La Province salue des bénévoles exceptionnels

first_img Best Buy Canada (à Dartmouth) : Prix Entreprise bénévole par excellence pour encourager et récompenser les employés qui font du bénévolat et faire du bénévolat une priorité de l’entreprise. Sheffield Mills : Prix Collectivité bénévole modèle pour ramasser des fonds destinés au développement communautaire et aux organismes communautaires et de bienfaisance locaux lors des activités annuelles. Simon Dugas (Clare) : Prix Jeune bénévole par excellence pour être actif à l’école et agir comme représentant jeunesse au sein de nombreux groupes communautaires dans la région. Mary MacDonald et John Hawkins, de Lower East Chezzetcook : Prix Famille bénévole par excellence pour l’aide apportée à améliorer leur collectivité au sein de plusieurs groupes, en particulier en ce qui a trait aux sentiers et aux espaces verts. Mme MacDonald a souligné que les effets positifs du bénévolat se font sentir partout dans la province. « Il y a tellement de gens qui aident de différentes façons et qui changent les choses dans toutes les facettes de notre collectivité, a déclaré Mme MacDonald. Bien qu’il soit agréable de recevoir une reconnaissance individuelle, j’espère que la journée permettra de faire valoir le travail incroyable de tous les bénévoles dans la province. » Aujourd’hui, 4 avril, à Halifax, les feux des projecteurs étaient tournés vers les bénévoles néo-écossais alors que les lauréats des prix provinciaux du bénévolat étaient honorés pour leur travail. « Le bénévolat fait partie de notre culture. Chaque jour, je vois comment des particuliers peuvent changer le cours des choses quand ils mettent tout leur cœur et tous leurs efforts au service d’une bonne cause, a déclaré le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. Au nom du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de toutes nos collectivités, je vous dis merci. Chaque jour, vos gestes contribuent à vraiment faire de la Nouvelle-Écosse un meilleur endroit où vivre. » Les prix provinciaux du bénévolat sont le prélude à la semaine nationale du bénévolat qui commence le dimanche 10 avril pour se poursuivre jusqu’au 16 avril. La Nouvelle-Écosse continue d’avoir l’un des taux de participation bénévole les plus élevés au pays, avec un bénévolat supérieur à 55 pour cent dans beaucoup de rôles essentiels. « Cette année, les lauréats viennent de tous les milieux et de tous les coins de la province, mais le bénévolat est le fil conducteur qui les unit, a déclaré Marilyn More, ministre du Secteur bénévole. « L’exemple remarquable qu’ils nous donnent nous montre qu’il y a d’innombrables façons de s’engager et de changer le cours des choses. » En plus des prix remis aux lauréats dans les collectivités, quatre prix spéciaux ont été présentés à l’entreprise et aux personnes suivantes : last_img read more

2019 GOLDEN GLOBES OUR NOMINATION PREDICTIONS

first_imgWarner Bros. has, for reasons inexplicable to these awards predictors, requested that A Star Is Born not be considered for the comedy/musical category—so here it is instead. Despite that unnecessary handicap, the film is likely to be showered with nominations by the H.F.P.A., a group that loves the big and sincere and gave Madonna an award for Evita (albeit in the musical category). Beyond that, here’s where the split will benefit fading former front-runner First Man, and where Marvel might launch its first real foray into awards season with Black Panther. Bizarrely, Marielle Heller’s excellently dyspeptic comedy Can You Ever Forgive Me? is also being considered a drama at the moment, so that could spoil in this category.BEST ACTOR, MOTION PICTURE, DRAMABradley Cooper, A Star Is BornRyan Gosling, First ManWillem Dafoe, At Eternity’s GateEthan Hawke, First ReformedRami Malek, Bohemian RhapsodyThis feels like Cooper’s to lose, but then again, the Globes are weird. Maybe the H.F.P.A. will go for the false-toothed mugging of Malek, or Dafoe’s arty angst. The most tenuous prediction here is probably Hawke, who has won critics’ prizes but whose quiet, strange film may not snare the H.F.P.A.’s attention. Myriad other actors could take that fifth slot, including Hugh Jackman for the largely forgotten The Front Runner or son of Hollywood Lucas Hedges, whose Boy Erased has taken a major status hit since the fall festivals and could use a boost. Every year, we say it, and every year, it remains true: the Golden Globes are the most predictably unpredictable major awards show, a glitzy but free-wheeling ceremony where nominees are chosen by about 90 idiosyncratic journalists who may or may not have ever met Drew Barrymore. Yet predict the nominations—which are being announced Thursday, December 6, at 5 A.M. Pacific/8 A.M. Eastern—we must, because that’s what we do around here.Below, V.F.’s crack team of experts reads the tea leaves to see who has the best shot at nabbing one of those freshly redesigned trophies when the Globes air on NBC January 6. We may not know who’s hosting the telecast this year, but we do know that A Star Is Born, The Favourite, and Sharp Objects should expect to have a very good Thursday morning.BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMAA Star Is BornFirst ManIf Beale Street Could TalkBlack PantherBlacKkKlansman Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Mahathir says Chinese contractor will help run new rail link

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says a Chinese company building a rail link across peninsula Malaysia will jointly help to manage, operate and maintain the network that will help reduce the country’s financial burden.The East Coast Rail Link was suspended after Mahathir’s alliance swept into power last May. The project was revived last week after the contractor, China Communications Construction Company Ltd., agreed to cut the cost by one-third.The rail link connecting Malaysia’s west coast to eastern rural states is part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.Mahathir said Monday the government chose to renegotiate the deal rather than pay compensation.Mahathir said CCCC will form a joint venture with Malaysia Rail Link to operate and maintain the network. It’s slated for completion by the end of 2026.The Associated Press read more

Iraq over 3700 civilians killed in October in new monthly high UN

“Hundreds of bodies continued to appear in different areas of Baghdad handcuffed, blindfolded and bearing signs of torture and execution-style killing,” the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) human rights report for September and October says. “Many witnesses reported that perpetrators wear militia attire and even police or army uniforms.” The report paints a grim picture virtually across the board, from attacks on journalists, judges and lawyers and the worsening situation of women to displacement, violence against religious minorities and the targeting of schools. The report cites UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 1.6 million people have left the country since March 2003, with the rate of those fleeing to Syria and Jordan now reaching nearly 100,000 each month.Based on figures from the Iraqi Health Ministry, hospitals throughout the country and the Medico-Legal Institute in Baghdad, 7,054 civilians were killed over the two-month period, including 351 women and 110 children. October’s figure was nearly 120 more than July’s total of 3,590, which UNAMI had termed unprecedented. The Mission called on the Government, the United States-led multinational force and the international community to increase efforts to reassert the State authority and respect for the rule of law by dismantling the growing influence of militias, fighting corruption and organized crime and maintaining discipline within the security and armed forces. “The civilian population of Iraq continues to be victims of terrorist acts, roadside bombs, drive-by shootings, cross fire between rival gangs, or between police and insurgents, kidnappings, military operations, crime and police abuse,” the report says, noting that sectarian violence seems to be the main cause. “Arbitrary detention, grievous conditions of detention, allegations of torture and mistreatment continue to remain an issue of serious concern in Iraq,” it notes. “The absence of judicial guarantees is a pattern and individuals are often arrested without warrant, not informed of the charges against them, and not brought promptly before an investigative judge.” UNAMI’s Human Rights Office received continuing reports that the police and security forces are either infiltrated or act in collusion with militias, while police and military security operations continued to be based on massive sweeps. Facing criticism, the Government started a vetting process which led to the removal of at least 3,000 members of the Ministry of Interior on allegations of human rights abuses and corruption. Other points cited by the report include:Freedom of expression is threatened as an increasing number of media workers are apparently targeted specifically because of their work and assassinated with utmost impunity. In the last two months, 18 journalists were reported killed. Minorities have continued to be targeted. Attacks against Christians have intensified since September while other groups, such as the Sabean-Mandeans, continue to be targeted by extremists and their presence in the country is endangered. The situation of women has continued to deteriorate, with increasing numbers either victims of religious extremists or “honour killings.” Some non-Muslim women are forced to wear a headscarf and to be accompanied by male relatives or spouses. Kidnappings associated with rape and sex slavery have also occurred.Schools have become increasingly a target for sectarian and other criminal attacks and parents are worried about the safety of their children, girls in particular. According to the Ministry of Education, over 300 teachers and ministry employees were killed and 1,158 others wounded in 2006. read more

Cooperation key to drought prevention UN officials stress at highlevel meeting

“Prevention must be our priority,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his video message to the opening of the High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy in Geneva.“No single nation can insulate itself from global shocks. The only way to respond is through cooperation – between countries and among civil society, government and business.”Organized jointly by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and partners, the five-day meeting brings together policymakers, development agencies and leading scientists and researchers.“We have the knowledge, we have the experience, and we can reduce the impact of droughts,” said the WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, in his opening remarks. “What we need now is a policy framework and action on the ground in all countries that suffer from drought,” he added. Australia is the only country with a formal national drought policy. Droughts have affected the Greater Horn of Africa and the Sahel region, the US, Mexico, Brazil, parts of China and India, Russia and South-east Europe. In addition, 168 countries claim to be affected by desertification, a process of land degradation in the drylands that affects food production and is exacerbated by drought.“Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages, particularly in developing countries,” said the Special Representative of the FAO Director General, Ann Tutwiler. More than 11 million people died, and 2 billion have been affected, by droughts since 1900, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.A main objective of the Geneva meeting is to familiarize countries with drought preparedness measures, including technical knowledge and conditions for the successful development of drought policies, Ms. Tutwiler said.Organizers said they hope the meeting will lead to the development of national drought management policies focusing on cooperation and coordination at all levels of government and which increase governments’ capacity to cope with extended periods of water scarcity, said the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, Luc Gnacadja. He stressed that governments and the international community need to stop reacting to droughts as “fire fighters” given their predictability and crippling effects on society.“Almost half the world’s population will be living in areas of high water scarcity by 2030,” Mr. Gnacadja warned. The meeting comes ahead of World Water Day, marked annually on 22 March. This year’s theme is international cooperation, echoing the General Assembly’s designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. read more

Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70000 flee their homes

According to the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, more than 70,000 have fled their homes in the last two months. Reports indicate that armed groups have also burnt schools and killed innocent civilians.Increased insecurity, violence, a continuing food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that have plunged Burkina Faso into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, with civilians traumatized after bearing witness to brutal attacks, and many have lost family members and most of their possessions, said an agency press release.OCHA’s spokesperson Jens Laerke described a rise in intercommunal clashes since the second half of last year. “[These are] clashes between communities and armed groups which are fighting each other, fighting Government forces and attacking civilians. That really took off at the beginning of this year, there were some very violent clashes in the beginning of January”, he said, briefing journalists in Geneva.On Tuesday, humanitarian partners said that US$100 million is needed to reach 898,000 people this year. Complementing this, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $4 million to boost assistance to internally displaced people and host communities, and to also provide services for 15,500 women and girls.The UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, who ended a four-day visit to the country on Tuesday, said that those funds will “make an immediate difference for displaced people, most of whom are women and children”. Today, around 1.2 million people are in need of assistance in Burkina Faso’s Sahel, North, North-Centre and Eastern regions.The $100 million appeal to assist 900,000 of those hardest-hit in the landlocked country is only 16 per cent funded, a month after it was launched.Displacement and lack of basic servicesAs international displacement rates continue to grow, the country is already hosting 25,000 refugees, most of whom are from neighbouring Mali, to the north, which has also been wracked by instability, extremist violence, and clashes involving armed groups. 93 per cent of Malian refugees depend on humanitarian assistance to survive.Ongoing violence has forced the closure of more than 1,100 schools, depriving around 150,000 children of education. Some 120,000 people have no access to medical care with many health centres shuttered or providing only minimal services.After witnessing first-hand the depth of the humanitarian needs, Mr. Mueller reiterated the importance of providing “shelter, water, food and healthcare timely and sufficiently” to thousands of families who continue to flee due to persistent insecurity.“Burkina Faso authorities and humanitarian actors have quickly provided assistance, however, more has to be done to meet growing needs of the affected people wherever they may be”, she said, adding that the “neutrality of aid workers” must be respected.The UN agency stressed that more sustained funding is needed to ensure that people in the hardest-hit areas are reached with aid. Last year’s Humanitarian Response Plan remained severely underfunded, with only 55.2 per cent of the requirements met. read more

Poinsettias on sale until Nov 26

‘Tis the season for poinsettias.Student Life and Community Experience’s annual floral fundraiser is back just in time for the holidays.Six-inch potted poinsettias, in either red or white, are available for $8 each and may be ordered online through ExperienceBU, in person at the Student Life Involvement Commons in Mackenzie Chown Complex A204, over the phone at x6321 or by email at studentlife@brocku.caThe deadline to order is Monday, Nov. 26. Cash payment is also due by this date.Plants will be available for pick up Friday, Nov. 30 in MCA 204. Delivery to anywhere on campus is available for an additional $2.All proceeds from the sale support the Rankin Cancer Run. read more

Wakapoa saw man died from multiple injuries – autopsy

The ‘saw man’ who was killed due to a fallen tree, died as a result of multiple injuries. This was confirmed by Government pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Thursday. The autopsy was done at the Suddie mortuary.Kevin Fredricks, 23, of Wakapoa, Lower Pomeroon, tragically lost his life on August 15, around 11:15 hours at Glenhorse Pomeroon. At the time of his death he was cutting trees when one of them reportedly fell and hit him.He received injuries to his shoulders, arms and lower body. The injured Fredricks was discovered by his uncle Marlon France who immediately rushed him to the Charity Oscar Joseph hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.The deceased left his village one week ago to go and work as a ‘saw man’ with an established business entity. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIncarcerated man died from blunt trauma about the body- autopsyJanuary 30, 2019In “Crime”Suspect in killing of Canadian fugitive in Guyana releasedJanuary 5, 2019In “Crime”Man charged for raping, impregnating 14-Y-O daughterJune 8, 2015In “Crime” read more

LOVE IS IN THE AIR When young gives lesson to older one…

MVM VeszpremXavi Sabate Between two of them is 26 years difference, but the younger one gave a lesson to older. Veszprem’s coach Xavi Sabate showed that the “system is good” against the toughest rival in Europe in this moment – PSG Handball, in spectacular way, with a eight goals victory – 28:20 in front of excited sold-out Veszprem Arena.Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic just continued with the bad results of his predecessor Gardient, who suffered many defeats on the same court. Obviosly, he has to find a way how to beat Hungarians and break black series against them despite home win in Paris, which won’t be enough to have better score in direct encounters.When everything going properly, love and emotions are everywhere. You can see that in eyes of one of the most important guys of MVM Veszprem management who wanted to be first who will congratulate Sabate on surprisingly convincing win… ← Previous Story VIDEO: Chema “dancing” with Karabatic brothers Next Story → Last 48 hours to vote for MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015! read more

New Motorola logo confirms Moto X photo leaks

first_imgMotorola’s new logo is more than just a final step into being recognized as a Google company, but also serves as instant verification for the photos of the Moto X we’ve seen for a while.There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Moto X. In a world where the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are seen as giants battling back and forth for the hearts and wallets of the smartphone gearhead, many Android fans are hoping this new Motorola comes out of the gate with a phone that can keep up with these flagships. The leaks and rumors for the Moto X have painted the picture of a decent mid-range phone, not really as powerful as we’d hoped but full of unique new ideas. Each of these leaked photos has had the Motorola M in a strange dotted circle. With this new logo, this symbol makes a lot more sense.Whether this will be in the finished product, or is just a part of identifying these pre-production models, the Motorola M in the top left corner of the phone is a much nicer touch than previous Motorola branding efforts, some of which include the name spelled out across a bright silver strip above the speaker grill. Since it looks better to have the circle in white instead of the segmented rainbow seen in this new announcement, it makes sense that they would break it up a bit to help maintain the design idea.So there you have it. The new Motorola: A Google Company, and some additional evidence that the Moto X leaks are accurate and this phone really is right around the corner. Currently it is suspected that the week ending July and beginning August is when Motorola will make this phone official. A big factor here for Motorola in the success of this American made phone will be the pricing and availability. The phone has been spotted now on AT&T as well as Sprint, and CEO Dennis Woodside has already expressed a desire to see the phone on as many carriers around the world as possible.last_img read more

Report Craft beer industry generates three times more revenue than San Diego

Report Craft beer industry generates three times more revenue than San Diego

first_imgReport: Craft beer industry generates three times more revenue than San Diego Padres October 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A new report says that San Diego’s craft beer industry brings in three times more revenue to the city than the San Diego Padres.The studies author, Ed Ashley from CSU San Marcos joined us in studio to discuss the recent findings.last_img read more

Lennar Picked as Master Developer for Concord Naval Weapons Station

Lennar Picked as Master Developer for Concord Naval Weapons Station

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Concord City Council on Wednesday selected Lennar Urban as master developer for the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California, after securing a number of concessions during recent negotiations.The city reopened talks with Lennar in March after Catellus Development Corp. withdrew from consideration due to its loss of trust in the city’s selection process.“We are very grateful for this opportunity,” Kofi Bonner, Lennar regional vice president said in a written statement, reported East Bay Times. “There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I can assure you that we are committed to working with city staff, the U.S. Navy and the people of Concord to remake the naval weapons station into a vibrant new area that will make this city proud,” Bonner said.The two parties are expected to spend up to nine months reaching agreement on a disposition and development agreement. Concord’s reuse plan calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres at the weapons station.Lennar’s revised proposal would guarantee the city a $20 million payment over 10 years, with profit-sharing once the company earns a 20 percent return on its investment. The revenue-sharing component could return an additional $23 million to Concord; the firm’s previous offer, however, would have guaranteed the city a $30 million payment, according to the story.Lennar also would spend $40 million for affordable housing and spend nearly $16 million to widen Willow Pass Road to four lanes and rebuild Willow Pass bridge as a four-lane span.After the Navy begins to turns over land to Concord in the spring of 2017, the city plans to transfer individual parcels to Lennar when it demonstrates it is ready to begin development and has financing in place.last_img read more

In The Herd Chris Broussard tells Colin why its time for Carmelo

In The Herd Chris Broussard tells Colin why its time for Carmelo

first_imgThe Carmelo Anthony/Rockets experiment has been a fill blown disaster a month into the NBA season. Coming off a trip to the Western Conference Finals, Houston sits at 5-7 and Anthony has failed to fit in. Over the weekend news broke that GM Daryl Morey is preparing to cut him loose.Today in The Herd, FS1 NBA Analyst Chris Broussard stopped by and told Colin that if and when Melo is released, he should hang it up rather than trying to hang on and move to another team with a reduced role. Broussard thinks Melo is a hall of famer, but risks being remembered for his final subpar seasons if he keeps hanging on rather then as a perennial all-star.Watch Colin and Broussard on Melo here:last_img read more

Climate change threatens humans and wildlifes access to water says new report

Climate change threatens humans and wildlifes access to water says new report

first_imgRelated posts:Water concessions: A priority for use in Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla’s environmental report card Wildlife numbers halved over past four decades, says WWF Honduras, Myanmar, Haiti top disaster risk list, says climate group Sea turtles in Costa Rica face threats frompoachers when they come ashore to lay their eggs, but another threat comes from the water itself. Rising sea levels in the Caribbean are washing away valuable beaches where many of these endangered animals lay their eggs, noted a new report on climate change vulnerability in Costa Rica on Friday.Sea turtles aren’t the only ones facing future threats from climate change. A new report estimates that a lack of rainfall and rising sea levels from climate change threaten an “alarming” number of Costa Rica’s indigenous flora and fauna and human access to potable drinking water. The report was funded by the U.S. tropical forest conservation debt relief fund and administered by Costa Rica por Siempre and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). It was presented at the Mesoamerican Protected Areas Congress in San José.According to the report, 70 species of flora and 348 species of fauna in Costa Rica are under threat from changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels.The study’s authors hope that municipalities and ministries use the comprehensive environmental forecast to lay the foundation for a national climate change adaptation strategy to head off the worst effects of rising sea levels and drought.The study’s findings already are in use in the management plans of 10 coastal reserves, according to Michael Schlönvoight, GIZ representative and director of the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation project.Northern regions of Costa Rica, including Huetar Norte, Tortuguero, Guanacaste and Tempisque, are among seven of the 34 areas studied that could see their stores of potable water decrease by as much as 85 percent due to falling levels of precipitation and poor water management, according to the findings. These increasingly dry regions face risks like drought, more frequent forest fires and a loss of native vegetation.Costa Rica por Siempre Director Zdenka Piskulich said the greatest challenge moving forward was making Ticos aware that the current problem of water scarcity plaguing the Central Valley and Guanacaste will be irreversible in a few years if nothing is done.The United Nations reported that 20 percent of the world’s aquifers are believed to be overexploited, and some 2.3 billion people will live in regions that face severe water shortages by 2050, according to a U.N. statement.Experts told The Tico Times that communities need to consider the report’s scenarios. Coastal cities including Puntarenas, Chacarita, El Roble, Barranca, and Golifito on the Pacific, and Limón and Cahuita on the Caribbean could all face potential flooding from rising sea levels, the report noted.Schlönvoight said that the tourism sector and local municipalities that rely on national parks threatened by climate change need to take a long-term approach to how they decide to develop their communities.“The tourism industry has its head in the clouds about this, and they’re the ones with the most to lose,” Schlönvoight said. The GIZ representative added that as coastal parks lose shoreline to rising sea levels, communities encroach closer to park borders, boxing in the dwindling national park land and the animals that live there.Gustavo Induni, national research coordinator for the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), agreed, noting that local decisions about how to develop land in parched parts of the country often do not consider the true value of their water.“Right now, there are golf courses [in Guanacaste] watered with valuable clean drinking water from scarce underground aquifers,” he said. The SINAC researcher added that national parks and other protected lands play a critical role in collecting and filtering water that eventually trickles down into freshwater aquifers, which often provide the cleanest drinking water.Induni said that there were ways to adapt to shrinking supplies of water, including recharging aquifers with direct injections of water into the subterranean rock formations, or even costly desalination facilities, which filter salt out of seawater until it’s potable.While humans can take steps to head off climate change, much of the flora and fauna for which Costa Rica is famous cannot.“Life is always changing and adapting but we need to prepare ourselves for the possibility of a significant loss of plant and animal diversity” in the coming years, Induni told The Tico Times.Financial support for the study came from the U.S. government’s tropical forest conservation fund, a $27 million fund based on debt relief in exchange for tropical forest conservation administered by Costa Rica por Siempre; and GIZ, an international cooperation wholly owned by the German federal government. 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Go back to the enewsletter Itinerary builders in s

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterItinerary builders in search of unique hotels and experiences in New Zealand and the South Pacific are able to take advantage of the expertise and professional services of Auckland-based Seasonz Travel.The luxury travel company specialises in custom-made itineraries for the independent traveller and groups market and is able to provide specialist services for VIPs such as dignitaries, celebrities and government officials.Seasonz has access to New Zealand and the South Pacific’s luxury lodges, villas, hotels and private islands.The DMC provides a “complete sensory experience”, says Seasonz Marketing Manager Debbie Haysom, providing a transparent cost structure, quick turnaround times and “unparalleled product knowledge”.“We will develop a unique and personal tailor-made itinerary through understanding what is important. We believe it’s the people who make journeys both enjoyable and memorable,” Haysom said.“The people of  New Zealand and the South Pacific are known across the world for their friendly faces and attentive service. The Seasonz team are fine examples of such people. We do what we love. We are creative, flexible and here for you 24/7, from the moment of arrival until you head home.”Sample itineraries include a six-night Best of North & South Wharekauhau Country Estate & Otahuna Lodge which incorporates stays at two of New Zealand’s most celebrated retreats. There is also a 10-day “Ultimate New Zealand Golfing Experience” dubbed the Tiger Tour by Private Air. It  features three award-winning lodges – The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge – along with dozens of experiences, and is priced at NZ$39,000 plus GST per person.In Tahiti, Seasonz packages up an eight-night holiday that includes three nights at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in an Overwater Bungalow with a plunge pool and five nights at The Brando in a One Bedroom Villa – cost on application.Other destinations in the South Pacific that Seasonz caters for include Fiji and the Cook Islands.For more details, see www.seasonz.co.nzGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

FILE In this June 29 2012 file photo Bela le

FILE In this June 29 2012 file photo Bela le

first_img FILE – In this June 29, 2012, file photo, Bela, left, and Martha Karolyi talk on the arena floor before the start of the preliminary round of the women’s Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison. Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in “no way” did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team co-ordinator Martha Karolyi and husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behaviour by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in “no way” did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes under the guise of treatment.“The whole gymnastics community couldn’t recognize this,” Martha Karolyi said in an excerpt provided to The Associated Press on Friday by NBC. “Everybody said, ‘Larry Nassar is a good doctor. Larry Nassar is a good guy.’”The Karolyis spoke as part of a Dateline NBC special entitled “Silent No More” scheduled to air Sunday. The one-hour special, the first prime-time event hosted by Guthrie, takes a look at the fallout from revelations about years of abuse by Nassar involving hundreds of former athletes, including several members of the U.S. Olympic team.“The whole thing is just like an explosion, a bomb exploding,” Bela Karolyi said. “Boom.”The Karolyis have been named as co-defendants in several civil lawsuits filed against Nassar and USA Gymnastics, including one by former national team member Mattie Larson.Larson told The Associated Press she watched a portion of the Karolyi’s interview excerpted on Friday and shrugged. The Karolyis made similar statements in a deposition in Larson’s lawsuit.“Who knows if they knew or not? I’m not in their heads,” Larson told the AP. “I feel like if they really didn’t know, it’s because they set up the system to show they don’t care what’s going on.”Larson, a member of the 2010 World Championship team, pointed out the Karolyis allowed Nassar to treat them in his hotel room without supervision and that it wasn’t unusual for Nassar to treat athletes not on a training table, but his hotel bed.“Honestly I just believe they did not care about us when we were not in the gym,” Larson said.Several victims, including two-time Olympic medallist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyi’s Ranch near Houston. The ranch served as the training home for USA Gymnastics during most of Martha Karolyi’s highly successful tenure running the national team.Several gymnasts and coaches previously interviewed by The Associated Press said the Karolyis institutionalized a win-at-all-costs culture that forced girls to train while injured. The toxic environment allowed Nassar to flourish in part because the athletes were afraid to challenge authority, according to witness statements in Nassar’s criminal case and one of the lawsuits.Guthrie spent hours with the Karolyis at the ranch after the couple agreed to speak publicly for the first time since Martha Karolyi’s retirement following the 2016 Olympics.“I think they felt like it was time for them to tell their side of the story,” Guthrie said. “I think they’ve watched and seen as their reputation has really taken a hit and people have asked a lot of questions about what they knew and just as importantly what they should have known.”Guthrie said she was “surprised” the Karolyis came forward despite the potential legal fallout.“They answered every question,” Guthrie said. “At no time did their lawyer jump in and say ‘You can’t answer that.’”Nassar spent nearly three decades at USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015 after complaints about his behaviour. He continued to work at Michigan State University through the fall of 2016 before being hit with federal charges. Nassar is now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls and for possessing child pornography.Nassar was already established in the program when Martha Karolyi took over. He would visit the ranch during national team training sessions and also accompany the team to events around the world. Maroney said she was abused “hundreds” of times by Nassar.Martha Karolyi denied having any knowledge about Nassar’s pattern of abuse.“I heard during the testimonies (at Nassar’s sentencing) that some of the parents were in the therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this,” Martha Karolyi told Guthrie. “And the parent couldn’t see. How I could see?” by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 5:29 am PDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 12:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Karolyis to NBC: ‘No way’ they knew about doctor’s behaviourlast_img read more

Chinas Huawei soft power push raises hard questio

Chinas Huawei soft power push raises hard questio

first_imgChina’s Huawei soft power push raises hard questions FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada’s national game _ brought to you by China’s Huawei. As a feud deepens between Beijing and Ottawa over the telecom giant, the company’s sponsorship of the flagship “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast raised questions about its involvement in a beloved national institution.(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Canada’s national game — brought to you by China’s Huawei.As a nasty diplomatic feud deepens between the two countries over the tech company, involving arrests and execution orders, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that Huawei’s bright red fan-shaped logo is plastered prominently on the set of “Hockey Night in Canada.” TV hosts regularly remind the 1.8 million weekly viewers that program segments are “presented by Huawei smartphones.”The cheery corporate message contrasts with the standoff over the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. In what looks like retaliation, China detained two Canadians and plans to execute a third — heavy-handed tactics that, because they leave some Canadians with the impression the privately owned company is an arm of the Chinese government, give its sponsorship a surreal quality.The TV deal is one of many examples of how Huawei, the world’s biggest telecom gear producer and one of the top smartphone makers, has embarked on a global push to win consumers and burnish its brand. It sponsors Australian rugby, funds research at universities around the world, and brings foreign students to China for technical training. It has promoted classical music concerts in Europe and donated pianos to New Zealand schools.Its efforts are now threatened by the dispute with Canada and U.S. accusations that it could help China’s authoritarian government spy on people around the world.“Huawei’s marketing plan up until Dec. 1 (when Meng was arrested) was working very well,” said Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China. Now, “public opinion is changing toward China and Huawei.”At stake for Huawei are lucrative contracts to provide new superfast mobile networks called 5G. The U.S. says Meng helped break sanctions and accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets. It also says the company could let the Chinese government tap its networks, which in the case of 5G would cover massive amounts of consumer data worldwide. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed that point to European allies on a tour this week.Huawei, which did not respond to requests for comment for this story, has previously rejected the allegations. The Chinese government says Huawei’s critics were fabricating threats.Still, the headlines have been relentlessly negative.“At some point there could be a majority of Canadians that will say ‘We don’t think the government should do business with Huawei,’” said Saint-Jacques.There’s no evidence of sinister intentions behind Huawei’s marketing, which isn’t unlike that of Western multinationals, although its efforts have been unusually strong for a company from China, where brands have struggled to capture global attention.Rogers Communications, which broadcasts “Hockey in Night in Canada” and has exclusive Canadian distribution rights for Huawei smartphones, said it has no plans to change its sponsorship deal, which started in 2017 and runs to the end of 2020.In Australia, the Canberra Raiders rugby team indicated it would renew a Huawei sponsorship deal this year despite a government ban on using its equipment in 5G networks.Huawei has also ventured into high culture by using its smartphone artificial intelligence to complete the remaining movements in German composer Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8,” known as the “Unfinished Symphony.” It held a symphony orchestra concert in London this month to perform the completed score.And Huawei has a vast network of relationships with universities around the world through research partnerships and scholarships. It has helped fund a 25 million pound ($32 million) joint research project at Britain’s Cambridge University.Some universities have begun to rethink their collaborations, although there’s no allegation of wrongdoing by Huawei. Universities point out that companies that fund research don’t automatically own any resulting patents.Britain’s Oxford University stopped accepting Huawei’s money last month. Stanford University followed suit after U.S. prosecutors unsealed nearly two dozen charges against the company, as did the University of California at Berkeley, which also removed an off-campus videoconferencing set-up donated by Huawei based on guidance from the Department of Defence.Faced with these setbacks, Huawei has responded by stepping up its public relations efforts.Its normally reclusive chairman, Ren Zhengfei, last month held three media briefings, fielding questions from Western, Japanese and Chinese journalists.The company will be out in force this month at the Mobile World Congress, a major telecom industry gathering in Barcelona, Spain. It’s expected to unveil its latest smartphone, a 5G device with a folding screen. Company executives are scheduled to brief analysts and give presentations on 5G technology.Huawei is a corporate sponsor of the show and Ren is expected to attend to help win business deals, though U.S. officials are reportedly expected to turn out in force to lobby against Huawei.The company last week hosted a Lunar New Year reception in Brussels for the European Union diplomatic community, in a ballroom commissioned by Belgium’s King Leopold II. There was a piano concert, a jazz performance, a bubble tea bar, and a speech by Huawei’s chief EU representative, Abraham Liu.“We are shocked or sometimes feel amused by those ungrounded and senseless allegations,” Liu told the reception guests, adding that the company is “willing to accept the supervision” from governments in Europe, Huawei’s biggest market after China. Huawei plans to open a cybersecurity centre in Brussels next month, he said.To attract top talent, Huawei runs a program called “Seeds for the Future,” under which it sends students from more than 100 countries to China to study Mandarin and get technical training at its headquarters.Shanthi Kalathil, director of the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, sees Huawei’s charm offensive dovetailing with broader efforts by China to influence the global debate on the government’s surveillance and censorship it uses.“It’s not like an afterthought. That is the foundation of the entire system,” she said.Whether or not Huawei is linked to the Chinese government or merely defended as a corporate champion, the fight over the company shows how world powers see technology as the front line in the fight for economic supremacy.“Today’s innovation economy is based on IP (intellectual property) and data,” said Jim Balsillie, the former chairman and co-CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion. “So soft power is the best tool for advancing national interests because the battle is not about armies and tanks.”____Chan reported from London.Kelvin Chan And Rob Gillies, The Associated Press by Kelvin Chan And Rob Gillies, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2019 3:13 am PDTlast_img read more

Four new instances of tobacco seizures by customs

Four new instances of tobacco seizures by customs

first_imgCustoms officers on Sunday seized 34 packages of tobacco at Larnaca airport, each of which weighing one kilo, which was smuggled into the country in the luggage of two passengers.The passengers who arrived on a flight from Athens were arrested for attempting to avoid paying the duty amounting to €6,800 for the tobacco.During routine checks in the Larnaca region another three cases of the illegal possession of duty-free tobacco were discovered on the same day.As there were no warnings in Greek and Turkish on the products officers concluded that they were brought over from the north through Pyla.Two cartons of cigarettes with 200 cigarettes were found in a vehicle and the owner paid the sum of €120 for the excise duty.Another driver was found in possession of various packages of tobacco and cigarettes for which he paid €650. He was also charged €200 for transporting the goods in his car.A third driver paid €88 for five packs of Old Holborn loose tobacco.The illegally imported goods were seized and destroyed by the customs department.You May LikeHistory A2ZFinally, The Rumors About ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ Are RevealedHistory A2ZUndoTopexpensive.com12 Most Expensive Colleges in the WorldTopexpensive.comUndoCheap Flights to Lagos – Lowest Price GuaranteedCheap Flights US to Lagos – Lowest Price Guaranteed, Save UpTo 70% on Flights TicketsCheap Flights to Lagos – Lowest Price GuaranteedUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police fire warning shots during car chase arrest one suspect

Police fire warning shots during car chase arrest one suspect

first_imgPolice arrested a 19-year-old man in Limassol early on Tuesday after chasing the car he was in and firing warning shots.At around 1.40am, officers spotted a vehicle moving around suspiciously in the Limassol district and signalled for the car to stop.The driver instead, accelerated and ignored warning shots fired in the air by the officers.Eventually, the car crashed into another vehicle parked at the side of the road and came to a halt.Three persons got out of the car and tried to escape in different directions.Officers managed to catch only one of them, the 19-year-old.When the car was searched, various metal objects were seized which are believed to have been stolen.The suspect is being detained pending further investigations.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more