UN says 10 suspects held following cocaine seizure in Haiti

1 June 2007Working with the Haitian National Police, officers from the United Nations mission in the country have helped to seize 420 kilogrammes of cocaine and take in 10 suspects. Working with the Haitian National Police, officers from the United Nations mission in the country have helped to seize 420 kilogrammes of cocaine and take in 10 suspects.Five Haitian policemen, three civilians and two Colombians were taken by UN military escort to a central judicial office in Port-au-Prince, the capital, during yesterday’s operation, according to the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).Fourteen packages holding 420 kilogrammes of cocaine were taken from three vehicles headed to the capital from Petit Goâve, said MINUSTAH in a news release, adding that the substance will be sent to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.The operation was carried out in the framework of fighting the illicit drug trade in Haiti, which has become a significant transit point, the mission said. read more

Impending crisis in southwest DR of Congo UN relief officials warn

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has just returned from an inter-agency mission to the Bandundu and Western Kasai provinces, which has poor transport links and many remote localities. It found there was an urgent need there for food supplies, clean water, better health care and transport assistance. In a situation report released on Saturday, OCHA said aid agencies and officials from the DRC Government estimate between 80,000 and 100,000 Congolese either have been or will be returning to the two provinces. Since 2 April alone, more than 40,000 people have been come back. Last December Angola’s Government began expelling the thousands of Congolese who had been living and working illegally as manual labourers in the country’s diamond mines. The returnees have to cross over the Tungila River separating the two nations, and OCHA said people are reported to have drowned in the attempt. “The human rights and health situation is a major concern,” OCHA said in the situation report, citing the move of Angolan military agents to force returnees to submit to invasive bodily searches for hidden diamonds. “According to reports, the searches are being conducted in a manner that is causing psychological and physical trauma and even death,” the OCHA report stated. UN agencies – including the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have begun mobilizing to send relief supplies to the area to help the returnees. OCHA said it was planning a second inter-agency mission to the affected area, this one focusing on Western Kasai province. read more

UN rights expert warns torture routinely used against Sri Lankan security suspects

“The Tamil community has borne the brunt of the State’s well-oiled torture apparatus,” said Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, adding that the law is used disproportionately against the minority group. During his visit between 10 and 14 July to assess the progress Sri Lanka has achieved in its law, policies and practice in the fight against terrorism since the end of its internal armed conflict, Mr. Emmerson heard first-hand accounts of brutal torture. “These included beatings with sticks, stress positions, asphyxiation using plastic bags drenched in kerosene, pulling out of fingernails, insertion of needles beneath the fingernails, various forms of water torture, suspension for several hours by the thumbs, and mutilation of the genitals.” Mr. Emmerson said 80 per cent of all suspects arrested under the anti-terror legislation in late 2016 had reported torture and other physical ill-treatment. The expert specifically pointed to the situation of a dozen prisoners who have been detained without trial for more than 10 years under the anti-terror act, and 70 others for more than five years. “These staggering figures are a stain on Sri Lanka’s reputation,” the expert noted, urging immediate release of the 81 suspects and announcing a dialogue with the government on the shape of proposed draft legislation which is due to replace the act.Although recognizing that Sri Lanka had faced “tremendous security challenges” in recent years, the expert emphasized that progress towards reform, justice and human rights was at a “virtual standstill” despite Government promises.The Special Rapporteur did welcome small signs of progress, but said failing to deliver justice and reform risked prolonging grievances and even reigniting the conflict. “The Government has committed itself to ending the culture of impunity, ensuring accountability, peace and justice, achieving lasting reconciliation and preventing further human rights abuses” he said, pointing to the steps set out in a Human Rights Council resolution.A comprehensive report with his findings and recommendations based on the experts visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Terrell Owens To Get Tryout With Seahawks

Maybe there is another shot at the NFL out there for Terrell Owens, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver whose knee injury and disruptive behavior has kept him out of the league the last two years. Reports are flying that the Seattle Seahawks are looking to bring in the troubled Owens for a tryout. The Seahawks are desperate for receiver help, with only Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin are reliable options at the position.However, Owens tweeted Sunday night that the rumors he would visit Seattle are “not true.”Why Owens would deny reports is a mystery, especially since the Seahawks confirmed a report from KJR-AM in Seattle late Sunday night that Owens would be working out for the Seahawks on Monday. The team is off Monday before returning to practice Tuesday.Owens needs an opportunity in the worst way. He is 38 years old. He has publicly admitted that he has squandered his career earnings made while playing in the NFL.And just two weeks ago, an Atlanta judge threatened him with jail time if he does not make good on back child support.Owens has not played in the NFL since the 2010 season with the Cincinnati Bengals, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. Things quickly fell apart for Owens during that offseason. He could not find a team to offer him a contract to play even a portion of the 2011 season.He did have 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He was cut and lost an ownership stake in the team in May.Owens clearly still wants to play, though some of that could be financially related with his vast having money problems. But his antics and mouth have prevented teams from even granting him a tryout, which really means, “He isn’t worth the trouble.” read more

Seattles Brandon Browner Suspended Indefinitely For Drug Use

Photo by The Associated Press.Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.The suspension is the second in two seasons for Browner. He was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He’s the second Seahawks player to be suspended for violating the substance abuse policy this season. Fellow cornerback Walter Thurmond is serving the final week of a four-game suspension.Browner, whose suspension is effective immediately and without pay, sent out a lengthy statement vowing that he would continue to fight his suspension. But he appeared resigned that his career with the Seahawks was over.“I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years,” Browner wrote. “I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s (fans) for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today. I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful.“Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to.”Browner, who was injured in Week 10 against Atlanta and hasn’t played since, filed an appeal of the suspension while injured, and the Seahawks were waiting for an answer from the league. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said earlier Wednesday, before the suspension was announced, that he was frustrated that the process for making a determination on Browner’s status had taken so long.“It has taken a long time and I’ve been a little disappointed in that, but we’re handling it,” Carroll said.Browner is in his third season with the Seahawks. He started all 26 games he has played for the Seahawks and has 19 tackles, one interception and 10 passes defensed this season. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 when he had 23 passes defensed and six interceptions, but had not been able to match those numbers in the subsequent two seasons.Browner was to become a free agent after the season and could file for reinstatement after one year. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State outlasts Providence 7267

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes’ 72-67 win over Providence on Nov. 17. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWith its second-straight home game, the Ohio State men’s basketball team took advantage of the comforts of home with a 72-67 win. It took nearly two and a half minutes before the first shot fell for either team, but OSU eventually got going with the hot hand of sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle. The Buckeyes took a shot, however, when junior forward Keita Bates-Diop went down with a right knee injury.Lyle finished the game with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. With 15 first-half points on 6-for-8 shooting, the questions about the ability on the offensive side of the ball for the 6-foot-5 guard after two disappointing games quickly faded with a stellar performance. “This week in practice, all of my teammates and coaches helped me get my confidence up,” Lyle said. “They were teaching me to never be satisfied and just keep working.”Bates-Diop was knocked to the court in the second half while trying to set a screen, and awkwardly bent his right knee on the way down. The injury appeared to be gruesome, and he was helped to the sideline. There was a noticeable limp, but he made his way back to the locker room under his own power after sitting on the bench for a brief period. “Believe it or not it’s his ankle,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Just an ankle sprain. Kinda puffed up or whatever, but day-to-day so we’ll need him back. That’s for sure.”OSU made its last three shots to round out the first half, giving the Buckeyes a 10-point lead going into the locker room. Senior forward Marc Loving failed to get in the scoring column in the first 20 minutes of play, but was a key rebounder on the defensive end, pulling down seven boards. Even with a few early mistakes in transition and on defense, the Buckeyes played with a flow and a hustle that was not seen last game against North Carolina Central. Crashing the hoop, OSU led the Friars in rebounds, 43-33.In the second half, Lyle picked up where he left off with a tough, contested layup. Although the Buckeyes had the leading scorer, Providence quickly went on a 7-0 run to reel OSU back in. A quick timeout by Matta slowed the Friars’ attack, but the Buckeyes had to fight hard to keep the lead.Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson played 20 minutes Thursday night in replacement of freshman Micah Potter, who had foul trouble early in the contest. In a true-center type of performance, Thompson finished the night with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.Always the competitor, the 7-foot tall center said OSU is still going to be pushing hard next week to strengthen its play on both ends of the court.“We’re hungry, and we’re not satisfied with 3-0,” Thompson said.Redshirt sophomore center David Bell also came off the bench for OSU and played an important role for the Buckeyes. In one of the highlights of the night, Bell drove the lane to the left of Lyle, who lobbed a pass to the cutting center. Bell slammed it through the hoop for a highlight-reel dunk.“I thought Jae’Sean (Tate), Trevor, those guys … Dave Bell did a heck of a job in the paint there,” Matta said. “Those are the baskets we were hoping we could get.”Turnovers remain to be a problem for the Buckeyes, as Providence picked up 11 takeaways. Last week against Navy, OSU had 17 turnovers. Providence was led by junior forward Rodney Bullock, who poured in 27 points, while going 5-for-9 from 3-point land. Bullock created mismatches throughout the evening, and even pulled down eight rebounds. Junior forward Emmitt Holt, Providence’s leading scorer coming into the game, went just 3-for-11 from the field with 11 points. The Friars are now 1-1 on the season, while the Buckeyes keep their perfect record through three games. OSU faces Western Carolina at home Monday, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

Kentin Mahe before clash with Spain Their system similar to ours

← Previous Story Sterbik to replace Vargas before final weekend! Next Story → Hampus Wanne before semi-final: I can’t lie, Danes are favorites The 27-years old Kentin Mahe took the leading role of the French team with both hands. SG Flensburg Handewitt left wing-playmaker, showed his TOP class alongside Nikola Karabatic, who is covering mostly left-back position in a situation when Mahe organizing team’s action.The future star of Telekom Veszprem speaks for Handball-Planet.com about his thoughts before semi-final against Spain on Friday (18.00). Kentin Mahe read more

Gilmore affirms governments intention to legislate for X case

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has affirmed the government’s intention to introduce laws allowing abortion in circumstances where the life of the mother is at risk.Writing on TheJournal.ie this morning as his party marks two years in government, the Labour leader insists his party will oversee legislation to allow terminations within the criteria of the X Case within the rest of its time in government.“After 20 years of inaction, were going to legislate for the X case,” Gilmore writes, adding that Labour was also ensuring that the Constitutional Convention would be discussing the topic of amending the constitution to allow a referendum on same-sex marriage.Gilmore also pays tribute to the work being carried out by Labour’s front-bench ministers, arguing that each of them is pursuing significant reforms in their own ministerial briefs.“For the Labour Party, our Ministers are delivering. Joan Burton has retained core welfare payments and has embarked on major reforms of the welfare system.“Ruairi Quinn is driving an agenda of reform to school patronage. Brendan Howlin is delivering on a far reaching agenda of public service reform. Pat Rabbitte has published the first Affordable Energy Strategy and last week announced the establishment of an Energy Efficiency Fund.”Column: ‘Labour has brought Ireland from chaos to stability’last_img read more

YouTube Going on Hiring Spree

first_imgWhat’s this? Honest-to-god good news in the face of on-going economic disaster? Why it sure is. Looks like YouTube will be expanding its staff by around 30 percent, making 2011 the video site’s biggest year of hiring. The Google video site will be adding around 200 staff members to its current ranks of around 650. YouTube is looking for folks to fill in a diverse range of positions throughout the world, with a number located at the company’s headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area.Says YouTube HR exec Jeff Ferguson, “We now have aspiring filmmakers and musicians building their careers on YouTube, activists opening our eyes to global issues and individuals telling their stories in ways that only video can capture. And because we believe that technology and platforms like YouTube are giving rise to the most diverse set of faces and voices ever seen or heard in human history, us YouTubers really enjoy and feel proud to work here.”last_img read more

Le spectre lumineux dune exoplanète sondé depuis la Terre

first_imgLe spectre lumineux d’une exoplanète sondé depuis la TerreCanada – Des astrophysiciens de l’université de Toronto sont parvenus à obtenir directement, depuis un télescope terrestre, le spectre lumineux d’une exoplanète géante, dix fois plus massive que Jupiter. Ce spectre fournit des informations clefs sur la composition chimique de l’atmosphère de cette planète.En observant un système de trois exoplanètes, (des planètes orbitant autour d’une autre étoile que le Soleil, ndlr), situé à environ 130 années-lumière de la Terre, des chercheurs ont pu capter pour la première fois depuis le sol terrestre, le spectre lumineux d’une de ces planètes tournant autour de l’étoile HR8799.Ce spectre “fournit des informations-clefs sur les éléments chimiques dans l’atmosphère de la planète” souligne Markus Janson de l’université de Toronto. La décomposition de la lumière du spectre en différentes longueurs d’ondes est en effet liée à l’environnement traversé par les ondes. “Avec cette information, nous pouvons mieux comprendre comment la planète s’est formée et à l’avenir, nous pourrions même être capables de trouver des signes révélateurs de la vie” se réjouit l’astronome.L’exoplanète géante avait été découverte comme ses deux sœurs tournant autour de l’étoile HR8799, en 2008 par d’autres astrophysiciens. Son spectre a pu être capté grâce au Very Large Telescope (VLT) doté d’un instrument infrarouge Naco et situé sur le Mont Paranal au Chili. “C’est la première fois que le spectre d’une exoplanète tournant autour d’une étoile normale, presque semblable au Soleil, a été obtenu directement” depuis la Terre, souligne l’Observatoire européen austral (ESO) dans un communiqué.Jusqu’alors les spectres lumineux des exoplanètes étaient obtenus par déduction. Un télescope spatial observait l’exoplanète lorsqu’elle passait derrière son étoile et comparait la lumière reçue lorsque l’étoile et la planète étaient toutes deux visibles avec la lumière sondée lorsque la planète était cachée.Les chercheurs espèrent aujourd’hui parvenir à capter le spectre lumineux des deux autres exoplanètes géantes pour en apprendre plus sur les caractéristiques chimiques de leur atmosphère.Le 16 janvier 2010 à 12:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Déchets nucléaires Greenpeace mobilise ses militants dans une vingtaine de villes françaises

first_imgDéchets nucléaires : Greenpeace mobilise ses militants dans une vingtaine de villes françaisesFrance – Ce week-end, des militants de Greenpeace se sont mobilisés dans une vingtaine de villes françaises pour protester contre l’exportation de déchets nucléaires vers la Russie. Ils ont invité les habitants des villes impliquées à déposer leurs poubelles devant EDF et Areva.Samedi, à Brest, Lille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Rouen et une vingtaine d’autres villes de l’Hexagone, Greenpeace a invité ses militants à déposer devant les locaux d’EDF et d’Areva leurs déchets ménagers, jetés dans des sacs estampillés du logo signalant la présence de matières radioactives. “Les industriels français du nucléaire jugent leur industrie propre et précisent que les déchets sont recyclés à 96%, alors qu’une grande partie est envoyée et simplement stockée en Russie” s’insurge l’association écologiste dans un communiqué. Les militants de Greenpeace réclament un moratoire immédiat sur ces exportations de déchets nucléaires.Déjà en octobre dernier, Greenpace avait tenté de bloquer un cargo venant charger au Havre des déchets nucléaires pour les acheminer vers la Russie. En janvier, c’est l’arrivée d’un train attendu à Cherbourg que des militants de Greenpeace avaient perturbé. Là-encore, le train devait transporter des déchets nucléaires pour qu’ils soient stockés en Russie.”Les industriels affirment que les déchets envoyés en Russie sont enrichis pour faire un nouveau combustible. C’est comme si on envoyait aux Russes des oranges déjà pressées pour faire du jus. C’est techniquement faisable, mais si compliqué, si cher, si peu rentable qu’ils ne le font pas”, affirme Yannick Rousselet, un porte-parole de Greenpeace.Le 22 février 2010 à 17:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Algues vertes une inversion de phénomène prévue dici cinq ans

first_imgAlgues vertes : une “inversion de phénomène” prévue d’ici cinq ansLe président du conseil régional de Bretagne a promis hier une “inversion de phénomène” dans les cinq ans concernant les algues vertes. Cela devrait être rendu possible grâce au plan de réduction des rejets de nitrates mis en place l’année dernière.Le phénomène des algues pourrait s’inverser d’ici cinq ans, selon le président du conseil régional de Bretagne, le socialiste Jean-Yves Le Drian. Longtemps critiqué par les associations écologiques et les scientifiques pour avoir traîné à reconnaître la responsabilité de l’hydrogène sulfuré et donc des algues en décomposition dans la mort des 36 sangliers de l’estuaire du Gouessant, le conseil général assure même que le processus de réduction des rejets de nitrates est déjà engagé.À lire aussiEn Russie, une décharge de bouteilles se métamorphose en une incroyable plage de verreToutefois, l’élu souligne que “pour que ce processus aille à son terme, il convient d’être en permanence dans la transparence et la vérité”. Il a ajouté qu’il était nécessaire de “ne pas cacher la réalité, dans les sites où la prolifération existe et peut être dangereuse”. A ce jour, “seule une plage sur les 558 zones de baignade du littoral breton est aujourd’hui fermée”, celle de Morieux, dans l’estuaire du Gouessant et “toutes les autres sont sécurisées”, a rappelé M. Le Drian.”Conscients de leurs responsabilités, les maires des zones sensibles n’ont pas attendu la déclaration de la ministre de l’Environnement [avant-hier] pour assurer en permanence le ramassage des algues”, poursuit-il, soulignant qu'”ils s’impatientent des financements promis par le Premier ministre pour en assurer les coûts élevés”. Enfin, il précise que “les agriculteurs des huit zones concernées sont très mobilisés autour des mesures agro-environnementales à mettre en œuvre”. Il s’agit en effet de faire évoluer les pratiques agricoles de façon à rejeter moins de nitrates, rappelle Sciences et Avenir.Le 11 août 2011 à 16:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ajer over the moon following dramatic Celtic victory

first_imgThe Norwegian footballer was happy his side defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 at Rugby Park, on Sunday’s Scottish Premier League fixture.A single goal by Scott Brown in the last minute of the match gave Celtic the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock today in the Scottish Premier League.The game was played over at Rugby Park as Kristoffer Ajer replaced Jozo Simunovic to play his 29th match with the Hoops this season.“To be honest, there is no better feeling in football to win a game with a goal in the last minute,” said Ajer to the club’s official website.“That was an absolutely great feeling and Kilmarnock made it very difficult for us, as we expected. They’re a really strong side, and coming here is always difficult. To get three points away from home is always good.”“When you’re pushing for the win and get it in the last minute, that makes it even better. To get another clean sheet is great, to win 1-0 is a good feeling,” he added.“When you play that many games in the league, you have to focus on yourself, but it was a great opportunity for us to get another three points. We’re delighted to get that.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.After the victory, Celtic is in the first position of the Scottish Premier League table with 60 points.The team has won 19 out of 26 matches, drawing three times and losing four games.“We’ve not been happy with the performances in the last games here at Rugby Park, but you have to really respect Kilmarnock, too. They’ve been fantastic in the last two seasons, and it’s one of the toughest places to come to,” the Norwegian added.“There’s a long way to go, but it’s games like this that are so important. To get three points is really good, but we’ve got a big game on Thursday, and then a tough game against Motherwell on Sunday after that.”BIG win! ➕3️⃣💪 pic.twitter.com/KqjcsVgLRn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 17, 2019last_img read more

Bonds Pushes Housing Late Fees Cap

first_imgIn what some label a bold move on behalf of D.C. tenants, the Council of the District of Columbia gave final consideration to legislation to limit rental late fee charges to no more than 5 percent of the monthly rent. This initiative, led by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds (D), culminated during a September 20 meeting of the City Council.At-large D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds (D) led an initiative to limit rental late fees in D.C. (Courtesy Photo)The Rental Housing Late Fee Fairness Amendment Act of 2016 regulates how housing providers may impose late fees upon tenants for the late payment of rent by establishing fair and uniform standards. The bill defines “late payment” as any amount of rent that is not paid within five calendar days from the time a rent payment is due. The bill also prohibits a housing provider from charging a tenant a late fee of more than 5 percent of the tenant’s monthly rent owed, which can amount to an extraordinary burden for many low-income tenants.“This needed bill will provide over 156,217 rental units whether or not under rent control, with new protections against unscrupulous landlords and outrageous late fees when they fall behind on their monthly rental payments,” Bonds said before a committee hearing on May 16.Laurie Ball Cooper, a staff attorney for Legal Aid Society supported the bill, emphasizing two critical protections it provides: a vital safeguard against late fees being equal or greater than the amount owed and prohibiting the application of future rent payments to previously assessed late charges, keeping the tenant in perpetual debt.“Even when tenants receive subsidies for significant portions of the rent, many landlords still attempt to charge late fees as a percentage of the total rent rather than as a percentage of the tenant’s portion of the rent.  An individual with low income may pay only $100 in her portion of the rent while the government provides a $1900 subsidy to the landlord.  If the tenant is late paying that $100 portion, the landlord often will impose a fee of 5 percent (or more) of the total rent, even though most of the rent was timely received from the government subsidy.  In this example, a $100 late fee, which is 5 percent of $2,000 rent, would be charged to the tenant. This is an extraordinary burden on the subsidized tenant and an unnecessary windfall for the landlord.”Others on hand for the May 16 hearing considered the bill a bad business precedent and one that worked against the interest of property owners and managers. Arianna Royster, executive vice president at Borger Management, also noted that fees for late payments on mortgages, cellphones, and car loans are often much higher than 5 percent and involve interest on the fee.“Why should practices of rental housing be any different?” Royster asked. “This practice fails to take into consideration the obligations and administrative costs of housing providers when tenants are late on their payments.  If one were to look at the average amounts of fees people are subjected to for late payments for mortgages, cell phones, car loans, or the late fees of utilities, you would see that most people have contractually obligated themselves to payments far in excess of 5 percent.”Currently, D.C. law is silent on how large a late fee housing providers may charge a tenant, resulting in late fee practices that vary widely among District housing providers. Passage of this bill would put the District in line with other states such as Maryland, Maine, and North Carolina, which have laws restricting fees to 5 percent or less.“For the majority of Black people being hijacked by rent increases, poor management, and the disappearance of affordable housing, it is increasingly necessary to pay rent beyond the fifth of the month,” Reginald Norman, a retired Park Service employee told the {AFRO}.  “For decades there was management that was invested in their tenants and the communities where their properties sat and they would allow people who were paid weekly to give them a bit of the money weekly until the month’s rent was paid.  The jokers we have in here now are like scavengers.  It’s only about money.”Additionally, the bill also prohibits a housing provider from deducting a late fee from future rent payments, thereby causing the timely rental payments to be late if the tenant has not yet paid the original late fee.last_img read more

Junk food causing brain health to decline faster

first_imgThe average person eats many more calories than they did 50 years ago — equivalent to an extra fast-food burger meal every day – which is causing brain health to decline much faster, a study has found. A study reports about 30 per cent of the world’s adult population is either overweight or obese, and more than 10 per cent of all adults will suffer from type 2 diabetes by 2030. “People are eating away at their brain with a really bad fast-food diet and little-to-no exercise,” said researchers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We’ve found strong evidence that people’s unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise for sustained periods of time puts them at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes and significant declines in brain function, such as dementia and brain shrinkage,” researchers added. “The link between type 2 diabetes and the rapid deterioration of brain function is already well established,” they said. “But our work shows that neurodegeneration, or the loss and function of neurons, sets in much, much earlier – we’ve found a clear association between this brain deterioration and unhealthy lifestyle choices,” researchers added. “The damage done is pretty much irreversible once a person reaches midlife, so we urge everyone to eat healthy and get in shape as early as possible — preferably in childhood but certainly by early adulthood.” A standard fast-food meal of a burger, fries and soft drink is about 650 kilocalories — roughly the extra amount that people worldwide, on average, are consuming everyday compared to what they were eating in the 1970s.last_img read more

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Lawmakers pass new traffic bill in final round of voting

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