APTN National NewsFederal liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau was in Saskatchewan this week.Trudeau said he supported the Idle No More movement.He said the movement has legitmate concerns and there is a critical need to empower and utilize people living in First Nation communities by bringing them to the table for meaningful discussions.
By Cindy BashaRabat – Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Moroccan Princess Lalla Salma, hosted the opening ceremonies for the 10th Conference of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) in Marrakesh on Thursday.The forum held discussions regarding the role of government in cancer treatment, international advancements in this field, and possible solutions for containing of the disease.The conference focuses mainly on Africa and hopes to encourage solidarity in the continent’s fight against the disease. Many attendees believe a lack of medical resources across the continent is the biggest challenge facing Africa’s fight against cancer.Former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu mentioned this obstacle in a pre-taped video presentation at the conference. He also mentioned the need to slow the growth of the disease, as it could become a crisis.The organization projects that 1.3 million Africans will have cancer by 2030.The conference also awarded certain members for their contributions to cancer treatment. Dr. Ka Sidy from Dakar’s main hospital, cancer expert and founder of the “Maison de Soins Pallitif” in Singapore Dr. Anne Merriman, and oncologist Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade and President of the University Hospital in Chicago were all recognized.The foundation also has a website to highlight its work and assist the public. It includes educational material on the importance of early cancer detection, research on the carcinogenic effects of smoking and information for those fighting the disease.The organization also has many treatment centers called the “Houses of Life in Morocco”. They also provide support for the families of cancer patients, including group meetings and psychological support.
Sri Lanka is a party of the UN Convention on the “protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families”. It has implemented several programs such as free life insurance coverage and safe houses in the host countries to accommodate stranded workers.In June the country said it will gradually stop sending housemaids abroad, mainly to the Middle East, due to rights abuses, social costs and a local labor shortage.Sri Lanka’s expatriate workers, mainly housemaids and unskilled laborers, are the island nation’s main foreign exchange earners, sending back remittances of around 7 billion U.S. dollars a year. The country’s total economy is worth 82.2 billion U.S. dollars. (Colombo Gazette) Addressing the gathering, Samaraweera said that the government had been able to hand over compensation worth over 200 million ruppees to families of migrant workers who had died or become disabled since 2015. He assured that the Foreign Ministry together with the Foreign Employment Ministry would take all steps to ensure the safety of migrant workers. Samaraweera offered condolences to the families of the migrant workers who had lost their loved ones.Those compensated on Tuesday had been employed in Singapore, Lebanon, Jordan, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait. The Government today handed over financial compensation to families of migrant workers who had died or become disabled while being employed in foreign countries, the Xinhua news agency reported.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala handed over cheques amounting to 51 million local rupees to the families at a ceremony held in Colombo.
A 65-year-old Calgary woman is dead following a three-vehicle crash on the Toronto bound lanes of the QEW in Burlington yesterday. OPP say a pick up truck collided with two cars. Rassina Al-Yafi, one of five people in the pick up truck was ejected from the vehicle and died from her injuries. Both a 70-year old Calgary man and a 32-year old woman from Mississauga suffered serious injuries. The pickup truck driver, a 33-year old Mississauga man, received minor injuries and a 13-month old baby wasn’t injured. The lone drivers in the other vehicles also escaped uninjured.
“The recurrent food and nutrition crises in the Sahel in 2005, 2008 and 2012 have eroded the capacity of the poor to maintain or restore their livelihoods,” said Lamourdia Thiombiano, the interim head of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Office for Africa and the Subregional Office for West Africa. “Instead of working their own fields, many poor farmers are forced to sell their labour and were unable to benefit from the good weather of 2012.”FAO is appealing for increased funding for aid to the most vulnerable farmers and herders in the Sahel. Despite a previous appeal for a total of $113.1 million to support almost 6 million vulnerable people this year, only $19.4 million has been received, about 17 per cent of the total.“The needs of the Sahel region are enormous and a renewed commitment from the donor community is required to support agriculture and livestock production,” said Mr. Thiombiano. “Investing in agriculture and strengthening the resilience of poor farmers helps to reduce hunger and poverty and to fend off future food crises in the region.”The western part of the Sahel region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and parts of Sudan, Cameroon and Nigeria, is facing a swathe of problems, which are not only political but also involve security, humanitarian resilience and human rights.FAO said the situation is particularly worrying in northern Mali, northern Nigeria and neighbouring countries, where prices for coarse grains such as sorghum, millet and maize continue to increase. The nutritional status of children under five is also of concern, with more than 1.4 million children are at risk of severe malnutrition in 2013.The agency said the funding would be used to provide seeds, fertilizer and small agricultural tools to farmers for the next agricultural season, which runs from October to April. It would also help strengthen storage, processing and transportation of agricultural goods as well as for nutrition education. Funding is also needed for livestock food supplements, animal health campaigns, and technical support to improve livestock management, the agency said.
“When you get married to a young woman, you can’t say no to children,” he said in 2012.“I am fortunate in that I am fit and I have some money and therefore I will be able to get whatever help I need,” he said. insisting he was going to live “to at least 150”. Sheila Ferguson, the singer, paid tribute to Stringfellow, her “dear friend”.The Three Degrees star tweeted a picture of herself meeting Diana, Princess of Wales, alongside the nightclub owne: RIP Peter Stringfellow, I met this man a few times over the years. A great guy & king of the discos. My thoughts are with his family 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/5P1cUaSbRg— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) June 7, 2018 The entrepreneur was giving evidence to the Commons’ Culture Committee, which was examining whether to impose stricter rules on lap dancing establishments, where women strip for men and dance for them.Rejecting proposals to classify lap dancing clubs as “sex encounter establishments”, he said: “Of course, it is sexually stimulating but so is a disco. So is picture of David Beckham lying there in his Calvin Kleins.”Stringfellow leaves wife, four children and four grandchildrenMarried three times and a grandfather four times over, Stringfellow is survived by his wife, Bella and four children, Karen, Scott, Rosabella and Angelo.Stringfellow married Bella, a former Royal Ballet dancer, in 2009 and embraced fatherhood in recent years. Rosabella was born in 2013 and Angelo was born two years later. Treatment for lung cancer after diagnosis in 2008Stringfellow underwent treatment for lung cancer after being diagnosed in 2008.However he kept the diagnosis a secret for nearly six years, telling only family and close friends, until it was leaked in 2015.’A terrific guy who lived life to the full’: Tributes to Peter StringfellowComedy actress Su Pollard, who knew Stringfellow and had worked with him, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “He was a fantastic role model for other entrepreneurs.”When he was in the room – for a start, I used to think he was so handsome, I love men with long hair – he was lovely.”I liked him because he was always warm, he could have probably been in showbiz in another area, but he chose to be an entrepreneur.”Pollard added: “You miss people that are large, and are givers. He gave of himself such a lot. He was a great person to be around, I feel for his family.”BBC Radio presenter Tony Blackburn tweeted a tribute to Stringfellow, describing him as a “terrific guy who lived life to the full”. Peter Stringfellow, pictured in 2001, was known as the King of ClubsCredit:PA So sorry to hear that Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77.He was a terrific guy who lived life to the full and was a wonderful person to be with.He was always full of fun and to me was a big part of he 60’s and 70’s .R.I.P. Peter x— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) June 7, 2018 R.I.P Peter Stringfellow. Wow, a big part of our lives and one of Sheffield’s finest. What a character. He introduced me and my mum to Princess Diana.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) June 7, 2018 King of Clubs: Peter Stringfellow at a New Year’s Ever party in 1983Credit:Alan Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock One of Stringfellow’s four children, Karen, said she is “heartbroken and devastated” at her father’s death, as she posted a picture on Facebook of them together. Novelist and journalist Tony Parsons shared a picture of Stringfellow with musicians Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye on Twitter, and tweeted that they are “three legends”. Just waking to the news of my lifelong mate #PeterStringfellow. We 1st met here, Albert Hall, when we were appearing at The Princes Ball for #Charles and Diana. Peter & I only flew together from Mallorca a while ago. RIP dear friend. 💕 pic.twitter.com/nNRkrUSDNf— Sheila Ferguson 3° (@SheilaDFerguson) June 7, 2018 Mr Glass said in a statement: “Known as the King of Clubs, Peter will be remembered for his flamboyant style, charismatic personality and for being a magnet for celebrities across the planet, with A-list stars across six decades flocking to perform and party at his various clubs around the world.” Stringfellow: ‘Lap dancing club’ is ‘derogatory term’In 2008, Stringfellow told MPs that he objected to the phrase “lap dancing club”, which he described as a “derogatory term”, adding: “My term is adult entertainment, or in my case, gentleman’s club.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Comic Rufus Hound wrote: “RIP Peter Stringfellow. You’re with the angels now. So no change there.” In 1980, he opened Stringfellows in Covent Garden in London’s West End and went on to create venues in Paris, New York, Miami, and Beverly Hills.With its topless girls and exuberant after-hours entertainment, the Stringfellow brand became a byword for debauchery and sexual kicks that had echoes of the empire created by late Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner.The mogul said his clubs had hosted A-listers including Prince, Marvin Gaye, Rod Stewart and Tom Jones.And it was not just celebrities who experienced Stringfellow’s hospitality – Professor Stephen Hawking once joined him for dinner at one of the venues. Former rugby player Brian Moore said that Stringfellow was “very good company” after having spoken with him at a Cambridge Union debate some time ago.Boy from Sheffield brought up by his ‘feisty’ motherBorn in Sheffield in 1940, Stringfellow was the eldest of four boys who were brought up by the women in his family after the men went to war.He served a brief prison sentence in 1962 for selling stolen carpets, a sharp lesson which he said put him on the straight and narrow.In a 2012 article, he attributed his entrepreneurial spirit to his “feisty” mother.He said sex was never a topic of conversation in the house, while his father declined an invitation to visit one of his establishments in his later years. Boy George described him as “one of Sheffield’s finest”, adding: “What a character”. Peter Stringfellow, the flamboyant nightclub owner who was a magnet for celebrities, has died at the age of 77 from cancer.The businessman, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died early on Thursday after spending time in hospital.His publicist, Matt Glass, said: “It’s very sad news. He passed away in the early hours of this morning.”It was kept very private, he didn’t want to tell. He wanted to keep it a secret.”Stringfellow – known as the King of Clubs – started in the nighttime trade in the early 1960s and recalled booking acts including The Beatles, The Kinks and Jimi Hendrix to play at his clubs. Three legends – Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Peter Stringfellow. Peter had the biggest hair and the biggest heart. A lovely man. pic.twitter.com/ei9EPhDbj8— Tony Parsons (@TonyParsonsUK) June 7, 2018 Peter Stringfellow’s wife Bella holds their newborn daughter, Rosabella, in 2013Credit:PA Former boxing champion Frank Bruno was among those to pay tribute to Stringfellow on Twiter:
Thief who broke into isolated home of All-Ireland winning captain jailed for nine months The burglary occurred at the rural Co Clare home of former county captain Anthony Daly in October 2016. By Gordon Deegan They will have a worry every time they drive into the yard that there will be someone scampering around the place. That is the damage that burglary does to the victim of that type of criminality.SentenceIn the case, Judge Durcan sentenced Massey to 14 months in total for the two offences of burglary and abandoning the car suspending the final three months.The total sentence was made up of a nine month term for the burglary with the final three suspended and a consecutive five month jail term for abandoning the crashed car.The male in the case was jailed for his role in the crime last October.Judge Durcan also disqualified Massey from driving for six years. In anticipation of Durcan jailing her, Massey brought a bag of her belongings to court for her time in jail.Durcan said that Massey has “a horrific record” and her 60 previous convictions include 14 convictions for theft and two for burglary while she also has three drink driving convictions, three for dangerous driving, and four for no insurance.Massey was banned from driving at the time of the car crash last October.Solicitor for Massey, Tara Godfrey, said that she apologises unreservedly to the Dalys.Godfrey said that Massey is currently being rehabilitated at the Ana Liffey Drug project in Dublin and is in “a very, very good place and begs the court to allow her continue the work with Ana Liffey and suspend any prison sentence”.She said: “My client is very much a work in progress and she has responded to the services very well.”At the time of the Daly burglary, Massey “was very diminished in her ability to deal with herself and her situation and she was an easy accomplice to be found by this other person”, Godfrey said.Daly – who wasn’t in court – yesterday declined to comment on the case.Read: Convicted: Woman killed former partner and left body in back gardenRead: Convicted rapist who assaulted woman on Dart remains on bail Anthony Daly Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOA FEMALE THIEF was yesterday sentenced to nine months in jail for a daring burglary at the isolated, rural family home of double All-Ireland winning Clare hurling captain, Anthony Daly.At Kilrush District Court, Inspector Tom Kennedy said that former Dublin hurling manager and current RTE pundit, Daly and two of his daughters were in their home at Tullycrine in west Clare on 5 October last at around 10pm when mother-of-one, Stacey Massey (30) and a male accomplice entered the home’s utility room and kitchen.Kennedy said that Daly was unaware of the burglars’ presence in his home and it was only when his wife, Eilish, and teenage daughter were arriving home that the two saw the burglars fleeing out the back of the house.Eilish Daly gave chase to the two and alerted her husband who headed towards the boundary trees at the property in pursuit.Gardaí were also alerted and soon after Massey of Alphonsus Street, Limerick, and her accomplice were apprehended by officers in scrub area near the Daly home.€50 was recovered from the male along with a gift voucher that had been a birthday present for one of the Daly daughters.Just an hour previous, Massey and her male companion were released from Garda custody at Kilrush Garda Station having been processed in relation to abandoning a crashed car near the village of Lissyasey at 5.30pm that evening where they were arrested by gardaí after a search of the fields nearby.KilrushGardaí dropped off the two at Kilrush town centre to catch the bus to Limerick but they missed the bus and made their way to Tullycrine where Daly’s home lies just off the main Ennis to Kilrush Road.The two burglars then entered the home just before 10pm. Tullycrine, Co Clare Source: Google MapsJudge Durcan said that the Dalys didn’t want to come to court to give victim impact evidence “but that doesn’t mean that there are not victims, that doesn’t mean that these are hard and seasoned people who are not upset by this”.He said: “My experience teaches me that anyone who is subject to burglary is deeply upset by it and it’s an upset that lasts for a long time – particularly with people with young children the upset is greater.”“Mr and Mrs Daly live in a relatively public area close to the road and a pub but they are in an isolated and rural area. They will for many years be worried about leaving any of their three children in their home by themselves.” https://jrnl.ie/3251653 Short URL Share156 Tweet Email3 Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 6:25 AM 35,060 Views Feb 22nd 2017, 6:25 AM 11 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Church of Greece said last week that it is not willing to pay for “other people’s mistakes” in response to a recent government decision to impose a one-off property tax on its real estate holdings.The Finance Ministry earlier this month announced the introduction of a levy on major companies and property owners to raise 1 billion euros. But the Church, one of Greece’s largest landowners, believes it is being unfairly treated.“There is no war or disaster that requires our contribution,” said Bishop Theoklitos of Ioannina, who presides over the Church’s financial committee. “Instead, we are being called on to contribute because of failed economic policies. We refuse to pay for other people’s mistakes.”According to an internal report on the Church’s finances, which was handed to its head Archbishop Ieronymos in August, the institution made more than 7 million euros profit in 2008.Almost 20 million euros of revenue flowed into the Church’s coffers last year, mostly from the renting out of church property. It also earned some 4.5 million euros from investments.During 2008, the Church spent almost 12.5 million euros. The biggest outlay, just over 4 million euros, was for sponsoring events. Almost 4 million was spent on salaries.However, Theoklitos said that the one-off tax would threaten the existence of more than 800 charities that are funded by the Church.“It is misleading for the government to say that it is taking from the Church to give to the needy,” he said. “They are taking from the needy to give to the needy,” he added.Theoklitos objected to the fact that the Church is designated as a charity, which means that it will have to pay three times as much tax as some other landowners. “We are not a charitable foundation, we are a social institution,” he said. “We told the [finance] minister that he is treating us unfairly.”According to the bishop, the Church of Greece owns property that is worth over 700 million euros and has a portfolio of shares worth some 9 million euros.
Le Gange : le fleuve le plus pollué décidément sacréEn Inde, se baigner dans le Gange est gage de longue vie. Mais si ce fleuve indien qui s’étale sur près de 2.500 kilomètres est un lieu sacré pour la population, c’est aussi le fleuve le plus pollué du monde. Comment se fait-il dans ce cas que les épidémies se fassent aussi rares ? Des scientifiques se sont penchés sur la question pour soulever le voile sur ce mystère.A la frontière du Bangladesh, se situe le Delta du Gange qui représente la région la plus peuplée et la plus fertile du monde. On y produit notamment du jute, du thé, et du riz. Près de 145 millions de personnes y vivent malgré les risques d’inondations et de cyclones, notamment en raison des multiples ressources que le fleuve offre. Ainsi, cet écosystème hors du commun ne connait pas de frontière entre la terre et l’eau. La plupart des animaux qui y vivent, s’y abreuvent, y chassent et semblent s’y être complètement adaptés. Le dauphin du Gange par exemple, a su résister à la pollution des eaux en évoluant. Peu à peu, ce mammifère a perdu la vue, inutile tant les eaux sont opaques, mais a développé en parallèle son orientation avec les signaux acoustiques. Mais la pollution a eu tout de même des conséquences sur l’espèce : à l’heure actuelle, il ne reste plus que 2.000 dauphins du Gange. De la même façon, les arbres ont pris leur marque dans la coexistence de ces deux milieux. Une eau très lucrativeLe Gange est l’artère vitale de la métropole Calcutta pour le commerce, l’agriculture, l’industrie et la production d’électricité. La pêche y est très lucrative pour les petits pêcheurs grâce aux loutres. De plus, l’Inde a choisi de répartir ses sources renouvelables entre l’hydroélectricité (12,5%), l’éolien (2,2%), la biomasse (0,2%) et le solaire (0,02%). Le pays mise donc beaucoup sur la filière hydraulique grâce à son gros potentiel dans ce domaine. Il a d’ailleurs prévu de la développer davantage avec 15.765 mégawatts de barrages actuellement en construction. En outre, l’eau du Gange permet de subvenir aux besoins énormes d’une agriculture intensive.Mais aujourd’hui, le fleuve présente des risques d’assèchements, son débit diminuant d’année en année. Il a donc encore plus de mal à rejoindre la mer et à se débarrasser de ces plaques de détritus qui couvrent les eaux. En effet, chaque jour, ce sont plusieurs milliers de mètres cubes d’eau usagée et des milliers de déchets qui se retrouvent largués dans le Gange. De même, les usines situées tout au long du delta rejettent aussi leurs eaux usées directement dans le fleuve.Quand la science rejoint la religionPour ne rien arranger à la pollution d’ailleurs, les habitants réalisent même la crémation de leurs morts au-dessus des eaux. On en compte ainsi pas moins de 250 par jour. Ce qui n’empêche pas la population de s’abreuver quotidiennement dans le Gange et depuis des générations. Les gens pauvres des villages avoisinant le Gange puisent leur eau potable dans le fleuve avec des bidons et des seaux et la consomment quotidiennement sans toutefois connaitre de problèmes de santé. De même, depuis près de 3.000 ans, Bénarès, l’un des sept lieux sacrés de l’hindouisme, invite au bain rituel des milliers de mendiants et de malades aux plaies ouvertes et aux abcès ulcéreux qui trouvent la guérison dans le fleuve sacré. Pour autant, les, épidémies ne se font pas plus fréquentes dans cette région qu’ailleurs. À lire aussiDiminution des émissions de CO2 en France : voici pourquoi il n’y a pas vraiment de quoi se réjouirCe mystère de la rencontre entre l’homme et la nature trouve une explication rationnelle. Comme l’explique le documentaire “L’Inde sauvage” diffusée sur Arte TV (lien non disponible), des scientifiques se sont attachés à comprendre ce phénomène d’eau polluée et ont découvert que si l’eau du Gange contient de nombreux micro-organismes, elle abrite également des bactériophages. Des organisms qui s’attaquent aux bactéries, limitant leur présence et donc la transmission des maladies. Par ailleurs, le Gange recèle aussi une forte teneur en oxygène dissous qui joue également un rôle dans la diminution du nombre de bactéries. Des plans pour lutter contre la pollutionEn 2008, l’organisme WWF a classé le Gange parmi les dix fleuves les plus menacés au monde tandis que de nombreuses associations se sont créées afin de lutter contre cette dégradation fluviale. La mission “clean Gange” espère par exemple que d’ici 2020, toutes les eaux usées des villes et des industries soient complètement traitées avant d’être déversées dans le Gange. Aujourd’hui, seuls 20% des eaux sales sont traitées, les installations actuelles ne permettant de traiter qu’1.000 millions de litres d’eau par jour alors que les villes du Gange en rejettent en moyenne 3.000 millions. Avec l’aide de la Banque mondiale, l’Inde prévoit désomais de dépenser 3 milliards d’euros dans la construction de stations d’épuration classique et dans l’introduction de méthodes alternatives de traitement. Le 15 janvier 2012 à 16:23 • Maxime Lambert
Ilkay Gundogan believes Manchester City must win the Champions League to be noted as an elite football club.The Citizens have managed just one semi-final in their pursuit for Europe’s greatest prize in football and Gundogan feels they ought to break the jinx.Having won every trophy in the domestic scene, the Champions League is one prize that is still eluding the club.“We’ve experienced a lot in the Champions League in recent years – not all of it positive, of course, and we should’ve won it at least once,” said the Germany midfielder via the Mirror.“Every club, every team, every single player would like to lift this trophy sometime. The competition to win it is so big year in, year out, so your chances are not that good, but there’s a team that wins it every year.“If you want to be in the international elite, as a club, and as a player, you need to clinch this trophy.“If we were to win it someday, the club would enter a new era – the same level as Real, Barca, Bayern or Juventus .”City are expected to take the next step by overcoming Gundogan’s hometown club Schalke in the last 16.Time for the knock-outs! ⚽️Sergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.Who’s getting pumped for Wednesday?#s04vcity 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/j4yZADHTH1— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 18, 2019The first leg is in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday and Gundogan accepts City are hot favourites because of the club’s contrasting fortunes.The gulf in class between the two sides is huge with Pep Guardiola’s men chasing the Quadruple, while Schalke are struggling in 14th place in the BundesligaHowever, Gundogan claims they must be wary of the threat the German side pose.“We are clear favourites in this tie and rightly so,” he said. “However, every team in the last 16 has earned the right to be there.“Because of that, we’ll respect our opponents and prepare for it as if it’s a final because it’s the knockout phase and every mistake can be severely punished.”
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate. “That is a bunch of malarkey,” the vice president retorted after a particularly tough Ryan attack on the administration’s foreign policy. “I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don’t interrupt each other,” Ryan said later to his rival, referring to Democratic pressure on Biden to make up for President Barack Obama’s listless performance in last week’s debate with Mitt Romney.There was nothing listless this time as the 69-year-old Biden sat next to the 42-year old Wisconsin congressman on a stage at Centre College in Kentucky.Ninety minutes after the initial disagreement over foreign policy, the two men clashed sharply over steps to reduce federal deficits.“The president likes to say he has a plan,” Ryan said, but in fact “he gave a speech” and never backed it up with details.Biden conceded Republicans indeed have a plan, but he said if it were enacted, it would have “eviscerated all the things the middle class care about.”
Now playing: Watch this: 2019 BMW M4 CS: More performance and exclusivity come at a price 2018 BMW M4: 5 things you need to know 65 Photos Tags BMW Enlarge ImageThe new M3 will probably look like the G20 3 Series if it took some of those weird supplements that Joe Rogan advertises. BMW If you were one of the countless car enthusiasts who bemoaned the lack of a manual transmission option in the newest-generation BMW 3 Series, then I have some good news for you. The forthcoming 2020 G80 M3 will be available with three pedals.I’ll pause while you celebrate like the Ewoks at the end of Return of the Jedi.Now, there’s more good news, according to a report published Friday by Car Magazine. Unlike the M5, the M3 will still be available as a rear-wheel drive vehicle. That said, those who want a little more stability in their German hot rod can opt for all-wheel drive, though BMW’s engineers will likely add a RWD switch just like the M5’s, you know, for extra silliness.The 2020 M3 will — according to BMW — share the new S58 engine that will first see duty in the X3M and X4M sport crossovers. The S58 is once again a turbocharged straight-six engine, and it can be had with either 480 horsepower, or 510 if you’re feeling extra sporty and go for the Competition trim.But wait, there’s more. According to Car’s report, BMW is also planning a lower-powered, entry-level, more stripped-back version of the M3 called the M3 Pure. That naming convention seems to have been borrowed from BMW Motorrad’s experiments with making a lower-cost version of its wildly popular R Nine T motorcycle.This “Pure” version would — in theory — have around 450 horsepower and will be the only way to get that sweet, sweet manual transmission we mentioned earlier. This seems, to us anyway, like a fantastic move for BMW. Its M cars have been drifting further and further away from the original mission of the sub-brand and a return to form would be killer.As far as the rest of the car, we don’t know much other than that we really liked the G20 3 Series in its more plebeian trim levels so hopefully a ‘roided-up version will be more of a good thing. We also sincerely hope that the S58 engine sounds better than the S55 in the current car and that it makes its way over to the land of the rising sun for duty in the Toyota Supra.Fingers crossed. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better BMW More From Roadshow Performance Cars Car Industry Sports Cars Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1 Share your voice 1:24
Muriel Clarke Hill, a Baltimore native, died on Oct. 2 at the age of 102.Muriel Clarke Hill was born on June 29, 1914. She was the third of five children born to Jesse Benjamin Clarke, Sr. and Sadie Jeter Clarke. Jesse was a printer trained at Hampton Institute and Sadie was a self-taught poet. The family consisted of parents and children: Dorothy, Lorraine, Muriel, Catherine, and Jesse Jr. They lived at 2120 Druid Hill Avenue, in Baltimore Md., in a three-story row house that included Jesse Sr’s printing shop, Clark Press.Muriel Clarke Hill was a faithful churchgoer. (Courtesy photo)Hill’s sense of responsibility began early as a courier delivering printed orders for her father’s printing business. She, oftentimes with a friend, walked all over Baltimore delivering work to customers. Thus began her lifelong love of walking.Growing up in Baltimore, the Clarke children attended public schools, particularly historic Frederick Douglass High School. After high school Hill attended Morgan College for two years.She married David Bennett Hill and they had two children – Bennett and Beverly. The Hill family moved to Philadelphia in 1944 where David got work as a U.S. Postal Service employee. Muriel worked at various jobs until she was employed by the U.S. government Veterans Administration. She was a loyal employee at the V.A. for thirty years where her work ethic was recognized by the many awards she was given for stellar performance.The Clarke family attended St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore. In Philadelphia they attended Our Lady of Victory Church in West Philadelphia, then Transfiguration Church in Southwest Philadelphia. When she moved to Bucks County, Muriel attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Doylestown. When she moved to Hilltown, priests from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and Peggy Jones faithfully brought Muriel communion.Hill leaves her daughter Beverly (Walter), six grandchildren and their spouses, sixteen great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, one sister in law, nieces, nephews, cousins, long time friends, and amazing loving caregivers.In lieu of flowers, kindly remember Muriel in your prayers, and if you choose, send a donation to:Oblate Sisters of Providence701 Gun RoadBaltimore, MD 21227 The funeral will take place on Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 100 Broad Street, Hilltown, Pa. 18927. There will be no wake or viewing.
Betty White is 97 years of age! On January 17th she celebrated her 97th birthday with friends … and poker. “Sources close to her tell TMZ she’s using the special occasion as a reason to hook up with some friends Thursday night and play poker,” reported TMZ. “We’re told Betty’s poker pals go way back — she’s been anteing up with them for decades.”This might come as no great surprise to fans of Betty White, the last surviving member of the Golden Girls cast, whose age has never been an issue with her.Betty White at the Time 100 gala in 2010. Photo by David Shankbone CC BY 2.0Last year, in an interview in Parade magazine, Betty White joked that she credited her age and long life to hot dogs and vodka.Parade asked, “Does she have any tricks or tips for living happily and healthily for more than nine decades? Indeed: ‘Enjoy life,’ she says. ‘Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, Hey, that was great! It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.’ ”Photo of John Hillerman and Betty White from The Betty White Show.White was born in 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, moving to California with her parents as a child.She began her television career in the late 1930s. In her twenties she had tried to break into acting but was unsuccessful at first. She was turned down over and over for being “unphotogenic,” but she was never deterred. “You just keep plugging away,” she said to Parade. “You don’t give up.”Photo of Allen Ludden and wife Betty White, who were appearing in a play in Ogunquit, Maine.She starred on Life with Elizabeth in the 1950s and then stayed popular with TV audiences through appearances on talk, game, and variety shows.White reached even greater fame when she co-starred on the Mary Tyler Moore Show playing Sue Ann Nivens, the TV chef and helpful homemaker with a sharp wit. In a Minneapolis television newsroom, when she wasn’t pursuing male colleagues, Sue Ann “could be counted on to make funny, yet poignant, quips at Mary Tyler Moore’s expense.”Photo of Gavin MacLeod as Murray Slaughter and Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.White won two Emmy Awards for her work on the series.Her next big hit was the 1980s’ Golden Girls, playing the sweet and naive Rose Nylund alongside co-stars Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty.“We all had such fun together,” Betty recalled in October 2015 at the age of 93 to US Weekly, decades after the groundbreaking series in which four women proved that life doesn’t stop at 60. “It was such a special experience.”The Golden Girls. Photo by Getty ImagesThe secret to the show’s success was the cast members’ chemistry.“It started the first day of the first read-through for the pilot,” White recalled. “We showed up for the read-through [and] it was like batting a tennis ball over the net. It was so exciting to be with four people with that chemistry. I’ll never forget that first read. It was like we had been working together forever. I still get goose bumps thinking about it.”Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens, hostess of the WJM-TV Happy Homemaker show, from the television program The Mary Tyler Moore Show.Betty White and Rue McClanahan (who played Blanche, the man-hungry Southern belle) were already pals, having worked together on Mama’s Family, and were delighted to reconnect on the Golden Girls set. “They would play little word games on the set when the cameras weren’t rolling,” says an observer. “There was such love and friendship between them.”It was otherwise with Bea Arthur.Although they very much respected each other as actresses, high-spirited White and introverted Arthur (who played sharp-tongued Dorothy) sometimes clashed. “You didn’t mess with Bea!” Betty once said of her co-star, who died of cancer in 2009 at age 86. “Bea was very strong. But you loved her.”White has served for more than four decades as a trustee and on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, and in 2012 published a book, Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo, with photos and anecdotes of her favorite animals there.Read another story from us: Golden Girl Bea Arthur was one of the First Female Marines to Serve in WWIIHow does she want to be remembered? “Warmly,” she told Parade. “I hope they remember something funny. I hope they remember a laugh.”
Travelweek Group Share Tags: Agencia Global Vote for Agencia Global’s inaugural travel agent advisory board << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by MONTREAL — Agencia Global, an online booking platform of Canada’s largest-volume air consolidator, is one step closer to finalizing its brand new travel agent advisory board, and now it’s asking the travel industry for help.The company has announced the names of the Canadian and American agents who are up for election to the board, which will be devoted specifically to air wholesaling. It will be the first advisory board of its kind in Canada.The finalists are:Abderrazak Benzine, Top Dream Travel, Montreal, QuebecTed Bradpiece, Explorer Travel Services, Canyon County, CaliforniaZenny Carabuena, Sunsations Travel, Toronto, OntarioDiane Cook, TPI, Fergus, OntarioPaul Dumouchel, TPI, Chestermere, AlbertaRichard Imbeault, Voyages123Go, La Prairie, QuebecThierry Juan, CWT, Levis, QuebecMyke Larouche-Levesque, jaimonvoyage.com, Becancour, QuebecRadu Roberto Podoleanu, Amigos Travel, New Westminster, British ColumbiaKim Smith Tang, TPI, Vancouver, British ColumbiaVoting is open to all travel industry personnel until July 30, 2018 and can be done at https://bit.ly/2LyYqFd.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks“Congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees,” said Ryan Saroli, CEO of Agencia Global. “This advisory board will be instrumental in ensuring that we continue to innovate and provide the travel agent community with the tools it needs to succeed in selling air product profitably.” Wednesday, July 25, 2018
THAI holds Customer Board Meeting 2017THAI holds Customer Board Meeting 2017Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), recently presided over THAI’s Customer Board Meeting 2017, which was attended by significant frequent flyer customers from public and private sectors as well as members of the press, such as Mr. Eiam Achavakulthep, Mr. Boonchai Kongpakpaisarn, Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, and Mrs. Sangtip Yimlamai at the St. Regis Bangkok. The objective of THAI’s Customer Board Meeting was to collect feedback on THAI products and services, ticket and seat reservations, inflight meals, passenger lounges, seat comfort, and customer service. All customer feedback will be used to further improve THAI’s services for increased customer satisfaction. THAI Airways InternationalBook HereSource = THAI – Thai Airways International
The share of cash transactions for homes fell to less than 40 percent in March, signaling a possible return in traditional homebuying activity as the spring season got underway.For March, CoreLogic reports cash sales accounted for 38.7 percent of total home sales, down from 40.2 percent the prior month and 41 percent a year before. Due to the seasonal nature of the housing market, CoreLogic senior economist Molly Boesel said the year-over-year comparison provides a better picture of the decline in cash sales.While cash purchasing did fall, the cash sales share of total sales remains elevated compared to where it was prior to the housing crisis: 25 percent.Historically, cash sales have typically been the territory of investors who can bring that kind of money to table, but as financing becomes more of a hassle, studies suggest more average American homebuyers are paying cash to ease the process and avoid delays in a competitive market. According to a recent study released by Campbell and Inside Mortgage Finance, an estimated 26.2 percent of March purchases by current homeowners were made with cash, based on a three-month moving average.Examining its own numbers, CoreLogic reports REO sales made up the largest cash share of March sales at 57.2 percent, followed by re-sales (38.6 percent), short sales (36.2 percent), and newly built homes (17.2 percent).However, Boesel said, “While the percentage of REO sales that were cash transactions remained high, REO transactions made up only 10.3 percent of total sales in March and therefore did not have a large influence on the overall cash sales share.”At the state level, Florida remained the leader in cash activity, with 57.4 percent of March transactions done with cash. Following the Sunshine State were New York (56.5 percent), Alabama (53.4 percent), Kansas (48.8 percent), and West Virginia (47 percent).Though Florida had the highest share of cash sales, among the 100 largest core-based statistical areas, Detroit reigned with a share of 68.3 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News All-Cash Sales Slowly Waning; Florida Continues to Lead All-cash CoreLogic Home Sales 2014-06-12 Tory Barringer June 12, 2014 432 Views Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Most love to the guys I came through those doors with in ’13 as rookies. No matter what is next its all been fun & Ill have yall back always— Earl Watford (@EWatts78) January 2, 2017Here is a look at how the nine-player class, Keim and Arians’ first, has fared in the NFL.– / 8 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As the old adage goes, you cannot fairly judge a draft class until it has been in the league for at least a couple of seasons, and in the case of the 2013 haul, 2016 represented a milestone of sorts.It was, after all, the final year of the players’ rookie deals, at least for those who are still with the team four seasons later.Now, they become free agents. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A little less than four years ago, the Arizona Cardinals produced the first draft class under new general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians.The Cardinals, who made some draft trades to add picks, ultimately made nine selections, with their first being No. 7 overall and their last No. 219.The three-day event saw the Cardinals make one trade — to add more picks — while selecting two offensive linemen, two running backs, two linebackers, one defensive back, a receiver and a tight end. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates a Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn over during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Flight No.OriginDepartsDestinationArrivesFrequencyAircraftEY862Abu Dhabi(AUH)22:25Shanghai(PVG)11:10 next dayDailyB787-9EY867Shanghai(PVG)00:30Abu Dhabi (AUH)06:15DailyB787-9Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterA state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down on Tuesday in Shanghai from Abu Dhabi on its first flight into China. The Dreamliner features the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins, with 299 seats – 28 in Business Class and 271 in Economy – representing a 14 per cent capacity increase on the route.Flight EY862 from Abu Dhabi departed at 10.25pm on Monday 1 August arriving in Shanghai at 11.10am on Tuesday 2 August. The inaugural flight from Shanghai (EY867) will depart again on 3 August at 00.30am, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 6.15am the same day.To mark the event, guests were presented with commemorative certificates in Chinese and English, featuring Shanghai’s iconic landmark, the Oriental Pearl Tower.Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Since launching flights between Shanghai and Abu Dhabi four years ago, we have experienced firsthand the huge growth of China’s outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from both business and leisure travellers.“The decision to upgrade to the Boeing 787 reflects the importance of Shanghai and China to the airline. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and a global economic, financial, trading and shipping centre, which underlines its importance within Etihad Airways’ global network and supports the introduction of the new aircraft.”Mr Baumgartner continued: “The new Boeing 787 services will help to support the increasing demand for outbound tourism from Shanghai and its surrounding cities in Eastern China. The additional capacity will enable more Chinese business and leisure travellers to enjoy seamless one-stop connections over the Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and South America.”China has recently surpassed the USA as the biggest business travel market in the world, according to the Global Business Travel Association, representing US$291.2 billion spending on business travel in 2015.The Dreamliner will assist Etihad Airways’ growing reputation amongst the business community in China, with the aircraft specifically catering for the long-haul business market.The airline’s world-renowned guest experience begins well before departure and lasts long after arrival. For example, its chauffeur service is available in over 30 cities globally including Beijing and Shanghai. At Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi International Airport, guests pass through a dedicated premium check-in facility into the luxury of an exclusive Business Class Lounge, while a new flagship First Class Lounge & Spa opened at the end of May for First Class guests and eligible Etihad Airways Partners Platinum Frequent Flyers.On the aircraft, the Business Studios offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space. Upholstered in the finest Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system which enables guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seat. Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets.For inflight entertainment, Etihad Airways currently operates the latest Panasonic eX3 IFE system on its flagship fleet of Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. Guests can also enjoy mobile connectivity, access to onboard Wi-Fi and seven satellite channels of live TV on many aircraft.The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been designed for optimum long-haul travel with enhancements including humidity controls while air pressure levels are set to ensure a smoother flight allowing guests to arrive feeling fresher on arrival.Shanghai is the seventh destination in the world to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with the aircraft also deployed to Brisbane, Düsseldorf, Perth, Singapore, Washington DC, and Zurich.Etihad Airways first launched a five-times-a-week two-class Airbus A330-200 services to Shanghai in March 2012.With a further 62 Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled for delivery over the next few years, the aircraft will become the mainstay of Etihad Airways’ long-haul fleet.Flight schedule for Abu Dhabi-Shanghai:
On one level, Elias Pantelides’ new book ‘Laconic Tales – Cyprus 1974’ is a local variation on everyone remembering what they were doing the day JFK was shot or the day the Twin Towers were destroyed.Cyprus’ 9/11 is of course July and August 1974, and Laconic Tales is a collection of various individuals’ accounts – some well-known, others not – of the 1974 hostilities, penned by the author following discussions with each.It highlights above all the profound impact the events of 1974, let alone their aftermath, has had on ordinary people.Individual accounts of the events of 1974 have been reported on for decades, so this is by no means an original take on the issue, but the book aspires neither to be considered a comprehensive history of the two-phase war, nor a series of narratives aiming to set the record straight.It is an effort at a literary rendition of the individual experiences of the Unnamed (the unsung, heroes and not, who saw and fought the battles and lost their homes, loved ones, memories) tied together by the few undisputed facts: Cypriots fought against Cypriots, the government of Cyprus was overthrown by the Greek Junta, Turkey attacked, and innocent people were caught in the crossfire.The late former Greek defence minister Evangelos AveroffIn the introductory lines, the author declares that the book’s underlying theme is “anti-war”, and although the cause is certainly noble, other themes appear to emerge with every page turned.Greece’s then Defence Minister Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas features prominently. His role in the unfolding events (“Retreat, do not engage the enemy, do not fight”, he is said to have instructed the troops during the second leg of the Turkish assault in August), although never deeply explored, is cast as undoubtedly sinister, which does the book no favours, especially since its stated ambition is not to identify motives or assign blame.Also, recurring references to the cartoonishly inept, bumbling Greek army officers, who, with few exceptions, seem to have had a hard time telling right from left, and for whom the author and his tale-telling subjects spare few disparaging epithets (“even lions led by donkeys cannot win”), would be a welcome pressure-valve of comic relief, if not for the haunting suspicion that the behaviours described are, in fact, accurately recounted.But many interesting factoids and some devastating accounts of individuals’ experiences during the war make for a truly memorable, enlightening read.The reader will discover how the close personal friendship between Peruvian UN mediator Alvaro De Soto and a Vatican archbishop may have been instrumental in placing the Turkish-held Maronite villages under Greek Cypriot administration in the proposed maps of the 2004 Annan Plan; under what circumstances the late former Defence Minister Costas Papacostas joyfully cried to another man “We are saved! The Turks are coming!” at the sight of Turkish paratroopers dropped in Kyrenia; and why Peter Moore, a British national permanently living in Famagusta until August 1974, had to carry around a “do not harass this man” note stamped and signed by an official at the Akrotiri refugee camp.Among all the death-escaping, life-changing experiences, one will also encounter familiar names in minor but anecdotal incidents, including former President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos, former MP Antonis Karas, and 1993 presidential candidate Paschalis Paschalides, and longtime Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, as well as the current one, Mustafa Akinci.Laconic TalesThe diverse group of laconic-tale tellers features academics, businessmen and journalists from both sides of the divide, and it is perhaps predictable that they tend to focus on what they perceive as the instances that shaped their own individual outlook on the Cyprus affair. The Greek Cypriot author, doubling as a tale-teller himself, focuses on his experiences as a conscript during the frantic days of battle, while Turkish Cypriot university professor Niyazi Kizilyurek makes the shocking revelation that he grew up not knowing what Cyprus is from the confines of the Louroudjina Turkish Cypriot enclave.It is also to be expected that, in the final section of each tale, where individuals from each of Cyprus’ communities are asked to list their favourite pieces of music and literature, most tend to pick works by composers and authors solely from their respective motherland. The notable exceptions are Kizilyurek and Turkish Cypriot journalist Sevgul Uludag, but it is probably indicative of how deep the divide has been allowed to take root.In terms of the tales themselves, perhaps the most resonant overall comes from a man named Neoptolemos Kotsapas, the one most involved in active combat operations. His chilling account of being captured and taken to the Adana and Amasya prisons in Turkey, before eventually being returned to Cyprus and released, might well be enough to turn even the most hawkish among us off the idea of war.The author, who set out to convey an anti-war message, may wear this tale as a badge of honour, content in having accomplished his mission. Laconic Tales – Cyprus 1974 by Elias Pantelides is published by Elias Epiphanou Publications and is available in bookshops. Price €20.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. 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