Meknes Celebrates 20th Anniversary as UNESCOs Universal

Rabat – Heritage The city of Meknes kicked off its first festival in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a universal heritage of humanity site.The festival opened on Friday with free concerts, a Sufi evening, and educational activities for children and teenagers. At the opening of the festival, Urban Community president of Meknes, Abdellah Bouanou, expressed appreciation for the efforts of the local and national partners who contributed to the preparation of the cultural event.The Universal Heritage of Humanity festival will run from December 2-7, 2016

Fighting and need for aid increase in northwestern Libya – UN

24 June 2011Fighting has intensified in north-western regions of Libya and the United Nations has stepped up its effort to help wounded civilians in the area, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. Elizabeth Byrs, a spokesperson for OCHA, told a press briefing in Geneva assistance provided in the Nafusa Mountains has predominantly been in the health sector, “especially the treatment of the injured.”Ms. Byrs said that throughout the country some 530,000 persons had received food assistance from the UN and its partners, including about 20 non-governmental organizations working in Libya.She said the port of Khums in the northwest received its first humanitarian assistance vessel on 19 June with 546 tons of food delivered to 106,000 beneficiaries in the area, in cooperation with the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Ms. Byrs said an appeal for $407 million for Libya was currently 55 per cent funded. OCHA reported today that more than 650,000 people have left the country since the start of the conflict earlier this year, with the majority non-Libyan. More than a quarter million non-Libyans are also temporarily in countries not of their origin. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that about 243,000 Libyans are internally displaced because of the fighting.Libya is one of many countries across North Africa and the Middle East where popular uprisings and widespread protests have taken place this year. read more

IGP ordered to probe incident involving Uva Chief Minister

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been ordered to investigate claims that the Chief Minister of the Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake had forced a principal from a school in Badulla to kneel before him.President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the IGP to investigate the incident and submit a report. Meanwhile Dassanayake stepped down as the provincial Minister of Education pending ongoing investigations against him. The Chief Minister had reportedly summoned the principal of Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla to his residence and made her kneel on the floor because she had refused to enroll a student recommended by him. The Chief Minister had rejected the allegations. (Colombo Gazette)

Afghanistan UN mission welcomes release of preliminary results from provincial polls

“The Provincial Councils are Constitutionally-mandated bodies and an important element of Afghan democracy – they bring the principle of accountable democracy and governance beyond Kabul to the provinces,” said Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ján Kubiš. Each of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces hosts a provincial council which is mandated to participate in attainment of the development objectives of the state and improvement of the affairs of the province. “Real community engagement was seen in the provincial council elections, which positively contributed to a high level of participation in the 2014 elections,” added Mr. Kubiš, who is also the head of the UN mission in the country (UNAMA). The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) today announced the release of the results from the 5 April vote. Candidates have 24 hours to file their complaints against the preliminary vote results. The IEC is scheduled to announce the final results on 7 June, after the adjudication of the electoral complaints by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).“It is now extremely important that the IECC continues to carry out its obligations to address complaints from the Provincial Council elections in an expeditious and transparent manner,” said Mr. Kubiš.“For their part, the candidates must also display patience and respect of the process,” he added, urging any complaints to be addressed to the appropriate legal institutions. read more

They didnt boast They didnt fuss They served Theresa Mays moving tribute

They didn’t boast and they didn’t make a fuss. They just got on with their job of trying to win the war. On the anniversary of D-Day, Theresa May paid her tribute to the soldiers who had made ‘the ultimate sacrifice” three-quarters of a century ago.The prime minister voiced her gratitude to the veterans who had survived and those who hadn’t made it at a ceremony to inaugurate a new British Normandy Memorial that will be built overlooking Gold Beach.The new memorial at Ver-sur-Mer, when it is finished, will list the names of all 22,442 members of the British armed forces who died in the Normandy campaign; the names of the dead etched on stone pillars. On Thursday, Mrs May picked out five names, merely as examples of the everyday heroism and sacrifice shown by those killed. There was Robert and Charles Guy, 21-year-old twins who served in the RAF and died within two months of each other; Robert Casson, who was killed as he tried to reach shore at Juno Beach on D-Day and whose brother Joseph was killed,  just three weeks later; and then Den Brotheridge, said to be the first soldier killed at D-Day, leading the charge over Pegasus Bridge at just after midnight on June 6 1944. Speaking under the shadow of a new bronze statue depicting three British soldiers charging up the beach at D-Day, Mrs May said: “These young men belonged to a very special generation, the greatest generation. Den Brotheridge May and Macron face the new D-Day sculpture May and Macron face the new D-Day sculpture Mr Macron said it was time for Britain to have its own D-Day memorial in Normandy and said the monument would symbolise the ties binding France and the UK, adding: “Nothing will break them. Nothing can ever break ties that have been bound in bloodshed and shared values.”Mrs May and Mr Macron together laid wreaths at a foundation stone for the new memorial.  Seven British D-Day veterans accompanied by four children – one of them Sir Winston Churchill’s great-great-grandson John Churchill – also laid flowers in front of the sculpture depicting the soldiers storming the beach.The sculpture was created by David Williams-Ellis to mark the beginning of construction for the memorial, funded by the Normandy Memorial Trust, which is expected to be completed within a year. One of those veterans laying flowers was Ronald Clements, who had been a petty officer in the Royal Navy on board the 900-tonne frigate HMS Mountsea. Their job was to protect the convoys approaching the landing beaches on D-Day from a German onslaught. She went on: “Standing here, as the waves wash quietly onto the shore, it’s almost impossible to grasp the raw courage that it must have taken that day to leap out from landing craft and into the surf – despite the fury of battle.“No one could be certain what June 6 would bring. No one would know how this – the most ambitious – amphibious and airborne assault in all of human history, would turn out.“And, as the sun rose that morning, not one of the troops on the landing craft approaching these shores, not one of the pilots in the skies above, not one of the sailors at sea – knew whether they would still be alive when it set once again. After the speeches at Ver-sur-Mer, Mrs May travelled to Bayeux for the French service at the city’s cathedral. Afterwards, the former Royal Marine Robert Williams, 94, gave the Prime Minister a kiss on the cheek after she thanked him for his wartime efforts. Mr Williams, from Chelmsford, Essex, was an 18-year-old commando in a landing craft that reached Sword Beach on D-Day.“We landed ashore and then moved through the land,” he said. “I went all the way through to Germany and I didn’t get a scratch. The Lord was watching over me.” When asked about his meeting with Mrs May, he said: “She came over and said ‘pleased to meet you’.“She said ‘thank you for what you have done’. I kissed her – why not? It is not everyone that can do that. “I took her by the arms and gave her a kiss on the cheek. She said ‘ooh, thank you’.” The soldiers singled out by Theresa MayRobert and Charles Guy, from Glasgow, were devoted twins and both sergeants in 514 Squadron. Robert Guy was killed just two days after D-Day when his Lancaster bomber was shot down on the outskirts of Paris. His plane was attacking railway lines bringing German reinforcements up to the coast. Almost two months later, Charles’s Lancaster disappeared while bombing enemy positions near Caen.  Lieutenant Den Brotheridge was 28 when he was killed in combat at Pegasus Bridge, the first soldier to have died on D-Day. He was one of 181 men serving in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who were dropped via parachute and glider near the bridge shortly after midnight on June 6 1944. His daughter Margaret Brotheridge, now aged 75, was less than a year old when her father died from a bullet wound to the neck. Robert and Joseph Casson, from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, died three weeks apart during the Battle of Normandy and lie next to each other in the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery at Ryes in France. Robert, 25, was a Royal Marine Commando who was killed on D-Day as he tried to reach Juno Beach. Joseph, 18, a private in the Durham Light Infantry, died on June 27th. 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. “If one day can be said to have determined the fate of generations to come – in France, in Britain, in Europe and the world – that day was June 6, 1944.”She praised the 156,000 men – more than half from Britain and the Commonwealth – who landed on D-Day and the ‘extraordinary acts of bravery’ of the French resistance that wreaked havoc behind enemy lines.And then there were those killed. They had made, she said, “the ultimate sacrifice”, adding:  “They laid down their lives so that we might have a better life and build a better world.” The memorial – even though still not built – attracted on the anniversary of D-Day relatives of those who fought who had come to pay their respects.Melvyn Dunn, 77, laid a wreath in memory of his father Walter Dunn who fought in the Normandy campaign. Walter Dunn landed nine days after D-Day with the Kings Own Royal Regiment of Lancaster and fought through into Germany, leaving the Army in 1945, aged 44, 20 years before his death.Mr Dunn, from Ackworth, West Yorkshire, said his father never spoke about the war and never told him at what beach he had landed. The new memorial in the centre of the British landing area was, as a result, a “wonderful place to lay the wreath”. Den Brotheridge Robert Guy Mr Clements, 98, from Whitstable in Kent, conceded that the attempts to drop depth charges at U-boats had met with “little success”, including targeting one which had earlier sunk an Allied troop ship and was then destroyed by a Canadian vessel. Mr Clements said he was never scared despite the heavy shelling.Now he said he was delighted that the memorial was finally being built. “It should have been done long ago but it’s never too late,” said Mr Clements. “A generation whose unconquerable spirit shaped the post-war world. They didn’t boast. They didn’t fuss. They served.“And they laid down their lives so that we might have a better life and build a better world.”On one of her last official engagements as Conservative Party leader – she resigns on Friday – Mrs May said it was “incredibly moving… and truly humbling” to be addressing survivors of D-Day at the site of one of the “greatest battles for freedom”. Joseph Casson (left) and Robert Casson Robert Guy Joseph Casson (left) and Robert Casson read more

Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Delayed Again

first_imgThe space shuttle Discovery’s final launch was delayed again last night, thanks to an electronic glitch in the vehicle’s backup systems. NASA pushed back launch a full 24 hours, due to the issue, which was discovered earlier in the day. The shuttle, originally scheduled for a 3:30 launch today, will now launch at the same time on Thursday. According to the official NASA statement, “The Prelaunch Mission Management Team wants to give engineers more time to look deeply into two electrical issues from a main engine computer controller that cropped up this morning.”Discovery’s management team is set to meet again at 2 PM today, to make sure the shuttle is in fact ready a 3:30 launch. “Rather than rush the shuttle launch team through an analysis and launch cycle quickly,” NASA added, “[Prelaunch Mission Management Team chair, Mike] Moses said he opted to let the engineers work throughout the night on the issue without having to worry about an early morning tanking and Wednesday afternoon launch.”This marks the third delay for the shuttle, which was initially scheduled to launch on November 1st. The mission, STA-133, will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery.last_img read more

No charges to be filed against Brad Pitt over mistreatment allegations

first_img Image: Ian West/PA Wire No charges have been filed in this matter.The announcement marks Pitt’s second vindication over the incident, two weeks after Los Angeles social workers cleared the 52-year-old of wrongdoing following interviews with the couple, their children and witnesses.Jolie, 41, filed for divorce in September, citing irreconcilable differences. She is seeking sole custody of their six children.Pitt has been in contact with all six of the couple’s children and is seeking joint legal and physical custody.The reunions were supervised by a therapist as part of the couple’s temporary custody agreement – mediated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services – which was recently extended.Under the agreement Jolie had physical custody of the children – three of whom, including Maddox, are adopted – at a rented LA house.The A-listers wed in France in August two years ago, but had been a couple since 2004.AFP reached out to Pitt’s representative, who declined to comment.(C) AFP 2016 11,521 Views Nov 23rd 2016, 10:57 AM BRAD PITT HAS been cleared after a probe into allegations he mistreated one of his children in a mid-air altercation, the FBI has confirmed.The claims centered on an alleged incident with his 15-year-old son Maddox in September on a flight from France to Los Angeles. Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie claimed he had struck the boy.“In response to allegations made following a flight… carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation,” the agency said in a statement. 36 Comments By AFP Share51 Tweet Email center_img Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 10:57 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3096904 Image: Ian West/PA Wire No charges to be filed against Brad Pitt over mistreatment allegations Social workers also cleared the 52-year-old of wrongdoing following interviews with the couple, their children and witnesses. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Verizon Will Offer Free AntiRobocall Tools to All Customers

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Robocalls remain a major issue for smartphones worldwide, but Verizon is stepping up its spam protection efforts: The company will roll out free anti-robocall tools for all of its customers this spring.In March, these call blocking and spam alerting tools will be available for Verizon wireless customers with compatible Android and iPhone devices, said the company in a press release. Verizon hasn’t provided a launch date for these apps, however, it said it will alert customers on the sign up procedure soon.Verizon didn’t give specific details on these apps, but the company said it will help customers avoid robocalls and other spam messages on their smartphones. The tools will notify customers of potentially dangerous robocalls on their smartphones with quick notifications on their screens. Additionally, they will feature call authentication technology that will analyze incoming calls and messages that might be mobile spam.To date, Verizon has identified almost 300 million numbers that are connected with robocalling and spamming. Even though this data is concerning, Verizon has helped customers block robocallers and spammers with other key initiatives.Over a year ago, Verizon added free call and spam screening to wireless customers who subscribed to its Call Filter service (formerly Caller Name ID). The service alerts users about spam callers and unknown numbers by name and shows a risk meter associated with the call. If the call shows signs of spamming, the incoming call will display a spam label notification.Caller ID service customers with wirelines also receive Verizon’s Spam Alert services for free. The caller ID will display a number with “SPAM?” if it corresponds with Verizon’s spam criteria. Following its launch last year, Verizon said this feature has alerted customers about almost one billion potential robocalls.For more information on how to block calls and messages, visit Verizon’s Blocks FAQs support page.More on Geek.com:Drones, Doctors, and Disney Praise Verizon 5G at CES 2019Google Maps Speed Limit Signs Are Spotted in More US CitiesACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance Stay on targetlast_img read more

Countys charter appears to be curbing costs

first_imgWhen a group of citizen freeholders designed Clark County’s voter-approved charter five years ago, they wanted to make sure it wouldn’t drive up the cost of running the government. Now, after three years of operating with the new charter, it appears they’ve accomplished that goal, at least when it comes to salaries of the council and the county’s top executive.But there are other variables that could drive up the cost of government under either system.“We did do a lot of intentional homework to make sure that the system itself would not be more expensive,” said Nan Henriksen, a former Camas mayor who chaired the group.In 2013, Clark County Board of Freeholders, a group of 15 individuals, met to begin writing a county charter, the basic guiding document for county government. The charter was approved by voters the next year. The county spent the following two years implementing it, changing the county’s three-member commission to a five-member council that would have a reduced role — and lower salaries. The charter also replaced the county administrator with a manager who would take over the county’s executive functions and answer to the county council.So is county government less costly under the new charter?Numbers provided by Clark County Human Resources show that Henriksen is correct, at least when it comes to what councilors and top executive are paid. The numbers show that the county’s three commissioners — who had legislative and executive powers — were each paid a salary of $102,228, for a combined $306,684. Under the charter, four councilors — who have only legislative power — are paid $53,000. The council chair is paid $66,250, bringing the total to $278,250.When they were crafting the charter, Henriksen said the freeholders looked at how the county’s executive and staff could drive up costs. She said that the freeholders considered having an elected executive, similar to what King County has. But she said that an elected executive would have to do high-level politicking as part of his or her job and would probably seek to hire a larger staff to help with governing. The council, not wanting to be outmatched, would also seek to hire more staff, adding to the expense of county government, she said.last_img read more

Kevin Gameiro I want to score 20 goals or more

first_imgKevin Gameiro’s long-awaited move to Valencia was finally sealed on Monday and now he has set himself the target of scoring 20 goals for his new club this seasonLos Che completed the signing of the French forward from Atletico Madrid in a €16m deal following months of speculation surrounding his future at the Spanish capital.Although Gameiro won’t have to wait long to reunite with his former club ahead of Valencia’s La Liga opener against Atletico in six days time.And, despite having only found the back of the net 27 times in 83 games in his two years with Diego Simeone’s side, Gameiro is already setting himself some big scoring targets at the Mestalla.“I want to score 20 goals… or more,” said the 31-year-old, as stated on Marca.“[Next Monday’s La Liga match against Atletico] will be special.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I am physically good.“I did pre-season with Atletico and we worked a lot there.“I have a week to get used to this team.“I can bring experience, speed and goals.”Although he added that he is unsure if he would celebrate scoring against Atletico.Gameiro has scored 58 goals in 148 La Liga games.last_img read more

Seahawks wrap up Rams 247

first_imgST. LOUIS — The Seattle Seahawks opened the game with a 55-yard trick play followed by an interception by Tarvaris Jackson.No matter. A defense led by Chris Clemons made sure they didn’t need too much scoring to put away the St. Louis Rams.Wide receiver Sidney Rice completed a 55-yard pass to open the game, caught a touchdown pass and drew a pass interference call to set up a field goal as the Seahawks beat the Rams 24-7 on Sunday.Clemons had three of Seattle’s five sacks on Sam Bradford and also forced the Rams quarterback to fumble twice, both of which led to touchdowns.Marshawn Lynch scored for the fourth straight week, although he missed on a third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 88 yards on 27 carries . The Rams (2-8) totaled 185 yards.The Seahawks (4-6) won on consecutive weeks for the first time, following up on an upset over Baltimore, and have won 12 of 13 in the series.last_img read more

Wilmington Senior Center To Hold Pasta Meatball Dinner With Live Music On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Senior Center has organized a yummy pasta and meatball dinner on Monday, August 12, 2019, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Entertainment will be provided from the Wilmington High School’s Summer Music Group. Tickets costs $4. Register now at the Senior Center’s Front Desk.(NOTE: The above information is from the latest Wilmington Senior Center newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Game Night On July 25; Fun Day On August 28In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Senior Center To Hold Trip To Vermont Country Store & Green Mountains On October 8In “Community”last_img read more

Death toll in Brazil nursery arson attack rises to 9

first_imgA girl who was burned in an arson attack at a nursery school in Brazil succumbed to her wounds on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll to nine people.The four-year-old girl had been transferred to a hospital in Belo Horizonte , the state capital of Minas Gerais, some 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of the small town of Janauba where the attack occurred, according to Folha de Sao Paulo, a local newspaper.A security guard at the nursery sprayed his young victims with alcohol before setting fire to the building. He himself died from burns a few hours later.According to local authorities, he had suffered from mental health issues since 2014.In total, eight four-year-old children were killed, along with a teacher aged 43. Another 40 people were treated at three hospitals in the region.Dozens gathered for the first funerals of victims at a cemetery in Janauba on Friday afternoon, according to an AFP photographer.Small white coffins were opened for a few minutes as devastated family members wept.”What has happened is inexplicable. I have no words. When I heard about the fire on the radio, I immediately thought of my grandchildren. I was sure something had happened to them,” said Antonio Pereira da Silva, who buried his granddaughter.The mayor of Janauba declared seven days of mourning, while Brazil’s President Michel Temer expressed his solidarity with the victims of the “tragedy.”last_img read more

Trump unleashes trade war with China

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. Photo: APPunishing US tariffs on Chinese imports took effect early Friday, marking the start of president Donald Trump’s trade war with the largest US trading partner and intensifying the anxieties of global industry.Beijing was expected to immediately retaliate dollar-for-dollar with its own counter-tariffs after Trump imposed 25 per cent duties on about $34 billion in Chinese machinery, electronics and high-tech equipment including autos, computer hard drives and LEDs.The arrival of the long-threatened tariffs marked the failure of months of dialogue between the world’s two largest economies and came amid hand-wringing from industry leaders who fear shrinking markets, higher prices and slower growth.The tariffs’ arrival also made real a campaign-trail pledge for Trump, who has fulminated for years against what he describes as Beijing’s underhanded economic treatment of the United States.US officials accuse China of building that country’s emerging industrial dominance by stealing the “crown jewels” of American technological know-how through cyber-theft, forced transfers of intellectual property, state-sponsored corporate acquisitions and other alleged practices.And they say the current US economic strength, as well as America’s soaring trade deficit in goods, means the world’s largest economy can outlast its rivals in the current tit-for-tat battle, presenting Washington with a rare window of opportunity to settle old scores.The US trade deficit in goods with China ballooned to a record $375.2 billion last year, further stoking Trump’s ire.But it remained to be seen whether the American president would carry out recent threats to respond to any Chinese retaliation with maximum pressure-raising US duties on Chinese goods in increments of $200 billion until virtually all the goods America buys from its largest trading partner are subject to duties.But, aboard Air Force One on Thursday en route to Montana, Trump erased any hope of an about-face. He said Washington stood ready to slap duties on hundreds of billions more in Chinese imports once Friday’s tariffs took effect.Red states feel the pinchAs the tariffs’ start approached at midnight, the US central bank warned Thursday the impending trade battle was beginning to darken the otherwise blue skies of the robust American economy, now starting its 10th year of recovery.Businesses around the United States told the central bank that spending plans had been scaled back or postponed and they also warned of further adverse effects from the trade conflict, according to a Federal Reserve survey.An industrial survey confirmed that companies were white-knuckling their way through Trump’s intensifying, multi-front trade assault.“We’re starting to see signs of inflation, not sharp inflation, but definitely inflation,” Anthony Nieves, head of a services industry survey committee for the Institute for Supply Management, told reporters on Thursday.The start of the trade war likely confirms the widening rupture between Trump and his own Republican Party, a traditional champion of free trade and big business whose members, while critical, have so-far shrunk from curtailing the White House’s trade powers.But, with the GOP facing strong political headwinds ahead of November’s mid-term elections, China’s countermeasures left both Trump and Republican lawmakers increasingly vulnerable to voters who appear likely to boost the fortunes of opposition Democrats. The powerful US Chamber of Commerce, a principal corporate lobby, said this week that retaliation from China, Canada, Mexico, the European Union and others against Trump’s tariffs was already affecting $75 billion in US exports-much of this from states that had narrowly supported Trump in 2016’s presidential elections.last_img read more

Two Teens Shot on Southeast DC Basketball Court

first_imgPolice are still searching for suspects in a Dec. 10 shooting of two teenagers on a basketball court in Southeast D.C., said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department on Dec.13.Lt. Sean Conboy said the offense took place in the 4400 block of F Street, SE. The shooting happened in the evening outside of the Benning Terrace housing complex. According to the spokesperson, a group of young people were playing basketball when they heard gunshots, and fled the court.The victims struck by gunfire are believed to be 14 or 15 years old, according to the Washington Post. Both victims were breathing and conscious when police arrived and were transported the hospital.Police are currently looking for two Black male suspects last seen in a burgundy car with unknown paper tags.Despite the 58 percent increase in homicide cases, and the 3 percent rise in robberies, “there is not a rise in crime in the District as a whole,” Conboy told the AFRO, in an email, on Dec.9. He said that violent crime, which sat at 5,526 as of Nov. 17, has only increased by 1 percent, and is still lower than 2014’s total of 6,194.However, the total violent crimes reported between Alabama Avenue SE and 46th Street SE, within 1,000 feet of this shooting, doubled since last year, according to a D.C. police crime map. Last year, this area had 22 violent crimes as compared 44.Deji Ayoku, 22, said youth live in fear of being harmed, even in locations that should be safe play areas. “If people are getting shot at least three times out of seven days then, yeah, I would be scared,” Ayoku said. He played soccer growing up in Prince Georges County, Maryland and his parents sent him to school in Buffalo, New York so he could get away from “bad areas” and trouble.Ayoku still visits his aunt and cousins who live and work in the District. He said he hopes something will be done about the crime so his family will be safe.last_img read more

Tamana and FDCI harness the power of inclusion

first_imgTamana along with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) organised its annual fashion show on September 15, titled ‘Unity in Diversity’. The event was co-hosted by Hyatt Regency Delhi.The event commenced with a live heart warming performance by Diwakar of Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs and Kenji Hiramatsu. Ambassador of Japan to India graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.The show began with an inclusion walk where Patricia Hiramatsu, wife of Kenji Hiramatsu, Harinder Singh Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia and Joanna Kempkers, High Commissioner of New Zealand to India walked the ramp. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe children of Tamana exuded confidence while walking along with the models wearing ensembles created by FDCI designers – 11.11 CellDsgn, Alpana Neeraj, Amit Aggarwal, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Payal Pratap Singh, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Rimzim Dadu, along with other designers – Asha Gautam by Gautam Gupta and Asha Rani Gupta, Ridhi Arora and Namita Bansal.What made this years’ event extra special is that for the first time the ensembles designed and manufactured by the differently-abled at the sublimation unit at Tamana’s Skill Development Centre debuted on the catwalk.The evening concludedwith Tamana Chona, dressed in Amit Aggarwal, expressing her gratitude to the distinguished audience at the show along with actress Soundarya Sharma in Alpana Neeraj ensemble. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Shayama Chona, Founder and President, Tamana said,”The fascinating fashion show promoting ‘We are One’ irrespective of intellectual and physical differences is wonderfully put by Tamana, FDCI and Hyatt. According to me, these kids are born with a mission to remind us that we may have everything, but they are much greater in their purity of heart.”Entitled as the Crusader of Inclusion by Tamana, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “I am delighted to be a part of an event that celebrates inclusion in the most graceful manner, driving home the point that all humans are equal. Dr.Shayama Chona has done wonders with Tamana, an organisation that works selflessly for the specially-abled.”last_img read more

Caitlyn Jenner reportedly hates Trump now apologizes for wearing MAGA hat

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Caitlyn Jenner Says I Hate Trump and the Hat Was a Comedy of Errors https://t.co/SRQcajIkXD via @TMZShe doesn’t have another HAT?Really.— Lin/exGOP (@linmp1031) August 5, 2017 — Chas (@Chas_rhae_hey) August 5, 2017 After Trump Tweeted about banning transgender people from the military, Jenner took to the social media site to express her outrage. Yet, those on Twitter weren’t buying her sudden anger.Now, after being caught wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat, even after the trans military ban, Jenner is finally denouncing the Trump administration.‘What he’s doing to our community is absolutely f*cking awful,’ she told TMZ.According to TMZ, Jenner wore the MAGA hat to protect her hair on the way to the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. She reportedly ‘rummaged through the 10 hats in her closet and grabbed one without looking at the stitching.’‘I apologize to all of the trans community. I made a mistake. I will never do it again and I’m getting rid of the hat,’ she said, planning to either burn the hat or sign it to be auctioned off for a transgender charity.Still, people on Twitter don’t have sympathy for her.Cognitive Dissonance aka Caitlyn Jennerwears MAGA Hat After Opposing Trump’s Transgender Military Ban https://t.co/PdP93rXw1x via @people— BlackCovfefeRaindrop (@teardroplette) August 5, 2017 Caitlyn Jenner, despite being a trans woman, has been an outspoken Donald Trump supporter. However, it seems like her feelings towards him are slowly starting to change. @Caitlyn_Jenner You chose Trump and didn’t like the backlash. Check the mirror, your lack of integrity is showing!— Susmoch (@susmoch) August 5, 2017 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- He showed you who he was and you still voted for him and now you detest him bc he’s against transgender. It’s not about you @Caitlyn_Jenner— Mia (@mibarb) August 5, 2017 @Caitlyn_Jenner : kindly go away. You are not interesting, relevant or any sort of role model. #embarrassment https://t.co/Vw4Hbibirs— Ouisie Bee (@OuisieBee) August 5, 2017center_img @Caitlyn_Jenner U didn’t know it was w/U when U left? PLEEZ! You must b learning lying skills from Trump himself! https://t.co/Q2bAN1AJjG— Linda Vastardis (@AdamsArmyGirl) August 5, 2017 @Caitlyn_Jenner – You should own your actions and stop making pathetic excuses; theyre obvious lies. You have a long way to go in understndg @Caitlyn_Jenner So vowing to never wear MAGA hat again IN PUBLIC makes it OK? So now you’ll just ‘hide’ ur Trump support in the dark! #AWFUL— Linda Vastardis (@AdamsArmyGirl) August 5, 2017 Shut up @Caitlyn_Jenner. You did it for attention. Now you are getting attention. https://t.co/ib7HBqgOsZ— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) August 5, 2017 Caitlyn Jenner Reportedly Now Detests Donald Trump, Apologizes For Wearing MAGA Hat A LITTLE LATE @Caitlyn_Jenner https://t.co/g7ZHZ64Gic— Stanton Green (@notnats49) August 5, 2017 Swear you change your mind more than cars change lanes. @Caitlyn_Jenner https://t.co/ojSG2iEpcU— Not by da hair of my (@JenniJennJenn_) August 5, 2017 @Caitlyn_Jenner is basically the Rachel Dolezal of the LGBTQ community but with less effort, dedication, & desire to truly belong or fight— CodyBlogger (@theCodyBlogger) August 5, 2017 Caitlyn Jenner says it’s ‘devastating’ Kim Kardashian refuses to speak to herCaitlyn Jenner: ‘Trump has set the trans community back 20 years’Caitlyn Jenner to deliver lecture on diversity to UK ParliamentRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/caitlyn-jenner-reportedly-hates-trump-now-apologizes-wearing-maga-hat/last_img read more

Canadian privacy to be compromised US plans to demand phone passwords

first_imgTags: America, Donald Trump, Security << Previous PostNext Post >> OTTAWA — Canadian privacy could be imperilled by apparent U.S. plans to demand cellphone and social media passwords from foreign visitors, a federal watchdog says.In a letter to the House of Commons public safety committee, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien warns the recent pronouncements from the Trump administration could mean intrusive searches – even at preclearance facilities in Canada.In February, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly suggested at a hearing that American officials could ask people entering the U.S. about the Internet sites they visit as well as passwords to help assess their online activities.Kelly’s proposal prompted an American coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations and experts in security, technology and the law to express “deep concern.”The Wall Street Journal reported last month that visitors to the U.S. could be forced to provide cellphone contacts and social-media passwords.Currently, passengers flying to American cities through eight major Canadian airports can be precleared there by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The Commons public safety committee is studying legislation that would expand preclearance operations.Under the bill, U.S. searches at preclearance facilities would be governed by Canadian law, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.But Therrien says those protections appear to be hollow because they could not be enforced in court due to immunity provisions that significantly limit access to civil remedies for the actions of U.S. border officers carrying out preclearance duties.In many situations, Therrien says in the letter, “it would appear that Canadians who wish to enter the U.S. will, at preclearance locations in Canada as well as at border points in the U.S., have to face the difficult choice of either accepting a search without grounds or forgoing their wish to travel to the U.S.”Under long-standing plans, preclearance is being expanded to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, as well as for rail service in Montreal and Vancouver.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongIn March, Canada and the U.S. agreed to bring preclearance to other, unspecified locations.The Liberal government says the preclearance arrangements would strengthen security and prosperity while ensuring respect for the sovereignty of both countries.Efforts to move people and goods across the 49th parallel more quickly and efficiently have unfolded against a backdrop of uncertainty following Donald Trump’s election in November.The Nexus trusted-traveller cards of about 200 Canadian permanent residents were suddenly cancelled after Trump issued an executive immigration order banning visitors from several largely Muslim countries.There have also been reports of minorities from Canada being turned away at the U.S. border. Canadian privacy to be compromised? U.S. plans to demand phone passwords By: Jim Bronskill Source: The Canadian Press Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Flair pulls out of Hamilton amid increased competition

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Flair Airlines, Toronto Pearson Airport, WestJet Swoop Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Posted bycenter_img Flair pulls out of Hamilton amid “increased competition” Travelweek Group TORONTO — Facing increased competition from Swoop, Flair Airlines has announced that it will stop serving Hamilton International Airport and add more flights to Toronto Pearson.The Kelowna-based discount carrier said Friday that it will end all service to Hamilton on Oct. 27 as it prepares to unveil its first flights to the U.S.Routes to Winnipeg and Edmonton will be transferred to Canada’s largest airport. Daily flights from Toronto to Winnipeg will launch as part of Flair’s October-April service, reports CBC. The airline will also add new daily flights between Calgary and Abbotsford, B.C., as well as resume seasonal service to Victoria and Halifax next spring.Flair is expected to announce its first service to the U.S. next week, with flights to six destinations starting in December.The decision to leave Hamilton after two years comes a couple of months after WestJet Airlines launched Swoop, its ultra low-cost subsidiary, that flies from Hamilton to Abbotsford, B.C., Edmonton, Alta and Halifax. It is also recently announced the launch of U.S. service as part of its 2018/2019 winter schedule to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFlair spokeswoman Julie Rempel says the privately-owned airline determined that the market size of the Hamilton area and increased competition from Swoop made Pearson a better option.With file from The Canadian Presslast_img read more