Renewed support for relief efforts in Syria

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Posted Aug 20, 2014 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Renewed support for relief efforts in Syria Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development has renewed its support of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches’ (FMEEC) relief efforts in Syria.FMEEC aims to reach 500 families in towns west of Homs – the epicenter of Syria’s civil war – including Mashta el Helu, Kafroun, Wadi Nasara, and Tartous.“The project will provide a three-month distribution of much needed food items and rent subsidies to help mainly displaced women, children and elderly cope with the severely deteriorating economic conditions, and to aid in restoring dignity of life,” FMEEC stated.In addition to the immediate challenges of living in a conflict zone, individuals and families are facing extreme inflation and economic depression due to the collapse of regional commerce and devaluation of the local currency.  Factories have closed, causing job losses and shortages of basic goods, and fuel prices have soared, further hampering trade.Although some families have managed to remain in their homes despite the conflict, many have been forced to relocate, leaving behind their homes and livelihoods and uncertain when they may be able to return.  In addition to securing sufficient food and other necessities, another major challenge is finding and paying for lodging with limited or no income.  FMEEC is providing food vouchers and rent assistance through local churches to assist those most vulnerable, particularly elderly people, widows and families with children.UN OCHA estimates that approximately 10.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the ongoing conflict in Syria, including 6.45 million internally displaced people.  An additional 2.9 million people have fled the country as refugees.The most recent death toll from the conflict in Syria exceeds 100,000 people, according to the UN, though the agency reportedly stopped updating this information in July 2014 due to a dwindling of credible sources.  Advocacy groups claim the number exceeds 160,000.  Estimates of the number of homes destroyed range from 700,000 to 1.2 million.In September 2013, Episcopal Relief & Development supported FMEEC’s relief efforts around Homs, which at that time similarly helped to serve over 100 households with food, non-food items and/or housing vouchers.  In addition, support was also provided to the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf’s assistance to Syrians with hearing, vision, physical or cognitive disabilities in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.The Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches is an association of the Evangelical (Protestant) churches of the Middle East, of which the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East/Diocese of Jerusalem is a member.Please continue to pray for those impacted by the conflict in Syria, and for those seeking to provide critical assistance and build foundations for peace. 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Siddique Kappan Case : KUWJ To Implead Wife & Daughter Of Journalist; Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing Next Week

first_imgTop StoriesSiddique Kappan Case : KUWJ To Implead Wife & Daughter Of Journalist; Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing Next Week LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Dec 2020 1:38 AMShare This – xSenior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Kerala Union of Working Journalists(KUWJ) in the habeas petition filed for release of journalist Siddique Kappan, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the wife and daughter of the Kerala journalist will be impleaded in the petition.A bench headed by Chief Justice of India then adjourned the hearing till next week.Sibal offered to implead the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSenior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Kerala Union of Working Journalists(KUWJ) in the habeas petition filed for release of journalist Siddique Kappan, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the wife and daughter of the Kerala journalist will be impleaded in the petition.A bench headed by Chief Justice of India then adjourned the hearing till next week.Sibal offered to implead the wife and daughter of Kappan in the petition after the CJI asked if a third party organization can espouse the cause of an accused.In the brief hearing held on Wednesday, Sibal submitted that the matter deserved the exercise of the extraordinary jurisdiction by the top court as it involved “grave violations”.The allegations in the FIR are wholly false, Sibal submitted.He referred to the recent order passed by the Supreme Court in the case of Arnab Goswami to submit that the court has a duty to ascertain if the FIR allegations constitute an offence to justify the custody of the accused.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the State of Uttar Pradesh, refuted the allegations. He informed the bench that after the previous order, a lawyer has met Kappan to obtain his signature in the vakaltnama. So, Kappan should pursue the ordinary legal remedies of bail like the co-accused, suggested the SG.”In Arnab Goswami’s case, your lordships have interfered when the bail application was pending. I will rely on that”, Sibal submitted in response.”We understand this if the accused is saying this. Can you agitate the rights of the accused like this?”, CJI asked Sibal.At this juncture, Sibal said that he will implead the wife and daughter of Kappan in the petition.When CJI observed that the matter requires to go to the High Court, Sibal submitted that there are exceptional circumstances in the case.Sibal added that the investigation was “shocking” and that the phone numbers mentioned by the UP Government in its affidavit to claim that Kappan’s relatives were informed about his arrest are non-existent and have no relation to the accused.The SG submitted that Kappan was a ‘fake journalist’ as he was found with the identity card of a newspaper which was shut three years ago.Kappan, a freelance journalist reporting for Malayalam portals, was arrested by the UP police on October 5 along with three others in an FIR registered for alleged criminal conspiracy to create societal unrest in the wake of Hathras incident. The stringent provisions of anti-terror legislation Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and sedition were invoked against Kappan and others. A local court in Mathura remanded them to custody. Following his arrest, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court challenging Kappan’s custody. The KUWJ argued that the arrest was illegal and unconstitutional. When the issue came up for hearing on November 20, the bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde recorded the statement of the Solicitor General, who appeared for the State of Uttar Pradesh, that there was no objection to Kerala journalist Siddiqque Kappan meeting a lawyer while in jail to sign a vakalatnama. “There was no objection and there is no objection,” said the Law officer. SG Tushar Mehta denied the allegations of the petitioner that Kappan was denied access to a lawyer. On October 12, a bench lead by the Chief Justice of India expressed disinclination to entertain the petition and suggested to Sibal (who was appearing for KUWJ) that the petitioner should approach the High Court.The UP Government has filed a counter-affidavit alleging that Kappan was using the garb of journalism to create social unrest in the wake of Hathras incident. It was also alleged that Kappan has links with unlawful organizations.The Kerala Union of Working Journalists filed a rejoinder to UP Affidavit stating that Siddique Kappan was subjected to custodial torture and sought judicial enquiry by a retired judge into his arrest and custodyNext Storylast_img read more

Rescuers cling to hope of finding two missing firefighters off coast of Florida

first_imgholgs/iStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A flotilla of volunteers answered the call on Tuesday to join the search off the Florida coast for two firefighters who failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday.As the search for Jacksonville, Florida, Firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Virginia, Firefighter Justin Walker stretched into its fifth day on Tuesday, search-and-rescue crews clung to hope of finding the two men alive but conceded they are in a “race against time.” Search crews focused on an area of ocean where a civilian found a bag belonging to McCluney on Monday.U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun declared at a news conference Tuesday that the search mission has not changed.“We remain optimistic, but guardedly so. At this point it is 100% still a rescue operation,” Vlaun said.More than 200 people, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and local law enforcement, were out combing the ocean in boats and aircraft.For the second consecutive day, Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers sent out word for volunteers with boats that have the fuel capacity and capability to safely travel at least 60 miles offshore.He said that on Wednesday the search would shift further north and asked for volunteer boaters from Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia, to join the rescue effort.“I would say the next 24 hours are absolutely critical,” Vlaun said on Tuesday afternoon. “I can’t put it any clearer that we are absolutely in a race against time at this point.”He said searchers found a top to a cooler on Tuesday in the general vicinity McCluney’s bag was discovered floating on the surface of the ocean. He said “we assume” the cooler top came from the boat McCluney and Walker were on.Vlaun said another big challenge is the strong gulf current moving north and taking any new clues with it.“Without additional clues, the area becomes vast,” Vlaun said.On Tuesday, more than 75 boats were deployed, nearly doubling the number from Monday, to search an area about 50 nautical miles off the coast of St. Augustine, where McCluney’s fishing tackle bag was located, officials said. Eleven airplanes were also involved in the search on Tuesday.McCluney’s wife, Stephanie, confirmed in a Facebook post that she identified the bag recovered from the ocean as belonging to her husband.“I wholeheartedly believe this is a bread crumb they [threw] overboard to say, ‘We are here, come find us,’” Stephanie McCluney said in her Facebook post on Monday night, which included a photo of the bag.Coast Guard officials said the search, using boats and military aircraft, have covered more than 50,000 square miles of ocean since it began Friday night. Crews searched 13,000 square miles on Tuesday alone, Vlaun said.McCluney and Walker were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, which is near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.One of the main reasons McCluney and Walker were taking the fishing boat out for the day was to honor Brian McCluney’s recently-departed father, Stephanie McCluney said.“[Brian] wanted to get those lines wet one more time. You know, one big final hurrah for his dad and it was just supposed to be one great day in his honor … he was excited to get out there on the water,” said Stephanie McCluney.When the men failed to return to shore by 8 p.m. on Friday, their family members reported them missing.About 50 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department joined the Coast Guard in searching for the lost firefighters, combing the waters between Daytona Beach and Vilano in 11 boats over the weekend.When asked on Tuesday how much longer the search will continue, Vlaun said, “ultimately, that’s a decision that will fall to me and I can only tell you that for today we’re continuing to search and we’re searching heavily based on what we learned today.”“Each day we effectively have to take a look at what did we find the day before … and do we still have a reasonable chance for success,” Vlaun said. “For today, that answer is yes.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

McDonald’s rapped over child labour

first_img Previous Article Next Article McDonald’s rapped over child labourOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Fast food giant McDonald’s has been fined £12,400 after two of itsrestaurants were found guilty of exploiting child labour. The fine, plus £60 costs, is one of the biggest of its kind. McDonald’sadmitted 20 offences of illegally employing school children. The restaurants in Guildford, Surrey were operated through a franchisecalled Ikhya Enterprises. Schoolchildren aged 15 and 16 were found by Surrey County Council employmentofficers to be regularly working late into the night before and after school days.Ian Hart, Surrey County Council employment officer, said, “It has to beone of the most serious cases we have seen.” Children aged 13 to 16 can legally only work 12 hours a week, includingSaturdays, during term time and not after 7pm. Bharti Patel, director of the Low Pay Unit, described the case as”shocking”. McDonald’s said it was conducting an internal review of how it monitored itsfranchises, which account for about 33 per cent of its 1,170 UK restaurants. The restaurant is no longer employing children under school leaving age, itadded. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Centrica provides operational update amidst Covid-19 pandemic

first_imgThe Board remains committed to taking appropriate actions to maintain a strong balance sheet Centrica likely to see an impact on revenues from its services and solutions activities for both homes and businesses. (Credit: Pixabay/Michael Schwarzenberger ) Operational updateOur first priority during the Covid-19 pandemic is to look after the health and safety of our colleagues and customers while contributing to the efforts of our various host governments to ensure the countries in which we operate continue to have access to energy and essential services. We are following all advice from government and relevant health organisations, and as a consequence we have stopped all non-essential customer visits to minimise contact. However, our service engineers will continue to attend breakdowns, and across the business we will remain available to all our customers, whilst prioritising those who are vulnerable and may need additional support over the coming weeks.We have several hundred UK service engineers who have volunteered to perform essential service visits to customers’ homes even where there may be higher risk of Covid-19, to ensure they have continued access to heat, hot water and electricity. And all colleagues across the organisation are showing incredible commitment and dedication, as we continue to provide an essential service to our customers in all our markets, ensuring continuity of the supply of gas and electricity and the provision of essential energy services to homes and businesses.Impacts of Covid-19 on our customer-facing businessesIn our customer-facing businesses, although we are starting to see increased energy demand from residential customers as more people work from home, we are seeing a more significant reduction in demand from business customers as sites temporarily close. We also expect to see an increase in working capital outflows and customer bad debt, as certain customer segments defer payments due to the reduction of household incomes and business revenues. In addition, we are likely to see an impact on revenues from our services and solutions activities for both homes and businesses, as we prioritise only essential work in the near term and given the uncertain economic outlook.The impact that reduced energy demand and weaker economic conditions will have on our 2020 AOCF and adjusted earnings is difficult to quantify precisely at this time, given it is unclear how long the current situation will last, how customer behaviour may change, the impact on the wider economy, and the extent to which government financial support for households and businesses may help mitigate some of the expected effects. Therefore, we feel it is prudent to withdraw our 2020 Group AOCF guidance at this stage.Targeting the Upstream division to be free cash flow neutral in 2020In our Upstream division, consistent with the rules of thumb provided by the Company, the reduction in Brent Oil prices since the Preliminary Results on 13 February is forecast to negatively impact Exploration & Production AOCF in 2020 by around £100m. In addition, we have seen further outages at the Dungeness B and Hinkley Point B nuclear power stations.In response, we have already taken actions to reduce 2020 cash capital expenditure by around £100m to around £400m in Spirit Energy and identified further cost savings. As a result, we are still targeting our Upstream division to be no worse than free cash flow neutral in 2020.The current environment also makes it more challenging to execute on the planned divestments of our interests in Spirit Energy and our interest in Nuclear. We were due to receive initial bids for Spirit Energy around the end of March, however we have taken the decision to pause the process until financial and commodity markets have settled. We continue to pursue the divestment of both assets and our intention remains to exit oil and gas production and nuclear power generation in line with our strategic shift towards the customer.Mitigating actionsThe Company has significant flexibility in its cash flows, and in addition to the actions taken in the Upstream division, the Company is taking steps to reduce cash expenditure in the customer-facing divisions. These include reducing non-essential operating costs, deferring the decision to pay employee cash bonuses relating to 2019 until the outlook is clearer, implementing a pay freeze for most non-customer facing colleagues, and delaying over £100m of restructuring spend. The Board also took the decision earlier this year to award no bonuses to Executive Directors relating to 2019.The Company has also stopped or delayed all new non-critical capital expenditure projects in its customer-facing divisions, which is expected to result in a reduction in cash expenditure of around £100m in 2020. This means total Group capital expenditure including E&P is now expected to be around £600m compared to around £800m at the time of the Preliminary Results. We are also engaged in constructive discussions with relevant governments and regulatory authorities to help ensure that appropriate protections are put in place for both the industry and customers during the pandemic.In addition, the Board has taken the prudent decision to cancel the 2019 final dividend payment of 3.5p per share, due to be paid in June 2020. The total cash outflow from the 2019 final dividend was expected to be £204m.Balance sheet and liquidity positionThe Board remains committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet. Moody’s confirmed a Baa2 (stable) credit rating on 13 March and S&P confirmed a BBB (stable) credit rating on 31 March. As at the end of March, the Company had £0.6bn of available cash and cash equivalents (net of bank overdrafts) and £2.7bn of undrawn credit facilities. There are no material covenants on any of our existing debt.Annual General MeetingThe evolving Covid-19 situation and the related government restrictions will clearly impact the ability of shareholders to attend our AGM this year. In normal circumstances, our AGM is well attended but following the UK Government’s introduction of measures that require UK nationals to remain at home except in specific circumstances (which do not include attending an AGM), it will not be possible to hold the AGM as intended on 11 May.The health and safety of our shareholders and colleagues is always our utmost priority and as a consequence, the AGM will be held as a closed meeting and shareholders will not be able to attend in person. The format of the AGM this year will be purely functional to comply with the relevant legal requirements. Although shareholders will not be able to attend in person this year, shareholders’ views remain important to us. Therefore, all shareholders are encouraged to exercise their votes by submitting their proxy forms either electronically or by post. We will provide further updates in relation to our AGM, including confirmation of the meeting date and arrangements, on our website. 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LMH in row over Emma Watson “sneak picture”

first_imgThe message went on to ask students to remove the photo of Watson from Twitter, with Rusbridger reminding students of “the basic courtesy we owe to our visiting fellows”.Despite the Principal’s caution, LMH students expressed considerable excitement following the news of Watson’s visit, with one student commenting on the JCR page, “Going for a reconnaissance ‘laundry run’. Will report back unless her sheer beauty causes me to spontaneously combust.”An LMH student who was in college on Friday told Cherwell, “A friend of mine at LMH was leaving a college building when our Principal, Alan Rusbridger, and what appeared to be Emma Watson walked straight past him and into one of our main college sites – Deneke, home to the Principal’s Office (among other rooms).“He managed to snap a far-off picture of their distant backs as they neared Deneke. From there, he posted a declaration akin to “Emma Watson is in LMH!” at the end of a Facebook post or something, and I heard about it through a group chat. Another initially-sceptical friend then concurred that Watson was in college by stating that her car seemed to be in the LMH car park (how she knew it to be hers I don’t know).“I asked our college JCR page if anyone could corroborate this news but no-one had seen anything else. As news spread, small groups started not-so-subtly hanging around Deneke and the idea that Watson was here to attend our weekly Friday formal became popular.“However, when I went to Deneke to ask around, a woman who worked in college passed us asking if Watson was indeed around, when I explained what people had seen, she said that she would check when she went up to the Principal’s Office. She returned a few minutes later confirming that Watson was there but seemingly trying to keep a low profile and not attending for any event or appearance.“Personally, I then returned to my work deciding that there was no justification for bothering Watson’s visit, which was seemingly of neither public interest nor involvement. People kept hanging around Deneke for a while after, but I haven’t heard of anyone meeting or seeing her later in the day.”The College has been contacted for comment. There was excitement amongst LMH students this week after one of the College’s new visiting fellows, Emma Watson, was spotted being shown round on Friday.The actress, famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, was first spotted by a student as she made her entrance into the College. There was initially some confusion amongst JCR members as to whether Watson was in fact present in the College. Her visit was later confirmed, however, by a student on the LMH JCR page.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%13029%%[/mm-hide-text] The visit of Watson follows the appointment of 11 new visiting fellows by LMH Principal and ex-Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger earlier this month. The appointments included public figures from a variety of backgrounds, including actor Benedict Cumberbatch and Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant.One student managed to capture a photograph of Watson as she took a tour of the college library with Rusbridger. There was concern for the actress’s privacy following the publication of the photo on Twitter, however.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%13030%%[/mm-hide-text] In an email sent to the whole of LMH JCR, the JCR President, Emma Andrews, passed on a message from the Principal which confirmed that Watson had visited the College for “a preliminary discussion”.Rusbridger added, “I showed her the library. A student evidently took a sneak picture of her which is now on Twitter.“I can’t think of anything more guaranteed to undermine the programme of visiting fellows than our students refusing to respect the privacy of our guests.“Emma is keen to have contact with students and has imaginative plans for engaging with LMH. But it simply won’t work if our students behave in this way.”last_img read more

Philip Johnston Donates $50,000 to the Hudson County Community College Foundation

first_imgHudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that the College’s Foundation is receiving a $50,000 personal donation from longtime HCCC Foundation Board of Directors member, Philip Johnston.Mr. Johnston announced his gift at the HCCC Foundation’s Gala Fundraiser on Thursday, December 5, 2019. “As you walk through life, it’s good to look back and give somebody a helping hand,” he stated. ×Philip Johnston Philip Johnstoncenter_img “We are extremely grateful to Phil Johnston for this extraordinary gift, and thankful for the generosity and commitment he has provided to the College and our students for two decades,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “This gift will go a very long way in benefiting our students.”“Phil’s tireless support of the school and its students is both generous and inspiring”, said Richard W. Mackiewicz, Jr., Esq., the Foundation’s current Chair. “Foundations such as the one at Hudson County Community College are ever appreciative of ‘doers or donors’ and in Phil, it has that rare breed of one who is both a doer and donor.”Mr. Johnston is a native of Kearny, NJ who began his career in telecommunications at Bell New Jersey/ATT and Litton Industries. In 1977, he founded Johnston Communications Voice and Data and grew the company into the largest, privately owned vendor of communications systems in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Johnston served as President of the organization until a little over a year ago when he retired and sold the company (now known as JCT Solutions).Philip Johnston joined the HCCC Foundation Board of Directors in January 2000, and was Chair from 2010 to 2012. He serves on the Foundation’s Executive, Finance, Nominating, Strategic Planning, and Golf Committees.He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Local Pioneer Boys of America and West Hudson/South Bergen Optimist Club.last_img read more

Nordstrom Pre-Black Friday Deals: Our Absolute Favorite Picks

first_imgThis time around, online shopping is going to take centerstage, and with the majority of the country glued to their screens, it’s important to have a game plan. Luckily for Us, some of our favorite retailers are starting the Cyber Weekend festivities early — including Nordstrom! Check out our top picks below while they’re still in stock!1. Up to 78% Off Caslon styles at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: These lightweight linen joggers may be better suited for summer, but it’s never too early to start planning your wardrobe for next year! Who can resist with this amazing deal? They were $59, but you can get a pair for as little as $35 right now!- Advertisement – Check out more Zella leggings on sale here!3. Up to 60% Off Nordstrom home decor!Our Absolute Favorite: This leopard-print beige throw can add some subtle but wild style to any bedspread or living room couch setup. Plus, shoppers are obsessed with how cozy it is! It was $79, but you can get it for just $47 right now!Check out more Nordstrom-made home decor here!4. Up to 73% Off Halogen at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: We love Halogen because their styles are clean and always on-trend, and this faux-leather moto jacket is a classic closet staple. Originally $129, you can get it now for $77!Check out more Halogen styles on sale here!5. Up to 64% Off Treasure & Bond at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: If you’re looking to up your shoe game this winter, look no further than these studded faux-leather booties. They were $100, and now they’re just $60!Check out more Treasure & Bond styles on sale here!6. Up to 54% Off Nordstrom bedding!Our Absolute Favorite: This textured duvet cover is so luxurious and will make your bed feel heavenly. Plus, the set includes two matching pillow shams to complete the look! Prices originally started at $129, but now you can score the set for as little as $60!Check out more Nordstrom bedding on sale here!7. Up to 75% Off Rachel Parcell at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: Looking to get cozy? This shawl sweater will get you into the most comfy mood. It was $99, but right now it’s just $50!Check out more Rachel Parcell styles on sale here!8. Up to 62% Off Nordstrom handbags!Our Absolute Favorite: This genuine leather backpack is sleek, stylish and incredibly sophisticated. Plus, the sale price is hard to beat! It usually costs $189, but now it’s just $76!Check out more Nordstrom handbags on sale here!9. Up to 62% Off Caslon shoes at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: This pair of slip-on sneakers has an awesome wedge heel that will provide you with some extra inches without causing pain. We’re digging their trendy snakeskin print too! They were $90, but they’re just $34 right now!Check out more Caslon shoes on sale here!10. Up to 64% Off Nordstrom Signature styles!Our Absolute Favorite: This luxuriously soft cashmere sweater is the ultimate “treat yourself” gift. It was $299, but you can pick it up for yourself for just $179 during this sale!Check out more Nordstrom Signature styles on sale here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! – Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Black Friday is going to look slightly different this year. In light of the ongoing pandemic and safety restrictions that are in place to regulate social distancing, Friday morning at the mall just won’t have the same energy.- Advertisement – Check out more Caslon styles on sale here!2. Up to 40% Off Zella Leggings at Nordstrom!Our Absolute Favorite: Zella leggings are known for their high quality and comfort, and we’re currently obsessed with this adorable print version! They were $69, and now they’re starting at just $41 — a serious steal!- Advertisement –last_img read more

Twitter briefly restricts Trump campaign account, Republicans decry company’s actions

first_imgMcEnany likewise began tweeting again on Thursday, saying she regained access after deleting her post on the report.Both Facebook Inc and Twitter took proactive steps on Wednesday to restrict dissemination of the Post story in the hours after it was published.Facebook reduced how often the story shows up in users’ news feeds and elsewhere on the platform, an action spokesman Andy Stone said the company takes temporarily pending fact checker review “if we have signals that a piece of content is false.”Facebook did not respond to Reuters questions on whether its fact-checking partners were working on rating the Post’s story.Twitter prohibited its users from posting links to two New York Post articles about Hunter Biden, saying they violated its policies against posting private information and “hacked materials.”But Twitter’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday “our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”A Twitter spokesman declined to answer Reuters questions on whether Dorsey had been involved in the decisions on these restrictions on Wednesday or Thursday.Republicans on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee responded to Twitter’s actions by tweeting a link to a copy of the New York Post’s story on its website. Twitter blocked the link but later said this had been in error and reversed the action.The @nypost has not tweeted in over a day, suggesting that they are still blocked from posting.A spokeswoman for the New York Post declined to comment, other than referring Reuters to the Post’s own coverage.Republican lawmakers slammed the social media companies’ actions on Thursday. US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the blocking of the story was “reprehensible” and that there should be no “speech police” in the United States.After Twitter imposed the restrictions, the US Senate Judiciary Committee moved to subpoena Dorsey.Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Republican senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley said the committee will vote on sending the subpoena on Oct. 20 and plans to have Dorsey in front of the committee by Oct. 23.Hawley also called for sending a subpoena to Facebook.”We’re going to finally have an accounting that is long overdue,” Graham said. “This to me crystallizes the problem better than anything I could think of.”Topics : US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign’s Twitter account was briefly restricted on Thursday, causing an outcry from Republican lawmakers who accused social media companies of acting like “speech police” and vowing to hold Twitter responsible.Twitter temporarily blocked the @TeamTrump account from sending tweets after it posted a video about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son that it said violated its rules.The video referred to a New York Post story from Wednesday that contained alleged details of Hunter Biden’s business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company and said the former vice president had met with an adviser of the company. Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement that Republican-led Senate committees have previously concluded that Joe Biden engaged in no wrongdoing related to Ukraine. He also denied such a meeting had taken place.A Twitter spokesman said earlier on Thursday that the @TeamTrump account, and the accounts of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the New York Post, had been blocked from tweeting because of the company’s policies on hacked materials and posting private information. He said the accounts may need to delete the rule-breaking posts to continue tweeting.The Trump campaign, with 2.2 million followers, was sending tweets again on Thursday afternoon. It said in a new tweet it was “re-posting the video Twitter doesn’t want you to watch.” A Twitter spokesman told Reuters that the site would not take action as alterations to the video meant it no longer violated its policies.”It’s going to all end up in a big lawsuit and there are things that can happen that are very severe that I’d rather not see happen, but it’s probably going to have to,” Trump said when asked about the move by Twitter.last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette insists Mesut Ozil is a ‘leader’ despite coat-throwing incident

first_img Comment Alexandre Lacazette insists Mesut Ozil is a ‘leader’ despite coat-throwing incident 1 min. story Advertisement Alexandre Lacazette says Mesut Ozil is a leader despite the coat-throwing incident (Picture: Sky Sports)Alexandre Lacazette has defended Mesut Ozil after the midfielder lost his temper and launched his jacket in the direction of Marco Silva and Everton’s coaching staff at Goodison Park.Unai Emery gave Ozil the captain’s armband on Sunday afternoon and the German playmaker was largely anonymous before being substituted in the 74th minute of Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat.Clearly frustrated with his own performance, Ozil threw a tantrum in the dugout and hurled his coat towards Everton manager Silva as he rowed with Emery on the touchline.Emery played down the incident after the final whistle and, speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash with Napoli, Lacazette insisted ‘everything is fine’ with his Arsenal team-mate.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, the French striker believes Ozil may regret his questionable behaviour during the defeat to Everton.Asked if Ozil still ‘inspires’ him as a leader after the incident, Lacazette replied: ‘Yeah, he’s still a leader even if he knows he doesn’t have to do this.‘But when you are upset because… for some reasons… sometimes you do something which you don’t have to do.‘But after it’s something for him and today everything is fine.’Mesut Ozil launching his jacket at Unai Emery 👀 pic.twitter.com/wZiIKhMjrt— Sean Kearns (@SeanPaulKearns) April 7, 2019 Emery believes Arsenal have a ’50-50′ chance of beating Napoli and progressing through to the Europa League semi-finals.‘I think it’s 50-50. Napoli have a big history like us, they’re second in the table,’ the Spaniard said ahead of the first leg at the Emirates.‘They’re playing very well, they came from a strong group in the Champions League. They were very competitive.‘It’s going to be difficult for us but we have confidence. We need to be very consistent in two matches.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn sharing the touchline with Carlo Ancelotti, Emery said: ‘I have a great respect for every coach. Ancelotti is top. His career is amazing.‘For me my challenge is every day and every year. All I did in my past is only for taking experience. I need to make a new future.‘This match is a big match at the level we want to play. It’s a big test for us. We want to play against the best teams, Napoli are one of them.’MORE: Harry Kane breaks silence on ankle injury suffered as Tottenham beat Man City Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Apr 2019 3:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link417Shares Video Settings Full Screen About Connatix V67539 Advertisementlast_img read more