Notley says Odin photos show Jason Kenney needs to stop dogwhistle politics

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney must stop “dog-whistle” politics that allow hateful extremists to believe they have a home in his United Conservative Party.But Kenney is accusing Notley of exploiting a one-off event orchestrated by a “kooky” organization against the UCP and its candidates.Candidates running for the UCP nomination in the constituency of Edmonton West Henday posed for pictures at a pub event last Friday with the Soldiers of Odin, an anti-immigration group that originated in Finland and has been linked to neo-Nazis in Europe. The Canadian branch says it is not racist but more of a neighbourhood watch.“Why are these folks showing up at these events and feeling as though they are welcomed?” Notley said at the legislature Tuesday.“If you use dog-whistle politics enough, eventually soon enough people are going to respond to the whistle.”She described such politics as a “subtle embracing of issues that are designed to attract people with fairly extreme opinions to your movement. That’s something that we’ve been seeing on the right more and more.”Two of the candidates, Kenney, and the riding association say the Soldiers of Odin crashed the event and the candidates didn’t know who they were with when they posed for photos. They unreservedly denounced the group’s views.Notley said what happened highlights a trend in right-wing politics and Kenney’s party. She noted that others running for candidacy in the UCP in recent months have either been rejected or allowed to run despite expressing bigoted comments.“This is not an isolated incident,” said Notley.“We also look at this pattern that we see developing with respect to the proliferation of candidates with that (UCP) party that also appear to hold views that are rooted in hate.”She said such views must be challenged loudly and repeatedly, and called on Kenney to do more than send out statements on social media.“He needs to speak directly to it … and very definitively declare, not only his position, but what they will do to stop it from happening in the future.”Kenney, speaking in Calgary, noted that one of the people seeking the nomination in West Henday is Cree and another is Metis.“It’s unfortunate but I’m not entirely surprised the premier is going into gutter politics,” he said.“It would be nicer if the premier were actually to stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal nomination candidates, who were obviously the targets of political mischief.“This has nothing to do with our candidates.”Since taking leadership of the UCP, Kenney has made it clear in speeches and statements that those who foster hate have no place in his party and that they will not be allowed to run in the spring election.There have been controversies with some UCP candidates.Todd Beasley was disqualified as a candidate in Brooks-Medicine Hat in the summer after making anti-Islamic comments on social media.Also in the summer, Sandra Kim was allowed to run for the nomination of Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin despite homophobic social media comments from 2015.Cindy Ross, a one-time nominee for Calgary Fish Creek, apologized last month for online comments she made years ago opposing the opening of a mosque in Fort McMurray.last_img read more

Why awards for Kims Convenience are more than cool

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter The CBC TV show Kim’s Convenience won two prizes at the ACTRA awards in February: the Ensemble award and Outstanding Female Performance. Ins Choi’s play, also called Kim’s Convenience, has been a hit since its debut at the Fringe in 2011. For me as an Asian Canadian, the recognition of the play, and especially the TV show, is long overdue. Kim’s Convenience is more than a strong comedy with great punchlines. It is about making Asian Canadians, who have long been an absent presence in Canada, visible in the media.For the first time on TV this season, I saw someone who looked like me on prime-time television in my own city. I was channel-surfing one night and saw a familiar red and white TTC streetcar, a Toronto street, and then an Asian man and a young Asian woman. And lo and behold… he was not a gangster or Kung Fu fighter. She was not a bikini-clad seductive sidekick for James Bond, but a student at OCAD. What a nice surprise!I have grown up and have lived in multicultural Toronto for the last 40 years and all this time there has not been one show about me or the kind of family I grew up in. There are lots of Asian Canadian students, restaurant owners, professionals, storekeepers and so on in my neighborhood, but they don’t seem to appear on TV. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Over 300000 people affected by bad weather

The Department of Meteorology said that there may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The public have been urged to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that atmospheric conditions are favorable for showers or thundershowers over most parts of the island during the afternoon and night.It said that thundershowers will develop at most parts of the island after 2.00 p.m. Showersor thundershowers will occur at several places in the Western,Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Heavy rain falls (more than 100mm) are also expected at some places. The Southern, Eastern, Northern and North Central provinces are among the worst affected areas from floods and landslides. Over 300,000 people have been affected by the bad weather, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today.The DMC said that of those affected, several have been displaced and sent to temporary camps and shelters. As of this morning, 94,706 families consisting of 331,275 people have been affected by the bad weather, the DMC said. read more

Mortgage growth will be flat or in lowsingle digits for foreseeable future

TORONTO — The chief executive of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce says he expects overall mortgage growth in the country to be flat or in the low-single digits for the “foreseeable future.”Victor Dodig says the potential for mortgage growth to turn negative will hinge on whether the Canadian housing market takes a negative turn, driven by other macroeconomic factors.The CIBC chief’s comments at the RBC Capital Markets Banking CEO conference Tuesday come after the Canadian Real Estate Association said national home sales are projected to fall to a near-decade low this year. Bank of Canada holds interest rate as oil slump dims economy’s outlook The winners and losers of Canada’s luxury housing market in 2019 More people are going broke in Canada as interest rates rise CREA last month said rising interest rates and strict mortgage stress-test rules continue to weigh on homebuyer sentiment.Toronto-Dominion Bank chief executive Bharat Masrani told the conference today that he expects mortgage growth in the mid-single digits for 2019.Scotiabank’s CEO Brian Porter says that mortgage activity in the first couple months has been “quite strong,” but it remains to be seen what will happen during the crucial spring real estate season. read more

UN agency welcomes latest delivery of Indian wheat to feed Afghan schoolchildren

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the third major food shipment from India as part of that country’s pledge to donate one million tons of wheat to help feed schoolchildren in Afghanistan.”We are very grateful to the Government of India for this contribution, [which] has made a made a dramatic difference in our efforts to spread school feeding in Afghanistan and improve both the health and educational conditions of many poor Afghan children,” said WFP Country Director and Representative Charles Vincent.The Indian wheat is converted into fortified biscuits with micronutrients that raise children’s nutrition and enhance their ability to learn. The latest shipment – totalling 18,000 tons – will boost WFP’s plan to cover more than 1.1 million students in 2005.Meanwhile, as part of WFP’s ongoing initiative to spur school enrolment, the agency is providing 500,000 Afghan schoolgirls with four litre tins of cooking oil to take home to their families. To address low enrolment in areas where food insecurity is especially high, the WFP will provide some 350,000 boys and girls 12.5 kilograms of wheat to take home every month. read more

Ohio State womens basketball loses second straight game falls at Purdue 7458

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) shoots over a defender during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-12, 4-6) dropped their second straight game by double digits Thursday, falling to No. 25 Purdue, 74-58.Consistency on the offensive end continued to plague the Buckeyes, as they shot just 34.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.The Buckeyes also lacked balance on the offensive end as only two players scored in double digits for OSU. Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston scored a game-high 26 points on 9-19 shooting, while junior guard Raven Ferguson scored 13 points on 3-15 shooting.OSU had five different players score in double figures in the first matchup between the two teams on Jan. 2, an 89-78 Buckeye victory.Purdue was without their leading scorer in redshirt-senior guard KK Houser, who tore her ACL Feb. 2 in a game against Michigan State. The Boilermakers did not seem to be phased as they had five players score in double figures.Purdue senior guard Courtney Moses led the way for the Boilermakers, scoring 18 points on 6-12 shooting while also hitting two of her three attempts from behind the arc.The Buckeyes, who normally get solid play from their bench, only received points from Ferguson as senior center Ashley Adams was held to just one shot attempt in 25 minutes of play.OSU was outrebounded 43-37 and did not tally a single fast break point on the night.The Buckeyes trailed by nine at the break, but could only manage to get within seven of the Boilermakers in the second half, trailing by as much as 19 before Ferguson hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining to close out the game.OSU are set return home on Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions who gave the Buckeyes their worst loss on the season, a 66-42 drubbing in University Park, Pa. on Jan. 16. read more

Two fans shot dead near World Cup stadium in Brazil

first_imgTWO FANS WERE killed in a shooting yesterday when they were on their way to a game at 2014 World Cup stadium Castelao.The match, between Ceara and Fortaleza, was a test event for the Confederations Cup this summer. The Ceara supporters were shot in the head after a confrontation with Fortaleza fans about five kilometres from the stadium, with witnesses telling police the victims were on their way to the stadium when rival fans on a motorcycle opened fire.“We lament what happened. But there is work being done by the police and the army in many areas of security, so we are not concerned with that for the Confederations Cup,” World Cup organising committee member Tiago Paes said.Authorities later detained a man on a motorcycle near the crime scene who allegedly carried a gun, but details about the suspect’s identity have not yet been released. Furthermore, more than 180 people were arrested for vandalism and disorderly conduct before Sunday’s match.The Castelao is one of the six stadiums hosting games for the Confederations Cup and one of 12 venues for next year’s World Cup.Mike van der Hoorn’s incredible OG will make you feel better about your own gameIs this the worst Brazilian penalty kick of all time?last_img read more

Union welcomes Howlins plans to slowly reverse public sector pay cuts

first_imgUpdated 8.46 pmA UNION THAT represents workers in the public service has welcomed plans to reverse pay and pension cuts in coming years.In an interview in today’s Irish Independent, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin revealed that these will be up for discussion in future with unions, but that a “orderly wind-down” is needed.“We have to plan for that day and we have to have agreement with the public sector unions that it is not going to be a big bang,” Howlin told the paper, “because that would undo all the good work we have done over three years.”Over a number of Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Bills, pay cuts and a pension levy were imposed on the some 300,000 workers in the public sector.However, the Minister has now signalled that these could be slowly reversed.Howlin told the paper:A day will arrive when the emergency no longer exists.A spokesperson for trade union Impact told this website that the announcement is welcome.“Impact, and a number of other unions, have been saying for a few months now that if the Exchequer figures continue the way they are and we get below the 3% deficit target,” they said, “it’s time to talk about pay recovery in the civil service.”It’s welcome that the Government is now in the space where they can talk about pay restoration.The spokesperson stressed that the restoration should take place only once the economy has stabilised.Originally published 2.30 pmNoonan: “Less cutbacks, less tax increases” needed for Budget 2015 >Howlin: ‘We’re a normal country now’ >last_img read more

Nigeria will show no mercy to Messi – Rohr

first_imgNigeria head coach Gernot Rohr insists, that while his team love Lionel Messi, they will be showing no mercy whatsoever in today’s World Cup game against Argentina in Group DOn the back of their 2-0 win against Iceland last week, the Super Eagles can progress to the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the second successive time and their fourth in history by beating Argentina in today’s clash.And Rohr insists that his side will be going for it – no matter what the consequences may be for Messi afterwards.“We love this great player Messi, everybody loves him. But the question for us is not if it’s the last World Cup for him,” he said, according to ESPN.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).”We are not here to watch him play. We’re here to get a result. We are professionals and we have to defend the colours of Nigeria. In football, there is no mercy, no pity. Everybody wants to win.”One worrying statistic for Nigeria is the fact that they have lost all four of their previous World Cup games against Argentina, albeit by single-goal margins.The match will take place at the Krestovsky Stadium at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Washougals Baldwin takes new job

first_imgWashougal’s retiring school superintendent has a new job in the Portland area.Teresa Baldwin will be the interim superintendent of the Centennial School District beginning July 1. She retires from Washougal on June 30. Dawn Tarzian, an administrator in the Corvallis, Ore., school district, has been hired has her successor.Baldwin, 63, has been superintendent in Washougal since 2006.The Centennial district has 6,700 students and more than 700 employees in 10 schools. It serves a swath of the southeast metro suburbs, including parts of the cities of Portland and Gresham. School board chair Shar Giard said in a statement that Baldwin has signed a one-year contract as interim superintendent.last_img

Armys Top Enlisted Leader Says Service Expects to Achieve 2019 Recruiting Goals

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Army’s top enlisted soldier announced late last month that the force expects it will meet its 2019 recruiting goals after underperforming in its 2018 recruitment efforts, Federal News Network reported.Army Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey spoke at a late June gathering of the Association of the Army and told attendees the service is likely to reach its target of 68,000 active duty soldiers by the end of 2019.The Army is also expected to achieve 15,000 Army Reserve recruits and 39,000 Army National Guard recruits, according to the report.In 2018 the Army had targeted a goal of 80,000 active duty soldiers, later reducing its target to 76,500 before finally achieving 70,000.“It’s a challenging market, Daily told the association attendees. “Everybody is looking for the same type of individual we are: 18- to 24-year-olds, good moral character, high school graduates. That’s what the workforce in America is after too.”Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who previously served as Secretary of the Army, earlier this spring outlined the service’s plans on growing its end strength by 4,000 each year until 2022, as On Base has reported.Army photo by Staff Sgt. Chris McCulloughlast_img read more

Arctic Report Card 2018 was the Arctics secondwarmest year on record

first_imgThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual report card on the Arctic this week.It’s the 13th such report, and provides yet another stark snapshot of a rapidly warming region.“This was the second-warmest year on record in the Arctic. … That record started in the year 1900,” said Emily Osborne, a climate scientist with NOAA.“And to add to that, (the) last five years have been the warmest on record, again since the year 1900,” she said.The document looks at seven big categories — the Arctic’s so-called “vital signs.” Those include things like snow cover, the condition of the Greenland ice sheet, and sea ice conditions.Osborne said sea ice is another category that registered at notable levels this year. The summer sea ice extent on the Arctic Ocean tied for sixth-lowest this year, while the winter sea ice extent came in at second-lowest.There were also striking changes in the ice conditions on the Bering Sea, where last winter saw record low ice extent.“There are scientists here at the American Geophysical Union meeting where the report card was released this week talking about how they’ve been working in the Bering Sea for their entire careers — 30, 40 years — and they were never anticipating seeing conditions that they saw in 2018 in the Bering Sea in terms of temperature and ice extent,” said Osborne.The report also included discussion of several brand new topics, like the rise of microplastic pollution in Arctic waters and harmful algal blooms, which are pushing further north as ocean waters warm.Osborne said that the takeaway of the report card is clear: The persistent effects of warming in the Arctic are continuing to mount, driving big changes throughout the entire Arctic system.last_img read more

How Black Lives Matter Propelled Two Rice University Students Into Activism

first_img Share – / 32016 has been a big year for protests at colleges. There have been rallies about racism at the University of Missouri and Yale, and recent demonstrations against guns on campus at the University of Texas in Austin. The Black Lives Matter movement has also added to the changing climate.But which students get involved in protests? And what motivates them?Two women who became activists at Rice, Chavonté Wright and Blaque Robinson, sat down to talk about that on an episode of “Inside the Classroom.” They met in sociology class and roomed together one summer. Then their friendship took a political turn. Here’s a transcript of their conversation:Chavonté Wright:  I remember you making the comments that I would think about but not say, just because those kinds of comments in class would make people nervous and be a little uncomfortable.Blaque Robinson: Then we’d be, like, ‘What about this? What about this and black people?’ Let me complicate your way of thinking of what’s a crime and who’s a criminal and things like that.Wright: Junior year is when everything hit the fan … Robinson: Yes!Wright: For us, because it was around that time that we started getting verdict after verdict, concerning non-indictments. We were bombarded with images of black bodies laying in the streets, children’s bodies, adult’s bodies, women’s bodies. We were all fed up. You were sending out this email, like, ‘Hey, I’m going to organize. I want us to all protest.’ I remember we had class that day.Robinson: You know, I was at the point where I was beyond class. We can say that we care about this issue and why we care about it, and, like, I don’t care about class! What I’m learning in research methods is, like, fine, but what does that have to do when, like, my brothers – I remember us talking about the fact that how can we continue in school, and with our research, too, when our brothers and sisters are dying in the streets? And we’re sitting up here getting this elite education? And like … You know! What are we supposed to do?Wright: For me, it became a real point of clarity because I was, like, ‘I got to go to class, I can’t miss class, I’ve never missed class in my life, I don’t ever skip class!’ And the protest was scheduled during that class.And so, I remember being like, ‘OK, I want to come to this protest, I’m going to have to go after class.’But then I was walking towards class, and I was like, ‘Well, this is more important than class today.’And so I remember turning around, because I think you guys were walking, I don’t know where you were walking, and you were like, ‘Hey! Duh-duh-duh!’ I was like, ‘Oh! She saw me trying to go to class!’You’re always pulling me out of my comfort zone! So … Robinson: I just remember looking around and I saw you there and I was like, ‘Yeah! Like, that’s that’s the real homey right there!’And I think after that point I was, like, I didn’t organize with her before but, like, I just knew that we were going to organize together! Because, like, there’s no way — like, we have all these great conversations about all this political stuff, like, we’re really great friends. And now we’re both out here, like, doing this together … We were going to end up, like, doing something. And now look at us! Official activists and doing it together.Wright: And at that point, I think we found strength in each other, like, always having to be the one in class. Because it’s not easy, it’s not easy – and we talk about this all the time – it’s not easy being the one in class to have to say, ‘Well, you know what? That was a little racist.’ Because then people think of you asWright and Robinson: The angry black woman!Wright: So we’re just in these spaces and we’re just trying to make people understand that the bubble that they’ve lived in is not the life that everyone has lived.Robinson: But beyond that, I remember that us both discovering our black womanhood around the same time, like, putting those two pieces together. I think that it empowered me and it empowered us, like, in a really big way to, like,  really be bold about who we were and what we’re saying. Like, you call me an angry black woman, like, fine then! I am your angry black woman. But not because you say so, because I say so. Because my anger is valid.Wright: I am human. I have emotions.Robinson: Right! Emotional politics, yeah!Wright: Expressing emotions without feeling guilty about it. Robinson: For me, this process, it’s been so helpful to me to have you, even when I have to pull you, to have you along side of me, because you always keep me grounded. Wright: I love and admire you.Robinson: Aw, I love you, too! And I admire you so much. Wright: Thank you!Robinson: Black girl magic on fleek.last_img read more

How Apps Are Making Entrepreneurship Possible for More People

first_img To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be a bit of a soothsayer, able to see the future and to predict what your customers will want before they know they want it. After all, entrepreneurs are known to be the masters of innovations, right?Steve Jobs had that skill. Bill Gates has it, too. But as simple as it sounds, it takes a little guidance to figure out which way the winds of change are blowing, especially if you are a rookie.Apps for entrepreneurs.Right now, it’s blowing toward apps. How? Lots of jobs available these days are location independent. There are literally hundreds of legitimate home-based jobs any entrepreneur can do easily. And every tech savvy entrepreneur already knows that you can do your business effectively with nothing but a smart phone.Related: How to Start a Business with No Money from your Smart PhoneYeah, all those extraordinary capabilities you think entrepreneurs possess? They don’t do it alone! Besides having an amazing team to support their day-to-day endeavors, they also use cutting-edge apps to bring their A-game.Apps are fast becoming everything to an entrepreneur.  From scheduling and holding meetings with the aid of cyber assistants, to messaging and preparing PowerPoint slides, there is an app tailored for your business’s needs, and to help you achieve your goals faster.Apps to manage your business.Technology has made it easier for entrepreneurs to accomplish routine tasks, manage time more efficiently, get the latest tech news, and keep track of responsibilities in a more orderly fashion.One of the best things about being an entrepreneur is that you get to choose everything; location, working hours and working tools. Hence, with the growing number of productivity apps available, you can work from an office desk if you so desire, from a hotel lobby, a passenger terminal, a beach or coffee shop.Related: Use These 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the WorldIn fact, apps have enabled some entrepreneurs to be more productive, thanks in part to a sense of urgency and almost no shortage of Wi-Fi connectivity. Many entrepreneurs are enjoying this groove as they live their dreams, traveling, meeting people, and doing business.There are many apps and resources which are hugely popular worldwide, such as Uber, AirBnB, WhatsApp, Yelp, Showbox, and Trip Advisor. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.Apps to move the money.In the arena of business apps that handle payment, there is Venmo which processed more than $1 billion in mobile payments in February 2016. There’s also Google Wallet and Apple Pay, among others, which have made transactions as easy as a few clicks. The apps that handle video virtual meetings mean that you don’t need to be in any particular location to do business deals.”Results are everything. We are now in a global economy and the increased leverage with technology leaves almost no room for second place,” says Stephen Molloy, author of How Apps are Changing the World.Stephen Molloy is one of the innovators in app development, having made over 38 successful apps. This is one man who knows apps and has virtually lived his life by them. He designs apps and uses their efficient procedures in his business, to make him super-productive.He’s rarely ever too busy for anything that allows him to work on his projects, to travel and to develop apps, making it look almost effortless.Related: 21 Apps to Boost Productivity, Accountability and SuccessApps to circle the globe.Having successfully embarked on a whirlwind, one-month round trip with just the aid of the apps on his iPhone, Molloy went from Sydney to Santiago to Bogota to Santa Marta to Cartagena to Medellin to Fort Lauderdale to Cancun to Los Angeles, all without slowing down on productivity. I personally call him a successful digital nomad.Like Molloy, you too can utilize apps to automate your business and to systemize your businesses, as well.Times have truly improved, and it’s vital for any business to quickly acclimatize to new technological developments. A majority of smart, forward-thinking entrepreneurs are taking advantage of these mobile apps phenomenon to further improve their business.Apps and the startup.Just because you’re a sole proprietor or run a small start-up doesn’t mean you can’t have executive-level support literally at your fingertips. There’s an app for just about anything, including making your entrepreneurial pursuits just a little bit more manageable.Many of these apps range in price from free to very reasonable. Opting out of entrepreneur-centric apps is like turning down an offer for free work from a contractor. You wouldn’t do that, so please make sure you don’t have an empty Smartphone desktop or a tablet filled with games and music only. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 15, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Earn 50 per booking with Goways latest promotion

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travel TORONTO — A new Downunder agent incentive from Goway Travel and Virgin Australia offers getaways to Sydney, Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef from $2,389 per person.The promotion pairs competitive airfares from Vancouver with hotel deals in Sydney, Melbourne, and Cairns, including up to three free nights and a ‘2 for the price of 1’ Great Barrier Reef Low Isles cruise. The trips are available for sale until May 30.Goway says agents booking the following vacations will earn $50 per booking, paid directly on to their Goway Rewards Card: the 10-day Aussie City Explorer with Virgin Australia from $2,389; the 11-day Sydney & Great Barrier Reef with Virgin Australia from $2,659; and the 14-day Aussie Cities and Great Barrier Reef from $2,799.Each trip includes roundtrip Economy Class airfare from Vancouver, hotel accommodation, an iVenture Multi City Attraction pass with entry to five top attractions in Sydney or Melbourne and a full day Low Isles Great Barrier Reef cruise for the two reef packages. Lead-in pricing is valid for travel through June 21 and all vacations can be customized to travel to other parts of Australia with Virgin Australia. Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Earn $50 per booking with Goway’s latest promotion Thursday, April 19, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Government approves 1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather

first_imgRelated posts:National Emergency Commission lifts drought warning for Pacific provinces Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought Costa Rica starts aid distribution to Guanacaste farmers stricken by drought Costa Rican researchers develop new climate change-resistant beans Costa Rica’s government will allocate ₡600 million ($1.1 million) to assist farmers hit by extreme weather conditions that affected most of the country during the past year.President Luis Guillermo Solís and Agriculture and Livestock Minister Felipe Arauz Cavallini on Tuesday signed an emergency decree that allows the allocation of funds to help the livestock, fisheries and beekeeping sectors in the provinces of Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Alajuela and Cartago.Experts from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) attribute damage to the effects of an El Niño weather phenomenon, which in Costa Rica is usually marked by a decrease in rainfall in Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Alajuela. At the same time, Limón and Cartago usually see an increase in rains during an El Niño year.Drought along the Pacific region caused ₡10.5 billion ($19.8 million) in damages, according to a preliminary report released this week by MAG officials.A total of 2,118 hectares of crops were completely lost, while some 11,718 hectares experienced some kind of damage.In Cartago, however, excess humidity from the unusual increase in rainfall is causing soil saturation.This condition mainly affects pasture and forage production on some 55,000 hectares at dairy farms and also provokes an increase in diseases in livestock, according to MAG.The executive branch also reported that they will allocate additional emergency funds of ₡300 million ($567,000) in credits for bean producers, who also have been affected by weather conditions.National Meteorological Institute forecasts for this year show that similar weather conditions will continue to cause drought in the Pacific region. Meteorologists also said these conditions could result in more wildfires across that area.A total of 139 wildfires last year destroyed over 30,440 hectares, according to the National Commission on Wildfires.As of March 1, Costa Rica has seen 22 wildfires so far this year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

first_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Justice Samuel Alito asked the government’s lawyer about a 1983 court case that allowed the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University, a Christian school in South Carolina. The school forbade students from dating or marrying students from another race. The school’s policy said students could be expelled for advocating interracial marriage or dating.“So Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.The attorneys general of 15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups. Bills in the House and Senate are gaining support. Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Officials are responding to the Supreme Court ruling in June that required every state to recognize same-sex marriages.In a brief statement, the IRS said Thursday the ruling will not affect the standards agents use to evaluate tax-exempt organizations. Democrats, meanwhile, say Republicans are creating a straw man to fire up the GOP base as they try to resist America’s changing social mores.“This is more than a hypothetical, this is well beyond firing up the base,” said Rep. Bill Flores of Texas, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House members.“This is based on the next round of attacks that have already been queued up,” Flores said Thursday. “This is simple… we’re protecting organizations based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.”Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said of the conservatives: “I think they’re looking for a wedge issue in the upcoming campaign, but I think they’re on the wrong side of history and I think the American people quite frankly aren’t interested in their culture wars.”The kerfuffle started with a brief exchange back in April, when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the same-sex marriage case. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Palestinianfunded TV channel for Israeli Arabs challenged

first_imgFor Arabs in Israel, the question of destiny was settled when Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization began peace talks two decades ago, under a framework that made clear they would remain part of Israel.Identity is a different matter.Arabs in Israel are caught in the push and pull of fitting into a Jewish-dominated society and protecting Palestinian roots, a struggle at times overshadowed by what many say is continuing prejudice. Some have risen to top positions in Israel’s Western-type society, but income and education gaps remain between Jewish and Arab communities.Relations between Arabs in Israel and their relatives across the Green Line, the invisible pre-1967 frontier, have been disrupted by repeated rounds of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Yet ties were never completely severed.Abbas views Israel’s Arabs as key to generating support for a two-state solution. He was involved in efforts earlier this year to merge smaller Arab parties in Israel into a single slate to increase their political clout.Former peace negotiator Uri Savir said Abbas should focus his peace lobbying on Israeli Jews, though he and others say Israel’s clampdown on the channel was misguided. RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Now broadcasting live from a West Bank parking lot, a new Palestinian-funded satellite television channel for Israel’s Arab citizens already found its studio closed before it could even fill its airtime.The flap over Palestine 48 — named for the year of Israel’s creation and Palestinian displacement — reflects strained relations between Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas at a time when a resumption of talks on Palestinian statehood is unlikely. Sponsored Stories The two-hour morning show is the main offering, with the rest of the airtime filled with cartoons, imported soap operas and movies. An evening talk show, on the air during the recent Muslim holy month of Ramadan, will be back bi-weekly in September.The talk shows offer lifestyle tips, songs and banter, along with discussions about weightier issues. A recent morning show dealt with sexual harassment in Arab society and hosted a priest who called for religious tolerance.Hot-button issues like gender roles and identity conflicts are raised spontaneously by guests, said Fadi Zgairy, the evening show’s host.During one segment, he hosted an Arab filmmaker who interviewed Sephardi Jews complaining about discrimination by fellow Israelis with European roots and argued the issue wasn’t being dealt with openly in Israel.Broadcasters say Palestine 48 fills a gap in local media.Another satellite channel, Hala TV, also serves Israeli Arabs, but is commercial, they say. Israel’s three main TV channels only set aside a few hours per week for Arabic-language shows.Israel seems to fear Palestine 48 is part of an attempt by Abbas to influence Israel’s largest minority. In shutting down the production site last month, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said he won’t allow “Israel’s sovereignty to be harmed” and for the Palestinian Authority to gain a “foothold.” Israeli officials said the channel had not tried to obtain an operating permit.Yossi Kuperwasser, a former Israeli official involved in monitoring Arabic media, alleged that the channel is a “propaganda tool” for Abbas. “We don’t need foreign intervention,” he said.Hassan, the Palestinian broadcasting chief, said the channel covers concerns of Israeli Arabs “without incitement, racism or calls to violence.”PBC officials would not say how much money is being spent on the channel, for now without advertising.They also said they don’t know how many people are watching, though the talk show hosts said fans have begun approaching them in the streets.Israel’s Arabs are part of the world’s estimated 12 million Palestinians. After the split of 1948, they were reunited — to an extent — with families in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem when Israel captured those territories in the 1967 Mideast war.Half the world’s Palestinians still live in historic Palestine — the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River — while the rest are scattered, most descendants of refugees living in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Quick workouts for men Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona In this photo taken Wednesday, July 15, 2015, “Palestine 48” TV channel crew film during a morning broadcast at a makeshift studio in the parking lot of a hotel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. A new satellite TV channel for Israel’s large Arab minority is off to a rough start: Israel shut down operations just days after the launch, arguing that it harms Israeli sovereignty because it is funded by the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Comments   Share   “If Israel worries about hearts and minds of Arab citizens, it needs to change the reality of alienation and discrimination,” Israeli Arab analyst Mohammed Darawshe said. “It needs to hug its Arab citizens, instead of standing between us and our Palestinian brothers in the West Bank and Gaza.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It also illustrates the complex ties between Palestinian communities separated by the Israeli-Arab conflict and the unique circumstances of Israel’s 1.7 million Arabs — descendants of Palestinians who stayed put in the 1948 war over Israel’s creation and now make up one-fifth of the country’s population.“We are all one people and need to communicate with each other,” said Riad Hassan, head of the West Bank-based Palestinian Broadcasting Corp., which operates the new channel.Israel closed the channel’s studio in the Israeli Arab town of Nazareth within days of its June launch because it is funded by non-Israelis — the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank.Since the closure, the channel has set up a makeshift studio in the parking lot of a hotel in a Palestinian-run part of the West Bank, from where they broadcast to Israel and the Arab world. Its on-air hosts are taking the move in stride.“There are no borders when you have your own satellite,” said morning show host Doraid Liddawi, an Israeli Arab actor who easily switches between Hebrew, Arabic and English.On a recent morning, Liddawi and co-host Afaf Sheni sat on an orange couch on a low stage in the parking lot, a fountain bubbling nearby as they interviewed a beauty expert, a rapper and a group performing Islamic songs — all Arab citizens of Israel. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

New hotel Stock Exchange opens in Woodstock

first_imgSource = Stock Exchange New hotel, Stock Exchange opens in WoodstockNew hotel, Stock Exchange opens in WoodstockArguably Cape Town’s most creative neighbourhood, Woodstock is now home to a captivating hotel, Stock Exchange, which officially opened on 01 March 2019. The hotel is managed by Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves & Lodges, a diverse and growing hospitality group pioneered by Neil Markovitz. The group also includes nearby properties such as the iconic Victoria & Alfred Hotel, the Queen Victoria Hotel and The Onyx, which opened in December 2018, and a number of other properties in Southern and East Africa.Stock Exchange is located in the WEX1 development – a mixed-use building that additionally comprises residential units, restaurants, a swimming pool, a gym, an entertainment deck and retail outlets. The greater building, located on Albert Road opposite the Woodstock Exchange and in proximity to The Old Biscuit Mill, was designed by Vivid Architects and was developed by esteemed property development company, Signatura in partnership with Indigo Properties.Stock Exchange comprises thirty-three apartment-style rooms, namely Studios, Studio Deluxe units and Two-Bedroom Apartments. Uniquely, the rooms have been split into three distinct themes: Urban Jungle, Urban Art and Urban Pattern, conceptualised, designed and implemented by Tracy Lee Lynch and her team at Studio Leelynch.The greater interior design principle places much emphasis on the celebration of local talent and the formation of a genuine connection with the neighbourhood. As such, furniture and décor items in the Stock Exchange’s rooms are pinpointed on a “design map” of Woodstock, enabling guests to discover where locally made furniture, art and décor items in the rooms were crafted, painted and manufactured.The property is ideally located close to a MyCiTi bus stop, bicycle lanes and a train station, allowing for easy access to Woodstock’s vibrant points of interest and Cape Town’s plethora of tourist attractions. Walking tours are available through reception, also allowing guests to discover the region.Comments Neil Markovitz, MD of Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves & Lodges: “We’re thrilled with the outcome of Stock Exchange, following months of outstanding collaboration with world-class teams. The most rewarding element of any new hotel opening, as is the case with Stock Exchange, is knowing that guests are able to experience our vision for exceptional hospitality in tangible form.”Visit www.newmarkhotels.com for further information.For reservations, contact Newmark on +27 21 427 5900 or email reservations@newmarkhotels.comlast_img read more

Campbell Lewis Communications Welcomes New Managing Director

first_img Campbell Lewis Communications Managing Director 2016-01-19 Staff Writer Robert VisiniCampbell Lewis Communications, an integrated marketing communications agency for financial services, information, and technology clients, announced Robert Visini in the role of Managing Director.In his new role, Visini will be based in Northern California and will advise Campbell Lewis clients on advertising, public relations, and digital media strategies. In addition, he will also lead a new consulting initiative designed to help lenders and technology companies optimize the performance of their marketing programs.Before coming to Campbell Lewis, Visini was VP of Product Marketing, Event Management, and Creative Services at CoreLogic. He is responsible for the “go-to-market” strategies of the mortgage, capital markets, government, and real estate industry business lines.Prior to CoreLogic, Visini held a series of senior level marketing positions, including VP, Marketing at Ellie Mae; VP, Marketing for the mortgage and small business divisions of Bank of America; and VP, Branch Marketing for Wells Fargo. Earlier in career, he held executive positions at McCann-Erickson Advertising; Foote, Cone & Belding; and Ketchum Advertising (now Omnicom).“Bob is a consummate marketing professional who has a deep understanding of the marketing and communications challenges that our clients face,” said Bill Campbell, Founder and President of Campbell Lewis. “For more than a decade, Bob has been a client, a counselor and a friend. His decision to join us further supports for our firm’s basic value proposition: At Campbell Lewis, the work is done by experienced professionals who ‘get it’ and won’t waste your time.” in Headlines, News Campbell Lewis Communications Welcomes New Managing Directorcenter_img January 19, 2016 699 Views Sharelast_img read more