Northern Ontario statue of baby Jesus gets its head back after being

first_imgA statue of baby Jesus that remained headless for months after it was decapitated in northern Ontario has been resurrected.The head that was knocked off and stolen has been restored to the statue at the Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., though the volunteer who made the repairs says there is still a few days’ work to be done.Gilles Grandmaison, a retired parishioner who is donating his labour to the church, says he still needs to fix the statue’s nose and its hand, which had both been broken.He says the materials for the work are too toxic to be used indoors so the project’s progress is at the mercy of the weather.The statue was vandalized more than a year ago but captured the world’s attention last fall when it was fitted with a temporary clay head that prompted online comparisons to a character from “The Simpsons.”The bright orange terracotta head was later removed so it wouldn’t stain the white stone of the statue, and the original head was recovered shortly afterwards.The church said the original head had been stolen by someone it described as a “troubled teen.”Grandmaison said he offered his services after hearing that the repairs to the statue would cost an arm and a leg.He reattached the statue’s head by drilling a hole about four centimetres deep in it and in the neck, then inserting a metal rod and securing it with industrial adhesive.It would be impossible to decapitate the statue again, he said.“They won’t be able to detach it. To detach it, they’d have to break it completely,” he said in French.The change to the statue is already catching the eye of the community, with many stopping to examine his work and take pictures, he said.The church has said the statue has lost its head at least once before but in each case, the missing piece was found and reattached.last_img read more

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The Elders Urge US Korean Leaders To Seize Chance For Nuclear Breakthrough

first_imgThe Elders have called on the leaders of the United States of America, North Korea and South Korea to redouble their efforts to resolve the nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula by diplomatic means alone.In letters to President Donald Trump, President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong-un, The Elders praised the recent gestures of reconciliation and intra-Korean cooperation around the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.They urged all parties to seize the opportunity afforded by the diplomatic path, including the planned bilateral meeting between the US and North Korean leaders.The Elders also reiterated their concerns about the threat to global peace posed by the North Korean nuclear programme, and stressed the need to respect UN Security Council resolutions as the best way to ease tensions.In commending the decision to embrace the diplomatic path, The Elders encouraged the leaders in Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang to follow the example of Nelson Mandela. After stepping down as South Africa’s first post-apartheid President, Mandela founded The Elders to work for the causes of peace, justice and human rights that were so dear to him. He showed that it is only through sincere dialogue and hard negotiations that parties who may view each other with distrust can reach peaceful solutions.last_img read more

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Essaouiras Police Arrest Two Drug Dealers in Possession of 27 Kg

Rabat – Essaouira’s security elements arrested on Thursday two drug dealers in possession of about 27 kilograms of cannabis, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).One of the Hashish dealers was arrested during a roadblock near Essaouira in possession of drugs. Further investigations led to the arrest of his accomplice, who held a significant amount of drugs in his home near the city of Essaouira. An operation conducted by security elements with the assistance of specialized police dogs allowed the seizure of 27 kilograms of hashish and the arrest of the second suspect. The amount of drugs seized during the operation were carefully concealed and distributed in different outbuildings of the defendant’s home. Eight kilograms of hashish were found in the form of 800 capsules. The police also seized a vehicle, a motorcycle, a geolocation device, a mobile phone and two cutlasses during the same operation.The arrested suspects were placed in custody under the supervision of the prosecutor’s bureau, while investigations are still underway to determine possible individuals involved. read more

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Pakistan donates 5 million to UN refugee agency to assist Afghan refugees

The agency has appealed for an additional $15 million to bolster its voluntary repatriation and integration programme, and is “grateful to the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for this generous and timely contribution towards this effort,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The country’s Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind will present High Commissioner António Guterres with a check for approximately $5 million in Geneva tomorrow.Separately, Pakistan has also pledged an additional $1 million for the registration of Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan, and their de-registration upon returning to their country.Over five million Afghan refugees have repatriated, 3.2 million coming from Pakistan and 1.8 from Iran. However, last year, repatriation of Afghans dropped significantly, with 133,000 returning home from Pakistan and 5,000 from Iran.“UNHCR believes that the main factors behind the decline in returns are the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the challenging economic and social conditions inside the country, and the long exile of the remaining 3 million Afghans, half of whom were born outside Afghanistan,” Mr. Redmond said.To jumpstart the return of refugees this year, the agency – in close consultations with Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan – has increased the grant given to those repatriating from $60 to $100 per person.In another move meant to reinvigorate the repatriation process, between 1 March and 15 April, Afghans who did not register during the recent mandatory drive in Pakistan but still wished to return to their homeland were still eligible to receive the increased assistance package. As a result, over 200,000 unregistered Afghan refugees went home with the additional funds.Due to a higher than expected number of unregistered people repatriating, UNHCR launched its appeal for an extra $15 million, pushing its total budget for its return programme to $99 million. To date, UNHCR has only received a third of the necessary funding. 8 May 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that it will receive $5 million from Pakistan to help Afghan refugees return to their homeland. read more

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Government rejects demands of extremists in North

He said that the demonstration was also seen as opposing reconciliation as it came at a time the Government was attempting to unite the country. Wijewardene said that the organisers of the demonstration were attempting to spread extremism in the North. He said the Government will not agree to the demands of the organisers of the demonstration, especially to withdraw the army from the North.Wijewardene said that people like Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran who took part in the demonstration, can make any demand but the Government will continue with its reconciliation process. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today rejected the demands put forward by “extremists” in the North.State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said that the demonstration staged in Jaffna yesterday had the support of some extremist groups. read more

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UN agencies help Sudan turn back polio epidemic

This fourth round of Sudan’s National Immunization Days in 2005 hopes to reach those children living in the poorest communities or those cut off by conflict. These children are the key to stopping the spread of the disease, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which, along with the UN World Health Organizations (WHO), is among the programme’s international partner agencies.There are now 150 confirmed cases of polio in Sudan. The latest two cases were announced by the Ministry of Health on 15 May, and are in the states of Khartoum and West Kordofan, raising to 24 the total number of cases reported this year.UNICEF said the overall outlook across affected African and Arab States is encouraging, with good results emerging from this year’s previous anti-polio campaigns. None of the countries where transmission re-emerged in 2004 have recorded any cases so far this year, and cases are also falling dramatically in Nigeria.But Sudan is the exception. Eighteen of the 26 states of Africa’s largest country now have confirmed cases of polio since the beginning of the outbreak in May 2004. A three-year period of polio-free status – from 2001 to 2004 – led authorities and health agencies to focus limited global resources on other countries. Sudan discontinued nationwide polio campaigns after 2002, and only sub-national immunization campaigns have been conducted over the past two years to reach border districts and low routine coverage areas.Authorities believe that these new cases of polio were introduced into the country by cross-border movements of infected individuals carrying the virus into Sudan and exposing unvaccinated children. The long war between the north and the south and now in the Darfur region of western Sudan have prevented access to basic health services for many, leaving unvaccinated children very vulnerable to this menacing virus, UNICEF said.”With children already beginning to return with their families to the south from the north and from other countries, the risk of infection with the polio virus is greater than ever,” said Joanna Van Gerpen, UNICEF Representative in Sudan. “We must ensure that the positive trend of people returning to their home areas is not offset by increased disease rates due to lack of immunization.” read more

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Boliden expands electronic scrap recycling facility at copper smelter in Sweden

first_imgOutotec has signed a contract with Boliden for the delivery of Kaldo furnace technology to its Rönnskär copper smelter in Sweden. The delivery will be a part of Boliden’s electronic scrap recycling facility expansion, which will increase the processing capacity from 45,000 t/y, currently, to 120,000 t/y of electronic scrap. The new generation Outotec® Kaldo furnace is expected to be commissioned at the end of 2011.“Outotec is increasingly involved in environmental business. 76% of our orders received last year were environmental goods and services according to OECD criteria. This order is an example of how our technology can be used for recycling of metals,” says Outotec CEO, Pertti Korhonen.last_img read more

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SEHA GAZPROM Final4 in Brest

← Previous Story Omeyer and Narcisse retire from national team! Next Story → Swedish partybreakers on Prokop’s opening party in Hamburg The Sixth Final 4  SEHA – Gazprom League, which will be organized in cooperation with Handball Club Meshkov Brest, will be held in Brest, Belarus, from 7th till 9th of April 2017. The history will repeat, as Meshkov Brest will face current champions Telekom Veszprem in the semi-final match, but this time on a home court. Last season’s silver Vardar will play against bronze medallists from Varazdin, PPD Zagreb. Semi-final matches are scheduled for Friday, 7th of April, while the 3rd place match and the 1st place match will be played on Sunday, 9th of April. All matches will be played in Sport Palace Victoria sports hall.“It is our great pleasure to organize Final 4 together with Handball Club Meshkov Brest and we are sure that Final 4 will be an unforgettable experience for handball club Meshkov Brest, city of Brest, fans and Belarusian handball in general. The club is rising each year and they deserved to bring the best of the regional handball to their city and country and we are delighted that our sixth Final 4 will take place in Brest”, said Sinisa Ostoic, managing director of SEHA – Gazprom League.From the moment Handball Club Meshkov Brest joined SEHA, they are regular participants of Final 4. Two times silver medallists are hosting Final 4 for the first time. “It is a great honor for us, big fest for our fans and our city. We will try to organize everything on top level. We are permanent participants of Final 4 but we never won it. I hope that our home Final 4 will help us to conquer this trophy”, said Pavel Bashkin, sports director of Handball Club Meshkov Brest. Final 4 will be broadcasted in nine countries and in the upcoming days we will address the media accordingly about the playing schedule.The tickets for Final 4 for fans from Belarus are available for purchase. More details regarding tickets for foreign fans will be know soon.PHOTO: SEHA read more

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Loaded Magnum revolver discovered in planned search of Dublin home

first_img Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 5:43 PM Share43 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Loaded Magnum revolver discovered in planned search of Dublin home A 44-year-old man is currently being questioned at Store Street garda station. Dec 7th 2016, 5:43 PM 8 Comments By Garreth MacNamee 18,156 Views Short URL Image: Stephen Z/Flickr A 44-YEAR-old man has been arrested following the seizure of a loaded Magnum revolver gun discovered in Dublin on Tuesday.The Smith & Wesson branded gun was discovered after a garda operation targeted a premises on Mountjoy Street in Dublin 7.Gardaí have arrested the man under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, which allows them to question him for seven days before they have to release or charge him with a crime.The search was part of ongoing investigations targeting serious criminal activity, according to gardaí this evening.The search was conducted by the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau supported by the Special Crime Task Force.A garda spokesman said: “A targeted search operation occurred in the Mountjoy Street area of Dublin 7 yesterday.“During this search operation, gardaí recovered a firearm and ammunition. One man, aged 44 , was arrested in connection with this investigation. He is currently detained at Store Street garda station.”Read: Dublin court unfreezes €100 million worth of Russian tycoon’s assets after five year battle >Read: Boy who cut his knee after tripping over ‘vandalised’ water meter awarded €12,500 > Image: Stephen Z/Flickr http://jrnl.ie/3126161 last_img read more

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Man gets fouryear sentence for setting a motorbike on fire on a

first_img 26 Comments Short URL Westland Row (file photo) By Sonya McClean Share19 Tweet Email Man gets four-year sentence for setting a motorbike on fire on a Dublin city street The court heard that the man, who has an alcohol problem, could not recall the incident. http://jrnl.ie/3229792 Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 6:25 AMcenter_img Feb 9th 2017, 6:25 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps A MAN WITH an alcohol problem who set a motorbike on fire on a busy Dublin street causing a passing woman and her child to run for safety has been sentenced to four-and-half-years in prison.James Kennedy (34) of Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to arson on Westland Row on 12 September 2015.His 40 previous convictions include criminal damage, theft, public order and violent behaviour in a garda station.Judge Melanie Greally said the “consequences for the people in the immediate vicinity could have been very, very severe indeed” describing the incident as “senseless but highly dangerous”.She accepted Kennedy had alcohol problems and he didn’t even recall the incident but said “ultimately people have to take responsibility for their actions”.The judge had adjourned the case after hearing evidence last November to allow for the preparation of a probation report and for Kennedy to be assessed for a residential treatment.Yesterday she accepted that the report indicated that the Probation Service felt it could assist Kennedy in the future.She suspended the final two years of the four-and-a-half year term on strict conditions including that he attend for treatment and liaise with the Probation Service for 18 months on his release.Engulfed in flamesThe court heard at the previous hearing that Kennedy could be clearly seen on CCTV footage trying to move the bike before he got off it and interfered with the petrol tank.Liquid can be seen coming out of the tank before he went into a shop and returned with lottery slips which he put under the petrol tank.He can then be seen searching his pockets before going into a nearby cafe, returning and setting the lottery slips on fire.Garda John Paul Keohane told Seamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that the bike was completely engulfed in flames and a woman and child who were passing by had to run away due to the ferocity of the blaze.Kennedy was instantly recognised by gardaí on the footage and arrested a few months later. He initially denied any involvement but accepted responsibility when the footage was shown to him.He said he didn’t know why he had done it and said he was “full of alcohol” having drank a bottle of vodka that day.Garda Keohane said the bike, which was valued at €3,000, was totally destroyed.He agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending that Kennedy had a significant drink problem at the time and both he had his partner have been homeless.He accepted that Kennedy had no connection to the bike or its owner and had no reason to offer as to why he set it alight.Le Vert said Kennedy’s father was a severe alcoholic and introduced him to alcohol at 11 years old.“He later slipped into very significant drink and drug abuse,” counsel said but added that he is on a methadone programme since his remand in custody.Read: Why KBC is thinking of cashing out of Ireland – and why it’s being tipped to stayRead: ‘No exceptions’: Drink drivers to get automatic ban instead of penalty points Westland Row (file photo) Image: Google Maps 13,892 Views last_img read more

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Unalaska cleans up fish oil spill

first_imgA forklift punctured a connex filled with fish oil in Unalaska Thursday, spilling it across a shipyard. Fish oil is considered an environmental hazard, but far less damaging than crude oil. Some of the bright orange oil flowed into a storm drain and into the ocean. Resolve Marine stopped it from spreading more by plugging the drain with gravel and dirt.Listen nowFish oil pours out of the punctured shipping container. (David Tonon/U.S. Coast Guard)A couple hundred gallons of the 5,700 gallon bladder made it into the ocean. But U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Andres Ayure said because fish oil is biodegradable, it’s not too hard on the environment.“Technically, in large quantities it could be seen as a marine pollutant. But in the quantities that we saw and with the weather we had, it will disperse, emulsify very quickly, and not harm the environment,” Ayure said.Calm seas made it easier to contain and clean up the fish oil. If it had not spilled, the fish oil would have been shipped off the island and processed into products like fish oil supplements.Shipping company Matson is responsible for the spill and for the cleanup, which Ayure says can be costly. The Coast Guard is also putting together a report on the incident and Matson could face fines and further penalties.last_img read more

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AK Russian adventurers look to retrace Alaska route of past countrymen

first_imgThe Russian team and the Dillingham residents who helped to place the monument at Nushagak pose with the American, Russian, and Alaskan flags. (Photo by Allison Mollenkamp, KDLG – Dilingham)This summer, an expedition of Russian adventurers arrived in Dillingham to retrace an historic route taken by Russian explorers in 1830, when Alaska was under the control of the Russian Empire.Listen nowThe visitors are greeted in Dillingham by an enthusiastic local crowd. 30 residents are packed into the senior center to meet the expedition of 12 Russians and one American. Everyone is sharing in a potluck dinner of salmon dip, moose with vegetables, all local of course. For dessert: two cakes, one emblazoned with the Russian and American flags, and a second that reads “Welcome to Our Russian Friends.”Standing between the crowd and their dinner, though, are several welcome speeches. Dillingham Mayor Alice Ruby highlights the historical significance of the visit.“We’re especially honored that in this year when we commemorate the sale of Alaska from Russia to the U.S. that you’ve chosen Bristol Bay for your 2017 expedition,” Ruby said.The journey is led by Dr. Mikhail Malakhov, a trained phsycian who also happens to be an explorer. He made a name for himself in Russia by venturing to the North Pole. This is his tenth trip to Alaska, a fascination sparked by his connection to another Russian explorer named Lavrenty Zagoskin, who died in Malakhov’s hometown.On his trips through Alaska, he’s chasing a shadow of his forefathers’ experiences first exploring the region.“I have the same feelings and I know it’s exactly like Vasiliev had 200 years ago, like Zagoskin had 170 years ago,” Malakhov said. “I can read history, not through official papers, not through official reports, archives, just through nature and for me it’s like machine to go back to history.”Alice Ruby and Robin Samuelson greet Dr. Mikahil Malakhov and his team. (Photo by Allison Mollenkamp, KDLG – Dillingham)That first name he mentioned, Vasiliev, that’s a reference to Ivan Yakovlevich Vasiliev, another Imperial explorer, and one who navigated an impressive journey through Southwest Alaska. Malakhov’s team is retracing a route Vasiliev took in 1830 up the Wood River, through the Tikchik lakes to the Kuskokwim River. At that time Russians had over-hunted most of the beaver in the Nushagak and were looking for a new stocks .Malakhov places a high value on historical accuracy.“Yeah, I am reading quite a lot. Archives and books of professional historical people and actually it’s usually it takes many months to prepare any type of expedition,” Malakhov said.In addition to enjoying nature and reliving history, Malakhov hopes his trips will foster relationships with people living in the region.“Doesn’t matter what’s going there on the political level, yeah,” Malakhov said. “But between people, our relations is getting much more open and we are glad to be here again.”As part of that goal, the Russian expedition helped erect a monument to John W. Clark and to Fedor Kolmakov. Clark was one of the people who helped found the Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery. He also established the Alaska Commercial Company, which was the successor to the trading post run by Fedor Kolmakov at Nushagak.Placing the monument was also a bit of a break from travelling for the Russians.After the diplomacy of the potluck, the group is about to launch from Snag Point. The occasion is a mix of each adventurer’s personal preparations. Some chat with friends they’ve made during their brief time in Dillingham. Others play music or dance.The last step is to pack all the provisions into six kayaks. Dr. Malakhov’s younger son, Alexi Malakhov told the potluck crowd that on top of catching fish, the group is packing it plenty of it’s own supplies.The Russian expedition departs up the Wood River. (Photo by Allison Mollenkamp, KDLG – Dillingham)“We have canned meat, canned chicken, and rice, noodles, yes and different delicious stuff like Nutella,” Alexi Malakhov said.The youngest member of the group is just 14 years old. While his older compatriots take their time getting their things in order, Ivan Korobov is already set, standing by his kayak in the water, excited for the trip.“It’s quite cool,” Korobov said. “I think it will be very difficult and we’ll, I hope we’ll not have a lot of problems, but I think it will be very cool and very fascinating, you know.”Despite the difficulty of a three week kayaking expedition, Korobov has time to appreciate the natural beauty of the area.“Here is very peaceful and a lot of good places, very good fish that here is everywhere and we’ll always see this here,” Korobov said.Korobov and the rest of the team will have plenty of time to take in the scenery. Their kayak trip is scheduled to take three weeks, but their last expedition to Bristol Bay was two weeks late. Malakhov said that won’t happen. This time around, their plane tickets back are non-refundable.last_img read more

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AC plans new liquor store in Bethel

first_imgAlaska Commercial Company (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)There could be a new liquor store in Bethel this summer. Alaska Commercial Company is in the process of trying to take over the Kusko Liquor license currently held by Cezary Maczynski, while purchasing a new location for the liquor store. If the license transfer is successful, AC would sell liquor in what used to be Sammy’s Market off Third Avenue. That’s according to Walt Pickett, vice president for AC in Alaska.“Right now we’re targeting July,” Pickett said.AC has to complete a couple of steps first: file applications with the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the City of Bethel.The ABC Board has to approve the transfer, and the city needs to approve a conditional use permit for the new location. Pickett says that they plan to submit an application for a conditional use permit by Friday, and hope to be part of the ABC Board’s April agenda. He says that they hope to have all the paperwork done by May, then spend two months renovating the building that used to house Sammy’s Market.AC also has to deal with the backlash from when the AC Quickstop liquor store was open from 2016 to 2018. In an emotional hearing last May, residents testified about the devastation that the liquor store brought to Bethel and its surrounding communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Here’s what Bethel City Attorney Patty Burley had to say, speaking as a private citizen during that testimony last year:“When children are afraid to go into the store, I’m afraid to go into the store. My husband is out of town; I had to stock up on groceries because I don’t want to go there at night,” Burley said.The biggest complaints centered around the store’s location. It was too close to homes and the schools, people said. That led to the Bethel City Council opposing AC’s license renewal and the ABC Board deciding to deny it, effectively shutting down the store. Pickett says that the new location on Third Avenue will hopefully address all of those concerns.“It’s never been about not operating in Bethel, it’s been finding the correct location to operate in Bethel,” Pickett said.He says that AC will take steps to limit the amount of hard liquor people can buy, install security cameras, and stay up-to-date on the state’s so-called “do not sell” list.last_img read more

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Candor TechSpace aims to improve educational capabilities

first_imgGurugram: As part of its CSR initiative of Candor TechSpace, the leading provider of IT/ITES office spaces has adopted a Government Primary School in Tikri, Gurugram (Haryana) to develop its overall infrastructure and educational capabilities after signing an MOU with the government. The inauguration of the Phase-I Infrastructure development of the School took place on January 16, 2019 by Mr. Ravinder Yadav, Joint Commissioner-IV, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram- Haryana in the presence of Mr. Kuldeep Yadav – Councillor Ward-29-MCG and Mrs. Premlata Yadav- DEEO, Gurugram. The developmental work scheduled tobe carried out in phases. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf In phase 1, Candor TechSpace is working towards to uplift the hygienic infrastructure of the school. We have already built new toilet block that comprise 3-4 separate toilets for both genders and one with a wheelchair ramp for differently abled students, a drinking water station (RO + water cooler), a utensil washing area and a proper drainage system which is covered and connected to the main sewage. Built as per the ‘A’ specifications, we have appointed a housekeeping company to maintain and manage the facility. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Sharing his insight on the initiative, Spokesperson of Candor TechSpace, said, “At Candor, we believe quality education is a fundamental right of children, regardless of their background or financial state. Unfortunately, there exists a huge gap between the quality of private schools and state-run public schools. We wanted to bridge this gap to some extent through this initiative. While the government is making relentless efforts, it’s also the responsibility of large corporate entities to play their part.” He further added, “We have just finished building the toilet blocks and plastering the school’s boundary wall. We have also roped in award winner Akshita &team from Rocks Artist for decorating the classrooms with meaningful wall arts that spread awareness about issues such as water scarcity, environmental sustainability and hazards of pollution. At present, we are looking to develop the landscape; such as equipping the school play area with swings and play equipment’s” he added. In the second phase of the project, Candor TechSpace looks to upgrade the classrooms with better facilities and a resource center in each class. The latest initiative of Candor further reaffirms its commitment towards the society.last_img read more

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Canada issues travel advisory for LGBTQ travellers in The Bahamas

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tags: Bahamas, travel advisory Canada issues travel advisory for LGBTQ travellers in The Bahamas OTTAWA — Canada is warning LGBTQ travellers about the risk of homophobia while visiting The Bahamas.The advisory, which was posted on the Government of Canada’s website on Dec. 20, 2018, states: “Bahamian law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. However, homosexuality is not widely socially accepted. LGBTQ travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to The Bahamas.”Homosexuality has been legal on the island since 1991 but widespread discrimination still occurs.The travel advisory was supported by LGBTQ activities based in The Bahamas – Erin Greene and Alex D’Marco – who told local newspaper Tribune 242 that they understood where Canada was coming from. Greene called it a “sound, a reasonable advisory” while D’Marco noted how LGBT Bahamians “can’t advance in their career” and have no access to marriage, hormones and medications. She also said that LGBTQ people can’t rely on the police for help in times of need.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIn August, Global News reported on a couple who fled The Bahamas and came to Canada seeking asylum. Lex Miller and his partner Ralanda Mitchell, a transgender woman, said they experienced intimidation from landlords, co-workers and family members while living in The Bahamas.“You have situations where you can be walking in the street in your own community and people can taunt you, throw rocks at you, beat you up,” Miller told Global News. “As a gay person that’s a Bahamian…it’s not as sweet and nice as it appears.”last_img read more

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Govt rejects lift on QF ownership cap

first_imgQantas’ hopes of increasing its international position were rejected this week after the Federal Government refused calls to adjust the Qantas Sales Act.The Act introduced in 1992 keeps the carrier’s foreign investors at a maximum of 49 percent, a cap the carrier said keeps Qantas from competing fairly with other airlines, The Australian reported.”It is a shame that Australia’s national airline has to compete with one arm tied behind its back,” a Qantas spokesperson told media.The Federal Government’s decision comes days after Qantas’ competitor Virgin Australia announced it had restructured its business to secure more foreign ownership.Transport Minister Anthony Albanese explained that the Government had no plans to change the 49 percent limit and a spokesperson for the Minister added that Virgin’s movements were commercial and required no government approval.”Over many years, Qantas has demonstrated it can adapt to changing global market conditions while remaining governed by the requirements of the Qantas Sale Act,” Mr Albanese explained.The Minister’s spokesperson added, “As long as Virgin Australia’s international airline continues to comply with the provisions of the act, it is free to structure its domestic operations as it sees fit”.”If an unacceptable ownership of Virgin’s international business arose, the government would exercise its power to prevent it.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Payrolls Up Unemployment Steady in February

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The “”U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm reported data Friday that indicates nationwide employment gains and a static unemployment pace for February. According to the recent statistics, the country added 227,000 jobs during the month, and February’s numbers, which represent the seventh straight month of 100,000-plus payroll gains, mark the longest period of consecutive increases since 2005.[IMAGE]The country’s unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, beating economists’ projections that called for a slight uptick in unemployment. Additionally, the rise in new jobs also bested predictions, with most forecasts anticipating about 210,000 new jobs in February.The strong report continued a positive trend with just one notable are of weakness seen in retail employment, which dropped slightly. Additionally, construction jobs declined, hinting that gains in construction in recent months were related to mild weather.The bureau revealed upward revisions for payroll gains in December and January, and January├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós payroll growth was changed to 284,000 from 243,000, while December├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós was revised to 223,000 from 203,000.Other key findings in the report included a rise in average weekly hours, as well as increases for average hourly earnings. The forward movement should help personal consumption spending, which makes up about 70 percent of the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Gross Domestic Product.The government was less of a drag on the payroll report in February than it has been in recent months, subtracting about 6,000 jobs. Federal payrolls shrank by 7,000 while state and local payrolls improved by a net, 1,000. State and local governments appear ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô for the moment ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô to have weathered the evaporation of federal stimulus funds.Even with the improved labor picture, those considered long-term unemployed, workers who have been without a job for more than 27 weeks, comprised 42.6 percent of the nation’s total unemployment base. However, the average duration of unemployment improved in February.For the housing sector, the unemployment report noted both positive and negative findings. Credit intermediation jobs, which are essentially underwriting positions, increased, but construction payrolls slipped, dropping 13,000 jobs, primarily in non-residential activity.For the broader economy, retail employment slipped slightly reflecting the wind-down of holiday shopping the resulting aftermath. Temporary jobs demonstrated a strong rise of 45,200 in February, a statistic which could be interpreted as good or bad. While temporary employment is considered a precursor to permanent positions, an uptick in the number of temporary workers represents a lower commitment and a potential reluctance by employers to increase staff – and benefit costs.Professional and business services payrolls, which includes those temporary jobs, expanded by 82,000, making it the strongest sector for February. Education and health care followed, rising by 71,000, as did leisure and hospitality, which went up 44,000. The leisure and hospitality sector is the lowest paying of the major industry sectors.The labor force ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the sum of employed and unemployed ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô grew 476,000 with increases in both components. The labor force participation rate, which signals confidence, improved to 63.9 percent after falling in January to 63.7 percent. It remains far below the 66 percent level at the onset of the recession in December 2007. The employment-population ratio measuring the employment percentage for the over-16 population currently holding jobs jumped to 58.6 percent, its highest level since May 2010. Movement in unemployment rates in most demographic sectors was erratic. Unemployment rates for adult (over 20) men and women remained flat at 7.7 percent each,and the unemployment rate for teenagers (16 to 19) rose 0.6 percentage points to 23.8 percent. The unemployment rate for high school dropouts improved to 12.9 percent from 13.1 percent in January, while the unemployment rate for college graduates was unchanged at 4.3 percent. Payrolls Up, Unemployment Steady in February March 9, 2012 421 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-03-09 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

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Bruce Arians the new coach has previously said h

first_imgBruce Arians, the new coach, has previously said he believes Kolb can be a good QB if given time to throw, so it stands to reason he’s probably not anxious to cut ties with the former Eagle. However, the move — if it’s made — may have more to do with what Kolb is making off the field rather than how he’s performing on it.And for what it’s worth, LaCanfora also notes QBs Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, Matt Cassel, Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Flynn could also find themselves on the chopping block, so the Cardinals may have some options to replace Kolb if necessary. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Now with a new coaching staff in charge, it’s possible Kolb’s time with the team has come to an end.According to CBSSports NFL insider Jason LaCanfora,, Kolb is one of many players who could be in line to become a “cap casualty” over the next couple months. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals ($9 million salary, plus $2 million roster bonus): He won’t make that kind of money to stay, and I can’t imagine Kolb getting the roster bonus, though if he’s willing to settle for more like $5 million there could still be an opportunity for him in Arizona. It’s not exactly breaking news that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb’s situation with the team is a little tenuous. Though clearly the team’s best option at the position last season, his production over two years with the team does not exactly warrant the high salary he is scheduled to make.The 28-year-old has appeared in just 15 of a possible 32 games over the last two seasons. Sure, he’s thrown for 17 touchdowns and been picked off just 11 times, but the Cardinals certainly expected more when they traded for the QB and signed him to a contract extension. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Bicommunal group finishes a very big hike

first_imgIt was called The Big Hike for a reason. Lasting for 27 days and taking in over 600km, this was a journey which traced a route through Limassol, Paphos, Akamas, Kyrenia, Apostolos Andreas, Famagusta, Ayia Napa and Larnaca. A trek which covered, in essence, the whole of the Cyprus coastline. Yes. All of it!The 10 members of The Coastline Hikers are rightly proud of their achievement, an epic trek along nearly every centimetre of island shoreline, save for military and official areas. Working clockwise from Ladies Mile, the group set off with high hopes on June 10 after a mere four months of planning, and returned, bang on schedule, to the same place 27 days later. But it was no whim that took the band clear around the island; the Big Hike was a journey with, from the outset, a very real, very clear purpose…“Our aim was to send a message of peace and equality to all the people of Cyprus,” explains George Koumandaris, one of the organisers who, like many of his fellow team members, is a student. “We’re an island surrounded by water; we’re not like the rest of Europe where you can cross the border from country to country. We’re just one little island – too small to be divided. So we set out to unite people across Cyprus, both in terms of those who followed our journey via social media, and those who were hiking as members of the team.”Aged between 18 and 26, the team comprised four Greek Cypriots, four Turkish Cypriots, one Filipino Cypriot and one Danish Cypriot, most of whom had never met when their journey began. “The idea came on January 20, by February 4 we had four people signed up, and by the end of the month we were hosting an event at the Home for Cooperation in the hopes of making contact with Turkish-speaking Cypriots who might like to join us. We say Turkish-speaking or Greek-speaking,” George adds, earnestly, “because otherwise we feel it stigmatises and divides. We may have different backgrounds, but we’re all Cypriots at the end of the day; the sunrise and sunset you see in Kyrenia are the same sunrise and sunset you see in Larnaca!”With exams over for the year, the 10-member group set off from Ladies Mile, a point chosen for its distance from the first checkpoint. “We wanted to prove to our followers that we were serious, that we were actually doing this,” George explains. “So we went from Ladies Mile clockwise around the island, first taking in Paphos” – where a flat tyre on the accompanying safety car caused the first of the unforeseen issues, but was quickly dealt with – “and then on into Akamas. This,” he continues, “was probably the most difficult part of the hike. We’d underestimated the terrain: no shade, rocks everywhere, a few bushes. In the end, we didn’t manage to get round the whole coastline of Akamas, and that was sad…”“But we did,” reveals fellow team member Yiannis Hassapis, “get to stop at Blue Lagoon for a swim! I’d never been there before and, though we were exhausted by the time we arrived, it was just an incredible place to be!”Part of the purpose of the trip, it transpires, was to introduce both team and followers to areas of Cyprus they’d never seen before. And for Demi Papagiorgi, the Karpas Pensinsula was entirely new territory. “I loved Yialousa; there’s a mountain there that we climbed, and I looked down and saw the whole of Karpas spread out before me… mountains, sea and sky. It was so beautiful! Plus,” she laughs, “it was in Karpas that our car broke down again: we managed to find the only mechanic in the whole peninsula to help us out!”Hospitality plays a large part in the team’s anecdotes. There’s Yusuf – met purely by chance at the Limnitis checkpoint – who fed, watered and put the team up, transporting and supporting them, finding them cheap places to spend the night. Then there was the woman who stopped the group as they were crossing a field in Ayia Marina and insisted they stop and enjoy her melons. In Karpasia, a restaurant owner who’d heard of the endeavour rushed out to offer the team free beer. And at the church of Panayia Kanakaria, the 85-year-old caretaker was moved to tears by their purpose. “His name was Ahmed,” George recalls. “He was Turkish, but spoke excellent Greek, as did many of the people we met in the north of the island. He’d been looking after the church for years, for no money, and told us all about its history. When we told him what we were doing, he cried. He’d had eight children, all of whom died in the war, and he believed so strongly that we should all be united. It was a very emotional moment.”Camping out where possible, couch surfing where necessary, the group made its way slowly but surely from Soli to Morphou to Kyrenia, along the Karpas and down to Famagusta, crossing once more at Vrysoulles before heading back through Ayia Napa and Larnaca and ending at Ladies Mile. Joined by various supporters on the trip, the core group charted their journey on social media (receiving over 40,000 likes on their Facebook page) with a stream of happy photos and posts. But it wasn’t all sunshine, despite the weather, Yiannis reveals…“I think one of the biggest challenges was in terms of character,” he muses. “10 people, 10 personalities – that’s a lot of compromise each day! But you come away knowing there’s actually no difference between people anywhere, no matter their background.”“It was a challenge,” George agrees. “But we’d promised our sponsors, our supporters and our followers that we would do this, so we just kept going. And we faced every problem,” he laughs, “with humour! It’s the universal language!”At the end of the day, the team all agree on the success of the Big Hike. “We reached so many people, we learnt so much about ourselves and our country. And we proved that every little act can make a difference,” says George. “Next year, maybe we’ll walk the Buffer Zone, or the sea caves. The Big Hike was a mere four months of planning, before 10 people who hardly knew each other set out to prove the power of unity. I think we got our message across. But we’re not going to stop here…”For more information on The Big Hike, visit coastlinehikers.wixsite.com/cycoastlinehikers or the Facebook page ‘Cyprus Coastline Hikers’You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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