White House celebrates Easter with Yoga sessions

first_imgProfessional Yoga instructors will have sessions with thousands of Americans who are expected to throng the sprawling White House lawns here on Monday for Easter Egg celebrations, the final Easter for Obama Administration. A “Yoga Garden” is one of the 10 different zones that has been created for the event for which some 35,000 tickets have been issued for the people to come and enjoy the festivities.On Friday the White House announced the full programme, activities, and talent line-up for the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 138th year and the largest annual public event at the White House.In honour of the final Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration, this year’s theme is “Let’s Celebrate.” The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative, this year’s event will also include the first-ever White House Fun Run, where Michelle Obama will join 250 children on a short run to promote active and healthy lifestyles for kids.This year’s special guest is Tony Award Winning, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Idina Menzel. Menzel will sing the National Anthem as well as perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.In the Eggtivity Zone, the President’s Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition as well as players and coaches from professional sports teams will teach kids how to play sports.First Lady Michelle Obama has chosen the winning artwork from this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll Design Contest.advertisementElementary and middle school students from 19 states and two foreign countries have submitted artwork related to this year’s “Let’s Celebrate” theme. Posters will be handed out as a prize to children who win the Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt.The eggs first became part of the tradition in 1981 when President and Mrs Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of actors, actresses, famous politicians and athletes.last_img read more

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STRONG STORMS PUMMEL SIOUXLAND (UPDATE)

first_imgSTRONG THUNDERSTORMS CAUSED DAMAGE AND SPAWNED TORNADO WARNINGS THROUGH SIOUXLAND LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.HEAVY RAINS LEFT AROUND A FOOT OF STANDING WATER AT THE I-29 HAMILTON EXIT, CAUSING A TRAFFIC BOTTLENECK THAT SHUT DOWN THE INTERSTATE DURING THE 5PM COMMUTE.TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP IN BOTH THE NORTH AND SOUTHBOUND LANES THROUGH THE METRO CORRIDOR.THE STORM SEVERELY DAMAGED THE FIREWORKS TENT AT THE SOUTHERN HILLS MALL HY-VEE.STANDING WATER ALSO BRIEFLY FLOODED A PART OF SUNNYBROOK IN MORNINGSIDE AND WATER WAS REPORTED IN SEVERAL HOMES BASEMENTS.TWO TORNADO WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR WOODBURY COUNTY BECAUSE OF RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.TREE DAMAGE WAS ALSO REPORTED AROUND THE METRO AREA.THE STORM ALSO FORCED CANCELLATION OF THE ANNUAL “BIG PARADE” THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AREA, ALTHOUGH THE MARDI GRAS GALA WENT ON AS SCHEDULED AT THE SIOUX CITY CONVENTION CENTER.last_img read more

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Report: AC Milan 0 Genoa 0

first_imgAC Milan 0 Genoa 0: Bonucci sees red as 10-man Rossoneri fight for point Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 22:57 10/22/17 Leonardo Bonucci - cropped Getty Images Vincenzo Montella remains under the microscope at AC Milan after Leonardo Bonucci’s red card contributed to a deflating 0-0 draw with Genoa. Leonardo Bonucci’s reckless first-half sending off forced AC Milan to battle for a 0-0 draw at home to struggling Genoa on Sunday.The Rossoneri were left with 10 men for over an hour following Bonucci’s elbow on Aleandro Rosi and the disadvantage proved too great an obstacle in their bid for a first Serie A victory in four matches.Instead, under-fire manager Vincenzo Montella will come under greater pressure for failing to guide his side past a team that has now won only one of nine in the league. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Milan had carried the weight of three successive domestic defeats into the contest and their task was only made more difficult by Bonucci’s moment of madness, with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) involved in dismissing the captain.And an air of frustration at San Siro almost turned to anger when Andrea Bertolacci, on loan at Genoa from Milan, curled agonisingly wide of the post.The home survived that scare but lacked the resources to create a clear-cut chance for a winner, leaving Montella seemingly on the brink of the sack.FINE PARTITA!#MilanGenoa – pic.twitter.com/moWlBJMbcL— Genoa CFC (@GenoaCFC) October 22, 2017Milan started on a positive note with Hakan Calhanoglu, who missed the derby defeat to Inter through suspension, heading wide from Giacomo Bonaventura’s cross.Fabio Borini then gave Mattia Perin his first work in the sixth minute, the goalkeeper forced to push a clever low effort around his near post.That early momentum waned, however, and Milan’s frustration boiled over in the 25th minute when Bonucci was given his marching orders.The Italy defender was looking to attack a free-kick when he bloodied Genoa wing-back Rosi with a stray elbow to the face. After consulting with the VAR, the referee deemed the incident worthy of a straight red card.Montella immediately strengthened his defence by withdrawing Calhanoglu for Alessio Romagnoli and, after Gianluigi Donnarumma held a firm Luca Rigoni header, the 10 men responded well to keep scores level at the break.Half-Time / Primo tempo#MilanGenoa 0-0 pic.twitter.com/ZkiuPRXv9K— AC Milan (@acmilan) October 22, 2017Sent out on loan by Milan, Bertolacci came within inches of burying the knife into his parent club as his curling effort from the edge of the area drifted around the right post.Both goalkeepers were being tested more regularly by the hour mark as Perin claimed a dangerous free-kick at one end, while a diving Donnarumma watched Miguel Veloso’s shot whistle wide.Franck Kessie single-handedly brought about the hosts’ best chance of the second half by carrying the ball from defence to attack, but the dynamic midfielder passed up options inside and instead drove his finish the wrong side of the near post.Big-money signing Nikola Kalinic should also have done better when Suso spotted him unmarked in the penalty area, only for the Croatian striker’s touch to evade him at the critical moment.Genoa did have one final opportunity to turn their numerical advantage into a second straight league victory but, after striding clean through on goal, substitute Gianluca Lapadula lost his feet and was hauled in by Cristian Zapata.Next up for Milan is a visit to in-form Chievo on Wednesday before they return home to face champions Juventus next weekend.Key Opta stats:- AC Milan drew against Genoa in Serie A for the first time since November 2013: three wins and four losses over that period.- Milan have failed to score in three of their last five league games against Genoa.- The Rossoneri have not found the net in three of the last four Serie A matches after they scored in the previous 21.- Genoa have gained at least a point in two Serie A matches in a row for the first time since last March (W1 D1).- Milan have failed to score in two consecutive Serie A home games for the first time since September 2012. read morelast_img read more

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Manchester City expect long Aymeric Laporte absence after knee surgery

first_imgnews Reuse this content Share on Facebook Laporte is Pep Guardiola’s first-choice centre-back, with the summer departure of Vincent Kompany increasing the onus on him. A City statement said: “The surgery, carried out by Dr Ramón Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course. Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery.”Guardiola’s options as cover for Laporte include Fernandinho, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Eric Garcia, Rodri and Kyle Walker. While Stones and Otamendi are established centre‑backs, the manager has stated he will deploy Fernandinho, a holding player, more in the position this season, the Brazilian having previously done so, while Rodri, also a midfielder, can play there.Walker, a right-back, played as one of three centre-backs in the England team that reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals. Garcia is an 18-year-old central defender whose first-team appearances have so far been limited to three EFL Cup games. Which football team have completed the most passes in a match? Manchester City expect to be without Aymeric Laporte for a prolonged period following knee surgery, in a blow to the Premier League champions.The defender underwent the procedure in Barcelona after damaging the cartilage and lateral meniscus in his right knee during the 4-0 win at home against Brighton on Saturday. The recovery time ranges from weeks to months and City do not expect him back until early in the new year at best. Share on Twitter Topics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Messenger Manchester Citylast_img read more

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Look to Services – UNCTAD Head

first_imgSecretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, says that Jamaica should focus on developing its services industry as this is currently the most promising area for economic growth. Addressing a breakfast forum at the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA) headquarters in St. Andrew on November 15, Dr. Panitchpakdi noted that the services sector is doing well, representing approximately 70 per cent of the country’s export and Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and is the “greatest value-added” sector. He noted however, that while tourism stands out as a top performer, Jamaica has been losing competitiveness even in that industry, and urged members of the private sector to get together with the Government to find the cause. “You may need to sit down together to map out why Jamaica has been losing because this is alarming. If you lose competitiveness in manufacturing, in certain processing industries, it is not that threatening, but if you begin to lose competitiveness in some key areas of your services sector like tourism, then you must really be ringing the alarm bells,” Dr. Panitchpakdi said. He advised that the country develop more linkages in tourism for greater net gain, pointing out that while Jamaica is earning from the industry, it is also spending a lot on imported goods for the sector. The UNCTAD head also cautioned the Government against too much regulation of the sector. “In the services industry, you don’t go and regulate it too much. This is where the private sector should be telling you what should be done, so that Government can facilitate competitiveness in the system,” he stated. He also pointed to the need for greater public/private sector partnership in infrastructural development, noting that the Government will never have enough money to tackle large scale projects on its own. As it relates to foreign direct investment, Dr. Panitchpakdi said Jamaica has to “come back to where you can reach a level of at least US$1 billion per year for foreign direct investment.” According to the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2011, FDI flows into Jamaica declined by 62 per cent to US$201 million in 2010. The country attracted record inflow of US$1.4 billion in 2008, just prior to the global recession. Dr. Panitchpakdi noted that many of the major developing countries are now looking to invest, and Jamaica should look towards non-traditional sources such as China and other Asian countries, as traditional partners such as the United States of America, Japan and Europe, no longer have the money to invest. Turning to global trade, Dr. Panitchpakdi painted a gloomy picture, noting that international trade financing has been drying up in the last couple of years, and projected that the highest growth rate for the year may be 2.5 per cent.  He also pointed to a contraction of global investments of around eight per cent which, he said, was causing a deflationary impact. He warned that countries will now have to balance their own domestic demand, more so than in the past. “This means that it is a very difficult time for Jamaica to be competitive on the international level. Even if you are competitive, the global market is not expanding at the rate where you can take up a larger share of the market,” he said. He urged the country to take greater advantage of regional trade through CARICOM and find its niche in the market. Dr. Supachai again commended Vision 2030 and urged private sector support for the development plan. JEA President Vitus Evans, in his remarks, acknowledged the need to strengthen the relationship between the public and private sectors to ensure a supportive business climate to facilitate businesses. “We need to ensure that…decisions taken (by the elected officials) are with the objective of attaining growth, and that they are held accountable for their decisions,” he added.last_img read more

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Dorian LPG Expands Fleet, Fixes Two New Charters

first_imgzoom Liquefied petroleum gas shipping company Dorian LPG has taken delivery of the 84,000 cbm, very large gas carrier (VLGC) Cougar from South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.Cougar, Dorian LPG’s fourth newbuilding delivery, will initially trade in the spot market through the Helios Pool.Dorian LPG has also entered into a three-year time charter for the 84,000 cbm VLGC Corsair and, through the Helios LPG Pool, a one-year time charter for the 84,000 cbm Cobra, which is expected to deliver at the end of this month.The time charters for the Corsair and Cobra are with two separate oil majors, Dorian said, without disclosing the names of the charterers.last_img read more

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SEALNG SGMF to Promote LNG as Marine Fuel

first_imgzoom The multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) in an effort to accelerate the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Under the MoU, the parties plan to create a framework for how to achieve their common goal of making LNG the fuel of choice for the shipping industry.“SEA\LNG and SGMF have separate but complementary missions, and we are both wholly committed to the development of natural gas as a marine fuel,” Peter Keller, SEA\LNG Chairman and Executive Vice President, Tote said.“This MoU will ensure that our efforts are concentrated on defined areas, enabling us to support each other successfully, and ultimately providing the confidence and demand required for an effective, efficient, and safe global marine LNG value chain by 2020,” Keller added.The two organisations have pledged to support each other by sharing knowledge, data, and information from their own areas of responsibility that will be of benefit to each other’s members.SEA\LNG was established to break down the commercial barriers to the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel, while SGMF has concentrated on safety, operational, and technical aspects in the development of natural gas as a sustainable marine fuel.“Through our work on the safety and technical aspects of LNG, SGMF remains wholly focused on promoting safe and responsible operations for gas fuelled ships,” Mark Bell, General Manager and COO, SGMF, said.last_img read more

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Dofasco acid leak under investigation

(Updated)A north end neighbourhood has some serious questions tonight, for both the Ministry of the Environment, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco. An apparent chemical spill at a facility on Grenfell Street seems to be the cause of extensive damage to several cars and trucks in the residential neighbourhood bordering the plant. But the residents are worried about more than just their property.They want some clear answers about just what kind of substance spilled inside the plant. they say it’s obvious the chemical spill has damaged the paint and glass on their cars but more importantly, they are wondering what it might do to their health.You can see the discoloration, on the side of the plant. A rusty looking, brown residue. And you can see it on the cars, that were parked nearby. Like the one’s at Chad Dal Bello’s Steeltown auto shop: “It seems if you rub it really hard, you might get it off but probably not. It seems like it’s in the paint.”Christina Rogal has already tried to scrub it off: “‘Cause at first I thought it was just dirt until you wash it, and you see that this won’t come off.”It’s just shown up in the last few days, but according to the Ministry of the Environment, the spill inside the ArcelorMittal Dofasco pickling line happened, more than two weeks ago. According to Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan: “Dofasco reported the spill in the early morning hours of September 7th, and the Ministry sent investigators to the plant. They found a burst pipe, leaking ferric chloride residue, a by-product of the pickling line. The pipe was shut down but no air monitoring was conducted outside the plant.”Christina Rogal: “The last couple of weeks you know I’ve been havin’ a cough, same with my daughter, she’s got a cough, scratchy throat.”Sarah Ignacio, local resident: “I’m worried. I think they’re kind of low-balling the concerns. Downplaying it a bit.”Christina Rogal: “If there’s something being spread on vehicles, what is it that we are we breathing in.”Ferric chloride, actually starts out as Hydrochloric Acid, in the pickling process. That substance, when exposed to the air, can become hydrogen chloride — a highly toxic gas that can damage lungs, and possibly result in death. Ferric chloride is far less toxic, but breathing in the dust can irritate the nose, eyes and throat — and prolonged contact can cause skin irritation and burns.The Ministry of the Environment hasn’t confirmed the presence of ferric chloride residue from lab tests, but told us ‘it’s strongly suspected’. Although the Ministry has contacted some residents, Sarah Ignacio says: “Nobody from Dofasco has contacted us yet. But we have their number. So it’s up to us to contact them.”I share their sense of frustration this evening. Despite several phone calls and email asking for an interview, or comment from ArcelorMittal Dofasco, the company so far has been silent.And it was equally difficult getting basic information from the Ministry of the Environment, about the possible affects outside the plant. The local office at one point told me to call Dofasco — because it was ‘their spill’. It took a call directly to the minister’s office, to finally get the information that you just heard, in tonight’s report.Anyone who may have been affected by this incident should contact ArcelorMittal Dofasco directly at 905 548 7200 x2490. read more

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Russian court puts French investor under house arrests

MOSCOW — A Moscow court has put a jailed French investor under house arrest.The Moscow City Court ruled on Thursday to place Philippe Delpal, partner at the Moscow-based private equity firm Baring Vostok, under house arrest, more than six months after he was first detained and sent to jail.Delpal and five of his colleagues including Baring Vostok’s founder Michael Calvey face charges of embezzlement involving a Russian bank where Baring Vostok has a controlling stake. They all deny wrongdoing.The criminal case against Baring Vostok, one of Russia’s oldest foreign private equity firms, has sent shockwaves through the Moscow business community, as Calvey and his associates made a crucial contribution to developing Russia’s tech industry while maintaining strong ties with the government.The Associated Press read more

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Security Council urges political dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea

In a statement to the press, this month’s Council President, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, voiced support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to “consider additional measures to move demarcation and the peace process forward and help the parties overcome their differences, in particular through good offices.”The Council President called on both sides to “respond constructively” to the Secretary-General’s proposals.Council members also expressed concern at Eritrea’s recent tightening of restrictions on the movements of the UN peacekeeping mission in the area (UNMEE) and at the administrative difficulties imposed by both sides, which Mr. Muñoz said “unnecessarily complicate the work of UNMEE staff.”The statement urged the parties to provide full support to UNMEE and to facilitate its unrestricted movement throughout the mission area.Ambassador Muñoz also repeated an earlier appeal for the establishment of a high-level route for UNMEE flights between the two capitals “as a gesture of goodwill.”The Council President made his comments to journalists after the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hédi Annabi, briefed the members behind closed doors on the situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea, which for two years fought a bitter war that ended in June 2000. Video of Council President reading statement read more

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Annan selects Korean diplomat as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he has chosen the Korean diplomat Kyung-wha Kang to serve as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.Ms. Kang, who has been appointed at the Assistant Secretary-General level, will succeed Pakistan’s Mehr Khan Williams as Deputy High Commissioner at the end of this year.Currently Director-General of International Organization at the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms. Kang has previously worked at her country’s mission to the UN, where she chaired the Commission on the Status of Women last year. She also worked as a journalist and lecturer before joining the Korean foreign service.In a statement issued in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour welcomed Ms. Kang’s appointment.“I am convinced that with her extensive experience and demonstrated dedication to human rights, and in particular women’s human rights, Ms. Kang will play a key role as OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) continues implementing the strategic vision outlined in its Plan of Action and Strategic Management Plan, a roadmap for the future of our Office that Mehr Khan was so instrumental in charting,” Ms. Arbour’s statement read. read more

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House GOP schedules early vote to revive terrorism insurance program

by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 3:02 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled House is moving quickly to revive a lapsed government program that’s credited with restoring the market for insurance against terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks.The terrorism risk insurance program was originally enacted in 2002 after the 9-11 attacks caused the private market for terrorism insurance to collapse. It provides a government backstop for private insurance companies in the event of catastrophic losses. The guarantee has made private companies more willing to underwrite policies against terrorist attacks.The program expired at the end of last year. A compromise measure to extend it for another six years sailed through the House last month but got snagged in the Senate due to the objections of then-Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Monday that the House will again vote on the legislation later this week.Under the expired program, the government covered 85 per cent of losses after the first $100 million in damages from a terrorist attack. The government has never paid out under the law.The legislation would reauthorize the program for six years and decrease the government’s exposure by gradually increasing the “trigger” at which the program kicks in to $200 million. The government’s share of catastrophic losses would be gradually lowered to 80 per cent.The legislation is important to economic sectors such as construction, real estate, hospitality and major sports leagues, which fear crippling insurance costs if the program expires and rates skyrocket — or the market for terrorism insurance collapses altogether.The legislation represents a hard-won compromise between House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Hensarling had been pushing far more dramatic changes to the program, but was unable to win enough support to advance them through the House. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email House GOP schedules early vote to revive terrorism insurance program read more

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Bank of Montreal to cut about 1850 positions in bid to trim

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Posted May 25, 2016 3:07 pm MDT Bank of Montreal to cut about 1,850 positions in bid to trim costs Myke2020/Wikipedia The Bank of Montreal says it is cutting its workforce by about 1,850 positions as consumers shift more of their banking online and technological advancements allow it to digitize some of its processes.There were 46,166 full-time equivalent employees at the bank as of the second quarter, a decline of 616 employees from the previous quarter.The lender says it will trim its head count by an additional four per cent, which amounts to roughly 1,846 positions.The bank saw its second-quarter profit slip three per cent from a year ago as it took a $132 million restructuring charge relating to severance costs for employees and set aside more money for bad loans. read more

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BathWoodly Park NDC wants better RDC services

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLocal Gov’t Ministry donates tractors, trailers to 12 NDCs in Region ThreeFebruary 26, 2015In “Politics”Better Hope/LBI residents decry poor road conditionsDecember 29, 2017In “latest news”Little Diamond-Herstelling NDC workers not paid salaries, probe launchedApril 4, 2018In “latest news” Chairman of the Bath/Woodly Park Neigbourhood Democratic Council Nizam Bicram is demanding that the Regional Democratic Council of Region Five gets its act together by improving the quality of services it is currently providing to the residents within his catchment area.Emergency works being done at Bath/Woodly Park NDC back in 2016Bicram also accused the RDC of neglecting his NDC as he bemoaned the reduction in another set of key services once provided to his local government body. He told Inews that NDC councillors are also concerned over reports that the Regional Executive Officer Ovid Morrison is attempting to take possession of some properties that are owned by the NDC.Morrison reportedly wants possession of the Skills Training Center at Bath which has various types of equipment and machinery that are used by residents in the area to improve their marketability. The REO had demanded via a letter that the keys to the facility be handed over or the padlocks to gain access would be broken and replaced.Presently, both the NDC and the Regional Administration have locks on the building since the NDC refused to comply with the instructions.The NDC Chairman says that is just the tip of the iceberg referencing to the 2015 National Poll when most of villages in his NDC supported the now Opposition, PPP. Bicram says it is victimization against the NDC.Plantation Hope and Experiment which are two of the largest housing schemes in the region, are left neglected with roadways in deplorable conditions.The Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal has distanced himself from the presumed neglect of the NDC saying that he has written to the REO about developmental work which needs to be done but to no avail. read more

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CHPA moving ahead with land titling for Angoys Avenue residents

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCabinet mandates CH&PA to conduct study on squatting in GuyanaSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news”Squatting areas will only be regularised where possible – Minister Sharpe-PattersonMay 20, 2016In “Squatting areas will only be regularised where possible – Minister Sharpe-Patterson”Govt demolishes squatting homes on lands in A Field SophiaOctober 12, 2017In “latest news” Cow Dam, Angoy’s Aveneue squatting areaThe Central Housing and Planning Authority on Thursday commenced a three-day exercise to assist residents of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam squatting area to apply for their land titles.Director of the Community Development Department attached to CH&PA, Gladwin Charles said more than 1000 lots will be processed squatters who dwelt on the land since the 1970s, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).“Regularisation of the squatting area commenced in 2013 when surveyance and the ownership of the land were transferred to CH&PA and two weeks ago we sorted out the block title for the squatting area which made it possible to begin the titling process,” Charles told DPI .A section of Angoy’s Avenue squatting area residents awaiting to apply for their land titlesOver the next three days between the hours of 9 am to 4:30 pm, Community Development Officers from the CH&PA will work with residents, especially senior citizens to ensure they receive accurate information and assistance when applying for their land titles.“Persons who have not applied for their title before will be able to sign up the necessary documents and pay for their title on the spot. They will also be assisted by land surveyors who will be present,” Charles added.The residents, who have been waiting for decades to own their own land, welcomed the move by the government, DPI reported.(DPI photos) read more

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No vote for us

first_imgGreek citizens who live abroad will be unable to vote in the Greek election, unless they travel to Greece. Debate continues within the Greek Australian community as to the rights and wrongs of this policy which prevents the diaspora from voting. After five months of technocratic government, Greek PM Lucas Papademos has called elections for May 6. Before asking President Karolos Papoulias to dissolve parliament, Mr Papademos told a cabinet meeting that the government had left behind “an important legacy”. Opinion polls suggest parties opposed to austerity could make big gains in the election. But a splintered vote would make it hard for any party to form an effective government. Mr Papademos told his ministerial colleagues that in the five months since their interim government had been formed they had shown that “we can co-operate, combine viewpoints when necessary and put our differences aside, making decisions for the good of the country”. The Papademos government was backed by New Democracy (ND) and Pasok, which won the last election in 2009.Both Pasok and ND are thought likely to lose ground to left- and right-wing parties that have benefited from mounting anger at the austerity measures imposed to secure aid from the EU and the IMF. Greece’s economy has shrunk 16 per cent in the past four years as a result of the crisis. With Greek citizens who live abroad unable to vote in the election, debate continues as to the rights and wrongs of this policy which prevents the diaspora from voting. Aggelos Haritou, secretary of the PASOK branch in Melbourne told Neos Kosmos: “Personally I am of the view that Greeks aboard should not vote. If they get that right, they might distort the will of the people of Greece. “However PASOK believes that Greeks abroad should elect their own members of Parliament like the Italians do. Those elected members would then be able to represent the interests of the Greeks of diaspora.” Con Alaveras, president of New Democracy Victoria branch said that many people he had spoken to in the community would have welcomed an opportunity to have their say. “There is disappointment in the community from those who would like to vote. It’s a problem. The policy should have been changed,” said Mr Alaveras, who added that he hoped New Democracy (if the largest party after the election) would change the rules on the diaspora voting. Asked if the Greek people were likely to turn their backs on the two traditional parties, Mr Alaveras said: “The people hate politicians but they have to elect someone to run the country.” Founding member of the Ethnic Communities Council and former Communist Party member George Zangalis told Neos Kosmos that he firmly disagreed with those calling for the diaspora to be allowed to vote. “It is for the Greek people to elect the government from their own experiences, expectations and the fact that they have to live with it,” said Mr Zangalis. “I don’t think the system should be changed, it wouldn’t be fair, nor advisable. Our sympathy and support for Greece can be expressed through other means.” Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Victoria said that whilst he held no firm views either way on the issue of voting rights for the diaspora, other countries did operate systems that allowed for citizens living abroad to find political representation “A lot of other European countries offer ways for its citizens abroad to vote, it’s about the Greek government’s will to do it, ” said Papastergiadis. “If you wanted to exact your political view, there’s never been a more critical time in the last 30 years to cast a ballot as to where you see the future for Greece, especially given there’s now a plethora of political parties to choose from.” Writer and academic Vrasidas Karalis argues that granting voting rights to the diaspora should not be an immediate priority for any Greek government. “We don’t live in Greece and our knowledge of Greek politics is mediated either by journalists or by the local branches of political parties which present a rather different image of the real problems in the country.” Rather, Karalis suggests, Greek Australians can help Greece by being good ambassadors of Greek culture and tradition, and not becoming “part of the establishment that has destroyed the credibility and the prestige of the country.” Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Arthur Sinodinos, Former advisor to John Howard, said: “A lot of Greeks outside Greece will have a strong view on what’s wrong. My view is that these are issues best dealt with in Greece. “Greeks abroad on the whole feel Greece has to get its own house in order, and that there’s a limited amount that can be done from outside. Mr Sinodinos said that Greece’s political and economic future had to be tackled at the source, “so most people take the view as I do, that these are matters that have to be settled in Greece itself.” In terms of the election result, the Coalition’s elder-statesman added that in his opinion, “It’s probably a time where a grand coalition is needed to get Greece through a very difficult period, where bipartisan commitment is important to making the reforms stick. “They have to implement the structural reforms to help get the debt under control, but they probably need some breathing space to also allow the economy some capacity to grow. “The question is: Is the Greek political class up to it?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Égypte une fuite de pétrole menace les richesses sousmarines

first_imgÉgypte : une fuite de pétrole menace les richesses sous-marinesÉgypte – Du pétrole a fui de l’une des plates-formes pétrolières installées au large de la station balnéaire d’Hurghada, sur la mer Rouge. Des nappes d’hydrocarbures menacent aujourd’hui la biodiversité sous-marine aux abords des stations touristiques.Aucune précision sur cette fuite de pétrole n’a été donnée par le gouvernement égyptien qui s’est contenté d’assurer qu’elle était en grande partie contenue et que des mesures avaient déjà été prises pour traiter la pollution. D’après des responsables de compagnies pétrolières, la fuite provient d’une plate-forme située au nord d’Hurghada, et a pollué environ 160 kilomètres de côtes dont la richesse sous-marine attire de nombreux touristes.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastique”Cela a commencé il y a cinq jours et les entreprises responsables n’ont informé personne. C’est une catastrophe”, a déploré Amr Ali, directeur de la Hurghada environmental protection and conservation agency (Hepca). Et d’ajouter, refusant de citer les compagnies pétrolières responsables : “Nous entreprendrons toutes actions légales pour que cela ne se reproduise plus”.Si les ministres de l’Environnement Maged George et du Pétrole Sameh Fahmy ont visité la zone polluée par les nappes de pétrole samedi, Amr Ali estime que “ces visites ne servent pas à grand chose” et réclame la mise en place d’un plan d’action clair, et de normes plus strictes pour les plateformes pétrolières, afin de protéger les zones naturelles.Le 22 juin 2010 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des galaxies matures seulement 25 milliards dannées après le Big Bang

first_imgDes galaxies matures seulement 2.5 milliards d’années après le Big BangUne nouvelle étude affirme que des galaxies matures étaient déjà présentes seulement 2.5 milliards d’années après le Big Bang. Une découverte qui secoue les théories posées par Edwin Hubble.Les galaxies matures existent depuis plus longtemps que l’on ne le pensait : 11.5 milliards d’années. Alors que des chercheurs américains étudiaient l’évolution et l’anatomie de nombreuses galaxies à l’aide du télescope Hubble, ils ont pu déterminer que des galaxies matures et pleinement formées existaient déjà 2.5 milliards d’années après le Big Bang.Séquence d’HubblePour arriver à ces conclusions, les scientifiques de l’université du Massachusetts ont combiné les données de Hubble avec celles de deux télescopes. Dans leur étude, parue dans The Astrophysical Journal, ils ont analysés des données provenant de pas moins de 1671 galaxies. Ils ont ainsi confirmé que ces galaxies ancestrales correspondaient bien au modèle de classification instauré en 1926 par Edwin Hubble, connu sous le nom de Séquence d’Hubble. Il introduit deux groupes principaux : les galaxies elliptiques et les galaxies spirales, ainsi que les galaxies lenticulaires qui constituent un groupe transitoire. Le système est basé sur leur habileté à former des étoiles, ce qui en retour détermine leur forme, taille et couleur. “Ce n’est pas juste un schéma de classification, cela correspond à des différences profondes dans leurs propriétés physiques et à la façon dont elles se sont formées” explique MauroGiavalisco, co-auteur de l’étude.Un coup de vieux de 3.5 milliards d’annéesBomee Lee, son étudiant en thèse et également co-auteur, ajoute : ” C’est une question cruciale : quand, et sur quelle période s’est formée la séquence d’Hubble ? Il nous a fallu comparer les galaxies à leurs voisines et remonter ainsi jusqu’au début. Il se trouve que cette séquence s’était déjà mise en place il y a 11.5 milliards d’années.”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les précédentes données faisaient remonter cette séquence à 8 milliards d’années, cette découverte remonte donc encore plus loin l’origine des galaxies.”Revoir toute la théorie” Les études précédentes supposaient que seules des petites galaxies existaient à cette époque, et pas des géantes telle que notre Voie Lactée. Cette étude confirme que tous les types de galaxies actuels existaient déjà à cette époque. “La séquence d’Hubble s’est clairement formée très tôt dans l’histoire du cosmos, ce n’était pas du tout un processus lent” ajoute le professeur Giavalisco. “Maintenant, nous devons revoir toute la théorie pour comprendre pourquoi”.Le 20 août 2013 à 09:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Battle Buddies preparing service dogs for veterans with PTSD

first_imgBattle Buddies: northwestbattlebuddies.org and on Facebook. BATTLE GROUND — Shawn Brooks hasn’t been the same since he left the Navy in 1998.After his return to civilian life, the Operation Desert Storm veteran was prone to violent nightmares. In crowds, he succumbed to crippling anxiety attacks. He self-medicated with methamphetamine, spending stints behind bars because of drug-related offenses, he said.He’d been in combat — seen friends die in helicopter crashes. Those events took a toll on his psyche. Inside the man with a military-themed, wrap-around neck tattoo, there was a deep-seated distrust of others.“I haven’t been able to trust anybody,” Brooks said. “I don’t go out into crowds. I hadn’t been in a mall for 10 or 12 years.”Then he found a big slobbering savior, wrapped in a brown- and-white package of fur. Her name is Bella, a 19-month-old St. Bernard, and she is the ballast in Brooks’ topsy-turvy life.Brooks was one of six veterans Friday who certified their four-legged friends as service animals for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The certification means the men, who served in combat as far back as the Vietnam War, can take their animals wherever they want.last_img read more

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Vancouver man 2 women hurt in crash

first_imgA Vancouver man and two Cowlitz County women were injured in a head-on vehicle crash early Sunday morning on state Highway 411 about a mile north of Longview.The collision occurred at about 1:50 a.m. when a green 1997 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Matthew L. Ferguson, 24, of Vancouver passed a vehicle while driving north on the highway in a no-passing zone, according to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol.The pickup then crashed into a southbound black 2002 Mini Cooper driven by Isabella M. Wolf, 19, of Longview, according to WSP.Wolf was transported to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview and then airlifted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, according to WSP. Her passenger, Melania A. Hylton, 20, of Kalama also was injured and taken to PeaceHealth St. John.Wolf was in serious condition and Hylton in satisfactory condition on Sunday, according to hospital staff.Ferguson was taken to PeaceHealth St. John and then transferred to PeaceHealth Southwest, according to WSP. His condition was not available.Both vehicles were impounded by WSP. Charges in the collision are pending, WSP reported.last_img read more

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