VICTORIA – The lawyer for a man charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of his two daughters on Christmas Day in Oak Bay, B.C., says his client is entitled to the presumption of innocence.Andrew Berry, wearing a dark T-shirt, did not speak Thursday during a brief appearance in court via a video link.Outside court, defence lawyer Kevin McCullough said there is a presumption of innocence in the justice system that is important to Canadian democracy.The presumption of innocence is especially important in cases like his client’s where McCullough suggested there has been a rush to judgment.“One would have to be in a cave not to think that, the way that the case has been reported, the things that have been said,” he said.McCullough said police statements about public safety made shortly after the discovery of the bodies of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey Berry were not fair.“The police saying that there’s not a reason to be concerned about other people the day after, there’s no other suspects, that’s the kind of thing that leads one to, I think, to rush to judgment.”RCMP Cpl. Tammy Douglas said it would not be appropriate for police to comment because the matter is before the courts. Douglas said the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit was called in to assist Oak Bay police on the investigation.More than 1,000 mourners attended a funeral service for the sisters last month at Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral.In the days following the deaths, hundreds gathered at Willows Park in Oak Bay for a candlelight vigil organized by community officials and family friends.Berry’s next court date is Feb. 22.
The American-British-Canadian girl music group, G.R.L., is supporting a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues.G.R.L. is made up of members Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada, Natasha Slayton and Paula van Oppen. The group originally included singer Simone Battle, who took her own life on September 5, 2014. After losing their talented friend, the group decided to help raise awareness about mental health issues in America. They have joined Give An Hour and other organizations for a national campaign launching March 2015.Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501c3, founded in September 2005, by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area, to meet the mental health needs of military personnel, families, and communities affected by the post-9/11 conflicts. Thus far, the network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals have provided more than 145,000 hours of care and support to those in need. Give an Hour is now working to address the greater mental health challenges that face our nation. By leading a collective impact effort to change the story in America around mental health, mental illness, and wellness, Give an Hour and its partners will educate Americans about the signs of emotional suffering and will work to eliminate the barriers that prevent those in need from seeking the help and support they deserve.Find out more about the campaign here.
The terms of handing over the Hambantota port to the Chinese company, China Merchants Port Holding (CMPH) company have been broadly decided, Kodituwakku indicated. “Very small numbers (of ships). Even the incoming they have received is not even enough to maintain the port maintenance, forget the salaries about the people who are working,” he said.With officials from both countries working to finalise a “free trade agreement” (FTA) this year, marking the 65th year of trade ties, unease over China’s financial influence could see a spike in the coming months.The FTA and several facets of Chinese investment in Sri Lanka will be on the agenda when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visits Beijing in May to attend an international seminar on President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). “I do not know about other countries, but Sri Lanka has very categorically informed the investor that it (Hambantota port) will not be allowed to be used for any military purposes,” he said. “Not only the Hambantota port , any port in Sri Lanka will not be allowed to be used by any military.”Kodituwakku said that the Hambantota port hasn’t been a viable project so far. Sri Lanka will not allow China to set up a military facility at any port in the country, the Sri Lankan ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday, adding that Chinese investors have been informed that no civilian facility will be allowed to be used militarily, the Hindustan Times reported.“We have to consider the concerns of the neighbours. We do not want to create any situation, which… may become (a source of) suspicion. We know the Indian Ocean is a very important ocean in international trade,” Sri Lankan ambassador Karunasena Kodituwakku said. In January, clashes between government supporters and protesters had erupted during a rally against the port deal in Hambantota, about 240 km southeast of Colombo. “We can have friendly joint exercises with India, US, Pakistan and with China. In case of Hambantota port, there will be a base for the Sri Lankan navy,” he said.
SHENZHEN, China — The chairman of Huawei says the Chinese tech giant has yet to see any benefit from President Donald Trump’s promise to allow U.S. companies to sell some components to the company and called on Washington to remove it from a security blacklist.Liang Hua said Friday the “unjust and unfair” decision to add Huawei, the biggest maker of network equipment used by phone companies, to a list that restricts exports is hurting its U.S. suppliers and global customers.Trump promised last month to allow some sales to Huawei but said it stays on the “entity list.”Liang told a news conference, “So far we haven’t seen any tangible change.” He says “our stance is that the entity list should be lifted completely.”The Associated Press
Representatives of UNDP, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Kingdom signed an agreement today in Ramallah approving the grant of 950,000 British pounds (about $1.75 million). This money will fund a joint project of the UNDP and the PA’s Ministry of Planning. The new project aims to improve planning against poverty in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by increasing consultations with the poor before decisions are made and by streamlining planning systems so that they are effective at the national and local levels. Established in 1980, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People funds and operates development projects for the construction of schools, health centres and roads.
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The Ohio State wrestling team earned four individual Big Ten titles en route to the program’s second team conference title in three years. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Buckeyes entered the Big Ten Championships as a slight underdog to Penn State and Iowa, but that didn’t stop them from taking home the Big Ten title outright for the first time since 1951. It’s OSU second title in three years.Four wrestlers were named individual champions, two earned second-place finishes and a seventh earned third place.Redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello won his third Big Ten title and first at 133 pounds, junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder won his second, redshirt junior 174-pounder Bo Jordan won his first after two finishes as a runner-up and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore took home the 197-pound title.In addition to the four champions, two others made it to the finals, including 2016 174-pound national champion sophomore Myles Martin, who lost to Iowa’s Sammy Brooks, and 149-pound redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan, who lost to Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen.At the end of the day, OSU scored 139.5 points as a team — Penn State was their closest competition with 130 — and were crowned Big Ten champions, but not without some drama involved.Tomasello carried an undefeated record into competition, and was challenged fiercely throughout the tournament. Rutgers’ Scott DelVecchio battled, but Tomasello took him down with a 6-4 decision before beating No. 5 Stevan Micic of Michigan to advance to the finals.There, Tomasello faced his toughest opponent yet, and one he had little familiarity with this season — Iowa’s Cory Clark. Clark was the second-highest ranked wrestler at 133 pounds at the tournament, and was absent from the Buckeyes’ Jan. 27 matchup with the Hawkeyes.This lack of familiarity may have been a hurdle for Tomasello, but he emerged victorious with a last-second escape to seal a 5-4 decision victory. Bo Jordan, who has been battling injury for much of the season, recently returned to the lineup and was defeated by Cornell’s Brian Realbuto on Feb. 19, the Buckeyes’ last competition before the Big Ten tournament. The injury didn’t affect his pre-seeding, as he entered the tournament as the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class.In the quarterfinals, Bo Jordan notched a 10-8 decision over Indiana’s Devin Skatzka and then a 14-8 decision over No. 4 Myles Amine of Michigan to advance to the finals. There, he faced No. 2 Penn State wrestler Mark Hall in one of his toughest matches to date. Hall jumped out to a 2-1 lead with more than a minute of riding time accumulated after one period, but Jordan was able to trade blows with Hall in the second, before a scoreless third period sent the match to overtime at 4-4.Bo Jordan then took down Hall 20 seconds into sudden victory to clinch his first Big Ten championship.Moore has been impressive all season for the Buckeyes, as he suffered only three losses during the dual meet season — but two of those losses came against Minnesota senior No. 1 Brett Pfarr.Those dual-meet losses seemed to provide some motivation for Moore heading into the finals matchup, and Moore was aggressive from the start with Pfarr, getting a takedown within the first 10 seconds of competition.Moore began to take control of the match at the end of the first, as he closed the period with an 11-4 lead and nearly 40 seconds of riding time. It was a lead that Moore wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the match. Moore finished with a 15-11 win over Pfarr for the Big Ten title.At heavyweight, not only were the two wrestlers the top Big Ten pre-seeds, but they were also the top-ranked wrestlers in the division, regardless of conference in Snyder and Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery.Snyder, a world champion and defending Big Ten champ, again proved why he continues to claim the top spot in heavyweight rankings.Snyder pulled away to a 4-1 lead after two periods, but Medbery fought hard in the third, pulling the score to 7-5 in the last 10 seconds to make the match close.Snyder notched a last-second escape to score the final point of the match, and secured an 8-5 victory in the Big Ten championships.As for the Buckeyes who lost in the finals, they were not without their impressive moments. Martin upset top-ranked Bo Nickal in the semifinals. Nickal and Martin have quite the history, as Martin took down Nickal to win the 174-pound national championship in 2016, but then Nickal defeated Martin during the Buckeyes’ regular season loss to Penn State Feb. 3.Micah Jordan also took down an opponent who beat him in the regular season, as he battled for a 2-1 victory over Iowa’s No. 2 Brandon Sorensen. Jordan lost to Penn State’s Zain Retherford in the championship match.
← Previous Story SIX TITLES IN A ROW: FC Barcelona Lassa win 20th Spanish Super Cup Next Story → ROLE OF THE HANDBALL WEEK: No. 1 Cyril Dumoulin! The FC Barcelona Lassa goalkeeper Gonzalo Perez de Vargas is voted for the Most Valuable Player of ASOBAL season 2016/2017. One of the best world’s goalies is the first name of TOP 8 of the Spanish elite club’s competition. That was announced before Super Cup Final 2017 in Ciudad Real.ASOBAL “BEST 8” 2016/2017:Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas (goalkeeper, Barcelona); Ángel Fernández (left wing, Naturhouse La Rioja); Álex Costoya (left back, Ademar León); Raúl Entrerríos (playmaker, Barcelona); Kiril Lazarov(right back, Barcelona), Víctor Tomàs (right wing, Barcelona), Adrià Figueras (line player, Granollers) Viran Morros (defensive specialist, Barcelona)PHOTO: Stephane Pillaud, IHF Gonzalo Perez de Vargas
“I WOULDN’T NORMALLY have even gone to that beach. I’ve always had a bad feeling about it.”Tony Stack may have ended up preventing four tragedies as a result of his decision to head to the beach at Barrow, near his Kerry home, one Sunday during this summer’s heatwave.His children — Hannah, Edward and Charlotte — eager to make the most of the sunshine, wanted to make a beeline for the nearest beach possible. Tony bowed to pester power and gave in.It was just as well too. Luckily for four other children at the beach with their families, Tony is a local fisherman and RNLI volunteer. His extensive local knowledge meant he instantly knew there was something wrong when he spotted the four kids playing on a large sandbank not far from the shoreline.“We were just paddling away when I spotted them,” he told TheJournal.ie.“They were out on a sandbank. What happens is that in the sunshine people are attracted to it because there are big pools of hot water that are like warm baths.Tony knew the kids playing in the area were in danger because the tide was beginning to rise and “when the tide comes in, it comes in quickly”.“I was getting worried. I sent my daughter up the beach to look for their parents.“Then I said ‘ I just better do something quick’. Another five minutes and if they tried to cross the water they wouldn’t thave been able to stand.”Tony ran and swam the distance to the stranded children, grabbing the eldest girl first and helping her to safety.“I got two of them the second trip. The youngest fellow, I shouted to him to stay where he was and that I’d be back. Fair play to him, he was the least worried of the lot of us.“I was up to my armpits, so they would have been in real trouble.”Tony said there was “no way” even the oldest child (who was 14) would have been able to stay upright in the water.He was “pretty shaken up” by the time he transported the children (the youngest of whom was just four) to safety.The kids were reunited with their parents, though Tony says in the aftermath he was “more worried about my own family” as his children had been “pretty distressed” by the ordeal.‘Chuffed’In spite of all that drama, Tony said he hasn’t “thought much about” what had happened in the intervening months.That was, at least, until he got home yesterday morning to find a letter telling him was to receive a Seiko ‘Just in Time’ award from Irish Water Safety for his efforts.He’ll be honoured alongside 37 other ‘local heroes’ at a ceremony in Dublin Castle next Tuesday afternoon.Tony’s fellow ‘Just in Time’ award recipients include an on-duty Luas driver who rescued a woman from the Grand Canal and a Donegal surf instructor who saved a woman and her two sons.He said he was “completely chuffed” to hear he’d be receiving the award, and that he’d be bringing his kids along for the day out in Dublin.Read: Warm summer saw RNLI lifeboats launched 571 timesRead: Man confirmed dead after rescue operation in Avoca River
Because there are people dying in Gaza and the whole situation there, I just don’t agree with what’s happening. What we wrote on our Facebook page with the Exchequer, war crimes, effectively genocide, and all these things that are happening in that part of the world. “We can’t actively go and do anything about it, but we can say ‘I don’t believe what’s happening is right’ and try to put a bit of pressure on our government to make some sort of stance and just show a bit of solidarity with the people of Gaza.“That’s the most important thing, the people of Gaza and they’re the ones who are unfortunately the ones who are feeling the brunt of what’s happening. They are literally caught in the middle of a horrible, horrible worldwide tragedy that nobody seems to be doing anything about.” Source: TheExchequer/FacebookAsked whether he believed Ireland could be putting more pressure on Israel, D’Arcy responded:I think we could… again, I don’t expect them to be… we are a neutral country. But there are elements where we could be putting pressure, our government could be putting pressure on the Israeli ambassador and as a country, we could be putting more pressure on people.“Probably what we’re hoping for – the government aren’t going to listen to 2,000 people. There’s a big march this weekend and hopefully we get good numbers out for that.“The Irish people make a little bit of an effort and, as we say to boycott some Israeli goods and make it known that Irish people don’t stand for this kind of thing either.”Here’s the New Zealand women’s haka before their World Cup clash with IrelandWelsh centre Williams making positive progress after spinal cord injury AFTER TAKING PART in the Gaza protests in Dublin last weekend, Ireland international Gordon D’Arcy says the Irish government could be putting more pressure on Israel.The Leinster centre is not the only rugby figure to have marched in solidarity with the people of Gaza, as former Ireland second row Trevor Hogan was also photographed at the protests. Popular Dublin restaurant The Exchequer – which is co-owned by D’Arcy – last weekend announced that it had decided to no longer stock Israeli goods. The business, which has outlets in Dublin city centre and Ranelagh, took to Facebook to call for a boycott of Israeli products.Speaking at Leinster’s UCD headquarters this afternoon as the province launched their new European jersey, 78-times capped D’Arcy explained why he had put his support behind the people of Gaza. There’s @Gordonwdarcy marching in Solidarity with #Gaza now in Dublin. #GazaUnderAttack @monaeltahawy pic.twitter.com/0nqdbFV0DP— David Lynch📷 (@DAVIDLYNCHY) August 2, 2014 Source: David Lynch/Twitter
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Queensland’s international students will soon have to take on extra costs following the state governments decision to charge foreign students for their children’s school fees. The move, seen as a bid to fill in budget holes by further cutting benefits to foreign students, will take away one of the most generous education scheme benefits for international students in the nation. The amendment means from next year, tuition fee exemptions in Queensland will only be available to the children of students studying for doctorates or on Aus-AID or defence scholarships. Queensland’s Department of Education and Training has already implemented changes this year, which will exempt the children of students from countries whose governments sponsor the education and living costs of scholarship holders and their dependants. Assistant director-general Ian Hawke cited Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Libya, and the United Arab Emirates among the countries that will be affected by these changes. Students can expect to face tuition fees ranging from $8,720 to $10,120 a year, on top of administrative fees of up to $210 a child, all payable in advance. Students will have little or no notification of the changes, as the department has limited communications with the effected countries and no communication at all with individual students apart from posting up the new arrangements on the website.
Thousands of children in Greece have been left unvaccinated because they and their parents have no health insurance, the Greek section of an international humanitarian aid organisation has said.“Uninsured children who are unvaccinated are in imminent danger. Apart from the threat to their own health, they face exclusion from school because there are directives saying unvaccinated children cannot attend school, Nikitas Kanakis of Médecins du Monde said, in an interview with Sto Kokkino radio.In Greece, vaccinations are recorded in the health books that each child is supposed to have.He added: “Inequality is increasing and this shows just how unjust the public health system is. There is silence on the issue of the uninsured. We’re very close to tearing down the vaccination barrier in this country.”This year alone, over 6,000 impoverished children have received vaccinations at voluntary clinics run by his organisation, he added.Source: enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just over a year ago the then newly-appointed Culture Minister in Greece, Panos Panagiotopoulos, announced with considerable fanfare a new Greek initiative on the Parthenon Sculptures: a strategy based on convening a mediation under the auspices of UNESCO at which the British and Greek authorities would meet to attempt to reach a resolution of this long standing cultural dispute.Some commentators, including this writer, were sceptical about how the British would react, as mediation requires both sides to enter into negotiations in good faith. Mr Panagiotopoulos was adamant that this was Greece’s official position and sought support for his stance from the various overseas national committees. In due course a formal request for mediation was sent to the British side by the UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bukova, and we waited to see what the British response would be.In early June 2014, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a reshuffle of his ministry and one of the casualties was Panagiotopoulos, who was displaced by Konstantinos Tasoulas, a lawyer by training and long-time friend and supporter of the Greek prime minister. The revolving culture ministry door had swung again.And what of the UNESCO ‘initiative’? As far as this writer is aware neither the British government nor the British Museum has formally replied to the request for mediation, although private correspondence passing from both the government and museum suggests that the British will not seriously entertain mediation. Another year has passed and nothing has happened. So what’s new?There is a ray of hope on the horizon, however, and it may be in the form of the new Deputy Minister for Culture, Ms Angeliki Gerekou, a PASOK deputy and former actress and architect. An attractive and articulate woman, Ms Gerekou could become the public face of a rejuvenated campaign for the return of the marbles. In May 2014 I was in Corfu for the 10th International Panionian Conference at which, coincidentally, Ms Gerekou (herself a Corfiot) spoke eloquently at the opening ceremony. During that conference I met with a number of academics and researchers, including Nikos, an employee of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Over coffee at the Libro d’Oro café on the cosmopolitan Liston promenade in Old Corfu Town, our discussion turned to the issue of the marbles. I asked why the Greek campaign has seemingly stalled, if not gone backwards. Nikos’ answer was short and to the point – “we need another Melina” – a reference to the late Melina Mercouri, who as Culture Minister had elevated the profile of the Parthenon Marbles on the world stage and had famously challenged the British Museum to justify its continued retention of the sculptures.Following the formal handover of the culture ministry, Mr Tasoulas met with Mr Samaras and told the waiting media that culture was the crown jewel, the diamond, the hope of Greece and that the cultural sector can be the flag bearer of the new Greece. For her part, Ms Gerekou promised to do her utmost in promoting Greece’s rich cultural traditions and whilst acknowledging Greece’s classical past, which she described as the country’s foundations, roots and wings, the new Deputy Culture Minister also committed to promoting Greece’s contemporary cultural scene.The Parthenon Sculptures are the real jewel in the crown as far as the Parthenon is concerned and it is unacceptable that there has been no concerted push against the British government (and its British Museum minders) at any level, including litigation, to bring this issue to a head. Why not then make Angeliki Gerekou the public face of a renewed campaign to return the marbles, both in terms of sustained diplomatic pressure and through a global public relations campaign?The outgoing minister, Mr Panagiotopoulos, was unfairly criticised for writing a congratulatory note to the American actor, George Clooney, for his recent and well-publicised support of the return of the sculptures whilst promoting his movie, The Monuments Men, which told the true story of the US special forces at the end of World War II, who recovered 1,000s of stolen works of art and other cultural spoils taken by the Nazis. Leaving aside the fact that Clooney was inspired by his now fiancée, the glamorous UK human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin (it is said that culture is best learned on the pillow), it is fair to say that Clooney’s brave and principled stand – in the face of much British condescension and criticism – did more to promote the cause for return than any single Greek government initiative in recent years. Prime Minister Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Venizelos (both former Culture Ministers in previous governments) have publicly backed the campaign for the return of the marbles. However, the request for mediation through UNESCO is simply dead in the water and the Greek government should finally acknowledge that and start moving beyond making interminable motherhood statements that lack any real political or diplomatic backbone. That’s where Angeliki Gerekou could step up and become the public persona of a cause which still burns strong in many Hellenic hearts. But is the issue of return really important to this government? Only time will tell.*George Vardas is the Research Officer for the organisation Australians for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.
Le Natural History Museum revient sur 15 ans de photos de vie sauvageLe Natural History Museum de Londres vient de dévoiler quelques images, toutes droit sorties de ces archives et qui feront l’objet d’une exposition estivale. Le Veolia Wikdlife Photographer of the Year, un prestigieux concours photo, vient de fêter sa 47ème année d’existence. L’occasion de revenir sur quelques unes des plus belles photos des éditions précédentes. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?En effet, à l’occasion de l’exposition Wild Planet, qui se déroulera cet été en Angleterre, le Natural History Museum vous permettra de découvrir, ou de redécouvrir, quelques unes des plus belles photos du Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year. 80 images retraçant les 15 dernières années du concours seront ainsi exposées à l’extérieur du musée. L’exposition a ainsi trois objectifs : sensibiliser le public à la protection de la vie animale, encourager les visiteurs à s’intéresser à ces images hors du commun pour découvrir l’environnement des animaux et les inciter à participer au concours. Pour la 48ème année consécutive, le concours a pour objectif de montrer les animaux dans leur environnement naturel. Chaque année, il récompense les plus images prises par des photographes, qu’ils soient professionnels ou amateurs. Elles sont ensuite classées dans 19 catégories. Les candidatures pour l’édition 2012 sont fermées, mais tous ceux qui se sentent la fibre photographe, pourront tenter leur chance aux prochaines éditions. Les images sélectionnées seront dévoilées en septembre prochain, un mois avant l’annonce des gagnants. Pour les plus impatients, les photos de l’édition 2011 font l’objet d’une exposition qui se déplacera en Angleterre et dans le reste du monde. Si vous voulez profiter des photos, vérifiez si l’exposition passe par chez vous… En attendant, voici déjà un avant-goût de l’exposition rétrospective, en images, sur MaxisciencesLe 24 mars 2012 à 13:18 • Maxime Lambert
This month is a sharp contrast to last January, when it was one of the coldest in Vancouver, and now we have one of the warmest on record. Both are floating in a top 10 of the record books. Boy, did the pendulum swing this year.No big complaints here except I’m sure water managers are keeping a close weather eye on the snowpack. Recent heavy snows have regained a bit of the depth lost earlier to high freezing levels, but the Cascades in Oregon are still only about half of expected average. It is slightly better the farther north you go in Washington.A vigorous cold front went through Monday afternoon and evening with heavy rain and strong winds along the Washington Coast and breezy and moderate rain here in Clark County. As of 4 p.m., Vancouver had 5.30 inches in the rain gauge for the month, about a half-inch above average. For a while this month, I was wondering if we would make up for the first half of the month. It has and can stop any time, please.Showers abound today and Wednesday, and I’m thinking we could get some partial clearing Wednesday, both in the morning and evening, and maybe a glimpse of the full blood blue moon. The lunar eclipse begins around 4 a.m. to our west. The moon rises in early evening to our west. Then again, we may have cloud cover, but I’m setting my early-morning alarm just in case.OK, looking into early February, we see no snow or arctic cold heading our way; rather, just showers and seasonal temperatures with perhaps, if things work out, a dry weekend? If so, sunshine will push highs close to 60 degrees again. Will we ever see any more winter weather? Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
MARIN CITY, Calif. (WSVN) — Frank Somerville, a reporter for a California FOX station, posted a heartwarming story about a Good Samaritan who went out of his way to help a homeless man.He brought the man back to his apartment so he could take a hot shower, took him to lunch, bought him new clothes, and even helped him find a job.And he did it all in an effort to, as he says, “spread love.”Here is Adam August’s story, in his own words:*****“I’ve seen this guy at Starbucks in Marin City several times. Every time I’d see him I’d tell myself that I would take him to lunch but always found an excuse not to. Today was different.It might have been selfish but I was lonely. I didn’t want to spend the whole day alone. Like we all are, Tarec is searching for a purpose in life. He yearns for happiness. He wants to create a better life for himself so he could one day have a family and stability. He is just like you and me.My hope in sharing this story is that it will inspire others to spread LOVE. We all need help in one way or another. Sometimes all someone needs is a friend. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.”*****Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tarec Atkinson was born and raised in Jamaica.He moved to the states 8 years ago and has spent the last 12 months living in a tent by the side of the freeway. Tarec sometimes goes days without eating. He spends 90% of his time alone.After hearing it had been a month since he bathed, I brought him back to my apartment so he could enjoy a hot shower.Because of all these hardships, trying to get a job is impossible. How can you fill out an application when you haven’t eaten in days?I told Tarec that I would drive around with him next week and help him fill out applications and even speak on his behalf to help him land a job so he can get back on his feet.If we were going to make this happen, I knew we had to get Tarec some new clothes. We stopped at Ross so he could pick out a shirt and some slacks.I was blown away at the immediate change in his demeanor. His smile was radiant, he stood up straighter, and even walked with a swagger. Next step was to hit the streets. We spent the next two days going door to door to see who was hiring. We went to Walgreens, CVS, Safeway, Home Depot, Molly Stones, and Starbucks just to name a few. I would walk in with him so he knew he wasn’t alone. It can be overwhelming to walk into a business and ask for a job. I was very proud of him.We had a few positive responses but the majority of businesses told us that applications were submitted online.Easy enough right? Wrong.Tarec doesn’t have a computer. So we went to the local library and began filling out applications. And let me tell you something. We take our computer literacy for granted. Watching him struggle to fill out an application put so much into perspective for me.I saw firsthand how the ‘system’ is set up to fail people like Tarec. There is no way he would have been able to do any of this without help.After a week of phone interviews, Tarec landed an in person interview at Safeway. He looked back at me and said ‘I got this.’ I believed him.I dropped him off, wished him luck and waited. 20 minutes later, I see him walk out of Safeway with a big smile and a thumbs up. I let out a Rick Flair sounding ‘WOO!’ We had accomplished a lot together in two weeks. It was an incredible moment.
Roads were closed in the area as crews worked to fill and patch up the hole, but as of Tuesday afternoon the repairs have been completed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Precautionary boil water advisory issued for limited number of customers west of A1A between New Mexico & Harding Streets on barrier island due to water main valve break. Water service will be interrupted for several hours during repairs. Full restoration expected by 1A. pic.twitter.com/ws2ugposxa— City of Hollywood,FL (@cohgov) August 6, 2019 HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for a neighborhood in Hollywood after a water main valve break formed a sinkhole.City of Hollywood officials took to Twitter to inform residents of a water main valve break occurring along the 3200 block of North Ocean Drive on Monday night.Those residing in the area of A1A between New Mexico and Harding Street have been advised to boil their water until further notice. Utility crews finished their repairs to the 6-inch valve at around 1 a.m. and officials said water has been fully restored to the impacted area.The valve break is said to have caused a sinkhole to form.
A Saint Marys man has died in a one-vehicle crash involving an all-terrain vehicle.Alaska State Troopers say in a web posting that 27-year-old Joe Bryan Joe died at the scene of the accident, near the confluence of the Andreafsky and Yukon rivers.Troopers were notified of the death about 5 a.m. Tuesday.Joe’s next-of-kin have been notified, and the body will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.A passenger on the ATV received minor injuries, and was treated at a local clinic.Troopers say alcohol and poor weather are believed to have played a role in the accident.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida October 7, 2012.(Reuters)Elon Musk’s SpaceX is under NASA’s scanner after the space organization decided to conduct a safety review of the company. Boeing will also undergo the review.The two companies are under a contract with NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station next year.SpaceX was given $2.6 billion and Boeing received $4.2 billion to help fly astronauts to the International Space Station in what they call a ‘Commercial Crew Program’.The new development took place after NASA expressed its concern over Elon Musk smoking marijuana and drinking whiskey during a podcast which was aired a few months back, according to three officials close to the organization, Washington Post reports.Musk also landed in hot water in August when he tweeted that Tesla will be going private at $420 a share. Due to the effect the announcement had on the market, Musk was since then forced to step down as Tesla’s CEO and had to pay $20 million as part of the settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. They said that he lied about getting the funding to make the car company private.While NASA’s spokesperson refused to mention if the review was prompted due to Musk’s recent behaviour, he did say that he wanted to “ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment.”NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an interview, “If I see something that’s inappropriate, the key concern to me is what is the culture that led to that inappropriateness and is NASA involved in that. As an agency, we’re not just leading ourselves, but our contractors as well. We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe.”He added, “Culture and leadership start at the top. Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately.”According to the Washington Post, the review will span for months and will be very invasive. The inspection would be led by NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. The process would involve interviews with of officials of all levels as well as in multiple locations.Boeing and SpaceX had problems with their equipment in the past year where Boeing was facing some leaks in the propellant while Space X was having problems with the parachutes in the spacecraft.However, the Post reports that these issues are not involved in the review.
Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda ZiaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday sent an Eid greeting card to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia wishing her a happy Eid-ul-Azha.A four-member Awami League delegation, led by its former assistant secretary Sikandar Ali, handed over the card to BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi around 12:30pm at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.The three other delegation members are HM Mizanur Rahman Jony, Shafiqul Islam Babu and Munshi Fakhruddin Sultan.BNP assistant office secretary Belal Ahmed said they will also send an Eid greeting card to Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina either this (Wednesday) afternoon or on Thursday morning on behalf of their party chairperson.The chiefs of the country’s two major political parties greet each other during two Eid festivals and Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar, though they have long been avoiding personally meeting each other or exchanging pleasantries.The two top leaders were last seen together on 10 September 2009 at an iftar party organised by the Armed Forces Division.The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the 2nd largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on Saturday.Khaleda Zia who went to London on 15 July for medical treatment is likely to return home after celebrating the Eid there with her family members.