Baisieux Sat, 26 Jun 2021 03:46:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Baisieux 32 32 The community mourns the sudden death of the director of Ambulance Creek Co.: “Quite a legacy” Sat, 26 Jun 2021 03:23:26 +0000

The loss of a longtime Creek County Ambulance manager left a big hole in the hearts of those who worked with her.

Rita Diehl leaves behind a huge legacy. She served her community in Creek County for almost 40 years and helped improve medical services statewide.

His legacy in the Creek County ambulance service spans 39 years. For the past 21 years, she has been a director. The people who worked with her, like Kerry Harlin and Charity Walters, have lost more than a mentor, they feel like they have lost their families.

“She made the job fun,” Harlin said. “Not only did she teach me how to do the job that I have now, but she taught me how to be a better person. We were kind of family and she wanted it to be that way.

Walters and Harlin said Diehl had been instrumental in building Creek County Ambulance until it was today. A pink ambulance in honor of breast cancer survivors was one of her last great contributions.

Harlin said Diehl wanted his team to have the best.

“She was awesome, she was a great friend and will be missed,” said Harlin.

Walters said her caring spirit extends far beyond the workplace.

“She loved horses, animals, she welcomed all animals that came to her house and those animals never left,” she said.

Diehl was one of the county’s first female paramedics and was very influential in the EMS community, but she worked to improve the service as a whole.

At one point, she was named president of the Oklahoma Ambulance Association and also served on Gov. Brad Henry’s EMS task force.

“It’s quite a legacy,” said Harlin.

Visitations for Diehl are Sunday at Green Hill Funeral Home in Sapulpa.

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Center at the Heights announces upcoming events Fri, 25 Jun 2021 18:49:06 +0000

Please note: Needham Center at the Heights will be closed until further notice in accordance with current public health developments and guidelines.

Upcoming events of the Center des Hauteurs

The following programs run virtually. To register for programs, courses and events, email


Yoga by Sandra Levy: 9 a.m. on Monday

T’ai Chi with Scotty: 10 a.m. on Monday

Bodybuilding with Pearl: 10:30 am on Monday

Ron History Film and Panel Discussion: Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Weight management with Pearl: Monday lunchtime

Clutter Support Group: Monday at 1 p.m.

SPANISH Exchange Chat Group: Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Caregiver Support Group: 1 p.m. July 12, August 9


Metrowest Legal Clinic: 10/10:30 a.m./11/11:30 a.m. July 13, August 10

Soft fitness: 9:30 am-10:30am Tuesday

French conversation group: 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

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US May Withdraw Iran Nuclear Deal If Talks Fail | Voice of America Fri, 25 Jun 2021 15:49:51 +0000

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Friday that the lack of an interim deal to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities could prompt the United States to abandon efforts to join a nuclear deal.

“We’ll see if we can bridge the differences, but they are real, and we must – we must be able to bridge them,” Blinken said at a briefing in Paris after meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le. Drian. .

“I would say to you that as far as the IAEA is concerned, this remains a serious concern, a concern that we communicated to Iran, and it must be – must be resolved.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency said a three-month interim monitoring agreement reached on February 21 expired on Thursday after being extended for one month.

Iran says nuclear talks will be postponed for consultations in capitals

It was not known when formal negotiations would resume

The agency said it was seeking an “immediate response” from Iran on whether it would extend the monitoring deal, according to an internal agency statement seen by Reuters news agency.

Blinken, who is visiting Paris as part of a multinational European tour, admitted earlier Friday at a press conference in Paris that the United States could possibly decide not to join the deal if negotiations in Vienna continue without progress.

“There will come a time, yes, when it will be very difficult to return to the standards set by the JCPOA”, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the great powers to curb its program of uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.

He called on Iran to make “tough” decisions to advance talks that could revive the deal.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement Friday that “the opposing parties are the ones who have to make the decisions.”

US, Germany launch effort to fight Holocaust denial

US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said the partnership “will ensure that present and future generations know about and learn from the Holocaust as well.”

The negotiating parties held talks for six weeks, and a sixth round of indirect talks ended last Sunday with major issues still unresolved.

Le Drian underscored Blinken’s warning, telling reporters in Paris on Friday that it was up to Iran to push the talks forward.

“It has been six weeks since negotiations resumed. Progress has been made and now we will enter the most difficult times. It will require strong and courageous decisions on the part of the new Iranian authorities, but now is the time, ”said Le Drian.

Blinken met with French President Emmanuel Macron later on Friday.

America’s top diplomat arrived in France from Germany, where on Thursday he and German leaders said the United States and Germany were teaming up to fight Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism , an effort which, according to the secretary of state, “will ensure that present and future generations experience the Holocaust.” and also learn from it.

Libya conference focuses on elections and security

Participants agree on need to support December vote and the departure of foreign fighters from the country

Speaking at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Blinken said Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism go hand in hand with homophobia, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination, and have become “a rallying cry for those who seek to tear down our democracies.”

Also on Thursday in Berlin, Libyan Secretary of State and Acting Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba spoke in the wake of an international conference focused on supporting Libya’s transition to a permanent and stable government.

Wednesday’s conference, hosted by Germany and the United Nations, included officials from 17 countries and increased support for national elections in Libya slated for late December.

Libya has experienced political instability since the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 that ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi from power. Rival governments operated in different parts of the country for years before a ceasefire agreement in October that included a request for all foreign fighters and mercenaries to leave Libya within 90 days.

Defeating the Islamic State will be the focus of a conference co-hosted by Blinken and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Rome. The senior American diplomat will also participate in a ministerial meeting in Italy to discuss Syria and the humanitarian needs there.

Blinken is also expected to visit the Vatican, where the agenda includes tackling climate change and human trafficking.

This report includes information from Reuters and AFP.

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Germany, US seek resolution of Nord Stream 2 dispute by end of August – Altmaier Fri, 25 Jun 2021 15:42:00 +0000

A road sign directs traffic to the entrance to the Nord Stream 2 gas line landing facility in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020. REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday he had had a productive meeting with US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and that the two countries were determined to resolve a dispute on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline by the end of August.

Altmaier told reporters after a meeting with Granholm he was encouraged by comments this week from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who noted that the pipeline is nearing completion and any solution must be acceptable to both parties.

“We are committed to finding a solution by August,” said Altmaier. “There is a lot to be done to break this Gordian knot and it is certainly worth working towards a good resolution.”

Washington opposes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would double Russian gas exports across the Baltic Sea and could help Russia cut gas exports through Ukraine, depriving Kiev of transit fees.

The US State Department concluded in May that Nord Stream 2 AG – the company behind the pipeline to Germany – and its CEO Matthias Warnig, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, were engaging in punishable activities sanctions.

Blinken lifted those sanctions, saying it was in the national interest of the United States, and President Joe Biden later said the move reflected his desire to reconnect with Germany.

Altmaier said the issue remained complex given geopolitical, energy and business interests, but was optimistic a solution was possible, especially given the two countries’ common interest in moving away from fossil fuels. .

Altmaier said that Germany agreed during negotiations with the former Trump administration to build two LNG gas terminals that could receive gas deliveries from the United States, if problems arose with Russia, but the new U.S. government was more interested in the development of carbon neutral energy solutions.

He said he told Granholm that Germany, like the United States, is investing heavily in technologies to lower the cost of producing so-called green hydrogen, which is made using renewable energy to power electrolysers to convert gas. ‘water.

“We agreed that we wanted to share our knowledge, develop it further and maybe work together on projects with other countries,” he said.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Lisa Lambert

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LA Community Hearing on Homelessness, Housing and Hunger Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:45:00 +0000

LOS ANGELES–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Housing is a human right (HRH) and key state and local lawmakers will hold a “Community Hearing on Homelessness, Housing and Hunger” on Friday 25 Junee in downtown Los Angeles. The hearings will include 3 round tables with public testimonies (“Hunger” at 11:00 am, “Housing” at 1:30 pm and “The Homeless” at 3:00 pm) to explore root causes, brainstorm solutions and hear compelling testimonies from the share of homeless people, in charge of rent, facing hunger problems and of grassroots organizations working in the field. The event is FREE and registration is encouraged. (registration link) The community audience will also be broadcast live on Facebook: to view the panels and testimonials, click on here:


‘COMMUNITY HEARING ON HOMELESSNESS, HOUSING AND HUNGER’ Look for root causes, think about solutions and hear testimonials.


Friday June 25, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Gold Room, 506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90071

HUNGER panel: 11h00 – 12h30

Moderator: Tammi Mac, KJLH-FM radio host ‘The Tammi Mac Show’

FAIM Hearing Commission:

  • Hon. Henri stern, California State Senator, (D, SD27), and …

  • Hon. Sue Himmelrich, Mayor, City of Santa Monica

  • Hon. John erickson, West Hollywood City Member of the board

  • Hon. Steven F. Veres, Los Angeles Community College District President of the council

  • Hon. Nichelle henderson, Los Angeles Community College District, Crew member

  • Pastor Kelvin Sauls, Commissioner of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)

Testimony before the FAIM Council:

  • Margie Chavez, food bank customer
  • Carlos Marroquin, Urban Partners Los Angeles and AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  • Michael Flood, President / CEO, LA Regional Food Bank
  • Adriana cabrera, founder, co-founder, South Central Mutual Aid Los Angeles
  • Ryan conners, Vice Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District
  • Kim olsen, West Valley Homes Yes
  • Alberto Tlatoa, founder, Center-Sud Restoration Committee
  • Jackie Venters, founder, Inner City Child Development and Youth Foundation

ACCOMMODATION panel: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Moderator: beverly white, journalist, KNBC-TV4

HOUSING Hearing Commission:

  • Hon. Kevin from Leon, member of the Los Angeles City Council, 14th arrondissement, and former pro-tempore president of the California State Senate, and…

  • Hon. Ben Allen, California State Senator (D, SD26)

  • Hon. Henri stern, California State Senator, (D, SD27)

  • Hon. Miguel Santiago, member of the Assembly, (D, AD53)

  • Hon. Sue Himmelrich, Mayor, City of Santa Monica

  • Hon. Mike Bonin, member of the Los Angeles City Council, 11th district

  • Hon. Sepi Shyne, Member of the board, City of West Hollywood

  • Pastor Kelvin Sauls, Commissioner of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)

Testimony before the HOUSING Commission:

  • Danny tabor, former mayor of Inglewood
  • Michel Soloff, president, Santa Monica Housing Commissioner
  • Michael weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  • Carolyn Fowler, Anti-gentrification coalition
  • Sam pratter, Founder and Executive Director, Los Angeles Room and Board
  • Elena popp, Executive Director, Eviction Defense Network Student Housing
  • Dan Wright – Housing lawyer

HOMELESS sign: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Moderator: Josh Haskell, journalist, KABC-TV7

Homeless Hearing Commission:

  • Hon. Kevin de Leon, member of the Los Angeles City Council, 14th arrondissement, and former pro-tempore president of the California State Senate, and…

  • Hon. Ben Allen, California State Senator (D, SD26)

  • Hon. Sue Himmelrich, Mayor, City of Santa Monica

  • Hon. Lindsey Horvath, Mayor, City of West Hollywood

  • Hon. Mike Bonin, member of the Los Angeles City Council, 11th district

Testimony before the HOUSING Commission:

  • Melvin Tunstall, No accommodation, Skid Row
  • Renay Grace Rodriguez, Lawyer, Formerly Without Housing
  • David Busch-Lilly, No accommodation, Los Angeles
  • Suzette shaw, Ambassador of Skid Row, formerly homeless
  • Shawn Morrissey, Union Station Advocacy Director, formerly homeless
  • Sam Tsemberis, Founder, Pathways to Housing
  • Anne Miskey, General Manager, Union Station Homelessness Services
  • Representative, Midnight Mission
  • Representative, People’s concern

WHY: Cities in California are facing an unprecedented homelessness crisis. It is estimated that more than 150,000 Californians are homeless, including more than 60,000 in Los Angeles County, including nearly 40,000 in the city of Los Angeles. The global pandemic has only exacerbated this humanitarian crisis. Despite the decrease in the COVID pandemic due to the increase in vaccinations, homelessness continues.

The “Community Hearing on Homelessness, Housing and Hunger” aims to bring new urgency among government, elected officials and the public to these three overlapping crises. Elected officials and decision-makers will hear the testimonies of people with lived experience of homeless people, in charge of rents, facing problems of hunger. They will also hear from stakeholders from grassroots organizations working on the ground and others who will provide diverse perspectives on addressing these three growing humanitarian challenges.

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Fantasy Player choice for NMA Euro 2020 Thu, 24 Jun 2021 23:15:15 +0000

We have two days off to chat, contemplate and (as usual) eliminate high potential players only to regret later! The last day of MD-3 was Wednesday 23 June finalizing groups E and F. The round of 16 will begin on Saturday 26 June with the round of 16 spanning four days with two matches per day. These are scheduled in the 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. GMT slots, a decision applauded by most players and coaches who have complained about the midday heat in the group stage.

Wembley Stadium will host two matches this round. The others are scattered all over Europe. Attendance at Puskas Arena in Budapest was the most positive moment with around 60,000 fans cheering on Hungary, which was clearly reflected in their daring performances.

Selection criteria

The fantastic selections for the round of 16 must meet at least the following criteria:

  • Captain viable for each calendar day (Essential)
  • Player Form (Major)
  • Difficulty of assembly (Major)
  • Path to the final (medium, unless you have your generic chip)
  • Travel time / rest time on MD-3 (Minor)

Path to the final

Important notes to take into account before delving into player choices:

  • The maximum number of players from each nation is now four. This increases by one after each elimination round. A maximum of eight can be selected from each nation in the final.
  • The number of free transfers before the QF will be three; before the SF and the final it will be five.


Portugal v France - UEFA Euro 2020: Group F

Photo of Tibor Illyes – Piscine / Getty Images

G. Donnarumma: After three matches, Italy is one of the two teams to have yet to concede in this tournament. The goalkeeper himself is in high spirits, with contract negotiations with PSG seemingly finalized pending a medical test. Italy weren’t strained in their squad and their game against Austria should be straightforward. The road then becomes more stony in the QF.


Hugo Lloris : Tottenham The French goalkeeper conceded one of the strangest penalties of all time when he struck Danilo in France’s 2-2 draw against Portugal to seal first place in Group F. France will face Switzerland as one of the easiest matches in the round of 16, and the world champions should come through comfortably, possibly with a clean sheet.


Other GK choices: Schmeichel and Simon considering that neither Wales nor Croatia did well when they were forced to defend for 90 minutes, as Denmark and Spain are qualified to do.


however, make sure your second goalie plays another day than your 1st! (eg do NOT choose Schmeichel if you are starting Donnarumma; both play on Saturdays!) If you run out of money and trust Italy, Stekelenburg at £ 4.7million may be the second budget keeper for you.



Photo credit should read JOHN THYS / AFP via Getty Images

Leonardo from Spinazzola: High potential for both clean sheets and assists makes this a must-have. His opposition Stefan Laimer is strong with long passing accuracy, but Spinazolla should be able to outdo him in all other areas.


Denzel Dumfries: Amazing performance, amazing shape and a great choice overall. The Netherlands might not be clean against the Czech Republic, but the Oranje right-back can make up for it with assists or maybe even goals.


Victor Lindelof: the United man the central defender is underestimated in fantasy because he plays in the center of defense. But Sweden managed two clean sheets in the group stage, one against Spain.


Jordi Alba: The Barcelona left-back continues to impress by showing the extraordinary endurance that characterizes the entire Spanish team. He dominated his performance with an assist in Slovakia’s 5-0 MD-3 loss.


Robin Gosens / John Stones: They play against each other in the round of 16. England are one of two teams to keep three clean sheets, but Gosens have the higher cap. Honestly, if England parks the bus and relies on historic long-ball strategy for a target man, then this game is for a penalty shootout making Stones the better choice (more stamina is demanded from Gosens). However, if England switch to attacking football, Germany’s forces will emerge in their wings to create chances. Take your pick based on how you see the match going.

Midfielder :

Finland v Belgium - UEFA Euro 2020: Group B

Photo of Gonzalo Arroyo – UEFA / UEFA via Getty Images

Emil Forsberg: The Swedish left winger is in good shape and on PK with three goals scored so far. Sweden is favored against Ukraine, so likely to qualify for the quarter-finals. Priced at £ 7.7million, it’s a good choice.


Georginio Wijnaldum: Wijnaldum has also scored three goals in the group stage, and there is no indication that he will stop anytime soon. The Netherlands are one of the best-placed teams to reach the semi-finals, so fantasy managers should be maxing out four players (and wanting more).


Pablo Sarabia: At the modest price of £ 6.5million for a midfielder, Sarabia is a good choice for Spain against Croatia. Personally, I would like to see Llorente in his place, but the La Liga champion has been given the role of right-back limiting his potential. Some might say Sarabia only played Game 3 so he might not start over but I think his fighting spirit is what the Spanish side need.


Nicolo Barella: The Serie A champion and Inter Milan the midfielder was at rest in the last game against Wales, but will return to his place to face Austria. He is the main playmaker at the heart of the Italian team. However, I would advise against having more than two or three Italian players this round so that you can transfer them before the scheduled game against Portugal or Belgium.


Kevin De Bruyne: the City of man the playmaker is arguably the best midfielder in the world, but he is expensive and Belgium’s path to the final is strewn with difficult obstacles; he faces high mountains to climb. Choosing any Belgian means high risk every step of the way.


Portugal v France - UEFA Euro 2020: Group F

Photo by Alex Livesey – UEFA / UEFA via Getty Images

Memphis Depay: With two goals and two group assists, he could finally live up to his potential at national team level. The Czech Republic are playing balanced football, so Depay is an obvious choice for this round until the semi-finals.


Karim Benzema / Kilyan Mbappé: Playing against Switzerland should be an easy victory for the French. I wouldn’t be surprised if Didier Deschamps decided to let some of his players rest. Benzema is £ 2million cheaper than Mbappe and has earned more points in the group stage.


Cristiano Ronaldo: On PKs, CR7 is the only player to score in all three games. He’s a rock-solid player who can turn things around in a second. There’s no denying Ronaldo’s worth when it comes to point returns, but picking him up is both expensive and risks being knocked out against Belgium.

The limit of £ 105m +

Yes, £ 105million, more. Firstly, we each got £ 5million to start the knockout stages, probably because most of the newbie players who played well enough to survive have all won £ 0.1million or 0.2million. pound sterling. Out of 15 players, that’s £ 5million +. You’re welcome!

In addition (or subtraction), when you sell a player whose price has changed, it looks like you are capturing their full current price. So if your player went from £ 5m to £ 5.2m, you earned a dividend of £ 0.2m. What all this means is that YMMV.

Choosing the ideal player in each position works well if you use the unlimited chip, but since the number of free transfers is endless before the round of 16, no one should be doing it now. The above team actually costs £ 105.9million, so compromises need to be made.


Variant 1:

Replacing Ronaldo with Yaremchuk and Sarabia with Hojbjerg is enough to reduce the cost of the squad to exactly £ 100million while having a viable captain for each day:


Variant 2:

Suppose four Dutch players and four French players are must-haves, and a strong captain option is needed every day:


Variant 3:

It’s not a revelation from my team but that’s what I have so far. As I don’t have the wild card to play yet, my team selection only considers the round of 16 and quarter-finals. I intend to play my joker before semi finals:


Needless to say, personal intuition is also an indicator in deciding which players make up your squad in any given round. The deadline will be after Wales’ roster is announced against Denmark, which may not help anyone, but I could bring in Maehle from Denmark to replace Gosens.



Portugal qualified from the kill group to find themselves in the knockout stages of the killings quarter. Who will qualify for the semi-finals from the dead quarter?


So how have the price changes affected your team? Who’s on your shopping list? Have you added any of my choices above? And did I miss a babysitter, so to speak? Where do you see the maximum reward? Where do you see the risk? Share your thoughts and feel free to ask questions in the comments!


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Highway 19 project displaces residents and business owners in County Raleigh Thu, 24 Jun 2021 22:50:40 +0000


RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WVNS) – Several road projects in County Raleigh are forcing some people and businesses to find a new home.

Former Frenchies beauty salon owner Barbara French told 59News she never thought they would see the day when the roads on Route 19 would be widened.

“They said it was going to happen, they didn’t know exactly when,” French said.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is moving forward on two different projects along Route 19. One of these projects focuses on adding an intermediate turn lane to the portion of the route. 19 at Beaver, as well as on the widening of existing tracks. As part of the project, several residents and businesses in the region are bought out and forced to move. While the Department of Transportation offers money to those they move, some believe the money is not worth it.

“I don’t know if this will help a lot. I mean, there are a lot of crashes that way and a lot of people in Beckley don’t realize there’s that much traffic here, ”French said.

Frenchies owned and operated by French people until purchased by the state. While she was planning to retire soon, she feels like she couldn’t do it on her own terms. French said she was upset for other business owners in the same position.

“I know there have to be road improvements to make things better, but you know it’s just sad to see some businesses shutting down and I was sad for mine,” French said.

French said she also felt bad for people forced to leave their homes. A woman has been leaving her home for 56 years to try to find another place to live.

“Well that was really a puzzle because at 85 I think somebody should inflate the throne and sit there and put a crown on my head and say yes ma’am, what can I do? do for you, ”said Bertha Pack, a longtime County Raleigh native.

Pack said that while he will miss the memories his home gave him, life is too short to dwell on the things you can’t control.

“Life throws you a lot of curve balls, but you can take that curve ball and hit it out of the park and get a home run,” Pack said.

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Nord Stream 2 Dispute Is ‘Solvable’ Says German Minister of Business on Trip to United States | News | DW Thu, 24 Jun 2021 13:18:45 +0000

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on arrival in Washington ahead of talks with Biden administration officials that he was “optimistic” that US-German diplomacy would provide “solutions” from here August.

In an interview with German public radio station Deutschlandfunk, Altmaier argued that it was “too simple” to portray Germany as the sole staunch supporter of the controversial gas pipeline project to bring gas from Russia to the north of l ‘Germany.

“It’s not about a project, it’s about achieving certain goals,” said Altmaier. “It’s about avoiding interdependencies; it is a question of ensuring the supply of energy; it is about taking into account and taking into account the vital interests of Ukraine and of the other neighbors of Germany and Russia.

“When all of these aspects come together, compromise solutions are possible,” Altmaier said, adding that Germany and the United States were now talking intensely and directly, instead of “talking to each other” as under the Trump administration.

Economy Minister Altmaier, whose portfolio is more focused on business and commerce than that of the Minister of Finance, left for Washington on Wednesday.

US and Blinken remain skeptical of ‘Russian geopolitical project’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during his visit to Berlin on Wednesday: “We continue to believe that the pipeline is ultimately a Russian geopolitical project that threatens European energy security and potentially undermines Ukraine’s security. and other countries in the region.

Eastern European countries in particular have reservations about the project, which threatens the transit charges they collect for gas transported on their territory.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said a scheduled visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to the United States in July would be a good time to clarify the issues.

Merkel, who is nearing the end of her four-term chancellor, had bilateral talks with President Biden earlier this month at the G7 summit in Britain.

“We all agree that we want this problem resolved by August,” said Altmaier, who was also due to meet with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

Climate talks and Kerry meeting also on the agenda

Referring to the punitive Trump-era import tariffs imposed on European steel in 2018, Altmaier said coordinated transatlantic strategies are needed.

The United States and Europe, as advocates of climate neutrality, must coordinate so that their “key sectors such as steel and chemicals” do not relocate to other countries “where environmental rules are more lax and less climate friendly ”.

“This is in the interests of both Europeans and Americans,” Altmaier argued.

Altmaier was scheduled to meet with US President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry on Thursday.

Yet during a parliamentary debate in the Bundestag, opposition Greens economics expert Katharina Dröge accused Altmaier of hampering climate neutrality efforts.

“Time and again at European level he has blocked sustainable trade policies and strong climate and social standards in trade agreements,” Dröge said.

ipj / msh (dpa, Reuters, AFP)

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Promotion 2021: the Deguire twins from Mohonasen show their community spirit, make a difference Thu, 24 Jun 2021 05:13:46 +0000

Elders from Mohonasen and twin siblings Hailey Deguire and Jake Deguire gave their all to the sports they played and the community they live in while in high school.

The two 17-year-olds were multisport athletes in Mohonasen, setting records and participating as members of the school’s student sports council.

Hailey Deguire is the Mohonasen record holder in volleyball with 699 digs, as well as the outdoor track in the 3,200-meter relay and medley sprint teams. This year, she also participated for the first time in high school tennis.

Jake Deguire holds the record for Mohonasen wrestling wins with 156, the most bowling at 110, the most wins in a season with 44, and the most pins in a single season with 32. was created for home competitions for school sports teams unable to compete last fall due to concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Both were also members of the school’s athletic council established last fall by athletic director Dave Bertram.

“It’s a community group designed to serve the Mohonasen community and beyond,” said Bertram. “This year, I invited one athlete from each team to participate and draw on their own experiences to help others. “

Serving on the Mighty Warriors’ athletic council was an extension of the teamwork that the Deguises were a part of with every team.

“We love all kinds of sports and a lot of our friends are a part of that board,” said Hailey Deguire.

This year, the Deguire’s were also part of the high school’s annual food and clothing drive, as well as its first-ever Toys for Tots charity drive.

“Helping children in difficulty is always a good thing,” said Jake Deguire. “I like helping children, especially when they don’t have the same things everyone else does. They may not be in a good situation and it is about helping them.

Hailey Deguire participated in the Mohonasen reading program over the winter with other members of the student sports council, reading Christmas stories to elementary school children.

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The Deguire competed in different sports throughout the school year, but both could be found in gyms across the state during wrestling season; Jake on the wrestling mat and Hailey nearby at the scoring table as one of the team managers.

“I just thought I was going to be there, I might as well help out,” Hailey Deguire said. “I’m here all the time anyway, even since we were younger. I did this every weekend.

After graduation, the Deguire will continue to share a similar address – the Springfield College campus.

Hailey Deguire made the pledge first, while Jake knew his choice was Springfield, but kept it to himself until he shared it with family and friends. The twins’ older brother, Ryan, is also a student at the school.

The parents of the Deguire do not hesitate to have all three in the same place.

“Our parents love it,” said Hailey Deguire. “They love to go out there. We loved going out there to see our [older] brother.”

During his freshman year at Mohonasen, Bertram appreciated the positive roles Hailey Deguire and Jake Deguire played in school, both on and off the playing surfaces.

“Our perspective is that it’s really important to see top student athletes giving back to the community,” said Bertram. “It’s amazing the amount they are giving back.”

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French spyware executives charged with aiding torture Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:58:22 +0000

Earlier this week, French authorities indicted four former executives of the surveillance company Nexa Technologies, formerly known as Amesys, for complicity in torture and war crimes. Between 2007 and 2014, the firm allegedly provided surveillance tools to authoritarian regimes in Libya and Egypt.

A coalition comprising the International Federation for Human Rights, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and other human rights groups say the repressive governments of the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi used the tools to identify dissidents and activists, read their emails and private messages and, in some cases, kidnap, torture or kill them.

Nexa executives accused of selling internet monitoring equipment who intercepted emails, texts and Facebook messages from journalists and dissidents. Frames allegedly sold technology in Gaddafi’s Libyan government in 2007 and in Egypt in 2014. the persons charged include the former boss of Amesys, Philippe Vannier, the former president Stéphane Salies, and two current leaders of Nexa: the president Olivier Bohbot and the general manager Renaud Roques. Efforts to reach men via Nexa were unsuccessful.

The investigating judges of the crimes against humanity and war crimes division of the Paris tribunal de grande instance examine the evidence to determine whether the four executives will be tried in a criminal court.

Such indictments are extremely rare. National security experts say the international markets for the export of surveillance tools are largely unregulated. Manufacturers of such equipment often push back restrictions, even those intended to guard against abuse. A 2017 effort of European journalists estimated that there were more than 230 surveillance companies headquartered in the EU.

“Overall, the authorities are not required to do much to curb this toxic market,” says Marietje Schaake, director of international policy at the Cyber ​​Policy Center at Stanford University and former member of the European Parliament . In parliament, Schaake supported new restrictions on exports of cyber-surveillance technologies from Europe to countries with a history of human rights violations.

Introduced by EU legislators in 2016 and adopted Last year, these new rules require companies to obtain licenses to export certain “dual-use” technologies, such as software capable of monitoring, hacking or extracting data. Governments reviewing license applications must assess the likelihood of the tools being used to violate human rights.

The indictment of French executives stems from sales prior to the new EU regulations, but Schaake hopes they will send a message that it is possible to enforce controls on cybersurveillance equipment. She says it’s much easier to regulate sales before the products are in other countries. Often, it is the Western countries that resist this idea the most.

“Companies see these tools as being used to fight terrorism,” Schaake explains. “Those who are really responsible for the torture or kidnappings are the states that do it, but companies are providing crucial tools to enable it. “

Concerns over sales to Libya and Egypt date back to the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011, when journalists and privacy groups triggered alarms that American and European companies monitoring equipment provided to oppressive regimes.

In both the United States and the EU, export controls have evolved in a piecemeal mode, security firms claiming overly broad restrictions can penalize research, counterterrorism or other legitimate uses of software, and human rights groups highlight their potential by encouraging authoritarianism.

Last October, the United States updated its own rules control the export of potentially dangerous software. The Ministry of Commerce says it will now take human rights considerations to take into account when approve or deny licenses for companies to make international sales. As in the EU, the change comes after several unsuccessful calls for tenders for an overhaul. But what that means, practically, is still unanswered.

“You have to think about it in terms of the growing attention that human rights are receiving in European and American circles and the increased attention that is being given to human rights violations in China and elsewhere,” Garrett said. Hinck, national security researcher. at Columbia University.

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