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October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex jumped over 250 points in early session on Friday led by gains in banking and energy stocks amid reports that the government is likely to roll back higher surcharge on foreign portfolio investors. After surging 285 points in opening trade, the 30-share index was trading 238.59 points or 0.64 per cent higher at 37,565.95 at 0945 hours; and the broader Nifty too rose 73.10 points or 0.66 per cent to 11,105.55. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In the previous session on Thursday, the 30-share index finished at 37,327.36, showing a jump of 636.86 points or 1.74 per cent. While, the NSE Nifty climbed 176.95 points or 1.63 per cent to 11,032.45. Top gainers in the Sensex pack during early trade included PowerGrid, Vedanta, HDFC twins, Hero MotoCorp, RIL, NTPC, Bajaj Finance, L&T and HCL Tech, rising up to 2 per cent. While, Tata Motors, M&M, TechM, ITC, Bharti Airtel, Yes Bank, Infosys and TCS fell up to 1.41 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Trading sentiment received a much-needed boost after reports emerged on Thursday stating the Centre is likely to withdraw higher surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), introduced in the Budget, and may also take a re-look at the long-term capital gains tax. Reports also suggest that leading overseas investors will meet finance ministry officials on Friday as the government seeks to ease concerns over dwindling FPI inflow. Foreign investors have been on a selling spree since the Budget was presented in July, putting pressure on both the capital markets and the rupee. FPIs sold shares worth a net of Rs 437.39 crore on Thursday, while domestic institutional investors bought shares worth Rs 291.29 crore, provisional data showed. Market has got a a breather due to the expectation that the government is likely to be lenient on higher surcharge on FPIs. Additionally, prospects of lower interest rate going forward and strength in rupee will ease liquidity crunch situation, said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services. Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 17 paise against its previous close to trade at 70.51 in early session. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, slipped 0.26 per cent to trade at 57.23 per barrel. Elsewhere in Asia, Hang Seng, Kospi, Shanghai Composite Index and Nikkei were trading on a mixed note in their respective late morning sessions. While, bourses on Wall Street ended higher on Thursday.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMONTREAL – Australia’s competition regulator is raising concerns that Saputo Inc.’s proposed purchase of dairy processor Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. could lower competition and dairy prices paid to farmers.The agency said its concerns focus solely on Murray Goulburn’s largest dairy plant in the western Victoria region, where Saputo would control more than two-thirds of the dairy processing capacity from its existing facility and the addition of the Koroit plant.The only major competitor is Fonterra, which could join Saputo in lowering prices, leaving farmers with no options, it said in a news release on Thursday.The regulator said dairy farmers want the $1.3-billion friendly purchase deal to proceed after years of uncertainty about the future of Murray Goulburn.However, it believes dairy farmers in the region will be worse off and face lower raw milk prices in the longer term. The regulator said it believes another buyer would step forward if Saputo’s acquisition of the facility doesn’t proceed.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the interested parties two weeks to provide reassurances before making a final decision on March 29.Saputo said in a statement that it will continue to work closely with Murray Goulburn and the Australian competition commission to secure regulatory approval “as soon as practicable.”Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said Saputo’s price commitments to some current Murray Goulburn suppliers for five years don’t appear to sufficiently address the regulator’s long-term pricing concerns.She expects the Montreal-based dairy processor will “vigorously address” the concerns and may extend price commitment to all suppliers in the region for a longer period of time.It would also likely argue that another buyer wouldn’t necessarily offer better long-term pricing, she wrote in a report.Companies in this story: (TSX:SAP)last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the sewer upgrades were supposed to have been started earlier this year, but CN Rail and a number of multi-government agencies including Transport Canada all needed to give their approval for the City’s construction plans.On Monday, Council awarded the contract to Vernon-based LB Chapman Construction Ltd. at a cost of $984,328.07.The lone other bid for the tender was from Fort St. John-based Knappett Industries Ltd., whose bid totalled $1,224,109.95.Including the $120,000 price tag for engineering, the total cost of the project is $ 1,057,455.30, which is actually $ 442,544.70 under the City’s $1.5 million budget.When asked by Council whether the project would be completed before the first snowfall of the year that sticks, the City’s Engineer Manager Jim Stewart said that the bulk of the work will be taking place along the shoulder and ditch running along the east side of 100th St.Stewart said that the work is able to be completed during the winter months, and that the only road closure will likely be to the right-turn lane from the East Bypass Road onto 100th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has awarded the contract for upgrades to the sewer system near Northern Lights College, after the project’s tender was released in late August.The work, which involves installing 200 metres of 1.5-metre diameter storm main under the CN Rail tracks at the north end of 100th St. is part of the City’s plans to widen the road next summer.The City had originally planned to continue widening the road this summer, but during 2018 Capital Budget discussions, the City postponed that work until 2019 so that the storm drain near NLC could be replaced and upgraded.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe has announced that it is raising its target from 1 billion trees to 7 billion trees, the United Nations announced today. The campaign, which is under the patronage of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Kenyan Green Belt Movement founder Professor Wangari Maathai and Prince Albert II of Monaco, also announced today that in 18 months it has seen two billion trees planted, double its original target. The campaign was launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in 2006 as a response to the threat of global warming. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said today: “Having exceeded every target that has been set for the campaign, we are now calling on individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments to evolve this initiative on to a new and even higher level by the crucial climate change conference in Copenhagen in late 2009.” Tree planting remains one of the most cost-effective ways to address climate change. Trees and forests play a vital role in regulating the climate since they absorb carbon dioxide. Deforestation, in turn, accounts for over 20% of the carbon dioxide humans generate, rivaling the emissions from other sources. Trees also play a crucial role in providing a range of products and services to rural and urban populations, including food, timber, fibre, medicines and energy as well as soil fertility, water and biodiversity conservation. In terms of geographic distribution, Africa is the leading region with over half of all tree plantings. Regional and national governments organized the most massive plantings, with Ethiopia leading the count at 700 million, followed by Turkey (400 million), Mexico (250 million), and Kenya (100 million). The two billionth tree was put into the ground as part of an agroforestry project carried out by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). It has now planted 60 million trees in 35 countries to improve food security. 13 May 2008A grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe has announced that it is raising its target from 1 billion trees to 7 billion trees, the United Nations announced today. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

4 August 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started distributing urgently-needed seeds and tools to Haiti’s most vulnerable farmers to help them cope with the rising costs of food, fuel and fertilizer, ahead of the new planting season. Some 600 tonnes of seeds, including beans, maize and sorghum, as well as tools such as hoes and machetes, are being distributed for the July/August planting season under FAO’s ongoing international Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP). Launched in December 2007, the Initiative now covers 57 of the food-deficit countries most vulnerable to high prices. Haiti, already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, was particularly hard hit by the global rise in food prices, which led to deadly riots in April. “The food riots did not come as a surprise,” said Javier Escobedo, FAO’s Emergency Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Haiti was already in a deep crisis, when farmers were badly hit by floods last year. The international price increases made matters worse.” FAO’s Representative in Haiti, Ari Toubo Ibrahim, underscored the need to help the country boost agricultural production in addition to providing emergency relief. “This crisis may present a unique opportunity to reverse the state of neglect of Haiti’s agriculture,” he said. Mr. Ibrahim added that Haitian farmers not only have a potential to feed much more of the country’s population, they can also generate surpluses and incomes. The $4 million FAO operation, which will reach about 70,000 farming families in the poorest parts of Haiti, is being funded by the Government of Spain, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and FAO. If more funds become available, FAO plans to extend the distribution for the next two planting seasons, in October/November 2008 and February/March 2009, which would aid another 400,000 families.FAO is also working on a $10 million programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the October/November planting season. But the agency stressed that more is needed – a total of $64 million is required to cover the needs of almost 500,000 vulnerable families for the next three seasons. “They need help urgently to produce,” Ibrahim said. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The crisis began more than six weeks ago when disputed presidential elections prompted the first wave of displacements, the OCHA statement said.Benin is currently housing some 21,000 Togolese refugees – nearly half of them children. To meet their needs, the Government of Benin, together with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, called for urgent humanitarian assistance on 13 May 2005. But to date there has been no response under the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP), OCHA said. CAP is an emergency response programme cycle used by agencies working with relevant authorities at field level, coordinated by the UN, and supported by donors, to give people in need the best available protection and assistance when they need it most.Some support has materialized outside the CAP however. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) has committed 1.05 million euros to its work. However, UNHCR has already had to allocate $1.5 million from its operational reserves to meet refugee requirements, the OCHA statement said.It said outside contributions have also been recorded for Egypt, France and Sweden. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization, based in Washington, D.C., reported in a press release issued Tuesday that there were 147 confirmed measles cases in four countries of the Americas this year as of February 8.“Of that total, 121 cases were in the United States, linked primarily to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California last December,” the PAHO/WHO press release said, adding that a single case in Mexico was also tied to that outbreak. Of the remaining cases, 21 were in Brazil and four were in Canada.“Thanks to high levels of immunization, the Americas have been on track for more than a decade to be formally declared free of measles,” said Dr. Cuauhtemoc Ruiz, head of PAHO/WHO’s immunization programme. “Maintaining high levels of vaccine coverage is key to preventing and halting outbreaks and to protect our populations from the constant threat of imported cases.”Measles had been considered eliminated from the Americas since 2002, due to the absence of endemic transmission of the disease as the result of the region’s success in achieving high levels of immunization, through routine immunization programs and mass vaccination campaigns such as the annual Vaccination Week in the Americas, which PAHO/WHO have spearheaded for the past 13 years. Now, measles elimination “is facing major challenges, with several ongoing importations of measles in some countries,” PAHO/WHO said in an epidemiological alert distributed Tuesday to member countries across the region. The alert urges countries to strengthen measles surveillance activities and to “take appropriate measures to protect residents in the Americas against measles and rubella.”“Countries in the Americas have reported cases imported from other regions every year during the past decade, but until recently, they did not lead to significant outbreaks,” said Dr. Ruiz. “The current outbreaks point to gaps in immunization that could allow measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases to take hold again and begin spreading in our hemisphere.”Measles vaccine has been used for more than 50 years and has proven to be safe and effective. Globally, measles vaccine prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths between 2000 and 2013.PAHO/WHO recommends that children receive two doses of measles-containing vaccine before their fifth birthday and that levels of coverage with two doses be maintained at 95 per cent or more to prevent the spread of imported cases. Currently, an estimated 92 per cent of 1-year-olds in the Americas receive a first dose of measles vaccine.PAHO, founded in 1902, is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the Geneva-based WHO. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The report reveals that, from 2010 to 2018, the number of new HIV infections declined by 16 per cent, with around 1.7 million people infected in 2018. The drop is driven mostly by steady progress across most of eastern and southern Africa.However, the picture looks very different – and far less positive – in other regions, which have seen a rising number of cases: In eastern Europe and central Asia, AIDS-related deaths have risen by five per cent and, in the Middle East and North Africa, by nine per cent, since 2010.“Key populations” — which include people who inject drugs, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and prisoners—now account for more than half of new HIV infections globally.In eastern Europe and central Asia and in the Middle East and North Africa, that figure rises dramatically to around 95 per cent, which highlights that key populations are still being marginalized and being left behind in the response to HIV.“We urgently need increased political leadership to end AIDS,” said Gunilla Carlsson, acting Executive Director of UNAIDS. “This starts with investing adequately and smartly, and by looking at what’s making some countries so successful. Ending AIDS is possible if we focus on people, not diseases, and take a human rights-based approach to reaching people most affected by HIV.” Ending AIDS is possible if we focus on people, not diseases Gunilla Carlsson, acting Executive Director of UNAIDSThe news comes in a new UNAIDS report, Communities at the centre, launched on Tuesday at a community event in Eshowe, South Africa, which also shows that the global resources available for the AIDS response have declined “significantly”, by nearly $1 billion.The gap between the resources needed and those available is widening, as donors provide less funding, and domestic investments grow too slowly to compensate for inflation. UNAIDS estimates that some $26.2 billion is needed by 2020: the 2018 amount available for the AIDS response was approximately $7.2 billion short of that figure.‘Key populations’ at high risk Community empowerment and ownership result in a greater uptake of HIV services, a reduction in stigma and discrimination and the protection of human rights. Community-led successes must be replicated and scaled up, says new #AIDSreport2019. https://t.co/zRTQ1JNVpz pic.twitter.com/VhjMPOzD9a— UNAIDS (@UNAIDS) July 16, 2019 read more

September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Early in the second quarter of Thursday’s NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens, Jacoby Jones of the Ravens dropped back to fair catch a punt, but was pummeled by teammate Brynden Trawick.Trawick slammed into Jones, sending both players crumbling to the ground. Trawick, a rookie, was hoping to block for Jones on the punt return,  but instead injured his knee.Jones limped slowly off the field and into the locker room. NBC’s Michelle Tafoya confirmed that Jones had suffered a knee sprain on the play.Check out the video of the play below: read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe cost curve forecast for Africa’s emerging iron ore sector has the potential to displace future production from higher cost operations elsewhere around the globe according to an Australian company looking to develop iron ore mines in the Congo. Speaking in Perth on the second day of the 2013 Paydirt Africa Down Under conference, Equatorial Resources’ Managing Director, John Welborn, said that while Africa historically was a land of risks and endeavour, it was set to become a force of the future in global traded iron ore. “It is now a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ for Africa’s iron ore exports,” he said.“Africa is the last great region in the world of undeveloped, large-scale, high grade iron ore deposits,” he said. “African iron ore projects in the pipeline have the potential to operate in the first quartile of the cash cost curve with costs well under $50/t. By 2020 Africa could host three out of the top seven lowest cost mines. The forecasts also demonstrate that these leading projects have the potential to displace future production from higher cost operators.“The factors tipping the scale in Africa’s supply favour are not only that Africa is the host to major iron deposits and has the ability to fit below or within the cost curve and be highly competitive, there is a strong political driver in the increasing willingness of African governments to support development and drive infrastructure development and the social and financial dividends of mining success.“Then there is the China reality. The China Iron & Steel Association has stated that within two years, China wants to import 50% of its iron ore consumption from Chinese owned mines elsewhere in the world.”“There is a reality that Africa’s time is coming in terms of iron ore.”The well cashed up Equatorial (A$52 million in cash) is developing two 100%-owned iron ore projects in the Republic of Congo – Badondo in the country’s northwest and which has the potential Welborn says to rival the Pilbara – and the planned 2 Mt/y low capital cost Mayoko-Moussondji project in the far southwest corner.“Our own aspirations aside, the Congo has favourable fiscal terms for miners as the mining sector is central to the Government’s Economic Diversification Program – including uncluttering the approvals process and providing incentives for foreign mining companies.”Mayoko-Moussondji has a JORC resource defined in February of 767 Mt at 32% Fe including a hematite resource of 102 Mt at 41% Fe. This initial hematite resource is expected, with low cost processing, to produce a clean premium grade fines product grading 64% Fe. The Company has set a $114 million capital cost to get into initial production building to a total expenditure of $230 million by the third year for a 2 Mt/y operation. “We believe we can be in production within 15 months of final investment decision,” Welborn said. “Our operating costs will be low – around US$41/t – and there is significant potential to expand the resource.” An upgraded resource estimate is expected before the end of this year.last_img read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Airplaco Equipment Co’s popular C-10SL Rotary Gunite Machine is now CE Certified and available for purchase in the European Union. The Airplaco C-10SL is a dry shotcrete machine with decades of proven performance across multiple application including mining. All Airplaco machinery is built in the USA and is ISO 9001:2008 certified.The C10SL is a dry-mix shotcrete machine with a 9 hp air motor with gear drive. It features six-point pad holding, external lubrication access and a hinged hopper.Airplaco has a long history of selling throughout the world and the CE designation plays a key part in expanding business in Europe. “We are very excited to officially be CE Certified because it shows the dedication to quality we take in our manufacturing process and allows us to formally respond to the high demand of inquiries we receive.” –Ken Segerberg, Vice President Sales of Airplaco.Airplaco began business in 1947 and specializes in the design and manufacturing of grout pumps, wet-mix shotcrete machines, and dry-mix gunite machines.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Wisla on +6, Zagreb with five goals to Denmark Next Story → Kielce “did” job in Montpellier – THW Kiel win the “biggest derby”! The European handball premium product – the VELUX EHF Champions League had no reason to be proud on Sunday’s performance of the Danish Aalborg, the team who wrote one of the “darkest chapter of club history” in the moment of one of the biggest success – TOP 16 of the elite handball competition. Danish squad scored only 11 goals in home match against FC Barcelona – 11:31 (5:16).11 – AALBORG:Westphal (Erevik, m.11 a 60); Christian Jensen (1), Slund (2), Sagosen (3), Barud (1), Simon Jensen (1), Berggren (1), Tvedten (-), siete inicial, Pedersen (-), Larsen (1), Mork(-), Engelbrecht (-), Stig Jensen (1) y Magnus Jensen (-).31 – BARCELONA:Pérez de Vargas (1); Víctor Tomás (1), Lazarov (8,3p), Sorhaindo (4), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Karabatic (4), Sigurdsson (2), siete inicial, Morros (1), Rutenka (2), Noddesbo (1), Sarmiento (1), Gurbindo (1), Ariño (1), Saubich (1), Jallouz (2) y Saric (p.s). read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgI DECIDED TO write this piece to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on homosexuality in Ireland. I’m 28, gay, in a committed relationship but not “out” to any of my friends, work colleagues or family. I’m going to tell you about my experience on this so far, and the ongoing battle raging in my mind on whether or not to come out.I’ve read so many articles about how times have changed, and how socially acceptable being gay is these days, but find it’s the same old fears that stop me from being open about it, and this is a side of the dialogue I don’t see anywhere, but would relate to anyone in my situation.I grew up in the countryside and, in truth, always knew I was different – but managed to develop a facade so it wouldn’t be noticed. I’m tall, athletic, like sports and when I lived there I went out with my friends every weekend. I met girls, and for want of a better word “scored” many, but where my friends would develop a night of passion into a relationship, I always knew I couldn’t. What was stopping me was the thought that, sooner or later, she would find out I was gay, let it slip, my friends and family would find out and my life would be over (or so I thought at least).I was too afraid to reveal my feelingsI can see now that these thoughts had roots in my childhood experiences. I remember my parents coming home from a social event in 2001/2002 where another guest, who was gay, had brought along his partner; my father’s disgust at this shook me to the core. I was about 16, and felt that somehow what I was feeling could never be acceptable to him. Over time, this and other experiences with friends made it more and more important that I never reveal these feelings.I went through college with the same feelings, it was a large college, with a LGBT society, but I was too afraid to even take their reading material – what if someone saw me? I also kept meeting girls in college, but never for anything more than one night of drunken, meaningless sex that I felt compelled to have so my friends would see me as straight, never to be followed up by a call or text. Sometimes I feel guilty about that, but the confusion and game-playing I felt I’m sure was worse than anything I ever put a girl through.The masqueradeSix more years of this followed, and as you get older the questions start: “When are you going to settle down?”, “Have you found yourself a girlfriend yet?” These have always been answered with, “I’m still young, I’m just having fun”, an answer whose irony I can’t help but notice. Finely crafted to instil the perception that I’m a straight, happy-go-lucky 20-something, playing the field and enjoying life, masquerading the reality, that I lived in constant fear and loneliness. On the one hand unable to conform to the life they want for me, and on the other unable to accept the life that makes me happy.I became depressed about this, but obviously couldn’t talk to anyone, and got to a point where I was very low. I remember thinking, “Oh, this is the feeling people have before they hurt themselves”, it was fleeting, and if anything roused me into action. I thought “there is no way I’m just going to feel like this forever”, and living in Dublin, with the safety of distance between me and my family and friends, I decided to put myself out there and just be gay.It comes as naturally as breathing to meBefore long I met a great guy, and fell in love. It’s an almost unexpected love, as I’d convinced myself over the years, that I was just incapable of having a relationship, but here it is, and it comes as naturally as breathing to me, I feel like I have something I was sure I’d never have. The only problem is that it’s a relationship in isolation.The old fears haven’t disappeared. When you don’t come out at a young age, you feel like people’s perceptions of you are so ingrained that you can’t come out. Will people stop making “gay” jokes around you, or will old friends turn, and ridicule you with them? I almost feel that either case would be as bad as the other.Would they relive moments as having had a ‘sexual’ nature for me – like the locker room, which never had – and re-evaluate our friendship?I fear that my mother would mourn a life foregone for me, and that’s a pain I don’t want to impose on her, I fear that my father is too much of “old Ireland” to even have a process for accepting this.The profession I’m in is an old boys’ club, and I fear that coming out would hinder career progression; I know that discrimination law prohibits this, but, the reality is that you can still be subtly discriminated against.The fear of losing long-loved friends and familyI can handle the random bigoted minority taking issue with my relationship, I don’t know them, and their opinions mean nothing to me, but for all the talk of social acceptability, it’s still the fear of losing long-loved friends and family that stops me taking the plunge and coming out. If it goes wrong, which it could, there’s no going back!The easy counter-argument to that is of course that if they can’t accept you for who you are, they’re not your real friends. But that ignores all the nuances of those kinds of relationships; they are your safety net, your link to your past, and coming out may be the act of wilfully destroying them, which is a lot to give up.I think the simple fact is that we are living in a generation too early for these fears to no longer be issues, the day where being gay is simply viewed as having a ‘sameness’ to being straight isn’t here yet, and it will take a type of bravery to be willingly viewed as something different to allow the next generation to experience sameness if they are gay.Just one aspect of the person I amI definitely agree that it’s easier for me to come out now than it might have been 20 years ago, but it’s certainly not a ‘no fear, no downside, no consequence’ issue that I can just let free, as much as I wish it were. In a way, at this point, I feel as much apprehension at the thought of necessarily coming out, to be happy, as I did unhappiness at the thought of spending my life alone being neither straight nor able to allow myself to be gay.Whether or not I come out is not really the point to this, but rather, the fact that there are still enormous obstacles to overcome before people are in a position to come out without any fear. Acceptability may be here, and ‘equality’ is a loaded word these days – but we need to move past both of these to take the negativity out of being gay and get to a point where people can just live their lives in happiness without interference for what is, really, just one aspect of the person they are.The author of this article wished to remain anonymous.Column: ‘Coming out’ as gay meant that, at 54, I could finally be myselfPhoto: How one man came out to his Facebook friendslast_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRORY O’NEILL, ALSO known as Panti, has said he is expecting an apology from RTE.O’Neill said that RTE had blamed him for comments after he was asked directly by The Saturday Night Show presenter Brendan O’Connor to name people he believed to be homophobic.In a wide-ranging interview with Miriam O’Callaghan on RTE Radio One this morning, O’Neill revealed that he has been approached by more than one political party about running in the upcoming local and European elections.He ruled out any suggestion of running for election, saying that he was “not cut out to be a politician”. More than one political party has approached him about standing but he declined to name them.O’Neill said that he was “waiting and expecting” an apology from RTE for several reasons but mainly for the apology that Brendan O’Connor read out on the show the week after O’Neill appeared on it.“What they made Brendan say was that ‘it is nothing to do with us, it was our guest said it, and our views are not our guest’s’” O’Neill said.“So essentially what they did was they stood up and pointed at me and said ‘he did it, he did it, he did it’.“The suggestion was that I am a risky guest and that I cannot be trusted and that I went off and started defaming people. Well, that’s not who I am and that’s not what I did”.Asked for his own definition of homophobia, O’Neill drew a distinction between people who hold passive views and people who actively campaign against equal rights for gay people, the latter of which he said was the kind of homophobia that can be publicly criticised.O’Neill also questioned why the media gives such prominence to Catholic lobby group The Iona Institute.The aftermathO’Neill said the three weeks since his interview on The Saturday Night Show which provoked a €85,000 pay-out by RTE to five people over defamation claims had been a “wild sort of ride”.He said the first few days after the incident were “stressful and difficult and unpleasant” but said that since the video of his speech at the Abbey Theatre had been released he felt that the tide has turned. “The tone of it all changed,” he said.He said he had received “literally thousands of emails and Facebook messages” from all around the world from a wide variety of people, including people who weren’t gay but who still identified with the sentiments he expressed in the speech.O’Neill said that he was asked to do the Noble Call speech on the Tuesday but only wrote it on the Saturday afternoon, just hours before appearing on stage at the Abbey. A video of the speech has been viewed more than 410,000 times and has been widely shared on social media.O’Neill said the timing of the speech appealed to him.“I realised that I would be making that speech at the exact same time that the Saturday Night Show was having their debate on homophobia, a debate that I’d been invited to attend but I didn’t really feel that I wanted to be in a sort of debate where there’s going to be a lot of heat and not so much light generated,” he said.Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate – I beg to differ > Read: RTÉ stands by its account of Panti events, says Waters’ apology was ‘unacceptable’ >Video: Watch Panti’s powerful speech about oppression of gay people >last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A few days after the Citizens’ Protection Ministry heralded the second wave of a repatriation scheme aimed at returning thousands of migrants to their homelands, the Greek office of the International Office for Migration (IOM), which is managing the repatriation program, says it has yet to receive funding for the first phase.The second phase of the program has been budgeted at 800,000 euros. But, the director of the IOM’s Athens office, Daniel Esdras, said that his office has yet to receive the funding for the first phase of the program, launched early last year, due to changes in the way the state disburses money.Esdras said his office had received more than 1,500 applications from migrants wanting to return home. “Many people want to go home but they don’t have the means to do it,” Esdras said. The cost of returning one migrant home is around 1,300 euros.The news came as Greek Deputy Labor Minister Anna Dalara confirmed on Thursday that the government is examining ways of relaxing requirements for economic migrants to renew their residence permits.“A law-making committee is looking at two things: reducing the number of social security credits needed, especially in some types of work where it is impossible for them to be collected; and at imposing tough sanctions on employers who do not register their workers, not just migrants,” Dalara told Greek radio.There is concern that the impact of the economic crisis and rising unemployment means that some immigrants living in Greece legally will fall short of the number of social insurance credits required.However, Dalara insisted that the government would expel migrants from the country if they do not have the proper documents or if they do not meet the necessary requirements.“We have laws and this means that some people will have to go,” she said.Source: English Kathimerinilast_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Western Australia’s Cypriot community is preparing to hold its annual Kopiaste Dinner Dance this month.Taking place on Saturday 17 September at Alexander the Great Hall in Inglewood, guests will have the chance to indulge in traditional Cypriot cuisine, including delicious lamb and chicken fresh off the coals and of course sheftalies.Keeping guests entertained throughout the night will be a live band from Melbourne, with Stan Fournarakis on keyboard, Bill Tsotas on bouzouki and guitar, Stavrina Dimitriou on vocals, and featuring Theano Milides on violin. The band will be supported by Perth’s very own Greek DJ Michali.The community is looking forward to hosting the event, and is keen to see as many people as possible attend. “This is an opportunity to enjoy some good food, traditional dancing, Greek music and experience the Cypriot culture,” a community spokesperson said.The Kopiaste Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday 17 September at the Alexander the Great Hall, Homer St, Inglewood, WA (behind the Stirling Leisure Centre, 62 Alexander Drive). Cost of attendance is $50 for adults and $15 for children aged 5 to 16 years. Children under 5 attend free of charge. For more information and to reserve a table, visit www.cypriotcommunitywa.comlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIt’s been a while since we’ve seen any new Addams Family. There’s been talk of an animated reboot in the past, but after seeing this fan-trailer, a dark Netflix series sounds like a much better option. Addams Family fan Alexia Bertha put together this trailer as a not-so-subtle suggestion to Netflix that they focus their reboot prowess on The Addams Family. It contains everything you would want from a reboot. Even the fan casting is perfect.By stitching together clips from the 1991 Addams Family movie, as well as footage from Crimson Peak, Don’t Knock Twice, Dark Places, and a whole bunch of other movies, Bertha created a trailer that is too good to be true. Being a Netflix series, an Addams Family reboot would likely have a darker tone, being much more of a horror-comedy than a sitcom. The classic theme played over the creepy imagery from modern horror movies suggests a balance of comedy and terror that would be perfect for a modern Addams Family.The family began as a series of macabre New Yorker cartoons in the 30s but became famous for a 1960s black and white sitcom. After a few attempts at animated series that never seemed to go anywhere, the characters found their way back into the general public’s hearts with two live action movies in the early ’90s. It was a period of 1960s nostalgia, where 30-year-old comedies were being made into movies. Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family was clearly the best of the bunch, and it spawned a sequel in 1993 that was, in some ways, even better than the first one. Wednesday and Pugsley ruining the wholesome-ified Thanksgiving story at a summer camp is still one of the funniest scenes in any movie.Sadly, this fan-made trailer is just that. We aren’t likely to be getting a black comedy reboot of The Addams Family anytime soon. That said, I hope Netflix is paying attention. This is what I would like my $9.99 a month to be used for, please.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA Portland man hiding out in a Vancouver house was arrested Tuesday for suspicion of murder in a Gresham shooting death last fall.Demarco “Buddy” Streeter, 30, was arrested for an outstanding Oregon warrant for murder, unlawful use of a weapon and felon in possession of a weapon, according to the Gresham, Ore. Police Department.Gresham detectives began investigating a shooting that occurred on Nov. 23, in which Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr. died, police said.Following up on information and tips, members of the US Marshals Service task force identified a residence in the 2400 block of East 29th Street where they believed Streeter was hiding, Gresham police said.Officers executed a search warrant at the residence on Tuesday and took Streeter into custody without incident. A search of the residence also turned up evidence related to the homicide, police said.Marshals were assisted by Vancouver police officers and members of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team.Streeter was booked into the Clark County Jail on the warrants and was scheduled to appear in Clark County Superior Court Wednesday morning.last_img read more

September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhat: Special concert to kick off of the 50th anniversary season of the Vancouver USA Singers. Includes the world premiere of “All God’s Children” a cantata by Henry Mollicone commissioned to celebrate the event.When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.Where: First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St.Cost: $20 in advance, $22 at the door.Information: Vancouver USA Singers.Associated eventWhat: Special screening of “Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem, the Place, the Opera” with guest Henry Mollicone.When: 7:30 tonight.Where: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St.Cost: $10.Information: Vancouver USA Singers.Jana Hart has been planning this weekend’s concert series by the Vancouver USA Singers ever since she took over as director four years ago.That’s because this season is a big one — it marks the half-century anniversary of the 90-member choral group.“The very first year I was here, I knew the 50th was coming up, and thought I wanted to find something really awesome to do,” Hart said.The former professional opera singer didn’t have to think long before she found the perfect thing. She contacted an old friend, composer Henry Mollicone, and asked if he would be willing to write something special for the group.“I know him from performing in Los Angeles, Santa Fe and other venues,” Hart said. “And he agreed to write a piece for us. It’s beautiful. It’s absolutely beautiful.”last_img read more

September 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s legislative delegation — Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, Representative David Robertson, and Representative Ken Gordon — succeeded in securing $30,000 in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget for necessary repairs and renovations at Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center.“Every time I have come through the doors of the Buzzell Center, I’ve found it to be a welcoming and vital place full of active and engaged citizens, volunteers and supportive staff – what they do here makes this place worth fighting for,” said State Senator Tarr (R-Gloucester). “Terri Marciello and her team do a wonderful job and I want to help them continue doing what they do best.”“It was a pleasure working with Senator Tarr on behalf of Wilmington. The Senate and the House have shown an investment in public education by increasing state aid to our schools, which also helps slow the rate of growth of our property taxes, as well as increased the funding for roads and bridges. I especially enjoyed working to help secure funding for improvements to the Buzzell Senior Center kitchen and other facilities, which is not just a special place for our seniors, but the entire town,” said State Representative Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “It’s always been a well-used facility and these improvements will go a long way.”The center, located across from the Wilmington High School at 15 School Street, was the subject of two state budget amendments.“Senior centers are critical to communities and to be able to help a facility like the one in Wilmington receive funding is something I am proud of,” said State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford). “I am delighted the Commonwealth has chosen to support the Wilmington Senior Center.”“How extremely fortnuate that we have the support of Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Robertson to offer these amendments to help us with our work,” said Terri Marciello, Director of Elderly Services. “They know how important our senior center is to the community and they have supported Wilmington’s seniors in many forms.”Representative Robertson filed, with the support of Representative Gordon, budget language that would provide $20,000 for the center. The appropriate request was adopted by the House in May.Senator Tarr authored an amendment, which gained popular support in the Senate, to raise the funding level for the Wilmington center to $30,000. The Tarr amendment was adopted.Tarr, as Senate Minority Leader, selected one of six committee members who worked to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the $43.1 billion budget. They reached consensus recently on a compromise spending plan for the new fiscal year that began on July 1.Tarr, Robertson and Gordon wrote to the conferees in June urging the panel to include in the final Conference Committee report the Senate’s higher amount.Governor Baker has until August 2 to approve or disapprove of the contents of the $43.1 billion budget proposal, which was approved by both legislative branches by a near unanimous vote on July 22.(NOTE: The above press release is from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello Named One Of Massachusetts’s Unsung HeroinesIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”last_img read more