HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier appears unworried by Jean Chretien’s decision to simply ignore queries from provincial officials asking if the former prime minister was lobbying for a Cape Breton port proposal.Stephen McNeil said Thursday he’s not planning to consider changes that would give the lobbyists’ registrar the power to investigate complaints about alleged abuse, as happens in other provinces.“Mr. Chretien did not respond. That is up to Mr. Chretien and the registrar. But … it’s not on my radar to actually change the rules around the registrar,” the premier said after a cabinet meeting.The registrar of lobbyists, Hayley Clarke, wrote Chretien after receiving a complaint about a March 21 meeting in Halifax between Chretien, McNeil and Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan.Chretien is an international adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners, which has been seeking investor support for the container port project. He has continued to be unavailable for comment, though emails have been sent to an associate who normally handles his media requests.Both McNeil and MacLellan have denied being lobbied at the March 21 meeting in the premier’s office.McNeil told reporters Thursday that if a citizen feels the province’s lobbying rules may have been broken, they can go to the police with a complaint.“The system has teeth. The legislation allows you or any other Nova Scotian to go to the appropriate law enforcement agency if they believe there’s an issue,” he said.John McCracken, the retired union activist who laid the complaint, says he will do just that, though he believes there should be legal changes to allow the registrar to investigate as well.“I will be contacting the police about Jean Chretien’s meeting with him,” he tweeted in the afternoon.“Regarding McNeil’s remarks, it’s clear to me that he likes the status quo because it means zero accountability for him, the minister responsible and the Act itself,” McCracken said in an earlier direct message.The day before he met McNeil, Chretien described to reporters why he thought the premier should support the idea and said he “worked for” the Sydney project.When a Cape Breton Post reporter asked Chretien on March 20 how he’d market the Sydney container port to the premier, the former prime minister said he felt McNeil would be in favour of a provincewide approach to container ports.Asked if he thought the province should invest money in the container port proposal, the former prime minister replied: “I hope so.”McNeil repeated Thursday that no lobbying took place during their meeting.Gary Burrill, leader of the New Democrats, said the premier is taking a loose approach to what lobbying is, and needs to consider reforms to the lobbying legislation.“He wasn’t there just to play 45s,” said Burrill, referring to a popular East Coast card game.Tim Hallman, a Tory member of the legislature, said “these lobbying laws need to have teeth,” and that referring all such matters to the police isn’t adequate.“That’s fine but there should be another layer to that as well in terms of oversight,” said Hallman.Clarke has previously made clear there was little she could do to probe what had occurred.A number of other provincial jurisdictions, including Ontario, and the federal commissioner of lobbying can probe citizen complaints and recommend police investigations.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
– with files from the Canadian Press (File Photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsFor the first 15 years of his life this Manitoba First Nation youth never a had a run-in with the law – that is until he became a ward of the province and they put him in a Winnipeg motel room with a stranger.That stranger was a Child and Family Services case worker whom he had never met and that case worker had no authority over the child.The boy, who cannot be named under Manitoba’s child protection laws, began to run wild – drinking and doing drugs.Then he broke the law.This all happened within a week.The boy was put in the motel by CFS under emergency circumstances in June 2014 after his foster care placement had broken down.He was placed in foster care in February 2014 after his mom was found unfit because of addictions.On June 30, he was not in his motel room.According to court records, he was drunk and high on street drugs with another youth he met at the motel.The pair were going from car-to-car looking for valuables until motel security guards grabbed them, put them in a motel room and called police.There, he threatened the security guards with plastic spoons and later escaped with the other youth through a broken bathroom window.Both were arrested across the road at another motel.Police took him to the MacDonald Youth Services emergency shelter who released him the next day with conditions to stay away from drugs and alcohol.Police spotted him high on pills later that day.He was taken the Manitoba Youth Centre, a jail, and charged with the previous night’s theft, threat, breaking the window and failing to comply with the his undertaking.Two days later he was released with more conditions, including a curfew.It’s not clear if he was put back in a motel room but he was found Oct. 20 “in a state of intoxication in the middle of the night.”He was charged again with failure to comply.By Feb. 5 of this year he was in back in the original foster care home, but one night didn’t complying with his curfew. He was at his girlfriend’s and told his foster parent, who called police.He was held in custody for four days and charged with another failure to comply – his sixth criminal charge.In April, he plead guilty to all charges.“Clearly, (he) was a youth in crisis,” said Justice Rocky Pollack in his ruling on May 28. “He had a parent incapable of controlling him and the response of CFS was to keep him in a motel room with a stranger whose order did not include any parenting.”Pollack also said when he finally got a lawyer last September she tried to contact him but his file did not have an address.She made inquiries to CFS to find her client but found there was no worker assigned to him.“His file was in a state of uncertainty,” said Pollack, adding his former worker had moved to a head office position and his file was never reassigned. “Judges who preside frequently in Youth Court know that this is not an unheard situation.”His court case was remanded six times and another six times after a Legal Aid lawyer was appointed.Manitoba has about 10,000 children in care. The vast majority are Aboriginal children. A chronic shortage of foster-care spaces has forced the province to use hotels to house children – something that has been criticized for more than a decade.Manitoba’s family services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross tearfully promised to end the practice after a young girl was seriously assaulted in March by June 1. Both the victim, and the youth charged in the assault, were in the care of CFS at a downtown Winnipeg hotel.Irvin-Ross had already promised in November to phase out the use of hotels after 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was killed after running away from one.The government is creating new emergency foster-home spots and reducing its reliance on outside contract workers over two years. It is also focusing more on preventative efforts that support families before children are taken into care, Irvin-Ross said. The province will be working closely with agencies to ensure hotels aren’t needed, and won’t hesitate to act if the directive isn’t followed, she said.However, the June 1 deadline couldn’t be met for rural hotel placements. The province said that was going to take more time.Now 16, the youth is doing well in foster care.He’s a full-time Grade 11 student and volunteers in Winnipeg youth programs, goes to church and is involved in extra-curricular athletics.Pollack gave the youth an absolute discharge for the theft, threats and mischief convictions.However, for breaching his curfew conditions he gave the youth a conditional discharge that comes with a probation in the community for a year and remain on his record for additional two years.He was also order to complete community email@example.com
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsWhen John Herrington was eight-years-old he used to use a cardboard box as a makeshift space shuttle and dreamed he was blasting off to the moon.Like many young boys Herrington dreamed of becoming an astronaut, and more than 30 years later he saw that dream become a reality.Well almost.In 2002, Herrington didn’t quite make it to the moon but he arrived at the International Space Station as part of the 16th space shuttle mission to the station.He’s the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.Herrington shared his story with dozens of youth during the DisruptED conference on the future of work and technology at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg Thursday.“This is not what I set out to do but when I came to NASA and they said you’re the first Indigenous astronaut I felt I had an opportunity to fulfill a role,” Herrington told reporters.“I have a chance to go out and share my story with kids who never had a role model in this position.”Herrington began his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984 as a pilot. In 1995, following his work with the Navy, he attained a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.A career switch came in 1996 when NASA selected Harrington to train at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre.In 2002, Herrington became the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.He spent a total of 13 days in space in 2002 where he took the flag of his tribe, the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, as well as a feather gifted to him by an Elder.Herrington credits his parents, as well as a few friends, for his career in aviation.He said growing up he didn’t see any other Indigenous people in the industry, which makes it hard for Indigenous youth to pursue careers in aviation.“The issue…is are there role models in the field of what [youth] want to do?” Herrington said.“You start looking in the Indigenous community [and] there are a lot of very successful engineers, scientists, mathematicians and lawyers…do [youth] have the opportunity to meet those people?”Leilani Henderson is attended the conference with a handful of her classmates.While the 14-year-old dreams of a career in the arts over one in the sciences, she said it’s inspiring to meet other Indigenous people who are successful in their careers.“It’s really cool to see someone part of my culture. Someone I can look up to or my siblings can look up to so that they know they can also do things as well,” Henderson said.Herrington left NASA in 2005. In 2007, he rocketed into a new career as a motivational speaker where he shares his story with youth across the continent.Part of that includes nurturing the dreams of young people.“If they walk away with a sense of accomplishment that’s a good thing.”Part of Thursday’s events included a virtual talk with students from 15 northern schools in Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon.
WASHINGTON — Saturday is the last day to sign up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act in most of the country.For 2019, premiums are stable, more plans are available, and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. But so far sign-ups have been lagging when compared to last year.Consumers can enrol online at HealthCare.gov or by reaching the federal call centre at 1-800-318-2596.People can also sign up through approved community organizations, online insurance sellers, and insurance companies.The deadline is 12 a.m. Pacific time in states served by the HealthCare.gov website. A few states that run their own enrolment campaigns may have later deadlines. Consumer advocates say interested customers should check carefully and avoid procrastination.Coverage takes effect Jan. 1.The health care law still faces legal challenges, A conservative federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” Friday on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.The Associated Press
Since fighting between government forces and Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) rebels intensified around Buchanan late last week, some 9,000 people have fled into the city, adding the existing caseload of 6,000 refugees, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release today. Recent fighting on Monrovia’s outskirts has caused displacement as well, and the UN has received reports that thousands of people are fleeing the war in Gardnersville, some 20 kilometres east of the capital and heading towards Paynesville, roughly 30 kilometres southeast, where refugee centres are already overcrowded. Yesterday, within Monrovia, mortar shells landed on a church in the city centre and killed three persons instantly and wounded over 40 others, OCHA said. The Red Cross branch in the slum area of West Point reports having recorded 133 people wounded and 49 deaths, mostly of civilians, as a result of recent barrage of shelling in the area. Fighting in the capital has overwhelmed health facilities, with nearly all energy devoted to treating the wounded, OCHA reported. Sanitation remains a major problem in the refugee camps.
Canadian dollar lower, BoC survey shows business leaders’ increasing pessimism by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 8:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Monday, losing ground for a second trading day as a glum survey from corporate Canada added to a big disappointment from the latest employment data.The loonie was down 0.09 of a cent to 98.3 cents US.The Canadian dollar was down most of the morning but losses picked up after the Bank of Canada’s business outlook survey indicated Canadian firms have become more pessimistic about the economy and plan to ratchet down investment plans while keeping hiring modest.“Responses of the spring survey indicate that, following a recent slowing in economic activity, firms expect business conditions to remain challenging over the next 12 months,” the central bank said Monday in its analysis of the results.The biggest decline from the previous survey was on the question of sales growth. Almost half the respondents said their sales growth was worse last year than the year before, while only 31 per cent said it was better.The Bank of Canada says some smaller firms included in the survey reported more difficulty obtaining credit.But a separate survey of loan officers actually suggested that lending conditions eased slightly in the first quarter of 2013.The currency’s decline came after the dollar lost about four-tenths of a U.S. cent Friday amid data that showed the Canadian economy shed almost 55,000 jobs in March.The loonie also lost ground as a slew of other weak economic data — including disappointing reads on the American manufacturing and service sectors along with March job creation that was barely half of what was expected — punished commodity prices.Those prices were mainly positive Monday morning as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up 66 cents to US$93.36 a barrel. Prices fell almost five per cent after data late last week showed that crude in storage in the U.S. was at its highest level since 1990 even though refiners had begun to ramp up gasoline production to get ready for the summer driving season.May copper gained three cents to US$3.37 a pound while June gold bullion in New York declined $3.40 to US$1,572.50 an ounce.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The new Ambassador of Greece to Australia submitted his credentials last week to the Governor General Quentin Bryce. Alexis Christopoulos has replaced George Zois who retired in the beginning of September from the diplomatic corps. In his speech at the official ceremony, Mr Christopoulos spoke about the excellent bilateral relations between Greece and Australia that have as their focal point the strong presence of Greeks in Australia. The new Greek Ambassador underscored Australia’s important role in the region and Greece’s ever increasing presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Christopoulos also pointed out that the two nations share blood bonds, having fought side by side as allies in the First and Second World Wars. He further stressed the pivotal role of Greeks in Australia, as they have contributed immensely to the progress and prosperity of Australia.During the ceremony the need for the promotion of classical studies in Australia was recognised as a task that Greece would undertake through certain initiatives. Mr Christopoulos is very familiar with the region having served before as the Greek Ambassador to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei and East Timor. In his career he has served among others in posts such as Germany, the former Yugoslavia and the United States.He speaks several languages including, English, French and Italian. Mr Christopoulos is expected to travel to all major Australian cities where he will visit local Greek diplomatic authorities and hold meetings with state officials.
Stay on target Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic bookstores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: to celebrate the release of IT, eleven Stephen King-inspired shirts to wear while you float.Danny’s TricycleKing’s dislike for Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining is one of the author’s more perplexing decisions (and his own TV movie version of the story was pretty much a flop), but you can’t deny that the film delivers a payload of incredibly iconic visuals. Case in point: this T-shirt by robotface, which presents a 3D rendered take on Danny Torrance’s tricycle over the neo-mod carpeting of the Overlook Hotel. It’s a strange and disquietingly normal visual style that pops off the garment.$20, buy it here.And The Gunslinger FollowedOkay, so the Dark Tower movie didn’t turn out to be all that great after something like two decades of anticipation (Idris Elba ruled, though) – that doesn’t mean that King’s sprawling meta-fantasy magnum opus is any less cool. Designer Everdream uses a limited color palette to really capture both the grandeur and the alien nature of the Tower’s world and the Gunslinger’s quest.$20, buy it here.Stephen King Kids ClubHow old were you when you read your first Stephen King? For me, I think I was like 11 or 12, which seems way too young. But the horror master’s books have been ubiquitous on American shelves for decades, and it’s all too easy to pick one up and start leafing through it, unaware of the horrors that lurk within. Designer Gimetzco uses the old-school Burger King kids club logo and gives it a horror twist to create this very funny shirt.$20, buy it here.Mega KingWe love our 8-bit mash-ups here at Geek, and this design from mikehandyart swipes the original Mega Man level select screen and repurposes it so Stephen King must go into battle with eight of his inner demons to steal their powers. Lord only knows who Dr. Wily turns out to be – Richard Bachman? Cute shirt with some deep cuts for longtime horror fans.$20, buy it here.Cujo First EditionKing’s heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s was aided by incredibly iconic cover designs that did as much to sell the books as the stories inside. TheUnseenPeril has adapted many of those designs to T-shirt format, and one of our favorites is their take on 1982’s Cujo, King’s taut tale of a mother and child menaced by a massive rabid dog. It’s a striking and terrifying image that can’t help but catch the eye.$20, buy it here.The Crimson King’s EyeThe Dark Tower series weaves together concepts and characters from King’s rich publishing history, and the main antagonist is a force called the Crimson King, first showing up in Insomnia. A malevolent entity that wants to return existence to formless chaos, he represents the collapse of everything humanity holds to heart. This really striking shirt from Roland scrawls the King’s insignia and command in bold, bloody text.$20, buy it here.Loser’s ClubOne thing that makes Stephen King’s books so appealing to a wide audience is his mastery of the bizarre, liminal states of childhood. The kids in his fiction are trapped in between the innocence and peace of youth and the terror and responsibility of adulthood, and few express that as well as the “Loser’s Club” in It. The seven kids being hunted by Pennywise are bound together by fear, and this shirt from monsieurgordon pays tribute to their friendship in the face of adversity.$20, buy it here.MiseryMany of King’s novels star writers as their protagonist, but few get it quite as bad as Misery‘s romance writer Paul Sheldon, who gets into a car crash and finds himself being taken care of by his biggest fan. On the surface, Annie Wilkes is just an ordinary lady who maybe is a little too into her stories, but inside any reader, a little madness can grown. This design by manospd silhouettes Annie and her trademark hammer against a blue sunset.$20, buy it here.Jerusalem’s LotIt’s crazy to think that Stephen King published Salem’s Lot, his second novel, in 1975. That’s 42 years ago, and he’s still going strong and churning out ideas to chill our bones. This really lovely illustration from RocketPopInc pays tribute to the author’s first of many haunted Maine towns, where the dead are coming back to life, and the living aren’t too happy about it.$20, buy it here.Prom QueenWhen it comes to unforgettable visual images, the shot of Carrie White soaked with blood at her prom is tough to beat. This striking and gory shirt from Momech captures the moment right before the titular teen unleashes her telepathic powers and gains revenge on all of her tormentors in an orgy of brain-fueled violence.$20, buy it here.You’ll Float TooPennywise the clown is one of King’s most enduring villains, a cackling nightmare that shows up when you least expect him to tap into a vein of childhood horror that nearly all of us has experienced. This horrifying illustration by artist RynoArts pictures him in full fury, accompanied by his most iconic quote. Yikes.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Your business has recently launched its first email campaign but users are simply not responding. You have a fantastic database full of people who have opted-in because they want to hear from you, and youre using their data responsibly, but why no interaction?Most businesses see email marketing as a key part of their business strategy and send out emails regularly, but often have not taken the time to examine how successful their current email strategy is, or consider how they could improve engagement from their recipients.Here, expert Georgia Benham shares some easy things you can do to optimise your email strategy and some simple things you could be doing that are negatively affecting your sales process.Build a strong sender reputationThe winning formula to deliverability is ensuring you have a good sender reputation, emails should come from a trusted domain and there are several tactics you can employ to develop this. The key is to ensure you are continuously monitoring your campaigns, keeping an eye on every aspect of the email journey and making sure your emails are actually arriving in the recipients inbox in the first place.There are many easy-to-use tracking tools that can help you get the most out of your campaigns. Return Path helps monitor the reputation of your domain and tracks where your emails are being delivered to, if they are being marked as spam by filters, or marked as from an untrustworthy source.Maintaining your subscriber list is crucial to your sender credibility. Continuously sending emails to inactive users can be flagged as spam so be sure to regularly filter and sort through subscribers who are not engaging or responding to your content.Keep your email send-out patterns consistent, especially as a new sender. Several reports show that one of the main reasons users give for unsubscribing to email services is receiving too many, so ensure your send-out schedule doesnt have any major volume spikes.Create exciting and engaging contentNow youve achieved a successful click-through you need to keep your users attention by providing them with informative, engaging and exciting content. Research by Chartbeat last year revealed that the average user spends 15 seconds on a new website before clicking out meaning our attention span for consuming online content is continuously decreasing.Create content that provides real value to your user, whether its a monthly newsletter with a roundup of where your brand has been seen in the press for its ground-breaking research or a special promotion only available to existing customers. The aim is to have your users constantly anticipating your brands next email, which will guarantee your future campaigns far more clicks and conversions in the long run.Grab users attentionAn email newsletter serves the same purpose as a newspaper or your favourite news site: to provide an engaging and interesting read from a source you trust. So, when choosing your campaign and email subject lines you need to think like a journalist. Devise punchy subject lines that lend towards reading like a tabloid headline. Remember, there are hundreds of other brands all competing in your target customers inbox so your campaign needs to cut through the noise.Play with subject lines that are a slightly sensationalist take on the information in the content, but be sure the title is consistent with the accompanying content and aligned with your brand values.Georgia Benham is an email expert from Expert Markets email marketing department. For more information about how CRM systems can enhance your email marketing campaign head to Expert Market. Close
Mahesh Babu with his familyInstagramSuperstar Mahesh Babu is so thrilled over the huge success of his recent release Maharshi that he has gone on another holiday trip with his family and this vacation is meant to celebrate the success of his 25th film.Weeks before the release of Maharshi, Mahesh Babu had gone on a holiday trip to Australia with his wife Namrata Shirodkar, son Gautham and daughter Sitara. Now, the success of Maharshi has made him set out on another trip with his family before he starts shooting his upcoming movie, which is directed by Anil Ravipudi.Mahesh Babu took to Instagram to share an adorable picture featuring him with Namrata Shirodkar, Gautham and Sitara. This photo was taken at the airport before he left for the holiday trip. The superstar captioned the photo, “Off to another memorable holiday… This one is special… ♥♥ #CelebratingMaharshi.”Mahesh Babu released his landmark 25th movie Maharshi in cinema halls across the globe on May 9. The Vamshi Paidipally-directed film opened to an overwhelming response and went on to make a decent collection on the following days. The film has collected over Rs 175 crore gross at the worldwide box office in less than two weeks and earned a huge share of more than Rs 90 crore for its distributors.Maharshi is an action drama with a beautiful message to society. Director Vamshi Paidipally has written the script for the movie, which is about a millionaire businessman, who returns to his homeland to help the poor and downtrodden farmers. Mahesh Babu has played the lead role, while Pooja Hegde and Allari Naresh appeared as his love interest and close friend, respectively.The weekend agriculture concept featured in Maharshi has not only struck a chord with the audience but also made a great impact on them. After watching the film, some people headed to their villages to engage in agricultural activities over the weekends. The photos and videos featuring these scenes have been creating a lot of ripples on social media for more than a week.
Associated PressSen. John McCain, R-Az., front left, is pursued by reporters after casting a ‘no’ vote on a a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Republican finger-pointing commenced Friday after the Senate’s dark-of-night defeat of the GOP’s effort to repeal much of the Obama health care law, a startling vote that dealt a blow to President Donald Trump.“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down,” Trump tweeted early Friday after GOP leaders failed to patch party divisions and the Senate rejected a last-ditch bill to keep the effort alive. “As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”The “skinny repeal” bill — erasing several parts of President Barack Obama’s law — was rejected just before 2 a.m. EST on a vote of 51-49.All Democrats were joined by GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and the ailing John McCain. The 80-year-old Arizona senator made a dramatic return to the Capitol Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive procedural vote that for a time had advanced the legislation.Following rejection of two broader GOP repeal plans earlier in the week, the early Friday vote cast doubt on whether divided Senate Republicans can advance any health bill despite seven years of promises to repeal “Obamacare.”House leaders had no hesitation about blaming the Senate for the collapse of one of the GOP’s paramount priorities. In a statement, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pointedly said “the House delivered a bill” and said he was “disappointed and frustrated.” Nearly three months earlier, the House approved its health care package after several embarrassing setbacks.He added, “But we should not give up. I encourage the Senate to continue working toward a real solution that keeps our promise.”Underscoring the House’s view of where the fault lie, leaders opened a morning meeting of the chamber’s GOP lawmakers by playing audio of Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” which recounts the 1975 wreck of a freighter in Lake Superior. Several lawmakers said House deputy whip Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., told them the song was meant as a reference to the Senate.One moderate Republican said Trump shared responsibility for the bill’s breakdown. “One of the failures was the president never laid out a plan or his core principles and never sold them to the American people,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. “Outsourced the whole issue to Congress.”The measure defeated Friday would have repealed an Obama mandate that most people get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that larger companies offer coverage to their employees. It would have also suspended a tax on medical devices and denied federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year.“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, said. “I regret that our efforts were not enough this time.”“It’s time to move on,” he said. McConnell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.Conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who’s running for a vacant Senate seat, suggested it was time for McConnell to relinquish his post.“If they’re going to quit, well then by golly, maybe they ought to start at the top with Mitch McConnell leaving his position and letting somebody new, somebody bold, somebody conservative take the reins,” Brooks said on CNN. He added, “How is he going to get the job done on the rest of President Trump’s agenda?”On Twitter, McCain said the repeal bill “fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform.”The amendment was a last resort for Senate Republicans to pass something — anything — to trigger negotiations with the House.“I hope this is a turning point,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, said Friday.Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a statement that the Trump administration would pursue its health care goals through regulation. “This effort will continue,” Price said. But insurers, hospitals, doctors, and consumer groups are pressing the administration to guarantee billions of dollars in disputed subsidies to help stabilize insurance markets around the country.Buoyed by a signal from Ryan, McConnell had introduced a pared-down health care bill late Thursday that he hoped would keep alive Republican ambitions to repeal “Obamacare.”The Congressional Budget Office said the measure would have increased the number of uninsured people by 16 million, the same problem that vexed all the “repeal and replace” measures Republicans have offered. Obama’s law extended coverage to some 20 million people, reducing the nation’s uninsured rate to a historic low of around 9 percent.Still, Ryan had seemingly opened a path for McConnell earlier Thursday by signaling a willingness to negotiate a more comprehensive bill with the Senate. Some Republican senators had been concerned that the House would simply pass McConnell’s “skinny bill” and send it to Trump. That would have sent a shock wave through health insurance markets, spiking premiums.Ryan sent senators a statement saying that if “moving forward” requires talks with the Senate, the House would be “willing” to do so. While Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., eventually said he was reassured by Ryan’s statement, McCain remained unconvinced.“Not sufficient,” McCain said.Numerous polls had shown little public support for the GOP’s earlier proposals to repeal and replace Obama’s law. A recent AP-NORC poll found only 22 percent of the public backing the Republican approach, while 51 percent were opposed. Share
‘Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War’Black Lightning’ Season 2, Episode 14: The Pierce Family Has a Day Stay on target Now the the Pierce family is all on pretty much the same page regarding their powers, the show is getting back to one of its biggest strengths. What really separates Black Lightning from the rest of the CW superhero fare is the family. We never had to watch Jefferson learn to be a superhero. He’s already been one for decades. Our origin story is instead one of a superhero family. Of Jeff’s daughters discovering their powers and learning how to live with them. Of Jefferson trying to balance the stress of being a father with the added responsibility of raising two superpowered daughters.This episode is all about that struggle. It’s the last episode before next week’s season finale, and the Pierces are firmly a superhero family. The episode begins with them sitting around the table and talking out how to move forward. Jefferson would rather not have his daughters rushing into danger like he does, but he recognizes that ship sailed long ago. Instead, he has some rules. The first two aren’t that controversial. Don’t go anywhere without backup (Gambi counts) and keep your secret identities secret. No one has any arguments there. The disagreement comes with the third rule, and if you’ve seen any superhero story before, you know what that is. No killing. That immediately draws questions of, “OK, but what about Tobias?” Jeff understands better than his daughters know what Tobias has done. He still believes that as superheroes, they have to be better than him. That means no killing.Nafessa Williams as Thunder and Cress Williams as Black Lightning — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWFor the first episode of a two-parter, there’s really not a ton happening in this episode. It’s pretty much all setup for what’s sure to be a much bigger season finale next week. What feels a little off here is there’s not much going on in addition to the setup. Usually, this show hides its story setting inside fun standalone episodes. It’s one of the things that makes Black Lightning so consistently fun to watch. This time, we’re left waiting for payoffs that won’t come until next week. Lynn is continuing to deal with her disagreements with the ASA’s plan for the pod kids. This week, it’s made slightly worse by Agent Odell’s callous attitude toward the idea that the stolen pod kids might be dead. Odell is also monitoring the Pierce family, but that story doesn’t go anywhere this week. At least we know he has to common decency to not watch Anissa change.There is an interesting parallel being set up here that I hope the show capitalizes on. The ASA and Tobias Whale have essentially the same goal. Lynn knew from day one that she was working for, if not the bad guys, then some seriously compromised people. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Agent Odell has more in common with her husband’s worst enemy than she thinks. Both are willing to kill the people who help them the second their usefulness ends. Both aim to turn the pod kids into weapons of war. The only difference is what side they’ll be used on. Odell is open to the idea of letting the rehabilitated metahumans life normal lives for now. It’s clear though, he expects them to be weapons for the United States military before too long though. Tobias, on the other hand, is building his metahuman weapon empire right now. He lets three powerful metahumans out of their pods and prepares them for sale. First though, he needs a demonstration of their capabilities.China Anne McClain as Jennifer and Nafessa Williams as Anissa — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWLike pretty much every cliffhanger episode on TV, this episode is full of stories that ramp up slowly and cut off right as things start to get going. What really makes this one work despite that is Cress Williams’ performance. His worried, sentimental father act injects genuine, heartfelt emotion into the episode. He gets a few good dad scenes here as he tries to convince Jenn that it’s possible to stop Tobias permanently without murdering him. Then, there’s that moment of both fear and admiration as he watches Jenn try on her new suit. He’s always gonna be worried for her, but he’s proud too. That montage of her growing up hit hard, especially when little girl Jenn asks why her dad came home bleeding so much. Black Lightning is really good at making you feel things when it wants.It wasn’t all sentimentality, though. Tobias launches his demonstration on the streets of Freeland. A metahuman with firepowers goes on a rampage, burning people waiting at bus stops. His target though, is the announcement of a mall project by Councilman Parker, the guy who refused to work for Tobias. The meta starts attacking the press conference, burning Parker and his bodyguards. Black Lightning shows up to fight Tobias’ new weapon, and we get a seriously cool Fire vs. Electricity battle. So many of this show’s fights have been electricity vs bullets or super strength. Jeff’s lightning is usually the flashiest thing on screen. It’s a great change of pace to see two elemental superpowers launched at each other onscreen. It gives the scene a coolness usually reserved for late season anime fights.Kearran Giovanni as Cutter — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWThough the individual stories were left unconcluded, a battle scene that cool definitely makes up for it. After Black Lightning and Thunder force Tobias to withdraw the meta, Gambi has some more news. He’s been tracking the radiation found on Todd’s body after his car exploded. He’s figured out where Tobias is hiding out and sends Jeff the address. Of course Jenn here’s all this, and uses her powers to get the address herself. She goes after Tobias alone. Unfortunately for her, she’s not the only one with the idea. Lala showed up too. Cutter tries to kill him, but her knives barely slow him down. She runs to Tobias to give him a heads up and they escape along with Dr. Jace just as Jenn gets there. Even worse, her suit isn’t done yet. Her powers cause it to heat up, eventually making her pass out. And that’s where the episode ends.Though one cool battle and some touching moments made up for it, this episode was a whole lot of waiting around. The bright side is, it’s all stuff that’s almost guaranteed to be resolved next week. If Black Lightning can capitalize on everything it set up, we’re in for an explosive season finale. I do wish more had been done with Cape Man at the beginning. The episode started like it had something to say, with the Freeland Police shooting an innocent Black man (with his hands up) who had meta powers he couldn’t quite control. He hadn’t hurt anyone even accidentally. There’s a ton of opportunity there a show like Black Lightning is perfectly suited to take advantage of. But they just don’t. It’s forgotten as soon as it happens. The man’s death is treated like decoration. Some minor worldbuilding that doesn’t have anything to say. It’s possible that either the finale or Season Three will revisit Cape Man’s murder, but for now it feels like a real missed opportunity.Black Lightning airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Black Lightning:Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 14 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2 Episode 12 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2 Episode 11 Recap
Encouraging your children to engage in as little as 10 minutes a day in high-intensity physical activity could help them reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, researchers say.The findings showed that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of vigorous exercise may provide significant cardiometabolic benefits in young people with relatively large waist measurements and elevated levels of insulin in their blood. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The results suggest that substituting modest amounts of vigorous physical activity for longer duration light exercise may have cardiometabolic benefits above and beyond those conveyed by moderate activity and the avoidance of sedentary behaviour,” said lead author Justin B. Moore, Associate Professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, US. For the study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers analysed data from 11,588 young people aged four to 18 who were included in 11 International Children’s Accelerometry Database studies in the US, Brazil and European countries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers focused on those records that included the child’s age, gender, level of physical activity and at least one biomarker – a measurable indicator of a medical state or condition – of a cardiometabolic risk. These included weight circumference, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and bloodstream levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and insulin. “A relatively brief but intense dose of physical activity – perhaps as little as 10 minutes a day, which is certainly feasible for most youth – could turn out to be part of a ‘prescription’ for children to achieve or maintain cardiac and metabolic health,” Moore added.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that they have agreed to trade center/guard Tony Bergstrom to the Baltimore Ravens for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.Bergstrom was drafted by Oakland in 2012 and appeared in 25 games for the Raiders through 2015. After playing for the Houston Texans in 2016, the Cardinals signed Bergstrom on May 3. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Lineman Tony Bergstrom and his teammates during an OTA practice May 24. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share
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