Kevin Smith says he has suffered and survived a “massive heart attack,” tweeting a photo from his hospital bed just after midnight Pacific time on Monday. The Clerksand Chasing Amy filmmaker was shooting a new standup special, Kevin Smith Live!, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Sunday night.After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”). If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground! pic.twitter.com/M5gSnW9E5h— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 26, 2018READ MORE Kevin Smith survives ‘massive heart attack’ after being rushed to hospitalAmerican filmmaker Kevin Smith — best known for helming Clerks and Chasing Amy — says he only just survived a “massive heart attack” over the weekend.The 47-year-old Tweeted a picture of himself from a hospital bed covered with tubes. Smith had performed earlier that evening, and was due to perform again but cancelled the second show. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets About ‘Massive Heart Attack’ and TreatmentKevin Smith (“Clerks”) has told fans on Twitter that he suffered a massive heart attack and would have died if he had not canceled a comedy special and gotten to hospital for treatment.“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” Smith wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning, with an accompanying picture of him in a hospital bed covered in tubes. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets He Suffered a “Massive Heart Attack”“If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!” he posts along with a selfie from his hospital bed.Kevin Smith (Clerks) in the early morning hours of Monday tweeted a selfie from a hospital bed, saying he had survived a “massive” heart attack.The photo he posted on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT showed him covered in tubes and wearing a hospital gown. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsA proposed hazardous wasted facility being proposed in Chilliwack, B.C. is one step closer to becoming a reality – thanks to a recent court decision.Proponents against the project say they are not opposed to what the facility will be treating, but the location of the facility.APTN’s Tina House has more on this story.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At approximately 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 a pedestrian was struck at 100 Street and 99 Avenue while crossing the street.What we know, Fort St. John RCMP has only said the following, that it is confirmed a pedestrian has been struck at the crosswalk on 100th Street and 99th Avenue by a pickup truck and the police investigation is ongoing.The pedestrian confirms they are alive and the incident is still under investigation.
Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) looks for an open teammate during a game against Purdue Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 67-49.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorToughness. Camaraderie. Leadership.After a 71-70 overtime loss to Penn State Jan. 29, those were three things Ohio State senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said were missing from his team.It appears the Buckeyes have found them, just in time to take on their archrival — No. 10 Michigan — Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center.“Definitely my senior year, this is not what I had in mind,” Smith Jr. said after the loss to the Nittany Lions during an emotional postgame interview. “But I’ll never give up on my team, and I know that when we get a cause and we get hungry for wins, and we stick together and we become a team again, I’ll take us against anybody in the country. But right now we gotta find what we’re missing.”OSU (19-5, 6-5) seems to have found what it’s been searching for, currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak after beating Purdue (14-10, 4-7), 67-49, Saturday at home.Since the calendar flipped to February, the Buckeyes haven’t lost, beating both then-No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 17 Iowa on the road before taking care of business against the Boilermakers.After the win, Smith Jr.’s attitude was quite the opposite of what it had been that night in late January.“We’ve been winning. Simple as that. When you win, I feel good. When we lose, I feel bad,” Smith Jr. said with a smile.Smith Jr. had been in a shooting slump as of late, shooting just 32.9 percent in the eight games since OSU’s 15-0 start to the season and before Saturday. That changed Saturday, when he poured in 16 points and shot 4-7 from beyond the arc against the Boilermakers.“It definitely opens things up for us,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the win about Smith Jr. making shots. “We want Lenzelle to take those shots when he’s open. He hit a big pull-up in the first half when they ran him off the line (and) he shot faked. But seeing him play like a senior, honestly I expect our seniors to play like that at Ohio State because they usually don’t make it that long.”The good vibes have spread throughout the team in the last week and a half, and the team seems to be playing some of its best ball of the season heading into a showdown with Michigan.“Any time you can get wins, it adds confidence to the team, so that’s a great thing for us,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who scored a game-high 17 points against Purdue — said after the win Saturday. “I think we play a lot better when everybody’s got confidence. It’s good getting a win before we go play Michigan.“It’s a great feeling. Winning cures all, like I said before, and that’s what I’ve been doing lately. I think everybody’s been feeling a lot better.”It wasn’t just Smith Jr. who hit outside shots against the Boilermakers, as Ross, junior guard Shannon Scott and junior forward Sam Thompson also combined to hit four 3-pointers. That team effort helped secure the win, and Purdue coach Matt Painter said OSU is still a team to be reckoned with despite the struggles it endured last month.“They’re a good team, and you’re going to go through some tough times in this league,” Painter said after the game. “They’ll be there at the end. They’ll be good in the NCAA Tournament.”Even with three straight conference victories, OSU still sits fourth in the Big Ten standings, three games behind conference leaders Michigan State and Michigan. The Buckeyes will have a chance to make up more ground against the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2) Tuesday, who — despite losing on the road against Iowa Saturday — are now tied for the conference lead because the Spartans lost a thriller to Wisconsin Sunday.“Pretty sure my team’s feeling good right now, but tomorrow’s a different day. Everybody’s probably going to forget about this one and we gotta get ready,” Smith Jr. said. “We got a great opponent coming in here now. They’re a great team and they’re playing some really good basketball as of late and we gotta be prepared to play even better basketball if we want to match that and get the win here.”Matta agreed, adding that one bad stretch of basketball could mean a loss in the Big Ten.“You’d like to feel good, you’d like to feel great. But right now, geez. One bad segment of a game could cost you the game with what we have left on our schedule in terms of who we’re playing and when we’re playing, where we’re playing,” Matta said. “I hope our guys are feeling better about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it and how we’re doing it. That’s why I want them to be confident. Just in terms of our execution’s better, I think defensively we’ve been a lot more active and communication’s been a lot better.”Whether it’s communication, energy or more effort, something has changed with the Buckeyes since Smith Jr.’s emotional interview after the Penn State loss — and the team could be peaking at the right time because of it.“Our maturity as a team has picked up a little bit. Ever since I had that interview and I said we were missing camaraderie and leadership, I think we found a lot of that stuff we were missing,” Smith Jr. said. “And it’s great because this is the time when you want to be playing your best basketball. As long as we can keep this train going like that without any stops like that or any bumps in the road, I think we’re going to be very happy and a very successful basketball team.”Tuesday’s game is set for 9 p.m.
Sophomores ruled the day Monday for Ohio State men’s basketball as the Big Ten Conference announced its all-conference selections and awards. Buckeyes’ sophomore forward Jared Sullinger was a first-team Big Ten selection by the coaches and media while sophomore guard Aaron Craft was named Defensive Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas was named a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, and the media and coaches named senior guard William Buford to the second team. Sullinger, who averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game, was a unanimous selection to the first team for a second consecutive year. Craft’s selection as the defensive player of the year is the first for OSU since 2007 and the fourth in the history of the program. Craft, who was also given a Big Ten Sportsmanship award, told the Big Ten Network that his defensive game benefitted from playing against his older brother as a child. “I couldn’t score on those guys,” Craft said. “I could frustrate them a lot on defense. I got in a couple fights with my brother and some of his friends. So it kind of started back then. Just growing up, (defense) is just something that I’ve enjoyed and I really like doing and understood that that is what is going to help the team the most.” Thomas and Buford both averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game. The Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5 Big Ten) jumped three spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll to the No. 7 spot. OSU defeated Michigan State, 72-70, Sunday on a last-second 2-point shot by Buford. With the win, OSU clinched a three-way tie for the conference’s regular season title with the Spartans and Michigan. Though it conceded an outright regular season conference title with the loss to the Buckeyes, the MSU program came away with some major Big Ten hardware Monday as possible consolation. Spartans senior forward Draymond Green claimed the Big Ten’s Player of the Year award, as well as a unanimous first-team honor from the coaches and media. MSU coach Tom Izzo was a unanimous Coach of the Year honoree. Other award winners include Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke who split Freshman of the Year honors with Indiana forward Cody Zeller. OSU will begin postseason play on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., as the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes will play the winner of Thursday’s Purdue-Nebraska opening-round game. OSU’s postseason will tip at about 9 p.m.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Euro Working Group of eurozone finance ministry officials in Brussels approved on Wednesday the disbursement of a 4.2-billion-euro bailout tranche to Athens, which means that the funds will flow into Greek state coffers on Friday.The EWG decision was a formality, as the political decision had already been made on Monday by the Eurogroup, although Greek officials noted that technical issues were being raised and settled right up to the last moment. The same sources stressed however that the mood in the Eurogroup has been at its best in the last few days since Greece entered the stability mechanism.The 4.2 billion euros set to arrive in Athens on Friday will be used to pay state bonds amounting to 5.6 billion euros that mature on Monday, with the contribution of the cash reserves the state has at its disposal.The Finance Ministry has not ruled out the issue of an extraordinary set of one-month treasury bills before the next bailout installments are cashed in, which is expected to happen next month.The EWG will convene again on June 7 to examine whether Greece has fulfilled its commitments for the next tranche of 3.3 billion euros, which was also green-lighted by the Eurogroup on Monday.
These Are the Games You Should Be Checking Out in FebruaryThe Most Anticipated Games of 2017 Seeing someone speed run through a game is always impressive. It is, even more, awe-inspiring when said game is also extremely difficult. We’ve seen speed runs for Dark Souls games in the past, but there is now a new uber-hard game for folks to speed run through Koei Tecmo’s Nioh. It should come as no surprise that someone has managed to finish this challenging PlayStation 4 exclusive in under two hours — thus setting a world-record in the process.This amazing feat was performed by speed runner, Distortion2. He actually holds the third place world record in Dark Souls 3 and second place in the Any% category in Resident Evil 7. In Night, he managed to complete all of the game’s main story missions in one hour, thirty-six minutes, and fifty-one seconds (1:36:51). At the time of this writing, it is the current world record.One of the keys to this speed run is the game’s magical talismans. In particular, the sloth spell which slows down the movement of enemies (especially those nasty bosses). Distortion 2 combines that with elemental buffs and the carnage talisman. This talisman lowers his defense, but it increases his attack power considerably. With all of these status effects, Distortion2 has a nice advantage when facing off against Nioh‘s deadliest foes.This is definitely an impressive speed run for sure. Since Nioh is still a relatively new game, we can expect that other players will find short cuts and techniques to finish it even faster than Distortion2. Though someone may come along to set a new record, Distortion2 will always be able to claim he was the first to beat this brutally challenging game the fastest. He is certainly a pioneer and others will no doubt use his run as a guide for their own speed run attempts. Stay on target
Felix Brych was in the center of attention in Valencia, as he sent off Cristiano Ronaldo and showed three penalties. Miralem Pjanic converted two of them in Juventus’ 2-0 win. Valencia starting lineup: Neto, Ruben Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Jeison Murillo, Jose Luis Gaya, Daniel Wass, Dani Parejo, Carlos Soler, Goncalo Guedes, Rodrigo, Mitchy Batshuayi Juventus starting lineup: Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Joao Cancelo, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Federico Bernardeschi, Mario MandzukicIn the 11th minute, Mario Mandzukic had a nice chance to score after being left alone at the far post during a cross, but sent the ball over the bar. In the 17th minute, Sami Khedira had an even easier chance to score. Ronaldo sent a great cross with his left foot. Bernardeschi got at the end of it at the far post and sent the ball back to a wide open Khedira in the middle. He could pick and choose where to shoot and somehow managed to miss the entire net. It was a huge opportunity for Juventus, their second in the opening 20 minutes.Gigantic chance number three came in the 21st minute. Neto made a mess of Alex Sandro’s cross. He made a great save on Bernardeschi’s attempt to fix his mistake initially, but then dropped the ball straight to Matuidi. The Frenchman fired a shot which was blocked by an alert Jeison Murillo. Valencia was very lucky to avoid being down. Seconds later, Khedira dropped to the ground complaining of a leg injury. Massimiliano Allegri was forced into making his first change – Emre Can for Sami Khedira.Rumour: Juve put a price on Pjanic George Patchias – August 28, 2019 Juventus have put an 80 million Euro price tag on Miralem Pjanic.According to Tuttosport, and Caliciomercato, the Italian giants are ready to sell there…Tears of anguish were dripping from Cristiano Ronaldo’s face in the 30th minute when he received a shocking red card for patting Murillo on the head. The Colombian was the one who provoked Ronaldo and the Portuguese reacted somewhat angrily, but he didn’t deserve a straight red. It was an incredibly frustrating decision by an experienced referee such as Felix Brych. Where is VAR when you need one?In the 39th minute, Batshuayi stole the ball from Chiellini inside Juve’s box, made a great turn and fired a shot directly at a ready Wojciech Szczesny. Just as Valencia were starting to gain confidence, Juventus took the lead. Another Alex Sandro cross came to a unmarked Joao Cancelo, who missed a volley at first, but then reset himself on the left foot and rocked the cross bar. The rebound was headed away by one of Valencia’s defenders and it came to Parejo, who raised his boot way too high and kicked Cancelo in the face, leaving no choice to Brych but to show on the penalty spot. A really clumsy challenge by The Bats’ captain. Miralem Pjanic took responsibility in the absence of Ronaldo. Neto got a hand on the ball, but it wasn’t enough. Pjanic’s effort was too precise. 1-0 Juventus.In the 50th minute, Brych awarded another penalty to Juventus. This time around, it was a rather generous one. Murillo got tangled with Bonucci during a corner kick, yet the referee saw enough to show on the spot for a second time. Pjanic stepped up and hit the exact same spot again, only this time with even more power. 2-0 Juventus. Ruben Vezo, who was cautioned moments earlier for a foul on Matuidi, was replaced by Denis Cheryshev in the 57th minute. In the 65th minute, Szczesny had to stretch to save Carlos Soler’s long-range effort headed towards the bottom right corner.Following the subsequent corner kick, Douglas Costa replaced Miralem Pjanic. In the 70th minute, Marcelino made two more substitutions, taking off Batshuayi and Guedes and sending Kevin Gameiro and Santi Mina onto the pitch. Juve were doing their best to strangle the life out of the game and they were succeeding. Rodrigo should’ve scored in the 80th minute. Dani Parejo found him from a corner kick, but the Spanish international hit the ball with his shoulder instead of his head. Seconds later, Soler had another attempt on goal go begging.Allegri’s team was defending with ten men behind the ball and blocking every shot Valencia’s players took. Douglas Costa dribbled past Gabriel and stung the hands of Neto in the 85th minute. The Brazilian stayed on the ground following Gabriel’s robust challenge and couldn’t continue. Center back Daniele Rugani was the one who came in his stead. Rodrigo missed another free header in the 93rd minute. Two minutes later, Brych gifted a penalty to Valencia, but Parejo failed to capitalize. The miss summed up a miserable night for the captain and his teammates. After six minutes of stoppage time, the game was over. Marcelino has a lot to think about, as his team was outplayed and beaten by an undermanned Juventus.
ASA opened its online portal this week for soybean farmers to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the importance of maintaining a progressive increase in the biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2014 and 2015.Late last year, EPA released a proposal that would set the RFS’ Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel at 1.28 billion gallons for 2014 and 2015. The proposal would also reduce the total Advanced Biofuel requirements to 2.2 billion gallons in 2014, which also limits opportunities for biodiesel production. ASA has repeatedly warned that, if enacted, these levels would be a setback to the U.S. biodiesel industry as production this year is expected to reach 1.7 billion gallons, and setting the 2014 and 2015 RVO at a level lower than 2013 production would be detrimental to the U.S. biodiesel industry and to soybean farmers.Reducing the 2014 and 2015 RVO for Biomass-based diesel below 2013 production levels would result in reduced demand for soybean oil, which accounts for about half of all U.S. biodiesel production. The 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel that is expected to be produced in 2013 will utilize over 6 billion pounds of soybean oil. With large crops and global soybean production expected to increase in 2013 and 2014, reduced levels of soy oil being consumed in the domestic food market, and an increase in other biodiesel feedstocks coming online, the need for a growing biodiesel market is vital to the bottom line for U.S. soybean farmers.More than 150 farmers and friends of the industry have submitted comments thus far, and ASA thanks each of them for their advocacy, but we need many, many more. Please visit ASA’s #RefuelTheRFS Resource Center for resources including talking points, comments, testimony and more, by clicking here. While there, you can send your comments to EPA directly through the Soy Action Center.
Looking south on Northeast 138th Avenue from Northeast 36th Street, crews continue working on what will be one of the city’s last large road projects in the foreseeable future, as there’s no money for capital improvement projects beyond the 2014-15 biennium. This week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Felida woman strives to raise awareness about panhandlers’ use of handoutsTeri Joy first noticed Heather’s bulging belly as she drove under the Interstate 5 overpass on Northeast 99th Street in Hazel Dell. Eight months’ pregnant, she held a small cardboard sign at the side of the roadway, asking for some charity. In the corner of the overpass sat Heather’s boyfriend, Steven Joy — Teri’s stepson.Anguish punched Teri in the gut.“You want to cry, but you can’t because you’re so mad. You want to shake him, but at the same time hold him and hug him,” she said in an interview.As she drove home, hauling her Costco groceries, she thought back to an idea that had idled in her mind for months.What if she made her own sign? What would she say?At her home in Felida, she unloaded the groceries and flipped over one of the cardboard boxes. She stared at its blank, white canvas before printing a message: “Please stop giving my kids money for heroin.”Read the full story here.Rose Garden renamed Moda Center at the Rose QuarterThe Portland Trail Blazers announced an agreement Tuesday with a regional health and dental plan provider to change the name of the Rose Garden arena to the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Moda Health, an Oregon-based company that also provides plans in Washington and Alaska, finalized a 10-year arena naming rights deal with the Blazers on Monday. Comcast Sportsnet Northwest reported that the price was “up to $4 million annually,” but neither the team nor Moda Health would confirm that number.
Glamour has fired its controversial “Man Needs a Date” blogger after the site was inundated with comments from outraged readers.In a note posted on Glamour.com, the magazine explained its rationale for removing the blogger, Mike Cherico, from the site: “Our ultimate goal here is to open a productive conversation about men, sex, love and dating; clearly, that can’t happen when the majority of readers would like to pulverize the blogger.”The latest swath of vitriol for the Los Angeles-based Cherico—a high school English teacher who had blogged as a sort of “serial-dater” for Glamour since 2007—seemed to stem from a post he wrote about a date, in which he says he left a woman who appeared to have a cold sore. The woman launched a blog to counter Cherico’s version of the date, which was then linked to his post in the comments section.Her 3,000-plus word post was eventually taken down, but not before the floodgates opened. “It will be a truly disappointing decision if Mike still remains as a blogger,” one of the 200-plus commenters wrote. “I truly and sincerely expected higher standards from this magazine.”“I realize that this punk is driving HUGE site hits, which equates to $$$, but at some point Conde Naste [sic] has to operate with integrity,” wrote another. “At least I hope so.”Another summed up the call for Cherico’s removal this way: “How can a magazine that promotes self-confidence and health in women keep this toxic person employed?”The dust-up generated reaction overseas, where a British blogger wondered if Cherico is the “most hated blogger in the U.S.A.”For its part, Glamour says it will replace Cherico with a new blogger “soon.”
Download Audio A skier who was testing snow conditions near Haines for an international ski competition was injured in an avalanche Wednesday morning, according to state troopers.Scott Sundberg of Haines has non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at the Haines clinic.Sundberg, 40, is co-owner of heliski company Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures or SEABA. The company is working with the Freeride World Tour to host a competition in the mountains near Haines this weekend. Organizers say the event will continue as scheduled.Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says Sundberg was with a group from his company and skiing a maneuver called a “hard carve” to test snow conditions when an avalanche was triggered. He was the only person caught in the slide.Sundberg was partially buried with his head under the snow. People with him quickly located and uncovered him and he regained consciousness. A SEABA helicopter transported him to the Haines airport where he was met by an ambulance.“The really good part about this and a really good take-a-way is yes, they were in the backcountry,” Peters said. “An avalanche was triggered. But there were other people on the scene. They had proper safety equipment. They were able to quickly locate the person and transport him to help and the person appears to be OK.”Peters said Sundberg was wearing proper safety gear, including an airbag, but she couldn’t confirm if it was deployed.The group with Sundberg included Freeride organizers. They were scouting locations for Saturday’s event. The Freeride World Tour is one of the largest big mountain ski and snowboard competitions in the world. The competition includes 36 international athletes and about 100 event staff. The tour has five international stops this winter. This will be the only U.S. stop this year and the first time the competition takes place in Alaska.
KARACHI: After a sea of anti-India tweets emanating from Pakistan were objected to by the authorities in India, the micro-blogging site Twitter is said to have suspended 200 accounts in Pakistan. The Pakistan government has specified to the Twitter that 200 accounts that were suspended in the past week were apparently posting about Kashmir, reported Dawn News. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Over the last week, a large number of Pakistanis have taken to Twitter to report that accounts were being suspended after they posted in support of Kashmir. The claim came from journalists, activists, government officials and fans of the military tweeting in support of Kashmir. Simultaneously, #StopSuspendingPakistanis was trending on Twitter in Pakistan. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us On Sunday, Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor had said the authorities had taken up with Twitter and Facebook the suspension of Pakistani social media accounts posting content on Kashmir. Giving details about the complaint lodged with Twitter, the Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Digital Media Arslan Khalid told Dawn news that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had lodged an official complaint with Twitter’s regional office on Monday. Advertise With Us “We are approaching this case with a multi-pronged strategy where PTA has sent the complaint mentioning (200) accounts to the regional office seeking an explanation for their suspension. We are also working on a long-term strategy through the National IT Board (NITB) so that such a situation does not arise again,” he said. A list of accounts — provided to Dawn by the focal person — reportedly suspended over Kashmir in the past week, includes Twitter handles run by some government officials as well. One such account is of the focal person to the Punjab chief minister on digital media, Mashwani Azhar. A screenshot of Twitter’s notice to Azhar purports that the platform suspended the account for impersonation. Twitter, however, maintains that it enforced policies judiciously and ensured impartiality of all users, regardless of their political beliefs and country of origin, reports Dawn News. “We believe people on all sides of an issue have a fundamental right to discuss them within the boundaries of our policies, which prohibit terrorism, hateful conduct, platform manipulation, and abuse. At Twitter, no one is above our rules.” The spokesperson did not comment on the reasons that led to certain accounts — specified in the email — being suspended. “We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons,” the official said. Twitter did not deny or acknowledge the spike in government requests from India or Pakistan following the development on Kashmir.
Bloomington-based Chestnut Global Partners (CGP), a provider of Employee Assistance Programs, announced a tie-up with Bangalore’s Leader Prospects last week.Leader Prospects will henceforth act as the Indian arm of Chestnut Global Partners in Bangalore.Employee Assistant Program (EAP) helps employees deal with their personal problems that might indirectly impact a company’s performance.India is in the early stage of adopting systematic and scientifically proven methods to alleviate performances of employees, said Mr. Russ Hagen, CEO of Chestnut Global Partners.”Leader Prospects works with companies in promoting and sustaining leadership and implementing vibrant, team-oriented cultures that put them in position to be successful. We look forward to working with their team in supporting their clients during this difficult and critical period of social and cultural transition,” Hagen added.Leader Prospects Managing Partner, Nobby Nazareth, said that in the current scenario many people migrate to other cities for jobs, leaving their families and need a support system for better performance.”Managing stress and counterproductive behaviour is really critical. Our goal was to partner with a global player that could adapt their services to Indian culture, which is precisely what CGP does so well, in addition to bringing time-tested products and outcome-based therapeutic approaches,” Nazareth said in the company’s press release.”Working with CGP gives us a significant advantage in the market. We expect CGPI to emerge as a market leader in India in this specialized field really soon,” he added.CGP-India will provide assistance to help promote performance of employees besides reducing absenteeism.
Jamal Khashoggi Photo: ReutersDozens of people paid homage to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a symbolic funeral in Istanbul Friday as Turkish media claimed Ankara has a second audio tape discrediting Saudi Arabia’s version of the killing.In the absence of a body, the crowd gathered at Fatih mosque in front of an empty platform traditionally reserved for the coffin.Supporters from the newly-formed Jamal Khashoggi Friends Association were among the mourners.Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi leadership, was last seen entering the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on 2 October. Turkish officials say he was strangled and his body dismembered.“We decided to hold the prayers as we are convinced that his body will never be found,” Fatih Oke, executive director of the Turkish-Arab Media Association (TAM) of which Khashoggi was a member, told AFP.The ceremony which took place under rain, “is a message delivered to the world to say that the murder will not go unpunished and that justice will be served,” said Ibrahim Pekdemir, an Istanbul resident who attended.Saudi prosecutors on Thursday announced indictments against 11 people and said 21 individuals were in custody in connection with the killing.But they failed to link the kingdom’s powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to the crime.Yasin Aktay, a close friend of Khashoggi and advisor to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, strongly criticised the Saudi version of events.“They want us to believe that the killers themselves made the decision to assassinate Jamal Khashoggi, we do not believe in this story,” he said after the prayer.“We will continue to ask who are the true contractors” of the murder.Turkey has insisted it was a premeditated killing.Second voice recording -The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported, meanwhile, that Turkey has more evidence, including a second audio tape of 15 minutes, contradicting the Saudi version of events.Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir has blamed the murder on a “rogue operation” by individuals who “exceeded their responsibilities”.Abdulkadir Selvi, a pro-government columnist in the Hurriyet daily, claimed Friday that the newly-obtained audio tape proved that a 15-member “killer team” waiting in the consulate before Khashoggi’s arrival was discussing how to carry out the murder.The tape, of the moment shortly before the journalist arrived, clearly showed the murder was planned in advance, he said.The first tape allegedly proved that Khashoggi was strangled.Turkey also has evidence that the team made international calls after the murder, said Selvi.Erdogan has said the order to murder Khashoggi came from “the highest levels” of the Riyadh government, but stopped short of pointing the finger at crown prince Salman.Saudi prosecutors said Thursday they would seek the death penalty for five accused who “are charged with ordering and committing the crime.”Turkey said the Saudi statement was “insufficient”, with foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisting: “Those who gave the command as well as instigators should also be clarified and this process should not be covered up.”
File PhotoAbout 2,000 sacks of rice have been seized while being smuggled out of a government warehouse on Thursday night.District administration seized the rice from a storehouse at Gorur bazar area of the district town, reports news agency UNB.A three-member probe body has been formed with additional district magistrate Morjina Akter as its convener to investigate the incident. The other members of the committee are District Food Officer and OC (investigation) of Sadar police station.Confirming the incident additional deputy commissioner Tareq Mohammad Zakaria said, “The committee has been asked to submit probe report within 24 hours because this is the time for distributing VGF. It would be tough to distribute the rice among the poor people if the duration crosses.”The rice is being distributed among the ultra-poor through the chairmen of various unions with the initiative of the food-friendly programme under the slogan “Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh, hunger will find no place”.The VGF rice was specially allocated from the government on the occasion of ensuing Eid-ul-Azha.Fifteen KGs of rice will be distributed among each of them. However, under VGD, 30 KGs of rice are likely to be distributed among each of them.Executive magistrate Yasin Arafat informed that acting on a tip off, a drive was conducted at the Surma Auto Rice and Flower Mills at Gorur bazar area, when 1050 sacks of rice was found at the godown, 860 sacks on a truck and huge quantity of open rice were confiscated.“These were allegedly being filled in other sacks from the government ones while being prepared for smuggling,” Arafat added.“It is presumed that these are the VGD and VGF rice for being distributed among the poor people,” said a concerned source adding that “action would be taken against those responsible for the incident after investigation”.Meanwhile, quoting manager of the business house Noyon, Arafat said the pilferers said the rice was purchased from chairmen of various unions.Sadar thana police, government officials and employees, and executive magistrate Anisur Rahman were present during the drive.
New York legalized medical marijuana for humans in 2014. Now, the state could make history as the first to approve pot for pets.Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale, Westchester County) on Thursday introduced legislation that could allow veterinarians to prescribe medicinal maryjane to animals.Bill No. A10104, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton), redefines “certified patient” to include the terms “human” and “animal.”“Animal owners and caregivers would … be given an alternative option to alleviate their pets’ pain,” the document said. “This could be helpful to many animals in need of relief, especially those that have chronic illnesses and for whom more traditional medical treatment has not proven to be effective.”Citing states like Nevada and California, which introduced similar legislation, Paulin argues that “giving animals access to medical marijuana is a compassionate measure that will help in preventing unnecessary discomfort and suffering.”“Medical marijuana has helped countless people in the management and treatment of chronic and debilitating illnesses,” according to the bill. “Research suggests that animals can also benefit from cannabis use to similarly treat their ailments.”Paulin did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, while Lupardo pointed to a Democrat & Chronicle article about the bill.On Jan. 1, California became one of eight states (plus the District of Columbia) to legalize recreational marijuana; another dozen are currently considering legislation to do the same.That’s great news for advocates of pot—but maybe not their pets. What little evidence there is on how non-humans respond to the drug suggests its psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is rather unpleasant for Fido.According to Popular Science, which reported on doped-up dogs earlier this year, high concentrations of THC could cause animals to experience a steep drop in blood pressure or even slip into a coma.Scientists, however, are working to isolate beneficial compounds within marijuana—specifically cannabidiol (CBD), which offers the benefits (pain control) without the buzz. The Best Food Apps for a Festive 4/20Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying Cannabis Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
LeBron James is calling foul over Nick Saban and the Alabama Football’s recently released social media series Shop Talk, which features Saban and past players having informal conversations in the Bama Cuts barbershop located inside the football facility. The letter, obtained by ESPN, reads, in part:Your continued exploitation of ‘Shop Talk’ infringes ‘Uninterrupted’s’ copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in ‘The Shop’ and significantly damages ‘Uninterrupted’s’ commercial prospects for ‘The Shop.’ The letter invites Alabama to informally discuss the legal issues before proceeding with litigation. Advertisement On Monday, legal representatives from James’ social media company Uninterrupted sent a letter to Alabama, alleging the series infringes on the copyright and intellectual property of their own barbershop talk feature called The Shop. In regards to James’ claim that The Shop is original intellectual property, the fact that Fox Sports ran a barbershop series of it’s own called Back of the Shop in 2014, two years before the James’ series debuted, may not help Uninterrupted’s case. Stay tuned to see how this LeBron vs. Saban legal battle plays out.
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Mix of bricks-and-mortar agencies, home-based agents make the move to TDC TORONTO — Transat Distribution Canada added a total of 13 agencies across Canada and an additional 51 home-based agents in 2018.“We know that despite the earlier success of the OTAs and the ability for consumers to book online direct with the supplier, more and more people are using the services of a travel professional again,” says Nathalie Boyer, General Manager, TDC.“Clients are looking to add experience to their vacations, combining business with pleasure and also looking beyond the traditional beach holiday. They are finding it is so much easier to let a travel professional guide them to what they are looking for.”She added: “Clients are realizing that the travel professional is available during and after their travel, should they need any assistance. You don’t usually get that kind of service online.”Boyer said that the TDC brands continue to attract new owners and agents because they want to become part of one of the best established Canadian leisure travel brands in Canada, one that is well known and trusted by consumers and is recognized as knowledgeable and dependable, she said.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck“We offer an experienced team dedicated to helping owners manage their business and making it even more successful with innovative marketing initiatives that drive customers to our agencies and grow revenue,” she said.In Ontario and Western Canada, there were five new agencies added under the Marlin brand this year – two in Saskatoon, one in Port Hope, Ontario; one in Beamsville, Ontario and one in Hanover, Ontario.Transat Travel’s company-owned division added four agencies this past year: Transat Travel, Guelph; Goligers Travelplus, Waterloo; Marlin Travel, Elbow Drive, Calgary; and Voyages Transat, Chicoutimi, Quebec.In Quebec, two new agencies joined the Voyages en Liberté affiliate program: Nicole et Cie in Vaudreuil and Voyages Prestige in Blainville. Two affiliate agencies migrated to Club Voyages network: Voyages Brigitte Gagné and Voyages Beauport both in Québec City. And two Club Voyages members added branches to their portofolio: Club Voyages Agathe Leclerc in Drummondville and Club Voyages Fascination in La Guadeloupe. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Port Hope, TDC, Transat Thursday, December 20, 2018 Travelweek Group Share