Remains of First World War soldier from New Brunswick identified in France

first_imgOTTAWA – The remains of a New Brunswick man who died while fighting to take a French hillside during the First World War have been identified and will be given a proper burial.The Defence Department said in a news release Friday that Sgt. Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy was found near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil — at the site where the battle for Hill 70 took place in August 1917.He was identified using historical records, an identifying disc and forensics.Born in 1884 in St. Stephen, N.B., Shaughnessy left his job as a stenographer and joined an infantry battalion, becoming part of the Canadian expeditionary force when he was 31 and dying in the battle at the age of 33.The department has notified members of Shaughnessy’s family, and says he will be buried in their presence at Loos British Cemetery outside Loos-en-Gohelle, France, later this year.His remains were discovered on June 6 last year during a munitions clearing process in advance of a construction project near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil.Approximately 2,100 Canadians gave their lives in the battle for Hill 70, and more than 1,300 of them have no known grave.last_img read more

Martina McBride Invites Homeless Teens To Concert

first_imgMartina McBride and her global volunteer group “Team Martina” paid a surprise visit to the Covenant House shelter for homeless youth in Newark, NJ, on March 1, 2014.Team Martina volunteers, who assembled from 10 states and 2 countries for Martina’s concert with George Strait in New Jersey, treated the kids living at the Covenant House Newark shelter to ice cream, games, and prizes.Then Martina spoke to the kids and surprised them with tickets to her show later that night in front of a sold out crowd. Martina donated enough seats for the entire shelter to attend the concert.International president of Covenant House, Kevin Ryan, was on hand for Team Martina’s visit and he and his staff were able to attend the concert with the kids later that night as a group. “We can’t thank Team Martina, and Martina herself, enough for being here today,” said Ryan. “Martina has a big voice, but she has an even bigger heart. And the fact Team Martina volunteers from all over the country are here shows that our kids are not forgotten and that you care, and that means everything.”Martina and her team also surprised the staff and kids at the shelter with a new karaoke sound system. Then Martina signed autographs and took photos with the kids. Martina McBride’s global charity team, Team Martina, is a platform for thousands of country music fans interested in volunteering and helping the world alongside Martina. Learn more here and follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/TeamMartina or Twitter.Source:Covenant Houselast_img read more

Canadiandirected film Charlie Says tells story of women who killed for Charles

first_imgServing life in jail are three women, still in thrall to Manson and clinging to his promise that they will all live out the coming race war in a hole in the desert from which they will emerge to populate a glorious new world. Charles Manson did not wield the knives in the 1969 murder spree that ended the Californian hippy dream, so what drove the people who did so on his orders? That is the question posed in “Charlie Says” which premiered in Venice on Sunday.“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith plays Manson, a wild-eyed petty criminal who sets up a hippy commune where his followers worship him like a messiah, clinging to every word of his incoherent prophecies of Armageddon.Directed by Canadian Mary Harron, who made the 2000 Christian Bale movie “American Psycho,” “Charlie Says” is set three years after the murders of, among others, Roman Polanski’s actress wife Sharon Tate and her unborn child. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian wheat exports to China soar amid USChina tariff dispute

first_imgCanada’s wheat exports to China jumped nearly 200 per cent from January to November 2018 as the Asian country stopped buying from American farmers amid a tariff dispute.Statistics Canada data released Thursday shows total Canadian wheat exports grew nearly 13 per cent during that time from about 15 million tonnes to roughly 17 million tonnes.Wheat exports to China grew from about 436,000 tonnes between January and November 2017 to nearly 1.3 million tonnes in the same months of 2018.Data for December is not yet available.The U.S. Wheat Associates says on its website American farmers have been shut out of the Chinese market since March 2018 after China announced it would impose a retaliatory 25 per cent import tariff on American wheat.The group put out a statement in July saying the ongoing trade conflict is already hurting farmers, adding that over the past three years Chinese customers purchased an average 20 million bushels of wheat from March to June compared to no new purchases since March 2018. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

British Steel collapses threatening thousands of jobs

LONDON — Britain’s Insolvency Service says British Steel has been ordered into compulsory liquidation after talks with the government failed to secure a bailout.The move threatens some 5,000 workers employed by the company, with another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain.The official receiver says in a statement Wednesday that the immediate priority is the safe operation of the Scunthorpe plant in northeast Britain.The official receiver says the company “is continuing to trade and supply its customers while I consider options for the business.”The Associated Press

Senior UN official spotlights plight of Palestinian refugees caught in Syrian conflict

Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told a news conference in New York that the agency was able to deliver about 6,500 food parcels and 10,000 polio vaccines in the past couple of weeks, but that this is “a drop in the ocean” compared to the needs of the area’s 18,000 residents. Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk – a suburb just south of Damascus – was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. In December 2012 and in the months since, conflict has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery.UN agencies and their partners obtained limited access to Yarmouk in recent weeks, after not having been able to deliver assistance since last September. However, they have not been able to enter for the past several days, and renewed negotiations are ongoing. Half of the 540,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria have been displaced since the conflict erupted three years ago. About 80,000 have gone to other countries, in particular to Lebanon, which is the easiest to get to. Mr. Grandi noted “a bit of irony” about this since Lebanon, he said, is the place where Palestinian refugees have always had a difficult time in terms of rights and access to jobs. “But it was the only way out,” he stated, adding that Palestinians in Syria “have suffered by and large the same fate as all other civilians” but have had “much more limited flight options than other people.”Mr. Grandi, who is set to leave his post at the end of next month after heading UNRWA for the past four years, also drew attention to yesterday’s explosion in the southern Syrian city of Dera’a at a UN school, as just the latest example of the dangers faced daily by civilians in the war-torn nation.Some 40 children were injured in the explosion, along with four UNRWA staff, at the Turaan School, which has a total of 270 students. UNRWA condemned the attack and appealed to the parties once again to ensure that schools, hospitals and UN facilities are protected amid the ongoing conflict. “This is a marked UN school, so there is no two ways about it,” stressed Mr. Grandi. read more

February 2018 new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for February pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in February 2018 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the February 2018 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

LeBron James Loses So Much Weight That Hes Now

NBA star LeBron James said he spent 67 consecutive days eating no carbohydrates or sweets and only meat, fish, vegetables and fruits, helping him drop so much weight that he plans to gain pounds prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ training camp.James did not reveal exactly how much weight he lost, but it is more than 10 pounds. He said he began the dietary change to test his “mental fortitude.”James told Sports Illustrated: “I had no sugars, no dairy, I had no carbs. All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days.”He told the Oregonian newspaper out of Portland that he had “lost a ton of weight” — so much weight that he’s now trying to put back on a few pounds.James posted the photo above on Instagram, causing speculation that he was on a Paleo diet. He also posted photos of salads to show his new eating habits. One image included an arugula salad with chicken, strawberries, mango, cashews and olive oil/lemon vinaigrette dressing.Losing weight could add to James’ quickness and durability as he embarks on his second run with the Cavaliers. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State mounts secondhalf comeback to beat Michigan 7162

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks to drive in the first half in the game against Michigan. Ohio State won the game 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the first time all season, Ohio State (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) came back from a daunting double-digit second-half deficit, defeating Michigan (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) 71-62 at the Schottenstein Center on Monday.Ohio State lost to both Butler and Clemson after miserable second halfs that ruined first-half leads, but outscored the Wolverines 41-19 in the second half after falling behind 43-30 at the end of the first half to come away with the win. The Buckeyes finished the game on a 15-2 run. Michigan went 5-for-29 in the second half, including just 1-for-12 from beyond the arc.The Buckeyes trailed by as much as 43-23, but carried a 7-0 run at the end of the first half into a 17-3 run to open the second half, then took the lead with 12:29 left in the game.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate capped off the first-half run with a thundering, one-handed slam over Michigan forward Moritz Wagner to send the 12,546 fans in the Schott to their feet for the first time the entire game. Tate finished with 14 points and four rebounds in the game.“It was pretty loud in there. I haven’t really heard the Schott that loud. [Tate’s] dunk set it off,” redshirt senior guard Kam Williams said. “Head coach Chris Holtmann said cutting into the lead and making it just a 13-point game going into halftime helped Ohio State gain some momentum when it needed it most, and proved to be important in sparking the team’s second-half comeback.“It’s just so much more manageable than when you’re saying 20 up there,” Holtmann said. We actually had a chance to cut it to 11. I had used my timeout and didn’t want to use it again. We didn’t get a great shot late, but that was very important to just get a little bit of momentum in that last minute-and-a-half.”Bates-Diop was fouled on his way up with 12:29 remaining in the second half and tied the game with his first free throw, then dropped in the second one to give Ohio State its first lead of the game at 47-46. Bates-Diop ended the game with 18 points and nine rebounds. Michigan later retook a 57-56 lead with 5:48 left on a free throw by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and extended it to two points with the second make. The game was tied again on a baseline jumper from Williams at 60-60 with 3:38 left in the game. Guard C.J. Jackson made the first free-throw try with 2:59 remaining to give Ohio State a 61-60 lead. The Buckeyes pulled away to a 67-60 advantage with four more free throws by Jackson and two from Bates-Diop.It was clear early that the Michigan offense was able to spread the Ohio State defense out with passes from baseline to baseline and screens to shake pursuing defenders, opening up lanes for easy points in the paint and finding chances for its guards to shoot from beyond the arc. By halftime, Michigan had run up a 43-30 lead and led in both 3-pointers (7-5) and points in the paint (20-10). With 14:18 left in the first half, the Buckeye defense switched to a 2-3 zone, but found little success against the Michigan offense that continued to exploit the zone. The Wolverines went on a 22-11 run to push their lead out to 36-17.Holtmann said coming out of the half, his team had a determination to be totally different than it played in the first half when things were not going right for his team.“Defensively, we had to change some things at half time because you watch a ton of tape and you put a scouting report together and you think it’s going to work like it worked against Wisconsin, and your guys execute,” Holtmann said. “When they come out and they attack it in a way that really exposes us, so we had to make some changes, so that I think combined with just our guys’ effort was critical.”Wagner led Michigan players with 14 points and nine rebounds. Guards Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson were tied for the second-most points with 11 points each.Bates-Diop said between the 83-59 road win against Wisconsin and the second-half comeback against Michigan, the Buckeyes are starting to get an idea of what the ceiling could be if they continue their success. “If we play like we did in the second half all game, the game’s really not even that close and Michigan’s a good team,” Bates-Diop said. “It’s hard to win in Wisconsin no matter what year it is. So if we carry these things as the rest of non-conference and into the regular season Big Ten, I think sky’s the limit for us. We can be really good.”Ohio State stays home for a matchup at noon Saturday against William and Mary. read more

Psychic pig Mystic Marcus predicts World Cup semifinal lineup

The unscripted drama of a World Cup just wouldn’t be complete without the sideshow of a psychic animal making bold predictions about the outcome, and this year, a mystic micro pig from Britain has stepped into the spotlight.   Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from a farm in Heage, Derbyshire, has ignored the favourites for the competition now under way in Russia, and plucked for Argentina, Belgium, Nigeria and Uruguay to make the final four.The micro pig, sporting a wizard’s hat and cape, made the prediction by eating four apples with the colourful flags of each of his selected countries attached to a wooden cocktail stick.Marcus has earned a reputation for making correct predictions, according to the BBC, having previously prophesied the result of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis men’s finals, the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s shock US election victory in 2016.The piggy prophet’s owner Juliette Stevens, who breeds micro pigs for a living on her 22-acre family-run farm, said there has been huge interest in the animal’s World Cup predictions. The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finals “I’m now inundated with messages from around the world from people asking me to arrange for Marcus to predict all sorts of things,” she explained. “Lottery numbers, election results, sports results, horse races. Very funny.” The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finalsCredit:Michael Scott/Mercury Press  Achilles Oracle cat Achilles predicted Russia’s opening game World Cup victoryCredit:Getty  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Aside from making predictions, Ms Stevens previously said Marcus has a “lovely chilled out personality” and has “produced some lovely piglets”.She added: “I love micro pigs because they are so intelligent and so cute and sweet. In my view they are by far the most amazing pets you could wish to own.” This year, a Russian cat named Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the competition’s first game between the host nation and Saudi Arabia. The feline’s reputation soared last summer when he correctly predicted results correctly in the Confederations Cup. However, her pet’s predictions haven’t always been accurate, with Marcus wrongly backing Derby County to beat Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final in 2016, a match the Rams lost 3-0.His prediction for this year’s tournament will also ultimately prove to be incorrect, with his four teams picked unable to all reach the semi-final due to clashes in the quarter-finals, if they all make it that farMarcus joins a long list of animals with reputed psychic powers, including Paul the “octopus oracle”, who correctly predicted the results of 12 matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. read more

Sony Pictures France hacked 177000 emails stolen

first_imgPoor Sony just can’t catch a break. This time it’s Sony Pictures France that’s been hacked, and over 177,000 individual e-mail messages have been stolen from the site’s database. The two hackers who took credit for the attack are a student from Lebanon and a friend of his in France. They stated getting into Sony Pictures France’s database was a matter of a simple SQL injection: the same way intruders got into almost every other Sony site in recent weeks.The two men responsible for the hack have posted 70 of the emails to Pastebin, but have said they’ll hold off on posting the rest. Sony, for its part, only said that they’re “investigating” the pair’s claim, and won’t corroborate the fact that an intrusion occurred.Even though Sony is keeping quiet on the matter, a SQL injection is actually a simple method of attack and it’s the same one used against SonyPictures.com earlier this month. It’s also the same method used to breach databases in smaller attacks at Sony sites around the world, including Sony Pictures Russia, Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and the Sony Ericsson website, all this month.The Lebanese student who claimed responsibility goes by the handle Idahc, and he’s no stranger to breaking into Sony’s networks. He claims to have gotten access to a number of other Sony sites, and spoke to Forbes last week about Sony’s security woes. He says he originally started hacking for a noble cause, but at this point he just wants to force companies like Sony to address the sorry state of their information security.This latest hack is another indication that even though Sony claims to have learned a great deal from the massive PSN hack in April, they have yet to implement consistent security policies across all of their corporate networks. So many of Sony’s branches and subsidiary companies operate on their own and have their own security policies that we’ll likely continue to see more Sony-related breaches until the company takes a holistic approach to their own security.Read more at CNetlast_img read more

Ask a Climatologist The mind boggling rain of tropical storm Harvey

first_img(Graphic courtesy of Brian Brettschneider)Lots of Alaskans have ties to the Houston area. Including climate expert Brian Brettschneider from our Ask a Climatologist segment.We asked him to help us understand the magnitude of the rainfall event from tropical storm Harvey and to clarify how much climate change may be contributing to the disaster.Brettschneider says he was living in Houston in 2001, when tropical storm Allison dumped 15 – 35 inches of rain on the city in five days.Listen nowInterview Transcript:Brian: My own home flooded and I saw a home next door burn down from a fire started by the flood, so it is eerie to watch what’s going on [now] and actually how much worse it is than any previous flood on record.Annie: Given how much worse it is than the flood you lived through, is it hard to comprehend?Brian: It is. You can go through the statistics which are mind boggling. The entire area where Houston is in Harris County has experienced the rainfall that would happen about once every 1000 years or more, for a large area. Sometimes you would see a little dot on the map where there’s a small bull’s eye of somewhere that got really, really dumped on with rain. But this is a large area. You’re talking 2,000 square miles that have had a 1,000 year flood event. So it’s really unfortunate, the placing of this event. And you also have an area that’s been heavily developed. It’s very flat. It was historically wetland and boggy and so there’s a lot of human conditions that have contributed to the inability of that water to move out of the system.Annie: Give us some Alaska context for just how much rain has fallen.Brian: So if you think of the Houston area, some areas have had a year’s worth of rain in four days. Imagine Anchorage getting 17 inches in four days which is twice what has ever fallen in that time period. Imagine Fairbanks getting 10 or 11 inches in a couple days, which would far exceed any flood on record. So these are mind numbing statistics about how much rain has fallen in a short amount of time. And actually if you take all that water that has just fallen on Harris County and you put it right over the urban part of Anchorage it would be about 60 or 70 feet deep of water. So it’s really an extraordinary amount of water that’s fallen.Annie: How much of this storm can be attributed to climate change?Brian: That’s actually a really tough question and there’s been a lot of hand wringing about this. It’s pretty standard accepted atmospheric physics that warmer air can hold more water, so you would expect that any given event would provide more precipitation. As far as was this a poster child for a climate change storm? I think that’s a dangerous path to go down. You would really want to look at it as a probability event, as a population of storms. So you would say this is a little more likely in a warming world than it would have been pre-industrial warming. So I wouldn’t say Harvey is the future. But an event like this is just a little more likely than you would have seen in the past.Annie: And in terms of how much more rain we’re seeing out of Harvey because of climate change, you’re saying that’s a relatively small amount?Brian: Well again, it’s really hard to attribute. When you say a small amount, perhaps. So maybe instead of some areas getting 50 inches of rain, maybe they would have only had 47, 48 or 49 inches of rain before. But that one, two or three inches of rain — that matters. That’s not nothing. So in the grand scheme of things, that may not sound like a lot but it may be a significant contributor. But to say Harvey is a climate change storm, that’s kind of a stretch at this point.last_img read more

SunilDeekshitha emerge victorious in Colors Kannadas Takadimita

first_imgTakadimita (Takadhimita) grand finale.Colors Kannada Facebook AccountSunil and Deekshitha have won the first season of Colors Kannada’s dance reality show Takadimita (Takadhimita). The duo, with their brilliant performance, managed to lift the trophy, by beating four other teams in the grand finale, which was aired on Sunday, May 26.The show was started with 14 contestants (seven male and seven female) which was a mix of TV celebrities and commoners. In the end, five teams had entered the last stage of Takadimita. Kishan-Namratha, Sunil-Deekshitha, Dileep-Ramya, Manju-Karunya and Bhaskar-Neha were the contestants who were in the race to lift the trophy.There were two rounds in the grand finale and it was Sunil-Deekshitha’s performance that won the maximum votes. Manju-Karunya’s team ended up as the runner up in the first season of Takadimita.The grand finale was aired on Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm. It garnered good viewership and impressed the audience.Actor-filmmaker Ravichandran, actress Suman Ranganath and classical dancer Anuradha Vikranth judged the show, which was hosted by Akul Balaji.last_img read more

UN chief calls to stand united against antiMuslim hatred

first_imgThe UN Secretary-General António Guterres participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York for colleagues who died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on 15 March 2019 in New York City. AFP File PhotoUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the international community to “stand united against anti-Muslim hatred” following a mass shooting targeting two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, reports UNB.The shooting has left at least 49 dead, including three Bangladesh nationals, and many others wounded, some critically.“I’m saddened and strongly condemn the shooting of innocent people as they prayed peacefully in mosques in New Zealand,” tweeted the UN chief, expressing his “deepest condolences to the victims’ families.”“Today and every day, we must stand united against anti-Muslim hatred, and all forms of bigotry and terror,” he stressed.A terrorist, who police have described as being in his late 20s, has been arrested and charged with murder, according to UN News.According to news reports, he live-streamed himself via a head-mounted camera online, firing at worshippers inside the Al Noor mosque in the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch.A second attack also took place at the city’s Linwood Mosque.Flowers and a New Zealand national flag are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 16 March 2019. Photo: ReutersAccording to news reports, police have asked the public not to share the “extremely distressing” footage posted by the gunman online.Meanwhile, Facebook has reportedly taken down the gunman’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, which reportedly contained racist and anti-immigrant views.Two other men and one woman were also reportedly detained in connection with the terror attacks, although one was subsequently released.Other senior UN officials took to Twitter on Friday to express their condolences and horror at the attacks in New Zealand.Antonio Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, extended his “sincere condolences” to victims’ families and expressed deep sadness over “the terrible loss of life”, pointing out: “It is believed that among the dead and injured were many refugees and migrants.”The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, tweeted a picture of the New Zealand flag with a message saying that UNHCR stands “firmly with the people and government of New Zealand “n mourning, prayer and solidarity.”“We grieve with children facing the profound shock that a parent is never coming home,” tweeted Henrietta Fore, executive director of the UN Children’s Fund. Saying “our hearts break with news,” she called the aggression “a senseless attack on a peaceful community and the universal right to freedom of worship.”last_img read more

Open Or Closed Heres What Happens In A Partial Government Shutdown

first_imgScott Olson/Getty ImagesDuring the 2013 shutdown, tourists have to look at Mount Rushmore from the highway because the national memorial in Keystone, S.D., was closeSo, here we go again.The federal government is once more on the verge of a shutdown, and just like the last time, in October 2013, there will some things you’ll notice that are shuttered and others you won’t. The good news: Essential services will continue, and essential workers will remain on the job, albeit without pay.That means:Social Security: Those checks will continue to be mailed out in what is a largely automated process.Military: The active-duty military will remain on the job, and military operations in places like Afghanistan would continue. However, in previous shutdowns, training missions have been curtailed. Military contractors would not be affected, as long as their work has already been funded.Mail delivery: The post office will be open, and your mail will be delivered, since the U.S. Postal Service has its own revenue stream.Travel: Air traffic controllers, Transportation Security Administration officers and Customs and Border Protection agents would remain on the job, so air travel should be mostly unaffected.National parks: In a major departure from the last shutdown, the Interior Department says it will work to keep national parks and other public lands “as accessible as possible.” During the last shutdown, the National Park Service’s closing of parks and the national monuments in Washington, D.C., was controversial and led to an angry group of visiting seniors to push aside barriers at the National World War II Memorial.In an email, Interior Department spokesman Heather Swift said:“The American public and especially our veterans who come to our nation’s capital should find war memorials and open-air parks open to the public. Additionally, many of our National Parks, refuges and other public lands will still try to allow limited access wherever possible. For example, this means that roads that have already been open should remain open (think snow removal) and vaulted toilets (wilderness type restrooms) should remain open, however services that require staffing and maintenance such as campgrounds, full-service restrooms, and concessions that require some Park staff or assistance will not be operating.“Other areas such as culturally sensitive areas or backcountry areas that present a risk to visitors may also have restricted access.”Museums: The Smithsonian Institution says its museums in Washington, D.C., as well as the National Zoo would remain open for the weekend, but will close on Monday if the government shuts down. All animals would be continued to be fed, but, in a set back for panda lovers, the zoo’s popular Panda Cam and other live animal cameras would not be broadcasting.The Smithsonian’s New York museums, The Cooper Hewitt design museum and Heye Center, would be closed in the event of a shutdown.Courts and justice: Federal courts would continue normal operations for the time being, according to a spokeswoman at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who says they have a three week cushion of funding. If a shutdown continues, they would move into contingency plans.The office of special counsel Robert Mueller would also remain open, according to a Department of Justice spokesman, who says all employees are considered exempt and would continue their operations.Legislation: Congress would continue to operate, as they work to end a shutdown, although the Capitol may not be open to tours. And fear not: Lawmakers will continue to receive their pay, although some lower-level staffers may not.Federal agencies: Most federal agencies would be closed, like the Department of Education, the EPA and the IRS, although some of their essential functions will continue to operate regardless.The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents IRS workers and many other government employees, says that during the last shutdown in October 2013, some 850,000 federal workers were forced into unpaid work furloughs. They eventually received their back pay, and Congress would have to do so in the event of a new shutdown this time around.Bipartisan legislation has already been proposed by representatives from Virginia — where a fair share of federal employees live — to provide back pay regardless of whether federal workers are told to report during a possible shutdown. Just in case.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Railway station closed for two weeks for refurbishment

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA South Cheshire railway station is closed for a fortnight while refurbishment works take place. Congleton railway station is closed for two weeks from today (May 30) as Northern Rail carry out work on the station. A Northern Rail spokesman said: “Please be aware that the station is closed from Wednesday May 30 for two weeks due to refurbishment works taking place.” Northern Rail services between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester Piccadilly call at the station, and also provide the town with direct links to towns including Kidsgrove and Macclesfield. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

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