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MONTGOMERY Ala AP – Former Alabama Gov Robert

first_imgMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has reached a settlement agreement to end a wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed by his former law enforcement secretary.Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier and an attorney for Bentley both confirmed the agreement Thursday. They did not disclose details.Collier sued Bentley in 2016 for wrongful dismissal and defamation. Collier contends Bentley wrongfully fired him and then tried to discredit him with a sham state investigation.A day after being fired, Collier publicly accused Bentley of having an inappropriate relationship with an aide. The scandal engulfed Bentley who resigned and pleaded to misdemeanor campaign finance charges.Collier called the settlement “another sign of vindication.”Bentley attorney John Neiman says the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing and Bentley continues to dispute the allegations.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)6/13/2019 12:28:53 PM (GMT -5:00)last_img read more

MUNICH AP — Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowsk

first_imgMUNICH (AP) — Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice as Bayern Munich defeated 10-man Besiktas 5-0 Tuesday to all but secure progress to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.Bayern played with an extra man after Domagoj Vida was sent off early for bringing down Lewandowski as the last defender, but didn’t open the scoring until the 43rd minute when Mueller netted from close range. The floodgates opened after the break, though, as Kingsley Coman doubled the lead and Mueller grabbed his second midway through the second half.Lewandowski polished off the win with two late goals to give Bayern a seemingly insurmountable five-goal cushion ahead of the second leg of the last-16 tie in Istanbul on March 14.“The red card definitely played into our hands,” Mueller said after the biggest home first-leg win in the knockout stages of the Champions League.It was Bayern’s 14th straight win across all competitions – a record for Jupp Heynckes as coach, who was spoiled for choice with all his outfield players fit.“The keys to the win were the sending off, and then, later, the first goal before the break,” said Heynckes, whose side leads the Bundesliga by a huge margin. “The Champions League is another competition. I think we still need to improve.”Besiktas didn’t take up its allocation of away tickets for the game for fear of a ban following fan-trouble at Lyon in the Europa League last season, but many visiting supporters nevertheless managed to get tickets to cheer on their side.After a promising start, Besiktas’ hopes took a blow when Vida was sent off in the 16th minute. Lewandowski was free after a mistake from Besiktas captain Atiba Hutchinson and Vida mistimed his challenge to bring him down.Bayern’s Arturo Vidal, right, congratulates his teammate Thomas Mueller after scoring their third goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Besiktas Istanbul in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)Vagner Love fired a great chance over for the visitors, but Bayern dominated chances thereafter. David Alaba’s effort was blocked, then Mats Hummels headed straight at goalkeeper Fabri after a brilliant cross from James Rodriguez.Just when it looked like Besiktas weathered the storm, Mueller got the breakthrough for Bayern before the break, scoring from close range after good work from Coman.Lewandowski pulled the ball back for Coman to score early in the second half, and Mueller grabbed his second a quarter-hour later, prodding Joshua Kimmich’s cross in from close range.Bayern kept pushing for more and Lewandowski was quickest to the rebound when Fabri saved Hummels’ effort late on, before Mueller set him up for his 16th Champions League goal in as many games.Bayern president Uli Hoeness ruled out any talk of Bayern repeating its 2013 treble from Heynckes’ previous stint.“No. That’s crazy. We have to take it from one round to the next,” said Hoeness, later contradicted by Mueller, who said the treble was “possible.”Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona in Tuesday’s other Champions League last-16 game.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ATHENS AP — When Greek league rivals AEK Athens

first_imgATHENS (AP) — When Greek league rivals AEK Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki met last season, a disallowed goal late in the match — which was, finally, allowed — threw the sport into chaos.PAOK’s owner stormed onto the field in protest with a gun strapped to his belt, the league was suspended for two weeks, and FIFA forced Greece to make a series of urgent reforms or face expulsion from international competition.On Sunday, the two teams played again, under new regulations that league organizers hope will finally keep the peace. Referees are now being imported for controversial matches involving major clubs where there is a potential for violence. Finnish referee Mattias Gestranius and his linesmen were the first foreigners to be in charge of a Greek league game in 43 years.By all accounts, the experiment at Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki was a success.“Gestranius shut doubters up, no complaints from PAOK and AEK,” Greek sports website wrote, adding that referee was impartial throughout the match.Even those who had some criticisms remarked that the presence of an international official made players and coaches behave better.In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo PAOK fans burn flags and team scarves of AEK Athens during a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)“If he had been Greek, he would have heard an earful, because he allowed rough play, especially by the home team,” sports writer Yiannis Lambiris wrote in Monday’s edition of daily Ta Nea. “He did not wish to overuse the whistle … in any case, the players and the benches behaved themselves, because they knew they could not get away (with protests).”And, indeed, when an assistant on the PAOK bench started loudly protesting a referee decision in the 17th minute, he was immediately sent off.In the end PAOK won 2-0, without any incident. PAOK now shares first place in the league, even though it started the season with minus-2 points, deducted for fan behavior last season.Greek soccer has been troubled for decades by crowd violence and corruption allegations, and league organizers last experimented with overseas referees in the mid-1970s.The powerful bosses of Greek soccer, with interests in shipping and the news media, routinely erupt in anger after lost matches, calling referee decisions into question as being manipulated and unfair. But four games into the new season and the league so far has been quiet.Under the FIFA-supervised changes, a referee selection committee is headed by retired Portuguese referee Vitor Melo Pereira, along with two other overseas selections on the five-member panel.In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo Finnish international referee Mattias Gestranius asks for the ball during a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)After stepping in, Pereira brought since-retired Spanish referee David Fernandez Borbalan for the Greek Cup final at a heavily policed Olympic Stadium in Athens. PAOK beat AEK 2-0 for the trophy but AEK went onto to win the league. More importantly, Borbalan’s refereeing was widely praised and the potentially explosive final ended without incident.Gerstanius, unlike Borbalan, is not classified as an “elite referee” in the international classification system, which includes four categories (Elite, First, Second and Third). As a First Category referee he was also reportedly paid less for the game, 3,000 euros ($3,500), than Borbalan’s 6,000 ($7,000).AEK will have to play another foreign-refereed game next Sunday, against host Olympiakos.Normally, both teams would now be bickering over the choice of referee, with club leaders competing in making inflammatory statements, setting the stage for another potentially explosive encounter. Now, sports authorities hope it will merely be another hard-fought game.___By DEMETRIS NELLAS and DEREK GATOPOULOS , Associated PressAssociated Press writer Costas Kantouris in Thessaloniki contributed to this report.In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo PAOK fans light flares during a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Under new regulations the Greek football league can import international referees for controversial matches involving major clubs where there is a potential for violence. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, photo Finnish international referee Mattias Gestranius, center, shakes hands with the players before a Greek Soccer League match between PAOK and AEK Athens at Toumba stadium in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Gestranius and his fellow Finnish linesmen were the first foreigners to be in charge of a Greek league game in 43 years, at Thessaloniki’s Toumba Stadium. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

California legalized marijuana in 2016 and on Jan

first_imgCalifornia legalized marijuana in 2016, and on Jan. 1, 2018, eager customers lined up in the darkness outside medical marijuana dispensaries across the state, ready to start shopping at the stroke of midnight.The effect has gone beyond the cannabis cash register. Everyone has seen the ads or heard the chatter — and that includes minors, though marijuana remains illegal for those under 21.”Coming out of SFO airport, there are billboards for Eaze [a weed delivery service] that say ‘Marijuana is here,’ ” says Danielle Ramo, a psychologist who conducts research at UCSF on adolescent drug use. “I’m not sure parents were expecting to see so many images of cannabis all over.”The rollout of legal recreational marijuana in California and other states doesn’t appear to have led to any big changes in substance abuse prevention yet. But drug prevention education in schools has evolved significantly since the “Just Say No” days of the ’80s — and now typically takes an approach that’s more appropriate for the era of ubiquitous weed access. It’s one that emphasizes decision-making and critical thinking skills instead of abstinence. To see it in action, I visited a school using the Being Adept curriculum — it’s an evidence-based curriculum that has been used in about 20 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.What I found was that drug abuse education today draws on decades of rigorous effectiveness research and the newest teaching techniques.The PSAs that Gen-Xers may remember — the egg in a frying pan (“this is your brain on drugs”), or the boy calling out his dad’s drug use (“I learned it by watching you!”) — live on as memes, but they’re no longer used as messages.”Those scare-tactic-based programs have tended to quite clearly not work, based on most of the research that evaluated its effectiveness,” Ramo says. “Today there is an entirely different mindset about school-based prevention.”In a nutshell, the focus now is on facts, not fear. Also conspicuously absent are simplistic dictates like, “Just say no.” Instead, teachers spur students to examine data, speculate on motives, discuss risks, and deliberate on their own goals and values.Ashley Brady, a Being Adept instructor, was completely open about her method when she stood in front of the eighth-graders at Marin Primary and Middle School, a private school in Larkspur.”I’m not here to tell you what to do today. Not at all,” she begins. “I’m here to give you the most up-to-date information possible so that you can make your own healthy, informed decisions.”Brady then jump-starts a fast-paced, fact-filled discussion on brain chemistry and physiology. She shows an animated video about how marijuana affects dopamine pathways in the brain. Then she leads a discussion about marijuana “edibles” and how the liver metabolizes them.”It can take up to 30 minutes to maybe even an hour or two before it really hits you,” she says. “When somebody eats an edible and they don’t really feel the effects, what do you think happens?””They eat more!” a student called out.”They eat more,” Brady nods. “Yeah, an hour, an hour and a half later? Boom! Like a freight train, they’ve been hit, and, you know, can barely move or can barely talk, that kind of thing. So they may have to go to the hospital.”True, that sounds a little scary, but it’s presented neutrally, as a consequence at the end of a sequence of decisions.Where the legalization of the marijuana industry has affected the content of these lessons is on the subject of potency. Brady tells the students that legalization has spurred competition and innovation among suppliers, to the point where they’re now churning out extremely potent and precisely calibrated forms of pot called “concentrates,” which comes in various forms.Brady runs through their names: oil, bubble, shatter, wax and dabs.”They call it a ‘dab’ because one tiny little nail head [of it] — I mean I’m talking like the end of my pinky — one tiny, little nail head is the same as three joints hitting the system all at once. So it’s a lot stronger than it used to be.”Tests of THC levels in marijuana samples over the years back this up. Whereas a typical joint in the ’70s probably had a THC level of 4 to 5 percent, at best, growers are now breeding strains of cannabis that produce buds with THC levels as high as 20-30 percent. The concentrates are in another category altogether. Processed concentrates sold at dispensaries now regularly test at 80, even 90 percent.”It’s not the same drug,” Brady tells them. People sometimes vomit from concentrates. Some people hallucinate and have even become psychotic.And yes, she adds, it can be addictive. Not just psychologically, but physically. People do go into THC withdrawal and do go to rehab for pot addiction.Still, as she describes the transformation of marijuana from a relatively mild intoxicant to a potentially debilitating one, Brady never once says “that’s why you shouldn’t” or even “so please be careful.”Afterward, the students applauded this approach.”It made you feel more mature, and that you’re in control,” says Devon Soofer, 13. “This [class] was actually telling you the long-term effects and what it can actually do to you. So it actually made you feel like ‘Wow, this is actually really bad,’ and not just being forced not to do it.”Later units in the Being Adept curriculum give students concrete tools: They rehearse what to do or say at parties, and talk about better ways to cope than using cannabis — or any substance.Ramo, who serves as a scientific advisor to Being Adept, decries “the overwhelming stress, anxiety, depression, suicidality that is so pervasive among teens in the United States today, especially in high-intensity educational areas, like a lot of schools in the Bay Area are.””Addressing that problem is key,” she added, as is “having teens come up with solutions to manage their stress, that they actually would use.””Delay, Delay, Delay”So if drug educators aren’t telling students “Don’t!” anymore, what exactly are they telling them to do? As I observed, they’re not overtly telling them to do anything, because teens are naturally resistant to the authoritarian approach — and some of them may resist to the point of doing the opposite.Jennifer Grellman, a psychotherapist in Kentfield, Calif., and the founder of Being Adept, sums up the strategy in three words, just like the “Just Say No” campaign: “Delay, delay, delay.””The way to handle that with your kids is to say: ‘You know, you don’t have to use this now. Maybe you want to use it someday, but not today, not now. It will always be there.’ Just tell them to wait.”Grellman says that advice may be more palatable for some teens, and therefore easier for parents to deliver.They’re not forbidding something (and possibly making it more enticing). They’re not saying “never.”The instructors put a special emphasis on a less visible risk: the potential damage to their brains.”More research is coming out looking at the ways in which all different kinds of substances can hijack normal brain functioning, and particularly so in adolescence,” Danielle Ramo explains.”In heavily cannabis-using teens, there are some particularly important implications of using cannabis on the frontal lobe, and that interrupts a type of thinking called ‘executive functioning.’ “Also worrisome is a substantial body of research showing that using any potentially addictive substance while the brain is still developing — whether alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, or other drug — triggers neurological changes that can lead to addiction.”The earlier teens start using, the more heavily they use in adolescence, the more likely it is that they’ll go on to have problems throughout their adulthood,” says Ramo.Being Adept instructors don’t say it outright, but the message is clear: If you’re not going to abstain, just push it off for a while. Your brain is too vulnerable right now.The Role of ParentsGrellman says parents should talk about drugs and alcohol with their kids often — as early as fourth grade. For California parents, she suggests using the new billboards or marijuana ads as an excuse to bring up the topic. Broach the subject obliquely: What do people at your school think about those ads? Do any of your friends know what a dab actually is? Did you see this article on the seventh-grader getting expelled for pot in his locker? What do you think about that?She says to listen to what they say and discuss it — try not to lecture, but be clear about your expectations, and your values around drugs and alcohol.At every school where Being Adept is taught, Grellman offers a “Parents Night” where parents can learn how to navigate those conversations. It’s not just what parents say, she says, it’s what they do. Children are always watching how their parents use substances.”Don’t glamorize it,” she advises. “It doesn’t mean you have to become a monk and never have a drop of alcohol, but please drink responsibly.” And, she says, don’t use it for stress control.”This idea of coming home from the office and saying ‘I’ve got to have my glass of wine’ — if you want to have your glass of wine, have your glass of wine, but don’t announce it! That you’re just at wit’s end, and you have to have this drink.”Grellman says the modeling part becomes tricky when kids ask parents about their past: Did you party? What drugs did you use?When she led the Parents Night in March at Marin Primary and Secondary, she advised parents to get ready for that moment, and have answers prepared.If you did party in high school, don’t lie, she told them. If a kid senses dishonesty or hypocrisy, they’ll shut down. The most important thing is to keep the conversations going. If your child knows they can talk to you, no matter what, they will create a “safety plan” with you. They will reach out to you when trouble comes.”You don’t have to tell the full story,” Grellman said. “You could say: ‘You know, I did smoke and I did drink when I was 13.’ And if you loved it, I don’t know if I would advertise that.”You could say, ‘I did smoke, or I did drink, when I was 13. And you know, frankly? It was too early for me, man. I made some stupid decisions and I got in trouble.’ You can give them the consequences of it.”Afterward the evening, parents said they felt relieved to have concrete suggestions about how to talk with their kids, and how much was OK to bring up.”It’s much more prevalent than it was when I was growing up in the ’80s,” said Joseph Sullivan, a physician from Larkspur.”This is a different time, and so it’s nice to hear that we’re almost given permission to be talking about these different aspects of drug experimentation at different ages,” he added.His wife, Dr. Sara Sullivan, said she’s glad that the “Just Say No” paradigm is dead.”Just to give the kids more information, I think, is such a different way to approach it and I really appreciate that. And we’ve kind of started to have conversations in our family because of that,” she explained. “To really kind of take that approach and not be like ‘You’re kind of out there on your own.’ “This story is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, KQED and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 KQED. To see more, visit KQED.last_img read more

Anyone who has tried to shop around for hospital s

first_imgAnyone who has tried to shop around for hospital services knows this: It’s hard to get prices in advance.President Trump signed an executive order Monday that he says would make such comparisons easier, and make the pricing process more transparent.The order directs agencies to draw up rules requiring hospitals and insurers to make public more information on the negotiated prices they hammer out in contract negotiations. Also, hospitals and insurers would have to give estimates on out-of-pocket costs to patients before they go in for nonemergency medical care.”This will put American patients in control and address fundamental drivers of health care costs in a way no president has done before,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a press briefing Monday.But just how useful the effort will prove for consumers remains unclear.If the executive order leads to finalized HHS rules, proponents say it could encourage competition and lower prices. Other health care analysts say much depends on how the administration writes the rules over the next several months — rules that govern what information must be provided and in what format. Trump’s executive order already is running into opposition from some hospitals and insurers who say disclosing negotiated rates could drive up costs.As health care consumers await more details on those rules, here’s what we know:Q: What does the order do?It may expand price information consumers receive.The order directs agencies to develop rules to require hospitals and insurers to provide information “based on negotiated rates” to the public.Currently, such rates are hard to get, even for patients, until after medical care is provided. That’s when insured patients get an “explanation of benefits,” which shows how much the hospital charged, how much of a discount their insurer received and the amount a patient may owe.In addition to consumers being unable to get price information upfront in many cases, hospital list prices and negotiated discount rates vary widely by hospital and insurer, even within the same region. Uninsured patients often are charged the full amounts.”People are sick and tired of hospitals playing these games with prices,” says George Nation, a business professor at Lehigh University who studies hospital contract law. “That’s what’s driving all of this.”Some insurers and hospitals do provide online tools or apps that already can help individual patients estimate out-of-pocket costs for a service or procedure ahead of time. But research shows few patients use such tools. Also, many medical services are needed without much notice — think of a heart attack or a broken leg — so shopping for price simply isn’t possible.Administration officials say they want patients to have access to more information, including “advance EOBs” that outline anticipated costs before patients get nonemergency medical care. In theory, that would allow consumers to shop around for lower cost care.Q: Isn’t this information already available?Not exactly. In January, new rules took effect under the Affordable Care Act that require hospitals to post online their “list prices.” These are prices hospitals set themselves, and have little relation to actual costs or what insurers actually pay.What’s resulted are often confusing spreadsheets that contain thousands of a la carte charges — ranging from the price of medicines and sutures to room costs, among other things — that patients have to piece together (if they can) to estimate their total bill. Also, those list charges don’t reflect the discounted rates insurers have negotiated, so they are of little use to insured patients who might want to compare prices from hospital to hospital.In theory, at least, the information that would result from Trump’s executive order would provide more detail based on negotiated, discounted rates.A senior administration official at the press briefing said details about whether the rates would be aggregated or relate to individual hospitals would be spelled out only when the administration puts forward proposed rules to implement the order later this year. It also is still unclear how the administration would enforce the rules.Another limitation to the executive order: It applies only to hospitals and the medical staff they employ. Many hospitals are staffed by doctors who are not directly employed, or rely on laboratories that are also separate. That means negotiated prices for services provided by such laboratories or physicians would not have to be disclosed.Q: How could consumers use this information?In theory, consumers could get information in advance that would allow them to compare prices for, say, a hip replacement or knee surgery.But that could prove difficult if the rates are not fairly hospital-specific, or if they are not lumped in with all the care needed for a specific procedure or surgery.”They could take the top 20 common procedures the hospital does, for example, and put negotiated prices on them,” says Nation. “It makes sense to do an average for that particular hospital, so I can see how much it’s going to cost to have my knee replaced at St. Joe’s versus St. Anne’s.”Having advance notice of out-of-pocket costs could also help patients who have high-deductible plans.”Patients are increasingly subject to insurance deductibles and other forms of substantial cost sharing. For a subset of so-called ‘shoppable services’, patients would benefit from price estimates in advance that allow them to compare options and plan financially for their care,” says John Rother, president and CEO at the advocacy group National Coalition on Health Care.Q: Would the availability of this extra information push consumers to shop for health care?The short answer is maybe.”The evidence to date shows patients aren’t necessarily the best shoppers, but we haven’t given them the best tools to be shoppers,” says Lovisa Gustafsson, assistant vice president at the Commonwealth Fund.Posting negotiated rates might be a step forward, she says, but only if the information is easily understandable.It’s also possible that insurers, physician offices, consumer groups or online businesses would find ways to help direct patients to the most cost-effective locations for surgeries, tests or other procedures based on the information.”Institutions like Consumer Reports or Consumer Checkbook could do some kind of high-level comparison between facilities or doctors,” says Tim Jost, a professor emeritus at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.But some hospitals and insurers maintain that disclosing specific rates could backfire.Hospitals charging lower rates, for example, might raise them if they see competitors are getting higher reimbursement from insurers. And insurers say they might be hampered in their ability to negotiate if rivals all know what they each pay.”We also agree that patients should have accurate, real-time information about costs so they can make the best, most informed decisions about their care,” said the lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans, in a written statement. “But publicly disclosing competitively negotiated, proprietary rates will reduce competition and push prices higher — not lower — for consumers, patients and taxpayers.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit, editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Dave DeGroot Louis Woo and Jonathan Delagrave hol

first_imgDave DeGroot, Louis Woo and Jonathan Delagrave hold up a signed developers agreementLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:12 pmThe industrial building that Foxconn Technology Group is leasing as it works to establish assembly operations in Mount Pleasant has been sold to James Campbell Co. LLC, a Hawaii-based real estate firm, for nearly $13.7 million.Dave DeGroot, Louis Woo and Jonathan Delagrave hold up a signed developers agreementThe nearly 156,000-square-foot facility at 13315 Globe Drive was built in 2016 by Minnesota-based The Opus Group. An affiliate of Opus, FM6 WI MP LLC, sold the property to James Campbell Co.The property was assessed at nearly $9.7 million in 2017, although the lot was slightly smaller at 9.64 acres. It was expanded earlier this year to 10.7 acres, all of which were included in the sale. Foxconn leased the facility last year to begin assembly and research operations before building its $10 billion LCD manufacturing campus a few miles to the south.Company executives have said the facility will help with training employees and identifying new production to reduce costs. Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, said last fall there is no reason for the company to bring its business to the United States unless it does things “completely different” than it does in Asia. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:22 amRandleGary Randle, client service manager and a Milwaukee office manager for engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., is an avid traveler around the Midwest and West. One of his frequent destinations is Indianapolis. Here are a few of Randle’s travel tips: Transportation: “Flying from Milwaukee to Indy is a short jaunt, which takes away the headaches of traveling through Chicago. If traveling by car, allow time to beat morning or evening rush hour, or travel midday.”Excursions: “Indianapolis is a great place to travel. There are so many historic and exciting venues around the area. Let your passions fuel your trip. If it’s sports, you can go visit Lucas Oil Stadium and take in a Colts game. While you are there, take a walk through the streets and enjoy craft brews and comfort food right down the street from the stadium. You can also take an Uber/Lyft and experience Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “If art/culture are your fancy, check out any of the many museums, art galleries, cultural districts, the Indianapolis Theatre, and the many monuments and memorials.”Accommodations and Food: “Accommodations are plentiful in the Indianapolis area. You can take your choice from current upscale hotels, historic hotels still in operation, or chain hotels surrounding the city in the many suburban locations.”“I personally enjoy the Indianapolis and surrounding area’s dining experience. One of my favorite places to conduct business is St. Elmo Steak House right downtown. Their world famous shrimp cocktail is amazing and the atmosphere is perfect for conducting those after-hours business rendezvous.” Travel tip: “If you want to stay downtown, then walk and enjoy the beauty of downtown Indianapolis. If you want to stay in the suburbs, I would recommend Carmel or Fishers. Both are right off of I-465 and give you an easy commute to anywhere around the city. If you choose Carmel, you can even get the ‘Man vs. Food’ experience at Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical check

first_imgTaipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town MOST READ Firm urged to explain delay in MRT 7 construction Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again SMC bags Bulacan airport project LATEST STORIES Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros He also said the High Court would have to assess how much they can spend to renovate the old courthouse.“This building is scheduled for renovation anyway so we’ll transfer them somewhere,” Marquez said.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealThe city government has likewise offered another venue for a new court building.“Reconstructing a new building will cost a lot. If that’s the case, why not buy your own property? Remember, the Palace of Justice doesn’t own the land where it presently stands,” Jade Ponce, Mayor Michael Rama’s executive assistant said.center_img 12 villages in watchlist Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again THERE’S no question that judges and court employees need to move out of the damaged Palace of Justice, Supreme Court Administrator Midas Marquez said yesterday.Marquez, who also met Mayor Michael Rama, said he is amenable for the judges and court employees to hold hearings temporarily at the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) building along D. Jakosalem Street, Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENT Marquez said the High Court will coordinate with Mayor Rama to help local court employees find a temporary courthouse.He said the SC already allocated a budget for the renovation of the Palace of Justice.But since the building sustained structural damage from the earthquake, Marquez said they may need to assess how much will actually be spent.Ponce said the city is willing to assist the judiciary find a vacant space where the Palace of Justice will be rebuilt.“We could make the arrangements. After all, the city can benefit from this. It’s up to the Supreme Court to decide upon,” he said.Ponce suggested the South Road Properties (SRP), saying it will help decongest the city’s traffic.Own decisionPonce, who attended the meeting between Marquez and Rama, confirmed that the SC administrator agreed to the use of the CEC building as a temporary venue.He said Marquez can only speak on behalf of the RTC and Municipal Court judges.The CEC building is owned by the Chinese community and can accommodate about 700 to 800 persons. “It (temporary courthouse) has to be at the heart of the city,” Rama said.Ponce said the city and provincial prosecutors and the public attorney’s office are under the Department of Justice (DOJ).“They must also come up with their own decision on the evacuation because Marquez can’t speak for them,” he said.Alvin Santillana, operations head of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said that they are still negotiating with shipping companies to borrow container vans that would temporarily store court documents.Ponce said 10 court personnel accompanied by a disaster management team will be allowed entry into the Palace of Justice to recover court records of pending cases and archive documents. Reporter Ador Vincent Mayol, Correspondent Jose Santino S. Bunachita and STC Intern Fresha Anne Endico PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Last Wednesday, Mayor Rama suggested that the judges and court employees relocate temporarily to the vacant Cebu Eastern College campus at D. Jakosalem Street, Cebu City.Accompanied by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Soliver Peras and an engineer, Marquez went inside the Palace of Justice which had previously been declared “unfit for occupancy” by the Office of the Building Official (OBO).At riskMarquez talked with court employees who stayed in tents outside the Palace of Justice before he had lunch with the judges. He later met with Mayor Rama at Cebu City Hall.“Mukhang kailangan na talangang lumipat. (Apparently, they need to transfer to another building. It’s dangerous. We don’t want any of our judges and court personnel to be at risk,” Marquez told reporters.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros View commentslast_img read more

Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time

first_imgCarpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Sanitation measures in evacuation centers pushed An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary MOST READ Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Proceeds of the fair will be given to victims of the earthquake and supertyphoon Yolanda.MORE STORIESnewsinfoHouse to raise at least P1.5M for quake victims in BatanesnewsinfoHarvard survey: Filipinos believe homes, farming, kids most at risk to disastersnewsinfoLOOK: Kate, Meghan bring babies to cheer William and Harry at charity polo matchMORE STORIESnewsinfoHouse to raise at least P1.5M for quake victims in BatanesnewsinfoHarvard survey: Filipinos believe homes, farming, kids most at risk to disastersnewsinfoLOOK: Kate, Meghan bring babies to cheer William and Harry at charity polo matchThis year’s celebration has the theme “Heart of Jesus, Light of Christ.”Read Next The day will start with a Holy Mass and will be followed by a program featuring the best performances of the school year.A concert entitled “Back to the Manger” will be staged at the Little Theater at 10:30 a.m., while game and food booths will open simultaneously after the morning program.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeA second run of the concert will be staged at 2 p.m. also at the Little Theater.A closing program of Christmas presentations will be held at the Magis Eagles Arena. SMC bags Bulacan airport project View comments Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep The Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu will hold its annual Christmas Fair tomorrow at the school campus in barangay Canduman, Mandaue City.The annual fair, which gathers the entire school community for a whole day of various activities, seeks to raise funds for the victims of the recent calamities.ADVERTISEMENT What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgClick to see more pictures Prepared by FFWPU MaliOn August 27th 2018 the Blessing was held at Bamako with the participation of 2 matched candidates. and 1 previously married couple participated also. Some 200 persons were gathered for the Blessing including ambassadors for Peace and religious leaders Their testimonies were very interesting.We are very grateful for Heavenly Parent and our beloved True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind for their love.last_img

Brett Kavanaugh Will Not Return to Teach at Harvard

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Spencer Buell· 4041408 News Brett Kavanaugh Will Not Return to Teach at Harvard His Harvard Law class in the spring has been canceled. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! center_img Harvard University along the Charles RiverWith an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct underway, Brett Kavanaugh’s future on the Supreme Court is very much in question right now. But this much is sure: Kavanaugh will not be teaching a class on the court at Harvard next near.Amid calls for the school to conduct its own investigation, public on-campus demonstrations against the nominee, and a petition signed by hundreds of Harvard Law alumni calling for his position to be rescinded, Kavanaugh has said he will not return in the spring to Harvard Law, where he has taught since 2008.“Today, Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered,” Associate Dean and Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs Catherine Claypoole said in a message to students on Monday evening, as reported by the Harvard Crimson.He was slated to teach a three-week course called “The Supreme Court Since 2005.”In case this wasn’t clear, Kavanaugh can in fact keep teaching at colleges even if he is confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was scheduled this fall to lead a course on the Supreme Court as the college’s Archibald Cox Visiting Professor of Law.Kavanaugh may have seen this coming. During his emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, he lamented that the scrutiny of his behavior as a young man would have consequences for his professional life.“I loved teaching law. But thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to teach again,” he said Friday.At this, several Harvard Law students watching the hearing reportedly could be heard as they “applauded” and “burst into cheers.” 10/2/2018, 9:47 a.m. Printlast_img read more

2019 US Open sectional qualifying sites live scores notables competing

first_imgThe 2019 U.S. Open field begins to take its final shape today as sectional qualifiers take place across the country. What began with more than 8,600 entrants was whittled down to 927 players in 12 sectionals.While many pros already have spots in the field through various exemptions, roughly 70 players will need to get through sectional qualifying to complete the field of 156 and snag a tee time at Pebble Beach next week. In order to get there, players must play 36 holes of golf and score well enough to beat most of the field at their sectional. One bad round — even one bad hole — likely could keep someone from advancing.Below is a list of players who qualified at each site, with the leading score included in parenthesis, as well as notables who failed to make the cut. Click on the site names to see live results.Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, England:110 participants, 14 qualifying spotsDean Burmester (-16)Sam HorsfieldMarcus FraserClement SordetMatthieu PavonLee SlatteryMarcus KinhultRhys EnochAdri ArnausJustin WaltersDaniel HillierThomas PietersMerrick BremnerRenato Paratore (-7)Notables who failed to advance:Lee Westwood (-4)Andrew Johnston (-3)Edoardo Molinari (-3)Ross Fisher (-2)Andy Sullivan (WD)Rattlesnake Pointe Golf Club, Milton, Ontario, Canada:38 participants, 4 qualifying spotsTom Hoge (-5)Sepp StrakaAlex Prugh (-4)Notables who failed to advance:Harris English (-4, first alternate)Ryan Palmer (WD)Austin Cook (+2)Ricky Barnes (+4)Brandon Hagy (WD)Sang Moon Bae (WD)Dylan Frittelli (E)Harris English (-4)Hudson Swafford (E)Padraig Harrington (-2)Ben Crane (WD)Big Canyon CC & Newport Beach CC:99 participants, 5 qualifying spotsChun An Yu (a) (-12)Hayden ShiehRichard LeeStewart Hagestad (a)Andreas Halvorsen (-9)Notables who failed to advance:Justin Suh (-2)Cameron Tringale (-3)last_img read more