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first_imgMONTREAL – After seeing his party’s lead in the polls evaporate, Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault tried to humanize his controversial position on immigration Thursday before hitting his Liberal opponent hard on secularism and corruption.Legault has been dogged over the past few weeks for repeatedly stating that immigrants who fail a French-language and values test cannot stay in Quebec — a stance that has allowed his rivals to paint him as heartless toward newcomers.In a previous debate Legault said he wasn’t planning on “expelling” citizens, but “people” who don’t pass the test.In Thursday’s third and last leaders’ debate, the Liberals’ Philippe Couillard brought up that comment, prompting Legault to try to neutralize the line of attack with what he called a “mea culpa.”“I am not perfect,” Legault said directly to Couillard. “It happens, I make mistakes, when I answer certain questions on immigration.“I listen, and I correct my mistakes.”But Legault didn’t specify exactly what he was talking about, nor did he renounce his position that newcomers should be forced to pass a French and values test if they want to stay in the province and become a citizen.After the debate, at least four journalists tried to get him to answer, yes or no, if immigrants would be “expelled” from Quebec if they fail a French-language test.“I want to ensure immigrants are well integrated,” he responded several times without answering the question.Legault did, however, brandish a new line he used three times Thursday night.“The only people I want to expel are the Liberals!” he said.After the testy exchange on immigration, the debate turned to another thorny issue: the secular nature of the Quebec state.Three of the four parties who have seats in the legislature want to ban certain state employees from wearing religious symbols on the job such as the hijab or the turban.Legault, in a one-on-one exchange with Couillard, accused the Liberal leader of ignoring the wishes of the majority of Quebecers.Polls indicate most citizens in the province want the state to ban people such as police officers and judges from wearing religious symbols at work.“Do you want a police officer to wear a hijab?” Legault asked Couillard, noting that people in positions of authority should be dressed in a religiously neutral way.Couillard responded by asking Legault, “Why do you want to remove people’s rights?”Legault shot back: “Why do you ignore the majority of Quebecers?”Because a society has to respect and defend its minorities and not legislate based on polls, Couillard said.“How many police officers are wearing hijabs right now?” he asked, knowing the answer is zero.Legault responded: “A premier needs to foresee things. It’s going to happen.”If Legault sounded feisty, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee raised many an eyebrow when he launched a strange tirade at Manon Masse, a co-spokesperson for the left-wing Quebec solidaire.Quebec solidaire has no official leaders but has Masse and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois as co-spokespersons — and Masse looked somewhat frustrated as Lisee kept questioning her about who holds the real power in the party.“Who pulls the strings in Quebec solidaire?” Lisee asked, ignoring pleas from the debate moderator for him to stick to the subject of health care.Masse answered that in her party, “we learned how to share power.”The polls have suggested the fourth-placed Quebec solidaire has been gaining ground and could pick up seats at the expense of the PQ in Montreal.Toward the end of the night, the moderator brought up an issue that has dogged Couillard since he won the 2014 election: corruption allegations targeting the government of former Liberal premier Jean Charest.Quebec’s anti-corruption unit has confirmed publicly it was investigating Charest over alleged political fundraising allegations, and his former deputy premier, Nathalie Normandeau, is awaiting trial on fraud-related charges.“I think you have helped the Liberal family more than Quebec families,” Legault said.Couillard fired back, “name me one single case of corruption in my government.”The Liberals and Coalition are in a statistical tie, according to recent polls, after Legault’s party had been leading the opinion surveys for months.In his final statement, Legault addressed Quebecers directly and said: “Tonight I spoke to you with my heart.”“For me, the biggest quality of a premier is to love Quebecers,” he said. “That is why I have been able to put together an exceptional team.”Couillard told Quebecers to not break the momentum his party has created after several balanced budgets and surpluses.“Today, we are in a better position than yesterday and better prepared for tomorrow,” said Couillard, whose government has helped create more than 200,000 jobs in four years.“Our economy is one of the strongest in Canada. On Oct. 1, we have a choice: take advantage of our momentum or break it. To welcome talent or close ourselves off. To unite or to argue among ourselves.”last_img read more


3 July 2007With talks underway in Guatemala’s Congress on a proposed independent body to investigate illegal armed groups, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that the country will take “this important opportunity” to fight impunity. Under a December 2006 agreement between the Government and the UN, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (to be known as CICIG, its Spanish acronym) will have an initial mandate of two years, pending approval by the Congress. Mr. Ban hopes that Guatemala “will seize this important opportunity to use international assistance to strengthen its national judicial institutions in the fight against impunity in a way that is fully respectful of Guatemalan sovereignty,” said his spokesperson in a statement. “The Secretary-General wishes to emphasize that safeguarding public security and solidifying the rule of law are not challenges unique to Guatemala, but shared by many other countries emerging from conflict,” the statement added. The Commission will be able to conduct its own investigations and also help local institutions, particularly the Office of the Public Prosecutor. While it will be an independent, non-UN body, its commissioner will be appointed by the Secretary-General and report periodically to him.One of its tasks is to recommend public policies and any legal or institutional measures for eradicating the illegal armed groups and preventing their re-emergence. The costs are expected to be borne by voluntary contributions from the international community. read more


The trio is among a group of people facing charges of complicity in the June 2007 murder of Serge Maheshe who was working for Radio Okapi, a UN and Swiss-funded broadcaster for the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC).The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and UN Special Envoy Alan Doss denounced irregularities in the trial, saying that the military court had refused to explore other credible leads in the case and to ask for ballistic expertise on the weapon used for the crime. They also said there had been repeated threats against the defendants, the defence lawyers and independent observers of the trial.“I condemn the practice of military tribunals which continue to judge civilians in violation of international norms and the Congolese Constitution,” Ms. Arbour said.“The lack of willingness shown by the judicial military authorities to establish the truth about this murder and the violations of international norms on fair trials are equally deplorable.”Welcoming the acquittal of two other accused civilians in the case, Ms. Arbour and Mr. Doss said many questions remained unanswered and appealed to Congolese authorities to pursue the case in accordance with their obligations under international law.In August last year four civilians were initially sentenced to death on the basis of confessions, which were subsequently retracted. Military magistrates were accused of obtaining the confessions under duress, but no independent inquiry was carried out to investigate these allegations. 22 May 2008The United Nations’ top human rights official and its Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today condemned the sentencing to death of three civilians by a Congolese military tribunal in connection with the murder of journalist Serge Maheshe last year. read more


26 September 2008The United Nations today co-launched a conference on autism designed to promote quicker intervention, more compassion and greater acceptance of those afflicted. “Not too long ago, those affected by autism-related disorders were set aside: placed in institutions or dismissed as untreatable ‘lost cases’,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s wife, Ban Soon-taek, who co-sponsored the event with First Ladies Laura Bush of the United States and Dorrit Moussaieff of Iceland.“Today, sadly, this reality is still prevalent in some parts of the world. That is why it is crucial that professionals and society at large become more involved, compassionate and accepting of this complex condition,” she added, at the UN World Focus on Autism conference held on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s annual General Debate.The Mission of Qatar and Autism Speaks joined the UN in launching the conference to advance the concept of an annual observance devoted to promoting awareness of the condition on 2 April, which the General Assembly last year proclaimed as World Autism Awareness Day. Mrs. Ban cited data showing that one child in 150 is affected with autism, which is now the fastest-growing neuro-developmental condition. “These boys and girls need early intervention – such as appropriate assistance on developing communication, social and cognitive skills,” she said“I would like to highlight the international dimension of this condition. Autism affects all countries, regardless of race, creed, educational levels or financial income.” read more


17 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to press ahead toward realizing the vision of a nuclear-weapon-free world, and especially on those who have not yet endorsed the global treaty t hat bans nuclear tests to do so without delay.“We have a legal and moral obligation to rid our world of nuclear tests and nuclear weapons,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on the 15th anniversary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).“When we put an end to nuclear tests, we get closer to eliminating all nuclear weapons. A world free of nuclear weapons will be safer and more prosperous,” he stated at the commission’s meeting in Vienna.Mr. Ban urged the so-called Annex 2 States, whose ratification is required for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to enter into force, to endorse the treaty as soon as possible. They are China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States.“I urge all governments that have not yet signed or ratified this treaty to immediately do so. I especially call for action by the countries whose ratification is essential for the treaty to enter into force,” he said. The Secretary-General is the depositary of the treaty, which bans all nuclear explosions. As of today, 182 States have signed the CTBT and 157 have ratified it. “The CTBT was a milestone. It is an essential building block in strengthening the rule of law in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” noted Mr. Ban. “That is why it is distressing that this treaty has yet to enter into force… “There is no good reason to avoid signing or ratifying this treaty,” added the Secretary-General. “Any country opposed to signing or ratifying is simply failing to meet its responsibilities as a member of the international community.” Speaking at a press conference with the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission, Tibor Tóth, Mr. Ban said it is “irresponsible” to see the treaty still waiting to come into effect 15 years after it was opened for signature. “Let us work together with a wholehearted commitment to make this world free of nuclear testing, nuclear weapons, so that everybody can live in peace and security without any fear of nuclear explosions,” he stated. Also today, Mr. Ban opened the new Vienna office of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, saying its establishment is a response to the growing need for cooperation in all areas of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control. read more


He said that the AIADMK government had taken steps to ensure that the publication of the gazette notification on the Cauvery water scheme by the Union Ministry of Water Resources following the Supreme Court order. “She has now been named the DMK candidate of Thoothukudi,” he said. “The DMK on the other hand is promoting a culture of violence,” he said, citing various incidents in which the party members were involved in brawls.During his address, a person in the crowd asked him to speak on the Sterlite issue. But he was removed by the police. Panneerselvam, who continued to address the gathering, did not speak on the issue. (Colombo Gazette) “The AIADMK government passed a law in favour of jallikattu and the Centre, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was very helpful,” he said. He added that the Centre should be strong and congenial to ensure development of the State.The AIADMK government had increased the amount of gold given from four grams to eight grams under the ‘gold for thali’ scheme, and increased the financial assistance given to poor mothers from ₹12,000 to ₹18,000 under the Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit Scheme, Panneerselvam said. Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said that the DMK-Congress Government and M.K. Kanimozhi did not ensure security to Sri Lankan Tamils during the Eelam War, The Hindu newspaper reported.During his campaign near Anna Nagar on Monday evening in favour of BJP candidate Tamilisai Soundararajan, Panneerselvam said that Ms. Kanimozhi, who was among a team of MPs representing India in Sri Lanka, received the hospitality extended by the then Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa but did not take any constructive action to protect the Tamils. read more


An estimated 240,000 Syrian remain trapped in areas under siege resulting in severe hardship, suffering and deaths of civilians, in clear breach of the obligations under international human rights and humanitarian laws, the United Nations today reported.The analysis, based on information collected between April 2013 and 20 January of this year by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), focuses on ongoing sieges imposed by Syrian Government forces and pro-Government militias, as well as by armed opposition groups, in particular, in the Governorates of Rural Damascus, Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.Under international humanitarian law, parties to a conflict must also allow safe passage for protected persons out of the besieged area. They must guarantee that the wounded and sick are collected and cared for, and must not destroy objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population through indiscriminate bombardments and attacks. The paper states that the Government appears to have violated all the above requirements.An orthopaedic doctor in Old Homs informed OHCHR in an interview via Skype that he could not perform simple spinal-cord operations, which in some cases caused paralysis, according to the human rights document. “Dozens of cases of fracture and limb-related injuries have ended up in amputations or death,” the authors wrote about some of the damage and destruction in Rural Damascus.The paper states that “parties to the conflict have prevented the movement of people, goods and supplies through a system of barricades and checkpoints, adding to the hardship of civilians who are facing life-threatening shortages of food, water, electricity, fuel and medical supplies.”“On occasion, civilians have reportedly been prevented from fleeing through barricades and checkpoints manned by different Government military and security agencies,” it notes.In cases of Government-enforced sieges, these have been coupled with shelling and aerial bombardment, which have resulted in significant loss of life and have damaged or destroyed objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population.In the Ghouta area of Rural Damascus, where more than 173,000 people are believed to be trapped, some residents are living with hardly any food or other basic necessities, according to the paper, with a number of deaths reported due to inadequate healthcare and nutrition.Religious clerics have reportedly issued edicts allowing residents to eat cats and dogs in order to survive, it is reported. The chemical attack in the district of al-Muadhamiya in August last year also left many medical staff incapacitated and unable to treat others.In Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus, dozens of deaths have been reported, including from starvation, the consumption of rotten food, the chronic shortage of medical supplies, and due to the lack of medical expertise to treat sick people and pregnant women trapped in the camp, the paper states.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the analysis confirmed the devastating impact of the sieges on civilians, and denounced the lack of steady access into certain besieged areas.“The Security Council is continuing to fail Syrians by not even managing to agree on measures to ensure the provision of basic necessities to people,” she said. “International human rights law and international humanitarian law require parties to the conflict to ensure rapid, continued and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief to all civilians in need, and not ad-hoc deliveries and operations,” said Ms. Pillay, stressing that the obligation to respect international humanitarian law is not conditional on compliance by other parties to the conflict.On the ground in Syria today, the Government and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent evacuated 11 more civilians from the Homs, including a child, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). An estimated 600 males, including some children under 18, have been brought to the Al Andalus shelter facility for screening since evacuations began on 7 February, a UN spokesperson said. About half of those people have been released so far.“The United Nations continues to advocate for the speedy release of all children from the facility and calls for the protection of all civilians under international humanitarian and human rights laws,” the spokesperson told journalists in New York.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) remains unable to gain access to Yarmouk for the eleventh consecutive day, spokesperson Christopher Gunness said.“We remain ready to resume our suspended food distributions and we hope that the assurances we have been given will soon translate into a situation on the ground that allows us to move ahead,” Mr. Gunness said.Meanwhile, in Nubul and Zahra in northern Aleppo – where multiple armed opposition groups have trapped almost 45,000 people since July 2012 – food, fuel and medical supplies are being blocked from entering through checkpoints.A lack of running water has reportedly forced some residents to dig wells without the necessary sanitary precautions, with elderly and children at particular risk of getting sick from the deteriorating sanitation conditions. read more


The following is a list of dissertation defences taking place at Brock from Feb. 11 to 15.All are open for the University community to attend.PhD in Educational Studies dissertation defenceEducation student Kimberly Radersma will defend the dissertation “Exploring the Implications of White Teacher Identity in a Critical Participatory Action Research Study” on Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Heather Gordon, Chair; Darren Lund, External Examiner (University of Calgary); Jane Helleiner, Internal Examiner; Dolana Mogadime, Supervisor; Jennifer Rowsell, Committee Member; and Finney Cherian, Committee Member (University of Windsor).


Fourth-year in criminology Malcolm Branson (right) celebrates with football operations coordinator Fernando Lovo after finishing tied for first in the first heat of the fastest student race. The race took place during halftime of the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternAmid the hype surrounding the 2014 Ohio State football Spring Game, the fastest student race stole the show at Ohio Stadium.Wrapping up a competition that started March 26 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, five students got a chance to showcase their talent against members of the Buckeye football team in front of the 61,058 fans in attendance to see Urban Meyer’s squad in action for the first time since last fall.Student participants Malcolm Branson, Jacob Gifford, Collin Foltz, Mesiah Smith and Ben Hittner took their places against senior cornerback Doran Grant, redshirt-freshman wide receiver James Clark, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, sophomore punter Cameron Johnston and freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger.Branson, a fourth-year in criminology, said he and the other student contestants had a chance to get to know each other before competing.“We all hung out together before the race,” Branson said. “We had a good time.”After the first heat, it appeared as though Branson pulled away from the pack of students and players and was victorious, however the race was declared a tie between Branson and Grant. An ensuing “run-off” was announced.Grant was victorious in the “run-off,” and celebrated by performing a backflip near midfield after the race.“Me and James Clark were talking trash beforehand so I had to make sure I beat him. And then the student, he said he got me on the first one so we had the run-off to seal the deal,” Grant said after the Spring Game. “It was very fun, the whole team was around, the whole stadium was watching to see who is the fastest man on campus.”Meyer mentioned time and again during spring practice how he wants the OSU student body to “have ownership” of his program and get involved, attempting to do so with the fastest student competition and Student Appreciation Day April 5.“Well, I get a little upset … sometimes. Take away the students and I don’t have a job … our president doesn’t have a job,” Meyer said in an interview with The Lantern March 24. “All our focus around boosters and whomever, and I get that. But I’m never gonna, I want students on our side.”Meyer went on to joke that if a player did line up and beat speedsters in Wilson and others, the player would lose their scholarship. But even though it appeared that did happen Saturday, Branson, a graduate of Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio, and a former track runner, said after he wasn’t sure if he won the first race or not.“Initially, I didn’t know,” Branson said. “The video looked like I had it, but they said it was a tie.”Grant said Branson might have been the winner in the first heat.“He probably did, because I eased up (at the end),” Grant said.No matter the outcome, Branson said the event was worth it.“I enjoyed the experience, it was very fun,” Branson said. “I’m a little bit upset that I didn’t come up with the second win but it is what it is.”Branson said some of the OSU football players congratulated him after the race.“They told me, ‘I had the burners,’” Branson said.The race was aired live on the Big Ten Network as well as the game in which the Gray defeated the Scarlet, 17-7. read more


OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn a battle of top-15 teams, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team (13-7-6, 4-5-1-1) hosts No. 5 Minnesota for two home conference clashes this weekend.The Golden Gophers (17-7-2, 8-2-0-0) enter the series as the nation’s fourth-ranked offense with almost four goals per game, and rank seventh in power play offense. OSU and Minnesota split two games back on Dec. 3 and 4 — a 5-3 OSU loss on Friday night and an 8-3 win the next day. Since then, however, coach Don Lucia’s squad has won 10 of its last 12 games, and are on a three-game win streak that included a sweep of No. 10 Penn State last weekend.Between the two units, either side is ranked as one of the nation’s top-five offenses.Scarlet and Gray associate head coach Mark Strobel said the Gophers are a different team than 10 weeks ago that presents a lethal offense year in and year out. Moreover, Strobel said the Buckeyes have the capability to sweep this weekend’s game, but the wins will go to the team that executes and competes for all three periods. “It’s going to be a skating game, and for us, we have to take away time and space, and frustrate them with playing the body,” Strobel said. “For us, it’s a want, and it’s the ability to compete for 60 minutes and not just 20.”On the other side, OSU has had a difficult time keeping its opponent off the scoreboard in the first period of games as of late. The Buckeyes fell behind 2-0 and 1-0 in the first period of games against Wisconsin on Jan. 26 and 28, as well as 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the first 20 minutes of both games at Michigan last weekend.In light of the slow starts, sophomore forward Mason Jobst said making sure the team does not come out flat has been a big emphasis this week in order to not give opponents the opportunity to take advantage of the game early on. Making adjustments mid-game will be key to success in this series.“We’ve got to change it,” Jobst said. “We can’t afford to keep digging (ourselves into) big holes. We can’t get out of them.”With just 10 games left, the Scarlet and Gray sit in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with 14 points — 10 behind the Golden Gophers, who are in a tie at the top with No. 17 Wisconsin.As the final stretch of the season begins with six conference points on the line this weekend, Strobel said the team’s focus needs to be set on playing “Buckeye hockey” by getting pucks deep, pressuring the defense and dictating the pace of play — starting with the first game Friday night.“Every weekend is a big series … we have to win hockey games,” Strobel said. “We can’t let points go south anymore. We have to stop the bleeding, if you will, and for us, it’s going to be Friday night, come eight o’clock, that we have to take our game to Minnesota.”Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center both Friday and Saturday night. read more


first_imgIt was one of the most memorable images following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales: her coffin being carried from plane to tarmac, draped with the Royal Standard as the Prince of Wales and Tony Blair looked on.The pilot who quietly orchestrated the successful transit of the late princess home from Paris today shares details of the journey for the first time, from the top radio security which stopped information leaking out to the “accidental” arrival time.Graham Laurie, who flew the Royal family hundreds of times until his retirement in 2000, has spoken of Diana’s final journey, and pays tribute to the “composed” Prince of Wales who even in his grief stopped to politely thank him for his work. Graham Laurie at home in Buckinghamshire 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. Mr Laurie said details of the 1997 trip were invented on the spot Mr Laurie, now 71, said he was proud to be the one to transport the princess’ body, ensuring everything ran smoothly in honour of her.“I’m glad it was me, rather than someone who didn’t know her or the Royal Household team,” he said. “Everyone was hugging everyone else. It all went smoothly, and that’s what mattered.”Mr Laurie has told how he changed radios on the journey back from RAF Northolt to Paris and back, using a UHF military radio to avoid information about the late princess being picked up by “spotters” who used the civil ATC frequencies. Mr Laurie said details of the 1997 trip were invented on the spotCredit:Tom Pilston “We needed to keep it as discreet as we could, and I don’t think anybody managed to pick it up,” he said.Disclosing there was a last-minute change of aeroplanes, after staff learned that space for a coffin may be required, Mr Laurie said the operation ran effectively thanks in part to a recent rehearsal for what would happen if a member of the Royal Family died, then focusing on the Queen Mother.While plans for Royal deaths are usually laid out to the minute, he said, the details of the 1997 trip were invented on the spot, and accidentally arranged around a 7pm arrival time he had “guesstimated” himself for the guidance of his colleagues. Graham Laurie at home in BuckinghamshireCredit: Tom Pilston Unbeknownst to him, he said, the Prime Minister, military and world’s press were summoned to RAF Northolt for that precise hour, leaving him under pressure to coordinate the difficult job around it.Mr Laurie said of the Prince of Wales: “He was very composed. At the end of the trip, he came to thank me for what I’d done in helping it run smoothly.“It was fairly obvious, even on that day, that he was going to do anything he could to carry on bringing up the boys [Prince William and Harry] in the right way.”Mr Laurie,a father of two, has not shared details about the flight before, but has chosen the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death to lay out the facts for the historical record.last_img read more


…after roach found in fried riceThe Little Diamond-Herstelling Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Sanitation Department says it is investigating an allegation that a roach was cooked in a batch of Chinese fried rice.Head of the NDC’s Sanitation Department, Ms Holder confirmed that the investigation was launched after an overseas-based couple bought the food from a popular Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) restaurant and subsequently found a roach inside.The woman stated that she bought two servings of Chinese fried rice and left the restaurant.“I was driving and my husband began eating in the car, so when I stopped at the traffic light, I bent over to taste the food and it was then I saw the roach in his food,” the woman reported.She further explained they immediately returned to the restaurant, and the cashier who was taking orders advised them to “hold on” outside so that she could contact her boss.However, the angry woman said that she waited over half an hour only for the cashier to return to say that the boss was unavailableJust recently, another popular city Chinese restaurant came in for harsh criticism after a customer found what was later identified as a human tooth in his food. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGA-FDD conducts survey on Chinese restaurantsApril 8, 2019In “Business”Little Diamond-Herstelling NDC workers not paid salaries, probe launchedApril 4, 2018In “latest news”Teen waitress remains in critical condition at GPHC – bullet still lodged in throatJune 4, 2016In “Crime” read more


first_img Mar 26th 2019, 1:53 PM By Christina Finn McDonald says Commonwealth debate should happen in the context of a conversation about Irish reunification Her comments come after the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson said Ireland should join the Commonwealth. 99 Comments Share20 Tweet Email1 Image: LEAH FARRELL Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4561600 Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 1:53 PM 16,850 Views SINN FÉIN LEADER Mary Lou McDonald has said that while she is not a supporter of Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth, she believes all sides must be listened to. Her comments come after the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson told the Fine Gael National Conference this weekend that Ireland should join the Commonwealth.Both the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste have stated that it is “not something that’s on the agenda”.However, there was some debate about the reaction Donaldson got from the Fine Gael membership over the weekend, where there was an applause after the statement. Simon Coveney stated that the audience was merely trying to show “warmth” to the DUP MP for his overall contribution to the debate, however, he admitted that there are some within the Fine Gael party who are advocates for Ireland joining the Commonwealth. Speaking about the issue today, McDonald said that if Fine Gael “believe it is the right thing to do to join the Commonwealth I respect that – I fundamentally disagree with them – but I absolutely respect their right to say that and to present that position and set out the logic of the position”.“I don’t see any benefit of rejoining the Commonwealth. I take the view that we can only move forward, that we move away from imperialism and the damage that colonisation has done to our island. But she added that if Fine Gael believe it might be a runner “let them put the proposition forward”. This is not the first time McDonald has discussed the matter. Last year, the Sinn Féin leader told TheJournal.ie that she is open to discussions on Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth.She said there must be an open debate in order to encourage unionists to participate in a discussion about a united Ireland.McDonald said she cannot call for an openness, and then censor voices before the debate has begun.“You can hardly make that call and then say ‘we are not going to discuss any particular item’. And there are some people who think that rejoining the Commonwealth is a worthy proposition.“I think those that hold that view need to put that view forward, and I think it needs to be looked at, and debated, and it needs to be discussed,” she said at the time. Today, she reiterated that view, stating that a debate about the Commonwealth should happen in the context of a conversation about reunification. “I am constantly on the record of saying that we need an inclusive respectful debate. I am not a supporter or an advancer of the proposition of reentering the Commonwealth. I don’t see any value in it – but I do respect that there are others who have that view and in the context of the discussion about a new Ireland and a reunified Ireland, I think every voice has to be heard,” she said. “So let Fine Gael come and put that proposition on the table and put it on the table of a full discussion around the ending of parturition and Irish unity,” McDonald said, adding “that it is not lost on people that the party that say it is dangerous to discuss Irish reunification, that now is not the time, have no difficulty in debating” the Commonwealth. She called for a “full, inclusive discussion on all of these issues”, stating that as Brexit looms over Ireland, “I think it is absolutely, clear that there is an unanswerable case for a full incl debate about Irish reunification”.  Image: LEAH FARRELL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the spirit of unison, the Victorian Association of Argos Orestikon and District (Orestias) has donated $1 million to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV). This donation came as a result of the sale of the club premises in Hughesdale, Oakleigh and after much deliberation on Orestias’ future prospects and keeping its third and fourth generation members connected to their heritage. The historic club, formed in 1954, had been operating from the 85-87 Warrigal Road headquarters since 1994, thanks to the generosity and tremendous efforts of amazing individuals like Nikos Sikavitsas (president), Jim Megas (secretary), Costas Siskos (treasurer) and Vangelis Spyrou, as well as many other inspiring and hardworking members. That home was host to many wonderful, unforgettable social and formal gatherings as well as many overseas and local dignitaries’ visitations. However, in recent times the new generation membership is declining, hence Orestias’ founding members firmly believe that its own future, like many other Hellenic associations and clubs, will one day come to an end. As a result, the current executive board, including the new president − Leonidas Ouzounis, Jim Megas and Costas Siskos − together in discussions with Harry Patras, Chris Sikavitsas and Bill Papastergiadis, were able to offer a new possibility and revival of the club, its future and the future of the next generations, keeping alive its rich and proud cultural Hellenic diversity and spirit. “We are confident we, together with the amazing individuals whom are no longer with us … that all our efforts, hard work and dedication to our heritage have a greater chance of prosperity, and that our future lies in working closely, supporting and being supported by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria,” president Leonidas Ouzounis said. “We see our donation of one million dollars to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria as an investment not only in our future as Orestias but also keeping alive our Kastoriani culture and our legacy when we are no longer around. “At the same time we are also greatly contributing to the success of the GOCMV, with its extensive and diverse education, cultural and social programs, which appeal not only to the broader Greek community but the community in general − we as Hellenes must support them,” he added. Mr Ouzounis explained his vision, stressing the Greek Australian Community of Melbourne and Victoria is one significant Hellenic link future generations will be able to relate to outside of the efforts expats make at home and with their own families. He highlighted the importance of accepting this decision not as an ending but as a new beginning, encouraging other Hellenic social groups to look into the long-term benefits in working together and “keeping our rich cultural spirit alive, further cementing Melbourne as the capital of Hellenes in the diaspora”. “The success that the GOCMV has had in recent times is quite extraordinary − especially important as we smaller clubs are slowly declining and have not managed to attract younger members,” Ouzounis stated. “It is led by an enthusiastic and visionary president, Mr Bill Papastergiadis, with a capable, diverse and equally enthusiastic board made up of second and third generation Hellenes. This is remarkable and comforting for us, the future of our religion, culture and language for those of us who made the decision to call Melbourne home many years ago and for more recent arrivals of Hellenes to this wonderful city.” Deeply moved, Bill Papastergiadis, president of the GOCMV, thanked the Argos Association for its generous donation, acknowledging all of the Orestias board as true visionaries. “Future generations will look at Mr Ouzouris and his board as the true leaders in our vibrant community. History remembers those who are bold and decisive,” he enthused. “Equally, I must thank Chris Sikavitsas and Harry Patras, who were instrumental in recognising the importance of this gesture and who worked closely and tirelessly to achieve today’s announcement.” He later praised the board for having put the future of all Greeks in Melbourne ahead of themselves, highlighting that the donation represents everything that is noble in our community. “This association is writing history not only in Melbourne but globally in the Greek diaspora,” Mr Papastergiadis said. “The future has never looked brighter for all Greeks in Melbourne.”The Victorian Association of Argos Orestikon board members embrace their legacy, excited to be walking into the future as part of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria:Jim Megas (secretary) “My father was one of the first Argites to arrive in Melbourne and one of the founding members of the Association of Argos Orestiko and District in 1954. Since then, my brother and I have had a continual involvement in the club in various roles and positions. My family has been there for a very long time. It has been nothing short of a blessing to have been there from the start and to still be here today. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that our contribution to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, we believe, will assist it on its very important journey in embracing our Greek heritage and future ensuring our legacy will not be forgotten but also prosper for many generations to come.”Costas Siskos (treasurer) “I came to this beautiful country on my own as a young man in 1962 as a qualified carpenter. Not knowing anyone, I soon sought comfort in meeting others from Argos Orestikon and the surrounding districts, from then till now we formed life-long mateships that I call family. It was together with this, my new family, that we built and contributed to the success of Orestias. I am excited and pleased that all of our efforts and heritage will continue and prosper.”Harry Patras “As someone who has been involved with the Hellenic community since a teenager, and a lifelong pride and passion in maintaining our Hellenic spirit, I am so proud of these, our Migrant Heroes, who came to this country with one suitcase and have not only managed to be successful individuals, greatly contributing to this beautiful country we now call home, but also provided us with the foundations for the prosperity of our Hellenic culture well into the future. As far as I’m concerned their decision to support the GOCMV is not only pioneering but also wise and visionary. Thank you.” Chris Sikavitsas “Having grown up surrounded by many of the Argites for much of my childhood, and with my father’s heavy involvement in the club, I have nothing but love and admiration for their story. I am so very proud to be associated and involved with both Orestias and the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria and their individual accomplishments. The foresight shown by both in this initiative will pave the way for greater prosperity for us all. A selfless donation with nothing but a love for our culture, heritage and religion as well as a huge interest in our future as Greeks. Many people were a part of the story of Orestias in Victoria since 1954. A thank you to all of them. Finally a thank you to my late father Nicholaos Sikavitsas for his commitment to Orestias and belief in the GOCMV.”last_img read more


first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambia National Olympic Committee headquarters last week Friday hosted a three-man delegation from the National Sports Council to talk peace, Foroyaa Sport can reveal.The delegation, led by Executive Director Marcel Mendy, comprising sports council’s Ebou Secka and Lamin Marong were received by Olympic House’s Beatrice Allen and other top bureau members.In a meeting promptly convened, the two parties are said to have talked of burying the hatchet that has long dogged their relationship. The discussion, held behind closed doors, wrapped up with both sides satisfied, an unimpeachable source discloses to Foroyaa Sport.Ties between the NSC and GNOC have been at best strained in recent years.In a long standing conflict only renewed last year, began after the council and Ministry of Youth and Sports –representing government – rejected the bureau’s polls sham in the wake of dispute over the voters’ list.Vexed by the situation, orders were placed forcing indefinite closure of the GNOC headquarters before International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered government to re-open the structure or Gambia risk international suspension. ]]>last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to the following nine Wilmington High School students who were named Students of the Month for January:Business: Stella AndradeEnglish/Language Arts: Najerith Martinez-SalernoVisual Arts: Angelica LoshakSocial Studies: Tayla McDonaldMath: Kaitlyn HowlandFamily/Consumer Science: Adam AboukalWorld Languages: Meghan ConsortiScience: Emily HassellLife Skills: Maximilian Pappas(NOTE: The above list is from Assistant Principal Christopher Phillips’ blog. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School To Administer PSAT Exam On Saturday, October 19In “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington High School Announces March Students of the MonthIn “Education”Wilmington High Announces January Students of the MonthIn “Education”last_img read more


first_imgWashington: As a result of their ongoing trade, China is no longer the top trading partner of the United States and has been replaced by America’s neighbours Mexico and Canada, according to a media report. In the first half of the year, Mexico was the top trading partner of the United States followed by Canada, the latest official data reveals, according to The Wall Street Journal. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us As a result of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, imports from China to the US dropped by 12 per cent and America’s export to China fell by 19 per cent, the daily said. After coming to power, Trump has imposed 25 per cent import tariff on chinese products worth USD 250 billion. Another 10 per cent tarrif on products worth USD 300 billion will come into effect on September 1. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Trump has so far maintained that China has been unfair to the US. China has also taken several retaliatory steps. According to a Commerce Department report, the total value of bilateral goods exchanged with China fell 14 per cent in the first half of the year to USD 271.04 billion, The Wall Street Journal said. ` “After holding the top spot among US trading partners from 2015 to 2018, China now sits at No. 3 and now smaller than Mexico for the first time since 2005,” it said.last_img

first_imgFriends of Music are back with their August edition and this time it will feature Hindi Rock band Punkh. The band incorporates distinct Indian elements with their metal and rock influence. They will be releasing their album Karmah at the Friends of Music platform. Trizya, a six-member fusion band from Delhi will be opening the stage for the evening. The band utilizes elements from jazz, Indian classical, rock and pop. Friends of Music are also bringing a cluster of musicians from Delhi to join Punkh on stage and make the evening a special one. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The list includes – Edwin Fernandes from Goatronikk, Karan Sharma, Indraneel Hariharan, Gyaan Singh and Sharat Chandra Srivastava from Mrigya, Rohit Menon from Vishnu, Ashwani Verma from Euphoria, Dilip Ramachandran from That 80’s Project, Surojit Dev, Prithvish Dev from Themclones, Amit Kilam, Himanshu Joshi and Rahul Ram from Indian Ocean, Chintan Kalra from Contraband and Manvi Gupta from Karwaah.Punkh’s new album Karmah comprises seven tracks with the title track setting the tone for the band’s new musical statement. Maahia with a sludgy guitar sound, Ghoom Le with its sitar-like drone in the beginning which is an instantly accessible slice of hook-laden modern rock and Insaan that rides on an insistent guitar riff are some of the band’s composition to watch out for. The album also features two heart touching ballads Tanhaa and Nasha.When: 22 AugustWhere: Blue frog, MehrauliTiming: 7.30 pmTicket Price: Rs 350last_img read more


first_imgWeddings preparations start months in adance and amidst all the running around markets, the bride forgets to take care of herself. However this winter, make sure you are following some simple rules to shine even on a hectic day. Celebrity makeup artist Namrata Soni and Dermatologist Rashmi Shetty has come to the rescue of all brides-to-be with essential beauty and skincare secrets for the best bridal look this wedding season.4Don’t forget to moisturize: Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture leaving the skin dry and lifeless. If you’re more prone to dry skin, using a good moisturizer suitable for your skin type is essential. Additionally, homemade hydrating masks can also provide moisture in the winter months. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAdding natural moisturising ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe to the mask will help you experience smooth and soft skin instantly. Also, make sure you remove all your make-up before going to bed and apply a hydrating cream as it helps the skin breathe and gives it some much-needed nourishment and rejuvenation.4Exfoliation is crucial: During winters, our skin tends to dry faster requiring regular exfoliation, hence it’s recommended that one uses an “at-home” method for this. Take a product that is enriched with body butters and glycerin. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Stay hydrated and eat healthy: Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day to get snapped in those picture-perfect moments. To get that healthy, dewy glow, drinking plenty of water is essential as it not only hydrates your body but also flushes away unwanted toxins.Besides plenty of water, eating healthy food is also crucial. In addition to this, ensure you layer your skin with proper hydrating products like a mist, serum and moisturiser before applying makeup. Start with a hydrating mist to moisten the skin and allow your make-up products to penetrate. 4For a perfect smile: With winters, your lips tend to become dry and chapped. To get rid of dry skin, lightly exfoliate by rubbing your fingers on wet lips in circular motions. After you exfoliate, use a lip balm or a healing cream as this will not only make your lips smooth, but also get the blood flowing and make your lips look a little fuller.4Getting enough sleep: Sleeping is one of the best rewards you can give your skin. During your sleep cycle, your body repairs each of its systems, including your skin. Deep breathing and meditation is also a very important part of skin cleansing as watching your breath flow in and out helps you become aware of your skin and thus rejuvenates it.last_img read more


first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 15, 2015 The Web has been abuzz the past few months with talk of Apple’s recent backing of mobile ad blockers. With the release of iOS 9, millions of iPhone and iPad users can now block ads in the Safari browser. And they appear to be doing just that.Related: Running Out of Space on Your iPhone? Here’s What to Delete and How.Ad-blocking apps topped the Apple Store download list just one day after i0S 9 debuted. This is really no surprise considering how these apps tout their ability to enhance mobile web browsing by hiding online ads that eat up data and slow down web pages.But what does all this mean for digital marketers, considering that online advertising is such a big piece of the marketing puzzle? Here’s a quick guide to what marketers should know, how they should respond and what they should expect moving forward:1. What Marketers Should KnowWarning: Ad blockers block more than just display ads. On top of preventing the display of mobile ads, iOS 9 ad-blocking apps can interfere with other types of content, such as analytics tracking. This means marketers may have a harder time gathering data on user behavior, which is often crucial to campaign-optimization efforts.Marketers may also find that their sponsored content is no longer showing up for those who have enabled mobile ad blocking.Ad-blocking technology is not new. Ad blockers are getting a lot of airtime lately, thanks to Apple jumping on board, but this technology has been around for years on Android devices and desktop computers.The availability of ad-blocking apps in iOS 9 is presumably more worrisome than other ad-blocking technology because it opens the door for widespread adoption on mobile devices. And since mobile device usage overtook desktop usage in recent years, marketers know that that’s where customers spend much of their time.Some businesses may take a bigger hit from mobile ad blockers. Businesses that target young, tech-savvy consumers are prone to negative effects from iOS 9 ad blockers. A study by Adobe and PageFair found that young adults ages 18 to 29 are those most likely to download and use ad-blocking apps.These individuals use the newer model mobile devices that allow ad blocking, and they know how to install and enable the blockers.Image Credit: FormStatRelated: New Google Initiative Enables Ad-Free Browsing on Certain Sites for a Monthly Fee2. How Marketers should respondCreate ‘good’ web ads. According to TapInfluence’s “The State of Ad Block, 2015” ebook, most people are okay with “good” advertisements — meaning relevant static ads or skippable video ads that don’t interfere too much with the browsing experience. People who use ad blockers do so because they aren’t willing to view intrusive pop-up ads or ads with automatic sound.Accordingly, marketers should consider creating ads that are simple, relevant and a natural part of the experience. Teads’ “10 Steps to Engaging, Not Enraging, Users” offers advice for improving online ads, including eliminating pop-up ads and targeting ads to improve relevancy.Try other types of advertising.Some online ads — namely, those native to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — can’t be hidden by ad-blocking technology. So, marketers would be wise to try advertising on social media platforms. Ads on those sites (e.g., Twitter cards) tend to be pretty well received since they fit with the natural flow of the sites and don’t feel like a forced experience.Plus, U.S. mobile users spend most of their smartphone time on popular social apps, so one social advertisement could have vast reach.Focus on driving traffic organically.Instead of worrying about how their web ads may be affected by ad blockers, marketers should focus on driving qualified traffic to their websites without paid ads. Content marketing, social media marketing and email marketing are all great ways to drive organic traffic. Producing and sharing relevant, helpful blog posts, ebooks and webinars gives businesses opportunities to show up in search engines and reach consumers in a natural way.3. What marketers should expect in the futureAd-blocking technology is not going away anytime soon. The mobile marketing landscape is clearly shifting in this age of ad blocking, and marketers must adapt if they want to succeed. iOS 9 ad-blocking apps are still fairly new, so it’s likely they will change somewhat over time.While many of the blockers on the market right now hide all ads, blockers of the future may function more like website crawlers to remove only spam advertisements. That could be advantageous for mainstream advertisers and customers alike.Related: Here’s Why Apple Is Beefing Up Its AI Game Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min readlast_img read more