Mourners hold vigil at Colorado mom’s childhood church hours after fiancé’s arrest

first_imgWoodland Park Police Department(MOSES LAKE, Wash.) — Churchgoers in Washington state gathered Friday night to remember Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, hours after her fiancé was arrested and accused of killing her.Berreth grew up in Moses Lake, Washington, where she worshiped at Moses Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church, ABC Spokane affiliate KXLY-TV reported.Her hometown gathered there Friday night to remember her.“Everybody is devastated,” parishioner Sandy Larsen told KXLY-TV. “We don’t know what to do, so we came together to pray for her family tonight so that God would just be with them, comfort them.”“They were just a loving family, and they were an integral part of our church,” Larsen added. “Everybody loved them, and everybody loved Kelsey. We just watched her — she matured through the years, turned into a beautiful young lady.”Berreth, a 29-year-old mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her Woodland Park home. Her body has not been recovered.Berreth’s fiancé, Patrick Frazee, was arrested for first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder Friday morning, nearly one month after Berreth vanished, police said.Berreth and Frazee’s baby is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth’s family, police said.Frazee made his first court appearance Friday afternoon via video, according to ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. Berreth’s family did not attend.Frazee is being held without bond pending his next court appearance, set for Dec. 31, KMGH-TV reported. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Woodland Park Police Department(MOSES LAKE, Wash.) — Churchgoers in Washington state gathered Friday night to remember Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, hours after her fiancé was arrested and accused of killing her.Berreth grew up in Moses Lake, Washington, where she worshiped at Moses Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church, ABC Spokane affiliate KXLY-TV reported.Her hometown gathered there Friday night to remember her.“Everybody is devastated,” parishioner Sandy Larsen told KXLY-TV. “We don’t know what to do, so we came together to pray for her family tonight so that God would just be with them, comfort them.”“They were just a loving family, and they were an integral part of our church,” Larsen added. “Everybody loved them, and everybody loved Kelsey. We just watched her — she matured through the years, turned into a beautiful young lady.”Berreth, a 29-year-old mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her Woodland Park home. Her body has not been recovered.Berreth’s fiancé, Patrick Frazee, was arrested for first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder Friday morning, nearly one month after Berreth vanished, police said.Berreth and Frazee’s baby is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth’s family, police said.Frazee made his first court appearance Friday afternoon via video, according to ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. Berreth’s family did not attend.Frazee is being held without bond pending his next court appearance, set for Dec. 31, KMGH-TV reported. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Alternative Medicine Saves Foot from Amputation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA South African newspaper reports doctors told diabetic Terry Whitfield that his gangrene-ravaged foot would need to be amputated. Instead he sought the help of an alternative healer and calls the outcome a miracle… ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Terry’s unconventional treatment at the time included ozone therapy, colloidal silver ingestion and oxygen gel. And now he wishes to instil hope in others facing the same predicament brought on by diabetes. (East London Community paper) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Debt ceiling debate: Preaching to the choir

first_imgCNN: The White House continues to issue dire warnings about the economic consequences should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling this month. President Barack Obama told Wall Street to be “concerned” and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Congress is “playing with fire.”But despite all the drastic pronouncements, some Republicans in Congress aren’t buying it. For one thing, they doubt that October 17 is the date when the Treasury will be unable to meet its obligations.Rep. Lee Terry, R-Nebraska, is one of those lawmakers.…Which side is right? Before default is reached, it’s hard to know.But a recent study published in Psychological Science found that people on the far end of the political spectrum believe that their positions are “correct.”“Given the stalemate in Washington, understanding why people become so entrenched in their views — even when there is not an objectively correct answer — is more important than ever,” Kaitlin Toner, a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, said, describing why she conducted the study.Read the whole story: CNN More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Whither the WTO Doha Development Round?

first_img Oct 15, 2020 WTO: Members’ Development Status (Part I)By Elizabeth Morgan The development status of members, i.e. whether they are designated developed, developing or least developed countries (LDCs), has now become a contentious issue at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Note that all WTO Members are not countries. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) are customs territories…August 21, 2019In “Featured”WTO: Members’ Development Status (Part III): Implications for CARICOM MembersWhen the World Trade Organization (WTO) resumes work shortly, the Members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), like others, will need to be prepared to address the issues on WTO reform which include proposals on special and differential treatment (S&DT) and differentiation/graduation. In addition, preparations will commence for the 12th WTO…September 4, 2019In “CARICOM”What has been CARICOM’s Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda?By Elizabeth Morgan On February 20, 2019, my article in the Gleaner was titled “Needed: A CARICOM Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda”.  On September 2, 2020, I addressed “Jamaica’s Trade Performance: Turbulence Ahead”. This article was relevant to CARICOM generally. Last week, referring specifically to Jamaica’s Cabinet appointments in Foreign…September 16, 2020In “Indepth”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established in 1995 superseding the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to negotiate, adjudicate and administer global trade rules. The WTO resulted from the last GATT Round, the 1986-1994 Uruguay Round (UR). The Permanent Representative of Guyana to WTO Ambassador John Deep Ford (right) was appointed Chair of the WTO Agriculture Committee. By the first WTO Ministerial Conference (MC1), Singapore, December 1996, many developed countries and trading powers were talking about launching a new round of multilateral trade negotiations which would address newer issues such as investment, competition policy (fair trade), government procurement, trade facilitation, core labour standards and environment standards. Most developing countries, including CARICOM Members, were not enthusiastic about entering into a new round of negotiations so soon after the GATT UR as they were still struggling to implement the resulting Agreements. Thereafter, there was continued strong opposition to a new Round from developing countries and global non-governmental organizations (NGOs); recall the Seattle (MC3) conflagration in 1999. The new round was not launched until MC4 at Doha, Qatar, in November 2001, with much pressure exerted by the developed countries. The compromise was that the Round would focus on development issues. New issues, investment, government procurement, competition policy and trade facilitations, would be further studied. Labour and environment standards were dropped. This Doha “Development” Round would address agricultural products, non-agricultural products (industrial including fisheries) known by the acronym, NAMA, services, and various trade-related and development specific issues including Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT) and Small Economies. In CARICOM’s interest, a work programme emerged to specifically benefit Small Vulnerable Economies (SVEs). The general aim of the Round was to improve market access and enable developing countries to increase their share in global trade.  This Round was scheduled to conclude in 2005 by MC6. In 2004, the WTO General Council decided to commence negotiations on Trade Facilitation from the group of new issues. By MC6 at Hong Kong, December 2005, it was clear that the Round could not be completed within the set timeframe. Resulting from this Conference was the Aid for Trade Initiative.  It encouraged donors to target development support specifically to building trade infrastructure in developing countries in order to improve their ability to benefit from trade. Aid for Trade was viewed with skepticism by many developing countries considering it an appeasement attempt as their development concerns were not being satisfactorily addressed. From 2006, the Doha Round negotiations continued with limited progress. Agriculture was a particularly difficult issue as developed countries demanded increased access into the markets of emerging developing countries and developing countries had concerns about subsidies applied in developed countries. It was also evident that development, as defined by developing countries, was not at the core of the Round. Development for developed countries was all about market access. In S&DT concessions, developed countries were also wanting emerging economies and middle income developing countries to be graduated or given more differentiated treatment. WTO Members included in this category were China, Brazil, Singapore, Chile, India, Taiwan, and others. CARICOM countries could also be affected. This S&DT proposal from the USA and others was another bone of contention. An opportunity to break the deadlock and conclude the Round was missed in 2008. In the intervening period, countries began to increasingly negotiate complex bilateral and plurilateral free trade agreements mainly outside of the WTO. These included the Trans-Partnership (TPP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). Progress in the Doha Round was not recorded until MC9, Bali, Indonesia, December 2013, when the Agreement on Trade Facilitation was concluded and adopted. Jamaica was actively engaged in the conclusion of this Agreement. Thereafter, the developed countries began to speak of the Doha Development Agenda, not Round. The focus was on specific issues such as application of subsidies in fishing (Fisheries Subsidies). By MC10 in Nairobi, Kenya, December 2015, the developed countries, the original proponents of the Round, were in search of means to suspend it. The view was that they actually did not want to declare the Round’s death in Kenya, the first African developing country to host a Ministerial Conference. The Nairobi Declaration reflected the divisions in the WTO on the Round’s status recognizing that some Members reaffirmed it, while others did not believing new approaches were necessary to achieving desired outcomes. This signalled that the developed countries had not gotten what they wanted and were ready to move on. MC11, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2017, was considered by many as a requiem for the Round. This Conference ended without a formal ministerial declaration. The Chair, Argentine Minister Susana Malcorra, concluded in her Statement that there would be life after Buenos Aires but it was for the Members to give meaning and value to it. The situation at the WTO became more difficult with the election of US President Donald Trump in November 2017. The Trump Administration’s “America First” policy was anti-multilateralism and particularly belligerent towards the WTO. There was talk of the US withdrawing from the Organization. The Administration did not favour multilateral trade negotiations; refused to approve members of the WTO Appellate Body in the dispute settlement mechanism; moved towards more protectionist policies unilaterally applying tariffs on steel and aluminum; and commenced a bilateral dispute with China. Perhaps, fearful of US withdrawal, feeling that the global trade environment had radically changed and concerned about the WTO’s future, some Members began to look at a new direction for the Organization considering a work programme on other issues, such as e-commerce, state-owned enterprises, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), women’s economic empowerment, and investment facilitation. The EU, Canada, and other developed countries put forward proposals and begun consultations on WTO reform. For political reasons, some developing countries have joined these initiatives. Hence the Financial Times’ conclusion that the Doha Round has died. There are still many developing countries from all regions who do not share this view of the Round’s demise and are uncomfortable with current proposals for WTO reform. Thus, it is reported that the atmosphere in the Organization is quite unstable as Members begin to look to MC12 in Astana, Kazakhstan, in June 2020. Where does CARICOM stand? It seems that CARICOM believes that there is unfinished business in the Doha Round especially for SVEs. On WTO reform, it appears that CARICOM needs to give this matter more serious consideration.  The CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and Member States need to be following developments at the WTO more closely, assessing the state of play, and the implications for the Region in order to arrive at clear positions to guide delegations. Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… By Elizabeth Morgan In an article on December 21, 2018, the Financial Times declared that the WTO Doha Round had finally died a merciful death after nearly a decade spent comatose. This reflected the view of the developed countries, which was not necessarily supported by all developing countries. WTO Secretary General Roberto Azevêdo and Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC last_img read more

Piece de residence

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World Cup ticket sales simplified

first_imgA Ghanaian journalist walks pastthe Fifa Ticketing Centre in Maponya Mall. World Cup bigshots Jerome Valcke andDanny Jordaan with media personalitySindy Mabe. The World Cup ticket has been unveiled tothe media. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected]• 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Soccer Cinema to inspire SA• Interpol: a safe World Cup • SA starts the 2010 countdown• World Cup ticket sales soar• World Cup fever spreads abroad • World Cup fever hits the road• Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World CupBongani NkosiSouth African football fans will soon be able to buy tickets for 2010 Fifa World Cup matches over the counter, and collect them immediately.Fifa and its partner, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), launched the Fifa Ticketing Centres at Maponya Mall in Pimville, Soweto, on 9 April. The official ticket design was also unveiled at the event.Organisers have set up 11 venues in the nine host cities where fans can buy tickets from 15 April. Johannesburg and Durban have two centres each.Maponya Mall, Soweto’s first upmarket shopping centre, is home to one of the centres, while Johannesburg’s other centre is at Laico Isle in Sandton.“We have always said that it is important that we make this World Cup more accessible to the people and with the over-the-counter sales, we believe this measure is consistent with the needs of the fans,” said Danny Jordaan, LOC CEO.“We are excited about these new initiatives, which make the process much easier for everyone,” he added.The centres will also serve as collection points for tickets that have already been bought through First National Bank (FNB) branches and other Fifa channels.The new centres will be of great help to fans who aren’t too familiar with bank transactions and who do not have access to internet, Pimville resident Benjamin Mashiloane pointed out.He plans to buy tickets for the opening match on 11 June, when South Africa takes on Mexico, but until now has found the ticket application process quite daunting.“If I give money and I get a ticket on the same day it will be much easier,” said Mashiloane, who stays close to the mall. “Some of the football supporters here in the township are not clued up about the process of money transactions. The centre will be convenient for them.”To get tickets, all that Mashiloane and fellow fans need now is to show their identity documents, proof of residence and the cash or credit card to buy them. The centres are open seven days a week from 9am 6pm.About 600 FNB branches across the country, operating five days a week during normal banking hours, will also sell tickets from 15 April. The public can order tickets there and collect them at the 11 Fifa Ticketing Centres or Shoprite and Checkers sales points, of which there are 18 countrywide. “The process is new,” said Fifa.From 15 April, tickets can also be bought through the World Cup hotline, which operates seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. Fans within South Africa can call 083 123 2010, while international buyers should dial 0041445832010.“We have made a big effort to assist football fans by introducing various additional means to purchase a ticket,” said Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke. “We are committed to facilitating the process for all fans and are giving them this last chance to attend the matches and experience the excitement of this first World Cup in Africa.”‘Buy tickets on time’With the last sales phase opening on 15 April, Jordaan reinforced the call to South Africans to buy their tickets in time, and not wait for six days until kick-off. All South Africans qualify for the exclusively reserved category-four tickets, which are priced the lowest to enable as many local fans as possible to see matches live.He said having more South Africans at the matches was part of showing hospitality to the visitors. “The final thing is that South Africans must respond. We must be good hosts, and if we’re good hosts it means we must be there at stadiums.”South Africans snap up ticketsJudging by ticket sales so far, stadiums will indeed be packed with South African football fanatics in their colourful self-styled attire and booming vuvuzela trumpets. Out of the 2.2-million tickets that have already been sold, 925 437 have been snapped up from within South Africa.The US is leading ticket sales overseas, accounting for 118 945 purchases so far. Some 64 654 tickets have been bought in the UK, 32 269 in Germany, 29 657 in Australia and 16 001 in Canada.Only 500 000 tickets are left, although the final, to be played on 11 July at Soccer City in Johannesburg, is already sold out.last_img read more

Benchmark considerations on Windows Operating Systems

first_imgIntel Turbo ModeEnable P-StatesDisable PCIe ASPM (Active State Power Management)Disable EISTDisable I am very excited to have the opportunity to test Intel® Optane™ in several scenarios, and certainly, I will be sharing this experience with you, as much as possible.The first thing to consider when performing a benchmarking test is what is your goal? I mean, what do you want to get out of the test?It is very easy to get consumed by simple target raw numbers. We all know what they are:IOPSThroughputLatencyMost benchmarks tests use very high queue depth to achieve results, however, this is not how real workloads behave. They are normally random in nature with low queue depth.Whatever you want to achieve, you need to understand the effects of settings on overall performance results.Intel® Optane™ storage devices can achieve latencies in the microseconds range, so it is very important to tune the system to achieve the best possible result.The following list presents settings to achieve a more predictable performance for benchmarking tests, on a single system. For production settings, you should consider the trade-offs of each setting for your current scenario. Since peak results are achieved with Hyper-Threading and Intel Boost enabled, but the tradeoff could be less predictable and consistent results across platforms.1. Hardware Settings Hyper-ThreadingDisablecenter_img C-StatesDisable Power SchemePerformance Mode SettingValue 2. Software Settingsa. Set Operating System Power Management to High Performance (Elevated command prompt).i. powercfg /S 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c b. Check if Default Scheme is correct: powercfg /GETACTIVESCHEMEc. Check for any filter driver installed on the system and remove if not in use (Elevated command prompt).i. FLTMC (look for any legacy type filter)d. Disable Scheduled Defragmentation (Elevated PowerShell)i. Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName ScheduledDefrag | Disable-ScheduledTaske. Set Windows Defender or any Anti-Virus to not scan the Optane Drive.f. Use INTEL provided NVMe driver https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27231/NVMe-Drivers-for-Intel-SSDsFor a complete list of settings check the Evaluation GuideIf we do not achieve the expected results, or if it is way off, be sure to check all the knobs in order to unleash all the power of the device.last_img read more

Sonia meets leaders from NE NRC among issues discussed

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday met party leaders from north eastern states and discussed with them key issues, including the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and problems of the region.The meeting was attended by top Congress leaders from the North East, including former chief ministers and secretary in-charge of north eastern states Luizinho Faleiro. “We had a long meeting. We discussed the problems facing NE states. Senior leaders made presentations. We have decided to strengthen and consolidate the north east coordination committees. We have also decided to set up a permanent Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’office in Guwahati,” Falerio later told reporters. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel were also part of the meeting. Faleiro said the issue of NRC in Assam, was among the issues discussed at the meeting “We have also decided that we should meet and discuss periodically the problems of the north eastern states, which are growing and mounting. It has to be brought down and we have to come together in unity,” he said. The Congress leader said issues pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was opposed in Rajya Sabha and is a part of the BJP manifesto, was also discussed threadbare at the meeting. The problems arising out of the NRC in Assam and other issues were also discussed during the meeting, the sources said. Gandhi is also scheduled to meet chief ministers of Congress-ruled states of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry in the evening.last_img read more

HOW STAN LEE CHANGED CANADIAN COMIC CREATOR TODD MCFARLANES LIFE WHEN HE

first_img Twitter How did you come to meet Stan Lee?The first time I met him, I’m 16 and I’m a Canadian kid hanging out in Florida on a little vacation playing some baseball and I happened to be at a hotel that had a little comic convention going.Lo and behold, there’s Stan Lee sitting in the hallway.I was collecting comic books, becoming quickly obsessed with them. His name was on every single book.I, at that point, had sort of wishful thoughts that maybe I could break into this industry, and so I went over to this guy and said, “Mr. Lee, I’m a big fan. Any way I could hang out and ask you questions?”And he pulled up a chair, tapped it with his hand and said, “Sit down.”And I sat with him for seven hours.Later on I met him more formally because, you know, I’d broken into Marvel comic books and I was doing Spider-Man and all of a sudden there our paths would cross and then we started doing a few goofy things together and we became friends and then the bond just sort of grew over the past few decades. Canadian comics creator Todd McFarlane with his friend and mentor Stan Lee. (Todd McFarlane/Instagram ) Advertisement Facebook Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, right, and comics legend Stan Lee take in a baseball game. (Submitted by Todd McFarlane ) Did he know you were that that kid who had connected with him years ago?Of course he doesn’t remember, and I’ve told him that story, because it had an impact on me.I’m lucky enough to have a career myself, and we get to sort of pay it forward, and hopefully we’re all continuing to inspire the next generation.And what he gave us — you mentioned Spider-Man. He’s best known for that, but then all the others, X-Men and Iron Man and…Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk…I mean, you list them, right?The magnitude of what he created, the volume that he created is unmatched on such a global level.It now has spawned across an entire globe. His characters have now reached every corner of the globe.He was obviously not the only one creating these superheroes, but some have said that what was different about Stan Lee is that these people had personalities, they had some human frailties to them, there was some edge that lets you get into the character differently. Is that what you found?Here’s the thing that I discovered that may surprise your listeners:When I talked to Stan privately, he admitted — which I think should be inspirational to anybody who wants to create — that even when he was creating all these characters, he still had his doubts about them.He was putting ideas out there and hoping that some of them would stick. And to his good fortune, to the good fortune really of all of us, really, who are in geekdom, the vast majority of them stuck..Stan was 95 when he died and I know you stayed friends with him over all those years. But there were concerns about his health, there were lawsuits, people coming after him and all kinds of ways. How was it when you saw him last?What I saw was a 95-year-old man. And the reason that that statement is shocking to some of us that were close to him is because for so long, almost up to age 94, he acted like he was 30-40 years younger.I mean, he had an energy level and a vibrancy that was almost unparalleled for somebody his age.He was still a superhero. If you saw him interact with other people, if you saw how gracious he was and then you could spend time with him away from those people, and that it wasn’t an act. You saw that it was genuine.For me, that was his greatest skill.Written by Sheena Goodyear. Produced by Imogen Birchard. Q&A has been edited for length and clarity. last_img read more