Interior Ministry: 50,000 Migrants Regularized in Morocco in 4 Years

Rabat – The number accounts for about 85 percent of the overall applications from foreign nationals in Morocco.Laftit noted that, in line with royal directives, regularized migrants must renew their residence permits after three years, provided they have not broken any laws.A ministerial commission charged with overseeing the new migration and asylum strategy carries out regularization, said Laftit. The Ministry of the Interior has also taken steps to improve the “voluntary return program” by signing agreements with the International Organization for Migration. By September 2018, authorities had thwarted some 68,000 illegal immigration attempts to Europe this year and dismantled 122 migration networks.Since 2002, the government has dismantled over 3,300 migrant smuggling networks and seized 2,000 boats carrying undocumented immigrants. read more

UNAIDS chief welcomes plan to slash prices of essential medicines

7 August 2009A top United Nations official has hailed agreements reached by the Clinton Foundation with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Matrix to reduce the prices of antiretroviral drugs for people living with AIDS and tuberculosis (TB). “The reduction of prices of second line antiretroviral drugs will saves lives,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “These agreements will help improve the sustainability of national treatment programmes over the long term.” Second line antiretroviral drugs are necessary when people living with HIV – currently an estimated 33 million people worldwide – fail to respond to standard treatment regimens. At the end of last year, an estimated 5 per cent of the 4 million people on antiretroviral treatment required second line drugs, according to UNAIDS, which added that the need for these drugs is expected to rise in the coming years. The agency noted that the agreement with Matrix to make available three second line drugs in a single package will also contribute to the ease of delivery and help increase treatment adherence. Meanwhile, the agreement with Pfizer will enable people to seek treatment for TB – a leading cause of death for those living with AIDS – without interrupting their second line treatment. “People living with HIV should not have to choose between TB and AIDS treatment,” said Mr Sidibé. “We have to stop people living with HIV from dying of TB.” Meanwhile, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang is slated to attend the five-day International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Bali, Indonesia, starting on Sunday. Ms. Kang is expected to send a clear message stressing that the protection of human rights is indispensable in addressing the AIDS epidemic. “HIV is not just a virus,” she said. “It’s also about people who endure discrimination and a wide array of human rights violations.” read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $3.30 lower $506.90; Jan. ’18 $2.30 lower $516.90; March ’18 $2.60 lower $522.70; May ’18 $2.40 lower $525.60; July ’18 $2.10 lower $527.10; Nov. ’18 unchanged $497.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $498.60; March ’19 unchanged $501.30; May 19 unchanged $501.30; July ’19 unchanged $501.30; Nov. ’19 unchanged $501.30.Barley (Western): Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 498,480 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 498,480. read more

Niagara police investigate assault at Fort Erie bar

Niagara police are investigating after a man was hit over the head with a beer bottle at a bar in Fort Erie. Police say the fight broke out at Southsides Patio Bar and Grill on Niagara Blvd. around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.The altercation escalated to the patio where the suspect struck the victim over the head with a beer bottle. The victim suffered a large gash to the back of his head and a broken nose. Police are looking for a man who is described as black, five-foot-ten, with a slim build, a goatee, and long dread locks which were tucked into a black beanie.He was wearing a white shirt, grey pants, white runners and spoke with a Jamaican accent. Anyone with information is asked to contact Niagara police at 905-688-4111 ext. 2300.

Health care system and patient care

The union representing 80,000 Ontario health care workers claims the government’s new health care plan is threatening patient care, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says the opposite.Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, says he’s concerned this new plan doesn’t address the needs of front line staff dealing with an ageing population.“It’s not an inefficient system, it’s not begging for restructuring, it’s begging for resources,” said Hurley.But the health minister suggests the new ‘Ontario Health’ teams will better connect patients with home and long term care to reduce hospital visits.“For example, someone who is coming home from hospital doesn’t get connected in time with home care, days go by and complications develop and the person ends up back in the emergency department. That’s what we want to avoid.” Minister Elliott.The province says the goal of merging multiple agencies into one is to make it easier for patients but local unions are concerned it will lead to privatization.“Lurking behind this restructuring is a massive privatization scheme,” said Hurley.Minister Elliot was grilled in question period about her new health care plan and said she has no intention of privatizing the system. Elliott would not say specifically if there would be any job losses.The province’s plan is something St. Joseph’s health system with Niagara Health are already doing. They met with Minister Elliott to talk about their integrated comprehensive care. Patients have one healthcare team that follows them from the hospital to home, one number to call with 24/7 access to clinicians and one electronic patient record that follows the patient journey.Minister Elliott says this new plan won’t change how patients access their doctor, that remains the same. read more

Developing countries stand to benefit from ecommerce new UN report suggests

Developing countries stand to gain great economic benefits from advances in information and communications technology, particularly in traditional sectors such as publishing, according to the E-commerce and Development Report 2002, which was released today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).Digital publishing technology offers fresh opportunities for poorer States by providing their businesses with the opportunity to establish a presence “in a market dominated by the developed-country giants of the culture industry,” the report states. By lowering production costs and cutting out middlemen, innovative software generates new markets and enables authors who would not otherwise be well known to expand their readerships. According to the report, even the world’s least developed countries have been won over to electronic distribution, which radically alters relations between publishers, the media and consumers. Growing awareness of the potential of online publishing is driving a number of new initiatives, ranging from the promotion of African publications in the United States to the establishment of a major digital scientific library in Brazil.The report recommends that developing countries’ governments make more use of information technology, encourage educational institutions to provide online classes, and support libraries financially so that they can computerize their publications.While hailing the advantages of e-commerce, UNCTAD also calls attention to the threats to copyright posed by the new technology, which “allows virtually anything to be copied to perfection.” Digital piracy is becoming exorbitantly expensive, according to the report, which notes that profits from Peru’s “informal” book industry are higher than those from publishing.”Copyright issues aside, online publishing could become a formidable vehicle for development, not just allowing businesses to stake out positions in markets formerly closed to them but also providing wider access to information, especially for academia and research, while at the same time promoting the country,” UNCTAD states. “Now all that remains is to make the political decision makers aware of what is at stake.” read more

New UN envoy for Syria meets President senior ministers in Damascus

According to a UN spokesperson, Mr. de Mistura addressed the press in Damascus, saying that he had a long and useful meeting with the Syrian President. He said he had also met in recent days with the Syrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister.Mr. de Mistura said that the figures received on Syria from a range of reliable sources are “shocking”, with more than 190,000 people dead, 3 million refugees, half of the population in need of help and 9 million people displaced.After his meetings in Damascus, he will travel throughout the region and come to New York to report to the Secretary-General about the suggestions that he has been getting, both in and outside Syria. He also emphasized that the United Nations will take even more seriously the priority of trying to reduce the violence and end the suffering of the Syrian people.Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura was appointed by Secretary-General in July to provide Good Offices aimed at bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations. The crisis in Syria began in March 2011 and has brought untold suffering to millions of people in the country. read more

Zika the more we know the worse things look UN health agency

Updating the press on developments in science regarding the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Margaret Chan, said the knowledge base is building very rapidly, and thanked all countries and their scientists who have worked to help build up the evidence base. Zika circulating on 38 countries and territories“The virus is currently circulating in 38 countries and territories,” she told reporters. “On present knowledge, no one can predict whether the virus will spread to other parts of the world and cause a similar pattern of fetal malformations and neurological disorders. If this pattern is confirmed beyond Latin America and the Caribbean, the world will face a severe public health crisis.” According to WHO, the world was alerted to the first appearance of Zika in the Western Hemisphere on 7 May 2015, when Brazil confirmed that a “mysterious outbreak” of thousands of cases of mild disease with rash was caused by the Zika virus. In July, the country then reported an increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), followed by an unusual increase in microcephaly among newborns in late October. “The possibility that a mosquito bite could be linked to severe fetal malformations alarmed the public and astonished scientists,” Dr. Chan said. “The association with Guillain-Barré syndrome and other severe disorders of the central nervous system has expanded the risk group well beyond women of child-bearing age. We now know that sexual transmission of the virus occurs.” She detailed how a pattern has emerged in which initial detection of virus circulation is followed, within about three weeks, by an unusual increase in cases of GBS. Detection of microcephaly and other fetal malformations comes later, as pregnancies of infected women come to term. In the current outbreak, Brazil and Panama have reported microcephaly. Colombia is investigating several cases of microcephaly for a possible link to Zika. In other countries and territories, the virus has not been circulating long enough for pregnancies to come to term. A WHO team is currently in Cabo Verde to investigate the country’s first reported case of microcephaly. “To date, 12 countries and territories have now reported an increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome or laboratory confirmation of Zika infection among GBS cases.Additional effects on the central nervous system have been documented, notably inflammation of the spinal cord and inflammation of the brain and its membranes,” Dr. Chan further reported. WHO’s response to the outbreakSince 1 February, WHO has convened seven international meetings and published 15 documents that translate the latest research into interim practical guidance to support countries as they respond to this outbreak and its neurological complications. Over the past two weeks, WHO convened three high-level meetings to look at the science, the convention and new tools for mosquito control, and what is known about the management of complications, including microcephaly and GBS. “These meetings help answer pressing scientific questions and gather advice on the best ways to respond to a situation that is rapidly evolving,” Dr. Chan underlined, noting that there is now scientific consensus that Zika virus is implicated in the neurological disorders. “The kind of urgent action called for by this public health emergency should not wait for definitive proof,” she insisted. Diagnostic test is ‘most urgent priority’ In terms of new medical products, the experts agreed that a reliable, point-of-care diagnostic test is the most urgent priority. At present, WHO says more than 30 companies are working on, or have developed, potential new diagnostic tests. For vaccines, 23 projects are being worked on by 14 vaccine developers in the United States, France, Brazil, India, and Austria. WHO estimates that at least some of the projects will move into clinical trials before the end of this year, but several years may be needed before a fully tested and licensed vaccine is ready for use. Meanwhile, during a meeting on mosquito control, the experts concluded that well-implemented control programmes using existing tools and strategies are effective in reducing the transmission of Aedes-borne diseases, including Zika. However, they also identified a number or challenges in implementing these tools, and none of the five was judged ready for full-scale implementation. Finally, the third meeting looked at the management of complications, including fetal malformations and neurological disorders, and the heavy burden this places on health systems. read more

Arson investigation at house owned by disappearance suspect

Houck was named as a suspect in the 2015 disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Crystal Rogers, who is presumed dead. Houck has denied involvement with Rogers’ disappearance and has never been charged. The case was the focus of a series on the Oxygen network last year.Bardstown Fire Chief Billy Mattingly says the house consisted of a frame with no gas or electricity running to it, so it was likely set on fire. He says disgruntled employees who work for Houck may be to blame.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) – Officials believe an arsonist may be responsible for a fire that destroyed a home being built by the only named suspect in a woman’s high-profile disappearance.News outlets report the home owned by Brooks Houck burned down in Bardstown on Sunday night.- Advertisement – read more

Evergreen schools resource centers offer foodprep classes

first_imgYou can smell the Family and Community Resource Center at Ellsworth Elementary School before you can see it.On Tuesday, the school’s resource center transformed into an impromptu tasting room. Visitors to the twice monthly Fresh Food Pantry hosted by the school — where families can take fruit and vegetables in addition to the usual canned and boxed goods — were treated with hot cups of chicken and rice soup featuring ingredients donated by the Clark County Food Bank.Marty Fields, a Food Sense educator with the Washington State University Extension campus, shows parents how to use tricky ingredients from the Fresh Food Pantry to make tasty, inexpensive meals. Armed with a countertop pressure cooker, Fields travels from school to school to share recipes and samples with families visiting elementary school Family and Community Resource Centers.Ellsworth Elementary School’s Family and Community Resource Center is one of the largest of Evergreen Public Schools’ 14 programs in low-income elementary schools. Of the school’s 451 students in May, 61.9 percent received free or reduced-price meals, according to the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office.Melanie Green, administrator of the Family and Community Resource Center, described food as the first opportunity the districts have to connect with families. Parents can grab food for a meal at one of the centers, then hear about the other services centers offer, including school supplies, lending libraries, housing resources and counseling services.But for those families who rely on the center, some of the food can be foreign.“They don’t know how to use all the things,” said the center’s outreach coordinator, Maria Dorshkind, between helping families fill bags with oranges and canned goods.last_img read more

Justice for Santa Man gets life

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 2, 2017 – It will very likely bring some relief and closure to her family and friends, as the Turks and Caicos Public Prosecutions Office has secured a conviction in shocking 2011 killing of Santa Ramirez Suarez.  The 29 year old woman, originally from the Dominican Republic was a working barmaid at the popular Blue Hills eatery, Sailing Paradise when gunmen tried to rob the place and shot Suarez in the head in the process.No one could forget the images of the scene in Blue Hills as friends of the beloved Santa, screamed, shouted, wallowed and even breached the crime scene set up by Police in order to get to their friend, who was pronounced dead at the scene.A now 24 year old Levardo Smith was found guilty of what was the first murder of 2011 that fateful night in July.  Smith, would have been only about 18 years old then.  Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Angela Brooks assisted by Shetalia Hall made a strong case in this retrial from 2013.The jury of 12, yesterday, unanimously found Smith guilty of the killing and Judge Shuester sentenced Levardo Smith, of Provo to life in prison. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews #JusticeforSantacenter_img Related Items:#MagneticMediaNews #JusticeforSantalast_img read more

Realmes 64MP quad camera previewed What to expect

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:25Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?center_img Realme has proven to be quite aggressive in the Indian smartphone market. With a series of successful launches, Realme has made a name for itself in the budget and mid-range segment despite strong resistance from Xiaomi. It recently made its way into the premium category with Realme X in China and it now looks like the next smartphone is going to ride on the hype of innovation.Realme has teased its next smartphone and the main highlight is going to be the camera. Better yet, it is going to be the first-of-its-kind camera technology we’ve seen in a smartphone. Of late, there have been several smartphones taking advantage of the 48MP camera craze and Realme wants to set the bar higher.Realme is going to launch its next smartphone with a quad camera setup, featuring a 64MP primary sensor. The company has already confirmed that it will be using a Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 1/1.72″ sensor with a pixel size of 0.8μm, and 4-in-1 pixel binning. Given the new sensor’s size, it is capable of capturing more light than its predecessor Samsung GM1 and rival Sony IMX586.Here’s a glimpse of what this realme prototype can do. Even compared it with some other flagship model in a more premium price segment. Buckle up and #DareToLeap to some real exciting camera experience this year.— Madhav X (@MadhavSheth1) June 25, 2019Realme, as proud as it should of this new technology, showed us what the 64MP Realme smartphone is capable of in the real world. Well ahead of the official launch, Realme shared the photo sample taken with its upcoming 64MP camera smartphone. And as you can imagine, the result is nothing short of breath-taking. Realme 64MP camera sampleRealmeRealme CEO Madhav Sheth shared photo samples taken with the “64MP AI Quad Camera” smartphone and also compared the results with an unnamed flagship said to be “in a more premium price segment.” Realme 64MP camera sampleTwitter/Madhav ShethIf Realme has taught us anything so far, it is that it does not fear risks. The first quad-camera smartphone from Realme is going to be as disruptive as other phones it has launched so far. Currently, there’s not much known about the upcoming 64MP smartphone, but it is confirmed to be launched in Q4 2019.Realme calling shotgun on the 64MP tech is certainly impressive. Rivals Xiaomi and Samsung are likely to follow the suit, but it remains to be seen if they can beat Realme to the punch. Stay tuned for updates.last_img read more

US ambassador visits Ekushey book fair

first_imgUS ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and his wife visit at the children’s corner of Amar Ekushey book fair on Friday. Photo: UNBUS ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller along with his wife on Friday visited Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela (book fair) and spent time with children at the children’s corner of the fair, reports UNB.Talking to the newsmen, ambassador Miller said the month-long book fair of the country comes with a message of language movement to the young folks and it’s an opportunity for the youths to know the nation’s rich history.Terming Bangladesh’s largest book fair as very exciting, powerful and magical event for the youths, the ambassador said, “The timing is wonderful. It’s the month of language and International Mother Language Day.”Announced by UNESCO in 1999, International Mother Language Day celebrates cultural diversity and commemorates the “language martyr” students of 1952 Bangladesh.These students are honored by the encouragement of multiculturalism and the promotion of protective measures for endangered languages.The US envoy said the book fair is very inspiring since thousands of children and young people are here including child authors. “Many of them gave me books written by them.”“It’s a wonderful and unique book fair with people well attended. I’m overwhelmed seeing many child authors here. For example, a 14-year-old girl has given me a book which she wrote three years ago.”The ambassador said that Sisimpur, the Bangladeshi version of Sesame Street, delivers critical literacy and mathematic skill as well as strong social and health message nationwide.Sisimpur is a children’s educational programme supported by US Agency for International Development (USAID).last_img read more

Researchers collect soil samples from around the globe in effort to conduct

first_imgThe Fungal World. Credit: Siiri Jüris ja Leho Tedersoo Citation: Researchers collect soil samples from around the globe in effort to conduct fungi survey (2014, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Science (—A large team of researchers with members from around the world has conducted a global survey of soil fungi by collecting thousands of soil samples from sites all around the world. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their survey, how they performed DNA analysis on the specimens they found, and what they learned in doing so. David Wardle and Bjorn Lindahl of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences offer a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Explore further More information: Global diversity and geography of soil fungi , Science 28 November 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6213 . DOI: 10.1126/science.1256688ABSTRACTFungi play major roles in ecosystem processes, but the determinants of fungal diversity and biogeographic patterns remain poorly understood. Using DNA metabarcoding data from hundreds of globally distributed soil samples, we demonstrate that fungal richness is decoupled from plant diversity. The plant-to-fungus richness ratio declines exponentially toward the poles. Climatic factors, followed by edaphic and spatial variables, constitute the best predictors of fungal richness and community composition at the global scale. Fungi show similar latitudinal diversity gradients to other organisms, with several notable exceptions. These findings advance our understanding of global fungal diversity patterns and permit integration of fungi into a general macroecological framework.center_img Up till now, the team notes, research looking into biological diversity has focused much more on plants and animals that live on the surface of the Earth, which quite naturally are easier to study. Much less work has been done to better understand what goes on beneath, particularly regarding very tiny organisms. In this major undertaking, the team of researchers sought to learn more about fungi by collecting soil samples from sites across the planet. In all, they collected approximately 15,000 soil samples from 365 sites which included every continent, save Antarctica—most were from forested areas. The samples were then tested to see which types of fungi might be living in them. For that, pyrosequencing DNA analysis was used, which led to the generation of 25 million sequences. Putting all the information in a database allowed the team to find patterns.One of the most striking patterns they found was that fungi diversity is not related to aboveground plant diversity, instead, it’s mostly driven by weather conditions, tied mainly to rainfall. The second driver appeared to be pH level in the soil and calcium concentrations. They noted that diversity was highest around the equator and that the richness of fungi in the soil did not tend to decline with latitude as much as aboveground plants, though it did decline more than many experts had predicted, which might mean changes to theories that are based on the idea of constant fungus distribution.The work done by the team will undoubtedly lead to a better understanding of belowground biodiversity, but as the team notes, their work only involved a very small percentage of places where fungi reside, which suggests many more such surveys will need to be conducted before a complete picture of fungi diversity can be made. © 2014 Researchers offer taphonomic degradation processes for mammalian hair 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

Fabricio Alvarado leaves Restauración Nacional and creates new party

first_imgFormer presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado announced his resignation from the National Restoration Party (PRN) on Tuesday night in a video posted on his Facebook page.Minutes later, seven deputies of that party released a press release, in which they declared themselves independent to join Alvarado’s new party called “Nueva República.”In his statement, Alvarado tried to distance himself from the accusations that shook the party after the presidential elections, where he lost in the second round.The Christian singer argued that, although the people who helped him in the campaign tried to coordinate with the executive committee chaired by the deputy Carlos Avendaño, he later “questioned” what was done by his team.One of the conflicts that came to light after the campaign was the alleged misuse of 125 videos made by producer Alonso Naranjo. He alleged that the PRN used several of his creations as part of the electoral campaign without his permission.Without saying names, Alvarado said he resigned because he is not welcome in the PRN. Of course, he blamed his “cúpula” for making false accusations about his team.“It was as if they did not want to help us win in the same game,” he said, referring to the budgetary difficulties they faced during the second round of elections.“I’m leaving Restauración but I’ve taken care of my heart,” Alvarado said in the video.The seven legislators leaving with Alvarado are: Ivonne Acuña, Jonathan Prendas, Carmen Chan, Ignacio Alpízar, Harllan Hoepelman, Floria Segreda and Marulin Azofeifa.The legislators released a press release in which they affirm that they will function as a new fraction, that the territories and regions will be divided to help in the search for solutions.“The only ones we do not want to see are the corrupt ones,” the former PRN legislator said. Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was prepared for Semanario Universidad by Yamlek Mojica Loáisiga and translated and adapted for The Tico Times. Read the original report here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Gender equality ruling aims for nearly 50/50 male-female Costa Rican legislature UPDATE: Álvarez Desanti maintains in Liberation primary; late-night vote-counting drama Four presidential candidates in favor of breaking fuel monopoly January’s here and the gloves are off: Costa Rica’s true campaign beginslast_img read more

Hardhit Gaza neighborhood still trying to recover from war

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Nobody ever thought this neighborhood would be hit and I just don’t know how it happened,” said Bilal Hmaid, who lost his 55-year-old father, Rajab, in the Shijaiyah shelling.Bilal, 22, chokes up, remembering that day. Once his father heard the shells hit, he rushed out to help his neighbors, only to be wounded himself by another incoming shell, minutes later.Gasping for air, Rajab lay among other victims, waiting for help. An AP reporter tied a tourniquet around his leg as water from a rooftop tank pierced by shrapnel pooled around them.The smell of rust filled the air as blood mixed with petrol and dirt. The wounded cried out for help. Medics with stretchers struggled to navigate the uneven pavement, carrying out triage, selecting those who still had a chance and leaving those who were beyond help.Rajab was taken to a hospital where he survived for five more days before he died of his wounds.“People were coming to stay here, saying this is a safe neighborhood,” Bilal said. “But for months after the strike, the spirit of the community was gone.”At the al-Selek home, the rabbit cages have since been replaced on the roof but the shrapnel marks on the walls have yet to be covered. A poster with the faces of the 10 al-Selek’s family members who died welcomes visitors into the narrow street. By the time the shelling stopped, at least 30 people were dead, including 10 members of al-Selek’s extended family — eight of them children.There is strong evidence Hamas had used residential areas like Shijaiyah for cover throughout the fighting, and AP reporters witnessed rockets flying out of populated neighborhoods at times. The Israeli army says six militants were among those killed in that airstrike, a claim denied by local residents.“This is one of the most horrible crimes in Gaza,” said Mohammed Al-Alami, a lawyer at the independent Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights.In a recent report on the war, the U.N. Human Rights Council accused both Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes, claiming attacks by both sides had endangered civilians.Nearly a year later, the people of Shijaiyah, one of Gaza’s most densely populated and impoverished neighborhoods, are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives, especially in hard-hit areas near the Israeli border.Families like the al-Seleks had thought they would be spared from the fighting — and even sheltered relatives from across Gaza because their block’s narrow alleyways were far from the front lines. After the explosion, al-Selek and his wife ran up the five flights of stairs to the roof and found a sight he still struggles to comprehend.“We found an unbelievable scene — my children along with my father lying on the ground,” said al-Selek, recounting the horror to an Associated Press crew that revisited the neighborhood recently.Caught in a living nightmare, he saw the bloodied, mangled bodies of all three of his children, his 71-year-old father, Abdul-Kareem, and six other relatives lying next to the chicken coup and rabbit cages. Feathers and fur from the animals the children had begged their grandfather to see shortly before were strewn everywhere.Al-Selek’s life changed forever that July 30.The Israeli strike on his home in Gaza’s Shijaiyah neighborhood, just along the border with Israel, came at the height of the fighting and was one of the deadliest single incidents during the entire conflict. Two AP reporters arrived in Shijaiyah after the final barrage of mortar strikes subsided, leaving a scene of carnage and bloodshed.During the 50 days of war, which started July 8, more than 2,200 Palestinians, including more than 1,400 civilians, were killed, according to U.N. figures. Seventy-three people, including six civilians, were killed on the Israeli side. Because of the heavy casualty toll, Israel’s Military Advocate General launched an investigation into the Shijaiyah incident.The report found that Israeli forces had come under mortar fire from Palestinian militants in the area. Without air surveillance available, they responded to the source of fire, launching a total of 15 mortar shells over an 18-minute period, according to the report. The probe cleared the military personnel of any wrongdoing, finding no evidence of criminal misconduct.Amid the chaos on that Shijaiyah rooftop, al-Selek said he first found his 5-year-old son, Abdul-Haleem, still breathing among what he described as “piles of flesh with open skulls.” He rushed Abdul-Haleem downstairs and outside to an ambulance, then he ran back to the roof and repeated the grim task, carrying the lifeless body of his youngest son, Abdul-Aziz. Grief overcame him when he saw the remains of his 8-year-old daughter, Omeneya, but he could not carry her down.As he stepped out of the ambulance for a second time to get back to the roof, a white flash signaled a new barrage of shelling. He was knocked down and the explosion severed his right leg below the knee. He thought he would die and he professed his faith before he cried out for help. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   SHIJAIYAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — After weeks of sharing cramped quarters with relatives during last year’s war between Hamas and Israel, 39-year-old Mohammed al-Selek thought nothing of it when he heard the incoming roar of two mortar shells. But once a suffocating cloud of acrid smoke filled the stairwell, his heart sank — the family’s home had been struck by Israeli fire.Moments before, he had been enjoying a rare break, relaxing with a cup of tea and cookies as he marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The house was filled with his children, nieces and nephews, and al-Selek’s father had taken the restless kids to play up on the rooftop, where the family kept rabbits and chickens. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 photo, Mohammed al-Selek, 39, gives an interview to The Associated Press at his family house in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip. Al-Selek’s life changed forever last July 30, when Israeli mortar shells slammed into his home in an overcrowded Gaza neighborhood, killing all his three children, his father and six other relatives. A year later, al-Selek, who lost his leg during the airstrike, still struggles to recover and come to terms with his family’s loss in the 50-day Israel-Hamas war. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Al-Selek is still struggling to start a new life. For the first six months, he barely slept. He sold his other apartment in Gaza City and moved into his father’s bedroom in the Shijaiyah family home.His once solid frame is now sapped, his muscles atrophied after months in hospital. The new prosthetic leg he was given is too heavy for him, he says, preferring to make his way to and from work in his brother’s computer shop on his squeaky crutches.He seems resigned to his fate.“It was the darkest day of our life,” said al-Selek. “But life goes on. This is the fate of God. Life will not stop despite the loss of my leg and my children.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s called typecasting and it doesn’t offer a whole lot of surprise. Kind of like our local football teams. After watching ASU get trampled by Stanford and the Cardinals drubbed by the Saints, what did you expect? Cruise playing Hamlet? It was fun to believe, for a moment, that ASU could hang with a far superior opponent like Stanford, just like it was fun to believe last year they were going to hang with Oregon. In both cases it didn’t take very long to realize those who do, do. And those who don’t, can’t even execute a punt without an ensuing Mission Impossible-like adventure. Stanford’s physical domination was awesome. Or, at the very least, awe inspiring. The crowd may have been wine and cheese. The fellas up front were meat and potatoes and they shoved around the Devils with the sort of authority not seen since you used to pick on your kid brother. All that loss proved was that ASU isn’t an elite college football team. No shame in that. Todd Graham’s Devils still have a chance of being a very good team and should be able to beat a wobbly USC squad at home.If they don’t, then I’ve overestimated this group. If they do, you’re a win against Notre Dame away from finishing this brutal stretch 3-1. Point is, the legitimate dreams are still on the table for ASU. The same can be said for the Cardinals.They were matched up against an elite quarterback for the first time this season, with a superior, un-guardable receiving target, in the second loudest building in the NFL. The 31-7 loss to the Saints evoked the same kind of well-what-did-you-think-was-gonna-happen type response.Perhaps no unit in all of Phoenix sports, save for the Diamondbacks bullpen, gets typecast more frequently than the Cardinals offensive line. True to form, the five up front played the part of the bad guy. The reason for the loss. There’s no doubt they earned it. Watching a jittery Carson Palmer hurry his throws in anticipation (or fear) of getting smashed has worn thin and we’re just in Week 3. But Ron Wolfley is right; don’t typecast Palmer as a victim of porous protection. Instead, he must — in Wolf’s words — “settle his soul, accept his plight and bear the burden of responsibility that comes with being a quarterback in the NFL.”In other words; deal with it.How he does may very well determine the Cardinals fate.Win against the Buccaneers (very doable with that dumpster fire of a team in Tampa) and the Cards are a manageable 2-2 after four games. Getting your doors blown off against the Saints isn’t necessarily a reflection of the season. All sorts of teams are going to struggle to play well in New Orleans this year. If the Cardinals can get improved play from their offensive line and quarterback — big ifs I know — this season is not lost. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact When I go see a Tom Cruise movie, typically I know exactly what I’m getting into. He is playing pretty much himself in a movie that features a lot of action, a few wisecracks and at least one scene of him running….somewhere. No one in the history of the world walked out of Jack Reacher and said “hunh, didn’t see that one coming.”Hugh Grant is always the charming British guy. Morgan Freeman is always the wise older guy. Christopher Walken is always, well, Christopher Walken. These actors, with varying degrees of skill, are basically playing the same person every time out. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson 23

first_imgArizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Carl Davis (94) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s a little unrealistic because I don’t think they have a back that can move like that,” linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said, smiling. “He definitely made us stay at home today.“One thing Green Bay does well is they stretch you out with their run, they want you working lateral, and then Eddie Lacy tries to stick his foot in the ground (to cutback) and Chris does that better than anybody in football so we got a great look at it; getting you started one way and then getting it downhill.”For Johnson, it was his first time on the field since his season was halted by a left leg injury in Week 12 at San Francisco.“It felt good out there. Actually, it felt better than I thought it was going to feel,” he said. “I kind of surprised myself today.”The only negative, Johnson admitted, was his conditioning.“Tired. Tired,” he repeated, pausing slightly.That will come with time, which Johnson has.Placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list Dec. 1, Johnson, who suffered a fractured tibia, is eligible to practice but not yet play, at least not until the Super Bowl, should the Cardinals make it that far.“When we finally make it to that big game and then I come to practice knowing I’m getting ready to play in this game, then it will all hit me that I’m back,” he said. “But now, it’s still a process working my way back.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – It’s not often a former NFL 2,000-yard rusher is running scout team for that week’s opponent.In fact, it may have never happened before.Until Tuesday, of course.When the Arizona Cardinals hit the field for their first practice in preparation of their divisional matchup against Green Bay, there was Chris Johnson, who rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009, doing his best Eddie Lacy-James Starks impersonation.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Despite missing the final month of the regular season, Johnson led the Cardinals in rushing with 814 yards this season.Four times he topped the 100-yard mark in a game, becoming the first Cardinals running back to achieve such a feat in 30 years.Johnson’s efforts were recognized by his peers as he was selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl.“It’s definitely an asset to have Chris. I mean the guy has won rushing titles, (was an) all-pro, 2,000 yards,” Weatherspoon said. “He obviously played lights out for us this year, and we just hope that we can continue to do what we need to do to keep his 2016 playing career open.”For that to happen, of course, the Cardinals need to beat Green Bay and then win the NFC Championship Game.All of which means Johnson is a spectator for at least another two weeks.“Through this whole process, at the beginning it was real tough,” he said, “but I think the toughest part of the whole situation is me going out there and practicing and feeling good and then come Sunday and I can’t suit up, sitting on the sideline and stuff like that. I think that’s going to be the tough part.” 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

January 4 2010 We continue the report from 12

first_imgJanuary 4, 2010 We continue the report from 12/30/09, ‘last year’, about construction on the heat duct tunnel. The crew has installed heavy steel cross beams to hold a form for the extension of the roof of the upper part of the tunnel. [photo: Colleen Reckow & text: sue] The forms are difficult to balance and secure, as the floor is still raw bedrock. This installation is a good lesson for the workshop participants on this crew. [photo: Colleen Reckow & text: sue] Plywood sheets are placed above the steel support beams. Now this form awaits rebar [steel reinforcement] before concrete is poured. [photo: Colleen Reckow & text: sue] On 11/11/09 we reported on a pour of the low retaining walls that will carry the side walls of the heat duct tunnel coming up the slope. The retaining walls have cured and in this photo the crew started to install wooden forms for the outer part of the walls. We will continue this report on 1/6/10. [photo & text: sue]last_img read more

The Power of Posit

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