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first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Nov. 7———FEDS TO APOLOGIZE FOR HOLOCAUST INCIDENTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will issue an official government apology today for what he will call the country’s moral failure when Canada closed its doors to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. The apology is months in the making and will focus on the decision by the government of William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews aboard an ocean liner that was nearing Halifax. Instead, the MS St. Louis returned to Germany and the passengers scattered in Europe. More than 250 of them died in the Holocaust.———CLEMENT QUITS SHADOW CABINET AFTER SHARING EXPLICIT IMAGESLongtime MP Tony Clement has resigned from the Conservative shadow cabinet after he shared explicit sexual images and a video of himself electronically. Clement says the images were sent in the last three weeks and he believed they were going to a “consenting female.” However, he now says the person was trying to extort him and he has asked the RCMP to investigate. “I recognize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have exercised very poor judgment,” Clement said in a statement Tuesday.———PLAQUE SALUTES MP AND VET WHO DIED BY SUICIDEA First-World War veteran who also sat as an MP will be remembered in the foyer outside the House of Commons. A bronze plaque bearing Lt.-Col. Samuel Sharpe’s likeness is to be unveiled during a ceremony on Parliament Hill today, the latest sign of the country’s changing attitude toward the psychological harm that Canadian soldiers have suffered from war for generations. Sharpe took his own life after returning from the war. The Royal Canadian Legion last week took the unprecedented step of naming the mother of the first soldier to die by suicide after serving in Afghanistan as this year’s Silver Cross Mother.———SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED ON HALIFAX CFL BIDThe group aiming to bring a Canadian Football League team to Halifax is expected to make a “special announcement” today. A media advisory says Maritime Football Limited Partnership and CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie will make the announcement at Saint Mary’s University at 1 p.m. The group, made up of former Arizona Coyotes co-owners Anthony LeBlanc and Gary Drummond and AMJ Campbell Van Lines president Bruce Bowser, is looking to secure a conditional expansion franchise to begin play in Halifax in 2021.———PAROLE HEARING TODAY FOR DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED 4A parole hearing is scheduled today for a drunk driver who killed three young children and their grandfather in crash north of Toronto three years ago. Marco Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. The September 2015 crash in Vaughan, Ont., claimed the lives of nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville.———SICK INMATES CALL FOR INTERCOMS IN JAIL CELLSInmates with chronic health issues at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility are raising concerns about the lack of intercom systems to alert correctional officers if they face a life-threatening situation in their cells. David Wade Smith, 43, and Chase Marinoff, 20, are inmates at the Halifax facility who have chronic health conditions and say they should have access to an emergency system if they fall ill. The issue of a lack of intercoms has come up in connection with the 2014 death of Clayton Cromwell, a 23-year-old inmate who died in his cell of a methadone overdose.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Matthew Vincent Raymond, accused of killing four people including two Fredericton police officers, is due back in court. The judge is to decide whether to appoint a new defence lawyer.— The RCMP is holding an on-the-record technical briefing regarding CRA phone scams and call centres in India.— The BC Coroners Service will hold a public inquest into the death of 26-year-old Abdi Gani Mahamud Hirsi, who died after a police-involved shooting in Vancouver in 2015.— The Edmonton Police Commission is scheduled to announce the city’s next police chief.last_img read more

first_imgThe Children’s Health Fund will hold its annual benefit on June 1, hosted by CHF co-founder Irwin Redlener, MD.Fellow co-founder Paul Simon will be unable to attend this year, but the event will feature a special appearance by Julianne Moore, and a performance by Moe.The event will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Cocktails and dinner at 6pm, awards presentation and performance at 8pm. A Dessert Reception will follow the performance.Find out more here.Editor: This article was updated on 8th May to reflect Paul Simon’s non-attendance. It previously stated that he would co-host the event.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Canadian journalists and free speech advocates are calling on the Trudeau government to take steps to protect press freedom in Canada.The call follows recent revelations that ten Québec journalists were under police surveillance in order to ascertain their sources, and the ongoing case of VICE News journalist Ben Makuch, who in 2014 was served with an RCMP production order to obtain his KiK messenger chat logs with a suspected ISIS member. The case is up for appeal in February of 2017.“Source protection is crucial to our ability to do our jobs as journalists. It’s a fundamental tool of the trade that allows us to dig deep and hold the powerful accountable,” said Makuch. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Mine is just one of many recent cases of the growing erosion of press freedom here in Canada.  I’ve covered oppressive regimes across the world and the last opposition I thought I’d face in my ability to do my job would be here at home in Canada.”Makuch was joined by journalist and press freedom advocate Mohamed Fahmy who appealed directly to Prime Minister Trudeau to take action on this important issue.“A report issued in September 2016 by Reporters Without Borders states that Canada dropped 10 spots on 2016 world press freedom index after the “dark age for journalism” during Mr. Stephen Harper’s tenure,” said Fahmy.“Prime Minister Trudeau you stood beside me during my wrongful imprisonment and championed the cause of press freedom. I have faith that you will do the same for fellow journalists facing similar threats to press freedom in Canada.  The world views Canada as the pillar of democracy so let’s keep it this way.”La Presse Journalist Patrick Lagacé, who it was recently revealed was one of the ten Québec journalists under surveillance, made a similar appeal to the government.“It was a shock for me to find out a couple of weeks ago that my phone was being surveilled by the Montreal police all in an effort to find out who my sources are”, said Lagacé.“My Province seems to be taking this issue seriously, I hope the Federal government will also take a leading role. Our Prime minister has famously said during the last election campaign that journalists are to be respected in this country: now is the time to go beyond words and take action.”Tom Henheffer of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression laid out his organization’s specific legislative asks of the government.“This is a watershed moment, and one where Canada has the potential to be a global leader, or to further cripple the free press in our country,” said Henheffer.“We call on the government to make several changes to protect press freedom and free expression in Canada. They include, passing press shield laws, repealing the dangerous surveillance provisions contained in bill C-13 and ensuring that Federal and Provincial governments require any warrant for surveillance of journalists be requested by prosecutors, as opposed to police, and approved by judges, as opposed to justices of the peace”.The group also revealed two hard-hitting television and social media promos supporting the http://protectpressfreedom.ca campaign launched in October of this year.The promos, which feature Mohamed Fahmy and Patrick Lagacé, will run on VICE Canada’s digital and Television platforms in the coming days.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin says it will not sell its newly rolled out F-21 fighter jet to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes, a move aimed at pitching itself ahead of its US, European and Russian competitors for the mega deal. Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, says if F-21 wins the contract, then India will also be integrated into the company’s global fighter ecosystem, which is a USD 165 billion dollar market. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In an interview with PTI, Lall said the new combat jet is designed to operate across over 60 air force stations in India, and its key aspects include superior engine matrix, electronic warfare system and weapons carrying capacity. “We will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has,” he said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Last month, the Indian Air Force issued an RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around USD 18 billion, which is billed as one of the world’s biggest military procurement in recent years. The top contenders for the deal include Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian aircraft MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen. Lall said if Lockheed wins the contract, it will not only set up a state-of-the-art F-21 manufacturing facility along with the Tata Group, but will also help India create an ecosystem for overall growth of the country’s defence manufacturing. On observation that the F-21 is similar to Lockheed’s F 16 Block 70 combat jet, he said such a view is unfair as there have been significantly differences between the two platforms. F-21 is different in terms of various aspects including its air frame, weapons capability, engine matrix and availability of engine options. “As for example, you are now looking at 12,000 hours of service life air frame in F-21 versus 8,000 hours previously (F 16 Block 70). The additional 40 per cent weapons carrying capability is new in F-21 which was not there in F 16 Block 70. The electronic warfare system is uniquely developed for India,” he added. “Looking from a distance may make it look similar to F 16 Block 70, but it is different,” he added. Besides having a traditional boom-delivered refuelling facility, the F-21 also has a extendable hose-and-drogue refuelling probe. “This is only fighter in the world which has both the capability,” said Lall, adding the cockpit has a new large area display. “It is a modern cockpit and has a significant piece of ability to synthesise information. These are unique capabilities that we are not offering to other countries in the world,” said the Lockheed executive. The jet has a Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (IRST), enabling pilots to detect threats with precision and Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing it to carry 40 per cent more air-to-air weapons. Without giving any approximate price of each bare-bone aircraft, he pitched it as the most cost effective compared to the competitors in terms of life-cycle and operational costs. “If you look at the US government data, the advantage is 30-40 per cent in terms of cost effectiveness. This is lower compared to the comparable competitors. If you aggregate with years and years of operations in the life cycle, it is a huge amount of saving for India if it goes ahead with F-21,” said Lall. Lockheed, which has a longstanding relationship of 25 years with India, unveiled the F-21 during the Aero India show in Bengaluru in February, saying it will address the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements.last_img read more

Benguerir – King Mohammed VI inaugurated, on Thursday in Benguerir Green City, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, a hub for research, training and innovation, and a real bridgehead between Morocco, Africa and the world.This world-class university is the core of the Mohammed VI green city of Benguerir, first city of its kind in the African continent to offer adapted infrastructure, an ecological zone, an organized social life and a lifestyle that promotes its inhabitants’ well-being, diversity and social and cultural blossoming.The next generation university has five founding principles: applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship, addressing Africa’s socio-economic development challenges, adopting a partnership approach, openness on the world with national focus, social equity and merit. The university seeks, through well-targeted research programs (water, agriculture and environment, natural resources and food security, biotechnology and biomedical engineering, architecture, urbanism and territory development, industrial and chemical engineering and renewable energy), to bring answers to the main challenges facing the African continent as food security, economic development, sustainable industrialization and public policy.The establishment, which adopts a teaching and research model based on innovation and experiments, hosts several facilities notably a school for industrial management, a research center, university residences, and a sports complex. All of them designed according to modern architecture in conformity with the concepts of sustainability and energy-saving and offering all conveniences necessary for students.It includes also experimentation sites which are open to the scientific community and enable student-researchers from partner universities to test solutions at the real scale in key areas.The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University offers its academic model regionally by gaining a foothold in several sites as in Casablanca through the Africa Business School, and in El Jadida and Safi as well as Laayoune via the Foum El Oued Technology Park.The city of Rabat is hosting the faculty of governance and social and economic sciences which is aimed at training top executives on the management of public policies.The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which will contribute to the training of Moroccan and foreign researchers and entrepreneurs, intends to promote higher education and applied research in Africa through partnerships with the African university fabric mainly in doctoral training.The university possesses innovative education methods as online courses and contents using high-tech digital technologies and employs eminent Moroccan and foreign professors and researchers.The institution, which is based on citizenship and responsibility, practices in its student admission process a policy of scholarships for academic excellence and social equality. It also offers grants of applied research projects for candidates bearing projects in the service of community.The university gets its revenues from research products, schooling fees and land-grant. In line with the spirit of Smart City of the green city, the university’s building was awarded the international label of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a first in Morocco. read more

Rabat – The United Nations General Assembly adopted by overwhelming majority a resolution that rejects Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Ahead of the vote, which took place Thursday, Trump had threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” His threats fell short of deterring the overwhelming majority of member states from voting for the resolution and calling on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, including 28 countries from the EU.Germany, which had previously refrained from taking positions related to Israel, also voted for the resolution.Only nine countries voted against, including the United States and Israel, Micronesia, Togo, Palau, Marshall Islands, Honduras, Nauru and Guatemala.Five EU states and Canada were among the 35 countries to abstain from voting.In his speech following the vote, Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon said UN members who backed the resolution were being manipulated. “You are like puppets pulled by your Palestinian masters.”Meanwhile U.S ambassador to the UN indicated that the vote disrespects her country.“I must also say today: When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have expectation that we will be respected. “What’s more, we are being asked to pay for the dubious privileges of being disrespected.”“If our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our investment in other ways. The United States will remember this day,” she added Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas described the result as a “victory for Palestine.” read more

TORONTO — A northern Ontario Indigenous community is suing CN Rail for alleged environmental and cultural damage caused by two 2015 derailments that led to significant oil spills.The Mattagami First Nation alleges in its statement of claim that the spills near Gogama, Ont., damaged the local environment and surrounding waterways.The $30 million suit alleges that the damage, in turn, has created health risks for the population and crippled community members’ ability to observe their Indigenous traditions including fishing, hunting and gathering.It says the two oil spills, which took place in February and March 2015, collectively poured millions of litres of oil into the area around Gogama, which is about 200 kilometres north of Sudbury, Ont.CN declined to comment on the filing, adding it is committed to cleaning up environmental damage caused by the derailments.Mattagami’s allegations have not been proven in court.The First Nation claimed the 2015 spills impacted many facets of life for community members.“Mattagami First Nation members have suffered stress, distress, anxiety and worry as a result of the contamination of the land, waters, plants and animals on which they rely,” reads the First Nation’s statement of claim, which was filed in March but served to CN on Monday.The suit alleges negligence from CN and claims the rail company breached its standard of care when conducting operations ranging from track maintenance to staff training. It also alleges CN has created a corporate culture that valued speed over safety.The lawsuit alleges that problems began for the Mattagami First Nation late on Feb. 14, 2015, when 29 cars carrying crude oil derailed near Gogama.It said the derailment took place alongside a wetlands area and a stream, resulting in the spilled oil entering the environment almost immediately. Oil eventually migrated into nearby Kazaway Lake, the statement of claim said.The derailment also caused a fire that burned for five days, the suit contends.Scarcely three weeks later, the suit said 39 oil-bearing cars derailed just west of Gogama on March 7, 2015, destroying a rail bridge in the process. Some of the cars were submerged in the Makami River, the suit said, adding the spilled oil then travelled into at least five connected waterways.The Transportation Safety Board, which reviewed that incident, estimated the derailment dumped 2.6 million litres of oil into the local ecosystem.There were no injuries reported, but Mattagami residents were advised to stay indoors during the cleanup due to possible smoke inhalation and told not to consume water from the community source.The lawsuit alleges the effects of the spills continue to be felt more than two years after the derailments and are seeking compensation based on the impact the incidents had on traditional way of life.“The relationship Mattagami First Nation has to the land in its traditional territory is profound and interconnected with all things,” the statement of claim reads. “The land is the source of life, spirituality, teaching and everything in between. The importance of the land, in its unaltered form, for Mattagami First Nation cannot be overstated.”In its review of the March derailment, released earlier this month, the Transportation Safety Board found CN bore some responsibility for the incident.The board found the crash was caused by a broken rail that an employee failed to detect three days before the crash. The review found that a test that would have identified the problem was not conducted even though it was “required by CN standards.”The board also criticized the company for not highlighting the importance of the test in its staff training and for not providing opportunities for “practical, hands-on training.”As a result of its investigation into the incident, the board recommended Transport Canada consistently collect data on general rail surface conditions — and not just previously recorded defects — to better focus its track inspections and help predict future rail failures.In response to the board review, CN said it has taken action to increase safety measures following the 2015 derailments, from improving training for all track workers to implementing stronger engineering standards for its rail repairs and inspections. read more

Speaking to the press, Council President James Cunningham of the United States said Council members were “seriously concerned” that UNMEE did not have full freedom of movement in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), and particularly in the adjacent 15-kilometre areas north and south of the zone. “Council members were also very concerned by information on Eritrea’s stationing of a large number of militiamen in the zone, which should be patrolled by a small appropriate number of civilian personnel and police,” Ambassador Cunningham said, adding that Council members made it clear that they expect both parties to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process by taking steps to “build upon previous success rather than undermine it.”The Council members asked Ambassador Cunningham, in his capacity as Council President, to meet with the permanent representatives of Eritrea and Ethiopia to express the Council’s concerns. The members also congratulated both countries and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, for reaching agreement on the composition of the Boundary Commission, which Ambassador Cunningham called “something that is central for the process to move forward.” That Commission will decide the delimitation and demarcation of the border between the two countries. Mr. Cunningham’s comments followed a briefing today to the Council by UNMEE chief Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, who said that the peace process between Eritrea and Ethiopia was going “very well,” but that Asmara’s denial of freedom of movement for UN troops represented an obstacle to the peacekeepers’ work. The UNMEE chief told the press that diplomatic efforts by the UN mission to solve the matter were ongoing, both at the Security Council level and in East Africa. “To deny UNMEE freedom of movement is simply to say, ‘Go home’ because there is no way we can do our job unless we are able to move around freely,” Mr. Legwaila said. “That is what I have said to the Security Council and that is what we have said to the parties.”According to Security Council resolutions, UNMEE is to be granted freedom of movement within TSZ – which is 25 kilometres wide and 900 kilometres long – as well as in what is called “adjacent areas” 15 kilometres north and south of the zone. read more

UNHCR officials have registered 478 arrivals at the Chadian border crossing near Guereda already this week and expect to register another 50 people today, agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva.The refugees, who join an estimated 200,000 Sudanese already living in Chad because of Janjaweed militia attacks and fighting between Government forces and rebel groups in Darfur, told officials they were only crossing over now because Khartoum had previously assured them of their safety from the Janjaweed and of access to food supplies.Ms. Pagonis said the new refugees also reported that the Janjaweed, who stand accused of deadly and brutal attacks against civilians across Darfur, had blocked people who had large herds of cattle from leaving.Most of the refugees have been arriving in small groups since early August because the Janjaweed also prevented people leaving in large groups, Ms. Pagonis said.UNHCR officials are monitoring the long and desolate Chad-Sudan border to determine whether the recent arrivals are the start of a new wave or an exception to a two-month trend of almost no new refugees in Chad.About 1.2 million people are also estimated to be living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, a remote, impoverished region in Sudan’s west.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, has dispatched one of his deputies, Manuel Aranda da Silva, to Darfur to inspect IDP camps.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters today that Mr. da Silva visited the Kalma camp in South Darfur, where humanitarian staff have resumed work after being banned from the camp for three days.In a separate development, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of hepatitis E cases in West Darfur has risen to 1,006 from 620 in the past week, with 27 recorded deaths. read more

“I envy the mountains and the trees and the rocks because they will be able to breathe Daraa’s air and I won’t.” Those were the thoughts going through Doaa Al Zamel, when she and her family reached the Jordanian border. It was November 2012, one year and eight months since the violence in Syria first began. Doaa is a refugee from Syria who now lives in Sweden. She survived one of the worst refugee shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea. In August 2014, aboard an overloaded ship carrying more than 500 refugees, Doaa became an unlikely hero.“Doaa’s story is particularly remarkable; the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is so evident through her story that it is one that people are really not just moved by but also inspired by,” Ms. Fleming told UN News following a recent event at the UN Bookshop in New York. War and persecution have driven more people from their homes than at any time since records began, with over 65 million men, women and children now displaced worldwide. According to the latest Global Trends report issued by the UN refugee agency, known as UNHCR, one in every 113 people on earth is either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.In order to get away from the idea of refugees as statistics, Ms. Fleming believes in a communication strategy of telling individual human stories. That is why she would “love to tell all 65 million stories of all the forced displaced people in the world.”But it was the powerful story of Doaa that inspired her to write “A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea,” which gives a human face to the sheer number of human beings trying to escape to seek better lives. “Refugees are becoming statistics and throughout the world they are being used to fuel xenophobia because of the large numbers and because of their desperation,” Ms. Fleming said.With the book, she hopes to build “a bridge of empathy” to people, “so they’ll start caring and understanding why refugees like Doaa take this kind of risk to come to their countries, why refugees like Doaa deserve our compassion and our help.” Refugees arrive on the island of Lesvos, Greece. (2015) Photo: UNHCR/Giles Duley Refugees arrive on the island of Lesvos, Greece. (2015) Photo: UNHCR/Giles Duley VIDEO: ‘Doaa’s story is particularly remarkable,’ says UN refugee agency spokesperson and author Melissa Fleming, as she talks to UN News about her book ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea.’Doaa comes from Daraa, in Syria. After war engulfed her city, tanks rolled in and bombs started falling, she and her family became terrified for their lives and left to Jordan and then to Egypt. Through her story, Ms. Fleming also describes the situation in the neighboring countries which are hosting the majority of refugees, some five million. “Egypt was one of these countries; when Doaa first arrived with her family, Egypt was a very welcoming place, but then the government changed and it became less so. Like in all the countries that host so many refugees, the refugees struggle because those countries themselves are having their own difficulties. UNHCR is always underfunded and can only provide pretty much the basics. So all the dreams of studying and making a good living, they are not just completely destroyed by the war, but also by the fact of being a refugee in a situation like that,” Ms. Fleming explained. Without a work permit in Egypt, Doaa struggled through day shifts for low wages. The war in Syria that drove her family away was in its fourth year. And the people who once welcomed them in Egypt had become weary of them.It is also in Egypt that Doaa meets and falls in love with Bassem, a fellow Syrian refugee who convinces her to leave and make the perilous journey across the sea to Europe. “They’d heard from their friends who had already made the journey to Europe that there they could not just be safe, but also she could study and he could find a job,” said Ms. Fleming. “And so he convinced her – even thought she was terrified of the water, because she had a near drowning experience when she was a young girl – to take this journey. They sold everything and paid the smugglers $2,500 each, which was a fortune for them, and ended up boarding not a luxury liner as the smugglers promised but a really decrepit, rusty, rundown boat packed with 500 refugees, among them 100 children.”After two days at sea she started to get worried, and on the third day she told Bassem: “We will never reach the shore. We will all sink.” The boat sank near Greece; only 11 people survived, enduring four horrible days floating in the sea. One of them was Doaa. ‹ › When Ms. Fleming first read about Doaa and baby Masa – who survived four days and nights on a child’s floating ring in the middle of the sea with no food and no water and everyone dying around her – she flew to Crete, Greece, to meet her. At the time Doaa was deeply traumatized. “She lived a nightmare beyond what anyone could possibly imagine. She witnessed the drowning of 500 people, just one after the other before her eyes, including Bassem, who after two days of treading water next to her, slipped from her hands and gave up his struggle.” The fact that 19-year-old Doaa and 18-month-old Masa survived is actually “almost miraculous.”Through UNHCR’s resettlement programme, which helps resettle refugees in a third country, Doaa was reunited with her family. “We were able to connect them with the Swedish Government and facilitate the move,” said Ms. Fleming. “The Swedish Government settled them in a small snowy village where they are now learning Swedish, she is healing from her trauma and now again thinking of her brighter future.”As she says in the book, Doaa still feels the same longing she felt in 2012. “One day, I hope to return to Syria so I can breathe again. Even if just for one day. That would be enough. ” A young boy surrounded by adults after being rescued in June 2014 from a boat on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato Volunteers help newly-arrived refugees on 28 September 2015, as they disembark from a large rubber boat, on the shores near the town of Mithymna, on the Greek island of Lesvos, in the North Aegean region. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII Doaa al Zamel was a refugee in Egypt before she embarked on a deadly boat journey and saw her fiancé and hundreds of passengers die at sea. Photo: Elena Dorfman Refugees arrive on the island of Lesvos, Greece. (2015) Photo: UNHCR/Giles Duley AUDIO: Melissa Fleming talks to UN News about her book ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea.’Ms. Fleming said she never met a single refugee who does not want to go back. “All refugees want to go home someday. Some of them may never go home and live there again… they were forced to flee. It’s one of the worst things that can happen to you, everything that you treasure and it’s not just things, it’s community, it’s friends, it’s atmosphere, it’s the type of food, it’s memories, it’s all been forcibly left behind. “All refugees long for the chance to be able to go home. I hope one day Doaa will be able to go home and not just go home, but go home to a peaceful Syria, the Syria that has been reconstructed and a Syria that is reconciled with the evils that have happened in the past six years.”The book is set to reach an even wider audience given that Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg and J. J. Abrams plan to turn it into a film. “That means that the telling of this single human story, a remarkable human story… it’s something that resonates,” Ms. Fleming noted. read more

first_imgPlunging temperatures could cause mobile phones to cut out in a cold snap that will bring widespread snow and ice over the coming days.The Met Office warned that heavy hail and snow showers could cause severe disruption on Monday morning as the half-term holiday gets off to a shivery start, with widespread sub-zero temperatures.Mobile reception could be lost if icy winds dry air moisture on power cables and cause them to break, forecasters said.Two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large swathes of the south west, north west, Wales, northern Ireland and Scotland from midnight until Monday lunchtime.It comes after a lost walker with badly frozen feet was rescued in blizzard conditions in a nine-hour operation in the Cairngorms on Sunday morning.The foreign 56-year-old was found by the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team suffering from hypothermia. He was taken to the rescue base but required no further treatment. There could be a some respite, however, with milder temperatures set to return mid-week. A view across Lough Ross in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, on Sunday Speaking on Sunday, Met Office forecaster Rachael Adshead said winds would ease across the south of England and Wales, while at the same time showers would die out across central and eastern parts.”So what we’re left with is a good amount of clear skies and relatively light winds, particularly across southern parts of the UK and that will lead to a cold night,” she said.”We could see temperatures fall down as low as about minus 1C (30.2F) to minus 3C (26.6F) quite widely across the UK tonight,” she said.Parts of Scotland could see temperatures as low as minus 6C (21.2F), the forecaster added. The new week starts on a very cold note, with #ice and #snow, so allow some extra time for those Monday morning journeys #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/xcwJ4Tcqt9— Met Office (@metoffice) February 11, 2018 “Longer journey times by road, bus and train services are likely while some vehicles could become stranded.“Ice is likely to form on untreated pavements, cycle paths and roads leading to some injuries from slips and falls. Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”center_img A view across Lough Ross in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, on SundayCredit:Brian Lawless/PA Ms Adshead said Monday might feel slightly less cold than Sunday, with wintry showers expected in the north and west.Scotland, Northern Ireland and north-west England will see snow showers, while further south is more likely to see a mixture of rain, sleet and hail. The mercury is predicted to dip below freezing for many parts on Monday, with possible lows of minus 5C (23F) in Scotland and a widespread frost.More snow is also expected in western parts during the day.The Met Office said: “Heavy hail and snow showers will lead to ice and snow accumulating on many surfaces. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgLes logements français bien plus énergivores que prévu80% des logements français sont classés dans les catégories D à F en matière de performance énergétique, la catégorie G étant la plus basse. C’est le bilan inquiétant que dresse le réseau Ex’im dans une étude publiée mardi.Le réseau Ex’im, qui regroupe plus de 70 cabinets, a mené une étude portant sur 10.000 appartements et maisons en France. Jusqu’alors, les estimations indiquaient que la moitié des logements français étaient classés dans les catégories A à D. Mais selon les travaux publiés mardi et rapportés par 20 minutes, 80% des logements figurent en réalité dans trois des catégories les plus énergivores.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon l’étude d’Ex’im, la performance énergétique moyenne du parc immobilier français tourne autour de 240 kilowattheures par mètre carré et par an. Un niveau qui correspond à la catégorie E de l’étiquette énergétique imposée depuis le 1er janvier dernier dans toutes les annonces immobilières. Les catégories A et B font quant à elles figures d’exception, “puisqu’il s’agit le plus souvent de bâtiments très récents équipés de dispositifs utilisant des énergies renouvelables (panneaux solaires, géothermie…)”, souligne Ex’im. Ainsi ces logements aux excellentes performances énergétiques ne représentent que 1,48 % du parc immobilier.Devant ce bilan bien loin des premières et très optimistes estimations, la Fédération du diagnostic du bâti propose “la constitution d’un groupe de travail dans le cadre du Plan Bâtiment Grenelle dont la mission sera de revisiter l’ensemble du dispositif et (proposer) les mesures concrètes pour l’améliorer.”Le 18 mai 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jeep collides with dirt bike in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car collided with a dirt bike in Northwest Miami-Dade, Thursday.7Skyforce hovered over the scene along Northwest 119th Street and 27th Avenue where officials say the Jeep collided with the dirt bike.The driver of the Jeep remained at the scene.Police have yet to confirm the dirt bike rider’s condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Zoo Miami welcomes mother daughter orangutans

first_imgGREAT NEWS: “Kumang,” a 40 yr old #endangered Bornean Orangutan & her 5 yr old daughter, “Bella,” will make their public debut tomorrow, Sat, June 30th, on their habitat at #ZooMiami! Both of these apes arrived at on May 16th from the @SenecaParkZoo as part of an exhibit loan. pic.twitter.com/gB3hk24Zxv— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) June 29, 2018Since then, the new additions to the Southwest Miami-Dade zoo have been carefully monitored and given time to adjust since their big move.Now that they’re slowly but surely acclimated to their new habitat, visitors will be able to see the duo for the first time on Saturday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two orangutans are ready to make their public debut at the Zoo Miami.Kumang and her 5-year-old daughter Bella were welcomed May 16 from the Seneca Park Zoo in New York as part of an exhibit loan.last_img read more

first_imgWhat We DidLast year, we launched the Complex Media Network in an effort to offer our advertisers more options online, while also connecting our readers to a network of like-minded Web sites.  Since then, the network has grown to include 17 Web sites, generating a total of 6.2 million unique visitors and 70 million page views per month.For the past six years, young men have grown to associate Complex with the best in apparel, limited edition sneakers and style tips, mixed in with the latest in pop culture and music news.  As a trusted source in print, we were able to translate the sensibility of our brand in a dynamic and non static way online via Complex.com, while also associating ourselves with a lineup of trusted sites, each comprised of ultra-targeted segments. Every site in our network fits within the Complex lifestyle, with content that could easily fit within the pages of the magazine. This benefits our advertisers because they know that when they make an online ad buy, their brand will be associated with a very targeted group of young men via various lifestyle silos.  Complex Media exclusively controls 100 percent of the advertising inventory on all of these sites, ensuring that ad content is placed within the right context and not next to a third party placement with no connection to the brand. It’s about consistency and maintaining it throughout the entire network, as opposed to looking at it as a narrow numbers play. Aligning with key vertical Web sites in your ad network can also help when customizing campaigns for your advertisers.  The traditional in-book advertorial has taken a new plateau online, so what better way to offer a comprehensive program than to develop a truly unique idea and align it with another trusted site to increase visibility and creditability. Whether we choose to embrace it or not, 2008 is the year of innovation and change, and it won’t stop there.  It’s just the beginning of an era where consumers will continue to have more control over the media that they consume than ever before. As publishers, we have a window of opportunity to expand our brand in a new and exciting place. Either we fight it or learn how to jump on board, but either way, it’s up to us to figure out how we will ultimately live in it. Attention magazine publishers: if you haven’t received the memo already, please take heed: Translating your brand online is now essential to not only your growth but mere survival.  I think some of us have caught on, but many are still working out the kinks, trying to figure out how to translate the brand we have built for years in print to the growing online community.  Since we service not only our readers, but advertisers, another key component to this lesson is learning to translate our advertisers’ message online, as print dollars are rapidly decreasing and brands are turning to us to develop creative solutions online.   Why Vertical Ad Networks?Over the past year, we have seen an increase of publishers building vertical ad networks in an effort to offer advertisers greater reach online.  From Martha Stewart to Hearst and Forbes, everyone is jumping on the ad network bandwagon. And why not?  If we can take part in the rapid popularity of online spending, this is not a bad way to go. But building a successful ad network means more than offering brands a large audience. There is a strategy behind selecting the sites in your network and equally crucial to your own Web survival is how your ad network compliments not only your ad revenue, but more importantly your brand and consumers. last_img read more

first_imgViacom Inc said on Friday it cut the total pay of its 92-year-old Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone by 85% to $2 million last year in light of his “reduced responsibilities” and that it had raised the pay of Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman.In a securities filing, the media company said the total compensation of Dauman rose to $54.2 million for the fiscal year ended 30 September, 2015, up from $44.3 million in the previous period, driven by a contract renewal award. The company’s shares fell 44% during the period.Viacom, whose networks include Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, has faced ratings challenges, cord-cutting by cable TV consumers, and growing concerns about the health of Redstone, its founder, and his fitness to oversee the company.Even as the company was issuing its annual proxy filing, a California judge ruled on Friday that Redstone could be examined by a doctor hired by his ex-girlfriend in a dispute over his mental competency.Also, a recent lawsuit claims that Viacom and CBS Corp, where Redstone is also executive chairman, improperly paid millions for Redstone’s services even though he was “incapacitated”.Viacom’s filing did not describe how Redstone’s responsibilities had been reduced, and a company spokesman said on Friday that he did not have more details.Viacom had outlined some of the pay changes on 20 January, but it had not said that Redstone’s duties had been decreased or that Dauman would get a pay increase overall.Redstone’s new role meant he was no longer eligible to receive a bonus, which was $10 million in the previous fiscal year, Viacom said. Redstone’s annual salary rose to $2 million in fiscal 2015 from $1,935,577 the prior year.Viacom said in the filing that for fiscal 2015 the total pay of Chief Operating Officer Thomas Dooley fell to $29.4 million from $35 million in the prior year. Dooley’s employment agreement is due to expire at the end of this year, which has raised questions about whether he will stay with the company.CEO Dauman’s pay last year included a stock award worth $17 million tied to the renewal of his contract. Dauman’s bonus was $14 million, down from $20 million the prior year, while Dooley’s bonus was $11.2 million, down from $16 million in the prior year.Viacom said both executives had requested that their bonus payments be reduced so money could be shifted to increase incentive payments at the company’s operating units.While Redstone controls a supermajority of the company’s Class A voting shares through his holding company, National Amusements, his health situation and the company’s high executive pay have led to questions about its corporate governance.As expected, Friday’s filing included a shareholder proposal calling for the company to recapitalize itself so that all shares would have an equal vote. Viacom said it opposes the measure because its current capital structure protects it from disruptive activist challenges and that Redstone’s holding company would vote against it, ensuring it cannot pass.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Pokémon Go’s fallen pretty far, it remains one of the most popular apps of all time with over 500 million downloads to date. That’s despite the developer, Niantic, gutting many of its most important features, including the beloved Pokémon Tracker — which helped players hone in on the real-world locations of Pokémon.As part of their big Thanksgiving promotion (which provides double experience for most in-game actions), Niantic has rolled out a stealthy update for everyone in the western half of the US and Canada. The update includes a major expansion for the beta version of a new tracker. It’s been available in areas like San Francisco for a while, but with this update, Niantic is likely looking to expand their tests and make sure that it’ll work for everyone before doing a full rollout. For now, though, it only works for users west of the Mississippi River.There’s another interesting addition, though, and this one’s for anyone who plays Pokémon Go anywhere in the world: the long-awaited Ditto. Ditto is special because it can transform into any Pokémon it sees. Over the past few hours, players from all over the world have been reporting Ditto sightings typically after catching a relatively common Pokémon like Pidgey or Rattata. After a successful capture, Ditto reveals itself and goes into the Pokedex like any other.One of the big questions fans have been wondering is how Ditto might work for battles in the game… and it turns out it’s exactly what we all suspected. When a player takes on a gym, Ditto will transform into the first Pokémon it sees, and then you keep battling as that Pokémon until you get to the end.Those of you who may remember the Articuno kerfuffle from a few months back might be a little skeptical, but Niantic has confirmed that starting today Ditto is available to catch for everyone — but it will only reveal its true form after it’s been caught. It’s likely this is meant to take some of the sting out of catching your 11 billionth Pidgey.last_img read more

Veteran actor Chinmoy Roy no more

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy has died, family sources said Monday. He was 79. Roy died of cardiac arrest at his Salt Lake residence at around 10:20 pm Sunday, they said. Roy is survived by his son and daughter, his wife actress Jui Banerjee had died a few years back. Born in Kumilla district in present day Bangladesh in 1940, Roy had started his career in Bengali films in the 60s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness and a certain culture. He was equally noticed along with big names like Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in a classic comedy like Basanta Bilap or in Dhonni Meye. Roy had been cast by Satyajit Ray in a small role in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. He immortalised the character of Tenyda in the film Charmurti which became a major hit in the 1980s.last_img read more

Google Finance portfolio feature will be retired in November 2017

first_imgGoogle Finance: portfolio feature will be retired in November 2017 by Martin Brinkmann on September 26, 2017 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 27 commentsGoogle announced today that it will retire the portfolio feature of Google Finance in mid-November 2017.The company creates an updated version of Google Finance currently, and will remove the portfolio feature as part of that process.Google states on a support page that highlights the deprecation of the feature that it wants to make the site more accessible and user-friendly, and as part of that restructuring, the portfolios feature has to go.In an ongoing effort to make Google Finance more accessible and user-friendly for a wider audience, we’re making a few changes to the service in November 2017.The company notes that Google Finance users will still be able to follow stocks that they are interested in. Existing Google Finance portfolios will be migrated automatically according to the company so that stocks are followed automatically on Google Finance.It is unclear at this point in time how the new experience will look like as the redesigned version of Google Finance has not launched yet. The only indication that Google provides is that Google Finance users will be able to follow stocks, market trends and industry news.The “add to portfolio” links are still displayed on Google Finance, and the only indication that portfolios will be retired is displayed on the My Portfolio page itself.Google Finance users who maintain a portfolio on the site can download the data to spreadsheet or OFX format.Google Finance portfolio alternativesHere is a list of alternatives that you may want to check out if you want to keep on managing portfolios.JStock (Desktop)– A free Java-based software program to keep an eye on your portfolio. It supports alerts, watchlists, charts, and news among other things.MSN Money (Online)– Portfolio manager by MSN. Manage your portfolio online or on Windows 10 devices.My Stocks Portfolio and Widget (Android) — Free app to manage one or multiple portfolios on Android devices. Features real-time quotes, currency conversion, charts, market news and more.Ticker Stock Portfolio Manager (iOS) — Manage one or multiple portfolios on iOS devices. Supports notifications and more. Includes subscription upgrades.Yahoo Finance Portfolios (Online)– This requires a Yahoo account. You can track performance of stocks in real-time, and get news and other information related to your symbols.SummaryArticle NameGoogle Finance: portfolio feature will be retired in November 2017DescriptionGoogle announced today that it will retire the portfolio feature of Google Finance in mid-November 2017 as part of a redesign of the service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

On The Go Tours to open Canada office

first_imgOn The Go Tours to open Canada officeOn The Go Tours to open Canada officeOn The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, is opening a reservations office in Canada.Set to open August 1st 2019 in Toronto, the new office will be the working base for six reservation consultants headed by Mike Quinto, General Manager of North America. Joining offices in London, Brisbane and Johannesburg, On The Go Tours have chosen Canada to further grow their global presence as a result of increased booking numbers from the region. Over the last 12 months bookings have increased by 20%, indicating an even stronger market than the US, and is estimated to grow a further 40% this year.General Manager of North America, Mike Quinto says “Our tours to Africa, Egypt, Iceland, Vietnam, and Latin America are by far our most popular destinations by the North American Market. “These regions are complimented by high airline capacity and competitive airfares which adds to the appeal” Quinto continued.The Canadian team will work closely with travel agents and established trade partners to drive awareness of the UK-based company in the North American market. Moreover, the move will ensure that On The Go Tours provide top quality service to North American customers, overcoming the challenge of time zones, ensuring that both customers and agents are assisted in real time.About On The Go Tours On The Go Tours is an award-winning travel operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to over 60 countries. Established as a small global company with a purposeful local ethos, On The Go Tours operates expertly guided group tours, tailor-made getaways and fun family holidays. From mysterious Inca citadels in Peru to spectacular ancient ruins in Jordan and sacred mountain peaks in Japan, the team of travel experts connects travellers with the finest sights and experiences the world has to offer. Group tours include arrival/departure transfers, heritage properties and quality local desert camps. Specialising in holidays for those who wish to combine authentic cultural experiences with comfortable hotels and transport, On The Go Tours enriches each journey by selecting specialist English-speaking local guides who are passionate about sharing their country with travellers.http://www.onthegotours.com ABTA, ATOL & AITO bondedSource = On The Go Tourslast_img read more