Decision on challenge to legislation cutting Toronto council expected Monday

first_imgTORONTO – A ruling on Toronto’s legal challenge of the province’s decision to cut the size of city council from 47 to 25 members is expected on Monday.City of Toronto spokeswoman Beth Waldman says the city has been notified that Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba will send his decision to legal counsel on Monday morning.The legislation, which passed last month, aligns the city’s ward map with federal ridings in time for the Oct. 22 municipal election, a move Premier Doug Ford has argued will improve decision-making and save $25 million.It also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara, turning them into appointed roles.Lawyers for the City of Toronto argued that reducing the number of councillors in the middle of an election is “discriminatory and arbitrary,” and violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Belobaba had said he plans to rule on the case by the second week of September because of the looming municipal election, and acknowledged he expected the losing party would likely appeal.“As one of the parties in this case, the City of Toronto has been notified that the judge will send his decision to legal counsel on Monday at 8 a.m.,” Waldman said Saturday in an email.The province argued that municipalities are “creatures of the Legislature” and have no recourse when it comes to the powers of the province over their affairs.Lawyers for the Progressive Conservative government also said the legal challenges of the legislation have “no merit” and have asked for the cases to be dismissed and the province awarded costs.A spokesman said Mayor John Tory was looking forward to the decision.“The mayor fully supported this legal action because he believes the province’s process, which lacked any public input whatsoever, was wrong and unacceptable,” Don Peat said in an email Saturday night.The deadline for candidates to register in the municipal election is Sept. 14.last_img read more

Junos not naming replacement nominees after Hedley withdraws from 3 categories

first_imgIt was last Wednesday that Hedley first responded to the allegations that had been posted online. By Friday, the group was dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations, and abandoned by the bands who were booked as its tour openers. “Thank you for sticking with us through the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, you’ve been there and that’s the only reason why we’re still here,” Hoggard said, although he did not reference the allegations the band faces. “We want to ensure that everyone understands our collective commitment to change, and to do better, is real. Saying a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle was to blame — or saying certain things happened because we were younger — isn’t good enough. We owe it to our families, our crew, our friends — and most of all, our fans — to do and be better,” the statement reads, adding that the band will be saying more “in the coming days.” In a statement released Monday, the band said it wouldn’t be cancelling the shows it has booked through March 23 because “the easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide.” The band — which has a total of 31 Juno nominations dating back to 2006 and two wins — said in a statement Monday that it was soldiering on with its cross-Canada tour but preparing “to take responsibility and talk about how we have let some people down and what we intend to do about it.” Hedley performs during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Facebook “Thank you for your support, thank you for your love, we need it and it means the world to us.” A spokeswoman for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said no one from the organization was available for an interview. She said votes already registered for Hedley will be thrown out, but voters will not be asked to submit a new ballot. The band’s members previously called allegations involving young fans “unsubstantiated” but acknowledged they “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Twitter The Vancouver pop-rockers said they did not “wish to be a distraction at Canadian music’s biggest night” as they continue to face sexual misconduct allegations posted by anonymous social media users. The Junos said in a statement released Tuesday that no alternates would be added to the categories affected by Hedley’s withdrawal because voting began Feb. 9. The former MuchMusic darlings — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — played in Barrie, Ont., on Monday and were scheduled to hit Ottawa on Tuesday, Laval, Que., on Wednesday, Halifax on Friday and Summerside, P.E.I., on Saturday. The Juno Awards will not be naming replacement nominees now that embattled rockers Hedley have withdrawn from consideration for group of the year, pop album of the year and the fan choice prize. Advertisement According a video posted to YouTube on Sunday and purportedly shot at Hedley’s concert Friday night in Brandon, Man., Hoggard thanked the crowd for “believing in us.” Advertisement This year’s Junos show is to be staged in Vancouver on March 25. Crooner Michael Buble will host. Login/Register With:last_img read more


first_imgThey shared the stories behind their iconic songs, including “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” and poked fun at each other about getting older.“This is the way they sounded when they were being written — before they became records,” Cummings, 71, explained before kicking off the 90-minute set of stripped-down takes without a backing band.“This is sort of like Randy and me inviting you into our living room in the old days.”For the audience of roughly 200 people at the dinner and concert fundraiser — which went for $2,500 per seat — seeing Bachman and Cummings on friendly terms was a rare delight.The Winnipeg-bred musicians have long battled over their personality differences and last performed together in 2009. Bachman wrote in his 2014 book “Tales From Beyond the Tap” about what he considered inequitable distribution of publishing profits between the two songwriters.None of those squabbles were apparent as the musicians sat on opposite sides of the stage while chatting about their spot in Canadian history at a event that doubled as an announce of the next generation of Walk of Fame inductees.Among the names who will be honoured this year are the late “Mr. Dressup” children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs, actor Will Arnett, and Olympic speedskater Cindy Klassen.Bachman and Cummings are both two-time Walk of Fame inductees, once for the Guess Who and the other in Bachman’s case for his work in Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Cummings has recognition as a solo artist.Both artists acknowledged their post-Guess Who hits during the show. Bachman chose to perform songs that included “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Takin’ Care of Business” from his days in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, while Cummings sang his solo efforts “Stand Tall” and “Break It to Them Gently.”Still, neither of them could escape the fact they were reunited on stage to celebrate a certain part of their youth and the infectious classics that time inspired.Bachman recalled how “girls were crying on the front lawn” of their house after news spread that Cummings had split from his R&B band the Deverons to join the Guess Who.Their careers took off with “These Eyes,” which Bachman and Cummings co-wrote, an international hit single that Bachman acknowledged is a vocal feat that involves Cummings scaling the octaves.“It sounds easy, but if you’re trying to sing it, it just goes up and up and up,” he said.“I don’t think Celine (Dion) could sing this song. I’d love it if she tried.”By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img TORONTO — Former Guess Who bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings reunited on Thursday for a charity concert of warm memories and unforgettable hits that marked their first time performing together in a decade.The on-again, off-again musical partnership reached a high note at Music Under the City Stars, a fundraiser in support of Canada’s Walk of Fame at Toronto’s landmark Casa Loma, where the duo reminisced about the good times. Randy Bachman, left, and Burton Cummings perform during a Canada’s Walk of Fame fundraising event in Toronto on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Albertas Notley set to apologize to provinces 60s Scoop survivors

first_imgAPTN NewsAlberta will soon become the second province in Canada to apologize to 60s Scoop survivors.APTN News has confirmed that Premier Rachel Notley will make the apology in the legislature on May 28.“In the spirit of reconciliation, the province has been working closely with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) to understand the impact of the Sixties Scoop,” said a statement from the ministry of children’s services.SSISA and the Alberta government have been in talks about the adoptees would like from an apology.“Earlier this year, we held engagement sessions across the province, where we listened to hundreds of survivors and families impacted by this dark chapter in Canadian history,” the statement from the ministry said.“Throughout the process, survivors and families were clear that an apology is necessary for reconciliation. We look forward to the 28th, and thank SSISA, survivors, and their families for their strength and resiliency.”Word of the apology first circulated on social media in early May.The announcement coincides with a federal court approval of the Sixties Scoop settlement.Justice Michel shore approved the settlement on May 11 in a Saskatoon courtroom.In the days immediately following the Alberta apology, an Ontario court will make the final approval on the settlement and then a nine-month application period will open for claimants.The only other province to apologize for the apprehension and adoption of Indigenous children was Manitoba in read more

German Public TV to air Eid al Fitr Prayers

Tinejdad – German public TV and radio broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk will air the Eid al Fitr prayers live from a mosque in a town near Munich on Friday Morning.In an unprecedented move in the history of Germany, Germans will be able to follow the Eid al Fitr prayers, which is a religious ceremony that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The ceremony will start at 4:45am local time on Friday, from the Penzberg Mosque.According to Al Jazeera, the prayers will be led by Imam Benjamin Idriz. While the prayers will mostly be attended by Muslim worshippers, there will also be two Christian clerics. The Imam of the mosque said that in addition to the prayers, the ceremony will include a narration of the Qu’ran, and speeches by Catholic and Protestant priests.“In the sermon, I will deliver messages to both Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany. I will talk about the values we share, and will urge the German society to open up to Muslims and visit their mosques. I will also urge Muslims to open up to the German society,” the Imam said.Muslims hailed this move considering it very thoughtful and a historic moment for the Muslim community in Germany.Despite the emergence of the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), which is an anti-Islamic movement, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands by the German Muslim community and called the movement “racist.”During the holy month of Ramadan, the Chancellor joined the Muslim community in a collective Iftar, and was heard saying that Islam “is a part of Germany”.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Why do Moroccans Tell Foreigners to Fast

Rabat – Morocco has a large expat population. Many foreigners call it a “transit country” or, in traveler lingo, an ideal place to visit en route to another destination. That is not to say that Morocco doesn’t have its expat nesters who leave behind their old country to build a life in Morocco. For those who choose to call Morocco their home, Moroccan practices steadily bleed into their own lifestyle ‒ seeing time as an endless resource is just one example.However, some traditions are not easy for an expat to adopt. For example, to fully experience customs revolving around food, such as couscous every Friday, depend on having a family there to share it with, when many expats in Morocco are without family ‒ myself included.Perhaps the most important tradition is fasting during Ramadan. This practice is first a religious requirement and is one of the five pillars of Islam. As a result, it has become part of the culture in places where the Muslim population is the majority, including Morocco. Fasting is also a tradition many Moroccans invite foreigners to participate in. Moroccans, who are known to be tremendously hospitable, invite foreigners to “iftar,” or the meal at the end of the day which breaks the fast. Receiving iftar invitations is heartwarming. However, along with these invitations, there may also be a question: “Are you fasting for Ramadan?”Read also: Ramadan is Not About Boulimia but About Caring and SharingCoworkers, neighbors, students, really any friendly face is likely to ask a foreigner if they are fasting. The question is posed so casually. If the answer is yes, the conversation remains light and happy. But answering no could be the quickest way to disappoint a fasting Moroccan. Disappointing an acquaintance with good intentions is uncomfortable, but with the virtue of honesty comes its price.Responses to the negative answer range from the furrowed brow, to the wrinkled nose, to the lips, where recently my neighbor uttered: “Hshouma.” “Hshouma” expresses something heavier and more nuanced than its English translation: “you should feel ashamed of yourself.”Instances like this show that fasting for Ramadan is more than religion and more than a tradition. It seems to be an expectation. Even so, an expectation that remains immune to nationality, faith, or awareness of it. The charming response I have developed to curtail this conversation is a simple shrug and smile. As someone from a culture that encourages individualism, the societal pressure to fast intrigues me. I asked Moroccans about the reasons why they encourage foreigners to fast.As it turns out, it’s not that there is some prize to gain in telling someone outside of this tradition to follow it. Many Moroccans believe that fasting is a good practice and by telling someone they should do it, they believe that they are being helpful.Read also: It Isn’t Ramadan in Morocco Without Chebakia and Sellou“We do it just to be nice,” Mehdi, a coworker who had just asked me if I was fasting, said. When I told him no, he almost automatically responded, “you should.” Mehdi explained, “It’s just a way to show you care about someone’s health.” Others I asked gave me answers similar to this.Loubna, a Moroccan Muslim who said she had never told a foreigner to fast, offered the idea that from a Moroccan perspective, advising someone to fast is a way of sharing the joys of Ramadan: “It’s just to invite people to enjoy the month.” These responses showed caring and kindness from Moroccan people but didn’t explain the disappointment when I reveal that I do not fast.I still questioned why“hshouma” is an acceptable response to those who aren’t fasting. Or why, in the place of “hshouma,” fellow expats have stories of people openly disapproving of foreigners who don’t fast.“Because [many] Moroccans believe fasting is a good thing, some of them, especially older ones, see people who fast as also good. [Many of them] tend to see people who don’t fast as not so good or beneath them,” Omar, another fasting Moroccan, said. In this way, it appears that fasting is also a way to measure a person, which makes some sense ‒ if you are to judge someone, and we all do, it is better to judge them by their actions than the factors they can’t control.Omar added, “Sometimes people don’t really know why they tell others to fast, just that it can be a habit. It can also be a habit to judge, especially for those who are so traditional they may not have the concept that there are other religions.” This was the first time I’d heard of that there isn’t always a motive behind telling someone to fast. It could be as compulsive as saying “bless you” after a sneeze.It is undeniable that Moroccan culture is group-oriented, in that people who stand out are more likely to get noticed. In the context of Ramadan, this may mean that for foreigners, who already stand out, those who choose not to fast are more likely to attract unsolicited guidance. “It sounds like a sales pitch,” Kristen, an ESL teacher from Canada said. She was right; hearing over and over, from the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, all the reasons it’s good for you feels like living in a brochure.Read also: Ramadan in Xinjiang Province a ‘Sign of Extremism’, Says ChinaNot to mention that Ramadan for an expat in Morocco is different, as there is an absence of sentimental memories to give significance to a bowl of harira at the end of a hungry day. To someone traveling alone, and according to Kristen, it might even feel “unnatural.” It is, after all, another society’s tradition.So, you have foreigners who see fasting as foreign. Moving abroad is so immersive that if a traveler doesn’t draw the line between their host country’s practices and their home country’s practices somewhere, they might as well be trading cultural identities. For the foreigners who choose not to fast, there is still an abundance of Moroccan customs that end up seeping into an expat’s own lifestyle, over time. read more

Objections filed against some candidates

Objections have been filed against some candidates nominated to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.In Matara, objections have been filed against United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate and former Minister Dullas Alahaperuma and Manoj Sirisena. The objections filed at the Matara Returning Officer noted that Dullas Alahaperuma and Manoj Sirisena should not be allowed to contest the Parliament election on the basis that they hold dual citizenship.The objections filed against Alahaperuma were however rejected. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN refugee agency suspends repatriation convoys to south Sudan due to violence

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) had been scheduled to run the 16th convoy from Moyo, in northern Uganda, to Kajo Keiji in southern Sudan Friday morning but this was abruptly put on hold.“We will be monitoring the security situation closely before deciding when to resume the repatriation convoys,” said UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond in a press briefing in Geneva. Since December 2005, UNHCR has voluntarily repatriated 14,000 southern Sudanese from neighbouring countries, including 4,500 from Uganda. There are currently 350,000 southern Sudanese refugees in camps in neighbouring countries, and another 4 million internally displaced south Sudanese.The signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government and rebels in January 2005 ended 21 years of war in the south and paved the way for the return of millions of internally displaced people and refugees in surrounding countries. But the two decades of conflict left southern Sudan in ruins, and those who have made the choice to return home have faced real hardship. UNHCR and its partners are working to ensure their return is sustainable, including through the provision of basic services. Despite fresh contributions from the United States and Canada for its operations in southern Sudan, UNHCR reported last month that it still faced a shortfall of more than $15 million for the last quarter of the year. read more

Home care The way we care for the elderly could be about

first_img Jan 27th 2017, 6:05 AM Share Tweet Email18 Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:05 AM Home care: The way we care for the elderly could be about to change A bill enshrining the right to home care passed the second stage of the legislative process yesterday. 17 Comments 30,468 Views Time isn’t something the elderly have. If we can help some people now, why not do so?With reporting from Christina Finn.Read: ‘A Fair Deal it may be, a cheap deal it sure isn’t’ – the trauma of putting a relative into careRead: ‘You don’t want to be mean, but it is depressing’: Brendan Courtney on nursing home care for his dadcenter_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/De Visu YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE government allowed a change to a nursing home bill which will change how we care for the elderly.Fianna Fáil’s Nursing Home Support Amendment Bill aims to meet the wishes of 85% of the population – to be cared for in their old age at home.Previously, the options for elderly people who had physical or mental conditions too severe to care for themselves, would be that their adult children care for them, or that they move to a nursing home.If they’re availing of a nursing home, the State’s Fair Deal scheme is available – which offers to subsidise the nursing home care option.For those who take it up (or their loved ones in cases of mental capacity such as dementia), they end up contributing a percentage of their income and assets towards nursing home care, which would be too expensive to afford otherwise.Criticism of the scheme stems from the fact inheritances and family businesses such as farms are taken as means-tested assets – in theory making the passing down of a farm for example from one generation to the next more precarious.This doesn’t just extend to businesses, but even gifts passed on from father to son could be means-tested as part of assessing how much an individual can contribute.A new option Source: Shutterstock/Alexander RathsThe majority of elderly people in nursing homes are deemed of ‘low-dependency’: while the number that can be classified ‘maximum’ to ‘high’ dependency has shrunk.This, coupled with research that shows the elderly fare better if they are cared for at home, suggests that there should be an affordable option available for home care.An amendment to the Nursing Home Support Scheme will allow the elderly to be cared for at home, as long as they meet the Fair Deal criteria, and the costs don’t exceed the cost of nursing home care.Fianna Fáil’s social protection spokesperson Willie O’Dea says his bill “will open up the option for the HSE to provide home help care to patients as long as the total cost is less than what it would cost to provide nursing home care.”Possible problemsWhen asked whether there are enough nurses available to roll out the scheme, O’Dea says that of course there are shortages across the country that means the scheme won’t be available everywhere.“This is provided for in bill, that a record be kept of people who couldn’t be cared for at home because of a lack of resources.”There’s also the issue of housing to be dealt with – if more elderly people are staying in their homes rather than living together at a nursing home, this could mean more houses must be built by government to satisfy demand.CostHe said that on average, it costs three times as much to care for someone in a nursing home than in their own home.“People in my own constituency, I don’t know how they’re getting by. It costs €1 billion a year to fund the Fair Deal scheme. That’s €14,000 net per person for nursing home care, compared to €400 week for home care.”O’Dea maintains that we need a full and statutory provision for home care, but he doesn’t have the power to do that, and Minister Helen McEntee has commissioned a report to look into financing it. But O’Dea says that will take months. Image: Shutterstock/De Visu Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more

Papoulias accepts nomination for second term as President

first_imgPresident of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias has accepted the proposal by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to serve a second term in Greece’s highest post, it was announced last week.“I accept the nomination for my re-election to the Presidency of Greece,” Papoulias said. Both ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) party and the main opposition New Democracy party endorse Papoulias’ second term at the post. The election is due in parliament in the forthcoming March. Papoulias was elected by an overwhelming parliamentary majority of 279 out of 300 votes to serve a five-year term in February 2005.He was sworn in as the 7th president of the Third Hellenic Republic on March 12, 2005. Papoulias, born in 1929, was a founding member of the PASOK and a close associate of its leader Andreas Papandreou. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La fondue chinoise montrée du doigt pour ses additifs chimiques cancérigènes

first_imgLa fondue chinoise montrée du doigt pour ses additifs chimiques cancérigènesNouveau scandale alimentaire en Chine. Alors que la fondue à la viande est un plat largement apprécié dans le pays en cette période hivernale, RFI a révélé ce matin que ce met contient des additifs chimiques hautement cancérigènes. La nouvelle fait la Une de tous les médias chinois : la fondue chinoise contiendrait des additifs chimiques identifiés comme étant hautement cancérigènes. Ainsi, RFI explique que ces additifs se seraient retrouvés dans ce met traditionnel chinois afin de remplacer les épices onéreuses que contient le plat comme le poivre du Sichuan.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Une information qui ne touche pas un patron de restaurant à Pékin qui explique à la radio internationale : “Il y a beaucoup de Hot Pot pimentés. Ils sont différents des Hot Pot pékinois. Ici, c’est avec des souples simples alors on peut de suite goûter si la viande est bonne ou pas”. Ce n’est pas la première fois que des scandales alimentaires éclatent dans le pays après qu’il a été révélé que le lait contenait de la mélamine ou encore que les choux montraient des traces de pesticides. Les autorités du pays ont annoncé avoir ouvert une enquête.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wife of Corey Graves claims on Instagram that hes sleeping with WWE

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Pinterest Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Google+ Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Jimmy Fallon Now Playing Up Next Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTcenter_img Videos Articles Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE announces Mixed Tag Team Match for 24/7 Championship to open RAW tonight Now Playing Up Next John Cena John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Now Playing Up Next Amy Polinsky, the wife of WWE commentator Corey Graves, stated in a public Instagram post that Graves has been having an affair with WWE star Carmella.Polinsky, who has since deleted the post on Instagram, stated that it may have been “below her” to reveal this information publicly, but that she felt “hurt” and “sad” after supporting Graves for over 11 years in his wrestling career.Twitter user @GIFSkull was able to get a screenshot of the deleted post by Polinsky. Should the post get deleted, an excerpt of her statement is below including suicide and alcoholism accusations by Polinsky in the since deleted post on Instagram:“This may be totally below me to do but I’m hurt. I’m sad. I’ve put 11 years into supporting a man to accomplish his dream only for him to punch me in the gut! I’ve been through suicide attempts, alcoholism, among so much more with him and stuck by his side. The kick is finding out that he’s been sleeping with one of my daughters role models all along. @carmellawwe and @wwegraves I hope you guys are happy. I really do!”Corey Graves’ wife accuses him of cheating on her with Carmella via Instagram post— GIF Skull – #WWEChamber on Sunday (@GIFSkull) February 16, 2019Polinksy also posted a screenshot of a text conversation with Graves to her Instagram story, which was also recently deleted. The screenshot allegedly shows Graves informing his wife that “WWE is gonna sue you” unless she removes the posts.Twitter user @jalephae posted a screenshot from the Instagram story:Its getting messier with Corey Graves and Carmella.— Jamie Henry #ThankYouRoman (@jalepahe) February 16, 2019As of 7:00 p.m. Eastern, both “Corey Graves” and “Carmella” are trending on Twitter.Now trending…Corey Graves and Carmella might want to turn off the phone— (@wrestleview) February 17, 2019For the record, Graves and Carmella trending on Twitter is initially how Wrestleview was made aware of the story this evening.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need HimVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 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 Carmella replaces Dolph Ziggler, will appear at Oz Comic-Con in Australialast_img

Walmart offers different job to Vancouvers John Combs

first_imgJohn Combs of Vancouver, whose impending dismissal as a Walmart greeter along with others around the country sparked a consumer outcry, was offered a new position at his store on Friday, a family member said.Combs, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was told he could continue as a greeter at the self-checkout area instead of the front door at the Walmart Supercenter on Southeast 192nd Avenue, said his sister Rachel Wasser of Vancouver.Wasser said a corporate Walmart official at its Arkansas headquarters told her similar job offers are being made to other disabled greeters nationwide, who’ve been affected by redefined responsibilities for greeters.“Walmart seems like they have heard the public and their employees and is letting greeters try out positions,” Wasser said in an email.On Friday afternoon, the Walmart manager at Combs’ store, 430 S.E. 192nd Ave., met with Combs, Wasser, her husband Josh Wasser and Combs’ job coach at an employment agency. Rachel Wasser came away from the meeting satisfied.“The manager told us ‘if for some reason this position didn’t work out, John will continue to be a Walmart employee, and we will go back to the drawing board,’ ” Wasser said.last_img read more

SpiceJet Jet Airways Interglobe shares nosedive in 2016 CAPA gives mixed outlook

first_imgDomestic air traffic grew 23 percent for the 11-month period ended November 2016 in India, but share prices of three listed aviation companies — SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation — dropped in the range of 24 to 50 percent in calendar year 2016.Read: Domestic air traffic: IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet, Air India show divergent trends in NovemberSpiceJet shares fell 23.9 percent (from Rs 75 to Rs 57); Jet Airways plunged 50 percent (from Rs 702 to Rs 347) and Interglobe Aviation saw its share price dip 33.4 percent (from Rs 1234 to Rs 821).More bad news is in store for carriers, according to a forecast by aviation think-tank, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). “CAPA estimates that India’s airlines reported a combined profit of $122 million in FY2016, the first black ink in a decade. But this era of industry profitability is likely to be short-lived. Traffic growth is being stimulated above its underlying demand as a result of excess capacity and competitive fares,” it said, citing parts of its India Aviation Outlook Report FY2017/18.”The downward pressure on yields, combined with cost creep, is expected to push the consolidated industry result back into the red for the 12 months ending 31-Mar-2017,” it added. Indian domestic carriers comprising the above three companies and others (Air India, GoAir, Vistara, AirAsia India and Air Costa) flew 903 lakh (90 million) passengers between January and November this year, as against 734 (73.4 million) in the corresponding period last year, according to India’s civil aviation regulator, DGCA. The industry is expected to end the current fiscal with 100 million passengers and reach 130 million in 2017-18.IndiGo is the leader in terms of passengers carried, with a market share of about 40 percent; other major players include Jet Airways, Air India and GoAir.Almost of them benefitted from low crude oil prices during the year; fuel accounts for about 30-35 percent of operating costs for carriers.Bleak outlook for FY2017-18CAPA has projected a mixed outlook for India’s civil aviation market, currently the fastest-growing in the world.  The companies are expected to end the current fiscal with 100 million passengers and reach 130 million in 2017-18.”After a strong FY2016, traffic growth has accelerated further in FY2017, with India likely to overtake Japan this year to become the world’s third largest domestic market behind the USA and China,” the CAPA said, citing India Aviation Outlook Report FY2017/18 that will be formally released in February next year.Highlights of the CAPA ReportThe next financial year is expected to be the third consecutive year of domestic growth above 20 percent. Growth could be as high as high as 25 percent but may be tempered by 3-5 percentage points because of the impact of demonetisation.The introduction of the GST next year may possibly also have a short-term negative impact on economic growth for a couple of years until more positive results emerge.Based on aircraft deliveries, competitive dynamics and the positive outlook for the economy, domestic growth at 20% or higher could continue for up to a further two years.With LCCs taking delivery of the clear majority of narrow body aircraft coming into the market (an estimated 50 out of 65 inductions), their share of the domestic market is expected to rise from around 65 percent today to reach 75-80 percent within two years.Full service airline market share could fall to 20-25 percent within two years.International traffic is expected to expand at 10-12 percent in FY2017 and FY2018, but bilateral restrictions preclude achieving true potential. Several Gulf and Asian carriers are seeking additional entitlements to the tune of up to 150,000 weekly seats.The government’s decision to remove the five-year qualification requirement for domestic airlines to be permitted to operate international services and to retain only the 20-aircraft threshold, may push Vistara and AirAsia India to expand on domestic routes faster than planned. Vistara could bring forward deliveries to reach 20 aircraft by Mar-2018.CAPA estimates that India’s airlines reported a combined profit of USD122 million in FY2016, the first black ink in a decade. But this era of industry profitability is likely to be short-lived. Traffic growth is being stimulated above its underlying demand as a result of excess capacity and competitive fares. The downward pressure on yields, combined with cost creep, is expected to push the consolidated industry result back into the red for the 12 months ending 31-Mar-2017.IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir and Air India Express are all expected to remain profitable, but at levels lower than in FY2016. Jet Airways will be the only profitable full service carrier in FY2017. While losses are projected to increase at Air India, AirAsia India and Vistara. At a total industry level losses could reach $250-300 million.With expected cost creep of 10%, a 5-7 percent decline in yields, oil at $55-60 per barrel and an exchange rate of USD1=INR73-75, industry losses could widen further to $380-450 million in FY2018, although most LCCs are expected to remain profitable. Yields could potentially decline further than assumed given the capacity induction planned.last_img read more

Asian shares resume descent oil prices up on Saudi tensions

first_imgA man is reflected in an electronic board showing the graph of fluctuations of Tokyo Stock Price Index in Tokyo, JapanReutersAsian shares slipped on Monday as worries over Sino-US trade disputes, a possible slowdown in the Chinese economy and higher US borrowing costs tempered optimism despite a rebound in global equities late last week.Not helping the mood, oil prices jumped and Saudi Arabian shares tumbled on rising diplomatic tensions between Riyadh and the West after the monarchy warned against threats to punish it over the disappearance of a journalist critical of its policies.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent while Shanghai shares were down 0.4 percent in early trade.Japan’s Nikkei dropped 1.4 percent, with carmaker shares hitting 13-month lows after Washington said it would seek a provision about currency manipulation in future trade deals with Japan.MSCI’s broadest gauge of the world’s stock markets was off 0.2 percent after a sizable 3.87 percent decline last week – its biggest since March – to a one-year nadir.The market shakeout has been blamed on a series of factors, including worries about the impact of a U.S.-China trade war, a spike in U.S. bond yields this week and caution ahead of earnings season.Although selling appeared to have abated on Friday, partly after Chinese trade data showed strong growth in September, many investors remained cautious.”Some people say markets drew comfort from China’s exports data. But to me it seems so obvious the numbers were inflated by front-loading ahead of the introduction of tariffs,” said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.Fujito said the trade war is starting to take a toll on growth in China, noting that data released later on Friday showed Chinese auto sales posted the biggest drop in seven years.Over the weekend, China central bank governor Yi Gang said he still sees plenty of room for adjustment in interest rates and the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), as downside risks from trade tensions with the United States remain significant.Also starting to attract wider attention, Saudi Arabia doubled down on pressure from the West on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, and Washington Post columnist, after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. U.S. President Donald TrumpGetty ImagesU.S. President Donald Trump has threatened “severe punishment” if it turns out Khashoggi was killed while many company executives have canceled their plans to attend a Saudi investor conference later this month.Investors suspect the latest development could undermine the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and has the risk of eventually destabilising the oil-rich kingdom.Saudi Arabia’s shares plunged as much as 7 percent on Sunday and closed down 3.5 percent at their lowest levels since early January.Shares in Dubai, a regional economic hub, slid 1.5 percent to a low last seen in January 2006.Oil prices reversed their downtrend since early this month.Brent crude futures rose 1.2 percent to $81.40 per barrel, bouncing back from Friday’s near-three-week low of $79.23.”Oil prices could rise to $100 on worries about Saudi Arabia,” said Kazuhiko Fuji, the senior fellow at Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, a think tank affiliated with the Japanese government.”People had thought the Saudis will make up for fall in Iran’s output. If they are starting to use oil as their weapon, that will be a whole new chapter,” he said.Higher oil prices could boost inflation around the world and spark rises in U.S. borrowing costs, which are also seen hurting weak borrowers, especially those in emerging markets.Although the U.S. 10-year yield posted its first major fall in about two months last week on stock market rout, the yield rose a tad on Monday to 3.15 percent.Investors were also bracing for a European Union summit meeting from Wednesday.The British pound shed 0.3 percent to $1.3107 after negotiators from the European Union and the UK failed to clinch a Brexit deal ahead of the crucial summit.The euro traded at $1.1593, down slightly after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday.On the other hand, the dollar is seen under pressure against the yen after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that Washington wants to include a provision to deter currency manipulation in future trade deals, including with Japan.That raised worried among Japanese policy circles that this would give Washington the right to label as currency manipulation any future foreign exchange market interventions by Tokyo to keep sharp yen rises in check.The dollar slipped 0.1 percent to 112.10 yen.last_img read more

Brunei introduces death by stoning for gay sex

first_imgIn this picture taken on 1 April 2019 a newlywed couple has their photographs taken at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photo: AFPBrunei on Wednesday is to introduce harsh new sharia laws, including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, despite a storm of global criticism from politicians, celebrities and rights groups.The tough penal code in the tiny country on tropical Borneo island — ruled by the all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah — will fully come into force following years of delays.The laws, which also include amputation of hands and feet for thieves, will make Brunei the first country in East or Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level, joining several mostly Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia.The decision to push ahead with the punishments has sparked alarm around the world, with the United Nations labelling them “cruel and inhumane” and celebrities, led by actor George Clooney and pop star Elton John, calling for Brunei-owned hotels to be boycotted.But the sultan shows no sign of backing down, and the Muslim-majority country issued a statement at the weekend insisting that Brunei “enforces its own rule of law” and sharia “aims to educate, respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals”.The sultan is due to attend a public event Wednesday, and may make an announcement related to the implementation of the laws.The sultan — who is one of the world’s wealthiest men and lives in a vast, golden-domed palace — announced plans for the penal code in 2013 and the first phase was introduced the following year.This included less stringent penalties, such as fines or jail terms for offences including indecent behaviour, failure to attend Friday prayers, and out-of-wedlock pregnancies.A series of well-known figures have lined up to add to their names to the chorus of condemnation, including former US vice president Joe Biden and actress Jamie Lee Curtis.Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director for Human Rights Watch, said: “This kind of law doesn’t belong in the 21st century. It’s going to be something that will turn Brunei into a human rights pariah.”The sultan, who is the world’s second-longest reigning monarch, is unlikely to change course, however. He first called for the penal code in the late 1990s and it appears to enjoy broad support in the former British protectorate of about 400,000 people.Analysts say he is seeking to burnish his Islamic credentials and shore up support among the country’s conservatives due to the waning fortunes of the oil-dependent economy, which has been ravaged by recession in recent years.It is also unclear whether death by stoning will actually be implemented, as a high burden of proof is needed to hand down the punishment and Brunei has not executed anyone for decades.last_img read more

Model Code of Conduct dulls down Tagores birth anniversary celebrations at Mongpu

first_imgDarjeeling: The Model Code of Conduct eclipsed the celebration of Tagore’s birth anniversary at Mongpu in Darjeeling district this year, as the bard’s 158th birth anniversary was observed on a low key.Though the ministers were not present, the participation of the local community was overwhelming. Even the commemorations had the local flavour that Tagore had adored. Mongpu, situated 33 km from Darjeeling town, was a favourite destination of the bard. He visited the place in 1938 on May 21 and stayed till June. In 1939, he stayed there from May 14 till June 17 to return again on September 12 to stay till the first week of November. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn 1940, he arrived on April 21 and his birthday was also celebrated there, that year. This was his last visit as he fell ill and had to return to Kolkata. Tagore had written several memorable works during his stay at the hill retreat, including Chelebela, Nobojatok, Sesh Kotha, Bangla Bhashar Porichoy, Mongpu, Giribas, Sanai, Akash Prodip and Jonmodin. In Mongpu, Tagore used to stay in the house of Manmohan Sen (Husband of Maitreyi Devi), who was the chief chemist of the cinchona plantation. In 1944, this house was converted into a ‘Rabindra Smrity Bhavan.’ Later in 2009, the building was renovated and converted into a ‘Rabindra Museum.’ Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe museum displays artifacts used by Tagore including pastels as well as homeopathy medicines. Manuscripts and paintings are also on display. Officials of the district administration garlanded the statue of the bard located on the premises of the museum. People from all walks of life also paid respects to Tagore on his birth anniversary. Owing to the ongoing elections and the Model Code of Conduct being in effect, the celebrations were toned down this time, stated officials of the district administration. Local artistes of the Bhutia Development Board and Gurung Development Board presented local dances like Singhi dance (lion dance by the Bhutia community).last_img read more

Update Decomposing cows heads still in Carlton Street

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Residents are fuming at still having to put up with animal skulls and skin lying all over the place in open veld in Carlton Street.A Ladysmith Gazette journalist, residents and Public Safety officers were confronted with the grisly sight on Thursday afternoon.Up until now (Monday morning), nothing has been done about the situation and residents are upset at having to live in the midst of these unhygienic and unpleasant conditions.The cows’ skulls and animal skin is causing a terrible stink in the area.“I hope this situation gets sorted out as soon as possible. We cannot live like this,” said one furious resident. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Prepare for a petrol price increase in June

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith motorists should brace themselves for another increase in the price of petrol.The Automobile Association (AA) warned motorists on Friday to brace themselves for a huge fuel price hike in June, with further spikes in the coming months. The warning came hours ahead of the official announcement of the fuel price adjustments that will kick in on June 1.The AA said in a statement that fuel prices are set for a sharp jump at the beginning of June, with the potential of further rises in the medium term.Commenting on the unaudited month-end data supplied by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the AA said the pump price for a litre of petrol is set to increase by 52 cents, while illuminating paraffin and diesel are set to go up by 61c/litre and 78c/litre respectively. The reasons for the spike are the continued upward march of international petroleum prices in May and the weakening rand / US dollar exchange rate.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

For the birds Sarapiquí EcoObservatory

first_imgNo related posts. Dorothy MacKinnon On a recent visit to the observatory, I met Judy Bellah, a professional travel photographer from Sonoma, California, in the U.S. She was wrapping up a two-week tour of Costa Rica with a last-shot stop here. I had just asked Dave Landos how many photographer-visitors are women. “One, so far,” he said, indicating Bellah, which made a total of two. With camera, high-poweredlenses, camera bag and tripod slung over her shoulders, it’s easy to see why most nature photographers are male. “I have to work out at the gym to build up my arm strength to carry all this gear,” Bellah admitted.The Canon 300mm f/2.8 lens she had rented for $600 (it would cost about $7,000 to buy), though heavy at 5 pounds, was ideal for blurring the out-of-focus background, creating a soft watercolor-like backdrop, she said. Like many photographers, Bellah subscribes to the purist philosophy of discovering her own photo ops in the wild, rather than relying on bird feeders. But for visitors short on time and still hoping to capture that perfect shot, the Eco-Observatory offers an excellent opportunity to get some first-rate photos, especially in the early morning when bird activity is usually at its busiest.Accessibility is another major plus here, with no steps or slippery trails to navigate, especially for mobility-challenged birders or for would-be nature-documentarians lugging lots of gear. It’s also dry and comfortable. And, best of all, for bird-watchers and photographers accustomed to tucking their pant legs into their rubber boots to avoid itchy bites, there are no chiggers!Going ThereThe Eco-Observatory is located in La Virgen, 14 km west of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and is open from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Birdwatchers and photographers can roam around the grounds for $15, or take a two- or three-hour guided bird-watching tour for $20 or $30. Photo sessions are $50 for a set three-hour session, 7-10 a.m.; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., or 1-4 p.m. There are also guided night walks, $20, and tree-planting tours, $15. Half-day reptile and frog photography sessions start at $250 per person. More info: 2761-0801; is Big Business…You know there’s a profitable trend when Hollywood makes a movie about it. “The Big Year” stars Steve Martin as an amateur birder, counting as many bird species as he can in one year.Here are a few more birding market indicators to ponder:*Historically, birders form the largest single group of eco-tourists. A 1999 study by the Costa Rican Tourism Board estimated that 41 percent of Costa Rica’s $1 billion of tourist income that year came from birders.*A recent National Survey on Recreation and the Environment undertaken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that birding was the fastest-growing outdoor recreational activity in the U.S., and estimated that the number of birders in the U.S. had increased by 332 percent between 1983 and 2002.*The American Birding Association estimates that U.S. birders in 1996 (even before digital photography took off) spent about $7.6 billion on trip-related expenses, including gear, and that 49 percent of their members have gone abroad to bird, spending about $4,000 per trip.*Decades of watching nature documentaries on television, combined with advances in affordable digital technology, have inspired millions to take up wildlife photography, spending between $10,000 and $30,000 on their equipment.Always in the forefront of eco-tourism trends, Costa Rica is catering to this growing flock of amateur and professional wildlife photographers with more and more tours geared to nature photography in the wild, including these Costa Rica-based tour operators:Foto Verde Tours – workshops for serious photographers with professional nature photographer Greg Basco; Rica Birding Journeys – tours for residents and visitors, limited to 4-6 people, searching photo ops in the wild with bird guide Randall Ortega; Feathers – customized bird-watching tour dedicated to photography with guide Noel Ureña; Photo Safari – for all levels of photographers, from novice to expert; Rica Gateway – custom photography tours with expert guide/photographer Steven Easley; Facebook Comments From the print edition“Ready for your close-up?”Instead of shooting movie stars, visitors are shooting birds of a different feather at the new Sarapiquí Eco-Observatory in La Virgen, 14 kilometers west of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, in north-central Costa Rica. For nature enthusiasts toting top-of-the-line digital cameras loaded with huge, high-powered lenses, this six-month-old operation offers a picture-perfect outdoor studio. In the midst of one of the birdiest parts of the country, the Eco-Observatory backs onto the 850-acre Tirimbina Biological Reserve rain forest, and is within a 20-minute drive of famed birding mecca, La Selva Biological Station. Not surprisingly, the observatory property is officially designated a birding hotspot by eBird, a birding website, and it also recently became a tour destination for National Geographic Expeditions.This is also one of the wettest parts of the country, so having a spacious, covered deck where you can set up tripods for expensive camera gear is a godsend. Add in Wi-Fi for downloading photos onto computers and flash sticks, electrical outlets for recharging batteries, some comfortable seating and a wrap-around counter to rest elbows on, plus unlimited coffee and cool water, with fresh, clean restrooms nearby, and you have an ideal habitat for both birdwatchers and photographers. Build it and they will come. That was the hope of father-and-son Eco-Observatory owners David and Dave Landos. David managed a citrus farm in the area 25 years ago and snapped up this property when a plantation went bankrupt. Son Dave was born in Costa Rica and lived here until he was 7, before moving to California with the family. But tropical nature was ingrained in his bones, and after completing environmental studies at Santa Clara College, he was keen to return to Costa Rica and turn the family property into a sustainable tourist operation.The birds were already here, 215 species at the latest count. And, so far, more than 600 visitors have setup cameras and scopes on the Eco-Observatory’s viewing decks.What sets this venue apart is the main photo set-up, designed by professional nature photographer Greg Basco, who is based in Zarcero, Alajuela. Similar to those used by professional nature photographers for National Geographic, Animal Planet and BBC nature films, the setup consists of a teepee of branches, with spikes for attaching enticing chunks of fruits. Photographers can request different kinds of branches, moss and leaves to picturesquely frame their avian photo subjects. A swath of grass and garden beyond the arrangement provides the perfect soft, green background for close-up shots, especially in morning light.When the light shifts in the afternoon, photographers focus their cameras on a horizontal monkey-ladder vine, behind the viewing deck. It’s a picture-perfect perch for toucans that generally arrive when the afternoon light is just right. As well as the main birding deck, visitors can meander through the small botanical garden, where pejibaye palms, cecropias, heliconias and an array of plants attractive to birds create a biological corridor between nearby forest patches. At the bottom of the garden is a covered patio with close-up vantage points for observing hummingbirds at feeders. A third viewing deck is perhaps the most spectacular, at least for birders with a scope. It overlooks the Tirimbina rain forest, with an eye-level view into the canopy. Local bird guide and popular bird blogger Patrick O’Donnell recently set up his scope here to scan the treetops for canopy-perched birds, such as snowy cotinga, and raptors such as hawk-eagles and gray-headed kites that frequent the sky above. He recently logged 85 species at the Eco-Observatory in three hours (you can view his trip report at can find more potential bird models, such as broad-billed motmots, perched along a well-groomed forest trail that drops 50 meters down to the Sarapiquí River, where kingfishers and sunbitterns are regularly spotted.If reptiles and amphibians are your preferred choice of photo subjects, you can have your pick from more than 60 species, including pit vipers, boa constrictors, pythons, poison-dart frogs and basilisk lizards that live in the neighboring Reptile Learning Center. In partnership with father-son herpetologists Pompilio Campos Sr. and Jr., the Eco-Observatory arranges four-hour photo ops, featuring your choice of eight creatures from the serpentario’s collection. Photographers can shoot away in safety, while Campos Sr. and Jr. pose the animals and share their 25-year store of reptilian lore.center_img Dorothy MacKinnon Photograher Judy Bellah. Birdwatchers atop an observation deck.last_img read more