Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Extreme AntiLGBT Law

first_imgBruce Springsteen canceled a concert scheduled for North Carolina over the weekend in protest over an extreme Anti-LGBT law.“As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday,” said the singer in a statement. “As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”H.B. 2 has eliminated existing municipal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and prevents such protections from being passed by cities in the future. The legislation also forces transgender students in public schools to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity, putting 4.5 billion dollars in federal funding under Title IX at risk. It also compels the same type of discrimination against transgender people to take place in state buildings, including in public universities. Lawmakers passed the legislation in a hurried, single-day session, and Governor McCrory quickly signed it into law in the dead of night.“Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, both through his music and his advocacy, to those who struggle against injustice and equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “It means so much that he has spoken out against this hateful bill on behalf of thousands of citizens whose rights and fundamental dignity are being trampled by the leadership of North Carolina.”last_img read more

Child nutrition situation in Niger remains alarming UNbacked survey warns

Concerns persist despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government are calling on the international community to intensify its efforts and mobilize all means necessary to fight against child malnutrition and its structural causes.“The magnitude of resources used and efforts made by all humanitarian actors and donors have saved the lives of tens of thousands of children,” UNICEF Country Representative Guido Cornale said. “This mobilization has stabilized the nutritional status of children, but this is far from enough.“Each week, thousands of sick children continue coming to health centres, demonstrating once again that we must resolutely confront the underlying causes of malnutrition in Niger.”The prevalence of global acute malnutrition among children under five years of age in the West African country decreased from 16.7 per cent to 15.5 per cent between June and November, but remains above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent. The situation remains worrisome for those aged six to 23 months, with over a quarter affected.Severe acute malnutrition, which dramatically increases the risk of death for the under-five age group, has affected 7 per cent of children in the under-two year age category, and is present in 3.2 per cent of the under-five group, according to the findings of this new survey.These figures reveal not only the severity of the food and nutrition crisis in 2010, but also the speed and quality of the response implemented by the Government and its partners, UNICEF said in a news release.Between January and December, 313,000 children under five with severe acute malnutrition were treated though public health facilities supported by UNICEF and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Some 38,000 children were hospitalized and 275,000 received outpatient treatment. These numbers represent one-fifth of all children treated for this condition worldwide.In addition, the Government, WFP, UNICEF and NGOs helped 686,000 children under two to receive adapted food rations between July and December to prevent malnutrition among children living in 38 food-insecure districts. Niger is made up of 42 districts.A consolidation of resources and measures for preventing and treating child malnutrition are crucial, with a speedy application of structural policies in health, education, social welfare, agriculture, and food security to avoid the disastrous consequences of climatic shocks on people in the sub-Saharan Sahel region, who are highly vulnerable to crises and epidemics.For WFP Country Representative Richard Verbeeck the survey shows that the response has been appropriate, but it must not lag.“Without the concerted actions of the humanitarian community and the Government of Niger, malnutrition rates would have been disastrous,” he said. “The battle against malnutrition is far from over and we must continue our efforts for a permanent and lasting solution to this problem.”In October Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos visited Niger during a trip to focus world attention on the Sahel, which is home to the poorest countries on Earth, with over 10 million people suffering from a food crisis this year alone. She called for solutions to tackle the root causes of cyclical food crises in the region. “Over the years, we have become very good at responding to immediate needs,” she said. “We now need to become good at building bridges between emergency relief and development.” 28 December 2010Although humanitarian aid to Niger has saved the lives of tens of thousands of ill-fed children, the nutritional situation remains alarming with more than 15 in 100 youngsters suffering from acute malnutrition, according to a United Nations-backed survey. read more

UN envoy and Lebanese official discuss efforts to free kidnapped Estonians

Mr. Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, expressed his concern over the 23 March incident during which the seven men were kidnapped at gunpoint after entering Lebanon through Syria on their bicycles. “No purpose is served by their continued detention,” he told reporters in New York last week after briefing the Security Council on the latest developments in Lebanon.In his meeting with Mr. Mikati, the Special Coordinator welcomed the diligent efforts of Lebanon’s security forces and army to secure the release of the cyclists. 6 April 2011United Nations envoy Michael Williams today discussed the recent abduction of seven Estonian cyclists in the Bekaa Valley with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati and the efforts under way to secure their release.

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters looking for jobs

The police fired tear gas to disperse a group of unemployed graduates protesting near Lotus Road in Colombo today.The protesters are demanding jobs in the Government sector and they were on their way towards the Prime Ministers office when they were stopped by the police. (Colombo Gazette)

Throne speech sparks mixed feelings

Related Stories Ambitious agenda outlined in government throne speechSwift reaction following Notley throne speech Wikimedia Commons Tuesday’s throne speech had some praising the NDP, and some feeling leery.The Pembina Institute praised the province’s strong linkage of energy and environment.Regional Director Simon Dyer said they were pleased to see the Alberta government’s commitment to following through with its climate leadership plan.He said there were also a couple of new things that caught his attention.“The commitment to form energy efficiency agencies that would obviously help home owners and Albertans and companies save energy through energy efficiencies is a big move. Alberta is the only jurisdiction that doesn’t have energy efficiency programs,” Dyer said.Dyer was also intrigued by the idea of an Oilsands Advisory Group, enabling government to get input from industry, environmental organizations, and First Nations on responsible oilsands development.He said it’s good to see the government isn’t avoiding tough discussions.The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, while pleased to see a re-commitment from the government on market access and projects like Energy East, thought the speech missed the mark.Director of Policy Justin Smith said he was disappointed he didn’t hear much about other components of the economy, like agri-business, manufacturing or tourism.“Alberta businesses are pioneering entrepreneurs, they’re problem solvers, they’re committed to doing whatever it is they need to do, whether it is to adjust their business plan or find an international investor, or target an export market. With that said, there’s not a very robust blueprint in terms of how they are supposed to do that, or what policy supports they are supposed to get from the government,” he said.He added, what’s really concerning is the Notley government is staring down the barrel of a $10-billion deficit, without a reasonable plan to get the province back into balance.Smith said the provincial government needs to understand they are a partner in job creation and economic recovery.“A robust blueprint for our recovery — if that’s not presented in this next budget– that will be a serious red flag for the business community that this government is stuck in neutral, and hasn’t figured out what sort of policy levers to start pulling, in order to drive investment and economic growth,” he said.But he concedes you don’t hear all of the nitty-gritty policy details in a throne speech.The Chamber is hoping for a proposal for an investor tax credit, for innovation supports as well as changes to the R&D structure in the province. by Kaitlin Lee Posted Mar 9, 2016 7:06 am MDT Throne speech sparks mixed feelings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Canada gives public a glance at its game plan ahead of critical

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland discusses modernizing NAFTA at public forum at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada gives public a glance at its game plan ahead of critical NAFTA talks OTTAWA – Chrystia Freeland has given Canadians a look at their government’s strategy as it prepares to go nose-to-nose with the country’s biggest trading partner in crucial NAFTA talks.The foreign affairs minister laid out Ottawa’s core objectives Monday, two days before negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement are to begin.The Canadian list, far shorter than the one released last month by the United States, sets out about a half-dozen goals that involve playing both offence and defence.They include a push for more access to government procurement, improved mobility for professionals, protecting Canadian rights to supply management and an openness to reform of the investor-state dispute settlement process, as long as it ensures governments hold on to their right to regulate in the public interest.“As in any trade negotiation, we have some areas of our offensive interests, areas where we think the agreement can be strengthened and improved,” Freeland said after outlining her goals in a speech.“And we have some areas where we believe the agreement currently serves its purpose and areas that need to be preserved in the national interest.”Freeland also announced the government’s plan to call for what she labelled as new “progressive” elements in NAFTA 2.0. The proposals include stronger labour standards, tougher provisions to protect the environment as well as chapters on gender and Indigenous rights.She insisted these are all areas in which she believes Canada can find common ground with the U.S. and Mexico.Negotiators plan to use provisions from Canada’s recently negotiated trade agreements with the European Union and Chile as guidelines for these chapters, Freeland added.“Progressive elements are also important if you want a free-trade deal that’s also a fair-trade deal,” she said in a question-and-answer session following a speech at the University of Ottawa.The government highlighted these goals at a time of rising international concerns that trade deals will only inflict more damage on the environment and accelerate a hollowing out of the middle class.One coalition of union and civil society groups — the Trade Justice Network — released a statement Monday arguing the Trudeau government’s NAFTA goals lacked detail and didn’t go far enough.The government’s other priorities include its desire to ease the flow of cross-border business by loosening bureaucracy and harmonizing regulations.The negotiating team will also work to maintain key elements of the 23-year-old deal, including the dispute resolution process to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are only applied when truly warranted.Freeland warned that Canadians should brace for some tense exchanges during the NAFTA talks.“I think we all do need to be prepared for some moments of drama,” she said. “We should just see that as an expected part of any trade negotiations.”On Tuesday, Freeland will consult labour leaders on NAFTA in Toronto. She will be in Washington on Wednesday where Canadian negotiators will sit down with their American and Mexican counterparts for the first round of talks.Last month, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released the Trump administration’s set of priorities for the NAFTA talks. The list was 14 pages long and included many more specific goals and demands.By comparison, the list produced by Freeland on Monday was far more succinct.Derek Burney, Canada’s former ambassador to the U.S. who was directly involved in negotiations for the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, was in the crowd for Freeland’s speech.Burney, who also served as chief of staff for former prime minister Brian Mulroney, told The Canadian Press afterwards that it was important for Freeland to signal Canada intends to defend its interests.Going forward, he said Canadians must continue to stress to the Americans that trade between the two countries is roughly balanced.“They have to understand that — that they’re not being had by Canada in a trade agreement,” said Burney, who participated in a Trudeau cabinet meeting earlier this year with Mulroney and Canada’s current envoy to Washington, David MacNaughton.“The big question mark for me is, what will be the price of victory for Donald Trump? We don’t know that yet.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

Promoting decent work daily challenge in fragile countries UN Labour Summit told

“Creating income- and wealth-generating jobs is essential in order to consolidate peace and reinforce resilience” in the country, CAR’s President, Faustin Archange Touadéra, said in a keynote address during the World of Work Summit convened in Geneva by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).Entitled ‘Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience,’ this year’s Summit highlighted the importance of employment and decent work for peace and resilience, with a specific focus on tackling the realities on the ground and on partnerships that can achieve real results.Fighting between the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia and the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition has plunged the CAR into civil conflict since 2012. A peace agreement was reached in January 2013, but rebels seized the capital, Bangui, in March of that year, forcing the country’s former president, François Bozizé, to flee.President Touadéra highlighted the challenges of restoring an economy ruined by years of conflict, and invited the ILO to send a high-level technical mission to the country’s capital Bangui, with a view to help resolve employment and decent work issues.This would involve reinforcing governance capacities, establishing a working social protection system, promoting social dialogue and women’s employment, as well as putting in place an innovative partnership for employment promotion, he said.Outlining the gravity of the crisis in his country, Touadéra said that reducing unemployment, especially for youth, was a priority, to better fight against poverty and risks of radicalization.“The economy of survival has taken over the formal sector,” he said, underlining that the informal employment now represents more than 75 per cent of national economic activity.He said that employment is “a determining factor for a lasting peace” but “the battle to promote employment and decent work in favour of peace and resilience is a daily challenge.”In his welcoming address, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder underlined the strategic location of the CAR in the sub-region.“By recognizing the link between work and peace, your main priority is to bring jobs for the people of the Central African Republic to help them reach a decent standard of living,” Mr. Ryder said. Crozet/Pouteau/Albouy/ILOPanelists speak at the World of Work Summit held as part of the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, 7 June 2018.Also addressing the Summit was the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, who said that the ILO “retains the potential to be one of the international organisations best equipped to assist nations and their peoples to build resilience and prevent conflict.”“Ever since its inception, the International Labour Organisation has been dedicated to the proposition that peace can only be built, and can only be sustained, when it is founded on a just and equal economic order, one capable of meeting the needs and aspirations of all people, in their diversity,” said Mr. Higgins in a keynote speech.Mr. Higgins said that expanding economic opportunities, ensuring the recognition of fundamental social and economic rights, advocating, advancing and achieving decent work, and facilitating social dialogue between workers, employers and civic organisations, are critical components of recovery from conflict and the prevention of any return to war.Welcoming an ambition to place ILO at the centre of efforts to create a new global architecture for sustaining peace, he stressed sufficient and effective investment in rights-based peacebuilding programmes will not only save lives, but will offer to the peoples of the world all of the possibilities for development and human flourishing that peace can bring. Speaking during a panel discussion, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said: “The refugees and displaced people, almost 70 million of them around the world today, are the outcome of a failure of peace.  And if, among other things, their ability to be respectfully and gainfully employed is not met, then they will continue to be a factor for instability.” read more

United Way funds Brock education initiative for Fort Erie youth

A Fort Erie student and Brock University student mentor participating in Youth University’s Neighbourhood Access Initiative.In a region where just 18 per cent of the population has achieved university as their highest level of education – compared to a national average of 26 per cent – Brock University’s Youth University is working with community partners to help boost these numbers in Niagara.The group’s research-based Neighbourhood Access Initiative is designed to support community development and grow the number of youth who go on to attend university or college.This winter, Youth University student volunteers from Brock will mentor youths from Grades 6 to 10 at Fort Erie’s Peace Bridge Public School and Fort Erie Secondary School. The mentoring occurs in conjunction with a program designed to raise awareness about post-secondary education (PSE) options, support readiness and assist with financial literacy.The initiative is supported by a $3,500 grant from the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie. The funds will be used to supply food for youth involved in the program as well as weekly transportation to the schools for the Brock student mentors. Return transportation for the Fort Erie participants will be provided by local company Dunn The Mover.Fort Erie students and a Brock mentor involved in an after-school learning activity.The United Way’s Carol Stewart-Kirkby says they are “proud to support an initiative working to achieve equitable access to PSE in our neighbourhoods.”Now in its fourth year, the program involves tutoring and after-school programming, as well as hands-on activities to identify and connect students’ interests with future careers, civic engagement and educational pathways such as apprenticeships, college and university.“It plants great seeds for the future, builds confidence and it has reinforced the idea that university will follow high school for my son,” says one parent involved in last year’s program.The program was developed from research on equitable access to post-secondary education in Niagara and in consultation with both regional school boards.“Having the support of Brock student mentors will build upon the efforts of our school staff to encourage, motivate and support our students as they pursue all their goals and ambitions,” says Cindy Kohinski, principal of Peace Bridge Public School. “We’re very pleased to be involved with this initiative.”“We want to expose all of our students to the possibilities and options that are ahead of them and we want them to experience it early,” says Kate Cassidy, director of Youth University. “In today’s fast-changing, knowledge-based economy, access to post secondary education is an important building block for success.” read more

A Dublin developer has been advertising rentals within an apartment complex built

first_imgA Dublin developer has been advertising rentals within an apartment complex built without planning permission Rental adverts for Larkfield House, which were placed without naming the building, have appeared online in recent weeks. The building was constructed without planning permission. [image alt=”4″ src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/06/4-412-296×237.jpg” width=”296″ height=”237″ credit-source=”Google%20Maps” caption=”Larkfield%20House%2C%20in%20its%20former%20guise%20as%20the%20Liffey%20Valley%20Fitness%20gym” class=”aligncenter” /end]A DUBLIN DEVELOPER, who was denied permission to build 48 apartments at a location in west Dublin and then went ahead and built them anyway, has advertised those apartments online for rental within recent weeks.Previously, it had been expected that a number of families living there who were at risk of homelessness may have been forced to vacate the property as a result of the planning issue, although that situation has yet to materialise.Developer Cavvies Limited initially sought planning permission in July 2016, which was subsequently granted, to construct 27 apartments over three floors at the site of Larkfield House, on Coldcut Road in Clondalkin. The building had formerly been a gym.The company subsequently reapplied for permission in May 2017 seeking to raise the number of apartments to 48 over four floors. That permission was denied by South Dublin County Council (SDCC). Larkfield House location, on Coldcut Road, Clondalkin Source: SDCCIn the end, 45 apartments were built on the site, which was then fully let, while the SDCC ruling was appealed to An Bord Pleanála. The planning body’s final decision upheld the denial of permission in March 2018. This means that there is currently no planning permission, and no fire safety (an application for a fire cert was rejected as invalid on 27 March, a week after the ABP decision), disability or compliance certificates in place for the property.Enforcement noticeSouth Dublin County Council has since served the building with an enforcement notice, aimed at bringing it back within compliance. Should this notice not be complied with, the council (in theory) can bring District Court proceedings against the developer.In recent weeks, however, apartments within the complex have been advertised for rental on at least two national property sites – Daft.ie and MyHome.ie.“This is ethically completely wrong,” Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin told TheJournal.ie.In both cases, the adverts were removed following requests for comment from the sites by both Ó Broin and TheJournal.ie. The Daft.ie ad, with the name of the building omitted Source: Daft.ie The MyHome.ie ad, both have since been taken down Source: MyHome.ieThe agent in question, Ray Cooke Auctioneers, did not reply to repeat requests for comment. The same agent had previously placed ads for an apartment within Larkfield House which appeared online earlier this year.“There should be legislation in place to stop agents advertising properties like this,” said local councillor Mark Ward.Interestingly, those properties were advertised without making reference to the property’s name, only to the fact it is sited on Coldcut Road. The reason for this is unclear (in ads placed prior to An Bord Pleanála’s decision, the property name was included). Short URL This is the second time in a fortnight that @daftmedia & @Ray_Cooke have advertised illegal appartments in Clondalkin for rent. No planning permission, no building certification & subject to @sdublincoco planning enforcement. This is reckless. @RentalProperty8 pic.twitter.com/t4A5Iay0Jh— Eoin Ó Broin (@EOBroin) June 26, 2018 49,231 Views 60 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4091874 Emergency accommodationPrior to An Bord Pleanála refusing permission to Cavvies for the additional units, South Dublin County Council suspended the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) for many of the families that had been renting the apartments, some of whom had moved there from homeless or emergency accommodation situations.20 such families were believed to be under threat. However, TheJournal.ie understands that none of those affected have as yet been forced to vacate the property, suggesting that rental adverts seen online apply to other empty apartments at the location.Ó Broin says that the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) has since guaranteed “that everyone in that property will get the higher rate of HAP”.“A number of private renters have left,” said Sinn Féin councillor Ward. “A lot of people weren’t happy that they had entered into an agreement with a rogue planner.”A spokesperson for the Department of Housing said that the situation is a matter for South Dublin County Council alone.“Regarding planning enforcements, the minister and department are specifically precluded, under section 30 of the Planning Act, from becoming involved in any individual planning case, including the enforcement of any planning matter,” they said.With regard to the HAP tenants affected, they added that the department had “confirmed with South Dublin County Council that the local authority had been engaging with these tenants and has been working, in co-operation with the DRHE, to assist those affected”.SDCC declined to comment on the issue as it stands.[image alt=”3″ src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/06/3-494-296×318.jpg” width=”296″ height=”318″ credit-source=”Daft.ie” caption=”A%20Daft.ie%20ad%20from%20January.%20Note%20that%20Larkfield%20House%20is%20specifically%20named” class=”aligncenter” /end]When contacted for comment, Cavvies director Vincent Cosgrave acknowledged his identity but then said: “I don’t know anything about Larkfield House, you have the wrong man.” The company did not respond to an email query.Both Daft.ie and MyHome.ie removed the adverts in question when queried about same.“As Ireland’s largest property portal we don’t manage the properties that advertisers place on the site directly,” a Daft spokesperson said.Advertisers manage the content of their own ads. We have a list of terms and conditions for advertisers available. All ads have a report ad button and we do operate a notice and takedown policy.Removed“MyHome.ie was not aware that the apartment in question was located in a building that does not have the required certificates,” a spokesperson for that site meanwhile said.Once this was brought to our attention the ad was removed from the website. We will be following this up directly with the agent concerned.Most recently, last month, Cavvies launched another planning application, seeking to bring the number of residential units at the property down to 37 over five floors. That application was declared invalid by SDCC on 26 June.[image alt=”vincent” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/06/vincent-14-296×230.jpg” width=”296″ height=”230″ credit-source=”ABP” caption=”An%20Bord%20Plean%C3%A1la’s%20decision%20refusing%20planning%20permission%20to%20the%20developer%20Cavvies%20Limited%2C%20dated%2020%20March%202018″ class=”aligncenter” /end]“There is no criminal offence when properties like this are advertised, and it absolutely should be illegal,” said Ó Broin.Alongside this, there should be legislation in place to make it an offence to have built structures that are not within building compliance. I’m asking the Minister to introduce legislation to make this a criminal offence. Friday 29 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM By Cianan Brennan Share87 Tweet Email3 Source: Eoin Ó Broin/Twitter Why is @MyHomeProperty & @Ray_Cooke advertising apartments in Clondalkin that have no planning permission, no building compliance & are subject to @sdublincoco planning enforcement? @RentalProperty8 pic.twitter.com/Y3gPWRi7cV— Eoin Ó Broin (@EOBroin) June 25, 2018 Source: Eoin Ó Broin/Twitter Jun 29th 2018, 12:06 AM As things stand, it’s illegal to rent this building. It has no planning permission, and it has no fire or completion certs lodged with the local authority.He said that “in two, three, or six months those in the building could be forced to move out again”.And that’s just wrong.Note: Journal Media Ltd has shareholders in common with Daft.ie publisher Distilled Media Group Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Anarchists attack police with petrol bombs after Athens demo

first_imgRioting youths have clashed with Greek police in central Athens, damaging vehicles and property, following a demonstration by hundreds of anarchists seeking the abolition of a maximum security prison.Dozens of rioters threw petrol bombs and stones at police, who responded with tear gas. Four people were detained in the clashes, while no injuries were immediately reported.At least two cars were burnt and one shop front was smashed.Anarchists have stepped up protests since Greece’s new radical left-led government was elected in January. They want authorities to close a maximum-security prison where many convicted militant anarchists are held — and have continued their protests despite government pledges to do so soon.Opposition parties have criticized the government for failing to take a tough stance on the protests.Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Luciano Spalletti shrugs off rumours he could lose his job

first_imgInter Milan head Coach Luciano Spalletti has trashed the rumour that suggested he could lose his job, adding that “you’re always under scrutiny, as far as I’m concerned”.Inter has lost six matches out of their seven last games in all competitions, and reports emerged that Spalletti could lose his job to the likes of Antonio Conte, Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho.“I’d have felt under scrutiny even if we’d got through the group [in the Champions League],” Spalletti shrugged, speaking in a Press conference today as quoted by Football Italia.“You’re always under scrutiny, as far as I’m concerned, one day when we have more time I’ll tell you about my career to get to Inter, they are beautiful stories to tell.“Rumours don’t bother me, maybe the support they want to give me annoys me, because if someone wants to give you support it means they want to help you, but at the same time they’re saying you can’t do it alone.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Let’s say I’m more sick of what you want to insinuate by writing it.”New CEO Giuseppe Marotta backed Spalletti yesterday, saying he should be left to work without disturbances and reacting to that, Spalletti continued:“Marotta’s words are pleasing, and what I’ll say is that I’ve had a lot of messages about not giving up, but I have the solutions inside. I’ve already been here, I know this subject.“I’ve been in dressing rooms with teams which have lost 13 games in a row. The support pleases me, but it’s just one thing more. These are words which can even damage you more.”last_img read more

Advertised salaries for legal jobs increased by 131

first_imgThe average advertised salary for jobs within the legal sector has increased by 13.1% between June 2017 and June 2018, according to research by recruitment website CV Library.Its research, which compared job market data from June 2018 to the same data from June 2017, also found that advertised salaries for catering roles have risen by 9.9% between 2017 and 2018, while marketing jobs have seen a pay increase of 8.3% between June 2017 and June 2018.Sales roles have a reported increase in advertised salary of 4.9%, compared to automotive jobs, which have a pay increase of 3.9% on advertised salaries between June 2017 and June 2018. The advertised salary for recruitment positions has risen by 3% in the last year, which is more than jobs in the IT sector (2.5%) and accounting roles (2.3%).Advertised salaries for engineering jobs has increased by 1.6% between June 2017 and June 2018, while pay for manufacturing roles has risen by 1.2% over the same time period.Advertised salaries for new job roles increased by 1.2% in June 2018.Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “We typically see recruitment slowing down over summer months, but these hikes in pay suggest that businesses are continuing to push hard to attract talented candidates into their roles.“What’s more, some of the UK’s key industries are thriving right now, which is great news for both [organisations] and job hunters across the nation.”last_img read more

Cauliflower red and green leaf lettuce added to recalled produce linked to

first_imgSo far, a total of 59 people in 15 states, have suffered food poisoning from the tainted romaine lettuce outbreak.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A recall has been issued for cauliflower, red leaf and green leaf lettuce due to possible E. coli contamination.According to the CDC, the recall was issued by Adam Bros. Farming in California — the same farm that was linked to the bacteria outbreak from romaine lettuce.No cauliflower, red leaf or green leaf lettuce have actually tested positive for E. coli. However, out of precaution the CDC is asking consumers to not buy, serve, sell, or eat the recalled items from the following California counties: Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara.If the produce you purchase is not properly labeled and you do not know where it’s from, you are advised to not eat it.Adam Bros. Farming issued a statement that read in part, “Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. feels a strong commitment to its customers and has worked for yearsto provide a safe and healthy food supply. Out of an abundance of caution, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. is initiating this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA.”The recall is regarding produce harvested between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, 2018.The potentially contaminated cauliflower was distributed to wholesalers in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada and Tijuana, Mexico. While the red and green leaf lettuce was sold to wholesalers in Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington and Canada. last_img read more

HKEx looks to more mainland China links

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Harris County And The City Of Houston Brace For More Severe Weather

first_img Share Listen X Gail DelaughterRepresentatives of local entities gather in Houston TranStar’s operations hub during severe weather and major events.Harris County and the City of Houston will activate their emergency operations centers to the “increased readiness” level to monitor the severe weather expected in our area later Friday.Harris County officials expect two to four inches of widespread rain and isolated totals of up to eight inches.The potential severe weather comes at the worst time because of the saturated grounds due to last week’s floods.“What we know for sure is that roadways are gonna be severely impacted wherever we get any consistent rain or any high levels of rain and so that’s a big concern right now,” says Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.Harris County officials encourage residents to sign up for weather alerts at Ready Harris.org.The City of Houston is taking precautionary measures and will try to clean-up the accumulated debris more quickly to protect the drainage systems.City personnel are pre-deploying street barricades at 38 locations known to experience high water due to heavy rain.Additionally, the Houston Fire Department is pre-staging high-water rescue vehicles, evacuation and rescue boats throughout the city.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:00last_img read more

10th Annual National 5k Walk for Epilepsy

first_imgThe Epilepsy Foundation will host its 10th annual National 5k Walk for Epilepsy near the Washington Monument on the National Mall April 16. The walk started in 2006 and has raised nearly $10 million to help provide services for people living with epilepsy, awareness for seizure recognition with first aid, and research toward better treatment options. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals will debut a special “Talk About It” tent for people to open up about theirconcerns and personal experiences around epilepsy. The tent will give participants a VIP Hollywood experience with cameras, a red carpet, paparazzi and special guests, including Rick Harrison (Reality TV personality), Jerry Kill (Former Head Coach of University of Minnesota Golden Gophers), Haely Jardas (Washington Redskins Cheerleaders), Dana Pirolli (Former Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader) and Alan Faneca (NFL Hall of Fame Nominee). The walk will also include live performances, family activities, and an “Ask the Experts” Q&A to help everyone better understand epilepsy from top doctors and experts. The walk will begin promptly at 9 a.m., starting at 15th Street and Independence Avenue NW. There will also be an optional 1 mile “Family Fun Walk” that loops around the Washington Monument.last_img read more

Elon Musk Invests In Defense Against the Robot Apocalypse

first_imgStay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Elon Musk has thrown his weight behind Neuralink. If you’ve never heard of the company, don’t be surprised. It’s a start-up with almost no presence anywhere, but it’s already made some powerful allies.Ostensibly, Neuralink is researching how we can more closely tie human consciousness to computing. The ultimate goal is to develop an array of implants that could allow you to download software for your brain or directly control objects with your mind.Musk has repeatedly said that artificial intelligence is one of the biggest threats facing the future of humanity. And it seems that the backing for Neuralink is at least partially inspired by that fear, saying that we need to merge with machines or “become irrelevant.” And there’s some good evidence to back that up.I certainly haven’t been quiet about the state of AI and the impending doom of the human race here at Geek. Cars are better without us, AI can beat us at almost every game, and that list grows every day, plus we actually make pretty shit doctors. We cannot, for example, immediately know every piece of human anatomy, much less understand all the chemical reactions taking place, and how those are affected by medications.  To be fair, computers can’t do that yet either, but they’re a helluva lot closer than we are, plus, unless we do some serious science, we can’t upgrade humans. This is, for the most part, as good as we’ll ever be at most things. Computers on the other hand? They grow more advanced every month, and when combined with neural nets, have a profound capacity for learning — far outstripping their creators.Musk’s fear of AI is so great that he, in part, sees the mission of SpaceX as, at least in part, to protect humanity from AI. “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s like, yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out.” Musk told Vanity Fair.With Neuralink, Musk may finally be putting his cash and influence down on a solution — the neural lace. This is an idea Musk has been discussing for some time, but, essentially it ties together some of brains basic functions so that you can communicate directly with a computer.“Your phone and your computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow,” Musk said. “For a meaningful partial-brain interface, I think we’re roughly four or five years away.”Given that a lot of Musk’s projects, while successful, tend to take a bit longer than advertised, an eight-to-ten-year window seems a bit more realistic. Even so, the implications of this, as you might suspect are huge. For now, though, we’ll have to sit and wait for the future. And hope that we can, one day, keep pace with the machines… possibly with the help of machines.last_img read more

Colton Haynes mocks Kim Kardashian in Instagram post

first_imgKim Kardashian recently posted a photo to Instagram that has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. Haynes is making a splash | Photo: Facebook/Colton Haynes The photo, which depicts Kardashian lying on white sheets and blankets, is meant to promote husband Kanye West’s Adidas line.Instead of focusing on the shoes, however, everyone took notice of Kardashian’s awkward and stiff pose. It quickly began to spread everywhere, with people mocking and parodying the photo.Including 29-year-old Haynes.Colton Haynes’ Instagram post | Photo: Instagram @coltonlhaynesHis 6.6 million followers seemed to love the post, with some taking shots at Kardashian and body image in their comments.Comments on Instagram | Photo: Instagram @coltonlhaynesIs it in bad taste?Later, Haynes posted to Twitter he was ‘being funny’ with the post, implying not everyone loved it.Tweet | Photo: Twitter @coltonlhaynes GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img ‘She’s such a sweet/boss/so loving… just like her entire family!’ he wrote. ‘If I looked anything like her I would move back to Kansas, take over the Midwest lol. She’s amazing and so nice so it was all in good fun.’Is part of it in bad taste, though?In the tweet, Haynes mentions Kardashian’s look, yet in his Instagram post, it’s clearly Photoshopped. It lends a completely unbelievable element to it and invites comments on Kardashian’s body.Others have done it without altering their body, and sometimes in completely different locations.Kardashian, meanwhile, recently ended up in hot waters after a social media fight with Tyson Beckford.More from Gay Star NewsGay rep Brian Sims: ‘Some of the most intense misogyny I see towards women comes from gay men’Colton Haynes lovingly shares pic of late dad – and they’re exact doublesColton Haynes shares adorable twinky throwback photosGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Colton Haynes is naked and covered in paint in return to Instagram29 times birthday boy Colton Haynes was sexy and hilarious on InstagramColton Haynes shares adorable twinky throwback photosRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/colton-haynes-mocks-kim-kardashian-instagram/last_img read more

Oprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and

first_imgOprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and these photos prove it Tags: Holland America Line Thursday, July 27, 2017 Travelweek Group SuperSoul 100 Member Angela Davis had guests on their feet and moving to her empowering words during a spiritually enriching performance. Another SuperSoul 100 Member, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter India.Arie, took to The Mainstage for her powerful SongVersation performance.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWhile sailing to Victoria, British Columbia, breast cancer survivor Jayne Jamison (Senior Vice President/Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, O, The Oprah Magazine) led more than 150 walkers on a non-competitive 5K walk on deck to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Holland America Line, O The Oprah Magazine, and cruisers raised more than $10,500 for five international cancer organizations.After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam’s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah. Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed Year of Adventure and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board. Sharecenter_img “We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that’s what travel does,” explained Winfrey. “I want it to be more than just a trip. I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOn what it meant for Holland America to be part of the event, Orlando Ashford, president of HAL, said: “The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous. The energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special. The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.”The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:Nov. 29, 2017 – 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms KoningsdamMarch 3, 2018 – 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw AmsterdamAug. 11, 2018 – 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms EurodamOct. 28, 2018 – 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam Posted by SEATTLE — Oprah Winfrey is all for living your best life, which is exactly what she did while sailing onboard Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam to Alaska.Holland America Line and ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ Share the Adventure Cruise set sail from Seattle to Alaska on July 15, bringing together renowned visionaries for a week of ‘O-mazing’ talks and activities.Throughout the voyage, guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and learned about healthy eating with ‘Impatient Foodie’ founder Elettra Wiedemann. ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin and editor-at-large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, while books editor Leigh Haber led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O’s Reading Room. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more