first_imgKiev (Ukraine): A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election, drawing congratulations from global leaders while dealing a stunning rebuke to his country’s political establishment. Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73.2 percent of the vote, according to nearly complete official results released early Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPoroshenko garnered just 24.4 percent, losing to the 41-year-old comedian and actor across the country, with 85 percent of ballots counted after Sunday’s election. It was an extraordinary outcome to a campaign that started as a joke but struck a chord with voters frustrated by social injustice, corruption and a war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has claimed some 13,000 lives. The star of the TV series “Servant of the People” will now take the helm of a country of 45 million people beset by challenges and having run on the vaguest of political platforms. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I will never let you down,” Zelensky told jubilant supporters at his campaign headquarters where he was showered with glittering confetti. “I can tell all post-Soviet countries: ‘Look at us! Everything is possible!’,” he declared. The remark appeared aimed at neighbouring Russia, where Vladimir Putin has been in power for 20 years and many followed the Ukrainian election with keen interest. Congratulations poured in from Europe and beyond, with French President Emmanuel Macron and Poland’s Andrzej Duda congratulating the Ukrainian president-elect by phone. “You will now truly be the Servant of the People,” said British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Twitter, pledging London’s support. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and President of the European Council Donald Tusk said they looked forward to continuing support and cooperation. “We congratulate President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky,” the US embassy in Ukraine said on Twitter. On the streets of the capital Kiev, some Ukrainians expressed guarded optimism about their new leader. “Ukraine has passed the democracy test,” said Mykola, a 66-year-old pensioner. “I hope it will be the people and not the elite who will live better.” Exit polls showed Zelensky took 87 percent of the vote in eastern Ukraine and defeated Poroshenko even in the west, where the incumbent traditionally enjoyed strong support. Poroshenko, 53, said the results were clear and enough reason to “call my opponent and congratulate him”. “I will leave office but I want to firmly stress — I will not quit politics,” Poroshenko said in a speech at his campaign headquarters, where supporters clapped, cried and chanted “thank you” to the outgoing leader. He also appealed to the international community to help safeguard Ukraine’s pro-Western course. “We realise that the Kremlin might be enjoying the election result,” he said. Observers say Ukraine’s new leader may seek to use his outsider status to try to improve ties with Moscow. Zelensky said he wanted to “reboot” Western-brokered peace talks that have so far failed to end the conflict. Moscow said the vote result showed Ukrainians wanted “change”. From Ukrainian-speaking regions in the west of the country to Russian-speaking territories in the war-torn east, many voters said they feared uncertainty but yearned for change. “We’re tired of all the lies,” said Marta Semenyuk, 26, who cast her ballot for Zelensky in Kiev. “I think it just cannot get any worse and I hope he’ll live up to his promises,” said Larisa, an 18-year-old student from the government-held eastern port city of Mariupol. Zelensky supporters say only a fresh face can clean up Ukraine’s politics and end the separatist conflict. But others doubt the showman will be able to take on the country’s influential oligarchs, negotiate with the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and stand up to Putin. “People have gone mad,” Viktoriya Olomutska, a 39-year-old Poroshenko supporter, said in Kiev. “Cinema and reality are two different things.” Poroshenko had previously mocked his rival’s lack of political experience, arguing he was unfit to be a wartime commander-in-chief, and the pair traded insults during the campaign. But on Sunday the two men were respectful, with Poroshenko offering to coach the political novice and Zelensky saying he might seek Poroshenko’s advice. The outgoing leader came to power after a 2014 pro-Western uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed regime, triggering Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. His supporters credited him with rebuilding the army and securing an Orthodox Church independent of Russia. But many feel the country’s ruling elite have forgotten the promises of the revolution.last_img read more

PHOENIX — Nike announced Thursday it’s going forward with plans to make soles for Nike Air shoes in a Phoenix suburb even though Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey blocked state money for the facility when the company pulled a flag-themed shoe from the market.The shoemaker did not address the controversy in announcing its plans for a $184 million factory with at least 500 jobs in Goodyear.Despite his earlier criticism, Ducey welcomed Nike to Arizona on Thursday.“This is good news for Arizona and for @GoodyearAZGov,” he wrote on Twitter. “500 plus jobs. Over $184 million in capital investment. Arizona is open for business, and we welcome @Nike to our state.”Nike faced criticism last week for its decision not to sell the Nike Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era emblem known as the Betsy Ross flag.Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has a high-profile endorsement deal with Nike, told the company the flag recalls an era when black people were enslaved and that it has been appropriated by white nationalist groups, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press last week.“Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike,” Ducey wrote on Twitter. “We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”He said he’s “embarrassed for Nike,” called its decision “a shameful retreat” and ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw a grant of up to $1 million.But Nike will still get more than $2 million in tax breaks from the city of Goodyear, where Nike said it will begin work on the facility later this year and begin making soles in 2020. It will be the third U.S. manufacturing centre for Nike Air.The company, based in Beaverton, Oregon, recently expanded plants in its home state and Missouri.Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press read more

“This is a big day for the children who have been amongst the people at most risk during the conflict,” Ted Chaiban, UNICEF representative in Sri Lanka, said at the kick-off ceremony.The 49 children – 27 girls and 22 boys – in the cement block dormitories in the war-scarred north-eastern town of Kilnochchi were among an estimated 50,000 children affected by the war in which 64,000 people died. Two more centres were scheduled to open in Batticaloa and Trincomalee in the coming months, in the joint programme that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE asked UNICEF to devise as part of the peace process.”But there are still cases of recruitment and it has to be understood that if the reintegration of child soldiers is to be successful, then new recruitment of children has to stop,” Mr. Chaiban said.Referring to the multimillion dollar Action Plan approved by the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE in August 2003, he added: “With the implementation of the Action Plan, we need to see an end to child soldiers in Sri Lanka.”The children will be allowed to stay for a maximum of three months, during which time staff from UNICEF and the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization will assess their needs.”This is the place where we can start to remove the soldiers and try to restore their childhood. But the real rehabilitation can only take place in the context of a family and a real home,” said Dr. Sadig Rasheed, UNICEF’s regional director for South Asia, who came in for the opening.Once the children return home, social workers from the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children will work with the Government in ensuring that the youngsters catch up on missed schooling and have access to psychosocial and health care. The children and their families will also be given vocational training by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and microcredit loans by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). read more

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is delighted to announce Lombard, one of the largest asset financiers in the UK, as sponsor of its Annual Dinner on 22 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane.Lombard, which was voted best asset financier by Moneyfacts in 2009, 2010 and again in 2011, provides asset finance to companies of varying profitability and size, from SMEs to large corporates.“Lombard is delighted to be supporting the SMMT Annual Dinner for the second consecutive year,” said Alexander Baldock, Managing Director, Lombard. “The transportation sector has a key role to play in the recovery of the UK economy and Lombard’s support of SMMT’s event reinforces our long association with the sector, and also our commitment to work with the industry to fund growth as the UK recovery becomes more firmly established.”Nigel Stein, SMMT’s President will deliver the keynote industry address and the winners of SMMT’s Award for Automotive Innovation 2011 and the Autocar Courland Next Generation Award will also be announced on the evening.Last year’s Dinner was attended by over 800 senior industry representatives and this year, SMMT hopes to build on that success. Earlybird tickets for this year’s event will be available until 27 May.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Eduardo Retes worked his whole life with the goal of attending university abroad. But, when his home country of Honduras fell into political unrest and the economy plummeted, his ambition seemed out of reach.Retes is one of two students to receive the inaugural International Award for Possibilities, which covers the four-year tuition cost worth nearly $90,000.“I pictured a future ahead of me and this is making it possible,” the 18-year-old said Thursday during a pro-sports style event in Market Hall. Retes, who is living in residence and is in the Business Administration Co-op program, plans to tryout for the Brock Badgers varsity baseball team.“I’m truly grateful that it was given to me. I know how the world is, there are limited opportunities for people,” Retes said. “I’m thankful to everyone at Brock who actually thought that I was the right person to take this opportunity. It’s a dream come true.”Alex Granja Jimenez, from Ecuador, said the scholarship is aptly named as it really is offering him possibilities he wouldn’t otherwise have had.“It helped me leave my country,” he said. “Without the scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to attend school out of Ecuador. It opens so much opportunities – to live abroad, meet new people and live a different lifestyle.”Granja Jimenez, who is taking the Business and Economics Co-op and plans to tryout for soccer, said the program offers everything he was looking for in a post-secondary education.“To be able to graduate and have work experience was very important for me,” he said.His mother Maria Jimenez, who was at Brock to help him settle in, said she’s proud of her son and thankful to Brock for the opportunity.We chose them to join the Brock team because we believe in their potential.“ I know this is a huge thing for his future,” she said. “For my family, it’s very important. It means a lot to us and to his school also.”Shari Sekel, Associate Director, Marketing, Recruitment and Market Development, said Retes and Granja Jimenez are Brock’s “top draft picks” and called them “intellectual athletes who best demonstrated positive contributions to their community and show potential that would be stifled without this opportunity.”“We chose them to join the Brock team because we believe in their potential,” she added.Acting President Brian Hutchings welcomed the new students and presented them with jerseys, Badger hats and an International Award for Possibilities plaque.“Upon graduation, you will be part of a very important team, of 85,000 Brock alumni here at Brock University,” he said.Sekel said the award was created with the intention of fostering positive contributions around the world by future Brock alumni.It is given to high school students from Brock’s partner schools. Typically, one award will be made available to each partner school in a year of eligibility.Retes and Granja Jimenez are the first two recipients. read more

TORONTO — Star athletes can’t slow Steph Curry down. But a nine-year-old fan with a bone to pick stopped the Golden State Warrior in his tracks.Riley Morrison of Napa, Calif., wrote to Curry to point out that she couldn’t buy his new Curry 5 basketball shoe because there weren’t available in the girls section of the Under Armour website. They were available for boys.“I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all-girls basketball camp,” Riley said in a polite handwritten note. “I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5’s too.”She wanted the shoes for her new basketball season.Riley’s father Chris Morrison posted the letter on social media, saying “Her way of attempting to make a difference. Proud of her.”  He also posted Curry’s handwritten reply.The NBA star wrote he had spent the last two days talking to Under Armour to fix the problem. “Unfortunately we have listed smaller sizes as ‘boys’ on the website,” he wrote.“We are correcting this NOW!” he added.Curry said he would send Riley a pair of the shoes and said she would be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6 model. He also told her he had something special in the works March 8 for International Women’s Day.“And I want you to celebrate with me! More on that to come. But plan to be in Oakland that night.”Curry’s actions brought a smile to Golden State coach Steve Kerr.“I saw that. It doesn’t surprise me one bit,” Kerr said prior to Thursday night’s game against the Raptors. “Steph, as great of a player as he is, he’s an equally impressive human being — just his interaction with our fans, just people in general who he comes across.“And it’s all genuine. That’s the beauty of Steph. He understands his power. He understands the impact he can make on people’s lives. And I’m just incredibly proud of him and our other guys. I think we have a whole team full of guys like that. But Steph stands out because of the amount of attention he gets and the adoration he receives from millions of young teenage boys and girls everywhere.“Again I love the fact that Steph is aware of his impact and utilizes it for nothing but the good of other people.”The 30-year-old Curry, who missed Thursday’s game against the Raptors because of injury, has ties to Toronto.His wife Ayesha Curry was born in Toronto and his father Dell Curry played for the Raptors.___Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press read more

first_imgInternational Mining April 2009, page 48, refers to Metplant having carried out the detailed engineering design for Red Back Mining’s Chirano plant in Ghana. Peter De Leo, Managing Director of Lycopodium Minerals points out that “it was Lycopodium who provided the full EPCM services (including commissioning) for the original Chirano project. We are also providing full EPCM services on the Chirano upgrade (currently under construction). Metplant was a sub-consultant to us, providing plant engineering and drafting support, using as its basis previous Lycopodium designs.”It was in March 2008 that Lycopodium Minerals QLD was awarded an EPCM contract for an expansion of the Chirano gold project to increase the plant throughput to 3.5 Mt/y. This award continued Lycopodium’s involvement with the development of this project, 100 km southwest of Kumasi, in Ghana, West Africa. Previous work included the feasibility study, completed in 2003, as well as EPCM services in 2005/2006 for a treatment plant which can process combinations of oxide and primary ores. This treatment plant commenced operation in October 2005 with a nameplate capacity of 2 Mt/y.In 2007, Lycopodium carried out comminution option studies which investigated an increase in plant throughput to 3.2 Mt/y.Red Back’s latest news from Chirano, announced at the end of March was an initial Inferred resource for the Paboase South and Suraw underground deposits. Based upon a 2008 first phase exploration program below the Paboase and Suraw open pits, Red Back’s consultants, Hellman and Schofield, calculated an Inferred resource at a 2g/t Au cutoff, as a first step in evaluating the economic potential of developing a second underground operation at Chirano. Paboase South contains 2.27 Mt at 3.5 g/t Au and Suraw 1.87 Mt at 4.1g/t, for a total of 490,000 oz. These underground resources are reported below the 2,248 and 2,224 m elevations, which are the base of current open pit designs. Based upon this initial resource, an in-fill drill program has commenced to better define these underground deposits and to test for additional high grade resources under the nearby Tano, Akoti and Obra open pits. The Paboase and Suraw open pit operations are located in the central part of the Chirano Mine, 1 and 3 km, respectively, from the processing plant.Commenting on the newly discovered underground resource, Richard Clark, President and CEO of the Company, stated: “We are very encouraged by the initial inferred resources under the central part of the Chirano pit complex. Infill drilling of the surface deposits at Chirano over the last three has identified the potential for other high grade underground operations, in addition to the Akwaaba Deeps discovery which is now in development. The new Paboase and Suraw underground resources clearly confirm this potential. Work will now continue at Paboase and Suraw towards establishing our second underground operation at Chirano.”last_img read more

The beautiful place in Ohrid Lake in Macedonia, Struga, will continue with the long tradition of organising the International Handball Tournaments. This summer, the 43rd year in a row, “Women’s beach”, the open-air court in Struga will be the meeting place of many important handball teams and the players from Europe and Africa.Last year Struga’s open-air court was small for all those who wanted (2.000 spectators) to see fantastic final between RK Vardar and RK Metalurg, while organizers expecting that will be the case also this year.In the group A will play French Cesson Rennes, Portuguese Benfica and Egyptian champions Al Zamalek.In the group B will meet Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ, domestic vice-champion RK Zomimak Strumica and Romanian Dinamo Bucurest.Tournament will be held from August 12 till August 15. ← Previous Story Beach Handball exbition in Lausanne: Olympic sport, not…. Next Story → CSM Bucuresti appoint Zvonko Sundovski for a new coach read more

first_img 18,872 Views By Eoin Reynolds No Comments Apr 3rd 2019, 6:40 PM Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Murder accused Pat Quirke went around Mary Lowry’s farm ‘as if he owned the place’, court hears Mary Lowry’s son was giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court today. Patrick Quirke leaving the Central Criminal Court https://jrnl.ie/4575717 center_img Patrick Quirke leaving the Central Criminal Court Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Share1 Tweet Email2 Short URL Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 6:40 PM MARY LOWRY’S SON has described murder accused Pat Quirke as “in control most of the time, grumpy some of the time” and said he went around his mother’s farm “as if he kind of owned the place”.Giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court, 19-year-old Jack Lowry spoke about his mother’s relationship with Bobby Ryan and his memories of the accused.Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight. Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am.His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013. The prosecution has claimed Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).Lowry told prosecution counsel David Humphries BL that he lived with his brothers and mother in Fawnagowan until April 2013. His father had passed away in 2007 when the witness was eight years old.Following his father’s death he remembered Quirke leasing the family farm from his mother. He knew all of Pat’s children and got on well with Alan, who died in a tragic farm accident in 2012.Lowry said Alan, who was one year younger than him, would come to Fawnagowan with his father most days and they would play together around the farm.When he was younger he got on with Quirke, he said, adding: “I have nothing against him.” He later said that Quirke was “in control most of the time, grumpy some of the time. He went around the farm as if he kind of owned the place.”He recalled going with his mother and brothers to Portugal and Spain with the Quirke family where they rented a villa with a private pool. They all got on, he said.When his mother started seeing Bobby Ryan the witness “felt weird about it” at first and used to “slag him off about being bald”. He said he thought Ryan was taking over his father’s role.He also remembered Ryan taking him and his brothers to Tramore in Waterford where he brought them on carnival rides and into the arcades. His mother and Ryan seemed happy together, he said. He added: “My mother was happy when he was around.”‘Strange’When Lowry was 11 years old Bobby Ryan bought a 1987 Toyota Corolla for the witness’s older brother Tommy so he could practice driving. This witness said he was in it when Tommy drove it but at that time he was too young to drive it himself. He didn’t drive it until he was 14 or 15 years old.The day Ryan went missing the witness remembered coming home from school and seeing his uncle Eddie, which was strange.He found out that Bobby was missing but doesn’t remember who told him. He didn’t know of the tank where Bobby Ryan’s body was found but he had previously noticed the concrete slabs that covered the top.Under cross examination, he told Lorcan Staines SC for the defence that he could not remember what happened when he spoke to gardai in 2011. He said he spoke to gardaí again in February of this year after a garda approached him to make a statement.He has no memory of Bobby Ryan calling to the house on 2 June, the day before he went missing. He said he also has no recollection of ever going to his grandmother and complaining that his mother was not home.He said he was “100 per cent sure” that the Toyota Corolla car was bought for Tommy to learn to drive and that he, Jack, did not drive it until he was older.He told Staines: “I could barely reach the pedals. I didn’t even know how to start a car at that at that age.” Staines told the witness that Tommy had previously told the trial that the car was for both of them and asked him if he wished to reconsider his evidence. He replied: “No.”Referring to the tank where Ryan’s body was found he said he knew there was concrete there because it “stood out” in the middle of the field. But he was young so he took no notice of it.‘Very upset’In re-examination, Humphries asked the witness if he remembers ever being left unminded at home and he replied that his grandmother, Rita Lowry, was always there.Humphries also today read to the court a deposition given by Rita Lowry, Jack’s 91-year-old grandmother. Lowry is also mother-in-law to Pat Quirke and Mary Lowry. In her deposition Lowry told prosecution counsel Michael Bowman SC that she had lived at Fawnagowan since 1958 and was married to John Lowry.They had four boys and four girls. Martin, Mary’s husband, was the eldest boy and became principal heir to the farm when John passed away in 1993.Martin married Mary and they built an extension to the house where they lived with their three boys before Martin passed away in 2007.Mary was “very upset,” she said, adding: “Really upset. She was grieving after it.” She remembered that Pat Quirke helped her and that his cattle started grazing the land at Fawnagowan. He would be there nearly every day, arriving around 12pm. She said Mary and Pat were great friends.Rita met Bobby Ryan only once or twice but said she wouldn’t have really known him. She was happy that Mary had met someone and she said that Bobby got on with Mary’s children.The night before Mr Ryan went missing she was out playing cards and arrived home about 11.30pm. It was a normal night, she said. She went to bed and slept soundly.The following morning was also normal – Mary Lowry dropped her into town to meet her daughter as she would every Friday. She got home about 3pm and saw Mary crying and “very, very upset”.Lowry told defence counsel Bernard Condon SC that she remembered telling gardai that Jack, her grandson, came to her one morning and said his mother wasn’t home. A short time later Mary drove in.Prosecution counsel Michael Bowman SC told the jury of six men and six women that the prosecution evidence is likely to finish tomorrow and the case will formally close on Friday morning. Ms Justice Eileen Creedon presides. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 10, 2018 – Nassau – Saxons Superstars Junkanoo Group Leader, Percy ‘Vola’ Francis presented Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (right) with a copy of his newest CD “Feeling The Rush,” February 2, 2018 at the Office of the Prime Minister.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

first_imgA bill to reform punishments for high school athletes if the team breaks eligibility rules passed out of the state House on Wednesday.The proposal, introduced by state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, would ease penalties the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association imposes on students when a rule violation is made by an adult, such as a coach or administrator. The bill was prompted by events at King’s Way Christian School in Vancouver, where a scheduling error made by an administrator disqualified the undefeated girls’ volleyball team from playing in the state tournament last year.The bill passed in the Senate 45-1 and in the House 67-31. The measure goes back to the Senate for concurrence.last_img

first_imgAlaska Permanent Fund Corporation sign at headquarters in March 2016. House majority members want to enshrine Permanent Fund dividends in the state constitution. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska’s Permanent Fund Corporation has a new mandate to increase the amount of the Permanent Fund that is invested in the state.Listen nowThe fund’s Board of Trustees adopted the new policy Thursday during a meeting in Anchorage.It sets a goal of increasing the amount of the Permanent Fund assets invested in-state to at least 5 percent in five years.Permanent Fund CEO Angela Rodell told the board what that would look like in dollars.“…By 2023, at least $2.4 billion of the fund — if the fund stays flat — would be invested in state,” Rodell said.To qualify as an in-state investment, it would be handled by an investment manager who isn’t employed by the Permanent Fund Corporation. That manager would either need to have an office in Alaska and an Alaska-based employee managing its assets. Or, it could also be direct investment into a project in the state.In addition to the new policy, the board also directed the Permanent Fund Corporation to put $200 million into a program that would use Alaska-based investment managers.last_img read more

first_imgThose convicted of serious crimes are not usually eligible for pardons. Banda’s spokesman, Steve Nhlane, said Sunday that the president was unaware of any serious criminals on her pardon list.Police helped prison guards quell the riot. Prison spokesman Evance Phiri said later that the 34 who had been pardoned were eventually released.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories ZOMBA, Malawi (AP) – Officials say rioting prisoners in Malawi briefly stalled the release of convicts who had been granted presidential pardons.Two days after President Joyce Banda pardoned 377 prisoners to mark the southern African nation’s 48th independence anniversary, prisoners at Zomba Central Prison just outside the commercial hub of Blantyre on Sunday disrupted the release of 34 of those pardoned. Prisoners shouted to reporters outside the prison that one of those pardoned was a rapist and another a murderer. Quick workouts for men Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

first_imgUNAMA said 561 children were killed and 1,195 were wounded in 2013, a rise of 34 percent in the combined number of casualties. Also last year, 235 women died and 511 were wounded, a rise of 36 percent in combined casualties. The breakdown for deaths and injuries for children in 2012 was not available.On Saturday, another child was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near a high school in the city of Jalalabad. Eight other people were wounded, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor of Nengarhar province of which Jalalabad is the capital.The U.N. reported that a total of 2,959 civilians were killed in the war and 5,656 were wounded last year.By comparison, there were 2,768 civilian deaths and 4,821 civilians wounded in 2012, and 3,133 deaths and 4,706 wounded in 2011.The report blamed insurgents for 74 percent of the civilian casualties. Afghan police and army were responsible for 8 percent of the casualties and international coalition forces for 3 percent, the report said, while 10 percent could not be blamed solely on either side and the responsibility for the remaining 5 percent was unknown.The Taliban condemned the U.N. report, which a spokesman called American propaganda that was “completely upside down” in blaming the insurgency for most of the casualties. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The number of children killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war jumped by 34 percent last year as the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country and continued to lay thousands of roadside bombs, the United Nations said Saturday.Overall civilian casualties were up by 14 percent, reversing 2012’s downward trend and making 2013 one of the deadliest years of the 12-year war for civilians, the U.N. Assistance Mission for Afghanistan said in a report. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The rising civilian toll underscores mounting levels of violence in Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents have ramped up attacks to try to gain ground and shake the Afghan government’s confidence as international combat troops prepare to complete their withdrawal at the end of the year.The U.N. report also noted an “alarming” new trend for 2013 _ the increasing numbers of civilians being harmed in fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces.It recorded a total of 962 battles in which civilians were harmed last year _ an average rate of nearly 20 such battles every week _ and said civilian casualties caused by such fighting rose by 43 percent over the previous year.In terms of deaths and injuries, 2013 was also the worst year of the war for Afghan women and children, with most of the casualties caused by either stepping on or driving over roadside bombs or getting caught in fighting.“It is the awful reality that most women and children were killed and injured in their daily lives _ at home, on their way to school, working in the fields or traveling to a social event,” said Georgette Gagnon, director of human rights for the U.N. mission, calling on all sides to work to protect civilians from harm. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Very clearly there was an increase in our operations against the Afghan forces and foreign invaders, but also all our holy warriors were very careful to avoid civilian casualties,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahadid said in a statement. He added that “the majority of casualties among civilians are caused by foreign forces trying to get revenge.”The international military coalition, for its part, condemned the insurgents’ “continuing disregard” for human life.“The Taliban continue to attack mosques and health care facilities, they target schools by burning them down, emplacing IEDs (roadside bombs) near them and occupying them for insurgent activities,” the coalition said in a statementAccording to the report, roadside bombs laid by pro-Taliban forces again caused most civilian casualties, accounting for 34 percent of deaths and injuries last year, while crossfire in battle accounted for 27 percent. Suicide attacks accounted for 15 percent of overall casualties, targeted attacks made up 14 percent and pro-government air raids were responsible for 2 percent. Unexploded ordnance detonations and “other” accounted for 4 percent each. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Insurgent attacks against Islamic clerics and mosques tripled to 27 during 2013, causing the deaths of 18 people.The sum total of 8,615 deaths and injuries in 2013 was the highest number of combined casualties since the U.N. began documenting them in 2009 after a sharp rise in violence.But the deadliest year of the war was 2011, when 3,133 civilians died as the Taliban launched a fierce pushback with roadside bombs and other attacks against the increased number of international forces who wrested back much of the territory controlled by the insurgents.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 PARIS (AP) — A mosque won an unusual court battle on Wednesday against an ultraconservative Salafist member of the congregation regarded as disruptive and, in an apparent first for Muslims, used France’s 1905 law guaranteeing secularism to argue its case.A court ruled in favor of the small Oullins mosque on the edge of Lyon. It convicted Faouzi Saidi, 51, and fined him 1,500 euros ($1,640) with 500 euros suspended. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Saidi denied that was his intention, saying he was lending a hand to youth who wanted to visit Saudi Arabia which demands such certificates — and has a strong influence over Salafis.“We’re paying attention to everything now,” said Belhay, who runs the mosque association. “I think other mosques are doing so, too.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Top Stories The action by the mosque was a sign of the growing concern over Salafis who are mostly peaceful, but a minority can veer into extremism.Saidi, contacted by telephone, protested the decision as unjust, saying his only error was to “have a big mouth.”“I don’t understand why I’ve been convicted,” he said, while conceding he considered one man who served briefly as imam as incompetent, saying he could not even speak Arabic. “I practice religion as it is prescribed,” he said.The events occurred in 2014. Saidi said he was banished from the mosque.“We don’t accept someone who gives ideas to others,” said Ahmed Belhay, president of the association that runs the mosque, and filed the complaint against Saidi. “We have an Islam for everyone.”Mosque lawyer Mathieu Allard said the court found Saidi guilty of being disruptive by criticizing the imam, holding parallel prayers and preaching his ultraconservative Salafist brand of Islam to converted Muslims.The 1905 law is the mainstay of French bans on headscarves in classrooms and face-covering veils in streets. But it also provides for legal recourse if the ability to express freedom of conscience is compromised. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Allard he found no instance in which that aspect of the law was invoked in cases involving Muslims. It was apparently last used in court in 1980 after drunkards upset a midnight Christmas Mass, and in 1911 after a priest conducting a funeral service criticized the deceased — causing the shocked family to take their loved one elsewhere for burial.“The feeling of the mosque association is a sense of failure to have to have had to call on justice” to settle the affair, said Allard. A complaint was filed only because a dialogue was impossible, he said.“We know these people (Salafis) will keep saying the same things … outside the official mosque,.” Allard said.France monitors mosques to guard against radical preaching and keeps a watch on the activities of Salafis. It has pressed forward with a program to train imams to guard against outside influence.The mosque claimed Saidi had set himself up as an imam in a period when the mosque had no official prayer leader. However, Saidi contends he held parallel prayers in the mosque only once. But suspicion deepened when Saidi tried to procure attestations for converted youth that they were “good Muslims.” That raised special concern as some French youth head to Syria to join the Islamic State group. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

first_imgSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand Florence in Italy, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and Rome, Italy were the other cities that made up the top five. Bangkok returns to the No 1 spot, having last held that ranking in 2008. The capital ranked third last year and Chiang Mai was fifth. A questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, in association with ROI Research Inc, was made available to its readers from Dec 15, 2009, to March 31, 2010. Bangkok  Governor  MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said that he will go to New York next week to receive the award, the ceremony for which will be held next Wednesday. MR Sukhumbhand said he is pleased with the award and it shows that Bangkok’s popularity among tourists worldwide remains good.”It must be noted the survey was completed in March when the political situation and the red shirt protest were not yet critical,” he said. “Bangkok regained the top spot in Travel + Leisure’s 2010 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, announced last week, closely followed by Chiang Maiin the second. Meanwhile, 10 Asian hotels are placed in the top 100 hotels in the world, with Peninsula Bangkok (named as Asia’s number 1 city hotel) coming in at number 7 and Four Seasons Singapore at 14. Other Asian properties placed in the list’s top 50 include Shangri-La Singapore at number 20, the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai (27), the Hotel de la Paix in Cambodia (29) and the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, also in Chiang Mai (45). Also scoring highly in the poll, voted for by readers of all six editions of Travel + Leisure, are Singapore Airlines (Top International Airline) and Bali (Top Asian Island and fourth in the Top Islands Overall category).” The above is culled from our own T+L SEA press release, but it doesn’t delve into how Bangkok won, what it means, and how it should be interpreted. Some of the livelier forums, at least here in Bangkok, have been buzzing about this “honor,” with many users complaining that it’s inaccurate at best. This is wrong-headed thinking, although it’s clear that some confusion has arisen as to the nature of the results. Well, it is what it is, to be honest. First off, the poll—accessible online by readers of the U.S. and international editions of T+L under stringent U.S. survey/polling regulations—is a reader survey (not a dubiously subjective editors’ opinion piece) of global travelers’ favorites. In the Best City category, readers were asked to rate sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value. It is not any sort of “livability” index, or any other imaginative interpretation of “World’s Best City.” It was also conducted from December 2009-March 2010, before the recent problems in Bangkok kicked off. That said, the strong showing of Asian properties and destinations is really no surprise. Asia, and particularly Southeast Asia, continues to offer some of the most attractive world-class properties, located in such varied locations as exotic rain forests, vibrant cities, and even on water; with such a choice, Southeast Asia will remain one of the world’s most popular regions. In addition, the fact that Bangkok has been voted in the top spot this year, as it was in 2008, is testament not only to the myriad attractions on offer and the variety of top-drawer hotels, but also to the Thai people and culture, both of which bring so much joy to travelers. My hope is that this win will further boost Bangkok tourism recovery efforts, which all of us are committed to.The full results will be published in the August edition of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, out August 1.Chiang Mai was the first apperance the World’s Best in year 2005 in to the top ten at the 5th place and 2nd Place for Asia’s Best Cities, year 2006, 2007 & 2009was the 5th Place. Chiang Mai, the “City of Life & Prosperity” of its own unique culture and nature with 715 years old city (Ancient Kingdom of Lanna) used to voted as the following accolades; ASIA’s Most Livable Cities Voted by AsiaWeek Magazine / CNN.com Year 1998 (Ranked 20th) Year 1999 (11th) Year 2000 (13th) Year 2002 (13th) Year 2009 (9th) Here it is – Asiaweek’s urban equivalent of the annual report card. What makes a city a pleasant place to live in? Clean air counts, as does economic vitality. Of course, good looks help too – and a sense of fun. The 40 candidates surveyed can’t parade in front of judges, so we have measured them by allocating points depending on their performance in 23 indicators: – average life expectancy, – hospital beds per 1,000 people, – per-capita state expenditure for education, – average class size in primary school, – university-educated people as a percentage of total population, – sulfur dioxide in the air (ppm), – dust/suspended particles in the air – micrograms per cubic meter (?g/m3) – average monthly rental per sq meter, – ratio of housing price to income, – sq meter of parks and fields per capita, – vehicles per km of city road – existence of a mass transit rail system, – number of movie theaters per 100,000, – unemployment rate, – GDP growth, – annual urban inflation rate – vacation and public holidays per year, – criminal cases for every 10,000 persons, – number of telephones per 1,000 people, – average time taken to commute to work, – number of TV sets per 1,000 people, – percentage of population with sewerage Chiang Mai City would like to give a big applause to the following distinguishers who are work either direct or indirect behind the scene to pick up for this award. 1.    Mr. Amonphan Nimanan, Governor of Chiang Mai City 2.    Mr. Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization 3.    Mr. Tassanai Buraupakorn, Mayor of Chiang Mai City 4.    Mr. Somchai Maichandaeng, Director Office of Chiang Mai Tourism & Sport 5.    Mr. Chalermsak Suranan, Director Chiang Mai Office, Tourism Authority of Thailand 6.    Mr. Narong Kongprasert, President of Chiag Mai Chamber of Commerce 7.    Mr. Sarawut Saetiao, President of Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association 8.    Mr. Phunut Thanalhaopanich, President of Thai Hotels Association (Upper North Chaper) 9.    Mr. Somrit Haicome, President of Chiang Mai Guide Association 10  Ms. Sunisa Tuvanont, President of Chiang Mai Restaurant Club 11. Mr. Pakin Plypicha, President of Thailand Spa 12. Mr. Chinarong Yokthongma, President of Chiang Mai Car Rent Club 13. Mr. Thaweewat Thaveephol, President of Chiang Mai Glof Course Club 14. The peoples of Chiang Mai last_img read more

first_imgMilan – Matteo Marzotto announced his acquisition of Vionnet, one of the most important historical names in French fashion.“I am convinced there is always room for projects that have at their core originality, energy and passion” – Marzotto declared – “With Vionnet I would like to bring back to life an idea of fashion that is contemporary without forgetting its history; reinvigorating the extraordinary and innovative elegance that marked Madeleine Vionnet’s work; expressing the true meaning of European culture and its ability to create and enjoy beautiful things and important values”.Marzotto is currently president of Enit – theItalian State Tourist Board – and is a passionate entrepreneur in the fashion and luxury goods sector where he is personally involved with a series of investments. For this new venture, Marzotto has created an independent and autonomous structure and is the sole owner of the brand; additional strategic development will be provided by Marzotto’s longtime friend, Gianni Castiglioni.With its headquarters based in Milan, the first Vionnet collection will be presented this coming June, and will include both ready to wear and accessories. The collection will be designed by Rodolfo Paglialunga, who prior to Vionnet spent 13 years as designer of womenswear at Prada, and the previous four years at Romeo Gigli.Founded in Paris in 1912 and closed at the beginning of Second World War, the house of Madeleine Vionnet has made the history of fashion for its sartorial exactitude, the genius innovations of its creator and the exemplary balance of elegance and experimentalism. Inventor of the bias cut, the coup en bias, and celebrated master of draping, Madeleine Vionnet is a key protagonist of the revolution that in the 1910s modernized womenswear. She freed the body from corsets – being the first to remove them from her collections – bringing centre stage the personality of women, their desires and wellbeing.www.vionnet.com/last_img read more

first_img This cover image released by Minotaur shows “The Nowhere Child,” a novel by Christian White. (Minotaur via AP) by Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 6:49 am PDT Review: ‘Nowhere Child’ is Christian White’s stunning debut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “The Nowhere Child: a Novel” (Minotaur), by Christian WhiteA young woman’s fond memories of her happy childhood and loving parents are turned upside down when she learns she may have been kidnapped more than 28 years ago in “The Nowhere Child,” a stunning debut by Christian White.The perceptive plot of “The Nowhere Child” works well as a story about the extremes that one will go to protect loved ones as well as a tale about what makes a family. White skillfully creates a credible story filled with surprises and realistic characters worth caring about.Kim Leamy has a quiet life teaching photography at a school in Melbourne, Australia. Her loving mother, Carol, recently died but she has a solid relationship with her supportive stepfather, Dean. While she isn’t as close to her half-sister Amy, she knows she can always count on her.Kim’s life changes when she is approached by an American, James Finn, who tells her that she may be Sammy Went, who was kidnapped from her home in Kentucky when she was 2. Kim doesn’t believe him. She has her birth certificate and her family has always lived in Australia.Not only does James have reams of paperwork, he also has a DNA sample that he surreptitiously took from her that definitely proves that Kim is Sammy, and that he is her brother. Kim finds it hard to believe that the warm, happy home in which she was raised was the result of a crime. She agrees to go to Kentucky with James to find out what could have happened.White seamlessly moves “The Nowhere Child” from the present, as Kim tries to piece together a lifetime of lies, back to the incidents 28 years ago that may have led to an abduction.White shows life in a small Kentucky town, the Went family divided by religious fanaticism and a spiritual leader who encourages snake handling without deriding small towns or religion. Despite the evidence that James presents, suspense mounts as the plot explores the decades-old secrets that the Went family held close.The appealing Kim’s confusion over whether to doubt her childhood or accept this new dysfunctional family adds to the tension in “The Nowhere Child.”Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgTHE number of applications received for the Sir Stelios Hadji-Ioannou 2017 Bi-Communal Awards in Cyprus has hit a record high, it was announced on Wednesday.At the close of applications, 424 teams made up of 848 people who have applied with a partner from the other community — either Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot — could win one of 75 prizes of €10,000 in cash from the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (www.Stelios.org).This is the ninth consecutive year that the awards are taking place in Cyprus.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Nicosia at the Filoxenia conference centre http://www.fcc.com.cy/  on Friday October 20, at 10am.All 848 applicants will be invited to participate at a special conference and discussion to explore solutions to the Cyprus problem. This year’s ceremony is designed to give some of the winners “air time” to express their views about the division of the island and how they could see a solution working between the two communities.Sir Stelios will extend invitations to all political leaders and dignitaries from both communities to attend as a matter of courtesy, but the main speakers at the conference will be the winners of the awards.“It is now clear to me that the attitude of all Cypriots on the island towards the other community is changing in a positive and favourable direction,” Sir Stelios said. “This positive change comes despite the recent breakdown of the talks at Crans Montana in Switzerland. Our objective as a charity remains for the last nine years to continue to encourage positive co-operation between the ‘real people’ of the two communities in  Cyprus in order to ensure lasting peace on the island. I hope the politicians will follow the attitude of the ‘real people’ in due course…”You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoGundry MD Vital Reds SupplementCan’t Release? Top Surgeon: How To Properly Restore Your MetabolismGundry MD Vital Reds SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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