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Pamela Anderson Appeals To French Assembly To Ban Foie Gras Cruelty

first_imgEarlier this week, the French deputy minister of ecology introduced a proposed law to ban the force-feeding of animals, and to help kick off the debate, he invited animal-rights activist Pamela Anderson to address ministers in Paris.Anderson commenced her impassioned speech by recalling a time in her youth when Brigitte Bardot came to Canada to focus international attention on the slaughter of baby seals. She explained that it’s in honour of Bardot that she, as a Canadian, has come to France to voice her opposition to cruelty as severe as the massacre of baby seals: that of the foie-gras industry, which slaughters ducks and geese for another non-essential luxury product.“Historically France has blazed a path on many fronts for human rights, for freedom, for conservation and the environment. Now is the time to champion the rights of animals to be free of suffering”, said Anderson. “I would like to respectfully request that France embrace the qualities of compassion, empathy and respect for the lives of animals.”The proposed bill is backed by studies revealing the cruelty of force-feeding ducks and geese, and a poll conducted in December found that record numbers of French citizens support a ban on force-feeding.Anderson joins Ralph Fiennes, Ricky Gervais, Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy and Kate Winslet in taking a stand against foie gras. Ducks and geese who are exploited for foie gras production have pipes shoved down their throats several times a day to force painfully large amounts of food into their stomachs, eventually causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Many die from ruptured organs during this process, and those who survive are hung upside down and slaughtered.last_img read more

India sees little scope for Jet Airways revival say sources

first_imgNEW DELHI: India’s government sees little hope of a bidder emerging for debt-laden Jet Airways Ltd, two senior finance ministry officials said, even as thousands of employees plead with the government for a rescue. Parties that had initially expressed interest in Jet, which is saddled with roughly $1.2 billion of debt, have so far failed to make firm bids to bail it out, increasing the odds that it could soon face bankruptcy proceedings. “There is little scope in the revival of Jet,” said one official, adding that if a bidder emerged, the government was still willing to return slots to the private airline which have temporarily been given to rivals. A second senior finance ministry official said it was only a matter of time before someone dragged Jet to the National Company Law Tribunal – India’s bankruptcy court – for recovery of dues from Jet. It will most likely be one of Jet’s creditors and not its lenders that do so, said both the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. Unions have been pleading with the government to ensure the airline is rescued. Last week, in a letter to the prime minister seen by Reuters, its pilots union urged the government to intervene and speed up the bid process for the airline and stop the deregistration of its aircraft by its lessors. Jet had a fleet of more than 120 aircraft but more than half have been deregistered and repossessed by lessors. India’s aviation authorities have also been temporarily farming out Jet’s slots to rival carriers as airfares have soared in the wake of Jet’s shutdown. Rival low-cost carriers have also been scooping up aircraft that were formerly operated by Jet from its lessors, and poaching hundreds of its pilots, cabin crew and other staffers. The airline halted operations on April 17 after its lenders refused to provide further funds to keep it afloat. Once India’s largest private carrier, it had more than 16,000 employees and flights to dozens of international destinations. State Bank of India (SBI) said last month that it expected bidders to submit binding bids by April 30, and to complete the sale process this month. However, bankers involved in the process told Reuters last week that no binding bids had emerged. “The banks have been advised to wait for the formation of the next government … before taking any decision on Jet’s fate,” the official told Reuters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently seeking re-election. His government has come under fire from critics and opposition parties for rising unemployment. Despite this, senior government officials have opposed any bailout package for the airline arguing it would increase pressure to support other failed private companies. The government is satisfied with the handling of the Jet crisis by banks and other institutions as it has thus far not become a major election issue, the second ministry official said. Jet’s borrowings are small compared to those of other big defaulters such as Videocon and some steel companies, so lenders likely can wait for some more time before commencing bankruptcy proceedings, the official said. An official at ICICI Bank, which has to recover over 5.4 billion rupees ($78.17 million) from Jet, said the bank sees little chance of any recovery without the government coming up with a rescue plan. “We largely think our money in Jet is gone,” he said.last_img read more

Egypts Sisi says he will run for president

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president, vowing to rid the country of “terrorism” almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader.Sisi, who was also defence minister, faces no serious competition in the election, likely before June, and is expected to win comfortably riding on a wave of popularity for his law and order message.He declared his widely anticipated candidacy in a televised address. “Today, I stand before you for the last time in a military uniform, after deciding to end my service as defence minister and commander of the armed forces,” he said, dressed in his field marshal’s uniform, sitting behind a wooden desk.“With all modesty, I nominate myself for the presidency of Egypt.“I will continue to fight every day for an Egypt free of terrorism,” he added.last_img read more

BCE says dividend hikes will continue with or without Astral deal

MONTREAL — BCE Inc. says its strategy to keep increasing its shareholder dividend is on track and doesn’t depend on the acquisition of Astral Media.BCE will have the ability to increase its free cash flow to maintain its dividend growth strategy and the telecom company is also on track to meet its 2012 financial guidance, chief executive George Cope said Thursday.“The company’s market capital strategy hasn’t changed, no matter what the outcome of the Astral transaction ends up being,” Cope said, after announcing BCE’s quarterly profit dropped 12% to $569 million.The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission nixed Bell’s $3.4-billion friendly takeover of Montreal’s Astral, saying it wasn’t in the best interests of Canadians. Bell has asked federal cabinet to get involved, but the government has shown little appetite to do so.The deadline for the deal to be completed has been extended to Dec. 16 and either BCE or Astral can further extend it by one month.Cope was told by a financial analyst on a conference call that the “view on the Street” is that BCE may have to seek new acquisitions to fund its dividend if the Astral deal doesn’t go ahead.“We don’t concur with that,” Cope said. “(But) there’s no doubt the acquisition that we were looking at was going to help generate even more cash flow than we had anticipated on an organic basis.”When the acquisition was announced last March, BCE said it would use free cash flow from Astral to help fund its dividend.In its financial results, net income for the three months ended Sept. 30 dropped to $569 million, or 12%, from $642 million in the same quarter in 2011. Earnings per share were 74 cents versus 83 cents year-over-year.Adjusted net earnings fell to $588 million, or 76 cents per share compared with $724 million and 93 cents per share year-over-year.The adjusted EPS was a penny below analyst estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters, while mean estimates for revenue came in at $4.9 billion.Revenue at the Montreal-based telecom and media company’s was up slightly from the same time last year — $4.98 billion, compared with $4.91 billion in the third quarter of 2011.Most of that came from Bell Canada, BCE’s main subsidiary. Bell’s operating revenue was $4.39 billion, up from $4.31 billion a year earlier.Cope said the telecom giant had strong growth across its wireless, TV, Internet and media businesses.Bell’s wireless division had 149,00 net new subscribers, up 17.1% from the same quarter last year. These subscribers are generally on lucrative three-year smartphone contracts.By comparison, competitor Rogers Communications Inc. added 76,000 net postpaid customers who bought iPhones, BlackBerrys or Android smartphones in its third quarter.Bell’s revenue from its wireless operations increased 7.1% to $1.4 million year-over-year.Bell Media, which includes the CTV assets, saw its revenue in the quarter increase by 25.5% to $546 million, helped by broadcasting the 2012 Summer Olympics.“Not including the Olympics, advertising sales in Q3 across Bell Media’s television, radio and digital media properties continued to be impacted by a soft advertising market as a result of a slow-growing economy,” BCE said.Bell’s relatively new Bell Fibe TV, a direct challenge to cable operators such as Rogers, added 42,973 net new subscribers, up from 20,297 in the same quarter in 2011. At the end of the quarter, the relatively new Bell Fibe TV had 200,000 subscribers.Revenue from Bell’s wireline division, which includes Internet and TV services, was $2.5 million, up 4% year-over year.Bell also added more than 13,000 Internet subscribers in the quarter, versus a net loss of 101 in the same quarter in 2011. read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:55 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 8.98 points to 15,085.14.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 77.02 points to 21,860.42.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 8.73 points to 2,447.70.The Nasdaq composite index was up 17.21 points to 6,288.54.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.86 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.81 cents US.

Ahead of climate talks top UN environment official stresses need for longterm

“The scientific evidence clearly shows that climate change is the most serious socio-economic and environmental problem facing humanity in the 21st century,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “While pushing ahead to ensure immediate short-term action, governments must also build the basis for a long-term structured and coordinated response to the problem.”Mr. Toepfer said that during the talks, governments should concentrate on several issues, including reaching a clear common agreement on the rules for obtaining emissions credits through emissions trading and carbon sinks.”When these instruments are in place and operational, governments will have a more complete picture of what it will cost to achieve their Kyoto emissions targets, and private business will be able to take actions on a reliable basis,” he said.Governments should also focus on sending a clear signal to civil society, and especially the business community, that despite some differences between governments there is a common commitment for action, he added.”On the basis of thorough scientific research, all countries agree that we now have firm proof that climate change is happening,” said Mr. Toepfer. “More scientific study is useful, but this should not be used as an excuse for inaction.”Noting that representatives of some of the world’s leading financial organizations will be on hand at the Bonn meeting to deliver their position on climate change, Mr. Toepfer said that the financial sector was taking a proactive role on climate change and “it is important that they receive positive signals.”Furthermore, industrialized countries should concentrate on helping to fight climate change by boosting their financial cooperation with developing countries for creating climate-friendly economies, he said.Lastly, governments need to look at investing in clean energy infrastructure and promoting technology transfer to developing countries. “The development process, urgently needed to fight poverty, must become less carbon intensive,” said Mr. Toepfer. “We must do everything we can do integrate clean technologies that have a higher energy efficiency, and also look for new sources of energy production.”Stressing that climate change was not simply an environmental problem but a “huge threat” to the overarching goals of poverty reduction and the attainment of sustainable development worldwide, Mr. Toepfer said he hoped governments and civil society, including private business, will go to the climate discussions with a positive attitude. “We must avoid an atmosphere of confrontation,” he said. “We must advance the Kyoto mechanisms and keep the process alive.” read more

Bernanke says Fed is taking bold steps to lower rates because economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a wide-ranging defence Monday of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive policies to stimulate the still-weak economy.The Fed needs to drive down long-term borrowing rates because the economy isn’t growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment, Bernanke said in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana. The U.S. unemployment rate is 8.1 per cent.Low rates could also help shrink the federal budget deficit by easing the government’s borrowing costs and generating tax revenue from stronger growth, Bernanke argued.The chairman cautioned Congress against adopting a law that would allow it to monitor the Fed’s interest-rate discussions. The House has passed legislation to broaden Congress’ investigative authority over the Fed — authority that would include a review of interest-rate policymaking. The Senate hasn’t adopted the bill.Bernanke warned that such a step would improperly inject political pressure into the Fed’s private deliberations and affect the officials’ decisions.His speech follows the Fed’s decision at its Sept. 12-13 meeting to launch a new mortgage-bond buying program. The goal is to try to drive low mortgage rates even lower to encourage home buying. Increased home sales could help spur hiring and accelerate economic growth.The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is already 3.4 per cent, a record low. But some economists think home loan rates could fall further, in part because long-term Treasury yields are much lower: The rate on the 10-year Treasury is just 1.62 per cent.After its September meeting, the Fed said it would keep buying mortgage bonds until the job market showed substantial improvement. It also decided to keep its benchmark short-term rate near zero through at least mid-2015.In his speech Monday, Bernanke sought to reassure investors that the Fed’s timetable for keeping its short-term rate ultra-low “doesn’t mean we expect the economy to be weak through 2015.” Rather, he said the Fed expects to keep rates low well after the economy strengthens.Bernanke spoke two days before President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will hold a debate in which the economy is the central theme. And on Friday, the government will release its September jobs report. Economists expect only modest hiring and continued unemployment above 8 per cent.The U.S. economy is still struggling more than three years after the Great Recession ended. Persistently high unemployment and weak pay growth have kept spending by consumers weak. That, in turn, has hurt manufacturing and slowed broader economic growth.The Fed’s latest round of bond buying and its plan to keep rates super-low into 2015 will likely provide only modest help, said David Jones, chief economist at DMJ Advisors.“The Fed is at the tail end of a long series of actions,” Jones said. “They have reached a point of diminishing returns.”Bernanke himself made clear Monday, as he has in the past, that the Fed’s low-rate policies are no panacea for the economy.“Many other steps could be taken to strengthen our economy over time, such as putting the federal budget on a sustainable path, reforming the tax code, improving our educational system, supporting technological innovation and expanding international trade,” he said.Still, the Fed chairman reiterated his argument that lower rates boost growth by helping increase prices of stocks, homes and other assets. Greater household wealth tends to make consumers and businesses more willing to spend.Bernanke noted that when the Fed launched its first round of bond buying in late 2008, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was a little above 6 per cent. Today, the rate is 3.4 per cent, the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.Still, the housing market’s recovery remains slow, in part because many Americans lack the credit to qualify for a mortgage or can’t afford the larger down payments now required.Responding to a question after his speech, Bernanke said he disagreed with a minority of analysts who fear another recession is nearing. But he said the economy is growing at an annual rate of only between 1.5 per cent and 2 per cent — too slow to lower unemployment much.The Fed’s decision last month to launch a new mortgage-buying program was approved by its policy committee, 11-1. Jeffrey Lacker, head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, cast the lone dissenting vote. Lacker has argued that further bond buying won’t likely provide much economic help and risks igniting inflation in the future.Charles Plosser, president of the Fed’s Philadelphia regional bank, and Richard Fisher, president of the Fed’s Dallas regional bank, have also been critical of the Fed’s bond purchases. Plosser and Fisher do not have votes on the Fed’s policy committee this year but take part in the discussions.At the same time, one Fed official who had been skeptical of the bond buying now appears more open to it. Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Minneapolis Fed, has signalled that he’s grown more concerned about the economy’s sluggish growth. In a speech a week after last month’s policy meeting, Kocherlakota said the Fed should fight high unemployment with an even more aggressive approach than it announced.Still, like Plosser and Fisher, Kocherlakota lacks a vote on the Fed’s policy committee this year.___AP Business Writer Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this report. Bernanke says Fed is taking bold steps to lower rates because economy is growing too slowly by News Staff Posted Oct 1, 2012 9:48 pm MDT read more

Woman must stay in unhappy marriage judges rule as they urge Parliament

Supreme Court judges have “reluctantly” forced a woman to stay in an unhappy marriage as they urged Parliament to change the law on divorce.  Mrs Owens first approached lawyers about a divorce in 2012, before moving out and filing her petition in 2015. Mr Owens has repeatedly argued that their marriage has not broken… Judges said the case “generates uneasy feelings” and suggested that the current system, in which partners must demonstrate bad behaviour by their spouse, was out of date. The unanimous decision by five senior judges means Tini Owens, 68, must remain married to husband Hugh, 80, until at least 2020 because she has been unable to show sufficiently good grounds for the proposed split. 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. read more

First Ubuntu Touch tablet up for preorder in Australia

first_imgRecently Canonical showed off a special Ubuntu build for tablets, and now Australian company Intermatix is offering its customers the chance to pre-order the first tablets running the new OS. Unsurprisingly, two models are being offered: the Intermatix U7 and U10, which sport screens measuring 7 and 10 inches, respectively.As per Canonical’s announced guidelines, the Intermatix U7 Ubuntu tablet will pack a quad-core processor (details about the U10 haven’t been posted to the website yet). It’s clocked at 1.5GHz and teamed up with 1GB of RAM and a quad-core Vivante GC1000+ GPU. Internal storage is capped at 16GB, but a micro SD card slot is provided to meet your expansion needs. The 7-inch model’s display features a native resolution of  1280 x 800 — for a pixel density of around 275. There’s also a rear-facing 2MP camera, VGA cam on the front, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and an HDMI output. Power is provided by a 4000mAh lithium-ion battery. The U7 measures just 12mm thick and weighs only 350 grams, making it ever-so-slightly bulkier than the Nexus 7.The Intermatix U7 featues hardware that’s pretty much identical to what you’ll find in the Ainol Novo7 Venus tablet, and it’s highly likely that the company has simply re-branded the Novo7 and pre-loaded Ubuntu Touch firmware. Intermatix is commanding a premium, of course, for loading Canonical’s OS over the default Android Jelly Bean. The Novo7 Venus can be found for as alittle as $161AUD in Oz, and Intermatix is asking $299 for the U7 — though you’ll score a 10% discount if you’re one of the first 50 customers.But since Canonical is offering up daily builds and Ainol’s inexpensive tablets have a pretty active developer community working on them, you may just want to order a Novo7 Venus on the cheap and load Ubuntu Touch yourself. You’d also have your tablet in hand a lot sooner: Intermatix is projecting a delivery date in October, but that’s got a lot to do with the fact that Ubuntu Touch won’t see a stable build released for a few more months.last_img read more

Italian fugitive on the run for five years finally found in his

first_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Khamidulin Sergey Monday 19 Jun 2017, 9:38 PM Unfortunately for him, that was not the case. Share9 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Khamidulin Sergey 19 Comments By AFP Detectives had been keeping a close eye on the man’s elderly mother, his ex-partner and his young daughter, all of whom lived near the capital.Just two months ago officers searched the mother’s house only to discover “an open window and a man’s abandoned clothes and socks”.On Friday they hit gold: a raid on the ex-partner’s home in Ostia, a seaside town near Rome, turned up one fugitive, hiding in his daughter’s wardrobe.- © AFP 2017Read: Carrie Fisher had cocaine and ecstasy in her system when she suffered heart attackRead: May slams ‘sickening’ terror attack on London mosque as suspect named Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Italian fugitive on the run for five years finally found… in his daughter’s wardrobe The man had been traced after he began visiting his mother again. https://jrnl.ie/3452986 21,610 Views AN ITALIAN FUGITIVE who spent five years on the run has been caught hiding in a wardrobe after giving himself away to police by visiting his old mum.The man, who had previous convictions for robbery and narcotics, “perhaps thought the police had forgotten about him, that they were tired of hunting a man who only had one year left to serve,” a police statement said. Jun 19th 2017, 9:38 PM last_img read more

An Easter for all

first_imgWhat is the true meaning of Easter? Is it the imposing sadness that stems from the moody weather and revival of the Holy Passions and Crucifixion, or is it the captivating feeling that the celebration of the resurrection and Easter trimmings exude?Easter or Pascha, is about the love. It is about setting dates and differences aside, endorsing the faith and triumph. Whether it is the Hebrew Passover to a land of salvation or freedom or the Risen Christ with a week’s difference, love is all this holiday comes down to.The Biblical sequence of events discloses innumerable symbolisms that serve a common aim, to bring us all together spiritually and physically in one ‘holy communion.’Being Greek and having spent most of my life in Greece, means that these days strike one sensitive chord after the other, as every tradition triggers a flood of memories. This is the first Easter I spend away from my family, away from the ‘mandatory’ visits to the church, away from my need to constantly declare my non-existent desire to delve into the ‘Easter mood’. Yet, here I am, writing this piece a few hours before I voluntarily become part of a tradition I was until recently running away from.When the wanderlust gene clashes with the way you’ve come to identify yourself, it is highly likely that you will eventually start appreciating where people around you ‘are coming from’. While throughout my years in Greece I was struggling to fathom the expats’ mania with their homeland, I keep finding myself stepping into the same path. Apparently, I’m not the only one harking back.Apart from the second and third generation Greeks in Australia, doing their best to preserve and promote their cultural heritage, there is the increasingly rising number of newcomers. Greeks that have some kind of connection to Australia, and as a result of the country’s shattered economy, decided to leave everything behind and start over, in the Lucky Land.Even if originally their intention was to shine away from ‘all-things-Greek’, the Greek- Australian community has its way to create an all-inclusive society to celebrate the highlight of the religious calendar.Greek Australians are more ‘devoted’ in the way they celebrate Easter in the customary ways. In the days leading up to Easter Sunday, the parishioners recreate the Holy Passions, for the celebrations to culminate on Easter Sunday. As tradition demands, families gather to commemorate the series of events that enclose the essence of Christianity. The Greek community starts preparing for ‘the feast of feasts’, buying the essentials for the arresting Easter table. Eggs, dye, coal, candles, Easter bread, chocolates, wine and heaps of meat, inundating the local deli shops and Greek shopping precincts. Kids longingly await to see their lambades and receive presents from their godparents.Who can imagine going through 40 days of fasting, only to keep fasting on the day of the Resurrection? The statistics come as a surprise. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese with the help of 40 volunteers, has found 300 families in need, who wouldn’t have been able to celebrate Easter if they hadn’t received the ‘Food Parcel’.On Holy Thursday, the day the church service commemorates the Last Supper and Christ’s final hours before the Crucifixion, red Easter eggs are traditionally dyed. The Archdiocese, established the ‘Food Parcel’ 15 years ago, to ensure its parishioners and families facing financial difficulties, could still celebrate Easter. “This year, the number of families in need in our community has grown. Needs constantly change, including names,” Edmond Kaderoglou tells Neos Kosmos.“Some of the people we catered for last year are in hospital, others have left or died.”“Let us not forget the staggering numbers of newcomers, arriving here with nothing but a suitcase, alone, or with families to support, having connections,” he adds.Most of the times, the Archdiocese finds out about them from other members of the community, as they are usually too embarrassed to admit the severity of their predicament.“It is extremely moving how the Greek Australian community has managed to create its own support network,” Kediroglou muses while a woman who wishes her name to remain undisclosed, opens her own 50kg ‘Food Parcel’ in front of Vivienne Morris, a fellow journalist for Neos Kosmos.“It feels like a nightmare and a blessing at the same time,” she tells.“I left Greece, so that I wouldn’t have to become one of those people who wait in-line outside churches and municipalities to receive food, and here I am.”“It has my name on it, which made me feel reluctant and even a bit embarrassed at first, but then I was overwhelmed by a feeling of love and gratitude. “Plus, it was done in a very a discreet way,” she adds.Most newcomers have chosen the suburb of Oakleigh as have many other Greek immigrants before them. The municipality of Monash is the home of a large Greek Australian population, therefore its Mayor, Paul Klisaris along with Labor MP Steve Dimopoulos, have decided to organise a Greek Easter feast.The Eaton Mall area, will be busting with live music and dance groups as hundreds of lambs on the spit and traditional Greek Easter dishes will be on display. The fests is expected to gather thousands of people, in an attempt to override alienation and loneliness, connecting the newcomers with the second and third generation Greek community members. “There are many young people who have returned to Australia from Greece, young men and women, even families, who feel isolated,” said mayor Paul Klisaris.Greek Ambassador Haris Dafaranos, Victorian MP Steve Dimopoulos and federal MPs Anna Burke and Claire O ‘Neal, will also attend the Greek Easter Mayoral Event which will take place from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Easter Day.Pascha, though, shouldn’t be seen as a yearly commemoration, an anniversary. Every Sunday resembles the Easter Sunday. Every week is a struggle, as is life. In the wise words of Archbishop Stylianos, “Pascha, is not time, but our manner of living, which is Christ Himself.”“The manner is the possibility of freedom for the human person, which is guaranteed by God. To be a ‘child by adoption’ amidst increasing apostasy, to be a ‘light in the darkness’, ‘life in the tomb’, ‘broadened in sorrows’ is another order of things that this world does not understand, nor is it taught by time. This order of things was shown by Christ through His Passion and Resurrection, having become ‘the firstborn of all creation’.”To conclude, I cannot but use these fine examples of love and unity within our community, to stress the importance of acceptance in the all-inclusive multicultural home Australia is. We are all immigrants in this beautiful and welcoming country. Whether we came here a few generations ago or recently, we too had to be accepted.We fast and pray and honour the struggles of our ancestors. We preach the words of God, yet, a vast majority of Australia’s population, is devoid of empathy.The endless sacrifice, the ceaseless presence of God, the love, the acceptance, sometimes appear to lose their meaning in the manner of our existence, as not everyone is granted a happy ending to their journey.Still, not everyone is accepted in our society.Pascha is Christ Himself. This Christ we ‘receive’ during the mystery of the Holy Communion after the resurrection, and every following Sunday.We accept the ‘essence’ of Christ, to become part of his Kingdom, all equal, all as one in a timeless ‘Holy Communion’ that knows no colour, no gender, no past.“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise,” Jesus told the repentant sinner next to him on the cross. He was the first to enter his Kingdom. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les Vikings plus sociables et moins sauvages quon ne le pensait

first_imgLes Vikings, plus sociables et moins sauvages qu’on ne le pensait ? Et si les Vikings avaient été un peuple plus sociable que l’Histoire ne le laissait supposer ? Des chercheurs de l’Université de Coventry, au Royaume-Uni, ont découvert que les sociétés islandaises possédaient de véritables relations sociales plus complexes qu’on ne le pensait.Cela pourrait être la fin d’un mythe, celui de la barbarie et de la sauvagerie des Vikings. Grâce à l’étude d’un ancien manuscrit islandais, les scientifiques Padraig Mac Carron et Ralph Kenna, ont pu analyser en détails, les relations qui régissaient les sociétés viking. Et, il semblerait que les Vikings n’étaient pas si sauvages, mais plutôt assez sociales avec une hiérarchie bien établie. Pour en arriver là, les deux chercheurs ont étudié de près ce texte viking, vieux de 1.000 ans et connu sous le nom de Sagas des Islandais. Grâce à une méthode basée sur les statistiques et les réseaux sociaux, ils ont pu établir une sorte de carte des relations sociales entre les personnages du texte. Bien évidemment, les Sagas des Islandais est un ensemble de textes de littérature médiévale, et sa précision historique est souvent critiquée. Néanmoins, de nombreux historiens estiment que la majorité des faits rapportés ne sont qu’une distorsion légère de la réalité régissant les sociétés locales.Moins sauvages que prévusÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avec cette méthode, Padraig Mac Carron et Ralph Kenna ont réussi à cartographier les relations sociales reliant plus de 1.500 personnes apparaissant dans 18 sagas, y compris cinq histoires particulièrement connues. Ils ont ainsi découvert que les sagas familiales islandaises étaient assez différentes de celles décrites en Europe, mais bien moins primitives et brutales qu’ils le pensaient. La société islandaise, en général, possédaient en fait de véritables réseaux sociaux. De plus, elle possédait une structure bien différente de celles décrites dans de nombreuses œuvres littéraires inspirées de la culture nordique, notamment Le Seigneur des Anneaux. “Cette analyse quantitative est très différente des approches traditionnelles comparatives des textes anciens. Ces dernières se concentrent plus sur les aspects qualitatifs”, explique le professeur Ralph Kenna, repris par Science Daily. Les deux scientifiques ont privilégié l’étude des interactions plutôt que des individus et des événements. Une technique qui apporte de nouveaux points de vue comme, par exemple, celui estimant que les sociétés islandaises possédaient des aspects similaires à ceux des réseaux sociaux actuels. Le 6 octobre 2013 à 15:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver man in court in arson case

first_imgA 38-year-old Vancouver man wanted since March for allegedly lighting a bed on fire while his mother was inside their home appeared Thursday morning in Clark County Superior Court.Judge Derek Vanderwood granted an arrest warrant against Michael Grant Fuller on March 30, based on a charge of first-degree domestic violence arson.Court records show that authorities couldn’t locate Fuller for the alleged Feb. 11 incident and opted to obtain a warrant due to concerns for the victim’s safety, and Fuller’s history of failing to show up to court for prior criminal cases.According to a probable cause affidavit, Fuller was upset and lit his bed on fire in his bedroom while his mother was in the house. His mother extinguished the fire before it spread.“Michael (Fuller) told his mother, you can put that one out, but I’ll come back tonight and start another one while you’re asleep,” the affidavit says.The Clark County Jail’s inmate roster shows Fuller was booked Thursday.Judge Robert Lewis set Fuller’s bail at $20,000 during his first appearance. Fuller will be formally arraigned on the charge Sept. 13, court records show.last_img read more

San Diegos housing crisis Mayor promotes system overhaul to build more housing

first_img 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)- Like many big cities in California, San Diego is struggling with a severe housing shortage. In his”State of the City” speech on Tuesday night, Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined his plans to spur the development of more housing.“I want to radically overhaul the system itself,” Faulconer said.In his address, the mayor presented a host of proposals. He called for eliminating height restrictions except in the coastal areas, to allow developers to build projects with more units.Another proposal would remove parking requirements for properties located near bus and transit routes. Mayor Faulconer also suggested giving developers permission to build bigger projects with unlimited density as long as there are units set aside for homeless or low income housing.The head of the industry group that represents San Diego developers said the mayor’s ideas may help ease the shortage, but in a city where the housing deficit is so deep, these measures may not be enough.Borre Winckel, the president and CEO of the Building Industry Association said excessive state and local regulations have imposed prohibitive costs on developers, making it too expensive to build.“Our regulations make up nearly one half of the total construction cost of the unit. California, has in essence, destroyed middle income housing by its zeal to regulate and regulate and put in more impact fees, thereby restricting the opportunity to build,” Winckel said.The mayor also vowed to increase the number of affordable housing units in San Diego.Ken Sauder, the president and CEO of Wakeland Housing, which has developed dozens of affordable housing projects in Southern California said the biggest obstacle is finding the money to build them.“If we really want to tackle the problem in a real big way, we’re going to need to bring in more resources, especially locally,” Sauder said.The mayor wants to make it easier for more projects to be green-lighted, without facing roadblocks from local planning groups. Even if housing developments do not need local approval, Sauder said developers will still need to meet with neighbors to help separate facts from fears.“What we would do is we’ll sit down and talk with the neighbors anyway and hear their concerns and try to address them and go from there,” Sauder said.According to estimates from the Building Industry Association, the city needs to build a minimum of 12,000 housing units every year to meet the current demand. At present, San Diego is building less than half of that total.If the city doesn’t build more housing, Winckle had this forecast, “Unless we pay attention, we’ll be a city dominated by old folks.It will be a city that will ‘gray out’, a city that has sent away our young, our productive, our millennials, who on account of high housing costs say, ‘Adios, San Diego’.” Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: January 16, 2019 Updated: 8:02 PMcenter_img January 16, 2019 San Diego’s housing crisis: Mayor promotes system overhaul to build more housing Sasha Foo, last_img read more

Congressional Leaders Prepare for Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Budget talks among the two parties began at the staff level this week at the White House, according to Democratic leaders, who emphasized the need to reach a deal as quickly as possible.Democrats’ goals include setting topline spending levels, identifying spending offsets, ensuring defense and non-defense spending is raised by equal amounts, and resolving disputes over GOP riders, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Thursday.“Our top priority is lifting the sequester caps,” said Reid, reported CQ.Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated they would like to wrap up negotiations so Congress can avoid bumping up against the Dec. 11 expiration date of the continuation resolution signed into law on Wednesday.“Leader Pelosi and I are really going to stress, more than anything else … speed,” Reid said.Pelosi suggested that raising the debt limit could be part of the negotiations. “We want to remove all doubt in the public’s mind that the government will be there,” she said. “That governance will take place, that the investments that need to be made will be made and that some of the other issues that I mentioned will be addressed, like the debt ceiling,” she said.Democrats’ focus on securing budget relief from the Budget Control Act caps for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies sets up a bruising battle with Republicans. While defense hawks in the GOP are insisting on higher funding levels for the Pentagon, fiscal conservatives are fighting to preserve the spending caps, especially on non-defense agencies.last_img read more

Indias ruling BJP turns up Hindu nationalist heat

first_imgYogi Adityanath (L), chief minister of India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, worships artists dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Laxman during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrations in Ayodhya, India on 18 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersFrom getting rid of some Muslim names of places to promising a “grand” statue of the Hindu god Ram, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is making passionate appeals to its hard-core Hindu nationalist base in the most politically important state ahead of a national election next year.A near clean-sweep in Uttar Pradesh, the northern state of 220 million people that sends the highest number of lawmakers to the lower house of parliament, helped Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win its biggest mandate in three decades in 2014.Political strategists say keeping its mainly Hindu base intact in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere would be crucial to repeat such a performance, but there are also concerns that the BJP has been turning up the heat on divisive religious issues.Yogi Adityanath, a robe-wearing Hindu priest who is the BJP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday changed the name of Faizabad district to Ayodhya, the place where Hindus believe Lord Ram was born thousands of years ago. Before the change, Ayodhya was the name of a town in Faizabad.Last month, he changed the name of Allahabad, where three rivers considered holy by Hindus meet, to the Hindu name Prayagraj.Both Faizabad and Allahabad were Islamic names given to places hundreds of years ago by India’s then Muslim rulers.“Ayodhya is our honour, prestige and pride,” Adityanath said at an event in the town, declaring the name change amid loud cheers from the audience. “Ayodhya is identified with Lord Ram.”He said the state would decide on a location for a statue of Ram that could become an Ayodhya landmark. He also promised to open an airport in the district that would be named after Ram.Many leaders of the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu-first group from which the BJP was born, are demanding the government issue an executive order that would bypass the Supreme Court so that they can build a Ram temple at a highly controversial religious site in Ayodhya. The destruction of a mosque on that site by a frenzied Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country.At the moment the site is under court control. There are fears that communal tensions between the majority Hindu population and Muslims, the biggest minority group in India with more than 170 million people, could flare again if the status quo is disturbed.The moves aren’t limited to Uttar Pradesh. In the western state of Gujarat, the BJP government there is also considering changing the name of the state’s commercial centre, Ahmedabad, a name given to it by a former Muslim ruler.And only last week, Gujarat unveiled the world’s tallest statue, a $400 million effigy of independence hero Vallabhbhai Patel that is nearly twice the height of New York’s Statue of Liberty as part of a BJP campaign to re-brand what it terms “forgotten” leaders.last_img read more

Houstons Crime Lab Will Outsource DNA Rape Kit Testing To Clear Backlog

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha ThorpeA Houston crime lab that was opened in part to handle the city’s significant backlog of DNA cases, now has a serious backlog of its own. The Houston Forensic Science Center plans to outsource most of its incoming DNA work for almost a year.The center now has more than 900 requests for DNA testing that are more than 30 days old. About 200 of these are sexual assault kits.Dr. Peter Stout, the center’s CEO and president, says the outsourcing is temporary and will last about 10 months, “and a lot of that comes down to ensuring that we’ve got people cross-trained enough that they can do all of the various operations in the whole process. So what we’re looking to do is as much of the incoming work as we can, taking that load off of the section so that we can finish out the cross-training that we’ve been needing to do for some time.”Stout puts the cost of the project at $2 million, half paid for by federal grants, the rest out of the center’s existing budget. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:43 Share Listenlast_img read more

Texas To Receive 652 Million In Additional Federal Funding To Help With

first_imgDavid J. Phillip/APIn this Aug. 9, 2018 photo, recently removed flood-damaged debris sits outside a home in Houston a year after the storm hit Texas.Texas will receive $652 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Hurricane Harvey victims. Governor Greg Abbott and HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the announcement on Monday.This is the third allocation of funding from HUD for Harvey recovery efforts, and will provide additional restoration resources for homes, businesses, and infrastructure impacted by the storm.Abbott said the goal of current and upcoming federal funding is not just to rebuild what was destroyed in 2017, but to build infrastructure that will be more resilient in future storms.The governor was asked whether climate change will be considered when planning for mitigation projects in Texas and said state officials “will take every factor into consideration.”The funds come from the Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery Program and supplement the $5 billion in recovery programs for Texas approved by HUD in June of 2018.These grants support housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. Sharelast_img read more

Love Nature Teams with Arte BBC Smithsonian on Natural History Series Stormborn

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Love Nature has greenlit “Stormborn,” a wildlife series about animals living in the wildlands of countries on the edge of the North Atlantic. The three-parter will bow on Love Nature’s 4K linear channel and streaming service and then play on Arte in France and Germany, BBC Scotland and Smithsonian Channel.Love Nature is the natural history banner within the Blue Ant production, distribution and channels group. Blue Ant International is selling “Stormborn” internationally and kicking off pre-sales at the Sunny Side of the Doc event in La Rochelle, France.Natural history programming is enjoying a resurgence with Netflix sinking large sums into blue-chip fare, Discovery prepping a global SVOD service programmed with BBC wildlife programming, and the likes of Love Nature and Curiosity Stream playing in the digital space. Scottish-based indie Maramedia is making “Stormborn.” Production is underway and will take in locations including Norway, Iceland, and the Shetland Islands, Scotland.“We are thrilled to co-produce this high-end, blue-chip series with such an amazing roster of partners,” said Carlyn Staudt, EVP, Love Nature 4K. “The final product will no doubt have global appeal.” Otters, arctic foxes, and reindeer are among the animals that will feature in the series. “Showcasing these unusual and charismatic species as they battle the wild climate of the North will help us a build a narrative that’s alive with beauty, danger, and savage drama,” said Maramedia directors Nigel Pope and Jackie Savery.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Acknowledging future art icons

first_imgLalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Art recently announced its 58th National Exhibition of Art, which is being held at National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru from February 24 and will continue for a month. The current exhibition has 111 exhibits chosen from 6000 works through a competitive process, of these 15 have been conferred the Academy’s National Award. The award is much coveted among artists as it earmarks the future potential of an individual artist in the art community. Many of the earlier awardees, such as MF Husain and SH Raza, are today’s icons of Indian art. Aisharjya Paramita Konar, Akhil Mohan, Ananya Dalal, Anil Kumar Bodwal, D.Saravana Deivasegamani, Gukanraj Kothandaraman, Harish Kumar Ojha, Kavita Mehrotra, Lakshman Prasad, Madan Lal, Nilmoni Raha, Sajeesh PA, Satish Hanumanthappa, Suresh K and Vijay Bhagat are the 15 artists who were conferred with the Academy awards. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe award presentation held at Hotel Shangri La, Bengaluru had Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala conferring the National Academy Award to the 15 Awardees. To reflect its truly national character the National Exhibition of Art is customarily held in various cities of the country so as to give the interested people in these cities a chance to savor quality production. It has returned to Bengaluru after a lapse of 16 years, as the last time it was held here was in 2001, at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru. The works for the 58th National Exhibition of Art have been chosen on grounds of their artistic merit. They reflect innovative use of mediums, diversity and relevance of subject matter as also a high level of creativity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCS Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Akademi remarked, “Besides upholding and steering forth a great tradition of giving Indian art its due importance, the National Exhibition of Art is also a window view into future trends in Indian art. The works of the awardees have expressed a spectacular range of subjects to express their creative abilities and carry in them an unwritten history of development, emerging trends and even influences that have pivoted the art movement of the country.” The Award ceremony coincides with the opening of a month-long National Exhibition of Art being held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru. The display is open to the public on all working days, except Mondays. The Awardees have been chosen by a two tier Jury system of eminent artists and art personalities who in the first stage had selected 111 artworks which are now on display at the 58th National Exhibition of Art. Each of the Awardees will receive a plaque and a cash award of Rs one lakh.last_img read more