Monique Marcotte, Vice-President of People and Culture, added: “This plan is rooted in the notion that our workplace culture must be truly inclusive in order to attract and retain top talent. Our strength lies in the unique perspectives that our employees bring to work each day. We want everyone to feel that their views and contributions are valued because they help us broaden our understanding of one another and better relate to the changing demographic makeup of our country.”This plan also complements the Diversity and Inclusion section of the career page of our corporate website. Both convey the importance of diversity and inclusion and share the many things we’re doing to make our programming content even more relevant, foster greater inclusiveness in our workplace culture and ensure our workforce fully reflects Canada’s demographics.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.Diversity and inclusion fact sheet: Our progress so farBelow are highlights of some of the initiatives that have resulted from our ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in our content, workplace culture and workforce:ContentCBC North has been serving Canadians across the territories and in Northern Quebec since 1958. It provides radio, television and online services to seven communities (Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Kuujjuaq) in eight Indigenous languages. In addition to offering services on CBC North, our main networks and regional stations also showcase Indigenous news, issues, and culture.Our award-winning Indigenous Unit is both a resource and a catalyst for more coverage across CBC/Radio-Canada. Recently expanded to more communities, it is helping us identify, recruit and develop Indigenous talent. It’s creating programs like Unreserved on CBC Radio, a powerful one-hour platform on our national radio network for Indigenous voices. The Legends Project digitizes traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada’s Inuit and First Nations Peoples from communities across the country. Our CBC Indigenous and Radio-Canada’s Espaces autochtoneswebsites are ensuring more Canadians learn more about this country’s legacy and its future.Since December 2017, Radio-Canada makes it compulsory for independent producers who submit a project to present a “diversity inclusion plan” with the objective of improving diversity in all its content.CBC Films (CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund) is a narrative feature film fund that supports the production of English-language films from filmmakers and creators who bring diverse voices and stories that engage and reflect Canadians on the big and small screens. We look for projects that are written and directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities, LGBTQ persons and persons with a disability.For the past four years, Radio-Canada has been leading a TV industry working group aimed at increasing cultural diversity in French-language fiction. The group has implemented a series of actions such as the Auditions de la diversité, which provide performance training for actors from visible minority communities. The working group also supports coaching for young scriptwriters and tours high schools, in order to encourage diversity students to pursue careers in TV production.Workplace cultureA number of internal initiatives foster greater inclusiveness in our workplace culture, including:The Developing Emerging Leaders Program equips an annual cohort of 15 diverse employees with insights, tools and strategies to skillfully take their careers to the next level.Employee Resource Groups (bring together employees who share common backgrounds and experiences, and provide mutual support and a greater sense of belonging, ex. women in technology and employees with physical or mental disabilities and their allies.)Both CBC and Radio-Canada offer paid journalism internships to Indigenous recruits with partners such as the First Nations University of Canada, Nunavut Sivuniksavut/Algonquin College and the First Nations Education Council (FNEC). Radio-Canada also collaborates with the Kiuna Institution (the Quebec post-secondary Indigenous college) to offer an initiation to journalism for Indigenous students.Our senior leaders learn about inclusive leadership and unconscious bias. That awareness fosters a culture of inclusiveness—one of our core values. Similar training is provided to other employees across the organization. “We want to make sure all Canadians are heard on our airwaves; that they—and their children—see themselves reflected on their public broadcaster,” said Catherine Tait, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO. “This plan sets clear objectives and a roadmap to get there. It builds on the work we’ve been doing to make our content, our workforce and our services better reflect all Canadians.”Building on past efforts and accomplishments, including those resulting from our previous 2015-2018 strategy, the new plan lays out the objectives for the coming years, provides workforce results for all our main business units, and details action plans by major services. WorkforceWhile our focus is not on targets, we do still monitor to measure our performance and the impact of our initiatives.The new diversity hires (Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities) result for Q1 2018-2019 of 27.2% exceeded our target of 25.4%. This is our best first quarter result since we started measuring this index in 2015-2016.We are the gender parity leader in the Canadian media industry with 48.9% women employed across CBC/Radio-Canada (+6.1% above the external labour force).We reached our Strategy 2020 goal of 2.1% for Indigenous representation, meeting the external labour force availability and the hiring rate of 3.1% surpassed this goal between April 2017 and March 2018.Between April 2015 and 2018, we saw over 40% increases for both the number of members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Login/Register With: Advertisement OTTAWA – CBC/Radio-Canada has unveiled its 2018-21 Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The new three-year plan sets out our strategy to better serve all Canadians by reflecting the full range of Canadian perspectives through our content, workplace culture and workforce. The Plan was launched at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting in Edmonton, where diversity and inclusion inspired this year’s conversation with Canadians on the importance of public broadcasting in today’s environment. With a view to increasing the diversity of its News staff, Radio-Canada revamped its hiring process for journalists at the network and regional levels over the last year, and we have removed potential obstacles for diverse candidates in our general knowledge and language proficiency exams.The candidates for the first-ever paid CBC Placements for Persons With Disabilities started in mid-September 2018and a national launch is being considered if deemed successful.We are the first Canadian media company to add gender and sexual diversity (i.e., LGBTQ+) to its voluntary workforce tracking metrics. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are currently investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock.According to RCMP, on September 22, they received a report of a bull that was found dead and missing its genitals.RCMP say it is unknown when the bull had died, but significant time had passed before it was reported. Then on October 1, RCMP received a report of a horse that was found dead, also missing its genitals.In both instances, the RCMP attended to investigate but were unable to determine a cause of death.Police say there is no indication they died due to predators and it is unclear whether the two events are related but both are considered suspicious in nature.The B.C. RCMP Livestock Section has been contacted for consultation.If you have any information regarding these incidents or if you see any suspicious activity, you are being asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2012 3:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada to stop defending asbestos, striking blow to once-mighty industry MONTREAL – The federal government has tossed in the towel and will stop fighting international efforts to list asbestos as a dangerous substance, striking another blow to a once-mighty Canadian industry now on the verge of extinction.In a sudden reversal for the Harper government, Industry Minister Christian Paradis said Ottawa will no longer oppose efforts to include asbestos to the UN’s Rotterdam treaty on hazardous materials.For Paradis, the announcement Friday was far from celebratory.He hails from central Quebec’s asbestos belt and is one of the sector’s staunchest defenders. Paradis looked glum and spoke in a nearly hushed tone as he spoke in his hometown of Thetford Mines, a community still dotted with imposing tailing piles that remind locals of the industry’s once-bustling heyday.He blamed the new Parti Quebecois provincial government for killing the industry and cast Friday’s move as an inevitable response.In making the announcement, the Conservatives fired the first shot in what is expected to be a turbulent relationship between Ottawa and the freshly elected PQ.The PQ has said it will cancel a $58 million loan, confirmed just a few months ago by the previous Liberal provincial government. The cash was aimed at reviving what would be the country’s only asbestos operation in Asbestos, a 90-minute drive from Thetford Mines.Paradis took direct aim at the sovereigntist PQ and blamed it for the turn of events.“First off I’d like to remind you that Pauline Marois, the premier-designate of Quebec, has clearly stated her intention to forbid chrysotile exploitation in Quebec,” he said in his opening remarks.“Obviously that decision will have a negative impact on the prosperity of our regions…“In the meantime hundreds of workers in our region are without jobs, are living in uncertainty and hoping the mine will reopen… Madame Marois has clearly made her decision. So our government has made a decision that it’s now time to look after our communities, workers and families.”The PQ said Friday that it had taken note of Paradis’ announcement but would not react to it. The party also reaffirmed its commitment to hold a commission on the economic future of the industry.Paradis promised that the Harper government would spend up to $50 million to help a region deeply in need of jobs diversify its economy. He made the announcement next to Thetford Mines Mayor Luc Berthold.The mayor expressed disappointment about recent events and thanked the federal government for helping to make the best of a bad situation.One industry official downplayed the significance of the announcement. Jeffrey Mine spokesman Guy Versailles said several other countries — notably Russia, China and Brazil — could still block the substance from being added to the UN list as they have in the past.And even if does get listed, all that would mean is adding labels that warn about possible health risks and would not actually limit exports, he said.“Inclusion of chrysotile in the Rotterdam Convention would in no way signal the end of the chrysotile business in Canada,” Versailles said in an interview Friday.“It does not say, ‘prohibit imports and exports.’ “A bigger hurdle faced by Jeffrey Mine is the PQ campaign promise to cancel the $58-million loan to help revive the operation for another 25 years.“I don’t want to lack respect against politicians, but I must say that a company cannot govern itself according to declarations made during an election,” Versailles said.“This does not change the standing agreement we have with the Government of Quebec.”Canada gained a reputation as the world’s top producer of the once-valuable global commodity that was hailed as the “magic mineral” for its fireproofing and insulating characteristics in construction materials.But the asbestos sector’s profitability has been pummelled by bad publicity over the years. Health experts and human-rights advocates have frequently voiced concerns about the substance, pointing to studies that have shown inhaling needle-like asbestos fibres can lead to diseases such as lung cancer.The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people die globally each year from asbestos-related disease.As a result, Canada’s asbestos sector ground to a halt last fall for the first time in 130 years when production stalled in both of the country’s mines — one in Thetford Mines and the other in Asbestos.Persistent health warnings have slowly eroded support for asbestos mining and exports, including within the Conservative caucus.Several Tories took the unusual step of questioning their government’s policy on asbestos exports last year.Industry experts were independently invited to a meeting on Parliament Hill, where about a dozen Conservative MPs asked some pointed questions of the Chrysotile Institute and industry scientists over several hours.The meetings revealed that a clear divide over the Tory government’s resistance to having the substance listed as a hazardous substance internationally. It was a rare public hint of internal dissent from a caucus known for its tight discipline.Former Conservative cabinet minister Chuck Strahl had been a longtime advocate for listing asbestos in the Rotterdam Convention.Strahl contracted a form of cancer his doctors say was related to asbestos exposure while working in the B.C. logging industry as a young man.“It’s the moral thing to do,” Strahl said Friday in an interview.“We say this is the warning, this is what we know, if you’re going to use this stuff, be warned.“By not listing it under the Rotterdam Convention, we don’t even tell people that. And that’s wrong. Where the government’s headed now is the right thing to do. List it, I think there’ll be a very small number of countries that say that they still want to use it once it’s listed.”The Conservatives and other defenders of the asbestos sector have long maintained that the substance, especially the chrysotile form mined in Quebec, can be safe if handled properly.But the industry’s critics say they doubt that the mainly poor countries that import Canadian chrysotile can offer such safety guarantees.The Canadian Public Health Association lauded Paradis’ announcement.“Canada has a moral obligation, backed by well-grounded evidence, to close down this industry and stop exporting a potentially hazardous material to countries that are ill-equipped to protect the health of workers who handle asbestos and people exposed to asbestos fibres,” Erica Di Ruggiero, chair of the association, said in a statement.“The Government of Canada has made a good ‘public health’ decision.”Canada has twice before played a lead role in blocking the inclusion of asbestos under the Rotterdam Convention, which operates by consensus, and the country did so again at last year’s summit. When other asbestos-exporting countries changed their minds and dropped their opposition to the listing, Canada stood alone against the move.Countries will get another crack at adding asbestos to the list next year.– with a file from Jennifer Ditchburn in Ottawa
“The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the future that have the potential to transform our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Both can be advanced through actions of the shipping industry, giving added meaning to this year’s commemoration of the Day of the Seafarer,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the Day, which is commemorated annually on 25 June. The Day of the Seafarer was established in 2010 to recognize the contribution made by seafarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy and global society as a whole. The Secretary-General noted that by helping to keep the world’s people clothed, fed and housed, seafarers have the potential to drive economic growth that is socially inclusive and environmentally sound. “At the same time, we must ensure that seafarers themselves benefit from the Sustainable Development Goals. Their work can be dangerous and difficult. At sea for up to a year, they may face loneliness, isolation and exploitation. They deserve appreciation for their efforts and compensation for their labour,” Mr. Ban emphasized. “On this Day of the Seafarer, let us advance the work of those who make shipping possible in a way that promotes our global vision of a life of dignity and opportunity for all,” he added. In another message to mark the Day, Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said the Day gives the international community a chance to reflect on how much everyone relies on seafarers for most of the things they take for granted in their everyday lives. “Over one million seafarers operate the global fleet yet billions of people depend on them for the essentials and the luxuries of life. Shipping is essential to the world – and so are seafarers,” he said. “So, this year, on 25 June, the Day of the Seafarer, we are once again asking people everywhere to show their appreciation for the seafarers that quietly, mostly unnoticed, keep the wheels of the world in motion,” he added. The theme for this year’s Day is ‘At Sea for All,’ which Mr. Lim noted has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, Shipping: indispensable to the world, emphasizing that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes, but for everyone around the world.
Christmas is a time when we share our blessings and also to reach out to those who have touched our hearts and our lives. Christmas brings family and friends together to celebrate life. Give thanks to all your family members and friends for supporting your journey here at Brock University. We sometimes forget to give our appreciation to our loved ones and take for granted what they have done for us.May Christmas fill your life with peace and bring many successes for the New Year. May the true meaning of the Christmas season fill your heart and your homes with many wonderful blessings. Safe travels to everyone and light a candle for all who have gone to the spirit world and will not be with us this Christmas.– Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo
Mrs Blackman told the Mail she had spent the day “grinning like a Cheshire cat” as she awaited her husband’s arrival. “Now it is daylight, it still feels like a dream. We have spent so long on this rollercoaster ride and have always steeled ourselves for the worst-case scenario.”Mr Blackman has had to give up on his dream of rejoining the military, having been dismissed, despite the pleas of senior officers.However, there are job offers, murmurs of a book deal and even talk of a Hollywood film with Tom Hardy as Blackman, Kate Winslet his wife and Al Pacino as Jonathan Goldberg QC, the lawyer who led his successful appeal.Mr Goldberg said: “Once they are fully decompressed I will meet them and we will discuss the interesting meeting I just had in Hollywood at the invitation of a famous producer from which it is clear that a major movie could be in the offing if they wish it.”However, the Blackmans will also have to take steps to ensure their personal safety because of the high-profile nature of his offence. Frederick Forsyth, the novelist and former RAF fighter pilot who was one of the leading lights in the Blackmans’ campaign, said: “Where is the military covenant which is supposed to be the concordant between Government and the military? Marine A, Alexander Blackman, (in the back seat) is released from Erlestoke prison in WiltshireCredit:SWNS An end in sight… The end of a long and painful wait for a young wife who has been separated from her husband for more than half of her marriage. Claire Blackman leaves her Somerset home to prepare to be reunited with her husbandCredit:David Rose 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. An end in sight… The end of a long and painful wait for a young wife who has been separated from her husband for more than half of her marriage. Claire Blackman leaves her Somerset home to prepare to be reunited with her husband Credit:David Rose Reunited with his wife Claire, Mr Blackman said: “She has saved me”.Describing his gratitude, the former marine told the Daily Mail: “She is a wife in a million…You just can’t imagine anyone cares for you that much.” Among his principle plans, friends say, is to complete a university degree he began in prison and which could take his life in a “completely different direction”. But, for now, he is enjoying relaxing and watching television as he and Claire, 45, celebrate the end of their fight for justice. It was won earlier this year when a panel of Appeal Court judges recognised that the battlefield stress that Mr Blackman was under was cause enough to amend his conviction to one of manslaughter. That reduced his sentence from life to seven years for the killing of the Afghan insurgent in 2011. placard showing the Royal Marine flag with a picture of former Marine Sgt Alexander BlackmanCredit:AFP Now Mr Blackman faces life as a free civilian for the first time in 18 years: after more than three years as a prisoner and 15 as a serviceman with five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He married NHS manager Claire in 2009, but they have spent more time apart than together. Alexander Blackman – better known as Marine A – has praised his “wife in a million” as he spoke for the first time as a free man since his release from prison. Mr Forsyth, author of The Day of The Jackal and The Dogs of War, said the MoD was at the centre of his anger, having spent 10 years funding ambulance-chasing lawyers such as Phil Shiner, the disgraced human rights lawyer, to create a “tissue of lies” about abuse by serving troops. “It is in shreds, morale is scraping the bottom and no one wants to be held responsible.” Show more Mr Blackman said his release from prison was an “immense feeling” but he was aware that his freedom came with certain conditions which he said “I must – and I will – respect”.He added it was the “little things” he was enjoying, such as being able to choose when to eat and sleep, but said his new found freedom would take “some getting used to.” Sgt Blackman, 42, is considering a life outside the Armed Forces for the first time in almost two decades, after his release from prison in the early hours of yesterday having had his conviction for the murder of an injured Taliban fighter quashed.
ARANZ Geo Ltd, developer of 3D geological modelling software Leapfrog Mining, has announced that it has signed a new umbrella software licence with leading mining group Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto has been using Leapfrog since 2007 and the signing of the agreement reflects increased usage of Leapfrog across the group. A Rio Tinto spokesperson said that “Leapfrog Mining is used by Rio Tinto geologists in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, and Peru. In addition to the use of Leapfrog for modelling exploration data for copper, iron ore, coal and uranium; Leapfrog is also used for project evaluation, targeting and structural modelling.”The Leapfrog Mining software is described as “fast, dynamic, 3D geological modelling technology with innovative workflows that enable the best possible understanding of the geology. Leapfrog enables accurate and consistent visualisation of data providing confidence in the interpretation and modelling of that data from early exploration to mine remediation. Multiple hypotheses can be explored, new data added and course corrections made easily as the project proceeds.”ARANZ Geo has also announced the appointment of new Turkish distributor, JeoDijital. This was effective as of February 2012. “The JeoDijital team will be invaluable to our clients in supporting their 3D geological modelling needs and move the business forward in the rapidly growing Turkish market.” said Shaun Maloney, Chief Executive Officer of ARANZ Geo. Dr Hayati Koyuncu, Managing & Research Director of JeoDijital, has more than 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry working for major national and international mining and exploration companies both in Turkey and abroad. His experience ranges from academia to cutting-edge technology based solutions in the exploration and 3D geological modelling of mineral and energy resources, and the environment.
Source: @RossMullenIT MAY BE the only time that posing with a gangland criminal (kind of) on your election leaflet is a good thing.One independent candidate has roped in a Love/Hate star to promote her election campaign, enrolling ‘Nidge’ to appear on her canvassing literature.Mary Martin from Dublin 15 is featured in a picture with actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor along with the statement: “A Nudge in the right direction.” (badum-ching)Mary uses criminal lingo to persuade you to vote for her, saying: “This went in your letterbox, right, so we know where you live! Please vote Mary Martin 1 for Council.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Martin said that the photo was taken with the actor when he was filming in Castleknock, the area she is running.“I saw him and asked would it be okay to get a photo with him and he said no problem. I explained to him that I was running for local election and I did ask if it would be okay to use the photo on my leaflets,” she said, stating “the photo is totally legitimate, it’s not photoshopped!”.The reaction to the leaflet has been “positive” said Martin who said people are getting a good laugh from it and even some opposition candidates have called her up about it.Read: There was some pretty awkward canvassing at the Stephen’s Green Luas stop this morning>Read: Sinn Féin candidate resigns over anti-traveller comments on Facebook>
STEVENSON — Authorities say the body of an Oregon man who hadn’t returned from a hike in the Columbia River Gorge has been found.Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown says search crews located the body of 31-year-old Melvin Burtch of Beaverton, Oregon, at about 5 p.m. Wednesday at the base of Table Mountain in Washington.He had last been heard from Tuesday afternoon when he took two dogs hiking in the area.Brown says on Wednesday morning employees of the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort saw both dogs near Burtch’s vehicle and a search commenced after that.Brown says signal transmissions from Burtch’s cellphone helped searchers find him.It’s believed Burtch fell from the summit of Table Mountain nearly 700 feet to the base.Recovery efforts will begin Thursday morning.
By Yankuba JallowFafa Ceesay the first witness in the suit involving Senior Counsel Edward A. Gomez continued his testimony yesterday before Principal Magistrate Abeke.The defendant explained that the reason for him taking this litigation to court is that the defendant (Lawyer Gomez) has not acted as agreed because their agreement was to write a summons and nothing more.He said he drove the defendant (Lawyer Gomez) using his car to visit the empty plots of land which he bought but were illegally sold to him. He added that they did meet the Alkalo of the village where the said empty plots are situated and thereafter the defendant asked him to take him to a village dominated by Manjako inhabitants which is not far from Mamuda Village because he had something to do there. He further said because they could meet the Alkalo of the village, he drove the defendant back to his office.“Every day I enquire from Edward about the summons he always says today or tomorrow he will do it,” PW1 said. He continued saying he (the Defendant) kept on shifting days and pushing it until he decided to ask for the money he gave him or the summons from him.He said Lawyer Edward Gomez said that the cost for each letter he wrote is five thousand (D5000) which totalled to fifteen thousand dalasi (D15000) from there Pa Habib Mbye interjected and pleaded to the defendant to take three thousand dalasi (D3000) which means each letter to cost one thousand dalasi (D1000) but the defendant declined.During cross-examination, the witness held that he went to Lawyer Gomez for him to write a summons and nothing else and if he failed to act as agreed he should refund him. Lawyer Gomez told the court that there was a day when the Plaintiff came using harsh language against him as well as shouting but the witness denied saying he has the recording of the conversation which has all their speeches. He added that the defendant’s insults and shouting are all in the audio recorded and his responses as well as Pa Mbye’s.Lawyer Gomez said since 1984 the year he started his practice, he had three thousand five hundred dalasi (D3500) as his standard fee for letters and it has never changed. The case is adjourned till Monday 22 May, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th May, 2017 at 10am, 2pm and 1pm respectively.
Napoli completed an extraordinary comeback from 2-0 down to beat Milan 3-2 under thirty minutes at the Stadio San Paolo.Jack Bonaventura’s acrobatic half-volley and a Davide Calabria angled drive had put Gennaro Gattuso’s men firmly in control at the Stadio San Paolo.However, as they did last week at Lazio, Carlo Ancelotti’s side fought back for the victory.A Piotr Zielinski’s smartly-taken double restored parity for the Naples side before substitute Mertens then pounced at the back-post to complete an unlikely comeback win for Carlo Ancelotti’s new club.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….It was also a notable night for David Ospina’s first start for the hosts since his summer move from Arsenal.The Naples outfit now sit joint-top of the early Serie A table alongside champions Juventus, having both maintained their perfect starts on Saturday.Napoli pushed Juventus all the way in the title race last season and will be hopeful of going one better this time around.
The Sri Lankan government believes a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 people, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said Monday.Senaratne, who is also a cabinet minister, added that the government was investigating whether the group had “international support”.”We don’t see that only a small organisation in this country can do all that,” he said.”We are now investigating the international support for them, and their other links, how they produced the suicide bombers here, and how they produced bombs like this.”Documents seen by AFP show Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on 11 April, saying that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported NTJ was planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.Not much is known about the NTJ, a radical Muslim group that has been linked to the vandalising of Buddhist statues.A police source told AFP that all 24 people in custody in connection with the attacks belong to an “extremist” group, but did not specify further.
Share That said, the Democrats stepping forward for statewide office so far are not endowed with the widespread political fame or campaign or personal fortunes that would support any use of the word “formidable.” It’s safer to call some of them “interesting.”Down the ballot, there are those five open congressional seats (so far) and several others that will be contested, as Democrats test the electoral strength of Republican incumbents in President Donald Trump’s midterm elections.Three sitting Republican state senators — Craig Estes of Wichita Falls, Bob Hallof Edgewood and Kel Seliger of Amarillo —will face challengers in their Republican primaries. In the Texas House, a combination of open seats, swing districts and possibly a drag from the nation’s top Republican are expected to attract Democratic challengers hoping to knock off a handful of GOP incumbents. Those incumbents will be in trouble before November, challenged by opponents in a March party primary split between different Republican factions. The first order of business for the state representatives elected next year will be to choose a new leader to replace outgoing Speaker Joe Straus.That’s the general outlook, as the filings begin. Over the next month, the candidates themselves will provide the specific outlines for the political year ahead. Jack PlunkettAttorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott files to run for governor on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas.Push comes to shove tomorrow, politically speaking. The filing period for people who want to be on next year’s state ballots opens — the beginning of a one-month put-up-or-shut-up period for those who think they ought to be running our governments.We voters get our own swings at this in four months and then again in a year, as the primaries and then the general election come around.For now, it looks like slim pickings. Maybe that will change. But so far, only a few Democrats have appeared both willing and ready — “ready” is the key word there —to take on a slate of incumbent Republican statewide officeholders seeking re-election. The March 6 Texas primaries are the earliest in the country; our candidate-filing period is the earliest, too. (The latest is Louisiana, where all candidates, regardless of party, run on Nov. 6 and the top two — if neither breaks 50 percent in the first round — compete in a runoff on Dec. 8.)The statewide officials elected next year will be in office the next time Texas draws its political maps, so there’s an extra significance to the 2018 elections. The next U.S. census will be held in 2020, and the Texas Legislature that meets in early 2021 will remake the maps for congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts. If legislators can’t get it done, the job goes to a five-person board that includes four of the officials who’ll be elected next year: the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the comptroller and the commissioner of the General Land Office. The fifth member is the speaker of the House, who’ll be chosen (or re-elected) by the Texas House in January 2021.Five of the state’s 36 members of the U.S. House have given notice, saying they won’t be on the 2018 ballot. That’s interesting in and of itself: Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, and Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, are both chairmen, and losing a couple of big shots is always news. But all five are striking, the most vacancies in a cycle in more than a decade. And each incumbent is leaving a seat open for the picking — creating a moment when any number of state senators, representatives, mayors and other fruits and nuts decide maybe it’s time for them to be in Congress.The month ahead is when the rest of us find out who’s going to be in the lineup.Texas Democrats have been slow to raise their hands for the state’s top jobs. U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso is running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the ballot’s top race, and several candidates new to state politics have said they are looking at challenges to Gov. Greg Abbott and others on the incumbent list.It’s worth pointing out that, six years ago, one of the least-promising contestants for a statewide job was Cruz himself. He was, at the time, a Houston attorney in private practice who had worked for the state attorney general and clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court but who had never run for office. And he was running against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who had won four statewide elections; former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert; and Craig James, a well-known former professional football player.Keep that Cruz Asterisk in mind whenever you’re inclined to dismiss a candidate: Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce the way you think it will.
Kolkata: Fire broke out at the first floor of Priya Cinema Hall, one of the premier movie theatres of the city, at around 10:15 pm on Sunday. According to initial reports, the heater of a momo counter has been said to be the cause behind the mishap.Five fire engines rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control. The owner of the theatre Arijit Dutta, along with four of his family members were rescued from the building. Rescue work is still underway. However, no casualties have been reported as of now. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the spot soon after the incident and surveyed the area and the extent of damage.Preliminary investigation has revealed that the momo counter which caught fire, did not have enough fire extinguishers in supply. A forensic team is likely to visit the spot on Monday morning.
What was the worst century to be alive? While the 24-hour news cycle has modern times looking pretty grim, the tough times for many that is currently plaguing the world is nothing new. Centuries have passed with even more cataclysmic events with the 17th staking its claim for worst ever century. 100 years in particular, however, seem to take the cake where misery is concerned. In the ‘50s, Eric Hobsbawm coined the term “The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century.”The word “crisis” seems to be putting it lightly, though, based on the following overview of a mere fraction of the unrest in possibly the worst century in world history to be alive.The Thirty Years War Enveloped EuropeMarauding soldiers by Sebastiaen Vrancx, 1647, Deutsches Historisches Museum BerlinThe Thirty Years War ravaged Central Europe. Religious dispute within the Holy Roman Empire erupted into a multi-country, multi-faith war that resulted in eight million fatalities.The election of the new emperor Ferdinand II and his subsequent enforcement of Roman Catholicism caused unrest throughout the empire. Northern Protestants fought southern Catholics and both parties managed to rope in Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Norway, England, the Ottoman Empire, Spain and the Russian Empire – which at the time was experiencing one of the worst famines in its historyThe Ratification of the Treaty of Münster by Gerard ter Borch, 1648In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia was barely beneficial to any party that was involved in the fighting, but at least it brought peace. Aside from vast loss of life, most kingdoms were left bankrupt.… And Caused More WarThe Battle of Rocroi by François Joseph Heim, Palace of Versailles collectionA spin-off of the Thirty Years War took place on the Iberian Peninsula, where France incited the Franco-Spanish War which lasted for 25 years.By the end, France had annexed a bit of land around the Pyrenees, but in 1659 the two countries signed a peace treaty which, just as with the Thirty Years War, didn’t seem to make up for the 300,000 lives lost.… While Others Were Going OnThe Portuguese Restoration WarDuring this time, Spain was fighting on two fronts. The empire was also occupied with the Portuguese Restoration War, or the Acclamation War. For almost 30 years, from 1640 to 1668, the Spanish wanted to prevent Portugal from seceding from the empire.Though fighting wasn’t continuous, the two sides managed to drag allies into the war — when all the European powers weren’t too busy fighting each other elsewhere. In the end, the Portuguese monarchy was recognized as an independent nation.… And Even More Came AboutEpisode of the Fronde at the Faubourg Saint-Antoine by the Walls of the BastilleAfter battling against the Holy Roman Empire and the Spanish in the wars already mentioned, France underwent a series of internal conflicts. Civil wars, collectively called the Fronde, broke out from 1648 to 1653.Unrest began with higher taxes and was exacerbated by the king’s attempt to directly control the military who had become used to a certain autonomy during the Thirty Years War.The Civil War was broken down into two periods: the first led by Parliamentarians against the king’s rule, the second led by upset, power-hungry nobles. To sum up the results of the Fronde, Louis XIV reigned as king until his end in 1715.The British Isles Suffered Complete DisarrayPainting by William Allan (1782–1850) of the signing of the National Covenant in Greyfriars Kirkyard, EdinburghTo top it all off, the all-powerful British Isles suffered successive rebellions and civil wars throughout the early 17th century. Without going into exhaustive detail, Scotland endured the Bishops War, which had risen from religious dispute, and eventually kicked off the War of Three Kingdoms.The latter included the Irish Rebellion of 1641, the Irish Confederate Wars, and three English Civil Wars. While the Irish spent 11 years attempting to get rid of English and Protestant rule in their Catholic lands (to no avail), the English succeeded in getting rid of their King, executing Charles I and exiling his son. They established the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell which only lasted a decade, after which Charles II was restored to the throne.And Then There was the PlagueThe 17th century saw devastating outbreaks of Plague as well. It claimed arond 1.7 million victims in Italy, or about 14% of the population. In 1656, it took the lives of nearly half of Naples’ 300,000 inhabitants. More than 1.25 million fatalities occurred in Spain, hitting Seville the hardest which also lost half of its population.Great Britain also felt its share of Plague pandemonium with the Great Plague of London of 1665-1666. It was the last major outbreak of Plague in the British Isles and claimed over 100,000 people, almost a quarter of London’s population, in only 18 months.A Parallel Thirty Years WarEurope wasn’t the only continent suffering massive losses through large-scale warfare. Across the Mediterranean, in northern Africa, the tribes of what is modern day Mauritania and Western Sahara fought each other from 1644 to 1674.The Sanhadja Berber tribes had to protect their lands from the invading forces of the Maqil Arab who wanted to gain access to Senegal and Mali. Establishing dominance, the Maqil demanded tribute from the Sanhadja in return for protection (which they didn’t actually provide). As a result, war officially broke out in 1673, when the Sanhadja tried to oust the Arab forces.Sanhaja Berber women performing a traditional dance. Photo by Tropenmuseum CC BY-SA 3.0Unfortunately, they were not successful and the Berber tribes were defeated. The Maqil victory encouraged widespread Arab takeover of the northwest of Africa. They would remain the primary power in the region until the French began to colonize the continent.China Overthrew a DynastyMing Dynasty empress’ fengguan (phoenix crown) – traditional ceremonial headgearIn China in 1618, a chieftain from the Aisin Gioro clan authorized a manifesto, The Seven Grievances, against the imperial Ming dynasty. While peasant uprisings were already popping up like wildfire, the Chinese fought insurrectionary political forces. For over 40 years the empire suffered from active rebellion.Eventually, the Ming were overthrown and, in 1636, the Qing dynasty took control. Reasons for the Ming’s downfall included waning relationships between the royalty and the military, as well as natural disasters. The Little Ice Age had devastating effects in Asia, dropping temperatures considerably and causing many disastrous typhoons throughout the revolt.Japan Kept Out of ItLocation of Tokugawa Shogunate. Photo by Maproom CC BY-SA 3.0Though their isolationist policies set the country back in comparison with the rest of the modern world, the Crisis of the Seventeenth Century is one justification that their adoption of Sakoku benefited Japan in the long run.The Tokugawa shogunate began to introduce their closed door policies in 1633, isolating the archipelago from the rest of the world for over 200 years. While they had their own interior problems to combat, like the Shimabara Uprising and the attempted coup d’état during the Keian era, Japan luckily missed out on some more fatalistic world events.Siege of Hara Castle – Shimabara RebellionThe list goes on from there. In the beginning of the century, the Mughal Empire of India underwent several wars of succession; the Ottoman Empire squashed a number of revolts; Russia fought Poland over Lithuania for 13 years, then Sweden for five; the Nine Years War once again encompassed all major European forces; and England saw a second overthrow of its king in the Glorious Revolution.Read another story from us: Laxatives Used on The Lewis & Clark Expedition Help Scientists Reconstruct The JourneyThe century is capped off by the War of Spanish Succession which lasted for 13 years and crippled the Spanish empire indefinitely. Hobsbawm wasn’t understating when he called the 17th century a “crisis.”
Share By: Vawn Himmelsbach SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA — Costa Rica has built its tourism industry on ecotourism and soft adventure. But at this year’s 35th anniversary of Expotur, one of the most important travel marts in Latin America, the focus was on showcasing new consumer offerings.“We are very proud of what we have accomplished as a tourist destination,” said Maria Amalia Revelo, Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, during a press conference. But, she added, “we know we still have a lot of work to do.”Organized by the Costa Rican Association of Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT), this year’s travel mart featured 230 purchasers with delegates from 35 countries, showcasing many of the country’s micro, small and mid-size businesses.The U.S. and Canada are considered priority markets, bringing in the highest number of tourists, though ACOPROT is further developing the European market, as well as the South American countries of Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Tags: adventure, Costa Rica, tourism, undiscovered, wildlife Costa Rica targets ‘undiscovered’ destinations at 35th annual Expotur Built on public-private partnerships, Costa Rica’s tourism industry has, for the most part, taken a consistent strategy for the past 25 years.“It wasn’t easy — we took one step forward and two steps back. But in the end we managed to agree that sustainable tourism was going to help us as a country, and Costa Rica has been successful because we’ve been very consistent,” said Revelo (through a Spanish-to-English translator). “We don’t change strategies because a new government comes in.” Ecotourism has been a natural fit, since Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity, making it popular with nature-lovers, bird-watchers and conservationists. But while tourism is built around the country’s natural assets, “we have decided to try to add more value to other cultural aspects like gastronomy,” said Revelo.About one-third of tourists who come to Costa Rica by air are return visitors, she said. But many tourists go to the same places: Arenal volcano, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the beaches along the northern Pacific Coast.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“I think that our idiosyncrasy is what makes tourists fall in love with this country and this is proven by the data of people who come back to the country, and coming back at different stages of their lives,” said Revelo.That’s why the country’s national tourism strategy — along with local tour operators — is focused on promoting the ‘undiscovered’ areas of Costa Rica, particularly to repeat visitors, while maintaining its commitment to sustainability.One such area highlighted at this year’s Expotur was Puntarenas — both a city and a province — on the central Pacific Coast. As the gateway to Costa Rica’s Gulf Islands, it’s only a 90-minute drive from the capital, San Jose.Billy Johnson, marketing manager of Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park, was at Expotur promoting the Central Pacific region, which he says has a lot of offer Canadians. While there’s much to see in the popular tourist destinations of Costa Rica, he believes the central Pacific Coast is an untapped region, and in the past year his company started offering day tours (with a choice of activities) directly from San Jose.The adventure park offers ziplining, ATVing and horseback riding, but it’s only three kilometres from the beach so visitors can also take surf lessons. “That’s very different than going to a place in the mountains because you only will be doing those [mountain] activities,” said Johnson.Aside from soft adventure, the central Pacific Coast is quieter, naturally lending itself to nature-based resorts and activities. In Puntarenas, for example, there are plenty of wildlife sanctuaries — but without the crowds and long queues.Outside the city of Puntarenas, for example, is Natuwa Wildlife Sanctuary, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases scarlet and great green macaws back into the wild. But it also provides refuge for other animals, such as monkeys, tapirs, ocelots and sloths, many of which eventually return to their natural habitat. For visitors, it’s a chance to see these animals in a natural setting and support conservation work.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIn Curú National Wildlife Refuge, on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, it’s relatively easy to spot white-faced monkeys, white-tailed deer, collared peccary, coati and tropical birds. These species live in the wild, but the refuge is managed sustainably to protect threatened and endangered forested habitats, such as mangroves and tropical forests.There are several walking trails throughout Curú, ranging from easy to difficult; Sendero Finca de Los Monos is considered one of the best trails for spotting birds and small mammals.The region also offers Costa Rica’s only private-island resort, located in the Gulf of Nicoya. Isla Chiquita is a glamping resort with 15 tent suites and one new master tent suite that opened in February. The resort works with Canadian travel agents and offers meal plans, according to resident manager Jason Barahona.Isla Chiquita is designed as a back-to-nature getaway with no motorized vehicles and access to eco-adventures on land and sea, from ocean kayaking to artisan fishing, sunset cruising and beach hopping. But it can also accommodate groups and even corporate events.Back on the peninsula is Tambor Tropical, an adults-only boutique beach resort that offers a quiet escape on Tambor Bay — one of the country’s premiere bird-watching locales.“The advantage of being a small destination is we can still locally try to build it without having anything too large,” said general manager Juan Carlos Cruz. Activities include bird-watching and a turtle rescue program. “We have released over the last two years 17,000 baby turtles, so we’re trying to do activities that are nature-oriented, but they also have to be feasible [for the local community].”Expotur takes place annually; this year, the travel mart received a certificate of carbon neutrality for the fourth consecutive year. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>
PARIS (AP) – Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has been questioned by police investigating a suspected financial scam involving a network of luxury hotels.BFM-TV said Villepin was questioned for seven hours Tuesday about the affair, which centers on a suspected embezzlement scheme by Regis Bulot _ the former head of the Relais & Chateaux chain and a friend of the politician.Villepin said in a statement that he is “in no way implicated … in this sad affair.” Sponsored Stories Comments Share ErrorOK ErrorOKBulot, who ran the chain until Dec. 2005, has been charged with fraud for allegedly embezzling some (EURO)1.5 million ($1.92 million).French daily Le Monde has reported that police suspect Villepin tried to influence judicial inquiries into Bulot.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
September 27, 2017 630 Views Vice President Mike Pence delivering the oath of office Pamela Hughes Patenaude with her daughter Meghan Patenaude (holding the Bible). Official White House photo: Joyce BoghosianPamela Hughes Patenaude has been announced as the new Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate on September 14th, Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Patenaude Tuesday evening.In her role as Deputy Secretary, HUD’s second-ranking official behind Secretary Ben Carson, Patenaude will lead the Department’s Disaster Management Group and play a primary leadership and operational role in coordinating recovery efforts following the recent hurricanes, according to the release.Patenaude will direct 16 program and support offices within HUD in order to assist state and local governments design and execute their recovery plans to rebuild damaged housing, business, and infrastructure.Patenaude’s role as Deputy Secretary will be the second time she’s served a pivotal role in the agency’s work. Under the administration of George W. Bush, she held the title of Assistant Secretary of Field Policy Management, where she oversaw the long-term goals of HUD, as well as managed relief efforts in the wake of both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.“At this moment when so many of our citizens are suffering, Pam will bring strong leadership when we need her most,” said U.S. Secretary Dr. Ben Carson after Patenaude’s confirmation earlier this month. “Pam’s extensive housing and community development experience will be invaluable as we embark upon the long road to recovery for communities hard-hit by disaster and I’m grateful the Senate confirmed her nomination.” in Featured, Headlines, News Pamela Patenaude Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of HUD breaking news HOUSING HUD mortgage 2017-09-27 Brianna Gilpin Share
A house in Frenaros in the Famagusta district was extensively damaged by fire on Saturday after the son of the owner set it alight following a quarrel with his father in which he was beaten and injured.According to police, around 6pm, they received a call about the fire at the home of a 46-year-old expat in the village. Firefighters put out the blaze but the house was extensively damaged. Police said that the fire had started immediately after the father and son had an argument. They said the son, whose age they did not provide, had left the house after the fight and returned a short while later and set the fire.Both father and son were taken by ambulance to Famagusta hospital. The father was treated at the emergency room but he son was hospitalised for the injuries he received during the argument with his father.Police said the young man admitted to the arson attack. He was arrested in hospital You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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