Austria stops man trying to smuggle in 74 chameleons

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities have stopped a man at Vienna airport as he tried to smuggle 74 protected chameleons from Africa into the country. They said in a statement a 56-year-old man, who was not further identified, had hidden the animals in socks and empty ice-cream boxes when he was caught at customs control in Vienna. He had traveled to Austria from Tanzania via Ethiopia. The chameleons were taken to the Austrian capital’s Schoenbrunn Zoo, which said that three of the animals did not survive. All the animals were from the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania and ranged in age from 1 week old to adult animals.last_img

FABricate 2020

first_imgSometimes even the best ideas need a little help getting off the ground.The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) FABricate entrepreneurship program was designed to do just that — to empower students to turn their great ideas into working businesses.FABricate is an entrepreneurship competition and course for students who want to develop and implement ideas in a way that can help feed a growing population. Students develop personal and professional skills while refining their ideas for a new food product, agricultural technology, or environmental or agricultural business.This year’s competition is open to UGA students from all backgrounds and colleges within the university. Individuals or teams of up to five UGA students can compete. Teams can include both undergraduate and masters-level students. Business plans must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2020 to qualify. “The FABricate course and competition give our students the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for some of our greatest challenges in agriculture,” said Amanda Newquist, director of experiential learning for the CAES. “The course allows students to meet and learn from local entrepreneurs and innovators in an informal setting. They can ask questions and receive guidance from people who have already been through this process.”This is the fourth year CAES has held the entrepreneurial competition. Keith Kelly, a CAES alumnus who is now an entrepreneur and farmer in Morgan County, has supported the program since its inception in 2017. “It’s an awesome thing for kids to get engaged in,” Kelly said. “I think it’s important for them to do it. (Entrepreneurship) is what America is built on. It offers a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to get started, to test their ideas and hopefully meet other business owners who can serve as mentors.” Herb Girls Athens, a two-woman team, won the 2018-19 FABricate competition with its signature product, a healthy coffee additive called Rally Coffee.Eileen Schaffer, an agribusiness master’s degree student, and Amy Wright, a recent psychology graduate, formed Herb Girls as a passion-project. Then it turned into a business.“We both have an herbalist background and we love to cook, so we would get together and cook with some foods and herbs,” Schaffer said. “We started doing classes around town, and people enjoyed our workshops. So we decided we could turn it into a business.”While both partners had an extensive background with herbs and nutrition, neither had a background in business outside of self-help books. That is where FABricate came into play.“We were really interested in the mentorship component, just to have some good background and how to really tackle a business as a businesswoman, not just as someone who is trying to start a small business and struggle our way through,” Wright said. “We wanted to be smart and intentional and have a good plan behind the passion and the drive we already felt.”The team said FABricate helped them look at their product from angles they had not before and showed them how to identify their ideal client base. They’ve since been able to expand the distribution of Rally Coffee.“It has taken our business to the whole next level,” said Wright. “Without FABricate, we really wouldn’t be where we are today.”This year the top prize for winning the competition has been raised from $2,500 to $10,000.For more information about the program, visit https://www.caes.uga.edu/students/experiential-learning/fabricate.html .last_img read more

Hempstead Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 37-year-old man was shot to death in his hometown of Hempstead early Friday morning, Nassau County police said.Hempstead village police officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert when they found Ricky Ward lying on the ground and suffering from a gunshot wound near the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Baldwin Road at 12:25 a.m., police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Walmart (WMT) Q3 2021 earnings

first_imgCustomers shop at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Walmart is set to report third-quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday.The big-box retailer’s performance will offer a preview of how holiday shopping is shaping up during the coronavirus pandemic. Like other retailers, Walmart has kicked off its sales early because of global health crisis and split up Black Friday into multiple store and online events and digital deals.Here’s what Wall Street is expecting for the fiscal third quarter, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:Earnings per share: $1.18 expectedRevenue: $132.23 billion expected- Advertisement –center_img Walmart has been one of the beneficiaries of stay-at-home trends during the pandemic. Since the spring, Americans have turned to its stores and website for groceries, cleaning supplies and items to pass the time, from puzzles to bicycles. The company also got a bounce from stimulus money, which customers rushed to stores to spend.Now, however, investors and analysts will see if the retailer can sustain that momentum. With no sign of another stimulus package or additional unemployment benefits, some customers may feel financially strapped. Others may feel apprehensive about rising coronavirus cases, causing them to limit trips to the store or make more purchases online — transactions that come with additional costs and could contribute to the anticipated crush of packages this holiday season.Starting Saturday, Walmart said it would resume counting and restricting the number of customers in the store to make sure stores don’t exceed capacity limits. Some grocers, including Kroger, Wegmans and Publix, have reinstated purchasing limits on toilet paper, disinfecting spray and hand sanitizer.- Advertisement – This story is developing. Please check back for updates. last_img read more

Half year on, activists fear no justice for Iran protest killings

first_img ‘Investigate each case’ Scrutiny of how Iran deals with the protest aftermath comes at a tricky moment for its leadership.Its economy already driven into crisis by sanctions, the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in January sparked further protests while the coronavirus has extracted a heavy human toll and caused more economic pain.Rights groups outside Iran complain that not a single person of any rank has been investigated to date.According to Amnesty, all but four of the victims were shot dead by the Iranian security forces.Shots to the head or neck were the most commonly-listed cause of death.”By announcing that number they did not admit to their wrongdoings and violation of the right to life,” Shadi Sadr, a lawyer who leads the Justice for Iran (FJI) accountability group, told AFP.”They have to open an investigation for every individual case,” she said.A directive issued by the office of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has classified victims into three categories — bystanders, protesters with weapons, and those without.The directive considered all the killings lawful and did not recommend any investigation, said Sadr.”The only remaining matter for the authorities is to determine which victim falls in which category of lawfully killed persons as catalogued in the Iranian laws,” added a JFI report.Bystanders killed are considered martyrs and their families will receive regular payments from the state. The families of those who died while protesting without weapons will receive blood money — known as diyeh — a common practice in Iran.Sadr said “many families have been silenced by the government using different methods”, which have also included blackmailing people into signing a vow of silence before being allowed to see the body of their loved one. ‘Impunity entrenched’UN human rights experts said in December that more than 400 people may have been killed according to unverified reports, and pointed to a “breach of international standards on the use of force”.Hadi Ghaemi, chief executive of the New York-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran, told AFP the crackdown was the most serious in Iran since the end of the war against Iraq in the late 80s.”The 2009 protests were spread over 10 months. There was direct shooting then too but not at this scale leading to the killing of hundreds of protestors in a few days,” he said.It remained unclear who gave the orders to shoot, he added.Amnesty International has called on the UN Human Rights Council to open an inquiry into the November 2019 killings.”Impunity in Iran is so entrenched that there is no prospect in the near future that domestic criminal investigations would be conducted,” said Bahreini. For the first time this month, Iran acknowledged there had been civilian deaths on a major scale.Mojtaba Zolnour, head of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee, said on June 1 that 230 people were killed — including six members of the security forces.But Amnesty International issued a report in May detailing 304 verified protester deaths, which it said was in no way a final toll.”We believe that the real number of deaths is far higher than what they have announced,” Raha Bahreini, Amnesty International’s Iran researcher told AFP. “Our report details the cases of men, women and children we have been able to document. The authorities are still actively suppressing the truth,” she added.The Iranian authorities, she said, had failed to provide any detail — the victims’ names, ages, or genders.”The latest official statement reflects the continuation of the authorities’ strategy to deny and distort the truth and escape accountability and justice,” Bahreini said.center_img Half a year after protests, which Iran has now acknowledged claimed more than 200 lives, rights groups fear the real toll from the crackdown was far higher and that nobody will be brought to justice.Protests erupted across Iran from November 15-19 after a sudden fuel price hike, in the most vocal eruption of public dissent since the 2009 “green movement” rocked the Islamic Republic in the wake of disputed elections.Activists say the latest crackdown on protests by the Iranian security forces, accompanied by a near-total internet blackout, was even fiercer than that of 10 years earlier. Topics :last_img read more

Vindicated

first_img 83 Views   no discussions Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister of Education Petter Saint Jean Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint-Jean have both described a recent High Court ruling as one which has brought them vindication.On Tuesday Justice Gertel Thom dismissed two election petitions which were filed by the Opposition United Workers Party after the 2009 general elections in Dominica where the Dominica Labour Party won 18 out of 21 seats. Justice Thom further ruled that the Petitioners; Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph, failed to establish a prima facie case and to lead any evidence to prove that the Respondents; Roosevelt Skerrit and Ronald Green, had acquired, renewed, or traveled on a French passport.Education Minister Petter Saint Jean told a meeting of the Dominica Labour Party in Roseau on Tuesday evening that the Court ruling is a victory for the people of Dominica.“This victory is not about Roosevelt Skerrit, this victory is not about Petter Saint-Jean but this victory is about you the people of Dominica…..I recall in 2004 my first political speech at the launching of the LYO in San Sauver I made a statement that went down on the books of the Opposition Party I said to them, “I might lose my seat the Labour Party cannot lose the election and if the United Workers Party won then my God was not real”. They took issue with me but God vindicated Petter in 2005.”Minister of Education, Petter Saint Jean Mr. Saint-Jean further stated “today the Labour Party, one more time, has been vindicated and God be praised”.The Education Minister also noted with humility his gratitude to God and his supporters for their continued encouragement.“I am really humbled when I see the show of support that everybody from the man on the streets to the man in the highest office have given to Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party and I indeed with all humility and meekness say thank you to God and thanks to you the people of Dominica and thanks to you the Laborites of Dominica.”Meantime Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Tuesday night’s rally that the Court ruling is “a historic day for justice and the rule of law in Dominica”.The prime minister noted that the ruling has also proved his earlier statements that he was properly nominated.“The point I have made all along that I was properly and lawfully nominated as a candidate for the Vieille Case Constituency in the 2009 general elections has been proven in law to be right and correct.”Prime Minister, Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Skerrit thanked his supporters for their text messages, emails and telephone calls indicating their support and prayers.“I wish to thank this evening the thousands of supporters who held us up in their prayers. Let me say tonight that I believe in the power of prayers, I believe in the sanctity of faith in God and his propensity to oversee the administration of justice. I also wish to single out the scores of people who took time away from their families, work, leisure and worship to journey to the Court every day of the hearing to keep watch and lend your moral support. I value the hundreds of text messages and emails I received. I appreciated the support and well wishes of those who met me on the streets or telephoned to tell me of the steadfastness of their support. But nothing touched my heart more than to see the dozens of senior citizens in particular who came to that Court House day in and day out.”The Prime Minister also thanked his legal team for their hard work and dedication in his defense at the Court trial. Photographs by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio: [nggallery id = 112]Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Vindicated by: – January 11, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

New Point business abruptly closes doors

first_imgNew Point, IN—On Tuesday, Wittrock Healthcare in New Point closed its doors and laid off all employees.  The company had purchased the business, that made headwalls, lights and designed hospital rooms, from Hill-Rom back in December of 2016.  Several employees transferred over with the purchase to the family-owned company. As of today, the company’s website and social media page on LinkedIn has been removed and officials could not be reached by phone.last_img

Pochettino wants solid Saints

first_img Saints’ blend of attractive, energetic football combined with a focus on homegrown talent has seen praise heaped on the work being done at St Mary’s. Less than two weeks ago they could have gone top of the Barclays Premier League with victory at Arsenal, yet defeat at the Emirates, then Chelsea and, most surprisingly, at home to Aston Villa has seen them slump to eighth. Wednesday’s 3-2 loss may have been harsh on Saints, but it still marks a first home loss of the season and makes it three defeats in a row. Next up is the unenviable task of thwarting high-flying Manchester City this weekend, when a result similar to February’s 3-1 victory at St Mary’s – Pochettino’s first win at the helm – would not go amiss. “Of course, we wanted to bounce back, but we lacked what we always had: solidity at the back,” the Saints boss said after the Villa match. “When an opponent arrives four times and scores three goals, you know you’re lacking solidity at the back. “But I cannot fault my players for anything because they put in a great performance. We tried as much as we could but it just wasn’t to be. “It is clear that we’re on a bad run at the moment. I’m not going to deny that. “But we have to be strong, we have to keep on working, we have to keep on working as we have been so far. “We’re experiencing the other side of football, which is a negative side, but we have to keep on going and recover because we have a very tough game on Saturday.” Press Association Southampton’s superb start to the season has come to a shuddering halt after succumbing to three successive defeats for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino. Southampton are not just losing matches at the moment, but players too. Artur Boruc, one of Saints’ star performers this term, faces six weeks on the sidelines with a fractured hand – an injury compounded by the absence of back-up goalkeeper Kelvin Davis. It meant Paulo Gazzaniga was handed his first start in a year against Villa, against who Victor Wanyama and Nathaniel Clyne went off injured. Morgan Schneiderlin, Guly do Prado and Danny Fox are also on the sidelines, while Jose Fonte was nursing a knock against the Midlanders. But despite those mounting issues, Pochettino is not thinking about addressing the squad depth when the January transfer window opens. “We need to be relaxed,” the Argentinian said. “The most important thing in football is to be relaxed. “We need to analyse deeply the situation and we will decide in January, when we can actually make the decisions. Right now we cannot. “The most important thing is to recover my players, to recover the situation and we need to recover from this defeat mentally. “We need to think about to Saturday’s game and have to think 100 per cent positively about the City game.” While Saints ready themselves for in-form City, Villa head to struggling Fulham in a top-10 position. Paul Lambert’s side have been slowly creeping up the table and the victory at St Mary’s moves them within a win of Manchester United. “I don’t really look at the table until May,” Lambert said after Villa’s win, courtesy of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Libor Kozak and Fabian Delph efforts. “We have done great and we’re so far ahead of last year in everything we’re doing, but still miles away from where we want to get to. “But we are growing, look really good at the minute. We have a young side with energy and we keep building the football club. “We’re three points behind Manchester United. If anyone had said that at the start of the season, nobody would have believed you.” last_img read more

Wisdom loaned to Baggies

first_img Following three appearances for the Reds at the start of last season, the 21-year-old then joined Derby on loan for the season, starting 38 games, including the Sky Bet Championship play-off final defeat to QPR. “I’ve spoken to Brendan, who I’ve known for a very long time and who I trust implicitly,” said Irvine. “He said Andre would do a good job for us. That was reassuring. “You can see the player, but you want to find out what they are like as a person. Brendan spoke very, very highly about him.” Andre Wisdom has become West Brom’s sixth signing of the summer courtesy of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers singing the defender’s praises. England Under-21 international Wisdom has joined new head coach Alan Irvine’s side on a season-long loan from Anfield. Wisdom scored on his Liverpool debut in a 5-3 Europa League win over Swiss side Young Boys in September 2012, before going on to make a further 18 appearances that season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Virgin Media chief calls for Premier League TV restrictions to be changed

first_img Press Association Mockridge says it is wrong that only 40 per cent of Premier League matches are shown live and that elsewhere in Europe every single match is available to be watched by television viewers. He said the Premier League could follow the example of the NFL in the USA where regional blackouts operate to protect attendances. It is not clear however how easy it would be to operate such a system in a much smaller country – most US states are larger than England. Mockridge said: “Would it not be better if the lower leagues had a greater share of the money rather than the benefit of this blackout? You could address the blackout in a geographic way – that’s the system they use in the USA and it works very well. “In Europe all games are available on TV. Should the Premier League be able to decide which games you watch from the comfort of your armchair or almost force you go out and watch? It is too much like a nanny state.” Mockridge also claims the Premier League could enjoy yet another huge rise in income from TV rights in the next round of negotiations for the 2019-2022 rights comparable to the 80 per cent rise seen for the £5.1billion domestic rights for 2016-19. He insisted Virgin Media had no plans to rival Sky and BT Sport in bidding for Premier League matches but the company does pay both broadcasters to carry its channels on their platform. The current rules prohibit live football being shown at 3pm on Saturdays in order to protect attendances at matches and also participation in games at grassroots level. The Premier League would not comment, however it is understood its leaders believe making all matches available for live broadcast would affect attendances and damage the success of the league. Virgin Media’s chief executive Tom Mockridge has proposed a system where for example viewers in the Manchester area could not watch Saturday 3pm live home games involving the city’s clubs. The broadcasting regulator Ofcom is investigating a complaint by Virgin Media which claims the way the Premier League sells its rights breaches competition law, though it may be another year before the outcome is known. center_img The prospect of every Premier League match being screened live but with ‘regional blackouts’ has been raised by the head of Virgin Media, the company at the centre of a competition complaint against the league. last_img read more