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Quebec party leaders head to Gatineau to survey tornadodamaged areas

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s political party leaders set their political differences aside on Saturday as they headed to Gatineau, Que., to survey the damage from a tornado that ripped through homes and sent several people to hospital on Friday night.On Day 31 of the election campaign, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s Francois Legault, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee and Quebec solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse all cancelled scheduled activities to meet those affected by the storm.Couillard and Lisee could been seen walking side-by-side as they toured a neighbourhood in Gatineau alongside Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and a number of other officials.The two leaders passed by ripped-off roofs, chunks of insulation and flattened cars as they surveyed one of the worst-hit streets in the Mont-Blanc neighbourhood, before meeting with tornado victims at a local school.“It’s like life just stopped,” Couillard said as he looked at a roofless house, with furniture still visible intact in the living room.“It’s a miracle people got out of there alive.”Couillard, the current premier, announced $1 million in emergency aid would be handed over to the Red Cross to help victims who couldn’t return to their homes.“What we announced this morning is for Gatineau but also for the rural areas around the city,” he said.“It’s to help people, through the Red Cross, to meet their daily needs for several weeks and even more, if needed.”Lisee, for his part, said he was relieved nobody had been killed.“As the premier said, it’s extraordinary that there was no loss of life,” he said. “We’re fortunate in our misfortune, but we have to support these people, who come from modest means and have lost everything.”Legault said Saturday morning that he was keeping a scheduled meeting with a group of mayors north of Montreal but had cancelled an afternoon appearance to head to Gatineau.Speaking north of Montreal in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, he said it wasn’t a day to play politics.“I think it’s important that all the parties show their solidarity, support the premier and reassure the population, because there are people who have lost a lot materially and will need to be reimbursed if they’re not insured,” he said.Legault said the Quebec government would be there to help the victims, no matter who was elected, and encouraged people to donate to help recovery efforts.Legault and Masse also set partisan politics aside as they jointly met with tornado victims and spoke with Gatineau’s mayor.“In Quebec, we help each other, we hold each other up and take care of each other; it’s what we’ve always done,” Masse wrote on Twitter earlier in the day.For the most part, the leaders ditched the official trappings of their campaigns as they expressed solidarity for the victims.Couillard announced Friday night that he would suspend his campaign and leave his electoral bus behind in order to visit storm-damaged areas in his role as premier.Legault also said he would travel to Gatineau in a private vehicle, while Lisee said he was acting as head of Quebec’s official Opposition for the day.Both Lisee and Couillard were expected to head back to Montreal at the end of the day in order to restart their campaigns.— With files from Melanie Marquis, Stephanie Marin and Mylene Crete in Gatineau, Que.Note to readers: This is a corrected version. An earlier version incorrectly said both of Quebec solidaire’s co-spokespeople were in Gatineau.last_img read more

Sting And Trudie Styler Announce 2016 Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert

first_imgIn celebration of the Holiday Season, Rainforest Fund co-founders Sting and Trudie Styler announce that they will be joined by Chris Botti, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and more artists to be named shortly for the Rainforest Fund Benefit concert, “BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE”.This star-studded evening will take place on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 7 pm in the Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.These musicians and performers will take to the stage to raise awareness and funds for the important work the Rainforest Fund provides to communities of indigenous peoples throughout Brazil and other countries including Belize, Cameroon, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.With the generous support of some of the world’s most well-known artists and philanthropists, the evening continues to be one of the most sought-after tickets of the New York social calendar, raising more than $30 million with all proceeds donated to Rainforest Fund projects and programs.The biennial Rainforest Fund concert provides a major source of funding for the work of the Fund, which was started by Sting and Trudie in 1989, out of a desire to help a community of indigenous Amazonian people in Brazil. Since this humble start, the work of the Fund has expanded to include 23 countries on three continents. Partnering with more than 100 local organizations, The Fund seeks to conserve the environment as well as support hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in their fight to protect their rights to their own land, livelihoods and cultures.For further information on the Rainforest Fund, please visit: read more

Trudeau silent on genocide after accepting MMIWG Inquiry final report

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke after receiving the MMIWG National Inquiry’s final report Monday in Gatineau but did not acknowledge the Inquiry’s finding of genocide. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsDespite cries from the audience in the middle of his speech, Justin Trudeau did not utter the word genocide after being handed a copy of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ final report.On Monday in Gatineau, Que. the inquiry made its case for Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples — and the disproportionate violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples — as genocide.“This is genocide,” inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said during the ceremony, adding an “absolute paradigm shift is required to dismantle colonialism” in Canada.In its final report, Reclaiming Power and Place, the inquiry “draws a conclusion on the responsibility of Canada as a state for genocide under international law,” the 1,200-page document reads, explaining that “the definition of genocide in international law, as it stands, encompasses the past and current actions and omissions of Canada towards Indigenous Peoples.“Targeting victims in a gender-oriented manner destroys the very foundations of the group as a social unit and leaves long-lasting scars within a group’s social fabric. It is inherent to its destruction,” the report continues.“Unlike the traditional paradigms of genocide, such as the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the Rwandan Genocide… colonial destruction of Indigenous peoples has taken place insidiously and over centuries.”The report was leaked to media on Friday, and the case for “colonial genocide” made international headlines.But in his short speech to survivors, family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples, and Indigenous leaders, Trudeau only went as far as to call the report’s findings “challenging and uncomfortable.”As he uttered those words, one woman in the packed Museum of History’s Grand Hall yelled “genocide!” in an effort to prompt Trudeau to say the word.“This is an uncomfortable day for Canada. It is an essential day,” Trudeau continued in his speech. “We need to recognize the truths presented here, the truths you carry, the future you have reached out your hands to build alongside all Canadians.”Trudeau promised to “conduct a thorough review” of the report, “and we will conduct and implement a national action plan to address violence against Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ and 2-spirit people,” he added.“We will work with Indigenous partners to determine next steps.”Sarah Ponniuk, an Inuk elder from Nunatsiavut, said she was disappointed Trudeau didn’t acknowledge genocide against Indigenous peoples.Nunatsiavut Elder Sarah Ponniuk says it’s important that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledge the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples as genocide. Justin Brake/APTN.“To me personally it was important he say that,” said Ponniuk, who flew to Ottawa from Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the event. “It would have been very powerful for him to acknowledge it.”Asked if he thinks Trudeau should say the word genocide, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said, “I think everybody in Canada should accept the truth.”“Education awareness leads to understanding, leads to action,” Bellegarde said. “So we’ve got to keep pushing because really, that’s what it was.”Indigenous leaders were swift to respond to the report’s findings and its 231 “Calls for Justice”.“First Nations women’s voices must be centred in the decolonization of the nation to nation relationship and lead the national action plan to address the crisis,” Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said in a statement.“AMC will work side by side with the families and First Nations women leaders to work on a more just relationship with the federal, provincial and municipal governments moving forward.”Inquiry Commissioner Qajaq Robinson said that non-Indigenous people in Canada will have to confront the evidence now before them.“As a non-Indigenous person I have struggled to come to terms with my role in Canada’s genocide,” she said. “I have sat with feelings that I’m sure many of you non-Indigenous people in the room or watching may be feeling and sitting with right now: Shame. Guilt. Denial. That urge to say, ‘No, that’s not what this is. This is not who I am. I didn’t play a part in this. My ancestors didn’t play a part in this. We’re good people. No.’“But it’s the truth. It’s our truth. It’s my truth, it’s your truth,” Robinson continued.“It might challenge who we think we are, who we hope to be, but who we will be and who are are is ultimately defined by how we respond now that we know.”B.C. Premier John Horgan said in a statement Monday that the report “brings to the forefront the magnitude of the gendered impacts of colonial violence, one so severe the inquiry has called it a ‘Canadian genocide.’Horgan said his government “will be reviewing the report and recommendations in detail and considering them along with historic recommendations from survivors, families and communities, and the work currently underway in B.C.,” where the province has put into action a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The report is clear: thousands of Indigenous women, girls & 2SLGBTQQIA ppl were murdered or went missing in a Canadian genocide. We cannot deny this horrific suffering.Too many Indigenous women & girls suffered unconscionable violence & for too many, this continues. #MMIWG 2/3— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) June 3, 2019During the ceremonies Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tweeted about immigration and firearms legislation.Monday afternoon he issued a statement saying the Conservative “support the process of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples,” and that under his leadership “a Conservative government will develop and implement a National Action Plan, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, to advance reconciliation, address violence and achieve measurable improvements in the day-to-day lives of Indigenous women and girls.”He did not address the allegation of genocide.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh had originally planned an environment and jobs news conference Monday in Ottawa but cancelled it and attended the MMIWG ceremony instead.“The report is clear: thousands of Indigenous women, girls & 2SLGBTQQIA ppl were murdered or went missing in a Canadian genocide,” Singh tweeted Monday.“We cannot deny this horrific suffering.”Speaking to reporters after the event Monday, federal Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti the government will “leave the discussion of the actual use of the term genocide to academics and experts.Federal Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti said Canada will leave the discussion of genocide “to academics and experts.” Justin Brake/APTN.“What we have said today is we have a responsibility to the people, the families of survivors and the families of the women and girls who have gone missing. We have a responsibility to fixing this problem,” he said.National Inquiry Chief Commissioner told reporters after the ceremony, “We don’t need to hear the word genocide come out of the prime minister’s mouth, because the families, the survivors, have told us their truths.”Buller said she’s “glad people are having a conversation about genocide.”Marlene Thomas of Lennox Island First Nation, who is vice president of the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, told APTN after Monday’s ceremony it was “disappointing” Trudeau did not directly address the allegation of genocide in his speech.“Being the prime minister, he needs to listen to the people,” she said, adding an acknowledgement “has got to come from the Canadian government.” read more

EC urged to take action against PMs asset declaration

first_imgNew Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera on Tuesday questioned the prime minister’s assets and raised doubts over “alleged irregularities” in the property declared by the Prime Minister himself in an affidavit.The Congress has urged the Election Commission to take action against Narendra Modi’s past affidavit. A delegation of Congress party also submitted a memorandum to EC in this regard. The Congress accused the Prime Minister of furnishing contradictory information regarding his assets in Gandhinagar. According to the party, PM Modi has submitted differing details of the same property in different affidavits. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress allegation came after public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe into the “irregularities” in the affidavits submitted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PIL was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist Saket Gokhale. In his petition, Gokhale has claimed that PM Modi had previously mentioned a plot of land in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar that was allocated to the former Gujarat CM by the state government in his 2007 affidavit for the Gujarat Assembly elections. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAs per Congress spokesperson, in an election affidavit in 2007, Modi declared that he was the sole owner of Plot 411 in Sector 1, prime property in Gandhinagar. “Modi listed the area of the plot as 326.22 square metres and the cost of its purchase as Rs 1.3 lakh. Based on the market rates prevailing in Gandhinagar, this plot is presently worth about Rs 1.18 crore. Modi was the then CM of Gujarat and had also declared in his affidavit that he had spent Rs 30,363 to construct on the piece of the same land,” Khera told reporters while addressing a Press conference. However, the property did not find mention in the prime minister’s affidavit for the 2012 state elections or the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Instead, PM Modi declared 1/4th ownership of another property in the same area. The former plot of land was missing in PM Modi’s 2016 and 2017 asset declarations as well. According to Gokhale, the land records still indicate PM Modi’s name. The petition has been filed under Article 19(1)(a) (freedom of speech and expression) of the Indian Constitution.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Initiates New Fishing Port and Marina Projects in

By Intissar FaouziRabat – In Tangier, King Mohammed VI initiated a new fishing port and marina, two leader projects under the MAD 6.2 billion Tangier port area rehabilitation program.The two projects reflect the King’s desire to make Tangier a preferred destination for cruises and pleasure tourism and to improve the working conditions of fishermen with modern equipment. The new fishing port will cost MAD 1.189 billion and will allow better development of the fishing industry, boost investment, and create additional jobs while it is being constructed.The new fishing port will have 1,167 meters of protective structures, 2,537 meters of ferry docks, 11 hectares of bay, and 12 hectares of land.The project will contain various essential structures, including ice factories, cold stores, a standard fund management unit, stores for ship owners and wholesalers, shops for artisanal fishermen, a shipyard, ship repair shops, and administrative buildings.The port will also contain a fish market for coastal and offshore fisheries and will be built on 5,000 square meters.The fish market will have a refrigerated sales area, cold storage rooms, and a veterinary office.The purpose of the market is to improve product quality, ensure the smoothness and transparency of commercial transactions, and develop fishing-related activities within the region.In regards to socio-economic impact, the new fishing port will help fishermen advertise their products in addition to improving their working conditions.The King also launched an MAD 635 million structural project on Thursday called “Tanja Marina Bay.” The project is dedicated to recreational boaters who  seek to discover the magic of the city of Bogaz.The marina will offer 800 docking rings for boats ranging in length from 7 to 90 meters and 600 rings for boats from 7 to 30 meters, planned for the second phase.The marina will offer the largest number of docking rings in the kingdom and a multitude of services fulfilling international standards.The marina will include entertainment areas, fuel stations, shops, national clubs and a parking lot with 435 spaces.It is to be hoped the two projects will bring new life to the Tangier port, boost tourist attractions, and inject a new dynamism into the fishing sector. read more

Security Council deplores deadly ambush of peacekeepers in Darfur

22 June 2010The Security Council has joined the chorus of United Nations condemnation of yesterday’s ambush by unknown assailants in Darfur in which three soldiers serving with the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force were killed and a fourth was seriously wounded. More than 20 gunmen opened fire without warning on the blue helmets as they were providing security to civilian engineers working near the West Darfur village of Nertiti, according to the peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID.The soldiers, all from Rwanda, returned fire but in the ensuing hour-long firefight three were slain. Three assailants were also killed and the others escaped.In a statement to the press issued by Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel voiced concern that yesterday’s attack occurred little more than a month after two Egyptian peacekeepers serving with UNAMID were killed in South Darfur.“The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks as well as to the Government of Rwanda,” the statement said. “They encouraged the Government of Sudan to ensure that all the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice and stressed that there must be an end to impunity for those that attack peacekeepers.”Yesterday both the mission and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued statements deploring the killing and stressing that UNAMID would not be deterred by the attack from carrying out its mandate to try to bring peace and security to the war-wracked region of western Sudan.Twenty-seven UNAMID peacekeepers – all either soldiers or police officers – have now been killed since the start of 2008, when the mission took over duties from a previous AU operation.As many as 300,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed and another 2.7 million displaced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003 between rebels and Government forces backed by Janjaweed militiamen. All sides stand accused of grave human rights violations.Meanwhile, the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibril Bassolé, today issued a joint statement with Qatari Foreign Minister Ahmed Bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud in which they said peace talks between the Sudanese Government and one the rebel groups, the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), will resume tomorrow.Tomorrow’s discussions will focus on wealth-sharing, including land rights. Between now and 1 July, four more rounds of discussions will be held on such issues as justice and reconciliation and the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.The Government has reached peace agreements with several rebel groups, but the rebels have splintered into smaller groups and sporadic but deadly fighting between the two sides has continued. read more

UN experts in Colombia to assess impact of war on women their

Elisabeth Rehn, the former Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a member of the Organization of African Unity’s Panel of Eminent Persons to investigate the genocide in Rwanda, are in Colombia as part of the follow-up to a UN Security Council resolution on women, peace and security.The experts’ findings will be published early next year in a global report sponsored by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).According to UNIFEM, statistics show that over 2 million people in Colombia have been displaced due to ongoing violence since 1985 and that every 14 days a Colombian woman is a victim of forced disappearance.”Women’s protection during armed conflict is glaringly neglected and their contributions to peace-building are often marginalized,” said Ms. Rehn. “Our report will aim to mobilize international support for the highest possible standards for women’s protection and for their increased participation in peace-building.”The visit to Colombia is the fifth field visit by experts to countries affected by conflict in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In Colombia, the two experts will travel to Bogotá and Medellín and will meet with women in communities, as well as government officials and representatives of human rights, development and women’s organizations.”No full-scale study on the impact of armed conflict on women and their role in peace-building has ever been conducted,” said UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer. “While the credibility of peace processes that exclude participants on the basis of ethnicity, religion and political affiliation are often called into question, the systematic exclusion of more than 50 per cent of the population on the basis of gender is rarely challenged.”The survey stems from an October 2000 Security Council resolution, which called for documenting women’s experiences during and after war. It also urged the prosecution of crimes against women and increased participation of women in peace negotiations and in decision-making processes at the national, regional and international level. read more

For Valentines Day UN environment wing is urging everyone to break up

In It’s not me, it’s you, a short video for its #CleanSeas campaign, the UN environment wing takes a lighter look at the very serious problem of marine litter and urges everyone to give up the use of single-use plastic products such as disposable cutlery, water-bottles, food containers and shopping bags.These environmentally unfriendly products ultimately end up in seas and oceans where they endanger fish, birds, turtles and other creatures who mistake it for food or become entangled.Plastic waste has also entered the human food chain with health consequences that are not yet fully understood.In addition to the impact on human and animal health, such pollution also hurt local businesses such as tourism, not only in areas where the pollutants originated but in far-away places, carried by ocean currents, and washing up on tiny Pacific islands and Arctic and Antarctic regions.The UNEP’s #CleanSeas campaign aims to “turn the tide on plastic” by inspiring action from governments, businesses and individuals on ocean pollution.A simple, conscious, switch to glass or metal tumblers or cups, or carrying a reusable shopping bag can have a lasting impact on ridding the planet from the menace.Find more information on the campaign and pledge your commitment to ‘break up’ with single-use plastics here. read more

GECOM pussyfoots on March elections

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiplomats from ABC Countries pleased with GECOM’s elections preparationsMarch 25, 2015In “Politics”GECOM debunks claims of alleged favoritism in selection of Chief Elections OfficerJanuary 28, 2014In “Local News”Mandatory Art 106 90-day due elections…Elections can be held by March 19 – CommissionersJanuary 27, 2019In “latest news” Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield…CEO blames Chairman and Commission even though responsibleChief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission, Keith Lowenfield, has said that the Secretariat is yet to receive instructions from the Commission to commence preparations for the upcoming General and Regional Elections.During an engagement with the media earlier today (Friday), Lowenfield said that the electoral machinery would need at least 148 days before it is fully ready to host the constitutionally mandated elections triggered by the no-confidence motion against the APNU/AFC Government on December 21.Lowenfield said he is flatfooted since GECOM’s Commissioners are still in deliberation.“The Secretariat went to Commissioners and asked if to move me into a mode, but they just don’t say anything to the secretariat, I am flatfooted now. When those issues are before the board, the Chairman guides but there is usually a deliberation… they say move but then the discussions go on and on…I know that they are commissioners who are ready to move, as a matter of fact, but their needs to be unison at the part of the Commission, and I can’t really speak for them at all” Lowingfield said.“Today is the 8th of January. You haven’t said anything to me yet. If you communicate to me, I move,” Lowenfield said.When questioned about extracting the list of eligible voters from the National Register of Registrants, Lowenfield explained that doing so would cause many young voters to be unable vote.Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers said if elections were to be held in March, then nomination day would have had to be by the end of January.The Deputy CEO explained that it would take 148 days to prepare for elections. However if certain tasks are done concurrently – procurement of materials such as ballots, stamps and ink, along with other activities such as training of polling day staff – it would take roughly 105 days to prepare for the polls.The CEO pointed out that the 148-day timeline is the earliest the Secretariat can run-off elections; this excludes the possibility of holding house to house registration, which Myers said could take at least nine months.The parliamentary Opposition and other observers have accused the Government and GECOM of deliberately attempting to delay the holding of the constitutionally mandated elections.The no-confidence vote was validated by the ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who declared that the motion was validly passed 33-32.The complaint has been that GECOM was not forthcoming about its preparedness for the elections despite being mandated by the Constitution of Guyana to hold elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.It was only a few days ago that United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged Government to respect the Constitution.Guyana’s Private Sector Commission had also previously called for GECOM to open up about its readiness for elections.GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections in November 2018, less than three months ago.The President of Guyana, according to the Constitution, has the power to dissolve Parliament and issue a date for elections. read more

Montpellier lost at Blaugrana

FC Barcelona handballHC Montpellier Handball 1.Barcelona4301144:1156 8.Kristianstad4004111:1420 ← Previous Story Ivic saves Kielce against IFK Kristianstad Next Story → AGAIN “AUFWIEDERSEHEN” IN SKOPJE: RK Vardar beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 6.Telekom Veszprem4202111:1134 Montpellier Handball are far away from the form which brought them to the TOP of European handball last June in Cologne! FC Barcelona Handball showed that at “Blaugrana”, where team of Patrice Canayer had no chance in any part of the game to surprise home team.Casper Mortensen had a leading role in revenge for the defeat of his team in the last year EHF CL campaign with eight goals, while Ludovic Fabregas had no mercy for his former team-mates, scoring six for Barca in front of only 2.642 fans.Handball in Barcelona definitely isn’t a big story…35 – Barcelona Lassa: Pérez de Vargas (1) (Möller); Áleix Gómez (3), Mem (3), Palmarsson (2), Fábregas (6), N ‘Guessan (4), Mortensen (8,5p); Thiagus Petrus, Syprzak (2), Sorhaindo (3), Duarte, Ariño (1), R. Entrerrios (1), Andersson, Dolenec (1).27 – Montpellier : Portner (2) (Gerard); Kavticnik (5,3p), Porte (1), Soussi (1), Petersson, Bonnefont, Bingo (3); Grébille (2), Faustin (1), Villeminot (6), Richardson (3,1p) and Mamdouh (3).STANDINGS: 4.Rhein-Neckar3201100:964 5.Meshkov Brest4202113:1154 7.Montpellier4004100:1170 2.Vardar330087:746 3.Vive Kielce4301124:1186 read more

The next Pope Cardinals gather for preconclave talks

first_imgCATHOLIC CARDINALS HAVE BEGUN talks today ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope, following Benedict XVI’s historic resignation.A string of new scandals and allegations have emerged since Benedict became only the second pope in the Church’s 2,000-year history to step down of his own free will.The Vatican meetings starting today, known as “general congregations”, set the date for the start of the conclave and help identify candidates to be leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.The Vatican is now expecting 115 “cardinal electors” – cardinals aged under 80 – to attend the conclave after the former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien opted out and an Indonesian cardinal said he was too sick to attend.The field for next pope remains wide open, with possible candidates from every corner of the world and from both progressive and traditionalist wings of the Church.The pre-conclave meetings, which are expected to last for most of the week, are also a way to identify what the priorities for the next pope should be.Benedict’s eight-year pontificate was often overshadowed by Vatican intrigue and scandals in Europe and North America over sexual abuse by paedophile priests going back decades and the cover-up of those crimes by senior prelates.Cardinal electorsChurch leaders are also concerned about issues like priestly celibacy, treatment of gays, attitudes towards divorcees, the Catholic stance on contraception as well as inter-religious dialogue, particularly with Islam.Benedict’s effort to revive faith amid rising secularism is also crucial.“We will confront the most important issues: evangelisation and the new evangelisation of lands with a Christian tradition,” Colombian cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez told Italian daily Corriere della Sera on the eve of the meeting.Honduran cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga said there would be no avoiding the issue of “Vatileaks” – a series of leaks of confidential documents last year that revealed intrigue in the government of the Church.“We have to be informed about things that, because of the distance, we have little information about,” Maradiaga told Italian public channel Rai Due.No date has yet been set for the election of the Church’s 266th pope, although Italian media have mentioned next Monday, March 11 as a possibility.The dean of the college of cardinals, Angelo Sodano, has stressed that the start date will not be set until all the “cardinal electors” are in Rome.The closed-door “general congregations” will also make preparations for the vote itself by, for example, ordering a special stove to be set up in the Sistine Chapel to burn ballots after each of the two daily rounds of voting.White smokeIf the smoke from the ballots is black — a special chemical component is added — that indicates no candidate has won the two-thirds majority required.If the smoke is white, it means a new pontiff has been elected.The profile of an ideal candidate for pope is beginning to come into focus as cardinals have their say — many would prefer a relatively youthful, pastoral figure who can help foster spiritual renewal, particularly among young people.“When John Paul II died in 2005, everyone had been thinking about a successor for months and the conclave was short,” a retired cardinal told AFP.“This time the unprecedented move of a pope resigning has upset all the calculations,” he said, adding that he believed a “bold decision” like the unexpected election of Polish Karol Wojtyla in 1978 is a distinct possibility.Among the leading candidates this time around are Italian cardinal Angelo Scola, a big promoter of inter-religius dialogue, and Austria’s Christoph Schoenborn, a former student of Benedict’s with strong progressive ideas.US cardinal Sean O’Malley, who cracked down on the problem of sexual abuse in the Boston archdiocese where the scandals began to emerge, and Timothy Dolan, the gregarious archbishop of New York, are also seen as possibilities.Canadian Quebecois cardinal Marc Ouellet, a conservative with ties to Latin America, is also highly rated. For Latin America — home to most of the world’s Catholics — Brazilian cardinal and Sao Paulo archbishop Odilo Scherer is seen as a favourite.In Africa, Ghana’s Peter Turkson, Guinea’s Robert Sarah and South Africa’s Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, are also seen as possibilities.For Asia, the most frequently mentioned candidate is Manila archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, a 55-year-old theologian and pastor who is hugely popular.- © AFP, 2013Read: Meet the men who could succeed Pope Benedict XVIExplainer: How is a new Pope chosen?last_img read more

The Cure To Play Exclusive Sydney Shows In Celebration Of Disintegration 30th

first_img The Cure To Play Exclusive Sydney Shows cure-play-exclusive-sydney-shows-celebration-disintegration-30th-anniversary Facebook The band will play four exclusive dates at the Sydney Opera House in Australia as a part of Vivid LIVE Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 19, 2019 – 2:41 pm GRAMMY-nominated band the Cure is celebrating 30 years of their timeless Disintegration album with a series of special shows in Australia. The band will perform “Pictures Of You,” “Lovesong” and the rest of the classic album exclusively at the Sydney Opera House as a part of their Vivid LIVE programming celebrating music with curated performances May 24–28. The band previously played Vivid LIVE in 2011 with performances of Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds and Faith . Twitter The Cure To Play Exclusive Sydney Shows In Celebration Of ‘Disintegration’ 30th Anniversary center_img Email News “We are delighted to be returning to @SydOperaHouse for four exclusive performances only at #VividLIVE this May celebrating the 30th anniversary of Disintegration,” the Cure tweeted. The band will also play seldom B-side performances, curated catalog cuts and perform with “evocative visual backdrops,” at the shows according to the Opera House. Disintegration has several well-loved fan favorites, and in a 2017 interview with the Recording Academy, video director Tim Pope, who has directed Cure videos including “Friday I’m In Love” and “Just Like Heaven” talked about why “Lullaby” is one of their many great songs:”That song was particularly lurid and vivid,” says Pope, “and it’s got one of my favorite lines: ‘And I feel like I’m being eaten/By a thousand million shivering furry holes.’ My god, where can you go wrong with a line like that?”RELATED: The Cure’s Robert Smith on “Lullaby”Pope directed the video for the song, which won Best British Video at the 1990 Brit Awards and shows front man Robert Smith in the likeness of Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. Information on how to attain tickets for the exclusive Sydney performances can be found on the opera house website.  Greta Van Fleet Join GRAMMY Elite: “It’s A Massive Compliment”Read morelast_img read more

Mumbaibased Piramal Enterprises to acquire four Pfizer brands for Rs 110 crore

first_imgMumbai-based Piramal Enterprises has signed an agreement to acquire four brands from global drug major Pfizer for Rs. 110 crore.Piramal said in a Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) filing on Friday that the four brands to be acquired from Pfizer are Ferradol, Neko, Sloan’s and Waterbury’s Compound. The agreement also includes the trademark rights for Ferradol and Waterbury’s Compound in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, according to the filing.The combined market value of these drugs is Rs 7,000 crore. The deal is seen as a move by the Piramal to strengthen its Over the Counter (OTC) products portfolio.Piramal said the deal is subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals.Ferradol launched in 1982, is a nutritional supplement for children and adults. Neko (1967) is a medicated soap indicated for body odour and minor skin infections.Sloan’s (1982) is used in the treatment of muscular pain, whereas Waterbury’s Compound — launched in 1970 — is used for building Cough and Cold immunity.”The Consumer Products Division of the company currently ranks 7th in India; but we aim to be a top three player in the OTC market by 2020. Acquisition is one of the important routes to help us achieve our goal and in the last six months we have done two acquisitions in the Consumer Products business,” Nandini Piramal, chief executive officer of Piramal Enterprises, said.While commenting on the deal, Kedar Rajadnye, chief operating officer of consumer products division at Piramal, said that the acquired products have a huge potential to become power brands in their respective categories.He added that Piramal’s six brands currently feature among top 100 OTC brands of India.The stock of Piramal Enterprises closed at Rs. 1,263.60 on Friday up by 3.89 percent on BSE.last_img read more

BSF extracts Bangladeshi mans finger nails

first_imgUnfortunately cruelty also has its various forms. Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) have showed that when they tortured a Bangladeshi youth by removing the nails of his fingers along the Patari border early Saturday.The victim is Azim Uddin, 20, son of Kabir Uddin of Tulsidanga village in Sapahar upazila.Locals said Azim went to India along with some other cattle traders on Friday night to bring cattle.BSF men from Rangamati camp under Bamankhola district chased them while they were returning home along with cattle, said commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion-16 Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud.The border force caught Azim and took him to their camp, he said.The BSF members tortured him inhumanly and extracted the nails from all the fingers of the youth, the BGB official added.As Azim fell unconscious following the torture, they left him at the Zero Point of the Purnavora river.  Around 5:00am, a patrol team of the BGB battalion spotted unconscious Azim and took him to Upazila Health Complex, said Masud.last_img read more

Brexiteers plot EU vote mischief

first_imgFrench president Emmanuel Macron (R) accompanies out british prime minister Theresa May after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on 9 April. Photo: AFPThey call it the Trojan Horse strategy: Brexit supporters furious at their government’s failure to leave the EU on time are aiming to undermine the European Parliament following elections next month.The Greek myth about the hollow wooden horse Odysseus used to sneak his men into Troy to capture it from within was invoked by Conservative MP Mark Francois ahead of Wednesday’s critical EU summit.”If we were to be held in the EU against our democratically expressed will because some in the EU hope against hope that we will change our mind, then they will live to regret it,” Francois told a Brexiteer conference in the heart of London.”We will become a Trojan Horse within the EU and utterly derail all their attempts to pursue a more federalist project,” he said from a lectern bearing a portrait of Margaret Thatcher — a premier whose views on Europe grew darker with time.Francois warned EU leaders meeting in Brussels later Wednesday to consider the UK government’s request for another Brexit delay that “they will need to bear all these inconvenient truths in mind”.As difficult as possibleThese inconvenient truths were first raised in a tweet last Friday by Jacob Rees-Mogg — the leader of a rightwing insurgency tearing at prime minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party.”If a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU we should be as difficult as possible,” Rees-Mogg wrote moments after May asked Brussels to push back Britain’s departure to keep it from crashing out.EU leaders’ expected approval will put Britain in the paradoxical situation of having to take part in European Parliament elections on 23 May — nearly three years after voting to chart its own course.Rees-Mogg said Britain should make best use of its predicament by vetoing “any increase in the (EU) budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block (French President Emmanuel) Macron’s integrationist schemes”.Francois pointed cheerfully to a response to Rees-Mogg’s tweet from the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt that also went viral.”For those in the EU who may be tempted to further extend the Brexit saga, I can only say, be careful what you wish for,” Verhofstadt wrote.”Who am I to put try and put it better than Guy Verhofstadt,” Francois chortled.FireworksRees-Mogg and Francois voted against the Brexit deal that May struck with the EU all three times it came up for a vote. They view it as too EU-friendly.Only 26 of the 314 Conservatives in parliament joined them the last time around — a shrinking group that May hopes will grow even smaller by the time she tries to get her pact through on the fourth attempt.Her ability to do this quickly could still keep Britain from having to actually fill its 73 seats when a new European Parliament opens its doors in July.Some of the current places have in any case been reassigned.Yet the level of Conservatives’ anger with May seems to be rising as the possibility grows of Brexit being pushed further out of reach.Ninety-seven Conservative MPs voted against a measure Tuesday aimed at averting a no-deal scenario. It prevailed by a 420-110 margin.Veteran EU foes such as Nigel Farage — a poster boy of the pro-Brexit campaign who once headed the nationalist UKIP group — hope the groundswell of discontent will carry his new Brexit Party to big gains in Europe.”If we have to fight those European election on 23 May, we’ll fight them because it’s time we taught them a lesson,” Farage says in a video campaign message.And even those not running themselves sound tempted by the idea of Britain making a nuisance of itself in European halls of power.Asked whether he might consider running in the European elections, veteran Conservative MP William Cash told parliament this week: “I must admit that if I were to, there would be quite a lot of fireworks in the European Parliament”.last_img read more

Starbucks to Deliver Nationwide Via Uber Eats

first_imgStay on target There’s nothing like a refreshing Starbucks iced coffee to get you through this heat wave.Too bad you have to leave the A/C to pick one up.That won’t be a problem as of early 2020, when Starbucks begins delivering food and drinks via Uber Eats.The new partnership builds on a 2018 rollout to 11 markets: Folks in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. can place Starbucks orders through Uber Eats on iOS and Android.More cities will be added soon, with the goal of achieving national coverage by early next year.“We are driven to create new and unique digital experiences that are meaningful, valuable, and convenient for our customers,” suitably named Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Roz Brewer said in a statement. “Partnering with Uber Eats helps us take another step toward bringing Starbucks to customers wherever they are.”And, with 95 percent of the core coffeehouse menu available online, users can customize their Uber Eats order as easily as you would in the store or on the Starbucks app.“Our customers are huge Starbucks fans and love being able to get their favorite items delivered with Uber Eats speed,” according to Jason Droege, vice president of UberEverything.“We’re excited to expand our partnership across the United States to make ordering their favorite coffee and breakfast sandwich as easy as requesting a ride,” he said.As always, Uber Eats customers can track their courier’s progress, so you’ll know exactly when you can dig into that turkey pesto panini and caramel macchiato.Starbucks even developed special packaging to ensure hot bevvies and sammies don’t cool off, and your berry parfait doesn’t warm up on the ride, Digital Trends reported.More on‘Game of Thrones’ Deletes Random Starbucks Cup From Season 8 SceneStarbucks Will Test ‘Greener,’ Recyclable Cups in Stores SoonStarbucks Will Finally Block U.S. Customers From Watching Porn ‘Game of Thrones’ Deletes Random Starbucks Cup From Season 8 Scene’Game of Thrones’ Left a Starbucks Cup in a Scene and Fans Are Freaking Out last_img read more

With no word yet from producers Tollywood imbroglio continues

first_imgKolkata: The stalemate in the shooting of television serials in Tollywood continues as the artistes and technicians are yet to arrive at a negotiation with the producers.The ceasework is the result of a demand by the Artistes’ Forum to regularise pay. The talks between it and the Welfare Association of Television Producers (WATP) are yet to yield results.In a Press release issued on Tuesday by the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India, signed by senior artistes like Soumitra Chatterjee, its president, Prosenjit Chatterjee, its working president and Arindam Ganguly, general secretary, the artistes have agreed to join work the moment WATP agrees to implement the MoU signed between the producers and the artistes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe future of nearly 10,000 artistes and technicians has become uncertain because of the stalemate. The artistes have also agreed to sit with the producers.Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee told newsmen that the Artistes’ Forum did not wish to disrupt shooting schedules of TV serials, but the July 8 agreement between the Television Producers’ body should be respected and artistes should be paid regularly.While the agreement between producers and the forum had stipulated that the artistes should get their salaries within the 15th day of the next month, many producers did not honour it and did not arrange the payment overdue to the artistes, Chatterjee maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said in the given situation, it is not possible to resume work unless the producers pay the arrears. Chatterjee made it clear though that he was only referring to a section of producers and not all. The ceasework has been disrupting the overall shooting schedules.Forum general secretary and actor Arindam Ganguly said the July 8 agreement had also specified that any artiste working for more than 10 hours should be paid on an hourly basis after the expiry of the scheduled time. That too had not been honoured by a section of producers.He said the state government is aware of the situation. “Minister Aroop Biswas has been updated of the developments at the meeting and he is trying to arrive at a solution,” he added. Meanwhile, there was no shooting during the day in all the eight studios located across different areas of South Kolkata, due to the ceasework.last_img read more

Certain areas in and around Ladysmith left without power

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Parts of Ladysmith have been left without power for many hours.This morning (September 18), power outages were reported in Danskraal, Limit Hill, Modelkloof and Steadville.In certain areas, electricity is reported to have come back on and then gone off again.Also read: Storm causes power outagesAlso read: Breaking news – No electricity in CBDThe Electricity Department is attending to the affected areas.They are trying their best to get power restored as soon as possible.last_img

Forecast Calls for Small Bump in January ExistingHome Sales

first_img Demand Existing-Home Sales Forecast 2015-01-26 Tory Barringer Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News An early forecast of existing-home sales projects a minor bump in transaction activity this month following December’s modest gain.Based on company transactional data and Google search activity, predicted Monday that existing-home sales in January will come in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.06 million, just slightly above the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) December estimate of 5.04 million. The company’s range of predictions includes a lower forecast of 4.90 million annual sales and an upper forecast of 5.21 million sales.”There’s nothing pointing towards a quantum leap in January home sales,” said Rick Sharga, EVP for “Demand continues to be tepid, reflected by the relatively weak search activity that we’re tracking in Google Trends data. And inventory levels of available homes continue to fall, which means that even if demand picks up, there might not be enough homes to meet it.”In its latest look at resale data, NAR reported that the stock of available existing homes for sale was around 1.85 million in December, putting the national supply at 4.4 months at the current sales rate.Also challenging the housing market right now are stringent credit conditions, stagnant wages, and “lingering wariness about homeownership benefits,” said’s chief economist, Peter Muoio.Oil-producing states also have their own problems to contend with prices per barrel on the decline.”White-hot sales growth in Texas has well outpaced U.S. existing home sales growth over the past three years, pushing the Texas share of U.S. existing home sales up to a near-record 6.2 percent,” Muoio said. “Low oil will cool the Texas economy and likely with it home sales within the state, exerting a drag on U.S. sales in 2015.”center_img Forecast Calls for Small Bump in January Existing-Home Sales January 26, 2015 486 Views last_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories “The number of screen passes that are in the Eagles offense is just unbelievable, and I’m wondering if Ken Whisenhunt is taking advantage of all that coaching that [Kevin] Kolb has gone through to throw screen passes,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug Franz said. “Because they threw two screen passes [Thursday] that were just top notch.”Franz pointed out one that went to running back Beanie Wells, which he says would have resulted in a touchdown in a real-game setting.“I think we’re going to see a lot of that in the offense because boy Kolb looks good doing it.”Kevin Kolb takes the snap, backpedaling away from the pass rush. Just when you think the defense is going to bring the QB down Kolb flips the ball over to Beanie Wells who, with a wall of blockers in front of him, takes off for a huge gain.Can you see it Cardinals fans? You might. Ask almost any Cardinals fan and they’ll tell you the team has not run a successful screen pass since, well, ever.Often times tried, rarely pretty, the Cardinals seemed to do more harm than good with the play that is designed to suck the defense in before neatly dropping the ball off to the running back who, in theory, runs for a nice gain. Other teams can do it, have done it. Just not Arizona. That may change this season because of who the Cardinals will line up under center. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   last_img read more