Raptors coach Nick Nurse says meeting in the works with Prime Minister

first_imgToronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse says a meeting is in the works with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Nurse says he hasn’t heard from the U.S. White House about a congratulatory meeting, but the team has been in contact with Ottawa.“Definitely the Trudeau meeting, because they have been asking me about scheduling it,” Nurse told Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Wednesday. “I have heard nothing about the White House. We are Canada’s team anyway, right?”It was not clear exactly who would attend the meeting or when it would happen.Nurse wouldn’t say if he would accept a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.“We are here. Let’s go see Trudeau up in Ottawa.”Nurse spoke about how Monday’s victory parade in Toronto affected the team.He said the enthusiasm of the fans, especially the young people and the diversity of the crowd, was moving.“What struck me the most was ‘Gee, everybody from the age of six to 18 is here,’” he said. “And such diversity. It was really something to see a sea of young people who were so excited and showing such nationalistic pride.”During the victory parade Trudeau addressed the celebrating crowd saying the Raptors brought all of Canada together.Trudeau has said he is an avid fan.On Friday, he tweeted “And that’s how we do it in the North” moments after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, becoming the new champions.The prime minister also tweeted a photo of himself with two of his children and the family dog watching the final game at home.Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer also congratulated the Toronto team on their “historic win.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CONGRATULATIONS TO TREY ANTHONY CARYS LEWIS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For those of you who read the Harold Greenberg Fund Announcement on our site today – you would have spotted Trey Anthony and Carys Lewis’s names on that list!CONGRATULATIONS TREY & CARYS!!!Here is Trey’s official announcement:“BIG NEWS! Drum roll! We’re very excited to announce that Carys Lewis and I have received a grant from Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund to develop How Black Mothers Say I Love You into a movie! We will be following in the steps of Moonlight to create a film adaption of our hit play #HowBlackMothersSayILoveYou! We have partnered with famed director Clement Virgo from Book of Negroes and Greenleaf OWN!!! So glad that I can finally spill this big secret!!! Big tings!” ~Trey Anthony Advertisement THROWBACK THURSDAY – CHECK OUT OUR 2016 INTERVIEW WITH TREY – LISTEN TO HER WORDS OF WISDOM Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Study Claims 19,333 Prostitutes ‘Work’ in Four Major Moroccan Cities

Rabat- According to recent survey conducted in four major Moroccan cities, over 19,000 women work as prostitutes as of 2011, according to the Moroccan daily Al Akhabr in its May 28 edition.The study, which was commissioned by the Moroccan Ministry of Health in the cities of Rabat, Fez, Agadir, and Tangier, reveals that the majority of the women have resorted to prostitution because of social or economic problems.The study also notes that between 62 and 73 percent of prostitutes have either divorced or lost their husbands before the age of 24, while 2 percent are married. According to the same source, between 300 and 400 sex workers were interviewed in each of the four cities.The study, which did not include Marrakech, which is believed to be a major hub of prostitution, shows that Rabat has the highest number of prostitutes, with 7,333.According to the same study, between 50 and 80 percent of prostitutes live alone, while financially supporting others. The study thus shows that between 45 and 85 percent attend the needs of more than three persons. The survey also shows that the majority of women questioned by investigators claim to have first had sex with their husbands, while 11 to 25 percent admit to having suffered from rape.The survey comes during the heated debate underway in Morocco after the first video clips of the film “Much Loved” were posted on YouTube. The film, which was produced by Nabil Ayouch about the phenomenon of prostitution in Marrakech, caused outrage among many of the Moroccan public public opinion.The controversy surrounding the film prompted the Moroccan Ministry of Communications to ban its screening in the country’s cinemas.“After a CCM group saw the film in an international film festival, it was decided not to authorize the release of the film in Morocco,“ the Ministry of Communications said in a statement on Monday.“The film undermines the moral values and dignity of Moroccan women, as well as all the image of Morocco,” it added. read more

Jeff Bezos to get 75 of Amazoncom stock in divorce from MacKenzie

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will retain 75 per cent of his stock in the company following his divorce from MacKenzie Bezos, to whom he has been married for 25 years, the couple announced Thursday on Twitter.Bezos will remain the largest shareholder of the e-commerce giant valued at almost US$900 billion as well as gaining voting control of his former wife’s remaining shares. Bezos will also maintain ownership of The Washington Post and his space exploration company Blue Origin.“Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reach out to us in kindness,” MacKenzie Bezos wrote on Twitter. “Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies.”MacKenzie Bezos retains 4 per cent of Amazon, according to a filing Thursday.The Bezoses announced their divorce in January, hours before the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper began tweeting that it planned to publish an expose that Jeff Bezos had been having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor. The announcement sparked speculation about how their exceptional wealth, estimated at more than US$130 billion, would be divided. Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person and will remain in that position after the divorce, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos met in New York at D.E. Shaw. Jeff was the first person to interview MacKenzie for a role at the hedge fund and the pair ended up having offices next to each other, according to a 2013 interview with Vogue. They married in 1993 and a year later drove across the country to Seattle, where Jeff founded Amazon. They have four children.Related Stories:Amazon vows to be carbon neutral by 2040, buying 100,000 electric vansMacKenzie, an author, played a significant role at the company in the early years, but her presence faded in later years. Most high-ranking employees saw her at social events the couple hosted at their Medina, Washington, home and elsewhere. They’d also be spotted at Lakeside, a Seattle private school, with their children. When Amazon showcased its new biospheres, the plant-filled architectural centerpiece of its Seattle headquarters, the couple toured the building with a horticulturist. MacKenzie also accompanied her husband to Hollywood events after Amazon began a concerted push into video and original programming.With assistance from Robin Ajello.Bloomberg.com read more

UNICEF backs emotional recovery plan for child survivors of Paraguayan fire

The programme, involving play-related activities in which youngsters aged between 6 and 14 share their stories, games and music, is intended to benefit 1,500 children under the direct supervision of professional psychologists, with 150 young volunteers helping to carry it out. UNICEF said by expressing how they feel, children can start to heal. When a volunteer asked seven-year old Sergio was in his picture, he replied: “They are the people who died today.” At least 46 children were killed in the fire in a suburb of Asuncion, the capital. “I hope these children will go back little by little to their normal lives, without forgetting what happened, but without experiencing ongoing pain,” said 19-year-old Alicia, a volunteer. The programme takes place at local radio station ‘FM Trinidad’, which is broadcasting information about it for anyone interested. The ‘Return to Happiness’ concept was first developed in Mozambique during the 1992 civil war. Adaptable for various situations, it has been used in Ecuador with children of soldiers, in Colombia after the 1998 earthquake and in Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch. read more

Imperative to pursue criminal accountability of the DPR Korea leadership – UN

“In addition to continuing political pressure to exhort the DPRK to improve human rights, it is also now imperative to pursue criminal responsibility of the DPRK leadership,” said Marzuki Darusman in Tokyo at the end of his last official visit as a UN Human Rights Council’s independent expert. “Not much has changed in the country almost two years after the report of the Commission of Inquiry,” the Special Rapporteur, whose mandate ends in July 2016, added. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), since his appointment in 2010, Mr. Darusman has made several requests to visit DPRK; however, access was never granted. He has been visiting other countries in the region such as Japan, Thailand and the Republic of Korea. “I regret to say that any act that can be construed as violence against the international community has negative implications on the human rights situation in the DPRK,” the expert stressed, noting that his visit to Japan took place following the latest nuclear test by the North Korean Government. “Such an act immediately overshadows the continuous efforts by the international community to improve the human rights situation in the DPRK,” he stated, adding that it was all the more important for the international community to step up efforts to engage the DPRK in human rights dialogue while seeking to ensure accountability. During his five-day mission, Mr. Darusman met with family members of victims of abduction and representatives of civil society organizations. He also met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue, high-level officials from the Cabinet Intelligence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Headquarters on the Abduction Issues and parliamentarians, as well as officials of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the National Police Agency. “I am disappointed that there has been no concrete progress since Japan and the DPRK signed a bilateral agreement almost two years ago to work towards a resolution of this issue,” he stressed. “I urge the DPRK to meet their commitment to the agreement and resume actively steps to restore the confidence between Japan and the DPRK.” During his discussion with family members of victims of abduction and the Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue, the expert recalled that the former Supreme Leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-il, acknowledged that the country had been involved in abductions of Japanese citizens. “Such an acknowledgement, without concrete and comprehensive solutions, naturally raises suspicion that the country continues to be involved and implicated in the abductions,” he said. “We are therefore on a clear path and engaged in a just cause to pursue a final settlement of abduction of Japanese nationals, but also possibly of other nationals.” “Abduction, as a form of enforced disappearance, is a continuous crime, which does not end until the victim’s family learns of the whereabouts of their loved one and, where possible, the survivors are immediately returned to their families,” the expert noted. “Resolving the abduction issue is a matter of urgency. The families of victims are advancing in age.” The Special Rapporteur underscored that the issue also affects the international community. “Progress on the abduction issue will contribute to the beginning of building trust and good will. Failure to act will undermine any good will that any future engagement might be undertaken with reasonable measures of trust,” he said. Mr. Darusman also underlined that the issue of trust goes to the heart of the obligations of every United Nations Member State to observe the Charter of the United Nations. “The DPRK has an obligation to uphold and respect the Charter and international human rights law, exemplary of any full member of the United Nations,” he concluded. The Special Rapporteur will report his findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2016. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State quarterbacks always talking in practice

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (left), redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones and redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller share a laugh during OSU’s national championship celebration on Jan. 24 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen two recent Heisman Trophy candidates and the reigning National Championship starter play quarterback for the same team, things could get ugly.But at Ohio State, “it’s all positive” between redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.“If you watch the three of them, they’re always talking,” Meyer said.Miller — who has been in the top-10 in Heisman voting twice — was the undisputed starter heading into fall camp in 2014, but he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder less than two weeks before the season started. That paved the way for Barrett to take the reigns of the OSU offense. After losing to Virginia Tech in his second start, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native led the Buckeyes to 10 straight wins.But Barrett ended up fracturing his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, forcing him to miss the Buckeyes’ postseason run. Injury and all, he ended up in fifth place in Heisman voting.Jones replaced Barrett for the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff, and picked up a 3-0 record as he led OSU to a national title.Now just three practices into spring camp, the trio is locked in an open competition for the starting job next season.Even though they’re competing every day, Meyer said the players have been supporting each other in practice.“I just happened to turn around and Braxton and J.T. are talking about football,” Meyer said. “And I saw Braxton walk up and hit Cardale, you know, tap him, ‘Nice job.’ And I just see that, that’s not common.”While the players are technically all in the race for playing time, only Jones is fully fit. Miller is still recovering from his shoulder surgery while Barrett’s ankle isn’t yet completely healed.Meyer said OSU’s medical staff has pulled back on Miller, but stressed that was for precautionary reasons. He added that Barrett has been ahead of schedule so far this spring.“J.T. is doing good, he’s doing more,” Meyer said. “I thought he would be much more limited but he’s getting every mini field and 7-on-7 rep.”As Barrett and Miller continue the rehabilitation process and Jones continues to grind, Meyer said, in general, everything is positive when it comes to his options at quarterback.“Talent, quality people, value to the program, investment in the program,” Meyer said. “Check, check, check, check.”But with all the positivity, there’s just one problem: Only one quarterback takes the field at a time.“It’s not like receiver where you can put three of them out there,” Meyer said. “That’s the only thing that’s starting to eat away at me a little bit.”Regardless of who ends up winning the battle, the Buckeyes are set to take the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 season. read more

Tiger speaks to the media at Augusta

Tiger Woods answered questions Monday from a large gathering of reporters at Augusta National in preparation for The Masters, golf’s first major, which begins Thursday. It was the first time Woods spoke to the media, aside from a pair of brief, five-minute interviews with ESPN and The Golf Channel, since a sequence of events stemming from a Thanksgiving Day car accident revealed Woods’ involvement with a number of mistresses and his subsequent entry into rehab.Below is audio from Woods’ press conference. Tiger Woods at the Masters by The Lantern OSU read more

Loesche success in sales of refurbished mills

first_imgLoesche GmbH has sold six coal mills for grinding coal in a power plant in Belgium which were first commissioned in 1984. Due to economic reasons the power plant which was operated by Electrabel Belgium with their head office in Brussels had been decommissioned in 2014. Loesche got the chance to repurchase at least four of these mills, type LM 20.2D and LM 19.2D.“As usual for power plants the mills had always been kept in a perfect condition. Nevertheless, these mills will be completely refurbished and equipped with a new classifier customised for future technical specifications.” Loesche says it has always tried to get back the mills from power plants and find clients for these mills. As a reference list it can be summarised that in the last six years Loesche has refurbished and sold the following second hand mills: 4x LM 19.20D, 5x LM 17.20D, 3x LM 16/1180, 7x LM 14.20D, 2x LM 12.20D and 1x LM 9/670. All these mills are again in operation with different raw materials.The refurbished mills together with the partially new components can be sold by Loesche with a price reduction of 50% compared to new mills. “The promoted pre-owned mills are predestined for clients who are interested in the very reliable and valuable Loesche mill technology for a unique low price level together with a reduced delivery time after consultancy with Loesche. The availability and reliability of the refurbished mills are equal to newly manufactured mills.”The mentioned refurbished mills are not only limited to one feed material but can be used for various feed material. The disposal of the mills will be carried out according to the first come first serve principal “since the demand for Loesche second hand mills is very high.”last_img read more

Sesum replaces Markovic in Serbian squad

After two heavy defeats at the beginning of the Men’s Olympic Tournament, Serbian NT coach, Veselin Vukovic decided to make a last change in his squad. Left back Zarko Sesum will replace left wing Dobrivoje Markovic. Markovic got a chance to play in 5-1 defense in matches against Spain and Croatia, but obviously Serbian head-coach wasn’t satisfied with his role.Sesum is a player who can be useful on left back and playmaker position. In this moment, Serbian biggest problem is attack, so member of Rhein Neckar Lowen could be a solution. He came to London as the 15th player.Serbia plays against Denmark in the Round 3. ← Previous Story Men’s OG 2012 (Round 3): Scandi derby, Croatia VS Hungary… Next Story → Men’s OG 2012 (Round 3): Second win for Spain in London! Dobrivoje MarkovicZarko Sesum read more

Grande barrière de corail une plaque sousmarine est au bord de leffondrement

first_imgGrande barrière de corail : une plaque sous-marine est au bord de l’effondrementSelon des scientifiques, une immense plaque sous-marine située près de la Grande barrière de corail, au large de l’Australie, est au bord de l’effondrement. Lorsqu’elle cédera, il y a fort à parier qu’un tsunami déferle sur les îles voisines.Des géologistes marins australiens de l’université James Cook ont cartographié les endroits les plus profonds et les plus inaccessibles de la Grande Barrière de corail, au large des côtes australiennes. Grâce à une technologie en 3D, ils ont réussi à découvrir des dizaines de canyons sous-marins. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils ont notamment repéré, perchée sur le plateau continental, une plaque d’environ 1 kilomètre cube, reste d’un très ancien glissement de terrain sous-marin. “Les glissements de terrain sous-marins sont un phénomène géologique connu et bien documenté mais nous ne savions pas s’il y en avait près de la Barrière de corail”, a indiqué à l’AFP le géologue Robin Beaman. C’est pourquoi les chercheurs ont lancé leur investigation près des côtes australiennes qui a permis de révéler que la plaque dénichée était au bord de l’effondrement.”Nous avons trouvé ce bloc énorme, qui ressort. Il est posé en haut d’un canyon sous-marin, il va vers la pente et il est au début du processus d’effondrement”, a-t-il précisé. Pour l’heure, personne ne peut prévoir quand ce bloc cèdera. Peut-être cela arrivera-t-il “demain” ou dans des dizaines d’années, “mais il est important de savoir que c’est là”, a indiqué le scientifique. “Il est absolument certain que cela va s’effondrer et lorsque ça tombera, ce sera une chute d’un kilomètre dans le bassin au-dessous”. Le géologue souligne ainsi que cette chute “provoquera un tsunami localisé qui affectera la côte de l’Etat du Queensland, à environ 70 km de là”. Bien qu’il ne veuille pas inquiéter la population, “nous devons savoir que c’est là et ce qui se passera quand ça tombera”, tient à préciser le chercheur.Le 26 décembre 2012 à 18:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Powerful typhoon plows into Philippines

first_imgMANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the eastern Philippines on Saturday, pounding communities with torrential rains and howling winds.More than half a million people huddled in evacuation centers, officials said.Hagupit’s winds were packed maximum winds of more than 100 mph when it reached land in the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province, 340 miles southeast of Manila, the weather bureau said.Hagupit (a Filipino word for lash or whip) maintained its strength after hitting land, weather forecaster Fernando Cada said.The weather bureau raised its storm signal over Manila and other northern provinces to number 1, the lowest level in a four-tier warning system. Rain is expected in that area by Sunday evening.The typhoon will hit land in nearby Masbate province, Sibuyan Island, Romblon province and Mindoro Island, Cada said.Electricity was cut off in many parts of the provinces of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar and Leyte, including Tacloban City, which was still recovering from last year’s supertyphoon Haiyan.Communications were also cut off in some of the affected areas, according to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who was in Borongon City, 30 miles from Dolores.“Everything has been prepared,” he said. “People have done what they need to do to keep safe, but these areas will definitely need help after the typhoon because it’s really very strong.”last_img read more

Whats open and closed in South Florida due to Hurricane Matthew

first_imgTotalBank offices and banking centers at all locations is closed Thursday. Visit www.totalbank.com for updates.FirstBank Florida branches at all South Florida locations is Thursday. Depending on local conditions, ATMs at branch and Allpoint ATM locations will be available.Many Bank of America financial centers in South Florida will reopen on Friday. Some coastal markets along East Florida (Jacksonville, Daytona Beach) and inland markets in Central Florida (Orlando) will be closed Friday. For open locations, https://locators.bankofamerica.com. All Ocean Bank branches in Broward and Miami-Dade counties is closed Thursday. A decision on Friday hours will be made by 9 a.m. Friday. Visit www.oceanbank.com for updates.Pollo Tropical locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach is closed Thursday.Hospitals and Medical ServicesElective procedures at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital main campus will be cancelled for Thursday and Outpatient Centers and Urgent Care Centers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties also will be closed. Private SchoolsClosed Friday Westminster Academy will reopen on Monday.Nova Southeastern University’s University School and Mailman Segal Center will reopen on MondayAmerican Heritage School will reopen Monday.All Archdiocese of Miami Catholic Schools in Miami-Dade and Broward countiesGordon School of Beth David CongregationPaladin AcademyRansom Everglades SchoolPine Crest Preparatory School in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale has canceled all after-school activities until further notice. Classes have been canceled Thursday and Friday.Scheck Hillel Community SchoolNova Southeastern University’s, Nova University’s SchoolJewish Community Services will be closed Friday. They expect to reopen all offices Monday morning.CollegesBarry University has extended its closures to all campuses, sites and points of delivery through Sunday, EXCEPT for Tallahassee and St. Croix. Updates on the college’s closing available here.  As of Friday, operations at the the school’s Miami Shores campus-excluding the bookstore, library and on-campus food retail units- will reopen Saturday at 10 a.m.Broward College campus is closed until Monday.Florida Atlantic University canceled all campus activities and classes through Sunday. Fall break, scheduled for Oct. 11-12 remains in effect.Florida Career College closed their campus on Thursday to Friday. Florida International University will resume limited operations Friday. Normal university operations including classes and events will resume Saturday morningFlorida Memorial  University will resume classes Monday Oct. 10.Florida National University have canceled all activities for Thursday.Lynn University campus activities and classes are canceled through Sunday. Athletics will resume normal practice schedules.Keiser University‘s Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Graduate School, eCampus, Pembroke Pines and West Palm Beach campuses was closed until Friday.Miami Dade College will be closed through the weekend. Normal operations will resume Monday Oct. 10.Nova Southeastern University campuses throughout South Florida and Puerto Rico are closed until Monday. The Deering Estate will reopen on Saturday.Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will reopen Saturday.The Dry Tortugas National Park will be open Friday.Biscayne National Park remains closed until further notice. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center was also closed along with the Boca Chita Key, Elliott Key and Adams Key.Jungle Island will be closed Friday in anticipation of severe weather.Zoo Miami is closed until Friday. Normal operations will resume on Saturday.Miami Children’s Museum will reopen Friday at 10 a.m. Florida Technical College‘s Cutler Bay campus will remain closed on Friday. Business operations will resume on Saturday and classes will resume on Monday.CourtsAll Miami-Dade Courts are closed and will reopen on Monday.The Broward County Court System is closed until Monday.Monroe County and the 16th Judicial Circuit will be closed; all three county courthouses will reopen on Friday. Cases will be rescheduled through individual judges’ offices or the Monroe County Clerk of Court. Additional updates, if necessary, will be posted at www.keyscourts.net.Government BuildingsFort Lauderdale City Hall is closed Friday.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Miami area (Kendall, Hialeah, Oakland Park, Miami) will be closed until further notice. All appointments and ceremonies will be rescheduled. For more information: www.uscis.gov. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers continue to process commercial shipments at the Miami Cargo Clearance Center.Wilton Manors City Hall and all City Parks will be closed Friday.Miami City Hall and administrative building will be closed Friday.Miramar City Hall and Operations offices, services, programs, events, meetings and rentals will be closed Friday.The Offices of North Bay Village will remain closed until Monday morning.The Offices of North Miami will be closed Thursday.The Offices of Weston City will be closed through Friday and expect to reopen on Monday. The Offices of Fort Lauderdale will be closed until Monday.The Offices of Monroe County will resume government operations on Friday.The Offices of Miami-Dade County will reopen Friday.Deerfield Beach operations will remain closed on Friday and resume Monday.Hallandale Beach City offices will be closed until further notice.The Miami-Dade Corrections Department will reopen inmate visitation at 10 a.m. Friday.The Miami-Dade Health Department will be closed until Monday. Broward College’s Bailey Hall has postponed the screening of “Donald Cried” on Thursday and a performance by the Delray String Quartet on Saturday. A later date has not be released yet.The 19th Annual Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Craft Festival scheduled for Oct 8 and 9 has been canceled. For information contact 813-962-0388.The National LGBTQ Task Force has postponed their gala from Saturday, Oct. 8 to Nov. 12. For more information, go to http://thetaskforcegala.org/.Lauderdale-By-The-Sea annual craft show on Oct. 8 and 9 has been canceled. The City of Miami Beach trolley service will resume regular operations Friday at 8 a.m.Bridges in the City of Miami Beach will resume normal schedules at 6 a.m. Friday.Miami-Dade County cargo terminals are closed until further notice. Drawbridges will open at 6 a.m. Friday.Tri-Rail services will cease Friday.Tunnel to and from Port Miami will be closed Thursday.Monroe County has not closed bridges nor road closures, including the Seven Mile Bridge. Transfer stations will reopen on Friday.The tolls on Card Sound Road bridge have been lifted. The Card Sound Bridge Toll Booth will reopen Friday morning. Broward County Transit is working to resume services by Friday afternoon, running on a Sunday schedule.Trash CollectionBroward CountyGarbage, recycling and bulky waste collection for all of the Broward Municipal Services District will be suspended Friday.The Broward County Landfill will be closed Friday.Hollywood garbage and recycling collection is expected to resume Friday.Margate bulk waste collection has been suspended until further notice.Republic Services in Coconut Creek will not picked up Thursday or Friday. Collection will resume on the next scheduled day.Davie will continue its regular collection schedule Wednesday until further notice.The City of Sunrise will determine if services will be discontinued due to the storm.Fort Lauderdale services are suspended Friday, and will resume Saturday.Trash collection in Pompano Beach is canceled Thursday until further notice.WastePro collection services in Miramar are suspended for Thursday and will be reassessed after the storm.Wilton Manors garbage and recycling pickup has been canceled for Friday. Regular service is expected to resume on Saturday.Miami-Dade CountyThere will be no collection in the City of Miami on Thursday. Bulky waste pickup will resume on Friday. Recycling will be picked up on Saturday.Miami-Dade garbage pickup will resume its regular schedule on Monday.Miami-Dade recycling collection service for customers whose pickup would normally take place on Thursday will be provided on Saturday. Recycling collection services normally scheduled for Friday will be provided on Sunday.Miami Beach residential garbage pickup is canceled for Friday.The City of Hialeah will pick up bulk trash and recycling on Friday and Saturday. Regular garbage pickup will resume on Monday.Parks and MuseumsBroward parks and libraries closed until further notice.Miami-Dade County parks and libraries will reopen on Saturday. Below is a list of what will be open and closed in South Florida as we monitor Hurricane Matthew. This list will be updated as information becomes available.Related: Voluntary evacuations and shelters in Broward Public SchoolsBroward County Public Schools and offices will resume normal operations beginning Monday. All activities and events are still canceled for Saturday and Sunday.Bridge Prep and Smart Starts Schools will cancel classes Friday. They will continue to follow the Miami-Dade Public Schools closing procedures.Miami-Dade County Public Schools canceled classes Friday. Planned weekend activities and classes Monday will resume.Monroe County Schools that will be closed and will reopen Friday are listed below:Key Largo SchoolCoral Shores High SchoolPlantation Key SchoolOcean Studies Charter SchoolTreasure Village Montessori SchoolMarathon Middle/High SchoolStanley Switlik Elementary SchoolBig Pine AcademyAll other Monroe County Schools will be open. The Snake Creek Draw Bridge in Islamorada will be locked down until 6 a.m. Friday. It will not be lifted for mariner traffic, but is open for vehicle traffic.PortMiami is open for normal operations.Miami River, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Fort Pierce and all other South Florida terminals and facilities will remain closed until further notice.Cruise ports in Miami, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Cape Canaveral are closed to ships until further notice.City of Miami Parking Authority will be closed until Friday.Miami Beach parking garages are open for residents who are worried about flooding until 6 p.m. Friday. Residents will then need to move their vehicles after that time to another location.The Coral Gables Trolley service will resume Friday. Palm Beach Atlantic canceled classes through Friday, and activities in West Palm Beach.Southeastern College’s Miami Lakes campus is closed until Friday.St. Thomas University operations, classes, programs and events were canceled and the school will remain closed until Friday.University of Miami Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campuses are closed. The campuses will remain closed on Friday.West Coast University Miami Campus are closed Friday. All Classes, business operations and events are scheduled to resume Saturday.Miami International University of Art & Design is closed Friday.The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is closed Friday. Key West and Marathon airports will be open, but call your airline for delays and cancellations due to weather issues in other parts of Florida.Miami-Dade public marinas will reopen Friday at 10 a.m.Miami-Dade Transit including Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover will resume operations Friday morning at 7 a.m. Monroe County libraries and parks will be open on Friday.City of Miami parks will be closed on Thursday.Virginia Key Beach will be closed Friday.The City of Miami Beach will allow access to beaches Friday. Park programming and activities remain closed Friday and will reopen on Saturday.City of Miami parks and recreation programs will be suspended Friday including:Child care centersRecreation centers; after school and senior programsPrograms for persons with special needsPools including open swim, learn to swim and swim teamJose Marti GymThe North Miami Public Library will be closed Thursday until further notice. North Miami Parks and Recreation Department programs are canceled Friday.Everglades National Park will reopen Saturday. Dolphin Mall reopen at 10 a.m., Friday.Southland Mall will be closed on Thursday and plan to reopen on Friday under normal business hours, unless otherwise specified.Boynton Beach Mall will be closed Friday and expect to reopen Saturday at 10 a.m.All Publix stores in Broward and Miami-Dade have reopened Friday.Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will reopen at 10 a.m. Friday.All 26 Whole Foods Market Florida locations will be open during regular business hours. However, the following locations will be closed all day Thursday:• Aventura• Boca Raton• Coral Gables• Coral Springs• Davie• Downtown Miami• Fort Lauderdale• Palm Beach Gardens• Pembroke Pines• Pompano Beach• North Miami• South Beach• Wellington• West Palm Beach Miami Seaquarium will reopen on Friday at noon.Pérez Art Museum Miami and Verde restaurant will reopen for regular museum hours at 10 a.m. on Friday.Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is closed until Friday.The Museum of Contemporary Art is closed Thursday.Fort Lauderdale parks and community centers will be closed until Monday.Park facilities in the City of Coral Gables is closed Thursday. The Wellness Wednesday event, the Dr. William M. Schiff Art Show and meetings scheduled for Thursday have also been canceled. Updates can be found at www.coralgables.com.Disney World theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, miniature golf courses,  ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will remain closed Friday. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom is also canceled Friday. Hialeah’s department of construction, maintenance and public works (water, sewers, solid waste) will resume normal operations Friday morning.U.S. Postal Service will resume operations in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties Friday. To check for updates, go to https://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/.The City of Miami Beach will resume normal essential services depending on department. Miami Beach Ocean Rescue, Police and Fire will return to normal operations Friday morning.State offices in the following counties will be closed Friday: Baker, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia.Miami VA Healthcare System have closed all outpatient clinics Friday, with the exception of Key West. The Emergency Department and limited services for walk-in patients will be available at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center.Flights and TravelMiami International Airport remains open. They will resume flights around 10 a.m. Friday. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has postponed its Thursday Community Memorial Service for Shimon Peres to next Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center.Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Miami has been postponed to Saturday Oct. 29.The University of Miami game against Florida State at the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday remains on schedule. Kickoff is set for 8:14 p.m.The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Marlins Park has been postponed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 29.  Registration for the walk is at 7 a.m. and the walk will take place at 9 a.m.All City of North Miami events, meetings and programs will be canceled Thursday.All City of Miami Beach board and committee meetings taking place at City Hall on Friday remain canceled.El Dorado Furniture’s charity event has been postponed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pediatric Associates will be closed Friday.Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital will remain open. All emergency rooms are open and available for emergency purposes only.All Baptist Health Urgent Care Centers will reopen Friday at 11 a.m.Elective Surgeries/Outpatient Procedures will be canceled Friday.Baptist Health Ambulatory Surgery Centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday.For expectant mothers in labor, follow your family’s plan and go to the hospital.For updates, go to https://baptisthealth.net/en/lp/pages/storm-information.aspxJackson Health System’s facilities will remain open. The primary care clinics, the ambulatory care centers, and rehab outpatient clinic will be closed Thursday and Friday. For updates go to jacksonhealth.org.Leon Medical Centers is closed until Friday morning at 8 a.m.Cleveland Clinic Florida medical offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Medical office locations include those in Weston, Parkland, West Palm Beach, Atlantis and Palm Beach Gardens. The 24-hour emergency department will remain open.Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care will reopen Friday.Events Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport will resume flights around noon, Friday.Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is will resume operation at 7 a.m., Friday.Palm Beach International Airport is fully operational.All American Airlines flights scheduled to depart and arrive MIA, FLL and/or PBI:American Airlines plans to resume reduced operations Friday.AA arrivals to begin at 10 a.m. at Miami International Airport. Departure operations will start at 1 p.m.AA plans to resume operations at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport at 12 p.m.AA plans to resume regular operations at Palm Beach International Airport at 12 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard warns boaters to stay off the water during Columbus Day weekend and annual Regatta.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have canceled all citizenship ceremonies and immigration appointments that were scheduled for Friday.Florida Panthers preseason game on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the BB&T Center has been postponed.Exhibition game with Miami Heat on Wheels, scheduled for Thursday at Miami Dade College’s North Campus has been postponed.TheFitExpo Fort Lauderdale has decided to postpone its expo this week. They will announce new dates soon.President Obama’s rally and visit to a fundraiser event in Miami Gardens was canceled, but will be rescheduled.Power 96’s House of Horror Event featuring The Chainsmokers, will be postponed to Friday, Nov. 4. All tickets will be honored. Animal SheltersMiami-Dade Animal Services will reopen Saturday at 10 a.m.Humane Society of Broward will be closed Friday. Updates can be found at www.humanebroward.comCommercial BusinessesGalleria Mall at Fort Lauderdale is closed Thursday.Aventura Mall will open at regular hours, at 10 a.m. Friday. Check aventuramall.com for updates.Sawgrass Mills Mall will reopen at 10 a.m., Friday. Please see updated list of cancelled events #HurricaneMatthew pic.twitter.com/FCLgUsuah0— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) October 4, 2016 Check with your airline regarding travel delays or cancellations. How to prepare for a storm, items neededDownload the 7News app for urgent alerts regarding the storm. It’s free for Android and iPhone users. Just search “WSVN” in your app store. Have an important event closing to share? Email newsdesk@wsvn.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Amit Patel Graduates From Tufts University

first_imgMEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, MA — Amit Patel, of Wilmington, graduated from Tufts University on May 20, 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (BSCS) Magna Cum Laude during a university-wide commencement ceremony that featured the awarding of honorary degrees to a number of academic, business and civic leaders making a positive impact on the world.About Tufts UniversityTufts University, located on campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university’s schools is widely encouraged.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Tufts University via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Kevin Dunn Graduates From Tufts UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Tufts UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Dunn & Patel Named To Dean’s List At TuftsIn “Education”last_img read more

Hulu adds a Yada yada button so you can shuffle Seinfeld as

first_imgTommaso Boddi/Getty Seinfeld was reportedly a show about nothing, and that makes it one of the easiest sitcoms to watch out of order. On Friday, Hulu added a “Yada yada yada” button so Apple TV viewers can randomly shuffle episodes in honor of the comedy’s 30th anniversary. It premiered on NBC as The Seinfeld Chronicles on July 5, 1989. TV and Movies $169 Post a comment See It Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Hulu $179 Apple TV 4K See It 📣 SHUFFLE BUTTON NEWS 📣In honor of #Seinfeld30 get ready to randomly watch your fav epsUse Hulu on Apple TV? Here’s how to 🔀:1️⃣ Head to the Seinfeld page2️⃣ Select the “Yada Yada Yada” option3️⃣ Enjoy a random playlistWant to 🔀 in more places?RT this to let us know!— hulu (@hulu) July 5, 2019 Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Crutchfield I tried it out, and sure enough, when you select Seinfeld on Apple TV, Hulu has added a “Yada yada yada (shuffle)” option right under the “record” choice. (It chose a season-five episode for me, The Conversion, in which George decided to become Latvian Orthodox for a woman he’s dating, and Jerry freaks out when he finds out his girlfriend has fungus cream. Spoiler: It was for her cat.)Hulu has also sorted the Seinfeld eps into easy-to-watch playlists, including a beginner’s guide, a list of food-centered episodes, episodes taking place at Del Boca Vista, Jerry’s parents’ retirement community, and more.The streaming network asks that viewers who want to see the shuffle button added to other shows retweet the Twitter announcement to let them know.  Sure, why not? They could name the Bob’s Burgers shuffle button “the Burger of the Day.” See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos See it Share your voice 0 $179 $179 Best Buy 59 Photos See It Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB)last_img read more

MIUI 103 for Redmi Note 5 Redmi 6 Pro arrives in India

first_imgSoftware updates are exciting as they bring a refreshed sense of user experience on old phones. Xiaomi is constantly adding new features to its MIUI ROM, but the latest one brings several much-awaited changes to two of its popular smartphones from 2018. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 6 Pro users in India are reporting that MIUI 10.3 Global Stable update with Android 9.0 Pie is available in India.Xiaomi hasn’t officially confirmed the rollout, but several users have shared screenshots confirming MIUI 10.3 update on Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 6 Pro handsets in India. According to those screenshots, the Redmi Note 5 is bearing the software version MIUI 10.3.1.0.PEIMIXM while the Redmi 6 Pro MIUI 10.3.2.0.PDMMIXM.This surely brings a smile to many users who have Xiaomi’s popular phones from last year. With the latest Android Pie update, users are in for a huge treat as their phones will undergo a massive makeover. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 sports a 5.99-inch FullView screen with full HD (2160x1080p) resolutionKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaRedmi Note 5 and Redmi 6 Pro users will get system-wide Dark Mode, which is the main highlight of MIUI 10.3 update. There are other smaller changes such as the ability to change background colours, new gesture-based navigation system and face unlock support to add an extra layer of protection on installed apps.How to install MIUI 10.3 on Redmi phones?This is an official OTA update for Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 6 Pro in India. It appears the rollout is staged so some users might receive the OTA update notification for Android Pie update sooner than others. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro comes with feature-rich 12MP 5MP dual camera on the back.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaThe best way to check if the MIUI 10.3 update has arrived on your phone is to go to Settings > About Phone > System update. If there’s a notification to install the latest update then make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi before proceeding.As per the screenshots, the MIUI 10.3 update weighs in at around 1.6GB, which is why we recommend updating via Wi-Fi. Even with a generous data plan, your data limit will be exhausted. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:25Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:24?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 …center_img Closelast_img read more

North Korea nuclear test Cabinet reshuffle to impact market next week

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters fileRising geopolitical tensions, Union Cabinet reshuffle, weak macroeconomics data are going to move the equity market in the coming week.Although the domestic equity market absorbed socks form heavy downpour in Mumbai, Infosys saga.Between August 24 and September 1, the Sensex gained 0.9 per cent while the broader Nifty added 1.19 percent. On Friday the benchmark Index, BSE Sensex surged 162 points to settle the session at 31,892 while the Nifty 50 closed at 9,974.US-North Korea TensionNorth Korea on Sunday claimed that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into a new intercontinental ballistic missile, reported The Guardian.Quoting South Korean authorities, the British Newspaper reported that the test was about 11 times stronger than North Korea’s test in January last year and up to six times stronger than its test last September.US national security adviser HR McMaster spoke with his counterpart, Chung Eui-yong in Seoul, for 20 minutes in an emergency phone call, following the news of the test, the daily reported.In response to its latest missile launch on 29 August, US President Donald Trump said that all options were on the table to deal with North Korea. The Indian market suffered as tension between two nations escalated recently. Early in August, the Nifty 50 index tanked nearly 4 percent or around 400 points to 9,737 in 7 trading sessions. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:54Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?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 President Trump says all options are on the table in response to North Korea missile launch Cabinet ReshuffleIn the Cabinet rejig on Sunday morning, nine ministers have been inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers, along with four Minister of States getting promoted to Cabinet rank.Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi have been elevated to the Cabinet. Sitharaman, who was previouly the minister of state for Commerce and Industry, is the new Defence Minster and Piyush Goyal the Railways minister. Goyal retains the Coal portfolio.The government described the motto of the Cabinet reshuffle as Power of 4Ps: Passion + Proficiency + Political Acumen – for Progress, reported the Economic Times.Recently, the peformance of Modi government performance had come under criticism from various quarters. A series of rail derailments, Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Baba Ram Rahim conviction and the riots following it and the failure of demonetisation, provided fodder for critics.The political developments in the country and the cabinet reshuffle is likely to have an impact on capital market.#CabinetReshuffle: Here are the newly inducted Ministers who took oath just now, as Ministers of State pic.twitter.com/5IHqIweqhL— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 3, 2017MacroeconomicsEarlier on Wednesday, RBI in its annual report revealed that 98.96 percent — or Rs 15.28 lakh crore out of the Rs 15.44 lakh crore — of the invalid currency notes had come back into the banking system by the end of June 2017.The Modi government’s game changing economic policy, demonetisation squeezed the economy slowed down  the GDP growth from 7% in October-December quarter to 6.1% in January-March and 5.7% in April-June.The data released on Thursday last week, Central Statistical Organisation showed that India’s “real” or inflation-adjusted GDP grew was at its slowest pace in 13 quarters and is still a long way off from returning to an 8 percent growth path, last seen in 2015-16.The GDP data revealed that India is grew just 5.7 percent in the April-June quarter of fiscal 2018, amid slowdown in the manufacturing sector, which expanded at 1.2 percent from a year earlier compared with a 10.7 percent growth last year.last_img read more

3 children drown in Chattogram

first_imgThree children drowned in a pond at Kanai Madari in Chandanish upazila on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased were Shifatul Islam Abir, 6, son of Helal Uddin, Mohamamd Ifti, 4 and Mohammad Arial, 4, son of Joynal Abedin.Alauddin, assistant sub-inspector of Chittagong Medical College Hospital police outpost, said the three children slipped into the pond while playing and drowned.Later, they were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared them dead.last_img

5 dead in latest Nicaraguan protest violence

first_imgA demonstrator holds a homemade mortar during a march called `Together we are a volcano` against Nicaragua`s President Daniel Ortega`s government, in Managua, Nicaragua on 12 July. Photo: ReutersFour police officers and a protester died Thursday in Nicaragua, the latest in more than 260 fatalities in months of demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega-a one-time revolutionary hero now derided as a leftist despot.The bloodshed kicked off three days of nationwide protests against the government of the poor Central American country, including a general strike on Friday and a car caravan through flashpoint areas of the capital Managua on Saturday.The fatalities occurred in the southeast town of Morrito as marching protesters, some of them armed, came under attack from police and paramilitaries and responded with gunfire, said Francisca Ramirez, head of an opposition grouping called the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy.Police confirmed the death toll but blamed the violence on “terrorist groups” that pretended to be carrying out a peaceful march and opened fire on a police station.Protesters also abducted nine police officers and attacked the Morrito town hall, the police said in a statement.Morrito is a town of 6,000 that is home to many farmers who own guns to protect their land.In Managua, thousands of people waving blue and white Nicaraguan flags marched Thursday along downtown avenues in a violence-free procession. Referring to Ortega, many chanted, “He must go!”Carolina Aguilar, 52, accused the Ortega government of killing protesters with impunity.“We cannot live with a murderer, with a scorpion that kills us day after day. I would give my life for this end,” she told AFP.The protests erupted in Nicaragua on April 18, initially against now-scrapped pension reform. But they have since boiled over into demands for Ortega, the Sandinista guerrilla leader who led a revolt that ousted US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, to step down.Ortega ruled until 1990, and was then re-elected in 2007. He is now serving his third straight term. His detractors accuse him and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, of running a brutal dictatorship.In Washington, the Organization of American States convened a session Friday to discuss the crisis in Nicaragua.And a commission of the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution accusing the Ortega government of repression.“The continued violence and oppression of the Ortega regime is reprehensible,” said Paul Cook, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs western hemisphere subcommittee.Responding to the three-day protest movement, Ortega’s government has announced a counter-measure for Friday: a procession from Managua to Masaya, 30 kilometres (20 miles) to the south, in remembrance of the Sandinista revolution.A lot has changed in Nicaragua since then.Once a left-wing guerrilla leader who took over after Somoza was ousted by the Sandinista National Liberation Front, Ortega has himself become the focus of public ire.Former friend, now foeDuring his stint in power from 1979 to 1990, Ortega’s government had to fight US-backed counter-revolutionaries known as the Contra.Ortega’s annual procession to Masaya commemorates the July 19 popular uprising that ended 43 years of the Somoza family dynasty.Masaya is now, as it was then, a bastion of opposition resistance to an oppressive regime-only Ortega, 72, is no longer a friend but the enemy.News of Ortega’s procession has struck fear among the indigenous community of Monimbo, a southern suburb of Masaya, where citizens have built barricades of bricks to keep out government forces.Last week in two nearby towns at least 14 people were killed after police and pro-government paramilitaries moved in to clear barricades.“No one’s coming in, unless they kill every last one of us,” a man, guarding a Monimbo barricade with his face covered by a cap and olive green shirt, told AFP.The death toll from the three months of protests stands at at least 264, according to figures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released prior to Thursday’s fatalities.The influential Catholic Church has been mediating between the government and the Civic Alliance, but has itself come under fire from pro-government supporters.On Monday, masked pro-Ortega supporters invaded a Catholic basilica in the town of Diriamba and harassed bishops.The Church had proposed advancing elections scheduled for 2021 to 2019 to help ease tensions, but Ortega rejected that idea.last_img