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Raucous crowd hears Ford Kenney rail against carbon tax at Calgary rally

first_imgCALGARY – A raucous crowd of more than 1,500 crammed into a Calgary convention centre Friday night to hear Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s Opposition United Conservative Party, rail against the federal carbon tax.“It’s really, my friends the worst tax ever, a tax we can’t afford, a job-killing tax that hikes up the price of services and goods and drives up the price of heating your homes,” Ford told the anti carbon-tax rally.The crowd frequently rose to its feet waving signs that said “Renew The Alberta Advantage” and “Scrap The Carbon Tax.” Many jeered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s name was mentioned.So many people showed up that some had to listen from the hallway so as not to run afoul of fire codes.Ford made no secret of who he will root for in Alberta’s provincial election next spring.“Let’s elect a new United Conservative government in Alberta,” he said. “A new day has dawned in Ontario and a new day will dawn in Alberta.”Kenney has said the repeal of Alberta’s $30-a-tonne carbon tax will top his agenda if his party wins the election.“There is no compassion in telling seniors on modest fixed incomes that they can’t have an active life just so you can feel virtuous by imposing this carbon tax on Albertans,” he said.“It isn’t progressive and it’s not compassionate.”Kenney said the “multibillion-dollar job killing carbon tax” was not in the NDP’s 2015 election platform.“It is not just the biggest tax hike in Alberta history. It is the biggest lie in Alberta history,” he said.“Why are we engaged in this act of economic masochism when it will not make one whit of difference for the environment?”Heavy equipment operator Steve Spackman came to Calgary from Okotoks, just south of the city, for the rally because he’s fed up.“We’d probably hire more people at work I bet you, if they didn’t have that carbon tax every month coming in for gas,” he said.Alberta’s NDP government introduced the provincial levy before Ottawa required it. With the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion in limbo, Premier Rachel Notley is now refusing to raise it in line with federal requirements.Ottawa passed legislation last spring to give it authority to impose a carbon price on any province without its own beginning Jan. 1, 2019. It is starting at a minimum of $20 per tonne, rising $10 per year until 2022.Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government scrapped that province’s cap-and-trade system in July and launched a challenge of the federal carbon plan.Provincial resistance to Ottawa’s carbon policy has been ramping up.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Ford met in Saskatoon on Thursday, where the two conservative leaders said they will continue to fight the tax together. To that end, Moe announced Saskatchewan will file for intervener status in Ontario’s court challenge.Ontario had already pledged to support Saskatchewan’s court challenge when the premiers met in New Brunswick in July. Moe’s government has asked Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is constitutional.Ford and Moe gained another ally Wednesday when Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced his province will not go ahead with a $25-a-tonne levy that was to come into effect in December.“We’ll all be at the premier’s table defending common sense and Canadian taxpayers to fight against Trudeau’s carbon tax,” Ford said Friday.Trudeau said earlier in the day that Canadians gave his government a mandate in the last election to implement a national carbon price and that is exactly what it is going to do.“Pollution should not be free anywhere across this country,” he said at an event in Windsor, Ont.Alberta Education Minister David Eggen said earlier Friday that Albertans should be disturbed by Ford and Kenney working together.“Certainly we know how to solve our issues in Alberta and we don’t need someone form Ontario coming and telling us what to do,” he said.“Our climate action plan is very effective up to now in creating jobs, helping to diversify the economy and quite frankly is helping to reduce pollution as well.”last_img read more

Fergie To Perform At amfAR Gala Los Angeles

first_imgamfAR has announced today eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum solo artist Fergie will perform at its eighth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles.The evening will pay tribute to Julia Roberts, who will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage by Tom Hanks in recognition of her profound commitment to the fight against AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes. James Corden will host the event.The black-tie benefit, presented by AMTD, Harry Winston, and M•A•C Viva Glam, will be held at Ron Burkle’s Historic Green Acres Estate on Friday, October 13, to support amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Influencing a generation of stars to follow, Fergie remains pop’s leading lady. On September 22, the eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum solo artist released her anxiously awaited visual experience and second full-length album, Double Dutchess — the first release for her own Dutchess Music the label she founded in partnership with BMG during 2017. The Visual Experience quickly captured #1 on iTunes in addition to the album becoming the #1 pop album in the United States, hitting #1 on the Billboard Current Pop Albums Chart, #4 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #9 on the Top Albums Chart. It became a runaway smash globally, going Top 10 on iTunes Overall in eight countries and Top 5 on the iTunes Pop Albums Charts in eleven countries. It’s gaining even more steam as she sets her sights on a 2018 world tour. This blockbuster follows up one of the most successful albums of this century The Dutchess, which sold 7.2 million albums and 29 million tracks around the globe and yielded three #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Top 5 smashes “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy.” She also remains a driving force in The Black Eyed Peas whose legacy eclipses sales of 35 million records and 60 million tracks over the course of four multi-platinum offerings. Once again, she sets the pace for pop.amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Ron Burkle, and Jason Weinberg will serve as the Event Chairs. Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, and Ida Ziniti are Honorary Chairs. Co-Chairs of the event include Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Patricia Bonaldi, Stephen Chobsky, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, John Demsey, Tom Ford, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Goldstein, Nayla Hayek, Stephen Huvane, Michael Kors, Matthew Modine, Ryan Murphy, Gary Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Patrick, Sean Penn, Zac Posen, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Billy and Stacy Ray, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Jeremy Scott, Gary Tigges, M.D., Diana Walden, Steve Warren, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Rodney Williams, and Rita Wilson.AMTD, Harry Winston, and M•A•C Viva Glam are the Presenting Sponsors. Cadillac, Moët Hennessy, and PatBO are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.To date, the amfAR Gala Los Angeles has raised more than $11 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.For more information, click here or email amfargalalosangeles@amfar.org.last_img read more

Education Ministry Reinstates Philosophy in Professional Baccalaureate

Rabat – Morocco’s minister of education has decided to reintroduce the teaching of philosophy to high school students.Minister of Education Said Amzazi wrote to directors of regional academies for education and vocational training, calling for them to “give instructions to high school directors within academies they are managing to generalize the teaching of philosophy in all professional Baccalaureate fields.”The decision will go into effect in the 2018-2019 academic year for first year Baccalaureate students. In the 2019-2020 academic year, second year Baccalaureate students will also be taught philosophy. The purpose of the schedule is to prepare students for standardized exams for the professional Baccalaureate 2019-2020.High school students in vocational programs will be taught the same philosophy content and receive the same number of hours as students in the scientific and technical fields.Read also: Islamic Studies Will Not Replace Philosophy: Ministry of EducationIn 2017, the content of the controversial “Manar” Islamic education textbooks sparked anger from the Moroccan Association of Philosophy Teachers. The teachers found the text’s views on philosophy offensive.The association also viewed the content as a call for fanaticism, inertia, and extremism. In response, the Ministry of Education removed philosophy classes from the professional Baccalaureate. read more

Clean energy revolution will put world on safer more equitable path –

25 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a clean energy revolution to help transform the global economy and put the world on a cleaner, safer, more equitable path. “Countries that move quickly down a clean energy pathway will be the economic powerhouses of the 21st century,” Mr. Ban stated yesterday during a round table in the United States city of Denver on sustainable energy for all. “Their citizens will also enjoy cleaner air, better health, greater market competitiveness, and enhanced security.”He said the UN system is advocating three energy targets which will help address the “energy poverty” that exists in much of the developing world. Together, the objectives will enhance equity, revitalize the global economy and help protect the world’s ecosystems. They are ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency, and doubling the renewable energy share in the overall global energy mix. “These targets are challenging, but they can be met,” said Mr. Ban, who added that tackling energy poverty is vital to efforts to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “If we are to achieve these goals, we need nothing short of a clean energy revolution,” he stated. “What we need most is strong, sustained political leadership to drive this clean energy revolution forward at the speed and scale necessary,” he added.As part of his visit, Mr. Ban met today with various leaders of the energy industry, including those involved in wind, solar and natural gas, to discuss sustainable energy for both the developed and developing world.He also toured the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, the country’s only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.While there, Mr. Ban noted that as the evidence and impact of climate change increases, so does the urgency to develop new, clean ways of generating and using energy. “And as the global demand for energy increases, this quest will become even more urgent,” he said. The Secretary-General pointed out that just three per cent of current global energy investment could finance access to modern energy for all. Energy and sustainable development also featured in Mr. Ban’s address last night to the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where he received an award in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the UN, empower women and promote sustainable development.“The sustainable development agenda is the agenda for the 21st century,” he said. “Both science and economics tell us that we need to change course – and soon.”He noted that for most of the last century, the world mined its way to growth and burned its way to prosperity. “Those days are over,” said Mr. Ban. “Climate change is showing that the old model is more than obsolete, it is dangerous. We need a revolution in thinking and in action. Making this happen will take major changes – in our lifestyles, our economic models and our social and political life. “Above all, we need to connect the dots between challenges such as climate change and water scarcity, energy shortages and food,” he added. read more

Colombo Port City picks architect for key section of project

The panel of top international jurors who judged the competition were Dr. Deborah Dearing, District Commissioner of Greater Sydney Commission with over 30 years international experience in urban design and strategic land-use planning; Prof. David Dernie, Chartered Architect, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster, UK; Calvin Tsao, acclaimed practitioner with a leading voice and a representative of contemporary architecture from New York; and Prof. Harris Trevor Gordon Stuart representing UIA, the co-founder of Harris – Kjisik Architects, Finland.  Pali Wijeratne, a highly qualified Sri Lankan architect and town planner with over 50 years’ experience in conservation was also on the panel, representing the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. Three top international names pitted their skills against one another over a period of four months at the end of which the winner was announced. Nikken Sekkei of Japan, Gensler headquartered in San Francisco and SOM which also hails from the USA, were the participants whose names remained anonymous until the final announcement was made, in accordance with the rules of the competition. Eng. N. Rupasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development who was Chief Guest at the event said that bringing in some of the world’s best designers for this competition is a boost to the country’s image as well as the Megapolis.“Unlike anytime in the history of our country where our cities have taken centuries to grow organically, today we have a planned city which will be completed in 25 years.  We will have to look at the demands and preferences of the future citizens of this city and that is why we need to have the best designers contributing their ideas to the master plan.”Lim Kian Siew, Director of Planning and Development of CHEC Port City Colombo said that the Colombo Port City development project intends to create elite neighborhoods both on-ground and above-ground. “There would be smart business and finance enclaves of elegance and charm in a setting that complements and completes this futuristic collective infused with spaces and places of leisure, relaxation and entertainment,” he said. The objective of the ideas competition was to inspire the best design and plan concepts for the financial district and the marina of the Colombo Port City.All participants were required to use certain aspects of the master plan as a guideline such as the specified roads and services networks, public areas and the overall development value.  The three participants were given the freedom to reorganise the land use, mix, height and other development parameters provided they kept to the allocated boundaries. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), one of the world’s largest architecture, interior design, engineering and urban planning firms, was judged the winner of the International Conceptual Urban Design Idea Competition for the Financial District and Marina of the Colombo Port City.The competition which was supported by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) and sanctioned by the International Union of Architects (UIA)was conducted as per UIA guidelines. The participants separately visited the project site and development during the period 20 to 28 March 2017. The international Jury Panel met over a period of 3 days to deliberate and decide on the winning submissions.Giving her views on the competition, Jury Chairperson Dr. Deborah Dearing said that they looked at much more than the creation of iconic buildings in selecting the final winner.  She says that they looked at aspects such as how the design ideas related to the environment as well as social and economic sustainability.  She added that there was a distinctive difference in the way the SOM team had approached the project and it was visible in the way they had laid out streets, the sort of buildings they used, community facilities as well as opportunities of growth and implementation.  The way in which they had created a relationship with these beautiful buildings, the green spaces, the Marina and public areas made for an impressive theme.  “We were not just impressed with this team, but thought that this was the way for the Port City in Colombo to lead the world in demonstrating new ways and innovation for the next century.  We mean that genuinely and all the jury was unanimous in that.  We spent a lot of time debating which projects performed better in a whole range of criteria and we are very happy to unanimously decide that the winning team is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).”Guest of Honour at the ceremony, Archt. D.H. Wijewardene,President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, is of the view that, competitions such as this should be made a practice for all land mark projects.  He said, “Design competitions have become a world trend today as it helps to get different options and wider perspectives for a project and helps the project initiators to get an opportunity to see most suitable and viable design solutions.  This is not very common in Sri Lanka, but it should be made a practice for all land mark projects in the country.  This will open up the stage for creative people, so that finally the best design solution would emerge.” Port City Colombo is a brand new city development built as an extension of the existing Colombo CBD with an initial investment of US$1.4 billion and an expected US$15 billion overall investment when completed. Spanning 269 hectares, it is a sea reclamation project joined to the current central business district. Port City Colombo is made up of 5 different precincts which is the Financial District, Central Park Living, Island Living, The Marina and the International Island.When completed, it is estimated to have some 5.65 million square meters of built up space, with some of the best in design Grade A offices, Medical Facilities, Educational Facilities, Integrated Resort, Marina, Retail Destinations, Hotels and various Lifestyle Developments. Using the latest sustainable city design and smart city concepts, Port City Colombo will be the hub of South Asia. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police release photos of men wanted in animal cruelty investigation

Peel police have released images of two men accused of abandoning a badly injured dog that later had to be put down. Investigators are hoping the public can help identify the men who were captured on camera with a small Yorkshire Terrier dog on April 15.Police say around 3 a.m. two suspects were seen at an outdoor patio establishment in Brampton with the dog. The suspects stayed until roughly 10:45 a.m. when they left the restaurant without the small dog.Staff members found the injured animal and took it to a local veterinarian hospital where it had to be put down due to the extent of its injuries.Police are looking for two men with medium complexions. One of the men has short dark hair with a full beard, and was wearing a grey sweater, black pants and red and black Nike shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Peel police. read more

Death toll in Peru earthquake reaches 97 UN relief office says

Quoting the latest figures from the Government of Peru, OCHA said more than 46,000 people had been affected and over 9,000 houses or buildings had been destroyed or seriously damaged after Saturday’s earthquake. In addition to the $30,000 pledged by OCHA yesterday for emergency assistance, the Government of Norway and the Inter American Development Bank have pledged $20 million each.Yesterday Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of life and destruction caused by the earthquake, and extended his condolences to the Peruvian Government and the families of the victims. A spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement that the Secretary-General was “gratified by the solidarity being shown by the international community in the response to this tragic event,” and reiterated the UN’s commitment to assist in the relief and rehabilitation efforts. read more

Top UN food official calls on Myanmar to do more to help

With one out of every three young children in Myanmar chronically malnourished or physically stunted, and 15 per cent of the population of 53 million food-insecure, a senior United Nations official today called on the Government to reform policies impeding humanitarian efforts, including controls on food distribution and access to the most vulnerable. “Myanmar’s severe and wide-ranging hunger issues cannot be solved without fundamental changes that promote the socio-economic well-being of the population, which is the preserve of the government,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris said in Bangkok after a four-day visit to the south Asian country. “The humanitarian issues are serious, and getting worse. I made very clear that the primary responsibility for making things better rests squarely with the government,” Mr. Morris added. During his visit he toured WFP hunger alleviation projects in central Magway Division and met with Prime Minister Soe Win, representatives of the opposition National League for Democracy and leaders of minority ethnic groups. He called for a significant relaxation of controls on the procurement and distribution of food commodities, including aid, and on access to them for the most vulnerable, not least in hard-hit, ethnic minority border areas. “Current agricultural and marketing policies, and restrictions on the movement of people, make it very difficult for many of those at risk to merely subsist,” he said. He urged the world community to step up support for the country’s hungry poor. Midway through a two-year programme to support returnees and other vulnerable groups in North Rakhine State and Magway, WFP still needs to raise 40 per cent of the projected $12 million cost. Just 20 per cent of the $8 million needed for a 12-month operation to feed former opium poppy growers and their families in Shan State has been secured. WFP seeks to assist 760,000 of Myanmar’s most vulnerable, including poverty-stricken returned refugees from neigbouring Bangladesh, former opium poppy growers and an expanding population of HIV/AIDS sufferers. It feeds 220,000 primary school children, dramatically increasing enrolment and attendance rates. Mr. Morris said he was deeply saddened by the suffering he saw, including that of a 31-year old mother of two in Magway whose husband had died of AIDS. “She had so little, and was desperately worried about what would happen to her children,” he noted. “The ability to provide assistance when and where it is required and to assess needs are key humanitarian principles, and they need to be supported in Myanmar,” he said. “All those seeking to help, locals as well as foreigners, must be assured the freedoms and security they require to work effectively.” read more

Watch Clip of Ken Norton Breaking Muhammad Alis Jaw

Watch the fight that changed the late Ken Norton‘s life. On March 1, 1973, Norton shocked the world when he fought the champion, Muhammad Ali for 12 rounds, leaving him with a bloody, shattered jaw.“I was taking out the mouthpiece and there was more and more blood on it. My bucket with the water and ice in it became red. In every other fight, between rounds, I’d take the mouthpiece out and put it in the bucket and there was just slobber on it. But here, after each round, I had to shake the mouthpiece to get all the blood out of it into the water.”Nobody expected Norton to be a worthy opponent for Ali, but by the end of the sixth round, it was clear that Norton not only was winning: he had seriously injured the champ.After wiring Ali’s jaw shut, Dr. Gary Manchester told the media, “It was a very bad break. The bone which was broken had three or four jagged edges. The edges kept poking into his mouth. He had so much pain during the fight that he’s totally exhausted right now.” read more

There Are Officially Zero Mens Grand Slam Winners In Their 20s

Happy 30th birthday, Marin Cilic! Don’t worry about feeling over-the-hill: You’re still the youngest Grand Slam champion active on the men’s tennis circuit — the most unexpected, and improbable, phenomenon in the sport’s history.For the first time ever, male pros ages 30 and up own all the major singles titles won by currently active players, according to data since 1930 from the ATP World Tour. There are seven active men in all who have won major titles: Roger Federer (age 37), Stan Wawrinka (33), Rafael Nadal (32), Andy Murray (31), Novak Djokovic (31), Juan Martin del Potro (30) and Cilic, who won the U.S. Open four years ago and turned 30 today. Together, those men have won 59 major titles dating to Federer’s first in 2003, at Wimbledon. Overall, this elite group of men own 16 majors at Wimbledon, 15 at the U.S. Open, 14 at the Australian Open and 14 at the French Open. The field still under 30 can boast of nothing better than losing in a major final to the current champions. Younger men continued to dominate for dozens of years, which made sense: Tennis is a taxing sport that requires speed, power and stamina. In modern tennis, the best players — men like Laver, Ken Rosewall, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi — have won major titles in their 30s. But it didn’t happen that often. After Agassi, then 32, won his last major title at the Australian Open in 2003, talented youth — and especially Federer — took over. Players younger than 30 won 37 straight major titles until Federer won his first over-30 major at Wimbledon in 2012.The young still ruled after that, with Nadal, Djokovic and Murray winning most of the titles. But then a funny thing happened: Federer and his younger rivals, Nadal and Djokovic, kept thrashing opponents and winning majors, no matter their ages. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have continued to dominate tennis among the players still active, winning the last eight major titles (that’s two years). Overall, Federer has won 20 major titles, while Nadal and Djokovic have won 17 and 14, respectively, for an improbable pile of 51 majors. Before them, only Sampras had reached that level of dominance with 14 Grand Slam wins, which was a record until Federer broke it.Some who have watched this unprecedented run wonder if the younger players are weaker than usual. More likely, three all-time-great champions — Federer, Nadal and Djokovic — have randomly risen up in the same era. They’re also likely motivated by their rivals’ achievements, using the others’ wins as inspiration to improve their tactics, technique and conditioning.This unlikely occurrence can’t last forever — a man born in the 1990s has to win a major one day. But don’t be too surprised if this continues for a while, even another year, as long as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic remain healthy and Murray fully recovers from his hip surgery. Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open six times, will be the favorite there in January, and Nadal might well be in shape for his 12th French Open title. That would bring this wild period of 30s dominance to 11 straight majors. But whatever happens, the chance of any generation matching this accomplishment in the future is slim — and perhaps impossible. Even more absurd: The male winners of the past nine major titles have all been in their 30s — and in fact they were all at least 31. The next longest streak of major titles won by 30-somethings happened in 1969, when Rod Laver set it by himself, winning all four major titles at ages 30 and 31. Other than that, every season from 1925 through 2016 had at least two Slam winners under 30.Men’s tennis never used to be this way. The winners have usually been young and dominant. From 1955 through 1966, men under age 30 won 48 consecutive major titles, the longest streak on record. read more

Over 2 million Playstation 4s have been sold in three weeks

first_imgSONY HAS ANNOUNCED that their new gaming console, the Playstation 4, has sold over 2.1 million copies, just two weeks after it was released.The electronics giant said that it has tracked sales of 2.1 million since the launch on 15 November.Rival Microsoft has yet to release sales figures for their Xbox One console, but reports in the UK suggest the PS4 has outsold it by over 100,000 units.Sony struggled with the launch of their previous incarnation of the Playstation, but has hit the right notes this time around. Comparatively, Microsoft has endured the ire of gamers for what many felt were heavy-handed approaches to used games and digital rights management.In the post-Thanksgiving rush on Black Friday, there was no slow down in demand for the consoles. Sony warned that supply continues to be dwarfed by demand for the consoles, but CEO Andrew House says they are “working hard to meet the growing demand”.With the console now on sale in 32 countries, it is on track to best its predecessor’s 80 million sales.Read: A brief history of the Sony PlaystationRead: The cost of building a PS4 is cheaper than you would expectlast_img read more

BOOM Studios and WWE announce all new comic special featuring Legends on

first_imgFacebook BOOM! Studios and WWE announce new original graphic novel at San Diego Comic-Con Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp BOOM! Studios and WWE announced on Thursday WWE: FOREVER #1, an all-new, over-sized, one shot special featuring action-packed stories with the greatest WWE Legends such as Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Razor Ramon and more.You can read the full press release below:BOOM! Studios Announces WWE: FOREVERLOS ANGELES, CA (October 11, 2018) – BOOM! Studios and WWE today announced WWE: FOREVER #1, an all-new, over sized, one-shot special featuring action-packed stories of the greatest WWE Legends on-sale in January 2019.The team of Michael Kingston (Headlocked) & Michel Mulipola (WWE) return to document the rise of the Excellence of Execution, Bret Hart; Brent Schoonover (Captain Marvel) recounts when Bobby “The Brain” Heenan attempts to kidnap Matilda the Bulldog, Lan Pitts (WWE) & Carlos Magno (Planet of The Apes) reveal the showdown between Razor Ramon and Ted DiBiase at a jewelry shop; Arune Singh and Kendall Goode (WWE: NXT Takeover) reveal the true origin of the partnership between Money Inc. tag team partners Irwin R. Schyster and Ted DiBiase.WWE: FOREVER #1 features a main cover by Rahzzah (Luke Cage), along with a wraparound preorder cover by Kendall Goode (The Doorman) and a variant cover by Marco D’Alfonso (I Am Groot).“WWE is home to some of the greatest performers in history and we’re thrilled to honor some of those Legends in this special,” said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios.WWE: FOREVER is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Bone Parish, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.Print copies of WWE: FOREVER will be available for sale on January 30th, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) and on November 6th at bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.For continuing news on WWE: FOREVER and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. BOOM! Studios and WWE announce WrestleMania 2019 comic special on sale in March 2019 Former TNA Wrestling Champion set to challenge for NWA World Championship in January 2019last_img read more

Health centers in state get 4 million but not in Vancouver

More than $4 million in grants for community health centers were announced Friday by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., but Vancouver was left off the list.Vancouver didn’t receive funding because the city doesn’t have a federally qualified health center that applied for the grant. Sea-Mar Community Health Center does have a center in Vancouver and received funding, but it’s unknown whether the funding will be divided among its locations statewide.Funding is intended to help community centers increase access for substance abuse and mental health services. In total, more than $200 million was awarded to 1,178 health centers nationwide. Twenty-four centers in Washington will receive grants averaging $175,000 each.“Community health centers provide a critical lifeline to health care for Washington’s most vulnerable patients and communities. Without access to community health centers, many children and families would not have access to primary care, dental care, mental health services and many other important health care services,” Cantwell said in a press release.Murray said she’s glad for additional resources flowing into the state’s community health centers and “(I) will continue fighting for strong federal investments to support the important work they do to combat addiction and provide much-needed care to families across our state.” read more

Prosecutor candidate Townsend changes course on pursuing fees

first_imgAfter agreeing in writing not to pursue $50,000 in attorney fees through a lien on a client’s property, Josephine Townsend — candidate for Clark County prosecutor — did the opposite, public records show.Townsend, who agreed to give up the lien as a part of her client’s plea deal, said prosecutors didn’t have the right to keep her from using that lien to collect on unpaid attorney fees.Fred Engh, 31, hired Townsend in May 2013 to defend him against dozens of charges related to operating a multistate retail theft crime ring in which he reportedly sold more than $700,000 in fraudulently obtained gift cards. In order to pay Townsend, Engh signed a promissory note to Townsend Law for $50,000 on May 17, 2013, and a deed of trust on Engh’s Vancouver home, which was recorded May 30, 2013, Townsend wrote in court documents. The house has a taxable assessed value of nearly $150,000, according to county property records.A few days later, the civil division of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which operates out of a separate office from the criminal division, filed a complaint in Superior Court on May 21, 2013, seeking to forfeit all of Engh’s interest in the property to the state because, according to the county, Engh had knowingly acquired the property with proceeds from money laundering and organized crime. Clark County sheriff’s deputies seized the property that same day.last_img read more

County in Central California Launches Study to Broaden Economic Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Business leaders and stakeholders from eastern Kern County in central California, which extends to the Western Mojave Desert, last week met to kick off a project to expand and diversify the region’s economic base.Austin, Texas-based TIP Strategies is leading the study, which is funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). The area’s economy is heavily reliant on agriculture, the petroleum industry and the military, with Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and Edwards Air Force Base both located within its borders.Tom Stellman, president/CEO of TIP, and John Karras, a project manager for the firm, said their aim was to deliver a “game plan” with specific ideas and suggestions for economic diversification and development. OEA wants to strengthen communities’ economies to help them withstand a possible military downsizing and to better support the military, Stellman said, reported the Daily Independent.The study will target several communities in the region, including Ridgecrest, which sits outside China Lake. The project also will include an analysis of the workforce and talent leakage to neighboring regions to help identify the area’s best economic opportunities for growth.The result of the study will be an economic diversification strategy that will identify specific courses of action aimed at refining economic development initiatives and expanding the economic base of eastern Kern County, according to the presentation from TIP.“The most important piece is to go from strategies to essentially a blue print, a game plan, a guideline,” Stellman said.last_img read more

Marijuana social clubs are illegal attorney general says

first_imgPrivate clubs that allow people to consume marijuana in exchange for a fee are illegal, according to Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth.Listen now(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)She issued an opinion Wednesday that also said offering marijuana samples to paying patrons may violate state criminal law that bars distributing marijuana without a valid commercial license.The state Marijuana Control Board has authorized retail marijuana stores to allow marijuana consumption on their premises.Social clubs are like any other place of business where marijuana consumption is not allowed by law, Lindemuth said.Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills reinforced the point.“If that place is not a licensed retail marijuana store, consuming marijuana there is unlawful,” Mills said.The ballot question that Alaskans approved in 2014 allowed the state to tax and regulate marijuana retailers. But it banned the public use of marijuana, and Lindemuth said social clubs are public places like other unlicensed businesses.Mills said a person who operates a social club that provides marijuana samples would be violating the law if they receive a fee.“Without a license from the Marijuana Control Board, a person may not possess more than 1 ounce of marijuana, or transfer marijuana for any sort of payment,” she said.Lindemuth issued the opinion in response to a request from Chris Hladick, the commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.Clubs have either started or are planned in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Homer, but the opinion appeared to put those clubs in doubt.One business that’s sure to be affected by the ruling is Pot Luck Events, a marijuana/cannabis club in Anchorage that’s been open for about a year and a-half, since March 2015.In that time, the club has charged dues for access to an events space where members can use and trade cannabis.The club has had a murky but diplomatic legal relationship with state and local officials.Though the owners couldn’t be reached for comment, Lance Wells, Pot Luck’s attorney, said he’s still “digesting” the ruling and can’t say yet what it means for his client.How the opinion will be enforced will be determined by local police, state troopers and the Marijuana Control Board, like other marijuana laws, Mills said.Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes contributed to this report.last_img read more