Real news delivered by real kids CBC launches Kids News

first_imgAdvertisement Catto added that CBC Kids News aims to “strengthen media literacy and empower kids to find the positive in daily news,” with content aimed at kids in the nine to 13 age range.Topics will range from news and sports to pop culture and the environment, approached in a “safe and age-appropriate manner.”Saara Chaudry beat out more than 700 other kids to nab the role as host and lead contributor of CBC Kids News.The 14-year-old actor from Toronto — who lent her voice in the critically acclaimed animated film The Breadwinner — described the website as “real news, delivered by real kids.”“Kids will be interested in a site like this because it provides kids with a reliable resource to go to, to understand what’s going on around them, be that locally or internationally, in an unbiased, understandable and relatable way,” she said. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img CBC is banking on the phrase “out of the mouth of babes” being more than just a saying.The public broadcaster on Monday launched CBC Kids News, a digital-first platform delivering news for kids, by kids.“We are deepening our commitment to serve Canadian kids with engaging, informative and trustworthy content,” CBC’s general manager of programming Sally Catto said in a statement. 14-year-old actor was one of the few chosen candidates from over 700 applicants to contribute to CBC Kids News 3:11 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 33.36 points to 15,871.78, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 89.51 points to 23,352.25. The S&P 500 index was down 13.20 points to 2,555.93 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 28.59 points to 6,569.84.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.21 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 78.95 cents US.The December crude contract was down 20 cents to US$52.27 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.11 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $1.30 to US$1,277.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents to US$3.18 a pound. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7794 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Thursday was 77.94 cents US, down 0.36 a cent from Wednesday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2831, up 0.60 of a centPound sterling was at C$1.6908, down 0.16 of a cent, and US$1.3177, down 0.75 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.5009, down 0.64 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

ECOSOC gears business leaders on investment in poor countries

The session was part of the key follow-up role assigned to ECOSOC in the Monterrey Consensus establishing a working agreement on development principles between developing and developed countries. The Consensus was adopted last year by the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, which recognized that development advances are a precondition for world stability and security.In April, ECOSOC will hold a meeting with finance ministers en route from the World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C., as well as by representatives of the World Trade Organization, as further part of this follow-up role.Among business leaders at today’s meeting were Maria Livanos Cattaui, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Barbara Samuels II of President Samuels Associates; Crocker Snow, Director of Money Matters Institute; and Paul Underwood, Executive Director of the Business Council for the United Nations.The proposals presented included the development of a venture capital fund for low income countries, consideration of various types of mechanisms in relation to sovereign debt and a discussion on the responsibility and transparency of sovereign credit ratings. read more

Amid fears of renewed fighting in South Sudan UN peacekeeping chief calls

“The current situation in the country remains fluid and uncertain,” said Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous in his briefing to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), whose mandate will expire on 31 July. “The Secretary-General’s recommendation for a technical roll-over of the UNMISS mandate remains valid and necessary, while we conduct an assessment of the requirements to address the situation on the ground,” he said, adding that the temporary arrangement should be for one month to give the Secretariat time to do a quick assessment, consult the region and the African Union and make recommendations to the Council.He said that if the Mission needs to be reinforced, including through additional troops and more robust capabilities such as attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles to fulfil a “protection of civilians” mandate, it will be imperative that these reinforcements implement the same mandate as all other troops, and answer to the same chain of command.Today’s meeting comes after days of heightened concern at the United Nations in the wake of the deadly clashes that erupted in and around the capital, Juba, between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing First Vice-President Riek Machar.Mr. Ladsous told the Council that as of this morning, humanitarian partners estimated that at least 36,000 civilians have been displaced by the fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition.According to initial Government figures at least 272 people have been killed, including 33 civilians. “I am convinced, however, that this is only the tip of the iceberg, given alarming reports over the last few days indicating that civilians were barred from safer grounds, including UN compounds,” he said.Security situation in JubaA ceasefire declared by Mr. Kiir on the evening of 11 July, and seemingly endorsed by Mr. Machar, appears to be holding in Juba, with the exception of sporadic shooting heard in parts of the city, he said, noting that the SPLA appears to be in “full control” of Juba. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs the Security Council on the situation in South Sudan. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Reportedly, opposition forces are currently scattered around the areas of Jebel and Yei road while SPLA troops are setting up defensive positions along the Yei and Gudele road. “Further clashes, therefore, cannot be ruled out,” Mr. Ladsous explained.Juba airport has reopened, and is firmly under the control of the SPLA. The UN Mine Action Service, yesterday, conducted a visual assessment of the ramp, taxiway and runway of Juba airport and did not find any shells or unexploded ordnances. UNMISS has been able to conduct limited patrolling to assess the security situation and the safety and security of personnel and assets at UN compounds, but securing freedom of movement, however, remains a challenge, with security forces limiting UNMISS’s movement every step of the way, citing insecurity, he said, urging the Government to allow UNMISS and humanitarian actors freedom of movement and access to provide vital assistance to the affected civilian population.He said that some fighting has taken place outside of Juba, and the UN remains extremely worried about the potential for the resumption of violence and spill over into others parts of the country, as it has in the past.Political developmentsOn the political front, several efforts were made by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNMISS chief, Ellen Margrethe Løj, and various regional and international leaders, he said. Members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) also met in an emergency session in Nairobi, Kenya, on 11 July and issued a communiqué condemning the violence in South Sudan, stressing accountability for the breakdown of rule of law, and demanding a revision of the UNMISS mandate to establish an intervention brigade and increase in the number of troops from the region to secure Juba, among other decisions.Following suit, the African Union Peace and Security Council also met yesterday in Kigali, Rwanda, and endorsed the IGAD communiqué in full. Mr. Ladsous said that late yesterday, media outlets reported that President Kiir dismissed Deputy Foreign Minister Cirino Hiteng, allegedly for his presence at the IGAD ministerial meeting in Nairobi. Mr. Hiteng was an appointee of the Former Detainees party to the peace agreement signed in August 2015. The President’s unilateral dismissal of him is a breach of the peace agreement itself, Mr. Ladsous added.“If this is a forewarning of what is yet to come, only a strong political and coordinated approach can salvage the peace process now,” Mr. Ladsous said, urging the UN Security Council to urgently reconsider an arms embargo, and immediately enact additional targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders blocking the implementation of the peace accord. “While we were cautiously optimistic about the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity back in April, it is unclear now what further progress can be made under current conditions,” he concluded. read more

Native athlete and filmmakers headline Aboriginal Womens Day event

A well-known former Olympian injured in the Oka crisis will join two Aboriginal filmmakers for Brock’s sixth annual Aboriginal Women’s Day event on Wednesday.Waneek Horn-Miller, left, and Tracey DeerWaneek Horn-Miller, a former Olympic water polo player, will join Tracey Deer, who made the National Film Board documentary Club Native, and Toronto-based director Judith Schuyler. The women will be special guests at the March 18 event at Pond Inlet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Horn-Miller, a Mohawk from Kahnawake, was 14 when she was stabbed by a soldier’s bayonette during the Oka crisis in 1990. Fear turned into empowerment, and she pursued her Olympic dream, acting as co-captain of Canada’s water polo team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She also won a gold medal at the 1999 Pan-Am Games.Deer, who divides her time between Montreal and Kahnawake, directed the film Mohawk Girls and co-directed One More River: The Deal that Split the Cree. Her most recent film, Club Native, focuses on the controversial issue of community membership and blood quantum on her home reserve in Quebec. Kahnawake band council announced earlier this year that it would evict non-Natives from its land. Deer’s documentary included Horn-Miller, who is married to a non-Native man.Schuyler has worked on a variety of productions, from the nationally broadcasted National Aboriginal Achievement Awards to music videos for Aboriginal artists and independent projects. She works part time at Kaleidoscope Productions and is in the process of having her finished scripts produced.The event will also feature Maadjii Maadzii on the woman’s hand drum, the Ohnia:kara traditional big drum group and Jackie Labonte, healing and wellness co-ordinator at the Fort Erie Friendship Centre and Brock’s Aboriginal cultural advisor. Club Native will also be screened.For more information, contact Amanda Longboat, Aboriginal student peer, at or 905-688-5550 x4273. read more

Urban Meyer We have to get to 40

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers might have a tough road ahead in Ohio Stadium this weekend. The winless Blazers (0-2) will face No. 16 Ohio State (3-0) Saturday at Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. OSU opened its season with victories against Miami (Ohio), Central Florida and California, and coach Urban Meyer made the Buckeyes’ objective for Saturday’s game clear during his weekly press conference on Monday. “We have to get to 4-0,” Meyer said. “That has to happen.” If UAB is going to prevent the Buckeyes from doing that, the Blazers will need to reverse the result of a Saturday loss against South Carolina. The Blazers dropped that game 49-6 for their second defeat of the season. Even though the Blazers finished far behind on the final scoreboard, UAB freshman safety Jake Ganus said their game versus South Carolina gave them confidence for playing OSU. “Playing at South Carolina will definitely help us prepare for playing at a venue like Ohio State with the big crowd and atmosphere,” Ganus said during UAB’s weekly press conference on Monday. “I don’t think we will be quite as nervous running out of the tunnel in front of thousands of fans that are booing you when we have already been through it at South Carolina.” UAB ranks 86th in the NCAA in total yards of offense per game, 117th in rushing yards per game and 110th in points scored per game, but it has been better statistically as a passing offense. The Blazers rank 30th nationally in passing yards per game, and already have 11 offensive plays of 20 yards or more in only two games. Meyer expressed concern about his defense, which has given up 15 plays of 20 yards or more in three games, going up against a team who has been able to make big plays this season. “We’ve seen enough big plays for a season all in just three games. And this team is willing to launch it down the field, so that’s an issue,” Meyer said during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “This is as many deep balls as we’ll see in one game. They just throw it down the field a lot, they have very athletic receivers.” UAB’s defense has given up 88 points in two games, which ranks them 123rd out of 124 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision in points allowed per game. Furthermore, the Blazers rank 108th nationally in defensive yards allowed per game, 86th nationally in passing yards allowed per game and 110th in rushing yards allowed per game. This week, the Blazers’ defense will have to go up against an OSU offense led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, who ranks ninth nationally with 988 yards of total offense through three games this season. Numerous UAB defensive players discussed the challenge of playing against Miller during UAB’s press conference. “We know he is a great athlete,” said freshman defensive tackle Jontavius Morris. “He has great running and throwing ability. But with correct alignments, assignments and execution, we can get the job done.” Ganus agreed. “I think if we all do our part well and work together we can contain him, but he is an outstanding athlete who can run and throw the ball so we will be looking to stop him any way possible,” Ganus said. Like the Buckeyes with Meyer, UAB also has a first-year head coach, Garrick McGee, who joined the Blazers after serving as an assistant coach at Arkansas from 2008-2011. While at Florida, Meyer faced McGee and praised the former Razorback coach during Tuesday’s teleconference. “He’s a classy guy,” Meyer said. “I think he’s one of the better coaches … we had some incredible battles when I was at Florida, so a lot of respect for him and I think he’s the right man for the job.” Meyer also explained his approach to Saturday’s contest during the teleconference. “We’re attacking this one,” Meyer said. “We understand there’s good athletes on that team. My objective for this game is to win and to have a clean game. Minimal penalties, no turnovers and block the right people and tackle.” Kickoff between OSU and UAB is set for noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Govt needs to be clear about its age policy – Dr

− matter a clear case of discriminationPolitical commentator Dr David Hinds said that if Government has a policy on age, then it needs to make it known, while explaining the reasoning behind it.Hinds was responding to the issue involving Chairman of the Police ComplaintsChairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), Justice Cecil KennardAuthority (PCA) Justice Cecil Kennard, who was recently asked by Government to step down from his post because of his age. President David Granger had reportedly asked his Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to write Kennard, asking him to resign.But Hinds, on Monday, said that in a country that is “woefully short of competent people to staff its expanding bureaucracy, we should not be in the business of firing people simply because they are getting old.” He said if an official is competent to do his or her job and is in good health, then that is all that should matter. “I am afraid that we are setting an unhealthy precedence,” Hinds said.The political analyst said if the Government really does have a policy where persons who are past a certain age should not occupy some posts, then it should formally announce it and explain to the public the reasoning behind it. Failure to do so, he said, would open Government to the charge of selective targeting of officials, as appears to be the case with Justice Kennard.Political Commentator, Dr David Hinds“But even if there is a policy to remove people from some positions because they are too old, I would have a serious problem with it. Since when age determines competence? When I read the news story about Justice Kennard’s removal because of old age, I thought he was 100 years old and physically and mentally challenged. But, from all indications, despite his so-called old age, the man has been quite competent at what he does,” Hinds said, noting that if indeed he is being removed because of his age, then it is a clear case of age discrimination.He said if Government is removing Kennard for some other reason, as could well be the case, then it should be honest enough and say so, rather than hiding behind age.“I know of many people in Government service who are nearing 80 and doing good work. There are also some Ministers who are not too far away from 80 years old—should they be removed from Cabinet because of their age? I think not,” he stated.When asked to confirm whether the Government had indeed asked the former Chancellor of the Judiciary to resign, Ramjattan last week said yes and further explained that age was the primary factor in the decision.“It’s age,” said Ramjattan. “He is almost over eighty and the President indicated to me that he sent him a letter and he would be removing (him), at this stage, by the end of February.”Alluding to a possible replacement, Ramjattan explained that any search for a replacement would come under the purview of the Ministry of the Presidency. However, the Minister lauded Kennard’s performance in his role as PCA Chairman.Ramjattan was also asked about whether he felt side-lined by the PCA, for years under the Home Affairs Ministry, being moved to the Ministry of the Presidency. He denied this. “I don’t feel so at all. We (are) united. The head of security is also the President, the Chief Executive Officer of the country, and so I don’t feel so. If there is any advice that I have to give, I can extend it with a phone call across there. I don’t have space in my Ministry.”When contacted, Kennard declined to comment.The PCA, established under the Police Complaints Authority Act of 1989, is in place to receive complaints made against serving members of the Guyana Police Force.The former Chancellor, who is a recipient of the Order of Roraima (OR), studied Law in the United Kingdom’s prestigious Lincoln’s inn. He returned in 1962 to open a private practice in Berbice, from where he hails. In 1965 he was appointed State Counsel (prosecutor) in the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers, before being elevated to senior State Counsel in 1968. He also served as the Guyana Police Force’s legal advisor.Kennard served in the Court of Appeal before becoming Chief Justice, serving from 1995 to 1996. He then served as Chancellor of the Judiciary from 1996 to 2002, when he left the Judiciary to take up his position at the PCA. He has been chairman of the PCA ever since. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDespite age policy: 74-year-old reappointed as Guyoil ChairmanFebruary 22, 2017In “latest news”Forced retirement: ‘I am very disturbed and upset’ – Justice KennardFebruary 1, 2017In “latest news”President apologises to Justice Kennard for short noticeFebruary 2, 2017In “Local News” read more

Global projects benefit from recent positivity in the market

first_imgLatest issue of International Mining Project News available (June 5): Gold is nearing the $1,000/oz mark. Copper is above $5,000/t. Oil is almost reaching $70/bbl.  Does this show we are in the midst of a recovery or is this a temporary illusion? Whether or not prices deflate back to previous, unprofitable, rates investors and project managers are both starting to look at the market with optimism. This is reflected in a 30+ page report of Project News that sees no mention of projects on hold or project cutbacks. There is some big news in iron ore, with Shougang Hierro Peru planning to complete its expansion program by end 2010 at a cost of $1,000 million, which will more than double its current annual production of iron ore from 8 Mt to 18 Mt. Also in iron ore, Moly Mines has the maiden JORC-compliant resource estimate for the Spinifex Ridge iron ore project, located 170 km east of Port Hedland in Western Australia. The company has now commenced mining and processing feasibility studies based on a minimum five-year direct shipping ore operation with an annual production rate of at least 1 Mt of direct shipping hematite ore Resources for the project are 6.11 Mt at 58.9% Fe, 8.5% SiO2 and 1.7% AL2O3 Indicated, and 1.16 Mt at 57.2% Fe, 12.8% SiO2 and 0.9% AL2O3 Inferred. Preliminary mining and process modelling have demonstrated a low cost capital start-up of about A$12-$15 million for the project, based on simple conventional open pit mining followed by crushing and screening to produce lump and fines.Still in Western Australia, BC iron has reached an agreement with Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for the provision of rail haulage and port services for its Nullagine iron ore project. The agreement provides for an initial production target of 3 Mt/y escalating to 5 Mt/y when port and rail facilities are expanded. The project currently hosts a DSO resource of 50.7 Mt at 57% Fe (64.8% CaFe) within an overall channel iron deposit of 89.1 Mt at 54.1% Fe. Importantly, the resource occurs at surface, resulting in low stripping ratios, and is very low in contaminants. FMG can earn a 50% interest by meeting its joint venture obligations. The agreement ensures that, subject to completion of the feasibility study and securing all relevant statutory approvals, BC Iron could commence production at Nullagine in early 2010. Moving to a rarer project in Egypt, Gippsland has completed a definitive feasibility study on its Abu Dabbab tantalum/tin/feldspar project based upon a mill feed rate of 2 Mt/y producing in excess of 650,000 Ib of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) and around 1,530 t/y of tin metal. Within around two years of start-up, the project is also scheduled to produce in the order of 1.5 Mt/y of ceramic grade feldspar which in turn will result in a tailings stream of less than 0.5 Mt/y greatly minimising the environmental impact of the project. The project is designed to produce a high-grade SynCon having a Ta2O5 content in excess of 50%. The company sees that with a resource base in excess of 140 Mt, there is a high probability of expanded production.   There is also news from the coal sector, with Homeland Energy Group issuing an update on its Kendal Colliery in South Africa. Plans for Kendal include a further production expansion in 2010 to increase the monthly run of mine from some 120,000 t to about 180,000 t/month. In Indonesia Churchill Mining has raised £5 million through the placing of ten million new ordinary shares with the proceeds helping to advance its East Kutai coal project. There is also news of gold, lithium, potash and bauxite amongst the 60+ reports.To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

EPA CERCLA financial assurance rule ignores states and small business

first_imgThe American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) reports the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “its deeply flawed proposed financial assurance rule that duplicates and overlaps the current effective federal and state hardrock mining financial assurance programs and threatens to pre-empt state programs.“The EPA has repeatedly refused to provide those most impacted by a CERCLA financial assurance rule vital information on the proposed rule’s modelling, information sources and formula despite repeated requests during the small business review process. Such information is essential to understand a rule that could have devastating effects on America’s mining industry. Rather, in the waning days of this administration, a deeply flawed proposed rule was rushed out the door.“The Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service and individual states currently hold billions of dollars in financial assurance covering all of what EPA is proposing to cover in this duplicative rule. Western Governors Association and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission have both issued objections to the rule as have members of Congress and Native American corporations.”“This proposed rule serves no purpose other than to stop investment in America’s mineral supply chain and drive jobs away,” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director. “It provides no discernable environmental benefit, while adding hundreds of millions of dollars of costs and regulatory compliance burdens on industry. The most judicious thing for EPA to do is listen to the experts and their own federal family and end this economic disaster.”AEMA has been working with “pro-jobs” members of Congress and will work with the new administration to rescind this action. In addition, AEMA was a leading participant in the Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel as a Small Entity Representative (SER). The SBAR panel is set to release its report in conjunction with EPA’s proposed rule.The National Mining Association (NMA) has also expressed alarm, saying: “In a process that has been continuously and needlessly rushed, EPA introduced its proposed rule, Financial Responsibility Requirements under CERCLA Section 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry, and offered a woefully inadequate 60-day comment period on an entirely brand new federal program, despite significant concerns voiced by states, Congress and industry, as well as repeated requests to thoughtfully consider the economic ramifications of the rule.”“This rule is unnecessary, redundant and poorly constructed, and exemplifies all the problems of rushed rulemaking from an outgoing administration,” said NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn. “Current programs already address the risks of mining and mineral processing sites, and prevent these sites from becoming a Superfund liability, rendering this rule unnecessary.”Throughout the process, the EPA has conducted the rulemaking with little to no consultation with actual experts from the mining sector or financial institutions. EPA has also truncated key rulemaking milestones, as evidenced by its lacklustre consultation with the states on pre-emption of existing state programs.“The predictable result is a faulty rule that overstates potential risks and liabilities of modern mining facilities, and duplicates successful state and federal regulatory programs, leaving an exorbitant price tag on an already comprehensively regulated industry.”The NMA has released a useful infographic read more

Police in China probe deaths of two children in washing machine

first_imgPOLICE IN EASTERN China were investigating the mysterious deaths of two young sisters found in a washing machine over the weekend, according to reports.Local police in Jiangxi province have ruled out murder in the case, the Global Times said, citing the official Xinhua news agency. Police confirmed that the girls died of suffocation, the Global Times report said.However, other domestic reports said police have not excluded the possibility of foul play.The newspaper said that the girls – who died on Saturday – were aged four and two.“The father found the girls curled up in the closed washing machine with a lot of blood when he saw the light on the washing machine was flickering,” the children’s grandfather was quoted by a Jiangxi-based online news portal as saying, according to the paper.A witness quoted by the portal who was said to have helped take the children to hospital described the heart-breaking scene.“The girls were swollen and had bruises all over the body,” the witness said. “There was a lot of blood in the washing machine.”The children’s mother fainted when she heard about the deaths, the witness added.In ruling out murder, police partly cited good relations within the family and no signs suggesting homicide, the Global Times said, citing Xinhua.Police were unavailable for comment when contacted by AFP.Online video reports showed an upright washing machine with a small chair placed next to it in the kitchen of the girls’ home.Many people on China’s hugely popular microblogging websites raised suspicions about the deaths.“The chair was very high. How could the babies get on it? It could be an intentional murder, who believes it’s not?” said one netizen on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.China’s Haier Group, the machine’s manufacturer, said that the machine would not operate under the conditions that were reported, the newspaper said.Washing machine manufacturer Haier has sent staff to help with the probe, reports said.- © AFP 2013.Read: Newborn baby survives after being ‘flushed down toilet’>last_img read more

Former police officer held as terrorist accomplice

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police were on Wednesday questioning two suspected accomplices of November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros including a 54-year-old man who formerly served with the Greek Police’s special forces unit (EKAM) and the force’s counterterrorism department.The 54-year-old was arrested late on Tuesday in a police operation in Kalamata in the Peloponnese, along with a 37-year-old Albanian national and former convict. The two men were apprehended at a property belonging to the 54-year-old former officer near the village of Hotasia. The pair are believed to have taken refuge in the house following Xeros’s arrest earlier this month outside the latter’s hideout in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens.Both suspects are alleged to have been accomplices in an alleged plot by Xeros to blow a hole into the Korydallos Prison perimeter wall and allow convicted members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire guerrilla group to escape. The 54-year-old is alleged to have had close ties with a convict serving a long term in Korydallos who is believed to have put up the money for the planned breakout. The 37-year-old, meanwhile, had posed as a navy officer – using the name Theoharis Chrysakis – to rent the Anavysoss property on behalf of Xeros.Sources said the two suspects deny the charges which have been brought against them, namely membership of a terrorist organization and the manufacture and possession of explosives.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Bus Stop Market to close on Feb 15

first_imgThe Bus Stop Market, a longtime Vancouver convenience store, is slated to close Feb. 15 after two decades of operation near the former downtown bus mall on Seventh Street.The store opened in 1999 following an extensive rehabilitation of the building, according to a Columbian story at that time. The current co-owner of the store, Pill Kim, said she bought the business in 2009.Kim said the store is closing because the building’s current owners declined to renew the market’s lease for the space, although one of the co-owners, local Realtor Marci Caputo, said it was more complicated than that.Caputo said she was previously a co-owner of the building and she and her husband recently purchased full ownership, but it came with multiple overlapping and unclear leases, she said, so her goal is to start over and try to revitalize the building and the surrounding area.“We’re really focused on improving the downtown area and making it as good as it can be,” she said.The Main Street block between Sixth and Seventh streets has seen a number of businesses close in recent years, including the Magenta Theater and Cameo Main Street Loan and Pawn Shop. The transit mall was closed in 2007 at the request of the city of Vancouver as part of a push to reduce crime and homelessness downtown.last_img read more

American Business Medias 2012 Neal Award Winners

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline. Business-to-business media were in the forefront on March 16 as American Business Media presented its 58th annual Jesse H. Neal Awards at a New York luncheon. Top honor–the Grand Neal Award–went to Architectural Record (McGraw-Hill Cos.) for its September 2011 special issue New York: The Death and Life of a Great American City. This was AR’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and it was appropriate that Firehouse (Cygnus Business Media) was a Grand Neal finalist for its September 11 commemorative. Also recognized was American Lawyer Media VP/editor-in-chief (since 2010) Aric Press, who received the ABM’s 44th Crain Award, which is named for the late Crain Communications and Advertising Age founder (1930) G.D. Crain, Jr.In addition, Government Executive Media Group (Atlantic Media Co.) VP/editor-in-chief Tom Shoop received the Timothy White Award (named after the late Billboard editor), which is “presented annually to an editor who displays courage, integrity and passion.” There are 11 Neal Award categories with these classifications:Class A: Less than $3 million in annual revenueClass B: $3 million to $7 million in annual revenueClass C:. More than $7 million in annual revenueSummit Business, American Lawyer Media and Advanstar earned multiple awards. A full list of winners is available here.last_img read more

Texas DACA Recipients Welcome Supreme Court Decision But Want A Permanent Solution

first_imgCraig Hartley for Houston Public MediaCésar Espinosa (right), founder and executive director of FIEL Houston, supports that DACA recipients continue applying to renew their permits, both the one that grants them the DACA recipient status, as well as the one that authorizes them to work legally in the United States.DACA recipients from Texas reacted positively on Tuesday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to take a case that could have meant the definitive termination of the program, but noted what they really want is a permanent solution for the uncertain situation of so-called ‘dreamers’ in the form of legislation, an idea they have repeated for months, particularly since President Donald Trump announced back in September that his Administration would end the Obama-era program.DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is a program former President Barack Obama created in 2012.Julieta Garibay, Texas director and co-founder at United We Dream (UWD), expressed her satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s decision in an emailed statement in the sense it “allows immigrant youth who have had DACA or currently have DACA status that is expiring more time to renew.”However, while noting the decision “is a relief for some in our community,” Garibay’s statement added that “it is not the permanent solution that we fighting for and that immigrant youth deserve.”Óscar Hernández, a member of UWD who lives in Houston and who is a DACA recipient, agreed with Garibay.“I know that our community needs a permanent solution for this situation. So, knowing that DACA is available, it makes me happy that those of us who have it can continue to renew,” said Hernández, but he added: “I also know that there is hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have not been able to apply who would benefit from it and who cannot apply for the first time now. So, it’s still very concerning about what’s gonna happen to the rest of the community.”Hernández was actually a little bit skeptic about to what extent the Supreme Court decision is fully beneficial for the so-called ‘dreamers’. “I don’t know how this is going to affect us moving forward because there is an urgency for there to be a permanent solution to DACA and if they’re gonna continue the process with DACA that might also cause like a bump for us, our fight for this permanent solution, because the [Trump] Administration, like many other people, many Democrats and Republicans, can hide behind “Well, DACA is still available, so why should we solve this problem?” I mean, that’s one of the concerns that I’ve had.”Asked about whether he thinks it is a good idea for DACA recipients to continue applying for renewals of their work permits, Hernández said he thinks it is, among other reasons because the government already has their information inasmuch they had to submit it when they sent their original applications.César Espinosa, founder and executive director of Houston-based Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (popularly known as FIEL, by its acronym in Spanish), a group that advocates for a comprehensive immigration reform, agreed with Hernández in the sense DACA recipients should continue trying to renew their work permits –pertaining to both the DACA recipient status and to be authorized to work legally in the United States–, among other reasons, because he doesn’t think immigration authorities would use the personal information they have about DACA recipients to detain them.“One of the things that had been flying around prior to the decisions made by the courts was that our information was gonna be used to track us down and, up and to this point, we have not seen that,” noted Espinosa, who is a DACA recipient himself, who added that “at the end of the day immigration, USCIS, already has our information.”Espinosa agreed with Hernández in the sense that what his organization wants is a permanent solution.“We can’t be relying on what the court says or we can’t be relying on more, more executive orders. We need something permanent that we can rely on so that we can continue to plan our lives on the long term,” stressed the activist, who nevertheless also made clear that FIEL would not be satisfied with legislation that only took care of DACA recipients because their term goal is a comprehensive immigration reform that will provide a relief to a bigger segment of the undocumented community.In the meantime and regardless of the fact DACA is in a legal limbo, the White House still thinks Congress can do something about the program before the theoretical March 5th deadline the Trump Administration had established.“Absolutely he’s encouraging them to get something done,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during her Tuesday press briefing referring to members of Congress. “We’re still hopeful that something happens on this and Congress will actually do its job,” she added.The Harris County Republican Party has the same opinion as the White House.Vlad Davidiuk, the party’s communications director in the county, said they felt “disappointed that the [Supreme] Court decided to continue holding dreamers in limbo with DACA status,” but added they believe that “the intention and feeling of the [Supreme] Court was to give members of Congress time to work together and find a solution to give ‘dreamers’ an opportunity to emerge from the shadows in which they were left by President Obama’s failed policy.”“The situation will be resolved only when Congress can work together and find a solution, rather than relying on court orders or unlawful executive orders,” emphasized Davidiuk, who specified that –at the county level— the party’s opinion on DACA is that it was “a well-intentioned solution that was done in an ill-proposed way by the previous Administration.”Houston Public Media reached out to the Houston-based group Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement, but, at the time of publication of this news report, they had not responded to a request for comment. 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Documentary Examines the World of Organ Transplants and Houstons Role In It

first_img 00:00 /09:58 Listen Pixnio X As home to the Texas Heart Institute, Houston is a major hub for organ transplants, and the institute is featured prominently in a new NOVA documentary on PBS called Transplanting Hope.The documentary takes an inside look at how transplants work, follows stories of both donors and recipients, and shows how scientists are aiming to end the organ shortage.In the audio above, Ernie Manouse talks with director Niobe Thompson about the making of the film and Houston’s role in the process.Transplanting Hope airs on Houston Public Media, TV 8 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Police raid apartment following report of gunshots discover teens playi

first_imgVideo games haven’t just got more realistic in the graphics department–sound quality has also increased greatly over the last few generations of console and PC hardware. We’ve also seen the quality of speakers on TVs, laptops, and PC sound systems improve. That’s great news for games players, but it also seems to have caught police out in Sweden.On Saturday night police raided an apartment in Sweden following reports of guns being fired and a man screaming for help. However, when the police burst into the apartment they didn’t find an injured man or a gunman, they were instead faced with a group of startled teenagers playing one of the Call of Duty games.AdChoices广告Ten police officers attended the scene of the alleged shooting after a passerby reported hearing the gun shots and screams for help. The shots were obviously the teens firing their in-game guns. The screams for help came from one of the player’s characters who has been badly injured.As you’d expect, the police left the apartment without making any arrests, but surely must have requested the teens keep the noise levels down. I’m sure a few of them may now be considering headphones for the next gaming session to avoid future raids.I’d also be interested to know how many of the ten police officers have gone out and bought a copy of CoD this week. On the other hand, based on sales of the game most of them probably already have it.via UPIlast_img read more

Agents can win a 5night stay at Melia Braco Village in Jamaica

first_img Monday, July 31, 2017 Tags: Jamaica, Melia Hotels, Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Agents can win a 5-night stay at Melia Braco Village in Jamaica TORONTO — and The Jamaica Tourist Board have launched the ‘Jamaica Nice All The Time’ contest, giving agents a chance to win a five-night stay at Melia Braco Village in Rio Bueno, Jamaica.The contest launched on Friday, July 28 with a video from Phillip Rose, Regional Director for Canada, Jamaica Tourist Board on Watch it here:To enter agents must:In 30 seconds or less record a video of themselves explaining why they love Jamaica or love selling JamaicaUpload the video on their personal Instagram or Twitter page, or on the WheelsUpNetwork’s Facebook page with the post open to the public and use the hasthtag #WUJamaicaSubmit the URL to show how easy it is to enter, Rose even made an example video:last_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Gambadoro also points to the fact that the contractextension was placed so high on the priority list for theCardinals in preparation for the season, that it crippledthe team’s efforts to sign a legitimate veteran number tworeceiver to line up opposite of Fitzgerald. “You paid so much money to one guy, you’ve got no moneyleft for anybody else and you’ve got holes all over theplace,” he said.Burns brought up that former Cardinal receiver SteveBreaston, who wasn’t re-signed by the team and hooked onwith Kansas City as a free agent, is making his mark withthe Chiefs, where the other Arizona receivers haven’tproduced.“You know how many catches Steve Breaston has had in themonth of October?” Burns asked. “Sixteen. You know howmany catches Andre Roberts had in the month of October?Four.” Point made. Comments   Share   At the time, the deal, while rich, was viewed almostuniversally as the right thing for the Cardinals’organization to do. A few weeks earlier they had tradedfor quarterback Kevin Kolb and rewarded him with a gaudyfive-year contract. The Kolb-Fitzgerald combo wassupposed to be the cornerstone of the plan to elevate theCardinals to the top of the NFC West once again. That was late August.Now in early November, the Cardinals are sporting a 1-6record, Kolb is struggling, and people are wondering whyFitzgerald isn’t a more dominant factor in the offense.Fitz is not currently in the top 20 in the league inreceptions or targets. In games around the NFL lastSunday,62 players had more passes thrown theirway than the five that Kolb directed toward Fitzgerald.There seems to be a building sentiment that Fitzgerald’sdealis actually hurting the Cardinals.Among those building the sentiment are Arizona Sports 620hosts Dave Burns and John Gambadoro, who discussed thetopic on Tuesday’s show. “If Larry Fitzgerald is going to get that type of money,he’s got to catch 7 or 8 passes per game,” Gambadoro said.“They’ve played seven games and he’s got two touchdowns.For $50 million in guaranteed money, you’re probably goingto get four touchdowns out of Larry Fitzgerald, maybefive. It’s not good enough. It’s just not good enough.” Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke There is no doubt whom the “face of the franchise” is forthe Arizona Cardinals.It’s Larry Fitzgerald. Not only is Fitzgerald one of themost talented and feared wide receivers in the league, buthe’s also very visible as the Cardinals’ ambassador to thecommunity. It’s for those reasons that general managerRod Graves signed Fitzgerald, who was entering the lastyear of his contract, to a massive 8-year, $120 milliondeal that guaranteed the receiver around $50 million.last_img read more