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German posts Q3 GDP drop first decrease since 2015

first_imgBERLIN — Germany’s gross domestic product shrank in the third quarter of 2018, the first quarter-on-quarter decline since early 2015, which analysts said should be a wake-up call for Europe’s largest economy.The Federal Statistical Office reported Wednesday that GDP shrank by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter, in figures adjusted for price, seasonal and calendar variations, largely due to foreign trade developments.The office said exports were down and imports were up in the third quarter, while there were mixed signals from domestic demand.The drop followed increases of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter and 0.4 per cent in the first.ING economist Carsten Brzeski says signs point to a rebound, but that the data is “another wake-up call that political stability and strong growth are by no means a given.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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MLA and MP share stories of the Old Fort in Ottawa and

first_imgPrince George, Peace River Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer also did the same in Ottawa.A draft report is supposed to be finished Friday, but the PRRD says it could take longer as significant additional data was forwarded to them by provincial agencies on Wednesday.The draft report will then be shared with an independent geotechnical firm who will conduct a peer review of the data.All recommendations from the report will undergo a legal review and will then will be weighed carefully by the Regional Board.FUNDRAISER FRIDAYThis Friday night, there will be a Halloween Party in support of the Old Fort residents affected by the landslide. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While residents of the Old Fort wait for a draft geotechnical report from Westrek Geotechnical Services, local politicians shared the story of the Old Fort Landslide in Victoria and Ottawa.Peace River North MLA Dan Davies stood in the Provincial Legislature Thursday. This event is co-sponsored by St. John Advertising and Promotions and Casey’s Pub.Julie Roach-Burns, general manager of St. John Advertising and Promotions said, “It will be admission by donation and all of the money raised is going towards the Old Fort evacuees”.Roach-Burns added, “There is going to be door prizes throughout the night and we’re going to have a live auction starting at 10:00. We’ve got some nice big ticket items donated that will be auctioned off”.The Old Fort Fundraiser Halloween Party is taking place this Friday at Casey’s Pub. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment by guest band Adam Winn starting at 8:00 p.m.center_img If you would like to help out by donating auction items or have any questions, you can contact Casey’s Pub at 250-329-9716.last_img read more

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Dont have words to condemn Vidyasagar College incident

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Wednesday that his department will restore the bust of Vidyasagar and repair the damages which were caused by hooligans belonging to BJP.While interacting with the media, Chatterjee said: “A heritage institution like Vidyasagar College was ransacked by BJP activists on Tuesday. The state Education department will repair all the properties which have been damaged in the incident. Demolishing the bust of Vidyasagar was an insult to the people of Bengal. We will extend all sort of assistance to the college authorities in this regard.” Taking a dig at BJP’s national president Amit Shah and his party, an irate Chatterjee added: “We don’t even have any words to condemn the incident. It was a preplanned incident of hooliganism carried out by a communal party. The BJP leaders and activists shouted different slogans during Shah’s road show to incite violence. They hatched a conspiracy to gain some political mileage out of the incident.” Reacting to Shah’s claim that Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad members who were inside the college campus were responsible for demolishing the statue, the Trinamool secretary general said: “BJP is trying to raise questions over the incident to cover up the crime that they have committed. We strongly condemn the incident.” Chatterjee also furnished a video showing the statue being vandalised. “The BJP activists were caught in the video with their party flags and saffron scarves at the spot. It clearly showed that they broke open the lock of the main gate and vandalised the college. Their leaders should hang their heads in shame after seeing the images of how their party activists ransacked the college,” he added. “How will they show their faces to the people of the country after carrying out such a heinous crime? The whole country has come to know that BJP carried out the attack. The students of the college were injured. The goons even looted the laptop of a professor, which contained important data relating to the college,” Chatterjee maintained. He also raised questions on why the BJP leader had put up festoons inside the campus of Calcutta University. Election Commission officials and police subsequently removed the festoons, which sparked tension as some BJP leaders later attacked Trinamool activists, holding them responsible for removing their party flags. “How did they put up banners in government buildings in the first place?” Chatterjee asked.last_img read more

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President of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to Visit Morocco

Rabat – The President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Suma Chakrabarti, will visit Morocco on Tuesday, February 20. The bank announced in a statement on February 16 that Chakrabarti will hold talks with several Moroccan officials to strengthen cooperation between the State and the EBRD.Chakrabarti said that the EBRD is committed and ready “to continue to support Morocco and give the private sector the means to focus on job creation and inclusion, welcoming the Kingdom’s efforts in the economic and social fields.”  “Morocco has made good progress in economic reform and development and we look forward to contributing to the country’s economy with more investment,” Chakrabarti added. The bank has invested more than 1.5 billion euros in 36 projects in Morocco. It has also supported nearly 400 small and medium Moroccan enterprises, said the same source. Chakrabarti will be accompanied during this visit by Douglas Nevison, Board Director for Morocco, Janet Heckman, Managing Director for the South East Mediterranean Region and Marie-Alexandra Veilleux-Laborie, Head of EBRD Rabat’s Office. read more

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At UN Albania criticizes Serbia over actions in northern Kosovo

27 September 2011Albania has told the United Nations that it would like to develop and consolidate its relations with Serbia, but it also criticized Belgrade for maintaining control of three ethnic Serbian areas in northern Kosovo. In a speech to the General Assembly’s general debate on Saturday, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Serbia’s decision to maintain control over three ethnic Serbian homogenous communes in Kosovo demonstrated that Belgrade “still believes in reshaping borders in our region based on the failed and long overdue idea of ethnically ‘clean’ countries and Greater Serbia.”Serbia’s President Boris Tadic told the Assembly on Friday that his country cannot accept Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence in 2008, but Serbia will also not abandon the negotiations process between Belgrade and Pristina. Any progress between the two sides needed trust, and “negotiations and reconciliation are not achieved through unilateral concessions from one side only.”In recent weeks tensions between ethnic Serbs and ethnic Albanians in Kosovo have flared anew, particularly in the north, sparking concerns from United Nations officials.Mr. Berisha said that “Serbian culture in Kosova is today more secured that ever. I would like to reassure distinguished representatives of the Member States that the only threat they face is their exploitation to serve purposes of a bitter past that must not ever return.”He also said that inter-ethnic relations in all areas where Serbs and Albanians live together in the same communities are “very good.”“However, the parallel structures paid by Belgrade in the three Serbian homogenous communes north of Mitrovica, where no other ethnic groups reside, have turned them in[to] safe havens for organized crime and smuggling of all sorts.”Exercising the right of reply, Serbia’s representative said the speech by the Albanian Prime Minister contained “misrepresentations and falsehoods.” He said Kosovo had taken unilateral actions of a “coercive nature” in the negotiation process, attempting to create a “fait accompli” on issues that were still pending.He said Mr. Berisha had also misrepresented an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), asserting that the court did not decide that the declaration of independence of Kosovo was in full compliance with international law.In fact, it had only found that Kosovo did not violate international law because the law contained no applicable prohibitions on declarations of independence, he said.The Serbian representative said also that inter-ethnic relations where Albanians and Serbs lived together were not “very good” and he added that the criminal groups referred to by the Albanian Prime Minister are actually Albanian groups with a history of disrupting the rule of law in Kosovo.Also exercising the right of reply, the representative of Albania said an independent Kosovo was the only solution to the conflict. Albania continued to hope that Serbia would come to terms with that “undeniable and unreversable” reality, he added. read more

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UN mission in Haiti says nearly 500 prisoners have escaped from national

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) deplored what it called the “serious events” which took place Saturday at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince from which, following the violent intervention of an armed commando, 481 prisoners were able to escape. It accused some penitentiary workers of having collaborated with the attackers and said there were serious gaps in the security system. It offered the Transitional Government its assistance in finding the escapees and in reducing the backlog of people awaiting trial. Three prisoners, including ex-Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and former Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert, were returned to the penitentiary, “at their request and wish,” MINUSTAH said. Last month the Security Council urged the Transitional Government to review the cases of people being held without formal charges or trial. “In this regard, the Council calls on MINUSTAH to continue its support for the provision of human rights training to Haitian judicial, police and correctional authorities to ensure adherence to international norms and standards.” The former Prime Minister already had served nearly a year in prison without any sign of legal action, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti, Juan Gabriel Valdés said then. One Haitian police officer, Jean Marie Guerrier, died during the events, MINUSTAH said, adding its condolences to his family and the Haitian National Police (PNH). read more

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Brock to host first Canadian outdoor orientation program symposium

Outdoor orientation programs at universities will be on the bill at the first Canadian Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium at Brock Nov. 16There’s something about scaling a wall of rocks or paddling through Algonquin Park that brings people together.Recreation and Leisure Prof. Tim O’Connell knows it and so does everyone else involved with Brock BaseCamp, the University’s outdoor orientation program for new students.As O’Connell and crew get ready to host the first Canadian Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium at Brock on Friday, he’s hopeful others will see the benefits of getting outside to bring people into a community.“The power and magic of BaseCamp is when you take people away from the trappings of every day life and put them in an outdoors setting… you get back to basics and it’s a powerful way to get people to connect with each other,” O’Connell said.Problem is, few universities – in Canada, at least – offer outdoor orientation as a way to help first-year students feel more comfortable about the four years ahead of them and the people they’ll meet.On the excursions that are led by current Brock students, a curriculum is taught, focusing on topics that include healthy eating, drug and alcohol awareness, where to find help when writing papers and tips for living away from home.“The big goal is for people to make connections before they get here,” O’Connell said. “Research shows people aren’t nervous about the academic side of things but making social connections.”Though popular in the U.S., particularly at some Ivy League schools where outdoor orientation has been used to help students transition to university life for decades, Brock is one of only a handful of universities in Canada to provide such an option. BaseCamp has helped more than 40 students connect in the three years it has been running.All the while, O’Connell and fellow BaseCamp founders Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, and PhD candidate Ryan Howard, have been advocating for more universities to follow suit.Friday’s symposium is another tactic to help achieve that and will highlight research proving the benefits of such programs. The keynote speaker is Brent Bell from the University of New Hampshire, a leader in building successful outdoor orientation programs.About 30 people from McMaster, the University of Guelph, Brock and elsewhere will be attending the day-long event, which will focus on the development, administration and benefits of outdoor orientation programs.Though there are similar symposiums stateside, O’Connell said they aren’t always applicable to what’s going on in Canada.“We’ve really pitched (our symposium) as having a Canadian flavour because of the differences between the university systems and a slightly different way in how people connect with the outdoors. We’ve got those iconic Canadian images of the outdoors that influence people’s perceptions,” he explained.The symposium also offers Brock the opportunity to set itself apart from other universities, O’Connell noted.“We’re trying to position Brock BaseCamp as leading the way in orientation programs in Canada,” he said. “We see (the conference) as a way of staying at the front of the pack.”The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in Thistle 253. read more

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Bengals beat Lions despite Johnsons big day

Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Jones catches a touchdown pass against Detroit Lions’ Chris Houston during second-quarter action at Ford Field Sunday, Oct. 20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTFor the second straight week, the Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) won on a field goal by Mike Nugent, this time a 27-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns and played with confidence and composure the entire game. He found his favorite target A.J. Green six times for 155 yards and a touchdown. Dalton now has six touchdowns and only one interception over his last two games.Meanwhile, the running game totaled just 51 yards against one of the league’s worst rush defenses. The secondary allowed Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford to throw for 357 yards and three scores and star receiver Calvin Johnson (nine receptions, 155 yards and two touchdowns) to run wild.Not long before the game, it was not even known how much Johnson would play. He had been dealing with a knee injury that kept him out two weeks ago and limited him to 25 yards receiving last week.But Johnson showed that at even less than full strength, he is capable of lighting up Cincinnati’s secondary.This was especially the case after former Pro Bowl cornerback Leon Hall went down with an achilles injury. After Hall was sidelined, Johnson was lined up against veteran Terence Newman and even triple teamed at times. Nonetheless, he hauled in two touchdowns in the second half. The one known as “Megatron” simply overpowered his opponents.Of course, the Bengals have an equally impressive receiver of their own. Green totalled just as many yards as Johnson (155) on seven fewer targets. This week seven matchup against two first place teams was an entertaining display of the amazing young talent at the wide receiver position in the NFL today. With over 700 combined yards in the air, the game came down to who had the ball last. In this case, the Bengals came away with their fifth win of the season behind their clutch kicker, in the former Ohio State Buckeye Nugent.The win puts the Bengals two up in the division ahead of the 3-4 Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. read more

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Magna introduces dedicated radial MRIGID range for rigid mining trucks

first_imgMagna Tyres Group says it is proud to announce the introduction of the brand-new Magna M-RIGID tyre. This radial constructed 27.00R49/33.00R51/40.00R57 earthmover tyre, with an E4 tread pattern, is designed for rigid dump trucks that operate in the most demanding off-road conditions. “It offers the optimal tyre performance/purchase price, resulting in a low cost price per hour. The Magna M-RIGID is the solution to achieve a highly efficient mining operation and to increase a site’s profitability.”The Magna M-RIGID has massive rigid lug blocks, that offer the traction and durability required in the most severe surface mines. The unique and revolutionary tread pattern design the company says has four major innovations:Weight reducing cut outs on the tread blocks and lugs, to reduce heat build-up and improve tyre lifeCircumferential groove in the tread pattern to improve steering control for enhanced heavy-load cornering performance and improved heat dissipationInterlocking shoulder blocks to reduce excessive movement during cornering, to reduce heat build-up, and to enhance operator comfort and tyre lifeThe optimised contact patch ensures even wear and improves tread life.The M-RIGID Magna says “is the ideal solution for modern RDT’s” such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, Terex and Hitachi, and will be available from May 2019.last_img read more

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201617 aged care approvals round open

first_imgThe next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) officially opened this week, with more than 10,000 national residential aged care places and 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places available for 2016-17.Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley strongly encouraged existing and prospective aged care providers to apply. “The new places being allocated this year will allow successful applicants to provide Australian Government-funded aged care services, according to the level of care needs of the client,” said Minister Ley, noting that this is the first ACAR to include Short-Term Restorative Care places. “The Short-Term Restorative Care Programme aims to reverse or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve their wellbeing,” she said. “This new care type builds on the success of the existing Transition Care Programme, which assists older people to return home after a hospital stay.”Also being offered as part of the 2016-17 ACAR is up to $64 million in capital grants under the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund.“These grants aim to encourage greater investment in areas of high need, with up to $11.5 million earmarked to support access to residential aged care for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities,” said Minister Ley.All applications must be received by the Department of Health by 11:59pm (AEST) Friday 28 October, 2016. For more information, visit www.health.gov.au/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Algues vertes le coût du nettoyage pourrait atteindre plus dun million deuros

first_imgAlgues vertes : le coût du nettoyage pourrait atteindre plus d’un million d’eurosFrance – La chambre régionale des comptes de Bretagne a dévoilé le montant des dépenses liées au ramassage des algues vertes qui jonchent les côtes bretonnes. Un coût qui a plus que doublé ces trois dernières années.Les coûts de ramassage et de traitement des algues vertes sont en effet passés de 345.063 à 809.027 euros entre 2007 et 2009, suivant la tendance des volumes ramassés qui ont augmenté de 27.150 à 60.642 m3 pendant cette même période.Face à ces chiffres, la chambre régionale des comptes de Bretagne vient de lancer un contrôle qui concernera les huit communes bretonnes les plus touchées par le phénomène des algues vertes. Dans quatre communes des Côtes-d’Armor et quatre du Finistère, c’est 80% du volume total d’algues vertes collecté en Bretagne qui a été ramassé.Alors que l’été approche et que commence la campagne de ramassage, les élus locaux estiment que les coûts de ramassage et de traitement des algues pourraient atteindre 1,1 million d’euros cette année. Face à cette augmentation, les collectivités locales concernées par le phénomène se sont tournées vers l’État, espérant une meilleure prise en charge du problème qui engendre depuis des années une pollution toxique parfois mortelle sur les plages bretonnes.Mais la demande des collectivités n’ayant pas été entendue, les maires envisagent aujourd’hui de faire appel au tribunal administratif de Rennes, afin qu’il contraigne l’État à les aider. L’année dernière déjà, la Cour des comptes avait pointé du doigt “le manque de volonté de l’État à remettre en cause les pratiques agricoles à l’origine de la pollution par les algues vertes”, mais aussi “la répression insuffisante face aux pollutions des eaux d’origine agricole”.Le 3 juin 2010 à 09:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Muldoon Farmers Market highlights need for community space

first_imgPeople chat during the first Muldoon Farmers Market at Begich Middle School. Hillman/KSKAMuldoon’s first farmers market launched this weekend to a buzzing crowd. But the effort is about more than just connecting people to fresh food; it’s about building community.Download Audio.Two hours after the market opened on Saturday morning, the tables of fresh vegetables had been reduced to a pile of zucchini from a Wasilla farm and a few bags of lettuce from the community garden.Nineteen-year-old Graham Dinkle from Wasilla has been selling at markets his entire life, and he says this was very atypical. “Usually it’s pretty slow. Like every once in a while a customer will come by, but I’ve been swamped.”The dozens who came through the Begich Middle School parking lot walked away with art, coffee, free books and painted faces as well.Area resident Diana Campbell says when she first heard about the market, her reaction was “Finally!”“It brings people together,” she says. “And it showcases what we have here and what we can have more of. It’s a bright spot, and we’re trying to make more bright spots on this side of town.”Market volunteer Kaylen Saxton says it also demonstrates that the community needs a gathering space. It took months for the volunteer-run committee to find a location for the now weekly event.“In this community there are very few places that you can meet. The schools are used for the meetings when you have thirty or more people you want to get together. And we really want another space, outside space and inside space, eventually.”Saxton says she’s hoping the market will eventually find a home in a new park near Debarr and Muldoon. The Anchorage Assembly will consider officially designating the land as a park later this year. But for now, the market will stay at the middle school, every Saturday through the end of September.last_img read more

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Manafort Sues Mueller Justice Department Over Russia Probe

first_img Share Matt Rourke, File, APPresident Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman sued special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department on Wednesday, saying prosecutors had overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct that he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.The lawsuit by Paul Manafort, filed in federal court in Washington, is the most direct challenge to date to Mueller’s legal authority and the scope of his mandate as special counsel. It comes amid Republican allegations of partisan bias among members of Mueller’s team, which for months has been investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the outcome of the U.S. election.Manafort was indicted in October on charges related to his lobbying work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party. He has pleaded not guilty.He alleges in his lawsuit that the investigation into “decade-old business dealings” is “completely unmoored” from the mandate Mueller was given when he was appointed in May by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.“Those alleged dealings had no connection whatsoever to the 2016 presidential election or even to Donald Trump. Nor were they uncovered in the course of the Special Counsel’s probe into President Trump’s campaign,” the suit alleges.The lawsuit also argues that Rosenstein’s order appointing Mueller was overly broad and arbitrary.Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. A spokesman for Mueller’s office, Peter Carr, declined to comment.last_img read more

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NYCC 2018 LEGO DC SuperVillains is Good Bad

first_imgLego DC Super-Villains is not the only noteworthy game dropping this month. Check out all  the games you should check out this October. I appreciate Lego games not just because they turn beloved #brands into charming slapstick comedy, brick-based video games. I appreciate them because they’re consistently excellent games that are good for kids but not absolutely insulting in their simplicity. This is especially true as Lego games become increasingly open-world, a huge genre typically dominated by mature fare. At New York Comic Con, Lego DC Super-Villains may feature bad guys, but it’s good for everyone.The first full Lego DC game since they wrapped up their Batman trilogy, DC Super-Villains features the famous rogues galleries of Justice League members from the Legion of Doom to the Suicide Squad. There’s Lex Luthor and The Joker and Darkseid (voiced by Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, and Michael Ironside!) There are all manner of evil smart apes just as Grodd intended. And upcoming Aquaman and Shazam content guarantees there’ll be plenty of Black Manta and Black Adam action. The sheer amount of deep DC lore reminded us of the montage in The Lego Batman Movie where Joker lists off all the absurd villains that really exist.But DC Super-Villains also hands off the powerful character creation tool to the players. Using the clever in-universe explanation of Amazo abilities, players can customize the look and superpowers of their evil avatar. We wound up with prancing trickster with half of a crocodile jaw, wings, and the ability to shoot pink lightning from their chest. As players progress they’ll also gain new powers to use in their fight against good.Using a Boom Tube, we switched to main man Lobo and flew across the twin open-world cities of Gotham and Metropolis on a dolphin. Metropolis is a shining city of tomorrow while Gotham is a spooky neon nightmare surprisingly similar to its appearance in he much darker Batman: Arkham Knight. Here we could also take on missions like a trip to Gorilla City or Apokolips or Smallville.But as bad guys we really just wanted to smash stuff up. We wanted to use Harley Quinn’s ghetto blaster to wreak havoc. We wanted to see just how Arnold Wesker’s ventriloquist dummy works in a Lego game. We wanted to fly around on Granny Goodness’s hulking walker, testing out the new grapple combat. And we wanted to try out the included heroes like Green Lantern squirrel B’dg. Cause too much trouble though, and cops come after you thanks to the full-on Grand Theft Auto-style wanted system.Lego DC Super-Villains delighted an old Justice League fan like me. And the new inclusion of multiple difficulty modes should allow an even greater range of players to join in. Lego DC Super-Villains tells Superman to shove it on October 16 when it launches on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Stay on targetcenter_img Disney Games announced LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean last_img read more

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Fun and frolic

first_imgThe little kids moved about, some working on their drawings, some concentrating on winning the games and some wailing out loud and rolling on the floor to get their demands fulfilled in an event which saw the amalgamation of education and entertainment. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, inaugurated the two-day event Jack n Jill, the fun expo for children, which was held in the national Capital on Saturday and Sunday. Along with games, there were activities and competitions which kept the little ones busy. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the new generation spending their time with latest gadgets and hoping for instant gratification in terms of entertainment these days, it has become necessary to introduce the children to the activities which fuse education within entertainment. Giving a modern twist to traditional fun and frolic, the event was a success, as large number of children walked-in and indulged in various activities like games, fashion show, dance, fancy dress competition, magic show and rakhi-making competition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA nine-year-old child Gurmay Singh Malwai said, “I enjoyed the competition where the participant had to match elements to their state and those who got all elements correctly matched were winners. I am sad that I couldn’t get all elements matched but it was fun.”Jyoti Mayal, organiser and CEO of Redhat Communications said, “It has been a fun filled first edition of the expo with children between the age of 0-10 years enjoying a number of activities to the hilt. We are delighted to see such a great response from both children and their parents. It was also fascinating to see so many young and inquisitive minds and connect with them under one roof. The entire venue has been brimming with positive energy and we are certain that the next edition will be a bigger success, where we will be able to inculcate tourism, wellness and education from the formative years in school.” Parents too were busy buying toys and clothes while their children participated in the activities. A grandparent was observing her elder grandchild participate in an activity. When asked about her experience of the event, the 62-year-old Poonam said, “Bacche khush toh hum khush (if the kids are happy we are happy).”last_img read more

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When art heals reforms

first_imgWith an opportunity to reach out to the society and earn acknowledgment, pHREEDOM4EVER, with the permission and support from the Department of Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal and in association with Flight to Harmony Foundation is coming up with a unique exhibition of paintings done by the inmates. The event is poised to take place on May 19 at Jamini Roy Gallery, ICCR and is being looked upon as a differential equation to the culture loving people of the city. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfpHREEDOM4EVER thrives on offering quality productions in terms of events, brand promotion, brand activation, PR – media and CSR activities with endeavour to traverse into different territories and excel in each attempt which are distinct and telescopic.pHREEDOM4EVER has also been instrumental in catering to various CSR and welfare related activities and has extended its services to enrich lives of people in terms of financial and collateral gains. Their endeavor has always been to extend their outreach beyond boundaries and constantly seek to stretch their hands for any kind of social services. The organisation’s friends in such activities have been BP Poddar Hospital, Medica Super Speciality Hospital, Hitayshini for Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign , Rotary Metro City for HIV Awareness, Rotary Club Of Calcutta City Of Joy for Awareness On Wellness for the Society to name a few. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChaity Ghosh, Proprietor, pHREEDOM4EVER shared her thoughts about this exhibition, “We draw inspiration from certain activities that motivate the society to act progressively. I consider myself to be blessed to get this opportunity to be associated with this cause and the inmates and also feel satisfied to be able to add some value to the lives of few people and to the society as a whole in a very little way that I can. pHREEDOM4EVER always try to associate with such enrichment programs for a better tomorrow.” pHREEDOM4EVER’s major endeavor is the upliftment of rural talents to urban audience wherein the rural artists of various genres showcase their expertise to the urban audience during festive periods and special events.There will be an opportunity where the paintings can also be purchased by the visiting guests. Noted elocutionist and performing artist Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee shall be facilitating the walk through with his intrinsic style to fascinate the present guests.As put in by the DG & IG, Correctional Center, West Bengal, Arun Kumar Gupta, “Culture therapy has been proved to be one of the most successful methodology of correction through the creative vehicle of art, music, and dance. Art in prison has been a common platform of Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal and Flight to Harmony Foundation to chisel out the hidden artist among the inmates.” The exhibition will start at 2 pm on the said date and an inaugural function is being arranged at 4:45 pm in the presence of Minister, Bratya Basu, Mayor In Council, Debashish Kumar, Pramita Mallick, Subhaprasanna, Sudeshna Roy, Abhijit Guha, Jogen Chowdhury, Rita Bhimani, Nandita Pal Chowdhury, Eleena Banik, Nayantara Pal Chowdhury, Chaitali Dasgupta, Sudarshan Chakravorty, Arindam Ganguly to name a few. Considering the genre of the exhibition and the movements initiated by the Correctional Home Authorities, a host of socially prominent personalities are likely to attend the event. Inspired by Shree Chitta Dey, an eminent artist and sculptor and the man behind Flight to Harmony Foundation who has been an inspiration to millions with his dreams and ability to make dreams possible is the main figure behind this initiative. It is his introspective and his deep association with the lives of the inmates, that this exhibition is able to see the daylight. Chitta Dey has been instrumental in creating a team of artists out of convicts and is relentless in his efforts till this time.This is a sincere effort by pHREEDOM4EVER to venture into newer valleys and bring up some social issues not really discussed in our daily lives but is as relevant as a sunrise or sunset.last_img read more

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Lawmakers to discuss San JoséCartago highway expansion

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica struggles to manage $1.7 billion in development loans Slippery When Wet: Only 4.5 percent of Costa Rican roads are in good condition, study finds Mandatory vehicle inspection agency seeks up to 200 percent increase in prices Regulatory agency rejects increase in vehicle inspection rates Starting this week, legislators will begin discussing proposals for an expansion of the Florencio del Castillo Highway, the main route connecting the eastern sector of the capital with the province of Cartago.Two lawmakers recently filed separate proposals for the project that both call for a two-stage plan to expand the highway to three lanes. They also seek construction of a new three-kilometer stretch of road connecting the Zapote roundabout with the end of the highway in the San José canton of Curridabat. The main difference between the two proposals is financing.Christian Democratic Alliance Party lawmaker Mario Redondo Poveda drafted one of the proposals that seeks financing from a $450 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). That loan currently is under negotiation with Costa Rica’s executive branch.Redondo told The Tico Times that the original drafting of the IDB loan included $22 million for the highway project, but a more recent version redirected those funds to another roadway project in the northern zone.“Cartago residents face huge traffic jams every day, and now the funds are assigned to a roadway project in a rural area, where vehicle transit is significantly lower,” he said.A group of residents from Curridabat and Cartago last week protested by partially blocking the highway in an effort to pressure lawmakers to restore the funds for Cartago, as originally stated in the loan.The protesters delivered Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Segnini a request signed by 10,000 residents from both provinces. Segnini expressed disapproval of the protest, but added that officials are reviewing possible solutions for the highway’s traffic jams.“Demonstrating on the streets [and] blocking transit isn’t going to help resolve this. I can’t rob a bank or build a road with a magic wand,” Segnini said last week.Redondo’s proposal will be discussed starting Tuesday in the Assembly’s Finance Commission.Broad Front Party lawmaker Francisco Camacho Leiva last week also filed a bill proposing the highway expansion, but he believes the project should be financed by a trust fund supported by resources from public banks, government agencies and municipalities.Camacho’s initiative will be discussed by members of a special legislative commission addressing Cartago issues likely starting next week, Jens Pfeiffer-Kramer, a member of Camacho’s office, said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Govt business grants to boost QLD tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an effort to boost Queensland’s Tourism sector the state government has offered business grants for up to 75,000 to attract financial backers, with a total of 500,000 being made available.Although the Queensland Tourism Industry (QTIC) has welcomed the grants, QTIC spokesperson Daniel Gschwind said attracting overseas investment must be a multipronged approach, the ABC reported.”The grants will help it’s an incentive that will push some projects along when it probably would have taken much longer without it or may not have happened at all,” he said.”Those grants are certainly very attractive to some investors who are looking for that extra kick-a-long to make it a reality.”Mr Gschwind said he was eager to see the grant result in new theme parks or accommodation structures being developed in national parks.”There’s no doubt that we could do more with our natural assets from a tourism point of view in a sustainable way,” Mr Gschwind said.”It doesn’t threaten the assets and we can not only keep the assets, but we can actually generate income and employment for regional Queensland.”We do have to do better at it to remain competitive.”last_img read more

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Ethiopian Airlines to increase flights to Mumbai to double daily

first_imgEthiopian Airlines announced that it has finalised preparations to start double daily flights to Mumbai International Airport starting March 2015. The airline currently has daily flights to Mumbai and New Delhi.Both daily flights to Mumbai will be operated with the ultra-modern B787 Dreamliner aircraft, which offers passengers unparalleled onboard comfort with the largest windows in the sky, higher level of cabin air humidity greatly reducing fatigue, high ceiling, the latest in-flight entertainment system and much reduced noise.With the double daily flights to Mumbai, Ethiopian aims to provide optimal connectivity options for passengers travelling between India and its 49 destinations in Africa.Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group said, “We are very bullish on the prospects of Africa-India market. By increasing our frequency to double daily to Mumbai and expanding our code share agreement with Air India, fellow Star Alliance partner with the inclusion of domestic points in India and major destinations in Africa, we aim to become the airline of choice for travel between Africa and India by offering seamless and convenient connections thru our main hub in Addis. Going forward, we plan to increase our current frequency to New Delhi and start operations to additional destinations in southern India.”last_img read more

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Larry Fitzgerald on Saturday July 28 2018 the f

first_imgLarry Fitzgerald on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the first full day of Arizona’s training camp. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals stars Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson both sat during the first drive of the preseason game against the Cowboys.It appears they won’t play in the game.They have both played very limited time in the first two preseason games. Running back David Johnson had two consecutive carries of 14 yards in the preseason opener before being benched, and then rushed the ball six times last week against the Saints. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Rookie Chase Edmonds got the start at running back in his place.Related LinksBradford unable to kickstart Cards offense without Fitzgerald, JohnsonCardinals QB Josh Rosen misses preseason game with thumb injuryCardinals running back D.J. Foster injures knee, carted off fieldFitzgerald has one catch for six yards this preseason.With Fitzgerald riding the bench, the other receivers will have an opportunity to establish themselves as targets for quarterback Sam Bradford.While wide receivers Chad Williams and Christian Kirk played well against the Saints, there has yet to be a clear No. 2 receiver on the team. – / 28 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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