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Trudeaus action plan on climate change brings BC politician out of retirement

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. — Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party’s commitment and action plan on climate change has brought one former British Columbia politician out of retirement and back into the arena.At his nomination event Tuesday for the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Terry Lake, a former B.C. health minister, described to the prime minister the war zone-like conditions the area faces every summer with the wildfires.With B.C. expected to be a key battleground in October’s federal election, Lake is considered a high-profile candidate for the Liberals in the province.Lake says climate change is a “ballot question” because it affects the mental and physical health of people, and thus the economy.He didn’t seek re-election for the B.C. Liberals in the last provincial election after serving three terms in the legislature.Trudeau told the crowd of supporters that the Liberal government has given Canadians confidence to face the future by investing in education, skills training, families and the future.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Herbie Hancock To Be Honored At Covenant House Magical Night Of Hope

first_imgOn Thursday evening, May 2, 2013, Covenant House California (“CHC”) will host their Annual Awards Dinner: A Magical Night of Hope at Skirball Culture Center in Los Angeles.This year’s honorees include award-winning musician, composer and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. The event features a silent and live auction, A-list entertainment including celebrity presenters and hosts as well as dinner and dancing. CHC will also be honoring Executive Director George R. Lozano, who is retiring after 22 years of service.The event will feature a special performance by Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Celebrity talent includes Gabriel Mann (Revenge); and Vinessa Shaw (3:10 to Yuma); Mekhi Phifer (ER); Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer); Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami); Dayanarra Torres (former Miss Puerto Rico); Quddus (Duets); Kaitlyn Black (Hart of Dixie); Brandi Burkhardt (Hart of Dixie); Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side); Ashlynn Yennie (Human Centipede) and more.WHERE: Skirball Cultural Center 2701 North Sepulveda BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90049WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 6pmlast_img read more

Budget 2018 plays long game when it comes to boosting number of

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government wants to see gender equality in Canadian sports — from the local arena to the Olympics — by 2035, a vision articulated in a federal budget aimed at increasing opportunities for women and girls.The long-term target comes with $30 million over three years to get the ball rolling towards that goal, including for data and research to figure out why fewer women and girls take part in sports or other physical activity than do men and boys.“Once we better understand why women and girls choose not to participate in sport, or move into the senior ranks of coaching or management of sport, we can then work to remove those barriers,” Jocelyn Sweet, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance, wrote in an email Wednesday.The budget said the money would also support innovative practices to tackle the problem, as well as efforts by national sports organizations to promote a higher rate of participation of women and girls, both on the ice and behind the bench.Statistics Canada estimated in 2010 that about one-third of Canadian men regularly participated in sport, compared with just one-sixth of Canadian women.In a report released last fall, the House of Commons heritage committee recommended setting specific targets for getting more women and girls involved in sport.Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, called the funding a historic step that she suggested could finally provide the momentum necessary to change the numbers in a meaningful way.“The gap is just so stubborn,” said Sandmeyer-Graves, who warned against the conventional belief that it’s just the way things are.“I don’t think that we should be satisfied with the fact that girls and women participate and need less than men and are reaping the benefits of sport less than boys and men.”The details remain to be seen, but sports organizations are hoping it means help for their ongoing efforts to achieve a greater balance.Gord Grace, CEO of Ontario University Athletics, said he would welcome any support for recruiting and retaining more female athletes at a crucial age.“We know that a lot of females drop out of sports once they get out of high school or above the age of 17,” Grace said.There are about 10,000 student athletes that compete in the system, and less than half are female, he added — a statistic that is partly skewed by the fact that one of the biggest sports is football, which has no teams for women.Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CEO of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, said her organization offers teams for men and women in all its sports, but is still fighting systemic barriers to getting female athletes into top coaching positions.The association has a female apprenticeship coaching program that is designed to get graduating college athletes into the coaching profession, she said — but while about 66 per cent do become coaches, they remain in assistant coaching positions or become head coaches at lower-level clubs, she added.Part of the problem, said Murray-MacDonell, is that the hiring practices at colleges ask for head coach experience, setting up a catch-22 that forces those women to build up their resumes elsewhere.“We’ll have to look at some of those barriers,” she said.Those barriers to girls can crop up right at the community level, added Sandmeyer-Graves.“In a lot of instances, it’s really hard for girls’ teams to get spaces to play, because the boys’ teams are really grandfathered in,” she said, meaning girls have to pay higher prices to get space and time at private recreational facilities.“That can almost be like a tax on being a girl in the system.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

UN campaign to end violence against women backed by 10 more countries

24 June 2008Prime ministers and foreign ministers from 10 countries have signed on to the “Say NO to Violence against Women Campaign” – a move welcomed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is organizing the drive. Prime ministers and foreign ministers from 10 countries have signed on to the “Say NO to Violence against Women Campaign” – a move welcomed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is organizing the drive. UNIFEM’s Executive Director Inés Alberdi said in a statement that the development “strengthens political will to combat violence against women everywhere, and the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for multi-year action on this issue.” Prime ministers and foreign ministers from Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Greece, Lebanon, the Palestinian National Authority, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Germany, as well as the French Ambassador to the UK, the European Commissioner for External Relations and the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) all gave their support to the initiative at a ceremony held in Vienna yesterday. Hosting the event, Austria’s Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said: “Women have a right to live a life free of violence. It is not only one of the worst human rights violations, but also a risk for sustainable and equitable development.” UNICEF says that violence against women is probably the most pervasive human rights violation, affecting as many as one in three women and girls. The UN agency has set up a trust fund which has awarded more than $19 million in grants to 263 projects in 115 countries. Among other issues, the funded projects have worked to stop human trafficking, put an end to honour killings and provide services for survivors. A particular focus lies on supporting the implementation of laws and policies on violence against women. UNIFEM seeks to gather 1 million names through the “Say NO to Violence against Women campaign” website. To date more than 225,000 individuals have signed on. The campaign will run until 25 November, when the signatures will be handed over to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. read more

Lankan assistance sought to find missing plane

The top CG official wrote to Padma in response to her letter to the Defence Ministry over the issue of locating the aircraft.“The letter indicates that the Coast Guard authorities are also looking at the possibility of the crew being stranded in Sri Lankan waters. Indian High Commission in Colombo has been apprised on the issue,” she added.Sounding apprehensive, she said since a month would pass in the next two days, “what will happen now? there might not be signals any more, the earlier ones were themselves weak.” Suresh Subash was one of the three crew members who went missing after going on board a Dornier plane for a routine maritime surveillance sortie in coastal Tamil Nadu on June 8. Indian Coast Guard authorities are in touch with Sri Lanka as part of their search efforts to locate a Dornier plane which went missing nearly a month ago, the mother of a missing crew member said on Tuesday.“Coast Guard chief Vice Admiral H C S Bisht has informed me that Sri Lankan authorities have been requested to alert India if they sight the aircraft or its crew,” Padma Shankari, mother of Deputy Commandant Suresh Subash told PTI. Since then, multiple agencies, including the Coast Guard, Navy and Coastal Security Group of state police have done extensive search operations in Tamil Nadu, including the Karaikkal-Cuddalore coastline. Eight days after the plane went missing, his wife Deepa Lakshmi tweeted to the PM’s office saying, “@PMOIndia 8 days since my husband Subash Suresh, pilot of CG791 is missing. Request your attention #FindSubash”. Expressing deep distress over the pace of search which she was told was “still on,” she said, “had this happened on foreign soil, the response would have been much speedier.”“The Defence and Coast Guard authorities could have done much better and much earlier and they should have got international support in their efforts,” she said. “I am proud of my son, he chose to serve the nation, but I want to see his face. I want to know what happened, uncertainty is very, very painful, this is the pain of amother,” she said. She said it was distressing that there was no response to either her tweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi or her letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.She had written to the Chief Minister’s cell on June 13, a few days after the disappearance of the aircraft, seeking the state’s help in locating the aircraft.Thirty-year-old Suresh Subash joined Coast Guard in 2010. He was a B Tech graduate from Regional Engineering College in Jalandhar. read more

Gravity eclipses Captain Phillips at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Gravity” won’t be held down.The Warner Bros. astronaut adventure directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney landed in the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Gravity” earned $44.3 million, raising its domestic total to $123.4 million.“They say what goes up must come down, but that’s not really true with ‘Gravity,’” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak. “To have opened as big as it did last week and only drop 21 per cent, that’s really an amazing hold. It’s a direct testament to the word of mouth on the movie.”“Gravity” also fared well overseas, making $28 million in 38 territories such as Russia, Australia, Germany and Spain.Sony’s “Captain Phillips” launched in second place with a respectable $26 million. The high seas drama directed by Paul Greengrass stars Tom Hanks as a cargo ship captain who is held captive by Somali pirates.“We think the success of ‘Gravity’ will also bode well for ‘Captain Phillips,’” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony Pictures. “This is the extraordinary kind of film that we think audiences will flock to over the next several months moving forward.”The animated Sony movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” gobbled up third place in its third weekend with $14.2 million, bringing its domestic haul to $78 million.The weekend’s only other new release, “Machete Kills,” opened in fourth place with $3.8 million. The gun-toting sequel from director Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez is the follow-up to “Machete,” which earned $11.4 million when it opened in 2010.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Gravity,” $44.3 million ($28 million international).2. “Captain Phillips,” $26 million.3. “Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs 2,” $14.2 million ($9.1 million international).4. “Machete Kills,” $3.8 million ($575,000 international).5. “Runner Runner,” $3.7 million ($5.3 million international).6. “Prisoners,” $3.7 million ($7.4 million international).7. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $2.6 million ($7.1 million international).8. “Rush,” $2.4 million ($6 million international).9. “Don Jon,” $2.3 million.10. “Baggage Claim,” $2 million.___Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:1. “Gravity,” $28 million.2. “Stalingrad,” $15.5 million.3. “Despicable Me 2,” $10.1 million.4. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” $9.1 million.5. “Now You See Me,” $8.2 million.6. “Prisoners,” $7.4 million.7. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $7.1 million.8. “Planes,” $6.2 million.9. “Rush,” $6 million.9. “Hwayi: A Monster Boy,” $6 million.9. “Young Detective Dee: Rise Sea Dragon,” $6 million.10. “Turbo,” $5.4 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at .___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Gravity’ eclipses ‘Captain Phillips’ at weekend box office by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2013 11:04 am MDT read more

Russia downplays fears of further takeover of Ukraine territory stocks jump

Russia downplays fears of further takeover of Ukraine territory; stocks jump, TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed sharply higher Tuesday amid lessening anxiety over the Crimea crisis after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country doesn’t want to annex more of Ukraine.He made the comment as he signed a bill to annex Crimea, two days after the territory’s residents, many of whom are Russian speaking, voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 137.08 points to 14,368.97.The Canadian dollar shed early gains to fall 0.68 of a cent to 89.79 cents US after Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said the economy may miss expectations in the first few months of this year. He added that slower than normal growth may be the new norm for Canada and the world, meaning ultra-low rates could be around longer than thought.The loonie had earlier advanced on data showing that Canadian manufacturing sales rose 1.5 per cent to $50.4 billion in January, the largest gain since February 2013.Western governments, including Canada, have imposed travel bans and asset freezes on people from Russia, Crimea and Ukraine, who are seen as key players in organizing what’s considered an unlawful vote.U.S. indexes advanced with traders also feeling relief that sanctions levied against Russia for its role in the referendum have been targeted specifically against individuals as opposed to wider measures that might disrupt Russian economic activity.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 88.97 points to 16,336.19, the Nasdaq moved 53.36 points higher to 4,333.31 and the S&P 500 index rose 13.42 points to 1,872.25.Markets had lost ground at the end of last week ahead of the Crimea vote but those losses are almost made up. Generally, there has been little negative reaction on markets to the crisis after it quickly became apparent that the West wouldn’t respond militarily to the Russian incursion into Crimea.“They’re not even batting an eye,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“It’s the economy that counts and the U.S. is doing OK. The Crimea doesn’t have any structural importance to the market.”Traders also looked to Tuesday’s start of a two-day interest rate meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.Data out Monday showing U.S. factory production in February rose at its fastest rate in six months reinforced expectations the Fed will go ahead with a third planned reduction of its stimulus, cutting monthly bond purchases by US$10 billion to $55 billion.Consumer staples led TSX advancers with shares in Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) up $1.79 to $86.70.The convenience store owner reported that it had 96 cents per share of diluted earnings, while adjusted diluted net earnings came in at 92 cents. Analysts had forecast 93 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 88 cents per share of net income.Couche-Tard also announced that founder Alain Bouchard is handing off the role of president and chief executive officer to Brian Hannasch, who has been the chief operating officer.Most sectors were higher, with the energy sector up 1.4 per cent as the April crude contract in New York rose $1.62 to US$99.70 a barrel.The metals and mining sector was ahead 1.7 per cent with May copper unchanged at US$2.95 a pound.The TSX gold sector was the only decliner, down about 0.44 per cent as a willingness to take on further risk sent bullion in New York down $13.90 to US$1,359 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2014 7:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Money sent home by migrant workers could boost rural economies UN says

Remittances – the money sent by migrants to their home countries – could generate $30 billion annually for investment in rural areas if initiatives were scaled up, according to the United Nations agency that works to improve the lives of the world’s rural poor. Remittances “can empower rural people to blaze a trail out of poverty and exclusion,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today at an event at its headquarters in Rome. “The value of remittances is staggering, but the rural poor need greater impact.” Mr. Nwanze said, underscoring: “We need more strategic ways to invest the $200 billion sent home to the rural areas every year.” More than 215 million people across the globe live outside of the countries they call home. Most remittance families operate outside of the world’s financial system, dependent on costly cash transfers that often require significant travel for rural recipients. Despite the global prevalence of electronic money transfers, most migrant workers are excluded from convenient, modern banking and are forced to initiate more than one billion separate remittance transactions worldwide each year. Reducing transaction costs is a key priority as well as affirming the significant role that diaspora play in rural development, particularly agriculture, the IFAD chief added. Organized jointly by IFAD and the World Bank, the event has more than 350 participants including representatives from the Group of Eight (G8) largest world economies, as well as central bankers and microfinance institutions, money transfer operators and postal networks. Today’s event is the first since the Fourth Global Forum on Remittances 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, last month. read more

As funds dry up UN agency warns of very tough winter for

“The shortfall affects our winter preparedness programmes, although we have already invested $154 million on winter aid for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and internally displaced, and means that UNHCR is having to make some very tough choices over who to prioritize,” the agency’s spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told the press today at a briefing in Geneva. Ms. Fleming explained that because of a current $58.4 million shortfall, UNHCR is focusing on a specific set of criteria to determine which refugees would immediately benefit from the agency’s resources. Factors such as the elevation of refugee settlements, the presence of children or households headed by women, family health concerns, new arrivals, available family resources, and shelter conditions would all be taken into consideration.“For those we’re unable to prioritize,” Ms. Fleming continued, “the conditions could nonetheless be very tough.”Over the past several months, Iraq has been convulsed by increasing instability amid an ongoing offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its affiliates, unleashing wave after wave of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.Since January 2014, an estimated 1.9 million people have been displaced across Iraq as they fled the violence and persecution of ISIL’s recent offensives. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), close to 50 per cent of the displaced have found refuge in the high altitude areas of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, where winter temperatures can plummet to well-below zero. Hundreds of thousands have found temporary shelter in unfinished buildings, informal settlements, or overwhelmed public structures, as well as in the open air.In Syria, meanwhile, the ongoing civil war continues to displace civilians, fuelling an increase in the need for winter aid, with priority areas for distribution of thermal blankets and winter clothing being the besieged city of Aleppo and northern parts of the country as they are the coldest.Nevertheless, Ms. Fleming said, the needs in Iraq remain “massive” and most pressing amid floods of internally displaced persons and refugees who continue to pour into the country from Kobane, Syria. “Funding has not kept up apace with the new displacement,” cautioned the spokesperson, who added that with current resources, UNHCR would only be able to reach 240,000 displaced Iraqis instead of the planned 600,000. “UNHCR is deeply concerned about its ability to meet urgent winter needs,” she added. read more

Austria count on 23 players 13 days before Qatar 2015

← Previous Story Ivano Balic’s come back to Croatia – HSG Wetzlar: Speculation! Next Story → Tunisia win 43rd Yellow Cup Austrian national team has continued preparations for the upcoming World Handball Championship 2015 in Qatar. Icelander on Austrian bench, Patrekur Johannesson, still searching for the best roster to travel  to Doha on January 14. Before that trip, Austrians will have to tests theirselves against Switzerland in Tullin and Krems (6 and 8 January), and than to move to Paris, where the last friendly match will take place against France on 12 January.However, it is expected that Johannesson reduce his squad list from 23 names on which he counts now, to optimal before the team left the country on 10 January.The tournament in Doha will be the fifth World Championship on which Austria will play. Without some major success, the realistic goal of this Austrian generation is a battle for TOP 16 place in a pretty equal group with Croatia, Tunisia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran.The biggest star is Viktor Szlilagyi from the German Bergischer HC. Experienced playmaker is a vital part of the squad and his healthy status is something what are Austrians worried about. His availability could determine the Austrian ambitions in Qatar.Austrian roster 13 days before Qatar 2015:BAUER, Thomas (TBV Lemgo)HERMANN, Alexander (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)HERMANN, Maximilian (Bergischer HC)ZIURA, Vytautas (HC Fivers WAT Margareten)SCHMID, Dominik (SG BBM Bietigheim)BOZOVIC, Janko (HC Meshkov Brest)WÖSS, Richard (TuS-N-Lübbecke)MAYER, Lucas (Bregenz Handball)MARINOVIC, Nikola (Frisch Auf! Göppingen)SZILAGYI, Viktor (Bergischer HC)POSCH, Fabian (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)SCHLINGER, Roland (Alpla HC Hard)WAGESREITER, Markus (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)KOLAR, Markus (HC Fivers WAT Margareten)WEBER, Thomas (Alpla HC Hard)ASCHERBAUER, Dominik (HC LINZ AG)KLOPCIC, Marian (Bregenz Handball)WEBER, Robert (SC Magdeburg)BAMMER, Dominik (Bregenz Handball)BILYK, Nikola (HC Fivers WAT Margareten)BOKESCH, Markus (HC LINZ AG)SANTOS, Raul (VfL Gummersbach)KIRVELIAVICIUS (SG BBM Bietigheim) Patrekur Jóhannesson read more

Teenage girl gangraped by six men in Sydney park

first_imgTHE FAMILY OF  a young girl who was  sexually assaulted by a gang of six men in a west Sydney park are said to “completely devastated” in the wake of the attack, which happened at around 11pm on Saturday night in the Doonside area of the city.Police have launched an urgent appeal for information, but the local superintendent said they had to delay getting their appeal out to the public as the girl was too traumatised to speak to officers.The 14-year-old was approached first by one man in the Bill Colbourne Reserve. Police were told he touched her inappropriately, before sexually assaulting her.Five other men then also sexually assaulted her. The group then fled and the girl alerted nearby householders, which point police were called in.“Her family are … just completely devastated,” Superintendent Gary Merryweather told reporters. “If people [with information] do not ring and contact the police, they are condoning this horrendous behaviour.”They attackers are all described as being of African appearance and are believed to be aged in their late teens or early 20s.A crime scene was established at the area where the incident took place, and the girl was taken to hospital for treatment in the wake of the attack.Local detectives are being assisted in their investigation by officers from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad.Read: Coast Guard search under way in West Cork after two men reported missingRead: Australian surfer caught with marijuana in Bali released after 9 years in prisonlast_img read more

Unacceptable Fianna Fáil is NOT happy with Crowleys move to Eurosceptic group

first_imgThis is unacceptable, particularly given the fact that Brian successfully ran for election under the ALDE banner. ALDE had also committed to and agreed to Brian’s request to keep on two administrative staff for the coming parliamentary session.The ECR includes MEPs from the British Conservative Party, the Ulster Unionist Party in the North, and the right-wing Danish People’s Party.The grouping was founded after the 2009 European elections when Conservative leader David Cameron withdrew his party from the European People’s Party (EPP) due to concerns about its federalist position.Earlier today, Crowley, who is Fianna Fáil’s only MEP, described the ECR as “a non-federalist, pro-EU group who believes in giving a much stronger say to national governments rather than to EU Institutions”.He said that joining the group “will allow me to provide a better service for my constituents”, adding the move is not for any personal gain.Up until today, he had been a member of the pro-EU Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) grouping.Crowley, an Ireland South MEP since 2004, won over 180,000 first preferences votes in last month’s election. He is seen as largely independent of Fianna Fáil.The party is set to discuss Crowley’s defection at a parliamentary meeting in Leinster House tomorrow.‘A hodge-podge of Eurosceptics’Criticism for the Cork-based MEP has not been limited to his own party.Labour TD Dominic Hannigan said he was “taken aback” by Crowley’s decision.I find it very curious that Fianna Fail in the European Parliament is now aligned with the British Tory Party and the Ulster Unionist Party along with a of hodge-podge of Eurosceptics, extreme right-wingers and populist nut-jobs.Hannigan added that “whatever other faults they may have”, Fianna Fáil has “generally behaved in an honourable and responsible manner when it came to our relationship with Europe”.He called on FF leader Micheál Martin to clarify the party’s stance on Europe.Fine Gael’s Dara Murphy, a TD for Cork North Central, said that Crowley’s defection was a blow to Martin’s leadership.It must be worrying for Micheál Martin that the party’s only European representative is pursuing an agenda at odds with the party.“Crowley’s move also goes against Fianna Fáil’s pledge in its European Election Manifesto to be a member party of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe,” Murphy stated.Background: Fianna Fáil’s only MEP has joined a Eurosceptic grouping led by Britain’s Tory partyRead: FF poll-topper: There’s no bad blood with Micheál – I’d just rather meet with the people of Tipp FIANNA FÁIL HAS criticised Brian Crowley’s decision to join the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in the European Parliament – a conservative, Eurosceptic grouping.In a joint statement released this afternoon, Fianna Fáil chairman Brendan Smith and party whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl said they were disappointed with the move as the ECR’s policies “directly contradict” core Fianna Fáil principles.“We are disappointed with Brian’s personal decision to join the ECR and by doing so align himself to policies and political parties that directly contradict core principles of the Fianna Fáil organisation.“These include the group’s Eurosceptic stance and its position on membership of the Eurozone. Indeed, a number of the parties in this right wing grouping stand in direct opposition to Fianna Fáil’s Republican ethos and tradition.last_img read more

Greek drivers join the ranks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Harry Katsiabanis’ mission to recruit Greek drivers to Melbourne, and in doing so, meet the city’s desperate shortfall in cabbies continues, with the Taxilink director personally presenting recruitment seminars taking place in Greece this month. Mr Katsiabanis told Neos Kosmos that the seminars will run in Athens on June 14 and Thessaloniki the day after, before returning to the capital on June 20. “We’ve teamed up with education consultants, so what we’re doing is filtering through people who want to come to Australia to better themselves through education. “What we’re doing is giving these people an opportunity to earn an income while they’re studying,” said Mr Katsiabanis, who confirmed that Taxilink now has 25 drivers on its books who have already relocated, or are in the process of relocating from Greece. Over half the recruits are dual nationality Greek Australian citizens. One of the first to re-start his life in Victoria after 27 years is Mr Zissis Kontsiotsis, 63, who shut up shop at his hardware business in Thessaloniki for the chance to join the ranks of Melbourne’s cabbies. Mr Kontsiotsis said that on receiving a $10 tip on a fare in Melbourne, he knew he had made the right decision. Born in Kozoni Mr Kontsiotsis came to Australia at the age of 15 and spent more than 20 years based in the Melbourne suburb of Carnegie before returning to Greece to live in 1985. He relocated once more to Melbourne three months ago and is in his third week as a driver. Though Melbourne may have changed, he told Neos Kosmos, he has no trouble finding his way around. “It’s just around Southbank that I had a problem in the first few days,” said Mr Kontsiotsis. “I know this city very well, so I don’t need a GPS. “I’ve got a lot of friends here from before and in this job you meet people. I love the job.” Like other new recruits, Mr Kontsiotsis completed a two-week course at the new Australian Taxi Academy established in conjunction with Chisholm Institute of TAFE before hitting the road. Sweeping reforms of the Victorian taxi industry are forecast after a year-long inquiry presented 145 recommendations last week to improve Victorian taxi services. The inquiry led by Professor Allan Fels proposes better qualified and higher-paid drivers, more expensive fares at weekends and a tough Melbourne Knowledge test to ensure drivers know their way around.last_img read more

Bulgarian suspect denies involvement in death of Australian gangster John Macris

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bulgarian man Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim, 31, denied any involvement in the death of Australian gangster John Macris at his home in Greece last October.The man who allegedly stalked and gunned down the Sydney gang boss as he was getting into his Smart car outside his home in upmarket Glyfada states that he was on holidays in Greece.The suspect was spotted at a cafe following Macris, but claims he was simply having an ice-scream.READ MORE: Family bids farewell to gangster John MacrisHis lawyer, Alexandros Lykourezos, said his client answered a few questions and denied charges.Police have reportedly identified the suspect in CCTV footage that showed him, dressed in black with a baseball cap, running toward the car and firing at Macris.last_img read more

Nikki Bella introduced for Dancing With the Stars No Mercy title match

first_img WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Facebook Nikki Bella introduced for “Dancing With the Stars”Nikki Bella, along with the full celebrity cast, was officially introduced as part of the next cast for “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this week.You can check out a clip below courtesy of ABC (Nikki is at the 1:00 mark).No Mercy title matchFollowing his win on 205 Live, confirmed that Neville would be defending the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Enzo Amore at No Mercy on September 24.The #KingOfTheCruiserweights @WWENeville will have his throne challenged by #CertifiedG @real1 at #WWENoMercy!— WWE (@WWE) September 6, 2017 Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ WhatsApp The Bella Twins to appear on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” airing August 18 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks about missing wrestling, his childhood, Hobbs and Shaw Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Videos Articles Videos Articles Big Cass WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Now Playing Up Next Enzo Amore Now Playing Up Next Rumor: WWE reportedly reaches out to Enzo Amore and Big Cass; WWE responds to report Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Mom kids rescued after vehicle slides down embankment

first_imgA mother taking her children to school experienced a close call Monday morning when she lost control of her minivan on an icy road in north Clark County and ended up down an embankment.Firefighters responded to the single-vehicle crash, reported at the intersection of Northwest 51st Avenue and Northwest 299th Way at 8:45 a.m.The woman took a turn and hit ice, sending the minivan down an embankment, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said.Neither she nor her three children were hurt but they were trapped inside the vehicle, Dawdy said.Crews arrived and extricated the family from the vehicle and the van was towed from the ditch, he said.last_img read more

Remains of missing teen recovered by searchers

first_imgAlaska State Troopers say the remains of a 14-year-old Tuntutuliak girl, Ann Frank, were recovered by search and rescue volunteers on Monday.According to troopers, Frank along with three family members and one infant were traveling to Tuntutuliak from Bethel on Saturday when they got stuck on a sandbar, and had to spend the night. The report says the adults awoke the next morning to find Frank missing, and reported it to the troopers later that afternoon.On Sunday Tuntutuliak search and rescue volunteers started conducting a ground search. They located the remains of the girl on the riverbank around 4pm across from the mouth of the Tuntutuliak River.The State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and concluded that drowning was the cause of her death. Troopers say alcohol was a factor.The next of kin have been notified.last_img read more

Airport Authority of India Singapores Changi end talks on bilateral cooperation

first_imgFollowing Indian media reports on Wednesday about the termination of discussions between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and a Singapore-based agency to operate and maintain Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports, Channel NewsAsia on Friday confirmed the calling off of collaboration by Changi Airport International (CAI).CAI, a subsidiary of Changi Airport Group that operates Singapore’s Changi Airport, was nominated as an expert party to cooperate with the AAI on the maintenance of Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports.Both the parties were unable to come to an agreement on the commercial terms of the proposals and hence decided not to continue further, See Ngee Muoy, spokesperson of CAI, told Channel NewsAsia.The Economic Times, quoting a senior Indian official, reported that the AAI held discussions with Changi Airport officials but could not reach “mutually agreeable terms.” It added that a  written note to the effect was sent to the Singaporean officials  on how the proposal would not be “commercially viable.”CAI-owned and -managed Changi International Airport was voted as the world’s best airport for the fourth year in a row in 2015. The airport infrastructure company also held the distinction of having handled a record 55.4 million passengers that year. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Singapore in November 2015, a memorandum of understanding on the collaboration was signed between Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) and the AAI.The spokesperson noted that CAI “as an airport investor, manager and consultant, will continue to explore opportunities in airport projects in India where we can add value and where there is a strong fit with our global strategy.”Meanwhile, the ET report added that the AAI would float a fresh tender to select entities through competitive bidding for operation and management of Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports.The MoU had identified several areas of collaborations such as master planning and design, traffic and commercial developments, service quality improvement and cargo handling and management.last_img read more

Land dispute claims 2 lives

first_imgMap of CumillaTwo people were killed and 15 others injured in a clash over land related dispute at Shidlai village in Brahmanpara upazila of Cumilla district on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Khorshed Alam, 45, son of a certain Abdul Wadud Member and tea stall owner Shanu Miah, 60, of the area.Witnesses said there was a long standing enmity between the supporters of Shamsul Haque and Liton over a land.As a sequel to the enmity, the two groups equipped with sharp weapons locked into a clash, leaving Khorshed dead on the spot and 16 others injured, they said.The injured were rushed to Comilla Medical College Hospital where Shanu Miah died under treatment, the witnesses added.The two deceased belonged to Shamsul’s group, said victims’ family members.Brahmanpara police station officer-in-charge Shahjahan Kabir said that they recovered the bodies.last_img read more

Is the MosbyNeverdon Race for Real

first_imgDemocratic candidate Marilyn Mosby (l), and Independent candidate Russell Neverdon.Now that the primary election in Baltimore has proclaimed Marilyn Mosby the Democratic candidate for City State’s Attorney, a race that is usually sealed in this majority Democrat city and state, is really beginning. Or is it?Then Democrat Russell Neverdon declared in February of this year, that he was switching affiliation to become an Independent, and to continue his quest for the State’s Attorney’s office as such.In regards to his switch, he said he wanted to give the city a choice and he wanted “to avoid splitting the vote on race or gender.” He also said he was putting ego aside to do it.“It was a sacrifice. I knew it was a hard road,” Neverdon said. “Anything worth fighting for or anything that’s going to be long term is going to be hard.”This switch adds an interesting twist to the election as it brings up the question of how likely an independent is to win in Baltimore? While Neverdon does have some supporters that commend him for doing a “great job” and encouraging him to “keep up the great work”, does he have enough supporters to win over his opponent Marilyn Mosby?Marilyn Mosby’s win over incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein during the primary election came as a surprise to many, but shows she clearly has support behind her.Mosby says she “feels great” over her recent victory and that her win sends a message in Baltimore that the people voted for change.Supporters of Mosby say she is “Baltimore’s next powerhouse” and has the “tenacity and the commitment to serve the people.” Others say that she “in touch with the people” and she is “someone who cares about Baltimore.”As of right now Neverdon is still working on getting enough signatures to be on the ballot in November and he says wants to have more than the required signatures.“We’re going to continue to collect signatures until the deadline,” stated Neverdon. “We’re on an excellent path. We’re working toward our double number.”In regards to being Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Neverdon believes you have to be “a proven leader.” He believes he has experience that Mosby doesn’t. “The experience is not just trial experience. She has five years of criminal trial experience. I have 15 years of being in the trenches doing criminal trial work. It’s an administrative office. That’s something she can’t present,” Neverdon said.However, Mosby believes she does have the experience necessary for the job.“I’m the only person in this race that was actually a Baltimore City prosecutor,” Mosby said. “I’m the only one coming into this race with experience, so I know what it takes to get these individuals, these violent repeat offenders, off our streets and at the end of the day, this is what this is all about.”So maybe the race is on. And voters are up for the challenge. “Yes, I do plan to vote. Both candidates seem truly dedicated to our community,” said Baltimore resident Ryan Bowens. “Mosby promises that violent offenders must serve 80 percent of their sentence. She also plans to create the back on track program to provide resources to young people that will keep them out of trouble.”Bowens said he applauds Neverdon’s efforts and his pro bono legal work, as well as his efforts help provide criminal record expungements.“As aforementioned, both candidates are great and much more in tune with Baltimore City than Bernstein ever was. I look forward to casting my vote Nov. 4 for the candidate I support,” Bowens said without indicating his choice.last_img read more

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