Watch Two Young Boys Come Up With Creative Way of Rescuing Stranded Cat

first_imgThe two students patiently wait for the cat to accept their offer of assistance. Finally, the cat inches closer to the edge of the canopy, eyes the umbrella ruefully, and eventually finds the courage to jump into its depths.RELATED: Watch Orphan Elephant Conquer His Fear of Water With Help From His Loving HumanOnce the boys feel the weight of the cat in the umbrella, they gently lower it to the ground and set the feline free.The video, which was published by Newsflare earlier this week, has already been viewed thousands of times.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Pawesome Video With Your Friends – Photo by NewsflareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis adventurous feline was spared one of its 9 lives thanks to the ingenuity of two determined Chinese students.In a video that was filmed in Liangshan Yi Prefecture in Sichuan Province, two boys can be seen worrying over a cat that got itself trapped on the top of a building canopy.As the tiny cat can be heard meowing in distress, one of the boys has the bright idea to turn his umbrella upside down and hold it up to the canopy. A second student steps in to help, by holding up the other side of the rescue net.last_img read more

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Plaintiff in marriage equality case to speak at law school

first_imgJim Obergefell, plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, will speak at the Notre Dame Law School on March 27 on the topic of marriage equality, according to the Law School’s website. Obergefell v. Hodges mandated that all states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize the validity of marriage performed in other states. Obergefell will be joined by two other plaintiffs in the case, ’82 Notre Dame alumnus Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon, who will discuss their experiences with Obergefell v. Hodges as Catholics. Law professor Patricia Hackett will moderate the discussion. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the McCartan Courtroom of the Eck Hall of Law. The lecture is open to the public and free.Tags: marriage equality, Notre Dame Law School, Obergefell v. Hodgeslast_img read more

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Does making abortion legal make It moral?

first_img While many Americans think that abortions are last resort decisions, this is not the case. In many cases abortions are used as a means of birth control. An abortion clinic in California was studied and the researcher found that many women had not used contraceptives. When asked why, they reported that contraceptive interfered with intimacy. Others said that contraceptives caused side effects. Some women did not use them because their boyfriends did not want them to use them. In short, some women take chance and when they get pregnant they have abortions. Is it a crime or should it be considered a crime to have an abortion?Before 1973 abortions in America was a crime, and those who performed it were put in prison. After the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision by the Supreme Court, abortion was no longer a crime. If this decision is ever reversed abortions will again become a crime. The decision quickly shifts from being moral or immoral to becoming political. Once it becomes political it becomes a law that governs the people. Does the act of making a decision to have an abortion become a moral act because the Supreme Court of the United States of America decided to make it legal to have an abortion?This is a discussion that should be conducted in the home with our young boys and girls while they are still in elementary school instead of waiting until they actually become sexually active and become face to face with the reality that they are not prepared to give birth to a child and provide all of the quality care that a child deserves. A child deserves the best quality care possible and should always feel safe with the parent or person who is providing care. As technology enters the home our children are being exposed to sex at an earlier age. As adults we need to talk to our children so they will be prepared to know how to establish some morals and values to prevent them from having to make this difficult decision of saying yes or no to an abortion. Dealing with life By Harry AbramsIn dealing with life as it relates to abortions, many young ladies make the choice as a last resort. The question was asked in a representative sample of Americans: Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under some circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?” Supporting data by Source Book of Criminal Justice Statistics 2009: Table 2.101 (cited in Henslin, 2011) demonstrated that 19 percent of American males reported that abortions should always be legal, while 24 percent of women reported that it should always be legal. As we look at the report for those who think abortions should be legal under certain circumstances, the percentage rose drastically. Fifty nine percent of American males reported that abortions should be legal under some circumstance, while forty eight percent of females reported that abortions should be legal under certain circumstances. Nineteen percent of the male population reported that abortions should never be legal and twenty six percent of the female population reported that abortions should never be legal. These are the statistical facts as it relates to gender.When researchers examined the different races in America the conclusion were that twenty three percent of whites reported that abortions should always be legal. Fifty four percent of whites reported that reported that abortions should be legal under certain circumstances. Twenty one percent of whites reported that abortions should never be legal. Among non-whites, eighteen percent reported that abortions should always be legal. Fifty percent of non-whites reported that abortions should be legal under some circumstance and twenty eight percent of non-whites reported that abortions should never be legal. In the African American population sixteen percent reported that abortions should always be legal. Fifty percent of the African American population reported that abortions should be legal under some circumstances and thirty one percent of the African American population reported that abortions should never be legal. From a Christian point of view, one would think that Christians do not have abortions. There are many local Christian congregations in Port Arthur and vicinity that do not believe in abortion, but because they were placed in a difficult situation, they had to deal with the reality of life at the moment, an abortion. As a result, they walk daily with the psychological memory of what if I would have kept the baby?Harry Abrams is a licensed and ordained minister with a degree in psychology and sociology and is employed as a licensed chemical dependency counselor in Beaumont. He is also beginning a practicum at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas: Psychiatric Unit. Contact him at (409) 718-1599 or harryabrams1228@yahoo.com.last_img read more

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Nasal spray flu vaccine not recommended for next flu season, shots only

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Following new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nasal spray flu vaccine will not be available in the U.S. for the upcoming flu season. Instead, all flu vaccinations will be given as a standard shot. The nasal spray flu vaccine has been offered in recent years to healthy individuals ages 2 to 49. This past June, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that it not be used during the 2016-17 flu season. New research has shown a significant difference between the effectiveness of the standard flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine. During the 2015-16 flu season, the flu shot was 63 percent effective at preventing or reducing influenza-related illness in people ages 2 to 17. However, the nasal spray, which accounted for fewer than 10 percent of all flu vaccinations, was only 3 percent effective. Scientists are continuing to investigate the reasons for the low effectiveness of the nasal spray vaccine.“Each year the effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies depending on how good a match it is to the type of flu strains that circulate during the season, but 3 percent is far too low a level to ensure protection,” said Christine Finley, immunization program manager for the Vermont Department of Health.Although the nasal spray won’t be used for flu vaccines this year, CDC and the Health Department continue to recommend everyone age 6 months and older get a yearly flu shot. At this time, there is no indication that there will be a shortage of vaccine.Flu vaccination can reduce illness and prevent flu-related hospitalizations:Vaccination helps protect individuals from getting sickThe flu vaccine lowers the risk of illness in people who cannot get a flu shot, or who are more vulnerable to getting the flu – such as older adults, infants younger than 6 months and people with chronic health conditionsVaccinated individuals who do get sick experience milder symptoms and fewer flu-related hospitalizations among adultsGetting a flu shot during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby for several months after birthVaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications(link is external) from fluFor more information about the influenza vaccine visit:https://templatelab.com/key-facts-about-seasonal-flu-vaccine/(link is external)Source: Vermont Department of Health 8.18.2016last_img read more

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US/CARICOM Relations: WTO CBI waiver secured, but …

first_img Mar 20, 2015 Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act gets US Senate nod… CARICOM/USA Relations: What of CBI?By Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics You will recall from previous articles that the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). CBERA’s duration is indefinite, but CBPTA, which amends provisions of CBERA,…June 7, 2019In “CARICOM”US/CARICOM Trade: Caribbean support required for Bill to extend Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)By Elizabeth Morgan Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continue to export goods to the USA under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprising the 1983/1990 Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the 2000 Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which grant duty free access to the US market for…February 20, 2019In “Featured”Opinion: Caribbean should assess US approach to unilateral preferential trade arrangementsBY Elizabeth Morgan Since the start of this year, on several occasions US President Donald Trump has said that his favourite words are “reciprocal” and “reciprocity”. In trade, reciprocal means that both parties in a trade arrangement exchange preferential concessions for market access. Non-reciprocal means that only one party (the…September 14, 2018In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Feb 20, 2019 CARICOM/US Relations: a chequered trade history Jun 13, 2019 US/CARICOM Trade: Caribbean support required for Bill to… center_img You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 By Elizabeth Morgan The US request for the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) waiver for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was approved at the General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held October 15-16. The CBI comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA).The waiver, which gives legitimacy to the CBERA/CBPTA in the WTO, is for 6 years to end on 30th September 2025. Members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), now the principal beneficiaries, welcomed the waiver approval and thanked the US administration for securing it. Obama’s visit a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity The CBPTA, however, expires on 30th September 2020. In February, a bipartisan Bill to extend CBERA/CBTPA was again tabled in the US House of Representatives by Representative Teri Sewell (D-Al). At the time, I suggested that it would have been better to obtain the extension and, thereafter, request the waiver. At the US/CARICOM Trade and Investment Council Meeting in June, officials of the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) signaled their intention to request the waiver. There is still no further movement on this Bill in the House. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) tabled a similar Bill in the Senate on September 12.  As the CBPTA expires in September 2020, I believe that there isn’t the urge to expedite adoption of this Bill. After all, the Congress is seized with far more important and pressing matters. I understand that the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington DC, with support from Caribbean interest groups, is continuing to lobby for the Bill’s adoption. The impact of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and the situation in Haiti may strengthen the cause. In looking at this issue, I like to consider the bigger picture including the US position in the WTO on the development status of developing members proposing differentiation and graduation from special and differential treatment (S&DT) flexibilities. I also look at overall US/CARICOM relations, which, I gather, are actually not as tepid as appears.  There has been some movement in the implementation of the 2016 US/Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act and its related 2017 Strategy under priority areas such as energy and disaster relief. It remained unclear whether significant progress has been made under the priority area, ‘prosperity’, dealing with trade and investment and business and infrastructure development. However, following from the meeting of a group of CARICOM Heads with President Trump in March, a May 23 press release from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) informed that a high level team visited the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, St. Lucia and the Dominican Republic to explore investment opportunities in energy and other critical sectors and to strengthen relationships with key partners in fostering security and stability in the Western Hemisphere. I also noted that a US Small Enterprise Assistance Fund is partnering with Sagicor Investment to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in the Caribbean. Implementation of the 2017 Strategy is coordinated through the Department of State and US Agency for International Development (USAID). From what I am reading and seeing on television, it is not surprising that overall implementation is moving at a slower than normal pace. The Caribbean is supposed to be the US’ third border. The US is the region’s principal trading partner. In a recent press report, there was concern about Jamaica’s zero population rate if low birth and high migration levels continue on the same trajectory. I welcome the waiver in the WTO. But, as we endeavor to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals, how wonderful it would be were the US to really partner with us to achieve these goals, by adopting the extension Bill and fully implementing the 2017 Strategy, creating a more secure and prosperous environment in our countries, allowing those at home and abroad to genuinely proclaim – a yah suh me live, a yah suh me luv, a yah suh suit me well nice!.  Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

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NAVTOR to Supply ENC Service for DOF’s Fleet (Norway)

first_imgE-navigation specialist NAVTOR has signed a landmark fleet agreement with DOF Management, the owner and operator of 78 advanced offshore service vessels. The deal will see NAVTOR’s innovative and user-friendly ENC service rolling out across DOF’s high-end CSVs, PSVs and AHTS vessels, which operate in all key oil and gas regions worldwide.“This agreement marks a union between two innovators in their respective fields,” comments NAVTOR Business and Communications Manager Willy Zeiler. “DOF has led the way in supplying vessels and personnel that redefine standards in the offshore sector, providing outstanding service quality through advanced technology. NAVTOR has exactly the same philosophy. Our innovative products deliver genuine benefits, and that’s why we are emerging as a dominant force in the demanding offshore segment.”The user-friendly solution is distributed on the pre-loaded USB-based NavStick, allowing navigators to instantly download global charts and licences to the ECDIS, while an online synchronisation feature ensures that the latest updates are available on demand. Time-consuming administration duties – such as checking for updates and ordering licences – are subsequently slashed, allowing navigators to focus on what’s really important in harsh offshore environments, navigating.Nils Olav Troland, Operations Manager at DOF, arranged for the service to be trialed on two vessels – the Skandi Vega (AHTS) and Skandi Feistein (PSV), both of which serve clients in the North Sea – during the summer of 2013. The benefits, he notes, were compelling:“The simplicity and efficiency of NAVTOR’s ENC solution was clear. The installation, access to charts and updating is completely intuitive, and that saves time, which in turn translates to financial and efficiency benefits. In addition, reducing the administrative workload impacts positively upon safety and crew satisfaction. Two factors that are fundamentally important at DOF.”Troland adds that NAVTOR’s PAYS (Pay As You Sail) subscription model also delivered a huge competitive advantage: “PAYS makes all charts freely available for planning purposes, only charging for the ENCs used for navigating during voyages. During the test period we saw the benefits of that, with our electronic chart costs on the two vessels falling by close to 50%. Now that could be because we were previously ordering too many charts, but with PAYS, where there’s no need to order and install new charts in advance, the management is so efficient that any ‘wastage’ is completely negated.”DOF will also be taking advantage of NAVTOR’s NavTracker tool. This fleet management ‘app’, optimised for use on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as internet-enabled computers, allows onshore teams to track vessels, giving them a full overview of ship location, chart usage and management (including a comprehensive overview of ENC updates).“We aim to give shipowners such as DOF complete control over all their navigation needs and requirements,” states Zeiler. “Through constant innovation we can deliver constant service enhancements. That desire is maintaining our position at the forefront of the e-navigation industry.”NAVTOR’s ENC Service has already began rolling out across the DOF fleet, with further introductions continuing on an on-going basis as existing supplier agreements come to an end.[mappress]NAVTOR, March 19, 2014last_img read more

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Time to end whingeing over solar subsidy cuts

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Two more London courts face axe in MoJ plans

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has earmarked two more London courts for closure, just months after announcing that 86 courts around England and Wales would be shut.A consultation opened today, 15 September, proposes to close Camberwell Green (pictured) and Hammersmith magistrates’ courts and have their work ‘absorbed by existing courts’.But the timing of the decision, which coincided with the deadline for applications for new legal aid contracts, was slammed as a ‘travesty’ by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA), which said London had seen a dramatic reduction in local justice facilities.‘For some time there have been rumours that Camberwell court might follow suit, but to launch a consultation immediately after the deadline for new legal aid contract tenders closed is a travesty for those firms trying to plan and predict areas and volume of work,’ LCCSA president Greg Foxsmith told the Gazette.‘The proposed closure of Hammersmith, opened just 20 years ago, is even more baffling.‘Defendants, lawyers and witnesses will face longer journey times and greater expense to secure justice. And the strained resources of the court service will be further depleted by job losses for the admin staff. It is that announcement that suggests this “consultation” is merely a masquerade, with the ministry capitulating to the Treasury.’In February, the Gazette reported that 86 courts would be closing as part of an MoJ review of its estate.In today’s consultation document, the MoJ said that even after those closures are completed, there will still be 18 magistrates’ courts in London – the ‘densest concentration of magistrates’ courts in the country’.Options proposed by the MoJ include sending all cases at Camberwell Magistrates’ Court that involve over-18s to either Croydon Magistrates’ Court or splitting the work between Croydon and Lavender Hill magistrates.For defendants under 18, the MoJ recommends using either Croydon, Wimbledon, or Bromley magistrates’ courts.For Hammersmith, the MoJ said over-18s could attend either Westminster or Hendon magistrates’ courts while under-18s should attend the magistrates’ courts at Highbury Corner or Wimbledon.The consultation runs to 27 October.The Law Society said that shutting two more courts in London on top of the 10 already closing across the capital this year might leave people unable to access justice.Society president Robert Bourns said: ‘We are concerned the government is proposing to shut down further courts before assessing the impact on access to justice of the ongoing closure of 86 courts across England and Wales, many of them in London. The Law Society will seek the views of solicitors working for clients in Camberwell and Hammersmith to inform our response to the government’s consultation on these new proposed closures.’We support government efforts to improve court efficiency through better use of technology. However, the modernisation process will take time. It cannot fill the immediate gap created by each court closure, each of which impose greater pressures on those courts, personnel and judiciary who remain.’No matter who you are, no matter where you live, everyone in England and Wales must be able to access legal advice and the justice system.’last_img read more

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Woman held in Sudan for Nigerian diplomat’s murder

first_imgA Sudanese woman of Nigerian origin has been arrested for killing a Nigerian diplomat in Khartoum and stealing his money, the foreign ministry in Abuja said on Monday.Habibu Almu, an immigration attache working in the Sudanese capital, was found dead at his home last week.“It was established that the deceased was stabbed to death,” Nigerian foreign ministry spokesperson Tope Adeleye Elias-Fatile said in a statement.“After committing the heinous crime, the suspect stole some of the deceased personal belongings including cash,” the statement said, identifying her as Inas Khalid Maikano, a college student.Last week Sudanese police said that the killing did not appears to be politically motivated.last_img

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Cayman Premier arrested on theft charge

first_img Tweet Share Share 12 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Cayman Premier arrested on theft charge by: – December 11, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Share Cayman Premier McKeeva Bush has been arrested and is currently detained in police custody in connection with a number of on-going police investigation.GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 – The Cayman Islands has been thrown into political turmoil as officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) swooped down on the home of Cayman Premier McKeeva Bush in the early hours of this morning to arrest himAccording to the Cayman Islands News Service, Bush was arrested at around 7.00 am this morning (December 11) at his home in West Bay on suspicion of theft in connection with financial irregularities relating to the alleged misuse of a government credit card. This allegation adds to a list which includes breach of trust, abuse of office and conflict of interest, contrary to S13, S17 and S19 of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008 respectively. Allegations also include the importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before February 2012. A police spokesperson said it would be inappropriate for the RCIPS to make any further comment in relation to these matters at this time.In April this year, a statement from the RCIPS revealed that the premier was the subject of three different police investigations. Two of those related to financial irregularities, one of which surrounds a letter sent by Bush to Texan developer Stan Thomas back in 2004 asking for $350,000 to settle a matter relating to a land deal and zoning. The third police probe, according to the police, was connected to an unlicensed shipment of dynamite that had arrived in Cayman.At that time members of the business community expressed growing concerns over the impact that alleged investigations into Bush’s actions could have on the reputation of the Cayman Islands as a international financial services centre.Caribbean 360last_img read more

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