Not a goner Fred Penner pops up in Iqaluit

Not a goner Fred Penner pops up in Iqaluit

14 October 0

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf I sang about a cat that came back the very next day, you’d know right away who I was talking about.Fred Penner’s unique style of music has been touching audiences for decades, including in the far north.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers sat down to chat with the children’s music icon.last_img

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Kanehsatake remembers the Mohawk resistance a quarter century ago

Kanehsatake remembers the Mohawk resistance a quarter century ago

14 October 0

first_imgMessage Name (Kanehsatake Grand Chief Serge Simon speaking Saturday at commemoration. Photo: Danielle Rochette/APTN)APTN National NewsThe resistance of the Mohawk people at Kanehsatake known as the Oka crisis was commemorated Saturday in the community.25 year ago the community stood up to the town of Oka, Quebec provincial police and eventually the Canadian army over plans to build a golf course on sacred land on their territoryWhat ensued was a 78 day stand off that made news around the world.But as Danielle Rochette reports, no much has changed for the community since then.drochette@aptn.ca Emailcenter_img Want to reach Danielle? Send her a message. Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this fieldlast_img read more

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Bittersweet Guantanamo transfer follows decadelong battle

Bittersweet Guantanamo transfer follows decadelong battle

12 October 0

first_imgWASHINGTON- Lawyer Robert Kirsch fought tooth and nail for a decade to free his clients from Guantanamo Bay prison, but the forced transfer of the last one to Algeria was bittersweet.After 12 years behind bars at the US naval base in southern Cuba, Belkacem Bensayah was sent back to Algeria on Thursday, where he fears for his life and no longer has any relatives.Kirsch expressed “great frustration” and “anger” at the Pentagon’s decision to send Bensayah and another long-held Algerian detainee, Djamel Ameziane, back to their country of origin against their will. “There was no need to send these men now… they acted in an irresponsible way,” he said, noting that US lawmakers are considering a bill to accelerate the release of men like Bensayah and Ameziane who have been cleared of suspicion.Bensayah, 51, was the last of Kirsch’s six Guantanamo clients known as the “Algerian Six.” They were arrested in Bosnia in late 2001 and were among the first to arrive when Guantanamo opened in January 2002.The men were suspected of being tied to a plot targeting the US embassy in Sarajevo.After they were cleared by a Bosnian police criminal investigation and Algiers refused to take them in, they were transferred to US custody and promptly placed in Guantanamo’s open air cages, which are no longer used.Kirsch’s law firm WilmerHale supplied a team of lawyers in 2004 to provide pro bono counsel to the men at the urging of human rights groups.The Supreme Court at the time had just dismissed the George W. Bush administration’s appeal by ruling that US courts have the authority to decide whether foreign nationals were wrongfully held at Guantanamo. The case was called Rasul v. Bush.Nearly 200 complaints suddenly flooded the federal court system.  It was “like a tennis game, back and forth between Congress and the courts,” Kirsch recalled.In nine years, he flew to Guantanamo about 40 times to meet with his clients and report on the “inhumane treatment” they say they endured during interrogations.The methods used, which some have equated with torture, included sleep deprivation, stress positions, icy temperatures and unbearably loud heavy metal music, the lawyer said. They were also detailed in leaked military files.For three or four months, Bensayah was confined to a windowless box and “thought he was buried in the ground,” said Kirsch, noting his client was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.The Supreme Court’s 2008 Boumediene v. Bush ruling — that Guantanamo prisoners had a habeas corpus right to challenge their confinement in court — was Kirsch’s first major success and Bush’s second judicial defeat on the prison.The case was brought by Lakhdar Boumediene, one of the Algerian Six.Kirsch later engaged in negotiations in Europe to find a country willing to host his clients.He traveled to Bosnia three times, since five of his clients had dual Bosnian-Algerian citizenship, and twice to France, gambling on a “grand gesture” by then president Nicolas Sarkozy as a “favor” to Obama.The six men wanted to avoid Algeria at all costs, fearing for their safety and saying extremists would target them.Algiers had promised that “no one would be forced back involuntarily,” said Kirsch, who was received about 50 times at the Algerian embassy in Washington.In nine years, WilmerHale spent nearly $2 million on the “Algerian Six” and estimated the firm’s losses at nearly $30 million from the pro bono work on behalf of the prisoners.In 2008, the US government dropped its main Sarajevo plot accusation against the group.Five of the men have been freed — all except Bensayah, who was still suspected of close ties to Abu Zubaydah, an alleged Al-Qaeda leader. The claim was later denied.Three of Kirsch’s clients were transferred to Bosnia, in December 2008. Boumediene and another, Saber Lahmar, were sent to France in 2009.Bensayah had asked to be returned to Bosnia, where he was arrested in 2002 and where his Bosnian wife and daughters live, though he was deprived of his citizenship there.Kirsch had appealed to the US, French, Swiss and Bosnian governments for his transfer to a third country outside Algeria.A spokesman for Clifford Sloan, the State Department’s special envoy for Guantanamo’s closure, defended the government’s decision to send the men to Algeria, saying their threat fears were unsubstantiated.“It is our practice to repatriate detainees when this can be done consistent with our security and humane treatment policies,” he said.But Kirsch said attention returned to Guantanamo after a prisoner hunger strike there.“Suddenly, we have people transferred against their will,” Kirsch added. “It’s horrible.”last_img read more

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King Mohammed VIs Working Visit to Conakry Postponed

King Mohammed VIs Working Visit to Conakry Postponed

12 October 0

Rabat – While King Mohammed VI was expected to pay a two-day working visit to Conakry, Guinea this Tuesday, the royal visit was postponed to January 2018.Last week, several Guinean and Moroccan media reported that the King will pay a visit to the West African country on Tuesday, December 19. However, his trip to Conakry is confirmed to take place in January 2018, reported Moroccan daily Media 24.No information about the King’s visit was revealed by Morocco’s news agency, Maghreb Arab Press. The King’s visit will see the inauguration of a completely renovated landing point of artisanal fisheries and a multiskilled vocational training center. During his visit, the monarch will also launch development of several arteries in Kaloum, a city in the Conakry region of Guinea.This will be the King’s second visit to Conakry after that of February. During his first trip to Guinea, several agreements and conventions were signed in many fields, including agricultural, social and cultural sectors. The visit formed part of an African tour made by the King that started from February 1. The King visited the Republic of South Sudan and then continued into Ghana, Zambia, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire. read more

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Palestinians achieve State status at UN

Palestinians achieve State status at UN

08 October 0

One of those foreign ministers was Turkey’s Ahmet Davutoglu. He gave an impassioned speech, garnering applause throughout.“Let me be clear, our vision for justice, international order and human rights will not be achieved till the moment we actually see the flag of the state of Palestine standing side-by-side with ours as a full member of the United Nations, and that day will come soon!” said Davutoglu.The United States firmly opposed the resolution. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said after the vote that the Palestinians’ new status should not be misconstrued as constituting eligibility for full U.N. membership, and does not establish that Palestine is a state. “Every voice supporting our endeavor today is a most valuable voice of courage, and every state that grants support today to Palestine’s request for non-member observer state status is affirming its principled and moral support for freedom and the rights of peoples and international law and peace,” said President Abbas. The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly endorsed a Palestinian Authority bid to upgrade its status to a “non-member observer state.” The Palestinians sought the upgrade, despite stiff opposition and possible negative repercussions from Israel and the United States.One hundred thirty-eight countries voted in favor of elevating the Palestinian Authority’s status – well beyond the simple majority of the 193-member states that was required. There also were 41 abstentions and nine “no” votes, which included the United States, Israel and Canada. “Today’s grand pronouncements will soon fade. And the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded,” said Rice. But the diplomatic victory came without the support of some key countries.Europe was divided on the issue, with 14 countries supporting the initiative and 12, including Britain and Germany, abstaining. Only the Czech Republic voted against it in the European bloc.Arab and Muslim countries strongly supported the Palestinians, but it is noteworthy that no Arab foreign minister and only two Muslim ones came to personally cast their vote. Speaking just ahead of Thursday’s vote, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged the General Assembly to “issue a birth certificate” for the state of Palestine. He is calling on member states to support that bid. Israel also opposed the initiative. U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said the Palestinians’ new status will not advance peace or change the situation on the ground, nor will it change the Jewish people’s connection to Israel, which is thousands of years old.“In fact, today you asked the world to recognize a Palestinian state, but you still refuse to recognize the Jewish state,” said Prosor.After the vote, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told reporters the Palestinians feel ‘strengthened and empowered’ by their victory, and more than determined to pursue negotiations with Israel. In the Palestinian territories, there was great celebration after the vote. But their joy could be short-lived if there are economic and political repercussions. The U.S. Congress could cut funding to the Palestinian Authority, as well as to the U.N. organizations they join.Israel also could retaliate by holding back tax money it collects and distributes to the Palestinian Authority, or by expanding Jewish settlements in Arab areas.But it also could have the effect of adding a new urgency for the parties to return to the negotiating table to restart the moribund peace process and resolve final status issues. (Voice of America) read more

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Yemen UN chief strongly deplores terrorist bombings urges continued peace talks

Yemen UN chief strongly deplores terrorist bombings urges continued peace talks

02 October 0

According to media accounts, two suicide bombers targeted the mosques in the country’s capital, Sana’a, during Friday prayers, killing at least 126 people and wounding scores of others. The terrorists also attacked a government building and mosque in Sa’dah, in the country’s northwest. The Secretary-General, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, deplored the killing of civilians and called on all Yemeni sides “to immediately cease all hostile actions and exercise maximum restraint.” Yemeni stakeholders are currently involved in UN-brokered talks to help facilitate peace in the country. The statement said all sides must abide by their stated commitments to resolve differences by peaceful means, and should engage in good faith in the ongoing UN-facilitated negotiations in order to reach a consensus agreement. “The Secretary-General urges all to remain fully engaged with his Special Adviser on Yemen so as to enable him to continue to exercise the Secretary-General’s good offices in close cooperation with the members of the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] and the Security Council.” The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, expressed his strongest condemnation of the attacks in a statement issued in Sana’a. “The phenomenon of targeting mosques on sectarian grounds is a serious indicator of the deterioration of the security situation. This is also a sign that the current political impasse may cause a societal rift that threatens Yemen’s cultural fabric as well as its unity, security and stability,” he said. “Such serious developments require everyone, primarily the political parties and constituencies, to bear full responsibility and to engage with seriousness, responsibility and good faith in the ongoing negotiations in order to save Yemen from the cycle of strife, sectarianism and disintegration it is currently descending towards,” Mr. Benomar added. The Security Council, for its part, condemned “in the strongest terms” a series of recent airstrikes against the Presidential Palace in Aden and attacks at Aden International Airport.In a press statement, the Council underlined that President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi is the legitimate authority based on election results. It also called for all parties in Yemen “to adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, reject acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refrain from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.”Moreover, the Council echoed the Secretary-General in calling on all parties to engage in “good faith” and accelerate the UN-brokered negotiations to continue the political transition in order to reach a consensus solution. read more

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Europe dents May car output against bumper 2012

Europe dents May car output against bumper 2012

02 October 0

% export62.0%57.4%64.1%60.4% Total9,4457,560-20.0%47,72940,037-16.1% Engine manufacturingMay-12May-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Export150,550128,025-15.0%726,681661,613-9.0% % export85.1%81.4%82.9%78.4% Home92,38795,0002.8%406,410433,1196.6% CV manufacturingMay-12May-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Total242,937223,025-8.2%1,133,0911,094,732-3.4% Downward trend continues for UK CV manufacturingCommercial vehicle (CV) output fell 20% in May to 7,560 units.The decline was broadly in line with the 16.1% fall seen during the year-to-date.Output for the home market showed further growth, but could not offset export losses. Export volumes were down almost a third in the month and 31.5% for the first five months of 2013.“Commercial vehicle manufacturers continue to battle against weak demand, particularly abroad, with output sliding 20% in May. Demand for UK-built CVs in the home market grew moderately, but this was not enough to lessen the significant drop in export volumes,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “2013 is going to be a hard year for the UK’s CV manufacturers but there are pockets of positivity with some areas of the industry experiencing growth as operators take advantage of the wide range of CVs built in the UK.” Export5,8303,896-33.2%28,93719,810-31.5% Home21,02624,01114.2%108,719136,54225.6% Car manufacturingMay-12May-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Total141,146129,355-8.4%636,923632,804-0.6% UK car manufacturing fell 8.4% in May to 129,355, but still outperforms pre-recession levels.Output has remained flat during the first five months of 2013, falling just 0.6% to 632,804 units.Demand from the home market continues to grow, fuelling production rises of more than a quarter so far this year.Weak demand in European markets has curbed overall car output.Independent analysts suggest that UK car output will rise over the full year.“Despite output falling this month due to weak European demand, UK car manufacturing in May was above 2007 levels,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “Production levels are holding firm for the year so far, testament to the appeal of UK-built products around the world and significant growth in volumes built for the home market. While economic challenges abroad will impact on car output in the short-term, high-value investment by global automotive companies sets UK industry on course for prosperity in the long-term.” % export61.7%51.5%60.6%49.5% UK engine production declines 8.2% in MayUK engine output fell 8.2% in May to 223,025 units.Output during the year-to-date dropped 3.4% to 1,133,091 units.In line with vehicle manufacturing trends, engine production fell in May after a surge in April, with growth in output for the home market but double digit declines in exports. Home3,6153,6641.4%18,79220,2277.6% Export120,120105,344-12.3%528,204496,262-6.0% Click through to download the UK automotive manufacturing news release for May 2013. If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Brock gets behind Earth Hour

Brock gets behind Earth Hour

02 October 0

Brock will cut its power use Saturday as the world’s energy conscious observe Earth Hour.The University will shut off lights in parking lots T, U and V for Earth Hour, which is 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 26. It will also dim the roadside Brock sign.“It’s always a careful balance between Earth Day initiatives and safety and security,” said Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management.In many areas on campus, Brock is unable to turn off the lights due to security and safety concerns, he said. One example is the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.Brock’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee invites staff, faculty and students to switch off unnecessary lights in their own areas.Earth Hour is an international effort to turn off lights to conserve energy and make a statement against climate change.It began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned off their lights for one hour. It has since grown to more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries. The effort is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). read more

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Soldier left with PTSD when RAF plane plummeted towards ground due to

Soldier left with PTSD when RAF plane plummeted towards ground due to

25 September 0

Flight Lieutenant Andrew Townshend outside of Bulford Military Court.Credit:Solent News & Photo Agency Flight Lieutenant Andrew Townshend outside of Bulford Military Court. 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 soldier left with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when an RAF plane plummeted towards the ground due to a ‘bored pilot’ has won hundreds of thousands of pounds compensation from the MoD.The long-serving soldier, who was convinced he was going to die after a terrifying mid-air ordeal in February 2014, has settled his claim against the Ministry of Defence.Soldier B, who joined the army in 2002, was one of 187 passengers in a RAF Voyager aircraft flying from RAF Brize Norton to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.  At 33,000ft, the plane suddenly plummeted towards the ground. Some passengers were pinned to the ceiling due to the force of the descent.The accident was caused by the Pilot’s personal camera which he had brought on board and which became jammed in flight-deck equipment.But after Flt Lt Andrew Townshend regained control of the aircraft, he allegedly lied in both a technical log and service inquiry and insisted the incident had been caused by a technical fault. A Court Martial in 2017 heard Flt Lt Townshend was bored while flying from the UK to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan and “practicing long-exposure photography when his co-pilot left the cockpit to get a cup of tea”.The incident occurred on 9th February 2014 and, as a result of his injuries, Soldier B was discharged from the army last year.A spokesman for his legal team said: “This terrifying ordeal was entirely avoidable. Our client was convinced he was going to die – as were those around him.“As a result of the sudden and unexpected dive, Soldier B was thrown around and suffered soft tissue injuries.“More significantly, he suffered serious psychological injuries amounting to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a Depressive Episode, a Phobic Anxiety Disorder and a Specific Anxiety Disorder. Despite prolonged treatment he continues to suffer ongoing anxiety.”An MoD spokesman said: ““We carefully consider all claims and pay compensation where we have a legal obligation to do so. As litigation is currently ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further.” The pilot’s Nikon DSLR camera was positioned in front of his arm rest and became jammed with the plane’s controls when he moved his seat forward in the incident. The camera wedged between his arm rest and the ‘side-stick’ – a joystick used to control the plane – which pushed it forward, disengaging the auto-pilot and causing the plane to nosedive. read more

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Suspect in killing of Canadian fugitive in Guyana released

Suspect in killing of Canadian fugitive in Guyana released

25 September 0

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspect in Queenstown execution style killing releasedJanuary 6, 2019In “Crime”Man gunned down in front of city hotelDecember 30, 2018In “Crime”Bandits attack family preparing for father’s memorial serviceSeptember 24, 2017In “Crime” …man died from multiple gunshot wounds- autopsy INews was reliably informed that the suspect who was held in relation to the execution-styled killing of 38-year-old Sean Alistair Greene, formerly of No. 78 Village Springlands, Berbice, of Alberttown, Georgetown and of Canada where he is was reportedly wanted for murder, has been released from custody as the police continue their investigation.The autopsy that was conducted on Greene on Friday, also determined that the man died from multiple gunshot injuries.Greene was on December 20, 2018, gunned down in front of a popular hotel at Foreshaw Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.Dead: Sean Alistair GreeneBased on information received, the victim was standing in front of the hotel with several other persons when they were confronted by a group of men.One of the men reportedly whipped out a firearm and pumped several bullets into Greene’s body.The injured man fell to the ground and it was this time that the gunman reportedly stood over him and emptied his firearm.It is believed that Greene was shot at least 20 times.After sometime, Greene was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. read more

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Tomasevic to Zajecar

Tomasevic to Zajecar

22 September 0

← Previous Story Karacic to leave Bosna BH: “Club is without any ambitions” Next Story → Wilbek: Hansen is the world’s best player! Katarina Tomasevic, the Serbian national keeper has joined Zajecar, giving even more credit to the very ambitious east-Serbian team that might give serious challenge in some of the European leagues next year. She also said that she was happy to join this team, and that she already knows most of the members of the team. Marta Mengue’s wish to play with her former teammate now is reality. read more

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Pope Francis is technically the Bishop of Kilfenora Co Clare

Pope Francis is technically the Bishop of Kilfenora Co Clare

22 September 0

first_imgALONG WITH HIS other holy duties, newly-elected Pope Francis will now take on the role of Bishop of Kilfenora in Co Clare, TheJournal.ie can reveal.A source within the parish has confirmed that the Pope is now nominally the Bishop of the area, under a Papal Dictate that goes back as far as 1883.The Bishop of Kilfenora was a separate episcopal title until 1750 when the Catholic church united it with Kilmacduagh, Co Galway and both dioceses were later united with the diocese of Galway.This means there are three separate dioceses that are covered by the Bishop of Galway in both Connacht and Munster. However the rules of the church dictate that no bishop can be split between two different provinces. The source said that the rule was brought in to “prevent bishops from collecting dues from more than one province without doing the work”.It is unlikely that this will ever change as canon law would have to be amended to allow for it and the source said Kilfenora is now the “only one of these parishes that still exists”.“It’s a unique thing that the parish has and they pride themselves on it because it gives them that little bit of distinction from other parishes”, the source said.The Bishop of Kilfenora is not expected to make frequent visits to his parish as the Bishop of Galway handles all of the clerical and administrative duties.“For all practical purposes it means absolutely nothing because the bishop [of Galway] does everything and I don’t think it’s going to be high up on Pope Francis’ list”, the source  added.[h/t to Pat McNamara]WATCH: Broadcaster struggles to announce new Pope>Read: Tears, cheers and prayers as the Vatican reveals new pope>last_img read more

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Hamer Hall gets a facelift

Hamer Hall gets a facelift

21 September 0

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s Hamer Hall is reopening in July after a $135.8 million two-year revamp, and a four-day mini arts festival has been planned to mark the improvements, announced Minister for Major Projects Dr Denis Napthine. An impressive range of local and international acts will perform at the re-opening party concerts on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July, including K.D. Lang, Rachelle Durkin, Caroline, O’Connor, Eddie Perfect, Archie Roach, Lior, orchestral musicians and opera singers. Extensive renovations have taken place with “improved acoustics, new seating and cutting edge staging systems and technology in the auditorium, new and expanded foyer areas, as well as exciting new connections to the city and the river bank,” Dr Napthine said. High demand for tickets to the opening event is anticipated, so half of the tickets will go on sale as normal, whereas the other half will be free through a public ballot. From 9.00 am Saturday 9 June until 5.00 pm 22 June, anyone over the age of 18 will be able to register either online, by phone or in person at the box office for two free tickets. The winners will be notified on 29 June. Even those who are not able to secure tickets will be able to attend a planned ‘open-house’ on the weekend after the grand re-opening. This will include a 15 metre high art installation, roving performers, guided tours of the hall, curated exhibitions honouring Kylie Minogue and Barry Humphries, live music and a dance-off by 200 local dancers. Dr Napthine said: “‘The redevelopment is expected to increase Arts Centre Melbourne patronage by an additional 600,000 visitors per year … I invite all Victorians to come along and enjoy the revitalised Hamer Hall and celebrate Melbourne’s love affair with the arts’. For more details visit www.artscentremelbourne.com.au.last_img read more

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Capital controls imposed on Greece

Capital controls imposed on Greece

21 September 0

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Speaking after the European Central Bank (ECB) said it was not increasing emergency funding to Greek banks, Mr Alexis Tsipras said Greek deposits were safe.Greece is due to make a €1.6bn (AU $2.32bn) payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday – the same day that its current bailout expires.Greece risks default and moving closer to a possible exit from the eurozone.Greeks have been queuing to withdraw money from cash machines over the weekend, and the Bank of Greece said it was making “huge efforts” to keep the machines stocked.Greek banks are expected to stay shut until 7 July, two days after Greece’s planned referendum on the terms it had been offered by international creditors for receiving fresh bailout money.The Athens stock exchange will also be closed on Monday.Greece’s capital controlsA maximum of €60 (AU$86,40) can be withdrawn from an account in one day. Overseas transfers of cash prohibited, except for vital, pre-approved commercial transactions.Source: BBClast_img read more

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Voluntary living wage rate increases to £900 an hour for UK staff

15 September 0

first_imgThe voluntary living wage rate has increased by 25p per hour, rising from £8.75 to £9.00 an hour for employees working across the UK, as announced by the Living Wage Foundation today (Monday 5 November 2018).The London living wage rate, paid voluntarily by employers accredited by the Living Wage Foundation to staff working specifically in London, has also increased by 35p, rising from £10.20 to £10.55 an hour.Tess Lanning, director at the Living Wage Foundation, said: “The living wage campaign is about tackling the rising problem of people [being] paid less than they need to live. Responsible businesses know that the government minimum is not enough to live on, and today’s new living wage rates will provide a boost for hundreds of thousands of [employees] throughout the UK.“Employers that pay the real living wage enable their [staff] to live a life of dignity, supporting them to pay off debts and meet the pressures of rising bills. We want to see local councils, universities, football clubs, bus [organisations] and the other major public and private sector employers in every city commit to become real living wage employers. When they do, thousands of people get a pay rise, but other local employers also follow their lead. If more of these institutions step up, we can start to build true living wage places.”The Living Wage Foundation estimates that today’s increases in the living wage rates could benefit at least 180,000 employees who work for businesses accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage rate, which is updated annually, on a voluntary basis. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.83 an hour; this is due to increase to £8.21 an hour from April 2019, in line with the Autumn Budget 2018.Javier Echave, chief financial officer at Heathrow, said: “Our [employees] are our most valued asset and deserve nothing less than the living wage. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of our living wage accreditation and call on more businesses to recognise that successful [organisations] are built on getting these foundations right and investing in their [employees].“Delivering an ambitious cost efficiency programme while making responsible decisions for our people is compatible. Embracing the living wage is not just about values, it’s about value. Fair pay drives engagement, higher productivity and better service to our passengers; a win-win solution [for] all. Later this year, Heathrow will be publishing a roadmap on how we will work with our directly engaged supply chain to ensure they also guarantee employees are paid the living wage by late 2020.”In the last year, 1,200 organisations committed to being living wage employers, including Liverpool Football Club, the University of Bristol, Sheffield City Region and Aberystwyth University. In total, there are 1,500 London-based living wage employers and 4,700 organisations across the UK that have committed to paying permanent staff and third-party contractors the living wage. This includes businesses such as retailer Ikea, insurer Aviva, financial services organisation Nationwide and technology giant Google.Marco Gentile, president EMEIA at Burberry, said: “We are proud to be a living wage accredited employer in the UK. Paying the living wage is an investment in our employees and a recognition of the valuable contribution they make to our UK business, whether they are building a career at Burberry or working for one of our contractor partners. As a result, we know that our employees feel more supported, are more motivated and are proud to be a part of our team.”last_img read more

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People on the Move 070810

14 September 0

first_imgPenton Media has added three senior-level managers to its personnel stable: Brad Mehl was named vice president of audience development, Nino Tasca was appointed vice president of Internet technology and Mike Hancock was named director of international sales.Sabine Rothman, the former senior design and markets editor for Traditional Home magazine, has joined House Beautiful as style director. Rothman replaces Newell Turner, who moved up to editor-in-chief in April. The Hollywood Reporter named Mike Gilbride East Coast digital sales director. Most recently, Gilbride served as digital advertising director for Wenner Media. Atlantic Media appointed attorney Bruce Liang Gottlieb as general counsel. Most recently he served as chief counsel and senior legal advisor to the chairman at the Federal Communications Commission.As part of an effort to bolster employee communications, Cygnus Business Media hired ex-U.S. Army personnel officer Ed Wood as human resources director. Most recently, Wood served as vice president and general manager of Freedom Plastics’ operations in Florida. He joined Cygnus in November as a consultant.AARP announced several additions to its online edit staff: former Ladies Home Journal deputy editor Mary Hickey was named editor of the Relationships and Personal Growth channels; Bernard Ohanian, who joined the group in 2006 as editorial director of AARP Publications, was appointed vice president and editor of AARP’s digital properties; Andy Boltax was named senior content manager; Betsy Carpenter was named editor of the Health and Home & Garden channels; Virginia Cueto was named executive producer of AARP.org en Espanol, the site’s new Spanish-language property; Mike DeSenne was named editor of the Money and Work channels; Teo Furtado was appointed executive producer; community producer Amy Greber was promoted to social media editor; Carolyn Hall was named director and managing editor; and Kim Keister was named editor of the Politics & Society and Giving Back channels.Topeka, Kansas-based Ogden Publications promoted Mother Earth News managing editor John Rockland to managing editor for online across Ogden’s 10 publications, and promoted Beth Beavers from editorial intern at Mother Earth News to assistant editor at Farm Collector magazine.ICD Publications promoted Allen Rolleri to national advertising director of its Hospitality Group, overseeing Hotel Business, Hotel BusinessDesign and Hotel Journal. Rolleri will continue to manage the Southwestsales territory.last_img read more

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

11 September 0

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019:#1) DONATIONS ACCEPTED: The Wilmington School Committee accepted three donations to the Wilmington High School Athletics Department:The Sons of Italy donated $4,000 toward the Wilmington Sons of Italy Holiday Invitational Wrestling Tournament.The Penalty Box Girls’ Ice Hockey Booster Group donated uniforms to the Wilmington High School Girls Hockey Team, in the approximate amount of $4,000The Wilmington Knights of Columbus donated $500 to the Wilmington Boys & Girls Basketball teams for team t-shirts.#2) SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION: The Wilmington School Committee decided to conduct its annual evaluation of Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand PRIOR to the April 27 Town Election, rather than wait until the end of the school year. Julie Broussard and Tom Talbot are not seeking re-election, while incumbent Jo Newhouse may face a contested race. Committee members felt it was important that Brand be evaluated by the existing committee — those who have worked closely with him over his first year. The Committee also voted to have a subcommittee pull each member’s individual evaluations into a final report.#3) CONTRACTS ONLINE: The Wilmington School Committee once again discussed the Finance Committee’s request to post the district’s employment contracts online. Committee members support placing the Superintendent’s contract and the system’s collective bargaining agreements online, but oppose putting other individuals’ contracts online. Committee members previously noted the documents are public records and can be attained via a request. Before placing the agreed upon contracts online, however, the Committee would like its Policy Subcommittee to develop a policy on the matter.#4) POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE: At the suggestion of Superintendent Brand, the School Committee’s Policy Subcommittee will reconvene after a break to begin reviewing the district’s policy.  The Policy Subcommittee consists of Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson, Steve Bjork and David Ragsdale, with MJ Byrnes as the alternate.“It’s good practice to have a regular and systematic review of policies. It’s my understanding that some of our policies require revision or updating,” said Brand. “I would recommend to restart the policy subcommittee and to meet to identify a plan moving forward for next school year…. There are some policies that can jump to the forefront.”#5) OPEN SEATS: Outgoing School Committee member Tom Talbot noted at the end of the meeting that there are three School Committee seats up for grabs in April’s election, but – so far – only two candidates (incumbent Jo Newhouse & challenger Jesse Fennelly) have stepped forward. Nomination papers to get on the ballot are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The papers, with at least 50 signatures from registered Wilmington voters, need to be returned by Friday, March 8.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At February 13 MeetingIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”last_img read more

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110 inmates on run after Philippines jailbreak

03 September 0

first_imgA group of captured escaped inmates (in handcuffs) rests inside a villager centre in Kabacan on the southern island of Mindanao on January 5, 2017. Photo: AFPPhilippine authorities said Thursday they had captured 34 inmates who escaped in the nation’s biggest jailbreak but more than 110 remained on the run in vast farmlands and isolated villages of the nation’s strife-torn south.Suspected Muslim guerrillas stormed a decrepit jail in one of the major southern cities on Wednesday, freeing 158 inmates and killing a guard, in what authorities said was a bid to free fellow rebels.Thirty-four of the inmates had been recaptured by Thursday morning, adding to five who were killed on Wednesday, jail authorities said, but they emphasised there were many obstacles in the manhunt.”This is a very wide area. Aside from sugar, rubber and coconut plantations, there are areas and camps held by rebels that we cannot easily enter,” jail warden Peter Bongngat told AFP.The southern Philippines is home to a decades-old Muslim separatist insurgency, as well as extremist gangs that have recently declared allegiance to the Islamic State.The southern region of Mindanao is the ancestral homeland of the Muslim minority in the largely Catholic Philippines.The badly overcrowded jail in Kidapawan, 950 kilometres (590 miles) south of Manila, contained rebels from the various groups as well as members of criminal gangs that thrive in the corruption and poverty of the south.The jail, which housed about 1,500 inmates, is a run-down former school building that militants have targeted repeatedly over the past 15 years.In 2007, Khair Mundos, a Filipino who would later become one of the world’s most wanted accused terrorists escaped along with 48 other inmates. Mundos, with a $500,000 bounty from the US government, was recaptured in Manila seven years later.However Wednesday’s jailbreak was the biggest in the nation’s history, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology spokesman Xavier Solda told AFP.High-value targets Solda said 13 “high-value targets” — seven Muslim rebels and six organised crime gang members — had not been able to escape on Wednesday.However Solda and Bongngat were not able to tell AFP who was still on the run, saying their identities were still being “verified”.On Wednesday, Bongngat said the attackers were believed to be militants who had broken away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the nation’s largest Muslim rebel organisation which is in peace talks with the government.The MILF, which has about 10,000 armed followers, has been fighting since the 1970s for independence or autonomy.The rebellion has claimed more than 120,000 lives although the MILF has in recent years observed a ceasefire as part of the peace process.MILF spokesman Von al-Haq insisted Thursday that none of its members was involved in the raid, adding the group was willing to coordinate with government to allow searches in its communities.”The commander named to be the leader of the raid was 100 percent a notorious criminal. He was never a member of the MILF,” Al-Haq told AFP.Al-Haq said the commander, known by an alias of Commander Derby, had broken into the jail to release a relative who was the leader of the Muslim inmates.Al-Haq said the relative and the leader of the Christian inmates were among the first to escape, and remained on the run.last_img read more

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Fakir of the French opera

31 August 0

first_imgInternationally-acclaimed SAMUDRA dance group performed a Ballet Segment in an excerpt from the French opera The Fakir of Benares, presented as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of The Neemrana Music Foundation, on December 5 and 6, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The Foundation’s anniversary gala, co-presented by the European Union, celebrates a decade of opera in India. The Fakir of Benares (2003) was the first opera ever performed in Delhi. Samudra performed a segment of the opera at the time and they have been invited again to be a part of it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sajeev, the incredibly brilliant Choreographers, Directors and Principal Dancers of Samudra who have performed  in 48 countries – which includes an applause-winning performance at  The Royal Opera House, London, are going to present a  mesmerising show  at the Neemrana Festival. They also choreographed sequences for the opening and closing ceremonies of The 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Madhu and Sajeev founded Samudra in 1998 and have since been training dancers in the new style and touring the world with their original choreographic productions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA French opera by playwright Leo Manuel, The Fakir of Benares, was a massive hit when it was first staged in Paris in 1922. The opera’s exotic Indian milieu, the grandiose sets and costumes, the beautiful music and powerful performances made it one of the most successful shows of its time.But the glory of the opera lasted only a short while, as a massive fire destroyed most of the costumes and sets, and the complete score was lost during the Second World War. The opera was largely forgotten until 2002, when Priya Wacziarg, a soprano, came upon the score of the opera in a bookshop in Paris. It took them a while to put together an orchestra and a choir. In 2003, the first production of The Fakir of Benares in 80 years was ready for the stage. Famous director Muzaffar Ali undertook to do the stage direction, after a French conductor recomposed the missing orchestral parts. Muzaffar Ali lent the quintessentially French opera a genuine Indian touch by incorporating two ballets rooted in Indian classical dance. Samudra, was chosen to perform one of these.The Neemrana Music Foundation, established in New Delhi by Priya’s father, the late Francis Wacziarg, has produced nine operas over a decade.last_img read more

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Bengal seeks additional forces from other states for Panchayat polls

31 August 0

first_imgKolkata: Four or five other neighbouring states have been contacted for additional forces to be deployed at all the polling premises for the state Panchayat polls on May 14, state Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha said on Friday.He claimed that the state has made adequate security arrangements for conducting the rural polls in a single phase. Purkayastha held a press conference at Nabanna on Friday where he stated that elections should be allowed to take place peacefully. He appealed to everyone and sought their cooperation regarding the same. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The security arrangements for the Panchayat polls are adequate. There will be armed coverage in all the polling premises,” Purkayastha told reporters here.Stating that the state police are having sufficient capacity, Purkayatha said: “Manpower in the state police has gone up and the strength of the police has also increased.”It may be mentioned that there are 58,467 booths in 43,067 polling premises in 20 districts across the state and all the premises will be brought under the coverage of the armed forces. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Calcutta High Court sought a detailed report on security arrangements for poll personnel. The court directed Anuj Sharma ADG (Law and Order) to submit the report by May 4.A PIL has been filed with the High Court demanding compensation of Rs 10 lakh in case of death of a poll personnel and Rs 5 lakh for getting injured. In this connection, the court also wanted to know the steps that have been taken for the security of the polling personnel. The state in this connection submitted that they are taking all necessary steps for security of the polling personnel. The court has given directions to give it in writing. Meanwhile, the State Election Commission (SEC) convened a meeting of 10 political parties to discuss the poll process. The Calcutta High Court had also directed the SEC to conduct the elections after holding discussions with all the stakeholders.On Thursday, the State Election Commission announced the poll date stating that the election will be held on a single day (May 14) and the post-poll scrutiny will be held on May 15 and if needed, repolling will be conducted on May 16. Though the date for counting of votes is yet to be announced, the state government has written to the SEC urging to do the same on May 17.The state government has declared a holiday in 20 districts on May 13, 14 and 15 where the elections will be held.The elections were earlier slated to be held in three phases on May 1, 3 and 5 but the schedule was pushed back after the Calcutta High Court stayed the polling process on petitions moved by the Opposition parties, who complained that they were not allowed to file nominations allegedly by armed miscreants owing allegiance to the ruling Trinamool Congress.last_img read more

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