Winnipeg police facing criticism over releasing suicide victims photo

October 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsA young girl was found dead in a Winnipeg park from an apparent suicide last week.What makes the story more alarming, however, is that police released her photo to media in an effort to identify her.The move left many wondering whether authorities went too far.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

India in the Islamic world

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAmidst the ongoing repercussions of the punitive air strike made by the Indian Air Force to take out the training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, the address of India’s External Affairs Minister – Sushma Swaraj – at the Foreign Ministers conference of OIC at Abu Dhabi on March 1 was an event of extraordinary significance for the geopolitics of South Asia, the future of India-Pakistan relations and the so-called Islamic world itself. The Crown Prince of UAE hosting the meet had invited India’s External Affairs Minister to be the guest of honour at the inaugural day of the OIC meet and thus for the first time put the stamp of official recognition on India’s association with the Islamic block – even as India did not have an Observer’s status yet. Brief attempts made by our diplomats in the Cold War Era to secure that position on the ground that India had the second largest Muslim population in the world, had been successfully thwarted by Pakistan. But this time around, the UAE, apparently in consultation with OIC Chairman Saudi Arabia, rejected Pakistan’s objection to the very presence of India at the OIC. This resulted in Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, registering his ‘protest’ by skipping the meet and sending his juniors there to represent the country. This was a new situation that Pakistan faced – as a founder member of OIC – at a time when India had militarily challenged it on the issue of cross-border terrorism. It is enough for India, which is not an ‘Islamic’ country, that we were able to present at the OIC platform India’s stand against the new terror fomented from the soil of Pakistan in the name of religion. In her address, which was noted for its boldness and finesse, Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of terrorism upfront and pointed out how the menace was caused by ‘distortion of religion’ and emphasised how in India Muslims and non-Muslims practised their respective beliefs and lived in harmony. She specially thanked UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh but went on to name a whole lot of Muslim countries of West Asia, North Africa and South East Asia with whom India, with its resurgent economy, was developing bilateral relations. She talked of ‘indispensable strategic and security partnership and a natural economic collaboration with the Gulf countries’ but also declared that India shared ‘civilisational and cultural links with Iran’ whose partnership with India was something vital for ‘stability and prosperity in our region’. Without naming Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj called upon the world to tell the states who provided shelter and funding to the terrorists to dismantle the infrastructure of the terror outfits on their soil. She did well to counter the ‘exclusivism’ of Islamic extremists by referring to the Indian approach to religion that maintained that ‘God is one though He was described by many names’. The base of indoctrination of Mujahideen lay in the fundamentalist line of Islamic radicals and extremists that ‘there was no God save Allah’ and that the political decline of Islam was to be attributed to the ‘deviation’ of Muslims from the puritanic Islam that existed in the days of the Pious Caliphs. It is the faith-based motivation that was producing Fidayeen and it is to be seen if OIC would muster the courage to pronounce that in today’s times Jehad was not the answer to any political problem. One cannot be sanguine about this. India’s strategists have to factor in the more pronounced crosscurrents that are operating in the Islamic world at present. The US-led ‘war on terror’ targeted Islamic radicals of the Al Qaeda-Taliban combine – and later of ISIS – who all carried the legacy of the anti-West Jehad that the Ulema of the 19th century led by Abdul Wahab had conducted unsuccessfully against ‘the Western encroachment on Muslim lands’. The withdrawal of the Soviet army from Afghanistan gave the radicals a chance to establish an Islamic Emirate at Kabul in 1996 with full backing of Pakistan. Meanwhile, OIC had built an Islamic movement with large funding from Saudi Arabia that also rested on adherence to fundamentalism and aimed at countering the influence of Communism much to the delight of the US. Pakistan, a key member of OIC, housed not only the Islamic radicals of Al Qaeda and Taliban but also the Islamic extremists of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Hizbul Mujahideen and Maulana Hafiz Sayeed’s Lashkar-e-Toiba. The latter were easily available to Pakistan for being channelised by its agencies against India on the Kashmir front. When 9/11 tested Pakistan for leading the fight against Islamic radicals on its soil, it hoodwinked the US by just pretending to be active against Al Qaeda and Taliban, the same group it had put in power in Afghanistan. Before 9/11, Pakistan had no problem with radicals. It needed all militant groups as its strategic assets to run its proxy war against India. This is precisely what Pakistan is doing now. It feels encouraged by the US dependence on Pakistan’s potential to mediate with the Taliban for a negotiated settlement at Kabul. There is convergence between Saudi Arabia, UAE, and the US against Islamic radicals who considered the US their prime enemy and who were also inimical to the Saudis for the latter’s identification with the Americans. The ‘war on terror’ has thus created a division in the Muslim world because large sections of it are not ready to side with the US or condemn Islamic radicals. In India, the influential Darul Uloom Deoband known for its hold on Sunnis, claims nationalist credentials but is firmly against the West. It is in this context that India raising its voice at OIC against all groups indulging in terrorism in the name of Islam is a diplomatic success even though it is doubtful if it would give us any leverage against Pakistan on that platform. India cannot be happy with the hostile pronouncements of OIC on Kashmir – a resolution surfaced ‘condemning the atrocities and human rights violations by India’ in the state, denouncing ‘mass blindings’ inflicted by security forces on protesting youth and, what is worse, charging Indian occupation forces with ‘escalating’ ceasefire violations on the LOC. It called upon member states to contribute funds for humanitarian assistance to Kashmiri people. OIC voiced Pakistan’s line that Kashmir was the ‘core issue’ between India and Pakistan and that its resolution was a must for establishing peace in South Asia. It welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s offer of talks with India. India has, in a prompt rejoinder, declared that J&K is an integral part of India and is a matter ‘strictly internal’ to India. It seems Pakistan continues to have its way against India as far as the forum of OIC is concerned. We must seek a response from Saudi Arabia, as OIC Chairman, reiterating that Pakistan must take action against terror outfits operating on its soil as was being demanded by the US as well. India has brought in clarity on Iran by not linking our approach to that country with our relations with other Muslim countries. India has to stay away from the extreme hostility that always existed between the Sunni fundamentalist states like Saudi Arabia and UAE and the Shia regime of Ayatollahs in Iran – reflecting the historical legacy of the Kharijite revolt against Caliph Ali. India has rightly dealt with every nation bilaterally regardless of the Shia-Sunni divide that prevails in the Muslim world. Incidentally, both Islamic radicals and Shia fundamentalists regard the US as their enemy for their own political and ideological reasons respectively. India’s foreign policy will have to reckon with this. Our stand is basically against injection of violence into national and international politics in the name of religion. India’s deep military strike against the JeM training camp at Balakot in Pakistan is hastening the process of the world beginning to realise the danger of faith-based terror arising from within the Islamic world. It is, therefore, a matter of great satisfaction for India that we have carried a message against this kind of violence right to the apex of the 56-member Islamic block itself. This vindicates India’s role as a frontline leader of the democratic world engaged in fighting terrorists across the Islamic spectrum as a matter of principled strategy.(The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Over a thousand Athletes to Participate in the 29th Marathon des…

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRabat-Over a thousand Athletes to Participate in the 29th Marathon des Sables.The marathon organizing committee reported that over 1,079 athletes representing approximately 45 countries will take part in the 29th annual “marathon des sables,” which will take place from April 4th to 14th in southern Morocco.Gathering the biggest athletes in the world, the 29th “le Marathon des Sables”, or Marathon of the Sands will attract more than one thousand competitors to the Moroccan Sahara.  According to Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, the participants in the marathon will represent various age brackets, from 16 to 76, and diverse professions, including doctors, professional athletes, business managers, students, and retirees.Marathon manager Patrick Bauer said that the 29th marathon will feature “the participation of 165 women”.Enjoying the diversity of the Moroccan landscape, the athletes will run in 250 km in six stages through the most beautiful Moroccan topography, including mountains, oases and desert.This event aims to highlight the beauty and natural wealth of southern Morocco for thousands of runners and millions of T.V. viewers worldwide.Edited by Jessica Rohan © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Buddying Up with Israel? Saudi Expert Criticized for Attacking Qatar on…

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat – A Saudi political analyst has caused outrage on social media following his appearance on an Israeli TV channel, attacking Qatar and calling for a “new Middle East.”“There will be no room for any political movement using religion for political ends or manipulating religion to spread terrorism in the name of resistance or jihad,” said Abdel-Hamid Hakim, the head of the Institute for Middle East Studies in Jeddah, in an appearance on Israeli Channel 2.The incident was highly criticized by anti-Israel Arab social media users and news outlets, who saw it as an indication of rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies and Israel.Hakim, head of the Institute for Middle East Studies in Jeddah, appeared on Israeli Channel 2 where he was interviewed by Ehud Yaari, the station’s Arab affairs correspondent. During the interview, Hakim lashed out at moderate Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. He then claimed that Doha has links with terrorism, repeating similar accusations made by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Libya.The six countries severed ties with Qatar on Monday, with Doha calling the allegations “baseless” and “unfounded.”Hakim’s appearance and comments on the Israeli channel, the first time a Saudi Arabian has been interviewed on Israeli television, caused outrage on social media among.“A Saudi appears on an Israeli TV to incite against an Arab country and accuse it of financing terrorism. What a shame,” reads one comment on Facebook.The London-based news website Raialyoum related the incident, with several comments made by Israeli politicians and media outlets praising the six Arab countries’ breaking off of relations with Qatar.Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said the decision to cut ties served as a “new line drawn in the Middle Eastern sand.”In an article entitled “Five Reasons Why Israel Should Care about the Qatar Crisis”, Jerusalem Post said the decision to cut ties with Doha “brings Israel closer to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Gulf.”“The new crisis encourages those states that oppose Qatar to see Israel as a partner against Hamas and Iran,” said the Israeli news website. read more

Morocco’s Boxing Star Mohammed Rabii Wins 7th Profesional Fight

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

Rabat – Morocco’s champion Mohammed Rabii won his seventh professional fight in a row against Austria’s Gogi Knezevic on Saturday in Marseille, France.It did not take the Moroccan champion too much time to stun his Austrian rival. The boxing star won the fight in the first round by knockout.This is the fifth that the 25-year old champion has defeated his opponents by knockout. Moroccan commentators compare Rabii to Mohammed Ali, and international boxing commentators have dubbed him the “rising star.”“I am a shy person. But inside the ring, I am a totally different person,” Rabii said after an impressive KO victory last year. In 2015, Rabii won the world championship in Doha, becoming the first African and Arab boxer to win the title. He also won the bronze medal in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. read more

UN asks for 71 million in relief appeal after ethnic violence in

October 11, 2019 0 Comments

“I have been shocked by the extent of the violence and appalled by the deaths and injuries, widespread arson, sexual violence, looting of state, commercial and private property and destruction of infrastructure,” said John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “I therefore urge all donors and supporters to ensure that this flash appeal for Kyrgyzstan receives a generous and rapid response,” Mr. Holmes added. The appeal would provide life-saving assistance over the next six months to some 300,000 people who have been internally displaced by the conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan, and another 765,000 people who have been affected.As of 16 June, the Kyrgyz health ministry recorded 187 deaths in the conflict, with 1,966 people injured, but some senior officials within the interim Government believe the number of casualties is much higher.The head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Miroslav Jenča, told journalists today that consultations about an international presence were under way with the Kyrgyz Government, countries in the region and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU).“There are stories about Uzbek people who are scared to death and do not want to allow access to any local authorities or the military because they are afraid that they will be harmed,” Mr. Jenca later told the UN News Centre.Also today, the UN Human Rights Council called on the Kyrgyz Government to conduct a full and transparent probe into the violence.In a resolution adopted by consensus, the Council “calls for a full and transparent investigation that holds perpetrators accountable for the loss of life in relation to the events of 7 April 2010.”Mr. Jenča also called for a proper investigation, one led by the Kyrgyz Government and “as part of a reconciliation and confidence-building process,” but stressed that the UN’s priority at this time is to ensure proper humanitarian access to those most in need.Due to security concerns, access to the conflict area remains difficult. Mr. Jenča and his team travelled yesterday with local authorities through the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, where restrictions on movement have forced the UN to rely on the Red Cross and other local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken by phone with Kyrgyzstan’s interim President Roza Otunbaeva and Uzbek President Islam Karimov and told journalists today he would remain actively engaged on the issue to help efforts to restore calm to the region.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that a lack of access was hampering the UN agency’s ability to provide aid. “We are concerned that we will be unable to easily and quickly distribute the supplies to the most affected,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s Head of Office, referring to 40 tons of life-saving water and sanitary supplies that are scheduled to arrive in Bishkek tomorrow.Movement is also restricted in the southern city of Osh, where inter-agency assessment teams believe some people remain barricaded.In total, at least 375,000 of the 5.2 million residents have fled the conflict in the region of Osh and Jalalabad. Of these, 100,000 or more have sought refuge in neighbouring Uzbekistan, where the UN and its partners have been stepping up their aid operations. The sixth relief flight into the country is expected to land at Andijan airport today. It will complete an initial airlift of relief supplies under way since Wednesday.A separate humanitarian appeal for the response in Uzbekistan is expected next week. In a related development, the first of two chartered cargo planes carrying aid is due to land tomorrow in Osh. Carrying 800 tents and other supplies, the plane will be part of an air-lift of aid for 15,000 people. Along the border, water and sanitation remain challenges in the refugee settlements. For now, the settlements remain small and can be managed against communicable diseases, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said today in a briefing in Geneva.WHO said its two major concerns are to address the health needs of women that had been subject to gender-based violence, and to deal with the special health needs of the elderly, women and children displaced in Uzbekistan.UNICEF said 35 tons of emergency aid consisting of sanitation equipment would arrive in Bishkek tomorrow.The World Food Programme (WFP) said it has been able to move food from its warehouses to Osh and would increase its staffing there in coming days. So far, food has been distributed to 13,000 people.In addition, there are also concerns about the safety of national UN staff working in Kyrgyzstan who identify with one of either ethnic group. 18 June 2010The United Nations today called for $71 million to assist hundreds of thousands of people affected by ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan, as the top UN official in Central Asia said an international security presence may be needed to calm tensions and prevent a fresh eruption of the deadly violence that rocked the country a week ago. read more

Supreme Court to hear case on Ranjan from December 10

October 8, 2019 0 Comments

The Attorney General (AG) had presented evidence related to the allegations following which the court fixed the dates for the case. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court today decided to hear the contempt of court case against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake from December 10.The date was announced when a three-member judge bench comprising Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda and Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya considered the case today.

Discount retailer Miniso Canada granted creditor protection by BC court

October 7, 2019 0 Comments

VANCOUVER — The Canadian operations of Chinese discount retailer Miniso have secured creditor protection through an order of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.The application for bankruptcy protection of the Canadian franchise operations was initiated by several parent-company entities collectively referred to as Miniso Group.Miniso Canada operates 67 stores in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories, which it says will continue to serve customers as usual.The court order allows Miniso Canada to obtain up to $2 million in financing from the Miniso Group, as the two entities work to complete the restructuring of the Canadian operations.The company entered the Canadian market in 2017 with a stated goal of opening 500 locations within three years, but has not announced a new store opening on its website since last November.  The parent company filed an application last December seeking to begin bankruptcy proceedings for the brand’s Canadian business, accusing the Canadian franchisee of failing to meet liabilities among other issues, before the two sides reached an interim settlement in January.The Canadian Press read more

Youth mental health services in Saskatoon to get a funding boost

October 7, 2019 0 Comments

Mental health supports for children in Saskatoon are getting a boost thanks to a partnership between the provincial government, Saskatchewan Health Authority, EGADZ and Medavie Health Services.The province has committed $116,000 to EGADZ to help the organization convert one of its youth group homes to offer a safe space and outreach services so youth in care can remain in the community while receiving help. The program aims to reduce self-harm, suicide attempts and hospital visits.“As with many programs delivered by EGADZ, I am confident this will become an important initiative that helps strengthen families and communities,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said in a statement.“The supports and housing for youth receiving mental health services that will be made available through EGADZ with this funding will go a long way in helping to address these rising issues.”The Saskatchewan Health Authority is also bolstering funding to EGADZ by $100,000 to fund additional mental health support staff. Medavie Health Services also presented the organization with an additional $25,000 to help support mental health programs for the city’s youth.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“These funding partnerships create better outcomes for our youth in times of severe crisis by allowing us to meet their needs where they are,” EGADZ Executive Director Don Meikle said.“In addition to providing those in greatest need with outreach services, the availability of one of our homes — called a retreat to help remove the stigma around mental health — helps prevent the additional trauma of leaving their current placement or community. We will also have a van that will allow us to be mobile with a therapy dog to comfort youth in times of crisis.” read more

Fear of finding somewhere to spend a penny is keeping nation indoors

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

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. A lack of public toilets in the UK is keeping elderly people at home, the Royal Society of Public Health has warned. Its researchers said the fitness levels of the population were being compromised by a fear of getting caught short without access to a lavatory.A survey of more than 2,000 adults found one in five said a lack of facilities deters them from leaving home as often as they would like. Three in four adults said there was a shortage of local lavatories.Chief executive Shirley Cramer said: “Our report highlights that the dwindling public toilet numbers in recent years is a threat to health, mobility, and equality that we cannot afford to ignore.”As is so often the case in this country, it is a health burden that falls disproportionately on already disadvantaged groups.”Standing in the way of this necessary and serious policy discussion is a stubbornly persistent ‘toilet taboo’, a decade of cuts to local authorities, and an increasingly ingrained notion that public toilets are merely a ‘nice-to-have’.”The RSPH report recommends that the provision of public toilets should be made compulsory in planning law, with equal access for women and transgender people.It also calls for the Government to reverse funding cuts to councils and encourage schemes to boost funding for public toilets, for example by taking one penny from the price of every train and bus tickets to finance them.”Public toilets are no luxury: it’s high time we begin to see them as basic and essential parts of the community – just like pavements and street lights – that enable people to benefit from and engage with their surroundings,” Ms Cramer said.”It is deeply concerning that, amidst a national obesity crisis, at a time when public health policy is to encourage outdoor exercise, our declining public toilet provision is in fact encouraging more people to stay indoors.” read more

Sheriff StMandela Ave upgrade now a US61M project as price doubles

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

With an Engineer’s Estimate now standing at two times the original price — coming in at sixty-one million, four hundred and fifty thousand, seven hundred and ninety-four United States dollars (US$61,450,794), local companies have all been locked out of the lion’s share of the Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue road upgrade project.According to the notices issued by the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI), the project entails rehabilitative works, but observers are questioning how exactly Government proposes to finance the project, since US$30 million of the US$66 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan would have been diverted towards a housing project.At the opening of bids on Tuesday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), it was discovered that the project has been divided into six lots. Lot Six attracted a bid security of US$200,000 for the slot of the project estimated to cost US$30.7million.Part of Sheriff StreetThere were only three bidders for this component of the project—all foreign-owned firms—when bids were opened on Tuesday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). Those bidders were Surrey Paving and Aggregate Construction Limited of Jamaica, with a bid of US$33.8 million; Namalco Construction Limited of Trinidad and Tobago, with a bid of US$43.6 million; and the Chinese-owned Sino Hydro Corporation, with a bid of US$31.1 million.Four local companies submitted bids for the project, but none submitted bids for the most lucrative portion — Lot Six. R. Basso and Sons Construction Company submitted a bid for Lot Four of the project at US$5.1million; while S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services submitted a bid for Lot Three at US$6.6 million.BK International submitted bids for each of the five smaller components of the road upgrade project.The other companies bidding for various lots of the project included Hookman Ally Limited of Trinidad of Tobago, in association with Samaroo Investments Limited, H. Nauth and Sons Civil Engineering, Amalgamated Engineering Services Limited of Trinidad and Tobago, and Kee Chanona Limited, also of Trinidad and Tobago.The six lots into which this road network upgrade and expansion programme has been divided are as follows: Lot 1: From Rupert Craig Highway to Lamaha Canal (NB: KINDLY VERIFY THIS LOT). The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million and sixty-three thousand, three hundred and forty-four United States dollars (US$7,063,344).Lot 2: From Lamaha Street to David Street. The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million, four hundred and fifty-nine thousand, five hundred and sixty-four United States dollars (US$7,459, 564).Lot 3: From Lamaha Street to the DSL Intersection. The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million, four hundred and eighty-nine thousand, three hundred and forty-three United States dollars (US$7,489,343).Lot 4 deals with structures, and the Engineer’s Estimate for this lot is seven million, nine hundred and sixty-three thousand, nine hundred and forty-four United States dollars (US$7,963,944).Lot 5 deals with traffic signals and street lighting, and the Engineer’s Estimate stands at one million and thirty-nine thousand, nine hundred and sixty-eight United States dollars (US$1,039,968).Lot 6 deals with road works, drainage structures, street lighting and traffic lights from Rupert Craig Highway to where the project ends on Mandela Avenue. The Engineer’s Estimate for this lot stands at thirty million, seven hundred and thirty-four thousand, five hundred and forty-two United States dollars. (US$30,734,542).The project, a Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) undertaking, had initially raised eyebrows over allegations that the bidding pool has been restricted.The MPI, in its notice inviting bidders, had requested bidders to lodge up to Gy$41 million (US$200,000) in bid security before their proposals could even be considered for evaluation.The rate set for Lot Six is US$200,000 (G$41.6 million). Lots One through Three are set at a rate of US$50,000 (G$10.4 million). Lot Four has been set at a rate of US$30,000 (G$6.2 million) while Lot Five has been earmarked at US$20,000 (G$4.1 million).The IDB had initially approved some US$66 million for the road upgrade project, but the coalition Administration opted to divert US$30 million of that amount towards the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) for works to be undertaken in Sophia.Piloted by the previous Administration, the Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue Road Upgrade project has been on the cards for a number of years, but its scope has been revised under the current Administration.Critics have also raised eyebrows at the level of the bid security being asked, and pointed to recent lamentations by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who had alleged tampering with the procurement process in order to award contracts to favoured supporters.The original Engineer’s Estimate for the entire project had been set at thirty-six million, three hundred and seventy-seven thousand, five hundred and sixty-four United States dollars (US$36,377,564), but the procurement process was annulled on previous occasions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt scrapping Sheriff Street road expansion in favour of housing programmeOctober 10, 2017In “latest news”Sheriff – Mandela expansion among major road projects to commence in 2015January 17, 2015In “Business”Four-lane section of ECD road project slated for completion by AugustMay 16, 2018In “Business” read more

Escape from Greece

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA quarter (24 per cent) of Greeks want to relocate to another country permanently and of these, 63 per cent want to migrate to another European country, according to the results of the European Commission’s quarterly report on the employment and social situation in the European Union. The report showed that 4.1 per cent of Greeks want to relocate in the next 12 months, compared to an EU average of 1.2 per cent. It also stated that Greece has the highest long term unemployment in the European Union, 16.8 per cent in 2012, and the highest youth unemployment, 60 per cent in February 2013. From 2010 to 2013 there has been a 25 per cent increase of Greeks migrating to Germany, bringing the total number of those who went to live and work there to 123,700. Between 2008 and 2012 the number of people migrating to Germany from Spain has been tripled, while the number of Italians migrating to Germany has been doubled. It is worth noting that according to this report there has been a 45 per cent increase in the number of EU citizens migrating to Canada on a temporary working visa. The greatest increase comes from Spain 301 per cent, followed by Ireland 158 per cent, Greece 155 per cent, Italy 96 per cent and Portugal 69 per cent. All of these countries are facing a debt crisis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Saturation patrol in east Vancouver results in 10 arrests

September 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgOn Wednesday night, a cohort of police officers and volunteers patrolled the streets and business parking lots of east Vancouver looking for criminal activity.Ten people were arrested in what the Vancouver Police Department calls a saturation emphasis, during which the participants work together to spot crimes — vehicle prowlers, things that seem odd or out of place, or kids running out of a store with a case of beer, as one volunteer previously told The Columbian.The police department said in a Facebook post that 18 officers from its east and west precinct Neighborhood Response Teams, the Safe Streets Task Force and the traffic unit worked alongside 28 Neighbors On Watch volunteers to carry out the heightened patrols. NOW volunteers are nonconfrontational and do not take enforcement action.Here are some of the notable arrests, according to police:• Two traffic stops resulted in three people being taken into custody on multiple misdemeanor warrants.• Officers prevented a shoplifter from taking off with some goods; the would-be thief had five misdemeanor warrants.• The occupants of a suspicious RV (location not included in the post) were contacted, and two people were arrested for felony probation violations.• A hand-to-hand drug sale was witnessed, and one person went to jail for the transaction. Police did not say if they cuffed the buyer or seller.• A domestic disturbance was witnessed; one person was arrested.• A car thief with 4 grams of heroin was taken into custody.The police department said this is the second time it has carried out this kind of emphasis, and there are plans to do it again. Police and volunteers also do similar patrols around the holidays.last_img read more

E Jay Saunders no longer with Digicel TCI

September 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA report moments ago does not reveal why the now former CEO is gone; but PTV8 and Magnetic Media have been reliably informed that a new General Manager will be brought in to take over operations at the popular telecoms company. This is a working story… details to come. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Girl Scout cookies just an app away

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe free application can be downloaded by calling GSCookies (472665437) from your mobile phone or by searching “Cookie locator” in the iTunes store or Android Marketplace.For those without mobile technology, local booth information is alsoavailable through the Cookie Locator on the organization’s website.o Little Brownie bakes more than 4,500,000 Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies a day during peak baking times.o After exiting the oven, Thin Mints travel 300 feet on a conveyer belt to cool before being coated in chocolate.o Samoas are the second most popular cookie next to Thin Mints.o Do-si-dos and Tagalongs take 230,000 pounds of peanut butter a week.o Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of the girl members, with mothers volunteering as technical advisers.o The first Girl Scout Cookies were sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.Got Thin Mints? There’s an app for that.Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington have entered the world of the smart phone with its new Girl Scout Cookie Locator app from The Kellogg Company. No more waiting and hoping for the doorbell to ring to get your favorite box of cookies. Now you can locate the nearest Girl Scout cookie booth through GPS or by ZIP code, city or state and share the results with your friends or automatically add it to your calendar.Even if you live on the outskirts of the county you can find the site of the nearest box of Girl Scout cookies in seconds. The app lists the locations as well as the times they will be sold. The booth locations, doled out by lottery to the troops, have all been decided so you can begin now and get an alert when the cookie sales start. Booth sales only last three weeks beginning Feb. 18. Need directions? Click on the listing to see a map of the location.The app includes some fun features as well. You can find out your cookie personality and share with others on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail. There is nutritional information: four Thin Mints equals 160 calories, two Samoas, 140 calories.last_img read more

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 gets more technology revised powertrain lineup

September 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_img 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro edition brings us the bed of the future More about 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Share your voice GMC 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems Review • 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded techcenter_img More From Roadshow The GMC Sierra 1500 receives a handful of equipment changes for the 2020 model year, this generation of the truck’s second year on the market. The tweaks include more technology and some changes to the pickup truck’s powertrain roster.Big news for the 2020 model year is the greater availability of the optional CarbonPro Edition carbon-fiber pickup truck bed and 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-six engine. Both were only added late in the 2019 model year, but for 2020 will be much more readily available to buyers.Enlarge ImageThe Sierra Denali now has a 10-speed automatic, up from an 8-speed last year. Nick Miotke/Roadshow In terms of technology, the 2020 Sierra 1500 can now be equipped with far more cameras. Like the new Sierra HD, the 1500 model can now be optioned with GMC’s Enhanced ProGrade Trailering system, which features 15 cameras. That includes cameras mounted on the rear of a trailer to provide a “see-through” trailer effect. The truck’s Trailering App has also been updated so, for instance, owners can pre-configure trailer lengths and profiles through the myGMC app and send them to the truck remotely.Other tech additions include camera-based adaptive cruise control, which becomes available on the SLT, AT4 and Denali trim levels. It can bring the truck to a full stop if traffic slows completely. Last year, adaptive cruise was not available on any version of the Sierra 1500. Finally, models with the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment now support Sirius XM with 360L, the satellite radio service’s on-demand platform.2020 GMC Sierra HDEnlarge ImageThe Sierra HD’s transparent trailer tech will now be offered on the Sierra 1500, too. GMC More packaging changesThere are also a few changes to the powertrain options for the 2020 GMC Sierra. For starters, models with the aforementioned CarbonPro Edition can now be equipped with the truck’s 3.0-liter diesel engine, whereas previously they were offered only with a 6.2-liter V8. In addition, trucks with the 5.3-liter V8 engine equipped with the company’s Dynamic Fuel Management system now receive a 10-speed automatic transmission, up from an eight-speed automatic previously. That powertrain combo is standard on the Sierra 1500 Denali and AT4, and optional on all four-wheel-drive Sierras in the SLE or higher trim levels. A 10-speed automatic is also offered with the 6.2-liter and 3.0-liter engines.Incidentally, a different version of the 5.3-liter V8, with cylinder deactivation rather than the Dynamic Fuel Management skip-fire system, still use a six-speed automatic transmission. But a GMC spokesman noted that engine is only offered on “the very base level Sierra.”This year, the GMC Sierra’s Elevation trim package will be now be offered on Crew Cab trucks, having previously been offered only on Double Cab models. Finally, the AT4 off-roading package gets some visual tweaks: A black chrome grille surround, black exhaust tips and restyled badges are all part of the changes. Comments Tags 9 Trucks 22 Photoslast_img read more

5 Part Series on Black History as told by the Prophets in

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Israel of God Bible Study Class presents its annual 5 Part Series on Black History as Told by the Prophets, in the bible.  Jjoin them on us Saturdays Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and March 3rd at 1:00 p.m.  This is a live streaming event –  Contact: Darren Goodwin, Outreach Coordinator for more information at 301-351-8627 / email: good5927@verizon.netlast_img

Firstever gay couple to marry during Sydney Mardi Gras parade speak out

August 29, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Congrat guys! | Photo: James Brechney/Facebook The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade may have featured the Aussie PM and Cher among its marchers. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay couple is turning anti-same sex marriage signs into confetti for their wedding5 reasons to book your trip now to Sydney Mardi Gras 2019Skywriting plane tells Sydney Mardi Gras goers that ‘Jesus Saves’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : But the most memorable moment of the LGBTI extravaganza was the marriage between two men.James ‘Breko’ Brechney and Stuart Henshall tied the know on a float during the parade, calling the moment ‘incredible.’‘We signed the paperwork at the end of the parade.Speaking to GSN’s Shannon Power, James said: ‘It was an incredible night.’He furthermore added: ‘We married down the route of the Parade – speeches and vows in the holding bay, the ring exchange at Taylor Square and then signed the paperwork at the end of the parade.’Congrats, guys!The couple got engaged in front of TV cameras on the day it was revealed most Australians voted ‘yes’ to marriage equality. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrates its 40-year anniversary this year. At the time of writing, revelers were still partying late into the night. But the event is said to have attracted half a million attendees, just months after the country won marriage equality.This includes 3,500 parade participants and 4,000 volunteers across 195 floats.James and Stuart’s was the first wedding during the parade, according to‘It was like the nation gave same sex couples an enormous hug’Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy were present at the celebrations, with the PM saying of marriage equality: ‘It was like the nation gave same sex couples an enormous hug.’He furthermore added: ‘It was a vote for equality, a vote for respect and what a huge vote it was.’Gay couple is turning anti-same sex marriage signs into confetti for their wedding eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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UroCARE is also compatible with DICOM compliant CT image sets, including those from other CT manufacturers.”The team at Neusoft is very proud to be at the forefront of clinical applications development for high-tech medical imaging,” said Yan Kang, M.D., vice president and general manager of Medical IT at Neusoft. “The FDA clearance of UroCARE is an exciting milestone in Neusoft’s development of computer assisted reading and evaluation (CARE) packages, and we must share the credit with our clinical partners who have helped our software engineers understand their specific needs from an anatomic and disease process point of view.”UroCARE uses proprietary image processing algorithms to analyze multi-phase CT images of the urinary tract. Its advanced clinical functionality provides a KUB (kidney, ureter, and bladder) view; automatic segmentation of kidneys, ureters, and bladder; and detection of urinary calculi with density and volume measurements. KUB radiography has long been a key part of the daily routine for urology practices. UroCARE’s KUB-view can eliminate the need for a dedicated radiography room or the need for patient to go to another facility for a KUB.”UroCARE was specifically designed for the urologic surgeon to facilitate decision making for ureteroscopy or lithotripsy,” said Edward Janosko, M.D., of Atlantic Urology in Wilmington, N.C., and former Chief of Urology at Pitt Memorial Hospital/East Carolina University School of Medicine. “UroCARE enables the display of the entire collecting system as a 3D pyelogram, which urologists are accustomed to reviewing for the detection of filling defects and to separate phleboliths from stones. UroCARE can also assist with the selection of an optimal percutaneous tract for nephrostolithomy. All of these capabilities are completed with a few clicks of the mouse. 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