AdvertisementAnastasia Valeryevna “Nastia” Liukin (born October 30, 1989) is a Russian American former artistic gymnast.She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars.She is also a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior.With nine World Championships medals, seven of them individual, Liukin is tied with Shannon Miller for the third-highest tally of World Championship medals (among U.S. gymnasts).Liukin also tied Miller’s record as the American gymnast having won the most medals in a single non-boycotted Olympic Games.Liukin was a key member of the U.S. senior team. She represented the United States at three World Championships and one Olympic Games.In October 2011, Liukin announced that she was returning to gymnastics with the hopes of making a second Olympic team.Liukin did not make the 2012 Olympic team, after several falls at the Olympic Trials and other pre-Olympic events, and retired from the sport in 2012.Liukin was known for her long, expressive lines and flexibility, but was infamously weak on vault, the most difficult vault she performed being a 1.5 twisting Yurchenko vault.Liukin’s gymnastics career came to an end after the 2012 Olympic Trials.Image Courtesy – Nastia Liukin (Instagram)Advertisement
Manchester City are on the brink of a domestic treble, with only Watford standing in their way in today’s FA Cup final at the iconic Wembley Stadium. City became the first side in a decade to retain the English Premier League title last weekend, holding off Liverpool by a single point at the end of a thrilling race thanks to a run of 14 consecutive league wins to end the season. Pep Guardiola’s men also retained the League Cup in February, the first leg of their potential domestic clean sweep, which has never before been done in England. The club have also spent much of the week preceding the Wembley showcase responding to reports that they could be set for a season’s ban from the Champions League over alleged breaches of financial fair play rules. Hornets boss Javi Gracia That issue notwithstanding however, Guardiola’s side have smashed a host of records during his three-year spell in charge, despite a disappointing trophyless debut campaign in England. And now, a first-ever clean sweep of League Cup, Premier League and FA Cup would give this City side a claim to be the best England has ever produced. “I’m desperate, desperate, desperate to win the FA Cup. You don’t even know how much it’s a priority,” said City captain Vincent Kompany after lifting the Premier League last weekend. Kompany could make his final City appearance at Wembley with the Belgian’s contract up in the summer and no new deal agreed as yet. City won their fifth FA Cup in 2011, the first silverware since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover, but will be wary of complacency after slipping up against Wigan at Wembley in 2013. In contrast to City’s trophy-laden decade, Watford have never won a major trophy. And despite losing twice to Guardiola’s men in the league this season, Hornets boss Javi Gracia, whose side mounted an impressive comeback to beat Wolves in the semi-final, is taking heart from both games. “I think it showed us it’s possible. We lost both games but I think we showed that we can beat them. We competed really well in both games. In the first game, we lost 2-1 but had chances at the end. In the second one, we kept the result until the second half and then they scored from an offside position and the game changed,” said Gracia. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
Story Highlights The Government, through Jamaica Post, has released the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) commemorative stamp to celebrate the Association’s 100th anniversary. Five postage stamps in denominations of $60.00, $120.00, $140.00, $180.00 and $200.00 were unveiled during a ceremony on May 6 at JACISERA Park in Kingston. The stamp is to be made available for purchase by the public shortly. First-day covers will also be available at a cost of $1,000.00. The Government, through Jamaica Post, has released the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) commemorative stamp to celebrate the Association’s 100th anniversary.Five postage stamps in denominations of $60.00, $120.00, $140.00, $180.00 and $200.00 were unveiled during a ceremony on May 6 at JACISERA Park in Kingston.The stamp is to be made available for purchase by the public shortly. First-day covers will also be available at a cost of $1,000.00.President of the JCSA, O’Neil Grant, noted that the organisation is the first of its kind to release a series of commemorative stamps.Director, Post and Telecommunications in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Cecil McCain (left); Postmaster General, Michael Gentles (second left); President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant (third left); and Director General, Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation, Cabinet Office, Veniece Pottinger-Scott, with an enlarged photograph of the JCSA commemorative stamp. Occasion was the JCSA 100th anniversary stamp launch, on Monday (May 6), at JACISERA Park in Kingston. The stamp will be available in five denominations – $60.00, $120.00, $140.00, $180.00 and $200.00. “It speaks to the JCSA as a national institution. It speaks to the JCSA as a part of the fabric of the union movement of this nation. It speaks to the fact that, as a public service, without us, the civil service as we know it today would not be as it is,” he said.For his part, Postmaster General, Jamaica Post, Michael Gentles, said the initiative was born out of the longstanding relationship between the entities.“Being over three centuries in operation, the Post and Telecommunications Department fully appreciates what this achievement represents, and with this in mind, we saw it fitting to collaborate and celebrate with the JCSA on the launch of this commemorative centenary stamp,” he said.He noted that the combined years of the organisations represent 448 years of Jamaican history, and that the commemorative stamps are reserved for events or occasions of national and international significance, such as major anniversaries and other important landmarks.Director, Post and Telecommunications, in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Cecil McCain, congratulated the JCSA for reaching this important milestone.Mr. McCain, who represented the Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, said today is a historic day, as the JCSA is not only celebrating its 100th year of existence but it is also taking its place in the annals of Jamaica’s postal history with the launch of this commemorative stamp.“This commemorative stamp allows the JCSA to join a long list of individuals, organisations and partnerships that have been memorialised in this way,” he added.Meanwhile, Director General, Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation, Cabinet Office, Veniece Pottinger-Scott, also congratulated the Association for its achievement.She said the issue of a commemorative postage stamp is a fitting recognition of the valuable service of the Association to generations of public-sector workers.“A centenary is a significant marker in the life of any institution, and the JCSA has made its mark in promoting and protecting the interests of its members and others in the civil service. It has also been a bulwark in the context of the national trade union movement,” Ms. Pottinger-Scott said.“The public sector has benefited from over 100 years of service by the Association, not only in relation to gains in the conditions of service but also in the context of national development,” the Director General said.A centenary garden was also established at the Association’s Molynes Road headquarters, marking 100 years of service by the public-sector union.The JCSA will also host a banquet at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, today (May 6) to commemorate the centenary milestone.On October 31, 1671, the Jamaican Post Office was established in Spanish Town under King Charles II, making Jamaica the first British colony to have a post office. Jamaica started procuring its own stamps in 1860, the first of which bore the profile of Queen Victoria with an inscribed frame ‘Jamaica Postage’ and a pineapple design watermark.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has appointed Torben Carlsen new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after Niels Smedegaard decided to step down.Niels Smedegaard, who has been CEO of DFDS since January 1, 2007, will resign from his job at the end of April 2019.“My time at DFDS has been a fantastic journey, and I am proud of the progress that has been made for the company and its employees, customers and shareholders since I joined,” Smedegaard said.“The time has come to move on and use my energy and experience in board positions. DFDS is strongly positioned for the future, and I feel very confident about passing on the steering wheel to Torben and I wish him good speed for the future.”Claus V. Hemmingsen, Chair of the Board, pointed out: “Niels has executed an impressive transformation of DFDS. In the time he has led the business, it has more than doubled in size. DFDS is today a far more profitable company, with highly skilled employees well prepared to continue the growth and deal with the challenges that the future brings, including Brexit and the growing demands for digitisation.”“Over the years, Torben and Niels have worked closely with their colleagues on the Executive Committee and had an excellent collaboration with the Board. Torben has played an important role in the development of DFDS and, with his broad knowledge of the company, he is the ideal person to ensure continuity and continued success for DFDS.“Torben Carlsen joined DFDS as a member of the Executive Board and CFO in 2009. He is 53 and has a broad and international managerial background, with leading positions in Switzerland and the USA, primarily within the aviation industry. In addition, he has experience from private equity.“I look forward to working with the rest of the management and our many skilled colleagues to continue the good development of DFDS, based on the strategic plans we have developed in close cooperation with the Board,” Carlsen commented.Related: DFDS Eyes Further Growth in 2019
The Port Clyde bridge on Route 309 in Shelburne County re-openedto traffic today, Dec. 15. Vehicles weighing up to 12 tonnes arepermitted to travel safely over the bridge. The bridge on route 309 was closed Nov. 25 and repairs began Dec. -30- The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2005.
CAE, a leader in civil aviation and defence modelling, simulation and training, is expanding its defence and security team in Halifax. “We’re pleased to be a part of the growing defence, security and aerospace sector in Nova Scotia,” said Steven Marsden, CAE’s regional director, Enterprise Training, Halifax. “Our team in Halifax supports our Canadian defence programs by providing best-in-class technology solutions for in-service support of military fleets, emergency management, as well as e-learning solutions.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has signed a five-year incentive agreement with CAE to encourage the company to invest and create jobs in Nova Scotia. CAE must create at least five full-time equivalent positions in the first year. Then the company can earn a rebate on payroll for up to 100 new positions. If CAE creates that many jobs, the company would add more than $20 million in salary to Nova Scotia’s economy, and employees would pay provincial personal income taxes of about $2.29 million. The company can earn up to $1.428 million in payroll rebates through NSBI’s Strategic Investment Funds. CAE employs more than 8,000 people at more than 100 locations in 30 countries, including about 100 people in Halifax. Dedicated to innovation, CAE is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 Canadian companies in research and development investments. Nova Scotia’s aerospace industry generates $600 million in revenues annually and, when combined with defence spending, the industry contributes about $1.5 billion to the province’s economy each year. “The defence, security and aerospace sector is a key part of our economy and a strategic focus for the province and NSBI,” said Ron Smith, interim CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We want to encourage CAE to secure more contracts from export markets and to have those contracts serviced by Nova Scotians.” For more information on careers at CAE, visit www.cae.com/careers .
PARIS — The board of French carmaker Renault SA plans to meet to choose new leadership to replace auto industry powerhouse Carlos Ghosn, who is fighting fraud and breach of trust charges in Japan.The board meeting Thursday is expected to name Jean-Dominique Senard of Michelin as chairman and Renault executive Thierry Bollore as CEO. Ghosn previously held both posts.Renault initially stood by Ghosn after his Nov. 19 arrest, naming temporary leadership.But the French government, a key Renault shareholder, has pressed him to be replaced. Ghosn denies Japanese accusations that he under-reported income as chairman of Nissan and other charges.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday in the Swiss resort of Davos that consolidating the Renault-Nissan aliance should be the “absolute priority” of the new Renault leadership.The Associated Press
27 April 2011The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today urged both the public and private sectors in the world’s major economies to implement measures to combat corruption, saying the vice undermined societies and had the capacity to trigger civil unrest. “As recent events in North Africa and the Middle East have demonstrated, corruption has the power to shake the very foundations of society,” said Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, in a press release.“Even in regions where peace and prosperity prevail, corruption takes a heavy toll,” said Mr. Fedotov, addressing the opening of a two-day conference in Paris entitled “Joining Forces against Corruption: G-20 Business and Government.”The conference was organised by the French presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) – which unites industrialized and developing economies on key issues of the global economy – and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).“The international community is grateful for the private sector’s support for the United Nations Convention against Corruption. But now it’s time for business to move beyond declarations to concrete actions,” said Mr. Fedotov. “The private sector can play a key role to enhance accountability and transparency and to strengthen the global economy,” he added.The conference in Paris follows the commitment last year by G20 leaders at their Summit in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, where they adopted an anti-corruption action plan that recognizes the centrality of the UN Convention against Corruption.The G20 action plan provides a common approach and an opportunity for countries to lead the global fight against corruption by example. It also recognizes that the private sector has an essential role to play.Mr. Fedotov presented four proposals on what business can do to eliminate corruption – adopt private sector anti-corruption policies aligned with the UN Convention against Corruption; establish a credible mechanism to review its own commitments to integrity; invest in strengthening public integrity in developing countries; and invest in keeping corruption out of business supply chains.“In October this year, the Conference of States Parties to the Convention against Corruption will meet in Marrakech, Morocco to take stock of global progress in preventing corruption. I hope that the private sector will use the months leading up to the conference to develop specific policies and concrete steps to fight corruption,” said Mr. Fedotov.The UN Convention against Corruption is the first legally binding global anti-corruption instrument. It obliges States to prevent and criminalize corruption, promote international cooperation, recover stolen assets and improve technical assistance and information exchange.
He was an advisor to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the time of his death. (Colombo Gazette) Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in October 2011 along with his bodyguards during a shootout involving rival groups from his same political party.Former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva was accused of being involved in the shooting incident but he had denied the allegations. The judgement in the murder of former Parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra has been fixed for September 8.The date was set by the Colombo High Court today.
The new Onco-haematology Centre provides screening, diagnosis and treatment of tumours and related blood disorders. It offers comprehensive adult and paediatric services, including day care and an outpatient clinic, a tissue pathology laboratory, and a diagnostic endoscopy unit for examining internal organs.”The Government of Italy has shown its deep commitment to assisting the Palestinian people in these difficult times, especially in the district of Bethlehem, which assumes a special historical significance” Timothy Rothermel, Special Representative of the UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, said. “This centre marks a bright spot in the path of peace.”The funds are part of a $9.4 million contribution from Italy to Palestinian health care.Dr. Munther Al-Sharif, Palestinian Deputy Minister of Health, commended the strong relations between the Italian and Palestinian peoples and the important assistance provided by the Italian Government to the Palestinian National Authority. He also praised the role of UNDP and the Italian Cooperation Office in supporting Palestinian health programmes.
The agreement between the UN and Guatemala that established the CICIG was the first of its kind in the world, he said. It was vital that it was complied with faithfully. Having started its work in 2007, its mandate had been extended five times, demonstrating a firm commitment to strengthen and support its work, he explained. “Our Government is fully committed to the fight against corruption and impunity,” he said, stressing that it is for that reason that Guatemala has begun the process of revising the interpretation and application of the CICIG agreement. So his Government hoped that with “objectivity and equanimity we can improve the commission’s role by ensuring due prosecution, presumption of innocence, and to avoid selective prosecution and the politicization of justice. Institutional and international action on migration was an important issue for Guatemala, President Morales continued, including partnership with Mexico, Honduras and the United States. Guatemala was counting on the efforts of Member States to negotiate an agreement on safe, regular and orderly migration. Turning to the situation of the so-called “dreamers” in the United States, he said Guatemala hoped that the American people’s sense of humanity would lead to the US Senate adopting legislation that would allow “dreamers” to enjoy legal status in that country.
Le Solar Impulse est arrivé à MadridLe Solar Impulse, le fameux avion solaire suisse, vient d’atterrir à Madrid. Cette étape constitue la première halte du vol intercontinental devant le mener de Payerne (Suisse) vers le Maroc, avant un tour du monde prévu en 2014.C’est hier matin, à 6H24 GMT que le Solar Impulse a décollé de Payerne, en Suisse, avec tout de même deux heures de retard liées à des conditions météo défavorables (brouillard). Toutefois, au cours des 17 heures de vol qui ont suivies, l’appareil a rattrapé son retard et même pris 40 minutes d’avance. Cet avion, qui n’utilise aucun carburant, a franchi la frontière espagnole jeudi en fin d’après midi, après 10 heures de vol. Il a alors sans encombre traversé la chaîne des Pyrénées, principal obstacle sur sa route.Après 2.000 kilomètres de vol, l’avion solaire s’est posé à Madrid à l’aéroport de Barajas après avoir attendu la fin du trafic traditionnel sur l’aéroport. Il a tourné pendant près de trois heures à 3.600 mètres d’altitude avant d’avoir le feu vert pour se poser. Le pilote, André Borschberg, un des fondateurs du projet, “est sorti de la cabine en souriant mais épuisé et sans doute heureux de sentir la terre ferme sous ses pieds”, a indiqué le site internet du projet.M. Borschberg a ainsi indiqué avoir “passé les premières heures à créer un environnement de vie dans cet espace restreint en prévision d’un vol de près de 20 heures”. Il n’a d’ailleurs pas manqué de souligner sa “confiance extraordinairement forte dans cette technologie qui permet de voler jour et nuit”. De plus, toute la première partie du vol s’est effectuée à plus de 3.000 mètres d’altitude, ce qui a permis de ne pas recourir à l’oxygène embarqué, limité pour des raisons de poids.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cet avion solaire de 1.600 kilogrammes est mû par quatre moteurs électriques, d’une puissance de 10 ch chacun. Alimentés par 12.000 cellules photoélectriques qui recouvrent son immense aile (d’une envergure de 63,4 mètres), l’énergie est stockée dans des batteries, ce qui autorise les vols de nuit. Au final, Solar Impulse a le poids d’une voiture (l’avion est en fibre de carbone) mais l’envergure d’un Airbus A340 !Un autre appareil en construction Toutefois, les étapes sont nécessaires car l’appareil n’est pas assez spacieux pour permettre un trajet plus long. De plus, l’escale madrilène permettra de procéder à des vérifications techniques avant le grand départ pour le Maroc, au-dessus de la Méditerranée. Ce sera le co-fondateur du projet, Bertrand Piccard, qui assurera ensuite le pilotage pour emmener l’appareil par dessus le détroit de Gibraltar vers sa destination finale, Rabat.Ce vol doit servir “d’ultime répétition avant le tour du monde en 2014”, ont expliqué les organisateurs. De plus, ce périple permettra de tester l’appareil dans le cadre du trafic aérien international et des grands aéroports. La construction du deuxième appareil, destiné à effectuer le tour du monde sans carburant en 2014, a déjà débuté. Ce nouvel engin sera plus grand et aura un poste de pilotage plus spacieux. Il sera également équipé de nouvelles batteries et de nouveaux moteurs.Le 25 mai 2012 à 15:35 • Maxime Lambert
Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonWatch: Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling Stay on target A massive, six-engined mega jet with a wingspan greater than the length of an American football field and known as the world’s largest all-composite aircraft completed its first flight Saturday.The behemoth Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California at 6:58 a.m. PDT. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet.For its first test flight, Stratolaunch flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert in Calif. (Photo Credit: Stratolaunch)As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing successfully back at the Mojave Air and Space Port.“We finally did it,” said Stratolaunch Systems CEO Jean Floyd at a news conference from the hangar at Mojave Air & Space Port. “It was an emotional moment to watch this bird take flight.”Stratolaunch Systems was founded in 2011 by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites into space.Today the #Stratolaunch aircraft flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert, reaching a top speed of 189 mph. Check out the historic flight here: #StratoFirstFlight pic.twitter.com/x29KifphNz— Stratolaunch (@Stratolaunch) April 13, 2019“The Stratolaunch aircraft is a mobile launch platform that will enable airline-style access to space that is convenient, affordable, and routine,” according to a press release.The reinforced center wing of the aircraft can support multiple launch vehicles, weighing up to a total of 500,000 pounds.The test flight on Saturday enabled the Stratolaunch test team to conduct standard aircraft testing exercises. The aircraft performed a variety of flight control maneuvers to calibrate speed and test flight control systems, including roll doublets, yawing maneuvers, pushovers and pull-ups, and steady heading side slips. It also conducted simulated landing approach exercises at a max altitude of 15,000 feet mean sea level.“We all know Paul would have been proud to witness today’s historic achievement,” said Jody Allen, Chair of Vulcan Inc. and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust. “The aircraft is a remarkable engineering achievement and we congratulate everyone involved.”The aircraft is so big, it has two cockpits — one in each of its two fuselages — although only one is used to fly the plane. (Photo Credit: Stratolaunch)According to test pilot Evan Thomas, a former F-16 Air Force fighter pilot, the plane flew as predicted for the most part.“It was overall fantastic,” Thomas said. “I honestly could not have hoped for more on a first flight, especially of an airplane of this complexity and this uniqueness.”The aircraft’s wingspan measures 385 feet — wider than any airplane on the planet. It’s powered by the same type of engines used by Boeing 747s, and is designed to take off at a maximum weight of 1.3 million pounds (589,676 kilograms).Its twin fuselages are 238 feet long, and the aircraft is so big, it has two cockpits — one in each fuselage — although only one is used to fly the plane.“Today’s flight furthers our mission to provide a flexible alternative to ground launched systems,” said Stratolaunch CEO Jean Floyd. (Photo Credit: Stratolaunch)The satellites that the Stratolaunch might launch in low Earth orbit in the future can provide communications and broadband internet connectivity to remote areas on the ground, according to CNN.The market for commercial satellite launch services is growing rapidly and is expected to reach $7 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights.Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is also close to launching its own LauncherOne rocket into space for its maiden flight next year. LauncherOne is designed to carry and launch small satellites of up to 1,100 pounds into orbit. But unlike most rockets which launch from a stationary pad, LauncherOne will be released from beneath an airplane.More on Geek.com:Amazon Will Launch 3,236 Satellites to Offer Broadband Internet From SpaceIndia’s Anti-Satellite Test Created Dangerous Space Junk, NASA Chief SaysNASA, MIT Test Futuristic Shape-Shifting Airplane Wing
Liverpool will play today against the Blues in the Merseyside Derby, after losing 2-1 midweek with Paris Saint-GermainLiverpool didn’t have a good week, as the team lost 2-1 against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.And now, they are trying to turn their luck around as the Reds take on Everton in the Merseyside Derby.“I was a big admirer of Marco for how he got his teams playing at Hull City and then Watford and he is clearly a brilliantly talented coach and manager,” Liverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp said.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Andy Robertson from my team speaks extremely highly of him as a person, as well as a tactician and man manager – so it’s no surprise he’s already made Everton supremely competitive.”“They have recruited really well to an already-strong squad. This all adds up to a very good football side and their performances and results back that up,” he added.“I think it’s fair to say a different Everton come to us today and it means that however hard we’ve had to work in previous derby games, we have to increase it for this one.”“But they also know they come to face a very strong and motivated opponent,” he concluded.
Photo: (Left to Right) Texas Soybean Association President Daniel Berglund, Andy Scott, Monte Alto, Tex. and ASA President Wade Cowan discuss issues at seminarAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President, Wade Cowan, recently presented at the Seminar for Spring 2016 Crops at Rio Farms in Monte Alto, Texas. Cowen spoke on many topics but focused on the importance of Waters of the United States (WOTUS), now officially known as the Clean Water Rule. He stated the importance of memberships, cooperation between farm organizations and the effort to continue reaching out to government officials on critical issues that need to be addressed within the agricultural industry.
One week after John Q. Griffin announced that he is retiring as executive vice president of the National Geographic Society and president of its publishing unit, board of trustees chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor says he is stepping down as chairman at the end of the year.Society president and CEO John M. Fahey—who served as chairman, president and CEO of Time Life Inc. before joining the Society in 1996—will take over as chairman upon Grosvenor’s departure. Global Media Group president and CEO Tim Kelly will take on the added responsibility of president of the Society.As a result of last week’s announcement concerning Griffin, the Society said Declan Moore, who most recently served as international publisher of National Geographic magazines, would replace Griffin. Also, Claudia Malley, who has overseen National Geographic’s publishing sales and marketing in the U.S., was promoted to executive vice president and worldwide publisher for National Geographic Global Media.
Hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas in the fall, Democrats Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno say the time is right for a different voice representing Texas’ 32nd Congressional District. Allred would be the first African-American representative of the 32nd District if he were to win. But Texas hasn’t elected a freshman woman to a full term in Congress in 22 years — and Salerno said she wants to be part of the class to end that streak.For either to make history, they’ll first need to win the primary runoff on May 22. Allred finished first in the March 6 primary, with 39 percent of the vote to Salerno’s 18 percent. The winner will take on Sessions in November’s general election. It will be a tall order for whoever challenges Sessions, a powerful member of the House GOP who has consistently tallied high fundraising numbers and has strong ties in the district. But more of the district’s voters cast ballots for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, giving Democrats a reason for optimism.On paper, the Democratic candidates share similar backgrounds – both were raised and educated in the area and became attorneys who served as government appointees in the Obama administration. Their résumés diverge in the years between. Share Allred played in the NFL for five seasons for the Tennessee Titans. He then became a civil rights attorney and worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel under then-Secretary Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio.Salerno has centered her legal expertise on health care policy and advocacy for small businesses, starting her first company in her mid-20s. She served as deputy undersecretary of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.In the latest video from our Split Decision campaign debate series, find out where the two Democrats think Sessions has gone wrong in representing CD-32, as well as their strategies to turn the North Texas district blue.
Washington, D.C.’s homicide count stands at 28 following four slayings between March 16 and April 3, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Gabriel Carlos Turner was killed going to a bus stop after leaving his mother’s apartment. (Courtesy Photos/Metropolitan Police Department)Those 28 deaths are on track with last year’s pace; the city saw 29 homicides by the same time in 2015, police said.The four most recent killings included two in Northeast D.C., one in Southeast, and one in Northwest. An arrest has been made in two of the cases, and suspects are still sought in the others.One case dates back to last year, when Medina Michelle Thornton, 43, was found unconscious by a neighbor in her apartment in the 300 block of Delafield Place Northwest on September 19, 2015. Thornton died April 3, placing her death among this year’s statistics; she suffered blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. No arrests have been made in the case.Gabriel Carlos Turner, 43, was fatally shot on March 24 in the 2600 block of Birney Place Southeast as he left his mother’s apartment en route to a bus stop. Neighbors claimed they heard six shots; Turner worked 15 years in janitorial services for the FBI, according to Washington, D.C. NBC affiliate WRC-TV. Police have not released any information regarding a suspect or motive in the incident.“I don’t know why somebody had to kill him,” Turner’s mother, Ellen Turner, told the station.Detectives are searching for a suspect they have identified in connection with the March 16 shooting death of Darnell Lee Richardson, 29, of Cheverly, Md. Richardson’s body was found in the 3400 block of Benning Road Northeast. The suspect charged with the first degree murder while armed for Richardson’s death is Leon Stewart, 24, of Northeast D.C. Stewart is described as a Black male, five-feet, seven-inches tall, weighing 190 pounds.Leon Stewart is a suspect in the killing of Darnell Lee Richardson. (Courtesy Photos/Metropolitan Police Department)On March 26, Davonte Washington was sitting on a Deanwood Metro platform bench with his mother and two sisters, on his way to get a haircut for Easter when, according to the Post, he became involved in an argument with another teen. The other youth produced a gun and fatally shot Washington.Maurice Bellamy, 17, of Southeast D.C., was arrested and charged as an adult with first degree murder while armed in connection with the Metro murder of Washington. According to the Post, when Bellamy appeared for his hearing on Mar. 29, Washington’s mother shouted in the courtroom, “That’s the one who killed my baby!” and began sobbing. Washington’s life and legacy was honored in a vigil on Mar. 30 and at his funeral on Apr. 8.Anyone with information regarding the deaths of Thornton and Turner is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or the Text Tip Line by text messaging 50411.
The UN General Assembly committee dealing with human rights on Tuesday called for the UN Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The vote followed a UN Commission of Inquiry report published in February detailing wide-ranging abuses in North Korea, including prison camps, systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. The resolution passed by the UN Third Committee linked the alleged abuses to the policies of North Korea’s leadership and called on the Security Council to consider targeted sanctions against those responsible. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe vote increases political pressure on North Korea but it is largely symbolic. It is unlikely to lead to action in the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which looks at serious abuses like genocide and other crimes against humanity.Diplomats said N Korea ally China would probably use its Security Council veto power to stop any ICC referral. They said Beijing’s stance would likely be supported by Russia. China and Russia backed an amendment to the resolution by Cuba, which was voted down, to remove the call to refer North Korea to the ICC.
The ‘International Mountain Tourism Day’ and ‘International Forum on Mountain Tourism (Nepal)’ were launched in Kathmandu on the occasion of Everest Day on May 29. The programme was jointly organised by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in coordination with Nepal Association of Travel and Tour Agents (NATTA) and International Mountain Tourism Alliance (IMTA).Chief Guest at the launch was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Gyanwali. High-level guests present at the launching ceremony included Fu Ying Chun, Executive Secretary, General of IMTA; Yang Shichao, Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of China in Nepal; Zheng Xu, Head of the Delegation of Guizhou Provincial Government; Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB; Mario Hardy, Chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); C N Pandey, Chairman of NATTA. The programme also included the launch and handover ceremony of the ‘International Mountain Tourism Day’ flag.Speakers at the programme spoke on the various aspects of mountain tourism focussing on ‘ecology, green, science and technology-led high quality development’ of mountain tourism and initiated mountain tourism experience sharing and business cooperation dialogue. Senior Director of NTB, Nandini Lahe-Thapa also made a presentation at the programme focussing on mountain tourism and its relevance in terms of quality tourism for the success of Visit Nepal 2020.Officials from the government and private sector tourism industry of Nepal, NTB officials and members of delegates from IMTA in China were present during the event.