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Liberal MP Iqra Khalid accused of giving award to purveyor of antiSemitism

first_imgOTTAWA – A Liberal MP is under fire for presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to a man one Jewish advocacy group labels a purveyor of anti-Semitism.B’nai Brith Canada has started a petition demanding that Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid apologize and rescind the federal certificate she presented last week to Amin El-Maoued, the public relations chief of Palestine House.The Jewish group accuses El-Maoued of leading a July 2017 rally “laden with hate-filled and anti-Semitic slogans,” including chants of “Israel and Hitler are the same.”Palestine House, which describes itself as “an educational, social and cultural centre of the Palestinian-Canadian Community,” lost all federal funding in 2012. The Conservative government at the time cited what it called a “pattern of support for extremism.”The B’nai Brith Canada petition asserts that “anti-Semites, racists and bigots of all sorts do not merit recognition from the Canadian government or its elected officials.”It demands that Khalid, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday, rescind the certificate and apologize to Canadians for what it calls her “insensitive and dangerous actions.”B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn made the same demand Tuesday in a letter to Khalid, to which the group says the MP has not responded.“It is not only disappointing, but frightening that you would see fit to reward his dalliances with anti-Semitic discourse and incitement, while simultaneously ostensibly working to eliminate all forms of discrimination in Canada,” Mostyn wrote.“There is simply no reconciling these two worlds. Presenting El-Maoued with official recognition on behalf of the Canadian government both sanitizes and normalizes the anti-Semitic rhetoric and attitudes that he has purveyed and facilitated.”Khalid received hate mail and death threats last year after initiating a motion calling on the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia and all other forms of discrimination. Conservatives and other critics argued that the non-binding motion would limit free speech.Khalid was criticized last April for giving El-Maoued another award on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at an event that featured a Palestinian archbishop who had purportedly defended terrorists and suicide bombings.last_img read more

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Goodbye Canada AM Hello Your Morning

first_imgAdvertisement Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake are talking animatedly in a small office at CTV’s headquarters on Queen St. W. The banter is non-stop and effortless, a preview of things to come for their new flagship morning show, launching Aug. 22 to replace the venerable Canada AM.Mulroney: “I do all the Harry Potter voices for my kids. Here’s one. (Deep voice) ‘You’re a wizard Harry.’”Mediwake with a puzzled look: “Who’s that?” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Look, he’s got like seven jobs; I only have two. It’s scheduling,” says Mulroney in his first sit-down interview, along with Mediwake, since the show was announced.A lot is riding on the success of Your Morning. Fans didn’t appreciate that Canada AM, which would have celebrated 44 years this September, was yanked unceremoniously from the schedule two months ago with a mere 24 hours notice. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Mulroney: “It’s Hagrid. I didn’t say I was good at impressions.”Mulroney so far is doing a pretty good Canadian take on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who seems to be everywhere in the entertainment landscape south of the border. As well as hosting Your Morning, Mulroney will continue to work for entertainment show eTalk. Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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James Cameron compares Avatar sequels to The Godfather

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: James Cameron Hopes Everyone Will Be As Tired Of ‘Avengers’ As He Is: ‘There Are Other Stories To Tell’Enough is enough, says legendary director James Cameron. The “Avatar” and “Titanic” filmmaker turned his famously critical gaze to Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic “Avengers: Infinity War”.Cameron, 63, told reporters on Saturday he respects what Marvel Studios has done for the superhero genre, but that he is burnt out by the sheer number of movies. READ MOREJames Cameron Hopes for ‘Avengers’ Fatigue: ‘There Are Other Stories To Tell’ In Sci-FiAs it appears that this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to an end with “Avengers: Infinity War,” sci-fi aficionado James Cameron says that’s probably for the best.The man behind legendary sci-fi franchises such as “Terminator” and “Avatar” told reporters on Saturday that he’s a fan of the “Avengers” movies, but he fears that they have dominated too much of the genre as of late. READ MORE Advertisement James Cameron compares Avatar sequels to The GodfatherJames Cameron told journalists Saturday that his four planned Avatar sequels are at heart a “generational family saga” and compared the films to The Godfather. The writer-director was speaking at his production company in Manhattan Beach, California in the course of a press event to promote the filmmaker’s new AMC documentary show, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, which premieres April 30. READ MOREJames Cameron Speaks Out On New AMC Sci Fi Series, Oscar Snubs, A Return To ‘Terminator’, And The Effect Of Fox/Disney Merger On ‘Avatar’ SequelsDuring a press opportunity this morning for his new six-part TV series, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction (4/30) director James Cameron let loose on the current “politicizing of science”, his commitment to four Avatar sequels and the effect of the Fox/Disney proposed merger on them, the need for rethinking the themes in his upcoming return to Terminator, and why Oscar may have a prejudice against sci-fi films. READ MOREJames Cameron Is Tired of Avengers MoviesWhile promoting his new documentary series AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction on Saturday morning, James Cameron expressed that he hopes people will finally get tired of Avengers movies so they can start getting tired of Avatar sequels. “I’m hoping we’re going to start getting Avenger fatigue,” the Academy Award winning director said. “Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on, guys, there are other stories to tell besides, you know, hypogonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process.” Yikes, I kind of think he might actually not love the movies. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mans pilgrimage to Ottawa to talk about vote buying sparks a reaction

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsIt failed to be a week of high level meetings for a Manitoba First Nations man.He has been in the Ottawa region for a week trying to talk to politicians and bureaucrats over allegations of vote buying in his community.His message mostly fell on deaf ears – except back home.Read More: Manitoba man drives to Ottawa with allegations of vote buying in Manitoba communitytlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:The House is backThe House of Commons resumes sitting on Monday. The Trudeau government is expected to face pointed questions from the opposition on a number of fronts including its purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline and the ongoing trade talks with the United States and Mexico.Communications reformThe Senate’s transport and communications committee hears from experts on Tuesday about how federal legislation can be modernized to account for the evolution of the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors in the last decades. The CRTC recently reversed a decision that would have decreased the amount private-sector television groups are required to spend on Canadian programming.Back to school for Bay streetRestaurant Brands International Inc. presents at Scotiabank Back to School conference on Tuesday. The Toronto conference will also feature speakers from other retail and consumer-oriented companies such as Canadian Tire, Empire Co., Saputo, Loblaw and Hudson’s Bay.National real estate updateThe Canadian Real Estate Association releases its monthly numbers for August and quarterly outlook on the housing market on Monday. CREA’s report for July found that the Canadian housing market was finding its footing after a prolonged stumble in the first half of the year, shaking off the impact of stricter mortgage rules and rising interest rates.InflationStatistics Canada reports the consumer price index data for August on Friday as well as the retail sales data for July. The annual rate of inflation hit 3.0 per cent in July, the highest level since September 2011 and the top end of the Bank of Canada’s target range of one to three per cent.last_img read more

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SAFF Championship Indian women storm into semifinals with 50 win over Sri

first_imgBiratnagar (Nepal): The Indian women’s football team sealed its place in the semifinals of the SAFF Championship with a resounding 5-0 win over Sri Lanka at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium here on Sunday. This result has extended India’s unbeaten run in the competition’s history to 21 games and secured the top spot in Group B. In the semifinals, India will take on Group A runners-up Bangladesh on Wednesday while hosts Nepal will face Sri Lanka in the other fixture. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIndia’s five goals were scored by different players on Sunday. The four-time defending champions scored their first goal as early as in the fourth minute through winger Grace Dangmei. The goal was created through some fine work from Sanju down the left wing as she cut inside to unleash a shot that rattled the woodwork and fell to Grace, who headed in the rebound. Three minutes later, India doubled its lead, thanks to Sanju’s wing-play again. She broke down the left, past the defensive line and put in an inch-perfect cross, which was tapped in by an onrushing Sandhiya. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryIndia got another chance in the 17th minute, but Ratanbala’s effort was denied for offside. The opposition defence seemed to have regained its composure by then, with goalkeeper Wijerathna pulling off a couple of good saves and the Indians hitting the woodwork twice from distance. Led by Sanju, the Indians continued the good work and by the end of the first 45 minutes, added two more goals. In the 36th minute, Sanju ran past her marker yet again and put in a cross that caused havoc in the Sri Lankan defence. The ball eventually fell to Indumathi, who slammed it past the keeper into the goal. The fourth goal came on the stroke of half-time, this time from 12 yards out. Sanju’s cross struck the hand of a Sri Lankan defender and as the referee pointed straight to the spot and Sangita made no mistake. India went into the break with a four-goal cushion. The second period began in the same vein and Ratanbala, whose goal was cancelled earlier, got her name in the scoresheet with a powerful effort from inside the box. India continued to dominate possession and could have added another to its tally through Jabamani Tudu, who latched on to the ball from a free-kick and placed her effort just past the post. Dalima Chhibber and Ratanbala came close with long-range shots as well but were denied by the Sri Lankan custodian. The Indian women continued to create chances and control the tempo, and at the end picked up three points comfortably.last_img read more

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Smith in best physical condition of his life Langer

first_imgBrisbane: Australia coach Justin Langer has said that Steve Smith is in the “best physical condition of his life.” Smith showed ominous form in Australia’s practice matches against New Zealand scoring an unbeaten 91 on Friday to lead Australia to victory. This was after he had scored an unbeaten 89 off 77 balls in the previous match. Langer said one of Smith’s goals when he started serving his one-year ban following the 2018 Newlands ball tampering scandal was to return to the squad in better physical shape. The 48-year-old former opener said that Smith has certainly done that in his time out. “I think his skin folds are the lowest they’ve ever been and they’re talking elite level,” Langer told SEN. “I certainly slept a lot better last night. It warmed my heart to be honest. I actually watched him on the weekend, he had a nets session on Sunday night and I was sitting with a couple of coaches and I just said ‘How good is this kid’.” Langer said that Smith’s innings in the second practice match was a “tutorial in batting.” He also stated that David Warner, who is also returning to the squad after a one-year ban has done the same. Both players had recently undergone elbow surgery with Smith’s being a more serious case than Warner’s. “They’re in pretty good shape, they’re not throwing like Nathan Coulter-Nile or Jason Behrendorff at the moment or Glenn Maxwell, but they’re certainly working their way up to it and that’s good for us,” said Langer. While Warner was his typical ballistic self while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, he was not able to translate that form into the practice matches. In the three games he scored 39, 0 and 2 with the first score coming when he went in one down.last_img read more

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Morocco Property Expo kicks off in Montreal

Montreal – The 6th edition of Moroccan real estate show “Morocco Property Expo” kicked off on Saturday at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, with the participation of many real-estate developers, departments, and Moroccan banking institutions, showcasing a variety of real estate projects in several cities and regions of the Kingdom. The show, which was inaugurated by Ambassador of Morocco in Canada, Nouzha Chekrouni, managed to emerge as an essential platform for real estate development and a privileged meeting space between housing professionals and prospective Moroccan or foreign home buyers or those wishing to invest in real estate in the Kingdom, a market that is in full expansion.The two-day event will allow visitors to inquire about the offer proposed by a number of real estate development companies, which include luxury, middle-class and social housing projects. The 6th edition of the show also seeks to showcase the architectural heritage of the Kingdom, and meet the needs and expectations of Canadian customers through a wide range of products and prices. read more

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Research council seeks student storytellers

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is challenging post-secondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.The council is looking for storytellers and data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers for its communications challenge Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers.Canadian post-secondary students can submit a creative story pitch about SSHRC-funded research — their own or a professor’s — at their institution, how it is making an impact in our everyday lives, and why it matters.Podcasts, op-eds, vlogs or infographics are welcome but audio and visual entries must be no longer than three minutes.Up to 25 first-round winners will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and an invitation to participate in a specialized research communications workshop at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria in June.Five final winners will have the chance to deliver a featured presentation at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, in October.Submissions will be accepted from Feb. 16 to March 1. Visit the SSHRC online for more details. read more

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International community must act quickly to help Lebanon rebuild Annans deputy says

Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown made his remarks to donors at an international aid conference for Lebanon in Sweden, at which Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora appealed for assistance to help rebuild the country after the 34 days of fighting that caused around $3.6 billion in physical damage.“Our challenge is now two-fold: to respond to Lebanon’s immediate needs, and to get the Government-led recovery off to a determined start in the weeks ahead, even as we prepare for an international conference on the country’s longer-term needs,” Mr. Malloch Brown said.“Yet it is the immediate recovery process that demands our most urgent attention. We must act quickly to build on what the Lebanese people are already doing to restore some normalcy to their lives after the conflict,” he stressed, warning: “We remain in a race against time.”Mr. Malloch Brown said these immediate needs include providing resources and materials to repair houses, rehabilitate schools, reopen roads to traffic as well as an “emergency environmental cleanup,” especially to address the devastating oil spill threatening the coast.He highlighted that the cessation of hostilities, which went into effect on 14 August, had allowed a strong and effective response that had now helped stabilize the humanitarian situation, but warned that the continuing Israeli air and sea blockade “severely hinders relief efforts.”“Aid when there is a blockade is like putting someone on life support when there is a foot on their wind pipe. We need an immediate end to the blockade and a political solution to the underlying causes of the conflict,” he said.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which last week estimated that Lebanon suffered $3.6 billion in physical damage during the conflict, said that it will launch a revised Flash Appeal at today’s conference, expected to total around $96.5 million. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland is also expected to speak at the meeting. Some 60 Governments and organizations are attending the one-day conference in Stockholm, which has been arranged by the Swedish Government, and it hopes to raise $500 million to assist in Lebanon’s reconstruction.“The clear message of this conference is about showing solidarity with the Government of Lebanon,” said Stephane Jaquemet, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Lebanon, who is attending the conference. “The Government is in the driving seat.”In the latest humanitarian developments on the ground in Lebanon, assistance continues to get through to those most in need and today municipal workers handed out food rations from the World Food Programme (WFP) to vulnerable families in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.The rations included packets of vegetable oil, lentils, canned vegetables and high-energy biscuits, Stephane Dujarric said, adding that authorities in all four municipalities in the south of the capital say they will hand out WFP rations to more than 100,000 people over the coming weeks. read more

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Welcoming upcoming talks Security Council calls on Yemeni parties to speed up

In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member body emphasized the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process, and reiterated its call on all parties to “resume and accelerate” UN-brokered inclusive political consultations. The talks will be convened in the region next week by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who yesterday welcomed the commitment of the Government, the Houthis and the General People’s Congress to participate. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend the announced talks and any such future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition,” said today’s statement. They also expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Special Envoy, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political transition process.In addition, the Council expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the food insecurity already facing millions of Yemenis across the country and the increasing risk of famine. They encouraged the international community to contribute to the $1.6 billion UN humanitarian appeal, which was currently only around 24 per cent funded. read more

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Ohio State mens hockey looks to build on momentum against Niagara

Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins (31) prepares to make a save during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team is heading into a two-game series against Niagara University on the heels of a split series with No. 20-ranked Minnesota Duluth.The Buckeyes (4-4-0, 0-0-0) are set to take on the Purple Eagles (1-4-1, 1-1-1) in the midst of a seven-game homestand, something OSU freshman goalie Matt Tomkins sees as being “huge” for the team at this point in the season.“We love playing here and kind of getting in the groove,” Tomkins said. “It’s been great so far that we’ve been on a little bit of a run, and it’s going to continue to pay off that we get to continue to play at home in front of our home crowd.”Tomkins added that the homestand is crucial to picking up some momentum as the team heads into Big Ten Conference play, which starts Nov. 29.“Obviously, winning four out of five (games) is huge,” he said. “Having this homestand gives us a great opportunity to continue this roll here moving forward, and it’s a very positive attitude in the locker room.”There is also the potential that junior forward Tanner Fritz, who sustained an upper-body injury in OSU’s 4-3 loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15, might be back in the lineup for the series. Coach Steve Rohlik said he’s been skating and that he’s “optimistic that we might see him in action this weekend.” Fritz’s return, though, can’t allow the team to become complacent.“Hopefully, our team doesn’t let down and think that since we have one of our best players back, they can drop their guard a little bit,” Rohlik said. “I think this is an opportunity, and I hope that having one of our better players back makes everybody better.”’Looking forward, Rohlik said the team will have to continue building momentum — in the series against Niagara and beyond — in order to get where it wants to be.“We’ve got build on what we did this weekend against Duluth. If we have any kind of letdown, we’re in for a rude awakening,” Rohlik said. “Our guys have to build on the momentum, they’ve got to build on their work ethic … if we do that, we’re going give ourselves the best chance to have success.”He added that the team’s competitiveness and consistency, two things it struggled with early this season, have improved greatly and will have to continue to do so.“We’re still a little up-and-down at times … but if you can get the compete and the consistency, I think you’re going to have a good hockey team,” Rohlik said.Junior forward Nick Oddo said “sticking to (their) systems” while also “tweaking the details,” has made the Buckeyes an overall better team.OSU has not faced Niagara since 2000, but Rohlik said the Buckeyes must come out ready to play or the outcome won’t be what they want.“If we don’t come out and play our best hockey, we’re in trouble,” he said.The Buckeyes and the Purple Eagles are slated to face off this weekend, with the puck set to drop at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Integrating Traditional Knowledge Project officially launched

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Allicock announces three more radio stations for Indigenous villagesAugust 24, 2016In “latest news”Skill training programme for Indigenous Youths to be launched in OctoberAugust 20, 2015In “Business”NTC to receive capacity building boost from Conservation InternationalAugust 28, 2016In “Local News” The Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project in Guyana was officially launched Monday at the British High Commissioner residence in Bel Air.Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan engaging one of the representatives of the other partners of the projectMinister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock in his remarks said this project will see traditional knowledge being incorporated into biodiversity policy for poverty reduction and a lot of work will be done in the five protected areas of the  Kaieteur National Park, Iwokarama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Konashen District Community Owned Conservation Area, Shell Beach and the Kanuku Mountains.Minister Allicock pointed out that without proper and approved recorded documentation, traditional knowledge which is very significant to Indigenous people will be lost. He lamented the need for a national plan to preserve it which he is hopeful will result from this project.Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (centre), Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock (second right) Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Greg Quinn flanked by representatives of other partners of the Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice projectThe Minister who himself is Indigenous noted that indigenous people have an important connection to land and biodiversity. Therefore, “we see it as an opportune time to come together to protect this knowledge and once and for all to have such a policy like the national action plan for traditional knowledge for Guyana.”He further stated that the knowledge gained from this project will be used to make decisions to protect the history, land forest, biodiversity culture and sustainable livelihood of the 215 indigenous communities.British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Gregg Quinn gave a brief history of the Darwin Initiative which funds projects in countries rich in biodiversity but has limited financial resources, to meet their objectives.The British High Commissioner pointed out that the project was launched by the United Kingdom (UK) government at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He explained that it is funded by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Common Wealth Office.“Since the start of the initiative in 1992 a total of 1,055 projects have taken place in 159 countries. These have a total cost of about $37.1B; in that period there have been a total of eight projects in Guyana at a cost of about $371M. So about one percent of all Darwin Initiative has come to Guyana,” Quinn Explained.Some of these projects include the greenheart initiative in 1994, influence of selective logging in 1995, biodiversity and sustainable development of butterfly production from 2006 to 2009 and most recently supporting Indigenous and local organisations to implement part of the convention on biological diversity from 2010-2013.The Project Leader, Jay Mistry explained that the project will take a threefold approach. Mistry outlined that the project which began in July, 2017 aims to implement traditional knowledge integration, conduct institutional capacity building at community and national level and develop a national action plan for traditional knowledge. It is expected to conclude in 2021.The project will use a video method similar to that in the COBRA project which was undertaken between 2011 and 2015 to investigate and research in communities on traditional knowledge.“There are also other conventions on biological diversity obligations for traditional knowledge and Indigenous and people. So we hope we can also contribute to some of those obligations…we hope that we can look at how specific issues to do with Indigenous people can be worked on in this project and we’ll be working with other partners in Guyana to contribute to Guyana’s green state strategy…” Mistry underlined.Partners for the project include Ministry Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), South Central Peoples Development Organisation, Royal Holloway University of London, UN World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Cobra Collective.In brief remarks Denise Fraser, Commissioner at the Protected Areas Commission (PAC), said PAC welcomes this project which comes as an opportune time when it is implementing its management plans and striving to strengthen the relationship between indigenous communities and PAC and promoting sustainable use of Guyana’s resources.Kemraj Parsram, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the EPA is committed to the collaboration with the other sectors’ agencies in meeting its mandate through this project and will certainly do its fair share to ensure a successful completion.Vice Chairman NRDDB, Michael Williams lauded the project. He said the initiative means a lot to the NRDDB and is hopeful that it can assist them in many years to come.Minister of Foreign Affairs, performing the functions President, Carl Greenidge, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe were also in attendance at the launch of the project. (DPI) read more

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Jury empanelled for 2013 Port Kaituma murder trial

A 12-member jury was empanelled before Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court in Georgetown on Monday to hear the trial of Vigilance, East Coast Demerara resident Michael Britton, who is accused of murdering miner Refford Williams at 10 Miles Backdam, Port Kaituma, in the North-West District.Murder accused: Michael BrittonIt was contended that Britton, also called “Rasta Man”, used a piece of metal pipe to carry out the gruesome act on July 25, 2013.However, when finally given the chance to respond to the State’s accusation, four years after the crime was committed, Britton entered a plea of not guilty in a barely audible tone. Williams, who was also known as “Kamarang”, met his demise by way of blunt trauma in addition to a ruptured spleen. Reports back then were that after an intense argument between the two miners, Britton retrieved the metal pipe which he used to inflict injuries on Williams.The accused is being represented by defence counsel Ronald Burch-Smith while State Counsel Mandel Moore is leading the State’s case. The matter was adjourned to this morning (Tuesday) when the first set of witnesses will begin testifying before the jury. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo freed of murder of Brazilian gold minerJune 12, 2019In “Court”High Court trial begins for duo accused of killing 3 in Robb St arsonAugust 21, 2019In “Court”LUSIGNAN MASSACRE: Appeal Court orders retrial for acquitted accusedMarch 9, 2016In “latest news” read more

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EHF CL Europe plays handball – Derby in Veszprem

Here is complete scheduile of the VELUX EHF Champions Leaugue ROUND 5 on Saturday and Sunday.GROUP A:SG Flensburg – Besiktas MOGAZ 33:25MVM Veszprem – THW Kiel 15.15RK PPD Zagreb – Orlen Wisla Plock 20RK Celje PL – PSG Handball 17 (Sunday)GROUP B:Montpellier – IF Kristianstad 17Rhein Neckar Lowen – PICK SZEGED 17.30Vive Tauron Kielce – FC Barcelona 18KIF Kolding – RK Vardar Skopje 16.50 (Sunday)GROUP C:FC Porto – Meshkov Brest 18RK Vojvodina Novi Sad – Naturhouse La Rioja 18Tatran Prešov – Chekhovskie Medvedi 18 (Sunday)GROUP D:Kadetten Schaffhausen – Skjern 24:30Minaur Baia Mare – RK Metalurg 16 (Sunday)Elverum Handball – Motor Zaporozhye 16.15 ← Previous Story Bosnian Board offers 3-months contract to head-coach Dragan Marković Next Story → EHF CL: Noddesbo saves Barca in Kielce read more

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Trade deficit down 291 per cent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s trade deficit fell by 29.1 per cent in January, according to provisional figures released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (Elstat) on Tuesday. As domestic consumption continues to fall, the report by Elstat stated that the total value of imports – excluding oil products – in January 2012 amounted to 2.23bn euros, a fall of 15.6 per cent year on year.In the same month, the total value of exports amounted to 1.2bn euros, a light increase of 1.0 per cent on the January 2011 figure of 1.18bn euros.This resulted in trade deficit of 1.03bn euros, a drop of 29.1 per cent on January 2011’s figure of 1.46bn euros.Source: Athens Newslast_img

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EU forges ahead with quota plan for migrants

first_imgThe European Union forged ahead with a plan to ease pressure on nations dealing with an influx of Mediterranean migrants by requiring other countries to share the burden, despite some strong opposition.The proposed system would set maximum refugee limits for each country in the EU based on population, employment levels and other factors. The exact details have not been hashed out, but the general idea is that once a country reaches its maximum, migrants seeking asylum there could be sent to other countries, which would have to take them in.“It is not acceptable for people around the EU to say, ‘Yes, stop people dying in the Mediterranean,’ and at the same time remain silent when the question is raised, ‘What should happen to these people?’” European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said.Countries including Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia have already rejected the plan, meaning it is unlikely to pass without major caveats and concessions.But the EUs executive commission sees it as key to forcing the 28 European Union countries to show solidarity with Italy, Greece and Malta, which have been overwhelmed this year by migrants fleeing war and poverty in places like Syria and Eritrea who arrive on their shores after dangerous trips across the Mediterranean.British interior minister Theresa May said her country would not take part in a quota system as it would only encourage more people to risk their lives. Britain, Ireland and Denmark would be exempt anyway under special agreements.“We cannot do anything which encourages more people to make these perilous journeys — or which makes it easier for the gangs responsible for their misery. That is why the U.K. will not participate in a mandatory system of resettlement or relocation,” May wrote in The Times of London.Timmermans said that “what will make the situation worse is doing nothing,” and expressed hope that the British government would carefully study the agenda for tackling the problem the commission unveiled Wednesday.Separately from the quota scheme, the commission will also recommend at the end of May that 20,000 people who are eligible for asylum be allowed to enter the EU and be distributed among member countries.That resettlement proposal is part of a broader migration agenda made public by the commission Wednesday laying out a calendar for new action and proposals for mobilizing funds, resources and EU border, police and asylum agencies.In two weeks, the commission expects to propose a “temporary distribution mechanism” to more equitably distribute refugees among EU countries in times of extraordinary migration movements. That mechanism would evolve and, by the end of the year, form the basis of the EUs quota plan, which is supported by officials in Italy and Malta.“We have called for a fair system of distribution of beneficiaries of international protection, once a certain threshold has been reached, from those member states under the most pressure, and as the commission has recognized this should happen sooner rather than later,” said Maltese EU lawmaker Roberta Metsola, a lead member of the European Parliament on migration.Germany, along with Sweden and France, has taken in the most refugees from Syria — including many accepted willingly from camps outside Europe — and a top immigration official in Berlin expressed regret that some EU nations are opposed to the quota scheme.“The answer to rising refugee numbers cannot be to reject a common asylum policy for fear of strengthening populists,” Aydan Ozoguz said in a statement. “Refugees and immigration are core EU issues; every EU member state has a legal and moral obligation to make its contribution.”Meanwhile, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to take in more migrants and refugees from Syria and Iraq, saying his own country has borne the brunt of the refugee crisis and has been sheltering some 2 million people. Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Rocchi shares his thoughts on how to improve VAR

first_imgItalian referee Gianluca Rocchi has recently shared his thoughts on how to improve the controversial VAR.Rocchi thinks the VAR needs a review following recent questions about its lack of clarity in football games.“There’s no referee who can be against it,” he told Football Italia.“I did four Roman derbies without sleeping for three nights, but I enjoyed the last two. Our approach doesn’t change but I know that if there’s technology, it can fix a mistake I make.“The real problem is the line of intervention. Sometimes you get involved too much, sometimes too little, but you can remove or add pressure on the referee from the VAR booth.“We always say in meetings: the VAR doesn’t have to be a friend of the referee if you love [the referee], you unconsciously risk not wanting to make a fool of them and not correcting a mistake, which could save a game.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“Still, VAR isn’t slow motion: it must correct any clear errors and not butt into any questionable situations.“The secret of good refereeing at the World Cup was also that: I was sceptical, but splitting [the roles] worked.“Nothing changes with VAR, it reinforces the concept [of refereeing], but what might not be clear for me maybe is for a Coach or fan because that incident could change the game.“It’s all about subjectivity. As for handballs: if I deem one voluntary and but a colleague of mine doesn’t, who is right?“It’s both or neither of us, so it’s easy for anyone who wants to make controversy to do that.“Nowadays communication is crucial, but not everyone has broad shoulders to explain an error: a young man on TV can get himself into trouble, so they must be protected.”last_img read more

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Bob Sully Sullivan The Reason Gas Prices Are Increasing

first_img Posted: April 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Radio talk show host Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the reason why gas prices are increasing.The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Tuesday to its highest amount since Aug. 5, 2015, increasing 3.6 cents to $3.868.The average price has risen 22 consecutive days and 28 of the past 29, increasing 54.6 cents, including 1.8 cents on Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 23.4 cents more than one week ago, 55.2 cents higher than one month ago and 31.4 cents greater than one year ago.Sully listed 7 different reasons why gas prices are so high and may continue to rise:1. The usual excuse – the switch to summer blends and of course.2. Rising demand, It’s partly due to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, whose members have done a fairly good job of working together to reduce output, thereby making oil more expensive.3. Iran. What’s up with Iran you might ask? Well Washington is coming under increasing pressure to ratchet up sanctions on Iran and make good on the President’s promise to get Iranian oil exports down to zero and that causes a supply and demand issue.4. Venezuela’s oil industry is in a shambles,” Hackett said, adding that the U.S. had been Venezuela’s largest trading partner in petroleum.5. And this summer, a second iteration of the state gas tax — passed in 2017 by the Legislature and signed into law by then-Gov. Jerry Brown — will go into effect.6. But the real reason may be that there is also a bit of an oil infrastructure problem – Prices at the gas pump are also rising as maintenance work at refineries is squeezing supply.7. Overall refinery utilization is only 86%, compared with 93% a year ago. The good news? This may be a temporary problem. April 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:16 AMcenter_img Bob ‘Sully’ Sullivan: The Reason Gas Prices Are Increasing Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Google Doodle has a ball or three with falafel

first_img2:07 Share your voice Testing gas grills at the CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: 49 Photos Post a comment Dive in to falafel! Google Google is taking a break Tuesday from its recent Women’s World Cup soccer Doodles to honor another ball many get a kick out of: the falafel! The animated Doodle serves up the tasty deep-fried balls that, as Google puts it, are “the best thing that ever happened to chickpeas.”As the Doodle demonstrates, falafel is made with herbs, spices and onions and commonly served in a pita. It’s been enjoyed for centuries and by many cultures around the world, although its origin is a bit hazy and controversial. It’s widely thought to have been invented about 1,000 years ago by Egyptians, who used ground fava beans for what they call “ta’amiya.” As the dish spread north to the Levant section of the Eastern Mediterranean, fava beans were replaced by chickpeas as the main ingredient, and it acquired the Levantine Arabic name falafel. Still other theories hold that it was invented by the Arabs or Turks.Where ever it came from, it’s been on the move ever since. It spread to North America in the 1970s, primarily in Arabic, Coptic and Jewish neighborhoods but has since become a common street food. It’s also become popular in Germany in recent decades, where it’s been adapted by the Arab subculture to include pickles, vegetables and sweet mango sauce.  This isn’t the first time Google has put food in the Doodle spotlight. In 2017, Google cooked up a slideshow to honor the rice noodle, and last year, Google celebrated the Fourth of July with an interactive map highlighting food from across the country.Chickpea-based falafel, which can be prepared in many ways, is high in protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber, making it popular among vegetarians and vegans looking for an alternative to meat-based foods. Chickpeas are also low in fat and contain no cholesterol.You can also make them as big as you like. In 2012, 10 chefs in Amman, Jordan, worked to create largest falafel ball ever — a 164-pound mammoth. Google Doodles are temporary versions of the tech company’s logo on its homepage to honor holidays and historic occasions. In addition to the Women’s World Cup, the company also featured an interactive timeline celebrating 50 years of gay pride this month.Originally published June 17.Update, June 18: Adds more background on other recent Google Doodles. 0 Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Tags Online Google Doodle Googlelast_img read more

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