facing charges in connection with the Sudbury bribery trial.Wynne previously sued former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and another Tory member of provincial parliament after the pair said she oversaw — and possibly ordered — the destruction of documents related to two cancelled gas plants. Those are the allegations for which the two McGuinty-era staffers are currently on trial.That lawsuit was resolved in 2015, though it is not known whether it was settled or withdrawn.last_img read more

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Jason Biggs And Seth Green Take Part In 24 Hour Plays

first_imgMontblanc and Urban Arts Partnership presented the highly anticipated return of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS, now in its third year in Los Angeles, on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Broad Stage Theater in Santa Monica.Hollywood’s finest joined forces to participate in this one-night-only live performance, produced by Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri of the Freestyle Picture Company and the 24 Hour Company. The entire creative process, from writing to directing and performing took place in just 24 hours.This year, the 24 Hour Plays featured actors, writers and directors such as Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Jason Biggs (American Reunion), Anna Camp (True Blood), John Cho (Star Trek), Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II), Michael Ealy (The Good Wife), Ashley Fink (Glee), Seth Green (Family Guy), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Gillian Jacobs (Community), David Krumholtz (This Is the End), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Rosie Perez (Artistic Board Chair), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Romy Rosemont (Glee), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Molly Sims (Project Accessory), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Tracie Thoms (Looper) and Wilmer Valderrama (That 70’s Show).Writers who took part included Rachel Axler (Emmy winner for Daily Show, New Girl, Parks and Recreation), Ben Karlin (Emmy Award Winner for Colbert Report, Modern Family, A.C.O.D), Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever, Frenemy of the State), Bill Wrubel (Modern Family, Will & Grace), Jennifer Crittenden (Arrested Development, The New Adventures of Old Christine), Jennifer Bicks (Emmy Winner for Sex & The City) and Gabrielle Allan (Scrubs, What’s Your Number?).Directors who took part included Ryan Case (Modern Family), Peter Ellenstein (Artistic Director of the Inge Festival), Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance), Leigh Kilton Smith (Acting Coach to the stars), Julie Anne Robinson (Weeds) and Fred Savage (Party Down, Modern Family). The cast was joined onstage with special musical guests Andy Davis, a Nashville based singer and guitarist who released the album Heartbreak Yellow in 2012 and Lindsey Ray, an eclectic singer and song- writer who wrote “Almost Home,” which was performed by Mariah Carey and featured in the movie Oz, The Great and Powerful.The creative process of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS in Los Angeles began at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013 when six writers, six directors, twenty-four actors, and a dedicated production team meet at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. After the community of artists shared a costume, a prop, his or her special skills set, each writer composed a ten-minute play by 7 a.m. the following morning. By 9 a.m. directors selected their pieces and their cast rehearsed over the course of the day. At 8:00 p.m, ink barely dry, the six new plays – interspersed with musical acts – were performed before a live audience. This celebration of theater offered Los Angeles’ audience a rare experience to witness the thrill of live theater and the talents of Hollywood’s brightest stars.This is the seventh year that Montblanc, the international luxury brand, has supported THE 24 HOUR PLAYS BENEFITS FOR URBAN ARTS PARTNERSHIP, demonstrating their support of Arts and Culture. Their ongoing commitment to fostering emerging talent came to life when Montblanc held its 1st annual Young Auditioner’s Program on May 8, 2013, where Urban Arts’ students had the opportunity to compete for a chance to act in one of the 24 Hour Plays. The two winners of the audition, 16 year-old Emmanuel De Los Santos and 17 year-old Cadesha Oliver, joined the cast in performing the plays.“The 3rd annual production of The 24-Hour Plays in Los Angeles, presented by Montblanc, is a testament to the remarkable impact our partnership with Urban Arts has made on the Los Angeles community,” said Jan-Patrick Schmitz, President and CEO of Montblanc North America. “In less than three years, we can proudly say we have enhanced the classroom experience for 1300 students across nine schools in the L.A. Unified School District.”Over the years, Montblanc has helped to raise over 2 million dollars for Urban Arts Partnership in New York City and Los Angeles. Urban Arts Los Angeles partners with the L.A. Unified School District to help fulfill its Arts at the Core mission by integrating visual art and digital media into core academic subjects.The professional development program model focuses on the capacity of teachers to facilitate lessons that incorporate both artistic and common core standards.All proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit Urban Arts Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap.last_img read more

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Closing Bell TSX pulls back from recordclose on lower gold prices

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended Friday barely changed and closed just below the all-time record high set a day earlier.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 3.25 points to close at 15,108.97, with gold stocks falling by 1.49%.Gold prices have been steadily rising for the past month, as traders chose the safety of precious metal over the potential volatility of stocks due to the building tensions in Iraq and Ukraine.August gold future prices rose again Friday but more slowly, rising $2.50 to US$1,316.60 an ounce after rising more than $40 in the previous session.The uncertainty overseas also pushed the August crude oil contract up 78 cents to US$106.83 a barrel to a nearly nine-month high. The energy sector was one of the leading advancers on the TSX, up 0.57%, as shares in TransGlobe saw an uptick of nearly 7% or 52 cents to close at $8.20.The Canadian dollar jumped sharply, up 0.61 of a cent to 93.01 cents US, after Statistics Canada’s May inflation rate turned out to be higher than expected — largely due to higher fuel prices.Iraq, one of the world’s largest oil producers, is desperately trying to hold off extremists from taking over the country’s largest oil refinery. On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama said he will send 300 U.S. military advisers to help with the conflict in Iraq, adding that it was possible that there will be “targeted and precise military action” in the future.“It looks like it’s not going to end soon,” Wes Mills, chief investment officer of Scotia Private Client Group, said FridayOn Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials rose 25.62 points to 16,947.08. The Nasdaq gained 8.71 points to 4,368.04 while the S&P 500 added 3.39 points to 1,962.87, amid strong U.S. jobs data.The U.S. Labor Department reported that unemployment fell in 20 states last month and nearly three-quarters of the states added jobs, while the country as a whole posted a fourth straight month of solid hiring. Employers added 217,000 jobs nationally in May, and the U.S. unemployment rate remained at 6.3%, matching a five-year low.In Canada, the pace of inflation rose to 2.3% in May, up from 2% in April, according to Statistics Canada. Underlying core inflation was 1.7%.“The general thinking has been that rising inflation has been energy- and food-related, and temporary,” said Mills. “That’s largely true, but there is some evidence that wages are starting to sneak up a little bit. There is starting to be some discussion that central banks are just treating this as noise and it may not be.”Statistics Canada also reported that retail sales rose for the fourth consecutive month in April, increasing 1.1% to $41.6 billion as all but one of the subsectors posted gains. Economists had expected a gain of 0.6%, according to Thomson Reuters. read more

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Sri Lankan student arrested in Australia on terror charges granted bail

His lawyer, Moustafa Kheir, said the case against his client was “substantially weak”.The matter will return to court next month. (Colombo Gazette) NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller reportedly submitted a confidential affidavit in the case to verify there was no extremist material found on any items belonging to Nizamdeen.Police raided Nizamdeen’s home on Defries Avenue at Zetland, in Sydney’s inner east, early in the morning on Friday, August 31, seizing a number of electronic items.The JCTT is made up of members of the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the NSW Crime Commission. Police found a notebook which included an alleged list of targets, including former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, the Sydney Opera House, train stations and police stations, and investigators claimed the diary also contained graphic descriptions of the attacks. “The prosecution has become aware that an expert handwriting examiner found an inconclusive result on the relevant entries contained in the notebook,” the prosecutor said, according to the ABC’s Triple J Hack program.“Without a conclusive expert opinion suggesting the defendant was the relevant author, evidence for the charge has been significantly weakened. The prosecution concedes these are exceptional circumstances.” In Central Local Court this morning, Nizamdeen was granted bail after an expert could not confirm the handwriting in the notebook matched the accused. Nizamdeen was arrested and later charged with knowingly make a document connected with terrorism. A Sri Lankan university student in Sydney who was accused of plotting to assassinate former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former deputy leader Julie Bishop in the name of ISIS was released on bail after a court heard the notes in a diary did not match his handwriting, The Australian reported.University of New South Wales student Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested last month after officers from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigated allegations he had documents with plans to carry out a terrorist attack. read more

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First UNassisted convoy of Iraqi refugees returns home

“Today’s convoy marks the beginning of the end of Rafha refugee camp, a chance for long-time refugees to finally return to their homeland,” UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Kamel Morjane said. The convoy will travel along Saudi Arabia’s northern desert overnight escorted by UNHCR and Saudi officials, transit through Kuwait early on Wednesday and is expected to reach the southern Iraqi city of Basra later in the morning.The agency expects more than 3,600 of the 5,200 refugees in Rafha camp to repatriate before the end of the year. Regular repatriation convoys, each transporting at least 250 refugees, are planned by UNHCR, the Saudi authorities and Iraq’s United States-run Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).Rafha’s refugees began pressing to leave in April when Saddam Hussein’s government fell, at times even holding sit-ins to pressure relief officials to organize their return as quickly as possible.As the situation in Iraq improves, more refugees will be seeking to go back with UNHCR assistance. Of the some 1 million Iraqi refugees and other people of concern to UNHCR worldwide, as many as 500,000 could seek help to return to Iraq, with significant numbers expected in 2004.On activities relating to the Oil-for-Food programme, weekly meetings of UN and Iraqi experts and the CPA have so far produced a list of prioritized contracts valued at almost $2.5 billion for early delivery to Iraq. The programme, under which the former sanctions-bound regime was allowed to use oil sales to buy the food and humanitarian supplies and on which 60 per cent of Iraqis had depended as their sole source of sustenance, is to be phased out by November. On the political side, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, held discussions today with Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and a member of the Iraqi Governing Council. Among issues discussed were drafting the new Constitution and the technical assistance the UN can provide on a number of fronts, including preparation for and holding of elections. read more

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Monday Morning Ad Quarterbacking The winners and losers on advertisings biggest night

Monday Morning Ad Quarterbacking: The winners and losers on advertising’s biggest night This image provided by Mophie shows a portion of the company’s television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Fifteen advertisers, including Mophie, will make their Super Bowl debut in 2015, buying a place on the biggest, most expensive stage in American television. (AP Photo/Mophie) NEW YORK, N.Y. – If you’re talking about Super Bowl ads with co-workers on Monday, you’re not alone.Advertisers tried to win over Americans during the game — some tried serious themes, while others went with humour. With 30-second ads costing $4.5 million for the chance to market their brand to 110-plus million Americans, advertisers were making a big bet. And just like the game, there were winners and losers:WINNERS:BUDWEISERSticking to its winning formula of puppies and Clydesdales, Brewer Anheuser-Busch’s ad shows a Labrador puppy chasing after the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales that are being moved to a new stable. The tune, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” performed by Sleeping at Last, plays in the background.CHEVROLETThe automaker was a surprise hit before the kickoff with a spot that appeared to be a live game feed that suddenly turned to static and then a blank screen. It turns out it was a gimmick to highlight the fact that the Chevrolet Colorado has 4G LTE Wi-Fi, so viewers could stream the game in the car if they needed to.ESURANCETwo Esurance ads showed actress Lindsay Lohan being a “sorta” mom and Bryan Cranston as “Breaking Bad” character Walter White being a “sorta” pharmacist to show when it comes to car insurance “sorta” doesn’t cut it.FIAT CHRYSLERChrysler scored with three spots. For an ad promoting Fiat’s 2016 Fiat 500xcrossover vehicle, Chrysler used humour, showing an older Italian couple getting frisky in the bedroom. When the man’s “blue pill” goes flying out the window, it lands in the gas tank of a Fiat, causing nearby women to give the car a second glance. A voiceover says the new Fiat is “bigger more powerful and ready for action.”MCDONALD’SMcDonald’s ad surrounds a promotion in which it will randomly select customers to pay for their orders with acts of love, like a high-five or a call to a relative. The promotion starts Monday and runs through Feb. 14.NATIONWIDE“Mindy Project” star Mindy Kaling walks around New York believing she is invisible and doing scandalous acts, including sitting naked in Central Park and going through a car wash. Then she tries to kiss Matt Damon but he can see her. The idea is Nationwide doesn’t treat you like you’re invisible.SNICKERSThe 30-second ad recreates the famous Brady Bunch episode in which the oldest daughter, Marcia, gets hit in the nose with a football. Movie “Machete” star Danny Trejo plays “Marcia” in the ad and actor Steve Buscemi plays Jan, her sister.LOSERSNATIONWIDEIn one of the most serious ads of the night, Nationwide showed a boy riding a school bus and lamenting he’ll never learn to fly, or travel the world with his best friend, or even grow up, because he died in an accident. The ad for Nationwide was aimed at stopping preventable childhood accidents.“The intention of that ad was very good, but it’s just playing with fire focusing on an adolescents’ death in the context of the Super Bowl,” said Charles Taylor, marketing professor at the Villanova School of Business in Pennsylvania.WEIGHT WATCHERSThe weight-loss services provider portrayed a big-brother like montage of, doughnuts, pizza and other gluttonous food with an ominous voiceover saying “You gotta eat, right?” providing one of the few creepy moments of the evening. The tagline is “It’s time to take back control.”The goal was to promote its weight loss services, but some thought that the message was lost. It was one of the ads getting the most negative feedback from viewers on the viewing panel of Villanova’s Taylor. “Some people are saying it made them want to eat more than anything,” he said.VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALSThe ad for a toe fungus treatment showed animated toes playing football, but it did not win over all viewers.“If you’re going to do an ad for toenail fungus it needed to be funny, and it wasn’t,” said Super Bowl viewer Naomi Zikmund-Fisher, a psychotherapist from Ann Arbor, Mich. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2015 10:09 pm MDT read more

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More than 3400 classrooms damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique

In some of the areas affected, schools will need extensive repair and rehabilitation after being converted into makeshift emergency shelters for children and families displaced by the huge storm, which barreled inland off the coast of Mozambique on 14 April, also causing damage and flooding across large areas of Zimbabwe and Malawi. UNICEF is urging authorities to reconstruct schools in a more robust way, so they can withstand natural disasters in the future, and they are urging humanitarian partners involved in the mammoth recovery effort, to “continue working together to implement solutions” – such as establishing temporary learning centres – to get children back in school as quickly as possible.  “Any prolonged interruption in access to learning could have devastating consequences for children over both the short and long term”, said the agency. “Education is essential for helping children return to a sense of normalcy following a traumatic event, like a major cyclone, and for their long-term development and prospects.”  UNICEF is also concerned that the disruption will compound what were already low rates of school enrolment and “learning achievement” in Mozambique. iwith less than 20 per cent of secondary-school aged children currently enrolled.  Dropout rates could increase if families whose property or livelihoods have been negatively affected by the cyclone are forced to send their children to work to make ends meet.  Teachers have also suffered because of the cyclone, the agency notes, proposing short-term financial support for educators affected by the disaster to help them re-build their lives.    The latest assessment by UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, indicates that around 3,400 classrooms have either been destroyed or damaged, with 2,713 out of action in the Sofala area alone. Although flood waters have begun to recede, the needs have not. Find the latest info on the #CycloneIdai response here ➡️➡️ https://t.co/dfymuDy9xl pic.twitter.com/DD90QYvj69— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) April 19, 2019 The needs in Mozambique remain massive, with 1 million children in need of assistance. UNICEF has launched an appeal for US$122 million to support its humanitarian response for children and families affected by the storm and its aftermath, in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi over the next nine months. In immediate response to the storm, more than 14 countries, including five from Africa, deployed more than 100 assets to support the aid effort, said UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, including $14 million released from the Central Emergency Response Fund by humanitarian affairs chief, Mark Lowcock. Food has been distributed from the first day of the disaster response, and more than one million people have been reached so far. More than 800,000 have been vaccinated against cholera, and more than 117,000 have received emergency shelter. read more

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Ohio StateOSU A position by position breakdown

A multitude of factors will come into play Saturday night to determine the outcome of the Ohio State-Southern Cal rematch. The dynamics of revenge, motivation, criticism, talent, speed and experience will all pitch in to uncover which squad is better in ’09. USC manhandled Ohio State at The Coliseum, 35-3, last September, but the teams appear to be more evenly matched heading into Saturday’s clash.Quarterbacks: The Horseshoe isn’t the ideal venue for an opposing freshman quarterback to make his first road start, and just his second appearance overall. But Matt Barkley, the heralded rookie recruit, claims he’ll be unfazed by the scarlet crazies on Saturday night. “It will be a little louder [than The Coliseum], but I’ve got a loud voice,” he said.Still, Terrelle Pryor has played amid this pressure before, while Barkley has not. And don’t forget- though he was the top quarterback recruit this past offseason, Barkley is prone to make mistakes. He threw 18 interceptions during his senior year of high school.Advantage: Ohio State Running Backs: The Trojans can roll six-deep with their plethora of talented running backs. In last week’s shellacking of San Jose State, three USC rushers averaged more than 10 yards per carry, while the Trojans racked up 342 yards on the ground. They can take the pressure off of their young quarterback by handing to the shifty Joe McKnight, the elusive C.J. Gable, the hard-nosed Allen Bradford or the touchdown machine Stafon Johnson.On the other side, Ohio State is still trying to figure out if they can efficiently replace Chris “Beanie” Wells. The “Boom” and “Zoom” duo of Dan Herron and Brandon Saine has shown some punch, but hasn’t yet proven the ability to hit the home run. That’s where OSU hopes Pryor’s legs can contribute.Advantage: USC OSU Receivers vs. USC Secondary: Terrelle Pryor has almost an entirely new arsenal of weapons, but has yet to establish a rapport with one or two playmakers. Sophomore DeVier Posey is the best bet to become Pryor’s favorite target, but he has all of 13 catches in his brief career. An encouraging note was Pryor finding his running backs and tight ends often against Navy. The more options he has on the field, the more dangerous Pryor becomes.The Buckeyes probably won’t beat USC on deep, downfield passes, but they can excel in the short passing game as they did against the Midshipmen. USC’s defense is fast and athletic, but is more suited to shut down the run. Safety Taylor Mays could be a top-five draft pick next April.Advantage: Ohio State USC Receivers vs. OSU Secondary: Barkley will look to a trio of seniors as his primary options. The Trojans will rely heavily on receiver Damiam Williams to ease Barkley’s burden. Tight end Anthony McCoy, a large target at 6-foot-5, also figures to play a sizeable role in the USC passing game. And fullback Stanley Havili, who burned the Bucks with a 35-yard touchdown last year, can catch the ball out of the backfield.Safety Jermale Hines will see plenty more opportunities for OSU, as he has worked with the starters this week in place of senior Anderson Russell. Hines, whose strong suit is defending the run, will likely be asked to take away the threats of Havili and McCoy. If cornerback Chimdi Chekwa can limit the production of Williams, then Barkley will be hard-pressed to find open targets.Advantage: EvenUSC Offensive Line vs. OSU Defensive Line: Perhaps the each team’s greatest strength, this battle could determine Saturday’s outcome. The Trojan offensive line must give Barkley all the protection he needs to get in a rhythm, and the Buckeye defensive front must find a way to disrupt that. OSU coach Jim Tressel acknowledged the USC offensive line as being one of the best in the nation. Barkley was sacked just once last week, while OSU managed a pair against Navy. The Buckeyes will use a variety of defensive sets to try to force their way into USC’s backfield, a must if a Buckeye upset is to happen.Advantage: USC OSU Offensive Line vs. USC Defensive Line: The Buckeyes looked overmatched against Navy, despite a substantial size advantage up front. After years of criticism for having a “slow” line, the Bucks have started the transition toward a more agile, athletic group to protect the quarterback. The more time Pryor has to make decisions, the better decisions he will make.USC will use its quickness up front to pressure Pryor into making the wrong choices. Texas implemented a similar plan in the Fiesta Bowl, and OSU’s quarterbacks were never given enough time to get in a rhythm.Advantage: USC Linebackers: Both teams are replacing their top producers at the position from a year ago. Southern Cal lost its top four ‘backers to the NFL Draft, including three in the first 36 picks. OSU replaces its tandem of James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman. The new groups for both sides are geared more toward speed and athleticism, but both still have plenty to prove.Advantage: EvenCoaching: Aside from the incessant banter about Tressel’s supposed inability to win big games, there is a stark contrast in style between the Vest and USC coach Pete Carroll. Tressel plays things by the book and prefers a more conservative approach. That doesn’t always work in games of this magnitude. The Buckeyes need to make a statement, avenging last year’s 35-3 debacle, and ending a five-game streak of losses against elite opponents. Tressel must let Pryor run wild, and reach out of his ordinary element to play aggressively. Carroll’s insistent persona can be seen through the way his teams constantly blow out the opposition. Tressel needs to take chances to win on Saturday, something he hasn’t proven willing to do in the past.Advantage: USC Intangibles: From USC starting a true freshman at quarterback to Ohio State having the motivation to silence critics of its program and conference to playing at home in front of the potentially largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history, every minor off-the-field advantage points to the Buckeyes.Advantage: Ohio State read more

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NATO developing EMP beam that can stop suicide bombers

first_imgNATO-funded research being conducted in Norway is getting close to creating a simple and economical electromagnetic pulse device that can be used to disable electronics and vehicles at a distance. It’s being developed primarily as a way to stop suicide bombers and other explosive devices from going off. It could also be used to take down drone aircraft, if that ever becomes a concern.The high-intensity electromagnetic beam interferes with the operation of electronic circuits and can be used to shut off a car’s engine. In the video, researchers test fire the beam from a second car and successfully disable the target. This could be of great value in areas where suicide bombers use cars to break through roadblocks, then detonate the explosive cargo.Explosive devices that rely on remote triggers could also be foiled by the EMP device. In the same way a car’s electronics are scrambled, the trigger mechanism of a bomb can be killed from a safe distance. Even a drone quadrocopter falls victim to the electromagnetic beam. The EMP emitted by this device should not harm humans, but there is concern it may not be a narrow enough beam to prevent nearby electronic devices and vehicles from being disabled by accident.The device is considerably more compact than previous version of this technology, and it even comes with a giant red button to activate the beam. Testing is set to conclude in 2014, at which time NATO will consider whether and where to deploy the EMP system.last_img read more

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DJ disaster Johnson in doubt for Masters after falling down stairs

first_img WORLD NUMBER ONE Dustin Johnson has emerged as an injury doubt for the first golf Major of the year after taking a “serious fall” on the eve of the US Masters.Johnson is the favourite to take the honours at Augusta National this weekend, and claim the first Green Jacket of his career, but he has injured his back after taking a tumble down the stairs at his rental property.The 32-year-old won the first Major of his career at the US Open last year, edging out Ireland’s Shane Lowry on the final day, and has won his last three tournaments. But this freak accident has now put his participation in doubt for the Masters, which begins tomorrow.“At roughly 3pm today, Dustin took a serious fall on a staircase in his Augusta rental home,” a statement from Johnson’s agent David Winkle read on Golf Digest.“He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably.“He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 10:43 PM By Alan Waldron 24 Comments 29,383 Views Follow us: the42.ie World number one Dustin Johnson. DJ disaster: Johnson in doubt for Masters after falling down stairs The world number one has injured his back at his rental property. Apr 5th 2017, 10:43 PM center_img Image: Matt Slocum Share24 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3326302 Ugh, the Masters Par 3 competition has been abandoned because of bad weatherMcIlroy: ‘After the backlash, I’d think twice about another round with Trump’ Short URL World number one Dustin Johnson. Image: Matt Slocumlast_img read more

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Activists answer to cat eradication plan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s recent controversial plan to kill two million feral cats by 2020 spurred outrage among animal rights activists across the world. Animal rights defenders the likes of famous actress Brigit Bardot and singer Morrissey have called the culling “animal genocide” and “idiocy” respectively. Gregory Andrews, Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner, has penned an open letter defending the government’s plan, which aims only at “halting and reversing the growing number of plants and animals facing extinction”. According to a statement issued by the Australian Department of the Environment, feral cats pose even more threat to the country’s mammals than foxes, rabbits or habitat loss. To tackle the issue, the government is planning to use the poison 1080 and traps to kill the cats. “Australian unique fauna has lost 29 species over the last 200 years and if the matter isn’t tackled it will lead to even more losses,” Andrews wrote, adding that cats are an “invasive species brought by European settlers, responsible for the extinction of at least 27 mammal species”. “We don’t want to lose any more species like these,” the commissioner continued. “It is with this sentiment in mind that the Australian government has taken a stance on feral cats; for the protection of our native species that belong here. As of now, more than 124 Australian species are in danger of extinction because of cats, which kill five animals each night and around 20 billion a year, according to scientists. “Our native species are simply not equipped to coexist with feral cats; they did not evolve alongside predators like the feral cat,” he added. The letter which concluded with Andrews saying the decision is supported by major environmental organisations such as the WWF, did not mention why neutering cats instead of killing them is not a viable option, as proposed by the organisations. For Christine Pierson of C.A.T.S. (Cats Assistance To Sterilise Inc.) the reason killing and removing cats fails to control numbers is that it creates a habitat vacuum that is abhorred by nature and invites individuals of the same species from surrounding areas to re-colonise. “The argument is that eradication can only exist in a closed system such as an island,” Pierson tells Neos Kosmos, explaining that most cats do not live in closed systems, therefore the proposed plan is destined to fail. “This is giving our country a very bad reputation and the sooner these horrendous plans are quashed the better. I have been receiving responses from overseas as to the horrors of what Australia is doing to its sentient creatures.” Pierson also stressed her fears that after an eradication cat killing program, the rabbits, rats and mice breed to plague proportions as they are not controlled by the cats, and this upsets the entire ecosystem and the native wildlife suffers from starvation and habitat loss. On the other hand, Kate Clayton, president of the Cat Protection Society of SA Inc., points to the Macquarie Island cat eradication case, highlighting the disaster that would occur if this same method was to be used in open Australia. According to the SA organisation’s studies over 30 years, if attempts are made to kill the cats in open Australia, firstly the rabbits, rats and mice will breed to enormous proportions and then the cats will breed up while feeding on the masses of rabbits, multiplying the original number of cats. “Feral cats, as every other animal, have their place on this planet and in our ecosystem,” Greek Australian bird behaviour counsellor and educator Paris Yves agrees. “The mentality of our state governments and others is to kill any animal that they feel causes a problem. The same applies with wild birds.” Yves believes that Australian governments should have the mental capacity and compassion to find more ethical and positive ways of managing the country’s ecosystem, instead of using poison, in this case 1080, guns or traps. “There have been many other successful attempts by feral cat welfare individuals and groups to trap, neuter, release or desex and return home,” she explains. “Such toxic killing options are obviously painful and totally unnecessary, especially in a society where we are trying to encourage a more emphatic and compassionate attitude toward managing and co-existing with our wildlife.” To Yves, the eradication of any species that does not behave as some humans expect it to is barbaric, unethical and a solution void of empathy for life in this country. She insists Australian governments need to follow the lead of other countries which practice more humane ways of managing their wildlife. “Let’s hope this word and it’s meaning spreads amongst the rest of the government decision makers and the Australian public,” she concludes.last_img read more

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Nucléaire excès de leucémie infantile près des centrales sans lien établi

first_imgNucléaire : excès de leucémie infantile près des centrales, sans lien établiLe nombre d’enfants atteints de leucémie est deux fois plus important près des centrales nucléaires que partout ailleurs en France. C’est ce que révèle une étude menée par l’Inserm, sans toutefois conclure à un lien entre les radiations et le développement de la maladie.Menée par l’Inserm entre 2002 et 2007, une étude publiée par l’International Journal of Cancer met en évidence un nombre de cas de leucémies infantiles deux fois plus élevé aux abords des centrales nucléaires françaises. Dirigée par le Dr Jacqueline Clavel, responsable d’épidémiologie environnementale des cancers à l’Inserm, cette étude relève 14 cas de leucémie d’enfants de moins de quinze ans dans un rayon de moins de cinq kilomètres autour de 19 sites nucléaires. Une fréquence deux fois plus élevée que la moyenne nationale. Au cours de la même période, 2.753 cas de leucémies infantiles ont été diagnostiqués dans le reste du pays. Ces chiffres “suggèrent un possible excès de risque” près des centrales nucléaires, souligne Jacqueline Clavel auprès de l’AFP. Toutefois aucun lien entre les radiations et les cas de leucémies n’est établi. Sur une période de 18 ans, de 1990 à 2007, cet excès de cas n’a pas été observé. Et l’augmentation d’incidence “concerne toutes les tranches d’âges étudiées, et pas seulement les plus jeunes”, souligne la chercheuse. En outre, explique-t-elle, “le fait qu’il n’y ait pas une diminution du risque au fur et à mesure que l’on s’éloigne de la centrale n’est pas en faveur d’un facteur causal, c’est à dire qui permette d’attribuer l’excès de cas aux radiations”. De nouvelles recherches doivent être menées, et notamment à l’échelle internationale, “pour avoir un plus grand nombre de cas” poursuit Jacqueline Clavel. Une étude menée en Allemagne sur une plus longue période, entre 1980 et 2003, avait elle aussi montré un doublement des cas de leucémie chez les enfants de moins cinq ans vivant proximité immédiate de centrales.D’autres facteurs à prendre en compteÀ lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Plusieurs hypothèses sont avancées pour expliquer le développement des leucémies aiguës lymphoblastiques. Parmi elles, l’exposition à des agents physiques naturels ou industriels, mais aussi le mélange de populations. “Les afflux de populations peuvent modifier l’équilibre immunitaire d’une population, vis-à-vis d’un agent infectieux comme des virus”, explique Mme Clavel cité par l’AFP. “De fait, quand on étudie le risque en fonction de mouvements de populations importants qui favorisent l’émergence d’épidémies, on observe des augmentations de risques. Plusieurs études solides soutiennent cette hypothèse”, souligne-t-elle.Le 12 janvier 2012 à 16:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Celebrate 314 with Ned the Pi Guy

first_imgYes, technically Pi Day is not about a tasty dessert…or breakfast depending on the type. But so many people all over the globe choose to mix their math and their pastries on this day. I decided to throw one of my favorite fandoms into the ring. Although Pushing Daisies is over ten years old it still holds such a special places in those who adored its hearts. I recently revisited the show, and it is still so beautifully brilliant, and I would’ve loved to see more seasons. Since we can only relive the love on DVD (or digitally) how about, we honor Ned the Piemaker with a menagerie of fanart. Advanced apologies for not finding 3,141,592……well there’s 1.24 trillion places if we are crunching numbers. Enjoy Ned in all his Three-and-a-Half Berry Pie glory.View as: One Page Slides1. Caótica Mell2. MacGuffin Designs3. Alexa Eve4. Lis Alis5. Meghan C6. AM Godfrey7. Nan Lawson8. AngHuiQing9. Mason Branning10. Marion Bordeyne11. Lis Alis12. Cory Jensen13. vanduoboneslast_img read more

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Firefighters Contain Blaze In Oceanside Apartment

Firefighters Contain Blaze In Oceanside Apartment

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 24, 2019 February 24, 2019 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – Firefighters in Oceanside knocked down a fire at a small apartment building in Oceanside today. More than two dozen fire personnel — including five engines — fromthe Oceanside Fire Department responded to a 9:46 a.m. call in the 300 block of South Ditmar Street, two blocks east of South Coast Highway.The first engine to arrive found smoke coming from the four-apartment building, as firefighters made their way inside and located the blaze in a bedroom. The arriving crew contained the fire while subsequent crews hurried to evacuate the rest of the building.Their efforts likely prevented the building’s other residents from being displaced, Battalion Chief Scott G. Stein said.“It was a very good, coordinated, aggressive attack,” he said. One of the apartments’ residents suffered minor injuries but declined transport to the hospital. Authorities have not determined the exact cause of the fire. Firefighters Contain Blaze In Oceanside Apartment Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Watch Irfan Pathan gets Salman Khan to wish Eid Mubarak on his

first_imgIrfan Pathan shared a video of Salman Khan wishing everyone on EidTwitterIrfan Pathan’s career as an analyst and commentator is going well. He is part of Star Sports’ Hindi commentary team for the ongoing ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup. On May 4th, the all-rounder got the opportunity to share screen space with one of the country’s biggest celebrities – Bollywood star Salman Khan.The actor came to the studio, along with his co-actor Katrina Kaif, to promote his movie Bharat, releasing on June 5. The stars of cine screen interacted with the members of the expert panel which also included former India batsman Mohammad Kaif.But since this meeting of the stars took place a day before the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Pathan took the opportunity to use his mobile and get Salman, arguably the biggest movie star in India today, to send his wishes on the pious occasion to everyone.Away from family and friends on this Eid, but bringing you guys a special Eid wish from #bhai @BeingSalmanKhan #eidmubarak #love pic.twitter.com/cG9m6SUxZi— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 5, 2019The video uploaded by PathanTwitterEven though this was a small message, you could see Irfan beaming with joy at the megastar and him appearing in the same frame. After the movie star sent his best wishes, Pathan too wished everyone, but did so on behalf of ‘Bharat’ – Salman Khan’s character in the movie of the same name.Traditionally, major film producers have tried to not clash their films with the Cricket World Cup due to fear of being overshadowed by Team India’s performances. Interestingly, during the 1999 Cricket World Cup, also played in England, a movie starring the same actor – Salman – called ‘Biwi no. 1’ was released and proved to be quite successful. The reason for its popularity was the dismal performance of the Indian team in that tournament. So, how the men in blue fare also greatly affects the prospects of a movie.But this current Indian team seems too strong not to win a few matches and emerge as one of the contenders. Hence, the star power of Salman would be up against the might of Virat Kohli’s team. Let’s see who wins the battle of the eyeballs.last_img read more

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Khashoggis final words I cant breathe

Khashoggis final words I cant breathe

first_imgSaudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain on 29 September. Photo: ReutersJamal Khashoggi’s final words were “I can’t breathe,” CNN said Sunday, citing a source who has read the transcript of an audio tape of the final moments before the journalist’s murder.The source told the US network the transcript made clear the killing was premeditated, and suggests several phone calls were made to give briefings on the progress.CNN said Turkish officials believe those calls were made to top officials in Riyadh.Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, was killed shortly after entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.The transcript of the gruesome recording includes descriptions of Khashoggi struggling against his murderers, CNN said, and references sounds of the dissident journalist’s body “being dismembered by a saw.”The original transcript was prepared by Turkish intelligence services, and CNN said its source read a translation version and was briefed on the probe into the journalist’s death.Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday meanwhile rejected demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of Khashoggi as sought by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Erdogan has repeatedly called on Saudi Arabia to hand over suspects in the killing. According to Turkey, a 15-member Saudi team was sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi.Saudi Arabia, however, holds that it was a “rogue” operation gone wrong — a claim undercut by the reported transcript.For his part US President Donald Trump has refrained from blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, even though the CIA reportedly concluded that he ordered the assassination.The murder has damaged Riyadh’s international reputation and Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on nearly 20 Saudi nationals.last_img read more

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Cardinals Break Three Records on Night Two of NCAA Championships

first_img AUSTIN, Texas – Three program records fell for the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team on the second night of competition at the NCAA Championships on Thursday evening at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. In the opening event of the evening, Lainey Visscher (22.27), Mallory Comerford (21.00), Avery Braunecker (21.80) and Casey Fanz (21.64) broke their own 200 free relay school record set during the morning’s prelims with a time of 1:26.71 and placed fourth to earn the Cards their best finish in program history in the event. Kendzior’s lead-off leg on the 400 medley relay established a new school record, surpassing her own mark set at last year’s NCAA Championships.  Records continued to fall for the Cards as Comerford raced to a third place finish in the 50 free with a school record-breaking time of 21.49. With the bronze, the senior also matched the top 50 free finish in UofL history. Friday Heat Sheet “What an exciting day,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “That was our best finish in the 200 free relay and the most points we’ve ever scored at the end of day two. I think it says a lot. This is NCAA Championships, you just have to keep finding ways to score and put yourself in that position. You also have to have a short term memory and move on to the next race. I’m very proud of the effort today, and we’re going to go get ready to swim tomorrow morning and have fun with it.” Thursday Finals Results After two days of action, the Cardinals currently sit in fourth place with 100 points behind Stanford (173.5), California (173) and Michigan (129). The Cards’ 76 points scored on the evening were also the most scored on night two of NCAAs in Louisville history. Story Links Alina Kendzior (51.71), Mariia Astashkina (59.45), Grace Oglesby (51.10) and Comerford (45.96) capped off the evening with a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay, registering a time of 3:28.22. The Cards will be back in action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET for the prelims of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 medley relay and 3-meter diving. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Behind the scenes – The shooting of Eyes Wide Shut

Behind the scenes – The shooting of Eyes Wide Shut

first_imgEyes Wide Shut was Stanley Kubrick’s last film which not only stood the test of time, but since its premiere in 1999 has kept on stirring discussions and analysis about its allusiveness, mysteriousness and peculiar events that happened during the 15-month shoot of the film. The film is based on the 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) by Arthur Schnitzler, however, it is not completely true to the main plot and themes, which take a different course in the adaptation.In The Philosophy of Stanley Kubrick by Jerold Abrams, Kubrick explained his particular interest in the novella which he later recreated.Stanley Kubrick, during filiming of his movie 2001: a Space Odyssey. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)“The book explores the sexual ambivalence of a happy marriage and tries to equate the importance of sexual dreams and might-have-been with reality. The book opposes the real adventures of a husband and the fantasy adventures of his wife, and asks the question: is there a serious difference between dreaming a sexual adventure, and actually having one?”Kubrick kept the royalties of Schnitzler’s work for almost 30 years during which he also filmed his masterpiece A Clockwork Orange.Stanley Kubrick, aged 21, in 1949.The film’s theme is embodied in the actions of the protagonists, starring the real-life, then-married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who were so dedicated to the filming of Eyes Wide Shut that they agreed to film for a successive six months, during which Cruise, then at the peak of his career, had to delay filming of other projects.Nicole Kidman at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0This “to the hilt” approach was the main working strategy of the entire film crew which later won a place in the Guinness World Records as the longest continual movie shoot of 400 days in total.The overtly dynamic workflow had its downsides — Cruise developed ulcers during the shooting and later said in an interview for TIME Magazine: “I wanted this to work, but you’re playing with dynamite when you act. Emotions kick up. You try not to kick things up, but you go through things you can’t help.”Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0However, Cruise added: “We knew from the beginning the level of commitment needed and we were going to do what it took to do this picture… I didn’t like playing Dr. Bill. I didn’t like him. It was unpleasant. But I would have absolutely kicked myself if I hadn’t done this.”Glamorous Hollywood leading Ladies Quotes.Kubrick’s communication with the actors, as well as his expectations during the filming, were intense. He wanted to present the essence of the Cruise-Kidman real-life relationship so he asked the couple to choose details of their on-screen bedroom and also prevented Cruise from coming to the set when he shot Kidman’s sex scene with a male actor in order to provoke a spark of jealousy which, Kubrick believed, would improve the portrayal of their characters.Kubrick with showgirl Rosemary Williams in 1949.Eyes Wide Shut was a very personal film to Kubrick as he recreated his and his wife’s private apartment as the set of the film’s New York apartment. The eccentric behavior of Kubrick extended during the filming and he even made Cruise do 95 takes of a scene of walking through a door.Read another story from us: Lost Stanley Kubrick script discovered & in perfect shape to be filmedKubrick died several days after showing his cut of the film to Warner Bros. That still begs the question of how much more time he would have taken to finish the editing. On one occasion, Kidman stated her doubts over the possibility of Kubrick’s final cut as she said that he was a perfectionist who was never fully satisfied with the results of his work and kept on tinkering with long-finished projects. Nevertheless, Eyes Wide Shut reached the top of the box office, earning $30,196,742 and thus becoming Kubrick’s most highly profitable film.last_img read more

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Mexican tequila anticipated to be second most consumed globally

Mexican tequila anticipated to be second most consumed globally

first_imgTequila makers say that with the continued growing consumption of Mexican tequila, it could become the second most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world by 2021.In a press conference, Rídolo González González, president of the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry, said that for more than two decades the tequila industry has been growing steadily.“By 2021 it will be the second fastest growing spirit drink in the world,” stressed the CNIT president, who added that the diversification of markets is an arduous task that the sector has had.He reported that the tequila category will have a compound annual growth rate of 3.2 percent preceded only by whiskey that they estimate will register a growth of 3.4 percent.“I must emphasize that by 2021, it is projected that the consumption of tequila in the world will reach 34.7 million 9-liter boxes against the more than 31 million that were consumed in 2017,” he said.He explained that the United States is the key market for Mexican tequila followed by Canada. He said that in South America and Europe, much has been gained for the export of tequila.“Tequila has reached unexpected places. Places like Latvia and South Africa are currently located in the top 10 export destinations for our tequila as part of the work of the Chamber in search of diversifying markets,” he said.González said that this year alone they are anticipating a 3 percent growth in the global market, adding that in recent years, the consumer trend has focused on premium and higher segments.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ruth Mailbag officially closed

Ruth Mailbag officially closed

first_imgThe Ruth Mailbag has officially closed.The group closed today (Saturday).A special thank you goes out to the community  for their  support of the group over the past 13 and a half years.However, it is with regret that Ruth Mailbag have to advise that our group will be closing. The community is hereby notified that they will no longer be collecting items for the needy of our community. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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