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first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged voters to vote for the soul of India and its future while slamming the Modi government for lying to the people in the past five years. He also denounced the Modi government over demonetization and Goods and Services Tax and also accused it of spreading distrust and hate. “No 2 crore jobs. No 15 lakhs in bank accounts. No acche din. Instead: No jobs. Demonetization, farmers in pain. Gabbar Singh Tax, Suit Boot Sarkar. Rafale. Lies… Distrust. Violence. Hate. Fear. You vote today for the soul of India. For her future,” he said. Polling is on for 91 seats in the first phase of parliamentary elections across 18 states and two union territories. Votes are also being cast for Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha.last_img read more

Rabat – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is trying to make his way back to the forefront of French political landscape. He was invited by French radio station RTL in the wake of the terrorist attacks on France that claimed the lives of 17 people and left many others injured.During the interview, the former tenant of the Elysee called for the unity of France and the need to strengthen ties with foreign intelligence services in order to improve the security measures for the French people. However, the highlight of the radio interview was Sarkozy giving an incredible grimace to a listener identified as Natalie when she told him that she converted to Islam 10 years ago.Sarkozy perhaps forgot that the radio interview was also being filmed. French satirical television show Le Petit Journal seized the “Golden” opportunity to poke fun at the former president.Photo Credit: video caption read more

OTTAWA — The federal government has moved forward in Parliament with the ratification of the new North American free-trade agreement as the legislative clock ticks towards a summer adjournment and fall election.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled a Ways and Means motion in the House of Commons Monday afternoon to lay the groundwork for ratifying the new pact.Freeland says the full lifting of the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian imports has paved the way for formal approval of the new deal.She says Canada will move forward in tandem with the U.S. in ratifying the deal, as much as that is possible.Freeland says she will meet soon with her cabinet colleagues to update them on plans to table the necessary legislation to ratify the updated continental trade pact that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed last November.On Thursday, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence will be in Ottawa, where he is expected to exchange views with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Freeland on the legislative way forward in their two countries.The Canadian Press read more

11 February 2011The Security Council, which normally deals with country-specific issues of war and peace such as the Middle East or Sudan, today held a day-long, high-level debate on the root causes that fuel conflict in the world, like poverty and under-development. The Security Council, which normally deals with country-specific issues of war and peace such as the Middle East or Sudan, today held a day-long, high-level debate on the root causes that fuel conflict in the world, like poverty and under-development.“Peace, security and development are interdependent,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the session, presided over by Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota of Brazil, this month’s president of the 15-member body, warning that recent events are a “sharp reminder” of the need for political stability to be anchored in opportunity and decent standards of living.“Evidence abounds. Nine of the 10 countries with the lowest Human Development Indicators have experienced conflict in the last 20 years. Countries facing stark inequality and weak institutions are at increased risk of conflict. Poorly distributed wealth and a lack of sufficient jobs, opportunities and freedoms, particularly for a large youth population, can also increase the risk of instability.”Mr. Patriota stressed that sustainable peace implies a comprehensive approach to security. “Without economic opportunity, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in and of themselves [of rebel factions, a key plank in peacekeeping operations] will rarely lead to the desired results,” he said. “We can do more and we should do better.”In proposing the debate on “Interlinkages between Peace, Security and Development,” Brazil made clear that it was not seeking to have the Council take on the specific responsibilities of other principal organs of the United Nations, such as the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on development issues.“It does, however, imply that the Security Council must take into account social and development issues in its deliberations in order to ensure an effective transition to peace,” it added in a background note, stressing that in some cases socio-economic issues may constitute a threat to international peace and security in their own right. “Not all peoples suffering from poverty resort to violence, but social, political and economic exclusion can contribute to the eruption or protraction of or relapse into violence and conflict. This seems to be the case in situations as different as those of Haiti or of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),” the note said.Mr. Patriota called for greater cooperation with ECOSOC and the UN Peacebuilding Commission. In a presidential statement, the Council said “reconstruction, economic revitalization and capacity-building constitute crucial elements for long-term development of post-conflict societies and in generating sustainable peace.”Both the Council and Mr. Ban stressed the key role that women can play and that they must be included in negotiations, peace processes and economic development.Outlining areas where more can be done to ensure “truly integrated, mutually reinforcing approaches to security and development,” Mr. Ban cited the need to better manage the process of drawdown and withdrawal of Council-mandated peacekeeping operations and provide more seamless transitions of specific tasks to UN country teams and other development actors.He also called for finding innovative ways to build and strengthen national institutions in fragile countries and stressed the need to focus more on the climate change-security-development nexus. “Lack of energy and the effects of climate change are having increasingly serious impacts on development and security,” he warned. “We cannot achieve security without securing energy and managing climate risks.”He noted that drug trafficking and international organized crime have found fertile ground in places that lack basic services and economic opportunities, “leading to fear in the streets and insecurity across entire regions,” and called for urgent consideration of steps to fight organized crime which in some regions “is threatening both development gains and the very fabric of international peace and security.”In too many places around the world, the proliferation of small arms and ammunition is a standing threat to the security of ordinary people, he added, calling for better strategies to halt their illicit proliferation.“Just as the lack of development can feed the flames of conflict, economic and social progress can help prevent it and secure peace,” Mr. Ban declared. “Sustained broadly-based development can help to address the roots of conflict, by such steps as ensuring the equitable sharing of wealth, better access to agricultural lands, strengthening governance and justice for all.” At a summit in September at the start of the General Assembly annual debate, presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers from the 15 Member States held the Council’s first meeting in nearly two decades devoted to updating the tools at its disposal for its ever-expanding role of keeping peace, recognizing the linkages between security and development.In a presidential statement then, it reaffirmed “that international peace and security now requires a more comprehensive and concerted approach;” underlined the need to address root causes of conflicts, noting that development, peace and security and human rights are interlinked and mutually reinforcing; stressed the importance of preventive diplomacy; and reiterated its commitment to strengthening its partnership with regional organizations. read more

VANCOUVER – Tahn Donovan tears up as she recalls watching a murder of crows circle above a singing First Nations’ man, the birds crowing as he broke into traditional song in the middle of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.“It just really resonated with me,” said the Australian aboriginal woman, smiling at the memory of a recent indigenous-led tour she took of the expansive green space. “And then the crows started to sing.“That connection with culture and land. … To hear somebody sing for their country is really special.”Donovan, who represents an indigenous tourism council in Western Australia, was in Vancouver this past weekend as one of more than 100 delegates at the second annual Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism and Trade Conference.The three-day event, which ended Monday, brought together indigenous groups from around the world to form partnerships, share stories and discuss best practices on promoting the burgeoning field. A key element explored the value of that unique relationship between First Nations and the environment.Delivering the conference’s keynote address was renowned National Geographic explorer-in-residence Wade Davis who told delegates that indigenous tourism could potentially revolutionize the industry by encouraging a better appreciation of cultural diversity.“I think there’s a moral and huge opportunity to become ambassadors for an entire new way of being, a new geography of hope,” said Davis.But it needs to go beyond leveraging quotas of First nations into the field, he added.“Real tourism is when aboriginal societies on their own terms can share their visions of life in a profound way that gives the visitor a true sense of authenticity, such that a visitor goes away as an avatar of the wonder of culture.”Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C. head Keith Henry said First Nations’ tourism is unique because it provides a snapshot into a culture and its people.“We see visitors who are really looking for new experiences, unique experiences — they want to know the true history and story of the land,” he said.“That’s what aboriginal tourism does for all of tourism, not just for aboriginal communities but for all of Canada.”Indigenous tourism in B.C. employs 3,400 people, reached $50 million in revenue this year and Henry expects it to hit $68 million by 2017.Cuts to B.C. Ferries last year prompted criticism from First Nations’ entrepreneurs concerned about the impact reduced service would have on offering authentic travel experiences to remote coastal areas.“It’s very important not only for jobs but it’s also about cultural sustainability or revitalization,” Henry added. “We’ve seen a lot of communities where tourism has been really the incubator to really helping a new sense of pride in the community.”That was the case with Dennis Thomas, a member of the Tseil-Waututh Nation and general manager of an ecotourism canoe and kayak business in North Vancouver.“Fifteen years ago I didn’t really know anything about my culture,” he said.“Given that opportunity by my leaders to come and learn and know the history of my people and my songs, it just made me a better person.”Follow @gwomand on Twitter by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email First Nations tourism a cultural ‘snapshot,’ and ‘a new geography of hope’ read more

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses of the incident or anyone who saw anything suspicious near Mr Walsh’s home.A silver Vauxhall Astra has been seized for forensic examination as part of the investigation.Neighbours of Mr Walsh expressed their shock at the incident and said he had only been living in the house for a matter of weeks, having moved in with his partner and children.One said: “I shook his hand and welcomed him to the area and he seemed like a really nice bloke. Newstead Avenue, Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh, 37, was involved in a road traffic collision The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press “It’s so tragic that this has happened and really shocking for this to happen around here.”Most people are working professionals and we never get any trouble here. The first I knew about it was when the police came knocking asking if I’d seen anything.”Your heart goes out to the lady and their two kids. They have moved here for a new start and it ends like this.” The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collision A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a father of two in a suspected road rage attack.Stephen Walsh, 37, was assaulted at his home after being involved in a minor road collision, in which he failed to stop at the scene of an accident.Detectives believe Mr Walsh’s Lexus car was involved in a collision with another vehicle in Nottingham on Sunday evening.But rather than stop, he returned to his home in Blenheim Avenue, less than a mile away. It is thought his attacker might have followed him home before confronting him about the accident.Police said Mr Walsh suffered serious head injuries in an assault at the property. Another neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “We hadn’t got to know them properly because they hadn’t been here long enough.”But they seemed like a nice, normal family and very happy about their new home.” Newstead Avenue, in Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh was involved in a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press 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. read more

first_imgMetso has completed the acquisition of the Spanish grinding media supplier Santa Ana de Bolueta (Sabo). The acquisition will complement Metso’s current comminution wear parts offering for mining customers. “Metso is the global market leader in performance based services for the global mining industry, and our aim is to continuously strengthen our services offering and footprint. Sabo is a reputable and well-known grinding media provider with an excellent knowhow, and the acquisition fits perfectly into our strategy – through this acquisition we will become a full comminution services partner for our customers”, says João Ney Colagrossi, President, Services business line, Mining and Construction, Metso.“By adding grinding media expertise to our portfolio, we gain a better overall control of mill performance. We can offer comprehensive value adding services packages that materially improve the productivity of our customers’ processes and their overall performance. We will utilise Sabo’s know-how when we develop our global services strategy further during the coming years”, he adds.Sabo’s offering covers grinding media for SAG, ball mill and VertimillTM grinding applications as well as bars for rod mills. These are available in different diameters and materials to guarantee the best performance for the mineral to be processed. Founded in 1841, Sabo was a privately owned grinding media supplier. It has some 40 employees in two locations in Spain. Sabo’s net sales in 2012 were some EUR40 million.last_img read more

first_imgMY HUSBAND RECENTLY spoke on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on TodayFM, on behalf of Nurture. Nurture is a charity providing support for women, their partners and their families around postnatal depression (PND), fertility problems, miscarriage and related issues. The purpose of the interview was to make people aware of the impact PND has on not just the woman who is struggling, but also the partner or family who are trying to support her.The problem with depression – well, one of many – is that for the duration of an episode, be it PND or otherwise, it fundamentally changes the person who is affected. Our outlook shifts dramatically, we’re withdrawn, irritable, tearful, unfocused, forgetful, utterly useless around the house and generally not very good company. That’s all been well-documented, and I don’t need to go into it again here. But what about the person, or people, living with this stranger? How does it impact on them?As with what I’ve written here before, I can only speak from my own experience, but having weathered several episodes of depression with an incredibly strong man by my side, I’ve seen first hand the impact it can have on a partner, and consequently on the relationship.The benefit of hindsightOf course, I’m writing with the benefit of hindsight. At the time I wasn’t able to see any of this. I think when it strikes me most is when I see photos of my husband during periods when I’ve been depressed. He looks completely and utterly worn out – physically, mentally and emotionally – he’s drawn, looks exhausted, and the light is gone from his eyes.The first time it struck, we didn’t know what was going on and he just couldn’t understand my behaviour. As the years passed and we’ve learned to recognise the warning signs, he’s able to react more appropriately, both for me and for him, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier on him.The biggest danger to our relationship when I’m not well is the lack of communication that goes with it. This isn’t deliberate. I know how much stress it causes him when depression raises its head again, so I try to hide it from him (noble, but spectacularly unhelpful). In this, I’m invariably unsuccessful. He knows me well. The first indicator is that I generally become quite businesslike – we talk about what needs to be done, bills to be paid, the kids – but there’s no room for chat. Laughing stops. I’m horribly snappy, with him and the kids, my patience threshold goes down the toilet. I avoid eye contact. But still, still, I think I’m hiding it.He has a counterpart to this little dance as well, and rightly so – out of a sense of self preservation, he will withdraw emotionally. Depressed me assumes he’s angry with me, I withdraw further… and so it goes. I’m sure you can see how rapidly this can escalate into a serious problem.I made a promise that I would always let him knowThankfully, we’ve learned to live with it, in a manner of speaking. That’s not to say it isn’t still hard – it is, and never more so than when I once again have to tell him I’m not feeling great, and see him steel himself for what might happen next. That conversation is never pleasant, but I made him a promise that I would always let him know, and that’s one that cannot be broken.I think it is all too easy for the partner of someone with depression to get lost themselves, and be dragged along. The first instinct will probably always be to look for a solution, and try to fix it, but this (in my experience at least) doesn’t work. It’s like trying to fix the flu. You can’t. All you can do is provide support while they ride it out, and try to avoid getting the flu yourself.I think it’s much the same with depression. It is absolutely vital that partners and family look after themselves first and foremost, and recognise that there will be times when they simply cannot support their loved one in the way that they would like, for any number of reasons – they’re tired, the kids need looking after, there’s literally nothing they can say that will make it better or they’re simply too frustrated by the whole situation and need to get away from it. Sometimes the best thing to do is give hugs, others it’s to walk away. Knowing which is right at any given time is the challenge.We’re talking. We’ll keep talking.Depression, if given the opportunity, could take a devastating toll on a relationship. It will certainly test it to the absolute limit. Looking back over the last six years, I can see several times when Ronan could have been forgiven for walking away. But he didn’t (luckily for me he has an incredibly stubborn streak in him).He stood by me at times when I couldn’t see a future for myself, never mind for us as a couple. He quietly kept the house going when I wasn’t able to. He provided chocolate, tea and hugs as needed. He pushed me to do things I really didn’t want to that he knew would help. He didn’t always get it right, there have been many arguments over the years, and many times when I felt he was deliberately trying to misunderstand. Likewise there have been countless times when I have pushed him away, and blamed him for how I was feeling.The biggest learning we’ve taken from all of this is that without communication, depression will win. The hard conversations have to happen, much and all as we don’t want them to. Sometimes we both need space and time alone, sometimes that’s not possible and we have to just keep going. But we’ve made it this far, and we’re still standing. I’m in the process of tapering-off medication with the hope of managing without. We’re hopeful, yet apprehensive, as it could go either way. The weekend was tough. Today is good. We’re talking. We’ll keep talking. And depression will not win.Fiona Kennedy is a 30(ish) year old, happily married, mam of two, living in a small town in Connemara. She has two crazy dogs, wonderful friends and a loving, supportive family. Oh, and clinical depression. She blogs at Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter @SunnyScatteredColumn: Some talk about the ‘magic’ of childbirth. To me, it was horrific.Conor Cusack: ‘By me talking about this part of my life, I am being true to myself’last_img read more

first_img Former Prime Minister Tony Blair during his speech on Brexit at an Open Britain event in central London. 25,765 Views Friday 17 Feb 2017, 12:50 PM Former Prime Minister Tony Blair during his speech on Brexit at an Open Britain event in central London. Image: PA Wire/PA Images By AFP Feb 17th 2017, 12:50 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3244436 Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against Brexit Britain is expected to officially apply to leave the EU in March. 193 Comments Updated 12.50pmFORMER BRITISH PRIME Minister Tony Blair has urged Britons who support the European Union to “rise up” and persuade Brexit voters to change their mind about leaving the bloc in a high-profile speech.“This is not the time for retreat, indifference or despair but the time to rise up in defence of what we believe,” he said at an event organised by Open Britain, a campaign group lobbying for Britain to retain close ties with the EU.“I don’t know if we can succeed. But I do know we will suffer a rancorous verdict from future generations if we do not try,” he said.“We have to build a movement that will stretch across party lines,” he said, announcing that he was creating an institute that would also develop arguments against Brexit and keep ties with the EU.Britain voted to leave the European Union last year and Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty by the end of March, starting a two-year exit process.Change of mindExperts are divided on whether the government could change its mind about leaving the EU at some point in the future, even after invoking Article 50.Blair came to power in 1997 at the head of the moderate leftist “New Labour” movement and won three general elections but his role in leading Britain into the Iraq War has badly damaged his legacy. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair during his speech on Brexit at an Open Britain event in central London. Source: Victoria JonesBrexit supporters quickly criticised Blair’s comments.“The EU referendum was democratic, fair and free and the British people voted for Brexit,” said Richard Tice, co-chair of the Leave Means Leave group.“Tony Blair is now trying to do everything he can to halt Brexit,” he said.Former Conservative minister Iain Duncan Smith said the speech was “arrogant” and “undemocratic”.‘Yesterday’s man’Nigel Farage, former head of the UK Independence Party, tweeted: “Tony Blair is yesterday’s man”.In the speech, which was shown live in full on BBC and Sky News, Blair launched a stinging attack on government policy saying the EU departure process was being led by proponents of hard Brexit.“Our challenge is to expose relentlessly the actual cost, to show how this decision was based on imperfect knowledge,” he said, adding: “How hideously, in this debate, is the mantle of patriotism abused”.Blair also warned that Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, now had a “much more credible” case for independence.He said Brexit could have a “destabilising impact” on Northern Ireland, which also voted to stay.Blair made the speech at the offices of Bloomberg news agency, the same place where former prime minister David Cameron announced in January 2013 that Britain would hold an EU membership referendum.The British government is still waiting for the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords, to pass the bill giving Prime Minister Theresa May the authority to trigger the exit from EU.The lower house of parliament did that on 9 February.- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump gives up on travel ban as he withdraws court appeal> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAkis Tsochatzopoulos, the former defense minister being tried for money laundering, allegedly received kickbacks for defense contracts as far back as 1997, before he signed the contracts in question, according to new evidence presented at the trial on Wednesday by a key prosecution witness.Panayiotis Vlachos, a senior tax official who has probed most of the offshore firms and shell companies that were allegedly used by Tsochatzopoulos and his 18 co-defendants to launder kickbacks, on Wednesday drew the attention of the court to the depositing of 5.1 million French francs (the equivalent of around 777,490 euros) in a bank account in the name of Nikos Zigras, Tsochatzopoulos’s first cousin and erstwhile business partner. The existence of this account was unknown to judicial authorities until recently, Vlachos said.Zigras’s lawyer said the 5.1 million francs “was Tsochatzopoulos’s money,” adding that his client could not remember why the sum had been deposited in his account. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Google+ John Cena Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury Now Playing Up Next Twitter “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To InjuryVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 37.13%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Nikki Bella reveals a brain cyst forced her to retire from WWE, Provides health update Nikki Bella Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella confirms her new relationship in dance video, Natalya shows off injuries from RAW Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Now Playing Up Next Early preview for Smackdown Live in GlendaleAdvertised for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Glenadale, Arizona is the build for the Hell in a Cell PPV in two weeks involving the latest between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon.Also scheduled for the show is Rusev holding a Pride of Bulgaria Celebration, The Hype Bros plan to call out The Usos and the latest between Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura.Wrestleview.com will have live Smackdown coverage tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.Nikki Bella on DWTSWWE.com is reporting that Nikki Bella avoided first eliminations on last night’s “Dancing with the Stars” episode on ABC. Nikki scored a 21 performing the Viennese Waltz.WWE star Charlotte Flair was in the audience (You can check out a clip below courtesy of ABC (shown at the 1:11 mark). Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgThree people were hurt Tuesday morning in a crash on a state Highway 502 ramp over Interstate 5 south of Ridgefield.According to the Washington State Patrol, 29-year-old Nicholas J. Barnes, of Rainier, Ore., was heading east onto Highway 502 at around 7:20 a.m. after exiting Interstate 5.Vancouver’s Ilene R. Middleton, 49, and Battle Ground’s Emmy M. Hieter, 60, were heading west on Highway 502, crossing over the freeway.The state patrol said Barnes lost control of his pickup, which slid into the westbound lanes and struck Middleton’s car.Hieter’s SUV then struck Middleton’s car, the state patrol said.All three drivers were hurt, but only Middleton and Barnes were hospitalized.Barnes was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Middleton’s condition was not available.The state patrol said Barnes was going too fast for the conditions — it was 29 degrees around that time in Vancouver, according to the National Weather Service — and he was cited for first-degree negligent driving.The crash totaled Barnes’ pickup, Middleton’s sedan and Hieter’s SUV, troopers said.***Correction: The article originally misstated the way Hieter’s car collided with Middleton’s.last_img read more

first_img GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Grand Bahama – Xcel Management Group International will be hosting a Professional Referee Development Training Seminar-Level I, on Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at Pelican Bay Hotel, Freeport,GB. The purpose of this seminar is to train persons, whether they have experience or not in the fundamentals and skills required to be a professional referee. These sessions will be presented by Mr. George Toliver- Associate VP of Referee Development NBA D-League and Mr Scott Bolnick Associate Director of Referee Development both men combined bring over 23 years of experience. This will be the first of 3 levels, geared towards equipping men and women in the Bahamas on how to call games at the Semi-Pro and Pro levels. With talks already set in motion Xcel Management Group will hosts a unique event, along with the Summer Pro League to combine a week of basketball and culture in 2016. Therefore, this foundation of training will put Bahamians in position to have first hand experience at calling games at the required level. More information about this will be made at a later date.Participants will get two full days of theory, starting from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. and at night games will also be held to put in practice things they were taught. At the end of the sessions, they will also get a certificate of completion during the closing ceremony.There is an online registration link, where participants are encourage to register. Another Murder in Nassau Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:nassau, professional referee, xcel management group Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

first_imgClark County/ Woodland — Low-income first-time home buyers in Clark County and Woodland may be able to apply for down-payment grants of up to $58,000. Three grants are currently available via the Clark County Department of Community Services and nonprofit agency Proud Ground.Various conditions and qualifications apply — chiefly that you be a first-time homebuyer and that your income is no higher than 80 percent of the area median. Take a look at www.proudground.org/buy/clark-county to review all the details. The other overall restriction is that you are living or buying in Clark County or Woodland — but not inside the city of Vancouver. Vancouver residents and homes do not qualify for the grants.The first step toward applying for a grant is attending an information session. There are two coming up:• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave.• 4 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. 8th Way, Battle Ground.last_img read more

first_imgAfghan refugee and local resident Abdul Aziz looks on during an interview with AFP in Christchurch on March 17, 2019, two days after he chased a gunman during a shooting incident at the Linwood Mosque in the cityANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty ImagesFifty people were killed and at least 40 others sustained serious injuries when a gunman — identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant — opened fire during afternoon prayers at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch on March 15. While eyewitnesses have spoken about the blood and gore at the mosques and how terrifying the scene was, an Afghan refugee has been hailed as a hero for his presence of mind and courage.Instead of hiding and trying to save his life when the gunman opened fire at the Linwood Masjid Mosque, Abdul Aziz is known to have picked up the first thing he could find — a card swiping machine — and chased after Tarrant screaming “Come here.” The 48-year-old refused to let go of the shooter, scaring him, after which the accused sped away in his car, reported the Associated Press. Flowers and messages of condolence are left outside the Ponsonby mosque on March 16, 2019Phil Walter/Getty ImagesEven though he has been appreciated for his pluck and for taking on the gunman, Aziz believes that he did not do anything extraordinary and that any one in such a situation would do the same.How Aziz tackled the gunmanSpeaking to the AP, Aziz, an Afghan who arrived in Australia as a child refugee and moved to Christchurch after about 30 years, said that he intended to distract Tarrant by screaming at him and running after him. The gunman then ran back to his car to get another gun and Aziz threw the card machine at him.Tarrant then returned to fire, but he couldn’t get a direct shot at Aziz as he weaved through the cars parked in the area. Aziz too found a gun that Tarrant’s had abandoned, but when he picked it up and pulled the trigger, he realised it was empty. Tarrant then ran back to his car, probably to get another gun, and in the meantime Aziz threw the empty gun at the gunman’s car shattering the windshield.”He gets into his car and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window,” Aziz said. The windshield shattered: “That’s why he got scared.” While Tarrant kept yelling that he would kill everyone present, he sped away in his car.Latef Alabi, the Linwood mosque’s acting Imam, believes that the death toll would have been much higher if it wasn’t for Aziz. A large crowd assembles in Aotea Square for a memorial to remember the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 16, 2019Phil Walter/Getty ImagesSpeaking of the terror attack, Alabi said that he heard a voice outside the mosque and decided to stop the prayer and peek outside the window. He assumed it was a police officer when he saw a man in black military-style gear and a helmet holding a large gun. However, he heard the man yell profanities and saw two bodies soon after.”I realised this is something else. This is a killer,” he told the AP, adding that he asked the worshippers to get down. While many hesitated, they believed Alabi when they heard gunshots and saw a body fall. “Then this brother came over. He went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that’s how we were saved,” Alabi said, speaking of Aziz. “Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone.”Tarrant killed about eight people at the Linwood mosque after pumping bullets into 42 others at the Al Noor mosque at Deans Avenue. The 28-year-old, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on March 16.Tarrant did not seek a name suppression during his court appearance and is said to have shown no signs of remorse. Instead, the accused smirked at media persons present and swayed while the charges were read out.The Dunedin resident, flanked by two policemen, appeared in white prison clothes, shackled and barefeet, and remained silent throughout.He has been sent to custody without plea until April 5, when he will be produced before the high court for a hearing, reported NZ Herald.last_img read more

first_img-A woman and her son were electrocuted and three of their family members were injured in Betchhari area of Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari district on Friday night.The deceased are Kalamile Chakma, 45, and her son Satyajiban Chakma.Dighinala Health Complex physician Parban Chakma said that Kalamile and her son were electrocuted around 11:30pm after a live electric wire snapped on the roof of their house, leaving them dead on the spot.Three of their family members received injuries in the incident, he added.last_img read more

first_imgA family stands beside remains of a market, which was set on fire in Rohingya village, outside Maungdaw in Rakhine state. ReutersMyanmar’s military defended its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority as a lawful counterinsurgency operation at a rare news conference on Tuesday, adding it was necessary to defend the country.It was the first time the top generals directly addressed the mounting accusations of human rights abuses which, according to U.N. experts, may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.”I want to say that I am very sad because of these kind of reckless accusations and neglect of the good things that the government and the military have done for them,” said General Mya Tun Oo, Chief of the General Staff, referring to the reports in the media quoting Rohingya residents describing the alleged abuses such as burning of houses in the area.He presented a series of slides with selected media reports claiming the military had “investigated” them and that the villagers told military investigators they did not know about any abuses.The military launched the operation after nine policemen were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on Oct. 9. More than 70,000 Rohingya have since fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to U.N. estimates.At the conference, the military supported its claims by quoting international observers who have briefly visited some villages in the area as saying that they did not find any evidence of abuses.But the visitors, such as the U.N. independent human rights expert Yanghee Lee and Western diplomats based in Yangon, have said the point of their visits has never been to conclusively investigate the media reports.Mya Tun Oo said the military was continuing its probe.”If we find that these cases are really happening as per the accusations in the media, we will take very serious action according to the military rules and current laws,” he said.But the results of the investigation appeared to have been preempted by the head of the military, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.A few hours before the conference, he posted on his Facebook page an exchange with visitors in which he said the “accusations are much wrong in comparison with the ground situation” in the troubled northwest state of Rakhine.”The security troops are discharging their duty in line with the law. Correct information on the incidents is released on time.”last_img read more

first_imgYesterday at Google’s annual shareholder meeting, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, faced 13 independent stockholder proposals ranging from sexual harassment and diversity, to the company’s policies regarding China and forced arbitration. There was also a proposal to limit Alphabet’s power by breaking up the company. However, as expected, every stockholder proposal was voted down after a few minutes of ceremonial voting, despite protesting workers. The company’s co-founders, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin were both no-shows and Google CEO Sundar Pichai didn’t answer any questions. Google has seen a massive escalation in employee activism since 2018. The company faced backlash from its employees over a censored version of its search engine for China, forced arbitration policies, and its mishandling of sexual misconduct. Google Walkout for Real Change organizers Claire Stapleton, and Meredith Whittaker were also retaliated against by their supervisors for speaking out. According to widespread media reports the US Department of Justice is readying to investigate into Google. It has been reported that the probe would examine whether the tech giant broke antitrust law in the operation of its online and advertisement businesses. Source: Google’s annual meeting MOM Equal Shareholder Voting Shareholders requested that Alphabet’s Board initiate and adopt a recapitalization plan for all outstanding stock to have one vote per share. Currently, the company has a multi-class voting structure, where each share of Class A common stock has one vote and each share of Class B common stock has 10 votes. As a result, Page and Brin currently control over 51% of the company’s total voting power, while owning less than 13% of stock. This raises concerns that the interests of public shareholders may be subordinated to those of our co-founders. However, board of directors rejected the proposal stating that their capital and governance structure has provided significant stability to the company, and is therefore in the best interests of the stockholders. Commit to not use Inequitable Employment Practices This proposal urged Alphabet to commit not to use any of the Inequitable Employment Practices, to encourage focus on human capital management and improve accountability. “Inequitable Employment Practices” are mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, non-compete agreements with employees, agreements with other companies not to recruit one another’s employees, and involuntary non-disclosure agreements (“NDAs”) that employees are required to sign in connection with settlement of claims that any Alphabet employee engaged in unlawful discrimination or harassment. Again Google rejected this proposal stating that the updated code of conduct already covers these requirements and do not believe that implementing this proposal would provide any incremental value or benefit to its stockholders or employees. Establishment of a Societal Risk Oversight Committee Stockholders asked Alphabet to establish a Societal Risk Oversight Committee (“the Committee”) of the Board of Directors, composed of independent directors with relevant experience. The Committee should provide an ongoing review of corporate policies and procedures, above and beyond legal and regulatory matters, to assess the potential societal consequences of the Company’s products and services, and should offer guidance on strategic decisions. As with the other Board committees, a formal charter for the Committee and a summary of its functions should be made publicly available. This proposal was also rejected. Alphabet said, “The current structure of our Board of Directors and its committees (Audit, Leadership Development and Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance) already covers these issues.” Report on Sexual Harassment Risk Management Shareholders requested management to review its policies related to sexual harassment to assess whether the company needs to adopt and implement additional policies and to report its findings, omitting proprietary information and prepared at a reasonable expense by December 31, 2019. However, this was rejected as well based on the conclusion that Google has robust Conduct Policies already in place. There is also ongoing improvement and reporting in this area, and Google has a concrete plan of action to do more. Majority Vote for the Election of Directors This proposal demands that director nominees should be elected by the affirmative vote of the majority of votes cast at an annual meeting of shareholders, with a plurality vote standard retained for contested director elections, i.e., when the number of director nominees exceeds the number of board seats. This proposal also demands that a director who receives less than such a majority vote should be removed from the board immediately or as soon as a replacement director can be qualified on an expedited basis. This proposal was rejected basis, “Our Board of Directors believes that current nominating and voting procedures for election to our Board of Directors, as opposed to a mandated majority voting standard, provide the board the flexibility to appropriately respond to stockholder interests without the risk of potential corporate governance complications arising from failed elections.” Report on Gender Pay Stockholders demand that Google should report on the company’s global median gender pay gap, including associated policy, reputational, competitive, and operational risks, and risks related to recruiting and retaining female talent. The report should be prepared at a reasonable cost, omitting proprietary information, litigation strategy, and legal compliance information. Google says it already releases an annual report on its pay equity analyses, “ensuring they pay fairly and equitably.” They don’t think an additional report as detailed in the proposal above would enhance Alphabet’s existing commitment to fostering a fair and inclusive culture. Strategic Alternatives The proposal outlines the need for an orderly process to retain advisors to study strategic alternatives. They believe Alphabet may be too large and complex to be managed effectively and want a voluntary strategic reduction in the size of the company than from asset sales compelled by regulators. They also want a committee of independent directors to evaluate those alternatives in the exercise of their fiduciary responsibilities to maximize shareholder value. This proposal was also rejected basis, “Our Board of Directors and management do not favor a given size of the company or focus on any strategy based on ideological grounds. Instead, we develop a strategy based on the company’s customers, partners, users and the communities we serve, and focus on strategies that maximize long-term sustainable stockholder value.” Nomination of an Employee Representative Director An Employee Representative Director should be nominated for election to the Board by shareholders at Alphabet’s 2020 annual meeting of shareholders. Stockholders say that employee representation on Alphabet’s Board would add knowledge and insight on issues critical to the success of the Company, beyond that currently present on the Board, and may result in more informed decision making. Alphabet quoted their “Consideration of Director Nominees” section of the proxy statement, stating that the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Alphabet’s Board of Directors look for several critical qualities in screening and evaluating potential director candidates to serve our stockholders. They only allow the best and most qualified candidates to be elected to the Board of Directors. Accordingly, this proposal was also rejected. Simple Majority Vote The shareholders call for the simple majority vote to be eliminated and replaced by a requirement for a majority of the votes cast for and against applicable proposals, or a simple majority in compliance with applicable laws. Currently, the voice of regular shareholders is diminished because certain insider shares have 10-times as many votes per share as regular shares. Plus shareholders have no right to act by written consent. The rejection reason laid out by Google was that more stringent voting requirements in certain limited circumstances are appropriate and in the best interests of Google’s stockholders and the company. Integrating Sustainability Metrics Report into Performance measures Shareholders requested the Board Compensation Committee to prepare a report assessing the feasibility of integrating sustainability metrics into performance measures. These should apply to senior executives under the Company’s compensation plans or arrangements. They state that Alphabet remains predominantly white, male, and occupationally segregated. Among Alphabet’s top 290 managers in 2017, just over one-quarter were women and only 17 managers were underrepresented people of color. Even after proof of Alphabet being not inclusive, the proposal was rejected. Alphabet said that the company already supports corporate sustainability, including environmental, social and diversity considerations. Google Search in China Google employees, as well as Human rights organizations, have called on Google to end work on Dragonfly. Google employees have quit to avoid working on products that enable censorship; 1,400 current employees have signed a letter protesting Dragonfly. Employees said: “Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment.” Some employees have threatened to strike. Dragonfly may also be inconsistent with Google’s AI Principles. The proposal urged Google to publish a Human Rights Impact Assessment by no later than October 30, 2019, examining the actual and potential impacts of censored Google search in China. Google rejected this proposal stating that before Google launches any new search product, it would conduct proper human rights due diligence, confer with Global Network Initiative (GNI) partners and other key stakeholders. If Google ever considers re-engaging this work, it will do so transparently, engaging and consulting widely. Clawback Policy Alphabet currently does not disclose an incentive compensation clawback policy in its proxy statement. The proposal urges Alphabet’s Leadership Development and Compensation Committee to adopt a clawback policy. This committee will review the incentive compensation paid, granted or awarded to a senior executive in case there is misconduct resulting in a material violation of law or Alphabet’s policy that causes significant financial or reputational harm to Alphabet. Alphabet rejected this proposal based on the following claims: The company has announced significant revisions to its workplace culture policies. Google has ended forced arbitration for employment claims. Any violation of our Code of Conduct or other policies may result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment and forfeiture of unvested equity awards. Report on Content Governance Stockholders are concerned that Alphabet’s Google is failing to effectively address content governance concerns, posing risks to shareholder value. They request Alphabet to issue a report to shareholders assessing the risks posed by content management controversies related to election interference, freedom of expression, and the spread of hate speech. Google said that they have already done significant work in the areas of combatting violent or extremist content, misinformation, and election interference and have continued to keep the public informed about our efforts. Thus they do not believe that implementing this proposal would benefit our stockholders. Read the full report here. Protestors showed disappointment As the annual meeting was conducted, thousands of activists protested across Google offices. A UK-based human rights organization called SumOfUs teamed up with Students for a Free Tibet to propose a breakup of Google. They organized a protest outside of 12 Google offices around the world to coincide with the shareholder meeting, including in San Francisco, Stockholm, and Mumbai. Alphabet Board Chairman, John Hennessy opened the meeting by reflecting on Google’s mission to provide information to the world. “Of course this comes with a deep and growing responsibility to ensure the technology we create benefits society as a whole,” he said. “We are committed to supporting our users, our employees and our shareholders by always acting responsibly, inclusively and fairly.” In the Q&A session which followed the meeting, protestors demanded why Page wasn’t in attendance. “It’s a glaring omission,” one of the protestors said. “I think that’s disgraceful.” Hennessy responded, “Unfortunately, Larry wasn’t able to be here” but noted Page has been at every board meeting. The stockholders pushed back, saying the annual meeting is the only opportunity for investors to address him. Toward the end of the meeting, protestors including Google employees, low-paid contract workers, and local community members were shouting outside. “We shouldn’t have to be here protesting. We should have been included.” One sign from the protest, listing the first names of the members of Alphabet’s board, read, “Sundar, Larry, Sergey, Ruth, Kent — You don’t speak for us!” This meeting also marked the official departure of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Google Cloud chief Diane Greene from Alphabet’s board. Earlier this year, they said they wouldn’t be seeking re-election. Read Next Google Walkout organizer, Claire Stapleton resigns after facing retaliation from management US regulators plan to probe Google on anti-trust issues; Facebook, Amazon & Apple also under legal scrutiny. Google employees lay down actionable demands after staging a sit-in to protest retaliationlast_img read more

first_imgWhether you’re a self-proclaimed barbecue master or just getting started, everyone can benefit from a good thermometer. If you’re looking for the best and smartest state of the art technology, the Weber iGrill Bluetooth thermometer is the answer.Many people test the readiness of meats by touch or sight, however, using a meat thermometer eliminates the risk of undercooked or overcooked meat, ensuring you dish up a delicious, perfectly-cooked meal.Weber iGrill Bluetooth thermometer is an app-connected thermometer that monitors food doneness from beginning to end and notifies you on your smart device once it has reached the perfect temperature to serve. This means you can spend the wait time entertaining your guests or prepping other aspects of your meal.Available in three models, each device is compatible with specific Weber barbecues and supports iOS and Android devices. The two main high-performance gadgets are the iGrill 3 and iGrill 2:iGrill 3, €119.99 – the most advanced thermometer, allows you to monitor the doneness of up to four cuts of meat, from beginning to end and notifies you on your smart device once food has reached the perfect temperature. There is no need to stand next to your barbecue as it is mounted on the right-hand side table of the barbecue. Exclusively designed to permanently mount onto any of Weber’s Spirit II, Genesis II or Genesis II LX barbecue’s side table and features two meat probes.iGrill 2, €129.99 – the exact same function as the iGrill3 and compatible with all Weber barbecues. It features a magnetic mounting rather than a permanent fixture to the barbecue as well as hosting three meat probes and one ambient probe.For more information on specifications and pricing, visit www.weber.com.last_img read more

first_imgA male Poodle was recently found in Daffodil Crescent by the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL). If this cute dog belongs to you, please collect him from the league.Sausage-cross puppies are looking for loving homes. They are ideal for any household, as they are loving and playful and especially love children. Two males and two females are up for adoption.A special thank you to Pierre Massyn for the dog food and to Mr and Mrs Fisher for the dog food and blankets.Adoptions for this month so far: 13 puppies and 3 kittens.The league desperately needs cat and dog food and blankets. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the league or pay them a visit. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more