Fort St John celebrates Canada Day in the rain

first_imgAfter the Parade, Mayor Lori Ackerman announced the top three floats.  In third place was ProStreet Automotive.  Second, went to Westjet Encore and first to the Doig River First Nation.To wrap up the day, the City of Fort St. John will show a fireworks display at Surerus Ball Diamonds starting at 10:45 p.m.  Fireworks are still planned to happen even with rain in the forecast for Sunday night.  If that changes, we will post an update or you can follow the City of FSJ Recreation Facebook page.Below are a number of pictures from the parade and events in Centennial Park. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Although the weather didn’t co-operate, residents came out in full force to celebrate Canada Day in Fort St. John.The day started with the pancake breakfast at the Fort St. John Fire Hall. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, which helps local families cover medical travel expenses.From there most of the activities took place around Centennial Park.  Evangel Chapel held Church in the Park and there were live music, bouncy castles and other fun family entertainment.  You can still enjoy the fun in Centennial Park until 4 p.m. Sunday.  A live stream of the main stage has been made possible by Poorboy Trucking.  You can watch the stream at www.energeticcity.ca/live or at www.facebook.com/energeticcitylast_img read more

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Morocco Produces Record 128000 Tons of Dates in 2016

Rabat – Morocco produced record 128,000 tons of dates in 2016, a 16 percent increase compared to 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.This record production was achieved on an area of 50,000 ha of palm groves, compared to an average annual production of 90,000 tons until 2009, the ministry pointed out in a statement.The date sector contributes 40-60 percent to the agricultural income for more than 2 million people, creates 1.6 million working days per year for the rural population in the most fragile regions of Morocco, and represent nearly 40 percent of the national territory.

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UNICEF launches initiative to shine spotlight on invisible violence against children

“In every country, in every culture, there is violence against children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Whenever and wherever children are harmed, our outrage and anger must be seen and heard. We must make the invisible visible.” The End Violence Against Children initiative builds on growing popular outrage that erupted following horrific attacks against children, such as the October 2012 shooting of then 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, the fatal shooting of 26 pupils and teachers in Newtown, in the United States in December, and gang rapes of girls in India and in South Africa this year.The initiative urges people around the world to recognize violence against children, join global, national or local movements to end it, and bring new ideas to focus collective action on this goal.The need to take urgent action is underlined by alarming numbers on violence against children globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 years experienced sexual violence and exploitation, and an estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, according to a 2005 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).Violence inflicts not only physical wounds but leaves mental scars on children, affecting their physical and mental health and compromising their ability to learn and socialize.The initiative was unveiled today with a video narrated by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson, who leads viewers through scenes depicting invisible violence.“This is a 15-year-old girl being gang raped,” Mr. Neeson says as the camera pans across an abandoned lot. “Just because you can’t see violence against children doesn’t mean it isn’t there,” he says. “Make the invisible visible. Help us make violence against children disappear. Join us. Speak out.”A special website and a social media campaign will outline ways for children, parents and communities to take action – such as getting involved, getting informed, organizing events and public discussion forums, supporting child victims of violence and working with global and local UNICEF partners. read more

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Women may be outdrinking men thanks to the march of wine oclock

first_imgYoung men and women are drinking at similar levels, the study suggestsCredit:PA  Beer bottle  The charity, which is calling for mandatory health warnings on alcohol, said many people needed more information about how to keep within recommended limits, to reduce their chance of physical and mental ill-health.Earlier this year, the Government published new alcohol guidelines, which for the first time gave men and women the same maximum weekly limit, at 14 units. binge drinkers  The findings suggested that women born after 1981 may be drinking even more than male peers, they said.The global research used data collected since 1948 to examine the habits of more than four million people, born throughout the last century. Young women are just as likely as men to drink at a problem level, the global study suggests Credit:PA  Government advice on alcohol says 14 units is a safe limit for men and women Credit:PA  Emily Robinson, director of campaigns, from Alcohol Concern, said women’s drinking had been on the rise for more than half a century, with many seeing “wine o’ clock” as a daily treat.“Since the 1950s we’ve seen women’s drinking continue to rise. Drinking at home has continued to increase and because alcohol is so cheap and easily available it’s become an everyday grocery item. We’ve also seen a concerted effort from the alcohol industry to market products and brands specifically to women,” she said.“People often don’t realise that alcohol has become a habit rather than a pleasure, with women having wine o’clock most nights of the week.”center_img wine  It found that men born before 1910 were more than twice as likely as female peers to drink alcohol – a difference which was eliminated among those born towards the end of the century.Similar gender patterns were seen in problem and binge drinking and in harm caused by drinking, the global study found.While men born at the start of the last century were three times as likely as women to drink heavily, almost no difference was found between today’s young men and women, researchers said.The trends show a steady convergence in gender habits over the last century.For every five years, the gap narrowed by around 3 per cent, the study found. Women may now be out-drinking men after a century which has seen traditional gender differences wiped out, major research has found.Experts said that the march of “wine o’clock” had seen daily drinking become the norm for many women, putting them at risk of long-term harm.The study of four million adults, published in BMJ Online, found that in the past, men were twice as likely as women to drink alcohol, and three times as likely to do so at a harmful level.The research, which tracked drinking habits for those born throughout the last century, found differences in habits have been almost eliminated.Researchers said the “sex convergence” was almost entirely explained by rising alcohol use among women – especially among younger groups. But the steepest changes occurred after 1966, when those who reached their 20s in the 1980s, 1990s and this century began to match and even outdrink men, according to the research which analysed 68 global studies.Researchers, led by Dr Tim Slade, from the University of New South Wales, said programmes to prevent alcohol harm needed to do more to target female drinking.“Alcohol use and alcohol use disorders have historically been viewed as a male phenomenon,” they concluded. “The present study calls this assumption into question and suggests that young women in particular should be the target of concerted efforts to reduce the impact of substance use and related harms.” Until now, men had been given a higher limit, at 21 units.It came despite fears that the setting of equal limits could encourage women to drink more, and give a “false impression” they could drink at unsafe levels.A spokesman for the Portman Group – the industry body which promotes responsible drinking – said UK trends did not mirror global patterns. “The idea that women are now ‘catching up’ with men’s alcohol consumption does not reflect the real-life evidence of how women drink in the UK today. Official government data shows significant declines in women’s alcohol consumption, frequency of drinking and binge drinking rates over the last decade and today 84 per cent of women do not exceed low risk guidelines,” he said. Rosanna O’Connor, director of alcohol and drugs at Public Health England said: “Recent trends suggest that alcohol consumption in men is falling more sharply than for women which is contributing to the reduction in the gender gap. However men remain more likely to drink and much more likely to drink at dangerous levels compared to women.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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LNH Dunkerque and Saint Raphael for EHF CL spot

Toulouse27 – 28St. Raphael 12.Toulouse215412602:60314 6.Nantes211029579:56522 11.Nimes206311571:59215 10.Creteil207310560:57717 Montpellier and PSG Handball will fight for the French title in the next six matches, but also very interesting will be the race for the EHF CL spot – third place between US Dunkerque and Saint Raphael…Results – Round 21 ← Previous Story Road to Poland 2016: Arpad Sterbik is ready for Germany Next Story → Johan Sjostrand ended season due Malta fever 13.Selestat215016553:64210 STANDINGS: 3.St. Raphael211326642:62628 Istres26 – 34Chambery Savoie French handball 8.Cesson Rennes218310523:54419 7.Tremblay219210587:59720 Cesson Rennes21 – 22Dunkerque 9.Aix217311590:61517 4.Dunkerque211407544:52428 Aix33 – 27Selestat Nantes24 – 28Tremblay 1.Montpellier201721619:52536 2.Paris SG201613663:52033 14.Istres212217547:6576 5.Chambery Savoie211218558:55125 read more

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Column The strength of our Irishness lies in our differences

first_imgUNLIKE ITS PEOPLE, Ireland’s international image hasn’t been taxed heavily by the global economic crisis. The rest of the world still sees us as an island of brogue-speaking rogues and redheads. To them, we’re an uncomplicated and largely cheerful people who love the ‘craic’. Thanks to Irish charm, cities across the world will go green come 17 March and countries across the world will welcome Irish government ministers and officials in a shower of shamrocks and leprechaun hats – and being country cute, we’ll wink and nudge and know it’s all for show.This quaint image of Ireland – nicknamed ‘Brand Ireland’ during the 2009 Global Irish Economic Forum— has been of great benefit in attracting foreign investment, promoting Irish exports and building the Irish tourism industry. Traditionally, this global profile has been a sound investment. Playing up to the gallivanting, green-clad idea of Ireland has been good for business. But what effect has this play-acting had on our society?Three weeks ago, the Taoiseach declared that he would be attending the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York despite its exclusion of LGBT groups. When asked by a member of the Opposition whether he would at least wear a rainbow badge to the event, the Taoiseach replied that he would be wearing a shamrock— as if the two were mutually exclusive. He then went on to say that St Patrick’s Day parades were about “our Irishness and not about our sexuality”, and with those words drew a line down the middle of the Irish LGBT community: cutting them into two distinct parts.The shamrock as a symbolOf course if he’d looked at the shamrock as a symbol, he might have remembered the story behind it. He might have remembered that the shamrock was used to illustrate that something holy, something whole, is made up of many pieces. If such a simple foundation story can be forgotten to the point that it is twisted back upon itself, then it needs retelling.Ireland and the Irish people have never been as simple as everyone likes to pretend. Although other nations see us as rural, boozy bumpkins, we’ve helped build some of the biggest cities in the world. We’re adaptable, we travel and we’re worldly. In the early 1920s, 43 per cent of Irish-born men and women were living and working abroad and today— almost a century later— Irish communities overseas range from Western Australia to the United Arab Emirates. We are a lot more cosmopolitan than other countries would credit.In truth, we’re a nation of travellers. Presbyterian, Catholic, Protestant, Nigerian, Lithuanian, British-born, Scots-descended, naturalised or otherwise, we all have a long history of migration and of moving to new places and accepting the differences there. Today, in light of recent reports from the Immigrant Council on a huge rise in racist incidents, this is a part of our past and present that should be celebrated this St Patrick’s Day.A counterpoint to official, prejudiced paradesIreland’s complications have produced some of the best poets and playwrights in the English canon. As our society evolves and our people continue to emigrate, it might be tempting to cling to simplified clichés rather than acknowledging and embracing these complications and the difficulties in defining ‘Irishness’. However, there is a wealth to the diversity of creeds, skin colours and sexualities that now openly exist in Ireland and we would lose something that cannot be rated in economic terms should we not celebrate it.As such, We’re Coming Back— the campaign for emigrant voting rights— has decided to launch a St Patrick’s Day parade on social media. The event, which begins on 14 March, will last three days and aims to provide a counterpoint to official, prejudiced parades. The St Pat’s for All committee, who organise an annual LGBT friendly St Pat’s for All parade in New York, have backed the event and Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss has given it his blessing . Under the hashtag and title #misefreisin, we invite all groups campaigning for a more inclusive Ireland to participate in a celebration of Irishness to the fullest and farthest extent of that term.Truly celebrating IrishnessIn the wake of controversy over the certificates of Irishness issued last year, and the Gathering 2013 initiative, the onus is on the Government to show that it is capable of truly celebrating, and not just capitalising upon, Irishness. Fine Gael and Labour are currently facing criticism for their failure to promote or take an interest in the Irish language and Irish emigrants are still disenfranchised despite alternative recommendations from the EU Commission. Given that most Government ministers will be out of State on St Patrick’s Day— leaving only one senior minister, the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, in Ireland— you’d be forgiven for wondering whether we focus too much on providing a charming front to tend to the backyard.All over Europe, with the rise in extreme right-wing parties, gulfs are growing between the various groups of people that make up a single country. As a nation born in civil war and long divided along sectarian lines, we should be wise to old mistakes. We should celebrate our diversity on St Patrick’s Day and found our Irishness in our differences, not in spite of them.David Burns works in Paris as a TA (Teaching Assistant) at La Sorbonne Nouvelle. He left Ireland after the Dublin restaurants in which he used to work, Frankie’s Steakhouse & Chatham Brasserie, both closed. David is a campaign member of We’re Coming Back, the new movement for an emigrant vote.Follow We’re Coming Back on Facebook, Twitter or email WCBIreland@gmail.com.Read: Martin O’Neill on what it means to be IrishRead: ‘Irish-ness’ hugely important for success of businesseslast_img read more

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Marée noire le premier couvercle de colmatage doit partir aujourdhui

first_imgMarée noire : le premier couvercle de colmatage doit partir aujourd’huiÉtats-Unis – British Petroleum (BP), propriétaire de la plateforme pétrolière dont l’explosion est à l’origine de la marée noire qui touche actuellement le golfe du Mexique, a annoncé hier qu’un premier couvercle de colmatage partirait aujourd’hui par bateau en direction de ses puits. Ces derniers crachent toujours quotidiennement plusieurs milliers de litres de pétrole dans l’océan, et reprendre le contrôle de l’un d’eux serait un important progrès. “Nous allons embarquer ce couvercle sur un bateau demain avec d’autres équipements, et l’acheminer jusqu’au site” a déclaré hier le chef des opérations de BP Doug Suttles, lors d’une conférence de presse téléphonique. Cet énorme “bouchon” de 70 tonnes a pour but de colmater l’une des trois fuites et d’aspirer le pétrole grâce à un bateau de forage. Il ne sera cependant pas installé avant la fin de la semaine.Le gouvernement de Barack Obama ne relâche pas la pression sur l’entreprise de raffinage, alors que la superficie de la nappe de pétrole laisse craindre une terrible catastrophe écologique. BP a déjà affirmé hier qu’il paierait la facture des opérations de nettoyage entreprises, lesquelles ont pu progresser hier, grâce à une météo plus clémente Le 4 mai 2010 à 11:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bobs Burgers Fans

first_img For the better part of a decade, Bob’s Burgers has been the best combination of comedy and burger puns that anyone could ask for. You’d be hard-pressed to not find someone in your life who isn’t a fan of the show if you aren’t one yourself. Here’s a handy gift guide with options for everyone from the casual fans to the diehards that sing the Gravy Boat song every Thanksgiving.Louise’s Bunny Ears HatIf Louise Belcher has taught us anything, it’s that you’re never too old to proudly wear pink bunny ears everywhere you go. Honor the spirit of Louise with your very own pair to wear to school, the wharf, or your favorite punny burger joint! Burger Box Recipe Card SetWell over 100 recipes have been created with punderful names for your tasting pleasure. Loot Crate actually made a ton of them as actual recipe cards. If you like to dive into the Burger Experiment, you can get this box today for $19.22. Or you can go the traditional route and get them as an old fashion cookbook for $11.67.Louise Belcher Funko POP!Really wanna drive the point home? Have a Louise POP! that you can bring around with you. You can make meta jokes about how you’re twins, or put it on desk at work so people know they should be talking about the latest episodes of Bob’s Burgers with you.Louise and Kuchi Kopi Fleece BlanketOkay, this is a bit Louise heavy, but come on! It’s Louise! And we all need more Kuchi Kopi, too. Sure, we don’t know exactly what Kuchi Kopi is or where it comes from, but it’s pretty cool, right?Insanity BackpackThis brilliant bag from Sprayground was a labor of love and photos don’t do it justice. It is stunning in person. Also, it’s hours of fun! Creator Loren Bouchard worked with Sprayground’s Founder David Ben-David to create this concoction. They have managed to squeeze all of our favorite characters onto the bag, even themselves. They even managed to fit my favorite obscure character, Speedo Guy too!  Limited edition bag is available now for $65.Kuchi Kopi Glow In The Dark Vinyl FigureSpeaking of Kuchi Kopi, you can own your very own Kuchi Kopi figure! This ambiguous fictional character from this fictional show has been seen as a night light before and this being glow in the dark makes it pretty close to being one!Linda Belcher Art PrintLinda Belcher is arguably one of the best sitcom mom’s around right now. She may get caught up in wacky schemes, but she’s always putting her kids first. Celebrate Linda with this gorgeous art print!Bob’s Burgers SocksWe all know as kids we joke about how socks are a lame gift, but as you get older they’re actually really great and welcome. Wear your fandom on your feet with these great colorful and burgerful socks!Gene Belcher Coffee MugLook, if you’re a decent human being than we all know that Gene Belcher is your spirit animal. Why risk people not knowing that when you can have a mug that does the talking for you!Tina Belcher HoodieEveryone needs a good hoodie. A good hoodie would be a Bob’s Burgers hoodie. A better hoodie would be a Tina Belcher one. The best hoodie would remind everyone that we should hail Tina! That’s what this hoodie is!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019Best Father’s Day TV Episodes to Stream This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Giampaolo speaks about Ronaldo and Quagliarella

first_imgThe Sampdoria manager says Fabio Quagliarella is his team’s Cristiano Ronaldo and how is not scary to face the Portuguese superstarSampdoria and Juventus will play tomorrow in the Italian Lega Serie A, in the last match of the year 2018.And for Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo, is not scary to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“If it’s scary to face Ronaldo? No, it stimulates you. We also have a Ronaldo on our team (Vieira). However, let’s not forget about the other opponents,” Giampaolo said to Calcio Mercato.“They (Juve) have extraordinary attacking potential. If I were a Samp defender, I’d be loaded.”“Is Quagliarella the Ronaldo of Sampdoria? He has a very high shit conversion percentage, every Sunday he scores. He is our Ronaldo, but he would be that in any team,” Giampaolo concluded.last_img read more

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CIPD reports a 149 mean gender pay gap

first_imgThe Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has reported a mean gender pay gap of 14.9% and a median gender pay gap of 10.8% as at 5 April 2017.The CIPD has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The CIPD’s mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 was 16% and the median gender pay gap for bonuses was 17.6%. Over this period, 87% of women received a bonus compared to 85% of men.The CIPD reported that 69% of its 332 employees are women, and there are more women than men at every level of the business. It reported that 53% of female employees are in the lower and lower middle pay quartiles, compared to 55% of male employees in the upper middle and upper pay quartiles.The organisation will focus on three key areas to reduce the gender pay gap: introducing gender pay gap analysis into management processes to evaluate annual pay rises, tackling the gender imbalance by exploring ways to attract more men in to the business, and actively championing flexibility for all of its staff, include flexible-working arrangements, which are an important part of the organisation’s culture.Peter Cheese (pictured), chief executive at the CIPD, said: “Real progress on workplace fairness and inclusion will come when organisations more consistently gather and act on their workforce data and insights. We welcome the opportunity to explore and publish our gender pay gap in line with the new reporting requirements as part of our journey as an employer, and in support of our wider work on workplace inclusion.“The analysis of our data confirms that the CIPD pays men and women equally for doing equivalent work. Our gender pay gap exists largely because we have a greater number of women in the workforce with a higher proportion in our lower-level roles.”“We already have a good balance of men and women in the more senior roles, but we will continue to support and encourage women into higher levels of responsibility while also looking at how we can continue to monitor the gender balance across our organisation. We are more committed to reducing our own gender pay gap while continuing to advocate, fairer, more inclusive workplaces in the wider world of work.”last_img read more

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Taliban overrun Afghan army base kill 17 troops

first_imgAn injured boy rides in an ambulance on the Ghazni highway, in Maidan Shar, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, 13 August 2018. Afghan forces battled the Taliban in the eastern city of Ghazni a key provincial capital, for the fourth straight day on Monday, following a massive assault on the eastern city last week that overwhelmed its defenses and allowed insurgents to capture several parts of it, officials said. Photo : APThe Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, even as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush them out of the city’s outskirts, officials said.There were fears for the fate of the other troops from the base, known as Camp Chinaya, as the Taliban claimed that dozens had surrendered to them while others were captured in battle.The attack in the north took place in Faryab province, in the district of Ghormach, according to the spokesman for the defense ministry, Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed. Along with the 17 troops killed, at least 19 soldiers were wounded, he said.The Taliban had besieged the base, which housed about 140 Afghan troops, for three days before the massive push on it late on Monday night, said the local provincial council chief, Mohammad Tahir Rahmani.Rahmani said the base fell to the Taliban after the soldiers, who had resisted the three-day onslaught, failed to get any reinforcements and ran out of ammunition, food and water. He said 43 troops were killed and wounded in the attack but didn’t give a breakdown.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying 57 Afghan soldiers had surrendered to the Taliban while 17 others were captured in battle. He said eight military Humvees were also seized.Meanwhile, Afghan security forces on Tuesday pushed back the Taliban from Ghazni, the provincial capital of a province with the same name, and were trying to flush the insurgents from the city’s outskirts.The developments came on the fifth day after a massive Taliban attack on Ghazni. Hundreds of people have fled the fighting in the city, which has so far killed about 100 members of the Afghan security forces and at least 20 civilians.Nasart Rahimi, a deputy spokesman at the Interior Ministry, said security forces were searching every inch of Ghazni for remaining Taliban fighters on Tuesday.Military helicopters were supporting the ground forces’ operations in Ghazni, said Abdul Karim Arghandiwal, an army media officer in southeastern Afghanistan.Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, denied the insurgents have been routed from Ghazni and said sporadic gunbattles were still ongoing.The Taliban’s multipronged assault on the strategic city of Ghazni, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital, Kabul, began Friday. The insurgents overwhelmed the city’s defenses, pushed deep into Ghazni and captured several parts of it in a major show of force.The United States has carried out airstrikes and sent military advisers to aid Afghan forces in the city of 270,000 people.The fall of Ghazni, which is the capital of the province of the same name, would be an important victory for the Taliban, cutting Highway One, a key route linking Kabul to the southern provinces, the insurgents’ traditional heartland.The Taliban also destroyed a telecommunications tower on Ghazni’s outskirts, cutting off landline and cellphone links to the city.The fighting brought civilian life in the city to a standstill, and also severely damaged Ghazni’s historic neighborhoods and cultural treasures.In recent months, the Taliban have seized several districts across Afghanistan, staging near-daily attacks on security forces, but they have been unable to capture and hold urban areas.The US and NATO formally concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014, but have since then repeatedly come to the aid of Afghan forces as they struggle to combat the resurgent Taliban.last_img read more

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Curfew eased partially in Kashmir for Friday prayers

first_imgAssociated Press Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Associated Press News Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Opinion Share This! By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 TagsBJP Hindutva homepage featured India Kashmir Narendra Modi Pakistan religious freedom,You may also like Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,‘Red Sea Diving Resort’ dramatizes Israel’s daring rescue of Ethiopi … center_img Share This! Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 By: Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NEW DELHI (AP) — A strict curfew keeping residents of Indian-controlled Kashmir in their homes for a fifth day was eased for Friday prayers, the police chief said.The mostly Muslim region has been under an unprecedented security lockdown and near-total communications blackout to prevent unrest as India’s Hindu nationalist-led government announced it was revoking Kashmir’s special constitutional status and downgrading its statehood.“People will be allowed to go to the area-specific mosques for the prayers in most parts of Srinagar city,” the region’s police chief, Dilbagh Singh, told The Associated Press on Friday.The relaxing of the curfew in Kashmir’s main city was temporary but a precise timeframe wasn’t given. Friday prayers started at 12:37 p.m. in Srinagar and lasted for about 20 minutes.Television images showed small groups of people offering prayers in local mosques.“We see a sense of calm and normalcy (in Kashmir). There has been no incident of violence,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.The Press Trust of India news agency earlier said authorities would allow people to offer prayers in small local mosques, but there would be no Friday congregation at the historic Jama Masjid where thousands of Muslim normally pray every week.Jama Masjid has been a center of regular anti-India protests after Friday prayers.Authorities will be closely watching for any anti-India protests, which are expected to determine a further easing of restrictions for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha to be celebrated Monday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the nation on Thursday promised Kashmiri people that his government is making “sincere efforts to ensure that the people in the region have no difficulties in celebrating Eid.”The restrictions on public movement throughout Kashmir have forced people to stay indoors and closed shops and even clinics. All communications and the internet have been cut off. Modi said the situation in the region would return to normal gradually.Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan and is divided between them. Rebels have been fighting Indian rule for decades and most Kashmiri residents want independence or a merger with Pakistan.Pakistan’s foreign minister was to meet Friday with Chinese leaders in Beijing as part of efforts to pressure India to reverse its decisions on Kashmir.Before leaving for Beijing, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he will apprise Islamabad’s “trusted friend” about the situation.Pakistan says it is considering a proposal to approach the International Court of Justice over India’s action. It also has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi, expelled the Indian ambassador and suspended trade and a key train service with India.An estimated 20,000 people living along the heavily militarized Line of Control in the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir have moved to safer places in the past week due to cross-border firing. Pakistan said cluster munitions were fired in violation of the Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law. Share This! Share This! News Associated Press,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Former refugees mark 75th anniversary of the only US safe haven during Holocaust By: Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Louisville Selected as No 1 Seed Hosts Robert Morris on Friday

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball has been selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and will host first and second round games at the KFC Yum! Center on Friday and Sunday.The Cardinals will play in the Albany regional and will open the postseason on Friday at noon with No. 16 seed Robert Morris (22-10).Louisville (29-3) is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament – ninth straight – and 11th under head coach Jeff Walz.The Cardinals are coming off their second straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship and are ranked No. 5 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches poll. Their 29 wins already rank fourth all-time in program history.The Cardinals and Colonials will be followed by No. 8 seed Michigan (21-11) and No. 9 seed Kansas State (21-11), which tips at 2 p.m. ET.The winner of the first round games play on Sunday.Tickets for the first and second round games are available at www.GoCards.com/NCAAWBB.For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.Print Friendly Version Story Links Tickets last_img read more

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Resist fast food cravings with a game

first_imgThe game is designed to improve a person’s “inhibitory control,” the part of the brain that stops you from giving into unhealthy cravings – even when the smell of French fries is practically begging you to step inside a fast food restaurant.The mobile app intelligently detects patterns in a person’s eating habits. When users are likely to slip from their dietary plans, the app provides tailored strategies to put them back on track.“Millions of people are trying to lose weight, and they are going about it in a reasonable way – by trying to reduce calories. But you’re going to slip from your diet plan. That pretty much happens to everyone,” said Evan Forman, Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“You could say the secret of helping people actually lose weight is preventing these lapses, so we concentrated on how to best do that,” Forman noted.In a study, published in the journal Appetite, Forman and a team of researchers tested the theory that that if you do certain tasks that involve inhibitory control over and over again, it actually gets stronger.Habitual snack food eaters were assigned to one of four short, training exercises designed to increase their mindful decision-making and strengthen their inhibitory control. The study concluded that both types of training were successful in reducing snack food eating.The researchers are now seeking participants for two studies to test whether playing the computer game and the mobile app can strengthen inhibitory control of the participants and help them stick to their diet plan, a university statement said.last_img read more

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Thailands national park system starts annual seasonal closure of attractions

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) WWF-Thailand launches “Travel Ivory Free” campaignLGBT International Acronym Adds a +LGBT international acronym adds a + Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Bangkok, 18 April, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to announce that the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has started its annual seasonal closure of several attractions in 66 of 147 national parks nationwide.According to the DNP, this is normal practice, as it closes several attractions every year for a certain period, depending on weather and park conditions. Dates are varied, and the closure is often due to extreme weather, especially during the rainy months, that may create unsafe conditions and allows for some ecological recovery time.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said:center_img You can read full article here: https://www.tatnews.org/thailands-national-park-system-starts-annual-seasonal-closure-of-attractions/ SAWASDEE:last_img read more

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Merkels office invites US envoy to discuss latest spy claim

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   Speaking to German daily Bild, the country’s finance minister chided the U.S. for its apparent eavesdropping practices, but said his ministry uses secure means of communication for sensitive conversations.Wolfgang Schauble was quoted as saying Thursday that he considered the U.S. and its intelligence agencies to be less of a problem than those of other major powers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It came after WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers on Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Merkel.Altmaier “made clear that abiding by German law is indispensable” and that any violations will be pursued, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement.“Beyond that, the cooperation between German and American intelligence services that is essential for the security of our citizens is burdened by such repeated incidents,” Seibert added. He said that the latest report is being evaluated by German authorities.Reports two years ago that the chancellor’s cellphone was monitored by the NSA caused diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washington, prompting President Barack Obama to pledge he wouldn’t allow America’s massive communications surveillance capability to damage relations with close allies.The latest list, which was partially redacted, reportedly contained phone and fax numbers used by the German economy and finance ministries, among others.WikiLeaks also published two documents it claimed were summaries of conversations intercepted, one involving Merkel and a second involving a senior aide, concerning the Greek debt crisis. Some in Germany have taken the latest documents as proof that the U.S. is also conducting economic espionage of allied nations. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff asked the U.S. ambassador for a meeting Thursday to discuss the latest reports of alleged American spying on Germany and told him that German law must be adhered to, the German government said.Chief of staff Peter Altmaier invited Ambassador John B. Emerson to the chancellery, the government said, a move that formally fell short of summoning the ambassador. Top Stories last_img read more

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VeroSCORE Updated to Measure Appraisal Complexity Other Factors

first_img “”Veros””:http://www.veros.com/veros-homepage.aspx, a provider of collateral valuation technology, enterprise risk management, and predictive analytics, announced an update to its VeroSCORE appraisal risk scoring tool.[IMAGE]According to a release from the Santa Ana-based company, the update focuses on “”the complexity of the appraisal management assignment,”” adding several new scoring factors within the tool’s credibility score component to help lenders better assess appraisal risk.The new enhancements also include a complexity component designed to measure the expected difficulty of an appraisal assignment by analyzing a number of factors within the appraisal report along with external data and analytics.””Automating appraisal review in a safe and judicious manner requires the ability to understand the overall complexity of an appraisal assignment,”” said David Rasmussen, SVP of operations for Veros. “”The new capabilities of VeroSCORE are helping lenders get a better handle on the appraisal in the most efficient manner possible.””In addition to including an appraisal risk score, VeroSCORE also includes an overall risk score that takes outside factors into account–including the report’s new data integrity score component, which examines key factors pertaining to the subject property and to the comparables selected by the appraiser and verifies them against external data sources.””In today’s climate, it is surprisingly easy to be misled by data, and that can lead to issues in valuation reliability,”” Rasmussen said. “”When we live in such a data-heavy environment and the tools exist to cross-reference for assurances of data integrity, it is to the advantage of both appraiser and lender to use them.”” Share July 30, 2013 447 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-07-30 Tory Barringer VeroSCORE Updated to Measure Appraisal Complexity, Other Factorslast_img read more

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first_imgairlinesairportsBritish AirwaysHeathrowlondon British Airways has launched Premium Transfer Drive at London Heathrow to ensure that customers who are at risk of missing their connection are able to catch their onward flight.BA passengers travelling on UK domestic flights connecting on to either short haul flights in Club Europe, long haul services in Club World (long haul business class) or First, and Silver or Gold Executive Club members can use the service. The airline will track these customers and provide an ‘airside’ car transfer between one flight and the next if there’s a risk they will miss their connection. A message will also be sent to the inbound aircraft, allowing cabin crew to inform the customer that a car will be waiting for them on the tarmac.“Missing a connection is one of the most stressful situations a customer can experience, so helping them through that journey and keeping them informed is critical,” said Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ new director of brand and customer experience. “The new premium transfer service will enable us to identify customers who are at risk of missing their onward flight, and proactively arrange to collect them by car, whisking them directly to their next flight.“We’re already receiving great customer feedback from customers who have benefitted from the new service and as WiFi is introduced on our aircraft, we’ll also be able to use that to communicate directly with customers about their onward flight.”last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Add all that up, and a panel of more than 80 ESPN writers, editors and TV folks collectively rated Arizona as the 26th best team in the 2018 way-too-early power rankings.Expectations are even lower this year. A day after the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII, the Cardinals are power-ranked dead last. Yeah, 3-13 will do that to a team.A potential reason for optimism? Their second new coach in two years, Kliff Kingsbury.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald appears in NFL 100 Super Bowl commercialThe ongoing saga of the Cardinals’ second cornerback spotWhile the Cardinals rode the wave that most other teams jumped on in hiring an offensive mind, Kingsbury comes to the NFL without a lick of NFL coaching experience and a 35-40 record as a college head coach at Texas Tech. Of the eight head coaching changes for the NFL this offseason, six new coaches with offensive backgrounds were hired.Maybe the panel wasn’t as optimistic about Kingsbury. Or quite possibly, the panel just knows that any coach of the Cardinals enters a tough situation as it stands.The offseason will no doubt be a test for general manager Steve Keim, who must give second-year quarterback Josh Rosen the offensive line and the skill positions weapons to succeed. There are also holes to fill along the defensive line, at linebacker and at the second cornerback position. 37 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Replacing since-unretired head coach Bruce Arians with Steve Wilks didn’t generate much optimism around the Arizona Cardinals a year ago.After an 8-8 season in 2017 and Arians calling it a coaching career, Arizona knew it needed to also replace quarterback Carson Palmer and rework the offensive line. By the day after the Super Bowl, the Cardinals didn’t even know whether receiver Larry Fitzgerald would return for 2018. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Keim has done some of the necessary gruntwork just by hiring Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, the latter of whom joins the Cardinals after serving as the Denver Broncos head coach the last two years. But both coaches need talent.After the draft and free agency periods pass, it will become more clear whether the myriad roster holes look like the Cardinals’ biggest challenge, or if the lack of faith in them is all about their peculiar coaching hire. Top Stories (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Adopted American tracks down Cypriot birth mother in just a week

first_imgA 51-year-old Cypriot-born American man adopted as a child and taken to the US found his birth mother in Cyprus within a week after he started his search through a plea in a local newspaper.The story was reported on Tuesday by daily Politis, which last week published another story that 51-year-old John Cohen was looking to locate his biological mother.Cohen, who grew up in Long Island, New York, knew he was adopted but had no information as to where he was from. But after the death of his adoptive mother he discovered he had been born in Cyprus in 1967. He found out his given name was Yiannis Kofterides and he had been born in July 1967 in Nicosia, probably to a single mother as there was no name anywhere on his documents of a biological father.A few months ago Cohen started work as a cook at the restaurant of Greek Cypriot Nicolas Apostolides in Florida. After telling his employer his story, Apostolides offered to help. While in Cyprus on holiday, Apostolides asked Politis for help and gave them all the information Cohen had in his possession.Following the publication of the article last week, Cohen’s birth mother, Thalia, who has been living in Canada since 1972, contacted the daily, asking for more information about the son she never stopped looking for as, she said, she had never signed any adoption papers.Originally from the village of Pomos in Paphos, Thalia – the second of 12 siblings – worked as a maid at a Nicosia house at the time. On one of her visits to her village to see her family she met a soldier who was stationed in the area. They continued seeing each other in Nicosia until she got pregnant at the age of 20. Her 22-year-old boyfriend told her he could not marry her. After the baby was born, he agreed to recognise it as his own, but said he did not want to have anything to do with Thalia and their child.Thalia continued working to support herself and the baby but after she decided to take him out of a kindergarten because they were not taking good care of him her parents took Yiannis with them to the village.While at the village, Yiannis’ grandparents were approached by Menelaos Frouxides, a representative of ETKO wineries in the Paphos district who told them he could arrange for the boy to be adopted by a good family in the US.They tried to convince Thalia, who in the meantime had got married and had another child, to agree to this. Thalia, according to Politis, did not want to give her son up but eventually agreed to a try-out period of one year. Frouxides had found the Cohens, a Jewish American couple who had no children and who wanted to adopt Yiannis.Thalia travelled in 1971 with Yiannis and the Cohens to Beirut to arrange at the US embassy there for the boy’s visa so he could travel without her to the US. She had tried to do the same at the US Embassy in Cyprus, but there was a delay so they all flew to Beirut.After Yiannis’ travel documents were ready, he left with the Cohens for the US from Beirut, and Thalia travelled back to Cyprus. She had told Frouxides that if she felt after a year that her son was in good hands she would sign the adoption papers. She never saw Yiannis since.In 1972, Thalia moved to Canada with her husband, where she had another child.Over the years she received a few letters from Yiannis’ adoptive father through Frouxides. She also managed to speak to him on the phone a couple of times after finding the family’s contact details and asked to see her son. She told Politis that when she asked Mr Cohen how the adoption had been made as she never signed any documents and enquired about the role of Frouxides, he threatened her not to call again because he could have her thrown in prison.Thalia, the daily said, had made numerous attempts to get to her son through embassies, private detectives, even TV shows but without any success.After contacting the daily, she was able to speak to him on the phone. Her first words to Yiannis were: “I know the day you were born. I was there. I gave birth to you.”You May LikeAp +25 Motorcycles Worth More Than Most SupercarsAp +UndoSidiario.comDo you know how to buy the best fruit? Discover these tricksSidiario.comUndoTerdstores10 Perfect Wine Accessories Gifts For Wine Lovers – TERDSTORESTerdstoresUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoRomanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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