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first_imgAPTN National NewsA long, bitter legal battle between Canada and a group of Manitoba First Nations may be coming to an end.Tuesday, at a campaign stop in Winnipeg, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asked about the Kapyong Barracks.As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports, his response is being welcomed by Indigenous leaders.dward@aptn.calast_img

first_img Posted: March 12, 2019 March 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two transients were behind bars today on suspicion of fatally stabbing 63-year-old Marjorie Gawitt during a predawn residential burglary in a neighborhood near Agua Hedionda Lagoon.Ian Forrester Bushee, 37, and 26-year-old Malissa Deanna James were arrested late Monday morning a few blocks from the site of the slaying of Carlsbad resident Marjorie Gawitt, according to police.Gawitt made a 911 call about 12:30 a.m. Monday to report that she had been badly wounded in an assault at her home in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane, Lt. Greg Koran said. Medics took the mother of three to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.Investigators believe that Bushee and James — both of them on probation in connection with a burglary in San Bernardino County — broke into Gawitt’s home, where at least one of them stabbed her before the pair stole her car and fled.Deputies found the vehicle abandoned on Grand Avenue in San Marcos about five hours after the fatal assault occurred, sheriff’s Lt. David Buether said. Shortly before noon Monday, the suspects were captured in an open, brushy area off the 4800 block of Park Drive, about one-tenth of a mile from the victim’s home.Last April, the suspects were arrested after a homeowner in Upland walked in on them as they were allegedly ransacking the victim’s home, according to The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. The pair allegedly fled with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics, including $70,000 in collectable coins stuffed in a sock.Late Monday evening, Bushee and James were booked into county jail on suspicion of murder, burglary, conspiracy and auto theft. They were being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom Victim identified in Carlsbad home invasion, murder Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgIn this 4 June 2008 file photo, a Palestinian carries a box of vegetable oil as he walks past bags of flour, both donated by the United States Agency for International Development, at a depot in the West Bank village of Anin near Jenin. Photo: APTens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from America, US-funded infrastructure projects have been halted, and an innovative peace-building program in Jerusalem is scaling back its activities.The Trump administration’s decision last year to cut more than $200 million in development aid to the Palestinians is forcing NGOs to slash programs and lay off staff as the effects ripple through a community that has spent more than two decades promoting peace in the Middle East.The US government’s development agency, USAID, has provided more than $5.5 billion to the Palestinians since 1994 for infrastructure, health, education, governance and humanitarian aid programs, all intended to underpin the eventual creation of an independent state.Much of that aid is channeled through international NGOs, which were abruptly informed of the cuts last summer and have been scrambling to keep their programs alive.President Donald Trump says the USAID cuts are aimed at pressuring the Palestinians to return to peace talks, but Palestinian officials say the move has further poisoned relations after the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year. The aid groups, many of which have little or no connection to the Palestinian Authority, say the cuts hurt the most vulnerable Palestinians and those most committed to peace with Israel.”If you want to maintain the idea of the peace process, you have to maintain the people who would be part of the peace process,” said Lana Abu Hijleh, the local director for Global Communities, an international NGO active in the Palestinian territories since 1995.Before the aid cuts were announced, it provided food aid — branded as a gift from the American people — to more than 180,000 Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza on behalf of the World Food Program. USAID had planned to contribute $19 million a year for the next five years to continue the project but pulled out in August.Global Communities can now only provide aid to 90,000 people through March, and Abu Hijleh had to lay off around 30 staff, including in Gaza, where unemployment exceeds 50 per cent.”It really hurts, because you’re talking about the most basic level of assistance,” she said. The average family receives a monthly voucher worth around $130.Sadeqa Nasser, a woman living in Gaza’s Jebaliya refugee camp, used her voucher to support her disabled husband, their six children and four grandchildren.She says her sons each bring in less than $5 a day from odd jobs. “They cannot afford to buy food for their families, so I help them out,” she said.Since the aid was cut off, she’s been able to qualify for welfare payments from the Palestinian Authority, which itself relies heavily on foreign aid. “Without it we would go hungry,” she said.Funding has also been cut for a five-year, $50 million program run by a coalition of NGOs to provide health services, including clinical breast cancer treatment for some 16,000 women and treatment for some 700 children suffering from chronic diseases.Infrastructure projects, including desperately needed water treatment facilities in the blockaded Gaza Strip, have also been put on hold.Anera, which has carried out development projects in the Middle East for more than 50 years, said it was forced to halt five infrastructure projects in the West Bank and Gaza before completion and cancel three more in Gaza that were pending funding approval. It says the projects would have benefited more than 100,000 people.The NGOs are reaching out to other donors, but USAID is one of the biggest sources of funding for a global aid community overwhelmed by conflicts in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.The Trump administration has also cut off funding for peace-building initiatives involving Palestinians — even residents of east Jerusalem, which Israel considers to be part of its capital. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized internationally, to be the capital of their future state.Kids4Peace, a group founded by Israeli and Palestinian families in Jerusalem in 2002, brings Jewish, Christian and Muslim teenagers together for seminars and summer camps where they can share their experiences and learn more about one another.The group’s organizers acknowledge the longstanding criticism of such initiatives — that campfires and singalongs won’t bring peace to the Middle East, especially after a decade of diplomatic paralysis and little hope for resuming meaningful negotiations.But they say that with a $1.5 million USAID grant in 2016 they tripled the number of annual participants to around 70 and revamped programs. USAID takes a hands-on approach, requiring regular audits and demanding concrete accomplishments.Participants now take part in a Youth Action Program in which they plan and execute projects in their communities. One group is campaigning for Arabic subtitles in Jerusalem cinemas. Another set up a community garden in a tense neighborhood where Jews and Arabs had rarely interacted.Kids4Peace was a finalist for another $1.5 million grant this year, but that has been indefinitely postponed because of the funding cuts. It will continue to run programs with the help of private donors, but its growth prospects are in doubt.”We see the trend lines moving in a negative direction, in terms of more hostile attitudes toward the other, less interaction between Israelis and Palestinians, more resistance to peace negotiations,” said Josh Thomas, executive director of Kids4Peace International. “We see that as a need for greater investment rather than less.”Trump also halted aid to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which provides basic services to more than 5 million Palestinians across the Middle East, but UNRWA was able to narrow the funding gap with aid pledges from other countries.Palestinian officials say they won’t bow to pressure.”We don’t want their money, we don’t want anything to do with America,” said Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “If (Trump) thinks he can put pressure on us through his money, it won’t work.”Critics of the policy fear that cutting off aid will further diminish Washington’s ability to manage a conflict that remains highly combustible.”When America vacates the Middle East space, we do so at our own risk and we do it to the benefit of our adversaries,” said Dave Harden, a former USAID mission director in the West Bank and Gaza.last_img read more

first_img Listen Brandon and Jay talk about the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and fall out? Will it reshape Texas Sen Race? You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editors are Matt Prendergast and Giselle Bueno. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share X 00:00 /29:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on Friday, June 15, 2018.On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:Texas:‘Abolish ICE’? Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke isn’t so sureCD 27 raceGov. Greg Abbott power expansion through rules?Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offers 10 metal detectors to Santa Fe ISDNational: DNC officials vote to scale back the role of ‘superdelegates’ in the presidential nominationMexican electionPresident Donald Trump fake phone calllast_img read more

first_imgBy DAVID CRARY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — LGBT leaders are reacting furiously to a report that the Trump administration is considering a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans.Activists are pledging legal challenges if such a change is put in place, and they say it would run counter to numerous court rulings.(Courtesy Image/commons.wikimedia.org)According to The New York Times, a draft memo circulated by the Health and Human Services Department proposes defining gender as an immutable biological condition determined by a person’s sex organs at birth.Such a policy, if in place, would be the latest administration move targeting transgender rights. That includes an attempt by President Donald Trump to ban transgender people from military service.The administration has refused to comment on the memo.last_img read more

first_imgRecycling may not always be good for the environment. Citation: Can Recycling Be Bad for the Environment? (2009, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-recycling-bad-environment.html Recycling paper and glass is pretty straightforward. Metal is also fairly straightforward. But plastics are different. Plastics have a complex chemical make-up that changes the equation. If you look on a plastic container, you might notice a number by the recycle sign. These numbers run from one to seven, and each has a different meaning. (You can go to the Daily Green for a list of plastics numbers and what they mean.) Before you chuck your plastics into the bin, you need to know whether or not your city’s waste disposal program can handle that type of plastic. My city claims that it can handle anything numbered one through six. The city is clear that it does not want packaging that does not have a number on it. Some municipalities only have the ability to handle plastics labeled with ones and twos. Discover points out the problem that comes with mixing plastics:”Any contamination in the recycle bin compromises the strength and durability of the recycled plastic that is produced, which in turn compromises its future use as a material for manufacturers. A recycled container needs to be strong enough to hold the weight of the contents inside, and many container shapes already contain weak spots where the plastic has a reduced thickness—near a bottle’s handle, for example.”Weaker materials mean that fewer companies are willing to use recycled materials in their products. And that means that more resources are consumed in favor of creating all-new packaging. Which is bad for the environment. Some say that this means you should reduce the amount of products you buy that contain plastic. But whether you decide to go that route or not, if you are concerned about the environment, you might make sure that you aren’t doing more harm than good when you place plastics in your recycle bin.© 2009 PhysOrg.com ‘Self-healing’ polymer may facilitate recycling of hard-to-dispose plastic (PhysOrg.com) — By now, nearly everyone knows that it is important to recycle. It helps the environment. Even my six-year-old knows that. But what if it doesn’t? While it seems pretty straightforward, in most cases, there are times when recycling can harm more than it helps. This is especially true when plastics are involved. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgTowel or bear? You decide. The budget-conscious are no doubt drawn to the fact that so many attractions are free of charge once you’re at Butlins. You don’t have to count your pennies or say no to just another ride when you’re at the vintage-style fairground complete with waltzers, dodgems and carousel. A few rides and attractions carry an addition charge, but the vast majority are free and queues are virtually non-existent. My daughter was keen to visit the fairground as often as possible, as well as the neighbouring games arcade with its tuppenny push machines. It was well worth paying a small extra fee to hire a three-seater bike and spend a happy half hour exploring corners we hadn’t seen on foot. We also paid just a few pounds for a round of crazy golf. Read More’Only seeing your parents at mealtimes, Butlin’s was a children’s paradise’   Study your site map well, as there are hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered. We enjoyed seeing snakes and other critters in the Discovery Studio and played endless games of Cluedo after stumbling across a board games lending library in a quiet corner. Search for them and you’ll find some nostalgic remnants of early Butlin’s, including carriages from a monorail and old-fashioned chalets. Anyone for ice cream? But once we stepped inside the accommodation it had Butlin’s written through it like a stick of rock. From the Skegness cushions on the primary coloured sofas to the wooden pin the tail on the donkey game on the wall, the decoration was inspired, retro and a brilliant reminder of the heritage of the brand. There are numerous different types of accommodation at Butlin’s, with numerous different prices. Ours was spacious, well-appointed and spotlessly clean. The big stage shows are so popular that some people start queueing hours in advance. There’s really no need to leave the site at all, and we didn’t touch our car until it was time to go home. We did walk off site to paddle in the sea and build sandcastles, before a bracing stroll along the prom to get the full British holiday resort experience. You don’t even need to do that though, as Butlin’s has created a mini beach inside the resort complete with outsized seaside accessories for the full selfie experience. Like so many other aspects of Butlin’s, the food experience is what you make it. I’m sure some families arrive with their weekly shop, or buy ingredients from the two small supermarkets. But if you want to eat out there’s a varied selection of cuisines to tempt you. Billy the Butlin’s bear. We spent four nights at Butlin’s Skegness, staying in a two bedroomed Seaside Apartment. Among the more exclusive accommodation on the site, at first glance it looked a world apart from the old Butlin’s stereotype. If anything it looked more like a rival holiday resort, the one renowned for being middle class and located in wooded areas. 1950s advert for Butlins One thing we did struggle with was figuring out where to start with the entertainment. There’s so much going on, so many varied things happening at the same time, you almost want to clone yourself to take it all in. We visited during the school holidays with my eight-year-old daughter, and discovered a packed programme designed to provide something for adults and children of all ages. Helpfully, guests are given printed guides to exactly what is on when and where plus details of the age ranges it is most suited to. You can also download an app with everything from interactive maps to restaurant opening times and menus. center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailButlin’s is all poolside knobbly knee competitions and poky chalets the size of the average garden shed, isn’t it? Come on, climb out of the 1950s. If it’s been some time since you last visited the original British holiday camp then you may be surprised to discover it’s undergone something of a renaissance since Gladys Pugh last said Good Morning Campers. Rather like a bag of pick n’ mix sweets, a short break to Butlin’s can contain whatever you choose to put into it. If you’re content with nothing but fizzy cola bottles then they’re there for the taking, but you can opt for mint humbugs or luxury toffee as well. A game of crazy golf whiles away a happy hour. We saw Titan the Robot, live wrestling by men in tiny, shiny pants, a puppet show and were encourage to exercise by giant Mr Men. But that was just the tip of the big show iceberg with other offerings including a circus, magic acts, a Sleeping Beauty panto, Paddington Bear and much more. The shows were so popular that some people started queuing hours in advance just to get a seat near the front. And if you consider the ticket price to see similar calibre acts at theatres elsewhere, you can easily see why lots of Butlin’s guests pack their holiday with as many of them as possible. Splash Waterworld ranked near the top of our Butlin’s highlights list. We enjoyed it so much that we spent hours moving between the different pools and water features, two days in a row. The outdoor rapids were a favourite – so much so that we stayed outdoors in our swimsuits even when it rained. A Butlin’s full English. There was so much to choose from in the Scoop ice cream parlour that it took quite some time to make a decision, then of course we had to visit again the next day to try a flavour we’d missed. I can confirm that bubblegum flavour ice cream does indeed turn your tongue blue. We had a premium dining package, which included breakfast and evening meal each day at either The Deck Restaurant or The Yacht Club. We hadn’t expected so much choice, so much fresh food and the lack of queues. It’s self-service, with much of the food cooked in front of diners, and there are no limits on what you can have or how many times you can top your plate up. Over the four days we had roast dinners, poached Salmon, rainbow-coloured vegetable stir fries and thick wedges of cheesecake. You could have burger and chips for every meal or you could have four courses rounded off with cheese and crackers if you wanted. Pin the tail on the Butlin’s donkey. Butlin’s is much more than that 1950s cliché. It’s a well-rounded family resort that can be exceptionally good value if you want it to be, or a more luxurious escape if that is what your heart desires. And there isn’t a Gladys Pugh in sight.last_img read more