BEAUCEVILLE, Que. — Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault says Quebec’s Beauce region has so far been the hardest hit by the spring flooding affecting many parts of the province.Guilbault told reporters today about 230 buildings are flooded in the town of Beauceville, located 90 kilometres south of Quebec City. Thirty-six people have had to leave their homes and six roads have been affected by the rising waters of the Chaudiere River.Thomas Blanchet, a spokesman for the Public Security Department, said the water rose quickly today around downtown Beauceville after an ice jam broke free early this morning.Andre Cantin with Environment Canada says up to 80 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in the Quebec City region between Thursday and Saturday, which could aggravate flooding in towns across the area.Cantin adds temperatures are expected to remain above freezing across much of southern Quebec over the next few days, causing snow to melt and increasing the risk of flooding.He says authorities should also be monitoring the water levels of the Ottawa River close to the Montreal area, as up to 50 millimetres of rain are expected to fall in that region by the weekend.The Canadian Press
Last Sunday, LA’s Belasco Theatre hosted A CATbaret! – A Musical Celebration of the Alluring Feline produced by and benefitting Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, Los Angeles’ premiere non-profit doing street cat rescue.The musical revue of cat-themed songs regaled the audience with feline-fueled classics from bluesy “Black Cat Bone” to hoppin’ “Stray Cat Strut.”Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer received the CATS IN WHITE SPATS Award for animal activism, presented by Battlestar co-stars Edward James Olmos and James Callis. Host Fred Willard (Modern Family) brought the house down. A CATbaret also included Lori Allen (Spongebob Squarepants); Keith David (Cloud Atlas); Kelley Jakle (Pitch Perfect); Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect); Olesya Rulin (High School Musical); Drew Seeley (Love Struck); and Nicole Sullivan (Mad TV); celebrity choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon and the So You Think You Can Dance dancers Witney Carson, Jordan Cassanova, Janelle Issis, Tiffany Maher, Jasmine Mason, Ryan Ramirez and Will Thomas. Celebrity guests included Nikki Deloach (Awkward), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets World), and magician Paul “Fig” Fegen.At the after party, cast, sponsors and guests enjoyed desserts and kitty-themed cocktails including: “Milk Saucer” (Cruzan Rum, Coconut Milk, and pineapple juice); “Ginger Cat” (Jim Beam Bourbon, ginger ale); “Laser Pointer” (Ciroc Berry vodka, soda, grenadine); “Catalina” (xB Sex on the Beach, orange juice), the “Catatonic” (Russian Standard vodka, tonic); and “Belly Rub” (Ciroc Peach vodka, cranberry). DJ Torch spun classic American bebop, roots and r&b standards.Kitty Bungalow Headmistress Shawn Simons said, “All production costs were underwritten by generous sponsors World’s Best Cat Litter, By Nature, Nature’s Variety, Found Animals, Yohawk Energy and NKLA, so every dollar raised from ticket sales, merchandise and the Prize Puss Raffle goes directly to Kitty Bungalow’s important rescue efforts. Kitty Bungalow raised over $20,000 for this coming year’s rescue work, including expanding their humane education programming.” In-kind sponsors included Ciroc, Jim Beam Brands, Acey Decey Lighting, ATK Audiotek, Bexel, Dazian, EVS, BP Porter; Universal Props; Popchips, Sabra Hummus, Russian Standard Vodka, xB, City Kitchen, Along Came Mary, Frosted, Semi Sweet, Jackson Catering, Stella, Icelandic and Baked It Myself.Source:PR Newswire
Trina Roache APTN National NewsFor decades, the Mi’kmaq who live in Potlotek First Nation in Nova Scotia have struggled with poor water – from boil water advisories to muddy water coming out of the taps.Indigenous Affairs is working on a fix but not fast enough for the community.And now frustration is boiling over.Find more here: Watertroache@aptn.ca
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock says they were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty in their goalless draw with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.Despite Warnock’s claims, Cardiff City should count them lucky after referee Lee Mason overturned a penalty he awarded to Huddersfield Town in the 76th minute.Cardiff felt they were denied clear penalty calls when Philip Billing’s header hit Erik Durm’s arm and when Hoilett was brought down by Hadergjonaj.“We knew we’d be struggling a little bit today,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“We had one or two players who shouldn’t have been playing. Callum Paterson and Victor Camarasa weren’t really fit but I wanted to play them.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“I thought we had the opportunities but we didn’t get the rub of the green although thankfully the linesman was alert to overturn the penalty. We thought ours was a certain penalty for a foul on [Junior] Hoilett.“The lad doesn’t see him coming, he gets to the ball first, and he takes the man.“I don’t understand why they can’t be given but I suppose next season with VAR, we’ve got a chance.”
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said they have taken the 11th parliamentary elections as a challenge to defeat the current government together with people through a vote revolution, reports UNB.“When we can’t stand anywhere, express our views, and carry out any election campaign and our leaders and activists being sent to jail in false and fictitious cases, we’ve taken the election as a challenge,” he said.“We together with people who’re already united will defeat this monstrous regime,” he added.Speaking at a rally of lawyers, the BNP leader further said, “We’ve a little time in our hands. If we want to save the nation, Bangladesh’s independence, and its people, it’s time for us to join the battle of vote with people and thus defeat them (govt).”He urged the Oikya Front leaders and activists to get ready for the election braving all the obstacles, repressive acts and plots. “We must stage a vote revolution together with people.”Jatiya Ainjibi Oikya Front arranged the programme on the Supreme Court premises with Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Zainul Abedin in the chair.
Tom Strickland/APPaige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, speaks at a meeting in Indianapolis in 2004.Paige Patterson, who has been under fire for weeks over his past advice to women concerning marital abuse and rape, has been quietly replaced as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.Patterson has been on the defensive since allegations surfaced that he once counseled women who suffered marital abuse to pray for their husbands. The Washington Post on Tuesday also reported an incident in which Patterson allegedly told a woman who said she had been raped to forgive her assailant rather than report the incident to police.“After much prayer and a more than 13-hour discussion regarding challenges facing the Institution, including those of enrollment, financial, leadership and institutional identity, the Board determined to move in the direction of new leadership for the benefit of the future mission of the Seminary,” the Board of Trustees said in a statement early Wednesday.The board said it voted to appoint Patterson as “President Emeritus with compensation, effective immediately, which he accepted.” In his place, it appointed D. Jeffrey Bingham, dean of the school of theology at the Fort Worth-based seminary, as interim president.The decision to remove Patterson, 75, came after an open letter signed by more than 2,000 Southern Baptist women expressing shock over Patterson’s statements and warning Southern Baptist Convention leaders not to allow “the biblical view of leadership to be misused in such a way that a leader with an unbiblical view of authority, womanhood, and sexuality be allowed to continue in leadership.”Days after the letter, Patterson issued “An Apology to God’s People” saying he was sorry “to every woman who has been wounded by anything I have said that was inappropriate or that lacked clarity.”“We live in a world of hurt and sorrow, and the last thing that I need to do is add to anyone’s heartache,” Patterson said in the statement. “Please forgive the failure to be as thoughtful and careful in my extemporaneous expression as I should have been.”As NPR’s Tom Gjelten reported earlier this month, in an interview Patterson gave in 2000, the religious leader recounted how he had told one woman, who had been assaulted by her husband, to simply pray for her spouse:“Returning some days later with two black eyes, the woman said, ‘I hope you’re happy,’ [Patterson said.]‘I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I am happy,’ Patterson quoted himself as telling the woman. ‘What she didn’t know when we sat in church that morning,’ he said, ‘was that her husband had come in and was standing in back, first time he ever came.’Patterson had also been criticized for a sermon he gave in 2014 in which he said women were created by God “beautifully and artistically.”Tom adds:“He related a conversation he had with a woman while her son and a friend were standing alongside. As they talked, a teenage girl whom Patterson described as “very attractive” walked by, and one of the boys said, “Man, is she built.”The woman immediately scolded him, but Patterson said he interjected in the boy’s defense.‘I said, ‘Ma’am, leave him alone,” Patterson recounted. ‘He’s just being biblical. That is exactly what the Bible says.’Hearing Patterson tell that story, Karen Swallow Prior, a professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was outraged. She and about 30 other women immediately drafted the open letter addressed to the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.After the seminary’s board went into closed session on Tuesday, The Washington Post published a story detailing a new allegation against Patterson.The newspaper says that in 2003, while Patterson was president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, N.C., he allegedly advised a woman studying there who said she had been raped by a fellow student not to report it to police.“They shamed the crap out of me, asking me question after question,” the woman, who now works in public relations in North Carolina, told the Post. “He didn’t necessarily say it was my fault, but [the sense from him was] I let him into my home.”“I had bottled it up,” she said. “My husband didn’t know about it until last week. … I told him ‘I need to do something.’”In Tuesday’s meeting deciding Patterson’s fate, the seminary’s board of trustees said it also “affirmed a motion stating 1) evidence exists that Dr. Patterson has complied with reporting laws regarding assault and abuse, 2) the Seminary stands against all forms of abuse.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Share J. Scott Applewhite/APIn this May 15, 2019, file photo, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders, left, joins Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sanders says he’s stepping down amid outrage over his agency’s treatment of detained migrant children.The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday he’s stepping down amid outrage over his agency’s treatment of detained migrant children. John Sanders said in a message to CBP employees that he would resign on July 5.CBP is the agency that apprehends and first detains migrant parents and children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawyers who visited CBP facilities last week described squalid conditions: inadequate food, lack of medical care, and children trying to care for toddlers.Six children have died since late last year after being detained by CBP.Sanders pushed Congress to pass $4.5 billion in humanitarian funding. In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Sanders talked about how the deaths “impacted him profoundly.”Additionally, an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the “majority” of the roughly 300 children detained at a Border Patrol station located in Clint, Texas, have been placed in facilities operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Lawyers had reported children detained in Clint, about 25 miles southeast of El Paso, were caring for each other and had inadequate food, water, and sanitation.
Categories: Sheppard News 09May Rep. Sheppard continues fight to reduce car insurance rates in Michigan State Rep. Jason Sheppard today continued his battle to bring lower car insurance prices to Monroe County families, joining his House colleagues in approving a plan to reform Michigan’s broken no-fault system.The plan guarantees lower rates for all drivers in Michigan, who now pay the highest average car insurance premiums in the nation – twice as high as drivers in neighboring states like Ohio. The bill offers personal injury coverage options, fights fraud and abuse and addresses medical costs.“Michigan families simply can’t afford to keep paying the highest car insurance premiums in the country,” Sheppard, of Temperance, said after casting a crucial vote in favor of the legislation. “This solution will lower rates for drivers all across our state. People will finally be able to afford to drive in Michigan.”Michigan is the only state to mandate unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The plan approved today allows people currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The plan:Guarantees lower rates on the personal injury protection (PIP) portion of policies. It would result in a 10-percent reduction of PIP costs for drivers who buy unlimited coverage, a 30-percent drop for drivers choosing $500,000, a 60-percent reduction for drivers purchasing $250,000, and an 80-percent drop at the $50,000 coverage level;Allows seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare, and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries, to opt out of PIP coverage;Establishes fee schedules to end the practice of medical facilities charging far more to treat car crash victims than other patients;Cracks down on fraud and abuse by creating a fraud task force;Provides more financial oversight of and transparency within the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association;Sets reasonable limits on compensation for attendant care contracts; andHelps the state ensure insurance companies charge fair rates, while addressing attorney fee settlements and significantly reducing litigation.“This is an issue I have worked on since I first started serving as a state representative,” Sheppard said. “After years of gridlock, I’m pleased we were able to use my bill as a foundation to move forward with a solution that will deliver real rate relief for Michigan families.”The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.###
Amazon is launching its web streaming set-top box Amazon Fire TV in Europe for the first time, rolling it in the UK and Germany.Customers in both countries will be able to order the device now, with boxes to start shipping in Germany on September 25 and in the UK on October 23.Fire TV will cost €99 in Germany and £79 (€99) in the UK. Existing Amazon Prime customers who order in the next five days will able to buy for the discounted price of €49 or £49.“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price – customers love Fire TV, and we’re thrilled to introduce it in the UK/Germany,” said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.In the UK, the streaming box, which first launched in the US in April, will give access to content from the likes of Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Channel 5’s Demand 5, Sky News, Curzon Home Cinema, YouTube and music streaming service Spotify.In Germany, Amazon said customers will be able to use Fire TV to access the media libraries of ARD and ZDF, as well as services like German VoD provider Maxdome.Fire TV streams in up to full-HD 1080p, has voice search with a built-in microphone in the remote control and also lets users play games such as Minecraft, NBA 2K14, and The Walking Dead.Amazon claims the device’s quad-core processor gives it three times the processing power of Apple TV, and its 2GB of memory means that it has four times the memory of Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast.
Wuaki.tv, the streaming video service owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, has launched in France, just two weeks after the launch of Netflix in the country.Wuaki.tv will be available on the interent, game consoles, tablets, PCs smart TVs and via the Chromecast HDMI dongle in France.Unlike Netflix, Wuaki.tv has until now adopted a transactional video-on-demand model, with titles available from €3.99. Titles available in France will include Qu’est-ce que j’ai fait au bon Dieu, Les Garçons et Guillaume à table! and La Belle et la Bête.Jacinto Roca, CEO of Wuaki.tv, said that the group was in discussion with ISPs, but that access via set-tops was not an immediate priority and that nothing is expected on this front before Christmas.Wuaki.tv has an advantage in France in the shape of PriceMinister, the country’s second-ranking e-commerce site, which is owned by its parent company, which already has 20.8 million registered users. Wuaki.tv has been operating in France in beta mode for some time, available for the most part to PriceMinister customers. Roca said that the two services would seek to maximize synergies.Wuaki.tv, which is already available in Spain and the UK, plans to launch in 15 European countries over the next year, including Germany and Italy. Following that, it will look to expand into other international territories where Rakuten has a presence, including the US, Asia and Latin America.
Mar 06 Spirit Store, Dundalk Their 2003 debut album, Permission To Land, sold three million copies, with songs “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”, “Get Your Hands of My Woman” and “Growing on Me”.Tour dates include: ShareTweet 2015March 7Nerve CentreThe darkness Fans of British Glam rockers The Darkness need to be quick to get the last few tickets for their gig in Derry.A select number of tour dates are listed for Ireland with their only Northern gig happening at The Nerve Centre on March 7.The band now includes new drummer Emily Dolan Davies and a new album “Cliffhanger” is also set to be released in March. Mar 07 Nerve Centre, DerryMar 08 Whelans, DublinMar 13 Monroes Live, GalwayMar 14 Dolans Warehouse, LimerickMar 15 Bridge Hous, TullamoreMar 17 Cyprus Avenue, CorkMar 18 O’Keefe’s, ClonmelMar 19 JUDGE ROY BEANS, NewbridgeDARKNESS TO DESCEND ON THE NERVE CENTRE was last modified: January 25th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: